Monday, January 31, 2011

January 2011 In Review

Today has been an eye opener.  I am "forced" to take  a full rest day.  I know that I am supposed to rest as part of my training, but I have been doing stretches, well P90X xstretch.  Last week I added in Ab ripper X.  Both are great and challenging.  My abs were sore after ab ripper x, but that has gone away.  When I sat down to do ab ripper X I got a intense sharp pain in my lower abdomen.  I immediately stopped, and moved to X-Stretch.  Again sharp pain, so I am taking a rest day.

This scares me.  Especially since I gained 20 lbs back, still over 100 lbs lost, but still I gained some weight back... That scares me how quickly I did that.  Now that I am in full swing for Marathon training I am scared that taking a day off will cause me to be set back.  My mind really started running.

Then I remembered how important rest is in my training.  Rest is almost as important as the long runs I am doing.  So is eating properly.  I am going to take today and look back on January, and how far I have come.  I am also going to use this going forward to be a learning experience.  Instead of worrying about exercise today I am going to start focusing on what I am eating.  This is so important, because what we put in our tank will help us with what we are able to do.

Looking back on January.  I ran 74 miles, and logged in 89 miles.  That is so important to look at that.  I had a long run of 10 miles.  I overcame my issues with the Treadmill.  All of these are so important.  I learned that my favorite cross training activity is snow shoveling.  Ok not my favorite, but an important one.  I used a house hold activity as part of my training, which is ok.  I did not follow my training plan exactly as it is laid out, I customized it to my life.

I have accomplished so much in January.  I am officially training for The Cleveland Marathon.  The first month was full of ups and downs, but over all I learned so much about myself.  I am starting to get stronger.  I am finding this out by my pace.  I am finding this out by overcoming things that I was struggling with.  Tomorrow is the Start of February, I am so excited to see where I am heading in February.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Another Amazing Long Run Sunday

Today did not go off as I had planned.  But I also know that because it did not go off as I had planned that is just fine, it could very well happen the day of the marathon.  With that being said, it is not easy to deal with.  I have been one that once my day starts off that way, it just goes down hill from there.

I decided that I was going to start using Lose It again.  I know many people have used it, have seen success with it.  I have the iPhone application that allows me to track my food as I do it.  I was going to do it, then I changed my mind.  Needless to say I just decided good or bad I was going to do it.  I have to start somewhere.

So back to my day.  At 3am I was woken up by my son.  He was running a 101.5 fever.  I got up, found the Tylenol and got him some juice.  Took the time to cuddle with him for a few minutes, and then sent him back to bed.  With that, and not falling asleep until after 11, I was tired.  When my alarm went off, I completely ignored it.  I woke up at 6:30, when I was supposed to be heading out the door.  Jodi was wonderful and did not mind me running late.

The good part was we had a "short" long run, only 7 miles.  This made it possible to get my run in before having to be home because I have to be at church to teach Sunday School.  Yesterday I decided to get all of the ice off of our driveway.  We are due another storm, and did not want to have so much ice under the snow.  I spent 3 hours doing this and got just over 1/2 way done.  With this and not getting a good night sleep I felt slow.

At one point in the run I looked at Jodi, I said we had to be running a 11 or 12 minute mile.  I felt slow, very slow.  I was upset because I forgot my Garmin, so I felt naked.  It was just not a good feeling when it came to a run.  This shorter run could not come at a better time.  I am so happy that I had got through that.

When we stopped Jodi and I looked down.  Jodi knew that we were at the pace we were running, I was shocked.  10 1/2 minute mile.  Where did that come from.  I would have never guessed that would be our pace.  I am slowly getting stronger and stronger that is a great feeling.

When I got home, I went to teach.  The entire time the drive way was bothering me.  So after lunch I went outside and finished the second half of the drive way.  It was a great feeling to have that done.  It only took me 1 1/2 hour.  My amazing husband had found a flat shovel, I think it is designed to get ice up.  That took the time, and back breaking work made so much easier.

I am so tired now.  I found because I have not been drinking my water this week, I am drained.  I think that this is also the problem with wanting to eat so much, and the fact that I have a bad headache, that thankfully Tylenol took the edge off.  I am struggling to finish my last glass of water so that I can head to bed.  Tomorrow is a new day and I know that I am lying the foundation down for a great week.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In Your Head

Today I decided to challenge myself.  I wanted to see just how much I could push myself while I was running.  Ok so it is not the same as if I had a trainer pushing me, but for me to do more than set the speed and run for 35 minutes on the treadmill has been difficult for me.  I know that while I am training for the Cleveland Marathon, and that is going to be a distance race, not a sprint, I also know that I need to work on some speed work.

