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Caught a Cold

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I started coming down with a cold Sunday evening. This is my second cold since joining SP, and it's kind of different. I suspect it would have been a nasty one, back when I wasn't very fit.

From the glass half full perspective, I'm so much more fit that this cold doesn't knock me out. I can get my work done. I can walk briskly. I do need more sleep, which is hard to get in my current work environment; but I'm not totally wiped out if I only get 7.5 hours.

From the glass half empty perspective, the cold is messing with what I want to do. I skipped most of my morning exercises on Monday. Tuesday I tried to run, and came up with a tight calf. Okay. Tried to run again today, and the same calf came up tight about two and a half minutes into the run. Backed off to a walk.

Apparently my body needs its energy to fight this cold, and doesn't put as much into recovery from my last run. So I won't be running three times this week. I'll test it again on Saturday, and maybe that will work out. The calf was better today than Tuesday, so it might be well enough to run again on Saturday.

Meanwhile, I know the drill with getting non-running exercise. And I can still walk, and still get my 10K steps per day in. I just need to be patient, do what I can, and wait for when I'm able to do more.

Gotta be satisfied that I can do a few pullups, while I'm waiting to be able to run again. And I need to get to bed early more often. Which I should do, like right about now.

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RG_DFW 5/11/2012 8:19AM

    Get well soon!!!

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KRISZTA11 5/11/2012 4:11AM

    Get well soon!
It's good your fitness helps you fight diseases.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/10/2012 9:44PM

    sorry you have the ahhhhh choooo's! rest up there is always tomorrow, Moby!

sleep well,

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TALVARADO6 5/10/2012 9:37PM

    Get some rest and feel better soon!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/10/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon Sleep well. I'm off to do the same!

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The Weekend

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Weekends are never long enough. No matter how much I get done, something that I wanted to do stays undone.

Saturday was a full day. My daughter had moved back out on Friday, so on Saturday I did a good vacuuming to pick up the cat fur. The results in the dustbin looked like they used to when the cat lived with me full time. Check that task off.

Then the lawn needed to be mowed. I didn't feel like doing that, so I went off to the local running store to talk about shoes and the Rochester Marathon. Ended up ordering a pair of shoes that they recommended. Because of my foot size, I don't have a lot of choice about what to buy from in stock, much of anywhere. If I'm going to have to special order running shoes, I may as well do so from someone who is they're supposed to know what they're doing.

I'm told the Rochester Marathon does not sell out, and that the Rochester Marthon/HM will be a smaller race than the half/5K that I ran the 5K in last Sunday. Given this perspective, I decided to defer the decision on entering the half until July. Entry fee doesn't go up until July 28, and after the first of July I should have a better idea what work will look like when I would need to train.

That went quickly enough that I had time to squeeze in a walk (because it was a non-running day) of about two and a quarter miles. Then, mow the lawn. Bleah.

Mowing the lawn turned out to be a 2 hour exercise in frustration, including about half an hour of breaks. The breaks were necessary for hydration and bladder relief; the length was necessary for sanity. Mowing the lawn in the spring when the grass is thick isn't one of my favorite activities.

That was Saturday. Sunday, it was church and some minor errands, then an afternoon run. I didn't note the temperature when I left, but it was 67 F (-1 C) when I got back. I decided to add the three small hill segments to my mostly flat 5K route, to be over 4 miles and over 30 minutes.

Warmed up by running up and down the street, probably less than a tenth of a mile. Started out, and wasn't in much of a groove. Tried to pay attention to my form. I'm still a forefoot strike runner, but I'm trying to be closer to a midfoot strike, with the heel touching down on every step. (I have conflicting advice on what the best form is to avoid injury, and this is my best guess at what will work for me.)

By the time I was running up the third small hill, I could tell that I haven't been running hills in quite a while. Made it up, and spent much of the last half of the run thinking about stopping early. The good news here is, cardio might be more limiting than my still-recovering foot at this point.

