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Wanted to Share

I wanted to share the news story from the amazing 5K I did over the weekend.  This was such an amazing experience!  The before picture of me in this story used to make me sick to my stomach, now I look at it and see how far I’ve come, and I’m proud that that woman in that picture had the courage to look herself in the mirror and say, I deserve more than this.

Feel free to watch the video by clicking here!

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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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I Think I Can

This coming weekend is what will likely be my last 5K until next spring.  If you’ve seen any of my past posts about running, this is not my favorite activity, but when I started running for the first time this spring, I set a goal of running an entire 5K without stopping to walk.

I was on quite a roll for a while and have managed I think four races so far this year.  One of the last ones I did, I was so close to that goal I thought it would be a cake walk to accomplish my goal.  Now here I am, at the end of September, with one last 5K  I’m signed up for and I have yet to accomplish that goal.

The first 5K’s that I ran I didn’t really do any training.  I went for one run a week and when I started I couldn’t even go a mile without stopping to walk.  At one point, I knew I could go 2.5 miles, no problem without stopping to walk, and then I stopped running.  Apparently even once a week was better than no at all.  This past couple of weeks I have tried really hard to get back in the swing and to get my distance back up there.  At this point, I’m back up to 2.3 miles, but I’m struggling.

I think a lot of my problem is in my own head.  I know it is going to be mind over matter, or mind over body.  I know I am capable, but I’m just getting in my own way.  I can do this.  Whether I hit the road again before my race or not, I am capable.  I just have to keep reminding myself, I can do this.  I am strong and I’m certainly stronger than I was 3 months ago.  I’ve got this…right?

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Run Baby Run

I’ve been doing some pretty serious run procrastinating.  I have a 5K at the end of this month and it’s probably going to be my last shot at running the entire thing.  I have a goal for this year to run an entire 5K (without stopping at all to walk).  I have done 4 5k’s this year, but have walked at least a little bit in all of them.

For the last, probably 2 months, I have managed to get my exercise, without once hitting the road to run.  With my 5K only 3 weeks away, I knew I had to get to it or I was never going to.  Yesterday, after posting a status about it on Facebook, my sister asked me if we could run together.  So off we went.

I was amazed first at how ok I was with running a mile without stopping, then surprised to realize, while I would once go about 2.5 miles without stopping to walk, 1.25 miles, was once again my limit.  It was a rude awakening that if I’m going to accomplish my goal, and I will accomplish my goal; that I need to hit the pavement a bit more.  So I’ve planned it out.  I have scheduled in a run 2 days a week leading up to my 5K.  I know that’s not a lot, but with zumba 3 days a week and TRX 2 days a week (2 workouts that I love and am not willing to break from to run) it’s what I have time for.  I’m confident I can get there, as long as I can get myself up off the couch to actually do it!

P.S. I’m super proud of my sis.  She hasn’t been running, and she did great on our 2.5 mile excursion and motivated me to pick up the pace on more than one time on our run!

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Really Hit the Ground Running

The other day I went out for a run for the first time in over 3 weeks.  I shocked myself at how I did.  I was expecting to be dragging but I pushed myself and I felt great afterwards.

My exercise routine was a little thrown off this week because my hubby and I went to a concert on Friday night.  That meant no zumba.  I had told myself I would get up on Friday morning and run.  That didn’t happen.  I’m just not a morning workout person.  Don’t get me wrong, I can hit the gym in the morning, I just can’t haul my butt out of bed to do it.

So I decided to do a 5k on Saturday morning.  It was a spur of the moment decision, but I knew if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t get my exercise in and then I would feel crumby all weekend.  So I laced up my shoes and headed out.

It was hot.  Not super hot, prob 70-75 but in the sun I was sweating before the race even started.  I was feeling a little intimidated knowing it was a hilly run.  Even the experienced runners were talking about the steep hills.  Let’s just say I was not expecting much.  My goal for the day was to beat the time from my last 5k, and since it was my worst 5k time, I figured I should be able to do that.

