Saturday, November 21, 2009
I would just like to say that I was expecting this run to kind of suck -- 4 hrs of sleep, randomly hot and sunny at the beginning when I was expecting cool and cloudy (um, tights?! EEK!).
But then it got cool enough to be SUPER comfortable, and I actually finished the 13 miles in a Personal Best for me at that distance -- a 12:20 min mile average pace! WOOHOOO!!!!! Had to blog about it. Now for family time.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I just found the best yogurt ever.
I'm upgrading from my old Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Strawberry. :)
To Stonyfield Organic Yobaby + Fruit and Cereal!
Yeah, it's for babies, but whatever -- it looked good so I decided to go for it.
The one I ate today was Straberry Banana, and the pack I bought is Strawberry Banana and Raspberry Pear. :)
Here are the ingredients:
"CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC WHOLE MILK, NATURALLY MILLED ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC STRAWBERRY PURÉE, ORGANIC BANANA PURÉE, ORGANIC OAT FLOUR, ORGANIC FLAXSEED CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC OAT BRAN, FISH OIL (ANCHOVY OIL, SARDINE OIL, TILAPIA FISH GELATIN: A NATURAL SOURCE OF DHA), NATURAL FLAVOR, PECTIN, ORGANIC BEET JUICE CONCENTRATE (FOR COLOR), ZINC GLUCONATE, VITAMIN D3. CONTAINS OUR EXCLUSIVE BLEND OF SIX LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES: S. THERMOPHILUS, L. BULGARICUS, L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, L. CASEI, AND L. RHAMNOSUS." For Raspberry Pear sub Raspberry and Pear Puree, and Black Carrot and Black Currant for coloring.
Nutrition Facts: 110 calories, 4g fat, 55mg sodium, 15g carbs, 13g sugar, 4g protein
Yeah, my fatfree is 90 cal and I think 6g protein -- but it has more sugar. AND it doesn't have the omega-3's addition! AND...
This stuff is so cool, it's like a 3 layer treat. The top was a super creamy layer that was creamy colored as well, then in the middle was the yogurt, then at the bottom it's like the fruit puree and the grain stuff. That's what it seemed like to me anyway -- it was like discovering a treasure as I went! And it was sooooooo good tasting.
I got excited and had to come write a recommendation.
So anyway -- other stuff. Last night was tough -- a lot of dark moments, but then things started getting more normal (and junk food was purchased), watched some funny TV shows on TiVo... oh and then my father-in-law came down. That was kind of a secret until he called and said he was down the rd, then I finally told my DH he was coming. I think he was ready for it then, but earlier when he left (it's about a 2hr drive) I'm positive my DH would have totally rejected that notion so we kept it on the hushhush. I'm glad because I had to come to work this morning and go run 13 miles and I didn't want to be worried about him being home alone with his thoughts, ya know? Just not a good idea. Plus hello - his dad rocks and there's no way this can't be a positive thing anyway.
But here I am -- up till a little after 2AM working on this stuff (totally worth it, no regrets), had to be up at 6AM to be at work, and facing a 13 mile run afterward. WOOHOOO!! ;) hahaha.
I feel pretty ok about it though -- the weather yesterday said it'd be likely to rain during my run time, but now it says it's not! So that's a relief. I went and ate my pre-run meal about 45min ago and I just feel ready to go. All day yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about how much I was looking forward to this run to go work out some emotions, ya know? I wished my DH had that kind of thing to turn to. If I was in his spot I know running a loooong run like that would really help. We're just hoping to get him out of the gutter, even if not back on the positive track of feeling like continuing on and trying again yet, so that he can face meeting with his advisor next week to talk about what next, and then have a nice Thanksgiving break to get away from it all. His dad asked him not to make any decisions (to quit or not to quit) until at least after Thanksgiving. I'm like... 99% sure he will followthrough with it, but about 85% of what's coming out of his mouth now is not saying that... but there are those other comments... like "we'll have to get those nice copies made again!" (of the dissertation for the committee and the grad school) that are kind of talking about what will happen when he goes for it again..... so...... I'm optimistic. Now is not the time. I don't believe these "CONVICTIONS" that are gained when in a total emotional hole in the ground full of self loathing and depression -- ya know? I mean, I've been there before for other reasons and I know that my thoughts were NOT rational then and once I was out of it I couldn't believe I thought some of the things I did.
Anyway enough about that. Time to go run soon.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So, today I had to get up EARLY early and go rowing for the first time in two weeks!
I was dreading the cold... but got on my tights, shortsleeve tech shirt, THICK long sleeved T (from FSU Seminoles Chiefly Brass (basketball pep band)), hoodie, hat, gloves -- hey I was set! HAHAHA it was 40 degrees when I left and I was taking no chances.
I felt mostly really comfortable while rowing -- the thing about rowing is that you can get warm if you're continuously rowing for a while, but the wind/breeze factor is a lot MORE than running because you're literally moving so much faster. (consider at the last regatta one of our boats that ranked like...16th, rowed 5K in like 16 min? or something? and the fastest I've ever run that distance is 29:50 or so?) so...... considering we rotate through the boat so there are sitting still times plus the extra wind, I feel the need to dress a bit more warmly for rowing practice than for running.
