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Did I Fail to Mention... My First 5K is this Saturday!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

This Saturday, I'm participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. It's my first one!! I'm kind of excited about it!! I have a number and a t-shirt and everything!!! lol (Giddy like a school girl!)

I haven't trained. I haven't even been walking as my cardio lately. I suppose I should do some this evening. Yea, I'll do some walking this evening...

But, I'm not overly concerned about it. That's feels really great to even say! I'm doing a 5K "spur-of-the-moment" and I'm not concerned at all. Awesome!! That is a testament to the physical condition I THINK I'm in. (Wouldn't it be terrible if I really wasn't as fit as I thought... LOL)

But the reason I haven't trained is because I wasn't supposed to be participating in this race. My mom was supposed to walk this 5K with my sister, but because her schedule has been so busy, she asked me to take her place. So, now it's gonna be me and my sister (HEALTHYAMS) and her friend.

I don't really have any goals associated with this race. It's my sister's race, really. She is challenging herself and she has a goal to finish it under an hour. I think that's a decent goal (20 min/mile pace). My job is to stay with her and make sure she finishes. But I really DO want to set a goal for myself for my very first 5K. Just finishing it isn't enough. I already know I can walk 3 miles. But finishing it with a goal in mind...something that would stretch me...something that would push me...something that would make it a race worth reporting..a baseline for future 5K's. I want to have that feeling of accomplishment that I had when my mom and I finished our half marathon last year... that feeling that I pushed myself beyond where I thought I could go and I came out on top!

Hmmm... I'll really have to think about this before Saturday.

But there is something else I'm curious about (for those of you who have done 5K's)... since it's my mother who is registered, what will happen in regard to my results? Is it the participant's race number or name that's important. My mom is over 60... what if I place in HER age group? LOL What if I get lost?? Is that even possible? How does this stuff work?

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HEALTHYAMS 6/3/2011 3:34PM

    emoticon You'll be just fine!
I'm not even worried about the whole category and whatever else. I don't know how that part works anyway. I'm timing myself (with my stop watch on my cell phone) from the moment I take my first step and when I finish, the timing will stop. emoticon I don't know how this 5K will be, but when I did the HIV/AIDS one, they didn't give us any clips or anything. There was no way to know what our time was.
*singing* My sister's walking with me, my sister's walking with me. La la la la la. My sister's walking with meeeeeee! emoticon

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AKARONNIE65 6/3/2011 1:14AM

  I a.m sure you will do well this week. I have often thought about do the SGK race/walk. My mom celebrates her 5th anniv. this year. Maybe I can have her come to town next yr & she & I can walk together. Thank you for stopping by my page & offering encouragement! Let us know how it goes.

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JOYSONG50 6/2/2011 4:43PM

    You go girl! I admire your courage doing your first 5K without preparing for it. You'll do great, I'm sure. Make momma and sister proud.

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LESLIES537 6/2/2011 3:46PM

    lol, you're too cute!! I don't have any words of advice since I'm a 5K virgin myself. emoticon But....I think it's SO awesome that you're doing this!! I'm excited for you! Take lots of pics for us! emoticon

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CALIGIRLDIANA 6/2/2011 12:09PM

    Way to go for your first 5K. You are going to like it a lot. I haven't done this one but I have done others. You are wonderful for supporting your sister!!!

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LIVE2SAVELIVES 6/2/2011 10:35AM

    Last October I did my first (and only so far) 5K. Oh you just wait! Mine too, was the race for the cure and I get goose bumps just thinking about it! Those are the strongest, most determined women I have ever met in my life! My life was changed because of that race, I will NEVER miss another one! I will be walking every year from now on! Just to be a part of something so awesome is truly breath-taking and you will have a BLAST!!! Wish DC wasn't so far away, I'd come walk with you guys! ENJOY, post lots of pics!

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TAMARA6905 6/2/2011 10:29AM

    YAY for you! Keep up the hard work! And yes, it is most definitey a testament to your physical condition that you can just do a 5K spur of the moment! Good Luck!

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TURTLE_MOM 6/2/2011 9:45AM

    You've done a 1/2 marathon, so you can do a 5K! :) Have fun, I wish I was going to DC I love it there!

What a great sister you are!

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ANANGELMOM 6/2/2011 9:16AM

    Not truly worrying about it speaks loads toward your mental fitness lol. I don't have a clue about races, since I've never done one, but I know you'll be great!

