Day 82: Blog love

Sunshine award

Got nominated for a blog award. The sweetest thing anyone has done for me in the blogosphere.

I got it from Shannon over at moveEatCreate. Check out her blog. She has got lots of witty posts and great recipes and she makes stuff too. One stop shop.

I now have to post a link of the person who nominated me. Nominate ten other blogs and answer 10 questions about myself.

1.  Who is your favorite philosopher

Socrates (Plato). I majored in Political science as an undergrad and as a result was completely influenced by Socrates writing through his student Plato. The one quote that has stuck with me an influenced the way I live my life is this. “  An unexamined life is not worth living”

2.What is your favorite number:

I always say seven. I have no idea why but that is the number that pops into my mind when I am asked.

3.What is your favorite animal

Dogs. Always faithful and ready to please

4.     What is your favorite time of day?:

Right before falling asleep. Especially when you are so tired that the bed is a welcome place. Also because I get so little sleep I cherish every moment of it.

5.What are your Facebook and twitter:

I don’t have a twitter or Facebook for this blog. But I’m thinking of getting a twitter for the veggiereader.

6. What is your favorite holiday:

back when I lived in the states, it was thanksgiving. Mostly coz of all the food and hanging out with friends. Now I think its new year. When else can we make resolutions we have no intentions of keeping

7. What is your physical favorite activity?

Running. I feel like a champ when I’m doing it. Even when I am as slow as a tortoise. There is also a feeling of achievement that comes with running that I don’t think exists with other types of exercise

8. What is your favorite non alcoholic drink:

Cofeeee…… cofeeeeee. I walk into a coffee shop and the smell alone makes me the happiest girl in the room.

9. What is your passion:

Knowledge, learning discovering new things( see question one) I also have a fear of getting into a conversation and not knowing what others are talking about therefore I want to know everything about everything or maybe a little bit about everything so I can jump into any conversation.

10. What is your favorite flower:

White lilies. They are gorgeous and simple.

My nominees for the sunshine award

http://missmarzipan.com

Cultfit

andreasgardencooking

Gracegothealthy

healthysexyhappy

rite2run

fitforayear

poundperpound

thefitwanderer

Astheblackgirlruns

Day 81: Kass Marathon Recap

Home sweet home

I figured its time I sat down and look back at my first attempt at a marathon and how it went. What I did right, what I did wrong, and how I can improve.

First things first, I did not finish. There are many reasons for this and I wish I could have done things differently. A lot of things went wrong and I realized that I did not plan adequately and took a lot of things for granted.

How far did I go? I only did 30KM of the 42 in a time of 3hrs 14 minutes. Not so bad for someone who is overweight and had only trained for approximately 2 months with no training plan at all. Could I have finished the marathon? From the depths of my soul I believe I could. By the 30KM mark I was tired but not completely drained. I think I could have gotten the remaining 12K in about 2hrs(putting into consideration my level of tiredness).

Reasons (maybe excuses????)

  1. There are a few reasons I did not finish but the most significant one was that my brother, who has never had a day of training in his life, could not go on.  My brother Jason, is 16 years old (I had to sneak him into the race because you had to be 18 and above to run- not my best sister moment) he just finished his 3rd yr of high school and is starting his senior year next year. He plays basketball and rugby for his school team and he is fit, tall and fast. I talked him into running with me and I don’t think he has run more than 10K continuously in his life.  I just threw him into a marathon and the fact that he did 30K is unbelievable.
  2. My other partner for the race was my other brother Norbert. He has did not start running until I talked him into coming to the Kass marathon with me. That was two months ago. He went with me to the Nairobi marathon last month so he was a bit more prepared than Jason to run. But at the 25K mark he was also calling for us to get into the trail bus. I felt that I owed it to both of them to stop where we did.
  3. Even though I truly believe I could have finished, I know that I was not a prepared as I should have been. I did not have any have a solid plan that I followed. My longest run was 20K and this was 2 weeks before the race. Going for this race was a last minute thing and I think I paid for that.
  4. For my next marathon (you better believe there will be a next and a next…) I plan on actually getting plan on paper and preparing religiously. I also plan on doing this alone unless I have someone who is as committed and is training just as much as I am. Because this was my first, I felt that I needed a safety net of people around me and ended up getting two guys who were not ready for this and could not give me the support I needed. {Caveat: I hope it doesn’t come off as if I blame by bros for not finishing. It was all on me, they just wanted to support me and I did not prepare them enough, they did more than their share and I can’t believe they went as far as they did}

