Wednesday, April 06, 2011
It's sweeping my workplace - I will probably be making more hoops again this weekend. :) It's very fun, so I definitely do not mind.
Last night and today's hoop classes were great - great turnout! And super fun. I got suuuch a great workout and had a blast at the same time and I think my class members did as well. (I did get some direct positive feedback from at least a few of the class members!) And I have a couple new songs to work with on Thursday which I am excited about. It's so great to be able to get a workout and have fun at the same time! :)
Tonight I can't wait to go running... I will have band after that, which is fun as well. Running is just something else. It's like... cleansing. I love it. I've missed it. I can't wait for next week's workout which takes us up to some intervals at 3 min at a time. :) Today is just 90 seconds on 2 min off.
I'm also soooo happy to have some real food in the house again. This morning I tried a new breakfast inspired by something in Clean Eating magazine - they had a breakfast banana split - Banana, Cottage Cheese, preserves/jam, peanuts -BAM! I used Greek Yogurt instead of Cottage Cheese, is Rasberry Habanero Jam we got from the Happy Tummy - so good. :)
Also tonight at 2AM - I am registering for the REALLY BIG FREE MARATHON - to take place November 2012. Plenty of time to train back up to a marathon between now and then, AND if I don't feel ready, they said I can switch to the half. WOOT! It's a unique concept - $50 deposit, you get it back for crossing the start timing mat at the race, you get mailed a check. OR if you cancel at least 3 months in advance. So lots of contingency plans there - switch to half or cancel if things go completely sideways. I'm excited because many SparkFriends will be there!
Go google it if you're interested. :)
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I got to give 3 hoops to new homes yesterday, and two already today! Yay! One more hoop and I will have paid for the supplies it took to make this batch. *phwew*
Then any more sold are icing on the cake.
Tonight is another hooping class and then Zumba. WOOT! And C25K again tomorrow.
Last night it got stormed out, I was going to head to the gym and run 10 min around the track, but with traffic and the rain I couldn't get over to the exit! :P Stupid. Anyway, I took it as a sign that I should just go home instead. It was a lazy night -- the rest of my week is going to be on FIRE. haha :D
I need to get groceries tonight. Sooooo out of protein. No dried beans even. I was so going to soak and cook some beans last night but even that was out.
Friday, April 01, 2011
although I already started my hoop class, an announcement wasn't made visibly enough to draw participants that didn't already know about it directly from me.
Now they put an announcement up and the response is overwhelming! We will see how the classes go, but I think I will be making more hoops. I'm very excited to see how today's 12PM class is!
Then later after work - running! YAY!!!!!! :D It might be raining, but I don't care, I'm excited because this means next week - more running. Only one minute more total over the course of the workout, but still. HAHA. PROGRESSION! Because I've been able to maintain the workouts this week without anything feeling any worse, I'm really starting to build some more optimism about this whole thing. I hope that continues.
Yesterday I was convinced I was going to quit the gospel music group, but I wanted to at least go one more time... and now I think I wanna keep going. It's like before rehearsal I just feel so tired and I think why am I doing this? But then I go and it's worth it. So I need to remind myself of that and keep going I think. If over time it proves to really be more of a drain, fine. But I think playing my trombone more is a big positive, and everyone in the group is SOOOOo nice, and I like the music even if it isn't written out properly. (I get a series of letters and that's it!)
Also nice things - did my taxes, gonna get a good refund, AND just got notified of my merit increase for 2011 and it's good! YAY! :D
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
So yesterday work was suuuuper stressing. I was a bundle of nerves and stress and anxiety as it was time to go try running again for the first time since December.
Well... it went well! I'm not going to lie or decieve myself, I did at times feel my achilles. It was maybe a 0.5/10 at the end when I was walking the cooldown. While running, it felt perfect. As long as it doesn't get worse than that, I'm going to keep going! I think I'm accepting this idea that that part of my body may never feel perfectly flawless again like my right achilles/heel does. Maybe that's just not the way it will feel when I'm recovered. Maybe it'll just still feel weird most of the time and occasionally very mildly painful. If that's the truth - I'm ok with that.
