Sunday, September 30, 2012
It's all a trade off: trading momentary gastronomic pleasure for low energy; trading foods that fuel your body properly for what your stomach claims it *really* wants. Trading "rest", aka being a couch potato, for the exercise that will energize you.
Sometimes we make good trades; sometimes we don't; and sometimes our hand is forced, like mine was up yesterday - altho there are still always choices.
I visited with my folks yesterday. They still have no definitive plans, but they said they are not scheduling anything that will take place before they get back. They said they have plans they want to keep & that it is not an emergency. I suspect part of it is not to disrupt our plans, but whatever the reason, I'm glad we will get to take our trip (I swear DH was going to divorce me if we couldn't!).
Even simba has fallen into line; he's not back to normal, but he's doing much, much better.
We visited with my folks yesterday - that & my last group run ate up the entire day & I still have so much to do! My sister brought us food from the Greek festival. I love Greek food, but it can be fattening - especially gyros, which is what we had. I asked for dolmas, too, but they say they only make them in the spring, when the grape leaves are fresh. I should've asked for spanokopita, but I just didn't think of it in time - I've actually been eating that from the farmer's market on a fairly regular basis & it seems to work for me.
So, I filled half my plate with salad & ate half the gyro & had the other half for dinner. My mom feels she MUST put out dessert for pretty much any meal when she's "entertaining" - I took a couple of bites of a cookie, but that was it.
So how did sept's goals go? I'm going from memory here.
Go into my HM lighter than the last one
Yes, by a couple of pounds
Drink more green smoothies
Well, I drank more of them, but definitely not the 3 x week I was shooting for. I learned that I really need to make them ahead of time. Often I just didn't want to do it in the afternoon, when I generally have them - or didn't have the time. If they're waiting for me in the fridge I am more likely to drink them.
Spend less on clothes
I'm not really sure . . . yes, I spent money on clothes. Was it less? Well, I haven't been tracking it, so how do I know? Which is my answer - start tracking the money I spend on clothes!
I'm pretty sure there was a fourth goal but can't remember it for the life of me & don't want to look it up. which tells me it wasn't important enough for me.
Some wins, some draws, some fails. But now I know what to work on in October & if I never set goals at all, how would I measure my success? Time to think about october's goals.
Friday, September 28, 2012
I'm surprised at how quickly I've seemed to bounce back . . . but tomorrow & a short "long" run will give me a better picture. I swam a couple of times this week & did some kettle bells this morning, plus walking te dogs, & I seem mostly back to normal.
I'm not sure if it's my natural resilience or the arnica I got when I got home. The last time I had an injury after a race (not a HM), it took me quite a bit longer to bounce back, but that one had me hobbling down tbe stairs, which didn't happen this time - altho oddly enough my knees didn't bother me this time.
Both times I was racing around TOM. Just an interesting little aside. The first time it happened, it was on the first day. This time it was basically over - just.
My WI yesterday was after breaking the fast for Yom Kippur - a high sodium meal, with bagel, lox & cream cheese. And herring. Not to mention hard boiled egg, banana, protein bar & decadent chocolate chip cookie - not a small one, either.
I wasn't expecting much . . . but was pleased with a small loss. My second vacation with a loss! Course I was only gone 4 days this time.
My goal for my next HM is to be thinner than this one . . . it won't be easy, because I'm at the weight I just can't seem to get under. Yet I still have faith that I will. It's taken me a long time to figure out how to run long distances & still lose weight, but lately I sem to have a handle on it. So I'm going to work my plan & pray for the best.
Tomorrow we go down to see my folks. It comes at a really bad time, actually, but what are you going to do?
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I must say when I was hit by the news about my dad last week, I wanted sweets. I knew it had nothing to do with hunger; it was totally an emotional response. And I gave in - in a healthy way.
I had a granola bar. That was it.
In fact, all the time I was in Montreal, I never bought a dessert. I brought some healthy ones with me, but I decided to forgo the chocolate cake after my HM & never gave in to the nutella crepes (could they rival Paris, anyway? I'll never know). I did have desserts, just ones I brought with me.
And I definitely indulged in plenty of carbilicious food. Bagel, cream cheese & lox right after the HM. Pierogis & a potato pancake for dinner that night. A honeystinger bar immediately after the HM, too.
What I've learned in this past yr of running HMs is that I can indulge far less than my stomach thinks I can. Even running 13.1 miles is not a license to eat everything I want for days on end -- not for me, anyway, not if I wantto maintain my weight.
