2015 Achievements & 2016 Goals

In 2014, I completed 6 races, finished my first marathon and ran 732 miles. My 2015 goals were to run two marathons, and cover 800 miles….

goals

2015 races: 9
2015 marathons: 2
2015 miles: 858 miles!

However, there is an entirely different goal for 2015 that did not go the way I planned.

I am currently at a weight that I am not happy with, and I feel like a broke record when I recommit to these goals. I have been slipping away from Weight Watchers, and have not made the time to attend meetings and learn about new SmartPoints. I was really hoping that the new program would help me to rejuvenate my commitment to losing weight, and that’s what I want to focus on for 2016.

How will I get there? Great question!

Here are my goals and methods in 2016!

  • Lose 20lbs in 2016
    • Attend weekly Weight Watchers Meeting
    • Track all meals AND drinks – the good, the bad and the ugly!
    • Incorporate body weight workouts (I signed up for a 14 day fat burning circuit training session at a new gym. It starts next Wednesday, full report then!)
    • Plan weekly meals
    • Make smarter choices when eating out
  • Become a stronger runner in 2016
    • Incorporate exercises from Strength and Injury Prevention classes into 2 workouts a week
    • Attend spin class weekly
    • Add speedwork to training schedule in February
    • Break 900 miles in 2016
  • 2016 Races

Does this sound like a lot of work? Sure! Do I think it’s manageable? Yes! I feel like the areas where I have slipped are areas that I am hyper aware of. They are things I think about ALL THE TIME, and things I know I could do better with.

This year, with the injury prevention classes and the new gym class, I feel like I am finally asking for help with areas where I’m struggling. Now that I feel like I can get back to Weight Watchers and face the scale (my weigh in at the gym today had me at 151.0), I will be ready to face the new year with confidence and pride.

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Race Recap: Columbus Marathon 2015

Columbus Marathon 2015 Race Recap

My #CbusMarathon Takeaways:

1. Having friends run 13 miles at the beginning of a race is a true blessing
2. Having family along the way always helps
3. Columbus is flat, but not THAT flat

The Expo
After 2.5 years in Columbus, I really really feel a part of my FrontRunner community.  It’s a small but mighty group, and I have found a good home with my 11s (or 12s depending on the day).  So when I headed to the expo this time, I had lots of friendly faces to say ‘hello’ to.  I was able to pick up my packet with no issue, visit with some friends, pick up posterboard so BF could make a sign, and also purchase warm throw away clothes from Goodwill.

Race Day Recap
I was up and at em by about 5:15 Sunday morning.  Had my Kashi GoLean and Almond Milk breakfast, plus a banana.  I met my running group at a hotel close by the start line.  We all posed for our now traditional Meb-inspired photo:

I talked to a few friends about running the first half with me.  One friend is training for a 50k(!!!) and the other had a Full coming up the next month.  Having people to chat with at the start line, and to know they would be there for the next 2+ hours, that really calmed my nerves.  They didn’t have any time goals, and we were able to just… run. I did feel bad about slowing them down, but I know that they really wanted to help me out.  It made a really big difference.

I saw BF at Mile 14, then it was time to really buckle down, and dig in.  I had 12+ miles to go and I was on my own out there!  I put on my music, started my interval timer, and got in to my own head.  I experienced a pretty significant wall around mile 17-18. A sort-of uphill becomes A GIANT MOUNTAIN when you’ve been running for three and a half hours. I also started having some typical tummy trouble (no more GU, please), and also knew that my TOM was starting. Which it did. In the middle of the race. That potty break wound up being about 10 minutes off of my race time.

As I got closer to Grandview, which is where I knew my family would be, my walk breaks had become significantly longer.  And my run breaks felt excruciatingly difficult. It was a tough gamble.  But then the course started to head downhill a little, and I got to see my folks.  It’s so nice to know when & where people will be!  I stopped for a bit to chat with them, and it really boosted my energy.  That plus the huge downhill at Mile 22-23ish gave me surge I needed to finish with a smile on my face.

PR Gong
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One great thing about the Columbus Marathon is that it is truly a celebration for the runner.  There is fun, there is on-course entertainment, and all the rest, but I really feel like this is a “runner’s race.”  They think of everything, including the opportunity to loudly celebrate your PRs!  And I got one!  5:28:47.  I’m still not the fastest girl on the block, but I keep getting better.

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Food and Fitness Plan 2015 Week 47

It’s been awhile since we chatted!  I owe this blog a Marathon Recap, a Hot Chocolate 15k Recap, and a discussion of my foray in to trail running.  But today is just for meal planning and fitness.  I was talking to BF today about the weekly meal plans that I make.  What we’ve been doing is chatting about plans, discussing what we want for dinners, and then I have been putting that up on a dry erase board for the week.  Which has actually worked out really well, except that once it’s erased, I easily forget recipes I might want to attempt again.

I also have been writing down meals and fitness plans in a fitbook notebook, which I have also really enjoyed, but I feel even better also having a digital home for my plans.  Hopefully I can get better about keeping track in multiple places!

Food
Monday: Slow cooker Butter Chickpeas & Tofu
Tuesday: Spaghetti Pie
Wednesday: Bahn Mi Chicken Burgers (This is not the exact recipe – a different one came in the mail with my Weight Watchers Monthly Pass)
Thursday: Visiting a friend here after my run, planning on a beer and the Butternut Squash salad
Friday: TBD – maybe pasta dinner after work
Saturday: TBD – Trail Run Day
Sunday:  Hamburger Stew (?)

