Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Get Your Run On // Jen S.


I’m not gonna lie.  When I saw Kara’s post about the Half Marathon Challenge…I was terrified.  But then I thought to myself, “Self, you’ve been thinking about doing another one, so what the f#$% are you waiting for? Do this challenge!”  And my inner self is right.  I had been thinking about doing another half marathon, and this kinda just seemed to be perfect timing.

You see…I started this whole “lose weight thing” by training for a half marathon.  I was 220lbs (5’ 8”) and thought “Ya know what would be awesome? Doing a half marathon!” Yes, my inner self is also a sadistic lunatic who tries to kill me on a very regular basis. So, at 220lbs, I started training for my very first half marathon.  At that point, I couldn’t even run for 3 minutes without stopping or feeling like my lungs were set on fire.  FUN!

During that 4 months, I lost about 30lbs.  And somewhere along the lines...

...I started to like running.

Yes, my actual self was turning into a sadistic lunatic as well…

Honestly, who the hell LIKES running?

I did…

I completed 4 half marathons between February 2009 and February 2010.  One might say, “I caught the racing bug”.  I became addicted to the feeling of starting a race.  Addicted to the feeling of crossing that line.  And always forgot the pain I was in the day after the race.  Much like childbirth (I’ve been told…as I only have 2 dogs, no humans yet).  I became addicted to the pageantry.  Addicted to people cheering me on.  So, in May of 2010, I started training for my very first Marathon.  I was going to complete the Chicago Marathon in October 2010.  Until that fateful September day…

I had been ignoring some knee pain. FOR SHAME!  During my 16 mile training run, things took a very terrible turn.  At about mile 11 my knees were aching so bad, I couldn’t move.  I actually had to call my husband to pick me up and drive me to my car.  There was no way I could walk there.

Running, in my mind, had betrayed me.  This seductive mistress who I had spent hours with on a daily basis for years, betrayed me.  Left me crippled.  Left me wounded.  And left me unable to run the Chicago Marathon.  That day, I swore off long distance running.  Part of me always wanted to go back.  I had thought about and planned to do a few half marathons after that, but never did.  Never set up a plan.  Never signed up.  Never told anyone about it.

Well – times have changed.  When I read that post, I knew.  This was my chance!  This was the chance I had to get back at it.  I would reunite with running again and it would be GLORIOUS (queue Old School line when Will Ferrel’s character talked about seeing Blue, “I see Blue, and he’s GLORIOUS!”).  I picked out my race (Dallas Rock N Roll Half Marathon March 24).  I developed my training plan (yes, you can use if you want!).  And I told all of you, so I pretty much have to do it now!

Looking forward to it...thanks, Kara for developing this challenge!

On a side note, I'm super stoked about my sexy Mrs. Clause outfit for hubby's work Christmas party.  If you followed me on instragrm, you would have seen this...live!



peace & love
Jen S.

Jen S. is one of the MLFC Camp Councilors and is obsessed with posting photos of her dogs (and other awesome things) on instagram (@jen_stamps).

17 comments:

  1. I can't wait until I get to a point that I decide (and have time to train) for a half! You go girl!!

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    1. Thanks, Faith! When you're ready, I'll be there to cheer you on! xox Jen S.

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  2. I am at the part where Mentally I love running... But physically I am just not there yet. At 237 lbs, I feel like I am struggling. BUT I keep on trucking and push past the sore legs and fiery lungs. I'm so happy you are going back to something that you really enjoy and know that all of us campers are cheering for you to succeed!! XOXOX

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    1. Girl, I was there for a long time and am there again. It HURTS! Running is not always fun. In fact, a lot of the time, when I run, I don't like it. It's the high afterwards that is just SO AMAZING! Keep on trucking!! xoxo Jen S.

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  3. You are rockstar for doing four half marathons in a year. Good luck with your training!

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  4. Following, and you are rocking that outfit, by the way.

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  5. Awwww. Jen you made me tear up. I know how defeated you must have felt with that knee injury. Can't wait to meet you at the starting line in March :)

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    1. I'm excited too! Thanks for coordinating this challenge!! XOXO Jen S

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  6. Yay!! My mom and I recently decided to embark on this challenge. We are looking into the Denver Rock N Roll in October!

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  7. Hi! 1. I don't know anyone who says "self" to themselves like I do... but now I do! 2. I'm so excited for your re-run of running! 3. Loves the Mrs. Clause!!!

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    1. Mrs. K - you crack me up! Yes, I refer to myself as Self quite often. Need to keep that cray-cray in line sometimes! ;) _ Jen S.

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  8. Hi! 1. I don't know anyone who says "self" to themselves like I do... but now I do! 2. I'm so excited for your re-run of running! 3. Loves the Mrs. Clause!!!

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  9. I will be training alongside you! Glad you are back to running, and love the outfit!

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    1. Yay, Susan! Can't wait to hear about it!! Let's do this! - Jen S.

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