Friday, December 31, 2010


Notice this is not Running with Really, just Really?!?!?!!?

I went to the Wal-Mart today, because I sure will not be going tomorrow, I don't want to spend the entire year at Wal-Mart.  Anyway.....

As I was walking through they had every single diet pill and weight loss program up in the front of the store.  I only saw 2 pieces of workout equipment, but they had every single diet pill that I have ever seen, and soooo many more.

I am happy that so many people commit to a new healthy lifestyle for the new year, but I wish that our society didn't think the way to go about that was to pop a pill and "POOF!" you lose 35 pounds in 5 minutes, only to gain back 45 in 2 months. 

After years and years of yo-yo dieting and finally realizing that pills and other quick fixes are not the answer it just gets discouraging to see others come in a try all those products knowing that disappointment may keep them from continuing on with their healthy resolutions.  I just wanted to stand in front of the diet pill kiosk and say "Don't Buy This!!!! Don't Buy This!!!!Don't Buy This!!!!"  Don't worry, I was able to walk out of the store before I started screaming.

Happy New Years Eve!

I was a little bummed out earlier today when I realized that I had absolutely nothing to do for New Year's Eve, but I am better now and just decided I would spend it with you guys.  I have spent my entire day doing all the end of the year things that I don't want to have to do on New Years Day.  I have done all my laundry, cleaned out my fridge and pantry, cleaned the bathrooms, and various other things.  I have always been told that what you do on the first day of the year you will do all year long.  I have to finish up all my housework before the clock strikes 12.

I also got my Half Their Size people magazine favorite issue of the entire year!!!!  I will be in this magazine one day. I am at the store the day this one is released.  It just gets me newly motivated for the new year.  I have also been thinking of all the new Resolutions I am making for the new year. 

1.  Hit my 100lb mark...finally, hit it and let it pass me by.

2.  Get under 200lbs.  I have lost my weight slow, intentionally, because I don't want to gain it back, so I lose 10-20 pounds and try to keep it off, then go again.  Well this year I want to be out of the 200's and would love to finish the year in the 180's or so!

3.  I want to run some more races.  I have a Half-Marathon planned, this is the same one that I ran last year, and I want to destroy my time this year.  I already wrecked my Personal Best once but I would love to better my time at this half by 45 minutes possibly and hour if my training goes great.

4.  In honor of the year 2011 I am going to attempt to run 2011 miles.  This one is a huge resolution but it will be a fun one to try to achieve.  And now that I have my watch I will have my computer to keep up with my miles and not have to do it all with pencil and paper.

5.  Find more vegetables that I like to eat! 

6.  Be better with my planning and early prep of my meals.  I usually do a pretty good job of this but there is definitely room for improvement.

7.  Keep track of my calorie intake and outtake, everyday.  I know burn almost everyday but over the last few months I have let the food journal and count get lazy.

8.  Compete in a Triathlon:  What's next?!?!?!?

Those are my diet/exercise resolutions.  I think I can accomplish them all but some will be tougher than others.  You know I always say I would rather try to meet a goal that was too hard than never attempt it. 

I only have 2 and a half hours until the new year so I must go and get all the rest of my New Year's Eve stuff done!!!!!

Happy Day people, hope your resolutions are successful.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I Might Be On the Mend

If I had posted this morning I would have been still getting online to tell you (poor pitiful me) that I was soooo sick and pretty sure that I was going to die.  Well amazingly enough as the day has gone on I am feeling much much better.  I have gotten back some energy and I have a little bit more of an appetite. 

I have been forcing food down my throat so that I could keep taking medicine and that was pretty much it but about 3pm today I was hungry and feeling much better and it seems to still be going in a positive direction.  Feeling so much better that I am actually going to have some human contact tonight that is not with work people.  My sister has allowed me to come to her house, so the loneliness is soon to be lifted too!!!!!

I have felt like a horrible blogger this week because I have talked about nothing but being under the weather this week.  I haven't worked out at all so really what more was there to talk about.  I am probably going to take one more day off of working out and get well but then it is back to the grind.  I am ready for the gym again.

And soon I will have a new list of my New Years Resolutions...and a comparison to last year's resolutions.  I hope I accomplished some of them, I know I can think of some that I didn't keep!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I give in and just have to call "mercy!"  This cold, flu, sinus infection, whatever it is has won.  I am no longer trying to fight it just trying to survive it.  I felt better this morning but after being at work all day all I wanted to do was come home and get in my bed, so that is exactly what I did.  I was not hungry for dinner just wanted to sleep.

I tried to only sleep an hour because I knew if I went to sleep at 5pm then I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to sleep again.  Well I got back up around 7pm and piddled around the house.  Drank lots of Orange juice because that is what my mom always made me do when I was sick as a kid.  Now I'm forcing some food down my gut so I can take some more cold medicine.

Is it just me or is being sick the most lonely thing in the whole wide world?  I don't want to hang out with other people because I don't know if what I have is contagious so I don't want to risk making my family sick so I'm just all alone!

So again today I did not workout!  I actually ate pretty good because I am not hungry so my calories were way low.  I am so ready to break a sweat, maybe tomorrow, maybe not, and I'm not working out until I feel 100%

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sick and Tired of Being Sick...and Tired

I'm sick...again...and I am just about tired of it.  I don't know if it is a combination of a cold, cough and soreness from my sledding or if my body is aching from the flu and I just think I'm sore from sledding.  And just a few minutes ago I thought I might have TMJ and arthritis because my joints hurt. Or if yadda yadda yadda.  I could go on with this chatter for about 4 paragraphs, that's how many things feel sucky.  Either way, I feel like crap! 

I skipped my run this morning for a few more hours in the bed.  I thought it would help but not really.  Its been too many days since I worked out and I am ready to do something.  I also skipped out on Zumba today and my late night workout.  My workout buddy is a little under the weather as well so I guess that part worked out pretty well.  I am going to run in the morning if I am feeling any better, even if I still feel gross I am going to try to go out there and get a run in.  I have to do SOMETHING!

I hate blogging when I don't feel good because I seem to be the Grinch....but I am really not trying to be Grinchy tonight. 

Ill come back to you tomorrow hopefully fully medicated and feeling much better but either way Ill say something!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I Wasn't Dreaming of One....

But this Tennessee girl got a white Christmas.  I cant remember the last time we got this much snow and I think someone said its been about 19 years since we have had snow on Christmas day.  Pretty cool!

You know I'm rocking the flip flops, who cares how cold it is?

Christmas was wonderful this year and I did a pretty good job on my diet yesterday.  I didn't over indulge too much, there were chocolate pretzels but luckily those got eaten pretty quick so I didn't have to eat them all day long.  And when the day was over I was sent home with lots of food, but no sweets.  So now I have the makings for lunch for the next few days (maybe weeks) with very little effort involved.

