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!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday....Tooooooo Much Fun.....Yet Again (Updated)

We Do This Every Year!

I guess we have to start at the very beginning....the beginning was at 8pm Thursday night.  The planning stage, where we get everything together for the day ahead.  We call ourselves the Black Friday Ho's (come on Ho Ho Ho)  It is my 3 sisters, one niece (shes the only one old enough to go) and a really good friend, "Pollyanna" who is officially part of the group...we have never invited anyone twice to go shopping with us, and she didn't need anything this year when we went shopping.

Our little chef had some wonderful goodies for us.

Look at this spread, homemade pizza rolls, spinach won tons, and lettuce wraps, as well as chips and salsa and fresh cookies.  This is my Thanksgiving Dinner.

I finally just started to eat the lettuce wrap middle out of the bowl. 

And the shirt, I have to mention the shirts.  We have had them made for the last couple of years.  And now that the Iron Bowl is on Black Friday there is a little something more.

We headed out to our local Wal Mart about 10:30 pm because this year the great idea was to open the pallets at 12am instead of the usual 5am.  But instead of opening them all at 12 there were 10-15 pallets that they saved for the 5 am rush. 

Everyone and their mothers uncle decided to come get in on the action at 12 and why wouldn't they, they hadn't gone to bed yet and might as well come save some money.  Well, I chose to take toys as my items to find, and my section was too crowded and became a fire hazard so they let us cut our pallets early so all the toys were collected and off to the rest of the store.  My sister who was in line for blankets nearly got trampled by people that were not even trying to get the same thing she was.  She had a young lady in the middle of her pallet and ended up with a big ol bruise on her arm.

We got to check out after the midnight rush and had gotten lots of our gifts very early, but then it was time to wait for all the 5 am things we had to get. 

No sleeping on Black Friday!

Bless our youngest participant, she waited in line for what ended up being 7 hours for a great deal....I cant tell you what it was....its a gift for someone!

Look at all those deals and gifts.

Welcome to Wal Mart, before daylight

Ready to head out of town after the biggest stop of the day....and the sun is Thinking?!? about coming up.

One of my favorite parts of this entire day is the car ride.  We end up spending way more time in the car then we do in line, and the lines were way better this year.  We did have a slight run in with the police this year before 6 am but all was ok, no ticket! According to "Little Miss Pollyanna" we didn't have to wait at all, no matter how many people were there.  Anyway, the car gave us more time to plan our next attack.  We took most of the chairs out of the car so we could get our purchases in the car.  Before you think we go crazy and just buy everything we can get our hands on, in total we represent 6 different families, very large families, and this is our major shopping day of the year.

The next big stop is Target shopping center in Huntsville.  This is the location of about 5 of our best deal stores.  This is stop number 2, before 7 am and the car starts filling up pretty quickly.

She realized that there was a new Big Lots in the shopping center...the excitement was too much, Im just glad we got a picture of this.

Now awake for nearly 12 hours and shopping for 8 or so, the eyes start to get a little bit heavy, that means time for coffee, diet coke, and jelly beans.

If Pollyanna had actually needed anything we would have had to rent a uhaul, everything she bought was huge and she bought something at every single store we went to.

After this stop the day slows way down.  The door buster deals start to expire and it becomes lots of individual stores and not so many shopping centers.  Well after our first coffee stop we had the most bizarre experience.  Yes, we all wear matching shirts and carry clever little bags for the day.  While leaving the coffee shop we passed a local news station and guess what....they put us on the news.  Really?!?!?  We were still shopping when it actually aired at 6pm but got lots of emails and text messages letting us know we were on TV.  Since Mag was the one who opened her big mouth in front of the camera guy she got to do all the talking for the camera.  If I ever find a video of it I will post it for you.

There was also a local newspaper writer who wrote about us as well.  I found her article and you can read it here.

hello local news! Man, I love Black Friday!
So after we were made famous the camera got put away for a while.  We started to get a little more tired, awake for way over 24 hours at this point.  My mom and dad came down to take us to lunch....sooooo sweet....and give us a second wind for the rest of the day.  This is when it gets really slow, less selection in the store and going to the stores were you only need one thing instead of 7-8 things.

