Sunday, March 23, 2014

What's Next?

This is the big question that is haunting me and that everyone is asking me. I honestly don't know what's next. I was considering running the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon, but I wanted to wait until after the 10-Miler to see how I felt about it. Right after the race I told Lucas that I did not want to run 13.1, but I've been thinking about it all weekend. I know I would be so disappointed in myself if I don't try to run the mini. I've been looking at it on-line and reading about it and......

I may be crazy. I just don't want race day to pass and I keep asking myself, "Why didn't you do it?" I don't want to have any regrets and let's face it, I want to put that 13.1 sticker on my car window. Who knows if I will ever run this much again in the future. It's technically 2.9 miles more than I ran Saturday. It's a lot flatter than what I ran as well and I know I can do it if I really want to. There's a 6 hour time limit so even if I need to walk a lot, I'm confident I'll still be able to finish.

Up until the last hour or so I had decided I was just going to restart Insanity and run short distances as well. Maybe I'm making a mistake, but I don't want to let this opportunity pass. The race is Aptil 19th so I have almost 4 weeks to get ready. Let's do this!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Papa Johns 10 Miler

Today I did the hardest thing I have ever done in my life: mentally and physically. I ran and finished the Papa Johns 10 Miler. It was such an emotional day and I've learned so much about myself through this process. This was the last race in the Louisville Triple Crown of Running. It's so hard to believe that I finished. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

I felt good before the race. I wasn't as nervous as I was for the first 2 races. I set a goal to finish in 2:30.

The first 3 miles of the race were flat and it wasn't too bad. The 4th-6th miles were in Iroquois Park and it was horrible. Hills, hills and more hills. Every time I ran up a hill I thought, "This has to be the last one," and then there was another hill. It was insane.

After that the 7th-9th miles were flat again since we ran down the same path we started, but it was such a mental struggle to keep going. The 10th mile was by far the worst. We had to run across a bridge which meant running up another hill. ANOTHER HILL! At the very last mile. I walked up the hill and most of the mile. I was drained. Once we got into Cardinal Stadium I ran to the finish line. I was trying to spot Lucas and when I saw him I just started crying. I knew I was going to finish. The finish line was at the 50 yard line of the football field and it felt so wonderful to cross that line. It was such an emotional experience. I finished and beat my goal and it was such a big accomplishment for me. This is the farthest I've EVER run!

I'm worn out, I have blisters on my feet and I can barely move, but I did it. I've learned that I can push myself a lot farther than I imagined and if I really want to do something, there's no stopping me.

Now for the picture overload.

Notice the elevation climb.

You can tell the last few miles were trying.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weight Watchers

This past Saturday I decided to join Weight Watchers. Counting calories is obviously not working for me anymore. It's not because it doesn't work, it's because I'm not really counting them. I need a change and Weight Watchers has helped my Mom so I thought I would give it a go. I have joined once in the past, but just signed up for the online version. At the beginning of last year I didn't join WW, but I was "counting points" on my own and wasn't very serious about it. This time I signed up for the meetings. I think I need to be held accountable so we will see how it works out. There aren't any meetings after I get off work so I am going to go on Saturday mornings. The 10 mile race is this Saturday so I won't be able to go to a meeting until 3/29.

I downloaded the app and have been tracking my points since Saturday. It's always amazing to me how unhealthy some things are. Something that would be a typical meal, is so many weight watchers points it's crazy. It's been awhile since I really counted every calorie and I've forgotten how bad some things are.

I'm hoping this is the push I need in the right direction and I'll be able to meet my goal weight if I stick with it and am serious about this change. I feel good about it so stick around for the ride.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekend Revelation

The big 10 mile race is next weekend so I decided to run 8 miles yesterday.  I've always considered it cheating if I walk at any point during a "run." How can I call myself a runner if I don't run the entire time? Are you ready for the revelation? It's really not cheating. When I went out to run, I ran for a few minutes then walked a minute and kept alternating. I stopped at home as I passed to get a drink of water and I paused my watch and stopped for a few seconds while I was on my run and I don't feel like I cheated. I finished the 8 miles and I finished it at a faster pace per mile than the 10k race. This was a great accomplishment so how could I possibly have been "cheating?" Who cares if I didn't run the entire way? I finished and that's what's important. Just because I walked some, doesn't mean I'm not a runner.

