Saturday, February 12, 2011
*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***
TGIF...and that is one big honking T. G. I. F.!!!!!!!! After a seemingly eternal work week, I am soooo ready for a chance to just go home, be off call for two days, and do as I please...well for the most part, since there is still plenty of laundry and grocery shopping and (OMG) packing to do! I cannot believe that we are closing on the new house in THREE WEEKS. For real. Today our realtor stopped by to pick up our loan commitment letter and it was feeling soooo weird and crazy. We have our loan, the bank is behind us, and all we have to do is show up to closing and write one big check...and it's OURS. We already lined up the moving van and some friends to help us out, and now we just have to chuck everything into boxes and clean up the old apartment. We've been in this apartment for almost three years, and much as I'm going to kind of miss it (since it was our first place here and a very nice townhouse!) I'm anxious to get into our new place. The move will be a lot of work, not to mention MONEY, but so worth it!
Eating was eh today. I made the mistake of not really planning ahead too well and finding that there wasn't much I liked on the cafeteria menu. Big OOPS, because that's when I fall into problems like buying a slice of cake and Chex Mix and calling it lunch. Um...bad Christina! I have become so turned off of packing my lunch lately and I'm not sure why. There isn't any real good excuse since there are almost always good leftovers and lots of fresh fruit and veggies in the fridge. Grrrrr. Perhaps this is one of those little areas where I need to suck it up and use a little more discipline. I obviously have some, because I think that anyone who has successfully trained for an endurance event (of any kind) needs to have at least some discipline and self-control, not to mention the ability to suck it up and do the "right thing" for their body even if they don't really want to. Oh well. Speaking of endurance events and "better" things, my package from Skirt Sports showed up, so I am now the happy new owner of two new black running skirts. I can't wait to take them for a little spin!
Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (63 days running)!
Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (41 days running)!
Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D+ today. The aforementioned lunch...um...really did happen today. So. Um. Yeah. Not good. Dinner, not so bad, daytime snacks, could have been a lot worse, but I had two desserts after dinner. Tsk tsk. I found a sinful new twist on those Mexican chocolate cupcakes. Break up a little and layer with the frosting (of which I had quite a bit leftover) in a mug, microwave about 40 seconds and voila, instant spiced chocolate lava cake. O. M. G. Heaven in a mug!
Running: Night off, and I needed it! My legs weren't in any kind of pain after yesterday's virtual 5k, but the right side of my rear end was a bit tight and sore (sorry if TMI...LOL!) and my legs had a bit of a jellylike consistency in the early part of the day. More or less better by evening, so I was up for some walking, but more running would have been a not so smart idea, methinks.
Cross Training: Hopped on the dreadmill and watched Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, followed by Outrageous Food. DDD featured this really awesome diner I think in Washington DC? All chrome, two stories, and the most amazing looking challah French toast for breakfast and lamb and taters for dinner. Num num! And then on Outrageous Food, the host had these people eating this crazy spicy sushi...wow, to see their reactions! Crazy! It brought back memories of the time several years ago when Bruce dared me to drink the horrible Beverly soda in Club Cool at EPCOT, without anything to wash it down for at least ten minutes! Have you ever tried Beverly? Worst beverage I have EVER tasted. EVER!! Bruce felt so guilty about it that he urged me to drink some of the sweeter Smart Watermelon soda about a minute or so after. HA! Ah...the carefree memories of our pre-marriage, pre-real job, pre-children days. So, coming back from that tangent, I racked up an awesome 4.15 miles in one hour (14:27/mile pace...wheeeeeeee!) plus 0.29 mile cooldown, for 4.44 miles total.
On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 180.34 miles complete, 1109.66 to go (1290 total)
Strength Training: It was after ten o' clock by the time I got done with my walk, so I figured I'd just make tomorrow's ST session a triple header. The good news is that I racked up a lot of ST minutes early in the week, so I can keep each session fairly short...maybe do one in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the evening to split them up. And if I can't get to all three things, no biggie.
And bring on...drumroll please...THE WEEKEND!!! Wahoo! Tomorrow's plans, grocery list making, menu planning, and shopping...healthy stuff! Fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and dairy. I CAN do this! And a food tracking goal is going onto my blog entries from now on. I need to stay accountable. Even if my eating isn't perfect - which I can't expect it to be all the time - I need to keep an eye on what I'm doing so I don't fall into dangerous, careless, senseless overeating. And after shopping...a nice workout. And on Sunday, I have a nice easy run...not a particularly long one as this is a cutback week. But, I keep on racking up the mileage and getting things done. Very exciting! That half marathon will be upon me before I know it!
