Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Runner's Survey

I stole this survey idea from Jess over at Run with Jess.  Check her out if you haven't already.

What is your favorite type of cross training?
Walking or recumbent bike.  Sadly I do neither of each on a regular basis.

What is your favorite song to run to?
No favorite song right now, but I'm loving the new Adele album, and most anything from Lady Gaga keeps me going.  I have tried running without music and I just prefer my tunes!

What brand of shoes do you wear?
Adidas Supernova Sequence 3

Do you wear a hat when you run?
I have worn a hat only twice, but I know I will wear it if it's raining.

What temperature is your favorite for running?
Probably around 58-60 degress and sunny.

Do you have any big races coming up?
This Sunday I have a 5K and my first half marathon is July 17th, followed by an 8K on July 23rd.

What is your favorite distance?
For regular everday running: 5 miles.  For races: 10K.

Are you a morning, noon or evening runner?
I would prefer noon, but that's usually doesn't work out so my second choice is morning.

Do you run solo or with a buddy?
I have run with my best friend a handful of times because we don't live close, otherwise I run solo.  I prefer it that way, unless my bf and I live close someday-then I'd love to run regularly with her.

What's your favorite post run snack?
English muffin with peanut butter and banana, or Chobani!

What's your FAVORITE race?
Bloomsday has been my favorite so far.  It's such a tradition for our city and my family that I am proud to be a Bloomie!

Do you wear a Garmin?  If not, how do you track your runs? 
Yes, Garmin 405.  I love love love it!  I don't know how I ever lived without it.  I used Nike+ for tracking for the first year, but now that I have a Garmin, I'm hooked.

What is your least favorite race?
I will say my 10K on 10/10/10.  It was cold and dreary that day and they ran out of water!!  I had to switch off my regular running shoes to another sub-par pair and my knee was having issues.  To top all that off, the cotton t-shirt was seriously ugly!  For my big race of the year, it was a disappointing, but my feeling of accomplishment far outweighed any of that.

What race is your favorite medal from?
Sadly, although I have done 6 races, I have no medals.  In these parts, you really only get medals for a half marathon.  I did find a 10K which I'll run in September which gives medals, so with luck on my side, I'll get two medals this year.

Who is your running idol?
I guess I'd say Kara Goucher, but to be honest I don't really know any famous runners or follow them.  My biggest idols are actually the everyday people who go from couch to runner, especially if they shed pounds along the way.

How long have you been a runner?
I became a runner in 2010.

Do you run with your engagement/wedding ring on?
I do, but I need to stop that!  It's safer to run without and safety matters!  I need to ditch the ring and grab some pepper spray!

What's your favorite workout? repeats? long runs? tempo? fartleks?
Long runs.  Nothing makes me feel more accomplished and proud of myself than a good, long run.  Plus, I am not built for speed so I like taking it slow and easy.

So the real point of this survey is this: I'll be out running alone, about 2.5 miles from my house, in the early morning, hatless (unless it's raining), wearing Adidas and my diamond ring, not carrying pepper spray, and listening to music (i.e., I won't hear anyone approaching).  If you plan to attack me, please bring my favorite post-run snack (above), and could you make sure to pause my Garmin? :-) 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Impossible Is Nothing: Auria Earphones Review & Giveaway!!!

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Impossible Is Nothing: Auria Earphones Review & Giveaway!!!

It is What it Is

I'm going to start posting my stats each week as follows:

Starting weight: 236.8
Last week's weight: 156.6
Current weight: 157.4
Gain/loss: +.8
Total gain/loss: -79.4
Pounds to goal: 20.6

I honestly think the scale should be lower, but it is what it is.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hi there!

First of all, thank you for the kind, kind comments regarding my picture on Thursday.  They all made me feel wonderful!  It makes me think I should update my blog header even more (thanks for the suggestion, Paula!).  I am wearing another white shirt today, but I'll spare you the details because it's a boring polo shirt with my company's logo on the front.  I call it "sporting my school spirit". 

