Monday, November 30, 2009
I spent my Holiday sick. :P hahaha. I underestimated what was going on with me and felt like poop most of my stay with the in-laws. I actually was well enough to do the things we wanted to do -- but the rest of the time just was a mopey snotty turd. :P I don't think I ruined the holidays for anyone, and I hope I don't get anyone else sick.
I have to say -- today I am feeling a LOT better!!! Like significantly!
Of course, this morning when I woke up, I still felt like crap, but I think that's to be expected anytime you're sleeping with congestion no matter if it's a mild cold or whatever, you wake up clogged like nobody's business, and after being up and around for a bit you can start to tell how you REALLY feel. And I think I'm really going to be well before the marathon. But between wakeup and leaving this morning I didn't have enough time to feel well enough to run -- and it was raining. So I opted for REST instead of RUNNING again (also did not run on Saturday). My ankle feels fine -- only slightly stiff sometimes, but I don't have any pain. It's just... the sick that still needs to clear out. It's so freaky that the marathon is SATURDAY. Less than a week, 3 more days of work, 2 more runs if I can manage them, and yeah. WOW.
I think it was a good holiday though -- as good as one can be while sick. But seriously -- TOM combined with sick combined with Thanksgiving = food mania. I felt so ridiculously bloated yesterday and still a bit today. I'm making a conscious effort to try to just get tons of fluids and once I'm able to go shopping, eating some of my favorite simple clean foods before we leave (and lots of carbs). As for today -- Ramen is the food of choice. I could do better but shopping this morning was soooooo not going to happen (although it WILL happen tomorrow!). There was a time this past week where drinking water was aggravating my throat and making me have coughing fits so I was just sucking on Halls and Ricolas constantly and eating when not and I'm sure I'm still a little dehydrated though I'm trying to fight back from that nonsense now that water is a friend again. :)
We saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox which was AMAZING.
A- MAZ- ING.
We were gonna see Ninja Assassin but it was full enough that we didn't want to go in there, and so we checked The Fantastic Mr. Fox theater and it was practically empty -- SO happy we did. I wanted to see this movie so bad but didn't realize it was out already! GO SEE IT if you can!
My MIL bought me some new shoes for work (THANKS!) and we went to this froyo place that was super fun (Orange Tree - pay by the ounce self serve and toppings bar) and my favorite restaurant (Bento Box), and we also went to the Apple Orchard (although it was NOT what we expected - we got some apple cider slush which was amazing). They only had Golden Delicious Apples (TONS), but my inlaws bought some of their Cider and we made some Apple concoction dessert which was good.
So -- it was definitely a success in a way -- I mean, for a holiday to be sick on it's a good one. Tons of football to watch and laziness is generally expected. HAHA. Being sick is never fun but at least I didn't feel like I ruined anyone's plans they might have had and I definitely still had a good time visiting.
So - MARATHON. So freaking soon!!!!!!! I'm back to not really comprehending it being about to happen.
Pictures at least tomorrow morning!!!!! Just didn't have time this morning. :)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
WOW I did not intend to make some of those caps and some not but oh well.
So.... there's good news and bad news!
The good news is I got my 2nd best 5K time ever -- around 31:30.
The bad news is I turned my ankle at the turnaround!!! I had to walk a minute or two but then I felt good to run again and felt find until the very end I started feeling it just a tiny bit. I wonder what I would have gotten if I didn't have to stop??? I came right home, stuck it up and iced it and it mostly feels fine except when I move it certain ways. It doesn't hurt to put pressure on it or anything. So I'm thinking it's a minor sprain and hopefully in a couple of days I'll be good as new -- but if it's not feeling 100% hunky dory on Saturday, I will not be running my 10 miler. I feel prepared. I'll be ok -- but I won't be if I tempt fate and aggravate something that is a super mild sprain into something worse. :P
And I was worried about running while slightly under the weather! GRR!!!
The best part though, was meeting CLOVERR1 and getting a BONUS SparkPerson meet, NOELLIEMAE! :D CLOVERR1, like I mentioned before, just ran a marathon on Sunday -- well she ROCKED this 5K and finished in just over 29 min. NOELLIEMAE apparently finished about a minute before that. Too bad, CLOVERR1 said she strained her hamstring though! :P bummer.
But all in all it was a good run and I have some cute pictures to share once I have access to my USB cable/memory card slot at home. For now it's time to rest, recover, and get ready to have an amazing Thanksgiving Dinner! :)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Being sick sucks!!!!!!! I have to say, this new healthy lifestyle of mine has resulted in me very rarely being sick and I love it. Can we go back to that please???
Yesterday my throat was so sore -- I didn't know that I couldn't really talk until my DH woke up and I was trying to tell him I was sick. HAHAHA Oh the funniness of being by yourself and not knowing your voice is gone cause you don't talk (out loud) to yourself... well. Yesterday morning I had 5 miles on the schedule and I could tell I was not feeling right, but the only symptom I could name was a sore throat so I figured, no congestion really, so don't be a turd. Go run. But I decided aiming for a 3.25 near the house would be enough for me.
After about a mile (I'd guess) I started feeling nutso -- booming head, overly sweaty, wah wah wah. So I finished a 2 mile loop instead.
Stayed home from work, drank tea, ate frozen applesauce and ice cream... and more... DH brought home instant noodle soup and ramen and that felt GREAT. I started being able to talk again last night, although still experiencing some pain.
