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Out with the Old...

Friday, September 10, 2010


..shoes that is! My Saucony's were good to me--they have 400 miles on them and it was time for us to part ways. They got me through 3-5K's and my first half-marathon....and next weekend they will get their final "race" action in the "GO COMMANDO 5K Adventure Race". I will miss them, but the support was gone. My joints were starting to ache and I was feeling all those miles.

So in with the new:

Asics Gel Cumulus. Just bought them today. In fact, I'm wearing them around the house and they feel like HEAVEN. So cushion-y :) I'm planning to break them in on a 6 mile run on Sunday. I'm officially in my 10-Mile Training for Monster Dash.

I've been a little scarce on Spark because my medically-complicated son started Kindergarten, and I've been having a tough time letting go...it is SO HARD for me to trust other people with his precious life! I'm getting better; we are officially 2 weeks into his school year and so far, so good. I've been pretty mopey though; I miss my little man when he's at school!

Life has also gotten challenging with finding a balance because high school sports have begun again, and I do play-by-play radio announcing for high school volleyball which means I'm gone just about every Tuesday and Thursday night; tomorrow I'll be spending the whole day at a volleyball tournament. Fitting in the runs has been challenging, but I'm making it work!

Have a wonderful weekend!

  
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SPARKYJEANIE1 9/13/2010 11:42AM

    Nice new kicks!! I actually started out with a pair of Aasics - gel oberon 3's. I love them, but it's time to try something else on for size. Maybe this way, I'll actually get in a 5k (finally) lol! You deserved a new treat!

Hmm..something's different - your background!! I love the colors - reminds me of the sunshine like YOU are!!!

It is definitely hard to let go of our wee ones. Especially with medical conditions - I couldn't even imagine. Good job, mama! He'll be ok! AND - total coolness - I didn't know you did play by play radio announcements for HS volleyball??!!! emoticon
Seems like the more I get to "know" ya, the more I likey!!!

Keep on rockin and look out Monster Dash!! Here she comes... =)

xoxo
Jeanie
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hanks for congratulating me on my SP motivator award! I am so honored - and how awesome that it looks like you're one, too!!! YOU ROCK!

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MISSCOFFEY 9/10/2010 10:10PM

    Love, love, LOVE Asics. I wear Gel-Nimbus and am absolutely crazy for them. A good pair of running shoes makes all the difference in the world. Congrats on your new purchase!
Your baby's in kindergarden!! I can't even imagine that day for my little girl. emoticon

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LIFE-FAITH 9/10/2010 7:24PM

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I love new shoes dont you?
Congrats on your mileage!
And best of luck on your new schedule.
As for your little man, hang in there...it takes a village.
I know its hard.
Keep on keeping on!
jeanla

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CKAYT56 9/10/2010 4:20PM

    Hurray....new shoes! I love to do that, too. A good pair of shoes is so important and sometimes I don't think we change them often enough. As many miles as you have been running means they need to be changed more often than someone with just walking miles.

Have a great weekend.

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JMEPAYNE 9/10/2010 4:07PM

    ooooohhhhhhhh! pretty! i love new running shoes... the feeling of running on clouds :) so wonderful!

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Not worth it to me...

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.

:)

Happy Sparking!

  
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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/27/2010 3:15PM

    I like to eat and so I balance it with upping my exercise if I'm particularly hungry....I think I'm like you in that if I eat too little now -I'm starving all day and it's just not worth it!
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LULUTHELEO 8/27/2010 2:50PM

    Do what works for YOU! I can't eat that few of calories either. Keep up the hard work! You are doing AWESOME!!!

