Friday, January 15, 2010
Just checking in. Had business guests in town this week so didn't get to do my full runs for the week, but only missed it by a few miles, and this was the first week I've missed any miles at all.
Had a business conference that started today, so rode with an associate. As she was taking me home, we see my husband running on the sidewalk by the main road. I'm loud enough that evening being on the other side of the street, in a car, during rush hour, he heard me scream for him (now that's love, right???). Anyway, so she took me home, and I had no intentions of running, since we had a reception to go to in less than 2 hours and I was tired from the day. But seeing my hubby got me juiced up to run, so I ran into the house, changed quickly into running gear and ran to meet him to finish his run with him. I ran faster than I normally do starting off (glad I brought water), though I figured I'd be running only 1-2 miles. I caught up to him and it was great! He was so excited to see me!
So I ran with him for 2.29 miles. I kept up with him almost the entire time. Well I mention all this because when I finshed, I had a new personal best for the mile - 8:13, and my total time was 19:15. I use the Nike Plus (which I totally recommend for any runners), and so when I looked back at my runs from early last year when I started running, I did the same distance on 2/19/09 and it took me 33:04! That's going from an average 14:20 minute per mile to an average of 8:24 minute mile in less than a year! For experienced runners, that may not be much, but for me, that's INCREDIBLE! I was so excited to see that! (I hope to give others hope!)
So I'm setting a new goal to complete a 5k in less than 26 minutes in 2010! I believe!
Running 12 miles this weekend! It's a recovery week and I can't believe I'm saying "I only have to run 12 miles!" Never thought I'd be saying that!!!
On another note, I decided to cut my hair this week. I wore it super short for a few years, then got bored and started growing it out since Feb. 08. Well once I started exercising, all I did was pull my hair back (as you can see from almost EVERY picture I've posted). I got bored again, so just went and cut it off. I really like it because at this length I can wear several styles and none take longer than 15 minutes to do and I still don't have to go a salon to get it done. I refuse to be a slave to my hair! So I'm very happy about that!
Here's a pic of me in the new hairdo with my friend Grace who's gone from size 16 in June to size 10 now !
Anything's possible! Just enjoy the process!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
It's been a very busy and cold week here in Tampa, FL! I have much respect for all the northerners who run in sub-freezing weather! Being in Tampa, this is all new to me! I've lived here for almost 19 years, and it's never been this cold for this long, nor have I ever even thought about exercising in it!!!
I went and bought some cold weather gear, as much as you can find in our area! Braved the sub 50 degree weather (don't laugh at me those of you from cold areas! ) and did my mid-week runs! Thank goodness I work for myself so I can do my own schedule because I literally waited each day until the temperature got to the highest of the day before I ran! I was layered but my face was freezing! But I did it! 4-8 miles during the week.
Then today was 16! It was one of the best runs I'd ever done! I'm sticking with my strategy of doing the first half really slow, then celebrating when my Ipod says those incredible words: "Halfway Point"! I immediately pick up speed and now, instead of my husband staying back to keep up with me, I can run at his pace on the way back! It totally works for me! Was able to finish the run in 2:43, so was really proud of that! And just felt good!
And it's just been so nice to spend this quality time with my husband. I just love it!
Had put the thermostat to 80 degrees before we left the house, so when we got back it would be nice and toasty for us to take our ice bath! I've come to love them, can you believe it? I get in quickly now, and just play Bejeweled on my Ipod!
This coming week will be an easy one, only 12 miles for the long run! And we'll get some normal temps over 60 degrees - Yay!!!
This pic was taken after my 8 mile run during the week, just had to share!
I'm really getting excited! I still can't believe I'm going to run a full marathon! Woo Hoo!
Friday, January 01, 2010
I can't believe it's January 1, 2010, but it is!
So I started off the year with accomplishing something, a 15 mile run! I'm training for my first Marathon, which is on 2/28, in 56 days. Since the Half Marathon I ran on 11/22/08, I've run 13.1 miles 3 times total. But nothing more. This week our long run was 15 miles. That's almost 2 miles longer than I had ever run! I won't lie, I was nervous about it...all week. And I have a friend who is training for her first too, and she was about ready to quit training for the marathon after running 14 miles last week. So that didn't help.
So we (my husband and I) slept in as long as we could. And it had been raining steadily since 6am. We got up around 8:30am and it was raining off and on. We decided we would go running around 11:30am. Was hoping of course that the rain would have stopped. But at 11:30, it was still raining, and I was determined to get this run DONE! So we got ready, stopped at a grocery store and got a poncho to wear and went to the trail.
It rained steadily for the first hour. The ponchos were a big help, kept the rain out of our faces. Then about 4 miles in, my Ipod was having problems. It wasn't tracking the mileage correctly. Thankfully the trail we were on had mile markers, so we kept going. I ran REALLY slow. I live for the halfway point - 7.5 miles! Made it - WOO HOO! Time to go back now!