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    Just don't wear a chip (if they offer them, just don't wear it) or anything. Because your mother is signed up, she is automatically in her age group. If I were you, I wouldn't wear her number for the finish.... just in case they are manually recording results..... because you COULD place in the upper end of her age group. They don't care if you are wearing your number or not. :)

As for getting lost-- you won't. Trust me. There are hundreds of people in the race with you (THOUSANDS in Komen) and you will have no chance of being lost.

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GOLDENDOMER00 6/1/2011 9:11PM

    Have a great time! That's wonderful that you'll be there to cheer on your sister! You'll do great!

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HALLELUL 6/1/2011 8:41PM

    Hmm. Good questions. Perhaps you can contact the race directors prior to the race about taking your mom's place at the race to see if it can be transferred or not worry about it and do really good and win your mom a prize. emoticon

One thing you DO NOT have to worry about is getting lost. 5K's like 1/2 marathons are well attended so all you have to do is follow the crowd. As for a goal. Think of how you did when you did the 1/2 marathon and break that down to 3.2 miles to get a gage at what timing you'd like to have and see how you do.

Hope this helps and have fun!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/1/2011 8:24PM

    Ooh, I have no idea if the number changes things - that's a really good question! Sorry I can't give you any insight there. I think the National Mall area - having just been there two weeks ago - is a great place for the 5K! Have a great time and I hope you blog about it. :D

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/1/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon Hope you have a blast.

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Day...(drumroll please..) "40" of 40/40 Challenge: The Finish Line!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's Day 40!!! The 40/40 Challenge ends today!!!! Wow!! I am thrilled! I made it to the finish line!! Now it's time for my victory lap! LOL

I really accomplished something during this challenge... I gained exactly what I set out to gain: CONSISTENCY. I really don't see a problem with this now. I KNOW that I can consistenty maintain a workout routine. I KNOW this because I've done it for 40 days. Sure I missed a few days here and there but I can count them on one hand. I think that's pretty good. I feel good about it. I know that I can PUSH myself even when I don't feel like it. I can MOVE and DO SOMETHING!

I want to thank all who supported me during this challenge...leaving comments, sending goodies, and encouraging me to continue and celebrating WITH ME! I sincerely appreciate it. I can't tell you how much it's meant to me to have you in my corner. Just awesome!!

I'm sorry I left you all hanging for 5 days! LOL I haven't blogged since Day 35. I was just taking a little Spark break. But, really, what could I say that you didn't already know... I was walking.. LOL I proclaimed that that is what I'd be doing for the remainder of the challenge and that's what I've been doing. Pretty boring stuff, huh? LOL

So what's next for Ness....

Well, I won't be exercising EVERY day like I tried to do for the 40 days. It was great to challenge myself in that way, but I think working out EVERY day is a little much on MY body. So, I'm scaling back to 5 days a week. I don't know what 2 days will be rest'll depend on my body. But it won't be two days back-to-back. I think that would be damaging for ME.

And, I have GOT TO add in some strength training... I'm not really sure how I'm going to go about that at this time.... maybe I need to do a strength training challenge or something. LOL Nah! Right now, I'm about DONE with challenges. I need a break. Let's see what my own will does without the technicality of a "challenge." Let's see what May holds...

But for NOW... I see... SUCCESS! emoticon

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CELLO23 4/29/2011 7:04AM

    Wow! Mighty impressive, girl! It's great what grit and determination can do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hope you're celebrating!

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ELEXEY 4/28/2011 9:51PM

    Very Awesome!!! Congratulations, you should be incredibly happy for completing such a difficult task. Great job!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYAMS 4/28/2011 9:29PM

    Congratulations sister! You did just what you set out to do. I'm very proud of you. I knew you could do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 4/28/2011 7:11PM

    I'm so happy for you! You deserve to be so proud of yourself.

You are amazing! I LOVE blogs like this! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ISILWEN 4/28/2011 4:13PM

    Great Job!! I'm thrilled for you!

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JOYSONG50 4/28/2011 3:12PM

    Wow! 40 consecutive days? That's outstanding!!! You do deserve a break for sure. Great job!
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YAY!!!! What awesome consistency! You did SOOOO good!

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Days 34 and 35 of 40/40 Challenge: Wow...only 5 Days left

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I'm keeping my eyes on the prize... I hope there is a prize. Well, I guess the prize is FINISHING the race and celebrating all the things I've learned and gained through this 40/40 Challenge. Yeah..that's the prize. I'm keeping my eyes on that. LOL

BUT, I'm not finished yet, so....

Yesterday (Day 34) I kept it inside on my treadmill. Unfortunately, I procrastinated so long that I had to hurry and get myself on the treadmill at 11:15pm last night!! But, I got on there and did what I had to do. LOL

But, today (Day 35) I walked outside.

