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New 10k personal best

Friday, August 19, 2011

Yesterday was w1d6 of the 30 Day Fastest 5k program and it was the long run (run 40-60 minutes). I set out with the thought that I wanted to go 5-6 miles. The weather was comfortable so off I went.

I used Podrunner Interval Freeway to 10k week 8 for my music: warmup, 14 minute run followed by 1 minute walk x 4. It was the wrong podcast because it turns out I hated the music, especially on the third run. Music does make a difference, I found myself with a slow pace and tensed up during this run.

I use my nano with my Nike+ sensor and switching music when I use a podcast means I have to start over. I was too far into my run to do that so I suffered through the music which I found very annoying.

The next interval had more tolerable music and I did better. Other than that third interval, my run went well. The total distance I went was 7 miles and my time at 6.22 miles was 68'53" - that is 6 minutes faster than the last time I ran that distance.



  
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DSQUARE22 8/20/2011 6:46PM

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Hard work sure pays off. It doesn't hurt when you have fun too!

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52114ME 8/20/2011 2:03PM

    emoticon Improvements awesome.

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KELLEEH 8/20/2011 11:12AM

    Awesome! Congratulations on your new PB!

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LIV2RIDE 8/20/2011 8:01AM

    Sounds like an awesome run despite the music. emoticon

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LOPEYP 8/19/2011 7:08PM

    emoticon job outrunning your expectations! emoticon

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GSWINNIE 8/19/2011 8:18AM

    emoticon Way to go on beating your last record. That is so awesome!

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Really? Is that what you made?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My daughter is on a "I gotta have bagels" thingie right now and purchased some flavored bagels. She puts them in the toaster and it smells like someone is burning jam.
It smells so artificial; it is almost sickening.

Ever since my time on my runs has improved this past month and I have a goal to do a sub30 5k, I have decided to get serious about my eating for fuel. Now, it seems like certain foods smell so disgusting. I hope that means I am changing my palate and will not desire certain foods.

I know since I started my weight loss journey a few years back and started to not eaat as many processed foods, I no longer enjoy certain candy bars and won't even buy or taste them anymore. Even my favorite brownie recipe does not taste as good anymore.

I am so looking forward to the day when the rest of the people in my household will say, "Really? Is that what you made? It tastes soooooo good."

  
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KELLEEH 8/20/2011 10:47AM

    My tastes are changing, too. Although I no longer like processed/packaged goodies, I do still like my home-made treats just fine (they are cleaned up a little from what they were before).

You're setting a great example for your family!

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JUGE300000 8/19/2011 7:48AM

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LIV2RIDE 8/18/2011 8:59PM

    It's amazing how our tastes change. I'm finding that the more fruit I eat the less I crave sweets like cookies etc. I'm hoping that holds through the winter when there isn't much fruit in season. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILLTBNAGART 8/18/2011 9:47AM

    do you think that will happen in your household?? Everyone's tastes are so different. I waited for years for my family to enjoy my food and they still don't so now I don't care anymore. As long as I like what I eat. Good luck on your 5k!

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GSWINNIE 8/18/2011 9:23AM

    I totally know where you are coming from. I find that things that I would have LOVED before suddenly don't taste nearly as good. For example, yesterday a coworker was making our BLT dip and deep frying the bacon, it sounded soooo good so I tried a small piece. It had no flavor to me. I'm finding that fruits and veggies taste so much better than chocolate anymore. Hoping to get the rest of the family in on it too!

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JENITUPPS 8/18/2011 9:18AM

    I hear you. I've been on a healthy eating kick for a month now, eating for fuel like you said. I decided to treat myself last night to something I used to LOVE, a dark chocolate lindt ball. (It was tiny, so fairly guilt free). The trouble was, it didn't taste that good! It was all smooshy and too sweet and waxy. I would have enjoyed a slice of melon more.

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Did Candy Bars Really Slow Me Down?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have had a goal to do a sub30 5k for over 1 year now. This spring and early summer I was beginning to think that maybe I am too old to accomplish that goal. But then my daughter and son in law wanted to quit smoking and I said if they do I would quit eating candy bars.

