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Thursday, October 21, 2010

So far, 90 calorie surplus for the week before yesterday. Then yesterday I burned 1015 on my awesome evening 6+ miler. :) It was really great!


(1900+1015) - 2349 = 566

So.... 476 deficit for the week so far which I am happy with. Just glad to be in the - . hahahaha :D Gonna have a run this evening but it will be short, so likely to be more like 350-500 calories burned, which will mean staying roughly within my SparkRange to keep even or tiny deficit.

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KASHMIR 10/22/2010 9:49AM

    Woo Hoo Dana!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/22/2010 5:32AM

    Keep on running lady!

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DAWNOFCHANGE 10/21/2010 8:48PM

    You rock! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 10/21/2010 5:27PM

    Great Job Dana!

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KEAKMAN 10/21/2010 11:04AM

    Staying in range is ALWAYS a good thing!!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just a brief check in.

Burn yesterday 377

So 1900+377-1942 = 335

So I have 90 calorie surplus still this week, almost nothing. Today may not have much of a deficit, but I'm thinking maybe still a small one. Hard to tell since I'm running after work instead of before, but I'm aiming for 6-7 miles tonight so it'll be a pretty good burn.

My group is having a lunch today but I am abstaining in favor of the lunch I brought. It's Olive Garden and none of it is healthy. :P LAME.

I DID some ST last night. veryvery little. But more than nothing. 2 sets of alternating lunges w/ hammer curls. So my bi's and lower body got a little something something.

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SKYFYRE 10/21/2010 12:13AM

    Good combo life, if you had to pick just one, I'd say you picked the right one! And way to go on bringing your own lunch. I need to make this a priority!! Hope you had a great run!

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KEAKMAN 10/20/2010 8:28PM

    Girl, we gotta get moving on these arms or we will end up arm-in-arm singing the USC fight song or something like that!

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SEEHOLZ 10/20/2010 1:21PM

    Little something adds up to a big something over time.

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Back to Basics!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Time to keep it strict and simple - marathon training leaves time for nothing else!

I am going to add ST at home or the gym minimum 2 x per week with compound movements in order to get a full body workout as efficiently as possible.

Day 1 - TODAY! AFTER WORK! THIS IS HAPPENING! I have dumbbells, I have a little KB, I have a heavy KB. (ok my BIL) I have my body. I can and WILL do this.

I am deficit tracking again. Otherwise I KNOW my eating will go out of control. It's too hard to eat on feel for me. Just not happening.

Yesterday I started my week in the hole by getting a Caloric Surplus of 425.

Granted - I burned over 3000 cal the day before and probably didn't eat enough, but I have to start somewhere and that somewhere will be with yesterday. No exercise + cake at a break at work + hamburger dinner = surplus for sure!

This morning I had a very modest burn of 377 for my morning run, so today will need to be light to get back on track a bit for the week so far. I have a good plan for my food at work and I will be able to achieve maybe a small deficit, maybe at least just even, but no surplus today. I figure I have plenty of time to knock away at the surplus of 425 with a longer run tomorrow and Thursday and a BIG FAT LR on Saturday.

Thanks for the compliments on my hair! :D

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SKYFYRE 10/20/2010 2:23AM

    Way to go! It is the best way for me to be sucessful! And yahoo! Marathon training! And, yahoo for being realistic about time!

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SEEHOLZ 10/19/2010 1:33PM

    I really find that compound moves are the best for time starved people who want and need to get their ST in! I also use them sometimes in my 45 min toning class... because of that reason.

I think I would weight 400 pounds if I didn't track, considering my track record for when I do... even when I go over "on purpose" as in a conscious choice, I still am doing better than if I wouldn't track... my mindless eating would be out of control.. or that's my thought pattern. Until I get to maintenance, I will not experiment there, for that reason.

Do what you know works for you!

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MBSHAZZER 10/19/2010 1:18PM

    Are you using your BIL as a kettlebell?! Or did I read that wrong???

A++ on the ST! It will definitely help you with weight loss and with staying strong at the end of the marathon!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 10/19/2010 12:20PM

    Basics are always good. You can do this. Learn some more about yourself and see where it takes you.

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KEAKMAN 10/19/2010 10:57AM

    Simplicity is the best way to ensure success. You are a wise woman Dana!

Have you considered calorie deficit for the week rather than day-by-day? It's a bit more forgiving and probably more realistic. Just a thought.....

Happy training!

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So, how the weekend went...

Monday, October 18, 2010

On Saturday I ran the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 5K - and I did great! :D Well, it's not a PR, but my expectations were not to run a PR. I know theoretically I have some speed in me, but I rarely use it these days other than a few short strides here and there, and not as fast as 5K pace runs at HM Goal Pace or something like that. So I was thinking I would probably at least to better than 35 min, stretch goal of 33.

Finished in 32:15! WOOT! Maybe official time 32:17, start was not chip timed - I was really close to the front but I'm guessing a couple seconds back. Felt great, recovery time of like... 10 seconds. HAHA :D No soreness to contend with later/next day or anything.

