Tuesday, July 06, 2010
It feels strange when I go away and can't log in to SP to check up on everyone and log my food and exercise! Probably because when I am away from home I am much more susceptible to the temptations of the world, and many more temptations are generally presented to me. But I did a good job of keeping my eating in check over the last couple of days - I recorded everything I ate in a tiny little notebook whenever I got a private moment. I did go over calories both days, but one day I was only over by about 400 calories, and the other, while worse at being about 1000 calories over, was way better than what it would have been in the past had I bothered to keep track of what I was eating.
I was also very active, particularly on Sunday. We walked around Boston for several hours, which was great. The atmosphere was so festive and friendly, and to be there with family that I love made it even more special. At the end of the day we camped out on the top of the Boston Museum of Science parking garage to listen to the orchestra (being broadcast in over speakers and a screen) and watch the fireworks. Great day! Then yesterday was a day spent around the pool. It was a perfect day for it - hot and sunny and nothing else to worry about!!
Me and my niece Shelby (from Mississippi) awaiting the fireworks:
Pool time!! That is my sister clinging to the dragon for dear life...
Our view of Boston:
Okay, quick anemia update!! I got my lab work back and my iron levels are almost back to normal! 60 + is normal, and I was at 24 back in March. As of this past week I am up to 56!! Feels good to have gotten that under control.
Okay, whew, it is a hot day here. I am going to run a quick errand and then see a matinee just to get out of the heat, lol. Then I am going to come home, quickly get changed, and head out to the Catamount Family Center in Williston for the Tuesday Night Trail Run. I have been chugging water all day and my legs are feeling more rested than they have in...well... quite a while! So I am looking forward to getting out there and challenging myself.
Have a good day all!
Friday, July 02, 2010
I think yesterday was the first time EVER that I didn't overeat at my parent's house. Now, I won't say that I ate perfectly healthfully and nutriously, lol, but my calories were in check and I was able to pass on seconds of a lot of delicious things!
Now, just to keep that going over the holiday! My day tomorrow will be pretty status quo (working in the evening, we needed holiday coverage!) but then I am headed to Boston on Sunday for the fireworks and then spending the night at my brother's house for a BBQ/pool party the next day. He is just like my dad, always has a bowl of some type of salty snack and is hard-pressed to take no for an answer! I will pack some healthy snacks for the car rides and then I will keep a pen handy so I can keep a record of what I eat... I think that seeing myself write everything down will help me stay in line! Yes?
Happy holiday weekend everyone!!
Oh, P.S.! In for bloodwork today to see where my anemia is at!! Will get the results on Tuesday, cross your fingers that my numbers are looking better!
(Lots of iron for me, get it!? Hehe.)
Monday, June 28, 2010
I am still elated from my race yesterday, but I know that in order to keep up the momentum I should set some new goals for myself. That is just how I roll folks!
So, without further ado, here are the races I plan on registering for as soon as I get a few $ to throw around:
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - Tuesday night trail running series at the Catamount Center - I am making it a goal to go every Tuesday night in the month of July! (one free entry with GMAA membership, remaining 3 x $6 = $18)
14th - Kingdom Run 5k/10K in Irasburg, VT ($15)
21st - GMAA Round Church Women's Run 5k/10k in Richmond, VT ($7 w/GMAA discount)
12th - Archie Post 5 Miler in Burlington, VT ($7 w/GMAA discount)
10th - Art Tudhope 10k in Shelburne, VT ($4 w/GMAA discount)
30th - Kingdom Challenge 5k in St. Johnsbury, VT ($15)
Local (GMAA) Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving! (Food donation)
In sum: That is 10 races for $66 and a canned good - that is a great deal!
So, based on my planned race schedule, here are the things I plan to do in July to stay on track:
1. Strength train 2x per week (I know, I know, broken record!!)
2. Weekly trail run series at the Catamount Center
3. Run at least 3x per week (including trail run)
4. Incorporate some speed training 1x per week
Milestones that I hope to meet by the end of the month:
1. Get down to 185!
2. Bust out a 10 minute mile at least 2 more times! (Indicating some amount of consistency...)
3. I think goals #1 and #2 will keep me plenty occupied, lol.
Thanks for reading all, and stay cool!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
For those of you keeping track, that means I beat my goal by a full minute!
It was a great day for a race - slightly overcast, not overly hot, and breezy at the right moments. My sister only lives about 2 minutes away from the start of the course, so we arrived at about 8:10 and registered by 8:25. We then meandered and took several pee breaks, because there is nothing worse than running with a full bladder! (Of course I had woken up early to eat breakfast and drink 4 cups of water - proper hydration is a must for me!!).
The course was one big loop that went around Lake Mascoma in Enfield, NH. It was nicely rolling in most places. We got off to a great start - our first mile was 11:50, then 12:10 for mile 2 (the volunteers were shouting out our times - that was nice!). The third, fourth, and fifth miles involved quite a bit of gradual elevation, so I am sure our times were closer to 13:30 for all of them. Right at about mile 4.5 there was a b**** of a hill that we ended up walking for about a minute. Miles 6 and 7 were downhill/flat (what a great way for a race to end, huh??). Hillary hit a wall at about mile 5.9 and started to feel sick, so we slowed down and stayed together for that last mile. I was feeling GREAT though - I had paced myself for a strong finish, and when we crossed the line and folks clapped for us I was smiling from ear to ear. It actually felt easier to me than the 5.8 I did for the marathon - probably that dang uphill took it out of me at the end of that one!!!!
Anyway, it was lovely. A new distance record for me, and a great sense of pride and accomplishment. The volunteers at the race were also great - I made sure to thank the handful of volunteers that were directing us along the route, because they were so sweet and good for helping out.
One last thing before the pictures - we didn't come in last!!!!! Haha. That was kind of our expectation all along - because really, who else is running 7 milers? Not many slowpokes like me, that's for sure. But we beat an older woman who was doing a run/walk method. It was actually nice because that meant the sweeper car wasn't behind us, which took the pressure off and helped me enjoy the course a bit more.
This last one is of Hillary and me in our race t-shirts, and nicely highlights my new shorter haircut. I'll post another below:
I'm still getting used to it but it feels so nice and light, what do you think??
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I am updating from my sister's house in NH. Our 7-miler is just down the road from her house tomorrow AM - we will be there bright and early - 7:30AM - to get registered and warm up!
I am excited. I think that this is going to be a nice challenge for me, and that the challenge with be a cleansing and a righting one for me after a few difficult weaks.
My super ultra ideal goal time for finishing would be 1:30 (about 12:45 for each mile). If I finish before 1:45 (under 15 minute miles) I will be joyful.
I will most assuredly update with a race report and plenty of pics tomorrow. I also got a new shorter haircut today, so I look forward to sharing that as well!
WIsh me luck! Much love,
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