I am so ready I just want to race I wish it was right now. I feel so impatient. I hate waiting for things.
Training and diet are all going good. I used the random program on my treadmill and I set it higher than usual. The program made me run at a 4 incline at 4.5 mph I did it and I was so shocked. I really suprised myself. The pollen is alot less this week so I am hiking Wednesday and Thursday. I'm not doing anything on Friday and Saturday so I will be race ready. I've signed up to take yoga classes which is cool. I'm lazy with my streching. My goal is to go twice a week to the begginer class for a month and then I'm going to try out the intermediate class. I have zero sports skills, but I'm fairly flexible so yoga is a confidence booster. My next goal after yoga is to do ab work. I just wont from some reason even before I got pregnant and I was working out like a crazy person I just would not do ab work. It's not even that hard, I just don't, I've got a weird mental block.
I want to cry, I really just want to cry. I am really really sad. I cannot believe that our jouney together is almost over. I was thinking about this today. It went by sooo quick and I cannot believe it. This Sunday I am going to be running my very first 6k run. Me? My very first 6k run. My emotions are running strong and I cannot wait. I do not think this is a good idea but this is what is happening for me. On Saturday monring I am going to Magic Mountain theme park with a bunch of my close friends (I am going to be renting a car). After Magic Mountain I am going to go to go to LA where I am planning on getting a motel. I will then go that morning to run the race. I am super excited. I know I am going to be very tired from magic mountain. I am hoping I try to get some rest before magic mountain and come home early afterwards. I am going to go to the grocery store to buy some healthy foods to eat before my race. I think I will eat cereal or some oatmeal before the run like I usually do. The biggest thing I have learned about is always stretch. It is huge and it was something that I did not think about before.
SAN DIEGO I AM GOING TO RUN MY VERY FIRST RUN. I AM GOING TO DO IT FOR MYSELF AND SADLY I WILL HAVE NO ONE TO CHEER ME ON. IT IS MY MOTIVATION THAT KEEPS ME GOING.
Thank you all for your help throughout this journey. I am really blessed to be apart of it.
Any last minute advice? Last week I was sick with a bad sore throat. I was unable to work out for the entire week. I could not sleep or anything.
My feet had been bothering me. Very sore feet, and really, my left ankle was really troubling me! So I made an appointment with a chiropractor about 3 weeks ago. The doctor looked at my feet, and examined the way I "stood", and then took a foot scan. A very painless process, you just stand on this glass scanner (much like the same kind of scanner that’s hooked up to a computer /printer), and it scans the bottom of your foot, and puts the image up on the computer screen.
Seems that I "pronate" (or maybe it’s "over-pronate?") Bottom line is that my feet cave to the inside. I think he actually said “collapse”.
The scan of my feet was interesting to see. The doctor put “my” foot scan next to a "normal" foot scan to point out the difference. In a "normal" foot, there should be a “kidney bean” shape up by the ball of the foot, and a round circular shape at the heel of the foot. Two distinct shapes. Well, my “kidney bean" was connected to my "round circle” which is not a good thing. It looked like one big “blob”
He recommended I order a good pair of orthotics. They slip into your shoes, and it lifts up my non-existent arch. It will help take the pressure off of my ankles, and help my foot get in better alignment with my leg. Seems the tendons in my legs have been working overtime trying to hold the ankle in place, and just can’t hold up to the task anymore. While he suggested some “at home” exercises to try, along with ice and rest...... I explained that I had this Run for Water coming up….. He assured me I would be just fine, and that the orthotics would make a big difference. He actually showed me a special “athletic orthotic”, which I didn’t even know existed. It has lots of tiny holes in it, so that there is air movement / ventilation, and they stay dryer. So that’s what I ordered.
We’ll after walking around in them now for a few days, and I can tell a noticeable improvement. At first, it felt like I had marbles in my shoes that I was walking on, but now my feet must have somewhat adjusted, and they are becoming quite comfortable. The pressure is off my left ankle now, because it’s being lifted up , and back into position. Looking forward to wearing them the rest of the week, and hope they make a big difference for Sunday!!
I accomplished my goals yesterday. I had fun, I ran part, I beat last years time of 3:12:00, and I did sub 3 hrs, 2:58:54, 13:35 mile. I am stoked! Yeah, I am not fast but I am out there trying. I can't wait until this weekend! I am trying to decide on my next event and find one next year out of state so we can also take a vacation. Rock on folks!
Here we go folks! Race week is here and you're going to do great! This is the perfect time to take a look back at how far you've all come. For some, the journey may have gone much better than planned, for others it may be less than expected, but the important thing to keep in mind, is that taking the step to change is what matters most. I want to thank you all for sharing your deepest moments along the way. I believe that keeps the fire burning in all of us. I've laughed, cried and learned along the way and it's been a pleasure to be on this adventure with you.
