Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Run stuff

Update. Might not be interesting. I make no promises. Just sayin'.

Ran 3.5 miles Monday night, as soon as My Life on the D List was done. Longest short run yet. Does that make sense? The mileage upped on the schedule this week, and I have to say that it wasn't bad. I felt good enough towards the end to try some speed bursts. Kind of fun. No leg pain.

The new shoes are still working swimmingly. I love the support and me feet feel happily cradled in there the whole time. The only drawback they seem to have is that at mile 2 the soles of my feet start to get hot. Maybe this has to do with the shoes being more structured.

Tonight I took April's advice and downloaded the Lose It app for iPhone. I've been using Spark People, which was okay, but I think for the phone Lose It is easier to use. I like the Spark People website because it has meal plans, but for basic phone food tracking, I think Lose It is going to be the way to go. The other thing I like about Lose It is that you can customize it for weight loss, and it takes into account the calories burned in exercise each day. At this point I'm feeling okay about what I eat, it's just how much that I want to track. I've dropped two pounds since my angry post, but I want to make sure things keep moving in the right direction.I'm trying to track what I eat so when I go see a doctor (planning to, since this is so frustrating) I can demonstrate my efforts.

I'm thinking about switching around my training plan a lot. I'm using Hal Higdon's Novice Half Marathon plan right now, but I changed around the order of the days and I think I'm actually going to change them back to the original plan. I've done some more reading on his website about why he structures the weeks the way that he does and it makes sense. The other thing I am kind of toying with it trying to shift it (but not reorder running days--again, am I making sense?) so that my running days are earlier in the week. I always want to run on Mondays through Wednesdays, and then not so much on Thursdays and Fridays. I think this is just because of how I feel about the end of the week. We'll see. I'm just thinkin'.

Tonight I tried another thing too. I've been reading Jeff Galloway's site because I've heard his name mentioned so much on running blogs. He espouses a theory about taking specified walk breaks, even for experienced runners. I generally walk a little, but not usually until I'm pretty far in to the run and then not with any degree of consistency. Tonight I made myself take a walk break about every 3 minutes for 30 seconds or so. That wasn't a scientific formula--I'll be doing some of the calculations he recommends, but I totally noticed a difference in my endurance, and GET THIS: with all that walking, my time was still better. I've been running my 3-5 miles at about 12-12:30 min/mile. Tonight I ran my 3.5 at an average pace of 11:40. My body felt better too. Going to try it again. Maybe I'll do some kind of Galloway-Higdon hybrid.

Another thing I wanted to share with you tonight is a new blog I'm obsessing over. I mentioned it in one of my Green Monster posts, but I added it to my reader and the more I read it, the more it inspires me to stay on the healthy path with my eating. The blog is called Healthy Tipping Point, by Caitlyn (also of Operation Beautiful) and the thing I think I like the most is that she posts a picture of what she eats every day--every single meal and snack. I don't know why I like that so much, but it's really inspiring.

I'm still doing well on the healthy eating front. I decided about a week ago that I wasn't getting enough of the "full" feeling, so I basically grub on veggies and fruit and fill up my plate with those so I don't eat as much, say, tri-tip, or mashies. It's working well. More food, low calorie, lots of nutrients from things that grow in the ground. I did well in Tahoe with my family, which was a major challenge, excepting the last day I was there when I drove through McD and got an Oreo McFlurry (ouch!) and then ate a DELICIOUS baked chicken dish my sister made that was smothered in gravy and cheese and wine and all things lovely (oopsies). I guess if that's the worst that happened, not so bad. The problem was, I paid for it all the way home from Tahoe while my tummy gurgled in the car. Ouch again.

I didn't run in Tahoe because I really still wasn't feeling well while we were there. The day I left, Friday, I thought I was getting better. I think I set myself back by doing that, because I felt terrible and really tired until Sunday. Breathing on the runs in Tahoe is much more difficult because of the altitude--I didn't think that would be great when combined with my difficulty breathing from that nasty cold.

Tonight for dinner we had barbecued chicken (marinade: Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, olive oil, leftover La Crema), steamed asparagus, brown rice, peaches off the tree, and carrots. Yum. Topped it off with a single Mothers' Double Fudge cookie and it was delish. Iced Zen tea to go with everything. Tea? I'm a fan.

That's about it. Tuesday is a stretch/strengthen day, and I'm going to get my Rodney Yee on. Love that dude. Maybe I'll go out in the garage and yank at some cables on the weight machine too. I don't know... I'll go crazy.


  1. You're inspiring me to get my running shoes on! I used to fancy myself a runner...I guess it's never to late to get back in?

    Thanks for posting this, it's really helpful!!

    And I love the D List!

  2. I told you about the Lose It app on June 19th...


  3. Hey Heather!

    I need to interview a teacher for a small freelance piece I'm working on for an online university. The story is on transitioning students to digital textbooks. I need a quote and I'm running low on teacher sources today. Email me, if you're game. Heidikurp@gmail.com