Posts Tagged ‘marathon’

So, obviously I have been putting off writing this post.

I mean, who gains weight while a.) writing a food blog; and b.) training for a huge race, wherein you torch thousands of calories in the training alone?


Obviously, me.

It’s kind of embarrassing, to be honest.

So, I have not stepped back on the scales yet (eeeekk! the idea freaks me out!) but…as all my pants are noticeably tighter and all my shirts are becoming decidedly uncomfortable, I assume I have gained (a good bit of?) weight.

I can chalk this up to 4 things.

1. While marathon training I assumed it was safe to eat whatever + after the marathon was over I kept the same mentality. And obviously it was not. Not at all okay. Even while marathon training it was not really ok. Because I ate things like ice cream. And cake.

And lots of it.

2. When I start eating sweets, I don’t stop at just one. Christmas goodies. ‘Nuff said.

3. I have become a HUGE slacker in the weight lifting department. HUGE slacker. History has proven that straight cardio does not work for me and I chose to dump weight lifting anyway. 

4. Once the weight started coming on a developed a ‘I feel gross, so I shall eat more’ mentality. In hindsight, not the smartest mentality, but I am an emotional eater. I recognize this, but I do not always control this. Sad, but true fact.

What I am going to do about it.

Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You

1. Start eating by a meal plan. And immediately. When my eating blossoms out of control the only way to get it back under control is by making a meal plan and sticking to it. My favorite pre-made meal plan is found in ‘Making the Cut’ by the master of fitness herself, Jillian Michaels. There are also some kick butt workouts found the pages of this wondrous book, and I shall be kicking my butt with those 3-4 days a week.

2. As previously stated, kick the weightlifting up a notch. Or a level. Or whatever you want to call it.


3. My new bottle and lunch bag that Mama D. gifted me with this holiday season. I plan to make great use of it. I bring my lunch to work most days, but I have been slacking on the water drinking. My new beautiful bottle gives me many reasons to lift it to my lips. Not the least being it’s sleek curves and lovely designs.

4. Eating at specific times and only then. No feeding my feelings with food. Feeling down? Go to the gym. Not the kitchen.

5. Practicing yoga. I love yoga. I do. I love the wacky poses and the massagy [not a word] feeling it leaves you with. And I haven’t been doing it. So I hereby declare that I shall practice yoga 1-3x a week. I like having a range. I don’t feel guilty if I don’t hit 3, but I have to get in at least one yoga practice. Even just a 20 minute yoga download.

6. I plan to post the amount of weight lost every week in my Friday post. Just down at the bottom. You can skip it if you want. But I think it will help me be accountable.

Now I don’t expect to follow the meal plan exactly. I am not that anal nor scheduled. I do expect however to use it as a guideline which I believe is how it is meant to be used. I also don’t expect to hit all my workout goals every week. They are just that. Goals. Something to strive for. Something to look forward to. I also plan to post all meals, every day. No handfuls of un pictured crackers or slices of un photoed cake. This may seem a bit excessive to some, but it works for me!

I am not doing this because I hate my body. Or because I feel pressured to be thin or a certain number.

I don’t and I certainly don’t.

But I also do not relish the fact that all my pants are too tight. And that I have resorted to wearing imaginative outfits so that I feel comfortable while out. Like scarves and layers. Good thing it’s winter. 😉

Finally, I just want to say I am doing this for ME. Just for me. So I can be comfortable in my jeans and happy in my tank tops [ya know, when tank top season rolls back around.]

I want these arms again.

But maybe not that blotchy sunburn.

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Why I Love My Family

They bundled up…


piled in the car.

Walked city blocks…


in the freezing cold.



or not. 😉

Waited for hours…


and hours…

Just to be there…


When I crossed that finish line.

Zoom and Crop

My family makes me happy.


Love you guys!


*This post brought to you by Christmas, post marathon appreciation and the reappearance of my Nikon D40; host of the first several photos.

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Ho Ho House!

No more stiffness. No more pain.

