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End of Weeek 1

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I promise myself that I will post a blog at least once a week and talk about my strengths and challenges during this journey. I hope that I can keep it up because I am so busy with other aspects of my life. This blog was supposed to be posted on Sunday but I couldn't because of a cold and had to rest. I am feeling much better now and can finally post it. Here it is ....

My marathon training started Jan 7th, 2014 and this was the first week schedule.

Jan 7: Run 4 miles
Jan 8: Run 3 miles
Jan 9: Crosstrain
Jan 10: Run 3 miles
Jan 11: Run 5 miles
Jan 12: Rest

My first two days went very well. I jogged at a comfortable pace and felt like I could run more but I promised myself that I didn't want to over-train and then hurt myself later down the road. So I stuck with the training plan and only ran the designated miles.

On Jan 9, I didn't cross-train at all because I am not sure what activity to do yet. I am thinking of doing yoga but then I like zumba too. I am not sure if I should invest in a gym membership and have more options. But I will figure it as I go along.

The last two days were pretty mixed. While I comfortably ran the 3 miles, I struggled with the 5 miler. I was tired and was struggling with some kind of bug. Immediately I started running, I knew that it wasn't going to be pretty at all. Running the first mile was a battle within myself and then i started experiencing some pain in one of my legs but didn't want to give up. I kept reminding myself that this is the only the first week and that I have to keep on. On and on I did and can honestly say that I felt so much better afterwards. But looking back, maybe I should have rested but I didn't want to stop and actually ran 5.2 miles. So proud!!!

Overall, my first week was okay. I figured it would be a breeze but was proven wrong. Life is unpredictable and I have to always remember that and adjust accordingly.

I am already halfway into my second week and I am excited. I already did a 5 mile run yesterday and baby, I was on fire. I am still having some pains but I have been icing it. I will evaluate how it feels in a couple of days.

Thanks for the support. I truly appreciate all the advice that I have gotten so far. Now, its time to get some rest. Good night, y'all.

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NEWCHINELO 1/21/2014 4:58PM


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MIAMEOWS 1/16/2014 10:48AM

    Amazing!! You are inspiring me so much!

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FEMISLIM 1/15/2014 6:27PM

    Great going. You can do this!!!!

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VWMOMMY 1/15/2014 8:56AM

    emoticon That's awesome! Just remember to take care of yourself, too. Some of those aches and pains are "normal" but make sure to let your body take care of itself. I remember in high school when we would complain about pain/soreness to our track coach he would say "That's fine but are you HURT or and you INJURED?" Hurt comes along with the territory, injured doesn't.

I know what you mean about the first mile. Although I can run distance anymore I still get that on the elliptical between like 3 and 10 minutes where I'm feelng like 'OMG, I can't do this'. Once I push past about the 10 minute mark I usually start feeling a little better and settle in for the long haul.

Keep up the great work!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/14/2014 9:55PM

    Good on you....keep at it....soon, your long runs will become your short runs!!

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Marathon training begins today

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Today is the start of what will be a grueling experience for me. I hope it is also an exciting period for me too. I will be running a marathon in 24 weeks and my journey starts today. I have only been jogging consistently for 3 months and I am not exactly sure why I want to run a marathon. It could be because it is a grueling challenge and I want to test myself. But for whatever reason, I am up for the challenge. I am going through a lot of emotions at the moment. I am excited, scared and all over the place all at once.
Today, I ran 3.23 miles and felt so great afterwards. I could have gone farther but I had to restrain myself and avoid overtraining. I am following the nikeplus app for the beginner marathoner and I am logging in all the miles on that app. I will try to log in my exercise to SP as well. I am hoping to blog more often to share my experiences as I go along.
I will need lots of support and encouragement from everyone. Thanks for reading my intro on this incredible journey. Wish me luck and have a great day!!!.

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VWMOMMY 1/14/2014 2:05PM

    Wow! What a great goal. I can't run long distance because I have some knee issues but I am going to ride my first half century (50 mile) bike ride this summer. About six or seven years ago I had gotten up to 30 miles a couple of times but I am bound and determined to hit 50 this time. Good luck on your journey. I'm adding you as a friend if you don't mind so I can follow your progress.

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MIAMEOWS 1/9/2014 4:25PM

    That's so amazing!! I'm a very new runner (less than a month - can I even call myself a runner yet??) but I am already getting excited to try more and more. It just feels indescribably amazing after a run. I'm already addicted :)

I saw my sister in law on Saturday and she is a "real runner" as I call them, and she wanted to try to run a 5K with me in the Spring. I said "yeah right, no way am I going to be able to run 3.1 miles by the Spring". And as you know from my blog post, I did two miles last night! WOO!

I can't wait to read your blog posts. So amazing!! GOOD LUCK!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/8/2014 10:11PM

    Good on you!! Believe me you CAN do it.

