Jessica Washburn, 34, of Phoenix, is a woman who sets a goal and goes for it. Her 2011 New Year's Resolution was to run a half-marathon: She's signed up for one in November. Last month she set out to lose 20 pounds, and she's almost halfway there. And after deciding to complete her family by adopting a baby girl, she was holding her newly adopted daughter in her arms a year later. Find out more:
Best recent run: My best run as far as time was last week when I ran 3.1 miles in 25:30. I not only had a lot of energy, but felt stronger than I ever have. It was pure enjoyment…even in 90 degree heat!
Girl power: My 4-year-old daughter was brought to us through adoption. After having two sons, and unable to carry anymore children, I knew I wanted to have a daughter. One weekend, we were vacationing in Mexico and saw two little girls begging and playing in the dirt. I felt strongly prompted to start the process. Fast forward one year: We were chosen to adopt an adorable full Mexican girl in Las Vegas. (I share our complete adoption story on my fitness blog to spread the message of what a miracle and blessing adoption is.)
Lost but not found: Since April 18, I’ve lost nine pounds and several inches. I started off with the Medifast plan, but quickly realized I wanted to tweek it a bit so I had the energy for longer workouts. I drink tons of water, eat five or six small meals a day high in protein, one big salad per day, and for now have tried to stay away from pasta, rice, breads, and I eat fruit sparingly. I’d like to lose about 10 more pounds and continue to tone up. Eventually I’ll go back to eating everything…in moderation.
Half on the distant horizon: I’ve only run in three races but loved every one. The energy and motivation races provide is so addicting. My favorite race so far was the recent 4.2-mile Pat Tillman Run, honoring the Arizona Cardinal who joined the military after 9/11 and was killed in combat. It was great to take part in such a huge event with such an inspirational backstory. I’ve also run a few 5K’s and will attempt my first half in November and another in January.
Drinking problem: I have been amazed that by staying hydrated throughout the day, I’m able to run farther without needing water. As the temps are rising fast in Phoenix, I’m on the hunt for the perfect water carrier. I currently just carry a water bottle when running outside.
Rise and shine: I’ve always been a morning person so getting up at the crack of dawn is no problem for me. I find by getting my run in early, I can enjoy the peaceful mornings and get my day started off on the right foot. If you struggle with morning workouts, I’d say the best two tips are:
#1 Give yourself a bedtime.
#2 Set out your running clothes the night before.
Works like a charm!
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