Race Day has come

So here it is, 1:00am, the night before this half-marathon I signed myself up for seven months ago. I never thought this day would come, but let me tell you, I am glad it’s hear. I am excited it’s here, but I am definitely ready for it to be finished. I’ve thought a lot lately: “What the hell was I thinking when I signed up for this?”

I am not gonna lie — I am as nervous as all get out. I have been this way for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been so nervous I almost talked myself out of it and changed my entry to the 5k race instead.  It would have been as easy as filling out a form and it would have made it official. Instead, I decided to suck it up. I decided not to chicken out like I did on the 5k last year. I don’t think I could adequately describe the angst I feel right now. I keep telling myself there was a reason I didn’t just drop it down. (I just haven’t figured out what that is quite yet.) I keep telling myself that I can do it, even though I halfway don’t believe it.

I guess all I can hope for is that I finish the race with no serious injuries. And hopefully I don’t get any more bruised toenails.

I suppose I should get some sleep. I just needed to vent a little bit. Thankfully, Daylight Saving ends here in an hour. That definitely works out in my favor as far as getting a little more sleep.

Good night all. I will post in the next day or so after I recuperate.

Jog On…
Jori

Not in it for Time…In it to Finish it

Hi everyone – I hope y’all has been well over the passed few months. I have not updated since the end of June. Time has just gone by so quickly that I didn’t even realize until recently. So many changes have taken place in my life since my last post. I believe I mentioned I was in the process of moving to Springfield and I also accepted a new job opportunity pertaining to my fields of study in college.  I am very grateful for these blessings in my life; however, with these changes has come quite an adjustment in many facets of my life.

This change have definitely, by far, affected my energy level – with that comes my energy to actually train for these races I signed up for.  I have not trained like I had planned and hoped for, but I have trained some for the races and have actually completed a couple of them.

In August, I travelled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to run in the Glow Run 5k with my friend Katie. I used to work with her at my old job and it was great to spend time with her and to run my first race ever with her.  The weather was so incredibly humid, more so than what I imagined.  (That’s the weather in the Midwest, though – you’ve got to expect the unexpected.)

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It turns out there were over 7,000 people who participated in the even. There were so many people they had people start in four of five different waves. Considering the conditions and the amount of participants, and that I didn’t have music to keep me going, I think I did okay for my first 5k race – I finished the race in 46:41.
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I continued to run after that race, but sporadically. I decided I should find another race, local this time, to do. I searched and found a race that would be a perfect fit for me – a race for a great cause and it was also taking place at my alma mater.  It’s called the Panther Run, benefitting Care to Learn at Drury University. I ran this race with my coworker, Rina, who is into running also.

I woke up on race day and looked out the window at the weather conditions and sure enough, it was storming. I couldn’t help but think, “what the hell did we get ourselves into?!”

We went to the event anyway, hoping it would subside by the time the race started. Little did we know it wouldn’t die down by that point and the race would be delayed a couple hours. After that period of time, the rain hadn’t let up much, but the storming was over. They let us go ahead and run!
I was apprehensive about running in the elements, as I had never done this before. I am not someone who would normally do this – I see rain, I stay home!

At any rate, we completed the race…in the rain! It had been raining so much there were numerous puddles I had to run through because there was no way around them! I felt like the rain and puddles weighed me down; that tech shirt I wore just soaked it all in and slowed me down a little bit. But, what do you do? I contemplated running with a jacket on, but I’m glad I didn’t. I think it would have been more uncomfortable than just toughing it out.

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Rina finished before I did, but she is like Speedy Gonzales compared to me! She finished before I did; I think about 12 minutes or so. I ended up finishing the Panther Run in 40:46. I was happy with that time considering the conditions. Not only that, but I shave about 6 minutes off of my time, even in the rain. I was quite proud of myself for that!!

These 5k races have been great. I am happy I’ve completed them. I really like running now! I like it much more than I ever thought I would, simply because I am not a natural runner. It takes work for me to do them. I wish time and energy allowed me to run more and more.

This brings me to my upcoming race…the BIGGIE race. It’s the Bass Pro Shops Cohick Half Marathon, taking place November 3.  That is ONLY a week and a half away.  I am happy this race is almost here, but I will admit I am totally not as prepared as I want to be or should be.  This fact absolutely scares me. I have been trying to get out there and increase my mileage the passed couple weeks to about 7 miles, finishing in about a 1 hour and 45 minutes.  I am hoping to increase in to about 8 and a half by next weekend. After that, I will run lower miles the week before race day.

