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I had a protein bar for lunch - oh yes she did!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

First, thank you for all your kind comments on yesterday's blog. I'm trying to get back to everyone individually, but if you don't hear from me it's probably a senior moment.

I think I look good in the bikini - sucking that stomach into the ole backbone, of course - but smokin? Well, all I can say is thank you for seeing something in me I don't see (and no, I'm really NOT fishing for compliments).

I cut the tag off the electric blue top (told you those were really bad photos) & wore it for DH, who noticed it & complimented me. Thanks again!

So yesterday was a weird day of eating. I usually plan out my meals the day before, but for the first time in a long time I didn't. A while back I made a spinach sweet potato frittata. It was awesome, but I kept putting the leftover portion in my plan & then eating something else instead.

Finally I ate it for breakfast yesterday. And it was still awesome - and really, really filling. So filling I wasn't hungry when lunch rolled around. I've found I really do better if I don't skip meals even if I am hungry, it's a couple of weeks before TOM, so I decided to indulge in a power bar instead if my planned salad. I knew I had an intense session of ST coming up.

But wouldn't you know my honey stinger order arrived almost as soon as I finished? People rave about their protein bars, and I admit that I was really tempted to try one after my workout, but I stuck with the strawberry protein smoothie i'd planned.

The only reason I decided to indulge in the power bar in the first place was because I'd had a fair amount of veggies in breakfast & would be having a fair amount in dinner too.

Most of the time I stick to the plan, but sometimes I do eat weird - but always try to make sure I get in enough freggies if I do. It worked for me yesterday - no cravings at all.

So I'm trying to work my core a bit more. Right now I'm doing core exercises every time I use the bathroom. At the moment, I'm doing an exercise where you get into plank position, walk your hands out as far as you can with good position, then hold it for 10 seconds, then walk your hands back to the starting position. Killer!

Looking for some variety; things that just take a minute or so. Any favorite core exercises that are out of the ordinary?

  
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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/4/2011 11:33AM

    If you have an exercise ball, sit down on it and then walk your feet foward until the ball is positioned along your back, legs are bent, feet are flat on the floor and you begin to feel it in your abs. The longer you stay in that position, the more work your abs have to do to keep you there.

I learned this from watching an exercise physiology class at our local college. I sometimes do this while watching television and it's a great exercise.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/4/2011 10:38AM

    The frittata recipe sounds divine should you feel like sharing your recipe...hint...hint!

All the compliments were well deserved and it is enlightening to know that others see things about us that we don't see ourselves.



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TEMPEST272002 5/4/2011 10:13AM

    My smokin' compliment was 100% sincere - all that running & core workouts have paid off. The scale might not have moved in a while, but that bikini tells a different story.

Do you have a recipe for the frittata? My two very fav veg: sweet potato & spinach! Could you send me a link if you have one?


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NATPLUMMER 5/4/2011 10:06AM

    The top is cute no matter what color it really is. Sucking in the tummy is a great isometric exercise. It try to do it as much as possible when I'm thinking of it.
Sweet potato frittata does sound good. I don't think there is anything wrong with a power bar for lunch every once in a while. It kept the cravings at bay, so it's a win.


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MZSLYDE01 5/4/2011 9:30AM

    Thanks for your sweet words on my blog earlier. I really did miss you and all my other sp friends. It's good to be back.
It was nice your DH noticed your new top and complimented you. My DH is really good about that kind of stuff - which is really nice.
Your frittata sounds wonderful. I am going to have to search for a recipe to try it. Anything that taste's good, is healthy and keeps you full is a winner in my book.
AND YOU DID LOOK SMOKIN' IN YOUR NEW CLOTHES AND BIKINI.
Have a great day.

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DDOORN 5/4/2011 9:15AM

    Core exercises can be wicked...good on ya for making time for them!

Don

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Photo shoot -- need my peeps' input

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Altho the photos are so bad not sure if you'll be able to give me an opinion. Was feeling very tired & out of sorts & decided to do some retail therapy after grocery shopping & a trip to the library.

I bought some of these thinner hangers at Target the other day . . . I've been meaning to try them forever. The original plan was to go back there & get some more, but I ended up at Marshalls instead, and lo & behold they had a bunch at the checkout line. Cheaper than Target.

This are felted, they're thinner than plastic hangers, keep your clothes from falling off them, and take up less room in your closet.



