Monday, October 19, 2009
So we'll start with the crappy, then the awesome, and then the pictures.
So -- my run SUCKED. Here are the reasons why:
1. My IT Band flared up. I got blisters on my pinky toes. These things made me have to walk a lot at the end. That and a potty break added a total of 1 minute to each mile average for the run -- I averaged 14min mile. eek. Unless I accidentally ran extra in the middle... which I might have.
2. I didn't sleep well the night before.
3. Sore from regatta still.
So.... to sum up -- I still hurt! :( I'm going to take it chill starting running this week and take Tuesday off and more if I feel I need to. AFTER this week I still have 6 more weeks of training and I know I can hack it, so I'm not worried about missing some mileage here and there as long as it means I can make it to the starting line. The good thing? I was able to feel how to deal with the issues and push through the pain and listen to my body and walk when needed to get through a tough run like that. I had a bad run on my 11 miler -- in tears at the end. This one... I didn't cry, but it was on par with that run I think. And then I remind myself that after that I had a really great 14 miler and a solid 12 mile run before this another crappy one, with LOTS of contributing factors.
NO MORE LONG RUNS the day after INTENSE EXERCISE!!! I also had zero FULLY off days leading up to this run -- I was rowing and running on Thursday, rowing Friday, racing Saturday... It might've been stupid. But I did learn from it and can now say I've completed a 16+ mile run. :)
NOW!!! :D THE REGATTA!
Was awesome. Actually --- it was freezing cold, windy, overcast, the water was choppy... but we did REALLY great in spite of the awful conditions and we WON our event!!! YES! That is the 1st WIN for our club as well! :D In the Spring they took 2nd, and last week they came in 5th, so we seriously kicked butt on Saturday. We were rowing into a headwind, so we had to fight to control our oars against the wind, and at the end the water was seriously so choppy that there were waves occasionally hitting us over the port side of our boat. It was INSANE. But we actually won not only with handicaps added, but were 40seconds in the lead in raw time. Our raw time also beat the raw time of most of the collegiate 8+ boats as well -- we got beat by the top 3 men's boats, and the 1st place women's boat and that's it! :) ALSO - One thing about this type of race -- you are judged on your net time, you race in the order of your boats number... so it's not like a side by side thing like the Olympics or something. So you don't actually know your results until everyone's raced and they post the results of your event.
Food for the weekend: Not too bad. I didn't track, but I feel confident that I didn't overdo it, either. I burned a BUTTLOAD of calories between Sat+Sun, I may have eaten a little more than usual but I didn't use that as an excuse to eat total crap. We only ate out once, and it was to my favorite Asian Food place called Bento Box. I had some amazing brown rice, a spicy garlic chicken (grilled chicken breasts in a sauce), fried potato and tofu (the one really obviously less healthy choice, but it's SO good and not very greasy), FRUIT and cucumber kimchi. :) So really overall a very good meal choice especially considering I was eating out. :)
NOW - Pictures from the regatta!!! My DH took the photos.
Here we are coming in to the finish line:
This is afterwards when we're coming into the little channel to dock:
Then this is when I'm talking to my family and they gave me a towel - YAY!
Coaches dog, and our mascot, LUNA! :D
We did a cheer- YAY!
THEN we found out we WON and we got our medals! :D
Friday, October 16, 2009
At least it was someone I'm friendly with that came up to my desk to talk to my while I was on the floor, curled in a ball, rolling side to side massaging my spine between Pilates moves.
HHAHAHAHAHA I looked like a crazy person. Oh well. I was like, oh I'm doing Pilates. And he was like, oh. OK! and then talked to me about whatever... so yeah. Slightly less weird than anticipated but still when I looked up and saw him standing there I was like, oh crap.
Anyway -- SO I DID IT. :) I got my butt on the floor and did some ab stuff - twice. One round of my favorite crunches set thingie, and then a series of hundreds, single leg straight, single leg bent, double leg whatever the heck.... yeah. Less than I used to do but a heck of a lot more than I've done in ages. Same goes for my upper body efforts on Wednesday. But hey, if I keep this up, right on!!! I think I might bring some dumbbells and/or my kettlebell to work.... I haven't been using them at home and I might as well. Now that I'm brave enough to lay down on the floor surely I can do a dumbbell curl.
So we had another rowing practice this morning -- it was perfect. Just the right amount of slightly higher intensity rowing on all 8's, done with intervals of rowing 6's at paddle pressure (which means basically just enough that you're not letting the blade float through the water but not really applying pressure either). Then we de-rigged the boat and got it ready for travel.