No more limping around like an old man with a cane.

Yesterday I was planning to post, but then I was just so overcome with my newfound ability to walk straight that I didn’t.

So here is the evidence that I was alive, well and eating yesterday.


Started with off brand Mini Wheats n’ milk.

And continued on through a salad.



  • chicken
  • romaine
  • spinach
  • feta
  • pom arils
  • orange slices

Kudos to Mama D! This was fantastic. The only thing I would have added would have been cranberries, but I think they were missing only because they are also missing from our cabinets.



It’s a huge orange!


Oh. It’s just a grapefruit.

Well those are exciting in their own right.



It’s a grapefruit!

There, that’s better.

While catching up on ‘The Sing Off’ [how fantastic is that show? I adore.] I dug through a bowl of dumplings + a bowl of cabbage.


I also took off my shoes.

That’s when everyone left the room.

Look what else I did last night! [When I was not blogging.]


Sabrina and I created this masterpiece.



Pita chip roof and mini wheat chimney? All me. All me.


Pond! [Joint effort.]


This side is credited to Sabrina. I did not do much here.


And then I fell asleep.

PS: One day I am going to get around to addressing my ‘marathon weight gain’ that I have been alluding to. Eating dumplings and decorating candy houses is not helping.

But that is another day.

PPS: Mama D. if you are reading this, where is my D40? I noticed you had it Saturday and I have not seen it since.

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post marathon musings

Running 26.2 miles really makes you sore.

Like really sore.

I can’t imagine if I were this guy. Or this girl.

So inspiring.

By the way, my official chip time was 5:31:45.

Yeah, over 3 hours after the winner.

Me? I am just happy I finished.

Other things I have been thinking about besides walking. Or even moving.


Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses. Perfection.

My next race. If I don’t find another one I want to do before then. Which is possible. But this one is definitely in the queue.

Santa Claus Clip Art

Santa? Or rather Christmas shopping. Which I have not even begun.

Adding random things to my Amazon wish list for the 47th time in a row. I wonder…will this be the year I get my Garmin?

Ok, ok.

Enough of my rambling.

I really just wanted to pop in and say:

For commenting, supporting and just being there for me during my running journey!


I feel certain I have somewhere to hobble to.

Like the kitchen.

5 feet away.

That should take around 32 minutes, give or take a few.

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Is over!


I finished the Thunder Road Marathon with a time of 5:34 or thereabouts. I have not checked to see if the official times are posted yet, but I am happy. Sure I was aiming for faster, but I think the fact that I was sick all this week combined the with the 30 degree temperatures this morning makes 5:30 + change pretty good.

At least I didn’t get picked up by the white van! Although, I must admit SO MANY times I was tempted.

This morning it was so dark when we arrived at the Convention Center downtown.


[Excuse the graininess that is my point and shoot!]

Earlier this week I found out that my friend Anna was running the half, so we rode together to the race.


I was so happy to have a friend to rock my marathon tee with! We got these cool technical tees that we both ended up wearing the whole time. Love.

We started out ok, probably about 2-3 minutes past the gun time. My first two miles were slower than I wanted, but still in the 10 minute range. My first mistake was when I stopped for a bathroom break at the 3 mile mark. I lost a good chunk of time waiting for a port a potty, and in retrospect I should have waited.

Anyway, when I hit the half marathon mark it registered 2:35. I was rather disappointed at that time, because that is the slowest half time I have ever ran. I knew then that my dreams of a 4:30 time were out the window, and I just focused on finishing. I walked through the next water break and took some sport beans.

I am not going to lie. It was hard. And every single body part I own ached the entire time.

Miles 16-20 I was totally focusing on my music and playing mental games with myself to keep my mind off how much pain I was in. At 16 I took a shot of Gu and again at 20. I think all in all, I took the 2 shots of Gu and 1.5 packs of sports beans. I was fueling whenever I felt I needed it, and I never felt that I didn’t fuel enough.

I hit the 20 mile mark in 4 hours, which at the time I still thought maybe I had a shot of finishing around 5 hours.

