& Race Day Came!

Saturday night finally came, (the night before my FIRST EVER 10K) & I was filled with Running thoughts in my Brain (haha, pun intended), Butterflies in my Stomach (excited ones not nervous ones), Visions of an under 60 minute finish with my kids & hubby cheering me on, as well as a seriously horrid case of Sciatica in both legs. 😦 (the Sciatica hit me on Friday with a crazy vengeance & I had resorted to taking a few Advil’s a day to keep from crying my eyes out & ripping my legs off πŸ˜‰ )

Anyways. Onto Race Day!

We were going to wake up early (early for a Sunday) & make the 8am Ferry over to the Mainland, ease our way North to Parksville & stop in LadySmith for the best in the world Cinnamon Buns. But…. as it turned out there was no 8am ferry on Sundays! (there was a 9am ferry ~making us late for the start of the race, or a 7am ferry ~making us wake up extremely early). We had to wake up extra early (6am, Seriously???) Oh, & the Ladysmith Bakery was closed on Sunday…. Whaaaat??? My kids were not impressed!

But they were still SO supportive of me doing this & being able to be there to cheer me on! So 6am came & we all woke up with near the excitement of Christmas Morning (maybe that was just me?). Actually, little Ozzie was up before 6 with a big proud smile on πŸ™‚ Love my Boys!!

We all piled into the car & made it safely across to the Big Island.

The drive up was uneventful, the boys played their iPod & DS & I think I was in & out of a strange kind of high, still sleepy but so excited…. is there such a land? We made it to Nanaimo & stopped by Starbuck’s. (It’s a weird guilty pleasure). We had a small very un~healthy breakfast & I had a latte. A latte? Wtf? So weird!!

haha! (that little cup was a sample of their ‘blonde’ roast that we wanted to try). Having to take such an early Ferry gave us a lot (A LOT) of time to just hang out & chill.

Once we got to Parksville the boys dropped me off to get ready & they headed back a few blocks to check out a Car Show. Oh boys :)!! I still had over an hour to wait, so I headed to the Beach to sit & Meditate a little. It was a gorgeous day & so peaceful there. A great way to start Race Day.

Once I got my bib & changed into some shorts, it was time. The boys walked me to the Start/Finish line & had such big proud smiles even before I started! They were saying how much they loved me, how proud they were, & that they knew that I was going to ‘win’. πŸ™‚ (again, love my boys, all 3 of them *especially the one hiding behind the camera!).

I have to add, I was worried about my Sciatica acting up during the run, I had brought some Advil with me just in case, but after having that Coffee at Starbuck’s it didn’t seem to be bothering me πŸ™‚ Was coffee the Majikal answer?

I’m pretty sure I was all smiles too. I still wasn’t nervous, I was just waiting to have a ton of fun! That was my #1 goal, number 2 goal was to finish in under an hour. I’ve been running 8.5k on Salt Spring & was coming in around 56 minutes, but I knew the Messed~Up Crazy hills were slowing me down. I was confident πŸ˜‰

Count down. T minus 1 minute.

Ready?

GO!

Once we got settled into a few groups, I saw a girl with a Green shirt that seemed to have a great pace. I thought I would try to keep up with her. It was comfortable enough & I was happy. I wanted to stay between 5.2 & 5.6 minutes per km. Around the same time another girl with Bright Pink Shorts came around that seemed to have the same pace as me. I had to options now. Back & forth we went, all the while I’m sure I had a dorky smile πŸ™‚ haha!

I had heard a rumor that there was a hill near the beginning of the course. I saw it coming, but it was nothing like the Hills I was use to. I did fine! But just around that time I lost Pink shorts behind me & noticed that Green Shirt had taken off. I was on my own. No matter. The lovely lady on my MapMyRUN app was telling me that my desired pace was going fine. 1km. 2km. 3km. 4km. 5km. (I took my Vega Gel Pack).

When running at home, I usually stop by now for a little walk. I wanted to rest for a moment, but I didn’t want to get ‘stuck’ walking. 30 seconds seemed reasonable. I walked as fast as I could for half a minute. Took another gulp of my Vega Drink & took off again. I seemed to have more energy. Love! (I did this 30sec walk 3 or 4 times during the race & think I love it)

6km. 7km. 7.5km. 8km. 8.5km. This is now the longest I’ve EVER run. EVER. In my LIFE! I was beaming. (I was also HOT, the sun was out in full force & there was nearly no shade to be found)

By this time I had a crazy ‘runners high’ & was not listening to the MapMyRUN lady, & could barely hear Adele blaring what was now Running in the Deep. I had no idea how far I had yet to go. After the 8km point we had turned around & were on the same street just going the other way. I was pretty sure that there was just 1km left. That excited me so much that I started to sprint. Not sprint sprint, but I sure picked up the pace. I thought running faster for the last km would be fine. I had the energy still πŸ˜‰ . I ran & ran & ran. It felt great to push it, I was feeling it. It was hard, I was hot.

