2015 Race Schedule & Training Update

May
12

So yeah.. this thing has changed more times than a little bit.. but I can with certainty say I will be at the following races:

  • 5/17 –  Marine Corp Historic Half
  • 9/20 – Navy/Air Force Half Marathon
  • 10/10 – RnR Brooklyn Half Marathon
  • 10/25 – Marine Corp Marathon

My schedule is now half of what I originally planned and I’m OK with that.

My mileage has been low.. I’ve been focusing on strengthening my core so once I begin marathon training I wouldn’t be in any pain and could handle the mileage.  After having surgery last October.. I will be running this race literally on my one year anniversary of surgery..

I must have a thing about that.. LOL Actually I do it without even noticing.. and then it’s like WOW.. 2014 I ran the Navy 5 miler on the anniversary of my Achilles Injury I got at that race that will go unmentioned…. and now a full marathon a day later after my surgery.. LOL all good.. but I digress

Goal for Sunday’s half is to finish upright and without injury.

 

What races do you have coming up?

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Happy Mother’s Day

May
10

  

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Tuesday Thoughts

Apr
07

This post may be a bit of a ramble.. it’s like a brain dump of sorts..

Family – Lil Debbie is doing great and is currently touring Europe with Nicki Minaj.  I’m proud of her living her dream.  Bruce Leroy he is all that I can ask for in a son.. he is a little overwhelmed right now with schoolwork and preparing for college applications, SAT & ACT exams but I’m giving him my full support.  He made me smile and said thanks for being there and not trying to do things for me.. if I mess up you let me figure it out.. and only step in when I ask or you see I’m way in over my head.. thank you.. *tears* Princess J is about to take over the world hunty let me tell you! that little strong willed somebody is finding her independence… and ooh that virgo spirit with a hint of leo.. ha! I better get in the saddle for this one!!! she is about to take me on a ride!!! ME… overwhelmed with so many emotions that I’ve been just going thru the motions because I have pretty much everything like a well oiled machined but I hit a glitch in the matrix and the wheels almost fell all the way off.. thank God for my faith I know I will get through.. in his time not mine

Fitness – I will say it.. after being sick for the first 6-8 weeks of the year.. I lost my mojo.. and lost it bad.. like ya’ll know this is my passion.. I try to push thru it.. and I can do it for my clients, my students…but I couldn’t do it for myself.  I finally had a break through but I won’t even lie.. the struggle still remains.. I am praying for the strength to get it together and turn it all around.. I mean I have a marathon to run in October..

Race Schedule – Well.. THAT has changed and now looks like this

  • 3/1 – Reston 10 Miler
  • 3/15 – NYC Half Marathon
  • 4/12 – Cherry Blosson 10 Miler
  • 5/17 –  Marine Corp Historic Half
  • 9/20 – Navy/Air Force Half Marathon
  • 10/10 – RnR Brooklyn Half Marathon
  • 10/11 – Army 10 Miler (tentative)
  • 10/17 – Baltimore Running Festival (tentative)
  • 10/25 – Marine Corp Marathon
  • 11/1 – NYC Marathon

You can register for the Navy/Air Force Half Marathon & 5 Miler and use my Ambassador code TERESA to be entered into a monthly drawing for all sorts of goodies!

Coaching – I’m not taking on any additional 1:1 clients but I will coach a beginner 5K program again this summer June – Aug.. It’s early in marathon training and works to help me stay consistent.. always a method to the madness.. :)

New Beginnings – are on the horizon for me.. I’m excited, happy, elated, scared and petrified at the same damn time LOL more to come as everything gets finalized…

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Manic Monday

Apr
06

Happy Easter Monday folks!

Hope you had an awesome holiday weekend with your family.

Friday I had an annual doctor appointment.  When I got on the scale I was at my highest weight I’ve ever been without being pregnant.  While I was about to break down, my doctor said some things to me that made me realize it wasn’t the end of the world.  I didn’t get to this point overnight nor will the changes I make fix it overnight.

My doc ran thru several factors that contributed to the weight gain and why I have been unable to lose the “pounds” despite losing “inches”.  I love that I have doctors who are blatantly honest with me and also help me find solutions.  The joke is that I have the exercise & fitness side covered.  Nutrition is good but can be better with some tweaks.

