Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Avoidance

I have been really off the past week or so. No particular reason, just a general sense of “off-ness”… I think it’s the inevitable let down, or after effects of working really hard for a goal (my 2 year anniversary trip to San Jose), achieving said goal and then coming home and feeling a sense of fuck it. If I’m being perfectly honest I have not been a good girl since returning home. I have had a few really good days and my exercise has been really good, totally on point, but my eating is just blah. In fact, since returning home from San Jose, I have not journaled my food intake at all. Instead I’m relying on the old close enough formula and this can be very dangerous honestly.

Oh, nothing is crazy over the top and honestly taking a week or two “off” from journaling isn’t the end of the world but it does leave me in sort of an emotional tail spin I think. Perhaps that is honestly part of what is causing my general “funk”.  It’s the age old, which came first, the chicken or the egg. Am I “off” because I have not been paying that close attention to things, or am I not paying that close of attention to things because I am just “off”? 

Hence the not journaling all last week. I just didn’t feel it. Don’t get me wrong, nothing is wrong in my life. I feel like a spoiled brat sometimes because things are truly fine in my world and yet I have moments where I am not as happy as I should be, you know.  But of course, doesn’t matter your exact place in life you are entitled to your feelings and honestly a certain level of discord because honestly, life is just not perfect.  Things annoy the shit out of you. Situations come and frazzle you, and you have to fight and search for a balance.

Full disclaimer, like I said, I am fine and nothing is really that big of a deal at all, but I find myself lately a little annoyed with some people at the gym, a little annoyed with some members of my family and even probably at times a little annoyed with Chris. This is life. Perhaps I am pms’ing? No. It’s possible I guess.

I have brilliant moments of motivation and focus and then those moments where I just don’t give a fuck and instead of actually measuring any amounts of food my hand haphazardly dips into the entire bag of dried cranberries and bag of almonds.  Yeah, it’s a weird thing to be mad about eating. I totally get it. First world problems and all. Funny thing is I’m not actually all that mad about my eating, any of it. I still think I’m doing pretty okay. Just not journaling so I think the “fear” of eating worse than I should is probably more real than the reality that I have been. I am sure if I were actually journaling it I’d find I wasn’t too far off. But it’s like my crazy brain has a hard time with the lack of concrete evidence. Immediately jumping to the worst case scenario. Crazy fucked up is the story of my life after all.

I make it sound like things are way off or bad and they just aren’t. Mostly I’m fine. Mostly I’m happy and mostly I just have been busy and not feeling like posting that much. I think I perhaps was applying too much pressure to myself to once again see a certain number on the scale that as we all know is irrelevant. I have decided that I really don’t want to weigh myself; it causes all this crazy brain for me. I think what I am going to do is continue down my normal happy healthy path and then maybe just weigh myself before I go to Vegas and whatever I am, I am. Refocus energies back to being healthy and happy. Not that I ever try and lose sight of that, but every time I shift any amount of focus to a scale it gets ugly in my head.  Let the scale be the byproduct of the healthy lifestyle I love living, not the focus of the lifestyle.

I ran a half on Saturday. I was interested to see how I’d do considering the last half I ran was San Jose and let’s be honest there were so many good reasons why that one was destined to be a good race. I had so much extra motivation pushing me on. I’m not shocked that if I was ever going to PR it would be that race.  I was more concerned how I’d do on one where I had no reason or motivation to push myself. This weekend was a great test. There was zero incentive to run fast or hard. It was a “smaller” race so there wasn’t a ton of people on course, I ran by myself a lot of the time, and honestly there was nothing to special about it.  I had no misgivings that I was trying to run “fast.”  I have always said and will always maintain that my goal every time I go out and run is to simply do the best that I can every moment on that day. As long as I give it my all, I will be happy with the results no matter what they are. As long as I was giving my 100% effort than I’d be pleased.  You cannot always predict how you will feel or what issues may arise.

Saturday was a perfect example of that. I slept like awful shit the night before. Like 3 hours of sleep kind of shit. I wasn’t feeling all that hot, but I was going to run. I started out running okay. Nothing stellar, nothing awful, but consistent. A good pace for me. But suddenly at mile 5 I felt really sick. Like nacious I want to throw up kind of sick. And I wanted to quit. I seriously wanted to just walk. But I was like, that certainly won’t get you to the end any quicker, just keep going. So I ran on. I felt better but my pace slowed. It was fine. I was tired, (the 3 hours of sleep might have been a factor), but I just kept going.

Then right around mile 9 ½ it happened, that sick feeling returned. And I hate to say it but I felt my tummy turn and I thought I was burping, but it turns out I literally threw up in my mouth. I didn’t know it was going to be throw up and I was caught so off guard I just swallowed it back down. It was one of those weird moments where it just happened. So yes, clearly my stomach was off. I felt really sick. But I just kept running. I was almost done at this point. Miles 10-12 were HARD. Those were my push thru miles. We are so close now, just finish. Once I got to mile 12 the last mile is easier because you are now ticking down towards the end.

Despite the sick and exhaustion I actually crossed the finish line at 2 hours 12 minutes 45 seconds. This is my 3rd fasted half marathon time ever.  (Out of the total 27 I have ran to date) San Jose was 2:09:40 I think, and then a year ago in February I ran one in 2:11:45. So honestly I was right on pace.  I was proud of that result given that I wasn’t really trying that hard. I was mostly relieved to see that my San Jose time wasn’t a rare fluke, that I can run a sub 2:15 half now.  Well, at least right now. I have no idea how realistic this pace will be once we get thru the winter and I am not running as much. Not so many half’s left now, as we approach the nasty running weather. I literally have 3 half’s left for the year now. I can’t believe it’s only 3!  One of them is this weekend, then Vegas in November and 1 in December.

Regardless, I actually liked the half this weekend and would definitely do that one again. The course was fine enough and the post-race stuff was good. Not a bad one at all. We did manage to avoid the rain, but I just don’t know about this weekend. The forecast is not looking as kind. As for the rest of the weekend, did much needed grocery shopping (Costco and the dreaded Wal-Mart shopping), we saw a movie, Gone Girl, and then we went out to eat at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Pretty rounded all around.


Also, I got this lovely new purse, and I do mean I am in love with it. Coach zebra. Yes, please. Tonight it’s back to the gym for me. And somehow I have 2 personal training sessions booked this week. One Tuesday night and one Wednesday night.  So we will see how that goes. It is yucky raining out now and honestly it just makes me feel miserable. I HATE the dreary rain. It is depressing. It’s completely un-motivating.  But I will push thru. 



Friday, October 10, 2014

What to do with myself

It is Friday afternoon and I am officially ready for the workday to be over. I do not have really any plans for the weekend. Nope, not a single concrete plan. This scares the shit out of me in a lot of ways. It has literally been months since I had an entire weekend without a plan, or more specifically a run. I am not sure I will know what to do with myself.

