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So Inspiring! Thanks All!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Just wanted to pop in and thank everyone for their encouraging words! I am so thrilled to have found some great people at Sparkpeople to increase my motivation, even through my rant and raves. Thanks again to everyone that continues to encourage me and be an inspiration to my successes!

5 days and counting... I'm hoping to complete my song playlist (editing right now) for Thursday - 5K Trotting day. My list so far includes:
SOS by Rihanna
Funhouse and So What by P!nk
Walking on Sunshine
Turning Japanese by Shankin Pickle
Jump, Jive, and Wail
Come On Over Baby by Christina Aquilera (may be taken out)
I want you to Want me by Gwen Stephanie
Louie louie by Kingsmen
Chocolate Love by SNSD (Korean Girl Band)
Sorry, Sorry by Super Junior (Korean Guy Band)

If you are making our your new running playlist I highly suggest looking at this website for English Speaking Song ideas. www.jogtunes.com/

Happy Running! emoticon

  
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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2009 6:44PM

    I love running to pink! :)

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/21/2009 4:45PM

    Sounds like a good playlist to me. Have fun! I also like Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovie and New Attitude (not sure of the artist).
Cyndi

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SEEHOLZ 11/21/2009 4:08PM

    Thanks a lot for the link! I'm happy to report-LOL- that aside from the Korean stuff, I know all songs by name.
Enjoy your TG 5K-- it's so traditional, there will be lots of people, so no doubt it'll be fun! I'm running a 5 miler!

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3CATSLEP 11/21/2009 2:46PM

    emoticonCool songs!

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6 Days Until First 5K Run!

Friday, November 20, 2009


The timer has started and it is officially less than one week until I run my first ever 5K run - or any run if you are keeping count. I'm thrilled and nervous all at the same time - as many of you already know. I keep having daydreams about the gun going off for the start of the run (I'm extremely against guns so the thought unsettles my nerves to say the least); tripping on something in the cross-country path; losing a shoe in the mud since it's supposed to rain everyday next week; going overboard the first mile and then keeling over during the second; and so on... Just a few of my worries. haha I can travel and work overseas in a foreign, non-English speaking country by myself but the thought of running a 5K is getting the best of my sleep pattern. My husband thinks I'm overreacting but seriously it is a big life changing event and I want to make sure that I make it through remembering the day.

Enough said on my craziness and irrational daydreaming... I found this list of people that have run marathons (celebrities) and found it interesting to see their times run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_marath
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I tried to look for celebrity 5K running times but I guess they weren't as important as the marathon runners. Oh well...

Last night's run: 31 minutes and 28 seconds. We still have about one minute and 28 seconds to shave off our time. Our plan is to run the Turkey Trot in 30 minutes. It is something to work towards! Hoping the rain stops enough so we can run the next 6 days!

  
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3CATSLEP 11/20/2009 8:00PM

    Best wishes and praying for the weather! emoticon

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SZ5_SKINNYJEANS 11/20/2009 5:50PM

    That is amazing!! Good luck! I'm sure it will be a day to remember (sans the whole tripping, and losing a shoe and keeling over). emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/20/2009 2:35PM

    In one way I think your husband is right. You are over thinking it a bit. You are already running 5K's. You are increasing your speed continually so there is no reason to think you can not make that goal.

The fact that you see it as life changing is where I think most of the pressure is coming from. You have already changed your life. This is just a symbol of the changes you have already made. You are already a runner. You have already proven that.

As for the fear of the gun, remember this one only makes noise, like a loud firecracker. You will not fall or falter. If you do you will just pick yourself up and continue on to your goal. You can do this!

Now take 3 deep breathes and say 3 times I think I can, I think I can I think I can... I know I can, I know I can, I know I can!

Live healthy, live strong!
Cyndi

Comment edited on: 11/20/2009 2:36:45 PM

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KARVY09 11/20/2009 10:09AM

    Don't fret if you don't finish in under 30. As you mentioned, it's a different course than what you are used to. We're going to do great, regardless.

And yes, I agree with you about the fear. I was so nervous at my first 5K, I was shaking. But traveling and living in Japan alone? Eh, piece of cake!

