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True Confessions

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I feel that it is important for me to 'out' myself and my bad choices of today. I had been craving something sweet (more like a baked good) and had nothing on hand. Well wouldn't you know...the kind ice cream people handling our summer socials (which I won't be partaking of again!) dropped off ice cream. So I sampled...a carrot cake one and an apple pie one. WOW. Oh, and then they sent out an email to say there was cake to celebrate a birthday. Yep. Ate a small piece. That just set my sweet tooth on fire. Wow. Ugh. That was enough extra calories on my day to screw me. I did it. No one made me/coerced me. I made the choice to allow myself the treat. I can only be frustrated with myself. It is not like I've been making bad choices for days....just don't need to think it's acceptible more than once in a blue moon. Sigh.... emoticon emoticon

  
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LIL_FROGGER 5/28/2009 12:16AM

    I know the pain! I was cruising along with a good dietary track record for the day. All in all it was great but I was beating myself up over missing my extremely early morning run before hubby left for the day.

After lunch the kids were in need of an activity. I figured, "I'll help them make some pudding." After that I gave them each a dish of pudding. Then I thought, "Well, screw it. I can have a little." After the pudding I woke up in the middle of a chip snackfest.

I give me an inch and take a mile! (Give an inch and gain an inch?)

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Obstacles? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Obstacles!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I was asked recently what obstacles I have that prevent me from reaching my goal. I answered with conviction 'obstacles are just excuses'. To a point, I think they can be. Whatever we can say stands in the way of eating right, or fitting in fitness, or taking that water sipper to the spigot for a refill...could be a perceived obstacle. But honestly...you can do this. I can do this. I'm doing this now. I have had different points of motivation along the way...whether the scale is dropping, my clothes are baggy, I have more energy, someone gives me a compliment, I finish a workout. The list goes on. Take inventory of all those things and you have one very full life!

I think the only obstacle that I could come up against at this point is injury. I love to run (and nothing else, to be honest). If I could not run...then I'd have to settle for a different type of exercise. It would take some serious attitude adjustment to deal with that.

The one way I have to rewire my way of thinking is in keeping the weight off. How will I accomplish this? Exercise must remain a part of my life. No excuses. And I have to journal my food. I think this was one lightbulb that went off during this journey. Accepting that some things must always be if I am going to really make permanent change in my life. As long as I am an active participant, there are no obstacles except for the ones I create for myself.

  


Marathon Training: Week 3, Day 3

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I felt like a brick during my run today. I did have long pants on, a ball cap, and a hoodie b/c it was misty out and cooler. A far cry from the warm weekend! I felt a tightening in my throat and it was annoying! But I kept on keepin' on. I did not set a specific distance on my Nike chip. Just basic and shuffle songs. So the person didn't talk to me and I kept to my run/walk intervals. So here are the details of my shorter run:

Temp: 57 degrees
3.52 miles
49'42 time
14'07 pace
774 calories burned

  
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HLGRACE 5/26/2009 6:51PM

    You are doing great. I remember when I started my marathon training and how difficult it was and that there were days it was easier not to do anything. Like you said you keep on keeping on. I am about to run my first half marathon on June 7th and am very excited! Good luck to you! emoticon

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Marathon Training: Week 3, Day 1

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Well, the last week was tough. Only one entry. No other runs besides the long run. I got terribly sick, but I'm doing much better. I did have to evacuate the sinuses a few time without a tissue. Not pretty, but it felt good when it was over! I took a bottle of water with me since I took off right out of bed. My mouth was a little dry, so I sipped water during each walk period. By the time I was through, the bottle was empty. Looks like I'll need to go shopping for a fuel belt! I did take my Clif Blocks with me, but didn't consume them until I got home. I was out of water and did not want to eat them and have to wait on H2O. So here are the details of my run:

Temp: high 60s/low 70s
6.32 miles
1:28'25 time
13'58 pace
1365 calories burned

I'll have to venture off of my beaten path in the next long run...or the one after. I can only lap so many times and then it gets annoying. I wasn't annoyed today, but saw that it could get old. I did do my walk/run intervals every 2 minutes. I needed to take it easy since it had been a week. Later in the run I got a burst of energy. Always seems to be the way!

  
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LIL_FROGGER 5/24/2009 1:47PM

    Good job on the run! I really feel like there is something exciting that happens when you reach the "beyond 10K" distance. Sounds like you are training wisely and effectively. I look forward to hearing more on your progress in the weeks to come!

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Marathon Training: Week 2, Day 1

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! Said the Little Engine That Could.

That would be me on my long run day. I had a comical moment that I must share. When I first started out I just thought about running. After mile marker 1, the little lady on my Nike chip told me my distance and the wheels started turning and the words came into my mind 'Julie....today's a LONG run day...you have to extend your run today by at least a mile'. I opted (and thank goodness it worked out) to turn off and go through a large parking lot and around an office building, then bring myself back to where I turned off and continue my route. I had no idea how much mileage I would add...but I was just going to buckle down and do it. All told, I ended up with the following result:

Distance: 4.68 (last Sunday was 3.48...so just a smidge over a mile more)
Time: 1:02'02
Pace: 13:14 mile (my km pace was just over 8)

Now I did take walk breaks, which slowed my average pace. I'm not sweating it. I did take fewer walk breaks today because it was a colder day. Guess what happens to your joints on cold days? Yep...they get stiff. So I backed off the walking breaks to keep my knees warm.

I will have to pack fuel for the next run. At least an 8 oz bottle of water and a couple of my clif blocks. I'm not warmed up to the idea of the Gu just yet.

  
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TORTLOVE 5/17/2009 7:10PM

    I'm so impressed! Good for you!!!
Thank you for blogging this experience. I'm inspired!

Debbie

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HEALTHYCHIC 5/17/2009 4:19PM

    Hi! I hope you continue to blog your training experience. When i trained this past fall for my first marathon, i loved every second of the experience, and blogged it all here on spark. Looks like you are moving along! And walk breaks really are a great idea..especially if you can make them systematic (like 1 minute every mile or Run 8 mins/Walk 1 min). That way you save your legs and never hit a wall. In my marathon, at mile 21, i was all smiles as my family passed oranges off to me. I heard them as i passed say "Wow! she doesn't even look tired..i thought she'd be nearly passed out" LOL. Not a chance :).

I believe the voice on your Nike Plus is Joan Benoit Samuelson. She's amazing.

Keep on running, can't wait to read next week!

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