Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
I never, ever, I mean seriously NEVER thought about running a race until last year. In fact, I felt like running was the worst possible exercise for me. I hated it, I despised it, I LOATHED it. I was the kid who after a half a lap around the track in school was GASPING for air and thought I was going to die. BAH.
And then the 20's board came into my life. I'm not sure what even made me go to the message boards after being on Weight Watchers since 2005. I don't know if it was because I was overly bored with facebook and needed new entertainment or what. But I started reading about all of these girls who were running. They loved running. They loved running so much, that they made me want to love running. So I started C25K. Yeah, I was one of THOSE newbies who had to ask about this C25K several times before I figured it out.
I never actually finished C25K. I got through about week 7 and figured I had gotten the jist of it. I stopped running for the summer while I did P90X. A knee injury and a few pounds later, I signed up for a race in April. I figured it was just what I needed to start running again.
And I kept putting off running. I know myself, I would have put off running until March 15th for my April 2nd race. So...what did Crazy Lo do? Got online on November 19th and signed up for a race on December 5th. Yeah...I gave myself 2 weeks to get ready for a 5k.
I spent the 20th on the trail by my house running as much as I could. I did a total of 4 miles that day, maybe running 2 miles with walking in between. I jumped on the treadmill the following week, and ran 2 miles straight without walking. And then Wednesday, the 1st came. I decided I needed to see how close I could actually come to running 3 miles. I warmed up for 5 minutes and ran 2 miles again. (I'm incredibly shocked at just how easy 2 miles are.) Then the treadmill stopped because I didn't set the time long enough. So, I had to restart. With the abrupt stop, I walked 1 minute, and started running again. I ran another 1.2 and it was ROUGH. I started to panic at this point, wondering how I was going to run outside, in December, in MISSOURI, without freezing or passing out.
Saturday came and we went to Gribbles Running Sports to pick up my packet. I also picked up a head warmer and some gloves to help me fight the cold run I had in front of me the next day. I did have some friends to distract me on Saturday night. We went to Gojo's Japanese Steakhouse (If you ever come to KC you MUST try this place) to celebrate a friend's birthday. I was exhausted for some reason and in bed by 9:30. I set my alarm for 7 the next day, and thought happy thoughts until my slumber.
Sunday morning I woke up with that excited, nervous, so-easy-to-wake-up feeling, and started getting ready. My stomach was doing all kinds of twists and turns, but I drank some water and ate a tablespoon of Peanut Butter. We stopped at Quik Trip on the way out of town so I could grab a banana. We got to the Johnson County Community College WAY too early, and I did the pee-4-times before the race thing. My husband rubbed my neck and told me to stop being so nervous. I looked at him and said, "Do you know what the temperature is outside?" Seriously, what was I thinking? Oh, I know. On that day in November when I signed up for the race, Global Warming was in full swing and I didn't consider what the temperature might ACTUALLY be in December when our heat wave moved on.
I started flipping through my iPod to figure out what I would listen to during the race. And I settled on LMFAO. :) Upbeat, funny, good stuff.
We all lined up outside, and within a few minutes we were off. The beautiful thing about this race was that we didn't have to wait outside before the start. They had a nice, warm gym for everyone to stretch and warm up in. When I started moving, I instantly lost all of those nervous feelings, and started running with a smile. I have no IDEA why, but I smiled a majority of that race. I was so HAPPY to be running. I remembered a year ago when I called my husband and I was so proud of myself for running an entire mile. He wasn't all that impressed, but who knew 1 would turn into 3? This is huge for me folks. And I have to say a huge thank you to Mike for being so supportive all week. He skipped a free ticket to the Chief's game to watch my race.
I had a steady pace, remembering all of the advice on the message boards. Don't get excited and start off too fast, find someone else who is running a good speed and try to focus on them. BREATHE.
And then the first hill came. This was one of those DOH! moments when I realized I hadn't run on anything except flat ground. These weren't huge hills, but they were more than I was used to. Regardless, I kept my pace and pushed my way up the first hill. I must say, hills are completely worth it on the way down. Ahhhh what a great feeling and opportunity to catch your breath. There were 3 or 4 more hills, one towards the end. This made the ending nice and speedy because we were so excited to be over that last hill.
I saw the finish, and my husband out of the corner of my eye. I picked up my speed a little bit and finished with a smile.
My goal was to finish in under 45 minutes.
I finished in....
Hello there Runner's High, it is so very nice to finally meet you.
I found my husband, received my "good job" and we headed in for a fabulous breakfast of Biscuits and Gravy, Pumpkin Bread, Eggs, Fruit, Potatoes, and other delicious things.
