Saturday, February 19, 2011
Yesterday I was really feeling my age. I assumed that it was from amping up my run on Thursday, but today, I am not so sure. Of course, since I closed at work last night and then back to work this morning at 8Am, I didn't get my 7-8 hours sleep (funny how the body can get used to that amount of sleep after awhile - and then NEEDS it). I ate okay today, a little high on my plan, and not enough calcium, but otherwise balanced, but everytime I ate and still now, my stomach is tossing and turning. I don't think it's workout related.
Tomorrow will be a busy, busy, Sunday off. Doing lighting for church, so have to be ther at 7AM, first service at 9AM, second service at 11AM, home by 12:30 and then off with my sister to see some young friends who are in a CYT production of Narnia. I hope I am starting to feel better because my sis wants to go to Red Robbin for dinner (my favorite burger place). We'll see, I don't think my grease burger would be much of a treat on this stomach...if not, they have a great grilled chicken, but I always look forward to that burger for a once in a great while treat.
Monday will be back on my training plan. Printed out an actual training schedule, so I'm ahead of the game, at least according to it. It has me running every other day, with no speedwork or tempo runs for two more weeks and it totally omits hill work. I think I will be adding in the hill work in one mile increments on my strength training days. or at least do the stairclimber that day. Given my fluctuating work schedule, I will have to be flexig=ble, but it will be a good guide.
Well, I don't think I need to push the envelope the way I have been feeling the past day or two, so off to bed. A little extra rest and I will back to pushing hard for the goal in no time!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Yesterday I didn't feel to many ill effects from my long run, but today is a different matter. It may not be totally the run though. I've also been increasing my strength training and doing alot more core work, and it really needs it. The insides of my thighs are very tight and squats today in group strength were really tougher than normal. Had to hold back due to the pain, don't want to risk any injury. Also, my back is aching which I hope is just a result of the core workouts. I managed to complete the hour of group strength and I am making progress, slowly but surely, then got grocery shopping done....lots of good fresh veggies, some fat free cheese soup and salad dressings and lunch meats, then a nine hour day at work, which may be contributing to the overall aches as I moved windows and doors and garage doors for the majority fo my shift....and now it's after eleven and I'm back to work at 8AM.
I'm not skipping my workout tomorrow, but depending on how I feel, I may take it a little easier since I have in my time, calorie burn and mileage for the week already. Sunday I have scheduled a "day off" from training, so if I do anything, it will just be some crunches, planks, stretching etc and maybe a bit of walking. Monday we are back to full steam ahead!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Resolve...that's what this takes. I don't know why it is so easy to forget the determination, hard work and resolve that was present as I lost 40+ pounds. It wasn't that long ago, but I guess time has a way of erasing all those memories. I spent some time the past couple of days looking at old blogs from the first few month spent Sparking. Most were full of hope. This was a new venture, and progress was easy to guage and came along quite rapidly at first. Then, life kept happening, successes, though still frequent were not as common an occurance and required a great deal of focus, disciplinie, effort and .... well, resolve. But, the journey doesn't end on the day I reached my goal weight. Along the way, the focus became so much more than a number. It was about becoming the best me possible, physically, mentally and spiritually. It became about reaching out for a hand when I feel weak, and about reaching down inside to grab hold of the strength that got me to those first few milestones and applying that same strength and all that I have gained into reaching the next, and the next and the next.
This year, my goals revolve predominantly around taking my fitness to the next level. REALLY toning my new body and improving my heart and lung capacity and endurance. Yet, still I want to maintain all that I have achieved. It's a delicate balance. I have learned to respect food as nourishment for my body, but something deep inside almost makes me fear it. Like it alone can take away the success I have had at reaching and staying within my goal weight range. Since amping up the fitness, I found that I was hungry all the time, yet afraid to eat any more for fear of gaining more weight...which I had already done...sure only a couple of pounds, but I think we all fear what that can lead to. I reached out, though, and a dear spark friend was there....actually, many of you were. You pulled me along and encouraged me to keep doing what I knew down inside was what was needed to continue these changes for life. One friend in particular, sent me a link that made perfect sense...when I took the time to rationalize what my body was doing. I increased my fitness quite dramatically a couple of weeks ago and even though I was eating more, that was not what was causing the slight gain in weight. My body, knowing that I was asking more of it, and on a regualr basis is changing to allow it to fuel the added demands and that means storing up more glycogen and as a result also more water. That I can live with. In fact as of this morning, my weight seems to have equalized and I even lost a pound...if it holds. If not, I will continue to focus on fitness.
