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a wrap of the last six weeks

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I`ve been inconsistent on SP. I guess I touched a peak with my first half-marathon, then life got in the way, let`s put it like this.

First, my mileage went downhill and my eating got out of control. What`s new? My biggest fault: inconsistency. I must have gotten tired of so much running. I took a too long break with small runs here and there (to maintain fitness and sanity). Cold weather settled in and my body went into the hybernating mood a.k.a. "stay in and eat up". I felt tired and just wanted to cuddle in my soft housecoat with Doritos and "Dexter" (big fan!). Result? 2lbs gain over a few weeks.

I ran a 5K on October 16th pretty much out of shape but somehow I pulled a PR. I aimed to run an under 30min, dreamed about a 29min and scored a 28:12! Prove that long distance running DOES improve speed. I was able to keep up my "speed run" pace the whole time and even to accelerate the last few hundred meters. Like my old track&field trainer taught me: "Always cross that finish line at your maximum speed". It was a good race. Look at my chubby thighs :)

This season has been finacially stressing (will it be over? ... ever?). Between back-to-school, my older son`s birthday, fall clothing shopping, Halloween, winter gear shopping my finances are so weak that sadly today I couldn`t afford a 60$ Iron supplement because it isn`t covered by my insurance. Despite the fact that my ferritine is at 9 (minimum limit is 13), my level of energy is significantly decreased and I`m dealing with all-day migraines 5 days out of 6. I could feel the compassion in the pharmacist`s voice when I refused to pay for the medicine but bought my little one a 3$ Hot Wheels car. Ah, the things we do for love :).
Talking about love, I just remembered how much fun was this Halloween for both kids. One was a (cute) dinosaur ...

and the other was was Billy Joe Armstrong (Greenday) - voila! Apparently he turned many heads at school that day :)))

I finally got my picture from my first HM. Of course I stared at it many times but one thing I`ve noticed recently. See in the background, on my right, other runners with red bib numbers? Those were the marathoners. What glory, although running with them most of the race was somehow heartbreaking. Some were struggling. What a gruelling distance. I can only respect that! Observe in the back a couple, arriving hand in hand together. How awsome is that? Oh and check the guy behind me. Eh? LOL

This week I aimed to stop my reckless eating after supper and instead to be more active and hydrate properly the last part of the day. I`ve noticed I drink plenty of water during the day and somehow after 6 ... almost nothing. I was aware I`m thirsty, and yet was reaching for (bad) food instead. I mean, nothing wrong with a whole-wheat bagel with organic natural PB. But not at 10pm! GGGGRRRRRRRRR !!! ... I did pretty well. Managed to run three times this week and behaved most days. I could see the difference in my waist. I am that type of woman others hate because all it takes me to lose weight is do 3 moderate exercise sessions and stop eating after 7-8pm. I eat quite healthy but I still have a fast metabolism. It slowed down with age, I remember how much I used to eat in college and still be skinny (and hated by my friends). I obvioulsy sabotage myslef nowadays. Or unconscioulsy I know I can lose weight quite easy and self-indulge too much. Well, at least I don`t give up. I might derail sometimes but always come back on the right path.

I feel a bit uninspired and boring but wanted to blog though and share some pics. I need to stay focused. Hopefully tomorrow I`ll find the energy for a light 10K, the weather is cold but sunny and the colours are simply breathtaking!

Happy Sunday :)

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COUNTING_DOWN 12/31/2011 10:23PM

    Hi Ana, I have been away, and have only read this blog and not the others that I have missed. Congrats on the half and the 28.12. Wow, that's really speedy! Yeah, you! Your weight looks great in all the pictures. Just keep moving and you will do fine. Eat when you are hungry, and just be sure that what you eat is good food, and not junk food. It sounds like you make good choices. I wish the financial stress would disappear. I know what it feels like, and it's no fun! Keep up the awesome rock as a mom and a runner!

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TEMPEST272002 11/6/2011 9:13AM

    It's natural to have a slump after a big accomplishment. The trick is to not let it go on too long. A little bit of effort & you'll be back in the swing of things. Your son is a cutie!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 11/6/2011 12:57AM

    You look great in your running pictures, awesome job on the PR when you weren't even expecting it. I have been so off the rails lately...hope to find my way back!! Staying consistant is an ongoing battle, you can do it!

