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Disneyland 5K race report

Saturday, September 03, 2011

What a great race!! I was so excited for this one. This was a return to my first ever 5K as a runner. 2 years ago I did Disney as a brand new runner. Back then I was just an infant and didn't know anything about what I was experiencing. Today I went back with more experience and had a blast!! The first one was a blast too.

I'll back up to the Friday Expo. Disneyland still holds the record as best ever expo and this year did not disappoint. My sister, who didn't run the race, and her twin girls and I made the trip out to Anaheim together. While sis and I hit the expo the girls went to the parks for a few rides.

The expo was AWESOME!! So many great products to look at and came away with quite a bit of swag. Sis and I both won Pam Am grocery totes from the ABC booth (got lucky we had to spin the wheel and then answer a question about an upcoming ABC show...knew the answers..phew...that was close-lol). Got a white mesh running hat from Geico palying Plinko, and Shot Blocks from the goodie bags. Wee, love free stuff!!! Sis and I also took advantage of a buy 3 get one sale on socks and split the difference on the 3 pairs so we each came away with two new pairs of socks. Also pooled our resources on a buy 3 get one on car magnets. My magnets say..."Race Day Strategy: Start off slow then back off" and "Running is a mental sport and we are all insane". We had a great time looking at lots of gear and found this great shop called Run Pretty Far. She is online too...just add a .com to the name. Her shirts are absolutely GORGEOUS. We both couldn't believe we were seeing such pretty running shirts. Not just cute or clever, but GORGEOUS. We both came away with one :). She has been in business for 4 months and we both felt like we HAD to support a small business putting out such a pretty product...still have to put the shirt to the run and wash test, but they are soooooo pretty I hope they hold up so that I'll want to buy more :). Had a great dinner at...I just drew a total blank on the name of the place...oh Rainforest Cafe. Yeah, there...sis and I both ordered from the appetizer menu and split and shared. It was YUMMY. The evening was over way too soon and we were on our way home.

At home it was a quick job of finishing up a few things and getting in bed because we were up again at 3:00 am. Yes, 3:00 in the morning. I was paranoid about getting there late so I allowed us a full hour to get out the door (we were faster than that), 2 hours to get there (it generally takes 1.5 without traffic) and more than an hour to get in place. We were REALLY early in the end-lol!! But, it was nice because we got to be casual and participate in the warm-up (which happened, like, a full hour or so before the start of the race-lol-maybe not an hour, but REALLY early).

This year Disney did something different than the first year and had "corrals" designated and you lined up on the honor system in your designated area. I went to the slowest corral, but placed myself towards the front of it. While we were waiting to start I got a chance to meet up with fellow sparker ESBELL!! That was a great way to start the race!!

We were treated to a show before the race. Disneyland has a Jedi Training Academy that is REALLY fun to watch and even more fun if your child is selected to participate. Today it was basically the Jedi Training Academy show with the runners taking the parts of the Padawan students. We didn't get lightsabres, but we were sworn in as Jedi trainees and watched as Darth Vader made an appearance and tried to sway our loyalties. Then after an emotional National Anthem we were off and running. Sort of. This is one of the changes I LOVED. The first year we ran through this section that would bottle neck and everyone was jammed up and walking and even then it was like the worst traffic jam you've ever seen. This year they staggered the runners by corral. They allowed the first corral to move ahead a bit before letting the next one go and so on. It worked REALLY well. There was a slight bottle neck, but only a few steps of walking before it opened up again and we were off.

The main problem for me at this race was, yes, my shins. All of a sudden they decide they are going to act up again, that combined with lead leg syndrome slowed me down (lead leg syndrome...an unoffical, but common to runners, ailment that strikes for no reason and at some of the most inopportune times). I think it is that I've had a very busy week with lots of walking in just regular shoes. Including at the expo. I should have worn my sneakers at the expo...next time. I had to stop twice to stretch but after the second time I was good to go. The first time I did Disney there were a couple mild hills and they got me and slowed me down a lot. This time I just powered right up those puppies. Including a new and much steeper hill than was present at the previous race. Kind of lost it on that one and took it as a personal challenge to power up it without breaking stride. I made it no problem, but then had to walk a couple of yards at the top to catch my breath-lol! But, it was only a couple of yards then I was off again.

