Sunday, June 19, 2011
A few months ago I knew that running was the answer to my weight loss goals. I needed something that was time efficient, high calorie burning, and something I could do with my kids. I had tried running many, many times in the past and just couldn't get into it. Since I wasn't immediately good at it, I gave up. I needed to change. Spark blogs gave the inspiration to do that. I read about people walking their first 5K, the Couch to 5K program, time and speed improvements, marathon runners and more. All those blogs gave me the courage to search for a race in my area.
I found the Father's Day 5K and emailed my 3 siblings and their partners about it. A gift for my marathon running Dad. Everyone was on board. A little background: my brothers are both very athletic and play together in an adult basketball league. My sister is a yoga nut and has done 5Ks with my dad before. My brothers both married uber athletes: a marathon runner and a yoga instructor that ran cross country in college. Let's just say that I am not the fittest of the bunch.
I was in show choir in high school (before Glee made it cool), I drank a lot in college, I am much much curvier than my sister and mom. I have always felt a little out of place with my family when it came to sports. The race gave me some serious motivation. We are a very competitive group!
I really wanted to beat my older brother. So I started training. My husband was a huge help, an incredible coach. When I was with my family we'd all make jokes about the race. I knew my older brother was laughing at me in an olderbrother -lovingly-competitive-jerky kind of way. Meanwhile, I was falling in love with running, becoming a total addict in a short time. Always in the back of my mind was beating my brother. He had always won at everything. Always.
Last night I talked to my sister and she said, "Don't let beating H ruin this for you. You're a runner. You organized this for all of us and Dad is ridiculously happy. Don't let sibling rivalry overpower that." I knew she was right. I went to sleep feeling great. I was about to run a 5K in a real race. I'd have a number bib thingie and everything. That's what mattered.
This morning the weather was perfect. Everyone was on time and in great moods. My mom told me that my dad could hardly sleep. He was that excited. I felt good. I felt better as the run started. You sparkers are right: the energy of a race is uplifting. We all started together and slowly broke apart. I ran with my dad for a bit and it makes my heart happy to know how proud he must have felt. I ran with my older brother and we bonded over LeBron's pathetic exit after Game 6. Then I took off. My husband promised to stay with me. And he did. I am a lucky lucky girl. We ran the last 1.5 mile together. Like I said before, he's an incredible coach.
Wait for it...
Wait for it...
We won. 26:33!!!!!! Not bad for a first 5K.
My brother came in 2 minutes behind, high fived me and didn't say a word. He didn't need to.
(His wife and my husband were both pushing a double jogger, which makes running pretty difficult! and affects their times.)
The point is: I ran a 5K. I had FUN running a 5K. If you're reading this and have any feelings about wanting to become a runner: DO IT!!! Sign up for a 5K and see where it takes you.
And the other point is: I won.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Ahhhhh! You can't read that.
I will leave sweatpants at home.
and sneakers at the gym.
It's time to put Saturday night effort
into Sunday afternoon.
I will put my best foot forward,
and remember who I am
and who I want to be.
It's time to be fabulous again.
Its time to remember:
I am a MILF, a
Mom Intent on Looking Fabulous
Sunday, June 05, 2011
The UV Project: 6/1- 6/5
(report back Monday 6/6)
THIS IS YOUR SUMMER!!!!!!!
What can you do? If you canít see yourself (insert exercise here) every day, you shouldnít be doing it to lose weight in the first place.
Get out and mooooove:
What do you love to do for cardio? Get out and move a little each day, and do some serious cardio at least twice. How many minutes/what was the intensity for the past 5 days? (keep track for next week!)
M: bodystep 60
T: run 60
w: run 30
T: yoga 40
F: bodystep 60
S: run 60
S: run, bike, ST 80
380 cardio min
Work your muscles:
Lower Body/Upper body/Core or a mix- Try to fit in 2 days of ST before Monday and tell us about it. (keep track of reps/weight for next week)
I don't know why I can't fit in ST. I'm doing lots of push-ups and other moves with my own body weight, but nothing serious with free weights. I thought this challenge would make me. Fail for week 1. will do better next week.
If youíve never tracked a bite of food, itís time to start! It doesnít need to be perfect but losing weight is a science. Tracking food (whether you go over or not) is vital to getting fit and healthy.
I don't track. It makes me cray-cray!!! I go with mindful eating/ intuitive eating. whatever you want to call it. Thsi week I focused on freggies. 8-10 a day was my goal. easy as pie!
Drink it! It hydrates you, curbs hunger, and makes your skin look fabulous! Have trouble remembering? Buy a 32 ouncer (Nalgene, Camelbak, etc) and fill, drink, repeat. Congrats on drinking 8 glasses!
Get at least 15-30 minutes of sun exposure 2-4 times this week. Vitamin D is essential for those healthy bones we are building (wear at least SPF 15) Reduce stress and enhance your mood with a 30 minute walk in your neighborhood!
Ran outside 3 times. Friday was spent outdoors on a fieldtrip with my Kindergarteners. A farm where they got to hold lots of baby animals. The city kids had a blast!
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