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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pictures from Country Music Marathon

ok, here are the pics!! They are so much fun and I am re-living the weekend as I am looking through them. Starting with pics after the race and then ending with our sexy selves getting ready for a night out on the town. My trainer, Corinne, from Phit-N-Phat let me borrow this AWESOME shirt!! Let me tell you I felt like a MILLION BUCKS in it.

Carb load night before the race. Enjoying pizza, pasta and breadsticks.



It rained in the early morning and right before the start of the race so we have on our trash bags to keep us dry and they are easy to shed after the rain quits. It did quit raining before the race started. YEAH!



Showing off our sexy legs in spite of the black trash bags.



Dawn, Jessica and Julie after the race with Nashville skyline in the background.



Jessica and Dawn after the race.



The glory of getting the medal after you cross that finish. Just nothing like it.



We look slightly different all gussied up and ready to hit the town.



Sexy AND STRONG!! What a great combination.



Man, we are smokin'



They are all in "awe" of the back of my shirt. Isn't it gorgeous. Thanks Corinne for letting me borrow it. I felt like a million bucks.



Showing off a little bit for the camera. Am I a pole dancer at heart???



Jess and Dawn



Corinne and Dawn

JUST DO IT one day and one step at a time!

When I think back over the last 4 months and what I have set my mind too and accomplished I can hardly believe that I really did it. I ran a 5K, a 4 person marathon relay and 2 half marathons. Seriously, me, I did that. Years ago the thought never crossed my mind and then 2 1/1 years ago when I decided to start running just for exercise and to help myself lose some weight and I finally got up to 3 miles after 7 months I still never thought that a half marathon would be in my future. After I had my baby 1 year ago I just thought I wanted to get back to running and I wanted to do a 5K again and I did that then I set my sights on a 10K then after I did that it finally crossed my mind that just maybe I could double the distance and do a half marathon and that is exactly what I did. I really had to not think about it for a while b/c if I did the fear would get in my way and I would doubt the fact that I would be able to do 13 miles. I really did just adopt the attitude "fake it till you make it". I just thought I have to go one week at a time and one day at a time at this or it becomes overwhelming. For me I have to always remember the ultimate goal but at the same time just take it one step and one day at a time. I remember in January when I started the official half marathon training I would run 3 miles 2 days a week then I did 4 miles one weekend then the next weekend 5 miles and then 6 and so on. I remember after I did 8 miles one weekend I thought will I ever be able to do 5 more miles and make it 13 miles. Well...I DID!! It was just one step at a time literally and it worked. Always keeping my mind and crossing that finish line of a 13 mile race and the feeling of accomplishment that would be and when I finally did it, it was ALL WORTH IT. I pushed myself through the doubt and fear and just DID IT!! I don't really have any words of advice of how I did it. I wish I did. I think Nike says it best JUST DO IT!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I DID IT!!!! WOOT WOOT

My second half marathon is COMPLETE!!! It went really well. There were SO MANY PEOPLE!! I could not believe how many particpants and spectators there were. It was an amazing experience with all of those people doing this along with you. I finished in less than 2 hours and 23 minutes. My goal was to average 11 minute miles and I averaged 10:54 minute miles. I will post more of my thoughts later and accomplishing this goal and what is next for me. I have eaten lunch and taken a shower and now it is time to rest. I will post again on Monday.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It's HERE!!!!

Yesterday should have said 3 days until the big day. Now it is 2 days and time for me to leave town. I am going to Jess's house tonight and then we are getting up early to drive to Nashville!!!

There is a chance of rain, most likely the pouring rain that has been in my area and is moving towards TN now. I am trying not to think about it b/c obviously I will run rain or shine so it doesn't really matter one way or the other. I havne't ever run in the rain. I have ridden horses through many storms and rain and even been hailed on so if I can do that then surely I can run. Of course it is a little different riding something as opposed to running but still you are out in the weather. I won't melt so I should be just fine but everyone JUST PRAY FOR NO RAIN!!!

