Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Full on Crazy!!

Hi everyone! Long time no update. Hoping there are some people that are still reading this! :)

SO much has happened since my last update so I thought I'd just share some pics...
I ran a half marathon in Edinburgh, Scotland - My first international half!

Frozen at the finish in Musselburgh. 25 mph winds and 40ish degrees. In MAY!!!

After that my favorite race of the year the Peachtree Road Race. The biggest 10k in the world. Pouring rain but SO exciting this year because I would know at the finish if my shirt design won........

It won! 60,000+ shirts were printed with MY DESIGN!


The finisher shirt is a huge deal so there was lots of paparazzi (LOL)...
...and drinking combined with yoga (do not try this at home or on shopping center sidewalks)
Speaking of yoga, it's still one of THE MOST important things in my life. I think it's hilarious when people say "You're so lucky you can do those 'advanced' poses. Well luck has nothing to do with it. Almost 5 years of constant practice. Even when I was 250 pounds. I've been working for 2 months on the handstand!
You just can't beat a good 'crow'.
That's me in the front row in the middle working on my 'Eka Pada' (borrowed from Instagram from my amazing teacher @wellnesswithjenn) We have Cobra Camp every Tuesday and Thursday at 6am and I'm HOOKED!

I'm was also made the pace team captain for the 10 minute milers for this session of fall half marathon training. I'm 10:30-11 min mile usually and I've had to significantly "up my game" to keep the group on pace.
These ladies are in my pace group and they are WARRIORS. Over 500 pounds lost between the 5 of us. It's almost hard to believe!!







Thanks to the Track Club and yoga, I'm now a morning work out person. I run with these other fools at 5:45 every Wednesday morning to get our interval/speed training in. It's so hard to get up but we are done before sunrise and that is one of the greatest feelings in the world!

What's next you say? I've been wondering that for a while. My goal for this year was not to have a goal and just enjoy my new life for a while but this year is coming to an end (FAST) and I have definitely chosen a big one.
That's right! 26.2 is in my future. I'm TRULY only planning on doing this one time because I want to keep running until I'm really old but I just HAVE to do it once. There are people out there that don't think I should do this but I have everything in place I need to be successful. I have an incredible support system, the greatest running friends on earth and a real Olympian for a coach who will make sure I'm trained and (God willing) injury free.

It's going to be an interesting experiment with nutrition for this. I've gained about 10 pounds which is something that doesn't seem fair at all but happens during distance running training for a lot of people. I require more carbs and can justify more carbs because of running but as a full on addict, I can lose control pretty quick. The honeymoon is over with the sleeve. It's all me now and the struggle is VERY real. Today I tried steel cut oats before speed training and I could really feel the energy from that. I'm going to keep track of how different foods work for energy during running and appetite after. Evening is the worst for me - after dinner and before bed is a dangerous time. I keep telling myself I'll just drink tea and it won't happen. LOL. Right.

So, now I'm officially in training for a marathon! I will continue to coach my half marathon training up until our race on Thanksgiving and then after that start increasing my mileage per my training plan. I've never run farther than 13.1. Here's to new miles!!!  I'll keep you posted!!

31 comments:

  1. You don't post very often, but when you do, watch out! Whew, what a lot of life you've been living, Tina! So happy for you with all of your running achievements, and I have no doubt you can handle that full marathon. My first running coach did the Flying Pig for her first full, and she had nothing but great things to say about the race experience.

    Woohoo on your shirt design winning!!! Did you run that race faster, just to get to the finish line to see if you'd won?

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    1. I've missed you my friend! Yes I ran SO fast. 1:00:56. It was pouring rain but they moved me up corral A with the elites so I could get to the finish faster. Once in a lifetime opportunity to start in front!!

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  2. How cool that you designed the Peachtree Road Race t-shirt! I don't know if I'll ever be up for a 10K, but a friend runs it every year and collects the shirts. I'll have to tell him about your blog!

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  4. Wow. I am impressed. My wife (49 years old) is training for a 1/2 marathon in Cincinnati, Oh. I need to share this post with her. Stay healthy.

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    1. Hi Robert! Is your wife training for the Flying Pig in Cincinnati? That will be my first full. Apparently one of the best races in the U.S!

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  5. Tina - She is training for the "Queen Bee" in Oct 2015. We did the Flying Pig 10k in 2013. That run inspired me to do 5ks (smile). It inspired her to run further.

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  6. Hey Tina,
    Not sure if you remember me I waited tables at the corner pub and we met through jerry and Jill. I would really like to talk about your journey, may I email you?
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    1. Hi Bree! Yes of course I remember you! Please email me! tinatait@gmail

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