"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg



Weekly Running Log

Monday, July 13, 2015

And Away We Go...

I haven't posted much this summer but things have not been quiet.  I made up my mind that I was going to make working out a priority.  I want to lose weight and become healthier than I have been.  My running has suffered for 2 years this June but I wasn't going to let that be the end.  Deep inside I knew I wanted to get back to where I was or in better shape than I had been in a while.  I WANT TO RUN again...and...strong. 

Being a member of the YMCA in Foley, I had absolutely no reason not to get my knee rehabilitated and back to normal.  Somehow, I had obtained bad knee pain the first of the year and when I ran the Gulf Coast 10k at Lulu's this spring, it stopped me running practically completely.  It has swelled and hurt off and on and had not been the same in months.  There wasn't a single incident that occurred so I'm thinking it might have been overuse.  Sadly, I even had to withdraw from a couple of 5k's in order to keep from further injury and downtime. 

I love my trekking class and know that it made me stronger in the past and helped me run some tough hilly bridge races.  So about 4 weeks ago, and after talking with a personal trainer there, I took his advice and kept my incline low but continued with the class.  As of today, I've not had pain in some time now.  In lieu of the hard work inclines on a treadmill give you, I increased my speed so as to get the same "effort" and workout the incline gave the others.  It was hard at first but I refused to quit.  My speed has continued to get faster and solid.  Let's understand, I have a long way to go to be at my "normal" again but I am getting stronger and that feels great.  Walking has about stopped as my running has gotten better.  I'm wondering how all of this will be when I do race again.  Come on, fall!!

When I started this regimen a little over 4 weeks ago, I included a weight workout [on machines and free weights] and a workout on my abs/core and legs to go along with it.  This meant I was getting in a 2 hour workout every time.  A couple of weeks later, I added a spin class on Wednesdays, biking 5 miles in the gym Mondays and Fridays along with 5 minutes of rowing.  From the beginning of the 4 weeks, I was working out 2 hours Monday through Saturday with rest on Sunday. 

I just knew all of this was going to drop some weight.  Well......after getting on the scales last week [the 4th week ending], I found I had GAINED a couple of pounds instead!!!  I did not watch what I ate that close and I knew I had fallen off the wagon some but after all I was working out so hard, so long and 6 days a week.  Then it dawned on me that I was building muscle, too.  My clothes are fitting better than they have in a long time!!  We're eating more fruit on a daily basis, too.  I'm all okay now!  I'm feeling so much better and will continue my workouts.  My improvements have been slow and I am looking forward to fall races.  It may not be what I want it to be but I DO expect to have better times than the first of the year. 

Wherever you are in your workouts, keep up the work.  Don't get discouraged!  Remember, as far as weight goes, it didn't come on over night so don't expect it to fall off immediately.  It may take months but your work will pay off.  I am feeling better every day and look forward to each and every workout now; it use to be that I "had" to go...now I "want" to go.  Stay strong and you will

Finish Strong
Run 4 It

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half



2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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