Conquering the Impossible (i.e. Training on Vacation)

I never thought it was possible, but I did it. I trained while on vacation at the beach. I only got in 3 runs during the week, as opposed to my normal 4, but I was just glad to have … Continue reading

Dopey Challenge: Week One Training

Week One Training Report

So this is truly my first training report; bear with me, I’ll try to make them better as I go along. That said, week one training for the Dopey challenge is complete. I didn’t really start training until the middle of the week on Wednesday so I didn’t get very many miles in, but I am getting my body back in shape for training season. This week really seemed like more “mental training” than anything. After taking time off from running, sometimes it’s hard to get your head to adjust back to enduring the pain, whether it be 4am wake-ups or struggling to finish the last mile. My pace has slowed down significantly, but I only see that as opportunity for improvement, which is always a good thing.

So here you have it:

Wednesday: 3.08 miles/Time 36:57/Avg Pace 12:00 per mile. Started this one at 5:45am.Weather was cool, overcast with a slight drizzle. I could tell I was out of shape on this run. Stopped and walked for about 10 seconds 3 times and then kept it going. My pace had slowed significantly but that’s what taking several months off does to me. I chose to not feel discouraged, and instead focused my whole run on thinking about how much better I am going to get over the next 8-9 months. Wore my Altra Torin’s originals (pink, not 1.5) and my feet were in heaven. I’ve had these babies waiting in the closet for a while; I have to say I prefer them over the newer model. In the last weeks the newer model has been causing foot numbness, but I didn’t have that at all today.

Thursday: 4.00 miles/ Time 47:02/ Avg Pace 11:46 per mile. This was just a rough day for running for me. Thankfully my friend, Larry paced me through this. Having someone talk you through a bad run is no doubt one of the kindest things I’ve experienced. I’ve had a hard time getting back to my daily running, but Larry was determined to get me through at least 4 miles. I could tell I was really dehydrated and the last 1/2 mile felt like puking. As we finished the last 1/2 mile Larry started telling me a story about a man who survived the Japanese death march; 6 days marching with no food or water. Nothing like a little dramatic motivation to kick your butt in gear and get you to finish, lol. So thankful for good friends who help each other thrive.

Saturday: 4.01/48:49/ Avg Pace 12:10 per mile. Took it a little easier today. Started out with my running club but I ended up going off solo. I had moments where I felt like I was flying, and could tell I was starting to get my groove back. Walked for a few seconds a couple of times because my foot numbness was starting to return (even with the pink Torins). All in all, this was a beautiful morning and I enjoyed being able to get out and run.

I’ll quickly say that my nutrition this week was anything but great. That’s the next big change I’m going to have to make in order to be successful in these next 8 months. Having said that, it’s important to remember to strive for progress, not perfection.

There’s a long way to go friends, but I’m taking it a day at a time and trusting in the process. I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to be able to experience joy in every run. I can say in all honesty that in every run this week I experienced joy. As I ran, though I was slower than I used to be, I praised God for blessing me with good health and the ability to run. Never take it for granted.

Until next time,

Mel

I’m feeling Dopey

Whew, that was a stressful 30 minutes!

Today I registered for Disney’s “Dopey Challenge”, a race I have been looking forward to for months! Half of the challenge is getting registered as it sells out pretty much within the hour. Users all over America were sitting on their computers at noon waiting for the event to open. The website crashed and froze multiple times from what I would assume was user overload.

I sweated it out for 30 minutes but finally got myself registered. So here’s the plan:

Thursday: 5k

Friday: 10k

Saturday: Half Marathon

Sunday: Full Marathon

Monday: Cruise to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and run a 5k there.

You’re probably thinking, “What the heck? Why?” For the t-shirts, obviously. 

Though in all seriousness, this is my way of easing into ultras. No, none of these races are true ultras, but the thought of running them all back to back both scares and challenges me, so I’m doing it. I want to go farther than 26.2, so in a way I consider this my kickoff.

At the beginning of the year I chose a theme word for my life: joy. During this training, I am going to try to incorporate this word into every run. I aim to be a joyful runner; I want to learn to love not the finish line, but the run itself. (This was pretty much the theme of my last blog post)

I invite you to come along this journey with me. I have never been good about logging my training on this blog, but my hope now is to do that. I would love for you to follow along with the ups and downs that these next 8 months will bring.

As always, stay strong,

Mel

Be who you are!

So, I’ve taken a 3 month hiatus. I’m not proud, but hey, it happens.

This morning I went on a 5 mile run with some friends. I in no way knew whether or not I was going to be able to finish that run. But being the runner I am, I was excited to be back on the roads. The run itself was a little rough, but I’ve had worse. That’s one of the reasons I love running, our bodies so quickly adapt to it!

