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Friday, February 29, 2008

Little Rock bound!!

I am leaving for the Rock as I call it this afternoon after work...hopefully. My kiddos ended up getting sick last night, well it has been coming on for a couple of days but it went to heck last night and there was crying and vomitting and fever and snotty noses. The Dr. said for now it is a cold and a virus so we shall see. I hate to leave them with my parents if they are too sick but I am hoping and praying that they will be fine.

As for me I am still well, thank the Lord. I am just praying that I do not get sick. I am taking echinacia, vitamin C, and I wash my hands constantly so that is really all in my power that I can do and the rest just isn't up to me.

My friend Jess and I have a big day planned tomorrow. In the morning she is going to make spaghetti sauce and some protein bars and then we are headed to town to pick up our race packets and look through the race expo. Then we will meet one of my friends for lunch. Then we will come back and get ready to go to one of the other persons house for a carb loaded spaghetti dinner. OH YUM!! I cannot wait for it. We are going all out with good full fat ranch for our salad and cheesecake and this grape salad that I am making for dessert. OH MY!! I am getting more excited about the food. HAHA.

Sunday morning we will have to get around early to make it to the race to find a place to park and find our starting lines. I am not exactly sure how this relay thing will work and how we will get to our destinations. I am sure someone will direct us though.

I will post on Monday with how it went. I am just so excited about the fact that the 4 of us are running a marathon together. WOW!! When you think about it that is just really GREAT!! We will always remember this and have a such a wonderful memory about the event that we did to better and extend our lives by getting healthy and in shape.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

4 days and counting

Just 4 days until my marathon relay with 4 friends. It is in Little Rock, Arkansas this Sunday morning at 8:00. I am doing leg 3 which is 7.8 miles. I am ready though (I think). It is up a gradual hill as far as I know. My friend and I are going to drive the path on Saturday so that way we will know what to expect. I am looking forward to it. It will be so awesome to think that we ran a marathon together. What a great accomplishment.

I did one of my short runs yesterday. I didn't have much energy for some reason. I had planned on doing 3 miles but I just squeaked out 2.5. That is o.k. though, I am not going to beat myself up about it. I think my body was just tired. I am doing 3-4 today then I will rest for a few days until my race on Sunday.

My food hasn't been great. I have eaten out several times between the weekend and then we had pizza out last night. It was good but I really shouldn't have had it. I have a good food plan today and I will stick to it. OH, AND NO CHOCOLATES FROM THE FRONT DESK!! I must STAY AWAY!! I WILL STAY AWAY!! Can you see me trying to talk myself into NOT having any chocolates. I WILL DO IT!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Night out = SUCCESS!! 10 miler = SUCCESS!!

Oh my goodness we had such a great time on our night on the town. We had a nice dinner at a steak place and then we went to another bar and hung out for a bit and then we went to see the band around 9:15. The opener came on and he was pretty good then Jason Boland came on at 10:30 and played until 12:30. He was GREAT!! We had several friends there and that was fun. When he was about to quit I looked at J and said "I don't want it to be over". I just didn't want the night to end. We got home and in bed around 2 and we slept until, drum roll please...11:45, yes that is almost NOON!! It was heaven!! Then we had a great rest of the weekend. It was busy but a lot of fun.

I did my 10 mile run on Sunday actually. It went well. The fact that I started it and finished it was the best part. My legs were getting sore towards the end but I made it and pushed until the end. Thank the lord for IPODS!! Seriously, those help the time go by so much better. Man, I can't believe I ran 10 miles. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever even consider that much less WANT to do it.

This coming weekend I am going to Little Rock to do the marathon relay with some friends. I am really looking forward to it. I am resting my legs today then I will do 4 miles on Tuesday and 3 miles on Wednesday then just rest my legs until Sunday when the run is.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Night on the town!! WOOT WOOT!

Tonight J and I are going out on the town to see a band that we love that is coming downtown. I have really been looking forward to this. We have been waiting on him to get here and we are excited that he is here now. We are going to go out to eat by ourselve which will be really nice then we will meet up with our friends at the bar and have us a good ol' time. We are both taking off work tomorrow so that we can sleep in and we don't have to worry about staying up too late.