Now to the actual recap:

The race was to start in Kapsabet town and end in Eldoret where I live. This is about a 45-minute drive. We could not spend the night is Kapsabet because it would be too expensive. The plan was to get up at 4am, get to town and get a bus that would take us there. First off, I could not get myself to sleep the night before no matter what. I tossed and turned the whole night and only got in a few minutes of sleep here and there. I even got up and at 3.25am thinking it was time. To make matters worse, I finally managed to fall asleep after this and by the time the alarm clock rang I was sleeeeepy.

I got myself up and went over to wake the boys up to moans of how much they hated me. We had no time for breakfast (mistake) and only carried energy bars to sustain us through the race. We got to the bus station at around 5 and there were plenty of other runners going to the race (we were the only amateur runners present. Everyone else is an elite runner that does this for a living. Oi)

When we got to the start, it was about 6am and the race was to start at 7am. After looking at all the runners, I knew that there was no way we could make the race and so we cheated :-D. we started running at 6am giving us a head start of about an hour heheheheheheheh(evil laugh) P.s it didn’t really help and they overtook us and left us in the dust. The lead team was running at about 3min/km (sweet Jesu how can anyone move that first for a whole 42) the winner had a time of 2hrs 14 minutes.

The route is nothing but hills. After our first 2KM we encountered a hill of that was never ending 2.5k of a steady incline and that was when I doubted that I could actually finish.  The sweet gods had mercy on us and we had a down hill that helped us recover.

The race was fun. We ran a lot of it but also took time to look around and enjoy the view. The Eldoret-Kapsabet area is beautiful. It is right in the rift valley and the landscape is amazing. Its made up of hills and valleys and the fun part was all the kids and even adults who had woken up early to stand on the side of the road to cheer the runners. At one point a bunch of young girls who saw me running came along side me and ran for about 1Km with me. They were the sweetest little kids and still in primary school. I talked to them a bit and they wanted to know what I did and when I Told them about law school, the little girls said they also wanted to finish school and go to law school. These are girls in a tiny village and the fact that they aspired so high made me incredibly happy. The spectators on the road had never seen someone as large as me run, it was a spectacle to them, and you will see why after you look at the pictures I post. I wasn’t sure weather to be offended or happy that they were so surprised. They kept cheering me on and keep going. One even wanted to take me to his house and slaughter a goat for me. (They would be traumatized to hear I am a vegetarian)

I’m glad I went to the marathon. I learned a lot and next time, I won’t be signing up for a competitor’s only marathon. Damnit I want to have at least one person who is slower than me.

Oh and before I forget the rest of my siblings, were supposed to be waiting for us at the finish line by 11am but instead decided to go drink wine while we waited for them for an HOUR. can you imagine anything more selfish??

Now for the fun part…… PICTURES.

Start line: 6am in the morning no light

the country side

more scenery

people waiting for the runners: since we had an hour head start, we were the first ones they saw 🙂

more people lining the streets

First stop at the 15K mark for water

We had been running for a bit over 2 hrs when the men caught up with us at the 19K mark. they had done it in 59 Minutes

me running towards the police car. thats how we knew the elite runners were coming. the sirens were blasting to make sure no walkers were on the roads.

these were the female runners. they caught up with us first. apparently they give the girls a 30 minute head start.

first woman had a time of 2.41 this is a tough race of of all the hills and high altitude

And now you see why i was the fattest female there.

my bro and I running to wars the 17KM mark. thats the furthest he has ever run.

my two younger brothers fit in. i was the sore thumb.

