Posts Tagged ‘fitness over 40’

Day 10: Doubleshot of Janathon

January 10, 2014

MobyClawsMy Friday Fitness pal Sandra & I haven’t walked together in weeks. We were both so busy over the holidays. Bitter cold temps &/or heavy snow also caused us to bag out often. It was snowy again this morning, but we went anyway, just to catch up with each other. Don’t know the exact route we took since we weren’t in my neighborhood, thus I can’t MapMyRun.com to check distance. I do know we went at a decent clip for about 50 min.

I went to the gym at 5pm to do my 2nd Jantastic run of the week, which counts as more Janathon too, yay! On the treadmill: 5 min. warm-up walk, then alternating 2 min. run/walk intervals for 22 min., then a 5 min. cooldown walk. A little post-workout stretching, but no rolling, as I ran out of time (had to be to a store before their 7pm closing). My right heel is hurting me these past few days. Gonna start icing it & sleeping in my therapeutic boot more often, as preventative maintenance. Cross my fingers, hold my breath!

Sticking with yesterday’s theme of animal dress-up, today’s pics are a doubleshot of my sister’s cat, Moby. She’d outfitted him in a Santa hat & beard over Christmas. He’s a very tolerant cat. Although he does seem to have that OK-I’m-so-done-with-this look in his eyes. (Photo credits: My Sister. All rights reserved.)

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Day 4: Boo Hoo, I Won’t Be Blue

June 4, 2013

Today’s Juneathon exercise was another measly mile walked, with less of a limp, thank God for that. Red Hen just reminded me that Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon training plan requires 12 wks., which means technically, I would need to start next week! (My race is September 1.) Will I be OK to slack a week or 2, since I was already doing 3mi./3mi./5mi. weeks in May? I hope to bounce back quickly, IF this injury heals well enough in 3 weeks to give slow jogging a chance? We’ll see…

The poster below features a bluebird, which I painted last month for a library event. I’ve had bluebirds on the brain lately, as we have a nesting pair in the yard & I see them frequently perched on the fence around our veggie garden. Some of you already know I’m a library volunteer artist & paint most of their event posters. I donate my time & the materials. The nature-based events are my favorite to publicize, as I love painting plants, bugs, birds & other creatures — tho I confess, I did enjoy painting this dumpster w/garbage. Variety is nice, I guess :-)

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Day 3: It Was Lame. Literally.

June 3, 2013

TulipFavsWhoa, this is not going well. I walked a mile today & it hurt. Technically, I should say “I limped a mile today.” Stretched mildly before & after, like I was told. Am icing now, too. I’m still so disappointed that I got an injury the week before Juneathon. I keep trying to remember that I’ve had a fabulous 5 months of running since January. I’ve been reminding myself that having plantar fasciitis was much worse than this. That recovery took over a year, while this hip flexor thing should be over in 4 to 6 weeks. Oh please, I hope so! At least I had a perfect diet day & did get 8 hrs. sleep last night.

That’s all for today. I still have some work waiting in my office before I can go to bed… but here’s a photo: some tulips I bought. Looking at them makes me feel better.

Day 2: Kayak-yak-yakking

June 2, 2013
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View of my friend’s lakehouse from her dock.

My Juneathon exercise du jour was all upper body workout. An hour of steady kayaking, to work the arms, shoulders & upper back. And 2 hours of yakking, for the neck, jaws & soul. I did this with a friend who has a lovely lake house only 20 min. away. Her husband was working today, while mine had gone hiking with a friend. Sunny & 90°F, a perfect summer Sunday for 2 pals to catch up over breakfast, then kayaking, followed by more chitty-chat while lounging in tubes on the water :-)

I also did 10 min. of boring but necessary rehab stretches for my hip flexor/quadricep injury. Did my icing & Ibuprofen also. And I set my new goals for Juneathon:

1.) Do a variety of rehab-approved exercise daily while I heal & hope to run again before the end of the month!

2.) Recommit to implementing a “training diet” of 1,450 cal/day from mostly fruits, veggies, lean protein & whole grains, to maximize my energy & minimize body fat. That starts tomorrow, since I just had a last-hurrah scoop of Rocky Road ice cream, HA!

