Sunday, June 05, 2011
It was the Lake Chabot Trail run in Castro Valley. It couldn't have been a more beautiful place to run at for my first 5K. The weatherman had predicted rain during the entire week, and it had rained yesterday. I was surprised, though, when I woke up this morning to silence. No rain drops, showers, or drips. It was overcast, but not one drop fell out of the sky while we ran. The gods seemed to be smiling down at us.
The terrain was hilly and I am not used to running on hills. This caused a lot of heavy breathing on my part, but I learned to walk those hills, and to take advantage of the downhills by running them. The trail was paved except for about a quarter of a mile that was a little muddy but not enough to cause anyone to get stuck.
I had the advantage of keeping pace with a woman who from behind looked to be around my age. She was keeping up a good pace. Unlike me, she was running all the way. No walking uphill. It was great to be able to do that. In the end I came in before her, but the way I see it is that I had conserved my energy by walking those hills.
What's next? I'm gonna start training for a 10K.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
I just found out yesterday after checking the weather report that there is a 60% chance that it will rain on Sunday, and it just happens to be the day that I will be running my first 5K.
The other piece of important information I learned is that the Lake Chabot trail run is hilly. Yikes! I thought I'd done enough research about the race site, I even drove there yesterday but it started pouring down rain and I didn't want to get out of my car to walk over to the trail to see what it was like. When I got back home I checked some websites. A couple of bloggers stated that running the Lake Chabot trail had been difficult because of the hills but that it was a nice place to run nonetheless.
Oh well. I'm not doing this run to compete. I just want to finish it. Still, I had hoped for an easier terrain to be running on.
Wish me strength. I'll need it.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I can't express how excited I am about seeing the needle move downward on the scale because for so long I was stuck on 137. I'd lose a half pound then gain a pound. This repetitive yo yo cycle haunted me. It wasn't until I joined Spark that now I have lost a total of 3 pounds since April 4 and that's the most I have lost in years.
For anyone who is having the same problem, I suggest that you don't give up. Get active, do the things you love to do for exercise and do it consistently. Also, don't let the scale dictate your happiness. Use your imagination and experiment with what works for you. Running works for me and strength training. Dancing also works. But for you, it may be something entirely different. Whatever it is, do it on a consistent basis and you'll see some results.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I am getting to know myself through and through by using the nutrition tracker as well as the fitness tracker. This is a good thing because the nutrition tracker forces me to be honest about what Iím eating, and I canít deceive myself about the calorie count of a certain food in order to get away with eating twice the amount I should be eating.
One thing Iíve noticed lately is that I will eat at a certain hour simply because itís the hour that I normally eat, whether Iím hungry or not. Sometimes Iíll tell myself that if I donít eat now, then Iíll be too lazy later to eat whatís good for me. Iíll grab whatever is at hand, a banana dipped in peanut butter, say, or a cracker with cheese. Now thatís not too bad as far as junk food goes, but I never know when that banana with the peanut butter is going to trigger my wanting second, third and fourth servings simply because Iím hungry.
As I write this, ideas are coming to me about how I can prepare food in advance that I can eat during these escapades where I have to eat something now because I wasnít hungry at the time that I normally eat. I can have some food prepared that I can just put in the microwave, or some veggies I can slather in edamame dip. I want to get to where I can overcome that feeling of having to eat because of the hour, and get to where I take heed to what my stomach is telling me instead.
Friday, May 20, 2011
You know what it feels like. You awaken in the morning without that negative voice scolding you for what you did not accomplish yet, what you still need to do, what you did do that didn't work well, how you could have done something better, etc., etc. I call it the morning hag.
She turns up when I do not get enough sleep. However, last night I did, nine full hours of it. The difference with how I awakened this morning and the mornings when I don't get ample sleep is that the hag was missing. I awakened to peacefulness. I even hugged my pillow as if to thank it for providing me with such a nice cushion to rest my head on.
So what did I do to get such a good sleep? I've been trying to track my sleep at least 3 times a week. Hmmmm...Oh yes, here are some of the things:
I drank a lot of water yesterday given that I did a lot of walking.
I took my vitamins.
I took a fish oil capsule.
I ate plenty of veggies
I ate three different kinds of fruits
I had a turkey patty for dinner
I went to bed at 9:30 because I was very tired.
Looking over my list, I don't see anything miraculous except that I didn't indulge in any type of junk food.
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