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Well, I did it.

I ran my first race since having the girl two-months ago and despite sore legs I feel great.

I didn’t have any specific time goals for myself except I wanted to beat my six-month pregnant self (I ran the Vancouver Sun Run in 1:18) and I am happy to report that I beat that time by 5 minutes – yep, very happy about this.

My two friends that I went with also had amazing times and both ran the half-marathon.

We arrived in Kelowna Saturday afternoon and after some shopping we checked into the hotel and then headed to the expo to pick-up our race packages.

The Okanagan Marathon is relatively small so there were no lines, and since the expo itself was also small we were not there for very long. I did buy a new pair of CEP Compression Socks and have been living in them since I got home.

We had an early supper and we’re in bed by 8:00 pm – party animals I tell ya!

Unfortunately we were woken-up around midnight by a strange beeping sound. It took us all a few minutes to realize it was the fire alarm but fortunately it was a false alarm. Unfortunately, the hotel staff seemed to have had difficult time turning it off because it went on for a while. We all had a difficult time getting back to sleep but at least we didn’t have to leave the comfort of our beds.

The half-marathon started a half-hour before the 10K but I went to the start line with Krista and Leanne and saw them cross the starting line.

Thinking back I realize I didn’t feel nervous at all waiting for the race to start. I was just happy to be there. Everything started on time and the weather was cool with blue skies and sun. I got caught up in the excitement of the race and went out too fast but I settled in with a 5:1 run:walk ratio – the run portion was longer at times depending on how I felt and where I was on the course.

All three distances run the same 10K route so Krista and I got to see each other as I was headed out and she was heading to the second part of the half-marathon route. The first portion of the 10K is kind of boring as it is through part of downtown and a residential area but the end is along the water and beautiful.

My only complaint about the course is that there seemed to be different km makers for the different distances. I passed two 3K, two 4K, and two 5K markers along the way and it was really toying with my emotions 🙂

The best part of the race for me were the variety of people running but I’m saving that for another post.

As I entered the finishing chute I saw Leanne on the sidelines cheering me on and I mustered up all my remaining energy to finish strong.

I definitely left everything on the course.

I may not be in my best physical shape, I may not like looking at my race photos, and I may not be as speedy as some other new moms out there but you know what?

I did it.

I’m proud.

And things can only get better from here.

Marathon training is about to start and this may be my official marathon training song*:

*warning, he uses a bad word.

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One week from today (Sunday) I will be running a 10K at the BMO Okanagan Marathon.

There are a couple of reasons why this race will be a special day:

1. This is the same event where I ran my first half-marathon last year. I will be retracing the first 10K of that race and I’m sure it will bring back some memories.

2. This is my first race since having Teagan. I ran one 10K when I was pregnant and although I have no time expectations for myself I would like to beat my pregnant-self’s time.

I’m not in the same shape I was a year ago but I am excited to surround myself with other runners, and to cheer on my two friends who are both running the half.

Even though I am not in the same shape as a year ago I am happy with the progress I have made with my running in a short time. The mere fact that I am running 4-5 times a week makes me happy and feel strong.

I ran 5 miles on the weekend and felt great. My pace is improving with every run (my pace on my Thursday night run was a full minute faster than my pace on my Tuesday night run) and I love being able to push myself again.

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I have been doing a run/walk ratio since I started back into running but my goal for Sunday’s race is to run the entire 10K. I know that being surrounded by other runners will inspire me to achieve this goal.

Even though the number on the scale did not change this week I am feeling stronger and more toned. My muscles are sore and remind me that I am moving in the right direction.

I am trying not to look at the big picture of how much weight I have to lose and this next big milestone is going to help me focus on the small things:

I have officially registered for my first FULL marathon!

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I am running the 2013 BMO Vancouver Marathon and just like it would be silly and discouraging for me to think of the end goal ( to run 26.2 miles) I can’t focus on the overall weight-loss I want to achieve.

I have to start small to end big.