Anyway, I weighed in this morning and wouldn't you know it I weighed over 5 pounds more than I did yesterday!  And yesterday was significantly lower than last Monday's weight.  I'm assuming it was the popcorn (salt) I ate before bed, but instead of focusing on it too much, I'm going to let it go and not record my weight today.  I absolutely cannot stand the effects that salt has on my weight loss (or gain, as the case actually is!)

I wanted to update you on my caffeine/fluid reduction project.  It has now been two weeks since I started this plan and while the reduction part is going fine, the results of it are disappointing.  I cut down to 2 cups of coffee the first three days and then cut down to one.  I am still at one, but this down from 5-7 a day is a huge change.  I also try and only drink 64 ounces of water each day unless I'm super thirsty, and I cut off the liquids around 7pm.  So all that is good.

I'm not keeping a log or anything, but I'm sure that I am in the bathroom just as much, and I am now resigned to the fact that I'll probably log too much time in the porta-potties during my half marathon.  Last Saturday I went for my scheduled 55 minute run and had to come home at the halfway mark to pee!  And it's not like I have to go so bad that I'm dying, it's more that I know if I have to go the stress of running with anything in my bladder will lead to problems, especially if I run any downhills!  It's truly and completely irritating! 

I also don't know if I see a difference in how I feel without the caffeine.  Yesterday I would have said no difference at all, however, this morning made me think I do wake up a little more alert.  Last night I could not get to sleep.  For one, I just wasn't comfortable, and for two, I had to pee too many times (drank too much water after dinner).  When I finally did get to sleep I was awakened a few times in the night, again, to pee.  Arrrgh!  So when my alarm went off at 5:40 I hit snooze.  Then again at 5:49.  Then I turned it off at 5:58 resolved to sleep for another two hours.  But as I laid there I realized that I wasn't all that tired despite my late night and interrupted sleep.  So after about 5 more minutes I got up and headed out for my 35 minute run.  I guess I thought I would be tired so when my alarm when off I told myself I was, but as I thought about it longer I realized I could get up.  A fluke?  I don't know.  Of course reminding myself how I'd have to be running at 9pm if I didn't get up then might have motivated me a little too. 

Anyway, I'm not quitting my project and will continue.  One advantage to limiting caffeine is that I don't have to worry about a caffeine headache.  One thing about morning runs and morning races is that I don't want to drink coffee beforehand to avoid as much liquid as possible, but then I usually end up with a headache if I go too long without.  Not having to worry about such things is definitely a positive side effect of this project.  Although I still miss my coffee.  Coffee in the morning, coffee in the evening, coffee all day long. 

One other quick note, I changed my training schedule just a bit to allow for a rest day this Saturday instead of a long run.  I realized that since I'm running a 5K event on Sunday, I'd rather rest the day before so I switched around my running days this week.  I want to run strong in the 5K race because this particular event was my first one last year so it's kind of a milestone of sorts.  It's been a fun year since that first event and I can't wait to run it again!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wearing White

If you've ever been a heavy woman with heavy woman-sized breasts, you know what it feels like to have a built in drip tray.  I'd like to say it was convenient, however, it was annoying and embarrassing.  Not being able to properly lean over your plate when eating is horrible, and grease spots from an errant piece of food hitting your shirt is a serious problem.

When I was heavier I most certainly did not ever wear light colors and never ever white.  A grease mark on a dark shirt would be bad, but a big colored food or drink stain on a white shirt would be terrible.  Talk about embarrassing!  No heavy woman wants to walk around with evidence of their lunch front and center on their shirt!   If you've been there, you know what I'm talking about.

As I've lost weight, I'm slowly bringing color back in my life.  Navy blue and black still have their place, but pink and yellow have also found a home in my closet.  Colors make me happy!  Awhile ago I even added some white shirts (horror!), but I have been too nervous to actually wear them.  Well, today the sun is shining, I feel wonderful, and I'm finally wearing white!  It's a fabulous day!

Cell phone pic - pardon the quality

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eleven on 11/11/11

Real quick: today is my 15 year wedding anniversary!  Happy anniversary, Honey!!!


Last year I ran a 10K on 10/10/10. 

This year I will run 11 miles on the TREADMILL on 11/11/11.  I am very excited about this!!! 

As of today my longest run on the mill has been 5 miles, but I am challenging myself to run 11 miles on that day. 