Got near home, and wondered about the time. Maybe it wouldn't be a full 30 minutes? Decided to run for 30 minutes, even if it meant adding distance. It turned out that I arrived in my driveway at 30:18, meeting my goal of running continually for 30 minutes. That's the first time I've done that since some time in January.

The run mapped out to 4.31 miles, which worked out to a pace of 7:02 per mile. Heh. No wonder I didn't have a sprint left in me for the last stretch. I wonder if paying attention to form makes me faster, or if I've just lost track of how to pace myself?

Then I figured I should take some more pictures, since the last ones I put up here are from November. I've lost between 4 and 5 pounds since then, I've become able to do pullups, and I can see traces of abs in the mirror. I fancy the traces of abs show up for the camera if I do a muscle flex pose.

Oh, and the pullups:

It's kind of a challenge to take a picture of yourself doing a pullup, when all you have to work with is a 10 second delay function on the digital camera. I'm using the neutral grip, because that's easiest and I needed to hold the top position for the camera, which had enough light to not generate a flash.

Tomorrow it's back to work, and not much time for blogging. I haven't got as much done this weekend for my paid job as I hoped, but it's been a good weekend for taking care of my personal life.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/7/2012 11:27AM

    Your running time in recovery from your injury is so much faster than my regular time that I'm gobsmacked! Way to go : )
Good on ya for finding your abs, too!

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RG_DFW 5/7/2012 8:28AM

    I'm still amazed at your 7 minute pace... keep it going!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2012 9:57PM

    Nice to hear the September version of Rochester marathon does not fill up... gives me some options for decisions, too. Just now I'll be switching up my training to be an 11 week beginner's triathlon plan. I don't know whether I'll be "up" for another half later in the year, but a part of me would like to make the trip, still.

To be determined.

Nice snaps!

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Empty Nest

Friday, May 04, 2012

Today was a quiet day on the exercise front. I went a little light on the morning exercise. I walked 5K at lunch, which was possible because this was a work at home day.

The big news of the day was that my daughter went to get more stuff from her apartment, and found that the landlady was having the desired repairs done. Priority appeared to be given to daughter's apartment. So . . . by 1PM, my daughter and her two cats were out of my house. It will take a few days for her to shuttle out the rest of her posessions, but I no longer have to put my water glass where the cat can't knock it over.

The biggest surprise in this is that my daughter is happier to be gone than I am to have my space back. She was really a good guest for the past week; but we'll both be happier in the long run having our own space.

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TALVARADO6 5/5/2012 10:15AM

    I completely understand how that is. I love my parents, but I could never go back and live with them after being away from home for as long as I have. I think I have a 1 month max before we start really getting on each other's nerves! haha

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RG_DFW 5/5/2012 8:48AM


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MILLERGIRL719 5/5/2012 7:55AM

    Glad it worked out! It's nice to have them home but not for too long. It's always better to have them close. :)

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BELSNICKEL 5/5/2012 6:01AM

    It's seems nice to have her out of your apartment and still close by and in your life,

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/5/2012 5:55AM

    Welcome back to the empty nest, and congrats to you AND daughter on making the transition to "guest" status, as opposed to "kid" status. Believe it or not, they are sometimes ready for that before we are!

Independence is wonderful!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/5/2012 1:02AM

    "It's not an empty nest so long as they still have stuff stored in the basement." So a dear friend told us years ago when we thought we'd achieved empty-nest status. She was right, the nest kept getting re-occupied for varying lengths of time!
It's great to be on such good terms with the grown kids though, that they *can* come home for an extended time without either them or the parents having to give up independence.

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STARWARSFAN2 5/4/2012 11:17PM

    We've got a long way to go before we need to think about an empty nest. I hear it takes some getting used to.

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Third Run This Week

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Today I worked from home. This gave me the opportunity to run from home on my lunch, which lets me run a little further because I don't have to walk to the gym and back to manage the clothing change and shower.