About 6 pm we started winding down the shopping and started heading back home, just catching the last few stores before we got home.  This is where you can see the sleep deprivation take hold, we thought it was a good idea to get the camera back out and you can see how packed the car was at this point.

She is sitting on top of some things that I cannot mention "gifts."

The smallest person in the car, the youngest person in the car, the biggest and most spacious seat, I still don't understand.

Sitting in the floor with presents packed all around.  I actually sat in the floor most of the trip, until the end I had plenty of room.

That flash is bright at 7pm.

We finally made it home around 8pm.  Got the car unloaded and separated and time for one more group photo, we looked way better in the before picture.

If you will forgive me I am going to hit the sack now...I have been awake for a while and have to work in the morning so I think it is best that I sleep now. 

Hope your Black Friday was as successful as mine.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Just a Little Love

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible."
Doug Larson

“Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

I Did So Good With That Before 11pm Post Yesterday....Eh!

Well, I am still here, just busy as a little bee.  First off I am sorry for not posting yesterday.  I was planning on being home right after my swim and forgot about practice for the Christmas Concert at church.  Well it went long and I got home about 10pm and had not done any of my at home stuff.  Then today started off early and hasn't quit yet.

I am feeling much better now...still a little bit sick but better.  I still haven't figured out what I am allergic to but I am still having a reaction to it.  Maybe I will figure it out soon before I go crazy with all this itching, sneezing and watery eyes.  But the cold symptoms are getting better.  They were better enough that I felt like working out again.  I did lunch time Zumba yesterday.  My swimming partner cancelled on me last night but it ended up working out for the best because of Christmas concert practice.

Then today was another run.  The runs are easy for the next few weeks with the exception of one more long run.  I have no idea when I am going to do it, but I will do my best to find the time.  Once the last long run is done I get to taper off....that is code for REST!  I am really looking forward to that one.  This week I have had the enjoyment of running with my niece and her friend.  I really should just claim her as one of my own.  These girls are so sweet.  They wanted to run with me and are even going to be at my marathon to help towards the end when I need a little extra encouragement and even run a few miles with me along the way. 

This morning's run was just under 5 miles and was a really easy one.  It was a nice little trot.  And I can honestly say that I am not as scared of the last long run since I got that dreaded one out of the way.

Then tonight my late night workout buddy and I got back to the gym.  She bailed on me, I bailed on her, and have just missed each other for over a week.  It was nice to get back to it.  We did a leg workout tonight and I think it was a successful one since walking down the steps was difficult.

Along with busy work, it is also Thanksgiving week.  Apparently holiday weeks throw me off.  I think and have thought all day long that it is Friday.  Well, it's not!  And while most people are excited about Thanksgiving dinner I am way more excited about Black Friday shopping.  I don't really like Thanksgiving food, it just does not do it for me, but I love Jelly Beans in the van at 3am on Black Friday.  You have to get the priorities in order right?!?!?

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.  Since tomorrows food doesn't tempt me I will pass on a little piece of info that was told to me years ago when I started dieting.  "Everyone overeats on Thanksgiving because they think they can only get Turkey and Dressing once a year....well not so true, you can eat it anytime so there is no need to over indulge."  Hope that helps, I will take that same philosophy with me on Friday with the Jelly Beans.

Fat to Fit time again brought to you by Diminishing Lucy.  You should check this blog hop out if you would like to find more interesting blogs.  This is one of my faves!!!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The 7 Dwarfs, or Most of Them

Ive been trying since Friday of last week to get sick.  It didn't really kick in until late in the afternoon, scratchy throat, cough, you know the regular symptoms of a cold.  On Friday I was absolutely peeped up about my 18 miler so I didn't really care.  Well Saturday it started getting a little bit worse.  It was amazing...my body was in great shape for such a long run but my head was stopped up, you win some you lose some.

