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Coldest Half Marathon Ever!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

So my half marathon was this past Saturday and I really can't even begin to describe how miserable the conditions were!!! I knew the risk of training for a half during the Chicago winter...but it was still brutal!

30 degrees, misty / snowy, terrible winds....

I'm so happy its over!! The odds for this race weren't really in my favor and I can't help thinking how less than 6 months ago I ran a full marathon and felt great / injury free the whole time.

I've been having some hip flexor pain this time around, so that's been nagging me too. It took a good 2 miles to thaw out and regain feeling in my hands and feet. Things were looking great up to the turnaround. My husband kept saying the first half "I think the wind is at our backs..." and he was certainly correct. Major winds along with mist/snow pelting our faces the entire second half.

In my mind I wanted to stop the madness, but I also wanted to be done more than anything. I pushed through the misery and we crossed at 1 hour 58 minutes (just 1 second off my PR!). I was shocked with the time, but I guess the cold sparked a little vigor in my step!!

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JAXMOMMY 3/20/2013 4:10PM

    Awesome! Color me impressed! I'm also envious you had your hubby running along side you! I can't get mine off the couch! Congrats! You are one brave woman!

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STEVIEBEE569 3/19/2013 1:44PM

    Way to go! Now, that's some serious dedication. emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/18/2013 2:41PM

    Good for you for bearing through the frigid conditions. You Rock! emoticon

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ANDYINBC 3/18/2013 1:44PM

    Wow! Good for you!

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ONMYMEDS 3/18/2013 11:26AM

    Great job, great time.


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NANADERRICK 3/18/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon Great Going!

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Hump Day

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

This is going to be short, but I'm trying my best to keep up with the 5% challenge and make my firecrackers proud :)

Work is so overwhelmingly busy, it's hard to keep up this week. Because of this, I haven't been eating enough during the day. But, on the bright side, I'm keeping up with my workouts. Taking tonight off to recoup.

Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday - can't wait until Friday!!

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ANDYINBC 3/7/2013 9:17AM

    Way to go!

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GALSMILEY7 3/6/2013 9:26PM

    Hang in there!

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

March has arrived faster than expected! I rang in the start of the month with a weekend in Seattle and my bday! Now that I'm back in Chicago, I'm hunkering down at work for the impending blizzard...

Anyways, I'm ready to start focusing on the spring 5% challenge and ready to make some changes this month. I have my half marathon in less than 2 weeks!! Let me tell you - training during the winter is NOT ideal!!! But, nothing beats a long Sunday chilly run in the snow :)

My sessions with my Personal Trainer just ran out last week and unfortunately it's really expensive to renew...so I'm going to have to step it up on my own now. After the race, I'll be back at Saturday early morning bootcamp, so that should help get me in gear.

Hope everyone has a great March - be safe in the snow!!!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/6/2013 12:06AM


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HI-NRG 3/5/2013 4:24PM

    I envy your ability to run in these marathons. I am not sure if I will every be back to that level, but, you never know.

And I love the snow. Hope you get home safe and sound tonight.

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Winter 5% Challenge

Friday, February 15, 2013

A little behind - but better late than never :)

1. My plan of attack: exercise program will remain the same - running 4x per week, working out with my trainer 1x per week and 1 additional day of strength training. I'll be stepping up the weekend runs with my half marathon coming up in 4 weeks. As far as eating goes, I just really want to focus on whole foods, less snacking, less going off the deep end on the weekends.

2. Spark page: Will update shortly

3. Reasons: My reasons are plain and simple - I don't feel good about myself and where I'm at. I want to be happy for myself and feel comfortable in my own skin.

4. Trigger Foods: My trigger foods tend to be salty, greasy foods. And alcohol always makes me want to eat. I'm trying to avoid all of the above. Especially in the evenings - it leads to water weight gain and makes me feel bloated. Ick!

5. Tricks to cut calories: I try to replace coffee creamer with skim milk, I've cut out salad dressing and started using vinegar or lemon juice instead. I'm trying to cut out pretzels and chips with my hummus and sticking to raw veggies, but it's a struggle!

6. Reasons why my plan hasn't worked in the past: I tend to have great focus during the week, but lose all control on the weekends. This is a huge struggle that I haven't been able to overcome and that's what I'm really going to try and focus on. I find it much harder in the winter when I don't want to be outside!!

7. Body Measurements: I will take these this weekend and post them.

8. Quiz: will take shortly.

9. Calculate 5%:
Current weight: 150
5% = 7.5
Target weight: 142
by April 20, 2013

10. Clean fridge & pantry / create grocery list: Done! Good thing I just got back from vacation, so most of the food I had in the fridge needed to be tossed anyway :)

11. Looking forward to introducing myself to the Firecrackers!!!

Good luck to everyone in the challenge!!

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FREES1 2/15/2013 1:50PM

    good luck with the challenge and reaching your goals... don't forget your body does need some fats..

and enjoy the firecrackers! emoticon we miss you.. :-) emoticon

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Chicago Marathon - I'm a finisher!!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I did it!! What an amazing experience, I can't even begin to put it down in words. The whole week seems like a blur and it all went by so fast. Sunday we were up at 4:30am getting ready for the big day. The weather was amazing (COLD!!), but perfect for running. I took the train in from Evanston with 4 of my friends and fellow runners. Here's me and Elizabeth on the L:

By the time we hit up the bathroom and gear check, we had to get into our start coral. The worst part - waiting to get to the start line! Here's us trying to keep warm while the first wave headed out.

The new wave system proved effective and it only took us 12 minutes to get to the start line after the second wave began at 8am. We REALLY just wanted to start running cuz we were so cold!

The crowd was so amazing, the route was amazing...it really didn't even register that I was running...I had friends and family at miles 6,8,15,19,22 and 23.5, which was beyond amazing. I feel like it was an out of body experience and was thankful to occupy my time looking for my people (I found everyone!!) and experiencing everything the race had to offer. Here's me finding my husband and parents in Chinatown:

The race couldn't have been any better and I'm so glad to have had such a great 1st (maybe last?) marathon experience. I beat my goal by 6 minutes and finished in 4 hours, 24 minutes.

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ONMYMEDS 10/9/2012 9:13PM

    Great job!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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EBURGITE 10/9/2012 11:23AM

    yay for you! didja cry when you finished? emoticon

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