Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Well, I reached a couple of significant milestones in my journey over the long weekend. First off, I saw a new low weight on the scale that I have been waiting to see a very long time: 169.2. That is the lowest I have been in at least 14 years or so; finally getting out of the 170s has been a very slow process. That's significant in and of itself, but the real significance is that
I AM NO LONGER OBESE!
Yup, I am now just plain 'overweight' according to the BMI charts.
Never thought I would be happy to say that I am 'overweight,' but there you go--I'm thrilled! After having been morbidly obese for many years, that is a ginormous step on the way down to a healthy weight. I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the BMI charts because they don't take into account a whole lot of things (like muscle weighing more than fat). They are a general guideline, though, and it is really nice to leave 'obese' behind finally.
The other major milestone was in my half marathon training. All weekend we have been talking about getting out for a long run; with the half marathon now less than four weeks away, those long runs are, well, LONG; they take a couple of hours at our pace. We finally got out this evening to do one, but it was later than I had hoped. I was not at all sure we would have enough daylight to go as far as we wanted, but we figured we would go and see how things worked out; anything was better than nothing.
We decided to again use a 2:1 run/walk ratio at least on the way out, then play it by ear on the way back. We started out at a fairly quick (for us) clip on the run segments; first couple of miles went by quickly. We got to mile three, and we both were feeling fine; it looked like we were still okay on daylight, so we kept going. Mile four, no problems; maybe we could at least go to where we had gone last week when we did nine miles. I looked at the time and told hubby maybe we should plan to turn around at an hour; we looked ahead and saw the place where he had measured out would be five miles--not that much further . . . ahhhh, go for it! We pushed on to the five mile mark and turned around. Both feeling fine still, we opted to continue the 2:1 run/walk ratio on the way back; the daylight was waning, but we figured the worst that would happen is we'd be running the last little bit when it was really getting dark.
We were definitely slower on the way back, but we were able to stick with that run/walk ratio throughout the return. As it turned out, we had enough daylight to make it all the way back--not a lot to spare, but it was fine.
So today we did TEN MILES in 2 hours 15 minutes, our longest run to date! Our average pace was 13:34, just a hair slower than last week when we did nine miles. Most of the training plans for a half marathon only take you to a ten mile run; they say that if you can run ten miles, the excitement of race day will enable you to go the extra 3.1 miles. I'd like to get in a couple more long runs of ten miles or further just to prove to myself that I can do it, but I have more confidence that we will be fine come race day.
Now we'll see if I can walk tomorrow . . .
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Today is my husband's birthday! If you have a moment, stop by his page www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FI
TFORLONG and wish him a happy birthday. I happen to think he is the most wonderful guy in the world and I'm the luckiest woman in the world to be married to him, but I suppose there is a remote chance I am slightly prejudiced about that.
Edit: He hasn't quite gotten into the whole social side of SP yet--he uses the site to track his food and read articles, but he WILL see your message if you post a comment on his page!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Today (finally!) we were able to go out for a long, slow run in the evening, one of the cornerstones of training for a half marathon or marathon. It has been a couple of weeks since we went out for anything longer than 4 miles, and our first half marathon is in five short weeks. I was getting a little antsy to extend our distance; the longest we had gone was about 8 miles. That is, before today!
Here's the Garmin report:
In case you can't read it from the picture, here are the stats.
- Total distance: 9 miles
- Total time: 2:00:50
- Average pace: 13:25
That is a snail's pace for some people, but I am thrilled to have been able to done that today. We tried the run/walk method, using a 2:1 run/walk pattern on the first half and a 1:1 pattern for the most part on the second half. That seemed to work really well; we were as fast or faster than when we have run without specific walk breaks. There were a couple of times we had to stop because my husband needed me to help him adjust his heart rate monitor and then put his hat away for him, so without that we might have ended up doing it in just under 2 hours, and that is without pushing it at all, keeping it slow and easy.