Speaking of half marathons...I somehow stumbled across the Madison Marathon's website today and am reconsidering my decision to sit this year's out. I thought about my experience with it last year and while, YES, in many ways it was a rough, difficult race, it was also a kick butt course and I had a blast! I have happy memories of running through Monona Terrace and hearing strangers in the crowd yelling, "Go Christina, you're looking great!" and frolicking through the sprinklers on residential streets like a carefree child. And the icing on the cake is that it's my birthday weekend, and now that I've become a "hard core" Half Fanatic, what better way to celebrate my birthday than with a HALF MARATHON!? I think if I take the plunge, I'll plan things out a little better, like definitely carrying plenty of fuel for myself and being prepared for hot weather, but it could be sooooooooooo fun. There's a price increase on March 14, so I've put it on myself to decide by then, so if I'm going to do it, I can at least get a decent price! (OK...this is nuts, after talking myself out of doing all but three races this year, I'm now trying to rationalize more?! And why do I have a feeling that I'll be seeing this again when the Haunted Hustle rolls around? HA!) Stay tuned...
Saturday, February 12, 2011
*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***
And the week drags on...and on...and on. It's the week that never ends! At least we're 80% of the way through the work week. Although the bad news is that next week is probably going to drag even slower because I am on call all week. BLECH. Hopefully it will be an easy week. The last few people who have been on call have had a VERY easy time with it, so I can only hope that this lucky streak continues with me! And once I hand in the pager next Friday, I won't be slated to have it again until August or so. Whew! And after next week, I am traveling out to California for a go-live. Wheeeeeeeeee! I'm hoping that Sacramento will have some nice warm weather to give me a little break from the winter blahs. It will be nice to wear short sleeves and feel brilliant warm sunshine. Aaaaahhhhh. For now, I have to bear with looking out the window and seeing a pearly gray sky over a ground blanketed with white. This snow all has to melt one day, right?
Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (62 days running)!
Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (40 days running)!
Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a C today. Eh again...the good news is I got fruits and veggies eaten, mainly in the form of fruit, and drank my water. I feel like I'm in good, consistent habits with these things...so can I maybe get into a good habit of TRACKING my food? Maybe I should just add it in as one of my "streak" items and see where it goes. Hmm...? Can't really start today since I didn't track today though.
Running: I did a scheduled workout. To add to that, SparkPeople started a virtual race program where you can "register," post a time, and earn a little virtual trophy. It's all really just about bragging rights, more than anything, and maybe an extra layer of accountability - to commit to running 5k on a given week and maybe push yourself a bit more than you might on a "normal" workout - but, hey, I'm up for a little extra fun. So I did the race and was very happy with my time and, more important, how I FELT when I was done! With a generous walking cooldown thrown in, I covered 4.01 miles.
Cross Training: Not tonight.
On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 175.90 miles complete, 1114.10 to go (1290 total)
Strength Training: Skipped tonight's workout but will double/triple up on Friday/Saturday to make up. I'll get it done, just not today!
What else...hmmm...music! I've really been breathing some new life into my music collection, or at least Rhapsody playlist. (With plans to eventually purchase some of these tracks.) So much good, energetic Christian contemporary stuff on my favorite radio station, Life 102.5! I listen to it constantly...there is some cheesy stuff, but a lot of the music is just so positive and energetic that I can't help but smile when listening to it. And I also discovered that one singer I love, Bebo Norman, just released a new album, which I'm enjoying online right now! I keep meaning to update my MP3 playlist, and I'm thinking with $10-20 I could add some pretty sweet stuff to it. Although I don't really use music during races anymore, I still like having a good playlist to keep me company during my workouts, especially once I go back to outdoor running. Bebo Norman, Chris Tomlin, Brandon Heath, Josh Wilson, TobyMac, Third Day, and Matthew West make amazing running buddies!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***
Whew...this week is really dragging by...the winter doldrums definitely have me in their fierce grip. I'm getting antsy for those first spring days when I can actually see green on the ground and sunshine! Hopefully not too long. I am seriously over winter. OVER it.
