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Deficit Tracking - nothing exciting to see here... :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/10: (1900+672) - 2084 = 488

Weekly Deficit: 1967, Daily Average = 393.4

Word. Gotta stay strong today - Saturday - and make these deficits count for something. :)

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MARLIE13 9/12/2010 11:15AM

    Stay strong. You can do it!

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SKYFYRE 9/11/2010 7:07PM

    Great Job! Word!

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KEAKMAN 9/11/2010 6:02PM

    You are so right - no sense in working hard all week to blow it on the weekend!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/11/2010 3:11PM

    stay strong girl! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 9/11/2010 12:34PM

    Have an awesome weekend, Dana!

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Deficit Tracking - Friday :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Not much to say. I'm ready for next week's taper! RACING a week from SUNDAY! :D WOOHOO!


(1900+915) - 1902 = 913

Weekly Deficit: 1479, Daily Average - 369.75


This morning ran 2.85 miles, burned 430 calories, didn't hit the gym for ST last night but I have my gym bag with me today and plan on hitting it after work to start the weekend off RIGHT. :) So far today's food is looking good. Tomorrow will be a test for me, I think. Not sure what we're doing yet -- Artists' Market to buy Fred Bread and eat at the Happy Tummy? Go to a friend's mega awesome party with a water slide? Both? Neither? and somewhere in there will definitely be football watching!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/11/2010 7:28PM

    fred bread? happy tummy? silly names for things lol. i don't know what either is. i could sure use a happy tummy though.

i can't believe it is your 1st half next week. enjoy your taper week.

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KEAKMAN 9/10/2010 10:40AM

    I can feel your excitement for next week's race Dana!

Hey, do you remember back when you never thought you could or would run? Isn't it so cool to be a runner?!?

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SEEHOLZ 9/10/2010 10:39AM

    Enjoy your week-end!

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MBSHAZZER 9/10/2010 10:15AM


Have an awesome weekend! One week till your first half marathon!

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/10/2010 10:14AM


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Speed Kills

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Speed work kills my muscles and forces them to return stronger. :) HAHAHA. Seriously, I was sore already this morning, I guess my glutes just weren't happy about doing bulgarian split squats and deadlifts Tuesday -- but I made them run me all over the greenway anyway.

Today's training schedule called for 4 mile repeats. BLURGH!!!! Those are so intimidating to me -- It's one thing to settle into a faster tempo for miles at a time, but to run even faster than that one mile at a time... I dunno why, it's daunting for some reason. Because since I'm running one at a time, it should be faster than my tempo run pace, which is faster than my HMP goal pace by a bit. AKA - I gotta book it for a mile. I can't just SPRINT because hello, I'll crash and burn before I finish. It's this balanced effort, trying to find the right speed that gives it all right at a mile point, then recover a bit and do it again.

It was dark when I started and my watch has no light, my estimate is that my first mile was at 10 min or possibly slightly under. 2nd mile estimate is near 11. 3rd and 4th I ran a .9 mile section of the trail because I was sick of the other side of the greenway. HAHA. those extrapolate to about a 10:30 min mile pace. So I feel pretty good about that. 4th was actually a bit faster than the 3rd. Granted -- 3rd was OUT on that section and 4th was BACK so it might be slightly easier on the way back? I dunno. All I know is that I was SPENT by the end of today's run.

Deficit Tracking:

(1900+475)-1876 = 499

Weekly Deficit: 67+499 = 566, Daily Average = 188.667

So not quite the pace my deficit was building last week - drastically influenced by Monday being a calorie eating fest instead of my usual calorie BURN fest (w/ Zumba and Hoop class), but I'm still in the negative some and that makes me feel good.

Today so far:

(1900+915) - 1571 = 1244

So probably a small deficit again today. See -- if I had been eating up to my min or my max calorie range on some of the days this week that I went under, I'd be definitely in a deficit hole (which means GAINING). With a fluctuating burn each week, this is so much easier to see where I really stand with things. Tomorrow is only scheduled a 3 mile easy run, so tomorrow's burn will not be large. Saturday is an "OFF" day -- so not sure if I'll do anything or not, maybe hit up yoga again finally for the first time in ages. And then Sunday is 11miler.

OK I'm tired. Got enough sleep last night, though! :) I've been doing good at making sure I get to bed early. I think I'm finally finding a good groove with my schedule!

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MARLIE13 9/9/2010 10:48PM

    Oooh routine groove. Awesome! I love those!

