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New Trail Personal Best

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I remember how I couldn't even make myself go to check out B. Rock State Park when I was at my heaviest and unhealthiest. I didn't want to be seen or try and block others from going up the trail as I huffed and puffed.

While working my way through my first few days of the Spark-program, I made this one of my medium-term goals. Since then it has served as a measuring stick for my overall progress. About this Mid-Term goal and the hike (May 2011):
http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
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With my parents in town, I planned a little excursion to the top of B. Rock again while we were in the area. I knew it would give me a few minutes of peace as I left them behind to explore at their pace and I hoped for a little surge of endorphins.

I also wanted to beat my previous best time but I felt like I was more in shape a year ago so I made up my mind to be happy with a match of my previous record (19:20). I found a comfortable pace that kept my breathing in check. I even paused for a couple quick pictures. I didn't watch my time because I couldn't remember the trail well enough to know how far I had to go. I focused on my steady pace and careful foot placement (due to sprained and not 100% healed ankle).

When I reached the top and stopped my watch I was thrilled! Time to top...16:37!

I snapped a picture of my watch and sent it as text to my husband who stayed with my parents. I took a couple other pictures and headed down feeling pretty good!



For the record, here are my hike times for this trail:
1) 45:00 (day 66) July, 2011 (249.5 lbs.)
2) 29:00 (day 148) October, 2011 (226 lbs.)
3) 19:20 (day 392) June, 2012 (190 lbs.)
4) 23:34 (day 392) June, 2012 (190 lbs.)

5) 16:37 September, 2013 (166 lbs.)

View from one of the (45-50) switchbacks:


Later that afternoon I hiked to the top of MF. It wasn't a personal best (1.5 minutes more this time) but it was CROWDED so I was happy with the time. But I'm even more proud of how well I was able to keep my heart rate in a very reasonable zone. Love this! I was able to get to the bottom in 20:01 minutes; jogging probably 80% of it. The part I like about this was that I stopped jogging when my legs felt tired. The trail is steep and it's no time to push (especially with a less than 100% toe and a way less than 100% ankle).


Update on parent's visit: It was exhausting. There was fun. There was stress. I'm glad it's over. I felt stronger and more capable of dealing with the stress in healthy ways. I think I felt like I needed counseling after their last trip. I still have a lot to sort out, but overall I think it was a huge success for me.


Now that the parents are gone and summer feels gone, I'm excited to start thinking about what is next. I'm feeling inspired. More to come.
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  • _JODI404
    I am so happy to read that you feel like your parents visit was a huge success!

    I think you are stronger in every way than you were a year ago! You are really changing, and even when you doubt yourself, your new record times, improved heartrates etc... show you the truth of your real tangible progress!!

    I do hope that your toe and ankle are healing up well!

    Love the pic -- so gorgeous there!!

    emoticon on another time PR! You are doing so well....can't wait to see comes next! Feeling inspired is awesome!!

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    1167 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I loved your pictures. Great job on doing your personal best.

    Glad you did better on your parents' visit.

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    1174 days ago
  • FEISTYOWL
    One of the things I love about reading your blogs is the statistics you keep! That is so cool that you have a record of your weight, the date and your time for this hike. I need to start doing something like this because it shows progress in a way that ignores the scale (in a fashion).

    Hats off to you my dear - you totally rock!!
    1174 days ago
  • ANDYLIN90
    You go!!! I love the part where you posted your weight and times. Obviously you were more fit, but not carrying the extra weight I'm sure made a difference. GOOD FOR YOU!
    1175 days ago
  • IRISHBEANERGAL
    Congrats, Susu! You are doing AWESOME.

    Love the picture too :)

    ~Irish
    1176 days ago
  • MRS_EVA_K
    Awesome Job Suzie!
    1176 days ago
  • FLAMENM
    Great job!
    1176 days ago
  • FIRYMIST35
    Congrats on the personal best! That's awesome!
    1176 days ago
  • CHEEKYGEEK
    Beautiful pics! Congrats on personal best! Woohoo!! That's a fantastic NSV.

    (FYI: I WISH it felt like summer was gone. Still in the 100's here. Shoot me now.)
    1176 days ago
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