I killed it pretty good at the gym last night so my legs actually feel a twinge of sore today. I honestly can’t imagine running today which is a probably a good reason to not worry so much about running. I ran for half an hour last night and then did about 45 minutes or so of weights. My legs felt it. I have kind of mentally decided at some point either tomorrow or Sunday I need to do a nice long run. I don’t have to run 13 miles, but at least like 8 miles. I need to force myself I guess. I also could really use a good ass kicking upper body workout. Since I pretty much have my entire weekend free I should be able to make this happen. I should be able to write down some sort of plan and just spend some time at the gym. I haven’t gone to the gym on a weekend in months and months.

Mostly this is all precautionary so that I somehow don’t end up binging on bad food choices. I need a solid weekend to keep me on track. I’ve had a pretty successful 3 days and I would really like to continue that trend.  Tonight Bella has a doctor’s appointment for a vaccination and then we (Chris and I) are going over to my mom’s house for dinner. Her boyfriend is over and wanted to get together. Her boyfriend is a healthy kind of guy and I think he appreciates the fact that Chris and I try and keep it healthy. This is contrary to most everyone else in my family. With all that said, we are making dinner and therefore it should be healthy which makes me happy. I honestly don’t know what we are having at this point but I’m not worried or stressing over it.

I kind of hate that I don’t have a run this weekend. I am a full-fledged addict.  But I just couldn’t find one that met my criteria. Oh well, it’s only one weekend. Next weekend I have a half, and then the following weekend it’s a 5k followed by what looks like a really fun half. So I shall survive.  Do you know what is excessively crazy to me though, I only have 4 half marathons left for the year. Just 4. The 2 Halloween ones I just mentioned and then Vegas Rock and Roll and then 1 Christmas one.  I can’t believe it’s just 4. I have like 3 more months left in the year.  I might need to try and shift my focus for a little while and that does scare me. It might be time to pay a little more attention to some serious strength training, getting stronger. Of course I do not want to let up on the running either because not only am I really liking where I am at right now, but I swear the running and extra cardio is what is helping me lose this little bit of weight.

Sometimes I sound so ridiculously petty. Seriously. I know there are far greater problems in the world than my petty little stupid shit. And honestly as one of my blog friends said the other day on her blog it’s easy to make these blog posts sound so crazy happy and good all the time. When in reality life hands us a lot of lemons at times and we just choose not to blog about it. I don’t really want to give the illusion that my life is perfect in any way. Am I happy? Absolutely, of course. But in all fairness I think I am mostly a very happy person, it’s just sometimes you lose your way here or there. When I spiral out of control and gain weight is me losing my way and the misery sets in.

Not everything in my life is always perfect. No one is perfect and no life is perfect. I swear at points sometimes I feel like I am just moving from one crisis to the next. Or in other terms, dealing with what life throws at you next. I have found that this is why it is critical for me to have fun adventures planned to help get me thru the challenges life throws at you. I am okay as long as I know I have something fun to look forward to. Right now I have Vegas in 6 weeks and of course Puerto Vallarta in February. That is more than enough to get me thru.  And I am pretty much dead set on Maui next September to run. There is simply nothing else I can think of that would be more rewarding than running that particular Maui race because it is exactly the area of Maui where I stay and adore.  I am pretty sure that will forever be one of the highlights of my life. Therefore I am beyond convinced it has to happen.


Anyway, I guess my point is that often times I just come on here to write about the highlight reel of my life and there is so much more that goes on.  Always, always is. But I just try and remain happy and positive because in the end that makes life far more enjoyable. So today I am going to smile because it’s Friday. I am going to smile because I am strong and healthy and active and in love and loved. I am going to smile because I have decided I freaking love my hair! I will smile because while I may not have a race this weekend, I have an entire weekend at my disposal to do as I wish and let’s be honest, that is a rare thing!  Have a fabulous weekend everyone. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

5 in 5

So yesterday I failed to mention the reality that while the first 2 days of my vacation were pretty good in terms of food consumption, post half, things took an ugly turn for the worse. I knew they would.  I was in celebration, let it go mode.  Nothing like celebrating 2 years of healthy living by eating like shit. We are talking Applebee’s Buffalo wings, 2 margaritas, ribs, French fries, mozzarella sticks etc. I should also mention that our hotel room was literally steps away from a vending machine and for some reason just being that close to a plethora of candy choices proved too much for this girl. I would by lying on the bed at night watching TV and all I could think about was candy.  Something about vacation does that to me. Things I would not under any other normal circumstances consume seem awesome to me. I suspect that is why they seem awesome because I really only allow myself these indulgences while on vacation.

The crap eating continued from Sunday well into Monday where pizza and cheesy very greasy breadsticks were consumed. And as if I knew it was my last hurrah, I made sure to get in some frozen yogurt. All of the consumption left my tummy less than happy Monday night when we were home resulting in a 1 AM barf fest in the toilet. Yup, generally speaking my stomach does not actually handle crappy food that well.

Never fear, yesterday I was right back to what I know and love and my stomach felt oodles better as a result. I really am a girl who does better on healthier foods. I had made the mental decision that I was going to allow myself to indulge, skip any sort of scale this Thursday and instead just get back to it yesterday and plow on thru until next Thursday the 16th and then weigh myself. I think this is a safe/good plan for me. I don’t need to see any sort of gain on the scale as a result and I know if I stick to some good eating all will be fine.

The thing is, I swear I have to have a weekend here and there where I am allowed to indulge like that. Partly, because it reminds me that I kind of hate that stuffed, sick feeling and therefore makes me grateful for how I normally live. I don’t feel like I am depriving myself or missing out on anything because ultimately that crap is just not for me.  Sure, would I mind a cupcake every now and then? Of course not. But I don’t need to eat buckets of food to be happy. Quite the contrary honestly. This life I generally lead is exactly as it should be.  I feel good on a daily basis because I am not loaded with gross sick foods. My body just doesn’t tolerate them well.

With all this said, skipping this weeks’ weigh in and starting with next week, on Thursday, I will officially have 5 weigh in’s until Vegas. So my 10 in 10 challenge is done and it’s time for its mini cousin, the 5 in 5 challenge. Yup, Round 2 started yesterday. 5 pounds in 5 weeks.  I’ve GOT this. I can do this. And ultimately that should put me at 140 pounds when I hit Vegas, exactly where I want to be. All right, in all fairness it would be lovely to be 139.9. I mean, just to see a 3 as the second number, but clearly after Vegas that number would NOT still be in the 130’s. Vegas is going to be much of the same indulgences.  But that’s how I roll. I am good and healthy and active to get me to the amazing adventures of my life where I can relax and enjoy my life.

