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What an awesome day!  Today was the Virginia Is For Lovers 14k and Sweetheart 6k in Virginia Beach.  My first race of the year, and more importantly, my first race back since my injury in the Rock n Roll Half Marathon 5 months ago.  I wasn’t expecting to do that great, since I haven’t been training very much.  I’ve been sick off and on quite a bit here lately and, honestly, I think in the back of my mind, I was a little afraid to get back out there.  Afraid to get injured again.  But I did end up getting back out there, training a little bit recently, but not doing much running.  So today, I expected to average about a 17 minute mile, if I was lucky.

Well, I ended up finishing at 54:44, with an average pace of 14:43 and I could not be happier.  This is coming off an injury and not doing very much training.  And I really didn’t push myself too hard because I didn’t want to injure myself again, especially with the Shamrock Half Marathon coming up next month.

And I can certainly say, getting back into a race, and just being around all the people and getting that feeling of accomplishment back that you get from crossing a finish line and completing a race…I have found my happy place again.  That fire is back.  Something inside me just went off today.  And it made me realize, this is where my passion is.

No, I’m certainly not in the best shape.  I have a long way to go.  Last year I was on the road to getting into shape, getting where I should be, and then my injury happened.  I need to fully dedicate myself to that again.  And more so than I did last year.  I need to work on injury prevention.  I need to REALLY work on nutrition, because that’s something that I have an issue with and that’s why the weight is not coming off like it should.  I don’t eat a ton of food, but I don’t eat proper meals.  I skip meals sometimes, and then sometimes I eat late at night.  I have taken up drinking Pepsi’s again and I need to cut it out.  They are so bad for you.

I talked to 2 friends today after the race today that are runners, and when I say runners, I mean, GREAT runners.  These guys know what they’re talking about.  Got some advice from them, and I’m really going to take it to heart.  I’m going to do some research, and really start planning out my meals and my workouts and just work hard to get the body I want to have and become a better runner.

I may never win a race, especially if Ryan is running it, too!  But who knows if I really work hard and get in good shape what I might be able to do.  My goal is to complete a marathon.  I may never qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I’d be thrilled if I did!  And yes, I would definitely go!  I don’t think I should sell myself short on anything.  I think at this point, anything is possible.  I never thought I could complete a half marathon and I did that.  So, we’ll see what happens.

I just know this is where my heart is.  But I need to make sure my body is prepared.  So, lots of changes are to be made for me.  Let’s just hope I can stick with them!

So, I accomplished a goal. I completed my first half marathon. And I did great. And I’ve been doing great lately. But sometimes things don’t always stay on the upside…

After the Rock n Roll Half Marathon, my feet were bothering me a bit. Especially my left foot. Of course, I just ran/walked 13.1 miles. They were bound to be a bit uncomfortable.

Now fast forward to Thursday, when I was contemplating going to the emergency room because my left foot hurt so bad when I walked. Called my podiatrist, they got me in first thing Friday morning.

Turns out I have a stress fracture in 2 places on my left foot. I’m in a walking boot for at least 3 weeks, possibly longer. I have to stay off my feet, sleep with my foot elevated, and who knows when I’ll be able to return back to running. I left the office in tears.

Needless to say, I did not run the Bay Days 8k on Sunday. And I won’t be running the Komen Race for the Cure next month.

I’m supposed to be training for my half marathon that’s in March. Luckily, I will have enough time to heal. But what to do until then? How to keep the weight off? In fact, how to lose the weight? I’ve already gained 2 lbs from last week’s inactivity and not being careful enough about what I was eating.

Everyone tells me to be patient. In fact, I’ve been told “welcome to the sport of patience”. Well, that’s fine. I can learn to be patient.

I can also be quite determined. I’m not a quitter. I’m not ready to sit back for 3 weeks or longer and do nothing. Let my training plan fall away. Gain back the weight that I’ve lost. Go back to square one. I’ve allowed myself to be upset for a few days. Fine. I’ve done my 3 days of depression. Now it’s time to get active, take charge of this issue, and find alternatives to running and walking for my training plan.

At the moment, I have no access to a pool. So swimming is out. I can’t afford to reinstate my gym membership. If I could, that would have been the first thing I would have done. I would have access to a pool and a stationary bike. But the funds aren’t there. And no, I cannot ask family members for help. So, I have to find another way.

I have posted on Facebook, reaching out to friends and family asking everyone if they have a bike I can borrow for the next few weeks. So far, no one does. I have posted on Freecycle looking for a bike. So far, nothing. I’ve posted on different communities asking if anyone knows of different workouts I could do. So far, just people who sympathize with me, wish me luck and a speedy recovery. But I’m determined.

I will not sit around doing nothing. I will figure out a way to keep working out, keep training and keep losing the weight. I won’t stop reading up on running just because it’s not something I’m doing anymore. I won’t let it get me down and depress me. I’ll use this time to do research. I’ll start focusing more on nutrition and what I put into my body.

But I definitely need support from my friends and family. Please, if anyone can think of anything to help, let me know.

 

I’m a few days late but yes, I finished the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach on Sunday!! My first half marathon! I still can’t believe it! I actually finished a half marathon. 13.1 miles! Amazing!

My finishing time was 3:34:26, with an average pace of 16:22. And that was WITH the long bathroom break (there was a super long line). I had expected to finish closer to 4 hours so I’m really happy with that time. Especially for it being my first half marathon. The first mile was about a 14 min mile. So without that bathroom break, I could have finished sooner!