My excitement for spring is definitely fueled by my upcoming half marathon! I have missed racing very much, even though it has been just two and a half months since my last train wreck of a race. I'm ready to get out there and have a good SOLID run. My training is going amazingly well lately, and if I tune up my nutrition some more, I really think I have it made. Even if I don't PR - and I don't really expect to - I really hope to have a comfortable race where I get through it feeling good and wanting to do it again!
Anyway, today was a mediocre day on the eating front, although maybe not as much as a horror story as the last few days. I need to really touch base with my SparkPeople tracker and actually use it again. Much as it gets super tedious tracking every little thing, it's a tool I really need to keep myself accountable and on track. I just don't have a very strong concept - without tracking - of how much food is too much. Overeating comes far too easily, I'm afraid.
Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (61 days running)!
Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (39 days running)!
Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a C today. Not completely awful, not completely great either. I got my fruits/veggies and managed to restrain myself at dinner, which was at McDonald's. Still plenty of room for improvement though!
Running: Night off! Tomorrow, three miles on tap.
Cross Training: Yes, my favorite five mile Walk Away the Pounds video. Equivalent to 4.67 miles.
On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 171.89 miles complete, 1118.11 to go (1290 total)
Strength Training: Core strength training, using SP videos. I was joking with a friend that maybe I could have gotten an equivalent workout by reading d*mnyouautocorrect for 20 minutes...since laughter apparently provides a decent ab workout. Hmm...point to ponder. Reading "pointless" humor websites could be good not just for your soul, but your core.
That's my day in a nutshell. Things continue to move along with our home buying process. This Friday we'll be delivering our financial commitment letter to the sellers, basically indicating that we have the loan and they don't have to worry that we won't be able to pay for the house. I still have my panic attack moments when I realize that we're buying a whole HOUSE. This is huge. HUGE! I still can't quite wrap my mind around it! But here goes nothing.
That's all I have for today...hope you're having a great day and can find yourself a few big healthy belly laughs..you know, for strength training and all.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
**Just realized that I forgot to post my Country Music blogs on SP over the last couple of weeks...whoops! In short, training is going AWESOME and I am loving it even though every step of it has been on the treadmill thus far. Thanks for nothing winter - I'm so over you! I'm racking up the miles and feeling confident...and I'm all over this new Jeff Galloway training program I've been using. Rock on!**
After overeating severely today, I was pretty nervous about how tonight's training run, three miles plus a "Magic Mile" to benchmark my pacing, would go. As you may recall, my tummy and GI tract tend to get just a bit sensitive during running, especially if I have eaten a lot and/or am running a long way and/or running fast. And the first and third of those conditions would apply this evening.
I got to the gym in hope of finding a treadmill-with-TV so I could catch up on my current favorite reality train wreck, The Biggest Loser, but, alas, they were all taken, so I ended up on a model of treadmill I had never even used before! Even though it didn't have a functional TV, this unfamiliar 'mill felt smooth and cushy, almost like running on clouds! I seriously dug it! I warmed up with five minutes of walking, and then cranked out 3.21 miles in 35:00...10:54/mile average pace. Sa-weet! Remember, I haven't seen below 11:00/mile in...awhile. As the first treadmill program wound down, I started to feel a bit edgy about the Magic Mile coming up, as I had saved it for the end (figuring I'd be nice and loose and warmed up by then, and hopefully not too tired). I haven't done many MMs, but had attempted a couple last spring when I thought I was going to attempt a HM training program with speed work. (Of course, it didn't take longer than a couple of weeks to scrap that idea, realizing that I clearly wasn't ready for that kind of intensity.) The two I did try last year were rough...not painful, particularly, but leaving me feeling like I wanted to hurl and with jelly legs that were barely functional for the day or two after. I didn't quite look forward to repeating such an experience! And with my full-ish belly, who knew what I was in for tonight?
But I was on this super smooth treadmill with 3.21 easy miles behind me and some awesome Christian contemporary music to lift my spirits, so what did I have to lose...well, other than my dinner, anyway? I started the 'mill at 6.0 mph and, as the distance started to build, inched my speed up little by little. A half mile passed before I knew it, then 0.75, and then I was finishing. Final time...9:11! So gratifying to know that a sub-10 minute mile is within my grasp! And, to make things even better, I didn't feel like puking. I definitely wasn't quite up for another fast mile, but my legs felt functional (although, admittedly, a little squishy and spaghetti-ish...not sore though) and I actually felt good. This time is a little slower than the MMs I logged last year, which were right around 8:50, I think, but there's time to do more MMs. I have a feeling that trying to beat my MM PR is going to become a new little game...I WILL be careful and be nice to myself though! MMs are optional on Tuesday nights and on cutback weeks. I'll probably shoot for one every 1-2 weeks, depending on how things go.
