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Half-Marathon?

Friday, June 11, 2010

I sound crazy to myself! But, when I got the email from the people who are putting this "Mini-Marathon" together in Fargo, ND, I jumped at this opportunity and registered before I could talk myself out of it.

You see, I turn 30 on November 14. This half-marathon is on October 9. It was like a sign that I just had to do it!!! A 5K and 10K are being offered that day, too, but with some minor adjustments in the training I am already doing, I feel I can definitely do a half-marathon. I would love to run it, but I have a feeling I will have to walk parts of it. My goal is to run it in 2:30:00 or less, but I would be thrilled just to finish!!!

I ran 3.1 miles this morning after 30 minutes of spinning and doing a 45-minute round of Pump-It (high-repetition barbell and dumbell strength training class), and I feel SO GOOD right now!!!

My weight goal for this will be 150 or less since to run this I know I need to be in as best shape as I can be! I know I can reach this goal if I set my mind to it as I have been doing so far. That is only 36 pounds away! Sounds like a lot, but to someone who has lost 120 pounds, 36 feels like a drop in the bucket!

It feels like I have to sweat out every ounce of fat I lose and that I have to be on top of my nutrition and fitness in order to reach my goals w/o hitting plateaus, but that is to be expected since I am now down to a weight I haven't been in 10 years. Feels good to say that, too!

As you can tell, I am on a runner's high right now! Eek, I just called myself a runner...hehe. Oh, yeah...and it is FRIDAY, too! Yay!!

  
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RAVENSONG37 6/13/2010 11:39PM

    AWESOME! You can do it!! I'm registered for my first half-marathon in October!!!

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MADDEELOU 6/11/2010 2:34PM

    emoticonWay to commit! You are going to do awesome. emoticon

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RAINEMARIE214 6/11/2010 2:31PM

    Awesome! I am thinking about running a half marathon in Las Vegas in December, but I can't register yet until I find out if I'll be deploying in December. Best luck with your training! You can do it!!

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-POOKIE- 6/11/2010 12:48PM

    emoticon I am really enjoying pushing myself with running too, can't wait to find myself a race to join after my training!

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Strength Training

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Challenge for this week is to post my thoughts on Strength Training. Here goes:

I have always known that incorporating ST into my workouts would ultimately lead my body to become more toned as a result, so I am doing it! I remember a few years ago I had the idea that I would "lose all the weight/fat and THEN work on the muscle!!!" Of course, I never got started really on the losing weight/fat part, so not a problem!

I work on various muscles throughout the week based on what cardio I am doing. If I am running+spinning, then I focus on upper body and core (abs usually). If I am doing spinning+elliptical, I work more on lower body.

I end up working on the abs about 3-4 times a week. I know that without losing the fat, I won't be able to show the tone.

I definitely feel a lot stronger now than I did before starting this journey, and I thank the strength training for a good part of it. Sure, my cardiovascular fitness is hugely improved, but I notice that my baby, though getting heavier, doesn't seem like it to me! Gotta love that feeling...

Erin

P.S. I updated the blog before this with my second 5K of the day (Love Running!!!).

  
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AMANDAEA129 6/10/2010 9:01AM

    Great post! Awesome job with the strength training.

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MEWRIGHT9585 6/9/2010 12:03PM

    Congrats on 2 5Ks!! I have to say that I was of the same mind as you before...get thin and THEN get jacked. I think part of it had to do with the fact that I was a dancer in junior high and early high school...so it took me a while to realize that I had lost a lot of that muscle and that I needed to get it back in order to burn off the fat faster. I haven't been very good about my ST in the last couple weeks...but I know I need to get back on track...I think today's the day!!

Keep it up!!! You're doing great!!!

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RLHOTAN 6/8/2010 6:36PM

    Great blog! Keep up the good work!

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MRLEEP23 6/8/2010 1:38PM

    Good post! Congrats on your accomplishments!
Lee

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Love running!!!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Quick blog today...maybe I will take some time tonight to write more depending on how busy I am! I am just cooling off and readying myself for the second 5K that I am doing today.

Today is Weight Watcher's Walk-It Challenge day. They are offering two different 5K's today and I am challenging myself to do both. However, I decided to only run one and walk the other (with my dog) since I didn't want to overdo it.

I finished the first one at 36 minutes and 15 seconds (woohoo). I didn't even run the whole time, but I did a few faster sprinting runs in the second half of the run, which helped me out. I finished first!!! But, it really wasn't a race, and it was more to get my training in for running a 5K.

The second one is in an hour, and I am bringing my dog. It may rain, which I'm sure she'll love (to cool her down). I just hope to finish in about 40/45 minutes!

****UPDATE****
I brought my dog, Jenny, to the second 5K, which looked to be fun! The minute the run/walk started, though, it started to rain. There were other dogs with, and my dog was super distracted and barking at them, so I decided to jog with her a bit to get ahead enough.

Then, it started to POUR!!!! Serious downpour of rain. My outfit was entirely soaked, my shoes were squishy (my good shoes!!!!), and I couldn't see much ahead of me because my eyes were full of rain and sweat mixed together. So, I decided to just keep on running until the rain stopped. Unfortunately, it did NOT stop, so I ended up running the whole darned thing (except for a 5-minute stop when I had to wait for the next person behind me to catch up because I lost the stupid map that showed me where to go after a certain point). My dog did a great job, and we ended up at 43 minutes, which is not bad considering a) it was raining cats and dogs, b) I was jogging with my dog, who had to pee and poop (don't worry, I had a baggie :), c) I got lost, and d) the last mile was more of a very slow jog...wet clothes really hang heavy on you!

So, very proud of myself, but I definitely felt it the next morning!!!