Well, they are smoking and I ate some tootsie rolls. But I did not want to stop my challenge so I declined candy bars from my daughters that they were offering me as a thank you for doing something for them and said, "I am giving up candy". I even told that to the nice lady handing out samples in the store and when I said that there was a chorus "You're giving up candy? I could never do that." from every one who was in earshot.

Anyway, today I am on week 1 day 4 of the 30 Day Fastest 5k program and it was an endurance run for about 30 minutes or so. It was basically running for a stretch of time followed by a jog. It was such a good run for me. I managed to run for the whole time I was supposed and when the last run was done, I looked at my garmin and saw that I only had 1k to go before I reached 5k. The next thing to do was cooldown - slow jog for 5 minutes. I was a little over 1 1/2 mile from home, so instead of the cool down, I ran and ran and ran. NEW personal best time for me 31'22". And then I walked that last 1+ mile home. I felt so good.

As I was doing that last 1k, I began to see how eating all those sweets have been affecting my performance and I thought "Did all those candy bars slow me down?" I am thinking yes, they did. There is little micronutrients, if any at all, in candy bars. Since candy consists mainly of sugar and fat I am now seeing there is no benefit to my performance eating candy.

I am focusing on eating better so that I can acheive my goal of a sub 30. I entered a race in September and I should be graduated from the program by then. Even if I don't make the sub 30 (a sub31 will make me happy) I am so happy with the improvements I am seeing in my endurance and strength. If I can run that race hard beginning to end I will be satisfied with my fitness improvement.

  
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KELLEEH 8/17/2011 7:29PM

    Great incentive to give up the candy! I've tried to improve the quality of my sweet tooth indulgences, but I could definitely do better. This is a great way to look at it!

Good luck on your 5k! I know you will rock it!

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CAROLCRC 8/17/2011 7:58AM

    Good for you! A sub-30 is a very reachable goal, and you will feel great about it if you even come close. I try to reserve candy as a treat for being good for a certain number of days - and then just a taste. (yes, I know we are not supposed to use food for rewards... but it does work!)

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GOING-STRONG 8/17/2011 1:09AM

    Great job and wonderful goals! My best 5k run is 32:50 so I still have a way to go to catch up to you. Spark on!

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LIV2RIDE 8/16/2011 8:55PM

    emoticon You are doing it! I'm so excited for your progress. Keep it up!

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PAMMY222 8/16/2011 6:58PM

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Fabulous! And how great for you! I am also training for my first 5K, and am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed to be sufficiently trained by 9/11/11.
Good luck with your efforts. I'm also jealous of your time! Good job!!


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FRAN0426 8/16/2011 5:38PM

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JOPAPGH 8/16/2011 4:36PM

    Great job! Those empty calories will not help your running.

How much does weight loss impact running?

According to livestrong.com, "The loss of a single pound doesn't mean much for a single mile, but the effect multiplies nicely. Ten pounds equals 20 seconds per mile, which grows to a minute-plus in a 5K, more than two minutes in a 10K, nearly 4.5 minutes in a half-marathon and almost nine minutes in a marathon."

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I'm Thinnking

Monday, August 15, 2011

No, that is not a typo, I did make the typo while typing and thought - "Hey, I like that!" 'I'm Thinnking", that is I am thinking about being thin. But not just thin - I am thinnking about being fit and healthy.

I also realize that I have to do it myself by educationg myself about nutrition and fitmess so that I can make intelligent and educated choices about the foods I eat. Every thing I put in my mouth begins first with a thought even when I eat mindlessly and stuff food in my mouth without thinking. I first had the thought to begin.

So, I am going to start thinnking, that is retraining my brain so I will think about eating foods that will fuel my body instead of foods that will give me momentarily pleasure. Really, when I think about it, a candy bar will make feel me good for maybe 30 - 60 seconds, but a really good workout refreshes me for hours.

  
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LIV2RIDE 8/16/2011 6:24AM

    emoticon Knowledge is power! I found once I started reading about the vegan lifestyle I had more reasons than ever to be committed not only to the diet but changing things in every day life as well.

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 8/15/2011 7:45PM

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KELLEEH 8/15/2011 7:18PM

    I like the way you think! Great insight!

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My daughter asked me to watch the baby last night and had her computer set up nearby with her Netflix account open, so since baby was sleeping, I searched the titles and found Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was a documentary about a guy who had a chronic issue and decided to do a juice fast for 60 days.

