My Life as a Dog

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's All In My Head

I know I post a lot about running. Maybe it makes you think that its effortless for me since I've been doing it for so long. But the reality is that many days its a mental battle that I have to fight. I know my body is capable of doing so much. It has shown me time and time again that it's stronger than I want to believe it is. Last Saturday was one of those days I was battling myself. As I was running 5 miles I realized that my inner dialog might be interesting to hear as an outsider. Here is my best attempt to reenact it.

Voice 1: 5 miles is a long ways to run. This is going to take me 45 minutes.
Voice 2: You've done this before. You will be fine.

Voice 1: It's only been 5 minutes. I'm already starting to sweat.
Voice 2: It's okay. Don't look at the controls for at least 3 songs.

Voice 1: I need to use my inhaler. I need to refill that prescription.
Voice 2: You're fine. You've been out for months and you still run just fine.

Voice 1: My shins are starting to hurt. I should walk some.
Voice 2: We are not going to walk yet. Your shins will loosen up as you keep running.

Voice 1: This isn't my best day. I might need to walk some and catch my breath.
Voice 2: Are you kidding me?! You always run at least 3 miles. You have to go at least that far.

Voice 1: I've only gone 15 minutes!
Voice 2: Yeah but 3 more minutes and you will have gone 2 miles. And that is 40% of the way.

Voice 1: I've only gone 40% of the way?!
Voice 2: Don't think about that. You've almost run for 20 minutes.

Voice 1: 45 minutes is a long time. I still have to run for 25 minutes!
Voice 2: Do you feel fine right now?

Voice 1: Yeah I'm fine.
Voice 2: Then just keep going.

Voice 1: Okay.
Voice 2: If you start to feel like you can't take another step then we can consider walking.

Voice 1: Okay.
Voice 2: Look! You've gone 3 miles. You've only got 2 miles left.

Voice 1: Okay.
Voice 2: 1 more minute to run a 5K.

Voice 1: No sweat.
Voice 2: 2 more minutes to run for 30 minutes. Then you just have 15 minutes to go.

Voice 1: Alright.
Voice 2: 15 minutes. That is less that 2 miles.

Voice 1: Okay.
Voice 2: 6 minutes more to go 4 miles. You can do anything for 6 minutes.

Voice 1: I've heard you say that before and then you just tack on another 6 minutes.
Voice 2: Just focus on now. Are you okay?

Voice 1: Of course I'm okay.
Voice 2: See you've gone 4 miles and you wanted to walk after 5 minutes. You're stronger than you think!

Voice 1: Yeah it wasn't as bad as I expected.
Voice 2: 1 miles left. That is less than 3 songs. Don't look down until this song finishes.

Voice 1: Oops! I accidentally looked.
Voice 2: It's okay don't look again until the song is over.

Voice 1: Okay
Voice 2: You can look. See you only have 6 minutes. You can do anything for 6 minutes!

Voice 1: Didn't you say that 9 minutes ago?
Voice 2: Yeah, and look at you! I was right.

Voice 1: Accepted.
Voice 2: You're almost there. Home stretch!

Voice 1: Phew! I'm done.
Voice 2: I knew you could do it all along. Why don't you believe in yourself?!

Monday, January 14, 2013

What Is Ragnar?

You've seen me post about Ragnar plenty. So you probably already know what it is but I liked this new little video overview of Ragnar...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Recommit & Do It Publicly

Last year at about this time I posted on my blog my Then & Now entry. After than post I went on to get down below 190 lbs. As I exercised and exercised, I started worrying less and less about what I was eating. I've slowly let my weight creep up above 205 lbs. I keep trying to tell myself its not a big deal and keep pushing ahead doing what I've been doing. The problem is that that is how I got as large as I was before. So yesterday when I did my daily weigh-in and saw that I was up to 208 lbs I decided that I had to do something about it then.

  1. I updated my then and now photo to better remind myself what I'm capable of achieving.
  2. I downloaded My Fitness Pal and set it up to track my goals, calories, exercise, etc...
  3. I started making commitments to family and friends.
  4. I decided to blog about this to further commit myself.

I've been doing great with exercise. I'm still super active. It's become a habit for me and I enjoy it. I spin at least twice a week. I usually run, do yoga, and lift weights on the other days with a day or two off during the week.

What I really need to be focusing my attention is on my calorie intake and what kind of calories I'm getting. This is where the My Fitness Pal is going to come in handy. I've only tracked one day's calories so far but I'm kind of excited about it all. Last time I was counting my calories I was using Lose It but My Fitness Pal seems much more complete. Yesterday it showed me that while I was under my allotted calories I had too many carbohydrate and fat calories and not enough protein calories. This is good to know! Anyway if you are on My Fitness Pal you can find me here: Add me as a friend.

For me, I've found this kind of public commitment helpful even though it makes me super nervous because it means I have to follow through. But while I'm nervous I'm also sooo excited! So here goes... :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

New Year's Eve 2012

Several months ago I picked up tickets with friends to see Kristin Chenoweth in concert New Year's Eve. I'm one of those people that think that New Year's Eve is normally over-rated along with  Valentines Day. Both of these are expected to be big spectacular days and if you aren't doing something amazing that then you are somehow sub-standard. I guess getting tickets was my guarantee that this year I wasn't going to be sub-standard. :)

I first came to know who Kristin Chenoweth was when I became familiar with the musical, Wicked, several years ago. She played the original Glenda and because quite well-known for the song Popular. I later went on to enjoy her on Pushing Daisies, Glee and GCB.

It was a fun evening with friends (Ty, Bryant, Braden, Erik, and "The Other Brian"). We hit the Park City's Main Street Pizza & Noodle which was delicious and a TON of food. Then it was off to the Eccles Center to see the show.

In concert she sang Popular and I just happened to be recording it. It was awesome because she just happened to forget the lyrics. She was super funny acknowledging the mess up and I got it all recorded. Check it out below.

She was super entertaining the whole even and I made me love her just that much more. Here's another of the songs I recorded called The Prayer (Bring Him Home) from "The Misfits" (aka Les Miserables).

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I Love Coconut

If there is one thing you should know about me, it's that I LOVE coconut! I love all things coconut: curries, Almond Joys, coconut cream pie, etc... You name it. I love it! Well except for that icky coconut water I once bought at Costco. Lesson learned on that! Anyway, I digress. The other day I was at a friend's apartment and he offered me some kind of nut snack. Despite the fact that I had been feeling fat I partook and when I did I was heaven! They were Mmmine Coconut Encrusted Cashews from Costco. They are delicious! They had combined my favorite nut, cashew (in case you weren't listening), with coconut. Then the next day I had to head to Costco solely to purchase these nuts. Even now as I blog about them, I had to move them far away to the back of my cupboard. You've been warned!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Ogden Marathon Training

I've registered to run the Ogden Marathon in May. It will be my first (and last) marathon. I start training for it  officially the end of January. But I also have the Del Sol Ragnar Relay coming up in February so I feel the need to be attacking my running sooner than later. I've set up a blog where I will keep track of my training. If you want to follow my training you can check it out here: Ogden Marathon Training.

Ogden Marathon Course

My Del Sol Ragnar Relay Legs