Am on the fence about this top, but I think I want to keep it after seeing the photos. This wrappy-style (which you probably can't even see) seems to be all the rage lately. My gold dress is like that, and they had tops exactly like that with v-necks, which is more flattering to me, but the material would be shredded in minutes by the animals. I think this material will stand up to them.



With a belt.



This dress isn't anything exciting, really, but I bought it for wearing around the house. Just wanted something comfy & light -- last year by the time I went looking, they were all gone. The price was certainly right ($19).



Young professional on-the-go with the jacket (if you ignore all the grey hair, of course).



It's amazing how you can change an outfit with a few items of clothing or accessories -- the belt, the jacket -- things I already owned. I'm really, really good at finding things that will go well with something I already own -- even years later.

Play with your clothes! Shop in your closet!

I bought this dress a while back. I like it a lot, and really love the color -- it's a deep green, which brings out the green in my hazel eyes -- only thing I don't like about it is the fat I get hanging over the sides around the bra area. Wish I could figure out how to tighten that up -- I know, you can't see it in the photo cause I have my arms bent.

Trust me, it's there. It hangs over the sides of my bras, too. Annoying.



And the p'iece de resistance . . . the bikini. I like this picture. It doesn't look great from some angles -- like the back or the side. I took some side photos but decided not to share. I tried to take some back photos but couldn't get the angle right.



But I really do have to hit that core some more this month. If I could just feel energized! If it would stop being so gray & rainy all the time! I know, whine, whine, whine, yawn.

Take that, Valerie!






  
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ANGELCOWBOY1 5/7/2011 8:47AM

    I think the green top is my favorite also, but they all look great. And yeah, you totally rock that bikini! You go girl!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/4/2011 10:34AM

    I want the green top! It is beautiful and suits you both ways. I love that neckline on you! The dresses are nice too and show off your body in a good way. My favourite though is the bikini shot! Your body is really toned....I totally agree with the person who said your husband should keep that photo in his wallet!



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BESSHAILE 5/4/2011 5:34AM

    You really do rock that bikini and the green dress is fab! I also like the two tone dress with the yellow bodice. but hon - that bikini photo ought to be in your husband's wallet. va va voom

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HALFFAST 5/3/2011 8:01PM

    I have those hangers and they are great! I think my favorite outfits are the green shirt (belted) and the green dress. And you are totally rocking that bikini! You look fantastic - I am so jealous! I just don't think I'll ever be able to wear a bikini again :(

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EOSTAR_45 5/3/2011 4:47PM

    I love shopping in my closet or in the trunk in the basement with all the clothes that didn't fit me before!! And the price is always right. LOL.

The bikini pic is stunning. The outfits look great. My favs are the green top and the first dress--it looks comfy and is flattering.



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FRECKS96 5/3/2011 4:27PM

    Girl, you are rocking that bikini!!! Love it, and the top. I'm not crazy about the first dress but it does look comfy. I love the neckline of the green dress.

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TEMPEST272002 5/3/2011 3:57PM

    My fav outfit is the first one with the belt. Look at those curves in all the right places! You're smokin' hot in the bikini... it'll be nothing but wolf whistles at the beach!

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LEONALIONESS 5/3/2011 1:40PM

    Looking AWESOME in the bikini lady!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 5/3/2011 1:40PM

    Wow Wow Wow, Judy is ready for vacation.
Love the green top both ways.
A house dress? Wow, I never do that.

Proud of you and all your hard work.
:) Jeanne

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KARBIE18 5/3/2011 10:02AM

    I think you look great in all of them, especially the bikini! Your hard work is evident! Go you!!

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NATPLUMMER 5/3/2011 9:28AM

    I love the green top and the green dress!! I guess i just think green is your color.
You look great in that bikini!!!!!The $19 dress is cute. Great for hanging out and it does dress up nicely.

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SHEILA1505 5/3/2011 9:21AM

    That green top is really pretty
And I agree with Kissfan about the $19 dress

Doing well!
Hugs

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KISSFAN1 5/3/2011 9:07AM

    You go girl, looking good! emoticon Don't take back the top you bought (the first picture), it looks amazing on you and is very flattering with or without the belt.

I love everything you bought but if I had to pick the least flattering (although you look great in all of the pics including that one as well) would be the beige/brown dress (that's what the color looks like to me) that you paid $19 for. Then again, you said you were going to wear it around the house so I'd keep it.

You are like me as far as clothes go, in that you look better with clothes that fit closer to your body, so you did well!

You look great in your bikini, wow!

