Crossing Things Off My List

So on my birthday, I made out a “bucket-list” of things I want to accomplish before my next birthday. It’s kind of a long list. I have been good about referring back to that list and accomplishing a couple things.

One of the BIG things on that list is doing a half-marathon. I know right . . . crazy. My original plan was to do it around September or Octoberish, but after talking to a co-worker, I’m doing it March 1st!! So here it is ——— The Phoenix Marathon.

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Let me just say that I am afraid. I’m afraid of how badly my butt’s gonna get kicked in the training alone. I’m afraid of how badly I will be gasping for air by mile 3. I’m afraid of how much my knees are going to ache after mile 7. I’m afraid of the commitment. I’m afraid of how hot it will be by 7am in March.

I’m afraid I’ll fail ——– epic-ally.

For a while I kept having an internal dialogue about how I already made a commitment to be BRAVE. I needed to ignore all those fears that I have or yes, I will fail.

Yes, it’s going to hurt.Yes, it will be hot.Yes, it will take time away from sleep (but who needs that?).  And yes, there is a strong possibility that I may not be able to run the entire race.

And that’s ok. I just need to suck it up, or sit it out.

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So I looked up a plan for beginners like me. I found one  HERE. Training stated on Monday with week 2. I did 2 miles and I won’t lie . . . I struggled. I saw my co-worker and confessed I was a little worried. She seems to think that I will be fine. I’m glad one of us is positive.

I’ve done a big race before, but it has been a while. So here’s a tip that I’ve learned when committing to a big race:

Have a game plan.

Write it out.

On my calendar, I figured out which days I was going to run on and how many miles.

It makes the goal more real.

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All right!

I’m ready to tackle my first big goal. You can follow along on Instagramm with me to see my progress.

What’s your big goal you’re tackling?

 

 

 

Throwing In The Towel.

So I was in the lead in the weight loss competition at work.

The next week, I found out I was second.

The week after, I was third.

With family visits, emergency trips to the ER, work  and Easter, I figured I should probably just throw in the towel and call it a day.

I did it for a week and a half. Tried to eat right, but not fully committed to the cause, I gained back a pound . . . maybe two. I’m not sure because I haven’t stepped on the scale to face the truth.

This morning, my competitive side kicked in. I pulled up my big girl pants, and am going to try salvage my week. I’ve been doing great with getting up and running. I’ve appreciated all the cheers from those of you have seen me on the side of the road panting for my life. I’ve had a few things that have helped me stick to my goals. I’ll write about my secret weapon on another day.

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For now, I’m hanging onto that proverbial towel, even if I don’t win. Not sure what will happen but I’m going to keep at it!!

Never Give Up

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In case you were wondering, this is what 6:15am looks like. As you can tell by the picture, you’re not missing much.

Did you also know that at 6am it’s about 36 degrees? I don’t think man was made to run in those types of conditions.

Why would I wake myself up at that hour to run? Drive, I guess. I refuse to give up on running. You all know that since my baby, I’ve had the hardest time getting back into my running groove. It is hard, plain and simple.

I’ve made a lot of excuses for myself over these last couple of years: the baby won’t sleep through the night, I work a lot of night shifts, I need the sleep, I’ve got too much to do, there’s only one slice of pizza left and I have to be here to eat it before anyone else.

Over the years, my husband gets to hear my complaints and excuses. He listens and then tells me I just need to adjust. Grrrrrrrrrr. Not the answer I wanted to hear. I wanted a little more sympathy.

I thought about it and he’s right. Sometimes there are things in our life we cannot change, at least at the moment, and when we have a goal, we have to adjust. So I did.  My main problem was going to bed waaaaaaaay too late because I’m always trying to do everything. I gave myself a time limit. When 10pm rolled around, I was done. I stopped what I was doing, got ready for bed and went to sleep. It was hard to fall asleep, but I did it.

When 6am rolled around, it wasn’t that bad. I was still tired, but I was able to roll my ‘okole out of bed.

 

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It was cold and it was dark, but I did it. I ran on and off for 31 minutes and it felt good at the end. Tip#1, when you’re having a hard time accomplishing your goal, reassess and readjust.

Like my kids say, “I got this!”

 

Changing it up!

So, my weight has been going up and down like a yo-yo. The good thing is that I know exactly why. The bad thing is that I know exactly why.

It’s me. It’s all me. I’m the one who determines where this weight is gonna go. And, although my mind wants it to go down, my mouth doesn’t seem to getting the memo.

I’ve decided to change things up a bit, hoping that will get me moving in the right direction.

First off, I got a hold of some fabulously, slightly obnoxious hot pink running shoes. My husband says they are a little “loud”. Good. The louder the better.  Because of these shoes, I swear I’m lighter on my feet. I haven’t been able to figure out yet how to get them to take me for a 3 mile run without stopping yet. Getting there though.

A change in my routine was needed. Running has mainly what I’ve been doing for my form of cardio. After a while, I was getting tired of the cows on the bike path watching me slow-pace it back to my car. So embarrassing. I woke up one morning and jumped on my spin bike.

See the shoes —– the make me go faster. Really, the do.

See the sweat all over my forehead. So gross, I know, but I wanted to share the magic of change.

Stoof on the scale that week, and dropped it like it was hot! 2 pounds gone baby.

My Jamba Juice Run

So, like I said before, I ran a 5K on May 5th. I thought it would be fun to do something different and video my running adventures. My daughter and I watched this and were laughing at the parts with me in it. Not sure if you will find the humor in it as well, but hopefully it’s somewhat entertaining. A couple of warnings. Firstly, not sure what I am doing with my eyebrow when I’m talking and secondly, there is a bit of shaking going on. My camera girl is learning :)