Soon I was at the end of the race. Coming around the last curve I walked a bit again to allow myself to cross the finish strong. There was this one staffer there though literally screaming himself hoarse telling runners that they were almost there and telling walkers "most of the time if you run at Disney we yell at you and tell you to stop. Today you get to do something nobody else gets to do. RUN at Disney...Run!!" I broke into a trot and shouted back "FINE THEN", but in a kidding tone, not angry and made him laugh. He lost his concentration for just a sec and then was back to yelling at the next group. It actually gave me extra energy knowing that I had contributed to his day in a small way.

Around the corner and a Jedi is cheering us on. Then Goofy dressed as Darth Vader, Micky as a Jedi and Minnie as Princess Leia. (If I'm remembering that correctly-I snapped a pic, but my camera is dead). Finish line is straight ahead and another Jedi calling out finishers. He had a microphone and was naming people off (most, if not all, runners had personalized bibs). I was running far to the side and alone, but I'm not sure he saw my bib. But, what he did do meant much more to me. He moved his microphone away from his mouth and leaned into the race path and shouted over to me and pointed right at me and said "you, (pointed again) you, are doing a great job!" Awww thanks so much. I was working and running hard and trying to do my absolute best and that meant a lot to me, that he would personalize a message and give it just to me instead of just giving the standard "here comes...."

I crossed the finish and thought I hit stop on my phone GPS tracker, but didn't stop it somehow so I had a little extra time. Luckily, once home I was able to look up the stats and see what my actual time and distance would have been. I hit a 16:33 pace and that is WITH stopping twice to stretch!! I am so happy with that time. I know a lot of people do and will think..."that is so slow". But, for me, that is a great time, especially with the hills and the shin splints and the horrible start I had.

I had an AWESOME, AWESOME race and loved every minute of it. In the next day or two I'll get the card out of the camera and upload some pics and the pic of the medal all the runners received.

The kids' races were next, but we had quite a wait and then, even after lining up we had another hour and a half to just wait. The poor kids were tired and getting grumpier by the second. My picky kids...Dad had taken them to La Brea Bakery for some breakfast and none of them liked it despite the fact they all picked things I would have also picked for them. Son went so far as to say that La Brea Bakery was disgusting. I like it, hmph. So, hungry on top of hot and tired was not going over well. They finally did get sent off on their run though. Youngest ran a 200 with Dad and the older two ran a 400 with the group. I scooted off to find them at the finish line.

To add salt to the wound, once we finally got the older two across the finish they had run out of bottles of water and cliff bars for the kids. Near disaster until we told them it was okay we would go to Jamba Juice instead. Whew, that was a close one. They were all very happy to get their medals and Jamba Juice refreshed everyone enough to get us to the tram and on the way home. Which was delayed by a dead car battery. Security gave us a jump start and home we went. I think one was asleep before we got out of the parking structure and the other two were quick to follow. Husband was driving so I tipped back my chair and took a little nap too! :).

It was a great day and we all had a great time! Disney remains at the top of my charts for running experiences despite the kids' troubles, and will always hold a special place as my "first".

Hope everyone has a great weekend and happy travels to anyone doing something special over the Labor Day weekend.

  
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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/6/2011 2:19PM

    Great race report, left me wondering - "how do I get in on this action!" LOL!


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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/6/2011 12:18PM

    Great race report and I'm so glad you were able to head out as a family and have a fun morning of fitness! :-) Good job!!!

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FUNFROG79 9/6/2011 8:19AM

    Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a fun race! COngrats! emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 9/4/2011 11:17PM

    What a great report and it sounds like you had a fun time. That is what it is all about. To be singled out at the end must have been fantastic! I sure wouldn't be concerned about your time, you were out there and you finished and you overcame a lot of adversity, so you should be proud. Congratulations!

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SEEAMANDARUN 9/4/2011 1:18PM

    Fun!!! Thanks for the great race report!

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KARVY09 9/4/2011 7:16AM

    I wanna run that race! :)

Congrats on another good one!!!

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NEW-CAZ 9/4/2011 3:04AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun Heather emoticon emoticon

Happy Weekend emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/4/2011 1:18AM

    Oh boy sounds like a tiring experience but I'm glad you had fun. Thanks for the tip on Run Pretty Far. I'm totally "window" shopping on her site right now.

Great job on your pace. Tinkerbell here we come!

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PUNCHILOUIE 9/3/2011 10:56PM

    AWESOME, what a good memory! Congratulations!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 9/3/2011 10:53PM

    What a fantastic day. So cool you did it with the whole family.

I heard a bit about the expo this morning but I am glad I got to read your account too. It's like reading the gospels. You hear the same story but from different angles.

Your race report made me wish I had been there too. So proud of your pace and what you did.

Before I forget congrats on those three pounds lost. I'm ecstatic the hard work is starting to show.

Anxious to see your pictures when they are ready. Like now? LOL.

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Scared of an adventure like I haven't been scared for awhile now.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Starting running was scary. Running a 5K was scary. Running a 10K was scary. Running a Half was terrifying and I survived and learned to love each one of those things and still I'm saying "EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKK"!!! What have I gotten myself into? Freaking out just a little bit over here. I've committed to doing a hike that has me trembling in my hiking boots.

Here's the back story. I can't remember how old I was...that's how early this memory is...but I have this very clear memory of a hike we went on when I was just a youngling (maybe 6, probably 5?). I remember that EVERYONE in the family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) went on this hike. I remember drinking from a stream and I remember the destination was a GORGEOUS meadow. I have NO idea where this hike was, but I remember hiking. See, my family likes to hike. We like to camp. I have MANY memories of hiking and all the memories are great...well, there was that one hike to the top of Vernal Falls in Yosemite when I think each and every one of us came down the trail with an injury of some sort and my brother did nearly send himself over the falls and managed to not do so, but tore himself up pretty good in the process...yeah, that hike still lives on and has a special spot on the hiking top ten-lol! Even though we got hurt and beat up by that hike it still reigns supreme as one of the greatest family adventures ever. The very long point here being that hiking is NOT new to me. However, I've never invested in backpacking gear...all hikes are day long and I've never invested in hiking poles. Pretty much we take a walk in the mountains and call it hiking-lol! Not to diminish our hiking accomplishments...we have had some challenging ones. Two years ago we did a hike called the Summit Hike in our local mountains and that was quite the adventure too.

Well, we've been hiking regularly this year...our favorite..Ernie Maxwell, which is a nice hike and pretty easy too. Round trip is right around 4.5 miles round trip with a nice balance of climbing and fairly level trail. I'm getting pretty comfortable with Ernie. I know the trail, it is not difficult, but challenging, it is a beautiful trail, but somebody had the bright idea to try a new trail this year. This trail is a tad bit different from all the other trails we've ever gone on. For one thing not one of those hikes in previous years required an adventure pass so that the Rangers could find your body when you didn't come back.

Our new trail this year is called, get this, Devil's Slide. Yeah, who names a hike after Satan's playground? Sheesh. Like the Summit hike of two years ago this hike takes you to the summit of the mountain. Unlike the other summit hike this one is on a separate peak of the same mountain and significantly higher. One of the cool things about it though is that is crosses the PCT. Non-west-coast hikers and non-hikers in the group? PCT is the Pacific Crest Trail. A REALLY long hiking trail leading from the boarder of Cali and Mexico all the way to Canada. If you had the desire you could literally hike all the way up the western coast of America. It's on my to do list-seriously. Don't know WHEN I'll accomplish this awesome feat of hiking, but hey, that's what retirement is for, right? So, back to our story...

Devil's slide...requires an adventure pass. The Rangers say it is to make sure the trail is not overcrowded or over used. I'm pretty sure it really is so that they can find your body when you don't come back.

9 miles of trail (round trip). Some of it VERY steep. Check out the review "This is an elevation gainer, no question about it. You will know that you are climbing a peak. " (http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/TahquitzD
S_4472.asp)

FUUUUUNNNN. This hike it looks like it will just be me, my sister and my nephew (sis' son). My mother has wisely backed out-lol!

My sister points out that I've run a half marathon so I can do this...yeah, not sure I'm convinced. lol

However, I've committed to it and I'm actually pretty excited about it. I'm going to be SLOW!! But, I want to see what the world looks like from the real top of the mountain (and really it's the TOP of the mountain-the top of the rock on the top of the mountain-reported to be the 2nd highest peak in Southern California).

