Thursday, November 01, 2012
For breakfast I had cooked fresh pumpkin, applesauce, and wheat germ this morning. With a cup of tea, absolutely yummy!! I roasted the pumpkin seeds yesterday afternoon and ate them in between trick or treaters. After 9 o'clock I turned off the porch light and cut up the jack 'o lantern. I just microwaved large pieces for 12 minutes or so until soft. It tasted good just plain. When you eat it plain it's like squash, not like pumpkin in pie. It takes the spices and sweetening to make it taste like the pumpkin of my youth, but actually it is good both ways.
Natalie was Belle and Gwen was a darling bee. They stopped by with their parents after Trunk or Treat at their church and we visited neighbors we know. Such fun!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's all arranged. And it's certainly better than nothing, but not perfect. The Galloway program director set up my 14 mile long run for Saturday starting at 5 am. (You may remember my pacegroup leader thought the 13.5 mile run I did on 10-20 was sufficient, but I wanted another long run before my first half marathon on Nov 18th, St Pete Women's HM.) This schedule also means I'll be able to attend the nutrition for runners seminar at 8:45. I believe it is based on the book Eat to Live. I'll find out.
My disappointment is that I got assigned to an even slower group than my usual slow one. They run 30 seconds and walk 1 minute; so we'll repeat that for 14 miles. Galloway says that slow long runs are not a problem; that you still gain the stamina. I honestly was hoping to be in a 2 min run/1 min walk group. Oh, well. I'll just make it work. Officially Galloway puts every first time half marathoner in training "to finish"without a time goal. But I really was hoping not to be too slow. I'm running with Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) and I know she is really fit, however, she's really kind, too, and has assured me we'll find a pace that works for both of us.
I'm still living in a house full of sick people. Gwen is getting better. Hubby is still suffering. I have just a touch of scratchy throat and nasal congestion, but seem to be shaking it off. I ran Monday. Took it easy yesterday and going to take today a little easy, too. Plan to run tomorrow, although it may be early in the neighborhood or Gwen's nap time on my TM as Gwen isn't well enough to go to the Y nursery.
Maybe since I'm taxing my immunities I may be just as well off with the slow long run. I just can't wait to finish my first half marathon!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My body feels like it is trying to fight off the cold germs that are all around this house. On the positive side, I had a really good night's sleep last night and ate a delicious grapefruit this morning. The scale was down a little, too.
Right now, I am just telling myself that I am an athlete, eating to fuel my body. Last eve that self-talk helped. Hubby was interested in the last serving of leftovers, so I knew I was getting myself something else. I almost reached for a frozen dinner. Instead I microwave-thawed a tilapia fillet and cooked it on the Foreman. Very easy and very good and much better for this athlete!! I had half a leftover ear of corn, and dibby-dabs of okra with olive oil, carrots, and broccoli. Very satisfying.
Even though I'm thinking of myself as an athlete, today I'm feeling like a day of semi-rest will be good for me. Gwen and I took a slow walk to the end of the street this morning and I'll probably get some active play with Natalie. I go get from kindergarten in just a couple minutes.
Hope you are having a great day! Thoughts and prayers are with you affected by Sandy.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I've been trying to get some of the people in my running group to join my bike group. Today two runners showed up to ride, but the rest of the group I usually ride with decided that Hurricane Sandy was causing too much wind. They went to a bike trail in the woods too far to ride from my house. So I did the usual 20 mile ride with my two running friends, Aster and Amy. Although we had to dodge fallen Spanish moss and limbs -- there had been gusts earlier -- we didn't have any problem with the wind on our ride.
They both have expensive carbon lightweight bicycles, but made me feel very fit. They said I ride my comfort bike faster than it was meant to go!! I can ride around 14 mph. Aster said that I've outgrown my bike and need a faster one. Honestly, I like my bike. It suits me. In fact I suspect I get a better workout than they do, because their bikes do so much of the work. So at this point I'm not interested in a new $$$$ bike. However, I reserve the right to one day change my mind.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Do you see the white haired guy in the background? His name is Fritz. He is 75 years old and hardly ever enters a race without coming in first in his age group. And he often runs 2 or 3 races a month. Twice I ran in races where he was also competing, a 5K and a 10K. I beat him in the 5K and he beat me in the 10K, so we have a friendly competition. This picture was taken last year at the 5K, but I want to write about what Fritz did today.
Fritz belongs to the same Galloway running group I run with. However, he has been assigned to a faster pace group than I. He tells me that it is a bit too fast for him, just as I tell him my pace group is a bit too slow for me. So today when he was passing my group, he challenged me to straight run (no walk breaks) back. So the two of us ran the three miles back. We beat our groups, mine by about 20 minutes!!
We ran at a comfortable pace where we could converse. His wife, Margo, is following the Eat to Live book and has lost 44 pounds. He is really proud of her. He would love for her to run, too, but I'm not sure her knees are going to let her even when she's at goal weight. Fritz has two grandkids in town who he has encouraged to run. He's bought their shoes, paid their entrance fees, and done some coaching. The 12 year old beat him for the first time by 10 seconds in a 5K two weeks ago; the 14 year old was right behind him. I shared that my 5 year old granddaughter has run a half mile with me, but she lost interest, so I haven't pushed it recently. Will try again later. He agreed with that approach.
Fritz is one of those people in my 3D life who is a real support. He has an understanding of what it takes to lose weight and maintain. And while we "compete" no one applauds louder if I take a medal.
PS The picture is so small in this blog I don't think you can find Fritz. If you want to see him, go to my photo gallery. It is the 8th picture. Fritz is right behind me, just to the left.
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