The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic


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{Weekend Recap} : Actively Eating & Outdoor Fun

  Saturday morning started off bright & early at 8am. It was my third year doing the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in honor of a friend’s mom.  While there were a few runners in our group, the rest of us took the opportunity to slow down to a casual stroll and chat.

We ended it with the annual BBQ which included “flip flip scrabble cup” and break out dance routines :

After picking out horses (I took Take Charge Indy – it sounded powerful….and I had 2 seconds to decide)  I switched from Derby to Cinco de Mayo :

Pinata Baseball on the rooftop leaded to jumping pictures … we weren’t very good at them.  Someone made delicious cupcakes with lemon zest – perfect recovery fuel for a < 3.1 mile walk.

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Sunday was the first UGS/Athelta group run of the Spring season. Over 90 girls showed up!! I recognized some faces from the fall and there were a ton of new ones. I was really impressed with how the event was organized and even noticed little ways they improved from last year (raffle ticket inside of the goody bag? Brilliant! Sometimes it’s the simplest things).

I was hesitant at first to even go because of my hip & all the silly injuries but figured I could stick with the beginners and always drop down to walkers. With indirect peer pressure I ended up jumping in the intermediate group at the last-minute – a loose estimate of 9:30 min mile.

There was so many of us that even the intermediate group broke down into 3 groups. I ended up running with 5 girls and by the end started dragging in the bag – hip wasn’t too happy,  not to mention I was feeling the few weeks off from any cardio. But it was a good run & I’m glad I went.  During the group stretch I stepped away to do a blood test … so skipped stretching my first run back – way to go for injury prevention.

RunKeeper lied again so I didn’t get stats but we ran for 39:40 minutes and I think the coach said 10:15 min mile pace … something between 3.5 – 4 miles.

I then rushed to met a friend for brunch at Elmo‘s, shopping & The High Line.

Living in the UES I don’t visit it often and it was cool to see how much it’s expanded since I last went. Need to venture over there more often.

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I over-corrected for brunch and ended up going low as we were heading back …which totally calls for 16 Handles. I tried the Greek Honey Yogurt flavor  – I’ll be sticking to Birthday Cake (my fav) & Blueberry (that makes it healthier right?).

Lots of friends, activities & carbs – the perfect weekend.


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When [will you run]

If running is important to you, then your mind-set shifts from Can I find time for it? to When can I find time for it? You think in terms not of Will I run today? but When will I run today?

– Scott Douglas, author of The Little Red Book of Running via Runners World

That was the quote of the day from Runners World this morning. Which I received after a battle against the snooze button (again) in which it won (again). I knew that I would cranky this evening that I was forced to run after work now that I’ve gotten use to just crashing. But since I skipped yesterdays 2 miles there was no getting out of tonight. Not quite matching the mind-set but getting there…

Opting out of Wednesday morning was fairly warranted – my blood-sugar was over 500 after soccer which I of course over treated and woke up 27. Those are about as bad as it gets on either sides. Of course drenched in sweat and 1/2 asleep I over treated again (yes, a reoccurrence) and woke up in the 300s …which meant no run.

So my excuse for not making up for it Wednesday night? Despite mentioning that stress-management was my daily healthy effort I had a very (very) emotional day at work that left me drained and in bed at 9:30. Why yes, I did lose to the snooze button after going to bed ridiculously early.

Anyways….I had the whole idontwannaaaaa thing going on but after having one too many handfuls of PB Cheerios I told myself I had to be out the door by 8:30. Luckily my sneakers still make me happy and lacing up was a little easier.

When I used to run at night I ran in the East Village where I was always dodging people, running around the Upper East Side is not quite the same and I opted out of running along the river.

RunKeeper was lying to me again, whispering in my ear that I was running 8 minute miles.

I remapped it when I got home and it was 3.75 miles with an average pace of 10:13. I’ll go with it, there were moments I felt like the entire run was uphill but had a really strong finish at the end.

