Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Diana Nyad, 64 years old, finished the 110 mile swim from Cuba to Florida, a challenge she first tried at age 28, sunburned and jellyfish-stung, but saying what many of us were thinking. She said to keep trying and never give up. She said that we are not too old! Her speech was slightly slurred after her 53 hour ordeal, but her eyes were full of life and joy and triumph! How inspirational!!
Today as I ran on my treadmill I thought about her, feeling blessed and strong and healthy. I also thought about a blog I read a year or two ago. Many SparkPeople blogs are profound and useful. Some, like this one, become part of me. One Sparker wrote about her dad and how he always inspired her to "finish strong." She told eloquently how she applied that to her life. I found myself today, as often in races and training runs, telling myself to "finish strong," giving the end of the workout extra uumphhh. That phrase gives me strength, reminds me I'm almost done, and it's time to give it all I've got.
So, those are my borrowed words of today: Finish strong!!
Monday, September 02, 2013
Diana Nyad is 64 years old, the same age I am. She is about to achieve a goal she set for herself years ago, swimming from Cuba to Florida. This is not her first attempt. As I write this blog she is less than 10 miles from her goal. Go, Diana!
Setting a goal and tackling it is a very powerful experience; achieving it is profoundly satisfying. Today I'm going to rethink my goals. Have I clearly defined what I'm trying to achieve? Are my goals big enough?
What are your goals? How do you use goals to motivate yourself?
Edit: She did it!! She arrived at 3:41 (or was it 3:14??). How exciting! She achieved her goal 35 years after first trying. I believe it was her 5th attempt. Never stop!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed my run this morning. As promised, I ran at the back of the group, and did not push pace in order to help my left glute and surrounding muscles heal. My Garmin recorded the following data:
Moving Time: 1:55:50
Elapsed Time: 2:02:28
Avg Speed: 4.6 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 4.8 mph
Max Speed: 10.7 mph
Avg Pace: 13:04 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 12:28 min/mi
Best Pace: 5:37 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 390 ft
Elevation Loss: 389 ft
Min Elevation: 156 ft
Max Elevation: 261 ft
Time Miles Distance
Minutes per Mile - Avg Pace Summary = 2:01:18.7 - 9.29 - 13:04
1 14:32.4 1.00 14:32
2 13:11.2 1.00 13:11
3 12:31.4 1.00 12:31
4 12:22.9 1.00 12:23
5 12:12.7 1.00 12:13
6 15:33.3 1.00 15:33 - Ooop! included the potty/water break.
7 12:05.8 1.00 12:06
8 12:14.2 1.00 12:14
9 12:54.8 1.00 12:55
(There was a tenth lap of .29 miles, but I must have missed copying it.)
The average temperature on this run was 75 degrees with 94% humidity. It was dark when we started at 6:12 am, but we soon saw the sunrise. We ran through lots of pretty neighborhoods. We had 10 runners in our group - one man and 9 women. The man and woman ran 23 miles last week and were running short in preparation for their full marathon in 2 weeks; they are running with their child in Dayton, Ohio. The rest of us are training for half marathons. Two of the runners are physical therapists, so I picked their brains as we ran just a bit -- they seemed glad to share. We had several teachers and just nice, friendly, smart, and fit people on this run.
I stayed at the back of the pack as promised for the first 7 miles then kind of moved up as some of the group faded. I finished with the leader. Although 7.5 miles was the farthest I'd gone this year up to this point, I had no trouble with the 9 mile distance. In fact, I finished up feeling more energetic than when I started.
I computed that I drank 72 ounces of water if I count what I drank starting an hour before the run to an hour after. I also consumed 4 Gu Chews for electrolytes and carbs. I felt like I had sufficient fuel, although I believe more is recommended at least by the company wanting you to buy their product. I did have a 190 calorie breakfast before the run so that might have helped, too.
After the run and cool down, I sat with 50 runners for 40 minutes, glowing and drinking water and coffee. Then I went to the YMCA, used the foam roller, showered, went to Weight Watchers (my nephew overslept and didn't make it as promised - oh, well), and then did a little shopping. What a great Saturday morning!!
Let me tell you one other funny thing. A couple weeks ago I also forgot to turn off the Garmin. On the way home, driving in a car, it suddenly started flashing. It said I had a new record - running a mile in 4:32!! Dream On!
Friday, August 30, 2013
I had the best and longest massage of my life today, 1.5 hours. The highly respected sports massage therapist got the sore and tight spots in my left glute, piroformis, and surrounding muscles to relax. Right now I feel like a bowl of jello! And the massage ended 3 hours ago.
I bet tomorrow's 9 mile run will go well. I laughingly said I'm going to run at the pace of my left leg, instead of trying to make my left leg keep up with my right leg. May be some truth in that silly statement.
On other fronts, hubby repaired a closet shelf and I repaired several toys today. Decluttering efforts continue. I took a load of clothes, costume jewelry, material, buttons, yarn, etc. to Goodwill today. Now my sewing machine and jewelry box contain only things I love or at least will use. They are no longer crammed so full you can't find anything. Hurray!
As I cleaned out my jewelry box I realized that when I was 40-80 pounds heavier I wore large earrings, pins, and scarves that are now out of proportion on me. Some of the change is retirement, of course, but much of it truly is weight-loss related. I had not even realized that I have transitioned to smaller earrings, necklaces, and other accessories. Makes sense. Do you need to clean out your jewelry and accessories?
Two year old Gwen stayed with me while her daddy mowed the yard today. She really enjoyed meeting the six new family members who joined us yesterday: 6 tiny guppies. Some times I've had trouble timing when to put the pregnant guppy in the breeder, but this time I got it right. The little ones look strong, healthy, and safe in their floating plastic enclosure.
I'm really working on peace with the scale. I think my weight fluctuates more than average and often for no reason I can think of - like no overeating, no excess sodium, no change in fiber intake, and when elimination functions seem to be working just right. One day this week I weighed 127.8 and the next day, after a good eating day, I was at 130.4.This morning it was 129.2.In the last 8 days, 6 days I had a middle 2. OK. I just fluctuate. Peace. Peace. Really I weigh just about what I want to weigh. No sense in stressing over the scale. Focus on long term trends. Focus on eating smart, eating healthy. Focus on feeling good and fueling my body properly!!
The Curves meal plan I'm using and adapting are right in line with SparkPeople's recommendations. So far the meal days I've used seem practical and realistic.
Hope all Sparkers are having great days!!!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Enjoyed the Senior Dance with hubby this morning. We danced 2 waltzes, 4 slow dances, and one fast dance. I also danced 4 line dances and a group twist!! Truly it was fun. They played three tangos; wish we knew how. Perhaps we can learn. Also, wish I had a partner for polka. Hubby says it's too fast for him, but I would enjoy it. They served pizza today (once a month there is a meal) and I had one piece without the edge crust and felt happy and satisfied.
However, I was aware throughout the morning of my old injury under the left glute muscle. Doesn't really hurt, but just lets me know it isn't right. In talking with the Galloway Program Director, we decided that I should move back a group. She has recommended that I run at the back of the pack of the middle group of time improvement half marathon trainees. She thinks I can do that without stressing my injury further.
I will miss running the faster pace, but I suspect that she is right. I need to let this injury (due to hill work in April, and aggravated by lunges in August) heal. At least I don't need to quit running, just be more conservative about it.
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