Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Great Weekend and the OKC Memorial Half Marathon

Okay, first I want to get the awkwardness out of the way.  I absolutely despise asking for money.  BUT, it's much more bearable when I do not directly profit from it (ie - fundraising).   I'm running the OKC Memorial Half Marathon at the end of the month and they have a whole fundraising system in place.  Since it requires absolutely no work from me besides registering on the website and then sharing the link, how can I be a good person and not do this?  So below I have a link to my own fundraising page, if you feel the urge to do so, donations are appreciated; if not, no hard feelings, we'll still be friends.  ;)   My disclaimer:  if I raise a minimum of $15 I do receive a pair of green laces to wear on race day, in that manner I do profit.  Financially, however, nada. In fact, I paid $80 to run this thing.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I'd pay money to run!  I probably would have bet you $80 that I would never run a mile, much less 13.1!  Wow, have things changed!
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Fundraising Pages

 So I had a great Easter weekend. Friday I ran 10 miles, then I was supposed to donate platelets, but at the location I went to they said my platelet count was too low for them to take from me. Apparently if you're below a certain weight and height and do not produce enough platelets they worry about bursting your veins on your return or something... I don't really understand it (honestly I don't want to, the thought of my veins bursting is a bit unsettling and if I dwell on this I may just switch back to donating whole blood), but I rescheduled at the location I usually go to (which has different machines that can apparently handle me just fine) and carried on with my business. With two hours to kill before a lunch date with my sister, I went out to Edmond to check out the Sunflower Market's grand opening. I spent $60 on a basket full of fresh produce, chicken and this most delectable treat:
 I first saw this on Katie's blog and boy am I glad I came across it, this stuff is like heaven in a jar! 
 My favorite way to eat it so far is to spread it on a graham cracker with raisins on top. YUM! This is also the first place I have found unsweetened vanilla almond milk and unsweetened coconut milk, so I picked up one of each of those. After that I swung by the Mediterranean market to pick up some cucumbers. They have the best baby cucumbers, seedless and sweet! There happened to be a few bunches of fresh basil left that I just had to grab since there rarely is any left.  By this time it was lunch time so I met my sister and we headed to the Cajun King, a Cajun buffet that I've been dying to try for months. I love Cajun food and was super excited to check the place out. I tried a bit of just about everything, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Especially this bread pudding:

This stuff was freaking amazing. While I would definitely give this place a good review, for some reason I have no desire to go back, so I'm not sure if the reason everything was so delicious was because I was so hungry, or if it's because it was really that good. Possibly the reason I have no desire to return has something to do with the fact that I left feeling miserable. I got my fix and now I am satiated.  Maybe the craving will strike several months down the line.  My sister and I then went thrift store and grocery shopping and we started feeling better after walking around for some time. Friday evening I spent at home with the guys reading e-books and doing laundry while they watched TV and pretty much entertained themselves. Saturday was a day full of errands, cleaning and Easter dinner preparation. I spent nearly the entire day on my feet (burning 2800 calories which is about 600 more than what I burn on a day of doing one Zumba class) and my knees were definitely screeching their protest by the time I fell into bed. Sunday morning I got up early and went for a 5 mile run before guests started arriving. Then I spent pretty much the rest of the day cooking and cleaning (on my feet). By 4-5:00 I finally got to lay down on the couch and considered taking a nap, but I felt totally restless (probably wired from all the desserts I indulged in :-S), so I got up and got laundry going and practiced Zumba for the equivalent of about an hour. I had some new songs to get ready for Monday's class. Monday I taught my class including my new songs and class went pretty smoothly, my knees behaved and I only fumbled a tad. Then Tuesday since my knees had been doing well and it was the new Body Pump release launch I decided to go to classes for the first time in two weeks! I am SO glad I went! I had such a blast and I felt so great afterwards. My right knee started to hurt a bit a little into squats, so I dropped my weight and just did them with body weight and was fine after that. Here's a picture of us after class.

Then I stayed for Zumba, I really enjoyed taking someone else's class besides my own for the first time in two weeks. Zumba is fun no matter what, but there are different types of fun and it was nice to just follow again. My foot started hurting about halfway into class, but I got my new Zumba shoes last night so hopefully that will help. I intended to go to Zumba and then run 3 miles afterwards, but we ran out of leftovers Tuesday and I needed to go home and cook the boys some dinner. I also spent a couple of hours on my feet at work yesterday and my knee was acting pretty grouchy by the end of the day, so I really did not need my arm twisted. I'm so very glad I went home and cooked though because I made the most delicious dinner:
Garden rotini with grilled chicken, spinach, fresh basil, tomatoes, bell pepper, mushrooms, olives, garlic and feta with salad on the side.
 This was SO good! Afterwards, I just had to check out my new Zumba shoes so I did some Zumba practice for about 45 minutes. I only felt a twinge in my foot and there is plenty of cushion and support with these shoes, they are Ryka's and I think they will really work out for me. Well, I suppose that's all for now. I know I had a lot to cram into one post, but I feel so cramped for time these days.  The little bit of spare time I get I've been spending on reading lately. I find that reading a good book is really meditative and helps me de-stress so I have definitely been taking advantage. Speaking of, The Running Man is a spectacular read particularly if you're an adult who enjoyed The Hunger Games. It's a more graphic and shocking story, but has the same premise. I feel that this book has drawn me back into a Stephen King phase, but I've been told the books he wrote as Richard Bachman are quite a bit less winded than his other novels so we'll see if I have the tenacity to start a Stephen King reading frenzy. Anyhoo, I'm off to shower and bed. Ttfn, hopefully I'll get a post in on Friday!

8 comments:

  1. The PB&Co peanut butters are SO addicting! My favorite is the White Chocolate Wonderful.

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    1. I'm almost out of my Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, a trip to try out another kind is in my near future!

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  2. The PB &Co peanut butters are at Target and only $3.50 a jar (here, anyway)!

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  3. Love that stuff! I had a scoop on an apple this weekend, it was SOOOOOO good! I'll have to check out my Target!

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  4. Newcomer to your blog...always excited to read up on some of the backlog of posts of new bloggers. Love the Bachman Books (of which you refer). Did you read "The Long Walk" of that same era? Nice one for those of you who like the long distances - walk or die! Brutal - and also a good one to read if you like the Hunger Games.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog! Hahaha, I DID read it, just shortly after I read the Running Man! I loved it, as well! It's funny what kind of things being a long distance runner does to your thinking! ;)

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