Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Happy July.. seems like July feels to be more officially summer than June? At least here in Seattle area as it takes a while to really warm up.
Nutrition has been good lately! I'm really really determined to make weightloss progress and my nutrition has been my downfall.
I've really cut back on bread carbs. Focusing on veggies and fruits with proteins. Greek yogurt (plain), cottage cheese, chicken, steak, eggs. With lots of veggies and fruits!
Workouts are pretty much the same as usual. Since running the marathon last month, I've cut WAY back on running! ;) Probably too much! Monday hill runs are consistent. I need to be doing another 2 days of running to maintain fitness and sanity! It isn't always happening, but will be working on that.
I'm going swimming tomorrow! in the lake! One of my co-workers is signed up for the Iron Girl Sprint-tri (this will be her first) and since I can't participate this year (work travel that weekend), I want to support her training by doing some workouts with her!
So, hoping to 'change' things up a bit and get some new workouts back in the rotation!
Happy July. Hope you are having a nice summer.
Anything new in your food or workout rotation?!
I hope to share an updated weigh-in later this week!
Monday, May 12, 2014
Well, back in the fall, after the sprint triathlon, I decided I wanted to do a marathon. the next 'big thing'. So I started running on Saturday mornings as I knew it would be the schedule I would have to stick to during training.. and I started running a little more each time to get the body ready for the increased mileage. Then 18 weeks of focused diligent training to end with one of my biggest bucketlist items of all.. Running a full marathon!!
So, NOW? I just turned 40 and I am ready to lose the weight for good! I've gained weight over the past year and added another 8 lbs during marathon training.
1. My body doesn't like steady state cardio? Studies show cortisol levels elevated during and after steady state cardio.. that is why I'm thinking I gained weight? I tired very hard to eat right and fuel properly before, during, and after long runs, without over doing it.. But I gained weight.
2. I was down to 157 at one point 2 years ago and sat pretty happy at 162 for ages.. what happened? I'm sure I can hypothesize on all kinds of things.. but here is what I'm going to do.
My personal approach to losing weight this spring/summer/fall and Reach my goals along the way..
1. Eat clean as possible.
2. Experiment with elimination of some allergen foods to see how my body responds? Dairy and Wheat. I already know that with Type 2 Diabetes in my family I'm better off without refined carbs.
3. HIIT workouts : Interval running or other cardio.
4. New "fun" activities with the family.. Hiking, Biking, Swimming
5. Strength Train like my life depended on it! Because it might! Muscle Muscle Muscle..
I'm starting from 180
I'm aiming high.. 1 lb/week
170 by Mid July
162 by Sept 9.
I would love to see 160 or 159 by Sept 11 as I depart to celebrate my 40th birthday with a trip to Europe with my sisters.
It might take hard work and sacrifice. It might take focus and diligence.. but I just proved to myself that I can do it.. I trained 18 + weeks to run 26.2 miles and I did it. So 20-25 lbs to reach my goal weight is possible!
One of the quotes I had kept in mind while training for the marathon.
"It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandela
So, here I go.. 20-25 lbs may seem impossible, but I'll deal with it One Pound At a Time!
Monday, May 05, 2014
The family and I arrived Saturday in Tacoma, WA in the afternoon to hit the race expo and packet pick up and check into the hotel. The expo was really small, but then again, we were hitting it near the end of the day and it isn't a HUGE race.
Took the kids to the local children's museum (play area) and I sat around as much as possible. We ate dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory.. bland marinara for me! but it was just what I should be eating!
Went to bed early, thank goodness for ear plugs and eye shade! and woke up off and one between 1am and getting up at 3:30am.. Caught the 5am shuttle bus for a 20-25 min ride to the starting line.
After early morning rain while waiting at the starting line (from 5:30-7 am) in an airport hanger, the rain stopped and cloud cover provided the near perfect (in my mind) temp for a run! The forecast had varied from 70-50% chance or rain, but 50 degrees at start and climbing toward 60 by mid-day.
It was a good course, oh except for the part that wasn't clearly marked in the park and a dozen of us took the wrong road and had to double back! I haven't mapped that yet, but estimate we might have ran an extra .2 mile!! Which considering you are already doing 26.2 miles may not seem like a big deal, but it did to me at the time!
The start of the course we crossed the Tacoma Narrows bridge and it was a nice view. I tried to take notice of the beauty around me while I ran.. Lots of Lilac in bloom as well as pink dogwood trees and azaleas. Oh, some some gorgeous poppies at one house.
I had a great pace the first half of the race, right on track for the best time I could hope for with an 11 min/mile pace, but unfortunately, the second half of the race slowed me down. A few slow water stops (somehow I always got cut off by slower people in front of me) and just over all physical tiredness got to me. I swear I was concentrating on faster foot turn over, but the legs wouldn't listen! When me and 2 other ladies too the wrong turn in the park, and turned around to double back, the 5 hour pace group was just behind us. I had stayed ahead of them up until then (having passed them at the start), I tried to catch up to them (they were ahead of me because they turned around sooner than I did after the wrong turn) and I just couldn't catch up. I tried to let my stride carry me down a couple of downhill slopes, but got a stitch! (a reoccurring issue for me), so after I lost that group, I just tried to enjoy the rest of the run at whatever pace I could manage.