About one mile into the halfway back point, my earphones decide not to work! I ALWAYS run with either music or a Podcast, so to finish 6.5 miles of my longest run EVER with NOTHING was a little bit of a deterrant! But I kept going. Because I run SO slow on the first half, I'm able to pick up speed the second half (I believe this is called a negative split). So I felt really good running back. My husband ran a little big ahead of me, but I was okay. The scenery around was so beautiful and I used the time to think and pray so I was fine. I walked for about 30 seconds every 2-3 miles.
In the last mile, I was so excited that we sprinted in! The 15 miles didn't seem much different than than 13 miles. I'm sticking with my strategy of starting slow so I can run the distance. I finished in 2:50, which is not bad considering my best 13.1 (in the race) was 2:29, and I run my training slower than the race pace.
So I feel good starting the new year having accomplished something great! It only gets better from here!
I'm still enjoying the process! Happy New Year to all! - Tia
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Well as 2009 comes to a close, I've been taking some time to reflect on the year. Despite losing an uncle, and have some challenges with my sister, 2009 has probably been one of the best years of my life in so many areas.
I got clarity in my business on where I want to go with it. My marriage is stronger than ever as we approach our 19th year in January. My spiritual life is at an all-time high, I finished reading the entire Bible this year for the first time in many years. And my health and fitness life was through the roof!
I set out the beginning of the year to lose some weight and hope to get into single digit sizes. By continuing to set goals and achieve them and being dedicated to my tracking and involvement on Sparkpeople, I was able to drop 6 sizes this year to be at my goal size 4. At 41, I can truly say I'm in the best shape of my life!
I ran a 15k in Feb, organized a weight-loss challenge with 38 people involved in May, ran a 5k with 15 people from the challenge, including my Mom in August, ran a Half-Marathon in November and am now 57 days away from running my first Full Marathon. I'm pretty proud of myself.
From a strength standpoint, I became able to do 5 sets of 30 pushups, 3 sets of 10 pullups, one-armed pushups, my lifting weight has increased dramatically, and I've enjoyed working with a trainer the past 3 months.
I would have never thought I would have accomplished this much this year. I've always been a very driven person and when I make a decision, I stick with it. The hardest part was making the decision. That took YEARS!!! I wish I'd know how great it would feel, so I wouldn't have wasted all those years feeling bad about myself. But I know it's all in my control!
I learned how to be in control of me, instead of letting food and emotion control me. Had very few (maybe one or two) days where I didn't work out because I "didn't feel like it." One of my favorite books is the 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class by Steve Siebold and I've learned that CHAMPIONS DO IT ANYWAY!
I've learned so much about myself this year! In 2010, I expect to run a marathon, complete my first Sprint Triathlon and get the muscle definition I want somewhere in between! I still have belly fat to lose, but I know I can do it!
Sparkpeople has been such a huge part of my journey! I know I wouldn't have done as well without it. I made sure I got involved in the teams I'm on. I asked questions, I answered questions, I shared, I encouraged, I got encouraged. I got the awesome opportunity to speak with SP founder Chris Downie, and have my little video put on You Tube for the world to see (OMG!).
I'm coming up to my one year anniversary on Sparkpeople on 1/3 and feel good that I haven't missed a day of tracking my food. It's been so worth it! I've been inspired by so many on Sparkpeople, I hope to be an inspiration to others as well, as that keeps me motivated!
We can do anything when we put our mind to it! I'm excited to continue my journey! I'm happy to have my Goal Life! I wish a wonderful and Happy New Year to all my Sparkfriends!!!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Haven't blogged in a while, thought I'd check in.
Been following my Marathon training schedule to the letter. It's going vey well. It's been so wonderful running with my husband, something I never thought I'd be able to do. I spent 3 months training for the Half-Marathon, working so hard to get to 13 miles, and since 11/22, I've run that 3 times now! Amazing what our bodies can do when we train it!
Enjoying my weight training with my personal trainer Stefanie. She's so awesome! Back in June when I started with her, I was doing one-arm rows with 12.5 lb dumbbells, last week did two sets with 40 lbs dumbbells! Wow!
My friend Grace who had started the Challenge I organized 5/31/09 has continued her weight loss and back at the beginning of the challenge she was wearing size 16, now she's in size 10 jeans! I'm so happy for her, and so glad that I was able to help get her started by organizing the Challenge. It's amazing how we can do things that can inspire others in so many ways! What a great reason to continue on our journeys! We never know who we will inspire!
This coming week I have 15 mile run. This will be my longest run EVER! We shall see! I discovered the world of Podcasts, absolutely love the Running ones. Makes the time fly while I'm running! Seriously thinking of starting my own Podcast as there's not very many women hosting Podcasts out there! We'll see...
Anyway, just wanted to check in! Next week will be my 1 year anniversary on Sparkpeople, my how time flies when you're making progress!
Always enjoying the process!
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