I don't feel comfortable to be running hills on the treadmill, just yet.  I know that getting in hills for training is so important, but I still have 107 days from today before the Marathon, so I feel confident that I will get them in more, especially when the wonderful Cleveland weather starts to change, and I can get my runs in outside more.

I have known, but seeing more evident as I am going through the month that most of this training is to condition our minds.  Our bodies need the training also, but most of the time to get us through, to finish what we have started we need a well conditioned mind as well.  This is so important to me.  While people around me tell me that I am strong, there are times I am just not feeling it.

Today I decided I was going to push the envelope and run faster.  So that is what I did.  I started out at a 6.0 on the treadmill.  This is becoming more and more a typical pace for me to run.  I can't believe that when I started 4.0 was hard, same ask I ventured into the 5.0.  But now my comfortable pace is 6.0.  That is MPH according to the treadmills at the gym I am using.  Well today I pushed myself to run for 3/4 of a mile at 7.5.  That is huge.  I was tired and had to push with everything I had within me, but I did it.

I would not stop.  Even when I started to say ok you did well, just slow down, I refused.  I know that there are going to be so many times during the Marathon that I will just want to stop, but this is where my mind needs to kick in.  This is where I need to take a deep breath and reach down deep and just keep going.

In have also seen that my problem with weight loss is similar.  Because of the fact that Weight watchers does not have a plan for people training for a Marathon, and trying to figure out just how much I should eat, I decided that right now too much of my money was going to a program that just was not working for me.  I knew that I needed to do something, so I stopped the program.

My problem is not knowing what I should eat.  My problem is partially portion sizes, but that is not the biggest difficult I face with my weight loss.  My biggest difficulty is temptations, and giving into them.  It sucks knowing what I "should" do but not able to do it.  I struggle with the ability to say no to eating at night.  To stop myself from going back for snacks.  These are so difficult for me to learn.  But just as today I focused and did not let myself quit, I am going to do that also with my weight loss efforts.

I learned so much from Weight Watchers, and if they had an endurance athlete plan I would be all over that.  But now I need to focus on stopping myself before I go into the kitchen and getting food.  I need to stop eating half way through a meal and asking myself questions.  I need to be strong.  I know that I can do it, but now I just need to do it.

I have set two goals today.
1)  To complete one 5k race in under 26 minutes.  I know that this is going to be difficult, however, I can put my mind to it, and during my training I can work hard to accomplish this.
2)  To stop eating when I don't need to.  I am not focusing on counting calories.  I just want to focus to eat when I need to and stop when I am satisfied.

Both of these goals are going to be a challenge, but I will be successful.  I know that I can do it!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Staring Temptation in the Eyes

Each day we are presented with new challenges.  The way we deal with them defines who we are.  Last week when I was teaching my PSR class we were talking about temptation.  The more I think about the word - Temptation - the more I think.  We are faced with many different temptations each and every day.

We have the temptation to stay in bed, instead of getting out of bed and doing our training.  We may have the best intentions, but it is there.  How many times have you thought - I am so tired I should sleep in, and I will go later.  Or even I will make up for today another day this week.  Our bed is so comfortable, and for those of us who live in the North - the cold, often close if not below freezing winters means, getting out of the warmth, and going out into the cold.  I just wanted to stay in a warm bed.

We also face temptation when we are eating.  Every time we walk into the kitchen food is a difficult choice.  When we drive down the street, finding a fast food restaurant with in a few miles makes it difficult to say no.  We have our favorites, especially the coffee shop just down the street.  Looking in our kitchens we have comfort foods, and foods that we can make in minutes.  The temptation to take the easy way out when we are making food is there for all of us.

Every decision we make we are facing some sort of temptation.  Each decision we make has a consequence. Some are good.  We go to the gym, we feel great, we have more energy, we are taking the steps towards being healthier.  When we make the choice to stay on the couch, we are choosing to not reach our goals and our full potential.

By making the decision to run the Cleveland Marathon, I made the decision to change my life.  I made the decision to face each temptation and not make the easy decision.  I face the temptation to drink Pop instead of water daily.  I face the temptation to sit in my warm house and not go train.  I face the temptation to eat fast food, not fruits and vegetables.  Each of these decisions will effect me in reaching my goal weight, and being able to complete and run the marathon properly.

The next time I am faced with temptation I am going to work on facing the temptation, looking it in the eye and making the decision that will lead me towards a healthy lifestyle, and towards reaching my goal of becoming a long distance athlete, a Marathon runner!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week in Review - The Good, Bad, and Ugly

I have to laugh, something happened this week, my motivation stepped out and I struggled in almost every aspect of my life this week.  However with that being said I did run, and that felt good.  My training was the only consistently good thing I was able to stick to.

