Monday, February 14, 2011
.... has been OFF THE CHARTS!!! And NOT in a good way! Sometimes, I eat too much, but I try to keep it healthy choices... But that's not the case in the last few days. We're talkin' TOO MUCH & NOT healthy!!!
I know I'm training for a marathon and all, but that is no excuse for this eating behavior. It's just down right ridiculous and uncalled-for. Ive eaten so much cakes, dessert, torte, chocolate etc., and consumed far too many alcoholic drinks in the past few days.
Why?!?!? I really don't know. This is not like me. Maybe it's my nervous excitement about my marathon... That's in 12 DAYS!! Again, no excuse.
But this has GOT to STOP!!! There's no more important time than now to make sure my body is getting the right nutrients... So tomorrow, guess what?!? That's right, it's back on track, full swing, full speed ahead, with all the strength and determination I can muster! There'll be plenty of time and reason to indulge and celebrate in 2 weeks. But for now, I must FOCUS!!! Even through taper!!
Any encouragement is greatly appreciated!! You Sparkers are the BEST!! Thanks for all your support and encouragement, everyone!!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
So, I had my first day at work!!! The owner lady seemed really excited to welcome me on board with their little cafe crew. It is just the 2 owners, two waitresses, and one young girl who is a student and won't be working there after the summer, from what I understood??? (Little language barrier there, even though my German is quite good. Sometimes I don't quite catch everything.)
The cafe is located in our tiny little German village, and is only opened on Saturdays and Sundays, from 2-6pm. They serve just coffee, tea, and cakes and tortes that the owners make themselves. The actual building is a remodeled old potato barn, and is super cute! I'll try and get photos sometime to post. Love it!! It's so quaint and idyllic!!!
Today, I worked with one of the owners and the 2 main waitresses. They showed me all the ropes, and I wasted no time jumping in there and helping out. Their *season* really picks up in spring and summer, so right now everything is quite quiet, and today was pretty slow, so it worked out perfectly for me to learn, and not get overwhelmed.
Anyway, looks like it's just gonna be 2 Sundays or so out of the month, which I think is great. I don't want to take on too much at a time, so this is perfect! Very happy about this opportunity!
Happy Sunday, Sparkers!
Friday, February 11, 2011
I am SOOOOO EXCITED about my upcoming marathon!! My first, as most of you already know!! I know, I know, I still have 15 days, but I am just a passionate person. Can't help it. I am excited.
The other day, I turned to DH and said, "So, about my marathon...."
And I immediately busted out laughing at myself! How many sentances have I started lately with those SAME EXACT words!?!?! Too many to count.
I have been on several runs, thinking about my marathon (OF COURSE), and envisioning myself crossing that finish line........... It gets me choked up EVERY TIME! I think I am gonna cry. I hope not, because I hate crying in public, but I think I might just have to!
I am just so looking forward to this experience! I am excited about running the marathon. I KNOW I can do it. I KNOW I can finish it. How fast I finish, or whether I am crawling over the finish line has yet to be seen, but I know I have trained well.
I have been trying to think ahead, and have everything ready. So, I bought some new waterbottles and a new fuel belt.... I HATE fuel belts. Actually, I try to avoid taking one at all if I can. But I think it might be because the one I have is terribly uncomfortable! I bought a FuelBelt (namebrand) Helium 2. Looks like this:
Then I also got a FuelBelt Sahara Palm Holder, because I have been taking my water bottle just in my hand lately, and wanted to see which way I like better for the race - belt or palm.
Then I got some ice-cube baggies that you fill up with water (the water goes into these pockets in the baggie and makes icecubes) so I can make a whole bunch of icecubes for ice baths after my marathon. I don't have anywhere I can go to get an icey bath, so I have to make it myself!
So, any one have any other tips of things I can do to prepare?
Happy Sparking, everyone!! Happy Friday, too, and a wonderful weekend to you all!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
I know I already posted this in my status, but I am just so thrilled!!
