Saturday, July 09, 2011
Before I get into the recap of today's race, I just want to take a second to thank all of you for your encouraging words of support. They really helped me today!
Okay, so in my last blog I ended with DLF>DNF>>DNS. Well, I did better than the ones who didn't finish. Oh, and one other person. lol. This race was the toughest one I've ever done. We had a huge storm last night that dumped an inch and a half of rain on the course. It was a muddy, slick mess.
The race started at 8:30. What possessed them to start so late, I'll never know, but the temperature was already a "balmy" 82 degrees with 93% humidity at start time. They didn't have us go in waves, which is what I'm used to doing at the White Water Center so there was a bottle neck getting over the start line and again when we entered the trail. First water stop was at 2.6 miles and Mel, I thought of you. They had Gatorade and water. I opted for the water, which I was glad about because I slopped it all over me. He he he. Right after the water stop, the 3.5 milers and the 8.25 milers split up. Would you believe I was STILL tempted to go with the 3.5 milers? Not to worry, I didn't. ;)
Once the 3.5 milers went their own way, it got very quiet and peaceful. There were 4 times as many 3.5 mile runners as there were 8.25. Just before the 4 mile mark, I was coming down a steep hill. So steep, in fact, that I slowed way down because it looked really slippery. A sharp curve was approaching so I put my hand on a tree to steady myself. Unfortunately, I lost my footing and that WET tree did diddly squat to prevent the face plant. DOH! I was covered in mud. However, I did a quick check to make sure nothing was hurt (and that no one saw my moment of grace, lol) and continued on.
Up and down and up and up and down...twisting, turning, slipping, sliding...it was crazy. About 6 miles in I had to start walking. There was a hill that I actually thought I was going to have to use my hands to help me climb. I couldn't find my running legs after that. And, truth be told, I wanted to stop. I didn't think I had it in me to go on. But I just kept repeating to myself, "Don't stop. No matter what. Don't stop. Walking is okay, but DON'T STOP!" And so I pushed on. It helps that I told so many people that I was doing this race and I didn't want to have to admit that I didn't finish.
I was running solo for most of the race, but at mile 7, I PASSED someone! WHOO HOO! Small victory, but it was just what I needed to help me find the strength to push on and run to the end.
I am happy to say that I crossed the finish line at a SPRINT--well, let me rephrase that, it was probably the slowest run you can do and have it considered a run, but it FELT like a sprint. He he he.
I don't have an official time yet, but unofficially, I finished in just under 2 hours. I had a secret goal to finish in under 100 minutes and when I realized out on the course that it was no longer mathematically possible for me to do that, I felt so defeated. That was about the time that I wanted to give up. However, I decided NOT to let that set back keep me from making it to the finish line. And I could still finish in under 2 hours! So I made that my new goal. I'm glad to say that I met it...just barely, but it's a big ol' GOAL MET! And just think, when I go to do this next year--because OH HECK YEAH I'm doing it again--I'll have a baseline to work to beat. All in all, I enjoyed it. I know what adjustments I need to make in my training (like running in the heat and humidity instead of just on the treadmill in the A/C!!!) so that I CAN beat that baseline next year!
Now, if you know me, you know that I see connections in everything so if you'll indulge me for just a bit more, I'd like to share with you the connections I've made between this race experience and my weight loss journey.
A) Don't look for the easy way out. Sure you might have short term success, but the hard work is worth it in the end.
B) You've heard it before, but I'm going to say it again...fall down 7 times, get up 8.
C) Don't be afraid to fail because even if you do, you're still further along than you would be if you hadn't tried at all.
D) Surround yourself with support. I think that at one point in my race, and at MANY points on my weight loss journey, I would've packed it in if I hadn't known that I had people cheering for me and encouraging me.
E) Don't let set backs stop you from reaching your ultimate goal. It's like the Itsy Bitsy Spider...she got washed out of the spout, but did she stop? NO! Because she knew that the sun would be coming up and drying all the rain, so she started back up that spout again. We can do that in our own lives with our own goals.
F) If something didn't work out quite like you'd hoped, rather than being disappointed, USE that experience to make yourself better.
G) It's OKAY to readjust your goals.
H) HAVE FUN! After all, if you're not, then you're missing out!
Friday, July 08, 2011
I enjoy running, but I'm not very fast and I am not willing to take the time away from my family that long distance road running (training) requires. So last year, when I found an 8K TRAIL race, I thought hey, why not. Well, I LOVE it! It's very peaceful running on trails and even if you run the same trail over and over, you never have the same trail twice...Oh look! A fallen tree branch that wasn't there last time!
I ran the 8K trail race again this year and shaved off 5 minutes from my time. This isn't because I'm in better shape (last year's race came only a few weeks after a half marathon) but because I understand trail runs a little bit better.
Coming off of that race, I was feeling on top of the world, so I signed up for an 8.25 MILE trail race that is tomorrow. Yesterday I got my email with the race map and last minute instructions and all of the sudden I was gripped by an almost paralyzing fear. WHAT was I thinking? The longest distance I've done in the last year is 7 miles. That was two weeks ago. Granted, I felt pretty good and could've gone on (if time had allowed), but that was two weeks ago. So there I sat, with a nauseous feeling in my stomach. Wondering how in the heck I got myself into this mess. I started thinking, hey, I can just go do the 3.5 miler. Yeah, that's what I'll do. I'll go for the shorter distance. It's supposed to be crazy hot and humid tomorrow (race starts at 8:30 EST) so I'm completely justified in doing that. And hey, that still beats not doing anything, right?
