Saturday, May 22, 2010
Let's start with the minuses...First, it takes me a really long time to run 6 miles so...
1. It is a crazy long distance. I felt like a pioneer setting out across the plains
2. I still don't have a hydration system (for some silly reason feeling intimidated by them-if I buy one it might mean I really am a runner)-so I have to carry my hydration in my hand-that wasn't so much fun.
3. Like the hydration I haven't invested time in finding a great energy source. I stuck a cliff bar in my pocket. Hmmm. While I love cliff bars, running with one in my pocket was not the best solution and they are a tad dry/chewy. I spent to much energy focusing on my chewing.
4. The shoes that stood up to shorter distances just fine, didn't really stand up to 6 as well. The balls of my feet were sore by the time I got back. Better shoes are apparently needed, until those fit into the budget I might try an insert and see if it helps-test it out on a short run first to make sure it doesn't totally throw me off.
5. The laces on my shoes bother the top of my foot, on shorter runs this is not a real issue, just a minor annoyance, on a long run it becomes a major annoyance. Find a new way of tying my shoes so that problem is eliminated. It is the cross over of the laces at the very top of the shoe that is the problem-I pull them too tight or something.
6. Part of my route took me past a farming field. It is being "fumigated" and there are poison signs all over the field. I kept thinking "great I am running past a field of poison, I'm going to die". Don't run past field again until poison issue is resolved. EWWW I just realized, some sort of food product is going to be grown in the field of poison. YUCK!!! Obviously not organic food. shudder.
And that is about it really. All things that can be dealt with and resolved. There is nothing about running 6 miles that had me saying "I am never doing this again". That is pretty awesome!!
1. It feels REALLY good to say I ran 6 miles. Right after the run I had to shower and head off to son's basball game-I had to resist the urge to tell everybody I saw "hey, I ran 6 miles today".
2. Running 6 miles is actually kind of fun. It was an adventure. My sister couldn't run with me today so I was on my own! I tracked out a completely new route I've never done before and it was fun. I used the fitness tools to track my route using the hybrid setting on track your route. One section was completely unknown to me and part of it went through a section that is under construction. I appeared, on the map, that this section of road went through to a different road, where I wanted to be, but I just wasn't sure. I planned a back up route but didn't need it. The road was blocked by a guard rail, with plenty of space for a runner to slip through. I ran down a sidewalk in a dirt field, the by product of an enconomy in the dumps. The field had been graded and laid out for new homes, but the homes were never built-just the sidewalk. There was a break in the fence at the other end and then I noticed that there was a second fence behind the first, but evidently someone else uses that route too as a space had been cut in the fence for people to get through! That was my adventure today!
3. By going 6 miles I can incorporate the ONLY hills in Northwest Hemet into my route!! My town is really quite flat. The whole thing is on a bit of a slant, but all the hills are around the outside of the valley, in the middle it is really flat. There is this one section though, were there is a bit of a plateau. Part of the city sits several feet higher than the other section. There is one steep hill on one street going down the plateau and the other street is one long slow decent down the plateau. The long, slow decent is not on my path. I get the steep hill!! FUN!! First I get to go down and then make a long loop through a park and then up the hill and then turn around and back down again. Getting to go down twice is a great bonus!!
4. I get to see other people out and exercising. I ran into a guy, who, like me, is an overweight runner and was probably right about at the same level as me, faster, but as far as I could see less distance. I got to follow him down the hill and think "Awesome, here is a guy, maybe he is even a sparker and I don't know it. Here he is out on a Saturday morning running just like me-awesome!"
5. I got to see parts of town that I usually only see when I am behind the wheel.
6. I got a huge laugh, now I know this will not happen every time, but today, I was probably just moving into mile 4 and getting kind of tired when this truck comes down the road. I could see that the front license plate had been replaced with one of those plates that aren't legal, but are kind of fun because it says something on it or has a picture or something. This plate had words so as the truck got closer I watched the plate to see if I could see what it said. It said, ready for it? It said "RUN FOREST RUN"!!!! No joking, I am out for my first ever 6 mile run and I get a license plate that says Run Forest Run. I cracked up. I literally burst out laughing. I could not believe it! That alone gave me the energy to run another mile!
7. The endorphins-good stuff.
8. I had plenty of time to play with my intervals (which I do use for the long distances-thanks Jeff Galloway). 3:2, 2:2, 5:2 (didn't use that one much, there were a few parts when I just felt like running for awhile to I did). Noticed benefits to each one. Could see where listening to what my body was telling me could dictate the length of the interval instead of the stop watch (one less thing to carry).
