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P90X Results

I completed p90X and I am thrilled with my results. 

As a 39 (soon to be 40 in just 7 days) year old mother of three boys, wife, RN/MSN, and avid runner, I have found this program to be just what I needed to get back into shape. 

I am a health nut, a vegetarian, and I love to exercise but I had fallen into a rut and the weight was not coming off as easily as it used to. Before I knew it, I was 15-20 pounds heavier and had the muffin top to prove it. I needed to shake up my routine and P90X was perfect.
Although I felt stronger right from the get go, it was not until about 60 days into the program that I began to notice my clothes fit better. I have lost inches in my waist, upper arms, and thighs. I am sure I lost poundage–but I have not stepped on the scale yet. I feel great. Friends and family have noticed the transformation too.
I am going to keep at it. Keeping my core strong makes me a better runner. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in April 2009 and I am hoping for a better time when I run another this year.
My son loved doing P90X with me and we plan on completing Insanity next; we will keep pressing play.


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Well, I am slowly easing back into a running routine and it is as humbling as ever.  I ran the Asbury Park Boardwalk races yesterday, the 10 K, and I could not maintain a pace better than 10-11 min/mile.  
A big thank you to B who came out last Monday for a 2 mile recovery run, slow and steady and if it were not for K who came out on Thursday, I know I would not have gotten 5.5 miles in that day, http://racyrunners.blogspot.com/2010/09/5-miles-runwalk-i-feel-great.html —K also showed me more undiscovered trails at Thompson—love it!
Scheduled runs for week of September 27th:
Monday, September 27th 11:30 am          2-3 miles slow/steady recovery run           Thompson (meet at playground parking)
Thursday, September 30th 10:30 am        40 min run-intervals—1 min fast—1 min jog—1 min walk           Thompson
Friday, October 1st 9am                            5 miles     Henry Hudson Trail (paved path, meet at Turtle Creek Preschool—parking lots near the trail)

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Today was the Asbury Park Boardwalk Races for Hunger; a 5, 10, 15 K or relay.  Conor and I ran the 10K–we were so tired this am and since we have not had a continuous 5 miles run (no walk) since June, I was nervous.

I knew it would be hard to convince C that a run:walk would be better for us–we would feel stronger and finish faster.  The first mile he did not want to stop and I knew that the longer we went without that one minute walk–the more spent we would be.  I think he got the picture around mile 2 when I was running 3 min and walking 1 and still was keeping up with him.  

I talked him into breaks until 5–I told him when he hit Ocean Grove on the last lap to kick it into overdrive–and he did.  We are pretty sure he finished a good 6 min before me.

I was tired and my stomach felt queasy the whole race.  When I hit North End Ocean Grove a cafe was playing Modern English “I’ll Stop the World and Melt With You”

I was able to finish strong–in the past I could do 6 in 58  min- tops an hour–ended up with an hour and 7 min–not bad for shoddy training.  Con had fun and was very proud of his run.  

Here we are with Finn pre race

Here is a motivational note Finn made me in the car on the way there

 and the after the race note…


Avg Pace
Summary 01:07:36 6.17 10:57
1 00:10:51 1.00 10:51
2 00:10:41 1.00 10:41
3 00:10:56 1.00 10:56
4 00:11:37 1.00 11:37
5 00:10:56 1.00 10:56
6 00:10:50 1.00 10:50
7 00:01:42 0.17 09:54

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I Am A Non-Conformist Brick!

Kids are off of school today?????  So far it feels like they have been out of school more than in school.  Today was my REST day (no run, no P90X, no Insanity, no workout)–I scheduled a haircut and boy did I need one.  I was looking like a cast member from HAIR minus the nudity.
I LOVE Red Bank and always like strolling around with my venti Soy Latte —found this great urban art work on the paved brick pathway and felt like it was left there for ME (minus the latte cliche)!

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5 Miles on the agenda today.  I headed over to Cross Farms Park after Strength Training for an hour at the Y and I was not expecting to see anyone—but had a pleasant surprise. K was there waiting.  I meet K on a previous run last week and I was glad to see her.  I probably would have talked myself out of running 5—I had a million excuses all lined up.  In fact on the ride there I had already started—“I just trained for an hour—-I have the 6 mile run on Sat—I should probably run only 2-3……..”
K and I jumped right in—I was thankful she was willing to do the walk:run with me.  I do not think I could have made it otherwise.  I love running and chatting, the time flies by.  Our first mile run:walk was a great time10:37 (not bad for an inclined run:walk)–I knew when we hit the reservoir trail we would slow down–the trail is hard, but so much nicer than running on the paved path in the hot sun.  

K showed me several other trails that I did not even know about–I LOVED IT–great run, I felt pushed and I needed that.  Sitting here post shower with my Green Monster recovery drink (ice, water, greek yogurt, Amazing Green Grass Superfood, banana, and whey protein)–I feel GREAT!


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Run/Walk is faster?

Monday’s 2 mile run with B was just what I needed.  Now, don’t get me wrong every run is hard for me–but I am confident that I can do 2 miles –no matter how tired or slow I am–I can do it.  Now any mileage over 2—then I am not so sure.  So after last weeks longer run debacle, I decided run:walk my longer runs and the race on Sat –to avoid getting wiped out and to avoid an injury as I get back into running.

2 miles I can do continuous running, but I wanted to see how I did running 2 miles today walk run–and you know what–I am faster when I take that walk break.  Even though I did not have a watch on Monday–I know my run today was faster.  Running harder for 3 minutes, knowing you will get a minute break gives me security.  I wonder if the intervals will help me shed that extra poundage too.

P.S. I finished P90X —I LOVE this program–I Brought It; I will post more on this later.

Today’s song, Beyonce, Get Me Bodied.

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Last week we got off to a good start.  On Tuesday we had 4 runners show up at Thompson, since we were all coming off a running hiatus or nursing injuries—we kept the run SLOW and STEADY.  That 2 miles was my first continuous (no walk run) in a LONG time and I felt great. 
On Friday we were had our long run planned.  C was able to get in 2.5 before she had to literally run off to an appointment, while N and I went the 5.  I was sucking wind by mile 3—in hindsight I should have done a run:walk (3:1) for the first 3-4 miles—I would have been able to run faster, go longer, and feel stronger.  I was hurting by the end and had to walk a couple of times—that’s what I get for taking so much time off.
Scheduled Runs for Week of September 19th:
Monday, Sept 20th                   11:30 am                 2 miles     Thompson Park (at playground parking lot)
Wednesday, Sept 22nd            1 pm                        2-3 miles  Library (I am coming out of the Community Center Meeting Room on first floor)
Thursday, Sept 23                   10:30 am                 4-5 miles  Cross Farms (I am going to do a run:walk but that does not mean you have to)
Saturday, Sept 25                   Asbury Park Boardwalk Races Against Hunger—you can use the registration link on the Jersey Shore Running Clubs website to register, http://www.jsrc.org/  (5, 10, or 15 K)—Conor and I are running the 10K; hope you can join us

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