P.S. I love that in NYC I can finish a run, cool down for a block and stop into the grocery store not caring if I’m flushed/sweaty/seen. Freezer is still broken and I was starting to play roulette not icing my knee & groin so I stopped to pick up a bag…and peanut butter b/c 24 hours with out PB is too long.

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Your turn:

Are you a morning or night runner?

 

 


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Is your refrigerator running?

i will not ask where january went. i will not ask where january went. i will not ask where january went. I will not ask where january went. i will not ask where january went. 

It’s February! And I just wore a t-shirt on my night run. #loveit

This morning started off a little rough – once I saw it was rainy out I wussed out of my morning run knowing it was going to be a challenge to follow through this evening.

Than I discovered my fridge decided to stop working over night. Ice cube trays were water. So after an hour of figuring out how to be an adult & handle it … and leaving a voicemail with my super, I headed to the bodega to get 5 bags of ice which I crammed into the freezer with the already (no longer) frozen veggies & rescued my insulin & all the dairy including all the Chobani I just stocked up on. Important things people! 

The ice was still ice and the yogurt was still cold this evening so I figured I’m going back to the old age & utilizing an icebox. I hope I don’t get food poisoning. 

Starving when I got home, an almost dead iPhone and a blood-sugar that would need a boost for a run … it was easy to talk myself out of it. But I knew I would be mad at myself, especially after last week when so many off-set plans were out of my control, so I laced up the moment there was a break in my excuses.

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And than went out and dominated my run. 

2 miles were on the plan. I came up 1/2 mile short yesterday so I knew I wanted to tack that on if not go for 3 (there was a time when 3 was the norm). 

This time when RunKeeper told me I was pulling under 10 min miles I believed it:

Funny I had just pinned this from Women’s Running

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and once I knew it was possible all I could think of was keeping it under 9:20 …. I did 2.95 miles (yeah that missing .05 hurts) in 27:19 – average 9:15. I could have strongly rounded it off at 3 – I need to go back & study my routes apparently – especially since  3 miles are on the plan for tomorrow morning.

Oh and I most definitely know how to kick my own butt – my legs are feeling Monday nights  routine. Hopefully I can put together an equally good one for my quads tomorrow night.


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A 6:30 min mile {lies}

Today was the return of morning runs outside.
After last weeks rough treadmill session plus the fall like weather it seemed like a must.
After a few snooze button attacks I woke up 90 which is perfect but my body felt low.
Mind over matter. 
The perfect am pre-run blood sugar, I just had to trust myself…and fight every urge to go for some gummies or glucose tablets.
I loaded up on some layers – probably too many but I get super cranky in the cold & mixed with pre-coffee crankiness that just didn’t seem smart.
Right from the start the run felt good, light and strong – a reminder of what it’s all about. At first runkeeper told me I was running an 8+ minute mile and I thought no way! but I was on a runners high so I just went with it.
And than it told me I was busting out 5 minute miles and covering 4 miles.
Lies. All lies. 

But I just kept the momentum figuring I was either breaking records or giving it my all.

It ended up only be 2.5 miles (I was aiming for 3 but it’s been so long that I forgot how far I needed to go to reach it). I could have kept on going but had to get back to shower & get ready for work. I didn’t want to let it ruin the endorphins but it kind of sucked that I came up short from my goal and totally could have killed that last 1/2.

Blood-sugars after: 124. {perfection}

Also – this whole trying to figure out strength training thing – I’m feeling it….I still get amazed how sometimes the littlest moves have the biggest impact. Now time to set up something similar for arms.

Time for some quick foam rolling and then must.go.to.bed.

On another note: another lunch out today! This time with the office bestie. We felt like real midtown-ers. I however didn’t feel so hot after my lunch choices.

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Your turn:

Do you eat at the office?
Do you pack your lunch?
Suggestions for non-refrigerate-able ideas??


