Wednesday, December 31, 2008

3rd day of CLX

And I'm feeling great. Just got done with BC2 woooo, that sure worked me. What I really like is that the moves are way challenging, but I don't have to do 2-3 sets. The pushups at the end are the only set I couldn't complete fully, but I tried my best!

Also, I've have been way on track with my eating. I've planned all my meals and prepared snacks and so far it's been great. In fact, since Sunday the scale is down 5.2 lbs! I won't officially record until Monday, since I know sometimes there is a big drop and then it settles back up. But I am very happy with things. So far there has not been that "dread" factor. I am sooooooo excited for the cruise, so I think that is really helping keep me motivated. Maybe I just need to go on a cruise once a year and then run a half marathon 6 months later, so I'm always working towards a big goal!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

First day of Chalean Extreme!

Today is the official start for my 12 week rotation of Chalean Extreme. This month is called "Burn" and this morning I did Burn Circuit 1. It is a strength workout that is just over 35 minutes long. I'm tracking the weights I'm using, because you're supposed to fatigue between the 10-12th rep. On about half of the exercises I'll need to pyramid up next time. That was encouraging, because it made me realize just how strong I am!!!

One of the things I love about this program are the extra materials that came with it. Usually those "add-ons" are just junk, but not with this one. There is a guidebook that talks you through all the aspects of getting ready for, form and recording results. Last night, Taylor and I took pictures, measurements, weight, and the fit test. It is designed to do every 30 days so you can see the results. Then I went through the recipe book and planned out meals through next Monday ... I'm talking every meal. I am getting ready to go shopping in a bit. I think having it all laid out will leave less wiggle room. I'm glad I like most of the recipes because it made it very easy to plan and create a shopping list.

Anywho ... I am going to update some info here giving the details for this new rotation.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chalean Extreme

Got it!!!!!! Okay, you are gonna think I am totally OCD, but I took pictures. I have been anticipating this set for a while now. Now that I know this is my cruise gettin' in shape set, I think it makes it even that more enticing to me. So here it is ...

This is the cute box it came in

Open it up and ... oh so appealing!

Here are the bands, gloves, fat calliper, etc. I used a purple band like then in physical therapy after the car accident. I didn't ever think of it as anything and through it away!

That box you see when you first open the package is a sleeve that contains these three books. Two are actually books (Fat Burning Food Guide & Muscle Burns Fat Guidebook) and one holds the DVDs.

Haven't read through all the recipes yet, but there are lots of scrumptious pictures. I'm a visual person, so it is very appealing to me. (I keep using that word!!!)

Here's a picture of the inside of the guidebook. It is just that ... guides you through the programs. From how to take before and after picture (lighting, poses, etc.) to how to perform the moves to rotations. Love, love, love the pictures and design. very APPEALING!

This is the inside of the DVD holder.

Open it again and you get this. There are 7 DVDs and one audio CD.

You can get all the details of the program here: I can't wait to try these out!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

I'm here!

So, I haven't been posting on here, but I am still working on things. Taylor and I have overhauled our diet and I am working on the exercise thing as we get ready for our cruise in April. It's official ... we're leaving April 3rd. So that gives me exactly three months to get into cruise shape! I have been anxiously awaiting Chalene Johnson's new program, which is coming out just in time for the cruise. It's a 3 month program that switches it up each month to get optimal results. What's also cool is I can use my own cardio or use the cardio she has. This was I can work on my running, since I am still wanting to do the Odgen half again in May. Here's the website which has some info on the system:

There is a nutrition plan that comes with it. I'd like to compare it to what we are doing and see if there is anything we can add to what we are currently doing.

They had a test group going on this program the past year (one of the girls that was part of it goes to a message board I frequent) and they got some amazing results. Here is a page with their pictures:

Now, they got to work out with Chalene in the studio and they followed a very regimented diet plan (they each had a nutritionist set up a plan for their body). So their results were extreme. But I think I can get the results I am looking for. (Feel good, have lot of energy, be able to walk all day during our shore excursions, etc.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Got in a workout

Felt up to doing the treadmill tonight and I just finished 2.5 miles of run/walking on the treadmill. I feel good now and hope it helps me to wake up less achy in the morning!

2.5 miles
Saucony shoes - 121.5 miles

It's Tuesday

I hate picking out titles sometimes!

I have been tracking my foods at fitday. I have to say I'm feeling pretty good about things. I am not depriving myself by any means, but eating the things that I know are good for me. So that is going well, but the exercise part is not. I have been experiencing a LOT of pain lately (car accident related) and wake up so sore in the morning. The last two days I have not worked out as I was too sore to start and don't want to injure myself. I am going to go for a walk tonight if I feel up to it. Could it be that I was dancing until 11:30 at the NKOTB concert Friday night? I've been so dependent on ibuprofen lately and I hate it. I know that losing more weight and improving my core strength will help if not stop it all together but I am debating going to the doctor to see if I can get on something in the meantime. I've heard there are some non narcotic drugs that can be used for people with severe joint pain that are meant to be used long term, as opposed to using something like ibuprofen every day.

It is so apparent to me how important this health thing is to me. Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Setting new short goals ...

So, I've been getting back into the groove with exercise, but have not given myself a definite plan to work on. And my eating has been horrendous! In the past the holidays have been a tough time (aren't they for everyone?) I decided that I am going to stick to my plan through the holidays, making an exception for the special days. I am not setting a goal for weight loss, but would like to stick to my workout and nutrition plan for 90% of the time.

I went shopping today and got tons of fresh, healthy foods. The funny thing is I only went down like two aisles and the rest of the shopping was on the outskirts. Here's a few things I got that I am excited for:
  • Mountain Dairy vanilla yogurt ... eat plain or stir in some Harmon's flax seed with blueberry granola (YUMMY!)
  • Whole wheat pizza, the homemade kind ... It's so easy and yummy, why don't I always have the ingredients?!?
  • Manicotti made with skim milk cheeses, almost as good as the full fat version
  • Grilled turkey, provolone and avocado sandwiches (my all time fav)
  • 100% applesauce w/ cinnamon.
  • Grilled pork chops
  • Lots of fresh fruits and veggies ... I took them all out of the bags and then into the drawer. Now I can actually see what I have!
  • Tilapia ... I have a yummy (and easy) recipe for tin foil tilapia (tomatoes, lime, lemon, cilantro, dash of feta cheese)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Lots of stir fry fixin's
Now, I'm not trying to make you hungry or jealous, but I want to remember that I have lots of good choices for when those cravings come on. Eating healthy doesn't have to mean deprivation after all. I bought a big box of mixed greens and my goal is to not let it go bad (this happens here ALL the time). So that means I have to start eating salad. I wish I was one of those who could eat salad with a little lemon juice, but I just can't ... GAG! So I got some asiago cheese dressing, that is made with fresh products and is low fat. I'm hoping it's as yummy as it sounds.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fun day

So I got up this morning to go run outside, but it was raining so I slept in a little more and got my 2 miles in on the treadmill. I did combo of running and walking at a steep incline. Overall I felt good, although I was counting down the whole time.

Then, tonight ... we went to Jump On It in Lindon, which is a series of trampolines (10,000 sq. ft. according to their website). I have to tell you ... that was the funnest workout I have had in a LONG time! I've always had fun on a tramp, but this was amazing. If you haven't been before, you should totally go. They have a smaller area for the little ones, as well as a few of the inflatable slides and tramps. We did an hour and a half of jumping. I hope they build one up here, because if they do, I would totally get a pass and do my "workouts" there a few days a week!

10/6/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 129 miles

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Feeling great!

So last night was a late night for me as I didn't get home until 11 and then it took a while to wind down. When I scheduled my workouts this week, I made the choice of when to workout and told myself there were no exceptions. Last night when it came time to get ready for bed, I noticed those familiar thoughts come in (like, just sleep in and do in later in the day ...) and I simply thought, "No, you already decided."

This morning when the alarm went off, I thought, "Oh I'll just sleep in." But then I remembered again and said, "Nope I can sleep later." So, it might not sound like much, but for these last three months I have been letting myself be ruled by my procrastination and reasons and I'm feeling victorious today for coming out on top!

There was a discussion on a message board I visit on how to get used to exercising in the morning. There's a woman on there who shared how she has done it for the past 20 years ... consistently. She said she made the choice in 1987 to workout unless she was deathly ill and to schedule it into her week. She said she sets the alarm clock and does not allow for any of those thoughts to come. She does not use snooze on the alarm clock. She said that just one time you choose to sleep in or one time you hit the snooze, it makes it that much easier to do it the next time. I was so impressed by her determination and thought, I can totally do that.

