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Dangle me a carrot...

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

...and I will run!

Quite literally, actually. I've been craving carrot cake for a couple of months now. Yesterday, I bought a big piece of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting from a deli (NOT low-fat or sugar free or anything), and I put it in the fridge at home. I told myself that I couldn't eat it until I completed an 8-mile run! :)

I've been doing a 15k training schedule, just for the "fun" of it. It was a 10-week schedule, and I got up to week 9, which ended with an 8-mile run. I happened to choose a really hot day, and only made it 7.5 miles before I was honestly thinking I would have a heat stroke. I attempted again, a few days later, when I was on vacation in Minnesota. I went 6 miles, and just wasn't feeling it. So it was a failed second attempt.

Then yesterday, when I bought the carrot cake, I said "Tomorrow is the day! I WILL do 8 miles!" and I went to bed at 9:00 pm in order to be out the door at 6:30 am (right after sun rise, but before it gets hot). What can I say? Carrot cake is one hell of a motivator!

Said piece of cake: (Don't worry, only ONE of the pieces is for me! My hubby gets the other--shh! slightly smaller--piece)

I decided to go reeeeally slooooow. I refused to look at my Garmin Forerunner, because I didn't want to get discouraged by a super slow pace. My goal was simply to FINISH the 8 mile run, no matter how slow I was. The slow pace was actually really nice! I felt really good, and wasn't breathing hard or anything. It felt like a nice, easy jog. There was a cool breeze the whole time I was running, and I felt awesome.

I finally looked at my Garmin at mile 7, and was surprised that I was doing a 11:08 mile. I FELT like I was doing a 12:00+ mile. (Normally, on my long runs, I average about a 10:15 pace).

The last half mile, I just booked it. I ran as fast as I could, and I felt like I was flying. My feet barely brushed the ground. It was such a cool feeling! I wish I could run like that all the time, but I wouldn't last very long, haha.

I gulped down my water, and couldn't believe how drenched with sweat I was! My shirt was almost completely soaked through. So of course, I had my husband take a picture of me :)

You better believe I'm going to enjoy EVERY bite of that carrot cake today! All 650 calories of it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MRS_GLAM44 5/16/2011 8:34AM

    Reading your will power and determination inspires me!! emoticon

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JAMARCIL 11/11/2010 2:13PM

    Wow super! And hey you've already burned it off so enjoy. LOL

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JENNIFEREWELL 10/9/2010 1:42PM

    You are amazing! You have inspired me to try running again. I tried 6 months ago and pulled a muscle in my hip and couldn't get back to long distance walking for about a month so I thought that I better wait until I lost more weight before trying again. My parents both have bad knees which was another deterrent, but after reading your blog yesterday I took my 17 year old son and ran .24 miles my first try! It felt great! I marked my spot with a rock so that I can pass it next time! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us! You inspired me!

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TATONKA_FARM 8/29/2010 10:17AM

    the most inspirational part of this was the thought that carrot cake is NOT a never, ever, ever eat again thing !!!!

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_DASH_ 8/22/2010 12:39PM

    omg! i love this blog!!! so fun and and full of excitement. and carrot cake is my absolute favorite!! i so love the fact that you dont deprive yourself and everything you say indicates this really is about a lifestyle that can include your favorite things - whether they be running or carrot cake or BOTH!!!! that is awesome. :D

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LEE785 8/22/2010 5:29AM


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HLICEMAMA 8/21/2010 9:45AM

    So impressed with your sheer determination and will power. Awesome! emoticon

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CIZETHEDAY124 8/20/2010 8:42AM

    emoticon You did excellent and what an awesome reward to yourself. You waited a whole two months before you broke down and even bought it. Now that is what I call willpower. Share some over here please! emoticon

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BIKURGURL 8/19/2010 9:49PM

  I was wondering what I could get for runs.....Garmin? I've heard that several people like it :) Thanks! emoticon

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GOINGFOR20 8/19/2010 8:28PM

    I bet that carrot cake was awesome!!!

Great job:-)

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CHRISTMASRAIN 8/19/2010 6:41PM

I love your description of the run! I started training for my first half marathon three weeks ago and I could feel you running as I read this blog:)

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BELINDAJOY2004 8/19/2010 6:26PM

    Great job!

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    Loved this blog! Your motivation is just emoticon !

Keep up the great work.

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KMOLIPH 8/19/2010 9:42AM

    I will say it again you truly inspire me I see hope for the future I visualize me running soon.

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LUCKYANGEL8 8/19/2010 9:00AM

    Awesome - I just got the Garmin 305 and LOVE it! It really helps with staying focused during my runs!

