Monday, May 10, 2010
Oh those wiley rowers!
They were bringing up me racing again yesterday. HAHAHA :D I had to say, nooo no no nooo.... I want to, but no. I would love to race with them again but I don't want to make my life a hell in that last month, with packing and job hunting and mileage building for running AND trying to fit in racing rowing practices. No no no. *sigh* But when they're there it's so easy to want to! HAHAHA.
This weekend was pretty good.
Saturday was a kind of long and emotionally draining day a bit - but I got some good things accomplished, and finished it off in happy and awesome form - going on a fantastic long run (baby long run) of 6.5 miles in the most perfect of warmer weather I could ask for! Then my stomach got a bit upset, but it was otherwise a lovely evening.
Sunday I finally got back to CHURCH for the first time in a while here due to travelling on the weekends so that was nice. I also got my grocery shopping done this weekend!
On Saturday I checked out a bunch of cookbooks from the library and I made a list and finally got it done! I haven't gone grocery shopping in a couple of weeks and it was quite the challenge to try to eat healthily on what was left in the house after the fresh food was GONE. But now I have so many veggies I just need to make sure I'm using them EVERY DAY and that they don't go bad before we eat them. I really don't think I bought too much, as long as I cook some of them each day this week -- that will be my goal this week. Veggies every night!
I also replenished our stores of frozen chicken and fish and bought a thing of some organic ground beef. Yeah. Oh and so many other things including some non food items... it was an expensive shopping trip but that's what happens when you keep me from the grocery for over 2 weeks! hahaha :D
We watched this documentary... I think it was called The Beautiful Truth - about the Gerson Treatment for cancer. I dunno if I believe it all, but dangit -- I like the primary principles of avoiding processed foods, chemicals, etc. Of course. So anyway -- it filled me with renewed vigor for those basics and thus - all the veggies that made their way home with me.
This week I will be preparing in some way:
Spinach, brussel sprouts (YEAH BABY!), portobello mushrooms (probably grilled to go in a pita, maybe w/ some of that spinach), kale, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, bok choy, baby carrots... I think that's most of it.
I have some baby lettuces to eat during lunch salads and some of that Spinach will come with me to work as well - also broccoli slaw in my lunch salads... and I bought some frozen food... I think it's called... murimake blend? It's a Target brand frozen veggie blend w/ edamame and baby corns and sweet red bell pepper, stuff like that. water chesnuts maybe. I don't remember.
My new shoes came today and they are so pretty - purple and silver and yellow. :D Mizuno Wave Inspire 5, my first ever pair of Mizuno's so I hope they feel as good over some miles as they did when I tried them in the store and this morning when I slipped one on a sockless foot just because. Of course I also smelled them and held them lovingly. HAHA I love new running shoes.
My Freestyle Trainer is supposed to arrive Wednesday. :) Tomorrow is rowing and a 3 mile run. Woot!
Friday, May 07, 2010
Admittedly - it was slightly lackluster. Just a spin class, and it wasn't a great one -- but honestly I'm really proud of me getting my butt up out of bed and to the gym to take advantage of the last class I'll be able to take there.
Gym - you've been good to me.
You were there for me at the very beginning of my journey - the two weeks before I started SparkPeople even!
Since then I have progressed from walking on a treadmill for 25 min to running a marathon!
Let me tell you - I remember that first treadmill session and I was working hard to try to keep up with my friend who introduced me to the gym. I THINK I was at between 2.5-3.5 miles per hour, and a very small incline. This had me sweating and breathing hard. The first time I stepped off that treadmill, I drunkenly staggered. WOAH!!!! What's going on with the floor!!!!!
Here's an excerpt on treadmill walking from my first blog at SparkPeople:
"I did something at the gym today I hadn't done thus far -- I stayed at the same intensity for 20+ minutes. Hopefully that will help me build my endurance. I am proud of that. Then I walked slower for a while at no incline -- until I felt more in control of my breathing and whatnot -- and then BOOSTED it to a HIGH TEMPO and incline again for a few minutes to end off before going into my REAL cool down."
:) I bet my concept of high tempo and incline NOW are a LOT DIFFERENT than they were then.
I had many many firsts at that gym: My first aerobics class (hip hop? funk? one of those two), spin class, a Strength Training class class, pilates class, yoga class, water aerobics, ZUMBA!
