Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So I did my run at lunchtime again today, I can see this being a Wednesday gig for me for a while -- looking down my training schedule only TWO Wednesdays have me running anything other than 4 miles. One 7 and one 2 (that last one is the Wednesday before the marathon!) - and the trail by my work is 4.14 miles, and with me getting dropped off at work 2 hrs early, clocking in an hour early and taking a 2 hour lunch to do that is pretty much perfect. And if I can't do that, I can always do it right after getting dropped off in the morning. Maybe I'll do that when I have to run 7 miles. EITHER WAY - very convenient!
Now I'm halfway through week 7... well....in number of runs. In mileage I'll be halfway through after TOMORROW's run. Then the big one on Saturday. I have to say, I never would have really expected to have such a nonchalant attitude toward running 4-7 miles... less than that as well. It's like -- ok.
Anyway -- after heading outside today to go to work I was looking forward to my run ALL DAY! It was sooooo beautiful outside. The sky was flawlessly gorgeous blue with not a SINGLE CLOUD. Low humidity, slight breeze, SUNNY. :)
(OH and ps. I chose sleep over erging this morning. BEST DECISION EVER. When I remembered I could run in the afternoon I was like, no way am I playing the get up early, workout, nap - game.)
Check out the forecast for my run: 77 Sunny, realfeel - 80, Humidity 40
Also no pain in the feet at all today. Just an FYI.
That's all I've got for today -- just essays on the beautiful weather and running.
Oh and TOM reared it's ugly head today. And work cake. But the cake was in tiny little pieces so very well managed. A happy and positive day.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
... sleep? Wearing yellow? Eating my delicious new obsession?
HAHAHAHA :D Whatever it is, I'm having a much better day, so I'm all for it.
Just been feeling so full of positivity since I dunno, sometime last night really.
I think also going rowing this morning and having a good row combined with collecting some more of the fund raiser money AND getting an actual congratulations from the club president and being like, uhh thanks, what? and he was like, the FUNDRAISER! :) So apparently it is thought of as somewhat of a success even if it wasn't as much as I personally hoped for. He actually said that he got some more donations from people at his church! They just hadn't been able to get back to him prior to the event (again back to the timing issues, but I think we all agree on that one so no biggie kind of a thing).
IT GOT COLD!!!!!!!! I walked out of work last night and was like...
haha. This morning I checked the temps before I headed out for rowing to ensure I dressed appropriately. (FOR THE RECORD - it was like... 50's so not REALLY cold, just cold compared to how it's been here!) I wore longer pants, shirt, long sleeved shirt, hoodie, and headed out.
The thing about this is that... sometimes rowing involves water splashing into the boat. I removed my hoodie before the splashing really began, but it was in the bottom of the boat and got a LITTLE wet that way, my long sleeved T's sleeves got SOAKED, also most of my left side. I was so cold and wet when I left there -- but the good thing is that the level of activity made it really tolerable during the row. It was really no big deal. At first no splashing because we're doing warmups and not able to really get sloppy, and by the time the splashing occurred... we were... warmed up. :)
But I did forget my running shoes on the way out of the house so I had to come back home and run a different route than I intended... one that I forgot involves THREE big hills.
I didn't actually run this in the order I have it mapped -- the tail end (.7 miles ish) was actually run at the beginning but you see the humps in there. Assuming this stuff is accurate anyway!
So -- I'm having kind of a mild weird pain. I tried to look stuff up online but nothing REALLY fit it and the closest thing doesn't really seem to have much you can do except maybe put an extra pad in your shoe (well other than get a shot from a dr that may or may not help it - neuroma is what I'm guessing at) It's a pain in the curling area of my toes, the like... middle toes. But it's not all the time, just sometimes... not even on some runs and even on the runs it happens on, most of the time I don't feel it but then I occasionally do. And then it like stops. I dunno, I'm not really worried about it, but I wanted to make note of it and be aware of it.
So anyway -- I felt kinda cold when running especially in the beginning, but not REALLY. Just my arms and hands a bit. But overall it was a really good run!! I tried a new "fuel"... didn't have a chance to get to the sporting good store so I decided to try Twizzler's Cherry Nibs. LOVE THEM.... uh.... but maybe not so much for the running fuel? Now that I've tried the GU and see how QUICKLY that goes, I'm like chewing all these little nibs, I had to start running again and chew and run which was actually fine, but not sure I prefer it is all. Today was also one of the faster times for me on this route which is interesting. I need to make sure to take it easy tomorrow.
Then shower/eat/watch House/sleep. Until RIGHT about time for me to leave!!! :D Luckily my hubby came and woke me up - not sure what happened with my alarm. I think I just turned it off and went back to sleep but I'm sure that was a good decision.
