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The Power of the Spies....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

So we are now starting week 3 of BLC #12 and I must say that I am no longer feeling sorry for myself. It is not just because I had a successful weigh in this week. I know that success measured by the scale can be short lived. The change in attitude is related to "the power of the spies."

My team is made up of 25 great women. Each of us are different but we are all trying to reach the same goals. They say there is power in numbers. I believe it. We chat daily about everything from family, home, school, work, health, diet and exercise. You name it and we pretty much talk about it. It is nice to know that no matter what you are going through, there is probably someone else on the team experiencing something similar. We are REALLY there for each other and it makes this journey so much more rewarding.

My nagging injuries are beginning to feel a little bit better. I am still going to take it slow but I feel like I might be turning the corner. I have now officially signed up for the Illinois marathon in May....yikes. I am really hoping that this BLC#12 competition helps me with this goal. The challenge will wrap up about 2 weeks before the race. I would love to be close to my goal weight come race day. I KNOW if I commit, I will get all the support I need from my sister spies!




I did really well with my eating this week, including this past weekend which is a huge step for me. I will continue to take each weekend as it comes. I know I will have some set backs over the coming weekends but I am determined to just keep pluggin' along.

Here is my plan for the next week:

Wed. 1/27
Cardio exercise at least 40 minutes~ YES, 20 minutes running, 28 minutes stationary cycling
BL gym class~ YES, 100's class, standard and option 1
MIT bio mechanica core drill session~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1675
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Check and record weight~ 134.8

Thurs 1/28
Cardio exercise at least 40 minutes~ YES, 30 minutes brisk walking, 10 minutes rowing, 20 minutes elliptical
BL gym class~ YES, standard option
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1673
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Fri 1/29
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 30 minutes swimming
BL gym class~ NO, guess I was just being lazy
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1599
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Saturday 1/30
Cardio exercise at least 75 minutes~ YES, 105 minutes running
BL gym class~ YES, 15 minute Spark Abdominal workout
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1700-2200 calories~ 2041
Get 8 hours of sleep~ YES

Sunday 1/31
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 35 minutes swimming, 23 minutes running
BL gym class~ NO, didn't want the impact from all the hopping.
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1688
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Mon 2/1
No cardio exercise. Required rest day~ 1:35 minutes brisk walking. I decided to take a walk as the sun was shining and the temperature wasn't too bad.
BL gym class~ YES, standard option
Wall sit~ YES, held 45 seconds
GOYB Poker Throw Down: YES, involved bicycling crunches, toe touches, side bends with towel, side kicks
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1373
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Tues 2/2
Cardio exercise at least 40 minutes~ YES, 30 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes rowing
BL gym class~ YES, standard option
Last Chance workout~ YES, 30 minutes running/walking
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1663
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

I will edit each day with my results.

  
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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/29/2010 11:24AM

    I LOVE your plan and goals for each day! They are so specific and easily tracked! You can do it!!! I'm so glad that you are a SPY - we are fortunate to have you on our team!!

I can't wait to hear about your marathon training. My next half is May 1st and it's time that I start gettting serious about my training plan and ramping up the mileage.

Have a great weekend!!

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LW8843 1/28/2010 1:42PM

    Molly~ I read this yesterday and thought I commented but I am seeing now that I didn't. This is an awesome blog and an awesome plan. I love the Spies as well. I think it's just a wonderful support group. I am so glad you have joined us. You make us that much stronger.

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FELIXC 1/28/2010 1:05PM

    What a great plan, Molly! Being organized is more than half the battle.

Another marathon! You are my running IDOL!

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YO~YOLANDA 1/28/2010 9:36AM

    You think you're Lucky to have Us???? We are Certainly Lucky to have YOU!!! I LOVE hearing your plans and your Accomplishments...You Inspire me to keep on running (well trying anyweigh)...I aspire to one day be a Big Gurl Runner like you! Look at your well laid out plans...That my dear, is a Plan for SUCCESS! Remain Focused and Check in Daily with your Goals...and I have No doubt you will be READY and Beyond for your next Marathon! Congratulations...You ARE doing it!

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FIT_MELISSA 1/28/2010 9:06AM

    Molly, emoticon
So glad that you are feelin' the support of your Sister Spies! We're so glad to have you on our team!
Your focus, determination, and great planning skills are an asset to all of us!