My cousin had her housewarming party today and since she only lives a little over a mile from me and it was such a wonderful day, I decided to walk there and back. It was such a pleasant walk both ways. The wind was blowing and the sun was shining and it was just beautiful. It took me exactly 20 minutes to get there and 20 minutes to get back. So there goes my 40 minutes for today! Yipee. AND.. I made my 2011 EPIC calorie burn too! (I burned 2079 calories this week.)

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CELLO23 4/25/2011 4:07PM

    You're so near! You'll so do this! SO impressed you kept your streak with a late-night session. emoticon emoticon

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Days 32 and 33 of 40/40 Challenge: Walking Double-time

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I'm still walking....

Yesterday I walked outside with my daughter and then inside to Leslie.

Today I did double-time on the treadmill. I walked 40 minutes at a steady 20/min mile pace. Then, since I was still downstairs and just watching television, I decided to get back on the treadmill and walk uphill at 10% incline at a 30 min/mile pace for another 40 minutes. I really enjoy walking at an incline. You can burn twice the calories while walking at a slower pace and you sweat a LOT. So, it was perfect.

My eating has been good too. The first two days I was just over 1200 calories and then today I was at the higher end at around 1500. My tracker keeps changing to 1200-1550 so I'm just going to leave it there. But I'm going to keep striving to stay between 1200-1300. So far so good.

I'm still looking for results from walking alone and staying at the lower end of my calorie range. I DO think it's possible. I'm thankful for having read some very encouraging highlighed success stories on Spark about members who dropped the weight from walking alone. So, I'm sure walking isn't the problem. I guess we'll see. In the meantime...

Days 32 and 33 of my 40/40 Challenge are DONE!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/21/2011 10:35PM

    emoticon Walking is wonderful. The best part about it is that you can do it for the rest of your life. emoticon I love walking. Remember to keep the arms up and also don't grab the treadmill. emoticon

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ELEXEY 4/21/2011 10:06PM

    Since Riley no longer will just lay there and look at me, or sleep half the day, (definitely is a mobile baby now lol) my exercise sessions have mostly become taking her for walks. Once in a while I can hit the gym, but that's not realy often. And I'm still losing the weight so I know it can be done. And I love Leslie!!! My tracker stays 1200 to 1550 as well, I try to stay toward the lower end, but I will mix it up a couple times a week so my body doesn't get too comfortable and quit responding like it did before.

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Days 30 and 31 of 40/40 Challenge: New Strategy and Encouragement from Mary Mary

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'm running out of of things to say in these blogs. My purpose for blogging was just to document what workout I actually did so you can follow me along my journey through this 40/40 challenge. But, my workouts don't change much. You already know the basic things that I do. I walk with Leslie. I walk the treadmill. I jump rope. I do aerobics. I ride the stationary bike. I dance in the spirit. SMILE. So, I think that for the remaining days of my challenge, I'm just going to combine two days per blog.

Last night (Day 30) and this morning (Day 31) I walked with Leslie Sansone for 48 minutes.

Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm not doing much when I walk with Leslie. Sometimes I don't even bust a sweat. It's the exercise I do when I don't feel like exercising. It's like I'm just going through the motions. Sometimes I feel like walking, in general, isn't going to give me the results I desire. I mean, I've been walking. It's what I do. But, I really haven't lost anything walking.

I remember when my mom and I did our half marathon training. We were putting in some serious miles over the weeks. And then we walked the half marathon. Obviously tons of calories were being burned over the weeks of training and the day of the half marathon. But, I didn't lose anything. That was really one of the reasons we embarked upon the training in the first place. I was at a stand still with weight loss and I wanted to kick it in gear. I wanted to develop some consistency and figured the training would force me into it.

My thoughts were the same with this 40/40 Challenge. My main goal was to develop consistency in my exercising and I have definitely gained that. But, my secondary goal was to LOSE WEIGHT!!! I mean, really!! If you're exercising for 40 days straight, shouldn't you lose something?!!!

So, I'm making some changes...trying out some EXPERIMENTS, if you will. I just need to know what works.

I know that the eating and the exercising work together. I feel like I've had some very good weeks. I had been very consistent in tracking. I've stayed in calorie range...BUT, I seem to always be at the higher end (1550). I don't think that's working for me.

So, I'm going to actively pursue 1200-1300 calories for the remaining days of this 40/40 challenge. I'm going to set my nutritional goals as such...beginning TODAY. I just had my official weigh-in on the 15th and I've gained since then!! Drats! So, I have also logged my weight in as of TODAY too."

