Thursday, November 15, 2012
I just finished my last training run before my first HM, the St Pete Women's Half Marathon on Sunday, Nov 18th. Although it wasn't a particularly fast workout nor particularly long one, it did help build confidence. I woke up not feeling quite right. My stomach just felt yucky, even though I didn't overeat yesterday. Most days I would have waited a couple hours, eaten and rested, and see if I didn't feel better before running. But today I decided to see how a run would go even though I wasn't 100%. Who knows how I'll feel Sunday morning.
When I first started my run today I wasn't sure, but then the good running feelings took over (endorphins, I suppose) and the stomach wasn't much of a distraction. I finished up the run just fine and my stomach wasn't better or worse.
Most of the time when I'm ready to run I'm feeling strong and healthy and raring to go. But I realize since I started training in June I have run on too little sleep, after too much food, after too little food, with healing cut on foot, with healing strain in lower back, in extreme heat and when cool, in the dark, and otherwise when I just didn't feel like it. I've run by myself and with groups going various paces. I've run with music and without. I've warn various clothing and three different pairs of shoes with and without arch supports. In other words, things don't have to be the same or perfect for me to run.
So that helps me be confident that no matter what, I'm going to feel like running Sunday..... at least by mile two.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Did you know that the acronym for the Standard American Diet is SAD??
It does make me sad that there is so little good food readily available at local restaurants, in friend's homes, and events in our area. My son-in-law is only 31 years old and he looks quite fit. However, his blood pressure is up. Of course that could be related to stress, but I strongly suspect it is more closely correlated to the high sodium meals that he loves. Although he eats with me three meals a week, I don't think I've had much influence on him (or my daughter, but that's another blog).
Yep, it's ironic and it's SAD.
PS - First Half Marathon in 3.5 days! Counting down. Still excited!
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.
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