Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Last fall I set some goals I wanted to achieve during my 50th year of life. It's been 6 months since my 49th birthday, so it's about time I revisited those goals.
The next two weeks should show me how I'm doing on the physical goals. I wanted to:
1) finish a 5K race in under 30 minutes
2) finish a half-marathon
3) finish a sprint triathlon
This coming Saturday is my first 5K of the year--not counting the Valentine's Day race, which wasn't really timed. I've done a 4-mile race, at which I achieved a PR, but this 5K is special. My weight loss support group is doing it as a team, and it's the same race I did as my very first ever 5K last year. Based on my 4-mile time, I have a very good chance of achieving the goal of finishing under 30 minutes. Fingers crossed!
The following weekend, April 28th, I am scheduled to run my first half-marathon. I feel fairly confident that I can finish it; whether I'll achieve my tentative time goal is another story, but my goal for the first half-marathon is really just to finish.
So the next 10 days may see the accomplishment of two of those three goals. Wish me luck!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
It's been a great weekend. Repeat: it's been a great weekend. There's no reason I should feel disappointed, right?
I have posted about this in my status, but I was very pleased about the Lake Johanna 4-Mile Race yesterday. It was my first "real" race of the season, and I felt really good. Winter training is paying off.
I ran the 4 miles in 38:07, an average of 9:26 per mile pace, and I ran faster every mile, finishing with enough left in the tank for a little kick that took me under 9:00 minute pace for the last bit of the race. The third mile is a killer long uphill, and I was able to pass people on the way up. Some of those people passed me on the 4th mile, which is the downhill side. My knees can't take the pounding of a really hard downhill, so I tend to slack off on those a bit. but I was very happy with the result--a PR for me for 4 miles, and also for my daughter, who beat me by about 2 1/2 minutes.
Today was long run day, and I was planning to do 10 miles. My first 10 mile long run ever. I am training for the Jailbreak Half-Marathon, which is coming up April 28th. I was running with a group from my run club, and we were maintaining a nice slow pace, about 11:30 or so. Still, by mile 7 my right knee was seizing up on me. It would loosen for a bit, then we'd stop for water, or there'd be slanted pavement or something, and womp, it would tighten up again. By mile 8 I gave up, and one of the spouses gave me a ride back to the start.
I'm so disappointed! I hate setting a goal and missing it. My coach was back at the start, and he was encouraging me--had a hard race yesterday, etc.--but I am still mad at myself. Foolish, I know. I should be glad I got the 8 miles in and ice on my knee before it really got bad. That's 13+ miles in one weekend, and I'm whining about two I didn't finish.
Still. I hate setting goals and missing them. What if I can't do my half-marathon? Makes me worried...
P.S. My current favorite running song. It carried me halfway up that long mile 3 hill, passing people as I went, with a stupid grin on my face. I could hardly resist singing along out loud: Don't Stop Me now, by Queen. Best. Running. Song. Ever.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
For awhile it seemed like I was making fitness and weight loss strides in huge leaps. That was a lot of fun, and made me feel really good. Of course, considering where I started, I needed to make huge strides to get healthy.
Now the improvement comes in much smaller increments. It's harder to measure the steps: instead of inches coming off, I might shave a second or two off my pace in a training run. Maybe I can hit my target interval pace a bit more regularly. This is a lot tougher, isn't it?
I still have a commitment to getting fitter and healthier. I'd like to see myself get faster in races, be able to go farther, etc. But without those giant leaps, it is a little harder to keep up my motivation.
The entries for the November Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon opened yesterday. I'm doing my first half-marathon in April, I'm signed up for one in August, and I want to do the Disney run as a gift to myself for my 50th birthday. These are the things that I hope will keep me working to improve. I've got a date with Mickey Mouse!!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
WOOT! I finally seem to have gotten rid of that pesky 5 lbs of holiday weight gain. I'm back to where I want to be on the scale, so now I just have to work to stay here.
Lately, though, I have been ravenous. I think it is the increased mileage I am running. My body needs more fuel. I'm trying to make sure the fuel that is in my kitchen is healthy food, so that I don't grab junk just because it is in sight. It's still the same old battle.
This morning my legs were really tired--I had to work to get 4 miles in, and they were pretty slow miles. However, since my four miles today brings my total mileage since Sunday to almost 22 miles, plus a day of cross-training on the elliptical, I guess the tired legs have an explanation. Tomorrow might need to be a rest day.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Maybe I have no business being frustrated. Maybe I should not let a number on a scale run my life as much as it does. I get all that.
But have come so far in my weight loss journey, I am determined to be vigilant, and never gain back the 160 lbs I have lost. So the scale is important. I get on it every day. I let it dictate my behavior in some ways. I think that's positive progress--when I weighed over 300 lbs I NEVER got on the scale, because I didn't want the scale to dictate my behavior. My hands just continously transferred food to my mouth. NOT anymore!
I was at my lowest weight ever (since childhood, anyway!) in early November. Now I can't seem to get back there--I am about 5 lbs over my lowest, and I want it back!
I'm running a lot--more than I've ever run in my life. I feel pretty good, sore muscles of course, and my knees are never 100%, but I feel strong. I will easily top 20 miles of running this week, which has never happened before. I'm already at 16.75 miles this week, I have a long run tonight and a 5K race on Saturday. Why can't I unload these 5 lbs?????
Okay, over the holidays I know I overindulged--the lbs I gained were legitimate. But since January I have been pretty diligent, counting my calories, using good food to fuel my body. What's up with this?? Grrrrr!
Rant over. I'll keep plugging away.
P.S. Small side rant: what's up with the way Sparkpeople figures calories burned for running? Accepted wisdom is that you burn approx. 100 calories per mile for running, no matter how fast or slow you go. If you run 5 minute miles, you burn 100 calories in 5 minutes; 10 minute miles = 100 calories burned in 10 minutes. Obviously, that varies with the terrain, your body weight, prevailing headwinds, etc. etc., but 100 calories/mile is pretty much accepted. So the other day my DD and I ran 6.25 miles, including 3 miles of intense intervals at tempo and higher pace. Of course, SP averages the pace over the whole distance, so it looks slow (we had recovery walks and jogs interspersed with the intervals). But still, SP says we burned only 371 calories that whole workout. We were on the roads running for 72 minutes! I don't usually get hung up on calorie counts--it is obviously an imprecise science--but that seems remarkably wrong to me.
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