Out for a run on this gorgeous day 🙂
These past few weeks, I’ve taken the initiative to cook more at home and dine out less. I was so proud when I had the same $8 in my wallet for over 3 weeks!! As a vegan, it’s easy yet difficult to make choices: if I don’t plan ahead, I may just grab whatever is in sight, hindering my progress. Also, my taste buds have changed so much these days. I once hated soft pretzels, watermelon and root beer and now I love them, so I have to be careful, especially with the warm pretzels at the hospital’s coffee cart.
Packing lunches for a few weeks resulted in a 2-pound weight loss so this is HUGE! I don’t lose weight easily; I’ve been steady at this weight for 3 years. During the summer of 2010, I got to my lowest weight and felt amazing, and that’s just 6 lbs away. I’m motivated again to tone up and get back to that weight.
Today I bought a Garmin Forerunner 10 that a friend was selling and she even priority mailed it this morning, just in time for my third race, the Broad Street Run next weekend. I was on the market for a GPS watch and considered the Garmin 210 since it works with the treadmill and I run a lot at home but the 10 was new and the price was sweet so I got it. It was a win-win for us both!!! I’m blessed with great friends 🙂
I’m excited to be sharing the road with 40,000 runners, most wearing red socks to support Boston.
With the inclusion of last Sunday’s half marathon, I ran a total of 20 miles. Lately it’s been difficult getting runs in with my hectic schedule but now that it’s gotten nicer I’m trying to get outdoors more often.
Tomorrow I begin a new running program so tonight I’m unwinding with a naughty treat. I’m also starting tomorrow a training program for my mom and my sister to run a 5k this summer. They’re running a 1-mile run for Autism in a few weeks. We’re all excited!! I’m excited to have my family join me in my running passion!
Good night friends.
This past Sunday, April 14th, I took part in the Bucks County Half Marathon at Tyler State Park in Newtown, Pennsylvania. I was familiar with some of these trails as a former Bucks County resident and used to walk these trails frequently during the warmer months, what I was unaware is that these trails seem never-ending and discovered – on Sunday – that it involved a lot of hills, something I didn’t train for.
Race was scheduled to begin at 7:45 and I was running a bit late. The entrance that I was familiar with was not the starting point and my GPS could not find the address I was given. Fortunately we arrived at 7:30. I parked right out front on the lawn and walked over to the course. It was crowded and I started to feel nervous. I tried to find my Twitter buddy (@_twelv) so we can chat a bit and calm nerves before taking off and luckily he spotted my autism puzzle socks and chatted briefly before taking off.
Announcements commenced at 7:46 AM and they started to call the faster corrals first: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 mm runners, followed by 9:00, 10:00 mm runners and so on. We went ahead once the 10-11:00 mm runners were called and crossed the start line at 7:51 AM. Turned on my GPS and my iPhone music and was well on my way.
The roads were narrow but quickly thinned out. I started running a 10 minute mile for the first 5K, then the hills started and my pace slowed. I wasn’t feeling tired but I was feeling dehydrated, therefore I made sure to stop at every water station and grab both water and Gatorade. I carried my iFitness hydration belt filled with both water and Nuun electrolyte drink.
I passed fields and farmhouses, people riding their horses, the Neshaminy Creek, the nature, the animals…it was just beautiful scenery. At times I removed my headphones so that I could just listen to my surroundings: footsteps, birds chirping and the river flow. Soothing.
Mile 3-4 and I’m averaging a 12:00 minute mile pace. So much for negative splits! I’m thinking I’ll take it slow for now, save my energy and pick up the pace later.
Mile 5 and I’m down to 11-minute mile pace. If I keep this pace I may finish around 2:30.
Mile 6-7 and the hills are getting to me. My right foot is swollen, the ball of my foot hurts and my left hand is so swollen that my ring is stuck and I can’t close my hand. Am I dehydrated or did I over hydrate and diluted my blood that now I’m hyponatremic? This nurse can’t figure it out. I’m slowing down my pace. Now I’m power-walking up those hills, continuing to stop at every water station. Met a lady who asked me about my running gear. Said her 6-year old son was just diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and was walking for him. I told her my brother has Asperger’s and I was running for him. We chatted for a bit and encouraged one another and we were both well on our way. Average pace: 13-minute mile.
Miles 8-9, I’m feeling better. Stopped by a water station, saw the lovely ladies from Black Girls Run who cheered on with bells and signs and told me to hang in there, that a few downhills were around the bend. Average Pace: 11-minute mile.
Slowed down a bit during miles 10 and 11. A few more uphills and I’m trying to ignore the pain on my hips. It’s 3 more miles I say when I begin to feel pain on my right calf. I’ve never experienced calf pain before but I don’t let it slow me down. Passed a few ladies who were struggling as well and I told them they were doing a good job. They were proud to be running their first half and so was I. Proud of strangers who had the courage to start.
