Thursday, November 21, 2013
I just deleted a boring blog with too many details. Let me just say I'm delighted to be healthy and fit enough to run my 3rd half marathon! Thanks SP and special thanks to all my SparkFriends who encourage and inspire me. ONEKIDSMOM is the SparkFriend extraordinaire, running my speed to support me last year; I hope to run the speed she runs to support her cousin this year.
I'm packed. I'm really looking forward to it!! This is going to be fun.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Oh, I'm getting excited! Just looked up the weather for St Petersburg on Sunday when I run my third half marathon. Wonder if this time the predicted weather will happen!!?! It says 0% chance of rain. Good. However, I have run wet in "0% chance of rain" before, so I know to take it with a grain of salt. The high predicted is 69 degrees. A cold front is predicted on Saturday, bringing the temps down. The low predicted is 57 degrees. Sounds great for running. About the only negative I see predicted is 18 mph winds. I'll probably need a garbage bag or something like it to be a disposable windbreaker. Will be a bit chilly before we start.
I've begun to pack. I'm taking a sleeping bag and hope the floor and I agree. May have extra stretching and warm up issues. We'll see. I want to take fruit and am thinking about other portable foods (cereal, powdered milk, protein powder) that will go well before the HM. Last time I ate too many power bars, but one would probably be fine. I know my group is planning to eat at the Columbia Restaurant the night before the half. I'm trying to decide if the salad (I think it's called the 1860 Salad) is too salty to eat before. Maybe I can get it with plain olive oil and vinegar. I will make sure to drink plenty of water the day before.
So this is another taper week. I ran yesterday. Will probably run tomorrow, too, and then walk and do some low impact aerobics the rest of the week . On Saturday we'll be at the expo, getting our number and not doing anything too strenuous. The group did talk about going to the beach to walk. I doubt if it will be warm enough to swim, but I'll take my bathing suit just in case.
I enjoyed the bag from the St Pete Women's Half last year and used it for a gym bag for months. It's starting to come apart, so I'm hoping for another really nice one. The tech shirt from last year is one of the best fitting and most comfortable I have. I suspect that's because it is made for a woman.
The best part is getting to reconnect with ONEKIDSMOM. I'll also meet some new people on Team Ladybug! I've got a ride picking me up at noon on Saturday. This is going to be fun!!
Monday, November 18, 2013
I'm over my bad attitude. I felt sheepish and petty reading posts from people who have or have had major health issues while I complain about wrinkles and a diagnosis. The doctor didn't even put me on meds for blood pressure. I should look at it as a warning and encouragement to eat even better. I still may make it to 65 without being on any prescriptions regularly.
So today I am thankful for my health and fitness. I'm looking forward to the half marathon in 6 days. After my niece and nephew encouraged me, I also signed up for a 5K six days after that. My sister who lives in Tucson will be visiting and wants to cheer for all three of us. I told them I might be slow as I may not be totally recovered, but it will be okay. I'll listen to my body and run hard only if I feel like it.
So, I'm back on a positive track, accepting my 64 year old body, and thankful, truly thankful, for all I have, including my great SparkFriends!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I haven't blogged for a couple days. I'm in the lull between 2 half marathons 15 days apart. Yesterday was a rainy, grey-sky day and I wasn't my usual upbeat, cheerful self.
Health is a tremendous motivator to me and I was really disappointed that my blood pressure was up at the doctor this week. I should just double down and cut the salt even further, but I felt a little discouraged that I'm not doing enough. On the other hand, when I was told at age 59 that I had 90 days to bring down my blood pressure and cholesterol or I'd go on meds, I did it. At the time I said I was going to get to age 65 without going on lifestyle-caused medication. Well, I've got 7 months until I'll be 65 and my cholesterol is good. At home my BP was 128/74 before I went to the doctor, but there it was 160/79. I told her to take it again and it was 136/79. Doctor diagnosed hypertension. So that is some of my discouragement.
