Sunday, May 29, 2011

Great weigh-in *and* race weekend :)

Putting my wanted weight on my mirror for the week and on my arm the day of the weigh-in worked!  I wanted to weigh 232 (at least) and I weighed in at 231.5!!!!  WOOHOOO!!

Of course it didn't hurt at all that I tracked all my points and got in a good chunk of exercise :)

Friday I had the 2nd part of my root canal, so I decided to take the whole day and pick up my race kit at the fitness expo.  Spent some time at the Fitness Expo but really didn't have the cash to buy anything (awesome clothing deals) nor the skinny body to fit into anything (apparently they think all runners are skinny pffttt!).  I was excited to see Mark Sutcliffe , but didn't have the cash on me at the time to pick up his book and get it signed.  I read his magazine regularly and it would have been cool to speak with him.  One of the girls helping asked if I could come back the next day.... maybe :)  Oh well!

After my great weigh-in mid day Saturday, I tried to go back to the expo, but they seemed to have blocked it off by the time I got there around 3:30pm.  With nowhere to go, but get ready for 5km at 5pm I walked down and checked my bag in at the sweat check station and waited around for the race to start.  I bumped into a few girls from my running clinic and also a friend from work that was there with her husband and her husband's friend.  The friend actually ended up in the purple corral with me (40 to 45 min finishers) so we chatted while waiting for the race to start.  Wish I had caught his last name to check out his finish time :)

I was a bit worried that I would be totally sucktastic since I'd only logged 2 x 3km runs in the last 3 weeks... EEEEEK!  So I decided to just enjoy the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the race.  The route was a bit different this year, but exactly like the army run, so it didn't make me nervous.  I'm not fond of going up a hill right out of the gate, but I just power walked my way up.  I should've run the flat part on Queen street, but I was wiped out from the power walk... already!  I thought to myself "oh boy, this can't be good, the race is going to suuuuck"  Then I told myself to "shut up" and "Stop thinking that way".  Negative thinking was not going to help me or anyone else.  I think I kept saying to myself "suck it up buttercup, just keep going and you'll get a decent time"  I walked up the portion on O'Connor and down Wellington until the crosswalk just before the Chateau Laurier.  Then I started my 10 and 1 interval timer watch and ran mostly 10 and 1 the rest of the way.  There were a few times I was tempted to just walk the whole damn thing, but I told myself I'd trained to be a runner, not a walker.... So I ran and ran and ran.  I finished with a 46:38 chip time and last year I got 47:26.  Sweet!  Better than last year!  According to my Garmin and the race finish time, I had a 9:19 pace... which really rocks considering I normally run around 10:00 :)

Overall it's not my best race ever, but my best race ever was run with 200 people.... yesterday there were 9000 people! They just got my way is all LOL

Today I volunteered at the water and Gatorade station sponsored by the Running Room for the Marathon and 1/2 Marathon runners.  5 hours on my feet!  That hurt more than running, but so totally worth it!  Awesome to see all the runners and walkers.  Even got to see my friend Jason!  So cool!  He swept in during a really busy stretch, but I managed to give him some fruit punch Gatorade :)  It was organized really well, but it could've been better, lot's of runners kept asking us for water, water WATER! and we had to keep saying "just past the lights!"  So I think it would have been beneficial to have vests:  an orange vest that says "Gatorade" and a blue one that says "Water" on the front... quick visual for when peeps are zooming by.  One french runner (from France because of his accent) grabbed a cup of Gatorade from a volunteer just ahead of me, took a sip and freaked out ... threw the cup down and started yelling in french "What is this??!!!  Where is water???!!!"  I got covered in Gatorade, lucky me.  It was kinda sad because it probably threw him off his game.  Not all volunteers speak french either, so I yelled out in french that the water was up past the lights... hope he heard me!

