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I Finished My First Half Marathon!!! ( Training and Race Day #likeaboss )

6 May

Happy Monday!

I write a lot about following your dreams, stretching yourself and facing your fears on this blog. That’s because I believe that in order to be truly great and live life to the fullest, we should be continually improving and challenging ourselves. Back around the beginning of the year, I set goals for 2013 and encouraged you to do the same. One of my goals was completed this weekend … On Saturday, May 4, 2013 at approximately 10:45 a.m. ET, I completed my first half marathon.

I feel AMAZING and so proud of myself for actually accomplishing this goal. This goal that really scared me because I had no prior running experience to speak of and wasn’t quite sure I’d really be able to do it. One thing I was sure of was that if I declared running a half marathon as one of my goals and shared it with all of you, I would HAVE to do it if only for my pride. And, I DID. Here’s how it went down …

Training

I trained for about 6 weeks. I did a couple shorter runs and then one really long run on the weekends. The transformation that happened in this training still amazes me. I want from not being able to run a couple miles without walking intervals to running 3 miles, 7 miles and finally (race day) 11.1 miles without stopping to walk. That just demonstrates the power of training and practice.

I should have trained more but it just didn’t work out that way. I would definitely recommend more training if you’re aspiring to do a half marathon. I know my body is going to take longer to recover and I have a bit of a hip injury now that I’m sure could have been prevented with a couple more long runs.

I received some great advice from a random lady at Target that stuck with me …

  • She said, “The key to running a half is to not stop. Even when you’re grabbing a drink from a refueling station, just grab it and keep running. If you stop, you’re done.I decided that would be my approach for race day.
  • Also, I got advice from my sister-in-law, Melissa, who has run plenty of races. She said, “Just do what it takes to finish. Run, walk, whatever. Just enjoy the race and don’t feel bad if you have to walk.” SO my technique was to follow advice from Target lady but revert to Melissa’s advice, as a backup plan, without feeling guilty.

The Route

Race day came more quickly than I thought it would and the day before I really thought I would barf. I waited until the day before the race to look at the route because I didn’t want to freak out about it. I’m glad I waited. OMG. It looked so long and covered so much area that I was basically taking a tour of Columbus from dowtown, to OSU, through the Short North into the Arena District, back through downtown, into German Village and finally back downtown. Here’s what the route looked like:

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Race Day

The morning of the race, I was able to eat a little bit … I made a shake with almond butter, frozen bananas and coconut milk. The weather was absolutely perfect — a little chilly in the morning and then sunny, clear and mid-50-60’s during the race. I prefer it to be a little chilly/cool when I run so I don’t feel like I’m over heating so I was really thankful. Honestly, if it had been really hot I’m not sure I could have done it because I hadn’t trained as much as I thought I would.

Race Day

My friend Victoria came to cheer me on!

Here’s a breakdown of how I was feeling by mile:

start

Miles 1-4: “This is fun! I can do this. Mind over matter. I’m so glad there are lots of distractions like bands, DJs and people cheering us on!”

Miles 4-5: “OK feeling good. I even have some bursts of energy. I’m so glad I made a kick-butt playlist!”

Mile 6: “Alright, I can see the city again, that means I’m almost halfway. Just don’t stop. Keep moving. Keep breathing.”

Mile 7: “Um, these miles are starting to seem longer. I can’t believe this is just Mile 7. I thought for sure it was 8 …”

Mile 8: “Uh … this is officially hard. I’m getting tired.”

Mile  9: “I need a refueling station. Where are the bands? What mile is this? I’m tired.”

Mile 10: “OK this is mile 10! I can do this. I can run the whole thing. This is really, really hard. Just keep breathing. Keep moving.”

Mile 11: “OK I think it’s time to walk some … Maybe I can push a little longer. This SUCKS.”

Mile 11.1: “I need to walk. I’m proud of myself for making it this far and now I will walk a bit. Holy crap walking is harder than running. OMG. My legs feel like someone pumped them full of heavy jello. I think I’m going to cry. OK no crying. I want to cry. This feels horrible. Walking is WORSE than running.”

Mile 12: “Alright, back to some running. I can see the finish line up ahead. I can do this. Run for a while and then walk. I got this. I’m almost there. I can do this. I will make it.”

Mile 12.6ish: “I can do this. Just keep running. Run faster because there’s not much left. Don’t cry. Just run. Finish strong.”

