Monday, October 10, 2011
Purchased the new SPARKPEOPLE Cookbook, everyone should get one. A lot of great information in it, super recipes and mixed with some inspiring stories. Can't wait to start cooking and I'm a horrible cook, but these recipes are simple and don't call for a lot of fancy, hard to find ingredients. I can't decide which recipe to try first. Thanks SP for compiling an amazing collection of recipes.
Friday, October 07, 2011
I got a boo boo, not fun. Went to doc yesterday for an ingrown toenail and they had to remove 1/4 of the nail, ouch. Guess I'm benched for a couple of days, but there is definitely no way to run a half-marathon with an ingrown so better to take it out now. Here's hoping to a pain free race in a couple weeks.
So you all know what I will be doing this weekend - not much of anything. Keeping it elevated and soaking it, grrrrrr. Ahhh, the pains and joys of being a runner.
Hope everyone has a SPARK-tacular weekend.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I've been looking forward to today for about a week, I figured I would reach the 60,000 spark point level sometime this week, but I knew yesterday that today would be "the day" - woo hoo. Crown me - lol, no victory too small to celebrate.
Last Friday I decided to shoot for a 10 mile run. I had to drop my daughters car off for an oil change and the dealer is 10.5 miles from my home. So instead of having someone follow me there or pick me up, I decided to give 10 miles a shot. I had a long run scheduled for that day anyway, an 8-miler. I finished in pretty good time, but not without a few trials and tribulations.
The run started out pretty hairy, I had to weasle my way thru traffic, stopping for the traffic lights, waiting on millions of cars to pass during morning rush hour, that wasted about 15 minutes, sheesh, kinda scary conditions for a runner. After the traffic mayhem, I finally got on the road that I have been wanting to run for a while. It's a 4 mile straight shot next to Oceana airbase. it's a nice paved running path. Well my delight and enjoyment of finally running this route quickly passed. The nightmare began, but learned some very valuable lessons during this run. Glad I experienced it before race day next month, so it was a great lesson.
I decided to wear my sisters running belt with two huge water bottles that fit into it - big mistake. Believe it or not, two 12 ounce bottles of water slowed me down, felt like I was wearing a 50-pound backpack. After I finally figured out to loosen the belt a little and let it fit over my hips instead around my stomach, things started going a little better.
The wind was whipping, ran into what felt like hurricane force winds for the whole 4 miles. It was so windy it blew my Bondie band right off my head. Wow, what happened to the delightful run I had dreamed this would be?
I rounded the corner after the 4-mile stretch only to find the sidewalk covered in slick mud and grass clippings, sheesh, something else to slow me down - I had to tip toe thru the mud, didn't want to risk slipping. After I passed the mud I figured it would be an easy run the rest of the way home.
I felt this burning sensation under my arms - OUCH !!!, what was that? I tried to run, but my arms were on fire. Come to find out, the sports bra that I was wearing (first time wearing this one) had chaffed under my arms. Felt like somebody poured gasoline and lit a match under there, lol. I couldnt get my arms going in the running motion. Do you know how hard it is to run without your arms? so needless to say, the rest of the way home was very agonizing.
I made it home, my legs felt great, I still had lots of energy and my new shoes were feeling fine, but there were flames shooting from underneath my arms. Major lesson learned there - always wear chaffing gel with that sports bra.
Biggest lesson I learned was that I started out with the greatest intentions, had a plan, but I had to adapt, be flexible, go with the flow, accept what happens along the way.
They say a bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office. Well from my runners point of view that day, a bad day of running prepares you for future success and of course, it sure beats being at the office, lol.
Still training for the big 13.1 next month, I'm so excited. After running ten miles I know I can master the 13.1. What a great boost to my self doubt. I no longer doubt that I can finish, just hoping I can make my time goal I set for myself.
Hope everyone is enjoying a fabulous day today, and everyday. Make it count.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Here's my new running shoes, although I love my news shoes, the shoe buying experience itself was not so great. I have tried so many other brands, but this is the one I always revert back to. They are comfy, mid-price range and they last about 8 months. I have owned at least 8 pair of these babies over the last 5 years.
I went to Dick's Sporting Goods, where I normally get my shoes because they have a shoe warranty, meaning if anything goes wrong you can send back within a year for your money back in a gift card - like getting two pair for the price of one, kinda a no brainer to purchase the $3 warranty. Woo hoo, well guess what? No more shoe warranties, they discontinued it - BOO !!!
I asked the sales lady, whom obviously does not like her job or who was having a bad day, or perhaps she generally has an abrasive personaility, for a size 8.5. She looked at me funny and said, you need a 9. I said no, I need an 8.5. So with a major attitude: She said well everyone else that comes in here needs a size bigger. I said, well I'm not everyone else. She huffed off and brought me back the 8.5 that I wanted and she walked away. Not once did she look back in my direction, not once did she come over and ask if they would do. I just picked up the box and walked to the register. I bought the shoes. And btw, Dick's now sells GU, which they didn't used to, so I stocked up.
Well on my way back to the office I was kinda still stewing about the whole deal so I looked online to see if they were cheaper someplace else. Well I found them at a store right by my house, for $10 less. So guess what????? I will be returning the shoes I just bought. It's the principal of the thing. You should be nice to your customers. That will teach em, lol, probably not, but at least I will feel better.
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