Tuesday, November 17, 2009
OH MAN. After tomorrow it will be a single digit amount of runs remaining. CRrraaazy.
I was very nervous for today's run -- not feeling super 100% yet after Saturday's 20 miler... and it was 8 miles (actually 8.5, but 8 on the schedule), which is my longest mid-week run for the ENTIRE TRAINING plan... kinda strange that it falls right after the longest long run??? But anyway. I decided nothing was going to stop me and headed out.
And boy, the world got me! HAHAHA I had commented yesterday to several people about being worried about the weather being unseasonably warm and then all of a sudden snapping to cold the day of the race and me never running in the cold... well today was kinda cold for me. It was in the upper 40's for almost my whole run, and NO SUN except for 3 moments. hahaa It was kind of magical -- it came out at those moments when I was like, HOLY CRAP I AM SO COLD I am not going to make it... and then voila, sun beams warming me up a bit. I felt like a flower stretching my face toward the sun. Of course it disappeared moments later but at least it kept me sane enough to make it. In around the last mile I cranked up the speed. I was like -- ok that's it, I'm freezing, the sooner I get back to the car the sooner I'm done with this nonsense -- and it felt GREAT.
My run ended up being average below 12.5min miles, and I walked for 10 min as a warmup, took my normal walk breaks... I was just going faster overall apparently -- the cold air I think gets me booking it. Plus my max HR was only 178, average 155, which is around 5-10bpm lower than my normal runs.
I think I could have dressed a bit better -- really I think I wanted my gloves. It was pretty windy and my fingers were getting so chapped and cold feeling. I brought them with me but left them in the car thinking I didn't want them afterall.
ANYWAY - the run was ok. Not super pleasant, because I was just thinking about how cold I was most of the time, but it had some really positive things about it. :)
Then I went grocery shopping, came home, put everything away, showered, and ate and right back out the door.
And now I'm hungry -- snack time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
So.... it's getting close!
Two weeks from Saturday I will be running a marathon. :) The buildup and anticipation is CRAZY!
I have to say -- after blogging on Saturday other pains came to me. HAHAHAHA The soreness found me, although really it wasn't as bad as I anticipated, my foot started hurting again (today it feels almost normal), the hip was aching (today feels flawless), but um I woke up several times last night, didn't get the best sleep, and after the last time I woke up I felt fine, but then this morning I wake up and have pain in the muscles down the right side of my back. GRRR!!! hhahaha. NO FAIR!! I wanna feel perfect again so I can run my 8 miles tomorrow! I'm hoping all I need is the rest of today and tonight's sleep to be feeling perfect again to go and run. But if not -- I can handle missing a run. All will be ok.
So I forgot to mention -- yesterday I painted faces for 4 hours at a local Fall Festival. I LOVE painting faces!!! I was really loving it up until like the last... I dunno 20-30 min. Even then it just depended on who I was painting cause some kids were sweet and cute and some were just antsy and not polite. You know? No kids were awful or anything, just less pleasant. Afterward the friend who invited me to paint faces asked us over for dinner and I got to eat a wonderful healthy meal and I didn't even have to cook it! :D She made a great salad, and a pasta bake w/ multigrain noodles, ground turkey, spinach, organic tomato sauce, and fat free ricotta... I think that's the gist of it. Oh and bell peppers. It was so perfect. I ate way too much of it. haha. But at least it was a lot of the good stuff.
We definitely tore apart some IHOP after my run, too. haha. But now I feel normalized re: intake and it's back to the usual this week. The time from now to the marathon will likely go so fast -- My DH is defending his dissertation this Friday, then next week is Thanksgiving so I will only have to work like 2.5 days before going to visit inlaws and have fun, then I come back, work a 4 day week before going to Memphis! :D I'm sure I will have many boring anxiety filled work hours waiting for the time to pass, but other than that it will really be over before I know it, I'm sure of it.
I'm also excited to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving :D Revisiting my first 5K, first race ever, will be so cool the week before the marathon. :)
As for right now, I'm sore and tired. HAHAHA :D So today can move along please, thank you!
For more food pictures and pictures of facepainting:
Saturday, November 14, 2009
So I got back from my run feeling great -- I had an amazing moment post run and as I was telling my husband about it, he's like -- "You had a peak experience." He explained to me a bit about it as a theory of the psychologist Maslow and here is some explanation about it --
"American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences. Peak experiences are sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, and possibly the awareness of "ultimate truth" and the unity of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions, and a wider sense of awareness, as though one was standing upon a mountaintop. The experience fills the individual with wonder and awe. He feels at one with the world and is pleased with it; he or she has seen the ultimate truth or the essence of all things.
