Saturday, July 10, 2010
Using Jeff Galloway's words of wisdom, today for the last mile of my run I utilized the magic marathon words. This was just a 5 miler but I figured I would try them out so I started by saying them to myself and pretty soon I was actually saying them out loud. Guess what they worked my pace picked up and for my last mile I ran 10:30 which is 2 minutes faster than my normal pace! I proved to myself that I have the wind to go faster and I just need to convince my body to follow!
Friday, July 09, 2010
My work schedule is a little hectic this week, I have been pushing hard on the workouts this week, so I took an unscheduled break, I have adjusted workouts accordingly so that I will not miss any, but the point is I need the rest day today not tomorrow. I know one day what is the difference, it can be huge, 5 miles today would have been a lackluster effort no heart put into it, I would have just "gotten through." So I rested my body today and will do my run tomorrow and see if I can put a little heart in it. I think my iron is low again, didn't take my extra supplement for the past couple weeks and I am showing the signs: food is not tasting good, tired, fuzzy headed, bruising like an old banana. Of course I meant to take the extra supplement today and forgot, good news have an extra multi-vitamin in my work bag, not the best option but gotta shake the yuckiness! Overall feeling good about how training for the marathon is going, nervouse about the upcoming long runs, seriously 16,18,20 miles scary but I will get through them and hopefully break through my weight loss plateau, sounds like everyone I know is in the middle of one but at least we are healthier than a year ago! Anyway back to work, I actually have a couple of things to do tonight.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I was out for blood this am, it was humid and I was looking to start my break the plateau plan off right. I have to say I think I did, I was supposed to do an easy 5 mile but this became a 5 mile of vengeance and perseverance. I ran and thought about all the reasons I run, the internal ones, the external ones, the tangible and intangible. I sweated off 3.2 lbs which thanks to an article in my runners world I knew how to properly replenish. When my legs wanted to back off I willed them to get moving, the heart and lungs felt great and strong, while I was breathing harder than just sitting around, I was nowhere near hyperventilating or exhausting my lung capacity (it made me very proud) my heartbeat was up but not pounding out of my chest. My heart and lungs are ready for more, my legs, back and abs are a little behind still but they are getting so much stronger. An easy 5 mile run turned into a great morning triumph and stress relief and as I stood stretching sweat literally pouring down my arms, legs, face, and back, I smiled because I know when the body is ready to go with the heart and lungs I will be going a lot faster and I know I can go farther 26.2 here I come.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I have been here too long 242, week after week, I drop a pound only for it to return. I know what I need to do, I know how to do it, and I know why I keep failing to do it. It all comes down to I have to get the strict focus on my diet that I had when I was trying to get to where I am at from 300lbs. I can't continue to go out and play (ie beer and rich food), I can't overeat after a long run just because I feel hungry. I also have to make fitness come first like I was, it is harder in the summer so many other things to do, but if I run and strength train first thing in the morning it is done and there is time for everything else. I have hit a plateau because I have been failing myself, no one else is failing me, the scale isn't the problem, the tape measure doesn't lie, it is careless fueling. Today I have fueled myself hopefully at the peak time to support a 6am run, if not I will have to keep working at that, I have eaten the right kind of fuel to keep me healthy and fit, I have drank my water, each day it will be a little tweak here and there until I get back to the right thing. It will take a little step each day to get back to a fat burning furnace but I will do it, I have already proven I can lose weight and maintain weight, now I just have to prove I can reach a goal weight and maintain that. I have always been an emotional eater and an overeater, I need to stop myself from going back to that.
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