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My First Half!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Don't really know where to begin! My daughter and I decided way back in June that it would be great to do a "big" race together & both signed up for the Raleigh marathon & half marathon. She is a grad student at NC state & my one son and his wife also live down there! So not only would this be my first half and her first full we (husband & I ) would be flying down for a great family week-end! (Just couldn't do the 9+ hour car ride home!)
We followed Jeff GAlloway training guide; for me it was 17 weeks and Ellen was closer to 23. I also did the run/walk method. So as the summer days came & went we did our weekly training calling or texting each other for encouragement! The training gradually added mileage every week or so with my longest run doing 14 miles! I know some of you guys reading this can't even imagine doing 14 miles I couldn't either but did it! Anything is possible& I have learned that running is not only getting your body ready but also your mind!!
So fast forward to the race week-end! We flew out of Pittsburgh airport which was exciting since we had not been in a plane for over 11 years!! Quick flight down and we were greeted by my son & daughter at the airport to be shuttled back to his place!!
Saturday morning we went out to breakfast & the expo! Pretty cool and a great place to pump you up for the next morning!
I didn't sleep very well~which I have read is pretty normal and woke up to rain early (4:30)!
Ate my regular breakfast & we were off about 5:45 to get to the race.
Parking and then getting to the starting line was surreal for me since I never in a million years thought I would do a half~Who me I'm always the cheerleader at the side of the road! Gave my daughter a quick hug and then off to find my place toward the back!
It started right at 7:00 with all 4,000 runners starting at the same time. I must say it went well until about mile 7-8. My hamstring was really bothering me and had to walk more that I would have liked! Guess I would have to say miles 8-10 were probably the worst then I got my second wind and decided I needed to pick up the pace even just a little! i felt better as I approached the 11 mile mark and then knew I only had roughly less than 30 minutes ! Funny the tricks you can play on your mind to get through the tough parts!! I finished in 3hrs20 minutes;slower than I was hoping for but my main goal was to finish & I did!! After my cool down walk and snack we waited for my daughter.
I am happy to report she finished as well! So proud of her! What a great day for mother & daughter!!
Want to thank everyone for their support and cheering me on through this!!
(Was hoping to add a few pictures but computer is not cooperating!)

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HEALTHYL1 11/12/2012 11:44AM

    Great job! Sounds like a great time with your family!

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PINKBEANBOO 11/12/2012 11:20AM

    You did it! emoticon emoticon You should be so proud!

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JICASMOM 11/11/2012 9:30PM

    Congrats Rose!!! I know I'm not on here a lot, but I knew you were doing your half, and wanted to know how you did.... Well, you did FANTASTIC! Great work, great job accomplishing your goals!!! So happy for you!!! :)

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STRIVING4HEALTH 11/11/2012 8:06PM

    Way to go!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/11/2012 10:45AM

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Love that you and your daughter were able to do this together and have a wonderful weekend with your family!
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HARRINGTON5 11/10/2012 9:24PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Who cares about the time, you DID it! I didn't think your time was so bad either.

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XFITSTRONG 11/10/2012 8:55PM

    So PROUD of you!!!!! You are awesome! Great job!!!!!!

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GLMOM2 11/10/2012 8:38PM

    emoticon to you & your daughter!

You both deserve credit for training, running and finishing your HM! emoticon

You are a running rock star Rose!

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CATREBEL 11/10/2012 7:49PM

    Congratulations! You will always remember your first half!

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RUNNERKDB 11/10/2012 7:13PM

    Great job! Way to persevere!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/10/2012 4:01PM

    emoticon on your first Half Marathon! It sounds like a great experience to be able to share with your family, whoo hoo!!

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CAMELSAMBA 11/10/2012 12:41PM

    That's awesome! Congratulations on going farther than you initially dreamed possible - your body is an amazing thing!

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COOP9002 11/10/2012 12:04PM

    Awesome!!! You should be so proud of yourself for such an accomplishment.