Rowing was awesome today, though! We did a fun new drill using an "extended layback" position. So -- when you're rowing you swing your upper body back then pull in your arms and "tap down" with your hands to get the oar out of the water and end the stroke, then quickly straightening your arms back forward you swing your upper body forward before sliding up on your seat and setting the blade in the water (the catch) to begin the thrust back (the DRIVE) of the stroke.
ANYWAY -- when you swing your body back, you're supposed to be "laying back" a bit -- not sitting directly upright. Today's drill EXAGGERATED the layback position basically as far as we could -- so it was a serious core workout. The result being that you are really swinging your body over a very wide angle backward to forward as quickly as possible. It was very fun and very cool! The actual rowing itself was pretty chill, we didn't even go all 8's at any point and not too much on 6's -- left us available to concentrate on form and technique without having to worry about the set of the boat or speed too much -- also meaning a somewhat less intense workout which is good cause I had to run afterward.
It's so cool to have friends that are into fitness! HAHAHA :D Many of the rowers are also runners and they are all interested in my marathon training progress and wished me luck (today will be the last row I get before my marathon!!! How's THAT for exciting???). Before I did rowing I didn't really have any IN PERSON real life friends who were into stuff like that -- only SparkFriends. It's cool to be part of an athletic GROUP.
Anyway -- so I went to run! 7 miles was the schedule, but since I did 8.5 on Tuesday instead of 8, and 4.14 yesterday instead of 4, and I know a 6.5 mile route off the top of my head I resolved that would be the run for me today. I wore my HRM transmitter strap but forgot my watch! I have no idea how long I ran today. I was going to estimate based on my music but it gave out a little ways before probably the last mile or so? And I forgot so whatever. I picked points along the route that I determined would be my hydrating and fueling points and I think I did good on that even though I usually watch my watch, but yeah. In a way it was kind of freeing because it allowed me to really relax -- because who cares how long it took me??? It was an easy midweek run, I wasn't going to KNOW so why worry?
So..... other than my Saturday long runs (this Sat 13, next Sat 10) my runs are in the following short lengths ;) hehe:
5 miles, 4 miles, TURKEY TROT 5K (3.1mileS), 3 miles, 4 miles, 2 miles...
:D :D :D :D :D Today marked the last midweek mileage over 5 miles, and I only have ONE of those even. Woot. It's getting more and more exciting every day!!!
OH - and I confirmed there will be NO internet tracking. :( Sorry folks! But I will try to update if I can as soon as possible -- I mean I'm gonna be totally jazzed! haha.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
So....this morning's run.... it was about as cold as it was yesterday - very similar. upper 40's (which if it's sunny is not so bad, but when it's cloudy and windy is not so awesome). I wore my tights today, and my gloves. I had similar tops on -- regular v neck T and longsleeved over it. I felt REALLY GOOD after I got going -- nice and warm! But then I started sweating more on my face and I didn't want to get sweaty underneath so first I scrunched the sleeves, then lost the gloves, and I still felt really good, so then when I got to my turnaround point I walked a bit and took off the long sleeve shirt -- felt ok. Then got a little cold, added the gloves -- and that pretty much worked. Slightly cold. I think it would have been better if I could have lost the short sleeve and kept the long sleeve, but the long sleeve has the advantage of being able to tie the sleeves around the waist... hahaha. And it was on top. Anyway -- fun.
Aside from the weather -- I had to stop like 5 times to re-tie my shoes -- I was experiencing a sore spot on the top of my left foot. So I finally succeeeded with skipping a middle hole and the top one and OFF I WENT!! But that first... I dunno, 1/2 a mile? took like 12 minutes. After that I was running along at a pretty good pace, felt settled in, probably a bit swift due to it being cold, and then when I was about 1/4 mile from the end I turned it up full blast. I ended up with an average of 12min miles, including all the stuff at the beginning so that was neat. I also listened to the Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be for the entire run. Over and over -- I just love that song. :)
Oh and if you didn't see my status update -- I got my bib number for the marathon yesterday!!!!!
:) So exciting!
I also spent most of last night looking up menus for the places that are offering discounts for the Friday Night Carbo-Loading event. Show your official race number and get a discount. And I made a google map of where they all are in relation to where we're staying... and the expo, and the start and finish...
Now I am going to email the marathon ppl and ask if they will be offering online tracking for the race because that would just make it perfect.
Oh, marathon marathon marathon marathon. Marathon marathon? Marathon.
(Yeah I am aware that is what I sound like but I can't help it!)
Oh - we'll toss in a little -- DH found an emergency replacement for his dissertation committee. One of his committee members was having health issues and can't make it and who knows when they could, so he got approval to do that. It meant more paperwork, but luckily finding the person went smoothly so full speed ahead to defense on Friday! Then next week Thanksgving! Then next week Marathon! :D
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