Saturday, January 30, 2010
Gotta love those moments in life when something happens and it makes you stop and think things over a bit and find some new understanding.
The first thing you have to understand is that I wear glasses. My vision is good enough that I could run without them if I really wanted to, but I do prefer being able to see more than 50 feet ahead of me. Without glasses I am in no danger of running into anything or anyone, I've just gotten used to being able to see is all. The second thing is that this time of year I can get quite fogged up during a run. Especially since I've started intervals. During the slower portions of my run I can get very fogged up. Soooo....
Last Wednesday I am running along, enjoying myself, getting close to the end of the run and feeling good. I had just started a running interval and was quite fogged up, oddly enough this happened at the one corner where I could get confused about where I needed to go next. This particular corner has a small park instead of the standard homes and right at the corner the sidewalk splits with one portion going straight ahead (the path I want) and the other section splitting off to go into the park. The combination of the fogged up glasses and the angle that I approached the corner made me think, for a moment, that I was supposed to take the park sidewalk. I realized my mistake before it was too late to take the path I wanted and gave myself a good chuckle while I used my glove to wipe off some of the fog. I've been having that kind of a week and this experience fit right into the whole theme of the week (I also zipped my jacket over my seat belt, effectively locking myself into the car-figured it out before it got REALLY embarassing though and I forgot how to get to a friend's house (I've been there several times before, but not recently) and had to call to get directions-OMGoodness!!!!!). But it got me started thinking about the fog and it's blinding qualities.
Looking through glasses foggily changes one's entire perspective, things look different in the fog. Sidewalks hide and trees and homes look different. Odd thing is that not only is fog a problem when I am out running but it can also be a problem when I am reading a new article on some aspect of diet and health. It is a huge problem when I am looking at advertisements for "nutrition supplements". And these are only the things I encounter myself. There are "doctors" out there creating fog around their "vitamins" or "supplements" and "diet plans" so that their "patients" will miss the fact that they are actually peddling snake oil just like the hucksters of old. Publishers turn a blind eye if the advertiser is paying the right amount for some space in their "health" magazine. Gurus present plans and diets that will do more harm than good. Diet companies parade skinny models as examples of what their "diet" can do for you and then put in small print "results not typical". There is SOOOO much fog out there!!!! Thanks goodness for Sparkpeople!! Sparkguy will not lead you wrong. Everything that is a part of the "offical" Spark program is based on common sense and a healthy attitude towards fitness and nutrition. Sparkpeople is the ultimate de-fogger in a world of pea soup. When the fog gets too thick and I am having trouble seeing my way clearly a little visit to Spark and my glasses are cleared up and I can see again. I know where I am going and what I need to do. Thanks Sparkguy! Thanks coaches!! Thanks friends!!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Finally, finally, finally, we have a working computer in our home again!!! Finally I can blog from home and I can check on my friends and everything else I've been missing for a month or so. YIPPPPEEEE!!!!!! Finally.
Now to catch you all up on the last week or so. As I've mentioned many times, but will mention again just in case someone missed it, I live in Southern California. A very dry section of Southern California. Even when other parts of the state get rain we usually manage to miss it. So, last week was a very interesting week when it rained to some degree every single day Monday through Friday. Fortunately we still got in some of our workouts. Wednesdays was especially great!! After typing my Persevere blog I went off for our run. And it was AWESOME!!! I am following a new plan along the lines of Jeff Galloway's method. I don't own a functional watch and I am not really the type who is into holding a stop watch and our running route is through a neighborhood, not on a track, so running a set distance is a problem, so I settled on using my ipod and running two songs and walking one song. So I set off on Wednesday and after the first run interval I could feel a little tightness in my shins so I slowed down my walking pace and did a little more stretching before the next running interval. At the end of the second running interval there was still a little tighness, but much less than before and by my third interval the tightness was gone!! I was LOVING my run and that's when I started getting stupid again-hehehe!! My inner runner starts going WOOHOO!!! and saying "Yeeesss, next run we will add back in that long loop we have been cutting out for forever. Yesss, we are back in the game!!" Lucky for me I also have an inner coach!!! A few blogs ago I called him my inner Spock, but this time he said "Whoa, Nellie!!" and Spock would never be caught dead saying "Whoa, Nellie" so I had to call him my inner coach this time. We are really racking up the personalities here. Anyway, "Whoa, Nellie-what are you thinking-this is how you always get into trouble-as soon as you start feeling good you push too hard and end up back at the beginning again. Back off, keep it here for awhile and we will look at adding an additional SHORT loop later, the long loop can wait awhile." Being the intelligent being that I am I had to recognize the wisdom in this advice and even left off the last interval I was thinking I could fit in before we got to the end of the route!! Very proud of myself!!