So this am I was ready to go gung ho and pretty much reverse the gains I’ve made.. but that ping from my medical portal telling me to contact my doctor was a god send.. in doing so we had the BEST chat ever and I have a new outlook on things..

Just like with marathon training.. it won’t happen overnight but as long as I follow the plan.. I’ll be more than ready..

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Run with the Marines

Mar
25

*knocks the dust off of this thing*

Are ya’ll still with me??? Hellloooooooooo

Remember these Goals??? Well LIFE happens and you have to be able to adjust..

I didn’t run the NYC Half Marathon due to health issues.. I didn’t get into the NYC Full Marathon by lottery and I opted to NOT go with a charity bib.. Instead I entered the lottery for MCM and as you can tell by the image above… I GOT IN!!!!

I will enter the class of 2015 marathoners on October 25, 2015.. let the countdown begin..

*cue music*

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Training Update

Feb
04

More like 25 bad days…Training was derailed.. Hit with a respiratory infection, pink eye, a host of other issues and just feeling like crap I lost all parts of my motivation, mojo or whatever else you want to call it.  I didn’t like taking that blow but I have to say it forced me to focus on my nutrition and also SLOW DOWN.

That’s a recurring theme with me especially if you have been reading or following me for a while.  I tend to give too much of myself to others that I continue to forget about myself.  In doing so, I then end up breaking down.. which is a lose lose for everyone!

As part of my daily devotional, I use the YouVersion Holy Bible app.  They have a lot of devotional plans and I’m doing one that is 365 days by Joyce Meyer entitled Promises for your Everyday Life. I swear each day I receive that email alert if it isn’t something directly for me it’s for one of my friends who I speak with on a daily basis.  I’ve forwarded these on and it’s always “right on time”.

Well on Monday, I received the 7 Ways to Practice Peace.. which were right on time for ME.

2-3-2015 11-14-17 AM

When I read this.. I immediately became humbled.. it was as if I was being slapped on the hand gently saying I know.. but NOW is the time for you to take ownership.. let’s make YOU and YOUR peace a priority NOW.

1, 2 & 6 basically SCREAMED at me.  It scared me almost…

I know I don’t normally talk about my Faith on the blog.. but it’s a part of WHO I am and what drives me to do what I do.  It’s what gets me to the starting line and across the finish line.  It’s what gets me on that stage to teach my classes and thru EVERY session I have with a client.

My coach and I are reworking my training plan.  I’m still training.. but we are looking it at it not race specific but ON THE YEAR.. the end goal is to run the NYC marathon.. anything up to it is just buttercream icing on top of the cake.  Healthy & Safe Training will get me thru the end.. Mentally, Spiritually, Emotionally & Injury Free!

My Race Calendar has been adjusted and looks a little something like this…..

  • 3/1 – Reston 10 Miler
  • 3/15 – NYC Half Marathon
  • 4/12 – Cherry Blosson 10 Miler
  • 5/17 –  Marine Corp Historic Half
  • 9/20 – Navy/Air Force Half Marathon
  • 10/11 – Army 10 Miler (tentative)
  • 10/17 – Baltimore Running Festival (tentative)
  • 11/1 – NYC Marathon

 

So my focus is to:

  • stay consistent with running and get my mileage in weekly.
  • Proper nutrition but not deprive myself of a treat if I want it.
  • Practice my Peace…especially working on 1,2 & 6 in the above list
  • continue to go to the gym 2-3x a week and yoga 1-2x a week
  • stay focused on my 2015 Goals

So how is your training coming along?

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Navy 5 Miler & AF Half Marathon

Feb
03

In case you didn’t know.. THIS is one of my favorite races in the DC area.  I actually have 3 that are my fave.. Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, Navy 5 Miler and Clyde’s 10K…but I digress

I’ve been named as one of the Ambassadors for this race.  This is new for them to have Race Ambassadors and I’m honored to be apart of the program!!!

Soooo what does that mean???? I get to promote one of my fave races and run with tons of my friend and……..

IMG_5295.JPGYou have the opportunity to win some cool gear & prizes when you register using my ambassador code: TERESA

Please share this info with your friends & fellow running folks.. would be great to shut it down on the National Mall!!!

See you on September 20th!!!

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Week 2 Training Recap

Jan
11

This week was cut short due to illness.

Mon – 3 miles on the treadmill. My friends also joined and it was good that we were able to get 3 treadmills next to each other. You know that never happens lol

Tues – began feeling like I was relapsing. Woke up with my left eye slightly shut. Took that as I needed a rest day so I did.

