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Race Day #2

I did it!

Saturday, I completed my second major race, the Baltimore 10-Miler.  It was a beautiful course through Druid Hill Park and then through JHU out to Lake Montebello and back.  Ten miles of officers and people being supportive and plenty of Gatorade and water.  It was awesome… until it wasn’t anymore.  I got to the finish with a broken blister on my right heel again, two rolled ankles, and cramps so bad in both legs.  Oh and my mid-upper back on fire.  Reasons?  I didn’t really train for this one.

Bmore 10 Miler

I finished though… in under the time limit with almost a minute faster pace than the Frederick Half.

Bmore 10 Miler medal

There would have been no way I would have done either of these last year.

So what’s the difference?

Surgery.

In December 2016, I had weight loss surgery.  I was sitting at 396 at this time last year (right picture).  Right now, I’m at 280/281 (left pic).

Comparison

This was not the easy way out.  There is a lot of work that went into getting the surgery.  I started the process a year ago this month in fact.  Every day is a struggle to get through all the fluids and all the protein that I need to intake just to keep going.  Hence the walking more, the getting out more, the doing more things, etc.

Last year, Maryland’s King Crab Challenge was just a thought on a piece of paper of things I wanted to do.  Now, thanks to the surgery and the support I have, it’s a reality this year.  My feet aren’t thanking me for it yet, but my esteem is.

Now to get my legs elevated so my ankle and heel can heal.  19 weeks and 5 days until Baltimore Run Fest!

Have a great week everyone.

Listening to:  Hamilton

Reading:  The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.” ― Thomas Carlyle

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June’s Goals

Happy June!

Wow.  Just wow.  Can someone tell me where May went?  Sheesh.

This year is going so fast!

I completed two 1001 day goals:

I also complete one non-1001 days goal I thought was pretty neat.

Just because May went fast didn’t mean a lot of things didn’t happen.

  • Miles reached: 439.89 (18.11 miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 11.4 lbs (Down to 281.6 from 293 on 5/1).
  • Books read: 26.  Several of these were graphic novels but yeah…
  • Blog Posts: 5
  • Went to Cross-Fit: 6
  • Started passport process
  • Saw Weezer and Fitz and the Tantrums in concert.
  • The three aforementioned goals.

June’s goals are fairly straight forward.

  • Reach 550+ miles.
  • Lose at least 16 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Do Cross-fit at least eight times this month.
  • Write 10,000 words on any story.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Complete my second race in the King Crab Challenge
  • Go camping.
  • Start Half Marathon training again for October.

It’s going to be another exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Listening to:  Three Doors Down

Reading:  The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Quote of the Day: “ People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them. ” ― Tony Robbins

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Summer Bucket Lists

I’ve had the song “Mad World” in my head for the last few days.  The last couple days have been a whirlwind of activities for just about everything.  It’s scary how things change and the things that set certain situations into motion.

I’ve been neglecting my blog, my workout routines, and just having a very blah attitude for the last six weeks.  It’s hard getting back into the groove of things after being in a down swing but here’s to trying.

Graduations are happening this week and next.  What better time to bring up summer bucket lists?

Ideas for Solo Travelers:

  • Explore your city as a Tourist.
  • Take a random road trip alone.
  • Get your passport.
  • Go camping and unplug.
  • Hike a mountain.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Treat yourself to a spa day.
  • Go to a music festival and connect with people.
  • Skip rocks on a lake.
  • Try a fitness class at your local gym.

Ideas for Couples:

  • Explore your city as a tourist.
  • Start driving, using a coin to pick the directions.
  • Get your passports.
  • Go camping.
  • Hike a mountain.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Try a fitness class at your local gym.
  • Explore your local farmer’s market.
  • Host a dinner party.
  • Plant a garden together.