I'm accepting a new zen form of patience with my running because I just KNOW (even though I don't have legitimate medical testing to corroborate this) that I'm not damaged to the point that I can't run. I mean I've been teaching zumba and aquajogging and doing all this other crap just fine, so why not? I know my achilles isn't broken, it'd be a lot more painful than just feeling odd and maybe a hint of pain that might be psychosomatic it was so small.
So knowing this, I do not have the same kind of impatience I had at first after the marathon. Going into the marathon my brain was focused on - recover fast, don't build back too slow, get that mileage base UP so you can do a better marathon next year, already knowing this one wasn't going to be much better than my first if at all (couple min slower in fact), so when I wasn't ready to run when I thought I would be.... I was gutted.
And then it was like - ok! Rest a week, then you'll be better! Cross train your butt off! And I think I was just delaying recovery. I finally said - ok Dana. You are limited to Zumba - only your class, not both classes - and aquajogging, and some ST as long as it doesn't aggravate anything. THE END.
And during the time I was working on those things, my attitude completely changed. I really needed to have this attitude change, I think, in order for my ultimate goals to really be reached. I have gained a patience about the marathon - I want to run another one but I want to be REALLY REALLY ready next time. Now that I know how AWESOME half-marathons are... I feel I can be pretty satisfied running-wise by getting a bunch of those in, and waiting on the marathon until I feel really strong with my running base first. If things go REALLY WELL, I'd like to think about Chicago 2012, but I'm telling myself no marathons this year. It's too soon to really build up the kind of base I want to prior to training again to do it this year. Next year might be too soon as well, and I'm ok with that if that happens.
Here are my guidelines I'm giving myself for my return to running:
1) Do ONLY COUCH TO 5K WORKOUTS to begin with.
2) ONLY add extra running once feeling confident that everything is feeling good and not being aggravated by the running I'm already doing. Until then, if I want an extra running workout - it'll be IN THE POOL! I can STILL AQUAJOG to get in a longer session!
3) IF the pain comes back and is really aggravated after doing all this, I will finally go see a doctor. I will feel ok about this because I will feel that I've done truly everything I can on my own, so I won't feel like I'm wasting money for a doctor to tell me to do something I could have figured out on my own.
4) Assuming things are feeling really good, eventually follow workouts from Pfitz return to running build up thingie -
It looks good to me because it builds up using time, and by the last set of workouts you're running 5 days 35-45 on weekday workouts and 55 on the weekend and suggests aquajogging or other workouts on the other days. I think building using time to begin with will be best, and not using mileage as my guide (although I will know what mileage I have run because garmin will tell me, so I can track my mileage on my shoes and all that good stuff - it won't be my target).
So while I feel optimistic based on how things went, I'm trying to restrain my emotional reaction so that I don't get let down if I can't continue as planned.
Other goals this week: Get my eating back under control. It's not crazy right now, but it's not exactly the way I like it to be, which is less willy-nilly. When I was sick I was not up to thinking about calories or anything. Then this weekend I had an extra splurge meal, so that's not good. That night, though, I picked up a copy o f clean eating magazine to help me plan some great clean meals. Gonna go shopping tonight!!! My pantry is SERIOUSLY lacking right now. My MIL is also going to let me use her breadmachine, so I am going to see how that goes - I'd love to just use that all the time and not buy bread (almost) ever again!
Also - figure out a Strength Training plan again now with the running and zumba being my only cardio (so no aquajogging filling every evening of the week!) - I also want to make a commitment to the gym every Saturday morning - maybe a long aquajog session earlier on followed by Holley's awesome yoga at 10:15. She is truly the best and I feel so WHOLE after finishing one of her classes, it's the best feeling ever. So far I have a plan to do a longer ab circuit before Zumba- I brought my yoga mat so I can just lay that down somewhere and get cracking. I think I'll do some single leg hip raises to work my glutes and hammies - SWEATONCEADAY mentioned thinking glute weakness was leading to some of her hip/back problems and I think that may be true for me as well. That's something I can easily do from a mat without extra equipment. And maybe I'll add in some upper body stuff, too. I dunno we'll see how the time goes, if I get bored doing ab stuff. hahaha. :D
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