Monday, July 13, 2015

My Lifestyle Change Is Changing My Life

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You may have heard me mention it here and there in my Weekly Workout Recaps but I figured it was time I spoke up and told you directly.  I am taking on the challenge of running my first half marathon!!  (Deep breaths to calm the anxiety)  Yup, September  12th, 2015 I will be running the Divas Half Marathon in Atlanta and I am looking forward to getting my crown and tutu!!!! It looks like it will be a fun race despite my nerves.


Since you have been following my journey, (and if you are not you can here), you will know that this is major for me. Heck, everything in my life right now is major. It's a new life.  A life I would have never had if I hadn't made a decision to change. It hasn't been a bed of roses and it has taken longer than I would have wanted, but honestly, I'm glad the process has been slow.  What started out only as a quest to lose weight has turned into so much more. I have learned and discovered things about myself that I never knew.  I've developed mental fortitude in areas that needed mending.  I can let go.  I can forgive.  I have garnered courage and ferociousness.  I have gained my freedom.  My mind has peace and I have healed!  Far, far more has changed than the weight I have lost.

When I started out on this journey I was looking for more and better however this is not a life I saw myself having.  I never wished for it.  I didn't know I wanted it. Even when I was younger and smaller I didn't have these kinds of pursuits.  As I have said many times before I had no idea an athlete was inside of me.  It is that athlete inside me that is teaching me what I am made of, showing me what is really in me and propelling me forward in all aspects of my life.


So yes, a freaking HALF MARATHON! Am I nervous? Most definitely.  About what exactly?  Everything!  The training is uncomfortable and the not knowing is uncomfortable and I'm learning to be uncomfortable with that.  My comfort zone was trying to kill me lol.  I'm learning how to 'woman up' - have courage in the face of the unknown (fear) and do it anyway.

Have I arrived yet?  Yes and no.  I'm in a new space in my life.  Things that used to matter no longer matter.  My focus has shifted and continues to shift.  I have new interests and pursuits that I am delving into and I don't want the journey to end.

My lifestyle change has given me a peek at life without limits.

Weekly Workout Recap July 5 - 12, 2015 - Half Mary Training Week 3


Since I have talked you up already I'll keep my training brief, brief.  Please know that there was lots that happened this week in training land.  Maybe I'll get to explore some of it with you at another time.

Sunday - Cross Training

30 minute cycle ride w/Robin.  Part of the bargain was that she could ride her bike when I finished my workout.  She is getting better.  Take a peek here.  Kettlebells The Swing workout # 2 which you can view here.


Monday - Long Run

Sun salutations
4 miles - Grueling because of my new sneakers.
There was an awesome little girl out walking with her family who decided to run along next to me for about a mile.  I marveled at her ability begin only about 6 or 7.  I can't wait till Robin gets to that age.  This little girl got me through it.
Later that night I was in fetal position in the bed with a massive head.  After much pain and thought I realized I hadn't eaten for hours lol!  One bite and I was feeling a world better.

Tuesday - Rest

Kettlebells -The Swing #2 I upped my Kettlebell weight to 20 lbs from 15 lbs which took my bpm up about 15-20 points during the swing. Can I tell you that when I rub my hand over my arms I am already beginning to feel shape and firmness. I would take a pic, but you couldn't see it under the fat.  However, for proof you can ask Hubbs.  I've been showing him my muscles lately.

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Do you think he was laughing at me?
Twist and Bend Yoga I've been using yoga to cross train but also to help connect with my body.  I'm loving it.  

Wednesday - Run - family issues (no run)
3.5 miles 

Thursday - Cross Training 

Kettlebells - last day of swing.
Make up run - which was truly a walk.
 30 Minutes for the Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back by David Procyshen.  It was a heavenly 30 minutes.  He also has a 50 minute video for Deep Release of Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back.  I can't even imagine.

Friday - Run
3.5 miles - I did pole to pole.



Saturday -  Complete Rest - greatly needed.

So that is what I've been up to this week.  What about you?


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72 comments :

  1. Wow! A half-marathon? I'd be nervous too. Sounds like you're doing a great job of getting yourself into training mode well in advance of race day.

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    1. Thanks Rachel, I'm using a training app that builds mileage slowly. Sept. Will be here before we know it.

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  2. YEY!!! so excited for you! You are so inspiring, and you are going to get hooked on the half :) - looking forward to following your training.

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  3. Congrats on taking the plunge. Your first half marathon will be an experience that you'll never forget!

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    1. Thanks... Hopefully a good never forget! Lol!

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  4. What a fun race for your first half marathon! Half marathons are my favorite distance. Good luck with all your training and have FUN!

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    1. Yes, Erika. The fun of the race format makes it seem more accessible to me. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  5. That's really great! I am excited to watch your progress. You got this!!

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  6. Running a half was so rewarding to me! I kind of have the bug again after telling myself I was done for a while...I guess we'll see! And I love that there are tutus and crowns at the race! So fun!

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    1. Yeah I'm hoping to feel accomplished and rewarded however right not so much.

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  7. YES! I love hearing when people sign up for their first half marathon! Training for distance really is life changing. I can't wait to follow your training!

