Sunday, January 4, 2015

2nd 10K registered

Wounded Warrior Half Marathon and 10k

Today I registered for my second 10K race.  It’s in Dallas on June 14th.

I did one 2 years ago and came in second…… to last :D
I had no idea what I was doing.  I trained on a treadmill, never on the road.  Serious mistake.  In hindsight, that seems like a “duh” kinda moment, but I’ve learned my lesson and will follow a proper training program this time.
The first one I did was the Azalea 10k in Tyler, Texas.  It was a gorgeous area with lots of hills and twists and turns.  The spectators were amazing and I REALLY appreciated the volunteers for all the work they did.   Even with the awful result, I was still really proud to say that I had finished.  I barely made the hour drive home and couldn’t walk for a week, but I finished.  I never quit despite wanting to for the last 3 miles.

IMG_1924I have joined the 2,015 in 2015 challenge, which has been a GREAT motivation.  We have a team of 3 for this virtual race, so we each have to run an average of 2 miles per day.  (See my previous post for details on that challenge)
Right now I am focusing on a color run 5k I’ll be doing in March.
After that, I’ll start preparing for the 10k with this program:
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Run/Walk 2,015 miles in 2015

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My cousin sent me a message on December 31st, asking me if I wanted to join her in running 2015 miles in 2015.  I replied immediately and said yes.  Then I actually read the link she gave me and I started to rethink it.  It works out to 2.75 miles a day for each of us working as a team.  But, gosh darn, it's too late to back out.......  I've already made the commitment.... ha ha..... Can't let my cousin down :p   My competitive nature shall come in handy.


How it works:

Step 1.

Sign-up for the virtual race. (Link Below) If you are running with a partner or a team, each runner should sign-up individually.
When you sign-up you will automatically get:
1. A FREE Ultimate 10K Training Plan from Run the Edge (Value $19.95)
2. A FREE 30 day Subscription to TrainingPeaks to track you progress (Value $19.95)
3. Tons of discounts and coupons from their sponsors (Throughout the year)

Step 2.

Join their private Facebook group
They will send you an invitation in your confirmation email with a link to join this private group. In this group they will be posting motivation, progress updates, and hosting lots of contests and giveaways.

Step 3.

Decide how you will track your mileage.
They have partnered with TrainingPeaks, the worlds leader in tracking technology. The basic version of their app is always free but they have also generously offered to provide you with 30 days of premium access just for signing up! You will get a link and code in your confirmation email.
You can also log your miles on a different platform you are already using or just do it the old fashion way with paper and pencil!

Step 4.

Report your mileage every month.
Each month they will provide a link for you to enter the miles you (and your team) ran. All runners who make their monthly mileage, even if they did not make the month before, will be eligible to win some great prizes and giveaways.

Step 5.

Celebrate Milestones
They will be sending out downloadable race bibs at Mile 1, 500, 1000, 1500, and 2015 miles. When you (and your team) are ready to cross one of these milestones, print out the bibs, wear them on the run, take a picture and share it on their Facebook page.
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Step 6.

Bask In Your Glory
When you (and your team) have completed this challenge you will have covered miles equal to 76.9 MARATHONS! You can’t help but be in the best shape of your life!


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Want to Run as Part of a Team?

Organizing a team is really easy.  There is nothing different at the time of registration. Each member registers separately. Then all you need to do is come up with a good team name and keep track of your miles. At the end of January they will send out a link to enter the miles you have run so far.  You can enter your individual miles as well as enter your team name and the miles you have completed together.

It's run by best friends, Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, who are very passionate about running and about life.
It only costs $25 to enter.  Extra if you want a medal and T-Shirt.
Let's all get Fit, Fast and Fabulous in 2015 !!!!
If clicking on the pic did not work, here is the link:
Update:  We are a team of 3 called "The Sharks"
We each have to average 2 miles a day to get 2015 miles this year.  It's day 4 and I have 7, Caryn has 6.4 and I haven't heard from Rob.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Open the boot

