Thursday, January 28, 2010
So I didn't procrastinate my run...
but maybe today wasn't a great day to try a virtual 5K? After running hard yesterday?
In any case, I started wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too fast.
First half was at about a 10min mile pace (and I felt myself actually downshift at least twice during that first half, so who knows how fast I really started!) second half was at about 12:27 and I walked a minute at the beginning of the second half as well. :P HAHA. So my average pace overall waws 11:18, but it was not managed well at all.
But I did it. And then I came home and just was NOT feeling going to work right now -- luckily I am working this Saturday so I do HAVE to take a half day during the workweek from today through next Wednesday, so I called to see if it would be alright to do that today and SCORE yes. :)
So now I get to relax until I have to be at work at 6PM.
But run DONE! NROL4W tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I was sooooooo not into the idea of running this morning.
I dunno what is UP with it cause I've been getting really PUMPED about the marathon relay in February but I was just not feeling it today.
I watched that show Human Target on TiVo -- it's kind of crappy but for some reason I still like it... it's soooo... CHEESY. And while I'm not too sure about the main actor, I like his little helper actors (I forget their names... Chi McBride and.. (imdb.com thank you!) JACKIE EARLE HALEY! YES! haha. Anyway -- like them. So I did that while eating...
then I still wasn't feeling it so I putzed through a few HGTV shows. Watching one, fastforwarding two others through the show to the big reveals...
OK I finally forced my butt out the door -- KNOWING that I would truly regret it if I DIDN'T run and I would NOT regret it if I did. And I booked it. I ran about the first half as if I was racing, and didn't slow down TOO much in the second half.
I also mapped how far I usually get with my 5min walking warmup so I could see how fast my running portion was -- although this meant my running section was only 1.6 miles, my pace was down to almost 11min miles average, so that was nice to see.
Tomorrow I plan to do a virtual 5K -- the route will be nice and FLAT so we'll see what I can do there. (this park route I ran today is a bit curvy and hilly)
Then this weekend -- 6.2! :D I've been talking with my relay teammates and I'm claiming the final leg of the relay, 12K. It's about 7.6 miles and I am confident I will be able to finish it, just not sure how fast I'll be... My idea is to run 6.2 this weekend, 7.6 next weekend (or something close to it) and then take it easy the week prior to the race as a mini-taper. It seems that my only competition for that leg is CLOVERR1 and she's willing to give me the glory of crossing the finish. ;) hehehehe.
In other news -- my upper body is very sore today, my abs are a little sore, and my thighs/glutes are a little sore as well. But upper body - WOOT! :D I believe that doing both sets of pushups at the lower angle (a change from last week's partially from the wall, partially at the lower angle) really upped my game. When I'm feeling the soreness all I can think is - YES!!! REBUILD and GROW and STRENGTHEN my pretties! hahaha :D
So -- to summarize the rest of the week:
Sat: work and then 10K
Sun: Rowing or class(es) at gym.
I signed up to row Sunday, but if I can't row I will head to the gym to go to classes. I need to row so I can keep up my skill and be ready when the group starts REALLY rowing again, but I'd actually like to hit the gym this Sunday and go to a yoga class and then zumba. But we'll see. If there's rowing that means DH will probably come with and that's always nice to have more time with him. :)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
So... I forgot how weird it feels to get up, do a workout, come home, and go back to sleep. HAHA I feel somewhat energized, but at the same time, it feels like it all happened yesterday or some strange place between yesterday and today that's all it's own thing.
This morning I woke up and headed to a friend's gym to attend her yoga class -- this gym was the hardest thing to find!!! Turns out I was in the parking lot by 5 min before the class started, but I didn't figure out exactly where it was/the entrance until I was 15min late. :( wahhhh. I should have asked for directions instead of just googlemapping because it was in this kind of almost warehouse like complex and you had to drive behind a building it didn't look like you could drive around and the only sign was visible from the highway. It was very interesting -- this gym is called Headhunter Combatives and focuses on crossfit and MMA style fighting! :D Not the place I'd expect to take a yoga class, but rowing friend is going for it.
Luckily it was ok for me to jump in although I was late, and it was really great. I should do yoga more often. Woot.
Then I headed back across to MY gym to do my NROL4W workout.
