Run!, Slacker

Surf City Week 1-Oops

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to start an abbreviated training plan last week.    I had the previous 2 weeks  off, what could go wrong?    Oh, and last week was my first week re-attempting Atkins.   This time on no soda.    Weee!

Monday was a given rest day.  I packed my running gear but I knew it wasn’t really going to happen.    First day back at work and I slept horribly the night before.  According to my UP, I slept for a measly 4 hours.  Woo hoo.     I knew the day was going to be busy just catching up on things.    I only had a couple hundred emails- double yay.  😏

Tuesday was odd as I had an appointment with an allergist/ immunologist to see if they had any ideas about my stupid stomach.    Then it was off to work for a few hours before taking a partial half day.   Half day after vacation?  I was working Saturday but I still felt guilty taking a half day that close to vacation.  That said, I didn’t fight it too hard.   I changed and bolted out the door.  I made it to the river path in home town with only enough time for a short run.    I managed to squeeze in 4 really solid miles before it was too dark.  Mile 4 saw an 8:45.  Hello!  Where is more of that?   Actually it was a pretty sweet progression-13:08, 10:24, 9:38, 8:45.   Plus I finished in time for this view-

 

Seriously, no filter

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday– Migraine city.  I was supposed to meet A at the gym on Wednesday but I was having troubles walking.  I felt so bad when I texted her to cancel.  My boss tried to send me home but not only did I feel guilty again I didn’t think I could drive home.    It eased up enough by closing time and I drove home.  I’d planned on saving my cheat indulgent meal of pizza for the weekend but I ended up eating it that night.  I choose to believe that it helped a bit.  Thursday, my head still hurt and I barely ate.   I zoned out in front of the tv watching Christmas movies that evening.

Saturday– work and Vine St Showcase.  I had hoped to squeeze in a run but my stomach had other plans.  That said, this was also the first time I’ve hit my step goal without running since I bought the UP.  Little victories right?   Plus- Christmas lights!!


   
 Sunday–  I’ve been in a Christmas funk and having serious troubles with gift ideas.   Unfortunately no one else in my family is a runner.   😢  I was feeling stressed.  I headed down to SLO to see what I could accomplish.  I shopped longer than planned, missed getting in a run but I feel more prepared for the holiday that is rapidly approaching.  I’m calling that a win.

So, yeah that was a 4 mile week.  Ouch.    I am trying to look on the shiny side though.  I got in 4 awesome miles.  I was low carb half the week and I went 7 days with zero soda.   7!    I still indulge if I go out to eat and they serve Diet Coke.    I think that built in cheat is helping me pull this off.   I went from 2 32oz a day to 1 or 2 a week.   I didn’t even give in when I had my migraine.  That was the first time in weeks that I was actually craving soda.  But I held strong…while whimpering in the dark- ha.  😉

So for the week ahead, I am hoping to get in a few more miles.   We also have our holiday party for work to look forward too.   The only time I ever order the Filet.  Yummm.  I’m drooling in advance.

How was your week?

Are you finished shopping? How is it only 11 days away?

Anyone race over the weekend?  I saw tons of Santa races online.  🎅

 

Run!, Slacker, Stomach

Not Ok

When your doctor sounds completely bewildered by your test results it means one of two things.  Either it’s time to find a new doctor or you’re just extra special.  I haven’t quite decided which one to think yet.   Maybe both.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve heard me whine, moan, complain about my stupid stomach.   Actually I usually call it something much more colorful, it has a few nicknames.    Speaking officially, it’s gastroparesis with a side of GERD.   Or is that the other way round?   GERD was diagnosed about 12 years ago, and gastroparesis about 5.    It was all handled pretty well until June 2014.  Things since then have been one giant flare.     Which has brought on numerous tests, multiple medicines and some more dietary restrictions.  Yay.  I’ve run too many medicated races in the last year+.  Not ok.

I’ve tried to not complain too much on the blog in the past couple of months but I think I failed.   I have been quiet about how rough things have become.   My left side pretty much aches all the time.  I’ve been retaining water, air, something- who knows- to the point that I look puffy and swollen most of the time.  And people have started to comment on it.    I’ve been waiting for someone to ask when I am due since half the time I look pregnant.  Trust me, I’m not.   But my new stretch marks say differently.   Any pictures you’ve seen recently have all been taken from very odd angles to try to hide it.   I am once again living in dresses.   And my running shorts have turned almost scandalously short.   Not ok.