I used a book called "The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer" (look it up on Amazon) for my first marathon. I spent a lot of time reading about running and subscribed to Runners World, just to have something to read and stay motivated (because how much can you really write about running....put one foot in front of the other...)

Believe me, if I can do it, so can you!!

Good luck....and remember to enjoy the process....the biggest payoff may just be to enjoy the culture, sport, and feeling of running....finishing a marathon is just icing on the cake!

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5 reasons that inspire me to work out

Saturday, September 28, 2013

First and foremost, I so want to live a long and healthy life. I have three active kids that keep me going but I also want to see grand kids someday.

Second, I want to feel better and confident in every area of my life. I know that if I feel good about myself, it will definitely translate to other facets.

Third, I want to increase my energy level. Working out in the morning gives me that extra boost that I need for the rest of the day.

Fourth, if I can succeed in keeping a control of my weight, the sky is the limit, right? I believe so.

Fifth, I can't think of any other reason at the moment but I just do it. There are so many benefits to working out. Your body will thank you so will your mind.

Off to the park for a walk. Have a blessed day everyone!!!!

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KOFFEENUT 9/29/2013 1:20AM

    These reasons ROCK, and so do you!!!

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Don't settle!!!

Friday, October 07, 2011

I have to admit that I don't like to blog. But i am promising myself that I need to because that is the only way that I can be accountable - to live healthier and live a happier life

I just watched Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford in its entirety and it is so moving. One quote that spoke to me is when he said, "Do what you love. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle" This is so true in life. I want to apply that to every aspect of my life.

I promise myself that I won't settle. I want to live life to its fullest and do what I love and have a passion for because that is the only way that you can be truly be happy.

Thanks, Steve for being the great innovator in my generation and for truly inspiring many including myself that it isn't too late to find that passion whatever it may be.

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 11/25/2012 12:32AM

    Great Blog! Glad you decided to do it. He is so right in that you must keep looking if you haven't found it yet. On the other hand, I knew for years what I wanted to do, but it took that long to have the courage to go for it. Now I marvel at why it took me so long! emoticon emoticon

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HAKAPES 10/11/2011 3:29PM

    I like this quote, too, thanks for it!

I was not into blogging either, and just started as part of the Spring 5% challenge. But I found, like you, that writing the blog keeps me accountable, I get feedback, people give advices, and somehow all this healthy life happens in an easier way.

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LADYJ6942 10/7/2011 1:07PM

    His quote is oh so accurate. I plug away at my day job to get to school at at because that is my passion. Keep hunting, its out there.

Good luck!

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Another 5k event this saturday!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I don't know what came of me but I signed up for another 5k event this saturday. Even though I've been running and training for a couple of weeks now, I'm still a little bit scared. I am scared that I will walk the whole miles or that my time will be outrageous. I don't know why my thought process is this way.

Ever since I actively started working out about three weeks ago, I have lost five pounds (btw, on the scale) though I still don't see any difference in my clothes yet. What I have noticed is that I have more energy, my stress level is way down and I have fewer headaches. My water intake is even up (not sure about the correlation). On the other hand, my legs are quite sore especially my shin.

I hope to continue on this health path. I've even added zumba class to my fitness routine 3x/week. I don't have any dancing experience but I got to admit that it's fun. I also want to try cycling (so as to rest my shin), pilates and yoga. I hope I'm not adding too much too soon but I'll see how my body react to them.

It's really been great reading so many blogs about the process of weight loss. I want to be able to share my own success story too. I've made a commitment to myself that I am going to live healthier and I know slowly and surely, the pounds will come off. Is it going to be easy? Not by a long shot! But I have to try. I just have to give it a shot and see what happens.

SP has been great so far because it provides accountability. I have received so much information which I am putting into use. The hardest has been eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables but I'm trying. My biggest surprise has been my water intake. I didn't know that I could drink water especially with my addiction to sprite. Guess what, I haven't even tasted sprite in three weeks. Woo Hoo!

Despite the progress, there's been setbacks too. This past weekend, I went for a friend's birthday (which was at Olive Garden) and ate so much. But it was just one day and the next day, I realized what happened and vowed to do better next time. What I learnt from it was that it won't be easy and that I would have to work over and over again each day. I know I will.

Now, I've got to go. Off to my zumba class

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HAKAPES 6/4/2011 6:45PM

    Wow, you are doing great! I never did a competition yet, but looking forward to.

I have a similar experience with running.
More energy, lower stress level, headaches gone.

I also drink now water almost all the time. Only some cola light to change, but I really enjoy now more the water, even when going out. I've never imagined that before to happen.

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    Eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is the hardest part for me too! Zumba sounds like so much fun, but not as much fun as biking and hiking (to me). It's great that you haven't had Sprite in 3 weeks! Keep up the great work and we will be reading your success story in no time! I've done pretty bad at most of the parties I've been to lately, but ever so slowly, we are still making progress. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great job! Try yoga for the pain in your shin, you might just need a good stretch. You sound like you are right on track even with celebrating. Good for you!

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