Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This is the 3rd time that I've tried (and failed) to be able to maintain a daily calorie intake of 1200-1550. I just can not do it. Well, to be fair I CAN, but I'm miserable when I do. STARVING. ALL. THE. TIME.
When I start to feel deprived, that's when I get into trouble. I am OKAY with only seeing a 0.4 pound loss a week (or less) in order to stay happy and feel satisfied.
To those of you that can do that range--KUDOS! I don't know how you do it!
I know it's not for me.
Monday, August 09, 2010
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham
This quote has always been a powerful one for me; and more so NOW that I've completed a half marathon. A year ago if you would have told me that I'd be running 13.1 miles without stopping to walk, I would not have believed you.
When I look at this picture of myself from "before," there's so much that I wish I could tell this woman. Mostly, that YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH so many things! That YOU HAVE THE POWER to completely overhaul your body. YOU CAN become fit and healthy, and it's NOT IMPOSSIBLE.
On Friday evening we went to the ice arena in Richfield to pick up our packets...all day Friday I was SO NERVOUS! I couldn't believe that the half marathon was already here! Besides my husband, we also had our friend Ben running, and I knew that another Spark People member, MISSCOFFEY was going to be running also. Urban Wildland is billed as Minnesota's "Green" race; everything is biodegradable. No medals are given out because of this; and even the bibs are "green"--they are embedded with seeds so if you plant it, black eyed susan's will grow. Once the bib and chip were in my hands it all became SO REAL.
After packet pick up we headed to Buca di Beppo's to "carb-up". We shared a huge bowl of spaghetti and had a wonderful relaxing dinner, laughing and talking about what a great race we were going to have. Then it was time to head back to the hotel and get some rest.
Overall I really slept much better than I anticipated. I got up at 5AM and ate breakfast; a banana and a bowl of multigrain cheerios. I started hydrating immediately because humidity was going to be an issue; we even got an email from the race director with instructions for how to run in humidity . After we got all of our race gear on I decided to write some "encouragement" on my hands. This way if I started to have doubts or needed reassurance, I could look at my hand. On the left I wrote "BE STRONG" and on my right, "GAV & LIV"--my kiddos names
When we got to the race, I was all jumbled nerves. The hour leading up to the start FLEW. I was trying to watch for MISSCOFFEY, but didn't anticipate catching up with her until after the race. I hit the restroom one last time before we lined up. My husband & Ben wanted to know if I wanted to try to run with them--I declined because they start at a 9:45 pace and keep it; I start much slower and speed up as I go. I put on my headphones and turned on the music...it was ALMOST TIME!
Next thing I knew, we were off; sure enough it didn't take long and Tony & Ben were way out in front of me but I knew I just needed to run MY race and not worry about being passed. The first 2 miles are a blur. All I tried to do was get into my rhythm. There were so many runners and we were on some narrow paths; I knew passing wasn't an option so I tried to think of the slower pace as a way to conserve my energy for later. The scenery was gorgeous. We ran around 2 small lakes right away with lots of wildlife. I got a chuckle out of a sign just before mile 3 that said "CAUTION GOOSE DROPPINGS". Around mile 3 was the first water stop, so I slowed down to get my water...I also popped a couple of shot blocks because I knew I wanted to stay ahead of the fatigue. Mile 4 the humidity started to get to me and I was happy to see that several homes around the route had set up sprinklers that we could run through...it felt AMAZING and was just the right amount of water to cool me down.
Mile 5 & 6 went quick....at 6.2 miles there was a sign that said "10K" with a gun-time clock. I couldn't believe I was only at 1:05:01 at that point! Seeing how well I was doing really gave me confidence and I got a second wind.
Mile 7 is when I caught up with Ben. He was having a hard time because of the humidity so we ran together for about a half a mile. At this point it started to rain. And not just a sprinkle; it was really coming down. Ben waved me on ahead just before Mile 8 while he did some walk/run intervals.
Mile 8 & 9 kind of ran together. At this point I was eating a half a shot block at every water stop. I felt great. The rain was keeping me cool even though my feet were uncomfortable--I seriously heard a *SQUISH* every time my feet hit the pavement.
