Sunday, June 19, 2011
Jotting off a quick note to update and thank all of you, my sparkfriends, for the way that you encourage me everyday. It's been a bit of a trying couple of weeks and add to that my typical hectic schedule and I was beginning to feel like beating myself up for not accomplishing all that I thought I "should" or "could". But, thanks to all of you, I was able to step back and see that I was doing all that was possible for me at this point in time and that is enough.
Last night, I went with friends and cooked and served dinner at our local homeless shelter. Tacos and mac n cheese for about 150 people. It was a very rewarding experience and once again opened my eyes to just how fragile life is and how very blessed I am, but it did make for quite a late night.....and this morning I had to be up to meet with friends for a long run.
Woke up in plenty of time, but with a headache (which I rarely get) and a bit of tummy touble. I was still tired and coupled with not feeling well, I was half tempted to cancel, but I have missed to much training already, so I made a deal with myself that all I needed to do was show up and get started. I could go slow, but I needed to just try and do what I could. I drank a couple of glasses of coconut water - for the electrolytes - to try to offset any damage the stomach issues were causing hydration wise, and then filled my water bottles on my belt with more coconut water and water mixed. In addition, I packed some Power Bar fruit gels as I am trying different methods of fueling and they seemed the lightest/safest option for the troubled tummy, and I was pretty certain that since I was not feeling up to my usual hearty breakfast, that they might be needed if I was able to "go the distance".
When I got to the park, my friend from my community group and another dear Sparkfriend were already there and introducing themselves, so we gathered ourselves and hit the road around 8:30ish. We maintained a pretty consistent slower pace of around 11:15-11:25 min miles, both in an effort to not overdo my already physically compromised state and to also give us the best chance of bettering our long run distance. Since Deb (from my cmmunity group) is just getting back into running, she did a run/walk mix, but Darlene and I were committed to keep running....and running....and running back to check in with Debbie...and then running some more. A couple miles in, I started sipping on the coconut water every few minutes and at about 4 miles or so, I chewed a gel about every half mile or so just to keep going. We didn't beat any land records for speed, but that was not what this run was about. For Darlene, it was one of the longest she has ever done and the longest in recent history and for me, I consider it an acheivement to have even showed up....much less to have done the 6.25 miles in 71 minutes.
I am so grateful for such good friends to encourage me an inspire me to push myself, even when I'm not feeling like I can push any harder. I am greatly blessed! I was an effort and I have done the distance and felt better afterwards, but given how I felt when I woke up, I think it was a success.
Beyond that, on the way home, I stopped at the resale store I used to manage and found a nearly new bike helmet for $2.50, a two-piece swimsuit (bikini no less) that doesn't look half bad on this 50 year old body for $1.50, a lightweight summer robe for$1.00. and a desk organizer for $1.00, and 6 printer cartridges - expired but only 50 cents each. I was able to take the cartridges into Office Depot for the recycling program and get a $3.00 credit for each one - and since 5 of the 6 were new (unopened) even though they were over 2 years expired, they ggave me credit for 10 instead of 6 = $30.00 store credit on my quaterly statement. That's a $20.00 gain and I don't need to go looking for a deal on a bike helmet now!
The combination of the stomach issues, heat and run did take alot out of me. My BP dropped again - pretty low which only made the headache worse, but I was able to get a short nap and eat well today and get it back up to almost 100/65 - and my pulse remained strong and 61, so I am grateful that I had the forethought to drink the coconut water before and during the run to minimize the electrolyte loss and was able to rehydrate relatively quickly. Even despit the stomach issue, the Power Bar gels worked okay and did't seem to cause any further stomach problems so that was a good experience. All in all a good day and got some catching up on the puter done....though still a ways to go.
Pretty late now though, and I think I'm going to relax and do a little reading for enjoyment - just because I can before sleep tonight.
