Saturday, September 03, 2011
Not an original post, but today's Health Reflection resonated with me...
Are you grateful for the luxuries in your life?
"Even if you've never seen it, you are probably aware of the CBS reality show "Survivor"--16 castaways sent to live on an island to duke it out and vote one another off for $1 million prize. What is most striking about this concept is not the competition, but the absolute gratitude these people hold for things we take for granted every day. The dirty, unpurified water they cling to for life is the same stuff we flush, wash, and cook with every day without batting an eye. They covet and fight for food that we could easily pop in our microwaves or sit down to eat at a restaurant. The very fact that you can read this at your computer signifies that you are one of the most wealthy, educated people on the planet. Take a moment to think about the luxurious and privileged life you live. Give thanks for a whole body, everyday freedoms, your family, and all of the choices you have. Cherish what you have while you have it because you never know when your life could change."
Saturday, March 26, 2011
It's been quite the wild ride this week, post-marathon. I have felt everything from elation to the depths of despair. I hope to get my thoughts together to summarize the 6 plus hours I was running, sometime this weekend. Oh, and there will be pictures posted too.
Thank you so much for the support!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The day before my first marathon...wow, I never thought it would get here and now that it is, I am little disappointed. Yes, disappointed. I kinda like the anticipation leading up to the event and soon, it will be in the past. I tend to over-think things, LOL.
I have several events lined up already to keep me going and not fall off this wonderful fitness wagon that I managed to jump on.
Two weeks from today I am doing an all women's 100km bicycle ride. I've done this ride numerous time, but it's been 2 years since the last time, and I have not spent much time on the bike this year. It will be a slow day, but with lots of visiting and eating at the rest stops!
Three weeks from tomorrow I am doing my first sprint tri in 7 years. I entered a drawing and won entry to it. I figured it was a sign, I needed to do this. Soooo, time to start swimming again. Thankfully, all the running has really improved my endurance, so I am pretty confident I won't drown during the swim. But the best part is I will be able to run the 5k part of the tri. The last few races I had done 7 years ago I had stress fractures in my lower legs and couldn't run. I am excited to be able to actually run! Fancy that!
And then there is the See Jane Run 1/2 marathon in June that I have already signed up for, and some other events that I am looking at doing. It should be a very FIT summer for sure!
I want to post about the marathon tomorrow so I can have a record of it was like. I tried to post about the training leading up to the marathon, but found I felt the same every week, like I was not going to survive! I didn't want to put all that negativity out there, so I stopped posting.
I am anxious to get this marathon started! I don't necessarily want it to be over, I just want it to be started! Does that make sense?
Happy Running to all!
Friday, March 04, 2011
Is it possible to have this? I completed my last LSD of 20 miles last Saturday and I am really down in the dumps this week. I had a great run Saturday. Felt fantastic, recovered great and was only a little sore for Sunday's 3 mile walk. But Monday's usual 5 mile run was really slow and tedious. I skipped last night's 4 miler and had to force myself out of the house to do tonight's 5 mile run. I walked most of the 5 miles. My legs were just so tired and tight, even after stretching. Am I still recovering from the 20 miles I did? I really hope this funk goes away before the marathon, which is 2 1/2 weeks away (yikes).
Is this a normal thing? I am trying to not let it mess with my head. I know I can do the distance, but there's that nagging voice in the back of my head, saying "oh, it's gonna be hard, are you sure you can do this?" Darned nagging voices!
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Step 1: Start drinking recovery drink as soon as you get back to car (off to a good start).
Step 2: Think about stretching, but instead visit (commiserate actually) with other runners returning from run (otherwise known as hell on the canal banks).
Step 3: Think about stretching again but get in car and drive across town, vowing to stretch once you're home.
Step 4: Get home, roll out of car using door to help yourself off the ground (but try to make it look like you meant to almost fall on the ground).
Step: 5 Call husband and whine about how tired and cold you are, he tells you to stretch.
Step: 6 Oh yeah, need to stretch. But first, take a hot shower, then vow to stretch after.
Step: 7 After the best hot shower ever, quickly put on sweats and jump into bed under the covers.
Step 8: Sleep for two hours.
Step 9: Wake up, try to get out of bed, then remember that you didn't stretch.
Step 10: Find money, keys to car and make a run to Taco Bell. Still don't stretch.
And I wonder why I feel like crap!
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