Saturday, August 13, 2011
Here in SC there are a lot of hills. Big hills, little hills, steep hills, gradual hills, up hills, down hills. Lots and lots of hills. I knew this in my head...but I didn't really KNOW this in my legs and feet.
I just finished my long run this afternoon (10.84 miles, new distance PR, go me!). All hills. Every last step was up a hill or down a hill.
And I thoroughly despise hills with my entire heart and soul, with every fiber of my existence. I just may loathe them more than I do pushups.
I swear I will commit grievous and fatal bodily harm upon whomever is so foolish as to suggest I ever walk, run, bike, skate, skip, cartwheel or in any way, shape or form traverse any sort of hill under my own power again. And when they are dead I will resurrect them and kill them again.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Deep within the Empire of Fangfacekitty lived the Old Ones. These Old Ones remembered the days Before...before the Crazy, before training, before the ascendancy of FFK to the throne and the banishment of the Scale Gremlins. Before, when sugar and fat were abundant and exercise was something other people did.
There was a time in that near past when the Old Ones were numerous and fertile, adding to their ranks on a monthly basis. But with the New Year came the Resolution. Suddenly the Old Ones found themselves shunted to the side as FFK overthrew the Scale Gremlin regime and established the Empire of Fangfacekitty.
Their numbers dwindling, life becoming leaner with fat and sugar scarce, the Old Ones began to plot in secret. Biding their time they watched as the Scale Gremlins were defeated in numerous battles and banished to the Land of Freakishly Thin Supermodels. In the darkest night they snuck the Scale Gremlins back across the border to assault the forces of FFK, who had grown proud and complacent. Still in secret they watched in dismay as General Crazy Me Becky rallied the troops and counterattacked, routing the Scale Gremlins and losing additional weight from the Empire.
Faced with imminent extinction the Old Ones determined they must act now to stop this tide of healthful living and fitness activities. Gaining positions of trust they began their campaign of sabotage.
Bribing higher functions with fresh blackberry cobbler a la mode they promised a never ending feast of pizza, cobbler, cinnamon 'n raisin biscuits from Hardee's, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and sweet tea in exchange for nothing more than looking the other way for a week or two.
The Revolt had begun.
Were the Old Ones strong enough to pull it off? Could they manage to undo the past 7 months of progress in the Empire?
It looked like they might succeed. Success was within their grasp. The weather cooperated, pouring buckets of rain with thunder and lightning. Bear sightings were arranged to keep FFK's troops confined to barracks to avoid becoming nothing more than a snack wrap from the dollar menu to a hungry and pissed off mama bear.
But General Becky is nothing if not Crazy, and sneaky and suspicious, a veritable master of ambush. Lulling the Old Ones into false sense of victory by pretending not to notice the Pizza Hut feast in progress, General Becky maneuvered trusted troops into position to gain portion control. Sadly a few troops were lost in defense of the Empire, their sacrifice will be remembered and sung about for generations to come.
600 calories over for the day General Becky then hit the Old Ones with a flank attack with the reserves. Recumbent Bike and Pushups started driving the Old Ones back. Desperate, the Old Ones countered with a pitcher of sweet tea but the reserves could not be swayed from their mission.
The mopping up is on-going as of this battle report and is likely to continue for several days. The last of the Old Ones will be rounded up and banished with the Scale Gremlins so that the Empire will once again be secure and shrinking.
Friday, August 05, 2011
I didn’t have specific goals for July which makes this as easy one. I continue to make progress overall, although it has slowed down some. I have lost pounds and inches, my garden is thriving, I caught myself before falling over the cliff edge of mindless eating.
Crazy Me Becky is getting stronger and registered me for a half marathon on 9/18…and I actually think I can do it. To enter you “have” to be able to run it at a 15 minute mile pace (they just say they officially close the course at 3.5 hours and won’t be responsible for any runners still out there after that time); when I ran the 10.25 miles a few weekends ago I was just under a 14 minute mile pace. My goals for the race are 1) finish by running the whole way; 2) finish on time (in at least 3.5 hours); 3) finish in 3 hours.
I started working with a running coach in July. A work friend started training for a Memorial Day weekend half marathon back in January with Team in Training, said they’ve continued to meet on Wednesday evenings and invited me to come out. It just so happens that the track they meet at is about halfway between my house and where my son’s Boy Scout Troop meets on Wed. nights so it is perfect. He has us do a variety of speed laps & recovery (walking) each week.
