Monday, May 24, 2010
I dunno if it's just the fact that I was finally able to give my notice at work on Friday or what! :)
But that was nice... hahaha. My last day here at work will be 6/18. YEP! WOOT!
Now to get in some apps at the places I mentioned before (Fleet Feet, that gym). Yeah.
This weekend was JAM PACKED. I did a little mindless eating but I was very self-aware of it at the same time. I consciously did not eat at the table a couple of times and could tell it made a difference in consumption. All part of the learning process I guess.
Overall though, not a bad eating weekend -- a splurge meal out to a BBQ place that we both agreed was good but not worth the randomly high prices compared to other BBQ places we both love. This was after a day that had:
1. 4 mile run
2. Rowing exhibition -- some paddling around, then rowing up and down the river a few times past this designated area were people were supposedly going to be watching us (but in actuality I saw like... 4-6 people up there and at least 2 of those were club members...) It was KIND of cool because there were rowers there from another club in the state that brought their sculling shells and in fact, this one double challenged my little 4+ boat to a race! :D They totally beat us, but um... they had 3 less bodies to move! And a lighter boat I'm sure. HAHA. But it was still fun. BUT HOT!!!!!
HOLY COW was this day hot. And humid. I was 100% soaked from my run and row.
Then home to shower and rest before later going to the Hot Air Balloon Race and BBQ Festival. It was soooooooo hot still. We were dying. dripping. really! Did NOT want to eat any food at that place. HAHAHA but we had our hearts set on BBQ so we decided to try the place that sponsored the BBQ fest and the results mentioned above. Eventually though, the sun started going down and it got comfortable and the balloons were so pretty - still glad we went.
Sunday morning I ran - the plan was 7.1 miles but probably around the 6.5 mark I had to take a walk break due to the awful heat and once I started walking it was more walking from there on out -- I noticed a couple of blisters on my right foot and after that I couldn't UN-notice them. Plus the heat was just killing me. My beverages were so hot - I drank them anyway. I needed it. But it was not really helping as much as it could have if they were cooler.
I have gained some new strategies involving more refrigeration and partial freezing of take-along hydration. YES. Also trying to actually get my butt up early to avoid the heat... *sigh* I keep saying I'm gonna do that... but I mostly don't. "early" to me really is 9am. hahaha. but that just doesn't cut it in this AL heat and humidity - especially if you're gonna be out there for 1.5hrs+ like I am if I'm gonna run 7 miles. BUT! Other than the heat and the little blisters it was a nice run! I was wearing the new Mizuno's and my sock on the right foot just wasn't high enough in the back so I got one on my heel and I also had a little pinky toe one in the usual place I get pinky toe blisters so I dunno what's up with that crap. :P I haven't had any in a while but I did not like the socks I was wearing and hope that makes a difference. Next to try: toe socks, silicone toe caps.
It's really mostly kind of between the pinky and next toe -- I think maybe my socks were a little small, squishing them together. I got the Mizuno's thinking a wider toe box would also help no squishing but obviously if the sock isn't roomy enough that isn't going to help. Now I'm thinking if I ever get that same spot blister while wearing my balegas I am moving to the other methods to try! :P I do NOT want a repeat of my first marathon w/ a blister on each pinky toe already raging around halfway! :P
The hip/butt is good. I tried a myofascial release w/ a foam roller on Sunday (Saturday?) that I saw on YouTube and it felt insane - and I think helpful as well.
I need to get my ST in - I didn't do anything today. :P I'm thinking tomorrow will be better. I'm not rowing tomorrow - I can go out for 4+Freestyle Trainer. Woot!
Friday, May 21, 2010
This eating mindfully thing is a challenge, but it's going well so far I think!
**BASICALLY LOTS OF FOOD TALK AHEAD- BE FOREWARNED!**
Last night I took home a couple servings of a home made strawberry shortcake that a lady made from my work. DH ate one and I ate part of one and gave him the rest. I sat at the table (after the first bite or two in the kitchen when I was like - HEY! GO SIT DOWN!) and sitting there I focused on the taste and how I felt and after I had enjoyed some I gave the rest to DH. Felt really good about that!
