The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic


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Color Me Fun

I love color.

Proof here, here and here .

Sparkles also make me happy.

I don’t like zombies or barbed wire & fire.

Wine & Krispey Kreme wouldn’t really work out for me and I’ll skip the hot dog… though I may take you up on the hot chocolate.

[21 themed races from Greatist.com]

But color!

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When I first learned of the Color Run it was advertising the Boston location, NYC was yet to be announced. I forwarded it on to the Boston crew trying to get the gang on board. They must have been sick of my talk about running (though still supportive!) because no response. guyssss. I can do a 1/2 marathon alone but this one I wanted friends. Still no response and the race sold out. F

. Then NYC was announced – score! Only I was scheduled to be out of town that weekend ….. major bummer. Then that plan started to fall through and the possibility of the color run became real. It was nearing sign up date and I would have to make a quick decision …. and once again gather a gang. This time I reached out to everyone: my friends that run, my friends that kind of run, my friends what would choose anything but a run, former co-workers who I’ve seen become more active …anyone and everyone. I stressed that it was a fun run (nothing to do with crazy marathon training). Quickest turn around ever. Is that what stock brokers feel like? I warned everyone that it would be sold out within 24 hours. We got a team – a mixtures of friends and friends of friends – the perfect kind. Even better, I learned some friends were signed up with other teams … I didn’t care who they were with I just wanted everyone to come!

I planned to run it. Not as a race but a run none the less. It was Sunday and would be a flex day of 5 miles anyways so I would knock out 3 recovery ones instead of with the usual UGS / Ahthleta group. And then that silly little potential stress fracture happened. Running was out. 100%. Since my shin doesn’t feel aggressive, it just wont go away, I decide that walking …and taking it very very easy would be fine. Some people might vote otherwise. I didn’t want to miss the party! I promised myself after the walk I would really lay off the leg to get healed so I could get back out there. Plus I didn’t officially have my diagnosis / MRI results back so that made it ok right?

Ok ok, I promised I paid attention to what my body said.

Luckily (or not) one of my friend is also coming off an injury and needed to take it super slow. We agreed the only way it was happening is if we walked – we used to walk all around Italy during our semester abroad together so we need we’d be good walking buddies! I ended up not falling asleep until after midnight Satuday (nothing to do with partying ….not liking this new trend…) and it was rough waking up. In fact I didn’t actually wake up until we hit the start line.

I had my iced coffee and toast with peanut butter as usual but didn’t cut back on insulin – I’d have my spibelt with gummies just in case but knew we’d be taking it easy. Some friends that leave a block down & I split a car service – best.idea.ever. since it was in who-knows-where Brooklyn and required buses and subway. We hung out for a bit at the tents checking out sponsors, catching up and waking up. We started to make our way to the start, loosing a few in the process but getting amped up. It worked. I really really wanted to run. Instead we danced. As we got closer to the start I knew we would be trampled in the take off and tried to stick to the right side. As we crossed over in a jog I was reminded that running was not a good idea and made it two feet before walking. And from there the people watching kicked it up. It was at an old airstrip (i think?) and was a spacious course. I can get super excited about these events when telling someone about it but when it comes to the actual event I’m not very outgoing – in fact straight up awkward. So no crazy color grabbing antics from me. Though I was kind of jealous of all the bright knee socks and tutus. Even saw a couple of wedding dresses. I left my compression socks at home to avoid them becoming tie -dyed and opted for KT Tape in neon pink instead.

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By this point my phone went in a baggie for protection and pictures got a little blurry. 

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There were people doing snow angles in the powder. I can get excited when talking up the event but when it comes to game time spirit I’m less than outgoing …. in fact often straight up awkward. I think running throw the color stations would have been a little bit more exciting but we still had fun and got plenty of color.

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You were suppose to save your packet of color (the stress fracture squad all had blue) for a group toss but we didn’t last much longer than the finish line.  We met up with the rest of the crew before splitting up to head home. UES’ers took a car back again ….. I may have left  some blue behind…..

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Your turn:

Have you ever done a themed run? 

Ever done the Color Run? 

Favorite race?

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So this is happening.

