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Misty

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  1. I took the dog for a 5k run this morning. We managed to shave 2 minutes off of our time. (43 minutes today) Another couple weeks of this kind of progress and we might be able to do an under 30 minute 5k. It certainly seemed easier for both of us today, at no point was I dragging the dog behind me and every time I asked if she was ready to run she would speed up without hesitation. I ran my regular route backwards today for a change of pace and it felt easier this way. Oddly, it felt like I descended more than I climbed. As for my other goals for the week... I fasted twice this past week and paid very good attention to what I was eating at all other times. Yesterday I made myself proud by choosing to have a salad with my dinner rather than the fries that my fiancé had fried up. I know it sounds like a minor victory there but healthy dietary choices are a new thing for me. I can't honestly recall the last time I had a soda and even my before dinner drink is on it's way out. Most days lately I drink water all day long except for one Pastis with dinner. A few times in the past week I've had a glass of chilled coffee with my breakfast but that's the exception more than the rule. I'm definitely kicking butt at that goal. Yesterday I practiced driving the car. I hate stick shifts with a passion. I've been driving for nearly 15 years, it doesn't HAVE to be this difficult! Unfortunately, automatics are incredibly rare over here and I really need to get past my hatred of manual transmissions. I don't like how they die at the slightest provocation. I don't like how they roll backwards before they go forward. I don't like how my attention is diverted from the pedestrians and the cars around me by the extra pedal and gear shifter that I need to screw around with. I don't feel safe. But, I don't have a choice and honestly, when I see some of the idiots around here who manage to drive every day with a manual transmission I just feel ashamed of the fact that I haven't yet gotten the hang of it.
  2. Last week was a wash as far as this challenge goes. I was feeling some severe muscle fatigue and that on top of bad allergies and a huge blister on the pad of one of my feet kept me from being very active. I didn't do any fast days partly because I was concerned that my muscle fatigue might be from my anemia and I concentrated on getting my iron level back up. I did, however, manage to avoid snacks for the most part and was mindful of what I ate. This week is going better already. Monday I fasted, yesterday I started weaning myself off of my breakfast cereal habit by cutting by serving size in half and eating a banana with it, lunch was apple slices dipped in a little peanut butter. So far today I've eaten a breadless peanut butter and banana sandwich for breakfast (the banana WAS the bread) with a fresh egg from the neighbor's chickens. Today was my first day to hit the pavement and the dog and I managed to cut our 5k down to 45:30 , ok it's still not marathon material but it's nearly 5 minutes faster than two weeks ago. I tried to motivate myself by loading up my Mp3 player with super fast Gogol Bordello songs and trying to run for the entirety of each song. If I had to walk, I was only allowed to walk until the next song started. This worked perfectly until my player died two songs into my run. I tried a few of the Couch to 5k week two intervals but got annoyed with myself for watching the time tick past and whining about it almost from the moment I began running. So I stopped looking at my watch altogether except for when I had to stop to let a car pass me and then it was only so I could see how I was doing for time and urge myself to run more. Each stretch of running after that point was so much easier. I would pick a far away point and try my hardest to keep running until I reached it. Usually I had to walk about 3/4 of the way there and once I reached that landmark, I'd pick another and start running again. I really wish I had a smart phone so that I could take my mind entirely off of remembering how much time I spend running versus walking. I think that as far as the couch to 5k plan goes, it's too watch obsessive and I would prefer to train myself to enjoy the running, not stare at the watch to see when I can finally walk again. My little change of technique today was enough of a difference to make the dog lag behind me for a good portion of the home stretch, poor thing was too overheated and exhausted. When we got home, I gave her some good cool water and poured some on her to help her cool down. As for me, my face is red, my thighs are chaffed, my ponytail is plastered to my neck with sweat, my neck is sore (I guess I hold it too stiffly when I run) and my leg muscles are twitching as though I just went through electroshock therapy. And thanks to all that, I can't wait for Friday morning so I can try to beat today's time.
