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The BROCKEN MARATHON: my Mount Everest! (Race report & pics)

Monday, October 17, 2011

SOOOOOOOOOO, I am just now getting around to this race report. I know it's late, but I have SO MUCH going on!!

For starters, even though this was a marathon by distance (42.2 km), it was an ULTRA if you ask me. I knew it was going to be tough. I knew I was not looking for a PR here. I knew this was simply for my own accomplishment of conquering that mountain. Just for the record, I live in VERY VERY FLAT northern Germany, and only run outside. I do not train on any hills to speak of.

Here's a profile of the elevation I would be covering:


I ran the much-easier half marathon at this event a couple of years ago, and LOVED it. But I knew the half marathon did not climb nearly as high. But I was determined to take on that marathon.

My mom flew in the day before the race, and we drove to where we would be staying the evening after picking her up. The next morning, I got up with my husband in enough time to get to the race a bit early (he would drop me off and come back later), while my mom stayed with the kids.

At the race, it was cold. And rainy. Rain on the forecast. Uuughhh. I was hoping for a clear day so when I got to the top of the mountain, I would get the pleasure of a beautiful view. That was just not the case. But I wasn't about to back out now! After my husband kissed me goodbye (about 20 minutes before the start, he had to get back), I realized that he had taken my time chip with him in my start packet! So, I quickly ran to the registration booth, and got a new number and time chip. There was NO WAY I was going to run this one without the satisfaction of official time!!!

Me before the race:

Doing my muscle pose... LOL:

"HOOAH I will beat you, Brocken Marathon!"

So, after I got settled with the right number (which ended up being 4715 instead of 4070), I stood nervously with the other runners in the starting corral. Granted, there weren't many of us. See, I am one of those small-race junkies - I always pick these odd, small races. So, there might have been 200 runners? I am not sure. I didn't even look it up afterward.

Here is the Start line:


At 9 am sharp, we were off.

Pictures during the first 10 km of the race. Beautiful scenery!!




After 10 km, we started a sharper climb. By kilometer 13, it was a solid climb up, with no relief. I had to walk it. Even walking was hard!! But I didn't feel bad, because every runner around me was doing the same.



As we neared the top, the wind got stronger and colder, it got more rainy and even snowy!! Yes, that is right, I saw SNOW!!





AND THEN, I CAME TO THE CREST!!!! YEAH!!!


Reaching the crest of the mountain around km-19 was totally worth it! So exhilarating!! I started getting very teary-eyed as I passed all the bystanders who had come to the top of the mountain to cheer us on. I knew I had finished the hardest part, but I also knew I had a LONG way to go, and my goal was to get down that mountain uninjured... I knew running all that way downhill could be dangerous.

As I passed 30 km, I was still feeling good, but I thought I had passed most all of the upward climbs. I was wrong. They weren't so big, mind you, but they seemed MOUNTAINOUS at that point!! Anything going upward was just a killer! My upward-climbing muscles were just spent. I did have to walk a couple of times, but determined to keep going. Once I had only 5 km left, I resorted to just giving myself a pep-talk... yes, out loud. Hardly anyone was around at that point. I just kept telling myself, "You can do this, just keep going, just keep running, just keep putting one foot in front of the other.... Just do your best!" Sounds a bit funny, but that is what helped keep me running those last 5 km. Did I want to give up? YES! Did I wish I could just walk it at that point? OH YEAH!!!! But I kept going.

As I turned the last corner and saw the finish line, I picked it up a bit. Then I saw my hubby with one of our daughters on his shoulders! And my oldest son stood there cheering me on. I was very emotional upon finishing that race. I couldn't believe it was over. And although I am pretty sure I remember SWEARING to myself that I would NEVER take on another mountain marathong like that, I am already thinking about doing it again!!! LOL

The only good picture the hubby got of me coming into the finish, unfortunately. But he had a daughter on his shoulders who had INSISTED on being up there so she could see Mommy, so I won't complain!!


After the race, we all had some good ol' Bratwurst, and I got a locally-brewed beer. German-style, you know. I had to finish it German-style!

