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5k and a great weigh in!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Woo hoo.

I made it through my race without blowing out my calf. YAY.
It was a nice day to run, really sunny and gorgeous. The 5K was a road race, so the heat got to me a bit when we were in full sun on the black black road but I'm very proud of how I did. I was shooting for 11 min miles (since I didn't want to really kill my calf and I hadn't trained all week!) and managed to come in under the time I had set at my goal. Did it in basically 32 min. flat. Which is awesome and my best time yet.

I think the time was so good since I ran with Kristina (my SO's sister who is slim and in good shape) for the first miile and we set a pretty good clip. A bit over a mile I waved her on since I knew I couldn't keep that pace for two more. She finished in 27 mins, so it's a good thing I DID tell her to go. I think I would have vomited and died if I'd run it that fast! I really didn't want to push my leg too far, too. I kept it steady and tried to keep my perceived exertion to "very hard" and not go into way over my THR. I need a heart rate moniter!

But, I ran my first 5K (and road race) and am extremely proud of myself. :)
I had to resort to an internal Dory voice at one point, I was just chanting "just keep swimming... just keep swimming..." in my head. Nevermind that I was, in fact, NOT swimming. ;) It worked though, I just kept running. Heh.

OH! I also won a drawing for a $100 dinner for four at a Italian restaurant in St. Paul. It's my SO's birthday in a few days so I'm taking his parents and us out for a meal. :)

Weigh in this "week" (actually 10 days) was excellent!
2.6 lbs gone! I'm basically 155 now!!! I think that's my lowest adult weight ever, honestly. YAY. And, even more importantly, I'm in the best shape of my life currently. I've never been so strong or so confident in my body's abilities. I feel toned and powerful and that's worth even more than the weight loss.

Also, last night I bought size 8 pants for the first time in my life.
They aren't loose but aren't tight either. They look GREAT on me and I tried them on at 9:30 at night after eating dinner. Heh. So, they definitely fit. I always get so huge after a meal. LOL.

I see my Nana and Aunt and Uncle today for the first time in months.
I hope they flip out like my mum did. :) Going to wake Aaron to hit the farmer's market in a bit (I hope) and then going to Eagan to visit the family.


oh *edit* I also reset my weight goal tracker. To get solidly into normal BMI, I need to get to 145. That sounds like a perfect final goal so I'm now set to my final goal weight. Ten pounds to go. No problem!

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REBASO 6/20/2009 6:39PM

    Way to go on all your accomplishments! You are inspiring me :)

P.S. TOTALLY miss the Farmer's Market in the Cities!!!

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JLITT62 6/15/2009 12:09PM

    Wow, wow, and wow! Hey, 32 minutes is only a 5 minute difference from 27 minutes, ya know! If I ever do run a 5k, I've no doubt my time will be longer. Much longer. But I don't plan on doing one til next year, most likely. Slow & steady, that's me!

It feels good to wear a size you've never worn before.

Thanks for the tip on the Walk for Farm Animals. No schedule yet, but looking over last year's cities, I'm doubting our small town would have one. And considering how disorganized this last walk was, not sure I want to even try to start one! I don't think Austin had one, either. It's an odd mix of big cities & little cities.

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MIZZMANDAMAC 6/15/2009 8:19AM

    I'm so happy for you! Good luck on those last ten pounds! They will be gone before you know it!!

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HAPPYCROISSANT 6/14/2009 11:58AM

    Wow congratulations on so many accomplishments! When I ran my first 5k, I really did think I was going to puke afterward. During the whole race, I resorted to asking myself, "What hurts? Nothing hurts, it's all in your head." over and over again. Buying new pants is AWESOME, and I'm sure you look fab in them!

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TOM puffiness and thank goodness for kbells!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Okay... it's been like 5 days of my TOM and, while I am not as bad as I've been, I still feel PUFFY and bloated. I apparently don't pay attention to this sort of thing but I could swear I debloated earlier last TOM. Or maybe not. It's depressing, though, and I hate it. Pair it with my forced no-runs this week and you have a Very Sad Panda. Sigh.

I gotta say, though, thank GOODNESS I bought that kettlenetics kbell set. It has been my savior this week. At least I can do that, get my heart rate up, sweat a ton and feel some of the endorphins I'm used to from running. I did 40 min. cardio kbells last night plus a standing core (not really painful) and arms again (ZOMG, ow!) The ten minute arm thing is just... hardcore. I've done it twice this week and I swear my shoulders are already showing signs of changes, getting really flat and hard. My arms are actually toning up really well. I've got some jiggle on the back still but I can easily feel the taut tricep muscle just underneath the (smaller) layer of flub.

