Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Sixer

No, not that kind of Sixer!   I got in six miles out the at NCR Trail today.  The weather out was nice with a brisk breeze, sunny skies, and a relatively warm temperature out (They were salting the highway in anticipation of snow and ice tomorrow!). 

I’ve mentioned the NCR Trail many times on here, but I can’t help but give it praise again.  I just LOVE this trail.  Today it was not as crowded as I anticipated it to be.  Still, there were quite a few people out, and one of my favorite things to do is people watch while running. I got plenty of it today, minus the hassle of dodging them all. 

The run itself was nothing spectacular, a simple long run in preparation for my impromptu half marathon next month.  But the combination of weather, trail condition, and having a race goal, made for a wonderful run. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I'm Registered

I came across a local half marathon that is run on my favorite trail, the NCR Trail. What a great way to kick start some running motivation, right? Well, unfortunately it's in less than 7 weeks. I debated over it. Could I vamp up in time? After playing with some training schedules, I decided to go for it. After all, I ran a half marathon only 4 months ago. I should be fine right? I guess we'll see! It's the 3rd Annual Back on My Feet Nikia's Nippy Nor'easter Half Marathon & Relay. Last year there were a total of 124 finishers.

While I'm not one to suck money from others, since this race is a fundraising event, they automatically created a personalize donation site.  If you're feeling generous, have at it.  I won't mind either way...

My Fundraising Site.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy 2nd Blogoversary

I'm late by a few days, but February 10th made it two years that I've been blogging about running, life, and such. 

It's been a great experiment and I hope to continue to blog/run indefinitely.

Oh, and I'm thinking of signing up for another half marathon soon.  I think I need a race goal to motivate me.  :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monthly Catch-Up

If I have any readers left, welcome.  It's been nearly a month of silence, so I figured I need to update everyone.

A.  I've been on a CPAP/BiPAP for a month now and I'm still fighting to get affective therapy.  The good news is I took to the machine easily.  I have no trouble sleeping with it on, and actually find it soothing in the mornings.  The unit I have tracks all my data and stores it on an SD card.  The resourceful me found some software that can read this data, so I'm tracking my daily progress.  Also, I'm feeling much better.  I wake more refreshed, rarely take naps during the day, and overall feeling better.

Now for the bad news.  It's not adequately controlling my apneas.  I have central sleep apnea, meaning the somewhere along the link between my brain and lungs, the signal to breath sometimes stops. I typically have 2-3 periods of time where there is a start stop interval of about 15-20 seconds.  I recently moved to a BiPAP, which is supposed to help, but thus far, it's not much better.

B.  Our 10 day juice fast was condensed to a 7 day fast.  It was going well and I was feeling great, but the taste of green juices started getting nauseating to both of us.  I still enjoy the morning juice a few times a week, and am considering doing another 7-10 days, but modifying it with a lunch salad.

The good news, I lost nearly 10 lbs, and have only gained about 2 back since stopping the fast.  I've cut out coffee/tea, fast food, and donuts.  I'd say that I've been a vegetarian for about 85-90% of my meals, and many times, I'm eating vegan.  I still like and have the occasional meat, but only sparingly.

The great news, my blood pressure has dropped significantly.  Most of the time, I'm in a normal range, and that's with stopping the meds.  Yep, I've been sans medications for nearly a month.  If I have a fairly high sodium meal, then I've noticed it creep back up, but not to high numbers.  I'm hoping that as I continue down this path, hopefully get the sleep apnea better controlled, and loose some additional weight, that my numbers will drop even more.  Wahoo!

C.  Now for the topic everyone *snickers, as I don't think hardly anyone but Jen reads this* comes here for.. running.  Let's just say I've been keeping a minimum base going, and when I say minimum, I mean 1-2 runs per week.  Things have been busy, it's been cold, and I've got no races on the schedule.  Yup, I'm slacking it.  There is no excuses, I've just been lazy.

When I do get out there, save for the cold weather, my runs have been going well.  I'm still not tracking time, but I know I'm slower than normal.  Mostly, my running has been leisurely jogging.

I so can not wait for spring to get here!