Friday, May 22, 2009
I have had several people ask me what I listen to when I run, so here it is....my running playlist!
Unwritten: Natasha Bedingfield
Girlfriend: Avril Lavigne
You Blew Me Off: Bare Jr. Boo-Tay
One Week: Barenaked Ladies
One, Two, Three, GO!: Belanova
Single Ladies; Beyonc�
Livin' On A Prayer: Bon Jovi
Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See: Busta Rhymes
Tic Toc: Busy Signal
Genie in a Bottle: Christina Aguilera
Shelter Me: Cinderella
Love Shack: The B-52's
Butterfly: Crazy Town
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go: Wham!
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night: Bon Jovi
Womanizer: Britney Spears
Fergalicious (Explicit Version): Fergie
9 To 5: Dolly Parton
What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello, Feist, John Legend, Stephen Colbert, Toby Keith & Willie Nelson
Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani
Feel Good Inc.: Gorillaz
Bad Medicine: Bon Jovi
Rich Girl: Gwen Stefani & Eve
Who Will You Run To: Heart
Little Toy Gun: honeyhoney
Since U Been Gone: Kelly Clarkson
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...): Lou Bega
Just Dance: Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis
Southern Hospitality: Ludacris & Pharrell
Paper Planes: M.I.A.
Love Gone Bad: Cinderella
Girl You Know It's True: Milli Vanilli
Flagpole Sitta: Magnificent Tracers
Naughty Girl: Beyonc�
See You Again: Miley Cyrus
My Life Would Suck Without You: Kelly Clarkson
Intuition: Natalie Imbruglia
Push It: Salt-N-Pepa
The Sweet Escape: Gwen Stefani
Pocketful of Sunshine: Natasha Bedingfield
Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit): Noisettes
You're Gonna Go Far, Kid : The Offspring
Manic Monday: The Bangles
So What : P!nk
Shake the Sugar Tree: Pam Tillis
I Kissed a Girl: Katy Perry
We Belong: Pat Benatar
Pussy Control: Prince
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles): The Proclaimers
She Hates Me: Puddle of Mudd
It's the End of the World As We Know It: R.E.M.
I Wanna Be Sedated: The Ramones
Bad Reputation: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Bum Like You: Robyn
Shut Up and Let Me Go: The Ting Tings
Follow Me: Uncle Kracker
Pork and Beans: Weezer
Cowboy: Kid Rock
Whatever You Like: T.I.
Have I Got a Present for You: Toby Keith *I know it X-mas but it makes me laugh)
Gives You Hell: The All-American Rejects
Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That: Dolly Parton
Hot N Cold: Katy Perry
Boom Boom Pow: Black Eyed Peas
Been Caught Stealing: Jane's Addiction
Walk Like an Egyptian: The Bangles
Psycho: Puddle of Mudd
Circus: Britney Spears
Right Round: Flo Rida
Welcome to the Jungle: Guns N' Roses
Runaway: Bon Jovi
Poker Face: Lady GaGa
Fake It: Seether
It's Raining Men: The Weather Girls
The Middle: Jimmy Eat World
Soak Up the Sun: Sheryl Crow
Dreams: The Cranberries
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life:) Green Day
That's Not My Name: The Ting Tings
Strut: Sheena Easton
Love in an Elevator: Aerosmith
Know Your Enemy: Green Day
Bad Things: Jace Everett
Rock Lobster: The B-52's
Get the Party Started: P!nk
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree: KT Tunstall
Playing With My Heart: Kate Voegele
I've Done Everything For You : Rick Springfield
Love Sex Magic: Ciara (feat. Justin Timberlake)
LoveGame: Lady GaGa
I Gotta Feeling: Black Eyed Peas
Please Don't Leave Me: P!nk
Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z (feat. Alicia Keys)
TiK ToK: KeSha
I know it's a lot of songs but when I ran my marathon, I wanted to make sure I did not run out of songs....I was 2 songs short. I have since added a few but I hope with my next marathon, I won't need nearly as many. *I will update as I add new songs*
Hope you enjoy!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Okay today is going to be like the first day I started. All the heartache and pain of trying to get this eating this under control.
This morning when I weighed in, I was outside of my 5 lb comfort range that I was allowing myself. I am back up over 130. How did I let this happen? I have actually gained about 6 lbs since my marathon. In reality I know how it happened....inconsistent exercise and eating.
I am hopeful as I start training for a fall marathon tomorrow however, I know how hungry I get when I run so I am going to have to really try to keep things in check. During my spring training, my goal was to stay between 123-128, my new goal is to stay between 120-125 so I have some weight to lose and KEEP off.
I want to focus on cross training, speed work and strength training. I want to slim down and become quicker. Here's hoping I can find that same "Spark" that I had when I first started this journey 15 months ago.
Monday, April 20, 2009
This is MIT's motto and on Sunday April 19, 2009, I changed my life!
My first marathon was called the Earth Day Challenge (EDC) and it took place on the campus of Kenyon College, the city of Gambier and the Kokosing Bike trail. Here are a few pictures I pulled of the website for the bike trail to show it's beauty.
The course started out on the Kenyon College track. When we came off the track we went immediately up hill to the main campus. Now I had looked at the elevation chart before I signed up for this event but apparently I did not know how to REALLY read the chart. The hill was shorter than I had anticipated but MUCH steeper. Many people chose to walk the hill but being as stubborn as I am, I refused to let myself start walking less than one mile into the race. The next three miles were small rolling hills with one big downhill to get us to the bike trail. Everything completely flattened out once we were on the trail.