One of the best parts of snow on Christmas was the fact that we got to go sledding.  Again, I cannot remember the last time I went sledding.  This went from outside fun to a full body workout and now full body pain today.  My family is not exactly normal so we couldn't just put the sled on the ground and go down a we tied the sled to the back of the Gator and pulled it through the snow at about 30 mph.  And usually there were 2-3 people on the sled.  It was sooooooo much fun but my body is paying for it today.  Not only are my arms sore from holding on to the sled but my stomach and rib cage is bruised from having someone lay on top of me and going over some rough terrain. 

I did so good on my food yesterday and was really proud of myself, and then today I blew it.  Really, I got pass the high stress day to eat horribly!  If my body heals, bruises and what I am sure is multiple broken bones, I will back to the gym tomorrow to work off my bad food day.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas....I know I did.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Santa Claus is coming tonight!  Hope you all were good!

I wanted to get on here one more time before Christmas just to wish you all a very very Happy Christmas.  I probably wont be back tomorrow, its a full day of family fun for me but I will try to get back after the holiday.  I'm sure I will have lots to talk about since I will be working my butt off to offset some of these holiday goodies.

I have kept up my running all week long and today was a sorry excuse for a run.  We did get in about 3 miles but we stopped and had a Christmas breakfast half way through.  I did however discover that I run faster after I eat a good breakfast and 3 cups of coffee!

All in all a good run, especially after the 6 miler yesterday that was all uphill!!!!!!

I also got a little early present today.  A good friend of mine is leaving to go out of town for a while and I am babysitting her dog.  I have been wanting one for years but afraid I don't have enough time or money to love one right so I think this will be a good test.  Just look how cute he is....I promise I will not become one of those people that post thousands of pictures of her pet, promise.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Feeling Famous

Hey hey hey.....we made the paper!

Its a small town, and a cool deal to make the paper!

I'm Baaaaack!

I wasn't actually gone anywhere but Christmas time has jumped all over me and I have not really stopped moving for the last 2 days so sorry for no post. 

I was going to post after my workout on Monday night but I haven't felt that crummy after a workout in a long time.  I totally enjoyed my birthday and tried not to over do the food thing but I think I failed.  I am amazed at how my body can respond to workouts differently because of food.  I was the one struggling through this one and not my workout buddy.  I just felt sick at the last circuit and wanted to lay down.  Driving home my whole body was just shaking and I thought I was going to be sick.  I just showered and got into bed, no blog, no nothing.  The next day I was so sore that I just had to take the day off from workouts.

Tuesday was the best rest day ever.  I didn't workout at all and actually had the first night off in I cant remember when.  I was home at 6pm and didn't have a thousand places to go or a thousand gifts to nice. 

Well today I'm in holiday food mode.  I am in charge (the boss) of Christmas dinner at my house.  I think I'm excited about it because I am in charge...I know, Right!  I don't know about y'all but I am just about tired of the sweets that are associated with the holidays.  I think it is so nice when people bake for me but oh, one more cookie or one more cake I just might die.  I think I get a double dose because its birthday cake then holiday goodies.  The birthday cake is way better to me.  I am not much of a fan of specialty deserts, its the mini candies that just seem to pile around on the holidays that get me.  I can tell I have put on a few pounds but I think with upping my workouts that I have managed to keep off the majority of the holiday pounds...woo hoo!

After my day off on Tuesday I have been back in the workout mode today.  I woke up this morning so uninspired to run.  Last night before bed I was walking through my house and my knee just buckled under me....took me to the ground.  And it hurt for a good while after it happened.   I lazied around the house for a good 10 minutes trying to think of a reason not to go run but when I couldn't come up one (my knee felt fine) I headed off....and boy am I glad I did.  It ended up being a nice run this morning and energized me for my day.  I love how that happens sometimes.

For the rest of the day it has been a few more Christmas errands and work.  I have one more workout tonight, the backside of Monday's workout.  I am just hoping that this one goes better than Monday night.  Then tomorrows run will probably be the last workout I get until after Christmas.  Maybe I can squeeze another run before Christmas but the gym will be closed so no inside workout.

I will be back here before the Christmas but if I forget to mention it.......I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL AND HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

It's My Birthday....Happy Day to ME!!!!!

I'm still a 5 year old at heart and I think everybody in the whole wide world needs to know it's my birthday.  I may be 5 at heart but my body is 27!

And the 5 year old inside me also has the curse of wearing or having everything that has been given to her for her birthday on!  I celebrated with my family yesterday after church and got a new watch, a mans watch with a some female flair, that I have wanted for forever but never would by for myself.  And I got a 26.2 t shirt, not a race shirt but just a marathon t shirt that is so cool.  Basically my birthday presents threw up on me today...and I love it.

Dont make fun of the should try to take a picture of the back of your shirt!

And my man's watch...too cool!

Today I have a busy birthday day!  I have to work at both jobs today, Zumba at 4, late night workout at 10 and I have already run 2 miles this morning.  I am going a little overboard with the workouts today because I am of the belief that calories don't count today!  So I have to burn off those extra non-counting calories.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Running with....Really?!?!?

A new segment for the blog.  I know I cannot be the only person that has weird things happen while I am out running.  Some of them are my fault, some I blame on my running partners, and other are completely out of my control.  You know, they are not always during the runs, sometimes while working out really strange things happen. 

So from here on out every time I have one that I think of sharing I will post under the Running with....Really?!?!? title!

Today I really wanted to run and was going to go by myself if I could not find a partner.  Well luckily my running buddy called last night and we planned on a 6-7 miler.  That was longer than I have run but my legs are finally back to normal (or as close as they will get) and I wanted some mileage. 

We started running a little bit late because we had to sit and drink coffee before we could run.  At about mile 3.5, I'm not sure exactly how it happened, we ended up in an appliance store buying a Christmas present.  Really?!?!?!?  It is in the top 10 of the strangest things.  Needless to say we only made a 5 miler this morning and bought a refrigerator in the process.

I told you.....weird right?

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Oh Happy Day!  I am done with my Christmas shopping.  All my presents are bought and wrapped.  Woooo Hoooo!  Now we can focus on the most important thing...........MY BIRTHDAY!!!!  Only 3 days left.

My shopping trip went great this morning.  I was obviously able to find my last couple of gifts and was even able to get my most challenging present.  When people ask for clothes you know they need them but it is so hard to shop for someone when you don't know exactly what size and style they like.  My mom went shopping with me and we were able to find her some pretty cute stuff and I reaped the benefits from it...I got a new sweater and it was buy one get one free so not only did I get a new sweater but I got 2.  It is officially the only 2 sweaters I have this season other than the ugly Christmas sweater shown earlier today. 

I should also let you guys know.  I got an early Birthday present and I think you might hate me for it.  I got a digital camera.  I have vaulted into the 21st century and hopefully I will be able to post more pictures.  I don't really know what I will take pictures of but over the last few days I have become a little photographer.  People who blog about their children can take thousands of photos to post, basically you are going to be getting thousands of self portraits of me and my workout buddies...haha.

Plan for tomorrow, run in the morning, Cut after work, and better on the food.  I have done much better but there is still room for improvement.  I was talking with my sister the other day about this last few pounds I have put on and the fact that I always have a mission or program.  I am motivated to get this extra weight off.  If I counted all the pounds I had lost and gained I would have lost a gajillion pounds by now.  It is frustrating so time to be done with it.  Ready for the 100lb mark, ready for the 100's and hopefully we can get there soon.  Oh I love new motivation.......