Then I saw it.

There it was.

……………………

The 9km sign.

😦

I think I actually screeched my runners a bit. haha. Sure I slowed down a bit, but I didn’t stop.

I was out of water. I was hot. I knew it was almost over. I wanted to see my boys. For a split second I thought of texting Chris to tell him I was almost there.

Then I really saw it. The finish line. I was there! This time I really started to sprint, but by then my legs were pretty done so my sprint was kind of pathetic πŸ™‚

Tamara Lukie at 57:44

I did it!!!!

Goals:
#1~ have fun

CHECK

#2~ finish under 1 hour

CHECK

My kids were so proud of me! Callym even said he’d like to run a 10k with me next time! Gosh that little man makes me wanna push myself more & more each & every day!

After a cool down we had a little bite to eat. I had some Vega Restore Drink & small Bar, some Oranges & Snap Peas. I did not feel hungry. What I really wanted was the Vega Restore Smoothie (but I forgot to pick one up). We waited around for a while to see the times. I came forth in my age group, something to strive for next time for sure! We even watched some of the presentations afterwards, but I think we waited too long. I was starting to get hungry, & going from hot to chilled & back again wasn’t too fun either. We finally left & I picked up some Vega. YUM.

I need to add again, after the Run I was kind of waiting for the Sciatica to kick in again. To my Wonder & Amazement, it didn’t. Was it the Coffee? Had I run the Sciatica right outta my legs? I don’t know, but I am so SO grateful that it’s gone πŸ™‚

Being on the Big Island was a treat for us, so we hit the Mall, the boys had some Toys R Us cash & I wanted to see if Winners had Chia & Flax on sale πŸ™‚ . I was still feeling pretty fuzzy in the head & maybe a bit nauseous. 😦 Boo, Where was that runners high I had earlier?

It was now around 3pm. The race had finished 2 hours ago & the boys were getting hungry! We hit a place called Delicado’s in Nanaimo. It’s the BOMB for Mexican. I ordered my usual Spinach Burrito, but really felt like sleeping instead. I felt like I just couldn’t eat. It was at this time that I noticed Sukhi Muker’s status on FaceBook about getting 2 pizza’s after his Ironman. Hmmm, I thought. Maybe I should eat something substantial? So I took a bite. I could always bring it home if it really wasn’t what I needed. (thank you Sukhi!!)

Oh Dear Buddha……. This Burrito was making me feel AMAZING!!! Every Bite I took was filled with Energy & Love! I should have ordered two πŸ™‚ That was it, that was the problem. My body was slowly shutting down after all that heat & exhurtion because I wasn’t feeding it anything! duh! So I finished up & felt great. In fact, before we left town we stopped & got some SuperGreen Salad & Pasta Salad for me too. (A good lesson to remember for me here: Even though I had all the Vega Prepare, Sustain & Recover stuff, Eating Real Food to Help your Body Recover is way beyond anything else you can do!) Here you can see how Hungry I truly was, I took a bite of the plate πŸ˜‰

The rest of our trip was pretty un~eventful. We stopped by our old stomping grounds in SaltAir. The tide was low & the boys wanted to find some baby crabs.

We made it home & relaxed & cleaned up. I had a small glass of wine to celebrate & took some time to think about this 1/2 that I’m signed up for in June. I was really having second thoughts about it. 10k is great. It’s long enough to push but short enough to still be a lot of fun. 1/2 a Marathon is far. I mean A LOT further then 10, that’s for sure. I was thinking that I would switch my registration from the 1/2 to a 10. But after checking out the site I found out that my only options are a 5k or a 1/2……….

So I have to start practicing running further. But still having fun. I will do the 1/2, & I will finish it, but I will have fun. That is still my number 1 goal. FUN. (& this time I won’t wait so long to chow down on that Burrito!)

What have you learnt in your Runs that you can share with us newbies? Did you Relax or ‘Go Hard’ this weekend?

What you should be reading this weekend!

It’s Friday again Everyone!!! How was your week? Do you have any amazing plans for the Loooooong Weeeeeekend????? I have a special visitor in town, my MOM!!! It was her birthday yesterday, & she’s here all weekend. Can’t wait to hang~out, catch up & tour her around our little Island Paradise!

