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Perplexed About My Current Running Route Distance/Speed

Friday, May 01, 2009

I've looked at MapMyRun dot com. It's okay. Why? Because it doesn't include a street that I run on. Well, I found a Fitness Map tool on SparkPeople and it did include the street. I mapped out my route and I am running (well...I'm walking and running combined throughout) 5.38 miles. Based on the distance and the time, I'm supposedly running (I'm in denial here because I swear I am a turtle)it at a speed of 6.3 mph. I'm really in denial here. I was really slow on my 5k (finished just over 40 minutes).

Understand that I was never a runner. I just built up endurance on the elliptical and one day I plugged into the iPod and took off at a slow steady clip and when I was done with the loop...I had run 3 miles without even thinking about it. That's what gave me the itch to run all the time.

Was I that out of touch? And I guess I should begin extending my runs at this point instead of dropping back to 3 and then extend to prep for the marathon. I want to phone a friend! Send me a lifeline! Help. Snicker.

I have only invested in an HRM. Love it. I'm thinking I might have to treat myself (mother's day and bday coming up) to something with a blasted GPS (I cannot stand this technology...I don't need anyone telling me where to go!) so I know how far I am going. I can't be flying blind getting ready for the marathon.

A lot of ramble. If you have any advice/help then chat away! :)

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MHUTTON 5/1/2009 3:55PM

    I think your doing great. My dad said it's not how fast you run it's finishing. Don't beat yourself up just keep trying to get faster if that is what you want to do. I know you can do it. You are doing awesome so far. Keep up the great work. My comments may be bias since you are a friend but still quit yelling at yourself. You'll get there I know you can.

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My food journal for Thursday

Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Crushing Cranberries friends are posting their food journals to show one another what our choices/habits are, so here are mine for today. I might slip in one more snack, but I am not sure.

Yoplait Yogurt Light Fat-Free - Peach (6 0z), 1 serving 100 cals/19 carb/0 fat/5 protein
McCanns Irish Oats, 1 serving 150 cals/26 carb/2 fat/4 protein
Fat free half and half, 2 tbsp 18 cals/3 carb/0 fat/1 protein
Splenda, 1 tsp 0 cals/1 carb/0 fat/0 protein

Breakfast TOTALS: 268 cals/48 carb/2 fat/10 protein

Tilapia, 1.25 oz 28 cals/0 carb/1 fat/6 protein
Red Ripe Tomatoes, 0.5 cup, chopped or sliced 19 cals/4 carb/0 fat/1 protein
Beans, black, 0.5 cup 114 cals/20 carb/0 fat/8 protein
Baby Carrots, raw, 2 medium 8 cals/2 carb/0 fat/0 protein

Lunch TOTALS: 168 cals/26 carb/1 fat/15 protein

Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 1 cup 180 cals/41 carb/0 fat/4 protein
Yellow Sweet Corn, Frozen, 0.5 cup kernels 80 cals/19 carb/1 fat/3 protein
Smart Balance, Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread, 1 Tbsp, 0.5 serving 25 cals/0 carb/3 fat/0 protein
Chicken Breast, no skin, 3 ounces 94 cals/0 carb/1 fat/20 protein

Dinner TOTALS: 285 cals/61 carb/3 fat/7 protein

Banana, fresh, 1 medium (7" to 7-7/8" long) 109 cals/28 carb/1 fat/1 protein
Fiber One Oats & Caramel Chewy Bar, 1 serving 140 cals/30 carb/4 fat/2 protein
Red Ripe Tomatoes, 0.5 medium whole (2-3/5" dia) 13 cals/3 carb/0 fat/1 protein
Kraft Free Catalina Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp 25 cals/6 carb/0 fat/ 0 protein
Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz 72 cals/1 carb/5 fat/ 7 protein
Dunkin Donuts Garlic bagel, 0.5 serving 180 cals/34 carb/1 fat/6 protein

Snack TOTALS: 632 cals/101 carb/11 fat/36 protein

Total CALORIES : 1353/ CARBS: 236/ FAT: 18/ PROTEIN: 68

I am a under on fat and slightly under on calories. I typically make my minimum calories, and sometimes am closer to maximum. Caloric cycling (but staying in my range from SP) has helped me to continue my weight loss.

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PAMWASHERE 4/30/2009 7:07PM

    Great plan! I've been so stressed lately it's been HARD to lower my calorie intake.....I'll keep looking at your meals for inspiration! emoticon

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Road Runner Risks

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I am a bit sad this morning. A local college student was training for a marathon. She was struck and killed yesterday evening. She was running on the roadside. I admit that I do not do this...yet. As my runs get longer, I need a game plan. I think that the old saying, strength in numbers, is a big thing. There is a local group here that runs together on Sunday mornings. I may have to train with them just to keep myself intact and quit looking over my shoulder.


My New Mantra

Friday, April 24, 2009

'The Climb" by Miley Cyrus

I can almost see it.
that dream I'm dreaming, but
there's a voice inside of my head, tellin'
you'll never reach it
every step I'm takin'
every move I make
feels lost in no direction,
my faith is shakin'
but I gotta keep tryin'
gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
always gonna be an uphill battle
sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
ain't about how fast I get there
ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
it's a climb

The struggles I'm facing
the changes I'm taking
sometimes they knock me down, but
no I'm not breaking
I may not know where, but
these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most
I've just gotta keep goin', and
I gotta be strong
just keep pushing on, but

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
always gonna be an uphill battle
sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
ain't about how fast I get there
ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
it's a climb

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
always gonna be an uphill battle
sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
ain't about how fast I get there
ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
it's a climb

Keep on movin'
keep climbin'
keep faith baby
It's all about, it's all about
the climb
keep the faith, keep your faith, woah

I heard this today and I knew I had to have it on my iPod for my marathon training. Very fitting!

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    This song is AWesome!!! I think Miley is so Cute! Her song "Nobody's Perfect" was my mantra for a long time. emoticon

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Whoa Nelly!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Since I began my commitment at the start of the year, I have been fortunate (knock wood) to not succumb to a nasty cold, debilitating tummy bug, or other illness that would put me out of commission. I did pull a tummy muscle and took it easy for a while. Thank heavens I could still do the elliptical...just not a lot of ST.

Following my run on Sunday (with 3 kids on bikes and a fiesty german shepard in tow), I had some discomfort. I did not stretch (bad bad bad) and did not apply anything to it until it became annoying. I took a day off from exercise on Tuesday, but ran yesterday. I may have to take some time off from running until my official training starts on 5/11. Sigh.

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RKANE17 4/23/2009 11:39AM

    Don't get discouraged you are doing GREAT! I too like the elliptical because it's more forgiving when my achilles is acting up.

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HPLANDER 4/23/2009 9:07AM

    I have difficulty running daily. I usually run 3 days a week or my knee will really hurt. I try to do other cardio on the other days. I find the elliptical to be quite comfortable even when my knee is in pain. I also took up a spinning class. Just because we don't run, doesn't mean we have to give up cardio. You are doing great, don't get discouraged and don't where out your leg either. If it is painful to run do something else and come back to it in a few days.

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