I have an app on my phone that tells me how far I’ve gone, how long and my average mile pace.  The first time her voice toned out at the 5 minute marker, I thought she must have been tracking someone else.  My fastest mile time has been about 13:30-14 minutes.  She said my average mile time was 12:28 seconds.  I was certain she was wrong.  Of course I slowed down as I went and hit that 13-14 minute average soon there after, but at that point I didn’t even feel like I was running any harder or faster than any other time.

The hills were most definitely brutal.  This was not my race to run the entire distance without stopping to walk.  I have gone more than 2 miles without stopping to walk and I barely made it to 1.5.  The turn around was right after a brutally steep hill and I managed to run up half of it but I knew if I didn’t walk, I might not live through the rest of the race (of course that’s an exaggeration but at the time a perfectly logical excuse).  I slowed to walk a couple more times after that.  I wish I hadn’t stopped the first time since it was so much harder getting started again after that, but when I finished the race I was proud of myself.

I shaved more than 6 minutes off my last 5k time and more than minutes off my fastest.  While 43:34 is not fast to a lot of runners, it is to me.  I have been amazed by that time since Saturday, and while I have never been a runner and always dreaded it, I’m really starting to love the accomplishment I feel when I meet or exceed a goal I set for myself. 

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Winning in Last Place

My main goal since I started doing 5ks (finished my third today) was not to come in last.  I think that is why I was so worried about my race today.  I have completed 2 races before this and have not come in last, that being said, I believe the only people who finished behind me in both races were walkers, but either way, I wasn’t last.  Today’s race was different.  They had the walkers start about 15 minutes before the runners.

At first I couldn’t decide which group to go with.  I eventually went with the runners because I knew if I went with the walkers I would do just that, walk.  I knew I wouldn’t event try to run, so I decided the only way I was going to push myself was to go with the runners.

I started towards the back of the pack and that is where I stayed.  The gap between me and the rest of the runners just kept getting bigger and bigger.  After only a few minutes it was obvious I was going to be the last runner finished, so instead of focusing on that, I had to turn my attention to other things.

First off, there are so many people who were standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon who will never be able to run again.  So many people who would give so much just to be able to maintain the slow jog that I do.  I am capable, and that is what matters first and foremost.

Second, the furthest I have gone without stopping to walk is 1 mile (and I’ve only done that once a couple days ago).  I decided to focus my attention on being able to make it further than that.  I made it all the way to the half way mark and kept going.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I only walked maybe 7 telephone polls.

It wasn’t a fast pace.  In fact, I added about 30 seconds to my time from my last race, and added about 10 seconds to my first 5k time.  I came in last place and I took longer to run the course, it would be easy for me to convince myself, I had failed.  But I didn’t.  I think today was my best race so far.  I’m pretty certain if I measured it out, I probably ran (jogged) almost 3 times.  I set goals for myself, then I exceeded them.  I started out wanting to make it to 1 mile without stopping to walk, then the turn around and I made it there and then some.  I walked for 3 telephone polls and decided I would run to the corner, and I got to the corner and kept going, probably another mile.  I conquered my fear of finishing last.  I finished strong, and for the first time today, I didn’t have a finish line team to come out and run the last stretch with me.  I did it on my own.  They were there cheering me on, but it was me who motivated myself.

Don’t get me wrong, I was disappointed when I heard my time at the finish line, but today I know I did the best that I could and that is more than good enough for me.  I don’t know when my next race will be, but I know what my goal for it is.  My goal before the end of the summer was to be able to complete a 5k without walking, and whenever my next race is, that’s what I’m going to do.  It makes me pretty happy that I was so close to that today in my 3rd ever 5k.  I will accomplish my goal.  It won’t matter if I’m last, second to last or if I manage to finish better than that.  What will matter is that I stayed true to myself and shattered the goals I have set for me.

