Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

I didn't post last week, but didn't lose any weight either. Didn't gain, but didn't lose. That's what I get for weighing in the morning after Oktoberfest! haha.

This morning was a 1.5 pound loss. Puts me at 162.5 which I am happy with. I did eat a big dinner last night, too.

This morning I ran 13 miles. First time. Longest run ever. I finished in 2.5 hours. I kept a good pace. Only issues are a blister on 1 toe and a lot of muscle pain in my left arch. Of course, I was running in a brand new pair of shoes.

That's right, I got new shoes! J and I went to Dillard's on Saturday and I tried on both the 8 and 8.5. I went with the larger size. Felt so much roomier in my toes. And I got gray with purple accents instead of black. They're pretty. Me likey.

I rubbed the muscles in my foot and let the hot water in the shower relax them a little. Good enough to walk around a little at the PX and Commissary. Definitely feeling better, but still sore. I think it's worse than usual this week because of the new shoes that haven't had the arch area of the sole broken in yet.

I'm tired. This will be a short post.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Oh, Shoes

As I was putting on my Merrells for a 3 mile run this morning, I noticed the light shining through where there should be no light. Yup, I have a hole. It's in the arch of my left foot.

They are dirty, yes. They need washed.

Of course this all had to happen just 1 month from the half marathon. I just got a new sports bra because the other one was too big. I just got new running tights because the others got a hole. Now my shoe has a hole. Ugh. Might be headed to Dillards this weekend for a new pair.

I added up the miles I've run just for training, not counting the repeat weeks, to 134.5 miles. That's not counting the repeat of my 10 mile week (7 more miles not including the failed 10 miles) or the repeat last week (another 7 miles) since I didn't run after Oktoberfest. Plus put a few other repeats, random runs, and some walking in all of that. Since July.

If you look for advice on when to replace running shoes, you'll see anywhere from 300 to 500 miles, 6 months, when it starts to hurt, and numerous other things. WELL, I've had these since March, so that's 6 months. Considering how many miles I've done since I start training, I'm guessing it's around 300 miles now. But here's what I think really happened: I'm flat footed which leads to over pronating (that mean my foot rolls towards the inside). You can see in the second picture that the mud line come up over the sole on the inside of the foot. I think my overpronation has caused that part of the shoe to wear faster than the rest of it.

I'm also thinking of going up a half size on my next pair. My big toe on my left foot (the slight bigger foot) does reach the end of my shoe. I think my feet may have spread a little with all the minimal running I've been doing. I'll get an 8 and 8.5 and compare how they feel in a new pair.

I'll probably go with the same style since that is what I've been training in. Not good to mix it up too much this close to the race. And the lightweight mesh upper of these shoes is great in the heat of the southwest. Gets some air in to my feet. Water, too, but there shouldn't be too many puddles during the race.

Now I feel guilty for the expensive purse I just bought. Didn't know yesterday that I would need new running shoes. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Official

I registered for the half marathon. J registered for the full. I would book our hotel room, but the hotel's website isn't working right now. I'll try again later. It's within walking distance from the start/finish point, but less expensive than the sponsor hotel right by that point. If the site isn't working tomorrow, maybe I'll call the sponsor hotel and find out what the special rate for runners is. Although they charge for parking.

I did find some new running pants. J went shopping with me this morning. Second store had a good pair. Adidas. They hit just below my knee, they have decent reflective striping, a pocket for my mp3 player, and a drawstring waist. They are black with white stripes. And not too expensive.

I'm a little nervous, but not horribly so. I think I'll feel better after I get a 13 mile run done. Which probably won't be tomorrow. I will probably be a little hungover tomorrow. Might try for Monday, but I may just wait till next weekend. Tonight we go to Oktoberfest! It's put on by the German Air Force troops stationed here. They ship in kegs of traditional Oktoberfest beer and serve German food. And we get souvenir beer steins. Oh yes. It is that awesome. And we live close enough to walk to it. I will be drinking too much to drive. We will be walking home. Must remember to take house keys this year.

And now I'm off like a prom dress!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Running Stuff

I finally got that new sports bra. Went with Enell. Found out they carry them for a great price through AAFES, but not at my PX. So I went to the running store, and it was on sale for 20% off. Not too bad. I also went down a size. I tried on a size 1 first, then a 2. I could see right away how the 2 was looser in the shoulders and had more bounce. So I got the 1. Yay! Down one sports bra size!

I also need no running tights. I usually run in some capri length tights I bought at Target. I love them, but this morning I found a hole. It's right on the seam of the upper inner thigh. Cannot fix it. And it's in a bad spot, one that started to chafe after just 3 miles this morning.

They didn't have much at the running store. I also went to Kohl's, a Big5 sports, and Target. Oh, and the PX. Target had one pair in my size, but I felt like it was severely lacking on reflective surfaces. It had a little logo and about 2 inches of reflective. That's it. Fit well, but I didn't really like the material, either. So I will see if J is up to a shopping trip this weekend. If not, I'll probably go on Monday. The westside has 2 bigger sports stores, the bigger running store, and both Nike and New Balance outlet stores. Surely I can find something with all that, right? Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Aside from that, the 3 miles with Remy this morning were good. Like 31 minutes good. We kept a great pace and I felt good after. I'm especially proud that I was able to run during my period. I think J is the only guy that reads this, so I can say that without grossing anyone out. Usually, I'm too crampy and exhausted to do much during that week, but I was able to get 4 miles Wednesday and 3 miles today. Not too shabby! I do not think I will get a long run in this weekend, though. Maybe. We'll have to see.

