Friday, October 03, 2008
It's EXACTLY 6 miles. :) For some reason the one part says 5.9, but that's a lie because the other part says 6. But either way, close enough. :) And I actually mapped a 6.5 mile route along the same kind of path right before that so I know how I'm gonna continue extending my most favorite route here. :D
Friday, October 03, 2008
Been a good week.
Super stressful at work at the beginning of the week, but lots of good things ended up happening and productive overall, so yay.
DH is feeling better and I'm very happy for him on that. :) Still fighting the sicky stuff though -- said he was feverish while lecturing yesterday!!! But emotionally he's in a better place.
Today was an off day for workouts so not too much to write about....
- Last night was chicken breasts cooked with Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning (SO GOOD, people!!!!), brown rice on the side, and the microwaveable asparagus thingie. SO GOOD. :) I love asparagus and this was in the produce aisle, so fresh asparagus but had a like, lump, of a "Hollondaise" sauce that melts as you cook it in the microwave and it cooks the asparagus perfectly in the bag. If you see this in your market, it is a bit expensive, but give it a try!!! My DH was not feeling it, he though the sauce was too buttery (? he's feeling sick so food is not normal tasting right now ither...), so I ate his as well... only 24 calories per serving, 3 servings in the bag, I ended up eating about 2.5 servings. :)
Just wanted a new emoticon so that anyone wanting to skip the food can know all is well. :D HAHAHAHA.
I plan to go to the library today during lunch - YAY!
I finished "In Defense of Food" and I highly recommend it. It's a little... over the top I guess sometimes, or pompous, but definitely worth reading. Some good information and I like the food recommendations.
So this weekend I have planned:
LONG run tomorrow. Longer than before. Definitely partially on campus since it's a home game and it'll be fun to run around everyone tailgating. :)
Maybe farmer's market finally?
T-Shirt Quilt finishing.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
So this morning I went on my "speed work" run of the week. I decided earlier this week that I would do a tempo run to make sure I'm not just getting slower with all this slower running in my other workouts.
SO! Just over 2 miles in... ALMOST 21 minutes. :D YAY! An average pace of 10:19. SOooooooo that's good. :D Mapmyrun's amazing stats tell me that's about 5.81MPH. I'll take it! It's not my fastest run EVER or anything, but it's on par with what I was doing before I got sick and stopped running really and then putzed around and then started doing this new slower jogging and whatnot.
My AHR was 176, which is 90.25% of my MHR. Consulting my "running bible" as I'm using it here, the Competitive Runners Handbook, a "tempo" pace should have you between 85-92% of your MHR. If I was running AT my race pace or goal pace I'd ben between 90-95% at 5K pace and 90-92% at 10K pace apparently. Well, I was trying to run at a race-like pace, and MAYBE I could've pushed it faster but I'm happy that running at these paces should result in a heart rate similar to what I had. So apparently my level of fitness running at that pace is not bad for that level of effort, I just need to make sure I'm not putting forth that kind of effort in every run. (same jibber jabber I've been saying every run blog pretty much, but every time I do it I get a new reinforcing confirmation that I really think this strategy is sound.)
Work was better today. We had a really productive (I think) staff meeting, I got some other stuff done before that, trained someone on something. All good stuff. Much better than the headaches of the beginning of the week. :) And tomorrow is Friday so YAY on that.
Last night I cooked up a big batch of brown rice to use in dinners for the rest of the week, as well as last night's dinner. I cubed some chicken breast and diced some onions. Cooked up the onions till they were somewhat browned and awesome looking, added the chicken seasoned with Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle, and when the chicken was nearly done I added a cup of black beans and some cumin and another sprinkle of Mrs. Dash. Served that over the brown rice - SO GOOD. And so easy and just right up my alley. If I had any eggs I would've fried an egg to put on top and maybe added some salsa. :D But it was good with just the black bean/chicken mixture and rice. Tonight will be rice on the side with chicken fixed some kinda way and I bought a bag of microwave steaming fresh asparagus that I'm excited to try. I love asparagus.
AND I really like my outfit today. :) The part that I really like is that I'm wearing my houndstooth stockings with some pale mintygreen colored lace legwarmer things my sister bought me in Japan. How can I help but feel cute in legwarmers? I know it sounds odd... I'll have to take a picture even though my hair is total nonsense today and I don't have any makeup on.
