Star Wars 10K – Darth Vader
3:15am – What on god’s green earth is going off and why so God Damn early! I roll over and look at my phone its blinding bright with a note saying, ‘Get up Sucka you got miles to log!’ I roll over and stare at the ceiling trying to conjure up why I keep doing this to myself and I remember, ‘For the Love Of Running!’ I get up, and drag my butt to the bathroom and change. I grab my energy drink my ‘NEW YORK’ Bagel and peanut butter cup and head out. I get out to the buses and I see a long line.. and all I could think to myself is crap.. I hope they aren’t sending one bus at a time.. and sure enough that is exactly what they were doing. But, I think someone had to have said something because within 10 mins 2 double busses showed up and we were off…
Where to begin…. So part of me getting back to running was to sign up for a race that I would be full heart in and ready to go. That race would become, the Star Wars Darkside Challenge down at Walt Disney World. I was so nervous about taking on not only a 10K but a half marathon as well. With my knee still being questionable, I knew that if I stuck to my running plan that I would push through with no issues. At least, I had hoped! There was being stoked, to being in pain, to the real reason I had come back to Disney. Here is how it all went down. and it all started with an Upper Respitory Infection the day before I flew out. Thank god for working in the medical field.. Got my Z Pack and Away I went!
- 2 lbs ground turkey, extra lean or 1.5 lb leftover cooked turkey, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 large onions, diced
- 4 large celery stalks, chopped
- 3 large bell peppers, chopped
- 14 oz can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 14 oz can any white beans, drained & rinsed
- 28 oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
- 2 tbsp chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 pkt of taco seasoning, all natural
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Cooking spray
- Preheat large non-stick skillet on high heat and add ground turkey. Cook until brown, stirring and breaking into small pieces with spatula, occasionally. Transfer to a large crockpot. If using leftover cooked turkey, skip the browning step.
- Return skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add garlic, onion, celery, bell peppers and saute for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a slow cooker.
- Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker, cover and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High. Reduce cooking time to 5 hours on Low and 3 hours on High, if using cooked turkey. Serve hot. Chili tastes even better the next day. This chili is mild enough for the kids. Add more heat with extra chili powder, Taco seasoning, diced green chiles or jalapenos.
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cup:
Total Fat: 2.0 g
Cholesterol: 45.0 mg
Sodium: 673.0 mg
Total Carbs: 33.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 8.0 g
Protein: 33.8 g
WW Points+: 6
After finishing the NYC Marathon last year I said to myself,” A: I’m never doing this again and B: I’m totally volunteering next year for medals cus thats gotta be way easier!” Here I am, training for next year’s marathon and my calves still burn from being on my feet for 15 hours. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves and that’s simply answered in 5 words, To Continue to Challenge Ourselves.
Its Sunday Morning November 1st @ 5 am.. Why am I up? I should be sleeping in but I’m not! My eyes are burning from the lack of sleep and I’ve gotta manage to somehow make sure I make it to the train on time after putting my make up on which I’m so not used too! Uggg… I’m not running! Why did I do this again? Oh thats right to be a part of something bigger.. To be the Last Point on the mission of 26.2 miles. To hold the Major Award for those who just endured miles and miles of New York City streets. To be there for my Club Mates and Friends from all over. To be the shoulder and arms to hold them up!!! and To be that Smiling face after the journey that so many have trained so hard to make!
Sunday was inspiring and so dang emotional! My friends inspire me everyday and Sunday they put more of the Running Bug back in me. I can’t stop thinking about 2016 and my own journey. Now to get rid of this dang cold I got from all the runners and their hugs and kisses LOL..
CONGRATS TO ALL THE 2015 TCS NYC MARATHON FINISHERS.
This time last year was the most nerve wrecking week. I was about to embark on the biggest achievement of my life along with many other First Timers as well.. The New York City Marathon, in my eyes, is the marathon of the year next to Boston. I get totally stoked for both races but nyc….. with what I did last year has now a very special spot in my heart. With that being said, boy do I have some amazing news.
This past week I had had a Dream about Margaret Hagerty! If you don’t remember my run in with her last year at the NYC Marathon, read my post, My NYC Marathon to refresh your memory. In August, my dear friend Margaret passed away due to complications to a stroke, she was 92. In this dream she told me that she was still running, and that she was happy that I was back running after I had sustained an injury to my knee from the marathon. That she said that I needed to Keep pushing forward and to keep going to just cross that ‘damn’ finish line. I can’t help but laugh when she said that because that was Margaret. She then told me to make sure that I am reaching out to Sue that we are now bonded for life and she now needs me in her life. And that’s just what I did… I woke up the next day and proceeded to email Sue. That’s when my heart filled with warmth and my eyes with tears when I received an email in return from Sue.
So with all that being said in short, Looks like I will be Running the TCS NYC Marathon 2016 with Sue in memory of Margaret thanks to Emily and NYRR. I honestly can’t believe I said yes to another marathon.. What? I know crazy right… But it’s for my dear friend that I met that day November 2nd 2014 that changed my life, forever! And even if I have to crawl, cry, beg, and wine….Ohhh Wine! HA! I will cross that finish line just as Margaret did that day for her 81st marathon at the young age of 91.
Now to reach out to Girls On The Run and see if they will help out and if there is a way we can do something in Margaret’s name. If anyone of my readers reads this and can help out. Please let me know…. I’d love to run with and for something she believed so much in!
