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Week 7 of Marathon Training

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:

  
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SEABREEZE64 10/5/2012 8:22AM

    Well done!

I find it difficult to "race" in high humidity. And I've never tried running at night, not even once. I always thought the wine and dine race would be fun...., but I don't think I cold manage the miles in the middle of the night.

You did great! Very nice photos too!

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MBSHAZZER 10/2/2012 3:19PM

    I saw all over FB how miserable everyone was! You are right, night races are hard to figure out with the eating, esp. if you are usually an AM runner. Glad you survived!

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ANANDA82 10/1/2012 11:20PM

    Sorry to hear it was so boring and gross... but the bling indeed looks awesome! I hope you have a better time on your next race! emoticon

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NEWME0519 10/1/2012 8:16PM

    Great job! You and your Mom are such great inspirations!

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PURPLE180 10/1/2012 12:42PM

    emoticon . The race sounds interesting, lol. I know that you are happy that it is over. Great picture of you and your mom.

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Week 6 of Marathon Training

Sunday, September 23, 2012

It has been a great week! Logged a total of 29.75 miles this week and have never felt better! I'm running 5 days a week but it doesn't feel like it's that much. I LOVE my coach! After a long run, I take two days off from running, one for foam rolling stretching and upper body strengthening and the next day for cross training and a few lower body and core exercises.

This week, I followed coach's upper body workout to the tee and it included body weight pull-ups. I hadn't done these in well over a year so I couldn't do too many. I did 2 sets of 10 on Thursday and I'm still feeling it today! But I'm excited to be doing them again and getting stronger! It didn't affect my long run today, which was 14 miles.

Schedule called for 14 miles easy with the last mile at a slightly faster pace if I felt up to it. My normal easy pace has been around 9:35-9:45 but I felt so good today I averaged a 9:13 pace and even did the last mile at an 8:45 pace! I couldn't believe how great I felt! If I didn't trust my coach before, I sure do now! I honestly feel like I could run some more...but I won't...until Wednesday!

I have my first Tempo run on Wednesday so we'll see how I do! My coach has been focused on building my foundation since I hadn't been running much over the summer. I feel ready to step it up!

Grateful to be injury and illness free, embracing each and every day!

Picture after today's run:

  
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GYMRAT_AT44 9/28/2012 10:24PM

    Awesome! I am about to embark on Triathlon training so I am enjoying reading others that are going the distance. Very nice!

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DIANER2014 9/28/2012 10:17PM

    Great job! You are doing fantastic! emoticon

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TONYTHETSANGEL 9/28/2012 5:07PM

    Glad you're feeling great! Good Job! emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 9/26/2012 10:32AM

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Great job Tia!

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MVIRGO28 9/25/2012 1:48PM

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SONDRAJ20 9/25/2012 8:52AM

    You really are amazing!! I can't do even one body weight pull up and you did two sets of ten!! YIKES. You are one strong lady. I can't imagine myself doing what it takes to train for a marathon but it's really interesting to read about your training. I hope you're going to continue this blog.

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SHRINKINRUNNER 9/24/2012 1:42PM

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BOILHAM 9/24/2012 11:52AM

    Wow you are doing great. Love the blogs about marathon training!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/24/2012 11:42AM

    Great job Tia

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ANDREA0301 9/24/2012 11:29AM

    You look fit and healthy and continue to be an inspiration to SO MANY!!

Thanks for all you do, and for blogging about your awesome results!

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MBSHAZZER 9/24/2012 10:41AM

    You're looking GREAT, Tia! When is the marathon?

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KAYATLANTA2010 9/24/2012 4:55AM

    Body weight pull-ups - 2 sets of 10? Seriously? You are absolutely amazing! That is so inspiring, along with the thoughtful training you are doing to prepare for your marathon. Keep up the fantastic work and know that your SparkFriends are with you, every step of the way. Go, go, go!
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RUNGRL2013 9/24/2012 3:46AM

    Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/24/2012 2:50AM

    r emoticon on how far you've come Tia, your shedule sounds tough but you're so strong and healthy now.
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SUSANSERENE 9/23/2012 7:04PM

    You rock! I know how fabulous you must feel and congratulations on your achievements! You inspire me!
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Week 5 of Marathon Training

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Figured I would start blogging at the end of each week. This past week was great! This past Sunday ran 10 miles! I was all ready to go run on the trail and when my alarm went off at 5:30am, it was storming outside. It rained most of the day so I ended up doing the 10 miles on the treadmill, which felt like forever. I ran for 1 hour 37 minutes but it felt like 3 hours!

My coach gave me a lower body strength routine to do and I figured it would be a "baby" workout since it involved NO weights and I was used to lifting heavy on leg day. Well I was WRONG! It was a 30 minute workout that kicked my butt! I was sore for two days! Not that I doubted my coach, but he really knows what he's doing!

