workout reform, version 2.0
lots of people vow to work out, train for races, and get out there and RUN in the new year. but how many people vow not to do so?
well, at least one, this year.
i finally heard from my reproductive endocrinologist. here’s her emailed response, for anyone interested:
“Even runners with regular cycles are more likely to have ovulatory dysfunction than sedentary women. The theory is mild metabolic deficiency (aka a tendency to expend more calories than take in), making a picture more like hypothalamic amenorrhea. If your body thinks you are running from the wooly mammoth or entering a time of famine, the hypothalamus changes pulsatility to prevent ovulation and keep us from conceiving in unfavorable times. I rarely tell women to stop running, rather i recommend decreasing intensity and duration and focusing on appropriate caloric intake to cover expenditures.”
i would have loved more specific recommendations, but i get her drift. she also attached another paper: by de souza’s group describing markedly increased rates of ovulatory dysfunction in a group of runners logging an average of 32km/week (~20 miles).
this added fuel to josh’s 10 argument, and (fine) at this point i feel like i have to just suck it up and give up my dreams of slow (but still awesome) long runs on the tobacco trail with a visible baby bump.
so now, my new weekly running allotment is 10 miles. as in, the length of my favorite long run, except this time i’ll be spreading it over 3 different days and doing little other true cardio. i will lose fitness. i will get slower. i may gain weight — but come on, since i’m aiming for a 25-30 lb weight gain [WITH A BABY, YOU KNOW] in this new year, this shouldn’t be a big deal.
so: this resolution is to stick to this plan. of course, i don’t plan to sit around on my butt doing nothing the rest of the time; i am planning to fill the void with yoga:
so let’s get to the specifics: MICRO style
✔ measurable: i will aim for a maximum of 10 miles running per week, and will supplement with 2-4 sessions per week of weight training or yoga
✔ inspirational: i don’t need to spell out the obvious . . .
✔ concrete: again, i think the outcome i am aiming for is pretty straightforward!
✔ realistic: i think this plan is a reasonable one that i can stick to as long as i remember why i’m doing it.
apartment therapy update
day #13‘s task was to declutter books and/or media. i decided to tackle the bookcase, since overflowing bookshelves are actually one of my least favorite things. i liked how maxwell referred to books as “collections of old ideas” — while it is wonderful to keep your favorites (and those volumes you truly will refer back to), others have got to go to make room for new ones.*
josh and i have actually done this multiple times in the past — a HUGE culling of our collections when we moved from durham to chapel hill, and a smaller one in the interim. but when i surveyed the shelves, there were still a number of candidates for weeding. some representative examples:
✭ 2006 guide to pediatric infectious diseases, anyone?
✭ an extra copy of catcher in the rye?
i took away 10 volumes in sum — i was limited as josh was at work and i can’t exactly trim his collection without permission.
* i know i could just go kindle – after all, i ditched all my CDs for digital media years ago! — but i have such an attachment to the physical PAGE. even though i feel guilty about the environmental impact of books, i just can’t bring myself to let go. yet, anyway.
rounds (yes, i actually have to GO IN to the hospital — can you imagine?) (if i can make it in the SNOW — am i still in NC?!) (in case the tone is missing there, i’m kidding. it’s been a ridiculously easy call week), and then more of this:
workout: 30-day shred level 1 + 30 minute gentle hatha yoga from yogadownload
cooking: nope. but i think i am going to bake something fun tonight!