Thursday, March 15, 2012
I live in the Pacific Northwest and our weather this week has been CRAZY!
Beginning on Sunday we had dumping rain, moments or a mixture of snow and a bit of hail. As the night approached the winds picked up. Monday the winds were destructive! Huge trees snapped in half, street signs knocked down, our basketball hoop blown over, and MUCH more. Add to the wind...more RAIN. Monday night, early Tuesday morning we had SNOW which as it warmed up turned back to .... more RAIN!
Yesterday...RAIN! Today...DUMPING RAIN!
I know with living in the NW rain is expected but we usually don't have this kind of rain at this time and what's making it worse is the temperatures are COLD, much colder than normal.
In TWO days time, exactly at this same time, I'll be lining up with my daughters and, who knows how many, strangers to walk/jog my first official 5K. As I look outside my window it is dark, gray, WINDY, and, yes, DUMPING RAIN! The weather for Saturday shows more showers, no sun and a low of 37.
Never being an outdorr adventurous girl (I got up to 325 from staying inside with hot cocoa, donuts, candy and a good book on these kind of days NOT doing a 5k) I don't have the right gear!
I'll make do. I'll be cold, I'll be wet but I will DO IT!!! I'm sure after experiencing it I'll be on the hunt to find weather appropriate workout clothes.
If you have knowledge in this department PLEASE share!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
As I mentioned yesterday I signed up for a 5k. Although I've been to the town where the 5k is being held I had no idea the exact location. Today we took the 30 minute drive as a family to scope things out.
I printed the map and we were able to locate the starting point (which is also the finishing). We drove the course and that's when the nerves started hitting. In the description it says it's a flat course. True, it is, for the most part. But at, about, .5 mile in it starts going uphill on a bridge that crosses a river. It's quite a rise, then descent. Since the route finishes the same way it starts that means towards the end it's the same but in reverse.
Driving 3.1 miles seems MUCH further than when I walk it outside and on the treadmill. I was a little bit concerned with the territory we covered.
I'm going to try and not let my nerves show. My daughters are doing this with me so I have to be the all-confident, all-knowing Mom so that they will not be any more nervous than I'm sure they already are.
I pulled up the results from last year. The slowest jogger/walker did the 5k in 54 minutes. There were about 75 5k'ers. (More for the 10mile segment). I'm hoping what they say is true, that during a race environment you actually go faster!
It's also amazing to see how the kicked up nerves is revving up my food cravings and desires to eat and binge! I'll probably feel this way all week so I need to stay vigilant on staying the course. To top it off, my newly turned 12 yo daughter is having her friend party Friday night. Thankfully not at our house but it's NOT what I want to be doing when I have to leave the house at 6:45 the next morning.
Okay, DEEP BREATH!
This is part of the journey. Growth and Challenge! I will not become the stronger person by hybernating in my home. That's what I've been doing for the past 44 years and look where that got me! I chose the name Overhauling-Me not just to represent the weight I'll be losing but to represent ALL that I need to improve.
Overcoming my fears WILL make me stronger and will help me be a better parent...Leading by example.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I just signed up for my first official 5k!!! It is being held next Saturday, March 17th, and is at a town 25min away.
My 12 and 13 yo daughters are signed up too. The three of us will be setting our first 5k time. A time that we'll be able to improve on as we get stronger, fitter and healthier! We're still preparing for our Sprint Tri in July and this will be great training for us!
This morning I woke up early and did a 5k on my treadmill. I broke my previous time of 55:38 by 2 minutes. Today's time, 53:38. I did it HIIT style and was able to jog a few minutes at 3.8mph and, YES, even at 4.0! That's a first for me!
Not sure how my outdoor, crowded 5k will compare to my treadmill 5k but I'm looking forward to finding out.
Now to commit to and sign-up for more races to keep me focused on my goals for 2012!
Today is Day 67. Took a peak at the scale. 281.8 Down 35.2 since January 3rd. Add the 8lbs from 2011 and I'm down 43.2 from my all time high of 325!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Last night I needed to run to the store to get spiral notebooks for my high school boys and stock up on some healthy food for me. My little 4yo wanted to come. I hesitated taking her because it was 7:45 and she was already an exhausted mess. But I was game, the healthy me has A LOT more patience and energy to deal with that.
After finishing up the shopping, which, by the way, my little one did great, we headed back out to the car. SHOOT! Someone parked TOO close to me. I hate that. In the past I've had someone climb in and back the car out for me (if they were a driver) or would have climbed in from the other side and tried to climb over to the driver seat. I was able to open the passenger side to have my little one climb in but, dangit, her carseat was behind the driver seat.
#1 NSV - I was actually able to open my driver door open a crack and squeezed myself in!!!
#2 NSV - Once in the car, with the driver door closed, I was actually able to turn completely around in the driver seat to buckle up my 4yo.
Okay, small NSVs but the times I haven't been able to do either of those have mentally beaten me up and left me feeling embarrassed, devastated and unworthy.
Can't wait to see how tight of space I can shimmy through as the weight continues to drop!
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