Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I know, I know, the none runners are groaning not another running blog! Hey, just a few years ago that was me. You never know where life might take you.
Today was a gift: absolutely gorgeous. Almost makes up for the snow in Oct. Almost.
There has been a LOT of raking the last couple of days. Raking, dog walking, baking & exercise. That's the sum total of my existence lately.
I really wanted to get to a dirt trail for a run along the water today, but the raking interfered. So I ran in the neighborhood. I started off plugged in, but remembered I wanted to do a few unplugged runs & besides it was so beautiful. The MP3 player went into the pocket.
I really do find I run better with music & it's easier for me to judge when it's time for a walking break - every 4 songs or so. But it's also good to tune into your body.
It was a nice, easy run. My honey stinger bars arrived today - and the gels, which I haven't yet tried. I did try out the new Vega protein bars & give them 2 fingers way up. So much tastier than the vibrancy bars, which are languishing in my freezer. And just because I was super hungry for some reason this afternoon - must be all that raking - I also ate one of the protein bars I baked this morning. Tasty, but small.
Yes, I have a protein bar problem.
Once my GUs arrive, I should be all set in the racing food department.
Don't forget why you run. It's not all about coming in first - of course, that's not exactly a problem for me.
Monday, November 07, 2011
One of the things I've really struggled with on this journey is tracking every BLT (bite, lick, taste). But I've made really great strides in that area.
Today it was time to bite the bullet & figure out what all my little treats disguised as supplements really add up to. I take a couple of vitamin shoppe omega 3 chews, 1 vitamin shoppe vitamin d chew, 1 dark chocolate multivitamin & 1 dark chocolate calcium supplement daily.
Guess what? That added up to 4 points a day. That's 28 extra points a week! Holy moly.
Now, I've been taking all that for probably a year now. I've been on a plateau for 2 years now, so that's probably not the cause but it sure ain't helping.
I won't give up my chocolates. But I will give up my vitamin shoppe chews. They're not THAT good. And I will now count my chocolate supplements as the 2 points that they are.
What have you been turning a blind eye too?
Sunday, November 06, 2011
I liked the yoga class last Sunday so much, I definitely don't want to do long runs on Sunday's because I want o go to the yoga class!
I must've learned something from all those yoga DVDs, because so far she hasn't had to correct my form. She goes around correcting people's form at times during class & has walked around me to help other people.
Don't worry, I don't have a fat head, I know that doesn't mean my form I'd perfect . . . just not as bad as the person next to me, apparently!
When I go home DH was pissed about something. Not sure what. Maybe that I'd been out longer than he anticipated. Or that he's been doing fall cleanup stuff while I've been running, resting, yoga-ing, or shopping. It's not as tho he couldn't go out while I was gone . . . not sure what his problem is.
I'll be walking the dogs soon. And tomorrow I'll be walking them again & tackling the leaves & grocery shopping. I needed to rest after being sick & my long run, but he never sees it that way. Or maybe he's angry because he didn't get to do what he wanted to yesterday because of his foot . . . not my fault. Whatever.
On a totally different topic, I feel like I'm really in a good place with my eating habits - I've made so many positive changes, conquered so many bad habits . . . Part of why it's so frustrating to me to have gained a few pounds. Like all that hard work isn't being rewarded.
I know I'm not perfect, I see people who eat so much better than me (and worse, of course); sweets will always be a part of my life but they're a much smaller part now; I've come a long way with my portion sizes; I'm so much more honest about tracking these days, too.
Well, whatever again! Such a useful word!
I guess I'll have to really buckle down after these HMs & of course not go overboard using the training as an excuse, too.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
The plan was for bagel & lox this morning; followed by chocolate chip pancakes - I had a long run of anywhere from 10 1/2 to 11 miles to do.
Only the bagel turned out to be rock hard. Which was sort of ok, as I admitto some angst about how it would really fit into my plan, despite the fact I'd already planned for it. I turned to old faithful: oatmeal, cashew butter & chocolate chips. Um, um, good. Second breakfast remained the chocolate chip pancakes - pancakes being my go-to breakfast on long run days.
I have been carbo loading the last couple of days, and I must say I really wasn't terribly hungry most of the day, almost forcing myself to eat.
Thank God sports authority had chocolate Gus. I'd been looking for them lately & coming up empty. Vanilla; not he same. Mocha - yuck!
It was mid-40s today, about 10 degrees warmer than last week. Not too many critters around this time. Some squirrels, a flock of geese flew in at the end & of course lots of dogs. When I first checked, I was pleasantly surprised to see I'd already gone 11 1/4 miles.
My hip bothered me a bit, but not too bad. I was wearing my cw-x tights, and I kept them on for a couple of hours after the run. They're compressive tights that supposedly help support your IT band & knees - and very pricey. I think they may have helped - anyway the hip feels pretty good right one.
One month + one day to my HM. Only one more "really" long run next week & then I get to taper. I was happy with my time today, especially considering I was sick most of the week. Running by myself I could definitely run a sub-3 hr HM; we'll see what happens when I have to run with 10s of thousands of other runners!
Friday, November 04, 2011
I admit it: it bothers me that in the last 8 months I've gained 5 pounds. Actually, most of the weight I've gained has been in the last 2-3 months. Training for a HM . . . I know people can, and do, gain weight training for marathons. Knowing that, I've tried so hard to be honest with myself.
I've had many NSVs and breakthroughs in the last couple of months, but none of that is reflected in my weight. It did its usual up & down for a while, but lately it's been up, up, up (albeit mostly in small incrememnts) while I feel that I've been doing at least most things right.
It's not just the number on the scale, either, but how I look and how my clothes fit. They still fit . . . but they're definitely snugger.
So today I decided for a reality check. Below on the left I'm at 138, my lowest, and on the right is my current weight, 143 (ugh, I so hate typing that!).
I can see subtle differences. Mostly in my arms & stomach -- maybe my butt a bit too. Definitely in my face, but you can't see that from this photo.
I saw this photo in a magazine . . . the woman is taller than me (I forget how much) and 10 lbs thinner. Do I really look 10 lbs heavier? I didn't think so when I first saw the photo; I thought I looked better. Putting them side by side I'm not sure. Our clothes and poses aren't the same, either, so it's really hard to tell.
The bad news is I do think HM training, for whatever reason, may be at least mostly the culprit. The bad news is that I'll be training for HMs thru February! And if I enjoy my first HM, most likely I'd like to sign up for others. I like the challenge. But I don't like what it's doing to my body, whether it's just due to the training or to my mental thoughts about what I should be eating for an HM.
Ugh! Talk about damned if you do & damned if you don't. But you look at those oh-so-skinny elite atheletes . . . surely I could at least maintain my weight. I'm beginning to feel that I need a nutrition coach . . . someone who could at least look at what I'm eating & say of course you're eating too much or of course you're not eating enough or you need more carbs or you need less carbs or you should eat this before & after your long runs . . . and now I'm rambling . . . I get so tired of constantly guessing, trying, evaluating.
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