I learned to run doing Couch to 5K around that indoor track - 8.5 laps to a mile. My first time running and it was with other people in public in a gym! haha :D I was so nervous... but I had been in there sweating it out for about 6 months at least so I knew I had nothing to fear.
I even took that super cool Runner's Yoga class the following summer, which helped show me I could run longer than 4 miles!!! The first day we did 5 and I was like, oh crap... I've never done anything longer than 4! It seemed impossible but we just kept going... it was amazing. :)
I lifted weights in public for the first time - used some machines for the first time ever. BRAVED the macho side of the gym -- where the cable machines are - and used those. Used the "captain's chair" and the back extension station - those were big steps for me. And finally - used BARBELLS!!!!!!!! BRAVED THE POWER LIFTING ROOM!!!!!!!! :D
I remember teaching myself how to do those darn swiss ball jacknifes - first just over and over rolling on the ball to a plank position so I could learn how to balance while holding still... and then working up to the jacknife. All that running up and down the stairs during Making the Cut. Butt kicks and frog kicks! HAHA :D
I even spent some time in the POOL trying to teach myself how to swim properly doing DRILLS even. That was a shortlived project, but hey -- it took guts for me to get in a pool in front of gym going folk and especially the fishie pool crowd that can just swimandswimandswim and me such a pool newb. haha :)
I only went without the gym for last summer and Fall... and I feel competent to keep up my fitness without a gym as well. That's not to say that given the option, I wouldn't prefer to have a gym membership available to me - but it's not a necessity. I'm definitely excited to learn using my new Freestyle Trainer when that comes.... (it's shipped! LOVE UPS TRACKING!!! and my shoes too), and also excited to start really ramping up my mileage running.
So long University of Alabama Student Recreation Center! I will miss you!!! :)
Thursday, May 06, 2010
First thing today was rowing -- that went well. It was a bit... painstaking. We drilled for a LONG TIME before we finally went to continuous rowing. Our coach wanted to emphasize a sloowwww recovery, CONTROLLED slide up to the catch. So - we started with our regular pick/reverse pick warmup and then it was pause drills. For a good hour at least I think. First it was a pause on every stroke. Then it was every 3 strokes, every 5, and finally every 10! which was ALMOST like regular rowing finally. HAHAHA It was sooooo hard not to feel impatient sliding slowly up to the catch and also having to pause so often.
Finally at the end we got to row continuously for a while.
Then home - watch ANTM and eat breakfast - shower - and sleep.
Got about 2 hrs, then it was time to get going again -- I planned for another run today. Last night I looked up mileage building training plans and found one I thought suited my current mileage abilities and built up well - so I'm going with it! YMMV as they say on Runners world online (Your Miles May Vary) I'm going to make sure to be flexible to how things are going -- I'm hoping to have time to build up to mid to high 30 miles per week before I begin my marathon training cycle this time. So we'll see how it all goes.
Anyway - the new plan meant 3 miles today. So yes, I was running in the hothotheat again, but not as far and I knew I'd be more careful so I wasn't going to be pushing the pace either. Yeah, it was slow - over 13min average (including walking warmup and 2 walk breaks) but I felt FINE - no sick, no stars, strong finish - just HOT. The heat here is so oppressive - I mean it was hot, humid, and there were giant fluffs of flower bits/pollen floating in the air. Big visible chunks!
This weekend the plan calls for 6 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday. I plan to do my best to get those in the cooler hours!
In exciting I'm getting new exercise stuff news - got the go-ahead to order my stuff! :D New running shoes - Mizuno Wave Inspire 5 for $39.88 at runningwarehouse.com, they have size 11B and 12B left if you're interested! Check out their other closeouts as well! I hope I really like them - I DID try them on last weekend after the relay and they felt good jogging around the place. haha -- well with the exception that my big toe was a little too close to the front, BUT I was trying on a 10.5 since they didn't have an 11 so that should be all good.
AND - FREESTYLE TRAINER!!!! :D Sooooooo excited about this. We decided we could fit both of those things in if I used some money I got for my birthday (still haven't deposited the check - so it hasn't really been thought of yet). Definitely worth it - Happy Birthday to me! :) haha.
