Thursday, July 22, 2010
My beautiful baby girl wanted to ride a camel at the zoo, so I had NO choice! I had to get on; and I have pictures to prove it. Last year at this time there is NO WAY I would have done this. I'm feeling so much better about how I LOOK, and I FEEL so much better! I had a great day with my kids and didn't feel like people were staring at me because I was overweight. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to keep up with my kiddos! Don't get me wrong, they still tire me out, but I feel like a better mommy because I'm taking care of ME!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
(I'm on the left, my coworker Val on the right)
Oh my, was golf a humbling experience. THANK GOODNESS it was a scramble or I would still be out there! To say I was rusty is putting it mildly! As a group we finished one over par, so I'll take it. In 18 holes I had 3 really nice drives, and more misses than I care to blog about! LOL! The good news is my coworker and partner on our radio morning show is going to take me to the driving range in the near future to work on my swing...Lord knows I need all the help I can get!
The good news is though, that we had a great time and helped raise money for a wonderful organization!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Last year at this time, if you would have told me I would be training for a half marathon and running long distances I would have laughed in your face.
I was well over 200 pounds. I couldn't even run a half a mile without stopping for a walk break. I was unhappy.
Fast forward 1 year. I can hardly believe it myself sometimes, but I am training for a half marathon that I KNOW I will be able to finish on August 7th.
Sunday brought me to my longest distance to date--10 miles. I chose an out-and-back route in the country that my husband used to train for his half that he ran in June. I ate my light breakfast, grabbed my Clif shot blocks, my CamelPak, my pepper spray (I never leave home without it thanks to Christa--LULUTHELEO) and my iPod. Out the door I went. I popped 1 shot block and started out nice and slow. My training is telling me to run an 11:58 pace for the long runs, but I've really struggled to run that slow. I kept the first half of the run right around 11 minute miles. There were many subtle hills on this route, nothing overwhelming, but enough of an incline that I'd feel the burn on the way up and down. I was lucky enough to have great weather to run in, too. We had a bunch of rain move through the area overnight so when I headed out for my run early Sunday morning it was in the mid-60s.
As usual, I struggled through the first 2-3 miles. I need that time to find my groove and get into a rhythm. By the time I hit my turn around point at 5 miles I felt GREAT. I felt STRONG. I KNEW I was going to finish 10 miles with no problem. As I ran back towards our town I thought about how far I've come in such a short amount of time. Sometimes I can hardly believe it myself.
Each mile I gradually picked up the pace, running according to how I felt. By the time I hit 9 miles I was hovering right around a 9:50 pace, which is even ahead of my target race pace. The last mile I felt great with little fatigue...I was able to run right through without stopping to walk.
I finished in 1 hour 47 minutes and 14 seconds.
I learned 2 things from this run:
1--MONSTER DASH in October is a 10-Mile run. I will OWN it.
2--The Half Marathon is completely within my reach. All I have to do is add a 5K to the run I completed on Sunday, and I'd be crossing the finish line.
I'm STILL on a runner's high.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Since I wasn't so hot at blogging this week, I'm going to talk about 2 training sessions in one blog.
As I've mentioned before, my focus has been to try to hit the paces on my training schedule instead of running faster...Training to race instead of racing to train.
Wednesday brought me to a 5-mile run that included speedwork, so I headed to the high school track. It didn't work out for me to go right at 5 when my husband got home, so I did something I'd never done before; I ate supper first AND THEN went to run around 7. For my job I am up at at work at 4:30AM so running after 6 PM can be a challenge, because for me it feels like its more like 10PM.
At any rate, I've made a commitment to FINISH this half marathon, and the best way for me to do that is to make sure I do my training.
It was HOT and humid! I brought my water bottle since I was going to be running around the track. I started out nice and slow with a 12 min. mile to warm up. I didn't even mind running in circles on the track; it was something new for me so I was excited to see how it would go.
After that first mile, I needed to do a mile at 9:55--I kicked it up and felt GREAT. In fact, I completed my first speedburst mile thingy at 8:58...as soon as I slowed down I felt AWFUL. TOO FAST...TOO HOT...TOO MUCH BLT sitting in my stomach like a rock. Then I made another big mistake....I drank WAY TOO MUCH WATER. Yes, I did everything wrong on that first burst. I was a hurting unit at that point; to add insult to injury I got a stitch in my side. I was bound and determined to follow my schedule, and the next portion was a half a mile to recover. I WALKED the first lap. I got my breathing back under control. I tried not to focus on the heat. and by the time I got back to the starting point I was ready to lightly jog. Lap 2 of recovery I felt much better, but I vowed not to go as fast for the second burst.
As I rounded the corner coming up on the starting point I started to pick up my pace. I kept it around 9:30 for that mile and felt awesome when I finished. I had 1.5 miles left, so I slowed down and did 1.25 miles at a 12 minute pace and walked the last lap. After I got that first bit under control, I really enjoyed the speed work!
This brings us to yesterday; the 4th of July. Everyone else was still in bed at the lake but I got up to run. I AM A RUNNER! All the way around the lake was 4.46 miles, so I did 2 laps plus a little extra. I finished 9 miles in 96 minutes. Again my focus was on running slow. I started out at an 11:50 pace and maintained that pretty well during the first run around the lake. When I started around the second time I was feeling strong and confident, so I let myself pick up the pace a little bit. I felt great until I hit 8 miles...then the mental blocks started. I had to get past thinking that 9 miles was impossible, and once I did that, I felt like I could do anything. Mile 9 was my fastest mile. I completed it in 9:15. Finishing that run felt AMAZING. I didn't hurt and I felt like I could have done 4 more if I would have had to. I'm really feeling good about my training and know that I'll be SO READY on August 7th.
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