9. How tight my tush felt after the run-a glimpse of things to come-lol!!
I think there are more pluses, I just haven't thought of them yet. Overall a very rewarding experience. And I made it back in time to go to my son's baseball game-I was worried about that. Wasn't sure if 2.5 hours would be enough time-lol!! It did take me an hour and 43 minutes to go six miles. But this is what was going through my head "in two weeks you haven't managed more than 2.5", "this is the first time at this distance you are conserving energy to make sure you get back", "run again next week and you will be faster", "during your short runs next week do some fartleks (just love that word) and see how much you improve", "how many people your weight would even attempt running", "no place to go but up", etc. Basically, all the things that people would leave as comments on my page :).
Maybe that wasn't my self-talk I was hearing maybe I was hearing a bunch of sparkers in my head this morning. Sad, but true, I am not generally that supportive of myself-so a bunch of you must have been along for the run this morning-thanks for coming-I appreciated the support!!
Friday, May 21, 2010
This is the last food blog for this particular SIS challenge. I am glad the week has come to an end. Doing a food blog EVERY day is kind of a lot of work. However, I had never done a food blog before this challenge and I really enjoyed it. It really helped keep me accountable and made me think more about what I was going to eat. I think I will have to set a goal to add a food blog at least a few times a month. So...here is breakfast...
Left over corn casserole from last night's dinner. What I have really discovered this week is that I am not a traditional breakfast type of person-LOL! I stuck it in the microwave to reheat it and it made a scrumptious breakfast.
I LOVE these things. Stretch Island Fruit Co. Fruit strips. 100% fruit, no added sugar, very yummy and extremely portable. These little things go hiking, to Disneyland and school without any problem what-so-ever. This one had fell out of the cupboard so I figured it was just begging to be eaten-I obliged!!
Left over pasta from the other night. Still yummy even though not as pretty as before.
More popcorn. This was daughter's idea. She LOVES popcorn and just as it was getting to be afternoon snack time she brings me a package and asks for popcorn-sure why not!
Dinner-Tonight was lentil taco night. This is definately one of my family's top five favorite meals. My kids LOVE them and have no idea how healthy the lentils are-all they know is that this meal is delicious.
I start by cooking some onion and garlic in a pan mmmm-smells soooo good!!
Add some herbs and spices (oregano, chili powder and cumin) and the lentils-
Cook for a minute then add some chicken broth (strict vegetarians can use vegi broth-we are meat eaters who like to eat veg a few times a week)-
Bring that to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer until the lentils are tender. Then my favorite part-
mash 'em up!
Oh-add some salsa to that mess before you start mashing.
All set to go-
My kids love the hard shells and that is great for me-less work. Put about a quarter cup of lentils in the shell, add lettuce (that is my daughter's hand adding some lettuce to her taco), tomato, cheese, etc.
I also like mine as a wrap-
some lentils, lettuce, tomato, a tiny bit of cheese, a tiny bit of sour cream (2 teaspoons-measured out) , and some salsa-doens't that look good?
Here is another view
One serving is two tacos. I love this meal!! So good....
So, unless I go have a snack here are my totals for the day.
Calories Used =1,433
Hmm lookit that-think I'll go have another wrap!! BTW-I got the recipe out of a cookbook, but it can also be found at www.allrecipes.com as Tasty Lentil Tacos. Here is a link allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tasty-Lentil-T
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Another odd day of eating. Kind of random things today. Tomorrow is going to be great though-Lentil Tacos, one of my favorites-come back for that one...
Today started off oddly with...
yep, another roll. Weird breakfast, it actually ended up being an a.m. snack since I managed breakfast a bit later. My daughters missed the rolls last night since they finished after bed time. They claimed their share this morning and youngest insisted I eat one with her. Cute...
So, after dropping the two older ones off at school it was a quick trip to the grocery. While there I found this...
it looked might yummy and was very affordable so I bought it, took it home and mostly cooked it. Ooops, forgot it was in the microwave waiting to have the film removed and then cooked one more minute. By the time I got back to it it was quite cold and I had to cook it a bit longer than stated, which turned the eggs a little rubbery. But it was still quite yummy. The sausage had just the right amount of spice to not be too spicy or bland. I added quite a bit of black pepper to it, but that is just me-I kind of like pepper (got it from my gramps who put pepper on EVERYTHING). Here it is cooked-
Lunch...well, there we had a bit of a problem again. It was one of those busy days and preparing something for lunch just seemed useless. So... a delicious Navel Orange and half of the last roll (again youngest insisted she share with me). Then later...
. I did NOT eat the orange and the pickle at the same time-more than an hour passed between the two. It was a yummy pickle too.
