Thursday, July 30, 2009

All in my head...

...the recipes.

For a while now I've been thinking and talking about making my own cookbook. I have so many recipes stored in my head, not written down. Very rarely do I ever follow recipes, but I'm afraid I'm going to forget about foods I make all together! Most of what I cook come from ideas of recipes that I have (in my opinion) made better.


Some recipes (when I do follow what's on paper - although it's never exactly the same) I do have copied/written/torn from magazines/etc. and feel like those need to be organized. Especially with my new eating plan, I think it would be good to organize these! Right now they are all over the place. Some are in a recipe box I started and forgot about, some are in an envelope in my kitchen, and others are separate pages placed in cookbooks. I'd like each recipe to have ingredients, instructions, and nutritional value (at least calorie count).

Since, when I get back from Dallas, my bf leaves for Coloroado for almost a week, I will have plenty of time to work on this cookbook. I'm artsy, so it's going to be a cute one, with photos, and obviously an ongoing project, but it's going to be a lot of fun!

Packed and ready to go! Everything is packed for my trip to Dallas tomorrow. I created a 3.5 hour play list for my drive there.

My run today? Non existent. I was ready to go, got my bag that I brought to work and went to go change...realized I didn't bring a shirt! UGH! I went home with every intention to just run when I got there, but as I left work, I went to take a step, didn't realize there was about an eight inch step down right in front of me, and stepped down so hard I thought I broke the heel right off my high heels. Not only that, but I felt my head just crunch down in my neck. Imagine jumping on a bed, then all of a sudden, the bed isn't beneath you. Ok, not that extreme, but it hurt! I had an instant, throbbing headache, and my neck was killing me. When I got home it was so much worse, I decided to just take it easy. I was pretty bummed, but didn't think the pounding on the pavement would help!

I'll catch up with you all on Sunday! Have a great weekend!


Update! - wish it were a more clever title

I am plugging and researching away on my eating plan. So far I have 7 snack ideas, 6 breakfast ideas, 4 lunch ideas, and 2 dinner ideas. Thanks to Lissful I have another breakfast and dinner idea! I will be sure to post them all here (most likely this weekend) to share with you all! My goal is to start on Sunday.

EDIT: I'm having a lot of fun planning this out and searching calories. I love cooking, so it's almost like I'm cooking in my head!
(11:30 am and it's making me hungry for lunch!)

Please give me your ideas! Ideally I'd like so many choices in my calorie range that it's hard to decide...I don't want to get stuck in an eating rutt...that makes for an easy way to stray!

I'm trying to finish a bunch of things up at work today. I leave tomorrow for Dallas for work. It's not a long trip, just Friday and Saturday, but since I have to bring a lot of things with me I have to drive!



Since my work meetings are always crazy I don't usually have time to run while I'm gone, so I've modified my training schedule for the week. Monday was difficult to find time to run, so I took it off. I ran 2.5 miles on Tuesday (outside/no shade - it was 102 degrees - yuck!). I did the bike at the gym for almost 5 miles yesterday. I have a 3 mile run today after work (outside, but in the shade!). Saturday, probably a 3 or 4 miler when I get back from Dallas.

I've seen lots of my bloggy friends with cute little signatures, so I created one...let me know what you think!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Planning it out

So, if you've read my How it All Began story and have read some of my blog entries, then you know I've come a long way in the whole weight loss, getting healthy thing. But, you also know that I feel like I still have a ways to go. For those who have lost a good amount of weight, you know that the first 20/30/40lbs or so comes off relatively easy. Not to say you didn't work at it, but if you used to eat crap and never exercised, then throwing in a salad a day and 20 minute walk a day makes a huge difference.

I've kinda come to the Plateau. Yes, my eating habits have slacked a little bit, and my training has cooled down (picking back up though), so I'm sure that is partially to blame for my weight loss plateau.



The whole eating thing, it's very new to me. I don't really like eating. It's strange, I'm well aware, especially since I love cooking. Well, I guess I shouldn't say I don't like eating, I like eating sweets. Ice cream is my weakness. Really, if I could get away with eating only one thing for the rest of my life, it would for sure be ice cream! When I say that eating is new to me, it's more like me saying I don't know how to do it right.

