RUNNING TOWARD BRILLIANCE

Disney Marathon 2012 Update

                               

I finish my very first Marathon!  Wow, when they say it’s a mental game, it really is.  

I started strong.  And still felt strong when I reached 13 miles and though “Oh I’m doing wonderful, this is going to be easy”.  I should have kept my mouth shut.  What is the first rule of running a race, “do not wear clothing or eat anything that you have not trained already for”. Well I just had gotten new pairs of socks and of course never used them during my training.  They were causing blisters on my bottom toes.  It was killing me.  The great thing about Disney is that they had medical stops like every 5 miles.  But NO I needed to continue on.  Once I reached 20 miles I could not take it anymore I stop at the medical stop and got some bandages for my toes.  Now try to run with bandages?  Not good.  So I tried to ignore it.  At the 22 mile mark my thighs started cramping so bad, I kept trying to rub them to see if it helped. And then realized that we were going into another park I was getting frustrated with myself.  I kept saying “I’ve trained for this, I knew that I can run 20 miles easily”. “What is going on with me”.  

I never realized what a mental run it really was.  I tried to focus on my music, went trough what I needed to get done for the week, started scolding myself.  It was hard and nothing was working.  

By the time I reached the 23 miles mark I was walking and Jogging.  At the 24 mile they were giving chocolate candy.  And what did I just say about eating or wearing something that you have not trained with?  Oh, and did I tell I mentioned I had 2 bananas before, that they were giving away.  Well guess what, once I put that Chocolate in my mouth I realized what a big mistake it was.  It did not sit well in my stomach.  

Once I reached 25 mile mark I started running as fast as I can.  OMG the chocolate almost killed me.  I cross the finish line and found the nearest trash can and let loose if you know what I mean.  

But, got my medal and said I will never do this again.  

Now it’s 2 months later and I’m thinking maybe it was not that bad.  I might do this again without the new socks, banana and chocolate candy and a new mental game plan.

If I should have a daughter by Sarah Kay

I truly love this!  

If I should have a daughter…“Instead of “Mom”, she’s gonna call me “Point B.” Because that way, she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to meAnd I’m going to paint the solar system on the back of her hands so that she has to learn the entire universe before she can say “Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.”

She’s gonna learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by band-aids or poetry, so the first time she realizes that Wonder-woman isn’t coming, I’ll make sure she knows she doesn’t have to wear the cape all by herself. Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, I’ve tried.

And “Baby,” I’ll tell her “don’t keep your nose up in the air like that, I know that trick, you’re just smelling for smoke so you can follow the trail back to a burning house so you can find the boy who lost everything in the fire to see if you can save him. Or else, find the boy who lit the fire in the first place to see if you can change him.”

But I know that she will anyway, so instead I’ll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boats nearby, ‘cause there is no heartbreak that chocolate can’t fix. Okay, there’s a few heartbreaks chocolate can’t fix. But that’s what the rain boots are for, because rain will wash away everything if you let it.

I want her to see the world through the underside of a glass bottom boat, to look through a magnifying glass at the galaxies that exist on the pin point of a human mind. Because that’s how my mom taught me. That there’ll be days like this, “There’ll be days like this my momma said” when you open your hands to catch and wind up with only blisters and bruises. When you step out of the phone booth and try to fly and the very people you wanna save are the ones standing on your cape. When your boots will fill with rain and you’ll be up to your knees in disappointment and those are the very days you have all the more reason to say “thank you,” ‘cause there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it’s sent away.

You will put the “wind” in win some lose some, you will put the “star” in starting over and over, and no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.

And yes, on a scale from one to over-trusting I am pretty damn naive but I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily but don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.

“Baby,” I’ll tell her “remember your mama is a worrier but your papa is a warrior and you are the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.”

Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things and always apologize when you’ve done something wrong but don’t you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining.

Your voice is small but don’t ever stop singing and when they finally hand you heartbreak, slip hatred and war under your doorstep and hand you hand-outs on street corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother.


Miami Zoo Muddy Buddy 2011

On November 20th was the Buddy Muddy 2011 race at the Miami Zoo.  What a great time we had running the race.  If you all don’t know what it take to do a Muddy Buddy let me tell you.  You Bike and Run with a partner for about 5.7 miles.  When one of you is running the other is biking.  At every 1 mile mark there is an obstacle course that you have to do and than switch with your partner the bike or run, to the next obstacle. At the end you have to wait for your partner to cross the mud pit together. 