3.) Focus on more yoga while I wait to run again. Stretching everything, not just my hip & quad, will be good for me, as will the stress-reduction benefit. In summer, I tend to let yoga slide in favor of more outdoor running, biking & hiking. While I recover, more yoga might help my patience with injury downtime.

4.) Aim for 7 to 8 hrs. of sleep per night (instead of 4 to 6). That should be particularly challenge, in the face of this month’s endless blog-writing & blog-reading!

If you were following me during Janathon, some of these items should look familiar from my 2013 New Year’s resolutions. Gosh, I hope this hip injury resolves quickly.

My friend's lakefront view.

My friend’s lakefront view, her dock & her kayaks (I used the red one).

Day 1: Revising Goals Already

June 1, 2013

Here I sit on Juneathon Day 1 @11:30pm, just now getting to my blogpost. Not a good sign, people. I did my exercise tho, @10am this morning: a 2.25mi. walk with a steady but limping gait. Even that was pushing it, as I was a little sore on my return.

After happily announcing this year’s 100 mi. running goal for June in mid-May, my ship sank a few days ago. Seems I tweaked my right leg after some enthusiastic plyometrics last Thursday & a 5 mi. run Friday. Four days of lame later, I called my doctor. Official diagnosis: a strained hip flexor w/likely pulled upper quad too. Nice.

PhoebeNestTreatment & recovery underway. Icing & 1800mg/day Ibupofen for the short term, mild to moderate stretching before & after any mild to moderate exercise, based on my improvement levels over time. I’m told to “proceed with caution.” Pooh, I’m not a patient person, but if I want to keep to my first half-marathon goal for September, I will have to sacrifice my 100-mi. Juneathon. The doctor said I still have plenty of time to recover & continue training for my half, so yay for that :-)

What’s most disappointing about having to scrap a 100-mi. Juneathon is that I spent Janathon 2013 in final recovery of a yearlong bout with plantar fasciitis & had amazing success! I got back to running 3X a week & continued to progress by committing to Marathon Talk’s Jantastic-Febulous-Marchvellous 3-month running challenge. By the end of March, I was up to 4 or 5 mi. long runs on top of a couple 5K runs per week. Life was grand.

But that was then & this is now. Since yesterday’s diagnosis, I’m mentally & physically adjusting. New goals for June TBA tomorrow, cuz I’ve had enough typing tonight. Here’s today’s photo: an Eastern Phoebe nest we found in our woodshed. It wasn’t there a week ago. I can reach the nest, but it’s so close to the roofline that I can only look into it by using a mirror. 5 eggs at the ready! Mum should start setting any day now.

Juneathon Eve: Why Am I Never Ready?

May 31, 2013

ToiletGardenWow, I barely remember how to blog since my last post in March. I want to do an introductory & catch-up blogpost, but it’s 87°F & sunny outside… and I have officework to do… which oh, alright, I might blow off to do some gardening? I’ll use daylight hours to work in my officefart around tweaking my flowerbeds… organize my Juneathon plan in my head. Today, organization. Tomorrow, mobilization! Meanwhile, good luck to all.

I can tell you this: I like to use images on my blog, to offset the monotony of daily fitness reports in text. My photos often have nothing to do with fitness, which makes the daily blogging more fun — for me, anyway. Today’s photo showcases my young veggie plants, waiting to go into the garden this weekend. Yes, there’s a toilet sitting in my driveway. Don’t ask.

Marching Into March With Sushi

March 5, 2013

Meant to post an update over the weekend, but just never got to it. My work is getting busier with deadlines now, plus I was away over the weekend. I won’t bore you with work details, so how ’bout some slightly less boring pics from the weekend?

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I’m ready to begin. Chop, chop!

I went to a Sushi 101 cooking class at the Bernerhof Inn in the White Mountains. It was great fun! My husband found this activity online, when looking for unusual things for us to do together. We both like sushi, so I agreed that it would be great to know how to make it at home. Our instructor, Chef Kendra Stanley, was fantastic. I learned a lot. We stayed overnight at the inn, as it was 3 hours drive from home. Our Saturday night sushi dinner & wine was included in the cost of the cooking class, & breakfast the next morning was included in the price of our room — which was discounted, since we were taking a class there. It was well worth every penny!