I've got a month to prepare. A month to buy and learn to use hiking poles (never needed them before). A month to figure out a nutrition plan for a hike that will be a challenge and probably TONS of fun. A month to figure out if my boots can handle this hike and if not, break in a new pair. A month to conquer a fear that seems somehow irrational considering I'm climbing a trail not the front of the rock. A month to convince myself I can do one more thing I've never done.

One month....

My goals for September? Run, strength train and get ready to take the first step of the hikiest hike I've ever hiked.

  
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DARINGR8LY 9/3/2011 10:45PM

    I really missed going with you guys to the Ernie Maxwell hike. It is always fun.

BTW, there's nothing you cannot do. I truly believe it. Scary things are now possible. What could be next?

I might go to Devil's Slide with you and Kristin. That's if I can swing the cost for the poles... money is extremely tight now and if I can still maintain the guts to follow through.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/1/2011 7:06PM

    Sounds like an awesome adventure! *JEALOUS* Is this an overnight adventure? I love your sisters point about you running a half so you can do this . . .

Enjoy the training and the adventure. I hope there will be pictures.

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/1/2011 5:23PM

    Ooooooooooeeee that's an awesome challenge/adventure right there.

As you were explaining the length/complexity, I automatically was thinking of food. Definitely have to figure out that nutrition component. I imagine I'd have to have a whole seperate backpack for my food since 1) I'd be paranoid to run out and 2) I'm always hungry as it is.

Can't wait to hear how the next month + goes for you.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/1/2011 2:17PM

    Yep - I would lie if I didn't say I was a tad nervous too. :-) But it will be the hikiest hike we've ever hiked, and you, Robert and I will be the SOLE FAMILY MEMBERS that will be able to say we've done!!!!!! HA! Talk about bragging rights! After this - anyone that accomplishes it will only be following in our footsteps. :-) AWESOME!

We are going to have a great time!

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BEENIE76 9/1/2011 11:43AM

  Sounds like a great time! I love hiking as well, and one of my goals is to do more of it and more challenging hikes. Thanks for the motivation!

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BUTEAFULL 9/1/2011 11:20AM

    since you are NOT new to hiking, 9 miles will be a piece of cake after all the events you did AND finished

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MNGIRLIE 9/1/2011 11:08AM

    Sounds like an AMAZING time if you ask me!! I know you're going to do JUST FINE too! Sure there will be jitters, but you'll do great. Like JRIMM4 I just hiked my first 14er in Colorado this summer. If I can do it you can! It was difficult and the altitude really kicked my butt, but it was an amazing experience.

I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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BLACKROSE_222 9/1/2011 11:05AM

    Sounds awesome!

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JRIMM4 9/1/2011 10:18AM

    Awesome! You're going to have a great adventure! Nothing beats the view from a mountain top and someone else's pictures never do it justice. I just blogged a recap of my own recent adventure, hiking my first 14er - I was really slow! 9 hours to hike a little over 10 miles doing trip!

JR


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WENDYWITKOSKI 9/1/2011 8:46AM

    That sounds like fun!
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FUNFROG79 9/1/2011 8:41AM

    I know you can do it! Good luck! emoticon

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KARVY09 9/1/2011 8:23AM

    Sounds awesome!!! I know you will do great!

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BROWREN 9/1/2011 8:02AM

    WooHoo!!!! Sounds like a fantastic goal and I'm sure you will feel absolutely amazing when you accomplish it, because I know you can. You have the determination to make it happen on your own terms.

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ENDUROVET 9/1/2011 7:45AM

    Wow, this sounds great!

Watch out - I never hiked w/a staff until I became a Scout leader; now it's hard for me to hike anywhere WITHOUT one! They really help a lot (esp someone clumsy like me who is prone to turning ankles). I've never hiked w/dual poles, but I bet that's even better!

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 9/1/2011 7:17AM

    Sounds like quite the adventure. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/1/2011 2:44AM

    Good luck Heather, enjoy every second! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/1/2011 1:17AM

    What an exciting adventure. Take time to enjoy the journey fast or slow it will be an accomplishment.


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SUZANNEMW 9/1/2011 1:11AM

    Good luck! You can do it!

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My silver thread linking the insane life that is me to the sanity I need.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Yep, the title says it all. Sparkpeople, right now anyways, has become my lifeline to reality.

