The Amazing Race

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This is not a great picture but it is the only one I have from today’s race.  Today I ran a 1/4 marathon with my daughter, I love when my daughter races with me and it has been a while since we have done one together.

A little about the race course – The finish line was at home plate at our local minor league baseball stadium so the last bit of the race we got to lap the outfield and finish at home plate, that was a lot of fun.  Oh and another great thing about this race because it started and ended at the stadium there were actual bathrooms and not PoP…woot!  The course was almost completely flat, one small hill, and most of it was through our downtown area, lots to look at and talk about.  Not much of a crowd presence on the course, and entertainment and such was limited, which I found I really did not mind.  At one point on the course we were running through a neighborhood and one man was outside with about five kids, they had bubbles and were cheering us on as we went by, that was really cute.

Today was an amazing race!  Not because I PR’d or I won a place for my age, but because my daughter and I ran together and had a lot of fun doing it!  We kept our pace for the first five miles of the race, the last mile and a half of our 1/4 course was also the end of the 1/2 so we slowed down a bit and enjoyed watching some of the fast 1/2 runners whiz by us, we do not often (and by often I mean never) get to run with the fast folks.  We kept a good pace this last stretch just a little slower than the rest of the race.

Because our quarter course was the same as the half course for 6 or so miles we did not have to maintain a fast pace, which made it nice.  Do not get me wrong I like to compete and always strive to push myself each race, but daughter time is important too.

So, today was an amazing race, I felt so great afterwards, all that worry about my back, and thankfully no issues. If I had endless funds I think all of my training runs would be local races of different lengths, I love the inspiration of the elite runners, and the crowds, and the fun of having the other runners around.

Next week we have a 15K in Lexington, that one will have a LOT more hills, but looking forward to running with my daughter again.

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The End is Near

But really the end is not near.  The end of my challenge is only a few days away, but this is really just the beginning of a new lifestyle for me.  It is exciting to still be on track, to feel better about my commitment, and I will not lie, it feels good to be near the end of nearly 21-days of doing this every day :).

I am running out of things to say, at least until tomorrow when I can share my race recap with you. So I am going to post some motivational things that I have found around the WWW.  You may have seen some of these or you may not have seen them, but please take away their wisdom or humor as a way to brighten your day.

I just discovered this a few days ago.

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That is right I will run right past you with my skirt waving as I go by.  I love my running skirts!

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Yes!

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I love this quote, age is not an excuse, I feel better now than I did 10 years ago.  And the local runners 10-years older than me always leave me in the dust.

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<3!

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And mine is getting quieter and quieter each day.

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T-Rex!

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Have a great day!

Until Tomorrow…

 

The Homestretch

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17-days down and coming into the homestretch!  I am feeling great and feeling committed to my goals.

Want to save my back for my race on Saturday so today was a little light yoga and some ibuprofen; I am going to go on a short run tomorrow morning make sure my body is ready for Saturday.  I also will not be going back to boot camp until Sunday because of the Saturday race.  I kind of miss it already but was afraid to overdo it so decided to stick to yoga and a short run.

Saturday is just a 1/4 marathon, 6.55 miles, it is downtown so mostly no hills and the weather should be perfect, cool but not too cold.  I am racing with my daughter for the first time since spring so I am pretty excited about that.

Saturday is a crazy day for me.  First the race, and then shopping, and then a local Trunk-or-Treat, and then a birthday party.  I have to say I have a pretty decent life, if I did not I am not sure I would be putting all of this effort into living longer :).  And tonight at dinner the conversation was around the next goal, Clean Eating to build a healthier lifestyle.

Today is a short post, I hope everyone has a great night.

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Bedtime Story

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There was an ambitious lady who thought it would be a great idea to work hard for 21-days straight so that she could be more fit and more consistent in her workouts and blogging.

She washed her best running tights, laced up her best running shoes, and loaded up her spell check, and off she went on a grand adventure.  Along the way she discovered that she was stronger than she thought she ever could be, and that with hard work and commitment one could do most anything.

While on her adventure she made new friends at boot camp, learned it was easier to run in cool weather than hot weather, that people will be positive and encourage you along the way, and that a lot of things are mind over matter.  You have to train your brain while you are training your body.

The end of her story has not been written yet, she still has a little ways to go, but like in all fairy tales I am sure there will be a happy ending.

To be continued…

So, I am getting this entry up late in the day and I am ready to go to bed, so I thought a little bedtime story would be nice :).   Sleep tight everyone.

Until tomorrow…

Disappointment

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I have felt this way before and I am sure I will again, the feeling that getting out there, even if it does not go well, is better than not going at all.

I went out for my run this morning, I was about a mile in and had to call it quits and go home.  My lower back was screaming at me, and then on my way home, I well, got a little sick, to put it lightly.  I have had runs that were not great, this is the first time I really let pain and nausea stop me in my tracks.  Considering that I have been tired, nauseated, and stuffy the rest of the day, it was probably for the best.

I will be going to boot camp tomorrow, not going to let one bad day stop me.  Today though I rested most of the day and did some stretches for my back.

I do not have much else today, doing a little wallowing in my decision to stop this morning.  Just going to remind myself that tomorrow morning after boot camp I will once again feel like a bad ass!

