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Race Day Photo's thoughts

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Today the race photo's from the November 14th 5K race are available.
I actually chuckled when I pulled up my photo's. Photo's at my first 5K race taken by the "PRO-fessionals" were just awful. I was terribly disappointed, I didn't order and I wouldn't show anyone the on-line versions. Boo! Of course, I was more self critical then too. Oh how things have changed since June 2010! I LIKE IT!

Today I had a few thoughts about the photo's. First, yup, that's me in all my running glory. Two, the jacket around the waste should have been left in the car (I already knew that - it was a bother). It was around my waste because after the morning chill disappeared it felt like an oven on the course and apparently I run "hot." (Good to know for future races.) Three, race pictures really aren't that pretty. Seriously, the photographer is taking "up shots" as we run by. Up shots are so unflattering! And, let's face it, running a race is not like walking the cat walk - it's work and for some of us it's hard work and it's going to show on our faces. Plus, I won't speak for any other runner but when my giggly bits are out there for the world to see in tighter fitting pants and shirts than I normally wear in public and I'm running things are bound to be a little out of place. HA! Oh sure, some of the women running that race look fabulous in their photos. Their running grace has actually been captured on film and the glow of their energy shines through. I admire them and I love to look at their photo's. In the back of my mind I heard the whisper, "you'll be that one day, the graceful runner and your photo's will capture it." I smiled.

Yup, my race day photo's aren't brilliant, I don't really shine (unless you count the sweat on my forehead) but you know, I am going to order one.


EDIT AFTER POSTING: Sadly I can't copy any of the photo's from the e-mail to post here. When I receive my ordered photo I'll scan it and add it to my photo gallery.

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ENDUROVET 11/29/2010 10:36AM

    Man, I'm with you! Photographer actually got a couple of decent pix of me at my 1st half, but that was 5 yrs & 15 lbs ago...
At last March's local half, I look exactly as I felt: fat & tired & struggling along in pain!
I didn't buy any but my MOM did - count on Mom to always support you, through the good n' bad... I'll try to scan in a few.

Likewise, most of my ride photos are distinctly unflattering; one guy I swear has a true talent for catching my chest on the "upswing".

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KITHKINCAID 11/24/2010 2:14PM

    I totally agree with you - my race photos are HORRIBLE. I actually look like I'm in pain/giving birth on the race course mid stride. Hilarious. I just had to laugh though - there will be future "pretty" race pics, but the ones I took after the race with my friends are the ones for the record books this time around. I think my mistake was attempting to smile for the camera since by the time they actually took the photo, my smile had contorted into this horrific look of pain and anxiety because I was trying to breathe! Haha. Glad you're still ordering one. I passed this time on mine.

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Playing with the incline

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I almost skipped the gym last night ... thinking there were more important things to be done. Yeah Right! I am so glad I went. I cranked it out on the elliptical for 25 minutes to warm up. Then I headed over the treadmill for a run. Last night my run felt awesome. Everything worked together and I just ran. Near the end I decided to play around with the incline setting, that's when things got intense. HA! It felt good and I pushed myself further and further. I'm working on conditioning, speed will come soon enough. I'll get there one run at a time.

I'm thinking step class for tonight and a short run as well.

  
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ENDUROVET 11/24/2010 12:09PM

    Let me see if I can unearth the link to the interval workout I try to do when I'm short on time (works out to about 26 min for me)

http://fitness.mercola.c
om/sites/fitness/archive/2010/0
6/26/10-minutes-of-exercise-yie
lds-hourlong-effects.aspx

That's not the exact article - I had found one specifically for the TM, but I'll have to keep lookin'!

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KITHKINCAID 11/23/2010 6:03PM

    Incline is ROUGH - good for you!

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TXDREAMSPINNER 11/23/2010 4:47PM

    Sounds like a great workout!

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Back to Basics & Thanksgiving Thoughts

Monday, November 22, 2010

I heard a whisper the other day after I nearly lost my mind on Friday when I noted another gain. It was simple, short and to the point - "Fiber!" Yup, that's all I've been hearing - "Fiber!" My system loves fiber and lots of it. A non-SP friend told me that I'm extreme about my fiber intake and she’s right. I can average up to 40/45 grams of fiber a day and my system just processes it with love and affection. Of course, with that much fiber I am obligated to drink extreme amounts of water. If I don't drink the water that love and affection turns into something completely different. HA!

