Sunday, October 02, 2011
This morning as I got up and went to church, I thought to myself that I wanted to get a few things done this afternoon:
- Get an exercise walk (off day for running) to ensure 10K steps
- Vacuum. This has been squeezed out for too many weekends.
- Watch some football.
- Make burritos to take to work for lunch this week.
Hmm, I thought. The chances of getting all this done are slender. Football probably wins; I treasure my unstructured time.
Came home from church, and went for the walk. 5.2 miles in 72 minutes, for an average pace of 4.3 mph. I felt like I was hustling, but not really pushing to the limit even for a walk. I really felt like running, and it was hard not to.
Watched the entertaining second half of the Bills at Cincinatti. Since I'm not a Bills fan (I only live in upstate NY, I didn't grow up here), I found the game entertaining. The natives will be in mourning.
Along about that time, the cat started militating to be fed. That's annoying. He talked me into running the vacuum, which makes him shut up and go into hiding.
Got a case of the I don't wannas with the burritos. By main willpower, forced myself to edit my Spark recipe to use beef base instead of beef bouillon (less sodium) to boil the lentils and rice. That got late, so I boiled some eggs as backup for failure to finish.
Then I read my sister's blog about rebellion. Dang, I recognize that attitude. Went and assembled the burritos. I was less precise than I hoped, and the last one came out light on the stuffing. What the heck, I ate that one. It took me from low in the calorie range to high in the range (262 calories, less whatever being light on stuffing is worth), but I stayed in range.
The amazing thing is, in spite of getting everything done it still felt like a relaxing, unstructured Sunday.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Yesterday evening was a big social eating buffet. The food was hard to estimate, but I took notes on what I ate and did my best. Final numbers for the day were about 500 calories above top of range. And my estimates might have been low.
During the dinner, I got a text from daughter cancelling breakfast at McD today. That made today's meals easier to bring in routinely within range, but also disrupted the Saturday routine. Normally, I'd be up early to do 5K training before McD at 9.
Today, I got up early, fed the cat, had breakfast, and went back to bed. I felt much more rested when I got up again, but it was past 10 by the time I got to the 5K training.
I messed up the 5K protocol. I was supposed to walk 1 minute, run 4 minutes for 8 cycles. First cycle, I was daydreaming past my landmark and it was about 4:25 into the run before I looked at my watch. So I ran 5 minutes. Felt pretty good. Did two more cycles of walk 1, run 5, and had about decided to keep this up for 5 cycles then do two cycles of walk 1, run 4 to come out to 40 minutes.
On Cycle 4, I misread my watch to say I had 1:45 left to run when it probably said I was 0:15 over. I ended up running 7 minutes. So I cut it down to 6 cycles, with the last two being walk 1, run 6. I expected to cover more territory, since I ran 2 more minutes and walked 2 fewer. Nope. Covered slightly less than Thursday, 4.94 miles in 40 minutes. Go figure.
The weather might have has something to do with that. 46 degrees, light wind, heavy mist or light rain. I deliberately ran a little slow at first because it was so cool. And I'm pretty sure my 1 minute walks were slower than Thursday. Oh, well. I ran 34 minutes in pieces of 5 minutes or more each.
That was Week 3, Day 3. Monday is Week 4, Day 1 and I get to try to run 35 minutes continually. At least I won't lose track of when I'm supposed to slow down and walk!
The disruption of the morning spilled over into the afternoon, shoving grocery shopping (normally done after McD) into late afternoon, which in turn disrupted other household maintenance tasks. At 7:30 PM, I'm mostly recovered except for being slow at getting laundry done. Time to sit back, watch some football, and change laundry loads on commercials!
Friday, September 30, 2011
I took a day off work today. Originally, it was to be able to relax while meeting a half day commitment to have a home energy audit done. Other stuff piled into that relaxing half day.
My daughter got the key to her new apartment today. So after I'd had breakfast and a too short exercise walk, I drove over to deliver the old microwave and take a look. Up three flights of stairs (5, 10, and 6 risers), but not terribly cramped at the turns. Two people who can get the couch and dresser out of my basement would be able to get them into her apartment.
Hustled home in time to have lunch. The energy audit tech called at 12:10, running early. Good think I took the whole day. Between hearing what he had to say and pointing out the relevant facts of the house, I worked the October budget and beginning of month bills.