Don't forget...3 days til my birthday!

I Love the Holidays

Yesterday I couldn't post because of all the winter weather.  I figure that was an excuse for everything yesterday, no school, no work, everything closed early all for really cold rain! 

Well yesterday I got to attend my first Christmas party with a tacky Christmas sweater contest.  I know these little parties are common now but I have never been.  I had to get ready for work and in an attempt to not have to carry 15 changes of clothes like I do most days a week I just decided to wear my sweater all day long.  It was ok to wear it to the party but every time I had to go in a gas station or place of business I was so embarrassed to wear this outfit.

I did however get 3 place in the sweater contest. 

Yesterday was the day off for the Cut workout and I think my muscles needed the break.  I did however get to go for a run.  The first one since the marathon.  It really felt good to get out there and run.  I want to keep running as part of my weight loss program and would love to get better and faster at running.

This morning it was back to the Cut workout.  I'm going to brag on my workout buddy today.  She did awesome today....she only almost passed out once and never threatened to puke.  That's progress!

Today I'm off to finish up my Christmas shopping...oh....almost finished.  Hopefully today will be the very last shopping day I have to make before Christmas.  Then I can be overly excited about Christmas and less stressed about making sure I have my presents.  Yeah....9 more days to Christmas!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Photos

Hey guys, I have uploaded some new photos of the marathon in the original post.  There were some taken by others that I just now was able to get online.  You can check the post again if you would like to see some of the new pictures.  Thanks for sending them on.

Broken Promises

I know I said that I would post before 11 pm and guess day got full and I never got a chance to post.  I started my day early with the Making the Cut workout.  Another grueling one.  I am just amazed at how tough the workout is.  It is such easy exercises but when you put them all together it makes it nearly impossible.  My workout buddy was struggling this morning, if I talk about her it take the focus off how bad I was hurting.  I was happy that it was over.

Then it was time for lunch time Zumba.  It was a really fun class today.  I can tell I don't get to go as much as I used to because I am sucking up the dances.  Its like I know all the moves but I don't know when I am supposed to do them.  It does make for a good laugh halfway through a song.

I had to squeeze my two workouts in early today because my afternoon, night was jam packed.  I swam with my swimming friend, then it was a mad dash off to my office Christmas dinner.  I did pretty good at dinner.  Grilled chicken and a baked potato, and then I did eat a few of the onion rings of the sampler platter.  But the company was wonderful.  I love my job and its a good time to hang with my co-workers.

Then it was off to Biggest Loser finale party.  I was a little bit late to this party but made it just in time for the first weigh in.  This was my first year at the BL party and we played a little game where you guess the total weight loss.  Some I was close, some I was waaaaay off but it was a blast either way.  The person that got the most right won a gift....and guess who won......MEEEEEEEEEEE!  That's really not fair to say, the host beat us all like a drum and I was second.  It was a cute little prize with a coffee cup, cocoa, and a gingerbread cookie and lip gloss and other little goodies thrown in there.  All in all a really fun night and I think it was a success on the diet.

Now lets talk about the Biggest Loser finale.  There were some really big highs and some big disappointments.  For starters the final 3 looked great and I was over the moon that Elizabeth didn't make the final 3.  But I was a little disappointed with some of the eliminated contestants.  Basically the men looked great and the women were such a let down.  I was hoping that since I didn't like any of them except for Ada that one of them would come back and have a huge loss.  My hopes were let down. 

Then we have to move on to some of the clothing.  I know it is fun to wear new clothes when you lose weight...really I do, but some of the outfits were ridiculous.  Some of them were so tight I could see the contestants DNA.  Really a size bigger would have made most of them look 100x better.  (As I am saying this I realize after looking at pictures of myself since I have lost weight that some of my clothes are a little bit grabby in the belly area.  The combination of skin and fat is not cute under a tech shirt. Whit that said I am either going to have to wear a body shaper full time or have a tummy tuck.  The tummy tuck is not happening before I am done losing weight so we go to Body Shaper.)  Some of the clothes on the contestants were so tight that Spanks couldn't do much to help.  One girls dress was so tight that I think NASA is looking into the material of the dress to make parachutes.  It really hurt me!

I was happy for all of the final 3 and I thought they all did a great job.  Patrick deserved the win losing nearly 200 lbs. 

I thought the previews for the next season were great.  The new contestants seem like they are going to be a new crew and with the new trainers who knows what is next.  I will miss Jillian so much because she is by far my favorite trainer on the show...I just hope the new trainer doesn't try to be Jillian and can bring her own style to the show.  No one can be Jillian!  Jillian, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Overall I thought it was a great season, you know, minus the women and already cant wait for the next one!

Starting tomorrow off with a run, the first one since the Marathon.  I am hoping this will help me workout the last of my soreness and I can get back to 100%.  And I have already started making plans to fix my knee.  I have seen a few doctors and am making one final appointment with a good ortho who did it last time.  I have put this off for some many months now and I am ready for the pain to stop and ready to get to my optimum health.  I am aware that this will probably mean surgery which I am not looking forward too but becoming more and more comfortable if it will not hurt all the time.  I will let you know what comes of it. 

Everyone in the south, wrap up for some more of this winter weather....hope we don't see ice tomorrow but it looks like that is what we are getting.  Happy Winter!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Back to Jillian

Well today the focus changed.  We moved away from the running and back to weight loss.  I have no intentions of giving up running, actually I am already planning another half in April, but I am happy to be back to my focus. 

Today I am still pretty sore, mostly my lower body now, but I was able to get in a few workouts today.  I got to do Zumba at my lunch break (I was pretty bad at it today) and then Making the Cut workout tonight.  Remember I told you my workout buddy and I are getting in shape for a wedding.  A wedding that I am not invited to, but I will look good for it.  I am just sitting on the edge of my seat waiting on my invitation...I should mention that I have never met the bride or groom, but I am still waiting on my invite!!!!!!!

I forgot how tough this workout was but during the 2nd of 5 circuits I was moaning and groaning like I had been shot.  Tomorrow we go again for day 2. 

I was worried about working out hard since I am still recovering from my run, but I think these workouts today have been good for me.  Some of my soreness seems to be getting a little bit better.  We go again in the morning and I just hope I am able to keep up.

Tomorrow's main focus is on the diet portion of my diet.  I have been a little bit lazy over the last few weeks when it came to my food.  Time to get the Body Bugg back on and count every single bite that goes between these lips.  I actually picked tomorrow because I have 2 holiday parties to go to tomorrow and then 1 on Wednesday.  I love the holidays but all the snacky little foods that just sit around are my downfall.  I think if I can be good through the holidays then my willpower will be on overdrive once we get to the New Year's Resolutions!

Crazy day tomorrow but I should be able to post before midnight, if all goes to plan.  And I will probably have a late post as well....hello....Biggest Loser Finale!!!!!!

