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Turkey Trot 12k in Vegas

14 Dec

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate what we have and to be thankful for the countless opportunities in life. Before digging into the feast with my family, I had the chance to be thankful for my health, my strength and my fitness at the Las Vegas Turkey Trot. The 12k Turkey Trot marked a significant personal milestone for me as it was my furthest distance to date. Best of all, I had fun and the support of my family and friends, all while working harder than ever to achieve my goals.

Qualifying Times for Disneyland’s Half Marathon

My overall running goal is to complete a half marathon next May. Running a full 13.1 miles is no easy task, but it is an accomplishment I’m willing to work hard for. In order to be in the right starting corral for the race, I need to have a qualifying time that represents my speed and ability. The qualifying event I selected was the Las Vegas Turkey Trot, which stretches for 12 kilometers on the Historic Railroad Trail. I achieved my goal of running the entire distance and submitting my official pace in order to participate in the half marathon. Knowing that I’m one step closer to getting there is an exciting thought and one step closer to being able to check another item off my bucket list!

A New PR

For a runner, there are two particularly exciting moments in racing. One is getting a PR for time. The other is getting a PRD, or personal distance record, which means you have run further than you have ever run before. Prior to the Turkey Trot, I had to date run five and a half miles during one run outside. I’m so proud to report that I finished this 12k on Thanksgiving Day, just under seven and a half miles, while running it in its entirety. This just renews my confidence than in a few short months, I’ll be ready to tackle 13.1 miles on my quest to complete a half marathon.

The Ultimate Finish

Running through the scenic Hoover Dam landscape starting at 8:00am was amazing (the getting up in order to be there by then may not have been), and running further than ever before was a confidence boost.

The Las Vegas Turkey Trot 12k will definitely go down in history as a goal crushing experience and it served as my preparation for my ultimate goal: to complete in the Disney Tinkerbell half marathon in May.

The best part of that race, however, was crossing the finish line. Since there were no spectators on the course, I had to wait until the very end to see the people I love most in the world: my husband, my best friend and my 16-month-old son.

LV Action Images: RMT Outbound &emdash; Turkey Trot 2015_JayneFurman-5740

LV Action Images: Lake View &emdash; Turkey Trot 2015_JayneFurman-7119

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I’m Training for a Half Marathon!

30 Oct

Less than a year ago, I would have laughed if you suggested that I would be training for a half marathon today. Half of an entire marathon, or 13.1 miles, would have seemed impossible to me back then, but I’m on the right track to tackle the distance and even come in under two hours, if all goes well. I decided to create this post because I’ve had a lot of “how did you do it?” or “I could never do that” questions and comments. These tips can help you train for your own 13.1 mile race. After all, if I can do it, then so can you!

Assess Your Starting Point
The first thing I did once I set my mind to completing the full 13.1 miles was figure out what I could already do. This spring, I was shocked to discover that just 30 seconds of running left me out of breath and in need of a walk break. Knowing that wasn’t discouraging, as it gave me a base and something to improve upon.

Get an App to Help You Improve
Since I wasn’t a long-time runner, I needed an app that could help keep me on track and motivate my weight loss. The Couch to 5k App, or C25K, had me running and walking in intervals three or four times each week. At the end of the 10 week plan, I could run an entire 5k, or 3.1 miles, without needing a walk break. After completing C25K, I moved onto C210K, which I’ll complete by the middle of November.

Participate in Shorter Races Along the Way
After finishing the C25K, I put my hard work to the test with a 5k race in Las Vegas. Before my full 13.1 mile race, I’ll also participate in a longer race called the 12k Turkey Trot in Las Vegas. I’m nervous to tackle 12k, or roughly 7.5 miles, but I need that time so that I can be put in the right corral for my upcoming half marathon. Once I complete that race, I will have run the furthest distance that I’ve ever run in my entire life.

Schedule Your 13.1 Months in Advance
The culmination of all my training will be the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon, which takes places in Disneyland. Knowing that I have this race ahead of me helps me stick to my training, which I know will be tough to handle over the holidays. The race is held on Mother’s Day, an extra special date to me since my son and husband will be at Disneyland cheering me across the finish line. I got this fitness journey started after having my little boy and knowing that I am his role model, so seeing him at the end will be quite the special moment for me. Since I started running and cross-training, I’ve lost nearly 90 pounds (80 of which I gained during my pregnancy). This race will be my moment to show the world what I’m capable of and make me and my family proud!

Get Your Fitness On!

