Tuesday, September 06, 2011
She thinks summer is the hardest time of year, despite the fact that fall/ winter is packed full of holidays. The holidays don't effect me too much . . . being Jewish helps, not working helps too. Would you believe I have not 1, but 2 packages of Hershey's kisses that I had planned to bake with still sitting in my kitchen from last year, totally untouched? I never opened them since I didn't bake the cookies I'd planned to; if they'd been opened they most definitely would've been gone by now.
All I know is I spent most of the summer at a weight I'm not happy with. I don't binge, I don't slack off on exercise, I always track my food. I must admit to being envious of spark buddies who've shared similar struggles to mine who have achieved great success this summer. I've tried what they've tried & it hasn't made a difference . . . for me.
But fall/winter means the return of wearing jeans. Maybe that will help give me that extra little nudge.
The trees have been dropping leaves already for well over a week. Before I know it the view outside my window will be bare again & I'll be spending way too many hours raking.
I got to thinking about my second HM (I know, I know, the first one is still 3 months away!) & suddenly realized I'll be doing all these long runs deep in the heart of winter. Seriously, just what was I thinking?
Sorry to be a Debbie downer today. Maybe it's the truly dreary weather. I'm mushroom picking daily here!
Still so much to be grateful for:
No flooding where we live!
I CAN run!
No fires where we live!
I didn't have to endure austin's heat wave this summer!
I'm going to Miami & hopefully key west in a little over a month!
I have a treadmill for these rainy days (tho yesterday I ran in the rain anyway)!
I have a roof over my head!
I have plenty healthy food to eat!
I've got my 4 fur babies who make me smile every day!
What's your gratitude list?
Monday, September 05, 2011
Today I officially started my HM training - it's 3 months away. I'm using the Runner's World smart coach app, only I still need to sit down & tweak it because the longest run is 10 miles & i'd like to work up to 12 miles.
I like the app because you can put in a recent race time, how often you run each week, your typical mileage, & when your race is. Not only will it tell you when & how often to run, it will tell you what type of run to do and at what pace.
Except I'm still failing on the pace . . . today was an easy 2 miles supposedly at 13:30 mm, only my pace was a bit under 12 mm. I know, I know, 12 mm aren't exactly fast - but since I'm not fast you'll have to excuse me for enjoying not being able to run as slow as I'm supposed to.
But the journey to 13.1 miles really began long before my easy 2 mile run today. It was built up step by tiny step, with every time I went further or faster than I thought I could. It's been a slow - literally - 2 1/2 yr in the making, from the decision to try C25K, to my first 5 k 1 1/2 yrs ago, and so on & so forth on & on thru weeks of running & ever longer races. Slowly, cautiously building up my running endurance, bevause I'm a slow, methodical person. Cautious to a fault sometimes.
I hope to continue to share my journey with you.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
My HM training doesn't "officially" start til next week. But I headed to the park for a long run today anyway. I actually concentrated on slowing down, because my slow run pace is supposed to be 13 mm, but I can't seem to run that slow even with the walking breaks. Which is very ironic considering my first race I averaged 13 1/2 mm, and I thought that was really hard! I'm using the nike+ sensor, tho, so there is some wiggle room for what it reports.
I did 5 miles. I'm planning to use the runner's world smart coach program, but I need to sit down & modify it because the longest run is only 10 miles & i'd like to work up to 12.
Afterwards I went to the farmer's market, which is either winding down - only 3 more weeks or showing the effects of Irene. There was a bus there selling baked goods. I went for a look-see, but in the end I remained MAD (motivated & determined) & didn't buy anything. I was really sad that none of the plum tomatoes looked good . . . I was so looking forward to some.
I did but a cantaloupe, which Simba proceeded to eat thru the rind right to the fruit while I used the bathroom. It's still edible & mostly there, but I couldn't leave it out to ripen up!
I used the perfect food bar as my pre & post-race snacks it was some deliciousness. But at 300 calories really a meal replacement, not a snack. I had half before my run & half afterwards. They're pricey, but you can see them at www.perfectfoodsbar.com/ . I thin they were actually on sale when I bought them . . .
I keep telling myself I'll get something decadent after a run someday and that someday I'm going to have a hot fudge sundae . . . yet it's so hard to work that stuff into my weekly plan.
Friday, September 02, 2011
. . . Why not to go to the food store tired.
This may come to late for you, but still, considering it's a holiday weekend here in the US, I thought I'd share the food I travel with:
Boatmeal (baked oatmeal - plain uncooked oatmeal can work if you have access to boiling water or better yet a microwave)
Dry roasted edamame
Tuna (yes, it was ok with TSA)
Ezekiel English muffins
Protein bars (you never know when this might be your only meal - I also use them as desserts)
Vacuum packed popcorn
Protein powder + a shaker bottle for protein + milk after a run
Honeystinger chews for fueling my runs
Yes, if I wasn't taking all that + exercise shoes & clothes it would be really easy to pack! Especially since I no longer have to pack books, since they're on my iPad & my kindle. The good news is you eat it so there's less to bring home.
I especially like to bring my breakfasts & snacks with me because that's where you can get really off track. Not to mention it was so much fun to munch on popcorn while watching a movie on my iPad on the plane!
I didn't have a choice about food shopping while tired when I got home. We got in at 11 pm, I was probably asleep at midnight, but up at my normal 5 am. And the next day I had to get food into the house. Since the dogs were still at our pet sitters, at least I got to relax in the morning & get my workout in.
But a few things I probably wouldn't normally buy made it into my cart:
479 Black truffle + white cheddar popcorn (really good, if you're wondering)
Pretzel crisps - for my after-dinner treat. I'm trying to get away from my after dinner treat always being a sweet. I don't thin these were really the best choice. Pretzels made with whole grains would be better for the occasional treat. Which has also given me the idea that a slice of bread with some nut butter + some chocolate chips could really be an awesome after-dinner treat.
Crumpets. Because they were there. Because we had them on our food tour. Not terrible, really, but not a whole lot of nutrition in them. I'm thinking they'll make a good breakfast tomorrow before my long run.
Perfect food bars. They look like they have awesome ingredients, but still, I'm working on getting away from this sort of thing. I might, again, use these for my long run tomorrow.
My husband gave me a hard time about this, because we had salmon & cherries while in Seattle, naturally (those were in my cart, as well) - and crumpets & truffle oil.
Going food shopping tired can be just as bad as going hungry - I wasn't hungry.
What food do you bring when you travel? Or do you just rely on the kindness of strangers & whatever is available?
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