Friday, November 16, 2012
I got back from Key West on Wednesday. I had a great time. Nine of us went down to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We rented a house .4 miles from Duval street and 4 blocks from the beach. I got to relax, run, eat, drink, and walk a lot!
One of the days I was running, I compared this trip and the one I took two weeks ago to Jamaica in reference to weight maintenance. We went to an all -inclusive in Jamaica. I ran every day - but only ran 2.5 - 3 miles per day. It was very hot down there AND I had to keep running the same loop around the resort. That got old as the week went. I ran by myself. In Key West, we walked non-stop. Every time we went shopping, etc. we walked 3.5 miles. Most days we walked this route 3 times! Also, I varied my running routes and ran 3.5 - 5.6 miles per day. I ran with my brother.
Here are some pictures of my running route in Key West:
(My brother - my running partner - is in this one)
My brother at the Southern Most Point (I made him stop running to get the picture!)
We saw tons of roosters on our runs in the morning. They were everywhere!
Of course - we had to run by Mile 0!!
The food was great in Jamaica and Key West. When I was in Jamaica, I ordered healthy options at the sit-down restaurants. I went off the wagon at the buffets. I test tasted way too much! I also consumed a fair amount of alcohol. In Key West, we went to all sit-down restaurants. I brought breakfast items from home and ate breakfast at the house three mornings. I ate cottage cheese (one of my staple foods) for afternoon snack. That helped a lot on my calorie consumption. One day, we went out to the Sunset Key for lunch. Here is a picture of my yummy salad:
That is lettuce wrapped in thin cucumber slices with thin apple slices and almonds on top. The citrus dressing was light. That is goat cheese and salmon on the side - YUM! This was a healthy lunch, problem was I coupled it with a Key Lime Colada. Tasted great, but high on calories! And, as much of a "party" town Key West is, I did not drink as much alcohol as I did in Jamaica. I think I drank more in Jamaica because it was an all-inclusive.
One of the BIG reasons I think I did not consume as many calories in Key West is because I used the SparkPeople food tracker on my iPhone. I think I might have driven my husband and friends nuts with it because I would look up meals on the menu and compare calories before I ordered. And, of course I would tell them how many calories their choices were! My son started picking meals with lower calories. Not everyone liked this, but, oh well! I was also able to get on SparkPeople a lot and read all of my Sparkbuddies' status updates. And... I updated my status everyday pertaining to my running. I felt I had to account for it. In Jamaica it would have cost me a small fortune to go on-line, so I did not.
Relaxation is soooo important when I go on vacation. I work with small children and 40 women and hold vacations as "sacred". I slept really good at night and enjoyed the hot tub at the house we rented every single day. I even got pampered one day at a beach resort down the street in Key West. Every thirty minutes they handed out watermelon slices, sprayed light water, handed out frozen washclothes, cold apple cider, and frozen cucumbers!
It was really cool (excuse the pun)!
So, here is the verdict:
Jamaica - weight gain = 2 pounds
(which I lost before my next trip)
Key West - weight loss = 1 pound
I leave you with a picture of my husband and I in Key West...
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Yes, I am back out the door and headed on vacation!! Family and friends will be meeting my husband in Key West to celebrate his 50th birthday at his favorite place!
The Nor'Easter is due in our area at noon - our plane hopefully will leave at 7:30 am. I had to deal with Sandy twice last week - I am welcoming the break!!
I will be able to track my food with my phone this time. We rented a house so I will be picking healthy foods to cook when I get there. I cannot wait to run in warm weather again! :). My brother and son will be running with me - Yayyy!
The next time I blog, I will be in sunny Florida...Yayyy!
Sunday, November 04, 2012
I am going to begin with a really cool video I took when the first high tide occurred on the Chesapeake Bay as Hurricane Sandy stormed through. Because we were on the left side of the eye, the first high tide was sucked out to sea. (I am not sure how to move the video to another area in this blog - sorry!) I am hoping this video works, it's pretty cool to watch...
SO - Sorry I haven't been on to blog lately, here is an update...
