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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Today was a pretty good day. Choir started back up and I registered for a 15K race that is on my calendar. It's a pretty big race and they set a cap at 13,000 people for this year. An article today said that they plan on selling out in about another month, so I thought I should get it in. I still need to register for the Warrior Dash, the Empire State HM and the MCM. Those are my only other "destination" races this year. The HM and the MCM aren't open yet and, honestly, I'm started to doubt myself when it comes to the Warrior Dash. Though I guess the only way to fully commit is to register.

I went and swam laps again today. It went pretty well. I was able to do 2 full lengths (not back to back) of front crawl-which is a huge improvement over last week. I went for about 45 minutes. My eating today was not so great, but I got in all of my water.

I won't be running tomorrow, it's forecast to get down to -11*F tonight and that's just too cold for me at 5:30am. It should get warmer mid week, so hopefully I'll still be able to get in 3 runs this week. My knee has been achy this week, so a day off might not be a bad thing.

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
30DS L1, 30 min cardio
Eat well and log my food
Stretch
In bed by 10

  
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DINGALLSTOO 1/24/2011 5:52PM

    seriously, I'm gonna kick your butt,(copying the midget here) SO what if you don't finish, some won't even sign up and you certainly are strong enough, YOU only have to heft a 118 lb body over the obstacles. Do you have to work the next day, I DON'T THINK SO, so you rest the next day or two, but you will feel SO good when you finish and I KNOW you will.

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FRECKS96 1/24/2011 4:43PM

    I'm not sure Gwen. Part of it is the upper body strength. Part of it is a fear of failure. The fear that I wasted the money if I don't finish. The fear that I'll look like I don't belong. I still struggle to see myself as an athlete.

I felt so confident last summer that I could rock that event and now I just doubt myself. I guess I just need to register and run with it.

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LADYGWEN25 1/24/2011 9:59AM

    So what's your doubt when it comes to the Warrior Dash? the upper body strength? think of it this way.. Swimming REALLY improves that emoticon emoticon

Thanks for the reminder to to register for the boilermaker!

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TJARRARD 1/24/2011 7:59AM

    Wow. you certainly have a year planned when it comes to your runs. I was tired just reading it. :)

Good luck on the running this week!

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JLITT62 1/24/2011 4:42AM

    Those are some hard races you're lining up there!

I've read about the Warrior Dash . . . people sure seem to like it, but I don't think it's for me.

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So tired.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Again. Tonight was our monthly open gym event. Almost 100 kids and they were crazy tonight. Residual effects of the full moon or something, but it was rough. Great for the pocketbook, Rough on the body/mind. I ate ok today, I had logged everything I planned to eat and did really well until the end of the night. The parent's association had a bake sale and I ended up noshing a couple of cookies. I guess it's better than the bottle of wine I was considering! (j/k mom!)

My race today went well, I wasn't really feeling great the whole run, but I did end up with a 10K PR by 3 seconds. It was really cold, about 0* at the start. But, my new head/neck cover worked great! Next Saturday is forecast to be about 20* warmer than today, so hopefully I'll be able to finish the series strong.

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Church
Swim with Gwen
Eat well and log my food
Stretch
In bed by 10:30

  
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TEMPEST272002 1/23/2011 4:41PM

    emoticon on beating your 10K PR!

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DINGALLSTOO 1/23/2011 12:38PM

    running in that cold, I'm sure you burned MORE calories and can afford the cookies!

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LADYGWEN25 1/23/2011 9:58AM

    I had a cuopl e of cookies too.. and they were MAD GOOD! the good thing about higher ranges.. You can afford to indulge more without it breaking the bank.. SO LOOKING FORWARD to a warmer temp.. My toes and body will be going... AHHHHHHHHHH!

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JLITT62 1/23/2011 4:46AM

    Remember, you're in maintenance mode not to mention you're running like a maniac -- I think you can afford a couple of cookies!

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RUTHAHONA 1/22/2011 10:52PM

    You are super woman. Way to only eat two cookies, and to run a race and to work so hard at making your program work!

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TGIF!

Friday, January 21, 2011

It really hasn't been a difficult week, but it has seemed long. Just a few quick thoughts tonight...