And I entered the powerlifting room! RAWR! :D
No one was in there, so this was a great way to be able to be comfortable before next time when I'm sure there probably will be someone around. Someone came in midway through my second set and was spritzing and cleaning the other equipment, but it was ok cause I was in my own zone.
OK so squatting with the Olympic bar felt like a WHOLE DIFFERENT BEAST than squatting with dumbbells or bodyweight. The balance to control the bar and all that just makes it feel totally different -- not to mention (these being back squats) placing the bar over my shoulders and finding the right place for that.
But I did it! :D I'm excited about it. I wish I had been doing them this way from day one, but honestly, that first day I was sooooooo burned from doing simple bodyweight squats it's a good thing I worked my way into it because I don't think I could've handled the bar without laying that foundation (AGAIN) first.
As for the ret of it -- I'm now graduated to pushups from I dunno what angle... lower than wall pushups, maybe not low as 45 degrees but maybe close. Today for the first time I used a barbell that was racked on a bench press station. For future reference, it was on the top rack position. And I felt really STRONG doing them! :D I still have a bit of wrist pain from time to time after workout A - after the pushups and then doing the prone jacks balancing my weight on my hands as well, I dunno -- I have weak wrists or something. But it was veryveryvery minor today - just wanted to make note of it.
I was able to up the weight on my step ups and also my first set of prone jacks was completed without interruption. The second set I had to re-set up 3 times, first a set of 3, then 3, then 4.
So anyway - woot. Another one in the books. I forgot to start my HRM today until after the first set of squats -- so nothing on yoga and my NROL4W time is short and somewhat inaccurate for cal burn/etc., but close enough. I used SP's estimate for yoga.
Band was fun last night -- it's a symphonic/concert band type situation in case anyone was wondering. Very easy music for the most part, because it IS a community band so they have to make sure not to make it too difficult for all the members. There was actually a kid there in the percussion section last night that is in middle school I think -- no one else in the band is that young, he was so adorable!!!! freckles and everything. :)
Coworker starting Couch to 5K tomorrow, I wonder if trombone buddy has started yet... AND speaking of running, that's tomorrow's plan. RUN! :)
Monday, January 25, 2010
Yeahhhh that always makes me feel nervous. I'm not used to that, but it's ok. My general rule is not to go MORE than 2 days off in a row, so I'm ok.
I showed up ready to row yesterday but didn't even consider the river being outta control -- which it was. While the coach was going over the boat terminology and stuff for the newbies that showed up, we watched big old logs and other flotsam rushing down the river.
It would have taken a little jump to get to our floating dock... :P sooo.... no rowing! And thanks to a braindead move by me, we then had to go to Target to get my BC even though I was there earlier in the day and totally forgot to pick it up. But -- I had fun walking around in the store w/ my DH, we also went to Barnes and Noble to browse around and whatnot. Finally did some laundry when we got home.
I weighed this morning even though I feel all off kilter sleepwise, and my weight is back down where it was before the traumatizing 3year anniversary day weighin. HAHA. So if nothing else, I'm maintaining where I've been -- but I feel stronger and I realllllllly want to get one of those body fat measuring scales again.
This morning I took a look at my measurements, which was a little depressing because I haven't measured since AGES ago, before the UP, but I knew they'd be bigger cause my clothes are fitting tighter, so it's not like it was a surprise. HAh, just now I have NUMBERS to go with the FEELINGS - ya know? So anyway, I can keep looking back to those as I progress so I can have another measure to go by other than the scale since I don't have any other snazzy tools right now. :)
Today is my super long day -- I ALLLLLLLMOST thought about going to the Learn to Row camp this morning to erg but I decided sleep was more important since I was going to be out of the house from about 9:45am-9:45pm ish. And I count today as an off day, but I am going to play my trombone which IS in the cardio tracker! ;) haha but I don't count it. It doesn't do THAT much for me (I tried w/ my HRM before, remember? And that was standing...) this is seated during an ensemble rehearsal, so I'm not even playing the whole time or anything. But still it's somewhat more active than other things. ;)
But I think I will try to get to a couple of days of LTR this week -- I can do that, do my NROL4W and then come home shower and go back to bed. Or do that, go run, come home shower and sleep. Either way -- I've done it before, I can do it again, and it'll help to support the group of newbies.