Well after a weekend of hot weather/cold weather I am officially sick.  I hate to have to admit that.  I don't let sick get me down usually but today all of the 7 dwarfs have taken over my body.  Sneezy, Sleepy (thank you no sleeping because I cant breath), Dopey (thank you Benedryl), Happy, Doc (I think I need to see one).  Yes all of them.  I have made up some new ones too....rashy, itchy.  What started out as a cold is now compounded with an allergic reaction.  A rash has developed all over my body.  I have gone over my last 2 days trying to figure out what has caused me to react like this and I can come up with nothing.

Sick or not I did go out and run today but I skipped all the rest of my workouts today.  I got the joy of running with my niece today as well as my regular running buddy.  It was a pretty good time.  I never get to run with her, that school stuff gets in the way.  She was a pleasure!  No running tomorrow, hopefully I will feel a little bit better and get to do Zumba and my swim.

My day today has been nothing but work, Job #1 and #2.  It has actually been a little bit mundane.  I am still sitting on cloud 9 from my run though.  I am still trying to wrap my mind around it.  This is the best runners high I have ever had, its lasted 3 days now.  Only one more long run before the Big Day.  I am getting so excited now that I cannot contain it anymore.

I'm gonna hit the bed now, honestly I have been in bed posting.  Hopefully I can get some good sleep and be all better tomorrow, Hopefully!  I have to get all caught up on my sleep because its almost Black Friday shopping time....and we all know how important that day is in my family!

I will try to post again tomorrow before 11pm.  Night all!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sitting On Cloud 18

Well......I hope you all pick up on the title that I got my 18 miler today....and I am soooooo EXCITED about it.  Its like a 200 pound elephant off my shoulders (and now my legs weigh 200 lbs each.)  That was the run I wanted to go so well and I don't know that I could have asked for a better run.  It was hard but by the last mile or so I was so excited that I was going to finish all I wanted to do was run, and run fast.

The first 14 was actually pretty smooth. A couple of stops for a few minutes to get a drink or a little nourishment, or a potty break but this part of the run was really good.  I knew I was feeling good because I never put my hands on my hips.  When I get tired I usually rest my hands on my hips.  About mile 14 my knee did something weird, I almost cried because it hurt really bad and I didn't think I was going to be able to finish running and I wasn't done yet, but after a few seconds of walking around I realized that not only was it ok but it actually felt better after the pop than it did before. 

About mile 15.5 it really started to get hard, a few more walk breaks than normal but still running the majority of the time.  We were going to get back to the cars at mile 16 and then run to the coffee shop and get a cup and walk back for the last mile and cool down.  When I decided that I only had to do half a mile instead of 2 and a half miles my brain started working on my side again....just had to trick it a bit. 

The trip to the coffee shop was the hardest part of the trip, but once we got our drinks, hello, water because it was way too hot to be drinking coffee.   It was a nice stop to keep from dying and then it was the home stretch.  We actually had a 1.4 miles to go back and I was fired up....I realized that I was going to make it barring any major problems, and needless to say the aches and pains went away completely.  Nothing hurt and euphoria was setting in.  I didn't want to take anymore walk breaks just get it done because I could put it behind me on so many levels!!!!!

Well we finished all 18 miles, 18.07 to be exact, that counts as "over 18 miles." 

This feels like is a great accomplishment and a real boost towards the big goal of 26.2.  After today I really think I can do it....I was going to do it one way or the other: run, walk, crawl, or roll across the finish line but now I think I might actually be able to finish the entire race on my feet.

So far my body is feeling pretty good after the run.  The shins have really let up and nothing is blistered or rubbed.  Hopefully I will feel this good tomorrow too.  I always expect the worst in soreness so if its not bad then I was well prepared.

I am so happy about the good run today and look forward to the next one (instead of dreading it like I have 18 miles for months)

After my run the day totally collapsed in on me.  I had to be 3 places all within about 5 minutes and needed a shower.  I made it to everything I needed to go to but I did have to leave the house with wet hair and no makeup to make the first deadline.  It is not the first time I have put mascara on going down the road but I wish my hair had dried a little bit more stylish and less wet dog look, but I don't think anything can take this smile off my face.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lazy Lazy Long Run Eve

I followed the rules....I don't get to say that much but I have had a full day of rule following.