5 in 5 has officially already begun and it’s a good thing.  Today I am feeling motivated and ready to go on this new challenge. I always need challenges.  Last night I really did not want to do anything at the gym. I ended up lightly jogging on the treadmill with Amanda for about 20 minutes or so. And then other people joined us and I pushed up my speed and in the end I ran for 45 minutes, about 4 miles. Nothing fancy, nothing to write home about, but it was decent enough.  Honestly it felt easy and good. It felt like I could have just kept running and running. After that I did about 15 minutes of weights or so, just to get myself to over 60 minutes and over 500 calories burned. EASY day, but I will take it.

Tonight I am not 100% sure what I am doing. Normally its personal training and Iron Power class but Amanda is gone so neither is happening tonight.  There will be another class in its place but I’m not totally sure if I’m taking it or not. I might honestly go and try and sprint out 30 minutes of an intense run if I can manage it and then take the hour class whatever it is. Might be good to ix things up a little bit and push myself.  I honestly feel like I need to get my ass kicked in terms of some serious strength training. But alas, not sure if and when that is going to happen.

I’m working out tonight and tomorrow night. Friday night is my night off. Bella has a doctor appointment for more vaccinations so that has to happen after work. I honestly have not a single plan for this weekend and honestly it’s freaking me out. Not having a race is fucking with my psyche. So much so that I keep looking for races to run. Like I’ve got this awesome momentum going and part of me is like fuck it, go run another half. Of course I’ve ran 6 in 6 weeks and I have 2 more planned for the following two weekends. So if I ran a half this weekend that would end up being 9 in 9 weeks and that just seems a bit intense. BUT, I really feel like I could manage it.  I feel a little lost honestly not doing a long run this weekend. Of course I could always just do a long run all on my own, but again, that’s probably not likely. I’ve still got a little bit of time to maybe figure that out. Of course with my new 5 in 5 challenge, I need to get in some intense exercise so maybe.

In other topics, I am falling more and more in love with my hair each day. I wasn’t sure at first, but honestly it’s growing on me, and I’m loving it… It’s a lot of work and maintenance but it’s totally worth it. I guess after spending so long with short ugly hair, it feels great to have long flowing locks. I am pretty sure my hair has never EVER been this long, but I really love it.

When I was walking in Santa Cruz with my long blonde hair down, in a tank top and short shorts some dude totally hit on me. I don’t handle that well. I am not one of those people who knows how to accept compliments or tactfully rebuff such comments. I just kept walking, totally ignoring the man who was talking to me. Part of it felt good, and the other part kind of creepy. For the record, Chris was up ahead already, he was doing his own thing while I was shopping in a store and was walking up to meet him. Not sure the guy would have said anything if I was walking next to a man.  But I blame the hair.


All right, it’s almost lunch time and I have some errands I have to go run. Healthy, healthy…

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Most Epic Moment

How can you possibly ever put into words the entire epic-ness that is one of the single greatest moments of your life? I feel like the past two years have all lead me to this exact place, this exact moment, that exact single experience of true bliss.  The earth, the moon, the stars and the sun all aligned perfectly to provide me the coolest 2 hours 10 minutes of my life. Funny how I find such bliss and happiness in the solitude of running.

I should start by saying that on the Saturday before the half I had a really awesome 5k run. My feet felt light, and my body felt capable and ready. I was just going to run. And in the end resulted in my fastest 5k time to day. I think I finished at like 28 minutes 30 seconds or around there. Bottom line is I managed a 9:20 minute pace which is great for me.  So I was already feeling amazing. Then we spent the rest of the day in Santa Cruz on the beach boardwalk and it was wonderful and amazing and I was just so happy.

Based off of my 5k running secretly I wondered if it was possible to have a great half time. Chris kept saying things like, maybe you’ll PR. I laughed at him. The truth is my PR was set last February.  Back when I was running a lot more than I have been.  It was 2 hours 11 minutes and like 44 seconds or something like that.  I never came close to that again. After that, my time started to creep up and up. I quit caring as much. Times went to about 2 hours 18 minutes, and then they shifted to about 2 hours 28 minutes. I just couldn’t muster much desire to push myself. Not really sure why.  Last weekend I actually ran a 2 hour 19 minute half and I was excited about that. It never occurred to me I could ever come close to PR’ing again. In fact I honestly truly thought I’d never ever see a PR again in my life. I just wasn’t at that speed.

It was hot. Like hotter than I think anyone expected. I was really nervous about the heat and apparently so were the event organizers because they sent out an email the day before telling us all how to prepare for the heat and all the precautions they were going to take on course to help us runners. Let me tell you I did not feel like running. Before we started I was completely unsure how I was going to feel.  But then a funny thing ususally happens. I start running, and somehow after a couple minutes, once my heart rate elevates and then levels out, I feel great. So I ran. And I kept checking my watch telling me my pace. After all things had settled out I was running consistently at a 9:35-9:40 pace. But more importantly I felt good, and this was a comfortable pace for me so I thought I might be able to keep running this for a while.

I had a lot of inner dialogue going on. Somewhere around mile 3 when I looked down and saw my pace and knew I felt good, I actually starting visualizing what it might be like to finish the race with a PR. What it would actually mean today, on that particular day of all days, October 5, my true official 2 year WW anniversary. And for no reason I wanted to cry. I felt pride. And excitement. That maybe, just maybe, I could PR. But I tried to not get too far ahead of myself, considering it was only mile 3, and I had a lot of miles left to go. I REALLY did. But I kept running and thinking. The first hour was quite pleasant. The heat hadn’t picked up too much. It was warm, but bearable. And because you never know exactly what you are going to get with running, sometimes things strike you at odd times. And I guess because of the whole idea of the anniversary of my recommitment, I started thinking about the past.

I found myself thinking about my dad. It felt odd that suddenly I felt overcome with feelings about my dad. I guess it’s because of his own weight issues that I will always feel some sort of weird connection about health surrounding my dad. I remember once we had a conversation about how he swore it didn’t matter if you were healthy and active or overweight and unhealthy because when it was your time, it was your time. He had a friend he told me who was a marathon runner who dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of like 40 something. In hindsight these were the excuses he told himself to make himself feel better about his own life and I guess that is okay.  That is what he needed. But deep down, I know he was hurting.

And then I was thinking about how sad it is that my dad never got to see this, to see me, living this life. In my trip down memory lane I had this moment of clarity where I thought, it is so sad that my dad never got to see me become that athlete that I am today. And then I paused on the word athlete. And then I went, yes, you know what, Emily… you ARE an athlete. You have become a full-fledged athlete and your dad would be proud. I am sure he never thought he’d have an athlete daughter and yet, here I am. And in the midst of all of this inner dialogue I wanted to burst into tears.  And then as clear as day I envisioned myself crossing that finish line with a PR and how it would feel to accomplish something so special today and I just kept running.

