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First Day of Half Marathon Training--3 miles

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First of all, I should mention I'm currently on vacation; we're visiting family out-of-state, so I was a little nervous how this would go. I've given up on tracking; I'm making healthy choices but most of the cooking is out of my hands. I'm being smart about portions, but I decided to cut myself a little slack this week.

This morning was my first half-marathon training run. My schedule said 3 miles (easy) at 11:50. I went a little faster than that, but let me tell you it was TOUGH today. I am still a little stiff/ sore from the 7 miles I ran on Sunday. And where we're currently staying it is HUMID and HILLY. I had a really tough time getting going. The first mile and a half were rough. The humidity and hills played in a lot more than I expected them too. Once I got about 2 miles in though, I felt pretty good. The muscles in my legs felt every inch of those hills, and I did stop to walk for about 15 seconds on one of them. The biggest of the hills was uphill for 3 blocks. YIKES.

At any rate I made it back in one piece--34:02 so not fast by any means, but I did it. Day one is in the books!

  
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DEEJACKSON 6/17/2010 5:34PM

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 6/17/2010 12:12PM

    I start my training in 2 weeks for a HM in November. We can do it! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 6/17/2010 11:45AM

    Hey, great pace for running in heat, hummidity & hills!! You're doing GREAT!! You so are going to ROCK your HM!!

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FOOFIT1 6/16/2010 7:14PM

    It definitely gets much harder to stay on track when you're on vacation! No worries, though. It sounds like you're doing a GREAT job! Better than me for sure!

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Keep up the great work!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 6/15/2010 9:15PM

    Awesome!! Way to start the journey.

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THENEWCINDY 6/15/2010 4:03PM

    congrats!!!!!!!

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NICOLE12-01 6/15/2010 12:13PM

    Enjoy your vacation! Congrats on officially starting your training and completing DAY 1!!!

P.S....I'm STILL "thinking" HAHAHHA!

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SUGIRL06 6/15/2010 11:44AM

    Haha "easy" run with hills. Not so much! But great job getting out there and doing your 3 miles!!! My official training starts Sunday and I can't wait!!!
~Ang

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CKAYT56 6/15/2010 11:32AM

    Have fun on vacation and you don't have to be fast....you are already a winner!

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KARVY09 6/15/2010 11:19AM

    Have a great vacation and congrats on completing Day 1!

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5 Months of SP and an interesting possibility...

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Today is my 5 month Spark-versary. I NEVER dreamed back on January 1st, weighing 214 pounds, that I'd be where I am today. Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I *might* have achieved my goal weight. I've run 2- 5K's, I've registered for a 10-Mile Run, and TODAY I'm actually thinking about entering a Half Marathon.

HOLY COW! What a difference from 5 Months ago!

I've learned so much about what I'm capable of and how tough I am. I'm a better wife and mother. And YES clothes shopping is fun again!

To my spark friends--I need your insight: Would I be ready for a half marathon by August 7th?
(I need someone to talk me into it, or out of it if I've completely lost my mind!) My long run the last 3 weeks has been 6 miles. I've been able to do it without feeling exhausted. Talking to my husband, we figure if I make my long run next week 7 miles, and then a mile a week, I could be ready. I just don't want to over do it.

Any help anyone can give me on this dilemma would be greatly appreciated!

To my spark peeps, THANK YOU for your love and support. I LOVE checking in and seeing the notes on my page, the comments on my status, and the goodies! You guys are awesome and I wouldn't be where I am today without you!

~Jess


  
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ROWDYRILEY 6/10/2010 5:55AM

    From reading the previous comments, I'd say it looks like you're doing a half marathon! Congrats girl! You deserve it!!

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CKAYT56 6/9/2010 11:52PM

    Go for it girl! What a great five months you've had! Congrats!

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KDONOVAN70 6/9/2010 11:46PM

    You are doing awesome! I say go for it! I still plan on doing the Monster 1/2 and my long run is only 4 miles right now. Keep up the good work.

