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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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2.62 Miles for Boston

Yesterday the unimaginable happened.  Two bombs went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.  I was scrolling through Instagram when I realized what was going on.  My first thought was “there’s no way” as I quickly switched to Google.  Then, reading about what happened, I instantly broke down in tears.  My heart has been heavy since finding out about the explosions and I have so many mixed emotions running through my head.

Although I do not personally know anyone who was running, I have felt how tight-knit the running community is.  Whenever I race, it feels like I’m running alongside hundreds of friends all striving for the same goal.  We are there encouraging each other, giving high-fives to each other and to spectators, accomplishing something amazing with each step.  Yet yesterday, those very feelings were stripped away from those who were running in Boston.  The happiness, joys, and accomplishments were replaced by fear, sadness, and loss.  I never imagined that something like this would happen at a fitness event.  How horrific it must have been for the family and friends who were there supporting their runners.  How scary it must have been for the runners who had no idea what was happening miles ahead of them.  How horrible it must have been for those who witnessed such a devastating event and who rushed in to help those who were injured.  No words can even start to explain….

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Hearing about the Boston Marathon explosion makes me think about my own life here at home.  Too many horrible, cruel acts that have happened lately.  I never ever thought that I would be witnessing such violence.  I flash back to memories of 9/11/2001 – which still bring such raw emotions as though it had just happened.  I look into my children’s smiling faces and see such innocence and am saddened about the fear they might endure during their lifetime.  I kiss them every morning before school and deep down I know of the possibility that it might be their last.  And now, being a runner, I am never going to cross a finish line without being reminded of the Boston Marathon 2013.

But I can not live in that constant fear.  I am realizing everyday that life is a gift.  As much as I wish I could, there I can not change what has been happening in the world around me.  All I can do is give those I love extra kisses and hugs each and every day.  I must remind them of how much they mean to me and appreciate every second that we spend together.  I must call family and friends and remind them of how special they are to me.  I can teach my children the beauty and love that is around them and how they can bring that to the world.

Here’s 2.62 miles for the marathoners, family, friends, spectators, and bystanders that were affected by this tragedy.  With every step, I poured out thoughts and tears for you.  United, as runners, we remember you.

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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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New 5K Personal Best!

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I’ll take a new 5K pr, esp since I didn’t start trying until 1.5 miles (see the huge difference between mile 1&2?!). My fastest pace was 6:36 – I was flying (my average was 9:13, normally it’s 9:45ish). I can’t wait to run a race to see how much lower I can get my time! So super excited that I beat my 5K and 10K best in the same week!!


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A new personal best and this week’s workouts

I did it!!!  I set out for a goal for my Sunday run and totally beat it – plus set a personal best!

I started the morning with my new pre-workout routine – drinking a cup of Green Tea and a few grapefruit slices.

I was feeling a little under the weather, so I wasn’t sure if I would hit my goal of a 5 mile run.  I had planned on going outside and running as much as I could and to enjoy the beautiful Sunday morning.  Once I got outside and felt the fresh air, my plans changed.  I didn’t think, I just ran.  I ran for those who couldn’t run, I ran for my uncle who is fighting cancer.  I ran for myself, for being strong and healthy enough to enjoy the morning.  I got lost in my music and my thoughts and before I knew it, I had hit 5 miles.

I decided to keep going until 6 miles to push myself.  That’s when I looked down at my MotoActv and realized I could beat my best time for a 10K (6.26 miles).  Why not, I had already run 5 1/2 miles…. what’s another .75?!  Don’t get me wrong, the last bit 8 minutes of my run were some of the hardest.  I had never run that fast of a mile and I was gasping for air.  But I couldn’t and wouldn’t stop until I hit my goal!!

My new personal best – 58:38 for a 10K!!!  I am overjoyed!  It wasn’t an official race, I raced against myself.  There’s nothing like crossing an imaginary finish line knowing that you left it all on the road.  🙂  Pefect day, perfect time, perfect pace, and perfect run!!

(Later that night I snuck in some Turbo Fire and ChaLean Extreme)

Onto this week’s workout plan.  I’ve been instructed to get cardio plus weight lifting in during the morning and another cardio session in the evening (good thing I’m eating a ton of fuel!).

Sunday: (AM) Early Morning Run, (PM) ChaLean Extreme and Turbo Fire

Monday: (AM) Insanity Max Interval Circuit, (PM) Run

Tuesday: (AM) Turbo Fire HIIT 15 and ChaLean Extreme Push 2, (PM) Turbo Fire 30

Wednesday: (AM) Insanity Max Interval Plyo, (PM) 30 minutes of Turbo Fire 45

Thursday: (AM) Turbo Fire 30 and Fire 30, (PM) Run

Friday: (AM) Insanity Max Cardio, (PM) Run

Saturday: Well deserved REST!!!