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10 in 10: Week Four


Starting Weight: 130 lbs.
Today’s Weight: 127 lbs.
Weight Loss: 1 this week, 3 total

Gym Visits: 3
Monday — Yoga
Tuesday — Morning spin class
Wednesday — lift weights at home
Thursday — Morning workout

Healthy Foods:
I did pretty well this week! I counted my calories a few days and tried to get in more fruits and vegetables than I normally do.

This year I am participating in 10 in  2010, a challenge to get healthy in 2010 starting in the first 10 weeks, hosted by Recipe GirlClick here to see the other 300+participants! Week OneWeek Two. Week Three.

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10 in 10: Week Three


Starting Weight: 130 lbs.
Today’s Weight: 128 lbs.
Weight Loss: 0 this week, 2 total

Gym Visits: 4
Tuesday – Morning workout, cardio + arms
Wednesday – Yoga
Thursday – Morning workout, cardio
Sunday — Yoga

Healthy Foods:
I definitely ate a lot of food last weekend with my friends in town, but tried to do a little better through the week. My goal for this week is to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

This year I am participating in 10 in  2010, a challenge to get healthy in 2010 starting in the first 10 weeks, hosted by Recipe GirlClick here to see the other 300+participants! Week One. Week Two.

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My 10 in 10 Goal: To workout 3 times per week minimum, eat healthier foods, and if possible lose 5 pounds.


Starting Weight: 130 lbs.
Today’s Weight: 128!
Weight Loss: 2 lbs!

Gym Visits: 4
Monday – Morning workout, cardio + arms
Tuesday – Morning workout, cardio + legs
Wednesday – Yoga!
Thursday – Morning workout, cardio + arms

Healthy Foods:
I did SO much better this week! I started to count my calories again and aimed for 1400 to 1500 and very conscious of what foods I ate. I stayed within 1400 to 1700 for the week.

This year I am participating in 10 in  2010, a challenge to get healthy in 2010 starting in the first 10 weeks, hosted by Recipe Girl. Click here to see the other 300+participants! Week One recap.

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10 in 2010

I am a week late in posting this, but this year I am participating in Recipe Girl’s 10 in  2010, a challenge to get healthy in 2010 starting in the first 10 weeks.

The Challenge: Set a healthy goal to reach for the first 10 weeks of 2010

Purpose: To start 2010 with a healthy goal to set up a healthy lifestyle for the rest of the year and decade. .

My Goal: To workout 3 times per week minimum, eat healthier foods, and if possible lose 5 pounds. I will try to update each Saturday on my progress from now until March 13th.

Starting Weight: 130 lbs.
Today’s Weight: 130 lbs.
Weight Loss: 0 lbs.

Gym Visits: 4
I think I found a pretty good schedule to follow: Monday, Tuesday & Thursdays I went to the gym at 5:45 am and Wednesday I went to a yoga class at 8pm. It was nice to get my workout over with in the mornings.

Healthy Foods: I could do better.
Eating healthy is a little more difficult to measure, but I wasn’t very good about eating healthy this past week and would really like to change that.

Interested in joining? It’s not too late: sign up here. Click here to see the other 300+participants! I’ll keep you guys updated on the progress throughout the weeks!

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This past Saturday marked two weeks since I ran the Baltimore Half Marathon and I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t run AT ALL since the race. I know. I call myself a runner? What is the matter with me? Clearly the honeymoon is over between the Nike+ and me.

I wanted to give myself a week off as a little reward for completing the half marathon, but that turned into two weeks and now I am on my third week feeling 100% BLAH. I think I’ve gained at least a pound. I planned to join my running group again last night, but it was canceled because of the rain.

It’s time I face the truth: I am worthless without a challenge. Obviously running for the sake of running doesn’t motivate me. I need to have something to work towards to get my booty off the couch and stay in shape.

So that brings me to my latest challenge: I am signing up for the Jingle All the Way 10k race!

