Monday, September 17, 2012
Happy Monday Sparkies, hope everyone enjoyed a great weekend, I know I did. Spent time this weekend outside running, biking, yard work and helped my BFF move into her new house (yes moving boxes is on the fitness tracker for SP and you'd be surprised how many calories that can torch - woo hoo). Love the fall weather.
Week 5 Half-Marathon Training: This week starts week 5, woo hoo, going strong and staying motivated, I'm even going to get up and get all my runs in BEFORE work this week, wish me luck - only 16 total miles this week, but all before the sun comes up, which will leave me time in the evening for bike rides and GS baseball games. I got this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Really people, would you blame your lack of "whatever" on your innocent dog?
Giving it 100% - today and everyday. Excuses are for people who need them....now get busy.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
It is worth it? You betcha.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Training for my next half-marathon is very time consuming and in November I start training for a full marathon. Training runs are getting longer and my lunch hour can no longer be used for training, since the runs now exceed 4 miles daily, so hmmmmm, creative time management is in order. I could do my runs when I get home in the evenings, but it's starting to get dark earlier and I have found that trying to rush to get a run finished is just not me, I like to take my time and I certainly can't take my time when the DH is at home hoping I will have dinner ready, lol.
Creative time management from today forward will consist of morning runs, no excuses. I actually got up, yeah (thanks SAMI for the reminder call this morning). This is a huge deal for me to give up that last hour of sleep in the mornings, but I'm determined to manage my time wisely and give 100% to my training. I started off by putting my alarm clock across the room, so I would have no choice but to get up and turn it off, I certainly don't want to wake up the entire household with that loud car horn alarm going off. I had all my gear layed out the night before, so it was out the door and on the road, only 15 minutes later than planned, but it will take some tweaking to get the schedule running smoothly.
I feel so energized today, a morning workout always makes me feel better, now anything else fitness wise today is a BONUS.
Still feeling the ulcer when running, not FUN, but I can say that at least today I feel a tad improved.
(I saw this on my FB page this morning and how appropriate. I think it was a runner's world post, not sure)
Monday, September 10, 2012
I would like to thank everyone for the well wishes after last week's heart attack scare and I'm happy to report it's business as usual, except for the ulcer, which is causing a lot of pain (it feels like I'm suffering from a permanent runner's stitch on the right side of my abdomen as well as burning in the stomach and esophagus - so running is not so easy). I'm not letting that keep be down though, dang it, I've got things to do...like running the 9/11 Heroes 5K Race yesterday. Wasn't sure how that was going to work out with the pains but decided to give it my best, and my BFF was making her 5K walking debut at this race also. She is new to the whole fitness thing and I am so happy that she is embracing it and proud of her for taking some really big steps in the fitness area (we are biking together every day). She can now scratch doing a 5K off her bucket list.
There were a lot of police, firefighters, and military teams in this race. I love being surrounded by our heroes, I am so patriotic - even wore red, white and blue and put my heart flag pin on my hat. The race started and a pack of navy guys were carrying their ships flag (USS MITSCHER), and doing cadences (really loudly) so I decided to follow them. I loved hearing their cadences, but I wasn't sure I could keep up since I knew they were running a little faster than I normally do, but I wanted to keep up with these guys. Left, left, right, left. I was on the "left" for every shout out, woo hoo. I just watched their feet and listened to their entertaining, motivational cadences and before I knew it I was past mile two.
I just chuckled at the "My old Granny" song...
Holy cow, I had kept up with them for two miles (19:00), they fell a little behind me, but I just kept going. I saw two firefighters ahead of me so I focused on keeping up with them for the last half mile. I could still hear the Navy Chiefs behind me, but too afraid to look back, I had to keep going, I was making great time - I had the "under 30 minute goal" in shot - it was close.
I knew I should back down on the speed just a tad, the heart rate was really jacked way up, but I still kept up with the firefighters. I kicked on the overdrive and ended up passing them on the last .1 mile and finished just a step or two ahead of them. WOW, I just got a PR. A time of 32:41, finished 21/64 for my age division and 300/624, not too bad for being in pain. I'm looking forward to another 5K on Sept. 29th.
I wonder if those Navy Chiefs are available as my own personal pace-group for my upcoming half-marathon? That would be awesome, they really motivated me to go beyond myself and gave me the boost of confidence I needed to keep at it. Thanks USS Mitscher Navy Chiefs - ya'll rocked my socks off.
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