Be-You-Tifully Fit: Why Hello PR!

IMG_0336.JPGNot Puerto Rico…I wish!  I hit a huge personal record.  Kinda giving myself an MVP for the year.  Okay yes yes yes…I’m the only one playing but that means I can also give whatever titles I want to myself!  This last weekend was the Marine Corps Half Marathon.  I had missed the chance last year to run it because I was 2 days away from giving birth to my littlest.

Over the last year, I have gone through the muck of getting to this point.  I waited till 4 weeks postpartum (when my doctor cleared me) to run again.  I picked up the year where I had left off pushing myself again.  First the goal was to simply hit my 250 miles for the year with the Ran to Afghanistan Stroller Warriors Campaign.  Then I pushed a little more to get back in shape to be able to run the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge (Enchanted 10K & Disney Princess Half Marathon).  Finally, I decided to push even more and begin to marathon train for the Shamrock Marathon.  That was where the envelope was pushed too far.

IMG_0337.JPGI wasn’t ready for that push.  Not so soon after a baby and not so hard of a plan.  I was running most of my runs alone, on trails and on the treadmill.  There was a point when I should have stopped but I didn’t listen.  The result was a bad case of Achilles tendinitis and pushing down my marathon to a half marathon.  I barely trained in February out of fear of further injury.  In the matter of 5 weeks, I ran the Glass Slipper Challenge, Shamrock Half Marathon and the Cherry Point Half Marathon.  After those, I benched myself and began to seek more medical care.  I did run the MARSOC mud run a month later and the Run for Warriors Half Marathon a month after that but with renewed spirits.

But that Run for Warriors Half Marathon was something very very special to me.  It was the moment when my now running partner and I decided to start running together since we played leapfrog through almost the entire run.  It was a mental turning point for my running.  Since then I have been training once again for a marathon but in the greatest and safest way.  I have a positive partner who helps motivate but not let me push the envelope again.  This training road we have been on has given the most amazing gift of an incredible PR for us both.  It’s incredible the heights you can reach when you have the encouragement and the faith surrounding you.

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Day my life changed: 8/3/2012

Weight

  • Highest weigh-in to date: 243.5 lbs on 3/11/2008  (Wore 18/20 & 22/24 for a gown)
  • As of 8/3/12: 208.6 (wearing size 16/18)
  • As of today: 143.2 lbs (wearing size 2/4)  DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED???  THE BIG 100 LBS!!!!

Body Fat Percentage

  • As of 8/3/12: 46%
  • Body Fat %: 21.5% (Only re-doing every 15th when I take new measurements)

Goals

  • 134 lbs
  • 20% Body Fat
  • OBX Marathon!
  • Running schedule: half marathon, 10K and marathon all before the year’s end!

Progress

  • Back at a little bit of strength training.  Nightly routine of crunches, side crunches, squats and planks.
  • Started to avoid my scale more and look at the image in the mirror.  I have muscle definition coming through now and my clothes are fitting better so no need to let that scale number even be seen!
  • Lots of Marathon training…hit the most mileage ever this last weekend on 16.2 miles!
  • Stretching, rolling and stretching some more…  I bought the Stick for rolling out the tough muscles and also some Biofreeze to help with some cold relief therapy 🙂
  • Menu planning tons!  Check my “Fit Foodie” blogs for all that we’ve tried (with an actual picture of what ours looked like!)
  • On my way to the Stroller Warrior “I ran to Afghanistan and back” campaign with 447/500 miles!
  • Fitness Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/566678520087780/
  • Still logging in my MyFitnessPal!  I hit a 540 day streak!

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