Archive for September, 2012

I am a follower of Another Mother Runner.  Love their blog, their books, their giveaways, and their fun.  The other day, they posted “10 Running-Related Personal Questions” and asked their followers to contribute.  So here goes….

Best Run Ever:  I have only been running for about 6 months, but the run I have felt the best about was a local 5k in August.  It was a beautiful day, I had a great time even though I didn’t know anyone, and I felt great while running.  Just a great morning all around.

Three Words to Describe My Running: Hopeful.  Trying.  Never-Give-Up.

My Go-To Running Outfit:  My husband is probably tired of seeing me in these, but it’s a pair of black shorts from Wal-Mart (I have 3 pairs of identical shorts), and a ribbed tank from Wal-Mart (I have about 6-10 of these).  Oh, and you can’t forget the bandana that doesn’t match ANYTHING I am wearing.

Quirky Habit While Running:  I am lucky enough that my parents live in the same town.  Depending on the length of my run, I stop at my parent’s house at least once, sometimes twice.  The final stop is always to grab a cold bottle of water, at least 1 Double Stuff Oreo, and to allow my parents to give me a hard time about eating an Oreo while I run.  When it’s really hot,  I hope they have freezy-pops.

Morning, Midday, Evening: I am an evening runner.  I like my sleep too much to get up in the morning, and I really hate being sweaty over my lunch time.

I won’t run outside when it’s: So far, I won’t run when it’s really hot and humid.  I had an awful experience running a 5k in hot/humid weather and wasn’t prepared.  I also won’t run by myself when it’s really dark.  Our town is pretty safe, but I’d still rather not risk it.

Worst Injury – and How I got over it: So far, nothing bad enough I had to go to the doctor.  However, I have determined that if I push too hard, too fast, my knees don’t really like that.  So I take it easy, ice it, rest it, and wear a brace.  If it keeps up, then I will deal with it differently.

I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I completed a 13 mile run/walk and didn’t collapse afterward. Oh, and when my daughters are at the finish line cheering me on!

Next Race is: Southern Tennessee Half-marathon in Winchester, Tennessee on October 6.  I am running it with my niece (ok, so she’s running and I’m walking most of it) and it’s our first race.  I’m excited to do this with her.

Potential running goal for 2013: a sub-30 5k, my first 10k, and actually run a complete half-marathon.

My motto for 2013.


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Thoughts About My Journey

I saw this on MyFitnessPal this morning (from yoovie) and I thought it was something to think about.  Too often, I am wrapped up in my own head when it comes to my weight loss and exercise plan.  I often forget about why I am doing this and how easy it is to slip up.  I have had a month of slips and I really need to get back on the wagon.  I need to remember that it’s the end game that matters, not the day-to-day battle against temptation and my own inner voice.

1. The people that succeed are the ones that want it the most.

2. The ones that want it enough, shine bright as the sun with inner light.

3. If you want to succeed, you will research and study and find out the truth for yourself instead of mindlessly eating up whatever anyone tells you. Pun intended.

4. Happy is a decision.

5. It is possible to fear success – and that is one of the hidden hurdles no one tells you you’ll have to break through.

6. There is no end game if you are doing it right, you simply become capable of more and more and more.

7. You’ll never succeed if you dont honestly believe you deserve to succeed. Because otherwise you’ll accept any excuse to lag behind.

8. You are going to realise terrifying, life-changing, sanity unhinging things about yourself and you are going to be shocked at what you are willing to change and sacrifice because you can finally see that it will be better in the long run. many things will devastate you, many will destroy your spirit. temporarily. and then you will realize that you made a decision that would prevent ugliness and resentment in the future and you stood by it and you can be proud of the dignity you will have later, for making the awful decisions now.

9. You finally understand that selfishness is not always a sin and in many cases, goddamn late showing up in your life- you need it, you cherish it, you thrive because of it- and are in a better place to be able to help others because of it.

10. if you think that temptation to eat bad around your friends/husband, not being able to get out of bed to exercise in the morning or hearing discouraging things from the people around you are good reasons for quitting all the time… you should quit for good, you just don’t have the chops for flying.


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In January, I started a new way of life.  Nothing dramatic, but it was time for a change.  I decided that I was tired of the way I looked and felt.  I decided to become more active and to eat better.  I signed up for MyFitnessPal; I started a “Biggest Loser” type of competition at my local Y; and went on about my day.

 As I sit here at the beginning of month 8, I decided to look back at what I have done. 

