Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Ok... I don't even know where to begin, and sadly I don't have much time.
In a nut~shell. I finished my first ever marathon in a time of 3:59:32
This was Sooooooooooooooo much HARDER both mentally and physically than I ever thought it would be. I pushed my body way over the limit.
The first 16-17 miles were ok, but by mile 17 my right knee was really beginning to hurt and my body just began to feel ach~y. The rain did not help at all. I was soaking wet and I was wearing the WRONG socks. So I felt like everytime I put down my foot it was like a sponge.
I was upset a little that I had to walk, but walking HURT ~ MORE!!! So... I convinced myself to keep running. Then... I had to go to the bathroom. I was worrying that I was not going to make it and it was not #1. How embarassing if that happened.
My body just HURT LIKE HELL from miles 18-26. I was beginning to worry that I might not even finish. The race absolutely became one to "just~finish"!!!
I did and....
When I crossed the finish line my body was completely GONE! I was shaking... Oh ya! It rained the entire race. I was freezing, feeling hungry, I went to the soup tent and ate and then immediately felt sick and got sick... Throwing ~ up, then I went to change because I was freezing and was worried I was going to fall over. I had diarrhea, body~shakes, light headedness, throwing~up, feeling seriously worried that I was going to die. Not to mention... the burning feelings in my legs, calves, feet... I just wanted to go home.
I'll try and maybe write more later, but this was most of my marathon experience. I remember saying I will NEVER do this again. We'll see... LOL!!!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I have so many thoughts. I want to list them, then give more details.
Eating more calories / Sports Nutritionist
School Principal / Co~workers
These are really just a few of the many, many thoughts I have today.
First off: I ate more calories than usual this week. I stuck to the 2000-2500 calories that my Sports Nutritionist recommended, and I felt GREAT! I did not feel hungry, I almost felt like I was eating way too much and felt satisfied for most / all of the day. She reminded me to focus on maintaining which I am mentally trying to put my mind around, but... I lost a pound this week. I haven't changed my weight ticker (I'm 146 and was 147). So... I'm very excited about that. Did I mention that she said if I lost much more weight it really could hinder my performance. I haven't fully bought into that idea, because ideally I would like to maintain a weight around 130. BUT... I have to mentally be happy with 145-150 HEALTHY and no yo-yo'ing.
My long run today was AWESOME! I felt really good. I had to take a bathroom break, which worked out well. I started out outside and it was freezing, so I ran outside for about 45 minutes and then finished my long run on my treadmill, another 90 minutes. My body felt really great afterwards. I don't feel exhausted now either (3 hours later). So... I am very happy about that. I HATE my long run days a lot, and today, I really liked it.
Next weekend is my 1/2 marathon. I am very excited, but I am frustrated about the travel plans and... I am started to let my mind play tricks on me. The purpose of this 1/2 is to prepare myself and be confident in training for my marathon. It is not, let me repeat to myself, it is NOT to run FAST and have my best running performance ever. I am telling myself I will be happy with a time around 1:50:00. If I let myself go even slower and am under 2:00:00 that's Great too. I've been looking at past results and that's played tricks on my mind.
I had forgotten how at the beginning of my school year I was mentioning the conflict between me and my principal. Well... I have put on the happy face this year and just tried to stay positive and play the social game, which is great for me. Guess what? My principal gave me the Teacher of the Year Award from our school. I was completely SHOCKED! I couldn't believe it. She sincerely said how much I deserved it and what a great teacher I was. WoW!
Last.... I was notified this morning that I am officially a SparkPeople Motivator. WoW! That's really cool too. I almost feel pressure to be really motivating now (LOL) No really, I am honored. I hope that I can inspire or motivate even 1 person to better their life physically, emotionally, spiritually, whatever it may be. We are all here to be supportive and enjoy one another.
Love you all! You are so sweet, supportive, and TOTALLY INSPIRING and MOTIVATING to me also.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
I went to a Sports Nutritionist yesterday. Randy (my husband) has a friend at school that is one, and offered to see me for free and she is AWESOME! I LOVED it! She was so friendly and very complimentary. She really focused on all the eating behaviors I am doing right and complimented me on my over~all weight loss. I am so glad I went.
She sent me home with 3 goals:
Eat protein and healthy fats with every meal and snack.
Eat more "scheduled" or regularly every 3-5 hours but have longer periods of no eating, not the constant grazing especially at night.
Journal my feelings about my eating, what went well, why I want to eat, am I really hungry, mostly at night because that is my most difficult time.
Some of the great things I learned already are:
Most people do NOT exercise as much as I do, and I really do need more calories. Between 2000-2500 a day.
That it's ok to have a plain diet. I don't need to feel like I have to have a variety and be trying new things. Just try to add healthy proteins and fats.
She told me to get rid of my sugar free/ fat free stuff. Don't be afraid to eat the stuff with FATS in them. I NEED more fats. No Spray Butter. LOL!
Oh ya and... eventually I really need to get rid of the SCALE. It's not helpful. I should not be weighing myself more than weekly.
So... Tonight I am reflecting... I had a stressful day. More of an "anxious" day. For absolutely NO particular reason. I found myself thinking about food, but I ate when I was hungry and did not feel guilty about it. When I was feeling anxious I thought about why or what was causing my anxiety rather than what to do to NOT think about it. I came up with a few ideas and tried to deal with them by meditating and saying a personal prayer.
I am very HOPEFUL... I am hopeful that my preoccupation with food will subside. Although it's funny because she also mentioned that with the amount of training I am doing to complete an Ironman will require me to think more about nutrition and make sure I am getting the nutrients I need to perform.
I LOVE it! She was so positive and uplifting. I am looking forward to implementing the things she taught me.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
First and foremost... Happy New Year 2009!!!
I saw a page on Facebook called Obscure Life Goals and this has been my obsession of the morning. Or shall we say, Thought of the day. The idea is to list some "off the wall" obscure life time goals that you might have. And... as I contemplated this, I sadly realized, I'm not that obscure. Maybe I do take life a little too seriously and I need to lighten up a bit.
Anyhow, Here is a short not very obscure list of things I'd like to do:
1- Play Rock Band with my kids regularly.
2- Surprise my husband with a gift from BB often.
3- Stop and Smell the Roses more...
4- Sing songs with my 5th graders and get up and choreograph a dance while I'm at it!
5- Sprinkle rays of sunshine on the "grumps" around me.
*** This is obscure *** FINISH a FULL Ironman!!!
PS... Definition with synonyms of obscure:
Main Entry: obscure
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: not easily understood
abstruse, ambiguous, arcane, clear as mud, complicated, concealed, confusing, cryptic, dark, deep, dim, doubtful, enigmatic, enigmatical, esoteric, far-out, hazy, hidden, illegible, illogical, impenetrable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, indecisive, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, inexplicable, inscrutable, insoluble, intricate, involved, mysterious, occult, opaque, recondite, unaccountable, unbelievable, unclear, undefined, unfathomable, unintelligible, vague
apparent, clear, explicit, obvious, perceptible, understood
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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