Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May In Review

I guess you can say that May did not quite end up like I thought it would.  Honestly I thought I would finish the Marathon, and running the entire time, in 4 hours 30 min or so.  I would then start recovery runs the next week.  The plan was for my next race to be June 5th - the Warrior Dash.  Well that did not happen.

In the Month of May I had many firsts:
  1. I completed my first Taper.  That was a weird feeling.  Tons of emotions, and lots of extra energy that I was not used to having
  2. I completed a marathon.  Yep not running in, but limping, never the less it was a finish.
  3. I ended up on crutches.  Never before in my life have I ever used crutches, and honestly quite a funny site.
  4. Took my first Yoga class.  If you have not done so I highly recommend it because it is completely amazing.
My stats for May:
Running miles:                  51 Miles
Swimming miles:                 2 Miles
Biking miles:                       8 Miles
Walking miles:                     1 Mile
Yoga Classes:                      2

So while May was not "perfect" in how exactly I thought it would be, there were some amazing things that happened.  I found my way back into the pool  I love swimming and being in the pool is a great feeling.  I also found my way back to weight watchers.  Keep an eye out for the Weigh In Wednesday to hear about how that is going.  I learned that I love yoga, and feel great when I do it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fun Times Friday

I decided to change up my blog a bit, ok just add in some fun things.  Since I love to laugh, and usually find something that makes me laugh during the week, I  decided to add this to my blog.

Since I have been on crutches, my children have been curious about them, especially my 3 year old.  While I was relaxing today this is what he did...


Crutch Fun

This entertained him for a while.  Too cute

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

There Is More To Life Than Running

I have learned something today - Life is more than running.  What?  Can it be?  I guess I forgot about that, well not really.  Since January running has been on my mind almost constantly.  Either excited to get out there and run; frustrated because mother natures seems to hates Ohio; or scared out of my mind because I was attempting something new.  I scheduled my life around my running schedule.  I am not complaining about this one bit.  It was so exciting, I felt amazing just getting out there and accomplishing every little accomplishment along the way.

Since the marathon, I have found I have a new lesson to learn - dealing with an injury.  I am lucky I just have shin splints, but lets face it they suck.  First I am blonde, and have very little balance - walking around my small house, with toys everywhere, (btw most of the toys have wheels, or are round since my boys love cars, and trains and balls) that becomes not only difficult, but I am pretty sure if you had a hidden camera around my house I would win lots on America's Funniest Home Videos.  I had given them up, feeling good, ok so such a wrong idea - I still need to heal more before giving up the crutches, so out they came again. 

Now that I can not run comes another problem - what should I do.  I am not supposed to put weight on my leg, but now Mother Nature finally decides to bless us with nice weather - and I want to be outside, walking, playing, at the zoo, or at the park or even dare I say it running.  It is perfect weather.  Unfortunately all of these require one thing - putting weight on my leg - not such a good idea.  I decided to try the stationary bike, not bad, but I need to figure out how to adjust it properly - guess next time I need to ask.

On a serious note, I found a cure for my depression - running.  That sucks because obviously I have been benched.  This is the first time an injury has done this to me, and I don't know what to do.  As Dave pointed out to me, I am being tested.  I wish I could have studied for this test, I hate these pop tests!  So I am figuring out how to do this, how to deal with these feelings?

One of the things I did to help was to volunteer at a water stop for the Weight Watcher's Walk it day.  That was so much fun.  I loved encouraging everyone to keep going and believe in themselves.  I am looking forward to volunteering or spectating at other races.  When it comes to Spectating, I know that I have to take some help from Redhead Running because with her injuries, she has taken spectating to a new level.  I also love reading her blog because she is so positive, it is hard not to be positive after reading it. 

Finally I guess I need to take life one day at a time.  I am hoping that I will find some other cross training things to do soon so that I can stay active.  I started weight watchers again and I know that will help.  I know that I don't have to be perfect, lets face it that would be boring.  I simply need to figure out how to keep my head up and realize that everything happens for a reason, I can either accept it, or I can work with it and learn from it.  Wish me luck because it will not be easy, then again nothing ever is.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Something to be said about Accountability

I have been reflecting this past week, on my weight loss journey and on my running journey.  I have learned so much about myself, and I found out that I need accountability.  I am sure that I am not the only one, or at least I hope not.

For me with running I need a goal, something I am working towards.  I do so well when it comes to training because I had a goal in mind.  I knew what I needed to do to accomplish my goals.  I followed the schedule and just did it.  This week was hard for 2 reasons, one because running became a habit, and I looked forward to my daily run.  Secondly because I couldn't and I don't like being told that I can't.  I like to prove people wrong. 

