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Repositioning my posture

Saturday, March 31, 2012

During his talk to our Couch to 5K group, the personal trainer said that most people walk and run looking down at their feet, and that it is hard on our bodies to do that. I was feeling pretty smug, convinced that I don't do that, but when I got out and started really paying attention, I realized that I do indeed tend to walk with my head hanging down and shoulders slumped. How embarrassing.

So: yesterday and today while doing my walk/run, I have been concentrating on keeping my eyes at the top of the trees ahead of me, keeping my head up and my shoulders back, and it does seem to make a difference in how far I can run. I haven't been concentrating too much on time, except for tracking purposes (the map your route thing needs a number of minutes plugged in to calculate calories). Today was a little slow, with my knees telling me we are probably in for some more rain, but yesterday I actually did the whole 1.37 mile walk/run in 30 minutes--about what I can walk it in. That is an improvement over last week, when it took me close to 40 minutes. Of course, it took 40 minutes again today, but I only ran three times, and was walking fairly slowly on the way back. I can run much farther already (although it never looks that far when I look back at the distance I have come). I have decided to stop worrying about counting time, or steps, or anything else, and basically try to run as far as I can at least four times on that route. I'm just walking to the end of my gravel road, then run/walking on the asphalt up to the main highway. It's a fairly easy route, and easy to map. I have to admit I think it is going to be awhile before I tackle running up one of the hills. So far I've only run downhill and on the relatively flat part near the main highway.

I am beginning to feel like it is possible that I will, at some point in the relatively near future, be able to run an entire 5K. I am also back to tracking both food and exercise, so I feel like I have my act together again. Weigh in tomorrow!!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/31/2012 7:41PM


I think at least part of why that helps so much is breathing. It's hard to get enough oxygen when we're curling in on our ribcage/lungs.


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Last day with my granddaughter

Thursday, March 29, 2012

We have had such a good week!! My granddaughter has been here since Sunday, and we have had a good time just messing around. Her friend was here overnight on Tuesday, and left yesterday afternoon. I have had the electrician out of cope with some minor but annoying problems, gotten the lawn tractor picked up to get repaired (flat tire, dead battery, and general tune-up/maintenance), and had them take the standard push mower to do its oil change and tune up as well, since I already had them here and I don't like doing it. My carpenter bees are back, so the exterminator is coming on Monday, when I am at work.

Tomorrow I have to go to work for at least a few hours, and Cori and her mom are going to Springfield (Missouri) to a girl scout event. My other granddaughter is in college down there, and I would love to go with them, but doubt if it will work out with the work thing. I need to talk to my daughter about what their time frame is, but I suspect it is beyond hoping for.

After I deliver Cori back to her parents this evening, I am going to try to go run, assuming it isn't raining at that point, and if it is raining I am going to the gym and get some time in there. I'm going to wait to start tracking until tomorrow, when I will have a little more time to mess around on the Spark. I haven't wanted to spend that much time on the computer while Cori is here. I never seem to have enough time with her as it is.

So, next week, back to normal, but I intend to enjoy the rest of my free time to the hilt.

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ROJAKHAN 3/29/2012 12:03PM

    Happy for you

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GERIKRAGH 3/29/2012 12:01PM

    Grand kids are such a delight. I'm glad you had fun with her.

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CLAVINOVA 3/29/2012 11:43AM

    I've been with my grandchildren this week too and I know how you feel that it's never enough time to be with your granddaughters! Glad that you're still going for your run when she goes home. Have a great day with her before she leaves!

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MICKAELAP 3/29/2012 11:25AM

    Good for you! Keep it up;-)

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Laid back week.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My 11 year old granddaughter has been here since Sunday evening, and one of her BFFs just arrived. We have gardened a lot, and talked, and played Uno, and they are now intent on watching a movie. After the construction, the workers spread out some kind of mesh with grass seed and straw in it. It seems to be working fine to make grass, but Cori found a nest of five black snakes caught in it, and has been intent yesterday and today on trying to rescue them. At this point, four of them are dead, and probably the other one will not make it either. I don't really mind black snakes--they eat a lot of vermin--but I have to say I'm not gone on them living under the house, which is where they have a great big hole that they all crawled out of sometime this weekend. I guess that is good news/bad news. She has also helped me plant asparagus, rhubarb and strawberry starts in some of the new flower beds I have now that the construction is finished, and planted a couple tomato plants in one of those "topsy turvy" things, and hung it on the eaves. Hope the storm predicted to come in tonight doesn't kill them, but if they can't survive this one they won't survive at all.

The diet thing is sort of weird this week. Cori is a really picky eater, and we are trying to get her eating more vegies. So far I have kept it pretty healthy, but since her friend is also a "modern" eater, we are having pizza tonight and hot dogs tomorrow. Really healthy fare. On the other hand, I don't tend to snack when she is here because I don't want to encourage her to develop that habit, so I think I am keeping it down to a dull roar as far as food goes. I haven't gone out and run at all since a week ago yesterday. I might get onto that tomorrow while both girls are here and they are entertaining each other. In other words, the 5K training isn't going great at the moment, but I still intend to get onto it.

