Saturday, August 27, 2011
Well, I ran my first 10K at 8:10 a.m. today. This was the Summer Breeze race in San Leandro, CA at Marina Park. It was the perfect morning for a race. The temperature at that hour was about 57 degrees. There were many runners since in addition to the 10K, there was a 5K, and a half marathon.
To train for the race, I was using the Galloway training for a 10K method which entails running for a period of time, and walking for a period of time. I was training at a run/walk of 2:1. However, during the race, I started out slow and kept up my pace by following three people in front of me who never once varied their speed. I only stopped for water three times and for never more than 10 seconds. I was surprised at my endurance. This is me, I thought, running a 10K and itís not that difficult.
At the last mile, however, my legs began to feel very heavy, so I used a device that serves me well when I feel Iím losing ground and weakening. I pictured all of my ancestors standing behind me and clapping as if I were a champion. Then I imagined them exhaling a current of air to push me along. It did the trick. I picked up my pace, feeling as if my legs were inflated with more muscle power than they actually possess. Before I knew it, I was only ľ mile away from the finish line. And then, I was past the finish line, and my best friend was standing there yelling out my name and taking this photo.
Thanks, Regina. You're the best.
This is my race results: 1:05:10
Another goal accomplished. Now to train for the half marathon ...
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
My August goals are:
Run 55 miles this month
Complete weeks 10-13 Galloway 10K training
Run the Summer Breeze 10K on Aug. 27
Strength train 3x a week
Lose at least 2 pounds in August
Track my nutrition and fitness daily
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The other day I went to J.C. Penney to check out their sales. I needed some new jeans because I noticed that the jeans I owned were starting to look a bit baggy. Plus, they were old.
Out of habit, I went to the size 10 jeans because that was the size of my old jeans. I got a pair that I liked, but then I went to the size 8 jeans and picked out a pair. Then my dream mind set in and I slid out a pair of size 6. I carried the fantasy to its end by taking all three pairs into the fitting room.
The size 10 was too big. The size 8 was slightly baggy around the butt and legs. I held up the size 6 jeans. Could I possibly fit in these, I wondered? I removed the size 8 jeans and slipped on the size 6. They fit the way jeans should fit on a woman who has lost weight, EXCEPT that they were snug around the waist. This has always been my trouble spot.
I bought them anyway. I bought them because I have a 10K coming up at the end of August and I know that by then my waistline will be at least one inch smaller. It happened to me when I trained for the 5k.
Maybe I am jumping the gun, but my running and strength training have really made a difference in my body and mind. They have given me more confidence, and made me believe that if you donít give up; your dreams will come true. If you donít give up, you get to buy a smaller pair of jeans.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Iím all for boasting about having a great weekend and sharing the details. These moments are something to reflect upon when the chips are low. I had the opportunity to be treated by my best friend, Regina, to lunch at Rustic, located at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, Sonoma County.
The lunch was tasty (pizza, mixed green salad, a glass of Directorís Cut Zinfandel 2007, lemon tart for dessert). What pleased me most, though, were the surroundings.
Upstairs, memorabilia from Coppolaís The Godfather movie. There was the desk that the godfather used in the film. There was a board with photos taken during the filming and notes that Coppola took when he was listing the actors he was considering for the roles in the film.
Downstairs there was a beauty of a car used in Coppolaís film, Tucker.
Later, we drove to the small town of Geyserville and visited a vintage shop where I took a photo of one of the old hangings for sale.
On the wall of another building , a dog salon, was this sign:
The next day, we visited the Safari West Wildlife Preserve where I got a photo of a lemur. I found his face to be haunting.
I hadnít seen my best friend in almost two months so it was nice to explore these places together and share gossip about all the stars making the headlines lately. The weekend prepared me for my early morning run this a.m. which I seemed to do with added energy. I had been invigorated by my joyous weekend with my best friend.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I love change, so I was happy to run across a recommendation on Amazon.com to check out Kelly Coffey-Meyerís 30-Minutes to Fitness DVD. I liked her flat stomach on the cover. Something I have always dreamed of possessing but have never achieved.
I ordered the DVD last month and Iíve been using it three times a week since then. I noticed yesterday that I can now use 8 pound weights instead of the 5 I started out with. In the beginning, I could only do half of the ab exercises but, today, I actually only skipped the last 4 repetitions.
This DVD has two 30 minute work outs: back/legs/chest and biceps/triceps/shoulders. You can do them along with the ab exercises or choose the routine that skips them.
I like Coffey-Meyerís no nonsense presentation, no extra words to explain what to do, just the movements, and encouragement along the way. There are two other women exercising along with her for intermediate and beginner viewers.
I love this DVD. I sweat like a glass of ice tea on a hot summer day while working out with her, which tells me Iím really working my butt off. I like that she doesnít pamper the viewer but urges her to really push herself.
The DVD back cover boasts that the routine will build strength (it already has for me); increase muscle definition (I suspect it will do this once I lose a little bit more weight and continue to use the workout); and achieve the body youíve always wanted.
Weíll see. Iíll keep you updated.
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