I've lived in the USA for 6 and a half years now.  South Africa, being a British colony for the first half of the 20th Century, inevitably has very strong influences from the UK that still exist today.
South Africa, however, has a much larger cultural diversity.  There are even 11 official languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, English, Afrikaans, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Ndebele, Venda and Northern Sotho.   There's a reason we're called the "rainbow nation" :D
Over the years, I have had to adapt to using American words.  Some have come naturally.  Some were with great effort.  Some were with great reluctance and some I just plainly refuse to use.  Changing the pronunciation of the words is a whole nother story.  One which ends in blank stares :p
I'm hanging on to some words, because, for some odd reason, I feel like I'd completely lose my cultural identity if I let them go.  Luckily, my husband accepts and even enjoys my crazy quirks, so he has adapted too.  He'll happily ask me to "open the boot" so he can get his golf clubs out and "open the bonnet" when he needs to fix something.  He won't put the windSCREEN wipers on at a high speed, because he knows it makes me car sick.  Another one I'll use til I die, is POSTbox and every time I see a POSTman, I'll sing "Postman Pat and his black and white cat" :p  And when I remind Rick that's it's Tuesday and he needs to take the RUBBISH out, I don't get  a strange look.
Words that I've come to use without even realizing: elevator (lift), band-aid (plaster), yeah (yes).
Words I've had to change for my own sanity:  ketchup (tomato sauce), zipper (zip), line (queue), stroller (pram), diaper (nappy), pacifier (dummy) and a few others.  Whenever I used these words, I'd get a blank stare, so I'd have to "translate" them anyway :p  Let's not forget that I'm a nanny, so these words pop up quite often.
Words that are really hard for me to say because they just sound really odd and boggle my brain: pecan (pronounced pah-khan in Texas) but pecan (pee-kin) nuts in South Africa and aluminum - alumINium.  I mean, literally, it actually hearts my brain to say them :D
People often ask me if it was difficult getting used to American words.  I tell them that we watch American TV shows in South Africa so we are familiar with the words and even use some of them.   If you said "I need a new pair of pants" in the UK, you would get an odd look, because that means underwear.  You would have to say trousers.  In South Africa, you could say pants or trousers.  In the UK, soccer is football, but in SA, soccer is soccer.  We would say American Football for the US version.
There are differences in spelling too, but spell check takes care of that :D
  • In British English, words that end in –re often end in -er in U.S. English. theatre; theater
  • In British English, words that end in –our usually end in –or in U.S. English. favour; favor
  • In British English, some nouns that end with –ogue end with –og in U.S. English. dialogue; dialog
  • In British English, some nouns that end with –ence are spelled with –ense in U.S. English. defence; defense
  • In British English, verbs that can end with either –ize or –ise, always end with –ize in U.S. English. magnetise; magnetize
I'm watching BBC news as I'm typing and they've just reminded me that we refer to Santa Claus as Father Christmas, so there's another one.
I have some interesting stories of "misunderstandings" that have occurred over the last several years, but I'll save that for another post.  Ya'll have a nice Christmas now ya hear :D

Monday, January 14, 2013

Facebook: Why is it so successful?

One thing I’ve noticed about Facebook, is that people love to give their opinions.  I think this is one giant reason for their success.   I never thought that I was opinionated until FB came along.  Now I find myself going through my newsfeed and wanting to comment on everything :p  I still have some will power, though, and stop myself.

I've seen people who “like” and comment on almost everything.  Of course, some are just friendly and want to show that they care.  Some are just bored and/or lonely and it makes them feel connected to the world.
Facebook certainly makes me feel connected.  Isn’t that what we all want?  I have family scattered all over the globe and FB is my main connection to all of them.

Doesn’t it make you wonder why FB outwitted, outplayed and outlasted the other social networks?
Maybe it’s just because they keep the pages simple and uncluttered.  Those MySpace pages used to get a little too wild and wacky.

If I go onto a website that is cluttered with advertising, I immediately close that tab.  Even if I REALLY needed to read that page, it just bothers me too much.  Facebook has kept advertising to a minimum and it’s neatly kept to the side.

Perhaps all of it’s success is owed merely to them having large enough servers to handle the traffic?  I don’t remember FB ever crashing.  Do you?

I hate to gush over it, but it just fascinates me from a business point of view.  It’s changed the world.  It’s changed MY world. Love it or hate it, you can't deny it's success.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

10k and green belt.

Did my first 10k yesterday.  Let me start by saying I didn't come last... ha ha...
I was doing really well until the 4 mile mark and then got blisters so slowed down and then everyone started passing me :(
I kept telling myself that unless I puke, faint or die, I'm gonna keep going :D
I came third to last.
Click here and scroll to the bottom. 

