Sunday, August 28, 2011

Still In The Slump

Did not run 11 miles today. I completed 11 miles, but the last half was mostly walking. I started out really slow, like over my usual 12 minute mile. I knew in the first mile that it would not be a great run. I reached the turn around point, and made it maybe 1 mile before I just started getting slower and slower.

There were a few points where it was all I could do to just keep walking. My body just wanted me to sit down.

I've also been pretty tired this past week. And hungry. Like grazing-all-day hungry.

J and I discussed my slump at lunch. This makes 2 weeks of slump. Maybe it's something I'm eating too much of, or not enough of. Maybe it's something else. Maybe a combo. Hard to say. I told him that I was thinking of doing the Weight Watchers thing, and maybe that would also help me balance my diet.

I think I'm going to try it. I'm going to start fresh, at a time when J is home, so I can get used to eating healthy around him. Which means when he is gone, it will be even easier, and maybe I'll have more variety than last time.

And since I've covered both running and weight loss in this post, let's throw Remy in there, too. He has gone all week without jumping the fence! This is a first since he learned that he could jump over. I think it might have helped that Mongo, the neighbor dog, was gone for a few weeks. He got back this week, but so far we're still behaving. I hope this keeps up, because I like letting Remy out back by himself while I get things done around the house. Like dishes. Every time I try to do my hand-wash dishes, Remy wants out. I'll still be checking on him constantly. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Bandwagon

I'm thinking of jumping on it. The Weight Watchers (WW) Bandwagon, that is.

Two of my friends are currently using WW, and having good results. One is having amazing results. Two more friends are about to start it. I'm starting to wonder if I should give it a try.

If you read this regularly, or have know me a while, you know that I previously lost weight following Sparkpeople.com. And then I gained it back. I haven't been able to get back down to that 160, but I have shaved off more inches since I started training for the half marathon. Dropped a pants size, and pretty sure I can fit into Grandma Shirley's black dress, if someone zips it up for me. Hard to zip.

But I feel like I could be doing so much better. I know I don't eat well. I know I eat more than I should. I absolutely suck at tracking my food on sparkpeople anymore. I wonder if thinking of it in terms of points would make it easier for me to track and stick with it.

I also need to start some strength training, but I keep thinking I will start that after the half. I know, I know, I need to just do it. Thanks, Nike.

I'm not the strongest when it comes to willpower. And especially when it comes to dessert. And most especially when it comes to chocolate dessert. Any time of day. I loves me some chocolate. Rich chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

But anywho, what has kept me away from WW up to now is the cost. I figured I could do it on my own for free. Turns out I can't do it on my own, huh. I have no discipline. I am a weak willed person. Chocolate is my best friend and my worst enemy.

I know that I still have to work on the discipline thing. I know that. But would breaking it down to smaller numbers help? You know, this means is 1-10 points instead of so many hundreds of calories. Plus, I know I could stand to eat more fruits and veg. I like that the new WW points program has all fruits and some veg at 0 points. So you eat your meal, and if you're still hungry, you snack on fruits and veg. Yes, I do call it veg. Just ask my husband. That's with a soft g, not a hard one.

So - WW online program (because I don't want to work meetings into my schedule) has a deal on 3 months. You basically get a month and some change for free if you pay it all at once. I could do that, I could sign up for 3 months, and if I don't like it/don't see progress, I could cancel before it does the auto-renewal thing.

I think I will, well, think about it, for the rest of the weekend. I will decide once J goes back to work.

Oooo, trip next weekend, get-away for a couple nights. Maybe I should wait and start when I get back? We will be eating out. A lot. So much to think about...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Being Active This Weekend = FAIL

I wanted to put my new bike pedals on the bike this weekend. By myself. But for the life of me, I could not get the current pedals to loosen at all. Even standing on the wrench didn't work.

FAIL

So this morning I got up early and headed out the door for week 2 of 10 miles. Second FAIL of the weekend.

Calves started cramping. Now usually I can run the cramps out after a mile, but these just kept getting worse. It didn't happen. I walked home.

Now let me give a little background. I'm slightly paranoid about injuring myself at this point. When I first started running 2 years ago, I sprained my right ankle. A few times. Once bad enough that the doc gave me a brace for it. I don't want to sprain that ankle again. It would take a few weeks and put me back in my training.

So I walked home. I ate breakfast. I took a shower. Just waiting for J to get home from his leaders retreat. No clue what we're doing for dinner tonight. might just go out.

oh, on a side note, piercing is doing well. It's tender, but if I don't play with it, I can't even feel it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

New Hole

Got my Conch pierced! Sounds dirty, but its just another ear piercing.

It's the cartilage about midway up the side of my right ear, and in farther than a lobe piercing. Can you see the little silver ball in the middle of my ear?

Can you see the kitty behind me on the couch?

My friend got her conch pierced, too. On her left ear. She went first, and I was so excited I couldn't sit still. 

It didn't hurt much to actually pierce it. Hurt for a little after that, just kinda sore. Feels pretty good right now! It's a banana bar in there, which makes it easy to twist so it doesn't get all stuck and scabby. Grossing you out yet?