  3. Thanks Misty for the great comment! :) Hope the working out is going well!

  4. Thanks for that, it's not like I really need any extra help to be confused but I appreciate the effort!
  5. Ooops! I didn't even see the google doc forms...not since signing up for the 6 week challenge one at least. I'll be more observant.
  6. Hmmm, k. I only asked because I've done both challenges now and my name hasn't appeared on either list. I figured my runs must have been too slow to qualify.
  7. May I ask how the point winners are determined? Is it the top X times or how's-a-what's-it? I'm curious because I really want to earn a challenge point and wanna have an idea of how long it will take me to win one. Thanks!
  8. Yeah, I did my best to keep to the week 2 intervals, unfortunately most of the roads that I had to cross came up while I was running. I did my best to keep running in place instead of just standing there waiting for the cars to clear out. Unlike the Week 1 plan, Week 2 is awfully challenging for me, who'd have ever thought that 90 seconds could seem so long! Hopefully by the end of this next week, those 90 second intervals are a breeze and I can start thinking about week 3.
  9. This is the same message from the week 2 challenge thread. I was thrilled at myself for finishing my five kilometer run... until I looked at the time. How the hell did I run so slowly?! I just extended my local running route to 5k today. I'm still working on the Couch to 5k plan and week 2 is kicking my ass, so I wasn't able to fully run every interval. My timing is embarrassingly pathetic compared to nearly everybody else but I did not stop moving for a single second so I feel I've earned the right to say that at least I completed a 5k. It took me just over 50 minutes however so I'm worried that something isn't right with my mapping or something. A ten minute kilometer is most people's walking speed and I was honest to god running for those intervals. My walk isn't that ridiculously slow, either, so I don't know where I messed up, any help figuring out my problem would be greatly appreciated. I mean, hell I got home wheezing and red in the face, nobody can say I didn't exert myself but my god, 6km/hr?! That's pretty freaking pathetic, isn't it? Here's the link to my run on mapmyrun, please take a look and see if you can figure out why my time was so awful. I know I did walk a lot with the intervals but sheesh. http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/124111627
  10. I just extended my local running route to 5k today. I'm still working on the Couch to 5k plan and week 2 is kicking my ass, so I wasn't able to fully run every interval. My timing is embarrassingly pathetic compared to nearly everybody else but I did not stop moving for a single second so I feel I've earned the right to say that at least I completed a 5k. It took me just over 50 minutes however so I'm worried that something isn't right with my mapping or something. A ten minute kilometer is most people's walking speed and I was honest to god running for those intervals. My walk isn't that ridiculously slow, either, so I don't know where I messed up, any help figuring out my problem would be greatly appreciated. I mean, hell I got home wheezing and red in the face, nobody can say I didn't exert myself but my god, 6km/hr?! That's pretty freaking pathetic, isn't it? Here's the link to my run on mapmyrun, please take a look and see if you can figure out why my time was so awful. I know I did walk a lot with the intervals but sheesh. http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/124111627
  11. Well, I dunno just how big of a geek you are but if you're a video game nerd, maybe this will help. Right now I'm playing the Avengers game on Facebook. I have to buy my heroes, get them enough XP and then save up money until I can pay for their training to level up. THEN, after all that waiting, I have to wait anywhere up to a full day to a week for their training to finish so they're at the next level. I know for a fact that I've played games with that system before. It's so exciting when you finally get them ready to level up... then you have to wait and even if you use them in a fight, it does nothing because their XP bar is already full. You have to do the boring work of saving up money and once you can afford it you still have to wait for their training to finish. You see what I'm trying to say? At the end of their levels, before they can train up, there is almost always a plateau. It can by trying on your patience to get them through it so they can start training up but then one day you come back to the game and that training that you saved up for is finally finished and you can get back to the process of making your hero even cooler. If you're not a game nerd, I might have lost you. All that was just to say that a plateau isn't what you get when you stop making progress. It's what you get while your body saves up the resources necessary to level you up!