Ideas for Families:

  • Explore your city as a Tourist.
  • Go camping and unplug.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Skip rocks on a lake.
  • Take a family road trip.
  • Have standing Family Game nights.
  • Watch your local fireworks show together.
  • Go to a drive-in movie.
  • Clean out closets and host a yard sale.
  • Have a water balloon fight.

Ideas for Graduates:

  • Take a road trip with your best friend.
  • Go to the beach/senior week.
  • Watch your local fireworks show.
  • Go to a drive-in movie with friends.
  • Clean out closets and host a yard sale.
  • Have a water balloon fight before people leave for college.
  • Pick one thing you’ve never done/couldn’t do, and go do it.
  • Take a camping trip.
  • Do a solo road trip.
  • Read a book I’ve never read before.

Most of these I got off of Pinterest.  If you want more ideas, Pinterest and Google can provide great ideas or even starting points.  For road trip ideas, Pinterest and the Day Zero Project have things to do in each state.  Check it out and have a great summer!

Listening to:  people talking.

Reading:  The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Quote of the Day:  “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ― Marie Curie

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Cooking Class

I’ve been trying all day to be positive.  I’ve been talking myself out of my anger at stupidity and blunt rudeness from people yesterday.  Long story, short:  Please just be polite to other people and know the point between when you get drunk and when you get stupid.  It doesn’t always take alcohol to enjoy a show.

Okay.  Moving on now.

Ray and I marked something off my bucket list Friday night:  Take a cooking class.

We’d been planning going to a vegetarian Indian cooking class since March.  I had found a couple places in Baltimore that had cooking classes.  The one we went to, the Baltimore Chef Shop (BSC), was one of the best cooking kitchens I’ve been in before.  We walked in and Chris was super friendly.  Then, when it came to cooking, Chef Fernando couldn’t have been more amazing.

And the food…  Just look at it!  Who wouldn’t want to eat that?

There were six people and between the six of us, we learned how to make very quick cheese for the paneer, how to make really good chana dahl, and how to cook Basmati rice without measuring.  Food was amazing.

Afterwards, we went home and fell into food comas.

I think that’s a Friday night done right.

The plus side is BSC has plenty of other kinds of cooking classes so if Indian isn’t your favorite cuisine, there’s Chinese, Thai, Spanish, Moroccan, Vietnamese, Korean, Mediterranean, even Dim Sum for parents and kids.  Check out their calendar for ideas for something different to do for a unique date night or just to learn a new skill.

Always keep improving!

Listening to:  Zac Brown Band’s “Jekyll + Hyde” CD

Reading:  Fables Volume 13

Quote of the Day:  “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ― Confucius

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Bragging

Morning everyone.

Yesterday, I completed my first ever half marathon.

Finish

I really want to stop talking about it because I feel like I’m bragging about it.  I get that I should be proud of my accomplishment because not everyone has done a half-marathon before.  Maybe I’m just a little weird on this one and I don’t like bragging.

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A half-marathon is definitely not something I would have ever done before losing 100 lbs.  I had thought about it and had even put it on my Day Zero Someday list.  I signed up for the race in February when Crystal and I had been talking about it.  I reasoned that it would be a good goal and reward to myself for getting the surgery and for staying mostly on track.  With me, it’s go big or go home so I signed up for not only the Frederick Half that I completed yesterday, but also the Baltimore 10-Miler (June) and the Baltimore Half (October).  Completing all three runs puts me in the King Crab category of Maryland Races.

After that run, I’ll have gotten five medals this year and completed three in-person races, just in time for the Time-Turner event through the HRC.  In October, there is the chance to order the medals/register for the events we may have missed throughout the year.  There is only one medal I want from that one this year:  The Perfect Prefect!

So other than getting over the soreness I’m still experiencing from yesterday, I’m not doing too much right now.

Have a great week!

Listening to:  Amazon’s Long Weekend Rock playlist

Reading:  Fables Volume 10

Quote of the Day:  “Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” ― Bear Bryant

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May’s Goals

Happy May!

