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Day 119 - Running for Duration vs. Running for Distance

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Afternoon Sparklers!

I know, I know I've been complaining a lot lately about my Apps crashing on me.

I guess I wanted to get some feedback as to why I think this is a big deal.

When I started my C25K training I felt completely happy focusing on the minutes. Run for a minute, walk for 90 seconds. In fact, I found the framework stimulating. Why? Because I didn't have a clock to watch. I didn't have a milepost to aim for. It was just getting my muscles moving for that set amount of time and I knew when the voice said I could stop, I could.

For some reason,this formula worked REALLY well for me.

So, as you might imagine, when you find something that works you want to keep on doing it.

For example, I was looking forward to starting my 10x4's - 4 rounds of 10 minute running and 4 rounds of 1 minute walking. I mean, I really like this training style, it certainly encourages my endurance goals.

What can I say, I've never been able to set myself up for mileage.

Does this mean I'm setting myself up for failure?

This is also why finding an App that coaches me based on time is so important. If I don't have something telling me when to start and stop.. well, it's kind of hard for me to guage those on my own.

So, Sparklers, what do you think? Is duration training a bad idea? What has worked for you?

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/16/2012 10:31PM

    This may sound crazy but, I had to dump the rigid training program. It's a One Size Fits All Program and it could be holding you back. I started running with a 5K walk to run program. I did pretty good and followed the program religiously. However, I went running with my Zee Pack for the first time and just tried to keep up as best I could. I ran 1.5 miles for the first time all because I forgot about my rules. I couldn't believe it. How long was i capable of running a mile but failed to even try?


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EMMANYC 10/16/2012 9:15PM

    I use duration, rather than mileage, when I work out. And I don't see a problem with that approach. Whatever works for you.

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CNTRYGL1 10/16/2012 2:04PM

    Well, I was in your same boat when i started C25K. And it took me a very long while before I finally, one day decided...Im going to do this. I dont care what my body tells me. That saying, "I dont quit when Im tired, I quit when Im done" just kicked me in the butt. and I went from never running more than 3 running 5 in that day. Once you make yourself do it, no matter what your body tells you, its a total mind game! Once you know you CAN do it, you dont question it anymore. Sure your legs make feel like they are gonna fall off, your lungs may be on fire...but if you keep going, and just DO IT! your body all of a sudden goes oh...I CAN DO IT! I know it sounds too easy, but trust me its NOT! To keep going when everything in your body and brain tells you to quit is not an easy thing...but it is worth it!
I decided to switch from time to distance measuring when I got to where I could run 30 minutes. Until then, just keep with the time if its easier for you. No reason to change it up if its working. Once you get to where you can run for 30 minutes straight, then you might change to distance. if you can run 2.5 miles in 30 minutes, try to push to 2.75 miles the next time. Then the next week try to push for 3 miles. Its not easy...not gonna lie...but you CAN do it. Its all a mind game!

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Days 115 - 118 - Eating Words

Monday, October 15, 2012

Welcome to Monday, everyone. I hope where ever you guys are it's sunny and warm! Here it's rather dismal looking and cold :( Still, I have every intention of going out and rocking my run today! Long sleeved Dry-Fit Tee and Capri pants.. I got this!

The plan for today is to run from Zombies since my interval trainer crapped out AGAIN last Friday. I need to find some advice from people who have bridged the gap from 5K to 10K - how'd they work up without an app like C25K to keep them on track? I need structure, dammit, structure!

In other news, unfortunately, I'm going to need to stop with the medication my doc prescribed for my PMDD. In short it's making me itchy and giving me heartburn. I've already said how I feel like I run better (with a clearer head) while on these meds; but, misery the rest of the time isn't a good enough reason to keep with them! I'll just have to find another solution.

A few years ago I had a very similar experience with (of all things) penecillian. Except, well, it was worse. Far worse. I wound up having a reaction called dermographia. What happens is that the response to the allergen is so severe that any amount of pressure on the skin is enough to make the sufferer break out in hives. Essentially, I could write / draw on my skin with my fingernail and wind up with a raised 'hive' in the shape. Sure, it's a neat party trick, but when you can't get to sleep because your skin hates itself.. well, you can see why I'm not playing with allergies to medication anymore.

Further, I've noticed that I haven't lost ANY weight in the month that I've been on it. So, it looks like the side effects outweigh the positives on this one. Here's hoping when I taper off that my hormones have magically figured out a way to regulate themselves..

In other news I had really one of the worst food weekends ever. I don't know why I thought ordering pizza was a good idea for Borderlands day.. but, well, four pieces later and I could have kept on eating.

