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Where to put my race bib -- belt or shirt?

Friday, June 04, 2010

Ok, I've successfully navigated the streets of Albany, no thanks to either GPS or printed out maps or directions. I found the garage I'll be parking in tomorrow (couldn't park there today). The directions said to follow the signs, but I saw nary a sign, but still managed to finally bumble into it and bumble back out of it.

Then I managed to bumble on back to the visitor's parking, which wasn't a particularly easy feat either. I did stop at the wrong garage at one point and ask for directions, which were mildly useful (but not completely, still obviously I managed to get there).

I've definitely had some worse experiences with trying to find things, and it sets my mind a bit at ease for tomorrow.

Now, if you're not a runner, by now you're probably getting a bit bored with these blogs. Or maybe they're inspiring you to take it up. 2 years ago I most definitely wasn't a runner. In fact, even now it's sort of hard to call myself a runner. I don't think I've ever passed anyone who was running -- because I run slowly -- but at least I felt better when I went running in NYC and managed to at least pass the walkers!

But maybe you'll be inspired to stretch outside your comfort zone just like so many of my Spark buddies inspired me to stretch outside of mine.

I have very serious doubts about finding my WW leader's group tomorrow. I really want to, I'm sure it would be fun -- I found some revolving doors, and she said they're meeting by the revolving doors, but I've no idea if what I saw today are the right revolving doors.

There's little doubt I'll be running with someone, because this race -- the Freihofers run for Women -- is a large race. Somewhere in the vicinity of 4000 women. That's part of why I picked this as my first race -- because I figured with that many I couldn't possibly be the slowest one. And I couldn't get lost, either, when the real runners shoot past me. A definite worry for me in a smaller race.

I have also picked up my box of Freihofer's chocolate chip cookies. Don't ask me why. These were most definitely one of the nemeses of my childhood. I could eat an entire box in one sitting. The very thought of it makes me feel ill now, but I've no doubt they could still do some serious damage. Especially since I'm pre-TOM and munchy anyway.

My plan is to freeze them, take out a few, and probably have DH take the rest in to work on Monday. When I told him that, he said what makes you think I don't want to eat them? Dear, when you run your first 5k, you can have whatever you want to eat. Mine. Only not really -- I know myself and I know me & a box of Freihofers isn't a good couple.

Well, not really. A 5k doesn't really burn all that many calories. But I should be able to afford a cookie. Altho maybe not tomorrow, not if I bake a dessert for the SIL. OTOH, haven't really decided what to do about dinner. I thought we'd grill, but the weather's looking iffy and we're not even sure she's going to make it for dinner.

So finally on to my question. At the rather small expo, they had a spibelt (which is a belt with a little pocket to hold your stuff. Now, I already have a belt like that from a different manufacturer. But what caught my eye was the fact that the bib was attached to the belt.

So for all you real runners -- would that be annoying, with the bib flapping against my thighs potentially? I do hate the thought of pinning it to my shirt.

Now my biggest concern is the need to pee. I usually have to go a lot in the morning. I drink 4 glasses of liquid by about 8 am usually; tomorrow I'm just gonna do 3, but I still bet I'll need to pee before the race. I don't know where the bathrooms are -- I looked, but I didn't look that hard and I didn't find them.

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HEALTH4LYFE 6/4/2010 6:31PM

    You could always pin the bib to your shorts. I have done that a few times, especially if I was running in the rainy weather and didn't want to pin it to my jacket, but because of bar codes, the bib needed to be in front.
Don't worry so much about the water. Most likely there will places for you to go to the bathroom. If you are concerned about staying hydrated, I chew two different flavors of sugarless gum (not always chewing it) while running.
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LEONALIONESS 6/4/2010 5:31PM

    Yeah, drink less for sure! There will be port-a-potties in the starting area but having to pee while running (or, yanno, having digestive issues -OMG AWFUL) is right up there on my list of things I really hate. A lot.

I do 10-14 mile runs with only about a cup of water in my system pre-run (if it's in the AM). I bring water on my fuel belt but I still usually only drink 2 of the 8 oz. bottles while out, and I'm out for 2-2:30 hours on those guys.

Also, pin on your shirt. The flapping around your waist will drive you mad, I'm sure. They give you four pins so you can pin all the corners. You won't even notice it, I bet. :) I've never raced where my number bugged me.