As of the moment I have 13 miles planned for that day as part of my NYC Marathon training, so why not? I need another 1/2 to redeem my MORE/Fitness. Plus, I recruited one of my friends to do it with me (ok she ran Boston a few times so I say “with me” lightly) and it’ll be a hometown race of sorts as I grew up in Southampton and worked in East Hampton. Not to mention I stalked this girl as she trained for the full last year. Also, September is my favorite time of year out there. Apparently we were just in time as I signed the afternoon before registration closed and got her to sign up the morning of. 

Yay for goals & running with friends.  Hope my dad know’s he’ll be driving me to the start…


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New Beginnings

Ah life.

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In the past two months I’ve:

– moved apartments

– was let go from my job

– completed my 1st 1/2 marathon 

– joined an outdoor league with my soccer team

– dealt with shin splints, groin strain, hip flexor silliness, IT Band issues & hip pain …. but not a stress fracture

– did early morning runs in Central Park

– ran a 5k on my birthday (in which I was 1st, last & only place since it was my solo birthday 5k).

– had plenty of brunches

– tried plenty of new coffee shops

– went to Hoboken for the 1st time

– exercised some serious self-control in not visiting 16 handles daily despite being closer to it

– put to use the fact that I’m now closer to Target …. but made do with the fact that I’m now further from a Trader Joe’s.

– finally used an oven (it’s only been about 2 years) and have worked on more “real” dinners.

– raised money for Team for Kids (only just begun!)

– started practicing yoga 5 day / week

– baked! (happening.right.now. vitalious chocolate muffin tops in the oven hopefully not sticking/not burning / rising  … all that usual stuff)

– signed up for my 2nd Girls on the Run 5K

– volunteered / will be volunteering at some kids activities with Urban Girl Squad

– met with a nutritionist … and started food journaling again. Sort of.

– learned how many supporters I have, even if it’s easy to forget  … and there’s quite a few!

– donated over 100 items … and got rid of almost as much

– played decorator, handyman & dyi-er … I think I’m most efficient at handyman.

– met new friends, connected with old ones and made fun dates with current ones.

I smell the chocolate tops….that mean it has to come out just as good right?!

– focused on my health … the specifics and the general.

– took a break from my magazine addiction

– started reading books….from the library

– got on the Tone It Up bandwagon (sort of)

– spent time with family

they didn’t burn! off to go see how they taste (I mean I couldn’t have screwed up a prepackaged mix that badly could I?) 

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3/4: Run

Birthday 5K!

Goal: 5k 

Ran: 3.11

Time: 0:29:57 | 9:38 

I didn’t sign up in time for the Shamrock 5k so I decided to create my own Birthday 5K … it was also my first solo run in Central Park. In which I ended on the west side in the 70s. I took the bus back over and ended up making it  way longer process – but made it home in time shower & head out for birthday brunch! 

It was not an easy run & a  reminder that not every run or race will be a PR. 


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Humbling Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k

I signed up for the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k. My first 10k race. No training, no plan, I decided to go for it anyways and see what I could accomplish. I mean I’ve run 6 miles before so no problem right ? Not so much. It was a rough run but a humbling experience. A reminder that if I want to start doing races (and train for the marathon) I need to put together a plan of action for injury recovery & a strategy for running. {foreshadow 2012 goals}

Why it was good: 
1. I didn’t puke or cry (see below). There came a point when I wanted to do both – for a good portion. I’ve never actually wanted to cry directly from a run before. I probably would have stopped but knowing there was a good number of people (I have yet to meet) who were out running for the same reason made me keep going. (#whyIlovebloggers)

2. Beautiful views. It was sunny & gorgeous out. I ran along the ocean, I ran along the harbor (?), throughout neighborhoods & along the exercise path. And it was surprising how quiet among the first 3. 

3. A new path. Palm Beach isn’t exactly home for me, so instead of returning to an old route, the 6.2 miles was an exploratory run. It may have led to some circling around because I wasn’t quite sure how far I was going (thank god for RunKeeper) but with my no-sense of direction it was pretty cool that I got familiar with twists & turns. 

4. New compression capris. $11 from Old Navy. They’re awesome. No chafing.

5. I didn’t just pack workout gear – I used it! Signing up for the race kept me committed. I’m still a roller-coaster-exerciser…sometimes I’m all in & sometimes I’m all excuses. I did get myself out for a quick 2 miles Christmas morning but part of that motivation was knowing I had 6 miles to run the next day. Part of it was to sweat out sugar.  

