Monday, November 15, 2010

Starting Fresh

I love new beginnings.  I love waking up early and feeling all the promise of a new day.  I (almost) always wake up on the right side of the bed.  Yes, I am a morning person... a very early morning person.  I also love new days and new weeks.  I like starting fresh on a clean slate.  I personally believe that you can "start fresh" at any moment of the day.  Just because you've had a bad first hour does not mean that the rest of the day has to be bad.  Still, there is just something about a new week that I love.

You know what I love/hate about Mondays?  I love looking at my polar heart rate monitor watch to check on the total calories burned from the previous week.  I had really been dreading this moment throughout the week because I was just awful about working out last week.  I missed a day of stadiums, missed a day of running, walked half of my run on Thursday and did 0 P90X workouts.  I shouldn't have been worried though.  Just go for a 17 mile run... it all evens out ;)

Onto a completely different subject...

We've all heard of facebook stalking

But what about facebook stalking us?

It always creeps me out how well facebook knows me.  You know those advertisements on the right hand side of the page?  It's always so creepy to me how much they know about me.  Almost all of the ads appeal directly to me.  I get when the ads are related to stuff that I've put on my facebook profile, it just starts to get weird when they seem to know where I shop and what I google.

Last spring I took a class online: Eating Disorders.  Throughout the course I had to do several research projects and presentations.  Google is a students best friend :).  I googled all kinds of things and came up with vast amounts of very interesting and appropriate images and information. 

Well... now facebook is convinced that I have an ED and is constantly telling me about various treatment facilities and that I should talk to someone about my struggles.

Thank you facebook...

I do enjoy their suggestions for "Runners groups for singles."  I would love for my future husband to be a runner.  Is it awful that I'm actually tempted by this advertisement? 

Gmail ads are even better though.  My favorite gmail ad: stop runners diarrhea now!

Awesome gmail.  Awesome.

I'm done with my first job of the day early.  I have about 2 hours to fit in some laundry and a P90X video.  Then off to teach ballet :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

What kind of ads appear on your facebook and email?  Are they right up your alley or totally random?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We're finally here

Is it just me or was this a really long week?  I'm looking forward to starting fresh tomorrow.  This next week is for sure going to be better than the last week.

Last week was pretty rough for me.  Fainting while babysitting topped off my disappointing week but I was also really tired and dragging.  I was also having to deal with sore legs.  My legs took a loooong time to recover from the half marathon on Saturday and were still tender by midweek.  I skipped my 3 mile run on Tuesday because I knew my legs weren't up to it but by Thursday I felt like I needed to get out and do something.  I went for my usual 6 mile run and felt great... for the first 3 miles. 

Then on mile 4 my IT (iliotibial band) started to hurt tremendously and I started feeling shooting pain up and down my leg and I ended up walking a lot of the way home.

I've always had issues with my knees and I've had to be really careful with them.  Several years ago I was running 5 miles a day without proper stretching and I ended up hurting my knee so badly that I had to completely stop running.  I picked up running about a year ago and the same problem came right back immediately.  The problem was so bad that I couldn't even make it around the block one time. 

I've been so amazed and impressed that this time around I have had relatively few problems with my knee and I've been running so much further and faster.  I self diagnosed my knee pain and am pretty sure that I experienced/am experiences IT Band Syndrome.  This time around I've been really good about stretching and icing and I've just been thrilled that I haven't had problems that have prevented me from running.

However, on Thursday the pain that I was feeling was back to the level of pain that I felt several years ago when I had to drop running completely.  I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to recover from this and that I wouldn't be able to complete the marathon.

Thankfully, several days before this I had ordered a large foam roller and a special brace for the IT Band.  They came in the mail on Friday and I promptly started rolling myself out on the roller (can i say OUCH!?) and wearing the brace.

I had planned to run 17 miles this weekend but was very doubtful that I'd be able to do much after my experience Thursday.

But wonder of wonders, I ran 17 miles yesterday!!!

I took it very slow, so slow in fact that my poor mother started worrying and was in tears by the time I came home :(.  When she realized I had been gone for awhile she started calculating what time I should be back based on my half marathon time.  I also miscommunicated with her and she thought I was running 15 miles.  Oh man, I felt awful!  It took me about 3 hours and 15 minutes.  The first half was great, the second half... not so much.  I had to start taking stretch breaks at every light to stretch out my extremely tight IT band. 

