So many hangers!

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Have you visited the new Container Store yet? Apparently it has quite the collection of hangers, as proven by this delightful collection of shots snapped by readers W and S (who make a tiny, blurry special guest appearance in the first one). Thanks for thinking of RH, guys!

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hangers…!

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My goodness, I had no idea there were so many options. I always figured you have your basic wire, wooden and plastic, but I guess I’ve been missing out. My poor, neglected clothes!

Remember, if you’re hangin’ out and come across a photo-worthy hanger, send it in and I’ll post it here. Click here to see what we’ve captured so far.

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30 Days: 2/3 Vegetarian

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The Self-Imposed Challenge
Inspired by hellogiggles.com‘s One-Week Diet Diaries and my vegetarian friends, I decided to increase my understanding of vegetarianism by reducing my meat intake for 30 days in August.

The Rules
Not full-on vegetarian, mind you. When I told Hubby of my plan, he looked at me with fear in his eyes and sadness in his meat-loving heart. “Do I have to do it with you?” he asked with trepidation. (Nope, just me)

I figured the best way to get a taste of this way of life without over-complicating our lives was to start small: no meat for lunch. Eggs were ok, I decided, both because some vegetarians eat them, and trying to figure out what products contained egg seemed too difficult for my first time out.

The Beginning
The first couple of days went well. In fact, I began to get cocky: thanks to my morning ritual of a peanut butter-banana smoothie, I wasn’t just a lunch-time vegetarian; I was 2/3 vegetarian. Rock on!

The Downfall
With overconfidence comes mistakes. Within the first 10 days, I accidentally had soup with meat in it. I’d been thinking of meat as tangible items like burgers, fried chicken, etc. and had forgotten that meat is used for flavoring too. D’oh!

The Rules, Revisited
That’s when I decided to update my rules: 2/3 vegetarian simply means that 2 out of 3 meals are vegetarian, right? If I had meat for lunch, I could just get back on the wagon for dinner. This worked out really well because it just so happened we had 3 huge work lunch shindigs throughout late August and while abstaining from meat in small groups was fine, I wasn’t committed to explaining to EVERYONE why I was suddenly turning down meat-y goodness.

The Learnings

  • Going out with a group is more difficult when you’re not eating meat. Even simple things like shared veggie flatbreads might be topped with bacon, for example. I suppose it could be easier if everyone recognized you were vegetarian and thought to order something with you in mind, but in this case, I just went without.
  • Meat is in a lot of things that you don’t realize. At the same group luncheon, I made sure to ask if the corn chowder had meat (it didn’t). I didn’t think to ask if the dressing for my entree salad contained it, because I figured the server already realized I was going without. A vegetarian friend later advised me that likely wasn’t the case because I didn’t specifically ask, and that most Caesar dressing has anchovy paste in it. Oops.
  • Turns out I typically order meat out of habit, even when it doesn’t necessarily add flavor. A Thai dish tasted just as good with tofu, for example, although I must confess that my vegetable fried rice later in the month just wasn’t the same without pork.
  • Going meatless doesn’t always save you money. I just assumed that ordering things sans meat would be less expensive, but at a burger place I visited, a veggie patty was the same charge as the ground beef. Which makes sense, I suppose, because vegetables can be pricey…
  • Being vegetarian doesn’t equal being healthy. I’ve had several people tell me that they lost 5 pounds as soon as they stopped eating meat. I can’t say the same, but part of that is because I was only 2/3 vegetarian. At the same time, not eating meat doesn’t always translate into fewer calories or eating piles of fruits and vegetables every day. It literally just means no meat, not necessarily good choices.
  • As long as a meal is hearty, most people won’t notice that it’s vegetarian. I made a Mexican casserole (layers of brown rice, black beans, salsa, mushrooms, onions and cheese with tortilla chips on the side–delicious!) for a dinner guest and until I mentioned my challenge, he didn’t realize I’d left out the ground beef or pork you might typically expect.

The Verdict
I only broke the rules that one, meat-flavored-soup time (and on that same afternoon, popped a few pieces of cheese that had bacon in it…yes, there is such a thing and yes, it’s pretty amazing). To atone for my mistake, I extended the challenge an extra day. There were even a few days that were entirely vegetarian, so I definitely maintained 2/3 vegetarian for the month as a whole.