I can't believe how INSANE my life has gotten lately. I can't believe the stress I'm experiencing and I can't believe how tenuous that thread to sanity can seem!!

Today was one of those days and if I get started describing it you will find yourselves in the middle of one huge rant/temper tantrum. NOTHING about today was the way it was supposed to be. NOTHING!! I got home stressed to the MAX. I could FEEL my heart rate and blood pressure were through the roof. I sat down, opened the computer, opened my e-mail and saw that friends had been posting blogs today and I had some stuff to read. As I start reading I can feel myself calming down, I could feel the stress abating. I could feel my heart rate slowing down and I felt....more sane. Not necessarily calm by any means. When my anxiety gets ramped up it takes a while for me to simmer back down, but I did feel sane once more.

I didn't feel like the crazy person I felt like moments before. Touching base with friends has a calming influence and it is sad that so much of our friendships are electronic these days. But, it it weren't for Spark I wouldn't have ever "met" people I truly consider to be friends.

The fact that I have something important to me is also important to all these friends makes it even more important at times like these.

I don't know about all of you...but I have traditional friends, right here in town, who wouldn't get how coming on here can calm me. They don't understand frustrations with running, or how fitting that in with an already CRAZY life can be a problem that would send me over the edge of sanity. They wouldn't understand how running is THERAPY. They wouldn't get how problems seem to become much, much smaller and sometimes completely disappear when left on the roadside during a run. Even if I went to them with my problems they would come back with many of their own that I needed to have sympathy for, when I had no sympathy left to give. It's different here. Even if I'm at the bottom of my own barrel and read a rant blog or an "I need a boost" blog, it is different here. That person is not needing ME, PERSONALLY, to help them or rescue them. I am not the only comment 99.99% of the time. It is not something being put on my plate to deal with that moment. It is my choice to comment or not and the majority of the time I do comment because it is my choice to do so. Nobody is standing there forcing me into something I don't want to do.

I took a little break over the summer and now I am back into real life and I have found that sitting here, for just a few moments, is giving me the link to friends and peace that I so desperately needed today and I'm sure I will need it again in the future.

Thanks friends for being here and just being who you are. Thanks for posting about your own successes and trials so that I don't feel quite so alone in this journey. Thanks for reading and sometimes commenting. I have gotten countless laughs, giggles, smiles, words of comfort and lessons learned as well as shared a few tears with you. You are my FRIENDS and I hold you dear.

On that note.... I lost 3 pounds this week!! THREE pounds!! A positive side to stress, excessively hot days and not having time to eat. :).

Love you all and sincerely hope you are each experiencing ups and not downs and successes instead of failures.

  
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DARINGR8LY 9/3/2011 10:25PM

    I love my friends here on SP too. It's almost easier than having traditional friends sometimes. Less judgment and more geninue support.

I know the coming weeks will be better for you. They will be filled with more fun and spectacular achievements.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/31/2011 5:54PM

    Okay, as your sister I am required to remind you what happens when it is hot, you are stressed, and you don't eat. Not a pretty picture!!!! ;-)

Glad you found at least a few moments of peace in your day!!!!

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ENDUROVET 8/31/2011 12:52PM

    That's great - but you lost it, I found it! (those 3 lbs - somehow my lil' private joke is getting less & less funny as the days drag by & they DON'T recede... Hmmm, maybe my pet theory that it was mostly water retention/excessive sodium consumption after weekend overindulgence w/my friends was incorrect perhaps?? Ya know what they say about ASSumptions!)

Anyway, I too grab onto my lil' life-line of sanity here & hope it continues to go well for you, my friend.

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BUTEAFULL 8/31/2011 2:01AM

    I really look forward to reading spark blogs, I don't post on most of them, but I do read them and silently cheer them on

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/30/2011 2:51PM

    Three pounds down, Awesome! Crazy, insane world - wow! I can relate to SP being a life line. I have too many well intentioned people in my immediate physical world that I turn to SP for the reality I need on this journey to wellness.

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FOXY13445 8/30/2011 10:19AM

    3 lbs!??? way to own this week chica! I hear what your saying about SP being a lifeline, I feel the same way! It still baffles me (even a year later) that complete strangers (or not so strangers) are so inspiring and motivating!

