Monday, June 03, 2013
The weekend that was....
Friday night was dinner out with co-workers at a Mexican restaurant. I was proud of myself; only ate half of the taco salad, had a skinny rita and lots of water. I headed home early to get to bed in preparation for Saturday's 5K.
It was a great day in the cool, rainy Chicago area weekend. People that lived along the race route were outside their houses with their coffee cheering everyone on. Little kids outside in their pajamas high-fiving runners. It was a feel-good morning for sure.
Later I looked at the race results and noticed they posted chip time and gun time. Gun time showed I was about 20 seconds slower than my last 5K. I thought I had done better, only slowed down to a walk for two sips of water and one incline toward the end. Chip time showed my best time ever!
So I googled it and found that gun time is the time between when the race officially started until the time I crossed the finish line. Chip time is the time between when I crossed the start line until I crossed the finish line. I usually run between a 10 and 11 minute mile so lining up behind the faster runners, it takes some time to get across the start line.
It made me wonder about the other 5Ks I have run. They were all chip timed but I never saw gun times posted. But hey, I was off the couch and being active so it's all good! I came in 18th out of 66 women in my age group. I'll take that!
Later I ran some errands then picked up my daughter at the train to go visit my mom and dad. Then she took me out for a belated mother's day dinner while watching the Blackhawks game (YAY !! Go Blackhawks!). We had a great time.
Sunday was cold and dreary here but we had planned a group motorcycle ride. Eight hours. OOF!!! We had a great time despite the weather. Bless whoever invented the heated jacket liner!!!!
After the ride, DH and I got in comfy, warm clothes and sat down to watch the Blackhawks game. We were both asleep shortly after the first goal was scored. I am SO beyond tired today! As I drove to work, a local DJ said something like "It's Monday! Come on, what's the matter with you, you're alive aren't ya, let's go!"
So I'm going to try to channel the energy I felt just before the 5K started on Saturday and dig into the day. So everybody else that is dragging out there today, "You're alive aren't ya, let's go!"
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Happy Sunday to all. I hope everyone is having a safe and mindful weekend. Thank you to all of you that have served or loved, supported or lost someone who served. Words to express gratitude for that service have not been created!
I'm going to have a kick back and relax day. No festivities planned. Yesterday was full enough!
Stupid GPS! Stupid me for not reading the directions first like I normally do. DH had to work so I was going to make the 2 1/2 hour drive each way to his aunt's memorial service. I had only met her twice but she was a lovely woman.
DH loaded the funeral home's address in the GPS before he went to work. I got myself ready in time to leave a smidge early just to make sure I got out there in time. Right out of the gate things went wrong. It took me in the wrong direction right away but me being horrible with directions and not having been out that way in a long time, I gave it some time to see where I was heading.
I decided this wasn't right, pulled over and started over. I wasn't thinking when it asked me to start at the beginning of the route that that meant it was going to take me back home. So I pulled over again and started over again.
I'll spare you the details of all the weaving it took me through and all of the foul words I said but after 2 1/2 hours in the car, I was weaving through tiny, uninhabited, gravel roads. Farm land as far as the eye can see and I am now a half hour late for the service. I felt like I had been cut off from civilization with NO sense of direction. Then the rain started and I got a little panicky and said that's it, I'm going home!
I pulled over again and hit "home"on the GPS. That finally got me back on a main road. I then remembered there is GPS on my iPhone. Duh. Wish I had tried that sooner. I pulled over , fired that up and decided to see how it went with both guiding me.
I could see the interstate to get home was a couple miles ahead. Hear the angels sing! Just then the stupid GPS told me to turn left. WHAT? The GPS on my cell phone did not so I said something not so nice to the GPS and headed for the interstate.
I had planned to run after the service then go grocery shopping but as I got close to home, I told myself I'm not doing it. It's raining and I've been driving for 6 hours for no reason. Then I remembered SP member PUPPYWHISPERER blogging about running in the rain the other day so I quickly changed after I got home and headed out.
