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My Decision: Starting 10K after Halloween!

Friday, September 24, 2010

emoticon to everyone that gave me advice and support in my last blog. I really appreciate it! I think I have a made a decision. emoticon As much as I would like to do the marathon with my aunt, I think it would best if I waited.

1. I am not ready. Clear and simple. I do not want to rush it, hurt myself.. and maybe lose my love for running.

2. I have heard if you rush it.. yes, you can do it.. but it is a deal where it is an one time deal. For me, I want to become a marathoner.. and do many marathons and other such races. emoticon

3. When my aunt does the marathon, I hope to cheer her on. I have never attended a marathon so by cheering emoticon her on, I could get a good feel of what it is like.

4. When I am ready to do my marathon (hopefully the summer after this one), I would be ready for the marathon and have someone to show me the ropes. This race that my aunt is doing will be a great starter marathon for me. It is close to family and not super expensive. emoticon

5. I think as soon as I am done with the C25K, I am going to take the next step and train for a 10K. I figure by doing this and eventually running a 10K, I can have a new goal and help her with her training by running a 10K together before her race. emoticon

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KERISMA 9/24/2010 3:35PM


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NAMSMOMMY 9/24/2010 12:57PM

    You can totally do it! I am signed up for my first 5k next month, and I plan to continue my training and do a 10k in the spring =)

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GOZEKIGRL 9/24/2010 12:05PM

    HOW did i get unsubscribed from your blogs? seriously!! lol
sorry i JUST noticed this! :( i feel AWFUL.

BUT YAY YOU! a 10 K!! WOW! totally awesome! you can absolutely do it!!!

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Am I ready to be a committed runner?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Everyday I check my emails before I head off to campus. This morning I had an interesting message from my aunt. The same aunt I THOUGHT was telling my sister that I couldn't run a HM or Marathon. I was wrong. The email basically congratulated me on my weight loss (she heard how good I look from another aunt that saw me recently). She told me when she is planning to start her training for the marathon and invited me to join them. emoticon

I really want to say YES... but I am hesitate. I haven't even completed the C25K. This weekend is supposed to be my first 5K that I run completely. Could I be ready by June to run 26 miles when right now I can't even run a FULL THREE miles? Maybe a HM would be more my speed? Am I ready to make more of a commitment to running?

I don't want to try to do things too fast and burn myself out of running. emoticon Also, I think it would be a great experience for me, personally and professionally. My career goals is to graduate by June 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science. Once I graduate, I want to become a running coach. emoticon The best way to be a coach, in my opinion, is to experience it at some level. By training for a HM or Marathon, I would participate in even more 5Ks than I already do... and meet more people in that field area.

On a personal level, I know I want to eventually run a HM or Marathon or both. I really want to, one day, emoticon the marathon that is HUGE where I live. It is so huge that people that run it are selected through lottery. To run it, would be a great accomplishment. If I did the marathon with my aunt, I would have the support there with me. I wouldn't be all alone and would have a better feel of how an event like that works so when I am ready to do one in my area.

Oh! Also, a guy I know kinda put a dig in about being able to out emoticon me and I haven't quite gotten over it yet. Part of wants to prove to him that I can outrun HIM. The other part of me knows that is not going to drive me when I do the training.

Anyhow, lots to think about. I think I am going to think about it for a few days.. or at least today.. before I reply. And, of course this is all brought up when I decided not to work out in the morning due to my start of a cold.

What are your thoughts on this? emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 9/23/2010 9:03PM

    I've been struggling with similar questions lately. I finished C25K in mid-August and ran my first 5K 2 weeks ago. For the past 6 weeks, I have ran 3 - 3.5 miles every weekend - sometimes twice. I have 2 more 5Ks scheduled this month.

So, my sister-in-law is training for a Half Marathon in 8.5 weeks. She was hinting at my joining her - telling me she knew I could do it. It'll also be her first.

I struggled with the decision, and decided it is just too soon for me. Now, I'm looking for a 10K, but not having much luck.I'm going to start bumping up my mileage and wondering if it is feasible for me to be ready by January 31st or late February - 2 possible options. The other thing is that I want to do a sprint triathlon in April. So, I'm not sure how I'd juggle the training... train & finish the Half and then crack down on the sprint? I'm still working on figuring it all out!

So, my last thought is that the reason I decided against the half so soon was that I wanted to play it safe, not push myself too hard, and hopefully not get hurt in the process. Is there the possibility of doing a Half while your aunt does the full marathon? Maybe that would work out and still give you the support, etc.

