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Divorced Mother of 3 Training for a Half Marathon


Thursday, March 21, 2013

So, it's no secret that a lot has been going on with me for the past couple months. Been in the midst of a divorce and a huge life shift (moving out of my house, starting up as a half-time single mom, paying all my own bills by myself, and holding down my full-time job all the while). I suppose it shouldn't be shocking to hear that I did absolutely NOTHING for about 5 weeks. I mean, I had the occasional swim or 30-Day Shred workout here and there, but nothing consistent and nothing serious. And my eating habits were subpar, to say the least. During this time, I gained back 10 lbs of the 40 lbs I lost last season (which, honestly...is not too terrible in my book, considering all that 's been happening).

But yesterday my divorce was final. That chapter of my life is officially OVER and done and gone. It is a new day, friends. Time for new beginnings and time to get back in the game of life...on my terms.

My first race of the season is a half marathon and it's on May 4th...just 6 weeks from now. My normal half marathon training plan is 15 weeks...so a few weeks ago, I started to panic. I just could NOT figure out a workout schedule on the weeks I have my kids. But a friend of mine told me about a half marathon training plan she saw on Pinterest that is only 8 weeks long. (At that point, we had 10 weeks to race day.) I saw my window of opportunity and I seized it. I determined that I would MAKE this training plan work because I refuse to run this half as unprepared as my first half, which I ran last October.

So...two weeks ago, I started this plan. It started off nice and slow with a maximum workout of 5 miles (2 mile walk, 1 mile run, 2 mile walk). It has ramped up over the past couple weeks to 6 miles (2 mile walk, 2 mile run, 2 mile walk) with several other smaller runs in between and crosstraining once a week. Also, some rest days...obviously.

Overall, training is going well. Cardio-wise, I'm in great shape. I have had a pain in my front left shin that concerns me. But it doesn't feel like a muscle pain...it feels like a very tender bruise on the front of my leg. It is exacerbated by running, but I am not sure what is going on there. Keeping a close eye on it and how it responds to long runs.

It has been difficult to figure out how to SCHEDULE these runs, as things are so variable from week to week with kids and without kids. But, somehow, I have managed to stick to this plan for two weeks. Guess what? I've been faithful to 1/4 of the this training plan! That means, if I can just keep this up...and follow the plan for 6 more weeks, I should be in great shape on race day!

I can't quite explain what a victory this is for me. It might seem like a small thing...fitting my runs in every day or every other day. But, if you knew how difficult my Kid Weeks are, as far as schedule goes...you'd see that this is not just about getting a daily workout or training for a big race. It represents the fact that I am beginning to feel some control over my life, which was previously in danger of spinning WAY out of control.

As my friend, ON2VICTORY always says of training, "Every workout you complete and every promise you keep to yourself is a boost in self-confidence that will fuel your next workout." It's true, I've felt my feelings towards myself begin to lift as of late.

My next steps are to begin to clean up my eating and really hone in on fueling this beautiful piece of machinery God has blessed me with, this amazing and intricate body that has recovered from great injury and that will seemingly do the impossible and run 13.1 miles just a few weeks from now.

Wish me luck...no, better yet, wish me determination and loyalty to myself. Those are much more useful than luck.
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DJSHIP46 6/20/2013 7:08PM

    Glad to see you back... wishing you well!

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MARYJEANSL 4/26/2013 12:23AM

  What you have accomplished is really amazing.

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SHANNONY84 4/25/2013 7:02AM

    Heal up and get back on track! You can only do for you that which you seek!

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APACHESTEVE 4/24/2013 9:51AM

    Hey Girl, how is training? I'm back to sparking and still find your blog a great motivator.

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FRANCIEVW 4/3/2013 8:14PM

    Every workout does mean victory. They stack up over time until you are ruling all that is your amazing potential. God is smiling on you.

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ELIZABETH5268 4/2/2013 4:29PM

    I was wondering how you were doing, I hadn't seen updates ont he days I look at stuff so I thought I'd check out a blog. Good work, getting that back in has to feel great!

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LSPIZZA 4/1/2013 6:42PM

    You will figure out all the scheduling. It's hard, but you will. It takes a while to remember that you count too! I am glad you found a plan andcsentve- yay you! - 1/4 is complete. Congratulations and keep plugging! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 3/31/2013 9:10AM

    Life throws us all curveballs once in a while. (Ok, so yours was more like a tornado) Good job of getting back on that pony and keeping an eye on your goals.

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SJKENT1 3/27/2013 8:36AM

    One step in front of the other dear girl. Hoping for you...

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BESSHAILE 3/25/2013 7:34AM

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KIPPER15 3/24/2013 7:54PM

    You are so strong and are doing so well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEH50BEWELL 3/24/2013 10:23AM

    Lady- you are FIERCE!! your children will see how great you are taking care of them AND taking care of yourself. Your strength does cause me to take a look at my "excuses" for not putting in 110% to a consistent workout schedule, thank you for sharing your journey. You are so right when you say we need to refuel our bodies and take care of what God has given us with healthy choices. You got this! I can't wait to see the awesome pictures of your victory at the half marathon.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 3/23/2013 8:30PM

  You got this!!! emoticon

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PNCARLSON 3/23/2013 7:35PM

  You are doing great! Keep it up.