Although there was water after every even mile, I never seem to have seen the 20 mile marker. There was a park restroom right off the road, so I ran in and drank from the sink! Then hit the water station that was just after the 21 mile marker.
As fast as the first 1/2 of the race went by, the last 5 miles were slow! I tried to mentally break up the race into segments. And envisioned the last 5 miles as my usual 5 mile run at home, but dang those mile markers took forever to show up! ;) And to torment me, I was surrounded by run/walkers.. It was just that I kept shuffling along, and they would pass me running, then I would pass them walking! BUT, I know my body doesn't do well with walking, it thinks we are done if I stop to walk and can't start back up again! But I guess if you train that way, your body gets use to it? Anyway, I think there were 2 gentlemen that I finally passed and didn't pass me near the end.
So I finished at about 5 hours 21 minutes or so, having hoped for 5 hours with a best case scenario of 4:47. The primary goal was finishing without walking (except to slow down for water) was accomplished and I'm very happy to have done it and be finished!!
Thankfully, my family, my 3 training partners (one of which ran the race with me) were at the finish line to cheer me on and congratulate.
I'm feeling pretty good today, just sore legs and blisters on my feet (thus the hobbling about). After feeling physically ill for several hours post race and barely eating yesterday, I am baking some vanilla scones this morning to enjoy with bacon and a cup of coffee on the couch with laptop in hand! ;)
I can't find my race results online and I'm guessing someone at the finish was supposed to take the chip off the back of my bib after the race!! I saw a small group helping another finisher, but I just walked past and got my medal.
So my 2 big gripes about the race? They didn't mark the route well enough. They had used spray paint to mark the road in residential areas and had plenty of volunteers at ends of streets to point the way, but in the park, with a limited sight distance, they didn't have a fork marked?!
Then there were NO directions with the race bib, and no directions in the race bag, and then I guess since I finished well after the bulk of the racers (around 800 full marathoners and 1400+ half marathoners) the support staff at the end of the race was sparse and the finish area so quiet it was almost anti-climatic! Which was actually Okay with me, because all I wanted to do was get back to the hotel and sit down for a bit and hit the shower!
Well, thanks for sticking with me to the end of my story!
I ran a marathon! I didn't walk, I made it up all the hills and look forward to resting and recovery and seeing what else life has in store for me! ;)
Next up.. losing 30 lbs! 20 of which I aim to have done by my cruise around Europe in September!!!
Update: Official time was 5:22
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Yep, that is right.. only 3 days left until my very first marathon! EEEEK!
So to wrap up the lat of my training..
week 16 ended not so great.. I was busy with my daughter's 7th birthday and Easter egg hunting and rain! so pushed my 12 mile run to Sunday morning, but was awake most of the night with a cold. I had been tired all week, but thought it was just my body recovering from the 20 mile run the weekend before (week 15).
I took Easter Sunday off finishing off week 16. Week 17 started with me still recovering from the cold, but I ran 5 miles on Monday and Wednesday and then 8 on Friday the 25th (my birthday). I took it easy on the runs, and the nasal congestion was improving. This past weekend was off, as I did my 8 miles on Friday because I had a birthday party for my daughter and myself on Saturday..
So this week is week 18.. the final week.. taper is in full effect and it feels wrong! I'm still a little congested from this cold and worry I'm losing cardio fitness, but know I should trust the process!
I ran 3 miles on Monday, and walked some yesterday for field trip at the zoo. Today is 2 miles followed by 2 rest days..and a prescribed 2 miles on Saturday with the race on Sunday!!! EEEEK!
My race starts at 7am! It is a point to point route, and I'm staying with my family at the race 'hotel' near the finish line. I will be close to the shuttle buses and plan to catch one at about 5:15 am!! I know it is early, but the last bus runs at 6am! so I want to have room for crowding etc!
I'm off and on nervous and anxious. I'm pretty good at visualizing and thinking ahead regarding preparation and visualize the running too.. just going for another long run. maybe not side by side with my running buddies, but I have a great playlist and there will be lots of other runners to help spur me on!
My co-worker/training partner is staying at a hotel near the finish too. hopefully he will want to meet up for the shuttle bus!
2. Only slow down/walk for water breaks/fuel breaks.. I find the body hurts so much worse after taking a walking break sometimes! but I'm good at slowing down. I've tried to alternate my music with fast/slower songs so I don't over do it!?
3. 5 hours around and about that time would be great.
Forecast this week??? The temps have jumped up into the upper 70s!! BUT thankfully the weekend is forecast to come back down with the lows in the upper 40s and highs in 62-64.. with a 30-40% chance of rain. Which is the range of temps we've been training in.. I don't want to run in the rain, but cool and cloudy is better than hot and sunny (when you've been training in cool and cloudy!!)
Here's the race website
I alternate between wondering what I was ever thinking.. to thinking the 19/20 mile runs were really no big deal in the end. Sure they were tiring, but running with buddies you chat with the whole time, it went by pretty fast!
Positive visualization.. that is what I'm going to focus on!! the course has a variety of location: big bridge over the water, then running through city neighborhoods, then running through the park, then running along the water along downtown and finishing near the art museums! So like 4 different race venues.. it will be fun to explore the new route! Positive visualizations!!!
thanks for listening!
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