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I’m a Marathoner!!

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I still can’t believe it!!  I can now say that I’ve ran a full marathon.  Twenty six point two freakin miles!!  Last year I ran the same race but the half marathon distance and finished with a PR.  I remember seeing the turn-off for the full and thought that I would NEVER run a distance like that.  Those runners were just pure crazy.  Welp, now I’m part of that full on crazy runner group!!

I didn’t exactly train the correct way for my run yesterday.  My running partner and I only run once a week together.  We were getting pretty high miles already – between 10 and 15 miles a run – so I figured it would be fun to sign up to run a full marathon instead of the half I was planning on.  Once I signed up for the full the miles during my weekly run slowly increased.  I had three training runs until race day… a 15 miler, 16 miler, and 20 miler. 

Wednesday before the full marathon I woke up with a full on anxiety attack.  What was I getting myself into?  I haven’t trained enough!  What if I forgot how to run??!  I decided to lace up and run a 5K on my treadmill and let go of each worry with every step.  My goal was no longer based on time.  For the first time ever, I didn’t care if I ran all day long.  I just wanted to prove to myself that I could go the distance.  My goal was to enjoy the run, savor each mile, and push myself harder than I ever have.

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Sunday was Marathon Day.  I woke up in the best mood and was ready to just run.  I viewed it as a regular Sunday long run, only with a few hundred of my crazy friends.  I got ready and waited for my running partner to come over.  We were soon on our way to the race blaring RENT (the musical) to get us ready for the run. (I never said we weren’t nerdy 😉 ).  There was no time for nerves once we parked.  We ran to the bathroom which is always a ridiculously long line and then found our way to the starting line.  I got in the line for the marathon start while she went to the half marathon start.  The Star Spangled Banner played and I received the best Facebook status from my husband which put me in total tears.  I was so proud to be in finally be in the Marathon start and so excited to see what the day will bring.

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And with the roar of the horns, we started!  I stayed slow at first.  It took two miles for me to meet up with my running partner (who has started at the back of the 650 or so half marathoners).  Once we met the miles flew by.  I stopped at Mile 3 to use the porta-potty and then we were onto the hilliest part of the course.  I remember Miles 4-6 being the hardest part of my run last year and this year they were a breeze.

I didn’t start questioning myself until Mile 10.  I still had 16.2 miles to go.  I was feeling pretty good but I knew that my legs would start hurting soon.  Thank goodness for my running partner.  She told me to get out of my own head and reminded me that it doesn’t matter if I’d be the last person to cross the finish line.  I showed up that day and I was doing it and that was all that mattered.  That is all I needed to hear and I didn’t doubt myself for the rest of the run.

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Mile 10.5 we ran through the Gator Stadium.  That’s always my favorite part of this race.  Even though I am not a Gator fan (go Noles!) I do enjoy looking out into the stadium and hearing the music as we go through.  We even stopped and took pictures, LOVED it!

It was finally the turn off for the full marathon.  My running partner turned to me with tears in her eyes and gave me the biggest hug.  She told me how proud she was of me and how she loved running together.  This was on her bucket list of races and she did awesome.  She told me to keep going and not to forget to enjoy it.  We split as she sprinted towards the finish line and I realized that I was truly on the path less traveled.  There were only a handful of people in sight running the full marathon.  It started to get pretty lonely and quiet after that.  We were literally running in the middle of nowhere.  I started counting miles around mile 15.  I had pulled away from the couple running behind me and there were a couple running in the distance in front of me.  I eventually caught up to them and we ran a little bit together.  One of the men was running his first marathon too.  It was encouraging to talk to someone after so long and great to give and get support from each other.  They eventually passed me a few miles later and finished quite a bit ahead of me.

Mile 17 was approaching fast.  During my last training run I had hit the runner’s wall.  I had cramped up really bad, actually sat down and cried and then managed to finish the last 3 miles of that run.  I was terrified I would hit that wall again at 17.  But I watched as that mile marker came and went and I was still feeling somewhat strong.  I was amazed as Mile 20 passed and I was feeling as good as I could.  I was still smiling and waving to all the police and volunteers as I passed.

