Monday, May 25, 2009
My time today was 32:19. Not bad, but I was really hoping to beat my last time of 31:35. Today's course was hilly and it was HOT. Four of us ran today, not all together (we have very different times). Sometimes it's frustrating to run "with" people who are much faster. To hear about their times of 22:00 and 24:00 is hard when I am just happy to run the whole 5K. BUT, I have only been running since the end of March. I never ran before, ever! So I keep thinking of how far I've come since then, and am happy with my progress.
Some things I've learned:
I need to drink caffeinated coffee before I run. All I had today was decaf, and now I have a gigantic headache.
I need to NOT do lower body weight training in the 4 or 5 days before I race. I think it was Saturday (maybe Friday?) that I did some lower body stuff, and my hamstrings were hurting a lot today before the race, even though I have been stretching them all weekend.
Getting a new watch was a really good thing for me. I didn't have my trainer today, so I had to go by what *I* was doing. My first mile was a 9:40 mile with a hill, so I was pretty happy with that.
I can't get lazy on the training. I didn't run a lot at all this past week because I was getting my foot feeling better. Also, I haven't had a car to get anywhere to run (yes, I have to drive somewhere to run). But aside from these excuses, I think that I kind of treated it like "oh, well I ran one, so now I can run another" and slacked on the training. I asked one of the girls today how much she ran during the week, and it was 4-5 days. She runs more than 3 miles at a shot to get used to the 5K distance; I have to seriously think about my goals and decide how I am going to get my mileage in each week. If I decide to run the half marathon in November (I think I really want to) then I need to make time for running in my schedule.
I drank too much coffee and water before the race.
I really enjoy the feeling of crossing the finish line. As much as it sucks at times during the race, I love crossing the line and having everyone cheering for you. I think the cheering from strangers motivates me more than the cheering from people I know. Weird? I don't know... but it seems like everyone is pulling for everyone else. I love it.
I *really* enjoy the feeling of being fit. I look at everyone at the races and how fit they look, and I think "wow, I *am* one of those people. I don't feel out of place, I don't feel fat. I feel fit. It's amazing that I feel better about myself among very trim runners than I do around slim people in non-running situations (i.e. walking around the city, going to the mall, etc.).
My wonderful fiance went out to get us some coffee so I can stop moping around with my headache. We are grilling tonight and I think I'll go to bed early. It has been such a relaxing weekend.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Well it's been a stressful couple of days.
Here are some good things.
We have three cars, so even though my car is at the shop, I was able to go grocery shopping and get some stuff done today.
My mechanic is absolutely wonderful, and I can pick up my car in the morning and send him a check, since he won't be in tomorrow.
My fiance is going to help me pay for my car; it's the first time that we have ever put money together for this big an amount. Even though we have been together for over five years, I feel like this is a big step towards our future. We are putting finances together to work towards our life goals.
This afternoon I went to the gym and did some lower body work. It is SOOOO nice to get back to the gym. Ran a little bit; mostly speed intervals and easy jogging to get ready for Monday's 5K.
Philadelphia Half-Marathon in November? Still thinking about that one. It's either that or the 8K. I guess it depends on how much training I get in over the summer and how my next few short races go.
Dinner tonight was scrambled egg whites, veggies, a little parmesan, and Tapatio hot sauce. YUM. Got a whole lot of protein, something I have been lacking as of late. Dessert was all-natural vanilla ice cream with a banana and honey. I've decided that natural food is more of a draw for me than low-fat. I was all ready to buy some frozen yogurt today and then I read the ingredient list. Yuck. I went with the all-natural ice cream, even though it has more calories. In the long run, I think that it will be better for me especially since I even managed to measure out the serving.
Tomorrow is "Farm Frolic," where I am going to get to hold a bunch of baby animals and do some Hay Jumping, whatever that may be.
Now, it's off to a small glass of wine and some TV, maybe do one more load of laundry.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Well there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that I still do not have a car. the good news is that my wonderful mechanic figured out what was wrong and is going to fix it tomorrow. The bad news is that my water pump and timing belt need to be replaced, so it won't be a cheap day. The good news is that my wonderful mechanic reassured me that yes, the garage should have told me that my car overheated on the test drive so that it could be taken care of right away. So I hope that this is the end of the car drama. I can't afford any more. This whole debacle is going to end up costing me close to $1000 when all is said and done. This *really* makes me want to move to a place where I do not have to own a car. I could really use this money for something better... like a vacation or some new Birkenstocks.