Have a good week hun!
Ashley

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ESBELL 8/30/2011 10:19AM

    I know how you feel about not being able to share your fitness aspirations with the F2F people in your life. I think I would have given up years ago if it wasn't for SP and the friends I have made here.

I'm glad you have this haven to come out of the storm, and that it can keep you grounded and lessen your day to day stress.

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FUNFROG79 8/30/2011 10:05AM

    Great blog, I can relate. Congrats on 3lbs! Whoo hoo!

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KARVY09 8/30/2011 8:36AM

    I'm excited about your Disneyland 5K! Be sure to make time for YOU!

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NEW-CAZ 8/30/2011 3:06AM

    Heather I hope things calm down for you soon hun.
And I am sure running is helping with stress levels emoticon on losing 3 pounds hun.
Totally agree on Sparktherapy! Blogging and touching base helps.

I love my sparkfriends too; always supportive and understanding and non-judgemental!

hugs to you my friend, take care emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/29/2011 8:33PM

    I so hope things calm down for you. I am sorry you are going through a stressful time. I am glad to hear you are still running. Tat is so awesome.

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CINNAMONCAT9 8/29/2011 7:48PM

    It really calms me to come onto Spark too. I am also very proud of your weight loss! Remember to try to stay calm, lol. That blood pressure stuff wreaks havoc with your adrenals, which is not good for you. Try to breathe : ) if you know what I mean....and then, just log on. We're here, or someone is here : ) and we love supporting you too.

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 8/29/2011 6:54PM

    I feel the same attachment to Sparkpeople. Every once in a while it occurs to me how important my sparkfriends have become, despite never having met face to face.
Three pounds, huh? Silver lining.

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Hello world

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sheeeeee's baaaackkk-lol! Uggh, where to begin.

I've decided that at much as I like swimming and other summer activities, I HATE summer. HATE, HATE, HATE it. Sorry to all you summer lovers, but it's not for me. First off, I have three kids and I don't know why, maybe because they are older and naps are a thing of the past, but this summer was MISERABLE kid wise. Son has entered a very fun "everybody hates me" phase of life and literally picked fights with his sisters all summer long. Oldest daughter spent the summer partaking of her favorite past time-pushing buttons. She loves getting reactions out of people and is VERY good at it. I am WORKING hard trying to teach her that GOOD reactions are more fulfilling and less dangerous than NEGATIVE reactions, but at 7 she isn't quite there yet. Youngest, being the youngest, spent the summer with a giant target on her back.

The past month I've done very well with sticking to the running and that schedule went great, home based exercise, not so much. No strength, no yoga and lots of stress did not make a happy mommy and the morning runs were definitely therapy for me.

I kind of gave up the household battle and have a long way to go before my house looks the way I want it to again.

Which, brings us back around to the present, school started Monday (hallelujah-we all made it through alive)!! It has still not been an easy week. I suddenly gained an extra 3rd grader and a 7th grader. Since middle school lets out WAAAY after Elementary I am making extra afternoon trips. PTA is keeping me BUSY too. Hopefully that will settle down a bit. Then, it's been HORRIBLY hot this week and by evening I am wiped out and EXHAUSTED, so for the first time in quite a while my running streak has been broken and spectacularly so. No "exercise" this week. I put "exercise" in quotes because I've been having lots of activity, just no exercise.

However, the good, to balance the bad and the ugly, is that I have had more time to think about my food. I got to go to the store and buy what I wanted! Half a bagel with some fresh mozzarella and some sliced tomatoes (from my garden) has made an excellent breakfast this week. Salad at lunch sprinkled with some chicken or tuna. And time to actually plan ahead dinner. WOOOT. I am tackling the food monster. The ugly is the last of daughter's birthday cake sitting in the fridge. Yesterday, a piece jumped out of the pan and literally stuffed itself down my throat, nearly choking me in the process. Wish that was true, the real truth is I was tired and HOT and frustrated and tired and I ate it. I said "YUM, that chocolate cake is exactly what I want right now" and ate it...I did manage to make the piece smaller than usual.

So, now to get to work on more of the house restructuring before I go get youngest from kindergarten. Tomorrow I am fitting in strength and yoga SOMEHOW and then Saturday is a hike and I'm not skipping the chance to get up above the heat, even for just a couple hours.