I have looked through my bag I don't know how many times to make sure my shoes, shorts, shirt and sports bra are in there and of course my good socks. I just have this fear of leaving the shoes behind especially b/c you just can't buy good broken in shoes that fit you perfectly. I have them though and I will check my bag one more time before I leave town to make sure they haven't escaped.

Wish me luck, pray for NO RAIN and for strong legs! I will report in on Monday and let you know how it went.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

4 days and counting

I am still around just busy at work and at home preparing to go out of town soon. I did learn yesterday that there are over 30,000 runners at the CMM and over 100,000 spectators. I CANNOT WAIT TO EXPERIENCE THIS!! It is going to be amazing. I just can't believe I am going to be a part of it.

Sorry this is short but I must get busy and get some work done. Have a great Wednesday.

Monday, April 21, 2008

COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON..It's almost here!!!



I can't believe that 15 weeks ago I set out on a journey that I really wasn't sure if I could do but thought I would fake it till I make it and here I am about to run my 2nd ever half marathon. I mean really, a few years ago I was miserable in my own skin at almost and over for a few years of 200 pounds and now I am in the 150's and A RUNNER!!! WOW!! I am just proof that if you make up your mind and have a little bit of belief that you can do anything. Fear of not being able to do it is the only thing that will hold you back and I didn't let FEAR GET IN MY WAY and I AM DARN PROUD OF THAT!!

This weekend I am headed to Nasvhille, TN to meet Corinne from Phit-N-Phat and several other PNP'ers and I could not be more excited about that. Then I get to participate in the Country Music Marathon which looks like it is going to be an adventure of a lifetime for me. There are going to be bands at every mile along with thousands of cheerleaders and spectators along the course. Corinne has done this half marathon before and said there are so many people that it can take you close to 45 minutes to just make it from your place in line to the actual start line. CRAZY I SAY!! I cannot imagine what this is going to be like. I simply can't wait to experience it.

My plan for this week is to:
Monday - run 3 miles and do 20 minutes of strength training
Tuesday - abs and push ups
Wednesday - run 3 miles and 20 minutes of strength training
Thursday and Friday = day of rest (DOR) before the big race
Saturday - the COUNTRY MUSIC HALF MARATHON!! WOOT WOOT!
Sunday - DOR

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday!

Well it is Friday again. Crazy how the weeks go by so fast. I don't have a big weekend planned which is nice since next weekend will be crazy busy but FUN with me going to Nashville, TN for the Country Music Marathon. Tonight will just be hanging out with the fam and then tomorrow I am running 7-8 miles and then tomorrow night we are going to a friends house to celebrate her 30th birthday. Sunday will be housework and food prep day.

Yesterday I ran 4 miles and it went well. Oh, I am doing some ST this weekend too even if it is just for 20 minutes. I will get it in. I have go to tone up my upper body and core if I want to get into a size 8.

Food yesterday wasn't as good as usual but not too bad either:
B- protein shake and oatmeal
S- 15 almonds
L - chicken fajita salad and 14 tortilla chips and salsa
S - 1 hard boiled egg and fiber one bar
D - fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans

Have a great weekend everyone and keep the food clean and do some exercise.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Food report

I am rockin it with the food. I am so proud. I seriously already feel leaner and my belly looks smaller from the 3 days in a row of really good eating. It is amazing the difference that it makes. On a not so good note I didn't sleep well last night. I just couldn't fall asleep then my little girl woke up at 12:45 and cried for 30 minutes. I was trying to let her cry it out but she kept getting louder and louder so I went to get here and gave her some milk and then at 2 I laid her back down and she started crying again. I was so tired though that I just shut her door and my door and I had to try to fall asleep. I don't think she cried long though and I must have fell asleep. Tonight I plan on running 3-4 miles if it doesn't rain. I will do an 8 miler on Saturady.