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SKYFYRE 9/9/2010 3:43PM

    I love that you used the word "extrapolate" in your blog today! :) Awesome!
I think you are jamming with your speed work, yikes!
Another yikes... your gonna hit up yoga this weekend emoticon I'll shut up now!

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MBSHAZZER 9/9/2010 11:07AM

    Just the phrase, "Bulgarian split squats" scares me! Hehe! Way to power through!

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Got up early today! YES! :D

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Yesterday I had not gotten enough sleep so I bagged my run in the morning saying I'd do it that night.

Well what the heck - it's HOT here again! DANGIT! I want the cooler weather back, please! Since all the clothing in my gym bag was just completely suited for the GYM and not for RUNNING, let alone in the heat -- I said, it's 3 miles. I'm skipping it today. :P And the same day I signed up for my marathon -- how am I gonna complete a marathon if I'm skipping runs??? HAHAHA But anyway -- the real solution is to ensure I get up and do my run in the morning unless I KNOW it's going to get cooler at night. AND also not to stress about missing the occasional couple of miles as long as I'm hitting everything else. Heck, they even say not to stress missing a long run or two as long as it's not too many toward the end of your training cycle and that you're still hitting important longer distance training runs -- ie: don't miss your 18 and 20 milers and have only run up to 16 miles before marathon day.

So I DID get in a workout -- I got on the ERG for the first time in ages -- rowing workout of intervals. 500m at a warmup pace, and then 200m intervals, stepping up each hard interval by 2 stroke ratings. It was short and sweet and perfect for before doing strength training to get my body warmed up and the heart pumping. Then I hit all body parts pretty much - assisted dips/pullups/chinups set (alternating up with down sets), then 21's, deadlifts, bulgarian split squats, seated rows, weighted crunches on ball w/ chest press using kb, oblique twists on ball using kb, and a few KB swings and I was done.

I was not that hungry yesterday, guess the body was recovering from the madness of Monday night --

9/7 - (1900+369) - 1572 = 697

Weekly Deficit: -630+697 = 67

So I'm not in the hole anymore. :) haha. We will have to see what kind of deficit I'm able to get by the week's end.

So last night I got to bed in a good reasonable time to get up early and I DID. Ran 3.25 ish miles around the neighborhood (3 on the schedule), and that's my workout for today. Maybe some hooping tonight....

So far today:

(1900+475) - 1138 = 1237

So I'm sure I'll get something to add to my deficit today, even if it's small.

I weighed myself this morning and was down 1lb from my weighin last week -- which is pretty right on compared to my deficit tracking estimates from last week. I have to admit, seeing changes that small is like seeing no change at all, but I'm trying to remember that that is exactly what I'm AIMING for - is small small small changes over time to make sure I'm losing fat vs. muscle. So I'm really stuffing the gut reaction of "that's it???" and filling myself with a feeling of celebration for hitting my goal of .5-1lb of loss per week SPOT ON! :) Need to be able to celebrate to keep moving forward and realize that what I'm doing is working.

Yesterday I registered for the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL - 12/11/2010

WOOHOO!!! Yes, I WANTED to do Miami in January. I still do. But let's be honest -- DH hasn't actually defended yet, job hunt hasn't begun, even if all goes smoothly we may be moving in January or something. It's a completely nonsensical idea. So why not plan for what is going to REALLY WORK and make sure I get to do a marathon in the near future and not miss it this year/season/whatever.

So I will have a week to recover post half, and then 12 weeks of training building up to the full. I feel good about the timing and good about everything. It will be neat to be able to fix my own pre-race meal at HOME and sleep in my BED and whatnot before the race. :) hehe.

My DH will be walking for his PhD that day -- he was more upset about missing my marathon! HAHA Didn't even mention me missing his ceremony until I expressed being upset about that -- he said that didn't matter, the years that I've been supporting him through it are the important part. The plan is that I run, he walks, and we join in celebration that night! :D

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KEAKMAN 9/8/2010 5:18PM

    Now to get DH to find a job out here so you can run HTC with us!

I love that you are both encouraging the other to do his/her own thing!

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SKYFYRE 9/8/2010 2:41PM

    Very cool that DH is supportive of you as your are supportive of him, that is a good marriage :) I am glad that you are doing one near home, if I ever get back in condition to do the 70.3 Ironman (I can do everything but the run) I will register for the one and hour from my home. They are big races and being comfortable and having routine is so crucial I think when staring out! I agree on the not stressing about missing a run or two. You have already put a ton of training runs in to this marathon so you are ahead of the game!!!

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SEEHOLZ 9/8/2010 1:34PM

    Your hubby totally won extra points in my book with that comment! I think your choice makes sense and it's not like you've run this one before-- it'll be a great pre-holiday celebration and since it's close to home, you might get some alternative supporters!

