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Week 1…. again

I went to a weight watcher’s meeting on Monday.  Weighed in at 162.  I have stuck to the program so far this week and hope to see a change in the scale on Monday.  Knock that 2 off of there and head in to the second week strong. 

I haven’t worked out much this week.  I took Monday off because it was the day after the Triathlon and I needed a day to recover from being so bad ass (hahaha).  Tuesday I ran 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym, Wednesday I let my day of gardening count as my workout (LAME huh?), Thursday I just skipped out, Friday I went on a 3 hr hike with my friend Shannon near Deer Lake…. not sure what my motivation is going to allow today.

I think I am going to do an easier 10 week half marathon training program since I have been some what slack with my workouts.  Monday is the start of week 10 before the race, so I will kick it off then. 

Right now, I think I am going to drive up to the Colville National Forest and see if I can find some huckleberries.  Wish me luck.


The Difference Between a Runner and a Jogger

What is the difference between a runner and a jogger? 


I used to hate anything that resembled running for the sake of running.  The mile in PE class was a dreadful day.  However, I was an athlete.  I played basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer…. some rugby in college, but avoided running without the involvement of a team and a ball at all costs.  This changed slowly over the past few years.  I did some sprint triathlon, then decided that I enjoyed individual fitness, and strangely felt the need to run a half marathon.  My first road race was a 10 mile race…. skipped right over the whole 5k thing.  I knew I could run a 5k, it wouldn’t challenge me much and it would suck like running seemed to do.  But, a half marathon that would be something to be proud of.  A real challenge.

On Friday I did my first long run in my training program for my next half marathon.  During the run I got to thinking about what makes a person a “jogger” and what makes a person a “runner”.  When I talk about my work outs I call them “runs” not “jogs”.  I call my shoes “running shoes”.  I bought said shoes at a store called Runner’s Soul.  Does that make me a runner?

I wear tight spandex like shorts… not short running shorts…. because my legs are too grande and any shorts that have even a little bit of swoosh to them WILL ride up and I will end up with some serious chub rub.  Not wearing the typical running attire makes me feel like I am not a runner.  Not having slender legs makes me feel like I am not a runner. 

My workouts are generally pretty slow.  A good mile for me is anything under 10 minutes.  Don’t runners move faster?  But then again…. don’t runners run shorter distances?  Is it bad to be a jogger? Is the term “runner” in the eyes of the beholder?  I mean, to a person who hasn’t walked a mile in the last ten years what i do is extremely challenging.  To a guy on the college cross-country team I probably look to be just a smidge more athletic than the couch potato. 

A little help here?

Windermere Half Marathon, Spokane

This Half Marathon was in May.  After the race I felt like I had the flu!  It was the FIRST hot day we had, and none of my training was done in the heat.  My body was angry with me to say the least.  The Spokane Half Marathon is in October.  It will hopefully be cooler, I will hopefully be a bit lighter.  However, the Spokane Half Marathon will include several hills.  The Windermere did not.  The hills have me pretty freaked out.  I think I will start running the largest hill of the race every other week, just to take away the intimidation factor. 

It was a big deal for me to commit to running a half marathon.  It was then a big deal for me to actually start running on the treadmill.  It was a big deal for me when I started running out side, a very difficult transition for me to make.  It was a big deal for me to line up on the starting line and to get my medal at the end.  Now… Hills.  Hills.  Me. Yikes!

Jesse is going to do the half marathon in October too.  I am excited for him too.  I am afraid for him though.  He isn’t really following a training program.  He runs some.  He lifts some.  Maybe I should remind him of the super ginormous hills???

Puking and running

I puked during my run for the first time today.  The cause… poor eating.  I ate 4 regular sized oatmeal cookies and one of my HUGE chocolate chip cookies (which equates to about 4 regular cookies)…. THEN I took a nap.  After my nap my husband asked why I hadn’t done my long run yet.  He was hopefull that I would have it done before he came home from work.  In all honesty, my tummy was angry with me and I was considering ditching the run.  My husband’s matter-of-fact manner that didn’t even question my ability to accomplish my long run got me moving.  If I was going to suffer from eating cookies I might as well do it while running, right?  I puked at about the 2nd mile, then again at about the 6th.

Looking through my blog I noticed that half of my posts are about weight loss and exercise… while the other half is about cookies and other baking!  I have decided that I cannot be a cookie monster and an athlete.  I am, as I have been, 7-10 pounds heavier than I want to be.  Now, I know that is not much in the larger view of things, but in the running world that is a lot of extra poundage to be striking the ground with each foot fall. 

