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Glenmore Reservoir (and the rest of my Sunday)

Monday, October 20, 2008

At some point this week, I must have completely lost my mind. How else would you explain my agreeing to do an 11 km run between two long walks?
This morning I met up with the walking half of my Half Marathon clinic and did a brisk 7 km walk. THEN I went back to the Running Room and met up with some of my buds to train for the "Last Chance Half Marathon" for a nice 11 km run. And THEN, I met up with some SparkPeople and walked another 11 kms. It was a fabulous day. I burned 1471 calories. Hopefully, it'll pay off in tomorrow's weigh-in.
It was definitely a good day, though. I love getting to spend time with my friends. I have to work harder at making it happen.

Tonight, I used every ounce of willpower I own not to call my ex's wife and give her a piece of my mind. We're ALL supposed to go camping this weekend with the JFWs and they don't want me to go. It'll be "awkward". Whatever. Regardless, the boys and my step-daughter have been looking forward to it. So have I. Tonight, the boys come home and tell me that my SD can go but can't participate in any of the activities.... she's not insured. So I call the head warden. Apparently, it's the ex's DW that pointed that out to the head warden. How insanely manipulative do you have to be and how much do you have to hate someone to hurt my children to get to me? ANYWAY, between the head warden and I, we found a way for my step-daughter to go AND participate. The ex's DW if going to have a conniption. Serves her right. The witch.
Oh and the point of this story: my emotional trigger is anger. When all of this happened, I didn't reach for the junk. I had a healthy snack. And posted to my blog. YAY ME!

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FITGIRL15 10/20/2008 6:05PM

    I'm sory about your family drama! That stinks! I hope your kids and you get to go and enjoy yourselves, despite the evil tricks of "the witch" LOL (Great name for her, with Halloween on the horizon! lol)

You are amazing! Logging lost of KM's walking and running! What a great weekend! I hope you enjoyed the time catching up with friends!

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SMARA77 10/20/2008 5:10PM

    Good for you! You rock! Not only did you burn a ton of calories and make good decisions on food in the face of being super mad but you also put it to the witch! Its really not fair when people hurt the kids to get to the adults...not cool!!

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GEOGIRL 10/20/2008 9:52AM

  I second the amazing restraint you have Penny! I can totally see how anger is a trigger and kudos to you for taking on the issue and sorting it out for your step-daughter.

Congrats on all your walking/running, that is so impressive! I spent Sunday in bed with a migraine, I will get out with all you SP Calgary people someday!

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KWASYLIW 10/20/2008 12:28AM

    Good restraint! Its better to bring it here!

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Today's Horoscope

Friday, October 17, 2008

I hate when they're almost bang on.. it creeps me out.

"Your current dilemma sets your need for stability against your desire for change. Unfortunately, if you try to force a resolution to this irresolvable conflict, you'll only make yourself more frustrated. Although you might be eager for something new today, it's important for you to also appreciate what you already have in your life. " By Rick Levine

I know that I love my job as a personal trainer but not having a stable (salaried) income makes my nerves shaky.
Yesterday's funk is lifting... I already feeling a little better. Thanks everyone for your words and support. It really helps knowing you're here.

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HEAVENLYCHILD83 10/17/2008 12:55PM

    I agree about the horoscope thing. It creeps me out too when it's dead on. And that has been happening a lot with me lately, lol.

I understand about nerves being shaky when you don't have a stable income. I've been there myself. Hopefully it improves for you.

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In a real funk today

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I woke up this morning feeling really "icky" despite having a REALLY good night's sleep. I went to work anyway and had a productive hour with one of my clients. After that I went to the chiropractor. Usually, the combination of those two events would be helpful to my mood but I just can't shake this off. To make matters worse, I still have to put on a happy face for the HHES Run Club this afternoon AND another three hours at work. What I'd really like to do is go to bed and sleep until this mood lifts. Bleah.

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WONGERCHI 10/17/2008 8:04PM

    I know what you mean, I've been stuck in it since Thanksgiving. It feels like one big dark cloud....

Don't worry though, there's always a silver lining. Get some rest, do something to pamper yourself and it'll be over before you know it!

Oh, belated emoticon on the Half! Loved your race report. You rock.


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ONE*BUSY*MOM 10/17/2008 2:04AM

    Sorry, didn't read this until the end of the day, but here's a little sunshine anyway. Hope it helps! emoticon

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KWASYLIW 10/17/2008 1:15AM

    Sorry for your funk! If you need anything, I am here for you babe!!!

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FITGIRL15 10/16/2008 6:49PM

    Maybe something along your journey today will lift your spirits! I hpe that happened! (For me, it was the pleasant bus driver this morning! :)

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CANUCK_COUGAR 10/16/2008 4:23PM

    Hi there: I can relate to how you're feeling today. It will pass. Wishing you an excellent weekend in AB! How's the running weather there?

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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.

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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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