Chef Kendra demos julienned veggies.

Despite a busy week & a weekend away, I managed to cram in my last 3 Febulous runs. I ran 3 miles on Tuesday (treadmill), 5 miles on Thursday (outdoors) & 3 more miles on Friday (treadmill). I’m particularly pleased with the 5-miler, which is my first distance over 4 mi. in probably 18 mo. or more. I think I can safely say the my plantar fasciitis recovery & management is successful. I’m so happy that after over a year of struggling with foot pain, I’ve found my way out of it by stretching my foot & calves daily, sleeping in my therapeutic boot often & using a foam roller on my legs 3X a week or more. I aim to keep that up as I continue to run, run, run! I did my first run for March yesterday, another 3 mi. Since Marchvellous run training is about improving speed, I’m planning to mostly practice the 3 mi. distance & look for a 5K the weekend of March 30/31, hoping to get a personal best.

Ken wraps his bamboo mat.

Ken wraps his bamboo mat while Chef Kendra offers helpful tips.

A short wine break before we roll in seaweed!

A short wine break before we roll seaweed!

I’m still coffee- & black tea-free. I still eat chocolate in small amounts, but all other caffeine is out of my system. I can’t say I notice a marked difference. I may be a slight bit less volatile emotionally (ie. less stress)? Hard to tell really. I am noticing a marked difference in my weight tho, since mid-January when I started reducing my calorie intake. I’m down 8 lbs. in 6 wks. If I continue w/my calorie-counting for another 2 months, I wonder if I will drop another 10 lbs. by May 1? I’m going to keep up the effort & see what happens :-)

Viola! Beautiful sushi :-)

Weirdest Running Injury Yet

February 22, 2013

This week is going well enough. I’m 2 out of 3 Febulous runs done for my team, including my committed “long” run — only 4 mi., but hey, that’s long for me right now! Those 2 runs have been eventful. My long run was on very icy roads, so much so that despite wearing my studded running shoes, I was still backsliding slightly on steep uphills (scary) & couldn’t brake much on the steep downhills, for fear of pitching ass over teakettle & landing on my chin (really scary)! It was a high-stress run, but got better as I came to the end :-)

Earlier in the week, I had the weirdest running injury ever — on my bellybutton! That’s right. It was a surprise to me, too.

I’d planned a 3 mi. treadmill run at the gym. Put on my favorite running shorts & noticed the elastic waist was not so elastic. This is good news & bad news. The good news is my weight loss is going well, helping make them too big for me, hooray! The bad news is my favorite pair are worn out & need to be tossed, boo. As a quick fix, I used something I’ve never used before: the inner drawstring. That’s why it’s there, right? I tied it in a little knot to cinch & away I ran, shorts secured.

BellybuttonAfter my run, OW! I noticed an intense burning sensation on my tummy & discovered an open sore near my navel, hmm, about the size of a drawstring knot. Wow, for such a tiny wound, it was raw. I’ve chafed on my inner legs before (“chub rub”, stupid fatty thighs) & on my collarbones, too (evil sports bras) — but a chafed bellybutton?

In other news: If I have a gym membership & can prove that I go, I can get a $200 rebate on my health insurance premiums each year. The amount of paperwork & number of follow-up calls I applied in order to actually get this $200 almost negated the cash value, sheesh — but I finally got the check this week!

I’m also having great success being off caffeinated beverages. My Lenten sacrifice of NO coffee (reg. or decaf) & NO black tea (reg. or decaf) was a bit of a bumpy ride at first. I didn’t get the rumored headaches, but man, was I ever lethargic. That went on for the first 5 or 6 days, but by now, I’m happy to say it looks like I’ve emerged from the fog. Is my stress lessened? I’m not sure… but Easter’s still a long ways out, so I’ll learn more as I go along.

We’re due another 8 to 10 inches of snow Saturday night, so my final Febulous run o’ the week is planned for tomorrow, before the snow :-)

Happy Snowy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013
Proof of snow depth: this picket fence is 3 ft. high!

Proof of snow depth: this picket fence is 3 ft. high!

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Woodshed path, cleared.

