Saturday, May 25, 2013

I think I broke me...

I don't know what the hell I'm doing, thinking I can start running at this point in my life.  I'm pushing 50, I'm still 60+ lbs overweight, I'm NOT athletic, what the hell am I doing!?!

I went for another run yesterday, after taking Wednesday and Thursday off.  And, I mean OFF, as in no running OR gym.  But, I was feeling like a million bucks yesterday.  I got dressed and ready for a run to my parents' house.  Stud was going to leave at the same time, in my truck, and meet me there.  He threw our lawnmower in the truck and was going to cut their lawn while I ran.  Perfect plan. 

Well, things were going great.  I actually was able to up my game a bit.  Instead of doing one and one with the lightpoles, I was running two, then only walking one.  I felt awesome.  I was barely breaking a sweat, I wasn't feeling all that winded, but my left knee was getting sorer and sorer as I ran. 

I was having such a good time, that I wasn't paying attention to where I was running, and ended up running about 4 blocks out of my way.  No biggie, I thought, because now the run would be closer to the actual distance of the 5K.  Unfortunately, when I finally turned around to head to my parents' house, I ran down a street that was basically under construction.  I'm thinking running on that uneven gravely mess was my undoing.

I felt great when I got to my parents'.  Stud was finished with the lawn, and they weren't home, so as soon as I got there, we left.  In the less than 5 minutes it took to drive home, my knee started calling me an asshole.  And, it only got worse from there.

Later, Magnum and I met a friend for dinner.  We hadn't seen each other in a long time, so as soon as he finished eating, Magnum left, and she and I stayed for a while, catching up.  When we finally decided we'd better call it a night, I tried to stand up, and almost fell over.  I had to stand there for seriously almost 5 minutes before I could put any real weight on it.  Truthfully, I was a little scared.  I slowly made my way out of the restaurant (which, of course, included some stairs!) and it got just a little better.  Then, being the ass that I am, I forgot where the hell I parked!  I ended up walking about 3 blocks out of my way before I found my car!  Eesh!

Anyhoodles, my knee was KILLING me by the time I got home (about a 20 minute drive).  This morning, it's only slightly better.  If I keep moving it constantly, it's better than being still.  Lord help me, how the HELL am I going to do this run in a week!?

Just for fun, here are the figures from yesterday:

4,790 steps
2.78 miles
41:06 minutes
344.6 calories

I'm off to go find a knee brace :(  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So far, so good...

I decided, painful or not, I HAD to go for a run today.

Oo, I downloaded a really cool free app this morning for my iPhone.  It's a pedometer, but also measures calories burned, time, etc.  So as soon as it loaded, I was out the door.

I headed down the driveway, and started with a power walk, just to loosen up my muscles.  After about a block, I decided to try a slow jog.  ARGHHH!!!  My legs were SCREAMING!  I'm embarrassed to say, I abandoned my plan to run to my parents' house.  I went a few blocks, then turned down a side street and headed back toward home.  According to my cool, new pedometer, it was a half-mile in about 10 minutes.  Not bad, considering it was mostly fast walking.

I came in the house, and immediately felt like a turd.  And truthfully, after all that moving, my legs actually felt a little better.  So...I headed right back out the door!  I yelled down to Stud on my way out that he was going to have to come pick me up at his grandparents' house, and I took off.

I was really so afraid of hurting myself, that I took it way easier than I did Saturday.  I just power walked until I was out of my neighborhood.  Once I crossed the street that serves as the border between Chicago and my parents' town, I started running.  I planned to use the same system I used on Saturday, with the street lights.  But, since I hadn't run at all yet, I was able to run two lights down, before walking one.  I kept that up until I was about 3/4 of the way to my parents'.  Then I went back to the one walking, one running. 

I called Stud when I was about 3 blocks away to let him know he should leave our house.   Then I realized I could just have my dad drive me home.  I told Stud I would call him back when I got there. 

When I got there, no one was home!  Eesh!  I called Stud back, and luckily, he didn't listen (as always!) and was already on his way.  I decided that instead of just standing there waiting, I would start running back toward home, and just meet him where I meet him. 

