Monday, February 27, 2012
Tonight, I am kinda down.
Sometimes when I am down, I buy. Today, I brought a fuel pack.
Sometimes when I am down, I like to be creative. I present the photo below. Find the fuel pack. Those are my running accessories.
I definitely am feeling like an endurance runner these days with these kind of accessories!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Besides testing my physical and mental limitations, my first marathon will test my self confidence. That will be MY biggest test.
Already I started to doubt my nutrition. That was yesterday, if you missed it. But, the lesson is that I can trust my body. I know what's best for ME and I need to follow that. So, I put the nutrition books away, out of sight.
Besides the nutrition books out of sight, I think the scale is next. Many different friends have encouraged me to not weigh myself during marathon training. Honestly, I am not sure if I can do that. (It scares me to admit that.) But, for Lent, I am giving up the scale. I've gotten obsessed about it and that scares me. I know I am dangerously close to an eating disorder. Not cool.
But, you know what IS cool?
Me running EIGHT miles today! That is right! I got it done today. I have a half marathon on St. Patrick's Day and before today my longest run was 6 miles. I was seriously getting nervous and not in a good way. I have two weeks to finish up training and than 1 week to taper.
Here is a photo when I was half way done with my run today.
During my run, I decided I need to get myself a fuel belt.. my jacket has alot of nice pockets but I do not plan on wearing it in June. So, if you have a favorite fuel belt, I am taking suggestions!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Do you know what's the most overwhelming aspect in all this marathon training?
What to eat. What not to eat. What days to eat. Getting the right ratios of carbs, protein, or fat. All these rules are enough to make anyone run for the hills.
Right now, I am sitting here thinking how I should eat something. Ideally, a pasta meal would be a good idea because tomorrow is a planned 8 mile run. But, I don't feel like eating pasta. I could to have mac-n-cheese or this other pasta meal which doesn't fill me up.
Or I should say carbs do not fill me up. Period. I really noticed that this morning. I wasn't feeling like my oatmeal so I had trail mix, greek yogurt, and a banana. I ate at 8:30 and was just getting hungry at noon. When I eat oatmeal, I am hungry a hour later. So annoying.
When I get to choose what levels to eat, leave me to my higher protein levels. Being educated, I realize this diet is not ideal for my body during endurance training.
Well, I will end up eating mac-n-cheese. It's easy, convenient, fast and cheap! I'll appreciate it tomorrow morning when my legs aren't dead.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
If you are judgmental, I have a problem with you. I do not stand for any type of discrimination.
Tonight a guy, N, friend of mine tried giving plasma. Another friend, H, which was there asked to talk to a staff member privately. After H talked to them, N could not donate because was bisexual.
I have a major issue with for many reasons.
He has never had sex with any other guy. Even if he did, it wouldn't matter. Did you know that more heterosexual individuals contract AIDS than homosexual? It's a statistic, making it a fact.
Besides I feel she think any orientation besides heterosexual is wrong. She is strong believer in God and Jesus. That is great. But, also, I feel she thinks she can judge people. No, you cannot. That is God's job.
If I was to put all that aside, she broke MY confidence and trust. I told her that my friend was bisexual months ago in confidence.
When N texted me about this tonight, my stomach sank. Sometimes you don't need to be there to know. You just know. I am sick to my stomach. I feel so bad for N. He doesn't deserve this treatment when all he has been nice to her.
So, let's repeat it. I do NOT stand for any kind of discrimination and nor should YOU. People that are open about their orientation deal with this crap everyday. It's crap! It's crap that right now many loving couples have to fight to get married.
Some debate that it says in the Bible it's wrong. Where? I'd love someone to show where it says in the Bible that we are to judge others. No, God will come one day and judge the heavens and hells. I, honestly, believe that God wants us to be decent and good people. Isn't that is what it is about?
Some of my good friends have a different orientation than me. I cannot imagine not having them in my life just because I was so ignorant and could not accept other people's difference.
Thank God I am not like that. Thank God my parents taught me better. Tonight I talked to my mom about it and I like how she put it best. It is like someone saying they can't be friends with me because I have blue eyes. How would YOU feel?
And, if you are still reading this and disagree with me. Fine. Do ME a favor. Unfriend me. Because I don't want to be YOUR friend. And, hit that red X in the upper corner.
Monday, February 20, 2012
In case you were wondering...
My new trainer is pretty awesome! She gave me lots of praise and no insults. In fact, there was a part that I could tell I wasn't doing it quite right. When she gave me feedback and I was able to do it better, she smiled. Which, in turn, made me feel good about me.
My last trainer was in favor of 20 reps. When I lift, I tend to stick to 3 set of 12. My new trainer had me do sets of 12.
I even have achievable homework assignment.
I really like the feedback she gave me about my posture. My back has been hurting lastly and not sure why. Kinda suspected posture issues but it's not like I can walk next to a mirror and figure it out myself.
I have a good feeling about this.. sometimes you just know that this is just way better.
..so now you know about my new trainer.
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