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MBSHAZZER 9/8/2010 11:39AM

    Dana, I hope you can make Miami! But I totally understand the uncertainty with the schedule. Fingers crossed for your hubby! I love his attitude about your support, too!

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Continued Tracking!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

So last night was a bit nuts -- football and my SIL and her hubby brought over their fryer and made wings and tater tots. And yes, I ate them dangit. I am almost NEVER into eating wings but I was last night so I figured since the time is so few and far between I would get it out of my system. No more fried food for me for a while. UGH. My body is in food hangover mode.

Although -- according to my estimates of what I ate, I am close to being within range! It might be a bit higher than range, it all kind of depends on how many pretzel Mm's I actually ate... but I think the rest is a fair estimate.

I also hula hooped for like... 2 hrs.... while the food was being made. But I didn't wear my HRM or anything, so I have no idea if I had any worthwile calorie burn from that, but it was definitely way more active than sitting or laying around. So I feel good about that! And I got to practice my moves since there was no class yesterday. But I stayed up way too late and didn't run this morning.

Also had this horrible nightmare that a picked up CLOVERR1 running on the street at like 3 am and took a turn that ended up putting us in this sketchy area in the middle of a gang war and this dude with a knife was threatening to rape us -- we were in a car but it wouldn't accelerate and the windows wouldn't roll up. SCARY!!!! CLOVERR1 - you are NOT allowed to go running at 3am by yourself in sketchy neighborhoods!

Anyway -- to sum up for last week's deficit tracking:


(1900+2470) - 2429 = 1941

Weekly Deficit = 2642+1941 = 4583 - SPLURGE MEAL

So I really don't know, but I definitely know I didn't over eat 5000 calories worth. Probably not even 1000. So I still had a nice deficit from last week for me and my conservative goals!

For yesterday to start this week I will start it in a hole though -

(1900+0) - 2530 = -630

Granted, I may have some burn from hooping that would counterract some of that but although I'm trying to estimate food I ate that wasn't specifically measured, I'm not gonna try to estimate the hooping. We'll just hope things even out a bit by week end.

Tonight is gym and 3 miles. This weekend is 11 miles. Next weekend is the half! :D WOOHOO!!!!! Ok time to get to work....

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SKYFYRE 9/8/2010 2:54AM

    Great job on the deficit tracking! Go Dana- hula hooping for 2hours?! Sheesh, your abs, are they killing you today? I hate bad dreams like that, I just had a weird one where my mom had ants crawling all over her and she didn't care, so I made her get in the shower to wash them off! Weird.... better than scary though!

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MARLIE13 9/7/2010 11:47PM

    I can't imagine hoola hooping for two hours. Go you!!

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CLOVERR1 9/7/2010 4:51PM

    I have so got to start tracking my food again....

Don't know about lights, but need to do some shopping searches for the same myself.

I *really* want to do the Rocket City Marathon, but I also *really* want to do a 24 hour race in North Carolina over New Years (which will be more expensive as an out of town trip as well as the race fee); not sure I can afford both. If I don't run our local marathon with you, I'll work an aid station and definitely cheer you on!!!

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KNH771 9/7/2010 2:56PM

    I bought a hula hoop this summer just to do something different, and I'm horrible at it! I put it away for a while... I should try again.

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MBSHAZZER 9/7/2010 12:39PM

    OMG, I wish I hadn't read that there is such a thing as pretzle M&Ms! GAH!!!! Glad you got the fried stuff out of your system.

And what's up with the Sparkpeople dreams? I dreamt that I ran 2 marathons in one day with SEEHOLZ!

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CLOVERR1 9/7/2010 11:53AM

    The only 3 am running I have planned is a 24 hour event over New Year's on a well lighted path in the company of other crazy runners...

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NATURALLYME126 9/7/2010 10:40AM

    Oh wow that was a scary dream! Hope you have sweet dreams tonight! ;)

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SEEHOLZ 9/7/2010 10:26AM

    Sounds like a splurge meal.. but yeah, I'm the same regarding fried foods- no thanks.

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KSIGMA1222 9/7/2010 9:54AM

    No worries on the tracking it all evens out! I thought I would be all over the place by now but after 4-5 months of not tracking I haven't changed my weight at all. Must say it doesn't haunt me as much as it use to and it is amazing at how well one can do once you have it down. I think that is the next step that SP doesn't have quite as mapped out as the rest? But we all must do as we feel is best for us.

So no worries and have a great week!

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