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Week 2 Marathon Training: Honoring and Celebrating Loss


Monday, April 29, 2013

To start off this week of training, I packed my running gear Monday so that I could meet up with my amazing friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID) to honor those who lost their lives in the Boston marathon tragedy.


Martin Richard, the 8 yr old boy killed in the Boston bombing

Lots of running stores around the country were having group fun runs to stand in solidarity, this one was through Ram Racing. I had the misfortune of getting a cab driver who didn't know where Lincoln Park Zoo was, and once he did he dropped me off at the opposite end of the zoo, so I was late and had to run around the zoo to meet up with Jenn. I called her and we met up ( she was sweet enough to wait for me!). We missed the pack, but on the way back we saw a sea of runners in blue and yellow, it was inspiring. Jenn toward the end of our run said "Well here we are, 2 people who have each lost over 100 lbs, and we are running." It reminded me of how far we both have come. Jenn ran the Chicago marathon last year, and I'm running it this year. It made me thankful and grateful for this life I've been given, for my friendship with Jenn, for both of our new lives.


Jenn and me after our run


Me and Jenn the first time we met, a few yrs ago

I had a really busy week, so didn't run again until the group run on Saturday. I did teach walk class on Thursday.

Saturday we met at Knock Knolls, a forest preserve in the suburbs. I hadn't run there before, and it was beautiful! A gorgeous day in Chicago, it would near 70 later in the day. My friend Caitlin couldn't make it due to an event at the school she teaches at, and the woman I encouraged last week wasn't there (I'm hoping she's there next week), but I found a new friend that ran at my pace and the time went by so quickly! We ran for 35 minutes as we are building up 5 min. each time. What I loved most was the smell of fresh cut grass as we ran, and being out in nature. Growing up an overweight child since the 3rd grade, I avoided being outside. I preferred to be inside, watching TV with some Cheetos and a pillow. I didn't like to sweat, to walk, to live, basically. So now, whenever I am in nature it sometimes hits me how much I missed during those years. And that makes me sad, but also, it's all so new to me. The smell of that grass made me tear up, it was just so crisp, so fresh, so alive! And I felt alive, too. I was thankful for the sun, for the beauty that surrounded me, for these new people I was getting to know. It was amazing, a life changing run. I know they aren't all like that, so when they are, I cherish them.


Here is a picture of the group after our run.


Here is a picture of some of the group after the marathon last year at a reunion run. Can you tell how positive and fun these people are?? They are amazing.

After the run we went to breakfast and I got to know some of the team better. It was great. I came back home and took the girls for a walk out in nature, I don't want them to be like I was when I was younger.

Sunday was a rest day.

Since the Chicago Women's Half marathon is at the end of June, I'm in a bit of a pickle because my training schedule doesn't have me running 13 miles until the end of July. So on the group runs I'm going to have to either get there early to run more, or stay later. For example this week we run for 40 min., and we build up to a 5k on June 8. But I need to be running at least 10 miles by that time, if not more. So I need to double my mileage.

Nutrition wise I've eliminated dairy, wheat, gluten, yeast and processed foods from my diet. **EDIT: I CAN ALSO NOT HAVE RICE AND CORN** This is for my skin condition, I have psoriasis and its gotten pretty bad. The downside is I'm not eating a lot of calories and I'm afraid my body will start losing muscle mass. I'm working on making sure I get enough protein in, but without carbs it's a challenge. For example I love toast and peanut butter plus a banana before a run. I've discovered Udi's bread, and did that this past Saturday, and it was good. Not as filling, but good. I'm supposed to get around 2,000 calories in while training, maybe not now, but when my mileage gets up there, and I'm worried I won't get those calories in.

I've also been listening solely to Christian music while running. It's inspiring me, I used to think without my rap, high paced music I wouldn't be able to do it, but I've been actually running faster with the Christian music. Score! I want to devote this time to Christ.

The schedule for this week is below:

Mon: 30 min run
Tues: 30 min walk
Wed: 30 min run
Thurs: 30 min walk
Fri: 30 min run
Sat: 40 min run (I'm going to extend so I run 5-6 miles)

The run walk intervals for the runs are: run 3/ walk 1, but for the shorter runs during the week I'm just going to run them straight out as I'm used to that distance. If anyone knows of a good app for the smart phone for intervals please let me know, thanks!

Ending with some inspiring images:




Blaize (INSPIREBYNATURE) sent this one to me, I love it!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PRETTYPITHY 5/1/2013 1:26AM

    Wonderfully inspiring. Good luck with your training!