It started out great.  Monday is my favorite day of training, because I sit down with Tony Horton and do my X-Stretch from P90X.  I stretch, and feel absolutely amazing after.  I love it.  I focus on breathing and stretching.  I let everything go.  I knew after my "lead leg" run on Sunday I needed that today.

Being so tired I stepped down the run on Tuesday.  While I completed my goal of 3 miles, I slowed down my pace a bit.  I knew that I would need to do that, so I did.  It was still a good run and I did accomplish it.  I was proud, and it felt good.  However that night I asked for a sundae, so my wonderful husband went up to get me a peanut butter cup sundae from Baskin Robins.  It was so good.  I enjoyed it so much.

On Wednesday I was so excited, I did not have to shovel.  So I headed up and did the elliptical Trainer.  Set a goal of 4 miles and 45 minutes, and accomplished both of these goals.  What a great feeling!  But then I got home, and I was hungry, I mean starving.  I wanted food, and chocolate.  Wow.  I felt like a monster that could not stop eating.  And then stress of the week, and life kicked in, and that added to the hungry monster inside.

I tried to be good, but on Thursday, it went out the window.  I got in my 3 mile run, but I was low on time, so no weight training.  I was tired, and hungry yet again, so I ate, and ate and ate all day.  Not even good food, bad food for me.  It was so frustrating.

Well Friday came, and so did the snow.  Instead of resting I ended up shoveling again.  It was cold out there too, but I braved it and cleared my drive way and my neighbors.  That night I was craving a greasy bar burger, so my hubby, myself and our youngest son went to red robin for dinner.  I was so far off of track it was not funny, I was not even bothering to try to track my food.  But let me say that the burger was amazing.

On Saturday I took a rest day.  It was a busy day, we had a birthday party to go to.  I did not worry about the choices I made.  I took small portions of everything, and was ok with that.  I knew that this week was bad.  I was in a funk.

Today Jodi and I went for our first double digit run.  It was a cold -3 with wind chill.  But dressed for the weather we headed out for our 10 miles.  It was amazing.  I honestly thought we were at a 11 mile pace, if not slower, but we were more like at a 10:38 pace or so.  My legs felt so differently than last week.  This is the first long run of the year that I have come home and had energy.

While my eating and other things have been off this week, I feel great.  I did accomplish my training which is important.  I have learned from my eating, and I know that there will be times that I will eat more.  I know that this is part of learning how to eat for this kind of training, because honestly I did well.  I followed my running, and I learned about myself through my eating habits.  While this week was not perfect, how many are.

While the week had some ugly parts, it was a learning week, and I have succeeded.  I am going to continue to come out on top and that is a wonderful feeling.

Friday, January 21, 2011


I hesitate to write this post today, however I am feeling the call to write it.  I feel that this may help people.  I know that in the past sharing this with people who I thought were my friends has ended up hurting me, but I am going to have faith that this is something that will help me feel better today, and maybe touch someone in the process.  Who knows, it could yet again come back to haunt me, but I am praying not.

Ever since I could remember I have suffered with depression.  Sometimes it is not bad, but it has become sever at times as well.  I have had the same feelings since I was very young, so masking them with a smile and going on  with my life and making others feel I was happy, well that was just normal to me.  In saying this I don't blame anyone for this, it is just me, who I am.  I have learned a lot through these feelings.

Growing up I felt that I was not important, and that friends and family did not like me.  They put up with me, but I felt that I honestly had no friends, and that family members just put up with me, well lets face it because they had to, I mean I was family.  I would do everything that I could possibly think of to make them happy.  I would be any person that I thought would make me friends, or make family members love me.  I guess I just wanted attention.  I did not act out, I would over offer to help people, often getting myself over my head.

That trend did not, actually has not stopped.  When I became a college student, I did the same thing.  I wanted to focus on my studies, but that did not make me friends in my mind.  I missed my parents so much which did not help.  I did not get the best grades, and felt like a failure.  The entire time I was there my depression was terrible.  I can remember so many nights crying myself to sleep, and getting myself up in the morning, washing my face and off to class I go.

In high school and college I saw myself as the ugly fat girl.  No one ever wanted to date me.  I had a few friends, but I still felt lonely.  I did not know what was wrong with me.  My friends were dating, what did I not have.  Why did no one like me.  Even after I left college, I had a great group of friends, we would go out to the bars, but no one would come up to me, buy me drinks or even give me the time of day.  I felt like the fat ugly duckling.

I honestly don't know what my husband sees in me.  When we started dating, I never understood how he found me attractive.  I mean, no one else did.  I was the fat ugly girl in the corner that no one liked.  I had many flaws in my body that kept me feeling so self conscience.  When we got married I was so happy, but at the same time, my depression and my belief that I was ugly has been in the front of my mind every day of my life.