The Conclusion
This challenge opened my eyes: to the intricacies of a vegetarian diet, to how deliberately I choose my food, to how much meat I typically consume. I likely won’t continue my rigid 2/3 vegetarianism rules, but nor will I continue my old style of eating either. I’ll probably hit somewhere in the middle: eating meat when I can truly appreciate the flavor but more mindfully overall.

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What kind of runner are you?

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QUIZ
(randomly created by me, so by no means scientific)

1. What was most memorable about your last race?
A. the time
B. the medal
C. the people
D. the distance
E. I don’t race

2. When you sign up for races, what’s the first thing you think about?
A. Your time from your last race, and if you’ll beat it
B. What the medal will look like
C. Who will be available to train with you
D. The course
E. I don’t race

3. When you talk to people about running, how do you typically describe it?
A. “Going up against others, or even just trying to beat your own time, is a RUSH.”
B. “The medals are so cool!”
C. “Running in a group can be so rewarding.”
D. “You can’t believe how great it feels to finish a race!”
E. “Running is really peaceful, a great way to clear your head.”
F. “I run so I can eat. What a great calorie-burner it can be.”

If you answered mostly As, you’re motivated by PRs, by improving your own best time.

Mostly Bs? You’re medal-motivated. You’ll sign up for a race just to add the bling to your collection.

Mostly Cs? You’re a social runner. It’s a great time to either catch up with friends or make new ones.

Mostly Ds? Races themselves are what motivate you. You’re challenged by a great course or distance you’re fond of or perhaps want to try.

Mostly Es and maybe the F? I consider this ”running for fitness.” You just want to run, not a particular distance or race, but because you enjoy it, or maybe you enjoy how it makes you feel, whether spiritually or physically.

How’d you do? Did I miss anyone?

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Beginner’s Guide to Swimming

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For the Beginner’s Guide to Running/Walking, click here.

Summer is here in full force. If you’re a newbie looking to pick up swimming, read on.

Gear

Swimsuit: If you head down to your local Sports Authority thinking to pick up a cheap suit, you’re in for a surprise. Women’s Speedo and TYR suite (the big names) are EXPENSIVE. If you’re patient, though, you can score a deal: I found a Speedo regularly $78 marked down to $48, plus I had a 15% off coupon. You don’t have to start off that fancy; just make sure it’s a one-piece. Trust me, having to hold your suit bottoms as you push off the wall is just not practical.

Guys, you don’t need to get a an archetypal little tight Speedo right away but I will tell you, they’re a heck of a lot easier to swim laps in than board shorts. Your call.

Cap: Ladies and gents with short hair may not need a cap. If your hair is longer, pulling it back in a ponytail will work in the short term, but eventually you’ll want a cap. I recommend one made of nylon/spandex (not an affiliated link) as opposed to ones made of silicone or latex, as they can be hard to put on/pull off.

Goggles: Lest you think these are just so you can see underwater, they’re also to keep your eyes from getting red from chlorine.

You’ll also need: a towel, flip flops, something to put your keys and phone in to keep them from getting wet (can be as simple as a plastic bag), and if your pool doesn’t provide one, possibly a kickboard.

The Basics

How do I keep my goggles from fogging up? Spit in them. No, I’m serious. You can also buy anti-fogging spray, but what fun is that?

What do I do if each lane already has a swimmer in it? Pick a lane (look for someone who looks friendly), sit on the edge of the pool (don’t just hop in), wait for them to notice you, and politely ask if you can share the lane. They may ask if you want to do ‘down and back’ or ‘circles’ (or something similarly worded): they’re asking if you want to stick to one side of the lane or fully share it and go down on the right and come back on the right. If you’re new, stick to a side. Otherwise, you can feel like the other person is coming up on you too fast and you’ll have to deal with passing, which can be scary at first.

I’m in the water. Now what? Now you swim. You can either track your laps, your lengths, the time you’re in the water, or research a workout online. Thanks, Google, for making that part so easy…

What’s the difference between a lap and a length? A lap is down and back; a length is half, just down or just back. Most swimmers measure their workouts in laps, meters or yards.

What are the types of strokes? There are 4 official strokes: butterfly (the most difficult), back, breast and freestyle (if you ever watch a swimming competition and someone swims a Medley, that’s also the order that they’ll swim the strokes). There’s also the sidestroke and the ever-popular dog paddle, but they aren’t “official.”