13.1 – SUCCESS.

As I reached the last .1 miles of my journey, everyone was cheering and surrounding me and I ran all out. It felt amazing and exhausting at the same time. What an experience! I finished with a time of 2:45:47 with an average time of 12:40 minutes per mile.

  • I now consider myself a runner.
  • I don’t hate running anymore.
  • I’m on my way to being a gazelle.
  • I am a champion.

Success!

I couldn’t have done it without …

YOU. You shared in the journey and saw my updates on Facebook and here on the blog. Thank you for bring part of my accountability and encouraging me through sharing your stories and experiences. It’s been really, really cool.

  • What goals have you accomplished so far this year?
  • Are you working toward your goals?

I’m proof that when you set out to do something and accomplish it, you are left feeling like a champion. And, that’s exactly what you are.

xoxoxox

~ Kate

 

BIG Announcement: Meet KateUpdates.com!

5 Apr

KateUpdates Live. Happy. Healthy.

Happy Friday!

Have I told you how much I appreciate you lately? I really do. I’m so thankful to be a part of such a caring, supportive and inspirational group. Just wanted you to know :)

Well … Do you notice anything different about my site? Hmm … I’ll just tell you. I moved from that looong kateupdates.wordpress.com url to simply KateUpdates.com. I’ve set things up so that they will automatically redirect but there is one change you need to note: If you were previously following my blog through wordpress.com, you will now need to subscribe through the “RSS” feed OR simply subscribe via email to get my posts emailed to you (the box to your right). If you already get my updates sent to your email, you don’t need to do anything.

It may seem like a small change but it’s going to mean BIG things soon … It will give us more opportunities to interact, I’ll be able to offer special events and prizes and share freebies with you. It’s going to be really fun! Eventually, this site will have a completely different look but for now, we’re just moving the domain to KateUpdates.com.

That’s it! Just wanted to let you know what’s happening and to thank you for being so faithful in following me. I have so much fun and it’s amazing to have a community of like-minded health seekers who are on their way to Live. Happy. Healthy!

~ Kate

The Tale of the Creepy Cookie …

4 Apr

KateUpdate Creepy Cookie

So, as you may have heard, this month I’m doing the Whole30 (aka Dirty 30) for the second time since August ’12. It’s been really challenging but I feel like I’m rounding a corner at this point. It’s day #11 and I feel like my sugar cravings are finally starting to subside. There was, however, an incident yesterday that I want to share with you …

The Tale of the Creepy Cookie

Yesterday I was in my kitchen preparing lunch after waiting WAY too long to eat. I should have made lunch sooner but I had gotten caught up in a work project that distracted me. Well, when you’re trying to eat healthy, it can be REALLY hard to make smart, healthy decisions if you wait until you’re ravenous. Unfortunately, that’s what I did and I found myself in a pickle. Well, a cookie.

As I was preparing my lunch, I opened the fridge to pull out some ingredients when I saw the frozen chocolate chip cookie dough that Daniel had purchased earlier in the week. I stood there, staring at the dough. Then, it spoke to me, “Daniel isn’t home to see you eat me,” it said in a sexy whisper. And, I thought about it.

First, that argument is completely stupid. Since when is my health dependent on who else is around? Who cares?! This is about me not someone else. The only person I’d be cheating on is myself. Think about that for a second! It’s simply ludicrous. Still … I did start thinking about chowing down on that artificially flavored, preservative-filled sugary stuff. But wait … it gets worse.

“You know, I’d go really great with the chocolate ice cream that’s in the freezer.” UGH. How did this cookie know me SO WELL?!?! OMG. OK, deep breaths. This whole interaction lasted about 5-seconds but it felt like time stood still. There I was, standing with the fridge door gaping and for a moment considering throwing caution and good sense to the wind when …

I exclaimed, “Heck no, you creepy cookie!” (OK maybe not out loud but still … ) and I quickly closed the fridge door and kept making my lunch.

The cookie didn’t win! I had overcome the creepy cookie and all its companions. That was really tough but I felt so strong and amazing afterward.

And you know what? It gets easier to say no the more you do it. It’s really hard at first but the truth is you’re only cheating on yourself.

Say no to temptation today. What you do when no one’s around can end up being the make or break to your success in eating and living healthy.

~ Kate