Monday, February 20, 2012

My First 5k

I must admit I was terrified when I heard that my company was signing up for the Sigma Corporate Run. I was never an active child, preferring the company of a book in a quiet corner to the fields of sport. I didn’t do so well in high school PE either, pretty much failing my way through, what with my clumsiness and laziness. I call myself a professional spectator, watching other people sweat and kill themselves while I cheer/yell from the couch.

I worried a lifetime of sedentariness would come back to haunt me, especially as I didn’t even begin to train for the event. But come race day, I was psyched and ready for action. My only goal was to finish on my two feet, not laid up in one of the ambulances there to take care of the sick and unfit. I didn’t plan to finish dead last, either!

I didn’t have any kind of strategy in mind as the group of walkers (what, you thought I ran??!!) set off to a house version of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ (I kid you not. KMT!). I had a walking partner, a friend of a friend, and she helped me keep pace. I tend to walk kind of fast naturally, so I was able to maintain a brisk rate throughout. I didn’t stop once, never cramped up or felt unable to continue. I told myself I could finish in under 90 minutes and that’s exactly what I did. I finished in just over an hour – 1:02:56, to be exact. AWESOME!!!!!

There were a couple times on the route that looking at the sea of people ahead of me was kind of intimidating, but I found myself wondering how many of them I could pass on the way. I began to target people – the little old ladies (come before me? Never!), mothers pushing babies in strollers (ditto), kids (no matter how much energy y’all have today, I’m passing you!!) and JPS and Student Loan Bureau workers (bun a fire!!!!) At the 4k mark, I got a sudden burst of energy and started going around the slowpokes and several of the people in the above categories.

As we came off Ruthven Road unto Half Way Tree Road and I could almost see the end, I sped up even more but, unfortunately, so did everybody else. Some of the people I had passed power-walked past me, including folks from the much-hated SLB, but I was undaunted. I had the finish line in my sights. I rank the moment I crossed it, arms outstretched like I had won the danged thing, right up there with my college graduation. I am extremely proud of myself and I wear my souvenir Sagicor ‘Finisher’ dog tag with all the pride of an Olympic gold medal. I earned it!

Of course, by the time I got home, all the tension had set in, meaning everything on my body that can hurt is still in pain.

This event marks a turning point for me. I actually dragged my aching bones out of bed at 6:15 this morning to walk and I must admit, after a rough patch, I felt pretty dang good! I’m going to use this momentum to kick-start Project Summer Body 2013, see how many of this extra poundage I can shed and clean up my eating habits, as I had pledged to do for my New Year’s resolution. I’m also thinking ahead to next year’s event. I’m not too keen on running, but I should be able to start jogging by the end of March (p-a-c-i-n-g myself). If I’m at the place I hope to be by then, I’ll definitely be taking my place on the left side of Knutsford Boulevard, heading north. The runners totally got the better music anyway, leading off to ‘Party Rock Anthem’!

Oh, and Reggae Marathon 2012 (ok, 10k. Not pushing it!), you're in my sights, too. Who's with me?

(Photo by Keresa Arnold, who insisted I credit her. Happy now, miss?) 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Confessions of Diet Non-starter

I hereby confess:
  1. This blog is being written as I chow down on Pizza Hut cheese sticks smothered in cinnamon icing. While looking at my Sigma Corporate Run t-shirt and bib.
  2. I should really be ashamed of the amount of junk I've eaten over the past three weeks, but I am not. Sorry.
  3. Cast your minds back to my last official blog, where I spouted off at the mouth about revisiting my eating choices and going vegetarian for the month of February. Today is the 16th and the most veges I've eaten all month are two paltry lettuce leaves and a tomato.
  4. I ate two Burger King meals on Monday. I'm really sorry about the second one. It was eaten at around 11:45 pm. My arteries are still weeping.
  5. I've drunk soda. Several times.
In my defence:
  1. My bread, flour and rice are whole wheat.
  2. I did 30 minutes of cardio Monday morning. Ok, 25.
  3. Although I haven't kept up the exercise routine, I've been doing A LOT of walking lately. That should count for something, right?
  4. I'll be participating in the Sigma Run, so that should count for something, right? My aim is to not come last or finish on a stretcher in an ambulance.
  5. I'll be making a concerted effort to do better in March, I promise. 
  6. I'm still going to do my vegetarian month. In September, April, June or November. 30 days of suffering doing something good for my body.
  7. My entire office is going to start Meatless Mondays next month.
To whom it may concern, please forgive me for my dietary lapses. I promise to do better in future.


Friday, February 3, 2012

(Re)Introducing Tracey

Hi everyone. This is my third blog. Or fourth, if you count the one I did for my Online Journalism class, which I've imported to this one.

I have been trying to find the right name for my personal blog forever and I think I've finally got it. Writing ain't easy, despite the fact that just about everyone not in the field thinks they can do it. I've seen these people crash and burn. Writing don't play!

So, in my bid to attain perfection in my craft, writing, overthinking and rewriting has become my process. Ok, who am I kidding? It's been my process since high school, when I decided I wanted to be a writer. I'm hoping to drop the middle part in time, but that, too, is a process.

For the people who have been following my personal musings for a long time, I apologise about the number of new blogs I've asked you to follow. This is the last one, I swear. I think...

Stick around for the goodness!