A Really Long Detour


So apparently blogging over the past almost six months was not be part of my journey from here to me.  I have missed it and have thought about it often; but training and chatting and working and life kept moving this down my list, but I really need it back in my life.

Quick catch up –

– I ran and finished the Disney Princess Half Marathon!

– I still have not had a cigarette – March 18th will be one year

– I am still running, well now that the monster blisters from the Half have healed

– I have a 5K race scheduled for next Saturday and several more after that, with my next Half being in either May or June.

– I have met a lot of amazing women along this journey

– My daughter ran with me and that was probably the most exciting thing about the PHM

Now that I have the first of my restarted blog posts up, I am going to commit to no less than five a week.  Not sure who might still be reading or if anyone is interested, but it will certainly help me.

A few lessons learned along the way (way more than a few were learned, just sharing a few for now) –

– NEVER get a full pedicure a few days before a race.  Yep, learned that lesson the hard way

– Allow yourself room to not succeed the first time, unless the zombie apocalypse is upon us, tomorrow is another day.

– Meet new people in this “solo” sport of running.  I really enjoy my time with just me and the road, but the people I have met along the way have really kept me going.  Some mornings these folks were the only reason I laced up to run.

I am going to continue this blog, I am not sure where my days will take me, so I will add the disclaimer that I included in my first entry…”Does a blog really have to be one thing?  Does it always have to be funny or serious or witty or intellectual?  I do not think so, I do not think that any of us are any of those things ALL of the time. So why would a blog be just one thing all the time?”

If anyone is still out there, thanks for reading.




Where Dreams Come True

Today I ran 6.22 miles, or in Disney Princess Half Marathon terms, I have run from Epcot and made it into Magic Kingdom and around the Castle :)!  This has made my day!

My pace was 13:40 but I ran 6.22 miles!  Six months ago I would have thought this impossible, now it is reality and I made it a month before my first 10K race, so I have time to work on my pace.  To do this five months before my Half makes me feel good, if I keep training at this rate I will finish and have a decent time.

It blows my mind each time I have a breakthrough whether it is pace or distance, I still pinch myself to check that it is real.  Sometimes after a run, I am a little sore and KNOW it is real.  I can remember thinking, I will never make it past a mile, I will never make it to two miles, I will never get faster than a 15:00 minute mile, and on and on the impossible becomes the possible and the possible becomes the real.  The goal is met, the bar is raised, and the excitement grows!

Now off to pack for the next six hours or so, moving in 10-days and I still have three rooms to wrap and pack.  I do have a nice little mini-vacation coming up right after I move, we are going to the beach.  I have never run on the beach!  Should be challenging and fun.

183 days smoke free and 158 more nights sleep before the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

Do not stretch the truth, but definitely stretch your body

Never underestimate the importance of stretching before and after a run; that is the lesson I learned today.  I mentioned yesterday that I had not worked out for a whole week until my run yesterday. When I put in my regular 5-day workout I stretch each time before and after my run or strength workout; not getting to the gym all week I also did not stretch last week.

Saturday before my run I did some stretching and also after, but I definitely fell short and knew it, I was trying to get done early.  Today, I felt it in my hip.  I got 2.25 miles into my run and I was done, I walked out the rest for a total of 3 miles, but was done with my run.

I came home and stretched, especially my hips and then again later today, definitely helped, but the soreness is still there, so resting and cooling tonight.

So, note to self and anyone else out there…when you take up a physical activity at the age of almost 50 after being overweight for a decade, you will get some aches and pains.  Figure out what they are, why they are, figure out how to fix it and Carry On, cautiously.

On a better note, I am getting things packed up for our move, what seemed like an impossible task a couple of weeks ago, is feeling a little more under control.  I have keep and pack, trash, and yard sale piles, in other words I have too much crap and have to purge.  I am not a hoarder or anything, just a keeper of stuff, my kids stuff and old stuff from my family.

Plan for this week, rest day Monday, strength Tuesday, short run for pace Wednesday, same Thursday, rest day Friday, 6-mile Saturday, strength and swimming Sunday.    What is your plan for the week?

176 days smoke free and 165 more nights sleep before the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

Failure is NOT an option

I had a great run at the gym tonight, at least it was great for me.  I am really new to this whole running for pleasure as opposed to running from danger thing; a lot of what I have done to this point has been lots of trial and a little error (do not want too much error someone could get hurt).  I have done some reading and research to try to understand so I do not pull a bone or break a muscle, or something like that.

I think I mentioned in one of my earlier posts about how I really need to see how I am doing so I like the treadmill, tells me all the neat little stats I want to see.  I want to note that I am going to buy some sort of measuring device this weekend, I will write and let you know how that goes; could be dangerous, with one of those things EVERYONE will be timed for everything :).  Anyway, I like to see how I am doing.  In my attempt to get better I have tried many methods, some of them I read about, others I just tried thinking they might work.

Trying not to give you every boring detail of my workouts, here is a short version of things I have tried and what I did tonight (Please do not take these away as sound advice, as I mentioned earlier I am new to this).  My best time for an official 5K race is 42:22 on a pretty hilly course in a local park.  I want to get my time better AND I have to build distance to run 10k and half marathons I have planned over the next year.

1.  The longest run/walk I have done to date is five miles, I have done this twice.  Once I did not time it, the second time I was running/walking at a 15 minute mile pace.

2.  I spent two nights at the gym last week keeping my run to 30 minutes and trying to improve my run each time.  The first night I finished 2.15 miles in 30 minutes, the second night I finished 2.25 miles in 30 minutes.  Not much improvement, but I will take it.

3.  And finally – Tonight I decided to focus on doing half of a 5K or 1.55 miles.  I did that 1.55 miles in only 18 minutes!  That is roughly 11:40 minute mile, better than any mile time I have done to date, if I can push that time to a 5K I could finish my next 5K at about 36 minute; six minutes off my best time!  I want to make that my goal for one of my next two 5k races.

I am going to run/walk another five miles this weekend and see if I can get just a little better than my last, and then next weekend I am going to add a mile.

I will get to and finish my Half Marathon in February, my only goal for that right now is to finish!

174 days smoke free, 42 pounds down and 175 more nights sleep before the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

Why do you do it?


My family and I did a fun little run last night sponsored by a local athletic store.  Myself, both of my daughters and my daughters boyfriend paid $5 each to participate in the run, a portion of that money goes to a local charity and we got a free beer and a “Run to Live Lager” pint glass to take home.  My husband came along to show his support and afterwards we had a nice dinner at the pub.  The store sponsors these about once a month and we have agreed to get out there and run for beer each month.  Fun night out that can count as a workout for me!

Got to thinking this morning about why I do it, why I have started running and why I continue to do it.  Last night I did not really run for the beer, I actually ended up having one of their custom crafted sodas, I ran to have fun with my family and to push myself to do something I had not done before.  In addition I hope to be a better fitness role model for my daughters.  My daughters are in their 20s while they were growing up I was not exactly a physical fitness role model and in turn did not teach them many good ways to take care of themselves.  I am hoping that fun things like last night, and the 5K we are doing this weekend and of course the Princess Half we are doing will help change that!

They are smart young ladies and can take care of themselves but our work as parents never really ends.  Besides they are awesome to hang out with and we generally laugh ourselves silly when we are together.

So, why am I doing what I am doing?  Why am I taking this journey and changing my life?  I am doing it for me, I am doing it to experience something new, I am doing it because I thoroughly enjoy it, I am doing it to feel better, AND I am doing it for my family.  If I get to have a lot of fun along the way that is all the better!

168 days smoke free, 42 pounds down and 181 more nights sleep before the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney