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Seriously. I hyperventilate just thinking about it. I really do. I don’t know why, but it scares me to death.
I have a thing with failure. So in my mind, if I just don’t do it… then I haven’t failed! RIGHT?!?!
I have failed myself really. I could be so much faster.
Intervals have wrecked me! I look forward to them. They allow me to run further than I could if I didn’t stop.
I am not ready to give them up for my half marathon races or my longer runs. I can’t do that right now, but I know I have to give them up for my weekly runs. I mean come on! I should be able to run for 3 miles straight. I’ve done it before. I know I can do it. I just need to push myself and just DO IT!
So here we go. No more intervals. Just run.
and you know what? I did it! Surprise, surprise. I actually did it. and I didn’t die or fall off the treadmill.
It wasn’t fast, but it wasn’t meant to be. Just a nice easy 3 mile run. Without stopping.
I can do it.
Now just to get faster..
~ with faith, trust and pixie dust ~
So what time am I looking for? 5k time? Half time? Full time? Just a better time over all!
I won’t even put a 26.2 sticker on my car. I know I completed Goofy, but I really don’t count that marathon AT ALL. It took me close to 7.5 hours and I walked A LOT of it. NOW, I did run a half marathon the day before, but still. I don’t consider myself a marathoner. I will run one one day.
So, what type of time are we looking for? In order to do that let’s take a look at my times and how they have progressively gotten worse.
When I started running, my goal was to run a half marathon. The Walt Disney World Half Marathon to be exact.
I started with the couch to 5k program and I followed that program to a tee! And I successful completed my first 5k with a 33:05 time. 10:38/mile pace. Not to bad!
I never saw that time again for a 5k .
After my first 5k I trained for a 10k, which I think I did okay with as well.
It was during the 10k that I started taking walk breaks. I noticed during my training that my splits were increasing, I was getting shin splints and I was just puttering out. So for this 10k, I ran a mile and then walked a little bit. Wasn’t really following a set interval schedule, but just taking a little walk break every mile.
After this 10k I was in my final training for my first half marathon when I came across a wonderful online running community and they introduced me to Jeff Galloway and his run/walk/run intervals. For those of you who do not know his methodology, he suggests to stay healthy and finish strong, you run for a set amount of time, walk, and then run again. I started my longer training runs with this concept and ran my first half marathon with a 4:1 interval; run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute.
Now, for those of you who have never ran at Disney, this race is like no other, there are characters and photo opportunities all along the course. So many chances to have fabulous Disney pictures taken, so I stopped a lot more than I would have. But I think this was the start of my downfall.
I began to rely on those interval walk breaks and became lazy.. a very lazy lazy runner.
Some would call it “wogging”
I would do what I had to do to get by in a race but never really pushed myself to the next level. Never pushed my training to get faster or stronger.
So, what are my goals? well, to get faster of course! But let’s break it down a little further.
To be able to run any distance race at a 10:30 – 11:00 pace.
To run a 5k without stopping AT ALL.
To PR a 5k – anything under 33:00 will do.
To PR a half marathon – anything under a 2:30 will do.
To run a full – I do not count the Goofy challenge as successfully running a marathon.
So that’s it! Nothing big. No big whoop. I can do it…. right?
So where do I start? Well, I truly cannot train for a specific race just yet. I have the Walt Disney World Wine and Dine half marathon in a few weeks, then Marathon Weekend and Princess Weekend. Both marathon weekend and princes weekend I will be running a 10k on one day and then a half the next so I don’t think it would be a good assessment of my training at either of those races. I will have to make it for a race in the Spring of 2014. But that doesn’t mean I can’t start doing something now.
A while back, this awesome coach gave me a 5k plan (which I slacked off on and didn’t follow)..
anyway, I digress.. I am going to modify his weekly training into my current half marathon training.
First thing firsts, I need to RUN 3 MILES WITHOUT STOPPING. I use to do that, I know I can do that, but interval running has made me lazy.. and scared.
let’s see if I can at least do that!
