6 Months and 10 Pounds Later…

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It’s time to get back into the swing of things with eating healthy and being good to my body through activity. It has been a long cold winter that’s been a big setback especially since I am signed up for the Spring Lake 5 miler in 32 days. Eeek!

No worries though because a goal without a plan is just a wish and I have a plan! My plan is to keep those amazing Boston Marathoners from yesterday in my mind. There were survivors of the attacks that crossed the finish line, others in their 60’s – 80’s, and who can leave out “Rudy” Sean Astin?

How can I possibly say I can’t do a 5 miler when these amazing, inspiring and strong-minded individuals who have more reason than me to not finish, have completed a marathon?!

My other plan is to be prepared! This morning I put out my clothes for later today despite my dog’s unhappiness that he’ll lose me for an hour.

 running clothes

Wish me luck!

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Spring Lake 5

Spring Lake 5

It’s Sunday morning and a few minutes past 5am.  I remember that Spring Lake 5 registration had just started so I jump on my computer to sign up.  How exciting would it be to have a low bib number?  Isn’t that all runner’s goal when registering or maybe it’s just me!

Registration was a breeze but yet I’m still awake.  I have to admit, it kind of feels like Christmas morning.  The memories of last year’s race floods my mind.  The experience was incredible: locals cheering us on at each step; banners waving in the crowds; running down streets that bring back childhood memories.  These thoughts make me feel happy!

spring lake 5 crowd spring lake 5 cheerleaders spring lake 5 finish line

What seems to be a little race registration task is helping me get my running motivation back.  Thank God!  The last few months I haven’t wanted to do anything which is out of the norm for me. People tell me it’s the weather but I think I’ve been in a funk!

I have a plan brewing of what I’m going to do to change this funk so stay tuned!  Now I’m off to plan on Spring Lake 5 outfit!!

My First 5 Mile Race and Guardian Angels

Every summer for the last 37 years Spring Lake, NJ has hosted one of Runner’s Worlds top 100 races, The Spring Lake 5.  I can remember my mom doing it back when I was in college and she always asked me to do it with her but never thought I could so I blew it off.  Now, I can say I did it and I’m so happy I did!

My preparation for the race began officially last summer when I started running.  At the time I couldn’t run a few minutes straight but over time I got better and better.  This would be the ultimate test because up until this point I had only done 5K’s.

The days leading up to the race were stressful because I didn’t feel I was ready and doubted myself a lot but one motto I live by is “don’t let the fear hold you back”. Reminding myself of this pushed me to get to the starting line that morning especially for my fear of large crowds.  Below is a pic of just some of the 11,000 runners at the starting line.

spring lake 5 crowd

After a woman sang the National Anthem, we were off and running, literally.  I had set a goal to get through the first mile without stopping.  I hit that first mile and just kept going eventually making it to two miles without stopping.  That’s a big deal for me!

Along the way, many locals were outside their homes cheering everyone on and it’s appreciated more than they may know.  I felt proud of my community and of myself.

spring lake 5 cheerleaders

As I was rounding the second mile, I saw a woman who resembled my aunt who passed away last year and then a man who resembled my uncle who also passed in 2013.  I actually started to cry as I was running because everytime I run and I start to feel like I can’t go any further I remind myself of people who cannot.  Whether these are family members who are no longer with me or are ill, I keep them with me to keep me going.  They are my running guardian angels.

Eventually I made it to the finish line under my goal time and about 1,000 people behind me.  Thank God because I didn’t want to come in last!

spring lake 5 finish line

I learned a lot of lessons that day but the most important is never to doubt yourself.  I may not be the best runner but I did better than the day before and that is an accomplishment in itself.

And I leave you with the best t-shirt winner. “Run like you stole something”

 

There’s No Yawning In Pep Talks!

Finish Line

  The weather at the Jersey Shore has finally been warming up which means two things:  the tourists will soon be invading and race season is here!  In a couple days I’ll be doing my first five mile run in the Spring Lake 5 and I’m not ready.  I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready!

My preparation began a few weeks ago to include more running and more importantly getting my playlist just right.  I recently read an article that music can make the pain and struggle seem less since your focus is shifted to the beat.  I really hope that’s true because I can use all the help I can get!

The other day I took a stroll on the sand listening to my playlist.  I started go give myself a pep talk that went something like this, “You can do this!  Imagine how many people physically can’t or won’t.  You have an opportunity to run for those people and do something they can’t.  If you need to stop and walk, it’s ok!”  And then, I yawned.

There’s no yawning in pep talks!  Who does that?  I bet Rocky didn’t do that.  I am going to have to dig really deep the next few days to find my beastmode.

I find myself in and out of healthy habits these last few months and I can only blame me.  I am completely responsible and failing.  One of my bad habits it starting a plan and not seeing it through.  I quit too easily and revert back to old ways.

I know people who have lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last year and have stuck with it.  That in itself is amazing.  I often wonder how they do it. How do they keep the momentum going to reach the end goal?  I am open to any advice I can get!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.