Monday, August 01, 2011
In a way, this really is a sad day for me because, although it was my wish, I am stepping down as Co-Leader of the C25K Running for Beginners Team and feel some loss for doing so. When I was first asked to become the Co-Leader of this team, I was thrilled and honored. I loved the job for almost three years and it gave me a sense of pride to talk about helping to lead a team of over 5300 members. Now, my life really has gotten in the way. I live in Florida and volunteer for the Red Cross. I also became a certified running coach for RRCA and have started helping a small group of retired community members become more active. Although they are not runners, I took the coarse to make sure I wasn't going to give the wrong advice or injure any of my neighbors. I also train myself and run about eight races a year.
Some of you know that I have been raising butterflies for over a year and with that comes a lot of time growing plants and gardening to keep the caterpillars fed and the future butterflies nourished. In addition to that, our house is up for sale and we are in the middle of the rainy season. The lightning strikes require me to shut my computer down and sometimes, I can't get on line for days.
To make a long story short, I just didn't feel that I was being fair to the team because I no longer have the time to dedicate to these wonderful members. Each and every one of them should have the praise and encouragement and motivation they deserve as a member of this team.
So, although I will still be around, I am sad to say good-bye as the Co-Leader. But, out with the old and in with the new. NATPLUMMER (Natalie) will be a wonderful replacement and FITTGRRL has always been my inspiration and good friend. So, the team is in good hands and will continue to prosper. Happy running, See you at the races!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Yup, I ran a race on July 4th, but it certainly was not the run I had hoped for. I am trying to increase my speed and it kind of back fired. I started strong, running faster than I normally do. I mean, after all, I did a sub 30 on the treadmill, I thought for sure I was ready to set a PR, but Nooooo! I just passed the first mile marker and I was already wringing with sweat and running out of steam. I had my mind set on running without walking (something I have not done in a while) so, when I felt like I had no energy left, I just slowed my run down to a plod. Really, walkers were passing me! Well, all of a sudden I hear a loud rustling sound. When I looked over my shoulder, I swear, it was a BIG vulture! OMG! You know you are running slowly when a vulture thinks you are his dying prey. Not only did it scare the crap out of me, it put a little life back in my step. I don't know how I did overall, I just know I didn't win any medals. To tell the truth, I was just thrilled to finish. I have been running much longer races, so I am not sure why this 5K gave me so much trouble. I think I am going back to starting slowly and building my speed.
I sure don't want to be Race Kill for a Vulture!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Since I am spending two days at the beach, it made me think about what I was going to do that is healthy. I usually use going to the beach for a couple of days an open invitation to eat all the junk I want and drink beer like I would never do at home. So I am starting my summer plan right now. I made tuna that was canned in water, brought multi-grain bread, made sugar-free cookies with apples and cranberries, packed fresh fruit, cut up carrots and celery with light Ranch dip and included green tea and zero calorie power drinks. I have my running shoes, my running bra and watch, so I am really planning a healthy, exercised filled two days. I have a race on July 4th and that has kept me motivated so I won't blow it over the next two days.
As for my BLC 16 results, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why I didn't lose the amount of weight I wanted. I wanted to lose 10 pounds and I will only be losing about three. I celebrated my Birthday with a back-to-back vacation on gained back every pound I had lost. Even though I hit the bricks when I got home, it was very hard for me to lose that weight the second time. I know I have built up muscle and my weight is coming off extremely slow. I was lazy last time and didn't always work as hard as I could. I missed several challenges with only a minimal amount of participation. So I am going to stick to the plan I have set for myself. I have some long distance races coming up and I want to have lost weight for those runs. I am eating much better and I have to pat myself on the back for always logging my food (good or bad). Because I run, I drink LOTS of water and that is a good thing. I plan to continue on the with the progress I am making for BLC17. I will give it my all!
S ~ Sip your Water (8 glasses per day) ~ 5pts/day
U ~ Use your body (20 min of intentional cardio or strength = 5pts) ~ 15pts/day
M ~ Measure your overall BLC16 journey (Blog your reflections on BLC16, revisit your beginning blog of goals. How did you do, what are you proud of, what would you have done differently. Look at your tracking thread analyze your #ís, how did you do on team challenges, look at your WIís, what do you think affected the # each Wednesday. Donít forget itís more than a # as well, how about those NSVísÖdig deep & make it count this shouldnít be a one liner!) ~ 25pts/once
M ~ Make a Summer Plan (Blog your plan of action to stay healthy on the BLC break!) ~ 25pts/once
E ~ Eat within your Range ĺ days. ~ 50pts/all or nothing
R ~ Revisit your Sisterís (Learn a new fun fact about someone on your Sister Team and share it on your thread) ~ 20pts/once
Template: S(15/20), U(45/60), M(25/25), M(25/25), E(50/50), R(0/20) = (160/200)
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