Hang on kids, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

I Want To Be Like Forest Gump

I want to be a runner. I want to want to run and keep on running. I want to be able to run for more than 5 minutes at a time. I want to be able to run a 5k and RUN the entire thing...not feel like I am going to die after running 1/4 of a mile. Then progress to longer runs. I know, it takes time for your body to get in runner's shape and to build up that endurance. But I want to be able to do it now!! I want to get that runner's mind where nothing can stop me...I can keep on going no matter what. I don't have that. Is there an app for that?

But on a more positive note, I am going to do my first half marathon in 2 weeks. Walking in my first half marathon, that is.  I got a Groupon for the City of Peoria 1st Annual Half Marathon, and for $30, I can do my first half. Even if it takes me 3 1/2 hrs, I will finish it. I honestly just want the medal and the ability to get a 13.1 sticker and not have it be BS :-)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Running....On Purpose!

I have never been a runner...I have always hated it because I can never do it correctly and get frustrated. Well, I am pretending to be a runner now. My son and I participated in the 8k trail run as a part of the Lost Dutchman Marathon on Sunday and it was ROUGH. Very loose sand, so it was like running on the beach with 5 million rocks that tried to make you roll and break your ankle every 5 feet. My goal was to finish it in less than 1 hr 15 min and I finished in 1 hr 8 min, so that made me happy. My awesome son ran it in 58 min. I told him that if he was faster than me, to GO. Was very proud of him for completing it with me. It was so much tougher than I thought it would be. I honestly think the 10k on the road would have been easier. Oh well, at least we did it! Here are some photos of my boy and me from the run.
I thought they said rum!

My "little boy" and me the Superstition Mtns. behind us

 Start/Finish Line

Getting ready to start!

 Finished...where the hell is my water! Oh yeah, I took two. I was a little parched.

Proud but pooped. I am so not cute all sweaty and flushed with no makeup.

 Dirty Shoes

I have decided that over the next year I will continue to run and will complete the Lost Dutchman Half Marathon next February. I have a running coach lined up to help me and will register as soon as it opens. I will do it and I will complete it. My husband, son and I will also run in various events each month and we already have our next two planned, the Salute a Soldier 5k in March and Pat's Run, to support the Pat Tillman Foundation, in April. Are you sensing a pattern? With my husband being a veteran, we are all about supporting the troops/veterans and this gives him reason to participate in the runs as well. The 5k should be a pretty easy run, and Pat's Run is 4.2 miles...ending on the 42 yard line of ASU stadium. Very fun that we will be able to run onto the field but the run up to the stadium will be killer. If you have ever been there, you understand. If you haven't, all you need to know is it is built into a mountain in the middle of Tempe :-)

Have you done running events? Anyone ever do a half or even a full marathon? Please share your stories and advice and get running!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Juice Fast Results

I haven't had the chance to update you on my juice fast results. I did not make it the full 7 days because when I am with my family on the weekend we are busy folks and usually end up eating out. Well, 7 days down and I lost 6.2 lbs. Not too shabby for being satisfied and only having liquid and the occasional banana and strawberries during the week. I had juice Saturday morning but ate regular food the rest of the weekend. Did not overdo it, ate as I normally would. Weighed myself on Monday morning and was UP 4.2 lbs. Really? Now granted, I did not drink water like I usually do the entire weekend and when I did get my water in on Monday, I was down 2 lbs.

How did I feel during and after the fast? Wonderful!!! I had energy. I was not dying of hunger every day (just twice I wanted to eat my hand) and I was very happy with the end result. Amazing what happens when you get the proper nutrients in every day. One major thing I noticed was my lack of sweet cravings...which is strange because I am a chocolate fiend.

This week I have juiced for breakfast and usually dinner. I have decided to eat my "big" meal at lunch so I don't graze at work. No weight lost (and no weight gained), but that might have something to do with the 500,000 mg of sodium I ingested last night at Jason's Deli while indulging in a salad from the salad bar (loaded with veggies!) and a cup of French onion soup. Nom. Haven't drank enough water today to counteract the sodium because my wedding ring is still snug on my finger. I can usually feel my feet swell shortly after I eat it. Think that I have an issue with salt in my diet? Little bit.

Now to concoct a juice for dinner since I ate a Jimmie John's sandwich for lunch. Oink.