Run report: Yeesh

April 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘Twas a lovely evening in Central Park.

The team gathered and even kindly allowed me to photograph them before we started!

Nice bunch, eh? Look how they cleverly arranged themselves in height order. Impressive.

I stretched.

But the run was not so nice. Six minute miles were not in the cards for me last night. TEN minute miles were not even in the cards for me! It was rough going. The worst part was that my breathing was very labored, much more so than normal. I wonder if it had something to do with the amount of pollen in the park? Or perhaps the fact that my total mileage for the past two weeks was 7 miles. Yeah. Maybe it was that.

Once again I’ve fallen into the “I’m too busy” trap and I’m not running as much as I need to. I probably need to set a weekly goal. Maybe 25 to start? And then grow from there as we approach real marathon training.

Yeesh. This can be exhausting.

The Juicy Verdict

April 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I did it! Yippee! I made it through spring cleaning – three days of a liquid-only diet. And the verdict is…

It was worth it. And I would do it again.

The hardest part for me was dinnertime – I just missed the ritual of cooking and sharing a meal with Chuck. It’s something I look forward to, so I felt weird without it. Plus, I didn’t really like the evening juices. But during the day, I felt great. I loved the juices and I was really energetic and clear-headed. So, when I cleanse again, I think I’ll go for the “juice ‘til dinner” option, where in addition to the juices, you get a lovely vegan dinner.

If you are looking for statistical results, I lost 4.5 lbs. Not bad for 3 days work. I doubt it’ll last, but that remains to be seen.

I am just now finishing up my first solid food since Sunday: blackberries and grapes. Yum.

So. Tonight is run club. I have no idea how I will feel. I might be amazing and light and fast and I might die after 5 minutes. Tune in tomorrow to find out! And, as always, join us if you can. ALL are welcome. 6:30 at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park.

The Juice is Loose

April 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Almost there! Today is day three of the cleanse – aka the LAST day – and I’m feeling good. I just took my adorable BPC lunch bag out of the fridge for my morning snack juice.

Yum as usual. This is the one I will miss the most. #2: pineapple, apple, mint. Might just have to recreate that one at home.

Last night I was sad that I couldn’t eat. I wasn’t hungry, just bummed. So today I am making an effort to be more positive about the experience – ie, I am doing a great thing for my body, not poor me, I can’t have a slice of pizza. It’s going well, but I’m sure that’s at least partially because it’s almost over!

Tomorrow morning, even though I think my standard breakfast (banana with peanut butter and seven grain toast) would be the most delicious thing in the world, I’m probably going to do plain fruit instead. Not so much because I only want clean things in my body (even though I do), but because I don’t want to shock the system. However, I also want to fuel for the run tomorrow evening (once again my first in a week, what the heck am I thinking?) with my good ol’ best friend nut butter. That’ll just have to wait until late afternoon, when by body is a bit more used to the idea of solid food again.

I don’t want to analyze yet, but I will say that the greatest benefit I can see so far from this experience is mental clarity. I have been super focused and productive in the last few days, more so than I’ve been in a long time. And I think that benefit alone is worth the trouble. I just hope it lasts beyond today.

As a side note, apparently you are all really into hearing about cleansing? More people have looked at my blog in the last two days than in any other day since I started blogging again. Hm. Usually I try to keep really focused on running and Alzheimer’s, but I guess other topics are of interest as well.

Juicy Juice, Day 2

April 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Day 2 of the juice cleanse is in full swing and I’m feeling good! I just finished juice #2 – it is by far the best one. Delicious. Tastes just like a mojito!

I can’t say I feel amaaaaaazing, but I certainly feel good. Time will still tell what the final verdict is.

Last night I had the two evening juices.

I didn’t really like either of them. The first one was made with beets, and I’m really not into beets. The second one I thought was going to be like dessert – cashew milk, cinnamon and vanilla bean. But it was a little gritty and not as sweet as I thought it would be. I was also a little hungry last night, but I think it was more I should be eating at this time hunger than actual hunger pangs. I feel perfectly fine now.

I’m almost halfway there! Easy peasy. I’m probably going to be running 6-minute miles on Thursday.