Soon it was time for dinner...
a delicious glazed meatloaf I make with ground turkey, some onion, some spices, etc. Kids LOVE it, except the youngest (that is actually her plate-I forgot to take a pic and she didn't eat her's so ta-da!). Also corn casserole, which is NOT a healthy vegetable dish, but it is good. I checked my calories for the day before making it to make sure I had the wiggle room to have a serving if I made it. This is wicked good-it is like the soft, pudding like bread that you can get at Mexican Restaurants. Like I said, it turns good ol' corn into a dessert almost, but I limit how often I make it for that reason and today seemed like a good day to go for it since I had the calories available.
Later another snack... A serving of ACT II Kettle Corn Microwave Popcorn. Sweet, yet salty and extremely reasonable in the calorie department.
Plus a bunch of water and I had a better food day than yesterday ;)!
I just might have a little more popcorn. Son wanted a pickle, but ate only a bit of it and just handed me the rest. A pickle on top of Kettle Corn? Ewww doesn't sound too good, maybe I'll bag that pickle for tomorrow. :)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This morning I heard the alarm, pried my eyelids open, got out of bed, got dressed in my running gear, laced up the sneakers, drove a few minutes and went for a run. Ahhhhh. I am finally getting a schedule back. We (my sis and I) were short on time so it was a slightly shorter than planned run. Which was good because I am still building back up after a long illness break. Ran just short of the distance I ran on Saturday. I have yet to track it, but roughly 2.25 to 2.5 miles running distance. A little more with warm-up and cool-down.
As I ran today I spent some time reflecting on my running life. Last year, in July, I decided I needed to start running. This decision came on the heels of a traumatic birthday and truthfully I thought it might have been one of those things that I decided to try, but then would discover I just hated so I would give up after a few weeks. My sister and I commited to doing the Couch to 5K program together and we would celebrate finishing the program by running the Disneyland 5K in September. We did what we set out to do and the Disney 5K was such a blast that we were soon looking for a new race. Fast forward almost a year and we are still running. We are training for a 10K and looking forward to training for a 1/2 marathon. This morning as I ran I thought about all this and then I thought about how I am doing right now with my running.
I thought about where I had hoped to be at this point. I thought about how my 10K was supposed to be in a couple of weeks, but how I would most likely be running the 5K option instead. I thought about how my training was thrown for such a big loop by getting sick and how right now I am still trying to build back up to running a 5K. I had hoped to be so much further along at this point.
But then, as I felt my feet keeping pace, almost without me having to think about it, as I felt my breathing settle into a familar, strained, yet also sustained pattern and as I felt the sweat breaking out upon my brow, I thought about how far I have come in that year. I thought about how much I have overcome and how I have NOT given up despite being sorely tempted several times.
As I ran past this one piece of road I thought back to the C25K program and how there was this one day when I was running on this same piece of road and I was huffing and puffing and thinking, just get to the stop sign, just get to the stop sign and you can stop no matter what Robert says (Robert Ullrey, narrator of the C25K program I downloaded to my ipod). I kept thinking about that day as I blasted past that darn stop sign and kept running down the road.
As I came around a different corner and came running up to a house where a carpet cleaning van lives I thought about how that van had played a similar roll as the stop sign. If I can just get to the van. Funny, but I haven't thought about or even noticed the van for a long time. I usually just run right past it.
As I ran along I thought about those days of the shin splints when just walking the route on some days was a challenge. I thought about ALL the different things I did to try to get past that hurdle. I thought about how easy it would have been to just stop running at that point. I thought about all those mornings when I thought "I am just not a runner, I am too fat, I am not the right type to be running, this just isn't right for me". But on those mornings I thought about all the great runs I had had and I knew that running was a part of my life now and if I gave it up I would feel the hole left behind. I persevered and I found the Jeff Galloway method really worked out for me. I spent some time rebuilding my program and got back up to running a 5K without the intervals when I felt like it. I got to where I could run 5 miles using the intervals and I got to where I was looking forward to the next mile I would add to my run. 5, 6 then 7 and more?
Then I thought about getting sick and how much that killed my desire to run, much less do ANYTHING else. And that brought me back to this morning. Here I was again, back to running, feeling great and enjoying the beautiful morning. Sure, there was no way this was going to be a record breaking run this morning, but I was out there, I was on the street and I was sweating, breathing and running and it was awesome. Will I run the 10K in a couple of weeks? Maybe, maybe not, I am still trying to decide. It will probably be the 5K if I am completely honest with myself, but that just means the 10K will have to come at another time. I'm not going to not run a 10K. I am still looking at that half. In fact there is one in Las Vegas in December that supports the Crohn's/Collitis foundation I want to give my support to in honor of my friend's teenage son who is suffering from Ulcerative Collitis.