This Sign welcomes you to Eldoret. We take running seriously in Eldoret. Martin Kiptolo Lel is a Kenyan long distance and marathon runner. He won the London Marathon in 2005, 2007, and 2008, the New York City Marathon in 2003 and 2007 and the Great North Run in 2007 and 2009.

the end of the Road for us.

had to find the 42KM mark and take a pic

the morning after the race, my brother jason insisting that he will never run another marathon again but he is ready for a 100m race.

He won!

Rematch. he won again. How skinny and tall are these guys. why did the genes skip me 😛

Day 80: Marathon Done!

My marathon was yesterday and I am still getting back into life after the run. all I want to do is eat!….eat…. eat and that is just what i have been doing.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with all the details and pictures and back on the weight loss wagon.

Neeed……….mooore……. Sleeeeep

Day 78: Trying out your marathon clothes

One day to go:

 

aaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhhh

I think it is common knowledge to runners that when you run a marathon, nothing is left to chance.

You try out what you will eat before to see how you react to it. Try out your gels or energy bars. Figure out your carb level requirements etc.

But the most important thing is what you will wear. You will be out there for more than 2hrs running and comfort is of paramount importance.

 

  1. Dressing for temperature:
    make sure you are aware of what the weather would be. If it will be cold at the beginning and warmer later on, layering is the best way to go
    if its cold you might need cheapo gloves that you can toss, super wicking tee or tank
- your lucky sports bra/socks :). If it’s warmer, just wear a super wicking tee and a good pair of tights or shorts.
  2. Try out your clothes before the race. I did this yesterday and realized that my vest just won’t do. It was heavy and did not wick away the sweat at all. I can’t thank all the Greek gods enough for giving me the wisdom to try on my outfit before. This gave me enough time to look for an alternative.
  3. Shoes: this have to be shoes that you have used on long runs and have broken in. I had the impulse to get everything new because I was super excited about the marathon but that would not be a wise decision.
  4. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. You need to protect your skin that will be exposed for a few hours in the sun.

Day 77: The pre-marathon meal

 

So I have been racking my brain about what to eat the night before my run. I know that is has to be carb heavy but not too calorie

I got a recipe from MoveEatcreate@wordpress.com here is a link to her recipe. http://moveeatcreate.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/recipe-koshari-pre-race-dinner-and-one-of-my-favorite-meals/

 

It’s Koshari, a mixture of pasta, rice and lentils. It sounds like the perfect carbload without it being too heavy. I’m trying it out today just to make sure that I it sits well with me. I don’t want to risk anything before the race.

Here are the ingredients

 

  1. I cup lentils
  2. I cup rice
  3. 1 cup small pasta
  4. 3 large tomatoes
  5. green peppers, zuchinni
  6. I large onion
  7. Garlic
  8. Olive oil
  9. Dried mixed herbs

10. Spices (I just threw in a bunch of spices I had in the pantry. Cumin, curry powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper)

11. 1-cup pasta sauce.

lentils

cook it(pretty simple)

 

have fun with different types of pasta

cook down the tomatoes with pasta sauce and your veggies

 

finished product

 

Steps:

–       Cook the rice, lentils and the pasta.

–       Sauté the garlic, onion in oil and then add the chopped tomatoes and the green peppers and zucchin

 

–       Add in the pasta sauce and the spices and let it cook for a few minutes

–       Add the cooked rice, pasta and lentil

Tadaaa it was done!

Day 76 : more marathon talk

Marathon day kit

3 Days left.

Im alternating between “yay I can do this” and ” what the fuck have I gotten myself into”
I don’t really feel like this is happening and so I decided to take a picture of my Kit and make a list of everything I will need for race day.

tomorrow I plan on going to shop for all my needs. get some sports drinks, some energy bars and any other thing I might need. I did not run at all today but plan on doing a short run tomorrow Morning in my marathon Kit just to put my self in the mood.I will dress full out as if I am going for the race.

here is a little bit on what I plan to eat before the race for breakfast.
banana and peanut butter and an energy bar and some water. nothing heavy for me.