So, today was a major battle for me in winning this war!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snow Day!

So I got up this morning to go run with Robin, but she called at 5:45 to say, "Did you look outside?!?" Yup there was snow. We actually have run in the snow before (and hail and rain) but Robin's current shoes have holes in them. So we decided to forgo today until she gets new shoes. I sleep until 6:30 and then got up to do my workout on the treadmill. I was going for 45 minutes, but I stopped at 30 minutes, because I was having a lot of back pain.

I've been pretty achy in my lower back where I broke my pelvic bone and they inserted a big screw. When the weather changes, it gets more achy. So I was glad we didn't go down to the track and that I could listen to my body. And I DID get in a good 30 minutes!

10/6/08 - 1.75 miles
Saucony shoes - 127 miles

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Going Strong

So, I think that mornings really work the best for me. As much as I hate getting up in the morning, when I do it ... everything just works out so much better! There are too many distractions during the day to deter me from working out. So I got up this morning at 6:30 (which is actually sleeping in compared to when I get up to run ... that's more like 5:40!). I did my favorite FIRM MBS, which is 45 minutes all body strength with a teeny bit of cardio thrown in the keep your heart rate up in the working zone. I can tell me muscles feel worked.

I scheduled my workouts into my google calendar. I've heard from a few different people that unless they schedule it in, they won't do it, so I'm trying it out. Not that I ever have any other plans at 6:30 in the morning besides sleep! ;)

I'm still thinking of my next goal, but I think time frame it will go to the end of the year. It will be a not just surviving the holidays but excelling through the holidays. In that past this three month period has not been kind to my figure. So, I determined to make this year different. I'm living into the future, not my past ... baby!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Starting fresh!

Okay, so I had my 30th birthday and while I did not meet my goal of 30 lbs. lost, I did lose 14 lbs.!!! I totally got it's not about meeting the goals, it's the journey. And I have learned a lot. For a while I thought I wouldn't set another goal that was so visible so I wouldn't have to fail again (wouldn't want to look bad to you all after all!). But then I got, that is rubbish. By setting a huge goal for myself (30 by 30) I played big and lost more than I would have with no goals. 14 lbs. is nothing to balk at! So I am aiming for the stars! I may land on a cloud instead, but isn't that so much better than burying my head in the sand?!?! I have not determined my new goals yet, but am working on that this week.

This morning I got up and went running with Robin. We did a total of 2.5 miles, run/walking. It has been a while since either of us have run so we wanted to ease into things. Overall it went really well. I feel good now (great actually) and am ready to work harder!

10/6/08 - 2.5 miles
Saucony shoes - 125 miles (I keep forgetting to add mileage here, so I am estimating)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday Triumphs ...

I think the forces were aligned for me to workout this morning. I knew I had a PTA meeting this morning, so I wouldn't be able to workout at the regular time (right after Aubrey leaves for school), so I had decided to either workout this afternoon or this evening. Well, Braden came wandering into my room at 6am this morning (unusual for this kid). After going potty (he wore undies to bed!) and tucking him back in bed, I just couldn't fall back asleep, so I got up and did my workout before school today! I did my go to strength video ... MBS, it's a 45 minutes all over strength with spurts of cardio.

So, I've been doing some thinking about why I have been so on and off about exercise lately. I think there is part of me that just KNEW that I wouldn't actually lose the full 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. How's that for setting yourself up for failure?!? But here's the thing, I may fail at losing 30, by only losing 15 ... but is losing 15 really a failure? Of course not. So, I'm going to leave my goals up and while I may not obtain 30 pounds lost in the next 18 days, I will triumph over the loss that I have seen.

Monday, October 6, 2008


So, I have really been neglecting this blog! I won't get into excuses or reasons ... just a clean start!

I got up this morning and did 2 miles on the treadmill. I've been playing around with the incline, because I read an article about Fergie where she does 2.5 MPH on the treadmill at the highest incline and has killer legs. So it took me just over 40 minutes. I did intervals of the walk at high incline and then ended with a short run. It's amazing how much smoother it is doing the workout on the treadmill. I am so excited to be able to have it this winter!

Haven't been up to date on these numbers, so I'll try to guestimate:

10/6/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 112.25 miles

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Figuring things out

Okay, so I was keeping track of me weight loss by the week, but I really got thrown off when I was MIA. So, instead I am just keeping track of overall weight loss and I added a countdown ticker. I only have 37 days until I turn 30! YIKES! ;) I've really been stalled in my weight loss this last 1-2 months, but I am going full steam ahead.

I went to bed early last night so that I could get up and do an early morning workout. It was funny, as I set my alarm last night I had the thought, "I'll get up if I feel good in the morning." Well, I totally acknowledged that if I was thinking that I totally would not be getting up. So I sat there for a good ten minutes mulling it back and forth. Taylor asked me what I was thinking. I told him I was trying to decide if I would decide to get up in the morning. Then I busted out realizing how funny it was ... just do it! So I made the decision and feel great for it today! I did a 45 minute all body strength tape (MBS).

I weighed in this morning thinking I would be way up since it has been several weeks since I weighed in and I have not been strict to my goals. I was actually down, which was a pleasant surprise. This is what I can see from this latest hiatus. I feel so much better when I am working out. I am not talking about physically, though that part is of course there. I am talking about emotionally. I feel better about my body ... more confident and less derogatory. I've been stuck in this rut of feeling so "fat" when I was actually weighing a little less. So this is a huge plus to working out. I know you can feel fat at any size, so this is important to remember.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I'm back with a vengance!

Okay, so I have been tetter tottering for a while and I am done! I did end up getting a treadmill and got it down in the basement somehow (that sucka is heavy!!!) Here it is:

and here are the specs:
Epic 425 MX
0-12 mph
0-12% incline
3.0 chp
20 X 60 treadbelt
350 lb capacity
13 workout programs
hand HRM

I tried it out yesterday for the first time and while it took a little getting used to, overall it was great. I did not have any shin, joint or back soreness which was amazing! I did just over two mile. For the last ten minutes I walked at the 12% grade (heard that Fergie does this for amazing legs!). It felt great and I am excited to have this fun new toy!

I haven't updated my numbers, I've been out for a few weeks, so I'm going to have to figure out how I want to update it. Later! ;)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tired today

So I ran two miles tonight (if you can call it "run") and it was tough. I actually walked almost half of it. My body was so sluggish and my feet, back, shoulders all just ached. I didn't push it too far as I am really trying to listen to my body. It was kind of frustrating since last week my two mile runs went pretty well. But, I really want to avoid injury, so ...

I think my eating could have something to do with how I was feeling. It's not that I have been eating horribly, but I think I haven't been eating enough the last few days. I will definitely need to evaluate that and keep things more balanced.

8/19/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 102.25 miles

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday check-in

I did 1.75 miles at the Alta track. My shin started bugging me slightly so while I was going for 2, I decided to baby that shin because of how it's been in the past. I was kind of discouraged, but hope that easing into my runs will help it to get stronger.

Taylor and the kids came down as well and brought their bike and scooter. We hung around a little when I was done as they are finishing putting in artificial turf. It was kind of interesting to watch. We saw a family from our ward and the head coach and his wife. Guess they have a scimage game on Saturday, so they've got to hurry up! Also, I saw another family in the ward on their back deck ... their house back ups to the track. (Hi Kandi!!!) It sure helped to get the run in to have all the pleasant distractions!

8/11/08 - 1.75 miles
Saucony shoes - 100.25 miles

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Started running again

So I'm thinking that I am going to do a 10K on September 17 in Eastern Utah. So, I came up with a training schedule which started yesterday with a two mile run. I have not been running consistently since the half, and overall I was very pleased. Aside from the burning lungs to start (which was expected) my body faired pretty well. I didn't have any issues with my right shin, which was great. I actually beat my best time running it is 25 minutes. In the past, we always averaged a 15 minute mile. So I am feeling pretty good. I know my body is in better shape and a little lighter, so I can only imagine what it will be when I lose 10 more pounds!

8/11/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 98.5 miles

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Checking in ...

Before I leave for Logan. I DID get up and I did a killer lower body strength workout. I actually only did half of the DVD, but it still worked out to be 35 minutes. The entire DVD is over an hour and includes standing leg work for just over 30 minutes and floor leg work for just over 30 minutes. It has been a while since I have done leg work, and I was so fatigued just doing the standing work. No point in causing an more injuries at this point!

