I Did It! First 10k In The Books….

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That was my time for the Inaugural Star Wars – Dark Side 10k at Walt Disney World. This was also my personal first 10k and one that I had been feeling completely unprepared for. It wasn’t necessarily pretty and it was HOT and muggy as is the current climate of Florida. But I started, I finished, and I earned that Tie Fighter medal. I was 745 in my division, 3969 in my gender with 6921 women running and 12172 runners completing the race.

I’ll take it.

Not only will I take it, I have another 5k coming up in June to keep me motivated and not sitting on my butt in the hot and humid summer sun.

I have also started taking full advantage of my YMCA membership and getting into the gym three times a week during lunch breaks to cross-train. Generally legs and lower back one day, light cardio the next and arms and upper body/abs the third. All with a 10 minute attack on the elliptical to get heart rate up.

I’ve seen a lot of offers lately on my Facebook feed for friends that are peddling Plexus and Shakeology. Now, don’t get me wrong – I have P90X and T25 in my arsenal at home for the days where I might want to get something a little extra in (which hasn’t happened in quite come time because, well, LIFE and there are so many things I want to do with my time at home like my dolls and new capital ventures in the works) I’ve even been seeing OrangeTheory quite a bit lately as well and know that will be close to my office soon. But thinking that this way works for my schedule, budget and everything in between.

Now to see what progress I can make in the next year.

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One Week and Counting…

Well, technically 8 days until the race itself. But in eight days, this shall be mine!

 

Isn’t it pretty!? I have struggled all year long, both mentally and physically with training. I’ve used excuses to not run, I’ve allowed myself to grow stagnant mentally and then I when I decided enough so that I could obtain this beauty right there, I started to have physical issues with my legs. I finally completed 6.2 miles a bit ago. It wasn’t at all fast. It wasn’t nearly close to the level of running I was at when I allowed my brain to stop me. But it will be enough and this, this will be in my collection.

I’m pretty much tapering this week and next in preparation for it only so that I don’t inadvertently push myself into injury. Shoes do indeed make all the difference (I’ll likely write on that later as I have a new pair arriving today I am going to be trying out)

Now, to figure out of the idea I have in my head for a race costume (my first) will be successful. That is the focus for my upcoming weekend.

In addition, I found out that this Springs Dapper Day will take place the same weekend that the race will be on which means that the parks will be packed with sartorial delight and frivolity. Should make for an interesting mix. I’m still considering bringing something to wear for that as well, if for nothing else than to just be silly and have a good time.

Wish me luck!

 

 

6 Weeks and Counting…

End of January I was hit with an upper respiratory infection. Needless to say, wasn’t able to run for a while. Got to again and knew I was running out of time (literally) when not only was my house hit with something, but I for the first time in my life was hit with the flu followed by what can only be walking pneumonia. I’ve gone almost a month without being able to REALLY train for the 10k coming up in April.

Regardless, I will complete it. Even if I have to walk the whole damn thing, I will pound that pavement until I make it mine. Time is irrelevant. I knew a while back that I would be unlikely to maintain a pace to which I was normally accustomed for shorter races. You are going to see this woman cross that finish line and earn that tie-fighter medal!

Training will commence this week. I’m still coughing occasionally and when I do it’s productive, though still pretty deep so I know I need to pace myself.

It’s Amazing What A Day Makes….

I ran yesterday. For the first time in over a month, I ran without pain or discomfort!

I tried out my new orthotics yesterday with the intention of only running a mile at the most. I didnt wnat to overdo it and wasn’t sure how running in the orthotics would feel, or how well they would work. It took a bit to get used to the additional support and admittedly felt a little weird to start. Then I realized about a half mile in I was alright. NO pain. NO stress or soreness. I ran a mile. Then I decided to go farther.

I ran two.

The woman who couldn’t even run a mile a month ago, after having completed 5k’s and 4-milers, ran 2 miles pain free and could likely have done more mileage. I opted not to so that I wasn’t overdoing it. I spent last night brainstorming on a running costume for the Dark Side Weekend 10k.

Today, I woke up a little sore and happily so. I put on my shoes and ran another mile.

It is utterly amazing to me how much my mood has improved and how excited I am now that I can and will be abe to run again and continue to participate in races. Physical therapy is coming on Tuesday and I’m looking forward to it. Anything that will not only help me regain running, but lead towards my goals to loose weight and get back to where I’m physically happy with myself is exciting.

Cross training resumes tomorrow.

