Fitness Friday: Race Schedule and My Fitness Inspiration

Fitness Friday is BACK!

First up! My race itinerary from now until October. I am using the last 6 weeks of my training to get in to race mode. I am still doing my weekly runs and track workouts, but my weekend runs have been replaced by road races.

September 15 – I am running the Canton Road Race 10k with Reebok and Fitfluential. This will be my first race that is longer than a 5k, I am super excited and also super nervous!

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September 22 – This is my last long run before my half! 11 Miles. So my coach and another teammate and I are running the Salem Wicked Half. I realize that I am completing a half before my real half. The game plan, go all out for the first 11 miles, and walk/use the last 2.1 miles for cool down.

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October 8 – My last training run before the big day. I am running the Tufts 10k for Women. This race is near my town and I have had friends run it every year, but honestly the 10k distance intimidated me for such a long time. I am pumped for this.

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October 14 – THE BIG ONE. The race I have been training all summer for. The Nike Women’s Half!

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Are you running any of these? Let me know if you’d like to meet up!

For the second part of Fitness Friday, my fitness inspiration!

I entered this competition on Pinterest, but it really got me thinking…who is my fitness inspiration. Not just the people who support me emotionally, like my amazing husband and family, or my friends. These are the people that understand my fitness craziness.

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The answer is in this picture.
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I would never have started seriously running if it wasn’t for two of the people here, I also don’t think I would enjoy this journey as much without either of them alongside me.

The first being my trainer, he constantly is pushing me beyond what I think is possible and he is definitely my running inspiration. Completing an IronMan and PRing a half-ironman a few days after a bike accident, seriously he is insane, in a good way obviously. When I doubted my athletic abilities, or when I had a break down about not being able to run a half-marathon, he had my back and gave me support on my running. Our relationship has evolved from trainer & trainee to friends. I am so glad that I have him to confide in about my athletic worries.

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The other is my best friend, Casey. She has always been into working out, being fit and running. When we first started hanging out she was training for duathalons, and we started going to boot camp together, running fun runs together. She and my trainer got me to sign up for my first Spartan Race and I have been hooked on mud/fun runs ever since.

She has always cheerleader my fitness accomplishments and has always been supportive, even of my crazy ideas.

I can’t thank either of these two enough for their support.

Who is your fitness inspiration?

Fitness Friday: My Fitness Bucket List

Being an Ambassador for Fitfluential, is something I am grateful to be a part of every day! I have a great support network for my sometimes crazy fitness dreams and goals. Just recently, we were all asked to make a pin board about our fitness bucket list, thanks for enabling the crazy fitfluential ;).

The Ambassadors, myself included, took off with this request, I made my board that night.

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Right now my list has 15 items. I am sure I will be adding more as I go, but here are a few of the ones I am really pumped about.

1. The number one race I must run

THE Boston Marathon. I grew up on Boston history and sports. I have lived just outside the city for almost 6 years now. If I only ever run one marathon, this will be it. There is so much history with this race, and while the race itself may be boring, the spectators make it worth it.

2. My first BIG race

The Nike Women’s Half. Running on 10.14.2012 with Team in Training, I am excited and terrified.

3. Phone a Friend?

I have always wanted to do a relay, but honestly right now my pace is just too slow.

4. Blogging

Attend a blogging conference. I am registered for Healthy Living Summit this August, luckily it is in Boston, which means less cost for me.

5. Run one DISNEY race

Okay, okay, busted. I would love to run all of them. Seriously they just look fun, and is something the whole family could be a part of.

Most of my fitness bucket list is in the running spectrum, I know there are other things out there that I have been dying to do, I just need to write them all down!

What are your fitness bucket list items?

Remember you have until Tuesday to enter the customized bachelorette bag giveaway!

Fitness Friday: Kerry’s Story

When I asked for guest posts about Team in Training, Kerry was one of the first to respond. She has done two marathons with Team in Training and is gearing up for her third in October! Read how she got involved with Team in Training!

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I guess you could call me an athlete. I started swimming competitively when I was ten and never looked back. Two a day practices began when I was twelve and didn’t stop until I was twenty.

But when they did stop, I didn’t know what to do with all of this free time I now had in my life. I no longer had to wake up at 5 am and jump into a pool and then do it all over again in the afternoon. I no longer had a group of teammates to see every day. There were no more competitions to prepare for or seasons to train for. What’s a girl to do?

Call me a glutton for punishment, but a friend convinced me to take up running. I started off terribly slow and terribly well, painful. However, slowly but surely, I improved and soon began actually enjoying it. Then my friend mentioned Team in Training (TNT). I’d never heard of it. She explained that it was an organization that helped people prepare for endurance events while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Without mentioning what these endurance events were, she suggested we go to an information meeting to see if it was something we’d be interested in doing together. I was searching for something to do with all my free time as well as a good, hard challenge to work towards.