Autumn is generally viewed as a time when the earth starts shutting down and getting ready for winter. I LOVE autumn, for me, in autumn is a time of reawakening. During the summer I go into a heat induced stupor and hibernate in a way. School has started and the weather hasn't changed, in fact it's getting hotter instead of cooler, but I can feel the change of seasons coming and I am waking up from my stupor renewed and ready to go.

I'm slowly, but surely, coming back around. YAY!!

  
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AKATUJE 8/29/2011 8:22AM

    Your blog is fabulous. Congrats on getting through the summer, and the very best for the journey ahead. Good for you, getting your food in order. Cake is not too bad if not overdone. You are doing it!!!

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ENDUROVET 8/26/2011 9:14AM

    I USED to be a summer-fun kind of girl (until all the custody/visitation nonsense) - this past summer flew by in a literal eye-blink, but then again time overall seems to be accelerating - how did we get almost to the end of Aug already?!?!?

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ESBELL 8/25/2011 6:55PM

    Lesson for your little one - When big sis is pushing buttons, it's because she wants a reaction. You know how you put $1 in a coke machine and push the button and the coke comes out? That makes you happy right? So you do it again & again. And that's what your big sis is doing - she's happy to push your button, but instead of a coke - she makes you angry/frustrated/SCREAM! and that's what makes her happy.

Now imagine what would happen if you put your dollar in and didn't get a coke. Would you enjoy it as much? Do you get your "reward" for your action? Would you do it again? Think about it - if you don't react to your sister pushing your button, she doesn't get her reaction and it isn't fun for her any more.

The problem is big sisters aren't to smart. We would know right away not to put another dollar in and waste it. But she might not get that for a while. But if you can be strong and don't give her her coke (REACTION) pretty soon she will learn that pushing the button isn't fun. It's just a waste of time. And then you can be happy!

(my son got that lesson from a school guidance counselor and it helped him sooooo much - he was having bully problems at school)

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JENN26POINT2 8/25/2011 4:40PM

    I love the fall too. Crisp mornings, sunny afternoons, changing leaves, etc. I don't like what follows though... but I would much rather be cold than hot... I can ALWAYS put more layers on... but there's only so many layers the public will allow me to take off... lol

Glad to see you're back. Try to take it easy. I know all too well about the house not being in the shape we want it. Take care.

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NEW-CAZ 8/25/2011 3:53PM

    Always nice to see your blogs Heather,so pleased you made it through the summer with your sanity intact LOL.
Enjoy your new term and the cooler Autumn, I am a sunworshipper as you know and although I enjoy all that Autumn brings it's the long dark dismal days of winter I really dread (S.A.D.)

Good luck at school

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RITEEBEE 8/25/2011 3:33PM

    Sounds like you are doing good to me. Back to school for us isn't until September 6th, I can see it right around the corner, lol. Sometimes you need to have a piece of chocolate cake, it's all in moderation. Sounds like you had a small piece and have been eating healthy otherwise, great job!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/25/2011 1:49PM

    Good to "see" you again in the virtual world anyways! I've missed seeing you for real this week though! LOL But we have a fun weekend ahead of us!

Glad that you all survived summer and I'm with you - I think I do so much better in the autumn then I do in the summer. I say it's time to BRING IT! :-)

Speaking of - when should I plan on planting my fall garden????

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/25/2011 1:36PM

    Summer SUCKS! I'm a Fall gal through and through so I hear ya though not for the same reasons maybe. But thanks for the birth control! LOL My hats off to all the moms out there, it's a hard job I'm just not cut out for. I'd end up in jail.

Welcome back!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/25/2011 1:25PM

    My little guy starts kinder this year. I am looking forward to some changes in my exercise. I like summer but, I will be glad to get rid of the fights. Mine seem to fight all summer too. Hope you figure out how to make it work for you.

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KKINNEA 8/25/2011 1:24PM

    Next summer - all kids run! Tire 'em out, put 'em back to bed, and go!

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MICKEYMAX 8/25/2011 1:20PM

    Congrats that school has started. I do love the fall, but "back to school" starts for me also --- I work at a University, and I am not as happy about returning as a parent. Ha! My husband is dancing around and singing "Happy School year" - guess I have been pushing his buttons too! Good luck!