  
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MEWRIGHT9585 6/9/2010 12:07PM

    Holy cow! That's some pretty hardcore 5K-ing. You're doing an amazing job!! Keep it up!!!

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RAINEMARIE214 6/7/2010 4:00PM

    emoticon on your 5k!!

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AMANDAEA129 6/7/2010 2:37PM

    Awesome job emoticon!!! Way to go doing a 10K (more or less), too!!!

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LILMAMAVT 6/7/2010 7:01AM

    emoticonKeep it up!!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 6/7/2010 12:02AM

    Way to go! It's so addicting, isn't it? And so difficult to explain to people who aren't bitten by the running bug! How did your dog like it?

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SCRAPPYLADYV 6/6/2010 7:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
You are doing great!!

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BLEIGH711 6/6/2010 5:33PM

    Thats so awesome! Good for you ( and your dog). Hope you had a great time. I'm hoping to work up to one myself, may be seeking your experience and knowledge soon.

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MADDEELOU 6/6/2010 4:28PM

    Way to go! have fun on the second. emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 6/6/2010 4:09PM

    Wow!! You rock... good luck with this next one!!

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-POOKIE- 6/6/2010 3:59PM

    Sounds awesome :) I am building my way up to running 5k too!

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My goals for June!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Well, I saw some bloggers doing this, and thought it was a GREAT idea!

NUTRITION:

~ Track what I eat every day and strive to stay within my points for Weight Watchers every day, or use activity points if needed.
~ Focus on less fat, less meat, more veggies, fruits, and whole grains!
~ Continue drinking at least 8 glasses of water, more on days I run.
~ Try a new recipe every week to shake it up!

FITNESS:
~ Continue what I am doing now with spinning Monday through Friday and elliptical Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
~ Add in the C25K training program Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (though I have run a 5K, I haven't formally trained. This training will take me until August 2 before I start training for a 10K).
~ Strength training Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1/2 hour each time (circuit on Monday and Wednesday with Nautilus, and a Pump-It high-repetition barbell and dumbbell class on Friday).
~ Lose 10 pounds (seems high, but this is always my goal every month).
~ Run/walk 15 miles a week

FINANCIAL GOALS
~ Put away $1000.00 in savings for the summer months that my husband doesn't get paid (high school teacher).

  
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AMANDAEA129 6/4/2010 10:07AM

    Great goals! emoticon

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NEWLIBRARIAN 6/3/2010 10:32PM

    Wow Great goals and very broadly encompassing. Work hard and gitrdone!


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SCRAPPYLADYV 6/3/2010 4:49PM

    emoticon emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/3/2010 2:23PM

    Awesome goals..... emoticon

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MEWRIGHT9585 6/3/2010 2:12PM

    Awesome goals!! Rock on!

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ELISELOVE1 6/3/2010 1:15PM

    emoticonlook at those goals each day so you stay on track. emoticon

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NOT_BIG_BONED 6/3/2010 12:26PM

    Really good goals! I'm impressed.

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MRSSASS2010 6/3/2010 12:15PM

    You can do it! GREAT goals!

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Hard work paying off....

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

You hear about how if you work hard, you will see that hard work pay off. This journey has been so different from all of my previous weight-loss efforts. I always tried the "don't eat so much" diet and seemed to go to an extreme, followed by jumping heartily off the wagon into my sea of horrible, horrible food!!

I have ALWAYS loved activity, and doing as much of it as I can. For the year before I became pregnant, I was working out about a half hour to an hour a day. My husband just could NOT understand why I was not losing any weight at all, and either could I! But then, I looked over my purchases with my credit card over that year, and that gave me a pretty promising answer. Subway, Burger King, McDonald's, DQ, etc. etc. No wonder! There were some days I was eating multiple meals a day of fast food...and not in good portion, either.

So, to the present. I am actually fully immersed now in being as healthy as I can be. I still have my "luxuries" of food, usually after weighing in at WW, and I will still stay within my points (or calorie range), but have Subway or, like last night, Jimmy John's. ***YUMMMM***

I lost 5.4 pounds this week on WW, and 6.2 pounds on SP!!!! (the days of weighing in and times are different, so that's why I posted both). I am so excited. I have tons of fitness goals, but my main weight goal for a short-term goal is to get down to 175 on or before my daughter's 1st birthday (July 11). I have about 6 weeks, and 12.4 pounds to go! I know I can do it. I am ramping up my workouts by a total of 2 hours a week (part of a challenge I'm in plus a personal challenge for myself since I have the time available in the morning).

Woohoo!!! I'm on Cloud 9 today! Man, do I love fruit. I have had a banana and strawberries so far today! I will have to hit the veggies on my break soon....

Take care all, and know you can do it!!! ~Erin

  
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SCRAPPYLADYV 6/3/2010 12:03AM

    emoticon on the awsome weight loss this week. Nutrition and exercise both have their part to play in this journey. Feed your body good fuel so you will continue to have energy for all those great workouts!! And a little treat now and then won't hurt you!

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ILIKECACTI 6/2/2010 7:54PM

    Way to go!!! Congrats!!

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AMANDAEA129 6/2/2010 4:17PM

    Awesome job! Keep up the amazing work!!!

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MOVINITMORE 6/2/2010 3:33PM

    Great job ...You inspire me to do more!!! emoticon

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RLHOTAN 6/2/2010 2:46PM

    You are doing great! Keep up the good work! Weight loss is a journey! And, as you have seen, nutrition is 80% of the battle!!!

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-POOKIE- 6/2/2010 12:37PM

    emoticon keep it up!

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AXISLADY 6/2/2010 10:36AM

    I need to blog. I can tell this is so refreshing for you to get it down and read it. Thanks for sharing.

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