Dinner was Chicken Parmesan w/ whole wheat pasta and sauce. I make this chicken parmesan which is soooooo easy to be healthy and the sauce is made from a can of crushed tomatoes seasoned. Ronzoni Healthy Harvest thin spaghetti and BAM! DINNER! The Chicken Parm is just bread crumbs (I use panko) mixed w/ some Garlid & herb Mrs. Dash (AWESOME) and some grated parmesan. So no sodium like in pre-seasoned bread crumbs! (WELL except for from what's in the cheese, but vs. using seasoned breadcrumbs+cheese) :) I seasoned the crushed tomatoes w/ the Mrs.Dash also. Cooked the noodles. Cook the coated chicken in a drizzle of olive oil. BAM! DINNER! DH really enjoyed it. :) As did I! Hahaha. I've tracked this before and know it's a reasonable healthy meal, I did not measure anything because I know that the amount of breadcrumbs/parm that will actually stick to the chicken is very minimal and not going to be too hihg calorically. I did measure the oz of noodles before cooking, and of course the sauce from a can. But yeah. Good stuff.
Later on I did have some hot chocolate as well - probably could've done without that. But overall I felt really good about my choices yesterday.
This morning I sat at the table and ate my breakfast.
I AM SO SAD. The yogurt I brought to work today for my first snack had MOLD in it. The date on the container was 6/4/10. I hope maybe the foil top had a break in the seal or something because I have like 2-3 more containers at home that I really need not to have spoiled because that would be so lame. I'm trying this Chobani (?) vanilla greek yogurt - too much sugar for me. I won't be buying it again. But it was much cheaper than the Fage so I thought I'd give it a try. I just don't want to have bought something I like less w/ more sugar to save money and have half of it go to waste so I really could have bought less of the kind I like more! :D (Of course I didn't know that for sure before I bought it but still!)
So I ate my apple (that was supposed to be part of my lunch) instead. Luckily I brought for lunch a LOT of spinach for a salad w/ feta and chicken and I brought the container of feta and salad dressing, too so I can expand my salad easily to compensate! :P
**FOOD TALK OVER!!**
So today is a rest day for me generally, but I plan on doing some ST tonight/throughout the day as well. Nothing lower body - but core and upper body. I already did a set of tricep dips from my desk.
Tomorrow there will be a rowing exhibition as part of this town heritage festival thing so I'm going to go row in that - but I don't have to show up to that until 10:30 which is nice because I'm planning on getting my long run in early tomorrow before that. I'm aiming for 7 miles tomorrow, but we will see. I just want to make sure I don't get injured and my first goal is to actually run for 5 days total for this week - I figure once I get the routine in place, I can work on bumping up a day here and there. But I DO want to get my long runs in a good place as well - so I'm still going to aim for 7 tomorrow, but Sunday's scheduled 4 might be shorter if need be.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
So multiple good things:
1. I put myself first and did not go rowing. I know that sounds strange because I love rowing, but I was torn about going and most of the reasons for going were about not letting other people down. (They had a full 8 boat but a few others wanted to take a 4 also but it would have meant the coach not coaching but coxing AND coaching which is less good.) Anyway. I decided to let the 8 have the full attention of the coach and to let myself rest and be able to put my focus on running today.
2. Either I was rewarded for not trying to do too much today or my hip just isn't actually hurt, but today's run felt great and the hip feels fine. WOOHOO! I went only 3.83 miles vs. 4 but that's close enough for me, especially since there were a couple of beastly hills to run up in the route I chose today. I ran a loop that I usually run most of but I went the opposite direction and changed part of it to a section of road I've only run a couple of times (adding a challenging hill with the different section, and swapping a long slow incline for a steeper hill at the end by changing directions). It felt good to change things up and I felt good running, too. Avg HR was only 165 even though it was in the low to mid 80's and I was tackling hills. Granted max was 187, but I figured it got up there once or twice.