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MISSCOFFEY 6/9/2010 11:30PM

    If you're doing 6 now, you can definitely double that in 2 months. You don't need to run more than 10 before the race day, if you don't want to. In all the marathon training programs I've done, I never ran more than 20 miles to train for 26, so just divide that in half. :) As long as your body is used to running, you will be just fine. There is so much excitement with race day and you will have people rooting for you, which will push you beyond what you've done before.
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FOOFIT1 6/9/2010 10:55PM

    You are absolutely capable of doing a half by August 7th! Go for it!!!!

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NIELSENSLADY 6/9/2010 10:16PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Great background!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 6/9/2010 10:06PM

    You should go for it! I follow the www.marathonrookie.com website for my half training and have been really happy with my ability to trust in the training and do well during the race!!! Great job so far and good luck with any future races!!!
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CHOICES2014 6/9/2010 9:59PM

    Definitely!! Look how much you have accomplished in such a short time. You should have no problem making this a goal and reaching it too.

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RAVENSONG37 6/9/2010 9:55PM

    You can totally do a half marathon by then!! Great goals!!

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SUGIRL06 6/9/2010 9:18PM

    I just looked at my half marathon schedule and according to what week you are in compared to when the race is, you should have done a 6 mile run last week! LoL! So you are in the perfect spot to start training now! I can give you my whole training schedule if you want. Also, look at hal higdon's website halhigdon.com. He's got some great training schedules. I based mine on his. You would be in week 4 right now. You can do it!!!
~Ang

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ROOT4HOME 6/9/2010 9:06PM

    I say YES...see my reply on your SP page!! emoticon

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LULUTHELEO 6/9/2010 7:52PM

    I think if you gradually increase your mileage, you CAN do it! I trained for 3.5 months, starting from running 2 miles at the MOST at a time. Just make sure to train your body to do the runs and keep up with the mileage during the week! Sounds like a great goal!!! The only thing I have found is that the time commitment to fit in the long runs takes planning - so make sure to factor that in.

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CHUBBYSISTER1 6/9/2010 7:34PM

    I sent you spark mail since my reply was so long! :-)

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LIFE-FAITH 6/9/2010 7:21PM

    I am so proud of you! I think you should GO for it.
I believe you can, I know you can. But ONLY you know your body... I dont want to see you get hurt,ect. If you work hard and feel that it is doable...closer to August..then DO IT.

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Motiontraxx ROCKS!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

As I posted on my status, I was able to run during my husband's lunch break. He comes home and stays with the kiddos, and I'm just sure I'm ready to head out as soon as he gets here. It works really well ESPECIALLY with the warmer temps.

I know I've blogged about Motion Traxx before--it's a website www.motiontraxx.com that has free music to download based on beats-per-minute. I'm a little OCD when it comes to running in time to the music, so I have to be able to keep my pace with the beat. If I'm running to push out my distance I'll listen to one of my playlists, but if I'm doing a route that I've done before I'm always trying to better my time. Motion Traxx is my solution. I've downloaded the "Upshift" set of podcasts. Level 1 was 150-160 BPM which put me at a 10:30-11 minute pace. Level 2 is what I had been using since the beginning of May and kept me at a pretty solid 10-10:15 pace. Today I wanted a HARD 3 mile run, and obviously I have a time crunch if I'm trying to squeeze it in during my husband's lunch break. Today was the first time I used Upshift level 3 170-180 BPM. WOW. I STARTED at a 9:30 minute pace and completed my run at an 8:25 pace. IT WAS TOUGH but I DID IT!!!! emoticon emoticon

I felt so POWERFUL to know that my body was capable of running that fast--and MAINTAINING it for 3 miles! The last mile I was BOOKING. I love motion traxx. There is a Level 4--but it's going to be a bit before I tackle that!

If you use iTunes, type running music in the search box or motion traxx and it comes up. It's absolutely free and I highly recommend it! It's truly increased my speed.

  
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MSPLACEDAGAIN 6/17/2010 1:36PM

    I like MotionTraxxs too! Some mixes more than others, but it is nice to always have something fresh.

Good luck with the half training!

Eden

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LULUTHELEO 5/31/2010 8:29PM

    I'm going to give this a try SOON - it sounds great! I am so impressed with your times!! emoticon

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CHUBBYSISTER1 5/27/2010 11:44PM

    Wow!! That sounds really cool. Thanks for the sharing!!

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FOOFIT1 5/27/2010 12:27AM

    I'm going to have to try that when I get the chance! Sounds fantastic!

