- Wednesday May 28, 2008
1k again last night, did it a lot slower in 6:41 than the night before last (5:52 or something like that). I started off a lot slower because I was thinking about kicking it in the last lap. I rounded the first lap totally in control of my breathing and without a care in the world. Second lap I was breathing a little heavier, but was still more than able to carry on a conversation - I knew I was going too slowly, but I wasn't in a hurry - I figured my speed could develop later on. Anyways, on the last 1/2 lap I was trying to decide whether to carry on for 2k or kick it up for the last part of 1k. Finally I decided to kick it up, but I was way too late and came in at 6:41. I should have gone for 2k instead, or even 1 mile, because I felt really strong and good. The kick in the last 1/2 lap depleted whatever energy I had left though, so I packed it in after that.
My boyfriend ran 2k last night in 8:39. That's pretty good.
Tonight it's slo-pitch, so no running although I will try and walk to ball. That never really works out, even with the best intentions I always have too much stuff to carry with me. So prolly a walk with the dogs later on - maybe i'll sneak in a run there...
Gotta get back to work.
- Tuesday May 27, 2008
We took the dogs for a walk yesterday and made our way out to the track where my boyfriend proceeded to run his regular 1k. He made it in 3:51. I then decided that since my legs felt so strong that day that I should try 1k as well, just to see where i'm at, 'cause i'm curious and all that. So I did. As I started off, I could feel that my pace was way too fast, but I tried to only use my legs and give my lungs a bit of a break off the start. It didn't really work all that well. When I rounded the last curve of the first lap, my boyfriend said he took one look at me and made a private bet with himself that I wasn't going to make it the entire 1k. My face apparently was so flushed and he said I was making such an effort to breathe, he couldn't understand how I actually kept going! I don't remember being THAT tired, but I guess I was... the second lap was a little harder than the first. I had started out at a good pace and it was difficult to keep it up and by the time I rounded the curve of the second lap I was 13 seconds behind the pace I set in the first lap and I was ready to quit. But I kept going, and made 1k in 5:52, which isn't bad, but i'll definitely need to keep this pace for 5k or it's not worth even running it. We'll see!!
Walking around building today with my mother; my boyfriend thinks he wants to go back to the track again tonight, so if that happens then i'll have a little more running in this week! Yay!
- Monday May 26, 2008
I didn't get anything accomplished this weekend, other than trying unsuccessfully to get rid of my cold. I did leave work early on Friday morning, and slept for most of the day and into the night. Saturday I was still quite sick and while my boyfriend helped out with a fundraiser for his fastball team, I lay at home on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Finally, in talking to a friend of mine on the phone who asked me why I was beating myself up by not taking any sort of medication besides Advil, I caved and took some major meds. Saturday night was a friend's birthday party and while I was a little irritable, I made it through the night and woke up feeling WAY better on Sunday morning. The head cold had cleared and moved down into my chest. So today i'm coughing a lot, but my brain is clear and fog-less so i'm incredibly grateful for that.
I'm not sure what I can do in regards to exercise today. I want to get back into my running routine but I don't wanna go overboard and hence continue to pick up colds and such because I haven't given myself enough time to fully heal. Perhaps I will try a walk and see how it goes from there.
- Friday May 23, 2008
This cold doesn't seem to want to break any time soon!!!
Thursday: 6:00am walk; walk around building for afternoon coffee break... that's it. My head was too full to contemplate doing anything else. I'm such a suck when i'm sick, but I would've ended up vomiting if I had made myself run.
Friday: No morning walk; I am incredibly stuffy today and won't be walking around the building either. It's like i'm on strike, except my picket-line sign says "feel sorry for me because i'm sick" instead of "feel sorry for me because I don't think I get paid enough" and i'm losing energy each day instead of money. I hope the strike doesn't last too much longer, I can't *afford* to lose anymore energy.
Actually, I think I might go home sick at some point today.
- Thursday May 22, 2008
Wednesday: walked around building at coffee breaks; slo-pitch game; walked dogs then decided I was totally exhausted, we turned around and walked back home then put the dogs into the jeep and drove them out to a field for exercise. Heehee, and we picked up coffees and hot chocolates and sat on top of the jeep while the dogs played around. Now THAT's a proper dog-walk!!!
Thursday: I've been in meetings all morning, so haven't done any exercise besides walking from one building to the next. I did wake up and do my 45 minute walk at 6:00am though, so good for me. And i'll probably walk around the building for coffee break this afternoon. Will I be running? If I can breathe without mucus blocking my airways and without having to sneeze every ten minutes, i'll be out there running. As of right now though, my odds are NOT good.
I'm ready for the weekend. Ready to lay in bed and not get up for 12 hours straight. Ready for a movie-fest type of day where all I have to do is get up to go to the bathroom. I might just do that on Saturday. Time will tell!
- Wednesday May 21, 2008
Tuesday: walked 45 minutes @ 6:30am; walked around the building at work during morning and afternoon coffee breaks; did an hour of gardening after work; ran 4k in 35:10 (that's a pace of 9:15, better than last time but still not great - not when it should be under 6:00!!)
