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Looking forward...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I firmly believe we must look back, not to dwell on the past, but to learn from it, so we can move forward. So, here's my look back, so I can look forward again.

Last week I did crap-all for fitness and ate far beyond a reasonable range. I ran on Wednesday, then again today. That's it. I ended up at the mid-to-upper range of my calories, which would have been fine, had I been actually burning any calories, but I wasn't. Even with reasonable differentials, I still gained a bit over 1 pound.

There. It's said and done, and I'm moving on.

I have my menu planned out for the coming week, as well as the corresponding grocery list. I did not do this last week. I did it the week prior, and had great success. I'm learning.

I had the Galloway group run today. We did an easy 2.5 along the Springwater Corridor, which was nice - I'd never been before. I ran with different people this time and found myself in the middle pack, which was pretty awesome. Kathy was the sweeper, bringing the last runners along, so we had a silly high-five at the turn-around as we passed. Super sweet lady.

We're doing one more 'free' run, next weekend, along the Riverwalk. I'm still super stoked about this group and will for-sure be signing up. It's a training group for half/marathon, but of course you don't HAVE to run a half/marathon. The seed has been planted though. The Portland Marathon is in October, but the half is already full. The Seattle Rock'n'Roll half/marathon is in November, so that might be something to work toward.

I was content to work on running 10Ks this year, with the first coming up the first weekend of April. We'll be in Texas at that time, though, so I'll be transferring my registration to daughter Courtney, and we'll do the same with Bill's 5K registration, transferring it to her S.O. Steve.

Anyway, back to the group. Aaron (the leader) did a question/answer period after the run. Someone asked about the weekly training schedule. He said basically Tuedays and Thursdays, run for 30 minutes, and Saturdays we'd do the long runs. That was surprising to me, and made me a little fidgety. I'm used to working up toward increasing my distance, when I'm actually running! and lately I'd been doing 4, 4.5, and 5 miles. 30 minutes would only be 2 miles or thereabouts. I suppose it would be good to focus on drills for speed, etc. instead of just plodding along to make mileage.

Any runners out there, who run with groups/training plans - what are your weekly running schedules like?

Another thing Aaron offered was that Jeff Galloway would be in town the first weekend of April, and the group will be running with him on April 3. Again, I'll be out of town that weekend, so I'll miss it. In a way, that's good, because I won't have to choose between running my first 10K and running with Jeff Galloway LOL

We're leaving for Texas on March 25. I'll have to do my final weigh-in for my Spring 10 week challenge a day early. I'm close to making my 10 lb release goal - well, I was closer until I gained this week, but I know I can def do it by the end.

The week and a half in Texas will be challenging. We'll be staying at Katie's house (SIL) the first week in Houston. Then we're going to Dallas for 3 days for time with my sister and her family. I haven't seen them for 5 years, so it'll be nice to see them again. They're moving at that time, so we'll be in a hotel for the few nights we're there. Portion control MUST be the name of the game, and making the healthiest choices I can. I'll also have to figure a way to get my running in, and some kind of other fitness. I can't let being away from home totally derail me.

I'll likely turn off email from Spark during this time. We'll take the laptop, and I'll have my Crackberry, but I don't begin to imagine I'll be able to keep up at that time. I have three weeks, though, for a good strong finish to my challenge and making headway before I go.

I think that's everything. All week long I'd have a thought, think about jotting it down, but then get distracted before I could.

Here's to getting back on track and kicking big bootay this week!
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  • no profile photo CD8072637
    I'm very glad to see that you are not letting a less than stellar week derail you. You've come too far for that. As for the travel time, sounds like planning ahead will do the trick. Does the hotel in Dallas have a gym? I do hope you and Bill enjoy your time away. It's always so nice to see family. I worked in Richardson, TX, for one summer and really liked it. Maybe you can get online and see what is near the hotel for food options. At least it will be warmer in TX for those early morning runs! We'll miss you on here, of course, but have a wonderful time. Here's to making your challenge weight by the time you weigh in! emoticon That's water in them there glasses...yeah, right! LOL You can do it honey! emoticon
    3748 days ago
    emoticon I know you can! I do want to split that pot with you!! emoticon

