Yesterday's Sports Rehab:
Squat matrix with less reps but heavier weights, upside down Bosu ball squats and lunges with weights (hard!), several plyo exercises, hamstring curls with the stability ball.
B mentioned that I've come a long way since day one at rehab. He said we could take the workouts to a different level now, and he could start coaching me with running, if that's what I wanted. Then he asked me about what my long term goals were, as far as distances and speed. I mentioned concentrating on the half marathon distance and he seemed to think I could easily get to the point of a sub 2 hour half marathon, based on the progress I'm making now. I was kind of surprised to hear that he wanted to coach me. In most situations they assess if a person has gone as far as they can with rehab, sort of like they did with me at Kaiser, but they usually release you and suggest that you can come back at any time, but it usually means you're done. I guess B thinks I can go beyond rehab and offered to coach me. Wow. This conversation made my day. It was a boost to my ego, for sure!
We all know about vanity sizing. A size 10 in 1969 is a size 2 in 2009. I didn't realize vanity sizing was also happening in children's clothing, particularly in girl's sizes. Sometimes I'll 'troll the kid's section for athletic tops because they usually cost less than if I bought just about the same thing in the women's section. I usually hit up the boy's department because like the colors, such as red, burgundy and royal blue, and I can usually fit into a boy's size medium or large, depending on how stretchy the fabric is. Yesterday I happened upon a clearance rack at Target in the girl's section, just to see if I could find anything that wasn't too juvenile looking. I found two athletic tank tops that had an interesting print for about $7 on clearance, one in bright blue, L and the other in bright pink, XL. I was concerned that the girl's L would be too small. I even went into the Women's department to compare the girl's L and XL to the women's XS and S. No difference. It wasn't that long ago that I couldn't fathom fitting into a girl's size L because there was such a difference between the cuts in girl's and women's clothes. There was no way I could think of squeezing that small of a top over my head. I figured for $7 each I couldn't go wrong. Both tops fit, and the girl's XL actually seemed a little bit big. The thing that really gets me (more than the sizing issue) is that the women's tops I found that were equivalent were not on sale, but double the price. Hmmmm... I've also 'trolled the men's department for solid color athletic tops, mostly looking for particular colors, and sometimes the tops are cheaper there, too, but it's usually a bit tougher for me to find a men's S. It never hurts to look, but why are the women's sizes always jacked up in price?
Food For Thought:
Do you own a scale? How much does does scale weight mean to you? Does that number control every bit of your day, or would you rather not know? Would you rather go by fitting into a particular pair of jeans or rely solely on what the scale says? Do you weigh in daily, several times a day, weekly or not at all? Does a spike up or down in weight control your mood that day? Blogger MizFit brought up the scale issue on her blog. It made for some interesting comments, but I mostly agree with MizFit. I do own a scale but I'm not obsessively weighing in -- I weigh in weekly. The scale doesn't control my moods. Water retention happens and my weight temporarily spikes up, but I don't get all depressed about it, or feel like throwing a party when the water retention weight goes down. I often use the scale before and after long runs over 6 miles, just to keep an eye on hydration or dehydration. I tend to go by how my clothes fit. Check out MizFit's blog post along with the comments: "The Power of the Scale."
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