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Inspired by Love

Monday, May 14, 2012

On Saturday, May 12 I got up at 5:45 to get ready to run the Mermaid East Bay run in Fremont, California. The 5k was to begin at 9am and I needed to meet up with my daughter in law at 7:15 so that we could park and be ready to run by the time our race started. Traffic tends to get busy around the area where the event was being held and I didn't want to be sitting in the long line waiting when our time came, so I planned on arriving early. We arrived at about 7:45, found a nice parking spot and got ready to head over to the start. We were meeting up with 2 of Veronica's friends, who she had inspired to start taking charge of their bodies and begin exercising and eating better. It's pretty cool how this trickles down. I had inspired Veronica and another friend and she had inspired 2 others. One of Veronica's friends was going to be walking most of the 5k so I told her to start from the back of the pack so that people running it would not have to work their way around her. Veronica had been training for the past 4 weeks and was coming closer to running at my pace so I told her she could start with me, but that I would quickly be moving ahead of her. Her other friend is slower than she is and she told her the same thing.

The race started promptly at 9am and headed out towards the parking lot on paved ground. Soon we would be on an unpaved gravel surface though. The path soon became narrow with weeds growing between 2 single wide paths, making it difficult to pass slower runners. This lasted for about a quarter mile - a bit frustrating and slowing down several of the ladies. I reached mile 1 at a pace of about 10:20, a little slower that I would have liked to have been, but not too bad considering the conditions. When the path widened I was able to pick up my pace a bit. At about the 2 mile marker I could see my boss (who inspired me to start running) ahead of me. I was catching her and was going to pass her - very surprising to me since I had only been running for just over 2 years and she has been running for close to 30 years. I said hi and ran with her for a short while and then pulled away. I hit the 3 mile marker at about 31 minutes and headed toward the finish line - a pretty steep uphill climb on a grassy surface! I finished at about 33 minutes according to my watch, but knew it would be a bit faster since I started and stopped my watch at different times from crossing the start and finish lines.

Official time was 32:29. I finished 3rd of 19 in my age group and 87 of 569 total in the 5k. My daughter in law finished in 37:49 - a new personal record for her!

I call this blog Inspired by Love because of my wonderful daughter in law. At the end of the race we went to a free photo both that was set up. There were small chalk boards where we could write our own messages. Veronica came up with Inspired by Love, since I had inspired her to become more healthy and she is using that to help her friends

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/15/2012 1:58PM

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How beautiful that trickle effect is - that one person's actions affect others who in turn affect more and onward!

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3016DEBRA 5/14/2012 5:58PM

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408k Race to the Row

Sunday, March 11, 2012

This morning I got up at 5:45 to get ready to run the inaugural 408K Race to the Row. This was the first day of Daylight Savings Time, so it was really still quite early. The race was organized to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation. Pat Tillman was a San Jose resident to quit a lucrative football career with the Arizona Cardinals to join the US Army. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 by friendly fire.

The runners entries raised $10,000 for the foundation.

This was a race that began in downtown San Jose at the HP Pavilion and ended 4.97 miles (8K) later at Santana Row. The temperature was on the cool side - around 48 degrees. It started with a pre-race warm up conducted by Club One.

At 7:55 the wheelchair race began. 5 minutes later the runners race began. I had given myself a goal of finishing in 55 minutes. I had done a couple of 5 mile run/walks in the past week to train for this and had come in within this time range with walking, so I figured I should be able to beat that this morning.

At the 3k marker I was at about 32 minutes, so I was on target for being able to reach my goal. There were a couple of hills to climb, one in the beginning and 2 toward the end. I pushed through the hills and headed toward the 4 mile marker. I was pretty close to 40 minutes at this point, so was still on target. I finally saw (and heard the finish line). I could see the official time and came in at under 52 minutes according to that clock. Since I wasn't the first person to start the race I knew that my time was probably somewhere around 51 minutes. I headed over to the information booth to get the final results and entered my bib number. My results were as follows:

Finished in 50 minutes 15 seconds
Finished 1304 of 2761 finishers
Came in 608 of 1702 woman
Came in 6th of 47 women in my age group - 55-59

Not bad for someone who was unable to run 2 years ago and just ran my first mile ever 22 months ago!!

Hoping to be able to run the second annual 408k Race to the Row next year.

  
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ACURVYLADY 3/12/2012 1:08PM

    Awesome !!! Keep it up and what a great cause. emoticon emoticon

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Completed 1st go round of Coach Nicole's 28 day Bootcamp DVD

Monday, February 27, 2012

I completed my first 28 days of the 28 Day Boot Camp DVD yesterday! I must say I really like the way it is laid out so that their is always variety and 3 levels to work at. Sometimes I am working at Jewel's level, sometimes at Nicole's and sometimes at Linsday's. - I guess even sometimes at my own - I find it hard to keep up with some of the lunges I am not very coordinated (although it is getting better) and I am almost 6' tall, so I find it hard to get down to a good lunge at the same pace as the 3 on the DVD.

Today I started over again at day 1 and plan on going through another 28 days - getting ready for vacation in April. I am starting to see some muscle tone coming to this 56 year old body. I am hoping to be able to do less of my level and Jewel's level and more of Nicole and Lindsay's level this go round. We will see...

I am also continuing my walking - try to get in 4-6 miles per day, and working on the running again. I have an 8k coming up in 2 weeks. I think I am close to being ready for it. I ran/walked 5 miles in 55 minutes on Friday - running about 2/3 of the time. Doing intervals to work on the endurance. Last week was 3 minute runs with 60 second walks - this week I will do 4 minute runs at the beginning of the week and 5 minute by the end of the week.

