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.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I just found the best yogurt ever.
I'm upgrading from my old Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Strawberry. :)
To Stonyfield Organic Yobaby + Fruit and Cereal!
Yeah, it's for babies, but whatever -- it looked good so I decided to go for it.
The one I ate today was Straberry Banana, and the pack I bought is Strawberry Banana and Raspberry Pear. :)
Here are the ingredients:
"CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC WHOLE MILK, NATURALLY MILLED ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC STRAWBERRY PURÉE, ORGANIC BANANA PURÉE, ORGANIC OAT FLOUR, ORGANIC FLAXSEED CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC OAT BRAN, FISH OIL (ANCHOVY OIL, SARDINE OIL, TILAPIA FISH GELATIN: A NATURAL SOURCE OF DHA), NATURAL FLAVOR, PECTIN, ORGANIC BEET JUICE CONCENTRATE (FOR COLOR), ZINC GLUCONATE, VITAMIN D3. CONTAINS OUR EXCLUSIVE BLEND OF SIX LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES: S. THERMOPHILUS, L. BULGARICUS, L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, L. CASEI, AND L. RHAMNOSUS." For Raspberry Pear sub Raspberry and Pear Puree, and Black Carrot and Black Currant for coloring.
Nutrition Facts: 110 calories, 4g fat, 55mg sodium, 15g carbs, 13g sugar, 4g protein
Yeah, my fatfree is 90 cal and I think 6g protein -- but it has more sugar. AND it doesn't have the omega-3's addition! AND...
This stuff is so cool, it's like a 3 layer treat. The top was a super creamy layer that was creamy colored as well, then in the middle was the yogurt, then at the bottom it's like the fruit puree and the grain stuff. That's what it seemed like to me anyway -- it was like discovering a treasure as I went! And it was sooooooo good tasting.
I got excited and had to come write a recommendation.
So anyway -- other stuff. Last night was tough -- a lot of dark moments, but then things started getting more normal (and junk food was purchased), watched some funny TV shows on TiVo... oh and then my father-in-law came down. That was kind of a secret until he called and said he was down the rd, then I finally told my DH he was coming. I think he was ready for it then, but earlier when he left (it's about a 2hr drive) I'm positive my DH would have totally rejected that notion so we kept it on the hushhush. I'm glad because I had to come to work this morning and go run 13 miles and I didn't want to be worried about him being home alone with his thoughts, ya know? Just not a good idea. Plus hello - his dad rocks and there's no way this can't be a positive thing anyway.
But here I am -- up till a little after 2AM working on this stuff (totally worth it, no regrets), had to be up at 6AM to be at work, and facing a 13 mile run afterward. WOOHOOO!! ;) hahaha.
I feel pretty ok about it though -- the weather yesterday said it'd be likely to rain during my run time, but now it says it's not! So that's a relief. I went and ate my pre-run meal about 45min ago and I just feel ready to go. All day yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about how much I was looking forward to this run to go work out some emotions, ya know? I wished my DH had that kind of thing to turn to. If I was in his spot I know running a loooong run like that would really help. We're just hoping to get him out of the gutter, even if not back on the positive track of feeling like continuing on and trying again yet, so that he can face meeting with his advisor next week to talk about what next, and then have a nice Thanksgiving break to get away from it all. His dad asked him not to make any decisions (to quit or not to quit) until at least after Thanksgiving. I'm like... 99% sure he will followthrough with it, but about 85% of what's coming out of his mouth now is not saying that... but there are those other comments... like "we'll have to get those nice copies made again!" (of the dissertation for the committee and the grad school) that are kind of talking about what will happen when he goes for it again..... so...... I'm optimistic. Now is not the time. I don't believe these "CONVICTIONS" that are gained when in a total emotional hole in the ground full of self loathing and depression -- ya know? I mean, I've been there before for other reasons and I know that my thoughts were NOT rational then and once I was out of it I couldn't believe I thought some of the things I did.
Anyway enough about that. Time to go run soon.
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