Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gym de Titus

It has been a crazy week with traveling back to school, classes, my service project and trying to fit in working out. When I'm at school I take advantage of the Arc Trainer, which is essentially a pimped out ellitpical. It gives you more range of motion, better resistance and seriously it gets your heart rate up more so overall I get a better cardio work out from it. Tuesday I just did arc trainer and nike abs, then Wednesday I ran 2 miles around the field house- worst decision ever. It's the worlds tiniest track and made for thee most boring run ever when you forget your garmin so you have to count laps to know what mile you're on... awful...hence why I stopped at 20 laps and went to my best friend the arc trainer. 




Today however thought I knew I'd be home so I could run. I originally wanted to run outside, because I knew the jcc would be closed for rosh hashanah buuuut of course when I was driving home it started down pouring and I'm a wimp and didn't want to run in the rain...BUT THEN I REMEMBERED OUR SUPER SWEET GYM-LIKE BASEMENT!!







So I did 6 miles in 49 minutes on this bad boy while watching my favorite movie!! <--- MIRACLE!!


The legs feed the wolf, gentlemen! 


Now if you haven't go like Jim on facebook!!
or 
DONATE!


annnnd


GO TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!! 
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Plan for the week/weekend:


Friday: Rest (mainly because I have to work all day, the gyms closed, and it's an off day from running and I haven't taken a rest day in a while)
Saturday: 10 miles <-- WOOHOO
Sunday: Festival of Races 5k and then the 3k Fun run with my dad's class! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy 4 month to my broken skull!

Tomorrow will mark exactly 4 months that I have had a headache and 4 months that my skull has been broken. Craziness. Seriously the past 4 months have been the most ridic things ever. 


This weekend I was going to do a long run again, but brain things and head aches made me take Sunday off and instead I biked to the high school, did a 2 mile track/speed work out and then biked home...all I can say is holy hills... Seriously... when lee ann womack said "Never fear those mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of least resistance"...she clearly had never done hill work outs....



As for the weekend, Kyle came home! and he's been running!! And I found a note on the kitchen table from my father saying "Sit down before you read this- I went for a RUN. Went south" <-- I love my family and my peer pressure for them to love running as much as I do :D muaha




Kyle being a creep while we're at the Dark Horse...

Today after work I decided I was going to hit up the JCC and see how far I could run before my headache got too much for me, hence why I couldn't run outside today :/ 

Anyways- I did 6 miles at an 8 min pace which is MUCHO improving. I am glad I am finally improving it is a big confidence booster! Hopefully by Jan I will be back to my old self!! Also I did nike training club abs again...seriously want to vom the whole time and my abs feel like steel after... but they don't look it yet...


Pic on the left is the new shirt pre work out... right is post work out... I am a disgustingly sweat beast and I can't deny it 


In 2011, about 571,950 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most com­mon cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. In the US, cancer accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. By fundraising for the American Cancer Society, I am helping raise awareness of cancer so that all of our families can enjoy a cancer-free future! 

Every bit helps, so thank you in advance for any support you can provide. Please let others know about this opportunity and encourage them to participate or make a donation too. All contributions are tax deductible and will support the lifesaving research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs of the American Cancer Society. 
Also, if you would like to dedicate your donation to specific cancer survivors or victims please let me know their initials and I will add them to my race shirt. 
http://main.acsevents.org/goto/caitlintitus 



If money is a trouble for you right now there is an easier way to help! 

My triathlon friend Jim Wilkes has encouraged one of his sponsors to help my fundraising efforts; however I need your help. During the next two weeks for every like on Jim’s Fan Page, his sponsor will make a donation in my efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Go to his page hit like and tell everyone you know to do it as well!!!!!!!!
ps. Jim is insanely inspirational so it’s worth your time to check out his story!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Wilkes/101175126630575

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DO LIFE


First and foremost....
My triathlon friend Jim Wilkes has encouraged one of his sponsors to help my fundraising efforts; however I need your help. During the next two weeks for every like on Jim’s Fan Page, his sponsor will make a donation in my efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Go to his page hit like and tell everyone you know to do it as well!!!!!!!!
ps. Jim is insanely inspirational so it's worth your time to check out his story!!



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At church on Sunday there was a line from Matthew 20 the parable of the workers in the vineyard, that really stuck with me. It is about these workers who all get paid the same, the ones who worked all day and even the ones who only worked 1 hour at the end of the day. 


