Thursday, June 09, 2011
Good Morning, Friends!!
One of the great teams I am on is the Challenges For Sparkers With Lots To Lose team. There is a new weekly challenge & every now and then an extra weekend challenge thrown in, too. This week started the season long Summer Slimdown Challenge. One of the 6 categories for earning points is to post a blog that includes certain topics. So far I have hit 2 of those topics by mentioning the team name & Summer Slimdown.
But wait, thereís more!!
This challenge also includes listing 5 goals. Mine are:
1. Getting back down to 120.
2. Stay in calorie range 5 of 7 days a week.
3. Run a sub 30 5k (I did this in a race in April but that was a FLAT course. I need to be able do it on my normal route.)
4. Stretch at least 10 minutes 2x a week.
5. Hold a 60 second plank.
#ís 1, 2, 4, & 5 are going well. #3ÖI donít know yet. Iím hoping the Garmin thatís on itís way will help me with my times.
We are to pick one of our goals & if we meet the goal we get a reward. Iíve chosen #3. This is a BIG deal to me. It would be a major confidence booster. Anyway, my reward will be a Yankee candle.
Hold on, there is one more point I need to hit:
I updated my page. Notice the measuring tape? At the end of last year I made my #1 goal for 2011 getting my thighs under 20Ē. On 12/29/10 they were 20.5Ē. Today they were 20.75Ē.
What have I been doing? 2011 is half over & Iím further away from my goal than I was 6 months ago. Itís time to get serious.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Me Ė you all know me.
Hubby Jay Ė as much as I talk about him, I think you pretty much know him, too.
Uncle Fred Ė age 49 & just started running this year. Heís a diabetic who lost 50 lbs this year with running. Heís also a former addict who, after being laid off from Chrysler, went to college & graduated last month. Today is his first day of work as a substance abuse counselor. Hooray!!!
Aunt Tammy Ė age 41. She & Fred run a lot together. But they arenít married. They are married to my momís brother & sister. So, these guys arenít blood relatives.
Becky age 13 & Brianna age 16. These are my daughterís friends & this was their first race. Becky is the one who snuck out of the house with Nat when she spent the night a couple of months ago. Their dad is the muscle man Iíve recently mentioned.
The 10k Race:
Fred & Tammy ran the course last week & said it was VERY hilly. I wasnít worried about it but I did spend 30 minutes Monday running up & down a big hill. I thought I was prepared. I thought I had some decent hills in my town on my usual 3 & 4 mile routes. Let me tell you I WAS WRONG. My hills are babies. They are mole hills.
The first 2.5 miles was all uphill. Some parts were steep, some not so steep but it was ALL uphill. The last 3.5 was a combo of steep downhills & short steep uphills. It was crazy. Really. Oh, & it was a record setting hot day. After the race we passed a bankís sign that said 106.
(Last Saturday I did 7 miles. At mile 6 my time was 64 min. I figured I would naturally speed up during the race but since it was a hilly course I would slow down, those 2 would cancel each other out. SO, I hoped to finish around 64 min. I was way off.)
Before the race started my heart rate was pretty high. This is something I do not like about myself. I think Iím calming down with each race, but it is still working against me. I walked waaaay more than I wanted because I could see it was so high. Iím wondering if I should not have the HR showing on the screen during a race & just run even when itís high. I donít know. Itís frustrating. My legs were fine after the race. I definitely didnít put any stress on them with all that walking. What did bother me that afternoon were the tips of my toes Ė from the steep downhills!
This race didnít have people on the streets cheering like most races do. I did see 1 sign. It was big & pink & said ďGO TAMMYĒ. I knew it was for my Tammy. She is from the town this race is in. Anyway, I got all teary eyed over it, LOL.
BUT, we did have our own little group of cheerleaders. My aunt Julie (Fredís wife), took my kids & my uncle Casey (Tammyís husband) & their kids to a parking lot & waited for all of us to pass them. Julie is the best! I forgot my camera, but she took tons of great pictures - even of Natalieís friends, who she doesnít know.
There were 77 participants.
Jay came in at #38 1:01:59
Tammy at #47 1:05:14
Becky & Brianna Ė I donít know their times but they came in right after Tammy. Becky was the only girl 13 & under so she got a 1st place medal and Bri was 2nd in her group.
Fred at #51 1:07:04
Me at # 63 1:11:25
The only boy in the 13 & under group came in last. Everyone lined the street to cheer him as he crossed the finish line. It was beautiful. Of course, another teary moment for me. Nat said she saw his parents helping him take off his socks & shoes & his feet were swollen. What a trooper!
The t-shirts they gave us are really cute. Charcoal grey with white lettering. The front has one of those Pegasus foots with the wings on it. Itís definitely my favorite race shirt. I was so sweaty after the race I changed into it for the 40 min drive home. If I would have wrung out the shirt I was wearing, sweat would have been pouring out of it. It was so heavy with sweat Ė YUCK! I need to get shirts with less cotton for running in this heat.
Then, I had a wedding to go to help with that afternoon. Again, more tears! It was so beautiful. I had to stand for hours in heels, but still, my legs were fine.
Iíd like to take a moment & compare this to my other 10k.
That race was horrible. I hated every step I took. I had an IT band injury & didnít know it. I was pushing myself to run when I shouldnít have been. I cried & was in pain for 2 weeks leading up to it & a few days after. I walked probably close to Ĺ of that 10k, my very first race. I was only 6 minutes slower on that awful day than I was at this race. Um, thatís not good. What was good is that I completely enjoyed this race. No ITBS trouble. No aches or pains. Just slow.
Before I get to posting race pictures, I want to tell you about Friday. After work we went to a friendís house to swim. Before leaving home I was in a rush to get my suit on (NOT the bikini Ė thatís for hubby & Sparkfriends only). I was thinking about how great it was not to feel the need to check the mirror & nit pick myself. I was having great confidence.
THEN, I see the pictures of me from the next morning Ė race day. Ug. All I see when I look at these are my big thighs & bad posture. I have come a long way, but the work is not over. This is not the way I picture myself nor want to be seen. I have got to lose these pesky 5 lbs & maybe more. Weíll see.
Here are Jay & I taking off from the back of the pack. Nice & slow. He said he talked to they guy in the orange & he was a local policeman. I did finish before him :)
This is our cheering section minus aunt Julie taking the picture. That's my gorgeous girl standing up, my little guy making a silly face, my 2 cousins, & my uncle - Tammy's husband.
Here is Jay coming up(hill) to them.
You can call me Sweaty Betty...
...or Big Booty Betty.
Jay & Seth waiting for me to finish. It's going to be a long wait.
Here's a great picture of Fred getting ready to cross the finish line.
And here I come.
Almost to the finish - trying to be fast.
A family of 10k finishers!
Me with my bad posture & weird look.
Tammy, Julie, & Fred.
Becky & Brianna looking super cute standing in front of the winners boardwith their names on it. That's me to the left scratching my leg.
OK! That's probably more pictures than you wanted to see, sorry!! I had a hard time leaving some out. I told you Julie took a ton of good ones!
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