Thursday, August 05, 2010
I believe that endorphins induce temporary insanity and I need new shoes.
Today was another early run, so up I get, get dressed, I put on a shirt I haven't worn for awhile that I thought I really liked and off I go. I get to my sister's and we are off and warming up. After our 5 min. warm-up walk we stretch and we spend a lot more time stretching today than at least I have been.
I think one of my problems is not stretching enough after warming up. I have gotten kind of lax and just go through the basics and then start running. So, we spent quite a bit of time on the stretches. Still after less than a 1/4 mile I start feeling tight in my shins again-Uggh!! So I stop at a cable box (at least I'm pretty sure that is what it is)-this big green box in the grassy section between sidewalk and street and stretch my legs even more, do a nice long hamstring stretch and really try to get loose. I start running again and feel good for a little bit, then I start feeling tight again. So the first thing I am thinking is...time for new shoes....the second thing I am thinking is this run sucks.
The HRM is yelling at me so I stop and walk until it stops and then start running again, that's a little better. I am now about 1.25 miles into a slightly longer than 2 mile run. I stop to walk again for a bit when the HRM starts yelling again then start running again, a little better still. I'm getting there...my sis catches up to me (I take a short cut and she always catches up somewhere in there-a little sooner today than usual due to all the walking and stretching I guess). She paces me for a minute and then pulls ahead and finally I start finding my stride.
I am still thinking that I need new shoes, in fact I am going over in my mind, doing a systems check if you will...hmmm, arch is feeling kind of high, like the heel and toes are breaking down. There is no cushy feeling in the shoe, the ground feels hard as I run and my shins hurt. Yep, time for new shoes, darn how am I going to fit that into the budget.
Anyways, I am finally feeling my stride so I decide to keep going until I catch back up to my sister-she gets to the end and comes back for me .
Oops got distracted and hit the button too soon-LOL More blog coming-lol!
So, back to the story. I finally meet back up with my sister and we finish the walk back to her house. The shirt I thought I remembered liking I now remembered why I haven't worn it for so long....it is a shirt in the "style" of a running shirt, but it is cotton, I purchased this shirt last year sometime, like when I first started back to exercise and was still uneducated in things like dri-tech and wicking. At the end of today's run there is a big ol' sweaty spot on the front of the shirt, the kind of thing you see on guys and they wear it like a badge of honor- "Hey, yo! Yeah, I worked out today, see my sweat!!"
On me however, not so cute. I sweat, I just do, it is just one of those facts, I don't glisten, I sheen and drip. So the neck line of this shirt is literaly catching all my sweat and holding on to it for dear life. As my sister said, this shirt is a perfect towel-LOL!! But I don't want to run in a towel, I want a shirt. The puddle is hot and heavy and unattractive, so I need a new shirt too. I've been looking for and at technical shirts, but haven't purchased one yet. I actually have a technical, long-sleeved shirt for cooler weather, but I need something for this summer heat, short or no sleeves. I think that is why I haven't purchased one. Most of what I am finding in my size is sleevless. I have bat wings, I don't really want sleeveless, but as I said to another sparker recently I'm to the point of "hey, I'm out here working hard and getting sweaty, if I want to wear a sleeveless shirt while I'm doing it then y'all are just gonna hafta live with the sight of my bat wings" . That shirt is a gonner I'm afraid, I'm so over the shirt as a towel thing. I need a shirt made out of shamwow or something-LOL!! LOL!! Okay that one just cracked me up. hehehe.
Anyhow...get back to my sis' and do a quite thorough cool down stretch and as I am leaving we both say "that was a good run". Okay, so I just spent 1.67 miles or so thinking "this sucks" and at the end of it all I say "that was a good run"? Am I insane? No, it is just those endorphins speaking. Temporary insanity. But, in truth it was a good run. I did what I set out to do. I went the distance I said I would go. I needed a couple walking breaks, but really, this wasn't supposed to be a max effort run. It was speed training and even though I accidentaly locked the screen on my ipod (yeah, don't ask me how I did that I can't tell you) and couldn't follow the time like I intended, I followed the HRM, when the heart rate got too high I slowed down until it came down a bit and then I ran again, so it all worked, eventualy I won't need to walk, just slow down, in order to get it back in line, but for now I'm training my most important muscle to work more efficiently so the walking will probably be more of a fact for a bit. At the end I felt good and that is the most important part anyways. So, yeah, I think endorphins induce temporary insanity and I need new shoes. Oh, and I stopped at the 24 hour Wal-Mart and on a chance checked the racks, found a cute, short sleeved, technical style top, that is 0% cotton so we will give it a try and see how it goes-at $8 it won't be a huge loss if it isn't perfect and it will, in any case, be an improvement over the towel.