Overall it was a pretty emotional race for me. 2 years to the day. As I ran I thought about myself 2 years ago on this day, not even the inkling of what was to come. I thought about the girl I was, at 220 pounds, scared and afraid to live. The girl who believed she could be more.  And I ran. And I just kept running, solidly at the same pace and before I knew it 5 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles had passed. And I thought that a PR was closer than ever. It was somehow, miraculously, within my grasps. But it started to get HOT. And of course with the sun and running comes a lot of dehydration and fear. Fear that I would tire out and or my body would give out. But I was prepared. I kept drinking the water at every station while I tried to run on. I did not want to slow down to drink because holy hell I was on a PR pace.

In hindsight, at some point early on I think I had mentally decided that I was going to have a PR, come hell or high water today and nothing was going to stop me. I think half of running, actually more than half, is mental. It’s simply being crazy enough to believe that you can.  Knowing that my determination is stronger than any physical force holding me down.

Around mile 9 I picked up a rock in my shoe, or the bottom of my foot that I couldn’t shake loose. I didn’t want to stop, but I felt it every step so I had to pull off to the side for a brief second to yank it out. Turned out, it wasn’t a rock, but instead a giant shard of broken glass. Glad I actually stopped to take care of that.  But getting going again is tough after you stop, even for only a few seconds.

My speed started to slow down. I kept telling myself as long as I can keep my average pace under 10 minute miles I will be on track to PR. I knew as long as I was 2 hours 10 minute something I would have bettered my old PR. But secretly I was being greedy and wanted under 2 hours 10 minutes. I was so close. But it got HARD. It got HOT. And mile 11 was all mental. Just keep running. Mile 11 might have bene the hardest mile of them all. Simply because it was close to done, but not close enough. Mile 12 was better because once I hit 12.1; every step made it less than a mile to the finish. Somehow knowing you just have a mile to go is glorious.

I was probably moving at a snail’s pace, but in all actuality it was still around a 10 minute mile pace. It just felt like an eternity. The seconds ticked on. We rounded a corner and I saw the finish line in the distance.  2 tenths of a mile to go and I knew I had a shot at the less than 2 hours 10 minute mark. I saw my watch and saw it tick over to 2 hours 9 minutes and I saw the finish line and I sprinted. I was like Fuck it, just RUN… muster up every single ounce of crazy you have left and finish in less than 2 hours 10 minutes. And I sprinted like my life depended on it. And I crossed that line under the 2 hour 20 minute mark and pretty much almost immediately had to fight back the tears. The tears of joy and happiness. Sure, to the average person my time wasn’t that impressive or great, certainly nothing life altering, but for me it was the symbol of everything I have been thru the past 2 years and I literally wiped the tears from my face.

I cannot describe in words what it felt like in those couple moments after crossing the line and having a PR, when you had no idea you had that inside of you.  The pride I felt. The concept of setting a goal early on and not letting it go, finishing what you started. BEST FEELING EVER. Seriously one of the single coolest moments of my entire life.  This is what running does for me.  It gives me something nothing else possibly can. It is my sanity. My health. My happiness. My release. My sense of self. That moment is going to be hard to ever top. I might have other PR’s in my life. I might not. Doesn’t really matter. But having that PR on my 2 year anniversary to the day, while in San Jose, living this amazing life that I could never have imagined. That is magical. That is what this is all about anyway.

And to give you an idea of how crappy the heat might have been. Chris was on track to PR himself, he might have been running too fast honestly, because around mile 8 he passed out. I wasn’t around him, but apparently he passed out into the bushes and he woken up by other people around him offering him water and helping him. SCARY stuff. He walked after that, and did not PR, but still had a great finish time despite passing out. I am glad I didn’t see if because it would have freaked me out big time. Also so incredibly grateful there were people around willing to stop their own runs to help him out. Runners are good people.


That race is a memory I will treasure forever, and that really is the point of all this after all.












Thursday, October 2, 2014

The conclusion of 10 in 10


Insane BUSY day. I wanted to write this post all day long, instead you are going to get a very short little blurb, just so I can put it up there.  My hair extensions took a hell of a long time. Ooops. I say oops because during the time I was in the chair from 11:30 until 3:00, I obviously got a lot of work calls. My boss kept calling and when I didn’t answer he just kept calling. But he’s a good guy. My bosses are. And when I finally called him back he was like, it’s fine I was just worried about you, are you okay? Those were his first words. He wasn’t mad; he just wanted to make sure I was okay. It’s unlike me to be so unavailable to them.  All is fine now. I presently have amazingly long blonde hair. I took a few selfies but they were blurry and did not do my hair too much justice. I am going to try and have Chris take a few pics tonight and I will try to get a couple uploaded. It’s pretty but I’m in shock and it’s totally going to take major getting used to. CRAZY.

 

But mostly the thing I wanted to say today is it’s officially the least weight in- Number 10 in my 10 lbs. in 10 weeks challenge. And not shocking well, kind of, but whatever. I lost 1.6 pounds today, meaning I weighed in at 144.4 pounds today. AMAZING. I am very excited about that. Seriously. I did it. I made it. Actually I lost 15.1 pounds in my 10 weeks and I feel really good and happy today. Obviously. I met my 145 pound goal. I got beautiful gorgeous blonde long hair. I feel amazing and I’m going to San Jose tomorrow to run and celebrate my 2 year weight loss anniversary. Actually it’s my 2 year being healthy and active anniversary and that is a huge deal to a girl like me who has only made it past 1 year 1 previous time.

 

I get to celebrate by running my 24th half of 2014. I am also running a 5k on Saturday and in doing all these will be picking up 5 medals this weekend. I am just feeling really good and happy and proud of everything I have accomplished these past 10 weeks to improve my well-being and my overall health and wellness. It’s bizarre to me that even 10 weeks ago I was 15 pounds heavier. I lost 15 pounds. That’s pretty cool. Last night in personal training Amanda was like, look at you. Your muscles are really popping and I was like, yeah, because I’ve lost weight they really are showing more. They were always there but when I lose a little bit they pop more.  It was honestly pretty cool. I just feel pretty good about things.

 

The hairdresser told me that my long hair makes me look younger. It does. Perhaps I shouldn’t be a 35 year old woman with this long of hair, but I don’t really care. It’s amazing how quickly you can change something like that. This morning I had short hair, now I have hair down to the center of my back.

