Race Recap: Spring Sprint 5k

Two years ago I did this race to celebrate my birthday and ended up getting a hefty PR.  So when the race feel the week of my birthday again I threw the idea out to Brittney and Coach Bryan that we could make this our spring goal race while the weather was still ideal and use it as a little pre-celebration to my birthday.  While we didn’t officially set an actual time we had hoped to run it in, both Brittney and myself had the goal of PRing which would be anything below a 28:36 for me and 28:10 for her.  We had both put in the hard training and while we hadn’t specifically trained just with this race in mind, our bodies were prepared to give it all we had and leave nothing out on the course.  I will be honest in saying we were hoping to have anything in the 27 minute range.

The day before the race I had some serious stomach issues and got very ill at school.  I texted Brittney while laying out in the middle of the hallway with my legs up the wall trying not to pass out and told her that this had better go away by the next morning.  Luckily for me I felt better as the day went on and I was ready for race day.

Race morning wasn’t super eventful.  I ate my usual breakfast of toast and peanut butter and then met Bryan and Brittney at the race site.  It was a smaller crowd and I was thankful to see some familiar faces and get some socializing in while attempting not to stress about what we were about to embark on.  Brittney and I chose not to wear our Garmins and to completely trust Bryan who would be pacing us.  The goal was to run consistent and even splits and then have a strong finish. After getting to the start line we realized we would have to line up fairly close to the front due to no chip timing.  This wasn’t really a problem since it was a smaller race and I never got the feeling that we were holding anyone up.

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The course started out going directly up a long incline.  It wasn’t steep or anything but it was definitely an incline.  My favorite part about this course in particular is that it is held on the entire street so basically the course is wide open meaning little congestion.  We took our time getting up the hill and both of us commented how the pace felt a lot easier than we had expected.  It was nerve-wracking not wearing a Garmin but I completely trusted Bryan and also took lots of joy in passing some other people.  The first mile really did fly by because after what seemed like two minutes of running we hit the first water stop and the timer called out 8:55.  We were right on pace with even a little time to spare and I was ecstatic.  Slightly after that we made our way up the biggest hill in the course and I began to struggle.  Bryan reminded me that we had a downhill after it and a lot of flatness but it didnt’ help as much as I thought.  We made it up and then right around the halfway mark I lost focus.  It may have been the distress of a 7-year-old hysterically crying that threw me off but I just lost the groove and fell back.  It was completely my fault and I just watched as Brittney and Bryan seemed to get further and further away.

Prior to the race we had told each other that if one of us fell back that the other would keep going no matter what.  We also decided that even if both of us fell back that Bryan needed to maintain the pace so we would know where we were at in terms of being behind.  I tried frantically to catch back up but there was no hope.  The caller at mile number two called out 18:36 which wasn’t terrible but definitely not where I wanted to be.  I was actually surprised I had still gotten there that quickly despite the walk breaks I was forced to take.  Even though I knew a PR was basically out of the question at that point, I reevaluated my goals and decided to shoot for a sub 30.  It was around that time two years ago that I got sub 30 for the first time and it was the greatest feeling of all time.  The last time I had gotten any 5k race below 30 minutes was June 2012.  Quite some time ago.

I slugged through the final mile and came to the turn that led to a long straightaway finish.  I didn’t feel strong but I didn’t feel completely depleted either.  I couldn’t see what the race clock said but Bryan came back for me and told me I needed to push it to get under 30. Push it, I did.  Final clock time was 29:53 which was a sub 30 and I should have been happy.  That final kick took everything out of me and I walked out the finish chute and just laid in someone’s driveway.  I’m not sure if it was disappointment or just an overall emotional high from the race, but tears just poured out of my eyes.  I couldn’t make them stop.  Internally I knew I looked ridiculous and had absolutely no reason to be upset but I literally couldn’t make it stop.  Bryan and Brittney ended up finishing in 27:33 which was obviously a huge PR so I was super excited for my sweet friend even though there was that slight thought that I could have had a PR of over a minute had I been able to stay with them.

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They had amazing post race food and I ate one of those chocolate mini-donuts.  It was lovely.  We stuck around for awards/door prizes and it was a good thing we did because Brittney actually placed 3rd in our age group and won herself a  nice little medal!  So proud of her.  Even if the race didn’t go as planned, I’m so thankful to have run a 5k in under 30 minutes and it can only get better from here.  I’m excited to see where my training takes me next.