  • Achievement 1 – Weight Loss – to date, I have lost about 30 pounds.  I’m not done yet, and it’s not coming off as fast as I would like, but that’s ok.  Am I eating better?  Mostly.  Can I do better?  Sure, but who wants to give up chocolate?
  • Achievement 2 – Running – to date, I have raced in 2 virtual 5k races and 3 other 5k races.  I am not the fastest runner, but I am working on it.  I will say this though, as much as I like the 5k races with other people, I really like the virtual races.  I don’t feel as much pressure that I am going to be the last one to cross the finish line.  I have at least 3 5k races, a 4-mile virtual race, a 10k, and a half-marathon planned for the next 3 months.
  • Achievement 3 – Weight Lifting – if you had asked me in January to lift weights, I would have headed straight to the machines and gone to work, but not challenged myself.  In April, I decided that I needed more of a challenge.  I poked around on some forums and other websites and found New Rules of Lifting for Women.  I started the program in May and am in the 2nd phase.  I have (mostly) enjoyed what I have learned while doing it.  In addition, I feel stronger and a bit braver…especially those days in which I am the only female in the free weight area.
  • Achievement 4 – Clothing – I have dropped 3-4 sizes since January, depending on the brand, style, and type of clothing.  This has to be one of my biggest complaints – garment manufacturers cannot seem to standardize their sizes.  On top of that, the classic size 8 is not the current size 8 (in my opinion anyway).

 What do I see for myself for the rest of this year?  Here are my goals:

  • Goal 1 – Weight Loss – lose another 10 pounds by the half-marathon, lose remaining weight by the end of the year (but NO LATER THAN March 1).
  • Goal 2 – Activity – stick with workouts.  I have found that it helps me to plan them out for each month.  Then I know what to expect and I can plan the rest of my day with certain expectations.  I also need to find something to train for.
  • Goal 3 – Weight Lifting – finish New Rules of Lifting for Women by the end of the year.  I should be able to accomplish that, unless my half-marathon training interferes too much.  After that program, I need to decide what I am going to do.  I may go back and start over, or I may decide to try something different.  Who knows?

This journey hasn’t been all sunshine and unicorns.  It’s been tough.  I’ve hit a few plateaus.  I’ve struggled with food choices.  There were days that I didn’t want to log everything I ate, but I did anyway.  I made myself accountable to the online friends I had; I made myself accountable to my husband and daughters; and most of all, I made myself accountable to me.  There are a few friends that have stuck with me since the beginning – with weekly weigh-ins that we text to each other, friends that listen to me whine and complain (and then help spur me on), friends that cheer me on when I run.  To them, I say

 thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I would have given up way before this without you.

The end of the Grandview Freedom Run Race (7/4/2012).

Without a doubt, this has been a hard journey (kind of like the race pictured above).  It’s not going to get easier.  I’m lucky that I have a supportive husband and two little girls who think it’s a lot of fun to “exercise” with Mommy on those days I decide a DVD is going to be the extent of my workout.  I’m lucky to have supportive friends.  I’m thankful for those people in cyber-land who run contests, who blog about their efforts, who are always willing to give information to newbies, and serve as inspiration.

As I refocus myself on the rest of the year and the activities I have coming up, I would like to say thank you.  Let’s keep supporting each other.


(reblogged from my other blog: jenpeterson.wordpress.com dated 8/1/2012)

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I am Determined

I’m a new runner.  I only started running about 6 months ago.  Since then, I have completed a couple of local 5ks, several virtual races, and gradually increased my mileage.  I’m not the fastest runner, but I try hard and I am learning.

The last 2 months have been difficult for training.  Between the heat, other activities, and several injuries/sore muscles, sometimes it’s hard to get the mileage that I want to get.  Especially since I am training for a half-marathon in October.

My biggest problem is pushing too hard, too fast.  It usually means I will end up hurting something.  That usually means I am out of running commission for a while.  For me, that’s hard.  I want to do my best and I want to be out running.  I can’t improve if I can’t get out there, right?

The last week or so, I have been battling a knee injury.  I’ve done something to it…probably a strain.  I figured something was wrong when I tried to do an 8 mile training run on Sunday and only made it ¾ of a mile…and even that was a struggle.

So why is this a problem?  Some people may say: “Just stop running.”  “Just ride a bike.”  “Just don’t do it.”  The issue is that I need to keep running.  I can’t do my half-marathon on a bike.  I can’t continue to improve my lifestyle without activity like this.  Running has helped me in so many ways.  It’s improved my health, it’s helped me lose weight, it’s made me stronger.

The result of my injury is that tomorrow, I will have my first DID NOT START (DNS) for a race I signed up for.  It makes me sad to do this.  Until this morning, I thought I was at least going to see if they would let me switch from the 10k to the 5k, because I can at least walk the 5k (they don’t allow walkers in the 10k).  But the knee is just not cooperating and it’s telling me I need to rest it some more.  I wanted to do this race – it was going to be my longest race to date and I wanted to put some more points on the board for the local Grand Prix competition (I’m currently in 4th place for my age group – yippee!).

While this is upsetting, I just have to keep my half-marathon in the back of my mind.  That race needs to be my priority.  It’s important to me.  It’s with my niece, and it will be our first half.  Vacation time has been requested and approved; the race has been paid for; plans are set.  The only thing that will keep me from running that race is if a doctor says I can’t.  Otherwise, I will be at that starting line with her on October 6th, race bib on, and ready to go.  I don’t care if I run/walk, run, or crawl, but I will be in that race.

 I am determined.

(Reblogged from my other blog: Jenpeterson.wordpress.com)

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