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MISSCOFFEY 8/25/2010 8:00AM

    If you're running and doing P90X, 1200-1500 calories isn't gonna be enough for you. I have to eat 2000 cals when I'm running. If your body goes into starvation mode, you're not gonna burn fat anyway - it'll hold onto everything you've got. You won't lose weight if you're eating too little (ironic, huh?).
Have you ever gotten a Vo2 max test and had your calorie output measured? My husband does that at his clinic (www.iemphit.org). I had that done and it told me where I need to eat to lose weight, and how that changes with exercise. It's really valuable. I'm not sure where SP comes up with the calorie number recommendations, but I think they're insane for someone who exercises.
Just my thoughts. :)

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AMYSUE20 8/24/2010 6:44PM

    my sister does that and honestly she yo yos constantly! I am so glad to hear others feel like that is too few and I'm so happy to lose slowly, work out more and eat more...And happy running I'm going to register for my first half the weekend of Thanksgiving... :)

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JMEPAYNE 8/24/2010 5:59PM

    i'm with you. that's way too low for an active person. i have no desire to feel crappy. i'll take a slow weight loss!

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NUTRIGIRL08 8/24/2010 5:14PM

    Me either! I think you are doing amazing so don't fret now. emoticon

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FOOFIT1 8/24/2010 4:55PM

    I think with all the running you're doing, you deserve more than 1,500 anyways! Definitely do what works for you.You're still losing, and that's all that matters!

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NICOLE12-01 8/24/2010 3:07PM

    I definitely relate. If I go below 1600, I set myself up for BINGE CITY! Everyone is different so it stands to reason that everyone's bodies need different things to function in a way we feel good. There's absolutely nothing wrong with needing more than 1200-1500 cals a day. If you're happy with your progress, that's all that matters! :)

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NEUSTART 8/24/2010 2:23PM

    I remember doing jenny craig and having to eat 1,200 calories a day - impossible! I don't like that they focused so much on calorie intake - they should focus more on vitamin and mineral intake! Even now on SP, 1550 calories is a challenge for me too. Oh well, at least I'm eating better!

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TRACSGOAL 8/24/2010 2:21PM

    Me either I always feel better between the 1500-1800 mark, every body is different and its good you're aware of what your body needs and satisfies you. emoticon

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SUGIRL06 8/24/2010 2:06PM

    I know what you mean!!!! I have to go to bed hungry when I stay that low, no matter what I do! I can eat veggies all day and I still want to eat my arm off! Right now, I'm finding I struggle with a high protein diet too. Apparently carbs are essential to my sanity (especially with running). Do what you have to do and the weight will come off eventually!!!
~Ang

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/24/2010 1:18PM

    I couldn't do 1200 - I tried but was miserable.
Try upping it to around 1500 to 1800. That extra 300 calories keeps me going and knowing that I can go to 1800 is great.
I also have found that getting a boost of protein with my breakfast keeps me going longer throughout the day.
Sheila

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MIBABE 8/24/2010 1:07PM

    I just looked at your spark page. You have come a very long way. You have done a fantastic job with this program. Maybe 12 to 15 hundred calories isn't for you. Look at the big picture. You have done good. emoticon

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LILPAT3 8/24/2010 1:02PM

    Me either! I feel like I use that many calories just getting out of bed and getting dressed in the morning. emoticon

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Urban Wildland Half Marathon 8.7.10

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 emoticon. 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!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 8/30/2010 4:49PM

    YOU ARE AWESOME!! emoticon emoticon

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TRACSGOAL 8/24/2010 2:31PM

    I am so proud of you. What an awesome race blog and what a great accomplishment - you did wonderful! You are truly a runner congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKYJEANIE1 8/23/2010 4:13PM

    I don't know how I managed to miss this blog - WOW..you are....AMAZING!!!

A freaking HM!!?? Incredible!! What a great team you, hubby and even his friend made. I'm glad you were able to catch up to him after all during the race. I felt as if I was there...and LOL over the goose droppings sign. The "Runners are Sexy" was CLASSIC!! I bet you were smiling ear to ear over that one!

Even though that rain may have been a drag, I'm sure it felt so refreshing considering all that humidity! It sounds like such a wonderful experience - thanks for describing it so well - I feel as if I just ran!!!! pheeww!

