Friday, January 06, 2012
I was on the ice for about 90 minutes today. There were only about 4 other people on the ice, perfect to practice circles on one foot, working on inside and outside edges. The most important thing is that I learned to relax the muscles in my feet a lot more and to put my weight further back which makes it easier to turn. I do have some sore muscles in my legs and decided to not go for a run today as well. I don't want to be too sore for my long run on Saturday.
I also found some stuff I wrote down from about a year ago. I recorded a run where I was running for 4 miles at 4.5mph but my heart rate was close to 160 at the end with the average heart rate around 148. That means that I have significantly improved since then.
I'm curious to see how my longer runs will go over the next couple of weeks.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
My computer crashed 3 days ago. After taking it in to a repair shop I found that the problem was not just a virus, which I knew about, but also a dying hard drive, which I suspected. The computer was getting old, over 4 years and was stilling running with Vista, so it's time for a new one anyhow, unless I want to buy a new hard-drive for the old one which may not be worth it for a laptop. If anyone has advice I would love to hear it.
Still no chance to try out snowshoes, but I'm happy with the warmer weather and the sunshine.
All this distracted me from my running a bit. I did run two days ago, Tuesday after I needed two days off after my long run.
My feet and legs were still a tiny bit sore so this run was slower than expected. I hope it was an exception.
I went 4 miles on a chip-sealed road, nice warm weather, no wind with a big uphill and downhill section in 55 minutes, average heart rate of 133, average speed 4.3
Come to think of it, I didn't run on a bigger hill in a while. I also suspect that even the smaller stressors in life will affect my running more than they would some people.
Yesterday I just walked dogs and then also talk the horse for a long walk around town. Because the weather has been so warm there was fresh green grass everywhere which she loved.
I'm planning on 90 minutes of ice skating in the morning and then a run this afternoon.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
My husband and I ran together, well, let's say at the same time. He covered almost 8 miles during the time it took me to do 6 miles.
The whole run was on a gravel road, slight elevations, so I expected to be a little slower. Overall I'm happy with the results.
Temperatures in the upper 30's, very little wind and sunny.
I ran 6 miles in 1:21 hour, average heart rate 133 (a little slower again because it's a long run), average speed 4.4 mph, calories burned about 600.
From now on I will increase my long runs by about 10 minutes and, hopefully, by about 1 mile per week until 2 weeks before the half-marathon when I'll start to taper.
Tomorrow will be a rest day from running so I'm hoping to go for a trail ride with my daughter.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Are you God? No? Then you aren't perfect! Shame on you! When are you finally going to get this right?
The coming New Year seemed like a perfect time to remind myself of this. So how can we avoid the trap of New Year's resolutions that don't stick? We could have a challenge for perfectionists to not do things perfectly. For every week that you set yourseIf a goal and don't quite reach it happily you win and you have proven to yourself and everyone around you that you aren't perfect and that you might as well quit trying (being perfect only, of course). My head is starting to spin, what am I really trying to say here? Am I talking to myself? I'm sooo losing control!
So let's try again: How about setting goals that I have a reasonable amount of control over like:" I will try to eat junk food only on one day of the week" or I will get my heart rate up for at least 30 minutes/day. When we set the goals we should allow margin, like "I know I can usually fit in 45 minutes of exercise/day but I'll plan on 30 minutes and do more if I enjoy it that day," or, "I was planning to only eat junk food only on Sunday but if I end up having a little on Monday I can still do well from Tuesday to Saturday. If I don't feel the need for junk food on Sunday it's a bonus.
I skip goals that I have little control over altogether, like planning to not get sick, never to get mad at anyone, remembering everyone's Birthday, you fill in the blank.
Most people are disappointed or discouraged not because bad things happen but because bad things happen that they did not expect. Another definition of perfectionism is to never expect myself to make any mistakes.
So, unless you are working your way up the ladder to become God sometime soon (and the position isn't even open right now) don't let perfectionism kill your joy this coming year!
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