With faith trust and pixie dust……
Well last week was busy! Disney released a new promotion for 2014 that I was able to apply to my clients existing reservations saving them thousands of dollars! That kept me very busy making modifications and updating files.
Hubby was out of town on a commercial shoot so it was just me and the boys.
Weight watchers week one was a success! Down 1.5 pounds. I’ll take it. Better than gaining.
I didn’t get to the gym as much as I wanted to, but I did get my training runs in. 3 miles on Tuesday, 2 on Thursday and 3 on Friday.
I should have ran the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon on Saturday but wasn’t able to due to hubby being out of town. No one to watch the boys. So I did the next best thing. I ran while watching it! I didn’t run 13.1, but I did get in the 6 that was on my training schedule.
SLOW as molasses!!! SLOW. When I started running I was so much faster. Averaged a 10:30 mile, now look at me! No excuses really. Just got lazy and I know certain people who are on my ass all the time about it will agree. How do I expect to get faster without training.
I sat and watched two amazing races this weekend and a saw a lot of amazing runners have great races and it made we want more. I want that PR, I don’t want to settle anymore with my slow as molasses time.
So, what to do about it? Well, obviously put in the work. I know an amazing runner and coach who has offered to help me over and over and over again, he even put together a plan for me to improve my 5K time. BUT, I didn’t put in the work. I was too busy. Found something else to do. Didn’t do it.. blah.. blah.. blah. I’m surprised he still talks to me.
Well, this amazing coach has offered to help me again (who knows why). I am focusing on the Walt Disney World Half Marathon this January and I know if I follow his plan it will happen! Gotta have faith in myself and in the training! GOTTA put in the training!
THAT is my new motto!
So having said that, on tap this week training wise.
Mon – Body Pump Class
Tues – Run 3 miles
Wednesday – Pilates Class
Thursday – TBD (waiting for training plan) but it will be some form of speed work
Friday – Cardio Blast Class
Saturday – 7 mile long run
Sunday – Rest
With faith, trust and pixie dust!…………..
Less is more… we have all heard that phrase. We all know what it means. But do we really adhere to it? I know I didn’t. I always had to have it all. Do it all. Be it all. Well, a few weeks ago I reached my breaking point.
I was so stressed. Stressed with the house, stressed with work, stressed with the kids and I stopped and took a good look around at what I was doing that was making me so stressful.
Let me back up a few years, 11 to be exact.
11 years ago I was kid less and had a great job! Loved my job! I worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a behavioral therapist. It was very rewarding and I loved it. I was also going to grad school for my Masters in Education. I was BUSY.
Then I had my oldest son and everything STOPPED. Stopped working, finished school, stopped hanging out with all my “working” kid less friends. Everything came to a screeching halt.
But, it’s what I wanted. I wanted to be a stay at home mom. Or did I?
We always want what we don’t have. I wanted to have children and I wanted to be able to stay at home and raise them.
Don’t get me wrong I was and still am very grateful that I am able to do that. But I went from going 100 miles a minute to zero.
I had to find new mommy friends and I had to sort of find a new me. A mommy me.
It was hard. I won’t lie. Staying home was a hard thing to do. Hubby and I had our ups and downs, having a baby is stressful enough on its own, but when you do not have family around to chip in and help, it makes it a lot harder. The whole, it takes a village and all… I totally buy into that now.
But we got through it. I did find new mommy friends. Some that I don’t know how I would have done it without them. Did the mommy stuff, play dates, My Gym classes, going to the park, etc.
When Gabriel (my oldest) was about 3 I became pregnant with my second son, Rhett. It wasn’t as life changing as when I had Gabriel, I sort of knew what to expect at that point.
Once Rhett was born and Gabriel was in preschool, it was then that I decided to “work” from home.
I felt the need to do something other than wipe butts and laundry, so I started an online eCommerce – Hautelava. And since that wasn’t enough for me, a few years after that I decided to become a travel agent. A Disney Travel agent to be specific. A year into that, I decided to open up my own travel agency – Mousekeplanner.
So here we are. present day. It’s been about 6 years since I started Hautelava and 2 since I became a travel agent, 1 since I opened the agency and my plate is so full that there was heaping gobs of “stuff” falling off of it. I had so much “stuff” to do that I didn’t know what to do first.
