Saturday, June 09, 2012
Raced my second 5k this morning. This race was hosted by Genesis Church, who runs a low barrier homeless shelter here in Bloomington in the summer. Our church partners with the Genesis Shelter, so it was not only a great chance for me to get more experience racing, but it was for a great cause too.
No surprise hills on this run. This was a "there and back" race and happened to be the exact route I run on for every single training run during the week.
So, while the course was familiar (memorized), I still had some issues going in. Remember that huge blister on my left heel? It literally covered my entire heel and I drained and removed the skin from it on Wednesday. It was slowly healing but it was still pretty raw. Yesterday, when I ran two miles (yeah yeah...I just couldn't help it!), I did all I could to take care of it (Vaseline, blister bandages, running socks) and it was bleeding when I got home. Ugh.
I've realized that the shoes I am wearing are not cutting it. They are Champion walking shoes that I bought from Payless for literally $8. They worked GREAT in the beginning...they have extra padded soles and they were really comfortable when I started with my short runs. But, as I've upped my mileage and kicked my training up to 4 days instead of 3, things have drastically changed. I am convinced my blister problem and the soreness in my feet and legs after a run definitely have to do with improper shoes. I am looking to remedy that this week because I am worried about future injury if I keep wearing these shoes.
Anyway, back to the race. I protected the blister as best I could this morning, but just kind of went into it assuming I'd be running with some pain in the heel.
I recruited three friends to run this race with me. My friends talked me out of using music this morning, saying they wanted to chat during the run...so I left my ipod in the car. I wasn't so sure about running buddies because I've never run with anyone before...I usually just run on my own and I prefer it that way. I was also worried that a race situation was not a good first time for running with a partner (or three). But...what are you gonna do? I resigned myself to the fact that this would just be a fun, easy run with friends and I wasn't going to break any time records or anything.
Race started and I was super slow (as usual). Friends took off and left me in the dust. I yelled out to them and said, "You're the worst friends ever!" haha. They came back and ran with me and made fun of me for a good mile. I told them to go on ahead and said I'd catch them when they wore themselves out and had to stop and walk. But they stayed with me for awhile. About two miles in, two of us started walking and the other two kept going and our group split. My friend, Jenny, and I alternated between walking and running and talked the entire time. Talking the entire time did make the distance go by faster. Still, with the fast pace in the beginning, I figured we were done for on time.
I was surprised to cross the finish line with a time of 41:35 - a whole two minutes faster than my first 5k time. Just 1:35 less and I would have hit my personal best. I definitely didn't win any prizes for time, but apparently the church received a bunch of extra donated prizes from the sponsors of the race, so they decided to "raffle" the rest of them off. I ended up winning a $5 Starbucks gift card. Ha!
My next race isn't until July 28th - Color Run in Indianapolis!!! I cannot WAIT until that race! I also officially start my half marathon training plan this coming week, so I anticipate that the Color Run will be an even better time than today's.
Keep on keepin' on, Spark peeps. Who else raced today? How'd it go????
Friday, June 08, 2012
I have not run since Tuesday. I haven't really cross-trained either. I had scheduled a 3-mile crosstraining walk on Wednesday. Ended up taking the kids with me, thinking they'd be fine because they are young and in shape. They were not fine with 3 miles. Bunch of wussies! Lol. Actually, the problem was the 4 year old boy. Are you kidding me? The kid has so much energy we can barely keep up with him EVERY other time in life...EXCEPT when we go for a walk. Sheesh. Turned out to be a 1.8 mile walk or something...and a very slow one at that. I didn't feel like I got any sort of a workout at all, although I'm sure I must have burned some calories.
All that to say, I feel like a big blob and cannot WAIT for my 5k race tomorrow morning. It will feel SO great to go on that run. And the best part is...it is taking place on the same trail and stretch that I run in every single training run. No surprise hills this time! Should be a GREAT run.
Been thinking about the Boilermaker Half and reviewing my training schedule and, you know, when I look ahead at the next 18 weeks, I feel a bit nervous. The distances in training don't look terrible. And they certainly build slowly enough, but when I see that number of 13.1, I will admit...it scares me to death and intimidates me quite a bit. Knowing that once I pass the 10-mile mark, there will be all sorts of new things for me to learn (refueling while running, hydration systems, special diet restrictions and additions/subtractions, types of running gear, etc.) It seems like an entirely different world and, quite honestly, I think to myself at times, "Do I have it in me?" CAN I actually handle this? Am I really ready for this to be a SPORT? Am I an ATHLETE? Seriously? What if my injured body just can't handle this intense of a sport?