So back to basics for weight-loss!

1. Eat/Drink
3. Sleep
4. Workout

This month, my fiber intake has been low but generally in the 20 grams a day range. My water intake has been low too but generally in the eight 8-oz glasses a day. I can certainly come up with all sorts of fun facts as to why this has happened but I think it boils down to laziness and the weather change. Isn’t it just fun to point the finger at yourself? Boo!

I've brought back my homemade brilliant green spinach smoothie for breakfast. It's packed with all kinds of goodness. I've also stocked up on my favorite high fiber snacks and the fruit bowl is full.

After becoming sick (I'm still hacking) my sleep quality was off. Not sleeping well or enough can slow down the weight-loss process. My sleeping is back on track and it's Refreshing!

My workouts are still full of quality, quantity and intensity. It's a bit of drag to walk to and from the gym in the rain; however, I discovered many years ago that I don't melt. Suck it up and walk!

Thoughts on the Thanksgiving holiday ...
This year I;ll be at home with the Mr. We'll spend a quiet day at home with little, if any, "holiday" food. In fact, my goal is to cook traditional Jamaican food (I know, how un-American) but his birthday is on Friday and we won't be together for that celebration this year. He's flying to see his "mother" (term used loosely), they've not seen each other in 10-years. (Sigh- a blog for a different audience) Anyway, Thanksgiving has never been the same, for me, after I moved away from family 20 years ago. So, this year I'm doing it up Jamaican style to bring in a new tradition. There won't be any leftovers, sugar filled treats or stuffing of the face in our home and for that I am truly Thankful!

  
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WILD22 11/22/2010 7:38PM

    loved this blog! You have your goals all set and a fantastic dinner planned. Can't get any more basic than that. You will cruise through Thanksgiving with no problems.

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KITHKINCAID 11/22/2010 5:24PM

    Mmm, I wish I was at your place for Thanksgiving!

Love your fiber plan, just keep up with that water! You're doing great!

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THATS_LOVELY101 11/22/2010 3:15PM

    This sounds like a wonderful idea! I think too many of us try to make being healthy a complicated process and it's refreshing to hear your take on getting back to the basics. Sounds like a great group of goals.

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MAGIC10FINGERS 11/22/2010 2:19PM

    My body TOO loves fiber! I have what's called a spasmatic colon & if I DON'T get my fiber in?!?! The pain in my butt is unbelievable! Like some1 sticking an ice pick up me. I'm not kidding. BUT, I'm also a lover of water, plain H2O. No added flavorings or fruit in it., so I don't lack in that area, ever.
I LOVE fruit smoothies, I make a healthy mixed berry 1. I'd love to know what U put in your spinach smoothie. Doesn't SOUND appealing, but I'm always willing to try something once. Care to share the recipe?

Sounds great doing a Jamaican tradition. Every1 has their own thing, enjoy!
Hugs,
Ruth

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Err

Friday, November 19, 2010

When I first stepped onto the scale this morning that's the message I got .... Err. REALLY? I should have stepped off and put the scale back but I didn't. What I did was reset it and stepped back on. This is the time I find out the universe is cruel and heartless - a gain, another gain. SERIOUSLY?! The familiar feelings of resentment, bitterness and anger flood every part of my body and then my mind becomes tainted. Two straight weeks of gaining .... CRAP! After doing it right, being sick and running a race. REALLY?!

This is when I find out what I'm made of!

The universe can Suck It, along with the scale. I'm moving on, continuing to head down the path of eating well, working out and finding my happy place. I can't dwell on this minor set back. I won't dwell on it - it's an energy suck that will lead to bad behavior.

I'm moving on!

  
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KITHKINCAID 11/20/2010 12:13AM

    The last time I got mad at my scale I bought a new one - haha.

It will get better - just keep plodding along :)

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STACYBH 11/19/2010 10:52PM

    I experienced the same thing these last two weeks. This fall weather makes it hard to maintain the same amount of motivation for me. I just want to curl up into a ball and go to sleep. I had to make myself run this morning because I knew it was going to rain this weekend. I brought my German Shepherd puppy with me and she chewed through her leash twice so I finally had to stop running after about 1.5 miles.

