Saturday, October 09, 2010
Got a crazy notion in my head to go for 9 miles during today's run with the Hemet Sparked Running Team...or whatever it is we are called, I've got to get some clarification on that-lol!!
So the group (3 of us) decided that we would run my end of town today. Okay, that means I'd better plan a route!! I pull up the handy dandy website-MapMyRun and start plotting points. By the time I had gotten even close to the 9 mile distance I was thinking that 9 miles is a really, really, long ways. It definately covered locations that I would normally get in my car and drive to!! (zoom zoom) But, I also decided that if I did 7 last week then I could do 9 this week.
I got up early, ate 1 slice of whole wheat toast and an itty bitty chunk of cheddar cheese (I'm calling it 3/4 of an ounce since I didn't weigh it). Our first running club runner arrived at my house and then the other one called off...we really missed her with us today...I think she makes us run just a tad faster than we do without her .
It was still dark when we got started and I anticipated this so I tried to take us down the streets that are better lit and feel just a bit safer. We did pretty well for our first several miles. Then the walking definately shoved the running aside, but we still kept a good pace. By mile 6 or so it was becoming necessary to find a restroom. Lucky for us I put the end-ish part of our run at a park with a facility (yay no bushes!!) So that is two firsts so far, if you are keeping track...first team run in my neighborhood and first bathroom break during a run...
A short break later and we were doing loops around the park, I was watching the GPS because I knew roughly how far it was to get back to the start and I was watching for the distance that would let us leave the park and still make the distance of 9 miles. Finaly hit the mark and we headed off for home.
By this point I was definately feeling the distance and I was in whole new teritory. I've never done more than 7 and my body knew it and was telling me I needed to stop already. I told it no way we still had a mile or so to go so keep movin'! We finally made it back and had gone more than the 9 miles we said we were going to do. My GPS read 9.4 which didn't include warm up, but did include cool down. So, first number three-hitting 9 miles!!
After we stretched and said farewells I went back inside and went ahead and did the strength I was thinking about skipping. After that I had first number 4. First ice bath (I'm still cold-lol!!)! I'd been joking with my hubs before the run that I would need an ice bath after this run, but was only half serious. When I got back though I was definately tight and sore in my knee already. So when hubs asked "are you ready for your ice bath?" I said "yeah, I think I am". He took WAAAAAY too much joy in getting the ice out and dumping it in the tub though!!!
If you are not a runner or new to exercise and are wondering why the "h"-"e"-double hockey sticks I would want to sit in a tub filled with cold water and ice read this... www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,
s6-241-285--12810-0,00.html it is one of the clearest explanations of cryotherapy. We didn't buy any bagged ice, we just used every ice cube in our in freezer ice maker bucket and I didn't do a temp check, but it sure felt cold enough!!! The initial discomfort was replaced with a general sort of numbness that was actually very refreshing. My sore spots started feeling better almost immediately. Will I repeat the ice bath experience...probably...I'll see how I feel now post ice bath. If I think it actually made a difference then I will definately repeat the experience. So far my sore-ish knee is feeling pretty good.
Four firsts in one day...not too shabby!! Can't believe I did nine miles, now what will we do next week?
Thursday, October 07, 2010
I was wondering where it was and it came today!! Yay!! I just love Runner's World Magazine!! Inspiration in a periodical!! Lots of good info again. Surprised and yet not surprised at the same time to find out Bobby Flay is a runner. Cracked up at the Racer's Field Manual (very interest in where I can find a "worm hole" run-lol!!) Also cracked up at putting your name on your shirt with electical tape, but running the risk of having pieces fall of and creating gibberish or profanity, with my luck "HEATHER" would turn into something hugely offensive to multiple genders, races, nationalities, religions and sexual orientations-lol!! Find article here-very entertaining!! www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7124,
I was hugely pleased to find my race in the Calendar section (where RW lists upcoming races of interest)...not the half race, but my second ever 5K...the first race I did after the DisneyLAND 5K...The O'side Turkey Trot. If I can I'm going back so I can get a PR for that race!! It is held on Thanksgiving day in Oceanside...which, if you are not familiar with California cities, happens to be a beach city...kind of obvious, huh!? The race starts a couple of blocks from the beach, but ends with a beautiful beach side run. Loved it last time and really want to go again. Was so surprised to see it listed in RW, but kind of like with Bobby Flay, really, actually, not so much, it is a wonderful race. Well organized, cool medal for ALL runners, beach views, and people running in costume...this race has it all!!