Expect to hear a lot more about the marathon once training begins.

Oh, and I won’t be doing it alone. My friend Krista is joining me on the marathon journey. We live over 2 hours from each other but have set out a game plan that will see us running the same pace during our training. Theoretically, this means we will be on the same level come race day because we have decided to cross both the start and finish line together 🙂

A big thanks to Tara for sending me the marathon training plan she followed for her first marathon and for being such a big inspiration. The plan brought her great success and I know it will do the same for us.

Any tips for a first-time marathoner in training?

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I am generally a solo runner.

This has more to do with the fact that not a lot of people run where I live rather than me not wanting to run with people.

I have attempted to fun with various friends before but it has never really worked out. We are all mothers with young children so it is difficult to find a time that works best for everyone involved.

Until now.

Yes, I finally have a running buddy and I couldn’t be more excited.

I knew I needed to find someone to run with now that the days are getting shorter. The only time I can get out for a run without the kids is once my husband gets home from work. By the time we have supper and I get ready it is already getting dark. I am not interested in running by myself in the dark.

I also knew I needed to find someone who I wanted to run with, who liked running, and who was available when I was.

She was sitting across the desk from me the whole time: My co-worker. (I’m currently on maternity leave but technically she is still my co-worker)

As soon as I thought of it I texted her to see if she was interested. She wrote me back right away saying she was so I grabbed my marathon training plan and figured out a schedule. We will be running together three times during the week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I will still do my long runs on the weekend by myself because she will not be training for a marathon but she knows there is a standing invitation to join me.

We started this week and let me tell you I love having a running buddy!

The time goes by quicker.

We get to catch up since we don’t spend seven hours across from each other anymore.

And I get to push someone, which in turn pushes me.

We are currently doing a 3:1 run/walk ratio to build a base before the mileage increases on the training plan. I keep telling her my goal is to push her, not kill her. I am succeeding so far.

My love for running has increased in just two short runs all because I have someone to share it with.

And not only do I have her in real life but I also have another friend who I am “training” with. I put the word training in quotes because we live over two-hours away from each other but we are both training for our first marathon, which we will run together. We have already figured out how we want to tackle the training and the actual marathon. I’m hoping we can get together for a couple of long runs together once the mileage increases. We figure if we train the same we should be able to race the same.

Running with friends; I doesn’t get any better.

Do you prefer to run solo or with a buddy?

 

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This post is a long time coming and truth be told I’m scared to push the publish button.

Scared because I know it’s time for me to get real about my weight-loss goals, and come clean on the blog, because that’s what this is all about.
It’s no secret that I had a baby and with that came some weight gain. Yes, I ran and then walked for the majority of my pregnancy but the weight gain still ended up being more than I wanted. As a result I have a relatively large amount of weight I want/need to lose in order to feel and look my best (in my own eyes, no one elses). The only person who I have shared this number with has been my husband.

Until now.

I know part of the process is to be 100 percent honest and up front. How else am I going to share my journey with you all if I’m not, right? I also believe that it will be easier if I have a place to share the joys and frustrations that will come with it all, and that place is here.

So back to that number.

Four years ago, at our wedding, I felt great and like I was in the best shape of my life. In order to get back to that place (at least on the scale) I will need to lose 60 lbs. In order to get to my ideal weight (at least what I think my ideal weight is because I may arrive there sooner at a completely different number) I need to lose an additional 20 lbs.

That’s 80 lbs total.

I know the number on the scale is not the be all to end all, which is why I will also use measurements, the fit of my clothes, improvements in my running/fitness, and before & after photos to help measure my success.

The first set of before pictures were taken on September 15 and let me tell you they were not pretty. The only great thing about them is the fact that I had just gotten back from a run so I’m covered in sweat and in my running clothes. No, I will not be sharing these pictures just yet, but if you stick with me I guarantee you will see them in the future.