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SGTSUNNY 4/30/2013 11:45PM

    Great blog! You are doing great, I have faith in you! Keep pushing and you will surprise yourself and do great in the half. Are there gluten free protein drinks?Take care and keep pushing!

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MELROSE13 4/30/2013 6:29PM

    Peanut butter on the banana would be a great alternative to having it on bread. Have you looked into rice products to replace the wheat? Or corn tortillas (they are dry and can take a little getting used too but can be a good replacement to breads etc)
Sounds like you have a great plan!

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AMBER281 4/30/2013 5:38PM

    You are doing awesome.
I have never run a marathon or half marathon, but I have heard other people say to pay attention to your body it will tell you what it needs. It sounds like you are already very intune to your body so you should do just fine.

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LINDAKAY228 4/30/2013 5:20PM

    I don't know if you've messed with it yet, but Runkeeper (I have the free version) has a way to set intervals on it. On the opening screen of the app, the third item down is Workout. The middle tab at the top is One Offs and on that screen you can then go to the bottom where it says Create New Workout. You can set warm up and cool down time and add intervals and the number or repetitions. You can set the intervals for distance or time. Set one interval for the walking time, then Add Interval to set for the running time. Under the settings for the app you can set the audio cues you want so it can let you know when to change. I thought I had seen you post a run on fb using Runkeeper but can't remember for sure if you use that app. But it's one suggestion for intervals using just one program.
Great job and glad you're enjoying it so much and making friends through it! You and Jenn have certainly come a long way! WooHoo!

I also love my Christian music when running or walking in town. When hiking though I just like the peaceful silence. But my Christian music motivated me!

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PAULACOLLINS 4/30/2013 3:18PM

    You are doing awesome things! I ran a 2K with my grandkids last month and I am doing a 5K in May--that is not bad for an old lady who has never run in her life. I too am training with Chrstian music--love running for the Lord.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/30/2013 2:29PM

    so inspirational! I actually LOVE Christian music :D

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TWINZMOM7 4/30/2013 12:31PM

  You are doing great!!! Way to go!

I LOVE the pic that Blaize sent to you!! Can I use it too??

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MANLEYSANDY 4/30/2013 11:53AM

    Keep it up Kathy!!

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IGSBETH 4/30/2013 11:50AM

    Way to go!

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ME-N-JESUS 4/30/2013 8:26AM

  I run to "Grandpa Bob's Ole Time Radio Show" by Veggie Tales! Nothing like Junior Asparagus belting out "It's ME, it's ME O LORD, standin' in the need of prayer!!"

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/30/2013 1:22AM

    I am eating wheat-free, and it makes me feel so much better! I do carb-load with potatoes, rice, wheat-free oats, nature's path gluten-free organic cereal and udi's bread for the 2 days before my long run (18k +) and I found I ran muuch better, felt much better, and recovered much better because of it. (This past Fri/Sat in my tracker). I'll do that for my next 2 long training runs as well before the half. Granted, some people eat the balance I ate those two days regularly, however, I have tended to feel better generally eating more protein and fats (all the other days of my tracker, for the most part).

I find udi's bread with the salt/sugar-free peanut butter didn't sit as well in my tummy for long runs as wheat-free oats, my homemade granola bars, or the Nature's Path gluten-free cereals do.

Congrats on coming as far as you have!


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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/29/2013 11:20PM

    I found just starting out that the 3/1 interval was very comfortable. As I progressed I reached a level of 1mile/1 minute intervals. I have since dropped back to a 4/1 interval.

We'll see what happens on Sunday in Frederick MD.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/29/2013 11:11PM

    I am just so proud of you for all you've done and for what you're doing! I know how you feel about being outside, I was the same way as a kid and appreciate it so much now. Love to run with Christian music, too (try Toby Mac, Newsboys, Building 429 for really upbeat songs!). I have psoriasis as well, and I've started using some products that are helping so much even without changing my diet. To get in enough calories, you might try adding in more nuts and nut butters; nut butters can go on things like apples, pears, and bananas. Also hummus is a good protein source and can add calories for you; I love to dip bell peppers and carrots in hummus. Best wishes as you continue your training and finding what works for you!!

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KITHKINCAID 4/29/2013 11:05PM

    Beautiful blog honey! So proud of you. I just started the same clean diet. We'll have to compare otes. No dairy, no soy is making it rough to find protein. I love cashew butter, but one would normally eat it on bread and so no wheat is also an issue.

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