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MZSLYDE01 5/3/2011 9:05AM

    I love all of them - You are looking amazing by the way.
My fav is definitely the first and with the belt. Very cute.
The color is very great on you.
And that second dress - So adorable.
Cute bikini - you rock it sister.
Have a great day.
It's great to read your blog again - I missed ya. emoticon

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MARIE625 5/3/2011 8:59AM

    Woo-Mamma! Look at you! You are looking fantastic!

I love all the outfits and can't get over how the one dress looks pretty casual and yet perfect for the office with the jacket. I have absolutely no sense of style or how to put together outfits. Although, maybe if I had something to work with besides jeans & t-shirts.... But then again, I continue to buy jeans & t-shirts because they always seem to match each other & I don't have to worry about putting together an outfit. :)



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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/3/2011 8:56AM

    Green is your color! Love the top and dress. Oh, and the bikini. I envy you that waist. I'm straight up and down.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/3/2011 8:44AM

    I love all these. I like the top with the belt, that looks young and sassy, and I love the neckline.

Both dresses are very figure flattering - they are definitely "keepers"

I like the bikini too. Your tummy is looking very toned.

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Hits & misses

Monday, May 02, 2011

Wanted to share some of the food I'm enjoying lately - and one bomb.

First, there's the banana soft serve - thus is not new, but it might be new to you. Peel a very ripe banana & then freeze it 24 hrs. Put it in a powerful blender, add a splash of whatever milk you drink (I use almond milk), blend, & voila! It's like ice cream. I use 3 bananas for me & DH & it makes a nice big bowl. Sometimes I add a scoop of protein powder. Yesterday I chopped up half a chocolate peanut butter bar & added that after blending - that's definitely only an occasional treat! For WW. it's basically 0 points! And healthy! But tastes like a treat!

I've also been making sort of a waldorf salad with tuna: celery, cut up apple, madarin slices, 1 tbsp walnuts, tuna & 2 tbsp mayo (yup, you read that right!). Wasn't really sure I'd like that combination but I'm enjoying it.

And the bomb? Brownie in a mug. It sounded so good, but the reality . . . The first version I tried was 1 egg, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp water, 1 scoop protein powder. Mix it all up in a mug & microwave 1 minute.

I did eat it, but it was nothing like a brownie & not something I thought i'd do again.

But then I searched spark recipes . . . there are quite a few recipes for it. One added some oat flour. Aha! I thought. That must taste more like an actual brownie. Only sadly not.

There are a lot of variations on spark recipes if you want to give it a whirl.

But try the banana soft serve. Trust me on this. I know it doesn't sound like anything special, but it really is. Today I'm going to try some with some protein powder & peanut butter as an afternoon snack.

  
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MZSLYDE01 5/3/2011 9:35AM

    Yum and double yum.. I am printing this out. I have been wanting to try banana soft serve for a long time. I think I will try it this week. Already have banana's in freezer..... I am excited now.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/3/2011 7:02AM

    Banana ice cream sounds yummy. So simple, even i can make it, lol.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/3/2011 6:05AM

    Banana icecream....wow.....that sounds incredible! I actually have an ice cream maker that I've never tried....maybe this will be it!

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HALFFAST 5/2/2011 7:58PM

    The frozen banana sounds good! Especially with some chocolate and pb! I have a question for you about almond milk. I just recently tried switching to almond milk in my coffee and noticed that it doesn't really mix in well. It's cloudy and only partially dissolved. Does that mean the almond milk is bad? Maybe that's a part of my tummy issues! Oi!

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KARBIE18 5/2/2011 4:18PM

    Yum! The banana soft-serve sounds delish! Will definitely try that.

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XFITSTRONG 5/2/2011 2:39PM

    Oh that sounds good! Bananas don't last long around here... I'll have to hide some so they can ripen and I can put them in the freezer. Thanks for the idea!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 5/2/2011 2:37PM

    funny, i have been finding that my numbers have been a little low on my tracker. I either don't track and eat like a pig, or I do track and I have a hard time eating enough.

anyways, I made a smoothie today with vanilla yogurt, skim milk and berries. I was thinking that i could up the protein with a little protein powder. Good idea. I will try it and let you know what I think on the banana one, not the brownie in a cup. :)
Jeanne

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NATPLUMMER 5/2/2011 11:38AM

    The banana soft serve does sound good. I'm not so sure about the brownie in a mug. I think I'll just stick to a regular brownie.

