Tinker Bell Half & Wine & Dine Half

Published March 23, 2013 by meee2

Yep, it’s been forever since I’ve updated. I’m still running. Just not as consistently as I would like to be.

I’m about to change that. I’ve decided to sign up for the Dopey Challenge at Disney World. It’s not till January 2014 so I have a little bit of time to train. This race sounds CRAZY! It’s a 4 day race weekend. Friday is the Disney Family Run 5K, Saturday is the Walt Disney World 10K, Saturday is the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, and it finishes on Sunday with the Walt Disney World Marathon. Yep, 4 races on 4 consecutive days. 48.6 miles in 4 days!! Crazy, right?

I did do my first half marathon November 12, 2012. It was the Wine & Dine Half Marathon at Disney World. Here are the stats for that:

Official Chip Time 3:25:24
15:40 average pace
Overall #10,433 out of 11,834
Women #6,737 out of 7,836
Division #1,339
Carly & I at the Expo

Carly & I at the Expo. I didn’t get any pictures at the end because my phone died.

In January I did the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland. I loved this race! If you want to do a Disney race, this is the one to do. There were so many spectators cheering us on! Time flew!
Official Chip Time 3:24:21
15:35 average pace
Overall #9697 out of 10,560
Women #8,477
Division #1,58
Carly and I after the Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Carly and I after the Tinker Bell Half Marathon

I really wanted to do a real race re-cap for both of those events, but I just never got around to it. That kind of makes me sad, but onward and upward!
I’ll leave you with a video of my cousin, who was the very last finisher of the Tinker Bell. You can see me and one of my best friends in the video, as well.
Go Jenna!

Slipping

Published November 27, 2012 by meee2

Just a little.

But to be honest, it’s been happening.

A lot has been going on lately, starting with not being able to do much activity for the 3 weeks after The Biggest Loser Resort due to those stupid blisters on my heel!! Yes!! It took them about 3 weeks to heal.

I’ve had some issues with one of my children. I’m usually pretty open and honest about things that happen in my life, both here and on my other blog, Really?, but it’s not really my story to tell. It’s his. It’s nothing horrible or too crazy. To put your mind at ease, know that he is okay.

And, of course, the HOLIDAYS!! Oh My Goodness.

I did Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year. We didn’t have any guests and one of my brats wasn’t at home either….

Soooo….I cooked enough food for at least 20 people. And there were only 4 of us.

We stuffed ourselves silly for about 4 days.

Yikes!!

I do want to say that I’m getting back on track.

I’m working on getting to Zumba 3 times a week. I also need to start training for another half marathon coming up in January. I am going to try to up my short runs from 30 minutes on Tuesday and Thursdays to 45 minutes each of those days. The long runs are on Saturday. I was supposed to do like 11.5 miles Saturday. Didn’t happen. I’ll have to kind of reconfigure my long run schedule to get them in and get myself worked back up to the 13.1 mile mark. It would be awesome to get in a 14.5 mile run about 2 weeks before the next half marathon. I’m sure that would make allll those miles much, much easier.

Speaking of half marathons, I did just complete my 1st half marathon!! It was November 10th at Disney World. It was amazing. It was challenging. It was loooonnnng. But most importantly, it was FUN! I’ll write more about that laters though. I want to dedicate an entire post to that, so you’ll have to wait. I will tell you that it took me 3 hours, 25 minutes, and 4 seconds to run. It only took Carly 3 hours, 25 minutes, and 3 seconds. Yep. She beat me again, lol. (I’m not really sure how though, we were side by side running across the starting line and holding hands, side by side across the finish line). And it’s all good that she beat me. We weren’t competing against each other. We just wanted to finish.

Amazing Opportunity!

Published October 10, 2012 by meee2

I have one of the most amazing opportunities coming up. I’ve wanted to write about it for a while, but it just didn’t seem real, for some reason. Or maybe it’s just because I’m really nervous! Or maybe I didn’t want to jinx myself. Hell, I don’t know. Anyway, here it is.

This Sunday I will make my way to The Biggest Loser Resort in Ivins, Utah.

