And that's why I'm here. If I focus on training for the next race, or training in general, then it's much easier to eat better and lose weight. I eat better because I know I perform better when adequately fueled. Now that doesn't mean I'll have some chocolate cake every once in a while (week), but I'm less likely to be hitting up Taco Hell when I know I have 5 miles to run that night.
It's a way to keep me moving, which burns calories. We all know that calories in < calories out to lose weight. (Yes the < is the less than sign, geniuses.) And don't get me started on the endorphins that I didn't realize I was addicted to...
That's why I sign up for 5Ks, 10Ks, 1/2s and triathlons. That's why I think about signing up for a full marathon. It's something for me to focus on that doesn't have to do with the scale. It will be something to help me continue this healthier lifestyle after I reach goal.
Over this past year I've been running I shaved ~6 minutes off my 5K. That's a bit under 2 minutes a mile faster. I HAVE to be skinnier, or even better, healthier. There is no other way I'd have gotten faster, unless it's got something to do with the magic beans that little boy sold me.
You may wonder why I haven't been posting. It's not so much that I've been busy, but I really didn't want to scare people away with the venom I have at the ready for UPS. I have not received my Nike+ sportband yet.
I called Nike today and they told me orders were processed in the order they were received and it looked like I was in the second product shipment because too many people pre-ordered them. Hmm, no email to notify me that my product was not shipping when stated as they didn't even have it yet, but still. Nike pretty much told me the tracking was now in UPS's hands.
So my Sportband is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. Pay no attention to the location on the UPS tracking site, little girl, you know the one that says it's STILL IN TENNESSEE. It's got to be at least in Nevada by now. Maybe even California. Maybe it's hanging out at the truck stop in Barstow, with the train cars, food court and crappy CA souvenirs. That must be it.
Or maybe it's laying out by the pool in Las Vegas. Wants to get a tan before it gets to sunny Southern California. Needless to say, I won't be using UPS ground anytime soon.
We will still be holding the swim session at the Lake tonight for those who choose to swim, otherwise come ready to run."
The more I do this, the more confidence I have that I will complete this thing. I rode hills today, to challenge myself. Who am I kidding, I ride hills because it's easier to power up the hills, as I found out today, than it is to flip down the backseats in my car, remove the front wheel of my bike, put said wheel and bike in the back of my car and drive to some place flat, put wheel on bike, ride for 60 minutes, then repeat process to go home and put bike in the garage.
I am a lazy athlete, after all.
Also, according to my (empty) email inbox, my Nike+ Sportband, that was supposed to be shipped on Saturday, April 19th, has not shipped yet. This is driving me crazy. It's reminding me of that Christmas where Toys R Us failed to ship Christmas presents on time. Why post a date that something should ship, on your website of all places, and then not be able to get your product out within 3 days (and I guess I'm counting the 19th, but not Sunday the 20th) of the date stated?
Hmm... maybe I shouldn't say anything bad until I get my Sportband. Maybe Phil Knight will cancel my order himself.
I was excited. This means I can swim the whole Danskin distance! Or so I thought. I was ~87 yards short. I think I have it covered, though, as I will be in a wetsuit and I did swim about 700 yards in skills and drills before my "time trial". I'll just make it all up in the running...
Here are some random musings:
I no longer have to reapply my lip balm during a 4 mile run. I don't think I had to do it during my 8 mile run. My breathing has apparently slowed down enough not to chap my lips. Whoo hoo for health.
I'm a size 6 in most brands. I've never been a size 6 since I can remember, unless you count shoes. A 16 yes, but not a 6.
Henry's my grocery store of choice, has let me down twice in one week. First there were no fat free refried beans, organic or not. Then there was no whole wheat couscous. Apparently they can do a special order for me, but I don't know how many cans or boxes I'll have to buy. I don't need to be able to build a fort out of couscous boxes and refried bean cans, but if I did, it would be da bomb. (yes I just typed "da bomb")
I'm looking for organic fuel and recovery products. I know Luna Sport has some, and they are marketed/made for women, so they've got less sugar, but I was wondering if there were any other ones out there. I may need to do some research and dedicate a post just to it.
Along the same fuel and recovery product lines, simple sugars like Luna Moons vs complex sugars like Hammer Gel. I know it's what tastes good and how it makes you feel, but if I can easily digest either product, which gives me better performance.
That's all I got for today. I'm probably off to bed. I should be getting my Nike+ Sportband sometime this week. I am ready to kick ass and chew bubble gum on the We Wa Chubby Chat challenge. And I'm all out of bubble gum.
I'm going to enter all my carpy food into my tracker and send it to Star. I *may* double check where I am if I switch back to flex and do that. But I am not, I repeat NOT, going to sweep my points eaten under the rug in my living room. The program doesn't work that way and I can't either.