July was also the Warrior Dash. All literary pretenses from my blog aside it was a blast! MATTERJT was running on Sunday too and we were able to meet. I found out last Friday that several people from work were running as well, only on Saturday. One of them finished about 409 out of the 20k or so people total that participated over the 2 days.
One guy in our wave on Sunday probably broke an ankle, and one guy, a college student, was paralyzed from the chest down. Apparently he dove head first into the final mud pit…which is only 3 feet deep and the waiver information says NOT to dive into it. It is a terrible thing to have happened & I truly feel for what he is going through. Someone else had a heart attack and they said it was actually a good thing to have happened there b/c there EMTs were right there throughout the course so he was able to receive emergency care practically immediately.
Doing the obstacles I could see how you could get hurt if you didn’t pay attention to what you were doing, didn’t follow the instructions or tried to cut corners. I did not, however, feel unsafe (I took my time going through them to make sure I didn’t get hurt). I figure I can break or twist my ankle just running around the block where I live…as a matter of fact I did break it just walking through my own front door last year…so as long as I pay attention and don’t deliberately do anything stupid the odds are I’ll be OK.
There was also an 80 year old woman running in our group, I saw her on the trail (at least I am assuming it was her). She finished in 45 minutes. I don’t know if she did all of the obstacles or just ran but still…80 years old, running a 5k in 45 minutes, going through some of the obstacles (at least one was completely unavoidable)…she is my new hero. She is who I want to be in another 40 years.
There is a bigger group from work going again next year, registration started yesterday. Some of the time slots are already filled up.
On to August.
More of the same this month. I need to refocus and recommit to pushups. I can now do 45, up only 1 from June…but I have been slacking on those and not doing them as often as I should. I’m too close now to the magic number (50) to let myself lose what I’ve gained.
I ran my “baseline” 2 mile at the track the week for Coach Ken. The last timed 2 mile I did by myself was on 5/30 and I came in at 20:08. Wednesday I did 19:37. I am only 37 seconds away from where I need to be! WooHoo!
Next week will be challenging fitness wise. We are leaving Sunday afternoon to take my kids to visit my parents in SC. The company I work for happens to have a plant about an hour away from where my parents live so I will be working while the kids are visiting. But I am away from the gym and the track and karate classes, and a big part of Monday will be spent driving. My mom has a recumbent bike, I can do pushups anywhere, but I suspect I am going to experience some hill runs. I normally try to avoid hills because they are hard and I am lazy but the roads where they live twist & turn & go up & down. I will appreciate the nice flat MI terrain more afterwards.
My sister is going to come by my house a few times during the week to take care of the cats & water the garden. I told her to bring her kids so they can go raspberry picking in the backyard; the 2nd crop of raspberries are just starting to ripen.
Jacq has a youth triathlon in Greenville, SC on 8/13. She has been working on her swimming and is now up to 6 consecutive lengths. She will need to do 8 next week; she will be slow but she will do it. I do have to get the bike tires swapped out before we leave though.
8/15 I have my follow up with the Dr. about the gall stones. I’m probably going to put off having my gall bladder removed for awhile. It is not a constant problem for me at this time and given the size of the stones they are not likely to cause inflammation or infection which would make it a more serious problem. I don’t want to take the time off I would need for the surgery/recovery. I don’t feel I’m far enough along on my goals pick up close to where I left off; I’d rather put my energy to improving, not to regaining lost ground. And I have pain drugs which are pretty good.
8/22 is the ortho knee doctor appt. That is the one that concerns me. He’s a great doc; he did the ACL replacement on my right knee a few years back and fixed my broken ankle last year. So I will trust and believe what he tells me, whether I want to hear it or not. Depending on what the problem with my left knee turns out to be we will definitely be discussing consequences and options. My completely non-professional inexpert opinion is it is nothing very serious (i.e. not requiring near term surgery), not a karate or running injury (started before I began either activity) and I’m hoping I can just get a brace of some sort to help stabilize it.
Here’s to everyone having a great August!
Year to date progress:
204 to 137 pounds – 67 pounds lost!
38” to 28” waist – 10 inches lost!
48” to 38” hips – 10 inches lost!
25” to 20.5” thigh – 4.5 inches lost!
0.8 to 0.74 waist/hip ratio – now low risk!
15 to 45 push-ups!
25 to 60 sit-ups!
40 to 19:37 two mile time on the track!
0 to 10 miles running!
I survived the Warrior Dash!
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