It was only sprinkling by then and the sun came out a bit so I took that as a sign....let's see how far I could go. I took it at a leisurely pace, ran a little further before heading back home and it felt good, I didn't get winded at the usual spots.
I passed four miles and was still doing okay. Three months ago I was struggling to finish three miles. As I got close to my house I saw I had .2 miles to go to reach five miles. The thighs were burning and it hurt to pass up my house. When the nice Map My Run lady announced five miles, I slowed down to a walk pumping my arms in the air Rocky style! FIVE MILES! No fargin way! OH YES I DID!
Next up the Warrior Dash on June 15 then I think it's time for a 10K soon!
Thanks to all my spark friends for inspiration on my runs!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I had a good day at work Wednesday. It was my one-year anniversary, I was juggling several different issues but I was productive and I wasn't overly stressed. I searched and blogged about some interesting anniversaries.
On the way home I thought about making vanilla pudding for when my husband got home from work late in the evening since it was National Vanilla Pudding day, then go running, then walk the dog. Best laid plans....
I was making the right turn onto my block and a guy cut his left too tight, I could see he was looking the other way, I tried to move over but I had nowhere to go. I closed my eyes as he hit my front end. I could barely open my door to get out. ARGH!!! I started thinking about dealing with insurance companies, car repairs, GRRRRR!
He was very apologetic and admitted he was at fault, I couldn't get angry at him. After the police came and got all that done, I inched my way down the block and left the car on the street. Turning into my driveway would have meant a popped tire.
I was on the phone with his insurance company for quite a while, called a co-worker to arrange a ride to and from work and realized I had zero energy for a run. My husband came home with Popeye's chicken to comfort me and I inhaled it. I looked up the stats later... HOLY SALT MINES BATMAN.
I took the dog for her walk after dinner and someone almost backed into me coming out of their driveway, again, the driver was not looking. ARGH!!
Okay so that was all the good and bad of the day, now the ugly..
After the 20-minute walk with the dog, I did a 10-minute pilates video on SP, then my nightly one-minute plank. I put my head down, struggling through the last 10 seconds and could see down my shirt. ACK!!! What is that lumpy, disfigured blob of yuck?! Oh that would be my abdominal area. Depending on the week, I've lost between 10 and 12 pounds and a few inches. I'm 47 years old so things are not snapping back into place of course!
I gotta end the day on a positive note. I didn't get my planned workout in but I got some activity in. I ate poorly at dinner, but I ate well during the day. The accident was aggravating, not a devastating life-changer so I'm thankful. I thought about the people in Oklahoma and changed my attitude about the two hours of my day that did not go as planned.
AND today I have reached six months of maintaining my weight loss on Spark People. I've become a better person since rejoining spark people last August.
I watched two episodes of Modern Family, had some great laughs with my husband and went to bed happy.
I hope everyone has a great Thursday and remember....
Life has to be a little nuts sometimes, otherwise it's just a bunch of Thursdays all strung together! (from the motion picture Rumor Has It)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Happy Hump Day to all. Since today is my one-year anniversary at my job, I looked up other anniversaries. Here are some fun factoids for your day from the Wayne Geiger website....
1841 - Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair. YAY Henry, I'm a huge fan, so much so these chairs have made my tushy slightly huge!
1931 - The first canned rattlesnake meat was sold in Arcadia, Florida. Okay, BLUCK!
1955 - Police in Bridgeport, CT. cancelled a Fats Domino concert over fears of an anticipated "rock 'n roll riot". Oh those wild and crazy Fats Domino huligans!
1967 - Mr. Rogers Neighborhood premiered on PBS. It's public television's longest running children's program. And to this day whenever I see it's a nice day outside I sing in my head "it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine, could you be mine."
1980 - Namco released the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man. Yay!! I miss those days!
