Sunday, September 26, 2010
Well, this week I've really upped my fitness minutes. I added alot of core and strength training and spinning to the running (even cut back a little there). Yesterday, my obliques hurt so bad it felt like I got kicked in the ribs, but today they are better and now I can feel the tenderness in my backside and other muscles that don't get used as much when I run. It's sore, but it's a GOOD sore. Hope I can keep it up, but am starting to look at this weeks schedule to see what I can add in without overdoing before next Sunday's race. I'll probably look to do just a couple very short light workouts on Friday and Sat (and nothing that could make me too sore Wed/Thurs).
Picked up my race packet today! WOOHOO!!! We will be chip timed and the shirt for this race is probably the nicest tech T-shirt I've ever seen given out for a race so far. It's kind of a limeish green with autumn rust logos (odd colors), but will be great for high visiblity when running in the predawn and dusk hours. After the race they will be having their fall festival and a $5.00 pancake breakfast and there will be photographers there to get shots of the runners crossing the finish - it's kind of pricey, but if mine comes out well I may have to splurge - time for a new shot for the Spark page.
Tomorrow is hectic - like every day, what's new, but it's Sunday WOOHOO! I'm probably going to do the late service at 11AM, since we have a luncheon after, so I'll see how I feel and if I think I can get in a strength training class at 8:30-9:30 and bring a change of clothes for church. Then after the luncheon, (around 2:30) head home to pick up the books etc for the last week of Financial Peace University and the pound cake I'm bringing to the class...out of there by PM and home to cook dinner. Might get in a short run, if not, Monday is a short day 12-5 at work, so I can get to Spinning at 9AM, possibly Yoga at 10:15, and if I bring a change of clothes, I can get to work at noon to 5 and still make Bible Study at 6-8PM. Sounds like a plan. MAYBE?!?!?!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Today is Autumn. Summer is over. It's not thata I don't like Autumn. Actually, fall is one of my favorite seasons and there is only one little thing that disturbs me about this time of year. That is that it will soon end and it will be winter...long, cold, deary winter. Year after yeara it is the same, at least since I've moved to Illinois....the cold and dark really depresses me. Add to that, the fact that my fitness regime is already thrown off and I've been in a panic that the Spark would die altogether and not only would I not keep making progress, but soon I would enc up right back where I started. I simply cannot let that happen. Our local park district has a special off going on this month. It's one week free use of the facilities. That's all the weight, cardio equipment and the tracks (2 indoor tracks) - one is 10 to the mile and the other is 6 to the mile. Much as I don't like the idea of running around and around in circles, believe it or not, it sounds like it would break up the monotony of the dreadmill this winter. They also includes a variety of classes, from six-pack abs, to yoga(seveal types), to kick boxing, to spinning, to zumba, group strength, pilates, step, cardio mix etc etc etc. The only issue is that the cost is $33.00 a month, and although I can swing that now, when work drops off, I may not be able to, so I hesitate getting locked into the one year contract. They still offer the opportunity to use the facility, but it is $8.00 a day for total access (except tennis, aquatics and steam/sauna - which I could definately live without). Track only is $2.00 a day. I'm trying to resign myself to the fact that if I budget, maybe I can alot myself the $33.00 and do a couple of full access days a month and do 3 classes those days to mix things up and learn something new to take home, and the rest of the monthly budget, can go to the track fees for my longer runs. I'm going to try begging at the end of the week and see if they will work something out on a quartely basis so I won't be locked in so long, but it's the city's park district and you know the old saying....."you can't fight city hall." Anyway, between that and the running club on Saturday, my fitness minutes will be WAY up this week...then I'll slow it up toward the end of next week before the race on the 3rd. After that...who knows, but I would really like to still do a 10K before the end of the season, and I would love to get the body fat % down and increase the core strength in particular.
