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There are worse fates than mine, but I'm going to whine anyway

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I have a headache. I woke at 4 a.m. with a headache, and it simply refuses to budge. I'm getting close to liver-destroying amounts of Tylenol in my bloodstream, and it still won't let go. I do not get migraines (I had one once, twenty years ago, and it was horrible), if that helps give you a scale of this pain. Bad, but not unmitigatingly awful. This one is close to making me naseauous. When that happens, I go home.

I got my first-ever tension headache when I was in law school. I recognize that making it to my 40's without ever experiencing a tension headache is a blessing. I get sinus headaches. It's kind of like having a ice pick being driven into my eyes. Combined with a tension headache, I thought I was dying. (Yeah, I'm kind of a cry baby.)

I did ride my bike to the vestry retreat last Friday. The wind was bad, but I was only completely exposed a few times. And it was a tail wind for part of it. I decided to let the husband drive me home the following afternoon because it was still pretty windy and rain was threatening. (We only get about 8" of precipitation a year here, so our rains are usually light drizzle.)

That ride was the last bit of exercise I got. We picked up our new kitten Sunday afternoon. I stayed home Monday & yesterday to watch how he and the resident cat interact. Two days of not weighing myself, not recording what I'd eaten, and getting no exercise. I guess I should be glad I only gained a few pounds!

So I'm back to logging my food intake. Exercise will have to wait until the headache subsides. I'm going to have to repeat Week 1 of the 5K Your Way. Of course, I thought I was going to have to do so anyway, so it's not that much of a let-down. The husband doesn't know it yet, but he's getting a healthy dinner. I've eaten so much salt over the past few days that I can feel my body being pulled by the moon.

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HILLSLUG98239 2/27/2013 8:06PM

    I had a couple cups of coffee before lunch. It took the edge off (a bit), but if I repeat that during the afternoon I won't sleep.

Aspirin makes my nose bleed. I try to avoid it except in genuine emergencies.

I've ridden with sinus headaches before. Sometimes it's a distraction. Headaches like this one mean exercise is out of the question. You know how it goes - we all know our own body's quirks.

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SUE5007 2/27/2013 6:42PM

    Try taking one aspirin and drinking some caffeine. Excedrin Migraine is aspirin, tylenol and caffeine.
Hey, maybe the exercise would dull the headache...or at least keep you from noticing it for 30 minutes.
Hope you start feeling better. emoticon

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No work out today

Friday, February 22, 2013

I should have done the Week 2: Day 1 workout for the 5K Your Way program today. I woke up at 5:30 with a sore throat and I decided sleep was more important. I do not regret that decision.

I was elected to my church's vestry last weekend, and this weekend is the vestry retreat. We will be at a local hotel tonight & tomorrow. My intent was to ride my bike to the hotel, but I suspect those plans have been derailed as well. If the only problem was my sore throat, I'd still do the ride. (I subscribe to the "listen to your body" theory: unless I have a fever or an illness that makes me wobbly on my feet, I'll still exercise. And although I'm tired, I'm not weary or wobbly.) Nope, it looks like the weather gets the credit this time around.

There's a high-wind warning posted for this afternoon. I live in a windy place, so "high wind warnings" usually mean "get the livestock in the barn, batten down the hatches, and head for the root cellar." NOAA is predicting 25-35 mph winds with 45-55 mph gusts at the time I would be riding to the hotel. The gusts are what concern me. I've been nearly blown off the trail before during my commutes. That wind might be too much for me, especially since I'd be toting a messenger bag.

But even as I write this, I cannot help myself: Imagine those winds as a tailwind. Wheeeeeee!

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BILL60 2/23/2013 9:12AM

    Wise choice.

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I refuse to jog

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I just completed the first week of the 5K Your Way Rookie Runner program. According to the plan, I should double my run time next week, which is highly unlikely. I imagine I'll boost the amount of time I spend running by 25%. Given that, it's going to take longer than eight weeks to get me to running a 5K.

Notice that I wrote "running." I detest jogging. I used to do it, but it's pointless. When I jog, it really just looks like I'm shuffling my feet. The range of motion is so much shorter. It's entirely unscientific, but running seems better for my body than jogging does. True, I can't run for very long, but that will change. Also, I run with minimalist shoes. I believe they encourage running, because it's easier to use a forefoot strike when running as opposed to jogging.