The race started off great because I got to see my daughter Alana and her teammate with Team Hoyt, Ryan take off. That just made my day! Then during the race, I received a notification on my phone from Facebook from my friend Wendy who had posted on my page “you’re amazing in every way possible and don’t ever forget that. Love you!” and that just brought tears to my eyes and made me even more motivated to continue on. I swear, the amount of love and support I have gotten from people on Facebook and Livejournal and on my blog is wonderful.

I’m just so happy and so proud of myself. This was a huge goal and I accomplished it. And before I turned 30! I just feel amazing! Crossing that finish line was an incredible feeling I will never forget. I almost feel like I can do anything. It has made me feel so much better about myself. I am feeling positive and ready to take on the world!

I’ve gone from my first race to a half marathon in 9 months. And I started out at 220 lbs. I’m now 178. I still have a long way to go with my weight AND my running and life in general, but for a person who started the year out at getting sore just walking a mile to walking and running a half marathon and losing weight, that’s pretty awesome. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished.

To anyone who reads this and is surrounded by people who are negative and tell you you can’t do something, don’t listen to them. And don’t ever tell yourself that you can’t. You can change your life, you can make a goal and accomplish it. Whether it’s a small goal or a big goal, you can do whatever you set your mind to do. If the people around you are negative, surround yourself with different people. Or be your own support system.

I have an 8k this weekend in Downtown Hampton. My feet are still pretty sore, so we’ll see how I do with that. And after the 8k, it’s back to kicking butt on the Shamrock training!

I’ve mentioned before about how a big part of this is about weight loss and getting into shape. I’ve been doing some research and while reading a few of these books, I’ve learned that weight loss isn’t just a physical process. It’s a emotional and psychological process as well. You really have to work on yourself.

It’s not always “oh I just felt like eating these cookies and chips and didn’t stop for no reason.” There’s something behind it. Some emotional pain. Something in your mind weighing on you. Something inside you you need to face and just let go of.

For me, it’s many things. I’ve had some issues along the way. I can’t say things have been wonderful. It’s been hard at times. I’m sure there are other people in different situations who could have had it worse off than myself, but that doesn’t mean I was affected any less by what’s gone on in my life.

People make mistakes in their life. People screw up sometimes. It gives no one, no matter who it is, the right to call them worthless or things similar to that. Especially by people they are supposed to be close to. After awhile, they start to feel that way. They start to wonder if they really are like that if THIS certain person thinks of them this way. It’s heartbreaking going everyday being unsupported and feeling unloved by someone you think should love you unconditionally. It’s a feeling that makes it hard to speak. Even keeps you up at 3 in the morning some nights.

But, there comes a time when you realize, no matter who that person is, that they are the way that they are. It doesn’t and shouldn’t affect you. No matter what you do, they’ll always be that way. Nothing will change it. You have to realize that you’re stronger than that. That you CAN get past it. That their words have no power over you and what you can do. And maybe, just maybe they are part of what’s been holding you back.

So, I’m letting it go. It doesn’t matter to me anymore. Maybe that person will change, maybe they won’t. Who knows. All I know is I can’t let it hurt me anymore the way that they are. The way that they treat me.

So, it’s day 4 into my 33 week plan and it’s going okay so far. I could definitely be doing a lot better but I’m doing alright. Plan on getting up early tomorrow morning for an early morning walk/run. We’ll see if I actually get up early enough, though!

I did manage to come up with some short term goals the other day. I will try along the way to come up with daily and weekly goals but for now I think I’m good.

It’s a new month, so I’m going to try to work on consistency. Making sure I log my food and fitness into sparkpeople everyday along with my binder. And I’m really going to try to post a blog everyday if I can. Not sure how interesting every single day will be but there will be something here!

I’m not quite sure how ready I will be this weekend for my 5k. I have a bad feeling I won’t be beating my last time of 44:55. My time lately just hasn’t been working out that way. But I’ll finish. In time or not, I’ll finish!

Well, off to do some more things and then I’m going to bed. Night all!

Day 1

Posted on: July 29, 2012

So, every plan like this needs goals. Long term goals and short term goals. Coming up with the long term goals were simple. My goal weight has always been 119 and the goal, of course, is to run in the Shamrock Half Marathon.

My problem now is what are my short term goals. I have no idea. I’m having trouble coming up with them. This shouldn’t be so hard.

As tomorrow will be officially 33 weeks until the Shamrock Half Marathon starts, so begins training season officially for me! Intense training! I’m not only preparing for my first half marathon, which I have a lot of work cut out for me, but I have (as of this morning) 66 lbs to lose until I reach my goal weight, my chosen time to reach this goal weight would be, you guessed it, the same time as my half marathon.

Am I putting a lot of pressure on myself? Maybe. I’ve set goals for myself before and failed. It’s disappointing. But I’ve set goals for myself that I should have achieved. Goals that were attainable, had I just put forth the effort and not given up so easily as I tend to do when I get bored or run into an issue. This is a true test. And I want to stick to it. I’m very determined to stick to it.

In the past week I have gotten up before 5 o clock in the morning twice to go running which I’ve never done before in my life. Those who know me should know that’s a sign that things are changing in me.

So, I’ll be getting up again early tomorrow to go running again…time to work it out!


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