Saturday, March 08, 2014
This should be fairly short, as I don't have a whole lot to report this week.
I got another bad head cold on Tuesday night/Wednesday. So lame. Up 'til then, though, I was doing fine. I was tracking my food... grudgingly. Even keeping pretty close to or within ranges. I was exercising as per my written down plan. It was the literal end of the day Tuesday- after my workout, after I "cooked" dinner, after I ate that dinner, and showered and settled in my jammy-jams for the night, and was reviewing for my fatty anatomy/physiology exam occurring Wednesday morning, that I began to feel a bit of a soreness in my throat. And as the night wore on, I felt the soreness intensify. I grabbed my bag of lozenges and turned in early, vowing to wake up earlier to finish my review.
When I woke up Wednesday morning, I felt like death warmed over. Sore throat now a raging fire and my nasal passages clogged with the nasty. I was tired and my body temp fluctuated from hot to cold to hot to cold to hot to cold... and by the end of the day Wednesday, a body ache and headache set in. Ugh. I got through my exam, though. Fingers crossed that I did alright. I won't know until sometime next week. I didn't make it to my evening class.
So, since my nasals were hopelessly plugged, everything I ate tasted like cardboard. Only the foods that were a little fattier had any flavor, so naturally I gravitated to those. Probably to my detriment. But, ice cream and it's soft coldness felt SO GOOD on my throat! Couldn't really taste it, but the cold relief was worth it. On the hot side, soft baked potatoes with cooling sour cream plopped on top were easiest to swallow. Even if I couldn't taste that either. I made some grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner (yes, sick as a dog and STILL cooking dinner for the whole family) and I had them customizeable: turkey, ham, bacon, sharp cheddar, colby, pickles (dill or bread 'n' butter- yuck), and whole grain Dijon mustard. I made mine with turkey, bacon, cheddar, and mustard. I could only taste the bacon and the mustard. Oh, and whole wheat bread for all. Had a delicious spinach salad from Costco for a side. My bro made Mexican food a few nights, with grilled pollo asado, guacamole, fresh salsa, rice, and flour tortillas. I ate two small burritos. I could mostly taste them, too, thanks to all the spices in the meat marinade. The salsa burned a bit, though. I think because I could actually taste it is why I ate two. Then, we had chicken mole. I tried to regulate, but the spices were clearing my sinuses and I could mostly taste that, too! It was filling, so I did keep it reasonable. No idea what I'll be making tonight for dinner.
I'm starting to feel better, so I hope to be more or less back on track by/on Monday. We need some fresh fruit in the house to snack on. As of now, we have none! My foods could definitely have more vegetables or fruit in them.
As for fitness, well... like I said, I was on track. I had done Week 3 Day 1 of 5k Your Way here on Spark. And Tuesday was a cross-training day, so I did a cardio DVD. And some strength training both days. When I get these upper respiratory colds, my asthma goes haywire, so right now my chest feels like it's in a vice. It's always a symptom that takes forever to get back to normal. So, I'm going to have to evaluate my status with 5kYW... will I need to start over? Backtrack? We'll see. I had a dream that I was mad buff in my arms. I probably won't need to backtrack too much on the strength training. Anyway, overall I had been reducing the amount of fitness minutes I've been getting per week, trying to get closer to 250, since I'd been doing over 300. Right now, I've got so much homework all the time and so many things going on with the family, it felt like it would reduce my stress to be closer that time. That extra hour or more that I was exercising each week needed to be allocated somewhere else.
I "forgot" to weigh myself. I knew as of Friday night that I didn't want to weigh myself this week since I'd probably be seeing something crappy on the scale anyway- either a gain or a stagnancy. Hell, all the mucus in my head feels like it weighs 10lbs by itself. Sheesh.
And being sick, I didn't do anything "fun" or sociable with friends. Sad really, 'cuz this week was our county fair. WAY too sick to go. :-( Pretty bummed out about that.
