Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's all arranged. And it's certainly better than nothing, but not perfect. The Galloway program director set up my 14 mile long run for Saturday starting at 5 am. (You may remember my pacegroup leader thought the 13.5 mile run I did on 10-20 was sufficient, but I wanted another long run before my first half marathon on Nov 18th, St Pete Women's HM.) This schedule also means I'll be able to attend the nutrition for runners seminar at 8:45. I believe it is based on the book Eat to Live. I'll find out.
My disappointment is that I got assigned to an even slower group than my usual slow one. They run 30 seconds and walk 1 minute; so we'll repeat that for 14 miles. Galloway says that slow long runs are not a problem; that you still gain the stamina. I honestly was hoping to be in a 2 min run/1 min walk group. Oh, well. I'll just make it work. Officially Galloway puts every first time half marathoner in training "to finish"without a time goal. But I really was hoping not to be too slow. I'm running with Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) and I know she is really fit, however, she's really kind, too, and has assured me we'll find a pace that works for both of us.
I'm still living in a house full of sick people. Gwen is getting better. Hubby is still suffering. I have just a touch of scratchy throat and nasal congestion, but seem to be shaking it off. I ran Monday. Took it easy yesterday and going to take today a little easy, too. Plan to run tomorrow, although it may be early in the neighborhood or Gwen's nap time on my TM as Gwen isn't well enough to go to the Y nursery.
Maybe since I'm taxing my immunities I may be just as well off with the slow long run. I just can't wait to finish my first half marathon!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My body feels like it is trying to fight off the cold germs that are all around this house. On the positive side, I had a really good night's sleep last night and ate a delicious grapefruit this morning. The scale was down a little, too.
Right now, I am just telling myself that I am an athlete, eating to fuel my body. Last eve that self-talk helped. Hubby was interested in the last serving of leftovers, so I knew I was getting myself something else. I almost reached for a frozen dinner. Instead I microwave-thawed a tilapia fillet and cooked it on the Foreman. Very easy and very good and much better for this athlete!! I had half a leftover ear of corn, and dibby-dabs of okra with olive oil, carrots, and broccoli. Very satisfying.
Even though I'm thinking of myself as an athlete, today I'm feeling like a day of semi-rest will be good for me. Gwen and I took a slow walk to the end of the street this morning and I'll probably get some active play with Natalie. I go get from kindergarten in just a couple minutes.
Hope you are having a great day! Thoughts and prayers are with you affected by Sandy.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I've been trying to get some of the people in my running group to join my bike group. Today two runners showed up to ride, but the rest of the group I usually ride with decided that Hurricane Sandy was causing too much wind. They went to a bike trail in the woods too far to ride from my house. So I did the usual 20 mile ride with my two running friends, Aster and Amy. Although we had to dodge fallen Spanish moss and limbs -- there had been gusts earlier -- we didn't have any problem with the wind on our ride.
They both have expensive carbon lightweight bicycles, but made me feel very fit. They said I ride my comfort bike faster than it was meant to go!! I can ride around 14 mph. Aster said that I've outgrown my bike and need a faster one. Honestly, I like my bike. It suits me. In fact I suspect I get a better workout than they do, because their bikes do so much of the work. So at this point I'm not interested in a new $$$$ bike. However, I reserve the right to one day change my mind.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Do you see the white haired guy in the background? His name is Fritz. He is 75 years old and hardly ever enters a race without coming in first in his age group. And he often runs 2 or 3 races a month. Twice I ran in races where he was also competing, a 5K and a 10K. I beat him in the 5K and he beat me in the 10K, so we have a friendly competition. This picture was taken last year at the 5K, but I want to write about what Fritz did today.
Fritz belongs to the same Galloway running group I run with. However, he has been assigned to a faster pace group than I. He tells me that it is a bit too fast for him, just as I tell him my pace group is a bit too slow for me. So today when he was passing my group, he challenged me to straight run (no walk breaks) back. So the two of us ran the three miles back. We beat our groups, mine by about 20 minutes!!
We ran at a comfortable pace where we could converse. His wife, Margo, is following the Eat to Live book and has lost 44 pounds. He is really proud of her. He would love for her to run, too, but I'm not sure her knees are going to let her even when she's at goal weight. Fritz has two grandkids in town who he has encouraged to run. He's bought their shoes, paid their entrance fees, and done some coaching. The 12 year old beat him for the first time by 10 seconds in a 5K two weeks ago; the 14 year old was right behind him. I shared that my 5 year old granddaughter has run a half mile with me, but she lost interest, so I haven't pushed it recently. Will try again later. He agreed with that approach.
Fritz is one of those people in my 3D life who is a real support. He has an understanding of what it takes to lose weight and maintain. And while we "compete" no one applauds louder if I take a medal.
PS The picture is so small in this blog I don't think you can find Fritz. If you want to see him, go to my photo gallery. It is the 8th picture. Fritz is right behind me, just to the left.
Friday, October 26, 2012
A lot of things were not going too well. Two year old Gwen is sick. Naturally, she's fussy and that takes a lot out of me. Hubby has probably the worst cold he's had in over 30 years. It seems like he was a little sick for a couple weeks and now suddenly it is much worse. So I'm having to do some things for him and some things he usually does. I would not describe him as fussy, but I can't think of a more accurate word. On Monday Hubby got stopped by police (I was in the car) and received a $153 ticket for forgetting to renew his registration; and it is 3 points on license which may raise insurance rates. Seems like there are a million home maintenance issues and we are only getting to 900,000. OK, I am exaggerating, but some days I look around and want to run away from home!! Talk about running, I've even got a conflict with my running group about my last long run before my half marathon. When I was focused on the negative, I kept finding it.
I was just feeling less than enthusiastic about anything this morning. Then getting on the scale made me feel worse. I wanted to do something to turn around my focus on the negative and I did.
Do you know what made me feel better almost immediately? I put on some clothes I really like. I chose something I usually save for going out, but just decided to wear it on this day even though I wasn't going to do anything special. Honestly, I don't know why it made me feel so much better. Seems kind of shallow, but it worked all day. And I'm thankful.
Gwen seemed a little better by this afternoon, I've got chicken soup for hubby, and hand sanitizer for me. Looks like our Galloway program director will run my last long run with me. Everything else will wait. I'm thankful that I'm feeling positive and feeling healthy!!
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