Speaking of tomorrow -- the plan is to erg in the morning at 6AM and be running by 6:45ish. I'm going to go for sleeves tomorrow probably and maybe bring my gloves. I didn't start running today until like 8AM so I bet it will be cooler.
New delicious obsession:
150 cal/13g fat/25mg sodium/6g carbs (3 fiber 1 sugar)/6g protein per ONE OZ.
They ARE sweetened with acesulfame potassium and sucralose, FYI for those who are avoiding artificial sweeteners, but the sweetness level is very low with these, they are the last ingredients. To me it is the PERFECT amount of sweet, the dark chocolate flavor is delicious, they are so good. The best thing is that for me, I can actually eat a few and not feel like I need to eat a ton of them. I have a little baggie here at work and I had a few at my last snack break when I ate my yogurt, and I'll probably have the rest with my lunch, but might save a few for later tonight. :D haha.
That's all for now... still busy busy with the schedule but I'm feeling less stressed and more positive for sure.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Row-A-Thon! We rowed. It was nice. I didn't row actually, I was manning the shelter in the park -- which was less of a success. I think partially because of the forecast and partially because of the lateness of things which allowed us very little by way of advertising... anyway. I have a total so far of some of the donations, but I still have yet to collect the donations given to the other rowers that received pledges so I do not know how successful it was as a whole yet.
Running - WEEK 6/16 DONE!
This week did not have a typical long run scheduled for the weekend. I did run over 7 miles on Tuesday, however, which for me has been a longer type of a run, but Saturday was supposed to be a " two mile warmup, 5K race, 1 mile cooldown". Well I didn't enter any races, there wasn't one in town, so instead I just did the two mile warmup (actually about 2.1 miles), then ran 3 miles as if I were racing, and then did another mile lap as a cooldown. So the total was a little over six miles, but man!!!! It was hard and fun to run fast again! My first mile loop was at 9:15min! hahahaha. I started out WAYYYYYYYY too fast, though. I could feel myself fading fast halfway through that loop. I ended up second mile around 9:30, last mile around 10:15... haha I also REALLY lost focus at one point in the last mile... I started thinking about other things and then I was like, oh yeah I'm supposed to be racing! I finished the 3 miles in 29:00 though, so considering I've been running an average between 12-13min miles on my runs recently, it was nice to reassure myself that this is because I REALLY AM taking it easy. Not because I can't run fast anymore. Ya know?
So I got that done.
So..... we're not going to be leaving in December unless some amazing job offer pops up like NOW. Within the next week or so is when we have to be telling people (apt, University) if we're gonna be here any longer and so far no bites. (Not too many apps put in but very recently, though... but there's really no reason to try to kill ourselves to get out of here...)
It was a bit of a letdown for me -- ok I'm being very conservative with that statement because frankly I'm embarrassed with how I reacted when it came down to it that this was the best decision for us to make... I criiiiied, it was awful. I was just SO looking forward to giving the big PEACE I'M OUTTA HERE at my work, sooooooo counting on not realllly being the fundraising person forever, just until we left in Dec... stuff like that. But oh well -- it's really not that bad. It just took me a while to readjust my expectations. Ya know? In the grand scheme of things another 4-5 months is really no big deal. Not to mention that it's not going to be like it is now... marathon training takes up so much time and is stressful. It's exciting!!!! But doing it on top of the other things in life just takes a lot out of you.
Anyway -- a little bit downer sounding of an entry, but really, I'm glad last week is over. I was feeling very cheerful this morning and I'm still feeling pretty good. :) I'm looking forward to what the future has to bring, even though it's different than what I was expecting the future to look like a week ago or so.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I definitely used to be a very lazy person.
Procrastinate EVERYTHING except for what seems immediately fun and easy. Which obviously led to lost of sitting on the couch, watching TV and eating eating eating.
Now my opinion on FUN has evolved to include a LOT MORE THINGS, and what is easy isn't always the most appealing thing anymore. Sometimes things become appealing because of the fact that they AREN'T easy... (marathon anyone???)
Since I've changed a bit, I've also become of the opinion that anyone can stand something difficult for a short period of time... Let me clarify I guess. Like Jillian Michael's Making the Cut program -- 30days... it's grueling, but hey. It's only 30 days. Do it, rock it, and you can move on to something else. When I was working massive amounts of overtime at my job one month/two... it was tough, but it was doable and necessary and it wasn't forever.
Right now I'm in one of those situations. My plate became overly full, but I couldn't see anything I could/wanted to remove from it, so now I'm burning the candle at both ends... but!!!!!!! After this weekend, it's over. *phwew*
SO! :D Right now I just count down the days.
