Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Yep. Just because I don't want to give up where I've got. It was weird getting in the pool with that one word on the training schedule: swim. No number of yards. No number of minutes. "Swim".
So I swam. I let myself lose track of the pool lengths. I made sure I did 30 minutes, and then I went two more lengths, just because... and dripped my way up, showered and dressed for the day, to the tune "You don't know you're beautiful".
After work, it was 97 degrees outside, and I wimped out to the extent of doing my evening running on the treadmill in the A/C, instead of outside. Running, mind you, does have a minutes or miles on the training plan. Cross training activities don't.
Life is good. Sleep is good. Spark on!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Yesterday was my first "long run" on the newly devised training plan. I tried to follow the Galloway recommendations, having done my first time trial last Tuesday. It recommends, based on my 9:02 magic mile (imperfectly measured) that my anticipated HM time would be a 10:48 per mile pace. It further recommends long run pace to be 13:50, and that this should be done with intervals of 1 minute run, 1 minute walk.
Well, I set out in the rain with a 5 minute walking warm up, then was very gentle with my 1:1 for the first two cycles, because of the wet sidewalks, and then bike path. Yes, I used the bike path, and because it has limited intersections, my mind started to wander. Polly Perfectionist started talking to me the first time I overshot the 1 minute jog to 1:15. She said, "Go on, jog to the end of the minute, it's only 2 minutes." Then Judy Justification got in once Polly started complaining that I wasn't following the plan: "You had to stop at the light... that has to count as part of the walk interval... you can go on to the next minute."
And, I listened to her and did a 2:1 for a while. Then a 3:1, and eventually one 4:1... before things got a little "different" with a potty stop at a convenience store, then eating my planned snack at a walk (because it was time, already)... and finally finishing up with a proper rotation of 1:1's. In the end, I covered more miles (9.73) than the target 8, kind of once again trying to find where my fitness really is, as opposed to trying to fit into a published plan. In the end, I am confident I'll find the balance.
This morning, it's not a "running" training day. So that means "cross training". But there was only one word on the calendar I put together. No miles, no minutes, just "swim" or "bike" is on the day. It was such a nice day, I decided that biking was what I wanted to do.
Every time I went into the garage, Uma Vertigo, the knobby tired mountain bike looked at me accusingly. "You haven't taken me out for a ride since Brenda (Starr Trek) came to live here," she seemed to say. So this morning, I promised her a nice ride. And we went. Pumped up the fat tires and hopped on in the cool of the morning, and took her out over some of the same ground I had covered on foot Saturday, and beyond. I ended up at the cemetery, stopping by mom & dad's gravesite. It's pretty and peaceful on that ride, and the bridge over 27th street is once again open to bike traffic! Yes!
I didn't worry about time or miles... I just rode and enjoyed the wind in my face or the sun in the sunny spots. I smiled and said good morning to others out doing similar things on those paths... jogging or dog-walking, or biking or even roller blading... lots of activity out there this morning.
And as I rode, I thought about the sheer joy of moving the body. When we were kids, we did this kind of stuff just BECAUSE it's fun. Second childhood is a great time of life.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
You may not even know it, but you have cheerleaders!
I grew up in a family where athleticism was not prized. One of my sisters and I were talking about this recently... how when in grade school she was "this close" to making the President's Physical Fitness Award, and when she said something about it at home, it fell flat, on deaf ears. And she stopped striving for that award because of the response she got at home.
Remembering this painful experience made her more determined to support me when I walk/jogged the Lincoln Half Marathon. She's the one that showed up to give me that all-important motivating hug at mile 11. If she only knew, I told her later, how motivating that was, to have someone I care so much about show support for what I was doing.
Of course she gets it! As a sibling group we have become much more supportive of one another's efforts to get and stay healthy, because as all Sparkers know, it isn't easy.
This week at work, a fellow journey-er who had already retired and moved on to a fancy new job halfway across the country came back to visit. She came over to my cube specifically to have a look at my medals, say congratulations and to tell me I was inspiring her, spurring her to re-start her efforts at exercise. That means a lot, because she in her own right had inspired me. We have both struggled long-term with the roller coaster on the scale.
Here on Spark, every day we encourage one another: in our teams, on the message boards, and in comments on one another's Spark pages... maybe giving a goodie here and there.
In real life there are people cheering you on, too... they may not say it out loud every day, but they are watching... and they rejoice with you and weep with you over this struggle. They may not even know your name. Maybe they see you at a bus stop, or walking in your neighborhood. Maybe they are beside you at a charity event. But they are out there. And believe me, they WANT you to succeed. Because in your success they find hope, motivation, renewed commitment to their own health and fitness.
Maybe you are one of these quiet "cheerleaders" when you see someone making a good choice. Know that your smile, nod, word of encouragement makes a difference. On behalf of all journeyers, I thank you.
Now turn it around if you are both a journeyer and a cheerleader: make sure you cheer for yourself. Because YOU are worth it.
Here's to all the encouragers, the supporters, the people who see in YOU the potential AND the reality. Live, and Love LIFE!
Friday, August 03, 2012
I mentioned in my status that I went back to the gym Wednesday after work. I looked it up on my training calendar... my last strength workout at the gym had been the end of June. The two a days for the tri were eating up my time and energy, and the strength workouts just slid by the wayside. Of course, the tri is over now, and I know how important this is.
That said... it was a good workout and I definitely have been feeling the after effects. In fact, I was feeling it so much yesterday that I was tempted to toss in an extra rest day, or shove them around... but this is the first week of the new training cycle, and it's so nicely laid out.
So I got up on the treadmill and did my planned 30 minutes of run/walk intervals. But TODAY is a planned rest day, and believe me, it's going to be exactly that!
In other news: the professional photos from the tri are "in"... and remember I said I took a tumble in the run portion? Did I mention it was right in front of the photographer? He got me on hands and knees, and again with this huge grin on my way picking myself up, shaking my finger at him (I was saying, "I hope you got a good shot of this"... but I doubt he heard me.) In any case, I ordered a set of the photos (prints), and when I get them, I might just scan that one, to keep me humble. Humility is good.
As is life. Spark on!
Thursday, August 02, 2012
For those who asked "what's next"... I've known for some time that my next long-term target is the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida, in mid-November.
Y'all know me, gotta have a plan, have to be prepared and trained. So, here are the lead-up events:
1) This morning I finally succumbed to temptation and signed up for the August 25th 10K Mud Run. Last year I medaled in the 5K version of the same event... we're going to see about upping that distance.
2) September 9th, the 5 Mile Buffalo run. It's a hilly course through a gorgeous park, and one of the mainstays of our local running season.
3) October 21st, the Governor's Cup, which I intend to do as a 15K.
The races listed above are part of self-tests / mileage increases leading up to the main event.
And of course, in between, a little bit of everything: 3 runs a week, one of which is a mileage builder. One strength training session a week. And a recovery bike or swim thrown in here and there.
So, that's it... there is a plan. Now work the plan, modify as needed, and kick Polly Perfectionist right on out the door!
Because Life is Good... Spark on!
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