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SMALLERSHEEP 1/28/2010 7:53AM

    Molly,
I am so glad to have you as a sister Spy. Fantastic plan and will fit in beautifully with our weekend challenge! You CAN do it!

Jeni

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SWEETMNTHING 1/27/2010 9:35PM

    Molly, I'm glad you are doing better! That's a great plan to have a marathon in place shortly after the BLC12 is over. That gives you a great goal to work toward, and it will help motivate you on days when it seems to be lacking. We are a great group of supportive women though and we'll be here for you through everything!

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DONZO64 1/27/2010 9:13PM

    My fellow Spy! We are a great group, arent we?

That's so great you signed up for a Marathon. Holy Cow, that rocks!

Have a great night...we'll all keep challenging and supporting eachother.

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AUNTIE65 1/27/2010 8:55PM

    Oh my sister spy... You DID it!! You registered for the Marathon!! Your plan looks great and if you keep up all the hard work you will definitely make your goal!

Have a great night and I'm going to look forward to "training" with you!

Tami

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/27/2010 8:41PM

    I love it!!! I'm glad you have a great support system (slightly jealous, lol) and naturally, my favorite, the plan! Looking forward to all of your successes! You can, and will, do it!

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Time to stop feeling sorry for myself!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

So I joined the BLC #12 last Wednesday and we were suppose to blog at the start of the challenge. The point was so at the end of 12 weeks we would have something to look back on to remind us how far we had come. Needless to say, I did not do that. We are one week into the challenge and I have decided to stop feeling sorry for myself.

This week did not go as planned. In fact the last couple months have not gone as I planned. According to the scale, I am up almost 10lbs from where I was on November 1, 2009. From a fitness perspective, I am a down from running (or cross training) 35-40 miles per week to maybe 20. Finally from a mental perspective, I am on a downward spiral that I can't seem to shake.

Tomorrow will be my first BLC#12 weigh in and I fully expect the scale to admit what I am refusing to. I am off track. However, I don't need this to "shake" me to my senses. I am ready!

I have been fighting some nagging injuries. I realize this might make getting back to regular exercise a bit more difficult but I have got to quit using it as an excuse. Even if I might need to lay off impact sports, I can still find plenty of other things to participate in.

If I might be a little lacking in the exercise department, then I must make up for it in the nutrition department. I can't control how my body is responding at the present time to my workouts but I can certainly control what I am putting in my mouth.

Blogging my successes and failures is what works for me. Having a plan works for me. Being accountable to someone works for me. So I am going to try and commit for the next 11 weeks.

Wed. 1/20
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 30 minutes brisk walking
BL gym class~ YES, standard option
GOYB challenge (tricep dips)~ YES, 20 tricip dips with bent knees
Wall sit~ YES, held 45 seconds
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1637
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Check and record weight~ 141.8

Thurs 1/21
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 45 minutes walking brisk pace in the rain
BL gym class~ YES, standard option
TNT Challenge~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1635
No soda pop~ YES, this was a struggle as I am having a caffeine withdrawl headache
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Fri 1/22
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ NO, did not exercise today
BL gym class~ NO
GOYBAD challenge~ YES, song ABC
GOYB challenge~ NO, I even threw this GOYB out to the team
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1646
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Saturday 1/23
Cardio exercise at least 60 minutes~ YES, 1:04 running plus 40 minutes walking the dogs
BL gym class~ YES, 15 minute abdominal video
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1600-2000 calories~ 1759
Get 8 hours of sleep~ YES

Sunday 1/24
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ NO, 10 minute cardio video only. did go to the gym to swim but the pool was being used for an event. didn't bring any other workout clothes. lesson learned...always pack extra work out cloths.
BL gym class~ YES, jump start cardio video
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1697
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Mon 1/25
No cardio exercise. Required rest day~ Took yesterday off so I did cardio today. 43 minutes running, 18 minutes cycling
BL gym class~ YES, standard x 2 plus option 2
Wall sit~ YES, held 60 seconds
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1660
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Tues 1/26
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 30 minutes elliptical
BL gym class~ YES, standard option
Last Chance workout~ YES, 30 minutes walking
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1643
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~

I will edit each day with my results.


  
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CRYSBROWN1 1/21/2010 12:49PM

    I really like this blog because ever since I started running, I basically stick with just that for cardio, & I know there is going to come a time where I have to diversify for some reason (I'm hoping not an injury!) & it is something to have in my mind that I will need to make sure to think about since you cannot go from running tons of miles to absolutely nothing! You sound like you have a good solid plan!