So off I go. Thanks, Marlies, for keeping me accountable ... I almost put it off but I knew you would be here for me! ;)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hump Day workout

I have been having the hardest time being consistent lately. I really want a healthy lifestyle, but in the moment I seem to be making a lot of unhealthy choices. Lucky for me, each day is a new day.

I just got done doing a Cathe strength session. Tomorrow I am going up to Logan for the day, which means that I need to get up earlier so that I can get my workout in before I go up. There I said it, that means I am now accountable!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Back from Bear Lake!

Got back last night from Bear Lake and it was so NICE to sleep in my own bed. I dug right in today and did a strength workout (Cathe's Chest, Shoulders, Triceps). Felt good. I am ready to lose the rest of this 30 pounds and get started on the next 30!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I did it!

I got up this morning even though I wanted to sleep in and did a total body strength tape, MBS. It was 45 minutes of mostly weight work, with some aerobics intervals thrown in to keep the heart rate up. I feel great!!!

This morning the scale was down again, though I won't officially weigh in until Monday. It's very cool to see since this goes beyond my lowest weight from last summer ... WaHOOO!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I'm alive!

Okay, so I haven't been good at updating over here. Partially because I have not been doing my regular workouts, but I have been eating relatively well and doing fun workouts (like a super crazy hike straight up the mountain!) I definitely need to focus on incorporating strength training again, since I know it is so beneficial to my body. I am happy to be losing, even if it was a small dip this week.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Weight loss and wheat pancakes

So even though I went to bed WAY too late last night and then had horrible insomnia on top of that, I got up at 6:30am this morning to go running. I had told Robin I would meet her at the corner and didn't want to stand her up. I waited for about 10 minutes and she didn't show. I was about to turn around and go home, but ended up going for it. I was up, dressed and ready, so why not? I did a two mile loop. I did notice a twinge in my shin, so I walked the last .5 mile. It felt great overall. I hope they finish the high school track (they tore up the field to lay turf) because I think that will be the best surface to run with this shin.

7/14/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 96.5 miles

My weight totally dropped this week. I am pass all the PMSing and my body is finally back to normal. It felt so nice to see such a generous number on the scale! I had to double check to make sure it was accurate! Last summer when I was working out, I hit this weight but never got past it, so once I start moving pass this, I will be going into uncharted territory! (Well, not really, it's just been a while!)

I made some yummy wheat pancakes this morning. I have tried a few of the mixes you can get at the store (with whole wheat) and they just don't compare. This recipe uses whole wheat and a blender (you don't have to drag out the wheat grinder!) It's a very thin consistency (think crepes) so it helps to cook on a lower heat than normal and make smaller pancakes.

Blender Pancakes
Put 1 cup of milk in any Bosch blender (the recipe comes from a Bosch store, but I am sure any good blender could do the job). Add 3/4 cup whole wheat kernels. Blend for 4 minutes (I used setting "1" on the Bosch). While blending, assemble and add:

2 eggs
2 Tablespoons of honey or sugar (I use honey)
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 Tablespoons baking powder (Rumford is the best)
3/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon Real Salt (sea salt or you can just use plain old salt)

Blend a few seconds and pour on a lightly oiled, hot griddle for the lightest and most delicious melt-in-your-moutn pancakes ever!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yea, I did it!

I ran two miles last night. We went to the park and I put on my running shoes thinking I would walk around the park and I ended up running two miles. It felt great. We were there just as the sun was beginning to set and the view was gorgeous.

My weight it starting to come back down again. As I was thinking over what changes happened these last two weeks, one major factor is I got my period which I haven't had for at least 8 months. It was full blown and killer (I'm talking cramp city). This totally explains the weight gain and the horrible cravings. I really didn't make the correlation as I was going through the motions, but it makes sense now. I am feeling more like myself now, and it feels great!

7/9/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 94.5 miles

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I love summer!

So yesterday we had a change of plans and went swimming instead of playing DDR. Aubrey wanted to work on swimming on her back in the deep end, so I swam laps next to her and the swam more with Braden on my back. It was a FUN workout. Eating was pretty good. I did have a regular croissant at lunch, but besides that everything was on track.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Back on the saddle

Okay, so the last two weeks have been interesting. I ran once last Monday, and besides that diddly. But, no guilt. I totally made the choice and now I am choosing to get back into it.

So, now I'm back, but how do I convince my body to cooperate? There's no part of me that wants to work out and every part of me that is craving sweets and not good for me foods. Hmm, how about today I will stick to my nutrition guidelines. And I'll pull out DDR and play with Aubrey for at least 20 minutes. Tomorrow I'll come back to see how it goes. Yeah, I can do that!

Monday, June 23, 2008

30 by 30 Week 5

6/23/08 -
Exercise - I CHOSE to get up this morning and run. I set out to run 3 miles, but cut it to 1 1/2 when I started to feel my sore shin. I decided I didn't want to push it, but ease back in. I feel good now. It's funny how 1 1/2 is so short to me now, when it used to seem impossible!

Saucony shoes - 91 miles

Nutrition - Haven't eaten anything yet, so it's all good so far!

10.8 lbs. lost in 4 weeks!

Okay, so I've been MIA around here lately, but I just had to report the huge breakthrough ... I hit the 10 pound mark! I took my measurements today as well and have downward movement going there as well! (It's nice to see this, because honestly it's hard to really "see" the weightloss ... I really don't FEEL 10 lbs. thinner.) The biggest drops were in my waist - 2.25" (had to triple check that one!) and 2" in my hips!

I've been feeling guilty because I haven't been exercising, and I haven't been sticking to my nutrition goals 100%. In reality, I've been moving more and eating less. Even when I've splurged, I've had portions, or part of a portion along with healthy, good for me food.

This weekend my cousin took the Landmark Forum and I got to go last night with her for the last 3 hours. One of the things we talked about the difference between deciding and choosing something. How when you decide BECAUSE of something, you're killing off the other choices. (De"cide", Pesti"cide", Geno"cide", spermi"cide" ... you get the idea.) So when I decide I need to exercise because I need to lose weight, then when I am not exercising it's the equivalent in my mind as gaining weight. Same thing with nutrition. So if I chose something today, it gives me the freedom to choose something different tomorrow without there being all that meaning attached. So today, I chose to go running for no "reason" except I chose to go running. I don't know if this is even making sense, but it's really a powerful feeling. It's almost like if it's OKAY to not exercise ... then maybe I won't resist it so. Hmmm ...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

30 by 30 Week 4

Okay, so I have been a total slacker! I have been relatively sticking to my eating plan and exercise has been non existent. Life has been crazy, but when Monday came around I just couldn't fathom getting started again. I think mentally I needed a little dowtime. Just wish I could do it without feeling so guilty! My weight went up .4 lbs, which is not bad all things considering.

Nutrition - yes, but I didn't track it

Exercise - no

Nutrition - no

Exercise - no

Nutrition - so far!

Exercise - not yet


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Busy week

Hi! I just wanted to touch base and say I'm still here and going strong. This week is crazy because I am working more hours to cover for Katie while she's out of town and this Saturday is our first home show in Logan for my sister's and I new business ... so needless to say there is TONS to do to get ready for that. I am sticking to my eating plan and exercising as I can. I won't have time to come around too much until Monday. See you then!

Monday, June 9, 2008

30 by 30 Week 3

6/9/08 -
Exercie - Yes
Okay, so my shin has been feeling better this past week, so I decided to go running with the girls this morning. It the first run for most of us since the half. We ran three miles (including a grueling hill) and while my lungs felt like exploding, I did it! We walked about .3 miles after the hill but other than that we ran the whole thing!

3 miles
saucony shoes - 89.5 miles

Nutrition - Yes

Doing great! I got off track of entering my food over the weekend, but I did really well despite that. On Friday night I had dinner at my sister's house and the tortillas she had were made with white flour, but they were fresh ones, so I had it anyway. Saturday, Taylor and the kids got ice cream. I figured I would have some as well, but I actually didn't feel like it, so I passed it up! THAT is SOMEthing. I would never pass it up before! ;) I really don't feel limited and it is so nice to to crave sugar all of the time.

Overall I am so pleased with how things are going. It is so motivating to see the weight moving down. I can't wait to see what my body does when I combine the running with weight training this week.

