Saturday, April 06, 2013
***Before I begin, I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have FriendFeed Notifications pop up from my lovely Sparkies! I've been out of the loop so long, yet you guys didn't forget about me and showed up to give your support. Muah, muah, muah!!!***
Sooooo... let me go ahead and put it out there. Since I've moved, I haven't been so good at being a Sparkie. I was scared of putting on "love weight" and for good reason. Gym sessions turned into snuggle sessions. Two, three, four, after-dinner drinks happened night after night because, hey, we're celebrating! T never had cheesy grits? Welp, let's whip him up a batch along with pancakes and bacon... you get the idea.
It was devine to be lost in the cloud of mushy-gushy sweetheart land. And we're still there, we've just both looked down at our empty ice cream bowls and realized we need to get back in to our regular routine or things could get ugly!
A couple days ago this super cute girl from work asked me if I wanted to sign up for a race series with her. Of course I said yes! Runner friend opportunity :)
Every Friday in April there's an evening 5k near the Pentagon. Super close to work, and BONUS, I get to miss the hellacious traffic on I-95. So yesterday was race #1...
The race site was in this posh little shopping/dining area near the river. The course was flat and looped back and forth by the riverbank (river was pretty smelly..ew). Jen had just finished a half marathon 2 weeks ago, so I knew I had to bring my A-game if I stood a chance of keeping up with her! Besides a 3.5 mile loop around our neighborhood last weekend, I hadn't done any training at all.. so I wasn't sure how it was going to go.
She was a really awesome race partner. We kept pace really well together, and since there were 2 of us we were able to break through some of the clogs and get around slower runners. Around mile 2, my worst nightmare happened, though. I got a horrible stitch in the middle of a race!!! It was so bad it was affecting my breathing. I tried everything, deep breaths to stretch my diaphragm, arms overhead, pushing on the cramp, but it kept getting worse. There were several points where I made up my mind I was going to stop and walk. But then I thought about seeing Jen's chip time when they post it, and knowing I could've had that time too if I didn't stop. T wanted me to text him my time at the end of the race, and I didn't want to have to tell him I walked. I also thought about how stitches are always the WORST immediately after you stop, so there was really only one option. I've heard before that if you keep going the cramp will eventually work itself out, but mine hung in there to the bitter end.
When the finish line was in sight, Jen said she was gonna book it. So even though it felt like I had been impaled by a rusty spoon I kept up and we finished together. The clock time said 27:22, and I'm willing to bet we didn't cross start for at least 30 secs after the gun.. so yeah I could be very close to my PR time I set in February.
Jen said we said a hard precedent, and I agreed! But that just means we've gotta push it even more these next 3 races. My goal is to have each one faster than before.. so I should be setting an awesome PR by May :)
Also.. I'm a little late jumping on the bandwagon with this, but they were giving out coconut water after the race and man am I hooked! It was as refreshing as drinking a gatorade without all the crap in it. I had to go out and buy some after my workout this morning. It's expensive, but worth it I think.
This morning I took BodyAttack (sooo happy to be back with a gym that offers Les Mills!). It really kicked my butt, by the end I had literally run out of steam. Which is saying a lot considering the amount of spaghetti I ate last night..
Speaking of food, this week we're going to get back on the wagon. I'm going to do a para-paleo menu. Lots of veggies, meat at every meal (though not as much as Paleo-heads proscribe. I mean, no one should be eating a pound of beef in one sitting), and limiting grains to whole & unrefined and no more than 3 servings a day. I think this will help with my sweet-tooth cravings I've been getting every day at my desk. We shall see!