Monday, August 29, 2011
Make no mistake, running is hard. I have to work to keep moving, sometimes it's more work than others. But no matter what, I feel better when I'm done, every single time.
There is something about getting out and feeling my body moving. I feel like I have accomplished something, especially when I increase time or distance... and it's motivational... I keep coming back for more. Sort of a strange glutton for punishment I guess.
I wrote this awhile ago, it explains it better than any other words I have.
working it out
breathing the air
prove it to myself
one with myself
whoever that is
on any given day
it is sanity
Friday, August 26, 2011
Just keep plodding along I guess. It's been a rough week. My eating hasn't been bad, but exercise has been a continuing challenge for me. Last Friday I started coming down with a mild, but very annoying cold virus of sorts. I had one like it a few years ago, it doesn't make your head fill up with snot, but you are extremely tired and have drainage that makes you cough and you can't concentrate on any one thing for more than 10 minutes, if that. And it lingers... recovery is very slow.
As my dad always used to say, "If you treat a cold it will last 7 days, if you don't do anything it will last a week." So, I'm on day #8 and still coughing and feeling draggy, but my concentration is better, though tasty or shiny objects are still a challenging distraction... oh wait, that is the way I always am... Recovery is going, but it's been a challenge to my trying to get back on track for my exercise routine. I'm so tired in the evenings, it's about all I can do to drag myself out for a walk with hubby.
I got myself together last night, though, and did 7 cycles of 1" walked and 3" run. It actually felt great to get out and move after 2 days of sick and tired sedentary-ness. Good news is that I really didn't have any trouble with it, but my average run time is back up to 10"/mile... meh. I guess being sick has more to do with that than lack of running since I have managed to keep up running 2x/week.
I have also seriously entered the 5K Your Way since the APFT is coming up in October. I am also planning to go to Chicago for the Hot Chocolate Run in November. So being ready is kind of important for both events.
Time is flying by too, I can't believe my son is back to school for his 2nd week already. My daughter is at 33 weeks in her pregnancy. Summer is basically done and we are knocking on Fall's door already, which means the deployment is looming ever closer. I still have mixed feelings, mostly regretting missing family but looking forward to the adventure in many other ways. I have to get an apartment by myself, which is something I have never done... I have to furnish it, etc. I have done all this stuff with my husband, but never on my own. Weird.
I had all kinds of profound things to blog about last night, but got too sleepy and played Sims Social on Facebook instead and then went to bed. Silly stupid game... I swore I'd never do an online game like that, but it's fun and good for those brainless evenings.
I know exactly what I'm doing (except the unplanned ones) every weekend until I leave... free, Bethel Sheep & Wool Fest/free, Chicago, Army, Army, Archon/Army, Army, Army, Army. Army, Chicago, free/MIL visit, Army, Thanksgiving, gone. This is unusual... you'd think I was going to prison or something.
It looks like we will finally be getting my husband's car back from the repair shop after 3 months. It's just been one thing after another and we only had it for 3 weeks before it blew up. I don't think we will ever buy a used car again!
But life goes on. I hope all my East Coast friends stay safe and well through the blow that is coming your way this weekend!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
That week in Florida was a month ago and I'm still fighting the I-don-wannas... but I am using logic and education to overcome them as best I can. For the most part, my eating has been very much on track... but I have been fighting to get my exercise levels back to what they were between Army AT & the Florida trip... it's been a slow rebuild, but I am more or less forcing myself to do it, and it's transitioning slowly from "have-to" to "want-to"... I should be back on track for calorie burn this week.
I always use RunKeeper to track my running & walking activities. I have also started manually entering the estimated calorie burn from there rather than using the ones on that Spark has. I figure the RunKeeper estimates are probably closer to accurate since it also tracks changes in elevation and the like. There are some fairly good hills in my neighborhood, not long for the most part, but respectable... and of course, my run intervals always seem to match right up with them. I was 3 for 3 today on the hills... esp the long St. Charles Rd one. I think I much prefer running up a shorter, steeper grade than a longer, shallower one... it's done faster and I can kind of sprint it... instead of feeling like I'm plodding.
I am very happy about one thing though, the long slow grade on St. Charles yielded a pace 3 seconds/mile faster than my average pace over all... so my "plodding" isn't really plodding at all... my overall average is a 9:38 min/mile pace.