I’m actually very excited about this race because:
1) I know at least six people running it also.
2) It’s only 6.2 miles. Totally doable!
3) The training won’t be as miserable and time-consuming.
4) The $25 registration fee is certainly no budget-breaker.

I told J the other night about the jingle bell part and his response was, “Wow, running with jingle bells on your shoes for an entire hour sounds really annoying.” Huh. Hadn’t thought of that one. Oh well! I’m determined it’s going to be a jolly holiday experience. :)

As for my workout schedule, I want to keep my goals broad enough that I have the flexibility to actually meet them and not feel discouraged if I miss a day. So my goal for each week is to run 10 to 15 miles and do yoga at least 2 times. I will put this on my Nike+iPod account for extra accountability.

Let’s hope this will be the challenge I need to get me out of my fitness funk!


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I survived!

I did it! I finished the half marathon! I feel like I’ve been talking non-stop about this race since I signed up, so I’ll try not to give you all of the gory details, but just share my experience.

Before I begin talking about the race, the best part of my weekend wasn’t crossing the finish line–it occurred Friday night. My parents told me they wanted to come up for the weekend to watch my race. I was waiting for them to arrive so we could go out to eat and carb-up. A few minutes after they arrived, I heard a knock at my door. I open it and there was my boyfriend J. I couldn’t believe it. There he was in my doorway, grinning from ear to ear. I was so confused, then screamed and jumped in his arms. I hadn’t seen him since August and I was so excited. Apparently he rode up with my parents (seven hours in the car with them!) and they had been planning this surprise for months. He said he just had to see me run. It was the sweetest thing ever.

But anyway… the race:

Well, the first five miles were absolutely terrible. My mind got the better of me. I tried to pace myself in the beginning and not use all of my energy, but that meant that runner after runner kept passing me. At first that was fine, but then after three miles I started to get discouraged. My coworker (the only other person I knew running the half), caught up with me during that mile and we reached Mile Four together. He said, “Yay! Only nine more left!” Only nine more left?! I didn’t feel like rejoicing.

He eventually joined the others and zoomed passed me. Soon after that, I reached a huge, enormous hill. I thought about crying–not because I was so tired, but because I was so discouraged. Why didn’t I train harder? I paid money to be in this misery? There’s no way that I can ever finish this. I saw some people walking and thought that would at least look better than my pathetic jog. And it was. I had a good walking pace and would find landmarks to start and stop running. It is probably what saved me.

It rained most of the race. It wasn’t hard, heavy rain, but a cool refreshing drizzle that gave me energy. I reached a lake at mile seven, I think, and it was there that I found my stride. I started running my normal pace and just kept going. There were a few times I stopped for water, but my legs hurt more to walk so I just kept running. And running. And running. People were along the sidelines cheering and I was inspired by their signs that said things like “Pain is temporary, the glory of finishing is forever!” The crowds on the sideline started to get thicker and I could see the mile 11 marker ahead. Then the 12 marker.

When I had one more mile to go, I booked it. I don’t even know my legs had it in them but I ran faster and faster, passing a girl that I remember seeing at Mile One. I ran through Camden Yards and I saw the finish line. I heard my mom screaming for me and ran as hard as I could. It was the most amazing feeling crossing that line.

I got my participation medal and limped around trying to find my cheerleaders. I finally found them and J lifted me up in the air and my parents told me how proud they were of me. We drove home, I showered, and then ate like there was no tomorrow.

It was one of the greatest weekends of my life and I cannot believe that I did it. I know this sounds silly after months of training, but for the first time ever, I actually feel like a runner. It feels amazing.

Oh, and I spent absolutely nothing from Friday to today. ;)

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I don’t think I’ve felt more anxious, nervous, excited, inadequate, unprepared and accomplished than I do right now. Tomorrow at 9:45 am EST I will start running the 13.1 miles for the Baltimore Half Marathon! Yeeep!

