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.
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!
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