I follow a Women of Crossfit page that while I don’t do Crossfit I find to be very inspiring.  Earlier this week they posted a picture with this caption, “it’s often the people who are “slowest” who think so poorly of themselves.. But you know what?! Those are the people who have the ability to inspire WAY more than the fastest person.. Why?! Because they are out there, doing what they need to do to be healthy! Don’t give up or think less if yourself if you’re last at a WOD (running or not)… You are THERE. Which is more than all the obese people sitting on their asses can say! Be proud – first to finish or last!”  I’m pretty sure this caption and the picture that went with it, was for me.

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Here is the picture that went with the caption on the Women of Crossfit page.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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After Run Craving

For the first time since I started running and really for the first time since I started working out, I got a mad crazy craving yesterday and my 5k.  All I could think about all afternoon was a big, juicy steak (even the thought of it now makes my mouth water)!

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Photo Courtesy: http://www.chicagoprimemeatco.com
Sorry to anyone who is now craving red meat because of this post.

I had made homemade chicken noodle soup the day before my race in hopes it would help fight off my cold (which it didn’t…why can’t it work like it does in movies?)  That was what was for dinner last night…leftovers.  This was most certainly not what my tummy was calling for, but I was not in the mood to go to the store and cook dinner, since I was tired and chilled from my race, so I ate my chicken soup. 

When that didn’t help my craving, I ate some spicy fries, hoping that would calm my screaming belly.  When that didn’t work, I went the healthy route and ate a carrot, and let me say that certainly didn’t help. 

I went to bed shortly after that convinced if I didn’t I would either eat everything in the house, or I would end up on my way to the grocery store to get steak at 10 o’clock at night. 

Guess what’s for dinner tonight!  Now if the hour of Zumba (heading there after work) could fly by so I can get home to eat, that would be awesome!

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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5k Number 2, Check!

Today I did my second 5k.  I don’t know how but I managed to shave 20 seconds off my time from last week.  Not as much as I had hoped, but I am proud of myself.  I was fighting a cold, and it really kicked my butt today.  Not only was I fighting a cold, but it was freezing!  It was probably right around 35 degrees and windy.  It didn’t help that part of the race was across a bridge.  By the time we got to the end of the bridge, my lungs were on fire, my arms were numb from the cold and I couldn’t feel my nose. 

Today, I had a friend from high school running with me.  It was good to have someone to motivate and someone to motivate me.  She did amazing for her first 5k and I was so thankful for her today.  When my lungs were burning from my cold combined with the cold, she kept me moving. 

Another thing that kept me going was knowing I had a cheering section.  I had passed them on the way through, and knew they were waiting for me at the finish line.  They were all wearing “Team Beth” t-shirts with “Courage, Inspiration, Pride” on the back.  They were a surprise this morning. 

While I struggled out of the gate with this race, I felt stronger in general.  There were a lot more hills with this race, a lot more people and it was for sure a lot colder.  I had more obstacles this time around, but I still managed to finish in 20 seconds less than before.

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Approaching the finish line, and can you believe I’m smiling?

As we were approaching the last stretch of the race, our “Finish line team” came to help us finish strong.  My running buddy and one of her CrossFit friends met us and helped give that last push we needed.  I still had to walk a little before the finish, but I gave it my all today. 

Today, I felt the pride I was looking for last week.  Maybe it was because of my cheering section, maybe it was because I knew I did the best I could in the situation, or maybe it was having the distraction of someone running with me.  Either way, I’m glad I went, and when I was tempted to stop at the 1 mile marker, I didn’t and that’s something.

Now I just need to find another race that I can do when I’m healthy, so I can kick my race times butt!  I know I did the best that I could today, but I know I can do better!

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My cheering section, my brother in law, my 4 year old, my sister in law, my hubby and our 7 month old, my mother in law and father in law. Thanks for coming everyone!

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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