 

Tonight I am going to the gym, but only for a little bit and I don’t really want to work that much. Then I get to come home and pack and get ready for my vacation that starts tomorrow.  What a crazy fast busy week. I’m sure this weekend is going to go just as fast! But I’m getting excited now. It’s finally all here. Just a few hours and I am officially on vacation mode.  And did I mention I reached my goal!!!! I weight 144.4. Yeah! I plan to go to San Jose and have fun and not care too much about the food and then come back home and get back at it, so that I can set my sights on the next goal. Las Vegas, 6 weeks, November 14th. 140 pounds.  That’s the next goal, but for now it’s time to celebrate all of my accomplishments and enjoy my San Jose vacation.  Have a wonderful next couple days; I am going to be basking in a glow of happiness!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October

Well hello October. We are now officially ¾ of the way thru 2014. That is CRAZY, CRAZY. I mean, 2014 has just flown by. What an awesome year and as it gets closer to its end I’m a little sad I have to be honest. BUT with that said there is no reason to assume that 2015 won’t continue being an awesome kick-ass kind of year.

It is also Wednesday and a payday and most importantly 2 days away from my mini-vacation. Hello San Jose.  The weather forecast for San Jose looks amazing and I am excited about nice warm sunny weather. Although admitingly it’s still pretty gorgeous here today in Oregon so I can’t complain too much.  I just have to get thru today, this payday and then tomorrow am a magical day. Tomorrow is hair extension day. Can you tell I’m very excited about this? And then that means that Friday is get on a plane day. All things to look forward to.

Tonight I have personal training and then an hour of iron power weights. Tonight is my last big push in terms of exercise before San Jose. I do intend to hit the gym tomorrow night as well, but with my new beautiful hair extensions and general been doing this for 6 days in a row Thursday’s are usually fairly weak for me in terms of energy levels.

Last night I ran. Yup, I try and make Tuesday night my longer cardio night and I did not fail at that endeavor last night. I got on the treadmill and set it at a 6.2 pace. I just started running. I have to say that the very first 5 minutes of a run are BRUTAL. I guess that’s why you are supposed to warm up instead of going cold turkey on the thing. Because I was seriously doubting my ability to run period. But after a couple minutes your heart rate adjusts and everything is fine. So much so that at about 25 minutes I bumped up the speed to 6.3. Yup, not much of an increase, but enough to secure that I would run 6.25 miles in less than 60 minutes.  That was my goal.

It’s been a while since I could maintain a 9:40 minute mile pace for that duration of time. I was really happy that I managed. And honestly it wasn’t that awful. There comes a certain point where your body just accepts the run and manages.  I was pretty much at that point. The calorie burn was good, and I felt great. Of course after I was done with my hour I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I headed down to the weights not really wanting to do anything honestly.  A friend came over to me and we started talking for a few minutes when Amanda came up to us. She was like, who wants to go do hills on the treadmill with me?  At this point, because I simply did not want to do anything else, I said sure. Why not? As long as I was not sprinting I’d be fine.  We ended up walking for 30 minutes at a 12 incline on the treadmill at 3 miles per hour. I have to admit at points my heart rate got up there. 

When it was all said and done, my high cardio night resulted in 90 minutes, 1100 and some calories burned. It was a very good workout.  I already warned Amanda that no legs would be happening tonight because I wanted full mobility when I was going on vacation. So tonight will definitely be upper body of some sort. I don’t mind a heavy cardio night thrown into the mix on occasion.  As Monday night was mostly strength and tonight will be pretty much heavy strength training as well. Got to build those muscles.

Overall I’m doing good and feeling good and those are the most important things. Yes, tomorrow I weigh in. I’m nervous because of some of the less than stellar food choices I made. But also, it will be okay no matter what.  I think my body can use some food from time to time so perhaps it will all workout exactly the way it’s supposed to. I should mention that Saturday night I made a dozen cupcakes and proceeded to eat 9 of the 12 of them. I probably would have eaten the other 3 but Chris ate them so I guess that’s okay. They were delicious rainbow chip cupcakes and I REALLY wanted them. Yes, all 9 of them! This was just one of a few stupid decisions but I am not blaming myself to much. Clearly I wanted it and I will live with it. I still think I will be able to pull thru and hopefully fingers crossed hit my 145 goal. We will see tomorrow AM though.  I just have this gut feeling that I did manage to hit 145 despite my horrible eating.

Either way, it doesn’t matter because tomorrow I refuse to be anything but happy happy.  Did we mention that I am 4 days away from my 2 year weight loss anniversary? At this time 2 years ago, I was one depressed messed up girl.  And certainly I could not run for the life of me, yet alone 13.1 miles, yet alone run like 23 of them in a single year. 2 years ago I was pretty upset about being 220 something pounds and having to buy size 18/20 clothes.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just that for me it symbolized my failure to care about myself and my giving up.

Two years living this lifestyle and the most convinced I am ever that I am not ever going back. I can have a hiccup in the road as life happens and turn it around.  I’d call my 10 in 10 challenge a huge success. That was my idea to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks before I went to San Jose. I’ve already accomplished that. I’ve got this. I really do.


Now it’s time to be off and go collect the paychecks and do my work thing. Have a fabulous one my friends!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Highly Anticipated Weekend

Another weekend down. I have to admit that for whatever reason I could simply not control my eating this entire weekend. I don’t think I really tried that hard, but I just ate and ate and ate. Perhaps it’s a bit of self-sabotage; not really sure. But regardless, I ate WAY too much to even think about trying to record it all. Ooops. BUT, today is a new day. I was a little down on myself yesterday evening about it, but the only thing I can do is pick myself back up and get back on the horse today which is what I’ve been doing, intend to do.  Hopefully it’s not actually as bad as I envision in my head. And hopefully it doesn’t leave a mark come weigh in on Thursday. But it might and I’m prepared for that. So much for that 145 goal. Oh well. It’s really not that big of a deal anyway.

This is life. Life happens. You hit bumps in the road that throw you a little off kilter and you readjust. The bigger picture is not compromised. I still feel good (aside from my tummy hurting last night from all the crap food!) and I’m ready to go to San Jose this weekend and get a break from my normal life. YEAH YEAH mini vacations! So needed anyway.

But with all that said, I had an awesome run on Saturday. So Chris bought me my new Garmin this week and Saturday was the first day I really got to run with it outside. I have to admit that I have become a lazy runner. I don’t really care about my times at all. I still don’t honestly. But the last 10 half’s I’ve been coming in consistently at like 2:28 or 2:29 and I’m okay with that. But I also don’t really pay attention to my average pace, etc., while I run. I check distance and of course know what I’m running at most of the time. But for whatever reason having this new watch and seeing my average pace adjust as I ran was really fun and encouraging and suddenly, despite the CRAZY hills, I found myself caring and running a whole whopping 10 minutes faster than normal. I finished my 13.1 mile run at 2:19 and a few seconds. That is the best half time I’ve had in months. Literally. It’s nice to know that it’s still in me. And that is with a few crazy hills that required walking. And I felt amazing. The best I’ve felt in ages. So something is definitely working for me.

