Saturday, April 2, 2011

training for a half marathon. after 5 kids.

its true.  on may 8, 2011 i will be running in my first 1/2 marathon.

i am up to eleven miles.

i am in physical therapy for my knee.

i soaked in the tub, drank a recovery drink and iced my knee for 45 minutes after my run this morning.

when i started training in january (in the snow) i begged to stop after 2 miles.

did you know there are supplements with caffeine runners use?  i think i took too many this  morning as i was sprinting my last mile.  ha!  whatever it takes.

i have lost zero weight.  say WHAT?  its true.

i'll keep you updated!

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also, alaina over at recycled interiors posted a really nice interview with me!  head on over and say hi.

17 comments:

  1. yay you!
    i ran the seaside vera bradley half last month....first one since having 4 kiddos!
    loved training for it and hope to keep it up.
    good luck!!
    xo

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  2. Good luck! Keep up the good training. I always GAIN weight when I train. So at least you are a head of me. I am running a half on May 15th.

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  3. I've been training with the couch25k and just that is killing me! How are you training? And I agree - what's up with not losing weight?? I go out at night after the kids are in bed and run my rear off for 30 minutes and if anything my weight goes up. =/

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  4. WOW! That's so awesome! = ) You give me hope. Good luck with the half marathon!

    Also, as for the lack of weight loss- you could have gained muscle to replace fat. When I used to be a student athlete and I worked out 6 days a week, I weighed 13 lbs more than I do when I don't work out!

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  5. Yeah for you!!! I've got a half on my list ... I'm pulling for ya!! (and praying your knee holds up!)
    Way to go! Your kids are rooting for you, I'm sure:).

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  6. I love your blog..and I love it even more know that I know you are a runner. I did my first 10K this morning..trained for 8 weeks and did not lose a pound...go figure. Good Luck...

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  7. I think that's so great! I've been running consistently for 4 years and haven't lost much weight.... I've actually gained a few pounds..... go figure. Enjoy your half.... you're gonna love it! Yea!!!!

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  8. way to go. i was training for a 1/2 marathon (scheduled in march). i had to pass on it. i was a bit bummed but offered it up. it was for a good cause.
    i've taken a 2 week hiatus and plan to get back to training.
    i feel much better when i'm running but discouraged. like you, i haven't been losing the weight. i'm losing inches but i want more.
    by the way, i have 5 kids, too.
    prayers for perseverance.
    pax Christi - lena

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  9. But did your Tresemme hold up to the sweat? ;-)

    Good for you! I am not a runner, but have running kiddos and a running DH. My most intense runner is having trouble with her knees and has been advised to find a new sport. At 19, she's completely bummed about that and her whole life seems thrown off kilter by the inability to do her long runs. I hope your PT really helps, and we're still hoping to find a resolution for DD.

    At this point in my life, after 8 kids, I wish I was a runner, since it's much easier/cheaper to find a place to run than do my sports, which were softball and racquetball. Best wishes!

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  10. Good for you! I'm always envious of those who run, keep up the great work!

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  11. Good for you! Ive always wanted to be a runner(since hubby is a track coach and all & he loves to run) but I have concluded its just not my thing. Oh and I hate to sweat. How terrible is that?:)
    I loved your interview on the other blog. Just last week I blogged about my own perceptions of homeschoolers...before I became one myself this past year:) Your words could've been written by me. I felt the same way initially.Great interview!
    XO,
    Sarah

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  12. It takes a lot of courage to do the training and set that day! Awesome for you for having that courage and set this example for your children. I ran my first half on Kiawah Island, SC this past December! What an incredible experience! I hope that your children will all be able to be there to see your cross the finish line. Btw, don't feel bad...I trained for 16 weeks and didn't lose a single pound either. It was good for the heart and soul though. :) Can't wait to read more. Keep us posted...

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  13. Good luck with the marathon...you'll do great. Since I'm new to your blog I enjoyed reading that interview. My husband adores water fountains so I had to call him right away to tell him you put on in your home.

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  14. You go girl!!! Good luck! I am sure you will rock it =)

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  15. Sara Sara Sara...I trained for and did my first half marathon in November...and lost ZERO weight!!! ugh!!!! I tell ya - that part was a bummer but doing the half was so awesome. and I didn't wreck my knee until during the half. Then I healed, ran a Ragnar relay (200 miles, 12 team members) and wrecked the other knee. Oh brother. So I know what is happening though - both times I was running on a canted (slanted down) surface. In the half it sloped down to the right and my left knee took a beating. During the ragnar, my longest leg was 9 miles and the road, running against traffic, it sloped down to the left pretty severely, and my right knee got pounded. My legs 2 and 3 (each about 4-5 miles) were on fire pain. Oh, it was bad. But I would do it again in a heartbeat. I have just taken a month off and I am about to get started again. I need to or I am afraid I will be running only 2 miles again.

    So my sister is now introduced in the most recent TomKat post! And she was super excited to see the stuff I forwarded to her. I sent you an email last week. Anyway, I would love to "chat" more if we could. About our daughters that seem so alike. :-)

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  16. Good for you! My hubs is training for his first half marathon, too. His is May 1 and after doing 10 last weekend I'm pretty sure he's ready for race day (to bs over with). Can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  17. Good for you! I have 3 marathons, 3 Ragnar Relays, and a few half marathons and random 5ks under my belt. Running is addictive; I never lose weight either; I am currently not running and hoping to avoid drastic measures to fix my back...and soon I will be running again! Yoga helps sooooo much with any soreness.

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