I can’t control other people’s actions or decisions but I can control how I am and how I choose to react to others. Things have been a bit hectic for me lately and negativity has barged it’s ugly head into my life. I’ve had to really think about how I want to handle things and how to maintain the positivity and happiness that I once had. It sounds easy, but I find it often takes a lot of strength and determination to simply walk away from negativity.
I’m not a pessimistic person. In fact, on the optimism spectrum, I would say I fall in the realistic/optimistic range. Despite the circumstances, I know I’m lucky to have such great friends that have been there for me and remind me that I deserve to be happy and yes, I CAN walk away from negative people and situations. I just have to choose a path and stick to it.
Before you get too excited, this does not mean I won the lotto for $26.2M. Even if I did, I would not write about this in a blog post, lol. Guess who got selected for the Chevron Houston Marathon for 2013?? Me!! It’s almost silly if you think about it. Who would have thought I would be excited about getting picked to PAY $125 to run 26.2 miles??
This will be my first marathon! I’ve already signed up for the Dallas Half Marathon and the Austin LIVESTRONG half marathon as well. And to think it was only last October that I painfully ran/walked my first 5k!
I ran my half marathon in 2:08 so my goal for the full marathon: (a) under 4:15, (b) under 4:30, (c) just finish!!
Everyone falls at some point in time, and for me, it happened to be on my first bike ride. We convened on the north side of Memorial Park and rode to the south side to the Picnic Loop. While this may not sound like a daunting task, riding on a street was terrifying for me! I’ve been afraid of riding a bike on a street for as long as I can remember, much less on a borrowed road bike for the first time in over a decade (not counting the one time I tested out a bike in the parking lot of Bicycle World).
I practiced turning and stopping/starting, but by the time we reached the loop, the sky was quickly getting dark and we had to rely on the park street lamps to light our way. Upon completing the first loop, I was instructed to take a right turn. I was unprepared for this, and as my mind raced to determine how much I needed to slow down to turn or if I should just go straight, the turn quickly approached. Before I knew it, the bike rebelled and ejected me, throwing me to the right! BAD BIKE. Just kidding. I’m not sure what exactly happened– I think I half tried to turn and half tried to stop, and just ended up falling to the right side, and with my foot still in the pedal cage, I took a nasty fall, hitting the pavement and rolling into the dirt ditch. Ouch.
My friend that had been right behind me told me later that he saw my right knee turn white (as the top layer of skin had been scraped off) before gushing blood. Awesome. Both of my knees were scraped up, the palm of my hands, and my right knuckles. A few of us jogged the 3/4 mile back to the cars while two guys walked the bikes back. I was a bit embarrassed by my fall and perhaps I felt the need to prove myself or something, so I decided to finish the rest of the workout and run the loop, instead of going home to clean up my battle wounds. On hindsight, it probably looked a little ridiculous, me running with blood dripping down my legs. I cleaned off my legs around the 2 mile point, but by the time we finished the loop, there was blood going down my right leg again.
Gross, right? Ah well, these things happen and I have every intention of mastering that bike once my hands heal! The group is training for a sprint tri in July but I’ll probably have to sit out on that one and find a later one to sign up for. Minor setback. Note to self: replace the cage pedals with platform pedals.
Today, I finally looked up the elevation chart for Wipro San Francisco 1st Half Marathon that’s coming up end of next month:
Um, this looks challenging..guess I need to do more hill training!
The website also has a video of the course–
Cool, right?? The video explains that the course is fairly flat from miles 1-5 with a short hill around mile 2.5. From mile 5-10, the bridge is 1.75 miles in each direction and it’s a hill going both directions, roughly a 3% grade. After mile 10, it’s 1 mile downhill and then rolling hills to Golden Gate Park where the finish is for the first half.
My goal for this race is to enjoy the scenery and, of course, to finish the race! I would, as always, love to PR but it’s okay if I don’t and I’m not really expecting I will with those hills, haha.
I’m shopping for a bike! I would like to spend between $500-$800 on the bike alone. I figure that should be enough for a decent entry-level bike. I went to visit Bicycle World over the weekend and tested out a $800 51cm Giant and a $3,000 48cm Cervelo. I learned that it can be painful if a bike is too high for me and that I need some practice getting on and off a bike. And turning. Lol. Clearly, I am out of practice.
Ooooooohhh, so pretty! This would match my workout clothes. =)
Too bad this baby is $2,000 (2012 Specialized Ruby Compact)!
More financially realistically speaking, maybe the Trek Lexa (retail $729.99):
or a Specialized Tricross (retail $990.00), which I believe is more of a hybrid bike:
That all black looks nice right?? Well, I’m going to continue my search… got to make a trip to Bike Barn soon!