I also didn't bring enough fuel with me.  I only brought 16oz of water and was needed more.  I did end up stopping at a gas station but next time I'll have to bring 3 water bottles instead of just two.  I also ran out of energy gummies. 

I'm proud of myself and amazed that my body is able to run 17 miles.  I know I can improve the time and I'm not worried in the least.  I wanted to be gentle with my knee, especially since I knew I probably shouldn't be running on it at all. 

Since my run:

Ice baths...

...My feelings exactly
Whoever imagined hell as a fiery dungeon was obviously never subjected to an ice bath ;)

Lots of icing

Lots of time spent with the heating pad :)

Several brisk walks and of course lots of stretching

And I'm recovering much more quickly than last week.

I'm extremely optimistic about some new stretches I found for the IT Band:

And I'm positive that if I saw that much improvement in my knee after half a day with the foam roller and the knee brace that I will definitely be able to continue training for the marathon :)

I use mine right above the knee cap

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sleep sleep sleep and more sleep

This week my body has been craving sleep and I've been giving in.  I find that there is a fine line between making excuses and listening to your body.  Maybe you don't want to workout because your body needs to recover. Maybe it really does need sleep.

Nap every afternoon.  Yeah, that's what I've been doing.  They haven't been that great because I have to force myself to wake up.  Then I've been having coffee afterwards to make my head less foggy so I can make it through the rest of the day.

This morning I ran stadiums with Rachel bright and early, and it actually was bright.  Love me some daylight savings time! 

Then I was off to work.  I was supposed to babysit today for several hours.  The strangest thing happened...

We were playing out in the garage and while the little girl I was watching played in her Barbie Jeep, I was trying to get rid of a bad case of the hiccups.  How do you get rid of hiccups?  I usually hold my breath for about a minute and that usually takes care of them.  Well, every time I tried to hold my breath I would hiccup about 10 seconds into the minute.  I was finally able to hold my breath for a full minute but then I started to feel extremely light headed.  I stopped holding my breath and thought to myself "I need to sit down, I feel like I'm going to faint"

I wish I could watch a video of what happened because I really don't know what happened.  I passed out for sure but I very vaguely remember slamming my head against the ground multiple times.  You know when you're just falling asleep and you start twitching?  It was sort of like that, except it was obviously much more painful.  At the very least I fell on the floor and knocked my head pretty good.  I came to with a very bad headache and a quickly growing bump.  I don't think I was out for more than a minute.  Anyways, all in all it was a very scary experience and one that I hope to never repeat, especially while babysitting.  Scary.

It scares me too because other than holding my breath I don't know what could have caused it.  I had plenty of water that morning and a large bowl of oatmeal and I had just had a large bowl of kashi go lean crunch which is pretty sugary. 

Since I've been home I've been taking it easy, mostly because my head hurts and I don't want a repeat experience.  But I do have some of this hanging over my head:

Now, don't get me wrong, I love yoga
But P90X yoga is hard for me to get through.  An hour and a half workout and 45 minutes or so of sun salutations?  Uh, no thanks.

I hope your day has been more productive than mine! 

Question:  I'm looking for some good yoga videos.  Any recommendations?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon

Hey everyone!
How have you all been?

I have been insanely busy!!! Between housesitting, babysitting, teaching 7 ballet classes, going to dance practices, going out of town for weddings, taking care of kids while their mom gives birth, running, training, etc etc I just have not been able to keep up with this blog.

Part of the problem is that I don't feel any kind of responsibility since I really have no following to speak of ;). (If you read my blog, please, be my friend!! I love friends! And I'm not ashamed to beg!)

Well you probably noticed the title of the blog post...

Yesterday I ran in my first race ever and let me tell you, I am HOOKED! So exhilarating!

If there's one thing I've learned while working out and exercising it is that something will always come up. There is almost always an excuse or a reason why you can't do it or why you're going to run slow today instead of fast or run two miles instead of four, or workout for 30 minutes instead of an hour. It's either a cramp or not enough sleep or being sore or that time of the month or too cold, too hot... the list goes on and on. If you really want to be active and get that exercise in and improve then you have to decide that no matter what you will get it done.  Well, to start things off on Thursday night right before I went to sleep a friend came to visit me.  You know, that one that visits every month.  Can I just say I started my period?  Can you say that on a blog?  Well I'm saying it.  You all know what I'm talking about anyways so why beat around the bush? 

