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).
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
OK so I didn't really show any burly men up or anything -- but I didn't let them intimidate me out of trying the Olympic Bar today for my deadlifts. :D
Hahaha. And actually, I dunno what I was doing the other day when I first kinda tried to pick it up -- I must have been so nervous of not being able to do it that I put ZERO effort into it because the weight was not bad at all. A little unwieldy to turn around with (unfortunately I had to do that because I was taking it off of a station not made for deadlifts) but not bad at all.
Next step -- adding weight! Yes, so I can be cool and walk around adding weight plates to things, and oh yes, replacing them when I'm done because I'm a GOOD gym goer.
And I WILL need more weight next time -- didn't want to overwhelm myself since it was the first time going to the olympic size bar, but I definitely should add some more weight to make the exercise more effective next time. But there was definitely a very strong/fit/muscular looking older man and one of the gym's trainers next to me when I went to do the deadlifts and I was like -- ok Dana, get over yourself and do your workout. :P (Not in the powerlifting room yet but I think I'll wait on that until I do my squats.)
I also upped the weight a bit on the dumbbell shoulder presses -- I'm kinda between dumbbell sizes and unfortunately they are 5lbs between sizes and I'm using two at a time so that's really a difference of 10lbs and it's tough. (I've been using a pair of 15lbers which feels a LITTLE too easy, but the 20lbers are too hard to complete a set.) So today I did the 20lbers for 10 reps of the first set, then 2 reps of 15's, then 2nd set w/ 15's. I gotta get myself to make the jump somehow!
Also added weight for the first time on my lunges. Ugh. Still working on those.
But overall I was very please with that workout -- also got my fastest split time for 1000m so far this year with my erging. Gotta get in some nice LONGER erg sessions one of these days for the challenge -- I'm thinking Saturday I'm going to Zumba, then running, and I will definitely bring something for energy in between -- but we gotta show up 30min early to get a pass to get into the classes, so that'll be a great time to erg while I'm waiting.
So tomorrow I'm gonna go for 5 miles. I have a lovely 5 mile route that I can start from the gym and it'll be great. :) Yes I'm using my positive thinking and visualization to see myself running and feeling awesome doing that route!
Just gotta make sure I do bring some stuff to help fuel myself since that will be a long workout session, but I'm really looking forward to it.
Yesterday nutrition was... not as good as I thought it might be, but I did still track EVERYTHING and stayed within my ranges -- a little low on protein at 115g.
Today I've tracked everything I'm so far planning to eat today -- have a 200cal cushion as well -- and I'm at 138g of protein so that's looking good. Tonight is GAME NIGHT and I'm going to be bringing some veggies and a blue cheese dip (made w/ light sour cream, blue cheese, and dijon mustard), my microwave popcorn bowl, DH bought some cookies that I entered two of into the tracker, and I'll have some of my protein oatmeal to really fill me with something more substantial than little snacks. Plus I have that 200cal cushion to allow myself to eat a bit of what other people may bring, but I'm glad I know exactly what I am working with for part of it that I'll be ok with and exactly what I have left to play with as well.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So this morning I was running and realized it was taking longer than I had planned, and then I was hoping and praying that the route was longer than I thought it was instead of me being far slower than I expected. :D HAHAHA.
Turns out yes -- what I thought was going to be 3 miles was actually more like 3.6 miles and thus by far the longest run I've had this year for time OR distance. It felt mostly really good -- and even though I was feeling a bit beat toward the end, nothing hurt so I'm happy. I was probably running a bit harder than I needed to -- I was concerned I wouldn't have enough time to get ready for work when I got back home! :D HAHA!
I ended up with about a 12min mile average, including my 5 min walking warmup, so I know I was under 12min mile running pace which is good for me for now. This weekend I just have to decide if I now want to just go for 4 or bump it on up to 5 miles... still time to think on that.
I'm just happy I got to run! :D I was looking at weather.com last night and getting bummed cause it said STORMS all day today -- this morning I check and it's like - fair weather, 0% chance of rain. uh... ok. :) I'll take it! I usually check accuweather and it's usually more accurate.... but for some reason I didn't look at that last night. ANYWAY -- my contingency plan was to hit the gym for NROL4W instead and run on Friday if need be, but now I get to stick to my original plan.
OH and I found my mp3 player and charged it this morning, so I got to run with Ted Leo again and it made me so happy!!! I want to share some of the lyrics that I heard today for the first time since my marathon that really kept me going when the going got tough that day:
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Walking to Do
Won't you take me where my feet feel happy in their own time ( this is me running and my feet being happy! :D hehe)
And the Cathedral of Reason lets the bells chime, and the lightning is fine?
I'm old enough to know that people waiting on some big sign
Should quit their waiting on the Divine. Divine is what's in your mind (NOW, I believe in God and all that, but I take this to mean that people need ot take action on their own as well and don't need to just wait around on someone else to make things happen for them, not that people are foolish to rely on God!)
I've seen the cruel and hard, and I've seen them hard on you
But I'll buy you brand new shoes ( SWEET!) if you cross to my side-
there's a whole lot of walking to do
And if we're near or far from our city by the sea-side
Well, as long as we keep our stride, I believe we'll be fine (HECK YEAH!!!)
You've seen the years roll on, and you've seen me roll with you
I see the road is long, so get on my side, there's a whole lot of walking to do
And if we stay on our feet, we'll make it in our own time
And though the road has got some steep climbs, I believe we'll be fine
(That's not all of it there are some chorus repeats in there that are less interesting about all the walking from here to there hahaha but this is the most lyrically sustaining parts!)
And so Ted Leo tells me we'll be fine, we just gotta stay on our feet and keep going and we'll make it!!!! :D WOOHOO!!!!! It's a very inspiring song -- even more so when not taken entirely literally. ;)
Oh and last night I was a whole TWO calories within range. :D HUZZAH!!!! Even with DH rejecting my dinner plans and instead eating something else, and then pretz+Nutella... and one Tiny Toblerone. :D HAHA. I was making the most of what calories I had I tell you! But I stayed! and I got all my water! Today will be even better.
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