Saturday, December 03, 2011
Last night we went out to dinner with NATPLUMMER & her husband - I think we were all a bit tired, they with their long drive & us with the jet lag & running around. NATPLUMMER is so sweet tho - she brought me peanut butter chocolate brownies because she knows they're my fav - but not enough for me to really get into trouble with!
I laid around again this morning, iced the knee some & did some runner's yoga. The knee ached a bit toward the end - but I do think it's a bit better, if not normal yet.
Then I set out on a mission to find Spago at Caesar's Palace. While I usually get where I want to go, I also have an unerring ability to go the wrong way, but I managed to find the restaurant without too much trouble.
I'd looked up where to go for pizza & while the reviews were somewhat mixed they were generally favorable. I got a Greek pizza & demolished almost 3/4 of it - sad part being I could've eaten it all, but I restrained myself.
I don't usually go to Caesars because it's too high end for me - think gucci & tiffany's. But there's also Ann Taylor & Banana Republic, do I shopped some more - but left empty handed again. Just nothing that said buy me - at least not at my price point.
I mused some on the sadness of the hordes of people traipsing thru all the artificial environment of the casino shops - but I do love to do it. And I love to be out in nature. And I know I feel better when I look better . . . I guess it's just about balance, yet again.
I did stop at one of my favorite chocolate shops - Vosges - and bought sone chocolate for the pet sitters & a small box of chocolate PB bon bons & drinking chocolate for myself. Sadly the PB GU was all gone when I got to the expo.
I sat thru a couple of speakers again - really interesting. Too bad they don't stream live!
Then I was time for the meet up! I didn't know how i'd ever find anyone there, but eventually I found them. Many of them are already buddies in RL becaus of their races - things like hood to coast. So I was sort of on the fringes, but so many were soooo nice, too & I have some people to maybe look out for tomorrow . . . but with 40,000+ runners I've no doubt it will be a zoo.
Didn't manage to hook up with NATPLUMMER at all today, sadly, it just didn't work out. Waiting for DH to get back so I can get some pasta!
Friday, December 02, 2011
First, let me say what a crazy place Vegas can be. NOT a good town if you don't like crowds, altho DH doesn't but he still limes it. He went off to gamble yesterday, I was going to watch a movie, do some shopping, then we'd meet up at todai, a sushi buffet we lime to frequent, altho they've really raised the price lately.
As I set off to the miracle mike, as they call it, right before it the strip was blocked off. Turns out it was a NASCAR victory parade. In addition to that, there's a rodeo in town & of course the marathon. Only in Vegas! The weird thing is that DH & I ran into each other right where it was blocked.
So today I made my way to the expo to pick up my packet. If you get a monorail pass, from the south take the monorail to the harrahs stop. Find your way to the strip, turn right, walk past the palazzo & turn right on Sands. When you enter the expo, you'll take the stairs up one level & turn right & go straight back.
I changed my corral to 2:45. I hope I don't slow too many people down. I hope too many people don't slow me down! I hope that's not overly optimistic.
The expo was way crowded - and it's only Friday! - and a bit overwhelming. The goodie bag was a bit underwhelming - really not a lot in there: your technical tee, which is nice. Some GU chomps, a flashing light thing - not sure where you wear it, but that is kind of cool, and pain relief gel samples. A few discounts.
I got a couple more samples walking thru:more pain relief gels, marathon bars, sport beans. I haven't used sport beans in a while, but I have in the past, so I'll probably bring them with me since I know the honeystinger gels get hard in the cold. Man, I really wish honeystinger was there with some samples . . . speaking of GU, they have a new flavor out: peanut butter. Seems to be a big hit; I almost bought some - maybe tomorrow. Now, if they'd come up with chocolate PB . . .
I listened to a lot of the speakers - very inspirational. Sadly there wasn't a big crowd for anyone but Kara Goucher.
I also struck up a conversation with a woman sitting next to me . . . maybe more on that tomorrow. The short story is she's running the marathon, trying to qualify for Boston & her husband has leukemia . . . Aimee could use your prayers!
I am constantly rethinking what to wear . . . Walking back from the expo at about th start time . . . not so bad . . . but Sunday is supposed to be colder. The cw-x tights; that's a given. Maybe my half zip top & the light running jacket - not the hoodie. I'm sure I'll either back & forth about it!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Run, that is. Because it seems inevitable that at some point you WILL end up injured, no matter how careful you are. My knee started to bother me Tuesday - really don't know why.it just started out of the blue.
