Friday, October 19, 2012
For us in the northeast, I think that would be right now. Well, not RIGHT now, as it's pouring cats & dogs out. Totally appropriate, as it's our 27th anniversary & it's exactly like the weather on our wedding day.
But it's so pretty out - coming to an end real soon; we're already past peak & this storm will take down more leaves . . . which will need to be raked up . . . which eats into my exercise time. I say that every year at this time, too.
But it's just the right temps to run most days. I'm using the runner's world smart coach app. I remember trying to use it to train for my first HM & just finding the mileage & paces too difficult for me & abandoning it -- the app, that is, obviously not the race.
You plug in what you're training for, a recent race result, how often you run, your usual mileage & how long you have to train - & it spits out a training program for you for free. This time I'm not having any problems with what it's asking me to do, altho actually sometimes I can't run as slowly as it wants me to on easy runs & we all know I am NOT a fast runner.
In fact, it wants me to run my long runs at a 14 mm pace. Which seems awfully slow . . . and basically it's predicting pretty much the same finish time a my lat HM. Course, right now if I even go hinges on how my dad comes thru his surgery. Plus I'm running with my buddy NATPLUMMER, whoi think is slightly faster than me but unfortunately has been plagued with injuries. And then there's just the sheer number of runners in Vegas.
So I'm gonna try to run my long runs that slow & we'll just see what happens.
Much family drama going on over trying to figure out how to get my parents, myself, & my 2 siblings to NYC . . . where to stay . . . how to get everyone back home . . . while we're still figuring when/how to meet up with our friends in NYC (the ones going there for the wife's breast cancer treatment).
Everything one step at a time.
Still working on my Kauai photos. I've whittled them down from 650 to less than 100, but there are still duplicates of some to decide on . . . is this wave better? This angle? Is the sunrise more colorful in this photo?
That is the secret to making people think you're a good photographer: only show them your best work. Edit, edit, edit!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I think they must've been wrong, but I could use some good news so I'll take it: down 1.4 for my lowest weight in 4 yrs. My third vacation in a row that I came back thinner than I left -- not by much, in reality, but definitely better than the alternative!
We rented a condo while we were away, so we only ate out one meal a day (one day not eating out at all).
And I realized something. I was forced to use a smaller bowl for my tuna Waldorf salad than I do at home -- the upside being that I used only 1 tbsp of mayo vs 1 1/2. And I'm now using a smaller bowl at home, too.
You have to cut corners anywhere you can!
I made the best lunch in Kauai (the same one I ended up losing on the cruise; oh well). I made a grilled cheese using avocado, harvarti & a regular English muffin. I almost never eat regular ones anymore but it was soooooo good! And a salad with just olive oil, a little lemon juice, sea salt & sliced papaya. Best lunch ever. Until I lost it. May be a while before I eat papaya again.
We apparently have a date for my father's surgery now -- nov 12. Hopefully everything will go smoothly & I'll still be able to go to Vegas. And I'm seriously hoping 2013 will be a better year!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Let me preface this by saying I DID have a good time. I mean, if you can say your third time to Kauai wasn't the best time, that's really saying a mouthful!
So first there was the still-ongoing stress with my parents. They are supposed to hear from the surgeon today, so maybe we will finally have a date for the surgery.
Next there was the weather: unusually hot & humid with no trade winds for just about the entire trip. We rented a condo - with no AC (most didn't have any); this was also on the second floor, with the bedroom on the floor above that. The day we arrived, after almost 24 hrs of traveling, it was all shut up & it was HOT.
The temps were in the mid-80s with a couple of days in the 90s. I didn't want to do anything most afternoons because it would be so hot when we got back . . . DH is NOT a morning person & naturally wanted to do nothing UNTIL the afternoon. Well, he spent a lot of days doing almost nothing while I was out in the mornings & by the pool in the afternoon, which helped me cool off.
We had friends who were going to join us for a long weekend . . . DH's best friend & his wife. The wife was dx with breast cancer right before they were going to leave so naturally didn't come.
