23 September 2006

Weekend Update

Yesterday turned out to be great. After my awesome swim, I headed out on my bike. I went and got a haircut then just cruised around. I ended up visiting a friend I haven't seen in about 3 years. It was great to catch up. Around noon I hooked up with hubby and we went and had lunch. Then it was home for some yard work; install a/c in the bedroom; and a little nap. Overall a great day.

This morning I slept in a little; at least the animals let me sleep till 6:25 - nice of them. This morning was a run. It is also primary day and I needed to vote. So I planned my route to take me past my polling place. I had 6 miles in mind. I headed out and it was a little tough going at first. I voted and then got serious. The run turned out to be good. My pace is getting quicker though still not where I want it to be. At the turnaround point I sat and looked at the ocean for a few minutes, then headed home. I got a grain of sand in my shoe and it started a blister on my arch. That is not good. But overall an awesome run.

There were a couple of things I've noticed that I need to write down or I'll forget. 20 - 30 minutes into my workout I have a blood sugar reaction. I've been paying attention for the last week or so and it happens almost everytime no matter what activity I'm doing. It's not a severe reaction and it passes rather quickly, but it happens every time. I always have a non-fat, plain, yogurt smoothie with fruit before working out. I guess I'm going to have to play with this a little and try and tweak it to avoid that reaction.

I've also noted that about 2 miles into a run is when I really warm up. The first 2 miles or so are absolute agony. I try to talk myself out of doing it; I don't want to run; everything hurts; I'm running really slow; finally things start to gel then I feel like I can run forever. So remember, the first 2 miles suck.

I think my theory on eating is starting to show some benefits. I've noticed that I've had a touch more energy the past few days. My workouts have also been just a touch more. More intense, more disciplined, more focused, just more. Also, I feel a slight change in my body. I haven't seen the scale move but things fit just a touch better. I know it's only been 5 days, but I believe the human body adapts rather quickly. I think I may be on to something, we shall see :)

This next bit is going to show how truly shallow and unkind I can be so you may want to skip it. There is a lady down the street from me who is huge (at least 600 lbs) and does nothing but lie in bed all day and night. Her bed is in the carport that's how I know this. She has a whole little room set up there with a tv, bookcase, table and chairs, couch, it's quite nice. Okay, here comes the shallow part. When I run or bike or drive past her I always look at her and she inspires me to move. When I'm feeling like not working out I just look/think of her and that gets me going. Mainly because I know I could get like that if left to my own devices. So I run and bike and swim and yoga and whatever else gets me sweating and stretching. She is my inspiration.
I mention her because I did not see her this morning. I'm guessing she actually went out, not sure how she did that?!?!?!?!

Okay, enough about me. Some folks are racing this weekend and I hope they do great.

1 comment:

Dr. Iron TriFeist :) said...

So, seeing someone less fortunate motivates you to use the abilities you have. How does that make you shallow?

Either way, it sounds like your making big strides in your training. You've keyed into how to feel, your body's reaction to blood sugar, etc. These are big steps.

It take me 15 minutes to "want" to run as well.

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