3. I weighed myself this morning. I'm not making massive ground but the number is lower than it has been in a while! :) That is VERY motivating for me to keep moving forward!
4. 2 more meals down at the table -- 3 if you count pre and post workout today as separate meals.
One thing - I DID eat both of my "exception" foods last night. Popcorn and hot chocolate on the couch, in front of the TV. Dinner was weird. I blame that. HAHAHA. My hubby is way into sardines lately. We've only purchased them twice but he's like, they're good for you right? And I'm like yeah, healthy fats, omega 3's like crazy, protein, and I've read calcium from the fishy bones as well. So dinner was sardines on crackers - I bought these new wheat thins flatbreads that were very good bytheway - 30 cal per flatbread. One can of sardines was simply packed in water, the other was packed w/ olive oil, olives, garlic, red bell peppers... "Mediterranean" style it said on the package. Anyway. Dug the Mediterranean fishies ok, the other ones were just there. Tasty enough but not my new favorite food or anything. But I ate all the sardines+crackers standing in the kitchen. Then I made a salad and ate that sitting at the table... and then I was still hungry so I went with my bonus snacks.
But this morning - PB+Pretzel sticks were had at the table before my run and Cottage Cheese + puffedkamut&millet + dried blueberries + honeydrizzle was had post run. Veryvery nice.
I haven't tracked anything yesterday or today so far, but I'm feeling positive about my choices because I am not eating mindlessly in marathon sessions in front of the TV. I'm planning healthy meals and snacks and eating them mindfully. :) It feels very good! I may track again soon or may not... I think I will need to if I eat something very out of the ordinary and can't estimate from personal knowledge. But honestly, most things I eat I have a good idea what's in them. I think at times before I've tracked as a way to say - STOP ENOUGH or other times used it as a way to say - Hey! I have 200 cal left, what delicious goodie can I fit in??? So I'm enjoying this effort to eat mindfully without tracking because I'm thinking about if I'm hungry, and eating with purpose at a meal-type scenario. Anything outside of that setting is very minimal in calories. It may not work but it feels good for now so I'm gonna go with it.
I did not do the freestyle trainer today, but my plan is to either do that tonight w/ weights & bodyweight or tomorrow w/ the freestyle trainer before or maybe even after work. I will see if my DH is up for hitting a park after work tomorrow...
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Well I gave that running skirt one last shot and it sucked today. Falling off the butt or riding up the legs, I had one choice or the other. I tried layering a longer tank so I could let it sit lower and not feel half-naked, but it didn't work. The skirt just kept going down and then the tank came up and I REALLY felt naked! HAHAHAHA. I had put some body glide on the legs in case of ride up and while I still decided to cut the run short, before I turned around to head back I hiked the shorts up and just let it rub. :P Not comfortable, but no chafing at least - thanks to the bodyglide!
So... one more thing to try actually - washing and drying in the dryer to see if I can shrink it a bit and if that will fit better. Otherwise the next step is buying some real compression shorts (the shorts in this thing are fairly loose gripping spandex type material) and gutting it and running w/ my own shorts. Not something I'd BUY it in order to do, but at least a way to maybe salvage the use of something I've already purchased ya know?
But - the hip felt fine! :D Just fine and normal. YAY. And the pace was ok. 12:30 ish with a 5 min walking warmup and some skirt adjusting walking moments included. The route if I leave from my house goes downhill and then uphill back home and that's just mean. HAHAHA.
I ate my dinner last night at the table, not even any popcorn snack. Dinner last night was some brussel sprouts (similar to the recipe I used that I said tasted like good eggroll innards) but off the top of my head, and I was out of sesame oil so I splashed some tamari and called it good. Also added mushrooms. Some chicken cooked w/ some tamari and some rice w/ beetsteak furikake on it for some seasoning. It was good!
This morning breakfast at the table - before I left for my run, PB & pretzel sticks. After my return I even sat at the table to eat my protein bar! :D haha. WOOHOO! GO ME!
