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St. Paddy's Day 5k

Saturday, March 12, 2011

1st in age
5th female overall

First 5k of the season is officially in the books! Felt great and am really enjoying the benefits of running lighter. Thanks SparkPeople!

It was freezing cold with temps in the high 30's and very windy! The race is part of the local St. Patrick's day celebration and benefits the senior citizens Meals on Wheels program. It was a nice size race and sold out race 2000 runners. The course includes a couple of hairpin turns and short hills but overall is flat. Started out conservative, settled into what I thought was a reasonable pace for so early in the season and running into a stiff wind. Held my pace well though a little queasy in the last mile and at the finish. Had a little kick at the end and continued to jog through the finish. The queasiness almost always ends badly unless I keep moving til it subsides! Despite the unpleasant nauseous feeling, I know it's a good sign because it means I tried my best and put it all out there.

Happy running everyone and hope you all had a wonderful day! Great to be alive!


My computer crash. UGH!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ok. I admit it. I'm terrible at keeping up with writing blogs, answering messages, mail etc. But I think the most important thing is, until this week, I've been pretty good about keeping up with my food tracking. And that's what we're here for right?! Yet, I find in trying to keep up with my personal email, facebook and the occasional tweet, I have no time for anything but the basics on SparkPeople. In order to stay active and happy in my REAL life, I have to limit my virtual life. Right? Can you relate? A lot of times I just track my food and fitness and go. So anyone out there reading this that I've not responded to, so sorry, my bad and I'm trying to do better! Multi-tasking, balance and time management are all skills I struggle with. I think I must be just slower than so many of the amazing sparkers I read about. So many of you seem to be getting it all done and with style!

Don't get me wrong. I DO love reading others stories/blogs/spark pages so I realize I should do my part and share as well. It's likely someone out there can benefit or relate to and learn from something I've learned, just as I have from all of you. I also believe staying active, supportive, and keeping in touch with other sparkers is fun and a big part of the spark experience and success. But I personally am struggling to find balance with it all.

In any case, here's what I learned this week.

Tracking my food is an absolute must! My computer crashed this week (fan blew out and more sensible to replace than fix) and I was not able to go on SparkPeople very easily and track food. I do have the food tracker application on my phone but it's not fast--I don't have an iphone! A few days of no computer, soccer practice, band rehearsal, a chess tournament, mom's four hour doctor appointment, a birthday party, 2 sleep-overs... it's been a bad week for sparking. As I went back and tracked the best that I could--I WAS SHOCKED!!! Over my calorie range for most days I missed, unmet fitness goals, waaaaay low in protein, and too much sugar. For me, information is a powerful tool in my little healthy eating journey and I'm no where near ready to take the training wheels off! Ignorance is not bliss people.

Spark on and have a great week!


I'm 48 and this is my first blog ever????

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

It's hard to believe but true. Not sure why I'v e never posted a blog. I love reading other's blogs. I'm so inspired by the amazing things people have to say! Creative smart, funny people who just let it rip! gotta admire that. I kind of think I'm intimidated...shy...i've nothing interesting to time...embarassed I'll say something needs to be perfect... But it's NO FUN being perfect???? Right??? And I like FUN! So guess what? I'm going to give it a try, this blog thing. (My mom will be happy. She's always wanted me to write. She finds me interesting ;) And I'm not going to worry about what it should be or if it's not good enough. So this definitely won't be perfect and I'm not sure what this will be, other than a new ADVENTURE. My blog!!!

So folks go easy on me. I'm new to this. Hopefully, I'll learn a few things about myself and a few about you, too. Wish me luck!

P.S. Representative John Boehner is doing his first speech as Speaker of the House on TV right now. Is he going to cry??? emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DRLCORNETT 1/5/2011 3:49PM

    Good for you! Blogging gets easier and easier, once you just express yourself and stop worrying about it being perfect. Just be you!

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