No mas.

So, it's back on the wagon today. Not that I fell that far off; but, I need to keep up my steak! I like the way I feel when I'm on track and successful!

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POMATOJUICE 10/16/2012 8:39AM

    Totally not helpful,but my hairdresser said he tossed his C25K app after he thought about doing 10k. He said that after he finished 5k, he felt like the 10k was too easy, so he skipped a few weeks and ended up magically running for 7-8 miles a day on his own anyway. Crackhead!

Did your bro skip your snacks this time? That would be one positive step, right? Pizza is so good :( I have a hard time with it too. Can't fault you for that!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/15/2012 9:07PM

    I found a program on Spark but, it;s not an app. It gives you a schedule for number of miles to run 3 days a week. My 10K is on 10/28 and I am not following it as closely as I should but, I am confident I can run at least 5 miles--6 on a REALLY good day. Honestly, the best thing I ever could have done was cut the running back from 5 days to 3. It gives my legs a chance to rest. Also, I added swimming and my breathing is soooo much better. I'm not panting at the end of a run and I'm finally seeing my speed pick up!
As for the pizza, no comment because people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Tsk! Tsk! Let's not look backwards, we're moving forward. emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/15/2012 6:43PM

    There is always tomorrow and yo've got the right idea about just going into it with relatively clean slate. You can't undo what has been done, so move forward with an up-beat attitude. You go girl!
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REVIVED 10/15/2012 10:45AM

    Is there no app that starts with a 5k and works up to 10k? There totally should be. I had a bad weekend to. I'm up 4 lbs. so frustrated. Just gotta get back to it!

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REFFIE1 10/15/2012 10:02AM

    Smart to catch yourself and get back on track. emoticon

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Day 114 - Looking at Data

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

Thanks for all the positive comments on yesterday's video blog, I'm looking forward to getting pants that really fit and that I feel are flattering. Let's face it, when you're overweight the only thing worse than clothing that is too tight is clothing that is ill fitting because it's too big, too short, or simply not sitting where it should (the definition of pretty much every pair of pants I own right now.)

So, yesterday I stayed within my much more narrow calorie goal of 1200-1300, nailed my protein and fat intake, and felt pretty darn good. So, I'll call yesterday a success even if I didn't manage to get my run in. Today I'm going on my lunch run again. I'm going to make it my routine again (a routine I never should have gotten out of!) I mean, it felt good to get out of work at 4:30 and hop out on the trail; but, as things get busier and I'm working later, AND it's getting darker.. well, best to go with what will increase my odds of success: lunchtime.

What else is there to report? Not too much. Tonight my brother and I are going to play Borderlands 2 again - and I'm praying that he doesn't bring me snacks. In fact, when we talk this afternoon I'm going to tell him not to bring me snacks. No more permitting sabotage!

Oh, and yesterday I booked my room for DragonCon next year. Badge purchased, room booked at a host hotel, and costumes in the works.. Well, it's already shaping up. Don't worry, I won't start even thinking about sewing anything until March. I think I have a good reason not to start now anyway - anything I make will simply be too big by then. I used to be anywhere between 2-3 pounds a week and now upon looking at my chart I'm averaging about a pound a week. First, this is probably because I'm not exercising as much and second my calorie intake has certainly gone higher. It's a simple formula - you just have to apply it!

I know that my exercise minutes won't be getting back up to 300 with the weather getting crappy; but, I still lost weight when I was at 200 minutes. 200 real minutes, no walks mixed in there. Today's the first day of getting back on the train! All aboard!

We are currently two weeks out of the next 5K race and I'm still aiming to improve my time from 37 minutes to 36. I think 35 might be a pipe-dream; but, we'll see. After all, I've gone from only being able to run three minutes at a time to pushing 40!

So, do any of you guys have lofty fall goals? I'd love to hear them and maybe poach some for myself!

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GOODBYE-FRIENDS 10/12/2012 4:21PM

  I love that you have already booked your room for DragonCon!!

Awesome work on running...I am up to about 2 minutes three times a week doing a gentle jog! (I could barely walk to the mailbox in June.)

My goals for fall...keep exercising everyday (I do it all inside.) I kinda have to reboot my goals, and that is the one I can see myself doing for the rest of my life!!!

Rock on my friend!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/11/2012 10:33PM

    I missed the VLOG! I will check it out in the am-- pass my 9 pm bedtime. I also need to investigate DC because I accidently came across this event in ATL a few years ago and thought it was really cool. There were men with AK47 or really scary guns and people walking as prisoners. I was scared to death until I saw Princess Lea and some other characters!!!