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GOLDBERG73 5/26/2010 8:41PM

    Thanks for the info!

~Jason

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CKAYT56 5/26/2010 7:09PM

    I don't have an I-pod, but it sounds like I should get one! I would like to start running outside. So far I have just been running on the treadmill. You are my running inspiration!



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ROWDYRILEY 5/26/2010 6:55PM

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AMYSUE20 5/26/2010 4:51PM

    WOW Awesome job and thanks again for the music site!!! emoticon

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HILIGHT8 5/26/2010 4:47PM

  Thnx for the music site

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Longest Distance to date: 6 miles :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Yesterday was my day to kick up my distance run another notch. For the last 3 weeks I've done 5 miles on Sundays. Last Sunday the 5 miles was relatively easy (who AM I? A year ago I couldn't run 2 blocks!) so I decided it was time to challenge myself a bit. I also wanted to switch up my route. I get bored pretty easy, and I've been running the same loop (or variations of it) for the last month. My quick boredom is also why I'm not a fan of treadmill running; it seems to take FOREVER because it's so monotonous.

I decided to go with an out-and-back route--3 miles out, turn around and head home. Easy enough. We have a bike trail about a mile from our house so I headed in that direction. My area is pretty flat (think prairie), I think there are literally like 2 hills in town, but what we lack in hills we make up for in WIND. It's not a big deal to run in 15-20 mph wind and that, my friends, is what I was running IN TO on my way back. The bike path was a great run--it's paved, and actually pretty scenic. I felt good at the turn-around point. It was hot and humid in Minnesota all weekend, so for the first time I ran in a tank top. Unfortunately my iPod armband rubbed an area on my arm raw--didn't really feel it though until I got home. Any suggestions from the runners out there? It was the velcro part of it that was peeking out around the side so not sure if there's a way to prevent that...

When I hit mile 5 I was pumped because there was still gas in the tank.

The last 1/2 mile was a little tough, but I knew I was almost home, so that kept me going.

6 Miles. 62 Minutes. I'll take it!

When I got home I ate a Luna Protein Bar, stretched and actually felt pretty good! My shin splints were a little tender but really not too bad. My knees were great! I'm really feeling like I'll be ready for that 10-Mile in October!

  
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OBXFIREGUY 5/29/2010 2:07PM

    6 miles.... you are doing great! Slow build is key to no injury and from the sound of it you are right on track. As for chaffing, we all get it from time to time when we run long. Vasiline and other brands like uter cream are your friend. You learn over time what not to do because you have a constant reminder of it for a few days following. Kick it up. Va Beach has a half marathon on Sept 5th. You could do it!

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KDONOVAN70 5/25/2010 11:32PM

    Great job at doing 6 miles in this MN heat. I am having a hard time with the heat. You should be very proud of yourself. You are doing awesome.

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I'm trying to push myself a little further each week as well!

Keep it up!!!
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AMYSUE20 5/24/2010 6:53PM

    I use an Ipod shuffle that clips onto my clothes....and awesome job on the run!!! Its such a great feeling to add on mileage...and at 62 minutes it sounds like you could have done it sooner! Don't you love the feeling afterwards of satisfaction of a job well done...sigh emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 5/24/2010 11:33AM

    Woohoo!!! On your 6mi run yesterday!!! I KNEW you'd be SO ready for your 10miler in Oct b/c here you are in May running 6mi (against the wind halfway) making awesome time!! You're doing so great!!

I use an Ipod Shuffle and it just snaps onto anything I wear so I'm not familiar w/the armband method. Is there any way to pad the band with a handkerchief, so it rests between it and your arm? I'm sure someone has a solution - put it out there as a question to one of the running teams - someone else surely has had this problem too! emoticon

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NICOLE12-01 5/24/2010 9:33AM

    Congratulations! It's pretty scary when we decide to add some mileage on, but we have no idea what we're really capable of until we try! You're doing such a great job! Keep up the great work!!! You're going to kick that 10 miler's butt! ;)

I don't know what to tell you about the iPod strap. Mine broke so I've had to carry my iPod in my hand for the past several months when I run. Irrrrritating. :/



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THENEWCINDY 5/24/2010 9:06AM

    thats awesome!!!

