Half Marathon…Check

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Yesterday was the big day! 

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19, 19, 1985!

 

The day I had been training for for almost 7 months…the Borgess Run for the Health of It Half Marathon!

It was cool and sunny, perfect for running.  I had my running buddy, Reita with me.  We started this journey together and we were going to finish it together, too.

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Ready to run!

 

13 miles is a LONG run! Previous to this race, 10.25 miles was my longest run.  I kept saying to myself going into this “If you can do 10, you can do 13”. Easier said than done that’s for sure!  The last 3 miles were the most difficult and I found that I struggled the most through mile 12.  

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At mile 9.

My official time was 2:53:56.  That time included 2 bathroom stops.  My total running time minus bathroom breaks was 2:47:59.  I was figuring I’d go at least 2:45, so I am very happy with my time. I just wanted to finish in under 3 hours.

Here are some more photos!

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With some friends before the race.

 

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The home stretch!

 

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Almost there!

 

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Crossing the finish line!

 

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After the race.

 

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Woo hoo!  We finished!

 

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Check out our hardware!

 

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This is definitely an experience I’ll remember forever!

 

I’m feeling pretty good today, I was pretty sore this morning until I started moving around and such.  I did aggravate an old ankle injury, so I have a little bit of swelling in my right ankle.  I’m sure that with ice and rest, it’ll be fine in a couple of days.

Overall it was an amazing experience!  One that I will definitely repeat at some point, I’m just not sure when!  =)

Run happy!

T-Minus 10 Days!

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So yeah, I promised to blog more in the months leading up to the half marathon.  I didn’t. Sorry.

Quite honestly, my weight loss is stagnant and has been for a couple of months.  I’m not gaining…I’m hovering in the 222 – 225 range. 

I was really hoping to be at or under 200 by race day and that’s not going to happen unless I lose a limb. 

I’m ok with it though.  I’d rather be stuck here than ballooning up in to the 230’s, 40’s or higher!

Even though I’m not losing poundage, I’m still losing inches!  I just moved down to a 16 jean and XL shirt!. 

That means I’m down 4 shirt sizes and 6 jean sizes!  Nothing wrong with that! 

Also, I’m in a 16 dress (I was a 28).  My senior prom dress was an 18! 

I put a #ThrowBackThursday post on my facebook today that’s pretty awesome.

The throwback photo was from the summer of 2011, about 9 months before I started losing weight.

The other photo is from today.

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I feel amazing!

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The half marathon I’m running is next weekend.

I am excited.  And nervous.

I can’t decide which is dominating at the moment.

I am more than confident that I will be able to finish it.

I just know that it will not be a fast run.

That’s ok.  This first one is about running it and finishing. 

Next one will be more about time.

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The race is 3 days after the 2nd anniversary of the passing of my Mom.

I so wish that she could be there.  She’d be my biggest fan. 

I’m dedicating my run to her memory. 

I miss her tremendously.

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I’ll try to write again before the race…I still have photos from the Color Run I did a few weeks ago!

 

 

 

 

Running Fool

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On December 1st, I participated in my first Ugly Sweater Run!  I bought a sweater at Goodwill, decked it out Christmas style and then ran a 5k race through Grand Rapids.  I had tons of fun and ran my fastest 5k to date!  My time was 35:14 with an average pace of 11:42/mile!  My previous best was 36:31, 11:48/mile.  I ran the race with my good friend, Reita.  We always have a blast at these events.

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On Wednesday morning, I woke to temperatures is the mid 40’s, which for me is perfect running weather.  I decided that I was going to take a run, but didn’t make any plans for how far I’d actually run.  It was foggy that morning, so I decided to stay in town rather than go out into the country…much safer on the sidewalks when it’s foggy!

  After my first 30 minutes I was at 2.23 miles (13:01 pace) which is a little slower than I’d like, but I was feeling good and really enjoying my run.  Ideally, when I run, I like to keep my pace steady or gradually increase it.  So, if I was at 4.5 miles by 60 minutes, that’d be great.  At 60 minutes, I was at 5 miles!  I was shocked, but it was great motivation to continue on.  I decided then that I was going to make this my farthest run.  My distance to beat was 8.3 miles.

