Sunday, May 06, 2012
So I will preface this blog by saying I am grateful the day arrived, and that I was eager to be a part of the day despite a 3 week hiatus from running. Skin surgery was a necessary evil, but the inconvenience of the gauze/paper tape changes (and inability to run because it could all fall off and I had no one to re-apply) made for a stinky situation!
I am grateful that I arrived suture free to the race. It was such a relief to have them removed early.
The day was due to be warm-ish...mid to upper 70s. I dressed for those temps, so I was rather chilly. I had a bit of confusion/mix-up with the bib situation. I thought my relay partner got both bibs. Nope! So I rushed into the building and they had it. Fshew! Then I had to figure out where to catch the shuttle to transition as I was running the 2nd leg. The lady said I had to hustle, as they would leave in 5 minutes. So I got a pre-race sprint in to the school bus.
When I got to transition, I was happy to see porta-johns. This made the wait a plus, as I could consume my water and gatorade, as well as rid myself of whatever before running.
I spotted a teacher from my kid's school and just waved. Lots of friendly faces abounded, and we chatted it up while waiting for the first runners to pass by.
I was rather chilly waiting in transition, but I knew I would warm up when it was my turn. I averaged my partners pace and had an idea of when she would be by. I have to say, doing it as a relay was fun and also exciting. It was neat to see other relay buddies come in, and they would high five or hug, and off the next one went.
I did get a chance to see my husband pass by (he ran the whole thing, no relay), so that was good. Within a few minutes my partner arrived and off I went. I was grateful for some flat or downhill. I had been on parts of the course before, so I knew of inclines. I decided to walk through water stops and at inclines...and I think that is where I have post race frustration. My pacing for the first 2 miles was spot on. The pacing for the last 3.1 wasn't what I wanted...but there was a big hill involved. I should have soldiered through it. Argh!
You finish this race on a horse race track. Once of the diciest things I have endured with this series in my town. I wish they would grade the track for this event. Anywho...our team finished at 2:35. Not shabby! We were not in it to break records. Just two moms who run for sanity, fitness, and health.
I am glad that I had the tenacity and smart to go forward today. It felt good to be a part of this race in my town, and also encouraging that I didn't have too much discomfort afterwards. I'll take it! Swift Chicks rule!
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
This blog could have so many meanings. But I assure you, it is truly about the represented, sugar laden, focus of all that is 'good and holy on Food Network and other networks'.
But those cupcakes...they are so pretty
or gluten free
and what? Good for you? No, they are not. All things in moderation? Well, it depends. Let's compare, shall we?
Betty Crocker Nutrition (for a cupcake with icing)
Duncan Hines (Red Velvet with icing)
And to finish it off, a local, fancy, cupcake place here:
Do you know what all of these do to my tummy anymore?
I do not know if it is sensitivity problems, but I am very ill after any of them. The only thing I can tolerate okay?
None of it is okay, but we know some moderation is okay. However, I used to like this kind of thing and now it just leaves me feeling awful and terrible. Not an understatement. Just going to have to bid it goodbye forever. It isn't worth any discomfort or pain (literally).
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Whew! Well this challenge is not starting off on a strong point for me. Sad to say, I started it with sutures and stitches in my back!
However, when I am better! And as of May 10, I will be active (DAILY DAILY DAILY). Upper body ST, lower body ST, running, biking, and swimming. I have a late September Sprint Tri (My first!) to prep for and I have to kick myself in the pants! That said....
My SMART goals are:
Specific - Move every day. Don't tell me you have a day off. You can walk.
Measurable - A minimum of 40 minutes! You must move this much to burn fat!
Attainable - Even if I do my exercise in spurts, it will happen! Make hash marks for every 5 minutes you do until you get to 40 minutes. You can make hash marks for sets/reps!
Realistic - I won't do anything I haven't done. This doesn't give me much room for excuse!
Trackable - I have been tracking my lower and upper body ST. I will be adding bike and swim to running. All trackable! Easy! And I NEED to track food! Too much going in right now that is not burning off. Not good!
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