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Friday, May 02, 2008

Last night we did go to Iron Man at midnight -- and to be honest I drifted at a few different moments... BUT!!! It was AWESOME. I already know I want to have it when it comes out (DH agrees).

BUT, it was 3AM already byt the time I got to bed and so my mind was a little loopy when I set my alarm, and I didn't set it at the right time to allow me enough time at the gym. WAH. Also I forgot I need to pick up my race packet today!!!

SO. I had a dilemma -- I COULD just go get my race packet and take my time and just go to work....

BUT! What I CHOSE to do is go to the gym, got in at least 15 minutes of swimming (usually I go for 20-25 min in the pool, this time I got about 17-18 minutes in the pool so YAY not THAT much different), and I'm gonna pick up my race packet on my lunch break.

I needed to get in the pool again this week -- got those goals driving me. So I am very proud of that choice. Also, went back and tracked my calories for last night this morning -- didn't eat the most amazing stuff. Convenience food. BUT!!! I got a good balance yesterday (maybe a bit high on fat, but it was from the peanut butter and mixed nuts mostly), AND stayed under calories. YAY.

Also I realized I need to renew my DL!!! It expires on like... Tuesday. YEAH. So I've got to figure out what to do for that today.

SO! Today's plan is - get race packet, carb it up tonight, get plenty of sleep.

Tomorrow is - 5K and Free Comic Book Day! :D

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KIMCATUS 5/3/2008 3:06PM

    Ahhh to be young and have so much energy! lol Great choices on the working out and good luck on your 5k today...go kick some butt!! :D

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MARLIE13 5/2/2008 1:47PM

    Oh my, I think I would have drowned from being so tired. LOL! You rock!

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Cross Posted in Bun Buddy Brigade

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Someone asked about how to make a playlist for running that follows certain BPM for pace and I had to find all the sites I used when I did this back in the day -- I need to go through and do it again with some faster songs now that I'm faster. I'm not still using the old running playlist, but I bet there's songs that were too fast for me before that I can use now! :D Plus I have new music since then! Anyway, I wanted to get all this information in a blog so I could always find it again if I need to -- plus who knows, it might help some of you anyway! :D

Cool website to help with jogging to BPM :)


Everyone is a little different so you can play with the BPM to fit your stride and pacing, but certain BPM (one beat per footfall) generally equals a certain pace.

This site: www.selfgrowth.com/articles/sundquist.html

Has a pretty useful chart for determining approximate MPH based on BPM.

COOL, eh?

And there are calculators you can use for figuring out the pace to music you already have, and you can edit that information in iTunes by right clicking on the song and editing the info. Then you can sort your music by BPM and make your own running playlists. I started doing this once, and really need to go back and finish. :D

This is the calculator tool I found online:

You just tap to the song and it will show you an average BPM. :)

The jogtunes site has lots of songs listed with their BPMS already and links to download from iTunes and stuff like that. :)

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HOPERY 5/2/2008 3:49PM

    Wow! This is cool! Right now, I run in silence (something I don't get much of) , but this might help mix things up and get me running at a faster pace. Thanks.

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CATIATM 5/2/2008 11:04AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BRUIN2 5/2/2008 12:47AM

    This is soooooooo cool! (And gives me something to do at work tomorrow...hahaha, ok, maybe not tomorrow, but next week perhaps...hahah)

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Today's Workout = ....

Thursday, May 01, 2008


I got Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred in the mail from Netflix yesterday and did Level One this morning -- I love her. It was tough, but doable. I managed to make it through everything JUST BARELY. It's like she made the circuits in a way that just when my body is screaming NO!!! NO MORE!!! There's just a liiiiittttle bit more... and then you change and do something else. So you get relief mixed in.

I plan to do Shred 2 times a week. This will really help me feel better about the whole tri-training/lesscaloriesburned/thing cause it's adding a short 20min workout (NOT TOO MUCH TO BURNOUT ON) that I can squeeze in at home, but something intense so I get an added calorie burn bonus! :D Plus getting ST moves in. So yeah, I'm really happy with incorporating this into my workout plan for May.

After Shred, I went to the gym and did a really intense AWESOME 20min bike interval. SO!!! Next week it's 22minutes on the bike MINIMUM for TWO SESSIONS!

And I was thinking of my May goals and recapping this week mentally --

Bike 2 times - CHECK.
Swim 2 times - with tomorrow morning - CHECK.
Run 2 times - with Saturday's 5K - CHECK.

