Thursday, April 18, 2013
Happy Lunchtime, Sparklers.
I'm sorry I've been MIA for about two weeks now. Things, have been, well difficult.
First and foremost last Thursday I went and got my hip fixed. She did such a good job that I went out and ran nine miles. It felt really good until miles 5 and 7. I stopped and stretched then, and my mile-pace after stretching was actually faster than when I started!
My weight and food and emotional health has been all over the place, though. My dad was admitted to the hospital last Sunday for difficulty breathing. He stayed there for almost a week and then came home for two days. During those two days he was so exhausted that we literally couldn't get him out of bed to do the things he was supposed to. So, he had to go back again. He's old. His cold turned into Pneumonia. He's been in the hospital since Monday. They're talking about sending him home again tomorrow. I hope, thist ime, he comes home rested.
So, During those two weeks I lost three pounds - as Dad's health has started to improve they've returned. It's okay, I'd rather have my dad feeling better than weigh 182.
I'm trying to focus on getting my calories back down where they should be. I can't justify snacking every day on a snickers bar, that's for sure.
In other news, I have the Boston Trail Half Marathon this weekend. Our Western PA Boston considers itself a sister city of the bigger one - so this half is going to have special significance given recent events.
I hope that all of you have been doing well - looking forward to catching up on your blogs!
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
My new measurements!
And AMAZING plans!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Good Morning everyone!
One month and three days until the Pittsburgh Half Marathon!
I can't believe it. It's coming up so quickly that it's making me a little nervous. Though not as nervous as I was yesterday.
At 5PM yesterday I embarked on my first run in both my new shoes and since my last crushing 8 miler a week and a half ago. You know, that run where a dude laughed at me in addition to ridiculous hip pain.
And yesterday's 3 miles was fantastic. A little over half an hour and the weather was perfect. It was a little windy, but the sunshine made up for it. I just kept going and I had less issue with the hip than I did with my lungs.
I'm feeling good.
I also talked with another runner from the club I'm in who mentioned that she has similar issue with the course I ran that put my hip out of whack to start with. Goodness! It's so nice to know that it's not just me!
I'm feeling great today. Training plan calls for 5x5 fartleks. (I just like saying Fartlek :-P) Fartlek is Swedish for speed play. Essentially you run at a comfortably quick pace for 5 minutes and then lightly jog for five minutes. Lather rinse repeat five times and you're done. It's going to be about an hour workout; but, I'm feeling game for it. Going to take the pooch for a walk and then drag him in the car. He can hang out there for an hour, it's his happiest place on earth! (Admittedly, I feel a little bad; but, I'd feel worse if I just left him at home after a long day all by himself.)
Also, today I filled out the official forms for the Pittsburgh 1/2 registration. Yeah, it's closed, but we corporate folks get to do things later. If I had my way I would have registered in October when it started!
That's about it from here. I feel like it's day 1 because I'm back on track. I'm tracking my food and I'm wearing my BodyMedia. I feel like I've got a refreshing, new start. (Even if the scale put me up by 2lbs this AM!)
Happy day, everyone. You too get a new day to do whatever you dream with!
Monday, April 01, 2013
Welcome to April Fool's day - I haven't fooled anyone yet and I'm currently waiting for my hip to admit to April Fooling Me.
I don't know how long I've been complaining about my hip now; but, it came to a head this past Saturday when I actually had a race. On Friday night i had laid out all my gear, affixed my race number and went to bed looking forward to the competition.
Instead, I woke up with a soreness in my hip that I knew would keep me off the pavement. I was miserable. I'm still miserable. I've brought my number into work to remind me daily why I'm going to be going on daily short runs trying to get my mileage back up. I have a DNS in my history now. Did Not Start. Worse than quitting.
This hip isn't just a pain in my hip anymore - it's shooting down my confidence. It's giving me an excuse not to do what I know I enjoy because I'm absolutely petrified of REALLY getting hurt... like hurt so bad I can't walk hurt.
I HATE having this easy out! HATE. RAGE.
However, I do have a lot of positive things going on right now. I have actually invested in a set of Insanity DVDs. I chose the Insanity program for two reasons. First, a friend of mine is in the process and has AMAZING INFOMERCIAL WORTHY results. I'm aghast and amazed. Secondly, Insanity is a more cardio based approach rather than a strength training based one. I prefer to keep my heartrate up - and I've found that is what is most effective for me.
In other news I have my BodyMedia back on today. I even packed my Garmin. I intend to get my run on either over lunch or shortly after work. It's going to be short (maybe 2 miles); but, the goal is simple: to get moving. I've been afraid of getting hurt for too long. I can't keep behaving this way.
Also on the radar is this Saturday's Spinathon to benefit a local animal shelter. I love all the animals, and I like biking; so, this seemed like a natural fit. Currently soliciting donations from anyone with a pulse. I'm going to be on the bike for two hours. ROCK.
I also am in search of a convenient Yoga class. I have been going to a studio up by my old apartment - about a half an hour drive. I live in a city, it shouldn't take that long to get to Yoga. Also, an hour round trip is a long time suck. I've spent about 3 hours on an hour class once everything is said and done by then...
At least I can say I'm not letting my stupid hip keep me from being inventive.
Insanity starts WEDNESDAY. I'll post my before pics and the results of my fitness test. I'm hoping this is as fun as it looked on the YouTube video :-P
OH! How can I forget?! We're now one month and four days away from my very first Half Marathon! Time to be DEDICATED.
I hope all of you are (just) sick and not injured! And those of you who are healthy - STAY THAT WAY!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
If you guys haven't noticed by now I should tell you: I'm a planner. I'm the kind of girl who knows what she's going to wear for the week and what she's going to eat for the week. I know pretty much how far I'm going to run and what I'm going to do to try and make my minutes fit into my life.
Really, there aren't too many situations I don't go into a plan with.
Which is why the last few weeks have been such an anomaly for me. Not only have I not been planning my runs I haven't been planning my meals. I haven't even been tracking anything. No BodyMedia. No SparkPeople. Nothing.
Do I feel like I've failed? No. Do I feel like a success? No.
I do feel, though, like I've lost my structure. I've lost my accountability. I've lost.. well, I've lost some drive.
I've lost 47 pounds since last year. Mentally I want to round it up to fifty, but I haven't lost fifty yet. I've blogged a lot about my self-image and how I feel about myself. I've blogged a lot about how it feels to be called 'skinny' when you know, -know-, that it's not that you're 'skinny' it's just that you weigh less than that particular person remembers you weighing.
I've done a lot with Sparkpeople and the Weight Loss Study, and I want to do more.
But, like a runner who runs too much in preparation for a big race, I feel like I've overtrained. I've needed a break. I've needed -something.-
So, if this blog makes you feel 'blah' that's because of how I'm feeling.
I have an eight mile race this coming Saturday. I'm going to do the best I can. I'm going to finish. I'm going to get out of my own damned head for a while and just let my body move. Tonight I have planned a nice 2-3 mile jaunt to break in my new shoes. I have no idea what I'm going to do for dinner :-P
One step at a time.
I mentioned opportunities in my blog post because sometimes it's difficult to see that opportunities are two sided. You have chances to make the best of an opportunity or the worst. You just have to set your mind to being conscious.
I'm going to finish today making the most of my opportunity. It's 40 degrees outside, sunny, and I have my new running shoes here. Let's do this.
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