As for my ST - uh, last night I did some with the weights at my work while I was waiting for my DH to pick me up cause I decided I finally wanted to take those home. Just upper body stuff. Today I'm hoping to do some pilates style stuff later tonight. AND - I think I'm gonna get my butt up early tomorrow morning to go to a final class at the gym - that darn spin class I keep meaning to go to ! It's early, but I'm working this weekend AND got up at 4:45 this morning, so actually it shouldn't be too bad to get up early tomorrow as well.
In silly news - I forgot my "real" bra today, which means after my clean up in the bathroom at work when I was feeling pretty fresh, I had to actually put BACK on my nasty sweaty sports bra. So not only am I wearing that grossness, my boobies are squashed instead of massively padded. So I'm dramatically more flat chested today at work than in recent times... hahahahaha. *sigh*
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I had a somewhat scary experience today - luckily I decided to listen to my body before it was REALLY too late, but I should've keyed in sooner to avoid the scariness. :P
So it was HOT today - high 80's at least - and I decided I need to get acclimated to the heat anyway, so I might as well go run. Well - the first half was okay. I had at least 5 min starting walking, then a few little stops to try to figure out my skirt adjustments ( the drawstring turned out to pull the skirt too high, even when it was looser it'd I guess.. bounce up to the smaller part of my waist instead of staying put around the hips? so that's not going to work, but once I untied it and didn't have much of anything in the pockets I think I was good!) toward the halfway point of my 4 mile route I was starting to feel the heat and I took a walk break to the half point, promising myself I'd check the time and try to do better on the way back. WRONG WRONG WRONG! SO DUMB! hahaha
I had to slow because of the heat so I thought going faster on the way back was a good idea??? I drank the rest of my water so I wouldn't have to carry it (probably also a bad idea cause it was more than I'd usually drink at once while running) and started go go going. It felt ok for a while, but close to the 1 mile marker of the hard running I was feeling icky. I slowed down after I passed that point, actually a little before when I checked my watch and realized that I wasn't going so fast afterall. HAHAHA. (first half of the "run" including walking and adjustment breaks took 32min, so about a 16min mile pace - "fast/hard" mile was at 10min when I checked and I was like, oh. so I slowed down a bit and passed the mile marker at 12min). WELL Then I slowed some more and started walking and was like uuucucuckkkykkykyy...
Then I saw a runner coming and started running SLOWLY again. Cause... I have a problem where I push myself too hard when I see other people. Anyway, after he passed I slowed to a walk again and started feeling really sick and seeing sparkly things and I was like, oh crap... there was a bench about 1/4 mile away so I just wanted to make it to that bench. And I did. And sat, with my head between my knees for a while. Trying to feel normal again -- my freaking left ear was popping in and out which was driving me nuts, too - I don't think that was helping. :P I got up after a bit and started walking, and took a few breaks to lean over because I was feeling ultra nervous. Have to pass through a park w/ some little baseball fields to get to my work and I took a break in the shaded bleachers for a while. After that I was able to walk back to work w/ no more breaks but good grief. So stupid.
I need to get acclimated to the heat but slooowwwllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy none of this go as hard as possible because I'm irritated w/ my slowness in the heat crap. HAHAHA. *sigh* Anyway. I'M FINE NOW but yeah. I felt very dumb for putting myself in danger like that. So moral of the story, don't be like me.
I'm realllly wanting those Freestyle Trainer Straps. $50. I think that's worth it. We'll see. Right now tomorrow I have rowing. I might go to the gym and do some ST but I'm feeling very unmotivated in that direction now that I can't finish NROL4W. *sigh* I DO have dumbbell and resistance bands and a swiss ball and a very light KB. Maybe I'll just do something that home -- I have those JM videos that I can use still. Maybe I should just try those again. I could do Making the Cut again as well (Thanks for the suggestion! :D) But... I'm so EXCITED about those STRAPS DARNIT!!!! It looks so comprehensive and fun and flexible and functional. I can see myself working on my pushups from an increasing angle by lengthening the straps and whatnot. Part of being motivated really helps when you can get EXCITED about something, ya know?
I'm getting dropped off early at work again tomorrow so I'm thinking a re-do of today's miserable experience but SMARTER. Listening to the body, taking it easy.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Things are changing! Yeah -- time to figure out where I'm going with all this... anyway.
