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December Goals

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

December goals for this wild runner: Get out three times a week with my clinic. Eat better. Strength train more than once a week. Drink my darned water!

  
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JEWEL-LEE 12/6/2007 3:58PM

    Wooohhoooo! Those are great goals! :)

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KWASYLIW 12/5/2007 2:41PM

    Go Penny Go!

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OK, I lied

Monday, October 15, 2007


I listened to my inner Bixby and spent yesteday in full "reeeeeelaaaaxxx" mode. Slept until noon, stayed in my pjs til 2..... TODAY I run. I've gained a pound a week for the last three so I'm putting a stop to that right now. It doesn't show, that I can tell, but I feel fluffy so it's back on the cardio and tracking and NO MORE CHOCOLATE bandwagon. I can't very well get after my team to behave if I'm not setting the example. On that note, I've got a big week planned this week. Hopefully, nothing gets in my way. If it does, watch out!

  


Forgive me John Stanton

Saturday, October 13, 2007

for it has been 6 days since my last run. I FINALLY did a strength workout today. My muscles are killing me!! Tomorrow I'm going to go for a short run. I just haven't decided whether it will be on the treadmill or outdoors. It has to happen though because I am going crazy! To make matters worse, I have been eating above calorie limit all week. If I haven't gained, I will be VERY surprised. All I know is, I feel fluffy and I hate it.
This coming week will be better.

  


Okanagan International Half Marathon

Friday, October 12, 2007

This was one of the best racing experiences I've ever had. The weather was 10-12 and cloudy/breezy enough to make it an enjoyable run.

We started "seeding" ourselves around quarter to eight. I picked the 2:15 bunny to hang out with. I figured if I stuck with her I'd do better than I did in NS and that's all I wanted from this run. When they said go, though, she took off like her tail was on fire. I did NOT have it in me to go below 6 mins/km for the entire time and dropped back a bit.
At around the 4 km mark, I noticed that I had put Miss Bunny in my dust. She continued to stay there until the very end. I finished in 2:09:33 (according to my Garmin).
I have to say, in the first few kilometres when we were making the "gradual climb" my shins were KILLING me and I started to doubt that I'd be finishing.... then I focussed on other things. Kelowna is a beautiful city. There are apple trees everywhere! I also ran past golf courses, horses and llamas. Once I was able to relax and enjoy the people and things around me, everything became possible again.
There were 13 of us from mine & Howard's clinic at Kelowna. We finished in times ranging from 1:44 to 2:33 and I couldn't be more proud of any of us. I feel so blessed to have had such a great bunch of people to run with these past four months. I know that I've made myself some life-long friends and I'm thankful.

*side note, I've not eaten that many apples in 2 days before in my life--so GOOD*

  
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CASSIOEPIA 10/15/2007 10:25PM

    Great run Penny! It's so good to read that others have "settling" problems as well, but that you were able to conquer. And I agree that an apple right off the tree -- well there isn't much else that's better. No wonder Adam got into trouble :)

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JUSTRUNNINGFOOL 10/13/2007 1:00AM

    Penny, congratulations. I'm glad to hear you have a great bunch of people to run with. That must make it somewhat easier to do runs like this one. I liked the part where you mentioned the 2:15 bunny...I probably would have picked the 2:30 bunny. ;) Anyway, congrats again. You and Trish and all the rest of our teammates at Rookie Runners are such inspirations to me. Thanks for being here at SparkPeople for us.

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KWASYLIW 10/13/2007 12:11AM

    You are a true inspiration, my friend.

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My personal challenge day 5

Friday, October 12, 2007

Well here it is Friday already. On Monday, I made it my personal challenge to write a journal entry every day. Oops. It's hard to write when there's nothing new. Hm, I guess that's not completely true, is it?
Monday I made the drive home from Kelowna. We (Nora, her sister and I) stopped at the D Dutchmen Dairy and had ice cream. I visited with the calves for a little bit. They're super cute! and they give kisses!!
Tuesday, I made the decision to postpone my education until September when I will go full-time. I feel a little light-headed just thinking about it but I cannot learn w/o an actual teacher to listen to. I'm just not that kind of learner.
Wednesday, I met up with my running clinic and we celebrated our victories in Kelowna and Victoria. We dined at Amici's. I won't recommend the steak but I WILL recommend the Mango Berry Cheesecake. :o)
Thursday, I vegged. I've got a wicked cold in my sinuses. I HATE that. I can't see half the time because my eyes are always watering.
Today is Friday. We're allowed to wear jeans to work today. I love, love, love to wear jeans ... so much more comfortable than the dress clothes that I normally have to wear.
All in all, it's been a pretty weird week for nutrition because I've been eating too much or too little. I'm not sure I've been between my goals all week. I haven't exercised since I ran on Sunday and, for that, I'm feeling incredibly guilty. It's the cold I tell ya! I'm too tired. I'll do better this weekend, I promise.

  
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KWASYLIW 10/13/2007 12:13AM

    Look after yourself! You aren't doing as much as before because you are tired. Being tired is your bodies way of telling us to slow down and get better.

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