Congrats on the excellent job, sweetie!
xoxo
Jeanie
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CHUBBYSISTER1 8/19/2010 10:40PM

    Finally reading this........and I'm crying!!!! I know I've told you this a lot....but I'm so happy for you and so proud of you. You inspire me and motivate me. You are amazing......I hope you don't get sick of hearing it because I'll never get sick of telling you.

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FOOFIT1 8/18/2010 11:17AM

    Awww, this is fantastic. I can't believe in the time I've known you you've gone from not feeling like a runner to running a half marathon!! That's amazing! You look great, and you're doing a fantastic job. You are an inspiration!

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DRB13_1 8/10/2010 9:49PM

    emoticon emoticon GREAT JOB!!! CONGRATS to your DH, too (a PR, probably because it was an experience you both shared, and your training helped push him). SMART WOMAN to run your own race and not go out too fast. So happy for you! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 8/10/2010 7:46PM

    This is totally awesome! CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks for sharing your experience. You did great!

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GOEGIRL 8/10/2010 5:40PM

    Great race report, thanks for sharing your experience! You did FABulous - congrats on the strong finish! It helps to read other people's race experiences as I gear up for my half in the fall - great for the mental game and to keep me motivated.

Congratulations, you rock!

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KDONOVAN70 8/10/2010 4:47PM

    Great job on your 1/2 marathon. I have to step up my training for the monster dash 1/2. You have come a long way. You should be proud.

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ON2VICTORY 8/10/2010 3:28PM

    I love it! I love the step by step recap! Great job on the strong finish.



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DEFERNANDEZ 8/10/2010 11:01AM

  That's awesome. You should be proud of your accomplishment.

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NUTRIGIRL08 8/10/2010 10:11AM

    emoticonWhat a great race blog!! And a great race! emoticon on running the whole thing!! Thanks for being such an inspriation!! I will try the trick of writing my kids names down on my hand Sunday for my race!!! emoticon

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NICOLE12-01 8/10/2010 10:06AM

    Oh my gosh...I am so proud of you! You did an amazing job and FINISHED A HALF MARATHON! I can only imagine how strong and wonderful you feel for accomplishing such an awesome thing! :)
This blog seriously gave me goosebumps. You are such an inspiration!

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DEAJCOOK 8/10/2010 9:26AM

  Awesome job...how amazing...makes me want to run! You go girl!

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/10/2010 9:24AM

    Nicely Done!!! I can't wait for my first half in December and your post just makes me even more excited!!

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LILY_SPARK 8/10/2010 9:14AM

    This is so wonderful!! Your dad is YOUNG! That or I'm really getting old...maybe both!

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WE_PA_FIT 8/10/2010 8:41AM

    WOW!!!! Great race report, thanks for sharing!!! And congratulations- you did AWESOME!!! You are awesome! you are STRONG!!! Love the hand reminders! My mantra in races is "I am strong". Will definitely have to write it on my hand for my 16 miler coming up! AHHHH!!! thansk for the great idea. and cognrats again!!!

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DSUBIOPROF 8/10/2010 8:21AM

    Fantastic job, and thank you for sharing your race mile-by-mile, it was wonderful!

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BLK2010 8/10/2010 8:16AM

    CONGRATS! emoticon Thanks for sharing! you gave me some ideas about writing power words on your hands! emoticon You made it sound so easy and fun! I can't wait for my 1st HM!

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THENEWCINDY 8/10/2010 7:41AM

    You are truly an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!

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JEMADORE77 8/10/2010 7:27AM

    See???? That's the thing I love about this website....everytime I log on, I find new HERO!!!!! This time, it's YOU!!! LOL! You ran and entire Malf without stopping to walk????

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I'm training for my first Half in October, and I use intervals on my long runs, and they still kill me!

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THANK YOU, for adding to my arsenal of girl power!

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ROWDYRILEY 8/10/2010 6:46AM

    YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!!!!

