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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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    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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Horroscopes can sometimes be frighteningly true...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"You have an uncanny ability today to make it seem as if everything is fine, even if your world is falling apart. It may be tough to keep your schedule running smoothly, for you are tempted to take on more than you can handle. Letting an unimportant tasks slide can free up enough time to take care of your more crucial obligations. Remember, it's not about what others think at this time; the real changes are internal. "

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KWASYLIW 10/10/2007 11:34AM

    How very true!!! You are making the right decision for you and that is all that matters. Go Penny Go!

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LYBBE1631 10/10/2007 5:58AM

    I hope this isn't as ominous as it sounds. *hugs*

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Summer Challenge Check-In 07/30-08/26

Monday, September 03, 2007

Week six results: (07/30-08/05)
Weight 120.5
Water : 7/7 days
Calories - 4/7 (three days over)
Fruit 7/7, Veggies 6/7
Cardio: 7 hours 02 minutes (goal +)
22.16 kms run, 3 hour aerobics
Strength: 2 hours strength

Overall feeling: Very Good (borderline excellent)

Week seven results: (08/06-08/12)
Weight 124
Water : 6/7 days
Calories - 3/7
Fruit 6/7, Veggies 5/7
Cardio: 4 hours 58 minutes 43.85 kms run
Strength: NONE

Overall feeling: satisfactory

Week eight results: (08/13-08/19)
Weight 122.0
Water : 7/7 days
Calories - 5/7
Fruit 7/7, Veggies 6/7
Cardio: 3 hours 22 minutes (below goal)
28.43 kms run
Strength: NONE

Overall feeling: satisfactory

Week nine results: (08/20-08/26)
Weight 120.5
Water : 7/7 days
Calories - 1/7
Fruit 5/7, Veggies 5/7
Cardio: 6 hours 17 minutes
8.01 kms walked, 36.58 run, 1 hour aerobics
Strength: NONE

Overall feeling: unsatisfactory


Re-evaluating Calories AGAIN

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I don't know what's going on but I'm hungry all the time lately. It's probably the increase in running distances and activity in general but I just can't seem to get enough food. It's not so bad when the calories are "good" but lately I've been wanting cookies and chocolate and, since I'm going to burn it off later, I've been giving in.

On a totally different note, I pick my books up this week. Colour me excited!

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ALFALLY 8/28/2007 10:48AM

  haha - oh my GOSH can i relate! trying to find a balance between eating healthy but also getting all the calories my body is telling me i need is tough. all this running turns you into an eating machine... good luck keeping it in check!

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