Hope everyone has a great day!!
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
It was an interesting week last week. I didn't exercise even though I intended to. I didn't eat well. But, I did have some fun with the kids...husband and I had a great anniversary, unfortunately it involved 24 hours of eating out. More on that later...
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were pretty uneventful and lazy. Thursday started out well enough, we were planning on going to the pool and going swimming and doing a couple of other things that didn't happen. In the morning I was in my room checking e-mail and a couple other things when my daughter, the 6 year old, comes walking in with a new hairstyle...check it out...before is on my main page if you want to check it out. Here is the after...
Seriously I was trying so hard not to laugh. I asked her
"What happened to your hair?"
Answer: "Me not know".
"How come you don't know?"
"Me not know".
"Did you cut your hair?"
Shakes head no
"Did Matthew cut your hair?"
Shakes head no
"Kaylie, what happened to your hair"
"Meeeeee nootttttt knoooooowwww (sob)"
"Kaylie, you are not in trouble, but I need to know what happened to your hair. Did Matthew cut it?"
"I swear it wasn't me!!!!!!"
"Kaylie did you cut your hair, you'll be in more trouble if you lie to me, just tell me, did you cut your hair?"
"Okay, me cut my hair"
"Kaylie, why did you cut your hair?"
"Me didn't want it to get in my eyes when I go swimming."
Of course, this is the child who was BALD until she was nearly two, who's hair grew maybe an inch last year, if we were lucky. She is going to have a pixie cut for a very long time. I took her to the "hair salon" as she likes to call it to see what they could do. Made a few people laugh each time I had to tell the story. First an old lady waiting for her haircut and then a 20 something young man who was probably remembering a time when he did something similar. There wasn't a whole bunch the stylist could do, just even out the chunky parts. She coulnd't grow back the chunk right up front where Kaylie went practically down to the scalp. Luckily, I have my friend who makes bows and such as her business, she brought me an adorable grey headband with a bow on Sunday that helped distract from the shortness of the style. She is in the process of making a couple custom headbands and hopefully it will grow enough to give her a bit more in front before school pictures are taken in a couple of months. She couldn't do this at the beginning of summer-she had to wait until 3 weeks before school starts again!! Jeez...this one is my challenge. She has very creative ideas and that is cool, definately a talent, but she needs to learn to think through the plan before starting!! LOL!! Here are a couple pics after going to the "salon".
Friday we all went miniture golfing. The night my husband proposed we had gone to this same place for miniture golf. My husband's original plan was to propose at the course, but he got cold feet, the important part is that his feet warmed back up again when we were alone. He is not one of those public display people anyways so it was more his style to do it in private anyways. So, we have never taken the kids miniture golfing so it seemed like a good thing to do on the day before our anniversary. We had a blast. We cheated our way through the entire course. The course was kind of crowded so we were doing things like kicking the kids' golf balls farther down the course, we let the kids "sweep" their balls into the cup and youngest didn't even hit a couple holes, she carried her ball down to the cup, put it on the ground and kicked it into the cup-LOL!! I hit my ball into a water feature and just helped youngest with the rest of the holes!! We let them play at the arcade for awhile and then we took them to my mom's house and ditched them. Then we started our 24 hour fast food fest. Started at Rubio's for dinner. Yum!! Didn't do too badly there actually, a shrimp taco and a steak taco, but I ate all my chips, that was the bad decision.The tacos are corn tortillas that have NOT been fried so the tacos at Rubio's are a decent choice when eating out.
The next morning I got up and went running with my sister. I cut the route short because I was feeling REALLY tight and actually having problems with my stride, the kinds of problems that tell me I'm going to experience shin problems if I keep it up so I walk some, stretched even more and then felt looser so I took a short cut, picked a hill and just ran up and down that one hill until Kristen "caught up". I had a coyote encounter while running. I am running up and down my hill and during a down run I see this "dog" running down the trail right at me. It is still a bit away and looked friendly so I went ahead and turned away from it to run back up the hill. I expected to see it again when I turned back, but it had disappeared. A bit later a gentleman out walking reached me and asked if I'd seen the coyote!! Oh!! I thought it was a dog! He explained that it saw me and ran across the street to an empty field and ran through the field and into a housing tract. He said he sees them quite often. I ususally don't see them in town like that, but where we were running is in town, but a lot closer to the foothills so I guess these guys show up pretty often on that side of town. They must be getting really hungry because he was quite a ways into town and in broad daylight.
