Monday, August 30, 2010
I think with my current amount of activity, the best way to make sure I'm eating enough/not eating too much will be deficit tracking.
It is so tough when you're rocking a long run that burns around 1900 calories, or going to a couple of classes one day, and then another day taking a complete rest day, to really get a feel for what you should be eating.
I find that I too often eat not enough or too much because I just don't feel like the calorie range tactic is suiting me. Anyway -- I've done deficit tracking before and really liked it. It WILL require me to be more diligent with my tracking -- but it is so rewarding to see the numbers each day, I think it will help motivate me to track better.
So I'm going to try it.
I will need to get a good weighin to see what my BMR settings should be so I'm going to try to eat nice and clean tonight, get plenty of sleep, and get a weighin tomorrow. Granted -- TOM is coming Wednesday, but I'm just going to use this to get my settings straight.
Then we shall see! I have been running in the AM so really the only day I have a considerable calorie burn to think about later in the day is Monday with Zumba and Hoop Fitness in the evening. This should allow me to plan for a certain amount of calories through breakfast/snacks/etc and adjust on Mondays with dinner if needed, and adjust on other days throughout the day once I know what my burn was that morning, smaller adjustments for things like dropping by the gym for some ST or whatever.
Now that I have the gym back, I think I will look at my New Rules of Lifting for Women workouts again and see if I can fit some of that in as well. I haven't really had a plan for ST and it has resulted in some ok upperbody workouts, and neglecting abs and lower body almost entirely. Bad business.
THANK YOU for making me feel SO GOOD about my weekend of running as well!!!! :D And especially those comments about my half goal from those runner sparkies -- very encouraging. :)
Monday, August 30, 2010
So I believe last we left off I was bragging about resisting cake and ice cream (which I had some of the next day) and lamenting my soreness before running my Hood to Coast Ghost legs!
Well I was sore -- but I did it.
Friday I got home, ate cake and ice cream, and waited for time to go run. I think my nervous energy had me reaching for simple carbs and I did not resist this time. Nutrition is still a work in progress obviously -- and it will continue to be I'm sure for the rest of my life. I need to be tracking better, but to be honest -- this weekend I was so sore and busy that I was not thinking about going downstairs to track my food. I know that's lame. I think my MIL's computer is upstairs now, now that I think about it... so maybe I can used hers to track sometimes... OOH! :D I never would have thought about this if I hadn't blogged about it!
So anyway -- I napped, and then woke up to get ready to go run. I got dressed in my Sparkin Hood to Coast shirt and reflective ghostie hooked to my brastrap and I was ready to go. Oh wait. Flashlight! haha I would like to get a headlamp sometime I think... anyway -- I got the text at 11:48pm that about 10min, then one at 11:49 that said Gn!!!! And I took that to mean GO and I DID. I finished that first leg of 3.52 miles in under 11min miles!!!!! For me -- how SORE I was at that time -- I was amazed. WOOHOO! 38:05 for that leg.
Then I showered and buzzed around online talking to other ghosties and I talked to Jackie on the phone and got a big hello from the Coasties (as us ghost runners are calling them) around. :) Jackie finished in 41min but then again -- she ran the first leg of 7+ which I was at work for , and then stayed up to run this leg! haha. GO JACKIE!!! (MSJCISRUNNING) I was busting my bootie to try to run as fast as possible so as not to disgrace my much faster than me running partner.
Then I worried I gave it all Friday night and would have nothing for Saturday!
I slept in, and then ate and got ready to run my final Hood to Coast Ghost leg. The Coasties had been mostly incommunicado since the night before, entering sketchy cell coverage area. Last I heard we were running about 9min late, so that's when I started my leg -- 10:35 for 4.2 miles. I gave it everything I had to keep going at a decent pace -- it was tough. Tired and sore, I just kept thinking about Jackie and all the other Coasties pulling through the night with little sleep, no showers, etc., racing their hearts out.
Prior to the event I had asked Jackie about her favorite running songs so I could get something to listen to in her honor -- when I started feeling rougher on Saturday I started playing her song -- Tom Petty's Runnin' Down a Dream! I had never heard it before but I figured Running Folk were always referencing it so it was about time. Good running song! :D I thought of Jackie and busted my butt and finished that leg in 49min for about 11:39 min mile pace -- less than a minutes slower than the night before in hotter tireder more sore conditions -- I'LL TAKE IT! :)
So then my participation in Hood to Coast was over, but there were still more legs to be run by the Coasties and Ghosties alike. I was anxious to get some reports back and I'm still waiting on some more blogs from the Racers themselves! :) I've read several Ghostie blogs already -- us having faster more immediate internet access post run.
