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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I have to say that I am loving the Garmin. I mean, the Nike+ did me fine...but man oh man am I glad I made the leap! Just yesterday I clocked myself going under a 9 min mile. Not sustainable...but a great ego booster!

Thanks to an announced deal by Running Warehouse, I will now have a running tank that doesn't require me to wear any girly layers underneath...if you catch my drift. I wish I could buy 2 or 3...but I'll appreciate the 1 with the built in stuffs. Oh the little things that fill my heart with joy!

And I cannot get enough of my running skirt. It is my fave. Along with this shirt that I got (which does require girly layers) that has a pocket for my Nano.

I also made an investment in pricey Asics at the start of the year. I have to say, I'm digging these shoes a lot. The others were okay...but I am in love with the new shoes. I am wondering if I could bring an older pair to work so I have something to run in? Or would I hurt myself or risk injury in them?

  
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MTER67 4/22/2010 4:34PM

    So, you are digging the running skirt? I would really like to get one, but I think I might feel a little self conscious running past all the farms and good-ol'-boys in a skirt. What brand did you get?

Glad you are liking your newAsics. I have been wearing the Gel Kayanos for a couple years now (all their various numbers) and they have been really good for me. Hope yours work out just as well!

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TIGGER622 4/22/2010 2:58PM

    i am surfing the web right now for supportive tanks... what brand is yours?

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TIGGER622 4/22/2010 10:06AM

    OMG i LOVE my garmin! cant run without it anymore! i will have to look up that running tank that you like so much - i would absolutely LOVE to ditch all my girly layerings that have been going on! loved this blog! thanks! (and they say running is the cheapest way to be active!)

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KLSART 4/21/2010 3:31PM

    Hi, What kind of Garmin did you buy? I'm planning to get one this weekend and was looking at the 305. I think it will be great to track everything and know for sure how I'm doing. My friend at work just bought her first skirt and also LOVED it. Tempting. There are so many cool running things that I'd like to have. Sigh... emoticon

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Do You Need A New Kind Of Challenge?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I need challenge and accountability all of the time. It is what keeps me on this path that I wanted just over a year ago. One of the biggest factors in my success has been the Biggest Loser Challenge. If you are looking for something new and have not been involved with the BLC (or were in the past but got out of it), then consider taking a peek and signing up!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_indiv
idual.asp?gid=42212

  


Small Steps

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

So I just weighed in for the last time for BLC 12. I started out with the following stats:

Weight: 151
Bust/hips/waist: 35/39/29

I finished at:

Weight: 147.6
Bust/hips/waist: 34.5/38.5/28.5

I remember prior BLCs where I shed many lbs and inches. The BLC has been a tremendous source of new friends, ongoing challenges, and accountability. I need the accountability during tough moments. I had a tough moment last night with my oldest son, and the only thing that kept me from reaching for a slice of key lime mousse pie was my weigh in today.

  
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TIGGER622 4/7/2010 4:48PM

    awesome job!!!

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Race Report - Run to Register 10k and 1 Mile Irish Sprint

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Racing day it's racing day....racing day it's racing day....today's the day we race. Wow...it seems like forever since I last ran a race. About 5 months, actually. I met my personal goal of losing 10 lbs after dropping back on my mileage post MCM. Check. But then I hit a roadbump with my health and had to stop running altogether. In that time, I doubted if my running year would be as I hoped it to be (# of races and what and such). I think that I can still pull it off with no trouble, but have to stay vigilant on mileage. I will actually end up ahead on mileage from where I started out this time last year. Without further ado...the first race report! emoticon

I got up at 5am (on a Saturday, blean!) and headed down the road after a swig of coffee. I had a plain bagel around 6a since the race start was 8a. No traffic difficulties (except the jam at the post gate). Found parking and made my way to the stadium. Man alive was it cold! It was in the 70s last weekend. When I left this morning, it was 29!!!! Ack! I put a long tech shirt over a short one, but did not bring gloves. Mistake! I really needed those gloves. But I perservered. Tucking my hands in my long sleeved shirt sleeves helped.

