Monday, July 28, 2014
I was worried last week end when I took so many walk breaks during my 5k race as was unable to continue my streak of being in the 27 time range. Not that 28 and a half is bad, it's still really good! Friday evening was hot and humid, and with only one walk break I was back in the high 27s! Shew! Wish I hadn't taken the walk break looking back on it. I am working on keeping most of my runs NOT following the Galloway walk/run so I can get that feeling like I meed to walk out of my head. Anything 5 and under I shouldn't feel like I NEED to walk!
Last night I ran 5 with a friend and anytime I felt like I NEEDED to walk I just pushed through it. Probably not my smartest decision to go to Zumba just a couple of hours before my run, my legs were already tired! My plan this week is to rest my legs Wednesday and Thursday ad see what I can do for Fridays 5k on fresh legs!
Either way, I love the trophy!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Yesterday's 5k was harder than I had expected coming off my long run Friday night, it was just plain hot and humid and my legs were not fresh, it was hard to breathe. I finished in 28:22 with a ton of walking! When the race was over, at least for me, I was bummed about my time, I had so wanted to set a new PR, really wanted to get into those 26's, but it just wasn't my day.
While stretching and talking to some friends I had a lady approach me, she told me she had been following me on Facebook and she wanted some running advice...we all offered advice and words of encouragement. She also told me what an inspiration I have been to her with my weight-loss and that she had lost about 60 lbs and was trying to lose another 50 or so. That she did her first 5k in February at 52 minutes and that her time this day at been 34, amazing progress and we all boasted about it!
The night before I had a similar experience and again yesterday evening, ladies coming out of nowhere to tell me what an inspiration I am to them. It brings me to tears even now. I was even awarded a medal at the race: This was such a surprise and such an honor!
I posted a little on facebook about it at: "I don't ask people to sign up for races so that I can get group rate, I ask that you sign up to walk, run or crawl because our health, our well-being is the center of who we are, next to Godliness! This is our only chance, our only vessel, and while I may not or will ever be the perfect example, I am pleased that so many reached out to me today to tell me that I make a difference in their lives! That what I am doing for me makes them want to do better for themselves! God had truly chosen to use me and I am feeling very blessed and humbled!"
In church this morning the pastor called it my ministry and the sermon was all about how when you come to God asking for help He asks you what you have to offer and once you find that He wants you to go out and gather people and that even if all you have to offer is a small thing, he will make it plentiful enough to share. So if all you have is your love, your love with be never ending! If all I have to offer is my journey in weight loss, I can continue to inspire and help people as long as I chose to and He will keep blessing me with this small gift.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
With all of the goals I have set forth on here, to run this many half marathons, this many marathons, reach and maintain this weight, eat more veggies, drink more water, run more, walk more, etc., I just realized I have forgotten to set my Godly goals. I thank God for the motivation which has brought me to a healthy time in my life, for my fitness and healthy weight. I praise God for giving me friends whom challenge me and encourage me to do more, be better and who trust in my ability to complete a challenge even when I have doubts. Friends who never tell me that I CAN'T!
My Godly goals are to better Serve Him, always encourage and never discourage others from at least trying to attain their goals. The best effort is better than no effort at all! (CANT - Considering And Not Trying) The only goal you cannot reach is the one you never try to reach!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Am I the only runner that has a "hill day"? That is the day you train your body to push beyond it's comfort zone, your lungs hurt after, you work muscles everywhere and you are definitely not doing it for fun, but it builds you and makes you stronger and faster and THAT is why you do it!
The first 3 miles of The Biggest Loser Half Marathon were gorgeous, running along the Kanawha River with a nice breeze, great conversation and nice speed. I felt strong and confident, I watched the faster girls of my group move on ahead, but I held my own and I felt like I was conserving energy, if I had known then, what I know now I would have run that part faster, had a I known then what I know now, I would have forced myself to run the last 3 faster, I could have had a PR.
What I didn't know was that right around mile 3 we were going to hit a mountain, not a hill, a mountain, actually a cemetery on a mountain and it was rough stuff!
I thank God I did my hill work, had I not, I may not have been able to do what I did!
When we were coming up that mountain of a cemetery, it was an insane and brutal blow to all the work of 12 weeks, all the walking I had to do kinda hurt my feelings, there were times I wondered why, when The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series was suppose to be encouraging people, why then put such a huge obstacle between us/them and the finish line? Of course now that is is over, now that I am home and rested I appreciate that hill, that mountain, that climb of over 1000 feet of elevation, because it represents my journey and how hard I had to fight to reach the top and get to the finish line and all of the others who are reaching to get somewhere. It was tough! That's ok! I beat that hill, I conquered that mountain and I finished!
However, had I run a little faster in the beginning and had I pushed a little harder in the end and stayed with a girl from my running group instead of watching her get further and further away, I would have had a new PR. With that said, the next flat half, is all mine!! On to Marathon training!!
This is after the hill, I promise! At mile 8 1/2
This was when I was telling my friend Sara about the hill as I ran by her!
The finish! Thank heavens!
My husband calls this my brakes. Don't understand why they stand so close? lol
Can't stop this Biggest Loser, bring on the mountains!
Oh yeah, I went there!
The amazing view!
Everything is better with friends and supporters!
and a little cheese...
Friday, June 27, 2014
My friend and a local race director had it made for me, I am so super excited for tomorrow!! Wish me luck!
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