Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Note to Self

Ok, it hasn't actually been that bad of a winter. We've had a nice stretch of sunlight, and when the wind dies down, it feels almost pleasant. Now if only the people around here would shovel! The thaw-freeze cycle has turned it all to solid ice :(

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Sunday to Savor

The Hansons program starts out "easy" enough. The first month has me running five days a week, then weeks six through eighteen jump to six days. This is the last week of five days, the last week without tempo runs, the last week without speed workouts, my last Sunday to do nothing until May 10. So glad it's a no-run day!!! :)

The plan is to go to Kroger and do all my cooking for the week, then lay down on the couch with my kitty on my belly and watch something. Something good, something bad, it doesn't matter. Today is the day to savor :)
My little snuggle bug :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

The food plan

I'm turbo-organized and dedicated when it comes to running. At any point within an 18-week window, I can say what I'm running on a particular day. I print out a hard copy of the training program I'm using, write each run in my planner, and carry the print-out with me. Once it's in the planner, I'm committed to it.

When it comes to losing weight, however, I'm all over the place. I "eat less" and "eat healthier," but there's no plan or consistency. Imagine if I trained how I tackle weight - "I guess I should run today." "I haven't run in a while - what should I do?" "I can run tomorrow." It wouldn't work, so is it any surprise I'm not hitting my goal weight?

So I decided to apply the same planning and organizing to food. I made and printed a chart with space for three meals and three snacks a day, which I plan out the night before. It's like packing a gym bag on my way to work - a little planning eliminates guesswork and wasted time.

Bill came over yesterday and we grocery shopped then cooked for the week. My fridge has stacks of healthy meals and snacks all ready to go. I took a picture of how healthy and organized it is, but feeling too lazy to upload it from my camera right now.

Today is the first day I'm trying this, and I'm always craving junk food, but it's good to be organized and not have to think about what to eat. Lack of planning, especially lunch, leads me to Primo's for $1 slices of pizza...

I read a story that predicts every pound lost equates to one minute faster over the marathon, assuming all other factors stay the same. That's motivation enough for me!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The 2015 plan

I just realized I should hit 100,000 views on Tuesday :) Nice!!!

Ok, the plans for 2015 are (in random order):

1. Run a 1-miler under 7:00
Plan - Get used to being uncomfortable, do all the Hanson speed workouts. Go hard and ignore the pain for 6+ minutes. Planning to break it in Cincinnati.

2. Run a half under 2:00
Plan - train for it. I'm using the Hansons program to get ready for the Piggie, so I'm in serious training mode. While the weather has me confined indoors, every run has been 9:20 or faster. Most are in the upper 8s. Asked Nancy to pace me at the Rock CF half. She routinely runs under 2 hours, and it certainly can't hurt to have someone other than my watch for pace.

3. Run a full under 4:50
Plan - Keep doing what I did in Chicago, where I basically ran under 4:50. My official time was 4:54, but I wasted 3-4 minutes on a bathroom stop, and I was 0.3 miles over distance, so that's another few minutes, right?

4. Save $... to my IRA
Plan - eat out less, curtail the incidental spending and stick to it.

5. Hit my goal weight!!!
Plan - hit it by Valentines Day, which gives me approximately six weeks. I'll need to reduce my consumption by approximately 500 calories a day, either through eating less and/or exercising. I lost almost 30 pounds in nine months in 2009, and have been horsing around with the last five ever since then. As of this morning, I have 4.2 to go. In the grand scheme, it doesn't matter, but it'll take me back to the lowest weight of my adult life.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I like Pi and I cannot lie

Epic Races emailed yesterday...
Mark your calendars: Saturday, March 14 will be cause for "constant" celebration.  It's the granddaddy of all Pi Days, the once-per-dentruy date on which the mathematical symbol π can be showcased beyond the annual 3.14.  that's right!  We'll be taking it to its chronological extreme:  3.141592653 becomes 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 AM.  Such an epic date deserves recognition beyond the realm of math... and that's where we come in! 

Have Your Pi and Eat It, Too

Epic Races proudly presents Run 3.14 Pi, the race that celebrates this circle-related number … and the circular edible it brings to mind. Starting at 9:26:53 AM on 3/14/15, participants will run a 3.14-mile loop (as fans of π, we like to think of the course as a circle) at picturesque Hudson Mills MetroPark. And, since this is a Pi Run, we’ll kick off the event with a special Pi(e) Wave: a pie-eating division in which competitors start their run once their pie plate is empty. Don’t want to run on a full stomach? You can still commemorate Pi Day with our optional Pie in the Face at the finish line!
In addition, all our Run 3.14 Pi participants will receive:
  • a fabulous 3.14″ circular finisher’s medal
  • a high-quality, super-soft race T-shirt
  • a goodie bag full of samples from our sponsors
  • a post-race feast featuring pie and more pie!
  • All finishers will receive the sweetest finisher's medal ever
  • As with all Epic Races, special awards for first overall male/female, first overall master male/female, top 5 finishers in each age group 
Pieces of the Pi
Where to I go for all of the fun?
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial Road, Dexter, MI
Do I get anything special for finishing the race in 31:41?
Yes! You receive applause and the right to be recognized as the Ultimate Pi Runner!
π is an infinite number. Does that mean I have to keep on running and running?
Remember that π also does not repeat, so you are officially done after completing the 3.14-mile loop.
Can I dress up like Albert Einstein for this race?
Well, Albert wasn’t a mathematician, but 3/14 is his birthday, so go right ahead! Or maybe consider an Isaac Newton costume, since Newton was a mathematician and is sort of associated with … apple pi.
It’s been a few years since I was in school. What is π again?
Pi, or π, represents a mathematical constant: the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. For basic calculations, π is recognized as 3.14159, although in actuality it has been calculated to more than one trillion digits past the decimal point. It’s an irrational number and continues infinitely without repetition or pattern. And don’t worry… we aren’t irrational and will not require you to memorize π. Unless you really want to.

Sounds fun! Bill and his math Ph.D. think it sounds fun too :) Much like Twinkies, I don't especially like pie, but I like the fun theme :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Drawing the line

After school today I met with one of my former students at the coffee shop to help her with some assignments, then driving home at 6:15, I passed a man running down Dix (busy road in a not great area), in the slush, in the pitch black, in a wind chill below 0 degrees. Crazy!!!! At least he was wearing a reflective vest. There's a line between determination and bat crap crazy and I've managed to stay on the right side. This guy tonight had crossed the line.
A few winters ago, I ran outside in every temperature and condition, but the past few years, I've stopped running in snow, and when the temperature falls into single digits. I'd rather deal with the boredom that comes along with the safety of the TM rather than risk frostbitten toes, slip and fall accidents, cars sliding into me, etc. I can handle a little boredom.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Not a normal New Year

Midnight came and went and I did NOT register for the Free Press marathon... I wasn't online at 11:59, constantly hitting refresh until the registration page opened. I didn't have credit card in hand, trying to get processed first to secure bib number 101.

Months ago I had told Bill it was his job to not let me register because I'm not doing the Free Press in 2015. When the time came, it crossed my mind, but that was it. Bizarre...