Now that I am a mother, the hormones during pregnancy just took over, and caused so many chemical changes in my brain.  I suffered from post pardum depression, that was terrible.  I struggled each and every day, and I would eat to hide the feelings.  After my second son was born, I had a big blow up with people I thought were friends.  A couple of them knew about my struggles of depression and used that against me.  Again I found myself alone.  Again I was fat, alone and severely depressed.

Soon after that I got the strength up to start exercising and start losing the weight I put on.  It was hard.  There were many times that I did not want to go, that I just wanted to curl up on the couch.  I still got up, I got up and I wanted to change my life.  The entire time, through the control of my diet and the exercise I was able to keep these feelings under control.  I also was put on a medication to help me deal, which has changed my life.

I am not perfect now.  I struggle with these same feelings on a daily basis.  Their are many days I am able to easily deal with them, the right way.  But there are days that they over come me.  I still feel like the ugly fat girl, that no one cares about unless I am doing a ton of things for them.  I still feel that my family does not care about me, that I am just there.  I still feel that I anger people all of the time.

I have a few friends, one that is far away and I miss terribly every day.  But other than that I still feel alone.  I constantly wonder what my husband sees in me.  I wonder what was wrong with me in Junior high and High school that no one liked me or ever asked me out.  I was forced by friends to ask someone to prom, and I cried because no one asked me.  I hated high school.  I hated college.  I hated my life.

I see my body and see so many imperfections.  I see how many rolls are on my stomach.  I see so much that I would give anything to get plastic surgery to fix.  I want the confidence to have a body that I like for once in my life.  It amazes me that I lost 130 lbs and I still feel that I am ugly and fat.  I would give anything to take away these feelings.

Recently my depression has flared up.  I am strong enough to get out there and do my exercise, it helps a bit, but not much.  I struggle with the eating.  I try, and try, but struggle, and fail.  It makes things worse.  I cry when I am alone, and wonder when and if things will get better.

Most days I can put on a happy face, and fake it.  I have been doing that my whole life, so that is nothing new.  I am great at that.  I just wish that it was not faking it, and I was actually happy.  I don't remember the last time I was truly happy with every part of my life.  Saying that there are little things that make me happy here and there, but mostly I am not happy.

While I struggle on a daily basis, I turn to God to help me, and I am able to make it through the day.  I know that I will over come this streak, and move forward.  I will be happy again, but in the back of my mind I will be wondering when it will come back.

I ask that you don't judge me.  Writing this helps.  I just want to share my story.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Slowly Improving Myself

Each week of January I want to add something new to my healthy lifestyle.  Continue to work on what I am currently doing, and then also start to focus on something new.  I have decided if I struggle for the first week, then continue to work on it before adding on the next piece to focus on.

At first I started to focus on tracking everything I was eating.  That helps me to be accountable to know exactly what I am putting into my body.  It is also a great way to keep me honest.  I often think twice before eating something I know I shouldn't, simply because I don't want to have to find out how many points it is, because that scares me.

That went well, and is still going well.  I am making sure to be conscience of everything I am eating, and hopefully that will become a life time habit.  I have to admit it is easier to go back to this, having the knowledge of the different foods I should eat, and what to stay away from.  I am still working on figuring out how to get in some of my favorite, higher point foods, and not feel guilty about that.  I know that I don't want to cut them out for life, but I want to have them from time to time.

Then I started to work on my water intake.  I searched for an app for my iPhone so that I can not only track my water intake, but understand how much water I should drink each day.  I found water for my body.  I love it.  It tells you by your weight how much water you should drink, and then you add in how much caffeine you drink, the amount of exercise you do and other factors to see how many oz of water you need in a day.  This varies from day to day depending on how I answer the questions.  Today depending on how much coffee I drink I will need to drink approx 130 oz of water.  That may be a bit more if I have more coffee.  This has helped me to stop drinking soda as well.

This week I am working on Meditation and breathing exercises.  I know that will help me with stress management.  Stress is the number 1 factor in  me eating lots of sweets and not eating the way that I want to . I need to find a better way to manage this, so I thought that this would work.  I also thought that learning how to breath better will help me during exercise and every day life.  So far I am setting a goal of 15 minutes a day.  Eventually I want to carve out 30 minutes or more to meditate.  Maybe doing it a few times a day.

Each of these steps are important for me to stay on track and focus on the person I want to be.  I know that it is not easy, but each step together will help me to be a stronger runner, mother, and person.  That is important.  I am not sure where my focus will be next, but I will see where these steps lead me, and decide from there.

My plan is to add on new steps in January and focus on improving these each month going forward.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Good and Bad of this week

Wow this week was a difficult one in my book.  I look back and see the struggles, the times I wanted to give up, but then I see the successes that each of the struggles brought.  That is one amazing thing to see.  Each of the struggles brought its own successes.

