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Friday, January 14, 2011

I have been working at the YMCA for a little for a month now. Overall, I enjoy it. Except when I am bored out of my mind because a new member didn't show up orientation.

Or like today. When the guy that works ONLY Fridays calls in [which I saw last night so I am not sure if I am buying into he's really sick] and my boss asks me if I can. Well, um... I don't want to work.. but I guess I can. I really need the money.

So much for my day off.
So much for resting.
So much for my first run with the Bridge to 10K.
So much saying good-bye to Nick before he leaves for the weekend.

On a more positive note, I do enjoy working there. I like showing people how to use the machines. It really makes me feel smart and like reconfirms how far I have come. I know, weird, right?!

In the last few years, I have volunteered/worked at a variety of places. I learned real quick that the work environment is important to me. I remember I volunteered at a place with a negative energy. I hated it and dreaded going.

Well, that is definitely not the YMCA. It has such a positive energy. When I am there it actually helps to motivate me. In fact, I see everyone running on treadmills while I am there.. that it energizes me to want to run which is awesome for my Half Marathon training.

One of my members apparently adores me. She told me I was awesome than bragged to my boss that I am awesome! Woot! She was telling me this yesterday and my boss told her that I interview great! Double Woot! I always thought so. I know I just need to get my foot in the door and I usually can get the job... but man, it sure is nice to have that reconfirmed especially when I will be looking for a career in the next year or so!

Anyhow, I think I will be a bit tired after working today so time to change plans. The run is SO on for tomorrow before I work at 1 pm or Sunday at the VERY least!

Have a wonderful Friday!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/14/2011 10:24PM

  I am so glad that you love your job. The added bonus is that it also helps you to feel even better about yourself and how far you have come.
Hope you find some time for YOU this weekend and don't tire yourself out too much. Take care of yourself...... emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/14/2011 7:26PM

    Awwwwww - that is so great!!!!!

emoticon Hope you get some rest this weekend!

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ARARUTH 1/14/2011 10:07AM

    10k is what 6 miles? You can totally do it before work! emoticon

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ECLECTIC_ME 1/14/2011 9:44AM

    The Y sounds like a terrific place to work. Hope you are feeling better!

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Gathered the troops for my HM training!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

24 hours really can make the difference!

Yesterday, I was hesitating on training for the HM.
Today, I decided to go for it.

This morning I was pretty excited about my decision.

I knew with my decision I was going to need some major support. So, I gathered the troops.

I think I have all my bases covered.

Online... um, can you say Sparkpeople? Hehe. I found some people and I think I am going to join a team specifically for it!

In person... I have a friend I am going to train on twice a week.

During the race.. Running it with my aunt.

I feel like with all that support, it is definitely doable! I totally have this. This is totally what I needed. A new focus.

Now, all I need to do is set up some weekly personal training to teach me how to use free weights or kettle bells. Honestly, I am leaning towards kettle bells. All I know is my core needs to get to be stronger... pronto! I have noticed after I run, my sides and back hurt a bit. I think it's because my core needs to be stronger.

Besides the personal training, all I gotta do is send in my registration. That will probably happen the week classes start. That is really just a housekeeping item.

By the way, if you are interested in knowing, I did my first official training run today.. well, kinda. I didn't have enough time.. but I did run 2 miles in 30 minutes. It's a start. Friday, I have off so no excuses.. I WILL be running 10 minutes with 1 minute walk breaks four times.

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P0KERS0PH 1/13/2011 9:11AM

    Your next planned run is the same as that of the first week off bridge to 10k, are you following that programme?
That's what I am going to do after completing couch to 5k.

Now you have made the commitment you have no choice but to follow through, woohoo!! You can do it!

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NAMSMOMMY 1/13/2011 9:00AM

    Make sure you are running with your back straight and upright. That will help with the back issues =)

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VPOPPY01 1/12/2011 7:26PM

    WOO! emoticon Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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Today, the HM training starts!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I have made up my mind. I am going to do it! That's right, I am going to train for the Half Marathon. *gulp* Since my aunt is three hours away, I will be basically training by myself. But, I CAN DO IT! On the day, my aunt and I will be emoticon the first NINE miles together so that will be great! So, as soon as I get more money through my school refund and bigger checks from my new job, I am going to register so I cannot back out!

The plan?

I am going to complete the Bridge to 10K which is ideally 6 weeks long. After that, I may take a week off. Maybe ignite my love with the arc trainer again. After that, I am going to complete Hal Higdon's HM Program for Novices which is 12 weeks. According to my calculations, I will have approximately one to two weeks left to work on what I want to until the HM on June 5th! Perfect!

So.. if anyone is training for their first HM, or have advice for me about training or know of a great team on here while I train... I'd LOVE to hear about it!

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HALFFAST 1/12/2011 3:59PM

    I'm also training for a HM but I'm using Fitness Magazine's 8 week program. I can already run 10k at a time so I'm really psyched about this! Just wish the weather was better so I could get off the treadmill and back outside! Good luck to you! And by the way, I love your name!

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CRISSYCURRY 1/12/2011 1:37PM

    Yay!!!! I'm also training for my first HM using Hal Higdon's program. I'm not doing the 10k first, though. I feel like I get that training in with Hal Higdon's training. Good luck!!

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P0KERS0PH 1/12/2011 12:15PM

    Excellent!! You will do brilliantly I am sure of it!
I have 4 weeks of c25k left, then I am going to do the b210k programme.
I have signed up for a 5k & a 10k so far this year. I'd love to do a half by the end of the year, but I'm going to see how the training progresses before I sign up for one.