My hip is still achy, but far less sore. It happens to be the side I sleep on: that first night was quite painful; last night wasn't too bad. The debate right now is whether or not to walk the dogs today. It's a lovely day today; tomorrow is supposed to be rainy & we might not get a walk in. Normally I'd probably wait til tomorrow . . . but I've been walking the last couple of days just because I had to & it's getting better anyway. Still using the muscle ache gel & icing.
My dad is going to NYC today for a second opinion. We actually have our next trip coming up really soon . . . hopefully we can still take ie; hopefully we'll know more tonight. It's going to be a busy, busy week.
I hope to get out for a long run this weekend - my next HM will be only 2 months away - but I will listen to my body carefully & it will probably be a very slow run.
I want to thank everyone who has stopped by to encourage & sympathize with me - y'all mean so much to me. I may or may not have time this week to thank you individually, but know that your words have warmed my heart.
And hey, they actually got some decent photos of me! If you go to www.marathonfoto.com , scroll down to Oasis marathon Montreal 2012, & put in my last name, Litt, you can actually see me looking like a runner. I always say I may not be a great runner, but I can look like I am!
Monday, September 24, 2012
So yeah, I got my PR, but I am more than post-HM sore - I am in some pain. IT on both legs & hamstrings; mostly it's just soreness, but there's a bit of pain onmy left leg. I don't think I really hurt myself; I think with a few days rest (hopefully; maybe more) I will be fine.
My goals for HMs are fairly simple:
Hopefully not in pain
Hopefully not last
2 out of 3 ain't bad, huh?
I've always got to analyze it, because if you don't know what you did wrong, you can't fix it. I'm kind of puzzled, tho, because I feel the Austin course was much tougher - & I was totally fine afterwards. Of course I ran this one faster. I certainly hate to think I'll always be in pain if I push harder!
The training plan for this one dropped hill repeats in favor of speed work after about one month, altho some of our long runs were hilly - I did more hill work preparing for Austin, knowing it was a hilly course. Could my hamstrings simply not be strong enough?
Next up is Vegas, tho, which is flat. Because of the sheer volume of runners & the fact that it's at night, I am not expecting a PR. I'll need to look for a flat course for the one after that, I think!
I guess my biggest takeaway is that if I don't want to be in pain for days afterwards, I can't push thru the pain. I knew I was hurting & for the most part I just pushed thru it.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Brrrrr! 15-20 mph winds is NOT good running weather. Unofficially, it's a PR of 2:47, a full 10 minutes faster than my last HM. For the first time I really didn't feel like I could've gone on when I finished, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
The race started on the Jacques Cartier bridge & OMG it was sooooo cold with th wind (temp about 50). The temp would've been perfect if it wasn't so frickin' windy. Who decided to start on the bridge?
I had a throwaway fleece on, which I threw away too soon. Brrrr! I have clips on my fuel belt for my bib, but it came off a few times before the start - I was able to dig out a safety pin & pinned it, too, so it stayed on.
I ran into my friend from home on tbe bridge purely by chance. That was the last time I saw her, as she was in corral 13 & I was in 17 - which was right for me - and she finished half an hour earlier.
I can never do a mile by mile report. I won't be able to get my lap info until i get home. The first 9 miles were fairly flat & fast & scenic. I was doing around 12-12:30 mm, faster than I planned. I really tried to slow down; I was shooting for 13 mm the first 10k.
Running thru old Montreal around miles 7? 8? was cool; I felt like I was running thru Paris. But that's where the hills started . . .
The first was around mile 9, I think; or maybe it was 10. And there were 2 more. It wasn't as bad as Austin - hence the PR- but that last 5k hurt. Most of the hills I walked half & ran half.
My hips were screaming at me that last 5k - my knees didn't bother me, but the IT band was not happy & it hasn't bothered me in months & months. No doubt due to pushing the pace. This really was the first time I just didn't feel I could've gone on once I was done - like I don't think I'm ever going to attempt a marathon! I certainly just didn't have it in me today.
We did walk about 1 km afterwards to get bagels at St. Viateur. My left IT band was hurting, but I iced it when we got back & used my tiger tail (travel foam roller).
For most of the race there's very little spectator support. Almost no signs at all. Your name is on your bib & many spectators & volunteers do encourage you by name, so that was cool. If you need good spectator support, this isn't the race for you - but it was the first, so maybe that will grow.
All in all, it was a pretty good race with a hard 5k at tbe end.
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