I so excited!! And nervous. Really nervous. Like, more nervous than excited.

I’m worried that my fibromyalgia will cause me problems while I’m there. I know I’ve talked about how it’s so much better now, with all the running and Zumba, and it is. The difference is the amount of activity I’ll be doing.

Right now, I do about an hour a day. Sometimes slightly less, sometimes (like my longgg runs) slightly more. I try to get in 6 days of exercise a week. This doesn’t always happen, and I’ll admit I’ve been slipping a little bit lately, but I try really hard.

When I’m at the resort I’ll be doing about 6 to 7 hours of activity a day. My meals will consist of 1,200 calories a day. Yikes!! That’s a lot of exercise and not a lot of food.

The best part of the week? My dear cousin will be with me. Yay!!

I’ll try to do another post or two (like maybe the one where I thought I was going to die through miles 9 to 11 of my 11 mile run) before I go. I’ll try really, really hard to update while I’m there, but I can guarantee you I’m going to be one tired (HUNGRY) girl, so we’ll see how that goes.

I’ll definitely let you know how things went once I get home. Bonus? I get to buy new jeans after my week there.

Wish me luck!!

Run, Stroll, and Roll 5K Recap

Published October 1, 2012 by meee2

This was my 4th official 5K, since I started running in April of this year.

As the title shows, this race was really for everyone in the family. I thought it would be a fun family experience so I signed all 3 of my kids up to run with me. I would have signed the husband up, but he is dead set against ever running again. They made him do it almost daily when he was in the Army. He refuses to ever run again. I’m lucky if I can even get him to take a walk with me.

My boys were excited for the run. My daughter pretended like she was.

When we were halfway to the race, which was about 40 miles away from my house, I remembered to check my daughter’s foot attire. She was wearing her school shoes, which are a very shiny, dressy shoe. Shit.

When I asked her why she was wearing those shoes and not some tennis shoes, she matter-of-factly told me it was so she didn’t have to run.

The race started out great. I ran my fastest mile ever (well, since I started running again). If any of you know me from my Army days, my 11:21 minute mile will make you laugh. Hard.

It was an out and back race, so the second mile was a little harder. It turns out the “out” part of the race was downhill. Which, of course, means that the “back” part of the race was completely UPHILL.

I was really hurting on the 3rd mile, but continued my 25 second bursts of running and 35 seconds of walking.

Somewhere towards the end of the 2nd mile I had passed a girl about my age and her mother. I continued to put space between us until the very end of the race.

I looked back during the last few tenths of a mile. She was running. Like all out running. I think the F word went through my head. In fact, I’m sure it did.

I began running the last part, which I always do while I’m training. It’s not a fast run, but it’s longer than the 25 second bursts I’m used to.

I was almost to the end and I heard her creeping up on me. She was gaining on me! Mother effer was going through my head.

I now had to SPRINT to make sure she did not beat me. I certainly couldn’t let someone beat me at the end. No way.

So I did. And I beat her.

I want to thank her for making me push myself when I really didn’t want to. It’s how I train, and I would have been very disappointed had I not done it.

The race wasn’t officially timed. My Runkeeper app said I ran it in 0:36:38. My time was a little bit shorter than that, probably only by seconds, but I was really, really winded and always forget to stop the timer.

My 8 year old son, Michael ran much faster than I did. I’m not sure of his time either, but if they post the results, I’ll update. My 13 year old son, Dylan ended up finishing after me. He started out much faster than I did. Probably too fast. Towards the middle we ran together for a while, but then he just couldn’t keep up. My competitive spirit just wouldn’t allow me to walk the last part with him. I kept going. Again, we’re not sure what his time was.

It Finally Fits

Published September 22, 2012 by meee2

Soooo…I’ve had this t-shirt sitting in my dresser for 2 or 3 years.

When I bought it, I was in a hurry. I didn’t have time to try it on, but it was on a major sale. I grabbed the biggest size and hoped for the best.