Instead, and even while sick, I've been carrying on as usual and then as more than usual. We had a two day yard sale to raise funds for Louis' surgery this weekend. We made a decent amount, but we're still pretty far from our goal. We had several people donate items for us to sell, which was super nice and very appreciated. We've also had a few people donate online to our online fundraising campaign. I'll provide the link to that if any of you would like to make a donation. Please don't think I'm expecting you to. Times are tough for everyone (obviously, or we wouldn't be needing to fundraise! DUH!), so I know how difficult it is to just do that... if I could provide a paid service of some sort to anyone, believe me I'd rather do that! We spoke to our vet and he's told us he's going to try to talk down the price with the surgeon, but he can't guarantee anything. And the surgeon does not accept payments, so we have to have the full $1500 up front before the surgery can happen (that's also not including post-surgical follow-ups, medications, etc.) I mean, seriously, who the hell has just $1500 hanging around like that?! In this economy?! There was a time when we would have been able to do that, no problem (we actually did have to do that with my late doggie who had major surgery several years ago, before our economy took a dive), but not so much now. It would be nice if he'd at least let us put up half up front and let us pay off the rest, but that's not an option.
I keep having nightmares about this, that Louie is suffering or takes a rapid turn for the worst... Obviously this whole thing is stressful. Louie isn't technically MY cat, but he's "my" cat. I love him just as much as any other pet I've had. And he loves me right back. I'm the only person who's arms he'll jump up into- literally. I'll be standing up and he'll jump, from the floor, into my arms just to purr and snuggle with me! I guess I'm just freaked out about it since I lost MeowMeow only 9 months ago. I don't want to go through that heartbreak again so soon. My biggest request for this is to keep my family, my kitty, and this situation in your prayers.
And what would my blog be without pics?
Gourmet grilled cheese... or what I could taste of it.
Feline bromance. Kyle and Louie love each other! It's so cute!
And here's the link. Please, like I said, don't feel like I'm expecting donations. If you couldn't tell, I'm not the most comfortable asking for anything. But, a few people have asked, so I'm providing it.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Okay, so, February is now done and over with. We're already done with two months of this new year. Where is the time going? Geez.
Let's talk about the things that happened this month.
Fitness: Well, I definitely was able to make my fitness goals! Yay! I ended February with 1,112 fitness minutes. I'm no mathematician, but I believe that means I exceeded my goal of 1,000 minutes. I successfully got 250 minimum fitness minutes each week as well. I've got 61 more minutes left this week to make sure I've hit the 250 minimum, which, fingers crossed, I will get in tomorrow. The beginning of this month had me building on my speed intervals, which I was doing at a walking/brisk walking pace. By mid-month, it was time for me to get to my focus of walking/jogging, as my routine became too easy. I started SparkPeople's 5k Your Way walk/jog program. I'm not training for a 5k, so that's not really my focus. My focus is the jogging part, as eventually I'd like to start running, so the last half of the month had me aimed on that. I should be doing cross-training on the between days, but I struggled to do this. I don't really have an answer as to why. Something to work on.
I also wanted to work on muscle toning. Nothing major, just starting on some basics. I dug out my SparkPeople Fit, Firm, and Fired Up DVD as a starting point. I'm enjoying it so far. I usually do the 20 minute combo workout for each individual target body region. So, one day will be arms, another core, and yet another legs... It works for me for now. I like focusing on individual areas like that so I'm not all-over sore the next day. I only have to whine about being sore in one part of my body at a time. Ha! I also have a Pilates routine that I like to do and that one is a total body workout. I have a few others, also, but haven't gotten to them yet. I'm going to continue this in March and see if I can get to a point where I need to increase my weights. That would be cool.
The beginning of the month, and several other times punctuated throughout, my fitness has been a challenge to schedule thanks to other obligations. I'm the sole driver in my family, so I am often called to taxi folks around to doctor's appointment, grocery runs, vet visits for the pets, and other various errands. That oftentimes means something in my own life has to be sacrificed. Frequently it was my exercise or my ability to exercise at a reasonable hour. It really sucks to have to get on the treadmill at 10pm, when all I want to do is go to bed at that hour. If it wasn't exercise, then, sadly, it was time I'd planned to set aside for studying.
Food: Well, nutrition was quite a struggle for me this month. I stopped tracking for a while because, and I know I sound like a broken record, I really, REALLY hate tracking. I find the process tedious and time consuming. I rarely eat the same things over and over, so it feels like tracking something brand new every time. Its so hard to take the shortcuts that way (forming a food grouping, looking up a recipe I have in the database, going to my “recent foods” list...) My family loves cooking new things and experimenting in the kitchen and that pretty much happens on a daily basis. But, for the last week of February, I sucked it up and tracked! I b*tched about it the whole time, but I did it. Every day of the week. I did pretty well, too. Only had a wacky day, Thursday, due to some stressful news. More on that later, too. Anyway, I need to adjust my attitude about tracking, I know, but I don't think it's going to happen. I'll just miserably track and grumble.
