At the moment, I am transitioning into a no a red-meat diet perhaps venturing into vegetarianism.
People, please don’t take your working and pain-free knees for granted! I am envious!
I ran my first 10-miler in my entire life. Here is a rough break down of what I was thinking.
“AHH the sun, the sun is my eyes, at least I can run down this hill.”
“Ahh, all these middle age people are passing me up.”
“I wish I can run with no clothes on, why is getting so hot?
“Oh wee, did I just finished two 5k marathons on this route?”
“Oh my gosh, Brian I want to slow down. Can we slow down?”
“This bottle is getting heavy!”
“Half-way, oh fiddlesticks another 5 miles to go? Someone loan me a bike.”
“How come those people didn’t cheer for us? Don’t we deserve it?!”
”The pier, 2 more miles oh yes! 20 minutes?”
As much as I would like to inform the cyber world that I have a crazy inspiring mantra running through my head as I run, this is far from true. I am like the rest of you, I enjoy the times when I can sleep in and watch weird reality shows with the beau. I am not this ultra sleek runner, I am just a person who honestly wants to make the $86 marathon fee worthwhile in dedication to my family and friends.
In some cases, it is worth it to have your knees feel like jello. Although, I would have liked to complete the run with minimal injuries. It comes with the territory of learning and experiencing something new. If someone asked me what a shin splint was some time around January, I would have had to wikipedia what that meant.
I just want to prove it to myself that you don’t have to be a natural born athlete to have a healthy physique. It’s been great to know that there are individuals that do read my blogs from time to time.
I do get this quite often, “Oh, I’ve seen you been running a lot.” Of course you would know with my constant updates on my social media newsfeed. I will take it as a good thing. (:
Putting all things aside, I want to thank all the individuals who have supported me through this marathon training. I know my constant updates can be bothersome and maybe annoying, but for all good reasons. Like I had said previously in my first blog, it keeps me accountable. In no way did I intend to turn a friend into a foe, virtually speaking from behind their computer screen.
Your constant support has made everything I have done worth it. Next week, I will think of you all whenever I want to stop running and finish stronger than ever!
Love you all!
13 days left until the Long Beach Marathon. It’s been a crazy journey thus far. I have logged a total of 176 miles on my Nike+ account with an average of 2.9-mile distance on my runs. Not to mention all the miles that I have walked and slow jogged before and after a run not accounted in my total. To be honest, that is one heck of an amazing feat. I remember when I first began writing in this blog; I had trouble comprehending the distance of a 5k (3.11 miles) because I have never gone beyond a single mile on a run. Looking back, I can understand the challenges of this journey.
I simply didn’t have a person to turn to for inspiration, athletic wise.
I turned to a person that I hold close to my heart, my pops. I have turned to him in many aspects of my life, whether it is in my story selections for journalism or just plain out life decisions. He has been the fuel to why I am making this whole switch up in my life. He is a missing aspect of my family’s life. So many major life events have come and gone without him here to support us through them. (My athleticism comes from my mother; refer to prior mom dedicated blog.)
When I signed up for the Long Beach Marathon, I decided to take the date of my father’s passing as the number on my bib (the paper that is pinned on your shirt that identifies you). I am not sure what drove me to pick that painful day in my life for something momentous and exciting. I think maybe it is because my dad was unable to attend many events while he was alive due to work schedule. On that painful date, he was release of his duties to provide for his family and sent to “Heaven” to watch over us. He can now freely attend each and every event in spirit, something he hadn’t been able to do while living.
I am proud of the little transformations I have seen in my body, mind, and soul. I say little because I can’t just jump on a scale to measure all these elements. Body wise I have loss 10-12 pounds and have kept it that way for quite some time. It might not be 30 or 50 pounds but it has been weight that I have been struggling with throughout college. I even went down a pants size, which says a lot. I haven’t reached my goal weight but I am happy with the progress. Yay, for jumping off the weight loss plateau and running up another hill!
For the “mind” transformation, I am transitioning into post-graduate life. It’s probably the most confusing and challenging part of adulthood. Some people don’t get out of it. I am thankful for the passion in my dreams. Everything is still pending in the coming weeks, months, and years, I hope and pray that things will sort each other out. I am mindful of my decisions and how it will help me get to the next step.
My soul has opened up greatly. I am not sure how I can describe or justify this, but I do feel that I have been coming to terms with a lot of things easier. There needs to be more development in this department, but I am ready for it.
Overall, I am beyond ecstatic with what this marathon has done for my life. I am ready to take this lifestyle into the next direction.
The idea of a warm fresh baked blueberry muffin sends my tastebuds into a frenzy. Yum and more yum. But the idea of possessing the muffin top on your body is another story. I know this post is going to get some eye rolls from my male and some female readers, but this is the truth!
In this quest to become lean and a running machine, I have learned a lot. My biggest problem has always been portion control. I am a girl that can eat, even though my petite frame can fool you. For a long time, I didn’t have self control. I would survive off a cup of instant noodle and a big bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos. It was my go-to-food because it was quick and easy.
Since my journey has started, I find myself reaching for more fruits and vegetables on a regular basis to curb sweet or savory cravings. My body is thanking me and my metabolism is almost back to normal.
My family has been complimenting me on my weight loss and I am excited because there has been progress! Almost no more muffin top!
I tried Insanity for the first time this past weekend. Boy, the program is intense to say the least. I can see how effective this program can be if you maintain this on a regular basis. I am just so conflicted on deciding to commit to it wholeheartedly when all I can think about is the Long Beach Marathon.
To be honest, I would like to complete the Long Beach Marathon in October more so than being beach ready in autumn/winter. The whole challenge of training for the marathon is maintaining a good pace for long distances and eating right. With the Insanity program, I find myself getting injured with all the power jumps and so forth. They are extremely effective on working the core, but not great for a runner who needs to keep all the joints oiled and greased for the running routes.
I think I might opt out of the program for now and do 15-20 minutes on my off days from running. I realize I am a cardio bunny and need to lift some weights. I rock the Barbie weights (5lbs) for now because I haven’t been consistent on my weight training. I am hoping when my life settles down a bit, I might invest in a gym membership for the weight room and swimming pool.
Oh right, I would need to learn how to swim! That will be on my list of things to do towards fitness. In due time, swimming will be achieved and conquered like other fitness goals I have set up for myself. In the meantime, I am content with the progress I have made thus far.
I will update you with the numbers and such when there is a greater change.