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I finally got new running shoes!

They are actually the same as my old sneakers, except they’re teal.

I figured if it’s not broke then why fix it?

Remember back in August when I got the pink ones? I can’t believe how worn out they are compared to the teal ones.

I took the new shoes out for a spin yesterday and they felt great.

I was going to wear my new Thriv running shirt, but ultimately I decided with rain threatening going out in a light-colored tight shirt probably wasn’t the best idea.

While the new shoes rocked the run itself was hard.

Let’s rewind until Thursday when I did my first speed workout. It didn’t go well for several reasons:

1. My allergies at this time of the year are awful, have I complained about them yet? If I haven’t it’s a miracle because they’re ruining my life. The park where I run is full of allergens and it makes trying to breathe while running torture.

2. I don’t really know how to do a speed workout. I figured I would warm up with a mile or two and then alternate some fast running with some slow jogging. But I didn’t have a plan and I found the execution to be really difficult.

3. I was still incredibly sore from my strength training the prior Sunday and I hadn’t stretched Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Big mistake.

So going into Saturday’s run I wasn’t in the best frame of mind. The plan was to run 8 miles and I set out to do it.

First issue, my roommate was in the bathroom forever and finally I just left. I realized I needed to use the bathroom before I ran. I didn’t want to stop mid-run at one of the portapotties so I took a detour to Barnes and Noble. Perfect.

Second issue, I was super dehydrated. I tried to drink a lot before I left, but it didn’t work. I felt very run down the entire run, even though I stopped at water fountains several times.

Third, I was going too quickly. And I knew I was going too quickly, but I couldn’t slow down. I kept telling myself to slow down, that I was going to tire myself out and that my incredibly heavy breathing (combo of going too quickly and my allergies) wasn’t helping anyone.

Basically I was really down on myself. And I tried not to be, but it’s hard. I told myself that all I had to do was go 4.45 miles, which was the longest I had run since the half two weeks ago. Luckily, by the time I got to 4.45 miles, I had fallen into a groove and a better headspace.

Then, right around mile 6, I got this horrible pain my chest, like I expected to look down at my heartrate monitor and see it say 400. It didn’t, but the pain just got worse and went down into my stomach. It was like a stitch in my side, but right in my middle.

I stopped and luckily was near a water fountain. I had a drink, did some stretches, and walked for a bit. I started running, but again, after maybe a tenth of a mile, the pain came back. I ended up walking again, for longer, and it went away.

Eventually I started up again and ran another mile, making my total mileage 7. I was really upset because I knew, before I got the pain, I could have made it to 8, but in the end I was happy to do 7. And I have 8 on the schedule for next weekend too so I’ll have a chance to redeem myself.

My ankles were really sore today, which is a sign that I ran too hard. I MUST GO SLOWER. Yes, my lungs can go faster, and sometimes my legs can, but ultimately I have to pace myself. I’ve been running for less than a year, there will be plenty of time for 8 minute miles.

I had a much better workout today. Even though I was dreading it and procrastinated like mad this morning I really enjoyed my strength training. I did the No More Trouble Zones DVD again.

It was really hard last week but I won’t improve unless I keep trying. I think my new motto is, (and tell me if I got this from somewhere else and I’m just being a spaz and not remembering) “Things are only hard until they aren’t.”

It might not sound fancy, but I like it. So Jillian will only be able to torture me until she can’t and the only way she can’t is if I keep doing the DVD and improving.

Hopefully I’ll also be less sore this week.

And I’m off to research speed workouts!

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A Mish Mosh

I promise this will be a much shorter post than my previous few. I don’t know what’s been wrong with me, I’ve been babbling!

I had a great day yesterday. Despite the fact that I looked ridiculous with my skinny cords and sneakers

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Sorry for the bad pic, I took it with my Blackberry and meant to post it on Twitter, but then never got around to it. The outfit actually doesn’t look that ridiculous in the picture.

When I went to buy copious amounts of Pineapple Chobani I was surprised that the store had the two new flavors. I bought one of the Strawberry Banana and one of the Raspberry.

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I was going to bring the strawberry banana one for the second half of my breakfast this morning, but then I realized that I had a strawberry banana Greenmonster for the first half of breakfast and I should probably change it up a little.

I really liked the raspberry. Raspberry isn’t my favorite berry in general (when will someone make a blackberry Greek yogurt??), but I thought this was very good. I could definitely tell there was less fat than in the 2% pineapple, but I don’t think that’s a negative thing.