I just coughed up $5 and bought the July 2012 issue of Runner's World Magazine last night. When money is involved, you know I've got an addiction. haha. There is a great page this month (pg. 26 for subscribers) that touched me to the core. Written by Debra Witt, it is just a short little blurb, but it stunned me into silence.
What It Takes To Run A Marathon After 25 Surgeries
In 2004, Janet Oberholtzer, of Pennsylvania, was in an RV that collided with five semis. Days later, she came out of a coma, only to face 25-plus surgeries, many on her left leg. Her doctors doubted she'd run again, but Janet kept the faith, and by 2011 she was running half-marathons. In May, on the eighth anniversary of her accident, the 46-year-old ran the Bob Potts Marathon.
"I'm so thankful now that my legs carry me on a run." - Janet Oberholtzer
WOW. You know, my 5 measly broken bones don't seem like such a big issue in light of this story! My extra 89 lbs of weight seem like a mere blip in terms of hardship when taken into consideration. I'm young. I'm fairly healthy and getting healthier every day.
I receive so many comments on my blogs - many are telling me that I inspire them, etc. I love these comments. I also get comments like this:
I can't run and I'll never be able to.
I wish I could run.
I will try running when I have lost some weight.
I can't do it, but I'm glad you can.
Obviously, I'm not a doctor and I don't know everyone's individual situation. And, certainly, there ARE medical reasons for not being able to do a jarring activity such as running. And, frankly, some people just don't LIKE to run and there is nothing wrong with that either. People have gotta find what they LOVE to do...it's the only way they'll keep moving for life!
But I also wonder how many COULD do it...if they wanted to? How many just THINK they can't do it, but haven't really tried? How many just haven't decided that they want to take charge of their health and push their bodies to bring about change?
Like I said, I have no way of knowing. I just know that I hate that "C" word now. If anything, I have taught myself that there is no such thing as CAN'T. And I have just begun. Will you just IMAGINE the possibilities when I actually get GOOD at this sport after many months and even years of training?
So, on second thought, let's pull that 18-week program out again and have another look. Yes, this looks very do-able. No problems whatsoever. Let's MURDER this training schedule! Boilermaker Half Marathon, brace yourself...cause I'm coming for you in October.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
The other day when I got out of the shower, I saw my 9 yr old looking at herself in the mirror. She was standing there, holding her shirt up and looking at her stomach. This horrified me. My daughter is not overweight. She was chubby when she was little (around 2 yrs old) and I was told by the nurse at the WIC office that she was going to be obese. That made me SO angry. Then, the woman had the nerve to say, ďYouíre the mom. Itís your fault.Ē What a b*%$h. Even though I knew she was right.
We made a lot of changes to what she was drinking (she had been drinking non-stop juice and chocolate milk and hardly any water at all). We watered down her juice and used the 25% less sugar Nestle Quik powder instead of buying already mixed chocolate milk or using syrup. We also sometimes substituted with chocolate soymilk and she never even noticed. She got involved in gymnastics and all the weight just fell off within a year. She has been fit, trim and in great health ever since.
She has never worried about her weight. But you could see how this could happen with Mom making this huge lifestyle overhaul. I wonít eat the same things that everyone else in the family eats (and they wonít eat what Iím eating). I weigh myself pretty often and the kids are aware that Iím away from the house a lot more now so I can get my runs and workouts in. In their eyes, I must seem rather obsessed. Well, I kind of am.
There have been some positives from this. They are sometimes curious about this new food mom is eating and they are getting curious enough to at least try bites of things. They are used to seeing me exercise now and they sometimes join me if Iím doing some sort of workout video or lay right down next to me and try to copy my crunches or push-ups. They are definitely proud of their mom and they see my body changing and they do mention it.
But then there is this moment with my daughter, where I donít quite know how to explain to her that Mommy really DOES need to lose 100 lbs. Itís not just a vanity thing or some fad diet. Itís so I donít die. Period. I donít think I handled this moment well because I simply gasped and said, ďNo! Donít you do that! You are BEAUTIFUL!!! Donít ever forget that!Ē
The truth is, she eats junk food ALL THE TIME. She does have the potential to gain weight. And childhood obesity is real. Sheís fine right now, but I worry that if she keeps eating the way she is, she wonít always be fine. We live with my in-laws (who have their own full kitchen downstairs). My father-in-law is in the beginning stages of Alzheimerís and heís a stubborn old Marine. He is a junk food junkie. This dude goes to the grocery store and comes back with Fig Newtons, Oreos, Lays and cinnamon rolls. Seriously. We have asked them to not let Anika eat so much junk (or any) but he is constantly giving it to her. The kids sneak downstairs whenever they want a treatÖwhich is very often.