P.S. -- this emoticon thing is kind fun. Also I watched the new episode of Pushing Daisies this morning. :) Such a cute show!
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
So... today has been a crazy day at work. Just ridiculously busy and weird technical issues and all that good stuff.
Also today was the start of TOM! LOVELY.
I stayed up wayyyyyyy too late last night. My lovely TiVo recorded Biggest Loser this time!!! :D WOOHOO! One of the other shows we usually record on Tuesdays was a repeat, so it could actually record it. I ended up watching that until about 2:30 or so, then chit chatting with my sweet DH until after 3AM until finally I was close to tears with exhaustion, not that I was unhappy or anything, my body was just like DANA. CUT IT OUT AND GO TO SLEEP. So I had to tell my sweet DH, I need to sleep. hehe.
I did not stay to my minimum last night, but I did not get close to my maximum either. Ended up right in the middle and I'm ok with that.
This morning I woke up later than usual and was having a nice internal struggle about going to the gym which ended in me going, DANGIT DANA JUST DO IT! So I did -- I only had enough time with waking up late and taking time to eat and so forth to do one rep of each MTC circuit, but I was able to finish them all in just the right amount of time. It was about 38min and 381 calories. Good stuff.
Not sure what I'm gonna fix for dinner tonight, but I think it might be an Indian SparkRecipe for some lentils and there was also a naan recipe I was interested in trying. Might save this for the weekend though, when I have more time and am not coming home from a lengthy day at work.
OH and P.S. since I've been including this in almost every day... last night's dinner was Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. :) And you thought I was so healthy eating and cookariffic. My DH bought the bread and I was slightly bummed because it was a HFCS bread, but whatever, it's one dinner. It was Rye bread though and it was definitely very tasty. :) So yes, we had a dinner of Grilled Cheese made with no special healthy bread, regular Kraft slices. I guess there is the modification of cooking spray and spritzing the bread with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter instead of cooking in butter.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
That title is in response to the fact that I just ate a 6" turkey sub when I was full because I was irritated.
Yep. Stupid. I came in to work to find everyone in a meeting except me. So I get to respond to questions people have been holding on to because there was no management on the floor for who knows how long, and then field everything until they finally come out. And my boss says, go in and get something to eat!
I picked a healthy thing. I turned down chips and cookies. But I'm still a bit frustrated with myself because I basically ate it out of bitterness and so I wasn't completely "left out". GRR. And I knew it as I was doing it. I should've just ignored the invite for food. ANYWAYYYYYYY........
Other than that it's been a really good day. :)
I got up, worked on my quilt (added another row to the front - two more and the front is DONE), went for a run, watched a bit of biggest loser Australia Season Two... and came to work. Good stuff.
THE RUN: Well -- I went even slower this time somehow, 15:35 min mile average, but my heart rate was also lower. Average of 157 which is 80% still, but much lower than I had been running. I figure I'm not gonna stress too much about it not being 70-75% because I'm just going to keep going at this level until my heart rate gets lower going at that speed. Then when it is too low at that speed, I can speed up. Sound good? GOOD. Cause that's my plan. At this super slow rate it took me 50:23 to run 3.23 miles. The good news is by running so LONG I burned a whopping 589 for that distance. :) So that's nice. My Max heart rate for the run was 167 as well, which is just BARELY outside the "target zone" for me, so nearly all of those 50 minutes was spent within the target zone at least. That's a first, for sure. It's also the longest run I've done in the "new" shoes. My other ones are up to almost 230 miles, so I want to start working the new ones into some mileage as well. I had been wearing them only on speed days for some reason. Hahaha.
FOOD: Well, last night was just some pasta and garlic bread. Nothing exciting.
THE SCALE: While yesterday was above my range by a bit, today I'm within by at LEAST a lb, so maybe yesterday was just a high fluctuation. Given that this week is TOM and today I'm still within my range, I'm feeling good, but I still want to make sure I'm keeping to the lower side of my cal range this week. I think last week I was maxing it every day and I do not want that to become a habit. (Although today with the sandwich flub, it might not go so well -- but I'm still going to try.) The cool thing is that even though I ate that sandwich, if I still eat everything I brought for lunch, I'll have 291 cal to my minimum and 641 to my maximum, so staying within my calorie range today will NOT be a problem. Especially now that the ice cream's gone. *shhh* HAHAHA :D
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