Mile 10 was a big one for me because all I could think about was MONSTER DASH--at Mile 10 there I'll be done and I still felt so strong! I didn't know it at the time, but my husband actually saw me at this point so he knew I wasn't that far behind him! Mile 10 was a horseshoe; you came into a park area, went all the way around the outside and then went back out where you came in. He was exiting the area as I was entering it; I was so into the race that I didn't even see him!
Mile 11 & 12 I was strong and in control...I had perma-grin because I KNEW I was going to finish the race. My legs were starting to feel tired, but my breathing was awesome. I didn't feel winded AT ALL. I saw my favorite sign at this point too: "RUNNERS ARE SEXY!"
I started to struggle at about 12.5 Miles. I was tired. And this is where it became a MENTAL game for me. I looked at the words BE STRONG & GAV, LIV a lot. I have never wanted to walk so bad in my life. I knew I was so close to the finish that I could just push through it...I also knew that if I stopped to walk with 0.6 miles left I would be so mad at myself later. At this point in the race we were winding through a nature area and I couldn't see the finish...that probably saved me from walking, too! I didn't want to walk and then come around a corner, see the finish, and let everyone see me walking.
I fought for every step at the end. When I saw the 13 Mile marker all I could think is, "WHERE THE HECK IS THE FINISH LINE?!?!? WHERE IS IT?!?!! Finally I SAW IT!
I RAN THE WHOLE THING!!! 2:14:21
Me & my husband (TONEBONE10) he finished in 2:08:11 a PR for him.
Myself, Tony, and our friend Ben
Enjoying a meal afterward with friends. My dad is in the red shirt.
By the numbers
Average Pace: 10:11
Max: 6:37 (LOL this didn't last long--I was passing someone)
Total distance: 13.2
Mile 1: 10:26
Mile 2: 10:14
Mile 3: 10:37
Mile 4: 10:47
Mile 5: 10:27
Mile 6: 10:19
Mile 7: 10:06
Mile 8: 10:00
Mile 9: 10:08
Mile 10: 9:45
Mile 11: 10:02
Mile 12: 9:54
Mile 13: 9:44
MISSCOFFEY (Sarah) and I did meet up at the finish--she actually saw me cross the finish line. The weather kept us from visiting for too long, and dang it we didn't take a photo!
I'm planning to participate in more Half Marathons, but not until next year. My next race is October 30th, Monster Dash 10-Mile...it sounds like MISSCOFFEY & LULUTHELEO will be there too!
I AM A RUNNER!!!!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Talk about some randomness! I have a lot of thoughts swirling in my head and am going to try and jam pack them all into my blog today.
First lets talk about my EPIC (at least in my mind) 11 mile run from Saturday. HOLY COW! I was on a serious runner's high after I completed it. IT WAS HOT! So hot, that I managed to completely drain my CamelPak. I did an out-and-back route again and as per usual, really struggled through the first 2-3 miles. Once I got over the hump though, it was relatively smooth sailing! There was never a point when I felt like I was going to have to walk; I was able to comfortably run the whole distance. I even managed to get faster with each mile; starting out S-L-O-W at a nearly 12 minute mile pace and finishing mile 11 at 9:42. This did a ton to bolster my confidence since my half marathon is only about a week and a half away! Holy Cow did it sneak up on me! I'm proud to say though that I have not skipped a single training run; I've followed the schedule to the letter.
As the weight has come off, I've had to buy some new clothes. I'm happy to report that EVERY piece I picked up last weekend was either a size 10 (WOOHOO!) or a MEDIUM! I didn't want to be overly confident so each time I headed to the fitting room I grabbed 12's and Larges, too...but was thrilled to need to grab smaller sizes! I had also held onto some shorts from before I had my kiddos; I just couldn't part with them even though last year at this time I couldn't even get ONE leg into them. I came across them yesterday and decided to just SEE where I was at. THEY ALL FIT. EVERY SINGLE PAIR. I tripled my wardrobe! I was downright giddy because I NEVER thought I'd see the day.
And as the title implied, I actually wore a dress to work last week. With heels. (Okay they were wedges, but you get the idea). It's interesting to me that when I was heavier I felt invisible all the time. Wearing the dress I got noticed. My coworkers paid me compliments. I felt so good in the dress that I decided to leave it on to run errands. You know what? People smiled at me--they held the door open for me. Those were little things that haven't happened for this girl in a LONG TIME.
As I look back on my pictures before this journey began, all I can think is WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG, JESS?!?!?!
The good news is I started--and look how far I've come!
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