Thursday, August 09, 2012
Last week, my brother and I were talking running stuff like we have been lately (my brother is 2 years younger than me and is in amazing shape, runs marathons and does triathlons all the time, etc. etc.) and he asked me if I wanted to go running at Memorial Park, since he's never been.
Memorial Park is like, THE place to see and be seen as a runner in Houston. It is not unusual to see swarms of scantily clad ladies and men running the trail, but of course the average joes go too and out of shape folks, even dog walkers. Its a 3 mile gravel trail surrounded by forest, tennis courts, baseball fields, a golf range, a few playgrounds...they even put a damn Becks Prime on the path, which I think is just cruel ;)
I've been to Memorial Park in the past, so I'm familiar with the area. However, since I've been running recently, I've never ran outside. Or on anything other than a treadmill. And I know that treadmill running is a lot different from road/gravel/dirt running, not to mention that when we were going to be outside running (7pm) the temp was 98 degrees. But I really wanted to run with my brother, and I figured I better start running outside if I wanted to sign up for any races soon so I agreed.
We started out today, and I'm not even kidding after like 4 minutes I was already tired. I was surprised because I didn't even feel that hot, but my legs were SO TIRED and I was getting out of breath. I soldiered on, hoping I would just have to get that first 4 or 5 minutes out of my system and then get the energy, but after about 8 minutes, I couldn't take it anymore and had to walk. I didn't even run a full mile, which I can do on the treadmill no sweat. We walked for a few minutes and then started running again, and this time I made it for about 5 minutes before I wanted to stop. My poor brother, lol. His average is 8 mins/mile haha. But of course he was a good sport, and we walked the remaining distance and chatted, I got in my car and he went and did another lap around the park.
I cant believe how different running on the trails made me feel. I mean, it sucked. A lot. I don't know if it was just a "bad run day" which I have on occasion, or what but damn. I want to do it again though...I'd like to do it once a week to try to build some better endurance or something because that was just embarrassing lol. Next time, I will do better!!!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
I finally got some time to upload my progression pics....
Since June I've lost no weight, no inches off my waist, no inches off my hips but a whopping TWO inches off my thighs? I think I should start a website called "The Slowest Loser" lol ;) My original goal was to lose 30lbs by my birthday (November 8th) and I'm 11lbs into that....I'm not really sure how realistic it is at this point to lose 20 more lbs in three months, but I'm gonna keep trying. Not losing any weight yet being pretty physically active has been frustrating...I've been trying not to focus on that, just keep eating healthy and running, but I know something must be up. I've been considering going to a dietician since I'm 1) a new vegetarian and 2) a new runner...I feel like diet wise I must be missing something important. I dont eat junk food, dont drink soda...what the heck! Anyway, like I said, just gonna keep on keeping on.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Hello, my sparkfriends, fear not...I have not given up on my journey! In fact, I have been running on a fairly regular basis...sort of...I have just been lazy about being on SP. I KNOW I KNOW, I'm sorry, I have been a terrible spark friend, please forgive me. I think what happened is I just got overwhelmed with entering in calories, miles, cardio minutes, reps etc etc and it became like a job instead of like fun. And none of this should be like a job - that is the number one thing that will get me to stop lol.
I took a little break from running for about a week and a half in the middle of July...my daughter went on a trip with her grandma, and I pretty much went into vacation mode as well haha. Margaritas and tex-mex and dancing and staying out till 2am playing pool...and zero physical activity. When I got back on the treadmill for the first time in all that time I was PUMPED. In fact, I ran my fastest average to date - 10:20 average minute mile. No knee pain, no soreness, no fatigue like I had been feeling. And to date, its felt like that every time I run. I think a little vacation mode is just what I needed.
I havent taken any comparison pics for the month of July, maybe I will do that soon. I did calculate my miles for the month though, check it out:
(To see it bigger: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amzorbas/7684
I ran 31.8 miles for the month of July - not bad! As far as weight/inches lost, I havent even checked. I doubt its anything at all...I have kind of given up on the scale, and am just judging by looks and clothes. Needless to say, almost all of my shirts now are too big and most of my pants, too. Yay!