Juiced

April 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

For a long time I’ve been wanting to try a juice cleanse and last week, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a 3 day package from Blue Print Cleanse. I picked up the juices yesterday and started this morning. There are six juices for the day, and they’re all I can consume, other than water and green tea.

I think I was a little scared because I dreamed very vivid dreams last night, in all of which I had made it to the last day of the cleanse and survived. So this morning I was a little disappointed to wake up and realize I hadn’t even started yet. I avoided having the first juice because once I had it, I was really cleansing, and also because it was GREEN and SCARY.

But guess what?! It was seriously delicious. I loved it. It had romaine, green apple, spinach, celery, kale, cucumber, parsley, and lemon. No problem getting that guy down.

When I got to work….well, when I got to work, I really had to pee. I think peeing might be the theme of the day with the volume of liquid I’m consuming. But after I went to the loo I made up a cup of green tea to get me through ‘til the 11 am juice. Now I’m drinking #2 and it, too, is very tasty. Apple, pineapple, and mint. Yum.

I realize that this doesn’t seem to have all that much to do with running. But OH it does! For the last month or so my runs have been subpar. Lately I’ve been busy and stressed and it’s wreaking havoc on my body. Even though my diet is relatively clean in general (depending on how you look at it, I guess!), I feel like a good spring cleaning will make a huge difference. I guess that remains to be seen, but I have enough faith – and have heard enough excellent reviews – to believe that this will work.

While I’m doing it, I’m not going to run. I am always ravenous after running and I don’t want to make myself miserable when I can’t eat. So I’ll just go to yoga and relax a bit. Running will return on Thursday, though!

PS I have no idea why that diet coke is in the back of our fridge. It must be leftover from a party or something. Just felt like I had to justify!

Rain, rain…where are you?

April 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Last night at 4:30, after consulting with Assistant Captain Chuck and weather.com, I decided to cancel run club. Thundershowers were predicted and I couldn’t risk any lightening strikes!

Of course, it never rained.

I felt terrible and I so wish we had gone out, but I think I made the smart choice, and there’s always next week.

In lieu of outdoor running, I headed to the gym. I wanted to do something “fun,” so I decided to mix it up with pilates. I needed to run too, though, since it had been more than a week and I didn’t want to forget how. So I tried to do two fast miles on the treadmill. I ended up with two moderate miles. Whatever. At least I ran.

Pilates was weird. It was only my second time, but I was really excited because my first experience was most excellent. My second was…less so.  Even though the instructor knew that most of the class were relative beginners (and there were only 5 of us), I thought she went a little fast and didn’t demonstrate enough. But boy, can I see how beneficial it will be for running. Core strength is so important, and that’s what pilates is all about. So it wasn’t a wasted hour at all.

This morning I Shredded again! Chuck’s trainer said it’s fine to do it as often as I like as long as my body isn’t too sore. The second time was better than the first, and I’m sure the third time will be better than the second. I’m going to try to do it every day.

I would like to do a long run this weekend but I’m not sure where it fits. We really need to get in a bike ride before the 5-boro next weekend, and I have to work both days. But I’m not planning on running next Monday-Wednesday at all because I’m doing a juice fast! So I’ll have to at least squeeze in a few treadmill miles at some point.

Have a wonderful weekend!

No sleep 'til Brooklyn

April 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Brooklyn Half Marathon is a month from today! How did that happen? Wasn’t it winter 5 minutes ago? And now it’s already time to do 13.1 again?

On January 1, I didn’t set any new year’s resolutions, but I did decide that my running goal for the year would be to complete the NYRR Grand Prix – a half marathon in each borough of New York City. If you do all five you get a totally awesome patch (if only I still had my jean jacket from 5th grade to sew it on to!).

Manhattan was in January. It was my first half marathon, so I had no expectations. My half split at the Marathon was about 2:29, and I was just hoping to beat that. But I hadn’t really trained, and I was prepared to do worse. To my surprise and delight, my time was 2:16! I was so pleased with myself.