I won't be back here until Saturday or Sunday after my run. I am doing the 10 miles if you remember. I can't wait to get it over with. I know I am training for a half marathon but I actually kind of dread the long runs. Oh well, it comes with the territory. I know I will feel AWESOME when it is over. I will report in and let you know how it went and the most important thing THAT I DID IT!!

Have a good rest of the week.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Goal? GOT ONE??

I was thinking last night how awesome it is when you set a goal of any sort and you accomplish it. It can be as small as not eating any chocolate for a day too running a marathon. There is just something about making up your mind about something and then over the course of minutes or days or weeks doing what you need to do to accomplish what you set out to do. It gives you such a sense of satisfaction and confidence when you get it done. To me there are just not many feelings like that. I just HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you give goal setting a try. I think people don't set goals b/c of the fear that they won't meet it. Isn't that so sad but it is so very true. FEAR holds people back in so many avenues of their life. I have been there, trust me. I was overweight and lazy and not active at all for a good 8 years of my life. I can't really tell you what the trigger was for me that made me realize that I didn't want to live like that anymore or what my "aha" moment was. I think it finally just clicked and I thought to myself, I made myself this way and I can un-make myself this way. That is exactly what I did. I set small goals of 5 pounds or to get up and exercise 2 mornings during the week or to eat clean and healthy 3 days in a row. As you accomplish those small goals it truly does become easier to conquer the bigger ones. About 2 1/2 years ago I started running. Now, I was active (played tennis) when I was in high school but that was MANY years ago so I obviously new I was athletic but at the same time I had never run. I thought I would give it a try and I could not even run 1/2 mile without stopping. I mean I couldn't even run 1/4 mile without stopping. Over time I have just built myself up and After several weeks when I was final able to run 1 mile without stopping I thought to myself well now you have to run 1.5 and then 2 and then 3. Until I was finally able to run 3 miles. I mean what a milestone in my life. I will never ever forget the feeling I had when I crossed the finish line at my first 5K, it was a Race for the Cure in 2006. Tears came to my eyes when I realized what I accomplished. Now fast forward to today when I am training for a HALF MARATHON!! Remember that there was a time that I could not run 1/4 of a mile and now I am planning to run 13!! Do you guys see what setting a goal and doing the necessary things to get to it can do for you. Like I said, you do not have to run 13 miles to be successful. You don't even have to run 1. Just make yourself walk up the stairs at work, or walk 10 minutes at lunch or don't get fast food all week or avoid the donuts in the break room this week. Those are all goals that are achievable if you put your mind to it. PLEASE DON'T SELL YOURSELF SHORT!!! Set a goal and achieve it and I promise you won't regret it!

Monday, February 18, 2008

4.5 miles down

o.k. I realize that I talk about running all the time but since that is what I am focusing on right now I can't help it. I completed my 4.5 miles today and it was a great run. Nice cool temperature and some good inclines along my path. My calves are a little sore from the hills on Saturday and the hills today. I need to do these to prepare for my upcoming races that have hills. It is just such a different story when you add inclines. I am still planning on doing 3 miles tomorrow so that will seem like a breeze really. I have to be rested and ready for the 10 miles this weekend. Geez, 10 miles really seems like forever. It will take me about an hour and 40 minutes I think. Oh gosh, I can't imagine running that long. OK, I can't think about it, it just seems like forever, it seems almost unachievable sometimes really that is why I just have to get out there and do it then after I get it done I will know that I can do it. I can't THINK on it too much really, JUST DO!!!

I had a really good food day I felt and I even indulged in a baked potato for dinner and it was so yummy. I don't typically eat starchy carbs at night but since I had just got done with my run I thought maybe my body could handle it. IT WAS OH SO GOOD!! I had some smoked chicken on top and used some BBQ sauce instead of butter and sour cream.

o.k, I have to go prepare my lunch and snacks for tomorrow.