Mile 21.5 was when the wall finally hit.  I didn’t cramp and wasn’t crying but I was just ready to be done with running.  I had been running for over 4 hours without much walking.  I was ready to see my family, to lay down, and to finally eat some real food.  I wrestled with my mind for the next half mile.  I knew that it was only my mind giving out.  My body felt pretty good and if I could convince my mind to keep going then I would finish. 

I got my second wind during Mile 22 and just kept pushing forward.  It was a little more than a 5K left to go.  I could do this, I’ve done it plenty of times.  A 5K is an easy run!!  I was running slowly but I was running and that’s what mattered. 

Right around Mile 23 I heard someone coming up behind me singing as loud as she could.  She ran past me and said “I really don’t think I can finish this”.  I yelled back “Its only a 5K from here! Keep running!”  I met back up with her at the next water station and we started talking.  It was her first marathon too and she was doing it as a training run for a marathon in California next month.  After she said she was serious about wanting to quit we decided to stick the last few miles out together.  We switched to a run/walk method and talked the rest of the way.  She made those last few miles more enjoyable and I don’t think that I would have loved this marathon as much if it wasn’t for her.  She pulled a little bit ahead of me for the last half mile as we both focused on the finish. 

I was an emotional wreck as I turned the final corner.  I was almost done with my first marathon.  I ran farther than I had ever thought I could and I actually enjoyed doing it.  I didn’t care how long it took me.  I didn’t care about the soreness and tiredness I was feeling.  I was filled with pride and amazement at my body.  I was so happy to hear my little family cheering for me at the finish.  I couldn’t wait to hug them and tell them about how far Mommy had run.  I stopped to give each of my babies a high five and waved at my husband and finished strong.  I earned my medal!!  My running friend was sweet enough to bring me a cup of Gatorade and we thanked each other for pushing towards the finish and I turned towards my family.

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I DID IT!  I am now officially a marathoner.  I pushed myself to hell and back and realized that I can do anything as long as I put my mind to it and truly believe that it is possible. 

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Birthday Workouts and Cheats

Yesterday was my BIRTHDAY!!  Another year older!  We celebrated my having a dinner cheat meal.  My husband made Tempura and the kids made cheesecake in a cup – plus a margarita or two ;).  I hadn’t eaten tempura in a very long time and it was delicious!!  The grease and sugar didn’t make me feel too good afterwards, though.  I can’t believe that I use to fry food at least twice a week and ate such sugary desert all the time.  Its crazy (in a good way) how our food has changed over the last year!

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Even though it was my birthday yesterday, my workouts went on as planned.  I’m making no excuses during Body Beast!!

Yesterday was Bulk Arms and I added in a 2.62 mile memorial run.  Bulk Arms felt good, I finally saw my triceps in the mirror while I was doing kickbacks!!  It was a very exciting moment for me!  I’m still working on not using my forearm too much and really squeezing my biceps on curls.  I’m slowly seeing progress there.

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This morning was Bulk Shoulders.  The Beast schedule of Body Beast had nine days of workouts with no rest.  I was thinking that havning no rest days hadn’t affected me at all but this morning I realized that it did.  My muscles were sore from the start and I had to drop my weight down considerably from the Build Shoulders last week.  I still got a good pump in my shoulders afterwards but know that my body needs its rest day tomorrow to heal itself in order to have another great weightlifting week.

Until next time,
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Bulking Phase Begins!!

A few days ago I officially entered the Bulk phase of Body Beast!!  I am so excited about the progress I have seen during the Build phase and can’t wait to see what Bulk will bring.  I have read that these next 6 weeks is what builds lots of muscle mass.  I also heard that this phase might cause some fluffiness but that’s okay because the Beast phase at the end of the Body Beast program will shed the fluff to reveal  new muscles underneath.

