Wednesday, June 09, 2010
I had like 5 min to post those pictures before I had to run to work - basically me trying on some clothes in stores that I didn't buy but I really want that white jacket...
AND... me and my sister...
AND .. last - my "haircut" which didn't take off much length just kinda got rid of some dead ends, added some layers... not the most model perfect picture of me ever but I felt it was a genuine smile and pictures like that make me happy. :)
Ran this morning. 4.6+ miles, butt hurts, wahwah.
Reading "Born to Run" and it is very inspiring. I'm not converted to complete barefootism yet but I do think I would benefit from doing a bit of barefoot running to help learn some more bioefficient form and strengthen my feet. So many amazing runners run in shoes, but they either naturally know how to run in a perfect bioefficient way or they learned it with someone coaching them or they themselves do some barefoot running. Either way I'm convinced it could help me.
Should have tried a bit this morning, was thinking about it before I got going, even a ways into my run I kept thinking, I could try it for the last little bit of my run but by that point... I forgot. HAHAHA. :) Oh well. I did concentrate on trying to have a good form though - up until close to the end when I got impatient with it all.
TOM has reared it's ugly head and I feel wretched. I feel bloated and crampy and all that awful crap. :P BOO!
My upper body is nicely sore from yesterday's freestyle trainer mojo - actually, my triceps are really the main thing. WOW! :D Watching some videos on that move really helped me to make it more effective.
So I'm thinking so far this week I've covered about 7 miles - if I do 2-3 tomorrow and then a total of 10 this weekend I'm close to 20 again. Since my long run has been around 7 miles this really takes the pressure off my run tomorrow. :)
I think I'm gonna aim for getting a consistent 20 mile week for a few weeks before tweaking too much.
Born to Run is also inspiring me yet again to eat naturally (meaning close to the earth - less processed, more plants, etc.). It's probably good for me to read something like that every so often to get the good food thoughts running through my head. I don't think it's realistic for me to eat like that 100% of the time but I think I can try to be more consistent with it than I have been and try not to go in cycles of laziness. :) haha. I need to learn how to make that way of eating VERY VERY LAZY so that when I do get in a lazy cooking cycle I can turn to THOSE defaults instead of processed food defaults.
I think it was MBSHAZZER who turned me onto nomeatathlete.com through a comment on someone else's blog/page... and that site had so many references to Born to Run and the food stuffs in there it got me to finally read the book that I had checked out from the library once and returned unread and then checked out again and was waiting it's turn behind some other book. haha. :) Now I'm nearly through it, I'm sure I'll finish it today and I read most of it yesterday. Haha. So, THANKS CHICA! :D
I may never be vegan, because I still don't like excluding anything entirely, but I do think it would be best for me to really decrease my meat consumption.
I really do like a steak every now and again. Honestly.
But I can also go without meat for a long time I think without going nuts. Or while going nuts (as in almonds peanuts et.cHAHA I'm so funny). But seriously, I was sharing with someone on here recently something from my religion regarding food and healthy lifestyle. YES! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons) actually has a scriptural set of guidelines for a healthy diet! Can you believe it? :)
The guide is found in the book called the Doctrine and Covenants which is a set of revelations given primarily to the Prophet Joseph Smith during the early days of the organization of the church (in the like, 1830's). I understand it is somewhat controversial to claim modern day revelation and modern day prophets, and also to reference such as scripture, but that is what I believe.
I personally do believe these guidelines to be a revelation from God, but I hope that others can read them even if they disagree and keep an open mind to the insights that are contained within those words from 1833.
"5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
. . .
10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—
11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence andthanksgiving.
12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;
13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;
. . .
16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—"
Just kinda the basics - the full thing can be found here:
So yeah to sum up - we don't drink or smoke, we don't do coffee or tea (except herbal teas.. and we do hot chocolate). Most LDS people will follow those concepts and some even extend the admonition against "hot drinks" - interpreted as coffee and tea - to exclude all caffeinated sodas as well. I don't drink soda like... almost ever. So that doesn't really come into thought for me.
But I don't think many others pay attention to the rest of it -- like most people most of the time we pay attention to the SHALL NOTS and not enough of the SHOULD DO's. You know what I mean?
I don't think there are many LDS people out there that take to heart the advice to only eat meat sparingly and in times of cold or famine. I personally believe this may refer only to "fowl and land beasts" and not to fish. *shrugs* I suppose I could pray for further guidance.
But it's interesting - the advice against tobacco was given LONG before anyone in the medical community was advising against tobacco and the advice to eat mostly plants and little meat seems to be gaining strong ground these days now as well. I really feel it's about time to listen. With all of the ecological impact that providing meat, the medical impacts of eating a largely plant based diet vs. one with a lot of animal products and meat, and then the spiritual aspect, how could I go wrong? :)
LONG BLOG. :) Congrats if you made it this far....
OH I forgot some of the best parts - my favorite promise for if you live with the guidelines given:
"18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint."
