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The Color Run – Kansas City

The Color Run was so much fun!  If you ever have a chance to do this run, DO IT!

I went with 4 other friends from work: Victoria, Ericka, Jennifer & Tami.  We had such a good colorful time.

Our “Before” Picture! Jennifer, Ericka, Me, Victoria, Tami

We got to the Truman Sports Complex about 6:30 a.m. (for a Saturday, this is way too early, but adrenaline kept me going after my poor night’s sleep last night). It was surprising how many people were already there and we enjoyed seeing the crazy outfits and tutus people wore.

We were near the starting line a few minutes after we arrived. The race was to start at 7:30, but it was 7:45 before they counted us down to the start.  We were in the first wave and Jennifer, Ericka & Victoria started running leaving Tami & I in their dust (haha, I wasn’t ready to run right off the bat).  Here’s a map of our run:

Tami & I had a good walk and after a warm up, we finally ran.  I lasted a minute, but it was more than my 10 step minimum, so I can now say I have RUN in a 5K!!!  Maybe if the Color Run comes back to KC next year I will actually be able to run the whole thing.  The weather actually wasn’t too bad and I think we all appreciated the organizers moving the start time up by an hour to help everybody be done before it got terribly hot.  Most of the time there was a nice breeze, too.

The first color zone was yellow, then we passed through orange, blue and pink.  I was surprised how little color was actually on me when we reached the finish line. But then, we entered the festival area with a color toss every 15 minutes! They had a DJ and lots of fun music to dance to.   I definitely got most of my color in the festival area!

We walked back up to our car and got some other Color Runners to take our after picture.

We were a mess! But with some handy baby wipes (thank you twin mommy Ericka!) we were starting to get slightly clean before getting home.

I was actually surprised how well I cleaned up at home.  A little extra scrubbing power in the shower and I am mostly back to normal.  I followed the shower with a little nap and some lunch… I think I’m going to be relaxing a lot the rest of today!

Here are some more fun pictures for you to enjoy!

Victoria’s best side!

The Running Shoe Purchase Experience

As you know, I was nervous to get fitted for running shoes.  If you don’t know me, I live in the general Kansas City area, so I went to The Running Well Store, which for you locals, used to be the Sports Medicine store.  By the time we reached the front door, my palms were super sweaty and I was ready to run (pun intended) back to the car. I had a pre-conceived notion that although they said they were knowledgeable and helpful on the website, that I would be looked down upon or made to feel stupid with not having any running experience. I was so completely wrong – thank goodness!

As soon as we walked into the empty store, I met Linda.  She was super nice and when I started to tell her what I needed, it all came rushing out: the knee injury, the Color Run coming up, my weight loss, my nervousness. She was so supportive and really pumped me up about being able to complete the run. She asked if I had ever had a stride analysis, which of course I have not, hence the nervousness. And by this time a couple of other customers had come in, so I cannot tell you the relief I felt when she said I could “jog if I wanted to, but you don’t have to.” I chose the not having to option! I walked on the treadmill about a minute while they videotaped me.  More relief: the only part of me videotaped was my mid-calf down… whew.

Then she played back the tape and explained to me what she observed in my  stride. I overpronate, or my ankles roll inward, which means I need a good arch support (and was probably a good reason I injured my knee).  So then she measured my foot and got some boxes of running shoes.  I tried on several different brands: New Balance, Saucony, Brooks and Asics. They were all comfortable in their own way, but the Brooks really fit the best, although they felt a little tight across the top of my foot.  I got to wear them for awhile before deciding to take them home.  I even have two weeks to decide they’re not for me. I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes in my life! But I am sure it will be well worth it especially if I don’t want to re-injure myself.

So yesterday since I knew I was going to do a crazy amount of walking at work, I decided to wear the shoes for awhile to make sure they were really going to work. Well, it became pretty obvious after the first hour or so that I needed to adjust the laces.  They still felt really tight across the top of my foot.  But then I noticed if I adjusted them enough to be not so tight, that the part around my heel felt really loose… hmmm…. not such a pleasant feeling either way.  So I called the store and asked them to order me the wide width shoe.  It should be in in a week – which feels like forever when I’m finally feeling pumped up to start C25K again, but I’m okay with it.  When I get the new shoes I will start C25K and when the Color Run gets here June 30th, I will just do whatever training day I’m on and have a good time!! It may take me longer, but I will run a 5K!

I never did tell Linda about the blog, but if she ever reads this I want her to know that she made me so much more at ease and I truly appreciate her help and support!  If you need a new pair of running shoes, go to The Running Well Store and ask for Linda!