Vanity is another motivator. For years it was my major motivator, but I just couldn't lose and keep off the weight. Yet, I don't know if I could have done as well as I have these last couple years if I didn't feel like I look so much better. The pictures from the half marathon were a little shocking to me. I saw wrinkles and hanging skin I didn't see a year ago. I know I'm 64 and I'm not about to have surgery. Aging gracefully -- well, I'm not there yet. I'm still getting faster and fitter, but parts of me are beyond my control. But, then, hasn't it always been that way? Remember puberty? Don't know what I expect, but I need to deal with it, think it through, embrace my life.
So I'm in the lull between 2 half marathons. A week from today is my next one in St Pete - 50 miles away. Gotta get packed. Should be fun, but I won't have a car and will be dependent on others. Okay. Can't wait to see ONEKIDSMOM. I will always be grateful to her for running my first half marathon with me, and this will be the anniversary of that event.
I've spent several years almost in a state of euphoria that I finally, finally, finally achieved a great weight and fitness. Right now I'm coming to terms with the reality of the work it takes to stay here and the health and vanity issues of aging.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The professional pictures from the half marathon are now available. Haven't decided if I want to spend the money or not. If you want to see, check out:
I like the very first picture and the fourth one of me over the finish line. One mistake I made was to take off my race number before the victory poses with the finisher's medal. So none of the pictures of me alone or with various groups of my running friends come up, because they sorted them by race number. Darn.
I'm running this evening at the Y. I'm taking granddaughter Natalie to her pre-team gymnastics class from 6-7:30pm. That will give me enough time to get in a good run and watch her a little. So proud of her determination, even after she had a pretty nasty fall on the beam. Guess we all have obstacles to overcome. Hubby is at doctor right now getting out the staples from his falling-out-of-bed injury. Fingers are crossed that the scar won't look as bad as we fear.
Today I'm wearing my newest running shoes to break them in. I had planned to wear the same shoes I wore for the Red Ribbon HM to the St Pete Women's Half, but I notice that the outside of those shoes are wearing so that there is some stress on my ankles. Even though these new ones don't match the costume as well, I think it is wiser to wear the ones that give me the best support -- especially since I have a sore toe on my left foot and, as of today, a bloody split on my right foot. Darn again. Think that eczema that I finally have almost cleared up on my hands has now surfaced on my feet. Luckily, I have a routine doctor visit tomorrow and he may have some suggestions for keeping it in check so it won't affect my running.
I didn't weigh for a couple days before and the day after the HM because I didn't want to see it. Monday I weighed 129.0, Tuesday I weighed 128.4, Wednesday 128.2, and today 127.8. So I'm still 1.8 over target, but going the right direction!
City of Lakeland posted 33 free pictures of the half marathon. There were 733 finishers, so I wasn't surprised I wasn't in any of them. Other friends have posted some pix, too. Thought you might want to see some more:
Here's the Galloway 30 second run/30 second walk group. Shyre who gave me a ride and will be running the Women's Half is in the center.
Here is the running coach, Rebecca Marsh, and her husband. Rebecca was my coach for 2 months leading to my 5K PR. She's been very ill for several months and this was her first competition in a long time. She told me she expected to finish in 2:30 just like I did, but she finished in 1:54.
Here's Mary who took first place in our age group with a time of 2:11. Her hubby won his age group, too. They are both in our Galloway group.
Here's Brenda who helped me overcome the stitch in my side.
Signs along the way ---
Here's Jan. She's in my age group.
Tracy works at Disney and she runs in our group, too.
Angela is a pace group leader in our running group.
I've got lots more, but not of me.
Really enjoyed our local SparkTeam meeting last evening. Wish I could get someone from our running group to join SP, but no luck so far. I feel so blessed to have all the support of SP online and local SP group, my WW group, my running group, the YMCA, the Senior Dance. It sure takes a lot of support for me to live the lifestyle!!
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