I plan on seeing my sisters and nieces in Maryland in July - I think they will be surprised at the changes. Been trying to get them into taking better care of themselves. I hope to inspire them to continue (or get back to) what they told me they started a couple of months ago.

  
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    Well done!

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Toys for Tots Challenge

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

For the past week I have been participating in a Toys for Tots on line challenge. It was sponsored by Earndit.com - an online fitness tracker. People from all over the world register to this and use various trackers (Runkeeper, Fitbit, Garmin, Foresquare, etc) to earn points for gift cards or discounts on various health or fitness related items. I use Runkeeper, so all of my tracking is done outdoors. Earndit gives 10 points per mile to a maximum of 60 points per day (6 miles) for foot activity (running or walking) and for cycling you get 60 points by biking 20 miles. For the past couple of months various vendors have been setting up challenges to get bigger gift certificates - people who earn 360 points go into a drawing for the grand prize and people who earn 100 points or more go into a drawing for a lesser prize. I usually enter the challenges and there are usually about 1,000 or more people from the US and several other countries who participate. There is usually no charge to enter a challenge

For the Toys for Tots Challenge, there was a fee of $10 to enter. The winner would get all of the donations donated to Toys for Tots in their name. To win this challenge you would need to earn 60 points per day for 7 days. For me this meant walking and or running 6 miles per day for 7 days. Being winter and days being short I knew this would not be easy, but did want to get to the maximum of 420 points so I could be eligible for the drawing to win. There were a total of 59 participants - a little disappointing since there are normally over 1,000 people in the other challenges. I did get out and run or walk 2 to 3 times per day for 7 days. I ran a couple of times at 5:30 in the morning, walked at lunch for 2-3 miles and walked after I got home from work - enough to ensure I would get the 6 miles each day. The last day of the challenge was yesterday. I checked last night before I went to bed and saw there were 11 of us who where at the maximum points of 420. This morning I received an email that said I was the winner, so $590 was donated to the local Toys for Tots organization in my name! Even if I hadn't won, I am very happy that I participated in this great cause and very proud that I was able to squeeze in the 6 plus miles each day.

Below is the email all the participants received today:

Hi Nikki,

Thank you so much for participating in the Toys for Tots Challenge.

You showed true holiday spirit with your generous $10 donation to Toys for Tots. Because of your help, some children who wouldn't otherwise receive gifts will now experience that joy. We are so touched by your participation in the first-ever charity challenge on Earndit, and as a small token of our appreciation, we've given you 100 bonus points. That's like running 10 miles!

Go ahead and redeem your points for a nice little reward for yourself.

Happy Holidays!

Your Earndit Crew

  


Mermaid San Francisco run

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Today I got up at 4:30 to meet up with a friend and my daughter in law to go do a 5k in San Francisco.



This was Michelle's 1st 5k, Veronica's 2nd and my 4th. We arrived at Marina Green in San Francisco at about 7am and checked out the area. At 8am the race began. Michelle would be doing a walk/slow jog and Veronica was going to do her best to run as much as she could. My goal was to complete the 5k without walking. The route would take us up close to the Golden Gate Bridge, along Crissy Field with Alcatraz off in the distance and then back to the finish line near Marina Green. As I approached the 1 mile marker my iPhone with the Runkeeper app told me I had been running for 10 minutes. At this point I knew I was going to have a new personal best time if I was able to keep up with the pace. The Bridge was beautiful, but I didn't have time to stop and take pictures, but was hoping Michelle was going to be able to do it since she was just walking. As I approached the 2 mile marker, I heard that I was at 20 minutes. I was still keeping the same pace. It had rained the day before, so there were many puddles to avoid. I was starting to get tired and was debating walking for a short period, but decided to keep pushing through because I was pretty sure I was ahead of my previous pace back in May. Next was the 3 mile marker and shortly after that, the finish line. I pushed through and crossed the finish line 32 minutes and 3 seconds after crossing the start line - a new personal record - by one minute!

As I was cooling down, I was watching for Veronica to come across the finish line. I figured she would be coming in at about 40 minutes or so. She came in at 42 minutes. She has asthma and has had knee problems in the past and also has weight issues. She was inspired by me to start running and work on getting her weight under control. I bought her a good pair of running shoes. She had been wearing any old pair of inexpensive shoes she could find, but I told her she needed good shoes if she wanted to run and not continue to mess up her knees and feet. She has lost about 30 or so pounds in the past yearand is planning on training more for her next 5k in May 2012. She has set up her goal for that run. I am so proud of Veronica for doing this and working on improving her health.

Next I figured Michelle would be coming through at about 50-55 minutes. I saw her off to the side and cheered her on to get to the finish line. She completed it at a slow jog. I am so happy and proud of Michelle. She is overweight and has a large variety of issues that prevent her from being able to exercise as much as she would like to. She told me as she came across the finish line she wanted to cry. I had told her I had the same feeling 18 months ago as I finished my first 5k. It is such an emotional experience - knowing you had worked hard to attain a goal of participating in and then finishing your first 5k. For me, I am 56 and ran my first 5k at the age of 54 years, 10 months - after just running my first mile EVER just 2 weeks earlier!



I had a great time and all 3 of us plan on running the next Mermaid run in the East Bay in May 2012. We have all set our goals and will train to help attain those goals

  
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DONNA0256 11/13/2011 8:38AM

    Fantastic! So great that you are inspiring others too!

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FITFABME2 11/13/2011 1:18AM

    How awesome is that!

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Love that you are already planning for next year - this is a permanent lifestyle change...yes!

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LVBIKER 11/12/2011 11:36PM

  Awesome....keep it up!

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