Monday, October 01, 2012
Had a good week of training last week. Did my first Tempo Run on the schedule. I've been running pain free so far and thankful for it.
Did the Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler on Saturday night. This was my first night race, and may be my last. I found it challenging to eat right for this type of race. The weather was extremely humid and if you're familiar with Disney races, you're in the corral area for almost an hour before the race, so I was already sweating so much before the race started. For the first mile, I couldn't get to my pace because it was so crowded and narrow. The race started and ended at Hollywood Studios, but other than that, you ran on boring roads, and even on some gravel road. We did do about a mile in the ESPN Sports Complex and that was cool, but that was the only good part about the course. I never wanted a race to be over so much! Was so happy it was a 10 miler and not a Half Marathon. I felt miserable during the run between the boredom and the humidity. But on the positive side, the BLING is awesome! The medal is a replica of the Tower of Terror with a moving elevator - super cool! And we got to stay in the park to ride, which was also fun, though a lot of people got sick and there was puke everywhere all over the park. The Powerade they gave us was warm and sweet, which made it gross. They didn't have much for post-race refreshments, so after eating so little after 10 miles, maybe riding a roller coaster wasn't the best idea for some. I enjoyed it though and Mom was with me.
Got home around 4am on Sunday from the park, got a little sleep, then ran 4 easy miles around 10am and felt great!
Looking forward to a good week!
Me and Mom:
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
So far, things are going really well! No aches, pains or breathing problems praise Yahweh! I'm enjoying my training! Did my highest mileage since April with 8.81 miles on Sunday. Goal was to run for 80-85 minutes. I went the 85 and felt really good! Logged 22 miles this past week, first week in many months over 20 miles and it seemed pretty easy. So far I've only been given "easy" runs because my coach is "setting the 'foundation' with more continuous bouts of high aerobic running (i.e. slower with less speed work" so we can get more out of my speedwork and tempo training in the next few weeks. Also he's wanting to see how I respond to the running drills and exercises, most of which are very new to me. I'm loving the challenge of it all!
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Time does fly!!! It really doesn't seems like it's going on 4 years since I had my "Aha!" moment and started my journey!
Had the Aha! moment Dec. 2008 at a size 14, joined Sparkpeople Jan. 2009 and by September 2009 was wearing size 4, which I still wear.
Has it always been easy? No. But what has helped me stay on track has been continually setting new goals for myself. I don't track my food as consistently, I may miss a day here or there, but I pretty much still track close to 90% of my food and exercise.
I had some injury and illness this year that kept me from working out a combined amount of almost 3 months and that was definitely hard. But as soon as I could, I was back at my workouts enjoying them more than ever.
Probably what's been most challenging to me is that in July 2010 I entered a Figure Competition and literally had my "dream body", six pack, definition, etc. It just wasn't a body I could realistically maintain. I dieted and trained hard for 18 weeks. I knew I wasn't going to compete anymore (I enjoy running Half & Full Marathons much more), but there's always a part of me that wants to go back to that body. But that would require living a life of "dieting" and I don't want to live my life that way. Believe me, I have so much respect for the athletes who compete in Figure, Bikini, Physique & Bodybuilding and understand what it takes. So the hardest part has been comparing my current self to the July 2010 myself, but I have gained peace and am happy with me.
So as I work towards my 3rd marathon to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon, I feel I'm as happy and healthy as ever and looking forward to the future. I'm so grateful for all Yahweh has blessed me with and focus on being thankful each and every day!
And I get motivation from all my awesome Sparkfriends and others that keeps me going as well!
Me from my Figure Comp (dream body) in July 2010:
Here's a pic from just before my "Aha!" moment (10/2008, Age 40) and from today (9/1/2012, Age 44). Not as glamorous as the Figure Comp, but it's the real me and I'm okay with that!
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