CRYSBROWN1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CRYSBROWN1 CRYSBROWN1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ MARATHON Training WK6 & WK7 - Foam Rollin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747658 I am getting so very bad at updating my training blogs here, not sure why but I am just getting lazy about it BUT on a positive note I have been consistent about my marathon training. My training run times have still not been stellar but I am chalking it up to the weather right now. <BR> <BR> I went to my first session with a massage therapist named Luann, she is a magician I swear! Very informed individual who also happens to be an athlete herself. I cannot say enough kind things about... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:51:35 EST MARATHON 3 Training WK(s) 3-5 (& 1/2ish) - Long Overdue UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737527 I have SO been MIA, but NOT slacking for sure! Here is a recap what's been going on in my world... <BR> <BR> HOT WEATHER! <BR> This marathon training has started off a bit rough, I have had all kinds of aches and pains and truly have not felt 100% thus far. I feel as though I am hacking it every single step of the way. I have a sneaking suspicion that I know the reason why - it's HOT!! I am seriously like a vampire and I am literally SCARED of the SUN! I wake up for my long runs when it... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:41:56 EST Marathon 3 Training WK1 & WK2 - A ROCKY Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719922 And NO by Rocky I do not mean like Sylvester Stone, Rocky Balboa start, I mean that getting back to training for my next marathon is not leaving me with the warm and fuzzies. However, happy to report that I am pushing through. I have had quad pain since the end of my training with my last marathon. I have been stretching and icing but for the first and second week of retraining, things were not going so swell. It was quite iritating to say the least. However, I did figure out this week b... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:56 EST Looking Ahead & Game Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710477 SO, my last blog was all about my BEAST of a goal in completing MARATHON #2. Still super happy that I did it but the cards did not entirely go the way that I hoped. <BR> <BR> OH - and for accountability purposes because I LOVE being able to go back and look through my old blogs and see the numbers...I completely forgot to track my last week of training for it... <BR> <BR> MARATHON WK20 - STATS <BR> Monday - cross train <BR> Tuesday - 3M, treadmill 7mph <BR> Wednesday - 4M outside, 34:03 ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:20:06 EST KeyBank Vermont City Marathon - Race Report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705375 SPOILER ALERT: I had every intention of making my second marathon the spectacular one in which I got a sub 4 hour finish. Did NOT happen, tried my hardest but came up short with a 4:08:35 finish, close...but not quite there! HOWEVER, the silver lining in this is that even though I did not meet my goal, I had an AMAZING experience, would NOT have traded it for the world, feel STRONG about accomplishing my goal of FINISHING another marathon AND I know now that I will try AGAIN and this was ... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:52:29 EST STUFF that crazies running a marathon on Sunday do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700774 OMG, I am officially going off the deep end, I slightly remember this feeling last year of losing my ever loving mind the week of my marathon...but I think that this is worse, I will attempt to list the reasons why... <BR> <BR> #1. I am now contemplating taking ice baths just because I read in a book that elite marathoners do this for soreness and I am beginning to believe that the soreness that I claim to have may be as a result of just being crazy right now <BR> <BR> #2. I have re-read ... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:32:06 EST MARATHON Training WK19 - Almost There...I can FEEL it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699293 Well, hello - Sunday is my marathon, AH!! I *think* that I am ready. Last week I still had a bit of soreness in my left quad but I think that I am feeling it way more since I am tapering and my mind is going crazy. My run times though have not bee affected. I am excited but nervous for race day and hopeful that I have enough gas in the tank. This week my runs will be extremely minimal with my last 4M run scheduled for tomorrow. I am supposed to carb load but not until like Thursday whic... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:27:52 EST MARATHON Training WK18 - Sore! 5K Success & Where I'm at... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692160 This is my second attempt at this blog and after losing the whole d@mn thing which just adds to my frustration I am going to keep it short... <BR> <BR> I am SORE! Really sore, because marathon training has officially whooped my a$$ <BR> I am scared because I had two extra weeks of training built into my schedule unexpectedly and now it is too late and a dollar short to do anything about it! <BR> I am stressed because my training schedule is jacked up and I am just winging it <BR> I am losin... Sat, 10 May 2014 19:26:59 EST MARATHON Training WK17 - "Imaginary" Training Week & AHHHH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689752 Well last week of training was purely made up, a "padding" week if you will. Reason being is that my full marathon is not scheduled until 5/25/14 and as it turned out I started my training too early...silly right? I mean who would not use an extra rest week before jumping right in there on marathon training? Well, I figured one extra week would not hurt and because I have gotten smartAH in my old age, I decided instead of adding one more *INTENSE* training week which in the end I do not th... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:39:15 EST MARATHON Training WK16 - Celebrating the TAPER with BLING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681150 I am really, really in the home stretch here PEOPLE! And I am SO excited! My second marathon is only 3 weeks away and I am feeling really good about it! So good in fact that this week even though it was the beginning of my taper time which is really a glorious time, I decided to celebrate by adding in a bit of a challenge. SO, I decided that this morning that instead of trotting along with my typical run that I would challenge myself to a 5K! Nothing makes you shake out the cobwebs more ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:26:32 EST MARATHON Training WK14 & WK15 - Bringing it in to the FINISH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677619 The end of last week concluded the intense portion of marathon training...can I get a WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Once again I finished my 20 mile long run just under 3 hours which means...dare I say it...I am on the right path to get a sub 4 hour marathon come the big day. I hate that I have even quantified that as my goal, which is a popular goal to say the least but really I do not want to put so much pressure on myself especially because I have been reading lots of blogs about this marathon and m... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:22:28 EST MARATHON Training WK12 & WK13 - Adventures in Zumba, Chasing Sk8ters & Scaling Bridges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667626 Doesn't that title sound OH SO exciting! <BR> <BR> I am just now catching up with my last two weeks of marathon training and unlike last year in which I was thoroughly exhausted from the process, this year I am making the training work for me and as such am enjoying myself more so than ever! Biggest difference is forcing myself to deviate from the ho hum of strictly running miles after miles and adding some fun stuff when possible to keep things interesting. So before the reporting of my s... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:11:31 EST MARATHON Training WK10 & 11 - Peak Training! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655247 Man, the mileage these last two weeks has been pretty crazy but I am hanging in there! Last year during the peak mileage time I was burnt out pretty much, it also did not help last year that I was in the middle of moving and buying a house whereas this year there are far less distractions going on. I am proud to say that I did every single training run as ordered by my Hal Higdon traing chart which is a beautiful thing. When I originally started training I was not too sure if the Intermedi... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:13:11 EST MARATHON Training WK8 & WK9 Tracking & HM PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644724 Well I totally slacked on tracking my training and my weekly goals last week but that does not mean that I was not busy! Yesterday I completed another half marathon which was part of my training and I did surprisingly well! There weather is cooler than what I would typically like for a half marathon in general so I was so surprised when I actually PR'd the event! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did the Ocean's Run Half Marathon in South Kingstown, RI. With the race being right on the water I knew t... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:32:08 EST MARATHON Training WK7 - Increased Mileage = DEcreased Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635119 Reporting quite late on my training from last week but right now I am approaching the high mileage portion of my marathon training which is a bit exhausting but I remember distinctly last year that it gets worse and then when you think you cannot take it anymore the taper begins. Right now it has been okay, the only runs that are causing disruption have been my long runs which I reserve for Saturday mornings. Last week I woke up really early to tackle my 16M run and I have to say that it we... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:59:10 EST MARATHON Training WK6 - The COLD is Killing My Swag & New SNEAKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628561 Here I am reporting back after a week that proved at least last week anyway that I am committed to this marathon training through both good and bad times...Let's start with the good! <BR> <BR> I bought new sneaks, I was WAY overdue that is for sure and I am ashamed to admit that the last sneaks that I bought were during LAST year's marathon training - huh, and I wonder why my knees are kicking my @ss! Anyhow, I went to my fav running store Rhode Runner, whined about my knee issue and my ove... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:14:10 EST MARATHON Training WK5 - Knee Pain, why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621626 Last week's training mileage was definitely up there and even though it was frigidly cold around these parts I did 3 of my runs outside. Last year I avoided the winter conditions with training but I know that nothing beats an outside run, even if it is inconvenient, even if you have to dodge snow banks, even if the temps are in the single digits, even if it all around SUCKS! AND tomorrow I am being Ms. BRAVE and waking up at the crack of dawn to do my long run of 10M all before work - and g... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:37:48 EST Marathon Training WK4 - IN Training Shirt TOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616118 Last week's running went well, I went back to my usual schedule and the weather was actually fairly decent for my long run on Saturday. Friday night though I came down with some sort of cold symptoms which made for a dismal aftermath on Saturday's run. I ended up taking DayQuil for most of the day which made me woozy but I still did it! The only thing that I did not do which was really disappointing is that I did not get my sorry butt to the gym on Sunday for my cross training day. I have... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:21:06 EST Marathon Training WK2 & WK3 - DONE - Getting Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606206 I am a week behind on my tracking here but I have been plugging along with my marathon training. I was out of town for 3 days earlier this week for job related stuff which threw my healthy eating off track big time but not necessarily my workouts. Even though I am putting in my scheduled runs, I am not feels so fantastic because I am still heavier than I was last year during training time. I really need to buckle down on my nutrition and keep it consistent. Of course that sounds easier th... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:36:55 EST Marathon Training WK1 DONE - And I Feel Better for IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592712 Can I just say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having a training plan. It felt SO good this week to actually put effort into my workouts knowing that I have a marathon scheduled and ready to go. I haven't yet clicked the button to sign up but I will do so before the price increases by 1/15. Not only have my workouts been on track but my nutrition has fallen in line as a result as well. I know sometimes people have trouble eating right during training but sometimes I am the opposite because I gene... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:54:49 EST I'm Starving! This week's goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585719 Man, this whole "eating the right thing thang" has me STARVING! I know what Sparkers will say...I'm not eating enough etc. etc. etc. Fact is this - my body has gotten accustomed to eating absolute CRAP over the last um 4 weeks or so and that crap is high in calories and when you reduce those calories, guess what you "feel hungry." I am not depleting my body of nutrients or even close to starvation mode by any means but it IS all about the deficit no matter what you wanna believe...powerful... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:42:05 EST December Goals - Coming Clean/Moving Forward to 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580807 I hate when I do that thing in which I set really great goals and expectations for the month only to give a half-hearted attempt. I start the month out strong but then somewhere in the middle I start falling off. But the worst part is that I never come clean and come back and actual note the progress I made or didn't make. It makes me feel like a big ol'phony. So I figured I would come back and fess up. <BR> <BR> 2014 has started off on the right foot. I feel very motivated. I looked a... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:39:40 EST 2014 Here I Come! PLUS 2013 Year in Review. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577023 I do not think that I have every been so excited to FINISH and end a year and start out with a clean slate as I am today. I think I probably have the same infectious attitude as most people do on New Year's Eve...new beginnings, which is frankly very exciting. Each year I pick a word that I hope and perhaps will foreshadow what the new year will possibly bring. For 2013 that word for me was GROWTH. And well...I had some of that... <BR> <BR> GROWTH could mean many many things and for the ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:46:38 EST December Goals - UPDATE WK 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567152 Well at the very least I am keeping up with my weekly updates which is very impressive. I am starting to get in the Christmas spirit finally and things are chugging along. Still no shopping done at all but I plan to do that on Saturday. Last week after our office Christmas party, my eating became disastrous and I pretty much gorged myself until Monday. All of this lead me to feeling pretty d@mn bloated and terrible, but I am happy to report that I am back on track and fighting hard to stay... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:02:22 EST December Goals - UPDATE WK1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562203 Well I came back after week 1 which is good, which means I am starting to not feel so d@mn miserable, this is GOOD! Since last time, DH has received two job offers, one of which he is negotiating but the $$ of course if the huge deciding factor. I have been starting to get in the Christmas spirit but I have to tell you that it is all because I have not bought any gifts yet for the holiday and I won't until at least the 20th. Right now it is all about enjoying Christmas lights, etc. vs. sho... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:35:56 EST December Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555018 First and foremost I GOTTA snap out of this funk I am seriously in! <BR> <BR> UGH! <BR> <BR> This time of the year is annually a tough time for me no matter what anyway but this year I think that I am downright depressed. Thanksgiving was good, but I almost felt that I was just happy to get through it. I woke up this morning at a 5 day eating binge at the highest weight I have been in probably a good year. So not good. I have to snap out of this and my whining from a couple of weeks ago ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:49:18 EST In Need of Spark - NOW More Than Ever... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545982 I was once I weekly blogger, always blogging about something and always motivated on the road to wellness. Well, I have fallen off of that a bit, I still eat fairly clean most times, my weight is pretty stable so this is not one of those - I gained X amount of pounds back and now must begin Spark to get back in shape blogs. In fact, most of what I have to share really isn't that health related except for the fact that I see the positive benefits of being active here and having goals nutriti... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:56:42 EST Wicked Half Marathon - PR...booyah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497921 This race took place this past Saturday in Salem MA and even though I PR'd, it took me forever to write this blog! <BR> <BR> Well this race from the very start seems to go my way, big time. The night before the race DH surprised me with a Priceline hotel reservation to stay in Peabody, MA so that I did not have to wake up at some ungodly hour to travel on race day. There was lots of traffic heading through Boston the night before the race but it was so lovely to have alone time to prepare,... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:56:36 EST Run to the Rock Half Marathon - The Tale of a Rogue Runner... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481851 Well... <BR> <BR> Let's just say that this race was "interesting" but I learned a lot about myself during this race and also a lot about others... <BR> <BR> Where to begin... <BR> <BR> AH, the start. Race start for this half marathon was at 9AM. Accompanying me as always was my always faithful sidekick and partner in crime, my mom - AKA The Evil Coach Villainess. The Evil Coach decided that on this special race day, not only would she attend to her typical coaching duties BUT she would ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:12:45 EST Just an Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477655 WOW, I just looked at my Sparkpage today and realized that I have not written a Sparkblog since July, I skipped the entire month of August. Hmmmmm, disappointing. I mean I know that there are plenty of active Sparkers out there that never blog and that is their MO which is fine, but for me it is a strong indication that I have lost my Spark. Truthfully, that is what's up. Reflecting back over previous years - cannot believe that I even go that far back on this website, I kind of go throug... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:22:04 EST Jamestown Half Marathon - I did the RIGHT thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424475 Well, if you check back to my previous blog you would understand that I was torn about this race. I knew that July was a bad time to do a race of half marathon distance at all AND it happened to be a race that my co-worker, really my friend - who I will henceforth call Ms. Newbie, wanted to do as this was her first half marathon. <BR> <BR> So, Sparkland provided some solid advice. The advice was to pace my friend and just enjoy the experience. But then I asked some other people around m... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:18:30 EST HM in JULY?!?! no bueno. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414596 NO I haven't actually done this race yet, no I am not here to write a race report detailing this adventure in absurdity. NOPE, this race is coming atcha this Saturday, 7/13/13. What a dumb @ss idea is all I need to say about this. Okay so it has officially been a heat wave here in Rhode Island and I am dying out there in these streets trying to plug in my piddly little runs. But Saturday was the worst yet, 6 miles. YUP, 6 miles in 90 degrees, no bueno! AND I woke up early to get it done... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:44:19 EST Been Quiet for SO Long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402353 Kind of dramatic title and introduction into this but I have been rather quiet around these parts lately. I have not blogged about anything at all since Memorial Day. I have been checking in with Sparkfriends and spinning the wheel but beyond that not much else. Well, I have to tell ya there is no real big revelation to share at all, I have just been really really busy. I have not trained at all for triathlons this year. Not one swim, not one training bike ride. This makes me sad but I... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:35:40 EST 5K - DS#1 is TOTALLY a BAD SPORT!...and it's all my fault... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367881 Where do I start? Well I perhaps I should provide a bit of background for what would otherwise seem like a *harsh* statement to make about my beloved first born son. You see, my boys, my two children are extremely competitive, have always been so really and some would even go so far to say that they suffer from a bit of um...."inflated ego syndrome" as most kids do really now-a-days (or so I would like to think when I rationale their bad behavior). Anyhow, it started out for both of my chi... Sat, 25 May 2013 20:34:16 EST Long Island Marathon - My FIRST MARATHON!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352508 This blog has been a long time in the making. It took place on Sunday, cinco de mayo and here I am now just now getting to type this blog about one of my proudest fitness accomplishments thus far...I AM A MARATHONER! Anyhow, there are a few reasons for my delay in writing... <BR> <BR> a) Immediately after finishing this race and not passing out - I felt like it didn't even happen <BR> b) My body is still recovering so it was difficult to actually sit down and say something positive since I... Fri, 10 May 2013 20:17:50 EST MARATHON TRAINING WK 17&18 - Marathon is TOMORROW, no seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345136 Yeah, no seriously it is, no joke, say it with me... <BR> <BR> AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am not okay with this! As of two minutes ago I just completed my last 2 mile run before the big day. This is it. No more running until then. I hope I am ready but I cannot say 100% that I am. I said that I would LOVE tapering, well I lied, I don't, ya know why, it makes you doubt yourself since you are not actually running the race distance.... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:00:05 EST MARATHON WK16 - Feels SO Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332094 Last week was week 16 of 18 weeks of marathon training and it feels so good! I was seriously getting to my breaking point with the crap loads of mileage and scrambling to fit in runs that lasted for hours, and just when I thought I could not possibly take it anymore...ahhhhhh, taper time! I almost felt like I had an actual LIFE this past Saturday morning when I got to sleep in until 8AM and NOT have to run at all. Loving it! Although tapering always makes you feel weird and makes you ques... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:58:08 EST MARATHON Training WK14 & WK15 - The case of the niggles... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323028 What a funny word niggle is right? I read that word in one of my running books - can't quite remember which one but lately this word pops into my head frequently. This marathon journey has been a long one seriously and I am inching closer and closer to my actual race. In fact, this Saturday was my LAST 20 mile training run...can I get a woohoo! I was so ready to be done with it and now I am, bring on the taper. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, back to this niggle subject. Ever since I started training... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:31:38 EST MARATHON Training WK13 - This marathon IS happening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307927 I finally felt back in the training game during my runs last week. It has still been hectic and crazy in my personal life with this house purchase business but I seriously ended last week with the distinct feeling that this was actually going to happen and with that burden lifted I also resolved myself to the fact that this marathon was actually happening too. Then the spring weather descended upon Rhode Island and the wonderful realization that running is actually a FUN pastime came about.... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:45:42 EST MARATHON Training WK 12 - Lack of Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299958 You know when you feel like you are just going through the motions and it doesn't even feel like it is YOU actually doing it...yeah, that was last week. I am still feeling stressed mainly because of the pending purchase of my potential new home. I seriously feel like someone is going to pull the rug out from underneath me at any given moment and something is going to come up that I cannot control and I will be sad. Such an unsettling feeling! Anyhow, you see - here I go, this blog is supp... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:01:30 EST MARATHON Training WK 10 & WK11 - Stressed & Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290136 I feel like....UGH, just UGH that's all... <BR> <BR> I have been MIA around here with updates recently but I am still plugging along with my marathon training. It is really starting to wear me down and last week I felt absolutely exhausted! Marathon training would not be so hard if I did not have so much STUFF otherwise going on and frankly I find the marathon training to be significantly easier! My job has been busy, not bad busy but busy time wise working late. The kids have lots going... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:09:55 EST MARATHON Training WK9 - Plan Deviation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274777 It was a whirlwind training week last week for marathon training. Because of my unscheduled 20 mile run, I was at least smart enough to scale back my training week to accommodate the longer run than expected. It all turned out okay and I am finally starting to not dread this marathon training process or the actual marathon itself. <BR> <BR> Here are the stats... <BR> <BR> Monday - rest <BR> Tuesday - 5M run outside, 44 minutes <BR> Wednesday - 4M treadmill run, 33:20 <BR> Thursday - res... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:01:41 EST 20 Miles - WHEW, 3:04:45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270136 I DID it! <BR> <BR> I can't even believe that I live to tell the story since I feel pretty HURT but I made it! I am now believing that this marathon is really in the cards for me. Although I was super stressed about the fact that this was supposed to be a half marathon training race but in fact was 20 miles it all turned out okay. I went back and forth all week about the appropriate technique for handling this race and in the end - by this morning - I had decided that I would respect the ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:02:37 EST March Goals & My Pre-Race Freakout... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268421 I am excited as many Sparkers probably are to usher in a new month! Hopefully this will also be a much warmer month too. I have yet to actually write down monthly goals since the new year and I attribute it to mostly my new distraction of training for a marathon. I am trying oh so hard though not to fall into that common trap that most of us fall into where the marathon training experience becomes so draining and all encompassing that we lose sight of honestly being healthy. I know that i... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:04:11 EST MARATHON Training WK 7 & WK 8 - "Race" Training Run, 15M! & MUCH Love for FLORIDA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263710 Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am WAAAAAY behind on my blog updates BUT I am happy to report that it has NOT been due to lack of training. I have been very busy plugging away with my runs but I have been MIA because I was traveling with the fam. All of the last week I was away in beautiful sunny Florida, WOOHOO! My in-laws live in Florida and even though I had to drive ALLLLLLL the way down there - scratch that - DH drove and I was just a passenger which meant that from time to time I got to... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:29:09 EST MARATHON Training WK6 - Survived Nemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246846 Well Sparkers...I am sure many of you have heard by now that the East Coast was clobbered by a storm with such a cute name. As such, marathon training last week was pretty crappy as I was restricted to the treadmill due my own procrastination in getting my long run in. Luckily last week was my "scale back" week so my long run was only 9 miles. However, of course I waited until Saturday to get that done. However, by this point after the cold and upcoming snow I realized that I was going to... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:29:40 EST MARATHON Training WK5 - Restored Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237572 Last week I finally started to believe that a marathon in May will actually happen. After week 4's crappy run, I managed to get my 12M run in nice and early on in the week. I felt really good after getting it done and at a reasonable pace. So only now do I realize that perhaps this is possible to run a marathon. <BR> <BR> I cannot believe that it is February already! I did not write out monthly goals for January but for this month I would like to accomplish at least a few things...blog a... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:53:11 EST MARATHON Training WK4 - Snow is a BUZZkill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229179 This marathon training is NOT going so well. I do NOT feel strong right now and I am hoping, sincerely that this will change as I have only finished week 4 and have many more weeks to go. I hope that is a good thing really because right now I am not feeling like the athlete I thought I could be when I decided to take this on... <BR> <BR> The weather is getting me down big time. ALL I do is dodge snow. I am like the weather forecaster in my house looking at 18 hours of projected weather f... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:42:58 EST Crappy Run Vent...*sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224642 I need to get this off my chest because I have been annoying the crap out of my family since 10AM and I even resorted to the internet googling stupid *DUH* type questions all to resolve my feelings about how crap-tastic my long run was this AM... <BR> <BR> SO, weather in RI has sucked, real bad. It is bitterly cold, single digit cold with wind chill factors so bad I don't even feel entirely comfortable typing them out. As such all this week, against ALL my sincere wishes and desires AND af... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 17:16:53 EST MARATHON Training WK3 - My Treadmill Grounding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218996 Last week after feeling shin splints over the past couple of weeks I decided that I needed to forcefully put myself on punishment to make sure that I would actually scale back and let my leg do some recovery. So last week I did all of my runs on the TREADMILL aka the DREADMILL. Honestly I should not whine about this...but I will :) I actually got a new treadmill for my birthday back in November and she is a pretty thing with lots of fancy dials. Also, the weather around here has been les... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:07:25 EST