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EMMABE1 1/20/2010 4:42PM

    Nagging injury is a problem - and your body needs to heal - but there are other ways to exercise - maybe changing your exercise type, exercising more gently but more often -
I don't know how far off track you are but starting back slowly might be an option with injury!!
Even losing slowly (and I am the master at that - I think I have lost 1lb in 6 wks for various reasons) is better than no loss - but can be difficult and a drain on patience.
BUT YOU CAN DO IT!!
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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/20/2010 4:27PM

    Molly, I love your action plan and how specific you are with the steps to meet your goals! I have been (and still am) in the same boat with persistent running injuries and think this is a great way to still keep on track and make progress! We can do it!!!
Lynne


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SMALLERSHEEP 1/20/2010 8:27AM

    Molly,
We so often beat ourselves up for slipping or falling. I'm glad that you are getting past that and are ready to take action. You have a great plan in place and I KNOW you WILL see success!

Jeni

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EGRAMMY 1/19/2010 10:10PM

    Sorry about nagging and annoying injuries, but you are overcoming them with your other plans for exercise and nutrition. emoticon

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FIT_MELISSA 1/19/2010 9:23PM

    Great plan!!! You can do it!! Please let us know how we can help you. But I am really impressed at your "no-quit" attitude and very detailed planning!!!
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BILLALEX70 1/19/2010 9:01PM

    We ALL go thorough bouts of self-doubt or issues that creep up. You sound very much like myself. As long as you're training for an event you're laser focused, but when said event is over you're kind of lost for what's next.

Find your focus and maybe start training for the Cap City!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 1/19/2010 8:39PM

    I love your honesty and your action plan! I'm so glad to read your blog and you have motivated me as well. I too have let injuries and my races derail my usual routine. Now its time to get back to basics and press forward! Together we can do this!!

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AUNTIE65 1/19/2010 8:38PM

    Great action plan! Sounds like you are set for a great 11 weeks! You CAN do this!!

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BIENEGOLD 1/19/2010 8:31PM

    Good luck! I hope having this entry works to help you keep track of your goals.

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SWEETMNTHING 1/19/2010 8:28PM

    Molly, that sounds like a great plan! I love that you included sleep in your regimen..that is as important as diet and exercise in a weight loss program! I find for me if I am getting enough sleep it makes it that much easier to handle stress and other emotions so I don't overeat. And the cutting fast food and pop out is a great idea too..cutting those two things out alone will have drastic results. If there's anything I can do to help, please let me know.

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LW8843 1/19/2010 8:11PM

    Oh and if you haven't been doing the 24/7 gym 100's class it might be a great way to ensure you get in a little workout daily. It's better then nothing.

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LW8843 1/19/2010 8:10PM

    I love that you are being honest with yourself because you will not see results until you are. I like that you have an action plan for each day. The Spies are behind you 100% and please know you can be just as open and honest with us as you are in your blog. I know you can do this. Baby steps!

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EUGENERUGOSA 1/19/2010 7:46PM

    Hmmm...Kate's response gave me an idea..how bout I host a girl night w/ the wii as part of the night???

We all go thru ups & downs, however, you are so aware of yourself & yours that you tend to get back on track quickly & I know you will this time too!

How bout a metro park walk this weekend??

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/19/2010 6:49PM

    Yay for action plans!!! It's the best way to get out of a funk. Is 7 hours of sleep enough for you?? I only ask because I'm an 8-9 hour sleeper! Also, any working with weights? Or is that for when your body is feeling better? I've had to lay off of doing the 30 Day Shred because my shoulder sockets are swollen with fluid :P But I'm still doing my cardio, too! Remember, my Wii is always open to you if you want to come over and do some cardio on it ^_^ Let me know if you need my phone number.

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NUTWHALEY 1/19/2010 6:13PM

    Hang in there... any progress is better than no progress and I'm sure you've made some.

Like Bob Harper says "You have nothing but success coming your way."

I'll be rooting for you this week as I log in to Sparkpeople...

Jan
(A random blog reader)

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One week down, a lifetime to go...

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I started re-blogging about my exercise and nutritional goals last week. After coming back from my marathon and a nice long vacation, I wasn't completely shocked when the scale said that my weight was up 10lbs. There were other changes as well. My skin was beginning to break out again (I attribute this to my poor dietary choices and my neglect in taking my daily vitamins).