I stated adding more carbs to my meals this week. I decided that I wont take the risk of going low carb because i am already stressed out as it is. I’m drinking lots of water and trying to stay away from alcohol.

All my siblings are coming to town to support my brother and I during the race. the only problem with this is that they will also be celebrating my belated birthday on saturday and they are committed to getting me drunk.( great support aren’t they?) i think I will test how much i want to complete this race by how much I focus and  not get off track.

Nothing more to report today. The whole weight loss thing is on hold until I get done with the race. I now I have done absolutely nothing to wards my goal in the past couple of weeks but I already have a plan I will share on monday.

 

Day 75: My First marathon: The Eldoret Kass marathon

If any of you are avid major marathon watchers or runners, they you have no doubt heard of the Kenyan runners from Eldoret.

I come from Eldoret and I will be running my first marathon in the most daunting situation I can think of. Eldoret is nicknamed “ the city of champion”. Eldoret is where most of the runners come from and train.

 

The kass marathon is organized by two-time marathon runner Tanui and the world fastest marathoner Geoffrey Mutai with a time of 2.03.02 when He did the Boston marathon.  His Half Marathon, with a best of 59 minutes 30 seconds (4:33 per mile pace), to his name.(Holly Fuck) He also won the 2011 New York City Marathon with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes and 5 seconds (4:46 per mile pace), breaking the course record set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia in 2001. The Kass course is IAAF approved.

Time envy anyone????

 

As if this isn’t intimidating enough. I’m going to be the fattest person running the race. I swear my thigh is like three times the size of other runners. Oi if I finish this race I will be unstoppable.

ugh. look at all those skinny runners. envy 😛

I dont really want to look like this but if I could transform before a race to have this form i would sell my soul.

 

My race is on Sunday and I have to be at the start at 5:45 am.  This means I have to be up by 4am, eat something and be on my way to the start. The start point is out of town and about 45-minute drive away. The only thing that makes me feel good about this is that I will be running with two of my brothers. I’m just gonna ignore the fact that they are both thin and over 6 ft tall each. I think I will have to take 2 steps for each of their one at my 5ft3.

 

I have decided that I will be running 5K each morning everyday from today until Saturday. I know that taking a rest doesn’t work for me so I decided on an easy 5K each morning to keep me ready.

 

Today I had weird run. I haven’t been out running since my 12K on Sunday and was getting off a cold. I did not feel like getting up and kept hitting the snooze for about 30 minutes. At 6am, I finally got out and started my 5K. I was sluggish; I was feeling heavy and gassy. It was horrible. These are the times when I wonder if I can run a full 42K. Anyways I ran past some professional runners who I am sure are training for the marathon and this fired me up. I finally got into my grove and was running up hills and increasing my pace. By the time I was finishing my run, I was feeling fresh and ready to go another 10K. I think I am learning my body slowly. It takes mea bout 5K to get into the grove of running and my body kicks in. I hope this will prove true for the Full. I am hopping I can get the first 20K in at a really good pace and still have energy to complete the next 20K.

 

I am still struggling with doubt but its getting better with time. I hope I am not the only one who feels this before their first marathon.

Day 74: Marathon essentials

Day 74: Marathon essentials

So I have been scouring the internet to make sure I am completely prepared for the marathon and here are a few of the essentials I think one would need, of course I might have to revise the list after I actually participate in one.

Three  F’s of running your marathon

– Fluids

– Fuel

– Fun

Essentials:

–       Granny pack:
you are gonna need someplace to keep all your essentials. Something small and light will go a long way to help you have everything you need within reach. Pockets can get bulky and leave you uncomfortable. To fill it up too much. You do not need the extra weight during your run.