Wednesday: did not wake up to go for a walk this morning because today is slo-pitch and I am thinking about walking to the diamonds and back home. Maybe walk the dogs after that. Will be walking around the building again today during coffee breaks.
I have a cold. We went for dinner yesterday and my throat was so sore I could barely swallow my food. It just came upon me all of a sudden, as things normally do I guess... anyhow, it sucks. I can't breathe. I am irritated at everything and everyone. I know, I know, i'll get better and it will pass. I am so sick of being sick!!! And, right now, I need a shot of Vitamin B12. Wake up, legcramps, you've got your whole life ahead of you...
- Tuesday May 20, 2008
Thursday: walked 45 minutes @ 6am; napped after work because I was totally exhausted; walked dogs; ran 400 meters in 2:33; ran 400 meters in 2:00. My boyfriend can now run 1k in 3:50...
Friday: run/walk 35 minutes; painted bathroom; walked dogs.
Saturday: painted bathroom; household chores - yuck :( hate them; no exercise besides that.
Sunday: I napped again this afternoon - can anyone say 'burnout'?!! no exercise; went to church then lunch at the farm; dogs got a lot of exercise.
Monday: ran the most pathetic distance of 3.5k in the most pathetic of times - 37:00 minutes. That's a pace of 10:57 per kilometer. Wow. Nasty. Oh well; bad day I guess...
Tuesday: Morning walk 45 minutes @ 6am. That's it so far :) back at work and trying to be pleasant about it... hehehe.
- Thursday May 15, 2008
Slo-pitch was slow yesterday. They had me playing first base, and I didn't get to run hardly at all except for when I was batting. We were so low scoring though that I only went up to bat three times! Crazy. A good game, but we lost by enough runs to make some of us a little ornery...
So, thank goodness I went for that morning walk, because otherwise I would've guilted myself into running and then probably hurt myself or worse - got sick of running so much. We took the dogs for a walk later last night too, so when you add it all together it doesn't look all that bad!
Was up again this morning at 5:30am to do 45 minutes of walking.
My boyfriend wants to go back out to the track tonight to test his 1k time again, so as long as he is still gung-ho about it, I will also be doing my running.
Can you believe this weight increase? Let me vent for a moment here... the scale is an absolutely ridiculous thing that should be outlawed. I'd like to take a hammer to mine, to be more precise, or chuck it out of a 80 story building. However, in the time i've had since weighing myself, i've been able to come to grips with the extra gain. I realize that what i'm looking for is not primarily weight loss, it's more about finding balance in life and being able to use running as a coping mechanism on those days I just can't seem to handle right now. And I am not weighing myself again until, like, July or something. So be prepared to see 153 for a long time.
- Wednesday May 14, 2008
It rained yesterday afternoon so much so that I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to run, but it stopped soon after it started and had dried up decently enough to be able to get out there and run - so I did! Yay! Two days in a row! And I don't feel all that sore! Knock on wood...
I grabbed a protein bar when I went to the grocery store on Monday, so yesterday afternoon I tried it out. I usually get very drowsy and can't concentrate later on in the afternoons at work, so I wanted to find something that would maybe help me through that junction. The bar was huge, for one thing, and expensive. Thankfully I could only eat half of it at a time. It was amazing how much energy it actually gave me. Other than my normal feelings of distraction and dry-eye, I felt pretty darn good! I was still feeling half decent when I got home from work and didn't need to sit on the couch and zone out at all. I made dinner then finished off the rest of the protein bar, then we all went out for our 'walk'. I was able to step up my intervals a bit and hung on till the end, but it was hard work. I started out too fast and was sure paying for it at minute 15. Stupid me was trying to run like my boyfriend and I knew I was going too fast but it was too much fun to stop!!!
Woke up at 5:45am this morning, had breakfast of oatmeal and strawberries, and headed out for a 45 minute walk before work. Today is slo-pitch day!
- Tuesday May 13, 2008
I ran yesterday, all in all it was pretty good but I need to start stepping it up a bit if I want to be able to run the 5k. It won't happen if I stay at the pace i'm at now. We're going out again tonight to run, so I will start to step it up tonight. Might as well give it a shot at least. Not a whole LOT of stepping it up, just knocking off a few more minutes of walking in favor of jogging. But it'll probably be enough to leave me exhausted and wobbly.
I start out about five minutes ahead of my boyfriend, and do my routine while he walks the dogs behind me, following my route. At some point I turn around and start heading back towards them. Once I reach them, we move into the park and over to the track so that he can time his 1k pace. It's a good process and I can tell that my boyfriend is starting to get back into running. That is wonderful news, if you ask me!! Anyways, his pace for 1k yesterday was 4:25, which means if he was able to keep that pace for 5k he could run it in 21:55. I think that's about a 7 minute mile, but my math isn't great so don't quote me on that. His goal is to run it under 20 minutes! Yikes! It's a good goal, don't get me wrong --- it just hurts even for me to think about running that fast!!
I can't wait until I can jog long intervals and be able to breathe and not have my legs feel like rubber underneath me. My boyfriend looks like a freakin' gazelle when he runs... while i'm a chicken just trying desperately to get back to the food barrel, grabbing and scratching at the ground, dragging my legs behind me.