It was a wonderfully exhilarating feat. I am glad to say I finished still standing, still running in fact, still smiling, still injury-free! My quads and hamstrings suffered muscle soreness like I have NEVER EVER had before, but I was not injured in any way. My official time was 4 hours 58 minutes and change - 40 minutes SLOWER than my marathon in February, if that tells you anything. I am not sure where I placed, but it wasn't near the front, I think. I don't know. But it was an experience worth remembering.

That's all for now, Spark Friends!! Will update more soon!!

  
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IMSMILEY88 10/31/2011 9:55PM

    Sounds like an incredible race. Congrats! And, that hill looks like a monster! Wow! And, snow? And rain? Wow! Great job!

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LAUROCHKA 10/31/2011 7:08PM

    Wowsers!
That is hardcore - I take my hat off to you Darcy! WELL DONE!
Lxx

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NYC_NATIVE 10/19/2011 7:53AM

    I loved this write-up! You made me want to do this marathon, too, even with the bad weather, LOL. You did wonderfully!

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ELYMWX 10/18/2011 11:24PM

    Small races are fun.

I like the look of the first 10k. The next 10? Not so much :-)

Well done.

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SEEAMANDARUN 10/18/2011 11:31AM

    Congrats! That looks extreme (and totally awesome and gratifying). Way to go!

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SWEETNSKINNY 10/17/2011 10:58PM

    Holy cow sister!!! That race sounds CRAZY! Loved the pics, absolutely beautiful. AMAZING job, and I love that we had the exact same finish time! proud of you!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/17/2011 3:56PM

    WOHOO!!! Congrats on a job well done!
That looks like an amazing time!!!

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PSALM42 10/17/2011 3:42PM

    Congrats! You did a fabulous job!

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READINGACE 10/17/2011 3:03PM

    Wow! Congratulations on a remarkable marathon feat.
Ace.

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JOPAPGH 10/17/2011 12:49PM

    Now that is a marathon! I run my first Sunday, with nothing more challenging than a bridge from the USA to Canada.

Great job!!

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SMILESRME 10/17/2011 12:40PM

    Holy Moly girl!! You did it! What an altitude climb, plus doing those all those miles!! An impressive run with a great time. You had every right to be emotional, and I love the support you got from your family. That brat and beer (hope it was a dunkel!) tasted mighty fine, I am sure!

Congratulations and thanks for the report too!

Joy!
Julia : ) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CURLYQDIVA11 10/17/2011 12:17PM

    That is AWESOME! I live in Florida and can't believe you ran in that weather. So inspiring. Thanks so much for posting.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2011 11:59AM

    Wow that looks brrrrrrrrr......Crazy elevation and great time!!!

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HAKAPES 10/17/2011 11:51AM

    What an elevation. This is like double effort. You are awesome! You are doing so great! And I love the pictures - you have time to make pictures during the race?

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KKINNEA 10/17/2011 11:34AM

    Great finish time given the mountainous hill climb and the snow - you rocked it!!

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MICHSTATE 10/17/2011 10:56AM

    Wow!!!!!! You DO find the coolest races!!!!!! I wish there were small races like that in the US too!!!!
Congrats on getting up and down that mountain!!!!!!

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ROCKINMOM77 10/17/2011 10:35AM

    Oh my gosh!! You rock!! Only 40 minutes slower that your other marathon?? That is awesome, you went up a mountain for goodness sakes and it snowed!!! I probably would have just rolled back down!! lol emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/17/2011 10:33AM

    WOW!! What a race!! emoticon
You have to know you are a true athlete when you CHOOSE to tackle something like that and you CONQUER it!!

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EARNIESMOM 10/17/2011 10:33AM

    Congrats!!! That was too cool! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Leap into the Unknown

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I have been MIA from SP lately, I know. My enthusiasm about exercising has waned too, I must say. I have this marathon coming up next weekend, and I am TOTALLY distracted and focused on other things. Good thing I am tapering, is all I have to say. emoticon

So here is the deal:
In the past couple of months, I have discovered a skill/talent that I have, something I really love doing, and I have decided to pursue it as a means of making a little money. I don't really want to say what it is just yet, because I still feel like I am crazy, like "who would want what I have to offer????" But I feel the intense need to try.