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Oh, look at that, I came back in under a week-lol

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I have been so hit and miss over here for too long. Time to make some changes.

Today has been an extremely productive day for me, so far. I've managed to make a payment so I can stay in school. I've made some phone calls. I've checked my bank account. I've solved several issues the kids have encountered. I haven't done any house work, but need to get on that right away and I haven't exercised, gotta get that in soon too.

Today is a day for getting things done. I've got a trend going. Three days now I've had great productive days. I've just gotta keep the trend moving and the circle of influence growing.

This is a good week for setting up schedules and making improvements. So, one of the things I need to do is start fitting spark into the schedule on a better basis. I haven't been reading much. I certainly have NOT been tracking (fitness or food). I've been moving along, but I don't have anything to show for it. My challenges have totally gotten sucked into a black hole and that sucks (haha-black hole-sucks-haha, not intended but still struck me as funny).

I've been hitting my three days a week running and my times are getting better, slowly but surely. The scale is not moving though. However, that means it isn't moving up either so I guess that is a plus.

I'm making better choices almost without trying sometimes, but other times I fail. Chips and salsa for lunch is not a good choice.

PTA is keeping me jumping, the kids are keeping me jumping and life is just a tad strange right now. But, I guess the real thing to take away here is that the MOST important things are still finding their places and sticking. Fruit is still being purchased when I go to the store. Running is still going on. And, here and there, I still am picking up a blog or two (usually whatever is at the top of my notifications).

I am anticipating a chance to sit and use the computer tonight, so hopefully, I can make a dent in my "inactive blogs" section and move a bunch of them over to active and maybe even pick up a new one or two.

Sometimes life gets crazy and when it does you sometimes have to just grab hold and hang on for the ride, other times you need to pick up a paddle and get to work so that you don't go over the falls. I've been holding on, now it is time to start using that paddle and get back into the flow of the stream instead of the whitewater. Time to take control and life work for me instead of the other way around.

(dropped another 20 seconds off my time for my regular morning run...dropping below 16 min/mile is in my sights and going down soon)

  
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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2011 5:13AM

    Keep on keeping on!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/30/2011 5:33AM

    Summer is such a crazy time. Just keep pushing and in another month things will slow down and you will be back on track. I am excited to hear about school.

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 7/28/2011 3:58PM

    Doesn't it feel good to be so productive and get your mental to-do list all checked off? Remember that feeling to keep you going!

You didn't ask for suggestions but I hope you don't mind one. What I do when I find SP slipping to the end of my list is either wake up 10 minutes earlier to Spark, or save the last 10 minutes before bedtime to do it. Or both! It's not a lot, but it keeps you in touch with whatever aspects of SP are most important to you. Or you can challenge yourself to see how long you can get your "spin the wheel" streak up to!

Anyway, glad you're making time for us - for you!

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FUNFROG79 7/28/2011 9:57AM

    Keep your trend going~ emoticon

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AKATUJE 7/28/2011 3:57AM

    Keep on keeping on!!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/27/2011 7:30PM

    Glad to hear that you are doing okay overall. The kiddos will be back in school before you know and then you'll have a bit more time.... wait then PTA will probably pick up huh? Umm scratch that, but sounds like you'll find a way to make everything work for you.

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LISAW/3 7/27/2011 4:49PM

    Whew! I'm tired just reading it all! You're doing great keeping it all together- just wait til school starts!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/27/2011 4:44PM

    Good job on grabbing that paddle and taking control! :-) You've got this...

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 7/27/2011 4:00PM

    Keep on truckin'


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LMLOPEZ 7/27/2011 2:45PM

    Way to be productive! Tracking can fall by the wayside; if you're doing what you are supposed to then don't sweat it-our clothes and the scale doesn't lie. Great that you're improving your times for running and way to get out there! Good luck in school as well.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/27/2011 2:20PM

    Sounds like you have a handle on the crazy schedules. Great job on the faster time and making better choices almost without trying sometimes!

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BLACKROSE_222 7/27/2011 2:17PM

    Awesome job on everything! You take that paddle and work it! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/27/2011 2:11PM

    summer is a busy time. I hope that you find some peace. I know it is hard with kids. Glad you are still getting the running in.

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