Thursday, October 15, 2009

Turkey Trot Running Plan

I made my running goal today! Woo! I did 3.2 miles. Obviously not the best time wise but I am really, really proud of my accomplishment- I only stopped 3 times, for 10 seconds each. I am training for the Turkey Trot, a downtown Dallas run event on Thanksgiving. Scott and I did the 5k last year...I want to do the "long one" this time!! :) I am disappointed that I gave up running for so long- I have only run 5-6 times in the last 5-6 MONTHS. Yikes. My body responds really well once I get into the right groove, but it takes me a bigt to hit it. I don't care how long it takes me to run those 8 miles...I'm going to DO IT!!!! Even if it takes me 5 hours. lol! :)I've got 6 weeks to run the trot, so here's my plan:

This week -3 miles
Oct 18-24- hit a max of 4 miles
Oct 25-31- max of 5 miles
Nov 1-7- max of 6 miles
November 8-14- max of 7 miles
Nov 15-26- stay at 7 miles
November 27- TURKEY TROT!!! RUN 8 MILES!! Run Run Run! :)

Then eat...some thanksigving-y food. I am probably not going to eat a turkey this year- I'm not that huge of a fan and when I read about the poor baby turkeys getting injected with super growth hormones to make us a made me sad. :( So I am on the prowl for some yummy cruelty free thanksgiving food! Any suggestions?


Tania :)

PS- In honor of the OU/tx game this weekend...Sam Bradford & Colt McCoy (the QBs) are second. Worth watching :)


My First Spaghetti Squash

Scott & I made our first Spaghetti Squash last week! I had not tried Squash since I was 12 & I did NOT care for it. I was a little hesitant to try again but I decided to give it a shot. Total win in my book!! Yum!!! Recipie:

Cut squash length wise, and remove seeds.  Place face down in baking pan and add 1/4" water. Bake squash for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Let squash cool slightly and use a fork to gently scrape the "meat" of the squash- will look like strands of spaghetti (hence the name).
Heat a frying pan and sautee squash strands, 2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic, 2 tbsp fresh minced parsley. Optional topping of Parmesan Cheese. ENJOY!!

I went for a run yesterday- it has been raining nonstop for almost a month so it had been a bit. :( I was NOT happy with my time at all. I only ran 2.25 miles and it took me almost 30 minutes. :((((((( that included a lot of stopping, walking, tearing up and rescuing sweet boomer from a huge loose dog. 

It's incredible how much I can tell a difference when I run consistently. I feel energized, fit and happy. I need to be more consistent!!!

I have noticed a lot of health bloggers eat snacks to fuel their run before & during their run. I feel like if I eat and run I will throw up!! Any tips? Scott & I are runinng the 8 mile turkey trot so I need all the help I can get!!!!


Friday, October 2, 2009

The Common Cold

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I've been AWOL for a while. I've been super sick! :( Today has been the first day I've felt well enough to even look at a computer. It all started Tuesday morning, I woke up with a weird lump in my throat. Everyone has some sort of indicator that they are getting sick, and mine happens to be the throat lump. Agh! I tried to ward it off with a 10 mile bike ride (See previous post), but no avail. I woke up Wednesday morning feeling awful. My little sister swears that Theraflu cures all of her ailments, so I decided to give it a try and had a lovely breakfast of double fiber bread, light peanut butter, 100% fruit jelly, 3/4 of a banana and...Theraflu-YUM. :-/

I went to work, made it about 2 hours into my work day and my boss suggested I leave. I must have looked as bad as I felt. I felt really bad- we are in a crunch time at work and I didn't want to let anyone down, but I was no use in my job being sick and not having a voice!!

I called my husband and he immediately came home to take care of me. He is the sweetest, most godly, amazing man ever. :) He stocked up on some sick essentials- soup, corn, thermometer, Advil, etc and made me dinner. My temperature was 102 that night! I was having severe chills, hot flashes, hallucination dreams- you name it! Very scary. I had every symptom of the swine flu. :( I was terrified. We agreed to give it the night and see if I got better. Thursday sweet Scott took the day off work and drove me to the drs. They did tests for Flu and strep- both came back negative thank God! They basically told me they weren't sure what I had, the best guess was a viral infection, or the common cold. How anti climatic! They also noted that I had a fever over 100 still, and very low blood pressure from not eating enough.

Scott drove me home and put me to bed while he ventured out to get my 2 prescriptions. One he found right away. The other, however, apparently isn't as common, and he drove to 4 different stores until he finally located it at Super Target. (Go Target!) When he came back, he came with more then just meds:

So sweet! :) The card was adorable, and he got me a flashing light for my bike so we can ride more safely at night now that it's dark. He also told me part of my "Get well soon" gift included a cushioned bike seat that he was going to let me pick when I felt better. :)

Thursday was almost worse then Wednesday for me. I was hot, out of energy, bored, and sleepy. I wanted to spend time with my husband but all I wanted to do was sleep. :( So that's mostly what I did!

Today he had to go back into work (my dr told me to stay at home until at LEAST Monday). I took some codeine spiked cough syrup last night (prescribed by the dr!), and I didn't wake up until after noon! Scott left me a voice memo on my phone telling me to head into the kitchen for another surprise. Here is what I saw:

HOW SWEET! He left me all my sick foods, with an encouraging note that detailed the schedule of medicines I was supposed to take (I have to take something every 2 hours). Unfortunately I had slept through most of them. :( I think I'm going to lay of the Codeine because I'm still tired!!!

All in all even though it sucks to be sick, I have been meditating on what I'm thankful for. Here's my list for today:

I'm Thankful for...
~My husband
~My God who never leaves me or forsakes me
~My dog who is a great cuddler. :)
~Living in a country where we have access to medicine, drs, etc.
~A job with paid sick leave and health insurance
~Noodle soup and corn. yum
~A sound mind and body that can eat healthy and exercise (usually). :)

What about you? What are you thankful for?