Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIAW-eeee!

Another Wednesday....

Another Edition of What I Ate Wednesday thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons...




In this edition of WIAW...

I will post a number of eats that were left out of the spotlight over the past week or so!

Let's call this recap...

WIAW: Where Art Thou Eats?

Here we go!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Protein Pancakes!

I love these so much!


Chocolate Protein Shake....

Blend:
1 Scoop Protein Powder of Choice
10-12oz Water
1 T Ground Flax Seeds
5 Ice Cubes

A simple bowl of Egg Whites...

Burnbrae Farm Naturegg Simply Egg Whites
Pepper to taste :)

Egg White Omelette...

In it...
6 Egg Whites
Allégro Cheese
Dried Chives
1 T Ground Flax Seeds
Spinach
Chili Powder

ColourFUl Salads....

Char Crust Chicken Salad
(Looks like I missed a spot lol)

This is one of my fave meals right now...

Pan Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks!

Mmmmm.
I love those long, juicy red peppers!
Recipe

And last but not least...

Sushi Dinner! (I had this the night before my 10K race!)

Nom!
I FUreakin' LOVE sushi!

That's it that's all folks!

Hope you enjoyed looking at these food pictures!

Now excuse me while I go eat something ;)

***

One more thing...

I was recently nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Angela at Happy Fit Mama! (Thank you!!!)


So here's what I gotta to:

  1. Post the award logo and picture on my blog and link back the person who nominated you - Check.
  2. Tell seven things about yourself - See below.
  3. Nominate up to 15 additional bloggers who you think deserve the award. See below.
  4. Post a comment on the blog of each nominee to tell them they have been nominated! - Almost Check.

Ready? Let's go!

Seven things about myself:

I love *CaNdY*! (I bet you had no idea!)
I drink my coffee black more often than not
I'm an early riser
I'm addicted to sushi
The blonde in my hair is not natural ;)
I don't have any tattoos...and
I don't like walking in heels. I try to avoid it at all cost. 

I quick list of blogs I'd like to nominate (in no particular order):


Question FU you...

What was your favorite meal today? What did you have?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

10K Recap: It's Official...

I ran my very first 10K race!!!

What an incredible and surreal experience it was!

My running partner Nookie!

I swear...

It was such an amazing evening with friends and Runners from all over the world that my nervousness disappeared in no time! (The energy was so contagious, I didn't have time to be anxious!)

SuperFit and Nikki who were there to cheer us on by the sidelines!
Sly and Annie!
SuperFit and me!
Pretending like I don't actually love it ;)
Nikki, Nookie and Me

Honestly...

I couldn't have asked for a more perfect first race!

The goods in my Runner's package!
Bibbed up!
Taped up with KT Tape and sporting my new Lululemon shorts!
Can you say comfortable?! Holy moly!
I got taped at the Race Expo just hours before!
I bought myself some too, which I look forward to testing out!
(It's supposed to help treat and prevent common injuries!
In my case, my hamstring)
Having FUn with some kind of leprechaun...
Wearing my awesome Mizuno Wave Inspire 8s and...
my Ottawa Race Weekend tracker chip!
Waiting to begin!
And soon...
Getting ready to make our way to the start line!

As you all know...

I was bit concerned about the heat we expected for the race because...

I got a small dose of heat exhaustion or sun poisoning during my last run!

The race wasn't until 630pm, so I was happy I didn't have to run it during the hottest portion of the day! (The weather was absolutely perfect!)

And yes, I did make sure to...

Drink lots of water!

***The Start, The Race, The Finish**

Once it came close to the start time...

Nookie and I lined up patiently waiting for the horn to go off!

I must say...

It was definitely crowded...

We're in there somewhere among the 10,000 registered for the 10K run.

Although...

Not for one second did I feel claustrophobic! (I actually felt pretty pumped to get going!)

But I will admit...

I did have little butterflies in my stomach, knowing I was just minutes and seconds away from beginning!

As soon as the horn went off...

We walked (lol)! (It takes awhile before you actually cross the start line, where your chip then officially begins to clock your time!)

The moment we started running...

I knew it was on and I was excited!

In no time did...

Nookie show me how to find openings within the crowd with the intent of running through them! (To get ahead in other words! I found this to be really neat!)

