Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What's Next?

Running a marathon is one of those huge lifetime milestones. It left me asking What's Next? What's my next fitness goal?

I decided that first I wanted to get stronger and second I wanted to help others reach their fitness goals. I decided that becoming a Beachbody Coach would help me do that.


If you've been following me on Instagram I've been posted recently about the awesome results I've seen in just 22 days. I lost 4 pounds and started to see some definition in my abs. If you aren't following, click the link above to follow.


I have absolutely fallen in love with the Beachbody products. Vanilla Shakeology and PiYo specifically being my favorites right now.

Beachbody offers a Free Membership account just by clicking join on my site. Starting the first of the year I'm going to be doing a free accountability group on Facebook for few people to help them reach their goals. If you would like to be added let me know but I'll be posting here before I get that together.






I'm really excited about this new opportunity and please let me know how I can help you reach your goals.

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Marathon Finisher}




I am a Marathoner! Gosh that feels so good to say.
 
Sunday October 19th, 2014 started very early in the morning. The alarm went off at 4:30 am. We needed to get up and get going. I like to get to races early so we don't have to worry about getting stuck in traffic. MIT was meeting at the Hyatt hotel downtown in the Arena District before the race. We got there around 5:30 am and ate our breakfast. Alli and I were VERY nervous. We both used the bathroom, sat and talked for a few and then it was time to start walking to the starting line. We snapped a few pictures before.


Christopher gave me a great pep talk and made me cry (again). We walked to the starting line and he gave me lots of reassuring hugs.

 
As soon as we got the Athlete Area we headed straight for the restroom line. Of course I had to use the bathroom.





Alli and I had mapped out a plan for the boys and they were to meet us in three spots: Mile 2, Mile 8 and Mile 17. Mile 2 and Mile 8 were pretty much the same mile, so after 8 they just needed to hustle over to "The Shoe" at Mile 17 to get us the last of our fuel they had on them.

 
All the plans were in place and we started the race.
 
Miles 1-3: Were great. We talked, we set our pace (a nice steady 10:08) and enjoyed the scenery. We saw the boys at Mile 2 and handed off our sweatshirts to them. They were all smiles since they found coffee.

Miles 4-8: We still were feeling great. Chatting away about nothing and everything. Concentrating on the finish line and talking about how great it's going to be 'Marathoners' We saw the boys at Mile 8 and I handed off my arm warmers since I was heating up. I ate my first stinger waffle at Mile 8 and that made me feel so much better. I was starting to feel run down and hungry already but eating the waffle definitely helped me pick back up my mood. They are so delicious.

 
Miles 8-12: Were a total blur. I remember at Mile 12 saying to Ally "I'm ready to start the second half of this race" and then all the sudden everyone started turning off to head down the hill for the finish. Us Marathoners just kept on going.
 
 

Miles 12-17: These were really hard miles mentally for me. At around 12 miles I ate another Stinger Waffle but I was just having a hard time mentally getting over that we still had 10+ miles left. It seems very daunting. Right around Mile 15 we saw my friend Jackie and her fiancé Nate. Let me tell you how awesome it is to see familiar faces at these higher miles. I feel like it snaps you back into perspective for a minute. Less than a half a mile down the street, we saw the boys. They decided to surprise us at Mile 15. It's was so great to see them. Alli and I focused on seeing them again at Mile 17. It got us through.

Alli and I talked later about how we were both confused and not focusing much during this time frame. By this time we had started listening to music and trying to concentrate on the finish line. Right as we were coming up to stadium we ran into two of my MIT friends Lisa and Nelson. I love the look on Alli's face here. It describes these miles perfectly. LOL!