Good luck and HAVE FUN.
I LOVE racing! It's my favorite part of running.
Well, that and the huge calorie burn on long run days. NOM om nom.

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/4/2010 4:21PM

    They usually have port-a-potties set up close to the start. Maybe don't drink so much before. Even if you walked it should only take you 45 minutes, so a slow run should be quicker than that. Don't worry you will find what you need. You will also do a fantastic job.

I pin my bib to the front of my shirt, I would not want it flapping anywhere. You can pin it to the back, if you don't want it in front, unless the directions say other wise.

Good luck, I'll be there in spirit cheering you on!

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Does clutter make you fat & other ramblings

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I know the short answer should be that yes, clutter can make you fat -- all that clutter weighing you down can make you eat just by thinking about wading thru it.

I have been working on the house all week long because my SIL will be visiting for less than 24 hours all told. And even tho there are still several rooms that are rather cluttered, that we still haven't sorted out a year + change from moving in, I'm so pleased by my work in the main rooms. They look so much better!

Wish that had translated into a weight loss. Last week saw a big gain -- wasn't terribly surprised, I had the munchies all week and gave into them too often, especially with WW 1 point bars. Those things are evil, and I am happy to say that they are gone and I won't be replacing them. They taste so good, but they don't fill me up in the least.

If I'm craving something sweet, I'm much better off with a Hershey's dark chocolate kiss or two. I can have 4 of them for the same calories as a WW bar, and while they don't fill me up, there is some smidgeon of nutrition in them, and because I like to let them melt in my mouth, it takes me a while to eat 4 of them (of course, I rarely eat more than 1 or 2 anyway).

This week I did way, way better with the munchies. I still ate too much -- it is pre-TOM and not surprising in the least, but always disappointing nonetheless. But I ate mindfully, no WW bars in sight, and when I still needed to eat even though I knew it would put me over on points, I chose healthy snacks for the most part -- like a few almonds, or some whole grain crackers with some non-dairy cheese spread.

Speaking of cheese spreads . . . I even got inspired to clean out my refrigerator this morning. It was on the to-do list, but I wasn't sure I would get to it. But I walked the dogs early, since they're getting balky as it gets warmer, came home and had almost an hour until I needed to leave. I looked at my to-do list, trying to figure out what I had enough time for.

Aha! The fridge! Well, I could always clean one shelf. That led me to do almost the entire regfrigerator, and while I won't gross you out by how long it's been since I've done that, I was actually quite surprised that it really wasn't that bad at all.

So there's that baby step thing in action. It applies to so many things in life. Just take one small step, and that will lead to another, and another and so on. It's the first step that's so hard.

And because I walked the dogs earlier, I had plenty of time to change and get their kongs ready instead of running around like a chicken without its head. Which got me to my meeting all relaxed for a change. So note to self: while I enjoy watching the news in the morning (and so do the dogs), maybe it's best to save it as a reward for getting something else done early in the day. Or even as a reward one day a week or so for getting stuff done in the morning.

I've picked out my reward for my 5k, too. I have a DSW coupon that's been burning a hole in my pocket. I wasn't going to go there til later in the month, working on that delayed gratification thing, but I think it will make the perfect reward. My SIL will arrive sometime late in the evening on Sat (the day of the race), maybe for dinner but probably not knowing her, and she'll leave probably midday the next day. And then I plan to hit the mall for some shoe therapy.

Lots of little thoughts, no big epiphanies, and so far excited, not nervous, for my 5k. I'm sure I'll be nervous the day of, but so far I've been busy enough that I haven't had time to dwell on it (so maybe SIL's visit on the same day was a good thing after all). Now just hoping that I can find my leader on the day of the race! She coordinates a group of WW participants -- which I didn't even know when I signed up -- and I know 2 people from my meeting at least that will be there.

She told us today where they meet, but since I've never been there, I only have the vaguest idea of where that is. And there's something like 4000 runners (plus elite runners). No matter what, it will be interesting!

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DAYHIKER 6/4/2010 2:17PM

    Clutter. (sigh) Now that I'm exercising regularly again I'm dealing better with clutter. It snowballs early in the spring when there is just so much to do outside on top of extra cleaning chores inside.

