Monday, February 13, 2012
Yesterday was a great day for the Fanconi 5K. It wasn't raining, even though it was overcast and pretty chilly with a good breeze blowing by. I finished in 40:43, which I consider good considering I ran 5 mi the day before. I'm not a daily runner (although I have toyed with the idea of doing at a minimum 1 mile a day) so running two days in a row was a bit of a push and accomplishment for me. The last time I did that, I ran 13 mi one day and then a 5K the next, and ended up with shin splints.
Not this time. I kept telling myself that if I was too tired, I could slow down and walk out the race and there'd be no shame in it. I didn't though. I trucked my way through, and finished in a respectable time. I haven't downloaded the pics we have on our camera yet, but here's one from the local event photog site.
That's the closest I've ever seen myself to having both feet off the ground. I don't know if I ever accomplish that feat of the feet or not. Ha.
Next weekend is a magic mile run with the local Galloway Tribe on Saturday, then I'm running a 10K while the majority of the Tribe is running a Half on Sunday. I'll be cheering them on as they bring it on home. Should be a good time.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Today is the day to run/walk/skate/dance/paddle/bike/boogie/mo
ve to honor Sherry Arnold, the wife, mother, teacher, runner, and so much more woman in Montana who went out for a run one morning and never came home. While authorities believe they know what happened, and have suspects in custody, they have not yet found Sherry to bring her home.
I blogged about this virtual run previously:
Today is the day. The folks in Sherry's hometown did their honor run this morning at 9 a.m. Montana time. I ran, with my bib for Sherry, this morning at 9 a.m. local time with my Galloway Tribe. I snapped a picture of Sherry's bib before leaving today.
It's a blurry Blackberry pic, but you get the idea I hope. The 5 mi run with the Tribe today was one of the roughest runs I've ever had. Thursday evening and all day Friday I went off the Spark-grid and ate too many things I shouldn't have, and didn't track it. There's no hiding it or faking it from the body though, you know? I was dehydrated, not well fueled, over-stuffed and basically miserable the whole way.
I just kept thinking it was a wonderful run, though, because I was running. I could run. I can run tomorrow, and next week, and whenever I want. I'm fortunate to have this life and to live it well. I finished the run, and I loved seeing so many people, strangers, wearing the same Running for Sherry bib as they ran and walked by.
While I'm typing this, I'm eating a greek yogurt with a tbsp of nestle quik and a bit of sugar-free hazelnut syrup in it and it is divine. I've found a new delish post-run snack! Later we're going to pick up our Fanconi Valentine's 5K packets, and do some other errands. I'll be taking Sherry with me everywhere I go. I didn't know her personally, but she is every runner.
She is each of us. Be safe, my Spark-family.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Today was one of those glorious days we're lucky to experience here in Portland - it was cold, bracing cold, and windy as heck, but boy that sky.... such a gorgeous blue, bright, brilliant, beautiful to see. And dry! No Rain! WooHoo!
Seven of us from the SparkPortland team met up at the Oregon Food Bank to volunteer our time to a worthy cause to help others.
Song-of-Debra, CJanness, TaoLoser, GayeMC, AniDuck, and Bill and I met up at OFB a little before our shift to get to know each other a bit face to face. We'd all seen each others' names on Spark and the team discussion boards, but for several of us, this was our first meeting.
Along with our team, there were volunteers from a local high school as well. It was quite a crowd! Today, we bagged two pounds of rice, inserted instructions into the bag, and twist-tied them closed. The bags were placed into boxes, then the boxes were sealed up.
It was a pretty straight-forward process and it was amazing how much rice we processed in the two hours. I believe Mike, our coordinator today, said we bagged up over 12,000 lbs of rice! It's hard to imagine!
Once again, we forgot to take our camera.
I did have my Blackberry though and snapped a few pictures of our team.
GayeMC and CJanness lookin' stylish in their headwear and aprons!
Song-of-Deborah rocked those bags of rice! You should have seen her twist-tying like a pro!
Bill was the rice scooper, and AniDuck made sure the rice made it in the bag. Teamwork!
TaoLoser was our strongman! Dude was heftin' up 50 lb bags of rice and toting them about, replenishing the crates of rice the scoopers like Bill were portioning out.
One big happy family! From left...
TaoLoser, CJanness, moi, GayeMC, and Song-of-Deborah. AniDuck had to leave before we snapped the picture. Bill took the picture for us.
It was wonderful to meet more Sparkers face to face. I think everyone had a great time, and we're all looking forward to another opportunity to volunteer our time again, not to mention getting together for other fun activities.
