Monday, June 7, 2010
Keep checking back to my blog weekly for more video blogs of my journey! And, I'm working towards a Tri-athalon in August! Whoop whoop! :)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I completed 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 16 minutes, on April 25, 2010! Brian and I finished the race despite the cold, misty, foggy conditions. My wonderful husband completed the race in 2 hours and 2 minutes, and I followed 14 minutes later! I am pleased with my time for many reasons. First, I shaved 35 MINUTES off of last years time of 2 hours and 50 minutes!!! Second, once again, I did not walk at all, I ran the entire 13.1 miles. And I just feel GREAT! My body feels so much stronger and faster than last year, and also LIGHTER (20 pounds lighter to be exact!) Thanks to my wonderful friends (Kristen) who get up with me at 5am to work out, the AWESOME exercise class instructors at Urban (Jenelle, Tony, Angie and James!), and the AMAZING people and leaders at Weight Watchers! And of course my running buddy, and my husband Brian! Thank you ALL for being so wonderful and supportive.
Before this race, I swore this would be my last because I haven't seen weight loss results from running as I do with the exercise classes at Urban active, and because of the physical wear and tear on the body. HOWEVER, this race went so smoothly, and I started wondering...if I can reach my weight loss goal (25 more pounds) how much more time can I shave off next year? And how much better will my body feel during/after the race? So, we will just have to wait and see if this girl will make another showing at the Glass City Marathon in 2011!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
In the short amount of time since January 1st so much has happened. I've made working out and eating healthy my number one priority and I feel excellent. It just so happens that when you commit yourself 100% to making those two things your number one priority, everything else seems to fall into place and everything becomes even better than before. Let me explain. I've always been one to workout and eat healthy, but I would say I did it when it was "convenient" for me, and could fit into my schedule. Well now, it is my first priority and it IS my schedule. I used to workout after work here and there, and eat healthy as often as possible and so forth. Now, I'm getting up at 5am, working out harder than ever, counting my calories more strict than ever, making sure I am prepared and planning meals ahead of time and following my Weight Watchers program to the tee. No excuses! When I do that, I not only see results weight wise, but I have so much more energy. I feel like I am a better teacher, a better wife, a better friend, and a better person. I just hope and pray that I can and do keep this up!
Now, when I say I've been working out like crazy, let me elaborate. I've been going to 6am classes Monday through Friday at Urban, which consist of three days of spin and two days weight lifting. On Saturdays I've been doing three classes at Urban and on Sundays I do my own work out. And then there's running...almost forgot, I'm 11 weeks away from the half marathon right? When do I fit in running you say? That's an excellent question I've been asking myself too...you see, I'm in LOVE with these new workout classes and they are yielding results! I didn't lose weight last year through the whole marathon training process, and I'm not sold on giving up the new classes for that reason. So there in lies my dilemma. What I've been trying to to do is fit in my runs either after school (yes, that means working out 2x per day), on snow days or delays (which total three thus far) and on Saturdays and Sundays.
It's a 12 week training program and I'm already behind...but I'll find someway to do it...it just looks like working out twice a day is going to have to be the answer for me until the race is over. It can't hurt, right?
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Apparently, I'm only allowed to get back to running when symptoms have generally resolved (usually about two weeks) and with several restrictions:
- A level and soft terrain
- Distance is limited to 50% of that tolerated preinjury
- Intensity (pace) is similarly cut by one half
- Over a three-six week period, a gradual increase in distance is allowed
- Only then can a gradual increase in pace be attempted.
What? Are you kidding me? I guess I'll be back at square one. You know, I really thought that I was doing very well to not "over-do it", as my mom would say. Honestly, it will be very hard for me to adhere to these guidelines, as you can see from my previous compliance to taking it easy during an injury. I will try my hardest, but I can't promise anything. My heart (aka stubbornness) is telling me to hell with Runner's World, what do they know? I'm sticking with my bunch of bananas...that'll get me through. Right? Right.
Monday, November 10, 2008
My Nike Air Pegasus Livestrong Shoes, and my favorite running/yoga pink Livestrong shirt. The shoes also have a pedometer sensor underneath the shoe liner that sends signals to the Nike Arm Band. They were sold seperate, but well worth it. The arm band keeps track of my miles ran, time, average mile pace, and calories burned. Well worth it!
Under Armour apparrel. Helps keep your body temperature under control, dry, and lookin' good.