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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Okay, I want to say bad words, but I guess I have to keep it civil.

I am P^$*& and disappointed in myself and I don't even know what to do.

Here's what set me off: I took a *$&%^# Three Minute Step test to assess my cardiovascular fitness. And honestly, what I was trying to find out was whether I rated Very Good or Excellent. (On the 12 minute Cooper run test, I rate "above average") So what was my score on this test?


Yep, that's what it said. VERY POOR.

Well excuuuuuuse me, but that just isn't %&#(@*&% true! I run and workout 5-6 days a week. I have been doing this now steadily for 3-1/2 years so this isn't new. Off and on I've been running since 1995. I have ran countless races, including a half marathon. I usually finish about the 50th% for my age group although I actually won my age group in one small race. So I'm not a fast runner, but I can hold my own. I'm not someone struggling to bring up the rear or anything.

I run in the heat. I run up hills. I run 10 minute miles. On the days I don't run I do resistance workouts with kettlebells. On the fitness test I was taking I scored EXCELLENT in every other category - sit ups, push ups, squats, sit and reach. Not just good, but EXCELLENT! Then on the step test I score Very Poor.

I can't even think of words to describe how I feel about this. I guess I am in denial, big time. I thought that if I could go out and do a run of several miles on a hilly route on a warm day (and I do it regularly) that I was in good shape. But then I get the rude awakening which tells me that I am falling WAY short. So why the &#@) do I even bother? I mean what is the point? I don't want anyone telling me to "try harder" because I put forth a great deal of effort and discipline into my workout routine already - just to reach the LOWEST POSSIBLE level of fitness. :( :( :( :( :(

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URMO345 5/27/2014 1:32PM

  I knew it is old blog, but i suffered same fate. I can run, bike, work out and it was very poor, now it is marginally poor.

This test is stinking!

At least it did improve,

Comment edited on: 5/27/2014 1:32:38 PM

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RHYNIC 6/9/2011 3:24PM

    Here's what I think. You are fit. Running makes you running fit but not necessary make you step fit. I suspect that if you redid the step test a couple time a week you would hit the excellent/beyond belief category in no time.

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CAROLCRC 6/9/2011 8:07AM

    Tests are screwy sometimes. I'm lean, workout about as much as you do, and my BMI puts me in the "overweight" category which always flags at check-ups... Really annoying!

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LISALU910 6/8/2011 3:57PM

  If it was a little off - like if I scored "Good" and I expected to score "Very Good" - I'd be kind of disappointed, or maybe even think there was a margin for error.

But when I expect Very Good, or even Excellent (yes, I really thought I was in EXCELLENT cardio condition!) and I score at the very bottom of the chart, well that isn't just a margin of error. I don't know what that is.....

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BUMBLEBEE2451 6/8/2011 3:33PM

    Sounds like you are putting the perfect amount of effort in, most of the time tests aren't as accurate as what we know and feel.

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EMILYULM1 6/8/2011 3:33PM

    Give yourself a pat on the back for all the great stuff that you do. I am very, very new to this, and I am trying not to look at external measurements - like weight and inches. Maybe when I've been at it as long as you, I will think differently. Try to take a step back and ask yourself in the whole scheme of this, how important is that one reading? You know in your heart that you gave it your all. What's there left to you. Beating yourself up will not help. I am very, very proud of you, and I don't even know you. Don't give up.

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Signed up for Peachtree RR - what a trip!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Apparently RUNNING the race is nothing compared to REGISTERING for it!

It took me an hour and a half to complete the online registration due to some server issues they were having. At one point I almost gave up and said, "Forget it, I don't want to run it this badly". But since I ran that qualifying race specifically for the Peachtree I kept trying. What a pain. But I got in. Now just wait for my number and hope for TG 2 or 3.

It is funny this time of year everyone is "training for the Peachtree". Then on July 5 they all quit running until next Spring. Ha-ha. Well my "training for the Peachtree" is pretty much same old/same old running routine. There isn't a lot of point to trying for a PR in the Peachtree although my "secret" (okay not so secret) dream is to come in under an hour.