How can I improve my strokes/form? Watch videos online. Watch other swimmers (either casually, so you don’t creep them out, or even better, perhaps ask them for advice). Mix it up and take note of what seems to propel you through the water more smoothly. Join a swim club or hire a short-term coach.

Tips

Chlorine is added to all pools to help combat the growth of bacteria, which is a good thing. It also breaks down everything in its path, which is a bad thing. To prolong the life of your gear, make sure you thoroughly rinse your suit, goggles and cap after each and every use. To avoid your skin getting dry, be sure to shower as soon as possible, and apply lotion shortly after. If you’re worried about your hair turning green (usually more of an issue for folks with lighter hair), you may want to invest in a special shampoo, but unless you’re a truly avid swimmer, you should be ok.

Chlorine isn’t infallible. There could be other dangers lurking in the water. But if you’re swimming properly, you should only be expelling breath underwater, not holding it in your mouth. Avoid swallowing water if you can at all help it. It’s the best way to avoid getting sick.

Before you plunk down money for a monthly or annual pass, visit your local pool as a guest. Get a feel for how attentive the lifeguards are, if the pool and locker rooms are clean, and how friendly your fellow swimmers appear. If anything makes you uncomfortable, either address your concerns with management or move on.

You don’t have to, but I always thank the lifeguard and give him/her a little wave as I leave.

Any questions? Happy swimming!

 

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Hang On…! Is 7-11 for real?

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Earlier in the week, gas was running low in my car, but I didn’t want to spend an extra $.20/gal to fill it up at the gas station I was driving past. Instead, I employed the ol’ college trick of only filling it a fiver’s worth, just enough to get me to my preferred (cheaper) station in the morning. Evidence below. $5.02, see?

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And yet…! Look at how much 7-11 has placed a hold on!

DiscoverOne hundred freaking dollars! Is that ridiculous or what? You’ll notice that I stopped at Racetrac the following morning, and they’re only holding $1. Thank goodness I used my credit card and not a debit card at 7-11; I don’t want them holding that much money hostage for that long! Ridiculous.

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Recent Random Realizations

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A couple of years ago, I realized that, in general:

  • We have so much food that we suffer not from hunger but obesity.
  • We’re so inactive in our day jobs that we run for fitness, not necessity.
  • We *pay* to run 3.1 miles or more at races.
  • At these races, we have so much clean water that we put out large tables of it and encourage people to drink it and/or throw it on themselves, then dump the leftovers into the street.

This is part of the reason that I don’t race very often anymore: I can run around my neighborhood without being charged, without fighting for parking, and without running shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of people I’ve never met (I hold nothing against people who do race, please understand; in fact, I still volunteer at races at least twice a year. I think it’s great that people get out there and I enjoy cheering them on).

REALIZATION #1: I can run on my own for free.

The author of my new favorite financial/lifestyle blog, Mr. Money Mustache advocates living simply so you can retire early and live a more fulfilling life. MMM has a car, but rarely uses it, choosing to bike or walk. At first, I dismissed that idea, because obviously I need a car. But do I really need to drive *everywhere*? In the past few months, I’ve stopped automatically reaching for my car keys and instead have been walking to places under 5 miles away (including the grocery store, the movie theatre, and even to see a play). Check me out, saving wear and tear on my car.

REALIZATION #2: I don’t need to drive all the time.

This brings us to this morning: my plan was to run 5 miles, then drive to the store. That’s when I had my final epiphany: instead of walking places just to cut down on using the car and separately, running just for the sake of working out, I could combine the two and run to the store. I’d save gas and get off my ass, all in one fell swoop. So I did. Yes, it was a bit warm, but I felt great by the time I got home.

REALIZATION #3: I can organically incorporate exercise into my weekly routine by not driving all the time.

I’m not saying this approach will work for everyone. I’m not saying you should feel guilty if you don’t walk regularly or do drive frequently. But MMM inspired me, and I thought the least I could do was pay it forward…

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Today, I…signed up for solar!

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Did you see Sunday’s Sentinel article on OUC’s upcoming “solar garden”? Knowing that some people don’t have the funds or proper layout to install solar panels on their home, OUC will build a solar farm from which customers can buy power, as opposed to the electric grid. Pretty neat, especially considering we’re one of those people; we’d love solar, but our HOA won’t allow us to install the panels (to be fair, we’re in a small condo community, so I’m not sure it would be possible for just us to do it).