~Apparently, I am just a big kid. Or so the guy at the ski shop thinks. I went in tonight to pick up a "Shellaclava" (basically a fleece gaiter with a thin shell hood)-it's meant to be worn under a ski helmet, but I think it will be perfect for tomorrow's run. Anyway, I know I have a small head, so I asked the guy if there was any way I could try it on before I bought it. He said sure and pulled out one of the kids ones for me. It fit perfect! The adult one would have been huge and not provided the coverage I want. And, it come in much cuter designs! Then, we started discussing the fact that I was using it for running and he put 2+2 together and asked "you mean you run in this?!" Yup. I guess I'm a runner.

~Doesn't it suck when you don't realize how terrible something is until after you've eaten it? And, along with that, how do you explain to a 4 year old that you will NOT buy said food for her again because it is so gross. My example from tonight...I had bought Alexis some store brand pop tarts on sale. She likes them and she can actually benefit from the calories. I had never thought much about it until she shared hers with me tonight. Being the good little Spark person that I am, I wanted to enter the correct nutrition info into my tracker. Now, I knew they weren't good for me, but (this kills me-literally), ONE pastry (remember, they come in a 2-pack) has 200 calories AND contains trans fats. Now, assume that most kids will eat an entire foil pack (2 pastries) or more for a meal or snack and we wonder why we have obesity issues.

After entering the information, I literally felt sick to my stomach. The kicker is that it really didn't even taste that good. But, I did an extra 10 minutes cardio tonight because of it.

That's it, those are my thoughts for tonight. Today was good, I will meet my goals and it will be a great weekend. Hope yours is too!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
10K run
Eat well and log my food
Stretch
In bed by 11

  
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DINGALLSTOO 1/23/2011 12:36PM

    I hate pop-tarts, never did like them, thought they were flavored cardboard, but now I know the truth.

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JLITT62 1/22/2011 8:04AM

    I have a gaiter type thing I sometimes wear as a hat. It looks really dorky, tho! Lately I've just been wearing a hoodie (with an under & over layer) and a buff puff bandana under pulled around my ears -- I don't care if I look like a bank robber, it keeps everything except my nose warm!

I tried the neck gaiter over the nose thing, but I didn't really like the feeling even tho it did definitely keep my nose warm.

And would you like to believe I used to eat an entire box of pop tarts for dinner once in a while when I was in college? Makes me sick just thinking about it now. You know you live a healthy lifestyle when those sorts of things aren't even appealing anymore!

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I might just be crazy.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Here's my story. I have been planning since early fall to run the 2011 Marine Corp Marathon in DC on 10/30/11. ( www.marinemarathon.com/ ) I have a local friend that has run it the past 2 years, we had planned on training, traveling and running it together this year.

Today I clicked on a link for inaugural marathons to run for 2011, just to see what was new out there. Come to find out there is an Empire State Marathon ( empirestatemarathon.com/ ) scheduled for October 16, 2011. Now, this marathon would be on a lovely, flat course around a lake. It is also only one hour from my house (instead of 5 hours) and I have a bunch of friends that could come cheer me on. Sounds awesome, right??

Except it's 2 weeks before MCM!! Now I'm torn...which should I run?? I whined to my mom and she said "why not do both?" It's totally crazy but not entirely unrealistic (I think). But...then she had a better suggestion, why not do the HM in my home state and then do the MCM as planned.

Is that still too ambitious? I'll be running in my first HM in May and I have a 15K planned for July. Possibly a 20K in June, too, but that is still up in the air-it's notoriously hot that weekend. I'm open to any thoughts/suggestions anyone might have.

In other news, today I mentioned to DH that I planned on swimming on Sunday at a local high school. His reply was "if you're that serious about this, why don't you just go get the Y membership, then you could go anytime". So I really am considering that now. It would give me the ability to practice swimming more often and I would also be able to attend classes instead of jumping around in my living room all the time. I guess it will all come down to budget.

I ate well today, did more cardio than planned, had a great run this morning and have all my water in. It was a good day and tomorrow should be even better! Make it great everyone!!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
30DS L3, 30 min cardio
Eat well and log my food
Stretch
In bed by 10

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/14/2011 12:44PM

    I'm sure decisions have been made at this point, but I think the local half and the full MCM is the best plan.

Good news on the Y membership.