Tomorrow's another day - SPARK STRONG EVERYONE, and much thanks for all of your encouragement! You inspire me in so many ways to be the best I can possibly be - far beyond what I would ever dream, I am eternally grateful!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Life sure has it's ups and downs, but I choose to be happy and content with whatever it hands me. The schedule at work got edited....and I lost another hour. It's going to be touch with just 53 hours in the next two weeks. I'm praying that doesn't continue for long, but in the meantime, I am determined to make the most of the "down time". I've gotten pretty good at creative financing....just deposited a check and saw it clear from doing on line shopping thru E-Bates - http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=CxV
hYulgYgCg4mRur5p83w%3D%3D and then yesterday, found out that I have been approved to participate in a medical research study for the next three months. That will net me an extra three hundred dollars or so for the next 12 weeks for getting a vial of blood drawn 5 times and logging on to answer 5 questions a day. Not bad pay - and free medical during that time too!
I am really grateful for the bike - took it out again yesterday and rode it to lighting training (3.11 miles - who would have guessed that it is exactly 5K from my front door to the front door of the church)! Then instead of going straight home, took the Virgil-Gilman trail and a little detour on the way home to log another 5.5 miles. It's not a "road" bike, so I stuggle to keep my mph up, but it's exercise. I had hoped to ride to work, but I'm thinking the work commute most days might be tough, as I have a luch and paperwork etc that I need to tote with me, but a backpack can work for that...just another project that I can work on - as well as what to do with my bike lock when I'm riding.
Tonight I'll meet up with some friends and we are preparing and serving dinner at the local homeless shelter - then tomorrow morning (hopefully the weather will hold), I'll meet with friends to do some running and then maybe breakfast - as long as we go frugally.
Finally saw my weight hit that "magic" number below 130 for the third day in a row - it's the first time that has happened since my first race this year. Trying to keep my nutrition in balance with the schedule Ive been keeping has been a little more challenging and too many days I was seeing myself at the top of my calorie range or just over and with more carbs than I would've like to see for the amount of fitness I was getting. I DO love my fruits and veggies, but I tend to lean towards the fruits more than the veggies and those calories still add up quick.
Well, I hope to be able to catch up more with all of you soon - oooo, another good project for the next two weeks. Life is good - maybe this is just what I needed!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
This last schedule that came out at work I found that my hours (as well as most of the other part timers) had been cut by 25% - 30%. It was a bit troubling, but since I have been working almost full time hours and am caught up on the big bills, I wasn't overly concerned. In fact, I was trying to look at it as a good thing.....an opportunity to get a little ahead in my training and back on track. However, today the next schedule came out and it is more of the same. I won't be able to make ends meet if this keeps up. Trying to keep a positive attitude and hang in there and appreciate the extra time off. Maybe with the added time, I'll not only get more on track fitness wise, but I'll have the chance to do some more job searching.
Friday, June 10, 2011
So, thirty some odd years ago, I was riding down the road on my bibyle, minding my own business and ... the next thing I knew, someone was leaning over me asking me if I saw the truck that hit me, did I know what color it was, and did I see the license plate? Then, I remember waking up again in the emergency room.
No permanent damage, but I haven't really riden a bike since. Not more than just a few feet. I'll drive a motorcycle for hundreds of mile, but riding a bicycle was a whole other matter. I would shake so much from fear and nervousness that I couldn't steer straight and would lose my balance the moment I got near any uneven surface, bump or the road.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, a dear friend gave me a bike - with only 20 or so miles on it that she just couldn't get used to. I took it into the local bike shop - got a helmet and started coasting up and down the sidewalk, then the driveway and today....I got out on the side roads and road for 20 straight minutes! Did 3.77 miles with an average speed of 11mph (no speed demon) and got as high as 14.2 mph. It's not a road bike and by next year I may be ready to "graduate" to a real road bike, but for now, that's one big WOOHOO! A new form of fitness and I can save on some gas b biking to work or other activities and put that money toward my next bike. Kind of fun.....wish I'd done this sooner, but just one more thing that I have learned to stick with until I could overcome the obstacles and conquer it. Thanks to Spark, for giving me the desire and the confidence to take this on.
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