Who am I?

I participated in the inaugural WC half marathon this weekend…. Things to note about my participation in this event….

  1. It was FREEZING, literally
  2. I was so cold I could not feel myself smiling
  3. I was so cold I think my lungs froze….I was having MAJOR issues with breathing when I “attempted” the hills. Attempts only because I couldn’t run up one of them from bottom to top. FAIL on my part.
  4. Every time I would swallow I would lose my breathe and then it would take me “x” amount of time to get back in control
  5. I hate making excuses for my lack of good performance, but I was really struggling
  6. I had a sidekick to push me through….even when I was not doing so well. Thank you DAN! (I for sure was holding him back…but, it was nice of him to run with me)
  7. I managed to finish with seconds under 2:00:00 even with the amount of walking I did. I definitely did not deserve to finish under 2 hours…..Geez how depressing that sounds!

Today is my first day of training with my coach and I am PRETTY EXCITED! I cant wait for him to kick my butt. I need my head back in the game…I hope he holds the key to do that!

How much effort can I put in? How bad do I want this? What am I trying to prove? Who am I?

I AM NOT A QUITER!

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Day 2….

I have been in what some would call a rut…but, I call laziness. I couldn’t seem to peal myself from my covers at approximately 4:30 in the morning. Gee I wonder why that is so hard! Hmmmmm. Anyways, I have a half marathon this week and I need to get my butt moving at least. I know that I will not be able to improve any before the run but at least I can trick my mind into thinking I can! Oh the mind games, blah.

Anyways, I ran about 5 miles yesterday and was VERY comfortable surprisingly. Laced up my Nike’s, but on my hoodie, grabbed my ear warm (aka as Dan’s ear warmers that I get to test out before I buy one), and strapped on my watch and turned on my iPod and out the door I went. I really had no goal on my run but to just run. So, I just thought of a route and stuck with it. I was pretty ambitious when I picked the route considering there was a hill that could nearly kill me! Just kidding, but only kind of…

At about mile 2.5 there was a hill that lasted roughly ¾ of mile to a mile, mind you it was not a small hill.  But I managed to get my butt up the hill and when I made it to the top I was pretty excited and had a pretty intense adrenaline rush! Then I knew I was back in the game. I think it was partially that and the fact that I witnessed a close friend qualify for the Boston Marathon at CIM this weekend. He qualified with a race time of 3:04:31. WOW. I was so emotional when he crossed the line I was holding back tears….and just trying not to lose him in the crowed. I was fixed on him. One day I will be able to do that to…maybe not run a marathon in a little over 3 hours, but some day I will qualify for Boston…assuming they don’t keep lowering the qualifying time!

Well, next Monday I start my training for my first marathon. Trainer has already had me track my diet for the past week. I am a little scared to show him actually. It is amazing what you learn from your diet in just one week.

  1. I don’t eat enough protein
  2. I don’t eat enough period.

So, now I have to start eating protein powder in my oatmeal and do all these weird things I never thought I would have to do….but, if I am going to do this, I am going to do this BIG.

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Down South = no running and lots of food….

I just spent the last 4 days in Chapel Hill, NC. It was absolutely beautiful! Only thing…. While I was there I ate, ate, didn’t run, ate and ate some more. Yes, I am complaining. But at the same time I can’t complain because the food was nothing shy of FREAKING AMAZING! Little bit of biscuit, little bit of veggies, little bit of pulled pork, little bit of homemade mac-and-cheese, little bit of baked beans, little bit of dessert and then some dessert and a little more dessert. Let’s just say I woke up on Friday thinking OMG I never want to eat again… then I see my Friend Casey…and she says “OMG I am starved what do you want for breakfast?” My response, UGH. So we went to get food.

I went to my first down south football game, tailgate and all! It was soooo much fun. NC State beat Clemson in a blow away and I learned how to play cornhole… (Note the picture below) You have a teammate and you try to throw the beanbag into the little hole on the board… The point system is a little crazy so I won’t try to explain it.