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JENNYBETHIN 11/19/2010 8:45PM

    You can do it! We believe in you! Even if you don't believe it yourself! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 11/19/2010 12:59PM

    Oh yeah - I just HAD to torture myself this AM, why oh why? I KNEW I felt bloated...

(1.2 lb gain)

Yep, life ain't fair, not one little bit...

Hang in there!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 11/19/2010 12:39PM

    There are many other ways to measure your progress. How are your clothes fitting? Have U taken measurements recently? U are doing all the right things so it could be ANY NUMBER of reasons why it's being uncooperative. I've been dealing with the same thing, so hang in there. Just remember how good U feel doing all the right things. Don't let that scale ruin your day. It's TGIF!
Hugs,
Ruth

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DIVALOUNGER 11/19/2010 12:15PM

    Hate the scale! Keep doing that which makes you feel good! Keep going! You are going great guns!

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LISSA-CRAVES 11/19/2010 12:05PM

    The scale is just another trick of the body. Way to go to move on. I am not sure if you read the blogs here but this one might interest you. She does a great job explaining that muscle weighs more than fat!! Lots of visuals too.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
mypage_public_journal_individua
l.asp?blog_id=3777305

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ZANBALL 11/19/2010 11:54AM

    Your post made me smile!! I know how frustrating this can be for you - I have had that ERRRR so many times myself!

But you got it sooooo right - to #$#@! with the scale & keep going!!

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I RAN the 5K Mermaid Run, SF!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Let's start this at the beginninng which is not at 6:17 a.m. when my alarm sounded today. No this story really starts earlier in the week when I started to get sick. I fought it off as long as I could but even with my positive energy and the well wishes put into the universe from my SP peeps I did get sick. My throat was thrashed, runny nose, chills, a cough and conjestion - by Friday afternoon I was miserable and left the office early.

Friday night Mr and I went to the Usher concert - it was Fabulous! What wasn't fabulous was the three and half hours of concert fun at venue that had recycled air and smoke machines. My throat was raw when we left and my chest felt like I had a 20 pound bag of wet sand sitting on top of it. My sleep was deep that night.



Saturday I woke up early to feed the fur balls and then promptly took a 4 hour "nap." When I woke up again I immediately started to drink hot tea to loosen up the chest congestion and sooth the rawness in the throat. It felt like I was drinking shards of glass again! By 2:00 I was feeling better and was anxious to go into The City to find the race location and pick up my race packet. Mr and I found the location with no problems. I picked up my race packet and chatted with the race cordinator about iPod usuage. I found out that ipods are discouraged due to the course being a tight one and open to the public (it was important we could hear what was going on around us for our own safety) but use of them do not disqualify you from the race. YES! I ended up buying a new running outfit - pants and shirt that I abosuletly love - plus, I got a discount due to being in the race. I was thrilled that I could buy off the rack clothes at this store but had to try things on to prove to myself that the XL running shirt would actually fit - it looked really, really small. And those pants, I just looked at the sales lady with the eye of "yeah right, those will fit?" and amazingly they did. (Sometimes in my minds eye I'm still quit large.) I was exhausted by the time we got back home and ended up going to bed early. The cough came back, my throat dry, the weight on my chest now felt like a 50 lbs bag of wet sand and my nose just didn't stop running, I was a hot mess. I woke up in the middle of night in a pool of sweat - yup, a Fever had taken hold! WTH!?!

That brings us to today ... Race Day! The alarm went off at at 6:17 a.m. - it was still dark. My body ached and my chest felt heavy until I took the hottest shower my body could stand. I was out the door by 6:55 a.m. with my turkey bacon and hot tea in hand. I was told to arrive early to find parking, they were expecting it to be dicey, so I didn't want to be late. Traffic was a breeze and I made it to the race site in 25 minutes and scored a parking spot directly across the street from the start line. I had to admit my morning was going well so far! I sat for a minute gathering my thoughts and nerves ... there were a lot of people out already - biking, walking, running and playing with their dogs. Then I heard the whisper - "They are ALL going to see you run today!" I blocked it out as I strapped on my ipod and set out for a warm-up walk.

Getting ready to warm-up


I met some amazing women before the race - the positive energy was at an all time high. I heard the whisper again, "You're the only big girl here and everyone will see you run today!" I glanced around and took in that most of the racers were slimmer and trim, I stood my ground and I raised my chin a little higher. I'm a runner, I will run today!