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Humbling Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k

I signed up for the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k. My first 10k race. No training, no plan, I decided to go for it anyways and see what I could accomplish. I mean I’ve run 6 miles before so no problem right ? Not so much. It was a rough run but a humbling experience. A reminder that if I want to start doing races (and train for the marathon) I need to put together a plan of action for injury recovery & a strategy for running. {foreshadow 2012 goals}

Why it was good: 
1. I didn’t puke or cry (see below). There came a point when I wanted to do both – for a good portion. I’ve never actually wanted to cry directly from a run before. I probably would have stopped but knowing there was a good number of people (I have yet to meet) who were out running for the same reason made me keep going. (#whyIlovebloggers)

2. Beautiful views. It was sunny & gorgeous out. I ran along the ocean, I ran along the harbor (?), throughout neighborhoods & along the exercise path. And it was surprising how quiet among the first 3. 

3. A new path. Palm Beach isn’t exactly home for me, so instead of returning to an old route, the 6.2 miles was an exploratory run. It may have led to some circling around because I wasn’t quite sure how far I was going (thank god for RunKeeper) but with my no-sense of direction it was pretty cool that I got familiar with twists & turns. 

4. New compression capris. $11 from Old Navy. They’re awesome. No chafing.

5. I didn’t just pack workout gear – I used it! Signing up for the race kept me committed. I’m still a roller-coaster-exerciser…sometimes I’m all in & sometimes I’m all excuses. I did get myself out for a quick 2 miles Christmas morning but part of that motivation was knowing I had 6 miles to run the next day. Part of it was to sweat out sugar.  

6. I knocked off 10k from my List. And set myself up for a new PR at whatever 10k comes next.

7. I pushed myself. (see #1 above, #1-7 below) The race held me accountable. Instead of getting frustrated or disappointed, my mantras shifted a little for this run. Actually I didn’t repeat mantras over (usually  Dori’s “just keep on swimming running” would have worked) but keep an open mind of how it was going to go.

Why it wasn’t:
1. It was hot. We’ve lucked out with some perfect running weather in NYC this fall, so the high 70s/feels like 80s in Palm Beach threw me right back to summer.
 
2. There were no water fountains. I brought my bobble bottle with me (smart point) but finished it off before I was even half way done. I think this was the major drawback of my run – I’m use to a few water fountains sprinkled along the East River or throughout Central Park – at the very least a promise of a Vitamin Water 0 from a Duane Reade at the end. There was none of that, it wasn’t until I hit mile 5 and was circling back around did I discover one. Mixed with heat & sugar overload, water was very much-needed.

3. Blood sugars were still wacky. My blood sugar started out at 168, not awful but a little high for a first thing run. I should have done my long acting insulin before I left (stupid point) but regardless, it shot up during the run … probably adding to the dehydration & nausea. 

4.  My groin injury. I pulled my groin during my trip to San Francisco. Seriously, I walked a lot. I never really did much to repair it and often forget about it … except for when I run, than I’m remind it’s a legitimate injury and needs attention. 

5. My knee/IT band. Same old, same old. But another scream for going to yoga  & working on hip strengthening. 

6. I walked. Goal 1 : under 60 min. (ha! just because I’ve been bringing my 2 mile runs back under 10 minutes doesn’t mean I can hold that for 6 miles). Goal 2: keep under an 11 min mile.  Goal 3: don’t walk (this was given up for a new goal: don’t puke). 

7. Blisters. Not sure what the deal was but I don’t think I’ve ever gained so many in one run. Good thing I’m looking into getting new sneakers – maybe time to consider a new style?

So enough with the whining – was it worth it? You bet! I’m excited to make this an annual thing. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll even pull out some holiday cheer. {When my mom offered a lone jingle bell for decoration I replied in grinch style that I was not running 6 miles by myself with a bell on.} I’m even more excited to pick my next 10k and set a PR. Thank you girls for putting this together! 

Splits

mi Pace (min/mi) Elevation (ft)
1 10:36 29
2 11:16 -26
3 11:42 8
4 14:55 -2
5 12:16 -17
6 12:06 4
7 9:32 5