Monday, June 17, 2013
Well, my new shoes from my last blog post ended up being too small so I returned them for a larger size. They didn't have the larger size in stock, so I had to wait a while. I finally got them this weekend and was able to take them out for their first run this morning!
Maybe its weird, but I decided to start a personal journal today too, to write about my runs. It occurred to me that the shoes I just retired have seen me through a lot of miles, and I would like to be able to remember my experiences better. Maybe gain some insight into what affects my running performance, or just to look back at later to see where I was now.
My journal today talks about the knee pain I have been experiencing and how my new shoes (Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13) are supposed to be supportive to reduce my over pronation. They are!! But I noticed today that my knee is still tracking to the inside of my gait, so I set out to find some exercises to strengthen my hip abductors so that I can maybe run without such a wobbly knee. I ran across the Myrtl routine, and did it today after running, and it feels like it will make a big difference. I felt it especially in the lying leg lifts and the "fire hydrant" (lol).
Yoga is helping me to keep my hips stretched out which also is a big improvement.
I remember how badly my hips hurt last year, and it seems like I'm just down to fine tuning now. Progress!!
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Big changes for me. A few weeks ago, I got a job in Germany that starts in August - which means I am not just starting a new job, but I'm also moving and changing countries!! (I'll be teaching physics at a high school in Thuringia).
The stress of change and of dealing with the logistical and practical arrangements, ON TOP of my normal stress of working(ish) on my PhD and doing my current job means that I have been SERIOUSLY SLACKING!!!!
My running is down to about once a week, as is my yoga. I haven't been tracking my food or drinking enough water, which means I've been less than fantastic diet-wise.
On top of this, my cousin visited for a week, and I took that as a gigantic, blank-check excuse to drink a lot of beer and wine and eat all of the tourist food (chocolate, crÍpes, waffels, fries, beer... everything Belgium is known for.... not exactly health food!).
Luckily, I walked around a lot with her while she was being a tourist - and she's a runner, so we did go for one morning run.... so it wasn't all hedonistic decadence - but close.
SO - I'm taking responsibility for poor decisions, and getting back at it! I went running this morning and I'm going to yoga tomorrow. I ate really really well today (including a lovely glass - but just one - of red wine in the sun). I picked up new running shoes. I put too many miles on my old ones!!!!!! (what?? who am I?) They started rubbing my toes and one of my toenails fell off because of it (gross!!). New shoes is totally motivating, because good shoes are not cheap, and I am not rich (teacher, remember?)!
I weighed in: gained 2 lbs (but I guess I gained 3 total and then lost 1). Not bad, and I'm happy I "caught" myself before it slipped into 20 - hey, it has happened to me before (read my profile).
It's a new day!
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Well, I "ran" my first 10K last weekend! My partner organized it with her work, and it was a fundraiser for Duchenne's Syndrome (her boss' son has it). It was totally fun! It was a trail run, so there was a lot of terrain and up and down hills. I walked the "uphill" parts - and think I ran about 3/4ths of the race and walked the rest. We ran through a little village and a lot of farm land. We saw lots of cows and the first flowers of spring!
I came in dead last! haha. I consider it a public service, really.... someone has to do it!! :-)
I did it in 90 minutes. Not to shabby for my first 10K - with a pretty rough terrain and walking the uphills!
New goal ----
I reached my first goal, which was 149 lbs - putting me in the "normal" BMI range, but at the top. So I've decided to set a new goal - 140 lbs. This will put me squarely in the middle of "normal" I've decided to dedicate the entire summer on these 9 lbs - because I want to focus on strength training and building much more muscle. (I just did some push ups and yesterday I did an ab exercise - ouchie today).
I'm still going to be running, and working up my endurance to be able to run a full 10K without breaks - and doing interval training to work up my speed.... but I'm going to focus more on strength training on my off-days.
I also need to get back to tracking my food. I am back to "guessing" how many calories I am eating, and I want to make this more precise. I also want to focus (and see on paper) on eating healthier foods and much more greens.
That's all for me for now! How is everyone else doing? Happy Spring!!!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
So I'm finding myself very close to my weight loss goal. I'm not sure where to go from here.
Back when I set that goal, I couldn't imagine being any thinner than that. But now that I have more or less hit it, I feel I could lose a few more pounds.
So I'm asking myself, "what should my goal be?"
Should I reset my goal from 149 to 145 pounds? (I'm 5'4", but I have a "large" skeletal frame)
Should I keep my goal at 149 and enter maintenance with the goal to gain more muscle and become more toned?
Should I shift my focus to a lifestyle focused on fitness goals instead of weight?
I'm thinking maybe I should work on all 3 goals at once. Shift into maintenance, work on building muscle, and see where my body goes....
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
My parents were visiting us for the last 2 weeks, and we took trips to Barcelona and Normandy. Aside from a few pastries and a little too much wine, we all were very good about keeping to our diets!!
My dad and my partner rode bikes all over Barcelona, and all three of us went for an early morning run.
My mom recently got a fancy pedometer (this one www.engadget.com/2011/12/06/jawbone-
up-review/ ) and it was her goal to reach 10000 steps a day. So while dad and my partner were off biking, my mom and I were walking all over the place. We walked hours a day, visiting museums and exploring the city. Most days, we easily exceeded her goal.
We had a great time (aside from the bed bugs on our first night in Barcelona - ew! ), and I lost 1.7 lbs over the holiday! I just heard from my mom that she lost 2 lbs over the holiday. We're pretty pleased with ourselves that we kept things under control on vacation.
We carried a lot of food and snacks with us. So we were never without a banana or some unsalted nuts. We also carried water bottles around to stay hydrated.
It was fun to work with my whole family to be healthy on vacation. And now, I am only 0.7 lbs away from my goal weight!!
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