Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We've all heard that standard advice: don't eat after ____pm, cause your metabolism slows down & it will just get stored as fat. Nighttime eating isn't my problem, so I've always pretty much ignored it. Not to mention the fact that it's pretty rare for me to eat past 7 pm anyways, seeing as I'm in bed by 9 pm (up around 5 am).
But I had a sort of lightbulb moment when I read the advice in the title. For those that DO have problems with nighttime eating, just what are you chowing down on? Salad? Thought not.
Eating in the evenings isn't making you fat, it's WHAT you're eating. And why.
Altho I'm not generally a nighttime eater, I struggle with this too. Wanting something sweet after dinner. Even after I've already had some fruit to quiet down that sweet tooth. It's a habit - a bad habit.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, it seems. Struggling with that age old question of just why I feel I MUST eat something sweet. Or have a bigger, rather than smaller, bowl of oatmeal. What am I trying to fill up? I still haven't answered the question, which probably explains why I've been stuck for so long. Food for thought, indeed.
My knee is much better, but I still can't exercise the way I want to - just walking the dogs still leaves me with a few twinges. So I am concentrating on what I put in my mouth, instead, and mostly succeeding.
Except for the fact that we'll probably go out to eat with my folks tonight . . . since we can't make it down for father's day & my niece's graduation next week is a question mark, too. Not really what I want to do before my WI, but that's life.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
GSFs = grocery store finds. No, I still haven't tried the amy's light & leans . . . really, I just never eat frozen meals anymore (I also don't work at the moment). But bean & cheese enchilada? I will, at some point.
I also found Probar's Halo bars - OMG, yummy, & at 150 calories the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet.
And I found 18 Rabbits cherry chocolate granola bars. Only 120 calories, good ingredients & also perfect for a sweet tooth attack. Also yummy.
My knee feels much better today, thankfully. I've been RIEing (rest, ice, elevate - no compression). It's the very first time I've had to do that. I had planned on some runner's yoga & a lot more rest today, but my parents are going to be up for the night tomorrow (they originally said they weren't staying overnight) & I've got laundry that has to be done, which means a lot more trips up & down the stairs than I'd really like. If they weren't staying, I would've put it off for another day.
The dog's walk yesterday felt like I was back in the race, with my knee hurting the entire way. Hopefully that won't be the case today.
I know I complained of knee pain in vegas, but that was my kneecap & this was the outside of my right knee(IT band? Not sure). I remember that my knee hurt during my first run after my 10k, but I don't remember if it was the same place, it didn't hurt during, & I also had to run thru that mud a bit.
The nice thing about racing is it builds your confidence . . . until it doesn't. I'm mostly puzzled because I've done longer training runs with zero pain. And there are just too many variables to figure out the culprit: pace? shoes? not taking walking intervals?
I would really prefer not to have that sort of pain during an HM. Or afterwards. I really have no doubts that I can do it, barring illness or disaster, but I'd really like to do it pain-free, too!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Life is a series of peaks & valleys, and that allows you to learn about yourself.
Yesterday's race was definitely not my best. It's the first race where I was truly hindered by my body - one of my slowest races to date no doubt because of that. And while I did not finish last, I was darn close & everyone behind me - not to mention the person ahead of me - was significantly older than me. A bit demoralizing. Someday, as I get older, I WILL be last - but if I'm still racing at 80, I will most definitely count that as a victory.
But as I say in the title, knowledge is power. I now know I have kinks to work out before my HMs. Whether it's walking breaks - guess I'll have to swallow my pride - or new kicks - I have plenty of time to work it out. Not to mention I will learn how long it's going to take my knee to recover.
I also have a bit of a knot in my calf. The odd thing about that is I was having some pretty bad cramps in that calf before I left the house, but it didn't bother me at all during the race.
Stamina-wise I feel fine & my hamstrings aren't as sore as they've been after other races, no doubt due to the slower pace. Another lesson learned.
A few days before the race I noticed a neighbor's car with a 13.1 bumper sticker on it - I probably wouldn't even have noticed that a year ago. And when I arrived at the race, "Firework" was playing on the radio - I thought that was a sign it was going to be a good race. Oh well. Oddly enough, it was playing on someone else's radio as I left.
MP3 players were not allowed. Music would've definitely helped. I don't think it really makes me any faster, but I think it makes running seem easier.