I am scared because right now I am "benched" for a while due to my injury, and I will not be able to run.  I need to find a way to stay active, with out hurting myself any more than I already did.  I am scared because I don't want to loose what I have already accomplished.  I am scared because I found that I was getting depressed, which I have been battling most of my life, with out running. 
Running helped me to feel good about myself. 

The one good thing is I still have my goals ahead of myself - I am going to run the Columbus 1/2 marathon, and my goal is to PR that race with a time under 2 hours.  I also set a goal to PR my 5K time with a time under 27 minutes.  Both I can accomplish, but it is just going to take time, first I need to heal, then I need to start training again. 

I also found that I need accountability when it comes to eating.  I gained so much weight during marathon training, because I was just eating, and not caring.  I did not write down what I was eating.  I was not making the best choices.  I know that the weight gain has so much to do with the mental struggle that I have with running.  I know that I would be faster if I was less weight. 

I actually weight 2 lbs more than the first time I joined Weight Watchers back in 2/10.  I know that this is not where I want to be.  I joined Weight Watchers again today, to have the accountability of weighing in each week at a meeting, and the fact that I have to write down what I am eating.  I know that was the secret to my success before, and exactly what I need to do to get back on track.

The one good thing about this start to Weight Watchers is I know what to expect.  I love the fact that I am already active.  Since I can not run, I have a plan ahead of me to start cross training and weight training.  I really feel that the secret to my success when it comes to running is the combination of the weight loss, and the cross and weight training.

I have a plan, I have the accountability I need with Daily Mile, Weight Watchers, My friends and of course my Blog.  I will succeed.  I will reach my goal weight and I will achieve my running goals - the difference this time is that once I reach them I will not turn back, I am going to keep being accountable!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I AM A MARATHONER

Well here is my race Recap - The best way to write it is divide it into the Good - The Indifferent and The Ugly and of course the Thank You's.

This experience was one of the best in my life.  I can say that this was not a perfect, it did not go as planned.  When Dave was able to finally able to make it through the crowd to come up to meet us, I lost them almost immediately.  I honestly thought I would never see them until after they crossed the finish line.  I found them again, but I lost supportive words to keep them going.

I had so many different feelings through out the marathon.  I loved when I felt strong during the first half.  I embraced the struggles when the runners and the crowd thinned out.  I started crying when I struggled walking at the end.  I felt guilty when I left and lost Dave and Jodi the second time.

It was not a perfect run, but no matter what happened I am a Marathoner and no one can take that away from me.  Here is the best way to summarize the events of the day. 


The Good:  
  • I am a marathoner.  I completed 26.2 miles.  I set out to be a marathoner, and now I am


I completed the race







We may not have had a perfect race - but we are all Marathoners!
  • Jodi made me a name bib from Races2Remember It had my name and my favorite running quote - Suck It Up Cupcake!  Every time I started to get a doubt in my head - I just remembered my quote, and kept going
    • I had so many people along the root cheering me on telling me when I started slowing down to Suck It Up.  That helped me keep going.
The Bib Jodi made me

    • I saw Morgan on the course, and she was cheering me on!  They were such great supporters - the best in the crowd!
    • At the end of the race about miles 24 or so I found a wonderful partner to run with.  We talked and kept both of our spirits up and crossed the finish line together.
    Approaching the Finish Line

    • The crowd on the first half of the course was amazing.  Supportive, kept the energy high.  
    • All of the volunteers working the water stops and course were great.  They were so supportive through the whole race, even in the rain and the cold.  I tried my hardest to thank everyone of them that were there.
    • All in all this was a great look at the City of Cleveland.  The first half of the run was much more beautiful than the second, but this was the best way for me to see the city.
    • We got to meet some great bloggers before the run.  Everyone was so supportive. 
    •  
    Bloggers Ready to take on the Race
      The Indifferent


      •  I am not sure how to qualify this, but I ran the course alone, for the most part.  I lost Dave and Jodi at the beginning, found them and lost them again.  I was tracking them on my phone so I knew that they were still out there.  
      • After the half marathon separation point there was not many people out at all, probably because of the rain I would have to guess, but still would have made the course better, especially since it thinned out at that point.
      • Since I was towards the end of the race everyone was cleaning up the water stops.  I understand why, but it made me feel slow.
      • There was a drizzle the entire time we were running, I felt completely wet the entire time.
      • Trying to figure out how to run the entire time, after mile 15 starting to have troubles with my head.  I was able to over come it most of the time.  
      The Bad
      • I seemed to find all of the pot holes that were not filled in on the course.
      • Running next to Lake Erie was cold, windy and smelly, I had to dodge many dead fish that splashed up on the path.  I thought a couple of times I would be sick
      • Mile 22 I ended up with bad pains in my left leg, shin splints and cramps.  I could barely walk, let alone run.  I did my best to move and run, but it was difficult.
      • I felt sick after and had to head to Medical.  I could barely walk in or out.  I gave my husband my cell phone at the end so I was alone and scared at some points walking back since I was limping so bad.
      • Wondering the entire time where Jodi and Dave were, I feel I should have stayed with them - wondering if I would do more harm or do good if I had stayed with them.
      • I ended up at the ER after the race, I could not put pressure on my leg at all.  I am on Crutches for the next week and slowly getting back out there to work out, and run
      Waiting in the ER