I lost a pound during the first phase of Body Beast and didn’t lose/gain many inches.  I wasn’t expecting anything extreme to happen in only 3 weeks.  I built up my muscles during the Build phase (I upped my weight load each week) so bring on the fluff and the muscles!!

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After my first Bulk workout.  Bulk: Chest – I swear I see is a chest separation that wasn’t there a few weeks ago!

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Bulk: Legs were hard!!  I went heavy and had to take some breaks to catch my breath.  I have faith that this workout will add some serious mass to my legs!  My quads were on fire and my whole lower body aches still!!

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This morning was Bulk: Back.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t my best workout day.  The youngest needed a lot of attention during the 30 minutes.  I had to pause a lot to take care of her which made me lose my motivation halfway through.  I did lift as heavy as I could with good form, though, so I still got a good workout in!

Tomorrow is Bulk: Arms.  I can’t wait to see what that brings!!


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Body Beast: Meal Plan Week 3

Today was the end of the Build phase in Body Beast.  Beast Cardio was on the schedule.  It is only the second cardio day in 3 weeks and being a (former) cardio bunny, I was super excited.  That was until about 5 minute into the workout!!  Beast Cardio kicked my booty!  It is pretty much weights, just faster.  My heart rate was sky high, I was gasping for air, my muscles were shaking, and I’m still sore from this morning… always a good sign of a great workout!

I walked away feeling like this:

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Some days Body Beast is a pure challenge.  This program is unlike anything I have done before.  I am already seeing some serious progress in the last three weeks and I’m excited to see what the Build phase will bring!!  Reading this encouraging tweet from the Body Beast team themselves is going to push me even more!  Thanks guys!2013-04-12_13-11-26

This past week I have been super hungry.  I had lowered my calories my calories for week 2 thinking that I was eating too much.  I was wrong.  As soon as I finished a meal I was looking forward to the next one.  I could hear my stomach growl about an hour after I had eating.  I upped my calories back up this week to 2500 calories.  It sounds really high but my body has been satisfied.  I have even noticed my body leaning out, which I thought was impossible eating so many calories and carbs!

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2500 calories – Build Phase

  • Meal 1: Overnight Oats.  1/2 cup oats, 1/2 scoop Whey powder, 1/4 cup almond milk, 4 fresh strawberries, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 1 Tbsp almond butter, cinnamon and stevia to taste
  • PreWorkout: Amin.o. Energy
  • PostWorkout: Protein shake.  1 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 scoop Anabolic Halo protein powder, water and ice
  • Meal 2: 2 oz chicken, 6 oz sweet potato, 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2  cup green beans, 6 almonds
  • Meal 3: 3 oz tuna, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup Brussels sprouts, 1 oz avocado, 1 slice Ezekiel toast, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Meal 4: 2 oz ground turkey, 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2 cup green beans, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 cutie orange, 6 almonds
  • Meal 5: varies
  • Meal 6: 2 egg whites, 1/3 cup Jasmine rice, 1 Tbsp salsa

Meal 5 options:

  • Sagi Protein Salad
  • 4 oz grilled steak, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1.5 cups sautéed mushrooms and onions
  • Body Beast chicken fajitas (without tortillas), 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 5 oz salmon, 2 red potatoes, 1 cup mixed veggies
  • Body Beast turkey chili
  • Body Beast Beef & Broccoli, 1/2 cup brown rice
  • Baby back ribs, 2 red potatoes, 1 cup green beans

I bulked the majority of my carbs pre- and post-workout instead of eating them equally throughout the day like my last plans.  I also realize that baby back ribs isn’t the *healthiest* option out there.  I always want to cheat on the weekends so this meal is planned on Sunday and still fits my macros.  I’m looking forward to my “mini cheat”.

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Let’s start a garden!!

What a busy, busy weekend!!  Saturday was Body Beast Build: Shoulders & Abs and Sunday was rest day.

I tend to over think my workouts and meal plan.  Instead of focusing day to day, I often look too into the future and wonder if I’m doing things right.  Sunday I decided to do some progress comparisons.  I was happily surprised when I saw the difference in my arms in only 3 weeks!!  The first picture was taken after an arm day and the second picture was taken Sunday (two weeks of the Body Beast program).  It was rest day so I don’t have that extra pump after weights either!!  I see some progress!  That’s my motivation to keep going and lifting heavy!