What do you think, will you join me?


Schedule of 2011 events:

05/01/11 - Bloomsday 12K (done)
05/29/11 - CDA 5K
07/17/11 - See Jane Run Half Marathon (less than 2 months!!)
07/23/11 - Spokane Indians 8K Pennant race
09/11/11 - Athleta Iron Girl 10K
10/09/11 - Spokane 10K
11/11/11 - 11 miles on the treadmill

I think this will be it for this year. Well, there will be a couple of events with my son, but not runs in which I'll be challenging myself to achieve a PR or anything.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On Track

Yesterday I had a terrific day on plan.  I also logged training Run #1 for Week #2.  That was one awesome run too.  It was only 35 minutes and I felt like I could keep going and going, but I'm sticking to my plan.

Yesterday I weighed 159.8, today I weigh 156.6.  See what I said about the salt?

I'm still up in the air about joining WW meetings.  Given our change in finances, I really feel like I should not put out any money that's not absolutely necessary.  I'm still paying for my online membership and I'm working my hardest to get back on track and stay there until goal.

Thank you for the kind words regarding my husband's employment situation.  It truly is the hardest thing we've ever faced.  And there is no end in sight.  Unemployment is high in our state, especially in our city.  While he has applied for a few jobs in western Washington, it would have to be a pretty fabulous opportunity before I would consider relocating.  It would also depend on whether I could transfer to our other office or not.  Basically, I have absolutely no desire to relocate, especially for a job.  I would be so worried about making a huge change and then falling victim to the economy again.  I can't imagine it.  It's hard enough facing this while we're surrounded by family and friends.  Anyway, I don't know what we're going to do.  It's time to negotiate with the credit card companies, that's for sure. 

I have heard of two situations lately where people I knew "weren't looking" for jobs and a great opportunity just "feel in their lap"!  (These people or opportunities are not in our town.)  My husband has been looking for work for 20 months and clearly doesn't have the right contacts or experience because nothing is falling on him at all.  I get wrapped up in the thoughts of "it's not fair".  And it isn't, but neither is life, so I just need to suck it up!  It could be worse, a lot worse.  I do count the blessings we have and try not to fret, but fretting is in my nature.  One day at a time, 609 days later.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Sobfest

There's no doubt about it, I have just had the most craptastic week on record.  I ate too much, I didn't track enough, and I feel awful, just terrible.  I did get in all my runs, but I didn't do any yoga.  I hate saying this because it was my first week of training, but it's true.  I went completely off the diet grid.

Now, I will say that my eating last week as compared to how I used to eat was fairly tame, but that's really of no comfort here.  I feel terrible right now, did I mention that?

I have had an unusual craving for salty things lately.  Chips, popcorn, roasted nuts.  Honestly I don't know what has gotten into me.  And it's kind of scaring me because everyday I get up and feel like it's a new start and I'll do better, and then by evening I've done something really stupid like eat an entire 8-serving bag of pita chips. Then I go to bed full of self loathing and hatred of my behavior.  I don't like it, not one little bit.

I have been asking myself what the problem is, what's the disconnect, why am I falling into these old patterns?  Unfortunately I haven't really come up with anything.

It is disheartening to know also that even though I'm still running, eating extra calories makes me gain weight.  I hope a lot of it is water.  If I can just get things under control, I know some of the weight will melt away.  This morning the scale read 159.8.  Who knows what it will be tomorrow. 

I am desperate enough to be considering joining Weight Watchers and attending meetings.  I am thinking a little change and extra accountability might be a good thing.  Or it might just be a waste of time and money.  I have been doing this on my own for months.  I want to succeed on my own.  I just need to get it together.

My husband still has not found employment and this week is our last week of unemployment payments.  There is some state money possibly, but nothing is for sure and the timeframe is not guaranteed.  In other words, we are now officially a one income family and we have some difficult choices to make.  This is stressing me out.  I am perhaps eating my way through the stress. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

That's the wrong waaaaaaay!!!

So, I got on the scale on Monday and I didn't like what I saw.  It was 159 point something.  Horrified!  Today I stepped on the scale and it was 157.4.  That's still a 3.6 pound GAIN for the week, but better than 5+ pounds!

