Sunday, December 07, 2008
I am motivated after yesterday's duathlon to take better care of myself and get more training. So I talked myself into a first-thing run.
Unfortunately, I can usually barely walk first thing in the morning. My balance is off, and my gait is very odd. I was okay walking down the street to warm up, but as soon as I started running I knew I had to make it a short one.
Nothing felt right!
I don't know if it was because it was early morning, or because of the duathlon yesterday. I really should have had today off. I will have the rest of the day off and try again tomorrow morning.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Today was the final in a series of 3 duathlons I've been doing once a month.
Due to injury after injury, using them as excuses, and general laziness, I've done virtually no exercise since the last one. As they increase in length and I found the last one very challenging, I wasn't even sure about going. But DH wouldn't let me not go.
For comparison, I did a 3km run yesterday. It took 20m, and I was wiped out. This duathlon today should take me one hour 38m, based on previous times.
Yikes! Exercising for nearly two hours solid?!
It starts with a 1km run. This was fine. Although 1km is just under where I actually get my wind. When you run, you feel great for about one minute. Then you hit something like a wall and feel pretty awful for a few minutes until you 'get your wind'. For me, that's about 1km in, so I'm still feeling pretty rubbish when I come in from that and hop on the bike.
Then it's a 20km bike ride. Straight out down one long road for 10k, and back. The wind was a side wind, which is okay. It makes it feel a little like a head wind both ways, but is better than an ACTUAL head wind for half of it! It was hard. It's twice as long as I've ever ridden in one go before!
When I got back to transition, I did not feel like running! Usually the transition from bike to run is difficult, and your legs feel like jelly, but that wasn't it. I was just 'done'. I wanted to stop.
Of course, that's not one of the options, really.
We had a 2.5km loop that we had to do two of. For the first loop, I walked a lot of it. Walk ... Run ... Walk ... Run... It wasn't biker's legs, it was just "dog tired". I stopped at the water station at the end of loop one and drank my cup of water and thought "Right, I'm not going to walk any of the second loop".
So I didn't.
I was still getting passed by runners, making my little shuffle look like a walk in comparison, but I was also passing the walkers, so it was faster than walking! It was not running in any efficient or competent way, but I kept it up, all the way around that 2.5km track.
As I came in near the finish line, one of my supportive friends (who'd finished the event in 1:15) came up and ran in with me! Yay! She's such a buddy! She spurred me on to the big finish and longer strides. Although, I swear I thought half way down the finish shute that I wasn't going to make it all the way in! I was SPENT!
In the end I did 1:47. Considering I walked a fair bit of the first 2.5km loop, it was longer than previous events, and I hadn't had any training this last month, I'm pretty pleased with it! It's not the 1:38 I had planned, but the lack of training, and the walking, only lead to 9 minutes lost over nearly two hours. I'm okay with that.
I finished 94/100 for the event. Well, at least I wasn't last!
Saturday, December 06, 2008
If I eat badly and put on weight, I say to myself "Well, you've really flubbed it up now" and get somewhat morose, and pig out.
Yet ... apparently, if I eat badly and DON'T gain weight, I say to myself "Well then it doesn't matter what you do - go ahead and eat badly!" and pig out.
That's not really very healthy!
I need two new mind-sets.
1. "You ate badly and gained weight. Time to start moving forward from here then and see if you can't get rid of it - be healthy."
2. "You ate badly and didn't gain weight. YOU LUCKY SOD!!! Now pick yourself up and be healthy before that stuff actually DOES catch up with you!"
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It's day 7 of junk food free. I'm doing okay. Friday night was a wee bit not the best, but let me explain ...
We got surprised by letting time slip away and had almost no time to eat something before meeting friends for rock climbing. With few options to choose from near the rock climbing centre, we hit McDs for the "McCafe". A ham and cheese sandwich on whole grain was the best option. But a sandwich ... for dinner? That's kind of light. So we split a raspberry and white choc muffin.
Now, a muffin definitely falls in junk food. Especially a chocolate one. :)
But it wasn't "ooo I want junk food". It was the best of a bad lot of choices. Considering I'm itching to have one of the double cheeseburgers they're advertising now, I think I did quite well.
I had decided heading out to the centre that whatever we ended up having wasn't going to spoil the no junk food rule, since I was going to be so limited in choices. As long as I tried to get a healthy option wherever it was, I was okay with that.
So technically, I've had junk food. But since it wasn't giving in to temptation to eat junk food, I'm not counting it. Sue me if you disagree. ;)
Day 6 was hard. But got through. Probably ate more than I should have. Didn't track it. But it was healthy snacks, not junk food.
One more day!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Day 3 of being junk food free for a week.
It has been a hard day. I woke up with a severe hayfever attack so stayed home the morning. As soon as I got to work in the afternoon it hit again. I also managed to break something this afternoon at work, so that had me blue.
Between that and feeling fairly rubbish from the hayfever, I would normally have succombed, and indeed certainly felt as if today was going to be a junkfood-free failure.
Instead, I snacked on my carrot sticks from my little personal work fridge and had some fruit. I think not restricting the Diet Coke is helpful, because if I'd had to stick to water too, all resolve would probably have gone.
It's pre-dinner and so far so good. I have a cardio class tonight. That's always a little tempting - to have "a treat" after class because "I've earned it".
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