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Fitness Update

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Last night I ran hill repeats with my coach and training group. We had a half mile course that was uphill the whole way. After warm up, we were to run up hard and run back easy. Some of the slower women weren't there last eve; I hope they haven't dropped out. There was a new fellow, 17 years old, who warmed up at a 6 minute mile pace, and several middle age guys starting at 7.5 minute mile pace. My warm up pace is 10.5-11 minute mile pace. And I walk some before I start running, too, while those young'uns just take off running. Makes me glad I can compete in my age group!

My left hamstring and IT band complained a bit about the run, but I iced them as soon as I got home, then used the foam roller, and then stretched, then a nice hot bath, and then more ice. Not sure that is the way you are supposed to do it, but it seemed to work pretty well for me. I wasn't sore at all when I woke up.

Little Gwen (2 1/2 year old granddaughter) was scheduled for her first gymnastics lesson today, but the teacher was late -- she thought she didn't have any 2 year olds. Gwen got to meet the teacher and gave her a high five. So we'll start next week. If Gwen is still the only one registered in the class, it will just be 30 minutes instead of 45. So Gwen and I played around. She's now great at jumping jacks! I think she's really going to enjoy the Gymnastics Tots class. After we played, Gwen went to the nursery so I could do my treadmill and strength training workouts. Today I did the scheduled 30 minute slow work out (5.5 mph on treadmill - 10.54 minute per mile pace. My left hamsting and IT band were a bit tight, but not painful. Did my strength training as scheduled, too. I'm thinking that this training plan is well designed for the upcoming hilly Mayfaire 5K on May 11th.

I happened to bump into my running coach with her two preschoolers at the Y and it was fun to get to talk to her informally and for her kids to get to play with Gwen. Also, another of her trainees was there with her preschoolers, too. She's lost 80 pounds, is in her late 20's, runs a 5K in 19 minutes, and looks fantastically fit. She doesn't have any sign of ever being heavy; I see no stretched skin at all on her. Yeah, there are times I sure wish I had lost this weight way earlier. But then, I am so, so, very glad that I have achieved a level of fitness I never thought I could aspire to.

My life is good. The weather is gorgeous today and Gwen and I played outside after we got home. Not every minute of running is pure bliss, but all in all I really enjoy it. Not every minute of caring for my grandkids is bliss either, but I am blessed to be able to do it! Need to leave to go get Natalie from kindergarten right now. The whole family will eat with us tonight, too. Like I say, life is good.
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    I am so impressed with your training! You are doing an amazing job!
    1900 days ago
    Your life sounds great to me: every minute can't be pure bliss, as you say, but what a terrific example you are setting for your grandgirls! You're starting them on a life long pattern of fitness and healthy eating.
    1901 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Very uplifting blog!
    I have been wanting to amp up my running again lately, and I'm pretty glad for the weather warming up--makes it nicer to be outside.
    1901 days ago
    Great job on your training!
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    Memories... gymnastics classes for my tall young son... the instructors teaching them jumping jacks. I thought it was very creative: make an X with your body. Now make an I. Now an X. Now an I! Voila... little kids doing jumping jacks!
    1902 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Yes, life is good! Great blog. emoticon
    1902 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Better late then never, no use looking back, what has passed is past. I have terrible stretch marks from my excess weight all over my thighs and belly (and baggy skin). Nothing to be done about it, people will just think I had huge kids lol. You only have your future to think about now and those amazing fitness achievements you are earning! That does sound like a concern with the hamstring and IT band. Please consult your coach and get her professional opinion. Better safe then sorry. You may need special target exercises to strengthen and lengthen them.
    Keep on being a fabulous fitness Queen!
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    Just to give you perspective, my fastest running pace during a 5K is 11 minute miles and I'm 42, so your pace is way beyond my "whippersnapping"! Keep doing what you do - focus on enjoying it more than pushing for speed. You're a great inspiration right NOW, Marsha!
    1902 days ago
    I love your great attitude. You are fit and able to care for two little ones; 80 pounds ago that would NOT have been so easy.

    Yes, maybe it would have been better if we ALL had started decades earlier, but at least we are started NOW!

    Keep up the good work!!!
    1902 days ago
    You are doing great! Would you have been better off had you lost the weight earlier? No doubt but you are there now and it is a wonderful place to be. Hug those grandbabies. It won't be long and they will be off to other things. HUGS!
    1902 days ago
    That your hamstring is bothering you right away with the addition of speed work and hill repeats is a warning sign. Hill repeats are great, but they should be added gradually -- especially at our age. Just for context, the plan from my coach has each hill repeat last just one minute and we started with just 5 (so only 5 minutes worth of running fast up hill). We've worked up to 10 now, so we will start adding time, 10 at 75 seconds, then 10 at 90 seconds each. A half mile is a long, long hill repeat. How many did you do? Young coaches can be a problem . . .

    Sorry to butt in, but I got in trouble the first time I tried to do speed work (3 years ago), and the problems started with tight hamstrings. You are in wonderful shape, but you can still suffer from too much, too soon. Please be careful.
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    Great blog - love your ever-present positive attitude!! Hope your hamstring and IT loosen up!
    1902 days ago
    You are doing so well! Congrats on feeling and looking great and making progress on your latest goals.
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