Thursday, June 04, 2009
Yesterday afternoon I was feeling rather tired, but had an "easy run" to do. (I see "easy run" and I think it means "easy but longer than normal," which I just wasn't up to yesterday!) Run_Lift_Eat suggested that I try running the route of my upcoming 5K, and I was all set to do that, but the clouds were looking ominous so I decided to do the run in the center of the town where I live and just get it over with. Turns out that running up and down the busy streets in the center of my town is quite boring and even though it was just a 30-minute "easy" run, I really did not enjoy myself one bit and couldn't wait for it to be over. Blah.
Then last night I didn't sleep well and this morning I woke up with a raging sore throat. Luckily it's gone now, but I hope I don't catch the cold that's been going around my school. I'm pretty sure that being tired and/or coming down with something was part of the reason I didn't enjoy my run yesterday... but I'm also wondering if I was still tired from doing pace work on Tuesday.
This evening I'm supposed to do interval training - I haven't decided yet whether it's going to be speed intervals or hill intervals - or if I'll just drop it and do something easier instead. I haven't done any hill training yet other than just running up and down the hills I've come across during my recent outdoor runs - nothing formal. I also haven't looked into where the nearest track is to practice speed work like a pro. (Seeholz suggested I run on a track, and then I read an article in Runner's World about track workouts for newbies that got me a little excited about the idea. I really ought to get a subscription to that magazine.) The hill work I could see myself attempting on a treadmill, but Bruin suggested doing it on some hill outside and I can't figure out where a good place to do that might be.
Maybe it's just how my week is going, but I'm wondering if it really is a good idea to run three days in a row Tues-Wed-Thurs (which is what the training plan I'm loosely following suggests). I'm wondering if in the next few weeks leading up to my 5K I should cross-train on Wednesdays so I'm fresher for a tough run on Thursdays.
I'm feeling pretty burnt out with school right now and just can't wait for it to be over - 14 days to go. But then I have just one week off until summer school starts...the thing about summer school is that the prep work is always very stressful, but once we get going it's fine - just 14 hours per week! I get three-day weekends every week and we always go on short trips - this summer we'll do TWO trips to Welfleet on the Cape (one might even be a whole week after summer school ends!), we might go back to Martha's Vineyard (we had a great biking weekend there last August), and we've also talked about doing one plane trip - Jess is suggesting Chicago (just because neither of us have been there) but considering my brother and his wife are moving to Sacramento/Davis, I'm wondering whether we should go there instead.
One last thing - due to Bruin's suggestion I tried almond milk - Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla. I'm still undecided. It's much lower in calories than unsweetened soy milk, but it's also much more watery and I kind of miss the creaminess. Also, I'm used to soy milk that has no added sodium and Almond Breeze does have added salt, which I'm not crazy about. Not sure whether I'll buy it again.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Today was the scary pace training day - the day where I see how fast I can possibly run 5K on the treadmill. The result? 25:45. Not my fastest ever, but not bad!
A few notes:
*I had a mug of half-caf, and dinner, beforehand, but I think I waited long enough after eating.
*My warm-up consisted of a 4 minute walk and then 2 minutes at 5 mph, then a quick stretch.
*I started the pace workout at 8.5 mph (which I couldn't maintain for long!) and hit my first mile in 7:39.
*I slowly made my way down to about 6.6 mph, but bumped it back up to 8.5 and then 7.0 at the end.
*It took just over 2 minutes of walking at 3mph afterwards to get my heart rate back under 120. It was down to about 109 by minute 30.
*Strength training (chest) was tougher than usual after such hard cardio. That's OK. Sometimes my focus is on strength, but right now it's on speed. (My ab work wasn't affected.)
*My legs are sore!
Yesterday was cross-training. I very much enjoyed popping in and out of the gym in just 30 minutes - did back and shoulders. (During that time I saw a guy doing pushups with both hands on medicine balls and both feet on a balance ball - WOW! I love how seeing others/knowing others are seeing me at the gym pushes me to work harder.) Then I met my hottieboy for a 20-minute walk on some trails in Jamaica Plain. I would have enjoyed a longer walk, but he had to get home for a condo association meeting. The nice thing was that I didn't feel guilty for such a short/easy workout, because I know that with my incredibly hard (for me!) workouts on other days, my body really really needs the rest/recovery days.
