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Embracing The Changes In Life

Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

A Week Of Experiments Brings Answers

This week brought a  lot of testing, and thankfully some answers.

This past weekend I ran (although I wasn't cleared to do so). The first day I ran on the treadmill, and that was okish. Then on Saturday, it was snowing and I couldn't resist a snowy run! So I got in 2 miles pain free.

However, by the end of the day, I was in pain. Like, uh oh what have I done pain.
I stretched as best as I could, and rubbed on some Deep Blue. The following day I was still hurting, but by the end of the day I was relatively pain free.

When I went to my physical therapy appointment, I told him what I had done. Thankfully he didn't scold me, but just said that I had tried to do too much too soon. Let's start with a mile, and then increase by quarter miles.

So, that's what I'm doing. I ran one super fast (for me) run.

I felt some little aches here and there, but no major pain. My next run was 1.25 miles. I can't say that I'm back to normal, but I am thankful that I am able to move.  And I do think a gradual increase is best.

However, my hip was once again out of place. grrrrrr. It wasn't bad though, and I'm going to consider that as progress. He put it back in place. We shall see what happens.

But on a nutritional note, I decided to have a resting metabolic rate test done.

I'm a little claustrophobic so it wasn't the easiest at times. But it wasn't too bad. And honestly, it was the best $30 that I could have spent right now.

It gave me the much needed information that I was looking for. Yes, I know they aren't 100% accurate, but it gave me the guidelines that I needed to help me work on my nutritional needs.

Online calculators have me eating 1200 (or less) and still keep up with my active lifestyle. This test gave me a higher number, which I think for me will help me be successful in the long run. So, I know you are asking, am I on a diet and tracking my food again?

The answer is yes and no! Yes, I am tracking my food with MyFitnessPal, and I put in the numbers that the test suggested. But and a big ole BUT at that, I'm only using it for reference. I'm working on intuitive eating. I want to eat when my body needs fuel, and stop when I should stop. I don't want to eat a number because a test or app tells me to. But, I do want to see what I'm eating. And I want to try to be aware of what I am putting into my body. What I don't want to do is diet, or eat junk calories just because of a calorie allotment, or binge eat because I'm over this or over that. So, it's an experiment. Don't worry, I'll let you know how it goes.

But also, I was able to get a better idea of fat/muscle mass. And I'm here to tell you that the BMI chart is whack. According to that, I'm overweight. According to muscle/fat scales, I'm doing just fine thank you. Sure my fat is on the high side, but it's still within the healthy range. And I feel like I have a good baseline so that I can no move forward with my goals.

So, there you have it, a week of experiments... and I believe some answers...

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