Saturday, December 05, 2009
Well I get home yesterday and my husband says, "I think I want to do the Gasparilla Marathon." This is my area's largest marathon, and it happens to be the 10th and Final one they're doing, and we watched the Biggest Loser and saw them run a marathon. I had decided that this was NOT a goal of mine. But when he said it, I said, "If you do it, I'll do it too." So I spent the evening pouring over training schedules since we're only 11 weeks from the race. Only saving grace is that I just did the Half Marathon two weeks ago, so we're okay with jumping in the training now. I sent numerous emails to people and groups to make sure there were plenty of group runs I could join for long runs. I needed to know if he was truly serious about it, and he was, so I registered and booked the hotel for the night before. I'm going to run a full Marathon...
So today, I could have gotten up and run with some group to do the 13 miles I was scheduled to do (after having completed 13.1 less than two weeks ago), but I slept in instead. Since my husband had to work today, I figured "I'd run tomorrow." We all know how that goes...
My husband gets home and says "What are we supposed to run today?" I told him about the 13 miles and he says "Let's go do it!" and of course I said excitedly "Ok!" I was thinking (OMG am I really going to do this?). My husband is a much faster runner than me, and it's always been hard for him to stay with me, but he promised he would. So went to the trail and ran our 13.1 miles. It was a great run. We stayed together and I felt great and finished only 4 minutes more than my race time! It gave me the confidence I needed to know I can do the marathon, because when we were finished I felt I could have kept going (but of course I didn't).
So I'm really excited! My trainer's not as excited as me because she knows I'll have to put my muscle building on the back burner for now. And just yesterday she was so proud of me because I did two sets of one-armed pushups and 3 sets of 7 UN-assisted pullups. I figure she can still train my upper body and I'll work on the lower!
So the Triathlon will have to wait. But at least I have a great new goal. And I really feel like I would have had to run a marathon at some point, and this being such a special one and I'm halfway through the training anyway, why not? If Rudy, Danny, Liz and Amanda (from Biggest Loser) can do it, so can I!
Before the run today, I was more nervous and anxious wondering if I'll be able to do this, but after running another Half Marathon two weeks after my first, I know I can!
I've got my Countdown Clock set to the Marathon Date - 83 days and counting...
I'm excited and always enjoying the process!
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
So every month on the 1st I weigh and measure myself. And every month since January I've gone down. Today just about every area was UP - what's going on here? I think it had something to do with increasing my calories quite a bit while finishing up my training for the Half-Marathon. My coach told me I may gain a couple p0unds, but I wasn't thinking I'd gain inches too!
So once I got all the measurements done and was not happy at all about it, but I realized, I can still fit my size 4/6 clothes! (Whew!) So no major harm done. I'm now back to my lower calorie diet (1600) to get the rest of the weight off. I'm really just 6 lbs from where I really want to be, so I'm not worried. Going to see if I can finish it up this month and get the body fat down to 20%. Anything's possible if you're determined and have a plan, AND I AM AND I DO!
So we'll all have setbacks, but we have to remember the SUCCESSES we've had and keep moving forward!
While I love running, it's been nice doing other forms of cardio again like Kickboxing! I'll still run 2-3 times a week, but much shorter (2-4 miles). I already have plans to do a 10k on 12/19, then a 5k on 1/2, then a 15k on 2/27 and looking to set my sights on a Triathlon on 4/25. We'll have to see about that one!
So I guess what I'm trying to say is, LET'S ENJOY THE PROCESS!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
What a day! Up at 5am to get ready to run my first Half Marathon! At first it started to sprinkle just as the race was about to start, but it stopped and the weather was great! The course was mainly waterfront so beautiful scenery!
My goal was initially to finish in 2 hours 30 min, but after watching The Biggest Loser and seeing Tara complete a Half in 2:22, I secretly wanted to beat that! :-)
I started off faster than normal (trying to keep up with my husband), but by mile 4, I was at my normal pace. Felt good! I had had some knee pain over the weeks and wore "braces" the doctor prescribed for me, and fortunately had very little pain throughout the race! During mile 11 (the furthest I had run before today), we actually ran a lap around the inside of Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Lightning play. That was really cool, and because the ground was so soft I was able to pick up some speed. When I saw the Mile 12 marker and that my time was at 2:09, I knew I could beat 2:22, so I pushed it, and one of my training coaches ran with me into the finish line which helped!
So I finished at 2:20 and felt really good! Picture of me, hubby and Mom after the race!
One of the highlights of doing this race was training with Team in Training and raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I've recently made a Sparkfriend of THENEWPATRICIA, who is a Lymphoma survivor, and part of running the race was in honor of her. I don't know if you can read the sign, but it says "For You Patricia!" Hugs!
After that, "limped" back to the hotel, showered, changed and grabbed a bite to eat, and drove 30 miles to the Tampa Convention Center to meet Chris "Sparkguy" Downie, who was speaking at an event there. Wendy, another Sparkmember and I were privileged to share our stories onstage with Chris! We really enjoyed hearing Chris go through the Spark story and the book coming out (you must get it!). We even met other Sparkmembers there, one who planned her vacation around this event to come hear Chris speak! It was great being able to share how Sparkpeople has helped me in my healthy lifestyle journey! And it was so great to meet Wendy (IVYLASS) and her husband as well! She's such an inspiration!
Of course, after that, we headed straight home and fell asleep! My knee is really sore, but it's okay. It'll be fine. I'll rest as I need to, but I have another goal that I've checked off my list!
Here's a picture of me, my husband, Wendy, and her husband with Chris!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
So much going on! It's finally here! Running my FIRST Half-Marathon tomorrow morning at 7:30am in St. Petersburg , FL! I'm so excited! Raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (my first fundraiser), and exceeded my goal! And just a couple hours after the race, I get to meet Chris Downie, the founder of Sparkpeople as I'm privileged to share my story onstage with him at the I Can Do It! Conference at the Tampa Convention Center! I'm so excited to also meet Wendy who will be the other Spark member speaking! I got to meet a couple people who work for Sparkpeople, Jenny and Beth, who have worked tirelessly for the event this weekend! I'm so excited I can't stand it!!! Here's a picture of Jenny, Beth and I from Thursday! Will check in after the race!!! Goal is to finish in 2:30, but just to finish!
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