Weekend and Race Recap

Hello friends! I just wanted to take a quick moment to apologize for my inconsistency with the blog lately, but don’t take it personally, it’s been pretty much the same with most aspects of my life in the last few weeks.  I’m just feeling unmotivated in general. As I’ve written before, sometimes you have to snap yourself out of a funk before it gets any worse, so that’s my plan!

This past weekend was a lot of fun, my husband had two friends from out of town staying with us. I don’t think that our Wii has ever been on for as long as it was in those3 days. Seriously. I think it was off for less time than it was on haha. We also went to a nickel arcade and played a bunch of different pinball machines, something I don’t think I’ve ever done. It was fun!

On Saturday I ran a 5k with my friend Kassie. We ran the Thanksgiving race together, but this time we ran the whole thing together, and she beat her last 5K time by EIGHT MINUTES (we finished in 39:14, only 3 walking breaks). She is seriously a rock star, she keeps saying that she couldn’t have done it without me, but really, I wasn’t carrying her or anything, she did it on her own two feet, literally. We had so much fun talking and running, it was great. We also got these sweet medals.

I am not going to do a full recap because it was organized just like the Thanksgiving race, and was the exact same course. I do wish that they would reverse the course so that it didn’t have the slight uphill on the second half, but it’s still fairly flat. I felt fantastic running, it was my first real run since the half, and because it was so low key and I truly enjoyed myself, it reminded me WHY I run. Something I think I really needed.

On Sunday we played some more Wii (shocker, I know) then went ice skating. This was the third time I’ve been ice skating in my entire life, and the last time I went was about 4 years ago (in Salt Lake City) and it consisted of my husband pushing me around the rink. Haha. The first few laps on Sunday went the same way, but then I was determined to go on my own a bit.

My husband gave me some pointers, and I was off! I started feeling fairly confident and was having a blast going around and around. I even talked to a woman who was taking the adult beginning figure skating classes, which sound like so much fun. I skated for a few hours, fall free, and was really feeling good.

I think that if you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you already know what happened next. A fall of epic proportions. The toe pic on my left foot accidentally dug into the ice, and I flew forward, and I belly flopped on the ice. The majority of the impact was on the right front side of my ribs (if I had had implants, one would have for sure exploded lol), and I am pretty sure I got some whiplash. I had the wind knocked out of me, and I called it a day. Luckily I was able to hold my head up, otherwise I would have smashed my face onto the ice, which would have been awful , but maybe I would have gotten that nose job I’ve secretly always wanted?  

This my friends, is why I decided to wait until after my half to dabble in any type of winter sport. I’m ridiculously clumsy.

How was your weekend? Are you clumsy? I certainly am, and I am not the person who falls and hops back up unscratched, I am the person who is constantly hurting myself, it’s like some invisible person has decided to spend the rest of their life pushing me down haha. I’ve had so many people tell me they don’t understand how I could be a dancer, and be so clumsy… I say everyone has a set amount of falls in their life, and I just get mine out of the way before I have to perform, that way I don’t fall onstage 😉

Thanksgiving!! (and a race recap)

Hi friends!! Happy late Thanksgiving 🙂 I had a BLAST! I hope you did too and took a moment to appreciate everything you have and everyone you love 🙂 I know I did (including each and every one of you)!

I woke up bright and early to head off to a 5K. I am trying to get in as many races as possible before my half marathon, just for more experience and so I’ll feel comfortable in January.

Yeah, we got medals! I couldn’t believe it! I was suprised that the race was $30, but I am thinking that’s why… Worth it. (Sorry I look so gross in that pic, I debated with myself about not posting it, but I decided if you’ve stuck around this long, you could handle it.)

There were quite a lot more people than I was expecting. I heard more than 200 at some point. My friend and I were towards the back if the pack, and I was OK with that, I just wanted to get in my own groove and not battle anyone. This was my first race with time chips, so I knew it wouldn’t really matter how long it took to get across, and I had my iPhone with me too.

My final time was 37:00 (give or take some seconds I didn’t look right away, and I haven’t gotten my chip time). Close to THREE minutes faster than my last 5K, I will take it.

The first half was amazing, then I had some water and a SIP of garorade. Bad idea. Now I know that gatorade makes me start dry heaving mid race. Haha. Gross. A part of me is annoyed that I didn’t do better, I was secretly hoping for sub 35:00, but another part of me so proud that the first half of the race was strong but not too much. I really think that if I hadn’t done the gatorade, I would have reached my goal. So I am hoping to do another race this next weekend. Haha.

After I finished, I walked back, and met my friend. She is so amazing, she’s lost more than 60 lbs. and this was the first 5K she did any running intervals, and she was NOT that far behind me at all. So we booked it back the last bit of the race. I am trying to convince her to do this next one with me too 🙂

Let’s talk food:

Pre-race: Coffee with stevia, almond milk, and a touch of TruWhip (it’s like Cool Whip but without the horrible ingredients), 1/4 cup oatmeal with 1/8 cup (extra) apple pie filling, and three Clif Shot Bloks with caffeine. I know it sounds like a lot, but really, it was the perfect amount. I chose the shot bloks because I wanted the caffeine (I usually have 2 cups of coffee a day) but I knew it would be too much in my stomach. Coffee and oatmeal was 2 hours before the race, the shot blok was about 20 minutes before. It worked!

Post-race: Some banana and water, and a mini Clif Bar. Seriously, where can I get the mini ones? I’ve never seen them in store. Let me know if you see them because I want to stock up! And more coffee. Come on.

Then we got onto the good stuff, THANKSGIVING!!!

On our menu:

  • Stuffed mushrooms with artichoke hearts, red onions, and goat cheese
  • Mixed green salad with dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, goat cheese, and a pomegranate vinaigrette.
  • Roasted turkey breast
  • Gluten free cornbread stuffing (one vegetarian, one not)
  • Sweet yam casserole (most likely the most caloric thing we had, my husband made it)
  • Smashed potatoes with almond milk and garlic
  • Mushroom gravy

And of course sparkling wine and apple pie with a oatmeal streusel topping. Amazing. I am working on the recipes for you all 🙂

How was your Thanksgiving? Non-Americans (or non TG celebrators), how was your Thursday?

Shin update: It’s MAD I need to ice again today, but yeah, it’s not looking great, but I am choosing to ignore that right now.