For starters my running partner told me not to run today, not to workout at all today, do NOTHING!  It was not what I wanted to do but it was actually quite nice.  I had a full day at work today.  I started off really early this morning making cookies for an Open House.  I was up at 7:30 making cookies and didn't eat them but I did put two raw portions of dough back so I could have a cookie tonight.  But I did good on breakfast, I ate my bowl of cereal and fruit smoothie.  I am just loving this fruit smoothie in the morning....and its so easy to make.  Put a bunch of fruit in a blender, some ice and orange juice, and I have a drink for breakfast that last till about noon.  I put mine in an insulated coffee cup so it doesn't melt and sip all morning.

Well, I had another appointment this morning and actually missed the entire Open House that I baked the cookies for, but I think it kept me from eating so many sweets.  When they just sit on a table so pretty and are all cut up in bite size pieces I think they don't have any calories and end up overdoing it.

And for once I got home before 6pm, its amazing what time you can get home when you skip the gym.   I made a wonderfully healthy dinner: panini sandwich with fruits and veggies.  Then I took my two balls of cookie dough and made two hot fresh chocolate chip cookies and poured a glass of milk.  I don't know if it was the anticipation of the cookies or if they were really that good but it was a wonderful treat!

Then I followed more rules, given to me by my local physical therapist, and Ice Massage.  Oh yes, I spend plenty of time icing sore joints but this was new for me.  Fill up a cup, plastic or Styrofoam, with water and freeze it. 

If you use Styrofoam cups they will explode on the bottom!

Make sure you can cut the top off of this cup.  Take it out of the freezer and expose about an inch of ice.  Then start rubbing it directly on the area that hurts. 

By the way, the braclet (rubber band) says, "You must do the things you think you cannot do!"

Yes, rub it hard like you are massaging it.  Hence the term, Ice Massage.

It actually feels pretty good, it is cold but a nice pain relief directly on the spot that hurts and it only took a few minutes for the ice to melt down to the cup.  I decided to do this tonight because I spent the entire day on my feet and as the day wore on my knee started buckling on me so I thought it could do some good before the long run tomorrow.
Looking forward to my long run tomorrow.  Hoping and praying that it goes great and that I make my distance.  Ill let you know how it goes!

Just Love It

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."   ~originally written by Marianne Williamson

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Please Note the Time Stamp

Oh yeah....11:45pm.  I am actually home because my workout buddy bailed on me...again....and my computer is working.  My bro-in-law let me borrow his computer charger, he bought his computer the same time I did, and it works.  My mind is at ease that it is just the charger (as I expected!)

So I finally get to check on my facebook friends and catch up on my blogs.  It will be 2 am before I get to sleep.  I was without a computer for all of 5 minutes and I feel like I am so far behind.

Woooo HOOOO!

Today Today Today

First off, my computer is still broken....I'm working on a fix right now but apparently as soon as I bought my computer they discontinued the charger that I was using and no longer sell it at regular shopping outlets so I will have to order online.  I have tried every charger I can get my hands on and they are all too big for my computer. Not exactly what I had in mind but maybe once I get a new one the computer will charge again and I can blog from home.

 So I will continue to blog....they just may be random times.

Today started off with a nice little workout.  7 miles total today.  It was not my best run but not my worst either.  Trust me a bad run requires complaining...this one was just mundane.  Not my fastest, nothing like Monday but not my slowest.  We ran a fair pace and finished off with a under 9 minute mile just to finish off strong.  My body was sore today and hurting with every step, but not hurting bad enough to stop just enough to be annoying.

We finished today's run with a major stretching session.  That is one of those things that I have allowed to go on the back burner now that running has become part of my routine.  Well I think that may be why I have been getting more and more sore so I thought it might be a good idea to start that back up again....and it did feel really good.