I agree with SlimLeaf about possible shin splints. One tip I learned years ago was to draw the letters of the alphabet in the air with my foot. This flexes muscles, and keeps things stretched out. It was a big help. Also, what StitchFriend said about shoes is an important point.

Keep us all posted on how you are doing with training, and then how the race goes. We are rooting for you!

Pauline

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SLIMLEAF 3/23/2013 6:35PM

    Hello Leah.

Great to hear about your determination and half-marathon training.

However, I'm concerned about your shin 'bruise' - sounds as if it could be early signs of shin-splints. Google it or look it up in a running injuries book. You need to act NOW to stop it getting worse.

I don't mean to alarm you, but I want you to succeed with your half-marathon and fitness goals and don't want you to suffer an avoidable injury (or indeed any injury!). Best wishes

Slimleaf

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STITCHERFRIEND 3/22/2013 6:12PM

    Awesome that you are so determined. Keep at it and all will be fine.
Check your shoes for the shin splints. It might be time for a new pair.

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NILLAPEPSI 3/22/2013 4:57PM

    So emoticon you've been going through this junk. I'm emoticon for you!! emoticon I have no doubt. Best of luck!!

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PATTISTAMPS 3/22/2013 3:28PM

    I only wish I could be there on May 4th to cheer you on! Yes, 1/4 of the training plan IS a big deal. As someone just finishing the 4th week of an 8 week challenge, I know that life does its best to get in the way, and you really have to have determination to get it done! Keep your spark burning - you WILL do this!!

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COLETTEISGREAT 3/22/2013 10:26AM

    This is a definite victory! Be proud of it!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 3/22/2013 6:50AM

    Good luck and give yourself a pat on the back. You have been through so much and you are still taking care of yourself!! Good for you.

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FEMISLIM 3/21/2013 11:50PM

    It is well with you!

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KARENLEIGH32 3/21/2013 10:20PM

    You got it, I wish you determination and luck in your cross country race and in your life race!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/21/2013 10:00PM

    Wonderful! And I wish you luck.

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KIMCOLLINGS 3/21/2013 6:27PM

    Wow! That is so impressive. I'm so glad you're doing this for yourself. You've been through so much. I also love the quote from on2victory. It is so true! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 3/21/2013 6:22PM

    I wish for you the deepening self love and the ability to gift yourself by making you a priority so that you can do this run and everything else.

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LINDAK25 3/21/2013 5:52PM

    Good for you! All your effort and hard work will make a difference!

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FITMAMA4EVER 3/21/2013 4:06PM

    Taking care of yourself benefits both you and your kids! Keep it up-you're doing great!
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CHERRY666 3/21/2013 3:18PM

    I know things are tough for you, but I also know that YOU are tough. You've got this & should be proud of yourself. You are totally going to rock this half marathon in May. =)

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REGILIEH 3/21/2013 3:15PM

    I WISH IT ALL FOR YOU!!!

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FITFOODIE806 3/21/2013 1:32PM

    I love that: loyalty to yourself. You got this!

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PEGGYO 3/21/2013 12:09PM

    Great job getting so much done

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LINDAKAY228 3/21/2013 12:07PM

    Having been a single parent before I know how hard it is to juggle everything. SOunds like you're doing a great job at it! Good luck!

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RX_2_RV 3/21/2013 11:51AM

    What a great role model for your kids!


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You're doing GREAT!! It's hard to stay on track when the life you've known for so long turns and goes a complete opposite direction. Wishing you the best on your journey and on your half marathon training!!

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GINGERHAWK 3/21/2013 11:09AM

    You've totally got this! I remember when I first got divorced and was trying to balance scheduling issues (and I only have one child!) how difficult that could be - I can't imagine doing that while training for something like a half marathon. You're amazing!

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MANDELOVICH 3/21/2013 10:57AM

    I wish you all the best and empathize with your struggles in many ways.

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SUNSHINEGIRLAZ 3/21/2013 10:56AM

    Praying for your determination and loyalty to your health and the body which God has given you! I also understand finding time with kiddos around. I'm a single mom to one and it's been a challenge to find time to do any working out outside of the house. Luckily, I'm pretty fond of videos. I look forward to getting a tread-mill in my living room so I can workout and watch TV too! :) Hang in there! And keep up the good work! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 3/21/2013 10:41AM

    You go my friend! Keep putting one foot in front of another. I'm so proud of you... You are strong.

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KJELLYBEAN15 3/21/2013 10:14AM

    Sounds like you are on the right path. Exactly where you need to be right now. I remember when my divorce was finalized. It was not a pretty divorce and there was a lot of stress involved. The day it was final I decorated my car with a banner, streamers and soda cans. The banner on the back window said "finally divorced". I went out with some friends and had a great time!

Be careful with your shin. Sounds like possibe shin splints??? I haven't gotten those but I do get calf pain when I jog. Try some compression sleeves. They work great. I bought some at Target (9.99 each) in the mens department (the only place they have them) and I swore I was never going to take them off. Ever. They felt so great.

Best wishes.

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DALID414 3/21/2013 10:14AM

    Good determination and loyalty (with a side of luck emoticon ).

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STEPHANIE302013 3/21/2013 9:58AM

    you're doing great!!

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DJSHIP46 3/21/2013 9:54AM

    I don't think you'll need luck, but I wish it for you anyway emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

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