Friday, July 13, 2012
Have you ever said something to someone (say a friend or a co-worker) like, "Oh man...your pizza smells really good! I've been trying to watch my weight, and I really miss it!" And they reply back with a long drawn out reason and explanation why dieting is bad, or you don't need to do it or how you're doing it "wrong" or maybe they had a friend who dieted and gave up pizza and then something terrible happened to said friend and you shouldn't do that or it will happen to you, too?
Look. I appreciate your concern. I really do. But if you are not a certified dietician, personal trainer, or medical doctor PLEASE KEEP YOUR OPINIONS ON HOW I'M DOING IT WRONG TO YOURSELF. You look like a fool for assuming that I haven't visited one or all of the above professionals (which you are not) and while I may get great joy from calling you out on it, it makes me want to shake you violently for just a little bit.
I don't care if you work at the gym. I don't care if you pre-package vitamins for a living. Have you run 13 marathons? Still don't care. Trained with the same trainer Lance Armstrong uses? Again, don't care. I don't care if you're a walking talking version of Wikipedia - there is a reason its called UNSOLICITED advice. Not everyone is the same, and not everyone has the same path as you.
OKAY! Whew. I feel better! Does this ever happen to any of y'all, and does it drive you just as crazy????
Friday, July 13, 2012
So for the past week, I've been running for 45 minutes instead of my usual 30, and averaging about 4 miles in that time period. Ever since I began running, I've warmed up by walking at a 3.5mph pace for 5 minutes, and then kicking it up to 5.6 or 5.7 mph for my running pace. I never start the treadmill over, so my 5 minutes walk time has always been added in with my average running speed. Today, I decided to start the treadmill over after 5 minutes, and run another 45 to see what my "true" pace would be:
How awesome is that?! I have taken to running for the first mile at 5.7mph and then alternating between 6mph and 7mph at 30 seconds or one minute sprints. And do y'all remember when I said that 30 minutes on the treadmill went by sooo fast? All it took was to add an additional 15 minutes to make it go on forrrevvverrrr.
In fact, I've been pretty much having the same conversation with myself in my head for the past week while running. Do any of y'all do that? I mean, I know I'm about to straight up sound like a loony, but I pretty much talk to myself the entire time. A typical conversation might go like this:
Warm up time: "Ugh, I hate this. Walking for 5 minutes is so boring. Why don't they put on something other than CNN and Sports Center on these TVs? Is it time to run yet? FOUR MORE MINUTES?! Ugghhh"
5 minutes in: "Ow, my knees. Ow, my ankles. Ow, my knees. Ow, my ankles. Are my shorts falling off?"
10 minutes in: "OMGGGGGGGG I LOVE RUNNING! I COULD DO THIS ALL DAY! THIS SONG IS AWESOME! WHY CANT WE DANCE AND RUN ALL AT THE SAME TIME??!?!"
15 minutes in: "Cant. Breathe. Need. Water."
20 minutes in: "Okay...keep going...you're not going to die. You're not going to throw up. Your knee doesn't hurt anymore. God, her workout outfit is cute. I wonder where she got those shoes? Why don't I look all cute and perky when I run? I'm pretty sure I resemble a lumbering giant running from the angry townspeople. Man, even her butt is cute. Why cant my butt look like that? I wonder if people notice when I lip sync the lyrics to my songs? Sometimes I do hand motions, too...man, I bet I look like a crazy person. Hey cute guy walking towards the treadmills, I've got a spot open next to me....where are you going?! I'VE ONLY BEEN RUNNING FOR TWO MINUTES??!?"
25 minutes in: "I am a freaking BADASS. Serious athlete mode now. Look how serious I look. Shoulders back! Head up! Kick up the pace so I look like a real runner!"
30 minutes in: "Okay, I am so walking for the next 2 minutes."
40 minutes in: "Keep going, you can do it. Only 5 more minutes. You are (probably) not going to die."
45 minutes in: "YES! I AM THE KING OF RUNNING! I CANT BELIEVE I DIDNT QUIT! WOOOOOO.....can I lay down now??"
Seriously, like, every time.
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