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LILY_SPARK 5/24/2010 8:50AM

    This is outstanding! You're exactly where I wish I was RIGHT NOW. Guess I'll get there but I *love* this blog! You're amazing!

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SUGIRL06 5/24/2010 7:30AM

    Awesome job!!! No recommendation for the ipod problem. I have the same issue but for me its skin on skin (ipod strap makes it "bulge" a little) and I use body glide for that (can find it at Sports Authority, Dicks, etc.) Might work for you too? Congrats on pushing yourself a little farther!
~Ang

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RITAROSE 5/24/2010 7:25AM

  Your progress in the past year has been tremendous! I hope you are proud of yourself and I bet you feel fantastic! What freedom to run 6 miles!! Congratulations and keep on going! emoticon emoticon

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No suggestions for the arm band but here's some exercises you can do to help with reduce the shin splints.

1) stand with knees slightly bent and raise your toes up off the ground. Think calf raises with your toes. Hold and then lower. Repeat

2) walk around on your heels. you'll look silly but it strengthens the shin muscles. even better is to walk around backwards while on your heels.

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"Wicked Purple" apparently makes Jess "wicked" fast.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I want to apologize to all of my spark friends! I've MISSED YOU ALL this past week. Unfortunately our computer crashed AND we had a computer virus, but luckily my sister-in-law is a computer genius, so now we're back up and running.

Back to my 5K last Friday night!

I spent the whole day Friday a little on edge...I was so nervous! My first 5K was also on a Friday evening, and I wanted so badly to improve my time. I ate sensibly. My husband and I got to the race location and picked up our packets at 4PM--the race was slated to start at 6PM. We were in that window where we were starting to get hungry and a snack wasn't going to cut it, but we knew if we had a full meal we would be in trouble come race time.

We opted for Arby's and both ate a half of a grilled chicken sandwich. I was seriously starving and could have eaten the whole thing! When we finished we headed over to the race site again. I was sporting my new "Wicked Purple" performance shirt that was my reward for my 40 pound loss.

At about 15 minutes to race time I put my headphones on and started to get in the groove. I've been training for this continuously. "I run the equivalent of 3+ 5K's per week, so this is not a big deal," I kept telling myself. When the race started I got caught up in the frenzy and went out of the gate WAY TOO FAST. I figured that out around the 1-mile mark and backed off. Ironically many of those people I was fighting to keep up with that first mile, were walking by mile 2 and I was passing them. Around 2.5 miles things really thinned out and I was all by myself. It was really an easy course, mostly flat. When I turned the final corner with about .3 to go I saw the clock and COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES....at that turn it was at 28:30. I thought, "HOLY CRAP...I COULD CROSS THE FINISH UNDER 30!!!" When I saw that clock the adrenaline kicked in and I kicked it up a notch. My husband had finished with a time of 24:40 and had come down to the corner to cheer me on--he was surprised at my pace too! I didn't even see him--I was totally in the zone.

As I hit the finish line it was so surreal. I didn't think I'd be under 30 minutes until MAYBE the end of the summer.

Gun time: 29:10. I AM A RUNNER!!!!



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FOOFIT1 5/20/2010 10:16PM

    WOW!!! Congrats on being under 30! That is incredible! And yes, you are a runner. Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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IWILLTRANSFORM 5/20/2010 8:13PM

    sO, PROUD OF YOU. yOU ARE AMAZING. THAT IS INCREDIBLE TIME. I REALLY WANT TO START RUNNING MORE REGULARLY AS I DON'T WONT' TO PUT OFF THIS 10K. I MAY HAVE TO PUT OFF THE P90X FOR A MONTH TO WORK ON RUNNING. YOU ARE SO ENCOURAGING.

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LULUTHELEO 5/20/2010 5:39PM

    Sa-WEET time Jess!! You are blazing fast!!! I love the shirt too!! You are definitely a runner, no doubt about that!!! Congratulations!

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ROOT4HOME 5/20/2010 5:08PM

    You better believe you're a RUNNER!!! emoticon emoticonon your AWESOME time!!! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/20/2010 4:47PM

    That is AWESOME!!!! Way to go!
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DANCENTHERAIN 5/20/2010 4:41PM

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