So WOOHOO. Even though only a few days this week are technically May, I'm still going to be on track for my goals. :D YAY!

I will be counting Mon-Sun as my week. As for the cheat meal -- that means Monday I blew it. I'm not sure what my weekend holds... so I will try my best to be good, but may allow myself one cheat meal this weekend if circumstances get crazy. I'm hoping I can stay on plan and within calories through Sunday though. :D That will give me a REALLY good start to the month.

Tomorrow we'll see what I can do about that whole "lengthofthepool" business.

See what goals can do to you?!?!?

P.S. -- My DH just called and we're going to see Iron Man tonight at MIDNIGHT. he he he. :D

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BRUIN2 5/2/2008 12:47AM

    WHAT A DAY! Woohooo!!!

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MARLIE13 5/1/2008 8:28PM

    Oh...I know you wrote that about Danielle fudging some squats in level 1...I CAUGHT THAT TOO! Man...if I was her, I would have been using perfect form. Do you think that maybe it was left in there on purpose...to make us feel better? lol!

I'd love to know what your 20 minute bike workout is like. I get on the thing and am usually clueless as to what I want to do. Do you do hills or flat?

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CAROL_HOORAH 5/1/2008 8:13PM

    congrats on being on your goals, that's awesome!!! Oooo let me know how iron man is, I want to see that movie too but my brother wants to go out and see it with my boyfriend which means i won't get to see it for awhile!!! ! :( lol but yay bro and bf bonding time!

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May Goals

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Taking a page from a few of my pals (the one coming to mind right now is BRUIN2 but I know some others of you do this, too), I'm setting some goals for the month of May!

1. Swim at LEAST 2 times a week, bike 2 times a week, run 2 times a week.

I GOTTA get this routine going so I can really work towards my tri-potential. I give the swimming at LEAST 2 times because really, I'm sure I could benefit from more swim practice.

2. Swim the length of the pool properly without stopping. If I achieve this goal before the end of May, work towards one full lap.

I've been working towards the first half of that goal, and hopefully once I achieve one length it means my body's got the mechanics down as well as the breath power. We'll see.

3. Restrict to one cheat MEAL per week. Track all calories each day IN SPARKS. Even if it means entering dinner the next day at work -- calories will be TRACKED. Ensure ratios of carbs/fat/protein in good balance.

I want to make sure I'm not straying just because my focus in this game is shifting, I am still trying to lose weight even if the rate at which this happens is not so important to me at the moment -- so I need to make sure I'm watching my portions but also my PROPORTIONS. I think my lax tracking has let me down LESS in calories as it has in getting enough protein, etc.

4. Increase my time spent each time I run and bike incrementally by 10% each week. (At least.) This means making the time and commitment to giving myself enough time at the gym to do this.

In April, I found myself saying a lot -- I had just enough time to do 15min on the bike before having to get to work... well. The truth is if I had gotten to the gym a little earlier instead of larking about at home, I would have had more time to work on the biking. SO! Less excuses.

5. Do the 30 Day Shred! :D

It should be in the mailbox at home today from Netflix, so I'm thinking I can do this in the month of May. :D

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MARLIE13 5/1/2008 8:30PM

    See...I'm just sitting back and watching you girls write your May goals and in the process, you're writing mine for me. lol! Lazy, I know....I loved Juli's...Bruin has her's up? I'll have to go check it out. Anyway, your's look great and I know you'll have great success with them. You provide so much motivation for me!

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SKYFYRE 5/1/2008 5:26PM

    Woo Hoo!! You are becoming quite the Jockette! I love being a Jockette, and I hope you do to!

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JIBBIE49 4/30/2008 9:46PM

    You will get those done, Hon, I just know. Add some "wind sprints" to that. emoticon

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BRUIN2 4/30/2008 8:52PM

    Go TRIGIRL Go!!

You are such an inspiration. Yeah, that's right. You rock!

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HOPERY 4/30/2008 8:39PM

    Great plan, and great job on pushing yourself through your run yesterday!

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Rough Run

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I ran today for 2 miles, I've run the route once before and it involves a GIGANTIC hill at the end. :D Really brilliant, right?