Monday, September 20, 2010
So, today I was getting ready for work, toothbrush in mouth, bag on shoulder, socks and shoes in hand and running (almost late) as always. As is dashed around the kitchen, multi-tasking so that I could put a lunch together and get out the door, I thought it would be easier to get things done, ie., coffee poured and water bottle refilled without the socks and shoes in my hand. I'm really bright that way, you know. I looked over to the chair, which already contained the lunch box that I was filling, so instead of taking the lunch box off the chair, I figured, why not? try to put on the socks and shoes without having to sit down or lean on the counter. Now, balance is not one of my strong suits, but along with the running and some strength training, I've been doing either pilates or yoga once a week for flexibility and core strength. It's tough, because as I said, I don't have the best balance. So, I stood up straight, took a slow deep breath and lifted my left knee, bending forward and put on my sock, then my shoe, and then tied it!!!! WOOHOO - without putting my foot down OR grabbing onto anything for support. Then I did the same with the right side!!! Sure, there was a slight wobble, but I did it. t sounds like such a simple thing, but try it....for those of us who are balance challenged this is a HUGE accomplishment! Just another of the many benefits of the Spark lifestyle. Check it out, it is really a hoot!!!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Sometimes you just have one of those days....and today wasn't really a BAD day, but it was busy, like every day and maybe I just didn't have time to take care of me like I probably should have. It's now 9:45 and I need to get to bed to be up early for lighting run through at 7Am at church. I should be in bed, but I just need to blog this feeling out because for the first time in a long time, I WANT CHOCOLATE!!! Not in a, I did well today and can enjoy a small piece of chocolate for a treat kind of way either, but in a I'm feeling kind of sorry for myself and want to indulge in something horrible since I got not fitness in for two days now and tomorrow doesn't look promising and is this turning into a trend? and I'm going to get fat and lose everything I've worked so hard for and I don't know where this is going, but it's just been a week of trying to readjust my schedule to make room for the fall winter activities and I'm trying to wing it (and as far as I can tell doing pretty well) without tracking every item I eat. I've done some spot checks, and I'm staying within my ranges pretty well, but I think I'm missing that feeling of control that came with tracking....and I miss the points and the points and the streak for water drinking. Even if other areas of my life are feeling a little uncertain, I knew I had that part down. Am I rambling??? I feel like it...If this blog isn't rambling then you should be inside my head....there is definately some rambling going on in there!
I think I need a short break and a treat, maybe a manicure tomorrow. The entire rest of the day is go...go...go, so maybe between church and class in the afternoon, I'll skip over and get the nails done (and eyebrows). That always lifts my spirits. Hey, and it's Sunday too - that's right, my FAVORITE day!
Okay, I got the electric blanket on the bed yesterday, it's probably preheated by now and I picked up a book on Running for Women at the library the other day. I think I'm gonna crawl in the toasty bed, read a little, try and get a good nights' sleep and tomorrow will be a BRIGHT, NEW, SHINY, WONDERFUL DAY!!!
Note to self - schedule nice, loonnnng, run for Monday.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I continue to learn so much from this program....and it continues to better my life in so many ways. All my life, I have expected perfection from myself, and more often than not, when I failed to achieve my own lofty goals, I would give up. I am really learning though! Running has been a major part of that education process.
The other day, I went with my buddy to the race site to train there and the run was much worse than the first time we ran it together....many factors may have contributed to the lousy run, but part of it, I have had to accept, may have been that it was just an "off day". My buddy is busy the next couple of times we were supposed to run together, but instead to sitting on my behind or doing the simpler and much more enjoyable flat land runs near home, I went out today and tackled the course by myself. I am very glad I did. I didn't manage to make the 5K in under 30 this time, but I was darned close (30:22). I've only managed a sub thirty on that course once and it was with my buddy who is 17 years younger than me. The last 1/4-1/2 mile, I ran part way with another gal who was out there training. She will be running in the race and is an avid runner (like marathons, ie., Chicago, Boston etc). She said she likes to run that course due to it's difficulty because it helps her to prepare for Boston, which she says is quite hilly. She also gave me the locaton of another running store not to far from the course that has running programs for FREE on 3 nights out of the week and Saturday mornings. They even bring in a yoga instructor once a month to teach us Yoga for Runners.
After we finishsed our run, she taught me some stretches, which I usually skimp on and then I went and checked out the store. It is the best one (if not a little small, very knowledgable), and got the schedule of the runs and training and will try to take advantage of joining in with the groups to keep my motivation up through the winter months and learn some pointers.
Got the license done today and the library card and dinner....and lighting practice tonight. Don't work until late tomorrow, so I'm planning on trying to do some extra strength training, maybe check out the FREE week at the Community Center and maybe even get in a short 3-4 mile run.
All in all a pretty good day!!!
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