Did I mention that the Rowing Club is majorly stressful right now? We have a serious funding issue that if we do not resolve it, will leave us without any coaches. On the one hand - I want to help the club succeed, and I AM the Fundraising Officer of the Board. On the other hand - regardless of what the outcome is, we're probably going to be gone before the coaches will be staying or leaving so.........? I'd be putting all my hard work into something that I would not be a part of seeing to it's fruition.
But although that second hand does prick me every now and then, considering the stress it's putting me through, I don't want to be that selfish. One of the things the club would like to do is establish a major yearly fundraiser, like a 5K or something. And I want to help to get that going -- however, I hear it is not that uncommon to not make a lot of money the first time you put one of those on, and if you're not careful you can actually LOSE money.
To get sanctioned by USATF costs money (although I REALLY think we should do this for many reasons - general liability insurance, prestige, etc.) like... $125+ depending on the number of entrants we have. Plus I do believe it would also be beneficial in establishing a long term event to have the course certified -- which would require paying a course measurer (cause no one in our club will have the equipment/know-how/desire to do it ourselves) and paying the certifier to review it, USATF estimates $30 for the certifier and I have no idea how much the measurer charges. BUT - certification of the course lasts for 10 years, and can be renewed if it is not allowed to expire, so that's a good thing.
Then there's the whole gambit of getting the food for people finishing, T-Shirts, goodie bags, etc. AKA - getting sponsers. I actually was thinking about offering hats instead of T-Shirts as well, but then we don't have a space to offer sponsors for advertisement on the back of a shirt so eh. Then the gamble of -- ok so how much do we charge for entry vs. the cost of shirts/etc. and how much money will we actually make???
Not to mention that we have a bit of a deadline to make major fundraising happen, which is looming soon, and therefore we'd need to organize this even very quickly. I feel like I have some pretty good resources for knowing WHAT to do, I just don't know how quickly it can get done. I've scoped out some dates that are not currently scheduled on our local track club website as having races that weekend, but ..... the time frame is intimidating.
The other event I want our club to get involved with is creating a cardboard boat race... but that is a whole other thing. I think that will need even more time to plan, but maybe if we can get the 5K off the ground while we're working on the second event???
In any case, let's just say that I woke up early this morning (too late to go to LTR by about 30min, but early for ME in any case) and had a hard time going back to sleep because all this stuff was whirling around in my head. Members of the board are sniping at each other via email and one of my best friends in the club is talking leaving because she just can't take it anymore (I'm hoping at LEAST she means not being a part of the board anymore and not leaving altogether but still -- that shows you just how insane it's getting).
Luckily things always look a little better in the light of day, but it's still a very stressful situation and because the issue is primarily regarding funding I definitely feel the load is on my shoulders to take some initiative and make things happen.
So the plan is to do some specific research in our area -- who specifically to talk to about the permits to get the roads for a route closed off for example -- and get together a clear proposal for the board to vote on to move forward or not. *phwew*
Sunday, January 24, 2010
So.... I went over my calorie range by like 1100 calories yesterday.
But I also burned 2052 calories yesterday -- so I did actually purposefully decide to go over. Although about 200-300 of those calories last night were junk, so I probably shouldn't have gone QUITE so over.
I'm also over my cals burned goal for the week by 1600, plus I MAY be rowing today. So I probably need to adjust my burn goals. But for today I'm just going to try to keep it a little more reasonable for my burn and my intake --
Here's the thing, today is actually a meet and greet for new Learn to Row people and the club, it starts at 3:30pm and if there are enough people, some rowing afterward. But if not, I might either go to pilates or go home. :P I'm not sure. I don't really NEED anymore calorie burn, since I'm over by 1600 and I went over cals by 1100 I'm actually still in the positive for extra calories burned this week... hahaha. But I did say I'd row today so I'm not going to leave if they need a body for the boat. And if I'm going to be dressed to workout anyway, I might as well go to pilates??? Since tomorrow IS a scheduled off day? I dunno I'm still undecided on this.
For now I need to get to church even though I'll be late, I'll be earlier than I've BEEN getting there (missing sunday school and whatnot and just showing up for when I have to conduct the music... bad Dana).
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