Weight: Well, if you've been following my weekly blogs where I sum up the previous week, you'll know I've hit a rather frustrating plateau. I did not lose not one single pound in the month of February. At all. I stayed the same. I tried to stay positive about it because at least I didn't gain! But, really, half the damn point of this is to see that scale go down! I have such wonderful supporters making sure I try to keep positive about it and to keep supporting and encouraging me. I thank you all for that! But, really, it's super frustrating. I'm overweight and I don't want to be anymore. I can't even claim any NSV's in this department either. I don't measure myself because I find that tedious as well. Also, I don't think I do it right- I think I can't keep track of where I measured so that I measure that spot again. So, not a worthwhile thing for me to do. And, my clothes all fit the same, so I don't think I've actually lost any inches or anything like that, anyway. Lame. And I'm sure this was in part due to my not tracking my food. I like to think I'm keeping in ranges and stuff, but really... I don't truly know unless I track it. So, we'll see if tracking (and keeping in ranges) AND exercising makes the difference to bust through this plateau.
As for the rest of my goals, I've done some modifications. I do not feel like I need counseling at this time. Not only do I not have the time in my busy schedule, but I am feeling pretty great these days! I'm much happier with what I'm doing, where I'm headed, and all the fab jazz. I am grateful for what counseling did for me when I was going, but right now I think I'll be fine on my own. If I ever get to feeling like I need it again, I know who to call and can get going on it. I also have a list of other counseling resources should the need arise. I also decided I'm not going to journal. I barely have time to get my homework done and write my Spark blogs. Journaling just sounds like an added stress at this point, so I'm not going to do it. Everything else is going great, though. I've been making friends at church and even hanging out with them to do fun stuff. I've been attending church, attending bi-monthly women's Bible study, and reading my Bible nightly. I'm still praying about starting the nutrition ministry, but I keep getting encouragement from my friends/Bible study ladies. I did a nutrition assessment and plan for my cousin and she's been very happy with the results so far. So, I think I'm headed in the right direction.
As for food, I'm still cooking Tu/Thu/Sat, but am also picking up slack other days of the week (like I don't have a million other things to do.) It's been frustrating on that front as well. I was excited to be having some help in the kitchen, and that happened at first, but now not so much. It's back to only me cleaning up after 4 grown adults, doing dishes, scrubbing counters, organizing cabinets... Sometimes I sacrifice my study time to do these chores also. If I'm lucky, I can tape worksheets or diagrams or pictures or whatever to the kitchen window so I can study while I'm stuck standing in front of the sink scrubbing dishes, but that doesn't happen very often.
And, my beloved grey striped cat, Louis, has a kidney stone and needs surgery. The vet has given us an estimate of $1,500 for that. So, we're trying to brainstorm how to raise that amount of funding in the next few weeks. Luckily, he's not in a life or death situation at the moment, so we have a little bit of time to gather that cash, but still... It's a lot. Especially for us, since only my dad is working regularly. I'm thinking of starting a PayPal or youcaring.com campaign for small donations from anyone that would like to help out. I'm not sure what else I can do... a carwash? Sell my cooking services? Advertise that I'm a notary? Yard sale? It feels like a huge mountain of money to raise in a short amount of time.
So, yes, I've got several things in my life that are stressful, but exercise seems to be what's keeping me from going apesh*t. I've got my March plans in place. I'm going to do what I do best and “keep on truckin'!”
Poor Louie is high as a kite after the first vet visit thanks to the sedation and pain meds.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Fitness Focus: Jogging; Cross-Training Cardio; Muscle Toning
My goals are to get 250 fitness minutes per week (or 1000 fitness minutes for the month total) and to lose 4lbs.
I will accomplish this by:
1) Finishing SparkPeople's 5k Your Way Walk/Jog Program.
2) Doing muscle toning/strength training 5x per week (at least 7 minutes per session).
3) Eating healthy meals that are centered around vegetables and fruit.
4) Tracking meals 3x per week minimum, staying in ranges, and tracking fitness every time.
I will track my goals by:
1) Using the Food and Fitness Trackers
2) Using my scale and tracking my weight on SparkPeople
3) Using my day planner and dry erase board
I will know I've reached my goals when I see 181lbs on the scale and I've reached 1000 fitness minutes.