My sister-in-law was attempting to run her first half marathon. I was planning on running the first 13.1 miles slowly to conserve energy for the second half so she decided she would try pacing with me. Here is a picture of us right before the start of the race. Both of us were feeling good about 6 miles into the race. The pace was steady at about an 11 min/mile. This was slower than what I had trained at but I was really comfortable and felt like if I continued at that pace, I would have the energy to pick it up in the last half.
The weather all week had been predicting rain but there was no rain in site. Temperatures at the start were about 58-60 which were perfect. The only downside was that the humidity was predicted to be somewhere about 85% and it was definitely all of that. Me and my sister-in-law had to part ways about mile 9 as the half marathon group had a different turn around on the trail then we did. From that point on, I was really on my own. We had been closer to the back of the pack to begin with and since the turn around for the half was before mine, there weren't many people coming my way after that.
At about mile 11, I kept feeling like I had something in my shoe. I took my shoe off and checked around but couldn't find or feel anything. It really felt like I had a big ball of lint in the bottom of my sock. Even after I put my shoe back on the feeling stayed with me for quite awhile. Interestingly enough when I got home, I had a big crease in the middle of my foot where I was feeling that discomfort. The only thing I can think is that my sock was slightly balled up but when I took my shoe off it smoothed out which is why I couldn't feel anything. It must have balled back up when I put my shoe back on. I guess it eventually smoothed itself out on it's own but it took a couple miles. Other than that, I felt pretty good at the half way point. My pace had slowed slightly but I was still at about 11:15/mile and I was feeling optimistic. I was sure I could finish in under 5 hours if not sooner. I was carrying my fuel belt because I had found out two weeks before the race that they would not be having Gatorade on the course. Since this was a "green" marathon, they were offering Hammer HEED. I only got to try it on two short runs before race day and I decided not to take any chances. The plan was for my husband to meet me at the half and refill my bottles. Here I am coming in at the half way point.
I continued my current pace for the first couple of miles. I was actually starting to get tired which I had not expected. The sun was coming out and the second part of the trail (it was both an east and west out and back course) was not as shaded. By mile 17, I was really starting to get lonely. There was only one other lady around me and even then she was not within talking distance. This is only the 3rd year ever for this event and the field was limited to 300 people for all three events (marathon, half marathon and marathon relay). There were about 65 of us who completed the full marathon. They did not close the bike trail but there was hardly any traffic except race participants. There were also no spectators on the trail. By about mile 17, a lot of the marathoner's had reached their second turn around point which was at mile 19 1/2 and had already passed me.
On the way back to campus, I was running into a pretty strong head wind. It was not constant but there were about 4 times where it really picked up and I had a hard time moving. By this point I was extremely tired. I really just wanted to stop. I was done! There was no one to cheer me one and no one to talk to. Mile 23 was my hardest mile. I knew I could not stop. I did not think I was physically strong enough to walk the 3.2 miles to the finish. I knew my legs would start cramping up once I stopped running. I was angry at the wind and I had long since given up the hope that I would finish within my goal time. Since no one was around, I am embarrassed to admit that I threw a mini hissy fit right there on the trail. I stomped my feet and said a few explicit phrases. I walked a few steps and then knew I MUST continue.
I was so happy to see mile marker 24. Although I would not meet my time goal, my other goal had been to run the entire race with the exception of stopping at the aid stations to drink. Since I was carrying my fuel, I only hit a few of the aid stations when I needed water to wash down my food. I knew once I hit mile 24 that I would reach this goal. I was going to be able to say I RAN my first full marathon.
I finally saw my husband again at mile 25 1/2. He ran down to me, grabbed my hand and I just started crying. I was so tired. He gave me a few words of encouragement and then left me to go to the finish area. Right before I reached the track, I saw my sister, my mom and my dad. I started crying for the second time. Once I got up onto the track, I pulled myself together. I took off my iPod and just tried to relish in the moment. As I rounded the track to the finish, I saw my family again. I lost it for the third time. I had promised my running coach that I would not cry until after I crossed the finish line. He will be so disappointed. Unfortunately for me, there is no good picture of me coming over the line. I wish I could have held it together but I was so happy to be done, so happy to see family and feel support that it was just impossible. This is not my best look but I thought I would share it anyway.
The guy in the photo is Jeff. He was not my personal coach but he is the founder of my training group MIT. He is the head of premier races and was doing the official timing of the event. He assured me that Randy, my coach would not be disappointed and that crying is part of the process.
My official finishing time was 5:16:41. I am so proud that I finished. It was the hardest thing mentally that I have ever had to do. Even though I was not that happy with my finishing time, I realize that I have made a huge accomplishment in my life. I will never have a better marathon than my first. I also know I will probably never have a more solitude marathon than my first. I have my whole life to work on my time (Yes, there will be a second!) Right now I am just happy to say that I am a marathoner!
PS: I made out like a bandit. I got diamond earrings and several gift certificates from my hubby, along with a beautiful cake. I also got a keepsake trophy from my family and most importantly my race day medal!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Today I ran the Last Chance for Boston Half Marathon. All I can say is BOY what a difference 4 months and a good training program can make!
My first half marathon was October 2008 with a finishing time of 2:26. I finished today's race in 2:07. I was very happy with my time today as it was a PR for me by almost 20 minutes
It is also interesting for me to remember how freaked out I was on race day back in October because the temperature at the start of the race was a "freezing" (according to my blog entry) 32 degrees. Although I will say as a general rule of thumb that I hate the cold weather, I have decided that colder temperatures are perfect for long distance running. Today's temperature was about 27 at the start and partly sunny.
Once again all I can say is BOY what a difference 4 months can make!
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