Maslow's work has been called groundbreaking because it concerned the spiritual yearnings of humankind and focused a scientific interest on mysticism. Such an endeavor had been absent since the work of psychologist and philosopher William James at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Maslow described peak experiences as self-validating, self-justifying moments with their own intrinsic value; never negative, unpleasant or evil; disoriented in time and space; and accompanied by a loss of fear, anxiety, doubts, and inhibitions.
The two types of peak experiences are relative and absolute. Relative characterize those peak experiences in which there remains an awareness of subject and object, and which are extensions of the individual's own experiences. They are not true mystical experiences, but rather inspirations, ecstasies, and raptures. It is thought that probably the majority of peak experiences fall into this category. Absolute peak experiences are characteristic of mystical experiences, and are comparable to experiences of great mystics in history. They are timeless, spaceless, and characterized by unity, in which the subject and object becomes one.
Maslow said that all individuals are capable of peak experiences. Those who do not have them somehow depress or deny them. Individuals most likely to have peak experiences are self-actualized, mature, healthy, and self-fulfilled.
Peak experiences render therapeutic value as they foster a sense of being lucky or graced; release creative energies; reaffirm the worthiness of life; and change an individual's view of himself or herself. Maslow cautioned against seeking such experiences for their own sake; echoing the advice of the mystics who have pointed out that the sacred exists in the ordinary. Maslow further believed that domestic and public violence, alcoholism, and drug abuse stem from spiritual emptiness, and that even one peak experience might be able to prevent, or at least abate, such ills."
When I finished my run I looked around the park and saw all of the beauty in it, the families with their children, and just felt overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. I felt completely blessed -- or "graced". I had to pray and thank God for this earth, LIFE, being able to complete my run -- and even the regaining of my health!
What a blessing it is that after mistreating my body for so long, I was able to take care of it and bring it to such a place of health and fitness!!! It made me think about the process of repentance for our souls and how when we make mistakes we are able to repent and be forgiven for those errors. We may still see repercussions from them in this life -- I still have stretch marks and loose skin -- but in the next we will be perfected. It was just an incredible moment and I am so happy that I am working to better my life and not remaining stagnant and I had to share this with all of you.
So -- back to the run -- it went pretty good. :D HAHAHAHA It was just under a 13 min mile average, including my 10 min walking warmup -- including getting stuck at some lights, stopping to retie my shoes, all my little 1min-2min walk breaks here and there, running up to some doors on campus to see if the building was open so I could find a water fountain, running into The Pita Pit's restroom to refill some water bottles and back out... HAHA. Most mostly I felt strong and capable and I KNEW I would be finishing this run. I was even able to pick up and run abit stronger at the end, knowing I was close to the finish (even with my stupid pinky toe blisters).
So now -- TAPER. And 3 weeks from today I will be finished or toward the end of 26.2 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Um, now to shower and go to IHOP. :)
Friday, November 13, 2009
But I feel anxious!!! I am not feeling relaxed and restful - hahaha.
Probably helped by this morning being a mega prep day for food! I've been ok so far this week with throwing things together for lunch, but tonight we're going to a friend's house to play games and we'll be heading over directly after work. I asked about the food situation, and the others (except DH and I) are planning to eat beforehand, so I'm bringing our dinner. :) haha. I've been trying to eat extra carbs this week to prepare for Saturday's run -- last night was like... mega potato dinner. It was awesome. I roasted a bunch of red potatoes w/ onions and then browned some beef to put on top. The night before that was little shell pasta w/ meat+mushroom sauce, and tonight is going to be RICE w/ chicken and snap peas.
Which is also my lunch. Woot. Also eating at the friend's house will allow me to be able to quickly to go bed when we get home instead of what we usually do when these type of things happen which is go to them, if there's no food/no ordering food/whatever, we wait until we get home, which is crazy late, eat something probably not so good, which takes longer, and go to bed crazy late. This time I've set the expected leaving time, I'm bringing food so when we get home I can go right to bed. I want ALL CONTROLLABLE VARIABLES on my side tomorrow.
But it meant for a bit of a hectic morning -- boiling eggs, cooking chicken, steaming rice, steaming snap peas, putting everything into little baggies..... but I'm glad I did it. Finally finished ANTM, too. :)
There ARE a couple of things I'll need to do tonight -- just prep the stuff I'll need tomorrow - my water/nuun bottles, make sure my MP3 player is FULLY charged... stuff like that, but that's minor.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
my next run is the 20 miler and then it's TAPERING TIME!!!!!!!!!! CRAZY!