Went home and started looking for breakfast, husband suggests spliting a breakfast burrito from Steve's (a local fast food restaurant that is really popular). I immediately say YES!! It's been ages since I've had a Steve's burrito. They are so yummy and so HUGE!!! Even splitting one it was more than I should have had. Tortilla, egg, potato and bacon.
We have a kind of lazy morning and afternoon, lunch time rolls around...Hey, how about a chicken teriyaki sandwich from Carl's Jr?. "Sounds great". Oh my, what am I thinking?
Kids come home, I've been doing house work for a couple hours now. Everyone is tired, but hungry. Husband heads to KFC for Chicken Strips, cole slaw, and mashed potatoes and gravy.
That was baaaaaaaaaad. I could see the puffiness in my face and feet the next day from all the sodium.
The good news is I think I've got it out of my system!! I don't think I'll need to eat out again for awhile.
I've done some planning for the month, set a schedule for workouts and such. School starts again this month and youngest has her birthday so we will be busy, but I am ready to get back on a schedule and keeping those workouts going.
Got up this morning planning on an easy two-miler, but only went 1.5. Took our beagle out with me this morning and as soon as we got to the start of the run I looked down the street and there was a stray dog running towards us. Baxter hadn't noticed it yet so I turned and went a different way. I hadn't made it even half a mile before my shins were getting tight again. I stopped and did some more stretching and ran a bit more, but just wasn't feeling it too much today. I couldn't find my stride, I was tight and I was tired and it was, once again, a little too warm considering the sun wasn't even up yet. I had pretty much decided I was done when I hit a street I could take to pretty much redo the beginning of my route only in reverse-take it or skip it, take it or skip it?
I took it!! That is what put me over the 1.5 mark, if I had skipped it I would have barely gotten in one mile. I came home and was ambushed by needy girls-got them settled with some cereal and started stretching. That felt good! I think, that even though I do a stretch after warming up and I stretch again at the end of every workout, I need to be doing more. Today's after workout stretch was much more thorough than normal and it felt GOOD! In fact almost as soon as I was done stretching I felt like going out again, but hubby had to leave for work so it will have to wait till tomorrow. I'm testing out shorter, more frequent workouts this week and see if that helps. I've been feeling fatigued so I'm thinking shorter, but more frequent will give me the same amount but without as much fatigue. I've got a schedule planned for two weeks, we'll see how it goes. I want to start building my milage again and need to find a way to make that work. I've started the basics of a training plan to take me through the half marathon in November, just need to do a little tweaking here and there to finalize it. This week I am tracking calories for the FITS challenge and my personal goal is getting enough water. It's been hot and I think the basic amount is not cutting it and helping to make me more tired so I am increasing the water intake and hoping it makes a difference.
Well, now that I've typed a novel...hope everyone is having a great day, great week, great summer...
Monday, July 26, 2010
I need a short break. I am frustrated and tired and tired and frustrated and I don't know how to proceed.
I am STUCK. The same five pounds have been coming and going for awhile now, they won't leave and I don't know why.
My kids are so cute and sweet, but driving me crazy, my daughter just asked me "what can me do?" I told her she has a ton of toys and things to do and she is bored? She said nothing is fun.
Well, if that doesn't just sum up the whole shebang in one cute little sentance. Nothing is fun. My runs, haven't been fun. Eating, hasn't been fun. Having the kids home 24/7 hasn't been fun. And the thing is-all of it should be fun.
I am taking a vacation. I'm not going anywhere. I'm not doing anything special. But, I'm turning off the computer, I'm still going running tomorrow, but I'm not coming on Spark first to plot the route, it's just going to happen. I'll eat this week the way I think I should. I have some goodies for smoothies. I bought good food. We'll get the craft goodies out and have some fun. The t.v. will go off more this week and I'll try enjoying my summer instead perseverating over Spark. Sorry, I'm not bad mouthing. Really, it's not you-it's me-I need to work on myself before I deserve someone like you ;p!