For some reason something isn't clicking with me lately.  Last week was fine even though I wasn't tracking much, but this weekend I seemed to go crazy.  On the whole, weekends seem to be my downfall right now. 

I'm trying to get better with tracking starting today.  I still want to reach my goal, I have not given up.  My efforts might say otherwise, but I really haven't quit.  I plan to see it through.  Just trying to locate my willpower which seems to have flown the coop!

Monday, May 9, 2011

TMI - It's Here to Stay

Good morning and happy Monday!

This morning I had my first official training run, gosh it was fun to mark it off the list, and now I start my plan to go caffeine free.  What?  Have I gone insane?  No and I'll explain.

I have been consulting my favorite physician, Dr. Google, about my bladder issues (overactive bladder, stress incontinence).  I'm concerned about running 13.1 miles and having to stop and use a porta-potty, or worse, not being able to make it to one.  I'm going to make some changes during the next few weeks to see if it helps the situation.  If I don't see any improvement, I'll be calling up a real doctor.  If I do see improvement, well, I might still call up a real doctor.   Time will tell. 

Up first is the plan to go caffeine free.  Now, this is very difficult for me because I LOVE coffee.  But I love running (without peeing) more than coffee so with that in mind, I embrace this plan.  Today I had two cups of regular coffee (my usual is at least 5) and then switched to decaf.  Decaf is fine, but not as lovely, so I don't see myself drinking much of it.  It's more to help with my habit of always having coffee on my desk.  Tomorrow I'll have two cups regular, but then Wednesday I will go down to one.  By Saturday or Sunday I plan to have zero.  Coffee is really all the caffeine that I consume these days, although I also love me some Diet Coke, but I hardly ever have it.  I can always buy some caff-free if I really want it.

Up second on the plan is to decrease the liquids I consume overall.  I drink a TON of water.  I have a water bottle that holds 26 ounces and I will easily fill it 5 times per day, more if I am up late.  I think I probably do it more out of habit than actual thirst and that makes my bladder work overtime.  Instead of mindlessly drinking all day long, I plan to try and tune into my body's signals and drink when I am thirsty.  Of course I still plan to get in my 48-64oz, but anything beyond that will only be when I'm absolutely thirsty.  Cutting back coffee will decrease the overall amount of fluids too.  I also plan to stop drinking anything past 7:00 p.m.  Hopefully this will help me sleep through the night without having to get up to pee!  Last night I was up 3 times!

Up third is to start practicing kegel exercises (sorry TMI).  Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is important in my situation.  Having a large baby, coupled with being obese for several years has not done this area any favors.  So I will consciously make time for these exercises everyday, more than once a day.

I am sharing this on my blog because I know I'm not the only female runner who experiences these issues.  It's not fun, it's rather embarrassing, but it's also a fact of my life.  If I can help anyone else who might be in a similar situation, I'll go ahead with the TMI on my blog.  Hopefully no one is offended.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tomorrow is Day One

Tomorrow starts my official training for my first ever half marathon which is on Sunday, July 17.  (I start out with a rest day, awesome!)  I looked at several training plans online and adapted a couple of them into my own plan to work with my schedule.   This training schedule is 10 weeks long, and I will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  I will complete a yoga workout on Tuesdays and Fridays (or possibly some other DVD workout).  I will have one rest day per week.

During my regular runs I run for distance, but during my training run I will run for time.  This makes me a little nervous, but I think I can adapt.  I'm both nervous and excited to start my training.

Feel free to view my training schedule here.  You'll notice I don't have any set speed workouts on the schedule, but I do plan to add in tempo runs and interval workouts a bit.  I just don't know when.  I do have a time goal for this 1/2 marathon (2.5 hours), but mainly I just want to finish strong.  I want to feel great during my training, great during the race, AND great during the days that follow the race.  Right now, I don't feel a huge need for speed.  11 minute miles for 13.1 miles will be fine.  Just fine.

