Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Just checked the latest on the weather for my first half marathon and the predicted weather has gone down a couple degrees. We are now expected to have a low of 57 degrees and high of 67 degrees on Sunday the 18th. The wind is predicted to be 9 miles per hour with a 20% chance of rain. So, overall that sounds pretty good. Will have to keep checking for further changes in the forecast.
The event (I'm not calling it a race) is scheduled to start at 7am. Barb and I are in corral number 4, so we'll probably start a few minutes after that. We signed up to aim to finish in 2 hours and 45 minutes. There will be a pacer, someone going at that rate who will hold up a sign, so we know whether we are on pace, ahead or behind. I understand the race course is pretty flat, although around mile 11 there is an incline as we run into Tropicana Field to run around the stadium.(Cool, huh??) Part of the course goes right beside the waters of Tampa Bay, so that should be scenic as well.
I've printed out the liability form I need to take with me. I'm not going to forget it, but must admit that would not be out of character. I often stress unnecessarily about minor things like that. I'm starting to get things together to pack and think about a couple things I need to buy, like food to take. I've purchased my "during the race" Gu Chews already. Not sure if I'll take the Gu gel offered by the race. I should have tried it during a training run, but forgot. I know the Gu Chews sit well on my stomach, but probably wouldn't have any trouble with the gel either.
I'm feeling strong and healthy. Ran a solid two easy miles this morning and walked 1.5 miles for warm up and cool down. Plan to run short on Thursday as well and then walk Friday and rest Saturday.
There are 2 other people from my Galloway group running this half marathon, but they are both much younger and faster than I am. There is a person from my Sunday morning bike group who is going, but she's only been training for 3 weeks, so I expect her to walk most of it.
I'm really thrilled to have Barb running with me, AND two other SparkFriends (Monty, is it okay to call you out??) may show up to cheer us on. Sure hope they do!! It is so great to meet SparkFriends "for real"!!!
I've never before spent 5 and a half months training for an event, and now it is almost here. I'm kind of acting like a little kid before Christmas, but truly, this is really exciting to me!!
Monday, November 12, 2012
You won't believe this. It's true.
Somehow after changing plans repeatedly, my hubby went to his alma mater's football game. I didn't want to drive him again to the airport, so he parked the car at the airport. He flew out of Tampa. So far so good. Well not that good since his team lost 51-48 in 4 overtimes.
He got ready to leave and discovered his return ticket was to Orlando. We live in between and usually go to whichever airport has the best deal or most convenient flights.
So I had to take the 2 year old and drive to Orlando to get him. After I finish my childcare duties, we now have to drive to Tampa to get the car. This is not at all how I expected to spend today.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I proposed that today I'd write up the nutrition for runners seminar I attended yesterday. The instructor was interesting and passionate and most of what she said about eating before, during, and after running is similar to what I've read on SP. She fixed us a smoothie with almond milk, frozen banana, chia seeds, and lots and lots of baby spinach. Not bad. Then she had us try the same smoothie that had Old Fashioned Oats (uncooked) and slivered almonds that had set in the frig for 12 hours. Again, not bad. She then had a chocolate oatmeal with raw peanuts which also had some of that same smoothie in it. I regret that I failed to get the exact recipe. She had them there, I just neglected to pick it up.
After the seminar I went to the bookstore and bought the book Eat to Live, which the presenter has recommended to me several times. I've read the first chapter and skimmed it. I will say it makes me feel better about the food plan my nephew is following as it is very similar. Just not sure about it for me, though. I'll read it and think about it and maybe later I will try this food plan. We'll see. Right now I'm focused on my half marathon on the 18th and not going to risk changing anything right now!
I bought a disposable camera because there were no pictures of Gwen since Easter and I just haven't decided on a digital camera yet. I didn't do very good photography, but at least my mom can see that Gwen has grown. She has a beautiful smile I did not capture, but she's so cute (yes, I'm biased) I'm just glad to have them. Natalie is quite photogenic, but I have two sets of professional school pictures of her since Gwen had a picture at all. Yes, I should have remembered to take a picture of my remodeled kitchen since SparkFriends had asked, but I forgot. Sorry. Maybe soon.
Gwen holding Natalie's hand:
Gwen channeling Chopin:
Gwen and Natalie on couch:
Gwen jumps on bed with Natalie helping to keep her safe:
Natalie on back porch (sideways??)
Hope all the little kids in your life have recent pictures!! Eat well! Feed the kids well! It's a challenge, but definitely worth it.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I ran with a different group today, four women in their 30's and 40's. We ran 5 miles at a very comfortable pace. They made me feel great, calling me an inspiration! I do think it is kind of cool to be kind of old and kind of fit!!
(I'll probably write up the nutrition for runners seminar tomorrow. I'm still reading the stuff.)
Friday, November 09, 2012
I'm trying to help/inspire/enable/support my 27 year old nephew. He was recently hospitalized due to ketoacidosis and was diagnosed with diabetes. He spent several days in the Trama ICU, so this was a serious incident. On the good side, he is testing his blood sugar frequently and keeping it at a good level. My sister (his mom who is diabetic but now lives half a continent away) gave him an easier to-use blood tester and lots of test strips. He has chosen a non-mainstream eating plan that is vegan and very low fat. I'm not sure it is a good plan for a diabetic, but it doesn't matter because he is totally committed to it, and I don't think anything I could say would make a difference.
He is willing to use Weight Watchers (SparkPeople does not appeal to him) to try to manage portion control. He lost 30 pounds with WW back in 1999 when we went together and our leader is still the same person! In his first week on WW he didn't lose any weight, even gained a bit. He didn't seem discouraged, which I guess is positive. He has given up meat, milk, and eggs totally. He's reduced his sugar intake dramatically. Clearly he is willing to make drastic changes, and I hope they get him to the health he wants.
Bottom line is I can't do it for him. I know a lot about weight loss for an older woman, but it may not relate to a young man at a very different weight. I don't know much about diabetes, and not much about vegan eating. And even if I knew exactly what he should do, he is a grown adult with strong opinions.
I'm hoping just to love him and encourage him, and so hoping that he can find the strength and motivation and wisdom to embrace healthy living.
PS I took today as day of rest for me. Counting down: nine days until my first half marathon!! I run short tomorrow morning with my Galloway group.
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