Two things to note on this run. First at mile 8 I was greeted to a little cup at the aid station that housed 3 little gummy bears. I was suddenly ecstatic. Like I was as happy and surprised as if I’d suddenly found $100 bill on the ground. Yup, I truly was that thrilled. It made my day. I put those little gummy bears in my mouth and I literally sucked them, did not take a single bite until they were all gone. I am happy to report that I enjoyed their deliciousness in my mouth for over 3 miles. Seriously. So 3 gummy bears, if simply sucked can last about 30 minutes. Who knew? And I enjoyed every second of them. Which leads me to believe that clearly I should be carrying a little snack size pack of gummies with me on future runs. I like the tiny sugar release as I run. It helped.

The next thing to note is that at mile 10 running out on country roads I saw a unicorn. Okay, not actually a unicorn, but a brilliant white majestic looking horse that instantly made me think Unicorn. It was right up to the fence, which means it was close enough to us running by that we could touch it. The girls in front of me stopped and took a selfie with the horse. It really was gorgeous. The horse was literally just standing there watching us all run by. It was pretty beautiful. And at mile 10, reminded me that there can be some stronger forces at work in the universe.

Oh, should also note that for some crazy reason this was the worst road kill run I’ve ever been on. Funny that for 13 miles I was thinking this and after the run Chris was like, did you notice all the road kill? And I laughed because clearly it wasn’t just me. It was REALLY heavily riddled with dead things. I was very careful as to not step on anything during the run. I guess that’s what you get running out in the country. It was a pretty decent course despite the road kill issues, but also had a few VERY steep hills. Actually, a lot of hills. I remember thinking at miles 3-8, which is pretty much a giant chunk that this was very unnecessarily hilly and why on earth did they pick this route? This is just the things my mind thinks of while running.

But I kept a great pace for me and I felt really good and that was the most important part.  When we went to pick up our packet before the race they told us the shirts had not arrived yet and that they’d figure out what to do and send an email to us later. I was a little bummed. It’s not like you didn’t know when this race was and could have ordered the shirts in an appropriate time, taking into account delays and all. But after we finished running it seems the truck with the shirts had arrived so we did get our shirts. Tragedy avoided. Not that this was really a tragedy, just the first time in all the events I’ve done that this occurred. Regardless, it did end up working out and I guess that’s what really matters in the end.

On Sunday we got up and drove an hour to run a 5k. Yes, I understand this seems slightly ridiculous but it’s nice to get up and get your day going and walk away feeling good. Sometimes a 5k can be a good run when you are pushing yourself.  Employing my new Garmin watch and monitoring my pace, I found myself running harder than I normally do once again. My goal was to do the 5k in under 30 minutes.  I realize this isn’t super stealth speed or anything but it’s a decent pace. Especially for me.  I just kept pushing and pushing and when I rounded the 3.1 mile mark I was at 29 minutes and some change. It really kept me fighting hard at the end instead of giving up. So far my verdict on the new running watch is good. In both instances it forced me to actually push myself in a way I haven’t in a long time. I needed both those runs and I felt great. It’s nice to know that I still have a little bit of speed left in me. Especially considering this was my 5th half in 5 weeks. Next week marks the 6th in 6 weeks. Plus my 2 year weight loss anniversary plus a trip. You see why next week means so much to me? I’m crazy excited.

Just got to get thru this week. Plus let’s not forget that Thursday I get my hair extensions and I’ve definitely been looking forward to that! My hair needs a dye job so bad and its killing me to just live with it, but just until Thursday and everything gets righted in my world. Beyond excited!!! Gorgeous long flowing blonde hair, I’ve been dreaming about it for a long time and I can’t wait until it’s a reality.

Today is already half way over, so that means I’ve just got to get thru about 3 more days and then its hair time and then Friday is vacation day. I am guessing this week will end up going fairly quickly. Thank goodness. I’m exhausted right now and the thought of the gym sounds horrific, but I will go. Because I always go.  And honestly I probably really need it after the weekend food gorge fest I had. Put me back on track.


Doesn’t matter, life is good and I am smiling. Most highly anticipated weekend in recent history for sure…. Can’t it be Thursday already?



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pretty Average

Today I lost 1.5 pounds. I am thrilled with this number. THRILLED. Funny how two years of being weight and health conscious really changes your entire perspective.  1.5 is an amazing number. Back in the day 1.5 would not have been good enough.  Of course this was back when I had lots of weight to lose, but even still I don’t ever remember being this consistently thrilled with losing 1.5 pounds a week. This actually puts my average at exactly 1.5 pounds per week for the last 9 weeks. I have lost a total of 13.5 pounds in 9 weeks. I started at 159.5 and today was 146 even. I am definitely getting more comfortably back into the 140’s.

The thing about losing a consistent 1.5 pounds per week is that aside from obviously being smaller to begin with, it also means that I’m pretty much living my life, going out to dinner indulging here and there and still having some consistent success. It’s not a crazy speed of loss but it’s nothing shabby either. Perfectly healthy, average and normal and I’m perfectly okay with that. I still go out to dinner at least once a week and obviously sneak far too many of my husband’s chips here and there that I don’t record. Yes, he has a tortilla chip fetish and I my hand might get in the bag more often than not.  You know those big Costco bags of tortilla chips; it’s pretty easy to eat a few here and there without realizing the combined calorie factor.

It’s amazing how much happier I am today weighing 146 pounds than I was 9 weeks ago at almost 160. My body feels slightly sluggish and mentally I feel crappy weighing that much, despite how much I might try to convince myself otherwise. 146 is a perfectly comfortable, happy place for me. I have one week/one weigh-in left until I go to San Jose and I always said I wanted to be 145 getting on that plane. It seems very possible. Of course I am not going to jinx myself or put too much stalk into it. Its 1 pound but our bodies can also be wonky on occasion.  So while I will be thrilled and it seems quite likely that this can occur, if it doesn’t it’s not the end of the world either. I have already won. I’ve already succeeded where I wasn’t sure it was possible.

Rewind to 3 or 4 months ago and I was struggling to find any balance or control. In April/May I could not for the life of me figure out how to lose weight. In hindsight it was so much a result of weird pressure felt at the gym and trying to figure out how much importance not only the gym, but running was going to get in my life. I have found my balance. And running wins! Ha Ha. But seriously, it was when I decided that running was far more important in my life and to let the rest of it go and make myself happy when I was finally able to break my cycle. The moment I let it go and gave over to the idea that my weekends belonged to me and running that everything finally fell into place.  Yes, it has meant giving up some of my gym time and a little bit of the dependency that my trainer/friend Amanda had on me.  But what I gained was far superior.

Do you know how crazy good it feels to share my weekends with my husband doing something we both love that make our lives whole and fulfilled? Some of you probably do know that it feels like, (you might just not run but actually share other good stuff with your spouse).  My marriage, my family, etc. is far more important than the gym. When I decided that my “real” world was going to trump my gym world, things fell into place.

