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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone last night and gave Zumba a try...you see, I'm not one to get out on the dance floor and shake my booty, so this was uncomfortable for me.

I was TOTALLY intimidated when I first stepped into the room; many of the girls there were college age, so right away I felt like I was "too old" to be there. As class time got closer though, more and more people filed in. I bet there were 35-40 people there, all ages, sizes, and fitness levels.

The biggest challenge for me was getting used to no cues. Every fitness class I've ever taken has called out the moves and counted us down. The first song was really tough for me, but I hung with it.

Once I got over myself and realized that NO ONE was watching me, I got a little more into it.

You know what? It was actually fun! I couldn't believe how sweaty I got, and the time flew by! The first time I looked at the clock we were 40 minutes in to the 60 minute class! According to spark, I burned 450 calories...not bad!

I'm going to go again tomorrow night :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/15/2011 9:38PM

    I want to try it too. It sounds like fun!

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FRAN0426 11/15/2011 8:15PM

    Glad you got out of your comfort zone and gave Zumba a try. I felt the same way the first time I attended a calss, although I had my best friend there with me( the 2 green horns together). We really didn't care for that 1 hour class as the instuctor also didn't call out the steps. A few days later we went to a morning senior class and what a difference. She calls out every step and the class was 40 minutes long. I really need to get back into going again, have missed since on vacation last month, guess I need to go with my DD when we go to Ks. for the Christmas holiday. WE leave again this week for another vacation. Stick with it, the steps will be second nature before long.

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MPLSKEN 11/15/2011 6:09PM

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KJDOESLIFE 11/15/2011 4:48PM

    That's great! My friend is a Zumba instructor and just loves it. It's true - no one is really looking and the more confidence you have, the better you'll get!!

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KKINNEA 11/15/2011 12:30PM

    I really have to find a zumba class and see if a truly uncoordinated person can do it :)

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CDK210 11/15/2011 11:55AM

    i did my first zumba class last saturday. i'm not a klutz, but i'm certainly no dancer. my friend told me the same thing - don't worry, no one is looking at you. and i believe it now. i know i couldn't tell you much at all about anyone else in the class, as i had my eyes glued to the instructor! i was completely soaked down the front and back of my shirt...for me, that's a sign of a great workout. i'm headed back on saturday ;)

very cool that you stepped out of your comfort zone and had fun doing it!!

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MISSCOFFEY 11/15/2011 9:43AM

    Love it!! You go, girl!

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Green Monster :) And running while traveling

Friday, November 11, 2011

Yesterday I dabbled in a new breakfast--a green monster smoothie. I've heard a lot about the blog "Oh she Glows" and these green monsters have been popping up on my spark feed a lot lately. Don't let the appearance fool you, this was really REALLY good!

What's in it?

I cup of almond milk
2 cups of fresh spinach
1 Tbsp of cashew butter
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 frozen banana.

Throw it in the blender until smooth.

YUM! I was so happy with the flavor of this! It comes out to about 350 calories and you get 2 cups of smoothie to enjoy. My 3-year-old tried this too, and throughout the day she was asking for "Green Milk" emoticon If a 3-year-old will drink it, I think most adults would too!

I'm on the road for work and this morning I got up and headed to the fitness room. I didn't want to do it, but I made a deal with myself to just do 10 minutes, and if I still didn't feel like it I could stop. Low and behold I kept going. 3.25 miles--DONE!

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JERSEYFLOWER 11/11/2011 8:14PM

    OK, you got me from "no way" to "maybe" with the green thing. emoticon

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MISSCOFFEY 11/11/2011 12:45PM

    Thanks for the recipe! I will try that with my 3-year-old (once I figure out what Chia seeds are). Keep up the awesomeness. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2011 12:18PM

    I don't do smoothies but I bet it is good. Good job on the exercise.

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Monster Dash Half Marathon Race Report

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Monster Dash--a Twin Cities Half Marathon where costumes are encouraged! I was so excited to run this race, and then October came along and completely de-railed my training. I had a calf injury and it seems like I just couldn't get healthy. The 2 weeks leading up to the race I hardly ran at all because I couldn't.

I was still excited to race though, and even though I was still not 100% I woke up ready to go!

Initially I was going to run as a referee, but I had to rework that idea. I got my lady bug costume for $15 and decided to roll with that.