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racing sign-up splurge

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yes, I`m on a roll. After accomplishing my first serious endurance test (HM) my new goals, before attacking "the land of Gods" is picking up my pace and improving my running strategy.
Therefore, today I signed up for the "5KClassique du Parc Lafontaine" (10K was sold out ...) and Runners`Room Resolution Run on December 31st (another 5K). My goal is to improve my time and pass the limit of 30min.
Well, in an attempt to do a 5K light/recovery run tonight I said to myself (silly/proud/reckless/crazy woman) "let`s pick it up, 1K after 1K and see if I can kill this one in 30min". Well, I did. It`s oficially 4min faster than my last 5K. I admit, my last 5Ks were just light runs, part of my HM training. I knew I got better so I knew 30min isn`t unrealsitic. But I thought I`ll die for the last 2K. And throw up. I didn`t. I finished in 29:58.
I`m tired but proud. I`m having light cottage cheese with dried cranberries and thinking to set the goal for 29min for my next 5K race, on October 16th.
One thing I`m proud is that I convinced one of mu colleagues to do the Resolution Run with me. She was so pumped with my HM that she decided to go for something more than walking her dogs. I`ll be her coach! I have to share with you she`s the third friend I infect with the bug of running. Two more have started this summer ... YAY !!! More runners on the road :)
next race will be a second HM, end of April next year. This will mean winter running. Tough runs, make you stronger. Not to disrespect the demential dry heats in Texas or the humid torrid July in Miami but there`s nothing more unappealing than heading out for a run at 9pm at -20C with a blizzard. North Americans and Canada, we know this. And equally love it!
I plan a 10K in the early summer and run again the Oasis Montreal HM. It`ll be the third HM so I`m expecting to cut a few minutes each time. This time I`ll run with a friend, the one who introduced me to running. Her previous HMs were 1:45 and 1:38. BBBRRRRR that`s fast ... but she took time off for almost three years so we`ll be even :) I`m looking forward to this year.
And I realize I`m not a beginner runner. I moved slowly to intermediate :) I`ll stay here for a while, maybe forever and enjoy each minute of it while getting better. And happier!

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PSMITH3841 9/30/2011 11:41AM

    Reading about your accomplishments, and how happy you are, makes me smile! You've come a long way, my friend! You're doing great!!!!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/29/2011 8:26AM

    Way to go!!! Awesome times. You definitely have passed the beginning runner mark!

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TEMPEST272002 9/29/2011 8:20AM

    Wow, congrats on beating the 30 minute 5k! You've shown a lot of hard work & dedication this past summer. I know it's gotten rough & you still pushed through. There is such satsifaction in that, isn't there?

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Half Marathon - check!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

... need to say more? emoticon

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JLITT62 9/26/2011 4:56AM

    Yes, you do! We wanna hear all about it!


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MUMMAMICHELLE 9/26/2011 2:54AM

    Congrats!! It is such an accomplishment!!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 9/25/2011 7:51PM

    YOU ROCK!!!!!

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PASTAFARIAN 9/25/2011 6:09PM

    Kudos! Cute pic! (But yes, now we want to hear the race report!)

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countdown is over ...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Yes, I have the race jitters and I love it !!!

I`m looking at my training schedule of the last month up on the wall, all highlighted. All of it. There`s one line left white, at the bottom, and it says:

Sun, Sept 25 - HALF MARATHON RACE DAY - 21.1KM@6:47 - Time: 2:22:59

I made it. I ran all year, all around the clock, the seasons, the weather. Most of the time tired after a long day at work or tired of fighting and stress. Running has been my getaway, my me-time, my quality-time. A time of sweating and cramps sometimes but overall, a time of accomplishments and pure joy. I love running. For as long as I`ll stand on these two feet, I won`t stop.

"May the road rise with you" (me) - Irish proverb

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TEMPEST272002 9/24/2011 6:14PM

    Well done. It hasn't always been easy, but you've shown real grit and determination. Good luck at the race! Look forward to hearing how it goes.

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just a quickie ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tonight I was SO tempted to reach for a cheese sandwich at 9pm after all my "duties" were done. Poor excuse for the instable weather. And yet I got my butt off the door for a little 3K recovery run.
No cheese sandwich, just a great run, short and sweet. Thunders, some lightening and rain. Ah well, it was warm, quiet and dark and the rain was just refreshing. My quads felt like steel after. They must be in the best shape ever! I`m so ready for my HM ...
Half banana with 2TBS vanilla greek yogourt (YUM!) and off to bed.
Goodnight, Sparkers :)

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MUMMAMICHELLE 9/14/2011 6:30PM

    Great job!!

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PSMITH3841 9/14/2011 10:07AM

    I want to be like you when I grow up!!!!!!! Amazing will power and quads of steel! WOW! You are doing great! emoticon emoticon

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SPMOM2 9/14/2011 3:42AM

    great willpower

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TEMPEST272002 9/13/2011 11:17PM

    Great job with saying no to the cheese. You're going to rock the HM!

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UMBILICAL 9/13/2011 10:56PM

  Good Job! Love Van Gogh also.

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