Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Couch to 5k: W1D2

History: w1d1 completed last week after 3 tries. criteria for completion was simply making it through all 8 jogging intervals without having to stop jogging during the run sections.

Today I took at stab at successfully passing w1d2. My criteria for passing this day is that
I finish all 8 intervals without feeling dizzy/pukey/jittery. I found last week (and again today) that by interval 7 I start feeling those things. I force myself to run through them, but I know it's not good/normal/healthy to be feeling those things during the cardio. I will keep repeating this day until I pass. I'd like to find out what is causing it- possible culprits include low blood pressure, low blood sugar, lack of oxygen (pushing my heart too hard/going about my max output), or heat exhaustion. It was cooler today- only in the 80s, so I don't think it was heat exhaustion. I'm going to take my pressure and sugar readings before and after my run on thurs to try to shed light on the problem. I did see that a lot of people have this problem though: http://cafty.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/dizzy-while-running/

Once I pass this day (hopefully soon), I will work on w1d3 and my criteria for success of that day is making it through all 8 runs without feeling out of breath at the end. The podcast dude tells me during the session each time that I should be feeling as though I am working hard but still able to hold a conversation while jogging without being out of breath. I am definitely not there yet and want to accomplish that before moving on to week 2.

Man, this is going to take forever. :(

Positive note: when I was running during intervals 1-5 I felt fantastic. Full of energy and I think I naturally found a faster pace that felt great. I was so excited that it was coming so easily that I actually laughed out loud and cheered for myself.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

C25k: W1D1 is DONE

I know you are all hanging with baited breath for my update. :)

For the c25k program I worked on W1D1 again- third time is a charm! I made it through all 8 run intervals without having to walk any part of any of them. In fact the first 4 run intervals ended on the podcast before I was expecting them to and that gave me a great sense of accomplishment. I also noticed my inner thought dialogue changing from "is this over, when is this going to be over, how many more seconds can there be..argh..i don't know if i can make it" to "ok, keep my head up, that's better, this feels good, lift the legs up using muscle don't push down using bone, my form is good here, i wonder if i am going uphill slightly or down, hey look at that squirrel, etc". In other words able to let my mind wander because it's not consumed with thoughts of how much this sucks/how hard it is.

I feel accomplished. The session also represents (don't laugh) my first full week in a long long time of cardio without quitting halfway through or skipping a day I was supposed to work out. I'm doing weight training about 2 hours after each run (so 3x a week) and so it is also the first full week of weight training without missing an intended session either. So far no weight loss though, but I heard that is common during the first week or two as your muscles retain some water under the new demands you place on them. Long term most ppl I know who finish c25k starting out overweight lose about 20-25pounds (whereas the skinnies who do the program lose maybe 5 if at all). I think most of that happens in the later part of the program though.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

c25k: W1D1 Repeat

 

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm going to keep repeating days under c25k until i can complete them. Then move on to the next.

Today was my second stab at w1d1 at the official 60/90 timed pace. Now that I know how long 60 seconds is (argh!) when timed properly I must say again that i don't think i could do this without the motivation of the podcast telling me when I'm done with each interval, pushing me to go on, and congratulating me when i make it through each interval. That rocks. I feed on praise.

Last time (2 days ago) i could only make it to interval 5 before I had to quit and walk the rest of them. Today I made it to interval 6, had to stop and walk the last 30 seconds of interval 6, BUT was recovered and ready to run again my interval 7 so I ran interval 7 and 8.  Next time on Sat hopefully I will be able to do all 8 intervals and can cross w1d1 off my list. I realize this is going to be a long hard road but I'm encouraged and not going to give up.

It's also interesting for me to note that since I started weight training and walking/running more (as I mentioned in my previous post I had been haphazardly trying to do some walk/runs under my own poor timing) the shin splints went away. Now what holds me back, like today, is feeling dizzy/out of breath. I do think it's a record of my own poor fitness but I also like to think it's because of this insufferable heat in Northern VA right now. 90+ degrees at 9am. Ridiculous.

I came home after the cool down and wet myself down with ice water out of the hose and had a glass of water. I still feel a little woozy like hungover.

Also I calculated it and I'm walk/running 4.8mph. I wonder if that is that a good pace or if should I be pushing myself to run faster, even if it means I can't complete all the intervals.

I hope my post gives other newcomers to c25k encouragement. Keep going, you can do it!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

C25k – Begins Again

I've been aware of the c25k program for a couple of months now and after seeing my friend begin the program and complete it successfully  and my husband working the program, I, being the competitive person that I am and having a desire to work on my fitness. thought I'd give it a go.

Two problems have plagued me over the past month. First, I'm not very disciplined, so I'd start and stop week 1 repeatedly due to fatigue, shin splints, etc. I haven't yet made it all the way through one week of consistent cardio. Second, since I don't have a stopwatch, my timing of the 60/90 sec intervals has been off. I was using my strides (every time my left foot hit the ground) to count the seconds. Of course this leads to very uneven times as during the running sections the foot hits the ground in shorter intervals than during walking. This means my "60 seconds" of running moved much quicker than the first 60 seconds of my "90 seconds" of walking.

To fix the timing problem, I downloaded Robert Ullrey's mp3 podcasts that provide a great beat and tell you when to walk and when to run. You can find them here: http://www.ullreys.com/robert/Podcasts/page6/page6.html.

To fix the discipline problem i am committed to sticking with the program and to not get discouraged even if i have to repeat days until i can master them. I'm also sticking with my weight training which will strengthen my muscles and help prevent shin splints.

As for results now that I am starting over: with W1D1 I was able to make it through 5 of the 8 segments before I had to stop and walk due to cardio fatigue (at least it wasn't my shins burning this time). Could be bc it is 95 degrees out side, but also maybe bc I am just that unfit.

As for stats, right now i am 34, 219, 5'6" with a 39 inch waist. Size 16/18 depending on the brand.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rome 2010 Trip Report

New entry is up here:

http://www.everlater.com/jenniferparks/roman-luxury

(I’ve dropped travbuddy.com in favor of everlater which has even more fantastic features like facebook plug-in, etc).

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Dear Diary

Leather bound with crisp linen pages. Delicate paisley pastel illustrated with pink pages. Fractal pattern bursting with bright colors covering clean white pages. Each journal offering on display for sale at Barnes and Noble is  beautiful and tempting. I want to buy each one; to claim just a small corner of of the grand happiness in the universe that these books-as-a-work-of-art represent.
I’m struck with the same impulse whenever I find myself browsing in Pier One. The store carries these delicate glass jars in different colors and shapes and they are things of great beauty in my eyes. I have discerned no practical purpose for the jars but I want to hold onto that fleeting feeling of joy that bursts inside when they are before me. In the same way, the journals are seemingly useless in my home. I don’t keep a personal bare-all-my-soul diary any longer. Jon had always advised me of the folly of committing momentary emotions to paper lest they prove to hurt another who might stumble across them later yet I persisted in keeping them anyway until my own shame at what I’d written as an angst ridden teenager slapped me senseless in my early thirties. When this happened, I burned my entire collection wholesale in a dramatic flourish one afternoon in the back yard.
So there I was, standing before the beautiful collection of journals yearning to buy one without any conceivable use. It would be senseless to commit temporary lists or work notes to such pretty books.  And to leave them unused sitting on a shelf would be a tragedy. I forced myself to finally move past the display but the journals continue to pull at my heartstrings every time I let myself think of them.
Perhaps one day I’ll allow myself the indulgence of useless pretty journals and tiny glass decorative jars.