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The hottest 5K ever.

Monday, May 31, 2010

This morning I ran in the Tortoise and Hare 5K in a very nice little town. The race started at 9:00. I left my house at 7:15, and it was already hot. Like really hot. By the time I got to the park, it was REALLY hot. It must have been in the mid-80s when the race started. And it was humid. I think if I would have gotten on the scale after the race, I would have been very happy - I probably sweated away 5 pounds.
The course was full of "rolling hills" which was apparently code for "hills that, even though they are not that steep, are really long." My time for the first mile was 10:32; I wasn't too hopeful for getting a PR for the race. I knew the heat would make me slow. My time for the race was around 33:??. I didn't look at the clock that closely. I knew it was in the 33:00 range, though.
I'm actually kind of surprised at my time - I haven't been out that often the last two weeks; the week after my 1st 5K of the season had NO running in it, and last week I only ran twice. My next 5K is on June 12, so I need to learn from this lesson and get some more runs in between now and then.
I saw my penguin running buddy there, and he asked when I was coming back to run with the running club. I think my knee is finally ok to run the 4ish miles they do, and I'm comfortable with having to walk if I have to. I think I'll go on Thursday. Yahoo!

Spent a lot of time on the couch after my race today. I had a horrible headache - I have a feeling that I was really dehydrated after the race.

Good things for today:
I drank a ton of water.
Packed my lunch for tomorrow.
Did a bunch of laundry.
Worked on some June goals.
Found a good notebook to use as a food diary, which is part of my goals for June.

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ROGUE_1 6/2/2010 7:53PM

    Great job! Wish it could've been cooler in temps for you though!

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GSDMIKE 5/31/2010 8:07PM

    I drank about 32 oz of water before my race this morning, and another 32 oz plus a small bottle of G2 they handed out at the race within 20-30 minutes of crossing the finish line. It was brutal. I was still actively sweating for about 15 minutes afterwards, even while sitting in an air-conditioned van.

Congrats on the race result, and good luck with the running club. One of these days I'm going to have to try that.

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MANDORA3 5/31/2010 5:56PM

    I am with you on the heat! I ran a 5K this morning and it was hot and muggy! Great job!!!

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MIAMIA7 5/31/2010 5:49PM

    Great job Carrie! I ran in the humidity and heat today and I always seem to have a headache the rest of the day. I did stop on the way back home and buy a gatorade. I knew I sweat a ton so I figured water wasn't enough. I actually didn't have that bad of a headache today. Hmmm, perhaps the gatorade helped? Way to run it in the heat and hills. How come those long slow rolling hills seem worse than just a short straight up hill?

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GIGI1222 5/31/2010 5:48PM

    Darn heat!!!! We have completely bypassed spring and headed straight to August where I am .

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ETTEZEUS 5/31/2010 4:50PM

    The heat will put you on the couch every time! Believe me, I know....LOL
Good time on the race though. They are tough enough in the heat but add hills and it gets tougher.

Hope you are recovering well!

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GONE2014 5/31/2010 4:28PM

    Hey, you did it! emoticon

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KAYAKID 5/31/2010 3:45PM

    Carrie great job on your 5k. its all about the learning that goes from running the races. You did awesome. its tough running in the heat! you earned a stint on the couch!Lol

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My first real egg!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I bought eggs from the farm on Friday. Today when I cooked my egg, I saw the vibrant yolk. I never knew that eggs had a smell, but I smelled the egg when it cooked (it was a good smell). The yolk tasted amazing. It was unlike anything I ever ate. Today I savored an egg. I don't think I ever savored an egg before.

Today I will:
Drink a ton of water to flush out all the restaurant eating I did yesterday while away from home.
Take paper to be recycled.
Pick some strawberries if the orchard is open.

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BIKERCHICK74 5/30/2010 8:53PM

    Oh ...YUM!! Have you ever had fresh milk??? from a cow?? for real??? YUMMMUYYY!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/30/2010 8:43PM

    YYYYUUUUUMMMM emoticon

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COOPSM 5/30/2010 5:50PM

    Fresh eggs are the best!!!!

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    Makes you wonder what they do to the chickens that lay the store bought eggs to make them so different.

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ONECOOKIETWO 5/30/2010 1:14PM

    What a lovely experience! Not only mindful eating, but mindful food! Have fun picking fresh strawberries!

