Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I went to this website when I started Spark People. I do not recall exactly, but I know my real age was over 5 years older than my calendar age at that time.
I went back today and retested my age. Calendar age 36.6. Real age 35.3. Difference: -1.3. not bad for 6 months of workouts. I used to be about 5 years older than my calendar age.
that is a drop in over 6 years of real age in 6 months of working out. It is nice to see these things changing. It helps me to focus on why I want to keep going forward.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Finally got the audio to work, so here we go again. Just a quick video blog to commemorate my 6 months on Spark People
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wow. What an amazing day. The weather was beautiful. It was a little chilly (4 degrees celcius), but it is always cold in the mountains early in the morning.
The race started on time - 9am. I was off to a steady start, and was passed by almost everyone. Just kept plugging away. Up to today, my longest run was 6 miles, and I did it in 90 minutes. In front of me today was a 13.1 mile run. I knew the course was re-opening to traffic in 3 hours, but I wouldn't be able to make it. I was fine with that.
I ran what I could, and walked when I needed to. Silly me, I was on facebook and taking pictures on my run. It wasn't hard while I walked. I did however commit to keeping my walking pace faster than a 15 minute mile.
Here are some of my photos.
At mile 6, I was feeling good. Same at the halfway point.
By mile 10/10.5 I was starting to be amazed I was still moving.
By mile 12, I was hurting places I did not know existed. However, I was trying to keep in mind, if it's downhill, jog. That is usually a recovery for me - running downhill. Yeah right. Let me tell you running is running, downhill or not. Anyhow, I kept pushing it.
Somehow I was much farther than I ever thought I would be at that time on my clock. I decided I was not going to walk slower than my 15 minute mile when I needed to walk, and I would keep pushing and running downhill. Walking that fast uphill was killer, but I did it.
Finally, the finish line is in sight. I can do this. I am going to do this, and I am going to do this strong. I sprinted across the finish line. Actually, I stopped between the two finish lines not knowing I had to keep going.
Finish time - 2 hours 55 minutes. I could not believe it. Not only had I just run my longest distance ever, I ran it in the fastest time ever.
The endorphins are great. However, hours later I am almost ready for bed.
Oh, I burned almost 2500 calories today, so I have almost met my 3000 calorie burn this week again, on day one.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I will need to finish defining this stone sometime tomorrow. I have a half marathon in the morning, so it is my main goal right now. Carbs and rest.
Okay, since today is my day of rest (Monday) I am here to define my stone.
I have already burned almost 2500 caloires yesterday on my run. Posting to burn just 3000 calories this week would not be fair. I am considering posting to burn an ADDITIONAL 3000 calories. I wonder if I can do that in the shortened week, after such a workout? Why not, I didn't think I could finish my HM as fast as I did.
Okay, here is my small stone this week:
- keep up with 13+ glasses of water daily
- keep up with freggies - 5 servings per day minimum
- burn 3000 MORE calories this week.
I am also going to track my protein intake. I am starting to wonder if I am getting enough in. I don't really think I am, or I am just getting in the bare minimum.
Friday, September 11, 2009
It's not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin
I do have to admit, I am not one who deals well with change. I am very strong, but change takes me time to adjust to.
I wonder why I struggle so much with change. I have actually refused to change sometimes. It has cost me. Maybe it's time to look into why I am so afraid of change.
Fear of the unknown comes to mind. However, I know I can deal with it, and I can succeed at anything I put my mind to. Change is not always a bad thing. It can go either way. Why not try to find the positive in it, rather than just refuse it?
Change is part of progress. It really says something about me being stuck and almost refusing to deal with change. I used to be afraid of becoming one of those cranky old ladies who has the "cat butt" mouth. You know the one. The one with the pucker lines all around it and it is shaped like a little cat's butt.
That's the one.
All joking aside, my head get's why I need to go with the flow more. Why I need to cope with change so much better. So why does my emotional side fight it so badly? I can't even enjoy a surprise party. I get that I cry. I cry all the time. It is my first response to surprised, change, everything actually. I get embarrased when I cry like that. I still can't do it, even in front of my friends. I personally know crying is not a sign of weakness, but that stigma attached to it is forefront in my head when I wonder why I can not cry in front of others.
I am a very strong person. I guess it is important to others in my life that they know this. I do not know why exactly, but it must be. Otherwise I would have no problem crying in front of people. I can't even cry in front of my husband.
Holy cow. What is going on here? I really need to keep exploring this one. Even when my grandma died, I let everyone around me know I would break down and cry for no apparent reason. I told them if it bothered them, I would not be offended if they walked away while I composed myself again. Why do I worry about making others uncomfortable? If they are friends, they will be supportive. Maybe because I am not very good at telling who are my true friends, and who are just acquaintances. I do know who my good good friends are. However, I treat my acquaintances as good friends also, for the most part. I tend to treat others as I would want to be treated. I have gotten myself into trouble by being too open with acquaintances in the past. Now I am much more guarded. Or if not guarded, I warn them first. If I feel like I am about to "overshare" or they ask me a question I am not sure they really want the answer to, I tell them. Are you sure you really want to know, or do you just want to hear I am fine today?
So this brings me back full circle. Why am I so afraid of change? Maybe because it is unknown. I may react in a new way, and I am afraid to show who I really am. Maybe it's not a nice person. I know I am angry and agressive, and generally not a nice person when I am stressed. Change brings stress. Hmmmm...
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