Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Today is a rest day as far as exercise, so I made use of this time to recruit help from a friend to clean up my basement. We are having a kids halloween party on the weekend, and I want to use the basement for some of the games. Thus, the disaster of toys had to be cleared so we could find and vacuum the floor. I am really looking forward to next week, when my friend will return and we can start getting rid of a ton of toys the kids have outgrown.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I had so much fun yesterday! Saturday night, I got all of the clothes and gear ready for myself and my family, and headed to bed by 11:30 to get up by 7:30 on Sunday morning. The morning went very well, and we left the house and were on our way by 8:57, 3 minutes ahead of schedule. We arrived at the race location at 9:30, with a start time of 10:15 still 45 minutes away. I registered and got my package with my technical shirt (women's medium, a mite bit tight, but it works). I switched out my technical shirt for the long sleeve mock turtle neck I had on, and put my new jacket back on top, which is where I pinned my number, thinking it was pretty cold out, and I would not need to take it off. At 9:45 I headed over to the starting line to use the bathroom(thank goodness I headed over so early to account for the line up I really hadn't expected, shoulda known better). After that, I still had plenty of time so I did a 5 minute warm up walk and 5 minutes of stretching as I always do before I run, then found my hubby and two wonderful cheerleaders and said my hellos/goodbyes/see ya after the race. My youngest was very excited for me and was encouraging me "Mommy, I bet you will come in first!" I shared my expectations and goals with them at that time. I want to finish the race and run the entire time. They started to announce that the runners should start lining up. People with a 30 minute pace (what are they crazy? How do they run so fast?) should line up at the front, 45 minute pace ( in my dreams...) in the middle, and 1 hour at the back. So, I went and stood as far from the front as I could, and tried to make sure there was no-one behind me that I might get in their way. As the last few minutes ticked away, I looked around at the beautiful park, the leaves on the trees and the beautiful sunshine that came out mere moments before the start of the race. I closed my eyes and just soaked it all in. I was quite nervous, so I wanted to stay calm, not worry about my sore calf or anything else. Nervous I was, but also very hungry to run this race after 5 days of no running. The starting horn blew, and we were off!
There were a lot more people at this race than at the Terry Fox Run, so it was a very different experience. I tried not to go too fast, but I finished the first K in 6:20, a full 1:10 ahead of my usual 7:30 time. With my calculations, my time was under 7 minutes for every single K, and I really pushed myself the entire time. The start of the race was very crowded, and I was worried about getting in the way of anyone, but pretty quickly I wanted to go faster, especially down the hill we started at the top of, so I ended up passing quite a few people. Once the crowd thinned out, I was running clear of anyone else, and it was just me and the road. At the 3rd kilometer, my family was there to cheer me on, I was so happy to see them! There were also a lot of other people all along the route cheering everyone on, and it was so uplifting and encouraging. As I passed the 3K marker, I realized I was not going to be able to wear my jacket anymore, it had to come off. However, I had pinned my race number to the front of it! I had to undo the two pins on one side, and attach them to my technical shirt (who cares how tight it is! I am way too hot! Then, I had to do the other side of pins, and I poked myself a bunch of times before I finally got it set right. I took my jacket off, and tied it around my waist, then took it off as I came through the Start/Finish and gave it to my husband. This really slowed me down, but after I had that sucker off, I felt like I could run forever! I finished the first 5K loop in 33 minutes or so(I later learned that the first place finisher finished the entire race in 31:24, wow!, he finished before I was even halfway done!) As I came up on 7K, there was my family again "Mommy you're doing great, you are almost done, only 3 more Kilometers, you can do it!" What a surge of joy! I am so grateful that they were all there, it meant so much to me. Into the 9th K, my shoe came undone, and I seriously debated finishing the race without doing it up. I reconsidered on the grounds that I did not want to hurt myself, even if it cost me a few seconds. After I started running again, my foot was uncomfortable, my sock had wrinkled and when I redid my shoe, it tightened right on top