Thursday, March 17, 2011

45:07 & St. Patrick's Day!

First, thank you all for your comments on my last post.  We all have Debbie Downer days... but not everyone has such an amazing level of support like I do here in this crazy blogosphere.  I'm feeling much better today about everything.  As far as my mom  That's all I really have to say about that.  The day after the chat about my brother, she made a comment that I needed to go shopping because "those pants look terrible from the back."  Seriously?  Thanks???  But I've decided that confronting her would do no good and there's really no reason to get into a thing about it.  I'm just going to let my results speak for itself and let her comments roll right off my back.

In other news...I did my 5k training yesterday in 45:07.  Just 7 seconds away from my goal!!!  Ugh!  If only I had pushed just a little harder.  But no worries folks...I'm sure I'll hit it the next time around and then I've got to start working on training outside on the road a little bit.  I've heard it's harder outside than on the treadmill, which makes sense - more impact, harder on the knees, more inclines, etc.  Only 8 days until the actual run.  Am I ready?  Heck no!  But I'll do my best and I won't give up.  My hubby and girls will be there to cheer me on.  As long as I don't pass out on the route or anything, I'll be proud of myself. 

My eating has been so-so this week.  Not the best choices but with the whole family being sick and not really eating, it seemed silly to cook stuff that would be wasted (not a good excuse I know).  I have also been eating too much - eating until I'm full as opposed to just satisfied.  I really need to watch this. 

Now for some St. Patty's Day history:
Per, contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick was not Irish.  He was born in Britain and was taken to Ireland as prisoner after a raid on his family's land.  To make it through the ordeal, he became a devout Christian.  After 6 years as a prisoner, he heard God's voice telling him to escape and so he did back to Great Britain.   Later, he tells of another revelation where an angel tells him in a dream that it was time to return to Ireland and convert them to Christianity.  He returned and combined Irish traditions with Christian symbolism like placing a sun on a cross (known as a Celtic cross today) so the transition would seem more natural to the Irish.  He died March 17th in the 5th century.

St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in Ireland for over a thousand years.  A catholic holiday, meat restrictions during lent were lifted and Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon with a meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.  The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States in1762. Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.

So whether you're Irish or not, wear green and be happy.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Leslie said...

Glad you are feeling not so down. You are going to hit your 5k goal next run, I'm sure of it!!

Lynda said...

Any chance she meant that they looked terrible because they were so loose and baggy? Just asking 'cause my mom said something similar to me the other day (my pants were riding down in front and giving me "man crotch" as my sister calls it).

~Lisa~ said...

I loved the St. Patrick's Day information - thanks for sharing!!

And Happy St. Patrick's Day to YOU!!

Amanda said...

Congrats on *almost* making your goal time! That is quite an accomplishment!

Sam said...

Congrats on the run :o) You will do great in your run!!

Drazil said...

Congrats girl! Impressive!

Amanda said...

Holy Cow on that run! Wowser!

Good lord, my mother makes comments like that about my clothes all the time! "Your jeans look awful, go get some new ones!"
I've started asking for her credit card then!

Ginger aka Gidget said...

You freakin ROCK! You're doing the 5K, which in my opinion is awesome as it is. Don't beat yourself up over the time. You're kicking ass and taking names!

And can we talk about how much I giggled at the green pig? HI-LARIOUS!