Well, later that day the rain settled in for good and Thursday's walk and Friday's run were called due to rain, and lots of it. Every street surrounding me had turned into a mini lake and even getting the kids to school was a trial so there was no way I was going to run in it! So the original plan is to do a video and still get some exercise in and it is a very good plan, but, unfortunately, rainy days turn me into a sloth. I've always known this, but failed to take it into account when it comes to my workout plan. So, naturally Thursday and Friday I did not exercise. AND, I decided to NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT!!! As previously mentioned we get VERY few rainy days. In fact last week was the rainiest period in several years soooo, I decided to enjoy my rainy days and just not be stupid when it came to everything else. I took advantage of the cold, wet weather to make so Wild Rice and Carrot Soup-VERY Yummy. In fact even better slightly cool when it gets a little thicker and the carrot flavor is a little stronger when it cools down a little. One serving provided more than 200% of my daily vitamin A!! Even though the weather cleared up for Saturday and Sunday I still didn't fit in any additional exercise so I went into yesterday's run nice and relaxed and refreshed.
Yesterday's run surpassed Wednesday's!!! No tightness, no pain, no soreness!! AND I listened to my inner coach and kept with the plan. I didn't do anything extra, I ran only as far as planned and had a GREAT time doing it!!! I still went home and iced my shins for 20 min. before taking the kids to school. That was a little uncomfortable. Due to the continuing chill in the air (which I'm not used to) the addition of the ice made me quite chilly and I got to pull a blanket around me which made me sleepy!! LOL!! The point is I'm being very good and (knock on wood) maybe the end is in sight.
I am sticking with my plan to run my next race as a 5K instead of a 10K, which was my original plan. I made this decision because my next race is timed and the last time I trained for a timed race I was too tense about making the time and I didn't run as well as I could have or should have and I don't want the stress of trying to make a time limit added to the shin problems. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this and I feel good about it. There is a 10K in June that does not have a time limit and I will still start training for that race in February. I am going to keep doing intervals and see where it leads. I feel good about recent developments and am so glad to have all the pieces falling back into place. Now, hopefully they will all stay there for awhile!!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Persevere:to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement.
My sister and some work friends have been choosing a word for the year. Just one word to sum up their focus, hopes, desires, whatever for the year 2010. During our morning outings we have discussed what my word could be and we have come up with quite a few!! I have settled on persevere. It has been kind of a rough end of the year and start of a new one. My power cord to my lap top died and there simply is not any money in the budget at the moment for a new one so my Spark time has been seriously compromised. My shins have persisted in giving me difficulty and there is simply a lot going on right now that keeps me on the verge of frustration. But, this happens!! This is life, this is what humans go through. I have decided that 2010 is the year of perseverance!! This moment in time will change, I will find a solution to all of these things frustrating me. Icing my shins and taking some extra days of is helping my shin problem and I am confident that eventually the problem will be resolved. I looked into and will be trying the Jeff Galloway training schedule for a 5K. I have been looking forward to my first 10K and was hoping to make it the IronGirl in May, BUT, I have realized that sometime perseverance also means compromise. For now I am a short distance runner. That 10K will still be in my future, just a little further off. Maybe I will still do the 10K I was planning for June. It is in our local mountains, but does not have a strict time time limit like IronGirl posts. The stress of trying to train for a time limit would probably push me to go too fast and I have seen what that can do!! Two weeks ago I missed my regular run and made up for it by going on an evening run in my neighborhood instead of my sis's and overdid it and sure enough the shins fought back. So slow and easy for now will do the job!!
Perseverance will pay off and even though I know these problems will resolve I know that due to LIFE being what it is there will be more coming so perseverance will get me through those too!!
2010 the year of perseverance!!!!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I am going to keep this short. I've jumped onto my sis' computer while we wait to go running (she needs to complete a few things and then we are off). My power cord to my lap top died and so now I have no internet access from my home computer. Frustrating!! I am having a hard time with running, diet, the whole shebang. Frustrating!! I can't check on any of my Sparkfriends to see how they are doing. Frustrating!! My shin problems have resurfaced. Frustrating!! For a week my weight went up a pound EVERY freaking day. Frustrating!!! I am on a new challenge and haven't been able to check in and probably have to drop the team. Frustrating!!! The list gets longer when I start adding in some things going on at home. Frustrating!!
