Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The year I was 40 was NOT the year I was "over the hill"...it was the year I started climbing a new hill. It was the year I became an athlete
(a year ago... when I was just turning 40)
The year I was 40...
I started to run
I ran for 30 seconds and was out of breath
I ran for 1 minute and could see a little improvement
I ran for 3 minutes and felt like I'd run a marathon
I ran for 20 minutes and had to celebrate
I ran for 30 minutes and finished C25K (Couch to 5K)
I ran for 3.1 miles and entered my first 5K as a runner
I ran a Half Marathon and put a "13.1" sticker on my car
I became a runner; an athlete
I started dreaming of a Marathon
The year I was 40...
I decided to lose weight
I started at 159
I lost a few pounds
I lost 10 pounds, and was in the 140's for the first time in many year
I lost 15 pounds and was at 144, my college weight
I lost 23 pounds and was at 136, my high school weight
I lost 25 pounds
I lost until my neighbor, friend and coach thought I'd lost 50-60 pounds
The year I was 40...
I started at a size 14
I lost until my 14s could no longer be belted on me and bought 12s
I lost until my 12s could barely be belted on me
I lost until my dresses looked like tents
I lost until I got in my first size 10 ever
I lost until I was in the single digits and bought my first size 8 ever...I thought it was a fluke
I bought more size 8s
I lost until I no longer wore L and XL tops, but M
I renewed my dream to compete in a sprint triathlon
I started swimming lessons
I bought a bike and had a wreck
I paid the entry fee to my first sprint triathlon
I started with a personal trainer again
I did strength training at home and at the gym
I did my first real pushups
I did 12 pushups in a row
I did my first pushups with a clap in between
I held a plank for 90 seconds
I tried boot camp
I tried yoga and pilates
I tried zumba
I tried rowing
I swam 'laps' in the murky lake
I played tennis again
I got up at 5:20 am to exercise
I kept every running date I ever made with myself
I worked out in the mornings while my house slept and then in the evenings, too
I used the Wii, the jumprope, the gym, the great outdoors
I bought new shoes, new clothes, new accessories, new 'fuels'
I switched to a healthier bread
I started eating veggies almost daily
I ate more chicken and less beef
I started eating Wheat Thins instead of chips
I started drinking 1% milk... and later skim milk
I started drinking Lean Body... and later chocolate milk
I read books about runners and fitness and triathlons
I bought subscriptions to running and fitness magazines
I tracked my food on Spark People
I made SP friends (and I'm so thankful!)
I joined SP groups
I cheered on other SPers as they cheered me on
I blogged about my journey
I lost weight
I became stronger
I set goals and achieved them
I gained confidence
I became an athlete
...when I was 40
Friday, February 18, 2011
Februrary has been the month where people are noticing that I've lost weight! It's been wonderful! (And, it only took about 23 pounds for people to notice...) With the comments, I've been able to spread my love of running & Spark People. So, I thought I'd record the positive remarks I've been hearing.
(Me on February 15th at 25 pounds lost)
Lisa (last week) - "Have you lost weight? I thought so before, but now I can definitely tell."
Beverly (same day last week) - "You've lost a LOT of weight. How have you done it?" (so, I told her about the Spark & Couch to 5K & wrote down the website)
Judith (at church Sunday) - "My husband says you're wasting away before our eyes!" (OK... so 'wasting away' isn't the look I was going for, but for a GUY to notice! WooHoo!)
Unknown person at daughter's AHG meeting after my run yesterday - "Did you dump that water bottle on your head?" So, this wasn't about weight loss but my sweat, but I found it very funny! And, yes I was SWEATY! I had an incredible 4 mile run and it was in the low 70's. I was WET & it was kind of embarrassing, though funny.
Carlotta (at AHG last night - she's new to group & I haven't seen her in about 2 years) - "You looked fine before, but you look so FIT now! How did you start running?" Yep... I told her about SP and C25K (couch to 5K).
Oh!!! One last funny one... my swim coach is also my friend & neighbor for the past 14 years. We were at class Wednesday night and a new triathlete, a guy, joined our group. She told him that I'd started running & swimming this past summer and had since lost "about 50 or 60 pounds." (I had to correct her and tell her it was 25, but I'm glad she thinks it is such a drastic change! I DO look different!)