Miles 17-20: Right before Mile 17 we saw the boys and we stopped so they could get us our fuel. Chris filled back up my water bottle with Frost Gatorade for me and gave me a pack of GU Chomps with caffeine. I started eating and drinking both right away. I was definitely feeling drained. Right around Mile 18 I realized I forgot to get my last Stinger Waffle from Christopher at Mile 17. I looked at Alli and she goes "Don't freak out, it's going to be ok" I called Christopher to see if he could meet me again. I could hear it in his voice that he wasn't coming but he told me "You are doing awesome. I'll try babe"

Miles 20-25: Somewhere around Mile 20 I lost Alli :( And everyone else. Alli was having problems with cramps and I found out later her stomach was upset. I kept turning around looking for her but she was no where to be found. Right about the same time, my IT Band started stiffing up. I haven't had issues with it all season but these were all new miles for me also. It got to the point, that I walk through one of the water stops around mile 20, filled up my water bottle knowing that was going to be my last stop. I just needed to push through to the end. Miles 20-25 were very lonely. I focused a lot on the reasons I was doing this. I'm pretty sure at one point I couldn't remember why I was doing it but luckily it returned to me :)

Mile 25: Oh Mile 25, you are a killer. I was so thankful for all my friends that were lined up at Mile 25. First I saw my friend Jackie and her fiancé Nate again. Jackie ran with me for a few seconds because all I was saying was "My leg hurts" She was so encouraging telling me "You can do it, one more mile" I started crying AGAIN. It's so nice to have so many encouraging friends. As I rounded the corner and started to compose myself again, I saw my friends Ashley and Amy with Ashley's daughter, Ava. How sweet is she? I started crying all over again.

Ashley took these pictures of me running into Mile 26


 
Tears, lots of tears. My heart was warmed and my leg was hurting. It took everything I had to compose myself for the finish.



Mile 26: I finally turned down to the finish which felt like it was never going to come. I twisted and turned and then there it was. THE FINISH! The only thing going through my head was "Holy Sh*t I just did it" I heard my brother's girlfriend, Judy, yell 'Christy' at me. Then I heard Christopher screaming 'You got this babe' I was crying the whole way in. My IT Band hurt so bad but I was done. I was done. I was a "Marathoner"


I crossed the finish and was so happy that my knee didn't give out on me. I limped my way to the medals and the volunteer put it around my neck. Again I thought "Holy sh*t I did it"
A sweet, sweet volunteer must have noticed I was a little confused. He kept yelling "Christy, Christy" then he said "Make sure to get your blanket and a water" Thank you volunteer, that is exactly what I needed. The first thing I did was call Christopher. I broke down on the phone with him. My knee hurt so bad I just wanted to see him. I started looking for a medical tent because I wasn't sure I could make it to the car but after I walked through the Athlete Area a little more I wasn't as stiff. I got all my goodies, some chocolate milk and I headed out to meet Christopher.

It was so great to see him. Chris and Robbie did so awesome meeting us all over downtown and keeping our spirits up.
 

Alli finished about 10 minutes after I did. The minute I saw her I told I was sorry that I didn't see her again. She did so awesome! This is one of my favorite pictures from after. We both laid down due to our backs hurting so bad. It was nice to lay on the cool grass and chill for a few minutes.
 

My brother took this picture of the finish. I just love it because look, that's me and my pony tail is flying. It's just perfect!

 
So the big question everyone wants to know..."Will you do it again" and my answer is "In a heartbeat"! But never without MIT. There is so much support with MIT I cannot thank them enough for the programs they offer.

Thank you so much to all my friends and family for the support you showed me over the last four months. This girls Marathon Dreams came true!

And if you want here is the video of my finish:

http://www.mtecresults.com/runner/videoResults?rid=4856&email=1&race=2701

Monday, October 13, 2014

{Week 18 Marathon Training}

I don't think I have any word for this week other than Defeat!



Last week on Sunday, I woke up to some mild backaches that continued to get worse. I did no running this week. It was very disheartening to me. I felt like until this week, my training was going so great. I was determined to run Saturdays long run with MIT. It was to be our last run and I didn't want to miss it.


Saturday Long Run (8 Miles): I woke up stiff Saturday morning but I didn't care if I had to run in pain, I was going to do (at least some of the miles) with my running group. Luckily, once we started running and chatting all the stiffness went away and I had a great run. I guess this means that was my last training run!?!? How is that even possible? Where did the summer go?
 
