Sunday, December 05, 2010
Let's see if I can upload these now after a reboot.
Before leaving home. I've got the Jingle Bell spirit, can you tell?
A side view, which is very important. My ponytail is stuffed up into the curve of this hat LOL I love it!
It was very very windy, so as a precaution LOL I borrowed a set of safety glasses from Bill to keep the wind out of my eyes
Courtney and I before the start.
Bill snapped this one of me as we were heading out.
And here I am coming back, heading for the finish.
Finally, the victorious runners, after the race. Hee!
I've never before wanted my picture taken. I shied away from the camera, not wanting to see or show what I really looked like. Now, yea.. I'm turning into a picture ho', and that's alright LOL I'm proud of my efforts and my accomplishments, and I hope you got a giggle out of my goofy good time with this.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
And I want to do it again! LOL
This morning was the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk in Portland OR, and I was a part of the celebration and fun. I was nervous leading up to today, but figured last week I was going to have fun because I'll never have another FIRST 5k.
I'll have to add pictures in later, as SP doesn't want to let me include them at the moment.
I was nervous, but a good kind of nervous. Mostly good. Bill was on the receiving end of my nervousness and I think his patience was wearing a bit thin LOL But, we both survived the morning and headed downtown.
Where I work is just shy of one mile away from the start of the run, so we parked at the office and walked over. It was cold and blustery, but I don't think I felt anything until well after we'd finished. By the time we got to the starting area, they were lining up the kids for the Kids 1K Fun Run. It was so neat to see the little boogers take off racing down the street. How great that they were participating in something so fun and healthy at such a young age. Go kids!
Then, it was a countdown until the adults could start their run/walk. Courtney, our oldest, joined us. She was running as well, so it was great to nervously chitter-chatter with her before the start. Bill was old reliable and held everything we piled on him, from a jacket to phones and cameras and a spare banana LOL
Finally, it was time to line up to start. They had signs up to help line up based on our times. I found the "Over 10 min mile" sign and dutifully followed. Courtney was in the '9-10' group. There were lots of people ahead of us in the faster paced groups, but plenty of people in the 'over 10' group as well. I wound my way through the crowd, picking a spot that wasn't dead last, but not at the front of the group either. I stuck to the right side, hoping I could stay near the curb and allow those faster than me to truck on by as needed.
The announcer counted down the time to the start, and then the horn blasted! Go Go Go! Lots of WooHoos and applauding and cheering! Stop! Shuffle forward. Applaud s'more! WooHoo, here we go! Shuffle s'more. Oh, look, people ahead are starting to run. What have I gotten myself into??? Here we go legs, start running!
I started out well I think. I'd cued up my music to my first running bit after the normal warm up walking section. The thing is, I couldn't find a good pace. My body wanted to go much faster than the beat of the music. I'm sure I looked staggery trying to make peace between my body's attempted pace and the music LOL It all worked out eventually though. I used the music for queues when to walk and when to run.
I walked more than I intended, but I think starting out faster than I should have - and YES I read all the advice not to start out fast, but my legs were determiend to GO GO GO - but I was quick-stepping it when I was walking, and kept on moving moving Moving!
The front runner came whipping back by us, heading for the finish, before we were even at 1 mile. We - those runners and walkers in the general area - cheered for him, and the person hot on his heels as well. It was a very nice route. The river on our right heading out, the city on the left, lots of people spectating along the way. Plenty of people made their way past me, but I also passed others, which felt very unusual but I went with it LOL There was one lady who I kept with pretty consistently. She'd lead, then I'd pick up running and pass her, then slow to a walk and here she'd come. We didn't chat much beyond my telling her I liked her shoes (nifty red Nike runners) but huffed and puffed along together the whole way.
I kept an eye out, and finally there came Coutrney, heading back to the finish, well before I'd gotten half way. She saw me and I saw her and we let out a woohoo and high-fived across the distance and kept going. That was awesome!
The half way point was further off than I'd originally thought, but that was alright. I ran past the 1 mile marker. I ran through the turn around to head for the finish. I ran lots inbetween, especially when little kids ran past me with their parent[s] LOL I did see Gaye and gave a yell, but she was in her zone, walking strong, and I was happy enough to simply have seen her.
It was fun. FUN! There wasn't a step that I regretted. There wasn't a moment that I thought 'I quit' There were plenty of moments that I thought about all y'all, my Spark Family - the struggles you've had, the successes, the ecounragement and support you've given me, we've given each other. You were with me, and the finish line was in sight. I was tired, but knrew I HAD to run across that finish line, and I did. I was thrilled to finish!
Bill and Courtney found me after the finish line. Courtney had finished well before me, and we all knew she would. It was great to find them and hug it out and do a WooHoo dance in the middle of the street. I kept applauding and cheering and bouncing around. I DID IT! My stopwatch said it had been around 45 minutes, and that was my fastest time ever. More awesomeness!