Here are some of the struggles I've had with food (eating habits):
  1. I was a vegetarian for a while but had to stop becuase I wasn't getting nearly enough calories. It was very difficult for me to get enough calories and NOT eat junk food while not eating meat.
  2. When I eat a certain amount of calories (lets just say 1300 a day) I feel starved.
  3. When I stick to strict plans, I get bored and stray easily.
  4. I feel like I don't eat enough sometimes and others I feel like I eat too much.
  5. There are key foods I don't/can't eat: allergic to avocados, can't stand eggs (I've tried them every way imaginable, they make my yack!)
  6. I always wake up very hungry and cereal just doesn't cut it
  7. Plain flavored milk also makes me yack
So, with all this said, the one thing (that is realistic for me to follow) that I have not tried, is planning out my meals in advanced. I'm going to try to give myself about 5-10 different ideas for each meal and snack to choose from in a day. I'd like the calorie amounts to equal between 1500-1800. I chose this amount becuase just living my life, not exercising, I burn about 2025 calories a day. When I run, I burn about 300-400 calories (this will change closer towards my next half marathon). I've read that while trying to lose weight, it's best to eat about 500 calories less than you burn each day; thus, putting me in the 1500-1800 calorie range.

Here is the breakdown I'm looking to stick with:
  • Breakfast 350-500 calories
  • Snack 100-200 calories
  • Lunch 350-500 calories
  • Snack 100-200 calories
  • Dinner 350-500 calories
  • Dessert only on days that I run and am under my calorie marker
I'm going to lay it all out, and I will post my plan here once I get it. If you have any suggestions, I'd LOVE to hear them! Try to keep in mind that I do cook for two, my bf eats very healthy, but I don't want to "punish" him with boring "calorie-counting" foods.

Breakfasts
Lunches
Dinners
Snacks

Disclaimer

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I need to get my **** together!

Ok, so after talking to one of my friends last night, I realized that I have less than 3 months before my next half marathon! Let me repeat myself...

less

than

3

months!

I always feel lame when I'm training. I don't drink very often, I try not to go out on Friday nights (because of my long runs on Saturday). I try to get plenty of sleep during the week. It might be extreme, but I just don't want to get sick. Plus, I really am an "all or nothing" kind of person.

While training for my first half marathon, I was in the craziest time of the year at work. I was getting to work at 6am, leaving at 5pm, running for an hour or 2 after work, cooking dinner, and doing it all over again. I got sick twice. It was awful. Can you imagine getting sick one month before your first half marathon?! I was stressing out - which only made it worse.

I simply explained to my friends last night: "This is very important to me. While it is a continuous part of my life (I don't see this racing thing ending anytime soon - I love it) I need to make time for this and stop making excuses. My next half marathon is less than 3 months away; I really need to buckle down. I know what I need to do, I am the only one in my way, I just need you all to understand. This is what I need to do. I need to get my **** together."

Simply put, I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again. No more excuses; I need to get my **** together!

BTW - super excited about my run after work!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Say what???

So, since I vowed to no more treadmill runs (since they are making me crazy) I mapped out a run for this morning. I mapped out a 3 mile about a mile from my house. I live in a really hilly part of town, so was forced to run all hills. Literally, there was no flat part, the entire thing was up or down hill (FYI - I'm not running that route again). So I drive to my starting place and start running.

I felt pretty good, I was making pretty good time. Well, this road that I mapped my run on is a very curvy road that leads into a woodsy 2-lane road that is also very curvy and hilly. I knew that I didn't want to run on that part of the road (really, it's just not safe on that part of the road). With that said (since I drive this route every day to go to work), I knew where I needed to stop. I guess I didn't estimate it well enough when I mapped my run. I turned around at the part that started getting unsafe and ran back. I looked at my watch - 15 minutes...could it be?

I'm averaging a 10 minute mile?

What?

I've never done that.

Side note: I am (most of the time) faster outside than on a treadmill which is where I've had most of my training. I think it's because running is so mental for me. If I see on the treadmill that I'm running faster than 10:45 min mile I get it in my head that I'm not going to be able to finish my run so I better slow down. I convince myself I'll be too tired. When I run outside, I just run. I keep a steady pace, but it's much faster than a treadmill I guess.
So with that said, I thought, well I guess it is possible. Stoked, I kept going. Finished my run, looked at my watch, 30 minutes.

