Half marathon on Sunday - no training but I'll finish!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I’ve not blogged for a while and have been meaning to all week – but I found myself almost stuck for words... unheard of for someone like me. As a child I was always told I talked too much and I think I still do!

Am I ready for the half marathon on Sunday? No. Was I ready for the half marathon in August? No. Did I finish it? YES I DID!!!! Rah Rah Rah! Blah.

This week has been pretty blah. I’ve been feeling unmotivated and lethargic. I haven’t run since last Tuesday! Over a week! Well... I did a few little sprints to catch buses – and yesterday I felt exhausted after a few minutes! But I will make it. I am a strong woman and I will finish, even if I have to walk some of the way. Intervals are my friends. I need to spend some time tomorrow with my GPS watch manual and work out how to set up my “Virtual Running buddy” which will hopefully help to keep me running for longer. I have already made my Running playlist on my iPhone so I’m looking forward to running to some pumping tracks!

Food wise, I went crazy at the weekend. There is no other way to say it. I ate like a maniac on Saturday and we had take out on Sunday. This has not been helped by my lethargy and distinct reduction in fitness minutes this week. I guess we all have weeks like this and I hope to pull myself back together after I complete this half marathon. Weigh in was better than expected. I maintained – same as last Wednesday. That’s a result in my book.

I am still following the Flat Belly Diet to some extent. I am definitely finding it easier to keep within my calorie range by increasing meal calories to 400 and eating less snacks. I think it’s working. My belly doesn’t feel like it’s overhanging as much as before. I’m eating my MUFAs.

I am still waiting to hear what’s going to happen with work. The manager I need to speak to is off all week, and might be off next week too. I did some calculations and we will probably be OK for a little while if I don’t work. Thankfully, the daycare is not full and the manager is very flexible (well, she has to be really). Luckily they are not in the under 3 age group anymore so spaces are not as in demand as for the younger classes. But the work situation is definitely not helping my Blah feeling.

We took the girls to Disney On Ice last night and they loved it. I think I preferred the show at the Calgary Stampede last year, which had some of the Olympic winners in it and they did amazing things on the ice. But the Barbie and Ken dance was great and well, the girls loved it. Gwenna kept asking “Where’s Buzz?” or “Where’s Jesse” as soon as they disappeared but seeing her face light up was definitely worth the ticket price! Kerensa had a mini-meltdown on the way out – the place was set up with so many toy stands and she cried for toys. Next year she will be getting pocket money so when we go again, we will tell her to save her money and she can chose something herself. They were both very tired this morning but so was I.

I stayed up later watching “Lost in Austen” (an English show on DVD) which was pretty good so far. Hopefully I’ll finish it tonight. I watched “The Kennedys” this week (on DVD from the library again) which I found pretty interesting, although I did think they could have (and should have) made it longer and put more depth into it. Anyway, that means I’m tired today. Luckily I have the day off tomorrow so I have some things to return to Old Navy, I’ll go swimming and maybe do a little run. The girls are booked into a “kids club” tomorrow night at the local rec centre so Mark and I will go out for dinner. It finishes at 9.30 which is good – I will be getting up super early on Saturday for our drive to Seattle.

I’m nervous about Sunday and am fed up that we don’t have a lot of money for me to do some Christmas shopping in Seattle... although I’m kind of finished mostly. I’ve been buying stuff in sales for months. Roll on 4pm so I can leave work and start enjoying my weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American Spark friends and everyone else, have a great weekend! Think of me on Sunday, in Seattle at dawn... in the rain... and cold... Hopefully it will be all finished by 10.30am!!!

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    emoticon Abi-we are cheering you on from our team! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I forgot to mention I loved Lost in Austen- I actually bought the DVD I liked it so well! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 11/26/2011 12:12:57 AM
    I know you can do it!!! You will be awesome for the marathon.
    3452 days ago
    YOU CAN DO IT!!!
    3452 days ago
    So many folks at sparkpeople make it difficult for mw not want run in some sort of race. It seems like such an impossible dream, Thank you for getting me to dream, emoticon
    3453 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon I'm rooting for you too!
    3453 days ago
    emoticon I'm already cheering loudly emoticon
    from Down Under for you emoticon Abi!

    Scootergirl in Oz

    3453 days ago
    Enjoy your half marathon! You will do great!
    3453 days ago
    I'm rootin' for you on your race! I wish I could run. I tried again this morning but I have an uncooperative knee. So, I'm stuck back with the little old ladies while everyone else zooms past, haha! Although, the last couple of days I've done a 16 min. mile, which is a record for me.

    Cheer up, you'll do fine and I want to hear all about your race!

    p.s. When you mentioned Ken it made me chuckle. My hubby is ebaying some old dolls for his father and the other night I came into the bedroom and he had a magnifying glass looking at Ken's butt! Wish I had a camera then, lol!
    3453 days ago
    Abi- emoticon emoticon I am rooting for you on this half marathon!! You WILL get it done!! emoticon emoticon
    3453 days ago
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