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SKFEREBEE 1/21/2011 12:16PM

    On most marathon training programs I've seen, the most you should run 2 weeks prior to a marathon is 9 miles, so I would think you need to choose one or the other if you want to perform at your best. You could run one in 2011 and one in 2012, right? emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 1/21/2011 8:41AM

    Well here's another thought to your marathon/HM dilemma.. I was looking for another HM to do around my birthday in October.. If you want to do the Syracuse HM i would be more than happy to run it with you... I WANT to be at Marathon Level BY my birthday... Not sure if i can... But it's goal to work for.. I know you said you have friends that run the MCM.. But i'd be happy to join you for that one too. :)

By the way.. I too am contemplating the Y membership:) THe times are just more conducive to family life.. PLus I think we can bring an extra person in.. So I'm thinking Liz :)

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JLITT62 1/21/2011 8:39AM

    Oh, how cool that you're joining the Y! I'm glad I could help inspire you.

I definitely know you don't want to do 2 marathons in 2 weeks.

As to doing the HM -- how competitive are you? Could you really not go all out on it, especially when surrounded by all those people? Hey, if I'm here, maybe I could come cheer you on! We'll see!

Anyway, if you don't think you can run it at a slower pace, I'd say you need to pass. 2 weeks is way to close to a marathon. There will be more chances to run the Empire marathon. You have many years of running ahead of you -- why risk an injury?

I've read that the DC MCM is a good firstie, too. Am trying to decide on what my first HM should be . . . more on that soon (but not planning to run it til 2012!).

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INDYCHX 1/20/2011 10:06PM

    I do NOT recommend doing the HM 2 weeks before doing the full marathon. You should start tapering 3 weeks prior to the marathon.
I'd wait until you run your first half in May before you decide which one you want to do. If you feel strong and confident after the half then go for the marathon.
I am planning on doing the MCM this year so I understand your desire to do it though.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 1/20/2011 9:50PM

    I think you should do the half (in your state) and then the full for the Marine Core. Of course, I'm not that experienced -- but it sound like a good solid plan to me!

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SHERLYN-WILL 1/20/2011 9:47PM

    YOUR husband is great! WHAT a supporter! I am cheerin' you on!

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DINGALLSTOO 1/20/2011 9:40PM

    glad I could help!

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I didn't want to , but I did it anyway

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I got in all of my workouts today. My run this morning was easy. About 32* and a light snow shower. I felt great and had a decent time. I was pretty drained after work though and kept trying to make excuses about why I didn't *NEED* to workout. This is how I know I've changed though...I put on my workout clothes and I busted it out. I went pretty hardcore for the whole 35 minutes too. I felt good when I was done. And (knowing what I'll run/burn on Saturday), I've already met my calorie burned goal for the week with 2 days to go-THAT feels awesome!

I also ate really well today and got in all my water plus some. Work went pretty well and it looks like I'll be in for the same person through at least next week. At this point I have an hour to read and stretch and still meet my self-imposed bed time. Tomorrow will be a lighter workout day and hopefully a great day at work!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
2 mile interval run, 20 minutes core on ball, 10 minutes cardio
Eat well and log my food
Stretch
In bed by 10

  
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DEECANDOITAGAIN 1/20/2011 3:02PM

    Your dedication is amazing!

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NEWNAC304 1/20/2011 7:56AM

    Great job of exercising when you didin't feel like it!

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SHERREMAC 1/20/2011 6:04AM

    way to go

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JLITT62 1/20/2011 5:25AM

    Didn't run yesterday -- and good thing too cause I spent 90 minutes shoveling snow on top of my ST!

Great job on doing it when you're not feeling it.

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HUNGRY_HAGGIS 1/20/2011 2:47AM

    Well done, that's fantastic, you're a star! emoticon

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FATHINSN 1/19/2011 11:33PM

    Wow, you're lots stronger than me, to run in snow, even if just light snow, seems like you won the battle!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/19/2011 11:30PM

    I love Nike's slogan: just do it. Being happy about it is not required. I think persistence is absolutely key to our success. Enthusiasm really doesn't last.

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SATYAGRAHA 1/19/2011 9:44PM

    Awesome job! I don't know about in Binghamton, but it was a dreary start to our day down here in NC and that always sets me up for a bad mood. On top of that I'm PMSing and super emotional, so I didn't want to do anything either! I even started crying during meditation in yoga today, but still managed to run my 3-miles after that. "Tamara, you're here at the gym already, so just do it!!!" Awesome job reaching your calorie burned goal two days early also!

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BLKBLTWMN 1/19/2011 9:03PM

    emoticon

You are awesome.

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