Friday, September 10, 2010
That is my upcoming race, in about a month. I figure I'd throw the fundraising page out there since they so kindly provide you with one:
If I've donated to you, ABSOLUTELY do NOT feel obligated to donate to me. If you want to, that's great & I definitely appreciate it!
Both my mother & my MIL are breast cancer survivors -- and there has been a great deal of cancer in my family as well, taking the lives of several relatives way too early. So it's a cause I feel strongly about -- probably one most of us feel strongly about, as there are probably few of us who haven't been touched by cancer in one way or another.
Now I have to just hope I can work out what's going on with my butt! From some surfing, my best guess is overtraining and a tight hamstring (which is typical of runners), altho that makes me laugh as I only run about 10 miles a week!
I am very careful to warm up, and I always stretch after a run, too. And I do yoga. And pilates. And strength train. And work on my core. I do all the stuff you're supposed to do.
So for now, I'm trying to stretch out that hamstring more often, massage the painful area, and we'll see what happens. I was hoping for a better time, since hopefully the weather should be much cooler than my first race (same course), but I may just have to settle for having fun.
Altho running isn't really fun for me. What hooks me on running is how I feel AFTER a run.
Anyway, if you're so inclined, you can donate here:
And I'll make sure to remind you again. Because I had people I had planned to donate to, and if they hadn't reposted the link, it might never have happened!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
. . . but here goes.
My buddy Kate has her blogs about running -- which, come to think of it, so does my buddy Donna. I, apparently, now have my blogs about the search for the perfect swimsuit. I'm sure it's one most women can relate to.
Yeah, that's what I wasn't sure I really wanted to post. Not sure how I feel about it. And I'm considering yet another similar suit -- only this one ties in the back, and the other doesn't. I probably won't keep these all.
I like the top half, it's the bottom half that gives me pause.
And you have to understand I'm someone who never wore a bikini til I was about 35. I can find good jeans, good tops, good dresses . . . they all can hide a lot of flaws and I know how to dress myself. But short of wearing a mumu, there isn't a whole lot of hiding in a bathing suit!
And since photos are fun, and I don't think I ever shared this (all crappy phone photos I finally freed):
Our neighbors have an English Mastiff. So the whole David vs. Goliath thing with my dogs & her dog is pretty hilarious. This particular weekend she was taking care of a friend/relative's TWO mastiffs.
A slightly better comparison. I was a little worried when the male Mastiff started charging the fence . . .
The largest mushroom I've ever seen around here. DH says I should posed the dogs with it for some scale, but it was someone else's lawn, after all.
No real points today. Just keepin' it real.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Yup, I have one. I've read many articles on running injuries, and this one doesn't seem to come, so I can't figure it out and therefore can't figure out what to do. And yes, I don't actually have a doctor here yet. I'm not real big on doctors, but yes, it's past time for a general checkup. Not that I'm sure a regular doctor would know what this is and it's just a little embarrassing to discuss it with a guy.
I have a pain right at the bottom of my right butt cheek. It doesn't hurt at all when I walk or run, but it hurts when I bend over, and it's been getting progressively worse.
Sciatica comes to mind, but it doesn't radiate down my leg at all.
I wasn't really doing much running until the last few weeks, but I was doing high intensity workouts. I'm not running at all this week, because I like to take a week off once a month, and it's not getting any better.
Y'all are so smart -- and I already know you're (at least not most of you) doctors -- but still, anyone out there have a clue? I'd be happy to do something about it if I could figure out what it is!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
That was my comment today on somebody's blog. Our lives aren't perfect. Sometimes things just don't go according to plan. It's up to us how we react to what life throws at us.
How many times after eating something that wasn't so healthy have you thrown in the towel & said "well, I'll just start again tomorrow"? And then what happens tomorrow?
Yesterday DH was going out for something that was going to take most of the afternoon & early evening. My original plan was for us to eat dinner separately, but he convinced me we could go out to eat, and then I suggested that he pick up some sushi on the way home.
With that plan in mind, I got down to some "uncooking", aka, dehydrating raw food. I made almond macaroons, buckwheat "scones", and eggplant/mushroom "sausage". When I know I don't have to cook dinner, sometimes I'll choose to do a lot of work in the kitchen.
Only DH called at about 7:30 pm to say the sushi place was closed. You have to understand that I start getting ready for bed at 8 - 8:30 pm typically, and am usually asleep by about 9:30 - 10 pm. Not good news.
Not only that, I'd eaten slightly oddly for me yesterday, and hadn't had much in the way of veggies yet cause I knew that sushi restaurant puts in a salad for free. I wasn't even all that hungry (or so I though) and I was well hydrated.
I told DH that I'd make frozen pizzas. Not ideal, but what're you gonna do? Of course, DH could've gone to a couple of other places, but I knew he was tired. And I was too tired to make the salad that I usually eat with pizza and so ate the entire frozen pizza (they are individual pizzas, so much smaller, but still).
The last few weeks have been filled with more parties and eating out than normal. It would be so easy to throw in the towel.
But I'm choosing to step up to the plate. One bad meal, one bad day, even one bad week isn't the end of the world in the long run. It's only "bad" if we choose to let it turn into weeks or months of unhealthy eating. It's all about how we choose to think about it.
Yes, you may feel as though you have no control and no choices, but we make choices every second of every day. Make sure your choices today are healthy ones that will propel you further down the road to happiness, energy, and health. Are you with me?
Friday, September 03, 2010
Maybe these pictures will be the kick in the butt I need to really buckle down. Or maybe not. So I ordered some new swimsuits in anticipation of our hoped-for trip to Hawaii, cause the few I have are really too big (but still actually fit thanks to the beauty of spandex).
I know, I know, y'all will probably tell me all sorts of kind things. I'm not sucking up for them, I'm sure I'll appreciate them, but the truth is I want to see some improvement.
Now you know why most of the photos you see are me in dresses with high heeled shoes. Because the dresses do a good job of hiding the parts I'm still not real happy with, and the shoes elongate my very short legs.
I'm happy with my legs from the knee down. This swimsuit bottom was shorter than I wanted, but it was what was still available. As usual, I do think I look better in it in RL than these photos reflect, but that could be wishful thinking on my part. It will also be interesting to see if I can actually swim without this bottom floating away.
I just sent in my check for the swimming sessions at the high school . . . both morning & evening. It's $68 for twice a week for 10 weeks (altho I doubt I'll be getting there every week, especially with DH's travel schedule the next few months). But even missing a few, it's still worth it. I have the potential to go swimming twice a week! Woohoo! I could almost walk there, but I'm not going to considering it'll be dark. Not to mention getting cooler. Of course I have no idea where the pool actually is, but I'm sure I'll find it . . . eventually.
Getting back to the photos. The one thing I really do like is my strong shoulders. I do think I have great shoulders, if I do say so myself.
I am in serious need of a haircut -- again. I think I always am. Really, I don't need the haircut so much as a bangs trim but it always seems like so much work to go in just to get my bangs trimmed so I never do it (and wouldn't dream of touching them myself).
I'll leave you with a photo that still isn't great, but is much kinder all the same. No swimsuit (no body, for that fact).
Do you think you look great til you see the photos? How do you reconcile what you see in the mirror with what you see in photos?
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