Boston Marathon Training

You Win Some You Lose Some!​

 

This Week has been really tough with getting my runs in. Or even my workouts. I will definitely be stepping it up a notch when I get home.  I do find it very hard to stay consistent and stick to my routine when I’m not in my own environment for sure. Does that happen to you?  While I did get most of my runs in I still found it challenging. But I want you to know I’m not giving up!  I have given up so many times I can’t even count, these last few years my life has changed completely and I wouldn’t want it any other way

With my journey, I have started reading either by book or listening to an audio book and with that personal development, I have changed so much. More confidence and strength. I don’t mean physical strength I mean mental as well. Before if I hadn’t run well or didn’t complete it completely I would have given up easily. Now I just learn from it and move on. Don’t dwell on it, focus on my imperfections. Just focus on what I didn’t do as well and what can I do to improve that area? Do you have a personal development book you like to read? Has it helped you?

 

 

Tuesday Morning Run

Sunday was supposed to be my 24km run, well I couldn’t do it working 12 hr nights and my sleeping hasn’t been great so I had full intentions of doing it yesterday.  It’s funny how we plan certain things and other stuff gets in the way. Do you find that happens to you too?  Well when I got home yesterday morning I was so tired I thought I would sleep for a couple of hours then do my run. When I woke up the temp outside was crazy hot and I knew if I tried to go for my long run it would do more harm than good. So I made an executive decision to use yesterday as my rest day and today was going to be my long run.  I know it sounds like a lot of excuses, but I honestly wanted nothing more than to go for that run.

This morning I got up ready for my long run only to find out the forecast was set for rain most of the day. So with my gps tracker I put in the 24 km run to see how long they predict me to run and it stated 2 hours and 40 min. Well that was smack dab in the middle of the rain coming.  So I opted to do my 5km this morning and will do my long run tomorrow. I will get it done , I just have a few hurdles to go over.  Funny thing is that on our way back from our run it did start to rain. So I’m really glad I made that decision.

I always feel guilty for not following the training exactly , so when my husband phoned to ask if I got my exercises done or my run ? I told him I did my run but only 5k and he said ” Hey, 5k is better than no run at all !” So I thought that is true, tomorrow I would be doing my 5k , so I moved it up a day and now tomorrow I can do my long run.  Do any of you get that guilty feeling when you plan to do something but stuff gets in the way from you doing it the way you had planned.?

Saturday RUN

IMG_0743Waking up after my nightshift I knew I had to get my run in.  When I left work this morning it was pouring rain, I was actually so tired and bummed because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to run. But low and behold when I woke up it had cleared up.  The first thing I did was have a glass of water, and a cup of Cranberry Green Tea.  Then got dressed and ready to go. Before I was even able to get my runners on Sadie came running out of the bedroom and sat at the door. So I took her and my grand puppy Mook for a walk around the block ( as my warm up) and then hooked up LOLA and away we went.

I have been struggling with getting my time under 30 min for 5 km.  It has been a nagging push at me.  I always seem to start off a little slow but then by the last Km. I am able to book it and speed up enough.  Tomorrow is my long run 24 km and I’m supposed to do it a pace time.  Is it funny that I’m actually excited ? I mean really 24 km and I’m excited. Who would have ever thought  this used to be  250 lb middle age woman would be excited about a long run of 24 km.  I mean I was lucky if I could walk half a block and now I’m running 24 km?!  I have been blessed with a second chance in life, to live my life the fullest.  I have been able to do things I never thought possible.

Here I go , pushing myself and striding for my Bucket list. Do you have something on your bucket list that you never thought you could do ?   Look it up see what you need to do to achieve that , you might be surprised it might be more reachable then you think.  We only have one life and why not live it to the fullest!!

Well now I need to get ready for work , and get my meal prepping done !! Looking forward to my long run tomorrow. Have a wonderful Saturday Night !! Look forward to your comments. Let’s see what things are on our bucket list !!

Marathon Training

One of the best things I have discovered on my journey of Health and Weightloss is my love for Running. Never in a million years did I ever think I would hear myself say that. I was your typical couch potato.  Get home from work , make supper then sit on the couch eating chips , drinking soda and watching TV. Not that it was a bad thing , but it wasn’t good either. Never did any kind of physical activity , I remember once when I was in high school I joined a cross country team, it lasted once . That was as far as it got.