I just found out yesterday that my gym membership ends on Saturday. YEAH. I had been looking online at the University Rec Center site trying to find that information -- it's listed nowhere. I get the email newsletter for MAY and it says - hey, by the way, memberships expire the 8th. :P We were thinking it went through the END of May... so I was planning to go gymless for a month maybe.
Now I'm faced with a dilemma -- try to sign up at a local gym like Planet Fitness which is cheap and has no contract OR - use that same money to invest in something that I can continue working with after our move in case I don't end up getting back into a gym membership right away.
I've been mesmerized by a video ZORBS13 posted on her facebook of someone doing an ab workout with a suspension training system (in this case with the TRX system) and I finally looked up the site, expecting this joker to maybe cost $40 and saw that the package with the straps costs $189.99!!!!!!!!!! And that's without the door attachment! Which is another $25!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME, PEOPLE?!??!?!
So I considered making my own.... and then I saw a review that compared TRX, Freestyle Trainer, and homemade.... and the Freestyle trainer looks like a winner!!! Similar system, from a Ring Training website - mostly selling at home gymnastics ring style stuff - but the freestyle trainer has the handles and loops just like TRX at the ends so you can stick your feet in and whatnot.
The only downside being I'll have to find a park w/ a swingset or something to use it at, it doesn't really do a door attachment like other kinds where you hook it over, but you can slip it over a pullup door attachment (which I THINK my brother in law has which I might be able to use when we move?) If not I can always find a swingset or park pullup bar station or SOMETHING to use. SO!
That costs $50. The local gym membership would be $29 startup, $10 per month - so.... $50 roughly for the two months I'd be doing it.
As much as I love NROL4W and would like to keep doing it, I think the other thing might be more beneficial in the longrun... If I can switch the connector at the top to function w/ a carabiner system I might be able to use it with a standard door attachment thingie from the TRX system since they sell those separately anyway, later on. I think I'd prefer purchasing something than making my own if the difference in cost is $20-25. Ya know?
This is what's on my mind right now. Things are going to be tight when we move. But I still think it's the right thing to do.
I did 50 laps - .3 miles per, for 15 total miles. My hamstrings were SO SORE - the very first round had me hurting. But because of the cause, I really couldn't stop myself from continuing like I wanted to. so I did 3 mile bouts (10 laps at a time). In between I got SO COLD because of the WIND - I was huddled in a blanket. hahaha.
CLOVERR1 did 150 laps by going allll night - for a total of 45 miles. YEAH! Around a .3 mile loop! INSANE! And AWESOME!
There was a contingent of fleet feet chicks in light teal outfits - tops w/ a team logo on front, fleet feet on the back, and matching running skirts. I think one of them actually went all night, too! Not sure how she matched up - I saw her walking some laps, but mostly she was running - whereas CLOVERR1 kept up a more running style gait, sometimes a bit slower, but never REALLY switching to walking.... ya know? Anyway. I think both of us wanted to kill those chicks! HAHAHAHA.
And also I wanted to be one of them. Speaking of which, I went to Fleet Feet the day after it ended... so like not Saturday but Sunday - and tried on the shoes I'm probably ordering on mega clearance from runnignwarehouse ($39.88!!!!!) and bought some balega enduro socks (have heard rave reviews times a million on these, including from a worker at the store who popped of his shoe to show me he was wearing them RIGHT NOW haha), some mint chocolate gu(HECKYES), and talked to a couple employees about possibly working there when we move and definitely running with a group at some point.
The main guy we talked to about the job was like - YOU WILL LOVE IT. haha. basically. So.... I'm applying. The downside is that the place is far from my in-laws place and even if I can get a full time position, it's likely to be short on hours (like 33hrs vs 40) BUT... the guy DID say it pays well for what it is... so.... whatever that means. It's worth a shot.
We drove past a few gyms that were either closed or only open to members w/ keypad/keys - at least I know where they are. My brother in law is really keen on me working at the new crossfit place that opened up - I'm not sure they want someone with zero gym qualifications except for personal workout history, but heck. You never know till you try!
So we know when we're moving now, the exact days pretty much, and so at the end of this month I'll be letting work know.
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