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librarygirl111
11-18-2010, 04:09 PM
Let's do it before the end of the world, right?

This has been my goal in the back of my mind for a while, and with all this talk on the history channel about the end of the world being right around the corner, we might as well start, right?

Recently, I stopped coming to 3fatchicks.com because I came across a horrible failure:

I didn't finish my first 10k.

I was devastated. In a rapture, I have eaten and binged and gone off the plan and lost sight of everything, including myself. Just because I didn't finish my 10k, that doesn't mean I am going to give up.

I thought it would be cool to start this thread.

Every Monday, we will post what our weekly routines are that will eventually lead us to the Chicago Marathon in 2012, one of the most talked about marathons in the country.

With about two years in front of us, I know we can all do it.

I was so upset about not finishing my 10k, but I can't let the forces of the universe stop me.

This is less about losing weight, and more about people accomplishing!

(ALL MEN & WOMEN ARE WELCOME!)

October of 2012, all who have joined this thread and feel like they can complete the marathon are invited to go to Chicago, where we will all meet, go out to eat, and dance/party because of our wonderful accomplishments.

Well girls, here goes nothing.


matt_H
11-18-2010, 04:19 PM
what about guys?

I'm planning to run Chicago in 2011! I'd love to do it again in 2012.

librarygirl111
11-18-2010, 04:31 PM
Friday: 5 mile run, treadmill running
Saturday: Yoga in the Morning
Sunday : Hike with the Hubby

Monday: 5 mile run, treadmill morning
Tuesday: REST
Wednesday: 6 mile run in the morning
Thursday: Turkey-day, rest
Friday: wake up early before relatives, 5 mile run on treadmill
Saturday: YOGA
Sunday: 5 mile run on treadmill before relatives wake up

LOL, well, I already feel better talking about my goals. I no longer weigh 156, but 158.

I know that if I am working out, I will try to eat better, but I am not in the mood anymore to count/track all my calories. I will eat a little, but not over, and I will accomplish goals.


librarygirl111
11-18-2010, 04:47 PM
Of course guys!

Ill change it. lol

sorry!

im such an insane woman

gvntofly
11-18-2010, 06:54 PM
I can do this!!!

I am currently doing week one of C25K! I have a goal of running the Crossroads 1/2 marathon in April of 2012 so it only seems right to run a full marathon by October 2012!

librarygirl111
11-18-2010, 08:30 PM
That's awesome that you are planning to do a halfy! I desperately want to do one too. I think for me, fitness and lifestyle changes should be fun. I get too wrapped up counting calories or doing this or doing that. It's time for me to make a permanent change in my life. There are few message boards here at 3fatchicks that are dedicated for over two years, I think it will be fun to see who we meet at the starting line!

I knew that if I came back to 3FC I would be inspired to run again. The people on these message boards are great. I will be doing a 5 mile run tomorrow morning on the treadmill before I go to work.

It's so hard to train in the winter, I can't wait to run in the spring!

lol:carrot:

librarygirl111
11-18-2010, 08:30 PM
BTW, what is C25K? I have heard a lot about it.

gvntofly
11-18-2010, 08:43 PM
BTW, what is C25K? I have heard a lot about it.

C25K is Couch to 5K. I haven't run in over 15 years so I am starting slow. My first 5K will be April 2, 2011. I may end up doing a half marathon by fall of 2011. I will see how my training goes over next spring and summer.

I am going to get fitted for running shoes next month! That's my Christmas gift from hubby.

librarygirl111
11-18-2010, 08:51 PM
:)That sounds like such a cute present from your hubby. Couch to 5k is great. I finished my first 5k in May this year, and it turned me into a junkie. :-P Although, I didn't lose too much weight. It's strange. The more I run, it's not as easy to lose weight. It's very crucial to eat less, but I am trying not to focus on those things so much anymore and instead focus on getting fit and healthy and hot!

My weight goal is 135, but I have been struggling with my weight for years. i feel like nothing works. I run 5 miles every other day, I watch what I eat, and sometimes, I still feel like nothing is making a difference. If I could even lose ten pounds I would be happy, but even that feels impossible some days.

I hope that through this, I will stop caring about the number on the scale so much, and instead foster a greater love through myself with the things that I can accomplish. :)
I can admit that there are times when I probably am not the most healthy eater I know, but I need to learn how to not binge as much, eat less, and focus on me.