Tomorrow night is Oktoberfest! Yay! I cannot wait! German food, German beer, and German music! Yeah, we seriously need to get stationed in Germany. And I need to relearn German. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

But first - last night's run. J and I both ran the 8K at the German American Night Run here at Bliss. This is our third year running it, but my first year doing the 8K. Last 2 years I just did the 5K. And I did better than I expected.

Why didn't I expect to run well? I'm a morning runner. I'm used to getting up and going out the door. I might eat an energy bar if it's a long run. Running in the evening means running with a day's (or most of a day's) worth of food in your stomach, after doing whatever it is you did all day. We did a short 3 mile run Thursday night, and my calves cramped so bad I couldn't keep running. So I didn't have the highest hopes for Saturday night.

We got there early and I did a tiny bit of warm-up before the race. I was able to keep just over a 10 minute pace. I finished at 51 minutes 14 seconds. Pretty good considering my training pace is about a 12 minute mile.

After the race, we had a real German bratwurst and a real German beer. Felt well earned.

So. This morning was weigh-in. I hit 164. That's 2 more pounds, making a total loss of 4 pounds. My first weight goal is 5% of my starting weight, which is 159.something. If I keep up the 2 pounds a week, then I will be at 158 in 3 weeks. I could slow down, though, and might have a week or two where nothing at all drops. We'll see, right?

This week was harder to keep the points under control. I finished the week with 1 weekly allowance point left. But I still managed to drop 2 pounds! So we'll call it good. I'm going to try to do 12 miles tomorrow morning, so that will give me a good boost of activity points for the week. Of course, dinner is on my own 2 nights this coming week, and most of the next week. I'm cooking an artichoke at least once. J thinks they are too much work. I love them. Maybe with some rice. MMmmmmm.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bra Thoughts

I posted just the other day about my sports bra thoughts. After some online shopping, I realized that the Shock Absorber is really comparable to the Enell in terms of price. So now, I may as well just get another Enell. I can buy it at a local store and already know my size.

Hold that thought. I better measure my ribcage again. I may have lost an inch or two there, and if I did, it puts me in a different place on the Enell size chart. See, a yearish ago, when I bought my first one, my rib measurement was a size 2, but bust was a size 3. The 3 was obviously too big when I put it on, so I got a size 2. Since then, my bust has lost half an inch (hey, that's a lot for me!), and I think my ribs may now fall under a size 1, while bust is closer to size 2. Guess I will have to try them on again. I am so glad our local running store carries Enell so I have the option of trying them on! (BTW, they have their own, unique size chart.)

So, speaking of running, I signed J and I up for the German run. He actually got home at a decent hour today, so we went on a short 3 mile run.

H-O-L-Y Hell! Can we say leg cramps? Horrible calf cramps. I mean, tons of pain. It was more of a walk than run. So I know I need to warm up well before the race on Saturday night. I also need to take lots of allergy meds. Both of us have been sniffley since the run tonight.

I'm going to try to do a 3 miler in the morning with the pup. Then I can rest up for the race Saturday night.

I will probably push my long run off till Monday morning. Shooting for 12 miles. So close!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Canyon

Remember how I said I would get some runs in at McKelligan Canyon? I finally followed through on that.

J's platoon was doing PT there this morning, and Remy decided I should be up at 0530, so Rem and I hitched a ride with J. It took me an hour to run about 4 miles, but that's uphill half the way! I think we did pretty good. Much better than I could have done a year ago!

It felt good to get out there. I really would love to be one of those people who runs every day just for fun. Ok. Most every day. Gotta have some days off.

I most definitely need to get a second sports bra for running. I'm considering getting 2. I found a great review that compared the Shock Absorber to the Enell. She seems to prefer the Enell in the end, but gave great marks to the Shock Absorber. My thoughts? Maybe I could get the SA for shorter, easy runs and use Enell for the long runs. Rotate not just bras, but styles as well. Hmmm, let's see if I can find a sale on SA sports bras. Have to order it online.

Tomorrow I'm supposed to rest. So I'll walk the dog. Saturday night is the German American Night Run. 8K run followed by delicious German food and beer. Doesn't get much better than that! 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby (Weight Watchers)

I have done one whole week on the Weight Watchers Online plan. I lost 2 pounds. I think getting under 165 will feel like a bigger achievement for me. I haven't been able to get below that this year.

My Plan -
I have 29 daily points to use. I'm supposed to use all of them, and trust me, I do. I also have 49 weekly allowance points to use. Plus, I get activity points. I love that. I have it set up to use my activity points (which build for the whole week) before using my weekly allowance points. I do wish the activity points were more specific. I think I probably "walk the dog" faster than other people. My dog likes to go.

I was pretty happy this morning to get on the scale and see that I'd lost a couple pounds. I finally took some measurements this morning, too: waist, hips, bust, and thigh. My natural waist has actually gone down since last time I measured it. Hips I think were about the same. Bust went down half an inch! Holy crapola! As long as the bust doesn't drop too much. I have lots of pretty bras. Don't want to buy all new ones too soon. Haha.

I had a great time with J on our get-away. We didn't do a whole lot, but relaxed, and that was the whole point. We went to Truth or Consequences, NM. The Geronimo Springs Museum was cute. Definitely small town. The hot springs were awesome. We went to one that had private tubs outside along the river. It was wonderful.

I will try to do an update on the WW progress every Sunday or Monday, since Sunday is my weigh-in day.