We all have to start somewhere and this is my beginning. As scary as it is to open up like this I know it is the only way I am going to successful. Part of me is ashamed by my weight gain and in a sense  always felt like if I didn’t mention it on the blog than it didn’t really exist. Well, it does exist and now it is time to really buckle down and do something about it.

In an effort to not get caught up in the overall goal I am going to take it one day at a time, one meal at a time. I know I can eat clean and move for one day.

Just one day.

Once that day is over then a new day starts and I will have the same approach: it’s just one day. One day closer to the new me. One day that I can be proud to blog about.

I also feel an important part of the process, at least in the early stages, is going to be for me to blog about each day as it happens. I’ve never really been a daily recap type of blogger but with everything in life I feel we have to go with what works best for our current situation. So every evening, once the kids are in bed, I will blog about the ups and downs of the day.

Not everything will be weight-loss related though since I’m about to embark on another journey. A journey that will see me run a full marathon in May 2013. A journey that will go hand-in-hand with getting into the best shape of my life. Training will officially start at the beginning of October once my first 10K (post-baby) is under my belt.

If you don’t hear from me one day please do me a favour and call me out on it.

Thanks for listening.

Until tomorrow…

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It’s September and as I sit here trying to remember where the month of August went, I’m also excited for what September has to offer.

To say I’ve been looking forward to September would be an understatement.

September means the start of Strong Start, a playgroup that meets twice a week where Lincoln can play with his friends and I can socialize with my friends.

September means the start of pre-school for our little man. He will attend one, possibly two, mornings a week and a few friends and I have already discussed going for a weekly walk together while the kids are learning and having fun.

September means experiencing Jason Mraz live in concert for the second time. I. Can’t. Hardly. Wait.

September means my first race/event is a little over a month away. I will be participating in a 10K on October 7. Eek!

I haven’t been running as much as I would like but I make each run count when I can get out there.

Running post-pregnancy is taking some getting used to and not for the reasons you may think.

The last time I ran I was pregnant. I learned to listen to my body and not push myself too hard. Now I have to re-learn how to listen to my body and know that it’s OK to breathe hard again. My joints are still loose pregnancy and it’s important not to push myself to the point of injury. It’s all one big balancing act – one that I have missed dearly.

September also means I am one-month into my post-pregnancy weight loss journey. Teagan was born on a Saturday. I recorded my weight the night before I had her and am using that as my starting point. Saturdays will also be weigh-in days.

It is not a pretty number but it is going down. I’m not prepared to share the exact figures yet but I have lost 26 lbs so far. Most of that was simply from giving birth but the rest is the result of clean eating (most of the time), exercise, and breastfeeding. I’m aiming for a healthy weight loss of 1-2 lbs a week and will check-in each week.

I know that weight loss isn’t the be-all to end-all, and my ultimate goal is on overall health and fitness, but each pound lost will make everything else easier to accomplish. Especially my goal of completing a marathon.

I am also excited to join the FitFluential family as a new Ambassador – more on this in the next few days.

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It’s been almost 2 weeks since Teagan joined our family and we are slowly getting into a routine. Andrew was home for the first week, which was awesome and made the transition so much easier. Now, we are on the tail end of my first week home alone with not one but two kids.

So far, so good.

Teagan is (knock on wood) a very happy and content baby.

Lincoln has been cooperative so far but we do notice once Andrew gets home he is more prone to tantrums. My theory is that Linc figures since there are two of us home then Teagan doesn’t need as much attention. We’re slowly figuring it out.

On top of it all I have been given the go ahead to start running again. This makes me excited but I have yet to hit the pavement.

I have a bunch of excuses for why a run has yet to happen and none of them are truly justifiable.

1. Teagan is still too young and floppy for me to run with her in the Chariot. On the surface this is in fact a very justifiable reason not to run during the day. Babies are fragile and their little noggins don’t need to be rattled around. But realistically, running with the Chariot scares me. I don’t know if I’ll ever run with it and for now I am breathing a sigh of relief that I can’t do it for Teagan’s safety.