Then I ran the NYC Half Marathon in March (it’s not part of the series). The course is much easier than the Manhattan Half (which is two hilly loops in Central Park), and I had actually put in some miles, so I had big dreams. Crushed! 2:19. Boo. I still don’t really know what happened.

So now, with a month to go till Brooklyn, I’m ready to make an effort that will hopefully translate to a significant time improvement. This means it’s time for some long weekend runs, which I’ve been avoiding since…. September. Whoops.

Tonight is run club and it will be the first time I’ve hit the pavement since last Wednesday! Oh my. I wonder how this will go. (As always, join us if you like: Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park at 6:30 – weather permitting!)

P.S. No one knows whether I can Shred daily or not? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Shred

April 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Phew. I’m back. Yesterday was a little nutters at work so I wasn’t able to post. I didn’t have much to say anyway, since I was still in recovery mode and didn’t run or do any other kind of workout. But this morning I felt a lot better and I was ready to Shred.

The on-demand ads finally got to me, and I broke down and bought the Jillian Michaels 30-day Shred dvd. I’m in no rush to lose weight or anything, but I wouldn’t mind a nice set of buff arms for my wedding dress. And Jillian seems like the right person to help me. The disc came in the mail last night and this morning I bit the bullet!

It was hard, but not crazy hard. I took a few breaks but mostly I got through it. I’m a little worried, though, because I can already feel it in my arms and my legs, which makes me think the next 48 hours might be rough.

This brings me to an important question and I am hoping someone out there can help me. I had always been under the impression that you need to take a day of rest before working out any muscle group again, so that the torn tissue can repair itself. But 30-day Shred kind of suggests that you’re supposed to do it every day, no? What do you think?

My, how things change

April 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Just a year ago, I was…well, I was here. It was right around this time that I started running. I don’t remember, but I probably didn’t even notice when the Boston Marathon happened. But this morning it was front and center in my mind!

I’ve been following a lot of different runners and running organizations on Twitter (reminder – you can follow me! My Twitter is @coachonthemove) and the buildup for the past few weeks has been intense and addictive. So I was super excited to watch today, and I was especially excited to track Coach B as he attempted his first sub-3 hour marathon (which, for the record, is insane anywhere, but is truly, truly insane in Boston, a notoriously hard course). And what a fun day it was! Well, it would have been more fun if I was watching from my couch, but the internet wasn’t so bad. I loved that the Twitter community was so into watching the race and cheering on the runners – both the elites and the “regular” (though much more than regular in my book) people. It’s just so funny to me that this is something in which I’m really interested now. How things change! And in such a short amount of time. (By the way, B totally killed it and came in at 2:54!)

All this run talk made me want to go for a run, but unfortunately I am still haunted by this sinus infection/allergy attack that just won’t quit. I feel like I’ve had a feather up my nose all day. My co-workers made me this sign because I was sneezing so much!

Since I’m not really training for anything right now (well, there’s the Brooklyn Half, but it’s still over a month away), I am just taking full rest time and not running or gymming at all. Better to recover fully than jump in too soon.

Ode to Runner's World

April 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I really, really love Runner’s World. I am not being paid to say this (obviously!) and I am not hoping to get anything in return. I just love that it’s totally appealing to beginners and experienced runners alike. If you’re trying to get started with running, don’t be afraid! RW can be your new best friend. I am always pleasantly surprised to see how much space they devote to beginners. There was a wonderful story a few months back about a guy who ran 5 miles in a row for the first time ever and how momentous it was for him – maybe not what you’d expect for a magazine that mostly features marathoners on the cover, but extremely useful for a newbie. It so happens that the “Beginner’s Issue” is on newsstands now, so I’d recommend picking it up. You might just catch some inspiration.

This morning I was going to let Jillian break me down with an on-demand “Last Chance Workout,” but I woke up feeling slightly under the weather. Is the streak over?! I haven’t been sick even once since I went veg last July! I had a super powered breakfast of banana with peanut butter, blackberries, a whole wheat bagel and OJ, and I’m drinking tea like crazy to beat this thing back. We are scheduled to finally take our bikes out for a spin tomorrow and I really don’t want to miss out!

Happy weekend! Go for a run!

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