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Run # 105 Points for consistency

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Today I am giving myself points for consistency. I did another 2.6 miles, and I pretty consistently turn in 2.6-3.1 miles, though lately it has been on the low end. My heart really wasn't in it today, nor was my head, and the first block I really thought about just going back home. (I had a weird message from my parents last night to call home, and the phone call was looming, and I knew it was for unpleasant news.) But I was there and running, so I just kept going til I felt like turning around. Then I walked a block to bring my heart rate down, then ran home again. I know I should feel good about this, and I am so grateful I can move my body and run at all. And my body has never been pushed this hard physically before. But part of me feels like I am failing. My friend doing the 5 k with me next weekend just started running a few months ago, with less regularity than I have, and she is up to 20 minutes as of Friday. I have been doing this almost a year, and 30 minutes takes brute will power. And I'm running on a flat island; she has all hills at her house. Shouldn't I be able to do better? Faster or longer or something? Yet this is me and my body, and I'm still learning. And I'm tired. I've got work and a life, and a tight time frame to fit all this exercise in. And as of June 18 my office is moving and I have to fit a commute in too. That is unbelievably depressing and I think I may send my resume out. All these things together make me think I should say that really I am doing just fine for me and my body. Still, am I too hard on myself or too easy on myself? Oh, and the news was that my grandmother had a minor heart attack. I was braced to hear she had died, so that was actually a relief.

In other exciting & good news, DH is becoming a bicycling fiend; he circumnavigated the island yesterday, 14 miles! And the rest of the parts to fix my bike should be here this weekend, so soon I will have a bike to cross train on, and maybe that will help with the running.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/23/2012 1:18PM

    emoticon Glad your grandmother is okay and recovering.

How much do you vary up your runs? Do you do any strength training? Little things like improving our form which can help us breathe easier or doing a shorter run at a higher speed one day and a longer run another day can help us improve our current level.

And, I know you already know, but comparing to someone else's progress just doesn't go well. Look back at your progress, not hers. How were you doing 6 months ago, for example? Everyone has a unique path, and what is a challenge for some is a breeze for others.

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Run # 104 Monday Monday

Monday, May 21, 2012

Off I went again this morning, on 5.5 hours sleep...oops. Anyway I got another 2.5 miles in and was gone for about 33 minutes. It is really amazing the difference in calories burned that my Forerunner calculates for 33 minutes vs 43 minutes. It calculated about 250 calories today for all that work! Yesterday accidentally turned into a caloric disaster and I am going to have to be really good this week to offset that. Not even today's run can save me emoticon Anyway, back on track today. The See Jane Run 5 k is now two short weeks away, or 5 runs away is another way to think of it. I was planning to take the Friday run before it off, but now I see the race is on Sunday, so maybe I will run Friday anyway.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 7:30PM

    Nice run!

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KOUNTRYFIDDLE 5/21/2012 11:54AM

    Great attitude! Keep up the great work!

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Winning again

Saturday, May 19, 2012

This week is two weeks in a row the scale is finally reporting a win. I am at 149.2, which is only 0.2 off what my ticker reports. I haven't changed that much I don't think, but finally I think I am hitting my calorie requirements along with the exercise. The biggest difference is that now DH is also trying to lose weight, and that really seems to have a huge impact on me. I know they say that is true....I guess it really is.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/19/2012 1:52PM


Gotta love when those around us work toward better health too. It makes the good choices easier to make.

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TERESANAVARRO 5/19/2012 12:26PM

    Congratulations! I know when my oldest daughter joined SP it got much easier to feed the family what I really wanted to eat. There's not so much "can't we just get a pizza?" or "I want Carl's Jr for dinner" (I guess that's Hardees in some parts of the country). I would give in way too often because who wants to cook dinner AND argue after working all day?

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Run #103 The antidestination run

Friday, May 18, 2012

Today I started out with no destination in mind. I just decided to run randomly two blocks one way, then turn and run 3 blocks another way, then turn and do a block in another direction, etc. Along the way I was thinking about a friend who recently took up running and is going to do the June 5K with me. She asked me last week if I could run for 30 minutes, and I said yes, because I have. Then I thought about how I don't think I have actully run continuously for 30 minutes in a while, so I had to prove to myself that I could. I did. But 30 minutes continuous is sheer will power still. It really seems like that should be easier. I've done it before, I should be able to do it every run--assuming I am feeling my normal self. Or I should be able to go faster in that time. But I don't seem able to. Is my level of effort too high still, so I am pushing too hard? Or am I not pushing myself hard enough? How do I tell? Questions with seemingly no answer, so I'll just keep running.

3.08 miles this morning.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/18/2012 4:20PM

    Day to day, things do change. I've had days where something that is normally easy is harder - whether it's what I ate or how hard I worked out the day before or something I don't even know. My own personal experience / mantra is just to work higher than my comfort level, but not so high I'm struggling and not enjoying the accomplishment of doing better.

It might seem a little odd, but sometimes in order to improve one aspect of our running (or walking or jogging), we have to strength other aspects. We might want to work on our posture, our form, because that affects how well our body can get oxygen from our lungs. We might work on our distances, which helps the muscles build up for endurance. We might work on speed with short burst intervals faster than we're used to, which helps the muscles build for faster response. We might work on strength training, to build up the ligaments, tendons and bones that the muscles pull against. We might swap to a different activity occasionally, to give our muscles a little different challenge or even help other muscles build up.

So if you want to push harder, try alternating the area you work on - faster one run, longer another run, slower and focus on form yet another.

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