It also finally clicked that my side is affecting my sleep.    I may be a night owl but normally when I do fall asleep, it’s next to impossible to wake me up and I always stayed in the same position.  Curled up on my left side, always.   I’ve tried to sleep in other positions but always ended up back on my left side.    I haven’t been able to sleep on my left side in months.   Grrr.     Oh and my side talks.  Seriously everyone at work has heard it.  Sometimes it sounds like a whale.  At least that’s what a coworker used to say.  Other times a plane. And not in the I’m hungry, let’s growl way.    It moves too.  Yay me.That 'dying whale' sound your stomach decides to make in the most quiet situation.

So when the doctor ordered another CT scan, I was torn about it.  As much as you want answers, you also don’t want anything to be really wrong.  It’s kind of a catch-22.    I’ll also say that the results could have been so much worse.   But words like collapsed and mass are not things you want to read on a medical report.    Or hear from the doctor who sounds completely confused.   So now I wait while they are requesting yet another test to try and figure out what is going on.   But I can’t just wait.

I haven’t had the best luck with Atkins.  Partly because it was a little tricky and partly because I cheated too often.  It was an interesting 3+ months.  I also didn’t like that a lot of the options that were “low-carb” had an ingredient list 5 miles long.   And most of them were words I couldn’t even pronounce.  Also, I can not get into Quest bars, I don’t understand the fascination with them.  That consistency is just odd.    It was a little too easy to eat crappy food as long as it fit within my carb limits for the day. If you ask my mother, Atkins made me worse.   My side’s hurt longer than that so not true.    She also questions if I should be running at all.    Doc didn’t say to stop but I also didn’t ask.    I figured I would stick with 3 days running and slow down my easy runs.  That’s not a lot.

:)
🙂

So for plan b (or is it plan f now?) I am wading into the Paleo waters.  I’ve mentioned it in passing before but never followed through.  Now I am really going to give it a try.  Baby steps, but I am going to try.    The plan was to start this week but if you read my last post, you know I cheated more than few times last week.   Instead I started this week with the Slacker version of a reboot.  Starting Sunday, breakfast and lunch were all fruits and veggies via smoothies.   Dinner was usually more veggies.   It was surprisingly easy.    Except for Wednesday night, I had a serious case of the munchies.  All I wanted was cake or ice cream.    Seriously, if the fair wasn’t in town and making traffic crazy I might have headed to the donut shop.    Thankfully, it passed.    I wasn’t expecting miracles but I don’t feel worse, maybe just a little more even.   So, I’m calling it a win.   My mother told me I looked less puffy today.   😉

On another note, since last week I’ve cut my Diet Coke intake in half.  Slacker say what?!  Normal for me was 2 a day.  Now those 2 were 32 oz.   One in the morning and one around 2:30.    I only drink soda at work or when I’m eating out.  I don’t even buy it for home.  Combine those sodas with my usual over indulgence in water and I drink a lot of liquid throughout the day.  😃 I still commute so I added black coffee in the morning to keep me alert.    Baby steps, right?  I don’t think I will ever give soda up completely.   It’s my one vice.    Seriously, it tastes amazing after a race.

Now my challenge is to get through the weekend without backsliding too much.  I also need to double check my list for my first paleo grocery trip this weekend.    I can do this right?  Can I get through cookie Friday?!   Will this help?  I have no idea but at least I am doing something while I wait.    I’m not even aiming high, I would like to follow the 80/20 rule with this new plan.  Mostly because pizza, and the previously mentioned Diet Coke.

Thanks for listening to me whine.

Any Paleo tips?

What’s your vice?  What one food could you not give up?

Run!, Slacker

Week 3- Slowing Down

Week 3 done!  I hit all the required durations ( and then some) but my pace took a hit.   It was the first week with the new hires and I seriously underestimated what training 2 brand new people at the same time would be like.   I felt like I was running laps all day.  I had to change my heels for flats halfway through Monday and I wore flats the rest of the week.  This made navigating the maze of chairs easier but seriously pissed off my feet and legs.   Grrr, I missed my boots.

Monday- Rest

I love rest on Mondays.  I had tried to change to being a Monday runner but it’s hard.   Plus we didn’t get out of work until 6 and I felt like I had run 5 miles already.