Be gentle with yourself this week. If this is your first race, keep in mind it is normal to be nervous. I can still remember the eve of my first 5K. I had a nightmare I got lost in a Macy's store and couldn't find my way back to the race (there was a great sale going on though, so I had that going for me:). If you get nervous, review your log and rememeber a strong walk or run you've done. Connect with how empowered you felt during and after and carry that in your pocket on race day. You can do this, and you will! Just remember to capture the moments along the way and celebrate your success. It's one of many memorable moments to come...
It's also a great idea to think ahead and plan your next event. It could be a cycling event, another race 5K or 10K or even setting up a mileage challenge with your co-workers or family. Having another carrot to look forward to post race will keep the fire burning and the energy and motivation flowing.
Give yourself a few days to recover post-race, especially if you push yourself hard. This can be in the form of total recovery or active rest (cross-training). Either way, you've been on a regimented program for eight weeks and taking a few days to enjoy other activities is a fun way to cut loose and celebrate your active lifestyle.
The finish line may be the end of this program, but it is the beginning of a whole new active life.
I am completely and utterly spent. I just spent 12 hours playing volleyball with my wife and the youth group that she runs. This volleyball marathon was a fundraiser for area churches and summer camp, so while it was fun it was for a good cause as well. Even though I've spent much of the day in bed, I'm just about ready to call it a night. So after 12 hours of running and jumping and chasing the little white ball all over the floor, I'm at the point where I think I've done enough cross training to get me through this final week. Right?
Well, tomorrow is my half marathon. Been going through all of the steps to prepare mentally and get all of my gear in line to head out the door at 4:45am. I signed up for this event right when I first read about the "Who wants to get active". I thought we just had to be willing to do a race. But, it all worked out to where the events are in back to back weekends. I went by the schedule for active and then did extra on my long days. The incorporation worked great! This is my first time to have total silence here in the house due to my wife and boys went to the grocery store. So, it's blog time. I look forward to getting tomorrow past and on to next weekend to where I can enjoy it more.
To all of the Teams, "Good luck" next weekend and have fun! I have really enjoyed being a part of this event. I have been inspired by your stories and motivated by your kind words. Thanks to all of the Active team who put this together. I know we still have another week on this but while I had the time to think, I wanted to say it.
Team Walk it off rocks! What else can I say? This has to be a continued life style that I know works. It has definitely made me feel better all around. Keep on keeping on and have a great day!
I've been absent from blogging these past couple weeks because I got swept away with the storms that life can bring us. My focus needed to be redirected from my training while I sorted a few things out, but this time I've got a life preserver. The race is only a week away and though I'm short of meeting my goals, I'm determined to push on. Because this is my health, my future, that is directly effected by my choices in diet and exercise. Let me share about a friend of mine who inspires me. She has polycystic overian disease. If you're not familiar with this syndrome, it directly affects a person's hormones and can cause significant weight issues. My friend eats a strict low carb, low sugar, low everything diet, and works out for two hours, 6 days a week, just to maintain her weight. She can get discouraged when she doesn't see results, though she is so extremely disciplined about her health. In the few years I've know her though, she has fought to continue a healthy lifestyle, despite hormone irregularities, surgeries, and other health complications. I could only hope to have an ounce of the discipline she has to make the choices to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. I'm weak, and I bet there are many others, who like me, struggle with personal discipline. Participating in "Who Wants to Get Active 2010" has given me a reason to keep fighting. It has given me motivation, inspiration and determination. It has helped me, when I've felt like giving up, to come out the otherside a fighter.
Today, I'm still in the fight and yesterday's storms are past. Forcast is for Blue skies and I will come out a winner! We all are winners when we don't give up and continue to fight the fight. I've been reading the blogs of my fellow participants and know this to be true. We've all come from various life situations, whether in college, a young mom, or a person trying to re-invent themself. Goals are being met and the finish line is at hand, at least for this part of our life journey. What we do with this determination to "Get Active", will ultimately play out in the next several months as we continue to stay active, meet new goals and find new and exciting ways to enjoy the person we are becoming. Only a week away for the race, but really we have a lifetime ahead of us to look forward to!
Thank you rain for removing the pollen from the air so I can hike today. For those of you who have never been to Atlanta in the Spring we get a thick coating of pollen for a few weeks every year and it makes most people miserable. On behalf of the metro area I would again like to thank you rain.
I did something stupid Wednesday. I keep weights at my desk at work and I try to lift them during lunch. Well Wednesday I got very enthusiastic and in addition to my normal upper body work out I did squats and lunges with 10 pounds dumbells in each hand to the point of leg exhaustion. I hike all the time in some steep places so I thought I would be fine. NO NOT FINE I am in serious pain on the front upper part of my legs(quads right?). Not a little sore I'm talking about they hurt if I move them at all. I am so glad I didn't do this next week before the race. So Sunday or Monday I will just do a cople of reps with out weights until my body gets use to them. Irritating I think I will have to start biking once a weak to keep them stronger.