Before the race


At 8:37 a.m. the line began to form behind the starting line. My pulse quickened. At 8:45 we all started to move ... here we go! I had set my ipod to my 5K play list and when my feet started moving I hit play. When I was free of the pack I kept telling myself to run my race, run my pace, don't get caught up in the moment. When I was free of the pack my lungs tightened. When I was free of the pack I wondered what I was doing here today. LOL.

Most the race was run on a dirt beach path which felt amazing, by far my favorite surface to run on, and a small portion on blacktop.


I got to the first turn and kept pushing forward, kept trying to breath. I ran. The track was open to the public so we were weaving in and out of non-race runners, walkers, dogs, strollers and even a few cars - that kept us on our toes. When I reached the two mile marker I glanced at the time - right on pace. Keep running! Keep running! The water tables seemed too far away. My mouth was dry. My lungs were on fire. Sweat was pouring off me. It was hot. Too hot for SF in November. Finally water! No, wait ... what did I just drink? YUCK, that was NOT water. Keep moving. Keep running. At this point I felt like I was running a 5K race while breathing through a straw. Then I heard Tim McGraw ask, "how bad do you want it ..." Oh yeah, I want this Tim and bad enough that I'm going to keep on running. Thanks! When I made the second turn it suddenly felt like someone shoved a hot poker in my lung ... I almost went down. I almost hit my knees. I almost vomitted. I pulled up to a slow trott and tried to take a deep breath. Nope, that made it worse. CRAP! Do NOT walk - keep running! Tears welled in my eyes as the pain increased and took my breath away. I stretched my upper body as I ran and prayed. The pain subsided a little. I reached the second water table that actually had water ... that took some of the fire that was burning in my throat and chest. One young volunteer, a boy of 13 or 14, looked at me and smiled and simply said - "you can do this, just keep running." I almost cried. It was so hot! By this point I was drinched. Crap, there's the camera guy - smile! LOL. The crowd was amazing ... they cheered us on and made each one of us feel special. I made the final turn and tried to sprint it out but at this point it felt like I was running the race while breathing through a tiny little straw - the kind you mix-in cream or sugar into your tea or coffee. Then I heard my name over the loud speaker ... Congratulations KT! I finished. I ran the 5K! Against the odds today, I ran the race. I ran my race.

After the race


When I walked in our front door the Mr asked, "Did you win?" I smiled and replied, "I did win! I won my race." It was left at that ... the truth is, I did win my race.

My stats: Placed 42 out of 57 in my age category. Overall I placed 265 out of 373. Finishing Time, 47:37. Pace, 15:22/M

Finishing time today, 47:37
My first 5K race (June 2010) my finishing time was, 49:34

I won my race today!




The first half of the course


The second half of the course


The finish area


They didn't give out finisher medals but rather finisher necklaces. They are very cute. I'm going to have the year engraved on the back of mine.


Even being sick, I logged a personal best today ... Imagine what I could have done had I not been sick!

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WILD22 11/19/2010 11:16AM

    I am finally back on SP after a week of feeling sorry for myself. I looked you up to see if you blogged your run. To my delight you did! You are proud of yourself and rightly so!! I have every confidence that you will knock your own socks off in March!! I love the course you got to run. Is it always open? We are taking the kids to California next year. I would love to meet up with you and go for a run. Maybe I can find a time to go when there will be a race going on. Anyways, I am so amazed by you and your strong will. You were not feeling the best but you still ran your race and never gave up! I know what it is like to run when you can't breath. You are a star for sure!!! emoticon

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DIVALOUNGER 11/17/2010 1:11PM

    I just read your blog. What an inspiration! Congratulations on just about every level that I can think of!

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THATS_LOVELY101 11/16/2010 1:40PM

    What a smart thing to ask the race co-ordinator. I wouldn't have thought about bringing my ipod to a race, but as you've proven it can be very inspirational. I can imagine it would be very hard to go without after training that way. Great blog!

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ENDUROVET 11/15/2010 9:58PM

    Fantastic! I knew you could do it!

Great job!

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KITHKINCAID 11/15/2010 4:18PM

    Congrats on your amazing race! You buckled down and did it through the pain - that's amazing!!!

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MOTIVATED-ME 11/15/2010 1:53AM

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Well done!!

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