A very good friend of mine from Florida wrote me an email last night (which I got at 4:30 this morning), saying that she is really looking into coming for my marathon!!! I am so stoked!! We ran the Pensacola Veteran's 4-Mile run back in 2006.... Here is a photo of the 2 of us at the Blue Angel's Airshow that followed on that day (I look a bit rough, but oh well!):
She ran the Maui marathon last year, finishing in just under 6 hours after helping with a medical emergency (she is a nurse). We have been talking about doing a race together, but I knew she wouldn't be able to do this marathon with me, because she spent nearly the entire month of January in the Philippines doing nursing mission work. So, yeah, marathon training was not possible.
I heard she was back to the States, and asked her if she was still thinking about coming, thinking that it was really too late....
But instead of writing me an email saying that she didn't think she could make it, she wrote and said she still wants to come, and that she is looking into travel arrangments! Also asking me where to fly into, when is the latest she can register for the 10K or Half, what I am doing the week leading up to the marathon... and so on...
I am so excited!!! She is really the type that, when she says she will do something, she absolutely does it. I hope all the details work out, because it will just totally make my day if she can share this exciting experience with me. (My hubby will be there too, but it will be nice to share this with her too!!) Plus, I haven't seen her in more than 4 years, and it will just be so great to see her and catch up.....
Just wanted to share my excitement with all my fellow Sparkers!! HAVE A GREAT DAY, EVERYONE!!
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Ok, well, it probably could, but my 20-mile run this morning was a KILL-ER!!!!! I am so glad its over.
Let's rehash here:
I knew this weekend was gonna be a hard training weekend due to school - I had a "Project Day" yesterday at my school, where we had to plan out a project as if we were a catering business, and yesterday was my (and my group's) turn to carry it out for our teachers, cooking and all, according to our premade schedules and such. So, this week, I have been busy working toward my project, and plus, I had to leave the house at 6:30, so yeah, no early-morning long run there.
But DH would have to work today, having to leave at 9:30, or so we thought originally. So, ok, I would stay home with the kids, instead of going to church (since it is extremely stressful for me with my 4 kids alone, plus its about an hour away), and I would just do it this morning. My est. time for my run was 3.5 hrs so I would have to leave at 5:30 to be back at 9... No problem.
Then he tells me YESTERDAY that he has to leave at 8:30!! NOT COOL! That would mean leaving at 5 am SHARP!! I always need a bit of time to get wakeup a little, get my pre-run snack, pack my water bottle and fuel belt, and well, psych myself up a little for my run.... LOL! So, that meant 4:15 wake-up call.
So, I prepared for that. Wasn't thrilled, because I have had a lot going on this week with my project and all, and was exhausted yesterday evening, but like I said, you gotta do watcha gotta do! I decided to sleep in my running clothes, to save time dressing in the morning.
Then I checked the weather - rain, rain, rain on the forecast. Great. But there was no pushing this run off. So, I pulled out a big trashbag, and I cut holes for my head and arms... Yep, I was gonna run with a trashbag over me. Would look like an idiot, I know, but I was NOT gonna back out of this.
I decided to just go to bed at 8:30. I was exhausted and wanted to be somewhat fresh and well-rested in the am. I also had the crazy idea that maybe I would go LONGER than 20 miles, so I decided to get up at 3:50.
So, I get up this morning. Get my coffee, eat my snack, Spark for 10 min or so, grab my gear, put on the RIDICULOUS trashbag, and start heading out the door. I left right at 4:30 am. The rain was not soooooo bad, I thought at first. I thought I was gonna look retarded wearing the stupid trashbag, and EVEN MORE SO if I didn't even need it!! But I left it on, because I thought, the weather could change a lot in 3.5 hours.