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ONCEUPONADREAM 1/12/2011 11:51AM

I am also doing the bridge to 10k with hopes of training for a half!

Hope the progress will be easy and hopefully we'll both be crossing that finishing line around the same time!

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NAMSMOMMY 1/12/2011 11:50AM

    You can totally do it!

I am working on a 10k for March 26 =)

You might also look at Jeff Galloway (at least I think that is how it is spelled! lol) and his method. He says take walk breaks, it can really make a difference! I got a 1 minute improvement on each of my times the first time I did it!

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VPOPPY01 1/12/2011 11:38AM

    emoticon Wow and good luck! I've kind of wanted to do a HM, but I would like to loose a bit more weight and work on my running a bit more. What marathon are you doing?

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A Shift in Focus?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Long time ago, I read a blog that ANEPANALIPTI in where she talked about how she was achieving all her goals than soon found herself with little to none goals. I can definitely relate to this. I have so busy achieving my goals that I didn't have time to form new goals.

In fact, I realized my 2011 were basically the old goals but in a new year. Summed up, they were basically to make goal weight and do x-amount of races. Come on, I can be a bit more creative than that, don'tcha think?

So, I think I am going to switch my focus from weight loss to fitness. I have already given my scale to my BF for the month... and boy, that is hard.. but I think it will be worth it. The thing is, I think if I focus on fitness goals like running, the weight will naturally come off. It will be forced to.

With this all said, my new focus is going to be this:

2011 is the year of the races.

I AM going to do 11 races including at least ONE 10K! I don't have them all pinned down yet but most of them are posted on page.

This brings me to the next decision.

My aunt keeps asking if I want to run a Half Marathon with her while she runs the Marathon. emoticon

Here are some of my thoughts...

1. I really want to.
2. I am not sure if my body is ready by June 5th!
3. There is always another race, another marathon.
4. Would I be stretching it?
5. Why not? You were looking for something new and wanted to change it up.
6. Only YOU is holding YOU back.
7. I can only run 3 miles now and it is in 6 month... is there enough time to train?
8. Do I have enough dedication and commitment to train?

Any thought on any of this would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, one more thing... I am eligible for an upgrade for my phone and have been thinking about the Droid. But, now Verizon is getting the iphone. emoticon For those that have either the Droid or the iphone, what do YOU think the pros and cons are of each?

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CIVIAV 1/11/2011 2:55PM

    Can't comment on the phone but can say go for the half. I am in for one around the same time and well, I am only beginning to run again but here's the thing. There's still enough time to do it so 'push it indeed'. I've upped my ante which doesn't mean you need to but why not strive?

I am realizing that I am full of life when I am playing some sort of game. The half is my game for this year. Woohoo!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/11/2011 2:35PM

    I am not a runner so can't really give you much input there except to say you kjnow your body. What's the harm in training and, as LIQUEURLADY suggested, see how you feel as time gets closer.

Good luck and good that you re-focused your energies. Makes perfect sense.

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LIQUEURLADY 1/11/2011 2:23PM

    I think I'd train for the half marathon and see how I was progressing in about 8 weeks' time. There's certainly no harm in doing the training, and waiting for another race.

I don't have either the iPhone or the Droid -- the reviews I read of the Droid weren't as wonderful as I'd wanted to bother with a new phone. When Verizon gets the iPhone, though...

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SUMMERWINDS 1/11/2011 12:14PM

    Set your goals high, you may just surprise yourself! And I love my i-phone:)

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MSJULES01 1/11/2011 11:30AM

    Good luck to you. I hope you reach your goals.

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QUOOTIE 1/11/2011 11:24AM

    I enjoyed your blog. Good luck with 2011

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/11/2011 11:23AM

    I love my iPhone. I know others love the Droid.

I would ask your question #7 to your aunt. She might be able to give you a better answer from experience.

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A New Photo!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

About a week ago, I gave my emoticon to my bf for the month of January. emoticon I knew he wouldn't give it back to me even if I begged.

I did this because I want to start to focus on fitness goals instead of the numbers on the scale. It has been a week. Honestly, it has been a hard week. I kinda feel fat. But, I have been trying to focus on working out every day and staying within my range. It's kinda been working but I still feel I have been slacking.

Anyhow, I realized I didn't have a recent photo of me and I needed some feedback so Nick took my progress photo today. Boy was I in for a surprise. Here is it!

Holy moly, who is that!?

Oh, wait, that's me!

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MSJULES01 1/11/2011 11:31AM

    Doing great. Keep it up.

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HANNAHV 1/11/2011 2:08AM

    Gosh, you LOOK stunning! well done you! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/10/2011 10:37AM

    You look MARVELOUS!!! Keep it up. You're doing it right.

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REVJVH 1/9/2011 8:30PM

    Woo to the effin' hooooo!!!! You look amazing. AWESOME, even!

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VICIOUS421 1/9/2011 7:47PM

    emoticon You look AWESOME!!!!!!

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LIQUEURLADY 1/9/2011 6:34PM

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CRISSYCURRY 1/9/2011 4:44PM

    You look great! Congrats!!

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CIVIAV 1/9/2011 2:14PM


And indeed you are right, both you and Nick are lucky to have found each other!

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ZEVCAIT 1/9/2011 1:33PM

    WOW!!!!! You look great, and I bet you feel good too. The scale idea is funny but a good idea, I should try it.
Keep up the amazing work, just seeing your photos motivates me.

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AAAANNA 1/9/2011 1:30PM


You look great!!!

Fantastic idea about the scale too, and what a great way to start 2011 emoticon

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