Today is nuts. Norman is at the vet and I have to pick him up (way out of my way) after work. It seems like he might have bladder stones after all. Sigh. Had to leave him behind since their x-ray machine is broken and I couldn't take off to tote him back this afternoon. Hopefully it's easily fixable with meds or an easy operation. Poor kitty.

I'm also watching a co-worker's cat for two weeks while he's out of town. Danny was one of my fosters who was adopted by a friend. I've had a good handful of fosters taken by friends ( *waves to HEZLIZZIE's Rufus*) and it's always so nice to see them again, all happy in their forever homes. But, this means an extra drive and an extra animal to feed each day on top of Molly, Norman and the six rats. Thank goodness the only rat on meds is Jenna with her heart failure. If I had a bunch of kiddos on meds and all the cat stuff, I'd go nuts.

Can't wait for Saturday. It'll be so nice to RUN.
I can tell I'm healing up well so that's rockin'. I guess I'm just glad my stupidity netted me an easily fixed problem like a mild sprain instead of something that put me out of commission for months. Eep.
* knock on wood *

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    Sending good thoughts toward Norman kitty! emoticon

Keep up the good work with all that exercise! emoticon

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JLITT62 6/11/2009 1:49PM

    TOM -- this too shall pass. Every month! Glad to hear your leg is feeling better. Sorry about Norman -- I am very lucky that my boys (knock on wood) are healthy. Little (or big) devils, but at least healthy ones. I have been thru years of medicating elderly cats & it wasn't fun, altho I wouldn't have traded them for the world.

I have kettlebells (somewhere, I think they're still in the garage) but not kettlenettics. I've thought about that before. The one DVD I do have is kind of boring.

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This injury is annoying ... frustrated!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

So, I decided to try and get my cardio in last night. Since I can't run with my bum leg I decided to try my Tae Bo video. It's a good workout and I always sweat like crazy. Yeah, had to stop about 11 minutes in when it became apparent that bouncing around on my toes was going to hurt my calf. Sigh. It didn't hurt a lot but it did twinge. Since I'm trying to let it heal up to avoid a really severe problem I had to stop the DVD and try to think of other things to do.

Ended up doing some aerobics with weights since it was low impact. Not as good cardio as Tae Bo, though. So, 10 min. of Tae Bo, 20 of aerobics, 10 of ab work and a really flipping intense arm workout with the kettlenetics kbell later, I at least felt like I'd done something.

I have no clue what I can do tonight, though, since I really shouldn't do any strength on top of last nights workout. If it weren't so crummy out I'd take a walk, just to get some moving in. As it stands, I may be stuck with a rest day. If I gets nicer, I'll walk. Maybe tomorrow will be better and I can try biking. That should be easy on my calf since it's low impact. I hope.

Stupid leg and stupid me.

*edit* Screw it. As long as it's not hailing or raining frogs, I'm walking for an hour. I can't take just sitting around! If it DOES hail or rain frogs, I'll walk inside. Heck, I might do that anyway. I could get 90 min in easy. That's 2 eps of Stargate, only. ;) Got to clean the rat mansion tonight, too, and I'm counting that as heavy cleaning. It IS over 6 ft tall and involves a ladder at one point, that seems heavy to me! I just cut the time in half to compensate for it not being SUPER heavy. It usually takes me at least 30 min. to clean the kids cage.

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ARARAIDER 6/11/2009 5:44AM

    Hey hun, that totally sucks about your poor leg. Don't push it too hard though, even if you have to rest without doing much exercise you can still lose weight through dieting!

Rest up and don't push yourself too hard and you'll be back at it in no time!

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JLITT62 6/10/2009 12:09PM

    Sorry to hear about the injury. Don't push yourself! Let yourself heal -- or it will only take longer. You can still probably do your 5k, if you feel up to it, but just take it easy. You have lots of 5ks in your future!

I have a cold, and have been forced to be a couch potato the last few days. I hate it, but I know it's what my body needs right now. If only I could convince DH of that.

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LEONALIONESS 6/9/2009 12:46PM

    Heh. Not sure yet, Becky.
It's my plan for tonight after work. ;)
I plan on doing it, hell or high water. Well, maybe not HIGH water since I do walk in a park with a pond. O.o

I also wish I had a pool, Hez.
That'd be just PERFECT. Sigh.
I sort of want to see if Aaron will play frisbee with me in the park tomorrow since it's active but not, you know, strenuous. ;)

Thanks for the advice and well-wishes. I already can tell I'm healing since stairs don't hurt but I won't run until the 5K just to be sure I rested it up enough. We'll see if I bother with the bike. I'm going to eat on the low end of my calories since my activity will be less this week, too. I'll make up for it next week when I start the 10K training program. ;)

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REBASO 6/9/2009 12:28PM

    How was your walk??! emoticon

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HEZLIZZIE 6/9/2009 11:41AM

    Walking = good cross-training. I wish you had a pool available, that would be perfect.