Let’s take a look over the past months of my training, shall we?

My Training via Twitter:

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I promise, I tweet about other things other than running.

Thanks for all who’ve given me encouraging words along the journey! See you on the flip-side… hopefully. ;)

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My Latest Love: Nike+iPod

Ladies and gentlemen: I have a new love in my life. That’s right. Move over, J, you are being replaced by a piece of technology.


The Nike + iPod has won my heart.

About two months ago I won a gift certificate to my Running Store for $30. I was so excited, but hesitated buying something until I knew exactly what I wanted to purchase. Stupid, stupid move. I waited two months to buy this gadget? Actually I waited longer because J suggested I buy it back in April when I first signed up for the Half Marathon. Here’s my public apology: I should have listened!

But since it was a piece of technology, naturally I thought it would cost me more than $30. Which, it did–an extra $5 for the rubber on your shoe (my running shoes aren’t Nike). Well, $5 won’t break the bank. I wish more than anything I had started my training with this. (Btw this is not at all a sponsored post.)

My life before the Nike + iPod:
In a nutshell: terrible. I would run a while, then come back and look on GoogleMaps to determine how far I ran. I never knew how many calories I burned (hate running on the treadmill), and only on days that I wasn’t lazy (ahem–rarely) would I figure out my pace.

My life with Nike + iPod:
Better than I ever imagined. I start my run setting a goal up front: Distance, Calorie Burn, or Time. I pick a good playlist and then start running. A kind voice tells me each 0.5 mile what I’ve done and reports my pace thus far. The first time I used it I heard “Pace: 10:37” and thought to myself “Well, I can push myself a little harder than that.” By the end of the run, I had averaged a 9:48/mile. Pretty awesome! But what’s even more awesome? You can go home, plug in your ipod and keep a database online of all of your runs, which playlist you ran to, connect with other runners around the world, post goals,  join challenges, sign up for coaches… it’s amazing.

Has anyone else fallen in love with the Nike + iPod?

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It’s Crunch Time, People.

Today is September 10th, which means I have exactly ONE MONTH until the Baltimore Half Marathon.

I confess I haven’t stuck to the training schedule perfectly, but I am starting to feel a little more comfortable about the race. And by that I mean I haven’t had any nightmares lately (ex: waking up thinking it’s race day on week four of my training; dreaming I fail and cannot finish even four miles in the race). I am going to credit September for helping calm my nerves and give me confidence–it arrived with low humidity and cool weather. I cannot tell how much that helps!

Here’s my plan for the next month:
Saturday Sept 12: 11 miles

Week of Sept 13-18:
-5 miles
-3 miles
-4 miles
-yoga 2x
Saturday Sept. 19: 12 miles

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Week of Sept. 20-25:
-5 miles
-3 miles
-5 miles
-yoga 2x
Saturday Sept. 26: 9 miles

Week of Sept. 27-Oct. 2:
-5 miles
-3 miles
-5 miles
-yoga 2x
Saturday Oct. 3: 8 miles

Week of Oct 4-9:
-4 miles
-2 miles
-yoga 2x
Saturday October 10th: 13.1 miles

Total miles in next month: 97.1

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– $33.41 cable
– $96.84 electric
Ran: 7 miles

– $27.59 gas
– $13.27 groceries
– $7.78 dinner
Ran: Nada

No spend day!
Ran: 4.5 miles

No spend day!
+ $28.26 for selling books on Amazon
Ran: 5 miles

Ending Balance: $131.98

This week was pretty ordinary with minimal surprise expenses, except for dinner on Tuesday night. Traditioinally I like to eat out only on the weekends, but I went out with some friends for Taco Tuesday and you just can’t pass up $0.75 tacos!

As for running, I didn’t have to babysit on Thursday (boo) so I got in an extra run in. Tomorrow I’m planning on going 8 miles. Even if I have to walk some of it, I’m determined to finish the entire thing.

To Do this Weekend:

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