I followed the plan that I laid out in my blog last week, with the exception of one day. I lost 3.6lbs and felt better about myself. So, one week down, a lifetime to go.

Week of Dec 6- Dec. 12:

Sunday Dec 6
Exercise for at least one hour~ 1:30 walking the dogs
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Eat under 1800 calories~ 1621
No fast food~YES
No soda pop~ YES

Monday Dec 7
Exercise for at least one hour~1:00 spinning class
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Eat under 1800 calories~1594
No fast food~ YES
No soda pop~YES

Tues Dec 8
Exercise for at least one hour~ NONE weather bad for outside exercise; didn't make it to the gym
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Eat under 1800 calories~ 1690
No fast food~ YES
No soda pop~ YES

Wed Dec 9
Exercise for at least one hour~ 1:33 running/walking/cycling/rowing/elliptical
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Eat under 1800 calories~ 1717
No fast food~YES
No soda pop~YES

Thurs Dec 10
Exercise for at least one hour~ NONE
Drink 8 glasses of water~YES
Take my vitamins~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Eat under 1800 calories~ WAY OVER (approx 3400) had social event AND stressful day; bad combination
No fast food~ YES
Drink no more than one soda pop or other beverage~ YES but unfortunately it was a milkshake

Friday Dec 11
Exercise at least 30 minutes~ NONE
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Eat under 2000 calories~ 3788
No fast food~ NO went to Wendy's
Drink no more than one soda pop or other beverage~ YES one coke
Check and record weight~ up 0.4 lbs

Saturday Dec 12
Exercise for at least 30 minutes~ NO
Drink 8 glasses of water~ NO
Take my vitamins~ NO
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

I will edit each day to record whether I meet my goal or not! Thanks for holding me accountable!

  
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RUNSHANBUN 12/9/2009 8:44AM

    Molly, I just think you are the greatest thing :)

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EGRAMMY 12/7/2009 12:02AM

    What a wonderful, positive thing to say. You will life healthy for a lifetime...great.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/6/2009 3:12PM

    WTG! Looks like you got back on track!

I love the title of your blog!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/6/2009 1:15PM

    Down 3.6lb! Awesome!

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SMALLERSHEEP 12/6/2009 11:33AM

    Molly, looks like a great schedule. I know you can stick with it!

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ASTORRES1 12/6/2009 11:20AM

    The support found on SPARK is unbelievable...keep up with your forward progress.....you can do it!!

amy

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Can't wait until New Years

Saturday, November 28, 2009

`Well my marathon and vacation have come and gone. It was a great time but I can't deny that I have put on almost 10lbs....ugh! I can't afford to wait for New Years to make my resolution to get back on track. I am just going to do what I did before the marathon. I will blog each week about my goals. This proved to be very successful for me prior to my race, so here we go again.

Week of Nov 29- Dec. 5:

Sunday Nov 29
Exercise for at least one hour~ 1:13 run/walk
Drink 8 glasses of water~YES
Take my vitamins~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~YES
Eat under 1800 calories~ 1686
No fast food~YES
No soda pop~YES

Monday Nov 30
Exercise for at least one hour~1:21 elliptical/cycling/walking/rowing
Drink 8 glasses of water~YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~YES
Eat under 1800 calories~1702
No fast food~YES
No soda pop~YES

Tues Dec 1
Exercise for at least one hour~1:01 run/walk
Drink 8 glasses of water~YES
Take my vitamins~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~YES
Eat under 1800 calories~1652
No fast food~YES
No soda pop~YES

Wed Dec 2
Exercise for at least one hour~1:21 elliptical/cycling/walking/rowing
Drink 8 glasses of water~YES
Take my vitamins~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~YES
Eat under 1800 calories~1681
No fast food~YES
No soda pop~YES

Thurs Dec 3
Exercise for at least one hour~1:05 running/sit ups challenge
Drink 8 glasses of water~YES
Take my vitamins~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~YES
Eat under 1800 calories~1789
No fast food~YES
No soda pop~YES

Friday Dec 4
Exercise at least 30 minutes~40
Drink 8 glasses of water~YES
Take my vitamins~YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~YES
Eat under 2000 calories~2030
No fast food~YES
Drink no more than one soda pop or other beverage~YES one sprite
Check and record weight~down 3.6 pounds

Saturday Dec 5
Run Jingle Bell 5K~YES 33:11
Drink 8 glasses of water~NO 6 glasses is my total for the day
Take my vitamins~NO
Get 7 hours of sleep~YES
Eat under 2000 calories~NO decided not to track calories today I know I am over 2000.
No fast food~NO went to Raising Cane's for lunch
Drink no more than one soda pop or other beverage~NO had two cokes

I will edit each day to record whether I meet my goal or not! Thanks for holding me accountable!