I am going hiking today because I need to get the blood in my legs flowing. I'm going on a different trail that is only 3 miles and doesn't have so many ups and downs. If the pain isn't to bad I will do the trail twice.
Vegan confession I can't live the rest of my days without cheese I am going vegetarian. Yes I'm a little ashamed, but I just feel dishonnest eating the occasional bit of cheese and calling myself vegan. I just have to remember portion control and that cheese is an occasional snack not a meal.
Totally pumped about the next two weekends! All of the work comes down to this team. Great job everybody on working so hard and giving me feed back and motivation to keep on keeping on! I am feeling great and I hope you are too! 13.1 Sunday, Angies Half Crazy Half Marathon! Hope everyone's weekend rocks!!!
Ok guys.. are we ready? Did we do enough? Why do we always second guess ourselves?? Well, we are changing are lives for the better and we are all better off than we were when we started this journey! Sorry I haven't blogged for a bit, but it's nice to be back and reading everyone's posts. I love all the continued support and encouragement! I feel like I have been losing momentum this last week. I still feel okay about my training and I am down 12 pounds (& stuck there), but I'm pretty sure it has been emotional stress that has got me stuck! I have been really trying to hang in there and talk my way through those tough times. I know what I need to do to be successful. Now that my body has changed a bit and is used to walking, I have been sleeping better and feel better throughout the days. I definitely feel the difference! I am excited for the L.A. run/walk for water! My husband will be participating with me and has been encouraging me along the way. I can't believe it's almost here! In fact, I mentioned this to Kim at one time, and thought I'd share with all of you... My husband bought me a beautiful Brighton bracelet which says: "Celebrate small victories." How fitting for me & my goals. I wear it each day and remember the meaning it has for me. We do need to celebrate those small victories because that is what leads to the big victories! We ARE worth those celebrations and we are the ones who make the choice to be victorious! This time in our life is just a little glimpse of the big picture! WE decide, WE act, and WE will ultimately be responsible for our achievements! Each of us has different trials and challenges to go through in life, but this will be one less for me, because I will continue to be active and make good choices for my health, which in turn can only benefit my family! I am thankful to be a part of this program at this time in my life. It has truly been life changing. My father continues to struggle with so many health problems, and I hope that I can change my path now to a healthier lifestyle! Thank you Active & thank you Michelle!
Hey Crew! You guys are doing a great job! Very impressive. Keep it up. Not long now. Just think, this incredible journey started with a goal and a plan and now look where you are. I know you're focused on the upcoming event but what after that? I've been doing this fitness stuff for a long time and I'll tell you what keeps me motivated and excited is continually adding fun events like yours to my calendar. You've got this goal, you are all going to kick it in the butt, then rest up and find something else cool to do. It could be a triathlon, a muddy buddy or a mud run but find something. Having events on your calendar annually do help keep you focused and on track and healthy. I have fun, cool and crazy events that I do at home and abroad. These keep me excited and can certainly do the same for you. The skies the limit! Find something fun or crazy and go for it! You're already on your way. What the old proverb, "The journey of 10,000 miles begins with one step!"
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Oh, the things we take for granted. Or should I say "I" take for granted. Take walking for example. People do it everyday. Here and there and everywhere. I did not miss it until the privilege was taken away and I was told it would never be given back. I never thought about how good it was for me. I just complained when I did not have a ride somewhere. I did not look at it as a gift. Until I was told I would never walk again, sitting down never was more terrifying to me. But, the man up stairs had different plans for me. And boy am I thankful for that. Now I walk for many reasons but the main reason is because I can! I still have aches and pains but I contribute that to getting older and my fat butt. I am glad to be rid of the "FAT denial" I was in. I love living a healthier life style and the friends that come with it. Thank you everyone here who has given us support. People do not realize how much one kind word can make a difference! Rock on Team Walk it off! Have a great day!
All of you have been busy preparing for your upcoming event. Congratulations on doing the work it takes to be successful!
In the next few days, there will probably be items that come up for you to worry about - it is nothing more than an item that goes on your list of problems to solve pre-race. For each “issue” that you worry about, have at least one, and maybe more than one, potential solution. Talk to each other about potential problems and solutions by posting them on this blog.
Problem solving is part of your mental preparation. Mental prep is the icing on the cake. Prepare your mind for moments of not feeling so great. Don’t worry, everyone feels like that at one time or another. Just get yourself to the next tree, corner or aid station.
Of course the race is going to be challenging, that’s why you signed up! If you wanted something easy, you could take up competitive prone knitting or something similar. Not you – you’re getting Active!
The last thing for you to worry about is how not to worry and have a great time. Keep pre-race neurosis at bay. In the next few weeks, don’t forget to stop all of the spinning thoughts in your mind and remember what a grand adventure all of this really is.
Most of all, I hope you can remember to enjoy moments in the next few weeks and on race day ~