Today I was sooooooo not feeling like my run... I procrastinated a BIT but left only 15 min later than I expected to, was concerned it might be too warm but in fact it was flawlessly gorgeous outside. Then when I started running my shoes were bugging me -- I stopped and retied them with the top (not the extra) hole tied and VOILA, my run started being FABULOUS. It was sooooo gorgeous outside, my music was rockin -- (haven't run with music in a while due to pouring rain and my MP3 player dying) -- I ended up JUST under a 12 min mile and due to a little adjustment I made to the route I looked up on mapmyrun actually went 6.29 miles instead of just 6. ROCK ON!
Today's run actually made me get more excited about Saturday because so far this week I've had Tuesday which was pouring rain and wind, yesterday which was fast but felt like a chore and lost music halfway through.... so today's run helped get me really excited about running 20 for somer reason -- also I feel so good right now and I still get to have a rest day tomorrow so that is encouraging, too.
More people at work are finding out about my marathoning endeavors. I guess it's hard not to ask about it when I'm coming into work in my running clothes half the time, but still -- I've been doing that for weeks now but it's only just started to really come up.
I was talking to a woman at my work who is very overweight (I don't want to say obese because I hate that word) but anyway, she was saying how proud of me she was for doing all this running and that I sounded fast to her (oh the wonderful blessing of how there's always someone slower and always someone faster than you. If I was some crazy elite marathoner maybe I'd get a big head, but that certainly isn't going to happen but even THOSE guys have someone that's faster than them on a given day! But it's nice to occasionally be reminded that even though I'm slow for many runners out there, I'm fast to lots of other people! ), and I started to tell her how I got started running I was walking 90 seconds and running 30 seconds for like... 20minutes. And then I was like -- and that was after I had been working out for like... 6 months!! I started by walking on a treadmill for 30 min!
And explaining that really reminded me how far I had come and how by adding little by little I've come from someone who found it challenging to walk for 30 min on a treadmill to someone who is going to run for 26.2 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THAT IS INSANE. But looking back on my journey was really uplifting and inspiring to me to see what I'm capable of by setting small goals and continuing to move forward. Heck, I even kinda stagnated in running for some periods in this timeline -- stopping running after my first 5K for the winter before starting up again the next year, not starting to add distance much until later that year -- then the IT band issues which caused a running hiatus before THIS year. Even so, I only started learning to run miday through 2007 and I will end 2009 as a marathoner. :D THAT IS FREAKING COOL. HAHAHAHAHA. Exciting! :)
Ok enough patting myself on the back -- so I did good on the food front yesterday, ate MORE yesterday coming 59 cal below my upper limit. I took pictures!!! But... I didn't get a chance to upload anything. Some things I'm excited to show you once it gets up: A cottage cheese/cereal mixture w/ dates and honey and my dinner which was pasta w/ meat+mushroom sauce. :) YAY!
This morning was just TOO busy -- get up, eat and watch part of ANTM, go run, come back shower, pack lunch, eat and watch another part of ANTM, go to work.
I didn't even get to finish the episode! HAHAHA :D But I feel good about giving priority to the important things and not to TV this morning. :) I got plennnnty of sleep and it felt good. I also weighed 2lbs less than yesterday! Still not sharing the numbers until I make my weightloss plan post marathon, but I will say I'm not too far from my maintenance range and I've been feeling really good about how I feel lately in my body. :) I want my muscles back but I don't feel overly puffy anymore. I think I need a full-length mirror at home. When I was at the gyno the other day and I was getting dressed there was a mirror in the room and I was like - DANG!!!!!!! My long skinny legs really add a whole other dimension to my overall appearance and body proportions. I am so used to seeing myself from pretty much the widest part of my body (hips) and up that I think I get a kind of skewed image of myself. Something to think about in the future.... I'm thinking like after we move away from Tuscaloosa and get settled wherever DH's first career job will be.
That's it for now! A longer blog than I intended... guess I have more on my mind than I thought.
OH you know I want to share something else -- in one of my SparkTeams we recently shared a dream list of things we'd like to do in our lives and I want to share mine:
"Play trombone w/ a symphony orchestra
Play trombone w/ a jazz ensemble
Play trombone w/ a brass quintet
Run on the Great Wall of China
Run the Big Sur Marathon
Run the Chicago Marathon
Run the NYC Marathon
Run a Rock n Roll Marathon (or half)
Run the Hood to Coast Relay
Travel to Japan
Go to the Harry Potter thing at Universal Islands of Adventure
Travel to Argentina
Travel to England (London Marathon??)
Visit Chicago (um... even if I don't do the Chicago Marathon)
GO TO HAWAII! Run in Hawaii! Visit other islands?
Participate in a triathlon
Raise healthy children and live a long healthy life with them and my awesome husband. :) If I do this, I will be happy."
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