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My half marathon!! - long update!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

It all started with waking up at 5am, brutal, I know. But we got to the location and had LOTS of pics taken, all of which are on my fb page. Tomorrow I'll get them and upload them, but my goal right now is pure RELAXATION. I'll also get the official pics taken during the run, they'll get uploaded too :)

Ok, we get there, we join a pace group, around 10-11 min miles. Next thing we know, we're inching forwards and then we're at the start line and we're running. The first 6 miles, I was spot on at a 10 min mile (and I hear the comment of "just 20 more to go!!" Those full marathoners are crazy!). Then I started to slow to a 10:30, then an 11. Still going on and I supposedly get to mile 9.5 (I was told a local vendor was going to have a stand set up at 9.5 and there they were!), but I kept going, but where was mile marker 10!?!? I swear, it never came, mile 9 was the LONGEST mile ever! But I get to 10 and keep going, then there was a water station and I drank way too much water way too quickly, so I walked a TINY amount. And I swear, by this point, I could speed walk faster than I could run! So I get to 11 and endorphins kick in. I saw my time of 2:06 and was like "I'm going to meet my goal of 2:30, I have 24 minutes to do 2.1 miles!). Funny thing then happened shortly after, I felt like I was going to cry and I started sprinting. Yeah, that didn't last long. Around 11.5, I started feeling incredibly lightheaded and dizzy, so I had this brilliant plan to run a song, walk a song. That lasted all of 3 songs. Then my run song kicked in right at a big hill... so scratch the run idea! I ended up walking a decent amount. Then mile 12 and it was the home stretch. I ran the rest of the way and crossed the finish line at 2'34:30'' (approximately. Chip time is going to be closer to 2'32!). I kept pushing and pushing and I felt like I was gong to faint the entire last mile, but I did it!

So is another half in the future? Don't know. Probably. I would love to do one that goes through wine country in late May, that would be a lot of fun. It's in northern VA and only about 6 hours away. It would be hilly, but so pretty! The course today was pretty, running through my area is awesome. There are so many old houses and lots of mature trees. Gorgeous.

So that's the half! I loved seeing everyone cheering us on, all the signs, all the noises, music, etc. A wonderful experience. I could not have done it without the help of my running group, my GreenFitGirls are one of a kind :)

So the reward? A mani/pedi - which included a leg massage. So much fun! Completely worth it!

So the future: I'm doing personal training (for real this time, I've committed to a year!). I'm meeting with him once a week and doing two routines on my own twice a week. This is in addition to cardio every day, spin classes twice a week, and yoga once a week. And perhaps RIPPED (sort of like Insanity) once a week (depending on if my running group does move the class to when I can go - yes, my running group does more than running, how cool is that!). The goal of the PT is to decrease my body fat percentage from 29% to less than 20%, and then possibly to around 15% - normal for me would be anything less than 25%. It'll be a work in progress, but I'm terribly looking forward to toning! I agree, losing weight isn't really necessary right now, but I do think my stomach and legs could be smaller. I still have that stomach pouch (although I can tell it is getting smaller!) and my belly button is still hiding from me (I want that top roll gone!).

It's very exciting to see all the changes right now in my body, where a little loss makes a huge difference. Although right now, that junction where leg joins groin area? That area is shrinking and becoming defined, except now the problem is that it looks like my leg fat right there just juts out. I don't like it, but I'm hoping that this defining process will cause that area to be more even! It's a work in process and strengthening 3 times a week and doing yoga will only help! I'm so excited for the future!

Right now? I just feel purely overjoyed. I am SO proud of myself for reaching this milestone in my life and in my weight loss (did I mention that yesterday's weigh in (with undergarments on), puts me at 0.7 lbs away from a "normal/healthy" BMI?? I don't believe in BMI, but it's still a wonderful accomplishment!!

AND, guess what? I bought size SMALL shirts at Loft and today, I bought size SMALL pajama pants! Surprisingly, they are still way too long (I'll have to work on my hemming skills - maybe), but they are a small! YAY! GO ME!! And I tried on a jacket at target, a small fit, a medium fit better (didn't look in a mirror, so I can't accurately say), but I wasn't going to spend $35 on a jacket :-/ I don't have the opportunity to wear them enough for it to matter!

So that's that. I hope all of you are well!! I'm going to try to check in on here every few days or so :)
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MRSMIAM 11/18/2013 11:26AM

    This post is worth lots of emoticon s:)
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BELLSES 11/17/2013 4:43PM

    Congratulations! And welcome back. You've been missed.

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DUKEFAN86 11/17/2013 9:50AM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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KERRIELYNN719 11/16/2013 11:44PM

    Congrats on the half! Mile 9 is a killer for me too...

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