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AMARILYNH 11/10/2012 10:16AM

    I literally got chill bumps reading about your first half - CONGRATULATIONS!! I know just what you mean about distance runs being as much about your MIND as about your BODY - isn't it amazing what our bodies can achieve with training and determination? AWESOME!!! I know your daughter is SO proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 11/10/2012 8:15AM

    Congrats!! Hat a cool experience for you an your daughter. And I agree with you, running is just as much a mental battle. So gratifying! Congrats on a great run!!

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JESSIKA_56 11/10/2012 8:06AM

    Awesome job! What a great thing to do with your daughter, and that's wonderful that you were able to have a family weekend!

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Proud to say I met my Challenge!!!

Friday, February 03, 2012

When I started out the long month of January I knew I wanted to set some resolutions for 2012 but also wanted to make it something to look forward to!My daughter was flying back to Grad.School in North Carolina and she also wanted to start working out & increase her running! So we decided we would do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred! Every day for 30 days!!! I'm happy to report we did it!!! We would text each other after every workout encouraging each other along the way!! What a great way for the month to fly by and to also stay connected to her! I can honestly say I don't know if I would have stuck with it if it hadn't been thinking she was also sweating to 30 day shred too!! So if you can share a challenge with someone I would highly reccomend it, makes it so much sweeter when you meet it!! Happy to report that I lost 3.6 pounds and 7 inches!! Now onto a new challenge Monday!!


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COMPUCATHY 3/3/2012 9:09PM

    Oh, wow...that is a great idea! I have a DD in Wyoming and I think when she comes home to visit, we could get a workout video and do a similar thing for 30 days. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a super March! Keep up the good work! Spring is on the way! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 2/5/2012 9:29AM

    Great job! That's so nice to be able to do the challenge with your daughter, even though it was long-distance

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SUEAZZI 2/4/2012 11:35PM

    emoticon So wonderful you did this with your daughter. I enjoy doing fitness workouts and challenges with my daughter, makes all the difference in the world! WTG!

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GLMOM2 2/3/2012 8:35PM

    emoticon Rose! That is emoticon!!!

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LOSINGITNOW11 2/3/2012 8:11PM

    That is emoticon
emoticon on a successful month!

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SPACEYSTACY 2/3/2012 7:37PM

    That is such a great idea!! Great job and good luck to you and your daughter in your healthy lifestyle journey! :)

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Did we really run the same race??!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Just wanted to let everyone know about my 5K and thank everyone who cheered me on !! I was pretty excited about the race with 5 other family members and one good friend running as well. It's a 5K race down the center of town where my family is from! 900 runners/walkers this year, truly an amazing sight! The weather got warm quick and was running into the sun the whole way out. it was an out and back course so of course with me in the back of the pack I was able to see the first runners coming back! Wow! It was not my best race but I can only blame myself for not pushing the weeks before to get myself conditioned for this distance. I was thinking about this yesterday everyone time I took the steps and paused from the muscle twinges I got from Saturday! I came to the realization I still think I'm one of those cheerleaders on the side shouting encouragement to all the participants. I love the feel before the race chatting with everyone , the music and all the camaraderie that you feel but I think I have failed to let myself become an actual runner even though I have done a handful of 5K's! I've always been at the back and have accepted that but no more! I plan on training for my Turkey Trot for November 19 like I have never trained before! It's not like I don't like to see the first place runners but to have the 1st place guy finish when you're at 1.2 miles into the race does make a person pause and really think either I'm crazy or just having a good time!! My next race is set;, I plan to have a good time but maybe at a little faster pace!!

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BOBBYD31 10/10/2011 9:15PM

    train safe and don't push too hard that you end up hurt. your goal is to finish races healthy and have fun doing it, if you take the fun out then then they become really hard. training is great as long as you still love to run. now with that said, has some great training plans if you want to push harder. speed will come with conditioning and running you longer runs on the weekend. your doing great, be proud of yourself

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THEHONESTME 10/10/2011 8:04PM

    Be proud that you completed the race - lots of people don't get up off the couch to do that much. Next time you'll do better - that's what it's all about. Can't wait to hear how the Turkey Trot goes :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/10/2011 4:15PM

    There's nothing wrong with just enjoying your race either! But I look forward to the next report. emoticon emoticon

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LIMASTAR 10/10/2011 2:48PM

  Congrats on completing your 5K. Hope your training goes well for your next race.

