Sunday, April 01, 2012
It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a run/walk yesterday. As I drove toward the starting venue, I observed several joggers out and about already between 7 and 8 a.m.
Most of the runners who commented on the weather were complaining of "the heat", and it was warm for March 31st, for sure. Consider last year we walked this in snow.
I met up with HOT4FITNESS at the start of the race, and we walked together the first loop around the building and to the beginning of the gravel trail that constitutes the largest portion of the race. That's almost the first mile, and is the first water stop. After the water, I took off jogging. I figured easy jog for a mile, then maybe walk/jog alternate miles. Got to the 2 mile marker, still felt good, and jogged on past the 3 mile marker before dropping to walk. Did not walk for very long in any of my later rotations, did jog slower sometimes, faster other times.
My legs started complaining after the halfway point, and I kept varying my pace in the hopes of finding a comfortable stride. But walking was harder than jogging by then, so a slow jog was pretty much in order for the remainder of the race. I shaved more than 20 minutes off my walking time from last year.
Things that happened, of note: you know that nightmare of driving and having a deer jump out in front of you? Well! A few of us discovered it can happen while running/walking/jogging, too. Right out of the bushes, maybe five or six feet in front of me. Thought it was a large dog at first, but NO... a very frightened deer. She (I assume it was a doe) dashed from the woods on one side of the path into the clearing on the other side and kept right on running... as did we.
Back at the start/finish line, I walked into the building in search of "the necessary", and overheard a man approaching a security guard, looking for the EMTs to help another guy who was in the men's room. Several minutes later I observed the ailing gent carried out on a stretcher. Let me remind you... road racing is a dangerous activity... it can uncover health issues. Prepare. Train. And don't be fooled by the adrenaline rush that happens at such events.
A smart runner I met? A young woman who knows she has a rapid heart rate, had her doctor's permission to run, and monitored her heart rate throughout the ten miles, dropping back to a walk until the heart rate went down, and then adjusted her pace up again once it got to a safe level.
She was among several folks I ended up playing tag with, thoughout the ten miles. During my walk intervals they would jog on by. During my jog intervals, I would catch up. In the end, I finished with a personal best for 10 miles, 1:47:28. And I have a plan for the next week... swim today, strength at least one day, get back to mileage building walk/jogs toward the latter half of the week.
It was a blast, people. Be careful, but don't let that stop you from doing what you dream. Do it smart, but do it! Spark on.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Part of this morning's video was focussed on the question "what are you willing to do to achieve your goal". There is only one correct answer: "Whatever it takes". I've had "I'll do whatever it takes..." as part of my Spark page since the beginning. While I've said it, there have been times when I've forgotten that I meant it.
The opposite of "whatever it takes" is an attitude of "I'll try" as opposed to "I'll do".
DAY 8 QUESTIONS / ACTION STEPS
1. How has negotiating the price of success hurt you in the past?
I'm trying to think whether I've ever done this. I must have? But I've been at the "whatever it takes" stage Steve talks about for a while now, and am recommitting to it. I think I have done well in the past but then NOT committed to maintenance, leading to the regains.
* I have in the past come to the conclusion that I wasn't willing to do what it takes and that brought me to the giving up, slip-sliding away place. I'm not sure if that qualifies as "negotiating the price of success", or walking away from the other fella's best offer.
2. Have you really committed to doing 'whatever it takes' to achieve your weight loss goal?
Yes, ma'am, yes, sir. I am committed to the current goal, which is maintenance within a range.
3. What tools, tips, strategies and resources have helped you most in this course?
Not sure if I've heard anything particularly new. I've been down this road. Some things I was already doing. Some things I have discovered from past experience are counter productive for me, personally. I would say what's helped me most is the videos: having a guy talking at me that I can talk back to and evaluate his message for how much it might really apply. That, and the reminders to USE tools that work.
Friday, March 30, 2012
I found myself talking back to the guy in the video today and I don't even remember which particular point I did... so I'm listening a second time. Sigh...
OH, YEAH! Now I remember. It was when he promised that you could achieve the body you ideally want... vision posters of movie stars and athletes. I think this could be very dangerous for young people putting up emaciated models as their goals. I think one needs a healthy dose of reality of what a healthy ME looks like as a vision.
His whole premise that you can have ANYTHING you want, with confidence and hard work? That's what had me talking back. Because you may NOT become a movie star even with talent and hard work. You may not become a CEO just with talent and hard work. But this much I do agree with: if you don't put it out there, the effort, for ANY reason/excuse... that is a recipe for failure.
And if you do put it out there? Gotta be better than if you never tried.
DAY 6 QUESTIONS / ACTION STEPS
1. How have excuses hurt you in the past?
Excuses... I don't know as I've ever had "excuses"... more I've lacked motivation. I gave up in the past without having an excuse. Self-pity is not an excuse is it? Saying I don't care is not an excuse, is it? Well, if those are excuses, they truly HAVE hurt me in the past. They prevented me from living fully during the times I sank into them!
2. Are you 'swimming to shore' or 'treading water'?
Oh, swimming with all my might. (This had to do with an analogy he made in his pep talk... getting out of a boat 2 miles from shore and treading water, neither getting back on the boat nor swimming for shore...)
3. What percentage of the time is your mental energy focused on getting what you want as opposed to self-pity?
Eh... hard to judge. 80% at this point? Sometimes it's higher. Some days it's flagging. But we all have that cycle. For today... it's improving.
Tonight after work, packet pick up for tomorrow morning's 10 miler. Started thinking about dream times in the shower. Now, to let those go, and just do it!
Life is good... Spark on!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Today was about "letting go" of the reasons you got where you are, and the reasons why that doesn't have to be any more, and also a bit predictive about how you view your relationship with food. Here's the homework questions and how I answered them.
DAY 5 QUESTIONS / ACTION STEPS
1. Why are you fat?
I *was* fat, I'm not any more. I *was* fat for many reasons. I know *how* I got fat (eating for reasons other than hunger). And there are a jillion emotional reasons why I got fat *again* having initially succeeded in taking the pounds off: fat was serving me. The fat was speaking for me, things I wasn't willing to say to others. I also remained fat because I didn't think I *deserved* to be thin and fit. Now I know better.
2. Why will you succeed on your diet this time around?
Because I *have* succeeded. Because I am entering my second year of athletic endeavors. Because I know that I am worth it, now. I know that punishing myself by regaining fat or stuffing feelings with food doesn't serve any purpose, for me OR for others. I will succeed in keeping it off this time because I know I want it, and I can no longer lie to myself by saying it doesn't matter to me or that I don't care.
3. In the past, have you seen food as your enemy or friend?
*Oh, I see now that he's asking "in the past". You know, I don't know the answer to that... food was a presence, and something I sought out for comfort or avoidance of other things... a tool of procrastination and sloth?
Today I see food as one of the great pleasures in life. I see food as a nourishing friend. But some friends can undermine you if you hang out with them too much! Certain foods qualify as "frienemies", right? Since becoming fit, I crave healthier choices. I quip that I'm eating less but enjoying it more. And it is true.
Two days off, then the 10 miler. Well, maybe not quite off... might do a little strength training tonight. Getting excited. This is my first timed outing since last October!
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