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Not a Real Blog Post, Just a Silly Picture

19 Apr

I planned to have an actual blog post for you today, but it’s Finals week for me and after work and finals… I don’t really have much brain power left. However, I did just get the race photos from the 10k I ran over the weekend (blog post here) and holy crackers did I have a pretty ridiculous photo.

Wanna see?

I have no idea how I got that much air in mile 4 or 5… but I look awfully happy, don’t I?!

Or maybe just crazy. Because I totally registered for another 10k in 6 weeks…

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I ran the Sole of the City 10k with No Preparation & Didn’t Die

16 Apr

No matter how many times I say I’m going to actually prepare for a race… I don’t. Whether it be my first 5k after popping a baby out of my hooha (find it here) or my first 10k ever (here’s that post) I always register with the best of intentions, and then do literally nothing to prepare.

Well, I did it again.

I got all registration happy in January and registered for the Sole of the City 10k. I figured, I had PLENTY of time to do a bunch of warm-up runs. And then, months went by and I ran ONCE. Yeah, that’s right… I banged out a whole 2 ½ miles in the middle of March and was pretty darn proud of myself.

I kind of ignored the fact that I’d signed up to run 6 ½ miles. And that worked pretty well for me, until the weekend before the race. That was the do or die time of ‘should I go on a practice run or just sit on the couch so I don’t hurt myself before the run?’ Wanna guess which I chose?

Yup, couch potato.

In the days leading up to the race, I started feeling a little nervous. I wasn’t sure if my 40-year-old body could deal with the shock of running 6 ½ miles. So, I ignored it some more.

Then, the day of the race came. When in doubt, wear a cute running skirt…

I’m not going to say it was a perfect race… because it wasn’t. Around mile 2 I felt kind of pukey with some acid reflux, which thankfully worked itself out within a half-mile or so. And I was certainly slower than I wanted to be. BUT. I did it.

Here is my friend Lindsey and I after the race:

And here is the most Baltimore photo in all the land:

That’s a ton of Natty Boh boxes, in case you are trying to figure out what you are looking at…

After the race, I used the Physique 57 Massage Roller from my Spring FabFitFun box and I really do feel like it helped my calves not feel so ouchy. My knees hurt later that day, but nothing that some extra strength Tylenol couldn’t handle. On Sunday I was sore, but honestly didn’t feel that bad. I remember feeling much worse after the Bay Bridge 10k in the fall.

So, rack up another win for my ‘no preparation’ races. Guess I should find another one to register for soon…

 

 

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A Health Setback

23 Jan

If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I found out in early-September that my cholesterol was crazy-high. Like, OHMYGOD high. So, my doctor put me on a low dose of medication and had me meet with a nutritionist to figure out a diet to help lower it back down the normal zone.

I followed that diet pretty faithfully for September, October, November and December and was actually looking forward to getting my follow up blood test on December 20th to show that I had finally gotten everything under control.

Except, I had NOT gotten everything under control.

When I got my results back the following week, my cholesterol had actually gone up higher. I was crushed.

I had followed the diet so well and only had a couple servings of red meat over that last month. I felt like I had been depriving myself of food I enjoy for so long…but it was worth it, because it was making me better.

So when I found out that it wasn’t helping, I fell off the wagon a bit.

I didn’t go out and devour 30 steaks and gorge myself on fried food, but I did have way more than my share of cookies. I ate my feelings away. And then, ate some more.

I felt pretty terrible. Not only that I had failed at getting my cholesterol under control, but then I followed that up with failing on my special diet.

I finally had a chance to talk with my doctor a couple weeks later to put together another plan of attack. I had done some reading and found that losing weight could positively affect cholesterol. In the course of following the nutritionist’s diet, I’ve lost about 7 – 8 pounds since September. My goal is to lose 10 more pounds over the next few months, in the hopes that it helps my cholesterol lower down a bit.

I’ve recommitted myself to the healthy diet (with only a couple servings of red meat a month), but I’m also keeping an eye on the sugar I ingest. And cutting back on treats. And adding regular workouts.

I’ll go back to the doctor for (yet another) blood workup in 3 months. So, after a bit of a setback I’m working towards yet another goal of getting this damn cholesterol under control.

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Upgrading my FitBit Alta with a Fancy New Band

3 Jan

I’ve had my FitBit Alta for a couple years now and really like it. I wear it on workdays to remind me to get up from my desk and walk around more. I also love wearing it on trips where I can track the ridiculous amount of miles I end up walking.

I have this one, which came with a blue band. After a couple years of wearing it with the blue rubber band, I realized that they have much better brand options out there. I don’t know why this didn’t really register in my brain before, but why was I wearing a rubber wristband when I could have ROSE GOLD?!

I asked my mom for this rose gold band from Target for Christmas and OH MY GOSH, it is so pretty! The clasp is magnetic, so it’s super easy to slip on and adjust on your own. The only drawback is that it is SUPER magnetic, so when I tried to wear a long necklace it kept getting stuck to my FitBit band until I got frustrated and took it off.

I love the way the new band makes my FitBit look shiny and new though. Now it looks less like a step tracker and more like a fancy watch, so I really love the change. I kept the blue rubber band to wear on my runs, but I think I’ll be rocking my new rose gold version for my workdays! Just not with a long necklace…

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