Um, those last six miles were the hardest miles I have ever ran. Between 22 and 23 I made myself run the whole mile without stopping. I then realized that it was easier to run as much as I could with little to no walking breaks to the finish.

Once I saw mile 24 I knew the end was coming soon, and mile 25 was even more exciting. At about 25.5 I rounded a corner and saw my parents and Cecily. I broke into a full out run, waving my arms and screaming. I was so excited, and tears just filled my eyes. I was SO CLOSE and so happy to see my family.



I turned another corner and saw my other sisters and started crying again. It was all so emotional! I am not a huge crier, but I had been on the verge of tears for the last 14 miles, so that was all it took.

Meredith, Sabrina [and Izzle! sorry no pic of him] ran the last half mile with me [across the finish line!] cheering me the whole way. Linden followed behind snapping pictures.


When we were in sight of the finish line I heard the announcer say: Here comes a whole pack of them! I just ran my little heart out and SPRINTED across that finish line.

Kath + Matt were at the end [with huge chunks of Great Harvest bread!]


[Excuse the pasty face and my eyes darting in the wrong direction. I was trying to look at two cameras at once!]


Me, mom, dad and Cecily + my huge chunk of bread.

It was truly the best thing I have ever done in my life. Will I do it again? Well…that is yet to be determined. I say never say never. We shall see.

At least for the next year, I am planning to stick with shorter distances and improve my speed. 2011? Who knows?

I just know I am proud of every single one of my race medals.


And I wouldn’t object to adding to the collection.


PS: Congrats to Sarah and Emily who completed their marathons in 3:48 and 4:45ish respectively!

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Tight Pants

Last night I took my Nyquil a little earlier than usual, so I apologize for the lack of a post.

I’ve just been a little busy biting my fingernails in anticipation of the big day.

And eating.


Raisin Bran. I don’t care what you say Janetha! Raisin Bran is heavenly.

I had it yesterday and today, in fact.

In fact I had the same lunch today and yesterday as well.

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Soup and crackers.


I could live off soup and crackers.

Also, this is dangerous.


Oh my.



Chocolate covered pretzels.

Oh dear.

And lookie here!

Snowballs and chocolate mounds!

This is dangerous…


Very dangerous.

Or at least it was until I took care of it.

Because I have a marathon to run tomorrow. And I’d much rather eat a tin of cookies than think about that.

Why are my pants suddenly feeling so tight?

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The germ monsters have been trying to get me down all weekend!

A motley crew they are. I’m not having it! Don’t they know I have a marathon to run Saturday?!?!

As luck would have it, they attacked Friday, and I tried valiantly to fend them off. Saturday was rainy and cold, so I let them have their way as I did not really want to brave the elements anyway. I just stayed inside where it was warm.

Oh and I went to Wal-Mart.

Somewhere along the way, I ate a lot of cereal. Or at least took pictures of a lot of cereal. 😉


Tropical Oatmeal


Cinnamon Toast Crunch


Raisin Bran

Also a lot of soup.

Mama D. made some

It was yum.

And then she made some pot pie with the leftovers.


More yum.

At some point we decorated for the holidays.

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Charlie Brown tree, one stocking and fake snow.

Don’t believe we’re quite done yet.

Breakfast today was a duplicate of Example III in Cereal. Raisin Bran. I see no reason to repeat the picture.

Lunch was cheap and quick.


And I am not ashamed.

I had quite possibly the stuffiest head and sorest eyeballs I’ve ever had. Dunkin Donuts and Chik-Fil-A was needed.

After work I knew a run was what I needed. I did a brisk sprint workout under the lights of the neighborhood park. It was cold and my nose was running, all the more reason to make it quick.

Came home to more soup.


Bean + pasta + veggie soup.

And some salad + fruit.




I want 10 more bowls of it, if I can have slice of that bread with every one. That might be the best thing I have inhaled extra of with out photographic proof in a long time.

Must go, the Nyquil bottle is calling my name.

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