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Half Marathon...Check!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Today I got to check off a big one on my bucket list...I ran my first half marathon. This goal was a big one for me, as I've been wanting to run one for years. In the past I had signed up for 2 different races in which I didn't compete in (first one I had an injury, 2nd one I got pregnant), so getting to this goal has been a long process. Lots of pounds lost, and 2 kids later today was the day. This was my major fitness goal for 2013 and I snuck it in just in time!

Today I ran 13.1 miles.

After deciding not to do yet another race last month (luckily this time I had yet to sign up), I made up my mind to just run the "race" on my own. After all, a half marathon is really just a race against myself anyways. I also prefer running alone so it was a great option for me.

I finished my training and mapped out a route earlier this week. My last few long training runs felt great, but I was still pretty nervous come the end of the week. I just made sure to stay hydrated, get lots of rest, and eat some good foods. The rest would be what it was going to be.

My run was fantastic! Better than I could have ever imagined my first half marathon would be. I started out easy and smooth, which is the beauty of running by yourself, you really are running your own race and not influenced by anyone else's pace. A little after mile 4 I started to get into my groove. I was pretty nervous to ease up on the breaks, so to speak, being that I had a long way to go, but I did just a little bit and really found a pace that felt great, but was also moving along nicely.

At around mile 8 I realized that I would be easily under my goal that I had in mind (2:10). Then by mile 10 I started realizing that I would be just a few minutes away from the 2:00 mark. I just kept thinking that if I were that close to breaking 2 hours that I would want to do another race really soon to try to beat that time. However, being 10 miles in with 3 to go, the last thing that I felt like doing any time soon was another half marathon. Thus, I started to get really motivated to finish under 2 hours. I kept pushing, and worked on my pace the best that I could muster. 1 mile to go and I was stunned to find out how close I was to that time. I gave it my all to the finish, stopped my watch and looked down at my time.


I am THRILLED! I'm thrilled that I finished, that I felt so great the whole way, and the time was just icing on the cake.

I'm so glad that goal is finally behind me. Now I just have a couple more weeks to figure out a goal for 2014.

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LYNNIERN 1/12/2014 11:48PM


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    I missed this when you posted it, but let's just say that your first half marathon was CONSIDERABLY faster than mine, LOL! WTG woman!!
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KTLASERS 12/20/2013 3:04AM

    Wow! Awesome! I have a goal to run a mile by 3/15/14. I'll remember your achievement while I work toward mine. emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 12/17/2013 11:15AM

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NATURALSHAPELY 12/15/2013 3:32PM

    congratulations on your achievement!

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Half marathon goal: 1 step back and 2 steps forward

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Today is November 10th, the day I had planned on running my first half marathon. That didn't happen. My training was going really well, but then all of a sudden, my schedule got unbelievably busy and I got off course.

I recently started taking family photos for people to make a little extra holiday cash. My normal long running day got gobbled up by photo sessions and I wasn't able to complete my 10 mile training run. My longest run that I had gotten up to previously was 8, this was to be my longest one before the race. Then, I went out of town. I had planned on doing 3 runs while I was there, 2 short ones and one long one. Well I did one 4 mile run and that was it, no other exercise. I know, I'm making excuses, but there they steps backward.

Anyways, so I decided instead of risking injury that I would hold off on the race. Luckily, I had yet to sign up so no money was wasted in this decision. I honestly don't really care about doing an actual "race". My goal is just to do a half marathon, and I love running alone anyways so my plan is now to get my training done and do the half marathon on my own. I have a stop watch and can plan a route, I don't need to pay for a race. I will take it week by week, but I'm hoping to do my "race" sometime in December.

So what are my step forwards in this case? First, I am proud of myself for deciding not to risk an injury. I know I could have finished the race and ran the whole thing even, but I also know that when I add mileage too quickly I end up hurting myself (usually in the form of plantar fasciitis or shin splints). So I am patting myself on the back for taking care of my body! If I had walked away from this with an injury, it would have been a much bigger set back. Secondly, this morning for my long run, I ran a 6.34 mile route. I took my mileage back down, before I'm going to bring it back up. I felt really great, and I really had the confidence at that distance to push myself to go a little faster when I felt good. I took a full minute off my previous best time for that route. 55:38!

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GOODGETNBETR 11/18/2013 9:42AM

    emoticon to go on a great 10K time. Keep seeking balance and taking care of you.

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PRINCESS-09 11/12/2013 7:41PM

    You listened to your body and did the best thing for it... you should be proud! Let me know if you're going to do the half marathon in December - I may do some of it with you (virtually, of course) You did emoticon

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BUDRFLY31 11/10/2013 4:10PM

    You made a great decision! And...that is a great time for a 6.3 mile run!

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Random victory of the day...