Seriously?

Doubting myself slightly, I get in my car and drive what I just ran...ah man!

Turns out I estimate the road well enough while looking at a map. I only ran 2.5 miles. Not bad actually. 100% hills, 85 degrees, 70% humidity, and only my second outdoor run since my last race in May.

I'm going to do a little better next time mapping out my run! :)

Well - off to get a mani/pedi!

Happy running.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Charms, tattoos, and a bit scatter brained!

I may have found my motivation, or at least I think I’m looking in the right direction…

I am very intrinsically motivated (or self-motivated). I believe in will power - “you can do anything you put your mind to” type of thing. This can be amazing. Really, it can be such a wonderful tool. You do what you want. You decide you want to run a half marathon? Do it! That’s my philosophy. However; I’ve come to realize, it can also be awful! If you are self motivated, and you lose that motivation, you’re outta luck until you find it again. Sure, encouraging words from others are always nice, but they definitely help some more than others. Don’t get me wrong, I like your encouragement, but sometimes I need that extra *umph!*


I posted a new thread on the CoolRunnig forum asking for motivation from others who may have been in my situation. One of the responses in one word was “jewelry”. She went on to explain that she injured herself while training for a half marathon, was getting discouraged, so she bought herself a 13.1 bracelet and a motivational bracelet. Yes – I realize that this isn’t exactly intrinsic motivation, but sometimes you need something to help keep you motivated…


To some of you, this may seem silly. But it’s actually one of the things I did while training for my first half marathon. I was getting discouraged about my speed (still slow, but I don’t care) so I bought myself a necklace with 2 charms; 1 runner girl, and 1 that said “13.1 strong”. I told myself I couldn’t wear it until after the race, but have worn it almost every day since!


With that said, I think I’m going to buy another charm to go along with it. I’m not sure what yet, but it’s going to be awesome. Maybe believe or something along those lines. Another thing I’ve 95% decided, is that I’m going to get another tattoo. Since I want to get it on my foot, and I remember the amount of time it took to heal, I’m going to wait until after my last planned race in February, but I’m pretty sure I will get it. Not sure exactly what it will say or what it will look like. I know I want to design it, and that I want either: strength, strong, will power, or believe in it.


My life has taken a complete 180 degree turn in the past 2 years or so. Rather, I should say, I’ve taken my life and made a complete 180 degree turn. I’ve accomplished so much that I always thought impossible. I contribute that to my inner strength. The tattoo, I realize many people will think is silly, but it would be a reminder to me of what I’ve accomplished, and what I am capable of. It will also serve as a reminder of what is yet to come.


So, there you have it. I’ve noticed my entries are a little scattered brained at times (much like my actual thoughts) so sorry about that!


Long story short, I may have found my motivation again, and I’m pretty happy about that!


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

today

Yep, today was so kickass, ultra fabulous that it get's it's very own post...woot! Not! Well, it get's its own post, but it was anything but kickass and ultra fabulous...

I swear, I really am a positive person, just the past few weeks have been sorta lame!

This is sort of a vent, so if you don't wanna hear it, then don't read it! :)

Ok, the day started out ok, sorta slow and tired, but ok. I got my iced skinny vanilla latte, saw my favorite baristas, and that made me happy!

I love my job, but like everyone, sometimes you just have a bad day. Today, kind of a bad day.

But it's ok, because I was going for a run after work! Yes - I was so excited! Got home, had a slight headache, but didn't care...I was honestly excited to go running. Put my shoes on, and go for it. About 3/4 of a mile into I get this intense, dull pain in my right leg. Oh no! This was the same pain I used to get before I bought my good - proper - running shoes. Well, I have about 350 miles on those shoes now...I thought I could stretch them, but cannot. I need to buy new ones, a small price to pay for no injuries, I just really thought I'd be able to put them off. So, with that said, I cut my run short...very short. I barely got a mile in and was not happy about it.

Instead of beating myself up over it, I let it go. I went home, made my turkey/swiss cheese burger and red wine.



Side note: I'm not running on a treadmill ever again. I hate it! I would much rather slow my pace, and run outside in 110 degree weather than take one more step on a treadmill! Starting Friday, I'm running at the lake!

Cheers!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Finding Motivation?

