Saturday, March 10, 2012
We had our running club FRUN day (fun run, get it?). Basically they try to ge everyone to do a run on the same day, so there's like 20 different runs posted that day.
I joined a group doing 3 miles & had planned on doing a second loop to bring it up to 6 miles with another girl. Only she wimped out & decided she'd do a pancake run tomorrow. So we did a fast 3.65 miles (for me) at about a 11:30 mm pace.
I have a 4 mile race next week, so this was a really good tempo run for that. This was my fastest race ever, at a sub-11 mm pace. I really remember it too . . . I wasn't sure where the front was, started too near it, and actually ran a sub-10 mm that first mile . . . God, I thought I was going to die! And it's definitely not a pace I can keep up. Wish I could.
I'm going to see if I can position myself near one of the women I ran with today . . . if I can, maybe I can draft off her. But this next week spring is supposed to arrive - we're planning to grill hopefully Thursday! - and it looks to be great weather for the race.
Just discovered today that I can actually see my route on garminconnect . . . I just thought that was so cool! I'm really loving my garmin, even if I wish I'd spent the extra $$ for the 210.
Friday, March 09, 2012
I'm not even talking about the scale, altho indirectly I suppose I am.
Does your week go like this?
Fri: loosen up & eat a little more thsn usual
Sat: still loosened + dinner out - usually a long run, too
Sun: beginning to tighten up
Mon - tues: really tightened up because I'm running out of WW pts
Wed: really hungry but not wanting to overeat = gaining
How do you get off that roller coaster? It's not that I'm binging, but ultimately by Wednesday I feel lime I can't eat anything yet I want to eat everything.
No ebooks for me this week (remember I could only buy them if I at least maintained my weight), but that wasn't a surprise & I'm hoping next week I'll be able to buy them. It wasn't as bad as I feared - it rarely is - & for that I'm grateful.
How do you stay balanced?
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
It's been so nice to watch the sunrise this week (inside my nice warm house, of course). I will love the lighter evenings next week, but I will not enjoy staring out into the black mornings again.
There's a trade-off with a healthy lifestyle, too, as I've blogged about many times. It takes time & effort, but in return you get so much.
The good news with the darker mornings is that they will lighten.
The good news with the hard work of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is that you gain so much more in return.
As I cleaned my kitchen this morning I also mused about the power of building healthy habits. You see, my kitchen was in a pretty sorry state. I just needed a break & it had been literally days since it had been cleaned. But I knew I would get back to my healthy habit of cleaning it daily & I have: that is the epitome of a habit - it becomes something you must do, and even when you abandon it for a while you know you will return to it.
Just as I know my eating wasn't as good as it normally is this week, I know I'll probably have a better week next week.
For those wondering about Chester, he has what they call mitral valve insufficiency. The mitral valve, which prevents blood from going back into the heart chamber it just left, is wearing out & leaking. Apparently it is quite common in chihuahuas, altho at 6 1/2 he seems rather young for it.
The good news is his heart isn't much effected yet. The irony is the cardiologist doesn't think the coughing is due to it - it's often a symptom - but it led us to find out about the heart murmur.
The bad news is that it will eventually lead to congestive heart failure. No way to tell when that might happen, but I'm hopeful not for a long time. And I also know it's not usually the thing you're expecting that gets them, either.
He thinks the coughing may be due to allergies and possibly a secondary bacterial infection. Seems really odd because this all just started out of the blue. We have good days & bad days & yesterday was another bad night. The antihistamine the vet recommended didn't help at all. He's not usually bad during the day, but nights can be bad - but not always, thankfully.
If you're a dog person - especially if you rescued your dog - I highly recommend "Rex and the city", a free kindle book.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Oy, the sacrilege! But I think that can be true. Oddly enough, now running seems "easy" in some ways. Get dressed, maybe stretch a bit & you're off! And then there are the endorphins waiting for you at the end - no matter how badly your run went.
ST doesn't usually give me a whole lot of endorphins, but I know how important it is: I'm convinced it helped me get a better time & be leaner for my second HM. But some days you have to psych yourself into it . . . especially during the winter for some reason . . . and yesterday I sure didn't want to do it.
It would've been so easy to go for a run instead (which still makes me giggle because it was so hard to run at first - it never *really* seems easier, but it is, & I guess you have to learn to run to understand that sentence).
In the end, I knew it would be better for me to get my ST done so I did. It was a close thing, tho.
I came across a couple of kindle books I'd like to buy recently. "Train like a mother" (I have their first book, "Run like a mother", which I highly recommend even tho I'm not a mother) & "Fitness Foods". The 2 come to about $11 (less than the cost of one paperback! How I love my kindle).
So my plan right now is to use them as rewards for either maintaining or losing weight. Which won't be easy this week - I just did not have a good day yesterday all around. It's never an actual binge, it's a few bites here, a few bites there, & even tho I tracked it it often seems that's all it takes to derail me.
I have a 3 month weight goal that I really thought I was going to reach, but right now it seems my stubborn plateau will outsmart me yet again. Which just means I'll need to try again for the next 3 months. Months I'm not training for a HM, altho I do have a few races lined up. We'll see what happens.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
We went out to eat for my belated-birthday dinner last night. Ok, maybe it's like my third birthday dinner, but who's counting? I get a $10 off coupon to my fav Italian restaurant for my birthday.
I was thinking about the gnocchi appetizer ("long" run the next day - was supposed to be 6 miles, but the reality was 5 1/4 - but no walking breaks - except the icy spots). I asked the server how big the serving was & he said it was about half the size of a pasta dish & they could do a dinner sized portion for me.
I decided to get it with a Caesar salad & have some of my husband's pasta. Well, the gnocchi came & it was a huge portion! I took half home & never took a bite of my husband's pasta. And it was sooo yummy. Good thing I had a long-ish run planned for today! It was definitely not a light meal, but I feel I did well with my portion sizes & I thoroughly enjoyed it. May have to do a long run again next weekend when I eat my leftovers . . .
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