Friday, August 15, 2008

THe Weigh-In Week 61

216.8! That's what it said on the scale this morning. A gain of .8

Not bad considering how bad I thought it was going to be.

I'm sure my big run yesterday helped.

I completed my first 5 mile run yesterday. I finished 5 miles in 46 minutes on the treadmill. It was also my first speed work workout. I burned nearly 900 calories during the run and probably sweated out 4 gallons of water.

This Sunday is supposed to be my first 6-mile run. Even two months ago 6-miles would have seemed impossible to it just seems scary, but doable. It's not going to be fast, but I plan on finishing.

Wish me luck.

Have a great weekend everybody.

08/14 216.8 lbs
8.8 lbs. to go

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Guess How Much I weigh Contest - Week 61

Same old story...different week. I can almost guarantee there is going to be a gain this week. I got busy, I got off track, and I ate out a few to many times...compounded by the fact that I didn't offset the eating out by eating way better on the none eating out days.

Operation; Eat It pretty much fell by the way side as well, which didn't help.

The good news is I continued to exercise without even a second thought despite the hectic week and I never fell into a binge situation which I have been want to do when I know a gain is inevitable.

Two steps forward, one step back.

The other good news? Life gets back to a normal schedule tomorrow, so I am back on track with Operation:Eat It and calorie tracking. We are on a staycation next week, and I plan to work super hard to stick to my workout routines and not snack myself to death. If you live in Minnesota and have an wild desire to do some house panting next week drop me a line. I hear it's good exercise.

Step right up, step right up.
Guess how much I weigh and win a fabulous prize.

To Recap:
Every Thursday I give you my stats for the week and you guess what you think the scale will say on Friday morning. The winner is the first person who guesses my weight / weight loss for the week without going over or the person who is closest without going over. Go ahead and click on comments at the bottom of this post and leave your guess.

I will post the winner when I post my weight on Fri. morning. If we get ten or more guesses I will have a prize for the winner.

Let the guessing begin. Good Luck!

08/14 216 lbs
8 lbs. to go

p.s. Don't forget you can subscribe to the e-mail edition of Guess How Much I Weigh . Simply enter your e-mail address in the space to the right.Tony

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Wife Weighs In...Special Report

Happy Tuesday, GHMIW fans!

It’s funny how things happen. On Sunday, I went to an event thinking I was going to do a 2K walk with a stroller full of toddlers. I ended up unexpectedly running (and walking) my first 5K.

On Sunday, the entire family went to a 5K event to benefit SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Children), organized by a local couple (friends of Nana Heather’s) who had recently lost a daughter. Tony, Evan (my brother-in-law), and Bob (my father-in-law) were running the race, along with my sister-in-law, Sister Sarah, who was running her first 5K in a number of years. I was there to do a 2K Family Fitness Walk and to cheer the rest of the family on.

When we went to check in, I realized that we had inadvertently registered me for the 5K. It was funny to be standing there with that race number in my hand.

Then, I started to think about it: "I need to get one more Couch-to-5K workout in this week. I complete 3.1 miles each time I do a treadmill workout. I’m dressed for it. I’ve already completed a 5K in 45 minutes. I’m thinking about doing that race in October…this is the exact same course. Even if I need to walk most of it, I’ll get my workout in and I’ll get a good look at the course. What the heck…what do I have to lose?"

So, I decided to take part in the race.

After a quick sock exchange (thanks, Mom!), I was ready to go. As I waited for the race to start, I sort of wondered what if I'd lost my mind...was I really going to do this?

I started running with Bob and Sarah, but it didn’t take long before I had to walk, so I let them go. I walked a little while longer. Once I caught my breath, I just started doing what I was supposed to do on the treadmill: 90 seconds running, two minutes walking. Because I didn’t have a watch, I counted right footsteps. 90 steps with the right foot running, 120 steps with the right foot walking…that was the goal.

I reached the end of the first mile at about 10:24. To be honest, I didn’t know I’d finished a mile at that point, I just thought, “It’s been only 10 minutes?”

I continued with my 90/120 strategy for as long as I could. The course was really hilly, though…that made it tough. A few times, I would be power-walking a hill and thinking, “I am going to start running as soon as I hit the top of this steep hill,” only to find another steep hill in front of me.

I went back to 90/120…sometimes 90/150…occasionally 90/180.

At one point I was passed by friends of ours who were running together, each with one hand on a stroller that was carrying their two children. I laughed to myself about the fact that I couldn’t keep up with them.

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming."

Back to 90/120…I finished the second mile at 24:10.

I had been jockeying back and forth with a man and a woman throughout the race. We had passed each other a couple of times. Shortly after completing mile two, she said, “We’ve got to stop meeting like this.”

