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Okanagan International (Half) Marathon

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Last Friday, I loaded my running buddy, Howard, and my two sons in the minivan and headed to Kelowna for the weekend. After several pit stops and seven hours of driving, we arrived at the Travelodge (conveniently located across the street from the OIM start/finish line) to find out that I did not have the room that they promised me. Yep, the jacuzzi suite had been given to someone else. Fear not, it all worked out in the end, but for about 10 minutes, I felt a little more than a little nauseous. After I'd unpacked, we all went over to the package pickup tent and grabbed our chips, bibs and schwag.
Saturday morning we got up a little early and went for a 3k run. Colin, and HIS new running buddy, John Stanton, lead the group and finished way before Logan and I crossed the line. Later that day, he ran again in the 1.6 km kids race. He finished in four minutes and thirty seconds!! He was so happy with himself. I was so proud of him.
On Sunday, the real fun began. Up at 6:00 and eating breakfast by 6:30, we then went over to watch the other racers start their distances. At 8:00, we started our own. I ran a really good race. Everyone in my clinic did. It was amazing! Almost everybody got a new PB, including me. I'm still astounded.

The other goods about this weekend:
I got to meet another Spark friend. Trish was an amazing part of this weekend. She and I met and hung out and then she braved lunch @ BP with my kids and some of my clinic participants. She also took us to the top of Knoxx mountain. I don't think I've ever seen a view like I saw from the look offs up there. Absolutely fabulous. On top of all that, she watched my sons on Sunday and made sure they were at the finish line for me. AND she brought me flowers! You cannot beat that.

The bads:
I seemed to have a bit of a bad luck streak: the room reservation mishap was followed up with an issue with my heater/smoke detector. Next, when I called White Spot they told me that there wasn't a reservation. ACK. (no worries, I fixed it ASAP and the dinner went off w/o a hitch) I got a BIG speeding ticket when I was going through Banff, hit horrible weather AND construction and was an hour late getting the boys home. LOL, can I have my good karma back??

Anyway, it's really late and I should get some sleep. I'll be back later to talk about this more. For now, let's just say the goods outweighed the bads and the weekend was unforgettable.

TTYL, p.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RACING4ME 10/19/2008 8:16PM

    Great race report Penny!! I'm so proud of you hon, what a wonderful race:) I was truly blessed to have met you and your wonderful family this weekend - hopefully I did enough plugs for moving to the Okanagan to make a difference...LOL:)

Can't wait to see you guys again - don't forget, summer next time, boats are a lot of fun:)


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ONE*BUSY*MOM 10/15/2008 11:18PM

    Congrats on a new PB! That's terrific!


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FITGIRL15 10/15/2008 1:39PM

    Penny, your weekend sounded fabulous! (despite the speeding ticket, bad weather and construction! ugh! Life throws those curve balls every once in a while! That was my week, last week!)

Congrats on your PB record for your 1/2 marathon! That is just awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEOGIRL 10/15/2008 12:17PM

  Sounds like an action packed Thanksgiving! How very exciting! Congrats on the run and I 100% believe that you will get your good karma back, you spread it around to everyone so I am sure you will get some in return :)

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BABEZ1 10/15/2008 11:09AM

    Sounds like a good weekend full of adventure!!

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Battle of Alberta - week four day one

Monday, October 06, 2008

I had a serious carbfest yesterday and so, today, I am also up one pound from last week. I'm PMSing, too and that doesn't help. It's no excuse for inhaling a scone, a chocolate croissant AND a cinnamon roll though.
Official weigh-in is: 122.5
I can't say that I'm a very happy camper right now.

Challenges for the FOURTH week:
Nutritional - stay within calories 5/7 days. Drink at least 2L of water per day.
Cardio - at least 30 minutes on 5 days
Strength - 50 squats, 50 pushups, 50 crunches, 3 planks (3 days)
Stretch - remember to stretch after every workout
Blog - at least twice to keep yourself accountable

I am now less than a week away from running the Okanagan Half. This is the one that I set my personal best at last year. I'm anxious to see if I can meet it or maybe even beat it..... I have to scale back the anxiety somehow tho' because it's giving me a serious headache.

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FITGIRL15 10/7/2008 9:05AM

    Yep, those comfort foods can reel us in everytime... mine is peanut butter, guess it could be worse! Just know that the gain will be only temporary and you will move past this! Way to go!

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ZZYYGGY 10/6/2008 11:32AM

    Good luck on your run, and sometimes we all need the comfort foods.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

If I eat anymore, I will seriously explode. OMIGOSH, I can't get full. There have been days this week when I've eaten nearly 3000 calories. What the heck is up with that?

Tomorrow begins "taper week" for my next (7th) half marathon. What a weird experience it always is to run a 6k run after so many double digit distances. I only have 8 days until the big day, though, so I guess I'd better start following the rules.

OH! and the prescription for my out-of-whackness.... squats! Lovely.
Next week I'm back on the ST wagon. Go me go!!



Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I had such a great run tonight. The stars must have been alligned just right or something. The weather was a little warm for my liking but the route was good and the pain came and went. 6 kms and 41 minutes later, I'm elated!
I ate well today (except for the smile cookie) and I drank over 3L of water.
Tomorrow, I'm doing BodyFlow. I can't wait. It's been too long.

OH and I weighed in at 121.5 this week. A gain of .5 pound. bleh.

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IAMAVICTOR 10/1/2008 5:14PM

    Way to go P!

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Battle of Alberta - week three day one

Monday, September 29, 2008

The challenges for this week are:
Nutritional - stay within calories 5/7 days
Cardio - at least 30 minutes on 5 days
Strength - 50 squats, 50 push ups, 50 crunches, 3 planks 3 days (carried over as requested)
Stretch - remember to stretch after every workout
Blog - at least twice to keep yourself accountable

Last week, I had a bit of a struggle with the challenges that I set up.
~ I only did the strength training once
~my fruits/veggies were low on a couple days. This week I aim to change that.
~ I completed three solid half hours (and then some) of cardio.
~ I stretched after every workout
~ I blogged three times

My only issue right now is that the therapist that did my analysis on Friday told me to take it easy with the ST until my chiropractor had a go at me. That's not until Friday SO my nicely scheduled classes for 9:30 today and Thursday have to be missed. (DANGITALL) I cannot afford to do any more damage. Instead, I'll make sure that I do the stuff that I set up in this weeks challenge. Since she corrected my form on most of these, I should be able to do them without harm. And I'll still go to the BodyFlow class on Wednesday.
The big (BIG) thing this week is calorie control. I've completely lost my focus on this one and it's time to get it back. Gotta get back to walkin' the walk. I haven't been much of a leader lately and I'm not really the "do as I say, not as I do" type. emoticon


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