This morning when I woke up I was feeling quite a bit better, but still not great. I decided that I should not run today at all to try to rest as much as possible and hopefully still be able to participate in the Turkey Trot tomorroe.
Last night I also came to the conclusion after reviewing the facts that I likely had a sinus infection or something - bad headache all day Monday, sore throat (from drainage presumably) Tuesday turning into a bit of a cough last night -- so this morning I started taking some severe sinus cold medication and I'm starting to feel a lot better. I'm at work (3 hrs left! HURRAH!) and hoping that with meds and more rest, I'll be feeling well enough to Turkey Trot tomorrow. WOOHOO! :)
on the DH front - he talked to one of his committe members (the one person he couldn't avoid seeing on Monday since his office is across the hall from my DH's) and actually had a pretty decent conversation. He said the guy was totally empathetic, bordering on apologetic (which is really not his style) and said he didn't think my DH needed to do more data collection and that working long distance with his advisor (she was travelling a TON prior to his defense) probably didn't help. Told him that 50-75% would reflect towards the advisor more than the student in these cases. Basically a kind of encouraging chat... (sounded like to me). Then yesterday he met with his advisor and they discussed a plan of meeting face to face to work in her office on the things that needed fixing and she also echoed the thought of not needing more data collection and said she thought they could be done with the fixes by the end of the year if they buckled down and have the second defense as early as January. Maybe not, but either way, the idea of being able to do this is back and his advisor seems committed to making things better. They won't meet again till post-marathon so now is just a time to decompress and enjoy family time and a trip with me to see my goal come to fruition! :)
Now to get better and rock the last 5 runs of my training!!!!! I can't believe my countdown has gone to single digit DAYS! Granted, I don't count today or marathon day (as I explained) but today is already moving along and on marathon day it's day ZERO IT'S HAPPENING so I stand by my countdown method. :) haha.
HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
So..... now I'm excited about this here countdown. :) Still 7 more runs, but the days are getting shorter and shorter... This week I work today, tomorrow, and a half day on Wednesday before THANKSGIVING VACATION!!!!
I get to re-run my first race ever on Thursday -- a Turkey Trot 5K and meet one of my Spark Running buddies CLOVERR1 which I'm really excited about. She will be joining me and a few local friends in the Mercedes Marathon Relay in February as well AND just rocked a marathon this past weekend in just under 5 hours! :D WOOHOO!!!! Considering we've discussed similar training paces and marathon goals, I'm hoping I can step up to the plate and rock mine as well as she did. :D
That first race -- it was kinda tough!!!! I had completed Couch to 5K, but I only did it for time, not distance, and I knew it would take me longer than 30 minutes to run that far, but I had no idea how much longer. The race marked several firsts for me:
First time running outside! - Prior to the race I had only run around an indoor track!!!! 1/8 of a mile loops roughly! haha.
Longest distance run!
Longest duration run!
It took me 40:20 which is right at about a 13 min mile I think? (Now my PR is 29:51, which is a 9:37 min mile!!!! :D ) IT WAS SO COLD, too!!! Since I had never run outside, I had never run in the cold -- I was wearing like... sweatpants and a hoodie and a T-Shirt. Probably all 100% cotton. I sang Feist's My Moon My Man in my head on repeat to help me keep going and keep the pace. I DID NOT WALK once during that race! :) I finished about a minute before my Father in Law I think, my brother in law had some smoking fast time I can't remember, and my husband finished around 36 minutes if I recall. I remember guzzling some gatorade afterward in the car as well. AND BEING SO FREAKING PROUD OF MYSELF!!!!!!!! :D I had gone from never exercising before the start of that year, to being a person who runs in a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! :D
Anyway -- it'll be really cool to revisit that race, it'll actually be the first time for me to run a race I've run before, so that's exciting. And while I'm definitely not banking on a PR - I've been training for distance, not speed, lately... I'm pretty confident about smashing the time from 2007. :)
Ok so then after this weekend, next week I work another short week. 4 days and then it's off to Memphis!
But most of the time lately I'm honestly not thinking too much about running and the marathon, I'm thinking about my DH and what he's going through and how we can make it through. He still hasn't heard from his advisor regarding meeting this week -- the idea is that he will meet with her and they can talk about what the next steps are, etc. Then we will try to get as far away from that place mentally as possible and just have FUN over Thanksgiving -- change of locale, daily activities, and sociality... and then decisions can be made about how to move forward. Maybe we can even postpone till after the marathon if it's too stressful. But right now it's a frustrating time because although my DH was given comments that day and talked briefly with his advisor (who said she'd email him this weekend with availability times for this week and didn't grrr from me on that!), he was in such a state that he's not 100% clear on it all anyway and really doesn't know how things can move forward, so it's not a good informed place and being in the unknown is so anxiety filling!!! Not to mention he is still sOOOoooo down. I just really hope talking with her and then having a fun Thanksgiving can do a lot towards turning things around.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I would just like to say that I was expecting this run to kind of suck -- 4 hrs of sleep, randomly hot and sunny at the beginning when I was expecting cool and cloudy (um, tights?! EEK!).
But then it got cool enough to be SUPER comfortable, and I actually finished the 13 miles in a Personal Best for me at that distance -- a 12:20 min mile average pace! WOOHOOO!!!!! Had to blog about it. Now for family time.
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