Oh, and after the race we spent some time at Neyland Stadium for my alma mater’s spring football game.  It is dubbed the Orange and White Game (our school colors) and it is basically a scrimmage to get fans excited for the most exciting time in the South…fall football!  It was a beautiful way to spend the afternoon!

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Race Recap: 2014 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon (Relay)

It has hard to believe that four years have passed since I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon. I felt like I died trying, but I made it there and that’s why Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart. The following year I was able to run this event as part of the Biggest Winner team and then the next year I set my half PR. Last year I was able to walk it with my Momma and friend, Yvonne. Not only am I a participant on race day, I’ve also been fortunate enough to be able to volunteer extensively for event.

The week leading up to race day, my training partner/BFF Brittney and I joined several other ladies to have a “bib party”. Basically we all meet and put name labels and timing chips on all bibs involved in marathon weekend. This year we labeled over 8200 bibs. I’m happy to report that I did not get a paper cut this year which is a major success given my injuries the past three years.

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This was my third year on the Marathon Organizing Committee (MOC) and I was thrilled to be able to be part of such a hardworking group. In the weeks leading up to race day, we had a few meetings to discuss the ins and outs of race weekend and spent quite some time checking out the numbers. This year was going to be our biggest event yet! I got Brittney on board and she became the captain for Kid’s Area and was a valuable asset on Expo Day. I joined my longtime friend Robyn as a swag bag captain even though she did most of the work. Primarily the jobs involved were stuffing all of the goody bags that participants would receive as well as hand them out on race day.

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Expo was a joy to work as always and our day started promptly at 7:30am in anticipation of all the runners who would come through when the doors opened at 9:00. Expo is one of my favorite parts of race weekend because of the hustle and bustle and excitement that fills the air.   Everyone is there for a sole purpose and you just can’t help but smile. I also love seeing and catching up with so many people who I might only see on this one weekend. This year was probably my favorite Expo to date!

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As an Expo worker, I’m on my feet (on concrete floors) for almost 14 hours. That does not equate well to running the next day. When Brittney and I talked about doing the half this year, we both decided to form a team for the 4-person relay. Neither of us had done the relay yet so it was a perfect opportunity to still race and get a medal yet run a shorter distance thanks to sore and tired legs. Our “coach” Bryan was doing the half so he would be our first leg and then we recruited our friend Scott to join us also. Thinking of a team name with a theme was tougher than we thought but we settled on Green Legs and Ham. The idea was for Bryan, Brittney, and I to wear green compression sleeves and then Scott would wear red and be our “ham” which totally suits his personality. Spoiler alert: Scott’s hammy personality really shined through on race day when he showed up as Waldo. Logistically we had worked everything out and we all opted to go to exchanges as a group instead of spread ourselves out.

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The best part of race day was knowing that my sweet Momma was ending her journey on the Biggest Winner team and that she was going for a fast half marathon. Just in case y’all didn’t know…my Momma is an incredibly fast walker so add in the “shuffling” that she has been doing and she was ready to be unstoppable. I was so thrilled for her. We got up on race day and ate our normal breakfast and made the hour commute to Knoxville. It was suuuuper cold on race day so we were glad to get warmed up on our walk across town to the convention center. Once inside, we easily found our team and the excitement began to amp up. Part of being a member of the Biggest Winner meant Momma and her teammates had a personal photographer on race day. David Luttrell was on hand to capture every moment of the team’s day and I’m glad he was because he got some great pictures of my Momma and even my relay team.

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About ten minutes before the race I gave my Momma a huge hug and wished her luck as our team had to make our way to the first exchange or else the roads would close. We had so much fun taking these crazy backroads and interstates to get to our spot but it was so worth it because we got to use indoor bathrooms and soak in the excitement at the first exchange. Our first runner was Bryan and since he was doing the half he was able to tell us exactly what time he would be through. As luck would have it, he came barreling through right when he said he would and then Scott was off! We cheered a little longer before heading to the next exchange. Since we were forced to basically drive the course backwards, we were able to see ALL the people who were still running on the boulevard and we honked, hollered, and yelled at my Momma who was moving along way faster than we expected as well as other members of the Biggest Winner team. We may have been obnoxious but I love good crowd support.

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Scott and I cheering runners on at the exchange!