  
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BILLALEX70 11/29/2009 8:18PM

    Sounds like you've got the plan; now it's time to work it.

DW and I will be at the Jingle Bell as well. It'll be her first 5K to walk, but it's a HUGE step for her. I've been looking at 'interesting' hats to wear. DW (TAMZTIME) has actually recruited several people to walk with her, so the more the merrier.

Hope to see you Saturday!

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EUGENERUGOSA 11/29/2009 12:57PM

    Looks good. Kathleen is running the Jingle Bell 5k too...I will be at Santa Day at the library w/ Natalie! Have a great week!! Tricia

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/29/2009 8:45AM

    The daily accountability definitely helps. I like that you're allowing yourself a bit more calories on Friday and Saturday...and you're doing a 5K next weekend - good luck!

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MACMOM 11/28/2009 10:22PM

    Keep up the good work, you are doing great.

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ING NYC Marathon

Wednesday, November 04, 2009



On Sunday, November 1, 2009, I ran the NYC marathon.

Marathon weekend started out with a trip to the expo. I meet some fellow sparkers (Chas and Anthony) who were also running. Here is a photo of me with my hubby and one with Tony (sorry Chas, our photo didn't turn out).

Later that night, they were shooting off fireworks in Central Park over the finish line. It was really cool to be able to go down and watch them getting set up for the following morning. It was raining but we still had a good time. They had music playing and everyone was getting in the "marathon spirit."

Morning of, I was to catch the 8 am ferry to Staten Island. My husband rode the subway down to the ferry with me, kissed me good bye and headed off to Brooklyn to watch me at mile 8. Once I caught the ferry, I was bussed to the starting area. I was scheduled in the 2nd wave start which was suppose to be at 1000 am. It was crazy. Thank goodness I had eaten on the bus over to the starting area. I got there and they were already closing the corrals to the first wave start. I only had to wait about 10 minutes before I could line up. Things at that point were going smoothly. I had plenty of time to use the restroom and get mentally prepared. Once the gun sounded for the first wave, the second wave runners were suppose to move up and get into line. It was so crowded that the line never moved. I don't think the corral marshals realized this and they started allowing wave 3 runners to line up. The gun for the wave 2 start went off and we still weren't moving. We waited and waited. Finally they closed the bridge and we missed our start. There were wave 2 runners all around me and most of them were pretty upset to have missed the start. It was frustrating that the corral marshals did not do a better job monitoring the situation but what was the point in getting all upset about it now. It wouldn't change anything. I figured that your personal time doesn't start until you cross the timing mat anyway. I just put it behind me. The third and final gun went off at 1020 and my race had begun (well almost, it still took me about 7-8 minutes to get to the starting mat).

The first bridge was the Verrazano-Narrows. It was so windy. If I had to guess I would say that the wind was a constant 30+ mph. It was not a steep hill but a nice steady incline. With the headwind and incline, I reached the one mile mark at a 1124 pace. Considering that I usually start out way too fast at the beginning of a race, I felt like I was barely moving.

Miles 3-10 were in Brooklyn. The crowds were amazing. . I gave out a lot of high 5's and even a hug to the guy holding the "Free hugs" sign. It was amazing to feel the energy. I printed my name on my shirt and everyone was cheering for me. It was very emotional. I saw my hubby between mile 8-9 which definitely gave me an extra boost. Shortly after this time, I started having some issues. Issue one: I had to pee and the porta potty lines at every stop were so long. Issue two: I was starting to get a little chaffing in the thigh area...ugh. Thank goodness I brought along some chaffing cream and got a chance to apply it generously while I was waiting in the porta potty lines. (I finally broke down just before the half way point). Issue three: slight nagging pain in the top of my foot.

The next two bridges were the Pulaski Bridge and the Queensboro bridge. I had been dreading the Queensboro bridge. Everyone said it was the toughest of the 5 bridges. I looked straight ahead and began my affirmations. I know it sounds corny but it totally helped. I thanked God for giving me two strong legs to run, a healthy heart and a strong mind. I reminded myself that I was capable of more than I ever thought possible. I was passing everyone (okay, most of them were walking) but it still made me feel great. I only lost a couple seconds on my average pace.