My rebuilding goal is getting my overall endurance back up to where it was for the last APFT in May... my running time is fine, I just need to stretch my running intervals out and I'm getting back at it... I just upped to 2:30 running/2:30 walking today from a 2 run/3 walk for the last week. I plan to do another one like today and then change to a 3 run/2 walk next week. When I get to 5 run/1 walk, I will change to distances and will be ready to run October's APFT and November's Hot Chocolate Run in Chicago.
It's looking like we are going to be jumping right out of the frying pan and into the fire when we deploy to Texas, it's a big scary new job, but I know I will rise up and face the challenge. Without my family there, I will probably cling to fitness and eating right to stay sane. It's been one of the most consistent coping strategies I have found in the past few years. I am 70% looking forward to the year at Ft. Hood, but 30% of me is going to miss my family so much... my hubby, kids (incl. Son in law) and new granddaughter... I will miss her birth (most likely) and have to be gone when she is just 6 weeks old and miss her first Christmas... sigh. I'm just trying not to dwell on that stuff too much... it will make me crazy and depressed. However, I am looking forward to doing the San Antonio mission trail as a photo safari... and I know there will be neat stuff to do down there. Hubby and son will be coming to visit for Christmas, we are considering going to SeaWorld San Antonio for Christmas Eve. (Hubby and I had a great time there last Thanksgiving.)
Life just seems full of challenges lately.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I spent the last week at an Army training that was truly "death by powerpoint"... 8 hours per day for 5 days sitting on hard plastic chairs watching powerpoint presentations. We also had homework assignments, some very long and brutal... so that I wasn't getting done until 9-10 at night. It was an intense week.
The best thing I could have done was to work out, but I was so tired at night that I literally fell over nearly every night. So, suffice it to say, I had a week with very little body movement and now I'm paying the price for that lack of movement. I am stiff, sore, and just don' wanna'... and I don't like it. So I will get back to movement this week... Already did a 2 mile walk with my honey this morning... and I will be doing a video with Jillian at some point today and maybe hit treadmill too.
I was reminded firsthand how you sort of just rust in place if you don't move the body.... it's very unpleasant. But it's also so easy to fall into the bad habit. Luckily this was a temporary thing... I just wish the summer heat would back the heck off. Hubby and I walked this morning and it was 80 at 8 am... that is crazy. We didn't make it as far as we would have liked, but I feel like I will have to do some big rebuilding after the week of inactivity. Even though it was hard to get started, I still felt better after the walk... almost like my joints got lubricated.
So keep it moving out there! You will be happy you did!
UPDATE: In addition to the walk this morning, I managed 25 minutes of circuit training (Jillian Michaels!) and a few minutes of yoga too. Though it was hard, my body is cheering!
Friday, July 15, 2011
This has been a hard week, mostly in terms of energy and motivation... it just kind of wasn't. In many ways, I felt like I was just plodding through the week... but I have managed to get through 2 of my toughest Jillian DVDs without a great deal of hardship... those being "Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism" and "No More Trouble Zones". I did have to modify a few parts of them, mostly because my shoulders can only do so much... they are notably weak at times, but I did get through both of the workouts.
The last few days were the coolest we are likely to see temperature-wise for some time... but I had no motivation to get out of my chair and run... it was just an awful *blah* feeling. I did stay in calories on those days... so that was a good thing. The part of me that wants to run seems to be sleeping until it cools off. The hot it just too much right now.
I'm also gearing up for a lot of Army stuff in the next few months... I have drill tomorrow and if we go as planned, we will be out in 95 degree heat doing land navigation. Then Sunday I leave very early for Florida for a week of training... it's supposed to be cooler there than here in Missouri, so I may be able to get out and enjoy some running time.... I hope so.
I got my first orders for mobilization to Texas... though I knew it was coming, it still makes it even more "real" so to speak. I think that is why I was a little blue this morning... but a great song called "Follow Through" by Michael Hedges... I really needed that song.
If darkness and pressure try to turn your story downó
look back, think hard about how that story really sounds
Then you can be a dreamer
You can be your dreams come true
Let imagine lead, reality will follow through
It will follow you if you follow through
So much going on, barely feel like I can keep up.
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