Turns out I only got about 2 blocks before he was there.  AND, the little angel brought me a bottle of cold water!  I love that goofy kid! =)

We stopped at the store on the way home to get a few things.  I actually had Stud snap a photo of me, so I could see if I was presentable enough to be seen in public.
He lied and said I was.  The little wienie! 

After we grabbed a few things and came out, I was still feeling the "high," and told Stud I was just going to run home.  (The store is at the very intersection where I cross over out of the city into my parents' town.)  I started across the parking lot, and then just stopped.  "What the HELL are you thinking?!" is what I screamed in my head.  I was going to do EXACTLY the same thing I did to myself on Saturday.  Thank God I came to my senses. 

I'm just happy I was able to get out at all today.  I was in unbelievable pain on Sunday, and yesterday wasn't so hot, either. 

According to my pedometer, I walk/ran 5,901 steps, 3.179 miles, in 54 minutes.  This thing actually gives a calorie count, as well.  (How the hell does this thing work?!)  It says 349.4 calories.  Not nearly what I burn on the elliptical, but that's ok.  I'm just glad I did it!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Naturally, I spoke too soon...

Wow, am I a big dummy.  I TOTALLY overdid it Saturday, and I've been paying the price ever since.

My brother called me Saturday afternoon to see if I could work at the bar, as one of his bartenders ended up in the hospital overnight with an emergency appendectomy.  I wasn't sure about being on my feet all night, after that run, but I said sure.

My legs were actually ok.  It was my back and hips that were getting progressively more sore as the night wore on.  All that pounding on the cement was probably not the best thing for these old joints.  Plus, I'm still hauling around at least 60 excess pounds.

It was a long, busy night at the bar, and I didn't get home until 6am Sunday morning.  (Ahhh, I miss the good ol' days when that happened EVERY Friday and Saturday!)  I absolutely HAD to be up and out of bed no later than 10 for church, so I tried to go right to sleep.  Well, when the alarm went off, and I tried to get out of bed, I very nearly screamed out loud.  My legs were on FIRE!  That would have been bad enough, but we had a very full schedule of events yesterday, so there was going to be no sitting around and resting.  I spent the rest of the day hobbling around like someone who had both legs run over by a semi.

Today, I'm feeling only slightly better.  It's the worst after I've been still for a bit.  Once I actually get moving, and the muscles loosen up a bit, it gets better.  But, stairs make me literally cry out, and there's NO way to avoid them around here.  Even worse, Buster is now to the point where he can't do the stairs anymore, so I have to carry him down several times a day so he can go out.  I've been terrified that I'm going to fall, and then fall on top of him and kill him.  Thankfully, he can go up the stairs on his own.

I'm really pissed at myself for messing up my "training schedule" so badly.  Like I said, my intention was to at least run to my parents' house every day until the 5K.  Well, now I've already missed yesterday, and I seriously doubt I'll be doing it today.  Ugh!  I'm going to take Mel's advice and take a bath with some epsom salts, and pop some Advil, then see how I feel.

I feel like I let you guys down, which I know is silly, but I can't help it.  I definitely let myself down. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I did it, and I'm still here to tell about it...

I FINALLY ran outside!!  I've been talking about it for almost a month, but didn't actually do it until today.  I know I should have been doing it for a while now, to get used to it, since the 5K is clearly outside!

My excuse has been that I needed to get running shoes, but you know I did that Wednesday.  Then Thursday, I tried my new shoes out at the gym, and found out they are magical!  So, I took the plunge today and went for a run.  (I skipped the gym yesterday, but still got in lots of aerobic activity.  The fun kind ;-)  Oops, sorry, I know, TMI!)  Well, it was more of a walk/run, but still.  Truthfully, I'm pretty damn proud of myself.  I ended up going literally twice as far as I had intended, and I feel great!

I was only going to walk/run to my parents' house, which is 2 1/2 miles from my house.  I ended up going from there to my Bestest Friend's house, cuz I figured she'd drive me home.  She didn't answer her door!! (Turns out she was in the shower)  So, I had to walk/run home.

As soon as I got home, I jumped in the car, reset my trip odometer, and drove the route I just finished.  It was 5.1 miles!  Woo hoo!!  Again, I didn't run the whole thing, but I ran half of it.  Since that is the first time I've run in 13 years, I'm pretty excited.

