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Lucky 13/Jan Fit Adventure Weekend #1 (pics)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Despite my complaints about not being as committed to movement and healthy eating, I realized that every weekend in January has been a Fitness Adventure Weekend! Heh.

Sunday Jan 6th I finally got to run our 2nd annual Resolution Run 5k with NEWSGIRL2177 Heather and her husband! This year, BEFIT_WITHGUSTO & her husband and BOUNCIN_BETTY joined us! We all met at previous local SparkRallies. Yay for SparkFriends!!

My weight-loss journey in pounds until the end of 2012.

Before the race!




First 5k of 2013!! Woohoo!!! The start of so many things! :)

Cold, but not as cold as that guy in the full suit or his friend in the furry jacket makes it look. We ARE in San Diego. Unusually cold is still about 30 degrees here.

It was sprinkling on us, though.
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Race pictures from the local paper (above) - not in them.





Oops, my phone camera had the flash on. It wasn't this dark. Kinda neat though.






Betty! At the turnaround.

So very San Diego!

The sunrise hit the shore across the bay first, before we could feel it on our backs. To me it looked like the golden glow of promise, the glow of the finish line that surely awaited us.




Heather pulled way ahead. I yelled encouragement for her to keep going... I suddenly felt a little ill. I hadn't run for over 10 days, and during that time I was laid out flat with strep throat. Luckily I rarely get infections. Unfortunately, they hit me hard. I hadn't gone back to the doctor, but the week after this race I did, and was put on more antibiotics and they added steroids to get rid of a lingering mysterious blockage in my ear. It's no wonder that I looked like this:

Maybe you can't tell, but I remember almost crying. And I can see my red face in this picture. I remember my chest feeling a funny pressure. I can sometimes put it into high gear and catch up when someone is ahead of me, but my vision was swimming, as my unsteady hand shows below, and I thought that I really should listen to my body. I continued the run/walk intervals as best I could.

The end wasn't too far, and when it was 200 yards (or more-within sight) away I recognized the lady running next to me, who also kept walking, and catching up/falling behind the whole time. I said, "Hey, let's go all the way!" and she ran ahead of me. It helped me drive that inexplicable "leader of the pack" competitiveness that sometimes helps me get into overdrive. Even though she finished ahead of me, I gave it my all in that last excruciating 100 yards! BEFIT was there to capture my final moments after finding HER husband who finished his first 5k; so I smiled big and waved with my fingertips not holding my towel or tissue...



I was shaking when they stopped me to take off my timing chip. Heather found me at the end and helped me get a bit of fresh orange.


While we waited to see Betty finish her 2nd 5k, and Heather's husband to finish his 1st 15k, we took victory pictures! :)


Heather took this awesome pic of the finisher's medal! :) Looks like a year of disco dancing is ahead! Heehee!

Little kids completed a tiny tot trot, and I was in tears about how cute they were, how earnestly they ran, and even how reluctantly one at the end was trailing her teddy bear behind her as she was lead over the finish by her mom. I was still riding a wild storm of emotion.



About to leave and a bee chased my pom-poms.. I ran beep-screaming around the cars in the parking lot (still in crazy emotion mode).


My foot hurt like a bug bite, it was weird and I had to investigate.. It went away a couple days later.

Time for breakfast!

This victory pose while we waited to be seated at The Nake Cafe was taken while I was talking.. making it look extra super-hero-y!



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I played this app game "SuperBetter" after watching a TedTalk video about the creator. I thought I'd hit some "easy" better self image tasks and weight control items - knowing I've spent years working at this. I figured it'd be a nice way to jump in ahead of the game. That is until I choked up a little at reading this. I had been doing this after my body became bloated from the antibiotics and dehydration strangeness from being sick. I flushed in recognition, and even though I wasn't telling myself the dreaded "I'm so fat!" negative self-talk, my fingers did the gentle exploring of tummy rolling over the band of my panties the day before, and I knew it was a slippery slope. I battled this, and "won points", but more importantly, I have only done it one time again since. The REAL battle feels averted.


As it turns out, I found the culprit of my mysterious feelings all day - the laughing in the car until I cried, the extra irritation at my foot pain, fear of bees that I don't really have, impatience, elation, and all of it. I was pumped up with hormones from my impending lady time. And all of my emotions, good or bad, explode intensely. I felt relief at recognizing the source, and that it would all be okay.