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MAIA2011 5/30/2010 9:36AM

    Fresh food is a beautiful thing! I, too, will be flushing out restaurant eating, pupusas, and cake from a family get-together.


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KOEHNA 5/30/2010 9:04AM

    sounds like some really good food I have never heard an egg described before. send some strawberries this

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Reflections about May

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's the last Saturday of the month, so I think I'll do some reflecting.

Fitness: I didn't burn a ton of calories, but I was pretty consistent. There was one week in there where the fitness minutes were lacking... I made an effort to get outside a lot, though. I started a new challenge running through the end of the school year where I'm going to make it to the gym at least 3 times before school. This week was 4 times - I know I can do this for two more weeks. Strength training and yoga did not play a big part of fitness this month - going to add more in June.

Nutrition: I did a 10-day No Baked Goods/No Candy Challenge. I think this challenge helped in my weight loss this month. Three pounds! I didn't deny myself sweets, just chose to eat sweets I knew I wouldn't eat a million of. Today is the start of another 10-day streak.

Sleep: I am pretty good about keeping a regular sleep schedule. There were a few late nights in there, but not many. I am enjoying my early to bed, early to rise schedule.

Went running this morning with my running buddy. It was a great day - a little overcast, so not too hot. We did about 40 minutes. Tomorrow is a rest day in preparation for my 5K on Monday.
Going to visit my mom today. I wasn't going to take the time to drive down, but if I didn't, I'd just sit around here and mope because honey is working and I'm sitting here. None of that.

Today I will:
Drink a whole lot of water (I think I'm fighting off a cold)
Not go too crazy with the shopping
Enjoy the company of my family.

Hooray for the long weekend!


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WALIDGAZALA 5/29/2010 8:44AM

    That was magnificent
to track all the month; it is the first time I read such beautifully aranged state

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Weekly fitness goal - DONE!

Friday, May 28, 2010

This week's goal was to get to the gym three times *before* school. I made it four times. Yahoo! I have two more weeks of this challenge - and then school is out. Hooray!

The no candy streak started and ended today. I had a 3 Musketeers bar. I don't really even know why... it didn't taste good, and I didn't even have a bad day that I could blame the candy bar on. Weird - I haven't had candy in a really long time. Bleh.

Picked up my CSA veggies this afternoon. Spinach, lettuce, rhubarb, asparagus, garlic vinegar, oregano... and I bought some Alaskan salmon, eggs, and a chicken-veggie pastie. I wanted to try the pastie for an easy dinner. I don't think I'll be getting one again. It was alright, but I think I would have enjoyed a bean burger a bit better. Lesson learned. I wouldn't have known if I wouldn't have tried it.

Laundry is in, dishwasher is going, and the decaf tastes delish. I'll do just a little more cleaning up before I retire to the couch.

"wow Carrie, that sure was a random blog."

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GSDMIKE 5/28/2010 11:06PM

    All for one and one for all!

We did CSA a few years back, then I started my own garden. Seriously considering going back to CSA this year, since it's Memorial Day weekend and I haven't even touched my shovel yet.

Have a great weekend. Nice job on the gym streak.

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    I need to start mapping out some goals for the summer, need some motivation again, and you are helping.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/28/2010 8:14PM

    I can't wait to hear what you do with the rhubarb. I have only had it in pie.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/28/2010 7:26PM

    "wow Carrie, that sure was a random blog."

Oh, and great job on the cardio in the mornings - you are doing fantastic!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I was just outside weeding the garden, and this is what came out from under a rock:

It wasn't really big, but it sure made me jump!

I went to yoga tonight, and boy, did I need it. This morning, my contact ripped. Tried to get a hold of honey, couldn't reach him. Drove home at lunch, honey was home. Turned out his phone "didn't work." The jury is out on that one... so anyway, I was in a foul foul foul mood. I was SOOOO mad at honey for not answering his phone, but I didn't have time to fight about it. I had to get back to school. Got through the rest of the day. Vented to one of the first grade teachers and just lost it. I haven't cried like that in a while. I couldn't help it. When honey didn't answer his phone, I felt really let down. Sort of like I couldn't count on him to help me out when I needed help. I knew he was home - he doesn't go into the restaurant until the afternoon. I was just so upset that he didn't answer his phone.
One of the parts of my vent to my colleague was that our family is over an hour away, which isn't too far, but it's far enough that I can't call any of them to run over to our house and get my contacts or glasses. I count on my honey to be my nearby family, so when I can't get a hold of him, it's very frustrating.
He will get home late tonight, but I definitely need to talk to him about what happened today. Bleh.
So I was SOOOO mad during the afternoon, but I still went to yoga. I got to think about what happened and put it all in perspective. I managed to get home and get my contacts, and the day went on. My principal is totally understanding and told me that I shouldn't rush; she'd find someone to cover my class for a bit until I got back (if need be). At the time, though, I was so upset because I have really horrible eyes, and having only one contact in gave me a huge headache, not to mention it was really difficult to teach. AND, the contact was brand new. I just put it in this morning. So there's another thing that ticked me off. A little time was just what I needed to really think about what happened and figure out exactly *what* I was mad about. Yoga is a wonderful thing.