Well, I don't know about you but usually my second and third days are just awful so I was immediately nervous about the race.  I researched some on Friday morning and I started to feel a lot less nervous.  Ifound out that being on your period shouldn't stop you at all and that running can actually improve symptoms.  On a side note, can I just say, if you have not tried them Playtex Sport are amazing, I highly recommend them.

I was also nervous about the forecast for Saturday.  We've been having unseasonably warm weather here in Florida for the past several weeks. It's been muggy and really gross and usually gets up above 85 in the afternoons. Well Florida decided to get really cold just two days before the race. I checked out the weather predictions for race day and the temperature was supposed to be around 35 degrees at the 8AM start time. Brrrr!  I haven't had many training runs in the cold at all.  You know that pain in your chest that you get when running in the cold?  I had that feeling for a 3 mile run and it was awful but I had never run longer than about 23 minutes with that awful feeling.  I was so worried that I'd get out on Saturday and my chest would hurt.  Most runners know that running is a mental sport.  I'm sure I could have run the 13.1 miles with pain in my chest but it sure would have been a lot easier mentally to run with that pain if I had at least run a 10 miles with that kind of a pain before.  I could tell myself, "you've run 10 miles before with this kind of pain in your chest, you can do 3 more miles, easy."

Well, as it turned out, I didn't have any pain at all.  As a matter of fact, it was one of the best if not the best run that I've ever had.  It was absolutely GORGEOUS!  It was freezing before and after the run but I while I was running I couldn't have asked for better weather.

I woke up around 4:45 and had a nice warm breakfast of pumpkin spice oatmeal, a large cup of water, a cup of coffee and about half a bottle of lifewater.  Yummy.  I did some core exercises before I left the house because that's always what I do when I wake up and I thought it would help warm me up some.  I left the house and went to pick up my sister and then we were off to the race location.  I'm glad that I chose a race that was so close to me for my first race.  The race was about 20 minutes from my house.  We got to the race at 7AM, an hour before the 8AM start time.  I wanted to have enough time to get the registration packet and warm up and stretch before the race.  I didn't really see anyone else getting out of their cars so we sat in the car with the heat on trying to stay warm as long as we possibly could.  It was still dark out and I wasn't sure where I was supposed to go.  We finally got out and used the restroom which was an actual restroom, not a port-a-potty. 

Then I headed over to what looked like lights in the distance.  It was pitch black out and it was really hard to see anything.  I guess we parked in the wrong area because there was a big field full of cars that was right next to the registration tables.  I picked up my packet and then we headed back to the car to warm up again.  Once it started to get light outside we hopped out of the car and headed over to the trail to stretch and warm up.  A lot of people were jogging up and down the track.  I don't know if other people get this way but I am so intimidated by other runners.  I feel like they all know what they're doing and I don't and if I'm not doing what they're doing then I must be doing something wrong.  Well, I don't usually jog around before my runs and I didn't want to jog.  I wanted to reserve all of my energy.  I did do a brisk walk up and down for about 10 minutes but I didn't jog at all.  I stretched some although not as much as I usually do.  I'm going to have to work on that for next time.

This is me demonstrating how cold it was outside.  My sister's reaction after snapping the photo "you're so cute"... uh, yeah Rach.  Don't ever let me pose like this again please.

Why yes, this is exactly what I look like when I run.  No wonder I think no one takes me seriously ;)

Turning on my watch for my pre-race warm up, gotta record all those burned calories ;)

Fuel belt, check!  I wasn't sure if I should use the fuel belt or not.  I knew they would have running stations along the way but I wasn't sure if I would have to stop and if it would slow me down.  As I saw, you just run by and grab the water/gatorade out of the volunteers hands.  I'm not sure if I'll wear it again for races.  It's not heavy but it is sort of awkward to take out the water bottles while you're running and then put them back in again and it's not like I needed more water than was provided at the water stations.  Something to ponder for the marathon.

My biggest supporter!  I think she was more excited about it than I was :).  Love you Rach!!!

See, I do sort of look like I know what I'm doing... sort of being the key words

                                             Can we just get going already so I can warm up?