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NAMSMOMMY 9/23/2010 7:55PM

    I think you should start with the 5k run, then work to the 10k run, then the half, then the marathon. I have this fear that you might kill yourself too fast. :( Just me being a worry wart I guess.

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WOMANCHEF 9/23/2010 7:49PM

    You need to do what feels best to you. It seems alot to me but if you can go from the couch to a 5 k in 9 weeks than it is possible to be ready for at least a half marathon by June. Follow your emoticon!

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SHERYLDS 9/23/2010 6:38PM

    You had a great training plan a while back. Nothing wrong with training as if you were going to run the 26 miles. Every thing you're doing is really just adding to your success.

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PIINKCUPCAKE 9/23/2010 6:03PM

    Follow ur heart.....

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/23/2010 12:23PM

    A friend of mine trained for a 1/2 marathon, but did not run one. She said the training for it was enough of a goal for her. Kinda like I did w/ the C25K. My goal was to finish, not run a 5K. I am now doing the 8K training. I might race one day, but it's not my goal.

I would say to join your aunt in some of the training, but I would think a 1/2 marathon might be a better direction? BEST YET.. why don't you ask your Aunt what she recommends?

As for the guy, I just read an interesting tidbit in Running for Mortals (recommended on running teams) that guys will out run women in 5K, 10K 1/2 marathons, but full marathons and ultras, women usually are the record holders.

Good luck with what you decide. Good call on not exercising if you are feeling under the weather. Feel better soon!

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MEL_UNRAU 9/23/2010 12:09PM

    Wow. That is a lot. Do you love it? That is my question. Do you love running? Because if you honestly love it, then join your aunt. If you aren't sure that you love it, then plan to run a half. Usually if there is a marathon, there is a half too.

When you are running, do you feel happy? I mean, I can't run much longer than 5k at a time still. But, I am happy when I run... so I run my 5k, then walk for a few minutes, then run another 5. It makes me happy and I run a little bit further every time I go.

I also read this quote recently in regards to running:
Pain is inevitable, suffering is not.

It will hurt... but if you are thinking, "I just can't do it"... then you will suffer. It gets me through the tough times of my run. I am making the choice to suffer when I think it is too hard. If I accept that it will hurt, but I have a positive attitude about the hurt, it makes it SOOOO much easier!

I wish you the best in what ever you decide!!!

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Life at College!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I didn't realize until I got a comment from a Spark Friend that I have been kinda quiet unintentionally the last few days... okay.. more like a week.. emoticon so an update is definitely due.

Classes, homework, work and exercise has consumed my life. emoticon For the most part, I am enjoying it. I enjoy the challenge of getting an A in my classes. It is something I know I can do. At first, honestly, I kinda panicked and stressed out. But, than Test 1 came along and I got 92%. emoticon I kinda over studied for it but now I know what gotta be done. I really feel like if I do my work and NOT procrastinate I can do well this semester. Some people that I recently met think I study too much but I am afraid if I let go for just a moment, I will lose focus. I guess I am that way with my weight loss today and that is why I don't take days off.

Besides that, a major update are the changes with my friends. I am trying to embrace that when a chapter ends, a new one ends. I still get really down that my best friend is fading away. He says he isn't but sometimes actions speak louder than words. It is probably for the best as he won't be here next semester. He will be going to training camp than doing the semester online.

In happier news, I am meeting alot of people in my classes. It is great! Seriously! I was a bit nervous about starting classes in my major of exercise science. I was thinking I'd be with all soccer, baseball, hockey athletes.. but it ends up, I am meeting other people too! It is pretty amazing! And, it is even fun to run into the same awesome people all the time. I guess I didn't have this in my other majors. That is how I know I am in the right place. Now, just to figure out the correct track for me... Fitness Management vs. Exercise Science.

Besides my life at college, I am emoticon a 5K on Saturday! I really want to run the full 5K because it would be the first 5K I would have walked AND ran. How awesome would that be?! I am going to try to do my best! I think I am going to go for 45 minutes or better. I know I can totally reach that!

Other news? I think that is all, folks! Hope all is well!

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MSJULES01 9/22/2010 4:47PM

    Good luck on your 5K. Keep us posted on how it goes.

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NAMSMOMMY 9/21/2010 10:42PM

    Good luck on your 5K I am sure you will do awesome!