For now, grab a mug of Tea (or coffee or wine ~ you know the drill!) & get to reading some of my must read, go to posts this week! Have a great weekend!

Hmmm, where to start?

Here’s (another) great post from Kris Carr’s site about support ourselves & being perfect… sounds good doesn’t it!

If you’re having a BAD day, check your self in this post πŸ™‚ Not having a bad day but have too many bad habits? try the Dr.Sukhi Blog here.

Ok…. are you a Business Woman out there? Do you need to Mastermind a Kick~A** group of people, a posse if you will? Danielle LaPonte talks about how to do just that here. (p.s. I’m looking for a Kick~A** posse to collaborate with, interested? drop me a line!!)

Do you have some extra time, here’s a list of 101 life lessons, how many have you gone thru? & here’s help to stop 9 different procrastinations before they kill your dreams.

Are you Vegan or Vegetarian? Do you sometimes fall ‘off the wagon‘? Don’t feel guilt pls, we have a ‘thing’ with Cheese too (but we try to keep it once or twice a month)

I haven’t shared a recipe for a while, but when I saw this one for Black Been SeaWeed Salad I had to! How amazing does this look right!!!!

I love Coconut Milk (& Coconut Water), The Best life shows us her top 5 ways of using Coconut Milk, what’s your favorite?

Jess over at Wellness Warrior has a great post about some Health Myths that you may just be getting tricked by. Did you know all of these were not true???

Being a Stress Management Coach, I teach people how to reduce Bad Stress & Support their Bodies thru times of Stress. But there is ‘good’ stress out there too. Here Vienda gives you some pointers on how to make stress work for you!

Are you thinking of taking part in a more Vegan or Vegetarian lifestyle (1st congrats!!) Don’t know how or where to start? Here are some great tips! Paul is a wonderfully down to earth guy who has a ton of knowledge, & although I haven’t gotten his book (yet), maybe he’ll see this little post & offer me & a lucky viewer a deal πŸ˜‰ hehe.

Well, that’s about it for now. Hope you enjoyed the read’s & have a wonderful Loooooooon Weeeeeeekend!!! πŸ™‚

My Vegan Rant

What started out as a trial Vegetarian Month, has led to a “as best we can” Vegan Lifestyle. (we aren’t too nit~picky about most breads & cookies (eggs), although we are also as Gluten Free as we can possibly be, which helps keep us off those items 90% of the time anyways & have been dairy free for a much longer time)……

So you’re Vegan (or as best as you can be without going completely nuts like us). What do you do when you get the ‘look’? You know the one, where at any moment people tell you how sick you are going to make yourself (or Heaven to Betsy your children!!). What do you say when people come at you telling you that Meat is Healthy, that it’s just a FAD, wondering how you can live off of Salads & Carrot sticks? For crying out loud WHERE’S YOUR PROTEIN???

What do I do, I start by smiling. πŸ™‚ Then I just change the subject. No explanation, no getting angry, frustrated, mean, defensive. Nope, none of that. It throws them off, in fact, I’m sure they think that they’ve made me think about this decision, maybe changed my mind? πŸ™‚

I’m healthy, my kids are healthy. We know it & really, that’s all that matters. When people come over to our house we do not serve any animals, no~way & no~how. When we go out with friends we don’t make an issue if they order animals (& most are polite enough not to make a big deal about it either).

I’ve had ‘discussions’ with people about meat, but it always ends up more frustrating than productive. I’ve actually had someone tell me that it’s ok to eat Kangaroo’s because they are pests… Hmmm, did I argue? Nope, I shook my head in disbelief & wondered quietly how the h*ll they could come up with that sh*t (pardon my french). But I didn’t go further with them about it. It’s not worth it. If someone is so determined to steal my energy & try to convince me that I need to eat an animal to survive, they can just have it. I’ll gladly smile & give them all my love.

Hmm, how does that suit ya? Go ahead, tell me that Pigs are different from Dogs. Kangaroos are different from Elephants. Tigers are different from Cows, & Chickens are different from kittens. There isn’t a difference to me. If you can wake up & not feel sad for the poor little chicken you are scrambling then talk baby talk to your dog, well, that’s just you. I’m in no means telling you that you need to become Vegan. Of course I think everyone should~ but it’s everyone’s own personal choice. Just as it is ours to be Vegan.