Hikes, walks, just general get-togethers. SpeedyDog asked a question on my last blog about what benefits there are to running with a group (I had referred to my Galloway tribe). I think for me, the biggest thing (aside from running better overall) it's the friendship and camaraderie of spending time with people who are working toward the same goal. That's what SparkPortland is to me.. we're working toward a similar goal - maybe not the exact same goals, but we all want to be healthy, fit, and active. Doing something about it, working toward meeting our goals WITH someone makes it seem much easier and less like work.
I love SparkPeople, and I love my SparkPortland teammates! Thank You for participating and making this such a fun event.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I am the scale's b*tch.
No, it's true. I am. It's an evil entity that wields an incredible amount of power in my life. Sigh.
Having said that, the all-mighty scale was kind this morning.
Well lookit me, eh?!
I figure, if I have to record honestly what the scale says on Sunday (228.4, wth, right??) then I must record what is says today, the start of a new month. So I did. Let's see if deciding to do so bites me in the buttocks come this Sunday, shall we?
Let's run the numbers..
No real discernible difference, right? Except, I feel better. I've eaten better. I've slept better. I've moved better. The scale, lord-high device that it is, is the only calculable, quantifiable proof that the work I put in this month has paid off.
It is more than my desired 2.5 lbs release for the month, but I'll take it and run with it like I stole it!
Greek yogurt. I've found that I do like it after all. I didn't, before. I think that's because I had plain non-fat off-brand greek yogurt. There's nothing wrong with off-brand, I'm all about it when I can find a good product that is. Now though, I feel spoiled by indulging in Chobani brand. I've had the pineapple kind again today, with a 1/2 cup of Quaker granola stuff. It was rich and creamy and crunchy and just right, and FILLING! I'm still quite full, so I appreciate that it's sticking with me this long.
On the same line of thought of food.. I've added in 3 ounces of chicken breast to my eating each day. Odd, right? I know. I dithered myself into a tizzy wondering if I wasn't getting enough protein and maybe that's why my body was hanging on to the lbs. So I added the 3 oz. starting Monday. Did it contribute to my jump in lbs released? Maybe.. we'll see.
I'm contemplating yet another experiment to see how I feel, how my body reacts. One week, I may do away with all dairy to see what happens. Another week, I may eliminate all grains to see what happens then. I'll do these experiments separately just so I get clear results, if any. I felt good and clean and LIGHT when I did the reboot, and there were no dairy or grains during that time. Maybe I need to re-examine those choices again and see what I can do better. I'm already following a mostly vegetarian menu plan thanks to Spark's menus, and then yes, adding in my chicken each day. Why not tinker around a bit more?
I had a good run with the Galloway tribe last Saturday. I was the only 'newbie' in the 30-30 group, and that's ok. I missed some of my old compatriots, but they'll be back around soon I figure. They're gearing up to run the Heartbreaker Half on Feb. 19. I'll be doing a 10K that day, so I'll be there to cheer on my new teammates. I felt good, being able to stick with these runners who have been training for months, considering I only really started putting in any effort this last month.
I'm doing my twice-a-week maintenance runs on Tuesday and Thursday at a :45/:45 interval. I was doing 1/1 intervals, but opted to ease up just a bit. Yes, I wanted to run solid 1/1 intervals this year, and I may still yet. We'll see. Either way, I already feel as if I'm a better runner than I was starting out last year. I like this progress.
I've set my first half of the year running schedule so far. The races are listed on my front page. I'll add my times as I complete each one. I'll be volunteering for two runs this year - the Shamrock Run and the Cinco De Mayo run. I feel good about giving back to the running community here in Portland, so I'm just as excited as volunteering as I am about racing!
Last night, I did my last run of the month. I logged the following for January:
14 runs (missed 4 scheduled runs)
560 minutes, 9.3 hours of running
My mileage will increase now that I'm training. That's one third of my fitness minutes this month. Nice! The rest is walking and ST, so I'm pleased, very much so.
Also last night, I did intervals within my intervals.
Yea, I know, sounds nutty, but bear with me.
I ran :45/:45 for the first .25 mile.
Then I ran the full .25 mile.
Then I ran :45/:45 for the next .25
Etc. and so on, until I'd run 3.1 in 43. No great land speed-record, but I'm pleased to get that .25 without walking under my belt. I plan on increasing that as time goes on. Go me!
I'm going with the SparkPortland team to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank again on Saturday, Feb. 4. It should be a good time. We have one repeat volunteer, and three new people. I'm looking forward to bonding with teammates and helping others all at once! I'll see if we can remember to snap pictures this time.
So.. there you go m'dearies! February is apparently starting off with a torrent of words and intended good deeds. Let's see what we can do to make it happen and make it count!
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