Saturday, August 07, 2010
Today was hill repeats and truthfully, after our last round of hill repeats I was kind of dreading it. Last time I was hot, tired, my feet wouldn't move and it was just all around bad. Today was a totally different experience.
First I did some playing with my shoes. I currently have 3 pairs of running shoes in my closet, the cheap-o Target ones I very first bought when I started running and wasn't sure this was something that deserved a big investment of money, the New Balance I bought when that first pair wore out and my newer ones that are worn out. The New Balance were the wrong shoes for me and are not worn out, but I seldom wear them because they are so wrong. They are slightly better if I wear thin socks, today I was wearing thick socks. I didn't want to wear the newer, but worn out shoes because they are causing issues with my shins on regular runs, I tried to put on the NB but they simply felt wrong, so that left the worn out first pair of shoes. Hmmm well, at least the old shoes don't cause shin problems at this point, they just don't offer as much cushion as I need at this point. What should I do? I ended up pulling the liner from the NBs and sticking them in the old shoes and trying them on. Felt really good!! Hmm maybe we have a short term solution here...turns out they worked really well for the entire run. Definitely a short term solution, but should get me to the next pay day when we will have the funds for brand new, professionally fitted shoes. Two weeks away, but I am so excited!!
So, I also wore my brand new, $8, Wal-Mart, technical shirt today. I was a little skeptical since it was only $8 at Wal-Mart, but it made a HUGE difference. I still sweated but my shirt kept me cool and refreshed the entire run. It did help that today was a significantly cooler morning than lately, but I still worked up a sweat and the shirt was WONDERFUL. Wal-Mart fitness gear is definitely hit or miss and this shirt is a hit! I even love the fit. Well fitted and slimming through the chest, but long so it provides great coverage and minimal ride up during the run. Woo Hoo.
The warm-up was shorter than normal. I took a short cut so I hit the hills warmed up but still fresh, that was a good plan. I ran to the crest of our first little hill and then walked to the start of our repeat hill. I did a lot of things today. I kept an eye on my heart rate, I mixed in a couple repeats where I ran the hill down instead of walking, I stayed hydrated and I kept popping sports beans throughout the repeat. I definitely accomplished more today than the previous repeats.
I picked two ranges for my HR and worked on staying under the upper range while going up and letting my HR get back into the lower range before starting back down. That seemed to work REALLY well for me. It meant that I spent a little more time hanging out at the bottom of the hill while my HR came down, but it meant that I was able to go farther and get less fatigued the rest of the time.
I took a swig of water every time I hit the bottom of the hill to stay hydrated and popped beans every so often.
I did 10 repeats today, but each repeat was longer than last week's repeats and the last one was the longest yet. The last 3 repeats were all killers, but we got through. At number 7 my sister said that the next three, 7, 8, 9 were going to be tasty (you know because 7 ate 9). Number 8 was the tasty one, number nine the one we were going to eat. So running up the hill on 9 my sister is saying, mmmmm tasty. I say, just like chocolate chip. Sis says, with ice cream. I say "rocky road" because we are nuts, our shoes the marshmallows and the road yummy chocolate. She agreed we were nuts. Yep those endorphins are kicking in and inducing temporary insanity...stick with me...it gets worse. Half way up nine I am feeling it. My muscles are telling me they are out of carbs and out of oxygen, they are burning fat now and not very happy about it. I am well into anaerobic activity. I am feeling it, but at the same time I am feeling POWERFUL, powerful like a guy powerful. Maybe that sounds really weird, but hey, it was those endorphins and temporary insanity :). The hill was laughing at me so I growled at it and it backed down, I was so triumphant when I hit the turn around that I did a kind of hooyah. But then it was time for number 10. More rocky road ice cream!! Number 10 I went the farthest yet, all the way to the guardrail my sis had been using as the turn around for her entire run. I had to ignore the HRM because it was kind of yelling at me, but I did it and it was AWESOME!!! I've decided than a GOOD hill repeats run is the most empowering thing I've ever experienced. Running is great, but running a hill and conquering it is AWESOME!! Like a guy awesome-lol!!
Okay, so the sport beans...tried some a year ago and they were kind of sweet so when I saw a different flavor at the store yesterday I was a little reluctant to try them, but figured what the heck. This was the cherry Jelly Belly Sports Beans. The flavor is good, actually not sweet but tangy. They were a good texture and quite tasty. The cherry has caffeine which I went for even though I'm not a huge fan of caffeine, I wanted to see if the caffeine helped, I think it actually did. They did make me a little burp-y, but that may have been due to the fact that I was eating them on an empty stomach. Overall I enjoyed them and will probably give them another try on a long run with other food in my stomach first to see if that helps. If they don't sit well with other food I will probably give them up in favor of something that sits better, but initially I liked them and felt that they did the job they promised to do.
So, back to the hills. After number 10 we were both done and we walked back to our cars, chatting as we usually do. We get back and do our stretching, chatting along still. At the end we are discussing my need for new shoes and then our half-marathon training plans. Kristen mentions a chart we have both seen recently that refers to speed training and she mentions that her times are not really on the chart and I laugh and say that my times are NEVER on any charts. I say that I am not a runner by anyone's standards except for my own. 17 minute miles are not running according to ANY source. We laugh and we joke more about how I am running because there is a point where both feet are off the ground you just can't see it. Kristen says that I have such a fast turnover that it is invisible, we joke that I am a fast runner stuck in slo-mo. I laugh that I am on pause with somebody pushing the button over and over so that I am scrolling through my run in super slo-mo. Then Kristen jokes that I am a flip-book and that gets both of us laughing so hard that we start laughing that we are getting an abs workout. We were busting up over the goofiest things. We agreed that it was those endorphins causing temporary insanity again. I'm a flip-book...that one still has me chuckling. Yeah, I'm slow, the slowest of penguin and turtle runners. I am so slow that there is almost no difference between my fastest walking pace and my running pace, but hey I'm still out there, I'm still working on it and I'm making progress. Today was an AWESOME hill run and it wasn't even the endorphins speaking it was simply an awesome run and that is something I can feel great about and someday soon I'll be able to say I conquered the beast and that is something that not everyone can say .
Today I feel strong-like a guy strong!
P.S. Dear Spark, I would really like a hill/mountain emoticon and in case you missed it my sister would like a buzzy bee. Thanks!!
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!!
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