What I found interesting was the comment on how hard it was not to give in to eating unhealthy foods while fasting. The thing that I got from it was that the choice is always set before us to eat foods that are unhealthy or not and it is up to us, as individuals, to educate ourselves on the foods that we decide to eat.

I recall those days when I was working full-time with overtime and how I fed my family with processed foods because it was quick and easy. Back then, we thought that type of food was tasty. I realize now that I was totally ignorant as to the effects that such foods would have on us.

My youngest daughter has eaten the most processed foods as she became an adult and continues to do so even today. She is now realizing that she needs to eat less processed foods in order for her to just feel better. She is making a gradual shift in her diet and for that I am grateful.

I am finding that education is key for me to eat healthier. I just had my 53rd birthday and the last thing I want to say in 5, 10, 15, etc. years from now is that i am "fat, sick and nearly dead".

  
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MARTHASPARKS 8/14/2011 10:10PM

    I am NOT a fan of processed food. I ate a hot dog for dinner and I am feeling it!

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LIV2RIDE 8/14/2011 8:50PM

    I love this part of the transition. Yes, it's hard but well worth it. It also takes time to prepare all your food but it's so worth it. It's difficult to eliminate ALL processed foods so pick your battles. I've never heard of the movie you mention. It sounds sad.

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FRAN0426 8/14/2011 4:31PM

    I think that as we eat more nutritious foods we find out just how unhealthy much of processed food is for us. So many people liked processed foods as it was quick and easy; reading labels got us wiser as to what we were eating. I admit there are some processed foods that I buy( but rarely), as it is a treat once in awhile.

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SWEETLIPS 8/14/2011 11:21AM

    I saw that movie and was greatly impressed and encouraged. I have done 30 days and am now considering the 60 days as I do the wonders of fasting. We live in a time that promotes a microwave life, get aLL that you can as quick as you can, and don't stop and smell the roses. No, slow and easy does it. I like processed foods even when I ate freggies, but now, I am doing everything I can to prepare all of our foods. I have spoken to my son about the chicken nuggets that is being fed to his daughter (now he is a junk-food vegetarian), he agreed. As I result I made vegan nuggets and they all loved them, but I was told it was work. Well, I want to do the work, and I pray they will see it by and by. Your observation were spot-on. Have a great day on purpose!

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AIMLESS07 8/14/2011 11:20AM

    The other day I ate pizza for dinner and I felt sick and bloated. I think I just ate too much of it. I still love pizza, but I am thinking I need to do a thinner crust with more veggies and maybe it won't be so heavy on my system.

I do processed foods I admit. But for now it's easier and the Lean Cuisine/Healthy Choice frozen meals for lunch are good b/c they are portioned controlled and easy to enter in my nutrition tracker. I think people over-react to the whole "eating clean" thing. I know that eating fresher food has more nutritional benefits, but I also think that our country is hurting itself mainly due to the quantities of food that we eat. I can go to a restaurant and ask to order off a kids menu and have a nice portion of food. Or if I order an adult portion of food, I tend to take half of it home for left overs. Yet I see people eating horribly large portions of food and I honestly wonder how they can eat that much.

I am going to look up that documentary on Netflix. Thanks for mentioning it!


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SUNNYH99 8/14/2011 10:50AM

    Wow! How cool you got to watch that. We don't have Netflix, barely use the DVD player, & only record a few things on the DVR. Mostly drive ourselves crazy with lefty politics (yay!), news (ugh, can it get worse?) and sports (our teams are dog poop right now :( ). I'm with you! At 60 now, I don't want to be "fat, sick and nearly dead" today or at any time in the future! I'm SO grateful I was converted to the vegetarian lifestyle and then took the plunge to be fully vegan and abandoned the M&M, donut, bacon, egg, dairy, fish & meat menu that once characterized my eating.
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EVELYN5877 8/14/2011 10:07AM

    The great change that most people need to do is to cut down drastically on their sugar intake, not just for their health, but for their teeth. It seems to hide in everything.

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BLACK741 8/14/2011 10:06AM

    interesting, I find it odd that as we move to less processed food, the "junk" food actually makes me sick to my stomach to even smell. As I drive around town and smell the grease from different fast food places it smells so bad. We make decisions based on the information we have at the time, we now know better so try to teach others.

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