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It’s not the most ideal way of training, but at this point it’s the only thing I feel I can do. I thought seriously about dropping down to the 5k event, taking place the same day. I didn’t want to seem like I was chickening and taking the easy way out to everyone I have talked about this race with. I know I don’t have to prove anything to anyone but myself, but I don’t want to go back on something I told myself I wanted to do.  More than anything, I would feel like I was letting myself down.

I’ve decided to suck it up and forget about my initial expectations for myself. At first, I was like, “I am gonna have a great time and finish it in such-and-such time if I train really hard…” Reality has set in, being that there have been some other things in my life (the move and the new job) that have played a role in my lack of training for this big event. I have promised myself to be more realistic and not be so hard on myself if I don’t achieve something I feel I should.

My motto for this race:

NOT IN IT FOR TIME, IN IT TO FINISH IT

All in all, I am really excited for this race! I want to be able to say I finished a half-marathon. A year ago, I wasn’t able to run a 5k. I was actually signed up for the Bass Pro Shops 5k and chickened out because I wasn’t prepared. Now I can run those three miles like nothing. I have to remind myself that I am capable of accomplishing these goals I set for myself, maybe not in the time frame I imagine, but I CAN DO IT.

I will close for now, but I felt like I wanted to give an update on the progress no matter how small. I will be writing another post here in a few days about some thing that I think is quite important about me and things I am currently going through. I just have to find the words to convey the message I want to achieve. I hope you’ll be back to read it too.

Jog On…

Jori

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JJ’s Upcoming Cha..Cha..Cha Changes!

Good morning, everyone –

I have some good news and bad news.  We’ll start with the bad news:

Until the last two days, I hadn’t run in a little over a week. :S

(I have a semi-excuse! Hear me out!)

The GOOD news has to do with some upcoming changes in my life, which will be happening in 2-3 weeks.
As I think I have said before, I graduated from college six months ago. I have been on an on-going search for jobs within my field for nearly eight months and I hadn’t had any luck…. UNTIL NOW.

I have accepted a position in a law firm, which happens to be where I completed my school internship, as a legal secretary! Finally, I have my first “big girl job!”

What does this have to do with running? Well, nothing really. LOL Except for the fact I was on pins and needles, waiting and hoping to hear from someone after a couple of interviews I went on the week before last! I hadn’t felt like running – I was so nervous and quite busy at that. I heard from the law firm late last week and I have been nothing but elated ever since.

So, I have a new job I start in a couple weeks! But the fun doesn’t stop there. Oh, it definitely doesn’t stop there.  Before I interviewed for this job, I had something else in the works.  I had decided to move into Springfield from my current place. The decision came because of a few reasons, one that included a better location (being closer to everyone and everything.) Not only do I start a job in a couple weeks, but less than one week later, I start moving into town.  That couldn’t have been planned any worse, I tell ya. So, needless to say, I am going to be one busy girl the entire month of July.

I did start back up on running tonight, though. When I stopped, I was getting ready to start Week 6, Day 3 of C25k. I have run the last two evening after it’s cooled down, and I must say, I can definitely tell that I had stopped the momentum I had when I did it.  I started out pretty good. I started to slow down but I think that had to do with the heat. Here in Missouri, humidity is killer. I am definitely a wimp when it comes to extreme weather, be it hot or cold.  I am a big baby in the heat of summer and the dead of winter.

I plan on catching up most of this week, after I get off of work each day. I should be completely finished with C25k by the beginning of next week if everything works out accordingly. I’ll then start training with the 10k App. And slowly but surely, I will be inching my way closer to that 13.1! I am really excited!

One more thing before I go – we’ve hit the two-month mark for when I will be doing my Glow Run 5k in Tulsa! I am really excited for that, and I will definitely be prepared for it!

Jog On…

Jori

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Back On Track

When I blogged last, I told you about my blood-giving mishap. I planned on running the day after, but I still wasn’t feeling up to par and running was one of the last things on the agenda, considering what my next run was going to be on the C25k program.

I did take a couple days off and finally did finish out week five on Sunday after work. I did get a little behind, but I really did want to make sure I was good to go and didn’t have any more setbacks.

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Week 5, Day 3 went fairly well, surprisingly. This was the first day I didn’t have increments of running and walking – it was JUST running. That’s right, I was to run for a total of twenty minutes (or two miles) without stopping. I was thinking I was going to die without the breaks I usually get in between running. I did in fact make it through the entire running time. I was tired but I felt pretty darn good. I am feeling really accomplished just by doing that.