I got as far as the race website to look up how to change races. And then something caught my eye. There's a time limit on the race, but all you have to do is average a 16 minute mile. 3.75 mph. Oh my gosh! I CAN DO THAT! Even if I have to walk the whole stinkin' thing, my walking pace is 4.2. What was I thinking even CONSIDERING going down to the shorter race?? I will NOT let fear cripple me and keep me from succeeding! So what if I come in last place? It's not really last place is it? All of the people who considered signing up but didn't are not going to finish in as good a time as I will. And if I'm unable to finish? So what? Does that make me less of a person? Does it make my effort not count? I don't think so!
I discussed this with a good friend at my gym later on in the morning yesterday. And he was saying he's experienced the same thing when it comes to our gym's boot camp. It's a ridiculously tough class. He said that he has to really psych himself up to go and even when he's IN the class he'll think to himself, "You're 54 years old. What are you doing here?" But when he finishes, he's ALWAYS glad he did it.
We cannot let FEAR or fear of failure keep us from reaching our goals. When I started my weight loss journey nearly 4 years ago, I was faced with being very nearly morbidly obese. I had so far to go that it seemed an almost insurmountable task. I was afraid of failing, but I was more afraid of not trying. But here I am, 4 years later a mere pound away from a healthy BMI. It IS possible!
Keeping these things in mind, I AM going to run AND finish that 8.25 miles!
Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish, which GREATLY trumps Did Not Start!
Friday, July 01, 2011
We're focusing on declaring freedom from a from a couple more pounds as we create the stars and stripes that make up Old Glory!
Stars: Perform a minimum 50 reps of ST daily to earn a star! (Reps must be the same exercise!)
Stripes: Consume 7 glasses water daily AND 6 freggies consisting of AT LEAST 1 each Red, White and Blue to earn stripes!
Earn both a and and celebrate the day with !
F~Star: , Stripes: , Fireworks:
S~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
S~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
M~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
T~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
Minutes toward climbing the Statue of Liberty: 30
Total: Stars, Stripes, Fireworks
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
50m length ~~ Complete 50 Reps ST daily 1 pt...ea set of 50
25m width ~~ Complete 25 Mins planned Cardio daily 1 pt...ea 25 mins
8 race lanes ~~ 8 full servings freggies daily 1 pt...all or nothing
2 open lanes ~~ 2 quart (8 glasses) water daily 1 pt...all or nothing
F: ST~5, C~4, F~1, W~1
S: ST~20 (gotta love Group Power!), C~2, F~0, W~1
S: ST~2, C~1, F~1, W~1
M: ST~2, C~2, F~0, W~1
T: ST~3, C~3, F~1, W~1
Total Points: 54
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Congratulations Bunker J! You did it! You found me at the Gold Museum in Bogota, Colombia! Now we need to get the BLC to lose those 200 pounds so that I can get out of my box! I thought you all might appreciate an explanation (even though you did an AWESOME job figuring out where I was without it!).
This signifies nothing more than the number 7. Originally, Kat had me up on Machu Picchu which is one of the new SEVEN wonders of the world. Since y'all were getting too close and Benjamuno had to kidnap me, I had to come up with a new place where the clues I already had would still work. So, the seven came into play with Colombia's Seven Coloured Sea.
This one is pretty obvious. Colombia = Coffee...although, at the time, I was still in Peru and we hoped that by giving this clue you would think Colombia and we'd have you traipsing around South America for a while. lol, sorry 'bout that.
The Amazon River. Again, I was still in Peru at this point so this MAY be a picture of the Amazon in Peru, but I can't remember any more. :)
This is Linny from the Wonder Pets. But that was really to throw you off once again. The clue was actually just a guinea pig, which is a delicacy in many South American Countries, Colombia included. But if you know me, you know how much my kids love the Wonder Pets, so I couldn't resist. Besides, now many of you have been introduced to...What's gonna work? Team Work! Goooo Wonder Pets! Yay!
This was the first clue that was for after I was moved to Colombia. After Kat decided to stash me at the Gold Museum, we thought that would be a good clue to give. And since the coins are not Colombian, we didn't think it would be too obvious.
He he he, I'm rather proud of this one. The color has absolutely NO significance. Colombia has an annual kite festival. Seems to me someone in Bunker J mentioned that. Good job!
Lol, kind of self explanatory...after Nicole was rescued, I was finally allowed to start giving more obvious clues. I wanted to let you all know that I was DEFINITELY in Colombia.
This is a picture of Bogota (again, getting a little more obvious).
You knew the country, you knew the city, now it was time to direct you to the exact location.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! You did AWESOME!
Oh, and sorry to mislead you with the hot yesterday. That was actually unintentional. As Kat said, we're havin' a heat wave (got to 96 in Charlotte, NC today) and we've been without air since Sunday and it was just really getting to me yesterday. Thankfully, the new A/C will be installed tomorrow.
Thank you all for being such a GREAT bunker! I had such a great time with you and as soon as I'm freed, I'm coming by to personally thank many of you!
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