Once at the next exchange, we waited for Bryan to come down the hill towards the finish so we could cheer him on to his first SUB 2 HALF! After supporting him, we went inside to hang out and warm up until Scott got there. Brittney and I both had to use the restroom and I totally assured her that we had plenty of time until Scott got there but she was so worried she would miss him. How can you miss Waldo? I went to the bathroom alone and when I came back Brittney was gone and Scott was standing there with Cameron. Good thing that she didn’t go or else she would have missed him. Scott ran way faster than he had expected but we were all so happy to see him. Before we knew it we were off again to the final exchange.

We got there super early but it was fun to wait around and cheer all the marathoners on. I started my leg around mile 21 so it was where most marathoners would be starting to really struggle. Crowds lined both sides of the exchange area cheering every runner on. Waldo provided lots of entertainment for everyone while I tried to warm up. In perfect timing, we saw Brittney’s green legs coming at us and I threw my jacket to Scott, grabbed the slap bracelet, and I was off!

It started on a downhill which got me going at a fairly good pace to start off the run. The sun was out and the temperature was perfect. I passed several marathon runners and told them great job for encouragement although I felt super guilty since they were at such a rough part in their run and I was fresh. This part of the course was totally new to me and I enjoyed being unfamiliar with my surroundings. The Island Home neighborhood had wonderful crowd support with lots of signs and several of them were wearing themed tshirts. I didn’t care about pace at all but would glance down every now and then to see my average pace at a good number for me. My only goal was to get to the finish line to see how my Momma did. The run wasn’t really eventful except for seeing fellow blogger, Amy, with a sign supporting her husband who was doing the full. I let her know that I had passed him not to long ago so that she at least had an idea where he was.

My favorite part was running through Market Square and all the cheering plus knowing that we were almost done! I came across the final bridge and saw a good friend there who offered some encouragement before I barreled down 11th street towards the stadium. Thank goodness my team had obnoxious green legs on and that we had Waldo because I could easily spot them in the distance. It was fantastic knowing we were almost done and that as a group we had successfully finished a full marathon. The last hill up Estabrook gets me every single year but rounding that corner and heading onto the field is the greatest feeling ever. Before I knew it we were lined up running towards the fifty yard line and crossed in 4:25. I really wish I could tell y’all how great this moment was and how wonderful it was to have my training partners by my side.

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We collected our medals and headed to our own VIP tent where my Momma, boyfriend, and family were waiting. It was so nice to have my Momma’s best friend since sixth grade and her kids there to watch us all finish. They are closer than family to us and after the loss of their father this year, it was great to see them get to enjoy something so much even if it was just being on the field at UT. There were TONS of pictures to be taken and I was so thankful that we were allowed to remain on the field for as long as we pleased. We talked about our race, gave lots of hugs, and took lots of pictures. I literally could not wipe the smile off my face.  We hugged and congratulated other Biggest Winner teammates and talked with them about their races, also.

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The best part? Hearing my Momma tell me that she did the half in 3:12 which is 24 minutes faster than last year!!! I’m so ridiculously proud of her. She is so successful and has worked so hard to get to this point. My only regret is not being there to see her cross but there were lots of great photos of her so I’m glad we have those.

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It was a truly memorable day and I wish that all of these words could convey the happiness that the day brought. I’m so glad to be a part of this event and I think that the 4-person relay will now be my event of choice.

This past Thursday, we attended a party for marathon volunteers at Calhoun’s on the River. They provided a wide array of delicious food and I sampled just about everything. It was so fun to set at one big table with so many people that I love and talk about the race, running, life, and good food. This is also one of my favorite events with the marathon. Oh, and the views aren’t so bad either.

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After all the hoopla and excitement we’ve had with race week it is hard to believe another year has passed. We are already planning for next year and it might just be the best one yet. Have a great week, y’all.

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Fondue, Long Runs, PRs, and New Clothes

That title wears me out just reading it.  It has been a busy week for me and I’ve been fortunate enough to spend it with good friends and family and even try some new things.  Last week was Knoxville’s Restaurant Week where local restaurants offered a set menu for a cheaper price and a portion of the proceeds went to a local food bank.  Thursday night my sweet Daddy treated me and my handsome fella to a delicious dinner at Ye Olde Steakhouse.  The set menu for this night was massive and mostly had things that this picky eater would eat.  The men chose a 12 ounce prime rib as their entrée and I had chicken and shrimp.  After having appetizers, huge entrée portions with two sides, we opted to take our red velvet cake dessert in a to-go box and save for later.  I was stuffed to the max after that meal but so thankful that my Daddy treated us to it and that we got to try out a new local place.