Then I went home, watched some football, and got a call from my friends from work about our hair dying plans... yes - I dyed my hair! Some parts are red now. :)

That took ages, much longer than I expected, I got home after 11PM. Ate cereal. Went to bed. HAHA. So tired! Then Sunday morning I realized I could not find my wallet. Panic. Get DH to drive me to work to look in my desk after looking every place I could think of at home. Come back home, start going through the closet and realize that although I would have sworn I checked my gym bag, I really didn't. So there it was! :P By the time I finally left to go run it was 9AM instead of my intended 5 or 6AM.

I planned on 17, but the first half was going so well I wanted to see more of the marathon course so I went to mile marker 9, and since I'm guessing I'm not starting at exactly the starting line, or because I can't really run the tangents during the day with traffic, the course measures longer than the mile markers, I ran to the next street as well so I'd have a reference for mapping it out. After I turned around it started really warming up and I realized I didn't have enough fluids. I was frantically looking for public fountains - decorative OR drinking. HAHA. I finally found a decorative fountain that I could easily reach and fill my bottles from about 1 mile from my car and that last mile was great! HAHA :D

Ended up with 18.8 miles. WOOT!

So that's it for now.

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TRACYZABELLE 10/20/2010 12:47AM

    Well don't you look festive!! Smile bigger next time!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/19/2010 3:29PM

    Dana - I LOVE your hair! OH and I read an article that had YOU in it about keeping 100 lbs. off!! It was great and Sparks got a mention too of course. WAY TO GO!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/19/2010 10:36AM

    Yeah, that hair-do would not fly at my work... looks good on you!
And super yeah an a fabulous running week-end... I know that must have felt awesome

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 10/19/2010 2:50AM

    Great on the running! But, I was wondering you drank form a public fountain? Is that safe? I guess I say that because the H2O used for public fountains in San Diego are recycled so, the H2O is not safe to drink only to use. emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/19/2010 2:20AM

    GORGEOUS - you AND the awesome run! :-D

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/19/2010 12:31AM

    i love the hair. did you have to strip it to get it that red! congrats again on 18 miles.

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KEAKMAN 10/18/2010 9:22PM

    WOOHOO!! (and you already know I love your hair!)

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DDOORN 10/18/2010 6:02PM

    Kudos on your run!

And DOUBLE kudos on making it to an article in Women's Day!



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ETTEZEUS 10/18/2010 5:58PM

    Wow! Great race, great run, great hair, great blog, just great!

Way to go on all of it Dana!

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KASHMIR 10/18/2010 5:28PM

    Love the hair, and WOOT on the 5k time!!!! You are going to rock your marathon!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/18/2010 5:09PM

    Great job on extending your long run! And WTG on the 5k!

Love the hair! Love that you can wear it that way to work! AWESOME!!

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    Wow! Congratulations! Sounds like you had a very productive weekend. Keep up the hard work. I hope to be able to say I ran 5 miles one day, unlike your 18. Thanks for being an inspiration. emoticon

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Oh man, now what??

Friday, October 15, 2010

So my grand plan had been to wake up mega early tomorrow morning to get in my LR before the 5K.

Now I get an email saying that the group LR has been moved to Sunday....

So theoretically, I could run the 5K on fresh legs and run the LR on Sunday on just raced legs. This sounds like a much better arrangement to me! More rest for my legs before my Long Run, not having to show up sweaty and tired for the 5K, etc.etc.

So I think I'm gonna go for it. I am still thinking of showing up early for the group Long Run. I know the route we're taking this time and that will allow me to be done earlier so I can get to most of church on Sunday - basically starting as early as I was going to start on Saturday, only on Sunday instead. I was mentally preparing for the big day I had planned for myself tomorrow, but physically I do think this is the better choice. I've been taking Mondays off (from running) anyway, so I will have a rest day before I run again.

I'm not sure I'm going to revisit Body Pump on Monday. I think it's a great class, but I'm not sure it's right for me right now. On the one hand - I've been sucking at doing ST on my own so maybe I need to go to a class to actually get it DONE. On the other hand - that's one intense class! I feel like I have a hard time dialing it down when I'm in front of a group of people, too. I felt like I needed to prove myself on Monday. Like even though I'm new to this class, I'm not new to lifting. I know what I'm doing and I'm no wuss! But it's like that one Jillian Michaels video I had - if I had been doing a few sets w/ rest in between I'd be lifting much heavier but since it's a constant barrage of movement I needed lighter weights. So I went lighter than I wanted to for most things in Bodypump and still got crazy sore.

I'm just thinking that style of a workout is maybe not the best for my schedule. I think I need something more heavy and quick? Than an hour of lifting little weights nonstop? I dunno. What I do know is that I at the least need to do something and so far knowing that much hasn't made anything happen and going to class did. I think I need to make a more specific plan if I AM going to do this outside of a class. Down to what exercises I'm going to do and not just a muscle group.

So I will be thinking on this today, and I'm giving myself a due date of Monday to have something specific planned for next week's strength training.