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FRECKS96 5/2/2011 11:18AM

    I LOVE the banana SS. I don't use any milk, but I do usually add 1 TBS of PB and some choc syrup on top.

In other food. Could you send or post the recipe for your cauliflower banana bread? I'm intrigued.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/2/2011 11:08AM

    Sounds yummy! I wonder what a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder would taste like in there? I have a pretty powerful blender so I'm going to try your recipe first without the cocoa powder and then maybe later on with it.

the brownie in a cup - won't try that one. Thanks for the heads up!

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More running thoughts

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Friday I read a blog I really wanted to comment on, but yesterday's blog got so long I decided to wait a day. Someone had made a comment that if you couldn't run a HM in under 2 1/2 hrs you should stick to shorter races until you're faster - or not bother at all.

This is the sort if comment I would've expected to see maybe 20 years ago, but thankfully you don't see it a lot anymore. Most runners are very encouraging, even when they're way faster than you.

I also personally think it's a load of crap. I know many of my running buddies, even the faster ones - which is most of them - would agree. I just wanted to write this blog so that other penguins like me don't take comments like that to heart.

If you want to run & you enjoy it there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't race even if you're slow. If fact, there are reasons you should:

*Setting goals will help motivate you

* Racing will help you push yourself

*Racing will give you more confidence

*It's great exercise

Now, to people who keep telling me I'm not that slow . . . well, I believe in calling a spade a spade. I came in 128 out of 138 runners. Obviously I wasn't the only one that ran thru the mud . . . yes, I'm slow, but I AM improving & I'm thankful I haven't been last yet.

Let's see, the head of my running group won both the 10k & the 5k. Geez, how do people do that? He had like 6 mm pace!

I went for a limping recovery run today. My knee didn't bother me til I ran . . . it definitely effected my gait & I was only planning a short recovery run anyway, plus I'll be taking next week off running anyway. It didn't bother me yesterday & it doesn't normally bother me . . . hoping it's just some aftereffects from running thru that mud.

Oddly enough, I had a slightly faster pace than my last easy run anyway. The human body can definitely be weird!

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/2/2011 8:58AM

    I totally agree with you. We run for the joy of finishing the race, and our experience is just as valid as the faster runners. In many ways, ours is the more valiant effort! Be proud, Judy; I know I am. emoticon

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RUNJEWELRUN 5/1/2011 7:09PM

    Are a lot of people posting like that? I know I was heated about it but tried to be calm in my comments. I think if people like to run(no matter how fast), they should run. I know before I started training for my half, all of the stuff I read said that you should set a goal. I just love running and love to see improvement in myself(like I think every day we get out there, we are challenging ourselves).
Hope your recovery goes well and I am happy to hear about your race :)


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NATPLUMMER 5/1/2011 6:17PM

    Yeah, I read that blog as well and decided not to comment on that part. Yes, it would be great to have a decent time on the HMs I'm doing this year but as long as I finish them I'll be happy. Not really interested in the time.
I hope your knee feels better.

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MARIE625 5/1/2011 12:53PM

    I've been giving this topic a lot of thought lately. I agree it's pretty rude & stupid to tell someone they shouldn't race a certain distance until they can do it in a certain amount of time. But then.... I have started to wonder how smart it is. Of course all runners should be encouraged to try and having that race to look forward to & train for is quite motivating. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that you shouldn't run a race if you are slow. But then.... My running buddies keep suggesting I enter races that I know I'm not capable of running. They suggest I run part & walk part. In other words, when I can no longer run, walk the remainder of the course. But personally, starting a race that I know I'm not capable of finishing would NOT be beneficial to my psyche. And then there's the folks who enter races (I'm thinking marathons) when they really aren't ready for that experience. They complete the course, but take 6 or 7 hours to do it. It seems to me that if you aren't capable of running that distance a little faster than that, then your body isn't really ready for that distance and there's a pretty good chance you'll end up injured. In fact, just about every 5.5+ hour marathoner I know has limped away from their marathon with an injury. Another thing that bothers me about those injured runners. They end up having to take months off from running while they heal. Or, even worse, they don't take enough time off to heal all the way and they constantly re-injure themselves, over & over & over. And then, a year has passed, the registration period opens for the new year's marathon, they sign up and start training too fast & too hard. Or no where near enough. Race day rolls around, they cross the start line with dreams of PRing and end up crossing the finish line limping. Again. It's a vicious cycle and I know several people caught up in it.