After that being said, I am going to have watermelon for dinner. I binged at lunch and went out to eat with my hubby. :D I am glad I am finally confessing things again!

gvntofly
11-19-2010, 10:15 AM
I am fully prepared for the scale to stop moving for a while. Not only have I started running on a schedule I have added strength training also. As long as I keep at it I will get to where I need to be!

I keep my calories around 1600 right now. On days that I run I add 200 calories. It's been working so far!

librarygirl111
11-20-2010, 12:07 PM
Awesome! Today I am going to go do a six mile run on one of my favorite trails. I am very excited to get back to doing it. It's hard to exercise as much when you have to work. :( However, I do believe it is just about sticking with it! I think that tomorrow before I go to a hike with the hubby I will do some yoga:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xctBhj7TVc&feature=&p=53A277CB4BC7024A&index=0&playnext=1

I found this link of full length yoga classes and I am going to do that in the morning (no need to pay!).

From what I hear flexibility is really a good thing to develop for running. So it's good to keep it up!

As for the next week:

Monday: 5 mile morning run, treadmill
Tuesday: 5 mile morning run, treadmill
Wednesday: 6 mile trail run, treadmill
Thursday: rest
Friday: morning run
Saturday:

bridietogo
11-22-2010, 07:41 AM
Just did my first marathon in New York two weeks ago. If there's anything I learnt from this, it's to ensure you have done a number of long runs in the 20-22 mile range.

After that.. it's all mental. If you believe you can - you will.

Crossing the finish line of your first marathon is a highlight in your life that you'll never forget.

Best of luck with the training.

librarygirl111
11-24-2010, 07:41 PM
That's great to hear, birdie.

I don't want to get all crazy with posts. On Saturday, I did my six mile run on the trail, yay! It was awesome.

I think that tomorrow morning, or maybe Friday morning, I will get up before all the relatives and go do a 5 mile run on the treadmill.

It's good to know about that with the running, i can't wait until the day that I can do one. :)

librarygirl111
12-01-2010, 03:26 PM
Well, no one has really joined this board yet, and I can understand why. It's a HUGE commitment.

For me, running means a lot more to me than losing weight. Weight will come and go in my years, do if I weigh less, good, and if i don't, oh well.

I just thought I would update everyone on my running progress. After a couple of days of utter rest during the thanksgiving holiday, I got up bright and early on Monday and did a 3 mile run before work on the treadmill. It was good to get the blood pumping before my 10 hour shift. I didn't do it the next day because I was too tired and thought that my body would benefit from more sleep than running in the morning.

Today before work I did a 5 mile run. It was nice. They say that if you do an incline of 1.0 that you should be able to run that distance when you move back into the outside in the spring. I think it might be true. We'll see. I did two miles at speed 5.0, and then I did mile 3 at speed 5.5, mile 4 at 6.0 and mile 5 at 5.0. I have read somewhere that it is a good idea to change up the way you run in order to not have "treadmill boredom". It makes sense. Changing up the intervals every now and again reminds me of cycling class.

Tomorrow, I want to do another 5 mile run before I go into work. Money hasn't been the easiest lately, and it has been causing me a lot of stress. Running and exercising are really helping me clear out my mind. :) Maybe all the stress will lead to a better bod! lol :D

gvntofly
12-08-2010, 12:25 PM
Sorry I haven't posted recently. I am pretty busy this time of year with the holidays.

I have ditched the C25K program. It was too slow for me. I am using the walking to jogging outline in the the book "Runner's World: Complete Book of Women's Running".

I will walk/run each day of the week, taking days off as necessary, for 30 minutes a day.

I should be jogging 30 minutes straight in 6 weeks, maybe sooner. My issue right now is my feet start to hurt after a few minutes of running due to bad shoes. It will be easier once I get my new shoes.

My new shoes had to be ordered and should be in by the end of the week. I can't wait for spring, I want to run outside!!! I just don't have the gear to do it right now.

librarygirl111
03-10-2011, 05:05 PM
This forum hasn't died in my mind even though I may have disappeared! LOL.

I have my first 5k of the season this Sunday---and I have revamped my goals a lot. Sometimes, taking a step away from things really puts things in perspective. I've stopped drinking excessively and smoking. I don't put bad things into my body anymore. I'm staying clean on a 1500 calorie diet, putting my food log in every week and following it. I'm doing a good job.

I know what I have to do, I just have to do it. I weigh 159 right now, and I lost one pound last week. Yay! I've stopped weighing myself everyday, because I think it bugs me, bothers me, and makes me want to stop the bandwagon altogether. Besides, it's so much more fun to weigh yourself when you see changes anyway.