The weather site said it was 84 F, but my recently acquired wireless thermometer said it was only 74 F (23 C) outside my window. Definitely weather for shorts and a tee shirt; I wore my only sleeveless running shirt, and noticed that it's a bit too big. Well, duh. It's a large I got from my employer a few years ago for participating in a Chase Corporate Challenge, and now I wear mediums.

I thought out my route, and added two of the three small hill segments to my measured 5K. All three would push the distance over 4 miles, which I didn't want to do for both time and recovery reasons. I could tell that it was much warmer than the weather I've been accustomed to run in, and there was a hint of the humidity we'll see more of in the coming summer.

What with one thing and another, I didn't try to run fast, honest I didn't. I paid attention to the foot, and paid attention to my form. When I got near home, I didn't have enough gas in the tank for an ending sprint, but that's okay. I was happy to be able to run again after running on Tuesday. I figured I might be running a pace somewhere in the 7:15 to 7:25 range.

It mapped out to 3.86 miles in 26:44, for a 6:56 pace per mile. I did not expect that result.

So far, so good. The bad foot is still not 100%. It reminded me yesterday that it wouldn't be a good idea to run on consecutive days. But today it's not complaining any more than it did Tuesday after that run.

I have run 3 times this week. Running at least 20 minutes at a time, 3 times per week, is one of my Spark Streak goals. This is the first time I've managed it since the bad foot sidelined me, and it feels pretty good.

I don't know whether I'll try to run again on Saturday. I'd like to prove to myself that I can actually run for 30 minutes continually, which I haven't done in over three months; but that also might be too much, too soon. I'll have to think about that. Maybe walk on Saturday and run on Sunday, avoiding running on consecutive days while building the mileage more slowly.

Yeah, that's what I probably ought to do. Much as I'd like to get back to running both weekend days, I don't think I'm ready yet. And if I can only have one of them, an extra day of rest seems prudent.

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PLMITCH 5/4/2012 9:01AM


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RG_DFW 5/4/2012 7:50AM

    Great progress...

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KRISZTA11 5/4/2012 7:31AM

    Great progress - being able to run that much in a week is a proof of healing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/3/2012 6:40PM

    Sounds like a great day. I woke with swollen sinus passages this morning and acted as if I was OK enough to go to work, and at the last minute made a judgement call ... brain not working well enough to trust myself at work. Dozed the day away, and pondered, from time to time... what I was thinking about that half in the midst of high allergy season. Again.

Last year I got away with it... this year, things are blooming early. I am certain PART of today was the weather / barometric pressure changes... I figured the better part of valor is not to press my luck. We shall see how the passages fare in the morning, and Saturday, and Sunday.

Now, it's after my normal work hours, and I'm thinking early to bed again... hopefully leading to a better morning tomorrow!

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Maintenance Weight Loss

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I hit a new post-SP low weight this morning at 160.6 pounds. This is puzzling. I could understand tying my previous low weight of 161.2 yesterday; that was the day after a race, and I was sure it was a dehydrated low measurement.

Even if today is a dehydrated weight, it's a lower dehydrated weight than I've seen since I've been tracking weight. I haven't weighed this little probably since a period in my early 20s when I wasn't weighing myself or concerned with my body size at all.

This is puzzling, because last week I added back calories to put my range where it was when I was running 4 or 5 days a week; but I've been running maybe 3 days in two weeks. I ran the 5K on Sunday, and ran on Tuesday before that, and the Saturday before that. To be fair, the past week I've been eating toward the low end of the range, while I was eating in the middle when I was running 4 days a week; but still! To be losing weight while eating like a runner, but not running much?

