Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More cookies!

My kids actually slept in today! I was up at 6:00 this morning, ready to get my run over and done with, but I didn't want the treadmill to wake them up--so I had to kill some time. Finally, at 7:30, they woke up.

My schedule called for a 15 minutes easy, followed by two repeats of (10 minutes tempo pace + 3 minutes easy), finishing with 10 minutes easy. I planned on doing the easy pace at 6.0 mph (10:00/mi pace) and the tempo pace at 7.0 mph (8:34/mi pace). Those are the speeds I've been doing, although the Garmin foot pod is telling me I'm going a little faster than that.

Today, I decided to fudge the calibration of the Garmin foot pod to be a little closer to the pace of the treadmill. The calibration factor was set at 974 (no idea what that number means, but the factor setting was 1000, and after calibrating on a track, it came up with 974). So before I ran this morning, I changed it to 995--a number I just pulled out of nowhere to see how it would work.

Turns out I went the wrong direction with the number, because with the 995 factor, it showed I was going even faster than before! I wish I was running an 8:30/mi pace for 6 miles, but it's very unlikely ;) I should have brought the number down from 974 instead of up. 

I turned The Biggest Loser on Netflix, and started watching Season 9. What a tear jerker! I forgot just how heartbreaking that first episode is, especially the first hour of it. I hate that The Biggest Loser sends people home on the first day, before they even get a chance to lose weight. In fact, I would love it if they never sent anyone home and made the show more about weight loss and changing lives than "game-playing" and drama. I know they do the drama to make it interesting, but I would enjoy the show if it was all feel-good emotions of watching everyone change their lives!

8:29/mi? I wish! ;)
Anyway, the 6.0 and 7.0 speeds were right on for what I was doing. The 7.0 was "comfortably hard", where I wanted to slow down, but I knew that I could keep going and finish strong. The 3-minute break between the two 10-minute intervals was not very long! Just long enough to catch my breath and take a drink of water. My knee is absolutely getting better, because I haven't even felt a tiny twinge of pain the last few runs. That gives me so much hope for my marathon!

Toward the end of the run, I decided to bump up the incline and see if it would affect my pace. And after some playing around with the incline, I noticed that it DID make my pace faster/slower on my Garmin. Gah! Since I always run with at least a 1% incline, I would have to recalibrate my Garmin to reflect that. After my run, I decided to recalibrate using the treadmill.

And of course, recalibrating involves running a half-mile, which I really didn't want to do after I just ran for 51 minutes, but I did it anyway. So after calibrating on the treadmill, the factor was 885 (rather than the 995 I'd just used). That sounds like a big difference to me! But at least now, my Garmin pace will reflect the same as the treadmill--so I will probably be going a little faster than it shows, but that will be better than vice versa. I wish there was a way to calibrate the treadmill--I'd be very curious as to how accurate (inaccurate?) it is.



Check out the shirt that Jerry bought me!
I wanted to post that about a week ago, when he actually bought it, but I had to exchange it--twice. He originally bought a size 3/5 from the junior's section. I've never had a problem with that size before (it's just from Wal-Mart), but when I tried it on, you could see all of my "lumps and bumps" that I hate. So I decided to exchange it for a size 7/9, to be more comfortable. I should have tried it on, but I thought for SURE the 7/9 would fit, since I normally would have worn the 3/5.

Came home, tried it on, and it fit pretty much the same as the 3/5. I could have worn it, but I didn't want to be tugging at it and worried about every little lump being visible, so I went back (again) and exchanged it (again). This time, I skipped right over the 11/13 and bought a 15/17. So the shirt you see above is a size 15/17! Hahaha. The width of all the shirts was pretty much the same; it was just the length that got bigger with each size. But I really loved the shirt, and that Jerry thought of me when he saw it, so I wanted to keep it. I just find it funny that in that photo, I'm wearing size 4 jeans and a 15/17 shirt!

21 comments:

  1. I've really enjoy abc 12's extreme makeover weightloss addition! It's 1 person for 1 year and a total tranformation! I really enjoy the lack of "game play". I do watch Biggest Loser too! I'm rewatching Ada now!

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  2. Ditto smermom- I've been loving that too. I'm totally in love with Chris Powell. Almost makes me sad I don't have half my body weight to lose so I can try to get him for a year. Almost...

