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Total pamper day for me....

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Yup that's right.... I totally spoiled myself rotten today.

Went to Cracker Barrel....


Hung out at Barnes and Noble... Love book stores...

Went out later to a Japanese restaurant,
I had some really yummy sushi-


Had a really fun time getting food tossed at me by the hibachi chef....I think I got most of the rice out of my nose....had so much fun I almost hyperventilated.





I tried some insane "death by chocolate" ice cream at Coldstone Creamery... It was intense as you can see by my face... I'm not a chocolate guy....


Best of all....had a hot tub to myself for a while.... Aaah I am worth it :)

First person view .... Just so you can be there too... :)


Well anyway...

I'm still recovering from the half marathon and although I am pretty tender in some spots, I am still overjoyed at what I feel was a huge victory for me with respect to my race time. My running was hit and miss at best and I still did it. I was reflecting on this a little and realized that when I did my first half marathon, my time was 3 hrs 30 min in October 2010. My time has gradually improved until I did the Marquette Half this September with a time of 3:15 and I also suffered ALOT of cramps the last few miles which really took its toll. To have gone from that to 2:59 in a couple of months is really something. It shows how effective running with someone can really be especially if they motivate you and help keep you focused...(Thank You Jan)

Pushing yourself also means that you take much longer to recover. I had pre-registered for the Turkey Trot in Webster, NY sometime back but have now decided to drop the race. Considering the condition of my ankle and also the need for proper recovery, it would be foolish indeed to do this race just to pick up yet another shirt and bib. As much as I like to do this sort of stuff, inviting injury is foolhardy. It doesn't bother me at all actually, no worries.

It's is the first time I have ever dropped out of an event but the 30 bucks I spent wouldn't touch how much rehabbing from a strain will cost. No regrets. I would rather run a race giving 110% effort than to do two races at 75% and not push my potential.

Frankly, I'm kinda glad that racing is over for the year and into next year. I want to focus on weight loss and strength training. I am going to get a day pass to Planet Fitness tomorrow or if I can't do that, I'll get a workout going on in my room. There is no fitness center here so I'll either make my own or I will go somewhere.

...I enjoyed my moment of pampering ....

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LINDAKAY228 11/23/2012 12:33PM

    A pamper day is great sometimes, and much needed! Think you made a wise choice not to race again so soon. Sounds like vacation is going so well!

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/22/2012 9:24PM

    Sounds like you had a great time. Glad you decided to drop the
race, it's not worth an injury or getting worse.

Be healthy, Be happy

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LINDAK25 11/22/2012 11:25AM

    Just what you need after a great race! Take it easy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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BESSHAILE 11/22/2012 7:59AM

    I'm glad you're seeing races in perspective - They'll be more fun and you'll probably improve too.

Happy Thanksgiving to you - may you have many more days of pampering - the healthy kind and the indulgent.

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CHARTHESTAR 11/21/2012 10:58PM

    looks like it was a fantastic day!
Thank you for sharing the pictures.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/21/2012 9:30PM

    Forgot to quote the ultra runner 'Lucho' who says - it is not a matter how hard you train - but how well you rest.

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NSMANN 11/21/2012 8:27PM

    I treated my friend to a day at the spa with a hot tub after he ran the SF marathon. You deserve your R&R.

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JUNEAU2010 11/21/2012 7:59PM

    What a fun day! I am glad you made the choice to rest your ankle!

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FITFOODIE806 11/21/2012 7:41PM

    What a fun day! And what maturity as an athlete to decide to rest. You are smart and strong!

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MOBYCARP 11/21/2012 7:21PM

    Too bad you have to miss the Turkey Trot, but it's more important to be able to run again than to run again competitively too soon. But if you're in the Rochester area, feel free to come say hi to me at the Race with Grace tomorrow morning. I'm having delusions of running large portions of it; if I'm smart, I'll stick with intervals.

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/21/2012 1:38PM

    Kudos. Enjoy.