6/10/08 -
6/11/08 -
6/12/08 -
6/13/08 -
6/14/08 -
6/15/08 -

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Week 1 weight loss

It's official ... I lost 5.6 lbs. this week! I've weighed myself each morning and it has been so amazing to see the weight drop off so steadily. I have never EVER lost that much weight in one week. I think the nutrition is a big factor. I also have heard that people lose more weight in the months after they train for a race. Considering I didn't lose during the training at all, it is very nice to finally be going down.

30 by 30 Week 2

6/2/08 -
Exercie - No
I could blame it on the sore shin, which is still sore. But really, I was going to get in a strength workout ... but just kept putting it off until there was no more time left.

Nutrition - Yes

I'm pretty happy with my eating ... it's motivating to be losing weight so fast. It really discourages the cravings to cheat. I didn't plan dinner very well and we didn't get to eat until after I helped Stacey unload the van. We didn't end up eating until after 9pm ... way too late! But I ate within my guidelines.

6/3/08 -
Exercie - Yes
I just got done doing PS Back, Biceps and Abs (PS BBA). It felt good to get in my workout for the day. I love doing strength training ... no dread factor there.

Nutrition - Yes

I had a yogurt this morning and realized that it has high fructose corn syrup. It was weird, because I noticed has it tasted sickeny sweet. It's funny because I have eaten this yogurt for years. Funny how a week and a half of no extra sugars and corn syrups changes the way things taste.

6/4/08 -
Exercie - Yes
I did PS SLA and was so much stronger doing it this week vs. last week. It's all leg work (lunges, squats, floorwork, etc.) and is pretty killer. I had to turn it off before getting to the ab work since I was running out of time (had to run Mom to the chiro) but I got in a great workout! I think I'll do my other upper body strength workout tomorrow and see how my shin feels for running on Friday.

Nutrition - Yes

Did well! I had some lobster bisque soup from Zupas and realized later that it probably had white flour in it (since it's cream based). Besides that I did really well. Made homemade pizza with a wheat crust and it was really good. I had major cravings last night ... not for unhealthy food necessarily, but just to eat. I knew I wasn't hungry, just up late (we were up until 12:30 watching a movie). I pushed through and didn't give in. Felt great to come out the winner!

6/5/08 -
Exercie - Yes
Just got done doing PS CST. Went very well ... this one is the shortest workout of the three and it just zoomed by!

Nutrition - Yes

6/6/08 -
6/7/08 -
6/8/08 -

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Getting started tips

I belong to a fitness message board and I got a PM from one of the members asking for advice on how to train for her first half marathon. I put together a really long reply to her and thought I would paste it here as well. Just so you know, at the message board we are known as The Firm YaYa's (The Firm after The Firm workout series, but most of us are into other forms of exercise as well and YaYa after the book "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood") Here's the reply:


Thanks for the congrats! First off ... you can TOTALLY do this. Two and half years ago I was in a pretty bad car accident where I was in the hospital for one month, in a wheel chair for 3 months and crutches another 2-3 after that. I broke my hip, pelvic bone (there is actually a large screw in there now), shoulder, ribs and had my spleen removed. For a time I never thought I would be able to sit up in bed unassisted much less walk much less RUN! At the time I started training for my marathon, I was at least 50 pounds over weight (75 over my pre-kids weight). I once ran an entire mile (in 5th grade) and never made THAT mistake again! After that in gym when we had to do it, I would walk half of it. So basically if anyone couldn't run ... I was really that person. I really thought that I would never ever be a runner. So if I can do it ... you can definitely do it!

Here's a copy/paste from a post I put up a while back on Yayas:

Basically as a group, we worked up to running a base 3 miles. Then we started a 7 week plan that is like this:

Week 1 - 3.5, 3.5, 5
Week 2 - 4, 4, 8
Week 3 - 5, 5, 10
Week 4 - 6, 6, 12
Week 5 - 4, 4, 10
Week 6 -3, 3, 8
Week 7 - 4, 3, 2, rest two days then ... 13.1

My running partner and I have strayed a little bit based on what our bodies are up to. Some days I wish I had another month, but at the same time, I don't have any room for procrastination at this point. I know I'll be running this marathon in a little over a month, so I HAVE to get my runs in each day.

Oh, and as far as building up the base 3 miles. For me, I started at an indoor track. It was 10 laps = 1 mile. The first week I would run 5 laps (so .5 miles) and then alternate running walking as it felt good (good being a relative term!) Those first few days pretty much killed me. I really could not fathom running even a mile. Each week I added 2-3 laps on to that base and continued alternating walking and running. After about 3 weeks I was doing a total of 2.5-3 miles, just with lots of walking. Each week I got a little closer to running it all. I remember at first I just couldn't even breath, and now that isn't really a factor at all. It does take the first 1.5 -2 miles to find the right rhythm.

I've been very careful and listened to my body because I do NOT want to injure myself. I bought good shoes from a running store (they watch you run and pick out shoes that work for you.) It was the first time in my life I bought shoes based on how they feel and not how they look! I still have a long way to go, but for those of you just started out or toying with the idea ... you can SO do this! I've been on this board since the beginning and I was always (still am!) in such awe of runners. I always secretly wanted to be able to do it. Never REALLY thought I could. Feels good to prove myself wrong!
I battled a shin injury and went out of town, so my training did not go as planned. I think it looked more like this:

We normally did the runs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday which allowed for 2 full rest days before a long run.
Week 1 - 3.5, 3.5, 5
Week 2 - 4, 4, 6
Week 3 - 4, 4 (had shin pain and couldn't do the long run)
Week 4 - 4 (was on vacation and did no running!)
Week 5 - 4.5, 4, 10
Week 6 - 3, 3.5 (had to stop due to severe shin pain and took 6 days off)
Week 7 - 4 , rest two days then ... 13.1

What I would do differently is definitely give more time for training which would allow to add up the miles a little slower. This would also allow for taking off time if there is fear of an injury. You can see that I did not have very many long runs, and I went up in mileage quickly there. I think that is what tweaked my shin. It was always the week after the biggest long runs that I had the most shin pain. My shin is now just starting to feel better. I went for my first run since the half (about 10 days) and only ran for 15 minutes and walked the rest because it's still not right. When I train for my next half, I will build up my long runs more slowly that even that original plan called for. Something like this:

Week 1 - 3, 3, 5
Week 2 - 3, 3.5, 6
Week 3 - 3.5, 4, 7
Week 4 - 4, 4.5, 8
Week 5 - 4.5, 5, 9
Week 6 - 5, 5.5, 10
Week 7 - 5.5, 6, 11
Week 8 - 6, 6, 12
Week 9 - 6, 6, 12
Week 10 - 5, 5, 10
Week 11 - 4, 4, 8
Week 12 - 4, 3, 2 (rest at least two full days), 13.1

General rule of thumb is have your weekday mileage add up to your long run mileage. Some people prefer to run 4-5 days a week. Three days a week worked well for us to have a full recovery day in between each run and two recovery days before a long run.

Once you start running 5 miles or more, you'll want to make sure you have water and some form of energy. I bought an amphipod from my running store which is basically a fanny pack that you can attached small water bottles to. Some people prefer to drive their route ahead of time and plant water bottles along the way. When I do a 5 mile run, about 45 minutes to 1 hour ahead of time I'll eat 1 piece of wheat toast w/ PB and half a banana. Find a good combo of carbs and protein that works for you, but do not eat a lot. You don't want to be nauseous because of all of the food in your stomach. Any longer than that I start using energy GUs or bloks (running stores have a huge variety of these gels, energy fruit snacks, jelly beans, etc. that are specially formulated with the proper amount of carbs and protein needed to keep you going strong.) You'll want to test them out and find what works for you, some of them are pretty gaggy. I was told to take one serving 15 minutes before the run and then take a serving every 45 minutes. They even have ones with caffeine in them which give an extra boost towards the really long runs.

If you run in the evening, allow at least 2 hours after a meal. I made the mistake of eating a stir fry meal 1 hour before a run, thinking that would be plenty of time ... oy I was so nauseous it was miserable.

So there's a whole lot of info ... I hope it helps! Oh, if you are working on building up your base mileage, try a rotation like Couch to 5K. You can check out my blog where I've journaled as I went along (it's a lot of reading though!): here I suggest keeping a blog or journal at Yayas so you can track you progression. It's very helpful.