I bought a pretty cool shirt about a week before the race.  I'm wearing it underneath the black underarmor long sleeve shirt.  It had a pocket in the back where you can put your ipod and a hole at the top of the pocket for your headphones to poke through.  I had Rachel rig up the ipod and the headphones and then realized as the race was just about to begin that the music was too loud and she was frantically trying to adjust my music for me.  I received several glances while during this commotion and the lady in front of me turned around and shushed me.  She probably didn't mean it offensively but it hurt my feelings a bit.  She got the sound fixed just in time for me to give her a cheesy thumbs up.  And we were off!

I really didn't know what to expect.  I had read countless websites and blogs and message boards and the one take home message I got was "don't start off too fast".  I had no idea where I should start the race.  I didn't want to start at the front cause then I'd probably start off too fast or I'd end up slowing everyone down.  I didn't want to start at the back either though cause then I'd have to be behind all those people.  I ended up starting somewhere in the middle.  I think next time I'll start closer to the front though because everyone was going wayyy slow.  I had read that everyone starts off fast.  Well, if that was fast then my slow is much faster than their slow.  I immediately started trying to get free of the pack, I knew there was no way I could run that whole race with all kinds of people crowding around me. 

I don't remember much of the beginning of the race except that there were a lot of people around me and I was trying to figure out how to get around them without wasting all my energy early and without being rude.  I started looking for mile signs pretty early on but couldn't seem to find them.  I was expecting little sign posts along the trail but at mile 4 I discovered that the numbers were taped on the ground. 

It was interesting running along and seeing people stop to take off jackets and hats, etc and then just leave them in the bushes.  I was so glad that I had forced myself to start off cold because I never felt the need to take anything off.

The people really started to thin out at this point and I was basically alone on the path.  I passed a man who was probably in his mid 30s and stayed in front of him for a bit.  He passed me by and then I passed him by again at the next water table and didn't see him until the second part of the race but I think we were pretty neck and neck for most of the race. 

Somewhere between mile 4 and mile 5 I started seeing the leaders on their way back to the finish.  It was fun to see them on their way back already but it gave me a false sense of being half way done.  I kept thinking to myself "hey, I'm almost to the half way point".  Little did I know I had about 30 minutes before I would hit that point.  I started counting the women who were on their way back.  Awards were being given to the 3 top finishers in each 5 year age group and I secretly hoped that I would win one of these awards. 

I don't remember what mile I was at but at some point I decided I wanted to have one of my energy gummies.  My fuel belt has a little zippered pocket in the back that I keep the gummies in.  Well, it took some time to unzip the bag with my gloved hands but I finally managed to unzip it and pull out the bag that the gummies were in.  Well, if I thought unzipping the pocket was difficult, it was nothing compared to trying to separate out one gummy.  I don't know what happened or when this happened but all my gummies had somehow ended up stuck together.  I guess I should have just put the whole lump in my mouth but I thought that I would be using the other ones later in the race.  I never did pull out another one, after that struggle to get the first one out I didn't want to repeat it.

I finally reached the half way mark.  I love all the volunteers who come out and cheer on the runners.  It is so encouraging.  As I rounded the orange cone that marked the half way point people started cheering for me and I pumped my fists in the air and said "yayyy, half way!"  Ouch!!  I realized I must have been gripping my fists so after that I made sure to shake out my arms every so often.

I wish I had a spiffy heart rate monitor (I do but it's not for running) that could let me know if I ran the second half faster than the first half and could break down my time for each mile.  Oh well.  I actually do know that I ran the second half faster but I can't remember how much faster anymore.  I just know that my goal was to finish in under 2 hours and at the half way mark I was really worried about making it back by my goal time.  I must have really picked up the pace after that. 

It was kind of fun seeing people still on their way to the half way point.  The best part though?  Passing people who had been ahead of me.  I'm not sure where all my energy came from but I was having the time of my life out there.  And then mile 8...

My tampon started to fall out!  I guess it wasn't really falling out out but I was starting to feel it.  Around this point that man who was running near me caught up with me, or I caught up with him... I don't really remember, I just know I thought "oh, it's you again."  He must have been struggling because he started making grunting noises like he was in pain.  I wanted to yell at him "well at least your tampon isn't falling out!"

I also started to have a lot of pain in my knees.  I just kept thinking to myself "awesome, you've been doing great through training and now you decide to be injured?  What the heck knees?"

But I didn't let them slow me down.  I ran through it.  Maybe that's why my knees still hate me right now.

The best part of the race (other than the finish of course) was around mile 10 when a deer leaped across the path.  That definitely put an extra pep in my step. 