Wow, did I ever find one. Five minutes into the meeting I was hooked. I still get emotional thinking about it. We listened to a cyclist tell us his story which began when he noticed he was more tired than usual while training. He went to the doctor and was told he had cancer. As a healthy middle-aged man, he explained he was completely unaware of what he was dealing with, until he became familiar with LLS. Providing him with information and tools he needed, LLS helped him take control of his health and soon he was in remission. Before he knew it, he was back on the bike trails and one day, noticed a massive group of people running in purple jerseys — the telltale sign of Team in Training. Remembering Team in Training’s support of LLS, this man pedaled to catch up to the group, stopped them, took of his helmet to show his head, bald from the chemotherapy, and thanked them. He said, “You are doing this for me. You are saving my life. Thank you.” From that second forward, I knew that I needed to be a part of Team in Training. I wanted the opportunity to help save lives. I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon on the spot.

The training began a month or so later. I was nervous, but the coaches and teammates were so supportive that I never once felt discouraged. Even when we got into the hardest runs of the season, 16, 18, 20 miles, I finished every single one with a high five from a coach and one of my fellow runners. Every Saturday, I woke up, drove to training and had nearly a hundred teammates to take on our weekly challenge together. Each week, I achieved a new goal, a new distance a new milestone. I felt part of a team again — and part of something bigger than myself. On top of it all, I was helping to improve the lives of people suffering from blood cancers.

On race day, my goal was simply to finish the race. I had no aspirations of beating Oprah’s time, as so many first time marathoners do. I just wanted to cross that finish line and know that all of my hard work had paid off. Running that marathon was the single most inspirational thing I’ve done in my life. During the beginning of the race I was running on pure adrenaline. Come mile 16, I began feeling the pain that you might associate with that mile marker, but I had to take a second to look around me. I was surrounded by servicemen running in full uniform; people running for loved ones who were no longer with us, their faces staring at me from the backs of T-shirts, and even other TNT members from all over the country. We were all in this together and the pain that I was feeling in that moment surely couldn’t compare to the pain most of these people had dealt with in war or being powerless as their loved ones suffer. These thoughts kept me moving all the way through the finish line. I was exhausted when I finished, side by side with my friend with whom I began this Team in Training journey, elated to have finished but vowing that I would never have to do it again. I could check it off the bucket list! Yahoo!

Until I signed up to be a mentor for my second marathon the very next year…and then signed up again this year to do my third Marine Corps marathon. Along the way, my father, cousin, two coworkers and two friends have also completed endurance events with Team in Training, together raising nearly $20,000 for LLS. The power of what one person’s decision can have was not lost on me, as I saw the direct result of my participation with Team in Training. I didn’t know what I could accomplish until I put my mind to it and now I am on my way to completing my third marathon and another phenomenal experience with Team in Training! Here is to another 26.2!

Thank you Kerry for sharing your story.

If you would like to donate there is still time!

Fitness Friday: BIG NEWS

I know that I said here that 2012 is the year of the 5k

I am back to say that I have changed my tune.

I really sat one night and thought about it. Sometimes as a stay at home mom it is easy to lose yourself in the caretaker roll, so much that you forget to take care of yourself. I have definitely found myself in that situation. Then I add in all the events that are happening this spring and summer. All of which I can’t wait to attend, but it also helps me lose more of that precious “ME” time.

So what is one thing that I can do for me, continue my journey to being healthier and fit, but also something that I can fit in my busy schedule.

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Yup, that’s right, I signed up for a Team in Training event.

Which event you ask?

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The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco in October.

I am sure you have a few questions, or I will just pretend that you do.

1. Why Team in Training?

I knew that I don’t have the ability to train for such a distance for the first time on my own. I also did a ton of research when picking an organization, and talked to past participants. No one had anything negative to say about their experience.

With TNT you get a few coaches for different parts of the experience (running & fundraising), you have a personalized training plan, and you are able to participate in clinics on hydration, nutrition, gear, just to name a few. You also get to work with a team. Many of these things I would not have had on my own, especially with things like nutrition & hydration, I am sure it would have been trial and error.

TNT is also a great cause, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While I personally do not have a story attached to this cause, it is still an important one to raise money for.

2. Why the Nike Women’s Half?

In October 2010 Nick & I travelled to San Francisco for a long weekend with my Dad, for a mini vacation.

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While we were there I saw the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half. I thought to myself, I didn’t even tell Nick or my dad, someday I want to run this race. Someday I want to be ABLE to run this.