Chris, the piercer, said I can switch it out after 2 weeks. I'll probably wait closer to 4. Not sure what I'll put there. Maybe just a stud, maybe a hoop. Might get both so I can switch it up. I'm thinking I need a hoop and a jewel stud. That way I have options. Plain silver ball, hoop, or bling. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Off Days

I'm having one today. Woke up tired this morning. Had a hard time getting moving. But Remy needed to go outside, so I got up. Today is a run day, 4 miles.

I went on my run. The first mile was hard, but I kept going. I think I was only about a quarter mile from done when I stopped. I was very out of breath. It took longer than usual to get my breathing under control. I'm still feeling rather tired and sluggish. I was sweatier than usual as well, but it's a little humid out.

J was home early this morning, already showered and dressed when I got back from my run. So he cooked me breakfast while I showered. Egg sandwich. Very tasty. I drank a whole bottle (2 servings) of a Naked juice, too.

I'm wearing my super comfy sundress today, simply because it's super comfy. I'm very tired, still. I'm actually thinking of a nap this morning, before I head over to the scentsy party. Because after the party, I have to hit the store to pick up stuff for the FRG meeting tonight.

Yeah. definitely nap time.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

10 Miles

1 hour 52 minutes 30 seconds.

Averaged about an 11:30 pace.

I'm starting to find chafe spots after these long runs. Had one last week, on my hip, and only figured out today that it's right where my MP3 player sits on my hip. Might have to start putting that in a pocket on my new water belt.

I had a couple chafe spots under my boobs from a bra that wasn't sitting right earlier this week. One of those is aggravated. I can put body glide on before my sports bra to help with that. And today I have some small red spots in my armpits. Not bad, but just starting to chafe. I also forgot to put deodorant on this morning, which might take care of that.

I'm repeating this week of training, so next weekend is another 10 mile. I can work on fixing little problems like this. And try the e-gel I bought. Today I used the Chomps and a gel from Stinger and liked both. I bought a new Nathan water belt, but I'm using my Camelbak bottle in it because I can leave the spout open and water won't come out unless you squeeze the bottle. I had a Larabar before the run. I love how fruity they are, and how small. It's 200 calories in a small bar, which is much easier for me to eat early in the morning. The Stinger gel was also much easier than the Gu gel I had during the Bataan.

So I'm thinking of sticking with the Stinger energy products, I like my Nathan water belt (which is designed for a woman's hips), and I just have to learn where my chafe spots are. My feet are feeling good in my Merrell's still, especially since I bought some lightweight UnderArmor socks. And my RoadID ankle band is great. I don't even notice it.

So there we are. I'm now clean and sitting around in my comfy sun dress. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Writing Bug

Sometimes I feel this incredible urge to write. I may have written about this before. But it's back. I feel like I have all these ideas for amazing stories floating around in my head, but I can't seem to get them out.

I've never been much of a prose writer. I could BS an essay like nothing in college, but a short story? That was hell.

I used to write poetry. In high school it probably averaged around a poem every other day. Or more. But it was childish poetry. It was about the emotions a high schooler feels. My poetry started to mature in college. I could pump out a sonnet at breakfast for a friend's assignment that morning. But my poetry was still based on emotion. Usually darker emotions. Pain, sadness, loneliness. Those were my main inspirations.

Then I met someone. I fell in love with him. I was happy with him. I still am happy with him. The pain and loneliness went away. No more inspiration. I have tried to write happy poems, but  they seem to fail me. I'm not very good at happy. I'm too dark and cynical to do happy.

But dark and cynical aren't as easy as they used to be, either. I haven't even ranted about stupidity over at Tough Crackers is quite a while.

So how do I get rid of this writing bug? Blogging doesn't really cut it. How do I use my dark humor and cynicism to vent my creative needs? Dark cynical poetry? seems like a bit of an oxymoron, but I suppose I can try. Again. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dogs Will Be Dogs

Remy and I were doing good on our 4 miles this morning. He was behaving and we had a great pace going. As we ran past Pershing gate, a couple of stray pit bulls came up to us, one brown, one white. I always stop when a dog approaches us, in case it's owner is right behind trying to catch it.

So we stopped. The dogs started sniffing each other. It was OK, and I was going to try to get them to follow us home so I could call animal control. But they started nipping at Remy and trying to push him around. Remy didn't like that. I didn't like that. It took a little, but I was able to smack both the bulls and they realized I wasn't backing down. Another runner came over to help, a mom pushing a double stroller stopped to help, and a third guy showed up as animal control pulled over.

The first runner and I worked on wrangling the bulls over to the AC officer, and the mom held Remy for me. The white bull was smaller and I could grab his scruff and hold him. The brown one wouldn't come near me after I smacked him on the nose. He was definitely the leader of this 2 dog pack.

Now let me put in here. I'm only specifying their breed because I noticed it. I love pit bulls. And these two were very friendly with the people. They just decided to try to push Remy around and neither of us let them. Remy tried to play, but they wanted to dominate. I think it startled Remy more than anything. I checked him over and if they did bite, they didn't break the skin anywhere.

