Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Inability to focus, seeking all distractions, fantasizing about buying every running thing ever...
CHECK CHECK CHECK.
Food has not been tracked, but I am slowly but surely making good adjustments in my food this week.
Last night I went to the local Community Band for the first time! YAY! :D It was so fun and I got invited to go to this Big Band - I have missed playing jazz SO MUCH that I am mega stoked about this. I was dreaming of playing in a jazz group again so when the Bass trombone (and my contact to) community band asked me if I was interested I was like YES! And he kinda recruited me toward his group - he's the director. So I'm heading to that rehearsal tonight AFTER a short run. It's getting so cold here. Good for race day, not so motivating for these last little runs before the big day! :P 8 is the LONG RUN this week. EIGHT. That is like. Not even a third of the marathon. hahaha.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Copied from ANEPANALIPTI's blog. :) OK HERE IT IS. It's not pretty - BE FOREWARNED!
Description of the challenge:
"We all have them- that pair of too-snug jeans slung in the back of the closet after frustrated attempts to button, zip, or even pull them up past your knees. I know I have tons of them. The same jeans that once were loose are now threatening to find a spot alongside the others in the "reject pile" in the dark recesses of my closet.
But NO! I will not sacrifice another pair of snug jeans. Instead of blaming the jeans for magically shrinking two sizes in the dryer, it's time to shrink the muffin top!
To join the muffin-top challenge, it doesn't matter what size, shape, fitness level, etc you're at. All you need is a pair of jeans, pants, or even skirt that's buttons are dangerously close to popping off.
Take a picture & Take your measurements. Stop focusing on the numbers on the scale and watch your tummy & hips shrink into those blue jeans!
Pick a pair of jeans that you've been hoarding in the back of your closet for that magical day when they become two sizes LARGER instead of smaller :P
Take progress shots. Journal. Tell us when you're finally feeling some slack in the waistband or you have to start wearing a belt so they don't fall down!
Take your measurements and you'll really start seeing results. A quarter inch, a half inch, a WHOLE inch! Celebrate in your success! You'll definitely be able to see it in the mirror and feel it in your jeans!
Do a woohoo dance! Enjoy those sexy curves filling out those jeans, but not threatening to bust the seams haha.
But it's not over yet...if you're ready to move on, find another pair of pants you really, REALLY never thought you'd squeeze into and start over again! Keep taking pictures, taking measurements and see REAL results- not just numbers that can fluctuate daily on a scale.
Get it, Get it! "
Measurements: (All measurements EXCEPT the muffin top taken without the offending jeans on, FYI.)
Waist: 32 inches
Muffin Top: 42 inches
Hips: 41.5 inches
Right Thigh: 25 inches
Left Thigh: 25 inches
If you're interested, JOIN!!!
The challenge requires an update every month, so near the end of December I will post updated pictures and whatnot. :P
It's so sad that even though my waist is 32 and hips 41.5, these jeans are so small they are squishing all my hip fat up to create a muffin top of 42 inches! HAHAHAHA. and see how flat my butt is from the side in these right now? Yeah. Anyway - I remember my measurements USED to be:
Waist - 3o-29.5 around there
Hips - 40
Thighs - 23
So I know what I need to do to make these fit comfortably again. The measuring tape DON'T LIE.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The bottom of my right foot is a little bruise-y from where the brace went across my arch, but otherwise I feel physically good.
Plan was to start out and turn it into a shorter out and back if things didn't feel good, take a shorter taper and run another big one later, but things worked out today.
I was overly emotional at the end of it -- for some reason this run got very mentally challenging toward the end. After I passed mile 19 I was like, HTFU and get going! My last mile split doesn't look super impressive because I started that last mile a bit slow, but I definitely picked it up - especially in the last .6 miles - (I ran 20.1 - ) - I went from a slow point of 14:27 down to a fast point of 11:17 min miles in a steady speed up during the last half of mile 20, then I slowed a bit for the last .1 as I ran uphill into the parking lot to visit my car, clocking an average pace of 12:42 for that tenth.
I was aiming for 14 mm during the entire run, and had a few miles that came in slower than 15mm, but honestly the first was right after I passed my mile 16 point, this lady started talking to me from her driveway about how she has done 2 half marathons and wishing me good luck and stuff. It was nice, but it went on a little long - I was kinda walking backward like ok, I'm moving on now... so mile 17 is one of those long ones. After mile 17 was the final aid station provided by my training group and I filled many of my bottles w/ water, stretched my calves, and told myself about how I only had a few miles left... so mile 18 has a slow time as well because of that stop. After I reached the mile 18 marker my split times get a bit faster for mile 19 and 20, progressively, and then finishing that last bit at the faster pace as I mentioned already.
So I KNOW that there was more of a mental struggle (and a chatty runner lady) in those slower miles than anything else. OH I only mentioned two - the first of the 3 slower miles was mile 14 (I took a brief stretch and walk right after crossing the 13 mile point of my run).
I am very grateful to those of you who supported my skipping this run if needed - the confidence and the cautiousness is very much appreciated because I know it would have been hard for me to turn around and go back if I needed to, but I really didn't need to. I appreciate everyone's concern and support, though! :)
Now it's time to TAPER IT UP! :D WOOOOOT!
Friday, November 19, 2010
I'm confident I will be ok for the marathon - I mean, I walk painfree, no limp, only mild pain with certain specific movements (which are not general running movement) so I'm not really worried about it long term.
BUT - 20 miles on the schedule for Sunday and I'm uncertain as to how I'm going to proceed with training.
OH so I was having a great run on Thursday morning and stepped on a stick that blended in w/ the path (kinda all silvery/speckledy like the pavement) and rolled the ankle, btw. I didn't ever really say that. I was almost to mile 2 of a 4 mile out and back - so basically I had to go almost 2 miles back to get to my car. It sucked.
But anyway, I got home, iced it, put icy hot on that sucker, wrapped it up, and was fine. I don't have it wrapped today and I think there is some very very minor swelling on it - it's so small I'm not 100% sure I didn't imagine it, but I put my leg up and I think it went down? HAHAHA. Either way - not painful to walk on, etc.
So I think I will keep icing and elevating today and tomorrow, rest up - pick up a basic ankle support, and then still run on Sunday. But I am not 100% deciding on ANYTHING - I'm letting my body tell me what to do and not my brain.
So even if I run on Sunday, I will listen to the ankle and if it says stop, I will stop. But I honestly expect to be fine. If not, I can do 20 next week and do a 2 week taper instead. But that's a backup plan!
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