I finally rounded a corner and could tell that there were a bunch of people gathered around so I figured I was approaching the finish line.  I started to run faster and continued to pick up my pace until I saw a white striped jacket... and then I started booking it.  I ran as fast as I could and tried to smile. 

I ran so fast I was just a blur!  Just kidding... bad picture :)

I wasn't sure exactly where to stop.  Not sure why looking back at this now.  Obviously you go until you run under the giant clock.  I kept thinking, "will they tell me when to stop?  Do I stop at the cones?  Do I keep running?"

I finished at 1:54:10!!! 

Beat my mock half marathon time by almost 5 minutes!  What an awesome feeling!

And then... I ended up coming in 3rd for my age group!!!

I came in 95 out of everyone (I think there were 174) not sure how many girls.  I am so pleased with my finishing time and I think I did wonderfully for my first race ever.

Since Saturday I've been eating, eating and eating.  Sleeping a lot.  Stretching and walking.  This week is my last week of P90X... and I've done nothing!  I need to get back on the ball.  Running again tomorrow, 15 or 17 miles on Saturday.  Back to the grind :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mmmm! Yummy recipe discovery for vegetarian/vegan dishes

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a fabulous day.  I know I am! :)  Wednesday is my day off and it was glorious.  I went shopping and shopping and shopping.  I bought fall decorations for my room (pictures tomorrow when there's good light in the room) and my room now smells like delicious spiced pumpkin via a seasonal spray bottle of Febreeze.  Unfortunately that lovely week of fall weather is gone and it's hot again =/ bleh, but I'm going to pretend there's beautiful crisp fall weather outside.

Well, I've never gotten around to writing an "About Me" page.  I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually ;).  If I had written one then you would probably know that I'm vegetarian.  I've never liked meat much and when I got to college I decided to just cut it out entirely.  It made it a lot easier to turn down meals I didn't really want.

 I've been vegetarian for a little over a 4 years now and the most frequent question I get is "What do you eat?"  This always comes as a surprise to me because I am aware of so many vegan and vegetarian options and I can never understand why others find it so strange or haven't heard of these options.  I mean, it's really a big thing right now.  Vegetarian is the in thing.  Anyways, everyone thinks that the only possible option is salads and pasta.  Well first of all, a salad is lovely when I'm in the mood but I'm sorry there is just no way I'm going to eat salads for the rest of my life.  Absolutely cannot do a salad diet.  I love my salt and I love hot warm comfort foods.  The salt is a story for another day, oh how I wish salt was good for you... sadly it will have to go eventually.  Pasta is fine but I rarely eat it.  No real reason, I just prefer tomato sauce/spaghetti sauce on other things and pasta in my opinion really has no redeeming qualities (although I'll probably be stuffing my face with spaghetti, aka carbs, the night before the race). 

So what do I eat?  A huge variety of things :).  Breakfast is always oatmeal, sometimes with add-ins, currently pumpkin, sometimes blueberries, sometimes bananas but I also love them plain.  I try to add ground chia and flax seeds but don't always cause they get stuck in my permanent retainer and can be a bit annoying.  I usually have small lunches, more like snacks.  Banana and a large handful of nuts or cherry tomatoes with cheese and nuts.  If I'm feeling like a bigger meal I'll have some Ezeikiel bread toasted with spaghetti sauce slathered on with slices of avacado, sliced cherry tomatoes, maybe some black beans, salt, pepper, oregano and some more sauce on top.  Yummy. 

Dinner is always something different.  I've looked up vegan/vegetarian recipes before online and found some great recipes but a lot of the time they're full of cheese or pasta or rice... things I'm not very thrilled about eating everyday.  Other recipes are great but are often really labor intensive.  So, I was very excited to make a discovery!  I am responsible for Wednesday's meals and since I'm busy all the time I needed to find something quick.  I used to make dump chicken recipes on the weekends and freeze several at a time so all I had to do was pop them out of the freezer and into a baking dish but now I only make vegetarian meals for my family.  So what I've been doing is using the same dump chicken recipes and substituing beans/potatoes/sweet potatoes/grains for the chicken.  They have been turning out SO good. 

