Sunday, July 15, 2012
Did so much better my second time in the Moonlight Chase last night. It's a 4 mile run that started at 9pm. The entire course is lit up by a combination of luminaries and strings of lights that the homeowners along the route put up. The weather was better too. Last year I was so hot...it was really humid and not a breath of wind.
Here's a pre-race picture of my sweetie, me, my best girlfriend, and her sister-in-law:
I improved my time by 4 minutes this time!
Thursday, July 05, 2012
I was planning to run this morning early, since the forecast is calling for 99 today, but I decided to swap my run for weeding and watering the garden. Took me about an hour, and I discovered some little trees trying to grow up around the foundation...AGAIN....man the heat doesn't slow those little suckers down! The poor plants need the water so badly, and we only have a small chance for a shower today and tomorrow. I'm so excited that in a few days I will be eating my first zucchini from my garden- I found one that is about 3 inches long. I've already been eating greens, and they are about past the usable stage with all this heat, so I'm glad to have had them. I've eaten 3 grape tomatoes...they weren't quite perfectly ripe, but they were still soooooo good. There are about 6 more like it now and tons of green ones, but I'll let them ripen a bit more before I eat them this time. I'm glad to have the weeds tackled (they haven't been too bad, but it's still a hot job) and the plants are smiling with the good drink they got too
Thursday, July 05, 2012
I usually have two eggs for breakfast, but I'm out. I needed to eat this morning before going to the store, so I made a return to an old standby breakfast:
Oatmeal (1/2 cup dry old fashioned oats) cooked with a handful of frozen blueberries, cinnamon, and a packet of Truvia. I topped it with 1/2 cup sugar free, fat free vanilla yogurt and some sliced fresh strawberries and 1 T chopped walnuts. Yummy...don't know the calorie count, since I count points, but it's 4 points+ for the oatmeal, 1 for the yogurt, 0 for the fruit, and 1 for the walnuts for a total of 6 points+....and it's a great big bowl that started my day with about 2 fruit servings, 1 nonfat dairy, 1 wholegrain, and some healthy fat.
Have a great day!
Monday, July 02, 2012
I will NOT quit!
Sunday, July 1
Share and spread the Spark!
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!
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Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.
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signed: Steven (SBARNEY5) Saturday, June 30, 2012 I will not let my health keep me from walking at least 20 -30 minutes a day (.5 -.75 miles)
Signed Cheryl (cjack66) Saturday, June 30, 2012
Signed Lori (sassyljb) Sunday, July 1, 2012 I am worth IT!
Signed STARWARSFAN2 Sunday, July 1, 2012 Keep on keepin' on.
Signed BEAGLEMAMA2 Monday, July 2, 2012...Keep it going!
Signed Michelle (MKELLY72) 7/2/2012...I didn't make it all this way to not hold on to it!!
Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!
Monday, July 02, 2012
For 13 or so years, my community has put on what they call the "Timber City Adventure Race". This starts as an 8 mile canoe leg, then a 14 mile bike leg, finishing with a 5k run. I was invited to take the running leg on a team of 4. Two guys did the canoe leg, and my massage therapist did the biking leg. I have been curious about this race ever since it began, and I had tried to get my brother interested in being on a two person team with me that year (both participants would canoe and then the biking and running could either be split or we could have both done it...the options were there) It never happened, but I wasn't sure that I could even think about biking up the first hill that the bike route has...it is one of the steepest hills around...and it's LONG!
I was excited to be a part of it, but I learned something about myself that I won't soon forget....the race began at 7:45 for our team as they took off in the canoe, and I proceeded back to town to kill time for a while before I needed to be in place for my part. The river is VERY low, and the guys in the canoe had to get out and walk with it 3 times! They also got stuck on a sandbar when the current pulled them right into it. That put them behind their time from last year by 20 minutes, so our biker got a late start too. The biker arrived at my pick up point about 11:00 AM....holy cow was it hot! It hadn't really gotten very hot until just the last week and a half here, so I haven't had much opportunity to run much in the heat ...especially "high noon" kind of heat. It was a challenge that's for sure. I felt like I did better last summer when I did a 7 mile race in the heat...I think the main difference is that I got an earlier start, so I was finished by 10AM....huge difference in the heat of the sun!
What I learned....I loved the opportunity and experience, but I know that I am not built for running in the high, hot sun, and I won't do that again....on purpose.
I don't know how we finished yet; the results haven't posted, but if you're interested in checking on it later....I'm on team #53, and the results should eventually be posted at this link:
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