What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?'
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Matthew 20.14-16


At first when I heard this I too thought, "well that isn't fair". But why isn't it fair? For one to distribute such things to others is ones own right. Envy and jealousy are terrible things and it is definitely I am trying to get better at.


For example, I envy runners who are faster than me, despite how much harder they have worked for it, I am jealous of women who appear to be "naturally thin", when really they have healthy habits and work hard for their body. From the outside anyone can assume anything. I may walk by an overweight man in the store and think "Wow he's big, he should drop some lbs", but in reality that man could already be down 100+ pounds. Someone may see me wandering around the parking lot in search of my car and think "oh she's so dumb" but in reality I honestly can't remember where it is... Strangers don't know your past, and they certainly don't know your future. So don't sit around and envy the "naturally thin" or the "boston qualifier" because in reality they have most likely worked for where there are today, no one is naturally gifted we are all given the same thing, and that is to try and not be afraid to fail.








As for training today, 
I cross trained on the Arc Trainer for an hour and then did Nike Training Club ab's...dayum they are killer but I'm already feeling better with them and the first couple times... meaning I don't feel like I'm going to puke and die now....






ps. Ben from Do Life, posted this once, sooo go do life..or something!!





Monday, September 19, 2011

I have a "good" face on for how I feel about this run. I'm trying to look on the bright side. I woke up this morning with plans of this run at 530 before work. But (if uve read my other blog) I've been having this weird thing where my arm falls asleep and goes numb and my ribs get tingley lately. At first i thought I pinched a nerve but this morning my arm was completely useless and I really didnt know what do to. I just said fudge it and went back to sleep and called my dr when I got up to go to work. 

Anyways, they aren't worried and don't think it has anything to do with my brain so that cleared my nerves and I went and did this run after work at around 630. It was so nice out and it was at sunset on the lake so it was really pretty

View on the run at Green Lakes

This was a slow run i'll admit that. Not only was it my first run outside since ummm mid June before the accident, but it was my 2nd "long" run post injury. Mentally it felt really good except for the fact that I'm almost an entire minute slower and about 20lbs heavier than I was last year at this time. But it is what it is and I have to progress from here so that's that. 

Another long run in the books! I'm right on track for the Syracuse Half Oct 16th! 10 mile run planned for next Sunday! annnnd

REST DAY TOMORROW WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


An estimated 39,970 breast cancer deaths are expected in 2011. Breast cancer is the 2nd cause of cancer death in women. By fundraising for the American Cancer Society, I am helping raise awareness of cancer so that all of our friends and families can enjoy a cancer-free life.


Dedicate your donation to a friend, family member or someone you know that has beat cancer, or has been a victim of it. Please let me know their initials and I will add them to my race shirt and run in honor of them. 



http://main.acsevents.org/goto/caitlintitus 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Da bomb dot com

The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 11.7 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January 2007. Some of these individuals were cancer­free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment. By fundraising for the American Cancer Society, I am helping raise awareness of cancer so that all of our families can enjoy a cancer-free future. Every bit helps, so thank you in advance for any support you can provide.


Dedicate your donation to a friend, family member or someone you know that has beat cancer, or has been a victim of it. Please let me know their initials and I will add them to my race shirt and run in honor of them.
http://main.acsevents.org/goto/caitlintitus



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The past couple days my training has been pretty light still. I ran a solid 5 mile yesterday with no increased head aches afterwards which was DA BOMB


Last night I thought that I wasn't going to have time to work out today after work, so I decided that I was going to wake up at 6am and go for a morning bike ride. 6am comes fast when you go to bed after midnight...but I still got up and did my chilly ride. And then luckily I was able to run after work! A quick 5k to keep the legs loose. 




This past week was really hard for me with the whole "you can never play contact sports again" thing. My whole life was sports. Since kindergarten I had played soccer and from 7th grade on every season I was playing soccer, basketball and softball. The fact that I am never allowed to play those- even recreational drives me nuts. It doesn't help when all the girls on my (old) soccer team keep updating their status or posting pics of their games and what not. Le sigh. Here's an old pic to keep the nostalgia going...


But then I remember that over the past 2 years I have fallen in love <-- corny but true, with running. I am addicted to it and it truly frees me and is the most challenging thing I've ever done. Nothing is better than getting lost in your own thoughts on a run. So despite the set back and the whole sports getting taken away from me, I need to remember that I am now just entering a new chapter of my life...with many new exciting endurance events. 

Some half marathons, TOUGH MUDDER, Disney marathon and eventually (please oh please oh please) Boston and some tri's!! I have many exciting things awaiting me and I am so happy to get going on it!!


Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Weekend Excitement:

  • Tennis
  • Fall Fest
  • Long RUN SUNDAY
  • Sunday is the Syracuse Ironman!! <-- Being a #1 fan! 


Thursday, September 15, 2011

yadda yadda yadda

I'm sorry if you've come to this blog to hear really awesome things right now- haha because as of right now official marathon training doesn't start til mid October. Right now my game plan is to build my miles and weekly miles to half marathon distance and then keep it at that until marathon training begins. This is for two reasons:


1- I don't want to get hurt  
2- I want to build endurance prior to so I can incorporate speed work in 


becaaaaaaauuuse then I will be speedy...because we all know the ultimate goal right now is to win Boston...


....I mean my goal is to boston qualify....




At my first marathon I missed it by 4 minutes and the whole race I was on track for it. Up until mile 22 when some water station mishap (went down the wrong pipe...lead to abs cramping...led to just trying to breathe and run...slower pace led me to feel the leg pain, picked up the pace but still missed it by 5 minutes, 3 hours 49minutes...so close yet so far). 


So despite missing it I really would like qualify within the next year. If I don't in January, not a HUGE deal because I've had a lot of unfortunate circumstances and I'm just grateful to be able to run right now and I really don't want to push my limits considering I have brain issues now haha. 


Some day...




Back to the "training", I originally wanted to do some sort of run, maybe a 5k or 4 miles but the blood blister that is still on my pinky toe didn't agree. I did 1.6miles on thedreadmill, and then said fudge it and did the arc trainer for 40 minutes, followed by a Nike Training Club "Butt Burner" work out.








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Side note! This past Sunday, a good friend of mine Jim Wilkes, completed the Rev3 Triathlon. Jim is an army wounded warrior who completed each major distance in regards to running and triathlon. He started his journey on Memorial Day 2011 and ended on September 11th, 2011. He has an amazing story and is an inspiration to all so go to his website to read more about him. 








Also! Don't forget to go DONATE :) 

First long run post accident!!

If you know me- which you probably do, which is why you're here...then you know that I recently had that  accident with a certain softball jerk and it left me with the skull fracture and a slight brain injury. This being said I was told to basically be a couch potato for a couple months. I've been going to PT (yeah- weird PT for your head...) and they had cleared me to run. This being said I was THRILLED. However, this was also extremely frustrating because my endurance was way down when I started to run again. 5 miles which used to be easy as pie was now a struggle and my pace is slower by 30ish seconds. As with everything else that is going on with my life I learned I had to deal. I slowly have been building my weekly mileage and beginning to have "long runs" on Sunday's again in order to prepare for the marathon (even though I don't "officially" start training til Oct). 


Don't worry I was super nerdy and wore my compression sleeves to bed in order to prep for this run...


Today I did my first long run of 8 miles! I haven't ran that far since before the accident so this was extremely exciting! What was even better was it didn't feel like a struggle and I kept my pace around an 8 minute mile. I even got new shoes last night because my old ones were on about 700 miles... yikes... Stupidly though I was way too excited about the shoes and wore them today... uhh yah I've got two blood blisters on my baby toes that are killer. (I'll spare you the picture....but I did take one, but my dad said it'd be super grimey if I posted it)


Sweet new kicks...




Besides the run being awesome my headache also did not get worst through out the run- which is a huge plus- and it's been about an hour since I stopped running and my headache is at the same "number". 


Ridiculously sweaty mess after that 8




Running quote of the day- 


Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty. 
-- Henri Frederic Amiel, swiss philosopher

Hello!!



On January 8th, 2012 I will be running the Disney Marathon in honor of my grandfather Russ Reals and my aunt, Cindy Titus. Both of these amazing people died of different forms of cancer over the past couple years. I chose to run this marathon for them. While training for this race I plan on fundraising for cancer awareness. 

My grandmother has already made a genereous donation by sponsoring me in this race and has been providing great motivation to get my butt back into marathon shape ;) 

I would like to offer to anyone who donates that if they would like they can donate their money for a specific person. If you would like you can email me (cait_tee19@yahoo.com) or write the initals of those whom you would like to donate for and I will put their initials on the back on my race shirt and run for them aswell on Janurary 8th. 

Together, we are making a difference!

This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words "You have cancer," and there's a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love. I have chosen to fight back against this disease and help make a difference by supporting the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back.

Please help me!

I hope you will support my effort by clicking on the below link and making a donation in support of my effort. 


Donation Page!