Sorry - I know I'm being Negative Nancy about this. Maybe I just have bad attitude because I've been sidelined for over a week now & still have a few more weeks to go before I'm allowed to run again. Also, I've reached that jealously point where I sort of want to harm all runners at the moment. LOL I also haven't been Sparking much recently and I seem to have missed all news about your race. So, I'm off to read all your recent blogs....



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TEMPEST272002 5/1/2011 12:14PM

    Great blog! Alright, you've made your arguement - 128/138 classifies as "slow runner".... with the caveat that you are still faster that 95% of the population over 35... so not really slow at all. Ha. I absolutely agree with what you have to say. I only recently learned that races have cut-off times - and I was emoticon, even though I understand the practicalities.

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FLGIRL1234 5/1/2011 12:04PM

    I have never been the kind of runner where I cared about my time. To me, its about trying to run it straight through or going a farther distance then before. If I finished a half, I know for darn sure I will be THRILLED to have done it at all even if it took me 4 hours...lol.

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TURTLE_MOM 5/1/2011 9:39AM

    I think you are doing great - so proud to see how far you've come just since I've been reading your blogs!!! You keep going, and keep running til you cross the finish line! Heck, they may have all packed up and gone home but who cares ;)

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HEALTH4LYFE 5/1/2011 8:19AM

    Whoever wrote that comment is transferring their own expectations onto others and that is their problem, not yours. As you wrote, "Setting goals will help motivate you, Racing will help you push yourself, Racing will give you more confidence, It's great exercise"
Since everyone is different, I suggest you stick to what works best for you!
emoticon on your race and may you continue to reach the goals you set for yourself!

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LALAFLOWERS 5/1/2011 8:10AM

    It really doesn't matter... there are folks that have definite beliefs about speed... and they are the ones with the chip on their shoulders... Proud of you for finishing your run.. and glad that you had fun!



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HALFFAST 5/1/2011 8:08AM

    I can't believe someone would say something so rude, especially on here!

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KESHIAG 5/1/2011 7:50AM

    Keep it going!! Yea sometimes it is hard when you hear people say if you cant do something in a certain time you need to do something else. But its all about personal motivation and knowing that you are doing better than you were before!!! My thoughts anyway emoticon

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I need a new gear! (10k race report - long)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

So, remember last week when I signed up for a group run at the location of today's race, but parked in the wrong lot & went the wrong way & never met up with the group?

Today was almost a repeat! Parked in the wrong lot in what I thought was plenty if time & then went the wrong way. Eventually I realized it, turned around (praying I was going the right way) & started walking . . . fast. I eventually saw a few people headed that way & had to break out into a jog. Got there with a couple of minutes to spare, but being a small race, they did start a few minutes late - thankfully.

I met up with a woman from my running group & chatted with her a bit.

It's a nice, flat course that runs along the Hudson so at least it was pretty, even tho it was a bit chillier than forecast - but still really good running weather. They announced before the start that some of the path was under water & they would have to divert us, adding about 1/10th to the course (with my unintentional warmup I probably ran at least 7 miles plus probably walked another mile).

My first mile was 10:30 according to my watch, and the second was about the same. I deliberately slowed down at mile 3 cause I wanted something in the tank at the end. And then there was the detour . . . I wasn't expecting to do a trail run today, much less a sneaker-sucking-mud detour. That really slowed me down.

At the turnaround I found at least I wasn't last, tho close to last & a few people passed me soon afterward. I walked to dig out some sport beans, then got it in gear again.

Back thru the mud.

Walking thru the second water station, dug out a few more sports beans, then I began to shifts gears again. I was really trying that last mile . . . I even passed about 3 people I'd been trailing a while . . . no official time yet, of course, but I crossed the finish line somewhere around 71 minutes. I wasn't last (it's a small race, probably less than 100 doing the 10k), but there were only a few stragglers behind me & I cheered them on.

A long time ago I said I wanted to do a 10k in 70 minutes . . . I might have actually been able to do it if it weren't for that mud!

For a small charity race, we actually got a lot of goodies. A pasta dinner last night, where we met one of our neighbors who were signed up & got to know them better. They're both WW members, too, as it turns out, and the wife has been running about as long as me & been on a plateau almost as long. Small world! They were doing the 5k & I found them & chatted with them a bit after my race. DH signed up, too, since it was a worthy cause, but had no intention of even walking - he didn't come with me.

We also got long-sleeved tshirts (not technical tshirts), peanut m&ms, a fiber one bar & some cheese filled pretzels. That's the most goodies I've gotten from a race so far!

