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Fri, Aug. 25th, 2017, 02:49 pm
and I'm feeling SOOOOOOoo excited...

amazon-prime-members-to-receive-exclusive-discounts-at-whole-foods-market/

ive been working for WFM for 10 years now.
my 11th year will be arriving near the end of Nov.
My first day working at WFM was around thanksgiving time
starting out in Edgewater - My home store.
Ive worked in 3 different locations since that time -
Tribeca, NY... Paramus, and now Closter...

despite what others tend to say about it... i'm a fan of WFM. I shop where i work. i prolly do 90% of my grocery shopping at my store. the other 10 % Hmart - korean grocery market which is literally walking distance from where i live.

at any rate, in all my years working for WFM...
i believe this is one of the more exciting times working for the company.
I'm really looking forward to this amazon/wfm merger
and the new ideas thats in its development...
and i'm looking forward to the "wholepaycheck" perception eventually going away...

anyways, as a welcome kit from amazon...
WFM team members get 10% off our amazon purchases starting this monday thru dec...

Thu, Aug. 24th, 2017, 09:08 pm
recuperation day...

Basically, having today off from work.. I tried to stay off my feet as much as possible today. I just went out once to mail off a letter. Other than that, I feel I have been basically either eating or reading today...

Up to page 325 of my book.

my ankle is still not pain free... but the swelling has gone considerably down. Altho my bruises just makes my foot look freaky looking. I am not so much concerned with my bruises tho. I am more interested in wanting to be able to flex and rotate my ankle without discomfort. And im not completely there yet. But I feel I made improvements today.

Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017, 11:39 pm
confronting set backs...

I find it difficult sometimes. Like I go into denial about it.

Yesterday morning - Tuesday, I went for a 3 mile run. just after I passed the first mile, I fell. For some reason or another I twisted my right ankle, lost balance and fell. I yelped out a FUCK outloud. I stopped, took a path that went into the woods... trying to collect myself, pull myself together, let the pain subside. I ended up finishing the next two miles... and did my 3 mile run within 30 minutes... 10 minute pace, right where I wanted to be.

Got home. Layed in bed... prompt my leg on my pillow with ice. I felt pissed... hurt, frustrated and I wanted to cry. Its not so much the fall that ended up making me feel upset... but it was the RAMIFICATION/consequence of it... that got to me. I feel I went into denial. I ran my 3 miles... im well enough to take gym class. Took a yoga class first. Easy enough... but I was unable to sit in indian style without having a sharp pain in my right ankle. I pushed myself thru with sandbell class... and after that.. I ended up realizing this particular set back im gonna have to face. I cant push myself any further thru the pain... but I have to press pause...

I was suppose to run 7 miles today. I just physically simply couldnt. Working a full days shift on my feet was difficult enough. This morning, my ankle just looking significantly worse.

I confronted the situation and ended up going to urgent care after work today. I just wanted to find out... what exactly am I dealing with. I got there and the dr performed these various movement tests on me and said confidently to me... that what I have is a sprain... no fracture. And I said but Dr... are u 100% sure?? And he goes... im certain and saying if it doesnt get better in a week i can come back to get an xray done.. but as it is now, its not necessary. The dr expressing how hes *certain* that its just a sprain. But I said Dr... my foot is very important to me. Im training for the nyc mararthon... I just need to be 100% positive.. its just merely a sprain, no fracture. And the dr continued to say hes certain. But I still pressed the dr... saying I need to know what my outlook is... I need to be 100% sure what im dealing with. And the dr. finally allowed me to get an x ray done. And after all that.. when the results came in... the dr mentioned-just what I figured. No fracture. Just a sprain. Still, it calmed my mind knowing 100% positive what I was currently dealing with.

I was suppose to run 10 miles this saturday. But my running for this week has been put on hold all together. I have 10 weeks of training left. The marathon being 11 weeks away. When I started my training... I knew I had a one week buffer... in case I got sick... or I guess I got some type of injury. And im currently using my 1 week buffer to rest and take it easy. Well, not entirely. Gonna focus on working my core and upper body... and do more swimming.. as an alternative form of training.

Its HARD to confront set backs sometimes. But I have to learn how to take better care of my body.. so my body ends up taking care of me...

Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017, 08:07 pm
... NOT looking so pretty...

yeah, i sprained my ankle the other day while running.
my ankle turning all black and blue and swollen...




I went to see a dr. today and the good news, its just a sprain, not a fracture. he gave me this ankle brace thingy that i can use when i resume running. I just have to wait a few days until the swelling goes down...

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2017, 10:40 pm
tonights email message..

...think you are
at the gym doing some kind of body grit pumping cardio
killer class. Its good cross training anyway, and probably
means your leg muscles are less sore since yesterday.

uh huh... pretty much sums up my night and how i feel..

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2017, 10:17 pm
and let the music take you home...

... and nothing is impossible...

you really cant get the FULL FEELING OF that moment with the written word. Its a MOMENt that you have to actually experience and BE IN IT to get the FULL AFFect when it comes to how the music fills the room and what the instructor ends up saying a long with the music... THAT moment, i instantly thought... i wanna beat my 4:30 time - nothing is impossible...

