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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):

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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    1697 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I loved your pictures. Great job on doing your personal best.

    Glad you did better on your parents' visit.

    1704 days ago
    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!!
    1705 days ago
    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!
    1706 days ago
    Congrats, Susu! You are doing AWESOME.

    Love the picture too :)

    1706 days ago
    Awesome Job Suzie!
    1706 days ago
    Great job!
    1707 days ago
    Congrats on the personal best! That's awesome!
    1707 days ago
    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.)
    1707 days ago
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