Today the weather was the warmest it has been in a while. It was still brisk this morning, but when a friend called to see if I wanted to meet her and run this morning at 8:30, I was all in. She is a little slower than me, and hasn't quite worked her way back up to a full 5K yet, so I told her to drive slow and I ran to the fitness center where we run the track (2.2 miles from my house), then ran with her at her pace, and when she was done, I ran home. All in all I would up getting in 7.8 miles total today. That a new record for me in one day. I did have a couple of breaks in there...one for about a minute walk from the door of the center to the track and then about 3-4 minutes while my friend changed from her running shoes and put on her coat to leave when we were done. Still, all in all, I faired better than I have on any of my longer runs (over 5 miles). My legs were wiped out when I finished and are a bit weak, but aside from a short nap when the electric went out this afternoon and the tiniest headache for an hour or two, it seems like my body adapted to the distance better than it has in the past. Tomorrow will be a strength training day, and maybe some cardio on the stair stepper. Light run on Satuday and possibly, just possibly a day off on Sunday...I'll decide after I look at next week and come up with my training schedule for the week.
In the meantime. Thank you everyone for being there when I begin doubting whether I can really maintain AND continue to achieve new goals. You keep me on my feet and propel me forward and for all your help and wisdom and experience and advice, I am truly grateful.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I am paying the price for slacking off this winter, but am making progress. Tomorrow is supposed to be at or near 50, so I'll be heading out on the road for my first road run in a VERY LONG TIME!!! I've been gong to the fitness center since the beginning of the month. Running the track 3-4 times a week, trying to learn to like the treadmill and doing some strength training, some classes (mostly strength and abs) and also a little yoga and pilates. I've gotten between 30-60 minutes almost everyday (missed the mark only two days) and gotten 100 or more minutes 4 times. It seems that I'm ALWAYS hungry though, which I attribute to the increase in activity. I did adjust my calories burned on my tracker, but my nutrition range is remaining the same. I'd like to see my weight come down to the 130 range for the summer race season, but I don't know if that is going to be doable. Right now I seem stuck between 135.5 and 137.5.
I'm really looking forward to my run tomorrow. The fitness at the center is a bit depressing when I see how really UNFIT I am compared to "everyone else". I know that I need to be patient and I will make progress, but right now, when I am in abs class and can't keep up because my back starts killing me and I see other people with MUCH weight to lose are kicking my butt at abs or strength exercises...even in pilates...I get a bit down on myself. I am by no means a speed demon on the road running, but there I do it for me, and aside from the races where I am middle of the pack for my age group, I do feel the need to copare myself to everyone else. The fitness center is a whole other realm though.
One thing I've learned from Spark though is that "you can't lose if you don't give up." So, I am going to keep on trying, and trying, and trying and hopefully one day, I will make it through the ABS class without collapsing from the ache in my back. I will learn those blasted weight machines, and learn to appreciate the treadmill and the stair climber. For now, though, let's just call it a "learning experience". I know that I can't expect immediate results, but I sure hope I see a number move on the scale soon, or at least on the tape measure at the time of my next checkup!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I have no one to blame but myself....I am staring a tough "challenging" 10K in the face on 4/16 and today was my longest run of the year to date. Only 4.7 miles and that took me a dismal 53 minutes. Inside on a track to boot. For the race, I'll be running the same tough course that I ran last Oct 3rd, only I believe this time instead of the first mile being uphill, the first TWO miles will be a climb! I'm beginning to have second thoughts, but it's too late now. I just need to pour myself into this training and not get injured!
Big lesson learned! If I am going to continue to live in this forsaken icy tundra called the Chicago suburbs, I MUST stay enrolled in a fitness center so I don't slack off like I have the past two to three months.
I've at least got a schedule in place for this week and my fitness is moved up to near the top of my list of obligations - must get it done...I've got a lot of catching up to do. Tomorrow I will go back to the center with a friend (who runs even slower than me). She isn't up to 3 miles without walk breaks, so I will just lap her while she walks tomorrow to get the extra distance in and try to work on bettering my time. The end of the week is promising to get even warmer, so I hope that I will be able to move at least one if not two of my scheuled run outside and go to another outdoor running path that has a good hill and run the hill at least one of the two sessions and run the path a couple of times for the other.
I would really like to come in at 1:20 or less for this race...would be in ecstacy with 1:10, but I doubt if that will happen given the difficulty of the race course. When I ran the 5K last fall in the 45-49 y/o bracket I PR'd at 33:25.5 and was in the top 40% of my bracket. If I had raced the 50-54 bracket I would have been in the top 25%. I have since turned 50 and this will be my first race in the higher bracket. I guess all I can do is give it my best shot and try to train as smart as possible, but any suggestions would be appreciated....PRAYERS TOO!!!
Oh, yeah, and then I was OVER my calories by 100 cals. today...which I can only attribute to the long run. That has to get under control or I'm in real trouble as these runs get longer and longer!
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