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School Routine

Monday, August 19, 2013

Today is my son's first day back to school, and I'm so glad to get back into our routine. I've been having a rough time with sticking to my eating goals lately...okay, that's not quite true. I've actually not even been trying (which also explains my lack of participation on Spark). But, now that school is back in session things will be more stuctured around the house, and I feel confident I can get back on track fairly easily.

I reached my running goal for the year by completing 3 races (5k, 4-mile, & 5-mile). Now, I'm trying to persuade Hubby to run a half marathon in April. I think I've almost got him talked around. Training wouldn't have to start until around February, so I've got time. In the interim, I'm just continuing to run 3 times a week.

I've gained back a few pounds from my lowest weight, but I'm still wearing my size 10 pants so I'm not complaining. I figue it's just a natural fluctuation and I don't doubt that I can reach my eventual final goal. I'm just apparently not in any hurry...

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ACRAIG921 8/19/2013 7:37PM

    Welcome back. I hope your son had a good first day of school. It's hard to believe that summer has flown by. I go back next week and my kids go back the day after Labor day.

Great job keeping up with your running. I am trying to stay committed to my plan but some days are harder than others. Everything runs a little better with structure, so I'm thinking by the time the kids are back in school, things will be easier.

Have a great day!!

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Wasted Summer?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I see it's been almost a month since I've written a blog. I guess time got away from me. I've not been practicing good nutrition lately, but I have been keeping up with my running. That seems to be the story of my life, really. Still, I've not had a major regain...maybe a few pounds.

This Sunday is my 5-mile race. I'm not nearly as nervous about this one as I was the 4-mile last month, which really makes no sense because I was more prepared for that one. My goal for this one is just to run the whole thing. It'll be the first time in my life I've ever run 5 miles, so it's exciting stuff. Hubby told me yesterday that he is thinking of running it with me. Talk about being surprised! He doesn't enjoy running very much, so I certainly wasn't expecting that, but it would be nice to not run it alone.

This summer hasn't been the best for weight loss, and the fault is all mine. I've not been as 'diligent' as I should have been. But, in all honesty, I can't say that I'm too upset about it. I feel like I've had the time to get accustomed to my current size, and to feel grounded. It's hard to put into words, but losing 15 pounds and going down a pant size really made me feel I wasn't sure who I was anymore. I know that it doesn't make much sense, because who I am is much more complicated than my appearance and the size of my pants, and it's not like my appearance changed all that drastically. But, this accidental maintenance period has allowed me to regain my sense of self and my confidence. I'm ready for the next phase, and feeling much more prepared for when I finally reach my ultimate goal. And, I will reach it, even if it takes a few more years.

I guess this summer hasn't been wasted, after all.


4-mile Race Report (PR!)

Monday, July 01, 2013

It's been raining for about two weeks. No, that's not an exaggeration. It doesn't typically rain all day long, but it's still the wettest summer I can remember ever having in Ohio. So, when I woke up at 5:30 on Saturday to get ready for my race, I was not really excited to see that the forecast was calling for scattered thunderstorms.

Anyway, I ate some oatmeal and got a lunch and some clean clothes packed because we were planning on taking the kid for a quick trip to the zoo after the race. I was a little nervous about the race because my last long run did not go well, and the humidity has really been taking a toll on me lately.

When we left the house, the weather was beautiful. Just as we got to Cleveland, it started pouring. Of course. After I got my packet, we had time to just sit around and wait, and the rain kept starting and stopping. Luckily, we were in a building, so we weren't getting soaked.

When the race finally started, it wasn't raining and the air was actually fairly cool (about 68). I had worn my Garmin so I could have an idea of how much farther I had to go to the finish, in case I started having trouble. Unfortunately, the course started in an alley between two tall buildings. Between the buildings and the clouds, I was having trouble picking up satellites, so my Garmin was off by about 1/2 mile the whole race.

I knew right away that I was running too fast, but I didn't realize how fast until I got to the first mile marker and a volunteer yelled out "9:29!" I couldn't believe it. Fastest. Mile. Ever. I usually run around 10:38 during my weekly runs, so that's just crazy.

The next two miles were kind of a blur. I kept arguing with myself in my head that I should slow down, but my legs just kept going on their own. Around 2.5 miles, I got a horrible pain in my right side. I told myself that if it was still bad at mile 3 that I would walk, but it finally dulled and went away.

The last mile was the hardest. I had slowed a bit, but I was still running pretty fast (for me) and there were a few small hills that tempted me to walk. But, I pushed through and ran the whole distance. I was so happy when I saw the finish line was just around the corner. When I ran past the clock, it said 40:06. I couldn't believe it!

My chip time turned out to be 39:58! I ran 4 miles at an average pace of 10:00/per mile! Holy canoli! I still don't know how I did it, although I think the flatness of the course had a lot to do with it.

Almost as good as my time was the fact that the rain held off for the entire race. It sprinkled for about a minute during mile 3, but I barely noticed it because I was too focused on my breathing. (As soon as we got to the zoo, it started pouring again, but that's another story.)

So, that's race 2 out of 3 for the year. Now, I just have to get ready for my 5-mile race at the end of this month. It will probably be much tougher. Not only because of the distance, but because the course ends with a wicked hill. I'm not too excited about that.

But, for now, I'm basking in the glow of my four 10:00 miles.

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ACRAIG921 7/1/2013 1:44PM

    You should bask in your 10 min. miles!! Awesome job on your race!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Halfway Point

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today's weigh in could not have made me happier. Not only am I finally back on the right track after a few bad weeks, but I also managed to reach the halfway point for my 2013 weight goal. That's convenient, considering there are just over 6 months left in the year. That means I've got to lose just over 2 pounds a month, which is definitely achievable.

I'm also on track to reach my running goal of particpating in 3 races this year. I have my second race on Saturday, and I'm already signed up for my third at the end of July. Provided I remain injury free, that goal will be checked off very soon!

It's both exciting and nerve-wracking to know that I am doing so well in achieving my goals this year. I'm thinking that I may need to make a new goal once my running goal is completed, though. I don't want to fall into the trap of being aimless.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/26/2013 9:42PM

    Congrats!! Keep up the good work!!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

I've been doing good with my eating this week, which is a relief after having a few not-so-great weeks in a row. My weight already appears to be headed down, too, so that is fabulous. I'm feeling much less desperate and much more in control than even a few days ago. I hesitate to say I'm back on top of my game, but at least I'm no longer sitting on the sidelines.

My 4-mile race is coming up next Saturday, and I'm a bit nervous about it. Today's long run was supposed to be 5 miles, but I barely made it 3 before I had to talk a walk break. I can list all kinds of reasons/excuses for why it went so horribly wrong, but it doesn't change the fact that it caused me a serious moment of self-doubt. I'm trying hard to believe that it was an aberration, and that I'll do fine in the race. I'm mostly succeeding, but I think that I'm going to take it easy next week, just to be safe. I really want to finish strong.

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DESERTJULZ 6/21/2013 11:57PM

    Although I've only participated in two 5k events so far, I noticed at the second one that I ran much more than I believed I could -- because of those around me, it seemed easier. Of course, I walked the majority of that one nevertheless.

If you do not run the full race, be kind to yourself. Throwing in a short walk to re-energize is okay. Coach Nicole says so. ;)

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ACRAIG921 6/21/2013 11:56PM

    You will do great. Glad to hear you are doing well.

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MEXGAL1 6/21/2013 4:15PM

    I bet you will do fine in the race as there will be others and you will get caught up in the spirit of the event.
Have fun!

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