And before you knew it...

We saw SuperFit and Nikki cheering us on! (I think I may have pulled out a dance move or two as I ran by them!)

I think they were having FUn ;)

**Kilometre 1 - 5**

The first 5K were great!

We chatted and we found a pace I was comfortable running at!

I followed Nookie through small burst-like sprints to get us past the crowds (I've never done sprints before lol I liked them though!) and through all of this...

I felt good!

Come Kilometre 5...

There was a hill.

Oh, I love hills! (Insert sarcasm here lol)

My pace didn't change on the way up and I stuck by Nookie until we got back onto the flat, that is, until we reached... 

Kilometere 6!

**Kilometer 6-8**

My paced slowed down a tiny bit once we came to the 6K mark! (There were placards indicating at which point we were in the race! I should note, I wasn't wearing my (SuperFit's) Garmin, neither was my running partner so, we were both watching out for the signs!)

My running partner asked me if I was feeling okay (because I had slowed down)...

And I was, I just felt the need to press on the breaks a little bit!

As we soon approached the 7K mark...

We ran past the water station, where I quickly grabbed and chugged back a little H20 to moisten my mouth and throat!

Soon after, I ended up getting...

A cramp in my upper right rib, at which point...

Nookie advised me to walk, stretch it out and flex & push my abs down and out! (It worked! It was also encouraging having a stranger telling me to breathe it out! I smiled!)

It didn't take long before...

I went back to my normal pace and started up again!

I have to say...

I absolutely loved the energy going on throughout the entire course of the race!

People cheering, ringing their bells, tooting their horns, it was really awesome!

Somewhere in between our 6-8K...

Nookie told me the moment we hit the 8K mark, it was time to speed up until the end!

This is when I would have give it my all! (Well, the most of what I had left in me lol)

I knew SuperFit and Nikki would be waiting for us at the last Kilometre (with our special glasses), so...

I was excited to get to them fast!

They see us. We see them!
Here's a closer look at us lol
lol

**The last 750mm**

In the last 750mm left in the race...

I felt someone grab my hand and say...

"Let's go FU, let's finish it!"

It was SuperFit! (Nikki was on Nookie's left!)

They both ran up to us to...

Run the rest of what was left of our race!

That was amazing! (I was super happy!)

And, before you knew it...

We had all crossed the finish line together!

SuperFit taking a picture of Nookie and me once we crossed the finish line.
Catching my breath and breathing in the moment!
We did it...
Together!

After getting my medal (and feeling proud of myself!)...

We, of course, took more shots of the this amazing moment!

My very first Running Medal :)

I mean....

I finished my very first race, with Nookie by my side! (Thank you so much Nooks for doing this with me! Your support means a lot to me!)

Merci Nookie!
xo
Nikki!
So positive, energetic and filled with encouraging messages!
The Three Amigas :)

**Aaaahhhh! So good!**

In terms of my timing...

I ended running the 10K in 58:10:08! (A new PR!)

I was thrilled about that! (Like this day couldn't get any better!!!)

Sly and Annie did awesome too, setting new PRs as well!

Sly: 51:11:09 and Annie: 55:00:41.

In the end...

We all had a great race and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening!

La gang!

**Heading home**

Before making our way back to our car...

I bumped into Susan and D!

They had a blast as well!

I was really happy to see them at the finish line!

All in all...

I had such a wonderFUl first race and I absolutely loved every minute, every stride and every breath of it!

Yep Yep!

Now, my plan is to...

Work towards my 2012 goal of running a Half Marathon in the Fall...

Which...

Nookie will be running with me too! (She will help me train for it as well! I'm so thankFUl for that!)


There's no doubt...

I can't wait to start working on this goal of mine seeing...

I'm already registered for it! (It's two days before my birthday in September!)

Oh, and one more thing...

If you're wondering about my celebratory meal...

Let's just say...

I made the most of it!

We went to The Works!
Burgers and Fries oh my!

Once again...

Thank you all so much for all the good luck wishes, the congratulatory messages, the support and the encouragement!

It means a whole lot!

Also...

Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers of Ottawa Race Weekend, it was truly a spectacular and well-run event (no pun intended lol)! Wow!

