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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Something New

First of all today is my 11 wedding anniversary! YEA FOR US! Over a decade and still going strong! Tonight is a shopping at Dick's Sporting goods for new workout clothing, Afghan food, and Melting pot for dessert! (all those calories I burned today were well worth it for tonight!)

Second, I tried something new today, (oh and I am wearing something blue today, borrowing make-up from Bobbi Brown getting a makeover, and wearing old sandals. So we are covered in all the fun wedding departments even though I am not a bride!) The something new today was my very first SPIN Class! I have wanted to try one since May, but had to wait for body to heal from miscarriage and today I finally got up the courage to do it!

Oh man my assets are sore! My butt and other areas hurt the whole hour and my arches in my foot hurt too when we do the standing and riding. But man, the class was fun. I really enjoyed it. I was pouring sweat down my face! It was a challenging class. I didn't do as high intensity as the lady was calling but I was trying out the class and I will build up my endurance for it the more I do it. By the end of the class the reader said I rode 23 miles! CRAZY!

So every Thursday at 9:15 I am going to try and be in that class!

QOTD: What is your fav thing about a spin class?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Totally Different

2 years ago I had this little guy! (Isn't he cute!!!) He changed my life. Everyday activities are totally different than they used to be. Before Mason I was exercising a ton. Up to 2 hours a day. I would run/walk for an hour and then come back at night and use the elliptical. Before I had him I lost 30+ lbs. Got down to below 200, which was really amazing to me since I hadn't been below that weight since I was first married. Once I got pregnant I didn't want to lose him so I only walked through pregnancy. 2-3 times a week. At least I walked.

Once I had him, it was just me. My husband was deployed and I was in survival mode 24/7 with a brand new baby and just me. So no one to watch him so I could go to the gym. I would occasionally do Zumba but he would wake up to the music (he loves music, since he heard it everyday while I was pregnant since I was teaching and playing in the symphony). So I really didn't exercise.

Fast forward to today. I'm a SAHM who teaches piano a few days a week. I play and chase after him. Try to teach him to be nice and say, "please" and "thank you". After a heartbreaking miscarriage at 11 weeks and adding 15 lbs to my waistline while still trying to lose the last 15 from Mason I decided to get my butt back in shape.

But things are TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Remember how I said I used to go back to the gym at night to do another hour on the elliptical. Well, apparently my body doesn't like that anymore. Went to the gym last night at 9pm. (We ate dinner around 5:30 maybe 6 at the latest.) I thought going later to the gym would be fine. I allowed plenty of time for food to digest. NOT!!! Totally not cool going to the gym and doing 3.5 miles. My tummy jolted all around and man I almost puked. My only goal was to FINISH so I could go home and rest or puke if I really had to. (Never puked but the rest was nice.)

Since having Mason, by body is totally different. It runs differently, (hips are still a little wide from having him) It feels different. It is bigger than before but I AM working on that. It is just like having to learn how to run all over again! But man LESSON LEARNED. Light meals before running then eating after run. And next time I do get pregnant...I AM GOING TO RUN!

QOTD: Do you prefer morning, midday or night running? Me: Morning! Just get it done and then I have the rest of the day to play with my little man!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My New Battle Plan

I am not a fast runner. My cousin, as you read yesterday, is. I am not.

My new battle plan for training for my 10k is to run as much as I can. I keep thinking back at how I did this past Saturday. I finished and I am so happy but I know I walked more than I wanted to. And that is what is making me want to try harder. So back to the gym I go and to start increasing my milage but also how long/far I can run without stopping. I have made it to 1.75 miles without stopping and that was hard for me. I pushed myself very hard but I made it my goal that day which was to make it to the bottom of the hill at the fields. I didn't actually know how far it was to that point but when I reached my goal my GPS said 1.75. So now to get comfy running that long.

My goal today: 1.5 miles out of 3 to be ran straight on treadmill as it is GYM day!

QOTD: Do you make little goals for yourself to get you through a workout?

Monday, September 2, 2013

In Awe!

This past weekend was the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare extravaganza! Consisted of running a 10k (6.2 miles) and a 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) all in 2 days! I knew a couple fellow bloggers who were running in it, Heather being the main runner I follow since she does a ton of Disney races. But also my cousin Jake ran in it too! He is AMAZING! He has been running for years. He is a fire fighter in Arizona now. He is an amazing husband and father too! Here is what his wife had to say about him on Facebook:

 My stud of a husband ran a 10k Saturday in 50 mins, after 12 hours at Disney park all day Friday, then stayed 15 hours in the park again Saturday, then ran a 1:46 half marathon this morning on 3 hours of sleep. Needless to say he could run circles around me for days. Prayers to him now though it did catch up to him...he's sick and dehydrated at the hotel resting. This vacation, though stressful and HOT, makes me stand back and stop to SEE what I have, and what I've been blessed with. Complainng has no merit!

Seriously?!? That is so amazing to me to be able to run that far and that fast and still survive and cross the finish line! HE is awesome! Granted his body, and I am sure plenty of other people, are feeling the affects of this weekends races plus walking around an amusement park all day long. Good luck! 

My personal goals are to finish with no injuries, upright and with a smile on my face when I run any race let alone 19.3 miles but I am sure after that amount of distance that I will be pretty tired too! (2015 I want to do the Glass slipper challenge at WDW which is a 10k plus the princess 1/2)

This past weekend has given me more motivation to work harder and I know that my half marathon is just around the corner. Lots and lots of training ahead for me and I am so EXCITED! And that is how this whole experience should be, EXCITING!!!

P.S. I didn't give props to my cousin, Holly, (the wife of Jake). She is awesome too! 2012 she ran the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon at Disneyland and the Princess 1/2 Marathon at Disney World and snagged a Disney Coast to Coast medal too! She is quite the supportive running wife!

QOTD: Do you have a dream race you want to run someday?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rest Day

Today, day after race day which happens to also be a Sunday, is my rest day. Day to relax and just, ahhhh do nothing that involves high exertion!  No running or exercising. Besides chasing kids at church and Mason at home. Today I nap or watch a movie/TV show or just read. So happy resting to all the runners today except for those in the Disneyland Half Marathon that takes place today! GOOD LUCK to my family and friends running!

QOTD: Which day is your exercise rest day?
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