Friday night was super special because we were celebrating the final night of Restaurant Week with our great friends, Brittney and her husband, at The Melting Pot.  We had made reservations almost a month in advance and we were so excited to finally get to eat there.  Everyone got all dolled up and we hit the town for a fabulous evening.  Although their menu was slightly small, the experience made it worth it and we enjoyed the ambience.  The cheese and bread were my favorites, of course.

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Saturday morning was long run day!  After talking with good ole Coach Bryan, the plan was to run 5 continuous miles at a 10:52 pace and then run/walk the remaining three miles and then going back to finish with my Momma.  Well, we ended up taking a detour and continued on the greenway before hitting up the hilly portion of the run.  I set my Garmin to overall average pace instead of lap pace which was new for me and I really liked doing that because I could better gauge where I was at and how I was feeling.  As the 5 mile mark approached it was clear that I should keep running.  I wasn’t sure how much I had in me but I felt well enough to continue the run.  The farthest I have ever ran without stopping for a walk break was 8 miles and that was March 2012.  Ironically the post I wrote about that longest run was posted the same exact day that Saturday’s run fell on.  How coincidental is that?  Anywho…we pressed on and I let Bryan pace me while occasionally looking down at the watch to make sure we stayed on pace.  Even though there were a few massive hills, we made up for it on the downhill and finished 8. 5 miles with an average pace of 10:52.  Right on the money and my longest run ever.  I was in disbelief but more and more here lately I’m learning that big things are possible for me if I just push myself.  That morning I never would have known that I would set a new distance PR.  We walked back to walk it in with my Momma and I ended the day with 11.5 miles.

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Earlier this week we held a marathon staff meeting.  It is hard to believe that race day is less than three weeks away and I’m so excited for marathon week to get here and all the busy activities that come along with it!  Our staff shirts this year are pretty sweet if I do say so myself.

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On Monday night, Brittney met my Momma and I at the gym for some fitness classes.  We all took CXworX, Body Attack, and Spin Class.  Between two of the classes we met Bryan to run two miles which was supposed to be easy and untimed but ended up being done in 18 minutes which is smoking for us two especially right after a fitness class.  I was wore out Monday night and woke up nice and sore on Tuesday.  We also had some Biggest Winner training sessions this week which everyone worked super hard at.  These people are losing weight and literally disappearing.  I’m so excited for them and know what it is like to be in their shoes.  They are doing an awesome job!  All these hard workouts will be worth it come March 30!

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In other news, I’ve never liked shopping.  Not only do clothes and anything else you might purchase cost money, but I have a hard time making decisions when it comes to actually walking out of the store with something.  I dread dressing rooms and it burns a hole in my heart when something I try on is too small.  With my body getting smaller, I’ve sort of grown out of that (not completely) and have started visiting more clothing stores even if it is “just to look”.  This week I ventured into Old Navy since I saw they had a sale advertised and found their new Pixie pants.  According to their advertisements, this pant is supposedly fit for everyone regardless of size or Body Shape.  I tried them on in my normal size at Old Navy (18) and they just fell off of me.  I tried on the size 16 and they were huge in the waist.  So, guess what?  I tried on a 14 and they fit like a glove.  Holy cow a pair of size 14 jeans really went on my body and zipped right up no problem.  This is a huge non scale victory for me and I’m thrilled to be able to wear that size…even if their sizing is a little different.  Check out the Pixie pants because they really are super flattering!  Oh, and my favorite shorts from Old Navy also had to go down a size also.  This makes me so happy!

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I’m so glad tomorrow is Friday and I’m excited about my long run on Sunday!  Happy Spring to everyone!  Hope y’all are having a spectacular week!

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Race Recap: 2014 Run for the Schools 5k

If you read the race recap of the same race from last year then you’ll know that I was not a fan.  But when some of the Biggest Winner team signed up for the race this year, I decided to do it with my Momma and not even worry about time.  She used to be the queen of walking 5ks, but after training with BW team, we were hoping to get some shuffling out of her for this race.

The race was basically the exact same as last year.  It was held at our local zoo and there were a million kids there to run to support their schools.  We found some of our team members and hung out until the start of the race.  We dressed for warmth but luckily it wasn’t freezing cold like last year.  My friend Laura who is in my graduate class even came up and found me which was awesome because it totally surprised me.  We snapped some photos and then the race started.