FANTASTIC NIGHt all around. GOOD cross training night for me. As yesterday, i feel i didnt do much after work. ALL THREE classes... something about tonight, just felt something extra. extra positive vibe. Extra energy. Must be cuz i feel I've recovered from my weekend run... and i ended up bouncing back stronger after my recovery. and plus, there is something about doing old releases sometimes... i did 55 lbs in the chest track in bodypump tonight. 16 pulses at the bottom with that weight. and apparently, the recommended bicep weight... is your warm up weight. I usually go less, but tonight i actually used my warm up weight for biceps - yeah, 30 lbs. Honestly, i feel my bicep muscles are actually growing. like when i flex i just sense ive gained a little more muscle mass... shoulder track, sweet track. DIFFICULT, CHALLENGING, but that is what ends up making such a track kinda extra fun feeling to me...

had an interesting encounter after bodycombat. Kinda left the class a little early while they were doing the cool down.. cuz i needed to empty my bladder before grit strength started. Anyways, while i was leaving the locker room.. this lady stopped me... asking me, if i'm the one trying to raise money for kids. and i'm like I have NO IDEA who this lady is. Who is this stranger asking me such a question?? But i meekly said yes... and she went on to tell me that she is Angels wife... and that she wanted to give me money that he would like to donate. OMG, i feel my heart skipped a beat a little... I only gave letters out to just 4 different instructors. While i've experienced more than that... i feel i've experienced 4 on somewhat of a regular basis... angel was one of them. i had only experienced this instructor for a very short time at englewood cliffs. Even tho, it had been a very short time, i had attended his class regularly during that time... and for some reason, my experience at englewood cliffs - that time period made a very lasting positive impression on me when it came to participating in gym class for my first time. that time period being a very pivotal time in my life... a very memorable time for me. my time in englewood cliffs changed me a lot - changing my attitude, my outlook on life in general. and to this day, i feel i am not the same person as when i first started out - not just in terms of with my physical fitness... but my sense of mental/psychological fitness too. and omg, my heart skipped a beat when angels wife... explained who she was and handed me 40 bucks. i entered into grit strength extra happy... i have to think of a way to thank him in person...

and omg, grit strength turned out to be fantastic tonight. OLD release that i havent done in quite a while. i feel doing old releases just makes u more aware... how far youve come a long. and i ended up having a real significant moment in that class. were doing the power press... how many can u do in 3o seconds... it was the second round of that when the instructor approached me... making a statement of - how strong are you at 20 miles... he made that statement a couple of times and it just ended up revving me up inside, making me work even harder... that moment feeling good to me.

just over all, a very good night for me.
all 3 classes, they just all clicked with me tonight.
good energy, good vibe all around...

Sun, Aug. 20th, 2017, 08:26 pm
No pain this time around...

i just have general muscle soreness - quads, hamstrings. nothing that i am too concerned about. i will regard my due diligence with stretching is why i am pain free this time around. NO sense of ache/pain in the back of my knee.

last saturday morning, i was about to start my run but then i totally stopped. I ended up stretching and did my warm up routine first. AFTER my run, i went to the gym and the first thing that i did was I stretched and I foam rolled. Got home, after washing up and eating something... i stretched again. Before going to sleep... i iced my leg as a precaution... and i ended up stretching again.

stretching i feel has started to become a major thing for me. i feel it prevents me from having whatever leg muscle injury, preventing too much tension/tightness.

Sun, Aug. 20th, 2017, 07:51 pm
Bike tire...

Ended up getting a flat tire on my bike the other day. Of COURse it had to be the back tire. where the chain makes it feel all the more complicated when it comes to putting the tire back on. Never replaced a bike tire/tube before tho. SO, it was a good learning experience for me today...

Sat, Aug. 19th, 2017, 09:29 pm
My energy stash...

*Organic *NaturalFuel *HealthyBoost

Bought this Pro Bar Bolt energy chew at my store, Whole Foods Market. Its something new that ive learned recently when it comes to such a product. i always had this attitude, this stuff has TONS of sugar in it. Why would anyone buy this? NOw I have a better understanding.

when u train/work out/exercise... your muscles store a form of sugar called glycogen, which they use for energy. the average marathoner can go about 18 miles using the glycogen stored in their leg muscles. but when it runs out, the body switches over to converting fat into sugars that the muscles can use. but there is a lag time between running out of glycogen and
switching to fat... hence why some ppl end up crashing, not being able to go any further. So the solution is simple, replace sugars while you run - hence the following energy supplements i'm using...


i cut the energy chews in half actually. and pop one in my mouth every two miles...



my store doesnt sell energy gels. So, bought this at REI. i use the energy gel starting at the 8th mile... and plan on downing one every 4th mile after that..

Sat, Aug. 19th, 2017, 08:18 pm
13.1 miles....

My time results I *earned* today.

feel i hit a milestone in my marathon training run. running my first half marathon distant run today - like my first time ever.... IN MY LIFE.

I use to have this marathon goal time of wanting to get UNDer 5 hours. WIthout a doubt, I know i have that ability. So, my new goal is to get UNDER 4:30. That is more of a tough thing to predict. I mean, with todays run... i would have to DOUBLE that distance to be a full marathon run. Would i be able to sustain my 10:25 pace thru out the ENtire time like that? ON TOP of that, i want this goal of being able to pick up the pace, run my fastest during my last few miles left, when it comes to the home stretch... I'm more uncertain about beating 4:30... but its a new goal i would at least like to try and attempt to achieve...

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