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Sunday, August 07, 2011

I've realized that I'm going to be lucky enough to not only start my August off with a dose of Spark, but to end it that way as well.

Yesterday, August 6, was the Race for the Homeless 5K/10K in Vancouver, WA.

Kashmir had mentioned she and some other SP were going to be there, so I jumped at the chance to reconnect with them and signed Bill and I up.

Yes, Bill has learned to accept those moments when I start off a conversation with "By the way, I've signed us up for....." emoticon

Even though I did a successful 8 mi run with the Tribe the weekend before, I was still taking it relatively easy on my legs this last week during my maintenance runs. Tuesday, my legs hurt a great deal starting out. The only way I can think to describe it is as if I have to 'break the tension' in my knees in order to get to a normal running gate/speed. That may or may not make any sense to you, but it works in my mind LOL Think of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz - they had to get his limbs actually moving before they could continue to move even more.

Anyway, Tuesday was a rough start, but by the end of the 3 miles I felt pretty good. Thursday started off not hurting as much, but I cut it short to a quick 2 out of simply being very tired from the week.

Bill would go out with me, but didn't finish either run, cutting each one short. We had a couple of conversations about walking vs. running, and what I expected of him vs. what he expected of himself. For those of you who don't know me and Bill well, he's 20 years older than I am. While in the bigger scheme of things that has no real bearing, when it comes to running, it does bear some consideration.

I'm slightly obsessed with running. He does it, eh, now and again, it's sorta fun, but it's a way to participate with me. Or, as he puts it, to try and keep up with me. I truly appreciate this from him, I do. But, I keep explaining to him that even with all the heart and desire in the world, it's not enough to not put in the miles and time for training. He can't expect to just show up and do well without putting in the prior effort. Maybe that's more about being stubborn than it is about being older, although his knees are also 20 years older, and they certainly feel it even if he isn't willing to admit it.

Aaaaanyway, we were going into the 5K on Saturday to run it at Bill's pace, to run it together. This means I get to nag him... erm.. encourage him to keep moving, keep going, don't slow down, don't race off, just keep a steady pace and continue moving forward.

Ready to Run!

Ready to Nag!

We left the house Saturday morning about 30 minutes earlier than needed. Heh. That's so us. We got to the site around 6:30, and check-in wasn't until 7. We walked around the grounds of Ft. Vancouver for a bit and it was so very nice! I'd never been there, had no idea it even existed, so it was awesome to get to know a new place. I believe it's also the location of the Start/Finish for the Girlfriends Half in October! W00T!

We walk around, up and down, warm up our legs, jog a bit, breaking the tension and getting things moving smoothly. Finally it was time to get our bibs and shirts, so we commenced our racing adventure. Taking our tshirts back to the car, we saw GayeMC. After hugs and laughs, she went on her way and we hit the car and headed back.

We hung about with Gaye, then HotRodSandy found us! She introduced us to GOOFIERNU as well, and we chatted a bit. KEakman arrived, and had HTC shirts for us - woohoo! Then Kashmir arrived, along with her son, and other friends. We ended up with a nice little huddle of talking laughing people, and it struck me how awesome it was to have found myself as a small part of a running community. Yes, SparkPeople ties us together, but running takes us offline and outside, and that is awesome.

As we continued milling about, we headed over to check out the 5K route, and were stopped by a loud 'hey!' and there was Courtney! She and several of her workmates were running the 10K, but neither one of us thought to tell the other one about the event, and yet here we were together LOL It was great to just run into her, pardon the pun.

More milling, more chatting. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! Finally, the runners were called to the starting line to start the race. Bill and I, and Sandy and Gaye all headed for the back of the pack. I could see Kate and Robin and their gang a bit ahead of us. Finally, we were off, and headed down a slight hill to start the out and back route. Bill of course took off like a bat out of .. well, he just went out fast. I jogged slowly behind him until we reconnected and he was out of breath and I was ready to keep him moving LOL

We did our 30/30 intervals, and watched the herd of runners surge on ahead. Slowly but surely Sandy caught up and passed us, doing fantastic! The route was absolutely wonderful - one of the nicest I've ever been on. It ran through a field, where I think Bill had the hardest time with his breathing (allergies?) then up and over a bridge that crossed the freeway, then onto a part of the river walk to the turn around point. Gaye would catch us up, then we'd pass her, then she finally overcame us and we trailed her to the end. It was fun to cheer on people as they passed us coming back the other way as well.

The last part of the run was back up the hill we started down. I watched as Sandy, then Gaye made their way to the finish, and kept encouraging Bill to keep moving, don't stop. He was tired, but managed to finish off the run at a run. 48 min. later and we were done.

It was wonderful to have seen everyone, and to put new faces to names, all for a good time for a good cause. There was much watermelon munching and after-action talk. All good things must come to an end, though, so we all parted ways until the next gathering. Sandy and Gaye are also volunteering for HTC, so we'll be seeing them again for that great event as well.

