Saturday, June 8, 2013

Weekly Weigh-in & Some Late Running Day Q's



So.today was weigh-in day.  I didnt think that I lost anything this week because I didnt feel like I lost anything until the last couple days where I started to actually “feel skinny.”  HA!  Ive said before that I can usually tell by how my body feels to me if Ive lost weight, stayed the same or gained.  Sometimes Im wrong, but usually Im right.  Anyway, this week, my feeling was right!  Apparently I had some water retention going on last week because I weighed in at 175.8!!!  Woohoo!  That means I’m only 1.8 pounds away from my goal for the next 2 months.  YAY!
After my run yesterday morning, I did all my stretches and iced my hip bursa for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off and then another 20 minutes on.  I think I probably should have calculated my mileage so that I ended a little further away from my apartments.  I ended about a quarter of a mile before I got to them and walked the rest of the way.  Im thinking I should walk a little further to properly cool down my hip because after I got done icing it, it was a little stiff.  But, that could also just be from icing it and having to sit still for an hour while I do that.  So, maybe not.  But, if I can continue to actually get up shortly after 7am at least on run days like I did yesterday morning, then I’ll have plenty of time to do a good cool down walk at the end of my runs.  Even if all I do is walk around my apartment complex instead of calculate my distance so I end early and walk to the complex.  So long as I have at least 10 minutes of walking at the end, I should be good.
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National Running Day questions a few days late

1. On average how many races do you run a year?
 
Well, this is my first calendar year of running, so I don’t have an annual average number of races I do yet.  I can tell you I’ve done 4 already this year and I have another 5 (one is a 5K, but it’s not an official 5K
no bibs, no shirts, no timingjust for a good cause) that I have planned to run. 

2. Head accessories, things you have to run with: a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band?
I wear a sweat-wicking headband, ponytail and sunglasses.
 

3. Where do your workouts come from? A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day?
I put them together myself with knowledge I gained from reading lots of books on running and by reading other runners’ blogs.  I would like to get a coach for a couple months at some point, tho.
 

4. How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?
Well, again, this is my first calendar year of running, so I don’t really have an average.  But, so far I’ve got about 400 miles on my first pair of shoes and I’ve already bought a new pair and I’m doing a rotation with the 2 pairs until I’ve exhausted the first pair sufficiently enough.
 

5. Cell phone= do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home?
I always run with my cellphone
for 2 reasons.  A) I always listen to music and I listen to it on my cellphone and B) just in case something happens and I have to call for help as I always run solo. 

6. What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?
I am currently recovering from an inflamed hip bursa. 
 

7. Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!?
My main goal is to run further.  Running faster would be nice, but really, I run for the mileage.

8. Speedwork
-> at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it?
I actually don’t do any speed work right now.
 

9. Stretching after a run: hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching?
At first, I didn’t stretch at all, just a little cool down walk.  Then I went to a chiropractor who told me my hamstrings were really tight, thereby causing some of my lower back pain, so I added hamstring stretches after every run.  Then I noticed my calves and feet would be tight and achy after my runs, so I started doing calf stretches against a wall to stretch both the calf and the foot.  Now, I also do hip and IT band stretches.
 
10. What was your reason(S) for starting to run?
 
I had wanted to run for YEARS.  It wasn’t for health or weight loss that I started.  I started simply because I wanted to run.  I still run because I simply want to run.  It just has the added benefit of keeping me healthy and aiding in my weight loss efforts.
 

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