    But I never really watched Biggest Loser before (I don't really watch shows that are 2 hours long), but I just watched the lastest season on Hulu and I loved it! And the drama was insane! But I definitely agree I wish people could just stay on. But then again, the annoying people would never leave (ahem, Aqua team).

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  3. The Biggest Loser always makes me tear up, too.

    That was awesome of Jerry to get that shirt for you! That's really weird with the sizing. No wonder so many of us have image issues. If somebody as thin as you is wearing a 15/17, something just isn't right! You look amazing! :D

    ~ Kay from www.goaloflosing.com

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  4. Your shirt is adorable. And so is your husband, for thinking of you. :)
    Don't you just love clothing sizes?? Though, with teeny tiny you wearing a 15/17, I can almost convince myself that my (considerably larger) sized clothing isn't so bad. Almost. -sigh-

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  5. The shirt is adorable!

    The treadmill can be calibrated by getting it serviced. I have a Sears ProForm treadmill and I had purchased maintenance so I would get a "free" visit yearly. It hasn't been done in several years and it now seems to be running a bit fast. My Garmin foot pod is calibrated to a track, and the gym treadmills only seem slightly off, but my home treadmill seems to be off by more (like 0:45/mile).

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  6. I remember seeing Chris Powell on TLC years ago when he helped his first "super obese" client. I remember thinking... Come help me hot little man! I was sobbing watching his show on Sunday. The girl reminded me so much of me when I was her age! Well except I got along with my mom! Anyway, your shirt is cute!

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  7. That shirt is perfect for you! I never have good luck with juniors sizing. I always throw the clothes to one side of the rack and grab the biggest size, haha! I definitely feel you on the lumps and bumps. I hate when I'm pulling and tugging on a shirt. And you have that moment in front of the mirror where you think, "ok! If I don't move or breathe, this looks perfect! I don't need to move..or breathe..." lol!

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  8. Hey I love ur top.....
    And I hv a q. Do u run all those 51 mins or walk too.
    (laps...tempo...what are those)
    Sorry just wanted to know xoxo
    SP(themomoftwins)

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  9. Hey I love ur top.....
    And I hv a q. Do u run all those 51 mins or walk too.
    (laps...tempo...what are those)
    Sorry just wanted to know xoxo
    SP(themomoftwins)

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  10. I agree with the whole Biggest Loser comment. This past season the drama was so bad I could hardly watch it!! I wish it was just about weight loss too!!!!!

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  11. I can't even remember who won this past season! I'll have to look it up. Definitely not as memorable as other seasons, like Ada and Mike and Tara!

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  12. Hey Katie!
    I'm a HUGE fan of your blog and stalk it daily -- you've motivated me to start my own...check it out http://tayceysfitjourney.blogspot.com/ :) I appreciate that you don't deprive yourself of sweets. Deprivation is not the answer.

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  13. I think it just "shows to go you" that there is no consistency in woman's sizes. Drives me nuts. I do know some brands that will fit in a certain size and others that will not. There is this ANA brand that Penney's carries, and with my bat wing upper arms, I have to get a Large and sometimes even an Extra Large or they are too tight in the arms, where almost everywhere else I can fit into a Medium.

    LOVE the t-shirt--it says it all!

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  14. P.S. I LOVE your idea of letting all the contestants stay on the BL Ranch all season. They could still have their challenges and give away prizes, etc. Then at the end the person who has lost the most (percentage-wise) WINS! Makes sense to me.

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  15. Cute shirt!

    Oh man, I wish I was a numbers person! You're garmin talk makes my head spin just trying to understand you're talking about. Which isn't a bad thing, I think it's great that you love seeing all the stats, I'm just jealous that I could probably never figure that stuff out haha.

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  16. Those walmart shirts in juniors SUCK at sizing. They're always mega small compared to what the actual size is suppose to be!

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  17. Biggest Loser – I agree and disagree. I don’t like that they don’t get a fair chance when they 1st arrive. They should wait two weeks before kicking anyone off. I think some ppl use it as the motivation of the game to stay on the show. Then if no one ever left then would they get the attention they need? They might not be as successful.
    Oh have you check out the extreme weight lose show with Chris Powels (I think that’s his name). Well they cover one person’s story over one full year. It’s really cool to see what one full year at HOME can do when you want it bad enough. :)

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  18. I wanted to come by and say hi because I also lost 115 pounds and run too. New follower here. You look great!

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  19. Ha! I have no idea what juniors sizes even ARE, because I have never worn them! So I say kudos to you for wearing juniors in the first place!!

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