Items Needed to Achieve this Goal:
1) SparkPeople/Internet access
2) Support from my Spark Friends/AccountabiliBuddy(ies)
3) Good shoes
4) Heart Rate Monitor
5) Free Weights, Resistance bands, Yoga Mat (for strength)
I will find the time to accomplish these goals:
1) Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Thursday morning, Friday morning, and Saturday anytime (or Sunday afternoon)
2) Scheduled rest days are Wednesday and Sunday (can be switched to Saturday if needed)
Things I need to learn more about:
1) Exercise induced asthma and how to prevent it.
2) Exercise induced migraine and how to prevent one.
People I can talk to for support:
1) Any of my SparkFriends and specifically my AccountabiliBuddies Malia and Dava.
My goals' relevance:
1) I want to be healthier and to start losing the weight I've put on since moving back to El Centro. I also want to be a runner, so I'm going to start with walking/jogging as my base to improve. I want to increase my muscle strength so I can open my own jars.
I will reach my goal date by:
March 31, 2014
I will weigh weekly on Saturdays.
March 31st- Timed 5k
Sundays- crockpot dinner preparation; breakfast preparation as needed; lunch planning
Tue/Thur/Sat- crockpot dinners or my nights to cook
MWF- dinner cooked by brother and sister-in-law (or not...)
Sunday- attend services; cook breakfast goodies for hospitality ministry when possible
Tuesday- attend Bible study (every other week)
Nightly- read Bible; pray
Start health & nutrition ministry by the end of July (fitness; good food) 1 Corinthians 6:20
Socializing with those friends
Read for pleasure
Work toward fitness, food, and spiritual goals
My reward for accomplishing 75% of goals: Holtville Farmer's Market trip
Monday, February 24, 2014
Let's just get to it, shall we.
Once again, for the 4th week in a row, the mother@#$%^&* scale didn't move at all. I'm trying to be positive about it and look on the bright side: I didn't gain any weight, so at least I'm not reversing my progress. That would just be terrible. But, ya know, ideally that scale would be showing a smaller number. It feels like my hard work isn't paying off. I know it is in other ways, mostly NSV type ways, but I want to see a tangible result to my work. And really, if I'm being truthful with myself, am I doing all I can? Am I doing the right things? Not entirely...
Let's start with what I'm not doing right. I'm still working on snacking. Snacking isn't a bad thing. It really isn't. Snacking on lots of junk is totally a bad thing. Luckily I've pretty much run out of junk to snack on by the end-ish of this week. So, my snacking has been curbed greatly. Unfortunately, I don't really have any healthy snacks at the moment, either, so I'm not able to snack much at all. Which isn't helpful at meal time. I'd still say the vast majority of my meals aren't bad. I think I need to work a little harder at adding veggies in. Normally that's not a big problem, but this week it seems like it has been. I'll add veggies here and there to whatever I'm eating, but not really enough to count as a "serving" really. I also ate WAY too much pizza this week. Monday night was a girls night at a friend's house. We had pizza, popcorn, ice cream, cupcakes, and a mini version of churros locos (hard to describe, sorry). I kept it to reasonable portions, though. We curled up with a chick flick to top it off. And then on Thursday night, the ladies and I went to a "farmer's market" and had a veggie pizza. I'll tell ya more about it later. I also seem to recall a fast food burger and fries at some point... Tuesday? It was a small burger and small fries. Oh, I also had what I call "crappy nachos"- corn tortilla rounds, terrible canned cheese, and lots of jalapenos. It was like being at a baseball game! Anyway, the rest of my meals were reasonable- homemade burgers with lean beef and lots of veggies, with baked sweet potato fries- also homemade. Roasted pork loin with mashed potatoes. Pork chops and apple cherry stuffing in the crockpot with salad and baked potatoes. I had a light Subway sandwich- no mayo, oil, or salt, one night. I homemade some turkey sausage and shrimp gumbo.
Thing is, I'm not tracking any of this. I know better. Obviously not tracking is not helping me. I need to get back to doing it, even if I hate it and wanna b*tch and moan and whine and hate it and hate it some more... I have to track. Bottom line. Even if I'm just estimating and guessing at my meals, I need to do it. I might suck it up and just buy the damn Spark app. Ugh. Tracking helps. Seems like not tracking has been to my detriment, wouldn't you say?
What the hell am I doing right? Well, I'm working out consistently and dare I say it out loud, enjoying it. I think I've gotten this down to habit and I look forward to it most of the time. I figured my stale activity needed a change-up, so I began SparkPeople's 5k Your Way walk/jog program. I had no problems completing the first week. In fact, I accidentally did 1 extra day (repeat of Day 1)... it was a morning workout. I am not a morning person. At all. Enough said. The days I did the 5k training I also did 30 minutes of speed walking intervals, for a total of 60 minutes cardio. I only did 1 day of "cross training" with speed intervals and a SparkPeople cardio routine. I didn't do my Friday workout at all. I'll get that in a second. I also did 20 minutes each day of strength training, targeting a specific area: arms, legs, or core. This is perfect for now. I'm not too sore the next day, but I am working out to fatigue. Good stuff.