Fast forward two years. I was flirting with using TNT for the Run To Remember 5 miler in Boston. It turns out the weekend of the race I wouldn’t be able to run since I was committed to another 5k. Instead of walking away I kept looking at other races that the MA teams were running, I kept going back to the Nike Half. And there was a half that was MUCH closer than Nike, but I couldn’t sign up for that one. SO after much discussing between Nick and I, I signed up for the Nike Women’s Half, and I have no regrets.

Training starts Sunday

Kickoff is Tuesday – any other locals going?

First team training is Sunday the 20th.

I am petrified and excited all at the same time.

If you made it this far, thank you!

If you’d like to donate to a wonderful cause, you can donate here.

Have you ever ran with Team in Training?

Fitness Friday: What I’ve learned from Best Body Bootcamp

I am sad to say the end of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp is upon us.

I learned a ton about myself.

1. I can do these exercises. I was worried that the plan she had written for us would be too hard for me. While some exercises were extremely difficult, I was able to complete them, in the correct form. My trainer has also noticed how much my strength has improved, especially my core strength.

2. I do better when I have a plan written out for me. Not that I can’t or won’t do the work on my own, but having different sets written out for me keeps the strength training fresh and interesting.

3. I need to set goals for myself that are outside physical fitness. Part of Tina’s program was having 2 goals a week.

Mine fluctuated between a few. Being in bed by 11 pm, No desserts, Drinking 100+ oz of water a day, Getting ready for the day immediately after working out and observing orthodox lent.

Drinking 100+ oz of water, getting ready for the day immediately after working out were ones that were a little easier, I just needed to remind myself to do them and not sit around during nap time. Orthodox lent I only did for one week, and it wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated.

The two hardest goals were getting to bed by 11. 99% of the time I did, but I still wasn’t able to fall asleep. Sweets are my kryptonite, especially dark chocolate. I have tried to only have one square a day.

4. I can do anything I put my mind to.

5. I am stronger than I think.

6. Those someday goals, will become next year goals.

Fitness Friday: music

I think it’s safe to say we all know that I work out at home 90% of the time.

I love to listen to music when I am working out alone, but I need music that pumps me up.

Here’s the problem, I have been listening to the same playlist for years, with a few additions here and there. But I need new music and badly. Here’s where you come in, give me your favorites. and I will share some of mine.

Godspeed – Anberlin

That’s What You Get – Paramore

1000 Julys – Third Eye Blind

Help a girl out, what are your favorite workout songs?

Fitness Friday: race goals & an update

I am excited to say I have 3 races registered for! I have a 4th on the maybe list, but I am waiting to hear if a few friends want to run it together.

I have registered for:

Color Me Rad 5k

May 26, Hartford, CT

Team Cupcake Kelly’s if you want to join.

I am running with one of Nick’s cousins and persuaded Nick to run as well.

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The Color Run

July 28, Amesbury, MA

My trainer’s fiancé put together a team, and I can’t pass up a fun run. I did the Spartan Race at this location and I don’t love it, in fact I kind of hate it. However, I was at my lowest weight pre-pregnancy when I raced then and I wasn’t as dedicated about getting my workouts in. I want to see how much I have improved with this course.

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The Warrior Dash

September 22, Willington, CT

A few friends from CT are running this race, so I decided to join them. I have done a Spartan Race so I sort of know what to expect, I hope. Like I said, I can’t pass up a fun run.

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My goals are to have fun and for the MA Color Run, to PR my previous time. I also want to find an October 5k, to PR at.

Body Update

In my race recap I was pretty down on myself about my performance, but I have to remind myself that my body is now a completely different machine than it was 2 years ago.

In general, I have been feeling bad about my body and weight loss. I eat really well, I am always within my calorie allotment and I have been working really hard.

I forgot to do measurements last month so we will count this as month 3 check in.

Check out my 1st month update

Weight – down 14 pounds which brings me to a total of 21 pounds!

Right Arm – down .78, total down .78 inches

Hips – down 1.18 inches total of 3.08 inches

Waist – down .4 inches, total of 3.5 inches

Right Calf – down 1 inch, total of 1.6 inches

Right Thigh – down .5 inches, total of 1 inch.

Seriously, I don’t get why I am so down on my self. I am clearly doing awesome. I will post pictures of the end of February and April (since both will have me very dressed up, and won’t be iPhone photos) just to see the difference.

It’s clear that my upped running, Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and increased intensity of workouts with my trainer are paying off. My next goal is to lose 25 pounds by my sister-in-law’s wedding. From these stats it will be a little less than 3 months. I think this goal is definitely within my reach!