I have been having knee and foot pain since a little while before I ran my half marathon in May.  At that time i started upping my miles and was weighing in consistantly at 163 pounds.  Today after my run I was 156.8 pounds, and YES my knees and feet hurt during/after my run.  I ran 8 miles.  This was my first long run in preperation for the Spokane half marathon in October.  I have many more to go. I would like them to hurt less.  Therefore, I vow to not bake any treats until it snows!  I am going to re-focus on my original Weight Watchers plan.  I am going to do this.  Lets get 5 pounds off this month the right way, what do you say?

Bright bike shirts

I am sitting here looking at my new bike, (it had to sleep in side last night because the garage seemed too unfriendly). 

 When I did my first sprint triathlon two years ago I trained for it as best as I knew how.  I swam a lot, knowing that I am a stronger swimmer than most and wanted to up my lead on the non-swimmers.  I ran a lot, because it was the part I feared the most.  I hated running back then.  I essentially skipped over the bike… because… well, I had been riding a bike since I was 5 and you can always coast if you get tired.  Oops.

I was the 5th girl out of the water, transitioned well, hopped on my bike and every few minutes was passed by someone.  The 12 miles was horrible!  It was the longest portion of the tri, the little hills killed me, and people who looked way less athletic than me were zooming by me.  After I FINALLY finished the bike portion, I started in on the 3 mile jog… my legs didn’t wanna work, running seemed so ridiculous!  One or two people passed me during the run. My lead didn’t help me much I finished mid pack. 

I have done 4 more sprint triathlon and sadly the bike is still an issue.  I want to become one of those really cool biker people!  I want to take the weakness and make it a kick ass strength!  I now have a bike that should help me get started (there went that excuse), I purchased a pair of those fancy pants with the pad in the butt (cus my ass EATS the seat!), and now I am thinking I need one of those ridiculously bright, crazily designed shirts.   I think the power is in the shirt, it will make me go faster.  What do you think?

chocoloate whoaes…

Jesse suffered from my cookie adventure last week.  He was so focused…and was derailed by the constant sugary delights about the home while I searched for the perfect recipe.  I didn’t struggle because I was following the Cabbage Soup Diet, and when there is a strict plan I generally step up to the challenge.  He weighed in at 228 this evening. 

I was 156 tonight.  Not too much of the weight I lost during my cabbage adventure has returned.  Yet.

I purchased my first road bike today!  It is a Specialized Dolce Sport.  Its red and white and shiny. 🙂  It will hopefully help me keep my lead after the sim in my sprint triathlon.  (always lose soooo much ground during the bike).  Tomorrow I am going to take it out for its first real ride.  Only a week and a half before the Race The River triathlon!  and less than a week to the Warrior Dash in North Bend!  Super excited to play in the mud!  Jesse…. not so much.

Welcome Monday

Jesse had drill for the Navy this weekend.  Did you know that the Navy caters for the reservist’s drill weekend?  Yup… they do… and this weekend was “family weekend” where various informational classes are held for the weekend warriors loved ones.   Of course the Navy wanted to show off a little for the fams.  Now, Jesse has been doing GREAT when at home, but at home there isn’t a buffet of food and a pile of limitless chocolate chip cookies.  My man couldn’t handle it, he went buck wild on the food and gained 4 pounds over the weekend.  2 days… 4 pounds… But! He is back on it today. 

Jesse ran 5.5 miles this afternoon.  He ran to the Rocket Bakery on Garland where I was doing some research on getting a children’s book published.  (I have spent countless hours at this coffee shop studying, if you ever need a place to get something done check it out.  It’s usually quite, the staff are nice and leave you alone to work, and usually the coffee is pretty tasty).  Also, this evening he lifted weights at the gym.  He stuck with his Weight Watchers point as well.  In fact, we came up with a solution for his ice cream weakness…. SMOOTHIES! 

A cup of blue berries, a cup of strawberries, a cup of fat-free milk and a cup of lite yogurt…. divided between 2 people equates to about 3 points each.  Jesse still has to add sugar to his, but all in all it is a much better choice than ice cream.

As for me, I am doing pretty darn good.  The scale budged… 159.3 pounds today.  (woot woot) I took wiggles for a short walk today (1 mile)… I ran to work in the rain (3 miles) and swam 1000 yards after work (little more than half mile). I have stayed within my points and am still hopeful to reach my mini goal of losing 2 pounds by Saturday.