Thursday, October 17, 2013
I've got that Outkast song in my head today, and I've been resisting the urge to "shake it like a polaroid picture..." all day. You're welcome, strangers, for sparing everyone the awkwardness of witnessing my attempts at "dancing." LOL
What's Good Sparkfam?!?
It's been SO LOOOONG. I've missed you guys again!
Since my last entry I've had one run, Runtober and I have another looming around the corner on Saturday! I'm really excited about this one because I think I may finally break the 2 hour mark for my half marathon. Last time I was pretty close, but I didn't have official timing nor proper preparedness (showed up 50 Shades Of Late, lol. I had a long run yesterday because I was out of town this past weekend (in Lafayette!!! Woohoo, I'll tell you abt that in a bit) and didn't really have the time to sneak in any extended fitness minutes.
I did 10 miles yesterday at an average pace of 9'25" per mile. That was running/jogging interspersed with walking/speedwalking.
At that pace I could finish in just over 2 hours (2 hours and about 6 minutes). SO, all I have to do is increase my running intervals and speed up my walking to jogging pace and I should be able to reach my goal, right? I think so!
Can I just say that running in the cold is SO much better than running in the heat? Personal preference, I know, but the cold air just feels so good traveling through my airways and filling up my lungs. I really believe I can breathe more deeply in the cold.
Okay now back to Lafayette! My college friend from UL got married this weekend, YAY *hums the wedding march* So I flew to Houston on Friday so my bf could drive us to Lafayette. We got in late Friday/early Saturday (didn't really look at the time). Woke up the next morning and drove to Prejeans to have breakfast. I am happy to announce that I only ate one sweet potato biscuit (he got extra to go, lol). I swear the only time he eats poorly is when we're in Louisiana, which is terrible considering I'm abt to be a registered dietitian, lol. It was his first time in Lafayette, so I had to allow him to experience all of the goodness of Lafayette cuisine. After breakfast we took a driving tour of UL, I wanted to get out and walk so I could show him the bayou and different things around the campus (which has changed a bit since I was last there), but we decided against it for lack of time, he did, however get to see my favorite tree in all the whole world Yep, the one that used to be my background pic. I'll have to find it and add it to my gallery.
The wedding was in Opelousas. The ceremony and reception were beautiful. The reception started out on a shaky note because one of the guests at the table where we were sitting had apparently gotten an early start on the alcohol and inadvertantly sprayed my bf and I with whatever he was drinking while laughing at a joke I must have missed . Soooo, we moved to a different table on the completely opposite side of the room and were incident-free for the remainder of the reception. The cake was from Gambino's so, of course it was delicious! It was great to see her my friend again on such a joyous occasion, she was absolutely radiating beauty. I'm so happy for her
My bf also had Raising Cane's for the first time ever this trip, which is surprising because I'm sure they have them in Houston, right? Plus they're popping up all over the place in Oklahoma City (I can think of four locations within a 5-25 minute drive from where I am now). He was perplexed by the abundance of drive-thru daiquiri places, lol. Sunday we went to New Iberia for the gumbo festival! I tried a "green gumbo" with cabbage greens, collard greens, okra, etc.; it was AWESOME! I also tried a gluten free gumbo made from a corn and sorghum based roux, it was pretty good as well. I almost missed out on seafood, because I was being picky, lol. I tried a filet mignon and lobster gumbo as well, but didn't like it because the beef was too overpowering and made it taste more like a beef stew than a gumbo.
After a wild goose chase in Scott, attempting to locate Best Stop, we headed back to Houston. It was a great weekend. I enjoyed myself, didn't overindulge too much and got to show my bf another little bud in the rosebush from which I bloomed.
I know this blog is getting really long, but who knows when I'll next have time to sit and update you guys, so let's continue.