The Good

  • I faced the treadmill twice and won
  • Two amazing weight training sessions
  • I lost 3 lbs
  • I drank all of the water that I was supposed to
  • I logged my food almost every day
  • I stuck to my training schedule
  • I logged in 23 miles this week
  • I went to bed earlier
  • I never stopped even when it got hard
The Bad
  • Wanted to stop many times on the treadmill
  • Today's run I felt like I had lead weights instead of legs
  • I had a big chocolate craving all week
  • I struggled getting out to exercise
  • I was inside my head and it was against me
Ok looking at the good makes me wonder why I struggled this week.  The good came from overcoming the struggles that I had.  I never gave up.  I always pushed through everything that was stopping me.  That is exactly how I am going to finish the Marathon.  I am going to overcome the struggles.  I am going to push through when I want to stop.  I know that I can do it.  

I have to say that I have learned just how strong I am through running.  By strong I mean mentally.  I knew that physical strength would be part of running, I never thought that mental strength would come into play.   But I think that is the biggest, and hardest part of training.  You have to overcome everything that is thrown at you, and pushing through takes the ability to mentally push through it.  

Today Jodi helped me to over come the tiredness I was feeling.  Her being there as a cheerleader, understanding the struggles helped.  She has a way of motivating me to keep me going.  That was so needed today when I just wanted to stop hundreds of times.  I pushed through when I wanted to stop.  

Next week will be better!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Positive Step.

I was going to skip blogging today, but I was so proud of myself, that I wanted to put out a quick note.  I did it.  I was able to run on the treadmill for 35 minutes.  I am not good with running on the treadmill, which if you follow my blog you would know.  But I knew that I needed to do it.

Today I got on the treadmill, set the alarm on my phone for 35 minutes, and covered up the panel on the treadmill.  I have seen people do that but honestly until today I thought it was silly.  Well I was wrong, I am so glad that I did it.  I ran for 35 minutes, over 3 miles.  It was a great feeling and a great tempo run.

I then finished my workout with my weight training, which I know will help me become a better runner.  I am so proud of myself today.  I know that it is the first step, but it is a positive step in the right direction!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Applications that Keep Me On Track

While today, while it was a rest day, I decided that I would do x-stretch.  I have been a little sore, and I know how amazing I feel when I am done with x-stretch, so I did it.  Again I am not let down with feeling better than before I started.  It is a great way to start off a rest day.  I guess doing a stretching DVD to me is not "exercising" it is promoting me to rest and relax.  It is a great way to get my body to just relax completely.  I am considering the next time I do it to add in some meditation after.  I figure that would just help me with my breathing.  And I know that breathing is not only important in everyday life, but especially important in running.

I also started to look at my iPhone and iPad for different applications that would help me to pursue a healthy lifestyle, and promote good health for my Marathon training.  First I need to track my miles run.  Simple I use DailyMile.  That will take you directly to my training page.  I was looking for an application to use from my phone to check my friends and post different workouts that I do.  I like to sync the ones that I run outside on my Garmin, but if I am at the gym, using my phone is perfect.  I found Electric Miles.  Love it, it is perfect for exactly what I was looking for.  Best part it is a free application.

Second I wanted to ensure I was drink my water.  I am terrible, as I suspect many of us are about drinking water.  This application allows me to add in my weight, how many minutes of exercise I do a day, If there is an extreme temperature, and any additional water I need to drink to off set caffeine or alcohol.  It is perfect.  Right now for today I need to drink 140.00 oz of water today.  Seems like a lot but broken down through out the day it is not bad at all.  I am currently 12.00 oz away from drinking all of the water I need to drink for the day.  I have had this application for 6 days now and it shows that I Have drank 100% of my water goals for that day, which vary according to the different figures you put in, each day, minus today until I finish that last 12 oz.  What a great motivator.  It is called Water For My Body.  I highly recommend it.  I did get the paid app which was .99  I think that this is so worth it because I can add in the additional information and get a more accurate amount that I need to drink.

Third I know that eating is so important.  It is the fuel that keeps your body going.  It is the key factor for many of us in if we lose or gain weight that week.  If we eat too much it is bad, if we don't eat enough, again bad.  Then comes into play the types of foods we are eating.  There is so much to learn.  So much to understand.  I found a great new application today.  It is called Fooducate.  It allows you to scan a bar code of a food you are going to eat.  Then it will grade that food.  It will explain why it got the grade it did.  Then it will give you better alternatives that you can eat.  You can also compare two products.  I just tried it a couple of times today.  I was amazed on some of the food I was eating was rated so low.  It really opened my eyes to the food I thought was "healthy" and was not.  And I have been looking into good food for a while, this is just the next step for me.  I read labels, but this takes reading labels to the next level.

