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Monday, July 30, 2007

Better late than never, here's my June fitness and nutrition recap. Yes, June. July will come later.

I tracked my food 12/30 days averaging 1651 calories and my weight stayed between 117-119 most days. In the middle of the month my BF% dipped down to 18.8 for the first time during a morning weigh in. Like my weight, I only keep track of the number I see first thing in the morning. In the evening, weight goes up and BF% goes down.

I ran 67.7 miles for the month, more than last month, but not as much as I wanted. I had to cut back in the last week of June when my ITB started to flare up. I went from 20 miles a week down to 12. :( My longest run before that was 9 miles in 1:27:37 (9:44/mile) on June 16. It was one of those great runs when your body feels perfect and you're able to finish strong, feeling great. The ITB knee pain first hit me about 8 hours later, but it went away with ice so I didn't think anything of it. I didn't feel it again until the following week after a 7 mile run, but it was much worse the second time lasting 2 days. I ran a lot more hills than I'm used to between those two runs and I was wearing different new shoes so I'm not sure of the cause. I checked my 1 mile time once in June and it was 7:22, not the sub 7:00 I was hoping for, but still 35 seconds faster than the last time I checked. I'll get there.

Calories tracked: 12/30 days
Calorie average on days tracked: 1650
Calories burned through exercise: 6810
Lowest WI: 117.0
Lowest BF%: 18.8
Miles run: 67.7
Longest run: 9 miles (9:44 avg mile pace)
1 mile time: 7:22

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BUCKHOLDT 8/7/2007 8:46AM

    It is good that you are back to running. I am having a terrible time just walking. Take care of your knees. I am expecting July's update soon. I am guess that time not desire is your issue. If you think time is the issue, it is really priorities. I had run out of Peet's, there is just no motivation to buy it when you are not posting. I will be opening a bag of Seattle's best tomorrow, unless you post today.

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BFITNHAPPY 7/31/2007 10:17AM

    Hi Yvette..thank you so much for stopping by to encourage me after my first 10K..did I learn some lessons! I know that my goal should have been "to finish" but I just couldn't help myself. You are doing so good..I love the stats you are keeping to track your progress. Keep up the great work!

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May update

Monday, June 25, 2007

Here we are 3 weeks into June and I never posted an update about May.

With the 10K at the end of the month to motivate me, staying on track with fitness was pretty easy. I ran 61 miles total for the month. 13 more than I did in April. I didn't check my 1 mile time, but my 5K time was 26:21 (8:29/mile) and my 10K time was 54:23 (8:45/mile). Next time I race a 5K I'm going to aim for 25:00 and my 1 mile goal for this summer is 7:00.

It was also a really good month for nutrition. With summer right around the corner I was motivated to do some food tracking. I tracked 17/31 days and averaged about 1600 calories on those days. I also challenged myself to eat quality foods including fruits and veggies every day. I quickly realized it was much easier for me to get veggies in. I think it has to do with them being more available in soups or frozen. I kept running out of fruit because I was relying on fresh fruit only. So I've started keeping frozen blueberries on hand and adding them to cereal or oatmeal or just eating them plain, kind of like mini popsicles. Yum! On May 31st the scale showed an all time low of 116 pounds. That's 1 pound below my goal weight. It's nice to have that extra cushion so the heavy days feel like normal days and the normal days feel like skinny days.

Thank you Spark in the Dark Team for helping me stay on track with fitness! And thank you Loretta, Stacy, Amber, and Tammy for helping me stay on track with nutrition!

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BFITNHAPPY 7/30/2007 2:37PM

    Wow, Ivette..you were "born to run". What awesome times you are posting. Congrats on getting below goal! It is nice to have that cushion. And WTG on increasing the quality of your food. I love chatting with you on the Spark In the Dark Team..you go girl! Run, Ivette, Run!

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SUNSHINE4ME 6/27/2007 1:28PM

    Ivette, what a wonderful update. I need to eat more fresh fruits and veggies! Thank you so much for your support. You're comment about not giving up my dream brought a tear to my eye. Thank you! Our Spark in the Dark team is by far my favorite and it's because you are a part of it. Congratulations on being under goal!!!