Fitness
Monday: DOR
Tuesday: Spin
Wednesday: Evening Fartlek workout: 4 miles
Thursday: 4 miles slow
Friday: Modo Yoga or Yoga DVD
Saturday: Salt Fork Trail Challenge
Sunday: DOR – Working – Possibly getting together for SIL’s bday (?)

 

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A donut-fueled reflection

After my first trail run yesterday, I was introduced to an amazing little donut shop, inhaled two donuts and brought a half dozen home. BF had two when I got home, we split one for dessert, and I had another for breakfast today.  
As I sat there, yes loving every bite of the donut, I was thinking about how I never would have done this 2 years ago. My relationship with food has become unchecked. For awhile, I was trying to control every bite that went in to my mouth – and that was a huge struggle too.  
Now, it’s back to “No holds barred” and I’m eating and drinking whatever I want. I try to keep in check, I eat mostly healthy foods, and then the monster of craving rears her head and I’m back to square one. Again. And again. But after some meal planning, fridge stocking, and donut disappearing, I’m ready to find a fitter, stronger, more aware self. This means focusing on my Good Health Guidelines, drinking more water, and ENJOYING my choices with confidence.

  

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Pre-Race Prep

It’s been a CRAZY few weeks.  Last week, I ran 11 miles in Columbus, 4 miles in Cincinnati and 6 miles in Cleveland.  Between a really busy period at work, a presentation at a statewide conference, an out of town wedding and a houseguest, I have been fighting off a great sense of being overwhelmed. Every day has basically been just making it to the next day. And then I would remember one little thing… this MARATHON coming up.  But now I don’t wonder if being so distracted hasn’t helped.  I have my clothes laid out, I have my nutrition plan, I stuffed myself full of pasta last night, and I even have company for my first 13.  What I REALLY want to do is get my head in the game and not have a mental breakdown as I’m pretty sure is what destroyed me in Nashville.  The Columbus Marathon has introduced a Psyching Team, and I stopped by their booth at the expo. I picked up a list of pointers, and had a great talk with one of the team members.  She gave me a small piece of ribbon on a pin and said it was a piece of the actual Finish Line Ribbon.  The only rule on race day is that it has to cross the finish line.  She suggested attaching a mantra or catch phrase to the ribbon so I could associate it with positive thoughts to get me through hard moments.  I love this idea!

I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, so here are some shots from the last few weeks as I get myself race-ready.

From our stay in Cleveland - a reminder to appreciate these moments.

Appreciate quiet moments

My next struggle - tame the marathon weight-gain beast. Up 4lbs this session.

My next struggle – tame the marathon weight-gain beast. Up 4lbs this session.


bib

number three is still scary


expo

Columbus has one of the better expos!


happiness

next goal… working on this!

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Columbus Marathon Training Week 16

Columbus Marathon Training: Week 16

September 28-October 04, 2015

Monday:
 DOR – Cooking for a cookbook club at work
Tuesday: Spin  class
Wednesday: DOR – I had a meeting that ran past 8:30 so missed my run
Thursday: Dog walk + Yoga DVD – late day at work (and then a DATE NIGHT. FINALLY)
Friday: DOR I stayed in bed all morning, and shopped all afternoon….
Saturday: DOR I spent some very needed quality time relaxing with my boyfriend. Brunch, football and Halloween decorations.
Sunday: After a sleepless night, I woke up late to my group run. Got there and they had headed out for their first 4 miles. I started having some tummy issues and decided that I would be MUCH better suited to go home and crawl back in bed than fight my body and try to get 12 miles in. So that’s what I did.

Am I thrilled with this training week?  No, not really. Am I thrilled that I feel rundown and panicked at the same time? No. But I am trying to be intuitive and not beat myself up too much for what I have missed.

As suggested by many, I need a lot more positive thinking as I head in to race week, so I am going to work on that.  Another busy week ahead- work conference in Cincinnati followed by a wedding in Cleveland. Home on Monday and back to the grind on Tuesday. Another big work event next Wednesday, and then the next thing you know… Race Day!

Self Care Time

Self Care Time

 

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Columbus Marathon Training Week 15

Columbus Marathon Training: Week 15

September 21-September 27, 2015

Monday:
 1.6 mile dog walk
Tuesday: Spin  class
Wednesday: 1 mile dog walk/3.7 mile run with running buddies
Thursday: 2 mile shakeout run with running buddies
Friday: 20 mile run!!!
Saturday: DOR
Sunday: Tentative – 7.5 mile run with training group  I opted to sleep in today. It was glorious.

A lot more activity this week – yay!  I am noticing my lack of yoga though, I am feeling really tight after the 20 mile run.  Foam rolling is in my future.  I am happy that I committed to more running days, even if they were short runs.

For my 20 miler, I decided to do it on my own because I had the day off – this is a working weekend for me and the thought of going to work for 5 hours after a 20 mile run felt overwhelming.  The running group is meeting at a far out location, and I don’t think I would have had time to run with them and get ready for work anyway. Plus – NOW IT’S DONE!  While I was running, I enlisted some friends (without them knowing) to keep me motivated. I sent a Snapchat out for every mile I completed and let them know from Mile 1 that I was doing 20 for the day. From mile 1-6 it felt silly, and then from 7 on, I knew I couldn’t stop because I was accountable to finish up those miles.  Here is a ridiculous compilation of my morning:

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I love these pictures for how REAL they feel. Running is not a pretty sport, at least not for me!  The struggle is real.

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