I've started being honest with myself about what I am putting in my body. I don't know if I have done that in a while.

I've made goals to certain limits to lose. For instance, once I get down to 155, I am going to get myself a massage....yyayyyy. If that's not a reward, I don't know what is. For every five pounds I lose, I will give myself a massage until I get to my goal of 140.

I have signed up for a half marathon in September---it's the Disneyland halfy! If anyone wants to meet up here from this board, that would be cool. But I am serious about Chicago 2012.

I've started taking Bikrahm Yoga to help with flexibility for my running. I go to birkrahm once a week, and then I run three other times during the week. I'm amping up my mileage slowly. Bikrahm really helps my body out for running! It's amazing how much your body will hurt if you don't stretch it properly.

I'll post on here periodically. I like these forums. I don't want to focus on wieght loss through this whole thing but instead focus on achievement---I think that will make a heck of a difference.

My biggest goal is to not obess--because I am so good at that!

But if any of you all want to do this Disneyland halfy with my

librarygirl111
03-11-2011, 01:05 PM
Hi all!

Here's what I did this week to take small steps to the Chicago 2012 Marathon:

Monday 3/7-rest
Tuesday 3/8- Birkham Yoga (90 minutes) :carrot:
Wednesday 3/9 - 4 mile run :carrot:
Thursday 3/10 - 3 mile run :carrot:
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 5k race :carrot:

I'll update everyone next week about what I did to prepare for the Chicago Marathon. Hope other people decide to climb aboard this challenge! :D

fitness4life
03-18-2011, 12:16 PM
:)That sounds like such a cute present from your hubby. Couch to 5k is great. I finished my first 5k in May this year, and it turned me into a junkie. :-P Although, I didn't lose too much weight. It's strange. The more I run, it's not as easy to lose weight. It's very crucial to eat less, but I am trying not to focus on those things so much anymore and instead focus on getting fit and healthy and hot!

My weight goal is 135, but I have been struggling with my weight for years. i feel like nothing works. I run 5 miles every other day, I watch what I eat, and sometimes, I still feel like nothing is making a difference. If I could even lose ten pounds I would be happy, but even that feels impossible some days.

I hope that through this, I will stop caring about the number on the scale so much, and instead foster a greater love through myself with the things that I can accomplish. :)
I can admit that there are times when I probably am not the most healthy eater I know, but I need to learn how to not binge as much, eat less, and focus on me.

After that being said, I am going to have watermelon for dinner. I binged at lunch and went out to eat with my hubby. :D I am glad I am finally confessing things again!


I know this is MONTHS after your post so hopefully you come back to check this.

I want to address your questioning of running more and not losing more weight. I have been a bit of an unintentional experiement lately. Long story short: I have gone from heavy weight training with recreational cardio to NO weight training - just circuit/resistance/cardio like you see in P90X. It's been about 3 months and here's what I noticed: I gained fat. Why? Because I ate more. Why? Because I was HUNGRIER!!! Why? I suspect it has something to do with the abrupt change in habit that must've effected my metabolism.

So here's what I started to do: EAT LESS! This is NOT my 1st choice. LOL but it's all work related so I don't have a choice. And now I'm back to my regular weight.

Here's my advice to you: Start lifting weights. Heavy weights. Lift like a guy! Do the cardio for fun. What happens is, your muscles will require more calories to maintain their strength and size. You burn calories not only while doing the exercise, but the hour afterward as well. Follow with a protein shake. Repeat no less than 3x a week, but no more than 5. On the off days (muscle recovery) hop on your bike or go for a jog but JUST FOR FUN, no pressure to push yourself. You'll notice the added strength in your legs assists in running and you'll be well on your way to a healthy race.

librarygirl111
04-04-2011, 07:18 PM
Hi fitness,

Thanks for checking in to see how it's going with the marathon training. Great advice! I think that while losing weight is a slight factor in this---it's less than I would have assumed.

I have started with protein shakes, and I even started taking this hardcore yoga called Bikrahm Yoga. Thats part of my weight training, and boy does it make a difference!

This weekend was a breakthrough for me in running! I have started weight training, more protein in my diet, ect., ---and it's starting to pay off!