I was at my desk one day. Working on clients reservations for Disney, getting orders packed up for Hautelava, looking at the disarray in my house, angry at myself because I didn’t run today because I “didn’t have the time”, realizing we had to get to the baseball field soon, getting frustrated with my boys because I was “busy” and stopped. No lie. It was like someone slapped me upside the head and said.
“SLOW DOWN… LESS IS MORE… WHY are you doing this?”
Why was I doing this? Why was I so busy? Why was I taking away time from my family for work that I really don’t need to be doing? What is so wrong with just being a “stay at home mom”.
Yep, I had an epiphany.
I had already removed toxic people from my life. That’s a whole other blog post. But it was now time for me to remove the “busy-ness” from my life so I could focus on what is the most important thing in my life, and that is my family. Me included. I needed to get back to the basics. Taking care of me, my husband and my boys. Period. Everything else can wait.
So, I closed down Hautelava. Yep. Just like that. closed. I still have some inventory up on eBay, but it will be gone by the end of the year.
I have begun to delegate more within Mousekeplanner. I do not have to do it all and help everyone. More clients will be handled by other agents.
I will focus on myself EVERYDAY. And my family, EVERY NIGHT.
So here we are. Less is more. And I can honestly tell you that I am excited to not have so much to do. It’s very liberating. Maybe I will finally get caught up on the 45 episodes of General Hospital I have on DVR ;), but I do know that tomorrow I will either run or go to the gym for myself and then spend the afternoon with my boys. Without any stress or worries about what needs to get done.
until next time~
Wow.. it’s been a long time since I blogged and a long time since I started this journey! I am in the process of moving over all my old blog posts from my old blog. I thought about just starting over, but decided to bring all the old blog posts over as a reminder on how far I have come!
I have many races to report on and many more to look forward too! So follow along with me!
I don’t know what I was thinking… I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with this blog. Oh well… I forgive me.
I am very proud to say that I am near the end of week 6! yea me! I tackled that 20 minute run. It really wasn’t as hard as I made it out to be. Today I completed week 6 Day 2 and its the last day of interval running. I had to run for 10 minutes, walk 3 then run for 10.. and I have to say that I am actually glad that there is no more walking. On Friday I run for 25 minutes straight, no stopping and I am actually looking forward to it. I have noticed that its harder to get going again once I stop and walk I would rather keep running! Can you believe I actually said that! ME, one who couldn’t run for more than 3 minutes at a time without freaking out. I now believe in myself and realize that I can do this.. I can run. I can and am becoming a runner. And it does feel good!
Now its time to take it outside! I don’t think there is a treadmill 1/2 marathon out there. How great would that be.. I could watch a whole episode of the biggest loser while running! score! But I don’t think that’s going to happen so I need to start hitting the trails and thankfully Spring is finally here! I won’t be able to run outdoors during the week at least until the older little man is out of school, so until then I am going to make Sunday’s my outdoor run days. Hubby can stay home with the kids and I can find a nice peaceful train to call my own.
My first 5K is next month and I am actually starting to get excited for it! who would have thought..
No, I did not quit!
Hello my imaginary cyber readers and the faithful four to the right. I did not quit, I am still going strong, I just forget to blog about it. But then again, I knew this was more for me anyway. So lets see, where am I. Well Week 3 week by fast enough and then of course as I was about to start week 4 I get an awful chest/head cold. I swear I coughed so much I thought a lung was going to come up! I missed the gym for a week! When I started back up I was going to start week 3 again but decided to at least try to start week 4. I am glad that I did, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. Week 4 consists of a brisk five-minute warmup walk then
At first seeing 5 minutes was scary, but then I peeked ahead to see what next week had in store for me and I saw on W5D3 I have to run for 20 minutes STRAIGHT!! Are you kidding me! I can’t do that! And then I stopped and wondered, why am I getting so worked up over this? Isn’t this what I wanted? To become a runner? Of course I am going to have to actually run for more than 5 minutes at a time. Right? Then I realized that it really is a head game. Its mind over matter. While in the midst of a 5 minute run I started to panic a bit. I kept looking at the time… watching it s l o w l y go down. My breathing started to get heavy and I kept thinking, “I can’t do this.” But then I began to slow down and actually listen to my body and I really wasn’t hurting at all. My legs felt fine, I wasn’t in pain. So I calmed myself down and listened to the music and just went with it. Not thinking about the time, but more of my running form. It was awesome! I am also running a little faster.