The splits above are from the Runkeeper app. My watch syncs with the app and Runkeeper says I ran 8.07 miles. That's why there's a 9th miles listed.
Now for the breakdown. As you can tell by my splits, I really struggled that last mile and did a lot of walking. It was definitely a mental battle. The first time I stopped to get water I was at 2.85 miles and I really wanted to just call it a day, but I knew I would be so disappointed in myself if I didn't finish. The 2nd and last time I stopped for water I was at 5.5 miles and just kept telling myself, "You're almost done now. Go finish." I didn't stop very long either time and unfortunately the neighbors didn't set up water stations for me, so I just stopped at home. I'm so glad that I didn't give up and that I just kept going. The feeling when I finished was so amazing. It was worth every step I took.

I can't believe I ran 8 miles...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rodes City Run 10K

This morning was the toughest run of my adult life. I knew going into the race that it wasn't going to be easy. I was glad that it was much more organized than the 5K and went off smoothly as far as I could tell. Standing in the starting chute in a sea of people, all there to achieve the same thing... it was incredible.

I set a goal of finishing under 1:30. Official finish time: 1:26.39!

The only moment in the race that I knew I was going to finish is when I crossed the finish line. It was an amazing feeling. I wanted to run the whole race and the only walking I did was to get water at the water stations. Several people ran then walked a little then ran again, but I just tried to keep a steady pace. I think for the next race I will probably be doing this though. (Also, I don't know how some people walk so fast.) At about the 3rd mile marker my legs turned to jello and I was really worried about finishing. This is when the mental aspect of running kicks in. You can do a lot more than you think you can, you just have to convince yourself of it. I just tried to enjoy running and the experience as a whole. Running with almost 6,000 other people is pretty amazing in itself. When I crossed the finish line and found Lucas, Dad and Mom, the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "I can't feel my legs." But you know what? I finished and I met my goal and now I know I can push myself farther than I thought I could. 

On to the next one... 10 Miles!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Then & Now

A few pictures from "then" and "now." It's good motivation for running the race tomorrow. I still have a ways to go, but I sure have come a long way...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday Weigh-In

Down 1.2 pounds this week! Slowly but surely I'll get there. I now have 1.4 pounds to lose by next Wednesday. I'm pretty sure I can make it. If I count absolutely everything I eat and run I should be good for round 1 of the diet bet.

I haven't ran since Saturday. I can't say I'm surprised. Running outside hasn't been an option and we all know about my mental battle against the treadmill. Tomorrow I have to run. This race is going to happen whether I am ready or not. I'm looking forward to the race, but I'm starting to get a little nervous. There are so many what it's running through my head, I've just got to let it all go and let what's going to happen, happen. It's going to be a good experience no matter what. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A 5 Mile Run

I can't believe I just typed that title. Saturday I ran 5 miles! My intentions were to run 3.5, then I thought I would go 4 and I just kept going. It was an awesome feeling. It was nice enough to run outside and that makes it so much better. I felt good when I got done, just a little shaky. I'm pretty confident I'll be able to finish the 10K race this Saturday after that run.

I have not been the greatest this week at counting my calories. Some days are better than others but I haven't been very consistent. Weigh in day is tomorrow so we will see how it turns out. I can't blame anyone but myself. The first round of the diet bet ends next week and I have 1.8 more pounds to lose by then so it's definitely a doable goal. There's one hindrance before then. My birthday is coming up and it's always a good excuse to make poor decisions to celebrate. I'm going to try really hard to stay within my calories though even through the celebrating.