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~~WTFall Challenge - Week 9/20-9/25~~

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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As a recap for this last week, I did run with the runners group, did the 8K (48:27 ~ less than 10-minute pace), and I did my 8-mile long run on Sunday. I did spin and do my ST along with extra core exercises. I didn't really take Saturday or Sunday off, though. I did not eat mindlessly. I didn't use any excuses for not doing what I was supposed to be doing.

The result of doing great this week: A loss of 4.8 pounds.

For calories in my drinks? None, I only drink water or Coke Zero.

For this week:

Nutrition:
emoticonTrack everything I eat. Eat when I am hungry. Eat healthy foods/clean foods mainly. Stay in my range, and focus on fueling my body on long run days, but not going overboard and eating too much!!
emoticon Get in at least 6-8 glasses of water, and I may allow myself 1 can of Coke Zero a day if I fill this requirement.

Fitness:
emoticonContinue with my HM training (5 miles yesterday, 7 miles tomorrow, 6 miles Friday, 12 miles Saturday or Sunday).
emoticonCrosstrain with spinning on Monday and Wednesday, elliptical on Friday.
emoticonStrength train Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Rest/Flexibility:
emoticonUse the foam roller EVERY day this week, per chiropractor's orders. Work on doing pushups, crunches, rows, lunges, squats, and supermans at home after Kaylee goes to bed.

emoticonTake either Saturday or Sunday off depending on which day works better for the 12-mile long run. (Most likely Saturday off).

emoticonGet at least 7-8 hours of sleep, but strive for 8 most nights.

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LINDAINALABAMA 9/23/2010 4:47PM

    CONGRATS!

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ILIKECACTI 9/23/2010 8:17AM

    congrats! that's amazing loss this week!

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MACILINN 9/23/2010 12:57AM

    Wow you are amazing! Awsome -4.8 is that this week only? or since our challenge started?? Either way it's great! It is so nice to see someone working their program from all aspects! I am doing so too! It is very difficult at times but I am sure the rewards are worth it! Hell I'm worth it! You are too! I bet you feel like a million bucks today!! Keep up the good work. ~Maci~ emoticon

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8-mile run

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just a quick blog about my 8-mile run this morning. I just got back in and am cooling down. I took off at 4:35 a.m. and finished at 6:05 a.m. The weather was perfect at 47 degrees and almost no wind. I took off for a 5-minute brisk warm-up walk before starting my run. I stayed at a pretty easy pace throughout, not really pushing myself too hard. I also went with NO music this time, though I had it in my CamelBak as backup. I wanted to see how I would fare with no music, no conversation, and maybe 4 cars passing by total. I wanted to see how I would do mentally, if it would block me. I know I want to go with no music on the half marathon as I really want to enjoy the people cheering us on and the race itself. I do NOT want to zone out to music!

I took a couple of 15-second walks to drink some Powerade, but other than that I ran the entire time. I felt SOOOO good! The last mile felt even better, knowing I was almost done. It is runs like these that make me feel confident I can do the half and not die ;o}

Well, almost cooled down, and back to bed since my hubby is getting up with Kaylee this morning!

Love, Erin

  
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MAIRESAURUS 9/23/2010 10:32AM

    Wow! Your persistence and motivation to run so much at that time is awe-inspiring! It was dark when you left, and dark when you got in, I bet. How do you cope with running when there's no light? I don't know where you live, but I wouldn't feel safe doing that in my area.

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MOVINITMORE 9/21/2010 1:49PM

    Great Job!! I tried for a 9 mile and only made a 10 k Just not feeling it I guess. You are doing emoticon emoticon.

WOW you are going to rock that HM NO PROBLEM CHICKIE !!!
Lisa

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ELLABELLE66 9/19/2010 5:55PM

    ERIN you're such a motivation! Thank you for being there to motivate me to reach my own goals :-D

xo,Ella

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SROUS1340 9/19/2010 1:19PM

    Great job Erin!!!

