Sunday, March 13, 2011
I must say, it's kind of nice having my own personal photographer in tow. I was kind of bowled over when DH asked at dinner last night when the next race is. Not quite sure why he wants to know . . . it would be Freihofers, In June, only I'm still hoping we're going to Vegas then.
Gearing up. I've got my Ipod in its pouch on the right wrist; my glorified stopwatch on my left wrist; my green scrunchie also on my left wrist. Unfortunately, my bluetooth headphones which normally I love fell off my ears after maybe 5 minutes and after maybe another 5 minutes trying to reseat them I just gave it up. So I was sort of tuneless - they stayed around my neck & I could just barely hear the songs.
Yes, there were entertaining costumes.
Calm before the storm. Thankfully there was somewhere to mill beforehand -- with bathrooms!
We're off! A sea of green!
DH said he had trouble finding me. Now I see why. You never really think about your height til you see the photos! Maybe that's why I'm so slow -- short legs! Doesn't explain why my short BIL is so fast. Darn it!
It was relatively cold -- just above freezing -- wouldn't know it from these guys. DH said there was a guy running shirtless.
Yes, this is me getting my butt kicked by a little old lady. I've noticed I don't bend my arms as much as other people. Could that really make you faster? I was more aware of this after DH taking photos of my last race, but doesn't look like I've corrected it much.
Not my most flattering angle, to be sure, but just about crossing the finish line. Thanks DH, you did a great job!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
They call it that cause it takes place on Green Island - of course, it's also it takes place near St. Patty's Day, too. DH agreed to drive me there, much to my surprise, considering he's only been home a couple of days & still really tired. The race didn't start til 10, which helped.
It snowed lightly right up until we left. We got there an hour early cause parking was supposed to be tight - which it was - picked up my packet, then hung out for an hour.
Because I couldn't tell quite where the front was, I ended up too close to the front & went out too fast - my first mile was actually sub-10 minutes (just) which is a first for me. The second mile was close to a 10 minute mile, too, but I kept slowing down - and falling back - from there. I don't think I passed a single person the entire race.
That's ok, tho, because I ended up with an average of a 10:48 pace, which is my fastest pace to date - and my "longest" race at 4 miles. Oy, how am I gonna run 3x+ in under a year?
It's a nice race - a fast course with clocks at every mile & one water station & well organized, with your time on a screen at the end of the race. Oh, my time was 43:14, btw. I was hoping for between 40 to 45 mnutes so I was right on, but boy it was still hard! Will they ever get easier?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
First off, I don't weigh myself daily. I don't own a scale. I'm working on it - the whole point of this blog - but scales still tend to have too much hold over my mood. If it works for you, fine. If it doesn't, then you need a new game plan.
No, I'm talking about simply not letting the number on the scale rule my emotions. At least, not TOO much. Cause I'd be lying if I said I felt great about today's WI. I mean really, how often can you lose the same 2-3 lbs? Apparently ad nauseum.
So I've been praying a lot whenever anxiety about the scale rules its ugly head, which is pretty often. And I do feel that those prayers have helped me to think about the scale less often.
And I added a new mantra for whenever those thoughts & feelings creep in. I read about this in a magazine and I was just blown away by how simple & appropriate it is: Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace. Cause that's what we all want to feel, right?
So what did I do when I got home? Because it's actually above freezing for a change, I changed into a lighter weight sweater with bracelet length sleeves & put a bracelet on. And the heart necklace from my DH. And a nicer (read: heavier - oh the things we'll do to face the scale!) bra.
Cause when you feel pretty, you're more liable to treat yourself well. Which may be why I visualized myself in a bikini while I was running yesterday. To make the mind-body connection that running will help me look good in a bikini, no matter what the scale says (within reason).
Oh, and on a totally different subject, it's official: I'm addicted to checking the top 100 free Kindle books list. Probably one of my healthier addictions!
Do you have a scale mantra? No obscenities, please, even if that's your mantra right now!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I think one of the biggest "secrets" to weight loss is to make it your routine. But wait, you say, just how do I do that?
First you take one little baby step.
You make it a daily goal.
You tell people about it, so you have accountability and support.
You decide on a reward for meeting that goal.
You track the goal, and you reward yourself when you meet your goal.
And you have all the tools you need to do just that right here. AND you don't beat yourself up when you fail to reach your goal, you just keep trying, and maybe breaking that goal down into smaller steps if you think that will help.
Then you decide on your next goal - but continue to track & reward yourself for the first goal, too.
I had fallen way off the clean one area of my kitchen goal - nothing was getting clean in there except the pots & dishes. So 3 days ago I decided that I would clean just the stove & tiny counter & sink next to the stove after feeding the animals in the morning.
It started with the sink, actually, cause it was digusting me, but expanded from there. I'm happy to say I have a 3 day streak going, and hopes of this becoming a routine
because now not only is it a goal, but I have a time to do it, too.
The sunrise this morning was simply gorgeous. It was like a rose unfurling it's petals against a sparky crystal necklace cause the trees are still encased in ice - they are breathtakingly beautiful, but deicing the driveway not so much.
This was supposed to be my week for light exercise, cause I have a race Saturday, but God obviously had other ideas. And we're supposed to get another inch or so of snow tonight! Seriously, will it ever end? I still have half the driveway to deice. And DH is supposed to come home very late tonight - I hope he makes it.
I have a LOT of chores to tackle today - have already made good inroads - and want to get out for a run cause I probably won't be able to tomorrow & Friday will be my rest day before the race. Plus I want to get the dogs out for a walk cause it's been a couple of days - and it looks like I may not be able to walk them due to weather the next couple of days. And then there's the rest of the driveway. No rest for the weary!
Finally, karma is a bi$&%! Looks like the neighbor who blocked my driveway & therefore the plow from plowing our side of the road couldn't get into his driveway cause of the ruts in the snow.
I, thankfully, was able to get out yesterday altho I wasn't so sure I would when I got to the end of the driveway. But I'd been working on the unplowed snow as much as I could, and apparently it was just enough.
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