Food yesterday:
B- protein shake (it was a higher calorie one)
S - 15 almonds
L - south beach diet wrap, carrots, laughing cow cheese wedge
S - pure protein bar
D - chef salad w/ ranch dressing and 6 crouton pieces(larger than regular croutons, small dinner roll sliced and dried)

Have a great Thursday.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

WOOT WOOT!


The scale isn't always my friend and as I have said before and I will say it again...the scale sometimes does lie and it is only ONE measure of your success. Right now for me it is cooperating and after just 2 days of good healthy eating it is movin' on down!! This morning I weighed in at 151.8 which is 1.6 pounds down since Saturday. CRAZY isn't it. I haven't seen 151 since early January. My trainer, Corinne at Phit-N-Phat said that after my 3 month maintenance mode that the scale would start moving once I got into fat loss mode and as usual she was right.

Yesterdays menu:
B - protein shake and oatmeal
S - 15 almonds
L - 8 pack nuggets from chic-fil-a, side salad and 2 tbsp of ranch
S - 3/4 oz. of cheese and pure protein bar
D - 6 oz. of grilled chicken and sweet potatoes and acorn squash cubed and baked in oven

Exercise:
3.6 mile run.

I am going out to dinner tonight and I am having a chef salad w/ homemade ranch. I don't skimp on my dressing. I just would rather have the real stuff and not much of it. Nothing like good homemade ranch dressing. YUMMY!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Fast and Furious

Today I am starting a new challenge with my on-line Trainer, Corinne, at Phit-N-Phat. It is in preparation to a Phat Camp that is going to be held in Nashville and some of Corinne's PNP team are going to attend. She is trying to get them prepared for the tough workouts that Jennifer Hendershot puts them through. So even though I am not going to Phat camp I am going to participate in the Fast and Furious challenge. I think it will help me get to my fat loss goal of about 10 - 15 more pounds. Of course the challenge is just 8 weeks but it will be a agreat start for me. It will probably take me several weeks to widdle of the last 5 pounds as those are usually the hardest they say.

I still have my 2nd half marathon next weekend, April 26th in Nashville, TN and I will be still preparing for that for the next two weeks along with doing 2-3 ST sessions a week and keeping my eating clean and around 1450-1650 calories a day.

Here is my food for today:

B - 4 egg white omelet w/ 3/4 oz. of cheese
S - oatmeal
L - chicken fajita salad w/ salsa and quacomole for dressing, 14 tortilla chips
S - 15 almonds
S - pure protein bar
D - turkey, cheese wrap (la tort factory tortilla), salad, 2 tbsp south beach diet ranch dressing
post workout - chocolate protein shake whey powder

Total calories = 1504

Tonight I am going to do some ST. I haven't done any in a while so this should be fun. Oh I can feel the burn now. I love the way it makes me feel though...SO STRONG!! I will do this after the girls are asleep and I am watching the CMT country music awards.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Speed training #2

I went today after work to do the speed training again. I actually started earlier than the rest of the group b/c that just works out for my schedule better. It was tougher tonight b/c we were actually at a track that was for sure 1/4 mile around 1 lap. I think the track the other day was about 2 tenths. That .5 tenths makes a difference and it was tougher tonight. Of course I do think I pushed myself a little bit harder and it was 71 degrees so it was rather warm. Overall it was a good run though and I did 4.25 miles. I plan to do 6 on Saturday or Sunday.

As for my eating it has been average. I haven't been going crazy or anything but still eating a few things that I don't normally eat. I am getting ready to hit weight loss mode hard. Maintenance has been great for the past 3 months and for the most part I have done well. I am up a couple of pounds right now but with a weeks worth of good eating I feel confident that it will come off quick. My goal is to get into a size 8 so how ever much weight that is I am fine with it. I think about 10-12 pounds.

I plan on posting my menu at least 3 days a week and possibly every day just to keep me accountable.

I still have a little over 2 weeks until I do my 2nd half marathon in Nashville, TN. I can't wait. I get to meet my on-line trainer Corrine and I CANNOT WAIT!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Speed training.