Okay, enough from me. Let me know if you have any other questions.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

30 by 30 Week 1

5/26/08 -
Exercie - Yes
Cathe's Pure Strength Chest, Shoulders and Triceps (PS CST) plus 10 minute of Ab work
  • Was not too hard ... have a better idea of which weights to start with next time
  • I made it through every rep of the ab work which surprised me!
  • Feeling nicely worked the day after
Nutrition - Yes
Stayed on track (even passed on the pancake breakfast at the church!) No real cravings. If anything, my calories were too low

Exercie - Yes
Running 15 minutes, walking 35 minutes
I set out to run for 45 minutes (which would be approx. 3 miles) but my right shin was pretty sore. I could tell I was limping as I ran to compensate and didn't want to aggravate it or get another injury. Walking felt good, so I cranked up the ipod and tried to keep a good pace going.

Nutrition - Yes
Went shopping today and bought most of my food from the produce section and frozen foods. Got some natural and/or organics of some of my favs (ranch, PB) which didn't have the corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. I did eat after 8pm, but I got back from my run/walk at 9pm and needed some more fuel so I had some PB on bread with a banana. I'll have to update that rule to be now late night snacking unless I am exercising late.

Exercie - Yes
PS Strong Legs and Abs (PS SLA)
This was 64 minutes that kicked my butt! I definitely have lots of room for improvement on this one. I had to be careful with my sore right shin, but beyond that it was just hard. I was feeling so low on energy even just doing the warm up. I was using relatively light weight

Nutrition - Yes
Had a couple of hurdles that I soared over. First was going out to dinner with one of the people I am coaching. I thought about what I wanted to get ahead of time, so I wouldn't be tempted to get something outside of my eating plan (I'm saving my free meal for Saturday with my sisters). We went to Hoppers and I totally passed on the fresh homemade bread (it looked so YUMMY but was white) and I got an Oriental Chicken Salad. It was very yummy. Then last night I had strong, STRONG cravings for anything and everything. It was weird, because I knew that I really wasn't hungry, I just wanted to eat. I was glad to go to sleep to get away from the cravings. Nights are always my weak point, but I prevailed!

Exercie - Rest Day
I think I'm going to change things a bit until my shin is completely healed (it's still bugging me). I am going to low impact aerobics on my running days. once it feels strong, then I will start running again. I've got my nephews now, so I'll do my workout this afternoon.

Nutrition - Yes

5/30/08 - 6/1/08
I went up to Logan for the weekend. I stuck to my nutritional goals, though there were some temptations. I did have about 5 bites of a yummy ice cream at the Mexican Restaurant on Saturday night. I had planned one cheat meal, and didn't actually want to cheat for the meal (weight loss was so motivating!) but allowed myself the ice cream.

30 by 30

Okay, so I decided to set some new goals now that I have completed my half marathon. This year I will be celebrating my 30th birthday (YIKES!) and I thought how cool would it be to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday?!? I have 5 months which means I would need to lose about 1.5 pounds a week. Challenging, but very possible. I figure if I can go from 0 to 13.1 miles in 3 months, I can do ANYTHING!

Exercise (I will breakdown my exercise plans into shorter goals.) Here is my plan for the first month:
  • 3 days a week - Cathe's Pure Strength (It has 3 workouts that alternate strength training on all of the major muscle groups. I can start out light and add weight as I improve)
  • 3 days a week - run (I am probably going to run another 1/2 marathon in August, so I'll want to keep improving on my running)
  • Cut out high frutcose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and white flower. Use white sugar sparingly.
  • Keep track of food at Here's a link to my fitday account: click here
  • Add more fresh (or frozen) fruits and veggies
  • Measure portions
  • Nothing after 8pm (unless I need fuel after a late run)
  • No calorie restrictions for now. I think if I follow the above then I won't have a problem with calories. Also when running and strength training, there will be days that my body will crave more carbs and protein.
  • 1 cheat meal each week
Yesterday I weighed in, took measurements and took pictures. I will weigh in each Monday and do measurements and pictures every 4 weeks. I will keep track here how many pounds are lost.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A couple of pictures

I got some pictures from Triscia ...

This is the night before waiting for dinner. Triscia is in the very front. Middle row is Robin, Whitney (she let us stay at her house ... THANKS!), me and Sarah. Back row is Paige, Sherry and Emalia.

This is at about 4am as we are heading down to load the buses. From left to right it's Triscia, Sarah, Me, Paige and Robin.

You can kind of see us here. Robin and I coming out of the canyon. I'm in the hot pink shirt.

This is me crossing the finish line. If you zoom in you will see I look ready to die!

Monday, May 19, 2008


Whew, what a weekend. I am still toast today! So, here's the run down ...

Friday was spent down at BYU for the last of the PTA convention. I snuck out early, since I still needed to pack. At 4pm me and 5 other girls from the neighborhood headed up to Ogden. Though we got stuck in some traffic, we had fun talking about everything under the sun (you get 6 girls together with no kids or husbands ... well you can imagine!) We stopped at Paige's sister's house in Layton which is where we were to spend the night. She has a gorgeous house. All six of us had our own beds (the kids camped out in the living room for us!) We then headed over to Ogden to pick up the race packets. There were a lot of people there and there was definitely an excitement in the air. We picked up our packets with our official racing bibs (my number was 4874) and then got our timing chips and t-shirts. We decided to eat dinner at the Union Station Grill which was right there, since we were starved. We took a picture of the group while we waited. We met Triscia's mom (she was getting ready to run her 31st marathon!) Dinner was so yummy, I will definitely have to go there again.

We decided to drive the course before we headed back. Don't know if it was a good idea or not. It seemed so long while we drove it! But I tried to stay positive and force any nerves out. By the time we were done it was about 9pm. The girls really wanted to go to Nielsen's Frozen Custard. I really wanted to go to bed (knowing we would be getting up at 3:30am) but we were having so much fun and I figured why not live it up?!? So we went and I shared some OH SO yummy ice cream with Triscia and Emmalia. We got into bed around 11pm. I had a room all to myself so I was able to fall asleep right away. Some of the others had trouble sleeping between creaking beds, snoring and nerves!

3:30 came awfully early. There was a certain amount of excitement in the air that made it possible to get out of bed. It did help that I had laid everything out the night before so I didn't have to really think yet. I loaded up on Ibuprofen and made my PB bagel. It was quite a feat to eat so early in the morning, but we needed the fuel. We loaded the bus around 4:20am. I looked around at all the people (there were tons of buses lined up). Everyone was chatting excitedly and I had this surreal moment. I didn't know people did this. I knew people ran races, but to get up at that hour and to be happy about it? Knowing what they were going to be doing to their bodies? To see the shear number of crazies (total there was 2000 running the marathon and 1500 running the half). Then I realized that I was one of those people. I was up at that hour ... I was going to run 13.1 miles! And I was excited!

The bus dropped us off at the starting point where there was a big line of port-a-potties, mini bon fires and load music (mind you it's not even 5am yet!) There were several houses around this area in the canyon ... I am sure they loved the wake up call! Now we got to wait until the official race start of 7am. Because the race comes out of the canyon, you can't just drive up to the start 20 minutes before it starts, the roads are shut down. So if you want to do it, you have to take the bus shuttle. So we camped out around one of the fire pits and took turns warming up next to it (there was too many people there for everyone to be right by the fire.) We joined up with another girl from our neighborhood and her sister along with Paige's sister and her two friends. Somehow that two hours went by fairly quickly. We went to the potty and stretched just in time to start lining up. The had signs of where to start based on your pace. The last sign was for a 10 minute pace. Robin and I run about a 15 minute pace so we just headed to the backish end of the herd.

We could hear the official start, but it was still a little while before we moved forward. This is what the timing chip is for. It goes around the ankle and times the exact time we cross the start and then various intervals throughout the race and times the finish exactly. We almost felt like crying as it started ... the good kind of cry! We started off slow and steady working to get into our pace. We passed the marker for mile 1 and were in shock. Surely we had only gone 1/4 mile. Going into the second mile was the only real incline of the course. We power walked it just as we planned since we didn't want to aggravate Robin's tendon injury. After that we started to get into a jogging groove. Miles 2 and 3 just blew us away at how quickly they came. I noticed that the muscles in my feet were tight and sore throughout the race. This is something I never noticed in training. I think it's from standing in the cold for two hours before the race. Robin and I had our opposite hi's and lo's which is so perfect for us. She pushes me when I can't go any further and I push her through her rough times.

