Friday, May 08, 2009
Feeling very much ON TRACK again. This weekend will pose some potential challenges, but I think I'm prepared for them.
The friend visiting will show up this evening and we will likely go out to eat (I need to go grocery shopping BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). And possibly tomorrow for lunch -- but he's leaving by Saturday night so I probably won't have to do too much to avoid eating out OR making sure we go someplace with a healthier option. So I'm not worried. I plan to do Pilates at home this weekend and go on another run on Sunday.
Yes ANOTHER run -- I got my first post race run in this morning (FINALLY). It was GORGEOUS outside and ... I stopped to give someone directions? HAHA That's the first time I've ever done that, but I think I did actually help them go the right way. I also took a detour to look at a cool statue thing my DH and his professor were telling me about right before I left for San Diego. It was so cute!!! In a courtyard near where I usually run, there is this like... rusted giant robot man taking a nap in the grass. I wished I was running with my camera. HAHAHA :D
Due to the stopping for direction giving and not really paying attention to my watch when I got back, I really have no idea what my time was like, but I ran 5K on the dot according to Mapmyrun so that's cool. Then I did some upper body ST. Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns, Bicep Curl w/ Shoulder press, Tricep Kick Backs, Lateral Shoulder Raises, and Decline Chest Flys and Chest Press.
Also after weighing in 5lbs UP right after I got back home from my trip, I'm now back 5lbs down so WOOT on that. I knew I never really overstuffed myself on my trip and my tons of walking, running, hiking all had to count as well. :) I really hope to jam pack more vacations in the future with as much physical activity as I had in San Diego. It was GREAT.
That's about it for now.
OH. ONE MORE THING. Today a coworker came up and handed me a cupcake in a plastic container. A BIG CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE with um, Chocolate Icing... and Belgian Chocolate Curls.
I'm sure I will eat it at some point -- it looks amazing and I'm a chocolate fiend.
But -- I'm proud that for now I resisted the urge to RUN OUT TO THE BREAK ROOM AND DEVOUR IT, and it is sitting out of sight in my desk drawer.
As she handed it to me she said,"Because everyone needs a little chocolate now and then." I just said, "HOLY CRAP.... this thing is massive!" HAHAHAHAHA
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
OK so I did a lot of other stuff. :) I have been spamming my page with tons of pictures and I love it so here's more. HAHAHAHAHA :D
FIRST! The tiny plane. OH MAN. This plane was so small -- I could not stand up anywhere on it -- I was hunched over in the tallest part of the aisle.
Also what's up with the circles? Anyone know?
So anyway -- I get there and after meeting ~*~*LISA*~*~ and going on a very exciting trip to try to find groceries and eating a DELICIOUS sushi lunch (I didn't bring my camera - :( wah!) I decide I'm gonna go on a run -- on a plane all day I was ready to get MOVING!!!!!!!!!
I get dressed and then I'm like -- I need to take a picture of this. The ROBOT COSTUMES in Jen (the BFF)'s living room!!! HAHAHA :D They were so cool.
So I head out on my run - here are the pictures:
After that I did some Pilates. :) WOOT! Then Jen got home and we headed to the beach -- um, but it was freezing cold. The sun was going down and we were like, yeah, ok let's go. hahahaa But I did take a picture of this bird:
And someone running:
The next day was -- BALBOA PARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
I checked out the Body Worlds Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History -- dude. That was crazy. Bodies that have gone through a plastination process, so you're basically looking at actual bodies of people who donated them. It was NUTS. And there WERE nuts. *HAR HAR* But anyway -- it was really cool but no photo taking allowed. Here's the outside of the museum though:
When I came out of the museum on the other side there was this dude, playing like 5 digeridoo's and beating a drum hanging from his neck:
So then I walked around and saw the Botanical Building and checked that out:
Then I wandered and saw this really pretty garden:
THEN I FOUND THE ARCHERS!!! :D hehehe There was a little archery range off at the back of a parking lot or something.