Tuesday- Plan 40:00 Easy

Our area was hit with some odd monsoon weather so we had high temps and high humidity.   Ugh.    It was so rough my mother canceled her tennis practice.  She never cancels so I knew it was ugly.   I was debating going to the gym but decided for work town instead.  Work town is consistently around 65* but I don’t like running there for a few reasons.   1- the humidity is always high (like 70+) and my lungs hate me.  2- I feel like I have to wear pants.  I know it’s all in my head but the idea of running in shorts and having a customer spot me freaks me out.  I am so weird. 3- I have one route.   There are very few sidewalks and the roads have non existent shoulders.IMG_0993

This route is an out and back that starts with an elevation of 150′ and drops to 0 then back up again.    My GPS had troubles getting a signal so mile 1 was way off.    I ran with traffic for most of the out portion- that side of the street has a sidewalk.   Once I hit the state park I thought I was going to have to cut my run short.  There was construction in front of the Inn and I couldn’t see a way to the path that gets me to the beach.   The street has no shoulders.  I spotted what looked like tire tracks and bolted across to the path.   Then damn near ate it on the slippery Eucalyptus leaves.  Walk break!    IMG_0992

I ran to the end of the trail this time instead of just the beach and found the best natural stairs.  Seriously I did a little happy dance at the top.  I love running in the dirt.   Too bad the trail portion is maybe a little more than .5 mile.   I took another walk break after I almost did the splits on the Eucalyptus leaves on the way back and then ran on.  Mile 4 had 100 ft gain and I ran most of it with my lungs on fire but pulled off a 10:06.  Which I think is the fastest I’ve run that even when I was in top shape.  Sweet!  4.05 ish Miles- 42:37

Wednesday- Rest

TOM came to visit, I rested.  TMI?  🙂  Plus I had a doctor’s appointment with my gastro and Atkins is here to stay.  He is also ordering a new CT to see why I have had the odd, intense pains.   Boo.

Thursday- Plan – Speed work

This time was a doctor’s appointment with my primary so I can have my thyroid levels checked since I take a nap damn near everyday.  Sometimes on the floor.  🙂   I changed before leaving work so I could head straight to the gym after my appointment even though my stomach hated me that day.   Then I saw something on Facebook that pissed me off hurt my feelings and the last thing I wanted to do was run.  I just wanted to sulk in a corner and binge eat pizza.    I went home first.  Somehow I pushed myself out the door 45 minutes later.  It was a slow, hot miserable run.  Seriously it was a slower pace than my long run this week.  And I was chased by a damn dog.  If it hadn’t been on a chain, I would have been bleeding.  As it was I ran into traffic which wasn’t smart.   4 Miles -47:52.   Then I ate pizza.  🙂FullSizeRender[1] (4)

Friday- Rest

More running around like a crazy person at work.  It was so flippin’ busy.  I am so jealous of everyone who had the day off.

Saturday- Rest

I wanted to run my long run in the morning but I wasn’t feeling well and had a headache.    I enjoyed a calm 4th with my family and finally watched McFarland, USA.  And I call myself a runner?  It was really good and even more interesting when I thought I heard work town called out during their first meet.  I did!!!  They competed against work town!  Man, that must have been a drive.    Turns out the first time they went to the beach was actually 4 miles up from work town too.   They changed the location in the movie.  Still it was cool hearing that.

Sunday- Long Run- Plan 1:10:00

Again, I woke up feeling rough and could not get going.  I kept telling myself to get out of bed but it wasn’t happening.  I finally headed out for my long run around 3.  I still didn’t feel great so even though I wanted 10, I was aiming for anything over 6.   My mother was out on a walk so the first 4.5 miles of my route was looping around streets and meeting back up with her.  Yay for walk breaks!   Then she went on her way and I continued running.   One of these days I will find a long run that doesn’t have over 800 ft of elevation gain.   I also had my first snake sighting of the summer.   I refrained from screaming like a little girl but I did run into the middle of the street again.  Luckily it was a back road but I really need to work on that.    Mile 7,  I stopped and spoke with an older gentleman out working on his van.  At that point I’d run past him 3x so I think he thought I was crazy. Somewhere along the line I got my math wrong so I hit my driveway at 10.5 miles- 1:58. Considering all the walk breaks in the beginning and a few hills towards the end and I was actually at the high-end of where McMillan says I should be? Sweet!   I made it in time for Sunday dinner.  Family doesn’t mind if you’re sweaty right?IMG_1025All in all, it was a slow but solid week.  Not too bad.   I also officially registered for Big Sur in November on Sunday.   I booked the hotel a few months ago and followed through with the race.  🙂  Woo hoo!   Now I just need to actually register for my goal race in October.  Oops.

This week, my goal is actually complete my speed work and have fun at my half on Sunday.  And then eat cake- Because it’s my birthday.  🙂

How was your 4th?