When I got home and put it on I looked like a stuffed sausage. It was terrible. It was embarrassing. I’m not sure how I even got the thing off. I wasn’t really surprised, but it was still kind of a blow.

I hung onto it. I knew one day I would be able to put the damn thing on and look decent in it.

One of my goals in my weight loss journey was to finally be able to wear this t-shirt.

I’ve been eyeballing it, sitting there in the drawer off an on throughout these years. I’ve even put it on a couple times, hoping that it would miraculously fit.

Today, I couldn’t find anything clean to wear. Yep laundry time. I went to my drawers to see if there was a wayward tank top that I could throw on.

I saw this shirt.

I thought, well, let’s just put this on to see how far I have to go.

As it effortlessly slipped over my head and down into place, there were instantly tears in my eyes.

It fits. I even have some room to spare.

Even better? My vintage T is brand spanking new. Hahahaha!!

Small miracles. I look for them everyday.

I Totally Rocked That 8 Miles

Published September 12, 2012 by meee2

Big deal, you might say?

To me, yes. I think that’s the farthest I’ve ever run. I’m not even sure the U.S. Army ever made me run that far (Thank God).

I was extremely nervous going into the run. A couple weeks ago I did a 6.5 mile run. When I was finished my back was killing me and both of my feet had some awesome cramps going on, let me tell you.

I was worried the same, or worse, would happen. All for nothing. It was a good run. No aches or pains. I felt hella good (yes, it’s okay to go back to the 90’s for just a second)!!

I even had a negative split. It was a small one, but it was still there. I think I was just tired of running around and around that track. I had to hurry so I could be DONE!! I really think I’m able to achieve the negative splits by running the Jeff Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN (TM) method. It has been a LIFESAVER for me, for sure.

If you’re on RunKeeper you should join my Street Team. I love the encouragement of seeing how much my teammates are doing. I’m also on Earndit. I’m pretty sure those links will take you to my profiles. If not, let me know so I can fix it.

Well, Back To Running Shoes

Published September 6, 2012 by meee2

Thank goodness! I loved The Party Dress, but I definitely feel more comfortable in my running shoes.

Last week my exercise consisted only of two days of Zumba.

Yep. Zero days of running.

Which wouldn’t be so horrible, but I’m in the middle of training for my first half marathon. I don’t feel guilty. I never let myself feel guilty for missing a work out or eating something delicious. That’s not what this journey is about. This is about helping my body, mind, and spirit feel healthy and good, which isn’t as easy for me without the running part.

I was okay with no running till the weekend hit. I was in Las Vegas for a big surprise birthday party for one of the uncles, and for a reunion on that side of the family.

I was barely able to sleep. And certainly not for lack of being tired or trying to sleep.

My anxieties were very high. I’m not just talking about the jitters of meeting a bunch of new people for the first time. I’m talking, crazy, off the wall, jump at everything type of anxiety, which also tied into the sleeping problem. I kept jolting awake just SURE I had heard someone coming in the hotel room, or SURE my husband was asleep while he was driving……

I was really dragging my feet. Almost everything I did there seemed like a monumental task. Take a shower? Take the kids to the pool? Take the kids upstairs to the suite to eat with the family? It was tough to make my body go.

I think I may have mentioned (maybe not) that I was a smoker for a while. I didn’t start until I was 27. I’m not sure why in the hell I started then. I mean, come on! I’d gone for almost 30 years without a cigarette. Why start? I don’t know, but I did. I’ve quit off and on through the years. I quit again around April of this year, after I started running. I had about 2 1/2 packs of cigarettes from Friday morning until Monday morning.

I could tell on this run. Just 5 minutes into my run I was sucking some major wind. Then I started coughing and hacking. A couple hours later I’m still hacking a little bit.

Smoking + Running = Really effing stupid.

Anyway, enough about the complaining.

My run, despite the breathing issues, was awesome. How could it not be? I feel so much better right now. My mind is calmer, my body is more relaxed, I’m overall happier.

And this weekend? It was epic.

I love my family. I can’t wait to see them again.

The husband is missing. He got suckered into emceeing. :o)