Monday, April 30, 2012

Feeling Good!

I am feeling great after my half yesterday!! I continue to reflect on my race. Several things worked in my favor. I was very careful with what I ate the week before. I was careful to not over do it the week before, and I made sure I used my foam roller. This coming Sunday, I have another half (I won entry through facebook) so I am going to continue to do just what I did last week :)



Lunch was PB sandwich on whole wheat, string cheese, triscuts, Kashi bar.


Dinner was a good!

Splurged on a burger on whole wheat and some Alexia waffle fries. Salad size plate.

Dessert was a small bowl of strawberries :)

Today is a rest day for me so no workout for me!! Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Half PR!!!

One word describes my day....AMAZING!!!

Since I took a nap late Saturday afternoon, I had a terrible time falling asleep. I was up several times to use the bathroom and I was so worked up about my knee (IT band) I even used my roller around 1am! My alarm went off at 4:45am and I was out the door by 5:15 and made it to my friends house right on time.  The morning could not have been prettier. The temperature was cool and the sun was shining. Absolutely perfect weather for a run.

Pre race food. Just half a banana and half a Clif bar. All my nervous stomach could handle.

 When we arrived we had no trouble at all parking. The start was located next to a mall so we all parked there. No need for a bag check since we could lock everything in our car and we only had to walk a short distance to the start. We figured we had about 30 minutes before the start. Enough time to use the bathroom one last time, or so we thought!!! The lines were unbelievable!! For a race "just for women" they should have known better and had twice the number of porta johns then they did!!! There were several hundred of us waiting in line when the offical start sounded. By the time I crossed the start line, the race had already been underway for 8 minutes. Not a fun way to start out.

I think I counted 16 porta johns for over 2500 women!!

Once I crossed the start, the race could not have gone better. It was a very HILLY race with one MAJOR hill around the 6 mile mark. The weather was so pretty. I had a longsleeve tshirt on over my tank and I think I discarded the longsleeve t around mile 4. All the clothing left along the race goes to an area homeless shelter. I was thrilled that my knee did not let me down!! I am grateful to my foam roller :)

There were plenty of water stops and volunteers. The police did a great job of closing down the streets. The race wound through several neighborhoods and then back to main roads. It was a beautiful course with plenty of shade.

PR!!! 2:23!!!!!! 10:43 MM (woohoo)

Pic of Jen and I. Met Jen in my running group. We ran together for the first 2 miles. She has lost over 80 pounds!!! True inspiration.

After the race, Wegmans was giving out so much food and water. There was plenty! Bagels, bananas, apples, granola, yogurt, cookies and protein bars. It was awesome!! I loaded up my bag but only ate 3 small cookies. I prefer to wait to eat simply because my stomach has a hard time handling it.

They were printing out updates of everyones offical times.

A view of the porta johns after the race! Empty!

Once I arrived home I made myself 2 scrambled eggs, slice of toast and a banana.

Along with my metal, they also gave out beautiful SS bracelets with and Iron Girl bead!!

After breakfast I showered and put on my compression socks. Then my husband and I headed to Bass Pro. The hot pink looked great with my Sperrys! lol

Going for the nautical look! Bass Pro has the nicest bathrooms!

Could not resist at the checkout!! I was hungry:)

We got back to the house around 4 and my husband offered to make dinner! While he was grilling, I did a heavy vacuuming of the mainfloor. We have a lab, no explaination needed!!

I have the best husband ever!!!! Dinner was amazing. This is a dinner size plate.

Banana smoothie and time for bed!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I DID!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Yard Sale Saturday

Went to bed pretty late last night and then had a terrible night sleep. Finally got out of bed around 6:30am and headed to the grocery store. I can honestly say that my grocery trip was enjoyable! I was there super early for a Saturday and it was empty and the produce and store shelves were well stocked. 

After I got back I made my husband and I breakfast. Not too hard, fresh bagels from the deli.

Today is going to be a CARB loading day:)

After breakfast we headed to a huge yard sale that our community puts on each year. There were a few items that I needed to find for a baby shower that we are having for our oldest daughter. So excited that I was able to find exactly what I was looking for. I just need to spray paint what I purchased and they are going to be awesome. Wish I could post a pic but I know my daughter follows my blog and we are trying to keep the theme for the shower a surprise. The best part is that I only spend $9.

Lunch was two whole wheat potato rolls (100 cal. each) with turkey and pepper jack. A serving of low salt chips with a side of grapes.

Late afternoon snack before a much needed nap!

Dinner was more CARBS, bagel with all natural PB. So good!

After dinner I enjoyed a bowl of strawberries. I had already had several when I remembered to take a pic!

Well, I enjoyed a hot bath tonight and am now sitting by the fire getting ready to watch the NASCAR race with John and Kelsey. It is a cold and rainy Saturday evening here. Not sure how long the rain will last and if I will be running in the rain tomorrow.:(

 I have all my race gear ready to go. I am going to meet some new friends from my running group tomorrow morning bright and early at 5:30am. 

The Iron Girl Half is only for women. So my husband and I decided for him to stay home. This will be my first race with him not there when I cross the finish line! This will probably be good for me and I am excited to be running with people I know this time. 

My right knee has been acting kinda sore for some reason today! I am worried what tomorrows race will bring! Did some foam rolling and hope that will help. 

Wish me luck!!!!

Busy Friday

What a super busy Friday I had! All good, but busy. Guess I will start with my food for the day.



Lunch was PB on whole wheat, string cheese always 2%, triscuits and a Kashi cookie.

Late afternoon snack.

Worked again until 5pm and met daughter #3. Kelsey said she would ride over with me to pick up my race packet. I have the Iron Girl half on Sunday and if I can ever avoid a Saturday race packet pick up day, I do! Always less crowded and more freebies. The race is about 25 minutes from our house and the expo was being held in a local hotel. 

Once you found your name on the board in the lobby it showed your number. You then entered another area to get your bib and timing chip.

Then you entered a narrow hall that wrapped around the main expo. There, you got your shirt and other vendors were advertising their upcoming races. If you know there is a race in the future that you would like to run, the expo is always the cheapest way to go. They always have incentives for signing up now, such as a free tshirt and entry fee discount. 

They also put a race bracelet on me that I cannot take off until after the race on Sunday. No bracelet, no race!

This is the smallest race expo I have ever been to. Not crowded at all and I did not spend any extra money! They did have tshirts for the women doing the 2 halfs a week apart (me!) but they were $25 so I passed.

We got in and out of the expo super fast and headed to the mall for dinner. We were starving and ended up at Panera. 

Figured I would carb up! Dinner was so good! Low fat chicken tortilla soup and Cuban chicken panini. Instead of an apple I ordered the bread, which I did not need, but could use the carbs for Sunday! Will order this again for sure!!

Ann Taylor Loft had everything 40% off and I needed a dress for a wedding in May. Love trying on a size 6! So many pretty dresses to choose from!!!

Kelsey and I decided on this one! A dress for $50 at Ann Taylor?? Win!!

Have you seen this in the mall for eyebrow threading?? I have always wanted to give it a try. So glad I did!!!

I even got Kelsey to do it too! I always get mine waxed but this was WAY better and only $11. It felt weird but did not hurt and felt better for your skin then waxing. I am hooked. I insisted the woman write her name and hours on her card. I will be back:)

We had a great time!!

My race goodies. Wegmans is opening in the area in June, and if you signed up for the club card you got a free shirt! Love it!!

My busy Friday ended with a bonfire with friends :)