Friday, December 23, 2011
I survived the nominal last work day of the year. Today was a day off from running, which was just as well given the work flow. I got a decent walk in at lunch, and dealt with stuff blowing up off and on. The boss let people go at 2 PM, and the work load actually let me get out of there about 3:15 . . . for now. I still need to check work voice mail and email, because I will almost certainly need to spend part of next week cleaning up a work related mess. I'll do what I can from home, and if I have to go in to the office I'll wear jeans.
After leaving work early, I went shopping. Yes, on December 23rd. I picked up a few things I needed at Walmart, then lived through the ridiculous congestion to get home. Next week it will be better, and the week after that it will be back to normal.
I saw a lot of stressed out people, but I had no stress while shopping. Part of that is contrast from work, part is stress relief from running, and part is that I didn't have to find gifts for anyone. It's a lot easier when a) I only have to pick up routine stuff, and b) I can get home in the daylight, even with crazy traffic congestion.
There are no messages on the work voice mail right now, so I should get a three day weekend before the nonsense starts interrupting my time off. I've got my plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, both of which will be pretty low key; but right now I'm luxuriating in a little down time. There will be time enough tomorrow to think about what home based projects I want to tackle while waiting for work to interrupt my time off.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Theoretically, tomorrow is my last working day this year.
In practice, I'm taking a break from doing year end email maintenance on my work computer, on my own time because there won't be time to do that on the company's nickel. And there's a good chance that work will eat into my time off. Sigh.
This morning was secondary cleanup from Tuesday's work blowups, with more cleanup this afternoon and news of a potential new blowup late in the work day. The bright spot of the day was that I was able to get a run in at lunch, 3.57 miles in 25:09 for a 7:02 pace per mile.
That makes it a bit over twelve and a half miles running three consecutive days. Friday needs to be a day off running. Even if my legs don't demand the day off like they did Monday, I want to take Friday off so I can have a good distance run on Saturday.
Ironically enough, my biggest worry with respect to the running is how I'll cope with the probably work blowups tomorrow if I *can't* go run. Guess I'll have to get a long walk in at lunch, in the probable snow showers. Hopefully the blowups won't be of a nature to make me work next week; but if they are, I'll just have to deal with it. At least there will be no question of meetings canceling any of my runs next week.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Today was a day off work, the day after a binge. Got up, and my weight was up 2.8 pounds from yesterday. That's the biggest one day weight fluctuation I've had since I've been tracking food on SP. It's also reasonable, given the quantity of food I dumped into my digestive system yesterday.
Started going through the morning routine, and saw that it was 41° F (5° C) outside. On December 21, in the Land of Lake Effect Snow. Forecast was for showers later, so this was too good to pass up. I had to run.
Hit the road at 7:28, and ran mostly residential streets to avoid rush hour traffic on the arterials. Did a bunch of streets I've run before, including all the stretches of little hills. The experiment this time was a stopwatch, specifically the stopwatch function on the cheap pedometer I'd bought while waiting for the good pedometers to arrive in the mail. It may be a cheap pedometer, but the stopwatch function did what I needed it to do. The route mapped out to 5.15 miles, in 37:17 for a 7:14 pace per mile. I was pleased with the run, and with the weather being nice enough that I could stretch outside.
This afternoon I had my doctor's visit for medical clearance to train for a half marathon and marathon. All was as expected. My heart can handle it, the major concern is wear and tear on the joints. Being able to run a 10K as soon as I did was a good sign. The doctor says anyone in reasonable health can run a 5K (though maybe not quickly), but the 10K distance is where you see people who are built to be runners. I got an order for blood work that didn't require fasting (i.e., no cholesterol test) and got the blood draw out of the way. The doctor was happy with my cholesterol levels last February, and says if anything they'll be better now.
After taking care of that, I went over to the local running store and signed up for the Flower City Challenge Half Marathon on April 29, 2012. Now I'm committed, and I'll have to train for it. I'll figure it out. I'll make a decision on the Rochester Marathon in September 2012 after I see how the Flower City half goes.
Oh, yeah, nutrition. Most of the day is behind me. I have planned what I will eat for dinner and evening snack. I project to finish the day in range for all the macronutrients and just above the bottom of the calorie range. Life is normal again.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The department Christmas lunch was scheduled for today. After not running yesterday, I went to bed early and was up before the alarm this morning. I ran 4.00 miles in 28:48, for a 7:12 pace per mile in 33° F temperature with negligible wind. It was a good run, and I got a look at early morning work day traffic.
I never would have thought I'd ever get up early enough to exercise before work. I never was a morning person. My, how things change!
That was the good part of the day. Work was something of a disaster. I had forgotten that, in addition to the department lunch, this was snack day. The remains of yesterday's work blow-up, plus added secondary blow-ups on the same topic, and minor blow-ups from other subjects started to stress me out.
Stress + tight deadlines + free sweet treats is not a good combination. I rationalized that I was due for a cheat day, and ended up having a binge day instead of a mere cheat day. I ate far more of the snacks than I should, though I did a decent job of tracking it. Then at lunch I ate more pizza than I should, and more cookies than I should. I ended up feeling overstuffed, like a traditional Thanksgiving. It wasn't a good feeling.
The sad part is, even with losing most control, I probably ate less than I would have pre-Spark. No wonder I was 50 pounds overweight at one point!
After work, I went shopping. I didn't have my list with me, but I remembered the important stuff: salad and bananas. Those wouldn't have made it to the list, pre-Spark. So at least I haven't lost *all* the good habits I've been working on.
Having overdone things way too much at work, dinner was cottage cheese and a banana. My evening snack was the same as I normally eat, in an attempt to trick myself back into a sane routine.
Final nutrition tally for the day: 5749 calories, well over my upper limit of 3050. As with past cheat days, it's also well over the carb and fat limits, but protein looks like a normal day. Long term, those 2700 excess calories are about three quarters of a pound. This is not a problem *IF* it doesn't recur.
There will be leftover food from snack day tomorrow at work. The good news is, tomorrow is a day off. By the time I go back to work on Thursday, the tempting stuff should be gone.
Absent the workload driven stress, I think this would have still been a cheat day, but at a less insane level of cheating. Hopefully when I go back and the workload is still doing crazy stuff, there won't be as good an opportunity to binge.
Monday, December 19, 2011
No running today. The legs were telling me they really wanted a day off. So I took a long walk on my lunch hour, which was quite pleasant. 41° F (6° C), with winds supposedly 20 mph from the west and south. The wind was certainly stronger than anything I'd run in, and not cold. 3.49 miles in 50 minutes, and getting my 10K steps in today isn't a problem.
Too bad it wasn't a running day. This would have been fun weather to figure out running in. But when I ran to make the walk light toward the end of my walk, my legs told me that yes, this really wasn't a day for a sustained run.
I'll go to bed early tonight, and if I wake up well before the alarm I'll consider running in the morning. If that doesn't happen, tomorrow will be another non-running day due to work scheduling my lunch hour full and my not wanting to run Tuesday evening plus Wednesday morning. In theory, I could run after work; in practice, I expect that other stuff will get in the way of that. I'll just have to see how that goes.
If I don't get a run in tomorrow, I'll run on Wednesday and Thursday, then take Friday off from running. Saturday will be the fourth running day this week, and that will just have to be enough.
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