Half Marathon Recap

I unfortunately came down with a cold/cough on Friday night.  I was bound & determined to run.  I was healthy for the past 8 months – what kind of cruel joke is this to get sick the few days before??  I made a deal with myself that as long as I was fever free and not fatigued, I would run.  I happily woke up (cough & all) on Sunday Am raring to go.  I didn’t feel bad – it was one of those things where I sounded much worse than I felt.  It was 32 degrees out..BRRR!!  I bundled up (well, in runner’s terms) and my Dad came to pick Jon & I up.  What an amazing experience this was for me.  I am so glad that I was able to run.  I started off well and felt great until about mile 8.  Then, I had taken a Clif Shot and because it was so cold out, it didn’t go down well and seemed to make all the crud in my throat just congeal.  It felt like I had to cough and something was stuck, but nothing budged.  I worked through it and kept reminding myself that this was all temporary and that there were others that have gone through (and are going through) much worse.  I had made a list before my race of people that I was dedicating my miles to and thinking of those people while I was struggling during mile 8 and then again during those last couple miles, kept me going.  I also saw this quote on the back of a guy in front of me from the Marines “Pain is weakness leaving the body”.  That was a bit of motivation, too.  The “official” stats are below:

bib number: 10572
age: 36
gender: F
location: Lewis Center, OH
overall place: 2585 out of 6858
division place: 180 out of 695
gender place: 1081 out of 4070
time: 2:01:22
pace: 9:16
10k: 57:08

My goal had been to finish under 2 hours, but considering I was sick & had to stop to tie my stupid shoe, I’ll take this and feel great about it.  I can’t wait to train for & run a full marathon in May 2010.  :) 

Here is a pic my Mom took (a little blurry).  I am in the red w/black pants:

And here….there I go…

After the race with my medal & shirt.  Like the hair?  LOL!

Should get the race picture sometime this week. 

Oh, I did want to mention that after the finish, I was walking through the lines to get some fuel.  I was very discouraged to see that there was mainly doughnuts (gluten) and bagels (more gluten).  I did spot some bananas….not even close to ripe & too cold and then the only other thing I could eat, Conn’s Potato Chips.  Thank God they were gluten-free.  I scarfed them down like I hadn’t eaten for weeks!  LOL!  I know those other items were quick carbs/sugar, and I should be thankful there was something I could eat.  Plus, during the race they gave out gatorade (GF) and Clif Shots (also GF). 

 

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Weekly Menu Plan – October 18, 2009

Hi guys!  Tis the beginning of a new week.  The kids are both sick :(  Not sure what they have yet, but Hannah is seeing the dr today to rule out a kidney infection.  While she is there, the dr will test her for H1N1.  If she has it, then Jon does too.  Does the madness ever stop?

On a positive note, I ran my half marathon yesterday!  You can read about it here.

This week Wendy of Celiacs in the House is hosting the gluten-free menu swap.  Her ingredient choice this week is squash.  Another favorite of mine.  I will have plenty of squash this week.  I love kabocha, butternut, acorn, spaghetti….you name it!  I don’t think that I have met a squash that I didn’t like!  Thanks for hosting, Wendy!

Sunday – Rotisserie chix, pasta, green beans & salad

Monday- Bostons Gourmet Pizza (rewarding the half marathon!)

Tuesday- Burgers, butternut squash fries, broccoli & salad

Wednesday – Roasted Kabocha, coconut brown rice & chickpeas, asparagus & salad

Thursday -Salmon, roasted sweet potatoes & beets, mixed veggies & salad

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday- Breakfast for dinner

Baking

Pumpkin goodies

Bread and cinnamon raisin bread

Also, don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for lots more menu ideas.

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I will be posting the winner of the My Blog Spark Tablespoon giveaway later today! :)

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