Also yesterday a student gave me an ice cream sandwich (kids bring in treats on their birthdays) and I gave it away.
Also this happened quite prematurely, considering I am still overweight, but today I caught a glimpse of my rear view in the mirror at the gym and at first thought it wasn't my own reflection I was seeing because it was thinner than I thought I am. That has happened to me before with mirrors when I've lost weight, but usually not until I'm much thinner than I am right now. Maybe I'm just accepting myself at a higher weight now, I don't know.
Monday, June 01, 2009
What a ripoff - it turns out that I could only play the games on my new computer for free a handful of times. Now if I want to play them again, I'm prompted to a screen that invites me to buy "chips." WTF?? But also, what a blessing in disguise - there will be no more wasting any time on computer games! Instead, when I have free time (and in summer I always have plenty), I can exercise, cook, read, shop, write, travel... DO productive things!
However, there is still one MAJOR reason to keep my computer nearby all summer...SparkPeople, of course. The other day I realized I was actually eagerly anticipating sitting down with my handwritten notes about what I'd eaten all day and entering the information into my SP nutrition tracker. I love to tally it all up and see whether I met all my nutrient goals each day. It occurred to me that it's similar to the "thrill" (I'm a nerd) of figuring out that last little bit in a computer puzzle game and getting a new high score. And in a computer game there are often "bonus" points you can earn - well, hello Spark Points, entering a new lower weight for my weight ticker, getting an email telling me that someone has left me a comment on my blog - SparkPeople is like a huge computer game!!
There is one essential difference between this website and any computer game, however. With a game, the best you can possibly expect is to be listed top on the high scores page. With SparkPeople, if you win, you get a healthy, beautiful body. I know which one I choose!!
PS - I am not promising anything, but I'm doing a little research into when the next half marathon in my area is.. so far I haven't found one, but there is a 10K that goes right past my old place in Newton this Sunday (and also shares a bit of the Boston Marathon route) that looks rather tempting. ;)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Today's easy run was in a beautiful location - Marina Bay and Wollaston Beach in Quincy! I ran while my boyfriend and a friend ate brunch. :) Here's the stats:
It was easy, except that it was rather hot and sunny, and I was getting thirsty. Toward the end I was telling myself, "just 13 more minutes...just 8 more minutes...anybody can do 3 more minutes..." It reminded me of what some of my Spark friends have blogged about telling themselves during longer races.
We also went to the gym and for some surprising reason, my lunges were much easier than normal today! We were at the gym for a total of 43 minutes - I did legs and 18 minutes on the bike.
I then came home and had a spinach salad with organic strawberries from Trader Joe's that were the sweetest, most delicious strawberries ever. Yummmmmmmmm!
I have a question for anyone who has done a half marathon or longer - doesn't it hurt?? I was getting mighty sore on my 7.5 mile run yesterday toward the end, and I was definitely sore afterwards. I think my biggest block against signing up for a half marathon is a fear of pain! Though I wonder, if I just went and signed up without thinking about it, could I do it? There's a growing part of me that feels like I could. But then I decide against it because it just seems like TOO much - past the point of being good for me.
My boyfriend got fitted for a tux for his sister's early July wedding today. I need a dress - what a fun excuse to go shopping! I'm kind of itching to go out of my comfort zone with this dress... try something really current and "not me" at first glance. I can't wait to see Jess in a tux - he is going to look super hot!!! :)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Week 1 -1lb
Week 2 -2lb
Week 3 -1lb
Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb
Week 6 -1lb
Week 7 -lb
Week 8 -2lb
*Two months back on track!
*Ten pounds gone!
*15 pounds to go
*Er...I was about to say I have a BMI in the normal range now, but I just checked it and I don't. I weigh 154.6 today, and my BMI is 25.0. (If I weighed 154.5 my BMI would be 24.9.) Oh well, that's coming very very very soon!
Last night we went to a restaurant with a huge beer list, so I just got whatever the waiter recommended, and it definitely wasn't light. The creamy beer I got was my reward for those 7.5 miles yesterday! Then I had a "green apple salad" for dinner. It wasn't low-cal...it had full-fat feta, pomegranate viniagrette, and candied walnuts (which are way tooooo delicious).
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