Check back tomorrow.

The Next Day

I read article after article, book after book about running a marathon. How to prepare for a marathon! Somehow in everything I read it never mentioned the day after the marathon. Probably because those who have finished the marathon are still in a state of euphoria and don't care about the next day. Here are a few things you should know about the "Day After."

1. There is an overwhelming urge to eat lots of carbs! Good carbs bad carbs...all carbs! This includes candy and cake, crackers and potatoes. And if it is holiday shaped or decorated it is even more appealing.

2. Things hurt....everything hurts. My thighs are sore all the way to the bone. Then there are the places that hurt that you would never guess, and Ill just start from the top and work the way down. My jaw is sore, probably from clinching. my shoulders are aching, I made it a point to hold my arms up instead of resting them on my hips because I noticed that during training every time I put my hands on my hips it meant I was tired and I was close to the an attempt to fool myself I don't allow the hands on the hips. My back has a sore right across the middle vertical to the ground. I cannot reach my back to put the body glide all the way around under my sports bra band....I have also never gotten rubbed there. My lungs and stomach are aching, I think that one is obvious. The thighs are also explainable. Finally, the spot between the middle of the foot and middle of the shin. New pain that I never had before. I notice this pain most when sitting down because you have to move that part of your leg to sit.

3. There is an overwhelming urge to wear the Marathon Finishers medal. I have put mine on most every time I walk in the house. I changed my sheets in it, washed two loads of laundry, and watched TV in it. Wrapped a few Christmas presents with it on and packed food and clothes for tomorrow.

4. No matter how bad things hurt I still feel the need to get out of my car and walk around to the rear and look at my 26.2 sticker on the back. EVERY TIME!

5. When I have to go from standing to sitting I have to hold the back of the chair that I am sitting in and the chair in front of it to support my body and it is also accompanied with this little moan.

6. On the day after you also realize how many steps you must walk up every single day. Today I noticed that I cannot go to church without climbing 450 steps. Who knew? Three steps to get on stage, twice during the service, whew, those were tough because I tried to go up and down them without anyone realizing that it hurt.

7. Gu explodes! I don't know where all it came from but I have found Gu packets all over my house. Probably because I started the day with them in all my pockets and in my food bag and my clothes bag. I have found this stuff all over my house today.

Can you see it, right beside the shoes. Pack #1: Its like Where's Waldo?

Bottom of the food bag. Pack #2

These are my favorite 2. This is where I put my make-up on in the morning. I don't remember putting them there but they are all nice and pretty so I'm sure I did. Pack #3 and #4.

Ok so I had a little bit of fun with this. I am still on top of the moon about this marathon. Tomorrow the focus goes back to losing weight and less on running. I am ready for this transition back to the original focus. I am ready to get off this 5-10 pounds I have put on in the last few weeks and ready to lose some more weight.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!!!

I have thousands of Thank Yous to send out.  I cannot ever thank everyone I needed on here because it would take up the entire page, but I did want to send out a few special ones.  There are still probably going to be to many but I just have to say some.

1. Oh My Sweet Sweet Family:  These guys have just been too supportive.  They have listened to me brag a little, complain a little.  Some of them have even come out and run with me.  I have 18 members of my immediate family and they were all helpful in so many different ways.  Two days before when I thought I had made a really stupid decision to do this I got to sit on one of my sisters couches and go over everything in my mind out loud instead of having to just sit with my crazy thoughts all alone.  They may have not always understood why I wanted to do this but instead of treating me like a crazy person they were proud of me and always encouraging.  I missed out on some quality family time getting ready for this thing.  They also waited on me hand and foot for about an hour once it was over because I couldn't stand up or move.  The best support a FatGirl could ask for.

2.  Ms. McGuire:  She did not talk me into running this thing, but boy she got me to the point that I would be able to do it.  This sweet lady ran with me too many miles to count.  She provided company on 2 and 3 hour runs, good or bad, she never stopped talking....even when I did.  She even learned how to text for me.  She is the only ONLY person I will let call me before 6 am and not get yelled at.  I would have never been trained for this if it had not been for her.

3.  Beth:  Ok, Beth talked me into this.  We stood in a parking lot and made a decision that has changed my mind and body in a way that I never thought possible. She convinced me that I could do it. She gave me books about running, gave real honest advice, and even complained a little bit herself.  She also ran with me for 18 miles of my marathon even though she is much faster than I am.

4.  The Makers of Body Glide:  I had no idea how great this stuff really was until I tried it for myself.  Some stupid person told me it was Vaseline in a deodorant tube and there was no need to pay extra money for it.  THEY WERE WRONG!  I know it is perfectly appropriate for a big girl to write about the anti-chafe stuff but this goes way beyond "my thighs touch"  I never had a problem with my legs rubbing, I had trouble with my clothes eating my skin.  Waist Band, Bra, shoes and sock, everything!

5.  Michelle:  I cannot leave her out because bless her heart she heard the brunt of my moaning and bitching about being sore.  She was usually the first person I saw after running in the morning so no matter how good or bad the run was she had to hear about what hurt when it was over.  I am a little bit ashamed at how much I used her to vent but she always let me get it out and I felt better when I was done.

6.  Helen:  Haha, this one still makes me laugh.  She said those choice words that I have repeated so many times over the last few weeks, "If you do it, Ill do it."  Well those words were very loud in my head every single time I thought I wanted to quit.  We ran together one time while training but kept in touch the entire process and I used that phrase as motivation every day my alarm went off at 5:30am.

7.  Anna:  Most of the time people think training for a Marathon includes running.  Obviously that is a huge part of it, but you cant run everyday because you body had to rest those muscles and you have to cross train.  Well Anna came to the gym at 10pm 2 nights a week and worked out with me.  Its hard to be motivated to workout that late at night but the accountability thing really comes into play when you are meeting someone.  She did some tough workouts and most of the time did them with a good attitude.

8.  Matt:  I cannot finish this without mentioning him. I have never talked about it on here before and I think it is necessary. But you have to hear the story behind it...I lost a close friend a just over a year ago. He was a young man taken too early in life.  His death inspired me to start actually working on my "Bucket List." I have had one for a while but I never really thought I needed to do the things on it because I had plenty of time to do them. That changed a little bit when I realized that tomorrow is not guaranteed and that if I really want to do something there is no need to wait. So I have started doing those things. That started with a half marathon but I always wanted the full, deep deep down, so deep that I even convinced myself that a half would be equally satisfying but it was not.  I did not run this marathon for him, I ran it for me, but I don't know that I would have ever gotten off my butt and done it if I wasn't so inclined to mark things off my list. I think a big Thank You is deserved.

9.  You guys:  The accountability thing was huge.  I flirted with the idea of doing a marathon for a few weeks before I actually committed to this.  I was scared to admit that I was going to do it because if I quit not only did I have to tell my local friends but I would have to go out and tell all my cyber followers.  I don't ever want to have to admit that I quit anything.

