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#124 - Tell Me I'm Crazy.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hi all! Hope you all are doing wonderfully! I guess I need to play catch up:

In my last post, I talked about doing a cleanse. Well, I'm in the process of doing it, and boy, it's been tough! I miss grains and dairy a lot. I won't complain though as I'm feeling more energetic than I have in a long time. In fact, I'd LOVE to go for a run; however, I can't because the cleanse is not only a break from dairy, grains, soy, and meat, but it's also a time for rest. Walks and Yoga are things I can do, but the rest has been surprisingly nice. I still have 7 more days to go.

A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for two 5Ks. One is at the end of this month and the other is in July. I'm doing a color run - Color Me Rad - in Atlanta which I'm SO very excited about. This is a race that I've always wanted to do! I'm also excited because my boyfriend will be running the Color Me Rad 5K with me, and it's his first run!

As for the title of this post:

I've been reading a book called "The Running Dream" by Wendelin Van Draanen. It's about this high school girl who is on the track team, and after one of the events, the school bus gets in an accident. She loses part of her leg, and for a while, she believed that she'd never be able to run again. However, she gets a prosthetic limb that allows her to get back to running. This girl went from not running to working her way up to ten miles! I was impressed!

After finishing this book, it got me to thinking that I wanted to get back to running and to really put my heart in it. Today, the Ray Tanner Home Run 5K & 12K (my first 5K was this race last October!) Facebook page announced that opening day for registration would be next week. So, I got this crazy little idea to run a 12K. Yep. If I choose to do this, I will have 27 weeks to train which seems like plenty of time. However, doubt is holding me back. Can I even do this? Me, the girl who's only fully ran TWO 5Ks in her life. To go from 3.1 miles to about 7.5 miles is crazy! What if I get those terrible shin splints again?

While doubt has been creeping in, most of me is saying go for it. I'd REALLY have to stay dedicated and accountable to the training until the big day. Not only dedicated to running but to clean eating too. It's a big task, but I'm already excited about it. So, I guess this means it is a yes?

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  • v DJSQUISHIE
    Hey Sam, you can do anything you put your mind too! Good luck!

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    1253 days ago
  • v MELLYBEANS0919
    That is really exciting Sam! You can certainly do this. 27 weeks is a lot of time to get ready. We believe in you!
    1256 days ago
  • v CHODGES83
    Working towards a 10k myself and I've found it's surprisingly easy to build. I did learn that sprints were not for me. About a week of shin splints taught me slow(ish) and steady is working best for me. I suppose the lesson is listen to your body. 27wks should be plenty of time to get yourself ready. Good luck and Keep it up!
    1258 days ago
  • v ADZY86
    You can definitely do it! Write out your programme from the start (or get an app that does it for you) and go for it. I entered a 10K in May and I'm super excited. I used to not even be able to run 5 minutes straight, let along 6.2miles! But I'm on Week 6 of my training and I can't believe it. I really believe I can do it, and you can too. Next stop: half marathon emoticon
    1258 days ago
  • v MUFFIY831
    You can do it! 27 weeks is plenty of time to train properly and not get hurt. And we're all here to support you! I'm trying to work my way up to a 10K this October, but haven't found my race yet. You got this!!!!
    1258 days ago
  • v WIFEALF2
    if you set your mind to it you can do anything...hugs

    1258 days ago
  • v POOKASLUAGH
    You can do it!! Just take it slow and don't worry about your time. You might even find you like longer runs. Before I did my 6.35 miles back in January, I hadn't ever run more than 3.5 and I'd barely done 4 or 5 runs over 3 miles, and I still have no problem going longer than a 10k, and i could have gone further if I'd wanted to - I just took it real slow, and I really loved it. You can do this!
    1258 days ago
  • v KANDOLAKER
    Glad the cleanse is working for you - you are almost done! You'll do great on the 12K, you have plenty of time to train and you've already done a couple 5ks - I know you'll do just great! Best wishes to you!
    1258 days ago
  • v CAGMUAHFO2
    I'm glad to hear that your cleanse is going good!! And YAY on doing the 5K and a big super YAY for getting your boyfriend doing the colour run with you!! That is awesome!!!! I say sign up for the 12K. You have plenty of time to train and yes it will keep you account. Just imagine how great you will feel when you cross the finish line (other than being exhausted of course) You will be so proud of yourself for knowing that you trained for something as big as that. You will be on FIRE!!!!!!
    1258 days ago
  • v PAPER_WINGS18
    I was just coming to check on you and saw that you just posted this! Glad to hear from you-- I was worried!

    How inspirational. That's awesome! Go for the run, girl. You can do it!

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    1258 days ago
  • v POLISHPRINCE1
    Polishprince here. (steve)

    your post caught my attention.

    I've recently joined Sparkspeople.

    I too, am positioning myself to do a 21 day "detox".

    I say position because I want to wait until Easter (and a couple other evetns to pass!
    A fishing party with plenty of fish!
    A bowing party with family - having pizza!
    Then of course, Easter eggs... with all of the promises of good eating!

    So I have another 12 days or so - then my purge!
    I'm 70 years old - 168 (down from 171 - wanting to hit 155 or lower!

    The 21 day detox followed by reasonable eating - should keep my weight down!
    At east after the first 10 days - I can add fish, chicken - and other non fat foods...
    Just fruits and vegies ... with some brown/wild rice - the first 1o

    Say I prayer for me, i really don't know if I will be able to make the change.
    I'm a snack-a-hol-ic!


    Good luck with your plan!

    polishprince (steve.)
    1258 days ago
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