  12. I've been kinda strict with mine since the beginning and it helps that she's a shepherd mix, her entire life revolves around doing whatever she has to do to earn praise. Last week when I ran with her, she was right there at heel but I was frustrated that I couldn't swing my arms and that I had to stop and wait for her to do her business. We came home along a fairly empty stretch of residential road and I let her off leash just to see what would happen. When we're walking, she tries to stay at heel but gets super distracted by all the things to smell and walls to climb and you have to remind her every thirty seconds or so that she's too far ahead. When you run with her, however, she's apparently so intent on not letting you out of her sight that she stays right beside you and ignores the distractions. For instance, on part of our run today there was an old man walking towards us and I could tell that she was tempted to run ahead to greet him. I told her no and reminded her to heel. She still kept her eyes glued on him as we passed but didn't try anything. I was so amazingly proud of her for that. I've had two running buddy dogs in my past and one was far too independent to ever listen to a command given in anything but the most respectful tone and the other was batshit crazy. This is really the first dog I've ever had that I can take off leash, but only if I'm moving fast enough so far. I wouldn't dream of trying to walk her off leash in the city, far too many distractions and at least in the countryside I can hear the cars coming from far enough away to make sure she doesn't go out into the street.
  13. You said spiffy. I can't remember the last time I've heard 'spiffy' I missed it so much and you just made my day. I'm actually rather inspired by the time you're finding for all of these workouts. I've got two part-time kids and a freelance job, so much more time than you have and yet I keep finding excuses to stay on my ass. I just followed you on Fitocracy so that seeing YOUR workouts might make me get off of my own ass and do one as well. Keep up the good work, sounds to me like you're already off to a great start!
  14. I just had to comment on your avatar. You've got a great booby. :)

  15. I ran a slightly longer than 4k route today. Had I thought to check the weekly challenge first, I would have expanded it to 5 but oh well. I got home at seconds past the thirty minute mark. The second week of the couch to 5k seems much more my level. It was hard but do-able. I'll do it again this weekend. This past week I have been working 12 hour days and fighting off a persistent migraine so I haven't been able to do much exercise. I did manage to teach my boys to run stairs one night since it was too rainy to walk the dog. We have a flight and a half of stairs from the basement to the upstairs hallway so we made a line in the basement and did a bit of a relay race. You see, there was a Super-villain at the top of the stairs and we had to take turns running up the stares, hitting him and then getting back to our team-mates as quickly as possible. We ran for about five minutes and all three of us were sweaty. The best part was that for once in their lives they were more concentrated on the fun they were having than on how much it hurt or competing with one another and throwing tantrums when they thought they were going to 'lose'. Our oldest even allowed his little brother to switch places with him in line before the final run up the stairs so that the little one could get the killing blow. I was THRILLED to see that happy, sweaty boy doing karate and boxing moves as he finished off the bad guy. I fasted on Sunday and am doing it again today. It's getting easier to ignore those hunger pains and just have some water. I am a bit disappointed, however, that I've been too busy and too sick to work on either of my life goals. Perhaps I'll try driving us to the city on Saturday, so long as my fiancé allows me the option of trading places with him before we get downtown. The thought of the car dying while in a busy intersection nearly paralyzes me with fear. Best progress however... even though my headache was still sticking around and the weather was muggy and sprinkling through the run...I got off my ass and did it anyway! I also attempted a new step in the training of my running buddy. As soon as I start running, I let her off the leash but she has to stay right beside me. She snuck away during one running stretch to try to say hi to some cows and got surprised by a new string of electric fencing. As much as it tore my heart out to hear her cry, I was somewhat thrilled that the result of her misadventure was that she glued herself to my ankles for the rest of the run. No more having to stop so she can pee! I can just keep running and she can now catch up when she's done. She even remembered that she's supposed to sit at intersections before crossing... Best Running Buddy Ever
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