Friday, January 6, 2012

Your pace, or mine?

This morning, as soon as I woke up, I thought, "Ugh, I'm going to put the kids on the bus and go back to sleep for a while." But of course that never happens! I was on my feet ALL DAY yesterday--I was completely exhausted and my back was killing me.

I spent all evening making Eli's cookies for school. They could only go in the oven eight at a time, so it took me a looong time to finish six batches.  He was happy with them though.
Isn't he the cutest almost-6 year old?!
There were two boxes. I threw away the extra cookies (except for two for the kids' lunches) so that I wouldn't binge on them.

I drove the boys to school so that I could bring the cookies in for Eli. On the way, he asked me what I brought for the kids to drink. Nothing. So we had to stop at Kroger before school, and I picked up a case of water. Drove to the school, and while I was gathering my stuff in the car, a woman in a minivan pulled in the spot right next to me--WAAAY too close. I couldn't squeeze out of my door, and I'm not even fat anymore!

I started walking with the kids toward the school (I was carrying a 24-pack of water and two boxes of cookies); and it was super windy. Halfway to the door, I realized that Eli forgot his book bag in the car. I sent Noah to the car to get it, but of course he couldn't get in because of the woman who parked so close to me. The other side of the car was locked. I had to put everything down, dig through my purse for my keys, and then go get the book bag. Don't you just hate mornings like that?!  ;)

Anyway, I dropped the snack off in Eli's classroom then came home to relax. But I got the itch to go for a run, so I did. Jessica and Renee (as well as a bunch of other people) are running a half-marathon in March. They were talking about it yesterday on the way to Whole Foods, and I was kind of jealous. They just started training this week. So I decided to follow the half-marathon training schedule for a few weeks and see if I feel good enough (post-op) to run a HM in March. Today was the first long run, and it was only 4 miles. I did it and felt fine. Which made me think, "Sure, I can run a half-marathon in 11 weeks"  ;)
Four miles is the farthest I've run after my surgery. I think I'm going to cut the HM training to just 3 days per week--two 3-mile runs and a long run. I'm not looking to PR at the race--just go nice and easy and finish. So I think it should work out. If I'm feeling good in a few weeks, I'll register.

Speaking of registering, Jessica and I are making a relay team for the Detroit Marathon in October. Each team is made up of 5 people, and each person takes a leg of the marathon. I don't have a passport, so I can't do the Canada legs. I decided to take the "glory" leg, which is the last 4.4 miles and across the finish line. It should be fun!  Our team name is "Your pace, or mine?"  ;)

Jessica and I also decided to postpone our full marathon until Spring. Neither one of us feels up to the challenge for Fall (my knee has been bothering me, and she has a hip injury), and we both have a lot going on. It'll be hard to train for Fall. So we need to find a good Spring marathon to do in April or May of 2013. I feel totally relieved about the decision.

My house is feeling totally neglected right now, so I need to start doing laundry and cleaning up!

21 comments:

  1. those cookies turned out super cute!

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  2. At least it's Friday, right??? My half is in October and I've been running 3X/week. I only did 6 miles on Saturday so I have to work my distance back up. If it's nice enough tomorrow I mught actually run outside, probably on the track. I'm just not comfortable opening up the door and running. With all of the traffic around here I don't want to get run over. What do you think?

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  3. That is a REALLY cool idea to do the marathon as a team and take turns. I love that idea!

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  4. Wow Katie! Your number of members seems to have skyrocketed lately. :)

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  5. Hooray to you for throwing away the leftover cookies!

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  6. That's how I made my half marathon training guide - Sunday is a long run, and Tuesday and Thursday are "as much as I feel like." Some days that's 2 miles, some days it's 8 (in intervals). I'm also training myself to listen to my body and trust myself to do well!

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  7. Good job on Throwing the leftovers away i would of done the same thing!!

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  8. I found your site via Pinterest - I love baking and running! I live in Indianapolis, and have yet to go to the 500 Marathon. A few friends of mine are die-hard runners but for whatever reason I haven't ran it yet. It's a running joke at home that I love to run (used to be in the USAF, 7 years ago) but kinda stopped working out after that. My energy level is still the same, but I can't seem to get back into it. Perhaps reading your site will bring it back. I don't really need to lose, gain muscle really. I'm still considered underweight - something the AF wasn't fond of, but oh well. I think it is so amazing you lost all that weight! I look forward to reading more about your journey. Take care. :)

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  9. Your Eli is adorable! Looks like you! My oldest is Eli...love the name. :). Keep up the great work. You inspire me daily!

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  10. @michellechristine

    It might be partially because of Pinterest.. that's how I found her a few days ago and ever since then every time I get on Pinterest I see her lovely picture :)

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  11. I know your trying to pay debit off. But Ken (fiance & I) are going to do the Lincoln Half Marathon in Nebraska in May. With our 2013 goals being the Disneyland and Disney world ones. You should check out the Run Disney. Just a suggestion.

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  12. Love that you threw the rest of the cookies out! Go girl!!! I have Oreos in the kitchen taunting me right now. At least there aren't many left since my boys and friends ate them all afternoon. And am training for a HM April 1st. My 1st on April Fool's day... nervous nervous nervous. Oh, AND I was on pinterest today and saw a link for your site! GO GO GO!!!!!! (:

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  13. I am doing Bayshore marathon this year...you should do it next year!!!! I hear it is a good first marathon (it will be my 2nd), it is flat, scenic, and out and back course. I think you should be fine doing a half in March!!!
    Eli is very cute!!!:-)
    ~Laura

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  14. The Glass City Marathon in Toledo is always around Apirl. It's one I hold close to my heart because it benifits Autism (My son has Autism)

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  15. So proud of you for throwing out the extra cookies. I need to do that more often--just throw away that food that's tempting me--but I don't do it much. Your morning sounds like He!!, glad you got your frustration out on your run, better than taking it out with food!

    The marathons will be great motivators for you to stay strong in your training. I need something like that to keep me going. Now it's time for my walk, so I better quit procrastinating and get out there and JUST DO IT.

    Oh, there's an Amazon.com ad on your site today. That's cool--talk about a MAJOR company, doesn't get much bigger than Amazon.com. I do most of my Christmas shopping through Amazon, so I will definitely use your website to get there from now on!

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  16. I think it's impressive that you're even thinking of a HM right now, and I'm totally jealous that you have enough runner friends to form a relay team! Love the team name.

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  17. I have a quick question about the beginning of your weight loss journey. You said working out was counterproductive. You lost 60 lbs without working out. I am at the beginning of my weight loss journey and I have 70 lbs to lose, I am an avid worker outer and eat only 1300-1600 calories a day but the scale is not moving. Am I doing something wrong?

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  18. @getting back to my fighting weight

    Well, I'm certainly not an expert--I just know how MY body responds to calorie intake and exercise. I think the best way to find out what works for YOU is to experiment a little. Maybe try adding a couple hundred calories a day for a week or two and see if you lose more weight. I know that if I was eating just 1300 calories a day while working out, I would be STARVING and wouldn't lose much. You just have to do some experimenting and see what works for YOU :)

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  19. Damn You....get your passport, and I will come cheer for you when you cross into Windsor, running on the bridge is awesome......lol

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  20. Hi! I think I found your blog via Pinterest. I just wanted to tell you that I think it's awesome. Seeing weight loss stories like yours is very motivating.

    If you're open to suggestions for a spring marathon, I'd like to suggest the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. I've done the half twice and I'm doing my first full this spring. It's basically a full weekend event and very kid-friendly. There's a children's marathon that's 26.2 yards... so cute!

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