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So about this run last night...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a big test of my fitness planned for last night. My husband got home from work around 5PM and I started stretching. It took everything in me to get myself out the door. The weather wasn't good. We had 25 MPH wind. I was having a lot of self-doubt. But hey, I'd put it out there on my spark page that I was attempting a 4 mile run so DANGIT, I'm going to do this run.

The first 2 miles I ran into the wind--NOT FUN. I wasn't even down the block when my headphones were blown off my head. That was the first moment that I started thinking "maybe I shouldn't do this...it's too windy." But again, I thought of my spark friends and how they already knew I was going to be attempting this. I didn't want to wimp out behind the excuse that it was too windy.

I did look at my watch about a mile in and thought, "Oh my goodness...I've ONLY gone 1 MILE!" I can't do this...you should have heard my inner monologue. The OLD JESS was there trying to sabotage, but lucky for me the NEW JESS had a comeback for every excuse that was rattling around in my head. It went something like this:

"Wow this is hard, I should just walk for a little bit"
-----NO, just keep moving, if you can push through this first part the rest will be a cakewalk

"I'm TOO FAT to be doing this, I was nuts to think I could run 4 miles straight"
-----WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? You've lost 30+ pounds, just keep moving.

"No one will know if you walk for a little bit"
-----WRONG! You'll know, and you'll be mad at yourself when you get home

"This is TOO HARD, I Can't do it"
-----WRONG! You've done things that are much harder, FOCUS! You can do this

Pretty soon I came to the part in the loop where I was going to turn and the wind was at my back. All of a sudden I felt like a million bucks. Suddenly I felt like I had a burst of energy. I picked up my pace a little. I didn't look at the distance I had gone, I just kept concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other.

Before I knew it I was coming down the street where our house was. I'm pretty sure I had perma-grin. 49 minutes and 15 seconds was what it took for me to complete 4.3 miles--all running--NO WALKING!!!!

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I did have to slow-up twice to cross some intersections, but I don't count that because I didn't walk. I had no choice unless I planned to get run-over!

THANK YOU to all of my spark friends that took the time to encourage me yesterday ! I'm still in a little bit of shock! 4.3 MILES!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

  
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ROOT4HOME 3/30/2010 12:03AM

    Hi-just checking out your SP page (I'm on SP Team Road Runners too) and read your blog about your 4.3mi run (against the wind, no less!)...WAY TO GO!! It seems like so much of running is mental - just gotta get through those tough spots - loved how you got thru yours!! I hope you don't mind, I've added you as a friend. Keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon
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IWILLTRANSFORM 3/29/2010 12:43PM

    Jess, you have inspired me to push myslef to jog. I am totally going to make myself run atleast a mile this week. THanks for your inspiration... You totally did it.

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ROWDYRILEY 3/27/2010 3:26PM

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You know what you are?! You're a RUNNER!!! emoticon



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FOOFIT1 3/27/2010 1:29PM

    Wonderful! Congrats!!! Sounds like you got to the point of "Runner's High." Great feeling isn't it? I am SO happy for you. You are an inspiration with the way you've combated your bad self-talk with GREAT self-talk. Everyone has those thoughts partway through a run, believe me!

Awesome, awesome, emoticon POST today!!!

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RITAROSE 3/27/2010 10:58AM

  I am just a walker-runner-wanna-be who has begun interval walk/run sometimes.
It is because of encouragement from other sparkies like you that make me think I can do it even though I've never been a runner, even as a child. I am so happy for you and your determination to run, even against the wind. I find that I'm doing way more now because of other's great examples. I walked instead of drove on two different errands yesterday, which is something I would never have done before, especially on a windy day like we had.

Beautiful spark page!! I'm so inspired by you!! Congrats and keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OBXFIREGUY 3/27/2010 10:25AM

    OMG! I so understand that self talk. I have to get up on my work days really early to get my runs in. The days with wind and rain are so hard to get motivated to go. I always try to run into the wind for the first half because it gives you a boost when you do turn around. You did great! If you go .8 more of a mile you will run an 8K! I just finished one at 50:54 and you are close to that. That was a 9:51 pace. You did supper! Happy running. Kick it UP!

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Planning a big test of my fitness tonight

Friday, March 26, 2010

So I've blogged a couple of times now about the "loop" near my house that I've been running pretty regularly...it's 1.4 miles and I've been making this loop twice. I'm bored. REALLY bored with it. I've also blogged about my husband's running. He amazes me because he really can go the distance. Just prior to his 7K last weekend, he made a purchase that I'm looking forward to using, too!

This handy little watch uses GPS to tell you how far you've run, what your mile pace is, where your heart rate is at, and how many calories you've burned. I'm going to try it out this evening. My husband has a route that's a little over 4 miles and I'm going to try. Since I'll have the watch on I'll know when I've surpassed that 2.8 mile mark that I've been able to do to this point. I want to run FURTHER than 2.8 miles without stopping, but I'm also going to listen to my body. If I need to walk part of this route I will. I just want to push myself a bit and see what I'm capable of.

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I'll have to blog about how the run goes. Wish me luck!

  
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DANCENTHERAIN 3/26/2010 6:54PM

    YEA! Go for it. emoticon

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HIGHDESERTDONNA 3/26/2010 4:23PM

    You are a running wildwoman! Go, girl! Donna
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ROWDYRILEY 3/26/2010 1:54PM

    emoticon I can't wait to hear how far you ran! My suggestion is to not look at the watch until you think you can't run any more.

