Fitness and training diary week of March 5

This is an open thread for those who are interested in increasing their fitness and/or training for a race of any shape or kind. Post your training regime for this week and come back to report on your progress. Got a question on training, walking, running, biking, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, swimming or anything to do with race preparation? Post it here – someone will know the answer.

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Fitness and training diary w/o Feb 27

This is an open thread for those who are interested in increasing their fitness and/or training for a race of any shape or kind. Post your training regime for this week and come back to report on your progress. Got a question on training, walking, running, biking, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, swimming or anything to do with race preparation? Post it here – someone will know the answer.

How are our marathoning mamas doing?

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Fitness and training diary w/o Feb 13

This is an open thread for those who are interested in increasing their fitness and/or training for a race of any shape or kind. Post your training regime for this week and come back to report on your progress. Got a question on training, walking, running, biking, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, swimming or anything to do with race preparation? Post it here – someone will know the answer.

A big whoot! to our Sue who has challenged her DS to do a 5km race with her. Watch out, Sue – it’s addictive! ;-)

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Fitness and training diary w/o Feb 6

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I Completed My Second Half Marathon and I Feel Great

Best Time: 2:15
Tinkerbell Time: 2:18

Photo from left to right: I was honored to run the race with my best friend and MotherTalkers.com partner, Erika Chavez, her mother Guillermina Chavez, another dear college friend of ours Courtney Dyar, myself and dear childhood friend Rachel Johnston. (Not pictured: my other MotherTalkers.com partner, Gloria Riesgo.) Here we are sporting our Tinkerbell medals after the race!

Fitness is important to me. My mother’s family has this nasty tendency towards obesity, Type II diabetes and heart attacks that kill only the women in our family, not the men.

My grandmother died of heart failure in her late sixties – very surprising, considering she was the youngest and spriest of all of my grandparents. Almost three years ago, my aunt – her daughter — died of heart failure in her early 50s, leaving three children behind, ages 13 and under. My mom, too, has dealt with weight issues and type II diabetes for as far back as I can remember.

Needless to say, I undergo regular checkups, eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can, and exercise every other day. The latter is especially hard with two small children, a paying job, a marriage and a house. But when I look at my family history of diabetes and heart disease, it is motivation enough for me to get up when my alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m..

Yes, I actually get up between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. at least two weekdays a week to go for an 8-mile run, or work in the morning so that I can run later in the day. Running has been my passion since I was a kid because it is free, I can do it anywhere and I feel great when I am done.

I didn’t run my first half marathon (13.1 miles) until June 2011 at the age of 34. This past weekend, a month shy of my 35th birthday, I ran my second half marathon through Disneyland and finished in 2 hours and 18 minutes!

Here were my times throughout the race:

• I completed a 5K, or 3.1 miles, in 31 minutes and 21 seconds, at an average pace of 10 minutes and 5 seconds.

• I completed a 10K, or 6.2 miles, at 1 hour and 4 minutes at an average pace of 10 minutes and 19 seconds.

• I completed a 15K, or 9.3 miles in 1 hour and 37 minutes at an average pace of 10 minutes and 30 seconds.

• I completed the half marathon (13.1 miles) in 2 hours and 18 minutes at an average pace of 10 minutes and 35 seconds.

I tried to run the 12th mile as fast as I could, but I felt incredibly fatigued and could not will my legs to lift high enough. That is my challenge for next time – oh yes, there will be a next time! – to end as strongly as I started. But I am savoring this personal triumph as I share my Tinkerbell medal with my 4-year-old daughter, who actually took the medal with her to school earlier this week.  

I smile as she reminds me what all of this is for: my personal fitness and health.

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Fitness and training w/o Jan 30

This is an open thread for those who are interested in increasing their fitness and/or training for a race of any shape or kind. Post your training regime for this week and come back to report on your progress. Got a question on training, walking, running, biking, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, swimming or anything to do with race preparation? Post it here – someone will know the answer.

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Fitness and training diary w/o Jan 23

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Fitness and training diary w/o Jan 16

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Fitness and training diary w/o 9 Jan

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Fitness and Training diary w/o 2 January

Welcome to 2012! Seems like at least two of our group have some serious goals for the new year – Erika has signed up for a marathon and it looks like Elisa might join her! Zowie, ladies!!! So, let’s get this new year started.

This is an open thread for those who are interested in increasing their fitness and/or training for a race of any shape or kind. Post your training regime for this week and come back to report on your progress. Got a question on training, walking, running, biking, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, swimming or anything to do with race preparation? Post it here – someone will know the answer.

What are your goals for the new year?

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