But the phone thing. We don't have a land line, we both have cell phones so we don't really need one. But I still think that honey needs to have his phone on and ready when he is home and available. It's one thing not to answer it in the car or while at work, but it's another thing to be sitting at home on the computer with the phone off (not working? battery dead? hm...).

Tonight will be an early night. Tomorrow morning I have to get up at 4:30 to go meet a friend - we're going to NYC with some of her middle school music students. I'm super excited - a personal day is just what I need after these crappy two days. Yesterday was just as bad - I forgot my lunch, I got pulled to cover a class, and the interstate was backed up when it was time to go home. At least I got my morning swims in!

Bleh - I'm taking a hot bath tonight, drinking a lot of water before bed, and packing my bag for tomorrow. I have some bananas and Kashi bars for snacks.

Since this was a mostly downer blog, here are some good things to end with.
- I hopped on the scale tonight (just to check) and it's still moving in the right direction. Official weigh-in day is at the end of the month, so I'll adjust the tracker then.
- I discovered that I have some really good friends at work. It's nice to know that I can vent to them and they will listen. Sometimes I feel as if what I have to say isn't that important, and it's hard for me to share my feelings with people.
- Yoga was WONDERFUL!!!!!!
- The traffic on the way home this afternoon (to get my contacts) was clear and I made the trip quickly.
- I have a tub in which I can soak.


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    You deserve a day away. I wouldn't head for the city-I'm a country girl. send me where there are NO people!!
Enjoy your time and great job on cooling off and putting things into perspective.

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CFMOSS 5/26/2010 10:12AM

    You've gotten lots of hugs and support - here's a little more. Have a great day today.

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PSHANKEY 5/26/2010 9:30AM

    Here's to a better day!

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PSHANKEY 5/26/2010 9:30AM

    Here's to a better day!

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KARVY09 5/26/2010 8:33AM

    Hope your bath made you feel better and that today is a much better day!

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LALAFLOWERS 5/26/2010 6:53AM

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I've had the same frustrations. And I ended up getting Vonage at home to be able to always have a connection to the house... So, Yes, I do understand.

Take a deep breath... school is almost over!

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PILLOWFOOL 5/26/2010 5:19AM

    awww {hugs!} hope your week turns around soon!

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ROGUE_1 5/26/2010 3:12AM

    Awwww hope tomorrow is MUCH better than today!

I can completely understand your frustration about the phone situation, especially with your fam being an hour away. We don't have a landline either, so having the cell's on and working are a must!

I love that you ended with postiive things Carrie, it just goes to show that you're a glass if half full kinda gal and your "good things" list is a reminder to me to make my own "good things" list when things aren't going so well.

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COOPSM 5/25/2010 8:19PM

    Carrie---I hate when I can not contact hubby..why have the darn phone then?? Sorry that you had such a downer day....looks like a great day planned for tomorrow...ENJOY!!!

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MIAMIA7 5/25/2010 8:18PM

    Aw Carrie..sometimes ya just gotta let those kind of days go. Hate those crappy ones! But there was some good in it too! I will quote my very missed mom and say "It could be worse!" But sometimes it just doesn't feel like that at the time. Enjoy your soak in the tub...perhaps with a little wine????

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RUNNINGWILD 5/25/2010 8:10PM

    Wowzers... I'm glad yoga was awesome and the rest of the day was good. I hope you enjoyed your soak in tub.

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TMAC10 5/25/2010 8:02PM

    im sorry you had such a bad day :( sometimes they just sneak up on us but im glad that yoga helped you out! i really need to get back into it!! cheer up!

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PJGABRIEL 5/25/2010 7:53PM

    Have a nice soak and relax. Sounds like you could really use a day to relax. Enjoy!

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