So DH and I headed to our local artist's market, picked up some of our favorite bread ever (a local breadmaker - bread called "Fred Bread") we got a round of garlic herb and a loaf of spinach & Feta. Then it was back home to get ready to head to the Roller Derby! :D
YES I went to a Roller Derby double header and it was so fun! My BIL is like - Dana I want you to do this. I secretly would love to be a Roller Derby girl -- or mabye less secretly and more fantasy-based. Because I can't at this moment in time roller skate. HAHAHAHA So I'd like to learn finally, now that I'm fitter and braver. (Less afraid of the inevitable falling...)
Then it was home and I was pretty tired -- made some pasta for dinner w/ some of the Garlic Herb into Garlic Bread and I was done.
But this running weekend was NOT OVER YET.
I still had my long run to accomplish! I was a bit scared of the 11 miles to follow me racing my butt off for two legs of pseduo HTC in my hometown... I just decided I was allowed to go as slow as possible as long as I kept going, that was the goal anyway -- just to log the miles. So I set out and did it. Yes - it was REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLY REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY SLOW. 14:40 mm I think? One of my slowest runs ever. Only thing worse for the wear are some pinky toe blisters. AGAIN. I think I might just get rid of my pinky toes altogether, those jerks. But anyway -- 2:41 minutes later I had 11 miles to log and I had gotten in all intended running for the weekend. :)
I just kept thinking about the Coasters and that this was my 3rd leg and just to keep going. :) Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!!!!
This week it's some 3 milers, a 7 miler (I think?) and 13 mile long run before a mini taperish section before my race. :D YAY! The speed I was able to attain while mega sore for my 2 racing legs this weekend did help give me some confidence in the fact that I might be able to actually reach my goal of breaking 2:30 for my half. Of course, that is before it took me 2:41 to do 11 miles. BUT! I keep reminding myself -- Long Runs are meant to be SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. In fact, I TRIED to run as slowly as possible on Sunday. I WON'T be doing that on race day. I have the raw speed to be able to run fast enough to reach this goal, it's just a matter of maintaining enough of it over time with my endurance to achieve the end result I'm looking for. I'm still not sure I'll be able to do it this time, but I'm pretty confident I can come close at least. It can be hard at times to trust this training.... It was so different when I didn't have any time goal for the marathon! hahaha :D But I'm looking forward to trying!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So I didn't eat my protein bar that I had packed for between TRX and my run and then when I got home I was feeling kind of sick to my stomach so I didn't eat anything right away, fast forward about an hr and I'm feeling crap but I think I realize I NEED TO EAT. So I make a PB sandwich because it's simple and about the only thing remotely appealing, and by the time I get done eating it I'm feeling much better and my body said, YES GIVE ME MORE!
So I did. I ended up estimated over my range, but I'm ok with that since I was below range on Monday. Still working to get this thing balanced! I had a good plan but I didn't stick to it.
So today has been better so far, and no marathon workouts planned tonight.
That TRX class was AWESOME - it really kicked my butt. I have been neglecting the lower body somewhat lately in ST workouts, just running has been working those parts and it is not enough on it's own. I was pretty good on the squats, even doing squat jumps, then lunges ok, single leg squats - still always kill me. I could not get to the "jump" phase of that move. Freaking hamstring curls were KILLING ME. hahaha I did really well on upper body stuff, struggled a bit on core - but we also didn't spend long on core so I didn't have much practice to force my body to do the moves correctly only a few halfhearted attempts after feeling beaten at the end of class. HAHAHA. Loved the instructor, she was fierce. There were like... 4-6 total instructors at that class walking around correcting people since it was a demo class. I never got corrected, but I did get complimented on my chest press/suspended pushup form. WOOT.
Great workout. So I'm sore today - of course - and I plan on taking it really easy until my ghostrunning Friday night at 11:30ish and Saturday morning at 10:30ish. I'm thinking tonight - hula hooping. Maybe some yoga between now and then but that's it. Mostly chilling out. :)
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