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It didn't rain during my first 5K!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

It was the Lake Chabot Trail run in Castro Valley. It couldn't have been a more beautiful place to run at for my first 5K. The weatherman had predicted rain during the entire week, and it had rained yesterday. I was surprised, though, when I woke up this morning to silence. No rain drops, showers, or drips. It was overcast, but not one drop fell out of the sky while we ran. The gods seemed to be smiling down at us.

The terrain was hilly and I am not used to running on hills. This caused a lot of heavy breathing on my part, but I learned to walk those hills, and to take advantage of the downhills by running them. The trail was paved except for about a quarter of a mile that was a little muddy but not enough to cause anyone to get stuck.

I had the advantage of keeping pace with a woman who from behind looked to be around my age. She was keeping up a good pace. Unlike me, she was running all the way. No walking uphill. It was great to be able to do that. In the end I came in before her, but the way I see it is that I had conserved my energy by walking those hills.

What's next? I'm gonna start training for a 10K.

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    Oh wow a 10k? Really? That is so fabulous! I am so proud of your ambition! Goodness you are amazing and look amazing too. This must have been so fun and I agree with you about walking those hills. Just the fact that both you ladies were out there tells me there is still hope for me to do this too. Thank you for being inspirational to me!

Wahoooooooooo..awesome job my friend..just awesome!

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LOGOULD 6/7/2011 9:58PM

    emoticonon completing your first 5K! Let us know when you decide on your 10K - can't wait to hear the report!

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NMMAMA2011 6/5/2011 9:07PM

    emoticon I bet you are so proud of your accomplishment! I am proud for you just reading about it! emoticon

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BELLA0209 6/5/2011 9:01PM

    Great Job! Congrats!!!! I am headed for my first 5K at the end of this month! emoticon

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My first 5K is on Sunday and it might rain!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I just found out yesterday after checking the weather report that there is a 60% chance that it will rain on Sunday, and it just happens to be the day that I will be running my first 5K.

The other piece of important information I learned is that the Lake Chabot trail run is hilly. Yikes! I thought I'd done enough research about the race site, I even drove there yesterday but it started pouring down rain and I didn't want to get out of my car to walk over to the trail to see what it was like. When I got back home I checked some websites. A couple of bloggers stated that running the Lake Chabot trail had been difficult because of the hills but that it was a nice place to run nonetheless.

Oh well. I'm not doing this run to compete. I just want to finish it. Still, I had hoped for an easier terrain to be running on.

Wish me strength. I'll need it.

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RIDMYCOCOON 6/3/2011 9:07PM

    emoticon emoticon Your pace. Your space. You totally got this! I have always wanted to do this and have not. I will look to your experience. Thanks for the inspiration!

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LOGOULD 6/2/2011 10:44PM

    You're going to do GREAT!!! Just relax and enjoy. My last race (10K) was in a drizzle and once we starting running, the drizzle let up around mile 2...I kind of wish it had continued, it would have felt wonderful around mile 5-6. You will be amazed at how the energy of the crowd and the other runners and spectators and the adrenaline gives you extra speed and strength. You will surprise yourself! I can't wait to read your report!

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I lost another pound!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I can't express how excited I am about seeing the needle move downward on the scale because for so long I was stuck on 137. I'd lose a half pound then gain a pound. This repetitive yo yo cycle haunted me. It wasn't until I joined Spark that now I have lost a total of 3 pounds since April 4 and that's the most I have lost in years.

For anyone who is having the same problem, I suggest that you don't give up. Get active, do the things you love to do for exercise and do it consistently. Also, don't let the scale dictate your happiness. Use your imagination and experiment with what works for you. Running works for me and strength training. Dancing also works. But for you, it may be something entirely different. Whatever it is, do it on a consistent basis and you'll see some results.

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LIZABETT 5/30/2011 11:38AM

    emoticon for that pound you lost. You are certainly on the right track with your program. When I lose a pound it is a great victory and I realize that the closer we are to goal the slower it seems to come off. emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 5/26/2011 10:06PM

    Terrific! I agree that it is better that the scale not dictate happiness. I put a "You are Beautiful" post it on mine. emoticon

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NMMAMA2011 5/26/2011 4:53PM

    Hey, way to go! Congratulations!

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Does this ever happen to you?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I am getting to know myself through and through by using the nutrition tracker as well as the fitness tracker. This is a good thing because the nutrition tracker forces me to be honest about what Iím eating, and I canít deceive myself about the calorie count of a certain food in order to get away with eating twice the amount I should be eating.

One thing Iíve noticed lately is that I will eat at a certain hour simply because itís the hour that I normally eat, whether Iím hungry or not. Sometimes Iíll tell myself that if I donít eat now, then Iíll be too lazy later to eat whatís good for me. Iíll grab whatever is at hand, a banana dipped in peanut butter, say, or a cracker with cheese. Now thatís not too bad as far as junk food goes, but I never know when that banana with the peanut butter is going to trigger my wanting second, third and fourth servings simply because Iím hungry.

As I write this, ideas are coming to me about how I can prepare food in advance that I can eat during these escapades where I have to eat something now because I wasnít hungry at the time that I normally eat. I can have some food prepared that I can just put in the microwave, or some veggies I can slather in edamame dip. I want to get to where I can overcome that feeling of having to eat because of the hour, and get to where I take heed to what my stomach is telling me instead.

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    Spark people is set up so well that we start to really learn about ourselves and realize that we are true creatures of habit. I, too, found some of this to be true for me too. I love learning more about me especially since I thought I knew myself well..turns out not at all (ha).

I can see you are changing your own patterns and are reaching success, keep up the good work!!

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NMMAMA2011 5/26/2011 5:02PM

    I am working on this same thing. I want to eat only when I am hungry, but like you, I find myself being afraid to get "too" hungry for fear of overeating. I have been packing many smaller things in my lunch bag for the day. If I am hungry, I judge what would be most satisfying. Sometimes I try out a small item (like a few grapes) to see if that was enough for now. Other times I have my whole bag eaten by noon! I think your awareness of it is wonderful and perhaps you can blog about it from time to time and see how your thought process is evolving.

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Ahhhhh...magnificent sleep

Friday, May 20, 2011

You know what it feels like. You awaken in the morning without that negative voice scolding you for what you did not accomplish yet, what you still need to do, what you did do that didn't work well, how you could have done something better, etc., etc. I call it the morning hag.

She turns up when I do not get enough sleep. However, last night I did, nine full hours of it. The difference with how I awakened this morning and the mornings when I don't get ample sleep is that the hag was missing. I awakened to peacefulness. I even hugged my pillow as if to thank it for providing me with such a nice cushion to rest my head on.

So what did I do to get such a good sleep? I've been trying to track my sleep at least 3 times a week. Hmmmm...Oh yes, here are some of the things:

I drank a lot of water yesterday given that I did a lot of walking.
I took my vitamins.
I took a fish oil capsule.
I ate plenty of veggies
I ate three different kinds of fruits
I had a turkey patty for dinner

I went to bed at 9:30 because I was very tired.

Looking over my list, I don't see anything miraculous except that I didn't indulge in any type of junk food.


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