There were some kind folks giving out hot drinks, so I got another swig of coffee. I had my Garmin set and the HRM on the other wrist. I started it up as I crossed over the first set of plates (there were two sets of two...so not sure the significance of all). I was pacing just fine, but did not pay much attention to the readings until I got to mile marker 1. Trouble! It was registering at .80 on the Garmin. No way was I finishing a mile in under 8 minutes! True story. emoticon

I thought to myself...do I want to walk every 4 minutes? I was so cold I did not want to stop. Whatever body heat I could produce...I needed it. So I kept going. I did not stop until the water stop just before mile 3 (which was not quite mile 3). Maybe 45 seconds of walking and then I got back into it. I focused heavily on breathing in for 4 and out for 4. Not letting up for anything, but not overdoing it either. I decided to walk once more just before mile 5 for 30 seconds and then get back to it. It was at that point that it could only be walking or running. I had to stick to my guns and finish out. Flying down the hill into the stadium was nice...but the last finishing steps I just had to push through.

According to the Garmin, the race distance was 6.07 miles. I finished in 1:07:39 and my pacing was 11:08. Really. Dang. Amazing what a year of gaining endurance, further dropping lbs, and not fearing the 'give it your all' approach to racing. Short of heaving on the side of the course...I'm close but not quite so I do need to be careful.

I waited around for an hour for the 1 Mile Sprint. My knees and hips and quads were saying "are you crazy to do anything other than what you just asked us to do?" emoticon But I was there...chatting it up with some lovely ladies...waiting for my wave to start. Man did the rubber lap lanes feel good. The joints were not happy with me. But I sucked it up and did my best.

My one miler was a total of 10:57 with an average of 10:32 and a max pace of 9:09.

When it was all said and done, I was pretty amazed and also proud. I feel like I am progressing well, and I can definitely improve my times on distances this year. I didn't think I could hang for 3 miles without a walk (even though I did this on the treadmill)...but I obviously can. But do I only pull this out during races and not training runs? Bueller? emoticon

So on to the Wild Woman 8k and then the Frederick half. Not with a respectible training plan...just kinda sorta what I did with Galloway last year (but changing up the walk/run ratio).

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KLSART 3/29/2010 4:10PM

    That's go great! I loved reading your race blog. Sounds like a really good day. Congrats!! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 3/29/2010 1:38PM

    Great job! I haven't been following your race blogs, but I think you did awesome- glad you can acknowledge that yourself.

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TIGGER622 3/29/2010 12:02PM

    Awesome start to the season!!! What a cool race!!! Great job! :)

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MTER67 3/29/2010 10:26AM

    Yay! Congratulations! So, you are going to be returning to the MCM this year, I guess? I am hoping to run the Richmond Marathon this year, just to try something different...but I feel a little bad about it because the MCM was an amazing race and I hate to miss it! Best of luck on your upcoming races, too.

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JENO0615 3/29/2010 10:11AM

    emoticon Great job. Sounds like this was a perfect way to start your season.

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NINJALINDA 3/28/2010 2:07PM

    What a great race! Other than tri's...I'm going to have to pull a race some distance other than a 5k soon. Yours sounded like great fun.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/28/2010 1:25PM

    You did so awesome.

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TRILLIUM22 3/27/2010 6:45PM

    I am glad you had a good race. Just make sure you balance any mileage goal with the goal of taking care of yourself.

And personally gloves and hat are two of my favorite warmth items, they make a differece in comfort, but are small if you remove them---mine are cheap on top of that.

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TEACHINGAGAIN 3/27/2010 5:24PM

    Wow! As a walker, I cannot imagine running so fast! I think you did awesome!

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Calorie Question

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Do you track everything? All the time? Even calories from beverages (e.g. soda, hot cocoa, coffee, tea)?

I ask because I looked at the nutrition info for hot cocoa (my splurge) and when I saw the values, I counted that in and just had an orange with it for snack. Yet I am ravenous.