This morning I was debating whether to shove my run off to another day... but ultimately decided I would feel a lot better if I just gritted my teeth and got it done. BOY HOWDY! Rowing this morning was tough, but good. The run was... slow (purposefully slow) and hard, and wearymaking, but toward the end I just started thinking how happy I was to have this done today so I could move on with a nice REST day tomorrow prior to crazy row-a-thon day. I think I'm gonna get up and do my running before the row-a-thon, too... I WANTED to row all 4 hours, but it's not going to be super grueling in any case, and there are plenty of volunteers so I can rotate out of the rowing portion at any time. So... again, get it done early and check it off the list! :)
I WAS NEVER A GET IT DONE EARLY AND CHECK IT OFF KIND OF GIRL!!!
See above? About procrastinating? Now, that isn't to say I still don't procrastinate SOME things... but there are things that are NOT FUN these days, and I DO THEM right away, or soon, or early...
Anyway now I'm hungry.
As of today I'm already over my calorie burn estimate for the week -- that is not counting any ST, and no running or rowing this weekend.... so.... yeah. Yesterday I was feeling it and I purposefully ate a little over my calories. Right now I'm just eating when I'm hungry and eating good stuff -- the worst thing I've eaten are Kashi Crunch Bars probably, and the candy corn I took for my running sugar today cause I forgot I ran out of running fuel! I'm still tracking up till dinnertime so I have an idea where I am and don't lose my feeling for how much I'm eating and when... sometime soon I'll adjust my ranges in sparks but for right now I'm just going to go with the flow.
So. Snack time.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Still crazy busy, and short on sleep, but things are getting done and I'm feeling positive.
Now that the approval is there, and things are starting to come together, I'm getting a little excited about the fundraiser. There are still a few concerns I have - the biggest one being the weather. The river has flooded recently and I'm just praying for little to no rain for the rest of the week, so that things can be normal and we can row.
As of right now, we're supposed to be able to get on the water tomorrow, so that is a good sign.
Flyers have been made and some are hung up already, I have more door prizes even than before, I mean we're gonna have a lot... it's going to be great.
I have enough volunteers to row and everything, so we should be covered the day of as far as actually getting things done. Now I just have to hope everyone is really out there getting donations and that the day of we are able to get enough money to really have this thing be successful. I mean we can have a nice day in the park and row for 4 hours, that part is looking ok, but making money is the point so I hope it does that well.
Aside from that, I've been eating within calories this week... exercise has been there.
Yesterday and today I did a bit of erging at the Aquatic Center prior to my runs. Boy, that erging is TOUGH. I didn't do very much on Tuesday, but my run was also much longer at 7.55miles. That is definitely the longest run I've ever done midweek!
It was FANTASTIC, too.
Honestly my long run on Saturday was kind of the pits. So it was really reassuring to have such an excellent longer run -- and I really and truly experienced the "runner's high" yesterday. :) It was GREAT. This morning's run was a bit tougher through parts of it, but ended strong. I think the erging was so tough this morning, and then the sleep getting shorter... but then my music started rocking and I knew I had someone who was running/walking behind me and I didn't want them to catch up to me so that helped. Right when I was getting to the last stretch of my run, I saw them catch up to me on the opposite side of the road and then start walking. I wonder if their goal was to catch up? They might have been alternating running and walking behind me the whole time, though, but I prefer to think I was their bunny. That would be cool.
Then I went home and had a smoothie and then did some strength training while watching Biggest Loser.
I cried! When the brown team dude was talking to his family and he mentioned his daughter saying to him, "I want a big belly like you!" and then she started to put on weight... *sniffle* One of the big reasons I wanted to lose weight was to set a healthy example for my children and also to learn about HOW to BE healthy so that I could bring them up healthy. It just got to me! First time I've been able to watch BL America for quite some time because there were lots of TiVo conflicts last season... annnywayyyyy. That show is insane, but it IS inspiring.
So like I mentioned, tomorrow morning we're supposed to be able to get on the water to row! YAY! :D So that's today.... tomorrow is supposed to be 6 miles, and then Saturday is supposed to be 2 mile warmup jog, run a 5K race, and then 1 mile cooldown. There is no 5K in town and I'm not travelling and paying money just cause my plan says for me to run a 5K this week. I'm just gonna do a VIRTUAL 5K. woot. :) Run fast and kill it on my own.
Can't wait till this week is over and things can get back to somewhat normal!
Oh and I'm officially the Club's Fundraising Coordinator now which means I get a vote on the board. :) They asked and I figured why not, I'm already doing it and at least that will give me some power. We will (hopefully) be moving at the end of this year, and I may not even have to plan another fundraiser, but I can still be more involved in the club and have some input. And if something DOES come up to have another fundraiser, well at least I'll be able to have some power behind my suggestions as well.
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