This week the long run is on Friday.  The hope is 16-18 miles.  I have dreaded this one for so long and when I finally got on the road to do it I ran out of time, so this week really really looking forward to it, it will go great, it has to be done....AND I AM READY AND ABLE!

There are only going to be 2 more long runs between now and the Marathon so I need to get them in and make sure they are good ones.  I will continue to run the 5-10 milers through the week but just 2 more long runs.  I am getting so psyched about this race that it has become all consuming.  I am tracking everything I eat so I will know what foods make me feel good or bad during a run.  I am washing my good socks every single night so that I don't risk hurting my feet wearing the older ones.  Etc, etc, etc.  I know you all may be tired of hearing about running but right now that is my main focus.

I actually had a little bit of anger in my heart towards another runner this week because of some comments he made.  He was upset about the qualifying times in the Boston Marathon being too easy.  For a new runner I was a little bit offended about the comment.  I have worked so hard and it was almost a slap in the face.  Because the marathon finish time average has slowed in the past few years, the Boston Marathon qualifying times have been changed.  Well, its people like me, first time runners that are participating in a marathon that are lowering that average.  But lets just think about this for a second.  There are enough people out there like me that instead of sitting on the couch have gotten up, put on running shoes and hit the road in an attempt to accomplish something that was once so out of reach, that are slowing down the average pace....GREAT!!!!!  I wish this runner, an experienced, phenomenal runner would be more encouraging role model....especially since he has the ability to be heard by many.

So my feelings were hurt, but I am over it now.  I love running, never meant to but it just happened.  I run for my health.  I run for my weight loss.  I run for ME and all those others out there that think they cannot run.  I run for my peace of mind.  I run to spend time with friends...friends that I would have never had if it hadn't been for running.  I want people to see me on the road, all 230lbs of me in tight pants and say, "By golly, if she can run so can I."  I run for every fat girl in the world that has wanted to run 26.2 miles and never took the first step.

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do"

And Ill jump right off the soap box now.  My eating today has been spectacular.  I packed all the food last night, got up early had breakfast #1 and finally went grocery shopping so when I got home from running I had something to make for Breakfast #2.  I ran out of food at my house and was stopping at the store on my way home to get breakfast.  I never make the good decision when I stop for food, that is why I always pack and plan my food for the next day.  It was nice to come home and know what I would be eating.  Then I have only eaten out of my bag today except for Smarties that a co-worker brought today.  I love these little candies and have very little control.  That being said I think I will eat a pack as I finish up my post for today.

For the first time in a while I feel in control of my food again.  I think the fad diets was a horrible experiment because it got me really off track on my eating habits.  I am a creature of habit and control and I was not in control so after about a week and a half of really working on it I think I am back in the drivers seat.  I have not weighed again since the fad thing was over.  Its like those people who don't go to the doctor and they have a tumor growing out of the side of their abdomen the size of a basketball.  I don't want to know what the scale says so I will just live in the dark for a few more weeks until I am brave enough to get on the scale again.  My clothes still fit and I feel good so I will wait....its not a tumor!

Check back tomorrow and I might post.....and I might not, just depends on internet access :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blogger with No Computer

Let's just say I found a way to make my life a little more complicated.  My wonderful home computer charger decided that it will no longer charge my computer.  It is the most frustrating thing ever.  I have to hold the charger in just the right place and hope there is not a strong wind so that it will charge.  Any suggestions on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

Today I had one of my best runs ever.  I met my running buddy this morning and we ran the stadium, about 3 miles total at the stadium.  When we first started it felt like I weighted 800 lbs trying to climb up and down the stairs, but once warmed up it got a lot better.  I also had to stop and tie my shoes about 6 times.  I am trying to break in my new shoes but they started off to lose, then too tight and cutting off circulation, but finally I got the right tension.  We even finished the workout with a little bit of speed work (one sprint) hahahah.  Then I was left to run on my own...dum dum dum.  I do not like to run by myself now that I have been blessed with a great partner.  I was determined to go run this morning alone or not, so I put in the headphones and off I went.

