Wednesday, March 21, 2012
This was my 2nd half marathon and it was filled with many lessons. Basically during this race, I broke nearly some main race rules.
--- Get plenty of sleep ---
All week before the race, I felt exhausted. Friday night I drove 3 hours and than got like 4 hours of sleep!
--- Drink tons of water ---
I am not sure how many water I drank the week before but my pee indicated I was a bit dehydrated.
--- Try nothing new ---
I brought my new quinoa salad to my sister's for them to try. I forgot it does unkind this to my GI system.
With breaking these rules, I seriously had one of the roughest runs ever I have ran! The entire race I struggled. If it wasn't a race or organized run, I would have turned around right away and went home. But, since I am not made that way, I suffered through 13.1 miles.
Besides my own issues, were like TWO porty potties and water stops which equated to FOUR total. That is NOT okay! To put salt to a wound, around mile 8 I got the shivers and this got me worried that I was getting heat exhaustion. It was around 70` with humidity with no water stops in sight. Not a fun situation!
Putting that water and bathroom situation aside, my sisters did not show up. Honestly, I don't blame them. Apparently, the organizers of the race decided to put the 7K in Minneapolis and the Half Marathon in St. Paul. This makes no sense to me! Anyhow, they ended up going to the 7K and didn't make it to St. Paul in time. That is okay though. It was the thought that counts!
I am not sure if I will do a Team Ortho race again. My first half marathon I did with them was awesome. It had plenty of water stops, porty potties, and even had photographers. This one was seriously lacking!
KINNEA (Kristen) and I finally met so that was fun!
Kristen was a trooper! She ran with for the full 13.1 miles as I was dragging butt for the entire time. For the last part negative nelly came out at the time I want to just sit down on the course and say, "I quit." But, because I am a determined and stubborn girl, I put one foot in front of the other!
After the race, we - Kristen, Karen (Kristen's sister), and I - met up with my family at Noodles and Company.
Later that day, my sister introduced me to a guy that works for her. For a couple years now, she has talked about us and how she wanted to introduce us to each other. So, on St. Patrick's Day, I met DJ, a tall red headed guy.
When we walked up, my sister tried to introduce us. He introduced everyone but didn't acknowledge me. Apparently, we were both nervous. So nervous that we didn't even talk to each other, lol! He'd talk to my sister, his boss, while staring me down. Later on, my sister explained that she thought he thought I was pretty and froze up. It was very flattering.
I met four of his friends. One of them asked if I liked DJ in front of him than made sure we exchanged numbers. We even have a tea time! Next time I am down in the cities, I am to have tea with him. Another friend which was his best friend explained to me that he usually doesn't have a long beard when DJ was in the bathroom.
So, basically, we did this backwards. He met my sister (family) and I met his friends especially his best friend. It was actually sweet that his friends and my sister were trying to sell me on him. On way there, my sister explained to me that he wouldn't intentionally hurt me. Right there, it was like my sister got me and why I don't date.
I am actually really excited about this.
This got me thinking...
I need to end something I have going on. Currently, I am kinda friends with benefits with a guy. I am thinking it needs to fade in the background. It's not really a typical behavior for me. I want to give DJ a chance and see if we have something here. I feel we could. If we don't, that's fine. Either way, I need to give dating a serious chance... whether with DJ or someone else. It is like giving me a chance. Saying I am worth it!
So, ladies, enough details?!
Oh, one other detail...
Since training for my full marathon, I have gave myself the excuse... I am training, I can eat whatever I want. No, this needs to stop. I am over 160. People say it's hard to lose weight while training. Right! But, that doesn't mean I shouldn't do it. I am going to try. That is the best I have right now!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
One of the greatest fears for college graduates are the questions, "Am I in the right field?" and "Will I find a job?" I can honestly say yes to both those answers.
My job in the field is taking over my college life. It is a blessing that my classes do not take alot of attention right now. I am always running to go to work at the Y, meet a client, do personal training work or do things for Run for Life. Lately, my days have gotten longer and seems like I am tired alot.
But, you know what? I am really enjoying it!
Tonight I did a presentation on my journey and it felt fulfilling. That is how life is supposed to be. Fullfilling. Like you are inspiring, helping them to be a better person. That is what I am supposed to do. Inspire others.
And, you know what?
I will hopefully be in a career where I can help others by teaching them to do what I did for me for themselves! In other words, I get to spark others!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I really enjoy being a personal trainer but man, it sure is keeping me busy these days. Almost to the point I am thinking I might have to start to schedule my workouts especially my runs! Thursday's 5-mile run was a bit of a squeeze. I squeezed it in by running 3 different times! But, I got it done.
Also, on Thursday I tried kettlebells. I've tried them before but I was not impressed... with the gym. The gym was unprofessional - not even asking for a Par-Q. As a professional in the exercise field, this was/is a huge red flag. If you never have to fill out a Par-Q, RUN, not walk, away from that gym.
Anyhow, I found this new gym at a Health and Wellness Expo. In fact, my boss told me to go check out the kettle bells and TRX. I did. I liked. I liked it so much that I decided to try out a beginners class. It was cool. The environment was that everyone was super friendly and there were several others that have never been there either. It sure made me more relaxed. For me, a friendly environment and professionalism are the most important factors. They hit those for me. I hope to be back very soon!
I was thinking back and believe I have strength trained 2x each week. This is a HUGE victory for me! I have even been completing my homework assignments for my trainer! I had to to increase my weights. That felt good. Even better than weighing myself.
My counselor suggested I bring my scale in. I did. Tomorrow will my be first official weigh in. After I got past the obsession of trying to get below 160, I started to feel better about me. We will see how this goes.
Lastly, as some of you know I went out to help celebrate my friend turning 21. It was find to see her and another friend along with having an excuse to dress up. Beyond that, I did not appreciate her BF. Basically, he's a butthead and she deserves more. Wish SHE knew that! I also met a guy but I am not really interested in him. It was nice, through, to be given alot of attention. Hey, I'm a girl!
So my weekend plans...
Work at noon.
Go to the local Osaka Restaurant that has a Hibachi table.
Walk/run with Becca.
Go for my long run (10 miles).
Train at 2 pm.
Bloodbourne Pathogen training 5-7.
It should be a fun, busy weekend!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Okay, let's calm down a bit.
Yes, I am being interviewed about my weight loss journey.
No, it's not People.
Or the Star.
Or the New York Times.
Wait for it...
It's the Stinger!
Never heard of it? *gasp*
It's my small college online newspaper!
Anyhow, apparently one of my friends will be interviewing me and I will be spotlighted in the column. Well, that's FUN!
Do you know what else is FUN? Trying new things!
Tonight I tasted a new recipe with Quinoa in it. Loved it! Now, I will be attempting in making it! Key word, attempting. It has two spices I need to buy cumin and coriander. Anyone ever heard of coriander? Me either! But, the recipe has cilantro. I love cilantro! It's so fresh!
Maybe this sparked me into wanting to try new things... maybe I forgot how fun they can. Tonight I signed up for a beginners kettlebell class. I have done kettlebells before but wasn't impressed with their professionalism, rather their lack of! But the people I have my class with on Thursday I actually met at the Health Expo I was tabling at. Good times! Maybe I will even try rock climbing.
That hill for my first marathon will have nothing on me! I feel I will be one strong woman, inside and out!
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