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-POOKIE- 9/19/2010 11:24AM

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MADEMCHE 9/19/2010 10:26AM

    That is awesome! So happy for you! Hoping my run today goes as well as yours!

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TANNERS 9/19/2010 9:08AM

    You can go back to bed after running 8 miles!?!?!!? Congrats on the great run. Nothing feels better than successfully completing a workout and feeling on top of the world. Bask in it for the rest of the day! You deserve it!!

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KILTGUY 9/19/2010 7:32AM

    Thanks, Erin, for a little motivation this morning.

I hit the snooze several times and am waking up to a nicely cloudy day -- except it's 82 here! Ran my 5K yesterday and need to do my long run. Disappointed that I have no GU Gels in the house and won't be able to get any before my 8-miler. Will head out soon.

And thanks!
Doug

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Potato Bowl everything....Pics included!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

So, I blogged earlier this week about how many temptations I would have with this Potato Bowl week and weekend. Here is how I have done now that it is over:

On Thursday night was the French Fry Feed. How did I do? I did well considering I DID NOT GO! That's right. I decided there was no good reason to go to a French Fry Feed...unless you EAT them.

Yesterday was the Potato Bowl 8K. In my previous blog I did the race report, but in this blog? I will tell you that during the day I ate splendidly. That's right. Splendidly. Is that a word? The only negative to my eating was having leftover Tuna Helper 2 hours before the race. It was definitely within my calorie range, but wasn't the best thing to eat before a race. I ate a banana before running, but I ended up having...issues...after the race. I am still having those issues. Learned a lesson there. I actually didn't eat after the race. I just couldn't.

Then today...I still was feeling....out of sorts, and didn't eat until about 9:45 a.m. even though I had been up since 6:45 a.m. I just couldn't. The parade was awesome, though cold (45 degrees) and at the farmer's market I bought a head of cabbage, 2 yellow onions, and 2 pounds of carrots. No baked goods here! I even got a picture with our senator, John Hoeven, which I wasn't prepared for! I had taken a picture of him walking by, and he said "No, no, let's get one together!" So that was cool. Here is that picture:



After the parade, we went home and Kaylee took a 2-hour nap, and then we had lunch and then went shopping! I got a new light Columbia jacket at Kohl's (which was $5 cheaper than the plus size...just because it wasn't plus size...which actually made me a little angry). It is dark purple. Apparently, purple is my color this fall/winter since the jacket I got a few days ago at JC Penney's (a peacoat) is the same color and is the jacket I am wearing in this picture:



We then went to Target to look at a Canon Rebel for me ;o}

Just other fun, fun, stuff to the rest of my day, but mainly the usual. I did great again today, and I am feeling good about this week for my weight. It feels like a good loss, which I am REALLY hoping for. I am still avoiding the scale until weigh-in day, though it IS SO HARD!

Well, I took today off from running 8 miles since I knew I would walking a lot with the parade and all and because of the race last evening.

I have everything set out for my long 8-mile run tomorrow: 2 bras, under shirt, regular shirt, racing jacket, iTouch with headphones, CamelBak, pepper spray, pants, undies, socks, shoes...and a banana :o} I also bought a pair of running gloves since it is going to be about 30 degrees when I go out to run in the morning. I have GU energy gels loaded in the CamelBak just in case I get really hungry or feel my blood sugar dip.

Well, off to bed!

Erin

  
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LINDAINALABAMA 9/19/2010 5:09PM

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT OUT , EVEN IF IT WAS COLD, AND HAD A VERY GOOD WEEKEND. YEAH YOU!!! emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 9/19/2010 5:25AM

    Good job! You're doing so great, I know you'll be successful! Enjoy your run!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 9/19/2010 5:06AM

    What a great way to overcome temptation with the potato bowl! I too have "issues" with running--especially when I'm running hard or far (over 5 miles). I've found that keeping well hydrated and eating things like rice and bananas help sometimes.

