Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Today marks 3 years since our first male greyhound, Gator, crossed the rainbow bridge. Thankfully the pain of losing him has gotten easier as the time has passed, and we know that he is truly having a better and pain free life. I sometimes have visions of him being with my mom.
He was a 90 lb+ boy, a great racer, but a cuddle bunny! His last few days on earth 3 years ago were tough, but we learned so much from him. 3 months after he passed, we adopted Tomas, and much like Gator, is a big goofy boy!
So Gator, if you can read my blog (and I bet you can!), we love you, we miss you, and say hi to mom for me!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
So with now being able to consistently run 5K distance in under 30 minutes, one of my goal for 2013 is to compete in a 10K race. But as I did with the 5K distance, I wanted to set a time goal before I started looking for a race. My goal = under 60 minutes.
I had previously attempted the 10K distance 3 times prior today, each time in the 62 minute range. Not bad, but I knew I had to overcome the 60 minute barrier in my mind to feel I could really do it in a race (don't ask me why - my mind works in strange ways!).
So Sunday has become my 10K running day, as I don't have the urgency to get back to work like I do during the week. And in spite of being a day off, I was awake at 5:30AM this morning trying to figure out in my mind how I was going to break the 60 minute barrier today. Then it hit me: Like a complex project, I needed to break my run into smaller components. So my initial plan was essentially six-1 mile runs, with the 2/10th mile part at the end to get me to 10K. So my goal was to be at 6 miles at 58:00, leaving me 2 minutes to book the last 2/10 mile.
So for the first 3.10 miles, this worked like a charm. In fact, what I did was go back to running for blocks of time (10 minutes), then take a 1 minute "fast walk" break. Anyway, I was in the 29:30 range for 5K, so I knew I was in the hunt.
Then fatigue set in! As I had noticed in my previous 10K runs, the "voices" began to talk to me, telling me I was tired, and that this idea of running this distance in under 60 minutes was silly! So while I did not give in, I did start taking short 30 second fast walk breaks every 5 minutes, and that helped a lot!!
I hit 6 miles at just a little over minutes (I think it was 58:10) so I knew I could do it. Cranked the treadmill from the steady 6.5 mph I had run at to that point to 6.8, then to 7.0 for that last 10th, and happily hit 6.2 miles at 59:52!!
I was reading my previous running posts, and it was just a little over a year ago (2/28/2012 to be precise!), when I was able to run 5K in under 40 minutes! I remember how at the time that was HUGE! I found my first 5K race to run on April 21, and I have not looked back!
I'm pretty sure I was pretty tired back on 2/28/12, but today -- I am REAL tired!! But very happy! And now I'll start looking for a 10K race to run!!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Nothing like some GREAT vitals to put a smile on my face:
1) Weigh-in at my WLS's office this morning: UNDER GOAL!! (178)
2) Blood donation last Saturday:
- Non-fasting blood sugar: 101!
- Blood Pressure: 108/64!
Hoping come May that the last of my diabetes meds (metformin) goes away too! Feeling very positive!
Life is good!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
- Monday, March 11 (day after daylight savings time change): sluggish, blah, etc. Strength training workout helped a little, but still did not feel too great.
- Tuesday, March 12: Up at 5AM! Off to Y and ran 4 miles! FEEL GREAT!!
Two things that I did to help:
- Had salmon for dinner on Monday evening (fish always seems to help!)
- Got to bed at 10PM!
Friday, February 22, 2013
As I crawled out of bed this morning, I knew I wanted to face the scale and see if somehow I had dreamed that my weight has gotten into the BMI "normal" range. On top of that, my DW and I went out for a celebratory dinner last night at one of the better restaurants in town, and while I did not go overboard by any stretch of the imagination (brought my usual 1/2 of dinner home for another meal), I wondered if the scale would "punish" me (back to my blog on the love/hate relationship with the scale!). Thankfully, no punishment! At the exact same weight (178.4) as yesterday morning!!
There were two reasons for the celebratory dinner: Hitting my weight goal was one, but also to celebrate my DW getting a new job! Her interview went so well yesterday that the hiring manager made an offer on the spot! I am SO proud of her, and this will certainly make a positive impact on our family budget! She starts next Tuesday...
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