I Walked a 5K Today

Three years ago and about 18 pounds lighter, I walked my first (and possibly last) marathon.  After much laziness, recently I decided to sign up and train for a 5K, pretty funny because one figures that if one can walk 26.1 miles, then one should be able to walk 3 miles without training.  Other than being 18 pounds heavier, I’m also three years older and not quite in the shape I used to be, plus I’ve been experiencing some foot, heel, ankle, and calf pain… that about covers the entire legs, minus the thighs! 

The event was this morning.  My brother-in-law came over last night, and I tried to stay up but decided to go to bed when it was clearly too late for me, about 2:00 a.m.!  In addition to the lack of sleep, I have been coming down with some flu-like symptoms in the past several days.  I woke up at 7:15 this morning, got all my walking equipment ready, from wicking sports bra to wicking socks, sunglasses to sunblock, ate my “special events” breakfast of … turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, and headed out to the event.  I purposely drove my old car to ensure that I would fit a standard “avenues” space in case I actually found one.  By the time I was near the event, I was already running about 15 minutes behind schedule because I was supposed to meet a friend.  Thank God I found a space about four blocks away, and I was actually able to fit after several manuevers (it’s been a while since I’ve had to park in a challenging space!).  I met my friend at about 8:26, and crossed the starting line at 8:33:39 a.m. 

My goal was to finish in 48 minutes, walking 16 minute miles, otherwise known as 3.75 miles per hour.  Either way, it’s slow by most measurement.  My official time was a little more than the actual because I got a late start by several minutes, so my unofficial time is 53:30, which is 17.15 minutes per mile, not quite what I was hoping for, but at least I finished.  Right afterwards, I met up with my friend, who averaged about 10 minutes per mile, and went to eat dim sum.  Of course I ate way more calories that I expended (about 375 expended but possibly about 1,000 eaten!).

I came home and soaked my aching feet in an ice bath for about 10 minutes and took a quick bath as well.  By nightfall, I had come down with a fever of almost 100 degrees and sent my husband to the local pharmacy for cold medication, cough syrup, and soft tissue!  I guess I won’t be exercising this week!

I’m hoping to find a local 10K in January and still hold some hope for walking two half-marathons in 2008.  My goal is to spend the next 25 years walking two marathons a year in different states to cover the entire United States.  People have run marathons in all of the world’s continents, so I should be able to at least walk one half-marathons in each state!  Yes, there is a marathon that takes place in Antartica – imagine training for that!  The marathon is sold out for 2008 and 2009 and is almost halfway to being sold out for 2010!  The slowest runner finished faster than I walked in my last marathon.  In freezing Antartica, where the temperature in five to 20 degrees!


Getting to Know Me Better

I saw this survey on a friend’s xanga blog, so I thought I’d share too.  The funny things is that I’m answering this survey, but I know don’t know if it really tells you all that much about me… does it tell you want to buy me for Christmas?! 


What’s on your bedside table?  My “nightstand” is my dresser, which means there’s plenty of space, and unfortunately, it’s all filled up!  Let’s see:  lamp, phone, jewelry boxes, clock radio, sports cards (baseball, football), a Junior Seau figurine, Rolodex (not a Rolex!), but mostly paper clutter.

What is the geekiest part of your music collection?  I don’t have geeky music!  OK, maybe my collection of American Idol CD’s.

What do you eat when you raid the fridge late at night?  Ice cream normally, but lately it’s onion bread (similar to roti).

What is your secret guaranteed weeping movie?  None, I rarely watch movies and especially weeping ones.  I remember crying the most at ET… the buttery napkin I used and all.

Do you have a completely irrational fear?  I’m a completely rational person, so all my fears are rational!  OK, if I had to choose, it would be (1) someone breaking in the house while I’m at home, and (2) my child meeting a sexual predator.

What is the little physical habit that gives away your insecure moment?  I don’t think there is, but my father-in-law says I have lots of facial expressions, so I must be giving lots of stuff away!

Do you ever have to beg? Maybe for my husband to kill a spider

Do you know anyone famous?  Umm, none!

