Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Part 1: Travel and Turkey Trot 5K



Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did. It was my first Thanksgiving not at the beach in a long time though. I missed my sunrise moments. 

My travels began on Wednesday. I met with a client first thing in the morning and then got on the road. It was snowing up north so I wanted to get out as early as possible. I packed a sandwich and carrots. Plus I had gotten a little carton of holiday goldfish and a small rice krispie treat. That was all that I was going to take. And then I took a sip of my White Chocolate Peppermint Tea. I messed up. It was too diluted. So I needed a caffeine stop. 

I planned on Starbucks, but I wanted to get some mileage in. And then I saw a sign for a Dunkin Donuts. They just started moving in down here when I was living here the first time so they aren’t everywhere just yet. I got a little excited and pulled off of the exit. I pulled in and realized that it was an Express at a gas station. I must have looked like a lunatic. I was in my car beating my steering wheel and screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOO”. For now I had to pee too and I was trying to minimize my stops. I knew the next exit had a Starbucks so I pulled out and headed there.  I ordered my grande skinny peppermint Mocha. I don’t know what happened, but it was awful. I barely drank it. 

I hit the snow with 77 miles to go. Coincidentally I was listening to Frozen and “Let it Go” at the time. I’m such a nerd, I got a little excited. My ride was full of good music. I busted out my Christmas music…and reindeer ears. I am seriously so cute. Tony Stewart really should call me. 



When I got to mom’s we were invited to join some others out for dinner. I ordered my grilled chicken and Harvarti sandwich that I love so much (I didn’t eat all of the bread). I asked what the vegetable of the day was. It was butternut squash with pecans and cinnamon. Mmm…Yes please! It was delightful. But, when it was time to finally leave I couldn’t move. My muscles had completely stiffened up. Argh.



I had to go to bed early. Cousin Randy was picking me up at 7am for the Turkey Trot. It was cold. But, this was good. I needed a test run for next week. I wore what I am planning on wearing and I had my Hot Chocolate 5K jacket. 

So first let me say that we didn’t register. I don’t advocate this, but we are both very poor right now and we just wanted a fun run. So we were already feeling guilty for this. Then, when they parked us they directed us to a handicap parking spot. Starting to feel paranoid. 



When we got out of the car my worst fear came true. I pulled out my ipod and the battery was dead. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! If we had driven my car I would have had my backup ipod. We did not. Normally I have some music on my phone as an emergency, but it had reset a few weeks ago and deleted everything. I hadn’t gotten around to putting music back on. Cousin Randy suggested I quickly download Pandora. I started, but there was an error. You need wifi. Grrr. I was slowly losing my mind. How could I run without music????? I mean I was practically breaking out in a sweat.  I thought I was since I was wet in strange places, until I realized that it was just my water bottle leaking.

Okay, so we’re standing in the middle of 2,600 of people waiting for the start and I am totally digging what everyone is wearing. I love Turkey Trots because people dress up. We saw turkeys, pilgrims, pies, you name it. So many people out there for a good cause it was heartwarming. We felt horrible when they were announcing how appreciative they are for all of the funds that help with cancer. I need to go make a donation somewhere.



So once it started I was a mess. I had my phone in one hand trying to download quickly. I had a flimsy water bottle in the other hand that was leaking water all of me. Grr…and I was in the middle of the pack. We started running. It was my normal pace…for mile 5. I can’t start that fast though. So I had outpaced myself by the end of mile 1. I pulled off to the side to put my phone away and walked about half a mile. I caught up with myself and started running again….up a hill….DOH.  I felt so guilty for not registering that I didn’t stop at the water stop. I had my own…even if it was leaking all over me. Luckily there was a steep downhill after. HOORAY!  And then we made a right turn…UP HILL. DOH! I walked up the hill and then ran the rest. 

Even with my water and the snow on the ground, I overheated in my jacket. That slowed me down just a bit too. 



I wasn’t thrilled with my time, but I was happy with my running. I haven’t been training for hills and I haven’t run with a large group of people in a while. So it was good. Plus, considering I didn’t have music I did very well. 



To celebrate we went to Dunkin Donuts. I would get my Do-Over peppermint Mocha….again it was not a good one. What is going on??? In full disclosure, we split some pumpkin donuts. One I liked and one I didn’t. 

Stay tuned tomorrow when I tell you all about our Thanksgiving Dinner…mmmm….

Have a Blessed Evening.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two Weeks to Go: Tapering, Journals, and Anxiety



Hi Bleeps,

You may remember that I bought a journal to keep track of my feelings and progress during my training. I want to share with you yesterday’s entry:

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What is wrong with me? The closer to the race the more I feel like I am falling apart.  Why am I not writing in my journal? It’s been 10 days since my last entry.

Monday I wanted 18. I had a client in the morning and one at night. It got in my head. It was rainy and I went to the gym. Blister mile 2. I got a hole in my sock. My foot went numb. I got 15 miles.

The blister held me back this week.

Two weeks to go. Last night I had an anxiety dream. I was screaming at my family because they weren’t ready. I wasn’t ready. I couldn’t pin my bib. I couldn’t find the start line. I am stressed.

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The last three weeks before your race you should get in one last big distance and then taper your distances and speed. It’s your reward for your hard work. It’s meant to give your body time to rest and relax so that you can get the most out of it.

