Thursday, May 13, 2010
I got like 4 hrs of sleep last night, then I got up - assembled my Freestyle Trainer straps and headed to rowing. Rowing was good - but I think I was just not feeling it this morning due to being tired or something. It wasn't bad, just not awesome.
Then over to the park to run - I haven't run in this park in a WHILE cause it's close to where we USED to live... but I knew it had lots of swingsets where I could set up and the loop around the park is a mile - much more tolerable for 4 miles than something a lot shorter. I allllmost stopped after 3 miles... just so tired but I knew I was mentally tougher than that so I kicked myself in the butt and continued on for the last mile loop.
Then I could play with my new toy! :D
IT. WAS. AWESOME. I did some chest presses first thing after getting them set up. Like a very high inclined pushup/wall pushup but hanging from the straps instead of leaning against a wall or a stable bar. My arms were shaking trying to hold steady! :D I could realllly feel my muscles working for stability as well as the strength to press my body weight back up.
Next I flipped over - so like a long lean backwards - and did some rows. These felt GREAT. I definitely can work on leaning more on this to up the intensity as I progress, also you can do single arm rows. Very cool.
Next I took them over head, leaning face down/away again for some tricep presses. HOLY FREAKING CRAP! I felt like I probably looked like I was doing nothing but I know my tri's will be killing me later!!!! haha.
Then I brought my hands facing palms in straight ahead of me in the same lean to do some chest flies - opening with arms slightly bent to about as far as I thought I could go without losing it all (maybe upper arms got in a line, I hope it was close, but lower arms were definitly not with them) and then pressing back together.
OH I alternated sets (10 chest presses, 10 rows, 10 chest presses, 10 rows, then tris/flies/tris/flies)
I kind of attempted a pullover/lat pulldown thing but it didn't feel like anything and I hadn't really looked at that move so I'll have to look that up...
Then I got down and put my feet in the foot loops to try some ab stuff. This didn't last long! HAHAHAHA
Not solely because it was very challenging -- but also because I was on mulch/barkchip/whatever and although I cleared a space in the dirt for my hands I just wasn't feeling that situation. I'm thinking get some of those gardner knee pads or something. Anyway - I really LOVED the way it felt to do the suspended plank. Very challenging, but felt amazing. I was going to try bringing in the knees but I moved too fast and totally had to stop. hahaha. That's the thing -- when doing ab moves on this stuff you have to use a lot of control in the movement - which is GREAT for actually working those muscles. I played around bringing forward one knee at a time, and also tried the beginning of a pike movement which I was not able to bring in very far but felt very cool.
I'm excited to incorporate this into my workout routine! :D
Then to home and I logged everything, showered, and watched ANTM finale. I'm happy with who won - she deserved it! WOOT. Although the runner up was my favorite in photos for the most part... eat some food... and I have about 1 hr to nap before I have to get up and get going to work.
*sigh* SOOOO SLEEPY!!!!!!!! I did too much this morning but I couldn't help myself with any of it. hahaha. Tomorrow is a day off from workouts, though - so I will take advantage of the sleep I will be able to get tonight. :)
I think I may go over on my calories today as well -- in a purposeful, tracked, and controlled way. I am too drained right now to make it through the rest of the day on what I have been working with this week. I brought some more substantial snacks to help and I'm going with it. I might be able to make everything fit - gonna look up some sparkrecipes for the veggies and stuff I have yet to make and see what I can do - but if I go over, I will go over with real food and I will track it and make sure it's not a whole lot (about 200-250 cal max I think) and it will all be ok. :)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
That's what I ate last night. :) hahaha. But I'm ok with that. I was hungry, I ate real food... granted dinner probably could have been better from the get-go but I made what DH wanted which was hot dogs - and I had only one to stay within range, but then I was hungry so I ate a banana and went over range so...? eh. HAHA.
The hot dogs were a new kind for us - Oscar Meyer NATURAL - no nitrates. I think I still prefer my Hebrew National 97% fat free actually, but they were good. Smoked and Uncured. We ate them in pitas - mine w/ spinach, ketchup + mustard. I ate some baby carrots to up the veggie/filling quotient, but also some Terra Chips (original) which I think are on the healthy side of the chips scale, but still are chips.
ANYWAY MOVING ON FROM FOOOOOOOD.