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123ELAINE456 11/21/2012 1:22PM

  You Deserverd all that Pampering!!! Congratulations on the Race and Time. I like the Pictures very much. Enjoy your Vacation too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/21/2012 11:03AM

    What is in it for the pacer (ROFL MAO)

Seriously Robert, I am so happy for you. Too bad we live so far from each other. It would be fun if we could run more together. Next time it will be in western MI in August.

Best wishes to you and the family for Thanksgiving!

Comment edited on: 11/21/2012 11:08:53 AM

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/21/2012 10:49AM

    Excellent for pampering yourself and listening to your body and being sensible.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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GINGERHAWK 11/21/2012 10:20AM

    Your pamper day sounds amazing, and it's certainly deserved! Amazing job on the half marathon, incredible to see your reduced time. As for dropping out of the next race, that definitely sounds like the smart move. Give your body the proper time to recover and you'll be back at 100% in no time. Happy Thanksgiving!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/21/2012 9:48AM

    You deserve all the pampering! Glad you enjoyed it!! Congrats on your emoticon That is a big accomplishment on your speed. I understand it is important to be prudent and giving your body recovery time is so important. Glad you are thinking about yourself and taking care of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 11/21/2012 9:47AM

    I am not a chocolate fan either! Sounds like you had a great day!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/21/2012 9:37AM

    You deserve that pampering!!! Love the hot tub pic!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/21/2012 9:25AM

    you know what? i'm really proud of you for KNOWING not to race in Webster. Shows that you are really comfortable with yourself and know there will be more no need to have a setback!!
Love the pictures!!!

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SARAWALKS 11/21/2012 9:24AM

    emoticon A little pampering is just the thing after all that progress you've made! I love the sushi too and can take or leave the chocolate although I'm mad for fruits...
Now's the time of year to let yourself kick back a bit so DO THAT!
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BOILHAM 11/21/2012 8:31AM

    Looks like you had a great day spoiling yourself. You deserve that reward. Isn;t it great to see the better times reflected from all that training? Good for you.

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KBRADFORD88 11/21/2012 7:52AM

    Great recovery and great mind set about the race. I find ice actually helps my sore muscles more than heat. Try frozen bags of corn or peas! Happy Thanksgiving

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ROSIE777 11/21/2012 7:38AM

    Awesome job!!! emoticon

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REGILIEH 11/21/2012 6:54AM

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BEECHNUT13 11/21/2012 6:54AM

    I LOOOOOVE sushi! Have fun!

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MAGGIE101857 11/21/2012 6:52AM

    You certainly know how to live!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/21/2012 5:16AM

    Totally agree you did the right thing to drop the Turkey Trot. Remember goal #1: Don't get injured. Recovery is PART of training, right?

Congrats again on the improvement in your time. emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/21/2012 5:08AM

    Love the "you-are-here" shot of your toesies in the tub!

Enjoy your rest and the remainder of your holiday.

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NEWSTART127 11/21/2012 1:28AM

    Well-deserved rest day! Happy Thanksgiving!

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GOING-STRONG 11/21/2012 1:01AM

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KATHIC2 11/21/2012 12:39AM

  Well earned fun day! Great self care on not racing.

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CM_GARDNER78 11/21/2012 12:17AM

    Ahhh....sounds like you are having fun! :-) Thanks for having us join you in the tub! ;-) LOL Smart idea on dropping the race - you know your body well enough to know whether it's a good idea or not!

Be careful coming home - supposed to start snowing and get nasty (up in the Keweenaw anyway) on Friday. Safe travels, and enjoy the rest of your time there!! :-)

~ Christa

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TYKXBOY 11/21/2012 12:11AM

    Funny that you love sushi, but don't like chocolate. I L-O-V-E chocolate and do not go near fish of any kind - raw or cooked - except for the occasional fish stick. Humans are such diverse creatures! :) Enjoy your pampering. You earned it!

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CHEFKATLEANER 11/20/2012 11:45PM

    Your reaction to the ice cream is really making me chuckle. *lol*

And that sushi looks AWESOME!

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