So this evening I leave for the in-laws, sooooo excited to see them. I'm really so JAZZED UP for the regatta and running SIXTEEN MILES that I almost forgot that I GET TO SEE THEM! :D hahaha. I thought about that aspect today and my heart just warmed, I love them. :) I also feel very prepared to eat well this weekend. I don't have that feeling like I sometimes do of, HEY NOW I can get away with having some cheat meals cause I'm eating at the generosity of my family!!! Or because we get to go to XYZ cool places that I love... I just feel like... gotte fuel my body right for my race and run. Ya know? So I'm excited to enter the weekend with that mindset.
It's going to be COLD! (for me). Apparently it will technically be in the 50's (which is is today) but a "realfeel" in the 40's this weekend. JOY. I have packed a hat, my tights, gonna grab my cool "cold weather athlete" gloves I got for Christmas a while back... and hope I'm alright. I've got a container full of GU and nuun coming with me, my belt, HRM strap, all of my workout shoes... I'm bringing my foam roller as well. Feeling prepared! :) hahaha.
Excited because we should be going to a running store I like up there and registering me for the Turkey Trot this year and probably picking up some more nuun as well.
WISH ME LUCK in the FITNESS CRAZY WEEKEND! :D
Thursday, October 15, 2009
So... yeah that sums up how I'm feeling right now.
Thank you all for your additional support on my blog yesterday!!! :D It feels good to know I have it even if I'm not perfect, ya know? I came clean and you all still love me! :D HAHAHAHA. And when I type it it sounds stupid but I think the fear was in there somewhere maybe.
Row and run today. The run was hard.
I kind of bruised the top of my ankle yesterday by running too long with my shoe tied not quite right, so today's run was uncomfortable but I did it anyway because I thought the benefits would outweigh the detriment -- I have two off running days in a row coming so that area will be thoroughly rested and have time to feel better by Sunday and I know it's not an injury, just a bruise. So yeah. I actually had a normal time today -- I was sure I'd be slower but no. Just NORMAL slow. ;)
Should be rowing again tomorrow morning, gotta be ready for the regatta -- nothing intense, just to really get out on the water and try to work out the kinks in our lineup as best as we can w/ a couple of subs.
OH!!!! AND YESTERDAY: I stayed within calories, tracked every bit of food, and did like 3-5 sets of 3-5 pushups and tricep dips at work yesterday. (I think it was 5 sets of pushups and 3-4 of the dips I kind of lost track...) Pushups were from the knee (starting over kinda sucks) and the dips are off my desk, straight leg. So today I will implement the same strategy w/ corework. Whenever I start to get super bored or fidgety I will do that instead of thinking about food. I think it will help the junk cravings to get destroyed as I'm eating more cleanly again. :)
SO - I made a new vision collage and I want to share it. Someting to represent my dream life and future goals, and I also have some other pictures I've been meaning to share so now it's picture time.
I'm not sure how well you can see it so I will sum up -- text says: It's YOU vs. YOU Make your best even better. LOVE. Build Your Dream. Fit kids. and Make Money Doing What You Love.
In the bottom left corner it's kinda devoted to the idea of being a fit and healthy mom -- we have a beautiful mother and daughter, a fit pregnant woman workings some handweights, and an illustration of a mom pushing a jogging stroller (and kidding with 25lb weight plates as wheels! HAHA). The woman with her arms outstretched is an Oxygen magazine EXHALE moment which I loved, and the woman running is from a Runner's World Rave Run in Hawaii - I WANT TO RUN IN HAWAII. The bottom right corner -- Make Money Doing what You Love is to help inspire me to push forward working towards my goal of finishing my Music Ed degree and getting certified as a Personal Fitness Instructor/GroupInstructor/Nutrition Consultant whatever. I want to teach people and those are the areas I feel passionate about. And of course the upper right hand corner has some women sweep rowing - WOOT.
Practicing my "crazy eyes" technique so I can look insane like Tracy Purple on TBL. (These are this morning post row/run preshower FYI)
80's day at my work last week -- because at my job Employee Appreciation Week means junk food and making your employee's dress like crazy people.
A picture I took from my vantage point at the park during our Row-A-Thon. :)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So -- yeah, there are some things I'm feeling really good about right now.
My progress with marathon training, the upcoming regatta....
But some other things that are not going so great:
Strength training, tracking/food.
YEAH. I love you friends, but when I'm talking about what I'm excited about and everyone's like, YEAH YOU ROCK, all I can think about is how I had an extra snack of 2 rolls and natural PB last night.
I know it's not a MAJOR CRAZY misstep, but I have to be honest -- all is not perfectly aligned in Dana world. I've come down a bit from post Aug, but I'm still not back down where I'd like to be.