Anyway, I am still proud that I finished.  I really wanted to quit at mile 5, but didn't.
I've learned that, next time I should train on roads more than the treadmill.

One other highlight of the week: 
I got my green belt in Taekwondo.
That's belt number 5.
Next are:

We went to our friend's annual St Patrick's Day party last week and Rick sang his Irish hoedown:


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Going Green

Tested for my Green Belt yesterday.  It was the first time sparring in a test.  Not my favourite part of Taekwondo, but still fun to punch and kick people with permission and spectators :D
Rick recorded some of it.  It's hysterical :p  Will post on facebook when I get back on after lent.
This is the goal sheet I made to keep me on track.  Still a long way to go but it's my favourite part of the week.  The instructors are amazing people and I have made some good friends there too.
I have started training in the Bo Staff (Long Stick).  I'll be competing in weapons at the World Championships in June.

Weight Loss update:
I don't like to weigh too often coz scales are depressing, but when I checked 2 weeks ago I was down 26 pounds (12kg).  Don't get too excited :p  I still have about 90 to go.
I'm running/walking/crawling my first 10k on March 24th.  Been on the treadmill everyday.  I'm aiming for 80 minutes.  It's slow, but I'll aim higher every time, coz I'll be lighter and fitter..... ha ha ha.  Thinking, just THINKING, about doing the Dallas half marathon in December.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


As you can see, I've gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Everyone needs to educate themselves on this topic.  Not just breast cancer but ALL cancers.
Read this article:
I'm going to study more on this myself because I would hate for my family to go through this again :( My mom's sister, Cheryl died a couple of months ago from Colon Cancer.

So I mentioned in my last post that I was taking a trip to Nashville.  What a GREAT city.  I had such an amazing time.  The main reason for the visit was to attend my friend Lindsey's wedding with a Celine Dion theme.  Does it get any better than that??  Ha ha.... It was gorgeous.  As was the bride.  The rest of the weekend was spent with our other firends Shea, Laura, Sandra and Kerry.  We did all the touristy things like touring the Grand Ole Opry, which had just opened it's doors after recovering from the flood 5 months earlier.  We took a city tour on the amvibious duck thingy which took us onto the Cumberland River.  Sandra, who lives in Nashville, took us to see Reba McEntire's house and Martina McBride's house.  Below is a picture of us by Reba's property called "starstruck farms".

Here is the one of us on the Grand Ole Opry stage:

This is the front of the duck with the tour guide:

The 4 of us on the duck:

This is Kerry and I waiting for the bride to come down the aisle:

And here is Lindsey doing the Celine pose:

Other than the Nashville trip, I have had a few golf tournaments, but that is over for the year because I don't do cold weather.  I think I MIGHT last until Thanksgiving :o)  I think golf might be more fun next year as I won't be president and can just enjoy myself more. 

Ummmm.... that's all folks..... !!! 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

We bought a new camry in April and I still love it. We just had the 5000 mile check up 2 weeks ago and all is well. I'm driving to Nashville, Tennessee and back next week, so that might change things...ha ha ha...

Rick still has his big pick up truck and I still refuse to drive it :) The 83 merc has been sitting at the mechanics for months, because it needs a new engine and that just ain't in our budget.

I love the little town that we live in and it would defintely be my first choice for raising kids in, but I'm getting itchy feet :( Next year we should be able to take some trips overseas so that might put me at ease.
I want to go back to Japan and visit my brother and his wife and kids. He now has 2 sons. Ken will be 3 in December and Ray is just a few months old. I have only spoken to them on skype :( But first I must go back to South Africa and see my mom and my sister and her son Shaun. Then there's my 3 best friends, Chantel, Shirley and Nontando that all still live in South Africa :( I'm trying to convince them to move to Texas, but to no avail :( I can't believe that Shaun is 9 already. Little monkeys grow so fast :(

I've just realized that "Grey's Anatomy" starts again tonight. Yippee !!
Can I just say that "The Big Bang Theory" has the BEST writers in the history of TV !!
Enough about TV. I don't want to look like an addict :)

I just sorted out my pictures folder and out of hundreds, most of them were my dogs :)  We love our boys :)