There is mold in my basement. It hangs on the concrete block walls, where the groundwater seeps. The energy audit tech wouldn't do the blower door test because it would stir some of the fluffy mold into the air. So I get to try to find a firm to test this stuff and say whether it's a danger. One mold removal firm told me what I already suspected, that if the water is an ongoing problem the mold will come back. They also said that in this case, it was likely that this was not harmful mold, just outside mold migrating in with the water. Of course, I don't know without a test and at this point I don't know the price of testing.
In a few minutes, I'll leave for a buffet dinner honoring my church's recently retired pastor. From a Spark perspective, I'm a little concerned. It's at a wonderful restaurant, where the food will be delicious, high calorie, and difficult to quantify for the food tracker. Local place, no nutrition information on the web. I'll just have to do the best I can. I have 708 to 1058 calories left to consume today, and I went light on the fat for breakfast and lunch in anticipation of this. It might end up pushing me over limit, but it's not going to start a multi-day trend.
With all this, it doesn't really feel like a day off. Good thing the weekend starts tomorrow.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
My daughter is moved out of my house last March. Now, she's moving again - and it's not back in with me!
She had found a roommate wanted situation last March that she could swing on part time Burger King pay. Since then, she has got a full time job elsewhere at higher pay, with health insurance. After some soap opera stuff with the roommate's life, the upshot is that my daughter will move out of that situation and into an apartment by herself. I am providing some modest financial support for the transition; daughter thinks she's going to pay me back, but I'm thinking that's unlikely to happen.
So I got a call at work today. Daughter was at my place, talking about the stuff I'd said she could have, but she didn't take to the first place because she could share the roommate's stuff. She wants to hang out till I get home, because she's avoiding a annoying social situation with the roommate and the soap opera cast. Yes, she can hang out. I slipped out of work a little early to go home and talk things over. Got it sorted out, daughter filled her trunk and was back on the road before 6.
Then I went out and did my 5K training in the sunset and early dusk at 59 degrees. No major issues, and I covered a bit more distance than the last time. I went 4.97 miles in 40 minutes of walk 1 minute, run 4 minutes.
It feels good to be able to deal with real life and still get the fitness routine in.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Today was the second training day after coming back from the calf injury. It was a warm day for September, topping out about 80. Thinking about what happened when I got injured, I decide to do some things differently.
First, let's limit how much I walk before I train. The weather and co-workers help with this. One co-worker scheduled a conference call from 11-12, and another scheduled one from 1-2. That puts a strict limit on the lunch hour. And it was warmer than I've become accustomed to. So I limited the lunch walk to a slow 16 minutes covering only 0.88 miles.
Get home, and make sure to drink some water and eat a slice of whole wheat toast before I set out. The internest says it's 80 degrees, but that's at the airport. Doesn't feel that warm here. Go for the same route I had planned on injury Thursday.
After the first cycle, my calves are no longer bothering me. I feel like I'm going slow, which is okay. The idea at this point is to train to be able to keep running, not necessarily to run fast.
Get to the point where I came up lame, and I'm off my injury pace. But I'm not injured, so that's good. I've added in the hills, and it feels like I'm slower than I was on Saturday; but I'm not really having to deliberately slow down for the calves, either.
Wind around, and it turns out that my 40 minutes end right at my own driveway. 4.90 miles, or just a bit further than the 40 minutes on Saturday. Do a cooldown walk, and I'm thirsty. Let's not be stupid; run inside and grab a 24 ounce water bottle from the counter before coming back out to stretch.
So how did I do?
I could have kept running longer than 4 minutes at a time. I don't know how much longer, because I followed the training protocol.
The calves are recovering nicely, and didn't slow me down much. They did do a good job of reminding me that I need to stick with the protocol instead of jumping ahead to continual running.
Still developing runner's calluses. My feet were sore when I got done, but no worse than previous training sessions. Another reminder that I need to work through the training protocol instead of jumping ahead to running full time.
Patience and self-control: A
Walking less on a training day worked out, and might have been really important. Right now, the pedometer says about 16.6K steps for the day. That's high, but not terribly high. I've been over 18K on exactly 2 days since I started wearing the pedometer. One of them was the day I was injured.
The time will come when I can run and get 20K steps in a day; but the time to try it is not yet.
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