Monday, February 14, 2011
My sister-in-law is training for her first marathon. We both ran our first half marathon back in November. At that time, she signed up for her first marathon and I signed up to do the half marathon with her. We are competing in Go! St Louis in early April.
She is dealing with a lot of ice & snow recently, so she's been running inside. This past weekend, she ran 7 miles on a treadmill at a pace of 11 minutes/mile. I ran 8 miles outside at a pace of 12:50 minutes/mile.
I was kind of frustrated when I heard how fast she was running. Why can't I be faster? My husband reminded me that she was a super athlete - though high school & college in two sports. Also, she's younger than me (by 2 years... does that count?) and she started training about 6 months before me (& I've only been at it for 8.5 months). Oh, and she's about 4 inches taller... that counts too, right?
But, I decided to see what I could do today. I had a bike ride this morning and a run on the treadmill this evening. (Mondays & Wednesdays are now my days for double workouts.) I rode 9+ miles this morning, which was great since I haven't ridden much in the past couple of weeks. I went to the gym with the goal of running 1 mile at near an 11 minute pace. My fastest mile up until now has been just under 12 minutes.
Well, I did it!!! I ran a mile at an 11:07 pace!!! And, it felt pretty good. I rested a couple of minutes, and then thought I'd try to run faster. I set the treadmill at 10:42 and wanted to run for half a mile. Well, I hit a half a mile and kept going. I ended up running a mile at 10:42! Yeah!!!
As I approached 3.1 miles, I thought... I might be able to set a PR! My fastest 5K to date is 37:48. Well, I ended up doing it in 37:18!!! That includes 3 minutes of just walking while I warmed up. (I also had to walk a couple of blocks from where I dropped my daughter off, so my warm up was about 6 minutes.) I'm thrilled! Though I won't count it as official since I've read that treadmills aren't very accurate. But, I can't wait for my next 'real' 5K! Whenever that will be! (It might not be until fall... I don't have any scheduled right now.)
My next race is my 10K a week from next Saturday. I'm hoping to have an official time of under 1:15. My 10K last month was 1:09 something, but they shortened it (accidentally) by half a mile! So, here's to a little speed!!!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I bought my first Triathlete magazine this week. They suggested a site to help improve swimming. It's called Swim Smooth and I've been looking at it tonight. I love it! I've already discovered several areas I need to work on improving. So, here's a link if you're interested: www.swimsmooth.com/
Friday, February 11, 2011
For the past few weeks, I've just been shocked every time I get a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Can this really be me? I'm thinner & more muscular. I walk by a mirror and have to go back and take a second look... is this really ME!?! I accidentally touch my shoulders or arms or legs...and can't believe the muscles I'm feeling are MINE!
I also made a big leap in swimming today. I only started lessons 4 weeks ago (though I was swimming some this summer). Today was my 7th swim. On my first swim, it was hard to go 50 yards without stopping. On the second swim, I made it 100 yards. In our lessons we worked up to a 150 and then a 200. In lessons we went from 600 yards to 750 yards by our 3rd lesson.
Last weekend, I went swimming with my daughter and swam for an entire hour. (My lesson is only 30 minutes.) I swam 1150 yards!!! And, I swam my first EVER 200 yards without stopping! I switched back & forth between various strokes to keep me going.
Today, while my daughter was at a playdate, I went swimming. I swam for 42 minutes and made it 1000 yards!!! Not only that, but I bumped it up and did a 300 yard swim... TWICE! I even timed myself and was able to do the 300 yards in 9 minutes. That means I should be able to do the 500 meters of my sprint triathlon in less than 18 minutes. WOW!!!
But, even bigger than being able to swim 300 yards was that I did it all in freestyle (except flipping onto my back to catch my breath twice) AND that I felt like I could keep swimming! I figured out how to swim and keep it comfortable! I think it is both from an improvement in technique and an improvement in stamina.
What about you? Are you seeing transformations? I'm loving re-discovering myself in new ways every week, and I love it! I hope you are, too!
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