Sunday, August 25, 2013
I've been busy as heck, I guess that's nothing new! I've been finishing my Mom's bathroom remodel in the Midwest. It's been taking a long time, in the past 5 weeks I've been sick for two of them and out of town for about another two. Before that, I was here for a couple of weeks, then in Denver and New Mexico... so I'm almost done, but keep getting interrupted.
My running has been going well since focusing on the 5K distance this year. Scored first place woman in the 18+ category in a small 5K last weekend with a time of 23:46, or a pace of 7:40 per mile. Last Monday, the last workout before getting sick (again), I ran 400m intervals with negative splits in the 6:45-6:25/mile range. Right now my workouts vary and are anywhere from 5-9 miles long, six days a week with two days of a Power Circuit/Kettlebells class for all over strength. I feel I've just begun with this new phase of my running career.
My weight loss has been so-so, I had about 10.2 lbs to lose but then lost focus. I don't mean that I slacked off, more that I (forgot that I had) dropped to shorter distances this year so I could focus on losing weight. So... I started focusing on performance over weight loss, and my times were going down but the weight loss plateaued. I know I need to lose the weight to take my running to the next level. So, I am going to re-target efforts on that, and am motivated. It seems you can focus on weight loss OR performance, but not really both. That makes me sort of sad... but I know it's only temporary.
It is difficult trying to balance hard training with dieting, as determining a calorie range is tough with the remodeling work I do. I am now trying Sparkpeople's new most active calorie range and manually inputting my exercise, and will see how that goes. I was wearing a FitBit, but it was undercalculating my calories, and I was starving all the time. The Bodymedia armband before that was overestimating and I barely lost anything. So trying to find a balance that helps me to lose at a moderate rate.
As for the illness, I've had mysterious stomach pains two separate weeks in the past month. The last trip took me to urgent care (if I had better medical insurance I would have probably gone to the ER). No solid diagnosis made because they didn't have the right equipment there, but my white blood cell count was elevated and "to the left," whatever that means, so I'm on an antibiotic for a week. Hopefully this will clear it up and it won't come back again.
On the job front, I'm still without one and figuring things out. I may have a 1-year contract job opening up in Orlando, Florida starting in October, I'll know more details in the next few weeks. Or, I may go back to Seattle because the job market is good there and most of my things are still there. I am nervous about the SAD I get in the wintertime there, so if things get bad... I'll move again, though I'm not sure where. So... things still up in the air for that part of it!
Hope all is well with everyone! I'm going to try to post more regularly again. I think I'm driving all my Facebook friends crazy with my workout updates, and I thought, why am I just not posting them to Spark again?? LOL!