 

Layering– be ready to get rid of some clothing items or adding them depending on the weather.

Wear the clothes that you will run in before the race. You should be comfortable in your shoes and clothes and know how warm or cold you will be.

–       Fuel
make sure you are well fueled before and after during the race. Most experts think you should load up on complex carbs the day before but mostly during the day. Your evening meal the night before should not be too heavy.  You should not eat less than 3 hrs before the race. You might have to get up ealy to eat something.

–       Mental stamina
I truly believe running is a mental game. Try and eliminate self doubt( I am dealing with this right now) our body has limits but our mind can conquer them if we put our mind to it. I’m picturing myself running and finishing and a few inspirational quotes to have running through your mind wont hurt.

–       The playlist
you will be out there for about 4-5 hours. Unless you’re a Kenyan runner (which I am ;-P but cant run a 2hr full if my life depended on it) so you might want something that keeps your rhythm going or your mind of the actual running. Make this a fun list. Something that pumps you up when you sing along. You can also inspire yourself by making it timed and knowing that it will run out at a given time lapse. I made mine 5.2hrs long. I need to get finished by then.

–       BYOTP (Bring your own tissue paper)
Carry some Tissue for the Loo. Nothing worse than going to the potty and realizing there is no tissue and you still have 10 miles to go. Ya get???

–       Apply a thin layer of Vaseline on your feet and between your toes- this helps avoid blisters

–       Don’t waste time at water stops,

Head to the last table as it has les people and also make minimal bathroom stops. Time is of the essence here

we got this


I think it is better to maintain a steady pace and run most of the way than run fast and have to walk some of the way. The adrenaline at the beginning of a race can make you feel invincible. You take off to fast and lose steam quickly. There is a reason slow and steady wins the race.

 

If I have left out something you think is essential, please feel free to add to the list in the comment section. I am sure people who have run actual marathons have a lot more insight on how the race actually goes.

Oh a not so happy note. My cold is still persisting. Ugh I am eating a ton of oranges and getting plenty of rest and fluids. Race day is 5 days away.

 

 

 

Day 74:Marathon week is here

 

My Marathon is exactly a week from today. Yesterday I had a major freak out as to weather I could run, finish, and every doubt in between. I was seriously experiencing a nervous breakdown with hearth palpitations and all.

Also, a friend I had In college just ran a marathon and finished in 4hrs 4min and now I feel the pressure. Of course I used to be obese and now I just made it into the overweight category and I am comparing myself to a fit guy who plays soccer and has been running all year to prepare himself for the marathon.

Did I also mention I had a cold last week and this morning I feel it coming back again. I have a sore throat and my nose is blocked. Fuck?????

 

I was planning on doing a long run on Monday between 25-30 miles but have had to correct sense to realize that it would be disastrous. I’m keeping my runs to 10K or under and I will be taking Friday off as a rest day. I will then do a light run on Saturday 30-40 minutes just to keep my muscles in check.

 

Now all the questions are rattling in my mind. What should I do? Should I eat breakfast or just carry some energy bars for the race? Should I carbload the day before or just maintain my lowish carb diet? What should I wear? And on and on and on.

I’m gonna take this week to figure out all this and blog about it.

 

On a different note.,Weigh in was today and I am up 2.8 pounds.

Last week 168

This week 170.8

 

I am not surprised. I haven’t logged in my food in over 3 weeks. I have been eating everything I want without thinking what the implications are. I am not in the game mentally. I see, I want, I eat. Yo what the F is wrong with me.

I’m not gonna stress myself with this. Right now my main focus is the race. Once it is over and I don’t have to worry about all the variables of racing I hope I will be back on track I will be back on track.

Im going against my previous restrictions of not setting goals and will say that I want to be under 160 by the 31st of December. That will give me 5 weeks to get it done (not counting marathon week). I will log everything, make everything from scratch and I WILL get it done.

Tomorrow: Marathon Essentials