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Momma shuffled the first little bit and did super great.  We tried to maintain a solid walking pace and shuffle on the downhills when we could.  There were kids everywhere so it was a good source of entertainment.  Just like last  year, there were a lot of very steep hills but we pressed up them and even passed quite a few people.  I’m telling  y’all…my Momma is the queen of power walking.

Originally the goal had been to try to get a sub 40 5k for my Momma but the main goal was to simply have fun and enjoy being active.  As we neared the finish line, we were right on schedule with our goal except there was a small problem…the course was short, which we later found out was a consistent problem with everyone.  Hey, that’s alright because it was for a good cause and we weren’t out there to crush any sort of PRs.  I will say that I’m so proud of my Mom who basically did a dead sprint to the finish line and I could hardly keep up.  We crossed the finish line with a chip time of 40:10 which is phenomenal even if the course was about a tenth short.  I was so very proud of Momma for running hard to the end and finishing with such a strong time.  We spent the rest of the time cheering people in and chatting about the race and future goals.  3.7.14runforschools2

It is amazing how different a race experience can be when you’re out there just to have fun.  I look back on last year’s race and almost laugh because I finished this year faster than last even though I put so much effort into the 2013 race.  After the race I compared this year’s race picture to last year’s and the difference was crazy.  Sure, I haven’t lost an astronomical amount of weight but you can tell a huge difference in my general size from last year to this year.  I’m so glad I got to do this race with my Momma and watch her cross the finish line.  Next up…Covenant Health Knoxville Half Marathon!  3.7.14throwback

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Four Things Friday

What’s up, party people?!  Hope you are enjoying this final day of February and that the temperatures are slightly rising wherever you are!  What a whirlwind of a week this has been.  Brittney and I have been busy plotting out our races for the year and we have added a few unexpected ones to the race calendar.  It will be interesting to see how we fair and how far our training will take us.  We’ve been on our current training plan for almost two months now and we are seeing vast improvements.  Just two weeks ago, Brittney set a new 5k PR which is something she has been aiming at for quite some time.  I’m excited to put this training to the test and see what all we can accomplish this year.  Here’s some random tidbits from this past week:

1.  Long run Sunday!  Since I had eight hours of grad school classes on Saturday, I absolutely did NOT feel like running long that day so I used it as my rest day and planned my long run for Sunday.  It was gorgeous outside that day and I was thankful to yet again be wearing shorts and a tank top.  My goal was 8 miles.  The first two went by fairly easy with no trouble and were both in the low 10′s as far as pace goes.  After that I sort of fell apart.  I took lots of walk breaks which I am okay with, but part of me was not happy that this run wasn’t going how I had planned.  I did finish the 8 miles and was able to manage an overall pace of 11:39 which I will gladly take any day.   My dear coach and I had a chat last night about changing the strategy of my long runs each week so I’m anxious to put it to work this weekend and see how I do.  After the 8 miles, I met my Momma and our wonderful friend Yvonne for a four mile walk through Townsend.

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2.  A great week in the gym.  Tuesday night we had group training with the Biggest Winner team.  Usually I help supervise and simply offer words of encouragement.  This past week was a smaller group so I got the opportunity to participate.  Our group did a “deck of cards” workout where each station had four cards laid out with workouts involved and we had to complete them.  Holy cow, what a workout.  I was sore immediately after leaving the gym that night.  All in all, I think my individual group did over 350 plank jacks, 200 crunches, 200 “tacos”, and more than 150 push-ups.  Whew, that was some hard work.  The team is looking awesome and hitting some huge milestones.  Less than a month until race day and I’m excited to watch them cross the finish line of their first half marathon!

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3.  Officially registered for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Relay.  I’m doing the four person relay this year with Bryan, Brittney, and our friend Scott.  Our team name is Green Legs and Ham and three of us will be wearing neon green compression socks/sleeves and Scott is going to be our ham.  It will be too fun!  I’m the anchor leg which runs a part of the marathon course I have no experience with since I’ve only ever done the half.  It will be nice to be out there with some marathoners and bring it home for my team.  Oh, and our outfits will be awesome.