Then it was off to the Air and Space Museum to meet Mr. Da Vinci...
It was so kind of funny -- when I went to present my ticket the little old man that was working the ticket area was like, so you're here to see Mr. Da Vinci! I was like, YEP! He said,"Well, you're too late. He's been dead for many years". HAHAHA ;) The exhibit was pretty cool -- there were wooden models of over 60 of his designs -- several of them were interactive. Including a BRIDGE building station!
I was kind of bummed when I first started trying to build it because I was like -- I NEED MORE HANDS!!! But I was all by myself. :( BUT! I kept trying and VOILA!
I also stepped inside the Chamber of Mirrors -- apparently the first 360! :D It made me think of Clinton and Stacy of course (What Not to Wear anyone?)
THEN it was on to the regular portion of the Air and Space Museum and I took WAYYYYYYYYYYY too many pictures of planes. I'll just share one photo with you from that -- a self-timer-ed shot of me in a plane. :D WHEE! hahaha
That night was the pre convention meeting, townhouse fun, and then I forgot to mention I went to PINKBERRY with Debbie (S318830). A first for me since they don't exist out here -- very good!!! It tastes tangy like yogurt -- not sweet like ice cream -- but it's froyo so the texture is the same as other froyo.
Then it was on to an 80's party!!! Picture of myself to commemorate. HAHA
Skip to Sunday -- downtown w/ my BFF! YAY!
She does not own a car so uses Public Transportation every day! :) Here's to the bus!
We actually spent more time on the trolley but I didn't take any pictures of it.
We checked out Horton Plaza Mall:
I was able to pick up a top from XXI Forever. WOOT.
Hit up Urban Outfitters -- where I tried on a ton of pants/jeans -- they were having a sale. None of the tops left were right for me, and most of the pants didn't fit (too short, baggy crotch, ONE too small, ONE too big) - but one was perfect. And on sale for $9.95. SO! :D PURCHASED! WOOT!
Then we DID go to the Ghiradelli Ice Cream Shop.... and I will spare you the picture of what I purchased there but it can be seen by following the link I'll give later. ;) HAHAHA.
Then Monday was Pacific Beach!!! :D You've seen a couple photos from that day with Krissy, but first we hit up the Pier.
MY LEGS ARE SO PALE! :D HAHAHA
This next picture was taken by this cute old man who on his first attempt, pressed the power button instead. oops! hhehe :)
Later that night it was HOMEMADE PIZZA TIME!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Look at these gorgeous toppings - that would be red onion, green pepper, black olives, baby bellas, pineapple, and banana peppers:
SO GOOD! :D
That pretty much sums everything up.
For more pictures: Most of the SPARK RELATED things are on Flickr under the user names: sparkconnie, sparkbunnie
The more personal ones are under: spark.alive, and atleastimonmyownagain
There is some overlap, but you can use the links below.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
So that was my SparkCon blog and now my blog about the race! :)
Here we are before the race, prior to warming up and stretching and all that -- starting together was Debbie (S318830), me, and Robin (KASHMIR).
We were all like -- HECK YEAH FULL LENGTH. ;) hahahaa
Here you can see the mob at the starting line -- there were over 2500 people who were registered participants in the race at LEAST.
I said, HEY ROBIN! :)
And then as happened more than once on my trip someone offered to take a picture of us together so here we are with the crowd right before the start:
AND WE'RE OFF!!!
I was trying to keep things mellow, but I also felt like I was probably going faster then I should after the initial SLOG of getting started before things opened up. I was sure that Robin would finish before me and so I just tried to stay close to her.
Here are some pretty sights from the part of the run through Balboa Park:
ANOTHER SPARKER FOUND US!!! I totally remembered her from the morning run before the convention, but I don't know her SparkName -- tell me if you see this!!! **SHE FOUND ME!!! It's KARENPLEW! YAY!!** She came up, said HI SPARKERS!! and then sped off leaving us in her dust. ;) HAHAHA
Check out all the people up the road through the arch even!