1987 - Rick Hansen arrived back home in Vancouver after traveling 24,901 miles across four continents and 34 countries in 26 months in his wheelchair. He had been paralyzed from the waist down since 1973. And we find excuses to avoid a 30-minute workout!
And the word of the day is Risible (RIZ-uh-bulh) adjective: Capable of laughing; disposed to laugh; exciting or provoking laughter.
So everyone, go forth and make it a risible day!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hello fellow sparkers and welcome to Kellie's weekend in review.
In the spirit of joining the Flylady team, I took advantage of a slow Friday at work to clean and organize my desk. That mountain of papers builds quickly. Everything had a file or hit the recycling bin. I felt amazingly more at ease.
After work I took the dog for a 30-minute walk, did a load of laundry and read my book. I love Friday evenings with nothing to do but decompress from the week.
Saturday morning I took the dog for her one-mile walk, then I headed out for my four-mile run. It always amazes me what a mental game running is. Sure stamina is involved but I have found it is so much about mentally pushing yourself.
Instead of my usual play list order, I hit shuffle. It started out with All Fired Up by Pat Benetar instead of the usual slow, haunting building melody of Myth by Beach House. I had to force myself to take it slow.
I was amazed at how great I felt starting out. Sometimes I think to myself "this was a bad idea, I don't have it today" when I first start out. But forcing myself to take it easy during that song when it usually kicks me into third gear seamed to really do wonders for me.
When the Map-My-Run lady said I had reached two miles, I thought "this is good, I'm not so tired, I'm getting stronger". Then I thought "wait, I don't have the usual one mile left, it's still two miles away". I instantly got tired. See, it's all mental.
So to combat that thought, I imagined my SP runner friends with me. While Somebody's Out There by Triumph played, AMMORRIS87 came running up telling me "we can do it together, let's keep moving". BIGPAWSUP came running up to us with her fabulous pigtails and a big grin and the three of us kept a good pace.
SUGAR0814 came running up to join us followed by BROOKLYN BORN with her usual thumbs up to all of us. MJRIEMERS and her daughter caught up telling me "just don't stop". I slowed down to a trot for a minute to catch my breath and PUPPYWHISPERS joined in. Just then PMRUNNER ran ahead of us and said to follow him. Up ahead I noticed FUNLOVEN telling me to "come on, we are runners now".
No joke, this is what I do when I run, I give myself pep talks and picture positive images to keep me moving because I am a couch potato by nature! I felt SO good when I got home at what I accomplished.
Then it was time to shower, pack a bag and drop the dog at the dog sitter because I WON TICKETS TO SEE KENNY CHESNEY!!! Okay I was never much of a country music fan but DH is and it's been growing on me since we got married six years ago. He was singing along with Kenny in the car one day to Blue Rocking Chair and I fell in love with him and with Kenny.
We picked up the tickets at will call about 5:00, Eli Young band was already on stage. He was really good, then Eric Church came on, they ROCKED, then a short intermission and it was Kenny time! What a party that guy puts on. So it was about a six hour show and I was dancing and singing the whole time. My inner groupie woke up. She's been asleep for a while.
My voice is a little hoarse today because you know, the bands need to hear me sing from 40 rows back! I'm exhausted, everything hurts, my knees, my ankles, my back from all the dancing in heels for six hours. In my defense, I had no idea this was going to be six hours or that I would dance so much. It was worth it because the shoes made the SIZE EIGHT JEANS I finally fit into look good!!!! I haven't been in a size 8 in 15 years!
I had such a good time! It was probably a four or five block walk from where we sat in the park out to the car. Every step felt like I was walking on razor blades but it was such a great day and evening, I didn't care!
Tomorrow I hit the reset button. It was an active weekend but nutritionally it was an epic fail. Hey, everything in moderation. Tomorrow is another day.
I hope everyone had a good weekend. Let's rock Monday baby!
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