Life is constantly about changing and reevaluating and shifting the focus and goals and priorities. What I needed from the gym a year ago is obviously not what I need from it now. It’s okay for me to not be the ever present woman at the gym. I am comfortable and fuck it, thrilled with the life and world I’ve created outside of the gym. Don’t get me wrong the gym is still important and I value all the things it gives me and yes, even my personal training sessions that kick my ass. That won’t ever change.

I just am truly happy from my core out now. My weight/my size/exercise, all of it has truly become about my overall health, and wellness and happiness again. The focus has shifted from the vain exterior to being able to live the life I want.  The life I am leading right now.

Hopefully if everything goes as it has been I should be 145 next week and then in between San Jose and Las Vegas I have 6 weeks. I am hoping to get to 140 by the time Vegas comes around. Again, totally possible. 6 weeks-5 pounds.  Those are my tentative goals.  But honestly it’s just a guide, as the scale is pretty damned unimportant. It’s more about how I look and feel. The number is just a guide, just a silly little thing to show an overall trend.

We are solely responsible for our own happiness and the quality of our lives. If you are unhappy, do something about it. Change it. Find your passion. Find your joy. I completely understand a little bit of luck might be involved and obviously some things are beyond your control. I get that. Which is why it’s all the more important to make the things you can control as valuable as possible. Life is freaking short. And important, and precious. Love the hell out of the moments you have.

Whew. Off my little rant there now. It’s Thursday. Which means that today is day 6 in a row of exercise for me. Right now I feel pretty good but its early morning. I am sure by the afternoon I will have zero desire to actually go to the gym, but I will make myself go anyway. Plan is a 30 minute run and then an upper body workout. Last night in training we did legs.  So it’s definitely some upper body work kind of night. Then rest tomorrow. Then another half on Saturday. This is my 5th half in 5 weeks. And of course with San Jose the following weekend I will be running 6 half’s in 6 weeks. That is the most I’ve done in a row.  But honestly right now my body kind of feels used to it. Then Sunday I have a 5k.

Just got to finish out September strong, get thru San Jose (which will be FUN!!!) and then it slows down a bit in October and November and especially Decemeber. The weather is turning and it’s not going to be a lot of fun after that. But I still have some events to do before it’s all said and done for the year but we are on the home stretch!


This moment the sun is shining and I can smile a little because it’s a beautiful day… Have a great one! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's not even my birthday!

I’ve had a busy two days. I guess this is a good thing because that means time is continuing to move and this puts me closer to a mini vacation which is very much needed. Actually, honestly I’ve had a great two days all things considered. After the horrific last week or two I had stressed about my Molly girl I am very happy to live in a bit more of a normal zone for a couple days.

Monday night I went to the gym and ran 1.5 miles, then did a 30 minute butts and guts class and then did an hour Iron Power strength training class. I was tired when it was done but honestly didn’t burn that many calories as strength training rarely produces high burns. I acknowledge that strength training is still very much needed so I push on.  When I got home Chris and I headed to Costco to pick up a few quick items that we needed. This makes for very long nights generally speaking. But we are kind of late night people anyway. We ususally don’t make it to bed until 11 or so.

Yesterday I did something that I’ve been thinking about for a very long time. There is a dirty secret I haven’t discussed for almost a year. My hair. My poor hair is a big old mess.  I have always died my own hair blonde. Somewhere about a year ago my hair just completely biffed it. Like the front just splintered off.  I look like I have a front mullet honestly. It broke and is severely damaged. I kept hoping that with proper care it would grow back in. I do not dye my hair with the same regularity, and when I do I just do the roots and try and not touch the over-dyed ends. It’s been almost a year and it’s still a mess.  It has not grown in. And honestly for an entire year I have worn my hair up every single day. I am so tired of it. I want beautiful pretty hair!

Extensions. Yup. I’ve wanted them but they are ridiculously expensive actually and of course the upkeep on them as well.  This weekend was particularly traumatic for me in terms of my hair and I just caved and told Chris that this was it, my last straw I was making an appointment this week to see someone about extensions.  I found someone on Monday and then yesterday at lunch time stopped by for a consultation and to discuss what it would take.  Not shockingly I was breaking out the plastic and ordering my hair. Yup, that sounds weird. I have an appointment for next Thursday. Not this Thursday but basically the day before I go to San Jose. I am THRILLED. Like you have no idea how much I can barely contain my excitement and wish it was next Thursday already. I am going to have long blonde beautiful hair that I can leave down. It’s been a year people of hating my hair and pulling it back constantly and having the short little strands fall out. It’s terrible really. I fried my hair and it just won’t repair itself.

This means I get a regular stylist as well to dye it and upkeep it. Yes, I have to pay for it, but I’m at the point in my life where my hair is important enough and matters enough to shoulder the cost. I am envisioning my beautiful flowing blonde locks and I just smile. But extensions are really expensive. Thus why I have never done them. But according to the girl these ones should last a year if I treat them well, so of course I am going to get all the treatment tips and try to take very good care of them. I can justify the cost if they will last a year. On a few months and I’d be pretty upset with the price I was paying.

This is my happy 2 year anniversary to me.  Happy 2 years of caring about yourself and your health and you overall happiness.  Happy 2 years of maintaining this lifestyle. I mean I’ve never had a 2 year anniversary so I might as well give myself an epic gift as well.

With that said I was blown and way and shocked last night when my husband came home. I have been talking about how last weekend was my 1 year running anniversary and how San Jose is my 2 year weight loss anniversary and apparently he was listening.  When I run I use two watches. It’s a long convoluted process. I had a GPS Garmin but it didn’t sink with my actual heart rate monitor and I wanted an accurate heart rate and calorie burn so I end up wearing two watches to run. It’s a pain in the ass for sure.  But I like all the numbers despite feeling like a total dork with so many gadgets on my wrist.  Plus my running Garmin is a pretty basic model and it can only show 2 items on the display so I just do distance and time. It’s pretty basic to say the least.

Anyway last night he comes into the house and we are just talking and he’s talking about me wearing my two watches and my 2 year anniversary and congratulations and I didn’t think too much of it, we talk about this stuff a lot honestly.  Then he comes over to me and says, “I got you something.” And he presents me with a brand new Garmin Forerunner 220 and my mouth just about hit the ground. He said he wanted me to have one watch that would do it all and give me lots of info. Of course this is the exact watch that I wanted and he even picked the color I wanted (the pretty purple one!) I was beyond shocked. He said he was proud of me and everything that I’ve done over the last 2 years and he wanted to thank me for the past year and all the awesome adventures we’ve gone on. I am in LOVE with my watch. LOVE LOVE.  I can’t wait to actually use it this weekend running another half. Seriously it’s so cool and pretty.