 
When I think of the marathon now I have mini panic attacks inside. I go from being excited, to nervous to wanting to puke. I don't think I could pinpoint one emotion that sums up how I feel about it right now.
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

{Week 17 Marathon Training}

One more week closer to the marathon. I kinda took a break this week. I ate crappy food, drank and stayed up late with only putting in 8 miles before Saturday. I think that's the first time in 4 months I've allowed myself a good break. But next week I will be back to it. Promise!

Week 17 Marathon Training called for 34 miles and I ran 20.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 12 miles


Saturday Long Run (12 miles): Last week I had some stomach issues, so I decided to try out a Honey Stinger Waffle instead of GU Chomps. It worked out pretty well. It tastes super delicious. I think my plan is to bring one of these and two GU Chomps or two of these and one GU Chomp?!? I don't know!

 After our run today some of the pace group went to Mimi's Cafe for breakfast. It was super delicious. I ate a huge Ham & Cheese Omelette and two cups of coffee. So yummy! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

{Week 16 Marathon Training}

|September 21- September 27|

This week is the last of the high miles. I'm soooo happy about that. Definitely ready to taper. 

I seem to be handling these long mile weeks a lot better than I did in the beginning. I was tired but not exhausted this week. 


Week 16 Marathon training called for 46 miles and I ran 35 miles. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 8 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 20 miles

Chris and I took off Wednedsay to get my last weekday long run in. We went to Hilliards Rails to Trails and did 8 miles. 


Saturday Long Run (20 miles): I'm really sad to report this was the suckiest run I've had through training. First, I woke up at 5:30 am and realized we had no bananas. So I tried a Larabar and toast. Bad idea. Second, all my running buddies in my group were gone today. Third, I was cramping the whole run. It just sucked. BUT I sucked it up and finished 20 miles. Came home took an ice bath. Everyone has a bad run. Today was just mine. 3 more weeks until Columbus Marathon. 


Monday, September 22, 2014

{Week 15 Marathon Training}

|September 14- September 20|

Gosh we are so close! I cannot even believe that we are this close. I'm getting really excited for the miles to start lowering and more sleep to start entering my life.

 
 
 
Week 15 of Marathon Training called for 32 miles and I ran 20.8 miles.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5.80 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 12 miles

My running buddy that is my neighbor moved this week. I'm so sad to see her go. We are planning on still running a few days a week through the marathon and will hopefully continue one day a week at least after.

My feet are starting to show signs of marathon training. Turn away if your are squeamish. I have a black and blue toenail, blisters, calluses and more blisters. My shoes are sized up 1 whole size but that doesn't seem to be enough for me.

 
 
Long Run Saturday (12 miles): This Saturday we started at Thomas Worthington High School and did 12 miles. The whole group was tired, quiet and crabby. It's about that time in training where that hits us all. I remember Christopher going through it last year. One more week of heavy miles and we start to taper. Luckily, I was able to focus on my wonderful Organic Fuel waiting in my car for me for the last few miles. My most favorite recovery drink ever!        

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

{Week 14 Marathon Training}

|September 7 - September 13|

Looking back, a marathon was never anything I ever said I wanted to do. It was never anything I dreamed I'd do. When I heard of a person I knew training for a marathon I always admired that person, HOPED I could be that awesome in my later life but again never anything I thought I would be doing. 

At the risk of sounding cheesy, running as taught me that I'm so much stronger than I give myself credit for. And I think this week just showed me that. 

The beginning of the week was rough. My son was having problems with his asthma, I was feeling very weak and very tired. I gave myself some much needed time away from training early in the week. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: 20 miles


Long Run Saturday (20 miles): I still cannot believe that I did this. I took this picture at mile 18, look at all those smiles. We were happy and enjoying our long run. It was a really great run. I'm so happy that my week finished with such a strong run. It makes me feel so much more ready for this marathon. 


We ran Worthington to OSU campus, around OSU stadium and back. 


Have I said how much I love my Garmin Forerunner watch? Satellite view of our run around the stadium. 


And my selfie at the stadium


Last but not least my running group. I cannot say enough about MIT and Fleet Feet Columbus. They are such a great support for me.