So, this past week, I have invested in some things to get me started. I have no idea where this all is going to lead. It is kind of scary.

With that being said, I will keep the exact details of what I am doing under wraps for now, but I will blog about it & fill all you lovely Spark Friends in at some point.... emoticon

I am looking forward to my marathon next week. It is going to be TOUGH!! But I have wanted to do this one ever since I ran that HM at the same event in 2009. I am not looking for any time goal here, just to finish standing up on my own 2 feet and hopefully smiling!

Here is the profile of the run. As you can see, I will be climbing a mountain, and coming down the other side.


I know, I am crazy. But I think it is going to be a really awesome experience!! And if the weather is anything like what we have been having in the past 2 weeks, it's going to be AWESOME!!

Here's to giving it my best shot!! Happy running to all!

I'm off to run my last tapered long run of 10 miles... heading out the door now....

  
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SMILESRME 10/15/2011 7:51PM

    Hey Darcy! You must still be in recovery mode from your marathon! Take the time you need girl. Praying it went well for you and you are doing okay!! That elevation gain is crazy too!!

Joy!
Julia : )

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SEEHOLZ 10/11/2011 8:48PM

    WOW! Really cool update- live your life and go for it!

I am sure you rocked it!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 10/10/2011 3:05AM

    Hey Darcy,

I thought about you running the marathon this weekend. How did it go? Hope you're alright!

BTW: Tchibo offers winter running clothes this week - TIME TO GO SHOPPING emoticon

Love,
Stefanie

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MICHSTATE 10/2/2011 3:05PM

    Good luck and have fun!!!!
How is the new job for dh going?

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APIRLRAIN888 10/1/2011 10:01AM

    that is SCARY but you can do it!!!!!! crazy crazy woman!

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AMOHAME2 10/1/2011 9:06AM

    That elevation chart is SCARY!! But hey, you can do it! I admire you so much for taking a leap into the unknown and giving something new a try. Even if it's something you're passionate about, new things can be terrifying so GOOD FOR YOU for making a go of it!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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PSALM42 10/1/2011 6:58AM

    Good luck!

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KKINNEA 10/1/2011 6:01AM

    Wow, here I am panicking about a couple of glacial rises and you'll be running up a mountain! Good luck and can't wait to read about it!

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A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED!!!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!

Hubby's last day @ work was today!! They let him come home early, so he is... as of now.... D.O.N.E!!!!

There is rejoicing in this house, let me tell ya!!!

Here's a funny little event that happened today though:
DH calls and tells me that his aunt is going to have him sign an agreement saying that he will not work at any "premium" car dealerships within such-n-such a radius for so-n-so long. Basically, taking away his right to get a job at a "premium" car dealership or business if he so chose.

When he told me, I thought, that doesn't sound right. This is a free country... how can she tell him where he is not allowed to work?? So, I questioned him about it, and said he shouldn't feel obligated to sign that.

So, he decided to check out his legal rights online before the meeting with his witch of an aunt (she is the most horrible employer I have EVER, EVER, EVER come into contact with - dishonest, greedy, unscrupulous, back-stabbing, unfair... just HORRIBLE).....

And guess what he found?????

Not only is he NOT obligated to sign that, but in order for it to be legally binding, his aunt would have to pay us....

... grab your seat....

a WHOPPING Ä40,000!!!! hahahahaha!!!

This is just awesome.

He told her it was illegal, and told her he wouldn't sign. He even showed her the legal information he found. She was NOT happy, and said that his training that the business paid for would go toward the Ä40,000, but even THAT is NOT LEGAL!!! Trying to make him pay for the training they had him do.....

Anyway, we probably won't get Ä40,000 out of her, but we certainly won't back down and sign it either! MUHAHAHAHAHA!!! That totally made my day!

After working for that horrible person for almost 5 years now, it felt great to have the upper hand.

A NEW DAY IS HERE!! There is a pep in my step, and a smile plastered all over my face! My hubby starts his new job with those wonderful people tomorrow. What a huge blessing. We are so blessed!!!!