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NUOVAELLE 8/10/2010 1:43AM

    You brought tears in my eyes again. I'm so,so,so,so proud of you! I couldn't wait for your race report. These blogs of yours always make me believe more in what I am capable of doing. Thank you for this. I wish I can follow in your footsteps someday and I would be really happy to learn the secrets of running from you.
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SLEEPYDEAN 8/10/2010 12:04AM

    Awesome Awesome Awesome! I cannot even imagine running the whole way. I love your inspirational notes to yourself. I will definitely have to keep that in mind for my first half in November.

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/9/2010 11:52PM

    AMAZING BLOG!!!! Love the race report and photos!!!! Just love the way you articulated the whole mile breakdown and you have accomplished so much!!!! I'm just so happy for you-it's such a great feeling to surpass our own expectations!!!!!
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ROOT4HOME 8/9/2010 11:35PM

    Jess - YOU'RE AMAZING woman!! I'm so proud of you!!! Yes, YOU ARE A RUNNER and don't ever doubt that!! I love your blog and the quote at the top of the pg! So true!! You ARE STRONG - a strong person & runner!! WTG on finishing STRONG at the end!! SO HAPPY for you that it all went well for you and your DH & friend!! How great you got to meet another Sparker too!! Last thing I got to say, girl, is that YOU ROCK!!! YOU ARE A HM FINISHER!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSCOFFEY 8/9/2010 10:43PM

    I love this blog! You have a great memory - I don't think I would have been able to write up such a detailed account of the race.
Such an accomplishment to complete your first entire half marathon - and running the whole time. You have so much to be proud of.
I love the pictures and I really can't believe we didn't take one. Must be meant for the Monster Dash. emoticon

Congratulations again, and it was SO wonderful to meet you briefly. emoticon

Oh, and where did you end up for lunch? I don't recognize the place in the picture.

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JMEPAYNE 8/9/2010 9:01PM

    awesome!!! huge congrats to you! you should be insanely proud of yourself. emoticon

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LULUTHELEO 8/9/2010 7:59PM

    You are an amazing woman. Congrats on the 13.1! Wish I could have been there to cheer you over the finish line!!!!

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LAURENJAMIE816 8/9/2010 7:57PM

    Congratulations!!! You are so amazing and inspiring!!
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LALAFLOWERS 8/9/2010 6:50PM

   
WOW!!! You ran the whole thing!!! So proud of you! I've finished a half.. but I trained a run/walk pace.. 10/1 And the humidity killed me on the last 3 miles, so I ended up walking more than I wanted.. Just wasn't used to it!

Congrats!!!

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JUST_SIMONE 8/9/2010 6:27PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! It sounds like a great race. I'm so impressed!!! This blog inspires me to do the same someday.

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I swear that scale is STUCK!

Friday, July 30, 2010

For 3 weeks I've been stuck at 159 pounds...*sigh*. It's especially frustrating as my training schedule has ramped up...I'm running 22+ miles per week so in my mind the pounds should be FALLING off. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with my body being so used to the running; if I were to do some cross training that would probably throw my body into confusion and I'd drop some pounds. I plan on switching things up just as soon as I get past my half marathon a week from Saturday. Right now my focus is on training!

I think what's happening with my body is that it's focusing on losing inches at the moment, which isn't a bad thing. emoticon If you've read any of my past blogs I've been fitting into clothing and sizes that I haven't been able to be in in years! This is POSITIVE stuff that I'm focusing on! I can tell a big difference in my legs especially; all this running is toning them up and we all know that muscle weighs more than fat, right?

In all honesty I'm really happy with the way I look at the moment, and to this point I really haven't had a plateau so I'm going to focus on all of the GOOD THINGS!

Another week and a half and I will be a half marathon FINISHER!

Another week and a half and I'll be starting my next challenge--P90X!

Another week and a half and I'll begin training for my 10-Mile run in October.

Happy Friday everyone!

  
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JEMADORE77 8/10/2010 7:31AM

    I think that our scales are in cahoots! Mine won't move, either!!!! emoticon

And it sucks because I feel like I'm (LITERALLY) running my butt off, but the numbers won't go down, and even have the AUDACITY to go UP!!!! emoticon

BUT, like you said in your post, my clothes are fitting great, they're even getting too big for me (again), so I'll just be happy about that (and take your advice to cross-train after my HM training is done...

