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Hypothermic Half Marathon 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

I'm not really sure how to describe last Sunday. I woke up exhausted because I hadn't slept well the night before. You know... pre-race jitters should be gone at this point in my running career but apparently NOT. I was awake and ready to leave the house by 7:30. (Race started at 9:00) The temperature was hovering somewhere around -8 but, here in Calgary and especially down by the Bow River, you got to assume that there's going to be a windchill. Still, it was a warmer run than Kelowna =)
Complaint #1 - two portapotties for over 150 runners.
Complaint #2 - um, oh wait! the portapotties were on a slant... forward LOL
Other than that, the course, the company, the weather..... the FOOD!! it was all good. I grabbed a few photos:

I finished the run in 2:19:05 - this met my "B" goal. I always set three and so far, it's been working for me. I've never been disappointed in my finish times. This was my 13th half marathon. My 8th as an instructor. My 4th Hypothermic Half.....
and now we're training for the Big Run.
Down time? what's that?
**bonus** Richard bought me a spa package for my birthday. I'm heading there tomorrow for a hot stone massage, pedicure and facial. I'm a spoiled princess emoticon

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    Ah I wish I took part in this! I'm still looking into a half this spring or summer. Not sure which one I will be doing.

You are brave for running in those cold temps. I'm just not ready to brave it yet. I need proper gear.

Sucks that there were only 2 porta potties for that many runners.

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LAB-LOVER 2/21/2010 7:15AM

    Congrats! I've got a half this week! Tell me about the three goals idea.... I need to figure out my target!

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BOBBYD31 2/21/2010 12:10AM

    lucky 13, now that is incredible. i was happy with one, i won't live to reach 13, maybe not even 2....... maybe you can come down here and train with me. great job

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TORTUETOO 2/21/2010 12:02AM

    Great job Penny - hope your massage was wonderful because it is well-deserved!

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NELLGWYN 2/20/2010 5:23AM

    Oh Penny! You look so cold! Congrats on your 13th half AND on your time. Good luck for the next race.

Take care, Nell.

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WINTERWINGS 2/20/2010 1:54AM

    My niece ran that race as well. She said there were some icy spots. I thought perhaps one weekend she and I could maybe walk the 5 km course just so I had an idea what it would be like.

Congratulations on your run. : )

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KAYAKID 2/20/2010 12:06AM

    Penny, great job on your lucky 13 Half. enjoy your spa! What a great thing for you! enjoy!

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ETTEZEUS 2/19/2010 11:53PM

    13?? You are my hero!!
Look how red your nose is...LOL
Happy Birthday and enjoy your massage!!!

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Running with the gang

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
As far as Tuesdays go, this one could have been a LOT better. It started out great but then the alarm went off and the day went downhill from there. I was slow getting moving, late for work, overwhelmed by crap I couldn't get done yesterday because I spent the day with a trainee.... then I overdid it on chocolate covered caramels..... I feel fat, fluffy, crabby and crampy. Oh yeh, guess what else happened today? LOL. Tuesdays aren't meant to be this way. That's what Mondays are for.

Thankfully, I had a run with my HM group this evening (Team 1). We did a nice steady 5.6 (should have been 6) kilometer run. It kind of hurt because we started out with a hill and my shins HATE when I do that but it eventually improved. READ: I finished and got to sit down LOL
Good news is: I figured out a long time ago that the best part of running in the winter is that you can ice and run at the same time.

Good stuff that happened today:
I drank lots of water.
I ate lots of fruits and veggies.
I ran 5.6 km in 38 minutes burning 350 calories.

Everything else *sigh* is now officially forgotten. emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 2/8/2010 2:06PM

    Why does SP keep dropping me from getting notifications??? emoticon

Hope by now you are feeling lots better!!

About those chocolate covered caramels......have you ever heard of Turtles...chocolate caramel and nuts? I ate one the size of a soft ball while on my mini vaca.....Fluffy would definitely NOT describe how I felt after eating that! LOL

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SKOUET 2/3/2010 11:49AM

    Good positive attitude :) ! The start of my Wednesday looks awfully like yours :( I will blame it on PMS... Hope today got off to a better start for you!

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NELLGWYN 2/3/2010 11:10AM

    Tomorrow is another day - & there really COULDN'T be THREE Mondays in a week. That would just be too cruel.

Hugs, Nell.

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CASSIOEPIA 2/3/2010 8:26AM

    Good job Penny. Way to find the positives in any kind of bad day!

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BOBBYD31 2/2/2010 11:38PM

    the good out weighs the bad. don't you just hate when tuesday's act like mondays! it makes for a long week.