I switched back and forth between power walking and jogging.  I used the street lights as my guide.  I walked from one to the next, than would jog to the next, and so on.  About 2/3 of the way to my parents' house, I was starting to wheeze, so I shot Magnum a text asking him to drop my asthma inhaler off at my parents'.  He passed me in the car and beeped when I was about 2 blocks from their house.  He's so cute.  He waited outside their house for me, cheering me on. =)

I had originally thought I would just have my dad drive me back home, but I didn't anticipate feeling as good as I did.  I didn't think I could go all the way back home, but I figured I could go the half-mile to Bestest Friend's house, and SHE could drive me home.  Plus, then it would be almost the exact distance as a 5K.  Well, like I said, she didn't answer her door!  So, I walk/ran home.

The whole trip took me about an hour and 10 minutes.  Not so bad.  I do the elliptical for 65 minutes every day, so this was pretty good.  About half-way home from Bestest Friend's house, my left quad started talking to me, but I think that had more to do with the 7.15 miles on the elliptical Thursday.  And, my left knee started to get "pinchy," so I hope it doesn't kill me later tonight.

So, there you go!!  I survived my first run!  I actually felt like a million bucks when I got home, and was tempted to go back out, but then I smacked myself in the head, and reminded my big butt that this was the FIRST day, and I would probably end up hurting myself if I pushed too hard.  I have 2 weeks before this 5K, so I'm going to just have to get in a run every day til then.  I'm actually a little excited about it.  Who the HELL would believe that I would EVER be excited about running!?!  (M, I know you're so proud!  I thought of you the whole time!)

Maybe I should track my running mileage, huh?  Ok, well for today, I'm giving myself 2.5 miles!  Yay!

Oh, and M, here are my cute new shoes.  They're Asics.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

They're magic!!

I finally got myself some running shoes yesterday.  They must be magic!  Look at today's numbers:

Elliptical
640 calories
7.15 miles!!!!!! (I'm SO gonna feel this later, I'm afraid.  Well, maybe not, since I now have MAGIC SHOES!  tee hee)
65 minutes

Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@80
Inner thigh 2x30@105
Outer thigh 2x30@100
Pull Downs 2x30@50
Shoulder press 2x30@10, 6x15@10 (I couldn't do a third set of 30, but I kept the extra 2 sets of 15)
Obliques 2x30@80

2013 Elliptical Totals
39,510 calories
336.63 miles

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

5/15/13

Man, I'm wiped out today.  I don't really know why.  Maybe it has to do with upping the weight on almost all the machines?  I don't know.  But, I was dragging.

Elliptical
613 calories
5.66 miles (that sounds so sad now.  But, trust me, I remember when 5 miles was my GOAL, so I'm not going to beat myself up over this!)
65 minutes

Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@80
Outer thigh 2x30@100 
Inner thigh 2x30@105
Pull Downs 2x30@50
Shoulder press 3x30@10, 6x15@10 (Wow, I don't know what happened here, but I was able to add another set of 30 (!) in a row, then 2 sets of 15!)
Obliques 2x30@80

2013 Elliptical Totals
38,870 calories
329.48 miles

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

5/14/13

Apparently, I pushed a little two hard the last couple of days at the gym.  My legs were screaming at me today to take it easy.  So, that's exactly what I did.  Plus, I think upping the weight on almost every machine yesterday took its toll on my muscles.  I just felt a bit drained today.

Elliptical
630 calories
6 miles (this was HARD to do today!)
65 minutes
Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@80
Inner thigh 2x30@105
Outer thigh 2x30@100
Pull Downs 2x30@50 Shoulder press 2x30@10, 4x15@10
Obliques 2x30@80

2013 Elliptical Totals
38,257 calories
323.82 miles

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Monday, May 13, 2013

5/13/13

REALLY dragging today.  My legs were like noodles.