2. I’m tired at the end of the day. Again, seemingly justifiable considering I just gave birth 2 weeks ago. But I know running gives me more energy so there’s no reason not to run.

3. I’m breastfeeding so I can’t leave Teagan’s side. This would be valid if I didn’t time things accordingly, but Teagan eats roughly every two hours giving me plenty of time to go for a 30 minute run before she needs to eat again.

4. The laundy needs to be folded, the dishwasher needs to emptied, etc. Such a lame excuse. These things can wait and besides, I have a husband to help out with household chores.

I really have no idea why I haven’t gone running yet. I’ve been wearing a new pair of Saucony Kinvara 2 running shoes on our daily walks and I definitely have the desire to run again.

Don’t you just love the glow of a new pair of shoes?

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Maybe it’s just a matter of getting it out there that will push aside the excuses. That and the fact that I’m registered for a 10K the beginning of October, and have the blog to hold me accountable, should be more than enough motivation.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I also found out recently that I was accepted to participate in not one but two amazing projects related to running, health, and fitness (more on those in a later post).

Having said all this, tonight is the night.

I’m going for a run once Andrew gets home and the weather cools off. I’ll take a picture as proof to myself and all of you once I’m done and will post it tomorrow.

After all, I’m not going to make it to 26.2 sitting on the couch.

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Yes, I am still pregnant.

35 weeks to be exact.

And no, I’m still not running but that doesn’t mean I’m not making plans for after the baby arrives.

I have officially registered for my first race post-baby and to be honest, I’m pretty excited.

I decide to run the Okanagan Marathon 10K in Kelowna on October 7, 2012.

This is the same event where I ran my first half-marathon last year. It’s close (ish) to home and will give me time for some postpartum recovery before I lace up my running shoes again. After that I have set a goal for myself that includes the numbers 2, 6 and 2 (but more on that later, you know, after I actually start running again).

All is well on the baby front. We are still prepping for the baby’s arrival but have all the necessities for the first few weeks in order: diapers, clothing, a place to sleep, and a food source. The baby’s room is still Lincoln’s room for now. In the process of moving Lincoln downstairs to his new room we discovered that it wasn’t insulated so walls have been ripped down and new ones, plus new flooring, have to go in before he can move down there. It’s all good though because the baby will be in our room for the first while anyways.

Lincoln is already practicing for the baby’s arrival too with a stuffed rat he received for his birthday (he turned 3 on June 27!)

It has a bed. He feeds it with a bottle, and I even made it a diaper. Who needs a baby doll when a pet rat will do just fine!

Lincoln and I will be temporarily relocating to Nelson, BC in a couple of weeks so I am closer to the hospital and my midwives. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned the fact that because we live in a rural area, without a hospital that delivers babies, I have to travel over 2 hours for each midwife appointment and to the hospital. I had three options but because I wanted a midwife Nelson was the best choice for us. It also helps that we have good friends who live there (we used to live there as well) who are willing to let us park our trailer at their house until the baby is born. Lincoln will also stay with them while we are at the hospital. Andrew will be staying in Midway during the week for work but will join us on the weekends.

Even though the drive can suck I really don’t mind. I had Lincoln in Nelson with the same midwives and it was a great experience. Nelson is what you would refer to as a hippie town so the hospital is very laid back and the midwives have hospital privileges. Lincoln was born almost two weeks early and really fast, hence the reason we are headed there early just incase.

I still can’t believe the baby could arrive at any point. I admit that this time around I am a bit more anxious and nervous about what’s to come. Last time I was so oblivious about what to expect that I didn’t worry too much. This time though, I’m trying to find a balance between worrying too much and not worrying enough when the time comes.

I also can’t believe I thought I had a baby bump at 22 weeks.

*flashback*

Because it’s nothing compared to what I am carrying around these days.

35 weeks.

For now, we play the waiting game.

And I try to fit in as many naps as I can each week.

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