Let the training begin

Today is start day for the AMR Strava Prove It Challenge through the Another Mother Runner Website. The goal is to run a half marathon on Mother’s Day. Seventeen weeks of training to PROVE I can do this again! I am also scheduled to run the Niagara Falls Women’s Half the first weekend in June, so I am going to use this training to get ready for this run as well so that I can really RUN it. My goal is 2:15. Lofty I know, that is knocking a full half hour off my time last July. I need a goal to work towards so this is it 🙂 Today’s training was an Easy 3 Miles….CHECK. I received the Forerunner 10 for Christmas and my first run on it was today. It was great to see RECORD RUN, FASTEST TIME. A little motivation. I like the fact that I am starting this challenge with fresh records. I can really see my improvement run after run. I am hoping to drop a few pounds along the road as well. I have also added my Garmin results to my Strava account so that my training schedule is out there for people to see, another level of accountability!

I also signed up for a 14 in 2014 Challenge this year. To run 14 runs in 2014. The first run I had on the schedule was for New Years day, however that didn’t happen – no excuses, it just did not happen. However I have since added a few virtual races to my roster for 2014, two happen to fall on January 25th, one with RUN FOR COOKIES and one with LICORICE AND OLIVES. I am going to do two separate runs on this day, one for each of these, as that is my long run for the AMR Challenge. My schedule has more than 14 runs in it for 2014 which is awesome, many of them being virtual races, or free races. I am hoping to keep the running budget in check for this year, as it does not take long for things to add up; so these virtual runs are wonderful. However I have signed up for a few races so that I gather a little bling throughout the year too.

I am off to a group fitness class tonight as well. It is good to be back into a routine, there is something to be said about the consistency and the ability to schedule things that makes life seem to be in balance.

Day 1 = New Start

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Out with the old, in with the new

A new year = another opportunity to start fresh, leaving behind all the negative thoughts from 2013 and building on all of the wonderful events and lessons learned.

As I look back and read my original posts from the beginning on 2013, I realize two things:
1. I accomplished more than I remember: COMPLETED THE 1/2 MARATHON, lost weight, built on a healthy lifestyle
2. There are things that I can still build on. Just because I fell off the wagon, today is another day and I can hop back on. There are lots of great things in store for 2014 and I am going to enjoy them.

I am starting out this year with a few goals that I want to build on. No “new resolutions” for this girl. I want to continue to grow, build on the things I have learned along the way.
1. RUN: I want to run 14 races in 2014.
2. RECORD: record the moments, record the not so good moments, record feelings, record achievements, accomplishments and the all of the joys of each day.
3. REMEMBER: I am worth the efforts, I deserve the best for my health and my family, believe in myself and my abilities.

Here is to another great year! One that will see my family healthy, happy and prosperous. There will be many challenges along the way, but one the other side of things, we will be victorious!

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Runs for 2014

The following is my planned Runs for 2014
January 1: Resolution Run 5K
January 18: MEC 10K
February 16: Really Chilly 10K
March TBA: Lucan St. Paddy’s 5K
March 15: MEC 10K
April 27: Forest City Road Race 10K
May 11: MEC 15K
June 2: Niagara Falls Lady’s 1/2 Marathon
July 1: Lucan 1/2 Marathon
August: Rock the Road 10K
September 21: MEC 15K
October: TBD
November 2: London Lady’s 1/2 Marathon
December TBD: Santa Shuffle 5K
And that my friends is 2014 in a running nutshell 🙂

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14 in 2014

That means I have signed up for a challenge to run 14 races in 2014. I came upon this challenge through a read though of my morning Blog list (I will have to build a blog list soon, I have lots of great ones). I am going to use this blog to track my progress in hopes to get back to blogging again.
So stay tuned…. Race #1 is the Resolution Run (5K) on January 1st!