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SYBB - crash and burn

Sunday, January 24, 2010

So, rather that try to kid myself into believing that I'll get back at it, I think I'm going to stop thinking about the bootcamp and focus on what I have been doing.
Right now, I'm instructing TWO half marathon clinics. The way the schedules work, I have three week overlap =) which means I have to be REALLY organized two days a week and I run four. Plus cross-training. And the boys are home for two weeks. And I have a birthday to plan. And... and... and... oh yes, I actually work full-time. LOL, I knew I was missing something.
Today, I'm trying to get the housework and laundry done. One load is in the washer, one in the dryer.... so far so good. Everything is a WIP. If only I could just twinkle my nose and have it be done...

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KWASYLIW 1/27/2010 4:58PM

    I am with you. Gotta stress about the stuff at hand. You are doing plenty without the bootcamp. You will be better off if you don't stress about it. You know, I know your schedule emoticon.

I also gave up on the bootcamp because my life at the moment won't allow for it. I know, you know how things are going emoticon.

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KAYAKID 1/26/2010 7:51PM

    Busy lady, you love all the attention! LOL go Penny go!!!

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GEOGIRL 1/25/2010 10:04AM

  That is so much to take on! I've never successfully completed one of the Spark bootcamps even though I've started at least just always gets in the way. I wouldn't worry, you are super active and doing so much beyond the bootcamp! What race are your clinics training for? I'll assume the first one is the hypothermic half but what is the new one training for? Its so frustrating at Crowfoot right now because they have thrown a walking clinic into each of the regular run clinics, I don't know how the instructor deals with it all! Good luck with all that is on your plate :)

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RUNNINGWILD 1/24/2010 10:22PM

    I do get paid for instructing. The last time I worked it out it was a stunning $1.60/per hour. Yep, I'm definitely in it for the big bucks ;) Having said that, I wouldn't give it up for the world.

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ETTEZEUS 1/24/2010 8:52PM

    I think it's a good plan. If you burn out, you won't do anything.
Do you get paid for the clinics? I'd love a job like that!

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NELLGWYN 1/24/2010 6:07PM

    Is that all!!!??

Honestly, though, that is an awful lot on your plate. Just don't burn out! OK?

BTW, thanks for clarifying SYBB for me.

You take care, hon!

Nell. xx

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    WOW!! You've got a full plate! Best wishes on making it work-you can do it!( and hopefully not pull out your hair in the meantime.) emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 1/24/2010 5:43PM

    I did the bootcamp for the first week, and then gave it up for travel also. But I think I will get back at it starting tomorrow.

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JOPAPGH 1/24/2010 5:18PM

    With travel, my bootcamp work bit the dust too.

I have run at least a mile and done at least 30 minute aerobics evwry day this year so far though.

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SYBB - Day nineteen

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 19 Workout video for Thursday, January 21: Not done. No way I have any energy after Denise's class.
30 minutes cardio: done

Bonus Challenge for Thursday (optional) - to not say anything negative about yourself today. For one day, give yourself a break. No one is perfect, and you're doing the best you can. You're working hard to change your body, your habits and your life. It's not easy, so cut yourself some slack. Instead of criticizing your flaws, embrace them and forgive them. Loving yourself is harder than it seems, but you can do it. - DONE!!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/21/2010 4:08PM

    Hi there! SYBB is Spark Your Body Bootcamp =)

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NELLGWYN 1/21/2010 3:52PM

    Just curious! What does SYBB stand for?

Keep up the good work, Nell.

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SYBB - Days sixteen through eighteen

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 16 Workout video for Monday, January 18: NOT DONE
30 minutes cardio: NOT DONE
Bonus Challenge for Monday (optional) - do an additional video-- Pilates Hips & Thighs Workout: NOT DONE

Day 17 Workout video for Tuesday, January 19: NOT DONE
30 minutes cardio: DONE
Bonus Challenge for Tuesday (optional) - choose whole grains: DONE

Day 18 Workout video for Wednesday, January 20: NOT DONE
30 minutes cardio: DONE
Bonus Challenge for Wednesday (optional) - create a new blog entry on your SparkPage. You can use this time to discuss your recent progress with Bootcamp in general, or delve into a topic or issue that has been hurting your progress, so you can try to come up with some solutions to stay on track. Use this entry to your advantage, whether you need to vent (instead of turning to food to stifle your feelings), come up with a new schedule for your workouts (so that you'll do them instead of putting them off), or rediscover your motivation for doing the Bootcamp. DONE emoticon

This "new" blog is supposed to be about my progress with SYBB but I haven't really been playing along for a while. Every now and then I take part in the "challenge" and I'm usually in for the "30 minutes of cardio" but, otherwise, I've been kind of doing my own thing. I'm now celebrating a four day streak of being within my calories (actually, I've been 88 and 45 over but unless it's 100, I count it as in). I've also been bang on with water, fruit and vegetables. My HM training is taking care of the cardio. HOPEFULLY, I'll start getting the scale and/or measuring tape to cooperate. For now, I'm just going to celebrate the successes I'm having and forget about the rest.
As someone dear to my heart says: Life is good. (miss you buddy)


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