I could get used to this race stuff.
Here is a post-race pic. And yes, I really did wear that shirt. :)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
You're in luck though, I've tried 3 so far!
First I'll tell you a little about the club. I received an invitation in the mail to join a wine club. This is called American Cellars Wine Club, or Vinesse. I googled and did a little research to make sure this thing was for real. Turns out, it is. There are mixed reviews much like any other product, but I must say I'm pleased. They send me 6 bottles of wine every other month. Each bottle is under $15 and I pay some shipping. If I like something, I can buy extra bottles at a nice price.
With each bottle of wine, they send you a tasting sheet. Each sheet gives a little story about the wine, tells you the grape composition, grape source (where it is grown), Aromas and Flavors to look for in your tasting, aging vessels (oak barrels, steel tanks, etc.), when to drink the wine, and the tasting panel score from the test group.The first wine I tried was 2009 Knoll Haven Winery California Chardonnay. This one cracked me up because I was advised to eat KFC Original Recipe chicken. Of all foods, they want me to eat KFC. I opted for pork Chile verde instead. The wine was fabulous with food, way too strong without food. The Aromas and Flavors I was supposed to look for were Golden Delicious Apple, Cinnamon & Tropical Fruit. I could definitely taste each if I focused and "looked for" one at a time.
The other two wines I tried were 2009 T. Cassidy Wines California Merlot and 2009 Alderwood Creek Vineyards California Sauvignon Blanc. I took these bottles to Iowa for the early Thanksgiving with my Uncle and Grandparents. I LOVED the merlot. I have hated merlot my entire life, ok, my entire DRINKING life. But I couldn't get enough of this stuff. (This may be why I convinced my entire family to go to the Fireman's Charity Dance at the legion in small town Iowa. Whatev, we won a case of motor oil in the raffle.) I think the reason I loved the merlot was because not only did it taste good with food, it tasted good after dinner as well. It wasn't as dry as other merlots that I've tried, which is probably why I liked it. I think what made it tasty to me, was that there was a hint of toasted almond (according to the flavor sheet.)
As for the Sauvignon Blanc...
Shit was nasty.
So there you have it. If you like wine, and you're stuck on white zinfandel (I'm not hating, I love it too!) you should check out a club. And I'm all ears if you find others you like. I will be sipping again someday.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I hate that this picture is blurry of Mike and me, but if you look closely you will see a double rainbow behind us!
This is in the ladies restroom on Club Level. Fancy shit right there.
Equipped with carpet, seating, and a fireplace. Oh, and don't mind the chef walking in the picture.
50 yard line
Me, Drunk, With a fountain. I'm notorious for taking drunk pictures with fountains. At least I'm not IN the fountain this time.
So there you have it my wonderful blog readers, this is the VIP experience with Crazy Lo at a pre-season Chief's game. Now, if I could ever kiss enough ass to get reg. season tickets to a Raiders or Denver game, I'd have some serious bragging rights.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
But you see, the pictures took so dang long to load that I drank a glass of Chardonnay, which was kind of strong, and polished off Pork Chile Verde.
So now I'm tipsy off one darned glass of wine and sleepy.
I promise to have an exciting review to you, with pictures, very very soon!
I also promise to post the Snickers Pie recipe (WW friendly!) I promised a few of you on the boards today.
♥♥♥♥ Crazy Lo ♥♥♥♥
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
2. If I get a song stuck in my head, it usually involves numbers. Anyone remember the good ol' chorus, "867-5309eeeeine"?? Or "1, you're like a dream come true, 2, just wanna be with you, 3, girl it's plain to see, you're the only one for meee." In all honesty, I don't care for either of these songs. But they have numbers and they get stuck in my head for days. (I'm sure anyone reading this will enjoy them inside their brains today as well. You're welcome!)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Last night I tried a new tilapia recipe to make this little fishie fishie a bit more interesting. I found a recipe for Broiled Tilapia Parmesan. Umm can I just say YUM? Let's make that a TRIPLE YUM! I think this topping could probably go on any fish to be honest. Maybe even chicken.
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets
Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.
This comes from allrecipes.com and the nutrition info is pretty good.
11.4 grams of fat
0.1 grams fiber
23.5 grams protein
Very point friendly. I substituted the butter for margarine and used fat free mayo. I also used reduced fat parmesan cheese. This would probably decrease the nutrition info a little bit.
I have leftovers tonight and am going to pick up either an eggplant or a squash on the way home. I will let you know what I do with it.