Wednesday, January 25, 2012
As some of you may know, I am one of the running coaches for a running program at the Y. The levels in the program include 5K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. After last Saturday, I started to get pressure to join them. Weighing the pros and cons, I decided to join them.
One reason I was hestiate to join the Saturday runs with the group was the full marathon program were at a higher running mileage level than I was ready for. I knew if I tried to them, I'd be asking for injury. Um, no, thanks!
I talked to the trainer that was in charge of them. Even through I struggle with sharing the leadership with the program with her, I do value her opinion as she has done many marathons. She mentioned I could train with the half marathon group and make up the difference within the same day on my own because it's total miles run.
For me, that was a win-win!
One of the reasons I was weighing if I wanted to join was I like my alone time to run. This way I can be part of the group but still have some time to de-stress from life.
With the training program set and planned, I signed up for Get Lucky Triple 7 (Half Marathon) on St. Patrick's Day. Good thing my outside top is teal (green). I, also, signed up for Eau Claire Half Marathon in May. I guess this means I am committed.
Putting the nerves aside, I am getting excited to train. Isn't that crazy? Excited to train!? I did two miles outside today and there were even snowy parts. It was 30s but definitely need to find a layer for my legs. I am wondering if I should try to stick my compression capris underneath.
Or walking, kayaking, zumba-ing... whatever you are enjoy!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It feels like it has been forever since I wrote a blog. I guess life got a little too crazy.
Yesterday I started classes again. This semester should be my last semester of full classes. During the summer, I am taking one more. Than, in the fall semester, I will be doing my internship. Than, off to the real world!
Besides classes starting, I registered and paid for two major events in my life (as some of you may know from my status).
On February 4th, I will be taking the ACE (American Council of Exercise) Personal Training certification exam. Wowster! That is intense and crazy! Hopefully this weekend I can play some catch up on getting prepared!
The other event is definitely monumental. On June 16th, I will be running in Grandma's Marathon as my first FULL marathon! Wowster! Initially, I thought maybe I was being stubborn and jumped the gun. But, I CAN and WILL do this! Besides, it is a local race for me so I will have MANY friends in the crowds and in the race with me!
In preparation for the full marathon, I am hoping to sign up for 3 half marathon or longer races.
- Get Lucky in Minneapolis on St. Patrick's Day (Half Marathon)
- Eau Claire Half Marathon in first part of May
- Stillwater Marathon which is a couple weeks before Grandma's
In addition to this, I have to get applying to the internships I want.. like now.
If this isn't all to deal with, the guy who I am house/dog sitting for comes back today. For me, that means doing laundry, packing and cleaning the house between classes before he gets back tonight!
So, that's my update for now.
Monday, January 16, 2012
On June 6th, the day of my first half marathon, I started to call myself a runner. Recently, I decided I am going to run Grandma's Marathon on June 16th. It seems quite far in the distance but training actually needs to start now. There is no way possible I can do those kind of miles on the . I can barely do 2 miles on it now without quitting due to boredom.
This morning I woke up and went to the running store. I brought my first outside running gear.
And, I even got a new jacket at TJ Maxx.
Can you see what it says on the tag?! Here have a closer look.
A SMALL!!! When I first started my journey, I was an XXL and now I wear mediums and a SMALL jacket! Pretty exciting!
This afternoon I took them for a test run.
Upper body warm.
My legs were a bit cold. I think I need to figure out a layer on top of the new pants. Maybe my sweat capris. Also, I got a neck warmer which is fine but not very conductive for listening to music while running. Also, I need to find something for my ears. The neck warmer works well for the ears, too. But, it cannot be used for both at the same time, which is a bummer.
Tomorrow hope to go for a more solid and work out some of these kinks.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
2012 is the year I turn 26. It is also the year I run my full marathon!
I was going back and forth for a week or so. I started to look at training runs. Than, full marathons I would be passionate to do. Than, got to thinking about how I could join a running group to get the long runs conquered.
Yesterday, I was feeling stressed and down. I knew what would cheer me up. Running books!
I brought two. Two of the best. For marathon training.
I like, "Yeah, I can so do this!"
Now, I need some fans! Like these guys!
Well, maybe not.
I called my parents up, excited to see if they'd come to my FIRST marathon. After interrupting me several times, my mom laughed it off as she was like "if is local." Mind you, she has gone on vacation to Vegas several times. I could go through the whole conversation but frankly I don't have the energy. My parents weren't at my first half marathon and apparently, they aren't going to be at my first full marathon. This really saddens me. I hope my sisters will make it a priority like last time. That meant alot.
So, here we go... finding a marathon, setting up the training schedule (probably Hal Hidgon's) and off I run...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Thanks everyone for their support! My presentation for Run for Life went well. When I speak in front of groups, I get really nervous and start to shake and stutter. Last night, I did not. I think it is because I have talked to people about my weight loss one-on-one. It probably has helped that I was prepared, hehe.
Even the running part was alright. Granted it could have gone better. But, by the end of the six month program, I feel the jagged edges will get smoothed out. In fact, with leading the 5K running group, personal training, and teaching step aerobics starting during the spring semester.
I definitely know I need to get more confidence in speaking in front of a group of people. This is hard for me. But, this is important as well... in ANY job!
On a side note, this morning a 'client' and I had a first session at the gym. My boss approached us while she was on her warm up asking about what we were doing. I wasn't in trouble or anything like that. She was just curious. Both her and another supervisor know I am getting certified as a personal trainer. She brought it up again. Than, she said maybe I could help with the initiative they are doing with the county. The initiative is where they are offering group personal training. I am real honored she asked me to help. I, of course, said yes!
It seems like things keep speeding up, the closer I get to graduation! YIKES!
Also, more and more, I am thinking of training for my first full marathon so I can say I ran my first full marathon, 26.2 miles, when I was 26 years old. And, I even have the resources available to me. With the Run for Life program, I can also go on the longer runs on Saturdays. I think I might. It will give me a great push.
On a girly side of things...
When I was at the Y, before Run for Life, I ran into a member. She told me this guy I used to know at a previous job says hello. Apparently, my name came up or something. I know it's simple but it seems real nice. He wrote a song about me, too! If nothing else, it's real nice.
Last night, I hung out with a friend and he didn't leave 'til late. Than, I woke up at 2 am, 4 am, 5 am than got up before 6 am to train my 'client' AT 6 am. I am a bit tired. Back to bed I go. Gotta rest up for the 2 hour work out with my friend, Kelly. We are going to Total Condition and Zumba than going out for a glass of wine!
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