Operation Skinny Jeans: Why hello there!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Why hello there!

Weigh In Wedneday
 
This morning I stepped on the scale, and saw a GLORIOUS number.

238.6
 
BOOYA! I have literally not been in the 230's since 2006. When I met my husband, I was 225. I am so close to being the girl he fell in love with and that feels amazing. This was exactly what I needed to prove that I really can do this! I need to lose 1.8 more before the Diet Bet final weigh in on Monday, but I can totally do it! I am excited to actually win this one! lol
 
All of this recent success has made me think about my future and setting some longer term goals. Right as I was thinking about that last night, an ad for the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon next August came across my news feed. Hmmmm I thought. Could I feasibly be trained for a half marathon in 10 months? After looking into it, I really think I can. But I got some advise that my first half should be bigger, more fun, so that it is easier to get through. The biggest one I could find before this one was the Colfax Half Marathon in May. May is only 7 months away, but still technically do-able. A friend of mine also suggested the Boulder Bolder, a 10K that is also in May.
 
SO I started looking into training from being able to just run 1 mile to being able to run 13 in 7 months, and although it really is kinda terrifying, I am going to try. I am going to start C25K for the 245982nd time and this time actually follow through. After that I will bridge to 10K and from there to a half. I can't believe I just wrote that down. Holy hell, I am gonna run a half.
 
So that's what's up with me....
 
Am I crazy? Ever run a half? Any advice? 

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23 comments :

  1. Go Jess! You are doing great and so so excited for you! I've been running for 2 and half months now and I'm still too scared to sign up for a half in February:/

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  2. I've been wanting to run a half forever. The thought of training through the winter makes me sick, but I think I need to just register for one. If I register, there's no turning back, right? You can do it! :)

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  3. Congrats on the 230's-- that's awesome! It's it so strange to hit milestone weights you haven't weighed in YEARS?

    I think 7 months to train for a half is definitely ambitious, but do-able! I started running last fall (October) and ran my first half marathon this past September! I ran from Oct-Dec last year, and then didn't really run again until... early March I think. Once I started running in early March, I kept challenging myself on my furthest distances (I ran my first 5-mile race in May), and then started a Half Marathon 12-week training program for my September race. It was DEFINITELY challenging, but running became a lot easier as I lost weight. I'm so so so glad I did it, and can't wait to sign up for more half marathons next year!

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  4. How Freaking amazing it is to see that number! You are doing so amazing!

    You can do the half! I do not think I am a distance running, just thinking about it scares me.

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  5. you go girl!! Congrats on your loss this week and good luck training for a half!!

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  6. I am SO proud of you and I KNOW, absolutely without a doubt, that you CAN do it!!! Get it girlfriend!

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  7. Woot :) Congrats! That's awesome! I need to commit myself and throw out the excuses!

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  8. Congratulations, Jess!!! It feels so good to have a happy scale moment. Doesn't happen often enough for this girl! Ha!

    I recently registered for my first half in April. The Rock-n-Roll Marathon & Half Marathon in Nashville, benefiting St. Jude. I'm scared stiff and training very slowly, but I'm doing it!

    Good luck!!!

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  9. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I am going to be running my first half in March or the very beginning of May. Haven't decided yet! Eeeeeeeeeeeek!

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  10. Not at all. I have done a couple of 5ks, did a 5 miles race a week ago, and now want to do a half. My running has sucked lately but I still want to. There is one near my in April so I would have a little over 5 months. Eeeek! It's $85 though...are all of them about the same price? I'm frugal but I really want to do it so I just have to suck it up. We can so do this!

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  11. Congrats on your weigh in! You're doing great.

    I started running last year in May doing the c25k, never really ran more than about 30 mins. Only started getting properly into running this February and ran my first half in May this year.

    I think my main piece of advice is to get a good half marathon training plan but it seems like you've got that sorted out.. And make sure you get in your long runs.. I didn't get in as many long runs as I would have liked and it was tough after 10miles as I'd not run more than that very often in my training.

    Good luck!

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  12. Awesome! I did my first half this past April in Nashville, TN with the Rock-N-Roll Marathon Series. I TOTALLY recommend finding one close to you. They have a ton of bands, the expo is awesome, and all of the people volunteering and working were great. They really know how to put on a race. In 2012 I couldn't even run a mile without stopping and I did a half. You totally have this! One thing I will suggest is to find a running buddy to train and race with. It makes a HUGE difference! Good luck, I'll be reading about your journey. :)

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  13. Congrats!! Tackling a new distance is always so exciting. I am committed as of yesterday to training for my first full in march. Terrifying indeed. My recommendation is take your training one week at a time and tackle each run separately. Looking ahead will just stress you out!

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  14. Congrats on your weight loss, that's awesome! Keep up the good work!

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  15. Wonderful loss this week and great job on re-starting C25k! You can totally do this!

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  16. Congrats on your loss/milestone! I've never run but would be open to a walk.

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  17. You can do it!! My sis and I run a half a month in CO. We are not fast (happy to finish in under 3 hrs). We will be at Colfax so I will be looking for you!!!

    I totally agree on a fun one for the first time. Follow a good training program. You don't want to increase mileage too fast too soon. Also, make sure you are aware of course time limits. Some are as short as 3 hrs, some have no limit.

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  18. That is great news! Congrats!! You sound very happy and that is awesome to hear/read! Just take your new running regime day by day!

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  19. I am so excited for you. I want from couch to half in about 8 months. It wasn't easy, but I survived. You can totally do it. Congrats on the weight loss this week!!

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  20. Nope, you are in no way shape or form crazy for doing a 1/2! I think it will be great and terrible and fun and awful all in one! haha But I think the important thing to remember is this: you'll be great at it because you will be doing it. Good luck, lady!

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  21. oh my god, first of all amazing! Congrats on getting to another milestone with the weight loss! (hey even little ones count!) And I am SO IMPRESSED that you are going to do a 1/2!!!! That is AWESOME. If I knew I wasn't going to completely give up on running after like 2 days I would be joining you towards that goal, but running is a big thing for me..... I wish you ALL the best. People who run those love it, so AH it's just exciting! I'm happy for ya!

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  22. Good Luck on your half! I ran my first half, starting from no running to running and it was wonderful to see that you're achieving something every week. I followed a Jeff Galloway 20 week training plan and ran intervals the whole time. http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half_marathon.html

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