There are so many more Thank Yous out there but these are a few of the ones that I wanted to share!  These people were not helpful, they were necessary.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I Just Couldnt Leave It There

Well the hope was bed but now my sleeplessness is excitement instead of nervousness.  I just couldn't go to sleep knowing that my 26.2 sticker is just sitting in my house and not attached to my car.

So as redneck as it is, I cleaned off a section of my window on my vehicle, my very dirty vehicle, to put up my sticker.  Now maybe bed...maybe...who knows???

You know my sticker can't be like anyone else? 


Today today today.  So I guess I can finally admit that I never really got over my nervousness and was still terrified when the gun went off this morning.  I slept well last night but I only slept in about 2 hour increments.  Every 5 seconds I woke up, finally at 5:15 I finally just turned on the TV and gave up.  My dad called about 5:45 to make sure I was up and wish me good luck.  I had plenty of time to wander around the house and get mentally ready as well as lube up like Jiffy Lube.  I had Body Glide and Monkey Butt on every inch of my skin that I could get it on.

On the way to Huntsville, I passed some of my running buddies on the road.  We stopped about half way there to use the bathroom....again.  We were all first timers so the nerves in all of us were high.  Well we finally got there and a different one of my running buddies had stayed the night so we had room to chill in before the race.  And another potty, still no port-a-John. 

This was in the room before we started to race.  There was lots of discussion over clothing and what to wear and what to take off.  And look at the cute little pacer.  Beth, Me, Erin, Erin's Daughter Jane, and Brandi.

This is a good picture of most of the gang.  We were missing a few at this point.  Erin, the one in the light pink is the lady that I trained with the most.  She and I ran 300+ miles in preparation.  Brandi, thanks so much for the pictures, heaven knows I didn't take enough.  And Beth, she is the one who talked me into running this race.

We headed out to the Start line (heart rate 200bpm) and got ready to race.  This is when I remembered to start taking pictures.

The six ladies.  We have trained for this together...not so much six of us running together, but partnered up and gotten the runs done.  Everyone had a different schedule and it was nice to have 6 people to keep up with.  There was a constant dialogue between some or all of us the majority of training.

Oh so ready now.  Notice the people in front of us are already running.  But we just had to have a picture.

Beth and I in a self portrait while running.

The race started!!!!  I was expecting to run this entire thing by myself because I am the slowest of the group.  I knew Helen and Melissa would run together, Erin was with her daughter and the 4:30 pace group and I just assumed Brandi and Beth would stay together.  Much to my delight Beth actually ran with me.  I told her to go on and run her pace, but she ran with me. 

It was so nice to have someone to talk to, especially since I have trained for this with someone else and always had someone to talk to, and you cant wear headphones.  Well, it was an absolute life saver to have her.  The first 13-14 miles were fine.  Walk breaks when I needed them but she was good to start back to a run and keep me from losing time.

Well about mile 16 I could really tell I was starting to hurt.  I think she was too a little bit.  She has been sick for the last month.  Well about mile 17 she decided it was time to bow out.  Just not right today.  And right on cue 2 of my sister and my niece were right there ready to give support.  Beth actually stopped at mile 18 and I was all alone. 

I had been looking forward to mile 17 for miles and when it finally came I was happy (single digits to go) and then I realized, it might be single digits but there was still 9 miles to go....oh oh oh!  This was also about the time that my calves started to cramp.  I knew I would be in a mess if I couldn't get it to stop.  I was pounding water and Gu to try to ease up the pain with no luck.  About mile 19 I was really struggling, and every time I thought I just want to walk the rest I would hear some familiar voices.  My girls were yelling and cheering about half a mile before I would get to them.  

About mile 20 I saw them, and I almost cried.  At this point everything hurt, really really bad and it really wasn't almost over.  My chin started to quiver and everything I started to say I just knew I would break into tears.  I must say, I was able to pull it together without shedding a tear but my body was physically exhausted and mentally trying to stay strong but I was beginning to struggle. 

A local blog reader actually made me a sign and put it on the road towards the end of my run.  I knew it was for me and it put a huge smile on my face.  Thanks sooooooo much!

The best stop to see them was mile 23.  From this point on they would not let me walk.  My pace was really slow but it was still on track to finish before 6 hours but it would be close.  Maggie kept yelling, "Don't stop running."  I cussed her in my mind several times but without that in my ear I don't know that I would have been able to keep walking.  Liz had a drink or a bite to eat and encouraging words, she also started taking all my stuff so I could concentrate (phone and watch because it started to drizzle and I didn't want it to get damaged), Emma would run along on the sidewalk for a few feet to help me get back on my pace and Dad said "You can do it!"  They all played such an important role.  And Dad knowing my competitive nature kept telling me to catch that guy in front of me.  Every time I would catch one he would pick another one.  I was picking them off, very very slowly.

Mile 25.  1.2 miles to go.  At this point in the run there was not many places for people to see so my fam went to the finish line.  I also got a little bit tickled at this point.  I passed 3 police officers over about .5 mile and every one of them said, "A mile and a half to go!"  Really, all of you cannot be that far away.   I had to ask the guy in front of me for the time, about 30,028 times because for the first time the entire race I didn't know my exact pace.  He so kindly told me every single time.  The Greatest Flag Ever, 1 Mile To Go.  I had 24 minutes to go one mile.  At that exact point I knew I would finish in my time frame and amazingly it lifted 30 pounds off my shoulders.  I was able to pick up the pace just a little bit.  Then oh then, I could see the finish line.  About .2 left in the race a friend came up and started to talk to me.  I may have been a little bit mean but I told her to get off the course.  I was not fixing to be disqualified with .2 to go for having a bandit. 

This point I could start hearing my family again.  My niece again ran halfway up the sidewalk and was yelling the time and telling me I was going to make it and then started saying, "You can be under 5:50 if you go."

I could see it and magically everything stopped hurting for the last 2 minutes.  The tears tried to come again but I would be dammed if I cried at this point.  And there it was.  Finish Line.  My crew was all there yelling.  I could hear my usual running buddy across the street yelling for me, I DID IT!  

Under 6 hours, so it counted.  I wanted to kiss the mat but just couldn't because 1,000 people had run over it at that point.  As soon as I crossed I put my hands on my knees and bent over, right there at the finish mat....just FYI....don't do that.  Everyone started asking if I was going to be sick and if I needed help.  I was kinda hyperventilating a little bit, just could not catch my breath and the calves completely cramped up.  I was fine, just so relieved and happy, it was over.  They put a blanket over my shoulders and medal around my neck and a hat on my head.  The hat is a good idea because no ones hair looks good after 26 miles...I don't care who you are.

Once it was over I was in a mad dash to get inside and get my 26.2 sticker.  I actually sent my sister with money to run in and get it in case I was this close to the finish.  I could not buy the sticker before hand because it is way bad Ju Ju and I was not about to do that to myself.   They kept stalling me and making me take pictures and all I could think is....I'm not gonna get my sticker.  They did it on purpose, they already got me one, weeks ago, but they wouldn't tell me because they knew I would not approve.