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I am just a few short weeks away from being able to run an entire 5k. I absolutely cannot wait for that! I’ve got a lot of different things coming up in my life here in the next month, and I am glad that accomplishing C25k is one of them!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Jog On…

Jori

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Today’s Unexpected Set-Back

Happy National Running Day, everyone! I hope everyone was able to get out there and get some exercise. I had every intention to do so this afternoon after some errands and also when the weather was better. Here in the Ozarks, it’s been kind of touch-and-go lately with severe and rainy weather.

One of those errands I had on my list today was the reason I wasn’t able to do my C25k. My dad and I went to donate blood today. We’re both people who like to help others in any way we can – one of those things is giving the gift of life. I have been donating since I was a junior in high school, when I was first eligible to do so. I soon found out after my first donation that my blood type (O-) is a type, which is most needed. Not only that, but I am also a Baby Quad Donor, which means my blood can be given to babies in the hospital because of a virus I haven’t been exposed to. Because of this, I do my best to donate when I have the opportunity.

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Dad and I met up, went to the donation center, got everything done to start donating. I got through everything and soon after, my bag was filled and I was finished. In the process of the LPN getting me unhooked, I passed out. I was told it was for nearly 15 seconds. KINDA SCARY! I have passed out once before, but that was over 7 years ago and it was pretty mild. This time was a little more intense for some reason…not really sure why.

Anyway, long story short, I haven’t really felt well all day because of that event. I was told to take it easy and not to do anything strenuous. There was no way I wasn’t going to follow that order. I came home afterward and took a nap for a few hours.

I am starting to feel better, but wish I had been able to run today. There’s always tomorrow, right? I am definitely running tomorrow after I get off work.

I will keep you all updated as to my progress here in a few days. I’ve got lots of things coming up in my everyday life, so planning and sticking to that plan are going to be a challenge, but I am definitely up for it!

Jog On…
Jori

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Halfway through C25k

Never did I imagine that I would get this far! I just – I just can’t believe it! I have hit the halfway mark of Couch to 5k, as of a few days ago. For the most part, I feel like I’ve done pretty well up to this point, considering the fact this is the furthest I’ve ever gotten with the App.

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Now, just four weeks from now, I will be prepared for a 5k race! My Glow Run won’t be for 2 months at that point, so I am going to try to find a local race to complete. I am just too excited not to run SOMETHING before August. The running bug has definitely bit me!

Just thought I would share my excitement. Can’t wait to run tomorrow after work!

Jog On…

Jori

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My Current Progress

Well, as you can probably see, it has been a few weeks since I have posted.  Even so, I have been pushing through and making progress on my running program, C25k.  I have surpassed through the stopping point, in which I made it the first few attempts at this last year (sometime in week two.)

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As of yesterday, I have completed week 4, day 2!  I must say, this has been the first time I have felt challenged.  The passed few weeks weren’t really all that difficult, but that was probably because I was running the month before I started the App. Thankfully, that has helped me as I keep moving along my journey. I have been running in a couple different places, and I even ran with Mia the other day.

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I never thought I would say it, but I am definitely enjoying running. The thought that I would actually be sad for not being able to run because of weather or whatever the case may be – it’s mind blowing.  If someone had told me three months ago I would like running, when I was merely thinking about doing this, I would have told them they were losing their minds. I am actually learning to love it. I am so very excited to run in my races here in the next few months, and I have actually been trying to find some other local races to run in.  I am certainly addicted and I am just in the preparation stage.

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In other news, I weighed myself again last week, and I am happy to report I have lost even more. I have lost a total of 10lbs – ¼ of my goal!  I was shocked to see such loss, but happy nonetheless.  I really didn’t know what to expect, but I am certainly not complaining!

I have been trying to find a good routine to post, but haven’t had a lot of success.  With working and making time to run, it’s been kind of a juggling act to do so. Bear with me as I learn to balance all of this – I definitely want to keep you all updated and I hope you are coming back to read what I have to say.

Jog On…

Jori

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One Jog @ a Time

I have been quite productive this week. I took a couple days off from running after I finished the first day of the C25k and started a new app, created by Zen Labs, that works on the abs. It’s a pretty cool app, definitely check it out.