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  8. So freaking excited for you! I love the energy of this post.

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  9. I am so excited! The Diva's was my first half to in 2011. It was a realy fun race and you are gonna love it!!!!

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  10. You are doing an amazing job. Keep up the great work.

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  11. I've just recently run a 10 mile race after finishing my first 5K 3 years ago. It was so challenging but I learned so much - a lot of similar feelings that you expressed here. I wrote about it on my blog if you're interested. I'd like to train for a Half next year. Keep up the GREAT work. We can do more than we ever imagined.

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  12. Wow, very inspiring. I am not much of a runner but looks like something i too can fall in love with. Keep it up;!
    Matilda

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  13. My dad is a runner, though I am very definitely not! So I know that training for any kind of marathon is a lot of work. Well done for all you've done so far, and wishing you well for the half-marathon!

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  14. Wow, you are much braver than I am. I would be too scared I wouldn't be able to complete the marathon because I'm out of shape. May your marathon be a great success.

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    1. I don't about brave Mary but I am just focusing on the training day before me. That's it. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  15. Yay for you! You can do it...one run at a time.

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  16. Great a half marathon good job...You can do it claim it and believe its done.

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  17. Seriously one of the most inspiring posts I've read... I'm glad I found your site. I did my first half marathon a couple o years ago. The training was hard, but it also made me feel so happy and so proud of myself. You go, girl! I bet you are inspiring a lot of people out there. Truly wonderful :)
    ~Liz (Project Pastry Love)

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    1. Thanks Liz for loving the post and the encouragement. I greatly appreciate it. Pls join my mailing list I may need your encouragement I the future!

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  18. Very impressive! I never liked to run when I was younger, but after my second child came, I found myself needing the stress release and running was the key. There is nothing like the feel and my muscles screaming at me while I push myself to the next mile. It's great

    Keep up the training, it will lead to awesome things

    Marissa

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    1. Absolutely Marissa lol. I didn't start running until three years ago. I love it as well.

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  19. A half marathon? I'm so excited for you. I'm still working on running a 5k. Praying for you.

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    1. Brandi you can do it, trust me and it is so rewarding! Pls join team Mirror Watching (mailing list). We can inspire and motivate each other.

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  20. I don't think I could run anything. walk - yes. run - surely not. yay YOU!

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    1. You should sign up for a race Marie. Walkers are allowed.

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  21. Good for you!! This is a huge accomplishment to run a half marathon. Heck, just running and training is awesome!

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  22. Yippee! Congrats on even admitting this goal. I know I'd be terrified because that would really concrete the fact for me that I HAD to do it. You're gonna rock that half marathon for sure. Way to go!

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    1. Lol, I am terrified Jelli! If I kept it to myself I could back out. Trying to be accountable. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  23. This is impressive! A half marathon is a big deal. You can do it! Keep moving forward!

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  24. What have I done this week? HA! That made me laugh so loud. I have not done nearly what you have. You are so inspiring. Good luck on your half-marathon!

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  25. A half marathon? Go girl! I'm doing major house work this week...which is about the same right? ;)

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    1. Lol! Yes Stacey. I would say they are about the same. Hilarious!

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  26. so so so awesome! You are going to do GREAT!

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  27. Good luck in your first half marathon! I wish I liked running, but I just have no motivation to try it. I'll walk briskly though LOL

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    1. I totally get you Lauren. I've been only running for tgree years with no prior experience. Your walk is probably as fast as my run. Lol. It's about what works for you.

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  28. Congrats on getting ready for your first half marathon!! That's huge!!! You go girl!!
    Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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  29. Wow. Your workouts sound awesome. I'm definitely going to check out the Kettlebell swing workout you mentioned. Congrats on making plans to run a half marathon. I'm working up to run a 5K. I'm just getting started...again.

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    1. Ramona, I would love for you to join Team MirrorWatching via my mailing list. I'm hoping to create a community for people to be inspired and motivated by each other to reach their goals.

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    2. Oh and the swing is great. I'm repeating WO #3. The program is quick and effective.

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  30. Awesome. I really need to get more consistent with working out. I couldn't do a marathon. Good luck I know you are going to do amazing.

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  31. Oh my wow! Girl, you're doing awesome!! What have I done this past week in terms of fitness? NOTHING ...unless running after my 18 month old counts!!

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  32. You Got This! You will do Amazon! I am Cheering You On!

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  33. Good for you! I'm not a runner but I love walking, I've always wanted to "walk" an event. :)

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    1. Sign up. Most races will take walkers. The energy at these events is phenomenal.

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  34. And of course I'm inspired by your Lifestyle Change! Now considering one of my very own! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Great Deidre. It can be rough sometimes but so rewarding. Be gentle with yourself. That makes it so much fuller. I'm putting together a community to help others and myself be inspired and stay encouraged. If you are interested pls join my mailing list so that I can keep you posted.

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  35. You go, girl! I can't wait to read about that half marathon! Thank you for sharing this with us at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  36. A half marathon is an amazing accomplishment! (not on my bucket list) I have learned that my range is 5K- 10K. Thanks for sharing this on the #FitFaith Link Up! I am so happy to have you join us!

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