Our town’s official blizzard snow depth was 3rd in the state @ 32 inches. Fortunately, this snow was a light, fluffy variety, which made plowing & shoveling a lot easier than a heavy, wet variety. My husband digs out the cars, then plows the lane & driveway circle with the tractor (& in this case, bucketloader), while I clear pathways to outbuildings & doorways by hand shoveling. The snowfall ended before dark, which was convenient as it gave us time to clear everything before any chance of an icy crust forming.

Unwilling to drive to the gym, I did an outdoor winter run on Sunday, which required a lot of determination, since a.) it was cold & snowy on the road, & b.) I was in the throes of obsessively watching 8 non-stop episodes of Downton Abbey Season 2. I did get out there by late afternoon, barely squeezing in a 2-miler at dusk. Monday I ran 2 mi. at the gym & rode 5.5 mi. on the bike. Tuesday, I took an hour class of strength training w/weights & drills, then rode another 5.5 mi. on the bike.

Chicken coop path, done.

Chicken coop path, cleared.

Wednesday, I planned to run 4 miles. I could have gone outdoors, as the temp was mild (well above freezing), but our dirt road was soft & slushy. I didn’t want to have wet feet the entire run & risk overturning my ankle in the muck. It’s already slightly tweaked from a few missteps in the dark on Sunday. I played it safe & ran all 4 mi. on a treadmill at the gym. This was insanely boring, even with good music. Now that I’m starting to stretch my distances, I’ve got to stop being so prissy about weather & run outdoors.

Here’s an unexpected development this week: I’ve spontaneously joined Mark & Jo in giving up coffee & black tea (caffeine reduction) for Lent. I’ve been wanting to try knocking out caffeine, to see if I notice a lower level of anxiety/stress in my general personality &/or see if I sleep better. No caffeinated beverages until Easter should give it a fair trial. I know chocolate has caffeine, but I am not giving that up. Gotta draw the line somewhere :-)

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Office/barn entrance, cleared.

Back door, cleared.

Great place to be snowed in!

Cozy place to be snowed in!

Big Blizzard: 2 to 3 FEET of Snow Expected!

February 7, 2013
Source: Weather.com

Source: Weather.com

WOW. See the text in the ocean that reads “2-3 FT POSSIBLE”, with an arrow pointing into Southern New Hampshire just above the “B” in Boston? I live right about there. HA!

I love winter storms & this one might be a doozy. The snow is welcome, it’s the wind gusts they’re predicting that worry me. Our electricity goes out at the drop of a hat (case in point, my last 2 blog entries!). When it does go out, I never know if it will be for 8 hrs. or 8 days. Seriously. In a Dec. 2008 icestorm, we lost power & continued to have no electricity for 12 days. That’s our record so far & I do not want to break it, thank you very much.

As insurance, I got my weekly “long run” done today (only 3.25 mi., but that’s long for me right now), to be certain the snow won’t prevent it. Weather outstanding, I don’t want to let anyone down for Febulous — my team or myself! With my committed 3-miler out of the way, I can do any old run of random length as Run #3 for the week. No pressure! If we’re plowed out by Sunday morning, I think I’ll walk out the road to take photos of the snow, then run 2 miles home. I’m very happy that I have been able to run 3x per week all year so far, with no further aggravation to my foot :-)

The Stuffed Poblanos: Mmm, so spicy!

The stuffed Poblanos: Mmm, so spicy!

Other good news: I lost another 1.5 lbs., despite the fact that I’ve been cooking & eating very well. This week’s menu featured pumpkin-pecan-raisin bread, stuffed Poblano peppers, Avgolemono & a baked eggplant-tomato casserole. My only bad news is I may need to try giving up caffeine, in order to address some health issues I’m having. I stupidly tried going off it completely on Monday, only to get the Mother of All Headaches by Monday night — all night — and into Tuesday morning! Worst headache of my life. Since that miserable occurrence, I’m now shooting for a more reasonable “weaning-off” plan. Makes me a little sad to do this, as I love morning coffee & afternoon tea. But I really want to see if no/low caffeine makes a notable difference in how I feel. Per some Twitter advice from Mark, I’m trying to approach this purge-caffeine thing as an “interesting experiment.” Yeah, right!