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REMEMBER2BME 8/18/2010 9:24PM

    Great plan. I too love carrot cake. That sounds wonderful. Great job and pace!
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BRIDGET5K 8/18/2010 5:35PM


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BOBBIGAGNON 8/17/2010 6:33PM

    You rock! Seriously rock!

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MMS354 8/16/2010 7:34PM

    Fun! Great accomplishment, too!!

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GOGOMAMA 8/16/2010 11:25AM

    Wow! Congrats on setting your goal and being persistent and achieving it! That is awesome! Very inspiring! emoticon

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WILLPOWER2 8/12/2010 11:29PM

    I love carrot cake.
But I can't afford to eat it, to many calories.
I do not like running.
Good for you!


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KIN59VARA 8/12/2010 10:51PM

    I love this blog! You set a goal and you met it!

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LADY_KATHY 8/12/2010 9:51PM

    Good for you... what a motivator. congrats on finsihing.

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(. ♥ Kathy ♥

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SPARKLEYIRIS 8/12/2010 9:47PM

    Congratulations! You are a true inspiration! Hope you enjoyed your cake!

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BUD_44 8/12/2010 9:13PM

  Very inspiring post! I really enjoyed reading it. You look fantastic! Keep up the great work. I haven't had one in quite a while but a natural high from exercise is the best high in the world.

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    I am proud of how you set a goal and accomplished it. Way to go enjoy your cake!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/12/2010 3:41PM

    Love that you posted a picture of you in your sweat drenched shirt! Awesome blog and way to go!!! You deserve that slice of cake...

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WOOFGANG 8/11/2010 2:47PM

    THAT is one of my favorite things about running! LOL Great job!

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NIKI415 8/11/2010 12:37PM

    Man, that makes me want some cake. But I don't wanna run, I just want to eat. lol. How do I miss those kinds of sweets!

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ALOFA0509 8/11/2010 11:58AM

You are Amazing!!!!!!

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CLAIREWHYTE 8/11/2010 8:57AM

    I just wanted to say thank you - You don't know me but I have read many of your blogs. I am about the same weight as you when you first started, (I am only on day 5 so not quite ready for cake) you have answered many of my questions in your blogs. You are truly and inspiration. So thanks for your blogs and keep writing. emoticon

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JC1204 8/11/2010 8:37AM

    Congrats!! What an inspiring post!

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DBAILEY0438 8/11/2010 5:56AM

    cake looks good

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 8/11/2010 12:18AM

    MMMMMMmmmmmmm!!! Way to go!! emoticon emoticon

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LACEY_N 8/10/2010 10:09PM

  That is awesome! Thank you for sharing. I feel much better now and I'm going to hunt down that running program I saw the other day and get started on it. =D

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ROCKYCPA 8/10/2010 4:44PM

    What a great post and you deserve that piece of cake. Keep up the great work. You should always have a treat - that is the way I stay on track and keep off the weight. I don't deprive. Good for you!!

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LEANJEAN6 8/10/2010 12:08PM

    Oh my goodness --That piece of cake looks so good! Good for you to work for tht!

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SUNSHINE1234 8/10/2010 12:01PM

    that was a great post and i am glad that you indulged in your craving because if you don't, you will eat everything else or that is the way i am!!!

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NIKKITHEKID 8/10/2010 11:47AM

    Awesome post! I can definitely relate!

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OZARKMARY 8/10/2010 11:44AM

    LOVE you attitude!! You go girl!!! love carrot cake, too emoticon emoticon mary

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PINKGRANNY 8/10/2010 11:33AM

    Great motivator! I am not a runner but this would work for bicycling!

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ANMISU 8/10/2010 11:19AM

    Congratulations! And good for you for rewarding yourself. It's something that's often overlooked by many. Now I just have to stop thinking about that yummy carrot cake...

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JENJENSKSF 8/10/2010 10:54AM

    That is a great motivator!! And what a yummy way to reward yourself - glad the run went so well too!

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LAURALAUGHS 8/10/2010 10:47AM

    Absolutely loved this blog! Great example of how to use a motivator! emoticon

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GIVEMEOUTDOORS 8/10/2010 10:35AM

    I was VERY VERY encouraged by your blog!

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CANDACE28 8/10/2010 10:31AM

    You should be super proud of yourself, what a great accomplishment!

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SUNRISE14 8/10/2010 10:21AM

    Good blog glad you got your carrot cake ! Good job! emoticon

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BILL60 8/10/2010 8:43AM

    Congratulations on a job incredibly well done.

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