  
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MBSHAZZER 9/23/2011 7:37AM

    Hey Darcy, just catching up with what's going on in your life. First of all, GREAT news about your hubby's job. I don't know how it works in Germany, but in the US, if the company makes you sign a non-compete (and usually it's for a finite period of time, like a year), they have have to PAY you to compensate you for not being able to work in your industry! My company is US based, but we have an office in Germany and I KNOW that the German labor laws and business regulations are MUCH stricter than in the US. Anyway, sounds like you guys worked it out to the good.

Next, your previous blog about marathoning... you are totally right, it is all mental. I was a regular runner for close to 15 years before I did my first marathon. I always said that I didn't want to run a marathon and end up hating running. I knew I had to be mentally prepared for the commitment in order for it to be a fun experience that left me excited about running rather than dreading it. The nice thing about running is that you are a runner no matter what distance you run! So go forth and enjoy it!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 9/19/2011 3:23AM

    YAY y'all! Congratulations to Jan and best wishes for his new job! You will see what great positive impact his "job happiness" will have your everyday life and your relationship. emoticon

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MICHSTATE 9/15/2011 4:47PM

    Yay!!!! That must be such an amazing feeling of relief!!!!!!:-)

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KKINNEA 9/15/2011 2:29PM

    Great news - now your family can get on to bigger and better things.

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PSALM42 9/15/2011 1:34PM

    That is so exciting! We're on the other end (where you used to be)- no aunts in involved... but wouldn't it be nice for a better opportunity to come along? I'll probably be looking at jobs online for the hubby when the kids watch a video lol.

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 9/15/2011 1:03PM

    Yippee!!! So happy for you and your family!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 9/15/2011 1:03PM

    Yippee!!! So happy for you and your family!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 9/15/2011 1:03PM

    Yippee!!! So happy for you and your family!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/15/2011 11:32AM

    Woah that is crazy...my hubby has that clause in his contract. As dr. If he quits group...can't practice within radius blah blah blah...common in medicine.

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WILLBOYWONDER 9/15/2011 11:14AM

    Itís always such a sweet relief to leave an unsavory employer with the upper hand. Well, itís good to leave PERIOD, but especially when you have the upper hand. I hope your household can have some eternal peace. Very good news, indeed!

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Musings on Running: Changing Gears....

Monday, September 12, 2011

I don't like the marathon distance, I have decided.

After a lot of on-going soul-searching in the past couple of months, I've concluded that this coming up marathon will probably be that last one I do for at least a good while.

It's not that I'm facing some huge injury or physical problems. It's not that I can't do it. It is just that I simply don't want to. I've always said that I love running, but my family comes first. I get up early in the morning so that I don't take time away from my kids and hubby. But lately, I have been noticing some negative effects, and I don't like it at all. This is simply about balance.

My training lately has just felt forced, and I hate feeling forced to run a certain distance. I actually don't like trying to get in a 3-4 hour training run, ESPECIALLY when I have a TON of other things in my life going on. For example, this past weekend when my cousin was here (that is just ONE example), I was TOTALLY unmotivated to go out for my long run. Yeah, I got up and did it. I ran 21.3 miles on Saturday morning, but from the moment my alarm went off that morning, it was a TOTAL, ALL-OUT MENTAL BATTLE!! Uggghhh.

I'm sorry, but running shouldn't be that way.

Also, there have been other side-effects that I am pretty sure are stemming from the hefty running - fatigue, lack of energy and motivation to do other important things, increased appetite (we're talking, like, out of control!), irritability.... those are the most obvious to me.

I got so down about my wacky appetite and lack of energy, that I started being REALLY concerned it was something serious, so I went to the doctor last week to have my thyroid and iron levels checked (my mom has underactive thyroid problems). But lo and behold, everything was perfectly fine. I am perfectly healthy.

I am simply pushing myself too hard. And my kids and hubby are having to live with an energy-less, drained, fatigued, irritable mommy/wife. Not cool. They deserve better than sloppy seconds.

DH also made a great point to me the other day as I discussed this with him - "Really, it comes to a point in running, that it doesn't matter if you run 5, 10, or 20 miles, you are NOT getting any additional health benefit from it."