I'm back. I did all that math using only my simple computer calculator. What, you think an engineer can do math without a calculator? No, that's a Mathematician. Hate to break it to ya but most engineers can't spell either. Yeah, it's a news flash, I know, but I digress.
I did the math and I'm going back to flex for the 3rd time in as many weeks. I need to get back to basics on Core, but that means actually going to the grocer, something I've only done sporadically the last few weeks.
Back to running... I examined my chub rub today, and it's a full on burn, like rug burn. Nice. Now I know the Brook's running skirt is going. The seams are not in a nice place for my left thigh. I think I'm running my 4.5 in tights tomorrow.
I unfailed today. (Yes, I just made up unfailed.)
At work, I formulated a plan. I checked the weather and it was supposed to be a good 10-15 degrees cooler today than it was yesterday. (Seriously this wacky weather shifting has got to stop. My allergies and sinuses can't take it.) I decided to use my $2 cooler (bargain at the garage sale) as my personal aid station, filling it with some propel and an energy gel or cliff bloks (I chose the margarita flavor with salt cliff bloks.) and leaving it on my porch. I needed to make and drink my recovery drink and drink it as soon as I got home. Then I'd change, get my gear together and go.
I executed my plan to perfection, almost. I didn't leave work on time. Everything else came together. I ran about 4 miles, stopped at my "aid" station, ate 3 bloks , downed 1/2 my propel, talked to my neighbor (she was asking how far I ran/run, etc) and then got back on the road. It probably was a 2-3 minute rest, but I didn't count it, I did stop my timer though (yes I'm a cheater).
I finished my last 3 miles by running out, circling a block about 3 times and running back. I didn't want to make a ~1.7 mile loop that lead back to my house. If I saw the front door, I was afraid I'd convince myself that 6 miles was okay.
One thing I didn't plan on was chub rub or that my top would keep riding up. I think it's time to retire my Brooks running skirt. I don't think my legs are big enough to keep the compression shorts down, or I've stretched them out too much. I'm banking on the former.
One thing I did differently on this run was pay attention to my HR rather than my pace. I think that helped get through the mileage. I have come to realize that my 5K pace isn't my 7 mile pace. I kept about a 12 min/mile pace, which is 1-1.5 minutes slower than my short mileage pace.
Thanks for all the encouragement on my last post. I really wanted to complete my run, but I know packing it in turned out to be a better plan. Tomorrow is a DOR. I might do some yoga or pilates. I will watch The Biggest Loser. It's the finale, ya know.
Since I was feeling a bit sluggish this afternoon, I decided to do my 45 min cycling training on the Stationary Bike in the gym. Yes, I was being lazy, but I did it.
It was probably easier than the route I would have taken if I had actually ridden outside, but I also had to pedal the entire 45 minutes, so it may have been a wash.
This was my second week of modifying Uncle Hal's 1/2 marathon training program for triathlon training as well. The 45 minutes on the bike was about the same time I'd have spent running, although my heart rate was much lower on the bike. I wonder how that will factor into my being ready for the Laguna Hills Memorial 1/2 Marathon.
I didn't register yet. I'm still not committing.
For about 3 months the scale never really moved (this was not the magic). I was getting fed up (ha a WWer getting "fed" up) with not losing and I really wanted to quit, but Pat, the most wonderful leader in the world, wouldn't let me. She told me to switch to Core, shake it up a bit. A leader who filled in for Pat's meeting talked about how she started running as her exercise when she was working the program, I checked out Couch to 5K.
Let me just tell you, I don't think I've been to a more stressful event. It was mainly in the parking. Downtown Carlsbad is ate up with churches and it was Sunday. There weren't any signs for parking, although I reread the parking instructions and they do say that it's only street parking, but we parked at the senior center.
The race itself was great. It's billed as a fast course, and it is. It isn't all flat, as I was lead to believe, but there was only 1 hill and we hit the ascent fairly quickly off the start and the descent was on the way to the finish line, which gave me a boost at the end.My official race time was 31:04, the fastest I've ever run a 5k.
What else has happened since I've last blogged?
More tri and 1/2 marathon training. My run on Thursday was okay. It went as well as it should have, given I didn't really train for a week and a half.
I swam Saturday morning, for about 25 minutes. I think the arm and body motions are starting to click, but the breathing isn't. I'm going to consciously slow myself down next time I'm in the pool and make sure I'm breathing every 4th stroke. It's hard to get through my brain, but I need to try or I'll freak out during the swim.
Oh, and I was tagged to describe myself in 6 words. I'll do that on my DOR, which is tomorrow.