One thing this week is doing is pointing out strongly why I want so badly to get to the point where I can retire. I am getting so much done, and enjoying myself so much. A week is not nearly enough time to catch up with myself. If it wasn't a financial burden, I would almost like to have my hours cut, as is likely to happen come July. Even better, I would like to win the lottery, and be able to hand in my resignation. Guess I better buy a ticket, huh?


getting it back together today

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Took yesterday off, and I obviously really needed to do that. Today I woke up at 6:30, and by 7:30 had changed out the cat litter, swept, showered, cleaned the tub and bathroom and kitchen sinks, and weighed in. Yesterday, I barely talked myself into signing on, and couldn't talk myself into doing a blog at all. Today--here I am, blogging away.

Started the Dump the Sweets challenge (I know that isn't what it is called, but can't pull the name out right now), and have discovered some things about my out-of-control eating behaviors. Yes, sweets are a part of it, but not all sweets, and not all of the time. And other junk-type food comes in there as well. Anything with a strong taste or a lot of texture will call to me, for instance the crispy fried chicken I had a Lee's one night last week. I also realized that I do well on the weekend once I get my act together, and it carries over for two or three days into the week, but as stress and exhaustion become greater, that is when the cravings hit me, and when I tend to fall into the eating pit. It is also when I poop out on my exercise stuff. I just don't feel like I have the energy. I haven't gone and tried to run since Monday, which would be understandable, since it rained most of the rest of the week, but I haven't gotten to the gym, either. Blech.

Trying to get some volunteer work rounded up this weekend, so that project will be off my mind. I'm off work this week, and am going to have my granddaughter here for the duration. I took the time off because she is on spring break, and still too young to stay by herself for that long. I do have to go to work on Friday (amazing. I don't do much there, but am apparently indispensable), so her other grandmother will have her that day. I only need to work that morning, so I'm going to take that afternoon off as well, and spend it on me.

In the meantime, I guess I should go get some breakfast before it is time to leave for church. Have to get there early. I have GOT to stop volunteering so much. But I probably won't. It's a habit.

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KENTUCKYGIRL01 3/25/2012 9:19AM

    I have that problem too. I love chocolate! Don't get discouraged you can do it!! :) emoticon

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This is going to take longer than nine weeks.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Did my second outdoor "run" since starting my Couch to 5K effort on Wednesday (another day was 10 minutes on the treadmill, so three this week). The trainer at the session said it was better to work at this on asphalt, since that is what we will be running on, and the treadmill doesn't give the same "feel". It sure doesn't. I went 1.37 miles according to the SparkPeople tracker, and "ran" (read: a reasonably fast trot) a total of seven times. This is actually more than the program calls for, but on the other hand I know I never managed to run for a full minute on any of them. The really sad part of it is that it took me 35 minutes to do it--longer than it normally takes for me to walk that far!! And, oh, my legs!! Even after a warm shower, I think some ibuprofen before bed will be advisable. The new shoes do help, but my legs are not as strong as the treadmill has led me to believe.

I've already figured out that the "run 1 minute, walk 1 1/2 minutes" doesn't work for me. First of all, I don't know how to time this and do it at the same time, and second of all, I just plain can't run for a full minute. I've decided that I am going to run for 100 steps, then walk for 200 for this week and next, then gradually increase the number of "run" steps and decrease the number of "walk" steps.

I have also realized that I am going to have to find a different place to do this. I am in the country, where a lot of (sorry) not very smart people have moved because they don't like all the "rules" in town. The upshot is that they move out here, get several REALLY BIG dogs, and then fail to train them. On this very short route, there are two places where I am never going to be able to run past them, because the dogs are likely to take me down. None of them seem unfriendly, but all of them are large, all of them jump, and none of them seem to respond to basic commands.

None the less, slow as I am, sore as I am, and as many dogs as there are, I am going to do this. I may run a 5K in 2 hours (I can walk it in about an hour), but the whole point is to do it, not to do it fast.

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LADYBUGFAERIE 3/19/2012 11:06PM

    If you've got a smartphone, there are tons of apps you can download to time yourself. And you can get an armband to hold it on while you run. Or you can get one of those fitness watches, and they have the programmable timers, too.

Don't worry about doing exactly as recommended in the C25K, but do try to push yourself... Like when you feel like slowing back to a walk, try to run for *just* 5 more seconds. The more you do this, the longer you'll be able to go. You'll be surprised how quickly your body adjusts and you start going longer and longer.

As for the soreness, be SURE you are stretching LOTS afterwards!! Stretching your calves adequately can help avoid shin splints and stretching your IT bands can help with some other soreness. I think there's an article somewhere on here about runner's stretches. Try to do them a few times when you're done to help ease those aches and pains. And yes, ibuprofen is your friend!!

When it comes down to it, just don't give up!!! Even if you don't do it in exactly the time the program calls for, you'll still feel a great sense of accomplishment for working so hard!!

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PITTSBURGHLOVE 3/19/2012 10:30PM

    I understand your frustration with running! I started running last year and have been on and off with my work outs. I still do a jog, 5mph max. Running outside is harder for me, because I do not know how fast I am running, and it's easier for me to slow down when outside since I don't have the movement of the treadmill forcing me to continue.

Keep working on it. You'll get better and faster. Work at your own pace, and feel proud for what you are accomplishing. Remember, when you're running, jogging, or fast trotting, your body is in motion in a different way than when you walk. It's OK if you can walk the same distance in shorter time than you ran. I can speed walk at a 4, but the way I feel after running on a 4 is so much different.

Keep at it!

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CLOVER2 3/19/2012 10:30PM

    Well, you could look at it this way, running alone is NEVER as effective as running from a pack of wild dogs!
You go girl!
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