Last night's run was great! :) It was still pretty slow in the realm of running, just under 13 minute mile pace overall - first half was average more like 14 min mile, but I did keep my HR low between 140-155 that whole time (after 5 min walking warmup). I did a 2.62 mile out and back for a total of 5.24 miles - so on the way back I did some fartleking - I listened to music on this run for the first time in ages and ran to MIA on the way out and Ted Leo on the way back. Ted Leo makes me wanna book it, so I started running how I felt on the first song fasterand slower, then the next song or two focused on returning my heart rate to easy run effort (under 155 bpm) and once I got there I rewarded myself by getting to run faster again when the music so moved me. :) So I'm sure there was some very slow running on the way back when I was trying to actually lower my HR, but there was also some nice open striding. I made a strong sprint to the finish, felt like I was approaching freaking terminal velocity. HAHAHAHA :D

I was still kind of sore starting out, still a little sore during and after, but it felt great to know I could still move better last night than I had been and still tell my body to do what I wanted it to do really. I focused during the entire run on enjoying it and appreciating my body's movement, and even during the slowest parts I felt happy and confident. I thought to myself - you know, it's a really good talent to be able to run this slow. Think about it- I'm conserving so much effort and still maintaining a running movement - this is how I'm able to go out and run so long. I thought about form and about how EASY things were feeling. I told myself that the other runners I saw were all training for 5K's and I'm training for a marathon. They can run as fast as they want but my mojo is a slow mojo. Sure that is probably not true about all those other runners, but it was a nice psychological trick for me to appreciate and feel confident about my slow pace in spite of the others running by.

Well! That's about it for today!

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MDTWEETY 10/18/2010 4:20PM

    I love, love, love Body Pump!! But...I have not gone in a veeeery long time. IDK what happened, but after I had the baby I pretty much completely stopped strength training. NOT good. And Body Pump is pretty much the only thing that gets me to do ST. I can't stand those gym machines. Right now the class, at my gym, is not too convenient for me but doable. I always start out the week with good intentions but somehow still never make it to the class. Thanks for the reminder that ST is important, too. :)

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SKYFYRE 10/16/2010 7:21AM

    Good Girl!! This last paragraph is so true, but so hard at times. I have a really hard time being passed by other cyclists, I know that is silly, but its true, I like this outlook! I can go forever if I am smart about my energy expenditure. Soo true!

I hope both your run days this weekend are terrific!

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CATIATM 10/16/2010 2:15AM

    Planning long runs is nightmare for me. I'm so slow that they take for-ev-er, and work is always throwing wrneches in my plans.

I think you're doing great and and over here, cheering you on!! emoticon

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MARLIE13 10/15/2010 9:41PM

    Oooh ooh! Do a little research into ChaLean Extreme. Even if you didnít use her DVDs the philosophy behind her workouts is awesome. Lifting heavier weights with fewer reps. You donít bulk up because you donít have the testosterone levels to do so, BUT you do build muscle quicker which turns you into a fat burning machine faster. Like, you would do three exercises per body part, combos too, with one set and lifting heavy enough that you fail by the 12th rep. The push phase you lift even heavier and aim to fail between 6-8 reps. Talk about getting results when you are only lifting for 30-40 minutes three times a week.

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MBSHAZZER 10/15/2010 12:32PM

    Trying to plan long runs drives me CRAZY!! Because they take so long and then you have be super vigilant about cooling down, stretching re-fueling, etc. But your plan sounds good!

FWIW, I am finding I have less, well, strength for strength training now that marathon training has ramped up. You may want to dial it back a little till your races are over. I'm down to mostly 2 days (30 minutes each) instead of 3 or 4 over the summer.

Enjoy the 5k!!!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/15/2010 12:12PM

    I had the same dilema this week w/ the LSD & 5K. I opted to run my LSD yesterday (but it was only an 8 miler) and I had too much going on Sunday. I hope it all works out for you!!!

I would also suggest dropping the Bodypump class until after the marathon ... just my opinion.

Happy running!


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KEAKMAN 10/15/2010 11:06AM

    I like the 5K on Saturday and LSD on Sunday much better, too. And can you try making Monday a complete rest day? No running, no ST, maybe just some yoga? I bet your body will love you for it. As for what ST to do, weights, reps, etc.....I would say see what Runners World's web site suggests....they usually have good info.

I can so see you trying to out-do everyone in class! Maybe that class isn't the best for you while you are training for your marathon....

I like your way of looking at other runners. We never know who is training for what, who is coming back from what injury, who is going to seriously regret that tomorrow! I tend to ignore what they are doing with "they've probably been running for YEARS compared to me" and then sneak peeks to see if I can learn from them!

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SEEHOLZ 10/15/2010 10:20AM

    If Bodypump keeps you too sore while you are ramping up the miles, maybe do it after the marathon, you know, till you get used to it? Just a thought here.

I think the LR on Sunday is a great plan-- much less stressful and you'll be able to enjoy that 5K a lot more!

Have a fun week-end!

Btw, you might benefit from compound weights.. something where you do squats and front rows, plies and shoulder rows or lunges and bicepts? I have plenty more ideas... If you want a routine, let me know what you are looking for and I can get you some suggestions...

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