It's gotten to the point where I have two races to sign up for, but can only afford one this week. So, which one do I sign up for? The 5K in a couple of weeks or the half in a couple of months? Should be an easy decision but I can't make it....5K so easy now, been there done that, want to set a PR at this race, but just not feeling the excitement for some reason. The half-marathon, never been there, or done that, and I just can't bring myself to plop down the bucks to register and it is CHEAP too!! What if it is a waste of money?
Took the final for my class, now the test just needs to make it back to school on time and get graded. It is driving me crazy that this part is totally out of my hands. If the testing center doesn't send it back immediately and it doesn't get back on time-then what do I do? UGGH!! I won't know until next week if it worked out.
I need a vacation in the worst way. The good part is that Saturday is my wedding anniversary-11 years!!
Going on vacation now...wish me luck...
Friday, July 23, 2010
So, who saw the article about Plus-sized model Crystal Renn being "shocked" when photos done for a charity were retouched? Here is the basic story. Model Crystal Renn got into fashion modeling as a teen-ager and developed bulemia. When her hair started falling out and her energy dropped to nothing she woke up and started living a healthy lifestyle. She is now an indemand model and at a healthy weight. No more trying to be a size zero for this gal. Admirable, right? I think so too, this is the kind of example the world needs when it comes to fashion and health. She has every right to be shocked and I would say even angry about the retouching. She has felt the damage that size 0 models inflict on girls who want to be like their fashion idols. So, why the hissy fit?
As I am reading the article (link to follow) Ms. Renn is discussing this issue of trying to be super skinny and where she is now she mentions her current size. Now, before I mention it I want to point out that at the top of the article in 112 point letters (I don't actually know the font size I am making up a number here) are these words..."Plus-size model ‘shocked’ at being made to look thinner". Plus-sized model is the leader here. This particular "PLUS-SIZED MODEL" states she is a size 10. TEN!! A size TEN is PLUS-SIZED?????????!!!!!!! SINCE FREAKIN' WHEN IS A TEN A PLUS SIZE?????!!!!! Only in the world of fashion. I am so FREAKIN' angry over this. A size 10 is a PERFECTLY healthy size for A LOT of women. But, in the world of size zero models a 10 equals plus-sized.
I'm sorry but the last time I checked the Plus-sized racks (which happened to be the last time I shopped for an outfit) the Plus-sizes started at 16. The smallest size I've EVER worn, as an adult, is a 12 pant and medium shirt. So, according to the fashion industry even then I was a Plus-Sized person.
THIS IS WHY GIRLS AND WOMEN DEVELOP ANOREXIA AND BULEMIA!!!!!!!!! Crystal Renn is a perfectly healthy, beautiful woman. Her weight is right for her. She appears toned and healthy in the untouched photo and has (gasp) CURVES. Considering size deflation Marylin Monroe and Lucille Ball were both around a size 6 (our sizes-a 12 for the time period). Princess Di was an 8. And yet a beautiful girl who is a size 10 is considered plus-sized. For cryin' out loud what is wrong with us?
Fashion designers claim their clothes look best on 0-2 sized women. I never saw Di, Marylin or Lucille looking frumpy!! They all wore stylish and beautiful clothes and looked like "real" people. Ms. Renn looks like a REAL person.
It was never my style, but my sister "papered" the walls in the room we shared with photos from magazines. Not just the normal teen idols, but models wearing clothes she liked and styles she liked. If my daughters do the same when they are teenagers I hope they post pictures of people like Crystal Renn. Real people with a realistic body image. People who KNOW that trying to shrink to skin and bones is not healthy. People who know that toned muscle is more beautiful than bones poking through parchment paper skin.
The shelf life of models doesn't last long enough for Ms. Renn to still be a viable commodity in 10 years (when my older girl to be 16 and the younger one 14), but I sincerely hope that there will be people like Crystal Renn, Venus and Serena Williams, Gabrielle Reece, et. al. to inspire my daughters to be the healthiest version of themselves they can be instead of a clothes hanger.
