How to Rock 2018

How to Rock 2018

I just came back from a three year exercise/diet  hiatus.  I won’t bore you with the details as to why, but I’m older and heavier which makes it harder to get back into an exercise routine.  I started running because I wanted to run a half marathon before I turned 50.  Since then I’ve finished six half’s and one full marathon.  My last race was in the fall of 2013.

So this is going to be my comeback.

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I’ve signed on to Noom to help with a diet to lose the weight and get an exercise plan.  Also pulling up some good recipes and plans from past.

Maybe a little too ambitious but I’m signing up for the Shape Half Marathon in New York’s Central Park on April 14.    #WomenRunTheWorld #BigMotivation

So here’s my plan:

Stay Hydrated…

  • 64 ounces of water each day.

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Diet:

  • 1200 calorie diet – low sugar, salt and fat from all food groups.
  • Enlisted help of Noom.
  • Follow 6 small meals each day.
  • Cook everything on  weekend and prepare lunches for the week.

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Exercise:

  • Start off with 3 mile walks and some core strengthening exercises.
  • Build up to light jogs.
  • Increase strength training and intensity over time.
  • Warm up and cool down.
  • Stretching

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Psychology:

  • Create a video in my  mind of what it will be like to be fit again.
  • Get great music on tap to listen to during such.

There’s more to the plan but this is just to get me started.

 

Remembering 9/11

Timeline_Cover_doNotRename74That day will forever be branded in our minds.  Between the first impact of the planes, watching as those poor people jumped to their deaths, the towers crumbling and just the total devastation, so hard to take in and believe this was really happening.

Yet out of that devastation rose the stories of heroism of the emergency personnel that rushed towards the danger – many not making it back out.  The men on United Airlines flight 93, that over-took the terrorists crashing the plane into a field instead of the intended target.  Then hearing the last words of  Todd Beamer,  “Are you guys ready? Okay. Let’s roll!”  So many examples of selfless acts of courage in the face of such evil.

I visited New York’s Ground Zero with my family in 2006.  We were all overcome with emotion when we first saw the devastation up close. Since that time we have gone back and in 2012 we were able to see the newly constructed memorial.  The waterfalls were certainly beautiful, but didn’t have the same impact as the first visit.

This past spring, I and a friend ran in the More/fitness Women’s Half Marathon in New York’s Central Park.  We went to the Memorial and the Church that houses all the tributes from survivors to those who lost their lives.  It made it all too real when we came upon a family that was sobbing as they held each other in a corner of the Church.  They were survivors of a lost loved one.

I’ll never forget during that early part of the attack when we really weren’t sure what was going on.  Rumors were flying about what would be other targets.  Not taking any chances, I went to my son’s school, directly across from our State Capital, and took him out early.  The office was crowded with other parents.  Alex vividly remembers that day.  He’s now 18 and this is a picture of him at the 911 Memorial in 2012.

Timeline_Cover_doNotRename31We will never forget the horror and pain of that day and days that followed, but also the heroes that emerged and their examples of great courage.

 

 

More/fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon

My New York!

My New York

Our half marathon (April 14) was the day before the Boston Marathon bombing.  In fact, our plane touched down in St. Louis one hour after the the tragedy.  I wanted to let some time pass before posting much about our trip to NYC and the More/fitness Half Marathon.  

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My 5th Half Marathon

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Feelin’ LIFE Runner strong!

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It always feels good to pass someone on a hill…

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…With the wind in my hair.

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The last steep hill that I topped just before this point was a killer…

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Heading to the finish line!

Finished!

Finished!

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…And ready to go again!

January 2010 I began training to run a half marathon then later a full marathon.  Since that time I’ve finished 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon.  I have not been much of a runner and in fact am an  ex-smoker.

Running is hard (at least for me it is).  Every time I finish a race, I feel like I’m going to collapse.  I always recover quickly though and then look forward to the next one.

The More/fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon is in NYC’s Central Park which is a challenging course to say the least…lots of steep hills.  This was my third time around with this event (2010, 2011 and 2013).

I was so pleased to finish with a time of 3:02 which is a PR for me.   The weather was perfect at 51 degrees and sunny.

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Here’s Kristina and I before the race got underway.  We were pretty excited.  This was Kristina’s first half marathon.  She did great too!  I knew she could do it!  I forgot how hilly this course is but Kristina knocked it out just the same.

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This is us getting ready to take off on our adventure.

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New York Road Runners – Charging Phone

@ The Expo Picking Up Number

@ The Expo Picking Up Number

With Mika Brizenski @ Expo

With Mika Brizenski @ Expo

Too Much Fun with Kristina!

Too much fun with Kristina…Laughing all the way!

Night Before Race - Ready!

Night Before Race – Ready!

@ Mike Huckabee Show

@ Mike Huckabee Show

We went to the Today Show and Joe Jonas (One of the Jonas Brothers), was disguised and standing right in front of us.  A girl had asked him to prom via a viral video, and she was being interviewed just about 2 feet from us.  Then they come over to this guy with long hair and start interviewing him.  Then next you see her face and reaction to realizing who is beneath the disguise.  So cool… check out the pictures in the slideshow below.

