Week in Review / Pre walk jitters

14 05 2010

Wow, this week seems to have flown by. I feel like I was just here getting ready to sit down on my pity potty because of my first gain in 19 weeks and here I am a week later with a renewed sense of fight.  It was a great week and I am sort of sad to see it come to an end…But it just means I get to start another awesome week!

Let’s do this!

Sunday – After allowing myself 24 hours of “Boo hoo” time I strapped on my Sauconys and finally accomplished something I’ve been trying to do for almost four months: I ran my first non-stop 5k!

Monday – Was supposed to be Superman but no go so I just futz around the gym…It was a serious futz session. Treadmill, elliptical, Upright bike, Recumbent bike and I actually eyed the ARC trainer but steered clear.

Tuesday – Was supposed to be a make up session with Superman but he had to cancel again (grrrr)…so instead I RAN THE FASTEST MILE EVER! Oh and I swam for 100 laps (1.43 miles). Also introduced Baby bear and Mama bear. It will be a while before I introduce Papa Bear!

Wednesday – I threw a welcome back party for my favorite body part. I am amazed at the transformation.

Thursday – I finally got to see Superman. I paid for a summer worth of trainings and then he proceeded to kick my ass.  Dead Lifts, Kettle ball lunges and weight lifting squats…this is going to be a great summer!

Friday – Today I pulled out a kick ass workout because I am taking tomorrow off in preparation of Sunday’s 1/2 marathon walk. As I was on the elliptical I kept eyeing the ARC machine that Tony is always raving about. It looked scary but I thought now or never. I spent 30 minutes on it and it might be my new best friend. I swam for an hour and right now I’m icing my legs cause they hurt lol. Oh and I bought a sweet plaid skirt for next’s week Great Kilted 5k run!

Tomorrow will be OWiS #20 and I am pretty excited about what the scale has been saying so far this week. I don’t want to spoil tomorrow’s number but I’ve learned a valuable lesson this week: My body does not like stress. The weight gain was a good indicator and it has forced me to recognize that while I am on the path of living a healthier life, stress must be managed and managed properly.

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I don’t know why but I am super nervous about this event happening on Sunday. I’m doing the 1/2 marathon walk and I am bouncing off the walls just thinking about it. I’m not sure how to pinpoint what is going through my head but I feel like I am about to take this LCJ to a whole new level. I’ve worked my ass off the last 4 1/2 months and now I’m taking that hard work out into the world. Yes I’ve run outside but never in a race environment. I’ve never worn a number before…

I’M GOING TO WEAR A NUMBER!

(you better believe I’m framing that baby)

I will be standing in a crowd of athletes and for the first time in my life, I will be included amongst them. I won’t be standing on the sidelines wondering what it would be like to have a piece of paper pinned to my shirt and wondering if I’ll ever muster up the courage to change my life. I won’t be watching the runners and walkers go by and then degrade myself for being lazy and not doing anything about my weight.

I am an athlete.

I have the courage.

I made the change.

This is the gateway I’ve been waiting for. Sunday’s 13 mile walk leads me to next week’s 5k (my first) which leads me to my second 5k June 12th which leads me to….

My life.

See you all in the morning!

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14 responses

14 05 2010
ringaroundrinn

You aren’t just an athlete, you are a Warrior!

Also, cortisol is not my friend either. i can’t wait to see your results tomorrow!

14 05 2010
Elizabeth

Girl, if you get tired of me telling you how PROUD I AM of you, you just let me know! You bring a lump to my throat, pushed up there by the admiration welling up in my heart. I am so glad to be able to be a part of this transformation next week as part of Team Tara in Kilts. (I know, that team name sucks.) As for the Half this week, I had no idea you were doing that! YOU GO GIRL!! It will be very exciting, don’t let it carry you past your smart pace. Enjoy it, take it in, look at the people cheering you on, and and oh boo hoooooo I’m so glad for you to have turned this corner in the labyrinth.

14 05 2010
263andcounting

I don’t know Elizabeth “T-TiK” has a nice ring to it. The half is walking (I don’t know why I keep trying to downplay it) so I’ll have plenty of time to take in all the goodness!

14 05 2010
Vinny

You are an athlete….WOW I bet it feels great to say that. You are also an inspiration. Good luck on Sunday and you better take pictures of you wearing that number.

15 05 2010
263andcounting

Pictures, check!

14 05 2010
Molly

Wow, your week looked pretty kick ass. I know the scale wont fail you tomorrow. I’m hoping I see 200 tomorrow on mine. I am trying to find a 5k to do this summer too. Have a great time doing yours this weekend! Keep up the good work mama, your such an inspiration 🙂

15 05 2010
263andcounting

If you go to the coolrunning.com web they have a search engine to find races in your area.

14 05 2010
Brandon

You ARE an athlete! That’s awesome that you’re walking a 1/2 marathon, and that kilted 5k sounds like a blast!

15 05 2010
263andcounting

I hope it’s a blast … I mean seriously a run and kilts!

14 05 2010
chris

wahoo! You should frame that number.
You are an athlete.
You did do it.
Great job.
Great post.

15 05 2010
263andcounting

Thanks Chris I’m pretty stoked!

15 05 2010
Meegan

Ok so let me get this straight – tomorrow you are walking a half marathon? And then next weekend you’re running a 5K in a kilt? Wow! You are without a doubt a changed courageous athlete. I’m crazy proud of you!

Can’t wait to read about the marathon walk tomorrow. I seriously need to plan my next run.

15 05 2010
263andcounting

You should plan it before I get done tomorrow that way we both have kick ass news to share!

15 05 2010
Seth @ fitwithapurpose

Awesome work! Lots of nsv’s there. Get pumped about tomorrow! I have a race today and have butterflies in my stomach — makes me smile. This is the last post I will read before I go to race site — i’m glad it is too! Keep it up.

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