Freezing 5K = COMPLETE

I did the "freezing 5K" as it is called on Saturday morning at 9am. I almost didn't go. I almost talked myself out of it then I said to myself "you paid for it and it isn't raining you have to go". So I did and I was so glad that I did. I finished in 30:45 and considering the hilly terrain I was SUPER pleased with myself. I really pushed myself on the flat parts and took it a little slower on the hills. I did the 4(run): 1(walk) method that I do and it just worked out perfectly. YEAH!!

I never did get in a long run this week but that is o.k. I had some things come up and then it rained over the weekend. I am still on track with my training so everything is fine.

My schedule for the week is as follows:

M - run 4.5 miles
T - run 3 miles ( I have to get my short runs in early in the week b/c we are expecting rain later in the week)
W - Strength training - believe it or not I am going to try to get up at 6:00 and get this done.
R - day off
F - ab/core work
S - 10 mile run. OH WOW I can't believe I am going to do 10 miles but I AM. The weather is looking just fine so nothing is getting in my way.
Sun. - DAY OF REST!!

My next run is in 2 weeks and that will be the marathon relay in Little Rock.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Change of plans

I had a change of plans last night and I didn't do my run. My Granny is in the hospital and I needed to see her. I didn't have time to do both so I figured I could do my run another day.

5K tomorrow, they say rain or shine but this girl won't do no rain. I am not that dedicated. I hate not to do it b/c I really want to but I will not run in the rain unless someone is chacing me. Let's just hope it is not raining from 9 - 9:30 in the morning and all will be good. I am planning on doing another 6 miles after I do the 5K so that I can get in my 9 miles. It totally depends on the weather. I am just going to get done what I can. Sunday is not looking good either as far as weather goes so this week might be a bust. I might go this afternoon too and get a run in. It is cold but at least there is no rain in the forecast for today. I can deal with the cold.

Valentine's day was so nice. My hubby sent me some flower and then when I got home he had dinner made, rotisserie chicken, sweet potato and green beans. Then after we got the girls to bed he lit some candles, broke out a bottle of wine and then the chocolate covered strawberries that he had made. He actually bought the strawberries, melted the chocolate and then even melted white chocolate and spelt I love you on the strawberries. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!! It was so nice and thoughtful. It brought tears to me eyes. He loves me so much and he loves to show it.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Busy busy bee!!

I am sorry, I haven't posted recently. I am really really busy at work and then at home I was preparing for bunko that was at my house last night with 10 other girls. I made taco soup and diet coke chocolate cake w/ cool whip icing. It was SO GOOD and the taco soup was good as usual. I did pretty good with the food. I did eat 2 1/2 pieces of cake but it was good and I wanted it and it is over with and I owned it so that is that.

I am doing 9 miles tonight. Yes, you heard me right, I am running NINE miles tonight. I can't believe it. I have to get it in tonight since I am doing a 5K run on Saturday which is typically my long run day. I will be glad to get it over with. It is going to be decently warm today but the bad thing is that the wind is SO strong. I mean crazy strong so that always makes it tougher. I will get it done no matter how slow I go at times though.

By the way, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!! My sweet hubby sent me some flowers to work even though I threatened him not too. He didn't listen. I am not going to worry about it and just enjoy them. 1/2 dozen red roses and 1/2 dozen white carnations. They are beautiful and smell SO GOOD!

o.k guys I have to get busy at work, I can't stay and chat. Duty calls.
Dawn

Monday, February 11, 2008

8 MILES...WOOT WOOT and a nice compliment

I did my longest mileage to date on Saturday of 8 miles. It went pretty well. As I was approaching the end I thought to myself "DAWN IS ABOUT TO RUN 8 MILES" "OH MY GOODNESS". Then I also thought to myself "my legs are feelin' it, am I really going to be able to do 5 more miles to make a total of 13 miles". Then I realized that I have about 7 weeks of training left and by then I will be ready to do the 13 miles. The wind was really strong and when I was running against the wind it was TOUGH!! Then I tried to make up time when the wind was pushing my back.

Food is going pretty well. I am holding steady at 153 which is fine with me. Since I am just maintaining my weight I have been having a few more things than normally do when I am in weight loss mode which has been nice but I also have to be very careful not too eat too much and I have been doing pretty well (except for a few moments) of only eating things that are worth it. I am not eating just to be eating which is GREAT and I am proud that I have learned that but I have eaten a chocolate chip cookie there or 3 hershey kisses there but overall my eating has been good and is totally still on track. I still drink my protein shakes and eat my apple and carrots and tuna and I drink my water.