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The dark and dismal Italian Restaurant that was filled with murals including one that overshadowed our table.

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Kristina at the NYRR’s Club

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Stardust Cafe – the wait staff perform and are awesome!

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My marathon medal is shaped like Missouri. Then the rest are half marathon and this weekends 5K medal for first in age division. I gave one of my half marathon medals to Carrie who is a marathon mom.

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What a great time we had in NYC. I love NY! I love running in NY too. It was a wonderful experience to go with Kristina and be there for her first half marathon. We are LIFE Runners!

We Are All From Boston

Thoughts and prayers for the city of Boston, race participants and families.  So tragic.

Photo Credit:  Washington Post

Photo Credit: Washington Post

Kristina and I had just arrived in St. Louis from NYC (3:15 CST) when we heard the news about Boston.

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Kristina Davis, Anne Carmichael before the More/fitness Magazine’s Women’s Half Marathon in NYC’s Central Park, Sunday, April 14, 2013

I set a new PR (results below).  Will post more about this later.

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Our excitement, about returning home after our race, changed to shock and sadness for all in Boston when we heard the news.

Right now, we are all Bostonian’s!

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Kristina Davis is Running Her First Half Marathon…Give Her a Shout!

Anytime someone pushes beyond their limits…it’s exciting and inspiring.  Kristina inspires me.  She has every reason not to run.  Yet, she is reaching higher and running farther than ever before.

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Sunday she will run her first half marathon.  I’m so proud of her.  Proud to call her – friend.  A great friend too.

Keep her in your prayers and give her a shout out.  We are running Sunday in the More/fitness Half Marathon in NYC’s Central Park.  She’s worked hard for this and it will be life-changing.

 

Finished 8 Miles and Packing

Back home after run this afternoon.  Been busy getting ready for trip.  Creating and marking off all of my many lists.

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I usually over-pack…trying not to this time.

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Going to NYC with a friend of mine.  Jim and Alex will be cheering us on from home.

Really excited.  I haven’t run the More/fitness Half Marathon since 2011.

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A video someone shot of that race…

Toes are ready for combat…They are black any way – bruised from training…again, so knowing more bruising is on the way, I just painted them black.

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Now it’s time for…”Tattle Tail Corner.”

Jim thought he’d do Cypress a favor last week and got her a hair cut.

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Are  Siberian‘s supposed to have their hair trimmed???  Let’s take a look…

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She’s an indoor dog so I’m assuming she’ll survive it (us).   Just had to give Jim a hard time about it. 🙂

Then when I was driving home from KC Friday…

Passed a fire …You could see the smoke for miles.  All I could tell as I passed that it was a structure that was burning but couldn’t tell what it was.  Fire trucks were on the way.

photo (5)Time to get back on track and continue my quest to prepare for NYC and More/fitness Half Marathon.  Also, the Apprentice is starting soon.

Something to make you smile…Have a great week!

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The Last Long Run Before More Half Marathon

The 11 miles is finished.  So tired.  Yesterday – rain.  Waited till today and glad I did.  It was beautiful…

We met Mary Jo, George and Greg for brunch after church this morning @ 11:30.  It was family style fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw and bread.  So good.  Only ate small portions though I  did eat 2 pieces of chicken (white meat and thigh).  Normally we have a larger family gathering but this year it didn’t work out – while we missed seeing everyone – this was good too.

Then 2 hours later set out on my long run.  I wore a brace on my left knee which has still been giving me a little trouble, but nothing like last week.  That brace really helped – taking that baby to New York for sure.

At first my muscles were so tight.  Felt like scissor legs with a rubber band around them – for about half mile.  Then after about 3 they started to limber up.  After mile 5 I forced myself to take a “Power Pack.”  I then stopped at mile 6 to do stretches.  Then stretched again after I finished.  Will be doing a lot of stretching, leg extensions and short runs over the next 2 weeks to build up my flexibility for the race.

Okay, back to the chicken dinner…I know that meal is not what you eat before running – especially 11 miles, but it’s Easter!

Nausea set in about mile 6 after I ran a really steep  and long hill.  For those who live in JC – it’s the hill on Edgewood (Mexican Restaurant side) just before it meets 179.  After I made it to the top, I could feel stomach was upset.  Pushed through it then about mile 9 I had to walk it out to get stomach to settle.  Battled through that for the duration.  I’m sure the fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. had nothing to do with it :).  Okay…but it was still good and worth it to get together with family too.  Just finished a Sprite and nausea is almost gone.

We had the pleasure of having my brother Greg visit this weekend while Mary Jo took care of the Easter preparations for catechumens/parish, etc.  Greg is so funny…if anything is out-of-place, he has to move it back, whether you want it moved or not.  When Greg lived with us, I’d leave myself notes and then leave the room and Greg would quickly get up and pitch them to keep things neat and tidy.  He was very busy the last couple of nights turning off lights, moving chairs, etc.  I’d give him a bottle of water to have by his bed (to sip through the night as needed), Greg promptly reaches for it and downs it in a few gulps.  That’s Greg.  Here’s a picture of him, with Jim and Alex last summer after Church.

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Well Tonight is Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice All Stars.  Good thing because I am probably not going to be doing much else – run wore me out.