Thursday, July 15, 2010
My preternatural clumsiness struck again - I remembered that I HAD hit my shin against the corner of my boyfriend's couch!
Dramatic resolution to the mystery, I know!!
It is a relief that there is a reason for the soreness. I am still pretty conscious of it (feels like a bruise), but I did a speed workout at the gym today (9 minutes of running at various speeds over my regular pace interspersed with slow running and walking) and it felt fine.
And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those dang kids and... oh wait, different mystery!
In other news... less nappy today despite equal opportunity for mid-day slumber and a difficult night's sleep (probably due to yesterday's nap - vicious cycle!).
Hope everyone is having a good day!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I was BEAT today!! Between running on the trails and hitting up the gym (half-heartedly and light-headedly) last night, then getting up early for work this AM, I was zonked.
I got home from work without a specific plan for my late afternoon/evening, beyond vague musings about taking a nap and going to the gym. And oh, wow, did I nap! My brain shut off at about 4:45 and did not start to function again until 8:30! But it was a feel good nap. I didn't feel as discombobulated as I usually do afterward. When I woke up I again thought about going to the gym, but then reconsidered, given my efforts yesterday. A body needs a break, after all!
Plus I am feeling slightly paranoid about a twinge in my right shin area. It feels like I rammed my leg into something, which I can't remember doing (though that would be likely - I'm clumsy, I admit it!). My mind immediately jumps to, "oh my goodness, stress fracture" and then the even more paranoid, "Oh my goodness, I am going to have to get my leg amputated!". Haha, I was still partially asleep I think, and of course my mom's health concerns weigh heavy on my mind at all times (she is doing great by the way! Her amputation saved her life). I'm hoping the rest and staying off of it today will help. I don't feel any soreness IN my leg or the bone, it feels like a bruise on the outside. Hopefully that portends well. I haven't injured myself yet, thank goodness, and it is weird to think of it happening now.
In other news... I took Friday off so tomorrow is the end of my work week! Yeah! I have a full weekend planned... Seeing a friend from college on Friday for lunch at this great local Bistro that serves lovely foods with local ingredients (mmmmmmmmmI love their kale!), going to a "Scotch Party" on Friday night with my man (believe me, I won't be drinking any Scotch. Not interested), going to a beach get-together with some classmates on Saturday, then going to Roller Derby to see some friends play on Saturday night. Sunday is TBD, but I'll most likely spend the evening portion with my man (maybe on an active double-date - it is in the works). A busy weekend, but I will be at home! It is nice to know I won't be driving any long distances for at least a few weeks!!!!
I hope everyone is well.
Some random pics for your perusal and enjoyment!!
And lastly, the much anticipated and always grand Kitty Convention!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I am loving running races these days! I want to collect as many race bibs as I can, I love the little collection that I have so far! I have them hanging in my living room on a key ring next to my KeyBank Vermont City Marathon poster.
Okay, without further ado...
SUMMER/FALL RACE SCHEDULE
Next race: Tuesday Night Trail Runs at the Catamount Family Center every Tuesday in July, for starters! Last week was HOT!
8/14/2010 - Kingdom Run 5k in Irasburg, VT
8/21/2010 - GMAA Round Church Women's Run 10k in Richmond, VT
9/12/2010 - GMAA Archie Post 5 Miler in Burlington, VT
10/9/2010 - GMAA Art Tudhope 10k in Charlotte, VT
10/30/2010 - Kingdom Challenge 5k in St. Johnsbury, VT
Scheduled long runs to get me ready for my August 10k:
Weekend of 7/17: 4 miles
Weekend of 7/24: 5 miles
Weekend of 7/30: 5 miles
Weekend of 8/7: 6 miles
Weekend of 8/14: 5k in the AM and 4 miles in the evening
8/21/2010 - 10k!!!
6/8/09 - Ran .5 miles in 7 minutes
6/20/09 - Ran 1 mile (!) in 14.5 minutes
7/19/09 - Ran 1.5 miles in 18 minutes (5mph pace!)
8/8/09 - Ran 2 miles in 28 minutes (4.3mph pace)
9/26/09 - Ran my 1st 5K - The "Under the Tree" 5K/Hartland (VT) Christmas Project!!! 3.1 miles in 40:30!
10/18/09 - Ran my 2nd 5k! Four Paws for Lacey's Cause 5k in South Burlington, VT - 3.1 miles in 38:03!
11/26/09 - Ran my 3rd 5k! The 33rd
Green Mountain Athletic Association Turkey Trot @ UVM - 3.1 miles in 38:15!
1/1/2010 - Ran my 4th 5k! First Run New Year's Day 5k in Burlington, VT - 3.1 miles in ~38:50!
5/16/2010 - Ran 5 miles (in two 2.5 mile legs with a .5 mi walking break in between) in ~70 minutes (not including the walking time).