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My birthday is next week.  For an early birthday present, my dad offered to make a garden for me!!  I’ve been wanting a garden for years and am SO excited to finally start one!  We go through a TON of fresh vegetables, this is going to be awesome!!  Sunday the kids and I planted tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and a bunch of herbs.  Now the waiting process begins.  I will keep you updated!

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The kids are ready to get their hands dirty!

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The finished product!!  Now off to find some awesome gardening labels from Pinterest!

Have you ever gardened?  Do you have any tips for a complete gardening beginner?


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Week 2 DONE!

This morning I officially finished week 2 of Body Beast!!  Back and Biceps were on the schedule and I hit them hard and heavy again.

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Week 2 of any program I have completed has always been one of the hardest weeks.  During week 1, I am excited and full of hope about how much my body will change over the next 60 or 90 days.  When I complete the workouts, I put everything I can into them.  By week 2 I am sore and tired.  I have beat up my body constantly for two weeks and it just wants to stop.  My brain starts playing tricks on me saying that my body hasn’t changed much physically, so why keep going?  I tend to second guess my program choice and wonder if I have it in me to complete it.  Week 2 isn’t a pretty sight.

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But even with all these feelings, I know I must push forward.  I remember why I started this journey and put those goals as #1 in my mind.  I can’t… I won’t… give up.  I must focus on the positives.  Already in the two weeks I have gotten stronger.  My weights that I’ve written down on my workouts each session prove that.  The sugar and junk food cravings I had from last week are gone.  I have put 100% into eating clean and staying on my meal plan.  I can envision what my body can look like in weeks to come and I know that if I just keep pushing through my silly mental barriers I can become stronger both physically and mentally.

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Week 3 starts tomorrow with shoulders and abs.  It is no longer about me comparing myself to others.  It is me vs. me.  Week 3 will be amazing and I will make it that way!  I am ready to show Body Beast that I am ready to be the best ME possible!  So bring it on, I’m ready for you!!!


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“If you think you can’t, you MUST”

I’ll be honest, when I saw Body Beast: Build Legs on the schedule for today I am sure I looked something like this:

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My legs and glutes just yesterday stopped aching from Saturday’s workout.  But it is on the schedule and the Beast knows what he’s doing.

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So I manned (err… womaned?) up and drank some preworkout to help pump me up.  It helped, a little, but knowing what was coming up still made me nervous.  I had to keep telling myself to get rid of the “I can’t”s that were swirling around my head and keep saying that “I can!!”.  And then to just push play.

My legs have never been strong and this workout kills them every time.  The Beast will murder your legs and keep on going.  This is the third time through this workout and always at the same point in the giant set I want to give up.  My quads ache, my heart rate is sky-high, my face is red and sweaty and I just want to stop.  My body is shaking and fatigued.  I want to throw the weights down.  I want to curl up in a ball on the floor and take a nap-nap (as Sagi says).  But somehow… some way… I keep going and finish the set.  Then as I write it down, I realize that I managed to use more weight or more reps than last week.  And I survived.  Nothing compares to that feeling of giving it your all during a workout and improving week to week.

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Keep giving it 100%.  Fitness is so mental.  Your mind will tell you to stop before your body actually needs to.  I have learned over the years that I am so much stronger than I give myself credit for.  I can get through this moment of being uncomfortable because the feeling after it will be worth it.   Sagi always gets me back on track when he says that your body is saying NO but your heart is telling you YES.  I realize that I DO want this no matter how much sweat and tears I shed in the process (and yes, there were tears during this workout!).  But as long as I keep believing I can, I know I will succeed.

And the same is true for you.  I already believe in you.  Now it’s up to you to make it happen!!  Go out and prove your mind wrong and bask in the feeling of accomplishment you have when finish.  It will be worth it, I promise!