Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Well, sometimes it feels that way. Which is so wrong, because I love my iPod!
Now, keep in mind that I sometimes run without it, too. Cause one way to learn how to pace yourself is to truly tune unto your body - how hard you're breathing, if anything hurts, & so on.
I tried to wear it 2 races ago. Only my bluetooth headphones wouldn't stay on my ears. I think it was the winter hat I was wearing with the ear flaps. I suppose that wasn't the iPod's fault.
Next time I took it out for a run, the headphones died after like a minute. Ok, so maybe it's really a headphone problem.
Yesterday's run got slowed down cause somehow it got set to play the current song in an endless loop. I had to look up how to turn that off when I got home, so I sure as heck don't know how I set it to that in the first place. I kept having to walk just so I could put a different song on.
Finally, this morning, the gods aligned and everything was in sync. Literally. I didn't plan to run today, since I ran yesterday, but my new sneakers arrived (delivered just minutes after I left for my run, wouldn't you know) so I wanted to try them out before tomorrow's speed session.
I woke up on time, the rain ended, and the birds were chirping. And even tho it had fallen 3 degrees to 38 since I woke up, I stretched, inserted the Nike+ sensor, and headed out. The first surprise was that the sensor still worked after months of not using it.
I had a few anxious moments when the music kept skipping after I started the sensor, but then it settled down & I had a great easy run with great music - Katy Perry's Teenage Dreams cd - if that doesn't get you moving I don't know what will.
My Nike+ told me I averaged 12:40, but that included my walking warmup & cool down (also told me I walked at about a 17 min pace), so maybe I was running 12 mm which isn't bad for me for an easy run.
When I stopped the nike+ at the end of my workout, it even talked to me. It never talks to me during my run like it's supposed to. Anyone have any ideas? It's supposed to tell me as I do each mile, and I would like to know that. Especially with a race coming up next sat if I get off my keister & register for it.
Gotta love technology when you're not hating it.
Happy Passover everyone! First matzo brei - how I love me some matzo brei!
Monday, April 18, 2011
First, thanks to everyone who weighed in on my HM dilemma. I will probably go for both, altho registration doesn't open for over a month, and just pray that I don't hate HMs!
On to today's subject. I remember reading, in a couple of different places, about how if you're feeling full, your digestive system is working hard to do its job. Which may not really be the best thing. I'd never looked at it that way. Sort of made sense - if your digestive system is working hard, then it's pulling away energy you need to exercise.
But here's the catch-22: while that made sense to me, I know that if I'm hungry I'm more likely to give in to temptation. For instance, I really liked the flat belly diet, but one of its components was eating 4 -400 calorie meals a day. That's great in theory, but I just really need 2 snacks a day or I get cravings - that's in addition to my 3 main meals, of course.
My standard advice for going out to eat or to parties is to snack beforehand. Never go hungry. It's the same idea. Never get really hungry & most of the time you'll make better choices.
Some ideas may be great in theory, or great for someone else, but not for you. It's important to keep trying new things & keep an open mind.
How do you roll? Frequent small meals or less frequent, larger ones? How's it working for you?
Sunday, April 17, 2011
So now I have a bit of a dilemma. 2 of my good spark buddies decided to run the Las Vegas HM on Dec. 4. I had already pretty much decided to run the Austin HM next Feb. 19, with the potential to meet up with a few more good spark buddies then.
Is 2 HMs in 2 1/2 months a crazy idea? Especially when you're just about 50 & a really slow runner, who enjoys running but doesn't love it the way some of my buddies do? Opinions appreciated, especially from those who have actually run HMs (don't forget my longest race so far is only 5 miles & my long runs are up to 8).
But I do love meeting up with online friends in RL. And I do love - and am comfortable in - both those cities. I know DH will probably want to come to both, but work could prevent it.
And now for a completely different subject . . . we went to see Blue Man Group yesterday. I'd say a bit overpriced, but still really entertaining & fun. I even got to be a part of the act in a very small, not embarrassing way (didn't have to be on stage).