Hungry today. I tracked everything and I realized I'm about 200 cal short of where I usually am before dinner. Well there ya go! haha. :P
This morning I waited too long for the UPS man to come and bring my freestyle trainer. Finally I said - DANA! Get your butt out the door and run! For time not distance. 20 min out and back and just get it DONE. Well I went about 21min out and then came back and would've been back faster (which is good considering the way out included a 5min walking warmup, but then again the way out is downhill and the way back is up hill so.. eh) BUT! I had to wait for a funeral procession to go by. Still beat the way out by about 15 seconds. :) haha. covered 3.2 miles in 41:45 which is about a 13min average pace, but all things considered (heat, hilliness, funeral processions) I'm good with that. Tomorrow will be an eaaaaaassyyyyyyyy run though. It's scheduled to be a 4. After rowing. woot.
And when I got back to my door - the freestyle trainer box was sitting there! Small but impressively hefty for it's size. :) I haven't "assembled" it yet - you have to do some of that yourself, there are instructions on the website - to get the adjustable buckles on there and the handles and the hanging S-buckles. (Very easy! just no time this morning.) But I did open it up and the handles have a great weight to them that I am happy about, the buckles seem heavy duty and whatnot. YAY!
That's about it for now...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I let a little bit of emotional eating get to me last night, but I'm ok with it. It's over. Moving on.
I just overdid some chocolate, but you know what? It's gone now. haha. Sad. It wasn't as bad as I have done it in the past, not too big a deal, but I still wish I had listened to what part of me was hungry that wasn't my stomach!
Well, today I am actually hungry and I will fill my stomach only with real food. And sugarfree gum. ;) And water. But no crap! Not that there is any in the house now -- it's pretty much allllllllll good stuff. :D YAY!
Reading Women Food And God by Geneen Roth at the recommendation of a sparker - who was it?!? KASHMIR? I don't remember. Whoever it was - THANKS! It's a bit ... psychobabbleoverspiritual for me at times, but mostly it's spot on thus far and I'm really hoping it can help me to get my relationship w/ food better.
This morning was a GREAT row - in the 4+ w/ 3 lovely ladies, not the racing lineup but our coach was in the launch instead of rowing and another great rower was in there (I was actually surprised she didn't want to race when it came up before to be honest), so it was a good workout. Then I tried my new shoes for 3 miles and it was a good run. I really pushed myself to keep my pace higher since I knew I was only running for 3 miles. It sucks that that means a pace of 11:19 per mile, but hey - gotta start somewhere. My last 1/4 mile was at a pace of 8min miles (2 min for the 1/4) so I know I have some speed in me somewhere. I also know had I been fresh (not had such a kickbutt awesome rowing workout) I could run a lot faster for a 1/4 mile but seriously - if I could maintain an 8min mile pace over distance I'd be seriously thrilled. Even taking it to that first 5K distance - that'd be a 24:48 5K I think? That's like 5:09 off of my current PR... LONG way to go in a short distance. But still. Imagining if I could develop myself enough to maintain that speed over a marathon.... that'd break a 3.5hr marathon if I'm doing my math properly.... HAHAHAAHA WOahhh don't expect that to ever happen, but seriously. There are people out there that do it!!!
The thing with running - seems a lot of people out there feel that all it takes is training and hard work to get to a position to be a Boston Qualifier for MOST people.... like not just a few. It seems the breakdown then is from BQ to elite for TALENT/biomechanics whatever to make that jump. Because I am such a new runner and I have never put in the kind of mileage that people usually have to go through to discover their potential for Boston Qualifying -- I really DON'T KNOW if I'm one who can make it or not. The theory is that while only 10-11% qualify for Boston (that number apparently including those who requalify running multiple marathons in a year), that the rest of the people don't put in the time and mileage and work to really test the limits of their potential.
For many that might not even be a remote priority OR a realistic possibility -- work/family commitments and other passions might mean that while they are a solid marathoner and love running marathons, they put in the smallest amount of training that will let them feel happy about their results - and that may be just to finish. I was definitely happy with doing that last year at my first!!! :D But now that I've seen how others do it... I'm game.
Assuming I am able to commit the time to training over the amount of time it will take for me to get there - I want to find out what my potential really is. Because it may take years for me to build up to that kind of training - building a strong high mileage base and then being able to incorporate harder speed work could take a very long time considering I will need to ensure I am not moving too fast for remaining injury free. Maybe as I go along other things will come up that preclude me from having the time to commit - like babies. HAHAHA or something.
But hey - as long as I am able I'm willing to give it a shot and see what this theory is all about. And I figure that if I still am not able to BQ, that's ok - I really am not considering that as a necessity to make my running career a happy one. :D I just want to improve and see what I can do.
So anyway -- I'm not sure I rambled HERE about this yet... maybe I did. But it's been on my mind a lot lately and I wanted to share. :)
Freestyle Trainer should arrive tomorrow - want to try that out with a 4 mile run as well. OH and TOM should also be arriving... yayyyy... *fingertwirl*
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!!! :)
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