Describe your bed.  California king, black lacquer headboard, light blue sheets, beige comforter with flowers

Who should play you in a movie about your life?  Margaret Cho… she’ll make it more funny than it could ever be.

Do you know how to play poker?  Barely.

What do you carry with you at all times?  My weight!

What do you miss most about being little?  Freedom from grown up issues

Are you happy with your given name?  No, I would have liked a longer name

How much money would it take to get you to give up the Internet for one year?  Maybe $1 million.

What color is your bedroom? Off white

What was the last song you were listening to?  Hero by Enrique Iglesias

Have you ever had your heart broken?  No

Who are your best friends?  Not in any order:   Sabrina, Angie, Linda, Mary, Mei, Julie, Annette

Have you ever been in love? Yes

Do you talk a lot?  Too much

Do you like yourself and believe in yourself?  It’s taken me a long time to like myself, but now I believe that I can do anything if I put my mind to it (with God’s help, of course)

Have you ever done any illegal drugs?  No

Do you think you’re cute?  No

Do poor, homeless, or starving people sometimes annoy you?  Only when they aggressively panhandle

Do you consider yourself to be a nice person?  Yes

Do you spend more time with your husband or your friends?  Husband, but he might disagree

Which musical instrument do you wish you could play?  Piano, but well

Favorite fabric? Cotton

What kind of bedding do you use? Cotton sheets

What kind of soap do you use? Bath and Body Works glycerin bar soap

What’s the one language you want to learn? French, but fluently

How do you eat an apple?  Just bite into it

What do you order at a bar?  Coke

Have you ever pierced your body parts? Just my ears

Do you have tattoos?  Nope, but I’m not oppose to getting one… except for the pain

Do you drive stick? No

What’s one trait you hate in a person?  Having an air of superiority

Do you consider yourself materialistic?  No, I’m really cheap

What do you cook the best?  Spaghetti in meat sauce

Favorite writing instrument?  Blue medium, ball point pen with a clicker and an ergo grip – this you can buy for me for Christmas!

Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?  Stand out, if it’s a good thing

What’s one car you will never buy?  Any American-made one

What kind of books do you like to read?  Mysteries only

If you won the lottery, what would you do first?  Pay off my mortgages

Burial or cremation? Burial, and if I had time, I would plan my own funeral… of course.

How many online journals do you read regularly?  1-2

What’s one thing you’re a sore loser at?  I’m not competitive in sports, but at work, I like people to know I’m right when I am.

If you don’t like a person, how do you show it? Avoid them

Do you cry in front of friends?  Not even at my parents’ funeral, but it doesn’t mean I don’t cry

What kind of first impression do you think you give to people? That I’m a very plain person (casual, but maybe in a negative way).  One of daughter’s spelling words was “casual,” and I asked her what that means.  She replied, “You!”  Umm, okay.

What’s one thing you like to do alone?  Use the bathroom!

What’s the worst thing you ever said to someone?  I don’t remember

When’s the last time you cried?  A while ago, but I don’t remember why

Favorite communication method?  Phone

What’s the most painful experience you’ve ever had?  Physical pain would be childbirth. 

Can you type with your eyes closed? Yup, accurately too

Can you ski? Yup, but only bunny slopes

Can you speak in sign language? No

Can you do the butterfly stroke?  Nope, can’t really swim

Can you say the alphabet backwards effortlessly?  Not even with lots of effort!

Can you tie a knot in a cherry stem with your tongue? Nope

Can you run a mile in under ten minutes?  Nope, the best I can do might be under 15 minutes and only for 1 mile!

Imagine you had ten kids, five boys and five girls, what would you call them   Caitlin, Taryn, Delaina, Cheyenne, Madison, Jonathan… can’t think of any more boy’s names.

Do you have braces; if so, have you ever gotten your toothbrush stuck in your braces?  Never had braces

Have you ever broken a mirror and actually had seven years bad luck?  No

Have you ever found buried treasure (money, trinkets, civil war artifacts etc.)?  No

Have you ever had your teeth knocked out due to an accident?  No

If you could, would you make the days shorter or longer?  I’d make weekdays shorter and weekends longer.