I'm going to do nothing but WALK for these remaining days. I just need to know if walking is the problem or if "I" am the problem. LOL That sounds comical as I type it. There is little doubt that the problem is ME. LOL But I just need to know....for SURE.


I heard this song on the radio today just as I was preparing to type this blog. It's by Mary Mary.

Some people say walking takes too long
But I say with walking you can't go wrong
Why should you rush your way through life?
You won't get very far running all the time

Look at me
I'm trying
I fall down
Make mistakes
Get back up
Try again
Next time you see me

I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking"

The song is talking about life...taking it one day at a time... At least that's what I gleaned from it. But, today, I'm taking it LITERALLY. I found it encouraging. Maybe this walking thing is just underated. I'm going to see if it deserves a higher rating through my experiment.

So for the next 9 days...

I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking

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CELLO23 4/20/2011 2:03PM

    Hey True-ness - I can only echo what Pink says about the heart rate monitor. I found out that now I'm reasonably fit, it takes around 45' of alternate jog-walking to burn around 250 cals. Obviously that'll be different for everyone, but it doesn't strike me as very much (I'm 5 ft 4)! I could come back, eat a couple of bags of crisps, and I've scoffed them straight down again. It sounds as though your body is coping really well with the gentler end of fitness, so you aren't going to shift many cals with just walking.

On the other hand, you're maybe being too hard on yourself expecting weight loss at the same time. I'm not really losing weight these days - maybe 7 pounds in all - but I'm a completely different shape than I used to be. I bet this 40/40 stint is making you far fitter, trimmer and more muscly! emoticon emoticon Good on you for keeping this up! Nearly there!

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TRUE-NESS 4/20/2011 8:28AM

    I'll be doing both: walking on the treadmill and Leslie, but concentrating mostly on my treadmill or walking outside since Leslie doesn't make me sweat. The one time she made me sweat is when I jumped rope while she did "boosted walking." But I like the suggestions of HEALTHYAMS and CRYSTLE who said basically that I have to put in the extra effort with Leslie videos. If I want to sweat, I've got to put forth "sweating" effort. But in the past I only did Leslie when I didn't feel like working out so I was just going through the motions. I'll have to NOT do that anymore. Thanks for all the comments guys!

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SBEAR5 4/19/2011 7:17PM

    So, are you walking on the treadmill or with Leslie? I'm not familar with that DVD. But, I would say, if you're not sweating, you're not getting much of a workout. For me... I can workout like a machine but if I don't keep my calories down, I won't lose. Just FYI. :) Good Luck!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/19/2011 6:56PM

    I love Leslie. emoticon You can add "boosted" walking to all the walking segments to increase the pace or you can almost jump when going from side to side. Even adding some hand weights can help increase the intensity. Since you have walked a half marathon before have you thought of C25K program?

Loved that you dance in the Spirit. emoticon

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HEALTHYAMS 4/19/2011 2:19PM

    I used to sweat when I did Leslie. Not the first mile, but when I would do 3-4 miles I would sweat. You really do have to put the extra effort in when doing her video's; otherwise, you'll just be getting your mileage in, but won't be elevating your heart rate and like Pink said, that's a great indicator that you're actually burning something.
So, for the next 9 days - Go sister, get your walk on, it's your birthday. Go sister!! emoticon

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ISILWEN 4/19/2011 2:12PM

    Sounds like switching it up might be what you need. Glad you're not giving up! I'm just getting restarted with my spark journey so I don't have much in the way of advice... Just hang in there. emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 4/19/2011 12:45PM

    Hey Pink!

I definitely sweat when I walk my treadmill...usually I do that on an incline. I was mainly referring to Leslie Sansone videos where I usually don't sweat. I guess if I put more into it I would sweat. Go figure! But, no, I don't have a heart rate monitor. :-(


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LESLIES537 4/19/2011 11:39AM

    That IS an encouraging song! Thanks for sharing that!

I think sometimes our bodies get used to the # of calories we're consuming, and when you switch it up and confuse it by staying on the low end of your calorie range instead of the high end, it actually helps your metabolism! It has to adjust and it really gets it going. Worth a try anyways! Go for it, girl! I know you can do it!

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PINKBEANBOO 4/19/2011 10:33AM

    Do you have a heart rate monitor that tells you how many calories you are burning? On those walking days, if your not breaking a sweat, then your probably not working hard enough to burn many calories.
Burning 3500 will = 1 lb but that's only if you aren't eating so much you are counter acting the calorie burn.
I like looking at the "reports" section for my "calorie differential over time". Since I log all my food & fitness I can look at the graph & tell how I've been doing.

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