Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I FINALLY got to experience what the COLOR RUN is all about!
With only having eye laser surgery 4 days before I was instructed that IF I was going to do this event, I could not RUN, I must WALK! I promised the doctor I would be careful and since I had already bought the train ticket AND paid for the event I was not going to jeopardize taking part!
Having missed the Run closer to us in Manchester, it was an afterthought for me after seeing someone at my gym in one of the Run shirts. Checking on line I saw there was going to be one the following Saturday. I fired off an email to my boxing sparring partner to see if she would want to go on such short notice. I was ecstatic when she agreed!
We met at the train station all dressed and ready to ride the 2 hours down to Birmingham, UK on Saturday morning, 16 August. It was like a homecoming when two stops before our destination a dozen more similar Color Run shirted women made their way into our train car!
Once we arrived in Birmingham, we applied our Color Run face tattoos, adorned our sunglasses, and became part of the “invasion” of runners making their way from the train station to the adjoining NEC Arena.
The day threatened rain throughout, but the atmosphere was joyous, spontaneous, and to be taken in and savoured!! I love socks and was able to buy a pair of pink polka dot knee highs to adorn my look along with a white bandana.
After an aerobic warm up complete with dance moves and selfies the near 9,000 of us made our way to the starting area. Let go in several hundred person waves we slowly made our way to our turn to set off. Each wave had its own count down and promotional goodies tossed out, lucky me, I now had a pink tutu to complete my look!!!
The countdown complete, our wave was off!!! Keeping to my promise, I set off at a comfortable walking pace soaking in the fun and enjoyment of just being there. The race was held in a huge parking lot around a convention centre and covered the 5K (3.1mile) distance with twists and turns and to finish back near where we started. At each kilometre there was a color station where coloured powder (corn starch) was either tossed, sprayed or just dumped on you as you went through!!! At each station we all became more determined to look nothing like when we started! I LOVED IT!
When we arrived at the finish area it looked like no one was in too much of a hurry to leave, and that is when the party REALLY started.
We had the opportunity to help paint part of a portrait of one of the children that the charity sponsor (SAVE THE CHILDREN) has helped.
We then waited in line to have our picture taken with the NEW BALANCE shoe! We also had a picture of us on a color wheel , and in a Save The Children picture frame. We had done it all and it was time to make our paint coated selves back to the train station and the ride back home. It was a wonderful day spent with a wonderful friend, doing a wonderful and colourful thing! If you ever get a chance to do a Color Run…DO IT!! Your life will be richer because of it!
Monday, July 21, 2014
When it was announced last year that Le Tour de France would have it's Grand Depart from Yorkshire, England I was stoked!! That meant it would only be about 35 miles from where I live!! How could I NOT go???!!!
Due to some logistics alternate Plan B went into place, and I would be going solo on the train to Hebden Bridge, a short 30 minute train ride away. Decked out in my bright yellow Le Tour of Yorkshire T- shirt, I was prepared with rucksack of food rations, camera, and other misc. items I might need.
It wasn't until 30 minutes before the train was due to arrive at the station that the signs of a packed platform began to take shape. I had not waited for 2 hours to be left to wait until the next train, so I remained as close to the arriving area as I could. With a deliberate urgency I made my way to the opening doors and was the last one to squeeze intothe packed train car! Can you say close quarters!!!
A sense of humour was necessary when we pulled into the next stations as there was no room for anyone to squeeze into our already cramped and rather jovial accommodations!!! I did feel sorry for the 2 widely smiling older women who thought they had won the lottery when the closed doors stopped right in front of them!!! Their joyous faces were quickly replaced with ones of huge disappointment when we on the train told them there wasn't any room and the train was full.
Crowds had lined the town streets and rural roads the day before and now the scenes were to be repeated as the train emptied at my destination. With directions from one of the "Welcome to Hebden Bridge" staff I took to the tree covered cycle path at a brisk pace. My goal was to get in position beyond the feeding station near the beginning of the incline of Cragg Vale. I could then catch the riders starting their assent of the longest continual climb of the day.
I also wanted to be in place to catch pictures of the publicity caravan which comes through the course about 2 hours before the riders!!! Thousands of people were already lining the road. Many more were still arriving and making their way either by foot or if on bicycle were cheered along by fellow spectators as if there were elite cyclists themselves.
All I wanted that day was a hat, any hat, tossed from one of the vehicles. The excitement was building with the sound of motorcycles and then the publicity caravan arrived.
There were cars and decorated vehicles of all sorts.....and then to my surprise, the coveted polka dot hat was tossed at MY feet!!! WOHOO! I could have gone home right then a happy camper!!
The joy and excitement continued as the buzz of the helicopters could be heard and were quickly followed by the riders approaching my camera!!! I was in awe watching these amazing athletes on their only second day of what is a nearly three week cycle race! My camera clicked and clicked as I attempted to capture the historic moment, the likes of which I or Yorkshire will ever see again!!!