Yesterday I received the official invite to join the program:

It was beautifully simple. I just pulled up a a few old bills to determine our average monthly usage, used their online calculator to determine how many solar blocks that translates into, determined what extra cost I was willing to pay per month, and voila, I’m now the proud lessee of 4 blocks of solar!

(At the peak of our usage–August–we use around 750 kWh/month. At the  valley–January or February this year, thanks to a ridiculously mild winter–we used just under 500 kWh. Four blocks would roughly come out to be 448 kWh and would cost us an extra $13/month, since we’re paying just under $.11/kWh now and the solar power energy will be $.13. Humorously, though I always knew we use less electricity than an average household, I didn’t realize our usage would be so small that the calculator doesn’t even go that low: it starts at 800 kWh!)

So far I’m loving the idea:

  • Though there’s an upfront charge of $50, if you’re part of the program for two full years, they’ll refund that deposit. If you move to another area where you can use OUC, you can stay with the program (it moves with you). If you move to an area that OUC doesn’t service, they’ll refund your deposit.
  • Though the solar rate is higher per kilowatt hour than regular electricity now (but not so expensive that it’s prohibitive), rates are sure to go up over time. And the solar cost is locked in…for $25 years!
  • Hey, reader K: even apartment dwellers can participate (something I didn’t realize when I taunted her with the story yesterday).
  • A full list of Frequently Asked Questions is here.

The solar farm is expected to be up and running by October (assuming their participation rate is high enough). If I’m reading it correctly, because I’m an “inaugural subscriber,” I’ll be invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony of the facility, so if the stars align and I can attend, RH will publish some photos of the event.

What do you think of this program? Does it feel like the future has finally arrived, even without hover cars and jetpacks? Are there any cons that I’m missing in my excitement, enthusiasm and eagerness??

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Use Your Imagination: eat out or eat in

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I’ve gotten pretty lax in the snapshot department, making me especially glad that I created the Use Your Imagination category. Photos not necessary! Here’s a couple of things we’ve been up to lately.

Eat Out

1. Hotto Potto: Although the concept has been around for literally 1,000 years, I had never experienced it nor really knew what it was. Basically, it’s Melting Pot with an Asian twist. They give you a card to fill out what items you would like (we chose pork dumplings, scallions, noodles, and mushrooms in a mild broth), they bring out the raw ingredients, and you cook it tableside. Easy peasy.

  • The takeaway:  Because the cooking pots come split in half, everyone can get what they want. You want hot and she wants mild? You’re a meatlover and he’s a meat free-er? No problem. There’s also a huge selection of freshly made sauces. My only caveat is that service isn’t always consistent. I went once and everything went swimmingly; the next time, the server didn’t bother explaining to us what the sauces were or how to work the menu. Oh, and be careful not to over-order: we got one total (not one each) of the items above and it was more than enough for two of us. 
  • Location: 3090 Aloma Ave. Ste 150, Winter Park, FL 32792 (in the Denny’s plaza on the corner of Aloma and SR 436). 
  • Hours: Sundays noon to midnight; Mondays through Thursdays noon to 2a; and Fridays/Saturdays noon to 5a. I have no idea why some of their hours are so very late, but maybe it’s a good place to stop after hitting the bars??
  • Menu: The full menu can be found here. Scroll past the lunch specials to get to the choose-your-own section. Yes, they have exotic delights like beef stomach, duck feet and fuzzy squash (?).

2. Deja Vue Creperie: I’m a sucker for crepes. I like them savory, I like them sweet, I just plain like ‘em. So when I saw a deal (not an affiliate link; note that it’s 2 vouchers, not 1) for this new place in the Winter Park Village, I had to try it.

  • The takeaway: My feelings are mixed. The portions are plentiful and the dessert crepe was quite tasty. I was underwhelmed with the savory crepe, and taken aback that once we each ordered a crepe and a coffee, the bill was around $25. That feels expensive. It didn’t help that the ladies behind the counter were…they weren’t unfriendly exactly, but they certainly weren’t warm. Neither offered to expound on the menu (even though we clearly needed some direction and were the only ones in the place), they just went about their business without eye contact, etc. Hate to say it, but I don’t think they’ll last very long.
  • Location: 480 North Orlando Avenue, Suite 126, Winter Park, Florida 32789
  • Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 10a to 10p; Fridays/Saturdays 10a to 11p; and Sundays 11a to 6p.
  • Menu: The full menu can be found here. There are also seasonal specials that are not listed, which is how I ended up with a S’mores Crepe (nutella, mini marshmallows and crushed graham crackers…SO GOOD).