On to the next adventure!! :)
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CATNCAG 7/22/2013 3:10PM

    Wow u are my inspiration! How many 5K's have u ran? Someday I will do this!

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RAJANIEMI 1/24/2013 12:32PM

    Awesome job...
Your a runner!
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You have to be so proud of you!

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CHARTHESTAR 1/23/2013 11:19PM

    great blog!

thanks for the info about SuperBetter! I am going to get that app. I love TEdTalks!

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KLMEIRING 1/23/2013 10:50AM

    Wow! Quite the adventure! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 1/23/2013 12:28AM

  Congratulations!! What a great achievement!

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EUEK098 1/22/2013 8:57PM

    You're doing great, keep it up

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KARRENLYNN 1/22/2013 7:54PM

    Congrats on your race and I love the pictures on this blog!

Keep sparking!

Karen

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DMSGLASS 1/22/2013 7:19PM

    Way to go!!

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NEWTINK 1/22/2013 4:53PM

    emoticon looks like a great day emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/22/2013 3:06PM

  it looks like you had a blast running with your friends!!!!

That apps looks fun too. I don't have a smart phone or I pod. Maybe some of these apps, you can do online. if so, let me know...


You doing great! I wish I new a real live Sparker. I mean I have e-mailed some and talked to one o the phone... There is a group in my large city, but I haven't got to meet or befriend them. I did try... emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/22/2013 2:08PM

    emoticon on running/walking the emoticon I have never done one.

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NEWCHINELO 1/22/2013 1:05PM

    Congratulations!

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SJKENT1 1/22/2013 10:29AM

    Congratulations - great job

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LINDAKAY228 1/22/2013 9:06AM

    Congratulations on the great start to a new year! Sorry you weren't feeling well at some points but great job finishing it in spite of that. Beautiful medal!

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WALLINMW 1/22/2013 8:28AM

  You look terrific!

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MOMMY445 1/22/2013 8:23AM

    congrats on your race! you look amazing and you did so well! have a terrific day!

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OFGREENGABLES 1/22/2013 8:07AM

    cool! what a good way to start off the year

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DIANNEMT 1/22/2013 7:57AM

    Congrats on the great run!

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SANDYCRANE 1/22/2013 7:32AM

    Great job. I might have to give running a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

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KATHIC2 1/22/2013 7:31AM

  Way to go!!! Thanks for the app recommendation.

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JANEMARIE77 1/22/2013 7:22AM

    nice job on the race you are doing great and really seem to have a great attitude I'm going to check out the app thanks

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4KWALK 1/22/2013 7:21AM

    emoticon You must be so proud of yourself.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/22/2013 6:56AM

    Marvelous!

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PENOWOK 1/22/2013 6:49AM

    Good for you for getting it done!

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TRYINGHARD54 1/22/2013 5:53AM

    you look as though you had alot of fun.....

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AMANDACOETZER 1/22/2013 5:51AM

    Fantastic! Congratulations!!

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    emoticon SO PROUD OF YOU!!! emoticon

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NCSUE0514 1/22/2013 5:03AM

    Great job! Congratulations!

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LRSILVER 1/22/2013 4:48AM

    Congrats on finishing the race.

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JILLYBEAN25 1/21/2013 7:53PM

    Well, I'm glad you were able to do the Resolution Run, even though you were in the midst of illness. It looks like it turned out to be a really fun day. That omelet looks delicious, too! That's a really interesting app. I'd like to know more about it. Research time!

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JENIYE707 1/21/2013 7:23PM

    Congrats on your race. Way to go. I want to do a 5k run/walk but havent got the nerve to do it yet.

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MJ7DM33 1/21/2013 3:45PM

  WTG! Good pics! Thx for sharing!

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DRASADAF 1/21/2013 1:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon wow thats alot of inspiration...

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DDOORN 1/21/2013 12:29PM

    Awesome pics from an outstanding time with you & your buds! Thx for sharing!

You are the BEST!

Don

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FITWITHIN 1/21/2013 11:41AM

    emoticon on your emoticon . Excellent job with all that your dealing with being ill. Keep up the good work! You rock! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 1/21/2013 11:32AM

    Yes, yes! Always listen to your body.
Great blog! So honest and inspirational.
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