Here is a short Video made by my 7 & 8 year old. There was no prompting here. It’s all in their own words. There are 2 parts because after they saw what they had said they thought of a few more things they felt was important to share. I’m proud of them, & hope that maybe it makes you think. Just think.

If you must know where we get our Protein. Please see my Top Ten Vegan Proteins page here. πŸ™‚

What are your pet~peeves about being Vegan? Anything really get on your verves? How do you deal with it?

Thanks for listening!

Great Reads from the Week

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re week went FABULOUS!!!

I have some great reads for you. You know the drill; Grab a mug of Tea, Coffee or Wine (depending on your time zone). & get comfy for my picks for the week!

Conscious Diva’s has a few really great reads for you; The difference between Commitment & Devotion as well as 7 tips to stick with your workout

Do you want to know what house plants are best at purifying the air in your home? Wake Up World has a list here, they also have a cool photo showing how the world eats. It’s been floating around the internet for a while now, but if you haven’t seen it yet you should check it out!

Being an advocate for Vitamins or Supplements, I also think it’s important to take the proper ones. Here’s a post on how to tell if your Supplements aren’t the right kind. (pure or synthetic)

Being into Detoxing, I know how amazing Epsom Salts can be, but I never knew how great they were for Gardening~ thanks Wake Up World!

Kris Carr shows us why we need to get rid of the clutter …… in our minds!!!

Creative Spiritual Women shows us here how to be defenseless!

Here is a great site if you are looking to up the Vegan in your house. Recipes Galore!!!

Well, we all want an inspired life right? Maybe, just maybe this read will do it?

One of my favorite web~sites, MindBodyGreen shows us 7 Limitless ways to Give, 5 ways to attract Goodness, 5 steps to creating Positive Outcomes, & 5 ways to say what you want to say (& change the world!)

Free Movies to Watch :

who doesn’t love a free movie right? So make up some Fresh PopCorn, drizzle some Coconut Oil & Cacao Powder on top,

grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea & enjoy these interesting documentary flicks!

When Food Kills;

Vital Force: Rediscovering Health the Natural Way;

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FYI, May 5th is International Herb day. Do you LOVE Herbs? DO you use them in your meals? Do you Grow them? What are your Favorite Herbs? Check out a few Herbs & their Nutritional Content (Part 1) here that I talked about Recently!

What do YOU need & want???

So……….

I’ve been working really hard on You.Naturally. I’ve been doing a lot of Researching, Studying, Reading, Learning, Writing & Opening up of myself ! I must say that I love it! I’m feeling so wonderful, I’ve grown & leant so much (still am thank you!) I truly feel that I have found my passion & what I was deep down ment to do/be.Β  But now it’s time that I ask you some very important questions…

Here you will find a link to a survey that I would absolutly love if you could take the time in filling out. It’s only 10 quick questions. Please be honest, as that will help me the most πŸ™‚

Thank you so so much! I really do appreciate it πŸ™‚

Here’s to you being You.Naturally!

What I’m reading this week

Hey lovely followers! How was your week? Mine was pretty great!!! There has seriously been some amazing reads out there this week πŸ™‚ I have been on a personal growth over~load…. So grab your mug of tea, coffee or wine (depending on the time zone πŸ˜‰ I hope you enjoy & learn as much as I did.

Now’s the time that the beautiful Dandelions are coming out in full force. Before you Kill them all with POISON 😦 , why not read about why they are so amazing! Here Wake Up World shares with us some goodies about the Herb (not Weed) & I also have a little post about them here!

As many of you know, I’m addicted to self growth, positive affirmations, life lessons, etc. I just can’t read enough of them! So here is my list of reads to do with that!

Mind~Body~Green shows us ways to be ok with where we are right now, Love this!

Jess from Wellness Warriors guest blogs to show us how to Keep Health Commitments (if you don’t know about Jess yet, read her bio, she’s an inspiration!)

Here Danielle LaPonte is taking us through a 30 day Challenge to Cultivate your Creative Genius, & I challenge YOU to join me? are you in???

Kerri at Awakened Princess has a beautiful post on Freeing yourself & Empowering others, she’s just a wonderfully smart woman.

Have you already seen the post about the 12 things that happy people do differently? If not, it’s worth a look.

And of Course, I love Vienda!!! Here’s a new post from her about being HAPPY!

& Finally, here is a movie. If you’ve got an hour & a half take a look at this goodie! It has some pretty great info ~

 

Hope your weekend is AMAZING!!! I’m off to Vancouver for the Heath Food Trade Show. I’m sure I’ll have some insane stories to share when I get back. What are your plans?