Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Great article.. there's hope for us fatties!!!

This article may be geared towards more body muscleeee folks but I'll pretend it applies to me too:)

The Clydesdale corps: rules for big runners

Rule #1: Modify your training program
Just like your lighter counterparts, you'll benefit from long runs, hill repeats, speedwork, strength work all of it. The same training principles apply. The big difference is, you need to be more cautious about increasing your training intensity.

Rule #2: Pump iron gently
Many big runners tend to put on upper-body muscle mass easily and end up lugging a lot of unwanted bulk around. According to fitness specialist Bob Talamini, "On a perceived exertion scale of one to 10, you should be working at about a 6 or 7 no more. We're definitely not talking about one- or two-hour sessions in the weight room."

Rule #3: Eat big
When it comes to fuel, says sports nutritionist Alice Lindeman, R.D., Ph.D., it's a matter of proportion. "The general rule is to take in 20 to 23 calories per pound each day if you're a high-mileage runner, or 17 to 19 calories per pound if you're a low-mileage runner."

Rule #4: Drink bigger
"A fitter person generally sweats more than an unfit person," says Lindeman. "And a bigger person usually sweats more than a smaller person." Therefore, says Lindeman, big runners may need more than the standard recommendation of 5 to 12 ounces of fluid during every 15 to 20 minutes of running.

Rule #5: Choose your shoes carefully
"Clydesdales need a firmer, denser midsole," says George LeCours, shoe expert and resident Clydesdale at Saucony. "When you're shopping for a shoe, look for a heavier midsole made of durable polyurethane or very dense compression EVA material. Shoes with polyurethane midsoles tend to be heavier than those made with EVA, but polyurethane will withstand the beating from a heavier runner better than EVA."

Rule #6: Change shoes often
The midsole is the first part of the shoe to break down. A simple wear-test: Try to compress the midsole with your finger. If it feels brittle, it has likely lost its cushioning capability. Another rule of thumb for Clydesdale runners: Shoe experts normally recommend that you buy new shoes when you've logged 300 to 400 miles.

Rule #7: Keep things well-oiled
To protect yourself, smear Vaseline or some other sports lubricant on all potential chafing spots before you run.

Rule #8: Wear comfortable clothes
Clothing manufacturers now seem to be realizing that there are big runners out there, and are starting to include XL and XXL sizes in their lineups.

I'm still running!!!

I am SO behind on my updates but rest assure, I am still at it! 3.5 more weeks until my 1/2 marathon! Time sure has flooooown by! I can't believe it.
But I have been working hard.
Last Saturday, Kristy Barkley and I pulled ourselves out of bed and did 12miles at 5am! And surprisingly, I felt good after! So much better then the week before doing 11.
So my total milage last week was 30miles!!! Crazy huh?
I'm still estimating a 15min mile but that's a heck of a lot better then what I did several months ago!

This morning I went out and did 6miles just for my morning workout. Tomorrow it may end up just being 3.5 but we'll see what I'm up for. I have an ugly blister that ripped open and hurts like crazy.. so I end up having to tape my feet up to keep them from rubbing. But I got some great new running shoes from New Balance (extra wide.. damn bunions) and that has made a huge difference! Sometime this week, I need to get some Swiftwick socks and I'll be marathon ready!!!

MUAH to my reader(s?)!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday morning bright and early

Okay I must admit... last week stunk on the workout front.
But the week as a whole was wonderful w/celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary with the love of my life and spending an awesome weekend with him and then with friends!!!

So I ran 2x's last week and that was it and boy did I feel it this morning!!!!

So up and at em dark and early at 4:45. I so tried to talk myself out of it but I knew I'd feel guilty if I did so I pushed myself. I got some new running shoes last week so I need to put them to good use!
Today was my best run yet! It was the same 5miles.. I haven't added to it yet. I started and just kept going... and going. I past my usual stopping point where I start walking and just pushed on. I know I ran over 1.5miles before I hit a hill. And my friends- hills SUCK!!!!!!
But everytime I got to the top of a hill, I started going again. The only times I even walked today was going up. Big accomplishment for Fatty today!!!!!!

Got home at 6:15 and went and snuggled with my husband (Happy Birthday Jon) until almost 9!!!! It was a perfect morning and I just have to say... LIFE IS GOOD!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Double Digits!

Officially today I made it into the double digits!

I even woke up at 4:45 for the occasion!!!

And these runs (okay okay WALKS) don't come without sacrafice! Check out Kristys owie!!!

And the rashes.. OH THE RASHES!!!!!!!!!!!