Friday, October 24, 2008
So today I downloaded another "Smart Coach" program from the Runner's World website. There is a hypothermic half marathon that is on Feb 15th that I am shooting for. The winter's here in Saskatchewan can be brutal. I'm not too worried about missing training runs, as I missed a few of them last winter too due to weather and our ski trip. Even with the missed runs, I did so much better during the race than I ever thought I would. This fall, I'm going into training with a higher weekly mileage already, and those 6 or 7 or 8 mile runs no longer scare me. I know I can do the distance. In fact, I do the 6 mile distance almost every weekend now on my long run.
What does scare me is the thought of bitterly cold on race day. I have gone out for a training run on a morning of -34C and no wind. With the winter clothes that I had last year, I had to cut that particular run short at five miles, as I could literally feel my quads freezing up. If race day happens to be that cold, AND a wind blows, I think I'd have to back down, and I would hate that. But I'm going to train anyway with that date in mind. I will also do the Police Half Marathon in April - the two are about eight weeks apart.
This year, I asked the clerk at the Running Room for the highest cold rating pants she had. She gave me a pair that are supposed to be good to -40. I'm excited about trying them out. I love winter running, and these pants will help keep me going.
Training starts Monday!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I know that if you follow my posts on the team threads, you will know that I've been feeling under the weather for awhile now. Last night, I managed a 20 minute walk at a fairly slow pace. It actually felt good to get outside and moving. When I first hit the driveway, my legs actually thought they were going running, but they soon realized that wasn't going to happen. They kind of surprised my mind with that thought though. As I turned around to head back, I started to realize I may have gone too far, but the body is a wonderful thing, and I made it back home safe and sound.
So I'm wondering if this is a mandatory rest period that my body has put forth to me *again*. I was having some minor issues with my calf muscles while running, and maybe I just needed to stop the runs to repair anything going on that I wasn't aware of. Anyway, they feel fine now, so it's time for this bug to leave.
I am starting to eat again, albeit small amounts and mostly soup. You'd think I would be able to lose weight on this kind of plan, and I did, but not nearly to the extent I would like to see. Ahhh, the vanity returns -- so you know I'm starting to feel better.
Look out running - hope to see you mid-week!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
I am so excited this morning. For the first time since I've been on this spark people journey, my RHR (resting heart rate) measured 49 this morning! I started checking my RHR just over two years ago when I started running, when it was in the mid 70's. While going through the C25k program, it dropped weekly until the low 60's. After the C25k program, it continued to lower as my fitness improved and my weight dropped. It mostly stays in the low to mid 50 range now. I had it at 50 a few weeks ago, but have never measured into the 40's before.
My RHR tells me more about my body than just the number. If I've had a hard workout, it's likely to be higher the next morning. If I notice a higher number without a hard workout, I look at other things going on in my life. If there hasn't been extra stress or work or other reasons, then I make sure to take measures to prevent whatever might be coming my way (flu or cold). My RHR will tell me before any other symptom shows up.
To take my RHR, I wake as always without my alarm, and find a position in bed where I can take my pulse along my neck while watching the clock. I count for a full minute, and most mornings do it more than once, til I feel like I'm ready to get up. The odd morning, I fall back to sleep while counting. That's okay - probably needed the rest anyway if that happens. But most mornings, its count the RHR, stretch the back, and then up and at 'em.
Have a great day everyone! I'm going to bask in the glow of a number I've been trying to achieve for a long time - a RHR in the 40's.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
October has started out with a bang, and a four mile tempo run this morning, and a one-mile walk (warm-up and cool down). I also biked to work. With the cooler fall weather, getting out seems so much easier. The sky is dark now when I'm heading out for my runs, and the stars greet me like old friends... Orion, Big and Little Dippers, and Cassieopia.
Monday, September 15, 2008
The picture above is a Dahlia, that I grew in my garden this year. It blooms in the fall, and as you can see, it is a gorgeous flower. This year, I had these yellow ones, some pinks, some purple, some a creamy orangy color. But this yellow one was the most perfect one of the bunch, and on Friday morning when I was taking pictures of the Sunflowers, I paused to take one of the Dahlia too.
Saturday night, we had our first frost of the fall. At the very first sunlight on Sunday morning, the Dahlia's were all black and droopy. They can't take any frost at all, and their beauty is fleeting. Some years, I don't even get to see any of the flowers, as the frost comes prior to them opening.
So yesterday afternoon, as I was cleaning them up, and chopping down their stalks and leaves and making mulch into my garden, I had to wonder why I even bother planting them. They are alot of work, and they have only a small window of opportunity to shine each year.
I started to think that there are many similarities to the journey I'm on right now to be healthier.
* The bulbs need to be brought into the house for the winter, as our cold Canadian winters would kill them dead if they were left in the ground. This is similar to how I need to put myself to bed each night and make sure to get the proper rest my mind and body needs.
* Each spring, the ground has to be tilled, and the right blends of fertilizer have to be added to the soil, to bring the proper nutrients to the plants. This is similiar to how I need to go about feeding myself. In order for me to grow strong and do all the things I want to be able to do, I must try to find the right combinations of food and nutrients that will provide me with enough energy for my daily activities. I need to "eat to live", instead of "live to eat".
* The wind moves the stalks, sometimes making them bend almost right over. This is similiar to how I must move my body, and that the more I move, the stronger I become. Sometimes, I need to bend and move even more than I'm capable of, just so that I can become as strong as I can.
*The rain brings greatly needed moisture to the ground, and the Dahlia's soak it up as much as they can. When there is no rain, I provide the water, as I know the flowers will wither and die without it. Water is necessary in my life too, and that is one of the things I am very conscious about getting enough of.
* The sun provides a gentle encouragement to reach for higher heights. I need to constantly search for the things that will make me happy. Setting goals, and then taking the steps to accomplish them is time well spent.
* Bloom when you can, as the time can be short, and you never know when it will be gone. This really is a metaphor for life. We don't know when the next "bad" thing will be coming our way, so we need to really take advantage of the time that we do have, and shine like nobody's business.
.....that's what we have. Make the most of them. You never know when your frost will come.
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