Eat In

I recently made Rachael Ray’s 10-Shallot Spaghetti (with some modifications, outlined below), which was so tasty and simple that I had to share. Vegetarians, just leave out the tuna.

Ingredients (serves 4, or 2 with lots of leftovers!)

  • olive oil and butter
  • 6 shallots, chopped
  • 1 8-oz. container of baby bella mushrooms, chopped to the relative same size as the shallots
  • smoky paprika and garlic powder, to taste
  • 1 pouch of Starkist hickory-smoked tuna
  • I had some specialty flavored pasta on hand (Garlic Linguini with Herbs) but any pound of pasta will do
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Melt some butter and olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute the shallots and mushrooms until tender.
  • At the same time, cook the pasta. Just before you drain it, reserve a cupful of the starchy water.
  • Add spices (I used paprika and garlic) and the tuna to the shallots and mushrooms. Add the starchy water a bit at a time until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. If it gets too “wet,” add some Parmesan cheese to thicken it back up.
  • Toss the sauce with the pasta. We added some Parmesan cheese at the end as well.

Do you have any recommendations, whether to eat out or eat in?

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Random Ruminations: Running a Marathon

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Let’s assume I won’t run a marathon again (a wise assumption). There are a few things I’d like to remember about my experience that I didn’t properly record in my first post, so thought I’d recount them here. To give you fair warning, this may not be the most entertaining post for you (since I’m really writing it for my future self), so feel free to skip it. My feelings won’t be hurt; these are literally 10 random ruminations.

1. Perception is a funny thing. When talking to my running buddies, I get the impression everyone has finished a marathon–at least one! When I talk to my non-running buddies, I get the impression that only crazy people run marathons. While that last bit may be true, I’ve found a statistic that says 1/2 of 1% of the American population have run 26.2 miles, and in 2011 (the latest year data was available), (only?) 551,811 people did so.

2. Weight isn’t important. A friend told me that when he trained for his first marathon, the weight “just came off.” That didn’t exactly happen for me (much to my disappointment). I gained 4 pounds on our October 7-day Disney cruise and it took me a few weeks to realize that this was when I started ramping up my mileage, so the weight was from muscle mass, not necessarily from eating voraciously (well, it wasn’t *all* from eating that way). I remember sharing the epiphany with my friend: “Maybe training for a marathon isn’t the best time to be trying to lose weight!” She was pleased that I came to the revelation but likely concerned it took me so long to get there…

3. Nutrition is. In case I should need to remember what I consumed later, here was my plan: a peanut butter granola bar for breakfast, two handfuls of raisins on even miles and every fifth mile, 3 energy chews (Orange Blossom flavor and Honey Stinger brand, organic with no caffeine) and a couple of swallows of Fruit Punch Gatorade.  Because it was so hot, I also supplemented with some swigs of water from the water stops, but tried not to overdo it because I didn’t want to have to stop to use the restroom.

4. Images lie. In my last post, I pictured my posing-for-the-camera face that was taken probably 20 or 30 minutes after I finished. This photo was taken by Hubby as soon as we caught sight of each other after the finish line, so probably only 5 minutes after the race. For those of you not familiar with my facial nuances, I will tell you that it’s equal parts relief of seeing familiar faces, me trying valiantly not to cry, pain, and what passed for a smile at the moment.

5. Like my shirt? Two complete strangers complimented my Sesame Street’s The Count jersey. My dad bought it for me. 

6. Salt crystals are real. We all have a vague idea that sweat is salty, right? But did you know that if you sweat a lot, your skin can actually become covered in a thin layer of salt? This happened to me at the end of my run! And I’m SUPER bummed I didn’t have the presence of mind to photograph it. It was pretty badass, I’m not going to lie.

7. Recover smart. Thanks to extra strength Tylenol, two post-race epsom salt baths and a massage the day after, my recovery wasn’t that bad. Monday was pretty bad and when I went back to work on Tuesday, I was still hobbling a little bit, but by Wednesday I was pretty much back to normal. And this morning I had my very first, “You know, if the weather was nicer I bet I could totally beat my time” thought. No, I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. But I’ve heard marathons are similar to childbirth: they’re painful in the moment but after a time, you start to forget how bad they were…

8. Things I didn’t do: train past 20 miles, get a medical deferral (I was entitled to one but wanted to get it out of the way), lose any toenails (yes, this is a danger; two of mine turned black but that was the end of it), stop to use a port-a-potty, take any pictures along the route, think that I wouldn’t finish.