Something about RW lifts my spirits, makes me feel happy and gives me hope that someday I'll actually feel worthy of the subscription! I love the inspiration, the humor (the runners who write for RW have a seriously funny sense of humor), the tips and even the ads. It makes me believe I can do anything I set my mind to. And really, if I use enough of the mental power God gave me I probably can do anything I set my mind to! Makes me feel like trying for 9 miles this Saturday...
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Day 2 of my new plan anyways...This week I have on deck 3 days running, 2 days other cardio, 3 days strength and 3 days flexibility. So far so good. Today I went for a rare, but invigorating evening run. The weather has taken a sudden and wonderful turn for the cooler. We have gone from 113 or so last week to the low to mid 70's this week-roughly a 40 degree shift in just a couple days...weird, but welcome. I really do enjoy cool weather so much more than hot. The heat is just so draining. If you've ever seen a live plant that has wilted due to heat or thirst and then you water it and it suddenly perks up and looks totally healthy again...that's how I feel in the difference from hot to cool-lol!!
So, I did head out a TAD later than I intended and with the cloud cover moving in it did get dark a lot faster than I was expecting so I made an executive decision and changed my route at the last minute. Instead of heading west and having to cross several streets I headed east, a route that would have me crossing only one street twice (once at the beginning and once at the end). I discovered that around the block is over 1 mile!! I decided last minute again to take a jog into a retirement community on the route. It is a community of cute little retirement homes for people 55 and over. I go around the outsides of this area all the time, but I've never ventured inside, which is silly, because it isn't gated or anything. I guess I just figure the old people don't really need me running down their streets. But, what I discovered is a wonderful place to run...wide quiet streets, no traffic ( I didn't encounter a single car on the street while in there-maybe because it was dark and seniors notoriously don't drive after dark-lol), and a place that felt safe and quiet. I seriously felt like I had suddenly run right into Mayberry, I expected to see Andy, Aunt Bea and Opie come around the corner at any moment. I think I'll probably run through there again...hope the seniors don't mind :). Since I've never run there before I was a little unsure of where to go and how the streets worked, I have a kind of odd talent though, I have an excellently calibrated internal compass. I seldom feel lost or turned around. Once I got inside the community though I had got an impression of how the streets were laid out and thought I knew what to expect, but about half way through I felt lost, the streets weren't doing what I expected them to do, but I kept going and kept thinking that I'd figure it out eventually no matter what and there was one weird jog in the street but then I was right where I thought I was supposed to be and then I was back out on the street I knew and a short distance later the 2 miles I said I would do was up and it was time to head home. Which was good because it was really dark by now!! Once back I did my strength and stretching and now it is shower time quickly before bed. We are expecting rain tomorrow morning which is nice since tomorrow is NOT a running day :).
Scored a "new to us" dryer today so that was cool. Now my washer and dryer match!! Several years ago my dryer died, we got an extra dryer from my mom and it died pretty quickly too. Then we "inherited" one from my husband's grandparents and it has worked okay, but it usually takes two cycles to finish any type of load and if it is my husband jeans, etc. it can take 3 cycles. Also our washer is white and the dryer we got from them is beige. Yes, I will confess it bothered me a little that the colors didn't match-lol! A friend of our recently had to buy a new washer and went ahead and purchased the set so she had a dryer to get rid of and we got it-YAY!! So now both units are white again and it takes only one cycle to dry an average load.
