Saturday, June 08, 2013
Tomorrow Jeff Galloway, former Olympian runner and nationally recognized running coach, will be here in town to kick off our Galloway running season. My hubby has even agreed to keep the kids (it should only be about a half hour after I leave until our daughter picks them up after work) so that I can attend the event. I will officially join the group again for this year.
Today I ran-walked-ran on the treadmill at the Y, about 6.3 miles in 80 minutes. The run-walk-run portion was one hour with a 10 minute walking warm up and 10 minute cool down. My hip and back felt better than it had the last time I ran earlier in the week. I believe the healing continues. I finally got an appointment with a sports massage therapist for Wednesday morning, and I hope to get some good advice and treatment. Both my former running coach and my daughter, who is a licensed massage therapist herself, highly recommended him.
I went ahead and registered for my second half marathon on November 9th. It will be the first half ever run in our county. On National Running Day, June 5th, it was half price ($30) so I took the plunge, expecting to totally heal, and committed. I may end up running it more like a training run because there are other half marathons that I may want to run shortly after. On the other hand, if I don't heal completely I could end up walking it, or most of it, but that is not what I am expecting.
Big thanks to all my SparkFriends and SparkTeam mates who celebrated my birthday with me this week! Thanks, Casual Travelers Team, for spotlighting me, too. I met many new Sparkers that way! I loved all the Spark Goodies and messages, too. Yes, I did indulge in cake, and yes, I need to face the scale and make sure I don't need to take remedial action. I'll do it tomorrow morning. Promise. One of the great things about being a runner is a birthday is not just about getting older, it is moving toward an age group in which I can be even more competitive!!
Sunday, June 02, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at first 2013 Watermelon Sunrise 5K yesterday, helping with race day registration. It is exciting to see how running is booming in our area! This is the 19th annual Watermelon series sponsored by the Lakeland Runners Club. There were 993 finishers, if I remember right, compared to 600 a year ago. I did feel just a bit left out that I didn't run, but it was fun to watch a race from the first finisher until my niece and nephew came in at about 42 minutes. Martin said he was on pace to break 40 minutes, but got a stitch in the side after 2 miles and had to take a couple extra walk breaks. In the very humid and kind of hot conditions, I thought he did great! I was really proud of a young mother I trained with, too. She's lost 80 pounds and ran the 5K at 19:54!! I got to cheer on many of my Galloway running friends at the finish, including Fritz, Mary, Theresa, and Kathy!
This morning I got up and wanted to try an easy run to see how my "injury" is coming along. It's been 3 weeks since I ran, but I have done elliptical, walking, Walk Away the Pounds, and some swimming. This morning I did run-walk-run with 1:30/1:30 intervals. I averaged around 13 minutes per mile, although I saw on my Garmin that I actually could walk at 11:50 pace and I did hit - believe it or not -- 6:50 pace at least for a few steps. It felt so good to run, it was hard to stop. I didn't mean to go 6.25 miles. Yes, I can still tell I'm not 100% healed, but it sure feels good to run long and slow. I even took the dog for about 2 miles in my neighborhood. At first she was trying to drag me, but then she settled down. When she didn't want to keep up with me, I put her back in her fenced in yard.
I decided today for sure that I'm going to rejoin the Galloway group this year. Jeff Galloway will be in town on Sunday June 9th for our kick off event. (I've got to arrange some child care so I can go.) On June 18 I'm to do the timed "miracle mile". I want to be run fast enough to be assigned to the right pace group, faster than last year. I'm hoping for an under 9 minute mile, but as long as my body keeps feeling like it is healing, I'll be happy.
So I love that it is 10 am, that I've had a hearty breakfast, and still have burned more calories than I've eaten today! And my body feels happy!!
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Probably should have worn tighter pants Friday evening. Bet I would have eaten less!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I'm feeling pretty good. I have to poke around in my glute and shoulder in order to even find a sore spot now. So part of me is ready to run right now. However, my best judgment is I should wait at least a week to even think about it.
I contacted the Lakeland Runners Club and volunteered to help out with the Watermelon 5K run this Saturday. If I can't run, handing out race numbers will be the next best thing. Somehow I want to manage to have my camera handy, though, because I want to get pictures of my nephew and several runner friends. I will probably have to be there by 5:30am or maybe earlier. Yawn. The race is at 7am.
Monday I weighed 128.6, Tuesday it was 128.4, and this morning was 128.8, which isn't bad considering I ate out twice yesterday and know my sodium was high. If I could maintain with little struggle at 128 (or 130 or 132), but find my 126 "happy weight" a struggle, I'd just change my target weight. I suspect, though, that I have a tendency to eat just a bit more than I'm suppose to at whatever level I'm aiming for!
Hoping my new microwave will be delivered today. I do miss having that option; mine died recently. I'm dirtying up a lot more dishes for reheating items and my kitchen is hotter without the microwave. Can't just throw in a veggie or sweet potato for a quick side. Without a microwave I couldn't fix what hubby wanted for supper quickly after my work day yesterday, so that is why we ended up going out when I didn't really want to. My blackened grilled shrimp were especially delicious, though.
Wishing everyone a great, healthy, happy day!!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Good eating day, number two of this streak, is now accomplished and recognized with a sticker on my calendar, strategically placed at the entrance to my kitchen. This morning the scale showed me down more than I had anticipated to 128.6, just 2.6 pounds over my goal weight, and just a pound over where I was a week ago. So my several days of indulgence didn't end up being as hurtful as I feared, but it still is a pattern of behavior I want to replace with sanity, moderation, and good nutrition at all times.
What happened? What triggered me? Why did I fall off the wagon? The last week in April I was training with a running coach. I had just run a 5K PR of 27:33 and was feeling fast and fit. Then I pulled or strained something in the left glute area probably running too many hills without gradually building up to it. I took off several days, with ice and foam roller, then cut back my running from 4 days a week to 3 days a week and didn't run faster than 10:30 minute miles, when I had been doing 8:30 minute pace repeats. I ran the May 11th 5K in 29:02, which was okay but not as good as I would have done had I been able to complete my training plan. I planned to take off 3 weeks from running in order to heal then, although I'd been warned that it could take several months whether I ran or not to totally heal.
On May 13th I went back to my old employer to help in an urgent situation and worked (volunteer) an 8 hour day. On one of my walking breaks I tripped and re-injured my glute area. This second injury seemed worse than the initial problem. A week later it wasn't much better. Then, for no apparent reason, my left shoulder and pec area started really hurting. My glute was an annoying inconvenience keeping me from running well, but my shoulder hurt all the time, especially when trying to get to sleep. Aspirin or Alleve made very little difference in my pain level. I tried to remain somewhat active, swimming and walking but there was pain and I wasn't burning near as many calories, and I failed to change my calorie range. And when I'm not active I want to eat more. I felt sorry for myself and allowed myself to over indulge.
I have previously identified being tired as a definite trigger for me. I need to be extra careful when I'm tired to eat smart. If I don't plan meals any other time, it is crucial to pre-plan my food when I am tired. Pain is another trigger I have now identified. I need to find comfort in things other than food, and learn to cope with pain and setbacks without weighing myself down with unnecessary food.
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