I'm excited about your race and will be keeping an eye out for your results! The DSW therapy is a great reward!!

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GERPAT 6/4/2010 1:01PM

    I don't have house clutter, but I sure do have mind clutter as you know cause you are very kind to read my blogs and leave appreciated comments, thank you for that!!!

Wow! Your running a 5K run?? How awesome, I am pumped for you and hope you have a great day in every way!! Maybe one day I'll do one of those too, I can hope right?? Baby stepping it right along with you hun!!! Have a great weekend!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/4/2010 12:55AM

    Very industious day you had well done, beats sitting on the couch eating!

Good luck for the 5km.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/3/2010 3:19PM

    I suspect you'll be so excited you won't have time to be nervous. Yay, you! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 6/3/2010 3:08PM

    My best friend of 20 years is a clutter-bug and I am the opposite - I like empty spaces and clear tables. I'm heavy, she's thin. So I don't think there's a direct correclation emoticon

There are similarities though - both clutter and fat can feel so overwhelming that it's hard to even start tackling them - but also, once you do start taking those baby steps, you're surprised at how quickly things can change! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/3/2010 1:23PM

    Good luck with your 5K. No matter how it turns out, it's a great adventure and door opening to many others. Have a fun day.

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SHEILA1505 6/3/2010 12:27PM

    It's an interesting thought about cause and effect - but could it be that both the clutter and the weight are symptoms of the same thing? For me they seem to go hand in hand with my lethargy, procrastination or couldn't-care-less feelings/issues.

As you applied the one step at a time to the fridge cleaning, following after walking the dogs earlier, isn't this the same with the rest of the Lifestyle? If I shift my thinking in one area, de-clutter my mind of all manner of garbage, then the squidgy mushrooms lurking in the back of the veg drawer seem to follow, and I find ten minutes to walk down to the recycle bins with the paper, bottles and cans. It all just seems to have a snowball effect.


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Don't know what to expect

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

My first 5k is Saturday, and what with going to NYC, being sick, shoveling mulch, and general housecleaning for a brief visit from my SIL (that same day), I haven't really had all that much time to think about it. Which I suppose is a good thing.

Quite frankly, my biggest worry is finding the parking. I haven't driven into Albany (the city) once since we moved here a bit over a year ago, so I have no idea where I'm going. I'll be going on Friday to pick up my packet, so hopefully I can figure it out then.

DH has offered to drive me, but he might have something of his own going on. Not to mention that means getting up (and actually moving) early for him because I've told him he is walking the dogs that day. And then he'd have to hang around downtown.

The second thing I'm praying is that it doesn't rain, altho at the moment it's looking more & more like it will. Drats. I've managed to avoid running in the rain so far, and because I plan (that's the plan, anyway) to get there early, I don't much fancy standing around in the rain.

Finally, of course, there is time goals. That's where the title comes in: I've no idea what to expect. I just got back from an easy 20 minute run, and when I mapped out it out, it's just shy of 2 miles. Which quite frankly would be really good time for me.

I know I can do it in 40 minutes on my treadmill, but I know it's easier on the treadmill, plus that usually involves some walk breaks and at the moment I don't plan to be walking.

So who knows? Whatever I run will be a PR for me since I've never run in a race in my entire 48 yrs.

I've already got my clothes together and waiting on my dresser. I bought not one but two running belts, because I needed somewhere to hang my phone, have tried both out and decided which one to use. One has a water bottle holder, the other doesn't; I plan to use the one without because I figure there will be water there and no reason to carry extra weight.

I even made the vegan pasta alfredo I plan to have on Friday last night. I don't think you have to carb load for a 5k, but you do need to eat something that won't upset your stomach. I figure this has plenty of protein (both tofu and almonds), the pasta is whole grain for some good carbs, and it's tasty and easy to digest.

Now it's just time for some no-rain dances, even tho we could use some rain.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/3/2010 3:21PM

    Care to share that recipe? emoticon

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BZYBOYSMOM 6/3/2010 9:02AM

    Go for it girlfriend!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 6/3/2010 6:14AM

    Enjoy, it will be fun! Well done for getting this far.