I said, “No, it’s great! It helps keep me on pace.”

“But you run faster than I do,” she said.

At that point, I told them that I hadn’t planned to run that day and that was in training to run my a 5K race later in the fall. Then, at that moment, the fit-looking young man asked a question I never dreamed anyone would ever ask me: “Wow. Are you a former athlete or something?” I couldn’t believe it.

I went back to 90/120. I had no idea how far I’d gone or how far I had left to run. About that time, I saw my father-in-law round the corner and come running down the hill toward me. He had already finished the race with Sarah and was coming back to look for me.

“Wow! I didn’t think you’d be so close behind,” he said. “I thought I was going to get some speed work in.”

We ran up the rest of the hill together. At the top of the hill, I told Bob I really needed to walk.
“No you don’t!" he said. "The finish line is right around the corner!” He talked me through the end of the race, reminding me to put my head up because my family would be taking pictures. We ran a little faster than my normal pace, but it was a good push to the end. I am so grateful for his coming back for me and for helping me to finish strong. (Thanks, Bob!)

My lungs were burning at the finish line, but it was worth it.

The fastest I’d completed 5K to that point was 45 minutes. Yesterday was the third session of the second week of my nine-week C25K program. My goal for my first race (to be run in October) was 35 minutes. Did I mention the course was hilly?

I finished the race at 37:12. My pace was 11:59 per mile.

I was tired, but proud of myself. I also surprised myself. I was a dancer, but I’ve never been athletic. I was the girl who would have found any excuse to get out of having to run. In elementary school, I was the girl who had trouble finishing the mile. To be able to say that I participated in a 5K race (on purpose!), that I decided to do it on the spur of the moment, that I didn’t finish dead last, and that I would be willing to do it again? This is all very surprising.

Someone asked me if I was looking forward to the next one. Looking forward to it? I don’t think that I would describe it that way. But, I know it’s something I have to do. And, more importantly, I know it’s something I can do.

Until Friday,

10K Training Revise

In light of my new 5K PR time I have tweaked my 10K training to be just a little more aggressive.

Click to see a larger version.

It makes me a little leery that all the runs are at such a slow pace. But, I figure Runners World is the expert, so for the next 9 weeks I will trust in their expertise.

I mean really. Who has the better insight into training, a magazine that has been the be-all-end-all running authority for 20 years* or some guy who just started running a year ago?

I'm going with the magazine on this one.

08/11 216 lbs
8 lbs. to go

* I have to confess I don't know much about Runners World magazine. I made up the whole
been around for 20 years part just to illustrate my point. I didn't want any one going all James Fry Oprah on me.**

**I promise no more asterisks the rest of the week.

Another Great Race

...and a new Personal Record!

What a great day for a race. We have had some really good luck this summer with race day weather.

This race was billed as a family friendly race and the organizers went all out to hold to that. There was face painting, cake...

and even a bouncy house. It was a great day for the whole family.

Keep this one in mind for next summer if you are looking for your own 5K. You can find out all the details on Lauren's Run For A Reason here. A great event for a great cause.

And all the runners had a great race...including one surprise runner...but I'll let her tell her own story.

My sister finished the race looking strong and had a great time, crossing the finish in 36 minutes.

My brother-in-law flew ahead of all of us to finish in under 24 minutes!

And I had a new personal best time. I beat my previous 5K best by 32 seconds. My official time was 26:23, but by my watch it was 26:20!

And that new PR was set on the worlds hilliest 5K course* the day after I was attacked by a goat!

That's right attacked by a goat.

We took the girls to the Zoo on Saturday and I got caught in the middle of a goat feeding frenzy inside the petting Zoo.

While I was holding my daughter Ellie, a giant goat jumped up onto my chest to get at the food I was holding. The goat knocked me backwards into a little kid (real kid, not goat kid) which caused me to trip and go down hard against the fence.

Thank goodness Ellie was OK.

I got some pretty good cuts on my knee, elbow and hand...and ended up with one black-n-blue and very sore big toe. All of which makes my new personal 5K record even more least in my mind.

All-in-all a pretty eventful weekend!

08/11 216 lbs
8 lbs. to go

*Technically, I am sure this course was not the hilliest 5K course in the world...although it was extremely hilly...By far the hilliest 5K I have ever run.

The hilliest race course in the world may be the The Volcano Challenge in New Zealand in which racers are required to run up to the top of 5 of Auckland’s Volcanoes.

My friend Andrew did the race this weekend and I am seriously jealous...not so much of the running up hills but of the breathtaking views he had along the way. Check out his race report.