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Month: September 2015

Week 2 of Marathon Training

Week 2 of Marathon Training

This week’s Workouts Monday — Walk/stretch/XT Tuesday — 20-35 min run Wednesday — Walk/stretch/XT Thursday — 20-35 min run Friday — Off/Stretch Saturday — 4 mile run Sunday — OFF How did it go? Monday — Walked/stretched Tuesday — 35 min run outside, overcast/cloudy 65 degrees, Lovely run! Wednesday — Stretched Thursday — 20 min run inside on treadmill, bored, wanted it to be over… Friday — OFF Saturday — 4 miles, drizzly/misty, 65 degrees & cloudy — Listened to podcasts and…

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Treadmill run & the wrong coffee…

Treadmill run & the wrong coffee…

Just a quick note about the luxury of treadmill runs. I was able to get in about 2 miles today — even though it was raining and gross out — and I had a fan the whole time.  It was amazing. FAN + Treadmill = No sweat for this chubby runner girl!  😀 This equation is great, especially since I was at work and see colleagues! Now for a quick rant There is NOTHING I hate MORE than when STARBUCKS…

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Fire ants!!

Fire ants!!

This mornings run was scheduled as a 35 minute easy run.  With all my struggles lately, I was apprehensive and wanted to really listen to my body.  Three minutes into my warmup walk, I felt the tightness in my calves and thought I should stop and stretch… So with the help of a beautiful big tree I got to stretching.  Then I noticed them. A river of fire ants weaving around the bark of the tree winding all the way…

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Caregiver

Caregiver

I’ve never considered myself a caregiver to myself. I think of my role as my husbands partner and my dog’s custodial parent. In each case, I give my all to helping them and addressing their needs.  But that’s not how I have to feel about myself. No one is there to take care of me but me! I have one life, one body, and one chance to be the best I can be. It’s my duty to take the best…

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Rough week

Rough week

Not going to lie, this week was tough! Rough! And ugly! The plan: Eating – weight watchers Running – two 30 min runs, one 3 mile long run Cross training – crossfit, plyometrics, Zumba! The reality: Eating – all over the place Running – all over the place! One 15 min run, one 15 min run and 15 min walk/run… And that’s it for the week!! Cross training – crossfit, plyometrics, Zumba, and then so much pain and stiffness that…

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Cross Fit Day 1

Cross Fit Day 1

CrossFit and Running… do they mix? Well I’m here to find out! For my training cycle, I’ll be incorporating two days per week of Cross Training and/or Strength Training.  I need to get stronger and leaner if I’m going to make it the full 26.2!! A great friend of mine is an avid CrossFitter — (is there any other kind?) — and she’s shown me a few things and created a few workouts for me to try.  Between her and…

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What’s next?

What’s next?

The huge rush of excitement that I feel race day is weirdly followed by a feeling of emptiness.   Like the day after Christmas… School is still out, but all the presents are opened.  The day you waited for all year is done and now you’re stuck eating leftovers considering the rest of your year…   That’s where I’ve been all week. In a head space of “now what?”     I figured it out!     I will be…

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I did it!

I did it!

I ran 13.1 miles without stopping!!   It was hot and I pushed myself but it wasn’t sunny and there was a nice breeze.  When the starting gun went off, I had my butterflies and a very realistic belief that this might not end well.  I was so doubt-y of myself because I have this stupid ingrained belief that, ” maybe I can’t…” I teared up with my nerves and fears and self doubt.  It took a lot in me to…

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Last training run & some Randoms

Last training run & some Randoms

How did that happen? Today I ran 3 miles on the treadmill at a medium/hard pace.  This marks the last training run before my half marathon!  I can’t believe it!  I really can’t!  How did this happen?  It feels like I blinked and boom race day is this weekend!! Here are some Random pictures from this training cycle: Running for over 3 hours with this very old iPod nano in my shorts pocket killed it!  Apparently my body heat and…

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Weigh in Wednesday #2

Weigh in Wednesday #2

Why Weigh in Wednesday? For the past few years, I’ve had at least one weigh in day a week.  This day has been Sunday for the longest time.  For Weight Watchers, weigh in day meant a complete resetting of the weekly activity and bonus points.  Weigh in day for me is synonymous with renewal and restart.  A chance to see where I’m at progress wise.  A chance to see what I have to change for the upcoming week and what…

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