I got to the gym tonight (YAY!). The pool was still closed (boo) and I didn't know until I got there. I wore my swim suit there, but luckily I decided to wear my sneaks so I got in a little stationary bike and some upper body stuff. It felt SO good to get back into the gym. Tomorrow is going to be another good day; I'll get to the park and do a little light running to prepare for Monday's 5K.
Weigh-in update: I lost .5 pounds. In a month. Bleh. I am a little disappointed with the small number, but I did some good running and improved in that area of fitness. School is almost out, and then I can really concentrate on working towards my fitness and weight-loss goals. It's soon time for me to do some summer singing, which I love. It keeps me involved in my career, music, but it gets me away from the kids and into "grown-up" music. On June 14th I will be singing at Lincoln Center. We are performing Mozart's Requiem. It is so good and I am so excited. Hoo-ray for grown up stuff.
Happy Friday! Hoo-ray for the long weekend!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So yesterday I wrote in my blog about my car problem. Today my car is down at my very trustworthy mechanic, and my very negative review is sent to Midas. After I present them with the write-up about what was wrong with my car (i.e. what they screwed up) I am reporting them to the Better Business Bureau. Just another thing I have to deal with.
It's amazing how much I have come to depend on a car. There is nowhere around my house where I can walk to get anything done, and it's not exactly safe to bike around here. Since I started this whole Spark People lifestyle, I think I have really found myself, or at least discovered what it is I'm really all about. I love being active, I love eating healthy, whole foods, and the idea of living in a place where I don't need a car is really growing on me. On my fiance, as well. I think a home where we don't need cars is in our not-so-distant future. We really don't like to collect "things," and we do not want the "house with a yard and a picket fence." Children do not look to be in our future because that's the choice we are making. While having money is certainly nice, we aren't hell-bent on being millionaires from our jobs. Being happy is very important to us.
So back to the car. Tonight I was supposed to make a casserole for a breakfast at school tomorrow, but without a car, I can't get to the store. I think I'll get my fiance to drive me down when he gets home from work. My fingers are crossed that tomorrow my mechanic can find what is wrong with my car and it is not a big deal. I'll pick up my car, and life will go on. It's hard to find a mechanic to trust, but I really trust the one who I should have just gone to in the first place. But what garage screws up an oil change??? Argh.
Went for a short little run tonight, only about a mile. I rested my foot since Sunday, which has been great for it. It is not getting worse, and I really think it's just a bruise. I'm going to ice it while I watch "So You Think You Can Dance" and take tomorrow off from running, and go swimming if I have a car. Saturday morning I am planning to go on a run with one of the girls from work; we are going to a park with wonderful trails and I'm really looking forward to it.
Off to put some laundry in and get some ice!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Today has been one of those days. I took my car in to get an oil change, 80K checkup, and inspection. After making it very clear this morning that those THREE things needed to be done, I didn't get the 80K checkup stuff taken care of. I found this out *after* I sat waiting for my car for an hour after work.
THEN! I went to get my extra passport pictures taken and I was on my way home when my temperature gauge shot up and my temp light started blinking and beeping. This was almost immediately after I picked up my car. So I had to pull over on route 80 (which is a really really busy highway at rush hour), call the tow truck, and have my car towed back to the shop. By this time, the shop was closed, so I couldn't even go in and cause a stink. The tow truck guy was really nice and suggested that I ask them to check the wiring and sensors if they bumped it after they did stuff to my car. He also said that they most likely did not take it for a test drive since they didn't see that the temp. went way up. I am definitely going to bring that up when I go in tomorrow and talk to them.
So here I am without a car, on the night when I planned to finally get back to the gym, get some groceries, and get some other stuff done.
BUT! THANK GOODNESS for friends. My very good friend came and rescued me. I took her to dinner. I had a beer. and fries. and dessert. I couldn't help it. I was SO hungry since I didn't eat all afternoon or evening, and I was stressed out. I *HATE* making excuses like that, but I was famished. I was over 2 hourse behind on my eating schedule and I had a light lunch, so of course I was hungry. BLEH
Anyway, I can't beat myself up too bad, it doesn't help. I suppose I get the car fixed tomorrow and head off to the gym tomorrow to get myself back on a schedule. After tonight I shouldn't be going out to eat until the beginning of June. I can't even believe how often I've been out to eat this past week. It makes me anxious to think about it.
I think I might take a hot bath tonight.
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