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4.  Super fast times this week.  My weekly runs were on point this week.  On Wednesday I did some hard sprints for 6 X 400m and walked away with some very good times.  My splits were: 2:02, 1:58, 1:58, 1:55, 1:54, and 1:50.  I couldn’t believe it but I knew that I gave it everything I had so I was glad that my times reflected my effort.  Never before could I have dreamed that my legs would run that speed for five consecutive repeats.  Yesterday I decided to do a timed two miler instead of the normal single mile.  I kept splits for each 400m of it and they were consistently negative all the way down to the final lap.  My final time for the two miles was 17:31 which was out of this world fast for me.  Two years ago when I was on the rowing team I made the goal of breaking 18 minutes for the 2 mile but could never make it happen.  This is just evidence that the hard work and sweat I put into training is finally reaping many rewards.

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I hope everyone has had a great week and that  you enjoy your weekend.  Next week I’m excited to celebrate Restaurant Week here in Knoxville and will be treating myself to two fine dining establishments with my handsome fella and a few friends.  I’m excited to say the least!

 

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Back to Back

At the end of yesterday’s post, I made mention that I would be spending the evening at the gym taking a few classes with my Momma and best pal Brittney and her husband.  I’m kinda obsessed with taking group fitness classes so I was shocked to hear that she had never taken a group fitness class before.  When you are as awesome and adventurous as us… you go big or go home so Brittney did two in a row!

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We made sure to get to the gym extra early with plenty of time to show them around the gym as well as do a little warm up.  I was so happy that Brittney and Cameron got to see where Momma and I spend so much of our time.  Once up on the fitness floor, Cameron hit the treadmill, Momma hit the bike, and Brittney and I walked our way around the indoor track and got to catch up for a quick minute.  Just as we were about finished with our mile warm up, Bryan joined in.  We still had some time left before we had to head to Body Combat so the four of us gathered in a stretching hallway and did 10 sets of 10 push ups.  Like I said, go big or go home.

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Originally it was only supposed to be just us girls going to Combat but we twisted Cameron and Bryan’s arm into joining us.  We stood in the middle so they could see the instructor fairly well and before we knew it we were out of breath and sweating.  Combat is one of my favorite classes at the gym and I always feel super motivated during class to push my hardest and step out of my comfort zone.  Every time I looked at Brittney during class she was doing the moves on point and looking like a pro!  For someone who just took their first fitness class, she sure did pick it up fast.  It makes me happy to see anyone (especially those close to me) try new things and really push themselves.  The hour went by incredibly fast and my legs were just about jello walking down the stairs to spin class.

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There was a double booking on the spin studio so instead of it just being members of Biggest Winner team and the local news station, it was also a triathlon class.  We all set up camp near the back of the room and got to moving.  Unfortunately, Brittney got sort of a dud bike so Bryan hopped off in the middle of class and set her up with a new one.  Since the triathlon class had started prior to Biggest Winner team arriving, the class was cut short for some of us.  We didn’t mind though since our quads were on fire for the 40 minutes that we were in spin.  Joe Mitchell, former Biggest Loser contestant, was our instructor and earlier this week he set up a way for all of us to request a song to be played during class.  It was fun hearing everyone’s selections during the ride and made it a little more personal.

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Last night was a fantastic workout and my body sure was feeling it this morning.  I’m so proud of my Momma for taking back to back classes, proud of Bryan and Cameron for stepping up and taking a class with the ladies, and for Brittney taking her first ever fitness classes and ROCKING them out!  I’m so thankful to be surrounded by friends who have such a positive and healthy mindset and that we can constantly encourage each other to go the extra mile (pun intended) and reach for our goals and to not be scared of them.  I can’t wait for Brittney to take more classes in the future but for right now I’m glad she got a small dose of how much group fitness classes has helped me.

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What is your favorite group fitness class?

 

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Sweat Once (or Twice) A Day

Part of the weight loss process and training for a stellar year of strong racing is getting your sweat on.  I love to sweat and will probably be the future president of Perspirers Anonymous, or at least Exercise Lovers Anonymous.  But hey, I have a blog so it really isn’t all that anonymous.  Hopefully y’all can keep my secret.  Today is Thursday and so far I’ve had a fantastic week of workouts with more to come.  I’ve also had many victories this week in my weight loss efforts that I can’t wait to share with you.

