Saturday, November 05, 2011
I`ve been inconsistent on SP. I guess I touched a peak with my first half-marathon, then life got in the way, let`s put it like this.
First, my mileage went downhill and my eating got out of control. What`s new? My biggest fault: inconsistency. I must have gotten tired of so much running. I took a too long break with small runs here and there (to maintain fitness and sanity). Cold weather settled in and my body went into the hybernating mood a.k.a. "stay in and eat up". I felt tired and just wanted to cuddle in my soft housecoat with Doritos and "Dexter" (big fan!). Result? 2lbs gain over a few weeks.
I ran a 5K on October 16th pretty much out of shape but somehow I pulled a PR. I aimed to run an under 30min, dreamed about a 29min and scored a 28:12! Prove that long distance running DOES improve speed. I was able to keep up my "speed run" pace the whole time and even to accelerate the last few hundred meters. Like my old track&field trainer taught me: "Always cross that finish line at your maximum speed". It was a good race. Look at my chubby thighs :)
This season has been finacially stressing (will it be over? ... ever?). Between back-to-school, my older son`s birthday, fall clothing shopping, Halloween, winter gear shopping my finances are so weak that sadly today I couldn`t afford a 60$ Iron supplement because it isn`t covered by my insurance. Despite the fact that my ferritine is at 9 (minimum limit is 13), my level of energy is significantly decreased and I`m dealing with all-day migraines 5 days out of 6. I could feel the compassion in the pharmacist`s voice when I refused to pay for the medicine but bought my little one a 3$ Hot Wheels car. Ah, the things we do for love :).
Talking about love, I just remembered how much fun was this Halloween for both kids. One was a (cute) dinosaur ...
and the other was was Billy Joe Armstrong (Greenday) - voila! Apparently he turned many heads at school that day :)))
I finally got my picture from my first HM. Of course I stared at it many times but one thing I`ve noticed recently. See in the background, on my right, other runners with red bib numbers? Those were the marathoners. What glory, although running with them most of the race was somehow heartbreaking. Some were struggling. What a gruelling distance. I can only respect that! Observe in the back a couple, arriving hand in hand together. How awsome is that? Oh and check the guy behind me. Eh? LOL
This week I aimed to stop my reckless eating after supper and instead to be more active and hydrate properly the last part of the day. I`ve noticed I drink plenty of water during the day and somehow after 6 ... almost nothing. I was aware I`m thirsty, and yet was reaching for (bad) food instead. I mean, nothing wrong with a whole-wheat bagel with organic natural PB. But not at 10pm! GGGGRRRRRRRRR !!! ... I did pretty well. Managed to run three times this week and behaved most days. I could see the difference in my waist. I am that type of woman others hate because all it takes me to lose weight is do 3 moderate exercise sessions and stop eating after 7-8pm. I eat quite healthy but I still have a fast metabolism. It slowed down with age, I remember how much I used to eat in college and still be skinny (and hated by my friends). I obvioulsy sabotage myslef nowadays. Or unconscioulsy I know I can lose weight quite easy and self-indulge too much. Well, at least I don`t give up. I might derail sometimes but always come back on the right path.
I feel a bit uninspired and boring but wanted to blog though and share some pics. I need to stay focused. Hopefully tomorrow I`ll find the energy for a light 10K, the weather is cold but sunny and the colours are simply breathtaking!
Happy Sunday :)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Yes, I`m on a roll. After accomplishing my first serious endurance test (HM) my new goals, before attacking "the land of Gods" is picking up my pace and improving my running strategy.
Therefore, today I signed up for the "5KClassique du Parc Lafontaine" (10K was sold out ...) and Runners`Room Resolution Run on December 31st (another 5K). My goal is to improve my time and pass the limit of 30min.
Well, in an attempt to do a 5K light/recovery run tonight I said to myself (silly/proud/reckless/crazy woman) "let`s pick it up, 1K after 1K and see if I can kill this one in 30min". Well, I did. It`s oficially 4min faster than my last 5K. I admit, my last 5Ks were just light runs, part of my HM training. I knew I got better so I knew 30min isn`t unrealsitic. But I thought I`ll die for the last 2K. And throw up. I didn`t. I finished in 29:58.
I`m tired but proud. I`m having light cottage cheese with dried cranberries and thinking to set the goal for 29min for my next 5K race, on October 16th.
One thing I`m proud is that I convinced one of mu colleagues to do the Resolution Run with me. She was so pumped with my HM that she decided to go for something more than walking her dogs. I`ll be her coach! I have to share with you she`s the third friend I infect with the bug of running. Two more have started this summer ... YAY !!! More runners on the road :)
next race will be a second HM, end of April next year. This will mean winter running. Tough runs, make you stronger. Not to disrespect the demential dry heats in Texas or the humid torrid July in Miami but there`s nothing more unappealing than heading out for a run at 9pm at -20C with a blizzard. North Americans and Canada, we know this. And equally love it!
I plan a 10K in the early summer and run again the Oasis Montreal HM. It`ll be the third HM so I`m expecting to cut a few minutes each time. This time I`ll run with a friend, the one who introduced me to running. Her previous HMs were 1:45 and 1:38. BBBRRRRR that`s fast ... but she took time off for almost three years so we`ll be even :) I`m looking forward to this year.
And I realize I`m not a beginner runner. I moved slowly to intermediate :) I`ll stay here for a while, maybe forever and enjoy each minute of it while getting better. And happier!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
... need to say more?
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Yes, I have the race jitters and I love it !!!
I`m looking at my training schedule of the last month up on the wall, all highlighted. All of it. There`s one line left white, at the bottom, and it says:
Sun, Sept 25 - HALF MARATHON RACE DAY - 21.1KM@6:47 - Time: 2:22:59
I made it. I ran all year, all around the clock, the seasons, the weather. Most of the time tired after a long day at work or tired of fighting and stress. Running has been my getaway, my me-time, my quality-time. A time of sweating and cramps sometimes but overall, a time of accomplishments and pure joy. I love running. For as long as I`ll stand on these two feet, I won`t stop.
"May the road rise with you" (me) - Irish proverb
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Tonight I was SO tempted to reach for a cheese sandwich at 9pm after all my "duties" were done. Poor excuse for the instable weather. And yet I got my butt off the door for a little 3K recovery run.
No cheese sandwich, just a great run, short and sweet. Thunders, some lightening and rain. Ah well, it was warm, quiet and dark and the rain was just refreshing. My quads felt like steel after. They must be in the best shape ever! I`m so ready for my HM ...
Half banana with 2TBS vanilla greek yogourt (YUM!) and off to bed.
Goodnight, Sparkers :)
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