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IDEA - Days 62-63: Mind over Matter

Monday, August 20, 2012


If you don't mind it, it don't matter.

I'm just thinking about my run on Friday. Honestly, I didn't expect the 'high' to last this long. I'm still so proud of my rinky-dink mile. So proud of the fact that I got out there and did it. So very, very proud that I'm doing something I never in a million years thought I would actually do and enjoy.

That's the scary thing - I enjoyed that damned mile.

I think I'll really fracking enjoy three.

I have my dreaded 20 minute run for C25K Week 5 Run 3 today. This is the conclusion of my second run through week 5. I spent three weeks on week 3, so I have no fear of just repeating it until I'm confident. It's all about pacing, I know that now. Pacing and positive self talk.

I can do this. I will do this. I will call it done.

In other news my weekend was not a very successful one. I am so wrapped up in 1) celebrating my brother's birthday 2) preparing for DragonCon and 3) trying to keep my house in order that my eating and exercise regimine really fell to the wayside. I don't know why I do better sticking to my plans during the week, but I do. Less choices, more structure probably help with the whole thing, though. I eat the same breakfast every day, have four or five choices for lunch, and plan my snacks out. I don't feel deprived or hungry during the week. On the weekend I fall back into old habits of eating because I'm supposed to.

Sewing for the convention is in high gear. Last night I finished up the top of my body armor for Gambit, did half of my legging patches, and set myself up for a quick sew on the rest of the patches tonight. The leggings will be done this evening as well the corset portion of the armor. I intend to wrap up all the pieces except the Jacket for no later than Wednesday. With luck I'll get through them all tonight.

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week - if you're out for a run and you feel like slowing down, I'm right there beside you giving you a fist pump and a reminder, "WE CAN DO THIS!"

  
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ELLISH 8/20/2012 11:36AM

    Awesome on your run. You can do this, you will do this and you did! :)

Good job. Love it! Inspiration for all us that have a first coming up! :)

Fracking awesom! ;)

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POMATOJUICE 8/20/2012 11:06AM

    PICCTTUUUURRREEESSSSS

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GINGERLY4 8/20/2012 11:05AM

    Yep, I think it's the structure of the week that makes staying on track during the week easier! Did you get a T-Shirt for your run?

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/20/2012 10:57AM

    My brother goes to Dragoncon. He dragged me along once, but we only went for the convention so I spent the whole time jet-lagged. Fun!
emoticon on doing the mile! I thought I would be cross at having to repeat a week but I really don't mind. Thanks for the advice : )

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IDEA - Day 60-61: "I only run if I'm being chased."

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Good morning, Sparklers!

The morning after the Liberty Mile and I'm still smiling!



That's me, all 204 pounds of happiness and joy after my first road race of my adult life.

I cannot say how proud I am of finishing that mile and how inspired and motivated I am for the 5K coming up at the end of September.

The Play by Play:

We line up and wait. The group I was with wanted to be near the front (crazies) and I begrudgingly moved up with them, noting that there was just going to be a bunch of people passing me. After a delayed start and a fit of nerves we were off! I just kept my pace slow and even, resisting the urge to keep up with the crowd. When I neared the quarter mile mark and saw my time at 2:20, I slowed, I don't think there's any way I can do an eight minute mile.

The times between that quarter and the last half were the longest - I was alone, being passed, and without any music.

As I neared the half mark there were people in front of me who'd slowed to a walk. Inspiration found. As I came upon them I cheered them on. "You've got this," and "Come on." "It's all downhill from here." I got some of them to start running again with me. Some of them picked up their pace and left me behind, but that was okay. I found my legs.

The last quarter mile and I could see the finish line. I hear the announcer cheering people in. Then I see my target - the person I have to pass. I'm at the end of the block and she's at the middle. I gun it. I push hard. I pass. I finish.

The rest of my company finished their miles between 5 and 8 minutes. I was really psyched for that five minute dude!

I finished 90/104, all 204 pounds of me.

There was a time when I would joke that I only run if I'm being chased. Now I run if I see something I want to pass. I run if I know my slow and steady pace inspires someone else. I run because I feel proud and accomplished.

What matters most is that I run.

  
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GINGERLY4 8/19/2012 1:13PM

    WooHoo! I'm so glad you enjoyed your race!

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SKEETOR 8/18/2012 10:12PM

    Great Job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 8/18/2012 9:00PM

    I still run only if someone is chasing me, but I certainly admire those of you who get out there and pound the pavement. You did good!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 8/18/2012 3:07PM

   


YOU LOOK AWESOME!!!!!! Not that where you place really matters but, 90 out of 104 is definitely respectable showing. You even took the Spark heart and pepped up other runners (some folks are just natural cheerleaders)!

PS - 5 min dude is just a show-off!!! LOL!

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SHELLYGON321 8/18/2012 3:06PM

    Congrats!!!!!

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TEACHEROF4TH 8/18/2012 12:40PM

    emoticon on your successful run! Way to go!

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IDEA - Day 59: Making Time Where you Need To.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome to Friday ladies and gentlemen!