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Half turned into 5K

So I was supposed to run the London Lady’s Half Marathon yesterday, however training did not work out the way it was supposed to, so instead of doing a run half-assed I decided to switch to the 5K instead. It went well – finishing time 35.45.2. This run was in support of the neo-natal unit at the local children’s hospital. There was a team called Team Lexi, these shirts were everywhere. This little peanut was born at 500grams. I chased this one shirt for the complete 5 km. If that little peanut could be born and fight, then I could certainly run this 5k. Best part of the day, I got to meet little Lexi at the end of the race.

Next race is January 1st. John and I are going to run this one together. We start training this week on our lunch breaks. John would like to run it in under 30 minutes. We have got some training to do. We are going to following the Another Mother Runner 5 km training plan.

Now to keep out of the Halloween candy.

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Keeping it going

No weight loss last week, but getting back into the routine has been a success. Getting my head back into the game, wanting to make the necessary changes, feeling good!
I joined an exercise group on Monday night. It works out great as I drop E off at Brownies and then head to the group which is just down the road, and am finished in time to pick her back up. I used to run during this time, but this spices things up a little bit and certainly works some different muscles. They also meet on Wednesdays so I am going to join in on these groups too when I can.
The person who organized the group also has a small run group that meets at a CRAZY time in the morning (before 5 am). I am thinking that I may join them a couple of times to see if it works for me. It would be nice to get out with some other people for a run, someone to challenge me, someone to chat with (who am I kidding, someone to listen to while I huff and puff my way along). Perhaps next week.
Only 4 weeks until the half marathon, so time to kick the running up a notch. I am getting butterflies already.

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Reboot: Again – this time I WANT it!

Here we are again two months later and hitting the Reboot button again. I guess it is true what they say about having to WANT it. August was crazy and if I am honest with myself, I didn’t WANT to do the things on my CHALLENGE list. Same with most of September. However now that the kids are back in school, and I feel that I am somewhat in control of my days again, I want this. I want to concentrate on me and my health. I want to get back into a healthy lifestyle.

I was reminded today that it is almost a year since we started on this Healthy Livestyle journey, and I was reminded how GOOD I feel when I look back on the accomplishments and the right choices that I have made. I also feel the guilt that I did not keep all of the weight off, that I did not keep up with my training, and that I fell off the wagon. I don’t like this feeling and I WANT the GOOD back. Therefore as I hit the Reboot button again, this time I WANT it.

1. I WANT a healthy lifestyle.
2. I WANT to run the half marathon on November 2nd.
3. I WANT to be proud of myself and I WANT my kids to see me as a role model for them.
4. I WANT to keep going.

So today, September 26th, I pledge to be good to myself, to BELIEVE in myself, and to keep moving forward towards this healthy lifestyle.

Summary of last night’s run: ran 4.62 kms with hills, intervals of 3:1, 37 minutes.

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Reboot

So it is August 7th and I have hit the Roboot button because I completely fell off the wagon this last month and have to jump back on. To be completely honest, it has been more than a month but this last month has been really bad. With travel and stress from work and trying to manage home life as well, it has been a crazy month and the scale has moved in the wrong direction, and so has my body. I can feel the change of the few pounds that have crept back on. So August I have pressed the reboot button and am back on board with a few challenges that should help me. All of them are around the same goal, so it is not like I am trying to manage a bunch of challenges.

Challenge #1 – August: Run 100kms
Two friends and I have a running challenge for the month of August. We are going to run 100kms this month. I got out last night and completed my first 5 kms, so only 95 more to go. A couple of longer runs and I will be back on track of running 25-30 kms / week, which is my goal. I will have to keep this up on holidays. This will also help for preparing for Challenge #3.

Challenge #2 – Shrinking Jeans 6 week weight loss challenge
Today I joined the Shrinking Jeans weight loss challenge. I weighed in at 156.5 (grrr…how those lbs crept up). Kiss them extra lbs goodbye because I am going to get rid of those real quick. My goal for the 6 weeks is to be down 10 lbs. Regular exercise will help here and will reshape my body to where I want it to be, which is much more important to me at this point that the weight on the scale.