Do you believe the statement, “You can’t love if you are never shown love?”  No, but I believe it would be harder, but as a grown up, part of your “job” is to observe how to fit into society, which would/could include loving people

When you were little, did you have a fear of clowns?  No

 Do you make up random words?  No

At what age do you think you’ll get married?  I married at 24.

Have you ever been walking under an apple tree and been hit in the head by a falling apple?  No, I don’t think I’ve ever walked under an apple tree.

Name five good personality traits you have?  Caring, have heart for those in crisis, down-to-earth, aim to please, and a doer

Name three bad personality traits you have?  Won’t apologize, unwilling to confront, sometimes too concerned about what people think.

Do you like taking photographs?  Yes

Have you ever lost your family in Wal-Mart or another large store?  Not yet

Do you enjoy watching Family Guy?  No

What morals & values do you hold dear and strong?  Following God’s commandments as best I can

If you had to give your dreams a rating, what would you rate them?  I don’t remember my dreams.

Have you ever been skydiving or bungee jumping?  No

Do you play any sports?  None.  I’m bad at all sports.  The only thing I try to do is to walk in sanctioned events.  My next event is a 5K/10K in Run Wild (formerly Run to the Far Side) on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Imagine the world was going to end and you were selected to be one of only 500 people to be saved. You have to pick one person of all the people you know to be your mate, who do you pick?  My husband, of course.

Pick any three TV/cartoon or book characters and choose two traits you share with them.  Garfield, the cat – enjoy unhealthy foods and willing to do goofy things; Dr. House – slightly sarcastic but do things because I care and am good at it; and that’s it.

What do you have on your walls in your bedroom?  Calendars, framed photos of us; calendar of housekeeping tasks that I haven’t followed

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?  Where I live now.

Have you ever played Laser Tag? No

Do you have any autographed items?  Yes, a Joe Montana jersey, a Jerry Rice lithograph and a Joe Montana lithograph, a Dana Stubblefield black and white photo, a Ray Wershing color photo, and a Dan Fouts football card.

Have you ever seen anyone die?  As they died, no.  I saw both my mom and dad right after they passed away.

Are you cold-natured, warm-natured or normal?  Normal

Are you pessimist or optimistic?  Generally a pessimist

Do you have a motto, famous quotes or a saying about life?  (1)  Whatever doesn’t kill me will make me stronger and (2) God, husband, daughter and scrapbooking… these are a few of my favorite things.

Name five things you want to do during your life.  Appear on Oprah’s show, drive across the United States to visit, be published in a newspaper, catch up on my scrapbooking, and do more traveling.

If you could travel to any four countries, where would you go and why?  France, because I studied French in high school; Italy because my best friend spent 5 weeks there and loved it, Canada, but specifically Prince Edwards Island because I wrote about it in high school, and Australia because I have a cousin there, and I want to see kangaroos and koala bears.

If you could have any job or do anything as a career, what would you do?  A successful newspaper reporter

What book has impacted you the most and why?  The Bible is what I should say, but I haven’t studied it as much as I really should

Name three talents you have?  multi-tasking and getting things done, being resourceful to figure things out, and cultivating friendships

Did you ever get into the Beanie Baby craze? No

What do you want to major in?  I majored in business, specifically human resources, and that’s what I work in.  I would have loved to have majored in journalism.

What is most important to you in life?  God, family, friends, and doing the right thing

Does your close/immediate family live near you or far from you?  Near

Do you have more DVD’s or VHS tapes?  Probably DVD’s, but it’s pretty even

How many CD’s do you have?  100?

What’s the highest grade you ever received?  A; is there anything higher?

Do you enjoy Stephen King’s novels?  No

Are you a sports fan or anti-sports?  Sports fan:  I’ll watch football and baseball games and anything that my daughter does.

Fast food or a home cooked meal?  I’m not willing to eat too much fast food but hate cooking.  I do love home-cooked meals, but not when I cook them!

