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Preparation For the 5k

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I have about 4 weeks to prepare for a 5k race that I'm very excited to be running in. This marks my return to running after a 14-year hiatus from road racing. I've been running off and on in this time, however haven't put on a number or toed the line.

My goal is 25 mins, so about 8.30~ ish a mile. This seems obtainable given my current fitness level.

I'm a follower of the Galloway method, that is, I believe that taking walk breaks every few minutes for a little while helps to spare the legs and keep them running injury-free, fresher for longer. This has really been the case so far in my Galloway running career. My times are the same, if not better, than when I run straight. This is because I have enough stamina at the end to make a negative split and kick at the end. I've "raced" my husband around the track and beaten him, hands down, so I know I can do this race.

I'm running at around 9 mins/mile right now. I'm really hoping to decrease this under race conditions. If I do it in 25 or even break 25, I'll be so happy!!! The last time I did such a thing was when I was 17.

I'm following Galloway's training schedule. I have a long run on Sunday, off or cross train on Monday, cruising run on Tues, off or xt on Wednesday, timed laps on Thurs (4x400 at 2 min laps), off on Friday, and off on Saturday (unless I choose to cross train).

The schedule sounds lax, however it focuses on muscle healing and rejuvenation that Galloway says is so important. With him having broken the US record for the 10k, as well as having gone to the Olympics in the 10k and almost in the marathon as well, and with all his road victories, I'm inclined to believe him.

We shall see if this method of training and running works for me. So far, I do like it. My times are better than if I run straight, I know that's counterintuitive, but it's happening for me. I also like the walks because it breaks the monotony of running for me. I get easily distracted and bored, so I'm trying everything I possibly can to not be bored. I love running, but find myself losing mental interest. I need to keep the focus and drive alive during my runs.

I tried the C25K last year and didn't like it as much as the Galloway method. I'm hooked on this way of running.

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VEGANVICKIE 5/27/2010 5:24PM

    Excellent !!!!

You leave me in the dust, I must say. I am a walker, and avid treadmiller, but my best is a 17 minute mile. Any faster than that is basically a slow run for me, I am 5 foot 1 inch soaking wet !!
Howver what I perhaps lack in speed, I make up for in endurance, as I did a 95 minute non-stop treadmill session today.

I want to hear how well you did ! A 9 minute mile ?? Wow, I am suitable impressed with you !

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BRIGNALIA 5/26/2010 3:20PM

    sounds like this method could be a winner for you!

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COFFEEJIM 5/26/2010 10:02AM

    I've never heard of the Galloway method before, I'll have to look into it :)

As an aside, what did you dislike about the c25k program? Just curious... Anyway, good luck on making your time!

- Jim

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GOLDENGIRL88 5/26/2010 9:50AM

    Sounds really interesting. Good luck with all of that training too. I think I would get distracted, like wild-life siting, and I'd be off course for sure!

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I fit into my reward jeans!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Great news guys! I fit into my mini-goal reward jeans!

I tried them on, just wanting to see what kind of progress I'd have to make to fit into them. I was sure that I'd need another several inches gone. To my surprise, they fit over my hips, and then I could actually button them! Way cool!

I also have a corset top that I bought with the jeans as an outfit. It fits, though shows my pooch a bit too much. I have to wait until I lose more tummy flab to fit into that and look good in it. The jeans do fit though.

It surprised me in large part because the scale actually went up a bit since I bought them. I've lost inches though, so maybe I've gained muscle. I lost 2 inches from my waist, 2 from my hips, and 1 from my chest doing the 30-Day Shred video. I was pretty impressed!

Now, onwards and upwards to my next goal- another 10 lbs. I have to think of a reward for losing 10 lbs. Maybe I'll get my hair colored. The problem with getting my hair colored is that I'd need to do it every couple of months, and it gets expensive. Maybe I'll get some new sports bras. Now there's an idea!

So, new sports bras it is for losing the next 10 lbs and getting to 140. I have no clue why I'm sitting at 150 still and can fit into those size 6 jeans with no problem. They're victoria's Secret too, which run small. I must be one solid chick, even though based on my flab I really don't feel all that solid right now. emoticon

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LYSI77 5/23/2010 8:09AM

    That's great, conratulations and well done!
Just goes to show that weight isn't everything. Are you going to stay with the same programme or move to a core specific one to target the tummy area?
I'm still looking to find the best workout - am currently adding hula hooping and pilates to my fitness regime to tackle this flabby area of mine.

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NANJET 5/21/2010 8:17PM

    Great Job!

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THINFROG 5/21/2010 11:52AM

    YAY....good for you!!!! emoticon

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Leader- Healthy Vegan Slim-Down, Feel Great Workshop

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I started a new team, the Healthy Vegan Slim-Down, Feel Great Workshop. I intend it for vegans who are proactive about the world and their own health, as well as who are passionate about helping teammates to achieve their goals as well. If we help each other, we'll succeed much faster than if we try to go it alone.

As vegans, we have special nutritional concerns that omnivores and vegetarians don't have, especially the B-12 and Omega-3 fatty acid issues. There are also things we tend to do to sabotage ourselves, such as overeating carbs (I do this) and under-eating protein. Or, conversely, we may try too hard to make up for the slight difficulty we have in the protein department by consuming too much of it. Basically, we need each other for information, support, encouragement, and ideas.

The best part about the team is the participation. I think this is totally vital to having a successful team. As team leader, I promise to do my best to sign in at least 6 days, if not 7 days a week to check the board and huddle. I'd love to see all the team members there as well!