We took a private photo tour one day with the company we'd done a tour with 2 yrs ago . . . the day was very voggy (haze from volcanic ash in the air, even tho Kauai has no active above ground volcanoes), so it wasn't the most photogenic day . . . the tour was not cheap.
The next day we took a sunset dinner cruise by the Na Pali coast, which is very beautiful & really mainly visible by boat. Thankfully the weather had finally broken & it WAS a nice day, our last full day.
I got seasick for the very first time in my life. I've been on 6 cruises, this type of cruise on smaller boats, never seasick . . . throwing up multiple times. I wasn't the only one, either, altho DH was fine. We both took something; I don't usually & actually wonder if that was the culprit . . . and now don't know what to do for the next one (someday there WILL be a next one).
Needless to say I didn't enjoy it, spent most of the 4 hrs wishing it were over, & didn't eat dinner. Altho I did get gelato afterwards & had some chocolate, too, considering I literally lost my lunch & didn't have dinner.
So yeah, it was the cursed vacation.
So much was good, tho:
The beautiful sunsets & sunrises.
The simple beauty of Kauai.
A smooth (if long) trip out & back.
Swimming & running with the sound of ocean waves as my only music (NEVER used my MP3 player at all).
We didn't get sick, break any bones, or get killed (altho there is a funny story from the photo tour: one minute we were standing on a beach taking photos, the next we were standing in seawater up to my mid thigh!).
I bought a really pretty necklace that has the same stone as some earrings I bought on my honeymoon in the Dominican Republic (the honeymoon was a cruise, that was just one stop) - apparently that's the only place in the world that stone is found.
The $15 basket I bought from a Hawaiian who was weaving baskets from coconut leaves at Wailua Falls - which made it home intact.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
1. You can't have a really good sunrise without some clouds
We aren't meant to lose 2 pounds every single week & always make the correct food choices. You learn the most from those detours in your journey.
I often spend 20-30 minutes watching the sunrise . . . sometimes the best is at the end.
3. Every sunrise is different
Already covered that one. Nuff said.
4. Corollary: the same sunrise looks different from different locations
We are all at different points in our journey. What seems so simple & obvious to you may seem impossible to someone struggling . . . and visa versa.
5. You may miss the best part by looking away
Apparently I missed some frolicking dolphins while taking some photos of the tide pools after the sunrise was over.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
I set out this morning pretty loaded down:
30 oz water
Several PB pretzels
Chocolate banana bar
And I used everything except the iPod (mapping if I lost my way) & iPod shuffle. Ocean waves are the best music ever! I suspected I wouldn't use it, but it's tiny enough I figured why not. Not using it allowed me to hear the baby waterfall I stopped to photograph.
I ate more on this run than I did during my last HM! I ate it all; plus a honeystinger bar when I got back.
I ran my 8 miles . . . interspersed with probably another 3 miles of walking. I gave myself permission to go as slow as I wanted & stop whenever & for how long I wanted to (I only used my garmin to track the actual run). Most of it wasn't a bad pace - even got up to race pace for bits - up til the last couple of miles when it was getting really steamy & I was pretty tired; overall it was a slow time - but I've done slower.
Running is one of he best ways to see a lot of a new area, I've discovered.
I really wasn't sure how this run would go because:
My knee has bothered me off & on
I wasn't using compression tights
I was using minimalist sneakers I haven't run in for more than maybe 4 miles before
I am happy to report all went well! A bit sore, as is to be expected, but no pain. No chafing! Amazing! I kept reapplying body glide - seems to have worked. I had feared I'd have to cut the run short but I didn't have to.
I hadn't done a long run in this running skirt before ( runningskirts.com, I think) & while they do ride up, it's not too bad. The 2 Velcro pockets came in useful; plus the pocket in my top, and the fuel belt . . . yup, I like me loads of pockets. I actually think I need to go down a size on the running skirt, but it's certainly not going to fall off of me; maybe a size down wouldn't ride up, altho I suspect they still might.
My running skirt from skirtsports.com doesn't ride up, but the gripper would definitely have caused chafing on a run this long.
Some of my running group back home are running their HMs & marathons today, so I definitely thought of them during my run.
Good run, but glad to check that off my list!
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