How do you react to snakes?

Do you live in a hilly area or flat?

 

 

Run!, Slacker

Mid Week Musings

On a Thursday, a day late and a dollar short.  That’s how I roll.   🙂  I got distracted last night watching a movie and didn’t finish. 

Running-

As much as I want to get back to running 4x a week, I have held steady with running 3x.  Which is putting me around 15 miles a week.   I guess the entire month of May is going to be a recovery/ rest month?  I made it out for 2 weekday runs last week.  A 3.5 mile run and a 5 miler.   Both were run around a 9:45 pace after my warm up.  Not too shabby.  Once again both runs were cold and windy.  Grrrrrr.    IMG_0450I haven’t run long since the SLO half.   6 is as high as I have gone.  I miss the long run.   I’ve finally mostly accepted May for what it is.  However if I am running a half marathon in July, I really need to get back on track in June.    I am going to hold off on registering just yet.   The 10K might be the better fit right now.   Which leads me to-

Work-

I am halfway through week 2 of the whole open to close thing.  Monday through Friday only means an extra 45 minutes or so.  Fridays hit 11 hours.    I admit I am a little tired.  I have been making myself go to sleep earlier and it helps a bit.   The sad part is that earlier is still 11:15.  😦    But win for not upping my soda intake!!   So, this is part of why I am ok with fewer miles right now.  Don’t get me wrong, the numbers geek in me is crying but it’s just a small part.   The surprising part is how stupidly positive I have felt.  Being down 50% of the staff should freak me out but somehow I’m not alarmed.  Yes, things are going to be rougher than normal for a month or so but it will all work out in the end.  Who am I?  Maybe that silly song is bleeding into other aspects of my life.  IMG_0431Nothing-

This past Sunday, I planned on doing absolutely nothing.  Not even running.  Now, I’ve managed to run 1 weekend day each week so far in May but I planned to run both days.  Not following through on those days I missed made me feel guilty and that stressed me out.   So this Sunday  I planned nothing.  It was so awesome.   I wasn’t stressed about missing miles or running around doing errands.   I slept in, lazed around, worked on my bib scrapbook and started one of my Harry Potter swap crafts.   Marvelous.

Stomach-

This little flare up hits a year on June 1st.   Can it still be considered a flare if it lasts a year?  Or is it just life at that point.    I am still struggling with the Atkins diet, I think it helps but I need to work on consistency.   While I feel like I am staying fairly calm with all the work stuff, I admit there has been some stress eating going on.    Bad slacker!   The weekend was not a great one for my stomach, even at the race.   Oh well, moving on.

See? Burger is diet approved- fries not so much.
See? Burger is diet approved- fries not so much.

On the upside, the week is halfway over!  *edit- Mostly over!!   The wind is dying down and the temperature is finally warming up- woo hoo!!!! I am very excited to see temps in the 70’s and 80’s.  And American Ninja Warrior is back!!  It’s so nerdy how much I love that show.   🙂

Oh and if you are training for and running a fall marathon, head over to Hanna’s page and check out her fall marathon blog roll!   It’s awesome.  It almost makes me want to run a marathon just so I can join all the cool people.  Almost.  🙂  I’ll stick to my 2 half’s this fall.

How was your week?

What’s your tv guilty pleasure?

Anyone racing this weekend?

Run!, Slacker, Stomach

Running on Atkins

On March 30, on doctor’s orders I started the Atkins diet.   Yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking- “but, wait, all the yummy carbs!’.     Ok, now I want a donut.   Anyways, moving on.     I may have spent one last weekend indulging in all the things I was about to lose.     🙂   I also bought one of the books, the newer ones- The New Atkins Made Easy.  The original book was published back in 2003 and from the free preview I downloaded online, it read more like a science book.   I didn’t want or need all that- I didn’t need to be convinced, I was doing this because I was told to.

If you’ve been reading awhile, you’ve seen me talk as nauseuam about my stomach and it’s stupid-ness (gastroparesis).    This is not the first time I have been told to limit my carb intake, however this is the most severe it’s been.    But as this current flare up has now gone on for almost a year, I made a sad face and told the doc I would do my best.

So in brief-  Atkins is a lifestyle change that believes that a lower carb intake will help weight loss and help with some recurring or long term conditions.    This is where my doc comes in.  He suggested it, so I figured I would give it a shot.

Atkins has 4 phases-

      Phase 1- Induction-     20g carbs
Phase 2- Ongoing Weight Loss- 25g-50g- for some people higher
Phase 3- Pre-maintenance  60-70g
Phase 4-Lifetime Maintenance  80-100g

For perspective- the normal recommended intake for carbs is 180-300g.

