Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Hey Spark Friends..........I've heard from several today asking about my recovery from surgery so I thought I'd do a quick update.
Almost 2 weeks out now(surgery was Oct 21), I'm recovering much slower than I wanted, but I AM doing exactly as I'm told. I'm NOT lifting, not walking fast, not running, not do anything much except the necessary functions of life.
I worked from home M - TH last week and returned to the office on Friday. I had permission to stay home from my boss, but I was entirely too restless to stay home one more day!! Being at the office wore me out I will admit. Walking from car to building was a chore, walking to the break room or restroom was a chore, things I do daily just took longer!. I survived though!!
I am getting stronger everyday, am able to move a little quicker each day and not quite as exhausted at the end of the day. My wife and daughters have been GREAT to take care of me and doing the things I'm not supposed to do!!! To those who have said prayers on my behalf, I think you from the bottom of my heart! I would ask that you continue to pray for healing and patience! Y'all know me, I don't sit around very well, this is TOUGH.
I do have it on my calendar that I can start working out again on December 3rd!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I’m not on a diet
How many times have I heard the word DIET this year?
“How are you doing on your diet?”
“How long have you been on your diet?”
“What diet pill did you take?” (OH PLEASE)
I’ve heard other people say
“I need to get back on my diet”
“I diet but I never lose weight”
“I’m not good on a diet”
Come on people GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME, this is NOT a DIET, this is YOUR LIFE!!!
Stop with the DIET and CHANGE your life. You have to realize this is not a race and MOST importantly, there IS NO FINISH LINE. WE must be making changes that will last a LIFETIME. Sometimes it will be hard to keep your motivation. It will be hard to keep moving when we are sore, when our body seems to be stuck at a plateau, times like these will require a lot of heart and a lot of determination. Ultimately this will force us to grow as a person.
Life change involves baby steps, one day at a time, you will learn to eat healthy. One small victory at a time will lead to a streak that streak will become a habit, then that habit becomes the new lifestyle! Tracking our food is a huge part of this lifestyle, knowing WHAT we are eating is critical. Tracking our nutrition holds us accountable to ourselves and gives us a crystal clear picture of what exactly we put in our bodies. In the beginning that picture may not be all that great, however over time it will get better and better and become a picture of health! When that happens we will begin to feel guilty if we put junk food in our bodies. Do we want to clutter up our picture of healthy eating with junk, no way. Maintaining this journal helps us keep that commitment to ourselves.
Fitness is no different. Start out slow, one day at a time. Once small victory after another combined becomes a streak, that streak will become a habit! It is very important that we find exercises that keep us coming back for more. Finding a balance of exercises that works for you and your body will keep you coming back. Fitness is one of those things that we should put on our schedule and considered part of our normal routine and not be considered as something ELSE we have to do. A lot of times, we make the very easy decision to skip our workout if we don’t have it on our schedule.
Get involved with a team, actively involved with a team. Let’s face it, we are all competitive, that’s just human nature. Is there a better way to stay motivated than to be challenged by another member of the team? Being involved with a team is crucial to your success. Motivation, inspiration, challenges, friendship, safe, honest, caring – these are just a few words I can come up with to describe the benefits of being active on a team. Recruit your friends and family, co-workers into a challenge with you; these are great ways to keep your motivation up.
This is not a diet folks, this is your life. It’s not rocket science so stop making it so hard. You know what to do, GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME – eat healthy, schedule your workouts, get involved with a team!
The time is now – GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Pumpkin Run - October 9th, 2010 – My first ever 10K race
As usual, I didn’t sleep all that well last night and I’m told that the pre race nerves will probably never go away. I suppose a few nerves are actually a good thing, right?! My alarm goes off at 6am and I’m up and ready to start the day. I had one Nature Valley Sweet & salty peanut bar and a full bottle of water before I left the house, taking with me my Spark energy drink to finish at least one hour before race time.
This race is at Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, TX and just happens to be about 4 miles from my house. I arrived really early at the suggestion of the event promoters due to the amount of traffic they were expecting. I arrived about 7:15ish and was surprised at how many people are already there. Yes, a line of cars turning into to the lake and the first parking lot is nearly full. I decided I didn’t need long sleeves or a jacket, simply because I didn’t want to walk back to the car before race time!
I walked over to the staging area, shivering because of my decision to NOT bring my long sleeve shirt. I found the timing chips and got my chip in place on my shoe and starting pacing. I was pacing in circles like a caged lion for warmth and to get my legs warmed up a little. Lynette (MarathonMomto4) texted me and said she was close. I was meeting a buddy John and Lynette at this race to share the experience with them. Lynette is finally here and the conversation about her vibrams shortly ensues, everybody wants to know about them.