Other than that incident, the two races flowing through our water station was totally awesome and exciting to watch, cheer them on and hopefully help them along with some liquid.  I gotta say, I was so happy to see lot's and lot's of women my size or larger running in those two really long races.  Gives me lot's of hope that I can make it there someday too and if I never get good enough to run a 1/2 or a full, I know for sure that I could definitely train to walk them :)

My goal race is still the Princess Half Marathon in Disney, along with a few days vacation to visit the park while I'm there and seeing all those ladies run today just reminds me that I shouldn't strive for perfection, I should just go ahead and walk it if my knees don't want me to run it... why miss out on an opportunity to participate and enjoy such a cool event???  It's not like I have a chance in hell to finish ahead of the Kenyans anyway LOL

Now I want to go register for a billion more races LOL  Better put some cash on my credit card!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Step one... committing to a number.. from my bathroom :)

It was suggested to me by my Weight Watchers leader to write a weekly goal number on my arm before I weigh in on Saturday morning.  I thought that was a great idea, but I had to take it a step further and put it up on my bathroom mirror to look at it all week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Daisies!

A co-worker of mine was so sweet and bought me some Gerber daisies to cheer me up or to stop me from whinning about my root canal LOL

The tooth still hurts off and on, but I have hopes that it will be better after root canal part deux this Friday.

Speaking of Friday, that's also the day I pick up my race kit for this weekends race. I'm excited for the race even if I don't think I'll achieve a personal best, but best of all I'm not nervous. I know I can complete a 5km distance and I've run this route for the Army Run. I will probably enjoy the whole experience that much more this year.

After this race my next event is the Weight Watchers walk-it challenge on June 12th, then July 2nd is the 5 mile Perth Kilt run, which might be mostly walking. I think I could probably run most of the distance, but I'm going with a group that plans to walk. Moving is moving in my book!


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Struggling

I always seem to have the hardest time to get out of the 230's.  All my adult life, whenever I lost weight the 230's have always been the "rut" I got caught in.  I've read articles about set point weight and stuff like that, which could be part of it... but I think it's a combo of that, mental roadblocks and a friggin' root canal thrown in for fun.
When you think about it, roadblocks can also be mistaken for hurdles.  Just need extra output of energy to get over hurdles.

My Weight Watcher group leader suggested that I write a goal weight on my arm like Jay of  Biggest Loser season 11.  I think I'll go a bit beyond that and put a number on my bathroom mirror... focus on it and day of weigh in, i'll write a number on my arm......  Oh and I'll exercise and stick to my points too, might help a bit LOL
She also said that if you "ignore" your weight watchers lifestyle on weekends or when on vacation, you're on a diet, and that's not good.  It needs to be a regular part of your life 24/7, you don't have to be perfect, but you have to track everything, good, bad and ugly.  Apparently if you go to a breakfast buffet on the weekend and not write down what you eat, you can guesstimate wrong (grossly wrong sometimes) and think you still landed within your points range.  No frickin' kidding!!!  Therefore I plan to write down as best as I can all the good, bad and ugly points... so that the number I write on my bathroom mirror and arm actually happens. :D

Next weekend is my 2nd race of the season... it's not going to be faster that my best time, but I love running, so I'm just going to enjoy my day, get some bling, eat a bagel and hug my friend Bill who plans to cheer me on :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Testing a mobile app :)

I'm trying out an app on my Iphone so that I can post some updates to my blog more often than one a month. I miss posting dammit!

Also, in mouth news I got through the first portion of my root canal yesterday and feel much better. One of the roots was mega infected and didn't freeze properly so it was like torture, but I knew it would be worth it.

Not sure how my running will be affected by almost two weeks out of my sneakers, but I'm juiced to get back at it :)


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Root Canal

It's not a leisurely place to float by in a gondola... it's a throbbing pain in my mouth.

I got my dentist to squeeze me in for an appointment and she diagnosed my sore face as a much needed root canal.  She sent me off with a prescription for Tylenol 3's and antibiotics, but my appointment for relief is only on May 18th.

I'm worried I'm not going to make it without climbing up a clock tower... *sigh*  I've missed a few days work because I can't sleep, but tomorrow I need to make an effort to go in.... and it's close to midnight and I still can't sleep.  Awesome.

Last week I only ran twice and my second run was a pathetic 2km that I forced myself to do amidst the pounding in my head.  Tonight I missed my clinic run, bah... I'm such a wuss when it comes to pain, especially pain in my head.

Antibiotics, Advil and Anebesol are my companions for the next week (at least) and I'm hoping that the throbbing will die down enough for me to get in some training. *fingers crossed*

Okay, I'll try and stop whinning now :D