Of Orthotics and Aging……

As I have previously mentioned, I have been having serious issues with my running since taking a (very silly) hiatus over the insufferable Florida summer. I have been to see a sports medicine/orthopedic surgeon regarding my issues and he has prescribed some physical therapy (which I will actually begin next week, schedule willing) and plastazote orthotics with arch supports. These are orthotics generally prescribed to diabetics – which honestly after trying them out I think I may want a pair for my regular every day shoes!

One would think that being given something like this would tend to make you consider your age – someone in their late thirties who has been relatively healthy their whole lives (outside of having a little too much weight on them currently) wouldn’t require such things. But I have found over the last 5 years or so that my knees snap-crackle-pop more often (well EVERY TIME) I go up or down stairs. I’m slower to recover if I do get a mild cold. I’m sore a little more than usual, etc. We age. We season. We get better. We feel like we’re falling apart.

 

I look forward to using these however, as I know that if they do as they should then it should help alleviate the issues I’ve been experiencing, as well as allow me to not only complete the races I have (amazingly) fallen in love with participating in, but also to help with my overall health and well-being. Maybe I can even get some of this extra weight off again!

For this 4th day of my Phenomenal February, I look at it not as a detriment, or a negative new thing that has been added to my life as I get older, but as a welcome tool to help me combat that exact feeling. I have ten weeks until my anticipated race. I can do this, and I will do this.

My health is much improved from being sick at the end of January. I can feel energy around me that is electric with anticipation. Choices are being made every day to make improvement.

 

Besides, isn’t that how races are finished?

Imbolc – The Coming of the Light

Today marks the Festival of St. Brigid, otherwise known as Imbolc – which is¬†the celebration of the home and the coming of the light. In pagan terms, it signifies the midway point of winter and the coming of spring. I’ve decided to use this month – and it’s extra day – to institute some positive changes in my lifestyle. Brigid has also always been a Goddess to whom I’ve always felt a strong pull and connection and revisiting my internal draws is part of that journey. I’ve wandered away from researching, learning and discovering things on a spiritual level the last five years and that’s something I have to correct. She, along with Hecate and Cerridwen, make up my three guides.

As anyone who may have followed my blog may know, I’ve had issues recently with running and problems with my legs. I still don’t know officially what is going on, but I have seen a sport medicine doc and have to acquire some plastazote orthotics for my shoes, as well as some physical therapy to being this Friday. I’m hoping that those two things combined will allow me to complete my road to 10K in April. This is one of my short-term goals.

Today I also start with being positive. There is a LOT going on at home right now, and I want to spread happiness, joy and love to those I hold dear to me. Money is an issue, and even with taxes coming up there are plenty of negative decisions I have made throughout the last three years that I need to correct. It won’t be an easy road, but in spite of it I am determined to regain the upbeat, confident and determined woman I am and have been. She’s been hiding, you see, and I’m tired of being something I’m not. It’s not fair to my family, but also not fair to my self and is a disservice towards the goals and progress I intend to make.

So, for the next 29 days, I endeavor to find things daily that make me smile, that make my heart sing and share them with my family. I endeavor to document those things and hold them dear, as future reminders of where I’ve been and where I’ve come from. I endeavor to improve my health with the coming light and take advantage of the cycles that are offered to me to learn, to grow, to improve and to share of myself with those that I deem worthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferrals…And Shoes

For the second year in a row I’ve had to defer the Walt Disney World 10k. Last year it bugged me because it was merely due to bad planning on my part – I thought I could book a hotel room in October and be alright and little did I know that was incorrect. This years race I planned better and everything was in place.

So why, a month out from the race this time, did I have to defer again? A few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that as I have been trying to train and continuing to get hurt or close to hurt. I know if I continue to push myslef to get to a level where I feel comfortable running a 10k I will likely do more harm than good.

I have also discovered and accepted that the shoes I recently purchased are likely NOT the right shoes for me. Of course, since running shoes are expensive the idea of having a brand new pair of shoes NOT be suitable for me isnt ideal. Who wants to go out and spend even more money on a NEW pair of shoes when you have a perfectly good pair sitting right there. But I can tell you now for your physical (and ultimately mental health as set backs SUCK) that having the proper gear FOR YOU is important to avoid injury. Everyone runs different and shoes are created specifically for whether you overpronate,  underpronate or are a neutral runner. Even if you overpronate and get a shoe made for overpronaters, other factors may preclude that series of shoes from being perfect for you.