5/30/2010 - On a 5 member relay team for the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT! Leg 2, ran 5.8 miles in 1:14! That is a 12:45/mile pace!!! Our team finished the marathon in 4:47.
6/12/2010 - Ran a 10 minute mile on the same route that I ran my first mile (but backwards)!
6/20/2010 - Ran a 10k training run in 1:26!
6/26/2010 - Shaker 7 Road Race in Enfield, NH. 7 miles! With my sister! We finished in 1:29:00 and it felt awesome. :)
7/6/2010 - Tuesday Night Trail Run 5k @ Catamount Family Center in Williston, VT (Blue course, 90 degree heat!) - 44:30
Monday, July 12, 2010
Ever-Hopeful's description of this blog challenge:
"We had to visualize and write a blog on the day we get to our goal weight. Imagine how we would feel, what we would think, where we would go from here?Have we any goals to go on to from here? Etc.,etc..."
I have to say that this assignment is much needed. I weighed in after a weekend away (and overeating, unfortunately) and that was definitely reflected in the scale and then some (from restarting birth control recently maybe? Sorry if that is TMI!!). I was disappointed naturally, but I know I will bounce back. This blog will serve as a good reminder for me of where I want to be in the future. I am going to keep it pretty brief and probably much less intense/emoticon-filled than it will be when it really happens!!
I can't say that I didn't expect to get here eventually, but reaching my goal weight (159) just feels incredible. I feel like I have come so far! It was a long journey, surely, but I did it! I DID IT! And I am so incredibly thankful for every person, every success, and even every small mistake along the way, as that is how I learned more about myself and who I want to be for the rest of my life. That is the thing that I will continue to tell myself every day forever - that this IS my life, that this is what I want for the rest of my life - to be happy, to be healthy, to look super cute (ha!), and to know that I can make positive change in my own life and keep it going!! I can't lie, maintenance sounds intimidating, and scary. That is the step that I always left out before, lol, so of course I never maintained any weight loss in the past. But now is different. I know what to do. I ENJOY doing it! I know that this isn't the end, but just a point on the map. With that said, time to get back on the road!! My goals include maintenance within a 5 pound range (naturally!) and continuing to improve my fitness levels by challenging myself in running and in other activities. Thanks SP! Thanks SparkFriends! Thank you life!
Back to the present:
That was short but sweet and I do feel like I am in a much better frame of mind now then when I started this entry. It makes me feel good to be absolutely, 100% confident that I will get to that point eventually. I just know it. So little setbacks like this past weekend's eating won't hold me back!!!!!
Today has been, for the most part, an excellent day. I was looking around my apartment earlier, cleaned a bit, played with my cats, thought about my family, friends, and partner, considered my weight loss and fitness gains to this point, and I suddenly felt so very content with everything. I feel like I am on firm ground on all fronts for the first time in a long time. And that feels really, really good. My ex called as I was walking to work and that stressed me out for a while (his life is just one huge drama fest and I feel like when he calls he is trying to suck me back into it), but I think I am shaking it off now.
I hope everyone has a good evening!!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
There is very little that I have to complain about this week (other than the heat! Topped out at about 96 degrees today, whew! I walked to work anyway. The more time I spend in it, the less I notice it. I guess that is how acclimation works and why I don't have a problem exercising in it!). I feel like life is going splendidly.
I did a trail run 5k on Tuesday evening. It was HOT, between 88-90 degrees at the time of the race (which started at 6:15 and was mostly on a shaded course, thankfully!). I got to meet a sparkfriend, BUDRFLY31, which was awesome! I finished close to the back of the pack, and she came back to jog the last little bit with me and see me through to the finish. I felt great just finishing, but it is always twice as nice when you have someone there to see you do good! I am going to do those AT LEAST until the end of this month. It was kind of addictive...
And tomorrow is Friday already - wow! That came fast! I am going to go to the gym in the AM with my boyfriend and do some speedwork on the treadmill. Speedy for me being that golden 10 minute mile! It is harder for me on the treadmill, but I know I can't necessarily push myself THAT hard outside in this kind of heat. A slow, fun run yes - a hard, fast run no. So at the gym I will be!
And then comes work, and then comes another family weekend! I am driving up to my parent's house (about 2 hours away - wow, I am getting pretty tired of driving. Love the new car, but miss just being home on the weekends!). My brother Mike, his wife Robyn, and my 14 year old niece Shelby are visiting from Mississippi and I am going to spend the weekend being outdoors and swimming and playing boardgames and going for a run on Sunday (though I don't expect I'll have anyone joining me, lol). Just need to watch what I eat! But I have been doing so much better when I've been away from home, that I am feeling pretty confident.
Anyway... yes, life is good. I am feeling motivated and excited about taking good care of my body and mind, and I am also feeling empowered by how well I am working my finances lately.
I hope everyone else is feeling good about life too!
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