As long as people make me feel welcome and don’t pay attention to how slow I’m going, as long as I feel comfortable and am physically able, I’m going to keep going – Margaret Hagerty
Here we go, Take 235249684! Seriously, after November 2nd, 2014 I thought I would never be back. Never be running again.. A little over a month ago I got the okay to start running again after a knee issue sidelined me. But I had to take it slow slower than normal. I’ve gained over 30 lbs back since then and I fell into a depression. It happens! It’s call the marathon blues / Injury Blues. I didn’t want sympathy from anyone. I just wanted to be hidden. Then I found out that runDisney was doing a new race. HOT DIGGITY DAWG. But what was it going to be? But when they announced it as a new Star Wars race…. My Goal was set.. I was going to beat this.. I was going to make this happen. So that October 22nd at 12:00pm ( high noon ) I signed up for, The Darkside Challenge! Sure why not.. right! seems logical… Lets Push the limits.. Let’s make IT happen! So here I am going shit.. so on my 36th birthday weekend I will be running 19.3 miles. That’s a 10K and a Half Marathon. Goals!
I accepted my challenge and today.. Today, was Day 1 of my training.. Today I walked a Mile then ran a mile in 13:21 Mins. Better than I thought I would do… and my body is thanking me.
I had to sprint hard to do that, but that is what the sport is [all about],” says Meb. “We start together; for 26.2 miles, [we share] the struggle. I saw this lady out at front, and I was very emotional. I was crying on Bolyston thinking of memories both good and bad, I made a little surge, it was a fun moment . . . hopefully it will be memorable for both of us.
A friend posted a picture this week of a person at 250 lbs vs a person at 120 lbs. Quoting the following…
“Healthy thoughts for Thursday!!! “This is a Body Scan of a 250 lb woman and a 120 lb woman…
Look at the size of the intestines and stomach; how the knee joints rub together; the enlarged heart; and the fat pockets near the brain. Not good!
It’s about being HEALTHY. If you keep doing what you are doing for another 10 years…where will you be? Your body IS a temple…question is do you treat it that way?
If this isn’t motivation to cleanse your body of impurities, I don’t know what is!”
“Here’s the thing though! I’m 200lbs down from 295. I just finished my first marathon! I know people that are 100, 110, 120 lbs that can’t even run a 1/2 a mile without dying for air!
Healthy is not a number on a scale or the size of your clothes.. Because even thin people are out of shape, have heart attacks, triple bi pass, and so on! It’s eating right and exercising that makes you healthy! You can not judge a person by this picture! Im sorry you just can’t because I’m proof of that! People look at me when I walk around proud with my marathon jacket and ask or look at me like “you ran a marathon” damn skippy I did! Then they say “well I can’t do that!” But it doesn’t mean I can’t! I’m not a size 2,4, or 6 but I’m a happy size 12/14. We need to stop making body image so negative instead we need to make living a healthy lifestyle the best image we project!
Just my food for thought!”
My response was simple and straight to the point. Because If I had listened to what people said to me and still say to me.. I wouldn’t be where I am today. Healthy, Happy, and a Marathoner. The company she represents is a company that promotes weight loss with pills, quick fixes, and shakes. Not eating healthy and not exercising. This is the image that they are promoting and honestly this is not a company that I want to be a part of… This is why I chose to go with Beachbody. Because of the sense of community, Healthy eating, Positive reinforcement, workouts, and bonds!
What are your thoughts on Body Image? What does the word healthy mean to you?
So I wanted to address something that has been really really kinda getting under my skin with the running community and the people… Last year, I ran a half marathon, well a half marathon that turned into 8 miles because some dopes ( the race directors ) didn’t hire the right people to direct people on the turn around. The course is very…. well shitty! It always has been. Its a confusing course if you dont pay attention and dont study the map the night before you will get lost..
At the start of the race I just wasn’t feeling it.. I wasn’t in the mood to put forth the effort to complete it. I was not feeling well. I ended up only coming out because my friends and team were there… or I should say that some, not all friends were there. We went around the course and they directed us to the right vs the left when it came to the turn around. by this time we were in a grove to just finish it and get it done…Need Mind you It wasn’t just myself and my friend but it was a whole group of people.. They had Directed us to the finish line. We all.. all like 10 – 20 of us were like what the hell…. Could we of stopped, back tracked, and finish the race in its whole entirety?. Of Course. But we didn’t! Cus honestly, we cared but didn’t. Actually we were more upset about what happened more than anything.. But, It wasn’t a marathon qualifying race.. it wasn’t a BQ race. We were covered in mud from our backsides down, Porta Potties were disgusting and never cleaned out, and we were just honestly done.
Now in recent weeks this race has reared its little head again. People that are supposed to be “pillars of the Running community” the type of people that are gone to, to seek guidance and some people that you thought were your friends. Making a big deal out of this like its the end of the darn world… I got news for you honey… it’s not…. Running is not my life… It is just a part of it. and I don’t influence others to follow me.. They are grown enough to figure that out for themselves. WE honestly could of finished that race if we really wanted too. but when it was all said and done.. WE JOKED ABOUT IT! the whole dang time. We even made meme’s about it. So please, get over yourself.
For the record after that race, I completed 5 other halfs, a 10 miler, and a damn Marathon.. What the hell is one race! Get over yourself…. You are not Meb, you are not Flanagan, and you are not an elite runner.. Learn To run for yourself, for your health, for accomplishments, and set your goals…. Don’t cast down negativity, sharpness, and what you think is your entitlement.. Because in the end, I am laughing at you, blocking you from my happy bubble, and living my life drama free. Cus if I wanted drama in my life General Hospital is a great place to start. I am 36… I am not in high school. I don’t answer to you, i answer to myself! I compeated my whole childhood all the way through college..And at 36 there is no more competing, just living… you could learn a lot from this dummy.
PS: Im a pretty approachable person, so if you have issues with shit… Call, Text, Email, FB, or what ever. Other than that… Don’t waste my time with your childish antics!
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