Friday, June 06, 2014
Jeff Galloway, a 70's-current era Olympic runner, developed a run-walk-run method that has allowed hundreds of thousands of runners to complete half- and full-marathons. He is a long-time writer for Runner's World Magazine. I ran my first half-marathon with his method, and wish I could enter my weekly runs using his technique...but SparkPeople doesn't seem to acknowledge his very common method, alas. This is very, very, very discouraging. Why should I bother logging at all? How many decades does it take (*cough*DISNEY*MARATHONS*FOR*20*YEARS*COUG
H*) does it take?!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I signed up for another 5k this weekend. It's being given by the same rec center that held the one I participated in two months ago. Yesterday I went to pick up the bag with my number, etc. and the guy behind the desk asked me what size tee shirt I wanted. I asked for a Medium. It's the same size I chose last time and while a bit form-fitting, I could swing it. He gave me the once-over, looked at me dubiously, and hesitantly took out a medium shirt. "Here, you can hold this up to see how it would fit" he said slowly, and paused a moment. "We have Smalls too."
Heh, he thought I was a Small! In my dreams. But it made my day!
Monday, June 24, 2013
It's funny how real life can interfere with one's goals. I had family visit for Memorial Day weekend, and I haven't been here more than half a dozen times since. I knew I'd be crazy skewed that weekend (you're gonna kill me, I'll explain shortly!) but not logging my foods for a few days really threw me off. I'll bet that's how a lot of people wander away. (If any SparkCoach types read this, gathering those people back would probably help a lot with subscriber retention!)
A little background: When I first joined I weighed more than 200 pounds. I'm not sure by how much, I stopped stepping on the scale when I hit 203 and may well have been much heavier. My goal was to reach 150 pounds. At 5'6" this wasn't too bad and was the lowest weight I could conceive of honestly achieving. Yeah, it'd be great to be closer to 130, but at my age I can recognize a pipe dream when I see one, especially when starting at >>200. Even 150 didn't seem realistic to me, but enter it into the calculator I did. Within six months I was down to 170 lb which was AWESOME! I will forever be grateful to SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends for that! Several months later I had lost 10 more. And there I sat. And sat. And sat. It wasn't really a plateau, it's more that my desire to be healthy and gorgeous balanced with my willpower at 160 pounds. And I'm mostly OK with that given where I've been. And it wouldn't be horrific to stay there, considering.
Back to Memorial Day weekend: Ever since my son won a huge prize at Chocolate Fest in the chocolate eating contest some years ago he's insisted on attending and participating every year. My Dad was visiting and is getting on in age, so recently I've been trying to get him to check off as many bucket list type items as possible. So I challenged him: I'll bet I can eat more chocolate in the contest than you! The good news is that we tied! The very predictable bad news, given my attitude and the difficulty of logging all the restaurant meals and mini Crunch bars I'd eaten, was that I couldn't be troubled to do all the math to enter an accurate nutrition entry that weekend. (Yes, I'm the type that if I can't do it right, I won't do it.) And here I am. And I think I've made a new goal.
New goal: Try to hit a BMI of 25, which is the very top edge of normal, and stay within 5 lbs of that. If I somehow manage to get lower, fantastic! If I get 5 lb high, time to start being strict. I've optimistically decided that my 160 lb clothes are my new "Fat Clothes". My 5 lb fewer clothes (if I ever get there and buy them) will be my new "Skinny Clothes". Hopefully I'll actually get to buy my skinny clothes some day. This is where I am. I hope that this will work!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Last summer when I joined SparkPeople I decided I needed a long-term goal. I used to jog a bit, but at the time I could barely go a very, very slow mile on a treadmill before I was wiped out and my knees hurt badly. I decided that in the spring of 2013 I would sign up for a local 5k walk/run, with the goal of running as much of it as possible. This particular 5k has an optional "Athena" division for women over 150 pounds, so it's very friendly to larger women who are trying to get fit.
All winter I watched what I ate, and lost pounds. I began going further and a bit faster on the treadmill. A few weeks ago I tried running outside to time myself and to get used to running on pavement. (Ouch) I know when one runs with other people one tends to go faster, so I decided I wanted to try to finish having run 10 minute miles, or in about 31 minutes. Ideally anyway, it didn't really matter if I didn't, so long as I finished and did my best.
When the race started there seemed to be two groups of people: those who were walking, and those who were blasting ahead. I tried to keep up with the fast group, but most of them quickly dashed out of sight. A good number of them fell behind me though, so I just kept going at my own pace. It was hard, I really pushed myself. I tried not to take it personally when several elementary school aged boys passed me.
There were people standing in front of the timing clock when I finished, so I didn't know my time right away. I thought I did pretty well so I stayed around while they announced the winners for all the age divisions. Would you believe I won first place in the Athena 40+ years category? WOO! I even got to bring home a medal! My time was 27:32. I was shocked! I never thought I could finish that quickly.
I am amazed at how much I've improved in the 10 months since I joined SparkPeople. It has made a world of difference for me. The perfectionist in me keeps seeing how far I have to go yet, but now I have a shiny medal hanging next to my desk to remind me how far I've already come!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Inspired by a friend and some nice weather I decided last night that today I would try to run about 5k outdoors. My heart is set on participating in a local 5k in about two weeks. I've been working out on a treadmill all winter, and can maintain an 8 to 8.5 minute mile for three miles. Six miles even, with rest breaks! I used a Google pedometer site to plot out a route, and was off! The good news: I finished the full route without stopping, except at a few intersections. The less good news: I basically kept a pace of 10 minute miles, and afterwards felt like I'd been hit by a truck! My knee is protesting vigorously as well. It was so much harder! I'd really like to start running outdoors, but there's no way I could burn the same time/distance/calories I do on a treadmill. I really like being able to go further/longer on the treadmill for the extra calories expended. Not sure what to do, guess I'll have to think about it.
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