Sunday, February 02, 2014
My husband and I started a new running group at church. It's for ALL levels, a great way to introduce people to the LOVE of running and for them to meet new friends. Yesterday was our first group meeting. We weren't sure how many would sign since it was snowing pretty good, but we had about 25-26 runners! We have all different levels. Some have never ran a day in their life, others have done marathons. We made 3 "teams": beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The intermediate did a walk/jog/walk for 1 mile, the intermediate (my team) did a 2 mile run, and the advanced did 3 miles. We will build on miles as the group goes on. The goal is to have everyone run a local 5K together in June. We are going to have T-shirts that say "VLC Road Runners" (VLC= Victory Life Church). It was a lot of fun and everyone was really excited about what they accomplished! We had a few people call to cancel due to being sick, but here's who we had yesterday (you'll see in the top picture that I'm in the hot pink hat all the way to the right, and my husband is in the bottom pic in the neon orange jacket. Since we each wanted to be in the pic we had to take turns getting the pics. No one else was around at the trail, or we would have grabbed them for our pic so that we could both be in the same pic, lol):
I posted this pic on FB a couple hours before run group to let people know that we would still be having run group even though it was snowing (we had a few people calling to ask). Also, it wasn't too cold at 25-degrees! My son Adam (age 13) made our logo for the group:
Thursday, January 23, 2014
This is the "official" first week of my half-marathon training! I am using the Hal Higdon "Novice 2" training plan. I was going to use "Novice 1" but it didn't have very much running, and it only goes up to 10 miles for a long run. Since I am running by myself and won't have anyone to push me that last 3.1 miles, I figured I better train a little closer to the mileage of the race!
Wouldn't you know that once I signed up (and paid, lol) to run the 1/2 that it ends up being the coldest winter in Michigan! Seriously! I HATE being cold! But I have been learning that I am tougher than I thought. I went out this morning and ran 4 miles in 3-degree weather! Luckily I had my BuffWear scarf with the fleece attachment that I pulled up over my face. Very helpful for breathing, didn't hurt to take a breath, haha.
The race is Sunday April 13th. My husband and I went and drove the course where it will be. There are 2 hills at the beginning, but the rest seemed pretty flat... There may have been a smaller one at the end? You run over a bridge 2-3 times. I told my husband that I just hope I don't get lost It seems like there are a lot of turns to take... But I know that there will be people there pointing out directions, lol.
I'm averaging a 9.5-10-minute mile right now. I'm guessing that I'll be around 11 minutes for the actual race, since I'll be running further and will need to pace myself! This past week my outer quads have been SORE. I tried Chi-Running after reading about it and watching the videos, and I think that it used muscles that I hadn't used before. The last few runs have been hard because my legs felt like lead! I started taking BCAAs, Glutamine (powder that I put in water before and after a workout), and CLA. I was already taking several supplements (Fish Oil, Magnesium, Glucosamine, Acidophilous, multi-vitamin...) but I have been reading about these other three and they are supposed to help keep (and even build) muscle and also keep your metabolism good. I did have a guy at work tell me yesterday that I looked like I have lost weight. I felt a little smaller, too, although the scale has only changed by a few pounds. Must be tightening up...
My husband and I are starting a running group at our church this Saturday. We had over 45 people sign up! Many have never run before, so they will be doing a "couch to 5K" plan. I am in charge of the intermediate runners, I think we will do 2-3 miles, and my husband is in charge of the advanced (they'll probably do 3-5, not sure). Everyone meets at a local school but then runs at their pace. It's a great way for them to meet new friends and find a running buddy! The goal at the end is for everyone to run a local 5K together (and we'll have t-shirts made). There is a lot of buzz and excitement about the group, so I'm looking forward to seeing the turnout!
Friday, January 10, 2014
I am starting a new challenge for the ladies in the "Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul" group. This group is for women who want to grow stronger physically and spiritually. We want to take care of our bodies as the Temple of God!
Here's the challenge:
1. Daily Bible reading
2. Track food (write it down, myfitnesspal, sparkpeople, etc~ whichever works for you!)
3. Exercise at least 4 days a week
4. Read 1 non-fiction book/month (leaders are readers, increase your knowledge!)
5. Write 1 blog on Sparkpeople each week
6. Come up with a GOAL that you are working on for yourself and do something weekly to work towards it (ex: going back to shcool, you could call for transcripts or an appointment to see the counselor, etc).
This challenge will go from Jan 20th to March 17th (8 weeks). I will post a weekly thread on Mondays, please comment under that thread and let us know how you are doing by Wednesday of that week to be eligible for the grand prize!
A prize will be awarded to one person who has checked in weekly! Invite your friends! Let's make 2014 our best year yet!
Feel free to join the team and the challenge! Stop by the group and comment under the "Jan Challenge" thread!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Happy New Year! I love New Year's~ it reminds me of the new beginnings and fresh starts that God gives us every day! Kind of like a "do-over" ;-) When the boys were little and were acting up, we'd tell them to push their "do-over" button (they usually pushed on their foreheads, lol) and it was amazing that it really did work. They started acting more obedient. I'm sure God feels the same way about us! He doesn't want us to live in sin or be disobedient or on the wrong path, He is waiting for us to push that "do-over" button and get back on track.
I've been making a list of goals that I have for 2014, and brainstorming ways to reach those goals. I've got some physical goals (run 1/2 marathon in April and Oct, continue to "clean up" my eating, continue my daily workouts, etc), spiritual (continue reading the Word daily, allow myself to be challenged by His Word, read at least 2 Christian books/month), financial (debt reduction), career (continue to research programs for being a health coach- not sure if it's something that I can just use the degree I have- BSN, or if I need another complete program), family (be fully present, weekly family night), household (decluttering, fix up some things around the house, etc).
I have a feeling of excitement about this coming year, like something BIG is going to happen, something GREAT.
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