Part of me is ok with it, and thinks -- Dana, you can't be focused on losing weight AND training for a marathon right now. The two do not combine.
Another part of me is like -- Hey - even if you're not losing, you can still be making better cleaner food choices and when you do that, who knows, maybe you will continue to lose a little bit at a time instead of maintaining where you are right now.
Either way, if I maintain where I am right now for a while (NO I AM NOT CHANGING MY TICKER because I know this is only temporary and I hate people that don't know me coming to my page and saying - HEY YOU'RE ALMOST THERE! That is so demoralizing) -- it's ok because I know post marathon it will be a lot easier to shift my focus and lose it again. If I can continue to lose a little tiny bit at a time by making a small calorie reduction and eating more healthful foods, that's even better.
I will eat if I am hungry, though. And I will definitely make sure I eat enough to fuel my workouts.
But part of me feels like I've been using that as an excuse to splurge more than necessary. I can still eat more WHOLE GRAINS and VEGGIES and FRUIT and NUTS and all that good stuff instead of using those extra calories that I need to eat junk, which then makes me want more junk, and so on and so forth.
I think last week was tough foodwise because it was Employee Appreciation Week at my work and food treats were all over the place. And since I wasn't tracking my food anyway, and I know my level of activity can support a good amount of calories, I was not turning anything down! So unlike the usual me.
I want to just work on getting back to basics, cutting out the extra nonsense. I'm still going to allow the same kind of treats I would back when I was eating like the NORMAL me. Last week was more like the OLD unhealthy me and I do not like that feeling.
I am also going to start implementing ST breaks at my work. I'll alternate what I do day to day -- but I think I'm JUST going to do pushups/dips and abs. (maybe some pilates back stuff to balance out the corework if I feel I can do that without looking totally crazy). Yes, I will be out in the middle of my office on the floor doing this, but to be honest there are very few employees working at night now and NONE on my aisle, so if I'm down on the floor no one except maybe the security dudes can see me. :) I wonder if they watch that kind of stuff on their cameras? Anyway.
To put it all in perspective and recap:
I'm still healthy and fit.
My clothes still fit (even if some are a bit snugger than I'd prefer).
I can eat better.
I can fit in some ST.
Now to make it happen.
(Oh and I'm running at lunchtime today - yay! Also I feel super foxy today even though I'm wearing jeans, chucks, and a thermal T. I donated to breast cancer and got the privilege of jeans and sneaks at work this week, btw - normally it's business casual. HAHA)
Monday, October 12, 2009
And really -- 4 more long runs until the big 20 and then taper. So it is feeling REALLY close.
This week's long run is another big jump up and it's gonna be the toughest week to fit in the run probably for the remainder of training due to my REGATTA being on Saturday!!!!
We've made the decision to spend the weekend with my in-laws (they live where the regatta is) after I scoped out some public routes on mapmyrun.com and found a perfect 16miler that looks like it will be pretty and everything. Just will have to wait and see how I feel about running it after the regatta... If I feel fantastic I might be able to do it the same day, but I'm guessing I'll be preferring to wait and do it the next day instead.
Looks like we're rowing at 4PM! LAST EVENT OF THE DAY!!! hahaha. So yeah....I don't think I would want to risk running earlier and being spent for my race, but I definitely would not be able to run afterward. :P So Sunday it is! Unless I wanted to try running it on Friday morning, but I still would rather postpone it all until after the regatta.
I was just reading the information packet about the race and it's got me all pumped again. :) I wonder what the rest of the club is planning for that day??? We have to be prepared for a 45min easy row to the starting line of the race (yikes - maybe I'll take a gel with me to pop before we start? HAHA) Oooh I just looked at the entires for our event and there are 4 total boats racing, they give medals to the top three in each event, so theoretically we have a pretty good chance of medaling... yes? :D hahaha.
For Masters Rowing they use a handicap by the ages of those in the boat -- our boat's handicap is 18.8 seconds (average age 41). The boats we are racing against have handicaps of 16.2sec (average age 40), and the other two at 27.7 sec (average age 44).
ANYWAY -- what I'm saying is that registration starts at like 6:30-9AM, there's a coach/cox meeting at 7:30 so at LEAST our coach/cox will need to be at the event early, even though our race is the last of the day. We'd have to be in the docking area 1hr prior due to having to row to the start (so 3PM) -- I wonder if everyone plans on basically hanging out and watching all the races or what??
Just want to make it through this week and then I will be rowing once a week unless I am subbing for someone or feel up to rowing on Sunday, and focusing in on the marathon!!! :)
I'm also excited because I will get to register for the Turkey Trot this weekend and perhaps pick up some more nuun.
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