Friday, May 24, 2013
This year has been great so far. I have completed 2 obstacle races, and 3 5ks so far with many more to follow. The big surprise is that I let my friend talk me into signing up for a Metric Century bike ride. Honestly, all she really did was ask. She pretty much does whatever crazy stuff I come up with so I figured what the heck.
For those of you that don’t know what a Metric Century is (I didn’t until that day before I signed up), it is 100 Kilometer or 62 mile bike ride. I know, crazy……..
I ride on the canal with my family a lot so to go out and do 10 to 20 miles in one trip is average for me right now. I also take an hour long spin class one a week at my local gym. So I figure that all I have to do is triple my distance between now and race day, which is in October.
We had our first short training ride yesterday which was only about 30 minutes or so. We made sure to pull a few inclines. Nothing serious but we definitely got our hearts pumping. I think I need a remedial lesson on how to use my gears correctly. I am sure there is some trick to it that will make my rides just a little be easier. Anyway, it rained the entire time we were out yesterday. Thank goodness my partner in crime didn’t see the lightning off in the distance. Hopefully the weather will be a little bit nicer tomorrow for our first long training ride. We are scheduled to log between 1 to 1.5 hours.
If anyone has some words of wisdom for a first timer, I would love to hear them.
Thank you for all the advice I have already gotten from my new Cycling-Road, Mountain, Run, Racing team members.
Friday, July 06, 2012
I had an awesome year last year. I participated in over 12 5Ks for various causes and 3 mud runs. Then in January I went out on one of our unseasonably warm days and ran a 5k and achieved a new PR. I could barely walk the next day but after not running for a month I expected a little discomfort.
So here I am 7 months later and I am still unable to run without paying for it for the next week. Needless to say that due to a huge decrease in activity level for the past 7 months I have gained about 20 lbs.
This is where the do over comes in. First thing tomorrow I am going to enter in my CURRENT weight and measurements on SparkPeople and get my life back on track. I need to suck up the fact that it is dangerously hot here right now and as much as I hate to workout inside I am going to have to make the best of it.
I have no excuses, I have free access to a full gym and $2.00 aerobics classes to include spin, water aerobics, Zumba, step, and yoga. I have an extensive workout DVD library worth hundreds of dollars, I am sure. Not to mention my recent inflatable kayak purchase and a new hybrid bike. I have had the kayak out a few times and my arms are like limp spaghetti for the next two days. I have yet to take the bike out for a good spin due to the heat. I just got it this past weekend and it has been in or near 100 degrees here for the past week.
My son was great last Friday. We spent the afternoon at the pool and he ran laps with me in the lap lanes. We also did some walking lunges and swam a few laps. He does owe me a Just Dance session on the Wii. Oh yeah, I have Wii workouts too.
Like I said I have no excuse not to get my butt moving. I am just unable to do what I really want to do without ending up getting another series of cortisone shots. I round of those in your heel is enough for anyone.
Heck I even broke down and called the free Weight Management program that comes with my health insurance. She isn’t due to check in on me for another week or so. I started reading Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules today. I know that my diet could always use some improvement but compared to what it was 3 or so years ago it is pretty good. I know that I let things slide every now and then but seriously it isn’t that bad. I gain weight in my sleep, as soon as I stop moving I turn into a fat magnet. The fact that I am over 40 isn’t helping at all.
So now that I have had my pity party and made my plan to start over public I am hoping that it will help keep me accountable.
Two steps forward and on step back is still in the right direction, right????
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So my release to start training again was short lived…..
I absolutely despise being told that I can’t do something. What is even worse is know that I have done things and am now unable to do them without paying for it.
In the past few years I have discovered that I like running something that I was never really able to do, being an asthmatic and all. Well I have finally gotten past all that and have participated in numerous 5ks over the past 2 years. I have gradually gotten to where I can run all 3.2 miles without having to stop and walk. My walking sessions were either due to breathing issues or cramps in my calves. I was even able to run my best 5k time ever of 35 min this past January. Well who knew that if you take a month off from running you should NOT head out for a full 5K just because it was 70 degrees in January.
Apparently, I am learning this lesson the hard way. I have been having issues with the tendons and ligaments that run from my heel through my ankle into my calf and shin for over three months now. I have had to walk the last few 5Ks as well as this past weekend’s Mud Dog. I am heartbroken. I have issues now no matter what type of activity I try or what shoes I wear while doing it. I can force myself through the activity (circuit training, walking, running, etc.) and I can barely walk for the rest of the day. I can manage to get some relief by the next day after sticking my entire foot into a tub of ice water and a healthy dose of Aleeve.
I do have two very good friends that have walked some or all of the events that I refused not to participate in. Good friends like that are very hard to find. I love you guys.
I do have an appointment to see a sports podiatrist, unfortunately in is in 2 weeks. What the heck am I supposed to do until then? I can’t sit still and when the weather is nice it is even harder for me. I love hiking, trekking, biking, walking, running, and whatever insane DVD Program I couldn’t help but purchase and torture myself with. Mud runs are by far my favorite activity, the muddier and crazier the obstacle the better. If they don’t figure out how to fix this soon I am going to go insane. I swear….I gain weight in my sleep. I can exercise like a mad woman and watch what I eat for months and not loose so much as a half a pound.
Ok, I guess that is enough complaining and feeling sorry for myself for one day.
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