Iím nervous because this is a delicate subject to bring up with a girl that is about to enter her pre-teen years. I donít know how to have a good talk about this subject without making her self-conscious.
The best I can come up with is to talk to her about HEALTH and not weight. I thought maybe we could watch something like ďFood, Inc.Ē together or ďWeight of the NationĒ and maybe talk about what we learn from that. Sheís a smart girl. She just needs to be educated on whatís best for her body.
What do you think, SparkFriends? Have any of you talked to your pre-teen daughters about this stuff and how did you go about it? I am asking for help. Because this is new territory for me.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Monday, June 04, 2012
So, I know it seems like Iíve been doing quite a lot lately in the way of fitness and running and all that good stuff. I have to be honest and admit that sometimes I worry that people that are new to SparkPeople or to healthy living in general will read some of the things I write, get inspired and then try to do too much too soon.
Itís interesting that I would post a warning like this, considering the fact that the moment I hear the words ďdonít try to do too much too soonĒ, I instantly get defensive. In fact, itís bordering on upset. I want to instinctively lash back at the person and say, ďHow dare you lecture me? Do you know my body? Do you know what Iím capable of? Do you think Iím stupid and wonít be careful and would knowingly do something to injure myself?Ē
Some of these folks are not qualified to say this to me. Others really are qualified Ė case in point, PAPAMIKIE who is a certified running coach. You can see his warning to me in my previous blog entitled ďImportant Information on RunningĒ.
But, if Iím truthful, it was difficult for me to get to the point with PAPAMIKIEís message where I calmed down enough to truly see what he was saying and take his advice as an expert in the field.
When it comes to this journey of health and fitness, our pride should take a back seat to an expertís wise advice.
That being said, I am not at ALL claiming to be ANY kind of expert. In fact, quite the opposite. I am nobody. I am not a certified personal trainer. I am just a beginning runner and, frankly, I just started this journey four months ago.
It would be a lie if I said I havenít worked hard to get to where I am today. I have worked hard. Iíve tracked my food religiously and denied myself plenty to stay within my calorie range most days. But Iíve also failed colossally and had some pretty bad eating days. Iíve worked running into my schedule, as if it were a work appointment. And I have not missed a day. However, I donít expect to be able to keep that appointment EVERY SINGLE time. Things happen. Iíve got three kids and a full-time job and SOMETHING will happen on some miserable day that will cause me to miss a run.
So I am not at all perfect. But I am disciplined. I am determined. And I have been successful.
The thing isÖI didnít start off this way. Yes, there was that day that I decided enough was enough and I was going to do this and do it right. I have not looked back since that day.
But, before that, there was a day that I decided enough was enough and guess what? I was going strong for a few months and then I got sick, went on vacation, got lazy and my health journey at that point ended. I was MIA from SparkPeople for 7 months Ė gaining weight and slowly killing my body the entire time.
Even when I came back to SparkPeople in February, I was still skeptical. Still doubting myself. I was tentatively tracking, sporadically adding activity and for the most part, avoiding a lot of hard truths about how I was treating my body. I still wasnít respecting myself. I started C25K and quit after 2 weeks. I continued to learn about health and my motivation for wanting to get healthy. I thought a lot about my life. I started C25K again.
It wasnít until May 6th (3 months after I had re-started on SparkPeople) that I finally ďgot itĒ. That was the day that things shifted in my brain and in my heart and the healthy lifestyle took hold. This is when it finally began to feel second nature.
What Iím saying isÖif you are just starting out with SparkPeople or exercising or making small healthy changes to your diet, donít despair. You can bet that you wonít be able to meet your calorie range every single day. You wonít be able to run 2 miles your first time out. You may have trouble just getting your body to even shuffle along. Or walking might even be tough for you. One of the cornerstones of this site is starting small. Very small changes made gradually WILL change your entire outlook and your life. You can read inspiring blogs all day long on here and get excited about victories that your SparkFriends are achieving. Thatís a wonderful way to start a spark in your own life!
But one of the most important lessons I am learning through all of this is not to compare my progress, my body, my diet, my running program, my weight loss to anyone else. Because it wonít be the same. My body doesnít respond the same as anyone elseís body. My body is unique. My personality is unique. And this is MY journey. Not someone elseís.
Be motivated by your SparkFriends. Be happy for them when they achieve. Understand that something that might seem small to them could be monumental for you and vice versa. And both are equally spectacular. And be proud of yourself when you see progress, whether that be a perfect week of eating within your calorie range or one simple choice to eat a salad for lunch instead of a burger.
We are all here to be the best that we can be. Together, we can get there. Do your thing, friend. And Iíll do mine. And we will each be victorious in our own special way.
Get An Email Alert Each Time LDRICHEL Posts