The main reason we went is I figured we should go to something DH would enjoy since I'll be dragging him to Michael Buble. We had seats in front row center - literally! They provide you with plastic ponchos, cause it does get slightly messy at times - and yes, I got some stuff on my hair, but it was worth it.
Do or have anything special planned for this weekend? A shout out to my buddy FRECKS96 who did her long run & a race back to back this weekend!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
When I run on my treadmill, it's in the comfort of my own home & while watching something I've recorded, so it isn't so boring. And that is why, at the moment, I use the treadmill for my long runs.
Actually, there are a few other reasons:
*Despite Galloway's claim that treadmills are very inaccurate I reporting speed & mileage, I've felt prepared for my races using it to run that particular distance. The night before my first 5k my husband got very worried, wondering if I could run that distance. I'd done my training & there was nary a doubt in my mind. When I get a Garmin, that could change.
*Obviously, you're protected from the elements.
*And the reason that prompted this blog: lately I've desperately needed a potty break about 1 hr into my long runs. Yesterday I made it to 1 hr 15 minutes. I think I'm going to have to adjust my projected HM time to include a potential potty break.
I really ought to be able to do a HM in 3 hrs. I already know I can do 5 miles in 1 hr- and then if I drop down to 4 mph that's just another hour & change.
I did 7 1/2 miles last month with an average of 4.5 mph, but for some reason yesterday I had to drop down to 4 mph for most of the last 45 minutes. And I was only going 1/2 mile more! But some days are like that.
I did a lot of intense exercise this week, and I didn't sleep well for several days beforehand. Thankfully I got a really good night's sleep last night - finally.
I tried a Gu for the first time yesterday - while it certainly tastes good, I can't say as it gave me any more energy. I used small pieces of a home made protein bar, too, during - I keep experimenting with my fuel. And while I had every intention of making a recovery smoothie, I was really tired afterwards & grabbed a power bar, which is basically a healthy candy bar. About the same number of calories; maybe next time I need to make my recovery drink before I start. Oh well.
So there you have it. Why I don't dread the treadmill & am very happy I have one. But I run outside, too!
Friday, April 15, 2011
So there I'm blogging bout my disappearing buddies (and some stil have really fallen off the radar) & then I go missing - but here's what I did yesterday:
10 minutes yoga
Fed myself, the animals & got breakfast ready for DH
Walked the dogs
Went to my WW meeting
Stopped at Target for sundries
Did some food shopping
Dropped off/pick up books at the library
Went to vitamin shoppe to replenish supplements
Stopped at another grocery store
Fed myself, DH & the animals
Very little time to spark!
I lost the weight I'd gained the previous week, which is the reason for the subject. I've started a new eating plan, as some of you know & here's what I think is working:
More frequent meals. I'm able to fit in an afternoon snack, which I rarely seemed to be able to do before & that definitely helps.
Higher protein breakfasts. Much more satisfied - I didn't realize how hungry I was before.
Getting in the majority of my carbs by the afternoon.
The reason for the caution is that I've had good results whenever I try a new plan, it seems, only to go right back to my plateau in a few weeks. And it's not that I'm trying really weird plans, just always trying new things. I also started a new workout plan to help get thru my plateau, so we shall see.
For now, even if the majority of the food is so-so, I'm actually enjoying just feeling satisfied again. And mostly crave-free.
I didn't even follow it 100% last week, having pizza for dinner one night (the night of my 5 mile race, tho) & an egg bagel with belly lox for lunch that same day. AND lunch out at a buffet the Friday before. And TOM expected in a few days. Not to mention the 3/4 of a protein brownie I devoured after my speed workout on Wed night (right before WI) cause I was ravenous when I got home.
I worry a bit about IDI (I deserve it) syndrome setting in. Like the vita top I had after swimming last night - I wasn't that hungry, but I'd planned for it so I ate it. Altho I did wake up hungry this morning . . . but it just got me to thinking if little things like that keep me on my plateau. I did so well last week & ate a lot, so obviously I need to eat more, right? Or do I?
Well, there ya go. Think I just made up for the missing blog yesterday! And I have even more to say, but i'll save it for another blog.
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