My final application that goes along with eating is my Weight Watchers Application.  This is the perfect tool to help me to track exactly what I am eating.  In all of my weight loss efforts over the past 2 years I have realized that I am most successful when I am tracking the food I am eating.  It is important to understand completely what I am putting into my body.  It keeps me honest and prevents me from over eating.  I love Weight Watchers because with out this program I don't think I would ever be in a place to start running, or even think about training or running a marathon.  I look at food so much differently now that I ever have before.  I have more respect for food, and understand the difference in good and bad options.  But one thing I have learned is that with out tracking I fall off the wagon.  

This week I am using all of these applications to help keep me on track.  I don't expect to be perfect, but I know that they will help me to stay on track and help me to achieve all of my ultimate goals!  I expect to fall a few times, but these are going to help me to get back up and continue back down the path I have been on.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Frozen Tundra

Frozen was the theme for this run.  I set all of my gear out last night.  Jodi and I had to go run about 15 minutes early today.  I teach Sunday School at my church, so I needed to get home in time to eat a bit, get some water and take a shower.  So I had to leave my house by 6:15 to get to meet Jodi.  I made sure that I drank enough water yesterday, which turned out to be more important that I imagined it would be.

I get there this morning.  My car says 13 degrees, and Jodi informs me that she checked the feels like on the weather channel, and it said -1.  I knew we were in for a cold run.  But we got ready and off we went.  We decided instead of a cool down walk, we would opt for stretching.  I am glad that we did.  I did not freeze as bad as last week.  A couple of miles into the run I started to see my eyelashes.  I looked over at Jodi, and noticed that her eyelashes and eyebrows were frozen, so I am sure that mine were.  I was amazed at my frozen lashes.  As a former swimmer I am used to frozen hair, but never remember getting frozen lashes.  Why we did not get a frozen lash picture I am not sure.  Next time it happens we will.

The run went smooth.  We decided to run in the street, since that was clear.  I am glad that we did.  I was also sporting my new running shoes.  With the problems that I had last week, I am happy to have my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11.  They offer the perfect balance of comfort and support for my feet.  I can honestly say after this run that most of my injuries were do to my shoes.  These shoes are a little heavier than my other shoes, I know because a few times, as I started to let my posture go, I kicked my ankles, and I have nice bruises.  I am happy to report, for the first run over 6 miles I did not get any blisters!

On our way back I had to use the rest room, so we stopped at a bathroom.  Well it was a little cold in there, but warmer than outside, so I started melting.  It was weird to feel the drops off of my eyelashes.  But we kept going, and had a strong finish.

I love the fact that we are not going for a sprint, and that we are going a good pace.  I am glad that we will get faster as the runs progress, but being our second long run of the year, I would classify this one as a success.  I am excited to training starts tomorrow.  I am excited to see how strong we get as we progress forward in our training.

Keep on Running, I know I will

Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Week Training - Review

Wow I can not believe that I am saying that I just finished my first week of Marathon Training.  Wow I still can not believe that I am training for a Marathon.  That is just simply amazing to me.  I can say I am honestly proud of what I have done.  I am staying with my News Years Resolutions...  But seeing how they are all running related I can honestly say that I should be able to keep them all, for the first time in years.

Well the week started on Sunday.  Jodi and I went out in full Ninja gear and ran 7 miles.  Other than freezing on the walk back and the car troubles, it was a good solid run.  Then Monday I used as a rest day.  I was tired, and not running much before that I knew that I needed to keep my body strong.

Tuesday I went to the gym, since it was so cold, and went into the gym to run on the treadmill.  I also want to start focusing on strength training so I lifted weights at the same time.  It was a great work out.  I am starting to over come my negative treadmill running, and loved the weight lifting.  I think I may have figured out a few different ways to stay motivated on a treadmill.  I plan on trying them out this week, so I am sure that I will post those results.

On Wednesday off to use the elliptical.  The only problem was the fact that my feet were killing me, and I knew that it was time to retire my old shoes, and that put my training on hold a bit.  Thursday I did a DVD at home.  Still a work out, but not the one I was hoping.  Friday I was planning on going to the gym to do weights and then do a DVD at home.  Well we got hit with snow, and I spent 2 hours instead shoveling my drive way and my neighbors.  I took that as a good work out, so I was happy of how that ended.

Friday night my wonderful husband took me out to get my new shoes.  I have mixed feelings about retiring my first pair of running shoes.  I got Nike shoes, and they worked well.  Now I am in a pair of Brooks shoes.  Good support, and I am looking forward to my first run in them. To finish out my week I took Saturday off.  It turned out to be a good thing, my 6 year old came down with Strep Throat, and I needed to be mommy today.