Wow, can't believe it's been a week since my last post - sadly it's also been a week since my last good run.

I went home (to the Phoenix, AZ area) this weekend becuase one of my best friends from high school got married. It was such a beautiful wedding and am so happy I was able to be there for it!

With that said, I got to run inside (of course, with 113 degree weather - no exaggeration - it really was 113 on Saturday) at my favorite gym! Every time I'm there I run into Charles Barkley, it's so cool - except this time I didn't run into him, which sorta bummed me out!

Well - let me back track a little.

My last post was me icing my knees before my Wednesday morning run...that, never happened. My alarm went off, and I immediately said "Hell no!" Gosh, I hate that! My knees were achy and I was exhausted...excuses...I'm well aware! I hate that I made excuses. For some reason that I cannot remember (clearly not a good one) I didn't run that day after work.

Friday rolled around. I set my alarm. Alarm went off..."Ugh not today, I'm tired." Turned off the alarm. No morning run. Now Friday afternoon I did have a good reason I didn't run, I was on a plane to Phoenix and when we landed we met friends out for dinner. I was such a good girl too. They wanted to go out to a near-by bar, and I declined becuase I knew I had to wake up early for a long run. I really try not to drink on Friday nights because my long runs are on Saturday.

I did wake up on Saturday and go running (at the gym where I did not run into my favorite basketball player of all time...). Anyway, it was an awful run. Awful. I hated just about every minute of it. But ultimately, glad I ran.

This brings me to Monday. I decided that since I cannot get enough sleep and gain enough energy to have a good run first thing in the morning, I'm going to have to go back to running after work. I don't really like this becuase by the time I'm done running, cook dinner, and settle down, it's time for bed, but I guess it's what I have to do if I'm going to run. The good thing is that once it cools down I can just drive over to the lake to go running after work. This is also good becuase the longer my runs get during the week, the more difficult it would be to run before work.

Good grief - long side note!

Anyways... I didn't run Monday becuase I suck. Pretty much that's the only reason.

This leads me to what I really wanted to blog about and what I need your help with!

How do you find that motivation?


I feel like my first half marathon was amazing becuase it was such a new experience for me. I had just lost a bunch of weight, I had never run before, and was so excited to say I finished a half marathon! I'm trying to find that motivation again, and it's tough. I love running, I really do, I'm just not enjoying it at the moment, and I need to know what I can/should do to get it back. Have any of you ever experienced that? I have 3 more half marathons planned between October and February so I really need to buckle down. Any advice to ignite that fire again?

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Photo Update

I might be dying...ok, not really, that might be a slight exaggeration...slight...

This is me watching the All Star game icing my knees. I chased my dog around the house, and now my knees are throbbing...




This is the present I got from my dad yesterday - I love that GU sponsors him!



And this is just because he's super cute! Winston, my baby, I mean my dog!



Hopefully this ice helps because I have a date with my running shoes at 5:30 tomorrow morning!



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Monday, July 13, 2009

Ugh

I so wish I had something good or positive to report. Sadly, I do not. Not only did I fail to do my long run this weekend (too tired on Saturday after a late Friday night and throbbing knees on Sunday) but my run today wasn't even good.

I got so mad that I couldn't (ok -- DIDN'T) do my long run this weekend. It stated off with good intentions. I woke up later than planned on Saturday morning. I wanted to run outside - at 9:00am it was already 95 with 40 or 50% humidity...NO THANK YOU! So I said I'd get all my "chores" done on Saturday and wake up early on Sunday to run. I checked the weather report for Sunday morning -- it reported 78 at 8am...not bad!!!! I was excited. YES, I was finally going to get a good outdoor run in! Set my alarm for 8am, got out of bed...oh no! My knees! Dangit! UGH...my knees were killing me, I mean killing. They hadn't hurt that bad in a long time. Not wanting to push myself, I decided to hold off thinking "Well, if I have to run on the treadmill today, I guess it's not the end of the world." But let me tell you - 45 minutes, inside, overlooking the pool...not my ideal running conditions. Not wanting to even move, I went back to bed. Woke up around 9am and started my day...not well. My knees hurt the entire day, I even wrapped one of them, so needless to say, I didn't get my long run in...not happy about it.