To me, jogging is the equivalent of using lousy form to lift higher weights, rather than perfecting one's form and slowly building up to higher weights. Of course, this is my opinion, and that renders it highly suspect.

I have to add that I am completely okay with it taking me sixteen weeks to get to running a 5K as opposed to eight. I've a strong tendency to jump in too fast, overdo it, and then having to throttle back and allow my most recent over-use injury to heal. As much as I have to talk myself into exercising sometimes, I just as frequently have to remind myself to slow down when it's time to slow down. The older I get, the longer it takes to heal. You can call this "wisdom" if you want. I prefer to think of it as "occasionally is not an idiot."

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BILL60 2/21/2013 7:57AM

    To me, jogging is OK. I would much rather jog 2 miles than run 1/2 mile. First off, I burn more calories. Secondly, I get to my goal that much quicker. Comparing jogging to bad weight lifting technique is not a good analogy. Good luck!!

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JULESJET 2/20/2013 8:51PM

    Slow and Steady Wins the Race! ~ Tortoise

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KA_JUN 2/20/2013 3:28PM

    emoticon on finishing your first week! Good luck on your program! emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 2/20/2013 2:54PM

    I have the same issue with hills: going up them causes my heartrate to go up too high, going down them trashes my knees & quads. Fortunately, I live in a relatively flat area.

Oh, and although my mental image of my running is smooth and gazelle-like, I'm sure I really look like a jogging hippo. The good news is that the papparazzi have yet to follow me around filming every moment of my life, so there's no hard evidence to dispel my illusions of grace & fluidity.

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IDGET16 2/20/2013 2:38PM

    I did couch to 5k- not the same program, but nearly the same time frame. It took me double. I wanted to make sure I was solid before moving up each level. And I somewhat agree with your run versus jog idea, although for me I just find a faster jog is better for me then a slow jog, less strain. I live in a VERY hilly area and running on hills is scary, downhills I have to go slow or I will really hurt myself (my knees ache if I do too much, and it's not just because I am out of shape, my husband is a fitness fanatic and he can't do more then a few miles on these hills because of the jarring downhill runs). But slow jogging is just horrible. It jars my whole body more and all my energy is wasted, or so it feels. Just keep trucking, you're doing great!!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I weigh myself every day. I do my best not to get too excited about sudden dips or too down about sudden increases. I tend to view the number on the scale the same way a person should view a stock price: ignore ups & downs, and monitor the moving average. And that's why I weigh myself every day. If the number keeps creeping up, I will catch it much sooner.

And continually creeping up is exactly what it's doing. No mystery here: I eat too much. And yes, I log what I eat. That's how I know I'm eating too much.

I drink tons of water, I rarely drink soda, I get up from my desk at least once an hour, I try to never let myself get really hungry, so I'm doing most things right. I just love to eat.

This is probably temporary. My husband's work schedule changed, so I'm getting up a little earlier (and therefore getting less sleep). We will both adapt. And I'm taking advantage of a relatively warm winter and commuting by bike & walking at lunch. But every day I talk myself out of, and then back into, doing these activities at least a couple of times. This despite the fact I have NEVER returned from a lunch time walk and thought, "I really wish I would have stayed at my desk and checked out I Can Haz Chzbrgr."

And so, I will go out and walk at lunch. I will ride my bike home into a 15-20 mph west wind. And maybe, just maybe, I will eat less than a thousand calories at dinner.

If that's the case, perhaps the number on the scale will drop a bit tomorrow, and I will try to not cast it as a great moral victory.

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BILL60 2/14/2013 6:53AM

    Hang in there!!

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A great way to end the day

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Good ride home today. The wind was 20-25 mph earlier in the afternoon, but it died down to next to nothing by the time I left work. The bike felt light and supple - that's such an amazing feeling. I think it's the closest thing a grown-up can get to the pure joy a child feels on a bicycle.

Using the foam roller on my right ITB did not hurt. Uncomfortable, yes, but that's quite an improvement. I'm usually whimpering & doing lamaze breathing while I work out that band.

And to cap it all off, the Hubs made me pizza for dinner. What a great way to end a day!

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IMSMILEY88 2/10/2013 6:50PM

    What a terrific day! And, cycling IS so child-like! Maybe that's why I/we love it so much? I remember my carefree days as a child zipping along throughout the neighborhood feeling so free.... emoticon

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