It was a nice cold morning, good tunes, and great run.  I ended up running an additional 4 miles at about a 10 minute pace.  I never run that fast!  I would stop when I needed to walk but there were very few walk breaks and my legs were feeling pretty good.  I was really happy to have a good run.  My shins are really the only part that are still hurting.

For the rest of the day I have worked like a dog.  Every job that I have today has been incredibly busy.  It makes the day go by quicker but also makes me lose my mind a little bit at a time. 

I am still trying out the KT Tape that I talked about the other day.  During the race on Friday the tape worked pretty well on my knee (hopefully not psychosomatic) so I am giving it a try on the shins now.  It looks pretty stupid to have tape up and down my leg but if it will make it feel better I will look stupid...hell, I wear tight tight pants to run out around town, what is a little bit of tape on the leg?  I am also pretty lucky to work with a bunch of Physical Therapist.  I have so many questions that I have started trading Real Estate advice for Physical Therapy exercises.  Don't think I cant bargain!

I also got to do Zumba tonight.  I am really missing this class so I was happy to get to attend.  I go do Zumba on my lunch break so I don't get to stay the entire time but I get most of the class in.  And no more workouts tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  As I hope you can tell by this post I have had a pretty good great day today.

I am ready to pile my butt into bed.  Hopefully tonight I can get my computer charging so I can post tomorrow.  Otherwise I will have to go to my office tomorrow night after Biggest Loser and post about the episode.  That would never happen but it sounds good right?!?!?!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

On the Mend

I am still feeling pretty good.  I woke up this morning kinda expecting my legs to just give way and ankles to crack.  But I was amazingly not too sore this morning.  There are parts that hurt but nothing too bad.  My shins are the worst which is surprising to me, they haven't been a problem through all this training.

I did enjoy a few minutes in the hot tub today just finishing up my mend and get ready to run tomorrow.  I am still feeling really good from my run yesterday (that runners high) but beginning to freak out about the full.  It just seems like there is not enough time to finish my training.  I keep thinking I need to be out running all the time!

My food this weekend has not been the best.  I over indulged on a few meals this weekend, in celebration you know, but have already packed my food for tomorrow to get back on track.  I think everything has to be perfect for the next 4 weeks so I can be at my peak.  Ohhhh Happy and Nervous all at the same time.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Half Marathon....It was Beautiful

Well today was one of the best runs, if not the best run I have ever had.  I just cannot believe this feeling every time a race is done.  For starters I am so happy that I went to run this race.  I was teetering with the idea of running it or not.  I knew I could do the distance but didn't know why I had to race to do a long run.  Well, I am so happy that I did it!!!!!

I was a little bit nervous about this once I got there this morning, I don't know why because I knew I could do it, but I wanted to have a good time.  I don't think the start line announcer was helping anything either...he started going through the warnings, "participation of this even can cause heat exhaustion, blah blah blah, and all the horrible things that can happen to you if you are not properly trained."  Hello dude, some of us are scared! 

I also thought it was going to be cold and then warm up and I would not have anywhere to shed layers.  Well it started off just right and I got to take my jacket off before we started.  The weather was great the entire run, nice and warm but not to hot or sunny.

I ran the first couple of miles without doing my 4 and 1 pace like I had planned.  I don't like to stop and walk before the first mile is over, I can run further than that, but I knew that if I ran out to fast and too hard that I would not be able to complete the race in the time that I was hoping for.  I ran the first 7 or so miles by myself and was kinda getting bored, then I found a friend.  We ran about 2 miles together and got separated.  Then I found another friend and ran with her for about another mile.  It was nice to have someone to talk to since that is how I am used to running.  I must also mention that I ran with a man that was 89 years old and hold the AL record for half marathon time in his age group.  We started off for about a mile together and it was nice to hear him talk about running. 

The first time I thought it was getting tough was about mile 11.  I was really starting to hurt about that time but was so close to the finish.  I walked a little bit there without doing my 4 and 1 and then picked right back up once I got my legs back under me.  Then at mile 12 the downhill!!!!!  Most of the race was completely flat which is wonderful, but there is something special about a downhill at the last mile. 