My husband got a bonus recently (no raise, tho) & my portion was just enough to buy a H2o friendly iPod shuffle - it's a waterproofed iPod shuffle - my el cheapo waterproof mp3 player already bit the dust. I haven't been able to try it out in the pool yet cause it was inexplicably closed Thursday, but it's awesome to run with. So tiny & light! The regular iPod shuffle isn't very expensive & I'd definitely recommend it. I know, I-stuff coming out of my ears!

I watch other people while I run . . . I'm really trying & they're running rings around me and they make it seem so effortless . . . really, I seem to have only 2 gears: slow & slower. Some are my height & a whole lot heavier & they still run so much faster - I'm always in awe of that!

Still, I'm quite pleased with how it went - other than the stress of trying to get to the start in the beginning!

Oh, and for NATPLUMMER & HALFFAST: I made myself matzo brei for breakfast. Simple carbs? Check. A little fat? Check. Protein? Check. Actually seemed to work pretty good. I did a banana & a chocolate GU before my "warmup" - probably didn't really need the GU since it took just over an hour, but better safe than sorry I figure.

It's actually been just a little less than a year since my first 5k . . . if you think you can't do a 5k, you probably can't. But I'm here to tell you if you think you can, educate yourself, & train for it, you most definitely can! 2 years ago I couldn't run a mile to save my soul.

  
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DDOORN 5/2/2011 10:30PM

    What a trooper...! Running is really SUCH a part of who you are! Great to hear more about your efforts!

Don

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LEONALIONESS 5/2/2011 5:09PM

    I agree with the person below who said you're NOT slow. Honestly, Judy, you're not. You might feel slow but you truly aren't. And, truthfully, compared the one guy and gal who win the race, we are all "slow". ;)

I'm hoping to run my marathon in June at a 10:30 pace. I doubt I'll be able to do it, though. We'll see. My fastest one so far was run at 11:22s. Heck, even my shorter race PR's are around 8:45-9:30 min miles. Which are really not that much faster. ;)

You're awesome and doing amazingly well. :D Real runners run. Speed doesn't matter. Great race report!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/2/2011 9:01AM

    Nothing wrong with your time! You rocked it.

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MARIE625 5/1/2011 1:04PM

    Sounds like you had a great race despite the mud.
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 5/1/2011 11:26AM

    Woo Hoo Judy!!!! So proud of you.
:) Jeanne

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FRECKS96 4/30/2011 10:00PM

    Great job Judy!!! It sounds like you enjoyed your race, even with the extra challenges thrown in. And just think, since you raced about 7 miles today, you're more than halfway to a Half!!

Keep up the great work.

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TEMPEST272002 4/30/2011 9:32PM

    Loved the race report. Too bad about the shoe-sucking mud. Next 10K, you're sure to break that 70 minute barrier. The waterproof ipod sounds like a great new toy!

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HALFFAST 4/30/2011 8:17PM

    Awesome! And I don't know why you consider yourself so slow - a 10:30 mile is nothing to scoff at! While I agree that matzo brei is a GREAT breakfast, I don't think I could eat it before a run, but then again, I can't really eat anything at all (besides Gu) before running because I have so many stomach/digestion issues. I'm actually going to try something new, starting tomorrow - no more grains. If that doesn't help, then in June I'm going to try no dairy. I really think it's one of the 2. And actually, you might be interested in reading about this - I know how you like reading about different "diets" :) It's called the Primal Blueprint, which is similar to the Paleo diet.

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LALAFLOWERS 4/30/2011 7:31PM

    Great Time!!!! And good for sticking with it!!

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XFITSTRONG 4/30/2011 5:53PM

    What a fun race! I enjoyed your last paragraph. I have many conversations with people who tell me they "can't run" and when I press them on a reason they always say "because I can't"... I tell them that's what I told myself for 13 years and I couldn't with that attitude! It wasn't until I started saying "I can" that things started falling into place for me. I love those conversations!

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NATPLUMMER 4/30/2011 1:54PM

    Totally awesome!!! Not last even being diverted through the mud.
That does seem like a lot of goodies.
Yay for a waterproof iPod. That'll be fabulous for swimming.
Matzo brei is a good breakfast. It's got all the essentials and is yummy. Banana and chocolate GU sounds good. I have yet to try the GU but I have to wait until I'm actually running far enough for it to be of some use.
I'm very proud of your 10K time!!!

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