Last week was a depressed week.  I did not want to do too much and I wasn’t sure what all I was going to do to make it through last week.  I didn’t exercise, I got really low miles, my Uber rides were kind of crappy, and I was just in an all-out funk.

Today is a new month though, so time to lace up the sneakers and get cracking.

I completed two 1001 day goals:

  • Reach 200 postcards both sent and collected. 

I also complete one non-1001 days goal I thought was pretty neat.

  • Participate in the Inaugural Quidditch Cup via Racery.  Ended up walking more than I thought I would for this one.  It was only intentional miles and it put me closer to the 350 mile mark.

Before I get started on May’s goals, I want to go over what I did in April.

  • Miles reached: 345.12 (112.88 miles to Rivendell!)  That’s also over 100 miles in month!
  • Weight lost: 10.4 lbs (Down to 293.0 from 303.4 on 4/1).  UNDER 300 LBS!
  • Books read: 9
  • Blog Posts: 6
  • Went to Cross-Fit: 5
  • Planned June’s vacation
  • Booked our first Timeshare Vacation to Mexico in October.
  • Scheduled Passport appointment.
  • Started working on a story and did some research into it.

So what’s May’s goals?

  • Reach 450+ miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Do Cross-fit at least eight times this month.
  • Write 10,000 words on any story.
  • Buy more stamps.  I’m going through these like crazy thanks to mailing postcards and birthday cards to my fellow HRC’ers.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Complete a half-marathon.
  • Enjoy the cooking class!
  • Go to DC’s Kerfuffle (OMG, Weezer!!!)
  • Complete the Glacier National Park Racery Event (101.7 miles in 31 days).

It’s going to be an exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Happy Beltane today too.

Listening to: Nothing yet.

Reading:  Sandman Vol. 3.

Quote of the Day: “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.” ― Paul Tillich

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Postcards and RAK…

This morning, I wasn’t in the best moods.  I knew I wanted to write this post and knew I needed to be in a better mindset to do that.  After a 2.1 mile walk to work from Union Station while listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, I think I’m ready.

Or so I thought, until I started typing.

Right now, this week is Week One in a two-week competition where 900 people on 12 teams of 75 each are “racing” along a 3,300+ mile stretch from Quebec to Florida.  It’s been a great race so far.  I’ve logged 12 miles for my team so far.  It’s not much for sure but those are intentional miles.

Along with this race, we were encouraged to still use Charity Miles to help out the charities themselves too.  If you have Charity Miles, this week is #ProjectReadathon.  Save the Children and Penguin Random House are hosting this project.  The best part:  Participation is free!  All that needed is downloading the Charity Miles app in either the Android or Apple store, creating an account, and then get walking!  Whether it’s around your office or on a run you have coming up this weekend, it’s all for great causes.

So what all does this have to do with postcards?

Monday, when I got home, I’d gotten a postcard from Great Britain in an envelope.  I’d actually gotten three postcards in my mailbox Monday and one last night from fellow Postcrossing members.  I’ve received postcards in envelopes before so this wasn’t new.  What was new was the letter that was sent along with the postcard.

This letter was from a young lady who had decided to do a Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) spree for April.  It was actually pretty cool.  I met a new person is the strangest way and I gained a new goal my Someday list.

There are plenty of ideas for RAK out there.  Volunteering can be random.  Helping someone with something small or big.  Writing an anonymous letter with a positive message and leaving it for random people.  Little things… and I got ideas of what to do with my time if we get furloughed on the 28th.

What will you do to make your world a little brighter today?

Listening to:  The Hamilton soundtrack.  The music is amazing.

Reading:  The Source by J.D. Horn

Quote of the Day:  “Deep down, I reckon the sweetest moment will come when it’s finally all over. When, at last, I know that I can stop fighting. Of course it’ll also be a little sad. The sweetest moments, y’know, always come with just a little sadness.” ― Evander Holyfield

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