In response to your post on my blog today, I went with a smaller size top today but one that wasn't too fitted. Wanna know the response I got?......"Cute but don't you think the top is a little big?" WHAT?!

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THENEWCINDY 3/26/2010 1:36PM

    emoticon my goal is to run a 5k by the end of the challenge

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IWILLTRANSFORM 3/26/2010 1:34PM

    That is really awesome. Gosh darn it, I wish they would make great things like that for your health alot more affordable. I think you will surprise yourself. If you have been running 2.8 mi then you surely can do 4. Remember, you are not going to die by pushing yourself. The only thing that you will accomplish is proving to yourself how strong you are and that YOU CAN DO IT. Don't let your mind trick you. That is my biggest problem. I see the time on the treadmill and I just stop even if I am fine. I am learning to stop doing that. I would suggest to you to not look at the mileage tracking and only look if you are starting to not feel well. Good luck. I will be looking forward to hearing that you ran 4.2 miles. You know you can.
Molly

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RANDOM00B 3/26/2010 1:21PM

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Blog again and let us know how things went.

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GOLDBERG73 3/26/2010 1:07PM

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FOOFIT1 3/26/2010 12:49PM

    Good luck!!! Like I've said before, the distance thing becomes mostly a mental exercise at this point! Get in the ZONE!!

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SOFTBALLGIRL21 3/26/2010 12:47PM

  good luck!!!! You are so close to the 5K distance as it gets closer you will push through.

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Another good run tonight

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Just wanted to post that I logged another 2.8 mile run (4.5K) in 32 minutes. I'm feeling good; feeling like the 5K is totally attainable. My right quad is feeling a bit strained though, so I'm alternating heat and ice. I'm not really sure what the deal is, hopefully it's not anything concerning. I'll be taking the night off from running tomorrow and then if my leg feels better I'll run again on Friday.

  
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THENEWCINDY 3/26/2010 1:36PM

    thats great!!!

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FOOFIT1 3/24/2010 10:44PM

    Yep, may be a little bit of overtraining. I think the day off will do you good. The 5K is completely attainable! You're already there. At this point, the only thing that would hold you back would be your brain. (It's amazing how much our outlook can affect our behavior isn't it??) Just little engine that could that run!!! "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"

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LNELSON 3/24/2010 9:53PM

  Congrats! Keep up the good work!

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Slight change of plans :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Since I'm feeling good about where I'm at running-wise, I decided to look for another 5K SOONER. It's official, I have registered for the Earth Day/ ING Direct 5K on April 16th. It's a Friday night race not far from where I grew up. I'M SO EXCITED!!! emoticon emoticon

I know I'm ready. I KNOW I can do this! 3 weeks until my first 5K--I can't wait!

  
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LULUTHELEO 3/24/2010 10:57PM

    Good idea - you will do great! emoticon

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DANCENTHERAIN 3/24/2010 1:41PM

    emoticon Way to go!

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SUGIRL06 3/24/2010 8:15AM

    Woohoo!
~Ang

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ROWDYRILEY 3/24/2010 7:46AM

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FOOFIT1 3/23/2010 11:12PM

    Incredible!!! What a great goal, and to reach it EARLY??? Congrats! I can't wait to hear how it goes!!

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WINTERJADE 3/23/2010 9:19PM

    Great job! I ran my first 5 K last year for the St. Patricks day event they had in town, I was so excited! Its a great accomplishment!

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HIGHDESERTDONNA 3/23/2010 9:19PM

    Jess, you are AMAZING!!!!! I am SO PROUD of you! If you were my own daughter I couldn't be any more proud!!! You keep up the good work, I so look forward to reading your blogs and seeing your success! emoticon

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GOLDBERG73 3/23/2010 9:04PM

    I have done the exact same thing! I registered for my first 5K on 5/8/10 and couldn't wait until the race, so I am running a 5K this weekend. The money is going to a good cause and I didn't want to wait until May.

It can't hurt, right?
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Inspired by the GET LUCKY 7K runners

Monday, March 22, 2010



Over 3,000 runners took part in the Get Lucky 7K run last Saturday in Minneapolis, one of which was my husband. WOW what an AWESOME EVENT!


A 7K is about 4.3 miles. When the opportunity to run this race came up I laughed and said there was NO WAY I'd be ready in time. Now, 30+ pounds lighter I'm so mad at myself because I know I could have done it. It was so great to experience this race as a spectator. EVERY fitness level was represented. There were folks there just to walk the course. The top finisher completed the race in just over 22 minutes. emoticon

NEXT YEAR I AM IN!!! I will be crossing that finish line and smiling for the camera. Here's my hubby displaying his medal (he's in the middle--and also on SP--want2befit11).

  
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LULUTHELEO 3/23/2010 10:34AM

    That looks like a cool race!!! So excited for you guys!! Next year you will own that race! Yahoo!!

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FOOFIT1 3/22/2010 7:06PM

    Looks like so much fun.

I was reading a SparkPeople article the other day (I think it might've been about The Spark? Or maybe it was talking about how to stay motivated? I forget now.) Whoever was telling the story said WANTTOBEFIT10 was one of their main motivators and an inspiration. You probably know about, but I just wanted to let you know *I'd* seen it too and had no idea you were a celebrity!! Haha!

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ROWDYRILEY 3/22/2010 6:57PM

    That is so cool! Congrats to your husband. And here's a lesson you've learned, never underestimate yourself!

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