This work week has been absolutely exhausting. 55+ hours on the job is enough to make me feel more than jsut a little unfocused. Granted, the work days have gone quickly, but I find myself at the end of rhe day asking two questions: What did I do today? How did I lose two hours? I begin to wonder just how productive I am when I have absolutely no idea how long it's taken me to compile a chart vs. reading claim documentation.

The good news is that I have in fact managed to preserve most of my fitness routine this week. Of 65 planned minutes I am up to 125. So, it's easy to keep my spirits up while thinking in those terms! I believe in the principle that when you have less time you're forced to make time for the things that matter - if minutes tabulated alone say anything, I'd say my health and fitness rank among the most important things to me right now!

We're now down to just nine hours until the Liberty Mile. I'm so excited. I can't wait to prove to myself that this once untouchable milestone is going to be SMASHED. Pictures and things to follow, I assure you :)

I wish everyone a fantastic Friday and a rush of energy into the weekend!



  
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GINGERLY4 8/17/2012 11:05AM

    Have fun on your tun today and Have an Awesome Weekend!
Don't forget to post before and after pics of your race!

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IDEA - Day 58: My first 'race' is tomorrow!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happy not-quite-Friday everyone!

My week is still more than just a little bit hectic, but that's okay, it's making for quick days!

Tomorrow, what I'm truly focused on, is my very first race. It's a one mile run hosted by GNC to encourage people to get out and get active. I don't get any hardware, but I do get a T-Shirt. There was a time in my life that I couldn't run a mile straight - and tomorrow will be my first official proof that I can. I don't care if it takes me 15 minutes, my ass is going to finish!

There wwas a great comment yesterday that said I must have a lot of endurance following my hour battle with the Eliptical (Precor) machine. I think it's all the mental game and when it comes down to it, I'm just a very stubborn person. I don't like to lose and certainly don't like being seen as a quitter. What can I say, peer pressure is a huge influence.

So, here's onto another day of healthy living! I'm trying to decide if I should stick to my C25K training today or if I should do a 'test' mile. I think I'll stick to my training.

Have an AWESOME day, everyone - and remember to be kind to yourselves!

  
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ELLISH 8/16/2012 1:53PM

    Sweet! You got this in the bag!! Get out there and butst your hump and love every second of it. You CAN do this! You WILL do this and sometime tomorrow you will be saying. I DID THIS!! ;)

We want pictures in the T ! My butt has one on 9-25-12!! You bet no matter how I look or do, I'm going love every second of it!! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/16/2012 9:51AM

    Best wishes on your first race, you'll be emoticon

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GINGERLY4 8/16/2012 9:22AM

    You are going to have so much fun tomorrow! Wear your shirt with pride!

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IDEA - Day 56-57 : C25K demotion

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The last couple of days have been hectic - which isn't a good or bad thing. I've just had a lot on my plate.

As I mentioned previously I'm in the middle of spending most of my free time sewing. I'm getting costume pieces ready for DragonCon which starts on August 30th. At this point I probably have about 20 hours worth of work left to put in. I'm hoping this weekend to wrap up my jacket!

In other news work has been hectic as well - lots of 'rush' jobs to get finished; but, nothing that is impossible to do. I'm just keeping my head on straight and working to get through all of my plans.

Last night at FKC we exercised the entire duration. So, I had already biked for a sum of 30 minutes that day and then I did an additional 60 minutes on the Precor (Eliptical) machine. I remember when I used to top out at 30 minutes on there! It was really invigorating. 30 minutes came and I thought "What's another fifteen." Then another five. Then another three. I was just so proud of myself for pushing through and keeping my momentum going. After last week's week off, I really needed to feel strong.

I completed my first C25K run back - week 5 day 1, a repeat. I'm going to keep repeating that day until I feel prepared to move on. Hopefully for next Monday I'll be on week 6. There's no shame in hanging out where you need to grow and improve! This isn't about progressing through the program at the pace it dictates - it's about progressing with the rate that makes my body stronger and my mind more focused.

Turning 'setbacks' into motivators, that's what we're all about here at FRACK THAT NOISE.

  
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MSMOSTIMPROVED 8/16/2012 1:10PM

    Way to be a SparkStar!!!!! You were moving and grooving on that Elliptical. She didn't see you coming. Good luck getting those costumes done and keeping up with your C25K routine.

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FRACK THAT NOISE !!!! Whoop! Whoop! *insert awful fist pump*

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FATHINSN 8/16/2012 12:31AM

    Hmm, that's a good idea, repeat the plan till ready to move on. Last time I tried one of the SP running plan and I end up gave up as I couldn't keep up as I didn't run daily, haha.
So, I'm borrowing your quote as inspiration, "This isn't about progressing through the program at the pace it dictates - it's about progressing with the rate that makes my body stronger and my mind more focused."

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SLAPTHEFATCAT 8/15/2012 10:50PM

    Wow, you have some kind of endurance! I can barely do 5 minutes on the elliptical.

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ELLISH 8/15/2012 12:33PM

    A good point indeed. Pushing yourself past your general limits creates new limits! Way to go!!

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GINGERLY4 8/15/2012 11:28AM

    I love your point about hanging out where you need to grow and improve. Thank You for stating that!

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