As soon as I got inside I found a chair.  I needed to sit, really badly, and get off my feet.  That could have been the worse decision of the day.  Once I sat down my legs decided they didn't want to play anymore!  My running partner came in to talk to me and bless her, she knew that rule about sitting down...60 marathons will teach you that.  She sat down right in front of me and we got to talk.  It was so nice!  We shared a few hugs, took a few more pictures, hobbled around to get food and then back to sit, that's all I wanted to do.

I knew she didn't get her Boston Qualifying time and I felt horrible for her but she was really really positive about it and said there would be more Marathons. 

So tonight I can proudly say, I am in the 1% of Americans that have run a full Marathon and it feels just as good as it sounds.  Thanks guys for all your was amazing to know that you were all out there routing for me, praying for me, and for those of you that hoped I failed...ha I didn't (you were motivating too)

I don't have all of our finishing times but all the first timers did finish.  Helen, I think learned a little lesson today.  Never ever ever say to me, "Ill do it if you will."  But I am so proud of these women.

Now, I am excusing myself to bed.  I know its not even 8 o'clock yet, but I am kinda ready to call it a night. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Less that 24 Hours

Oh I feel like I should have confetti or something streaming along this post.

LESS THAN ONE DAY AWAY.  Lets just say that I should be on some sort of mood stabilizer this week.  I go from extreme excitement to nervousness to terror back to eagerness all in a matter of seconds.  I am so ready for this that I can hardly contain myself. 

First, thanks so much for the overwhelming support.  You guys have been great.  I have gotten text and emails all day and week long from friends and people that I haven't talked to in years and even people I don't know. 

I have made list after list and laid out clothes until I am blue in the face.  I have changed the clothes that I am wearing each day depending on the weather man.  Now rainy and 50 degrees is the forecast so I have to change the outfit yet again (with the addition of my water proof belt so I can carry my cell phone this time and not break it.) I will probably have 20 changes of clothes in the car by the time this is all said and done. 

Just so you know I am still a bit on the nervous side.  I have had the shakes all day long and my brain feels like I'm on crack.  My thoughts are racing and my body is doing the same thing.  I went to do a little Christmas shopping this morning before I had to pick up my packet and forgot to use my coupon because I thought I left it at home and the entire time it was in my wallet.  Then when I got to the packet pickup line my name was not on the list so I paniced a little bit before I could stop myself and realized I was looking at the men's list.  Oh it time yet!?!?!?

Ok, I'm just ready.  Ready ready as I will ever be!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

22 Degrees Ain't Nothin For Us

Today was the coldest run and one of the best yet.  A 4 miler, I wanted 2 but I got out voted, to keep our legs moving and what is the LAST run until Saturday.  It was 22 degrees outside and still one of the best ever.  It was so cold when we started that my nose started to hurt, like pain hurt.  After a few minutes everything eventually went numb and nothing hurt anymore.  It was actually a nice idea to run very very cold weather because you cant feel anything after a while.

When we got done we, of course,  took pictures to commemorate or final run.  Please not in the close up of me the frost on my hat.  That is actually what prompted us to start taking pictures.

And a big thank you to the front desk worker at the gym for coming outside in this weather to take our picture.  Ha Ha.  All those people in the states that are really cold I don't know how in the world you run in weather so much colder than here.  Sara!

This run was great and really has me ready for this weekend.  I was actually even brave enough to get the race book out of the envelop and start reading it.  Ahh its so close!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday...when did they get busy?

I was trying to blog during Biggest Loser tonight I just couldn't do it.  I finally stopped deleted the post and started over.  We will cover lots of stuff in the post including Biggest Loser but the real time blogging didn't workout so well.

This morning I woke up early because I had to be at work early, not typical for a Tuesday but go with the flow.  I was unaware last night that the temperature was going to drop to Arctic freeze so when I woke up my house was soooo cold.  When I realized that I could see my breath walking around my bedroom I decided that I was going to have to turn on the heat.  The temp in my house was 45 degrees....I don't know when it got that cold but that was ridiculous.  I turned the heat on to protect my pipes from freezing but I must say I am enjoying it very much.  When I got home after a very long day it was marvelous to come home and not have to bundle up just to sit down and watch tv.  I actually watched Biggest Loser in sweat pants and a tank tonight....oh yeah!

Night one of the Christmas program is in the books, just 2 more performances to go.  All went well tonight, tomorrow is the tricky one, I have to go during my lunch break and make it back.  Sometimes the tricky ones are the fun ones. 

Another day today with no workout.  I swam just a few laps in the pool but I don't think I can even count that as a workout.  Tomorrow morning will be the last workout for the week.  Its a morning run, just 2 or 3 miles to keep the legs warmed up.  And hopefully it will help me get the feeling of running in extreme cold.  I must say that I think the nerves for the race this weekend are finally gone, the public ones at  least.  I have my concerns but the negative thoughts are not good for my mind so I am letting them go.

Tonight as I sat in my beach attire watching Biggest Loser I was so happy to see the marathon episode.  I think my mind needed it to make me feel a little better about this weekend.  I decided this week that I officially like Fredo again along with Ada.  I have no feelings one way or the other about the Green guy and I want Elizabeth gone.  I know that must surprise you but I will be so disappointed if she makes the final 3. 

Tonight when Elizabeth was running her marathon I noticed that she said she had only run 8 miles in preparation for her marathon.  Are you kidding me?  8 miles...uh....she couldn't even be bothered to take it seriously.  I WANT HER GONE!  Fredo showed tonight that he was serious and committed to losing weight.  I also loved when he said that he got so focused on running that he lost his way in weight loss.  I understand that but didn't know quite how to put it.  The weight loss is still on the brain but the anticipation of the long run just takes over sometimes.

I just cant wait until next week, go Team Ada or Fredo.

I had a great convo with my late night workout buddy today and she told me that she was ready to get back to the gym.  Nothing like a friends wedding to motivate for weight loss.  I was so happy to hear from her today and hear about a new commitment.  She said 2011 was the "Year of the Skinny" and I am inclined to agree, starting Monday we are back to the Making the Cut workout...I think...we haven't completely decided yet...and ready to get these bodies slimmed down and toned up.  I know I need some serious toning with this saggy skin and she has to wear strapless, great motivation.

I must also say thanks so much for your words of encouragement over the last few days this week.  It really has helped ease my mind a little bit and let me get back to the right frame of mind.  Come back tomorrow for a update on the last run before the big day.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Another Crazy Day

Well today I am feeling much better about my marathon this weekend.  I got to talk to another runner that was a bit nervous as well and we got to vent a bit and say all those things that the confident ones don't want to hear.  Amazingly enough it helped me feel better.

Basically, I have come to the conclusion that I can do no more at this point...It is what it is.  That doesn't take the nerves away but it calms them a little bit.  I have also become a little bit of a meteorologist today.  I have gotten 6 text messages today asking if I knew what the weather forecast was Saturday.  I know, it is 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms and 45 degrees.  That will just make it memorable right?!?!?!

