So I ran a 5K on Saturday.  My first in over a year.  That should count for something, right?  IMG_2439[1]It was very warm and humid.  I wasn’t ready.  I still have horrible breathing problems.  After 1/2 mile I wanted to quit.  Seriously.

I didn’t.  I ran the whole thing except the 2 water stops, where I paused to drink and catch my breath.

It felt horrible.  I knew I wouldn’t have a stellar time but I wasn’t prepared for the attitude I had toward my finish.

I was disappointed.  It was my slowest 5K since 2007.  I am bigger.  Not in as good of shape.  And I still can’t figure out my breathing issues.  These are all things I’ve not had to deal with in the last 7 years.

I got a 2nd place medal for my age group.   I should have been happy, instead I was in the “2nd place is the first loser camp.”  In my current shape there is no way I could have caught the 1st place gal, it wasn’t even close.  And yes, there was more than 2 people 😉

ODB said he was proud of me.  I’m actually glad he wasn’t there.   It wasn’t one of my proudest moments.  Looking back, I am proud of how I did, even though it wasn’t my best.  It was the best I could do that day in my current state.

It’s hard to accept when you’ve fallen from glory.  Even harder to figure out how to get back there.


Cool new things

My veggie spiraler

I’ve only tried zucchini before, but other squashes, apples, potatoes, etc are on my list.  It has 3 different blades to vary the size.

veggie spiraler

This spice from Savory Spice Shop.  This was awesome on broiled pork chops.  I will be back for a whole bottle!  Says it’s great for poultry, burgers, meatloaf, and stuffed peppers.  Oh the possibilities!

new spice

New venue and 2 new artists to me.  We went to Texas Music Theater in San Marcos on Friday night to see grammy nominated writer Will Hoge (Dan was already a fan).  Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue opened the show.  It was all new to me and I had a great time.  Not to mention, I got to have dinner with my good friend Alison and her husband before the show.will hoge

My mom (in pink) defended her Thin Mint Sprint age group title and had a PR on Saturday.  That’s my sister running with her.mom race

Photos not available yet, but we completed tore up our backyard on Saturday and Sunday.  I hope this leads eventually to an awesome yard!

Brain Power 5K

A coworker handed me a flyer last week about this event while we were out for lunch.  The Sunday, I received a message about this race on Facebook with a discount.

Monday I finally got around to reading about the specifics.  Race in Williamson County to benefit brain tumor research.  September 9, 2012.

I have to do this.  I am doing this.

I signed up and formed a team.  The team is NOT in my name, I put it under LUNA.  You can join the team here.  Some of my friends and family have joined the team already.  I encourage everyone to consider joining the team.

I do not and did not ever have brain cancer.  I did go to the MD Anderson Center in Houston for evaluation of my tumor.  If you haven’t kept up with my blog updates, Dr.’s have chosen to leave it alone and monitor it with additional tests in June and September for now.  They don’t deny it’s there, but they are uncertain it needs to be removed at this point.

I want to do this event to help others and raise awareness.  Just with my limited experience with the subject matter, I understand the need for more research and exposure for the problem.

More about the beneficiary:

Brain Power 5K is proud to join the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in their efforts to eradicate brain cancer.

The Brain Power 5K seeks to provide funding to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation for brain cancer research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as pediatric initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. We wish to create an opportunity for Central Texas to honor those affected by brain tumors.

The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation is the only Houston foundation funding adult brain cancer research at MD Anderson.

Thin Mint Sprint 5K

My BFF, her friend, and my mom came into town for the Thin Mint Sprint this past weekend from San Antonio.  I was so happy they came in.  I actually got to see my BFF 3 days in a row!  (one night for dinner in SA, and then Friday and Saturday!)

The race was put on by my Girl Scout’s Service Unit (group of troops in the area).  It was a fundraiser for one of the other troop’s big trips.  It was a smaller race, around 100 entrants for the 5K (which ended up being 3.5).

The race packets were cool.  One of the troops  (of older girls) took t-shirts and made them into re-usable bags!  I will post photos and directions soon.  Great idea!  If you are in the Austin area, they will custom make you reusable bags for FREE!

It was the first official 5K for my BFF and her friend.   They both did great!

I was exhausted from long hours from traveling and work training, but I did better than I expected.  2nd overall woman, 1st age group, 10th overall.  It was my first 5K in almost a year (not including relays).  No PR, but then again, the race was 3.5 miles, not 3.1.  My watch doesn’t match the photo or the chip time, nice.  I’ll go by my Garmin.

