RUNPHIPHIRUN's SparkPeople Blog RUNPHIPHIRUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community #JustKeepMoving <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After my first sprint triathlon on Saturday, I didn't have the feeling of being a "beast" the way I normally do after running a half or even a really good 5K or 10K time. I don't know if that's because an hour and fifteen minutes isn't long enough or because I didn't experience the kind of pain I normally do around mile seven or because I didn't do the entire swim freestyle as I had hoped. N... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:12:02 EST "You look like a swimmer" Those five words from the stranger at the Y were a godsend after 15 not so great laps. <BR> <BR> My thoughts the entire time were pretty much "I hate this, I hate this, I really hate this. I used to hate running too, but not like this. At least I don't think so anyway. I hate this." <BR> <BR> Now I have something to keep me going. Hopefully, someday I'll actually feel like a swimmer too. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:10:15 EST Rocketchix Triathlon Swim Clinic I decided 3 years ago that I wanted start participating in triathlons. This is finally the year I'm going to be able to do it. July 25, 2015. <BR> <BR> I went to my first swim clinic today. <BR> <BR> In that short hour, I learned a lot more than I expected to. For the first time ever I thought, “I could see myself doing this for pleasure.” I’m not there yet, but I think it will happen. I swam 150 meters without stopping (more or less… I had to roll over on my back a few times). <BR> I’m ac... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:11:46 EST 350 M Without Stopping! I swam 3500 m without stopping today. I alternated between the breaststroke and the backstory after the first 100, but still. That amounts to 200m breaststroke and 150 backstroke. Only 6 weeks until my first triathlon! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:56:15 EST Today is Day 1... ...of training for the July 25, 2015 Rocketchix Triathlon. I wasn't able to do it last year because of my weak swimming skills. However, I'm determined to do it this time no matter what. It's been 6 months since I've had a regular workout or meal plan... <BR> <BR> Today, meals are prepped and workout plan is beginning to take shape. I ran 3 miles and biked 6 this morning. I'm going to have to struggle through one more month of teaching, which means dragging myself out of bed a 4AM on weekday... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:55:40 EST I Swam 100M Today... ...without stopping. That's still a way from the 300 I need to do in order to complete my first triathlon at the end of September. Nevertheless, I'm extremely pleased with myself. I probably could have done it before now, but I'm not always one to push myself. I normally stop for 30-60 seconds after every 50M. It pushed today because by the time I was able to get in a lane at the pool, I only had 15 minutes until I needed to leave in order to get to work on time. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:47:04 EST Fitness Minutes Goal Reached! Last Tuesday, I reached my yearly fitness minutes goal. 15,600. Time for a new one! <BR> <BR> Over 6,000 of those minutes were put in during June and July. The last 2 months of workouts have been a struggle. Getting up at 6AM five days a week, when I wanted to sleep in, in order to get in my meditation before…. heading to the Y to jump in lukewarm pool and flail through 300m (with a lot of stopping and starting) and then suffer through spin or body sculpting classes thrown in just for fun. ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:34:46 EST I Was So Distracted... "I was so distracted looking at how beautiful you are that I forgot my yoga stuff." That's what I heard a woman say today when she came back into the locker room at the Y. <BR> <BR> I didn't look up, so I'm not 100% sure she was talking to me, but I'm fairly confident. At the very least, it was directed towards me and the other girl in the locker room me. Conceited? Yes. Ego puffing itself up? Definitely. I have to remind myself to detach from the feeling of validation that comes from outsi... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:34:22 EST I Won't Start, But I Will Finish A run in the rain that is. It's been a while since I've encountered one. Today's was a little under 2 miles, but it was still truly exhilarating. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:22:52 EST Days With _______ and Half Full At the end of May, I eliminated the unhealthy behaviors I justified indulging in because of first-year teacher stress. I’ve been keeping mental notes about the numbers of days I’ve gone without certain things in my life. Today, I decided to record the number of each for this blog post because seeing my streaks help to keep me motivated when my willpower wanes. Up until this very moment I thought of them as days without ________. However, I now see that they are days with _________. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:49:22 EST The Only Thing Worse... than a workout so hard it makes me feel like I'm going to die is a workout so easy it makes me feel like I wasted my time. I had 2 workouts like that today and have been in a bad mood because of them. From now I'll lift weights when I can't make it to my regular classes. I HATE weights, but at least they get my heart rate up. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:52:09 EST $25 For 8 Pieces of Fruit... instead of $5 for candy. They were completely overpriced but totally worth it because oranges are not the only fruit. Guava, passionfruit and pomegranates -- the holy trinity of fruits. I think this just means I'll just have to move to a locale where at least one is indigenous. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:21:24 EST 40 Days Alcohol Free Today marks 40 days of no alcohol . While I've been counting those days, I only just realized that it's the longest I've gone without having alcohol in my system since I started teaching last summer. Don't get me wrong I didn't drink everyday. However, I drank pretty often. <BR> <BR> In July, it was to celebrate surviving a mind-numbing 5 weeks of teacher "training." In August, it was to take the edge off after 9 hour days of "abuse" from students. In September, it was to make text flirtati... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 04:15:24 EST Spirit Athlete: Eric Moussambani After mulling over the idea for a few months now, I've committed to incorporating triathlons into my race schedule for several reasons. <BR> 1. I think they'll be less damaging on my body. <BR> 2. Swimming will allow me to develop upper body strength. <BR> 3. Completing an IronMan before the age of 35 is a goal of mine. <BR> The problem with this plan, however, is that I can't swim more than one length of a 25m pool without stopping. <BR> <BR> I took swimming lessons this week (I took s... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:01:07 EST Exercise Moments of Bliss: This Week's A Summary I've started to think that recording more of these moments of bliss will be helpful because I can look back at them when I lose motivation. There have been few over the last couple of days, and most seem to have something to do with nature. One week it was the beautiful bluejay. Two days ago it was the egret and turtles sitting on a piece of wood in the middle of the lake. This morning it was the large white bird with brown markings that flew overhead during outdoor yoga. (It kills me that I ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 19:14:42 EST Today I Saw 129.6 on the Scale... ..but I wasn't standing on it. <BR> <BR> The woman who was was about my height, and seeing her made realize that perhaps getting under 130 wouldn't be a good look for me. I know getting under 120 wouldn't because my sister weighs 110 pounds. Despite my mother's constant criticisms that I was fat because I wasn't that size, I never envied my sister's skinniness. It works for her. But I like my hips and my butt. Somedays I even think I like my gut. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, getting under 130 h... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:07:06 EST Exercise Moment of Bliss: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road? With about 1 mile left, I saw a car come to an abrupt halt, a man jump out of the passenger side, and run across the street to pick up and a turtle and place it back next to the lake. Made my day because that turtle is me... in that I am in every other being and every other being is in me. And I ran like a turtle in the humidity this morning. : ) Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:05:40 EST Finish Line Motivation and Crescent City Classic 10K I've convinced myself that I don't care that there's never anyone waiting for me at the finish line of a race. (My sister came to my first one, but never returned because I kind of lost my head on her...) <BR> <BR> However, both my sister and mother were waiting for me at the finish of today's race. (My mother was there more by force than by choice). I don't know if that was it, but I took 1 minute and 42 seconds off my 10K PR. I took 3 minutes off of my two most recent 10K times. I haven't... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:03 EST Bridge Run #1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I meant to write something about it on Saturday, but I passed out as soon as I got home. <BR> <BR> I woke up sick that morning and had only gotten 3 hours of sleep. As I stood in line for the port-a-potty, I wondered, "What am I still doing this? I could be in my bed right now. I should be prepping out work for my job. So why am I here?" At that moment I came to the conclusion that I would not be pushing to comp... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:44:14 EST Two Gym Memberships? So I'm trying to figure out if it's crazy to have two gym memberships. I started trying out another gym because of a Groupon. The new gym offers a much wider selection of classes than the Y. I like the barré class because it reminds me of when I took ballet as a kid. The yoga instructor actually mentions mulbandha, which is rare. I'm also falling in love with kettlebells, and I'm even toying with the idea of female competition... However, I hate the facility. It's old, cramped, poorly venti... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:28:55 EST NSV -- "Your Arms Are Gorgeous!" That's what the cashier who rang me up today said. Or at least that's what I heard. It felt pretty good. Just this morning, during my workout, I began to wonder if my shoulders and arms were becoming a little too masculine… Now if only my thighs would catch up in terms of their definition… :) Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:50:16 EST Note to the Voice in My Head 6 weeks = 3.25 inches. Nevermind that I've only dropped 2 pounds. I probably really have gained muscle. And, truth be told, I've been eating outside of my calorie range. Besides, this has happened before. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will not get discouraged. I'm on my 3rd weight loss, so I know better now. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:41:13 EST $10 SparkPeople Store Gift Certificate I won one when I spun the wheel. It expires on February 1st, but there's nothing I want to use it for. The first person to reply on this blog gets the code sent to her SparkPeople inbox. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:18:59 EST Fourth Half Down! <img src=""> <BR> 2:02:51 finisher. 9:23 min/mile pace. 756/2529 overall, 301/1258 females, 51/178 females 25-29. <BR> <BR> Today, I was supposed to run my first full marathon. The universe, however, had other plans. But no matter, I had an amazing run. I beat my time from a year ago by 16 seconds. That may seem like nothing in a half marathon, but I'm also 10 pounds heavier than I was back then (teaching weight gain). I also had some dr... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:22:19 EST Note to the Voice in My Head 3 weeks = 4 pounds. The gym did not recalibrate the scales to make people think they're losing weight when they aren't. I just finally started feeding my body again, and it agreed to let go of the fat it held onto due to being starved. I can and will get back to my pre-teaching weight by March 1st. I will get back to my pre-trainng weight by April 1st. Come June 1st, I'm going to weigh less than I ever have. So you can just shut up! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:13:11 EST Because My Introduction Text Is Getting Too Long This is my journey of three weight gains and two losses thus far. What I've noticed is that I tend to gain my weight in 15s and lose it in 30s. If that pattern holds during what will be my third weight loss, I'll be the smallest I've ever been this year. And they say the third time's the charm… : ) <BR> <BR> May 2007: Doctor tells me I have high blood pressure (age 21) <BR> September 2008: Doctor tells me I have even higher blood pressure <BR> October 2008: Google ways to naturally lower blo... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:39:32 EST Jillian + Chalene + Tony = Too Many Options… With two jobs, I've got to develop a schedule to hold myself accountable. (I've gained 10 pounds and 6 inches since August.) Unfortunately, I've never done well with having lots of options. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to decide if incorporating P90X is worth it. I want to be able to do a pull up someday but, with limited time, I need to maximize my calorie burn with leg work. I also can't figure out which Jillian workouts will be most effective if only done twice a week. Perhaps I should jus... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:41:40 EST Note to Self 4.5 months of fries, meat, alcohol, no strength and other foolishness = 10 pounds =5.75 inches. Ugh. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:19:13 EST Sh*t Happens I thought running a half- marathon made me a "real" runner. Then I thought running in the rain made me a "real" runner. But I pretty sure that I didn't become a "real" runner until tonight. 4 miles into my 5 mile run, the "runs" overtook me. I was on a major highway, so there were no bushes to hide behind. I had to carry that load all the way home. Worst. Run. Ever. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:07:56 EST Second Half Down and I'm Feeling... the Same I ran what was technically my second half marathon yesterday. (I say technically because I also completed a 14 miler last month.) There were only 55 racers, which was really nice because I didn't have to jockey for position. It also allowed me to finish first in my age/gender division. I was one of 6 and the others in my category trailed me by at least 6 minutes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Not too shabby for just running 13.1 miles. ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 21:54:53 EST My Goal These Days... when running is usually just to finish. I can't decide if that's a good or bad thing. I just ran a 5K in less than ideal conditions. The temperature dropped 30 degrees from this morning, I couldn't feel my fingers about 1 mile in, and I'm still carrying 7 pounds that I don't need. My time was 2 minutes longer than it was when I ran this race last year. But I finished. <BR> <BR> My last race (14 miler) also occurred in less than ideal conditions. It was misting to raining the entire time. The... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 22:22:26 EST I Run Half Marathons... But I'm Still Scared of People <img src=""> <BR> Geeked before the race <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Geeked after. I had to make a costume change due to a temperature drop and rain. <BR> <BR> A week after my 14 mile trail run, and I still haven't written anything. That's the longest distance I've covered to date, and there were hills, and it was dark, and it was raining. I finished last 3h3m, but I finished. After tha... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:21:50 EST 10K "Triumph" and the Voice in My Head I ran my 2nd 10K today (they seem to be pretty rare in these parts) and finished under my goal time of 54 minutes. 52:56:09. I didn't make it last year because of a train. I'm 8 pounds heavier than I was then, so the negative voice in my head has decided to fixate on what time I could have had if it hadn't been for that. 14 of 144 in my age division. Top 10%, but the voice in my head is fixated on it not being the top 10. I don't know why I do this to myself... I got my runner's high (and som... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 16:36:52 EST 12 Mile Down And I feel pretty good about myself. It's only the third time ever I've covered that distance. I'll be ready for the 14 miler in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> 12 mile down. And I remember that I am a strong woman. Not the weak little girl I acted like for the past month and a half. <BR> <BR> 12 mile down. And I can note this as an obvious difference between my 12 year old and my soon to be 28 year old self. (I've been thinking a lot lately about how nothing has changed in the 16 year interim. About ho... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:55:44 EST Committed! Today I showed myself just how committed I am to this healthy lifestyle thing, and I couldn't be prouder. I'm between cities right now, starting up training in one and finishing work in another. <BR> <BR> I rose at 5:30AM to meditate, and then at 6:30AM headed into a 1.25 hour commute for 1.5 hours of actual work. I had planned to stay where I was for a few days because I had errands to run, and I didn't want to do so much driving. (I had already spent at least 2 hours driving yesterday.) Ho... Fri, 31 May 2013 23:00:37 EST Y Membership 7 Months Later I'm temporarily suspending my Y membership due to a possible move. <BR> <BR> I'll feel a bit lost without the yoga classes I never intended to take because I didn't like the instructor's delivery. I now go to her classes twice a week and have even attended a weekly book study and meditation at her private studio. I realized she really knows her stuff and is only strict because she wants us to do it right. <BR> <BR> I'll miss the group circuit classes I never intended to take because the in... Wed, 29 May 2013 08:40:13 EST SparkWheel Streak... BROKEN!!! A mere 64 days shy of a a yearlong streak. It's pathetic, but I'm super bummed. I'm no particularly inclined to give a crap about spinning the wheel anymore. I'm not sure why that streak mattered so much to me, but it did. I like the points and all for level purposes, but I wanted my longest streak to read 365 days, at a minimum. Giving up when things fall short of perfect seems to be how I live my life. Not the greatest approach, but I I can't help but think I'll never get that 365 day strea... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 01:35:16 EST Sometimes A Train Comes Along: A Life Lesson From My First 10K I was on track to meet my goal of under 54 minutes. In fact, I probably would have finished under 51 minutes... had it not been for the train. I heard it tooting as I approached the end of the race, but thought nothing of it. I arrived just in time to see the first car of the train put itself between me and the finish line with one-tenth of a mile left to go. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Not the actual train. <BR> <BR> As I waited 6 mi... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:55:04 EST A Week After My First Half Marathon... ...and I feel like I should have written something by now. However, I don't have many words. I felt and still feel invincible, convinced that I am capable of anything if I commit to it and put in the work. Now to use that feeling in areas other than fitness... Running the half has changed me and I wish I had the poetry available to describe it. "2:03:07 FINISHER!" is all I've been able to come up with. <BR> <BR> The morning started off wonderfully, with gear check being located indoors at th... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:46:13 EST Quality AND Quantity I like to eat. A lot. I hate taking 3 bites of a meal only realize it's all gone. Finding food combinations that don't leave me feeling like that is the only way I'm going to make this lifestyle change stick. Below are a few combinations I've come up with so far. I eat more now losing weight than I did while gaining it. <BR> <BR> My real camera's broken, so I have to rely on the one on my computer. It's not the greatest quality and doesn't allow for framing, but it'll do for now. I need some... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:48:47 EST Letting Go of My Goal I'm pretty sure it's time to let go of my goal weight. At 145 pounds, I'm 10 pounds lighter than I was when I first lost weight in 2009. I'm smaller than I was in high school. I can fit into clothes I wore in 7th grade. I can fit into shorts I wore in the 5th grade! I really love my body. However, I keep thinking I need to get to 140. I'd settle for 142 because that would mean an even loss of 30 pounds. (I feel a little Adrian Monk-like in my fixation on that.) Truthfully, I want to get to 13... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:24:42 EST 9 Mile Run Disappointment I'm having a hard time making sense of my thoughts, but I'm going to post them here anyway... <BR> <BR> After my last long run (8 miles) in November, I concluded that running a half marathon was not going to happen. My knee just couldn't handle it. My longest runs after that were 5 miles, and I even took a week off with no running at all. Yesterday, however, I decided that I wanted to try 9 miles. I got around to trying and completing 9 miles this evening. My knee seems to be okay so far, so... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:45:46 EST Girl Behaving Strangely I've never been much of a fan of vegetables or physical activity. I've basically been "suffering" through them in order to reach my weight loss goals. However, I've noticed some very strange attitudes in myself recently.... <BR> <BR> On Thursday, I left the produce stand excited... no, positively giddy about the fresh veggies I bought. I used to only feel that way about Jelly Bellys. And chocolate. And cheese fries. And Chick-Fil-A. But that day I couldn't wait to try the Engine 2 Diet panin... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:20:09 EST 8 Mile Today my long run (per Hal Higdon's half marathon training plan) reached 8 miles. Very early on in the run, the Eminem movie popped into my head. Though the lyrics from "Lose Yourself" didn't actually come to mind, I'm pretty sure they were present in my subconscious. I had to walk to last quarter of a mile and my knees were not too happy afterwards, but I ultimately made it through what seemed like an impossible task. <BR> <BR> Success is my only... option, failure's not... <BR> Feet fail m... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 20:35:50 EST I Exercise Because I Want To... Lose weight. (25 down, 15 to go) <BR> Deal with PCOS. <BR> Keep my menstrual cycle... cyclical. <BR> Keep my blood pressure regular. (without medication) <BR> Lower my testosterone levels. <BR> Deal with my anger. (I have issues) <BR> Manage my moods. (without medication) <BR> Be able to do one pull up someday. <BR> Be able to do a split someday. <BR> Run a half-marathon. <BR> Run a full marathon. <BR> Complete a triathalon. <BR> Complete an Ironman triathlon. <BR> Enjoy the great outdo... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:28:42 EST Note to Self 22 days = 5 pounds and 4.25 inches. In the 140s, which I never truly believed would be possible. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:49:48 EST Note To The Voice In My Head So she didn't ask if I lost weight. She used the words "really good" and "fit." Isn't that better anyway? Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:41:47 EST It Burns Fewer Calories, But... I LOVE laying on my back in the pool and letting the styrofoam board carry me along as I stare up at the sky. I'll worry about my freestyle stroke later. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:22:55 EST In Scale I Trust? Why have I been running 10 miles a week? Why have I been listening to Jillian Michaels drone on and on 3 times a week? Why have I been eating vegetables, limiting my meat consumption, and resisting a daily urge to binge on an entire bag of Tostitos and jar of cheese dip? Why am I kidding myself about running a half marathon someday? <BR> <BR> Those were just some of the thoughts that raced through my mind at the YMCA today. There’s a month-long community shape up challenge going on, and toda... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:43:12 EST Note to the Voice in My Head 17 days = 2.5 pounds. And no, that is not waste or water weight. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:06:48 EST