So weird.
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Weight Fairy

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Have you heard about the weight fairy that implants heavy weights in your legs before running? Well, I am destined to believe that this fairy is real and has played a double prank on my body. Yesterday was a strange, my legs were feeling as those each one had gained about one hundred pounds each! We took yesterday off from running to allow our bodies to rest and recuperate after all the exercise that we have been logging in the last few weeks. We try to take one day off a week do relax and give a little R&R to our bodies. hmmm Not sure if it was the best plan since we felt worse the day after relaxation than what we had the previous workout day. From now on I think we will take a general relaxation run without trying to beat our previous time, instead of taking the whole day off from working out.

Yoga is in my nearest future to try to get our the kinks in my legs and hopefully some of the "fairy weight" will fall off during the process. Beware: watch out for the weight fairy!


emoticon emoticon One Week Away!!!

  
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ANEPANALIPTI 11/19/2009 3:22PM

    YOU CAN DO IT DARLING!!!!!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/19/2009 2:44PM

    Bad fairy, no cookie. Better the 100 lb legs today than next Thursday!
Best wishes for your turkey run!
Cyndi

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GABBIE00 11/19/2009 11:48AM

    I was hopeing the weight fairy took waight the waight off you.I was wanting one then

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NOTBLUSHING 11/19/2009 11:12AM

    I was hoping you were gonna tell me the Weight Fairy would leave money under my pillow in exchange for pounds I lose.... emoticon

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Yummy Berry Coconut Smoothie

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A few days ago we found Thai coconuts on sale at our Whole Foods Market (usually they are very expensive) so we splurged and purchased one. We used to be fully raw vegans so a nice ripe Thai Coconut is the perfect reminder of our days eating only raw vegan foods. If you have never had the pleasure of this wonderful tropical delight, I highly suggest splurging on one too and trying it out. Thai coconuts are the ones that are white on the outside - you can find many videos online that help you learn how to open one up easily if you are a newbie. These little gems can just not be compared in the least to those round ones we grow in America.

Here's our Smoothie Recipe from this Morning: (makes 2-4 servings)
10-12 ice cubes
1.5 cups raw thai coconut milk/juice
1 c. mixed berries (we had frozen in the house)
1 tbsp flaxseed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp agave nectar (you can use any sweetener)
1 scoop EAS Soy Vanilla protein powder

Blend until smooth and enjoy in the wonderful scent and taste! emoticon

  
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KARVY09 11/18/2009 9:34AM

    That sounds amazing! Thanks for the recipe!
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MRSKOTARSKI 11/18/2009 8:29AM

    Yummy! I love coconut, but very seldom eat the real deal!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/18/2009 8:17AM

    Sounds delicious.
Cyndi

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5K Turkey Trot Training Update

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If you have read my blogs entries even at least once in the last two weeks, you will know that I am training for my first ever 5K! It is a big accomplishment for me sine I've never been able to run even one mile without huffing and puffing it before stopping to a halt. (and that was during my tennis playing days) The last few weeks have been all about learning how to run, which sounds easy but has many different aspects that I never knew about before starting up running with my experienced husband. It took time to learn how to breath correctly, roll my feet the correct way and setup my body to a relaxed state without compromising my posture. Never in my dreams would I have thought that all of these things would make a difference between a tennis player and a runner. It is a great learning curve that I have had to overcome and am still learning more daily. Thankfully I am blessed by God in my adventure and have seen a great difference in my hard work. Just this week my husband and I have seen a decrease in our running times. (My husband does hold back a lot so that he can run alongside me - bless his heart!) Last night we got down to 31 minutes and 38 seconds! Hurray! Our goal is to finish the 5K race on Thanksgiving day and try to get 30 minutes or under so we are well under way to our successful Turkey Trot! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/17/2009 4:40PM

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Have a great time. I know you can get to your goal time. It sounds like you are right on track. Just be careful to not over train on the week of the race. I've heard you want to be well rested for the race.

Have a blast!
Cyndi

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LAURAKOHORST 11/17/2009 12:06PM

    emoticonHave a wonderful time "trotting" with your husband.

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KARVY09 11/17/2009 9:42AM

    No matter what happens, we'll all be winners on Thanksgiving Day for getting up early and doing something amazing!

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