Sunday, June 03, 2012
My running plan for today was: run/walk 9 miles.
It was 23 oC (73 oF), sunny with moderate wind.
I ran on my usual forest trail, with a steep bad road segment on the other side of the hill, that goes mostly downhill, so the way back was quite hard. But it looks gorgeous, here are some pics:
The last picture shows the glider landing ground, one glider being pulled up by a winch.
The warm weather made me tired and I drank at least 3 cups of water during the run.
The last 2 miles were funny: my legs kept running, but I felt they didn't belong to me at all : )
I stumbled and fell once, rolled a bit in the dust but didn't get injured.
I finished 9 miles in 1:38, at 10.7 min/mile, including 11 walk breaks, but not including the time taking pics.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I didn't have much work to do this week (workload is quite hectic) so took today off.
Went for a bike ride with DH: loaded bikes on car, drove to the island in the river through the bridge and biked about 3 hours - it was beautiful.
On the way home bought strawberries and a cantaloup at the local market.
Made a traditional Hungarian dish (pasta with cottage cheese, sour cream and bacon crisps, which is a bomb of carbs and fat from the old times when people did a lot of physical work and didn't have enough to eat) - but for myself I made a stew of zucchini+tomatoes+green peppers+ onions, and the two dishes were in perfect harmony (for Hungarian speakers: túrós csusza lecsós cukkinivel).
After that I had a nap, watched a movie with DS, visited my parents with DD, and now I'm heading to watch another movie with DH.
A wonderful relaxing day, with a lot of biking and healthy food - I'm so happy : ))
Monday, May 28, 2012
Wow, this 3-day weekend was fun and relaxing!
I spent a lot of time outside, in the forest: two runs alone and a walk with DH.
Slept well each night plus had afternoon naps.
Friend came over for dinner last night and we had a good time.
Watched movies with my family on DVD (The Help and Ice Age 3) and tonight watched Man in Black 3.
I also read and sparked a lot.
My friend HAKAPES asked me how I stopped overeating in the evening, which bothered me for 2-3 weeks.
I copy my response here for myself, for future reference:
Overeating in the evening is almost always emotional eating in my case.
I managed to stop it this time by eliminating root causes:
-sleep: I insisted on sleeping 8 hours, even if it meant I was late for work if I didn't go to bed in time
-food: I insisted on eating my mid-morning and afternoon snacks, even if I wasn't hungry, or ended up having dinner very late
-exercise: I insisted on doing my cardio and strength training before breakfast every day
-last but not least emotions: I had a conflict with my husband about his behavior, building up for 2-3 weeks, and I managed to discuss and resolve the problem to the satisfaction of both of us (not an easy thing to do!)
The funny thing is that once the vicious circle is broken, it is so easy to stick to my nutrition plan...
I joined the Emotional Eaters team today, I hope to find support, ideas and inspiration in the team.
Now it is time to go to bed: 8 hours before I have to get up is only 7 minutes away.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
For today my training plan was to run 9 miles (week 7 repeat#1), but I decided to let it go, and do a short slow jog instead.
I would have had to mess up my schedule anyway because of the marathon relay on 10th June, where I'll run one sixth of the distance in a team, instead of week 9 long run (11 miles) - now it will just match week 8 (4 miles).
Weather was lovely, 18 oC (64 oF) with moderate wind and sunshine.
I ran 47 minutes on my usual forest path at 11.2 min/mile, including 11 walk breaks.
The left foot felt fine, even the mild stiffness is gone.
It is safe now to resume schedule and repeat week 7, this time properly: Mon 30 min, Wed 40 min, Fri 50-60 min, Sun 9 miles run/walk.
I started this training plan because of uncomfortable tightness and discomfort in my tights when my weekly long runs reached 10K in April. It bothered me every night and day, and stretching didn't help at all.
The plan slowly increases length of midweek runs. Weekend long runs are done every other week only, adding 2 miles each tim, alternating with 4 mile runs. There must be a proper warm up and cool down walk before and after each run, and walk breaks during the runs. I never ever experienced any tightness again, and I never stretched once since.
I managed to stop overeating in the evenings, and my weight is now back at the center of my maintenance range: 61 kg (134 pounds).
It is amazing, how overeating generates more hunger in me! That makes it so hard to stop...
I was hungry every evening despite eating a lot, while in "normal" times my usual dinner portions satisfy me. In the past two days I was so-not-hungry in the evening that I ate two third of my usual portion, and still I'm never hungry.
Friday, May 25, 2012
After skipping my Wednesday run because of the strange left foot pain at night,
I did stationary biking and strength training for 2 days.
The foot felt OK, so I decided to run today, but cautiously: slowly, with more walk breaks, short stride and on good road.
Weather was perfect: 19 oC (66 oF) with strong wind and sunshine.
I went to my favorite forest path, and after a warm up walk I ran 42 minutes with 9 walk breaks at 12.4 min/mile. My stride length was indeed very short, same as walking.
This 4:1 run/walk ratio is actually the one suggested by the book, normally I do fewer walk breaks.
The left foot felt a bit stiff, but otherwise everything was OK, and the run was enjoyable.
This means I'll be able to run on Sunday, not the planned 15K but an hour slow jog should be fine.
My 36-week streak of "Follow 1 running workout per week according to your training plan 3 times per week" continues!
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