Here we go!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bloomsday 12K Race Report - Finally

Bloomsday has been a big deal in our family for as long as I can remember.  I'm 36, this was the 35th running of Bloomsday, and my dad just completed is 30th consecutive Bloomsday.  My step mom, while only having been in my life for the past 20 Bloomsdays, also just completed her 30th consecutive.  I myself just completed my 4th Bloomsday.  But this was the first time I actually went out with a goal in mind.  The last time I participated was in 2000 and my time was somewhere around 1:45.  During that time I had been running a little bit in the morning, but I was nowhere capable of running the entire 7.46 miles.  But still, I was proud of that time because the two prior finish times were both well over 2 hours each.  One, in 1989, when I was 13 was 2:35 and the other in 1994 was about 2:15!  Anyway, lets just say I have a history with this event and my family takes it seriously.

Last year, I had been running for just a couple months when Bloomsday came along and I didn't feel like setting my sites on that distance would be a positive thing for me to do.  So I didn't sign up.  I'm still glad for that decision, although the shirt last year was seriously cute.  But even last year I knew that I would participate this year, so you could say the event has been on my calendar for over a year, looming up ahead.

As the event approached I did begin to feel a bit apprehensive.  I didn't know if I could complete it in my goal time of 1:25 and I was completely freaked about "Doomsday Hill" which starts at around 4.25 miles and finishes just after 5 miles.  All of my "long" training runs ended up being 5 miles or less (usually less) and I never hit my goal of running a 10K in the weeks leading up to the race.

What I was excited for was the Bloomsday trade show!  On Friday, the 19th, I headed down to the trade show with my parents (my dad and step mom).  There was no line for my age group/last initial so I was able to head right over to the trade show while they picked up numbers for every Tom, Dick and Harry they knew!  I ended up buying some running clothes from the Nordstrom Rack booth (that I would later discover were too small) and a new Bondi Band to match.  (Side note: the Bondi Band booth was a joke.  One person working there, who was wearing a strange combination of Bondi Bands.  All of the bands were just heaped into two piles, solid and color, and the prices were more than on the website.  There was no one even looking at the booth when I went by.  Had I not known about the, I would probably ignored too just because the presentation was so bad.)  I also found the Fuel Belt handheld water bottle that I wanted for cheaper than it was online-score!  I also found the iFitness booth and picked up a new running belt.  Unfortunately, they have been sold out of the black with purple zipper on their website for weeks and also didn't bring any to the trade show.  I was bummed about that, but I picked up the breast cancer awareness addition and it's pretty sweet (review and giveaway to come).   All in all it was a successful day and really added to the momentum of the race.  I was pumped after seeing all the gear and picking up a few pamphlets for upcoming events.  I was really wishing the race was on Saturday, but instead I had a whole day to wait.

I know you're not supposed to wear a new outfit on race day, but I really had my heart set on wearing my new clothes.  Unfortunately, given the fact that they were too small left me with little choice but to find something in my own closet.  So I spent about two hours on Saturday modeling all my clothes and coming up with something.  The weather was supposed to be sunny with a high of around 60 degrees, but I knew that standing at the start would be chilly at 8:30 in the morning.  And I wasn't sure if I wanted to wear long sleeves during the whole run!  I finally decided on wearing a short sleeve shirt with a long sleeve shirt over the top with capris.  I also took a sweatshirt which I planned to leave at the starting line.  Unfortunately, my husband slept through my departure so I have no prerace photos except for those that I took of myself.  (Apparently I was too focused on the fact that my husband was in bed that I didn't even think to have my handy-capable son do the job. Oh well.)

Another piece of anxiety for me was parking.  I wanted to park in my office building since it is right next to the starting line.  However, since I didn't plan to arrive until after 8:00 a.m. I was afraid it would be full. (I found out later I could have easily parked there saving myself some time.)  Instead I parked at one of the pay lots about a half a mile away. I set off from my car with my race belt and my sweatshirt, headed for my office building where there are real toilets and windows overlooking the start.  I planned to wait up there until it was race time.  That idea proved to be smart and dumb.  Smart because of the bathrooms, smart because it gave me a place to leave my long sleeve shirt which ended up being too warm even for the walk down there, and smart because I could drink a quick half a cup of coffee.  Dumb because I was up there for awhile and ended up getting to the back of my starting group.  I didn't think this would be a big deal because of the chip timing, but I quickly realized the error in that theory.