Running aside, it was a comment made after our run that got me to write this post. Several of my running buddies just completed their first half-marathon. I commented on one of them already having slapped the “13.1” sticker on the back on their vehicle; I was proud of her and glad that she was proud too. Then we noticed another friend who completed the race hadn’t put a sticker on the back of her car yet, and we were joking around with her about it. Then she made a comment that struck me:

“I think I’m going to wait until I lose some weight before I advertise that I ran a half-marathon. I’ll get out of my car and people will see me and be like, ‘Yeah, right!'”

I was so sad to hear her say this. She finished that half-marathon fair and square, and with a decent time.

We are so caught up with not just being runners, but “looking the part.” It’s true, I’ve done it, and I know others do it too. I’m running to get in shape. I too need to lose some weight, and that’s ok, but we shouldn’t be so ashamed of what we look like that we feel the need to hide our passions.

When I got home I examined myself, my motives. I realized that on social media I do the exact same thing that my friend is doing; I hide. I don’t “look” like I runner so I avoid posting pictures of myself. I talk about my runs, but I too am afraid someone will see me and think, “she’s not a runner.” Wow. I truly am ashamed that I do this! You know what I have to say about that?

Screw that!

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I run long distances. I am doing it to better my health. My body is slowly changing, becoming stronger. Who the heck cares what we look like? There needs to be a change. We need to take a moment to be proud of our accomplishments, not constantly beating ourselves up because we haven’t yet achieved our ultimate goal.

Be proud of who you are. Be proud of what you do. Whether you’re a runner, lifter, cyclist, swimmer, or whatever it is that you do! Be proud of it. There will always be someone who is better than you, but don’t focus on that. Focus on being better than you were yesterday. That includes our attitudes about ourselves.

Love yourself as Jesus loves you. See yourself through His eyes.

Disneyland Half Marathon-Recap

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I’m finally getting around to a race recap. On November 17 I ran the Disneyland Avengers Superhero Half Marathon (that’s a mouthful!). This was the second part of the Coast to Coast challenge that Disney puts on, where you run … Continue reading

Battling Addiction, Plant Based Diet Day 3 Recap

Today is the end of my third full day on a plant based diet. I think I could get used to this! My energy levels are still very high, as is my mental alertness. However, this diet definitely requires some mental discipline because (at least for me) it involves battling addiction.

Addiction to unhealthy foods, that is. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that my husband and my’s regular diet up to this point contained a lot of meat, dairy and oil. We are now eating veggies, fruits, whole grains and legumes and cut out added oils (even virgin olive oil). They don’t call it a “vegan challenge” for nothing. Having eaten meat, dairy and oil for most of my life and suddenly giving it up is a big transition. But, my husband and I decided to go into this together to lose weight and better our health and it’s working!

Luckily we both find each other pretty humorous and were able to laugh about it today. He really wanted some meat for dinner.

This was his, “I really want a steak but I’m trying to be thrilled with this vegetable soup” face…

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This was probably the day that I realized that we are truly addicted to meat. Ethics aside, I know there are varying views on whether or not grass fed meats are healthy for us, but for me being addicted to anything is not good. So we’re battling it.

The good news is that we both are fully aware of this and are glad to be creating new, healthy eating habits. And we’ve both lost weight already! That’s a plus.

Until next time,

Stay classy, eat grassy. 🙂

“Vegan Challenge” Day 2 Recap

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Today is the end of our second full day following a completely plant based diet. In case you missed the challenge that I’ve decided to take on, you can read about it here. I wanted to do a quick recap each day of how I’m feeling, mostly for myself, but also for anyone who’s interested in the effects of a plant based diet.

So far I am very full of energy! I also have felt very “light,” if that makes sense. I didn’t realize how much my regular foods were making me feel weighted down and sluggish. Yesterday both my husband and I were so excited to just be starting the diet, we hardly cared what the food we were eating tasted like. Today he mentioned that he was craving steak for dinner so I opted for a mushroom dish that we both loved (mushrooms are a great meat replacement!) This diet is completely different from what we normally eat, but this is a challenge that we decided to take to better our health. Our regular diet consists of lots of meat, dairy and oil. As you can imagine, neither of us have felt great. This diet is challenging us to eat more fruits, veggies and whole grains and teaching us to make them delicious!

While we’re only two days deep, we can feel the difference! It’s very obvious that we are feeding our bodies foods that they have been craving. It’s currently my bed time and while I would normally be exhausted, I have energy left to burn. That’s something I haven’t had in quite a while.

It’s much too early to start monitoring different aches and pains I deal with from running, but I’m sure I will have updates on those soon. In the mean time, stay tuned for more vegan recipes and some recent race recaps! 

Be blessed! 🙂