At, 90 minutes, I was at 7.78 miles…I knew I had it in the bag, so I decided to go for my first 10 miler.  My pace was great…my best ever for this distance.  I knew if I kept that pace, at 120 minutes, I’d be well over 10 miles.

I didn’t quite make 2 hours, but that didn’t matter.  I got home, stopped my app, and was blown away by my stats.

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I ran 10.23 miles in 1:55:40!  My pace was 11:19/mile!

In comparison, I ran my 8.3 run (my previous best) in 1:47:51 and my pace was 13:00/mile!

I blew that run out of the water!!

I still am in awe, but one thing is for sure…I am going to ROCK my half marathon in May!!  There is no stopping me now!

Journey to 13.1

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I mentioned a few weeks ago, that I am training for a half marathon race next May.  I have decided to chronicle my training here, dubbing it my “Journey to 13.1”. 

 

At first, the idea of running that far was very daunting.  I’ve mapped it out, clocked it in my truck.  It’s still daunting.  But the idea has settled in and I am determined to reach this goal.  For so many reasons…for me, for the person I used to be.  For my Mom.  (She’d be so proud of me.  I know it.)  For every person who has ever doubted themselves.

 

I’ve been running weekly, different routes.  Adding miles here and there.  Today I ran my longest run…8.3 miles!  My total time was 1 hour 48 minutes.  My average pace was 13:00/mile.  I am surprised and glad that I was able to keep up that pace for so long.  The last (and only) time I ran 8 miles (8.19) I ran it 2 hours and 2 minutes.  I cut 14 minutes off plus I went farther! 

 

To be honest, that run wiped me out!  I have been achey and sore all day.  I can’t imagine how I will feel when I start running 13 miles!  I’m sure that I’ll drop more weight with this training.  That’ll make it easier on my body.  It’s not easy carting around 230 pounds on an 8 mile run!  Ideally, I’d like to be down to 200 or less (hopefully less) by race day, which is May 4.  That gives me 6 months to train and lose more weight.  

I’ll keep you updated!  

Weigh Day

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Previous weight: 239

Current weight: 235.8

Difference: 3.2lbs

Total loss: 96.2lbs

It’s been a while since my last Weigh Day!  I hit a new lowest weight today and I wanted to share!  Even though things are still slow, I’m still in it for the long haul.  I’m so close to the 100 pound mark that it’s driving me batty!  =)

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This whole experience has not only been about losing weight.  It’s also been about challenging myself to do things that I never thought I could do.  For instance, I never thought of myself as a runner, but this year I’ve run in 3 5k races and I have another in December.  This is a big feat for me and I’m very proud of my progress.  I’ve decided that I need a new challenge, a new goal for 2014, seeing as how I met my goal of running in a 5k race for this year.  My goal for 2014: Run in a Half Marathon race.  A half marathon is 13.1 (!) miles.  It’s a loooong way.  I’m excited for this new challenge, but I’m also scared out of my mind!

I’m not going to credit myself with this idea.  My friend Reita announced on Facebook a couple of days ago that she was thinking of training for one and wanted to know if I would train with her.  At first, I was like “Oh HELL NO!”  But, then her and Doug (the hubby)  proceeded to talk me into it.  So I caved.  But I do think it makes for a great challenge.

The race we are training for is on May 4, 2014.  So we have just under 7 months to train.  We will be doing a 13 week run camp starting in February that will help us on our journey to 13.1.

As of now, the furthest I have ever run has been 8.2 miles.  It took about 2 hours.  It was 6 months ago and I was going pretty slow.  I figure that it’s going to take me at least 2:45 to 3 hours to run it.  That may change, with training…we shall see.

It’s great to have a new goal!  I never EVER thought I would even consider doing this.  That just shows you how much I’ve changed in the last 17 months. Not only physically, but mentally, too.

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