Mile 12 and now I was struggling. I sent a text to my mom saying that I was now walking because the pain was unbearable and she said, “You’re close now. I’m so proud of you, you can do it!” I walked most of mile 12. Every time I reached another hill I yelled and cursed the damn hill. I was angry because now my time goal was out of reach. Average Pace 14 minutes.
Finally I saw the parking lot and the sign that said Mile 13. Thank God!!! I turned the corner and found runners and spectators cheering on and giving high fives. Saw my stepdad and my brother holding the sign on my left, then I glance ahead at the finish line and I see my mom, holding her Blackberry, ready to take a pic of this very proud moment and I wanted to cry but I held back I choked up and I couldn’t breathe.
I had to keep on moving. Picked up my medal and grabbed a bite to eat. I’m so thankful to the spectators who cheered and encouraged total strangers, to the volunteers and the companies who donated so much: food, goodies, etc. to make this event happen.
While I was disappointed with not reaching my time goal of 2:30, I finished in 2:47:28. I’m sure had it not been for the hills, I would have done it. Not sure that I’ll run this next year unless I do some serious hill training!
Registration opened today for the 20th Anniversary Philadelphia Marathon, taking place on November 16th and 17th. Three races (Kids Fun Run and 8K on Saturday, 11/16; 13.1 miles and a 26.2 mile run on Sunday) are scheduled. I debated registering for the full since the course is run/walk friendly, but current hip issues scared me off. I really would have loved finishing my first full marathon at home, really!
I went and registered for the half marathon.
The scenic route takes you across downtown Philadelphia, through the Delaware River side, hip South Street, through Rittenhouse Square, around University City and back to the starting line, the Art Museum/Benjamin Franklin Parkway. What an awesome way to experience the city!!
Here’s a link to the course map for the half marathon. If you’ve never been to Philadelphia, well, you’d love to run this and experience the history, the beauty and all this city has to offer.
Currently, race registration is $75 for the half and $95 for the full until April 30th. Prices are subject to change. I’m excited. Join me and 30,000 runners for an awesome weekend!
Since I started running, I began to love my body again. Having body dysmorphic disorder for years, having my sister joke about how I needed to go on Maury (doesn’t he just cover DNA testing these days?) anyway, body issues have been a constant struggle for me.
The constant struggle of wanting to look good, weighing myself 5,6,7 times a day, going on a diet: vegetarian, vegan, back to flexitarian and ultimately back to vegan. I prefer to call it plant-based or plant-strong. Shopping for jeans, forget it. Actually, shopping for clothes in general.
The more I ran, the better I felt not only physically but mentally, and to me that meant a lot more. And while my body is not perfect, I learned to love it the way it is. I’m no longer obsessed with the numbers on the scale, but rather amazed at how far this body can go. A year ago I could barely run a mile and with perseverance I trained and finished a half marathon. I am now training for a full marathon.
I feel good and extremely happy to have inspired a few of you to start running.
Today, I registered for the Bucks County Half Marathon, which will be held on April 14th, 2013 at Tyler State Park in Richboro, PA. It will benefit Autism Cares.
I used to jog (at least attempt to then) and/or walk sometimes here because it was so close to my former home so I remember the trails very well. There are some hills and I remember one hill that was a bit steep, which I used to walk up and I hope that it isn’t part of this course since I have little hill training at this point. At least let it be the down hill if it’s going to be part of the course!
I’d been looking for a run that would benefit autism since my little brother has Asperger’s Syndrome, an Autism-Spectrum Disorder. I’m happy to be doing this run, but had it not been for an ad that caught my eye over on Facebook, I wouldn’t have known about this run. Their Twitter page hasn’t been updated and I did not see this advertised anywhere for that matter. I was just upset because Autism is a cause very dear to me and warrants more awareness, that’s all. I’m excited to be running this and it will be the first race in which my entire family will be there…sans my older brother I’m sure since he’s always been so supportive (yeah, right!!!)
I’m now playing with what I’m going to wear for this run. Ordered my Team Sparkle skirt and I’m good to go. Since I hadn’t anticipated a run before my Broad Street Run 10-miler, after the Princess Half Marathon I tapered back, so I am in desperate need of working up my mileage again. This run is in a month, so no time to sit back, it’s time to work, baby!
I ran 4 miles Sunday so that counts as this week. My plan is to run a 10K tomorrow and a longer run on Monday, possibly 8 miles. (I’m working at the hospital all weekend, thus having no time for a long run). Cross-training in between and continue the weekly plan, increasing my Sunday runs by one mile until the half. I plan on adding some hill work as well as work on increasing speed. We’ll see 🙂
My ultimate goal is always to finish.
See you at the finish line,