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Half Marathon!

Last Saturday, I decided to do something I’ve never done before.

I signed up to train for a half marathon!

My friend posted on her Facebook that she signed up for a half marathon training group in Montclair.  Intrigued, I went to the training website and read up.  12 weeks of training, seminars, and advice leading up to the Long Branch Half Marathon on May 1st.  The program sounded easy to follow, fun, and doable.

The issue?  Registration was closing the next day and they only had 4 slots left!

That night, I ran into said friend at a party and told her that I was interested in training, too.  She told me all about the program and how excellent past training programs with the shop (Fleet Feet) were.  She (along with other partygoers) were extremely encouraging, which led me to doing the craziest thing I’ve done in awhile.

I got home around 2am and (still half-drunk from the party I came from) signed up for the half marathon training program online.

First training session was yesterday and it went extremely well!  I was ridiculously nervous about this day but honestly had nothing to worry about.  Everyone is so nice and super encouraging!  Definitely the best group of people to surround yourself with when training.

50 people are in this training group and we’re all split into groups (hardcore runners, joggers, and walk/jog combo).  I decided to go with the walk/jog group because I didn’t want to kill myself right off the bat.

I haven’t done any sort of serious fitness outside in ages and the outdoors proved to me that I’m not as fit or speedy as I may be in the gym!  I was actually the second to last person to finish our 3 mile loop!  But whatever…It honestly didn’t bother me because I had an incredible time, was done in about an hour and felt amazing.  I sadly have to miss out on tomorrow’s night run but am going to train indoors until then (unless we have a strangely warm and bright night).

I’ll be doing 2 outdoor trainings a week with Fleet Feet.  1 short training on Tuesday nights and 1 long training on Sunday mornings.  In between training sessions, I have an exercise schedule to follow to help me build up my stamina and continually train.  The training group’s also having seminars every so often to attend about wellness and nutrition.

It’s only Monday but I’m already looking forward to our Sunday morning session.  Can’t wait to share more about this crazy awesome challenge with you all!

Oh and BTW I lost another pound so I’m now at 162.4.  WOOO!

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Feeling Good

I made an impromptu trip home to Pennslyvania with my brother, Melanie (his awesome wifey/my sister who is also doing WW), and baby Lilly (who isn’t really a baby anymore since she’s going to be 2 soon!) on Sunday since Anthony had family stuff to take care of all day.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect food-wise but definitely didn’t expect the ridiculously decadent (and un-Point friendly) lunch that was served.  Throughout the day I ended up picking at some chips and discovering that 1 Dunkin Donuts Munchkin is 1 Point (I only had 2 thankfully).  Dinner was pretty wholesome and dessert wasn’t insane which made up for the crazy lunch that was served.

As much as I didn’t want to write it all down, I did.  I did some rough estimates of portion sizes and Points to see where I was at.  The bad news was that I ate an estimated extra 22 Points on Sunday.  The good news is that I wrote it all down instead of throwing caution into the wind AND didn’t do as badly as I thought!  I also didn’t just say, “It’s all my Points so I don’t care what I eat.”  Instead, I held myself accountable and learned a lot.

Back on track like usual today since it’s Monday.  I tried a Chobani pomegranate yogurt (4 pts) with my usual 1 cup of Cheerios (2 pts) and it was pretty good.  My only complaint?  The yogurt has actual pieces of pom in it so there are SEEDS you have to either carefully pick out or chomp around. Lunch was a Roll Up (2 pts) with some fresh turkey breast (3 points), a light Laughing Cow cheese wedge (1 pt) with mustard (0 pts).  Snack was an apple (1 pt) since I was starving at one point.  Dinner was a leftover chicken breast (4 pts) with some leftover foul (a bean salad type thing) from a Lebanese restaurant (counted as 2 pts),  3 baked falafels (2 pts), and some homemade honey mustard (1 pt).  I used all my daily Points up but may have to have a 2 pt Klondike bar or some decaf Chai later tonight.

I did the 30/30 class again today and it was good (even though my shins started hurting mid-way through for no good reason).  The good news is that I’m finally getting the step call outs and moves down…The bad news is that the instructor is not teaching the class anymore since the original instructor’s coming back.  I only took the class once with the original instructor (who was 6 or 7 months PREGNANT at the time AND doing 90% of the moves with us!) so I’ll give it a go again to see if I like it.

This entry didn’t really go anywhere and I’m sorry for that…Just wanted to document thangs!  I swear I’ll write up some creative entries soon!