One thing I am enjoying very much is the week prior to the race diet and exercise plan.  I get to eat lots and lots of complex carbs to build up a storage.  And the workouts, oh, REST REST REST.   I actually went to run this morning but I was alone, I know I can run alone but I didn't want to.  So no run this morning, but I did do Zumba this afternoon.  I will swim tomorrow night for just a little bit and then have a short run planned on Wednesday and then nothing else for the rest of the week.  NOTHING!!!!!

Needless to say I will probably put on a few pounds this week but since I haven't been weighting who will know?  That is another reason I am ready for this run.  I have become so focused on this race over the last few months that I have really prepared more for a race than weight loss.  I am ready for the focus to be back on the weight loss.  I am ready to hit that 100 pound mark and ready to be out of the 200's.  This is the new focus after Saturday.  I will keep running but instead of being consumed by it I will just be using it as a workout and less of a obsession.

The night has been full of trying to figure out what I am going to wear tomorrow for my Christmas concert.  Its not like the other concerts I have been a part of...its a Country Christmas.  Well, I don't have any country attire.  Yes, I am from the south but I do not own cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, or a belt buckle and if I did I wouldn't wear them in public.  So I have been racking my brain tonight and going through my closet and I still have no idea what I am going to wear.  Hopefully I can come up with something by tomorrow morning.

I think I will channel Dolly and Porter, I have the boobs hair color of Dolly and hopefully I can find a suit like Porter.

When I start my day tomorrow morning I will not get to come back to my house until after the show tomorrow night so I have to figure this thing out, but I wanted to blog first.  So hope you all enjoy your beds while I continue rifling through my closet.

Nighty night!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside

And it is cold inside!  Yep, you guessed it, I'm still to cheap to turn on my heater.  I spend all my time at home in my bed because I have an electric throw on there and it is by far the warmest place in my house.
Just FYI I am sitting on my couch in this exact outfit while I am blogging.

I ventured out this evening to the living room.  First, because I was actually home before bed time and second, because I thought tonight would be a good night to wrap my Christmas presents.  I didn't really want to do it tonight but I have to get it done eventually.  After I ran out of tape the second time I decided to hang it up and just blog instead.

Let me just start with what is on my mind....I have officially "broke nervous" about this marathon.  I just assumed once the training was over I would be at ease and not worried about it at all, but the exact opposite has happened.  I felt good after my last run and then got that email, the one where they tell you all about the race and the rules and the water stops, pretty standard stuff.  What got me so freaked out was the time limit.  I have 6 hours and 5 minutes to finish this race.  I know I can complete this race, I just know I can, I have trained and done all those things that I was supposed to do, but that time limit has really made me nervous.

I am so scared that I will fail.  I want to cross the finish line and be counted as a finisher.  I don't want it to take 6 hours and 6 minutes and for it not to count.  I want my medal and my sticker that says 26.2.  I want credit for the months of work I have put in.  I didn't expect to get this freaked out a week in advance but I am.  I'm working on all my meditation techniques (PRAYER!) to become more relaxed.

Then to top off all the anticipation I was told that it was going to be cold and raining on race day.  When I checked today the rain report went down from 60% to 50% so maybe things are looking up.  Its one thing to be cold, its a totally different thing to be cold and wet.  I know Fridays run was short but it was by far the coldest its been and I did not adjust well.  I was still pretty sore from my Wednesday run so I spent a couple of miles complaining about the cold.  Ill know better how I will respond to the cold on Monday when I'm not sore and tired.  Ha Ha!

Now that I have told you about all my worries and fears its only fair that I tell you how excited I am as well.  I have started making list of all the things I will need on race day, actual list.  I have already started trying to pick out what I will wear so I can be all cute on race day.  That includes which clothes and socks are the most comfortable.  I think I am going to go with the cut off tee shirt and pink socks.  I have a few of those cute little running clothes that might match my ear band but that really not my style. 

These are my running clothes!  Notice not to much matchy matchy for me, comfort is #1

I have been running for months in all black clothing and a navy blue headband so matching is obviously not on the top of my style list.  I have even thought about change of clothes (2nd best outfit) and I borrowed a hat in case it is raining.  And its not a normal hat, its a running hat....yes there is a difference.  I'm pretty excited about that one.

I feel a little bit better now that I got all that out.  Maybe if you guys can stand to hear about my worries for the next few days then I will relax a little bit.  Thanks for listening. 

Check back soon!

This is My Happy Place

Thanks for being patient with me over the last day or so.....  

If you don't understand my absence just look you will in just a second.

Everything from here on out you have to read with your lips smooched together.

Oh just look at that sweet sweet melts my heart.

This is my Disneyworld!

This is my cousin and best friends new little baby boy, and he is just perfect.  I got to go up this morning and finally meet him.  Check back in a few I have a post coming for today.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Day

Today was full of work with some quality time taken out for me, ME ME!  Yes I was a little bit selfish.  I went to work and stayed for the morning, and got lots of work done, all while getting more and more excited about my afternoon.

I had a hair appointment, a little bit drastic if I may say so myself.  And then I had an appointment for a massage.  My running buddy gave me a gift certificate for a massage weeks ago and I thought now that the final long run is done then it was time to rub out all the extra soreness during this week and a half of REST.  Oh my favorite 4 letter word.

Well the hair was first, I have a picture.  SEE...........

This was the best picture I could get to show you the color and hide the Zits.  Thanks to weeks of making fun of my sisters adult acne my face has now broken out like crazy.

The cut is basically the same its just the color, this is as blond as I could get the hair, I think we are calling it white instead of blond...and I just love it.  I needed something different an a little more drastic.  And please don't think that I have this idea that this looks natural, I am way beyond I'm just having fun.

My rub was marvelous as well.  She rubbed my legs and almost got all of the soreness out.  It wasn't one of those fall asleep massages, more deep tissue and get down to the nitty gritty muscles and work the soreness out.  It didn't hurt but went nice and deep.  

No workout today, none at all, just feel good special day for me.  Tomorrow is a small run and then I will be away for the rest of the day. 

You probably wont hear from me at all tomorrow, my bestie in the whole wide world is having a baby tomorrow so I will be out of commission waiting for baby.  I will be back to you.....just don't know when. 

Check ya later.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1 and Long Run

Today's post is brought to you by the Forerunner 405, my Christmas present that I was not going to talk about and pretend like it was a surprise on Christmas morning, but....well....I used it today so I thought it was only fair to admit that I am getting one and I am already using it!!!!

Yeah, December is upon us, just 10 days till the half marathon, 19 days till my birthday, 24 days till Christmas and a Partridge.  I just love this month.  In my family we don't start celebrating Christmas until after my birthday (in my dreams!)

Annnnnyway....this morning was the final long run before the Marathon and the first long run that I have had to do by myself.  This is the first time I have had to run a long run by myself, it was actually the first of a few that I have had to run alone, long or short.  I did not get the entire 20 miles, I had to stop at 18 to get ready for work.  I just ran out of time, but all in all it was a great run. I could have gone two more miles, I could have gone 8 more miles.  It felt good and I never felt like I needed to quit.  I did see my sister driving down the road about mile 15 and told her that I needed a ride home, but all in good fun, she wouldn't have taken me anyway.