This past weekend, my handsome fella and I attended a Spaghetti Ball which was a benefit spaghetti supper for a local church group.  It was our second year attending and it sure did not disappoint.  We had a huge plate of spaghetti with extra meaty sauce and lots of garlic bread.  They had about ten different homemade desserts to choose from but we settled on a Butterfinger Pie.  Yum-O.  I did not feel one ounce of guilt eating all those carbs and we enjoyed a nice evening.  photo 1

Sunday afternoon my Momma and I went on a five-mile walk and the weather was out of this world fantastic.  Even though there was still snow covering the ground, we were able to wear shorts and tank tops and still not get cold.  That’s East Tennessee weather for you.  photo 2

Monday brought me five miles which included a one mile warm up walk, three miles of continuous running with very inconsistent splits but I ran without walk breaks so this girl isn’t complaining.  As always, I did a one mile cool down walk.

Tuesday morning Momma and I were up and ready to hit up kickboxing.  I was able to get in three miles before heading to class. They just added one new bag to the gym so it was great to utilize it and be able to pack more power to each punch.  Momma is getting better and better with keeping up with all the punches and kicks…she is already close to pro status.  That night we were back at the gym for team training.  I did two miles of running before it started.  After everyone arrived it was decided that Bryan and I were free to work out on our own without the group since the area the group trains in is fairly small and not big enough to host spectators/motivators.  The Biggest Winner team is so lucky to have Chris O’Hearn (a trainer from MTV’s I Used To Be Fat) and Joe Mitchell (former contestant on Biggest Loser) coach them at these Tuesday night sessions.  Bryan and I did a major amount of core work AND 100 push ups in addition to logging two more miles around the track at a speedy but untimed pace making it seven miles for the entire day.  I’m slowly learning how to do a real push up and I’m definitely getting there.  That’s progress.   photo bryan

Yesterday was sprint day and I was back at the gym to see what my legs were capable of.  You have to remember that I’m not a fast runner and have only been on a training plan (thanks to Bryan) for about two months.  The plan yesterday was a 1 mile warm up walk followed by 6X400s.  Instead of given pace, I have to run by perceived effort which puts a lot less pressure on me.  I did six repeats and consistently negative split the entire workout: 2:07, 2:04, 2:03, 2:01, 1:53, 1:53.  Those last two were the fastest 400 meter sprints I have ever completed on land.  My legs enjoyed a nice long slow one mile walk following sprints but they felt so good that I decided to do a timed mile just to see how my legs would operate a crazy good workout.  I clocked in at 8:28 which shocked me and I was ecstatic that I was able to maintain that pace for an entire mile.  This big girl ain’t crying over that.  After a strong workout I ended the day with 6 miles.

This morning I went to the gym and walked two miles and then took a Bosu class.  I enjoy the strength and ab work portions of this class much more than I do the Bosu because it usually hurts my feet.  My favorite instructor in the whole gym was teaching this morning so that probably had something to do with why I went.  I was trying to take it easy because tonight my Momma and I will be back at the gym to meet my best friend/blogger buddy Brittney and her husband to take Body Combat and a special media spin class for the Biggest Winner team.  It will be their first time at our gym and I’m so glad they get to work out with me and my Momma!  I know they will love it. unnamed

Also…this blog began as a way to document my weight loss journey and will continue to do so.  But here lately I’ve been noticing almost all of my clothes feeling looser, me fitting into new sizes, muscle definition, and faster times during my runs. But guess what I’m not seeing?  A smaller number on the scale.  I’m physically getting noticeably smaller (even my Daddy mentioned it to me and he never notices anything) but the scale is staying the same.  Does that bother me?  Yeah, a little because I would obviously like to have a smaller number.  But it really doesn’t because so  many good things are happening for me and so many sweet people are giving me sweet compliments on my weight loss even though I technically haven’t lost anymore.  So, starting this month, I’m only going to weigh myself once a month.  The scale lost its control on me over the summer but now it absolutely has to go except for once a month.  I don’t want to take any chances that a silly number would tarnish any great feelings I get from the little NON scale victories.  Of course I will continue to discuss my weight loss and workouts, but just know that I’m taking a slightly different direction as far as physical and tangible weight goes.  Oh, and this week I was able to purchase two new workout tanks and both were a size XL, not a XXL.  To me, that is success.  I was also able to go into a store and not have to go to the plus size section and was able to try on a few pieces that actually fit, like the shirt below.  photo 3

Have a great rest of your week and good luck to any of my sweet readers who are racing this weekend!!  Did you have any spectacular workouts or runs this week?

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