 I felt bad going to the tailgate empty handed so Casey and I had a cooking party the night before. She made baked beans the Casey way, aka: follow the recipe to an extent then throw in a little extra hear and there. Then we tried out two new recipes, gingerbread and S’more bars. OMG please see the S’more bars below. They are to-die-for and super easy to make. Found the recipe on the crepesofwrath.net website. http://crepesofwrath.net/2008/08/21/smore-cookie-bars/ 

So back to my running after talking about all this food and the 15lbs I gained in approx. 4 days. I didn’t run at all in the past week. I have a 10k on Thanksgiving morning….little turkey trot! I have a half marathon on Dec. 10th and one on Jan. 15th. UGH….don’t get me wrong I am very excited for them all but scared about how I was going to  train for the marathon and do all the runs. Well, 1. I have this friend that runs pretty much 24/7 and he has a trainer, 2. He offered to pass over his contact information so I could get in contact with him, 3. So I did! 4. $5 trillion later I will be with a training plan and some other good stuff to get ready for my marathon. I will start next week. Which makes me ponder the idea of how many times have I said I will start my training next week…hmmmm. With a trainer I will have no choice! I just need someone to get me back into my groove! I feel so out of it L. So, while I eat away my miseries and free time until I commit all free time to running I will be baking and studying for the next week!

Until next time….

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Sugar Withdrawls

For those of you that have had the privilege to know me… you know that I am a pleasure!

EXCEPT, when I need food!

I am the person that eats pretty much non-stop and always has to have a granola bar or some sort of snack in my purse. Anyways, sugar withdrawals have put me in one of those fabulous but not so great moods where I may or may not snap at any moment. I went on another one of my “x” food isn’t good for you I better stop eating it rants this week. In this case it was candy. Why did I have to cut it out?….Mainly because I was eating so much of it I couldn’t even remember what I was eating that wasn’t candy. I blame the lady at work that is in charge of the candy jar (I should tell her to buy all the kinds of candy I hate).

What I have learned from my cutting out of food x, y, and z for a period time….it never works! You just end up eating more of whatever you cut out then you did before. The key is: MODERATION! But what is moderation, a bite size candy, a snack size candy, or a regular candy bar? Chances are if you grab a bite size you are going to crave another bite… Trust me I have done this. I have grabbed so many bite size candies that I am sure it added up to more then a regular candy bar. FAIL on my part. (This I blame the candy packaging company for).What “size” moderation is definitely something that each person needs to determine works for them. Yes there are suggested sizes but if you try to conform to what others tell you to do it will never work. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. So, for me it is one trip to the candy jar and before I get there… I say one, two, or three and that is how many pieces I get when I get there! It seems to be working out.

Another thought I have had is… I cut things out of my diet but I struggle with adding things to my diet. Perhaps, if I cut something out I should add something in.

Right now my diet consists of:

Pasta

Bread

Fruit

Pasta

Veggies

Candy

Pasta

and, recently a few bites of fish (by few I mean I have never ordered a piece of fish all to myself).

I may have been able to get through half marathons on a limited diet, but I think the marathon is going to require a bit healthier more diverse meal selection. Now I vow, If I cut something out (in moderation), I will add something in! Hello, slimy fish and smelly brussell sprouts.

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Project: “Courtney get your act together”

I have been out of commission for FAAAAARRRRRR too long. My “me” time has been exchanged for work time, school time, boy time, family time, limited sleep time, and some time for baking! I need to some how squeeze in some time for running, some time for decompression, and some time to breathe!

I have always been an athlete and love to be active. I have been running half-marathons for a little over a year and now have completed 5! (In case you are wondering my favorite route has been the Nike Women’s Half Marathon (Oct. 16, 2011) but my favorite scenery and weather has been the Healdsburg Destination Half Marathon (Oct. 29, 2011)). So what is all this talk about running!? Well, …I SIGNED UP FOR MY FIRST MARATHON! Okay, I signed up a couple months ago, but I just now have the time to think about how I am going to get from 13.1 miles to 26.2 miles. I have done a lot of research and have found some running plans to get me from A to B…but finding one that doesn’t cost a small fortune and I can squeeze into my already busy schedule has been quite the hunt.

I have settled on a plan I got through the Nike+ website (the same site I got my training plan for the Nike Half Marathon). We will see how this works for the time being. So,… time being just happened I mapped out my date for the marathon and all the training runs and guess what?! INTERFERENCE already with a trip I have had planned for approximately 4 months now, and Thanksgiving, and Christmas! I guess this is where they say, “you have to do what is important to you and what makes you happy”. Guess what? EVERYTHING is important to me. Looks like I am going to have to continue my limited sleep time L.

Anywho, a little more about me. I am a girl a on a mission! A mission to kick some major butt. As a MBA candidate at St. Mary’s College of CA and a working professional I find any extra time to volunteer, see family and friends, and get a good workout, all the while trying to maintain sanity. I find relaxation in baking and snuggle sessions with my dogs…so get ready for some delish recipes and puppy pictures!

What do you say? You want to join me on my adventure to get from 13.1 to 26.2?

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