Sunday, August 08, 2010
Ran my first ever 5K!! What an experience! Never considered myself a runner, on purpose that is, but none-the-less I was able to complete the run. Yesterday I was unsure whether I was going to be able to even run because I was nursing a very sore left knee. I felt the knee "popping" when I walked. I bought some ointment, made my eyes burn and smelled like a gym, that seemed to really help. I bought a knee bandage to help out the problem and it helped as well. Aren't Drug Stores wonderful!
This morning I got up at 5:30 AM, ate 2 cups of oats and started drinking water, then sipping on gatorade until race time. The race started at 9:00 AM and off I went, sore knee and all. After the 1st mile and a half I needed to walk for about 2 min.. I needed to slow my pace down due to the knee acting up a bit, but I was not in pain which was great. I did have to walk another 2 times, one big steep hill, but walked about 2 min. each time. I managed to finish the race "running" although not fast... but not walking.
Now I need to step up my workout routine and obtain more endurance and a little more speed. I wonder if the Drug Store carries that product?
My time was 39:34. Better than I thought it would be, and I am very pleased. The money for the fundraiser was for "Bridging the Gap" for the Tigard and Tualatin Schools.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The morning started out as usual, feed the dog, let her out the 2nd time to take care of some business, make coffee, eat a fiberOne bar and do some Sparking. I need to Spark early in the morning to help get motivated for the remainder of the day. Do some self-talk and read motivational Spark member passages and off to the gym I go. (have to beat myself with a stick sometimes)
Once at the gym I changed my mind on my workout program for today and decided to work on my C25K training. Finished off Week 5 Day 3 (not an easy task and I think I will do it again Monday). After the training I continued on the Treadmill for an aggregate total of 75 minutes. Managed to burn 1526 calories in the process.
Now for the surprise encouragement. About 1/3 through my workout a girl gets onto the treadmill beside me and begins to run. I was running at 5.6 mph and she must of had hers set around 6 to 7. She seemed to be in good shape and kept up the pace for about 40 minutes. I was very impressed. Her and I both seemed to hit the cool-down pace about the same time. I noticed her looking over in my direction with a big smile and thumbs up she said "Great job, good run". I thanked her for the compliment and returned the favor by congratulating her on a good run.
I work out alone and for the 1st time a stranger gives me a thumbs up, smile, and tell me great job and good run. What an impact it had on me later on. I have to tell you it was great to get a verbal "pat-on-the-back". I don't think she realizes how much she helped me. I will remember her kind encouragement.
I have given similar words of encouragement to a few people in the gym when I see them have a good workout. I didn't give it much thought then, but if it affected them like it has me then I feel more people need to do it more often.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Finished 2 road trips already this year. First one on May 7th, 6200 miles, was the Run For The Wall that started in Los Angeles heading for Washington DC for the Vietnam Wall. After leaving Portland we headed for Redding CA. (for my In-N-Out Burger), cut over to Merced CA. then to Mariposa CA (Yosemite National Park), Bakersfield then to Needles CA found Route 66 via Oatman CA onto Kingman AZ. We then headed for Lake Havasu AZ for 5 days. We then left for Los Angeles via Angeles Crest HWY 2, Joshua Tree Nat. Park, and stayed with some friends in Fullerton CA until we left for the RFTW on May 19th. I made the RFTW all the way last year but this year the weather Gods told me to turn around. So at Odessa TX. I did just that and pointed the bike back for Oregon Via New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, then Portland Oregon. Around Moab Utah, before and after, the wind and tumble weeds tried to blow me off the face of the earth. Salt Lake City came close to leaving me snow bound.
My 2nd road trip was 1100 miles from Portland Oregon up through Washington over to Yakima, WA. Coeur d'Alene ID. then onto Moscow, ID. where we stayed the night. Next morning left for Portland Oregon via Lewiston ID, Le Grande, OR., part of Hells Canyon, Pendleton OR. and the Columbia River Gorge.
Beautiful rides, both of them.
You may ask "What does this have to do with weight loss?" If you have ever rode a motorcycle you know the answer. You expend a lot of energy and use various muscles all the while on the bike. It is estimated a person burns 170 cal/hour. When you are fighting high winds and getting buffeted around by semi trucks, leaning a 900+ lb bike into the wind...it takes a lot of work and energy. I actually lost 4 lbs while on the trip. My eating habits were not the best so I expected to gain some. Thanks to Utah I lost some. Utah is beautiful by the way, only wish I could have enjoyed it more on a calm day. The winds tried to get me to get a closer look at the canyon floors but I refused to cooperate..
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