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Marathon II: For the JOY of it!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I ran my second marathon this past Sunday in Philadelphia. It had a completely different feel from my first one in Gettysburg. I ran both with my close friend, Caitlan who has been an unbelievable support system in my life for the past two years going through this journey.

As I ran Gettysburg, I remember feeling tough. As if it took every ounce of grit, determination, and focus to put one foot in the front of the other toward a huge goal that, at one point, had terrified me. When I finished, it was a flood of emotions having accomplished something I never thought would be possible.

Maybe it was the MUCH bigger crowd, maybe it was the “electric” feeling of the city, maybe I just relaxed a little knowing I had done it before… but Philadelphia was SO MUCH FUN. It felt more effortless. It was all the passion of running and all the excitement of a huge party (seriously… they gave me a beer at mile 23 lol). I was acutely aware that I was running just for the pure joy of it, because it felt good, because it is a privilege to be physically and mentally able. I spent 26.2 miles soaking it in, reading the signs, high-fiving, just loving being exactly where I was for that moment. When it was all over, Caitlan and I ran across our second finish line together. My family and friends came out in full support and charged up with alcohol-infused enthusiasm with t-shirts and signs. It was a moment that I will always be grateful for having lived.


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOOCH6 9/14/2014 7:50AM

    Great blog ! I love the picture of you and Caitlin !

- Barb

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BEATRIZ269 1/15/2014 12:58PM

    Nothing short of amazing and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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REXTINE1 12/5/2013 5:20PM

    You wrote an emotional and inspiring blog. Congratulations on moving on to even greater heights. emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 11/23/2013 8:42AM

    Amazing! That has got to be the greatest post race pic EVER! This makes me want to go for a run right this second!!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 11/22/2013 7:18PM

    Wonderful! Glad you had a great experience!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 11/22/2013 10:23AM

    SO GREAT!! I love this post and thinking of just running for the joy of it. Congratulations!

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CANES4EVER63 11/22/2013 12:24AM

    Congrats!!! I honestly have to say you're crazy. I did my first half and when the breakpoint came at the 12.8 mile mark or so to turn to finish the half or continue to do the full, I thought I would die if I had to keep going... but I thought I was going to die in general at that point!

Glad you've done two fulls, that's a HUGE accomplishment!

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Marathon #2: Most Challenging Week Goals

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's the most demanding week of marathon training this week so I'm hoping to set some small goals to keep my wheels in motion.

Everyday: Track food and workouts.
Bring lunch at least 3x this week instead of eating out.

Monday: 5 mile run
Tuesday: 5 mile run in the AM
Wednesday: 10 mile run in the PM
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: Long dog walk with my hubby.
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: THE BIG 20 miler with my friend!!!

  
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RUNNINGAL425 10/30/2013 3:01PM

    Good luck!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/30/2013 1:42PM

    Good luck!

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MWWENSIN 10/30/2013 1:26PM

    Good luck on the Philly Marathon.

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PMRUNNER 10/22/2013 6:21AM

    Sounds like a great plan, good luck on your upcoming marathon! You have made quite a transformation in the past two years! Here's to you continuing to run and inspire others!

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ERICADAWN1986 10/22/2013 6:06AM

    Reena... Great goal! If you look back at some of my pics you'll see less than two years ago I was where you are. I had never run before and I'm now training for my second marathon (first was in April). In a lot if ways I think training for my first 5k took as much courage as the full marathon. I had a great friend to help push me for it though and she's running Philly with me in a few weeks. It helps to have somebody support you in you highs and push you through the challenges. You can do it!!

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RENEEAQUA 10/22/2013 2:28AM

    good for u. im doing my 1st 5k in feb. i don't run at all. hope by next year i can do a half or possibly a full marathon. how long have u been training? when is ur marathon?

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ERICADAWN1986 10/21/2013 8:58PM

    I'm using Hal Higdon's novice one plan but I flip flop some of my weekday runs to work around my 2 jobs. I think the actual plan has me running Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday but unless I'm really hurting from my long run, I do Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday. Probably not always ideal but if I didn't do it this way... it wouldn't be possible to get the miles in.