It was a good morning for all.  My mom and I both took home trophies.  My hair looks CRAZY!

Women’s age group winners

Love this photo of myself with one of the Brownies from my troop.  Showing off our awards.  All of the kiddos who did the Daisy Dash got medals.  I hope that next year all of my troop will participate in the fun!  

I was also the fastest troop leader 😉

And because I don’t always act my age, I decided I needed to get in the trunk of the Fiat they were raffling off.  I’m not even sure my suitcase would fit in there.  For the record, I do fit…barely.  Should have seen me trying to get out.  I had to get out hands first, haha!

Afterwards we went to Morelia Mexican Grill for lunch (tiny local chain).  It was a GORGEOUS day.  We chose to have some great patio time!  Lovely lunch with the gals and my mom.

After lunch my mom, sister, and I shopped until we dropped at the Round Rock outlets.  I was able to spend my Christmas giftcard at Ann Taylor and then some!  Yay for new clothes, I never go shopping.

Great way to spend a Saturday!  Good run, friends, weather, food, and girl time 🙂

Things I like Thursday: healthy-living activity

My Brownie Girl Scouts are working on healthy-living activities with their family this week for their homework.  To help encourage them, I wrote them a letter with tips and ideas.

I also added a resource page for them to look at with their parents, here’s a snippet that may be useful for some readers:

Healthy-living/fun/service sources:

Upcoming Healthy-living activities:
Brown Santa Kids K
1K (0.62 mile) untimed fun run/walk starting at 10 AM
on Sunday December 11 at Travis County Expo Center . 
Also a 5K run/walk option at 8:15 am.  Benefits Travis
County Brown Santa, which benefits families in need at Christmas.

*This event is the same time/day/place as the ARC Decker Challenge: 
Upcoming Service activity:
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade.
Saturday November 26, State Capitol.  Bring a toy to donate.
Benefits Travis County Blue Santa.  Do some walking while downtown to make it a healthy-living activity too   http://www.chuysparade.com/


I can’t wait until our meeting on the 28th to see what kind of healthy-living activities they did with their family.  Whether it was trying new foods, trying new activity, less tv, more moving, teaching their family a new game, making better food and drink choices, etc. 

I’m doing the homework as well 🙂  I will start with Dan on Saturday and my mom and dad on Wednesday of next week.  I don’t have to do their homework activities, but I think it’s a good example to show them I am working on the same goals as them!

Not the average runner…

Amanda over at Run to the Finish had a great blog last Friday about how she stacked up to the average female runner (as seen on my dirt road anthem, originally from running usa).  Thought i’d compare myself as well 😉

Average Age: 38.5 – 31
63.2% Married  – Nope
78.2% College educated –  BS Environmental Science and Geology
70.3% Earn a household income of $75,000+ – Yes we do.

Running History:
Average number of years running: 9.9 years  – 5 years
Average number of running events participated in during the last 12 months: 7.2 events  – Probably at least 20, i’d have to go back and look
51.8% have completed 1 marathon or more in their lifetime — 5

Running Routine:
70.4% Run/Jog 4+ hours each week – Depending on the phase of training I would say this is avg year round
77.7% run 12 months a year – Yes, especially when it’s cold.
Average number of days run per week: 4.0 – I’m average, it’s about 4
Average number of miles run per week: 21.9 – Mine varies quite a bit, guess that’s average for me.
66.1% describe themselves as ‘Frequent/Fitness Runners’ – I don’t think i’m frequent

Running Preferences:
Favorite race distance is the Half-Marathon (39.0%)  – Absolutely
Interested in entering next year: – I’ll be doing at least one of each, more halves or relays than the others probably
    Half-Marathon (77.0%)
    5K (57.3%)
    10K (56.0%)
    Marathon (43.3%)

Primary motivation to start running:
    For Exercise (25.0%)
    Weight Concerns (14.5%)
    Needed a New Challenge (9.3%)-This was me, Dan moved away and I needed a new hobby to fill the time
Motivation to continue to run:
    Staying in Shape (76.8%)
    Staying Healthy (74.2%)
    Relieving Stress (64.4%)
    All of the above, for sure.