of the wrinkle. Before long, my foot was starting to blister, but I pushed through and ignored it. As I came into the final K, I was at exactly 1 hour, so I really gave it to the finish, because my best 10K time in a training run was 68 minutes, and I so badly wanted to beat that! On the last hill, one of the spectators told me I looked determined, and that I was doing great! When I approached the finish line, they announced my name and home town over the loud speaker! My kids were pretty pleased with that, and it was pretty neat for me too! I crossed the finish line, and took a cup of water to carry while I did a very small cool down walk before I searched out my family. Hugs all around, and "You did it! You must be so proud of yourself!" I am tearing up right now as I type this. What a wonderful milestone in my life, I am incredibly proud of myself. I worked very hard to reach this goal, and it feels like it is just the beginning for me. I can see myself going on to run the 30K in March, and someday, a full marathon. With my family by my side at every event to support me and cheer me on.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I had a big overeat last night, knowing in my head that I would be strict today to counteract it. Then, I get up this morning, and devise a plan in my head to get McDonald's crap and donuts for breakfast. I then started to think about how the food I was thinking about would really taste, and the impact it will have on my goals, and how I will feel while eating it and afterwards. I decided it really wasn't worth it, and came home to eat a healthy breakfast instead. I still feel like eating junk, really struggling to deny myself the extra weight it will put on me and the heartburn, and the nausea it will give me. I figure sparking will help remind me of my plans for my health and weight, and so far it is working. Gotta stay strong!
On another note, I am getting very excited for my run on Sunday. I am really getting hungry for running since I am not running at all this week now until the race. My behind is tender today after my 2 hour bike ride yesterday though! And, it is raining, so no rollerblading, I will have to get creative about my cardio today.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Okay, so, Sunday was an unscheduled rest day, which meant I would have to make up the calorie burn another day. Today was that day! I went for a 2 hour bike ride. First time in a very long time I have been on my bike. I adjusted the seat, because the last time I went for a tiny little bike ride I felt awkward and uncomfortable and even "twinged" my knee a bit because the seat was too low. I filled up the tires with air too, and off I went! I saw squirrels galore and a blue jay even, and the best reward of the ride was at the top of the last tough hill I was surprised by a beautiful landscape including a barn and some fabulous fall colour in the trees beyond it. I LOVE Autumn, it is one of my four favourite seasons. The rustling of the leaves, the cooler temps, the beautiful deep rich colours of the outdoors as it changes for the winter. I love pumpkins, scarecrows, turkey at Thanksgiving with cranberry sauce. In spite of all the joy I had on my bike ride, I was wishing the majority of the time that I was running, not biking.... I am expecting this rest before my race to leave me hungry for running on Sunday, which will be a good thing! Rollerblading tomorrow, weather permitting of course!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I had a terrific weekend. We attended a very nice small wedding ceremony on Saturday, a relative got married. I did the pics for them, and I was very pleased with how they turned out. Also, I really made wise choices at the dinner that evening, felt full and satisfied, and didn't overdo it. I indulged a bit in candy that night during Girls night out, but I was still within my range. Sunday I took the kids and a very good friend to a local fall festival. We built a scarecrow, traversed a corn maze, went on a horse drawn wagon ride, launched mini pumpkins, ate homemade oatmeal cookies, took some wonderful pictures, and just generally enjoyed a beautiful fall day. We went to McDonald's for supper, and I had a Classic Grilled chicken and couldn't even eat the side salad I was so full. Thinkin that had something to do with the pumpkin seeds I ate. Still, I was well within my calories for the day. I didn't go for my 14K run yesterday, probably for the best with my sore calf. I am going to take the rest of the week off from running to rest up for my 10K on Sunday, to make sure my calf is feeling strong. I will get my cardio other ways this week, biking, rollerblading, WiiFit. I will also be tracking my calories and staying in my range. I only have 2.8 rebound pounds to go, and I plan to say goodbye to them this week.
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