Today I ran 12 miles and felt great! It was extremely humid at 6am when I started so I definitely went slower than I normally would in a long easy run, but I didn't mind. I was happy to be out there!

I ran over 28 miles this week, won't run again until Wednesday and loving my training! Easy cross training tomorrow!

Excited about my journey to qualify the 2014 Boston Marathon!

Here's the race I'm doing:
www.kiawahresort.com/recreation/kiaw
ah-island-marathon/


Happy Sunday all! Be grateful for EVERYTHING!!!

  
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QLBM22 9/17/2012 1:35PM

    Wow your awesome!! Keep up the great work!!

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ANDREA0301 9/17/2012 11:18AM

    Keep up the emoticon work!

You're an inspiration!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/17/2012 9:48AM

    Looking good - wishing you well in your training.

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NEW-CAZ 9/17/2012 3:05AM

    WOW, your training sounds brutal LOL. Good luck with the run!

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NEWME0519 9/16/2012 11:50PM

    Wow, it's really great to hear about all of the things you continue to set the bar higher and higher!

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TESS504 9/16/2012 9:18PM

    Keep on keeping on!!!

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MELPHILLIPS741 9/16/2012 6:08PM

    Sounds like training is going well!! Thanks for sharing, I love reading about your journey :)

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Week 4 of Marathon Training

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!

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SEABREEZE64 9/15/2012 7:15AM

    Good job Tia! A running coach would be so great!!

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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2012 3:15AM

    emoticon emoticon Good luck

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ANDREA0301 9/6/2012 10:52AM

    Continue to be impressed with your dedication and motivation!
Keep up the great work!!

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LIABOOTY 9/6/2012 8:13AM

    You rock! I hope that I will be able to train a marathon very soon. Now, I'm just focusing on getting better with my 5K time. Good luck

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/5/2012 9:21AM

    Baby steps - sounds like a great coach.

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MELPHILLIPS741 9/4/2012 10:32PM

    Woo-Hoo!! That's awesome :) - That's great milage for one week, you should be proud!

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LKEITHO 9/4/2012 10:23PM

    Sounds like things are progressing really well! Good work!

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3 Years at my goal size this month? Really? Wow!

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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DEVONA8 10/1/2012 11:54AM

    You look fabulous and you definitely don't look 44. You are an inspiration to me as I will be 40 in about 6 months. I am inspired to get moving and see what I can do in that time. I am going to follow the tips you have on your page for clean living and hopefully I can get to where you are.


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SUSIEQ911 9/5/2012 9:08AM

    You look fabulous!

Congratulations on your maintenance!

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    emoticon emoticon job you look amazing emoticon job on maintaining the weight lost emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 9/4/2012 3:26PM

    I think you look great now! Excellent job maintaining and meeting new challenges!

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ANDREA0301 9/4/2012 3:15PM

    Love this!!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 9/4/2012 12:42PM

    You are looking good! Thanks for the positive example!

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MELPHILLIPS741 9/3/2012 3:59PM

    Wow!! Awesome job, you look AMAZING in your pics! Thanks for sharing your story :)
I completed my journey in the spring of 2011 and have since been working towards entering a figure competition - Man is it ever alot of work both physically and mentally...I have to say kudo's for you for being brave enough to just do it!!!
So inspiring, thanks!

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MADLYINLOVE 9/3/2012 1:23PM

    I think you look so GOOD!!!

You are blessed, that you have found a way to maintain and be a part of the 2% that can tackle that feat!

From my perspective, you are achieving things left and right, and SOON you will have tackled yet another personal benchmark!

So inspiring... thanks for keeping it REAL!


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HEIDI-25 9/2/2012 7:53PM

    You look beautiful and what is equally important is that you are feeling healthy and strong :)

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NEWME0519 9/2/2012 10:30AM

    Awesome job on maintaining a healthy body! No it's not a competition body but it's a strong and healthy body all the same. Though you don't need it but good luck on the remainder of your journey to wherever your dreams and desires take you!

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MINIUM 9/2/2012 5:21AM

    You are such an inspiration! Brilliant!

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KAYATLANTA2010 9/2/2012 3:52AM

    Congratulations on doing a wonderfully consistent job in taking great care of you! You inspire me so much...
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TESS504 9/1/2012 11:59PM

    Your body is beautiful! emoticon

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RUN2BEFREE 9/1/2012 8:51PM

    Congratulations on your 3 years! What an awesome thing to celebrate! You are a great inspiration!

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TAKEASTAND2 9/1/2012 8:18PM

    You are such an inspiration!!! Congratulations!!!

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LAURIE5658 9/1/2012 7:40PM

    Dah-ling, you look mahvelous! Seriously, Tia, YOU are gorgeous and living life to the fullest. Congratulations on successfully maintaining for 3 years!!! By jove, I think you've got it!!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/1/2012 7:24PM

    Looking strong! Congrats on 3 years!

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GIRLTWELVE 9/1/2012 7:21PM

  Congratulations!!!

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