Well sometime around here I decided to pull back a bit and Robin went ahead. I could continue to see her in front of me, but I also had a TWINGE in my knee and was like CRAP I'm gonna have to walk. I walked for about a minute, and started running again, it still kinda hurt, but I just kept going. Then there was a hill and a great song came on and I POWERED on up that hill! My leg started feeling better! :D YAY! At some point I caught up with Robin again, too.
Then later we get onto the FREEWAY!!!!!!! :D
It really was about as historic and beautiful as a freeway can get -- look at this beautiful arch -
Then Robin tells me we hit the halfway mark -- well, she tells me 2.6 miles done! :D WOOHOO!!!!! I start getting super pumped and pulling ahead. At this point it was like a total revelation for me as far as racing goes.
For the first time ever I passed people who were actually jogging. (Well I might've passed a couple earlier too, but still -- this is the FIRST TIME this has happened.) I also started picking people to pass. Yep, I'm faster than you. SEE YA! :D HAHAHAHA. There was an older man wearing a shirt that had the "NO WHINING" symbol on the back -- ya know, whining in a circle with a line through it? I kept my eye on him and tried to get as close to him as possible, definitely didn't pass him.
Then we start to see signs of Downtown!
I kept pushing myself, saying to myself that I felt good and I could work hard as long as I wasn't hurting -- and I wasn't, so I was PUSHING it. I've never run a race this distance and it was kind of cool to be able to push at this pace for that long -- ALSO this IS the longest distance run so far this year as well. :)
I see the finish line!
WOOHOO!!! No more pictures taken until the race was over. :) I was 100% focused on ROCKING this final stretch. I was smiling and booking it. hahaha.
Overall: 1325 out of 2668
Women: 638 out of 1603
F25-29: 123 out of 252
Age/Grade: 44.08% Place: 1367
Finish: 54:39 Pace: 11:00
Tag Time: 54:39
Gun Time: 55:39
WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! an 11 min mile for 5 miles???? My fasted 5K that I've run to date was 33:26 I think. :D HAHAHA That is AWESOME!!! I was soooo stoked! This is with a walk break at the beginning and a slower pace for some pain at the start, then walking through the first water station and slowing for the second. HOLY COW!
Right after the finish:
Then I walked up to look for Robin. Here she is approaching the finish line:
She was expecting to run a little over 12 min miles but finished in like... 58 something I think. :D ALSO TOTALLY JAZZED!!!! She's been running for over a year, is currently training for a half, but this was her FIRST RACE!!!!!!! YAY ROBIN!!!!
Freaking Debbie ran just under 10min miles -- ROCKSTAR.
Here we are right after Robin finished:
NOW it's time for the POST RACE FESTIVITIES over at Pantoja Park.
First thing we got handed -- a free LOAF OF BREAD. HAHAHA :D
Then we begin walking around and see heaven:
THANK YOU, BREADSTICK GUY!!! :D *nomnom*
There was a band:
Then we see a long line and people walking away with bags and we're like, sweet! This must be the goodie bag line!
Turns out this line was for the bag -- the empty plastic bag itself to put our stuff in. HAHAHAHA.
Then we see heaven #2:
We stood around and got our free 5 min massages. :) MMMMM.
Then we grabbed our shirts, bananas, and THE LAST THREE TIGER MILK BARS. hahaha :D So lucky!
Then it was time to wait for the shuttle back to Balboa Park. We talked fitness and other stuff -- Debbie got down on the sidewalk and demonstrated some ab moves. ;) I didn't get a picture of that - DANGIT. hahaha
But here I am with our shuttle bus! HAHA
I was SOOOOO happy about the way the race went, but even better was getting to do it with two such AWESOME Sparkers!!!!!! :D I'm so glad I got to meet you two and spend a longer time with you! :)
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