I'm Becky, 23 year old Florida native living in Colorado. Marathon runner trying to get back into running, I also do capoeira on occasion and like to go on adventures sometimes. I'm a certified EMT (but still trying to get a job as one). I like to lift, and am currently working on "getting back on the wagon" for weight loss. I originally started this blog and lost 25 pounds and kept it off for a long time, then life happened and I'm up higher than my original starting weight.. I am pretty ambitious and am signed up for some races this year to boost my motivation, including a half that goes up a 14er, and a 50k in the mountains.
This is not a weight loss blog, it's my blog and I talk about whatever I want including weight loss and food and boys and running and drinking and lots of pictures of myself. I have little to no filter when it comes to the things I say, I am kinda opinionated, so sometimes I'm awkward, but I'm pretty awesome.
HW: 174 lbs
LW: 142 lbs (Sept/2011)
CW: 172.4 lbs (3/11/13)
Goal: to run fast and be healthy.
I love talking to new people, so if you have any questions just ask!
I think it’s just the lighting, but my face seems thinner. I dunno.
Anyway. Ran two miles today. My calves have been so sore. I was
Really good the first mile but then the second mile my calves were like “kill me now!” So who knows what’s going on there. Did it in 24:45.
Gonna start to try to go to bed significantly earlier than I normally do. Like, in bed lights out by ten. I have to run at 6 but have everything prepped for work and workouts before I go. This is gonna be hard but so nice.
Decided I didn’t want to run after work today, so I got up early to run. Originally I wanted to run 5 or 6 miles, but I fought myself getting up so I didn’t have the time.
However, look at those splits! That’s really fast for me! Especially since now I’m used to running around Garden of the Gods where I take advantage of downhills to go fast, this is all flat. It was so nice! I think I’m gonna have to start running early every day, my sleep schedule is so erratic and that’s not good.
Overall a good run, but I was really hoping to get under 45 minutes.
I swear I’ve tried to prevent these. My body just isn’t having it though. Since I started running more than 8 miles these have come along. Boo. 2 are from one shoe and the other two are from another shoe. I obviously run the same way regardless of stability or neutral shoe I guess. I dunno. I think my new ones (the giant one and I think the one by my big toe) were triggered by this morning’s run in the rain.
Make them stoppppp. I used these little sticky gooey anti blister things at Chicago and they were great, but were also like 8 or 12 bucks for like 8 of them so not quite worth it. I use body glide before I run too.. :/
Edit: Also, none of my socks have cotton in them! It’s surprising I know. Maybe I’ll need to switch to wool socks or something..
Ran in the rain. Just can’t get a break on the weather on these early morning runs! I was the only girl in our group that went. It was great though! And one of the slower guys stayed back with me and we ran the 5 together. It was fun! Did it in 1:04. Less than a 13 minute mile!! And I did big hills!
This run was amazing today. I don’t know what did it, but something just made everything feel great.
Every time I was getting ready to feel slowed down and walk where I normally would walk, I just kept going. My legs weren’t giving up. I ran almost the entire time. And with those hills, that’s normally just near impossible for me.
I’m thinking maybe it was the shoes, I used my Brooks instead of my Montrails, or maybe, just MAYBE, I’m getting better and stronger??
Fuck the heat. I think the my not having had a rest day since Monday and switching to paleo in addition to the heat just made this run mentally miserable. It was way too hot to even think straight.
Or wear a shirt, for that matter.
Fun incident that happened with my running in a sports bra: I was running up a hill and this tour of people were watching me go up the hill, when all of a sudden one of my bra straps (they’re velcro straps) just unvelcroed it self and they almost saw my boob. I caught it in time but holy crap it was like being in the pool and someone pulling the string on your top only it happened without being able to hide in water. Embarrassing but a little funny.
It was soooooo hot omg I ran out of water in my camelbak on the way down (I only filled it to about 1.5 L). It was like 65 degrees out, and I started at like 1:30. Not doing that again in this heat. And there were soooo many people! It was like a constant stream of people going up and down.
Today’s trip to the incline was a little different, in that I started from this park down where I’ll actually be starting for two of my races this summer, and it’s about 1.5 miles away from the start of the incline. Big uphill to get to it, and also had to weave around the masses of tourists that were in Manitou Springs.
It ended up being 6.13 miles round trip, more than I expected (thought it would be 5). Took me 3 hours almost exactly. It was rough. But it’s done and now I’m starving so food time!
During this morning’s run I literally asked death to please strike me down so I could stop running.
It was so hard. Only 3.32 miles and in 39:55, but I was dying. We reversed the loop we normally do and ran through the Garden, and all the fair weather runners came out and they were much faster.