Challenge #3
I had originally planned to run a second half on September 8th. I have decided not to run that race as I have not been training and I don’t want to run another one half-assed. I am going to train like a BAMR (Bad Ass Mother Runner) and run the half on November 2nd. I have signed up for the race, and along with registration there is a free running clinic, so starting August 21st, every Wednesday night and Sunday morning, I will be joining a group of other ladies training to run this race. My goal is 2hrs30mins. This falls at a good time as ball season ends and this group will start up at the same time.

So as you can see I am just going to have to Shut Up + Run (borrowed that from one of the blogs I love to read). No excuses, just run.

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I.DID.IT

So I obviously fell off the wagon with posts over the last little while. However I.DID.IT!! I ran a half marathon yesterday! 2:44 was my time. Slower than my goal of 2:30 but I.DID.IT!!! The first 15 K rocked and I was well on my way to meet my goal, however we hit gravel, my knees started to “kink” (not sure what the technical term is, shooting pain behind the kneecap) so I had to walk the last 4 kms of the run. The last 1.5 k was back on the road, however face to the wind and on a slight uphill. I was not able to make back any time and by this time was legs were done. At the 21K mark there was a wonderful hydration station with Bailey’s and chocolate, a shot has NEVER tasted so good. I was the last one to cross the finish line however I was the “fastest last place finisher ever in the run’s history”. I am so very proud of myself.
My husband and children were there to cheer me on and were the best supporters ever. They met me at the 13k point, then again at the 17k and at the end. Dressed in Canada Day fashions with party favors and air horns they cheered their little hearts out. They certainly made the day for all those runners that had a chance to see them.
A couple of mental notes I made along the way:
1. a flat straight road is wonderful.
2. I didn’t mind the hills at all.
3. I ran it at intervals of 5:1, it was great.
4. It takes me at least 5 kms to warm up.
5. I did not have ANY shinsplints.
6. I passed cattle and pig farms and lots of open fields.
7. There was plenty of bathrooms (tree lines) along the edge, but I didn’t have to go the whole way. I obviously did something right with my eating and hydrating.
8. It was so wonderful to see my family on the route. It made my day.
9. Thank you to the wonderful people who manned the hydration stations, their friendly faces were so great to see. Thank you to the group at the last station that cheered for me! It made my legs hurt less and gave me the extra little push to finish.
10. It was a great day! My legs are pretty tight today but it just makes the experience all the more real.

Best cheering squad ever.

Best cheering squad ever.

Cheering her little heart out!

Cheering her little heart out!

His air horn died by the end of the day.

His air horn died by the end of the day.

Still smiling at km 17.

Still smiling at km 17.

I FINALLY DID IT!!! Next one scheduled September 8th 🙂

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Back in the game

I played ball the weekend of the 24th and it did not go so well. Pulled the muscles in both legs again and had to have a designated runner for the entire day. Thankfully we only played three games and for most of it I played catcher, alternating with another lady, so I didn’t have to run too much. I have been out on a few runs and things are looking good. We also got our elliptical back into the basement again which I realized yesterday that I really missed having it around. We are talking about a treadmill now to add to our exercise area, which I would love.

Gluten free, or should I say very limited gluten, is going well. There have been a couple of “opps, didn’t know that was gluten” days however for the most part it has been pretty easy and going very well. I have noticed a definite change in my tiredness, but there are still days when I could nap all day. However it is certainly getting better.

I have registered for another half marathon in November, signed up and paid, to give me another goal to work towards. I will also be registering for one for September, just waiting for my sister to confirm which one she wants to run. I feel very guilty or perhaps it is disappointed that I have not kept up my training like I should have over the last few months. I don’t like this feeling so I am going to work hard to get back on track. I also noticed a very big difference with the lack of water I am drinking, so that is back on track too.

I have gone up three lbs over the last two months and am sitting at 153 now. Not liking that the scale is going up, so need to get back into the swing of things now that my legs are starting to feel better. My goals for the month of June are:
1. to be down 5 lbs (148 by June 30th).
2. 30 minutes of activity per day
3. follow training schedule so that I am ready for the July 1st run.
4. drink water

Four weeks until run day 🙂

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