       














      Icing to help with the pain

      Thank You
      There are so many people that I need to thank for this experience. 
      First of all being an official blogger was an honor.  Being new to running I was surprised to be chosen to share my experiences.  I just hope that others will read this and know that they can do it too, and it is one of the most rewarding experiences they can experience.
      I want to thank Morgan, Jen, and Spike for coming in and being the best cheering squad.  You are amazing, and I can't wait to run again with you, and support you more during your training.
      It goes with out saying that all of the volunteers, at the expo and on the course were simply amazing.  They did not have the best conditions to work in, and yet they were still up beat and positive for all of the runners.  It made the run fun.  The same for all of the course entertainment, they put a big smile on my face the entire way.
      I want to thank Dave.  I just met Dave during training, and now can honestly say if I did not scare him to bad, I have found a great friend.  He is the most upbeat person you can meet.  He gives a pep talk when needed and wants you to shine.  There were many times during training that he knew exactly what to say to give me the confidence I need to finish strong.
      My family was amazing during this experience.  They gave me support.  My sons were excited to always hear about my runs.  My mother and father for being so proud of me.  My sister and her family for being there for me.  Of course my husband who had to do so much, from take care of me, listen to me cry and believe in me.  I am so blessed to have a wonderful support system all around me!
      Last but not least I have to thank Jodi.  I am a marathoner because of her, and I say that because she believed in me.  She set up our training schedule.  She challenged me during our long runs.  Jodi cheered me on the entire time.  For me Jodi is the one person I turned to when I was scared.  She helped me know that I can do anything that I put my mind to.  I could go on and on, but I think I will save that for another blog post.

      I have to say thank you to all who supported me through this adventure.  I have decided that this will not be my last marathon - next I will tackle Columbus.  More to come with that.
       

      Monday, May 16, 2011

      Marathon Weekend - Part one

      In thinking about this weekend, and after talking to other bloggers I decided the idea of writing two posts to recap this weekend is the best idea.  Starting Friday Night, that was the official start to the weekend.  Jodi and I headed out to the VIP Dinner at the Hyatt.  What a great event.  We got to enjoy a nice pasta dinner, and hear the people who were in charge of putting on the Marathon talk.  Hearing some amazing stats on the Marathon made me so excited.  We left early, as we both wanted to make sure we had a good night sleep.



      Saturday came, and I was excited and nervous at the same time.  I headed to the expo, first to help work the CWRRC booth.  My husband and I both joined them this year.  While I have yet to run a training run with them, I love the support they give.  Then I met up with Jodi, Dave and some other bloggers.  It was so nice to meet people that I am reading there writing all of the time, I already felt like I knew them but still it was nice to finally "meet" everyone.
      At that point we walked around the expo.  It was at a new location this year.  It was a bit cramped, but still seeing all of the runners was amazing.  You could feel the energy from everyone as they were walking around.  I met some amazing people at the Team In Training booth, and decided that for my next run I want to run with them, and do my first Charity run.   

      As we were walking around I learned of all of the troubles that were had at our hotel.  The renaissance hotel screwed up our room reservation, after checking out 3 rooms, we finally found one that we could use.  We had 3 people and one queen sized bed, um the night before a marathon that was not going to work.  So we were finally able to get our things into the room, and get ready for the pasta dinner. 

      I won tickets to the pasta dinner, which made choosing a dinner location easy.  I was surprised how good the pasta dinner was.  We met up with some wonderful people at the dinner.  It was so nice to talk to the other runners and share stories.  We met up with Joanna, who is so amazing, and met a guy from Canada, who was using the Cleveland Marathon as a destination run.  Good for him, while we were a little confused, not many of us have thought about Cleveland as a destination, but we live here. 

      We then headed back to our room.   On the way we met Morgan AKA Red, she is amazing.  So up beat and so much energy.  I can say her blog is her exact personality!  She gave us a cute bag with some treats in it.

      Dave and Jodi were very entertaining the night before the marathon.  I have never laughed so hard in my life.  Jodi, Dave and I were having a good time.  It helped me to put aside the nerves.  We got our things out for the morning and then tried to relax.  

      Jodi made me a name bid from races2remember.  She asked me my favorite quote.  When she gave it to me I felt so great.  I love it.  What a great way to end the day.  It made it much easier to fall asleep, we had to be up early in the morning.

      Well since my race report will be long, I will save that for another post.