So when I was an adult having 2 children , I figured that was enough excercise chasing them around.  Boy was I wrong.  I started my journey of eating healthy and losing weight I swore I would never do any exercise. Funny how that turned out lol. My daughter brought up to me an app called “Couch to 5K” I thought hey why not give it a try. Well I tried it. Mostly because I wanted my daughters to be proud of me.   Well I started liking it so much so that I had a co worker ask if I’d sign up for a 10k , and boldly enough I said sure !! Couldn’t believe I said “yes” but I was a person of my word so I had to stick to it.  Well that’s when I actually figured out what the “IT band ” injury was. Boy did that hurt. But with proper exercise and taking care of it , I was able to have it heal in time for the race.

Thats when I got hooked.  Hook , line, and sinker , when I crossed that finish line the feeling was incredible , its so hard to describe. All those years of being overweight to be able to accomplish a 10k ?! I even got a tattoo to mark the occasion.  So the funniest part was that after we crossed the finish line, I saw out of the corner of my eye , other runners getting medals.  So I asked my friend why they were getting medals and she said “it’s for the 1/2 marathon and up”, so I said ” Well I want one!”  , she looked at me and said ” yes , me too”
That’s when  we signed up for our first 1/2 marathon.  That sounds so crazy when I’m typing this out , but I started that fall training for my 1/2 marathon. It was so hard, those long runs were brutal, and the tempo runs weren’t much better. But I had a goal and that was it.  I knew I had to do this , and every year they have this race around my birthday !!  So as far as I was concerned it was a sign.   I finished the 1/2 marathon in a time of 2h 12 min. Got my medal and felt awesome.

I had a year off due to my mom’s health and going back and forth so many times to the hospital. That there was no time to commit to the training I would need for another 1/2 let alone a 10k. But my heart sank when it was a whole year and no running.  Which lead me to this year. I turned 50 this year and there is one thing on my bucket list that has been on there since my healthy lifestyle journey. Which is to qualify for the BOSTON MARATHON!! Which seems so out of my league , here I am a 50 year old , menopausal , wife  looking after her mom with dementia and I want to train for a marathon. ?! CRAZINESS I tell you . But I looked it up what the qualifications would be for my age and believe it or not , we weren’t classified as Dinosaurs yet. !! So for my age 50 , I would have to run a full marathon in 4 hours.

I told my husband , I want to try for it . If I don’t try I’ll never know and it will always be bugging me in my gut to try. So here I am. My longest run so far has been 20 km.  Now as scary as that sounds , it really wasn’t that bad at all I got it done in 2 hours 7 min. It felt so good. That it was almost reachable to believe I might be able to make it to qualify!!

On my phone I have an app called “RUN ASICS” and it gives me a running plan to prepare for the marathon. I love it. It tells me what my pace time should be for each run I do and how many Miles/KM I should run. So today I had to run my 5 KM and I also had my Speed 35  to do. But when I woke up from my nightshift and I looked outside , the road was calling me and my desire to do it. I laced up , got my running partner which is our youngest pup  Lola and we both hit the trail ( sort of speak).  It felt good , except I was a little foggy / sluggish in the beginning which I always give myself heck for. Thinking I should be like a race horse and jump out of the gate with my guns blazing.

But there were no guns blazing this time around lol. But when I got to the last km, I decided I didn’t like the time I was running so I decided to push it , and push it hard see how hard and fast I could actually run. Man did it feel good. I finished the km with a great time. But my overall time was pretty good too. 6.22 was my pace, my heart was pumping my lungs were thumping and my legs were going!! BEST feeling in the world.

I keep saying to myself each run is one run closer to hitting BOSTON!!  Now I don’t know if I will qualify for next year , but I’m not going to lie around , I’ll keep trying until I do make it.   So today I have to run my 12 km run. After my sleep this morning I’ll wake up get dressed and off I go. I’ll let you know how I did after!!  Oh and this pic of me with a dog is my running partner Sadie. Sadly Sadie blew her knee so she can no longer run with me ,  her sister has very easily taken her place , but my heart belongs totally to this girl. She is my spirit animal , she has her imprint on my soul forever.   Now because running is her passion as well as mine and she helped me train for both the 10k & 1/2 marathon. She waits till I get back from my run , and then we do a cool down walk around the block. She loves every minute of it. !! She’s a happy puppy !!