I never give up, do I? lol

Anyway, off to run, I think I will do 6.2 today in to kick off the PRR countdown......

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TAMTAM64 3/19/2009 1:35PM

    Girl, where have you been?? I have been missing you. I am happy to see that you are running the Peachtree! I hope your dream of running it under an hour comes true.


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SWEATONCEADAY 3/18/2009 11:37AM

    we have a big 10 k race like that in vancouver in early april. everyone here seems to run from january until the race then at least half of the running popluation drops off.

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RHYNIC 3/18/2009 8:24AM

    you never do give up. hehehe you will get your 10k in under one hours some day soon. I know it. :-)

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Missed my goal by a minute

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Actually, I missed my goal by 1 min and 4 secs. 61:03 was my 10K time. While that is the best 10K out of my last four races, it still didn't meet my goal.

It is SO frustrating!

All I'm hoping is that I get a good Peachtree number out of the deal. Today's race was pretty hard core. This wasn't one of those fun run type of events where everyone is just there to have a good time. This was the last chance - and best chance - qualifier for the Peachtree. But on the bright side, the folks out to beat the 55:00 cut off were way ahead of me so I was in a comfortable, less competitive environment (aka the "back of the pack")

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RHYNIC 3/8/2009 4:36PM

    Sorry to hear you didn't break the one hour time. It will happen. I am sure. You are so close. gail

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Psyching up for next week's race...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Although I often meet my goals, there are times when I don't even come close. This is one of those times (well two of those times if you count the weight loss goals I've never met!)

Anyway, after my Half Marathon, my new goal was to get back up to speed - literally - and qualify for Time Group 1 in the Peachtree. That would be a sub-55:00 time. Since I actually did it once before (okay it was 10 years ago but I did it!) I thought I had a fighting chance to get there again.

Not so much.

The qualifying race is next Saturday. I will be doing stupendous if I break 60:00, never mind 55:00. In other words I'm not even in the neighborhood. Maybe in a way it lets me off the hook. If I was really close, say I was running 57:00-58:00 in training, then I would be really anxious about it. As it is I have faced reality and given up that dream.

SO...what that means is just run the race, submit the time, and get placed in Time Group 2 or 3. That is all fine and well, those aren't too bad and are more my speed anyway. I guess my accomplishment in 1999 will stand as my all time PR, never to be broken.

I'm trying NOT to get anxious about whether I break 60:00. Yeah, I really hope I do, but I haven't done better than 63:00 in training - although I will have "race day" advantages plus the fact that it is a fast, easy course.

We'll see what happens...............

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LANC92 3/2/2009 8:12AM

    I'm glad to see you're letting go of that pressure and just trying to enjoy the race. Look for the joy you find in running and go with that - you know it will be so much better if you do!

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RHYNIC 3/1/2009 9:47AM

    good luck with that race.

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I am a Grandma!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nothing makes you feel old like becoming a grandmother! But it is worth it. My grandson was born yesterday at 10:00am weighing 9 lbs. (Big babies run in our family!)

Next time I'm out running and some 20 year old zips by me, I'll be thinking, "Yeah, you're all that. You can out run someone's Grandma"! LOL

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RHYNIC 2/28/2009 1:18PM

    Hi Lisa, I am a little bit slow sending out the congratulations... congratulations on the addition to your family. My youngest son weighed over 9 lbs. I would also like to let you know that I have run every single day since the day we ran together. Today was day 60 of my running streak. gail

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LANC92 2/24/2009 11:39AM

    Awww he's so cute. Big CONGRATS to you... all the more reason to work hard at staying healthy, huh?

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SP_COACH_NANCY 2/19/2009 6:58PM

  WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BABY!!! He will steal many hearts, especially yours! CONGRATULATIONS!

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RIVER69 2/18/2009 2:25PM

    congrats! Lisa.

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