Sunday, October 20, 2013

It's been a while since I've written a blog so this is a good time to update the world on my progress a little bit. I've been maintaining my weight pretty easily for a while now. In a perfect world, I'd still love to lose a little more, but I'm at a healthy weight, feeling pretty good, and am easily maintaining. This summer was a little bit harder because with the extreme heat here, it is hard to get out to exercise as much. However, now that the fall, I'm back in business!

In a few weeks I'll finally be checking off a big one for my bucket first half marathon. My training has been going really well and I'm pleased with how I am improving and (knock on wood) have remained uninjured. I definitely credit the weight loss to my joints not hurting!

Anyways, today I did my 2nd 8 mile run. I finished it 5 minutes faster than last week, was able to stay at about a 9 minute mile, and I felt great basically the whole way through. But the best part of this run was the big confidence boost I got from it. During miles 2 and 3 I saw other runners on the path ahead of me and easily passed them by. I'm not used to being the passer so this made me feel pretty awesome!

BUT mile 5 I saw a lady on her horse trotting down the path. I just knew I had to catch them! With a little extra effort, I picked up my pace a bit, caught up to them, and passed on by. I mean sure, the horse was just out for a leisurely morning trot, but in my head I it was the Kentucky Derby. Better luck next time horse!

The last 3 miles I trotted on home feeling pretty darn good about myself.

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BLOOMINGLENA 12/9/2013 5:09AM


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HAKAPES 10/29/2013 7:10AM

    Catching a horse!
That's the spirit!
I loved to read your update!
What are exercise do you usually do? Running only, or some others, too?
How do you train for your half marathon? You could share in a blog post, too, I'm interested!

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/21/2013 11:40AM

    That's great!!! Trust me, if you finish the 1/2 marathon, that is a victory unto itself. The time is secondary. I did a half marathon last month. I walked most of the way and took almost 4 hours to complete. I was among the last to finish, but it really doesn't matter. That said, I am probably doing another one in March and want to run more and finish much better.

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ABAKER34 10/21/2013 9:02AM

    That's awesome, it gives something to break up the scenery! Good luck in your training!

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MNABOY 10/20/2013 9:15PM

    That is a tough opponent on a race! Great training.

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GOODGETNBETR 10/20/2013 6:15PM

    emoticon that you can maintain a 9 minute mile or even close to it. That's one of my goals to someday get down to between 8-9 min/mi.
emoticon witth the half.

PS Horse should've known better :)

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/20/2013 3:21PM


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Friday, April 05, 2013

Today on Sparkcoach I was encouraged to focus on the positive and list 3 of my recent accomplishments. If I slip up I can refer back to these and remember the good things that I've done lately!

1. I've lost 44 pounds total!
2. I'm on a great tracking streak right now. 13 days so far!
3. I've started strength training and have been consistent in the past few months of getting in 2 strength workouts a week.

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BLOOMINGLENA 4/10/2013 2:53AM

    You 've done great so far! Keep it up!
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SCRAPPINPOLLY 4/5/2013 10:24AM

    Woo hoo! That sounds wonderful!! You go girl!

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My tracking week was a success! ...and a message from my chocolate.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

This past week was the 5% challenge's tracking week. I'm happy to say that I was 100% for tracking every bite and staying within my calorie range. Now that I have a little streak going, I'm going to do my best not to let it die. I'm on day 8 now. If I can make it to 14 days, I'm going to reward myself somehow. I need to think of a good reward. If anyone has any creative ideas let me know!

So the results from my week of strict tracking are in. I lost a pound! I've been on a plateau for a while, so I'm happy to see the scale move. My body tends to reflect what I did 2 weeks ago, so I'm hoping if I stick with it, it will really start showing next week.

I take progress pictures every 5 pounds. I've lost 44 pounds now, so one more pound and I can take some new pictures! It always helps to see in a photo the results of the work that I'm putting in.

Anyways, today I got a little inspiration from my...uh.....chocolate. I opened one of those dove chocolates to read this...

...soak in the message and just ignore the fact that it came from a piece of candy. emoticon

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CARI2012 4/1/2013 9:15AM

    I love that! In fact, I just wrote it on a post-it and stuck it to my computer monitor! Thanks for sharing your motivation, so we can ALL be motivated!

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ILOVEFOOD590 3/31/2013 3:12AM

    You busted through that plateau... way to go! :)

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LYNNIERN 3/31/2013 12:29AM

    Congrats on an awesome week. Love where you found a spark!!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/30/2013 11:49PM

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    Love the message from your chocolate. Gotta find that motivation wherever we can! LOL emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 3/30/2013 9:35PM

    First of all, Melissa, emoticon on tracking! I am convinced that it is the single most way to be successful. Our memories are selective when trying to remember what we have eaten!

Next, I love the message! How cool that your little indulgence helped to fan your Spark. Have a blessed Easter!

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JEFEIST 3/30/2013 5:07PM

    Brilliant Work! Keep it up!

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THOMS1 3/30/2013 3:55PM

    Great message! Good luck on your streak! emoticon

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