6. I knocked off 10k from my List. And set myself up for a new PR at whatever 10k comes next.

7. I pushed myself. (see #1 above, #1-7 below) The race held me accountable. Instead of getting frustrated or disappointed, my mantras shifted a little for this run. Actually I didn’t repeat mantras over (usually  Dori’s “just keep on swimming running” would have worked) but keep an open mind of how it was going to go.

Why it wasn’t:
1. It was hot. We’ve lucked out with some perfect running weather in NYC this fall, so the high 70s/feels like 80s in Palm Beach threw me right back to summer.
 
2. There were no water fountains. I brought my bobble bottle with me (smart point) but finished it off before I was even half way done. I think this was the major drawback of my run – I’m use to a few water fountains sprinkled along the East River or throughout Central Park – at the very least a promise of a Vitamin Water 0 from a Duane Reade at the end. There was none of that, it wasn’t until I hit mile 5 and was circling back around did I discover one. Mixed with heat & sugar overload, water was very much-needed.

3. Blood sugars were still wacky. My blood sugar started out at 168, not awful but a little high for a first thing run. I should have done my long acting insulin before I left (stupid point) but regardless, it shot up during the run … probably adding to the dehydration & nausea. 

4.  My groin injury. I pulled my groin during my trip to San Francisco. Seriously, I walked a lot. I never really did much to repair it and often forget about it … except for when I run, than I’m remind it’s a legitimate injury and needs attention. 

5. My knee/IT band. Same old, same old. But another scream for going to yoga  & working on hip strengthening. 

6. I walked. Goal 1 : under 60 min. (ha! just because I’ve been bringing my 2 mile runs back under 10 minutes doesn’t mean I can hold that for 6 miles). Goal 2: keep under an 11 min mile.  Goal 3: don’t walk (this was given up for a new goal: don’t puke). 

7. Blisters. Not sure what the deal was but I don’t think I’ve ever gained so many in one run. Good thing I’m looking into getting new sneakers – maybe time to consider a new style?

So enough with the whining – was it worth it? You bet! I’m excited to make this an annual thing. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll even pull out some holiday cheer. {When my mom offered a lone jingle bell for decoration I replied in grinch style that I was not running 6 miles by myself with a bell on.} I’m even more excited to pick my next 10k and set a PR. Thank you girls for putting this together! 

Splits

mi Pace (min/mi) Elevation (ft)
1 10:36 29
2 11:16 -26
3 11:42 8
4 14:55 -2
5 12:16 -17
6 12:06 4
7 9:32 5


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Warming Up to Christmas

One might say I’ve been a bit of a Scrooge this season.

I did try to prevent it – really I did – by playing pop holiday music at work.

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But between some office situations, working on the 11/11/11 wish & health focus (my own & my families) I haven’t been seeing the bigger picture.

Plus I’m going to Florida.

And while it looks like you would almost be able to get away with open toed shoes & sundress in NYC since it’s been so unseasonably warm – I’ve never had Christmas with palm trees.

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I’ve actually never had a Christmas outside of my town (or the next town over). There’s been lots of houses & lots of settings but the core elements have always been the same. I’m an only child but I’ve spent every Christmas morning opening my presents with my cousins & aunt so this will be my first only child Christmas.

Funny thing: both of my parents (separately) will be in Florida this year. 

This year isn’t about presents (though it never should be), it’s about quality time with family – this time specifically my mom.

I’m also planning to use this mini vacation (which it really is since I’m not very good at taking them) to recharge & restore.

I will be packing my foam roller.

And sneakers.

Since I may have just signed up for Healthy Happier Bear’s  Home for the Holiday’s virtual 10K. And by may – I mean I did. Let’s hope the doctor doesn’t negate that tomorrow!

It may even be why I’m checking luggage (thank you JetBlue).

I may even try to cook something. I mean I have only had 1 Christmas cookie all season …

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Your turn:

Do you celebrate the Holidays in warm or cold weather?

Anything to put on the to-do list in Palm Beach?

Perhaps a running route? Specifically 3.1 – 6.2 miles.