Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Week of Recovery - Getting Back on Track

Last week was kind of rough.  I had a lot of problems getting back into the normal routine after my big race.  My body was craving nutrients so I kept overeating.  I can be thankful that at least it was healthy foods that I was eating: chicken, turkey, milk, whole grain cereals, fruit, veggies and nuts/nut butters(I tried to moderate this!).  I am about 85% sure that I was iron deficient.  I took an iron supplement Thursday since I keep getting a low reading when I go to donate platelets and I was scheduled to donate Friday morning.   By the end of the night Thursday, I felt better than I'd felt all week; especially after I taught Zumba which probably metabolized the iron.  Then sure enough, Friday morning my iron level was perfect and I felt great the rest of the afternoon, even after running several errands.  I  also think it makes sense to assume that I was craving protein to repair the muscles I had worked so hard (hence the soreness).  I plan to go ahead and get a physical early this year; my body has over gone a major transformation these past two years and I want to make sure my body has adjusted accordingly.  This is especially the case since diabetes and other serious diseases run rampant through my family.  Anyway, to sum it up I had a long, tiring, overeating week last week and I felt incredibly bloated by the end of it all.  And I still say running long distance is worth it, I just wasn't properly trained to run 15.5 miles yet.  I was trained enough to accomplish it and run the entire time with an average pace of 10:25 :D, but not enough to do it without consequence.  I feel that if you work a training plan through and through, you will build up endurance, strength and recovery abilities over time.  This is why I still hope to run a marathon before my 27th birthday.

I did most of my usual work out routine last week:  I taught Monday, I did Body Pump and Zumba Tuesday night, then I felt so utterly shitty on Wednesday that I called in sick.  I had mild congestion and a sinus headache and then felt all around ill, so I went for a 3.5 mile run in hopes of sweating it out.  However, I think it was the lacking of nutrients and fatigue that were my real problems.  Anyway, so I missed Zumba again Wednesday night.  :(  I'm definitely going tomorrow because I really miss that class.  Thursday I taught Zumba, then Friday I got up early to run a couple of miles before donating platelets and counted that as one of my rest days.  Saturday I lazed about the house quite a bit, did a little cleaning and cooking, but mostly just enjoyed being at home!  It's been awhile since I slept in on a Saturday and stayed at home most of the day!  I tapered down my training schedule so I could focus on speed before the half marathon at the end of April, and had a long run of 7 miles scheduled for Saturday; so I headed out in the afternoon while the boys were mowing the lawn and doing yard work.  The wind was kinda bad and it was a hilly route, but I had my music playing and the temperature was lovely.  I started off on my usual route until I hit a fork in the road.  I got to a point where I had the option to continue on my route or go down this other trail and I suddenly felt adventurous and really wanted to explore.  I figured that even if it was a shorter route and I ended up not having enough mileage that I could just double back and continue on my regular route and do just a bit extra.  So off I took!  I took one new trail after another and really explored the park, I was enjoying myself so much that I'm pretty sure I ran nearly 10 miles.  I don't have the mileage since I deterred from my planned route, but I ran for an hour and 43 minutes so I'm thinking at least 9.5 miles because my pace was slow, but still decent. I love that two years ago the thought of running a 5k was almost too large to wrap my head around, but now a 5k is easy for me!  I love that "fun" for me is going on an impromptu 10 mile run!  And I honestly felt great afterwards, too!  I rested Sunday, did a tiny bit of Zumba practice, but not nearly as much as I should have.  =/  It will be hard to fit in all my training, I know this, but I think it will just take some more time to get everything in a routine and then it will be much easier, especially now that I've recuperated from my big race.  (I love typing that out!  :-P)

This week started off great.  I got my eating under control Thursday and have stayed strong on that end.  Over the weekend I made two soups, Chicken Tortilla and Lasagna soups.  They were healthy, full of veggies and very satisfying.  Score 1 on the eating side!  I made some of Katie's granola from runsforcookies, and changed it just a bit by adding raisins and cinnamon and substituting the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend for regular brown sugar, you can find this recipe on my Recipes page.  Katie notes that her favorite way to eat it is with peanut butter on apple slices, so of course I had to try it!
My absolute favorite way to eat it though is like this:  1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 chopped banana, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/4-1/2 cup of the granola.  This is OMG good!
Seriously, who needs sex?
I taught Zumba last night, then did 3.25 miles of speed work on the treadmill.  I actually feel pretty good about myself after that!  I stayed at a base pace of 6.3 mph (or 9.5 minute/mile) and did two minute intervals of 7 mph (or 8.5 minute/mile) dispersed randomly throughout.  My average pace ended up being 6.4, so I probably should have thrown in more intervals, but I'm cool with it.  Wednesday after Zumba I have a 4 miler scheduled at race pace, so I'll try and run the distance at 6.4 mph the entire time.  Tonight I did Body Pump and Zumba.  I'm feeling great so far, my eating has been between 1200 and 1500 calories the past few days, I've been drinking tons of water and the bloating from last week has eased.

Honestly, it's easy to say that my weight does not bother me and that I'm focusing on fitness related goals, and truly I am trying!  But the lack of change in my weight and size niggles at me in the back of my mind.  I try to get over it and ignore it, but it's been a persistent little fucker and refuses to truly leave me alone. The other day I was reminded of what pushes me on and what helps me get back on track. Awhile back, I met a young lady and we got to talking about weight loss. I decided that I wanted to try and help her lose weight, if by nothing else then by just being there to talk to about health and such. One day I was feeling especially glum about my lack of improvement in size and weight, when I got on Facebook and saw a post thanking me for being motivation to this young lady to run and push herself to do so. I was revived. I remembered that a big part of my passion stems from my desire to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. I am so proud of this lady, she has come so far just since I've known her. She came from not running at all to running a good portion of two miles in just a few tries! Then I started thinking about my little sister and how proud of I am that she has started trying to eat healthily and has started running, too. I am lucky to have the opportunity to try to help my friends and family with the same issues I have had, I only hope that I really can make a difference.  I am truly blessed to be witness to these young ladies as they begin their journeys, and I cannot wait to see their progress! This also helps get me back on track, if nothing else then to be a good example for others that I am trying to help. These last few pounds will perish, one way or another! Anyone else find your drive to push forward from people that you've inspired?


  1. I wish I could inspire a couple of family members. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and some people just don't want to put in the effort. Sad thing is to hear about all of the television they watch!

    1. It took a couple years of watching me for some people to want to make a move on it, there are so many more people that I know that I would love to help. But I try not to be pushy, you can only support those that already want to change their lives, you really can't change anyone's mind! :)