After the grocery store I had the best run yesterday. I keep forgetting to finish stretching. Weird, I know, but I do half, get distracted, never finish, and then start running and feel tight after a few minutes.

But I recovered well. I felt the need for speed. Check out my splits:

Mile 1: 9:26
MIle 2: 8:42
Mile 3: 8:24

For a total of 26:33! Crazy!

I really didn’t think that last mile would be so quick, I thought I was dragging after going so quickly at the beginning.

And I’m not sore today. I was a bit sore when I got back yesterday, but it seems to have gone away this morning. And no ankle pain and barely any swelling!

I also had the best dinner last night. It’s my dream dinner.

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Trader Joe’s British muffin with White Chocolate Wonderful PB, burned brussel sprouts, 2 slivers of cheddar cheese, and an orange. I also had an unpictured small glass of red wine and 2 squares of Lindt sea salt chocolate.

Yumm, I need to buy more of this peanut butter, it’s so good.

Finally (see, I told you it would be short), check out these amazing pictures. They were taken by someone I work with while they were on an aerial shoot with an author. I’m often the first the rag on New York City, but I think these pictures are just breathtaking.

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I apologize in advance if this is really boring or makes no sense. I have a pounding headache, like a little migraine, and I’m having trouble focusing.

Monday was one of my least favorite days of the year. As you may or may not have noticed I try to eat seasonally as much as possible. For me that means buying the large majority of my produce at the Greenmarkets in Union Square and Grand Army Plaza. This is pretty much do-able from April-January. For vegetables I go through asparagus, green beans, wax beans, sugar snap peas, corn, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and I’m sure I’m forgetting others.

For fruit there are always apples, but I try to only eat those in the fall. I get blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries all summer.

But then comes winter, and, because I live in NYC and things from the Greenmarket can only be grown locally and it’s winter here now, the Greenmarket suddenly goes bare. There are still the apples, still the eggs, still the cheese, still the jellies and jams, but that’s it.

And it all happens so suddenly. Before Christmas there were still plenty of brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower around. But when I came back to work I only found one person who had brussel sprouts and broccoli and, although I bought them, they weren’t very good.

When I went to buy vegetables this week there weren’t any left. I find this to be an especially depressing time of year. I love buying local, mostly organic, produce at relatively cheap prices. It’s fun to wander around and try new things that you just can’t find or don’t notice at the grocery store.

But don’t worry, I still manage to get in my fruits and vegetables. And I still try to eat seasonally. I bought broccoli and brussel sprouts from the store yesterday and I’ve been buying oranges for the past few weeks. Pretty soon grapes will be in-season and I’ll start buying those. And, because it is the right season for these things, oranges are $1/each and grapes, I think, are $1/lb.

Basically this just is another sign of winter that I hate. I’m so ready for winter to be over.

I had a great elliptical workout last night. The gym was still full of the New Year’s Resolutioners but somehow I managed to just walk up to an elliptical and get right on. I kept looking around to make sure I hadn’t cut anyone off who was waiting, but no one appeared to be waiting and no one came up and said anything to me.

Sorry for all the picture-less posts lately. I haven’t seen too many picture-worthy things lately. Hopefully that will change this weekend. But I do have a picture today!

As I’ve mentioned I’ve been wearing my sneakers around to try to get my ankle to stop swelling. It’s worked really well, even though I look like a total idiot. Well, today I’m wearing a skirt to work, I have a dinner with buyers tonight so I have to look nice, and I really was going to wear my sneakers to work

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But I couldn’t do it. Not only because I look like I’m over 50, but because I would freeze. It was 25* when I left my apartment this morning and that much leg exposed would have been unbearable.

So I went with my boots

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And hopefully enough stretching and Advil will keep the swelling to a minimum.

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I ran a tough 3 miles yesterday for the first official run of my half marathon training. I had worn my sneakers all day at work so my ankle was only slightly swollen and much less so after I stretched, so I went into the run being optimistic. Unfortunately my legs were still incredibly sore from the NMTZ DVD on Sunday and the cold just made them feel so much worse.

I thought I wouldn’t be able to do 3 miles in under 30 minutes, but after I stopped to stretch (and stopped my watch) halfway through it was much easier. Here are my splits:

Mile 1: 9:38
Mile 2: 9:28
Mile 3: 8:55 (!!)

For a total of 28:02! I was pretty happy with that.