And finally...

Congratulations to all the Runners who participated in this event!!!

This experience will definitely be stored into one of my most memorable moments!

I think Teddy was proud of his Mama ;)

Question FU You...

When's your next race?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

Saturday, May 26, 2012

It's Almost Time!

Sooooooooooo...

I'm just getting ready to run my very first 10K race here in my home town and I have to say...

The past few days leading up to Ottawa Race Weekend (that being today)...

I've been feeling a bit nervous!


Almost like...

I've never run 10k before!

Feels like just yesterday when I started running!

I realize I've ran this mileage before (on more than one occasion), but still...

The thought of doing my first race is something I am both...

Excited and a touch anxious about!

Just to give a little background...

I've been running not even a year yet, and in the 10 months that I have been...

I was off for four months due to an injury!

I spent a few weeks in physio!

An injury we are still unsure how to diagnose or pin point! (I had mentioned in a previous post that the pain which I felt in my left knee months ago presented itself again, but on the opposite side! It has since gone away! To be quite honest, I don't think I've seen the last of it!)

Shé puh
(Slang for 'I dunno' in French)

I'm hoping I won't have any surprise issues today! (Knock on wood!)

I can guarantee you though...

I will be wearing my Knee Pro-Tec Patellar Tendon Strap! (It has helped me a great deal!)

Among the 42,000 registered runners, I am one. (How's that for working on my social running nervousness! lol)

One of the many who have been training to run this race for 'x' amount of time! (For the 5K, 10K, Half or the FUll)

If one thing's for sure...

I'm really happy to be running the 10K with my friend Nookie (who is simply running it to support me) because I think, actually I know, she will make this wee little bit of nervousness of mine disappear.

I ran my very first 5K with Nookie!

She will be my rock, calm my nerves, and best of all, make me laugh! (We always find ways to entertain ourselves in the most ridiculous of ways!)


I should also mention that...

Nookie and I both prepped and competed together last July for our very first Fitness Competition!

Getting ready backstage!

Now, one year later...

She will be by my side for yet another first...for me! (She is a Marathon Runner for those who don't already know that!)

I'm also happy that SuperFit, as well as my friends, will be among those in the crowd cheering me on!

Taken after one of our Bike and Runs together :)

Oh, and that...

My running and yoga buddy Nikki will be there too! (She has been a great support to me, always offering great words of wisdom and encouragement!)

Taken from my last 10K!

There's no doubt I'll be surrounded by...

L.O.V.E!

Running with the girls for the very first time!!

In terms of whether or not I gave myself a goal time...

I did!

I want to run my 10K anywhere under...

60 minutes!

If I meet this goal...

Awesome!

If I don't, then...

That's okay too!

Thumbs up for effort! :)

The importance lays in the mere fact that...

I'm actually running in a race, which...

Is something I never imagined doing before! (Actually, I had sworn I'd never get into this sport! lol)

That in itself means a lot me because...

It has taught me a valuable lesson, which is...

Never say never!

Source

I'm going to run this race and I will cherish those memories stemming from my very first one!

Honestly...

This marks a great accomplishment in my books! (Even if this distance may seem short to some!)

Heck...

I'm proud of myself for even running past my street corner without gasping for air! (And having to walk back home lol)

So having said all of this...

I'm FUeling up, I'm keeping myself hydrated, I have an outfit picked out, my Mizuno Wave Inspire 8s are just waiting to get laced up...


And most importantly...

I've got my FU Face on!

I honestly think I walk around like this daily ;)

Let's just say...

I'm ready to run!

***

Before I go...

I want to give special shouts out to...

Sly and Annie...

Both running the 10K.
Sly and Annie (in yellow)!

My neighbours, Roger (Half), Pierrette (10K)...

This is Roge back in '86 running a FUll Marathon in 3:52.

Richard B. (doing the Half)...

And...

SD and D!

SD and D (far right) are both doing the 10K.

***

Lastly, I would like to say...

Good luck to all the Runners running Ottawa Race Weekend!

And...

Thank you to everyone for your constant support and encouragement!

I truly means the world to me!

Thank you :)

Question FU you...

What are some of your favorite memories from your very first race?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...