In total, I had more than 300 fitness minutes for the week (I think I ended at 310 or something). And that was still skipping a day of fitness!
The rest of my week was long. Like I said, Monday night was girl's night in. I wore my feetie pajamas. Super fun! I had to work on a super long essay about gene expression for anatomy and physiology. Wowzers, that stuff is complicated! It took me forever to do. Tuesday my dad worked on the car I'm forced to drive. It is less Death Trap-y than before, but I'm still sure it's going to kill me, Christine style. Anyway, Wednesday rolled around and was super busy. I turned in my essay and then had to read about Buddhism. A 50 page chapter in 4 hours. Ouch! I learned my lesson and read my other chapter on Buddhism this weekend. I have an essay about it to write before Wednesday. Blech! Thursday I had to take my mom to an eye appointment. Which reminded me to make an eye appointment for myself next month. Yay! Finally! I've been noticing my vision getting worse and I've been having more headaches. And by the end of the day, my eyes are super fatigued.
I skipped my workout on Friday and waited to do my Saturday workout until the evening. I was sooooooooo tired! I was simply exhausted and my body felt like it was made of lead. I had no energy to do anything at all. In fact, I slept on and off most of Friday and Saturday. I didn't feel like I was getting sick, and I'm not sick now, but I am still pretty tired. I dunno if I'm working out too hard or too much, working too hard on other things, or am deficient in something- iron, B12, D... If any of you think I'm working out too much too quickly into this journey, please speak up! And maybe I need to be eating more?... I dunno. My brain isn't being cooperative (it's swirling with Buddhism and cell cycle essays.)
Thursday night was really fun. My cousin and two of our friends went to teeny tiny Holtville (home of the Carrot Festival from two weeks ago, remember?) for a "farmers market". I loosely use that phrase because as I've said before, we don't get to eat the produce grown here. There was only 1.5 booths with fresh produce. The rest was food vendors (lumpia, nachos, shaved ice, tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, etc) and other weird crap like crafts. Of course, we all focused on the 1.5 booths. I'm so glad we did! One booth (the full 1) had the nicest woman that grew veggies and fruit. And, as it turns out, she has her own small CSA! The only one in the entire Imperial Valley!! Unfortunately, she has room for only 12 members and a waiting list. But, we got to talking gardening and she told me to email her so she can help get me started on gardening myself again! YAY!!! I'm so stoked! And the .5 booth was nice because the folks there want to start a CSA and are really involved in community events to spread the word of good wholesome nutrition. Too cool! I also got some loofah seeds at that booth. They run a community garden next to a church here and I accidentally came upon it once and walked around it. It was a nice garden. I got a lot of good ideas from it on starting my own raised bed garden. My friend Valerie, who was with me, also gardens, so we both were super excited. We both want to grow veggies and the like. She even offered me a small plot in her backyard to garden if I want (since my backyard is all dirt and sticks). Anyway, I hope I'll be able to get to garden again. It was a big stress reliever for me and something I really loved doing and miss a lot. I also got to meet the city... um... councilman? Someone that was in charge of organizing the farmer's market and learned a lot of great things that will be happening in Holtville, including the creation of a hiking trail and a community garden at some street he named but I have no idea where it is. So, I suppose if I wanted to, I could get a plot there, too. Ah, the possibilities...
I didn't really take a whole lot of photos this week, since I was so busy.
Louie was making me very sleepy while I read about Buddhism.
Gumbo. Took me 1 1/2 hours to cook the roux to perfection. Standing over a stove and stirring *constantly*. It was worth it.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I'll start with the most obvious frustration.
This Saturday marks 3 Saturdays in a row that I've weighed in at 185lbs. Both you and I know what that means: DREADED PLATEAU. Ugh! And the truth is, I know what I need to do. And what I haven't been doing that I should be doing.
So, let's talk food. I have gotten back to that point in tracking my food where I really don't want to track because I hate it. Cooking 95% of all my meals from scratch makes it frustrating, tedious, and time consuming to track. It either involves me adding each individual damn recipe I ever make into the database or making wild (and likely not terrifically accurate-ish) guesses as to the amounts of whatever I've eaten. Luckily for me, over the last month or so of pretty consistent daily tracking, I've gotten pretty good at eyeballing my calories/other macros. I know I need to be making more of an effort, but man do I HATE HATE HATE tracking!