When I finally lined up, it was rather lonely because I was all by myself.  You might wonder why I wasn't with my parents and that is because they had a whole agenda for the morning which included picking up Tom, Dick, Harry and Sally, and attending a worship service in the park.  There were no real bathrooms on their agenda and whole lot of dilly dallying--not my style!  Anyway, it took about 45 minutes from the time I lined up until our group started moving, and about an hour until we actually started.  I had my sweatshirt with me and that was warm enough and with all the people it was quite pleasant.  I was ready to go, however!  The longer I stand there, the bigger chance I have of needing to pee during the race and that was making me anxious. 

Finally we were off and this is when I realized I wished I would have been further to the front.  This race is well organized and though out with the color groups and staggered starts, but this race also has over 50,000 people, so there is bound to be gridlock no matter what.  The further you are towards the front, based on your color group, the better your chances of being held up.  You estimate your finish time and they assign your color group based on that, and also your past finish times.  Although my estimate was 1:25, I still ended up in orange due to the lack of race history.  Orange is one of the largest groups and is in the middle of all the color groups.  And it was elbow to elbow for quite a while after the start.  I didn't want to waste energy weaving around people so I just tried to keep steady until the crowd thinned out. 

Mile 1: 11:43

I was feeling great when I saw the mile marker and was really glad to see the distance on my Garmin at 1:04.  The crowd was still fairly congested so you had to pay attention to where your feet were landing and if someone was slowing down in front of you.  I have to say I am one of those runners who gets very irritated when walkers don't keep right.  Slower traffic, keep right!  Anyway, I just paid attention and kept running.

Mile 2: 11:06

The pack is thinning out a bit, but now it's more common to be impeded by walkers.  Still, I don't want to do the weave and sprint routine because I do not want to get tired out before I reach the big hill.  I am still scared of the hill.  I know that once I am to the top, I can give it all I've got, or at least not have to worry about it anymore.  For now I am content to just keep an easy, energy saving pace.  The course up until Doomsday is far from flat so I don't want to use up all my strength too early.

Mile 3: 11:25

Mile 4: 10:52

When I saw the mile 4 sign I knew we would be getting towards Doomsday fairly soon (I'm also familiar with this town so I know the course), but seeing the sign for mile 4 put things in perspective.  I felt great, number one.  I knew I was over half way to the finish and that gave me such peace coming up to the hill.  And I start running up the hill feeling fairly strong and the crowd is really thinning out which I like, but again, the walkers are not on the right which I don't like!  About halfway up, my legs feel strong, but my lungs feel tired and I am breathing too heavy.  I decide to walk to the top.  First I'm taking big, long strides and then I remember that's dumb and I start quicker, shorter strides.  Much better.  I walk to the top of the hill water station, drink about half a cup, and set off running again.

Mile 5: 10:45

Mile 6: 10:59

I notice per my Garmin I am still on track for pace/finish time and by now I feel like I have this race in the bag. There are less than 2 miles left, it's relatively flat to the finish and I am ready to put a little more energy into it.  The weather is gorgeous and the temperature is perfect.  The crowd is thinned out and if I pay attention I will not run down any walkers.  The only draw back are those spectators who came out of their houses to cheer on the runners, with their cigarettes.  Not a wonderful thing to smell while running.

Mile 7: 10:17

I am feeling awesome, a little tired, but not in pain or anything.  I make sure and drink water at the final station so that I can keep pace to the finish.  By now I have to pee and I am cussing out my bladder.  Near the finish are hundreds of spectators cheering, I smell barbecue, and I see the lilac and purple balloons (it's the Lilac Bloomsday Run)  flanking the finish line.  I am ready to finish strong.

