Friday, October 16, 2009
Pickups, for anyone like me who didn't know what they are, means going @ 85-90% max. speed 50 - 100 metres (light post to light post as example) followed by same distance very slow jog. I have never done pickups before, so today was all new to me. I was following my training schedule, today called for 7K pickups with a 3K warm up and cool down. I planned my route, got all excited about it and went on my merry way. I started with the pickups as scheduled, and continued to do so for 14 minutes, when my left calf decided that it had had enough. So, I stopped. Against every best desire in my brain, I stopped. I am totally not ready for this level of intensity with this type of speed work. So, I turned around, and headed home. It took me over an hour to get home, because my route took me so far from home, and I was walking by now. I did manage to eek out another 9 minutes of jogging, but my calf was telling me to be very very careful unless I want to be sidelined for a while. I came home feeling beaten down and disappointed. I called my best friend, and she gave me the reality check I so desperately needed. Thanks friend! I need to ease my way into this kind of speed work, if I even decide to follow through with these particular kind of run. So, next time I try this week (week 3 in my 30K training program), will be November 1-7. There are a few reasons for this. I think I really pushed myself to my limits today, and I need to give my body some time to recover. Also, I am participating in my first 10K RACE on October 25. The Terry Fox Run is not considered a race because there is no times recorded etc. In order to be in my best shape for this race, I need to let my calf recover from what could develop into a bad injury if I don't take care of it. So, this coming week, I will do Week 4 as planned, because there are no pickups, and the Friday before the race will actually be a 7K slow instead of an 8K mid pace. It will keep me on track for my training as I had planned, and still give me a chance to "rest" for the race on Sunday. After the race, I will have that week be week 2, and then start on Week 3 the next week, with a different approach to pickups. Instead of going all out and trying to complete the entire 7K as pickups, I will do a 7K run, and after I complete the 7K, I will do some pickups, with 1 interval of 85 - 90% followed by 5 intervals of light jogging. It will let me complete the required distance for the day to burn the calories I need to so I can continue to lose weight, and it will also give me a chance to get used to pickups to decide if they are something I will include in my training at all. Thanks so much FEBRUARYROSE for this suggestion, I think it will work much better than what I tried to do today.
Wow, that was a long bunch of typing, I hope it makes sense! There are a couple of things I have learned from this training run. When trying new things, start small. Let obstacles become learning opportunities. Focus on the things I HAVE accomplished. Listen to my body.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
These are two things I need to start making more of a focus in my day. I have made new daily goals, one is to spend a minimum of 30 minutes on home organization on top of my required work like dishes and laundry. The second new goal is to spend quality time with my family every day, even if it is just a little bit, every little bit counts.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Okay, so my plan for the last two weeks was to really work hard in my training, and eat spot on my calorie range for a big result in two weeks. HA! I should have learned by now that staying away from the scale always backfires, and instead of losing 6 pounds, I gained almost 4! It is not really a surprise to be honest, I have really overeaten in the last week, and indulged every single craving resulting from my TOM. I didn't track my food at all, once again falling into an all or nothing attitude. On the other hand though, I did continue to exercise, I got in every single training run I scheduled, AND I completed my thrice weekly strength training commitment to myself. I started tracking my food again on Saturday by planning my Sunday food. Today, I ate a healthy breakfast and I am ready to do what I need to again, and stop trying to take drastic measures. Every day has to be , and I can't deprive myself of small indulgences and much needed calories to fuel my running machine. I have picked up the pieces, and I am putting my puzzle back together AGAIN! No matter how many times I fall, I will always get back up again. I will reach my goal weight, eventually!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Okay, so, since last Saturday I have been off of the tracking wagon, just trying to get used to what my body thinks of all this running. I have been PMSing big time too, so my eating has been HORRENDOUS, with all of the chocolate and sugar, and carbs, it has been awful. Now, thanks to a big nudge from my on the October Daily Goals challenge, I planned out my food for tomorrow. I took her nudge and ran with it. I set myself up with 2000 calories, that seems like SOOOOOOOOO much, but when I consider the 600+ daily chocolate calories I have been eating, it sounds okay considering it is all good stuff. I weigh in on Monday for the first time in two weeks, expecting an increase with that due to all of the bad eating and TOM arriving. Then, I am going to start weighing daily again. It is what always works. I can see the impact my calorie range is having on the scale, but this time I will be paying more attention to my body signals than the scale. It is on! I look forward to seeing us both tracking again and having some impact on our October 5 pound challenge!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I think part of the reason I was so cold is because 1400 calories is not enough for my body when I am running 5 days a week. I need to tweak my range a bit, and maybe shoot for between 1550 and 1700 instead. I haven't tracked my food for a few days now, but I will get back to it, probably tonight for tomorrow's food. I almost weighed myself on Monday just to get a gauge of how I'm doing so that I can figure out my calories better. Then, I realized that no matter what Sparkpeople says, if I feel physically ill eating too little, it doesn't matter what the scale says! I need to listen to my body, and do what I need to so I can function in my day. Hopefully the weight will still come off, we'll see what next Monday brings. I will still be running 5 days a week, but I am eating more according to my body signals right now to try and recover from the way I felt on the weekend from not eating enough.
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