Wednesday, December 02, 2009
So I didn't run this morning, I will have more time tomorrow morning to try that out -- opted to sleep until almost time to leave instead. REST REST REST! I'm still feeling slightly sick but I'm going it without medicine as of 11AM and don't feel much worse for the wear so I think I really am getting better. :) Went and got some body glide and some more socks as well today. Woot.
So.... one more day of work! Then we head to Memphis!!!! :)
I am feeling soooooo excited... reading through that Race Guide yesterday got me all pumped. Seeing the detailed instructions about the corrals for the wave start, where the bag check is (even though I'm not gonna check a bag it's still exciting race day details!), which way MARATHONERS are to turn when they enter the baseball stadium at the end of the race -- half marathoners and other races finish to the right, MARATHONERS finish to the LEFT ;), stuff like that... there was a little instruction page on how to attach your D-Tag -- which I am very happy that I had the experience of using one at the race in San Diego so I am familiar with it!
Weather.com is telling me that Saturday is mostly sunny, 0% chance of precipitation, low 31, high 47. :) I checked to see how cold it was when I ran the Turkey Trot and it was in the 30's so I think I have a decent idea of what it will feel like and that wasn't too bad! I was wearing my Spark Tech T under a longsleeve T-Shirt, gloves, tights. I also know that I can easily tuck my gloves into my fuel belt (the clip together).
The Race Guide says Gu will be at FOUR stations - at first they said 2, then 3, and now it's 4. I will have my own as well to be prepared but I think I can take less with me - we'll see. Woooot.
I'm ready. Let's do this!!!!
Oh yeah -- I still have a couple more days to wait through. :P hahaha.
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!!!!!!!!!
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