You can't enjoy the peaks without the valleys. If all the world was a peak, the view would be boring!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
It was just about a year ago that I ran my very first, very slow 5k, after a lifetime of non-running. I've been active for probably the last 20 yrs, but didn't become a runner til a couple of years ago.
My goal last year was to run a 5k; that was it - I ended up running 2, and slashing 7 minutes off my time by the second one.
This year I've run 3 1/2 miles on new year's day; a 4 miler, a 5 miler, a 10k, and now an 8 mile race. I am signed up for my first HM by the end of the year, with another to follow in February.
I don't think you'll ever see me doing a full marathon, but never say never I suppose. I just don't want to run for 6+ hours and considering the way my body is reacting to 8 miles (altho 10 training miles seemed fine) it wouldn't be pretty, I think.
I'm sure the fact that DH & I put in a new bathroom vanity yesterday didn't much help. Well, he put it in, but I had to help carry the old one down & the new one up - 2 trips each times & man are those things heavy!
So today's race was small - maybe a couple hundred people or so - & not chip timed. I started out with another woman who claimed she does 12 minute miles & we ran together for a couple of miles until she met up with a friend & they took off.
My first 5k went pretty well, for me, with a 34 minute time which is normal for me.
I spent most of the next 5 miles in 2 loops by myself, altho somehow my running buddy from the beginning got behind me - don't know how since they were so far in front of me - but after the last water station they surged ahead again.
The volunteers were super nice, but they began to thin out as I entered my last loop & at one point if I hadn't caught up - or more like been near - my running buddy I seriously wouldn't have known which way to go.
I was running slower even than normal because my knee was hurting. No idea why. I'd done 10ish miles not that long ago with no pain at all. In fact, I've never really had much pain other than side stitches. Probably won't be running for the next several days.
Of course, when I did the training run I was doing run/walk intervals - I only walked thru water stations today - at no doubt a slower pace.
So while it's very tempting to actually runthe whole HM, I'm probably better off sticking with run/walk. Or getting better shoes, which admittedly could be the culprit, too.
So I'm sitting here with my knee on a pillow & a bag of frozen cranberries around it. We took the dogs for a short walk - DH grumbled about that because he's now cutting the back lawn. I didn't say anything, but I was thinking seriously? I've already run 8 miles & you're grumbling about walking the dogs maybe 1 mile & just when was the last time you walked the dogs anyway? I can't remember.
My time was 1 hr, 40 minutes. Actually about where I predicted. I didn't need a potty break,which was good, as there really weren't any - I'd have to go totally off the course to get toa bathroom (I did use it before the start). TOM didn't really bother me at all. And it didn't rain. Pretty good racing weather - about 60ish.
No idea where I came in - pretty darn close to last, I'm sure (at least they still had the clock going). I didn't hand my card in cause they epwe're already handing out awards when I got in there!
My journey as a runner so far. If I can do it, believe me, you can too - if you want to. You don't have to want to, but you do have to find something you either enjoy doing or at least makes you feel better about yourself.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The holistic vet suggested putting a warm teabag on the lump on Gizmo's tail several times a day. I don't think she thought I'd be able to do it - but he's a different cat with me than he is at the vets & he LOVES the extra attention - from me, anyway, not so much from the pet sitter.
So I've been doing it faithfully for a couple of weeks now. And last night it occurred to me that rather than watch tv or try to read while doing it, I should be sending him all my love & healing thoughts. Not just go thru the motions, but do it with intention.
Which, of course, is exactly how we ought to go about the whole business of a healthy lifestyle. So why is that so hard to do?
Intentions are similar to goals, really, yet I think they're different, too. Not so much the how of something, but more the why.
We should have daily intentions, but I admit to having trouble coming up with them. I also know that I want to be more focused, and setting a daily intention would help. Do you have intentions when it comes to your healthy lifestyle?
If my race were today, I would definitely intend to skip it. Sorry, couldn't resist! It's pouring - not just raining, but pouring - and supposed to stay that way all day. TOM never did begin yesterday (wish it had, the timing would have been better) but it sure arrived this morning & I'm crampy & tired. Not to mention sore from yoga, of all things - in my inner thighs!
Although maybe pouring rain would be motivation to run faster.
Still leaning towards doing it tomorrow, despite the fact that my tempo run yesterday left me even sorer. The good news is I wore my Nike+ sensor & did it on the treadmill - and the sensor was almost spot on. So my 10 mile run before I left must've actually been close to 10 miles . . . at the very least over 8 . . . as long as I stay injury free & healthy, I feel confident about running (or run/walking) a HM.
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