Getting a run in that long makes me feel a whole lot better about the half marathon next month; if we can go that far now, we should have no problem extending our runs and being ready for it.
Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself to see if it's true that I'm really doing this, training for a half marathon and going out for 2 hour runs. I still have trouble at times wrapping my brain around the changes in my life over the past year and a half. Losing over 80 pounds has meant so much more than wearing a smaller size; it has given me a whole new life and an appreciation for life in ways that I never dreamed of before.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I love jeans; I can't help but look at jeans whenever we are out shopping. I have several pairs in different styles, washes, and colors, and I wear them all the time. If there is one thing you can be sure I have, it is jeans! Comfortable, practical, and cute, that's how I see jeans.
Here is my dilemma, though: I am having a hard time finding jeans that fit completely right. I am just not proportioned quite right, I guess. If jeans fit my hips and thighs right, I usually have a muffin top at the waist; if they fit my waist well, the butt is too loose within a very short time. I guess you could say I have been literally running my butt off, LOL! That seems to be where I have lost the most anyway.
My size 12 jeans that I love are getting baggy on me, but I can't quite wear size 10s in the same style unless I want to live with a muffin top. The only pair that I feel like really fit well at the moment are some size 11 jeans I picked up on sale--yes, I got some jeans in the junior section for the first time in years!
It still takes me a minute or two when I am looking at clothes to realize that I really CAN wear that small a size. I look at smaller sizes and wonder what size I will wear when I'm finally down to my goal weight (whatever that ends up being). Since I am still losing weight, I don't want to invest a lot of time and money in new clothes, but a girl has to have at least a couple of decent pairs of jeans, doesn't she?
That's my dilemma; I may have to just take time and go try on a bunch of different styles and sizes to find some new jeans if I want to avoid the extremes of muffin top or saggy bottom. Any suggestions of styles and stores I should look at?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Today my daughter and I ran our first 5K together. My daughter is 28, and she recently started running at her gym regularly. Knowing that I do races, she asked if we could run one together; COULD we?! I quickly got online and found one that would work for both our schedules and located conveniently between us (we live about an hour apart).
We met up at the registration area after picking up our packets and putting on our cool race shirts (honest, I run for the shirts and the goodies!). After a little time hanging out with our respective spouses and the cutest little boy ever born, my grandson, we did some dynamic stretches and warmed up a bit while trying to calm the pre-race nerves before lining up towards the back of the pack at the start line.
Before the race, I had tried to find a course or elevation map, but they did not have that posted. That meant we had no idea whether the course would be flat or hills; it doesn't really matter, but it IS nice to know a little about it ahead of time.
My only goal for this race was to do it with her. She hasn't run outside very much as yet, so I expected that I would not be setting a PR--running outside is harder than on a treadmill. I have yet to be able to run as fast on the road or trail as I do on the treadmill.
We took off with the crowd, and I thought we were probably going a little fast at the start; it is so easy to do that when you are in a pack and the excitement of the race has your heart pumping a little faster! Turning the corner, we saw a hill ahead--great, nice fairly steep hill at the start of the course. We walked for a bit, then ran again; the course was rather convoluted, going out and looping back, then around another part of the campus down and around. Down a hill, around a parking lot, up a hill, down a path; we kept running and walking periodically. At one point, my daughter got a stitch in her side, so we stopped for her to stretch it out, then started walking fast again and finally running.
About halfway through, she said she wanted to run the last mile without stopping. We did not quite do that, but pretty close--probably the last three-quarters of a mile we ran, crossing the finish line with a time of 44:12 according to my Garmin. That is great for a first race--an average pace of 14:3. The boys were there to greet us, and my grandson was so happy to see Mommy!
I am just bursting with pride at her for doing this. I would never have suggested it to her because I never thought she would be interested in running. Whether she has been bitten by the running bug or not remains to be seen, but I hope so, and I hope we have a chance to do it again. It was fun to do it together!
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