Other notes: I had to park at the next parking lot over from where we usually go because like a whole army battalion or something decided to come at the same time as our group to go run where we were (woes of living in a military town). It was obnoxious, I had to go run to where we meet up and it made me run late.
On the bright side, I actually had someone that ran with me the whole time and I wasn’t slowing her down!! And did I mention it was a girl? The girls never stick around to run withe. She was so nice, I hadn’t seen her in the group in a couple of weeks, and her name is Sherry, she was lovely and was so good about keeping me motivated and pushing me when I needed it. It was awesome!
4 miles. 49:33. 12:24/mile pace.
My fastest average pace yet in training!
It was a hard run. But I did it. Things I would like to work on: “finishing strong”. Because always always always when I’m almost at the end I walk. I just stop caring.
So.. There’s that. I made it through day 3 of whole 30. After my run I went straight to the hospital to see my mom, stopped by the cafe and bought a pre packaged broccoli salad that seemed as paleo as a pre packaged salad could be. I think the dressing that was in there was not all whole 30 approved but with all the raw vegetables in that salad I feel like it made up for it. Raw broccoli? My first time ever having it. It was bearable with the bacon in my salad (and I know, technically no bacon either but something’s gotta give and I don’t buy it at home). So.. Yeah.
*Also fun fact: I haven’t worn my “Will Run for Beer” shirt since the Kalamazoo marathon last year!!
Another long day spent mostly at the hospital with my mom. No change there.
Did still manage my run for the day, went to do the Jack Quinn’s 5k. It was turned into like a memorial run, everyone was asked to wear race shirts if they had them and for them to be red white or blue, didn’t have any running shirts on me that quite fit the criteria so I went for my Denver RnR marathon shirt. News crews were all over our group, taping us running and interviewing people about Boston.
Good about this run: it’s the fastest I’ve run Jack Quinn’s since August of last year! My fastest time ever is 33:45 for this 5k, there’s this one big hill in the middle that always gets me. My goal for the year is to beat that. My fastest 5k ever I think was like a 29:30ish? I kinda want to beat that too but it’s not a priority.
Had two beers after the run. Not one of my better choices but one I just got because it sounded so nice and the second my friend bought for me. After the run had a long talk with one of my friends about our running goals, and this one guy got in our conversation and was telling me how I need to start practicing going up Pike’s Peak now or otherwise the altitude stuff will kill me. I will be incorporating it into my runs soon but not quite at this time. That is all for today.
Barely made it to the gym today. I almost didn’t, but at the last minute I was like well the gym is on the way… Did my sprint intervals, 15 minutes easy with 12 30-second hill intervals, followed by 15 minutes easy. I sweated out all the sweat. Also for your amusement is my sweat smiley face that looks like he’s a little angry and sticking his tongue out, also wanted to show how my car looked when it started off as spotless and after 45 minutes wtf snow.
Today was long. First my mom went into surgery, and while she was still in surgery the explosions in Boston happened. Fortunately my friends that were there in Boston have been accounted for and my mom’s surgery went well.
As for my mom’s surgery, the surgeon says it looks like he got everything and that he checked her other organs to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread and he said everything looked good. Now we’re just waiting for the pathology results to make sure nothing got to her lymph nodes. He said what she had was called like, carcinoid tumors or something like that. That if for some reason she does still have it it’s at least a slow moving cancer. Now we just have to wait. I just get so sad seeing her in the hospital bed, on top of the ng tube, oxygen, and the iv that was hooked up to her, now she’s got a central line in addition to an epidural catheter plus a regular catheter, plus a drain coming from her stomach. I hate seeing her like this. I know my mom is older (64), but she just.. Needs to get better.
Was all kinds of snowy up on Pike’s Peak today, but luckily it didn’t get to us! Perfect day for running if you ignore the wind.
This is my third long run training for this race, my average time per mile on the first run (in which I ran 6 miles) was 15:07, my average time per mile today where I ran 8 miles? 13:53! Sure, still slow as hell, but over a minute per mile faster, and that’s with more hills! There are so many hills here. And I’m almost at having done the whole race course! the big loop goes all the way around and then through the middle of the loop somehow. Still figuring it out. Overall, a difficult but good run.
Sad to say though, this will be my last week training with headphones, because race day they aren’t allowed. Plus, I almost have a heart attack every time the cyclists pass me. Need to have that self motivation! So we’ll see what effect it will have on my times next week…
Besides that, been at the hospital all today. My mom’s going into surgery tomorrow at about noon. She’s not in much pain at the moment but she’s still not comfortable thanks to the NG tube they have in her. After surgery she won’t have it anymore though so she’s excited. Think good thoughts everyone, we’re going to need them.