When we got to race village the butterflies started to set in. My sister-in-law was running her first half marathon and I decided to stick with her.

Before we knew it, it was time to head to the corral. We were off! The weather was perfect, there were several costumes that made me laugh out loud, and to start I felt great! My SIL and I kept about a 9:30 pace for the first 6-7 miles, and that's when I started to struggle. My cough came on full force and my sinuses were draining so bad...I had a stomach full of mucous and just felt icky. At mile 8 I took a walk break. I waved my SIL on ahead because she felt great and I wanted her to get the best time possible. At mile 10 I wanted to quit SO BAD...there was a 10-Mile option and seeing many racers exit to the left and finish made me want to stop, but I pressed on. I had to start walk-run intervals in order to finish, but at mile 12 my stomach had had enough. I ended up vomiting on the side of the road. After I got all of the mucous out, I felt pretty good! I was able to run the last mile and finish. It wasn't pretty, but I finished. My official chip time was 2 hours 18 minutes, the slowest time I had ever recorded for a half marathon. At least I finished!

I really think I was "okay" to run. If I would have been truly sick, I wouldn't have risked it. I really wanted to complete my Monster Series though!

I am very proud of these races. The medals are, from left, Polar Dash, Get Lucky, Minneapolis Marathon Relay, Minneapolis Dualthalon, and Monster Dash.

It's been a good year :)

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MELISSAJANEY 11/12/2011 9:22AM

    Oh, and weren't some of those costumes HILARIOUS!!!

I ran behind the Q-tips for a while and then I had the pleasure of running behind the guy in the gold speedo!

What a day!

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MELISSAJANEY 11/12/2011 9:21AM

    I saw you there!!!

Congratulations for pushing through and finishing!

I can't tell you how happy I was at the end of the 10 miles. The last 3 of the half were uphill and I almost started crying for those running the half!!

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LIFE-FAITH 11/9/2011 5:11PM

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I remember when you first started on spark and started running - LOOK at YOU now!

Great job! And Congratulations!!!

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    Oh my gosh, You sounded so sick but you are so motivated and determined!! I loved your costume! It was so cute!!! Congrats on toughing it out. You are amazing.

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KKINNEA 11/7/2011 4:40PM

    Indeed! I can't recall if I saw any lady bugs...what was your clock time coming in? I finished at 2:15 with a 2:07 then walked back up the course to get sissy.

I'm still considering how I'll tackle next year's series - the Minneapolis full/half are really close to Grandmas...

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MCCOURTT 11/7/2011 12:58PM

    Love the bling!! Sorry to hear about all the stomach issue. I did twenty mile run with hangover, same deal once I emptied my stomach felt much better.
Way to go pushing through it all

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ROOT4HOME 11/7/2011 12:01PM

    WTG Jess!! Love the pic's (not the being sick part...boo!) and the Monster Series medals!! You ROCK!! emoticon emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 11/7/2011 1:47AM

    Oh, my God, Jess! I had no idea it had been so hard for you! But you did it! If I were you, I would find hundreds of excuses to stop, especially after vomitting. "Come on, you have every right to stop." "It's ok if you don't finish this one. You're sick!" But you didn't stop! You pushed on, did the best you could and finished this race!
If I haven't told you recently...
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DRB13_1 11/6/2011 9:19PM

    Sorry you didn't feel well but have to admire how tenacious you were to go through with it and not give in to the urge to exit at 10 miles! Heal that calf and get rid of that cough.

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JERSEYFLOWER 11/6/2011 6:28PM

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!! You are so inspiring! I'm glad you followed through and really pushed yourself. I'm so proud of you!

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500 Miles in 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

For the first time that I can remember, I have actually followed through with a New Year's Resolution. This year I vowed that I would run 500 miles, and with my run on Friday evening, I achieved it.

I still don't think it's actually sunk in. 500 miles. The same girl that could only go about a block in 2008, in just 2 and a half years time, has pushed herself to complete 5K's, 7K's and Half Marathons.

That's me "Before". All the way on the right. The fat sister who tried to talk her new step-mom out of having her in the wedding, because I was embarrassed of my weight. That bridesmaid dress was a size 26. I was mortified standing next to my sister and step sister in their single-digit dresses.