Somewhere towards to end of the canyon, two marathon wheelchairs passed us. It was cool to see them. not too far behind were the first two male marathon runners. Each time they had a police escort asking us to move to the left of the lane to make room. So this is what we would would do as the came our way ... head to the left. Well, there was a group of three young guys that were probably about 7th overall, so doing pretty well. I told Robin they were coming so we moved to the left. At the same time, they moved to the left as well and ran into her. One of them shouted, "You suck ... keep your lines!" Well we felt horrible. We didn't mean to do that and were only doing what the previous police escorts had asked. Robin was about to cry. I told her that we had every right to be there and even though they had run more miles, we have been running just as long and are just as tired. So then a few minutes later another guy comes up and I was like, "Crap Robin, here's another one." We scrambled to get out of his way. Well, he was so nice and says, "Hey don't worry, it's your race too." We thanked him for being so nice and told him what those guys had said. He told us to ignore them. I told him that I hoped he beat them all! I am so glad that he came by at that point because it helped us shrug off those meanies!

We came out of the mouth of the canyon with about 5 miles to go. Taylor, Aubrey and Braden were there to cheer me on. I stopped for a second to pick up Braden and give them each hugs and kisses. It was SUCH a boost to see them. We then started to run a trail through a park. It was a pretty trail and there were people cheering us on more often since this area was more accessible. Another couple miles down the trail I saw Taylor and the kids. At this point I could only wave and blow kisses and I ran past. There was no stopping. I just felt the pull to get it done! With about two miles left to go, Robin said "Let's run it all, no walking!" I really wanted to, but my lungs were just burning. Normally the thought to run two miles is not daunting, but I just was dying. I pulled out my ipod and put on Josh Groban's "Don't give up" and took off. I got out of my head and just ran. As the song finished up I started feeling bad that I was not waiting for Robyn. I decided to take off the headphones and stay with her. She said I could keep them on, but I felt bad withdrawing from her when we were so close to the end. Every time I ran, my lings burned and it just killed me.

On the final one mile stretch, I couldn't do it anymore. I started walking while Robin kept her jog. I kept a fast walk so I never got too far behind her. I tried running a few times and it was just killing me. I decided to run the cattle run which is where all of the people were. I honestly don't know how I did it. It was like when you are learning to swim, and your mom keeps walking backwards. I felt like every step closer to the finish line that it moved two steps further. People shouted out encouragements like "You're almost there! You can do it!" I wanted to shout back but couldn't even do that. I didn't even have it in me to look for Taylor. It was all about one foot in front of the other. I just about burst with tears as I crossed the finish line. A paramedic came up to be and I told her I was fine, I was just going to cry. Someone handed me a water bottle and someone else put my medal over my head. Everybody was so nice and I was SO PROUD. I had DONE it! There was a misting station which I paused under for a minute. Then I remembered my ipod and didn't want to ruin it. The rest of our group was huddled together. I cried even more when I saw them. We took a group picture with our medals (can't wait to see how lovely we looked!)

I knew I needed to eat something, even though I wasn't hungry. They were giving out Jamba Juice (small ones) and wheat bread. So I grabbed them and started eating. The flavor of the smoothie was so good compared to the yucky GUs! I found Taylor and the kids and got down to stretch out. My body felt surprisingly good. Definite exhaustion and muscle fatigue, but my shins, joints and bones felt good. I was even able to make the walk to the car (very slowly!) I thought I would crash in the car on the way home, but I couldn't sleep. In fact I had a hard time resting even after getting home a showered. I would doze off and dream that I was still running. I didn't do much on Saturday besides stretching and kneaded the muscles. Yesterday we all went to church. We compared war stories and aches. Today I feel good, but am still sore. My right calf gets really tight, and it's hard especially on the stairs.

Robin signed up to do another half towards the end of August. I am thinking that I might do it as well. There is about as much time from now until then as there was from when I started from nothing. It might be neat to see the difference in what my body can do in these three months. I still have to look at the dates and see if it will work.

I will get some pictures up here sometime this week. I don't have access to them right now.

5/17/08 - 13.1 miles!!!
Saucony shoes - 83.35 miles

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I'm here and alive and have two more days to go!!!

So I have been in hiding somewhat. I'll explain. Last Thursday I went to do my long run for the week (since my Friday and Saturday were full). My right shin had been bugging me quite a bit, well as soon as I started running it hurt ... BAD! I tried combos of walking and running and finally had to stop at about 3.5 -4 miles because it just didn't stop hurting. After seeing Robin through all of her injuries, I didn't want a stress fracture or to make it worse. I went through all kinds of emotions and really almost gave up on myself. I really just focused on what I had to do that weekend and didn't go there. Had a really bad eating day on Monday.

Finally called Robin to come up with a plan Monday night. Tuesday was bad for both of us so we decided to go this morning. Unfortunately she slept in (yea I got to go back to bed!) so I went on my own tonight. I got in 4 miles (really don't want to do much more than that so close to the race, but I could have) and feel so much better now. Today was the first day that my shin didn't hurt immediately from the time I woke up. While running I noticed it, but it wasn't PAINful. The first two miles killed (don't they always?) but I started to get the groove back for the last two. It felt so good to be able to do it. I was really afraid that I wouldn't be able to do the race on Saturday ... and not by choice. I feel much more confident after today's run.

So today I went and got a new running outfit, cause a girl's gotta be cute, right? Got some more gels and energy chews. The next two days I will be gone all day for PTA convention ... Thursday night I have SELP and then Friday night we pick up the packets. What a full couple of days!!! (Oh and me and my sistas are having our first home show up in Logan on the 31st! ... lots to get ready for for that to happen!)

5/8/08 - 3.5 miles (Lone Peak track)
5/14/08 - 4 miles (Iron Mesa track - 2 miles w/ hill)
Saucony shoes - 70.25 miles

Monday, May 5, 2008

12 more days!

Only 12 more days until the 1/2 marathon. Here is a description of the marathon (us halfers are starting at mile 13.1):

The start of the Ogden Marathon is just below the red Rock Outfitters Ranch which is located 8 miles east of Huntsville on Highway 39. The start elevation is 5400 feet. here, runners will enjoy music, warm fires and plenty of Porta Johns.

Runners will quickly understand why the Ogden Marathon is coined "Utah's Spring Run-Off." Runners will enjoy the easy, gradual descent down Highway 39 following the South Fork of the Ogden River and passing numerous campgrounds. The course flattens out at about mile 6 and runners will pass the first marathon relay exchange at mile marker 7. At mile 8, the course turns north onto Highway 166.

The next 5.1 miles are relatively flat with several long stretches. Runners will begin running around the east and north side of Pineview Reservoir. Spectacular views of the late, Ogden valley, Snowbasin Ski Resort and numerous horse properties with old, rustic barns will be enjoyed along the way. The second relay station (for the start of the third leg) is at mile 13.1 and the start line for the half-marathon. This start line/relay exchange is at Eden Park and will feature much of the same vibe as the marathon start line with warming fires, music and partying. This is a popular spectator spot. be sure to check out the historic buildings including JM Wilbur & son General Blacksmithing on the left and the Eden general Store and historical church straight ahead on the right.

MILE 13.1 TO MILE 17
Runners will head west again. Views of Wolf Mountain Ski Resort (formally Nordic Valley) can be seen on the right side of the mountain. At approximately mile 14, runners will encounter the only real hill on the course. Fortunately, it is only a half-mile long and is a gradual climb. Runners will be rewarded with full views of Pineview Reservoir at the top. The next several miles head south along the east side of the lake. Runners cross Pineview Dam at mile 17 and begin the biggest descent of the course.

The 6 miles from the dam of Pineview Reservoir to the mouth of Ogden Canyon account for almost 65% (approximately 617 feet) of the total elevation drop. This is definitely one of the runners' favorite legs of the race. Runners now will run along the roaring Ogden River in beautiful Ogden Canyon. Breathtaking views of pine-covered slopes changing into steep rock faces will be encountered along with quaint homes nestled along the river's edge. the third relay exchange point (for the start of the fourth leg) located at The Oaks restaurant will be passed at mile 18. The Oaks rest stop is always one of the runners' favorites with loud music, volunteers in costume and funny signs and banners. another point of interest this section is the Indian Trailhead located on the left at Coldwater Canyon (approximately mile 21). Leaving Ogden Canyon at mile 22, runners will pass the Ogden waterfall located on the right side of the Ogden River and the hot springs on the left side.