I have to agree. Too much of a good thing is not always good. I think the longer distances are simply for self-gratification. I totally admire and respect anyone who can pull off longer distance runs, like marathons and ultras and such. But time-wise, and concerning my family, I think I just need to take a big step back.

So, yes, I will continue to run. I will continue to strive to stay healthy. In fact, I love the half marathon distance, and would like to keep running at a level where I can easily be ready for the half marathon distance. But I really don't see a benefit in doing more. In fact, every time I crank up my miles, my eating goes haywire and I end up gaining weight.... hmmm. Makes you think, doesn't it?? Maybe it's taking away from my healthy lifestyle, not helping.

Those are just my thoughts. That is where I stand. Time to re-prioritize. Time to change things up a bit. Time to balance things out a bit.

BTW, it was totally great to have my cousin here with her 4 kids last week. I totally thought it was going to be hectic and crazy here, but actually, the kids played so well together, we all had such a lovely time!! And being with family is just good for the soul, if you ask me. =)

  
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HORRORMAEDCHEN 9/16/2011 7:34AM

    WOW I really needed to read this. Thank you so much for taking the time writing down your thoughts and share.
I have come to a similar point a little while ago and hit a mental wall. For me it wasn't marathon training but half marathon training. After I conquered the distance I immediately wanted to either go into training for a full marathon or get as fast as I can on the half marathon distance. I have improved my running A LOT this year and at some point I think it is important to just take the foot off the accelerator for a while and enjoy and be proud rather than pushing harder and harder. You'll just burn out in the end.
I really look up to you and your running achievements and reading here that I am not alone taking a step back for a while makes it easier for me to accept it. All the best for your marathon and then enjoy taking it easy, living life and maybe sometime in the future take up the challenge again. I don't think the distance makes one a good runner, it's being consistent and most of all enjoying it.
Lots of X and O emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/14/2011 4:03PM

    :) Gotta love hubbies who put things into perspective:)

Glad you figured out what works for you!

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JLITT62 9/14/2011 5:55AM

    I'm training for my first HM but have no particular desire to try a marathon. I'm a slow runner, so I just don't want to run for 5+ hrs. And I do think it's too hard on our bodies. So I hear you!

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RUN2BEFREE 9/13/2011 7:00PM

    I hear what you are saying and I saw the discussion item on Facebook in Running Friends also. I have been training for the RnR Savannah in November and keeping focused on the goal has been tough. Even though I enjoy running, there is not much I enjoy about going out for a long 3-4 hour training run with other life things going on.

7 weeks and 2 more very long runs! After that - we'll see!

Good luck with the remainder of your training!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 9/13/2011 8:46AM

    Hey Darcy,

I totally agree with your hubs. Running should be fun and good for your health in the first place. You always have to listen to your body and do whatever is best for your well-being. This will be best for the ones nearest and dearest, too.

It's crucial to stop and reflect from time to time - just what you have done now. You will find your balance! emoticon

Love and lunges,
Stefanie
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TEDDYBABE 9/13/2011 6:46AM

    I whole heartedly agree about balance. The key to existence. Thanks for sharing a very good blog.

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ELYMWX 9/13/2011 12:05AM

    I really like the Half distance - it's a totally manageable distance with a manageable time commitment for training. The Full and the Ultra (both of which I have not yet done but fully intend to do) take a lot more commitment. I think I can convince my wife to put up with me through one Ultra, but unless a miracle happens I suspect it'll be my only. For the Full, I'll have to pick and chose the race to fit between all the other time commitments we have, but it should be much more manageable.

That being said, my wife's made some comments recently that she thinks she won't do anything longer than a Half, but that she's now looking at Tri's instead...

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SWEETNSKINNY 9/12/2011 11:44PM

    You should do what makes you HAPPY! Marathon training isnt EASY thats for sure and there will be difficult runs. I cant imagine if I had to balance training and a family!!!

And, I am TOTALLY with you on the out of control appetite!

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NYC_NATIVE 9/12/2011 7:33PM

    Amen, Darcy! Unlike you, I don't have a family. But we're in a similar place. As much as I'd love to run a full again, the training just doesn't do anything for me. And now, I want to travel more frequently. And long runs are going to interfere w/that. So no more doing anything 15 miles+ and beyond, at least for the immediate future.