      Tuesday, May 10, 2011

      What Is Holding You Back?

      Never say never, how many times do we hear that?  Even more how many times do we say the word Never?  During my last long run we were talking about my journey to running.  As I have been very open about my weight loss struggles, and how I have lost over 130 lbs over the past couple of years.  Through the weight loss I found out that I was a runner. 

      The more that I weighed the more that the word Never was apart of my vocabulary.  I said I would never lose the weight - I was wrong.  I said I would never run - again wrong.  I heard of a marathon, but that one I said never, ever would I do - well again wrong.  Thousands of more things that I said to myself on a daily basis that started with the phrase "I will never..."

      Isn't it funny, we stop ourselves before ever beginning.  We can always come up with an excuse on why we can not do something, mostly because we never could, never would or just plan can't.  Such a small word that has a big impact on our lives each and every day.  Think about it, what if the doctor that was performing surgery today said he could never finish that procedure, would we accept that for an answer?  Then why do we accept that for ourselves on a daily basis?

      In making small changes in my life, the first was to banish the word Never from my vocabulary, so many more things have become available for me.  I have lost weight, I am not done, but I will finish.  I will reach my goal weight.  I will sounds so much better than I never.  I am a runner.  That is a big statement, and one that has changed my life in so many ways. 

      On Sunday May 15, 2011 I will be a Marathoner.  This is something that no one can ever take away from me.  When I cross that finish line, and the medal is hung around my neck I will be a marathoner, and I will always be a marathoner.  Something that I did not let the word Never stop me from accomplishing.  The more I think about it, the more that I wonder how many things in my life have I missed experiencing because "I never"? 

      As a mother there is one important lesson that I want to teach my children, I want them to learn that they can.  I want them to lose the word never from there vocabulary.  I challenge you to do the same thing.  When you lose the word Never and learn the word can so many amazing things happen in your life.  What is holding you back? 

      Sunday, May 8, 2011

      Final Long Run

      Today marks the final long run before I become a marathoner.  Yes this scares me in some ways, but as I know I now need to trust the training and finish mentally preparing.  The one thing I know is that I have the heart to finish it, I have trained well, and next week at this time I will be a Marathoner!  What an amazing accomplishment to say. 

      Today was weird because the last time our "long run" was under 10 miles was in January.  This was the perfect Mother's Day gift.  Jodi and I planned on running at 7, but I over slept.  I am so glad that happened this week, and not next.  I think this happened mostly due to the fact that I had take NyQuil last night as my children shared there colds with me.  Colds and Allergies are not a great combo, especially when you need to breath.  So I texted Jodi this morning and changed our time to 7:30.  This worked out wonderfully since we were able to run with Deb and Melissa also. Jodi and I just met them during the Cleveland 10 miler, so running with them today was nice.

      We love running at the Rocky River Metroparks.  If you have not run there yet, I highly recommend you do.  The course is beautiful, you can see all sorts of wild life as you run.  Being from Cleveland we have a wonderful resource in our Metroparks.  They are all perfect for runners.  We have run this course so many times I knew that we would hit our turn around point at the top of a hill, which for the first time, I was ready for, and actually looked forward to(don't tell Jodi)  Since the girls needed to continue out another mile, we stopped for a quick picture before heading back.

      Yes this was my attempt to take a picture with my iPhone, and as you can see the sun was bright, gotta love the squint.  

      The last 4 miles went by fast.  I felt strong, but was having some trouble breathing.  Yes, thank you for sharing with mommy boys.  I was able to get it under control, and not sound too much like Darth Vader, so that made me happy.  At the end I wanted to see what I could do.  I forgot to tell Jodi I was going to sprint, so I started to pick up the pace and finish strong.  I know that I want to cross the finish line strong, giving everything to the course.  I wanted to do the same for the end of this run.  

      The last month I have got a medal at the end of each of my runs, and yes I like the bling.  I guess you can say I am medal oriented.  I have to say what I got at the end of this run was so much better.  Jodi surprised me with an Autographed copy of the Kara Goucher book - Running For Women.  She picked it up in Nashville, and had it autographed for me.  I was so excited for this and almost cried.  I can't wait to start reading it.  I am loving all of the different running books I can get my hands on.  They are great inspiration for a new runner like myself.  

      Of course at the end we needed to take a picture:
      We have come along way from our first training run in January
      This run was so much warmer, as you can tell, and we are so ready for next week.  

      This week is going to be an easy mileage week in preparation for the Marathon on Sunday.  I am looking forward to some easy miles to let my legs rest up.  After watching the Video Tour of the course that was put out by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, I am so excited for my next adventure.  The task at hand for this week:  Make sure I am Hydrated; Get Plenty of Sleep; Eat Properly; Get Rid Of This Cold.  Once I do all of that, I will be ready to Rock Cleveland!

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