Mile: .46 of 7.46 5:43 (a pace of 10:15)

I try and smile when I cross the finish so I can have a good picture, but I have no idea on what side the camera is or if it's both.  Mostly what I know is that I feel awesome.  I remembered to stop my Garmin about 10 seconds past the finish and see the time is 1:22:55 for 7.58 miles.  I had surpassed my goal of 1:25.  And I felt great.  I was noticing many people around me complaining about their legs, their hips, their feet.  But me?  I think I probably had a smile plastered on my face all the way through the T-shirt lines.  I was amazed at how awesome I felt, seriously.  Not only had I achieved my time goal, but I ran Bloomsday!!  It is hard to explain what that feels like, but having been around people for years and years who run or walk this event annually, I am so proud to have completed this event with a time to be proud of.  For some, 11 minute miles are laughable, but for me, it is success.  For me, it means that I'm living my life instead of watching it go by.  I went to go to the Bloomsday after party (read: food fest) at my parents as a real participant, not just as someone who likes to eat.  No other race finish has had such a profound effect on me.  I loved every minute of this race, even dodging the walkers.  I am a runner!!

Purple shirt, purple Bondi Band, purple Ryders glasses--this is the Lilac Bloomsday Run, after all.
Looking back on the event, I think I could have pushed myself more in the beginning if I weaved through crowd.  I am already planning on returning next year with a goal time of 1:15.  Hopefully my goal for next year along with my time from this year will put me in a more forward color group.  If not, I'll just have to get there earlier to line up!

I'm disappointed that I don't have a good race photo, or any race photo really.  There is a couple of the entire finish line which I am in, but I am a speck in the crowd.  I can order it and crop it, but there is no way to view it cropped to even see how it looks.  And since I had no cheering section I didn't get any race photos along the way either.  I didn't meet up with my parents at the finish which turned out to be a good thing since they didn't get home until about two hours after me!  Dilly dallying I tell you!

My official finish time was 1:22:40. The only drawback to the day: a tan line on my face from the ol' Bondi Band.  Oops.

Whew!  That was long.  Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quickie Check-In

Last Monday's weight: 156.6
Today's weight: 153.8
Loss: 2.8 pounds (9 days)

At this weight, my BMI is considered normal if I say I'm 5'6".  It is still overweight at 5'5".  Regardless, I want to get below 150!  Then there is no borderline.  I wll be in the 140s and I will have a healthy BMI!  I have not been logging my food, but aside from Sunday's splurge, I have been eating fairly well.  For some reason logging anything seems too tedious.  I'm trying to keep things in check on the eating front.  I'm hoping to get below 150 before my half marathon on July 17.

My half marathon training officially starts next week.  I'm following a 10 week program which calls for 4 runs a week and I will also continue with 2 yoga workouts.  I am still working out my run schedule.  I have been running M,Tu,W,F with yoga on Tu,Th, but I might need to break up the rest days with the increase in mileage.  I'm considering a running schedule M,T,Th,Sa with yoga on W,F.  I'm just not sure if planning my long runs on Saturday is a smart idea.

This week I am running and resting.  I will still post the Bloomsday race recap, but for now I'll say that I was riding the high from my results through a rest day on Monday until 1 mile into a run yesterday.  And oh boy, my legs were tight and somewhat rebellious.  I finished all 3.1 miles, but it was fairly slow and I stopped to stretch a couple times.  This morning, just 12 hours later, I headed out for another 3.1.  There is something that's certain--my muscles do not like cold temps.  This morning it was about 35 degrees and it was a very hard run.  The sun was shining so I wanted to get outside, but I think when it's below 40 degrees, I'm just better off to hit the mill.  Tomorrow I recoup with some yoga, and then I'll run another 3-5 on Friday.  I will rest Saturday and Sunday and then start my official training on Monday 5/9!!  Yay!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The weekly weigh in that wasn't.

I plumb forgot to weigh in this morning, how do you like them apples?  Oh well.

I will say that I completed negated all physical activity yesterday by consuming many, many calories after the run.

And lookie what I saw at Costco on Friday.  Too bad I don't need a copy.  Maybe I should have picked one up for a giveway, ha ha.  Ladies Choice don't say...

Sunday, May 1, 2011


I successfully finished Bloomsday today!!  My Garmin time was 1:22:55 for 7.56 miles.  The course is 7.46 miles so my official time will be less-hopefully!  I set a goal of finishing in 1:25 so I am definitely happy with my time.  Once I have my official time, I'll post an official race recap.  This race was awesome, and I can't wait to tell you more about it.  In the meantime, here is me on the walk back to my car with the beautiful Spokane River in the background.
77 days until my half marathon!