Tuesday, February 25, 2014


To say this winter has not been great for running is definitely an understatement. This morning I got up and got on the treadmill. I ran 2 miles and felt more exhausted than I did after the race Saturday. Running on the treadmill is so much harder for me, but it's the only choice I have right now. I ran the 2 miles in 25:21. The next race is March 8th and it is 6.2 miles. No matter how much I do not enjoy getting on the treadmill, it's the only way I'm going to be ready for the race and I need to be ready this time.

Since I started the Dietbet I have been tracking calories again via Sparkpeople. It always helps when I track obviously. It is so easy to eat whatever you want when you're not looking at the numbers. Tomorrow is the official weigh in day so we will see how Week 2 went. I weigh myself every day. I know weight fluctuates a lot, but I can't not step on the scale in the morning. I'm afraid it will get out of control if I don't keep an eye it. It's a little obsessive I know, but hopefully once I'm more comfortable with my weight I won't feel the need to look every day multiple times a day.

Now for the flashback. This morning when I got on the treadmill I saw that my weight from when we first bought the treadmill was saved. I had completely forgotten that it was on there. We bought the treadmill back in 2008 I believe. 

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It's crazy to me that I don't ever remember weighing that much. I'm sure I avoided the scale at all costs at that point. I don't ever want to see that number again. That was 40 pounds ago. 40 pounds... I'm on my way to losing the rest, and I don't plan on finding it again.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Anthem 5K Race Report

First and foremost, I finished! And I ran the entire race, no walking or stopping! Thank you, God!

The day did not start off entirely as planned. Traffic trying to get to the race was horrific. Trying to get 6,000 participants into a business park did not go very well. We left at 6:45 and got to the starting line at 7:50. It was supposed to take 35 minutes to get there. Once we parked the car, we had to walk .8 miles to the starting line. Then they started the race a half an hour late to wait for those who were in traffic and some people still didn't make it.

Once we started running I got really excited. They didn't have the runners/walkers separated so it was hard to pass all the walkers as I was going. I felt like it slowed me down trying to maneuver around them especially on such narrow roads. People started running on the other side of the road since it was so crowded and there were semis coming down their side of the road right next to them. It was kind of crazy.

Getting to the 1st mile marker felt so good and I had tears in my eyes. Then we got to the 2nd mile marker and I knew I was going to finish. It was so encouraging seeing all the other participants. One guy was on crutches. I can't imagine going on crutches for 3.1 miles.

The last .3 miles or so were tough only because there were so many people walking to the finish line and it was nearly impossible to get by them. There were a lot of people sprinting and then walking then sprinting again because we passed each other a few times. Maybe by the time they got to the end they couldn't run any farther?

Crossing the finish line was such an amazing feeling!!!! I don't even know how to describe it.

I stopped my watch and checked the time. My goal was under 40. The watch showed 40:08. (The official time is 40:06.) I was so disappointed and thought I could have pushed myself harder to meet my goal. Then I looked at it again and saw that I actually ran 3.16 miles. That may not seem like much of a difference, but  if you take away the .05 extra, I would have met my goal. So let's call it a win.

Lucas snapped a photo for me afterwards. 

Official Results

After I rested a few minutes we made the long trek back to the car. Another .8 miles. Thank you all for your encouragement and support and for reading. I think there are more 5K races in my future.

Now on to the 10K in 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS?!?!?!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

It's Almost Time

The first race of the Triple Crown of Running is Saturday morning. THIS Saturday morning. I'm getting pretty nervous about it. Several people from work are going to be there since they made it a work "wellness activity." It's not bad, it's just that they don't know what this means for me. They don't know how running has helped me lose weight. (And will continue to help me lose weight.) They don't know how much I used to weigh and how hard it was to even start running again. They don't know the old me so it's nerve-wracking and honestly kind of scary.

Yesterday I woke up early and ran 3.1 miles on the treadmill. (My Dad told me I need to stop calling it the dreadmill. Running is really a mental sport so I think it's pretty good advice.)

I stopped just a few times during the run, but I was so happy to finish. It boosted my confidence that I will be able to finish the race Saturday. I haven't run outside in a long time so we will see if it makes any difference.

In order to continue losing weight I signed up for a Diet Bet. Basically you sign up and pay a fee. If you lose the percentage of your weight that is the goal by the end of the bet, then you win your money back plus a portion of what everyone else put in who didn't meet the goal. I read about it on another blog and have signed up for 2 others in the past but didn't even try after I signed up. This bet is for 6 months instead of just a month like the others. It started one week ago yesterday and so far I have lost 2.4 pounds! 

We are getting our company race shirts tomorrow and I love the saying they chose to put on them so I will share that with you tomorrow...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dreadmill Fever

The dreadmill and I are becoming closer. It's horrible! This Winter has been rough so far and it's just not plausible to run outside. I'm still not feeling the motivation kick in, but it needs to! The races are coming up quickly and my work has decided to make the races an employee wellness activity and it makes me feel a little more pressure because other people I know will be there. 
I know it's silly, but I can't help but feel that way. I need to get it together, suck it up and just run on that stupid dreadmill and be thankful that I can run. 

Here are the stats from my last few runs:

On another note, I haven't mentioned Shinedown in awhile, but 2 of the band members released an acoustic cover album and they covered the song Lucas and I danced to at our wedding so I had to share!