It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! In addition to the occasional snow flurries and the bitter cold weather, I saw the most amazing Christmas tree downtown. It was HUGE! Look at doors on the left to get a perspective of how tall it really is.
Even though Saturday morning was only 33 degrees, I rolled out of bed and wrestled with Nyah who thought my frantic scurrying around to get dressed was a game. Then I went to my group Team in Training Session in Forest Park. I put on leggings under my sweat pants and a long sleeve shirt under my jogging suit jacket and my winter coat with my fuzzy gloves and a scarf. I was ready! I figured you can always take off clothes if you get too warm, but you can’t add them. The goal for the walk group was 4 miles. I started out towards the front of the group, and ended up back in the middle like last time. I want to be able to keep up with the front of the team by the end of these group training sessions…But, before long, my stomach started turning. Oh crap, I was rushing so much I forgot to eat something. I was trying so hard to stick it out, but the flip-flops in my tummy got worse. After the 1st mile marker, I told the teammate that I was walking with that I had the “bubble guts” and had to turn around. She quizzically replied “The WHAT?!” I laughed as I realized that I use silly terms like Bubble guts to mean upset stomach. I cautiously finished the 2nd mile, praying that I wouldn’t end up with poop running down my leg like that guy in that picture.
I’m dedicated, but not that dedicated. So, I finished up with 2 miles and the people at the team check-in table thought I had finished the whole 4 miles that quickly….ummm not quite. She told me to eat something next time, even if it’s peanut butter on toast to give my body fuel. I had every intention of finishing the last 2 miles at the gym, but it was my best friend’s 30th birthday, so I ended up running errands and going to her party. However today, I was determined to get in a complete 4 mile workout. I went to the gym with my iPod with listened to Cee lo Green’s new album as I walked at a 16 minute mile pace. I read my Essence magazine as I walked to keep me from being bored. Finally, the Nike iPod lady said I was half way through my 4 miles and I was about halfway through the magazine. There was an interesting article with the cast from Tyler Perry’s movie “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” I saw the movie, it was very well acted an well written, but sometimes it worries me when I read things that say it shows the “reality” of most Black women in America. We are NOT all depressed, angry, poor, molested, uneducated, no father-having, welfare baby mama’s. Some of us have 2 degrees, are homeowners, professional, have an active father and married parents, a strong family and a good life. (yeah that’s ME!) Anyway, I’m off my soapbox. The article kept me distracted enough in my thoughts, that I easily finished up the last 2 miles. Sweaty Success! …Well, my Big Little Sister and my favorite little girl in the world just came over, so I’ll chat with y’all later!