I just read that you run with a camelbak...I have some questions for you...

You see, I've been avoiding any long run without drinking fountains because I was unsure of wearing the camelbak. I have one, but have never used it. My biggest fear is the straps are going to chafe (sp?) my sides/shoulders. Have you had any issues with that?

I LOVE the picture of you and your daughter--so cute!--You are both sooooo full of life.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/19/2010 12:01AM

  You look gorgeous in your new coat!!! I'm glad things went well - I hope you are feeling better, though. This is all a learning process.

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SCRAPPYLADYV 9/18/2010 11:22PM

    It sounds like you had a great weekend (except for that one part). Great job on being all prepared for you run tomorrow!!

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Potato Bowl 8K Race Report with Pics

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sorry for this being a bit late as this was on Friday evening, but today has been just BUSY BUSY BUSY!

First of all, the day was cold and windy with the temperature being 46 degrees. I bundled up my daughter as best as I could, and I myself had on a few layers and my long pants.

Registering was easy (I usually register/pay weeks to months ahead of time to save money, so it is easy to get my packet). I borrowed my sister's iTouch, so I had music if I needed it (someone stole or I lost my MP3 player at another 5K and I have a new one on the way in the mail).

I was ready, I had stretched out, and I was thinking I'd be happy to just run the whole way without walking, but it didn't matter what my time really was (though deep down I wanted it to be less than an hour).

I was running with another guy from the runner's group I participate in, Mike. We decided to go to the back of the pack since we felt we were definitely slower than most of the people we saw lining up. It turns out we were right! There were a lot of fast runners there! On the way to the back, I made a comment to the effect of it being nice to not have a bunch of runners passing me. An older guy overheard me and said, "Yeah, right....that's what all the fast ones say!" I had a good laugh over that, and continued on.

The race started, and we took off at a good even pace, probably about 5.8-6.0 mph. Felt pretty good! My breathing never got uneven, and my back, legs, and arms kept up a good rhythm without any pain or tweaking. My feet felt good, too. One thing I noticed right away? Lots of uphill running. But, I just told Mike that on the way back (it was an out and back course) we would be downhill! I was also joking that though he was wishing he had a jacket, I would be jealous soon enough of him being in a t-shirt and shorts, as we were sure warming up with the run.

There were plenty of water stations, with there being 4 total. For a 5-mile race, that really is pretty good! About 1/4 of the way, we passed a guy, and it was the one who made the earlier comment to me. He saw me and said "I knew it!! I knew you would be faster!" I chuckled, thinking that if he thought of me as fast, that was pretty funny. He then decided he would use me as his pacer, which I thought was flattering, and he told me not to give him a heart attack ;o}

At the turnaround point, there was a bit of congestion with 2 women about 5-6 years younger than me, one of them of course being tall, blonde, and thin. I used to be jealous of that type of girl, but there are a few people on here who definitely made me see differently, so I didn't feel any jealousy towards her. Those 2 pulled ahead of us as Mike started to tire. I kept pulling ahead of him, and would slow down so he could keep up with me. I hate leaving a runner behind who I am running with! So, about 3/4 of the way into the race, the older guy who was behind us says to me, "I think you should have 1 goal." I said, "What's that?" "To beat those 2 girls ahead of you."

Well, easier said than done! They looked to be about 40 feet ahead of us by this point. Mike said to me, "Go...go ahead, I'll be fine!" I asked him if he was sure, and he said he was. So, me and the older guy (right now I am feeling really crappy that I didn't ask his name), we took off about 6.5 or so mph. I can without a doubt tell you that was the fastest I ever ran during a race! He kept me going, and encouraged me. It wasn't long before we caught up to the 2 girls ahead of us, and we started passing them on a corner. I joked to them, saying "Almost done!!! Finally, right?" and the blonde looks to me, looks to her friend, and then says to her, "Let's go fast." The other one says, "I CAN'T!!!" I felt bad then after that, but I knew I wanted to finish the race strong, so I kept going.