9. Things I regret: that it was so hot/humid (outside of my control), walking the last two miles (I did not “dig deep” as I hear athletes are apt to do; I just gave up).

10. I inspire people…including me. I went from first hospital visit (July 2012, for lung issues even) to first marathon (January 2013) in under 6 months. I’ve had people say that I’m an inspiration, and you know what? I am. To myself. If ever I come across something daunting, I can look back at this experience and be like, “I’ve got this. If I can run a marathon, I can do ANYTHING.” As my dad used to say, “Damn, I’m good!”

The takeaway: I ran a marathon. That’s pretty cool.

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Today, I…Ran the Disney Marathon!

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I’ve never been one for running long distances. I run so I can eat what I want, not for medals. True, I’ve done a half marathon, but I never expected to run 26.2. But in May 2012, I took the plunge and signed up for the 2013 Disney marathon. It seemed like a cool thing to mark off my bucket list, and I figured I might as well get it out of the way while I was young and healthy.

The pulmonary embolism threw off the “and healthy” bit. But I still managed to train up to a 20-mile long run.

I had no idea how long it would take me to finish, but based on my training, I was hoping it would take around 5 hours and 15 minutes, since that’s a 12-mile pace and I was able to maintain that in my training thanks to 4/1 intervals (run for 4 minutes, then walk for 1 minute). Then I saw the high was going to be 77 or 80 (depending on what channel I was watching), with high humidity. I amended my plan to finish within 5 hours, 30 minutes. Maybe even 6…

So how’d it go?

According to my “magic watch,” I ran 26.2 miles in 5 hours, 20 minutes and 48 seconds (the official time has me at 5 hours, 29 minutes and 10 seconds; I think my distance was off by a bit because I kept having to weave throughout the course, whereas they measure it as a straight line). Hooray!

Notes on the course:

  • Even with corrals (I was in F, starting at 6:10 as opposed to corral A’s start time of 5:35), there was still a lot of people crammed into a small area. It didn’t thin out until mile 3 or so.
  • The Wide World of Sports area was pretty demoralizing. Since it was out and back, you had to run out seeing people who had just finished that section that much further ahead of you.
  • Wide World of Sports was also dangerous. As we ran by the baseball field (an actual team was practicing), someone knocked a ball over the fence, and though we all called out “ball!” “look out!” and “heads up!” a girl still got konked on the head. Everyone called for a medic but I never found out what happened to her (she was conscious when I last saw her).
  • Disney races are always great at keeping up your motivation. There were so many volunteers, spectators, and even cast members that wished us well (favorite signs: “Best Parade Ever” “Worse Parade Ever” “Don’t Poop (out)” “Run, Complete Stranger, Run!” and “If you can start, you can finish.”)
  • I ended up having to walk the last 2 miles. It was just too darn hot and my legs started to stiffen. I’m comforted by the idea that I would’ve finished in my planned time had I kept up the 11:30ish pace I kept until then.

Proof that I finished!

How am I feeling?

  • I’m not going to lie: the last 2 miles hurt. I saw my friend at the finish line (and my husband saw me, though I never spotted him), then walked around a bit delirious, picking up my medal, water, PowerAde, snacks, etc before I remembered to call my husband.
  • When I found him, I teared up a little and had a little trouble catching my breath (because I was emotionally overwhelmed, not for any physical reason) but after a few moments regained my composure and all was well.
  • I mean, I had trouble stretching/walking, and had to lean on Hubby to get back to the car, but managed to make it to the local Perkins for breakfast (thanks to the Tylenol I immediately took, I think). Mmmm.
  • When I got home, I took a warm Epsom salt bath, then iced my legs a bit.
  • I had a pre-race massage yesterday (many thanks to Jenna at Eternal Youth Wellness Boutique in College Park) and will have another tomorrow. I hope that helps the residual soreness.

Oh, and there’s this weird spot on my back that got badly chafed. I think it was from a seam that stuck out on my jersey. It hurt like the dickens; I literally screamed when Hubby inadvertently poured water on it earlier.

So there you have it. Oh, and for those that are curious if I will ever do it again?

Hell. No. (And I mean that sincerely.)

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