Ginger’s Training Log – 12-14-14

Me and the night running crew.
Me and the night running crew.

I shall now call my Smart Coach Plan the Dumb Coach Plan because, well, because it’s a fun play on words. Actually James made a joke about calling it that and it has since stuck. As mentioned last week, I am using this current plan as a guide while tweaking a few days/miles/workouts. This past week was week #1 and it was solid.

Another thing James and I have talked about is losing a couple pounds to get down to race weight. I’m not exactly sure what my race weight should be as the research out there suggests that it is often an experimental process. What I do know is that I can greatly improve my eating habits. I grew up learning how to feed my emotions of boredom, sadness, and even happiness (celebrate! eat all of the ice cream that you can!). I sought pleasure by sitting in front of the television with a bag of Doritos and a tall glass of Dr. Pepper while reading the latest TV Guide. Sure, I was a growing girl with an active metabolism but when puberty caught up to me, I started running to support my habit. This eventually led to a mild eating disorder in which I didn’t know that eating 1200 calories a day while running track wasn’t good for you. I simply followed what SHAPE Magazine told me to do!

I started eating more calories after I passed out during a workout. Ever since then, I feared passing out again so my eating habits turned into making sure I never felt hungry. Turns out, this isn’t good either. I always ate until stuffed to the brim, in part to make sure I had enough energy and in part because I continued to feed my emotions. Enter now: I want to view food as fuel. I want to arrive at breakfast, lunch, and dinner slightly hungry so that I can enjoy the meal. I want to eat until comfortably satisfied and not bloated and tired. I want to eat more fruits and vegetables. I do not want to deprive myself of anything but if I do decide to have a few sweets or fats, it will be in smaller portions.

My company gave us Fitbits a few months ago as part of a wellness program for the office. While it is not as accurate for tracking running, it has come in handy for tracking sleep, calories burned and consumed, and water intake. This week, I started logging my food intake to get a sample of how much I am taking in versus how much is being expended. I don’t plan to track calories every day but this tool has helped for getting a general idea. I think that my ideal race weight is about 108. I’m currently at 115.5. My plan is to be more intuitive about my eating habits and see what happens. Many other factors may influence my weight in the next few months, such as increasing my mileage and consistent weight training. I may even remain the same weight but gain more muscle. The process is entirely experimental and I will be sure to provide updates in future logs.

Monday: 5 miles at 8:58 pace on the treadmill with lower body strength training.

Tuesday: 7.5 miles with 4 x 1 mile workout on the treadmill. The goal was 7:11 pace. I hit 7:13, 7:10, 7:10, and 7:06. I felt controlled the entire time.

Wednesday: 3.1 miles easy with James at night.

Thursday: 5 miles at 8:55 pace on the treadmill with upper body strength training.

Friday: 2.7 miles easy in the late afternoon and 2.3 miles easy at night with James. A baby double!

Saturday: 10.1 mile long run at 9:06 pace outdoors. I also added in 6 strides using the telephone polls as starting and stopping points. This helped break up the monotony of the run.

Sunday: 4.5 miles at night with James and Chris. I felt good on this one, which is rare at night with these two. I think it’s a mental game and I want to conquer it.

Total: 40.2 (haven’t been here in a while!)

I write about mindfulness, mental health, and the professional sport of running with the occasional poking fun at the sport. When I am not running, I'm either helping people as a counselor or trying to make them laugh as an amateur open mic comedian.

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