In a matter of minutes, the entire peloton had passed by and the trailing support vehicles had followed them. Those strangers I had been standing with were all smiles as we emotionally shared our excitement of what we had witnessed. I said goodbye and made my way back the route I had come for my return train ride home.
I reflected on the day as I walked the quick pace 30 minutes back to the crowded train area. It was because of my love of sport, my appreciation and admiration of other athletes, and my own personal fitness that I was able to make this never to be forgotten pilgrimage! Now THAT is a Yellow Jersey Non Scale Victory I will always remember!!
Monday, April 21, 2014
I haven't run outside in 5 months!
Yesterday, Sunday 20 April it was time to change that!
Not only was it Easter, it was my Wedding Anniversary, and the eve of the Boston Marathon 2014.
I don't live in Boston, or even in the USA, but as a US Citizen living abroad, I have been in Boston several times and love that city!!
Five years ago my English husband took part in that prestigious and oldest marathon and I joined the enormous crowd lining Boylston Street and cheered him along the final straightaway.
Being a marathoner myself I respect the dedication it takes to train and then run the gruelling 26.2 mile distance.
This year's race is tinged with sad memories from last year's horrific events, but like a Phoenix, rising from the pain and tragedies of those bombings, Boston runs today!!!
Yesterday, I was not going to listen to the nagging excuse making voice in my head and I clicked on "robot mode" and readied myself for my run. This would be MY tribute to Boston and so I wore my souvenir hat of the 2009 Marathon, I thought of 12 years ago and my wedding morning as I started my assent up the hill out of my village. I remembered what I wrote in my blog of a year ago
"Today as I went for my run....I carried those thoughts and my prayers with every foot strike. I made my run a tribute to all those runners who lace up every day/any day, who run with their soul, to places not measured in miles, but with their hearts. My sport gives me a sense of peace, may we come together and bring each other a bit closer...and may we all continue to run strong!"
RUN STRONG TODAY BOSTON!
May we ALL keep STRONG! My "celebratory after picture"
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
My goals for this new round are Specific, Measurable, Realistic, and have a Timetable.
1. Lose 10 lbs or 5% of current body weight by the end of this round.
2. Complete the Jamie Eason's Live Fit Workout Plan. I am currently in week 4.
3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep in bed a night. (not falling asleep in the downstairs chair!!
My plan to achieve to lose the 10 pounds is:
1. Staying within my range for calories which means planning ahead, tracking my food and keeping it as clean as possible.
2. Keeping active every day with either gym workouts, walks, at home exercises.
To complete Jamie Eason's Live Fit Workout Plan, I need to follow the daily workouts either at the gym or the alternate ones for at home.
1. print out her plan at least a week in advance
2. record my results and steadily increase the weights.
3. be prepared each day by researching any moves that I are not familiar.
To make sure I get at least 7 hours sleep a night I need to
1. Take Jessie dog for a walk right after dinner
2. No late night work
3. Be in bed by 11pm on non early rise mornings by 10:30 on early rise.
I have set goals before and somewhere along the line my consistency has fallen by the wayside. Going the distance with these is my main focus. I plan to keep motivated by seeking encouragement from my AB Chell, my Spark Family, and my amazing CAMO CREW!!
I will also work out a reward plan, however, the biggest reward for me will be the increase in energy and the pride at accomplishing goals I have long waited to achieve.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I've had a lot of DREAMS over the years....and yes I have written them down to make them goals. I have seen goals achieved and therefore I know I CAN do what I set my mind to do. I want 2014 to be the year of ROUTINES...the year of COMPLETION...the year I DO IT! I want and plan for BLC24/CAMO24 to be a ROCKIN' ROUND! Here is my plan to ROCK!
1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and well focused will mean keeping my mind in the right place. I will do this by:
a. read- Finish, "The Fire Starter Sessions" and other positive/inspirational books
b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workouts, NEWO Boot Camp
c. people- connect with all three of my children each week through phone or emails.
d. log into SPARK each day and read at least one blog and comment on it.
2. BODY~taking care of my body will ensure I take care of my health and that is imperative
a. eat within my calorie range with whole, clean and healthy foods
b. commit to and train for a half marathon before May
c. complete the Jamie Eason's LiveFit workout program
d. get at least 7 hours of sleep 6 days a week
e. drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
f. limit time-wasting activities so I can concentrate on what is most important during my day.
a. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
b. do relaxing techniques each day (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
c. enjoy my hobby of cross stitching by completing the three projects I have planned
4. BE OPEN
a. listen to others
b. remain curious (there are no failures..just opportunities to learn)
The most important reward for me will be to be a healthier, fitter, more stamina filled athlete who will be able to get off her high blood pressure medicine and be a ROCKSTAR grandmother, mother, and wife!
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