Thursday, February 11, 2010
My First Half Marathon and so much more....
The night before:
I finished my first half marathon on Sunday….what a journey!
I got to California on Friday. It was pouring down rain…..Saturday came….it was still raining…all I could think about was here we go….I get to run my first half marathon in the rain….I live in the rainiest state in the country so it shouldn’t matter, but being from California I went there to get away from the rain! It never rains in California…well I guess it does sometimes…lol!
Fast forward to Sunday morning……it was absolutely gorgeous…. 20,000 runners were entered in the marathon or HM so we decided to get to the race by 5:30am….I was there with Chuck and Liz – friends I met through my husband 20 years ago. The sunrise was beautiful; the sky clear, it was cool but not too cold….I was in heaven….it was going to be a great run. I was not nervous at all just excited.
It was finally close to race time so we walked up to get in our wave. I had signed up for the 2:10 to 2:20 wave figuring I would finish in about 2:16. Chuck and I were about the same pace. Liz started a couple of waves later (and I might add she is somebody who has never been a runner, just started training two months ago, and ran the race in an 11mm pace….she’s amazing!!)
Before we knew it we were off…..the first 3 or 4 miles felt great….we were clipping along at about a 8:40 to 9 mm pace…about mile 4 there was a hill…no problem we both flew up it then we got to run down it…..at mile 5 there was a water station and I should have taken some water, but I felt great so I didn’t……that’s when the trouble started for me….right after I passed the water station both calves instantly cramped….wow…I’ve never felt anything like that before…..my stomach also was not cooperating. I ran another mile before I finally had to wave Chuck on and stop to use the restroom….got past that and could hardly walk let alone run, but there was no stopping me….I tried running a little differently so my calf would stretch…..it helped a little.
It was all a mind game from there. I decided that I was not going to stop unless they carried me off the course…so I kept going….it hurt more to walk then to just keep running.….I made sure I grabbed a water and vitalite at every station and as long as I kept moving I knew I would make it. I was running through my mind that a 2:30 finish would be respectable for my first HM and at least I didn’t quit….I couldn’t let myself and all my wonderful friends who have been so supportive down. My music helped me get lost in the moment too….by mile 10 I did walk a little…again it was torture to start running again…I don’t remember much from mile 10 until mile 13….My splits for those miles were a little over a 10mm so I must have still ran more than walked.
I remember looking up and seeing the finish line….I was going to start to walk again, but then I heard the crowd. As I approached the end there were so many people cheering us on I couldn’t stop so I just kept running…..then I looked at the time….2:10….I quickly looked at my watch and it said 2:07 it has an auto pause feature that probably stopped when I went to the restroom… .I still didn’t believe it, I thought there was a mistake….I was in so much pain I didn’t really enjoy the moment, but I had to get to the expo area and find the results tent. They had it set up so you walk over a sensor and a computer flashed your time…..it said 2:10!!! Wow- I finished 6 minutes faster than my goal for the race….
My first half marathon was one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I have done due to the pain ….but more rewarding than you can imagine….I did it….13.1 miles…..!!! Those weight loss demons are now behind me….I just have to make sure they never catch up again…..I now know I can prevail no matter what tries to stop me….. I just have to keep moving forward.
I just signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 25th……..I get to run across the Golden Gate Bridge……and I’m going to do the Vernonia Half in April….ok….yes….I’m addicted….and a great high it is!!!
Oh by the way…..I have a renewed appreciation for Marathoners….you rock!!
Sorry...I don't have a finish picture...I did get a cool surfboard medal!!
Thursday, February 04, 2010
The Girl in the Picture…….
In three days I run my first half marathon….I’m not scared; I have put my training in (thank you Mike – KAYAKID)….I’m just truly amazed that I’m doing it…it is a culmination of a 1-1/2 year journey that has proved to be something beyond my wildest imagination…….you see, I had finally stopped imagining that I could actually see a picture of myself and not want to cry…..where the image in the picture wasn’t somebody I didn’t recognize.
We took a family portrait for the first time this Thanksgiving and I finally recognized the girl in the picture……now I’m running a half marathon and I love to run! As many of you have heard before “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey” well this journey has only just begun…and I’m 1-1/2 years into it!! I have already reached several destinations along the way, but there are so many more to explore: A full Marathon, my last 10 lbs, achievements at work, getting stronger through strength training, improve my running times, hiking with my kids, running in the cold and rain (thank you Mike ;-) , travel…….. Amazing what confidence does for you…….I now feel like I have the power to accomplish anything….it doesn’t mean that it’s easy. I still struggle with my eating, the aches and pains; the motivation to get up at 4:30am to workout everyday….but it has given me the strength and confidence to keep conquering the weight demons that have haunted me since childhood….and most of all NOT GIVE UP!!!
So I’m off to run a half marathon in Huntington Beach, CA on Super Bowl Sunday – Yep….13.1 miles….. luck would have it it’s supposed to rain….I think the rain just follows me now that I live in the rainiest state in the country….:-) but that’s ok because I’m doing something that is far beyond running a half marathon…..I’m proving to myself that I CAN do it!!
I love you guys….you have truly been an instrumental part of my journey, and
I hope you will continue to be for the rest of my life…..
Cheers to many more years and friendships along the way!!!!
The girl I didn't recognize:
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
2010 ~ Happy New Year!
Sorry this is a little past the 4th (my usual monthly blog date)!!!
I’ve always been a person who sets goals as that has been engrained in my life after being in sales for over 20 years.….but I’ve never really been much for New Year’s Resolutions …are they one in the same?
Some people might think so, but I always thought of New Year’s Resolutions as being very vague….I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to work harder, I’m going to be happier, etc……there are no specifics of how we plan to achieve these resolutions. One example is at my gym. This will be my third January and the last two it was very crowded for the first two weeks and then after that it was back to normal. So what happened? I think it is simply a New Year’s Resolution to get fit without a plan….buy a gym membership or start using the one they have; workout for a week and ouch…get sore muscles and quit…..
So this year I’m going to set some specific goals instead of making New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Keep logging my food everyday on Spark (this has been my secret to success for 1-1/2 years)
2. Keep my calories to 1300 to 1400 calories per day
3. Win my company trip to Miami (It will be in September)
4. Achieve a weight of 115 lbs by the end of next August (so I look good on my company trip!)
a. That will be an average of 2 lbs per month
5. Lower my body fat to 25% (I’m at 31% right now) by doing Strength Training a minimum of 3 times per week with a goal of 4 times
6. Do cardio 5 to 6 days a week for 60 minutes per day
7. Run 3 Half Marathons
a. Surf City – Feb 7th (Will be my first!)
b. San Francisco – July 25th
c. Long Beach – October 17th
8. Run a 5k or 10k race at least once a month
With the tools and camaraderie on this site I have every intention of making my goals in 2010…..SparkPeople is the best tool around...all of you are amazing….but as with any tool you have to use it….the gym is a great tool too, but if you don’t go and put forth the effort the fat will not magically melt off…There is no magic pill (wouldn’t that be nice:-) …it is hard work, but I can honestly say it is worth the effort…I have never felt so fulfilled as what I have accomplished this year. Not only the weight loss, but being an inspiration to so many of my Spark Friends…the heartfelt comments and kudos has helped me achieve one goal that has eluded me all my life….keeping the weight off!!!
Happy 2010 everybody….may it bring Health, Happiness, and Prosperity!!!
Hugs to all!
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