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I am getting stronger!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Today was a big day for me.

I got up at 6:50 and turned on the television trying to find out what the weather was doing outside. All the news stations were wrapping things up but there were a few little blurbs about the slick roads. I then went outside. The sidewalk was not as bad as I expected. I could tell there was a thin layer of ice over the snow as I crunched along. I inspected my car and it was covered in ice. I turned around and walked back inside.

I am explaining all of this to help you get into my mind set a little bit. When I went to bed last night they were calling for freezing rain and snow in central Ohio starting sometime in the overnight hours. Although I had gotten an email from MIT (marathon in training) that they would be meeting come rain or shine, my mind was already made up. I was NOT going outside to run in the ice and snow and take the chance of injuring myself (of course my disdain for the cold weather had nothing to do with my decision). I decided however that I would at least have to make the attempt to get up and check the weather in the morning.

All that being said, once I did my morning inspection of the sidewalk and car, I talked myself out of going. I went back upstairs and somewhere between me hitting the bedroom and stopping by the bathroom first, I had guilted myself back into going.

As we were all standing outside (there are a couple hundred of us) freezing and sliding around on the sidewalk, I thought to myself.....THIS IS CRAZY! Today was the hardest run of my life. Physically I was stressing my body out because I was worrying about falling (my neck and shoulders were tense for about the first 2 miles) and mentally I was stressed out because I could not understand what was possessing me to be outside in 30 degree temperature with freezing rain pelting my body.

With the help of my group, I pressed on. We ran 10 miles in the slush and ice. I DID IT! When I was finished I was so proud of myself for so many reasons. Of course I was proud of myself for not falling but more so because I had the mental toughness to do something I really did not want to do. After today I feel like I can now say.... I AM A RUNNER! emoticon

  
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NEEDPEOPLE 1/23/2009 9:17PM

    You ARE a RUNNER!!! Kudos to you for being so strong! I am soooo very proud of you. You are such an inspiration to me. You have arrived!

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OSUBUCKI101 1/23/2009 8:17PM

    Amazing. Truly admirable. I definitely would have opted for returning to bed on that morning. I hope you enjoyed the last couple of days of great weather but the cold is coming back. You are a great role model. You go girl! emoticon

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TWOKIWI 1/11/2009 9:16PM

    Hi there - thx for the nice comment on my blog! I am hoping to re-start the running soon enough....congrats on your great success and sticking to it. I sympathize with the ice issue - I came from the prairies where the snow doesn't really melt to make ice (until spring thaw!) , and have moved to London Ontario where that is all that it does. It snows, then melts and then nicely freezes...

Ack - it's treacherous!

Just to take my girl for a walk I am thinking about buying a set of these ice-cleats from Lee Valley that you strap on over any runner or boot, or even the YakTrax that are more for the racing types - probably you know about them already but if not - treat yourself and buy a pair !

Cheers!

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KGABBOTT1 1/10/2009 8:52PM

    Congratulations!! Seriously, I have been there a hundred times and have gone back to bed; I'm proud of you. Keep up the great work and remember all the people you will be helping with the funds you are raising.

Keep on running!!

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Busy in January

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Well January is starting off a busy month. My work is actually slowly down but my fitness minutes should be reaching an all time high for me this month.

In December I joined MIT (marathon in training). I have had four weeks now with my group doing Saturday morning runs. I am also responsible for doing individual runs or cross training throughout the week. For the month of January, I am to log 150 miles. Just thinking about all those miles is exhausting. We are not even one week into January and I am already behind 5 miles. On top of this crazy schedule, I thought it might be fun to join the "Official SparkPeople New YOU Bootcamp & Contest." What was I thinking? emoticon

Today is a rest day for MIT. Today is NOT a rest day for the SparkPeople Bootcamp. I got up this morning and completed my 10 cardio kickboxing video. I decided to get in my 30 minutes of additional cardio by taking the dogs for a walk this afternoon. It looks like there will be no resting for me this month......wish me luck!

  
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NEEDPEOPLE 1/7/2009 9:23PM

    If anyone can do these things, it is YOU! You are my hero. You go girl!
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KIMBA90 1/5/2009 7:11PM

    Don't think about all those miles at once! Just look at your schedule for the week and focus on that.

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MIT

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I joined MIT (marathon in training) this morning. I never would have pictured me doing a marathon when I started running 8 months ago but here I am. I feel like it is the next logical step for me in this incredible journey that SPARK is leading me on.

The day started with an information session which outlined the program. We then put ourselves into pace groups. This was a little tough for me because my running pace varies between short and long distances. I decided to try and go with a pace that was somewhere in between. Let me tell you that they wasted no time in getting us going. We ran 6.22 miles this morning in temperatures of about 20-25 degrees. The thought of doing this for the next 20 weeks gives a new meaning to long, cold winter. Hopefully I can make it through this. I HATE the cold weather. However my thinking is that it will be easier to run 22 miles in the cold than in the blistering heat of August/September. So with that being said...wish me luck on this endeavor.

I am registered for the Earth Day Challenge Marathon in Gambier Ohio on April 19, 2009. I will post updates regularly.

  
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USERNAMEDD 12/28/2008 1:01AM

  Wow! what an inspiration,

You're really hitting the ground running!

Hope you continue to keep your enthusiastic outlook.

Best to you in '09

dd

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NEEDPEOPLE 12/22/2008 8:37PM

    Molly, you are an AWESOME inspiration! You go girl! You are proof that we can do anything we set our minds too! Kudo's to you!
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AMOSLA 12/18/2008 7:16AM

    Way to go Molly; your the best!

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DEBBIESTY 12/15/2008 7:21PM

    Good luck!

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My first 13.1 miles

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Well I did it. On Sunday October 19, 2008 I ran (okay jogged) my first half marathon.
The weather was freezing . 32 degrees to be exact at the start and unfortunately not much better at the finish line. I had never run in the cold as I much prefer to run inside on the treadmill.
Ipod players are prohibited even though I saw several people wearing them. I ALWAYS wear my ipod when I run so this made it a little harder as I didn't have my favorite songs pushing me on.
I had a smaller race the week before in Florida while I was on vacation and with the heat and humidity, my poor feet suffered several blisters.
With all of this being said, I still did it!!!
My time was not great. I finished in 2:26:57 which is a pace of 11:14/mile. But I am still very proud of myself. I just started running again this spring and even though I had tried running in the past (about 10 years ago), I was never serious about it. My running first started as a way to help me in my weight loss journey. I figured I could burn more calories running on the treadmill verses walking. emoticon I slowly built up my endurance and attempted my first 5K in June and I loved it. There is almost no greater feeing than when you cross that finish line. I ran two other 5K's (improving my time with each race) before I attempted an 8K in September. My final race before the 1/2 marathon was a 15K earlier this month (this was my nemesis race with the blistering as mentioned above).
I would have NEVER thought I would be running races. I am still one of those people that think I am dying in the first mile..... well I guess I am stronger than I ever thought possible. Who knows maybe I will try the full marathon next year.

  
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AMOSLA 10/27/2008 11:23PM

    You are definitely my "she-ro"! emoticon

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NEEDPEOPLE 10/27/2008 7:48PM

    Congratulations on the marathon! You are amazing girl! I am so impressed with your accomplishments. You truly inspire me!

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NONLINEAR 10/23/2008 10:27PM

    Congratulations on finishing the half-marathon!!

I ran also, and it was my first race ever. I had no idea it could be so much fun! With all the people and excitement, it went by fast.

Have you seen your photos from the Marathon Photo site?


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