Once we got home, we didn't even bother to go into the house. We grabbed our water, and headed off to the gym. I felt so good from the 5K still that I continued little runs to the gym for another 1.5 mi. We don't usually hit the gym on Saturday, but had opted out of our Friday evening workout for dinner out instead. It was noisier than usual, but we had a great ST session and headed back home again. Still feeling good, we goofed around with more brief spells of running back home another 1.5 mi.

THAT to me is what Spark is all about. We ran when we wanted to on the way down and back, because it was fun, we felt good, we were enjoying each others company, no push and no pressure, just pure enjoyment of our lives in that brief moment.

The rest of the day was spent doing the usual - a few chores, a few errands, and simply feeling good. What a great day.

Next weekend, I'm running the Pineapple Classic 5K w/ 4My2Kidz and her daughter and sister-in-law. It's another obstacle course, so that should be interesting!

A week and a half after that, IrishBeanerGal will be in town briefly, so we'll get to meet her as well. Yay!

Then life starts to revolve around Hood to Coast on Thursday, Aug. 25. People are coming into town to form the Sparkin' HTC and Coasties and Ghosties HTC teams. We're fortunate to be invited to gather with some of the teammembers Thursday evening before the grand event. I can't wait!

Friday we volunteer at Exchange 14. I've got an 11 mi run scheduled on Saturday with the Tribe, and I'm hoping I can do the run and THEN head to the Coast to see our teams finish. Two days after that, my Mom arrives for two weeks.

I hope I survive August LOL
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  • LISA01605
    That sounds like such a fun day with your husband and so healthy! My husband and I used to work out together but he kind of dropped off. I want to get him back into it. It was fun and good for us. A lot better than spending time together by vegging on the couch! Good for you!
    3605 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8072637
    What a fabulous month! I do hope you have a blast with all the races AND with your mom! I'm jealous on all counts! Have fun! emoticon
    3607 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8532529
    What an awesome new picture!!! You're looking hot their Momma!!!
    3608 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    Oh my gosh Candy! Just reading about your August poops me out! LOVE the pic of you (and Bill's too). How is your new "do" holding up to the runs? I think it's absolutely wonderful that the two of you do these runs together. August sounds busy but I know you'll tackle it all without batting an eyelash!

    3608 days ago
    Candy, can't believe how much your outlook has changed since you first started. Sounds like not only August is gonna start and finish well, but so are you and Bill!! Great job and great fun.
    3608 days ago
    You are amazing! I love reading your blogs and hearing how awesome you and Bill are doing. Congratulations!

    You two make a cute couple! emoticon

    I hope you have a little time built in to Aug. for some rest and relaxation.
    3608 days ago
    You're a busy girl! Hope you save some room to run/walk when I get down there at the end of August!

    Way to go!

    ~Irish emoticon
    3608 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2011 10:28:11 PM
  • ROXIT22222
    What a great day you had. Way to go!
    3608 days ago
    Thanx for reminding me how much fun yesterday was. I love the way you put it into words. And it was grat to see Bill feeling much better after the 7/4 race. I can't believe he actually did a race having a chest cold. That would not be me. Who is Irishbeanergal? We should talk about the H2C and going to Seaside.
    3608 days ago
    LOL re: the nagging! I've been trying to get my hubby to join me running with no luck =) You are a fitness phenom! Keep up the great work!!
    3608 days ago
    Woohoo! Sounds like running with Bill can be a good thing!! Keep up the great job Running and getting Healthy.

    3608 days ago
    Wow, your goals are inspiring! You will be to busy to even think about gaining weight!
    Good luck this month on meeting your goals .... emoticon
    3608 days ago
    What a great month you have planned! Sounds exciting and exhilarating! I looking forward to losing some weight and strengthening my muscles to run again. Thanks for sharing. It's inspirational!
    3608 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7466362
    Going to the gym after the race?! You two are awesome! You've got a racing schedule that is terrific. Go!Go!Go!
    3608 days ago
    So much going on! You're going to have a great August--how fun!
    3608 days ago
    Loved the nag comment!

    What a great day, sounds like you had a lot of fun!
    3608 days ago
    Wowzers. You knock my socks off. I can't wait to get this weight off my knees so I can run 5k for fun! And I know exactly what you mean about the tension. It's like someone tightened the rubber bands that are your muscles up while you slept, and you have to stretch them out again. Anyway, good for you, and you're looking fabulous!
    3608 days ago
    I am just so incredibly impressed, chick! Running is something on my list of things to do (if only to get my day's exercise quickly out of the way!)
    3608 days ago
    Sounds like a lot of fun! And you're looking good! So does your husband.
    Mine is happy to be a couch he will walk the Ft. McHenry 5K in Sept that I signed the whole family up for.. hehee
    3608 days ago
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