We made our way over to the courtyard where the organizers were passing out bananas and cheese and bagels and .. well, we think they had water somewhere, but we never found it. We did find coffee, and I settled for that because I just wanted something wet. We also found the computers set up to check for your official chip time. Courntey finished around 28 min., and I finished at 45:01 minutes! As the glow of finishing wore off and we cooled down, we headed out again, back to my work building and the cars.
I'm so happy that Courtney and I both ran this. We may not have been side-by-side for it, but we ran it together and it was great to have her support for it. Bill, as always, was such a huge support and my biggest fan, and I am very lucky and grateful.
I think we're signing up for the Valentine 5K/8K/12K Run/Walk. I'm going 5K, Courtney's going 8K, and Bill may be doing the walk. We'll see. Courtney and I have already signed up for the Shamrock run in March! Hee! Now I have something more to look forward to, to train for, to keep striving to achieve. I bet I can beat 45 minutes! LOL
Friday, December 03, 2010
So.. I'll fess up. I roared.. erm.. RAWWR'd into November, convinced it was going to be My Month! MINE!
It wasn't so much. Oh, it had its highlights. Such as..
It's been 33 days since I've had a cigarette!
Yay me. I want one, still, now and again, but I want to breathe and be able to run MORE than I want a smoke.
The rest, though.. sigh.
I was going to cross the 50 lbs lost threshold shortly after my 43 birthday (Nov. 8).
Not so much. In fact, I gained back anywhere from 4-8 lbs last month.
I was going to wrack up 1300 fitness minutes and help Portland beat Seattle in the Spark America Fitness Challenge.
I fell very short. I only had 850 some fitness minutes.
I was going to consistently lose at least a pound a week for the 3 different holiday challenges I'm a part of for three teams.
As I said, I've gained 4-8 lbs, due to quitting smoking, discouragement, a small bout of depression, the lost weekend of overindulging, etc. and so on.
Pretty dismal, isn't it? Yea, very.
Oh well. November's over. Lessons learned. I'm moving on. Onward, forward, downward, whatever-ward it takes to stay on track!
That's me. I know, you're wondering how many flippin' animals I can compare myself to? Let's see, we've had the duck, the zen duck, the fear the fuzzy duck, a RAWWRing dino, a grasshopper, and now a turtle.
What can I say, I've got great animal magnetism!
I'm still going. I'm still rolling along. I'm running Sunday. I'm back on the exercise bandwagon. I'm tracking my food, and I'm eating healthier again. I'm not depressed about not smoking, I'm feeling more positive overall about life and my efforts.
November was the best and worst month of my Spark journey. And it's over. And I'm still standing.
I am FIERCE!
I am FABULOUS!
I am a newbie RUNNER!
I am proud to be a member of ALL of my TEAMS!
I am so happy when I can support and encourage my Spark FAMILY!
I am a WEEPY NINNY and your messages of support and encouragement touch my heart every time!
I am an UNSTOPPABLE SPARK WARRIOR and I will succeed!
I will get my cardio in, C25K, consistently, 3 days a week.
I will yoga, elliptical, walk, kettlebell, dvd, etc. on my off-cardio days.
I will eat within my nutrition goals.
I will drink 9 cups of water a day (I've been doing this, this past week, and it's working well for me).
If I get down, or start to struggle, I will ask YOU for help to get back up and keep my accountable.
I will work very hard to weigh only once a week, not every day.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Sunday morning, 7:45 a.m. PST. If you're going with, let me know! I'll be carrying all y'all along with me, every step of the 5 k, 3.1 mi way.
I'll have pictures because for this run, yea.. I'm dressing up and having fun with it. Our oldest daughter will be running as well. She can run it in nearly half the time it'll take me and that's alright. It'll be nice to hopefully see her waiting at the finish with Bill, for me to chug across the line.
Gaye, I'll be on the look-out for you. You can probably walk it faster than I can run it, so maybe we can play cat'n'mouse along the course
Any other Portlanders going to be there? I'm hoping to meet up with Mina again, but haven't heard from her in a while.
I'll file a complete report on Sunday afternoon. I'm already excited! This may be a loooong weekend!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thank you, new friends and old, for your support. It means so much to me, especially since I simply cannot hear those same kinds of sentiments from myself.
Thank you, body, for running tonight. I neglected you for nearly a week, and you don't seem to have held it against me. The walk last night, and the run tonight felt good, very very good.
Thank you, Marie625, for your blog.
Thanks for explaining your shuffling run, coming from your calves, rather than your thighs. I have no idea if we're doing the same shuffle, but I tried running with my thighs tonight, and it felt so much different and better. I still have no endurance, but I will. I'll get there.
Thank you, rational part of my brain. Trust the process. Do it, and keep doing it, and don't try to second guess or expect the moon. Step by step by step.. trust the process. It works, we know it works, we've seen the results - 45 lbs GONE. The rest will be released as well.
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