 I had done the Muddy Buddy race last year with my brother in Orlando.  It was fun but not as much fun as this one.  At the time I was thinking that I might not do it again.  But a cousin of mine asked me if I would do it with him and of course me being me I could never say no Lol!  

I’ve been thinking back why I enjoyed this one better and I realized that I was in better shape than last year.  Also, the obstacle course was harder and more fun. You really needed upper body strength to do the obstacles.  Spectators don’t get to see the obstacle course only the Mud Pit.  But this Muddy Buddy had an obstacle course right before the Mud Pit and it was awesome for my girls to see me try to climb a rope to the top without falling.  The Mud Pit was thicker than last year.  So you really had to push yourself harder to get to the finish line. 

Would I do this again next year?  Yes! Bring it on! 

My Marathon Training

I’m training for the Disney Marathon here in Orlando, Florida.  Trying to train for the marathon has been hard on me.  I started my training late in the game and my knees have been acting up also. 

But this past week I’ve had a break through.  I just ran this past weekend my long distance run at 12 miles.  I followed the Jeff Galloway training walk run walk and it has truly worked for me.  My pace during Jeff Galloway training is 11:30 in which it would have been at 12:00 if I ran the whole 12 miles.  I even felt a burst of energy during my 8th mile, which was awesome.  

Since I’m not an elite runner or athlete I believe that the Jeff Galloway program is a perfect fit for me and has given me the courage to be able to know that I can finish the Disney Marathon.  

I was really concern how I was going to be able to do this without bonking at the 18 mile mark.  But with this strategy I know that I will be able to finish it.  

Thank you Jeff Galloway!

Wednesday Likes - Green Smoothie

I love, love smoothie’s. When I’m in a rush in the morning this is what I drink. This is a great way for you to get your veggies and fruit in the morning.  

I really enjoy Green smoothie’s.  The Mango, Spinach smoothie is my favorite.  I know what you are thinking.  It’s green but so delicious.   

                                    

Mango, Spinach Smoothie

- 1 mango

- 1 banana 

- Hand full of spinach (you can use as much or as little as you like)

- Coconut Water (you can use milk or water if you don’t like the taste of coconut water).

- Ice

- 1 tablespoon of Flax Seed

Blend together. Enjoy, Yummy!

Health Benefits:
Spinach - A super source of antioxidants and cancer antagonists, containing about four times more beta-carotene and three times more lutein than broccoli. Rich in fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol.  Eat raw or lightly cooked.

Banana - Soothes the stomach.  Strengthens the stomach lining against acid and ulcers.  has antibiotic activity.  Bananas feed the natural acidophilus bacteria of the bowel.  Their high potassium content benefits the muscular system.

Flax Seed - Used primarily for constipation.  Helps with gastritis, colities or other inflammations of the digestive tract.  Lowers blood fat level often associated with heart attacks and strokes.  Reduced harmful flood cholesterol levels with its soluble fibers.  Prevent colon and breast cancer through its rich source of lignins, a documented anti-cancer agent.  Improves moods, diminishes allergies and produces healthier skin.

Mango - are very much beneficial for people suffering from acidity and its enzymes helps to relieve indigestion problems.  High level of soluble dietary fiber, Pectin and Vitamin C present in mangoes helps to lower serum cholesterol levels specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol. High amount of antioxidants are present in mangoes.  Mango consumed regularly fights against cancer and other heart diseases. Very high in Iron.

Coconut Water - is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body.  Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium.  Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.  Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of fruits like oranges. 

Source: Bauman College Foundation of Nutrition,  http://www.healthmango.com/dietnutrition/health-benefits-of-mango/http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/coconut-water.html

Farmer’s Market - Puerto Rico

I’m a big fan of Farmer’s Market here in Florida.  And, it brings me great joy to read that there is a farmers market in Puerto Rico. It’s called Cooperativa Organica Madre Tierra http://www.coopmadretierra.com/ a bi-monthly farmers market at the Placita Roosevelt near Old San Juan. 

You can read all about it here http://summertomato.com/farmers-market-update-puerto-rico/ written by Adriana at greatfood 360 Blog.   Greatfood360 is a great blog with great dishes from Puerto Rico and New Orleans.  Go check them out!