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Interesting study!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that adults with a healthy BMI eat 33 percent more dietary fiber and 43 percent more complex carbohydrates each day than people who are obese. So much for low-carb diets! Fiber fills you up and can keep you from feeling hungry longer. It also has zero calories. By adding an extra 14 grams of fiber to your daily diet, you can reduce your calorie intake by 10 percent. That equals more than four pounds of weight loss in 17 weeks.

Received this from a Cleveland Clinic newsletter I signed up for~ thought it was interesting!!

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MCLAFLIN 7/31/2011 1:40PM

    It IS interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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Running in the HEAT!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Question to all runners out there~ how hot is too hot to run a race?? I'm signed up to do a 5K tomorrow (Sat) at 9:00 A.M.. But we like most of you are going through the hottest temperatures I've seen in along time! The humidity is what seems to get to me! Now as I sit here writing this blog it's already 75, which doesn't sound extremely warm but 97% humidity!!
I'm really torn because I would really like to do it but I'm a little nervous!
This seems so funny to write this blog considering a few years back running a 5K was not even a passing thought let alone contemplating running in extreme weather!! I'm so glad I've come this far!!

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KELLEEH 7/24/2011 3:34PM

    Did you decide to run the race? How was it?

I personally do OK in the heat, but I live in the south and so most of my exercise is done in the heat, so I feel I have built up a tolerance for it.

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BEYONDLIMITS 7/22/2011 11:04PM

    If you absolutely must run that race, take it easy, don't push yourself. I find running in the heat unbearable. I will do it, but only when it's my day to run. Otherwise, no way!

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SPEEDYDOG 7/22/2011 4:33PM

    Hi Rose,

I agree with BrewMasterBill. Resistance to the adverse effects of heat and humidity are individualized. I can run when it is hot and humid. I don't enjoy running in heat and humidity but I can do it.

I really can't offer you any advice.

How have you responded to heat and humidity in the past? Do you think you can handle it? Do you want to race when the conditions are bad? Racing or not racing is up to you.


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KKINNEA 7/22/2011 4:12PM

    I stayed inside when it was in the 90s and high humidity. As long as you take it easy and hydrate, you should be ok.

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MIM2317 7/22/2011 10:19AM

    I'm doing a 5-miler tomorrow morning. I am just making sure I am hydrated, taking my water bottle with me and taking it really slow. I think you will be fine, just don't push yourself.

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/22/2011 9:50AM

    I would drink water, lightly during and lots after. And listen to your body, if you feel sick slow down or walk.
Have fun!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/22/2011 8:21AM

    Hydrate well, and run it very slowly. Don't worry about your time; save that for the next race!
Good luck. emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 7/22/2011 7:58AM

    Well, if you decide to do the race... Good luck! Just don't expect the fastest time ever and drink lots of water!

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    It's highly individualized. You can acclimate to the heat, but if you're not acclimated, it's pretty miserable the first few runs. Morning runs usually aren't bad since it's the coolest part of the day. Also, your level of experience plays a factor. If you're a new runner the heat could drain you considerably. Experienced runners that are acclimated to warmer temps won't be logging PR's but probably will get through the race just fine. Making the assumptions that you've got a few races under your belt, it's in the morning and you're only doing 5K, I don't think there is too much to worry about.

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KAREN_NY 7/22/2011 7:38AM

    I'm not sure how to advise, but yes, hydrate well. I was reading an article in Runners World last night that suggested drinking an extra 20oz water a few hours before, and a slurpy or something similar that's really cold about 1 hour before.

8 miles on my training plan for tomorrow, but I was thinking of cutting back to 5.

I guess the main thing is to know why you're running tomorrow, and take good care of yourself for it. :) Oh, and HAVE FUN! :)

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MARATHON_MOM 7/22/2011 7:17AM

    Since the temps are usually not too high in the mornings, I usually still do my races when they are on the schedule. I have just learned not to expect a great race time. The heat and humidity always slows my pace down considerably. The good thing about running when it's hot though, it in the fall when the temps get cooler... I always seem to be able to increase my speed.
Just make sure to hydrate well!!

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