Well, I was all geared up to go, and ended up waiting to go run because my MP3 player needed charging and that's part of what I was looking forward to in my run was listening to this particular music (The Dirtbombs - We Have You Surrounded - EXCELLENT). ANYWAY -- so I waited for like 30 minutes and dusted, and I dunno if it was the dusting, or the waiting, or the fact that I didn't drink enough water this morning... but I was just NOT FEELING this run. Almost as soon as I left I wanted to turn around and come back.

But no, I pushed through it up until the hill. I could feel myself getting slower and slower going up that hill and I just kept thinking to myself "Don'tstopDanaDon'tstop!" but.... ALMOST to the top of the hill I just had to walk a little bit. So finished the hill and turned around walking -- slowly I might add -- and then ran the rest of the way.

I look at my time and just by estimating I know I haven't beat an 11min mile. So I'm feeling like total crap.

Then I enter it in and realize my route was actually a tiny bit LONGER than I thought it was and I only BARELY missed being below 11min miles, and that's with a huge hill and walking a bit. SO! I definitely did it faster than last time I ran the same route, and considering there's a giant hill combined with my total lack of interest in running today, 11min miles is ok with me for today.

I still hope I do better at the 5K on Saturday -- I will eat the good stuff on Friday night -- gimme those CARBS -- get plenty of sleep, and be there warmed and stretched. (Plus I don't think there are any major hills in this course but to be honest I have no idea where it will take me... hahahaha.)

I managed to resist a HUGE temptation last night -- I was waiting to eat until my DH came home because I didn't want to fall asleep too early since I had to work till 10PM tonight -- trying to readjust my sleep schedule a bit for the rest of the week. ANYWAY.

So I'm kinda extra hungry, I've planned dinner to suit my calorie alotment for the day, and DH comes home with a TUB OF COOKIES! Wahhhhh!!! I am such a sweet tooth girl!!!! Before I would eat the chips and fries and whatnot, and eat massive amounts of sweets. Now I'm not so interested in the salty almost at all, but still have a weak spot for sweets.

I was like, WHAT?!? Anyway. I resisted. Those suckers were 130 calories EACH!!!!!!!!!!! And they weren't even that big! I know the Kashi cookies are around that, but they have like... fiber and whatnot. And are bigger. YEAH.

I'm so proud of myself for not giving in to those cookies.

And this morning I saw the empty tub in the trash. I always get conflicted when my lack of eating things leads to DH eating more/all of the stuff... but I have to admit I'm glad the temptation is gone.

I don't want him to hide food because I need to train my willpower... but I don't think there's any shame in admitting it's EASIER when it's not there. :) hahaha. (obviously)

SO! Tomorrow bike, Friday swim.

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MARLIE13 5/1/2008 8:34PM

    I don't think it means your willpower stinks if you can't have a certain kind of cookie in the house. Right? Please say right! I mean...you still have legs and a vehicle...it takes willpower not to drive to the store and get the stuff. lol! I'm going to settle with that. Certain foods are to me like alcohol is to an AA member. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

A rough run is better than no run too, dontcha think? I think you're a superstar!

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SKYFYRE 5/1/2008 5:23PM

    Dana, Great job on that run! I try to avoid hills at the end of my run, but I have hills all over where I live and I know how if you let them get into your brain they can destroy you! I have gotten to the point where I won't run w/out my iPOD (packed full of upbeat, get your butt going music) just for special little challenges like pesky hills!

Also, the fact that you are decreasing your time is something to be SO proud of, you have really put some hard work in here, Keep it Up! Cookies don't even taste as good as you think they're going to, I just bought a ton of pinapple for moments like those! Ha!

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LANC92 5/1/2008 8:44AM

    Hey all runners have bad runs sometimes... see the blog I wrote this morning HAHAHAHAHA! Good for you for pushing through. Over the years I've been running I've actually had a handful of times when I did stop and walk back home. It happens, don't worry about it.

I'm racing on Saturday too. Back to the very first road race I ever did, a 3 1/2 miler. Of course it's cold here (30 degrees on my run this am) though it's supposed to "warm up" to 50 by Saturday, and the forecast is for maybe some sprinkles of rain. Sigh.

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BRUIN2 4/30/2008 7:10PM

    Ahhh, you totally hit the nail on the head!! It would be nice to have will-power of steel, but alas, often it is just easier if it's out of house/out of belly!

Way to go on your run - like JM says on Shred "when it's the hardest, that's when it counts the most". Ok, that's not exactly what she says, but that's the gist of it!

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