When we got to the final hill climb, my partner says to me "When we get to the summit and we start going downhill, let's BURN it!!" Of course, my first thought is "Are you KIDDING me???? As far as I am concerned, I am already BURNT!" But, I said okay...because if he could do it...why couldn't I?

So, we reach the top of the hill, and see the finish line. He says, OKAY ~ GO!!! And takes off. I had a moment's hesitation, thinking I couldn't do it, but then I took off, and ran my heart out! My legs felt numb, and I couldn't help but think...what if I lose control and fall? But I kept going! He beat me by 2 seconds, but that was okay. I was grateful to him for pushing me!

I am not completely sure what my official time was, but according to the watch I finished at about 51 minutes. I am definitely proud of myself, especially since I felt like I had to pee from the minute the race started!

Here are a couple of pictures:





Now, onto another blog, then off to bed!!

Erin

  
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ILIKECACTI 9/19/2010 9:51AM

    Yay for you!!

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TUBJUMPER 9/19/2010 8:53AM

    WTG! Congrats!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 9/19/2010 5:20AM

    Wow, sounds like fun! Good job!

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NITELITE72 9/18/2010 10:23PM

    You go, girl!! LOL...I am thankful that you did not roll down the final hill...that would not have been good. It was great that the "older guy" was there to encourage you. Keep movin' forward!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My evening last night plus plans for today/tomorrow!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hello Sparkies!!

I had a great day yesterday. My eating was still a bit more than my daily points allow, but I am now allowing myself an extra 4-6 points every other day since I think I just can't function at 23 points (about 1300 calories) a day while I am training. I am hoping this will work...we'll see with my WW weigh-in on Tuesday!

Kaylee was at her grandma's yesterday, so Corey and I took advantage of that and went jacket shopping at JC Penney's. I don't have ANY jackets anymore (sold at the garage sale). They were all XL to 1X and just didn't fit anymore. I have been eyeing this deep purple peacoat there, and so Corey had me try it on. The medium size fit perfectly! And, I know even if I lose another 15 pounds, I really can't see myself wearing a small, so it was a decent investment. It looks awesome on me, and I couldn't stop staring at it in the mirror. Why, hello waist! Where have YOU been all my life?

So, we then realized that we were running out of time before having to pick up Kaylee, so we decided to eat at Mexican Village. My points were already mostly used up for the day, so I had 4 chips with hot sauce, and 1/4 of my small burrito. I was very happy with how well I did! My husband was super impressed. I was just impressed he didn't finish mine up like he used to do! ;o}

After we ate the Mexican food is the time we went home and had Corey take pictures of me in undies. If you can't read the back of my undies in one of my pics, it says "Pink Loves the Vikings." Hehe gotta LOVE Victoria Secret ;o}

Well, I hope to get back to you all later this evening and let you know how my first 8K does! I am planning on doing my 8-mile long run tomorrow morning. If not in the morning, the afternoon will work fine since the high here is about 50-55 degrees now (Helloooooo fall). I absolutely must do this long run as I missed the last 2 because of either being out of town with a crappy treadmill or a couple of 5Ks that took me out. The half marathon is coming WAY too quickly (3 weeks!!!! EEEK!) and I want to be as ready for it as I can be!

Until tonight!
Erin

  
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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/17/2010 10:48PM

  Fantastic!!! emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 9/17/2010 5:43PM

    Sounds like fun! Good luck on your race!
And good job eating so well! If you think you aren't getting enough fuel for your activity, maybe you should look at increasing your intake.

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KILTGUY 9/17/2010 4:29PM

    Hope your 8K and 8-miler go well. Wish I could run my 5K tomorrow in 55 degree weather. It'll likely be 80 degrees at 8 AM start here in S. Florida. Sunday I plan to run my scheduled 8-mile easy long run in anticipation of my December 5 Half Marathon of the Palm Beaches.

Go Erin! emoticon

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