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LEONALIONESS 6/2/2010 3:54PM


You'll PR no matter what. They say the first time you run a race you should focus only on finishing it, not times. Just run it to run it and get the experience under your belt! A 5K is a nice short distance so you don't have to worry about bonking or refueling, which is nice! Just listen to your body and keep going.

You'll do just fine!
And running in the rain is no biggie as long as it's not cold/windy. I've actually had some really pleasant rainy runs - warm Springish weather, etc. You're less apt to overheat and once your blood gets moving you won't feel the rain. I did my first 10K in spitting rain and it was actually great for running. Worst thing was my hands got cold but I didn't notice until I was done!

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2010 2:28PM

    Your 1st 5K at 48 - you are AMAZING! Never mind what you're time will be - you'll be out there RUNNING!

I hate running in the rain too. I'm sure I'm made of sugar! I've run in a snowstorm... but tend to wuss out when it's raining. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that the skies stay clear.

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DAYHIKER 6/2/2010 1:45PM

    It sounds like you are pretty well set mentally and physically, Judy, and going in to pick up your packet will help you to orient to the unknowns of the location. I am excited for you to be doing this! emoticon


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SHEILA1505 6/2/2010 11:26AM

    No no - don't even mention rain in your dances - the Universe doesn't recognise negatives - witness my plans to go to Paris and *not* to London :)
The dance should be invoking sunshine and pleasant cool temperatures and plenty of parking spaces that open up as Judy drives in to find them. The dance should call for good digestion and surrounding runners who are steadily working at your pace and that DH walks the dogs as required

Hugs - enjoy the Alfredo :)

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Visualizing the future

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I have a new trick: almost every time I'm tempted to drift over to my chocolate/bar drawer and just pop in a Hershey's kiss (hey, they're only 25 calories, right?) or any other mindless munchies, I try to close my eyes and visualize myself at my GW, wearing something I own now but can't wear.

Mostly, it's working.

While I feel I've eaten too much this week -- not a lot too much, just a little -- it wasn't the mindless munching of last week. And a whole lot more fruits & veggies, too.

And I just realized I made out a brief to-do list for today -- not that I don't have other things to do, but these are the things that really need to get done -- I realized that I didn't put ST on it. And it needs to be there! So I'm heading on up to add ST to make sure I remember to do it.

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FREELADY 6/2/2010 7:34AM

    Hooray for scheduled exercise!

From my earliest days active on SP, your blogs have been an uplifting voice helping me think straight and making it easier to do better! Thanks for another great virtual coaching session.

You mentioned two of my absolute keys . . . no mindless munching and planning ahead for exercise. These have kept me from gaining anything during an incredibly pressured month. Now, June . . . upward and onward!!

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GERPAT 6/1/2010 10:05PM

    Visualization is a great tool to use, athletes use it often to better preform. I wonder if we used this technique everyday how much faster we might get to our goal? Thank you for sharing your trick, and thank you for your comments left on my blog, always appreciated!!

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SHEILA1505 6/1/2010 10:55AM

    Ummmm - why do you have a drawer for your treats? Why don't you make an outing out of going to buy a treat, one at a time? Also, it struck me from your previous post - I also love love love Smoked Salmon - but isn't it very high in sodium? And you were going for the extra salty? Doesn't that play havoc with water retention etc?

Just a thought

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/1/2010 9:44AM

    If I have them in the house, they are eaten. For me, restraint means not bringing them home. (smiling) Good luck with your new trick. Have a wonderful day.

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MTER67 6/1/2010 8:52AM

    I've been successful not caving into cravings for sweets by imagining myself in my bike shorts. The foam padding in the butt doesn't need any extra help from my backside! By focusing on what I WANT to look like in those shorts, I have been able to steer myself around potential pitfalls. It works, you are right! :-)

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SRFRGRL7163 6/1/2010 7:52AM

    Always good to have a plan to keep you focused. You have the right idea and sounds like you're doing great! Keep it up and good luck to you!

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/1/2010 7:52AM

    Great motivator! You know you are doing a marvelous job and yep, you better get to that ST, mines done for the day. Unless you don't count re-locating plants, leveling ground for a walk way ST. LOL!!

Have a good one!

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Planning vs going with the flow

Monday, May 31, 2010

We didn't have big plans for today. My biggest plan was to relax somewhat after at least of an hour and a half of mulch shoveling for the last few days (on top of walking the dogs & cooking & getting at the last of the books still in boxes in our garage).