It’s also nice to see that my average heart rate is going down. When I first started running with my Garmin after Christmas my average heartrate was in the 180’s and my max heartrate was once as high as 200 BPM. But it’s been steadily going down since. Yesterday my average heartrate was 171 BPM and my max was 186.

Now, that I’m running, I have a new issue: calorie counting. As you know one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to count calories for one month, this month. So far it’s not going too well. There are a few issues:

First, when I sit down in the morning to plan out my calories I have to plan them out for the entire day. This means including my workouts, but then, if, at night, when I workout, I don’t feel up to working out (ankle, other plans, exhaustion), I’m 300-400 calories over my goal. How do I account for this? I need to plan those 300-400 calories into my day, I can’t eat an extra 300-400 calories at night and I can’t skip dinner if I don’t work out. Do I just say “oh well” since most of the time I will be working out?

Second, I’m having major problems with snacking while I’m cooking dinner. I usually eat an apple at the office around 4pm and then half a Clif bar around 6pm before I workout and then I’m home making dinner around 7:15 or so. I try to make things that are easy and quick. For instance, last night I made pizza, it took me about 20 minutes, but I still snacked on mozzarella cheese the entire time the pizza was cooking. And I’m not counting those calories in my total because it’s totally mindless. I need to stop this, it’s not good. I am getting enough food, I don’t need more.

Third, going out to eat. Going out to eat has always been my biggest weakness. I can’t seem to order a healthy meal when I go out or eat a normal-sized portion. It’s just food. It’s not the only food I’ll ever eat, I need to remember that. And I need to remember that eating crap food, or even a ton of healthy food, isn’t good and it’s not going to help me reach my goals.

Ok, thank you for letting me get that out. I never talk about this stuff and I think I need to.

I’m going to end with something funny to keep this light. I was playing around on the Garmin website last night, after I loaded my mileage, and I was looking through their list of training activities and saw this:

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Look at the last one. Flying? What does this mean? Is it something really obvious and I’m being an idiot? Because I don’t think flying in a plane burns too many calories and unless I’ve missed something we can’t just flap our arms and fly away (although I’m sure it would be a great workout). I just noticed that boating is on there too, how many calories does that burn? Weird, right?

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My Day

Let’s catch up on my day today, shall we?

It was pretty uneventful until the afternoon. That’s when my boss’s boss’s (a VP) daughter came in to visit me. She’s 13 years old and comes into the office a lot after school and on days off so I know her pretty well. She’s always hungry so when she saw some Environkidz rice crispy-esque things sitting on my desk she asked if she could have one. I had brought them in with the intention of putting them in the giveaway pile in the kitchen since I wasn’t a fan.

Well, she opened it up, took a few small bites, and then noticed that there were maggots all over it! Yep, I fed my boss’s boss’s daughter a contaminated rice crispy treat. She handled it pretty well for a 13 year old girl, there was lots of spitting and rinsing her mouth, but no real panic. Honestly, she probably handled it better than I would have. After she recovered she went and told everyone. Her mother came in and all she said, in what I’m pretty sure was a joking tone, “Bad career move, Maggie.”

We took a picture of the maggots and then my old boss called the company that makes them. We sent them the bar, the wrapper, a maggot, an unopened bar from the same box, and a strongly worded letter. God willing they do not send more bars. Perhaps a nice cash settlement? I told the daughter I would give her the money. I obviously felt awful.

Next I went to Trader Joe’s on my way home from work. I spent more than $40. My spending on food this week isn’t good. But I bought an $8 box of Emergen-C, a $6 thing of Olive Oil, and a $5 thing of maple syrup. So it would have been $30 without that stuff, all of which will last me for a while.

I had originally planned on going to the gym tonight and doing something non-impact, but that sounded boring so I instead decided that I would do the run I didn’t get to do last night because my ankle was swollen. Now my ankle is still swollen, but it hasn’t been bothering me at all today. So I went running (temperatures in the high-20s, wind chills in the single digits, it was FREEZING) and it was a great run. Here are my splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:51
  • Mile 2: 9:24
  • Mile 3: 9:17
  • And the .1: 0:54

Not my fasted, but considering the weather conditions and the swollen ankle I was pretty happy. And my ankle doesn’t hurt and it’s no more or no less swollen.

I’m heating it now and I’m about to go stretch. Then it’s off to bed for me. Certainly not an exciting night but I have a busy rest of the weekend so I thought I’d take it easy tonight.

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