So do you always account for beverage calories and eat less knowing this information? Thanks.

  
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NJOYNOW 3/31/2010 8:04AM

    Calories from beverages and other little corners of our consumption world can add up....so yes, I do. When I'm tracking calories, that is!! ;-)

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DEE797 3/24/2010 7:43PM

    I count everything as it helps me stay on track. I also factor in an indulgence like Hot cocoa (I like Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensations 150 cals when made with 6 oz of water); when planning my meals for the day.

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TEACHINGAGAIN 3/24/2010 5:57PM

    I'm like the others. I count everything. Even the Wilhelmina peppermints I suck on Sundays in church!

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SEEHOLZ 3/24/2010 2:07PM

    Yes, it keeps me in check with reality....

And if you're still ravenous, it means that it's not a sustaining food... so might be not the RIGHT time for it. It might be a slurpe after a meal.... ?

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TAMTAM64 3/24/2010 1:01PM

    If it has more than 25 calories in the beverage, I will track it and count it. If it's less than 25 calories, I don't worry about it...

I don't recommend getting anal about tracking if your weight is steady going down... But if you notice your weight is slowly increasing - I would pay close attention to everything you are consuming.

Tammy

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RISENABOVE 3/24/2010 12:53PM

    Generally the only thing I drink other than water is Black Coffee and Green Tea. I do have Hot Choc for snacks in the evening, but rarely...but yes I do figure and track my calories from liquids! I use Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets, no sugar added and only 1/2 of the serving size per glass!

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 3/24/2010 12:41PM

    I track everything with calories. My coffee mate in my coffee added up to a huge amount of calories by the end of the week. Once I realize the trends I make changes and don't bother any more.

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ITSTIMECM 3/24/2010 12:31PM

    I count everything, even the gum I chew. I rarely drink anything but water, so beverages aren't much of a problem for me.

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JOYINRUNNING08 3/24/2010 12:17PM

    I count everything. Coffee, creamer, tea, etc. It's better to know too much than not enough.

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802USER 3/24/2010 11:59AM

    if you're achieving your goals (losing/maintaining/etc) without being anal about every calorie i'd say you're doing great!! no reason to change that.
but, yes, every calorie matters in the burned vs. consumption equation.

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AUNTIE65 3/24/2010 11:52AM

    I'm like Dani - I don't count my herbal tea - no calories or caffine so I call it like water. Now, I will say, that I've not been counting my coffee either (unless it's full blown latte) - but unless it's a high calorie burn day, I eat at the low end of my range and so I have the wiggle room for the creamer that I know I've had.

You might try just tracking it for a week - don't worry about cutting anythinbg out - just see what a typical week looks like for you THEN go back and see where you can cut out calories. Then you can play with it from there - maybe only doing the hot cocao once a week as a treat. I did that with lattes - it was a daily (sometimes twice) habit. I started making it my after church treat only. Now, I know if I"m going to have a glass of wine or a latte in my day, I plan it in - I'm not into depriving myself of treats every so often.

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ELISEL 3/24/2010 11:31AM

    Absolutely. One of the reasons that many people are overweight are because of drinks. Many people for example put lots of milk or cream in their coffee and don't count it...that adds up after a while.

BTW, there are a couple of low cal hot chocolates if you're interested. There is a Diet Swiss Miss that has 25 calories and a Sugar Free Swiss Miss (my favorite) that has 60 calories.

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TIGGER622 3/24/2010 11:27AM

    the only beverage that i dont count is tea - to me that is so darn close to water... i do count my coffee in the morning because i put creamer in it... other than that, yes count all beverages!

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TRILLIUM22 3/24/2010 11:24AM

    When I tracked food, I tracked everything. And my that 4 ounce glass of wine was small

Currently I'm not tracking---found Sparks same calories everyday just too restrictive once I got closer to my target rate and had somedays with significant cardio calories. I've also settled on the idea that I'm working the last, I'm down to 12, pounds off slowly---like a pound a month or less.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/24/2010 11:23AM

    I typically do - brewed tea with splenda even...

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