I may be rowing tomorrow - I signed up but also told them that if the number was odd, please drop me first. I want to get my running in and it has priority over running and I want to take care of my hip as well so... we'll see how that all goes. The good news is that if I run after rowing it'll be nice and early - cool, nice flat trail to run on next to the boathouse... although I'm getting a bit sick of that trail now it's a good one... just run it a bit too many times I think. And hopefully some freestyle trainer. I think I'll bring an apple and/or some GU w/ me tomorrow to ensure I don't get too wiped out to continue.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
So... :( I might have an injury! I'm holding off judgement for the moment and just acknowledging that there has been some pain in my hip but I'm hoping with some good stretching/foamrolling/icing/listening to my body - I can continue to run through it. It mostly doesn't hurt but randomly twinged with sharper pain yesterday when I stood up at some point at work, and today during my run ONCE. But the rest of the time - fine. Just some tightness and a little bit of soreness in the area, but nothing PAINFUL. SO! I'm hoping for no more pain and that I'm fine, but I'm definitely being MINDFUL of that area so that I do not really injure myself.
So today the plan was 4 miles but I did about 3.2... I was running a small loop (.8 miles) and I just was DONE after 4 laps. I think that's my max. 4 loops or 2 out and backs - seeing a place 4 times does me in. I was going absolutely bonkers at the Relay for Life running 10 laps of that thing at a time... ugh. hahaha. Then I did a short round of Freestyle Trainer but I started feeling really kind of nauseated and whatnot - I think I really needed food, didn't eat before workout today was planning on eating after which has been pretty typical for me lately but maybe I need to change gears on that as well cause I seriously pooped out today. Still managed 2 sets each of deep chest press, rows, triceps press, lat pullover, and a couple of planks w/ some mountain climber style movements w/ feet in the trainer. I went to a different park today and found a really great spot for using the trainer, but it's sand - pretty well packed so it was fairly stable, but I am thinking bringing a towel will work for not getting all sandy cause it was pretty ridiculous today. (This freaking AWESOME video on YouTube shows a lady ROCKING a TRX workout while on vacation and she was in a sandy area of a playground w/ a towel so I immediately thought of that - she was doing this cool thing where she'd roll back in a ball and come up to a squat without using the straps, but then press into the handles and jump back into a plank position, then jump back forward (so a squat thrust with hands in the trainer handles) then repeat, roll again - squat thrust, etc. Very cool. )
So far - 2 meals at home at the table. Dinner last night and breakfast this morning -- well, except for a protein bar in the car cause I ran out of time for eating any more at home between showering, making lunch, etc. after my workout. Last night I did eat some popcorn in front of the TV on the couch but that is it. I'm optimistic about this change... it definitely FELT different. I felt... grown up? :D hahahahaha.
Tomorrow's plan - 4 miles. Will definitely be flexible depending on how I feel and aim for a slower speed than I went even today. (Today I had an average of 12:11 including 5 min walking warmup, was aiming to be close to the upper of my "easy" run target from McMillan's chart based on my 5K PR - which is 12:09 - thinking I might need to recalculate those training paces to be a bit slower... but we'll see. Tomorrow I will plan on using the upper "recovery" miles range (the slowest range) which is 13:09.
I'm going to try to stick with these for a while, using 13:09 as my slowest goal pace... but I think I might do well to recalculate using my 2nd best 5K time, or close to it - around 32min. According to the equivalency nonsense that still would put me under a 2:30 (2:27) half and about a 5:11 full - those are really my main goals for my next big races. Under 2:30 on the half and close to 5:15 for the full (at least under 5:30). I'm hoping to see some big improvements in pace before then, run another 5K or little race to give myself a better idea or at least use the half as a basis for a goal on my full, but knowing what paces I've been running compared to those suggestions gives me an idea as well. They say a good indicator for a full can also be your half x2 plus 10% - so if I run a 2:30 half that's a 5:30 full... we'll see. In any case I am looking for a pretty big PR on my next full. Just gotta stay uninjured and keep plugging away!
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