This year when my brother got married, my dress was a single-digit size 8.

This is me with my dad.

I have one more major race coming up next weekend. The Monster Dash Half Marathon. My training hasn't been perfect because of injuries and illness, but I know without a doubt I will finish it. I am proof that anyone can lose the weight...anyone! If you would have told me that I'd be where I'm at now just a few short years ago, I would have laughed in your face. Now I KNOW I'm strong enough to do anything.

You might be wondering what my New Year's Resolution for 2012 is going to be. I've already decided: I'll be tackling a full marathon in June of next year. Who knows? Maybe I'll shoot for 750 or 1000 miles in 2012.

All I know is that the sky is the limit.

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GODIVADSG 12/15/2011 12:54PM

    Way to go! you are looking amazing. Good luck on your upcoming half! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/26/2011 8:19PM

    You look amazing. A perfect 10. You must be so proud of yourself and how far you have come. You are an inspiration to us all.

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KKINNEA 10/24/2011 12:43PM

    Yay! The Monster Dash is going to be awesome - downhill most of the way!! I'm really looking forward to it and it will add to all of our total miles for the year!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/24/2011 9:05AM

    Oh wow-500miles and you reached it! WOOHOO to you :-)
Cannot wait to hear about the monster dash!
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DRB13_1 10/23/2011 1:10PM

    emoticon on meeting your New Year's resolution emoticon
losing weight emoticon
getting stronger and confident emoticon
and being an inspiration! emoticon
Thanks for sharing the photos.

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MIIMA-ME-MY 10/23/2011 12:08PM

    emoticon on your 500 miles and on your great transformation!!! emoticon

Good luck with your new goals in 2012! emoticon

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DIAMONDMAMA 10/23/2011 11:33AM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration! Keep up the great work!

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MISSCOFFEY 10/23/2011 10:44AM

    You are awesome!!! emoticon I love the pictures you posted - so telling! What an inspiration you are.

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Oh, the curve balls just keep on coming.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today was my first day attempting to run since last Tuesday when I started to have calf issues. Like I told you about in my last blog, I've also contracted a lovely chest cold since then.

I headed to the YMCA because I didn't want to take any chances with my leg. I started out with an easy 1 mile warm up at about 5.8 MPH (roughly a 10:30 pace). After I was warm I did some very thorough stretching. I felt really good and was able to kick it up to 6.2 MPH. I ended up completing 4.25 miles and my leg felt great, but I was starting to cough. I walked on the treadmill for awhile to cool down, and the coughing wouldn't stop so I decided it was time to stop for today.

As the day has gone on, I've been feeling worse and worse. I now have a barking cough and a fever to go along with it. I think my body just needs a break and some good rest. If I feel up to it, I'll do some light Yoga tomorrow. If not, I'll take a rest day.


I can't control it, but it's still frustrating to feel the training sliding south.

I'll see how I feel tomorrow and go from there. 10 days until Monster Dash.

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ROOT4HOME 10/19/2011 9:08AM

    Not good...hope you feel better soon Jess!

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CBEVNOW 10/19/2011 9:01AM

    I think you need a break, we dont want you to get sicker--er.
its ok to rest.

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MISSCOFFEY 10/19/2011 6:40AM

    Rest, rest, rest, and you will be just fine!! I often have my very best runs after a long rest. Really. Your body needs a rest and then you can do the race. You will not lose your fitness in a week or two, and you might even gain some extra energy :) DON'T let this bring you down! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/18/2011 9:44PM

    You need to rest. Your body is rebelling. Hugs!

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JERSEYFLOWER 10/18/2011 9:05PM

    You're not sliding south, you are holding on strong during the storm. You're rocking this, even though I know it doesn't feel like it! Seriously, pre-Spark if I was in your shoes I would have straight out given up.

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CKAYT56 10/18/2011 8:59PM

    Take care of that cold, Carol6x gave you some good advice too! Got a costume in mind for the monster dash?


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CAROL6X 10/18/2011 7:21PM

    This is the season for colds, flu, etc..

You can rest your body and still exercise a bit. Just don't overdo while your body is trying to kick the cold out.
Drink plenty of fluids, water, gatorade, etc..

You can do it!!! Your body will get rid of that cold and then you will be back "on track"!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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