Are you organized or disorganized?  Minus the paper clutter, then I’m organized!

What’s your favorite type of flower?  I don’t really care for flowers.

If you could automatically learn five languages, what would you learn?  French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian

Do you have a temper, or are you calm and collected?  Generally calm

Have you ever thought of guitars as a weapon?  Hmm, nope.

What is your favorite video game system?  Those stand alone machines in the arcade, especially pinball.

What’s the most amount of money you’ve found on the ground?  $5, probably.

What’s the biggest prize you’ve ever won?  A pack of 12 calligraphy pens by ZIG

What type of music do you enjoy listening to?  R&B

If you could be reincarnated as anyone, what would you be like and why?  Don’t believe in reincarnation, but I can’t think of anyone anyway.

Name two things you are obsessed with.   Scrapbooking and answering threads on message boards!

Do you eat all three meals of the day?  Hardly ever eat breakfast but generally don’t miss lunch and/or dinner!

Do you get the right amount of sleep every night or less than required?  Never

Is there any food you can’t a week without eating?  Nope

What’s the most amount of soda you’ve ever drunken in a 24-hour period?  32 oz.

What clothing style do you wear?  Casual

When you were a kid, did you parents ever eat lunch with you?  At school?  Never

What does your handwriting look like?  Standard handwriting

If you could have any superpower what power would you want to have?  Something having to do with strength, like Superman

What animal do you think you are most like and why?  Something like a workhorse

Have you ever committed any traffic violations, if so, were you caught?  I probably drive too fast all the time but got caught making an illegal left turn twice (both were at locations where there were limited hours that left turns were legal, and I turned at the wrong time).

What were the best years of your life?  Probably all of high school through when I got married… because I had great friends and didn’t have those adult worries/issues, not because I got married!

Have you ever lied about your age or weight?  Age, never.  Weight, I’m not sure.

What genre of movies do you enjoy?  Crime dramas like SWAT

Have you ever ridden a horse, pony or elephant?  Horse

Name an embarrassing moment you have?  One time my skirt came apart

What church do you attend?  An evangelical free church

What drives and inspires you my family?  Belief in God

If you could re-live any five moments in your life, what would they be?  High school, my dating life, wedding, honeymoon, and some time with my mom.

What is something you regret doing?  Probably not spending more time with my mom and dad before they passed away.

A random fact about you?  I prefer to work out in front of others, like at a gym, than alone in my home.

Do you laugh easily or do you generally keep a straight face?  Dry humor – I always laugh.  Otherwise, I’m pretty conservative.

Do you enjoy caffeine, sodas, coffee, or energy drinks?  I enjoy drinking Coke but not because of the caffeine.

If you had to live off a food for a solid week, which food do you think you could live off?  Pasta

If you could know the answer to any question in the world, what would you ask and why?  What is my calling in life?

Do you have any secrets you’ll take with you to the grave?  Oh, sure.

Have you ever had any dreams in a foreign language?  No, I generally don’t dream or remember my dreams, but when I do, I don’t ever remember sound.

How often do you pray?  Almost daily

What is your favorite era entertainment-wise?  80’s

What is your favorite Disney song?  Cinderella by the Cheetah Girls

Have you ever met an important political figure like a mayor or the president?  I’ve met the mayor of my city several times, but I’m not sure he’s considered “important” in the big picture.

Do you wear any jewelry or accessories?  A sapphire necklace and various watches when I remember

Do you like working in the yard?  Nope, hence we have no yard!

Are you a leader or a follower?  Follower unless I have the authority to lead

If you could have any kind of hairstyle, what would you get and why?  Don’t have any in mind

If you could master any talent, what would you want to master and why?  The ability to lead and manage others, especially in making decisions quickly and accurately.

What is your favorite newspaper comic strip?  Family Circus

Have you or would you ever consider hitchhiking?  Nope, too dangerous

If you could have any last name in the world, what would you want?  I wouldn’t want to change my name, but if I had to, I’d change it to my husband’s last name.