Product Preferences:
Average number of running shoes purchased in last 12 months: 2.9 pairs –HA!  I wish, probably at least 5-6
Last running shoes purchased:
        ASICS (26.4%) YES, they are in my reserves right now
        Brooks (16.6%) – 25%
        Saucony (14.2%)

65.3% spent $90+ on their running shoes — MSRP on my shoes is $140.  I never pay that, but it’s always more than i’d LIKE to pay

47.9% purchased their running shoes at a specialty running store – Not always.  The last 2 pair were, at 2 different stores.

Favorite brands of running apparel: I wear whatever I find that I like.  Don’t care which brand it is.
    Nike (64.8%)
    Under Armour (45.7%)
    Champion (34.3%)
    Adidas (30.7%)

80.4% spent $100+ on running apparel in the last 12 months — I’m sure
59.6% purchased running apparel at a specialty running store — Not as frequently because they are often higher in price, but I do love a good sale. 

Average Weight: 137.6 lbs – I’m less, but in middle of Weight Watcher’s healthy range for my height
Average Height: 65.01 inches – that’s me!
Average Body Mass Index (BMI): 22.9 – I don’t really buy into BMI crap, I have no idea
40.9% are content with their weight – I’m content with my weight.  I’d like some body parts to shape up better, but the scale doesn’t bug me.  I’m in the healthy range, which is what I care about.
42.3% are content with their fitness level – I think there is room for improvement.  My health was been an obstacle lately though.

 How do you compare to the average female runner?

Where in the world is Melissa?

Heck of a week, heck of a week!

Monday: slammed at work, packed Dan up for his trip, heard runner and ARC member got killed while running 😦

Tuesday:  weights at the gym in the AM, then Houston trip for work.  LONG day.  Ran errands on the way home.

Wednesday:  ran before work, caught up at work.  Sick.  Came home to recover.

Thursday: weights before work, all day business meeting (no break for lunch, grrr!), Moonlight Margarita 5K, which benefits Trail Foundation.  Sister, AK, and I all went downtown together.   Got a black armband to wear to honor Scott Birk.  I wasn’t feeling great again, so I ran with sister (I took a DNF because we were bib-timed and our finish was slower than my first 5K ever).  She had a really hard time.   I don’t think she eats enough and certainly didn’t drink enough liquids before.  She was really dehydrated by the first mile.

You have to eat people!  Even if you are trying to lose weight, YOU NEED TO FREAKING EAT!  Starving yourself is just going to cause more problems.  We met AK’s husband for a late dinner at Guerro’s.  I’ll keep my observations about eating to myself.  But if it comes down to health and safety, I am going to open my big mouth.

Oh and I forgot to mention, my neighborhood was on fire Thursday.  I came home a little early  from work to check on it.  All I will say is, when you actually need information from the news, they are useless.  As was the city, who said no exvacuations, but the Austin newspaper said hundreds were being evacuated (which was true, just not my section).  They promised the fire crews were staying overnight, so I felt a little better.  My house wasn’t directly threatened, but it could have been bad.  I think the final count was 60ish acres, no houses.

Friday:  long day at work, meetings, team lunch at Gloria’s (their tropical mexican salad with shrimp is GOOD!).   Exhausted.  Came home, Dan back from Canada.  I was so out of it this week, I though he was in Chicago.  That is next week. 

Dinner was burgers, sweet potato fries, and grilled veggies (I like football-ish food to watch Friday Night Lights)….on the Foreman.  It was 105 in the sun.  No way in hell was I going to grill outdoors on our patio which is 100% full sun in the PM. 

Saturday: Drove to Georgetown and ran a bit on road and trail.  Then ran the “No Frill’s 5k”.  Wore my black armband again to honor Scott Birk (who died Monday).  The turnout was their biggest ever.  Even though I was tired and wasn’t feeling great, I had a decent effort, no PR though (which I wasn’t even about to attempt in the heat).

After the race, I drove to Sprouts and got some produce, then on to Weight Watchers, which is down the street.  I didn’t get to a meeting this week and felt I needed to.  I will say, that if I hear “free fruit is a miracle” one more time, I am going to scream.  I always ate fruit and wasn’t afraid of it, not even when it cost me points on the old program.  I enjoy fruit and don’t avoid it, never have.  I didn’t get fat eating fruit.

Ballgame tonight followed by Jack Ingram Concert.  Think some shopping may be called for before that.  Dan says  he has some work to do.  I think I need to work on stimulating the economy of Georgetown 😉