Running will be there for you. I hear ya on the balance... And too much of a good thing can be bad, too. Our cortisol levels can go up when most of us do the long distances, btw. Which is probably why you were feeling tired, and yet stressed out to the max, at the same time. Your body was most likely sending out distress/panic signals, when running is supposed to blunt that effect! So backing off when needed is a good thing. Yes, re-priotization is important, too, esp. when it comes to family. :)

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KKINNEA 9/12/2011 3:46PM

    Sounds thoughtful - interested to see the results of your philosophy change.

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ESBELL 9/12/2011 2:10PM

    I barely make time for my long training runs for a half. I can't imagine how much time it takes to train for a full. I hope you find the balance you are striving for.

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RUNTRILAUGH 9/12/2011 2:00PM

    I completely understand.

I LOVE the half distance... but when I look at a race entry, I hate paying almost as much for a half as a full. Its like, I want to get as much bang for my buck as I can...

BUT... the problem with that thinking is everything you listed in your blog.

I'm going to scale back on the fulls next year. And keep loving the halfs.... Not that I can't do them, but you're right. Overall, its just not the best thing for me, either....

Thanks for putting it out there!

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CARYNW 9/12/2011 1:41PM

    It IS a huge time investment, isn't it? Everyone has to do what's right for them, and sometimes, it's just not right for you *right now*. Whatever the case may be, good for you for figuring it out and maintaining that balance.. and good luck on your race!

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AMOHAME2 9/12/2011 1:38PM

    I can completely understand where you're coming from! The main reason I want to do as many marathons/halfs as I can now is because I don't have a family so I have the time. I've met a lot of people through marathon training, and made quite a few good friendships...For me, the training is a very social thing so it's worth it. If it was taking away from my social and family time, I'd be cutting back for sure.

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WILLBOYWONDER 9/12/2011 1:35PM

    I concur. I love to run and stay healthy. But I do think I like marathons any longer. Regimented activities can be overwhelming. I prefer being active but nothing as strict as a marathon. I enjoy exercises, but I do not enjoy marathon training.

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MICHSTATE 9/12/2011 1:17PM

    I agree with you!!!!! I know people that claim they can eat whatever they want when training for a marathon, but I am NOT one if those people!!!!!:-)

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/12/2011 1:12PM

    Well put. It is hard to run when you have family still living at home. Running should be fun not torture.

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RUNNERGURL61 9/12/2011 1:06PM

    I have dealt with this, too. If it's not fun, why am I doing it? If it's killing my joy for running, is it worth it? Kudos to you for doing what's right for YOU!!

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PSALM42 9/12/2011 12:46PM

    I totally understand. I enjoyed my half marathon and considered doing a full, but with small children I just can't. I don't have the time, baby-sitters, sleep, or energy to do so. I'm putting it on my "when the kids grow up and if I still want to" list. Plus, I've noticed that I enjoy mixing things up. I'll be in a running mode, then a zumba one... I do what I need to to get/stay in shape but also enjoy life!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/12/2011 12:34PM

    UNDERSTOOD!!!!!! RUN for FUN

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TRI_BABE 9/12/2011 12:23PM

    I took time off from marathon running as I was injured and just had too much going on. We should be doing things because they increase enjoyment in our lives, not add stress. I miss running the distances with my club, but like you have more important things to do right now. Cheers!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 9/12/2011 12:19PM

    I started feeling that way when I was marathon training. I want to enjoy my workouts and my life! Congrats on identifying this and acting on it!

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MOMONTHERUN1 9/12/2011 12:10PM

    Glad that you have decided what is best for you and your family. I do agree that, unless you are a professional runner, it really shouldn't matter how far you have run. What matters is that you are doing it.

You have to do what is best for you and yours and don't worry about what other people are going to think about it. Your family should come first and if things are starting to suffer then you are doing what you need to do...reevaluating the situation and making changes.

Good for you and I wish you well in your decision.

Lianne

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Update on me: The good, the bad, & the UGLY!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OMGosh, this is a long-overdue blog, but I just do not have time to write these days!!! I shouldn't even be sitting here writing this....