But it's ok, right? WRONG! I kept thinking, maybe my body just needed a little bit of a break, my run tomorrow (which was this morning) will be awesome! No, no it wasn't. Not at all. It sucked! Really, the only good thing I have to report is that I did it. I was scheduled to run 30 minutes today, and I did, so that's good...I guess!

I know what you're thinking "She is so hard on herself" -- I know, sometimes too hard on myself, but I know my limits (most of the time) and I hate it when I reach my limits...

Oh well, I guess there is always Wednesday...right?

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Friday, July 10, 2009

DANCE OFF!!!

I win!

Ok - so, I am very musical. Very music motivated and driven. I always have a song in my head and am often times humming it, singing it, and/or dancing to it. When I was a teenager I would hang out in my room and choreograph dances to my favorite songs, learn how to play them on the piano, and yes - even bust out the karaoke machine!

People ask me my favorite type of music - I'm one of those that answers "I love all music." I was actually called out on that, saying - "come on, how is it possible to love all music, what's the last 10 songs you downloaded to your iPod?" My response (at the time - but would be very similar today)
  1. Back That Azz Up - Juvenile
  2. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
  3. Whatever It Is - Zac Brown Band
  4. Hook Me Up - The Veronicas
  5. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
  6. 99 Red Balloons - Nena
  7. Just a Friend - Biz Markie
  8. All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo
  9. Love Who You Love - Rascal Flatts
  10. Lady - Lenny Kravitz
Not to mention the Aerosmith, Beatles, Joss Stone, Rolling Stones, Metallica, Journey, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Bob Marley - So you get the picture...I really am a music lover.

With that said, I think a good playlist for running is an essential! When I get really in the groove, and running feels easy that day, I have a dance off...in my head. I always win of course. Today? It was a dance off day! My mind went off, I danced away, and loved every minute of it. My dance off playlist for today's run was:
  1. Swing - Savage & Soulja Boy
  2. Corona and Lime - Shwayze
  3. In the Ayer - Flo Rida (featuring Will.I.am)
  4. Sexy Can I - Ray J (featuring Young Berg)
  5. Lilli Lolli - Three 6 Mafia
  6. Live Your Life - T.I. (featuring Rihanna)
  7. Disturbia - Rihanna

So my day is already off to a good start - hopefully the rest of the day will rock as well!

Happy running!

Until next time, I'm out!


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Feelin’ a bit strange

I’m not sure why, but I’m feeling a little weird. Part of me is excited, part of me is tired, and part of me is itchin’ for a run!


Really – not sure why I’m excited. I have lots of projects on my plate – I LOVE PROJECTS – so work is great. Maybe that’s why I’m excited? – beats me!


I know exactly why I’m tired – if my boyfriend reads this, he’s gonna say “I told you so!” I didn’t go to bed last night until 11:30. Not super late, but considering that I woke up at 5:30 the morning before to go running, it’s kinda late. I just couldn’t sleep. I got home from Girls Night –

Girls Night is where a bunch of us girls take turns hosting & cooking dinner, we drink wine, eat, chat about boys, and watch the Bachelorette! To be honest, I started going to Girls Night for the food, wine, and chatting, but now I’m hooked on the stupid show!
SPOILER ALERT – so glad Wes wasn’t given a rose last night…he makes all of Austin, TX look bad! …Back to not sleeping… I was wired. My mind was in a million places. I kept thinking about my photography. I’m in the process of buying a new camera and I have a list of dozens of places around town that I want to go with it. I really need to write those places down! When I get in a creative groove, my mind has a hard time shutting off. So yeah, I just lied in bed last night wide awake!

Itchin’ for a run… It’s a good feeling. It’s been a while since I was missing running on the days I don’t run, I like it! My last run was great! I beat 11 min/mile. For me, that’s amazing! I average 10:48 for my 20 minute run. Let’s see if I can keep it up! As I told my boyfriend the other day “I love running. I’m getting stronger and faster daily. This is awesome!” I realize not all my running days will be like this, so I’m going to enjoy them! I think writing about the good days is a good thing; I can reflect on them when I feel like I hate running – kind of serve as a reminder of how much I do love it!

Friday, July 3, 2009

I got my groove back and bought some toys!

I cannot even remember the last time I had 3 great runs in a row. Today I went running and I didn't want to stop. I did stop though; Fridays I try to take is slower than normal, because Saturdays are my long runs. It wasn't super fast, but was so fun! I ran 1.8 miles in 20 minutes...I think I got my groove back!!!

