Well, I did it. I completed the duathlon. I am so [insert expletive] happy it’s over. I forgot my Garmin and really felt lost without it. I think I would have pushed myself further WITH it. At any rate, something to shoot for to beat next year, which will be EASY. I’ll post a pic when they are posted on the professional site.
My times. I am not thrilled with them, but here they are. I am posting these because I want to keep it real. I am at this point where I can’t run fast. It’s okay. I’m still a good person. Ha ha. It’s funny that I need to tell myself that. And I will kick the ass off that duathlon next year.
1st 2-mile run: 25:56 (SLOW!)
1st Transition: 2:07
Bike 12 miles: 48:23 (wanted 45:00 but I’m good with this)
2nd Transition: 1:59
2nd 2-mile run: 30:31 (slow as molasses and I was actually NOT walking! Ha ha)
Final Time: 1:48.59
Placement: 311 of 337
Age Group Placement: 19/20
Age Group Placement Bike: 13/20 (at least I did better in that event)
I know. I need to work on patting myself on the back, giving myself credit for what I HAVE done. Working on that. Moving on…
This past week I asked Janice (@fitnesscheerldr) at Fitness Cheerleader how I can become a better runner. She gave me a great plan that will get me to kicking my 5K time’s slow ass in 18 weeks. I am hoping Steph (@fitmomtraining) from Fit Mom in Training will be joining me! Here is the plan. So the first part of the plan is here. It’s an 8-week novice 10K preparation training that will build my endurance, which is the first step of Janice’s plan. It has me doing 5.5-mile-long runs at the end of 8 weeks!
I have made a calendar on the wall to track my workouts for the next 5 weeks. I really need a camera, but for now here’s the pic I took with my cell.
Comment Warrior News
It has been difficult for a lot of you to get all of the comments in during the week, and seriously, I don’t blame you. There are so many posts that it’s overwhelming. Because of this, the Comment Team has been formed to help me help you to remember to try to get more comments in.
Rachel S (@rachelsteffen).
These fine ladies will be commenting on all of the posts and getting the word out on Twitter about everyone’s posts.
We will also be choosing a commenter of the week and post of the week each Friday. You don’t really win anything except recognition right now.What are we looking for?
For commenters – You don’t even have to comment on every single post, just make your comments personal and reflective of having read the post. Many people would rather have 2 thoughtful comments than 20 generic ones. I know, sometimes there is nothing that comes to mind. It EVEN HAPPENS TO ME. Ha ha. You can’t force yourself.
For post of the week – I think what is being looked for is someone who is real and putting themselves out for the world to see. Think Leah’s “I gained weight” vlog. The team will read all of the posts each week and we will recommend 3 to Leah (@bookieboo) to choose from for post of the week.
Both will be announced in each of the team’s following Monday posts! I am really excited to give you guys recognition! Maybe in the future there will be a prize too! (addendum – there WILL be prizes, just not sure what yet. Get to commenting!)
Mamavation Sista of the Week
Congrats to Shelley (@Momma_oz) from Life, Love and the Pursuit of a Smaller Waistline for SOTW!! She totally deserve it, and not because she gets flowers painted on her big toes like I do when I get a pedicure. She’s motivated and enthusiastic, a great combo!
Subway, Jared and Commit to Fit Campaign
I love this whole campaign because it’s about being real about weight loss, keeping weight off, eating right and exercising. Jared from Subway gained some weight, so he’s training for the NYC Marathon in order to focus again on fitness! We all know how hard this is—the weight loss, learning about food, exercising, keeping motivated—and that it’s a lifelong pursuit. I love that Subway is encouraging exercise now too. Great stuff. They are also a new sponsor for Mamavation and someone will win a $25 gift certificate to Subway tonight on Mamavation TV! I hope it’s me. Greedy greedy little me. Hey, I eat there once a week most weeks!
Nutrition and Weight Loss
I mentioned Leah’s vlog from this past week where she talked about needing to lose 10 pounds that crept on over the summer (is “crept” even a word?) and about just recommitting herself to getting those 10 pounds off 5 at a time. I have been trying to lose the last 13 pounds since joining the Sistahood! I’ve definitely accomplished some things, including the 5K and the duathlon, but I need to get real with my food intake again.
I started tracking again on Weight Watchers today and I’m combining that with Pete Cohen’s Nutrition Program. I do like Weight Watchers and it works, but I like Pete’s plan too because it’s more informative and individualized. Hence the combining. I want to also get these last (now 15) pounds off 5 at a time. Officially recommitting and hope to be able to post a loss here next week!
Hope you all have a great week.
Question of the week: What can you do right now to recommit yourself to a healthy lifestyle?