Monday, November 01, 2010
Let's start with the worst and work our way through to the positive, shall we?
The Ugly - Uncounted, untold amounts of Halloween candy. Everytime I passed the candy bowl there was more candy eaten, and extra trips were then made to the candy bowl. NO MORE OF THIS!
The Bad - Two meals eaten out, one meal of frozen to oven food that wasn't so healthy, another meal of pre made BBQ chicken that was surely chock full of sodium...
The Good - I made my awesome Cuban Black Bean Stew Recipe and there are leftovers for lunch! WOOT! I had an incredible Long Run -- it was a cut back week so only went 13.5+ miles, but I did something different than my usual LR strategy -- I started at a nice slow easy LR pace, but then after hit the mile 7 marker on the HM course I was running, I picked up the pace aiming for 13 min miles (My Goal Marathon Pace), and hit it perfectly. It was GREAT. Very confidence building and whatnot.
I NEED to track my food on the weekend. I can't NOT track my food on the weekend and reliably stay within rational eating. I can do it sometimes - notice I said RELIABLY. I'm not doomed to fail without tracking, but I'm risking a big detour like the one I took last weekend. Especially when certain stars such as TOM and HALLOWEEN combine with a LONG RUN. It's just not smart. It was not smart of me to just keep going with the willy nilly eating -- it got worse as the weekend went along. Friday night we ate out, I chose a pasta dish, and I felt good. I had a great LR the next morning, had a nice pre run banana+PB sandwich, GU's during, and protein bar after - felt good. Went out to eat again (the Happy Tummy) and got a decently healthy meal, plus a cookie. Not bad. And then I ate a lot of candy and I don't remember what all else. And made the Cuban Black Bean Stew - which is good! -- but ate a bunch of candy while making it (not so good).
Sunday was just a bunch of nonsense. No attempt at healthful eating.
It's a new week! I got invited to an accountability group on Facebook full of Runners World Online Forum folk. I'm hoping this will help keep me on track. We're even doing weekly weighins (something I haven't shared with anyone in a LONG TIME) which I think will be the real kick in the butt. They want to do them on Monday. Which means I can't continue to stick in my - eat well during the week, fall apart on the weekends - strategy. Sure the weight may go back down by Wednesday but I'm never going to get anywhere just fluctuating up and down back and forth.
As for this week's deficit, I've decided that although I should get a great deficit today, I'm not counting it toward this week's deficit total. I'm gonna bank it against last weekend's debacle. HAHA.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My running schedule was not ideal this week - Monday evening, then Wednesday evening and Thursday morning? Monday was 4.13 miles, Wednesday+Thursday = 14.5 miles - so basically I did the bulk of my running within a 13.5hr time frame for the mid week miles.
BUT - being able to run 14.5 miles in that short of a time in the middle of the week DOES make me feel pretty rockstar awesome. HAHA. It also tells me I'm being a weakling on my midweek mileage and I need to step it up. In any case - I had some great runs yesterday and today, with my headlamp, in the dark.
This morning I saw a light and thought it was a cyclist on the path but when I got closer I heard voices and it turned out to be two men in army fatigues with a flashlight, and one of them said,
"Now THAT'S a dedicated runner, right there!"
WOOT! Definitely put a little pep in my step. I was like, dang straight! He doesn't even know I was out here just last night! :D That progressed to - the thought, "You HAVE to be dedicated when you've got 26.2 coming down the pipe!"
And I thought about it and realized not everyone stays dedicated to their marathon training plans and some people don't even make one. They just wing it and get out there on race day to have fun. So I guess I AM a dedicated runner, just like the facebook "what kind of runner are you?" quiz said. :)
My food has been slightly random lately, but I've been staying in range and not overeating anything so I'm glad about that.
Yesterday's Deficit: 1361
Week so far: 2168, Daily average: 722.66
WOOT. I need to make sure I eat enough the rest of this week since I'll have a LR on Saturday, but at least it's only 13+ so it won't be a HUGE calorie drain like those 18+ ones are. as I was out last night I was like, only 5 more miles to this for Saturday. :) "only 13" "only 5 more miles" harharhar. It can start to feel long when you're in the middle of it but still having a grand scheme perspective like this feels good. :)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
... but I did get 19.2 miles! :) That's pretty close enough for me, especially since I have two more opportunities to go 20/20+ before my marathon. WOOT.
This weekend is a cut back LR - 13 is on the schedule, and since we're running the half marathon course, I bet I won't get much more than 13 no matter what. I think there is an alternate route for 14 or 15 or something that I might do, but it'll still not be up in the 18-20 range for sure.
Yesterday my amount of calories was good, but the quality was crap. Pumpkin pie for breakfast and dinner. I was SO TIRED in both occasions -- AM was at like... 4:30AM after having been awakened at 3ish because the basement was flooding and I had to clean out our closet (which turned out to not really be affected) and DH was cleaning out the storage closet (which was where it was REALLY affecting). After that I was bone tired but knew if I went to bed I'd lay there and get hungry because I had been awake too long to not start getting hungry. So I went for the easiest possible things.
Dinner was post run+hulahoop+grocery shopping. I started cooking some chicken for lunches and was planning on a sandwich but my hands were getting shaky and my body was saying FOOD NOW DANA FOOD NOW! So the pie came out. haha. And I supplemented it with some whole grain chips.
Now -- Pumpkin pie is apparently the healthiest of the pies. I didn't top it with any whipped topping, it was just pumpkin filler and crust. But pie does not a good meal make. Oh well.
(1900+1356) - 2032 = 1224
So I'm starting with a fat deficit so far this week. Today will be a REST day. This morning I was too exhausted to get up and run, even knowing that this evening it's supposed to storm. If it doesn't I MIGHT go run, but my real plan is to beef up Wed/Thu - Wed 8 Thu 6 (vs. 6+4) to add in those extra miles. Should do some ST tonight. Can probably manage that.
Now to just make it through the work day!
EDITED TO ADD: To clarify - my 19.2 mile run was Saturday, Monday night's run was just over 4 miles. I did not run 19 miles and then hula hoop and then go grocery shopping and whatnot. :D
Friday, October 22, 2010
Last night (and this morning's breakfast) were definitely splurging. My BIL and SIL brought over their fryer and made a ton of food. I don't think I want too overboard in the amount of any one thing, it was just over the course of the night a lot. I'm sure I left out something from my estimated tracking, which my estimated tracking puts me eating 100 something cals from my meager deficit, so I'm just gonna zero out my deficit for yesterday and call it even. Yeah that's like 300+ difference, but hey, I might as well.
Gotta eat well today because I'm planning on running 20 miles tomorrow. Anytime anything less than good fuel is presenting itself to me today I will just remind myself I have a 20 miler in the morning. :)
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