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My First 10K

Thursday, May 31, 2007

I did it! I finally raced my first 10K. My last race was a 5K on New Years Day and I had planned to race my first 10K back in February, but had to change the plan after I began having issues with my hip. This time my hip was just fine throughout the training and the race.
The race was about 20 minutes from home so I got there about 45 minutes early. I picked up my goodie bag, t-shirt, and bib and dropped it off at the car, then did a slow warm-up jog for 7 minutes, waited in line for the port-a-potty and stretched. Fortunately I only had to use the potty the one time. (At my last race I was so nervous I had to go about 4 times before the race.) I went back to the car, drank some Accelerade and headed for the start line. I was wearing my Polar on one wrist and my sister's Garmin on the other wrist. I also had the Nike+ hooked up to my ipod. I felt silly hooked up to 3 gadgets, but they were great to have. (The night before I went on a walk with all 3 on just to make sure there wouldn't be any interference.) I put my goal time of 55:55 into the Garmin to make sure I raced my own race. I didn't want the pace of those around me affecting me this time. The first 3 miles were pretty uneventful. There were 3 water stops and I drank water at each stop. That was too much water. During the 5th or 6th mile I had to go to the bathroom and my stomach wasn't feeling so great, but those feelings went away before the race was over. On the last water stop I took an extra cup and poured it on my head. Big mistake because the water made my earphones slippery and then they kept falling out. Around the beginning of the 6th mile another girl came up behind me and encouraged me to catch the girls ahead of us. That helped me so much. We really picked up the pace and passed the girls and ended up finishing almost 30 seconds ahead of them! That last mile was the hardest but at the same time the best part of the race. I've never pushed myself like that before. My heartrate hit 203! Average during the race was 192. My body felt really good the whole time except my Achilles were getting tight towards the end. The tightness went away shortly after the race though. ( I remember that happened on my last long run. I'm pretty sure it's my new shoes because I'm still alternating the old ones and it only happens when I wear the new ones. I'm planning on returning them.)
I beat my goal of 55:55. My time was posted as 55:08(8:52mi). I'm pretty sure the 6th mile on the course was marked wrong though, and I believe I ran 10K in the time my Garmin gave me which was 54:23(8:45mi). I was pressing the lap button on my Polar at each mile marker and according to the course, my last mile was run in 9:15, slower than all the rest, but I'm sure I had picked up the pace. I thought there was no way that could be right when I saw it. The Garmin showed my last mile at 8:46 which makes much more sense. Of course if the course had been marked wrong and was shorter than 10K, I wouldn't be mentioning any of this. Here are my mile splits from both my Polar (course markers) and the Garmin (GPS).
Mile 1/P8:36/G8:24
Mile 2/P8:38/G8:38
Mile 3/P8:57/G8:57
Mile 4/P8:58/G8:54
Mile 5/P8:58/G8:55
Mile 6/P9:15/G8:46
Last .21/P1:42/G1:41
10K Time P55:06/G54:23

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BFITNHAPPY 6/24/2007 9:06AM

    Wow, Ivette..I haven't stopped by in awhile..sorry I missed this. What a fabulous time for your fist 5K..you ROCK! Hope your knee feels better soon. Congratulations on your awesome running..you are quite the speed demon! Denise

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BUCKHOLDT 6/16/2007 6:44AM

    Hi Ivette,
Great race. I went to see what your reward was for running the race and the poster had been replace with pictures of babies. Are they the different foster children you have had?

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CTBAMAFAN 5/31/2007 11:00AM

    Ivette, great race and race report. Your speed is an inspiration. I have begun to realize that I'm likely not pushing myself hard enough in races or training. Not that it always needs to be hard, but if I want to lower my times I need to feel it.

I read an article in Runners World recently that kind of summed it up. The female runner would use a mantra like "Hello pain, I've been waiting for you. Come and run with me." I have not pushed myself to the point yet where I'm really feeling it, either in practice or races. It's time for me to step it up a notch.

Thanks for keeping us posted and providing the inspirational spark that helps others.

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    Ivette: great blog. I love all the description. With all of the gadgetry, though, did you have fun? I think, and this is just my opinion, sometimes it's easy to lose the joy of running when you're tied down with all the gadgets. Lately I've been running sans iPod, mostly because I'm on trails where I need to pay attention to what I'm doing and need to listen for bears ;) or other creatures, and I've really enjoyed it. I can focus on my breathing and also get to see and hear things that I might not have before, if I had my iPod on. For example, last night, I might have missed the deer bounding past me on my left, if I had had my iPod on. All this said, I'm glad you did well. It sounds like you still had a good time, despite the little things. There always will be little things, but the main thing is that you had fun.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

All has gone well and I'm back to where I was before my break 3 months ago. I think I'm maintaining alignment in my pelvis because my hip pain has not returned. I ran 49 miles in April. My last long run was 6 miles. My last tempo run was 3.5 miles in 31:28(8:59/mile). I'm registered for my first 10K on May 26th. For now my goal is 55:55.
Still maintaining my weight around 119-120 although I haven't tracked my food for a couple of weeks. I can hardly believe it's been almost a year that I've successfully kept off 15 pounds. I'm finally starting to get used to the idea "I will maintain" and buying new clothes. I waited so long because I thought the weight would come back. Last week I bought my first pair of jeans since 2005. I copied a friend of mine and bought Levi's 542s. I loved them so much I got two pairs, a dark wash and a lighter wash.

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    I know how that is w/ the clothing. It's strange because it's not a MASSIVE size change (like someone who lost 100# or something!).........but I found the same thing w/ losing "just 15" lbs!

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BUCKHOLDT 5/21/2007 7:02AM

    A funny thing happened this morning. I got notified about this post. Last week I started to buy Peet's coffee but it was already ground. You have continually been on my mind since. I was posting yesterday and thought about checking on you. You should have bought those jeans sooner. I am going shopping the day I get to 180 or a 32 inch waist. Before Christmas I could wear my 34's. I'm glad you reminded me that I should celebrate the fact that I have kept off the other sixty I use to care around. Thanks. I feel less critical for getting back over 200.

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March recap

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Now that I'm running again, I'm back on track with healthy habits. I tracked my food for 21 days in March and am currently maintaining my weight at 119. I burned 4485 calories from exercise, mostly by running a total of 33 miles for the month. I started off slowly since I only ran a total of 2 miles in February. I'm up to 4 miles now, which is where I was at the end of 2006. I had 4 chiropractic adjustments in March before my re-exam where he said I'm 100% improved and that I've "graduated". He just said to give him a call if the pain comes back. I've started doing a set of daily exercises to maintain my alignment and so far so good. If all goes well, by the end of April I should be back to where I was before my break and ready for my first 10K in May.

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SUNSHINE4ME 4/3/2007 4:54PM

    Ivette, isn't it nice how one healthy habit leads to another? Congratulations on getting back on track. It "feels" good to be healthy. It's great to see your posts on A Spark in the Dark!

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