Non-scale Victories & Other Weight Loss Miracles

November 6, 2013

Gearing up for my next half marathon

Filed under: Adventures & Misadventures, Marathon Woman — Carol @ 8:19 am

After a long, much-needed break from long distance races, I’ve signed up for the NYC Half Marathon with the NYC Chapter of Team in Training.

Training season officially begins the first week in December, but I need to get myself back on track before that. So, I’ve started aiming for a daily walk, weather permitting. Eventually, I may even hit the gym that I’ve been paying for, but not going to (more on that in the future).

I’ve weighed myself pre-training, so I have a reference point in terms of weight loss/gain. Now, I just have to get my head in the right place. That’s the hardest part for me. Suggestions and donations to the cause are most welcome.

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March 12, 2012

Am I CRAZY???

The NJ Half and the Super Hero Half. Two half marathons within 2 weeks of each other??? Am I CRAZY???

Please help me be a real Super Hero for cancer patients by making a donation in ANY amount to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on my behalf http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/nj12/crawlcarolcrawl

Why do I do this?

I do this because the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is projected to fall short of their national budget this year. That means that for some, the LLS co-pay fund that once helped cover the costs of medications and doctor visits is now depleted. That also means that research funding is being scaled back, slowing advancements in treatments and towards a cure.

I do this in memory of family members and friends I have lost to various forms of cancer over the years. People like my father, who died in October 1999 after a 5 month battle with inoperable kidney cancer. People like my friends, the late actor Cliff Gorman, who died from leukemia back in 2002, my friend “Betty Boop” who died of lung cancer, and my friend Patty Higgins, who was one of my biggest cheerleaders during my past marathon efforts as she fought her own battle with cancer.

I do this in honor of my friends who have survived their battles with cancer, like my honored team mates Andrew Matteson who trained for his first marathon this past summer while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. People like my honored team mate Jane Sanders, who is a constant source of inspiration, and who was my Hamptons Half Marathon room mate a few months ago. People like Caroline Watters, who was diagnosed when she was almost 2 years old, and her sister Lisette Watters, who donated her bone marrow at the age of 4 years old to save her sister’s life. Caroline is now 10 years cancer-free. Both Caroline and Lisette speak regularly about their experiences, and are a constant source of inspiration and laughter during our training seasons.

Your donation can make such a huge difference. It funds research, assists patients with small reimbursements for treatment expenses, and most important- it brings hope to so many. Please donate what you can. I know the economy is tough on us all, but please think as big and dig as deep as you’re able. Every dollar counts. Every dollar helps.

Thank you.

July 4, 2011

Back in the Groove

Filed under: Marathon Woman, Thoughts on Weight Loss, Weight Watchers — Carol @ 6:19 pm

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Down 5.6 at this Wednesday’s weigh-in, which was 2 weeks after my last weigh-in! I’m finally getting my Weight Watchers groove back! I’ve been trying to limit my junk snacks, which have definitely contributed to my plateau.

My next goal is to get back to the gym and treadmill at least twice a week. This is in addition to the twice-weekly half marathon training sessions with Team in Training for September’s Hamptons Half Marathon.  If you’d like to make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on my behalf, you can do so at http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/hampton11/cmartzinek

Thanks!

April 4, 2011

13.1 Miles Later

Another medal to add to my slowly growing collection! (Notice how nicely the ribbon colors match my jacket.)

Yesterday, I participated in, and finished, the MORE + fitness Women’s Half Marathon in Central Park. The weather this year was much better than it was last year, when I bailed out after 2 miles of race walking in the pouring rain. The sun was out, and the temperatures were in the high 40s/low 50s throughout the race. Plus, I found a fantastic place for a pre-race pit stop – the third floor restroom of the Time Warner building in Columbus Circle. It was so much nicer and warmer than the porta-potties in the park! Plenty of room to remove extra layers before the race, make sure everything was pinned properly, in my race belt, etc.

This was also my first experience fully participating in a half marathon. (Last year’s soaking wet 2 mile torture sess… I mean adventure does not count.) It was also my first half marathon/marathon experience without the benefit of 16 weeks of pre-race training offered by Team in Training. So, I really wasn’t going into it with too many expectations other than finishing it this year. I managed to hold down a solid 15 minute/mile pace for most of the race (which was a feat in itself). I had to slow it down for the last 2-3 miles because my right calf muscle felt like it was going to cramp up. I really had to push myself, but I did it, and I did it in about the time I figured I would – 3:30:57. Not my greatest, but I wasn’t third or fourth from last, this time, either. I was more like three hundred something from last.

There were some definite highlights and lowlights. Highlights included seeing my wonderful Team in Training friends out there cheering for me, including, but not limited to my “Team Words with Friends” friends Carolyn Brafman and Rachel Masterman, coaches Pam Wille, Dari Passarello and Ellen O’Shaughnessy, Noah Santorello, who manned Harlem Hill and stayed up there throughout the entire race all by himself to cheer us. Seeing my training buddy Norma Jennings briefly on our approach to Harlem Hill, after which point she left me in the dust. I really owe my cheerleading friends out there on the course. Knowing that I would be seeing their faces again was a big part of what kept me going during that second loop around the park!

Which brings me to the lowlights, the main one being two loops around Central Park. Who invented that torture??? Having to do Cat Hill and Harlem Hill once is bad enough – twice is just horrid. I have now made a new promise to myself (the first one being NO MORE TED CORBITT 15K ever again – EVER). that new promise is: No more Central Park races over 10K – PERIOD! One loop around the park is enough for me, and 10K should pretty much cover that. Now that I have done the MORE + fitness Women’s Half Marathon and finished it, I think I may be done with it. Time will tell.

Next up on my schedule are two charity walks – Walk MS New York and AIDS Walk New York, both of which are roughly 10K. Then the fun begins – 16 weeks of training for the Hamptons Half Marathon with Team in Training!

And to think, when I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting, I never would’ve thought any of this was possible!

February 13, 2010

I DID IT!!!

Me at the starting line of the Walt Disney World Marathon at around 5:30AM

I did it! On Sunday, January 10, 2010, I crossed the finish line of my first full marathon.

I think one of the most amazing things (besides actually being able to see and cross the finish line) was that I did it all with only one pit stop during the race at Mile 9, without another one until I got back to my hotel room after the marathon. We’re talking almost 6 hours without a pee break. Considering the amount of water and Power Ade that I drank at each station, and the fact that it was freezing-ass COLD out there, that’s nothing short of miraculous!

All in all, I held up pretty well physically. Some minor annoyances like a small blister at the bottom of my little toe that started at around Mile 23, and my left knee started to bother me a little bit after Mile 10, probably due to the pitch in the road. Mentally was another story altogether. There were some long stretches of highway walking – particularly between the starting line at EpCot and the Magic Kingdom. On the plus side, they were flat. On the minus side, they were B-O-R-I-N-G! They were also just a bit windy in spots. Just a bit. I think my worst stretch mentally and physically was between miles 18-24, especially between miles 20-21! (Those of you who were there know what I mean:-) My best miles pace-wise were miles 1-10.

My best miles mentally were miles 24-26.2, when one of my coaches met me and walked through EpCot’s World Showcase with me as far as mile 26. It was like strolling through my “home away from home” at Disney. The best part (aside from crossing the Finish Line) was having an unplanned cheering section made up of my friends, the fabulous and wonderful World Showcase Players, who were starting a show right as I passed the United Kingdom pavillion. That was AWESOME!!! Talk about perfect timing!

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