Monday, January 09, 2012
I'm tapering toward my first 10K race on Saturday! Today I did a 45 minute pilates class, an easy 25 minutes on the stationary bike, and two 10 minute walks with the grandkids. I plan to run 3 miles tomorrow, stretch and abs class on Wednesday, run 2 miles Thursday, and pick up my race packet on Friday. I probably will walk a little Friday, too. Planning to eat really smart, especially Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Hoping my first 10K in public goes well.
My second 10K may very well be even more exciting. We have a lot of 5Ks in and around our town, but not many longer races. The next one I know of is the Lake to Lake 10K in November -- and this is the exciting part -- ONEKIDSMOM is considering coming to Florida to run it with me!! Wouldn't that be great?!!
Tuesday edit: 3 mile run done as scheduled! good stretch and foam roller afterwards
Wed: didn't make it to gym; walked 30 min brisk with stroller
Thurs: ran 2 miles as scheduled; walked over .5 mile for warm up and cool down; then stretch and foam roller
Friday morn: feel good this morn; back isn't hurting. both kids are a little sick, but I think I'm avoiding it-(fingers crossed- so far so good). weather report says cold air coming in. low tomorrow may be high 30's or low 40's. how to dress for tomorrow?? race number has to be on top layer and showing. I'll try to warm up and see if I can run without a jacket.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
The lightbulb over my head went off! I've got to think this through. Gwen is going from taking two naps a day to one nap a day and that means my schedule, my routine is changing.
For me one of the keys to maintenance is planning. When things change - even little things - I've got to give some thought to how that affects my eating and my exercise.
I know that when I can, it is better for me to get up early and have a leisurely breakfast before the kids come. But sometimes the bed is just too comfy or I had trouble getting to sleep and I need the sleep more than I need eating time to myself.Today I ate breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack with the kids. I did okay, but I must be extra mindful when I am eating while feeding two kids. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I eat supper with the kids, too.
Today since I didn't have to worry about Gwen's 11 o'clock nap I had a little longer at the YMCA. I got in a one hour run, strength training, and a shower before I needed to pick up Natalie at noon. My current plan is to take Gwen to the Y two mornings a week when we are both well. On Saturdays when I don't have kids I'll do my long runs outside or at the Y if weather dictates or I'm in the mood for the mill. I'll do cardio at home or in the neighborhood on the other days. Mostly I'll use the gym for strength training and pilates. That should work.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Today I did a 50 minute pilates class. None of the moves hurt my back today, compared to Friday when there was one I definitely could not do due to pain. After pilates I went 3.3 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes. I did 2 miles of running at 6 mph which takes exactly 20 minutes. That was the first time in months I've run over 4 minutes without a walking break. It felt good.
I'm hoping that the combination of pilates with my running will help my back. Time will tell.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
I thought about reiterating my goals on this first day of the new year, but I decided to share a story of joy.
Would you believe that a salesman has been an important supporter of mine? He's only in his early 20's and he ran a half marathon in 1:11 and a full marathon, placing first in Jacksonville recently, in 2:31. Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME.
I buy my running shoes from him and ask him lots of running questions. I know he gets commission from what I buy, but I know he does not provide the level of support he gives me to all his customers. When I finished my Watermelon Series 5K races this year, he was there, looking for me, and celebrating when I finished. He runs a 5K in 14 minutes and change. I run in just about twice his time. But I know that the encouragement and respect he gives me is real.
He remembers when I came into his store in January of 2011 and said I'm 61 years old and I've never run, but I want to run in the Senior Games 5K. He patiently fitted me, gave me some training advice, and asked me to come back and tell him about my first race experience. I did. When I told him I came in third in my age group he said he wanted to hug me but it is against store policy. I told him I considered myself hugged!
Yesterday when I bought my third pair of running shoes I thought about how much his support has meant to me. Who would've thought a salesman, and one much younger than my own daughter, could be a significant supporter of a old lady who just started running? He's going to be a Komen 10K on January 14th. He'll look for me at the finish. It will mean something to me, too.
I expect 2012 to be a year filled with running and joy!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
2011 Clean SWEEP Review
Sleep: (B-) I reduced my goal from 8 hours per night to 7 and I'm meeting it more and more often. Intend to continue to improve in 2012.
Water: (A) I consistently drink enough liquids and almost always drink enough water. Plan to keep it up in 2012.
Exercise: (A+) 2011 was the year I amazed myself with running. I had never run; even avoided it as a kid. After decades of being a couch potato, I spent several years walking and doing Walk Away the Pounds. When I came to SP I started adding a little strength training and then joined a gym. I saw increasing muscle definition for the first time in my life. I started running in Jan 2011 and ran my first 5K in March in 31:19, earning a third place in my age group. I ran five more 5Ks in 2011. I broke 30 minutes during the Mayfaire 5K (again earned 3rd in AG) which is the hilliest race around here and it was hot in May 2011. On Sept 3rd it was still warm, but I recorded a personal best of 28:28, again earning a 3rd place medal. I've had to run between illnesses and injuries, and I am proud of my determination and resilience.
In 2012 I plan to run or run-walk-run a 10K and hope to accomplish a half marathon. I also hope to take at least a second off that 5K PR. Will consider a personal trainer or certified running coach.
Eating: (B) The good - I've eaten lots and lots of healthy foods. I don't think there was even one day I didn't get 5 servings of fruits and veggies and I probably averaged 12 servings a day. I've consistently gotten enough protein, fiber, and calcium. Far more than half my grains are whole grains. I eat a wide variety of foods. I've maintained an 80+ pound weight loss. I plan to continue the good part of my eating pattern in 2012!
The not so good - I still struggle with occasional overeating bordering on binge eating. It makes my weight fluctuate more than I believe is good for me. I tend to overeat carbs and undereat healthy fats. I would like my indulgences to be with family and for special occasions, not when I am alone late at night. I plan to lose 2 more pounds in 2012 and then concentrate on eating consistency.
Persistence (A) - I have not once this year said to myself, what I used to say over and over and over, which was "forget it, I just can't do it, I give up." Never giving up again!!
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