So without knowing it apparently I get 2 awesome 2nd year anniversary presents. My Garmin and my hair! I feel spoiled now. I seriously had no idea Chris would do that. It was a true surprise which makes it even more special.  

Last night I really didn’t want to go to the gym. It took every ounce of willpower I had to get myself to drive to the gym, but I did. I was feeling like doing something think less and no-brainer. I knew I didn’t have enough motivation to force myself thru an actual strength training workout so I convinced myself it was okay to just run.  It’s pretty mindless for me and actually obviously mind clearing. So I went ahead and just ran for an hour at a 6 mile per hour speed. It was a good run and I just found my zone and could have kept running. It’s always nice when you finish still feeling like you could do more. Tonight I have personal training and then strength training class. Tonight will not be a huge calorie burn but some good needed strength training.  I honestly have no idea what we are doing in training. It could be legs; it could be any muscle group on the upper body. No idea at all. I guess whatever it will be, it will be. I am sure no matter what it is, it will be hard and I will be sore tomorrow. That’s how it goes.


One week and 2 days and I am getting on a plane with lush flowing beautiful blonde hair and my new GPS forerunner and I am one excited happy girl for that. Yeah to vacations, even when you are running, scratch that, especially when you are running!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The cryfest



Well, it happened. On Sunday I ran my 22nd half marathon of 2014, but more importantly it was the one year anniversary of my very first half marathon ever. (Otherwise referred to as my first organized race ever). This was my 24th half marathon overall. Meaning that in exactly one year’s time I ran 24 half marathons.

I honestly still remember that very first one and how ridiculously nervous I was. I was so sick to my stomach the night before.  Thinking about it now I am not sure why, but I was. I guess I was afraid I was not going to complete it. 24 half’s later and that is no longer an issue.  Thank goodness. I am still in shock sometimes or rather denial of what I have actually accomplished this past year. In true Emily style if I decide I can and want to do something there’s nothing normal about it. I have to go out and run 24 freaking half marathons.

It was a beautiful run. My body wasn’t exactly feeling it, I’ve felt better during a run, but parts of it were simply gorgeous and I tried to focus on the beauty that was surrounding me. After all, that is part of where this love of running originated from. The pure thrill of connecting outside with nature and the inner voices in your head.

Chris ended up running most of this one with me. He typically runs at a much faster speed than I do, but on days where he is just not feeling it, he slows down and we go at it together. On occasion I enjoy the company and it makes it a different kind of race. Sometimes I just like to be alone and have my thoughts carry me and then some days I don’t mind his presence.  Consequently I didn’t have a lot of time on the run to be too retrospective about the one year anniversary. That was fine. I didn’t think about it too much. In fact I didn’t think about it post-race when we were enjoying our hot dogs in the gorgeous park.

Chris and I drove separate cars for other reasons. This race was close to the house only like 20 minutes, and it was later in the morning so it wasn’t a big deal. I really enjoyed the nice country drive in peace and quite honestly. But the moment I got into the car post-race and cranked up the radio it happened, it all hit me at once. I had plugged my phone into the iPhone jack and was blaring the song, Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap (my current song obsession) and then in a moment of flooding emotions I started bawling in the car. Yes, every single emotion hit me at once. I thought I had successfully avoided the onslaught of emotion but I was entirely wrong. I couldn’t control my tears from behind my sunglasses. I cried and cried. It was not because I was in pain or sad. It was the cry of pure satisfaction and disbelief. I wasn’t really sure if it was going to hit me at all, but all the factors lined up and it was definite waterworks for me.

When I ran that first one I had an idea that this was something I could really get into, but I had no idea what journey I was about to embark down upon. I had no idea the cool places or epic experiences running would bring. I had no idea how much it would come to play a significant role in my life. And 24 freaking half’s in a year. Crazy.

My body is amazing. I mean that in the most humble way possible. The human body is simply an amazing thing. I can put it thru the years of abuse I have and somehow it bounces back and is able to take the wear and tear of running.  It can just keep going and going. That is a blessed thing. I had no idea if I could actually physically endure that much running in a year, but here I sit today, the day post my 24th half marathon and I feel great.  I feel like I could run another one today. This is because our bodies are simply amazing and capable things. We never give them enough credit or appreciate their abilities enough.  Someday I might not be able to do this, but while I can, I am going to enjoy the hell out of it.

On Saturday we did run a quick little 5k, before taking Molly to the eye specialist. When we woke up Saturday morning Molly’s eye looked the best it had in 2 weeks, but we were still taking her in. The vet was amazing and went to show us that our current vet is a joke and we will be getting a new one. She was wonderful and so knowledgeable and great with Molly. Bottom line is molly had a deep injury that got a bacterial infection and it’s been trying ever since to heal itself, and protect itself with a glossy look and then last week red blood vessels came in full force to her eye and it alarmed us because it looked like her eye was all bloody but the doctor told us that was simply it trying to repair itself.

The doctor put us at ease and told us that it should all run its course and over the next couple weeks it should continue to look better. She glossy look may never 100% return to normal but that is okay, she can see out of her eye and everything is okay. The local vet just didn’t have enough understanding of the situation to predict anything and consequently really should not have freaked us out by telling us she could lose her eye. That was unnecessary. She seems to finally be on the road to recovery and this was the hugest relief we had of the whole weekend. Molly has my heart and I have never been more worried about my baby girl.

Saturday night I celebrated my sister’s birthday at my mom’s house with my family. It was nice to see everyone. I had to avoid copious amounts of shit food. It was difficult. I only caved and had spice cake because baked pastries of any sort are my true weakness, but I didn’t do too poorly. One of my favorite moments of the entire night was when my nephew Ethan asked me to cut some cardboard for him (he was making himself some cardboard armor and a helmet!) and was like it’s hard. And I was cutting him strips of cardboard with scissors and he was like, “Is that hard?”  I was like not really. And he looked at me and said, “It’s because you go to the gym, you are strong.”

For what it’s worth I am leaving an impression on his mind of someone who is strong and active and I think that is cool. He is 6 years old and at this point in his life understands that I am a healthy person who goes to the gym.  It’s nice for him to be exposed to all sorts of things in life and this is just another example of why it’s important to have lots of people in their lives with varied interests. Show them that there are lots of cool and worthwhile things in life.

Just have to get thru 2 more weeks and then I get to go on my much needed mini vacation to San Jose. I really really am looking forward to getting away. I think we need it! It’s Monday and it’s starting to get yucky outside which sucks and I sure am glad I have some fun things planned to look forward to. Oh and my passport came in the mail on Saturday so it took less than 2 weeks for them to process my passport application. It’s now safely locked up in the safe. Yeah! One less thing to worry about.