Friday, September 04, 2009
Slightly nervous and very excited. :)
This will be the first run of double digits!!!
I mapped a route -- now all that awaits is to fuel up, sleep well, and ROCK IT.
For the record -- cals within range again yesterday, so far so good today, and today is a 100% OFF day from exercise and I need it and it feels great. :)
Thursday, September 03, 2009
So... my package came early! YESTERDAY! :D WOOOOT.
Let me just say.... the shoes are more gorgeous than I had any idea they would be! Check it out!!!!
Look at this little flower detail!!!
ANNND My amphipod belt!!!!
Bonus 10.5oz modules! (they have the clips on them you just can't see it in this picture...)
MY TIGHTS! :D They're Adidas Supernova Long tights -- they're in... climacool? fabric, got a zipper toward the ankle, mesh insets behind the knees and back waist... soooo fab. I tried them on and they fit soooo perfectly!
(see the knee insets and reflective stuff and zippers???)
OK so I went for a run this morning in the new shoes and with my belt -- I also tried the banana nuun for the first time today. Shoes - YAY, belt - YAY, nuun - ok sure why not. :) HAHAHA.
The nuun tasted like fake banana goodness. I really like faux banana flavor -- it's not like real bananas but it still tastes good in it's own way to me. ANYWAY - I'm assuming it did it's thing and replaced electrolytes? *shrug* But it definitely agreed with my stomach and whatnot.
OH speaking of something that agreed with my stomach... bonus picture of some delicious creation I concocted! :)
DH suggested putting cheese and fruit on the tortillas like fruit quesadillas... I decided that our shredded mexican four cheese blend cheese wouldn't really go well for that and wasn't too hot on the idea, so instead I toasted up the corn tortillas in the skillet first, then spread it with LAUGHING COW SWISS cheese, arranged the fruit (nectarines, plums, and blueberries for prettiness), and drizzled them with honey. :D SO GOOD.
Well that's it for now -- off to go do some ST, watch some TV, and eat something!
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Last night I got to bed at a decent time and woke up just perfectly with no alarm at 8AM. :D YAY SLEEP!
I went and ran my 4 miles and had just enough time to shower, make lunches, and eat something to get to work by my 2 hrs early time. :P
Then I practiced trombone and Japanese before doing some internet business. WOOT - I had skipped the trombone practicing on Monday cause I just wasn't feeling it.
TOM is really kicking me in the guts today, but at least it should be under control by Saturday when I do my long run.
Came in within range for yesterday and I'm in good shape for today as well. :)
Speaking of which, it's snack time.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
So - we're doing good.
I kinda broke one of the rules today -- I went to get groceries. BUT! I also took a nap. So I compromised a bit because we really needed some things and otherwise my lunch was going to be tough to come up with today.
Stayed within cal range again last night -- woohoo! 2 day streak now, and today is looking good so far.
I already know when my cheat meal will be this week - we're going over to a friend's house for FOOTBALL watching and there will be cooking out and whatnot. I don't anticipate eating unhealthily -- the hostess is trying to eat healthy herself -- but I also don't want to have to think about calories in things that other people prepared, ya know? So anyway. That's the plan thus far this week.
This morning I had a really good row!!! The boat I'm rowing with for the next few weeks is essentially the MEN and me and another chick. This girl is my favorite to row behind and someone I really like in the club, so it was really fun. It was kinda weird because I was in the BOW seat -- meaning at the very end of the boat, the "front" directionally, but the back as far as how we're facing. Apparently it's harder to balance out there, and another challenge is that when rowing you have to follow the stroke seat -- who is all the way in the stern of the boat, AKA complete opposite end from bow -- so being in that seat means you have to pay WAY more attention due to the possibility of everyone in between you not really paying as good of attention to stroke to make sure there's not some ripple effect causing phasing in the stroke down the boat. ANYWAY.
It was fun!! :D We rowed all 8 for quite some time today and it was actually better than I've experienced, even though we were in the heavy unweildy boat with the heavier wooden oars. We also couldn't help but smoke the other boat (which was all women) on every single thing. Sorry, ladies! ;) HAHAHAHAHA.
I was actually a little bit chilly this morning! I wore a long sleeved T over my normal T-Shirt and lost it halfway through the row, and then partway through my run I got chilly again and just powered through.
My run was AWESOME. 3 miles -- felt soooooo short. I was listening to The Pixies and just having a great time. I ran without a care to my HR today, just running as hard as I felt like it and came in JUST under 11min miles. It only felt like I was running hard toward the end because the end is mostly uphill. The rest just felt free and easy and speedy. :) hehe.
Tomorrow is 4 miles, Thursday 5.... Saturday 10. WOOT.
Oh and my package is on time scheduled for delivery on Thursday - YAY.
Monday, August 31, 2009
So -- first the revision. I am thinking I will do two full body ST days a week instead of my previous plan -- Monday and Thursday. This will allow me not to have to do anything post longrun besides a possible row, and still give me one FULL off day the day before my long run. I think this is the best plan! WOOT. :)
I started this morning. Not as crazy intense as I used to prefer to do ST -- but I hit the basic areas. Lower Body - Deadlifts and Sumo Squats, Abs - Reverse Crunches and Weighted Crunches, Upper Body - combination bicep curl + overhead press, lateral shoulder raises, single arm rows, lying single arm tricep extensions, and chest flies. WOOT. Thursday's will be even better because I kind of threw this together on the fly.