I am one of the new Ambassadors for Black Girls Run! Oklahoma!!! Yay! I'm so excited, we have not made a formal announcement as of yet (there are three of us newbies, and we're still working out some details). I am SO excited about this, I just can't even explain right now. I have a conference call a little later and we'll be discussing everything then. I will surely keep you guys up to date on this as everything unfolds, so until next time...and hopefully it will be sooner than a month from now...wish me luck and pray for the success of this venture and that it will positively impact the health of women in Oklahoma.
Love you all & will probably be posting, commenting, liking, and giving goodies today while I have the chance!
Hugs & Smooches
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Today was my 5 mile "Gravedigger" mud and obstacle race. Please note that mud and obstacles are listed in order from the most to the least because there was PLENTY of mud!
The weather here has been great the past week with some nice cool temps last weekend going to a bit of a revisit of summer temps in the last couple of days. This morning, however, we got a great deluge of cloud cover and rainfall along with some cooler temperatures. Perfect mud run weather, right? Well, kind of. The rain and slippery conditions caused a few of the obstacles to be a bit unsafe, but made the ones that I did complete even more epic. I am so happy to announce that I did my first rope climb EVER today!!! I was (and still am) so excited about it! Let me tell you how it happened.
One of the earlier obstacles was sort of a...well, it was...hmm, I'm not sure how to explain it, but it consisted of a series of spaced out platforms (narrow platforms, might I add) of increasing height and at the highest platform the only way down was by rope. That's where I got my first training session in rope climbing; actually rope descent, but what I learned here would prove useful in my latter obstacle conquering. Some people elected to just go back the way they came, descend the platforms and continue on with the race. I actually had in mind to follow their lead when I saw the rope, but the volunteers and race marshalls were really helpful coaching people on how to properly descend the rope, so I decided I'd give it a try. So I grabbed the rope with my right hand (still sitting on the platform), got my left foot so that the rope was laying on top of it, then placed my right foot on top of the rope so that the rope was between my feet and I could control my descent by letting the rope slide between my feet, closing the gap tighter when i needed to stop, and using my hands to "climb" down the rope. I let go of the platform & grabbed the rope with my left hand, stood up on the rope & began my descent. I was AMAZED! I did it!!! I was totally cheesing the whole way to the next obstacle.
About half way through the race there was another obstacle that was a simple rope climb; a tall post with two ropes hanging securely from it. There weren't any race marshalls around so it was totally on the honor system whether I completed this obstacle or not, but with the confidence I had gotten from the earlier descent, I told myself "you got this!" I used a similar technique. I grabbed the rope as high as I could with both hands, held on while I worked the rope around my feet then pushed myself up with my feet. I climbed higher with my arms and brought my knees to my chest to secure the rope higher at my feet. I did this until I was at the top, then I climbed back down!!! OMG I'm a friggin BEAST! I can climb a rope...& it doesn't have to be knotted! That was totally my victory for the day. There were some pretty epic obstacles, but this one is THE ONE that I'm most proud of! GO ME!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
That's great news considering the "start" of today!
Today was the day of my first half marathon in over a year! My training had been going great up until about a couple of weeks ago when I kind of slacked off (being at home just does that to me, gotta find a way to fight that in the future). My last long training run was 12 miles and I had only run twice this past week (5k & 10k), but I wasn't going to let that stop me.
Last night I made sure my running outfit was laundered and ready to go, and had an alarm programmed so that I could wake up at 3:30 (three hours before the start of the race) so I could eat something. I don't like to run with anything fresh in my stomach, but I knew my performance would be affected if I ran without eating anything. The second alarm was set for 5:30.
First alarm goes off...Great! i go to the kitchen fix my little "power snack" drink some water, brush my teeth again & go back to bed. ...where's that second alarm? I feel like I should be awake right now, but I don't want to disturb my sleep by getting up earlier than I should, just to check the time & find I still have 30 minutes to sleep, so I just lay in the bed...still no alarm. Hmm... a few minutes later I go to the bathroom (and check the time). It is 6:23!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The race starts in 7 minutes an it's a 35 minute drive to get there, that is if they haven't shut down the streets to make way for the runners. *Face Palm* What happened here?!?!