All in all I am doing well.  I am excited that even though my plans did not go as planned, that I was able stay positive.  One thing I have always struggled with is when thing do not go as planed getting down on myself.  I can't let that happen.  I know that I will be ready for the Marathon, and that sometimes I will miss a run here and there, but I will be ok.  I understand that I want to do may not be perfect but I just need to try my hardest.

The other step in the positive direction I have taken is to drink my water.  I got an app for my iPhone that tracks my water intake.  It allows me to add in minutes of exercise, and other factor that tell you how many oz of water you need to drink.  I am so proud of myself I have drank all of my water each day so far.  I am glad that I am keeping hydrated.

I am looking forward to more training.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Deviating From Your Plan

If there is one thing I am learning is that it is not always possible to stay with one plan.  That there are times that you may have to change your plan of attack.  While I know that this will be a big help when it comes to everyday life, I never would have imagined that it would be an important part of my running and training.

After yesterday when I was at the gym, on the elliptical, and I had the pain in my feet from my shoes, I knew that running today with out new shoes would not be smart.  But knowing that I would not be able to make it to get new shoes until Friday or Saturday, and I don't want my training to fall by the wayside what am I going to do.

The "old" me would freak out worrying about missing training, and how would this effect me.  Then I would probably sit down and go off in anger at my husband.  Oh yea and don't forget get out a big glass of pop and the chocolate, because that will solve everything.  Then I would stop running even after getting the shoes for a couple of weeks.  Yea that is how I would handle it.

Now I am in a different situation.  I have learned that if you miss a day of training don't panic.  It will be ok.  That you are strong enough to keep moving forward.  That if you plan to run 5 and can only run 3 that is fine to.  I have also learned that even though in a perfect world the shoes would magically either never wear out or a new pair would appear at your doorstep when you need new shoes.  But since that does not happen, and I don't have magical Harry Potter powers, I have to make do with with I have.

So knowing that I will have to wait until Friday or Saturday to get my shoes I knew that I was going to have to make some changes in my thoughts of what my work out was going to be.  This coupled with the fact that I have limited amount of time today, I had to find something else to do.  At first I was going to do an hour long video, but realized I only had time for 30 minutes.  That is when I remembered that I have Slim in 6.  So I did the beginner video.  I know I have been running, however I am not ready to move up in videos, different muscles are being used.

While I was not doing my perfect 3 mile hill run that I wanted to do today, I did something.  I got up and did my video, in the time that was available to me.  I did some exercise, kept my body moving.  I know that this is a great way of opening my mind up to more possibilities that I am read to take on more.  I will be ready for the marathon because of little steps like this!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Count Down Begins

When reading a tweet this morning I realized that there are 130 days until the Cleveland Marathon.  So that seems like a lot, but when yous tart to think about it, really it is not that much.  There is a number of things that I need to do to prepare for the marathon, and that is why I need to get my head in the game now.  So that is what I am doing.

I started reading Marathoning For Mortals by John "The Penguin" Binngham and Coach Jenny Hadfield, M.A., C.P.T.  This is an amazing book for everyone who is thinking about wanting to start running or walking a Half-Marathon or even a full Marathon.  I have found that this book is making me even more excited and confident in my training for the Marathon.

Jodi put together a wonderful training schedule for us.  But as I am reading the book I have decided to combine both training schedules together to make a personalized one for me.  That is one of the best parts about running, and training.  You don't have to do a set training program.  You can deviate here and there to make one that is going to make you stronger and ready to take on the challenge of 26.2 miles.

I am excited because along with the training it touches on some very important yet often over looked parts of training.  Like I never thought about how important cross training and weight training is.  It just did not occur to me.  But now after talking with Jodi and reading the book, which I am still not done with yet, I understand why it is just so important.  It just helps to make you stronger and that will make you a better runner.  Yea that does makes sense.

I also learned more about nutrition.  Weight Watchers is wonderful.  I love the program.  However when you are taking on a challenge of a marathon, you need to deviate from the plan just a bit to properly fuel your body.  The way you are fueling your body in general is so important, but for a marathon or any athletic event it becomes a higher priority than many people think about.

Over all I fell that this book and the wonderful talks Jodi and I have during our distance runs is going to help me to become an overall better athlete.  That is so important.

Today I choose to run inside for two reasons.  One I have to overcome the problem I am having with the treadmill.  But secondly I wanted to do some weight training.  I was planning on doing a 3 mile run, so today is perfect to add on the additional weight training.  So I did.  3 miles running, changing the pace helped me to stay interested in running.  I am proud to say I only walked long enough to take a drink of water then right back to running.