I completed the second day of C25k on Wednesday after I got off work.  Boy, it’s hard to come home and NOT just plop on the couch and watch TV. Mia and Zach have been on my case about getting out on the track and running. I’m doing okay at motivating myself beforehand, but when it comes to doing it, that’s when I have the toughest time. Both Mia and Zach have done a good job at kickin’ my rear in gear and pushing me to get out there.

I also ran this afternoon, after I came home from my chiropractic adjustment and other errands. It was still pretty easy, but I know it will start getting challenging next week when I walk for 90 seconds and jog for 2 minutes. Nothing I can’t handle, though.

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I am so happy I changed apps.  I feel so much more accomplished and I feel like I am progressing at a good pace. I absolutely cannot wait to finish the 5k app and move on to the half marathon app. I have this weekend off, thankfully. I plan to be doing some more working out and running.

One more thing – I have totally neglected the Wisdom Wednesday posts the last few weeks. I will start back on those next week.  Look for those wise words then!

Jog On…
Jori

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New Month, New Approach

I have LOTS and LOTS to tell you, my friends!

First of all, I know what you’re thinking: Jori has given up on running and has completely fallen off the face of the earth. Oh, but I haven’t.  I will say, though, that I was getting a little frustrated at MapMyRun and not knowing if I was actually making any progress.  I mean, I know I was because I could feel it getting easier to run, but I just didn’t feel as though I was truly getting anywhere with what I was using.  I am the kind of person that needs to have structure in order to feel accomplished.

I have used another App in the past, which is completely about structure, but with they way I have been in the past, I didn’t ever complete it.  It was C25k (Couch to 5K). This App actually tells you when to start running and to start walking.  I definitely need that!

I made the decision after I was starting to get bored and go home instead of going to the track. I knew I had to change it up in order to keep going with this goal of mine.  I know I can do this, I know I can. I just have to keep my interest peaked in order to do this.

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Today was the first day I started back with C25k.  I went to the gym with my cousin Mia, who might I add has had great success with this App. Just a few short weeks ago she completed this and ran 3 miles nonstop. She is an inspiration to me right now, as we are going through our journeys at the same time to become a healthier people.  She has told me she’s going to hold me to whatever I say I am going to do….which includes running. Believe me when I say she will hold me accountable.  She has done so already. LOL

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In other news, I have gone to the gym with Mia twice. Before each of those times, I have weighed myself on the scale in the locker room.  I was quite afraid to do this, as I was not sure of the outcome but I am glad I did. I was weighed in the doctor’s office at the beginning of April and since then I have lost a total of 7lbs! I cannot tell you how excited I am of this fact.  My goal is to lose 40lbs. I believe I am on the right track to do this, so long as I am keeping a good pace for myself.

I almost forgot to mention…last week, while I was in the middle of transitioning apps, I decided to gauge my progress myself.  I challenged myself to see how long it would take me to run a mile.  I am happy to say that I did in fact run the mile…and I did it in 10:46! I was quite shocked but glad that I know I can only improve that time from here!  I know I probably won’t get back to a 6:30 mile, but I can definitely strive for a good time and pace.

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I will be posting at least twice a week from now on.  Doing this helps me in more ways than one, and I hope you’re enjoying reading this.

Jog On…
Jori

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Changin’ It Up = Icin’ It Down

Boy, today’s run was pretty rough. Because I had to work today, I decided I would stay in Springfield and go run on the trail where Zach usually runs. I was going to go to his house afterward anyway, so why not, right? Well…to say the least, that was quite an experience. I started out okay, running and walking at a pretty good pace. Then about halfway through, those wicked shin splints started acting up.  I pushed through, though, thinking if I just worked through it, I would be okay. The further into my run I got, the worse it was hurting… I must say it was the worst pain I’ve felt with shin splints. HOLY CRAP!!

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Because the pain was so debilitating, I decided to forgo my weekly plans with the gang and go home, take it easy and ice my shins.  I know I may sound like a wimp, but I’m telling ya, the pain was pretty wicked.  I’m thinking I may try some different tennis shoes – maybe that will help the situation. I sure hope so.

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At any rate, I think I am doing pretty well, all things considered. Minus the mini hiatus, I feel I am accomplishing my goals thus far. I’ve actually stuck with something for more than a week, willingly, this time! For me, that’s saying something.  I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the support from my friends and family I’ve received. It sure does mean a lot to know I have people behind me every step of the way.

I have a day of rest tomorrow (THANKFULLY) and I will hopefully feel up to running on Friday before I go to work in the afternoon.

Jog on…

Jori

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