At the mouth of Ogden canyon, runners will turn and enter onto the Ogden River Parkway which runners will follow for approximately 3 miles. The fourth and last relay exchange occurs here at mile 23.1 just before the Dinosaur Park. Along the parkway, runners may encounter walkers, bikers, fishermen or families enjoying the parks. Only one mile of the course is run in an urban setting on the final stretch from the parkway to the finish line at Grant Avenue and Historic 25th Street. Once on Grant avenue, the finish line will come into view.

Here's the map is you want to see:

Robin I got up early this morning to run 4 miles. I was exhausted! It's been a while since we got up so early. I struggled to have enough energy (note to self, must bring energy gels next time). Robin forgot to take her Alleve and was experiencing pain. We didn't want to push it too far, so we ended up doing 3 miles. She's really struggling with the injuries she had and now she's doubting her ability to run it. I hope that she can do it, but it certainly wouldn't be worth major injury.

5/5/2008 - 3 miles

I need to start keeping track of the mileage I am putting on my shoes.

Saucony shoes: 62.75 miles

Dum da da DUM ...

Guess what? I ran 10 miles on Saturday, that's what!

I was having such a hard time before hand. Robin couldn't run, because her doctor told her she couldn't run until Monday. So, I could either go with her to the gym and get my 8-10 on the treadmill, or I could go on my own (the other runners were running at 6:30, but they run faster, so I'd basically be on my own.) I couldn't imagine doing either. Really I just didn't have confidence in myself being able to run that long. I was practically in tears beforehand and Taylor asked what he could do to help. I told him that there wasn't anything he could do ... I just had to go and do it.

I found a park that has a 1 mile loop and talked to Taylor and the kids about hanging out at the playground while I ran. They agreed. We packed a picnic for them and lot of water and energy gels for me. I loaded my ipod with upbeat music. I planned to do at least 8, but really wanted to do 10. The park was beautiful and the temp was perfect. I was strong the first two miles, however 1/3 of the mile look is a very steep and then very UPhill run. The up was killing me. So, I decided to finish the rest on the 2/3 mile loop which was slightly hilly, but pretty level. By mile 6 I was feeling strong and decided to go for 10. At mile 8.5 I was regretting the decision, but kept going. Aubrey ran a total of two of the miles with me (this is with NO training!) I ran out of music on the ipod, but started over again. My last lap was quite emotional. I blasted Josh Groban's "Don't give up!" and was tearful as I finished.

What I learned:
  • I CAN and WILL finish the marathon (and it won't kill me!)
  • I DO NOT like the peach banana gel shot ... GAG!
  • The Orange vanilla gel shot was bearable as were the strawberry bloks
  • Stretching is important, including upper body (I got really tight in my shoulders and back and had to walk while stretching it out several times)
  • It's not the end of the world if I need to stop and walk.
It took me 2 1/2 hours, which is pretty consistent with our 15 minute mile pace. Slow and steady I tell ya! It was such a feeling of accomplishment.

5/2/2008 - 10 miles

Friday, May 2, 2008

Got my Wed run in ...

I swear I posted on Thursday morning, but I can't find it anywhere! I'm losing my mind! Hehehe. So Robin and I went for our 4 miler on Wednesday night. I have to say, it was QUITE pleasant to run without waves of nausea! I was actually feeling quite strong, which was very nice. Robin is having right hip pain (from compensating for the left leg shin injury) and was having a hard time. We did do the 4 (4.5 with warmup) but did walk some towards the end, because of the pain she was having. He doctor says she can't run until Monday, so now I am left to figure out what to do. She might go to the gym on the elliptical so I could go there and run the treadmill (two hours on a treadmill?) or do my own run. I don't know ... I think either way will be tough. Definitely need to pull out my ipod!

I've kind of got some nerves going about Saturday. it felt good to be powerful on Wednesday, but I KNOW I can run 4 miles ... I've done it several times. I've never run 8-10 miles before. So I am working through this today so that I can be strong tomorrow. I think of Dory from Nemo, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming ..." maybe I just need to turn off my mind and just keep running! ;)

4/30/2008 - 4 miles

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lesson learned ...

Okay, so drum roll ... I didn't run 8 miles last night. But, I learned a VALUABLE lesson. One called, eating 1 hour before a run is NOT enough time!

So, I ate a nice healthy dinner (home made stir fry with rice) and planned to eat exactly one hour before we would run. My long runs have been on Saturday mornings and I always had a piece of PB toast and 1/2 a banana 30 minutes before the run and had good results ... so I thought one hour ahead for dinner would be ample. Well, dinner must take longer to digest. I got about 2 1/2 miles into the run and started getting horrible waves of nausea. I had no choice but to stop and walk. Robin, was feeling pretty sore and had no problem stopping with me. I thought a short walk would help me, but it didn't get better, in fact it got worse. It wasn't the flu kind of nauseous ... but still no piece of cake. My friend Triscia, who got me into this, started the run with us. She told me that for her, she gives at least two hours before running to have a meal (unless it's small like the toast before a morning run). So, I will now take that under advisement and never make THAT mistake again!

I feel okay about it. I had pangs of disappointment, but ultimately, I know that I need to listen to my body, and it was beyond my control to run those eight miles. I know that if I had not been nauseous, I would have gotten the run in. And I know, I did the best that I could to prepare for the run ... sometimes we just have to learn lessons the hard way!

So, Robin and I are planning to do another 4 or 5 mile run on Wednesday and then go for 8-9 on Saturday.

4/28 - 4.5 miles (ran 2.5, walked 2) Porter Rockwell Trail

Monday, April 28, 2008

Gearing up for 8

Okay, it's 6:18pm ... I am leaving at 6:30 to run 8 miles. I have been in my head about this for the last few hours (with doubts) and I have come here to leave those doubts and discouraging thoughts behind. I am going to the trail with confidence, strength and energy. My body is properly fueled and ready to go. I CAN do this and and WILL do this.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Getting back in the groove

So I wend for my first run since vacation last night. We did 4 miles. I honestly can't say that I didn't feel the last week of bad foods, too much inactivity, etc. In fact, I was dying for the first two miles. It didn't help that we had some major up hill inclines during that time. As bad as the start was, the last 1.5-2 miles just got better and better.

I need to go to the grocery store and stock up on more fresh fruits and veggies. I also want to make some more bread. I hated feeling so bogged down by the junk in my system!

4/23/08 - 4 miles (neighborhood - hilly) Ran most of it except for the steepest hill

Back from vacation!

So, we got back Tuesday night from Canada. It was fun, but a LOT of driving! The wedding was beautiful and the bride was stunning. The music came together like I couldn't have imagined (I played the violin). Besides having one of our brand new tires blow out (grrrr) and then getting pulled over by two cops (they were just checking things out) the road trip was fairly uneventful. Here are some pictures from the wedding:

This is Clare's mother helping her get ready ...

The church was beautiful ...

Morgan and Clare Player ...

These pictures are from the farm that Clare grew up on, what fun pictures!

Clare's parents own a chocolate company called, "Milsean Chocolate." She made the scrumptious cake (yes, it tasted as good as it looks!)

I don't know why, but half of the pictures seem to be getting cut off. They show up fine in preview mode, but hmmm ... weird. You get the gist of it!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Homemade Wheat Bread

My friend, Catherine, sent an email asking for the recipe I use to make bread. I found the same recipe online (I didn't want to type it up if I didn't have to!) ...

Foolproof Wheat Bread

I do the large batch in my Bosch machine and make about 5 loaves (not the six it says). I brush a little butter over the top of each loaf after I take them out of the pans. When the bread is lukewarm (not hot), I slice each loaf and put them in bags. Putting it in the bags slightly warm creates just a bit of condensation that keep the bread so soft (but not yucky soggy!) I freeze all but one loaf. It is definitely yummy, soft, scrumptious wheat bread!

Four Miler Monday!

So, I'm getting ready to go out of town this week to my cousin's wedding up in Vancouver, B.C. So, instead of doing Tues/Thurs weekday runs, I'm doing Mon/Wed. I know that last Monday, I was NOT up for running ... still recovering from the Saturday long run. So, while I was a bit sluggish getting up, (hello ... it IS 5:35 am!) it was totally doable. It started to get bright a little earlier than usual and was just the right temperature.

It's amazing the battle that goes on in the mind. I can't imagine not doing this with a running partner. We talk through the walls. And the most amazing thing happened, as we were finishing the last lap, I thought we had one more to go. When Robin told me we were done, I was ecstatic! I could have cried, I was so happy!!! I can definitely see glimpses of being able to just run, without thinking about how far I'm going or when I am going to stop.

