Random bullets

10 06 2010
  • It’s hard to get settled in after being away for almost a week. I’m not sure if that’s the way it is for most people. It doesn’t really matter if I’m away for 24 hours or for 24 days. I spend a few days upon my return making sure everything is as it was when I left. Nothing lost. Nothing moved. Pets accounted for. Car still parked where I left it and a Husband fed properly in my absense.
  • There are some changes happening at work that will affect my ability to keep up with my VBB(s). It’s not a good change but a change none-the-less. I feel like I should adjust my blogroll to a core handful of people I follow extensively since my response time to what people are doing in their journeys is being cut to almost nil.
  • I love my Polar FT4 except I’m still trying to emotionally adjust to the lower kcal numbers it’s giving me. I’m still burning a lot of calories while working out. Just not as many as I had initially thought. I’m impressed with the wireless capabilities of  the equipment at the gym. Most machines pick up my heart rate so I don’t have to keep looking at my watch.
  • I talked to my therapist about this. I’m confident this was an isolated incident. Better to not dwell and worry whether I’m returning to old behaviors. I’m not.
  • I am an official owner of Vibram Five Fingers. I took them to the gym today to give them a whirl on the treadmill and immediately shaved off 5 seconds on fastest mile to date. New PB mile is 10:35. I need to decide if I’m going to run in them this Saturday for my second 5k? I feel like it would be okay since I’m a pretty new runner. Any thoughts?
  • Speaking of which, I’m getting ready to run in my second 5k. Sound to Narrows takes place this Saturday. I had a running partner but she had to back out since she just finished the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon last week. I’m a little apprehensive about running alone. I’m sure it will be fine. I’m not looking to beat my 37:40 time since the course is much different and I might be running in my vibrams.
  • I had a complete stranger come up to me at the gym and say the following: “Your hard work here is really paying off. You look totally different from when you first started coming here“. I wanted to hug him and say thanks but at that particular moment I was showing the ARC trainer who was in control.
  • I’ve been reading “Triathlon for Women” by Sally Edwards. If I’ve taken anything away in the little portion that I’ve read it’s this: There is a difference between excercising and training. I don’t really exercise anymore which S.E. says the main purpose is to get into or stay in shape. Instead I train as S.E. describes it: “A person who trains has a greater goal in mind, a dream. Exercise is part of training, but it isn’t the only part or even the most important part. If you identify your goals, you will have a greater purpose to drive you out the door to grain even when you don’t feel like it“.

Do you exercise or train?





Random thoughts…

2 06 2010
  • I am officially starting my vacation in 24 hours. I’m going to Cincinnati to see my best friend Michelle. We lost touch for many years (mostly my fault – hello stupid). She came home in December and took this picture of me:

She has no idea who is stepping off that plane Friday morning.

  • This is my first trip away from home since starting this journey. To say I’m a little nervous / anxious would be an understatement. Every time my mind races to the “what if’s” I’m trying to combat it with “And so what”…Seriously so what? Whatever happens while on vacation isn’t what happens when I’m home. I’m mentally prepared. I know I may be in situations where I won’t be able to buy food that is the absolute best choice for me but I will still be choosing. I’ve had 5 months to practice and it’s time I put that practice to use. I have access to treadmill / elliptical. I have access to the outside. If I’m so desperate, I’ll find a damn gym and buy a day pass. I need to chill out. I need to enjoy myself. Hell, I’ve got a 3 hour layover in Vegas baby, what’s not to enjoy?
  • I won’t be seeing Superman for 2 weeks (insert collective awwwww). I’m gone next week then he’s gone the following week. As a good bye session today he worked my ass off. So much so other gym rats stopped to watch. I felt pretty bad ass but then I almost threw up. I cried too cause it was so damn tough (but not in front of him of course RAWR).
  • While I’m going to miss Superman, I’m really excited to be on my own for the next two weeks. I won’t do any weight training while on vacation (until June 8th). Once I return I will spend 2 days as if I’m in session and be my own trainer. I will need to think of a good superhero name (I’m thinking of going with Clobberella from Futurama).
  • Today I bought a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor. I’m feeling pretty hardcore right now. I had a lesser quality monitor (read: Something craptastic from Target) and since I’m getting ready to train for a triathlon (I can’t believe I just wrote that!) I want something that will be more accurate. I’m wearing it right now. My resting heart rate is between 57 – 60. That’s an athletes resting heart rate. I love this FT4.
  • Today was National Running Day. To celebrate I ran 1.5 miles. It’s not as far as I wanted but with an ankle on the mend, I’d say it was pretty good. When I started this LCJ back in January never did I think I’d actually be so darn excited about this day. Life is pretty terrific right now.
  • My therapist no showed today. I handled it pretty well. Instead of freaking out I realized I had some time to kill before work so I went back to the gym and swam. I am definitely getting faster. One mile (70.4 lengths / laps) = 35 minutes. Could have been faster but I like to stop every 10 laps to drink water and keep count. No stopping probably more like 28 – 30  minutes. The best part about this bullet: I didn’t freak out!
  • My next 5k is coming up in two weeks. Sound to Narrows is June 12th. 3 days after I return from my trip. I’m not going to be doing too much running before hand since I really want my ankle to heal up. I need to pick another race right quick. I’m thinking 10k…..
  • HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THAT IS PURE: I just signed up for a 10k on July 17th! Oh man I’ve got to get training on this one. Okay breath! First vacation, then 5k then train. Oh man what did I just do?
  • Even though I didn’t do an official weigh in on Saturday ( and I may have to skip this Saturday since on vacation) I am out of my 2teens. I am officially beginning the countdown to Onederland. The scale said 208 this morning and I am stoked. I read about other people’s Onederland count down and thought “that will not be me anytime soon”. Well I proved myself wrong. I am going to dig deep and do whatever I can to cross over into 199dom by the end of June.  Two pounds a week is not only doable but absolutely obtainable.
  • Onederland…wow.