Finally, asking for good vibes, my husband is applying for a job that is perfect for him. It is air and heating tech at BYU. My school!! It would mean moving to Utah, but it pays more than his old job, better benefits and would make it easier for me to finish my degree!! Don't know if he'll get it, but he's trying for it and it is one of the best options that has come up so far! Fingers crossed!!
So, I've put in my 2% for the day (and then some-35 minutes on the run and then I don't know how long on the strength and stretching). Now it is time for a quick shower and then I get to read for awhile-yay!!
Hope everyone had a great day and happy Wednesday tomorrow!!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
First, I got many great responses to yesterday's blog! All of them had something I could take from it and use to make myself better. The key ideas I took away are these...
1) It struck me almost immediately that I don't do well with long term planning. It was really kind of a DUH moment. I can't plan an entire month and make it work. I don't do well looking into the future, but I do REALLY well with short tearm planning. AWEISE's comment was the wake up call on this one, EDWINA172 and CFLOTT put the finishing touches on my first plan. I will plan for 1 week at a time (Monday through Sunday) and do my weekly recap on Sunday. I think I will do a monthly re-cap to pull it all together. I can do 1 week at a time!! Such a small and silly thing, why didn't I see it before...one small change, instead of planning for an entire month I will plan for just one week.
2) CFLOTT, NONIE_C, FUNFROG79, and my sister (4EVERADONEGIRL) put together my second step...Actually PLAN, sit down and plan it out and then write it down and then be accountable. It is really funny...Funfrog79 posted her comment but I didn't see it until after I spoke with my sister this morning during our run and they both said almost the exact same thing and it is funny because their ideas are what I actually do with my kids. I use sticker charts for my kids (or in my son's case since he is 7 and learning to be computer savy, computer graphs) to track anything from books read to behavioral goal (no hitting, or be good in class, etc) and when the chart/graph is complete a reward is in order. So I will be using my SparkCalendar (yep, I have one, just haven't been doing a great job of using it) to plan each week and each day I do everything I'll get a sticker :). I don't know yet what I'll get after collecting all those stickers, probably just a piece of paper covered in stickers and a feeling of accomplishment!! :)
3)I love IHEARTK's idea of setting non-scale goals, which I usually do anyways, but I am going to take a couple of weeks and not set any scale-related goals at all, except to not gain. I will still weigh, I will still track, I'm just not setting a weight-loss goal. Hmmm, I'm intrigued, hopefully it will work, because I am prone to slacking off after a week where I didn't lose what I "planned" to lose.
4)GOTTATRY2 uses spreadsheets to track workouts...since I am "in training" I think I will pull out the spreadsheet I have used and am not currently using to track my stats.
5)LINDSAYHENNIGAN suggested changing workouts when boredom sets in...I LOVE THIS and this is a major thing with me. I get bored quite easily. But I'll plan out an entire month of the same exercise over and over again. Well, needless to say this was another DUH moment and actually hit at the EXACT right time. This week I've kind of just been doing whatever strikes me. This method would not work long term, but what I can do is plan a different strength plan each day I am scheduled for strength. I can plan to do a different DVD each day I am scheduled to do cross-training. I might really start looking forward to my workouts if I know it will be something differnt than I did two days ago.
To sum up...I will only plan one week ahead (not a month), I will actually plan, I will use the same reward system I use on my kids=STICKERS!!, I will NOT plan my weightloss, just the things I do to facilitate that loss, I will mix things up to keep it interesting and I will track my statistics on my spreadsheet. One reason I want to go back to the spreadsheet is today's run...let me tell you about it!!