So, please join up. When you join, I'll send you a goodie and a note. Woohoo! If I don't, then kick me and then I'll do it. emoticon


Somewhere, Something Went Wrong!

Monday, May 17, 2010

This past week I actually tracked, for the most part. I either tracked on paper (when I was in too big of a hurry to log on), or I tracked on Spark.

This week, I went from 147 to 150 lbs! How the H did I gain 3 lbs in one week, with normal amounts of exercising? The only difference was the tracking.

It felt like I was actually eating less food with the tracking than without. It looked like that on the graphs too. So why did I gain weight? Is it just water weight, like a fluctuation that will go away in a couple of days? This could actually be the case, because I was retaining water over the weekend, and just weighed-in this morning.

In any case, I'm feeling very discouraged from the whole tracking thing. I think I'll do it again this week and see how it goes, but if it doesn't pan out then I'll stop doing it. Just keeping a list of what I'm eating seems to be enough to jog my memory and help me hold myself accountable for what I'm putting into my mouth.

I'm training for a 5k in the last week of June, so I need to drop a few pounds to make the running easier. I don't know if that will happen at this rate. I seem to have not only stopped losing weight, but it's going the other direction. Ah, how discouraging. Well, there is no such thing as quitting, there is only onwards and upwards. Quitting is not an option. There is only tweaking my current plan and trying harder for results.

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LYSI77 5/19/2010 3:40AM

    That's annoying, but obviously the tracking itself can't be causing the weight gain. Now that you're tracking your food and excercise, have a look at the calories differential over time report - if you are burning more than you consume, the 3 lbs is a fluke and you'll see the weight come off in due course. Not sure if you are already doing this, but measuring might be a good ideal also if you are increasing excercise considerably as this can also increase your weight even though you are losing inches.

Although it can be discouraging, don't just rely on what the scale tells you. If you can see that you are eating less and that you are burning more than you consume, there is no way that you won't be seeing positive results.

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MELLIEK2010 5/18/2010 11:16AM

    I would guess that it is probably water also remember when you are working out hard your muscles also retain water and swell so the weight can be misleading from that also! Make sure your tracking is accurate as far as measuring I know I always tend to underestimate portions if I don't measure everything :0)
You are so correct in that there is no quitting so just keep going girl and that 3 lbs will be long gone soon enough :0)

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JAZZII4 5/17/2010 9:00PM

    I would relax and follow your program. I know that my weight flucuates by pounds, on the same day. It depends on what time of the day, I step on the scale. Also, if it's that time of the month, that can effect your numbers, also. I'm sure you will be ready, for your 5K. Good luck!

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SACREDAMULET 5/17/2010 2:10PM

    I hope I do too! :) Thx for the comment!

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WAUSUP 5/17/2010 1:50PM

    Water makes a huge difference for me. Caffeine and salt intake makes me retain the water which of course makes the scale number higher.

That said, I've also seen how much of a difference accurate tracking makes. Knowing what 3 oz of meat looks like or a cup of spaghetti vs guessing (and usually guessing much larger portions).

Keep up your hard work and don't get discouraged. Day-by-day and even week-by-week changes are insignificant. Look for your target and the big picture.

Hope you have a better week this time around!

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Human Fallibility

Friday, May 14, 2010

I'm looking over my data from 3 days of food tracking, and I'm noticing something. Yes, there's good progress. I'm actually modifying what I'm eating based on my feedback from the nutrition tracker, which is what it's there for. Progress is the name of the game.

However, I can't help but feel that this is a house of cards waiting to collapse. Today is Friday. That means that I have to survive dinner out with my husband tonight, and a pancake breakfast cooked by my husband in the morning (I'm vegan, so no meat or dairy, but I can still get into trouble). Weekend survival seems doomed to complete failure.

This is a failure mentality though, and also an all-for-nothing one. I can't give up on my proper eating habits just because I'm probably going to be over my calories today, that is, unless I pretty much starve during the day to make up for evening calories.

The good news though is that I know I can take some of the edge off of my "failure" though with eating less, and by eating before I go so that I won't be tempted to eat more than I should. I'll have the waiter box up half of it before it even reaches the table. I have to take some pro-active steps to make it happen today.

We're going to Indian. The food on the menu that is vegan is healthy stuff. For example, there are veggies cooked in the Indian oven called a tandoor. Then there are things that would really get me into trouble, such as samosa (fried things with potato and other stuffing) or naan (Indian bread). The naan is rather greasy, if you can call bread greasy.

Well, there has to be a way to survive. Even if I do go over in calories, which I won't know if I do or don't considering that restaurants don't have nutrition info available (this one is a family owned restaurant, not a chain). I think I'll order this potato and pea stuff as my main course. That *seems* healthy enough. The problem is the sauce, which is based actually on tomatoes. I ask them to make mine without the ghee. Ghee is an Indian butter substance and it isn't vegan, so hence I avoid it.

With all of my effort, I think I should be able to at least break even on calories and not make a calorie surplus. I have to do the Shred video again today- UGGG!!! - and that should help with the calorie burn.

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LYSI77 5/15/2010 2:40AM


how did you get on? I know what you mean exactly with weekends being tough - I struggle to meet my calorie goals at the weekends too. One of the other sites I used earlier in the year to track calories actually allowed one to set different calorie targets by days of the week (working towards an overall weekly target). While SP doesn't allow that, I might try putting that in practise because it's just harder for me to consume below 1,500 calories at weekend days (usually snacks and alcohol are culprits for me). After all, it's the longer term that counts, even if we have to take it day by day. emoticon

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