Saturday, September 25, 2010

This year's Race for the Cure...

I just got home from the 2010 Race for the Cure. I paid a little extra for the timing strip (attached to my bib) and so my time is official and all.... 50:27 from gunshot. A minute-plus slower than last year. So I definitely did not hit my plan to do 45:00 or less, but I'm okay with it.

This year's Race was at a new venue (Fluor Field) and a course that I'd never taken at other races from Fluor Field. I went down streets that I didn't know existed, but nice quiet neighborhoods. The residents came out to cheer us on, and I appreciated that an awful lot. And I am not lying when I say that half these streets were all uphill!!! All those hams and glutes that I've been pumping up over the last few months got quite a stretchout this morning! And I am feeling it already..... I am tired, but it's a great tired. It's the "tired" that comes from accomplishment, from a job well done.

And this year, at the food court, they had fat-free Greek yogurt. It was all flavored (not plain), so I have to count the points (on SFT, only the plain kind can be eaten without worrying about tracking), but I'm just glad they had it! I got a nice protein boost from that -- and bananas have never tasted so good!

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This week was challenging in a few different ways: I had a retreat last weekend, and so I didn't track at all... so this week wasn't a free-for-all, but more of a "do the best you can." But I am definitely back in the saddle this week! My other challenge was a knee that was giving me fits. I haven't had knee pain like that in years. Biofreeze is my friend, and I don't care how dorky I look wearing a knee brace or two under dress pants. I don't use the pull-on, stretchy but thin kind. Oh no, I have the big ol' Velcro-d up, criss-cross type but they're great. (Speaking of Biofreeze... need to go use some and SOON). It really hit me on my Monday and Thursday leg workouts.... AYE YI YI YI!!!! I just modified as much as possible (sorry, Dave, but a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do!).

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Here's wishing everyone a successful week!!

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