Have a good run. We'll catch up tomorrow!!!!!!

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CKMATHERLY 10/11/2012 10:17AM

    Tempted to book a room for DC and drag the BF next year. Nt sure though....

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Day 113 - My pants are there and I am here!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Victories! Still cheap... and a view of my kitchen.

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CLENNA1991 10/12/2012 1:05AM

    emoticon go youuuu you look great.

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/11/2012 7:59PM

    You are doing amazing. I get excited when I undergrow clothes, but I sure hate having to give up favs. I am fortunate enough to have clothes waiting for me for me to under grow into for awhile. I figure I will be okay for the first 50 lbs I am losing and maybe even a bit more. After that, I will have to buy some new clothes as well.

I am going to really plan out my ward robe when I get down though. I want really quality clothes with flare.

My next computer will be an Apple. I bought an apple computer for my son and my brother-in-law when he was in school. Now it is my turn, but my computer still keep plunking along. Wow, $55 p/mo for membership. That is spendy. My membership is $19.00 p/mo and it has everything including a pool.

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LILAC_LANE 10/11/2012 7:07AM

    Way to go!
Have fun shopping.
You've earned new pants.
Your dog is so cute!
Have a great day!

PS: no comment on the "Lilac" kitchen, LOL

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ROXIGIRL 10/11/2012 3:50AM

    Great job with your weight loss! I love running too, but i do it first thing in the morning - woks well for me.

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SKEETOR 10/10/2012 9:33PM

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You are doing sooooo well! Have fun shopping I hope you find some great bargains!

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REFFIE1 10/10/2012 9:10PM

    I want to pet that cute dog of yours emoticon Go get some pants that fit girl. What a great problem to have - you're too fit for those pants to fit!

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MJ7DM33 10/10/2012 8:02PM

  emoticon baggy pants! emoticon Keep up the good work! Have fun shopping for new pants!

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CINDYAST 10/10/2012 7:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Have fun shopping! And FYI, your butt is looking good even in pants I'm pretty sure you can pull off without undoing anything! emoticon

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Day 112: Apps make me miserable

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Tuesday, the most overlooked day of the week. Tuesday, poor Tuesday, just that day between Monday (dreaded) and Wednesday (occaisionally celebrated.) Tuesday, for me, is a milestone day each week. I go to Club and get weighed in. The club, I've noticed is getting smaller and smaller. We started off with a full 20 - 25 people in club. Now on a weekly basis we may have something like 6, maybe 8.

A couple weeks ago when we were discussing motivation and how it may have changed there was an obvious question: Why are you here?

I mean, nobody forces us to go to club. There's no real incentive to go to club. In fact, we don't really get any money until we hit the 'on your own' period. So, why go to these meetings? Hell, the meetings bore me sometimes more than they educate, but sometimes I get to think . Sometimes I get a little spark out of them.

Usually, though, the club just gives me perspective. The most sucessful people go to the meetings, stick to the plan, and keep themselves accountable. I intend to be successful.

So, yesterday's victory was a fantastic 2.5 mile jog. I have a general idea of how long it took me (25-30 minutes); but, I don't have an actual record. Why? Because my stupid App kept crashing. I had an app similar to my C25K one downloaded and ready to go. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a piece of crap.

Back to the drawing board.

Tonight's App extravaganza is going to be with Zombies, Run! which I'm going to use during my jog over to club this afternoon. I've only heard good things about it, so I hope that it doesn't let me down.

Of course, I think the majority of my frustration comes from the fact that the music purchases I made on Google won't play on my phone and are inaccessible to my apps. I love you, Android, but your app integration with your music integration lags far, far behind iTunes.

Well, time to get some work done around here. I hope everyone has a Sparktastic day!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/10/2012 4:44AM

    We should right a book called The Running Wars! Yesterday, it was cold and rainy then all my running buddies bailed. No fun and dangerous to run at the crack of dawn alone. I also need a new pair of headphones because all 3 pair I own are broken in various ways. Sigh. So you keep showing up for the Club and pushing through sucky apps on run because you are going to be a success! All the club drop outs will see you next summer and wished they'd push thru too!!

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RISINGBLUESTAR 10/10/2012 3:13AM

    Maybe the reason for the members not returning was because a lot of people don't feel comfortable weighing in in front of others. It could also be that the info they were receiving wasn't right for meeting their needs.

It's great that you go even if it is to get a tiny spark. :)

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SKEETOR 10/9/2012 8:04PM

    Rule #1: Cardio emoticon

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