Saturday, August 20, 2011
This morning was my first last minute 5k, meaning I did not register ahead of time. It was a 5k for a local cross country team. As I crossed the one mile mark - new PB 9'17", then as I crossed the finish line I heard 29:30 being called out.
29:30 WOW! but then I looked at my garmin and saw it was only 3miles. I felt cheated out of a good time. It was advertised as a 5k. So, After I checked in with the person taking down the names and times, I took off running down the road to finish out the 5k distance. NEW personal best for my 5k is now 30:48.
I entered the race with the goal of doing a sub31 5k.
I did talk to someone about the distance and I was told it was set for 3 miles on purpose because of some state regulation for the cross country team, so I figured they were doing some sort of timed run and figured they make a fundraiser out of it. I am glad to have supported them and now I walk away with a pb for a 3 mile run also.
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.
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."
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.
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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