Thursday, February 6, 2014

Horrified

I’ve fallen a bit off the wagon.  But not much.  Tuesday, I ate mostly “on diet” with the exception of a snack size bag of Cheetos and a Nature Valley Oats N Honey bar.  That’s not too bad.  Then, yesterday, I stopped at 7-11 and got 2 of the cheeseburger bite hotdogs.  They had no mayo, so I saved myself those calories, but still….  Then, when I got to work, there was a university that does accelerated degree programs online that had come in to do a presentation in our briefing.  They brought small sub sandwiches made by Quizno’s (they were just turkey breast, tomato, and lettuce…if you wanted mayo you had to add it…I didn’t) and coffee.  I had a couple of the small sandwiches, but other than all that, I stayed “on diet.”  And, just in the interest of complete honesty, today, I’m probably going to go get a cabana bowl from Taco Cabana and some sopapillas.  I’m working a double shift again and, well, I’m in week 3 of the Shred Diet and it’s a more minimal week as far as the food goes.  It’s very liquid-heavy (smoothies, protein shakes) and it has one less snack per day, so one less time of eating each day.  So, this is very hard to keep myself feeling not hungry/starving over the period of a 16 hour work day.  So, yea, I will probably go to Taco Cabana around 8 or 9 pm for said food indulgence.  But, I’m okay with that. 

So, I may have picked up a shift of overtime for Sunday morning.  This is good because I was leaning toward maybe hanging out with Amanda and having us go to the scone shop in her little town so I can get the goat cheese, fig jam and grilled chicken panini…NOM!  But, with the way I’ve been eating this week, I want to wait. 

I was going to see about starting that vegan cleanse (www.jointhereboot.com) next Tuesday, but I just remembered that the following Sunday is my half marathon and I have plans to go and eat a large helping of smothered beef fajitas and chips and queso post-race.  So, doing a vegan cleanse with that happening in the middle of it would just defeat the purpose.  Soooo…I’m just going to keep my eating as clean as possible between tomorrow and next Saturday and will start the vegan cleanse the Tuesday after the half marathon.

It’s a little early for me to already be posting my plans for exercise for next week, but I have it done so, why not.  So, here it is:

• Sunday – 6-ish mile run
• Monday – trainer workout
• Tuesday – 3 or 4 mile run
• Wednesday – rest
• Thursday – 2 or 3 mile run
• Friday – yoga
• Saturday – rest…race expo

Now, of course, if I manage to pick up another shift or two of overtime during the week, this schedule will change, but for right now, this is what I have planned to do.  It’s a pretty good schedule for the week leading up to me running a race.  Pretty laid back and such, especially with the yoga I have planned.  That will help loosen me up and make sure my tendons and muscles are all ready to run 13.1 miles.

Tuesday, I did run 3.3 miles.  I did it outside…YAY!  I wore my newest pullover…it’s a nice superman blue with bubble gum pink accents on the sides of the torso area and the palms of the hands.  It was a good run, but I was definitely still feeling Sunday’s run and Monday’s leg day.  I ran a bit slower, but that’s fine with me.  It wasn’t massively slower, it was about an average pace for me, in the 10:50’s per mile.
So, it was still a good run.  And, like I’ve said before, sure it would be nice if I could run 9 or even 8 minute miles, but I’m not that kind of runner and I’ve accepted that and I’m at peace with it.  I’m cool being a middle-of-the-pack runner.  That’s where I’m comfortable.  If I could find a running group to join, maybe I’d push myself and would actually get faster, but I haven’t been able to find a running group that meshes with my work schedule. 

Today, it was cold again...25°.  Thankfully, the freezing drizzle that is supposed to happen hasn't happened yet, so it was safe to run outside.  I'm thankful for this because I run faster outside in the cold than I do inside at a comfortable temperature on a treadmill.  I don't know what happened with the second mile, but the rest of today's run was bang on (as the British say...haha).
So, I DVRed the Biggest Loser finale and watched it last night.  While I'm extremely happy that Rachel won (I was big time pulling for her), I am horrified at how she looks.  I looked it up and at 5'4" a healthy weight is 117-146...she's 105...a good minimum of 12 pounds UNDERweight...and therefore NOT healthy.  I hope she can level out her weight and gain about 15, maybe 20 pounds and maintain that.  In my opinion, she looks anorexic...and that's pretty serious.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great pre-race plan. Don't write off faster paces. For the first few years I ran, I couldn't seem to break a 10 minute mile even in a 5k (and you're already there). It takes plenty of time, and work of course, but now I can regularly run sub-8s for half-marathons and longer. In the grand scheme of things, your running life is just beginning! Part of the reason why I like your blog -- you've got lots of positive developments in your running ahead!

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