Run and not be weary! :) I need that! :D
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I mostly blog when I'm at work and was off between Thursday and now so... HERE I AM! :D haha.
The weekend had it's ups and downs fitness/nutrition wise... Thursday night my sister came and we had fun together! :) Fun activities included: running 2 miles and playing with my freestyle trainer, a big shopping trip to find some great jeans for my sister, eating at a new (to us) hole in the wall BBQ joint, and watching "Easy Virtue". Good times!
The weekend included some mindful and "good" eating and also some overeating. Overall it kinda balanced out -- I am coming up on TOM and I'm not at my recent high, I'm kinda in the middle of where I've been fluctuating so I'm ok with that.
I tried on a lot of clothes while shopping with my sister and discovered that while I am on average 1 size larger than I have been in bottoms - I seem to be finding a lot of that in a great butt and when I tried on some kind of... almost legginglike jeans, my legs looked so freaking fabulous cause you could see my calf muscles and everything. Although they were too small for the butt/hip area although the waist totally would have fit if I could have gotten them any higher up! HAHA. In short - while I'm not in love with my stomach right now (and honestly may never be because of it's weird fat/looseskin lump over the belly button) - in general I was kinda smoking hot. HAHAHAHAHA ok. That is a bit of an exaggeration. But I was honestly concerned that trying on all those clothes might depress me a bit but overall I felt fine and in some cases great! :)
I also confirmed that I DEFINITELY have a longer torso than the average Jane, and it MIGHT be in proportion with my height, but it definitely ruined my attempts to try on a dress that might otherwise have been just a bit snug. The widest "hip" part of the dress happened KINDA around my waist and it snugged up around my hips and butt in a very awkward way. *sigh* dresses will forever be a bit of a challenge for me. I found some jeans that fit like gold but I wasn't shopping for me. (no $$$ for anything that wasn't super cheap and I just wasn't feeling anything in that price range for me that much.)
Still a very fun outing and we successfully scored the perfect jeans for my sister! :)
"Easy Virtue" was kind of a good movie! I ended up really enjoying it even though the end was kind of sad... and good... at the same time. :) Essentially Jessica Biel is this modern American racecar driving firecracker and she marries a modern young man from a stuffy English Family that lives on an estate in the country and she has to go meet the family etc.etc. I think it's set in like... 30's? Not 100% on that... Just guessing by the clothing as I am not so good with historical event references. :) haha. Jessica Biel has a phenomenal body. I think it's fantastic to see a Hollywood Heroine with MUSCLES in her shoulders ya know? Not just soft and skinny.
Saturday I took off of running because we had such a marathon shopping day I decided all that walking deserved a bit of a break. Saturday night before I went to bed I did my favorite yoga podcast - "Lunar Cycle" or something... I love it. Very relaxing and good for the hips.
Sunday I finally got in my 7 miler! WOOT! 7.16 miles to be exact. I've been trying to hit that distance as my "long" run for a few weeks now and have been cut short for various reasons so I'm glad to hit that.
Another thing I've realized with my running is that I was NOT running as much as I thought I was before I was done with that regatta and all the extra rowing.
Mid Jan after I finally got back to running post marathon until I did the Mercedes Marathon relay in Feb I had a few weeks of 11 miles each and then WITH the marathon relay a week of 15 whopping miles!
Then it dropped drastically: My running miles went to 2, 8, 8, 9, 4, 5, FIFTEEN! (in 3 runs - 2.39, 5.23, 7.44 miles), then down to a 2 run week of 7 miles, then it was like 13, 16, 17 (includes 15 miles at the Relay for life!), 14, 20, 20, 16, 15....
So...... honestly I thought I was regularly getting at least 10-15 miles a week before I decided to build my mileage up... ok maybe I thought I was getting at least 15 honestly. And then when I started building I still wasn't getting in as much as I thought because a lot of runs got cut a bit short still... well I've recently had a couple of 20 mile weeks and then the past two have cut back a bit -- but on each of the 20 mile weeks I ran 5 times and the past two I only ran 4 times.
Anyway -- on the one hand it makes me realize I have a lot more work to do, on the other hand it makes me realize HOLY CRAP no WONDER I've been finding it so hard to get in the miles I thought I should be running right now... I mean rowing is great crosstraining but it's not the same as running those miles and I should take it slow. So I've been a lot more accepting of myself taking it easy and doing whatever I need to do to get the run in, if it means it's shorter then so be it. That way I can build up how my body needs to and not on a plan that was more ambitious than it should have been probably. I'll catch up to the plan eventually.
I just need to have my long run at 8-10miles by minimum 6 weeks before my half marathon in September... so.... by the 2nd week of August basically. I have plenty of time considering I can already run 7 comfortably -- so I figure I can work on getting the rest of my mid-week runs built up to consistently longer than 2-3 miles (if I can get in 4 5 mile runs then with an 8 mile "long" run I'm getting 28 miles a week so I should be in my aimed range of 25-35 miles per week going into marathon training later on). SLOW AND STEADY!
