Month: July 2019

Why I have a love/hate relationship with the MM

Track time

Do you remember P.E. class in middle school and high school? I do. We had to wear one piece blue uniforms that I had to buy at Woolworth’s(yes, I’m dating myself). The top was stripes and the shorts were navy blue. If that wasn’t awful enough, once a year we had to do a fitness test. This included 30 sit ups, 30 second stationary chin ups, and a mile run. Since I was never encouraged to be athletic and was usually picked last to be on softball or basketball teams(I was actually quite good at soccer), I dreaded that time of year. I was able to do my sit ups, but I could never hang on for 30 seconds(maybe 10 seconds if I was lucky) for the stationary chin up, and then there was the mile run. Or the mile slog. I don’t remember my times but I know I would walk it more than I could run it. Went out too fast, struggled to catch my breath after 300m, got slower and slower, and walked the last 800m. Ugly memories. My cousins, with their short strong legs, were the runners/sprinters. Me, I was all legs and knees and elbows. In other words, a major klutz. All throughout my school years-nothing changed. I was a singer not a runner.

Fast forward 20 something years, and I’m trying to run for “fun”. Again, I can’t make it a mile but I keep trying. Eventually I get there. I actually love running and start marathon training with the Jax Galloway group. Then…our program directors tell us we have to run a magic mile. What?! OMG! Why?! Jeff Galloway our run/walk guru has us run the mile without puking and that will help determine what running group we’ll be put in to train injury free. This sounds like school again. But I do it,being paced by one of the alumni group leaders Bobby.

Tour de Pain 1 miler.

I don’t remember how I felt before or after, but I know I was glad it was done. Since then, I’ve done countless MM’s and I still dread them. I mean REALLY dread them. It’s gotten to the point where I do them on my own so the pressure is off during the MM training run. It’s silly really. I know I can run a mile. I’ve run TDP run series with a 1 miler just about every year since I started running. I have no idea why the MM stresses me out so. Then a BRF stated just this morning that the MM is just a mind game or just like a Navy fitness test, you know you can pass it but you want to do really well. It’s true. You stress and worry it and then boom! You get in the running zone and just like that, it’s done. Surprise! You did better than expected. Or…if you’re unhappy with your time you can try again. Crazy isn’t? You’re not being graded after all. Remember it’s just you against the clock. And after all it’s fun(just not when you’re doing it)!

Go out and run that mile!

Remember it’s about the journey not just the destination,


Patience +Perseverance should =Progress…right? Maybe not.

Big Bang 5k (courtesy of Its Your Race)

Remember that Paula Abdul song-“…two steps forward, two steps back. We come together because opposites attract…”(yes, she use to sing)? That’s how I feel about my running for about a year now. I’m running great one day and then crash and burn the next. Prime example my latest race-Big Bang 5k in PVB. Last year 27:42, this year 29:58! WTH!

So what is going on? I am following the Galloway personalized training plan and therefore I should be moving forward to faster times. Right? The old saying of you are what you eat is very true. I’ve gotten into the habit of writing down what I eat and how much water I drink daily. And I’ve noticed something…I am overindulging.

Typical food log. What do you notice? Too many sweets and white bread.

I just weighed myself and I am 11 pounds heavier than a year ago! No wonder. The more weight you carry, the slower you are. Well now it’s time to change this habit. Now I don’t believe in diets because all foods can be eaten in moderation. My problem is portions and size of my portions. And when I deny myself a food, that’s when I notice I crave it more. So exercise✅ now foods need to get in check too.(I am not a registered nutritionist-these are just suggestions).


  • Water. 8 glasses a day. That is not an issue for me, so that’s easy. I don’t drink soda, tea, or alcoholic beverages. I just need to ease up on orange juice-4 ounces instead of 8 ounces. That would cut out a lot of sugar.
  • Portions. Measure out food using cups, weigh cuts of meat, use measuring spoons to measure out oils for dressings or condiments. This is a big one for me because sometimes I pile on the food onto my plate. I need to do better!
  • Vegetables as snacks. Cut out chips and pretzels. Eat carrots or a side salad for a crunchy treat. I love salad! Ease up on the dressing is key.
  • Sweet fruit with plain yogurt. I love my flavored yogurt! And it shows. So eating one small flavored yogurt instead of a big tub full is my goal. Plain yogurt can be sweetened with fruit and or honey.
  • Sweets are okay sometimes. Birthdays, anniversaries, or family get togethers. I do not need to eat ice cream or chocolate chip cookies after dinner everyday. That’s my problem too.
  • Bread. I love bread! Yes, my waistline knows it. White bread buns-nope. Lettuce bun for hamburgers-yes. Whole grain bread instead of raisin bread or bagels-better. Only one slice, definitely. Not denying my craving just being a little more wise.
  • Homemade instead of processed. I’ve gotten lazy. Chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pizza…frozen meals are easy but high in fat and salt. Just stop! This is going to have to be a lifestyle change. And I’m going to have to be creative. I can do it!
  • Pasta/rice. Measure, measure, measure. Don’t deny them just be smart when eating them.
  • Time is key. The later you eat, the more weight you gain. Myth? To some degree. Night time eaters make poorer food choices. I notice I do this. 2 bowls of microwave popcorn? Yep done that. A bag of chips? Yep-ugh! Eating carrots and hummus at night? Healthier choice. So if you do eat/snack later, consider nutrient dense food as opposed to empty calories. An apple might be better than nachos.
  • Eating out. Nothings wrong with going out just don’t wipe your plate clean. Take some leftovers home.
  • So my changes begin today. I have 11 pounds to lose and I know I can do it. Breakfast? 1 piece of whole grain bread with peanut butter and strawberries/kiwi on top with 8 ounces of orange juice. Oops! Still working on portion control.
  • Follow me on my journey and see if the weight loss brings back my speedier times. If you have any other advice, let me know!
  • Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,
  • Mercedes