Thursday, September 13, 2012
I have 3 5k's left to do that I have signed up for this year. Last year, I wanted to run a sub30 5k and put forth a huge effort to to attain that goal. The closest I got to it was 30:23. Next week, I'll be running that same route.
Last winter, I decided to enter a half marathon and I spent the winter and spring training for distance rather than speed and this year I noticed that my times for the 5k's have been slower than than when I first started running a few years ago. Of course I am older now, 54 years.
I do not count the slower times as a failure because I am still out there running. As a matter of fact, this was a season of firsts for me: first half marathon, first half of a half trail run and first slowest time ever for a 5k.
The beginning of the season had some warm weather that made it difficult to train for speed. Anyway, that is my excuse and I am sticking with it for now
Truthfully, I think I am slower because I did not have that desire to push myself for achieving that sub30 5k. In the beginning of the season the weather was hotter and more humid than usual. It seemed like it got hot too soon and I was not accustomed to it and I really did not care to run a sub30. I just determined a time at the start and then tried to beat that time. Plus, I have not focused on cross training on the non-running days and that I believe is making a huge difference in my times.
So, I have three more races to run, (unless I find some other local ones), and have no great expectations. I am going to get what I trained for. However, I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised at my time across the finish line.
My daughter wants to do the turkey run again this year. I am hoping to include my granddaughter and even want to train together. There is a program called 5k101 from runningmatemedia, coached by Todd Lange that I am hoping to talk them into using so we can all run the same. I think it's be so awesome for the three of us to cross the finish line together.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I ran 2 miles with my granddaughter tonight. It was a good run we finished in less than 24 minutes. She had it in her mind that she wanted to run the whole way. She almost did it, but we had to stop and listen because we heard something come running toward us from the woods. Thankfully, it was two squirrels and I think they were more scared than we were when they saw us. Then she had to stop and tie her shoes a couple of times. But, then, those kind of stops don't really count, do they?
The purpose of our run was that after our warm-up (1 mile) we would pick up the pace for 20 seconds then sprint for 10 seconds then jog for 2 minutes and repeat.
She ran well and I had to stay focused to keep pace with her. However, she is a fast starter and I have to keep reminding her that she needs to start out slower so she will be able to finish strong. As we were nearing the end of our run she wanted to run to the finish line and since she is a lot younger than I am I told her to go for it. And off she went, and I was huffing and puffing trying not to let the gap get too big.
My granddaughter is 10 years old and has run a couple of races and I think she really wants to "place" because she always asks, "What if I win?" I always tell her if she finishes and ran the best that she can run on that day, then she wins.
She was excited about her time, under 24 minutes. Her 5k time was 34:36 and I am not sure if she understands that the 24 minute time tonight was for 2 miles, not 3.1.
We will be running a 5k this Friday. I am so excited that she is interested in running with me. My 3 year old grandson likes to run with me also.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Spark People has an article about the "hunt" for sugar in foods, then goes on to list how much sugar is in items such as cookies, cakes, candy bar. OMG!!! There is "hidden" sugar in my favorite candy bar!?!
Are we so dumb-down that we would actually think the food manufacturers are "hiding" sugar in sugar- laden foods. Or is Spark People actually revealing what they think of the users on their sight?
This reminds me of the time when I worked in a call-center and the management "rewarded" us for a job well done with a bite-sized Tootsie Roll. To me that suggested we all had the mentality of an 8 year old that needed to rewarded with a piece of candy in order to do the job we were hired to do.
Now, one of the dietitians on Spark People is telling us that there is sugar "hidden" in cookies, cakes, donuts and candy bars. I was actually expecting a list of more savory foods, like soups, canned beans and vegetables, and condiments, as the places where we would find sugar listed in the ingredients because those are items we would not normally expect to have sugar added.
I was very disappointed with that article. ~Rant over~
Sunday, September 02, 2012
It was my grandson's birthday party yesterday, and one of my daughter's friends bought him a bag of junk food because she thinks that he is being deprived due to the fact that my daughter does not purchase those cheap boxed "treats" on a regular basis.
However, being deprived of eating junk food is one thing that parents should focus on, especially considering the health crisis the nation is having nowadays. The truth of the matter is that my grandson is far from being deprived of eating low-nutrient, high-calorie so-called foods and that is the reason why my daughter wants to limit those things and does not bring them into the house on a regular.
Studies are now indicating that sugar is addicting and I believe that to be true, especially seeing my grandson's behavior change for the worse whenever he wants and does not get his fix. The other day, we celebrated my granddaughter's "half" birthday (she is now 10 1/2 years old ) and I purchased a small cake for her. After we had a small piece, my grandson climbed up onto the counter so he could get some more. I had to leave and since dinner time was in an hour and half, I took the leftover cake home with me so he would not keep trying to get another piece, trying to save my daughter the battle she would have with his determination to eat some more cake.
The next day, he was so naughty and kept running down to my house (we live next door). I kept hearing "Coco-numnums" all morning long. I'd give him a banana, peanut butter toast etc whenever he would ask for something and then send him back home. Finally, about the fifth time he ran away, my daughter followed him and said that he knew I took the cake home yesterday and he wanted a piece. Of course, I knew that all along but did not want to give him a piece.
I took the cake out of the fridge and asked him if he wanted a piece. He got so excited that he actually shook. To me, that is a sign of an addiction. We all had a small piece of that cake and my daughter and grandchildren went home and there was no longer the struggle to keep that little boy home after that. He had his fix and he was content.
So, when that family friend bought him all that junk food for a birthday present (3 years old); I was a bit upset. She purchased it because she thinks he is being deprived of junk food and my daughter is being a mean mom because she does not buy Little Debbie's, Ho-Ho's etc. on a regular basis.
How come people do not think of kids being deprived if they are not getting regular servings of broccoli, green beans, lettuces, peas, cauliflower, squash? I watched several documentaries that stated that we are a nation of over-fed and undernourished population. Observing the items on the grocery store shelves, I can see how that has happened. Most of the items on the shelves have little or no nutritional value that would support a healthy lifestyle. So much of our food supply no longer resembles food in its natural state and comes in a box. We are told to check the labels so we can make healthy choices, but often those labels are very revealing as to what we are actually being deprived of: vitamins and minerals.
Too often, the focus is just on protein, carbohydrates and fats. We are led to believe that when the manufacturers add in vitamins and minerals then that product is better for us. The truth of the matter is when the item needs to be "enriched and/or fortified, then it is an item we really ought to leave on the grocery store shelf.
I am thinking today that being deprived of junk food (low-nutrient, high-fat, additives added to give it a longer shelf life, etc.) is not a bad thing.
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