4/14/08 - 4 miles (track)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

~ 6 miles!!! ~

We did 6 miles on the Porter Rockwell Trail this morning and I actually ran it all! I have to say, getting started is really the hardest for me. It takes a good mile and a half to get the rhythm, breath and body to work. By mile 3 I was ready to take a little walk, but Robyn was determined to get to 4 without walking then we zoomed past 4 and she was ready to walk at mile 5. I was feeling great to run the last mile, after all the worst was over! The last 1/2 mile was pretty tough but we did it and even sprinted to the car! What an amazing feeling to finish so strong. Such a difference in comparing to the long run last week.

4/12/08 - 6 miles (hilly trail)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

4 miles? Piece of cake!

Well, maybe not exactly, but I DID run 4 miles this morning, and I'm NOT about to die! Robyn and I went on our own to the track this morning, since we are slower that the others and don't have the same time constraints. We wanted to run 4, but were also knowing we needed to listen to our bodies so we don't overdo it. So, the alarm goes off at 5:25 am, and I think there is NO way I'm getting up, but I did. I'm so sluggish getting going when I don't get enough sleep (note to self: GO TO BED EARLY!!!) so it started out really slow. Before we knew it we had already run 2.5 miles. We walked one lap and then ran the rest of the way. What an amazing feeling to run for that long (about an hour or so ... like I said we are SLOW runners!) and not feel like we were going to keel over!

4/10/08 - 4 miles (track) walked .25 of it

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This is for yesterday, actually ...

Yesterday I ran with Robin around the track. She and I run at the same pace (most people could probably walk faster than we run!) so that works out nicely. It was pretty hard to get going, but got better as we went on. I had hoped to do 4 miles, but it didn't happen. My shins have been bugging me and I didn't want to injure myself. I am getting bugged because I have yet to lose one pound. In fact, I put on a couple of pounds. So, I'm keeping track of my food again over at, since this helps me stay more accountable. I am not restricting necessarily, but going for a balanced diet under 2200 calories with more complex carbs and fresh fruits and veggies. Less sugar and refined stuff. How's that for a plan?!?! I'm sure the weight will work out at some point, and I really don't want to focus on that. It's really about being healthy.

4/9/08 - 2.5 miles (walked just over .25 of it)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Now for the mindless ramblings

So I have been taking this seminar called "Self Expression and Leadership" course. I actually took it for myself in the fall completing it in January (it's a four month course) and am now in it again as a coach. I get to coach four extraordinary people. So now on Thursday nights I am there from 6pm until about 11pm, with three Saturdays that run from 8:30 am until about 11:30 pm. I was really hesitant to take it on, since it's a big time commitment and I was already feeling like I didn't have enough time. Well, I am so glad I did. It has been an amazing roller coaster. For me to be a powerful coach with the people on my team, it means that I have to deal with my crap (grin) so that I can really be there for them. Surprisingly it has actually allowed me to do more of the things that I want to do (like get up at 5:45am to run!) Here's just some of the things that I've accomplished that have been on my "to-do" list for ages:
  • I'm making wheat bread (from wheat that I grind) again ... and the kids actually like it!
  • I cleaned out the unfinished bathroom downstairs (it had many boxes and MISC junk) and made it a cute space to keep the toys for the kids
  • I'm exercising again (duh!)
  • My sisters and I have started a business and have lots of creative energy going in that area (we have talked for YEARS about doing this!)
  • We're having people over to the house. Okay not that we never had people over, but we are getting to know people in our new neighborhood ... stepping outside of our comfort zone which is being the first to approach, not waiting for the invitation.
The other thing that has been big for me is being able to work through things when I am feeling upset or trials in my life. It's breaking things down in a way that helps me see things I never would/could have seen before. I have really seen this show up in my relationship with Taylor and with the kids. It's not like things are perfect now, but I have so much more patience and understanding.

Well, I actually have to run, but I did want to start to get some of these thoughts onto paper (blog?)

Hit 5 miles today!

Okay, so I have been continuing my training but have not been journaling here. I think I need to make a renewed effort so that I can find the right balance of diet and length to optimize my training. Here's the stats that are from memory:

5/20/08 - 2 miles (ran it all) neighborhood (thought I was going to die going up the hills, but felt great the rest of the time)
5/24/08 - 2 miles (ran it all) Track (felt great!)
5/25/08 - 2.5 miles (ran it all) track (felt pretty good, but was tired)
5/27/08 - 2.5 miles (ran it all) track (felt great!)
4/1/08 - 3 miles (ran it all!) track (felt great, even like I could do more)
4/3/08 - 3.25 miles (ran it all and that .25 makes a difference!) track (felt good, but really tuckered out for the last 2-3 laps, started getting sore in pelvic bone and started running the opposite direction for those laps)
4/5/08 - 5.? miles (ran most, but had to walk some) neighborhood (I started out very slow and my legs felt like lead. It eased up as we went further. Was a big mental battle.)

My friend, Trisha, was telling me that there are certain foods that if she eats the night before a run, she really struggles the next day. So, I am going to keep track of any meals before the run now:

4/4/08 - Dinner - Penne noodles w/ alfredo sauce from Olive Garden, fresh fruit (pineapple, grapes, cantelope, honeydew), a few carrots. I may have had a muffin and some milk later on, can't quite remember!
4/5/08 - I piece of wheat bread w/ PB & cup of tropical fresh fruit smoothie/drink 40 minutes before run

Friday, March 7, 2008

New goals for a new year

Okay, so it's not January first, but I haven't posted on here all year! I have really been trying to figure out why I didn't stick with my exercise goals from last summer. I have lots of reasons/excuses:
  • It was too hard once school started ... I was exhausted and not able to work out fully if I got up before Aubrey went to school, and if I waited until after I dropped her off Braden would be all over me wanting attention making it impossible to workout. I couldn't work out during nap time, because that is time that I needed to work (I work from home).
  • I joined the PTA board, and that took up a lot of time (especially with the fundraiser)
  • I joined the Sandy City Orchestra. Gotta practice!
  • I started a new four month seminar. Call it self improvement, call it education for life. I was bettering myself so I could be a better Mom, wife and Carrie! ;)
  • I wanted to go for runs in the evening with Aubrey, but there's never enough time to get everything done as it is and if she's not in bed at 8pm, she is a basket case in the morning trying to get ready for school. And THEN it got too cold.
  • If I tried doing workout videos in the evening, then I would be all keyed up for bedtime. How can you be healthy without sleep?
  • My sisters and I started a company. Gotta work on that with what little extra time I do have.
  • Blah, blah blah blah blah!
Those are just some of the many procrastinating thoughts that I have allowed to rule my mind since the end of September. But honestly they are just words. A few weeks ago I invited a family over for dinner from our ward, Trisha, Glen and their three kiddlings. Trisha told me about how she was gearing up for a half marathon in May with some of the other girls in the ward. I made a HUGE (grin) mistake and told her that I have had this secret wish of knowing what it is like to be a runner. She invited me to come run with them telling me that she would slow down for me as I get started. I was like naw, no thanks! As I stewed over it for the next few days, I realized it was just what I needed. I needed some people in my life to help me stay accountable. I needed a goal to work towards that was tangible. So, GUESS WHO'S TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON IN MAY??? That's right I AM!!!!!!!

I am actually on my third week now and going strong. Can you believe that we are getting up and going to the track and Dimple Dell at 5:45 am?!? Yup! And this week I went twice on my own, because the others were either sick or slept in. Here's what I've done so far

Week 1
2/19/08 - 2.0 miles (ran .9, walked 1.1)
2/21/08 - 2.3 miles (ran 1.1, walked 1.3)

Week 2
2/25/08 - 2.5 miles (ran 1.3, walked 1.2)
2/28/08 - 2.5 miles (ran 1.3, walked 1.2)
3/1/08 - 2.5 miles (ran 1.3, walked 1.2) *slept in by mistake, but went on my own anyway!

week 3
3/3/08 - 2.7 miles (ran 1.5, walked 1.2)
3/4/08 - 1.7 miles (ran 1, walked .7) *went on my own, but was pretty exhausted, so cut it short.
3/6/08 - 2.7 miles (ran 1.5, walked 1.2)

I'm working on getting my base mileage (running) up to 3 miles. Starting March 30th, we will start the official training plan which should help us get ready to run the full 13.1 miles. Two of our girls are injured and running in the pool. (They did too much, too fast), but hoping to be ready by then.