Saturday, April 05, 2014
Today was the Dirty Kiln 5 Miler, a 5 mile (duh) race at a local state park. There was a killer hill, 2 water crossings (one at "the confluence" which sounded very scary), and, thanks to 2 days of rain, LOTS of MUD.
I am not a runner, but I walk pretty fast and I have good endurance, so I knew I could finish but I was a little scared of the water and also the cold.
I actually started jogging with the group for the first quarter mile or so, then settled into my walk til I hit "Moore's Hill" or, as the race map called it "Please, no moore hill!" (250 feet in 1/2 mile)It just kept going up -- and when you thought you were at the top, there was a switchback. Of course, what goes up must come down so there was a steep, slippery portion with lots of mud and roots.
First water crossing-- knee high, very cold and a poor guy with his young daughter. He had to fireman carry her and I stayed to help him get her up on the next bank. We helped 4 others up, then carried on.
After 2 miles, I decided not to worry about going around and just "embraced the mud" It wasn't really any worse - probably easier -- and I was just as fast. Through some swampy land made by beaver ponds, across a parking lot, on a very narrow trail, across the spillway and then to the Roller Coaster, an up and down trail right along the lake. That's when the first of 4 half marathoners who started 15 minutes before us passed me. Oh well. I'm in it to finish, not to break any time records.
We turned up the last hill, then down to the confluence.
The water was just over my waist and there was a very strong current. Fortunately, there was a rope. The nice fireman in waders who was holding the rope steady kept saying "Don't hold on-- pull yourself across" And then the scariest part was over. WooHoo! I felt like Winnie the Pooh -- you're braver than you thought. One more mile and it was over -- my time was just about 90 minutes.
The best part? I have volunteered twice for the race and also for the groups other races so they take pity on the poor old walker woman. So, at the awards they had the 42-51 year old women, then the 52 year old women Yep - my age was all by itself and had just 3 people SO, I got third! The trophy's are rocks.
I know it was fixed but, hey, a rock is still a rock.
I'm proud of myself for having the endurance and moxie to do this-- to get outside my comforts zone and take a risk.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The spring 5% challenge starts next weekend. Here, condensed because I have been lax at reading the team page, are the 6 pre challenge assignments
1) exercise plans -- I vow to exercise EVERY DAY. Recently, I've sen missing at least a couple days a week. I want to do a ST tape at least once a week. I have 4 races during the time of the challenge -- 2 2-mile walks, a 5 mile mud run, and a 13.1 on 5/18. I'm training for the last and that should keep me moving. I just bought new shoes today so I have to make the investment pay off!
2)Diet -- I don't follow anything special -- just high fiber, low fat, portion control, freggies, and, hard for me, but DRINKING no calories 6 days a week. That limits alcohol, frozen coffees, juices, etc. I've done this for a month before. 2 months will be a long time (because I like to go out with my husband and we go to a couple local "watering holes" Guess I'll get water. )
3) Update my spark page -- will as soon as I'm done here.
4)WIN TODAY - what works for me -- the daily log in, the food tracking, the weekly weigh in, the support. I also pack my lunch and pretrack lunch -- keeps me honest and I don't want to go back and add, so I don't cheat. I just need to get better about tracking after work.
5)WIN tomorrow -- I plan for my exercise and take exercise clothes to work. I try to get up at least 2 days a week to exercise in the AM. I put my husband on notice that Monday is Zumba night and dinner needs to wait til 7.
6)Why am I doing this? What motivates me?
I want to be a good examples
I want to get my weight down and keep it down (my sister who has been sparking less time than me now weighs less -I need to catch her!)
I want exercise to help focus me and be a stress release in a very stressful time at work
I want to beat 2:50 in my 13.1 (PB 2:57 in the 4 I have done so far)
I want my Dr to notice I'm losing weight
I want to find 2 more bags full of clothes in my closet I can give to Good Will b/c they are too big
I want to be happy.
Whew! Need not to get so behind!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
OK. I'm behind. 2 days ago the challenge from one of my teams was to write an inspirational blog. Not sure how inspiring it will be, but it's insightful.
With a strong family history and a personal history of high blood pressure (mine with pregnancy), I worry about my blood pressure.
It had been running high normal, but Monday at the Drs it was Low Normal. Since I was very anxious, that wasn't the reason. Hmmm!
Oh, dummy. Maybe it's the healthy diet, regular exercise, and 40 pound weight loss.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
It jas been a terrible week for me. Anxiety, panic, laziness, uncontrolled eating. My work is getting new management and lots of changes. We got 4 emails today with things we have to do before Tuesday next week. The weather is frustrating. Due to snow days, my son won't be able to participate in graduation (he has plans to be out of town).
I know that if I would just go exercise, I would feel more in control but my brain is the poster for entropy- just a whirling fray. I can't concentrate long enough to change my shoes, let alone make it to the gym or the basement. I want comfort and, unfortunately, that is food.
I feel bad not just because I'm shooting myself in the foot, but I'm not helping my team in the 5% Challenge. I have never posted so many zeroes. If I gain weight, I'm hurting the team. I know- it's not life threatening or earth shattering but makes me feel even worse.
There are lots of people with way more to deal with and I should suck it up- but sometimes it's easier to "sit on the couch and eat chips"
Life is like the ocean and the tides ebb. I'll get out of this funk and I hope it's soon.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I know, I know. The key to losing weight is the lifestyle changes. Exercising regularly. Eating healthy food, not high fat processed things. And it does work - at a reasonable pace. You lose 1 or2 pounds a week - and after you've lost some, you plateau. Then you lose some more. But when it's slow, it's not obvious. People don't notice unless they haven't seen you for a while. And that's OK. You're not doing it for accolades. You're doing it for the right reasons-- health, longevity, stamina, self esteem.
BUT, it sometimes hurts to see the ads. "Lose 25 pounds with Lipozene without changing your diet or activity!" "I lost 40 pounds in one month by eating 400 calories a day and taking HCG" "Take hydroxycut - and if one is good, 2 is better." One woman I work with has lost 90 pounds in 4 months by eating under 500 calories a day and taking hydroxycut. And people are always saying, "Wow, you have lost weight!" "you look great!" But is she doing herself any favors? When will the weight come back? What is she doing to her health and metabolism?
There's also the exercise thing. It being January, a whole group have joined Planet Fitness as they have every January and are bragging about going two or three times, but if the past is any indication, they will go only until maybe mid-February, pay the gym til May, then stop. Meanwhile, I keep up my twice a Zumba, 8-10 races a year, long walks on the weekends to train for 13.1s, strength training with DVDs in my basement. But it's a habit - nothing to talk orbrag about.
So, yes, I am the tortoise. I will win the race but I would like one of those sweet endorsement deals.
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