It's not actually painful, but it's very stiff when I bend it & just doesn't feel right. When you start training for longer races you get to know your body very well. I'm resting it & elevating it as much as possible, but I will go shopping later today & will probably walk more than I ought to.
Yesterday I had to run thru the detroit airport for about 10 minutes. What is it about Detroit? That 's the one I had to run thru for literally a couple of miles when I went to Seattle a few months ago. This time it was only about 60 gates - and no, I'm not exaggerating.
Here's what happened: we had a long layover at Detroit, but it turns out they oversold our flight. They offered us first class if we took an earlier flight. The catch? We had 10 minutes to get to the new gate.
Well, we made it & the good news is it didn't hurt & didn't seem to make my knee worse. The other good news is that since we were in first class we got food. I know, tho, that over 13 miles a knee that's stiff can turn into a lot of pain. But I have several more days to take it sort of easy, I have my cw-x tights & I'm going to be optimistic.
So why do we do this to ourselves? One answer is endorphins. Even if you never feel a runner's high, you will feel better after a run.
But it's so much more than that. There's setting a challenge for yourself, breaking it down into baby steps, taking those baby steps, and seeing all your hard work pay off. Sort of like losing weight.
And yes, sometimes it's hard. Sometimes it's hard AND painful. Sometimes it will break your heart & spirit - but sometimes it will give you the greatest sense of confidence & accomplishment.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Have you heard of this? mybodygallery.com
Way cool! You plug in your height & weight & then it shows you photos of women the same height & weight. I know yesterday's blog was semi-Debbie-downer - I blame it on he gray days lately, even if it's been way warmer than normal (NOT supposed to snow tomorrow - yeah! - only rain).
So anyway, yeah, most women my height & weight look pretty much like me. But guess what? 10 lbs thinner they STILL look pretty much like me. That was an interesting reality check.
I haven't had much time for ST lately, what with the travel, the running, the raking. My body really shows the lack. I really hope I can work more in as I work toward the second HM - it makes SUCH a huge difference in how your body looks!
I got a great compliment at yoga Sunday - as we were in pigeon pose, the instructor stopped by me & said I looked wonderful! Would I be in her video? She's not actually making one, but apparently has been asked a time or two & thinks about it.
The funny thing is that while of course it made me feel good about myself, at the same time it made me uncomfortable. I don't like attention.
And we did some crunches, laying down in eagle pose next - pie blasters she called it - I simply cannot wrap my foot around my leg in eagle pose - I don't even come close. So that kept it real.
I'll leave you with the affirmation she shared with us:
I am grateful for everything I have. I have no complaints whatsoever.
Monday, November 28, 2011
What do I see when I look at this photo? A person that's still stuck. She looks good, but of course I narrow in on the flaws. This is me at the wedding:
And with DH:
Not a great photo, but very real: me with my parents - I only tower over them cause I'm wearing 4" heels!
Now here's a side by side photo of me our first night in Key West. Just goes to show you the difference sitting up straight can make in photos (or standing):
You know how some people can't take bad photos? Have no bad angles? Now you know why I carefully edit what I show you, because I have all sorts of bad angles!
And here's the photo that launched me on my journey. I asked DH for them a long time ago, but of course I don't often get what I ask for. He happened to be going thru these for some reason.
This is the bat mitzvah I went to that pushed me to get serious about getting the weight off. On the right is me today in the same dress. Kind of hard to believe it's the same person, and it's not as tho I lost huge amounts of weight, either. This is the photo to look at when I'm feeling down about myself.
And it just goes to show you you can feel unhappy at any weight, too. I tried on a pair of size 6 levis at the store yesterday for grins. It was tight, but it fit -- wasn't too bad. I'm at my heaviest in almost 2 years -- and I feel & see it -- yet my weight has seemed to sort of shift around. Weight is weird, I tell ya.
So while I'm happy that smaller jeans are fitting, I still feel somewhat fluffy. I think I have to come to terms that I might always feel somewhat fluffy. And that can change from one day to the next, from morning to night, even hour to hour.
Which is why, I suppose, we really do need to go by something other than weight & how we look. It's so much more about how we feel about ourselves. But I'll be honest -- it's still kind of painful to look at that before bat mitzvah photo.
I share all this so that you know it isn't just about getting to your goal weight. It really is about getting to your happy weight, which is more a mental game than a number. One I'm still trying to figure out.
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