On Saturday, I ran a 5k in 30min49sec. It was fantastic! I was even able to outrun some people. I came in with the first third of the runners, and I can't tell you how good that's made me feel. :carrot:

Here is what my run schedule for the next week looks like:

Tuesday : 4 mile run B4 work
Wednesday: 4 mile run
Thursday: 5 mile run
Friday/Sat: Early Morning Bikrahm

However, I went totally off plan this weekend as a way to celebrate, and I ended up gaining 5 pounds. Kind of scared me, and started to make me think that I might have a problem with "binge eating".

librarygirl111
04-12-2011, 03:43 PM
Hi all,

I just thought I'd update the group on what I am doing to train for the Chicago Marathon in 2012 this week:

Wednesday: 5 mile run
Thursday: 5 mile run
Friday: 4 mile run
Saturday: Birkham Yoga
Sunday: Another 5k race!

I've also decided to start training for a triathlon in June. It's just a sprint: 3 mile run/10 mile bike ride/400m swim. I just have to get biffed up when it comes to the swimming part.

I think that crosstraining before my disneyland half marathon in September is a good idea. It's good to work myself up as much as possible and to work different muscle groups too.

All this exercise is helping my attitude too---I just don't care anymore! As long as I can get out there on the road, and push myself a little bit, I start to feel better about everything.

I purchased a Flip HD camera this weekend, and I'm really excited about this. I want to film all my races and put my favorite work-out songs over it. LOL, cheesey, I know, but so cool too!

Weight loss is going great. Got on the scale and I weighed 151---wow! We'll see if that changes later on. I could just be fluxuating a lot. But that would mean I have lost ten pounds since I started this whole thing----coooll!

Here is what my race calendar looks like for the next few months:

4/16 5k run

5/21 5k run

5/28 will run for wine 5k

6/11 Triathlon Sprint (3m run/10m bike/400m swim)

7/17 Chunky Monkey 10k

7/31 Cochiti Triathlon Sprint

8/20 Taos Ski Valley 10k

8/27 Women's Triathlon Sprint

9/4 Disneyland Half Marathon!!!

It's good to have some plans to keep me busy this summer.

I hope the force is with me!!!




This saturday, I have

librarygirl111
04-28-2011, 06:14 PM
I guess I like venting here about the Chicago marathon, and talking about what direction my training is going in for 2012. It's nice to have a place to say that besides my mind: I will run the Chicago Marthon in 2012.

Today, I ran 5 miles around my neighborhood. It was nice and relaxing. I am excited because I am actually going to Chicago this weekend---it kind of amps up that Chicago marathon thing! I have decided that on Saturday morning---before my sister's bachlorette party---I am going to do a 6 mile run along the lake. :) I think it's going to be great.

It's nice that I can go to Chicago and focus on this marathon that I will be doing---it could be--that after my sister's wedding, I won't ever go back to Chicago until the marathon.

This last Friday, I did a little ---what I call-- a "mini-triathlon". It was exhilerating! I did a 10mile bike ride, followed by a 2 mile run, and then I finished it off with a 300 swim. Who would have thought I had it in me!

It makes me realize--that yes--I can, in fact, do a triathlon. In June, I am going to do a triathlon. It's a 10mile bike ride--3 mile run--400m swim---and I am so excited about it!!!!

Learning that I have this ability within myself to push myself physically than I ever have before is exhilerating.

I have been also slowly been losing weight. I'm excited to say that I stepped on the scale today and weighed 151.2. I was very happy with those numbers. It's so hard to learn how to eat less, but I am thinking I am doing pretty good.

As the Disneyland Half Marathon approaches me in September, I become nervous and excited and happy about finally getting to reach that far.

I just try to think about the days when I will have kids around me and there won't be any more time for ME time.

That's what gets me out the door every morning. I need more ME time in life.

After the Disney half marathon, I will have about a year before the Chicago Marathon.

I think that's when I will start doing some weekly video blogs on the subject.

Heck---I might as well start doing weekly video blogs now!

I think I will, I will do a post of me running on the shore of Chicago this weekend. :)

It will make me very happy to see all this progress I've been doing.

:)

librarygirl111
05-20-2011, 11:46 AM
I got on the scale today and I weigh 159!!! My sister's wedding festivities totally did me in, it was wayyyyyyyyyy toooooo muchhh partying. lol, well, your sister only gets married once, so what the heck.

Besides, I have tremendously increased my mileage, and it's great. I am now doing about six miles every run, pretty excited stuff, slowly working myself up, but we'll see!

irishlad
05-29-2011, 01:46 PM
Hi people, relatively new here but just curious Is there any / many considering this marathon?

irishlad
08-23-2011, 02:00 PM
Sorry just bumping this, anyone give it any thought??