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One week to go

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One week to go, two-thirds of the way there, almost done.  These are all things I am thinking today, I am tired today, not so tired that I am not going to keep doing this, but definitely tired.

Boot camp this morning was early and a tough workout, 60-minutes of any activity other than sleeping at 5:30 am is not easy.  It was good though, exciting, certainly much better than trudging to the gym to lift weights on my own or to get on the elliptical.  There is just something about being told what to do and sweating at the same time ;).

Two new habits I have formed out of all of this are getting my workout clothes ready the night before and putting my work outfit together as soon as I get home from the gym or from my run.  Those little steps of preparedness leave me far less frazzled in the morning and make the routine of getting ready much easier.

Something you may not know about me is that I am not very organized, so putting clothes out the night before is a big deal for me.  Normally I would be cursing about not being able to find a shoe, or a shirt, or something 5-minutes before I walk out the door, getting ready beforehand relieves me of worrying that this will happen.

“Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up.”  ― A.A. Milne

Here’s to being less mixed up.

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So many races, so little money

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I had so many friends racing this weekend, several of them running their first marathon.  It was awesome to watch the results come in and see their pictures!  It was so exciting I have signed up for three races that will take place over the next two months, this does not include the two I am already registered in 2014.

My husband and I were invited to a wedding this past weekend that was several hours away, because we are planning and paying for our own daughters wedding, and because of my husbands recent health issues we decided to forgo the cost of attending the wedding and just send a gift.  Three race fees later, I am thinking it would have been cheaper to go to the wedding.

It is no wonder so much of our country struggles with weight and health issues, the cost of healthy is expensive.  I pay for boot camp, I pay for race fees, I have running “gear” including shoes, and I like to buy fresh and organic.  I told myself when I quite smoking I would save money, not so much, not only is this lifestyle just as expensive, but now I am going to live longer and need to have more money :).

OK, those are all of my random thoughts for the day.  I am better than halfway through my workout and blogging challenge and still going strong.  Today was a short run, boot camp tomorrow, and so on for the rest of the week.  Next weekend I am doing a 1/4 Marathon, the following weekend a 15K, all leading up to another half in December.  Hope no one wants any fancy Christmas presents this year.

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The first time

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These two shirts represent the very first 5k I ever raced and the 1-year anniversary of that race.  They really represent for me the beginning of my journey.  The journey that is leading me to challenges like 21 straight days of exercise and blogging, the journey that lead me to sign up for two races over the next two weeks, and the journey that is driving me to get and stay healthy.

Day-12 of my 21-day challenge to blog each day and workout each day.  I also committed to eating healthy each day, but have decided to make that the focus of my next challenge.  It is not that I do not eat well, I stay away from most bad foods, but I want to really focus on clean eating and think that deserves its own time.  So, for now workout and blog for nine more days.

I can already recognize the change in me; before I would try to use excuses, now I just get up and do it.  I prepare my clothes for either boot camp or running the night before, I set my alarm, make sure I understand what the next days activities are.  All of these are things that feel comfortable and have easily become part of my day.

The blogging has been a challenge on a few days, just thinking of something to talk about.  But I know this is something I am doing to keep me focused on being more consistent, not something I plan to do every day forever ( you would all certainly be yawning if that were the case).

It is difficult to form new habits at the ripe old age of 49, but far less difficult than breaking old habits like laziness and smoking.  When I think about my weight a year and a half ago and I think about the fact that I was a smoker for over 30 years and have not had a cigarette for over a year and a half, I know if I can move past this; I can accomplish just about anything.

This is not easy and some days I wonder why I am doing it.  I am doing it because I am moving towards wondering why would I NOT do it.

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Thanks! I needed that.

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Boot camp was awesome this morning!  Our instructor had some tough workouts planned and he definitely kept the class going, and kept us challenged.

What was so awesome about it is that I could feel the difference in myself and what I was able to do and what I was able to push myself to do, it is honestly my first experience with that in boot camp.  The way it generally works is that the class is given a series of moves/segments to do, it could be upper body, cardio, power cardio, lower body, etc.  The class is 60-minutes and it is an hour of working hard.  My first few classes I would do all of the required moves but maybe not for the whole count, or I would modify something I thought I could not do, push ups for example or even jumping jacks, or God forbid Burpees!

Today I made myself do several of these moves longer and harder than before.  I did not stop myself when I felt like I was too challenged or it would be too hard.  At the end it was an amazing feeling!  I still have a long way to go, but knowing that I am actually progressing was a great feeling, makes me want more :).

Tomorrow is an easy day, some beginner yoga at home (secretly hoping beginner yoga means lying on the floor and stretching).

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The Longest Day

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Today was a good day, but a long day.  Early running, light breakfast, off to work (5 hours from my home), several hours at work (no lunch), 5-hour drive home, etc.

Glad to be home, happy to be on Day-9 and still going.  By the way, this is hard; working out every day and writing every day.  It is fun to challenge and push myself, but it is hard.  There are people in this world doing far better and harder things than me, so any day I get to do this is a Good Day!

Up early tomorrow for another GOOD day :).

Until tomorrow…