Good thing I left that stupid trashbag on. Not like it helped in the end, but good thing. As I hit the main road, and started running the first stretch of my loop, the rain started hitting me.... HARD!! The wind was strong, and I was running straight into the rain. I couldn't see because of the rain hitting my glasses, PLUS the street lamps don't come on until 5:30, so it was.... DARK, DARK, DARK. Not that there are that many street lamps out where I live, but at least its comforting to see the lamps up at the next village as I am running along. Kind of a relief here and there from the dark. And I am SUPER paranoid of wild animals!!! I kept thinking, "Man, if a wild boar came at me right now, I wouldn't even be able to tell until it's tusks were lodged in my rear!!!"
After less than 2 MILES, Yes, that is right, LESS than TWO MILES, I was like, "SCREW THIS!!!!!!!!!!" And I turned around. My pants from the knees down were already soaked, making my legs feel very heavy, I had already stepped in several deep puddles, I couldn't see..... This was by FAR the heaviest rain I have ever run in. I have run when it was drizzly out, but this was NO DRIZZLE!! I seriously have NEVER turned around in a run like that. If there was ever a run I felt like giving up on, it was THIS ONE! As soon as I turned around and started running back toward my house, though, I could tell the wind was totally at my back, and the rain didn't seem so bad, since it was SMASHING me in the face!
But then I thought.... Ok, if I can just make it up to where I change directions, maybe this won't be so bad. Besides all that, WOULD I BACK OUT on race day JUST BECAUSE OF RAIN!?!?!?!?!????? NO WAY! I have worked so hard over these months to run this race, and there is no way I am backing out then, so why ditch my run now? So, I turned around, and I trudged onward.
After 5 km, I turned, and it seemed a little better. The rain and wind were still coming at me, but more to the side. I could handle that. So, I trudged onward.
I didn't care what my Garmin said. I couldn't barely see the pathway, let alone Garmin. I looked down to see where I was at a few times, but I certainly was not being very pace-conscientious this morning. So I just set myself into what I felt was a good, relaxed, long-run pace, and I just trudged onward.
At about 10 km, I came up to the first village with LIGHTS!! OH, that felt SO much better. And I trudged onward.
At 15 km was my next turn, the REAL turning point in my run, where I would start heading in the direction of my house. The 2 km or so leading up to that point were also VERY HARD - the wind, again, seemed to pick up and just be driving into my face. I couldn't see, and kept having to wipe my glasses.... But I trudged onward.
And once I turned that corner at 15km, it was ALL DOWNHILL FROM THERE!! At that point, the wind was to my back, and my run seemed WAY smoother!! Once I took that final turn toward my house (about 6 km away), I was like, "AWESOME, I am ALMOST THERE!!!"" Of course, I was DRENCHED!! Even with the retarded trashbag.... So, with a "home-stretch" pep in my step, I trudged onward.
OMGoodness.... Walking in my front door, that was just so relieving. But here is what I looked like.... Seriously, I look rough.
The funny look on my face says it all: "Dude, you have NO IDEA how glad I am to be home!" Too bad this picture doesn't even come close to showing how drenched I was...
On a more positive note, my run was really great pace-wise, I think. Here are my stats:
Distance: 20 miles or 32.2 km
Total time: 3:17:02
Pace per mile: 9:51
I am happy with that. I guess I should say, I am also thankful I am not dealing with ice, like I have heard others are facing. I am thankful that I didn't even have to trudge through snow, especially new, deep, unplowed snow. I am thankful that the wind wasn't icey-cold (it was about 40° out this morning). I am thankful that I did the run and got it out of the way, and that I was able to finish so strong, in spite of it being one of the MOST UNPLEASANT runs I have EVER experienced!!!
On a MUCH happier note, I got my first email with info about my MARATHON!! WOOHOO!! That means it's getting CLOSE! What is also cool is that they sent me a link to this site - www.meinestartnummer.de/STARTnummern
Shirt/famila-Kiel-Marathon/Marathon-Kiel/ - and I can order a T-shirt or tanktop with my bib number!! How cool is that?? I am gonna order this one I think....
It's only 20 days away, people!! Only 20 DAYS!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!
So, I hope everyone has an AWESOME WEEK!! Spark on, Friends!
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