I have been MIA for a few days due to a very busy work schedule. All is well though. I have recovered from the half marathon and I am feeling pretty good. In fact I joined a speed workout group as of last night. I was helping my husband at his schools track meet on Monday night and I was sitting by the librarian who just happens to be a RUNNER!! I was so excited. It is so funny to me that I can make conversation with runners now. HAHA, I just never thought I would be in that circle if you know what I mean. Anyway, she was telling me about a friend of hers that was starting a speed training group on Tuesdays and Thursdays so last night I went. I really enjoyed it. Basically you just pick what event you are training for then pick what you want your pace to be like 11 minute miles or 10 minute and so on then you do a training that she lined out for that specific thing. Since I am doing another half marathon in 2 1/2 weeks I did the one for the half marathon at a 10:30 minute pace so I pushed my self around the track 3 times (.75 miles) in 8 minutes then walked one lap then did 2 sets of 2 laps in 5 minutes then walked 1/2 lap in between the two laps then I pushed myself hard for a 1/2 lap then slow jogged a half lap and repeated that 4 times. It was a great workout. Oh, and these people are the "runners" that warm up with a run. HAHA, That just cracks me up. Usually I just walk around and stretch a bit and I am warmed up. I have always seen those runners that actually run to warm up and I just didn't think I was in that league but I guess I am now. We did a ONE MILE WARM UP!!! I am still laughing about that. Then they jogged to cool down too but I had to go so I just walked to my car and that was my cool down. I am moving up in the runners world people and I am LOVING IT!

I still plan on posting some race pics. I just haven't had time. I will soon hopefully.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

WE DID IT!!!

The Hogeye Half Marathon is COMPLETE!!! It went GREAT!! We finished in 2:30:40 which was way before our 3 hour goal. There are a lot of hills on this one so we really had no idea how long it would take us and we were just hoping that we could finish in 3 hours. We smoked that goal though. WOO HOO!! It was so nice having Jessica and then her friend Julie to run with. It made all the difference in the world. The 2 1/2 hours went by much faster since had each other along for the ride. We all typically listen to IPOD's but we didn't need them on this race b/c we talked and then we would just run or comment on the runners that we were meeting on the course and such. I still can hardly believe that I did it but the facts are that I DID JUST RUN A HALF MARATHON!!! NEVER SAY NEVER!!! I will hopefully post pictures tomorrow but it could not be until Wednesday due to a busy day I have at work tomorrow. Thanks for all of the encouragement and positive running thoughts that were sent my way.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

2 days and counting...

OH MY GOSH, just two whole days until the half marathon. I am getting very excited. Plus a little anxious. The weather is expected to be really nice. Not sure of the exact temps but cool in the morning then warm in the afternoon I am thinking in the 40's during the race which will be nice and partly cloudy so maybe the sun won't be beating down on us. I am remembering to load up on the water and I have been the past few days and will continue to do so Friday and Saturday. I am also making sure I get in enough protein and carbs and of course some healthy fats. Just trying to keep the diet balanced and also eating a few extra calories just so I have the energy come Sunday morning at 7:30.

Sorry so short but I have to hit the sack. I have a busy day tomorrow, I am in the US News and World Report Survey up to my ears. UGH!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

MY BABY IS ONE!!!!!

Wow, I seriously cannot believe that one year has passed and Lizzie is one year old today. Yes, she was an April fool's baby. Her due date was April 4th so she just came a tad early. She is one of the sweetest babies I have ever been around for the majority of her first year she rarely cried. She is starting too more now but she is realizing she doesn't like it when she doesn't get her way or we take something away from her. She was and is still a GREAT sleeper. Praise the Lord!! I have been a pretty well rested momma for the majority of the year give or take a few days here and there. I don't have time to moderate each picture so I will just post them. I am starting with a picture of me a few days before I had her and then some pictures of her when she was 1 month, 2 months and 3 months and then at Christmas when she was 9 months. Then ending with pics from her birthday party that we had on Sunday.

OH MY SWEET LIZZIE!!!!