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Oh, Holey Moley!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I did day 2 of my rookie 5K training today, wearing not only my new running shoes, but also a new sports bra and a reflective vest (it's hunting season!)
I ran for a total of 8 minutes, 4 minutes apart. This is twice what the recommendation was.
The first few running minutes were great- I felt great.
I had to really push myself through the last two. But I think that's my body telling me I was working hard.
But oh, holey moley am I tired this afternoon.
I feel like I just hit a brick wall!
Am I going to sleep good tonight, or what?? :)
Z

  
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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/13/2012 1:56AM

    Great start! Keep it up!
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New running shoes

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ok then! I'm really doing this!
After my walk/run yesterday I realized I need new shoes.
I love my shoes, and I walk in them every day. But that's the problem. I've probably put 500+ miles on them.
So yesterday I went and bought myself a new pair of running shoes.


Aren't they cute?
Well, I didn't really care what they looked like, but I tried on every pair in the store, and these fit great.

Today I'm wearing them around to break them in. It's my rest/cross-train day. I did a bit of cleaning this morning- vacuumed my house etc. And will do some Pilates this afternoon. But in the meantime, I'm wearing these new shoes to work with my skirt.

I teach, and last week was the first week of classes. On the first week, I try to mostly dress like a grown up to set a good example, but really, I prefer jeans, t-shirts, etc. Today I am wearing a long blue hippy skirt with a dark t-shirt and my new sneaks. My boss passed me in the hall and said "I see you're back to normal!" LOL

I can feel the soreness in my legs. Not a painful soreness, just a "Hey- you did something weird yesterday" kind of soreness. I am looking forward to tomorrow!

  
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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 9/12/2012 11:22AM

    Congrats on the new shoes!! I think you're supposed to get new running shoes every six months :)

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/11/2012 9:41AM

    Your shoes look great!
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WALLINMW 9/11/2012 9:12AM

  That's the way to do it!

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5K training

Monday, September 10, 2012

Let's get the straight from the get go:
I hate running.
I always have.
I'm just not a fan..

But I'm really inspired by my Sparkfriends who are runners, so I've been wondering if I really hate running, or if I just never really learned how to do it.
So I found a 5k (November18) in my area, and I signed up to do it.
And I started the Sparkpeople 5k rookie plan today.
http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/diet4/
5k_rookie.pdf

Whew!

Instead of doing just 20 minutes, though, I incorporated this plan in to my daily hour walk. So I started with a 10 minutes walking warm up, then jogged 1 minute, walked 4, etc. I did that 8 times!

Yeah- it sucked. But I did it. And my dogs ran with me. They even seemed to kind of like it.

And I'm EXHAUSTED today, but I actually feel pretty good.

So- runner friends- any advice for me? Did I do too much today? Not enough? Do I need new shoes?

Z

  
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SUNONMAPLES 9/12/2012 8:22PM

  It's EAAAASY to start out and overdo it and then decide that you hate, hate, hate running. For me, I know running is where my competitive side comes to the fore, and that's not so good (at least not when we are starting out!). When you start out, you want to train yourself to LIKE your workout. So now and then it's probably okay to "overdo" if you feel like it -- it's hard to tell from this whether you liked your run, or whether "it sucked" means you felt awful most of the time. If you slow waaay down, and aim for waay less distance/time per workout, you are more likely to stay with it for the long term. I have a really hard time with that -- I am super impatient to run races, or to run long runs. I made the mistake of going out with a running club a couple of years ago and it so secretly demoralized me that I think I burned out on running. Now I'm returning and trying hard to keep my own focus on my best development. So give yourself some easy days along with the harder ones. And thanks for trying running!! I remember having loved it, so I am sort of looking forward to the day when I can totally feel that way again. The "learner" part is sometimes boring, though.

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September

Monday, September 03, 2012

Tomorrow is the first day of the Fall Semester of classes- I teach at a small college. September is always bittersweet for me- It means going back to school. I work on and off all summer, but I really have a lot of time for myself. With classes starting I need to make sure that I am doing what I am supposed to, because there's no catchup time.
These next two weeks will be especially jam-packed because I am also finishing some classes I am taking for my PhD, and on a personal level, both my daughter and my husband celebrate their birthdays in the first half of September.
But kicking it up in August was good. I'm down to 168. And most importantly, I feel good.
Eating enough calories is still a struggle for me.
Have a wonderful month, all!

  
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UMBILICAL 9/3/2012 12:41PM

  Teaching is wonderful.

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After a lull...

Monday, August 20, 2012

I'm back.
Sorry I've missed a few blog posts there.
I was really frustrated last week, because I was not breaking the 170 plateau. Seems I'd been stuck there for a month.
I did fine on Thursday, walked the dogs for over an hour, did some pilates, ate under my calorie goal.
Friday I had meetings all day, and had to eat out for lunch (I usually like to bring my lunch, but that was not a possibility) so my calorie count was a little higher than normal by the afternoon. Then I had to put in an appearance at my boss' party. I thought to myself that I wanted to have a few glasses of wine, so I would just put off eating until I got home where I could eat low-cal veggies. (They just had nuts and chips and dips and the like). Big mistake. I would have been much better off going over my limit, because drinking on an empty stomach is not a good idea.
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Needless to say, I was not in my best form on Saturday. I couldn't keep any solid food down until late afternoon. And I didn't get any exercise in.
I'm not going to beat myself up over this- I'd exercised consistently 60+ minutes a day for 11 days, I think it was okay for me to take a day off.

Oh, and the other news is that I hit 168.8! Yeah! Broke through that nasty 170 barrier.
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Anyway, yesterday I was back on track- woke up early and did yoga. I also yesterday started a two week detox with my daughter.

I've read mixed reviews about detox programs. Some people rave about them, others say that they really don't do anything for the body. She and I both wanted to try it, so we'll see.

Here's how this detox works: we drink a protein smoothie (it's a vegan protein powder made with peas and other legumes) in the morning, and take extra vitamins, fiber, and aloe throughout the day.

I was WAAAY under my calorie limit yesterday, but I felt pretty good. This morning on my walk I felt great- very clean and light.

And my daughter has agreed to be totally vegan with me for the two weeks we are detoxing (I'm a vegan- she's a lacto-ovo vegetarian). So yesterday we went through a bunch of cookbooks and picked out some recipes we are going to try!

So, I'll keep you posted.

  


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