Sooooooooooo happy with tonight's training run, especially after such a cruddy day otherwise. I cranked out 4.88 comfortable miles - even with that fast mile thrown in - and felt amazing. I have come to terms with the treadmill. Many runners seriously dread it, but I am finding ways to make it work, and even make it semi-fun. It is what you make it, hokey as that sounds. The CEO of my company always talks about finding small ways to make life more fun, even if it's something as trivial as using cute postage stamps, and it's so true that these little things can really lift your spirits. I try to do that with my fitness and running, like with the "virtual trip to WDW' game I'm playing with myself. Or with my running clothes: most of it's pretty basic stuff, but I like to jazz things up with a shirt carefully chosen to match the race theme or a sparkly headband. And with the old 'mill, I can play the Magic Mile game, listen to music, play with hills or speed intervals, watch a movie, catch up on trashy TV, chat with a friend who happens to be at the gym at the same time...the possibilities are endless! That's not to say that I'm not chomping at the bit for some good quality outdoor running (because I AM), but with the treadmill, I'm doing all I can to (in the immortal words of Tim Gunn) MAKE IT WORK.
Today’s Entertainment: Since my treadmill didn't have a TV, I tuned my radio to Life 102.5 and listened to some fun Christian music...Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Josh Wilson, Brandon Heath, lots of great stuff for lifting the spirits!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I tried to be nice to myself today...although I had another bad eating day spurred by...who even knows what. I felt like I had to eat everything in sight, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I paid for it by feeling horribly bloated and gross by the time evening rolled around and I was getting ready to head to the gym. I am honestly very surprised I didn't toss my cookies (er...make that cupcakes) on the treadmill. I actually had quite a good run, unencumbered by any GI issues or discomfort of any kind! Anyway, I've been pondering my recent struggles with food some more, and realize that I need to ACT on the fact that my issue runs deeper than just tracking calories or eating more of X or less of Y. There's a stream of emotions and thought patterns that need processing and reshaping a bit...and I'm working in some plans to deal with these in a more productive way. While, on the surface, I can look at myself and think that I'm doing "GREAT!" emotionally speaking, deeper down there are some anxieties and insecurities which I feel like I'm brushing aside and not acknowledging as I should because my life is supposed to be "GREAT!" I think it's time to admit that it's OK not to be "GREAT!" all the time and roll with my emotions: sit with them, acknowledge them, process them, handle them in healthy, productive ways, ask for help when I need it. Anyway, this probably all sounds kind of cryptic and abstract, but it's time to step my Project Pixie Dust up in some new ways. This project is no longer about just food and fitness...it's about taking care of ME, the WHOLE me.
Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (60 days running)!
Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (38 days running)!
Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself an F today. I don't know what happened but I really feel ashamed and let down by how I ate today...it was nonstop and lots of bad stuff...
Running: Tonight's prescribed workout was three miles plus an optional "Magic Mile," where you run at a "hard" pace to benchmark your race/training paces. I did 3.21 miles plus the Magic Mile and (surprisingly) felt "GREAT!" after it all. As in really great, not just the fake "GREAT!" I pretend to feel in an effort to ignore difficult feelings. With warm up/cool down and such, my total mileage was 4.88.
Cross Training: None today...
On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 167.22 miles complete, 1122.78 to go (1290 total)
Strength Training: Did three different SP upper body videos, pretty basic no-frills kind of exercises, for a total of 23 minutes.
On a bit of a lighter note, I'm getting more excited for CMHM as April approaches. The headline act at the post-race concert was announced: Montgomery Gentry. I'm going to admit flat out that I had NEVER heard of this duo before. EVER. And the thing is, I have nothing against country music. I actually rather like some of it. But Montgomery who? And then one of my Nashville friends, who will be hosting me that weekend, emailed to ask if I was excited about the concert and I was all "duhhhhhh...." I'll have to look these guys up on Rhapsody to preview some of their tunes, so at least I don't show up feeling like a complete dodo. HA!
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