The other food related problem I've encountered lately has been snacking. I've not been binging much (although Wednesday was another story) so I've consciously been snacking. The issue I seem to be having is whether or not I'm actually hungry when I should be snacking or if I'm just in need of some sort of something for my jaw to do. I've been struggling to make the distinction. Am I really in need of something to eat at this point? Is my brain playing a trick on me? Am I just thirsty? Regardless of the answer, snacking has been adding WAY more calories to my daily total than it should be. So, in addition to being unsure of whether or not I'm really physiologically in need of a snack, I'm not snacking on "good" things. Candy, chips, cookies, Hershey's dark chocolate pudding with added mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (holy crap is that stuff DECADENT!), pretzels, Chex Mix... Yeah. :-( Not good.
As far as core meals go, I'm doing pretty good. Getting in the freggies as often as possible, keeping it lean meats and whole grains, and I'm getting lots of water into my system.
Nutrition needs some work and I'm sure its not doing me any favors when it comes to that stuck number on the scale.
Fitness is going mostly okay. I've not been diligent about adding strength training to my regimen. That is NOT mostly okay. That needs to change. I did 25 minutes of a full-body beginner's Pilate's routine (thank you Blogilates on YouTube!) and that was it. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I need to get more done. Cardio is still going well, but I think needs a different sort of change. I tried to increase my intensity by increasing my incline on my treadmill and it worked. But, I only did it one day. The next two or three days after that, the increased intensity was TOO intense. So, I went back down to my normal incline (which is 2% anyway). I made sure to keep up my extra intervals.
I have a hard time being able to "cross train" in cardio. I only have a treadmill. I don't own a bicycle or have a gym membership. It's already getting too hot to go outside for exercise. So, that makes my choices to "change it up" really limited.
So, now that I've done my 5k, I'm going to actually start a Couch to 5k jogging program. Maybe just the change of tactic will be a big enough change to bust through my plateau, since all I'm doing right now is walking. Combined with ACTUALLY DOING STRENGTH WORK, I'm hoping I'll get that number on the scale heading in a downward direction again.
All told, though, I ended my week with 329 fitness minutes. I'm not sure HOW I got that many, but I did!
Well, that is pretty much all that. My frustration stems from a plateau that I'm sure is my fault in many ways. It's up to me to get myself on the correct path.
I'll end this on a more pleasant note. Today was the 5k I was waiting to do. It was a fundraiser for the local Christian radio station. It was a LOT of fun! My cousin decided to go, too, as did a bunch of the ladies from Bible study, so I got to do the race with friends. :-) It was already overly sunny and hot by the time the race was set to start at 9am. It was at least in the mid-80's, but with no shade it felt like at least 90! It was miserably hot. So, no jogging or running for me. I have a hard enough time doing rigorous exercise in an air conditioned environment.
There were only 77 participants in the race. I was the 4th to the last to finish and dead last in my age/gender group (of which there were 7). I had a tall Starbucks vanilla blonde roast prior to the race and boy did it affect my heart rate! My heart rate was WAY elevated at the top of my range almost the entire race. And it did even go above it several times. I didn't feel like I was physically exerting myself or expending any more energy, so I can only surmise that the caffeine was stimulating my heart beat BIG TIME. I was kinda disappointed by that because that meant I couldn't jog/run at any point even if I wanted to... or even increase my walking pace. I ended up averaging a 17 minute mile. A little slower than I did at Iron Girl just a bit more than two months ago. And I really felt like I could have easily gone faster. :-(
Anyway, I ended the race at 51:37. Slower than Iron Girl #2, but still faster than Iron Girl #1. Not bad for such a hot morning (and it was HOT, someone overheated during the race and had to be retrieved). And afterward, myself and some of the ladies, and some of their gents from church, went to lunch together after. It was fun! It felt nice to be hanging out with friends. It felt nice to realize I may actually finally have friends.
The ladies and I pre-race!
Katie photobombed my selfie! :-D
Can you find me? I'm there! (In the back of the pack!)
Halfway-ish through the race, the background is artisan lettuce growing in a giant field. That's your baby romaine, arugula, baby green leaf, and baby red leaf from your "spring mix"!
After having this stupid blister for MONTHS, I think it's time I do something about it.
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