At each phase, you can add in more foods that were previously restricted.  Like fruit and some starchy vegetables among other things.   Now Atkins is primarily geared towards weight loss, I didn’t really care about that so I started at the higher end of phase 2.   Now I won’t complain about weight loss if it happens but that is not the end goal here.   My goal was to aim for an average of 40-50g per day allowing 2 cheat meals a week that should not send my daily limit over 100.  If I stuck to that, my weekly average would be around 64g of carbs.    Why cheat meals?  Because Pizza.   I cut way back on the pizza intake but I am not cutting it out completely.

That's real food, maybe I can do this
That’s real food, maybe I can do this

I read the whole book but was slow in finishing it so sometimes I was a little misinformed.   Like the time I was so proud during family dinner because I substituted broccoli for the pasta in Spaghetti.  Too bad I didn’t realize that the sauce could hide a ton of carbs!   Oops.   It took me a while to join the website.    But since it actually confuses me that’s not such a bad thing.  I downloaded the app but really just stick to the Lose It app for keeping track of daily carb intake.   I also decided to keep some notes about this little experiment was going.

Week 1-

Didn’t do the best grocery shopping, snacking is kind of hard.  Also dinner is hard but not as hard as I thought it would be.  I had a moderate headache for the first few days.   Running felt hard but doable, so I just tried to take it easy.  I was so tired, I had thought about cutting back on soda this week too but there is no way I would have made it through the week.   It kept me from becoming a crazy person.  I think I figured out how to eat out most everywhere except Mexican food.  Friday night was an accidental/ intentional cheat at Taco Bell.  I am usually not a fan but they had a new item that was pretty good but super carb heavy.  Oops!  In plus news, I dropped 5 pounds in 4 days.  Not the point of this whole experiment but interesting none the less.

Weekly Average-  72g- not too bad

I can add salt, sweet!
I can add salt, sweet!

Week 2-

Started off so much better.  I did a better grocery shopping the prior weekend so I felt more prepared.  Monday and Tuesday were great, on track counting wise.  Wednesday evening was my first weekly cheat meal but that was fine.  What was not fine was the cheating on Thursday evening, Friday evening, all Saturday and Sunday lunch.  Umm, yeah that was bad.   So bad.   I still had a headache most of the week but stomach wise I felt ok.  I learned that if Lay’s are in the house, I have zero self control.    But on the upside, I pulled off Thursday’s 11 miles on only 15g of carbs.   This was the longest run since the dietary changes took places.  Until this I wasn’t sure I could pull this off, let alone at the pace I did.

Weekly average- 106-going the wrong direction

Week 3-

Started the week out well, fell apart by Thursday.  Why do I have such problems later in the week?   I do feel like I feel better when I restrict more but it’s hard.  I really want some damn potato chips.      My mother asked if feeling better was all in my head and I said well that would work too.  🙂

Weekly Average- 90g

Week 4-

SLO race week.  This was a problem.  I felt conflicted between following the new plan vs the common consensus of carb loading prior to a race.   I couldn’t decide what would be better.  In the end I consumed more carbs than the past few weeks and it was not a good idea.

Weekly Average- 130g– Ouch

So that was month one.    Even knowing that I need to buckle down and really commit to this to see if it helps, week 1 of month two has been a failure.     I do fine while at work.  I have actually started eating breakfasts again, I figured out snacks and I look forward to my lunches.    I figured out how to eat at most of the restaurants I frequent.     Even pizza, replaced a large pizza and bread sticks to share with a medium pizza and a salad to share.

This is awesome, have no idea where it came from but I want it.
This is awesome, have no idea where it came from but I want it.

I start each week with resolve but stumble hard by the end.  Last week, cookie Friday proved too much temptation.    I hadn’t really had many since Christmas but Friday I ate way too many.  Ugh.    I think the diet is helping but it’s hard to tell since I have no follow through by the week end.   I have a little less than 2 months before I go back to the doctor, so I really want to try and stick to it to see how it goes.     Plus I don’t have a half until mid July at the earliest, so now would be the time to figure this out.   Beside the other alternative is some heavy duty antibiotics that will break the bank if my insurance doesn’t always kick in like they have warned me.  Expensive like the cash price could be a down payment on a car.  😦    So Atkins and I need a little more time together.  🙂

So, thoughts?

Any tips on how to stick to this?

Ever have to restrict something?