Friday, September 14, 2012
While I was thinking about what I wanted to blog about this morning and surfing the web, I came across a comment by my daughter on Facebook where she said, "We don't eat processed foods." Now, know what she eats, I had to think to myself, "No processed foods, really?" Her cupboards are full of processed foods such as Mac-n-cheese, dried noodles, canned goods, etc. I then realized that we often forget that a processed food is one that has been removed from its natural state.
Every time I cook a food I am processing it. However, there are foods on the grocery shelf that are highly processes and no longer resemble the food item anymore and are devoid of nutrients and full of other stuff that is not normally found in nature.
Unfortunately, that stuff often tastes good to many people. I know for a fact that it did years ago when I was eating the highly processes convenience foods. In fact, I had no problem eating more than I should have with some of those so-called foods. Now why is that?
Below is a link to an article that I thinks explains it better than I could...
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.
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