Am I where I thought I would be by this time? No. But, I am still running. I am living a running life now and I am so glad I am. I would have missed so many things if I hadn't started running last year. I would not trade these experiences for anything and I am looking forward to all the great experiences ahead of me...
What a great day to be a runner.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Warning today's food was not so good.
Brunch- This was a very good and very filling bar.
Here it is out of the package- Those are big 'ol chunks of berries. Also has flax seed in there. Overall a very satisfying bar. Probably would have been a better snack than a meal, but overall filled me up and kept me going for awhile.
Notice how that bar was "brunch"? Yeah, didn't really have breakfast and/or lunch but used that bar as both-oops.
Tuna fish on white with a dab of mayo and relish. Let me tell you about what happened here. My son had a baseball game tonight and I knew dinner had to be early so I took some ground turkey out of the freezer for some yummy, yummy meatloaf I make. Then I took some frozen rolls out of the freezer to defrost and rise, some vegis and this was going to be a very delicious meal. Well, meat is defrosting, rolls are defrosting, I got to pick son up from school and we head over to the public library. The kids all get on the computers set up in the children's library and they are all happily playing educational computer games. I go pick out some books for my son. My mom comes and we start chatting. Quietly, of course, since this is still the library. Youngest finishes her turn on the computer and goes to pick out some books. Son and daughter finish 5 minutes later and she goes to pick out some books and son decides he wants to pick out some books. He is a HUGE fan of the Magic Treehouse series of books, I picked out some other books within his reading level that are NOT Magic Treehouse-see if we can expand his horizons a bit. Well, he decides he still needs some Magic Treehouse-no cold turkey for him-no way!! (giggle, giggle) So he goes and ends up with 6 Magic Treehouse, added to the 6 I had already picked out-oh my goodness he is going to have a selection of reading materials this week!! So that leaves me with no books yet. We head to the Sci-Fi section were my current fave reads are (Star Wars, Star Trek and Sookie Stackhouse) and I end up with a few and then over to biographies to pick up one educational read so that my brain doesn't rot from Sookie and Star Trek. The kids are getting antsy so I don't have much time, gotta pick fast, no time to debate...ummmmmmm let's see....Jackie O-no, FDR-no, Fran Dresher-HECK NO!! Ummmm Daniel Boone-okay and what is that right next to him Lucetia Borgia? Oooo that sounds fun. So I grab Daniel and Lucretia and off we go with a bag busting with books. Trouble is I haven't really been watching the clock. Just as we head to the self-checkout I hear my husband's Aunt Joan-the head children's librarian, calling for after school craft time. OOOOPS that means it is 3:30!! 10 to 15 minutes home, it will be almost 4 by the time we get home, meatloaf takes an hour, we have to be at the ball field by 5 and that is also 10 to 15 minutes from home (the library is 15 min east the field 15 min south), hmmm, doesn't look like we will be having meatloaf tonight-oops. So now what. Husband had the answer-tuna fish. Granted, I had tuna on Monday for lunch, but that didn't include the rest of the family and they all (except the youngest) LOVE tuna fish sandwiches. So tuna won the day and we scarfed down our sandwiches and off to the game we went-the youngest got PBJ. I left the rolls on the counter since they had not risen much, though I did consider sticking them in the fridge before we left.
Okay so, so far today I've had an Odwalla bar and a tuna fish sandwich.
We got home from the game and I had totally forgotten about my rolls which had now risen to about 4 times their original size-into the oven they go and a bit later I have a snack-
Two, fresh, warm from the oven, rolls. YUMMM. So light and fluffy and warm that they do not need anything else. An afterthough tells me jam might have been nice, but they were good without.
So here are today's totals-
Daily Calorie Goal-1,590-1,940
Calories Spent- 887
Calories left- 703-1053
Major total OOPS!! That is not enough calories. Why didn't I eat today? Oh my goodness!!! I could have snuck an orange into the library or something. Well, obviously a bad idea, but still. I will not do that again tomorrow. And not a single fruit or vegi, well unless you count the berries in the Odwalla or if you count relish as a veg. Jeesh. What a waste of calories. Poor things I had them there, I could have utilized them in some wonderfully delicious way and instead they died lonely and unutilized. Poor, poor calories :(.
I am going to have to try really hard tomorrow to try to hit the upper range of my calorie allowance and in a good way too, no more brownies, no more skipping breakfast and/or lunch. Tomorrow will be the meatloaf I didn't make today, now I just have to plan the rest of the day. Okay, time for bed, gotta go for a run tomorrow morning...See ya all in the a.m.
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