My run Saturday went GREAT. I took a nap in the afternoon to help recharge. I ate smart and healthy and not too much all day to help me feel fueled, but not heavy. The ONE bad thing about the run -- I really should have had more water with me.
I tried a new on the go fuel, nothing intended to be used that way, but these Florida's Natural Fruit Stiks. :) Blueberry, strawberry, and orange. They're really good -- but they stick to the wrapper a bit, so not super easy to open, but once they're open they're pretty good, don't stick to the teeth, all that good stuff. Will still be trying sportz beans and gu in the future, but for now I had to get something to have and there we have it.
As for the water -- I finally ordered my running stuff today!
I went to The Athlete's Foot on Saturday and saw that wow, they DO carry like a full line of Brooks running shoes!!! (And Asics, and Saucony's, etc., and have them shelved by type of support...) I was actually really surprised that the feel in the store was unlike any other Athlete's Foot I've ever been in. Usually I go into an Athlete's Foot and feel like it's a store geared towards those guys looking for the latest kicks and basketball shoes, people looking to be cute. This store felt like a RUNNING STORE. They had gu! Nathan Hydration Packs! Lots of running shorts and socks and it was just really interesting...
I went back Sunday w/ my socks to try some stuff on. Decided I love the feel of the Brooks Adrenaline 9 and that'll be my baby. I also got measured again -- when I got measured at another store recently when visiting my inlaws the measurements came back about a full size SMALLER than I thought I was... it was bizarre, but I watched the measuring and that's what the tool said! (I know think his tool was WRONG) because I got measured again and came back as what I THOUGHT I was. Plus that guy at the other store had to immeditaely go back and get bigger shoes because his size from the measurements was too small. :P So anyway -- I'm not down a size in shoes! That was a REALLY important thing for me to know before making any decisions about what to buy.
The sales associate was very knowledgeable and helpful so I feel kinda bad that I'm not buying from their store... but oh well. Gotta do what I gotta do. I could buy the shoe for almost $40 cheaper online and they didn't even have the right width in the store right then anway. SOooooooooo -- I placed my order today for:
The Adrenaline shoe
Adidas running tights (WHEE!!!)
Amphipod Runlite 4 bottle thingie
2 extra modules w/ 10.5oz bottles
So I can either replace two of the standard 8oz bottles w/ the 10.5 oz bottles OR if I get REALLY CRAZY I can run with 6 bottles. :D HAHAHAHA When I tried on the Nathan in the store I got sold on the amphipod because it can be adjusted and custom configured. The Nathan had the awkwardly placed bottles I read about in the online reviews. I'm sure I could get used to it, but why bother?
So the best part -- free 2 day air shipping. OH YEAH. So I should have these babies around Wednesday! WOOHOO!
I ordered from runningwarehouse, btw.
So my weight is still the same today (an unknown number that I am not sharing for the time being), but my waist is down some in measurement and I forgot to consider last week during freakout session that this week is TOM and I'm usually up 4-5lbs prior to TOM. Not saying that is the case necessarily right now, BUT there is a possibility it may go down after this week more than a lb or so. So that is somewhat encouraging as well.
The Athlete's Foot didn't open for an hour after I arrived at the shopping complex, so I did some clothes trying on at Old Navy and another clothing store I've never tried - very cute boutique-y feel but kinda large (Az well?) Anyway. I tried on some stuff, still fit into the sizes I'd normally fit into, felt pretty good about that. So it wasn't depressing at all, which is good -- I was like Dana, do you really want to do this right now??? And it turned out to be a little bit of a confidence booster. You didn't BLOW UP OVERNIGHT!!! You're up a little and it's OKAY! :)
Not to mention the major accomplishment of my run on Saturday! :D I didn't get to bask in accomplishment as much as I would have liked because I made us late to go to our friend's house and it was rush rush, hurry hurry, make a salad, oh you made us late. HAHAHA. So my run was getting kind of a bad rep -- but I was supposed to run 8 miles and actually went about 8.5!!!!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!! :D This Saturday's long run is to be 10miles. :) I added a new path and part of town to my running repertoire and I really enjoyed it, so it's good to know a new place I can string on to my "favorite run". It added about 2.5 miles! So that's cool.
I definitely started to feel my body getting tired and a bit sore toward the end of my run, but no sharp pains or anything bad like that, so that's good. I stayed within ranges on Sunday -- definitely went a little over on Saturday night, but I'm actually quite alright with that because I burned a ton of calories on my run. (ended up being over my cal's burned for the week by like... 800? or something?) I tracked it to what I could eat to stay within range easily prior to going over, but then I ate a bit more than that in actuality, but nothing crazy. I didn't make myself overfull. I think I actually just listened to my body and ate more in a smart way so I feel very positive and proud of my actions.
In general, I'm feeling much calmer and happier about where my body is right now and my plans for the future.
OH!!!!!!!!! AND ROWING!!!! The line-ups were redrawn again and as it stands I will be racing in a women's boat and a mixed boat in the more local race that I made top priority, and pending fundraising opportunities there is a chance I could race in another one as well but we'll see. I'm just excited because I never considered the possibility of racing on the same day in two different boats -- I hope I read the lineups right! HA :D
So here's to a great week!
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