But I will! hehe.

emoticon The UGLY: my weight. I have no excuse. I know what to do, what not to do, what works for me, but the truth is, due to stress, boredom, or whatever other reason, I have continued to eat WAAAAAY more than I should, and delve into unhealthy eating choices all too often....

..... resulting in a very UGLY number staring me back in the face as I step on the scale. I am at an all-time high, since I reached my goal weight back in Oct. 2009.

But I will NOT let that totally keep me down. This week, I have been working on "starting over" once again.... I know I have said it before, but I am really working on it.

emoticon The GOOD, or the GREAT, really!!: hubby's new job!!!! He starts officially on Sept. 16th!! He put in a tad bit longer of a notice (longer than the LOOOOOOOOONG 30 days that was required) just to be respectful, but the DEED HAS BEEN DONE!!

It was so extremely stressful at first, when he told his aunt and uncle, just as was expected. The family, including his parents, put so much pressure on him NOT to quit. All of this was while I was gone on vacay in the UK. He was here at home with the kids, and was so sick and stressed, he said he could barely sleep or eat!! MY POOR BABY!!

But once I came back, and was here to help and support him during this time, he officially put his notice in, in a very tactful but firm way, and that was it. They have left him alone now. It was SOOOOOO relieving!

emoticon emoticon emoticon The GOOD/BAD: Bad, well, I didn't get back into my routine with P90X after returning from vacay in the UK. I just wasn't on my ballgame, so I returned to doing BodyPump 2 Xs a week. I'll have to start back up with P90X at another time... one thing at a time.

Running is going great. I have decided NOT to do the crazy underground marathon in December. While it would be an amazing experience, I think, I just don't want to put that pressure on myself right now, not knowing how I am going to feel after I run the mountain/trail marathon here in 5 weeks. Yes, that is right - MARATHON #2 is coming up in just 5 and a half weeks!!!! I will be running Half Marathon #5 on Sunday with friends just for fun. Not shooting for a PR here, but I think it will be super fun, and a great "training" run for my marathon.

emoticon I'm still working at the cafe on Sunday afternoons here and there. It is so much fun, although I have a hard time staying away from the Torte. I am getting better at saying no. I really think this is going to be a lasting job, and may turn into something more, just as I had thought when I started in March or whenever that was. I am going to start learning how to make the Torte myself, and when I get good enough, they are going to sell them in the cafe. I may have other ideas of what we can sell, things we can offer too, that the owner might be interested in, so I will be working toward being more involved as time goes on..... =) WHO KNOWS?? Maybe me having my own cafe someday is NOT SO FAR OFF?!?!?!

Ok, that is all I have time for today... I miss you all, now that I haven't been as active lately... but life calls. What can I say? Ta-ta for now, Sparkers!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TWINSMOMMY607 9/12/2011 12:18PM

    We all have our ups and downs. You can do this!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/8/2011 5:29AM

    :) Sounds like you have been having a great time! Hope you are enjoying your cousin's visit.

I hear ya with the scale. I know what to do also and maybe it is boredom that is keeping me from reaching my goal. Oh well I know I will get there it just may take awhile:) I vote to keep enjoying the torte and working out really hard like you have been! Life is too short to stress:)

Hope you have a great weekend!

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SEEHOLZ 9/2/2011 2:34PM

    Sounds like the good is outweighing the bad:-) I'm way too busy for Spark myself these days... but love catching up with my friends :-)
Tschuessi!

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AMOHAME2 9/1/2011 11:43AM

    Thanks for the update, I've been wondering about you!! I can't believe your second marathon is 5 weeks away, that's so awesome!!
A huge WOOHOO on your hubby's new job!

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APIRLRAIN888 8/31/2011 9:56PM

    Lol woohoo on hubby's job! i am restarting p90x too! lets do this

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GFREERUNNER 8/31/2011 4:46PM

    Wow, you have a ton going on! Congrats on your hubby's new job :) Glad that is a positive thing in your life :)

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PSALM42 8/31/2011 9:30AM

    Hang in there- you are doing great. How soon after the twins did you reach your goal weight? I got stuck on that (in disbelief!)- and hopeful (for me! :)

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