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Just Let Me Brag a li’l Bit

Program Summary

Plan
Goal Lose ½ lb per week
Start date March 6, 2011
Goal date January 13, 2015
Daily calories 2,055

Weight
Starting 230 lbs
Current 194.4 lbs
Goal 150 lbs
Weight Loss 35.6 lbs
Percent 15.5%

This report was generated with Lose It!

My friend Margi gifted me a 5k app from lolo about two years ago. Around that time I found Lose It! and began tracking my progress.

Since then, I have run a 5k, a 15k, a 10k, a virtual 10k, and a half marathon. I have lost 36lbs (after losing and gaining back about 40 plus some in the 2 years prior).

I have registered for my first marathon, convinced my husband to begin running, encouraged my mother to go from walking to running and watched several friends developed what Big Peach calls P.A.L. or Pedestrian Active Lifestyle.

I know I will run for the rest of my life and will continue to reap the benefits for as long as I continue to put forth my best effort.

Written by thelittlepecan

May 1, 2013 at 8:04 am

Pledge to go Veg (for a week…) #VegWeek

After watching Forks Over Knives and Vegucated yesterday, the twinge in the back of my brain about eating less meat really kicked in to overdrive. I’d been considering it off and on for a while or at least a more concerted move towards the ethical consumption of meat and dairy.

I’m already on board with less cow milk.  I mean, cow milk is for baby cows. Human milk for baby humans.

In any event, I’m not morally opposed to eating animals or their products, but trying to square how I feel about ethically raised food with what I currently eat is a problem.

For a while, we were buying a lot from the East Atlanta Farmer’s Market and getting locally raised meat and some dairy.  We got off of doing that…and after watching some of the facts about factory farming (facts I already knew in my head, but hadn’t been confronted with visually yet) I don’t think I can continue.

I don’t know that I’ll ever go veggie or vegan, but I’m going to pledge to go veg for one week.

The farming manufacturing industry has some of the poorest safety conditions in the U.S. and even if you don’t care at all about the animals…I know you care about people.  Sick and injured workers are bad for everyone and I don’t want to support that.  I want workers to be healthy and happy and cared about by their employers.

I appreciate the gift of food provided to me by the animals I eat.  I don’t want them to be miserable.  So, I’m going veg for a week and thereafter, will be trying to cut out a substantial amount of meat products and pledge that the meats and dairy I do purchase be from farmers who treat their animals with dignity.

Will you join me?

http://USVegWeek.com/pledge/?referrer=www.PledgeVegWithPecan.com

Written by thelittlepecan

April 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

Dear Boston, I Love You

Dear Boston,

I love you SO much.

I ran for you today. With a heavy heart and a clear mind. I ran negative splits for you today, but the first mile was really hard. I wanted to cry…but sweat.

I wanted nothing more in the whole world than to go to Berkelee. My mom took me to see you when I was 17. We ate so much lobster and clam chowder I thought I had gone to seafood heaven.

I thought it was cool that there was a whole other city that empathized with our traffic woes. You know, because ATLANTA.

I bought my senior prom dress from you. It was the most expensive piece of clothing I’d ever owned. I wore it again and again…to the opera, to perform, to parties. Every time I did, I remembered that trip. It was one of the best times I ever had, though short it may have been.

There’s a vibrancy to Boston. The people are nice, there everything to do…and the music.

I didn’t run then, but I do now. Maybe one day I’ll BQ and see you again when joy has been restored. Maybe I’ll see you again, My Friend.

With Love, Blue and Yellow,

Pecan

Written by thelittlepecan

April 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

#IAmBoston

irun.

I run slow.

I run fat.

I run awkwardly.

But, I know, so long as I wake up, lace up and walk out, I am a runner.

I put one foot in front of the other.

I am not on the couch.

I am miles.

I am worn tread.

I am a spirit broken and kneaded as sweatdrencheddoughnotpoundingthepavement, but beat up by it.

I am every runner I see; every 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2, runnergirl car magnet I pass…that is me.

I am high-fiving you on the trail.

I am beer drinking at the finish line.

I am #runchat.

I am heartbroken.

I am Devastation.

Running is one of the best things I decided to do, that I always knew how to do, that made me feel good.

Runners are the most amazing community of people I’ve ever (mostly not) met.

I can BE fat.

They don’t care.

I can BE slow.

I’m not in the couch.

I can barely crack 3 hours in a half.

They think it’s amazing I finished.

I am a runner.

#IAmBoston

Written by thelittlepecan

April 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

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Fitz PR Plan Day 1

I’ve decided to blog about my experience with Jason Fitzgerald’s (from Strengthrunning.com) PR plan.  I think it will help me to be accountable and also log my progress for those days I feel like I’m spinning my wheels.

So, a little background. Click the link for Jason’s explanation. Basically, it’s a 16 week personalized plan on a nifty little spread sheet.  Run days, rest days, warm-ups, long runs, everything is planned out.  It’s suited to my height, weight, current PR times and my running goals.  I’m planning to run the Running Nerd Summer Heat Virtual 1/2 Marathon and 5k (Pecan’s Bitchin’ 1/2 Marathon and 5k, to be exact) in July.  You should, too!