I got a great compliment today and it wasn't even on purpose really. I was eating my lunch in my break room at work as I do most days of the week and 2 other girls were in there with me. A guy walked in and said "it smells healthy in here" and one of the girls said "that is because Dawn is eating her lunch". It made me feel so good. I had my cucumber with laughing cow cheese, my small can of tuna and a green salad with a little bit of ranch and drinking my water. It made me feel so good and proud of my menu and that people notice that I eat healthy. Can people say that about you???? That gives you something to think about.

Friday, February 8, 2008

The weekend is here again.

Geez, the weeks go by way too fast. My kids are seriously going to be 18 next week at this rate. My baby is getting close to 1 and I can't believe it. By the way my 3 year old acts you would think she was 18...MISS INDEPENDENT!

As for the weekend I have no plans tonight just relax and do laundry probably, fun fun. Then Saturday I am doing my long run of 7.8 miles and then we have a surprise party for a friend to go to so that will be fun. Sunday, just clean my house and hang out and rest.

Food should be fine. I don't forsee any challenges coming up. I am going to get a few groceries this afternoon to get my stocked for the weekend so I have no excuses. I need to make some food like protein bars and maybe muscle bread and I hope to cut up some sweet potato fries and mabye make these omelet things that you boil and then I have omelets ready for the week and I don't have to eat oatmeal every day.

Do you have your food and exercise planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Yoga was a success!!!

I really liked the yoga class A LOT and I plan to do it again and hopefully weekly. It was just so nice to relax and feel strong doing some of the moves. I highly recommend it. They also have a yogalates class which is a comibination of yoga and pilates and I want to try that if I can. I am not sure if it is offered when I can go. I hope so. I was a little hesitant b/c when I workout I think I need to really be sweating and my heart rate really high but I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed it. I can tell it will really help my body become even stronger. Plus, it was so relaxing and for about 5 minutes at the end we literally laid down flat and breathed. It was SO NICE!! For someone that is constantly on the go or making dinner or doing laundry or taking care of kids or cleaning house it was just SO NICE even if it was only 5 minutes.

I originally planned to run tonight but I am actually not going to. I have had a change of plans and it will work out fine. I am going to do my other short run on Thursday or Friday.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

YOGA!!!

I am doing my very first yoga class today!


My mind and my body need it!!! I am looking forward to it. I am pretty sure I am going to find that it is tough. I know my core needs it to help strengthen my back for my running.

Shout out to my sister: She left me a message saying that she was going to a super bowl party but that she arranged to have them make grilled hot wings and also a fruit tray. YEAH!!! So this way she could snack healthy. GREAT JOB VELVET!!! She thought she might indulge in a little bit of spinach dip but that is o.k. No shame in that as long as you enjoy it and own it.

I am thinking biggest loser is not going to be on tonight b/c of the election. BUMMER!! I am not certain but I am trying not to get my hopes up about it.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Great run

I can't chat long b/c I am busy at work but I had to tell you that I had a great long run on Sunday of 6.5 miles. I was hoping to do at least 5.5 and 6 if things were going well but it just went really good so I kept going and did 6.5.

Today I am doing 3 as long as my legs hold up. Plus, my lower back is a little tender so I might end up walking some. I will just see how it goes.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Did you know...

that Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest food consumption day next to Thanksgiving. Isn't that crazy? It makes total sense but I just never thought about it. I am going to a Super Bowl get together and I am planning on it being my cheat meal for the week. Although I plan to have control as well and not go totally crazy on the snacky food that I love. I can do it. I plan on doing my long run on Sunday so that will keep me motivated b/c I don't want to totally un do all of the hard work that I put in during my run.

Well we did get about 2 inches of snow and it was pretty coming down. It is melting off today though b/c it is sunny and the temp is in the high 30's.

No big weekend plans except for the Super Bowl get together and doing my long run.

Have a great weekend everyone and maintain some CONTROL!!!