Thursday, April 21, 2011
I ran yesterday morning, but I didn't mean to. My plan was to run 3 days this week with at least one less strenuous day in between. Somehow, Wednesday morning I woke up raring to run and did. I forgot I had run the day before. Then I went to the gym and did my strength training which had been planned for a non-running day.
Perhaps it was coincidence or psychological, but I was totally wiped out last eve with no energy at all. I did sleep well and woke up feeling okay. Plan to take it easy today. Think I won't go to the gym, but will just do a couple hours of housecleaning today. My house needs it, and that would probably meet my reduced exercise need for the day.
I plan to track my food really well today, and keep my sodium down. I've been over on sodium several times recently and had some kind of sloppy tracking days. Although I got every food recorded, the amounts were wild guesses. I haven't been too far off, though. I weighed 124.4 this morn, which is right in the range I want to maintain. I prefer to focus on the food and exercise and know my weight is fine because I know I'm eating right and moving enough. But if I'm tracking sloppy, it is good the weight can help me know I'm doing okay.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I did it! I got up at 5 am and met the group before 6am. I enjoyed two laps around a lovely lake @ 2.84 miles per lap, watching the sun rise and an amazing variety of birds. I ran most of it, but I did take some walk breaks. Even with the walk breaks, I made 5.68 miles in under an hour.
I'm not sure it is worth going to join the group, though. They start out running and I really need to walk slowly 5 minutes and then walk faster for 5 minutes before I start running. So I fell behind the group I started with. A mile or so later I caught up to them. But they soon went a different direction as they were going to run 10 miles, which is too much for me at this point. I ended up running by myself. I can do that closer to home and save gas. I'm glad I went once, though, and perhaps later if I build up to run longer I'll go again some early Sunday.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I could go run with Lakeland Runner's Club tomorrow morning if I want to get up about 5am. It starts at 6am, but it would take me a while to get going and drive there.
If I want to maximize my running, I will need to get in the habit of going to sleep earlier. Not sure if I can, but I'll try. It just might be worth it!
Friday, April 15, 2011
I went to the Lakeland Runner's Club meeting last eve and was delighted to see that it was a very diverse group of all ages and both genders. One of the certified coaches I spoke to commented, "You look like a runner." I take that as the best compliment I've had in a long time!
I joined and with my membership received admission to one of 4 events. Well, actually the event I chose is the Watermellon Series of 4 runs: 2 in June, 1 in July and 1 in August. It will be hot, but I'm going to give it a good try. I'm been very inspired by our own WATERMELLON (Ellen) that I thought it was a good omen!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I guess we are past the honeymoon period. For the first several days, Kahlua (our 8 month old shepherd-labrador mix rescue dog) didn't chew up a thing. But now she needs a new Easy Walk harness as she bit hers in two. She demolished a dog toy rope-ball combo thing, she ate the insides out of hubby's shoes, dragged 3 Barbie dolls into the yard although I don't think they are any worse the wear, and took one unexplained bite out of a couch. Well, we are in this for the long haul.
She goes to the vet on Friday and we look forward to a health report. I don't know whether to be concerned or not. I've never had a dog that was such a dainty eater. It takes her a couple hours to finish a meal. She takes a bite and walks away and comes back in a while. I'm used to dogs that guzzle their food. May be she is just extra smart about food. Who knows?
She does not start obedience classes until May, even though I wish it were this week. She is strong and is hard to walk on a leash. The great thing, though, is my hubby is walking her morning and evening. He was not getting any exercise except yard work, so I think this is just great! He says it gives his arms a better workout than his legs because she tugs so much. This morning I did a long run without her, but then I came back and ran her a quarter mile. She does have a perfect record so far on the housebreaking. No accidents to date!!
Actually, this morning I ran 6.2 miles -- a 10K -- in 55 minutes. I don't think I timed it wrong. I think I really did that. I'm amazed. It was less than 70 degrees and not very humid this morning, so just perfect for running. It really felt good running on the Fort Frasier Trail. I walked there from my house, so I had a good 15 minute warm up and cool down. I ran all the way to Bartow Ford from Highland City Trailhead. It seems funny to run someplace that you have driven to over and over again.
I think I'll go try out the Lakeland Runner's Club meeting this evening. I just might learn something about my new hobby!
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