Thanks for sharing

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FITFRANNIEK 8/5/2010 6:20PM

    I've actually heard a ton of people say the same thing while they are training for a race. Make sure you're eating enough, that could be one problem. Once you're done training just try switching up your workouts and the weight will come right off! good luck with your half in a week!!!

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AMSHARK 8/3/2010 5:51PM

    I understand your frustration. I've run two full marathons, & with all of the running I did in my 40 weeks of preparation (20 per race), I didn't lose any weight.

But, I do believe my running improved & my cardio vascular health improved. By the end of my 2nd full marathon, I realized it takes a lot more to get me out of breath.
I will still train for marathons, b/c I enjoy the race and I enjoy the challenge of training, but I no longer assume that the training will be enough to help me lose weight.

Now, the good news: I have heard really great things about P90X. A friend of mine started this year & she looks fantastic. She's lost weight & she's extremely toned.

Good luck for you in whatever you do.

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CKAYT56 7/31/2010 12:33AM

    As one of my college professors used to say..."It will all come out in the wash!" In other words...for whatever reason the scale isn't moving down, it will eventually move in the downward direction in due time. Slow and steady is for a lifetime!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/30/2010 4:49PM

    Keep it up! If you are noticing differences in other places then screw the scale! Stay positive and keep it strong!!!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/30/2010 2:15PM

    You've accomplished so much. You are incredibly beautiful, athletic and healthy. Screw what the scale says!

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JENNYANNE31 7/30/2010 2:03PM

    Remember muscle is heavier than fat!

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ROOT4HOME 7/30/2010 1:12PM

    After you KILL that course on your 1st HM race...that 10miler will seem like a walk in the park!! You're SO ready for both!! And since you're loosing inches...good idea...forget the scale! Enjoy these days...and have the time of your life TODAY!! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 7/30/2010 1:00PM

    It would be nice to see the scale move but fitting into a smaller pair of jeans is better! LoL, great job on all the successes! And yes, perhaps cross training would be a good idea (and its fun too) or maybe intervals running? HIIT type stuff? Either way, you are almost to race day!!! So exciting!
~Ang

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NUOVAELLE 7/30/2010 12:26PM

    A successful runner, soon to be half-marathoner, who completely changed her wardrobe, fit in forgotten pairs of shorts and is proudly declared a Sparkpeople motivator shouldn't lose any sleep over the numbers on the scale.
You've done great things, Jess. Who cares about the numbers?

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LILY_SPARK 7/30/2010 10:34AM

    Between the heat and upping your runs, it could be water weight--sounds like BS but it's still true. You're having to hydrate FAR more and your muscles are trying like h377 to heal!

If you're getting smaller, I'd say it's working ;)

Also, cross-training is "always" supposed to be a good thing, so why not? emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 7/30/2010 10:26AM

    great outlook!!! the scale is not always my friend but when I can see the difference in my clothes I know that my body is changing...the scale just hasnt kept up with it yet.

Good luck with the half and p90x...once I am done with chalene extreme thats my next program!!!

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11 miles, size 10 clothes, and wearing dresses.

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! emoticon 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! emoticon emoticon emoticon 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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMSHARK 8/3/2010 5:57PM

    Nice 11 mile run - with negative splits too. Woo hoo!

You've got 13.1 in the bag!

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DEAJCOOK 8/2/2010 11:08AM

  Great job. How inspiring. I'm just starting but I've already noticed my clothes fitting better. I can't wait to be able to go down sizes and fit into old smaller clothes! You're a great inspiration!

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THENEWCINDY 7/30/2010 7:43AM

    congrats on the run and the clothes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LOVELY*LADY 7/29/2010 1:27PM

    I want to love wearing dresses again.

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DRAGONFLY180 7/29/2010 11:07AM

    way to go! 11 miles is HUGE! i'm also training for a half, and i have a 7 mile LR staring at me for the weekend :o) good luck on your race! and congrats on losing weight!