    I have a running schedule which does mileage instead of time. We are on a schedule to train for a half right now. In fact, it is in less than 2 weeks! emoticon emoticon If you want me to e-mail you the schedule, let me know.
    3750 days ago
    You are so wise and I could learn a thing or two from you! The past is indeed the past. It can't be changed but we can pick ourselves up, dust off our reducing behinds and get going again. I'm so happy that you have found a great running group for yourself. Sounds like you have a wonderful plan ahead of you on so many different levels.
    3750 days ago
    I'm completely with you on learning from our past. Sometimes it's hard to look back and not feel frustrated with poor choices, but dwelling it really only makes things worse. Just take a peek in reverse, the full speed ahead!!!

    I really enjoy reading about your activities with your running group. Sounds like you've found a place that brings you much happiness and I look forward to hearing about all your experiences!!!
    3751 days ago
    emoticon about the weight gain. But I see it did not break your spirit. Great attitude but that is what I come to expect in you my friend.

    Well, I am not a runner but it seems to me whether it is running or kickboxing or etc... any aerobic exercise must change up because the body adapts. In kickboxing the routines change so may be this change in routine with your usually running is a good thing.

    Take care, Anne
    3751 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6896537
    I'm with Gayle. All you can do with the past is learn from it! And who hasn't had weeks like that? I've done horrible exercise wise since Wednesday. Every day I say TODAY is the day I will do better.

    I am so jealous about your running. You're doing awesome and should be so proud of yourself. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you're gonna do super!!

    Have a wonderful time in Texas with your family. And it sounds like you don't get to see them very often so try not to beat yourself if you don't eat or exercise like you think you should or if you put a couple of pounds back on. If it happens it happens and you get back home and get back on the track (in more ways than one!!) Just enjoy being with your family.

    Be sure and holler before you leave!!
    3752 days ago
    You are doing fantastic. Even the best athletes have bad weeks, and they have learned to just shake it off and move on. I think it is fantastic that you are going out of your comfort zone and trying a group run. You should be so proud of yourself. Just think, would you have done that 2 years ago or even just a year? Progress is progress. You go girl!!
    3752 days ago
    Your doing great!!! as for a training schedule - I would follow what they say but if you feel like you need to run more during the week do it! My training schedule is a bit more aggresive but I have run 5 half's so far - my body is accustomeed to ruuning lots of miles . You want to increase slowly. the most important run in half training is that Saturday/Sunday LSD run. don't miss that one!

    I usually run on Monday/wednesday/saturday - I get an extra day's rest before LSD runs. You can ask me anything you want. I am no expert, but I did run 5 halfs last year and have 8 on the schedule this year including Seattle R&R in june - you are thinking of Seatte Marathon/Half in November. there is always Victoria on the same day as Portland. I did it last year and will be doing it again this year with some spark friends..


    3752 days ago
    It sounds like you have a great plan for when you are in Texas. Great job planning your meals for the week! I've never been able to do that.

    3752 days ago
    Candy, sounds like you know exactly where you are. :)
    Have fun in Texas, you'll find a way to get your exercise in. emoticon
    3752 days ago
    LOL, we must have been typing at the same time about our challenging week.

    But your right, no looking back, just dust ourselves off and move on. Learn from the lessons. I need to work more at meal planning as by Thursday evening I really don't care what I put on the table. That's not good. So plan, plan and plan.

    Glad to hear you had a great run today and are enjoying the new group. Sounds like fun.

    Have a great weekend friend. Here's to moving forward. emoticon
    3752 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    Learning from our past is a wise path to take. Moving on when we stumble a little is also incredibly important so that we don't get derailed each time. Souinds like you're all over these things! So proud of you for meal planning and making your shopping list - so valuable. I still haven't managed to get to that stage yet even though I'm cooking 3 full meals/day now for my Mom. I guess I am planning...just in shorter spurts (2 days at a time).

    I love that you've become a runner. I look at your before and after pictures and your transformation is quite something. Your excitement pours through your blogs and I am thrilled when I read how excited you are about your training and your upcoming runs. You are certainly working this new lifestyle Candy. You keep going girl!!!


    3752 days ago
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