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More Half Marathons and...out of Maintenance!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's been over a month since I've blogged so wanted to catch up! Been super busy between work, training and racing! So will keep this as short as possible

1) Maintenance
After being in weight maintenance for over 3 years, I put on 12 lbs between Dec and Feb!!! Reason? Training and doing 3 marathons in a month took it's toll. I ate everything in sight!!! Keeping the high mileage for a prolonged period was tough and I was hungry all the time, so I ate, and ate, and not always the right things. So I'm out of maintenance, but since I'm done with doing multiple marathons and done with marathons for several months, I'm back on track and plan to be back at goal within the next 8-12 weeks. I tend to lose weight slowly and I'm not doing any "crash" or "fad" diets. Just doing what I know. Eating clean and keeping up the exercise.

2) Since my last blog, I took some good recovery time after doing 3 marathons within a month and didn't run for 3 weeks. Then Rock n Roll St. Pete came along. I hadn't planned on running this race, even though I'm the local Ambassador for it. Was still wanting to take time to recover. I had only run 2 miles since the last marathon on 1/20 and had been nursing my right hamstring. But at the last minute they needed a pacer for the 2:30 group, so I volunteered. I had a blast and felt no pain during the race!

Then...I saw a picture of the medal for the Ft. Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon which was the following weekend and REALLY wanted it, but decided I wasn't going to do it. Then, on Tuesday of that week, my pace director called and asked if I could fill in for the 2:15 slot in the Half! It was FATE!!! Ha ha! So Mom and I headed to Ft. Lauderdale and I paced and got my Bling! Beautiful course along the Atlantic Ocean and we got lucky with 40-50 degree weather!

This weekend was the Gasparilla Distance Classic. I was really "saving" myself for this race, as I was scheduled to pace 4 races over the weekend for a total of 30.5 miles. So after now running 2 Half Marathons, could I do it?

Well I DID!!! Paced the 15k and 5k on Saturday, and the Half and 8k today! What made it really special was that it was 4 years ago this month that I ran my first race, the 15k at this event, and now I was pacing it! And today was my 25th Half Marathon!!! I paced the 11:00 minute mile for all races except the Half, where I paced the 2:15 group. I had so much fun and felt great! And strangely enough, I still feel great!

I dropped almost 3 lbs last week and had a well earned reward meal today so I'm back on track, feeling great and loving life! All glory to Yahweh!

PICS:

Rock n Roll:
Hubby and me (he did the Half):


Ft. Lauderdale:




Gasparilla:
Hubby ran this Half too!


Wearing the Bling and the Jacket that came with the Bling!

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