Uhhh…

Oh my – I have no idea what week I’m on here in my weight loss journey!  The end of the school year was nuts, but it’s over, so hopefully I will have more time to blog.  Here’s what I can tell you:

  • I still haven’t lost the holy grail 4 pounds (to have made 32 lbs. by 32 years) I am looking for… stuck, stuck, stuck…
  • But stuck right over the border in one-derland!
  • I need to eat more!  Fitbit tells me I average about 2380 calories burned per day (that includes sleeping, exercising, working, sitting on my butt – everything), so I should be eating about 2000 calories per day to feed my body what it needs without letting it think it’s starving.  I know this isn’t a popular way of thinking, but read about it & consider it a path for you! Most of my “dieting” friends are doing extraordinary amounts of exercise and eating so little that I wonder how they even make it through the day!  We are all in such a hurry to lose the weight and get on with our lives, but do we really need to be in such a hurry?  I’m not saying I’m enjoying looking at the fat lady in the mirror, but I do enjoy a little more freedom with my calories.  And shouldn’t this be a lifestyle change? This can’t be a temporary eating change that we’ll all dump when we hit our goal.  Because then wouldn’t I end up just looking at a fat person in the mirror again? Hmmm… Maybe I will need to revamp this site so that it’s not so focused on the pounds, or just forget my blog title and continue to do what may work for me.  I say “may” because I haven’t given this “eating more” thing enough of a chance.  I did it for about 2 weeks, freaked out when I hadn’t lost anything and then cut my calories again and guess what? Huh… I still haven’t lost anything (well, I have, but I know I personally have an expectation of a certain number of pounds gone to say that I “have lost something”).  So what do I really have to lose? Literally, 24  more pounds before the end of the year.  But to answer figuratively, I have nothing to lose! I want to gain strength through weight training, confidence through new muscles being found, energy to play with my little man, new recipes to skinnify and then not feel guilty if I eat an extra portion. Wow, that was a long bullet…
  • I have to stop being so competitive.  My friend has lost nearly double what I have while I have danced around the 28-29 pounds lost mark and it’s driving me crazy!!  Dear Me, Please read above bullet point and then stop with the competitiveness!!!!  Love, Me  P.S. You WILL love yourself more in the long run if you stop worrying about the scale!

Joy!

I had the best workout this morning!  I wish I could say it was because of the actual exercise.  I used the weight machines to exercise my legs and then I walked on the treadmill at 3.0 varying my incline.  This pace seems so easy now, even with the incline.  But, that wasn’t what made my workout great this morning.

I’m one of the “regulars” at the gym in the morning and most of the time there are another 5-6 regulars I see. Mostly because there is a class that starts at 6, but since I usually have to leave the gym by 6:30, I don’t do the class.  I know I wouldn’t want to leave, the peer pressure would make me finish, and then I’d be extremely late for work!  Anyway, there I was minding my own business, reading a book on my Kindle, listening to the news through my headphones and pouring sweat down my forehead and back (that’s a beautiful picture, isn’t it?) when I see a lady standing just to my left.  She is one of the regulars as well, but I don’t know her name or anything really about her.  So I look over at her, and she says to me, “I just want you to know that what you’re doing is working for you.  I see you in here and not that I’m staring at your butt, but I can tell what you’re doing is really working for you!  Your incline is higher, you don’t hold onto the bars so much and I just thought you should know you’re doing great.”  And then she was gone.  I was teary eyed as she talked to me.  And I just couldn’t stop saying thank you. If I hadn’t been walking and she & I weren’t both dripping with sweat, I would have hugged her.  I beamed as I finished my workout.  It is so nice to have somebody that is not a friend or relative, but maybe has been on the same journey as you to acknowledge the work and changes that are taking place.  I was absolutely shocked and overjoyed at the same time.  By the time I finished working out she was gone, but the bubbling of joy she left in my heart has stayed with me all day.  So while I may not reach my 32-pounds-lost-by-the-time-I’m-32 goal, an unsolicited compliment from a stranger is a pretty damn awesome birthday present!

So I ask you to pay-it-forward: Give somebody a compliment or perform a random act of kindness. You have no idea what wonderful soul lifting you can do!

Love notes

Things have been hairy and now it is less than 48 hours until Valentine’s Day and I have given very little thought as to what to do for my hubby to show how much I care. I have been so wrapped up in my own personal stuff – weight loss stuff, eating healthy stuff, etc.   Then last week we were both wrapped up in the plumbing stuff, that I just “realized” that V-Day is Tuesday.  Oops.

About 6 months ago my husband did something very sweet for me! I had been down in the dumps, feeling “fat”, unworthy of anything, especially a loving husband and I was convinced that nobody and especially he found me pretty.  I am sure I said some unkind words and went to bed in a bad mood, but the next morning I awoke to our bathroom mirror covered in sticky notes. In the middle was a sticky that said, “What makes my wife pretty to me?” And here are all the reasons.  My husband also challenged me to come up with ways I am pretty, but I’ve only thought of one (he took all the easy ones!).

The stickies are still sticking quite well to the mirror and there are some mornings when I read each one and have a bit of a Stuart Smalley moment.

If my husband can do this in one evening, then surely I can do something to show I love him; it might not be a grand gesture, but I do have a few ideas!

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