And lots of stretching and icing and glute and lat work and whatever all else I need to do to deal with the issues I've been having w/ my hip and piriformis and whatnot.
So that's running stuff...
I cut my hair. Just kinda cut off some dead ends - added some layers to get rid of some dead ends that have been following me around since my short hair cut. I'm not sure what I think about it yet - I'll take some pictures. :) haha. I also have a few pictures I can share from this weekend when I get the chance.
I also submitted a bunch of job applications this weekend. So hopefully I can just continue adding applications and will hear something in the next couple of weeks.
Monday I took off of running because I decided I wanted to try my Tue-Thu + Sat-Sun running schedule again and I was going to run in the evening but then my DH ended up not needing to work on his dissertation just then cause he stayed up late and worked on it the night before so.... we hung out and had fun spending time together and it was definitely worth it! :)
I'm planning to do yoga more regularly and really work my freestyle trainer.
Today I got in 2.4 miles - 3 0.8 mile loops w/ the 1st and last being kind of a warmup and recovery/cooldown loops and the middle being a speedier loop just to change things up and I ran the mid loop at what extrapolates to just under a 10min mile pace so I am very happy to know that I can still do that even if it's not for as long as I used to be able to. I had a good time with my freestyle trainer and picked up a few groceries, our prescriptions, and a new NON COTTON SPORTS BRA! FINALLY! hahahaha.
So..... megalong blog. That's it for now. I was scared to continue on with my nontracking experiment right now but I'm still within that same little range so I'm going to try to work on trusting myself!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
...but that's it.
That's ok! I got some things done!
And some other things that really needed to happen... last night when we got home there were some dudes outside looking for their keys. So my DH helped them look for like...forever. HAHA Or it seemed to me. I got cracking RIGHT AWAY making chili. I've been meaning to make chili for a while now and kept doing something else instead.
I totally flew by the seat of my pants with this one -- it contained:
1 onion - finely chopped
1lb lean ground beef - no hormones/etc.goodstuff only.
1 can organic garbanzo beans
2 cans organic "chili beans" blend (no seasoning, just a blend of beans)
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
a couple Tbsp of Chipotle's in Adobo sauce - peppers cut up
some dried minced onion to up the onion ante...
and some frozen corn kernels dumped in.
IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Those chipotle peppers REALLY did their thing. WOOT. I have some leftover with my lunch today and I'm excited.
But due to the key hunting, and then some other people were going to come over to watch SYTYCD but didn't and we waited for them for a while, then that was 2hrs long... anyway. I ended up going to bed at 2am - which is about as late as I ever stay up and not my ideal for the night before planning to "GET UP EARLY". Then I got woken up twice during the night to examine a mystery thing that my DH found on the bathroom floor... black round shiny hard what the what? I was bleary eyed and was like, I dunno..... 2nd time it was I dunno but I'm cleaning the bathroom tomorrow so I'm going to sleep.
Well. 6:45 was just too much for me to handle after the 2nd or 3rd wakeup happened around 5:45 so..... I swapped my plan. I would get up at 9:30, bear the heat as it crept in and run 9:45-10:45 or so, hit the store FAST, get home and stuff put away by 11:30, then I'd have 30 min to clean the bathroom and still have about 45-50min left to get ready/eat/etc. Sounds great, right???
Well - I turned off my alarm at some point. Got woken up by my phone ringing at 9:45 though! But I took too long getting ready and trying to find out where to park at the VA, decided to check that out instead of the arboretum today. So....... I didn't start running till at least 10:30... didn't get back home till noon... had barely enough time to shower and eat and I was actually a couple minutes late to work (not that anyone really cares)... but still. No time to clean the bathroom. :( But before I left this morning I did solve the mystery of the little black things on the bathroom floor!
They were the tiny little end caps on the bristles of my brush that had come off. :P
Anyway. I am very glad I accomplished the things I did today. My run was a little shorter than the 4 I wanted - 3.4 instead - but I tried a new place and I got out and ran even though it was hot and humid. And while I didn't get the bathroom cleaned before my sister will be getting here tonight - I DID get us groceries! :)
AND - My sister is leaving Saturday night which is sad because I'd love to hang out with her forever, but it DOES mean I have Monday (which I took off to be with her) to get some "around the house" type stuff accomplished! :D Honestly if my sister goes to bed earlyish tonight and I'm still awake I might clean the bathroom tonight cause it's driving me nuts! I'm secretly hoping my DH decides to clean it, but somehow we have always had the bathroom cleaning be my domain and I didn't want to ASK because he's having a stressful meeting w/ his mentor today and I didn't want to add any burden.
So yesterday's to-do list carries over - only without the grocery shopping!!!! One down that doesn't come back... YET. :)
I hope to still run tomorrow with my sister! :D We'll see. The other stuff can wait until she's gone.
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