Sunday, October 28, 2012
Just to give you guys a quick heads up - yesterday's 5K time was 37:30. No better, but not much worse than the last race.
Also - there was another team from Legends of the Hidden Temple with the same outfit (which is insane since there were like eight different teams to choose from!)
My brother's time was 29 minutes, which was flipping awesome.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
So, it's a short blog today, unfortunately.
Plans are to go for my three mile loop over lunch, have a Chipotle Veggie Bowl as a reward, and then coast into this weekend's 5K.
I'm currently reading John Bingham's book - 'Running For Mortals' and I'm only into the first chapter and I've already had some fantastic moments of laughter and introspection. I really hope if reading books about potential hobbies appeals to you guys, that you'll consider this one for your next read.
Still, there was a great quote to start the book:
Is is not a miracle that I finished, it is a miracle I started at all.
Doesn't that just sum up EVERYTHING.
We work hard and persevere every day toward our goals. Sometimes we look at that as the hardest part. I'd agree with the quote: We prepare and train and practice every day as we search for ways to put health and fitness into our lives; but, what was hardest was finding the courage and strength to start. To make the decision that YES today I will go out and run. YES today I will plan what I will eat and stick to it. YES today is the day I will be kind to myself and accept my victories alongside my shortcomings!
Today I'm going to revel in the fact that yet again I take one running step out on my run and I start. I may not finish as fast or as far as I dream to - but at least I start.
What are you guys going to start today?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We're on the downhill side of this week and I don't know about you, but I'm totally stoked for this weekend's 5K. I am so sure I can improve on my run time (even if it's only by 30 seconds!) and I feel so much more confident going into this race than I did going into the Great Race a month ago.
So, yesterday I had planned on going for a jog from work to Fat Kids Club - I made it a block. Seriously, a block. I was sucking wind and I just felt TERRIBLE. Want to know what the culprit was? My backpack. I vow never to attempt to run with a backpack again. I spend more energy trying to keep the thing from running back and forth with each stride and to try and keep myself balanced that it's just not worth it.
So, next week, I plan ahead. I just need to get a small holder for my bus pass and relegate myself to bringing lunch in a plastic bag instead of my little cooler bag.
In other news this morning I had it all figured out. I had a dress I bought a year ago from ModCloth (it's here: www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/coach-
tour-dress-in-bleu ) and I've been waiting for both my weight to fall and the season to be appropriate to wear it. Wearing a large collared dress in the summer is no fun, batman!
So, this morning, I had every intention of wearing it to work. Blue dress. Grey tights. Brown boots. I was going to look BEAUTIFUL.
The dress fit! It was no longer skin tight in the chest and the waist had room in it. I was stoked.
And then I bent over.
Too short :(
As one of my friends on Facebook said, "There's no such thing as too short, only decent underwear." Still, I'm a bit too... humble to allow my knickers the chance of flapping in the breeze. Maybe I'll get some leggings, that will make me feel better...
I have to say should I ever a) get a date b) get wrangled into joining the icecapades or c) get a date TO the icecapades... well, I'll know what to wear.
How about you guys, ever had a piece of clothing totally disappoint? What'd you do with it?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Welcome to almost Halloween, everyone!
As I most often do, I come up with what I want to blog about in the shower. Initially, I was thinking about babbling on about looking at weight and time. For example, this morning I was thinking about how I am 15lbs away from what I weighed in my sophomore/junior year of college. That's ten years ago. (But, what's ten years, two ex-boyfriends, and a college degree between me and the waistline?)
It's crazy when you start associating your weight with where you were at a point in time. Because, when it comes down to it, it took me about ten years to put on thirty pounds. Think about that, we all work hard and rejoice when the scale moves a half a poud or a pound in a week - but when you do the math, it probably took us years to put on the weight in the first place. I know, for me, it makes me feel so much better to know that. I mean, my scale hasn't moved in any substantive way for about two weeks (still sitting between 195.6 and 194.2); but, that's okay.
Well, to get back onto the title of today's blog - I was thinking about Halloween costumes. Yes, I love playing dress-up and Halloween is no exception. For the costume 5K my brother and I are doing Legends of the Hidden Temple (get all excited now if you're a product of 1980's Nickelodeon TV a-la Double Dare, Guts, and anything else that required an obstacle course.) We're doing the Blue Baracudas. If you know anyone who would like to dress as the Temple Guard and chase us attempting to steal our half pendants of life, let me know, I'll happily make them a gilly suit.
For the Saturday night movie costume contest I think I'm going to do Holly Golightly (AKA Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.) The costume has to be movie inspired; and I, unfortunately, mostly have costumes from British TV shows / comic books.
So, somehow, I'm convinced Halloween got me thinking about Pirates and Ninjas (or it could have been that Once Upon a Time episode I watched last night).. Still, I've decided (first and foremost) that I'm totally a Pirate. I like a good party, I'm not above being boisterous, and shiny things tend to make me really happy. Ninjas, on the other hand, tend to be lone guns, seeking finesse in all they do, and wear dark clothing in the hopes of being inconspicuous.
Of couse, the Pirate and Ninja metaphors carry on to other things; too. You have Pirate exercises like Zumba, and spinning vs. Ninja exercises like Yoga, Pilates, and most weight lifting. Pirates like Cardio, I think (You can do lots of Arrrrrgh!) where as Ninjas would probably be more the sort for things that require focus.
Alright, I'll admit, my train of thought is a little screwy today.
Still, I'll throw it out there - what are you guys - Pirates or Ninjas?
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