After going through 5 stages of grief in about 5 minutes I pull myself together and realize, It's a half AND a full marathon! If I leave nowI'll still have time to complete it before the course is shut down! Luckily all I have to do is put on my outfit, pack a quick post-race bag (greek yogurt, banana, powerade, water), & get out the door. It's 6:30 am on a Sunday morning so traffic conditions are, well...what traffic? I make it there and am heeded to go slowly by one of the policeman race marshalls, but still allowed to go through (THANK YOU JESUS!) AND there's still parking close by (THANK YOU JESUS AGAIN). I run to the start line and ask permission to start, Permission granted! YESSS!
So I start the race about 10 minutes into the 5k race, which started 30 minutes after the half and full marathons. I pass up the 5k turnaround point & the marshall is like "You're gonna keep going?" I reply "Yep, I'm doin the half, just a lotta late!" I'm all alone on the road except for a few race marshalls along the way to notify motorists to be cautious and mindful of the runners. Around mile 3, I see what appears to be the first place half marathoner on his return trip, 10 miles down for him, 10 miles to go for me! I continue to encounter runners on their return to the finish line, but around mile 5 I begin to catch up with the back of the pack (WooHoo!!). I ended up finishing just minutes before the first full marathoner crossed the finish line, lol. Even though my "gun time" was nearly 3 hours (2:54:xx) and I couldn't register my chip time, I'm glad that I was able to complete the race and earn my bling!
Great learning experience, hopefully I'll be better prepared to wake up for my next half about a month from now!
Friday, September 13, 2013
I've missed you all! Today was my last day of intership rotations at the diabetes center here, so I've been Really busy the past couple of weeks. (Next week is the heart hospital.) I have really learned A LOT during the last two weeks, I got to help teach a group class for type 2 diabetes management, sit in on some gestational diabetes consultations, observe insulin injection and pump training & even got to sit in on med student training in managing care for their patients on insulin pumps.
The diabetes educators and staff of the diabetes center were absolutely amazing and extremely passionate about what they do and invested in the positive outcomes of their clients/patients. I could see myself working in that setting one day soon. My ultimate goal is to work in renal, though. But since diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure I'd definitely like to get some education & self management skills out to the public so that they can prevent (or at least delay) the renal complications.
Now back to exercise. My schedule has been really hectic, but I have been able to squeeze in exercise here and there. I have my half marathon coming up this Sunday (woohoo). I wasn't able to get my long run in last weekend (the days really are getting shorter & my usual running time results in me needing a flashlight and having a face full of bugs :-/).
I'm really going to try to log in to check on, cheer on and update you guys more often, but know that I'm always rooting for you whether I'm posting it on here or not!
Kisses & toodles
Monday, September 02, 2013
...be absent on SP for over 4 days!
First things first, I hope everyone had a Super Sparkletaculisticexpialidocious month for August and is having an awesome time this extended holiday weekend!
In my previous status I said that I might be missing for a while due to fiddling with my new food dehydrator, but that wasn't the case at all. I went back to Louisiana for the holiday weekend & discovered that my parents' internet connection and wifi were temporarily disabled due to a power outage in one part of the house, lol. & if you think I was disappointed, you should've seen how deprived my little sis looked, lol (that girl does everything on wifi).
Nevertheless the weekend was productive. I got myinspections sticker renewed, got to visit with my 2 yr old niece (and teach her how to take pictures, kinda) & was able to get my little sis's dorm room [relatively] cleaned and decorated. I don't remember those beds being SO tiny and the spaces being so depressing and old, lol! I can't believe she's in college already!!! My, oh my, how the time flies. I think she's actually getting excited about it, too (Finally). Here are a couple of "after" pictures.
...& one of my niece because she's just so darned cute!
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