I will say the miles after that all bled together until about mile 22. I remember the people, although there were not as many. I remember crossing the Willis Ave and Madison Ave bridges but nothing in particular stands out.

It was exciting to get to Manhattan. There were tons of people (however I still feel that Brooklyn was the BEST). Again, people were cheering for me by name. I needed it! There was a one mile incline in the course before we headed into the park.

Central Park was beautiful. The rolling hills were tough. They felt like mountains on my tired legs. My slightly nagging foot pain had become constant starting at about mile 18. I really just wanted to be finished. Since we had come down the night before, I knew the course for the last 3/4 of a mile. There was no way I was going to stop. I crossed the finish line with pride in my heart and a smile on my face (I think). Other than my foot, I felt pretty good.

The finishing corral took a very long time to get through. After stopping for a while to eat and drink, I finally made it out to Central Park West were I meet up with my husband. We walked back to our brownstone and I checked my finishing time.

emoticon almost 33 minutes better than my first marathon (foot pain and all). Don't know what happened with the foot. I ended up with a pretty nasty looking bruise on the top lateral aspect of my right foot. Hoping it is nothing serious. Left the next morning for vacation but I am in contact with my sports med doctor to get some advice. All in all though, this was an amazing race!

  
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MARATHONMOM26.2 1/19/2010 8:43PM

    Wow! I entered the lottery for this year's race and didn't get in, but reading your blog made me feel like I was there! Thank you! You really did great and it sounds like an amazing experience. Congratulations!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 11/11/2009 10:43PM

  AWESOME Job Molly!!! What a GREAT report! I loved the photos, too!!!

I am so proud and happy for you!!!

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
Nancy

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JMCHARRIS 11/7/2009 6:46PM

  Hi DIL, we are so proud of you and your inspirational story. Can't wait to hear all of the details.
Have fun on vacation, and we'll see you soon.

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BILLALEX70 11/4/2009 8:53PM

    You rock Molly!

Thanks for sharing your story and giving me inspiration for my training for the Cap City Half in the Spring.

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EUGENERUGOSA 11/4/2009 7:39PM

    All I can say is you kick ass! Thanks for sharing your pics & experience & being such an inspiration to everyone!! Hope hubby is spoiling you rotten on your vacation!! Looking forward to catching up in person when you get back. Take care of that foot!!

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LDOPKISS 11/4/2009 7:35PM

    Wow. What an accomplishment! This is something that you will always look back upon, no matter how many other times you run the NY marathon. It has been amazing to hear & see your journey- thanks for encouraging me on my baby step goals, and you have inspired my daughter and her boyfriend to train for their first half marathon. I think they are going to try to do the Turkey Trot to start with. Just proves you can do whatever you decide to do!

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CHEMKATT 11/4/2009 6:33PM

    Woohoo Molly!!! It sounds like you had a much better time at this marathon than your last one, and holy cow! What a great improvement on time!!!! I'm so proud of you! You make it so I *almost* want to run a marathon. Almost. emoticon Congrats again on a job well done! Take care of your foot and enjoy your vacation! You've earned it!

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GIGI1222 11/4/2009 2:53PM

    Awesome job!!! My husband ran this race 2 years ago and it was such a great experience. I have thought about putting my name in for the lottery, but maybe 2011.

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RUNSHANBUN 11/4/2009 1:43PM

    Awesome Awesome Awesome! Job very well done Molly!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/4/2009 12:44PM

    Congratulations! You should be so proud.

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PTPHELAN 11/4/2009 12:40PM

    Congratulations Molly! Hope you are now enjoying your vacation!

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CTINAARTISTA 11/4/2009 12:33PM

    GREAT report! And an amazing improvement over the last marathon, and NYC is a tough course -- GREAT JOB! I heard about that Start issue with Wave 2.. so terrible! Esp for people with friends and family waiting along the course. Glad you found your husband. And I completely Agree -- Brooklyn WAS the best!!

CONGRATS!

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JULISABROCAR 11/4/2009 12:12PM

   
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CHRISTY2121 11/4/2009 11:57AM

    wow! Amazing story of inspiration!! I am originally from NY and I know how challenging the NY marathon is..I am trying to start running so your story is an inspiration! Congratulations on your accomplishment.

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