By the time I got to mile 12 I knew I was not going to finish in 2:30 but I was going to have a much better time than my first half.  I ended up crossing the finish line somewhere at 2:40:??  I was thrilled...like more than I could ever explain.  That was my personal best by 35 minutes.  That is a gain of 35 minutes in about 8 months.  I couldn't be more thrilled.

I know I could have not gotten that kind of improvement if it hadn't been from the support of all my running buddies.  They have been so encouraging from the time I said I was going to run the full marathon.  I just love those guys.

I was also thrilled to see so many people from my town running this race.  It is great to see some familiar faces when you have to pass people.  I love the cheers from people I know.

I also have to brag on my blog readers!  I had such a sweet girl cheering for me out on the race field.  She told me she was coming out to cheer for a friend but would cheer when she saw me.  Bless her heart...she made me a sign!  It was so nice, she was even cheering for me as I came up to the finish line.

After the race the idea was to run 5-7 more miles.  Well I didn't.  Everyone kinda bailed on the run except for my usual running buddy and her daughter.  I felt bad going with them because they are both really faster than me so I thought I would slow them down too bad.  I didn't have much gas left in the tank at the point.  Instead of running I sucked down a piece of pizza and a gallon of water and Gatorade.  It was quite possibly the best piece of pizza I have ever eaten in my life...and I have eaten a lot of pizza.

After the run I took a trip over to Fleet Feet to get a new pair of shoes.  I have worn my shoes into the ground and have tried to time it just right so I can get them worn in before the full but not worn out.  Again I had a great experience and have to brag on the guy that helped me.  I think his name was John!  He fit me in new shoes after a race, sweaty feet and all.  I ended up getting the same shoes that I had before, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Once I got home I had a little yard work to do, then out to dinner.  I don't know that I have ever felt like I could do anything after a race, much less yard work.  I am a little bit sore in the hips and knees but still feel great and I am enjoying the runners high....6 hours later!  All in all it was a great run, and a great day.  Now my body is ready for bed, I don't think anyone will have to rock me to sleep tonight!

Thanks guys for all your kind words and encouragement.  Cant wait for the next one.

Oh and by the by, I have some race pictures coming soon.  A friend took them on her camera so I have to wait till she emails them to me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Race Day Eve

This could be my favorite day ever.  Race day eve = Lazy day!!!!!  And I hear that before the marathon I get to take the entire week off...don't really think that will ever happen?!?!?!?!?

I did go run this morning but it was before 9 am so it doesn't count as a run.  And it was an incredibly easy run this morning.  It was a 5 mile trip but we did not run the entire 5 miles, not by a long shot.  Then the rest of the day I had the TENS unit on the knee and did no more workouts.  Just sitting at my desk, I only climbed the steps at work once. 

I am trying something new for tomorrow.  Its called KT Tape.  I am absolutely willing to try anything to keep this knee from hurting until I get done with the full marathon, then Doctor time.  Anyway, I have high hopes for this stuff.

"KT Tape is highly effective at providing pain relief, stability & support, & faster recovery for injured or sore muscles and joints-without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement."  From the KT Tape website
I hope this stuff works because if it doesn't you know I will call it out.  If it does work I will have a love affair with it like I have BodyGlide! 

I'm going to head off to bed....when you have a lazy day there is not much to talk about at the end of the day.  I have to get my Zzzz's before tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In An Attempt to Make it Better

Let's see!  First hot bath, relax the muscle, next BioFreeze (could be the greatest stuff ever.)  By the way, if you put this stuff on after a hot bath it goes to the very core of the muscle. 

Then we move on to some localized pain treatment.  The knee is hurting, more than normal, I expect and understand the every day aches and pains but this is more than normal.  Side note:  When you put ice on top of BioFreeze it really burns.  So we move on to ice.  I use ice like other people use oxygen!  Ice the knees and then the greatest little invention of all!  Its called a TENS unit.  I don't know why or how this little things works but it makes everything feel better.