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MERRYWON 9/21/2010 8:56PM

    It can be hard to keep life in balance and I think it is a good thing that you are trying to stay focused. As for friends fading away, it happens. I have found that I have seasons with my friends. They are always my friends but because of circumstances, I find that there are times when I am not able to be as close to some of my friends. I have also found that things tend to go full circle and they come around again for another season. emoticon

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The College Survival Team needs YOU!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's official!!! NAMSMOMMY and I are the new leaders for the College Survival Team. emoticon We both are very excited for helping college students, just like us, lose weight and reach their fitness goals... but we need your help.

We need your help by a few ways depending where you fit in.

-If you are a college student, please come check out the team! If you decide to join, it would be awesome if you brought your active spark buddies too.

-If you not a college student but follow my blogs.. we need your help too! All I am asking is to spread the word! Tell EVERYONE about the new team for college student that they just gotta check out.

We really want this team to get this team active again. It has been neglected but now it has two awesome leaders. It can be done! So, tell every active Sparker that's a college student!

Here is the link to the team! Check it out!

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THECRAZYMANGO 9/16/2010 7:37PM

    Yeah, Heidi, you are!

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HEIDISO 9/16/2010 11:10AM

    The person that thought up the idea must be amazingly smart. emoticon

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HEIDISO 9/16/2010 10:35AM

    Great way to promote your team!

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NAMSMOMMY 9/16/2010 1:09AM

    We totally can do it!

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Being Crabby Turned Out Alright

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I love days when I wake up so crabby that I cannot stand myself. Okay, this will take some explaining, lol. I was seriously crabby about my friend situation. I didn't even want to be with me. It's a bit hard to seperate me from me.

Today, I wasn't going to work out but I couldn't stand it anymore... so I did 35 minutes on the elliptical. I think because I needed to get it out of my system.. it was easy! Yup, you read that right. Elliptical was easy.. and I even got my heartbeat up to 173. Overall it stayed around 165. Usually that is not easy for me but it was today. Maybe I should thank my friend, lol!

On top of that, people kept saying how pretty I look today. All week people have been telling me I look amazing.. well.. I do. Hehe! So, that helped!

Than, I got an email saying I am now the team leader of this team that is kinda dead. So, now I have a new team called The College Survival Team. I changed the name. The name was a real downer. Anywho, if anyone has any ideas of how to breathe energy back into the team.. please let me know.. pronto. Haha! In fact, if you are a college student, please take a peek at the team. It might be just what you are looking for! Even if you are a college student, do you have friends on SP that go to college? Please past it on! Please?

Anyhow, I found I am in a better mood.. I guess I am gonna have to learn how to walk away from a two year friendship. Maybe it is time to move on with my life into my new phase of my life. Some friends are in your life for a reason, season or lifetime. Well, as sad as it is, I guess it is, this friend's time is coming to a close.

Oh geez... I almost forgot! I peeked at my weight today (tomorrow is offical weigh in day) and I am down to 187.2. Woo-hoo! And, today at breakfast, I was just under 500 calories. Score!

So.. sorry for the random blog.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/15/2010 11:51AM

  You have to do what is best for YOU friend-ship-wise......

emoticon on the weight loss. You are doing such a great job!!! emoticon emoticon

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CASSCAMP 9/15/2010 1:43AM

    Sorry to hear about the friendship. But if they don't treat you like they should, they aren't worth having as a friend. Great job on the workout & the eating. GL on the weigh in tomorrow morning!!!! HUGS. Also good luck leading your new sp team. When i finally get back into college ill definitely join!

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MSJULES01 9/14/2010 8:45PM

    You always have great blogs.
I think that they are the best way to get things off of your chest.

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NAMSMOMMY 9/14/2010 2:14PM

    I love how your emotions can totally direct your workouts into directions you didn't plan on. =)

Joined your team. Games are a great way to get people chatting...

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PIINKCUPCAKE 9/14/2010 1:25PM

    Great Blog!!! Sometimes when I'm angry, hurt, upset. . . the gym is the place for me and all the equipment are my friends, they have no opinions, no pity, and no power over me.. . Hop on a treadmill and go, listen to my music and push it to the limit. I had lots of those days a while back when I ended a 10 year friendship w a very close girlfriend. The relationship turned toxic and although it was hard I had to let it go. I couldnt understand it at the time, but it was the best thing I could have done!
Good Luck reviving your team. I know u can do it you've got the Umph!!!

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