So I plugged along, got through days 1 and 2 and am ready for day 3 and for next week when I tackle that 20 minute run. I just hope that it will be nice enough that I can run it outside I am ready to hit the pavement.
Speaking of running outside and faster, I bought the Nike+ application to track my miles, speed and calories burned. Well its great, but I can’t get the dang thing to calibrate correctly. Its showing me running a mile in 8 minutes while the treadmill shows 11. I think I believe the treadmill! No matter what I do, its not matching and its driving me nuts! I will try one more time to recalibrate it once I am outside.
I am so lucky that my little man R likes going to the gym. Since I now know I won’t be called to come get him from child care, I decided to start taking Pilates. The first class was good. I wasn’t that sore after, but its probably because I was so busy trying to see what I was suppose to be doing than actually doing it correctly! But I am hoping it will help with my running and over all body conditioning. And another thing I have come to realize is that just because I am working out, does not give me free range in the fridge. No wonder I haven’t lost any weight! So, back to counting points again. [sigh] why can’t I be one of those people… the ones who can eat whatever they want and stay thin.
I’ll try not to go so long between posts.. maybe I should start posting about my day to day life.. that may be more exciting!
I feel like I have been cooped up in my house for weeks! Wait, I have been! My older son was out of school all last week and we were going stir crazy in the house! I am so tired of the snow. Very tired of it. I am so glad that he went back yesterday. Love my little man, but it gets a little crazy with all of us in the house.
I was actually able to get to the gym on Friday but because of other obligations this weekend and yesterday and today, I won’t be able to go back until tomorrow. On Friday I started W3D1, but I think I am going to start over with Day 1 tomorrow. Too much time has passed and it won’t hurt to repeat a day anyway. And I can honestly say that running for 3 minutes was harder than I thought it was going to be! I am a wimp! How in the world and I going to run for 2.5 hours! yikes! But I will.
I am about to sign up for my first 5k. Its not until April 25 and I know I will be ready by then but something caught my attention when I was looking to sign up. The website said “NO BABY STROLLERS OR HEAD PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE RUN PORTION OF THE EVENT”, WHAT? I cannot wear head phones while I am running! Are you serious? I understand its for safety reasons, but really, we are not running with traffic! I think I can get through a 5K, but the Disney 1/2? I don’t know. I think I may have to sneak a pair in. I need the music to keep me moving and motivated.
Let’s hope tomorrow is a good day. It feels like its been forever since I have really worked out and being stuck in the house and eating like a pig hasn’t helped any!
ahhh.. On to a new week. I need a new week. And I was so excited to try out my spiffy new running shoes! Running 60 seconds then walking 90 seconds was getting way too easy. HA! I should have stayed in week one! Who am I kidding. Here I was thinking to myself that this is too easy, I’ll be running a 5K in no time! Its amazing how just adding 30 seconds to your run makes such a huge difference! Think I can complete the half marathon with alternating 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking?
Week 2 consists of a brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Again, it seems so easy. HA.
All you seasoned runners out there are probably laughing at me, and I hope to be laughing at myself in months to come. But it was hard. Harder than I thought. I can work out on an elliptical machine for 40 minutes!!! How come running for 90 seconds is so much harder! But, I did it and that’s all that matters. I didn’t die on the machine, and I won’t die tomorrow when I run again. It’s baby steps and as long as I am moving forward, I am moving in the right direction. Maybe its not a coincidence that “I Got A Feeling” by the Black Eye Peas came on as I was about to run my last 90 second interval. It gave me that extra motivation I needed.
Walking – 3.5
Running – 4.5