It’s TERRIFYING. I should be enjoying this, but I am not. It’s not rational, but my brain keeps screaming “What if you needed that extra mile you didn’t put in just now? What if that was the mile that got you ready?”

I have put in sooooo much time. Deep down I know I will be fine. I will finish. I may be hurting. I may be crawling, but I will finish. But, there is that doubt that creeps in.

That blister may be the death of me. It’s not that I can’t handle it, but more that it is holding me back this week. I want another small big distance tomorrow to make me feel better. I need a little more mental confidence, but what if the blister opens? I won’t be able to do anything. It’s killing me. Do I risk it?

Today I was supposed to go to the gym for 3 miles. I got cranky. I went to the mall instead. Relax, it’s  not what you think. I went there to do laps. Since I altered my plans, the new plan was 5 laps (5 miles).  Part of the change in plans was because I didn’t pack a lunch and I needed to eat. I went to subway. The kid was too cute and gave me a discount.

What you need to know about today is that as beautiful as it has been lately, it was cold and rainy today. A cold and rainy holiday Sunday. It was packed. This actually worked in my favor. My race won’t be this packed after a few miles, but it’s still good for me to dodge people.

I was swift like a cougar. I was moving. I need elbow pads next time though. It started to feel like a Roller Derby. I was pretty impressed with my speed walking time with all of those obstructions. It was encouraging.

My reward on my last lap was to stop and look at new socks. After the “hole” situation, I am not taking any chances. I got two pairs. I am pretty sure that the first one I put on will be fine, so I can take the others back. But, it was a nice reward. And that’s all I got. No treats.

Today’s lesson: It doesn’t matter what the weather or the situation, you can get your exercise in anywhere if you think about it.

Have a Blessed Evening

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Grown woman throws Tantrum in Target



Hello Beautiful People,

So let me tell you a story.

There was a lovely blonde woman who had lunch plans today to meet a friend. Instead of going out to lunch the plans changed to meeting at the office to eat. That meant that she needed to stop and pick up something to eat.

She thought about Subway. It’s always a good choice.  Plus, right now they have two $2 6” subs. But, she needed to pick up some bananas so she stopped at Target. She figured she would just grab something to eat there.

This grown woman had 5 minutes to find something. She looked at the deli sandwiches. Nothing looked exciting. She found a turkey avocado sandwich that looked decent. It was on sourdough bread though. The calories were way too high for her liking. She didn’t want a pre-processed meal. She had a tantrum in Aisle 7. BAH!

She ended up getting that sandwich and a bag of baby carrots. She planned on just not eating all of the bread.

Cut to her lunch time: she hated the sandwich. It was bland and dry. It was NOT worth the calories. She ended up pulling the meat out and eating that only.

Prior to lunch she ran 5 miles and then did 5 miles on the bike. She was HUNGRY. After lunch she had another 1 mile run with Girls on the Run. By the time she got home her head was pounding. She needed food.

In case you hadn’t figured it out…that grown woman was me. Never again!  I should have just gone to the Harris Teeter (grocery store) for bananas and the salad bar. I miss Wegmans!

Have a Blessed Evening.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Random Wednesday: Scale, Mashed Potatoes, and Socks



Happy Random Wednesday!

So yesterday was a good good day. There was a new middle number on the scale! Woo Woo! I haven’t seen it for a long time. Let us celebrate!

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It’s holiday time at Starbucks. That can mean only one thing: Cranberry Bliss bars….oh baby!  I haven’t had one yet, but I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.

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Yesterday we made our Girls on the Run girls go outside for their practice run. I think they hate me now. Haha. I ran in a t shirt and leggings. They walked bundled up like they were expecting a blizzard.

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The other night I met Ms. Amy for dinner. We picked Carrabbas. I love their wood grilled chicken. I asked what the vegetables and the soup of the day were. The answer: Broccoli and tomato basil soup. Oh you had me at Tomato basil. I might have gotten the veggies if it was more festive, but I couldn’t say no to garlic mashed potatoes. Mmm….mashed potatoes.
I made sure to keep half for leftovers. It’s even better the next day.

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Well it happened. I am finally on Pinterest. I resisted for a long time. My page is full of workouts, motivational quotes, and healthy recipes. Feel free to follow me :-)

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Monday was to be my last big distance before my race. I wanted 18 miles, but I would be happy with 15. I was having a hard time getting into it. I wanted it to be outside at the park, but it was cold and raining. Now normally I would go anyway, but I woke up congested and decided the gym it would be. 

I was on mile 2 when I felt a blister forming on the bottom of my foot. On mile three I took off my sneaker to see how bad it was. Did I need to stop?

There was a hole in my sock. A HOLE IN MY SOCK. My foot had been rubbing against my sneaker. Luckily I always keep an extra pair in my car. So I ran to my car for them. I pushed it for 15 miles. I was mad that I didn’t get 18, but my foot started to go numb. I couldn’t risk injury.

I stopped at Chick-fil-a after for lunch. I went through the drive thru to bring it home. It’s a five minute drive. That was Monday. I still smell it 2 days later. BAH. That’s why I have a NO EATING IN MY CAR rule.

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I have been craving popcorn and m&m’s.

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The Nascar Season is over. The drivers will be taking some time off. I failed miserably. I live 1 miles from Tony Stewart's Garage and I never once stalked him. haha. I'm still hoping to run into him at Subway sometime....a girl can dream. Hey Tony Stewart, CALL ME!

Have a Blessed Evening

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