Once the bulls were under control, Remy kept jumping up on me. So I picked him up and just hugged him for a minute. He was fine after that, and we walked home with the mom and her kids since they live a few blocks from us.

I hope that my lack of fear helped bolster Remy. I have no issues with getting in the middle of a dog fight. I jump right in and try to pull them apart. I'm not afraid of any breeds. I've been bit more by small yappy dogs than by any "dangerous" breed. Hell, I've had more cat bites than dog bites.

It was just a startling morning. Neither of us expected to be doing any dog wrassling this morning. We're all good and well, and hopefully the dogs are microchipped so their owner can be found. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

9 miles

That's what I ran this morning. 4.5 miles out, then turned around and came back.

It went better than last week's 8 mile. I didn't walk at all until the turn around. I finished at about 1 hour 50 minutes, which puts me at an average pace of 12 minutes per mile. I walked 3 times. It felt pretty good, but I really slowed down the last mile again.

Next week is the 10 mile run on post. I'm going to go ahead and push for that. It's a Saturday run, so instead of my usual Wednesday and Friday runs I'm going to do Tuesday and Thursday. That way I have the day of rest before the long run. Then I think I will repeat the 10 mile week as a little reward.

I also tried a Stinger Waffle before I ran. I think it made a big difference. I'm going to try their honey gels, too. J said their texture is more like honey (since that's about all it is) and not like the other energy gels. I tried a Gu gel at the Bataan and the texture of it completely grossed me out. ICK. They also have some chews that I'll use. I like that they use honey and more natural sources of energy. I think I'm going to end up sticking with their line of stuff. The Waffle tasted like a cookie.

Also need to get more Lara Bars and Luna Bars. Need to eat something before these long runs, and then I'm trying to pop some small energy things every 30 to 45 minutes.

Oh, and I can't stand J's water belt. Goal for this week is to find some around town to try out. The one running store in town only really carries one brand. I'll try some of the general sporting goods stores. I'm hoping one of them will carry the Camelbak hydration belts. I was very interested in a couple of those.

Oh, I've started keeping track of my food again. I'm trying it out on mapmyrun.com, where I, uh, map my runs. It helps that they give me the amount of calories I need to maintain my current weight. I know if I keep my daily calorie intake around 1500, I can lose weight. But now I know that a day of 2000 calories will just maintain my current level. Makes me feel less guilty if I go over the 1500.

I'll let you know how I do next weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Being a Bad Mommie

And not walking the dog this morning.

I think I slept wrong on my neck. Woke up with a mild headache, but it's enough to bug me. And when the ticking of my watch gets on my nerves, it usually means I need to watch out for a migraine. So we aren't walking this morning. He does have a playdate this morning, though. I know I should walk him for exercise before the playdate, but I honestly don't want to leave my house yet.

I will eat breakfast, drink some hot tea, and take a long shower. That usually helps the head rather well. Oh wait, brunchy foods at playdate. So I might eat a little something, but the tea is a definite.

I'm glad it's finally Thursday. It's been a long, slow week. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Brain Fart

I was looking at my training schedule today, and the calendar. I somehow completely skipped a whole month when counting originally. Yeah, I will finish this training schedule one month before the half marathon.

Ok, so I can work with this. It means I can repeat weeks easily when I get to the 10+ mile runs. It means I can run 13 miles a few times before the actual race. It means I have time to mess up.

So yeah. I was getting nervous before, but not so nervous now. I have plenty of time. 

Running Update

I biked and ran over the weekend. Saturday, J and I biked about 22 miles. Sunday, I ran 8 miles.

The last mile seems to be my worst. At least with these new distances. I have to really focus on not walking, no matter how much I want to. I tell myself that it doesn't matter how slow I'm running, as long as I'm running.

I still finished around where I wanted. My pace is averaging out to somewhere between an 11 and 12 minute mile. I even ran over a bridge, so I had some hill work in there. I'm going to try adding more hills to my routine. Most of my weekday runs from here out are 4 or 3 miles. I want to head over to McKelligan Canyon on some of those 4 mile days. The whole route is about 4 miles total, but it's all up and down.

My coach/the hubs agrees this will help me out. Uphill helps build endurance, and downhill helps build speed. I'm not real worried about speed right now, but want help on endurance. Maybe if I can build endurance on my short runs (via hill work), the long runs won't seem so long. Maybe.

As it is, I'm still on track to do the 10 mile run. That's only 2 weekends away. And if I keep on this track, I'm 1 week ahead of schedule. If I can stay on schedule as I am now, I will add a second 13 mile run in before race day. However, if I feel I need to, I can repeat a week of training and still be on track to run 13 miles before race day.

Oh, and the 5 pounds that I always put back on over vacation? Almost gone again. I think some of it is that I've been walking the dog on the 3 weekdays that I don't run. I try to keep a faster pace for him to give him a good workout. I'm going to try to keep him awake more in the afternoons, too. When I'm home, at least. We got a new rope toy for tug-o-war yesterday, and he really likes it. We'll try playing more in the afternoons.

Anywho, that's my life right now. yeah.