Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Over the hump...

Well, we are halfway through the year. How is everyone doing on their New Years' Resolutions?

1. Relearn French. I did a couple lessons and then when I rebuilt my computer I lost Rosetta Stone. I haven't downloaded it again.

2. Try some new recipes.

I have tried out a few new things. Unfortunately things have gotten so busy at work that I have not had much time to cook in the last couple months. I have made some healthier quick-dinner choices, though. I discovered Whole Foods has pre-marinated chicken breasts in handy two-person serving sizes.

3. Work up to running 12 miles a week.

I was a little ambitious with this goal. I have been running regularly since the beginning of the year and have run two 5k's. However, it will take me a while to work up to running that much. Between work, yoga class and Muscleflex, I can only run about 3 days a week. I think it's a psychological block, but once I hit two miles I feel like I can't keep going.

4. Read 25 books.

I am on #8 so I have some catching up to do! I have read some really good books this year. Is anyone else on If so, friend me! Right now I am reading Bill Bryson's In A Sunburned Country. Since we are not going to be taking a vacation this year, I figured a little travel reading was in order.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Race for the Cure

On Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in Race for the Cure North Texas. I signed up through JC Penney, which put together a big team. My goal was to raise $100 and thanks to the generous support of friends, family and coworkers, I raised $136!

The race itself was pretty hard, I have had better runs. It was already so hot out by 8am and in addition the allergens were terrible. My nose was congested by the halfway point. My original goal was to finish in less than 30 minutes, but my time ended up 30:41. I still beat my time from the 5k I did two months ago, so I will have to be happy with that.

After the race, there was a huge area set up with a band and sponsor booths. There was so much free stuff: Einstein's bagels, coupons from Chick-fil-a, fruit, water bottles, Sun Chips...I walked around collecting some freebies for a while. I never did find my JC Penney group, I guess nobody else was in the starting corral that was set up for those using chip timing.

After I left the freebie area and walked back past the finish line to head to the car, it was really inspiring to see all the people still walking the race. The street was just a sea of pink, it was an incredible amount of people! I will definitely participate in Race for the Cure again!