Maybe we will get lucky and the fashion industry will be struck by a plague and the new designers will appreciate the look of a real woman and we will no longer have Plus-Sized models who are a size 10. 10 will be what it is supposed to be-normal. So will 8 and 6 and 12. If you look good you look good and fashion will wake up and realize that!!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Today is the day I get up freakishly early to go running with my sister. First thing I get there and there is no porch light on-"that's okay, I'm a few minutes early, I'll just sit here in the car a few minutes and wait". Four a.m. rolls around and still no light, I walk to the door and tap very, very softly and wait. Before long I hear Daisy (the dog) yelp. Well, sounds like someone is on the way to the door. I wait and finally tap again and then the door opens. So, the first weird thing actually happened to my sister. Daisy some how got caught up in the little drawstring on my sister's pants and they had to get untangled and then my sister had to fix the little barrel stopper on the drawstring that Daisy some how pulled off.
A short time later we are off an running. I am running a timed plan so I have my old ipod "brick", as my sister called it. I couldn't find ANYTHING this morning. I forgot to pull a shirt, somebody threw a wet washcloth on the running pants I had left folded on the bathroom counter so I could get dressed without waking anybody up, the HRM was missing from its regular spot, my stopwatch died, so I took the "brick" since it has a stopwatch function , also I misplaced the charger to my shuffle so if I wanted music it had to be the big guy today. My plan I was following was to run 4 minutes fast, recover 4 minutes, run 3 minutes fast, 3 recovery, 2/2, 1/1 and then 4 rounds of 30 second sprints with 1 minute recovery. After the first round I discovered that I kept a better pace if I ran and then walked very briskly for the recovery instead of trying to run slow. Something today just felt awkward and off during the "slow" runs and I wanted to increase my pace to have a better stride or something so the walking helped me use the time as a real recovery and felt better to boot. Got through the entire run without anything odd happening. Except since I was constantly looking at the stop watch I was afraid I would crash into a parked car, but I didn't -whew!!-lol!!
I'm so slow that awhile ago I started taking a "short cut" instead of following the same route as my sister. She always catches up during the run at some point so this way she isn't left standing around waiting for me forever until I finally show up. So at the end of today's run I was still in front and had gotten only a minute or so into my cool down walk when I looked ahead and saw this car stopped in the street, it was stopped at an angle, blocking the side walk just a bit, so that a person walking that direction (like me) would have to pass directly in front of the bumper and past the driver's door to pass. I kept looking at the car trying to figure out what it was doing and realized it was a police car (this escaped my attention at first because a) it was still dark outside-no sun yet, and b) my glasses were a bit fogged-it was a dampish morning and my glasses had collected a bit of moisture. I decided that cop or no cop I was not getting any closer to that car without someone with me-not because I am afraid of the police, but because as a woman you always hear stories about rouge or fake police officers who do things that are not so police officer-ish. So I turned around to head back to find my sister, just as I had made half the turn she says "coming behind", but at the same moment I got a glimpse of her in my peripheral vision and I jumped probably a mile!! Dang police car had me all freaked out. I started explaining about the car and right about then...boom we are in a spotlight. Those car mounted lights the police have are very, very bright when pointed directly at you in the pre-dawn-lol! It stayed on for just a moment and blinked back out. We crossed the street so that we wouldn't pass directly next to the car and as we pass the officer called over and apology for the light and explained they were looking for someone. We both called back that it was no problem. Then we started joking about that light. I was cracking up at how I, at least, must have looking in that spotlight!! I'd just finished the hardest part of the workout-30 second sprints, I was sweaty as all get out. The humid weather has my hair in extreme frizz mode and I didn't even bother to put it in little piggy tails this morning to keep it back (a couple of weeks ago I had that long pony tail chopped off, now my hair is in a bob that hits right below my ear, but a very curly bob). I must have been quite the sight!! "Honestly, Officer, I haven't been attacked, I'm just out for a morning run. I know it is still the middle of the night, but this is when we run. No, I usually look like this when I have to get up before the sun. Yes, I'll try to do something to improve my appearance next time so I don't give an officer of the law a heart attack while on duty. Thank you" LOL!!!! He was talking to a lady who appeared to be the age to be the mom of a teenager. I'm guessing some one went for a midnight stroll without informing mom, as I was leaving I saw the car headed towards Wal-Mart, a good place to go look for a teen-ager missing in the early a.m. First time I've ever been spotlighted by the police while I was outside of a car.
The really good news is that it was actually cool for our run this morning!! Yay!!!! This is how it is supposed to be here!! We get scorching hot days, but it cools off at night. So glad the "heat wave" is over-we are still getting very warm days-mid to high 90's, but our nights are finally cooling off again. Promises good things for our hill repeats on Saturday.
Hope everyone else is having a good week.Have fun, keep cool and be safe :P.
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