After a quick cool down I headed over to the weight machines and started doing some weight training.  I was not striving for the highest possible weight, but just wanted to start to make me stronger.  Walking out of the gym today I felt great.  I am ready to take on the next 130 days to run my full Marathon.  I know I will be strong and ready to go!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside

Well today starts my Pre-Marathon training.  I have taken a long break, and with Marathon training starting the 10th I decided to Pre Train.  But seriously I felt that it is a great way to get back into the swing of things.  So Jodi and I went for our long run together.  We decided on 7 miles, not bad.  We also decided that we would take it easy, not a "fast" pace, but a comfortable pace.

I get up and sit down to eat.  Of course Nathan has to get up so I was a bit out of it.  I ended up being a few minutes late, thankfully Jodi did not mind.  We both got ready and put all of our gear on.  Before stepping out of the car I needed to take a picture of the temperature.

As you can see it is dark outside too.  So 25 degrees out and while I would rather be in my warm bed, I am heading out to run.  I would never have thought that I would ever get up on January 2nd in 25 degrees and head out for a run.  How thing have changed.  

Of course we stop at the bathroom before starting to run.  It was a heated bathroom, so warm, but we needed to head out and run.  One quick picture and off we went....

We look like ninjas.  But we were ready to go.  I felt slow the entire run, but it was nice to talk and run.  We really did not see much of anything, it was quiet.  Just as I was pulling into the parking lot there were 2 runners starting out, then we saw 2 more.   A couple of miles into the run we saw a group of runners, who I am sure we will see again.  

One lesson we learned was a mile cool down run was perfect for the summer but it was not so nice in the winter.  The first half mile was ok, but then after that it got cold and quickly.  My fingers are still cold.  It was a quiet nice run, except for Jodi's car needing to be jumped.  But her husband had perfect timing as we ended our run, he showed up to save the day.  

Of course I had to take another picture at the end of the run.

I was amazed that my sleeves had frost on them, and so did my hat.  It was cold, but it felt great.  I am looking forward to more runs.  I am looking forward to the weather starting to warm up, but I have a feeling it is going to get colder first.  I am prepared and ready to go.  

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 in review

I can't believe that it is 2011, where did the time go.  This means a new training program, marathon training.  I am so excited that in May I will have completed at least 2 more half marathons and a full Marathon.  Taking on this challenge is going to be difficult.  Not only am I going to be adopting a running program, nothing new, but I need to adopt an eating program.

These are all positive steps to help me to achieve my weight loss goals and my fitness goals.  My friend Jodi and I are going to take on this challenge together.  I know that this will help us to both achieve our goals.  We will cross this finish line together!  It will be amazing.

Looking back at 2010, what an amazing journey.  On January 1 I just wanted to simply complete a 5k.  So I signed up for my "first" 5k - the one attached to the Cleveland Marathon.  But in a year I accomplished so much more.

I found a 5k by my house.  Up until the morning of the race I went back and forth if I was going to run, I mean it was raining outside.  But I made the decision about 1 hour before the start of the race I decided to run.  I went over and ran it.  I finished in 29 minutes.  I was proud of myself.

During a training run, I ran 6 miles, this was about 2 weeks before I was supposed to run that first 5k, so when I went down to pick up my race packet I switched to the 10K.  I completed that in 1 hour 2 minutes.  What a great feeling.  As I crossed the finish line, watching the half marathon finishers starting to come, and the excitement of the marathon finishers running, I decided I needed to run a 1/2 marathon.

Over the summer I raced more 5k runs.  I had a personal record of 27 minutes.  I also signed up to run 10 miler.  That was a great race.  I did it by myself.  I finished in 1 hour 40 minutes and got my first metal.  What a great feeling.  I was in the process of training for my first 1/2 marathon.  I was thinking that I could run it in 2 hours 30 minutes.  Jodi was there with me through the training.

We rode the bus to the start line.  It was a terrible bus ride.  I can remember the excitement and nerves.  We started off.  Jodi was showing off by running backwards and taking pictures.  But she was supportive the entire run.  Helping me stay focused and strong.  I finished in 2 hours 6 minutes.  It felt great.

After that I ran another 1/2 marathon, sick in 2 hours 21 minutes.  I ran my first 5k with my husband on Thanksgiving.  Not my best time, but I felt good.  To finish out the year Jodi, her daughter Kaetlynn and I ran/ walked the reindeer run.  What a great year.  I accomplished so much more that I ever imagined.

Looking forward I have many plans.  I plan on running following races, God willing, and saying that I can afford them:

  • Glass City 1/2 Marathon
  • Cleveland Marathon
  • Spring Classic 1/2 Marathon
  • Fall Classic 1/2 Marathon
  • Perfect 10 Miler
I also want to put in a handful of 5k along the way!!!  This is going to be an amazing year.  Many goals to achieve along the way.
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