I did it. After weeks of training, I completed my first half marathon. Yesterday I was nervous. It was going to be hot. I knew that so I actually started drinking more water on Friday to be prepared. Smart move. I also decided that even though my camalbak slows me down in these conditions I would take it. So yesterday my official goal was to finish in under 3 hours. I have had foot issues leading up to this run so I also told myself that if they reoccurred my new goal was to just finish even if I had to walk it. If conditions had been better my really scary goal was 2:30. Next time!
So this morning my nerves had me up at 4 am even before my alarm went off. A cup of coffee, more water, and a banana on sandwich thin with peanut butter and chia seeds was my breakfast choice. By 5:30 am I was dressed and headed to the starting line. One stop at the porta potty later and a short wait then we were off. I was a little nervous, a lot excited and just so happy to be doing this. I didn’t cross the start line until about 5 minutes into the race.
The first miles my legs were heavy. But by mile 2 they were warmed up and mile 3 to 5 flew by. I saw Bruce at mile 5. That made my day. As soon as I saw him, I felt a huge smile cross my face. I was doing great. The sun was just starting to peak over the horizon. After a quick high five from Bruce, mile 6 flew by. By mile 7, I felt myself lagging. The sun was up and it was getting hot. The 2:45 pacer went to pass me and I said to myself that if I run with them I would meet my goal. Miles 8 through 10 went by quick. The pacer, Jim, told jokes and we were encouraging other runners. I knew I was going to finish this race for sure by mile 10. So at least one goal was met.
Mile 10 through 11 got tough. I felt like I was overheated and my camelbak mixture of gatorade and water was gone. I had to walk and losing the pacer group made me sad. I did stop and get water at the stations and felt good enough to run and finish the race strong.
I cried at mile 12 because I knew I would finish this race in under 3 hours even if I walked the last mile. I quickly realized crying made it hard to breathe and therefore hard to run. So I focused on the task of one foot in front of the other. I didn’t slam dunk the run but I enjoyed every step. The spectators were so encouraging at this point. It was fun to hear people call my name out.
I crossed the finish line when the clock said 2:51. I don’t know my official time yet but I am so happy with that. I pushed myself hard and I did it.
I also may have signed up to do the Irongirl 1/2 marathon in April. So here is to more training. Just watch out Mr. 9th grade PE teacher I may be an athlete yet.
Now where can I get a burger?


February 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm 1 comment

Weight Watchers

I don’t think I have mentioned it on the blog but the first week of December I joined Weight Watchers. After losing 35 pounds on my own I was needing another source of support and motivation. I am so glad I rejoined. Yes this is the 3rd time that I have joined. But before we celebrate let me tell you a story. Last week I had a 1.8 pound gain. I sat in my weight watchers meeting frustrated and angry. I was quitting. Just like I had in the past. But then something else happened. I got some new thought in my mind that I was in this situation because I always gave up. Then I reviewed last weeks food journal and realized I had way too much sodium and wine last week which I knew had a lot to do with the weight gain. Then I read some weight loss stories about consistency. I started thinking that if I was a little more consistent and persevered in my goal I would eventually make it to my finish line. Just like I had with running my 6k. So my thoughts changed my actions and I got back on track. When I weighed in today the scale said 3.8 pounds lost. I reached my 5% goal for weight watchers.
Of course I am happy I worked really hard for that. But I know this is still my journey and I am not giving up on my dream….either should you. Will you be here to celebrate my 10% loss?

February 4, 2011 at 12:34 am 2 comments

Spring 2011 semester

I am already on my third week of classes this senester. I am taking Audit and a Financial Accounting. Pretty easy classes because I already know some of the lessons and there are no research papers due. Most of my MBA classes have had 20 to 30 page research papers. This will be a nice break. They also are prep courses for the CPA exam. So I will be better prepared for studying for the CPA next year.
These classes will finish up my accounting requirements for the MBA program. I still have 2 core business classes, an international class, and 1 CPA required class to take. So I am hoping to take 2 classes in the summer, 1 in the fall, and the last in Spring 2012. The end is in sight and I am already counting down. I can’t wait to not have homework and to have this accomplishment. Till then the chances are high that if you see me my nose will be buried in a book.

January 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

3 months

My step father has cancer and through some bad luck and hard decisions he has been given three months to live. This post has been in the making for the past couple of weeks as I processed the news and figured out if I thought it is appropriate. I struggle sometimes about how much of personal life I want to share. It is a fine line for me and I don’t want to hurt peoples feelings. Well this post is being written for me. Maybe a little selfish. But maybe a healing process too. I know if my step dad had a couple of good days as his old self he would be playing racquetball, golfing and heading to Moab. Those are the things that he lived and made him happy. With this news and thoughts of mortality on my minds, I have been thinking of my own bucket list. I made a list when I was younger. But somethings have changed and been crossed off. Some of the things that I have done are fall in love, get married and learn play guitar. But here is a list of things that I still want to do.
1. Swim with dolphins.
2. Have my mom watch me graduate.
3. Travel more any where. Mostly Jamaica, Italy, and Hawaii.
4. Run a half marathon and a marathon.
5. Spend time with those I love.
I have some plans to get these things crossed off my list sooner rather then later. So stay tuned because I promise more entertaining and exciting blogs… Until then remember to appreciate everything and everyone in you life because it is shorter then we know.

January 24, 2011 at 12:17 am 4 comments

Easy Cheesy Grits with Corn

I have made these grits three times. The first time was with braised short ribs, then shrimp. Tonight was with sea scallops and a sherry cream sauce. I am sure I will make it again too.
1 tbsp butter
1cup frozen corn kernels
1 tsp thyme, basil, or cilantro -whatever flavor you prefer
1 cup fat free milk
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add corn and cook for one minute. Add thyme, milk, and water. Bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in cornmeal. Cook till desired thickness about 5 minutes. Remove from heat add cheese. Season to taste and serve.

January 3, 2011 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

Dear Unhappiness

I have spent way too much time with you. I may have thought I was enjoying the time we spent together or maybe I thought that is all I deserved. But the truth is I want to be happy. Being happy is a choice that I can make every day. I started to realize this last year that I had the power to choose.
I spent time in a miserable job but after a push from the hubby I went looking for another job. It came my way more quickly then I could have imagined. For that I am grateful. I realized I was miserable in clothes that were too tight and I hated how the extra weight made me feel. I was able to lose 35 pounds in 2010. I not only look better but I feel more happiness.
Now is the time to focus on the other things in my life that will make me happy. Life is too short to spend it in unhappiness. Everyone has the power to change their lives. To choose a different path. I want to focus on goals that will make me happy in 2011. I encourage you to do the same. When you write your goals for the new year think about how happy you will feel when they have been accomplished. How will your life be changed in 2011?

December 30, 2010 at 11:12 am 4 comments

New phone

This is my first time blogging from my new phone. I am getting used to being an android. Really I love it. The best part is that I am on a family plan with the hubby now. I have to get to work. How was your Christmas?

December 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

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