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March 2017



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criminal minds reid runs like a girl

creature of the night, it's been almost a week.

Well, I am making major progress on the athleticism front.

Item: I've been working on 5.10As at the climbing gym. What with my travel schedule and the Junuary weather New England has been treating us to this summer, I haven't made it outside yet, and my new living situation, belay partner work schedules, and longer commute to the gym means I've only been climbing twice a week, when I can make it that often--but I am climbing stronger than I ever have before, which is unbelievably thrilling. I've got ~5 5.10 project walls going, one of which I've sent (although not clean) and the others feel pretty doable with a little more skill and maybe a little more weight loss. But I can climb overhangs on crimpers now, and am consistently sending 5.9s and 5.9+ on the first attempt, albeit usually with a fall or six and some hang-dogging. My bad shoulder makes it impossible to climb hard, extended  liebacks or extended gastons--putting weight on my left arm with the hand in a thumb-down position hurts, and not in the "work through it" kind of way; in the "you are fucking things up" kind of way--so that limits my options slightly, but still.

Climbing better than I ever have, and feeling secure on stuff that would have had me whimpering in terror a year ago.

No kayaking so far this year. I hope to remedy that this weekend, if we actually get the break in the weather we've been promised.

The big progress is on the running front. I've successfully finished two 10k runs this week (6.2 miles) and the second one--this morning's--I did in 69 minutes, for roughly 11 minute miles. My lactate threshold seems to be increasing rapidly all of a sudden, and I'm running comfortably at a 11:30 mile pace, with sprints.

This time last year, I was fighting for a 12 minute mile on runs of half the distance. The progress curve has just gone parabolic.

Weight loss, I suspect, has a lot to do with that--that, and paying ever closer attention to my nutrition. I'm doing a good job of getting the protein and complex carbs into my head, and it makes a difference. Also, cramming down vegetables, and actually meeting my potassium RDA more days than not--which is hard. Coconut water, low-sodium tomato juice, spinach, sweet potatoes, oranges, bananas, and okra FTW. (I even found a way to make okra that isn't nastay. Dry-fried, very hot, in a pan with only a little cooking spray. A sprinkle of maple pepper or brown sugar Cajun rub to season. No water=no slime!)

Anyway, six miles two in 69 minutes, this morning--for a personal best since high school. I'm actually starting to feel like a runner again.

Various internet algorithms guesstimate my lean body mass at 140 lbs, currently, which means my overall weight goal of 165 is just about right on track. I haven't actually been dropping any gross poundage lately, but hey, my running times say I'm doing something right, and my trousers seem to be growing slowly.

It feels really nice to be strong again.


I struggle to run faster than 9kph. I'm very impressed.
This is new. *g* I was struggling with 12-minute miles last year. Now they're easy.
Okra has potassium? Om nom! I get so sick of bananas.
Okra, strawberries, coconut water--coconut water has TONS. Spinach! Kale! Tomatoes!
OMG GO YOU! This is so fantastic. It's always been thrilling to me to read your various fitness-y activities -- actually I can probably outright credit you with inspiration for using LJ to log stuff circa 2007 -- but I'm outright cheering here. You rock those rocks!
I love your icon.
Oh, potassium can get hard. We know someone who is on a med that is a potassium-leach, and mangoes and blueberries are the only thing that person has on the list that aren't on yours. Oh, and the person's doctor also said avocados, but those are not always the vegetable fat profile balance people want, depending on their other goals.

I mean, all these things are tasty, it's just making sure you have them in the right balance for potassium that's hard.

That okra sounds awesome. I am a firm believer in everything having a non-nastay way to cook it, but that doesn't mean I know the way, so help much appreciated.
PS go you.
WOOHOO!!! Go Bear!!! That is *awesome*!
Potassium is a killer--I struggle with that one in the summers particularly (I suspect my lack of heat tolerance is tied into how I metabolize potassium).

And go you on the athleticism front! As I get older I really understand that weight loss and conditioning isn't one of those overnight things...it's a matter of years and wanting it NOW was my biggest mistake. Took me a lot longer to figure it out and not freak out when I get injured or sick and take that as a major setback/relapse. Congrats on feeling strong again.

Edited at 2012-06-14 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah. One does what one can, as one can.
You are awesome. This is all.
Make sure it is all roughly the same size, trim stems.
Mix garlic and hot pepper in oil, toss with whole okra.
Spread in single layer on cookie sheet and roast until tender with crisp edges.
Many people speak kindly of okra pickles.
I like and sometimes make pickled okra, though it's a bit slimy. Doesn't help my sodium intake any, though.
I found that going to the climbing gym twice a week instead of three times a week increased my strength. My guess is the muscles definitely need a good span of time to build up before being tested again, and three days between climbs is better than two.
Usually a day of rest is pretty good for muscle repair, and I'm climbing Mondays and Wednesdays. Also, I'm definitely *not* gaining strength as well as I was last year--I was physically stronger then, and was gaining skill faster.

But I'm holding my own, at least, and not backsliding.
You impress the hell out of me. Thanks for posting about your fitness journey in such detail. It helps me to take my slow&steady pace seriously,and to keep going.
And remember that every little bit helps. I think that's the takeaway for me.

When I started I couldn't walk a half mile without agonizing pain because the edema in my legs was so bad, from being overweight and having high blood pressure and sitting all day.

A half mile isn't far. It's a ten minute walk at a sedate pace.

But I did what I could, and now I can do more.
Yay for your 11-minute miles! As for okra, as you know, it's a good iron source, too. I like mine sliced, shaken in a bag of corn meal and lightly sauteed in a dollop of olive oil, or just sliced and sauteed with minced onions, minced garlic, fresh herbs of choice, chickpeas, and diced tomatoes either by itself like a stir-fry or on some angel hair pasta. And to my way of thinking, okra and tomatoes is extremely nom-worthy.
I have an Indian cookbook which contains a recipe for stir-fried okra. It's fried dry, as you describe, in combination with onions, and seasoned with lots of powdered cumin. Also delicious.

Go Bear!

Congratulations on your hard-won improvements!