I did want to go for a walk with DH & the dogs. Actually, I wanted to go for a run while DH walked the dogs. It's a treat for me to be able to run without having to walk the dogs first.

We headed out to a new park I'd heard about. I'd explored its entire Website, but there was no mention of whether or not dogs were allowed. When we got there, we discovered they weren't.

Oh, and DH was driving me nuts along the way: we'd printed out directions from the Website, plus he'd printed out directions from Mapsquest, and I had my GPS (I was driving). I knew the GPS wouldn't be completely accurate because they've put in a bunch of roundabouts on that road.

Anyway, he was near hyperventilating & driving me generally nutty as nothing seemed to match up or be right, but in the end, we got there just fine, even if I did want to beat him over the head with the GPS (but I managed to keep my cool).

But, unfortunately, as I said, when we got there we found out the dogs weren't allowed. Which is a pity, as it looked like a great place to explore. It's meant to be an environmental educational park, so I suppose I can understand, but it was disappointing all the same.

I believe that things have a way of working out, tho, and that was the case today. As we drove toward the park, I noticed a bike path, and said that would be our backup. So we drove back to the deserted school, parked, and DH got the dogs out and I got my run in.

It just so happens that this park is near the grocery store with the kosher deli, so even tho I hadn't planned on it, I suggested we stop to get some belly lox (incredibly salty smoked salmon that we both love -- luckily this particluar grocery store that carries it is far enough away that we don't often go there) for lunch.

Then DH wanted to stop at Sears on the way home to pick up something he'd ordered.

So all in all, an enjoyable day. DH wasn't thrilled with having to walk the dogs, but he loves belly lox and not having to go pick up his order himself was just the cherry on top.

So I'd planned out my meals for today, and bagel & lox certainly weren't on the menu. We're grilling tonight -- it's just a gorgeous day -- and I'd planned to make a dessert.

I could've had my lox on an Ezekiel wrap, but I went with the bagel instead. I just won't make the dessert. Dinner will be some simple grilled steak, a large salad, and a baked potato.

It's very, very important to plan, but it's just as important to be flexible and enjoy yourself. Here's wishing you an enjoyable, flexible, healthy Memorial Day.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/31/2010 4:54PM

    I have had some humdinger wrong turns, courtesy of Mapquest, including a left instead of right in AZ which cost me an extra hour. None of these seems to be totally reliable. Looks like you made lemonade out of lemons. Have a wonderful day.

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MONTY68 5/31/2010 3:41PM

    Hi Judy
I think this was a good blog. I , being a man understand that men have inherited a gene that all men have and that is driving with directions, it is written in the generic code to argue that we are right and following directions, some of us learn early that won't work , others like me took 50+ years to admit it. Just a little point.
It is a shame that a park won't allow dogs, who are part of the family. But as in a lot of happenings in life there is the happy outcome.
Sounds like you had or having a wonderful day.
Thanks for sharing

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KEAKMAN 5/31/2010 3:24PM

    Flexibility is not my strong suit, so I often wear a rubber band around my wrist as a reminder to be flexible. Weird as it sounds, it helps!

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FREELADY 5/31/2010 3:09PM

    This is great. So helpful. I made a new response card: "A permanent lifestyle change means being flexible."

I love it that you kept your cool!

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TEMPEST272002 5/31/2010 2:51PM

    I could really relate to your blog today - the hubby driving me crazy in the car, the frustration at not being able to take my dogs in the park... and also, finding pleasure in the little things and remembering that a lifestyle change (as opposed to a diet/exercise plan) requires flexibility.

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DAYHIKER 5/31/2010 2:35PM

    Bummer about the park not being dog friendly but I can understand it. My Chicago kids live in a fairly ritzy place and I was appalled by the number of dog owners who do NOT clean up after their dogs. I'm so glad you were able to get in your run...it's tedious to be the one who mostly takes care of the critters.

I haven't had bagels and lox in ages--sounds good!

Since I was busy all day yesterday until 9pm I am going to take some down time this afternoon. I do have strawberries to pick and laundry to fold then I'm done. It's a holiday after all, though we honored it yesterday on its traditional date.

Happy rest of the day, Judy!!


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