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!!! :)
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*
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