Well, there you have it. Ever since my power cord died (and a little before that) life has been one big ball of frustration!! HOWEVER, there is a bright side (there always is isn't there, you just have to look for it-sometimes really hard). I am learning some things about compromise and perseverance. My sis and I have been discussing some of these things while we walk/run in the mornings. My running has dwindled down to very short runs over a significantly shorter distance than before and she knows how frustrating it has been and great friend/sister that she is has been giving me some good advice and even calling me on the phone when she comes across something she thinks will help.
COMPROMISE-this is a great concept. It is a core concept to any successful relationship. Think about it...wives/girlfriends how much do you compromise what you want for what your guy wants/needs? Moms you KNOW the world revolves around your kids and it is all about compromise for what they need/want. How many of you have passed on buying something for yourself in order to buy something for your kidlet instead? I bet every single one of you at some time has done that. So for now my program is about passing on what I want for what my body needs. It is frustrating and depressing even, but when we get over this problem I will be healthier and stronger!!
Perseverance-How many times in the last couple of months have I said to myself "Just give up-this is getting ridiculous-just give up-go back to sitting on the sofa and watching shows-being a slug isn't painful"-let me tell you it has been a few. But I am not giving up I am going to keep going. I am still searching for the perfect run length to let me keep going with out the pain. I am still looking forward to upcoming runs. Under that compromise thing I may have to do the 5K version of my upcoming runs instead of the 10K and that is disappointing but I'd rather get to the point of being able to do a 5K again before worrying about a 10K.
Anyways, time to go for a run (for me that will be mostly a walk, but hey, I'm still going!!)-I will get that computer fixed a.s.a.p. and I WILL BE BACK!! Just call me the McArthur of SparkPeople (hope most of you understand the reference-if not I can explain it in another blog) :) This will get better!!!!!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Christmas went well. We all had a nice day, ate just a tad too much, but didn't go too far overboard and the kids played with every toy (I always feel bad when a toy gets left out). I got the fleece jacket and vest I wanted from LL Bean. I even got to put them to the test during a hike on Saturday! My sister and I headed out for our usual trail and had a great hike. We stretched periodically and we even thought, for a moment, we were going to get to say hi to some other hikers when a truck pulled into the parking area at the trail head (generally speaking we are the only people on the trail), but the husband only needed to use the port-a-potty!! LOL! Darn. We even saw deer tracks on our hike!! My fleece and vest did its job just fine!! The stretching really seemed to help too as, by this morning, I was stiff, but not sore.
Last week, before the holidays, I drove our running route and mapped out .5 mile running intervals with .2 mile recovery intervals. Way back in November I started having shin problems and I am in the process of rebuilding my program and recently decided intervals would probably be the way to go since every time I tried a run of any distance my shins would start to hurt again, but intervals and stretching alleviated some of the problem. I wrote down each landmark and put the paper in my back pocket and off we went for our Monday run. BTW, I was wearing the same pants as in the last blog, but with the new and improved draw string!!! They stayed put perfectly!! After a warm up and stretch we started running and it was a great run. I did my .5, walked, stretched and started the second .5, finished it, walked and stretched again. By this time I was starting to feel nice and loose and ready to keep going. I started the third .5 and not far into it had to cross a street. Shortly after crossing the street I felt this weird kind of feeling. I really couldn't identify it at first, but then I realized I was RUNNING! For me I was going pretty fast, my form was good, I was loose and I was LOVING it!! I was FINALLY experiencing the joy that got me started on running in the first place. For WEEKS running has been frustrating, a chore, a duty, not a pleasure and not very much fun. In that moment it was FUN and a little scary. See, usually I am a r-u-n-n-e-r. Read that slow, long, and drawn out, just like my runs. I am REALLY, REALLY, slow and I think that one moment this morning was the fastest I've ever gone!! LOL!! It really was kind of funny, especially when I actually had a moment of " I'm out of control" panic. But, just a flash and for one tiny moment before my inner Spock took over and reminded me that the ground was perfectly flat and I was not racing down a hill so how could I possibly be out of control! LOL!! I let the moment last until that same inner Spock reminded me that this speed was a new experience and that there was no way I could maintain it for the rest of the .5 miles so I had better slow down :P! Another recovery and another, almost, .5 mile run and I was done. That put my total running distance at almost 2 miles-a record since the shin problems began!! Woo Hoo!! Wednesday we get to add back in a loop of the run that we dropped when my troubles began and I couldn't finish that loop even on a walk. That will be so exciting!! The missing loop will put us back at a 3.1 run and will give me almost 2.5 miles of run time. Oh and as a reward for all my hard work I shaved two minutes off my time!! Yippee Skippy!! Happy count down to the new year all!!
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