So, my plan actually starts on April 15.  This week and next week, I complete weeks 1-2, then the following week I do easy runs…they we’re off to the races.

Today’s mission: Cannonball warm-up, 3 miles (I think at Tempo pace.  I sent an email for clarification, but didn’t get a response yet, it’s early still.  I decided that’s what seemed correct, so 12:00-12:45 pace I tried to keep.), 4 strides and the ITB rehab cool down.

1. The Cannonball warm-up was easy to follow.  However, it was cold (35 degrees with quite a brisk breeze) and the ground was wet.  Maybe I’ll take my yoga mat next time.  The only part I struggled with were the Rockies, which are push-ups with a clap in between.  Hopefully those get easier as I get strong.

2. 3 miles at Tempo pace, working towards 170-180 steps per minute.  This was hard.  It was cold and my thighs felt like they were frozen.  When I stopped looking at my Garmin, it seemed I would slow down significantly.  I counted about 160 steps per minute and tried to work towards more steps.  Again, I assume this will become less difficult.  I finished my 3 miles in about 37 minutes which is about right.

3. 4 strides.  This is where, over a 20-25 second time period, you work up to full speed, hold it for 1-2 seconds and then gradually slow down.  Very hard.  I tried to time it, but I would get going too fast and slow down too fast.  I think this might take some practice.

4. ITB Rehab routine.  Again, easy to follow.  I don’t have the rubber band I need to do this properly (hurry up payday!), but I did all the moves deliberately, making sure my form was the same as the video.  I can tell where the exercises focus on the ITB, hips and gultes.  I’m scared that it’ll hurt when I get that band!

In all, I felt good (it was weird to only run three miles!)  I was freezing my butt off, Spring hurry up! but I’m really looking forward to improving my running.

Also, I’m down 3lbs under my first goal of below 200lbs.  Go me!

Written by thelittlepecan

March 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

First Half-Marathon Lessons and Response

This past weekend I ran the Publix Georgia Half-Marathon.  It was my first and I am SO excited to have completed my goal!

I started running (and run/walking prior to that) last summer when I moved in with Jim.  It has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Here are some things I learned…

1. Eat.  I ran a course run through Phidippides Atlanta that mostly mimicked the real run.  I forgot breakfast, rushed to get there and didn’t wear warm enough gear.  It began to flurry during…freezing sweat=misery.  So, eat, dress correctly, lesson learned.

On race weekend, I ate lots of fish and greens and rice.  The morning of I had oatmeal and coffee and water.  I could tell a huge difference.

Eating during the run is hard for me.  I’m still learning how to navigate food while on the brink of dehydration.  Dry mouth + almonds = ick.

2. Have a cheering squad! My hubs, my mom and a step-son got up at the asscrack of dawn to go with me.  They saw me off and were right there as I crossed the finish line.  It was amazeballs.

3. BE HAPPY!  There were so many amazing people out with signs and drinks and hilarious posters (The faster you finish, the quicker you can drink!) for St. Patrick’s Day were great.  Whole neighborhoods came out.  Getting the ground view of Atlanta, where I’ve lived, worked and played my whole life was incredible.  I saw so many things I never saw before and taking it all in made me forget I was actually moving forward.

4. Get a TazRunning.com pace tattoo. ImageThis thing is awesomesauce! If they have your course, you can sync it with the elevation changes, enter time differences you know you’ll have (like, fly down the hills so subtract 10 seconds, but REALLY slow up hill so add 30) to come up with the per mile pace that will get you to your goal time.

5. Bring flip-flops (if weather allows).  I would have killed to get out of my sneakers.

6. Bring toilet paper.  The runner’s trots may not get you during the course, but may catch up with you after.  By that time the portajohns have all been used for hours by spectators and event staff.  Ew.

7.  Hang out, enjoy your accomplishment.  I am SLOW.  As you can see by my pace.  The full marathoners were flying by me (twice my pace) and I cheered them on.  I drank some beer at the Phidippides tent, lay in the grass and ate a banana.  I high-fived everyone.

8.  Get a better plan.  I’m a fan of StrengthRunning.com.  I also love #Runchat and Runner Academy (who has a great podcast.)  I get inspired reading about runners who are so much better than me.  I decided to get a personal plan from Strength Running to prepare for my next half.  I’d like to run a full before 2014 and I don’t think just winging it will do.

9. Lose weight.  I’ve lost 50, gained it back, lost 30 and held steady.  I’m trying, I’m just at a lull.  But, the thing is, at 200lbs, I’m hauling weight around that’s slowing me down and making it much harder.  I’m recommitting to losing, not to be thin, but to be healthy and better at this.  I love it so much that I just have to do it right!

10. Make friends with runners who will share in your joy.  I have lots of running tweeps who encourage and congratulate me.  It’s pretty swell.

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I did it!! (And I can’t wait to do it again!)

Written by thelittlepecan

March 19, 2013 at 11:26 am