I enjoyed Jamaica immensely. It was ssooo relaxing. My husband and I went with my BFF and her husband - we were all celebrating our 25th wedding anniversaries. We stayed at Secrets St James. It was very nice. The food was fantastic. I managed to run four mornings while I was there. We ate a lot, drank a lot, danced a lot, and swam a lot! We even swam with two dolphins which was a totally awesome experience! I held on to their fins and they pulled me all around. I then floated on my stomach with my feet flexed and they swam under and put their noses under my feet and lifted me so I stood up and they took me for a ride that way! I also got a kiss, sang and danced with them! We all had a blast!
We went to the Margariteville in Montego Bay. That was really cool. They had a huge slide going down two stories then it shot out into the bay. They had an inflatable obstacle course.
I went down the big slide. I climbed up on everything. I even climbed up the steps to the tall slide which was quite a workout in itself. I am scared of heights, so I didn't go down the slide - I climbed back down the steps! The round ball was a lot of fun. The handles were ripped out so it took a while to climb up on it, but we did. We then sat on the four seats and bounced all over the place. My husband made sure we were spinning! He is such a kid sometimes! I was really proud of myself! I would never have had the guts to do all of the above two years ago!
The day before we left Jamaica Hurricane Sandy hit. I must say that the Jamaicans worked very hard to get ready for it. They boarded up glass doors, cut the coconuts off all the trees, put all the lawn and pool furniture away, etc. Secrets was very organized and held meetings for us ahead of the storm. One of the heads of the whole organization flew in the night before the storm. We could stay in a ballroom or our hotel room. The ballroom had entertainment, food and drinks. We ate there and then went back to the lobby bar for the duration of the storm. The storm wasn't that bad on that side of the island - the other side got hit bad. Secrets gave every guest a gift certificate for 3 days/2 nights free! It wasn't even their fault! We will be going back for a little trip next Spring!
Here is the sunset the night before Hurricane Sandy hit Jamaica...
So, we flew back up the next day (passing Sandy) just in time for her to hit the North East Coast. Yes, I got to enjoy this Hurricane twice in one week!
Friday we got our house ready (we live on the Chesapeake Bay). Saturday we got our business property ready (which is in Delaware). Sunday my parents were evacuated from their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They came and stayed with us. Rehoboth was supposed to get the brunt of the storm.
Here is a picture of the river as the storm starts...
Here is one of the second high tide - we are thankful it did not go over the bulkhead or flood the streets...
We only lost power for five minutes during the whole storm! I had made two Rachael Ray crock pot recipes on Sunday (Seafood Stew and Mexican Chicken Tacos). They were both really yummy and low cal!
My parents found out that their town lost power all night and their streets were all flooded so they stayed with us until Tuesday afternoon. When they got home Tuesday night, the water was up to their step, but never got in their house.
Wednesday night we watched the news and were stunned at how much damage Sandy did in New Jersey and New York. We thanked God we were spared, but have lots of friends up there and our hearts go out to them. Quite a few own small businesses and received no income last week. Many, as of today, still have no power. A neighbor took gas and a generator to her parents home Friday. They have a big tree laying in the middle of their roof! My friend and her husband said it was too big for them to cut down.
Needless to say. between my Jamaican vacation and the drama of Hurricane Sandy I am thrown off track! As I walked Roxy this morning, I acknowledged that I have to get my butt back in gear with consistency!! I need to get back to being consistent with running - I did not run at all this past week :( and did not track my food each day. I couldn't track it in Jamaica (no wifi), but I certainly could have done it when I came back. Yes, there was a lot to do, but, I use my iPhone to track so I have no excuse! So, now I need to get off of the computer and go running!!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Saturday I ran my second Half Marathon in Baltimore, Maryland.
I will first take you back to Thursday. My husband and I drove down to Baltimore which is about 45 minutes from our house. I wanted to pick up my bib early, because there was a total of 27,000 runners participating. Some were in the relay, some were half marathoners and others were marathoners.
The Baltimore Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, so there were very serious runners participating.
I bought some cute running shirts. The Chesapeake Bay is famous for it's blue crabs - I catch them right off of my dock and can tell you they are pretty awesome! The running mascot is the blue crab and the crab is all over the running shirts!