Be careful your first go on the bike, okay?


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Slightly injured...

Monday, June 08, 2009

Looks like I've got a bum calf. Stupid left leg!

It's my own fault, I moved my runs from the largely flat (only a few mild inclines) path around my old neighborhood to the much hillier park in my new one. I also was stupid and increased from 2 miles to 3 without easing into it, due to wanting to prove I could do the 5K this coming weekend. All this together = a mild calf sprain that, if I continue being stupid, could end up being Very Bad. The articles I've read suggest 5 days of rest for mild calf sprains and that means I can't run until Friday at the earliest. BOO. Saturday is the 5K, though, and I REALLY want to be able to run that.

I also think I'm an overpronator and my shoes are for a regular runner.
Looking into insoles that could help with my pronation issues. That's what I get for buying shoes online at a vegan shop instead of going to the New Balance store in person and having them test me for proper shoe styles.

I should probably go to one of the shops and have them verify if I'm actually overpronating. The sprain could also just be due to the mileage increase and the hills. I don't have a lot of the other issues apparent in overpronators but my heels do point outward when standing and my knees tuck slightly inward. *edit* Upon doing some more research into my shoes (NEW BALANCE 768) I find that they are made for neutral runners to slight overpronators, which sounds like me. So, I chalk it up to newbie runner over-enthusiasm! Rest should do me fine. But mmmmaaaaannnn... I want to run. *pout*

So, it's rest and cross training for me until at least Friday. I'll hit the flatter neighborhood then for a gentle, slow jog to test out my calf before Saturday. I'm going to avoid the hilly park for at least a week, so next Monday I can try it again and see how it goes. I'm going to start the Spark People 12 week 10K training program next week. Slow and steady this time. I've learned my lesson!

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REBASO 6/9/2009 12:27PM

    Hey there! sorry to hear about your injury. I've had problems with my right knee since I started running regularly, and it can be very frustrating. It is KEY to let it heal though!!!

If you are running a 5K this Saturday, I suggest NO running (not even testing it out) until the actual 5K. Let it rest fully. That's my thoughts....and it has worked for me with my races, etc. this year. If you push it,you run the risk of hurting it more AND not being able to do the 5K. Walking is a great thing to do this week to keep active before the race without straining your calf too much. You have built up your metabolism plenty, and can allow yourself a few rest days before your race! It's ok, don't feel guilty!!

I also got my shoes at a store that made me run on a treadmill, etc....it was expensive, but incredibly worth it! I'd been having ankle problems for over a year, and then all I did was switch shoes and it went away!! Amazing!

Anyway, can't wait to hear how your race goes. Remember - there are always other races if it doesn't work out this time...as much as that sucks, it's better that you stay healthy and whole and healing :) emoticon

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HEZLIZZIE 6/9/2009 11:35AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your bum calf :( It sounds like you're being really smart in researching how to best recover from your injury, which is so important. I hope that your leg is feeling up to the 5K on Saturday but if it's not then there will always be another one. This seems to be "5K season" and there's at least one a month here in Jacksonville, so there's probably practically one every weekend up in the Twin Cities.

I did see at the running store where I picked up my 5K info that they have a treadmill with cameras trained on your feet to study your gait - crazy! I also need to go in and get my gait analyzed so make sure my shoe type is good (I got mine online, too).

What are you choosing to do cross-training wise? Kettlebells this week? Are you taking it easy on your bike?

Take care of yourself, dear - you know how talented I am at worrying :D

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Measurement Update

Friday, June 05, 2009

So, I've never really posted this sort of comparison yet and figured what the hey!
It's been about 2 months (a week shy) since I've been on SparkPeople in earnest. I'll use those numbers as my "befores".

WEIGHT before: 167.5
WEIGHT now: 157.9

WAIST before: 33
WAIST now: 29.5

TUMMY before: 37
TUMMY now: 34
(forgot to take this one today, I'm guessing based on my foggy memory)

HIPS before: 39
HIPS now: 37

BUST before: 36 - 38 C
BUST now: 36 B, 32 inch under bust

I measured my bicep and thigh today for the first time.
We'll see if those numbers drop. Don't care so much about the legs since my thighs are rock hard and don't brush at all when I walk anymore(!) but I'd like to tone up the arms.


So, down about 10 lbs and 12 inches in 7 weeks.
Not too shabby!

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    Wow, that's a lot of inches, amazing!
It sounds like you have a good excuse to buy yourself some new pretty bras too. emoticon

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JLITT62 6/5/2009 2:07PM

    Impressive, I'd say.

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 6/5/2009 12:36PM

    Pretty awesome!!! Congrats!

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