11 Nov

Now that I’m all adjusted to my brand new normal, I am really focused on two of my major passions: fitness and nutrition. With my full time job that keeps me very busy and my new larger family, I admit I sometimes find it hard to make time for workouts and prepping enough healthy meals. However, I’m determined to get back into my old clothes. This is the next step in my fitness journey – lose the baby weight.

During pregnancy, I gained about 70 pounds (!!!), so now it’s about shedding the extra weight. Though occasionally long work hours and lack of sleep tempt me to skip, I try to work out at least three times a week if not more. I’m proud to say I have been pretty good about this when I wasn’t healing my knee injury these past three weeks. I took some time off to heal (doctor’s orders) and stepped back in the gym today!

I am following a weight lifting program for my workouts called SimplyShredded. I was also going to kickboxing classes at I Love Kickboxing – this is my favorite! Unfortunately, that just happens to be when I injured my knee and my doctor recommended only light resistance on a stationary bike for workouts. Let’s just say I have a tendency not to listen to my doctor’s orders so these past few weeks have been hard to swallow. Kickboxing is just way too fun to miss out on!

I am also paying attention to my nutrition. I am well aware of how important a good nutrition plan is to my weight loss. I try to be careful with my gluten intake as I am gluten sensitive, but sometimes I am not as good about it as I should be. All the delicious food has gluten! A compromise I have found to deal with my cravings are Quest Nutrition sour crean and onion chips. They are gluten free, high in protein (21g), and low in carbs (5g). They cure my cravings for chips and still leave give me the protein that my body needs.

I have recently discovered IIFYM. IIFYM stands for “if it fits your macros”. This basically means that I track my protein, carbs, and fat. I had to train myself to forget all the crazy stuff I thought I knew about weight loss and dieting. The overall idea with IIFYM is that if I eat less calories than my body requires (while getting the right amount of protein, carbs, and fat that my body requires to function) I will lose weight at a steady rate. There are no off-limit foods, there are no requirements that I eat small meals throughout the day or that I absolutely cannot miss breakfast. All I have to do is stay within my daily macros and I will lose weight! The first week alone, I lost 4 lbs. I’d say that’s progress.

Overall, I am really excited about the start of my journey. I can’t wait to have that glow of health and well-being! Even though my time is limited and I’m not perfect about following all of my rules all the time, I am still making progress through diet and exercise, and that’s what matters. To new moms everywhere and those starting on their own fitness journeys, we can do this!

“Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns. That’s my formula.”- Richard Simmons

Under Pressure

1 Oct

I find myself with (finally) some time to add to my blog. It’s been far too long since I’ve had time to adequately devote myself to journaling/blogging for my own purposes. But, here I am, once again, ready to put all of my thoughts onto….a screen? Well, you know what I mean, I’m back!

What’s new with me?

-I have grown as a person, as a woman, and as a friend in leaps in bounds (just trust me on this one!)

-I still love Glee, but I’m heartbroken that Finn is actually dead. So sad!

-I got married!

What should I write about now that I have all of this extra time on my hands? I am open to suggestions and comments, so please use the boxes below and let me know if I could add any valuable Internet real-estate with my words of wisdom and/or experience on anything at all.

Until then,…I’ll rack my own brain for tidbits of info that may be useful to my group of readers. Feels good to be back!

 

Vegas

11 Jan

Vegas life can be fun and rewarding but oh so challenging! My interviews are going well and I’m happy to be back on the career path since I quit my “gig” so to speak.

I was working a full-time graveyard shift as a bartender and a cocktail waitress. I know what you’re thinking,”Why would someone with a college degree be bartending?” Trust me, I asked myself that daily. Also, believe me when I tell you that I’m not the only one. The truth is, in Vegas the money jobs are in the casinos. Bartenders and cocktail waitresses make a killing in this city. I was doing that to pay the bills while I went on interviews, but the pay was either less than what I was making at the casino or they just didn’t fit the bill. Well, I got to the point where it didn’t matter if the new job paid as much, I just wanted my career back.

I’m still doing my esthetic work on the side (mainly makeup for photo shoots and waxing), but my full-time job for now is to get back on track. I know I can and I will find the right position for me and I look forward to that day when I accept an offer of employment doing something I have the intelligence and skill set for. While I’m interviewing and applying for jobs I am also brushing up on my social media and blogging skills. I have always loved to write and I love to interact with people, so it comes naturally to me. I’m also passionate about marketing and I have a knack for thinking of ideas to market companies and people but so far the interviews I’ve gone to haven’t seen this full package-yet!

The day will come when I’m blogging about life and work and family (can’t get to the family part until I check off the career box) and I eagerly anticipate that moment. For now, I’m living the Vegas life and hoping for the best.