Underarmour's headquarters is in Baltimore and they were the official sponsor of this race. Here is a picture of me with my bib in front of their huge truck...
Here is a close-up...actually the one I put on my facebook status the night before the race...
I love the "I WILL" sign behind me - what a vision statement!!
Anyway, we ate at a really great Irish place for dinner then headed home. The next day - Friday - after work we headed back to Baltimore. We stayed in a really nice hotel on the Harbor. All of the roads around the Harbor were going to be closed the next day, so it worked out perfectly. We went to Little Italy for dinner. My husband said he had the best dinner of his life. It was baked gnocchi. The gnocchi was a lot wider than normal. I tried a bite and it was delicious. I had rigatoni, chicken and broccoli. We were asleep by 8:30!
Now, the half marathon didn't start until 9:45 AM. The marathon started at 8 AM. So, this time I wasn't worried about oversleeping. I was a lot calmer than my last Half Marathon at Disney. That is, until we turned on the television at 7:45 am! This Half Marathon was on, and it was showing all the runners. There were tons - 27,000 (did I already mention that?). It was like watching the Wide World of Sports (remember that?). I thought, oh crap, what did I get myself into?
We went outside and there was helicopters flying all around. There were tons and tons of runners.
We found my corral. It was REALLY cold that morning - 50 degrees...(Becky, you know how I feel about the cold!) Anyway, I wore a big jacket and throw away t-shirt underneath. I planned on giving my husband the jacket - as it turned out, he got to stay with me until the race started. Here I am cold, waiting to start...
A lot of people ran in jackets and long sleeve shirts or layers, I wore a tank. I knew I would get warm once I started...(I am in the pink tank top, sunglasses)
And then we started...
As many of you know, I didn't hear that this race was hilly until about two weeks before. I train on hills, but, being that it was my second HM, I was pretty nervous. As it turned out, it was very hilly. The only time it was flat was around a lake for 1.3 miles. But, I ran up and down every hill. I was stunned everytime my runkeeper piped in that I was running 9.07 - 9.20 per mile. I didn't stop or walk at all. I do have to admit, at mile 11, my brain almost succeeded in talking me into walking for a bit - but I did not. I told myself I would kick myself later if I did, and I kept going.
I saw one of the most beautiful sights as I ran that morning. I was running down a hill and looked ahead at least three miles straight ahead. All I saw was constant hills and runners in every color shirt running them. They completely filled the street. I wished at that moment that I could stop and take a picture - it was perfect. But, I didn't want to stop.
They gave out water and gatorade every couple miles. They also handed out gu and gummy bears. I had my cherry gummy bears in my back pocket and ate two every two miles. There were news vans everywhere. People lined the streets to cheer us on. They were holding funny posters, wearing costumes, there were bands, it was amazing.
I saw my husband near the finish line - he video taped me running by - we are still trying to figure out how to publish it!! He was screaming for me!
The only bummer was at the very end. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I had to stop dead cold. All the marathoners, half marathoners and relay runners were all bunched together. It was awful stopping so suddenly without being able to walk! I mushed my way through - one of the advantages of being short!I grabbed my medal and water and went to the food line - saw how long it was - and it wasn't moving, said "forget it" and went to look for my husband. I just couldn't imagine standing without moving, waiting for a banana! My legs would have cramped up. This is where Disney really shines! Disney has everyone spaced out, places the medal on them, and takes their finish picture. No one was crammed together and made to stand there. That hurts after running with your all for 13 or 26 miles! (I am going to be writing the Baltimore planners about this!)
So, I do not have a "finish picture" after this HM. I have this one my husband took two days before...
Here is my bib and medal...
Here is a close up of the medal, which I think is pretty awesome...
If you can't read it, the little print under the crab says "What hills don't kill you make you stronger"!!
The best moment was when my husband lifted me in the air and told me how proud he was of me :)
Oh, and my time...I finished this Half Marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes! This is my new PR! I beat my first Half Marathon time by 4 minutes!
So, what is next, you ask... The Disney World Half Marathon in January, 2013! And, it is a flat course. I will be running it with my brother, who plans on having me run it under 2 hours - YIKES!!
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