After two trips to the port a pot, some butt kicks, and high knees to get my legs warmed and stretched. We start walking around a little bit to collect my buddy John and his brother and we start toward the starting line. The starting gate is VERY narrow so we are totally expecting for the start to be slow. Then announcer starts making announcements like, If you run a 5 minute mile, please go to the front, 6 minute mile behind them and so on. Guess how many people moved around?? OK, I know you give up, NONE!! There are every age in the book at this event from elementary to nearly 90, we’ve got it covered. Several of the people right around us are walkers, clearly, shouldn’t they be in the back??
3, 2, 1 and we’re OFF and running. Well, sort of! Lynette has very kindly committed to staying with me and running start to finish WITH me, which was awesome of her, thank you Lynette! We start weaving in and out of the traffic, darting through the holes between people, etc, anything to get out of the mass of people. My garmin chimes at the ½ mile mark and I told Lynette I think we’d run a mile just dodging other people. Mile one complete, STILL in traffic that includes kiddos and older folks alike, at 8:11avg for the mile. That’s a tad faster than I wanted to run, but I was feeling good so I told Lynette to keep pushing. Mile two was an 8:08 avg and mile 3 was 8:27 average. FINALLY we’re at the 5K turn off and the traffic thins quite a bit. We are now headed to the dam that I run on nearly every Sunday. I knew the first hill was coming up when we got to the dam. I slowed quite a bit when we hit the hill. Mile 4 was an average of 8:41, largely due to the hill and the exhaustion that caused me. It wasn’t a major hill at all, but I’ve not trained hills for about two weeks or more due to a health issue. I really enjoy running on the dam at the lake, the view is quite nice actually, water on one side, homes etc on the other. Coming off the dam, I welcomed that minor downhill grade for a little rest. Mile 5 was even a tad slower at 8:47 average and holding fairly steady. I started to get minor side stitches and a cramp in my shoulder. Lynette is so awesome, she talked me through how to ease the cramp in shoulder and that really helped!! We are now back into the Lynn creek park area of the lake and guess who we’ve caught up with, you guessed it, the tail end of the walkers of the 5k race. Once again, we are running all around, dodging walkers, yelling “runner on right” etc. I know they have right to be there and quite frankly, so proud of them for being there, for finishing it. Within the last mile I had to face another minor up hill climb, yes it was minor, but I was hurting. I was talking to myself trying to talk myself into pushing harder to the end. I managed to push to the end as strong as possible. Mile 6 averaged 8:42 which is a little quicker than the last two miles were. By now we have to dodge walkers AND people who are already leaving/walking to their cars. We hit the staging area and I managed to step it up again to do one final push and look strong as we finished! Always finish stronger than you started, right??
Total race length was 6.34 miles on my garmin and my time was 53:52. Average pace was 8:29, average speed was 7.1mph, the rest of the stats are on the link below:
CONGRATS to Lynette who managed to finish 3rd in her age division even running with a tortoise named Jerome!! HEY LYNETTE….the Tortoise and Hare FINALLY ran together,,,,step by step!! THANK YOU!!! Really means a lot to me that you were with me all the way, THANKS!
Did I mention that I did this race today with a fairly major sports hernia and I have surgery schedule for October 21st to have that repaired.?? Yes it hurt, Yes, I’m sore, yes that was more than likely my last race of the 2010. I will be in recovery until the second week of December following the doctor’s orders to the T!!! I will come back to running and I’ll run better than ever!
Can't have a pumpkin run without a PumpkinDude, right??
Lynette and I post race
John and I post race
Prolly the nicest race t-shirt I've gottten (first medium I've worn in 15 years or more)
Monday, October 04, 2010
October 21st at approx 10-10:30am CST.
That is the date and time I will be having this Sports Hernia fixed!! I'm READY too. Then I'll have about 6 weeks to fully recover before he'll release me to run again.
I learned just over a week ago what the LUMP and PAIN in my groin are, yes it's a Sports Hernia. Both Dr's I've seen seem to think I've this thing for a long time. I KNOW I've had it since atleast April of this year(possibly years before though) just by the pain and symptoms that I now know of! I thought it was just ab pain from Insanity and then RevAbs, NOPE! I thought the lump was just fat I hadn't lost yet, NOPE again!
You can bet that after recovery, I'll hit the ground running as soon as possible!!
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