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JENNYANNE31 7/29/2010 12:41AM

    Jess, I feel so inspired. I'm up to running two miles now and eleven seems so far away! How long did it take you to build up to running a half marathon? Way to go!

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LARISALEADER 7/28/2010 8:56PM

  emoticon you truly are a motivator!

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WAFFIE80 7/28/2010 10:09AM

    Love this post...very encouraging. Exercising is not my issue. I have to control what I'm eating. Now trying to be on point with logging what I take in everyday.

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/28/2010 8:05AM

    I can't even begin to tell you how happy on I am for you. You are so beautiful on the inside and outside! I love ya, girl! You totally rock.

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HELLOKITTN 7/27/2010 10:51PM

    So happy for you! It's such a motivation to see that hard work does pay off ;-)

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OPTIMISSPRIME 7/27/2010 10:18PM

    WOOHOO!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS on being so AWESOME and running for 11 MILES and buying HOT new clothes that look AMAZING on you and fitting into EVERY PAIR of your pre-pregnancy shorts and looking SUPER sexy and feminine in your beautiful dress!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSCOFFEY 7/27/2010 10:09PM

    Congratulations on your success. And you are a SparkPeople Motivator too!!! You are awesome. emoticon

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RITAROSE 7/27/2010 8:48PM

  You are doing super! What a thrill to read about your running, I hope to run after I get closer to my goal weight. I'm nervous about damaging my knees by running too heavy.
A marathon friend who is a nurse told me to walk now and wait till I slim down to my goal weight to preserve those knees!

I have had the same exciting experience buying new SMALLER sized clothing in Medium! They don't all work, but with shirts I go ahead and get them and wear them over a t-shirt. When they do finally close I will be ready!

Love your spark page!! It's fruitfully delightful!

Keep doing such a great job!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/27/2010 6:00PM

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LULUTHELEO 7/27/2010 5:21PM

    So proud of you Jess!!! You are doing amazing!! Congrats on the (new) old shorts! WHOOHOO!!!!



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IWILLTRANSFORM 7/27/2010 4:56PM

    Jess, I am so proud of you. You HAVE come so far and you literally ran with it. You have come so far and YOU SHOULD feel confident and pride. So where's the pic of you in this dress and wedges?

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MEREDIE02 7/27/2010 4:33PM

    Awesome job!

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WE_PA_FIT 7/27/2010 4:12PM

    I'm smiling as I read this!!!! You will ROCK, totally exceed your expectations on your half, just you watch!! And I bet you won't last very long in those 10's! Work it girl, own it! YOu've started and there ain't no stopping you now!!! way to go!

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LILY_SPARK 7/27/2010 4:02PM

    [this is all good]

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/27/2010 3:45PM

    You are soooo going to ROCK that half!!!

What a great blog!!!

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ROOT4HOME 7/27/2010 3:37PM

    emoticonYou're simply AMAZING!! Your HM training is going phenomenal and so is your wt loss!! YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon emoticon

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MNNURSEKATIE 7/27/2010 3:32PM

    That is so awesome. You are doing so great. Isn't it fun being noticed again & having confidence. Keep up the awesome work.

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135TOGO 7/27/2010 3:32PM

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Everything about this blog is terrific. I am so happy for you, really! It's weird but I am truly thrilled! Maybe it is just inspiring to see so much positively in one place or maybe I hope to be able to write a blog very similar to yours one day, either way. Congrats, you are doing great and keep up the wonderful efforts.
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ROHUN61 7/27/2010 3:30PM

    Good for you. You are my motivation for the day!!!! Those big achievement will inspire me to keep it up. Because I too want to be able to fit in old clothes, get compliments, and just feel good about the way I look. Thank you for my inspiration.

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JMEPAYNE 7/27/2010 3:29PM

    congrats on your run! i can't even imagine running 11 miles, but i certainly would like to someday!
and tripling your wardrobe: SCORE! that's completely awesome, as is dropping a size!
keep on rocking the dresses! it's amazing how looking great makes us feel even better!

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