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May 2010 - Looking back

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

This month was a flurry of kilometres for me. I ran two half marathons, two 10km races and one 6km race. All in all, I covered 117.35 kms and burned 7031 calories doing them. So let's start at the beginning....
May 1 - the Big Run - this was my second time doing this organised run and "big" doesn't quite cover it. "Insane" maybe. "Bitch", most certainly. But I digress, it was not my most difficult run this month. 2:13:36
May 9 - the Mother's Day run - this is the biggest run, I think, in Calgary. I'm sure there were at least 10,000 people there. I know there were almost 2500 runners in the 10k. And I was one of them LOL. No breakfast in bed for this Momma, nope... I got up at 6 and stood in the snow, rain and cold with my fellow runners and clocked a 1:01:03 finish time emoticon
May 15 - Ok, this one I'm a little bitter about so bear with me. I found out about this "half marathon" last year when I participated in the RMSC 12km race. I figured it would be a beautiful course through the mountain trail and I wasn't disappointed. What I didn't figure was that the race committee couldn't count to 21.1 emoticon and I'd end up running over 23 kms. Not that big of a deal, I suppose, if I'd been expecting it OR if the last 4 kms hadn't been a steady uphill climb. LOL. I should have seen it coming when the first 4 kms were all downhill. This photo was taken at the "1 km to go" marker. Incidentally, this was at 22 kms and it was actually 1.21 kms. Total distance 23.21 kms - total time: 2:39:51

May 16 - a few months ago, my friend had a stroke. Unfortunately, this meant that she could not run the 6 km RMSC run. So she offered me her spot. I took it. I couldn't let her have a DNF on her racing resume..... I piled in the car again at a wicked early time in the morning and travelled back up to Canmore, AB. Total distance 6.25 kms - total time 45:32
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May 30 - the Calgary Marathon weekend 10 km race - Another chilly morning, another chance to get out of bed earlier than I'd ever imagine a Sunday starting. Paul and I (yes Suezette, he's my new beau) took the C-Train downtown and huddled with the other 5000 runners waiting for their turn to start. When it was our turn, we set a pace to beat Paul's last 10k finish time. Somewhere along the way, around 7 kms or so, I lost sight of him... I finished in 1:05:20, he finished in 1:08:11! He beat his previous time AND, for the hardest part of the race, did it on his own. I'm so proud of him! We've got a really sweet pair of medals for our hard work.
So what else did I do besides run this month? Well, Paul and I took the boys to his parent's miniature horse farm for the long weekend. Three days w/o highspeed internet... I was really roughing it emoticon but I had so much fun!


I also participated in the "Healthy Habits Challenge" and worked on some of my nutritional and organizational short-falls. Over the past 31 days, I've cut back on my calorie intake from Tim Hortons coffee. I've gone from one XL double double a day(ish) to having only five in the last month. Three of those had only half the cream and sugar that I'd usually have. I saved myself over 7000 calories! I've also stopped hitting "snooze" in the morning. I'll admit, I'm not perfect... I missed five days. In my defense, I fell back to sleep until Paul's alarm went off, I didn't actually HIT the snooze. I just snoozed. LOL OH! and my best new habit: I make my lunch & snacks for work the night before now. I've got perfect attendance on that one!! Yay me. I've found it super helpful for keeping on track at work. Now if only I could STAY on track when I get home. It was not a stellar month for calories when all was said and done. I've gained back the three pounds that I lost so I guess I've got some things to work on this month. Oh well, that's what the first of anything is for: fresh starts and new resolve. This month, I'm resolving to get more gold stars and do more strength training. I CAN DO IT!

RUNNING STATS FOR MAY:
117.35 Kilometres in 13 hours 39 minutes
STARTING WEIGHT: 59.4 END WEIGHT: 59.2 LOWEST: 57.2 ( kgs) Currently, I'm weighing in at 130. I don't have much to lose but I want it gone for good. I can do this, too. I just have to focus.

Oh well, it's late and I've been writing for a very long time. If I want to be a good girl and NOT hit snooze in the morning, I'd better make my lunch and take my butt to bed. Good night all!
Sweet dreams.
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  • SAMMYSWEETPEA
    What an awesome month! Here's to a successful June too!
    3882 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    that sounds like a fun month. lost of racing, too fun! i like the way you kept your stats i may have to try that if i get back to running anytime soon!!!!

    no june starts, what are you going to do to top may?
    3882 days ago
  • MIAMIA7
    All I can say is holy cow Penny! You are one crazy running girl!
    Anne
    3882 days ago
  • PEHASS2
    Yeah I'm not sure how that loop hole with the snooze button works LOL.. BUT I didn't hit it this morning :) Thanks again for helping me get a PB, and for just being you :)
    3882 days ago
  • no profile photo GEOGIRL
    What a busy month! You are extreme with the running!
    3882 days ago
  • no profile photo CD557571
    That's a BIG month of running Penny! Great blog.
    3882 days ago
  • KAYAKID
    Penny - you amaze me! you rock my friend! Wow! I knew you had don alot of races but you need a go get a pedicure for those toes of yours - they so deserve it! Have a great Week and enjoy all those medals!!

    Mike

    3882 days ago
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