I also got some new toys!

Finally I spent the money on a decent sports bra. It's terrible, I know, but I've been running for 9 months, and just now bought a decent sports bra. I had been doubling my sports bras before. It was awful, absolutely awful, and really making it difficult to breathe! I was convinced that there was no sports bra that would fit me and give me the support I needed, so I needed to wear two...wrong!

Without getting into too much detail, I'm a larger on top than most runners so I felt there was no hope for me. I went into
BettySport in Austin, Texas. They were awesome! Very helpful. I walked in, the girl asked me my bra size, and she pulled 5 or 6 bras she thought I should try. The one I ended up with: Calli Bra by Moving Comfort. Let me tell you, the best $58 I've ever spent! I'm going back on Monday to get another...that way I have two and can get rid of my others.

Also, while I was at BettySport (which I highly recommend - some of the cutest woman's sporting apparel!), I found the cutest Nike headbands. A girl runner can never have too many headbands. Teal and Purple say "Just Do It" and the Pink says "Intensity" and "Emotion".


Then, I got home, and checked the mail, and my new iPod nano arrived. YAY! I had one a while back, but it fell out of my purse at a bar. When I realized and called the bar, it was nowhere to be found. I was just running with my iPhone, but I'm so worried of dropping it or it getting wet, that I thought I'd just buy another nano. Plus, this means I get to start using my Nike+ again!

So I'm a happy camper. I got my groove back, and have some fun toys to play with!

Happy Independence Day!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

On my brain...

I am sitting here eating lunch, at my computer, as always (I'm a bit of a workaholic, but it's ok, because I LOVE my job!). I thought I'd actually take a little break from work, and write down what's on my brain...
  • Colbie Caillat Realize just came on the radio, I love this song
  • I feel like I need a pound of chocolate covered pretzels sitting here at my desk so I can devour them
  • What am I going to wear tonight? The love of my life is taking me to dinner!
  • As much as I love my job, I wish it was 4:30...office is closed tomorrow, and I'm ready to start my weekend
  • Wondering if I should order my new ENELL sports bra online or go in a store a pay a little bit more for it but have it right away
  • Tall Mom is super cool for her present to her bloggy followers (check it out)
  • Tracking my new iPod...hopefully is arrives soon! I hate that Apple always uses DHL
  • Should I set my alarm tomorrow morning so I can do another early morning run or should I let myself sleep in?
  • Trying to plan in my head what I'm going to make for dinners for the week, I'm going to try to get my grocery shopping done tomorrow
  • I want to go across the street to Starbucks and get a Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte...yummy!
  • I want to go running right now, but I can't, today is a cross training day
Ok, I think that's good for now. Hope you all have a great day!

Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Next race

Woot! I just signed up for my next race! Probably will sign up for the following two very soon!

Run Austin Run Half Marathon - USA Production Racing Series - October 11


My goals for the race
  • Cut 20 minutes from my last half marathon (don't know how crazy this is) - run it in 2:37 (roughly 12 minute/mile) - Going to try to reach this by running more and walking less in the race. I think I should be faster because I've been running longer (last half, I had only been running 4 months).
  • Lose 10 more pounds before the race - Not a major goal, should happen just because I'm training and eating healthy.
  • Stay injury free - This shouldn't really need an explanation.
  • Continue to have fun training - Also doesn't need an explanation.
I'm looking forward to another half marathon.

Some things I remember from my last half marathon (which was my first race ever).
  • Mile 1 - the guys in front of my stopped to take a picture at the "Mile 1" sign
  • Mile 3 - the cute guy volunteer thought he was encouraging by saying "Only 10 more miles to go" my reply "Oh gee thanks!" - made me smile though
  • Miles 6-8 - Pretty much thought I was completely crazy!
  • Mile 9 - It started sinking in that I was about to finish a freaking half marathon!!! That made me very happy!
  • Mile 10 - passed a college neighborhood, one of the guys was in his front yard drinking mimosas trying to get me to stop running (I was SO tempted)
  • 500 yards left - started sprinting to the finish
  • Finish Line - I cried...never been more happy or more proud of myself
Can't wait to have more little memories like these!