Got up this morning and really wasn't feeling it...it just seemed like one of those days that would not equal a good run. As I am driving over to my sis' house I see a couple flashes of lightening again..another sign that today might not be a good day for a run. But, I finally get there we get started and I decide to do my best no matter what. It drizzles on us just a tiny bit. I also have to stop and stretch due to the glitch but once I did I actually felt much better than I usually do. Glitch went away and I found my stride. I found my stride BEFORE a mile was up. That alone made it a great run!! Made the rounds in the neighborhood and then went out to the main road, still feeling good. AWEISE and I were running near each other with Kristen way off ahead. We get to a park, where usually we just turn and head down the street before turning into a parking lot and making a loop. Today though we headed into the park, which happens to have a nice little looping sidewalk all the way around. We made several loops then headed down the street again, on the way back we made a few more loops in the park and then headed back to the neighborhood. My phone is on with the GPS tracking and by the time we are ready to go back into the neighborhood it says I've gone 6.25-ish miles!! 6.2 is, up to today, the farthest I've ever run and that was using intervals to go that far. So far I've run the entire distance. So, obviously I'm going for 7 here. Can't stop at 6.25!! So back into the neighborhood, a quick back-track to a trail I like...down and back around another trail and one more short one and we are done!! I just went 7.03 miles RUNNING!!! Farthest I've ever gone and farthest I've ever gone without intervals!! I definately didn't break any speed records. But, I did do well for me...my normal 17+ min mile pace was shortened to an average pace of 16.42. One way I accomplished this today was by watching my heart rate. So, I am thinking that tracking my HR might be more helpful than I previously thought.
Again, such a basic thing. I run all the time and I note the facts at the end of the run, but I seldom watch my HR DURING a run. I picked a number where I knew that I was working hard, but not at max and worked hard to stay at or under that number. I noticed that I actually had to work to go slower and not max out my HR. I always think faster is better, but I discovered today that I can make better use of my resources. If I DON'T try to go faster, I am working smarter not harder and I actually did a lot more!! Yep, ANOTHER Duh moment for me. Okay, so sometimes it takes me a little while to catch on, but I got there!! I know too that if I keep working the way I am that eventually I will HAVE to run faster in order to stay at the number where I feel like I am working most efficiently. That number is probably also going to change from day to day. By the end of the run today I was starting to be able to tell when I was working too hard. I could tell because I was breathing too hard. I could tell because my posture had gone to pot ( I have a tendancy to lean forward, which puts a strain on my back and my back starts to hurt). I could tell because I was leading with my chin. All things that cut the quality of a great run. And today, because I was working smart I was able to correct all those things and I had a GREAT run!! It rocked, it rolled it was awesome. Oh and the rain stopped, the lightening stopped, it was humid, but the air was actually cool-ish. It was a great moring run!! Came home did some strength and now time for some housework!! It's October I can take out the fall decorations!! I have a plan for a plan-lol! It is starting to feel fall-ish again and should feel even more like fall by next week (that is to say the temps will be in the 80's instead of the 100's-lol) and I am still on a high from a great run!!
What a day it is today!!
Hope everyone else has a great Saturday!!
Friday, October 01, 2010
I will stop counting the days eventually, right now it is a little bit fun watching my "streak" build, but the fact of the matter is that I am just kind of not a counting kind of person. Which is kind of why I'm writing this blog today.
Today is October 1st. The first day of the month...traditionally that day where you set new goals and do your darndest to meet them each month. Now, I have tried setting goals before, but truthfully, I am just not very good at it. I want to be good at it. I have several Sparkfriends who excel at goal setting and tracking. I read thier month end/start blogs and get a little envious.
So here's the thing. I am a great planner. I am an exceptional planner, I'm just not an exceptional completer!! LOL!! I am asking you all for your tips, tricks, advice, etc.
How do YOU set your goals? How do YOU make sure you follow through? Do YOU use just the tools here on Spark or do YOU create a tracker/spreadsheet/etc for your tracking needs? What kinds of goals do YOU set? I know what I've done in the past and I have a great example from a certain Sparker of the direction I want to go (Karvy09 your tracking and monthly recap blogs ROCK). But, since not every system works for everybody I would like EVERYONE'S input so I can glean the best of the crop . The problem with me seems to be carrying the plan over day to day...
At the end of October I am hoping to be able to post a whole bunch of these... and I hope I don't see anymore of these... . So, if anyone has a bright idea I am more than ready to hear it. Because I want this to move . I want to be able to do this and one of these .
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