I know this little thing looks fancy and you get a good leg shot....what a night for you guys!!!!

Hopefully all this hard work will make the soreness a little better tomorrow.  I really don't care how bad it hurts tomorrow as long as it feels better on Saturday.  Ill let you know if this home treatment works or if it just a waste of time and you just have to let soreness run it course.  Oh, and I read that soreness is lactic acid build up and that drinking lots of water can help flush that lactic acid move from the muscles.  I never thought I could drink more water in a day but I am really pounding it in tonight. 

Tomorrow is a small run just to keep moving until Saturday.  Depending on how the muscles feel tomorrow I may do some light weights.  I am really hoping to do weights at least 2 days a week if not 3, but if I am still this sore I will lay off the weights and just rest.

Come back to me tomorrow...but don't be disappointed if there is not leg shot tomorrow!

What Was I Thinking?

Don't worry I didn't do anything really stupid that has made me mad at myself....but there is a little bit of complaining.  Lets start with the good stuff.  For the last two days I have felt more in control of my food than I have in about a week.  No worry over can I eat that or not?, its just a balanced diet.  A little bit of freedom but in so much control, and I love it.

Well, the running this week has been on the lower mileage getting ready for the half this weekend.  You know I don't want to over train.  Well, I decided to get back to the weight room on Tuesday, I thought that I might get a little bit sore from it so I did it earlier in the week so I would have time for my muscles to relax before race day.  Well yesterday I was sore, but nothing over the top.  Shoulders chest and back were really the only areas in pain.

Then last night it was my brilliant idea that instead of doing one of the crazy cardio workouts that Fat Burning Yoga (that's yoga spelled P-A-I-N) to release the soreness in my muscles and get a good type of stretch in.

That was possibly the worst decision I have ever made.  I did yoga in high school for about 2 years so I know that it is not just a stretching exercise, it is really hard work.  Basically, I have to hold my body weight in positions for up to 30 seconds.  I will tell you it is easier to hold a 25 pound dumbbell than 225 pounds of body weight. 

Today, my body just hurts.  I don't even think you can call this soreness...we have moved to pain.  I can lift my arms half way up and the butt is just too much for words.  Today is the first time I have ever hated the inventor of the toilet seat.  He designed it to touch the exact same spots my butt hurts.  Ha Ha.  Oh and yeah, I cannot get my legs straight because my hamstrings are so tight.

So now the idea is to get the soreness worked out before Saturday so I can get my best run in that I can.  I tried to work it out in Zumba this afternoon but that really didn't work out all that well.  I could hardly lift my arms up or jump during the songs.  I made a special request for a dance with no jumping and no bending, but if you have ever been to this class you know those dances are not easy to come by.

  I have already started to set goals for this weekend...aside from just finishing.  I would love to be a PR for me and I don't know why it shouldn't be.  I have trained way more for this one than I did for the first half marathon.  I would love to be between 2 .5 to 3 hours.  I for sure want to be below 3 hours.  I would also love to be able to get in 18 miles for the day.  I have yet to get in an 18 miler so that would be ideal.

I will get in my last run for the week before the big run on Saturday.  Tomorrow I think we will be running anywhere 3-7 miles.  I really have no idea...I'm just along for the run tomorrow.

After I published this post I received an email from my workout buddy.  She thought that I should provide you with a little more info about this workout.  
"I didn't see you warn people in your post that you can lose feeling in your arm and have your arm turn purple during the workout."
I let her know that I would warn you all that you could lose feeling in your hands after you've been in warrior 2 pose for about 2 seconds.  It was a really hard workout, but the funniest part was her talking to the DVD.  Usually I yell at the screen but last night she joined in the grunting, barking, and growling at the screen.

I just wish I had video of her arm during this workout....she really did lose feeling but the funniest part was the uncontrollable shaking.  I couldn't believe how long she could hold her position while shaking that bad!

Good Job workout buddy....now quit complaining!
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