Today was by far the coldest run I have had thus far.  While I was running and the mile points were clicking away the blog post was just writing itself with key phrases, "Hurricane winds," "Artic Chill" but in an attempt to not be too dramatic I will just say it was very very cold and no matter what direction I was running in the wind seemed to be blowing at my face.  I was sure I was going to have chapped skin but I have only ended up with chapped lips.  I actually came inside about mile 10 to get a drink and warm up for a few minutes before I went back out for the second 10.

At about mile 16 I decided I was hungry, really really hungry.  I could have stopped right there in the road and had a little snack...and now that I think on it I actually finished off my Power Chews right around that point.  I started making a list of all the things I was going to have for lunch:  sandwich, cookies, potato chips, cereal, M&M's, Chex Mix...the list went on and on.  I don't know that I have ever gotten that hungry while in the middle of a run.  I couldn't get my mind off of it.

About mile 17 I realized that I was not going to have enough time to finish the 20 miles but I would run at least the 18 and try for 19 but that last one was going to be a stretch.  I am so happy I packed my clothes just in case last night so I didn't have to drive home and shower and get dressed, if that had been the case I probably would have only gotten about 16 miles in.  Then it was a mad dash to shower change and go get lunch, the shopping trip for lunch could have taken 45 minutes if I bought all the stuff I wanted.

I pulled into Wal-Mart to get lunch because I needed to get cereal for breakfast as well as food for lunch.  My bones were already starting to hurt and get stiff.  While looking for a parking spot I felt a wave of close parking spots.  I was going to have to walk another mile and a half just to get in the store.  I composed myself and decided to drive around again, surely there is no need for that many people to need something at Wal Mart in the middle of the day.  After my second trip around one little tear escaped as I noticed I was not going to get a close parking spot. It seemed like the longest walk in and around the store but I got lunch minus about 50 of the items that I was sure I was going to eat.  It ended up being a balanced little lunch....with cookies!

I am feeling amazingly well after this run.  I am a little bit tight because I didnt get to stretch like I would have liked to due to lack of time, but I do feel pretty good.  A little bit euphoric because I completed it alone and its the last long run.  Basically I have this big ol grin plastered across my face!

You never know with me, its only 5pm and I already posted I might have more to say tonight.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Biggest Loser, Biggest Disappointment EVER!

I was going to tell you about my day first and then move on to the Biggest Loser, but after that ending tonight I will start with Biggest Loser.

I have never been so pissed off over Biggest Loser.  I have been waiting all season long for them to send Elizabeth home.  I think she does not work as hard as the others and does not deserve a spot on the ranch much less than the final 4.  I guess I get one more chance for her to be sent home next week.

Talk about straight to the point I know but really.  Well, really, I still haven't seen the first hour.  I got home at 9 from Christmas Concert practice just in time to catch the last hour.  I am still incredibly proud of Ada, winning the challenge and then rocking it at the weight in.  I think she is officially my favorite.  It took me a while this season to find a favorite but not to long to figure out which ones were my least favorites.  Unfortunately, because of the stupid alliance they kept my least faves around way too long.   We got to see how strong the so called alliance was between the men.  I want Ada to win just so the men who have made this season so hard to watch don't win!

I will probably have more to say about this episode once I get to watch the first hour.  I cannot stay up late tonight because of the long run tomorrow.  20 miles in the morning, not nervous, not excited....just ready!  Ready to do it and ready for it to be over.  I am actually ready for these long long runs to be over.  I am not saying that I will never do this again but I understand why the half is much more popular.  It would have to be easier to stay trained for the 13 miles as opposed to the 26.  I am still really excited about doing this marathon.  I know you are not supposed to be a proud person but I am proud of all the hard work and time that has gone into training for this.  I am just praying now for my body to hold out.  I am way beyond hoping things will heal, now I'm just praying that they will stop hurting long enough for me to get through the big race, then we can start getting stuff fixed.

I do, however, have a funny for you.  Today my calves hurt and there is such a stupid reason.  I spent about 3 minutes in front of the mirror admiring my calf muscles and I think I kept them flexed too long.  That is embarrassing to say and I am actually laughing at myself while typing, but they look pretty damn good so I am taking the pain with a smile on my face.

I already kinda admitted that I didn't eat to good today, hence the chocolate cake in the other post today, but it was not the worst day I have ever had.  I always say when my life and stuff is in chaos I don't do good on my diet so tonight while watching the last hour of Biggest Loser I cleaned out my car and packed up my food and clothes and taped for tomorrow.  I feel better and a little less stressed already.

Now time for sleep!  Hope you have a good day tomorrow and wish me luck on my run.

This Is Natures Way....

of telling me to not eat Chocolate Cake!

Yes, the fork broke.  The cake was soft and juicy and not responsible for the breaking of the fork....just nature.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ahhhh Finally Home

Today puts a whole new meaning to a busy day...but I am home now, sweat pants on, and finally in front of the computer.  Today was full of work, workouts, and wet wet weather.

I started the day with a nice simple run, just 5 miles around town followed by a cup of joe at the local coffee shop.  No fuss, no speed, just a jog.  It was a good run and it was over before the rain.  All I had to deal with was the wind, it didn't matter what direction we ran the wind was blowing right in our faces.  Wednesday will be my last long run before the marathon.  That will give me a week and a half before the marathon to taper off the running and get completely well before the big dance.  I am so excited for this long run but more excited for next weekend.   I am ready for the pressure and suspense to be over.  I don't want to stop the running just want the jitters and nervousness and anticipation to be over.  I am already planning the next run after this one, another half and a new time goal.

After the run I headed to work.  Actually, I headed home to get ready for work, then headed to town and realized that I forgot something so I headed back home, then back to town yet again, oh, and I forgot something else and repeated this again.  Finally, I got to work (job #1) and got everything handled there.  There was quite a bit to do since I haven't seen my office since Wednesday.  I did get caught up there and get to job #2 on time.  Tonight was one of the few nights that I get to go to Zumba and I enjoyed it very much.  I forget how much fun that class is until I get to go.  I got a second good workout but had to leave a little bit early to go get some dinner.  Subway and french fries.  I know its a weird combination but it was really good.

Finally off work, this day had Monday written all over it, I actually got a 3rd workout in.  My workout buddy couldn't come tonight but since I have skipped it so much recently I really wanted to get back into the habit.  I did about 20 minutes of the Plyo Cardio Circuit Insanity workout. 

Needless to say I was ready to get out of my sweaty gym clothes and into my lounge around the house holy sweatpants.  I am trying my best to relax and get ready for bed.

I think I have finally recovered and caught up from the Black Friday extravaganza.  The whole weekend was crazy busy with a few hours of sleep between the next thing.  Last night I got a full nights sleep.  I have a fantastic new heated blanket so not only was I guaranteed a good nights sleep due to exhaustion but I was warm, that was a good nights sleep.

Tomorrow will be another crazy day but less working out getting ready for the run on Wednesday.  I just hope I can sleep with all the weather outside my window.  Check back tomorrow!
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