Elliptical
635 calories
6.58 miles
65 minutes

Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@80 (I took the plunge, and upped the weight the 10 lbs)
Inner thigh 2x30@105 (upped this 5 lbs)
Outer thigh 2x30@100 (upped this 5 lbs)
Pull Downs 2x30@50 (upped this 5 lbs)
Shoulder press 2x30@10, 4x15@10 (damn if this doesn't STILL kill me!  It's the LOWEST weight you can set it at, and I feel like I'm going to pass out when I do it!)
Obliques 2x30@80

2013 Elliptical Totals
37,627 calories
317.82 miles

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Friday, May 10, 2013

HOLY #@&*

I was excited about YESTERDAY'S record, but TODAY, I blew that out of the water!

Elliptical
637 calories
6.9 miles  [I started out REALLY slow and easy, since I was a little wiped out from yesterday's workout, but then I just kept pushing.  I did my "new" thing again, which I haven't quite figured out how to describe yet.  I'm loving it!  I'm pissed that I didn't just push from the beginning, because I think I could have hit 7 miles >:(  ]
65 minutes

Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@70
Inner thigh 2x30@100
Outer thigh 2x30@95
Pull Downs 2x30@45
Shoulder press 2x30@10, 4x15@10
Obliques 2x30@80

2013 Elliptical Totals
36,992 calories
311.24 miles

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

5/9/13

Elliptical

Tried something new today, instead of the interval training I've been doing.  LOVED it!  And, I hit a new record:

630 calories
6.5 miles!!!!
65 minutes
Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@70 (I SO want to add more weight to this, but this machine goes up in 10lb increments, not 5.  I think 10 is too big a jump right now)
Inner thigh 2x30@100
Outer thigh 2x30@95
Obliques 2x30@80
Shoulder press 2x30@10, 4x15@10 (this was WAY harder today, probably from adding that extra set yesterday)
Pull Downs 2x30@45

2013 Elliptical Totals (I forgot this yesterday, those numbers have now been added)
36,355 calories
304.34 miles

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

5/7/13

Ok, I know today is actually the 8th, but I forgot to post this yesterday.  Today, I spent the day with Monkey, so I missed my gym time.  I may go later tonight.  Or not.  I don't mind, since spending the entire day with my baby was the best birthday present ever.

5/7/13
Elliptical
630 calories
6.19 miles
65 minutes

Ab crunches 2x30@65 (added 5 lbs today)
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@70
Inner thigh 2x30@100 (added 5 lbs today)
Outer thigh 2x30@95 (added 5 lbs today)
Obliques 2x30@80
Shoulder press 2x30@10, 4x15@10 (I was able to add another set of 30 today.  It's finally going somewhere!)
Pull Downs 2x30@45 (added 5 lbs today)

Monday, May 6, 2013

5/6/13

Elliptical

630 calories
6.3 miles
65 minutes

Ab crunches 2x30@60
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@70
Inner thigh 2x30@95
Outer thigh 2x30@90
Obliques 2x30@80
Shoulder press 30@10, 4x15@10 (I was able to add two sets of 15 today.  I'm getting there!)
Pull Downs 2x30@40


Feeling a bit tired and sore today from cleaning the garage for 6 hours yesterday :(


2013 Elliptical Totals
35,095 calories
291.65 miles



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Friday, May 3, 2013

5/3/13

Elliptical

626 calories
6.31 miles
65 minutes

Ab crunches 15@65, 15@ 50, 30@60 (tried upping this one, but it was too much, then I lowered it too much by accident)
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@70
Inner thigh 2x30@95
Outer thigh 2x30@90
Obliques 2x30@80
Shoulder press 30@10, 2x15@10
Pull Downs 2x30@40

2013 Elliptical Totals
34,465 calories
285.35 miles

I tied my previous record for distance, but I see that I burned less calories this time.  I guess because I weigh less now than I did the first time I hit 6.31 miles.  Oh, and I finally was able to move that damn ticker.  It's only a pound, but it's something.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

5/2/13

Elliptical

630 calories
6 miles
65 minutes
Ab crunches 2x30@60
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@70
Inner thigh 2x30@95 (upped this on Monday, edited Monday's post)
Outer thigh 2x30@90
Obliques 2x30@80
Shoulder press 30@10, 2x15@10 (still the same overall number of reps, but went 30 straight first)
Pull Downs 2x30@40

2013 Elliptical Totals
33,839 calories
279.04 miles

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