Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It's a secret kids know, but as adults we forget it: we move around - or should - for the pure joy of it. Altho frankly, other than walking & swimming, I didn't want to move around a whole lot even as a kid - I was the one with her nose constantly in a book or always drawing.
Still, we get so tangled up with how many calories we're burning, how fast we're going, or how fast our hearts are beating, that we forget we should be exercising for the joy of it. Cause it makes us feel good.
I was reminded of this yesterday when I decided my "run" (and I use the term very loosely here) would be with the dogs, who a) stop to sniff every 5 minutes and b) will only run for a few minutes at a time.
But Chester can really pack on the pounds despite being walked an hour a day most days, so with the nicer weather I figured it was time. This is how I actually began my journey to runner pre-spark: run/walk intervals with the dogs. It felt like I was running at top speed for at least 10 minutes at a time, but the reality was I was probably going almost at a walking pace for about 30 seconds. And yet here I am now, having run 5 miles in less than an hour - still slow, but a whole lot faster than I started at.
So I wasn't worried about how long we ran or how fast. We just had fun - surprisingly enough, Chester seemed to have the most fun of all.
This whole journey to a healthy lifestyle ought to be fun - oh sure, there are times it will totally suck, I won't lie, but at the end of the day it should make you happier, not miserable, or it's not worth it.
Now on to a couple of NSV that have nothing to do with weight, but have everything to do with a healthy lifestyle. I returned that dress, finally. Didn't feel that slightest twinge of remorse, but the real victory is that I didn't buy anything while I was there.
Yesterday was a busy day, and I didn't clean the kitchen for the first time in about a month. And it really bothered me! I made sure it got cleaned like normal this morning.
So go out today & figure out how to get some joy into your healthy lifestyle - then tell us all about it!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sorry, I know this will gross out my vegan friends. I'm not even a huge fan of eggs . . . oddly enough I've never found them to be very filling. I try mostly to eat really whole foods - full fat cheese, whole eggs, chicken with the skin in - that sort of thing. And I eat about 85% vegetarian, maybe 50% vegan - til now, anyway.
As some of you know, I'm trying out a new ecookbook. It hasn't been a smashing success. The recipes are good, just not great. Except the ranch dressing - that was really bad.
Many of the baked goods rely heavily on egg whites. Sometimes as much as 6 egg whites per serving, as in the high protein pancakes (which I've renamed pancrepes, because they're actually pretty good as a crepe).
So the food is good, not great. It is fast & easy for the most part. But the best part? I'm fuller than I've been in a long, long time. I was really struggling with hunger & now I'm not for the most part.
And the egg salad (do we see a theme?) I made for lunch actually was much better than just good.
Eating predominantly vegan did have me struggling with protein often - and I really like lentils & beans & ate them a lot. I know I can sub soy for the egg whites & it bothers me to waste the yolks (even tho I'm just buying egg whites in cartons - the yolks still have to go somewhere). But I am also cautious with soy, considering the amount of cancer that runs in my family.
For the most part I'm not eating a lot of scrambled egg whites, they're going into things like muffins & pancakes - even some snack items.
I know plenty of people do perfectly fine as vegans (and for the record, I'm not even an actual vegetarian, much less a vegan), so I'm not saying that it's not right for YOU. I do know we're all individuals & what works for one person doesn't necessarily for the next. For the moment, I'm just enjoying being mostly crave-free. We'll see what the scale says, too.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
It truly was just a picture perfect day to race. Temp approximately 50ish, partly cloudy. I had to leave before 8 & even that turned out to be cutting it a bit close with the lines for the bathroom, so it was a busy morning taking the dogs out, feeding the animals, emptying the dishwasher, & getting myself squared away.
Didn't see anyone I know, but still chatted with people on the bathroom line. Didn't have to do a whole lot of hanging around after finishing that up. They did have portapotties, too.
The race was very well organized, with lots of volunteers cheering you on & a mile marker at each mile (but no clocks). Glad I had my stopwatch going.
I deliberately tried to go easy the first mile - and was quite surprised to be rewarded with about 10:30 at the first mile marker. I truly thought I was running slower than that. I kept up that pace through mile 2, but I guess I must've slowed down pretty good on miles 3 & 4.
At about mile 3 a deer dashed across the road . . . didn't he know Dodge the Deer is next weekend? I was running with another woman throughout mile 3, and when we finally came to the mile 4 marker she high five'd me & said 3 down, 2 to go.
I sort of ran a fartlek, taking it easy the first half a mile, then pushing thru the second half, and when I eased up that last time I lost my running companion. Runners, got the most part, really are the nicest people. They cheer you on, telling you what a good job you're doing, even when they're walking home & you've still got a mile to go.
I really thought I was pushing it that last mile . . . I was certainly trying to . . . The clock said about 57 when I crossed the finish line; my watch said about 56:48; I don't have my official time yet. And I must admit I was a bit pissed off at the 2 women who powered by me shortly before the finish line.
I was secretly hoping for about 55, but I did meet my goal in finishing under an hour, anyway. I deliberately held back thru most of the race cause I think I'll do that 10k at the end of the month.
Cause that's the beauty of racing: it builds your confidence. A 10k is just slightly more than 1 mile longer than I ran today - and I know I can do that. It's just a tad shy of half a HM, too. Plus it's a charity race.
And a big shoutout to my buddy JOANHEO who's running her first race today!
Somewhere during mile
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Sometimes that's how life feels - things just seem to come together (of course, sometimes the opposite is true).
Tomorrow I have a 5 mile race - my longest to date. It's been a whole year of PRs cause each race has been longer than the last. I asked my husband yesterday if it was wrong to be sad that no one I knew that's slower than me signed up - and lo & behold now someone has.
I'm just a tad nervous - we're now getting into the distances I'd normally do run/walk intervals on my treadmill, but OTOH it's only a mile longer than my last race. Course I already know that that last mile can seem longer than the first three.
And speaking of races, I see there's a 10k at the end of the month. Should I or shouldn't I? I don't want overtraining injuries, but I am working on increasing my mileage slowly & steadily.
And now my running club is offering a series on how to increase your speed! Sweet! I've even met a couple of the people signed up for the first session, and yes, one of them is slower - and the other is quite a bit faster.
So yesterday was an easy run - seriously easy at about a 13 mpm pace. That's the pace I actually feel comfortable at. Even tho I do start getting tired after a half hour or so, still, I could've kept going. I really wish I felt comfortable at 10 mpm, but I don't - I feel like my lungs might burst at that pace & it isn't a fast pace!
OTOH, when I began running anything over 4 mph felt hard, & now that feels so easy, so progress has been made.
Oh, and note to self: gloves are really nice when the temp is hovering at the freezing point. I swear it took me about 2 miles to warm up yesterday & I was really glad I didn't wake up early enough to go out at 6 am!
I doubt I'll have my personal photographer with me tomorrow - I've got to leave when he's barely functioning & it's about half an hour away. Plus since it's a longer race he'd have to hang around longer. My goal is hopefully to finish in under an hour. I'll let you know whether or not I meet it.
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