Wed – awoke with my left eye fully sealed shut and used a warm compress to release it. My throat was even more scratchy and it hurt to swallow. So I headed to urgent care

The remainder of the week has had me in bed. Diagnosis was pink eye (probably picked up at gym and I have to be more diligent at wiping down machines and scrubbing my hands etc before touching myself. Also bring a small bag I can out next to treadmill with my towel and not use the area on machine). Pharyngitis explains the very sore throat and oh goody my respiratory infection wasn’t fully cleared.

So another dose of antibiotics, eye drops to clear the pink eye and bed rest. I’m never a good patient but I listened and I haven’t done anything. Literally bed to kitchen or bathroom and back in bed. Quarantined to my bedroom and not being able to play with princess J has sucked. She opens my bedroom door and stands at the door and says hello. She asks if I’m still sick and when I say yes she says ok feel better closes the door and heads back to playing. I miss my morning snuggles with her. That all changed today. She came in my room and technically it was ok. She climbed in bed and snuggled with me. I kissed her forehead and she says I miss you Mommy. I’m glad you are better. I love you. Man listen it took everything in me to not break down into the most emotional cry ever lol.

Today I will prepare myself to return to work tomorrow. This week is all about getting back into the groove and NOT doing too much. I’m not cleared to exercise again until Jan 19th. At first I was upset like wait my training but then I realized training plans can be adjusted. I will be OK.

My devotionals over the last 4 days have all been directed at me learning to say NO, finding my center and refocusing on my overall health. It was so crazy that I got a little paranoid but it all became clear when I had a conversation with Lil Debbie and I thought whoa OK God I hear you and I’m listening and taking the action you are prescribing.

My theme for the year is Rebrand & Rebuild and demolition has begun. I may need multiple hard hats. Just hope they come in fashionable colors.

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Sick & Shut In

Jan
08

I feel like a toddler lol. I’ve been battling a respiratory infection since just before Christmas. Felt better and finished all my meds to only relapse just as the new year began. Yeah a couple days ago.

Figured oh I’m ok and welp WOMAN down as I headed to urgent care yesterday to only be told that I have Pink Eye, Pharyngitis & Respiratory Infection.

My face when the doctor said that sigh like really I can’t catch a damn break!! Then as I sat down and began to think I realized this could be a sign for me to take it easy because you know life has been hella stressful these last few mos.

So I will be focusing on my nutrition for the next 2 weeks while my exercise ban is on and count the days till its lifted lol. I will be doing the #noexcuses #sweatpink challenge so that will keep me busy lol. The one thing I will do daily is stretch/yoga poses for 15 minutes. Why because these old lady hips need to stay open if I’m going to be able to continue running and no injuries. So I’m able to teach my classes without pain. It’s something about that 40 something body of mine that isn’t just snapping back like it used to.

The best news I’ve received in a long time one of my good friends was inspired to sign up for her first half marathon. We will be running it together in May and I can’t wait!

So let me get to meal planning so I can send Mister to the grocery store.

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2015 Fitness Goals

Jan
05

Well Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama inspired me to share my Fitness Goals.  I won’t share all of them.. some of them I’m keeping to myself.. BUT some of my running goals are very similar to hers!!! LOL

  1. Gym Membership – I joined LA Fitness so that I could workout with my friends and also have more accountability.  Yes I have a gym at work but when the day gets ahead of me.. I NEVER make it there.  I have 3 locations in a 7 mile radius from my home.  I have no excuse and the fact they open at 5am and close at 11pm yeah I can get it done and stay on target with my goals
  2. Run NYC Half Marathon – I’m already in.. lottery gawds were in my favor!!! 3/15/15 it’s going DOWN!!!
  3. Complete my recertification for Personal Training
  4. Run NYC Full Marathon – I will enter the lottery.  If the lottery gawds are in my favor again then I will be joining the masses on 11/1/15… If not, I will enter via a charity bib.. I will be a member of the 2015 class of first time marathoners.
  5. Lose weight – I have a number that my doctor will be happy with and I have a number that I will be happy with lol.. but the goal is to lose weight and be comfortable in my own skin again.  Bye Bye negative body image thoughts.

So those are my top 5.. of my 8 Fitness Goals.

Welcome to the Ride..

 

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