>Reevaluating fitness goals

>I’m home today with some sinus/cough thing, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to also rest up from my exciting weekend. Anyway, it’s been a good time to think and reevaluate my fitness goals.

Two years ago I wasn’t running, at all. I was just getting into working out and eating right, and restricting my calories in order to lose weight. About this time last year I hit my goal weight and have maintained ever since. I’ve definitely fluctuated in either direction about five pounds.

I hit a new record in weight back in December, and I’m not sure, thinking back on it, it was the best thing. I had been amping up my running quite a bit, but I was obviously restricting calories too much because I was still losing. With the volume of running I’ve been doing (48 miles in January and 94 in February!!) I should be eating plenty of calories to sustain this level of endurance.

My weight goal for the marathon was 10 pounds less than what I weigh right now. I was thinking I was being preemptive, because I had been losing a little bit with all the running. I scratched that today and put it back to just one pound less than where I am right now. My body is obviously comfortable with this weight, as I did maintain it for several years when I was a teenager.

If anything, I would like to ditch the scale and BMI altogether. The caliper method is a much more accurate measure of body fat percentage, though I’m not sure how to go about getting measured that way. I would like to build up more muscle, and if that means putting on a few pounds, then I’m all for it. So… here are my fitness/nutrition goals:

1) Run the marathon! Have a remaining safe eight weeks of training by eating correctly and staying hydrated!
2) Cut out all caffeine. I’m starting to feel the headaches today.. ugh.
3) Keep a good base after the marathon. I’d like to be able to run a half marathon without too much trouble or extra training.
4) Do more strength training by doing pushups, crunches, yoga, resistance machines, Body Pump, whatever. I want to be able to do real pushups and pullups.
5) Stop worrying about the scale! I know I don’t need to lose any more weight and I feel great with how I look now!
6) Explore other cross-training such as hiking, biking, etc. When we move I’d like to spend lots of time outdoors exploring the new sites. And we’d like to take a camping/hiking trip through the Grand Canyon pre-children. Once we have children, outdoor activity and exercise will just be a part of everyday life.
7) Stop over-analyzing everything I eat. It’s great to have self-control, but if I over-indulge every once in awhile, there’s no reason to beat myself up.

Spring is almost here! Dusting off the old and preparing for the new!

>Decaf please.

>Hello friends. Halfway through my marathon training, I thought I encountered a possible setback, but am now relieved to say that I can go full speed ahead after a week of rest.

I’ve had little heart flutters now and then through the past ten years or so where it feels like my heart is racing and in my throat, but it goes away within 20 seconds or so. This morning when I was getting ready for church, it caught me by surprise and didn’t let up after several minutes.

I had spent the night at my best friend’s house, and I told her mom about it when she got up (her mom is a nurse practitioner). She took my pulse and it was around 165, but blood pressure was fine.

After 30 minutes went by and it didn’t subside, even with trying different things, we decided to go to the hospital. Amelia went ahead to church. We were both scheduled to sing on the worship team, and I was supposed to play. Thankfully she could play in my place.

Her mom Carey took me to the ER. It’s a small town and I got in very quickly. They took my blood pressure and hooked me up to an EKG, which confirmed that I was having an episode of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT).

After another 30 minutes went by, my HR was down to around 145-148, which is still ridiculously high for just laying there. They gave me a dose of Adenocard via IV, which basically stops your heart for a few seconds and resets it. That was the weirdest feeling ever.. very unsettling! But it did its job and my HR went back to normal, 60-70. Since I’ve been running, my resting HR is lower, 55-60.

They drew blood and monitored me for awhile and then let me go.. Carey and I went to get breakfast.. I was starving! So glad Carey was with me because I wouldn’t have known to get blood work done. The ER doctor just wanted to send me on my way.

Today I left work after lunch to get to my appointment with a doctor in Carey’s office. The first thing the doc told me was that I was significantly anemic. She didn’t give me any numbers, but she prescribed me iron pills to take twice a day. I was also dehydrated, which honestly does not surprise me. Twelve ounces of Gatorade on a three-hour run doesn’t really cut it.

The doc ordered an echocardiogram so that they can take a look at my heart and make sure everything is fine. I have that scheduled for next week. I go back to her in six weeks to have blood drawn again.

She did say that I can run long distances in preparation for the marathon (yay!) but that I need to drink enough fluids before, during and after. I’m going to be taking this week off of strenuous exercise. Our schedule has only six miles for Saturday, and if I feel back to normal, then I’ll go. Otherwise I’ll pick back up with training next week.

Lesson learned! So, here’s my plan: no caffeine, good rest, good sleep, healthy eating, and lots of fluids. I’m so thankful that so far it’s nothing serious and that it’s easily managed by small lifestyle changes. I would love it if I could manage my diet well enough to get all my nutrients and vitamins from food.

I stopped into Starbucks on my way out of town and saw Emily. She let me have her mark-out for the week: decaf House Blend.

Here’s to a restful and thankful week! Spring is right around the corner.