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PASTAFARIAN 10/21/2013 4:37PM

    I've never heard of a training plan that has three rest days before your 20M long run. (Or am I misreading that - is your dog walk that aerobic?) Mind if I ask whose training plan you're using?

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Marathon #2: Most Challenging Week Goals

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's the most demanding week of marathon training this week so I'm hoping to set some small goals to keep my wheels in motion.

Everyday: Track food and workouts.
Bring lunch at least 3x this week instead of eating out.

Monday: 5 mile run
Tuesday: 5 mile run in the AM
Wednesday: 10 mile run in the PM
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: Long dog walk with my hubby.
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: THE BIG 20 miler with my friend!!!

  
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MARGARITTM 10/21/2013 3:03PM

    The long ones are sooo horrid and so important

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Weekend Goals

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday: Run 5 miles tonight and choose something light at dinner, one glass of wine.

Saturday: Run 9 miles and track eating. Cook meals at home.

Sunday: Run 14 miles and track eating. Cook meals at home.

*** No Dunkin Pumpkin Coffee***

  
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JEREMY723 10/19/2013 7:48AM

    Great plan! I don't like coffee but like pumpkin and keeping telling myself to limit the pumpkin stuff I eat, there will be pumpkin every fall!

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LYNSEY723 10/18/2013 5:12PM

    Great goals!

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/18/2013 5:00PM

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Trying to Curb Evening Snacking

Monday, August 05, 2013

I can’t seem to break this habit of nighttime snacking. When I first started losing weight, I would kind of hoard my daily calorie allotment knowing I’d end up eating a lot at night. I realized this was not the best plan so I started eating a larger breakfast, medium lunch, and an afternoon snack before a small dinner. I thought this would make me less hungry at night and therefore keep me out of the kitchen… not so much. It just seems to mean eating way more calories per day (often putting me over my daily allotment).

I think realizing this is an issue is the first step toward fixing it. Maybe I’ll make a “no eating after 9pm” rule. At one point I made a list of things to do instead of snacking but that fell through after some time. I don’t want to try something again that wasn’t a great strategy the first time. Maybe I’ll make a “only fruits and veggies after 9pm rule.” That way, if I’m hungry I still have options but nothing I’m going to pig out on. Any suggestions?

  
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KATHY98665 8/21/2013 6:18PM

    If I am TOTALLY out of calories, I will have some herbal tea with some Splenda. I will also sometimes have a sugar-free pudding cup with a tablespoon of shelled and salted pistachios and then savor every bite. emoticon

Another WONDERFUL DISCOVERY is Nonni's THHINaddictives. There are three thin biscotti type wafers in each pack, and only 100 calories. There are two flavors, and the one I have right now is Pistachio Almond and it is delicious! It feels like such a treat to have THREE of them emoticon Being able to crunch and crunch and savor each bite is a lifesaver.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/10/2013 5:39AM

    We sometimes have dinner at 5:30 pm. So by 9:30 I am getting a little peckish. Dry, non-sugar cereal or fruit I think is a good choice, but the key is to eat mindfully.

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REXTINE1 8/6/2013 7:07PM

    I have instructions from the GI guy to not eat for three hours before bedtime (along with others). That is the hardest of all to stick with - it's a killer.

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RESCUELADY99 8/6/2013 4:03PM

 
I have the same problem at night. Lately I have been trying popcorn (not many calories there) or string cheese and sometimes dry cereal. Heck at one time I was even going to be way early so I wouldn't eat, but that did not last long since summer is here and it stays light outside longer.


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ELIZABETH5268 8/6/2013 2:20PM

    If I get hungry later at night I have string cheese, apple with peanut butter, orange, cereal, veggies, greek yogurt with thawed frozen fruit and granola, eggs with veggies or something of that nature.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 8/6/2013 8:21AM

    I've also tried the list of things to do instead of snacking and no snacking after 9 or 10. And I'm still a snacker... I think your new idea to only allow fruits and veggies after 9 is a good idea. I may try the same thing. My late snack is usually something with peanut butter or popcorn.

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SHARONCAPPS 8/5/2013 2:57PM

  I like a night snack and don't go without. I like a sugar free pudding cup or a yogurt. Sometimes I have oatmeal and blueberries or cereal and fruit. Also I like frozen yogurt now and then.,

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