So what else has changed? I found other exercises to do while the bad foot kept me from running. Some of these have stuck around. I'm doing more kettlebell snatches each day than I did pre-injury. I'm doing some kettlebell dead clean/squat combos. I'm doing a lot more pushups. And I recently acquired a pullup bar, and now I can do a few pullups at a time. My upper body strength is better than it was pre-injury, and it feels like my cardiovascular endurance is as good. (That's hard to tell, because I can't run as far as I did . . . yet.)

Other things . . . my eating has changed a little qualitatively. The generic pop-tarts are gone. Oranges have become a staple. I'm eating less candy, though I still have some each day. I don't feel like eating junk to round out the day's minimum calories, and that hole has been filled mostly with fruit.

I suppose the next thing to do is start eating toward the middle of the range, as I transition back to regular running. It's possible that I'll even need to up the *bottom* of the range to 3000 calories, which kind of boggles my mind. (Current range is 2800-3150 calories.)

Maintenance is a puzzle. I'm not as worried about a new low now as I was the last couple of times this happened. I still feel good. I don't know if I can feel good at a weight below 160, but I'm close to finding out.

Meanwhile, I ran today. I covered 3.64 miles in 25:07, for a 6:54 pace per mile. Maybe being lighter helps that along? This was a run at lunch, along the river trail, where I run faster than I do from home. And it was near-perfect running weather at 53 F (12 C) and cloudy. But still, a pace below 7 minutes while I'm trying to do a sustainable run is a bit of a surprise. The best news is that I didn't need to ice the foot or take ibuprofen afterwards.

Between being able to run again, and being able to actually do pullups, I'm happy with my fitness. I think I'll be able to come to terms with my weight.

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ARCHIMEDESII 5/2/2012 4:36PM


Not to get TMI, but did you do a poop this morning ? Most people don't realize how much our waste products weigh. So, while you may still be somewhat dehydrated from your race, if you did a poop that would increase your overall loss.

Of course, you could be more dehydrated than you think. Was the temperature during the race unusually warm ? If you were sweating more than usual, ditto, that could explain the extra loss too.

Any excess heat would cause extra sweating.

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SMILINGTREE 5/2/2012 9:15AM

    Perhaps you have built muscles which are burning calories efficiently? Isn't that how it works? I read an article a few days ago in Runner's World that said lots of runners push themselves to dangerously low weights so they can run faster/longer, so probably being lighter does help with that.

Good luck, and enjoy those few extra calories a day. I love eating during the spring and summer when there is so much fresh produce available.

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ARCSPARKS 5/2/2012 7:21AM

    Yup, maintenance is a puzzling thing. When I hit my goal weight, which is well within the healthy range of BMI, I started eating more calories but still continued to eat clean. Kept up the exercise like you, running/biking. But the weight kept dropping off, lost about 10 more pounds than I anticipated, and did it without even trying.

I think you've just turned your body into a lean, mean, fat burning machine. Savor the results!

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    Very inspirational; thank you!

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KRISZTA11 5/2/2012 2:27AM

I'm glad you can run that much, that fast, and your foot is OK.

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BARBAELLEN 5/1/2012 11:33PM

    Glad to hear you're doing so well with the recuperation. Sounds like your fitness has really fallen into place. You've done a great job. One day, hopefully not far, far away, I can see myself in maintenance. The more I read about your adjustments as you maintain, I have to wonder what I'll be dealing with. Since I need 1200 calories to lose and 1200 calories are a suggested minimum, I can only hope that I find some leeway for calorie adjustment.

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WATERMELLEN 5/1/2012 9:38PM

    You're doing great with the eating and great with the exercise as you segue back to running!

I am absolutely in awe of those calorie ranges: mine are soooo much lower!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/1/2012 9:00PM

    A couple of thoughts: weight on a given day is a snapshot reflection of many factors in the previous several days; and, ideal weight is a range, not an absolute. Sounds like you're in a great space. Savour it : )

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/1/2012 6:57PM

    It's the "happy" I hear in your writing, bro. Congrats on being in a good place. Here's to staying there as long as you can. emoticon

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