A few weeks ago I made greek chick peas and potatoes (tasted lemony) and delicious.  Last week I made honey glazed kidney beans and sweet potatoes, roasted until the kidney beans had a slight crunch to them and the sweet potatoes were nice and soft.  This week I made wine and herb roasted canalini beans and red potatoes.  I wanted to skip the potatoes and make some amaranth a la rice style to put the canalini on top of but I ended up making too much wine and herb marinade and had to find something else that would soak some of it up.  These meals are absolutely delicious and have been SO easy.  It takes about 5 minutes to put all the ingredients together in a pan and then 30 minutes or so to bake them.

I have no idea why I haven't been able to find recipes like these on recipe websites but I am so happy that I've made this discovery.  Mmm mmm!

P90X arms and shoulders followed by ab ripper x and then bedtime :) 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Always Busy

Is it just me or is every week busy?  I always think to myself: "This week is really busy but it's just this week.  Next week won't be anywhere near as crazy as this week" And then, surprise surprise... busy again!

Because things always seem to come up, I've been very appreciative that I make working out a priority.  Especially now that I'm training for a half marathon and marathon, it's so important to continue training and missing a day every once in a long while is okay but it definitely can't become a habit. 

Now I say all that to say that I've been missing days.  Several days.  I've been getting in all of my running but P90X is suffering a little.  I've kind of pushed those workouts to the back burner.  They're still important but not essential. 

I have some very exciting news to share with you!  Well... I'm excited about it anyways ;).  Saturday I ran 15 miles!!!!  Absolutely ecstatic about this news.  I'd say it was probably one of my easiest long runs too.  I ran the 15 miles in 2 hours and 30 minutes.  This is really exciting to me because this means that I may be able to run my half marathon in less than 2 and a half hours and then I could run the marathon in the first wave!  This is so exciting to me! 

As a marathon rookie it's recommended that you not make a time goal.  Your only goal should be to cross the finish line still moving :).  The main reason for this goal is to prevent injuries.  Running too far too soon or too fast when you haven't trained for long enough can quickly lead to injuries.  Now, obviously I'm not looking to get injured but if that's the pace that I run at naturally then why not try to run the marathon in under 5 hours?

My other news is that I've started to incorporate speed training into my runs.  Now this is exactly what is not recommended for beginning runners.  I've only done two of these and I only plan to keep them for the days when I'm running 3 miles so I feel like this is safe?  I don't know, I'm no expert, I'm just doing what feels good.  Last week I ran 3 miles in 24:42.  This week I ran 3 miles in 22:30!!!  That's a 7:30 mile pace!!  I think this is a great accomplishment!  I sure hope it's not a recipe for injury because it's exhilarating to actually be able to run quickly and feel the wind in your hair.

And now for some fun:

Sunday night my sister found out who her Big Sister is!  I went along to see the action.
Rachel joined the same sorority as I was in during college.  I was in Theta Alpha, one of the first christian sororities.  Since it's fairly new, Rachel was the first legacy!  So exciting! 

To find out who their big sister is the girls have to go around to different stations and perform a task.  Once they perform the task they will receive a puzzle piece.  Once they receive all of their puzzle pieces they then will read the clue on the completed puzzle.  The clue will lead them to an object attached to a string that is attached to their big... they just have to untangle a huge mess to find the person on the other end ;)

This is from the first station.  DANCE PARTY!!!

Rachel is the girl in the middle playing air guitar :) :) :).  Yeah, my sister is awesome.
The girl on the left is my sister's Big Sister, patiently awaiting her arrival
After much ducking and climbing and unwinding...

Rachel found her Big!

Now she's in my natural family and my Theta Alpha family!  Yay snowflake family! :)
She's my Great Great Great Grandlittle :)

Ah!  My family is getting so big!  I've now been dubbed "matriarch"
This is me with all my babies :)

Keep checking back for more running updates!  Hope you all have a wonderful and hopefully not insanely crazy Tuesday!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Huge News

Tonight I officially signed up for the Disney World Marathon!!!!!!

I am SO excited, I can't even express how excited I am!

But I am also very very nervous!!

I know I can do!  But wow.  I watched a video on youtube from the race and it made my heart start beating faster and it also made me cry.  I'm a total dork, I know. 

My biggest worry right now is that the friends I am running with run 10:30 miles and I run 10.  That's not a huge difference so I wasn't really worried but now I'm starting to work on speed and I guess I shouldn't?  To me it seems a waste to run a marathon and run it slow because you're trying to run it with friends.  This is coming from a very independent workout person.  I don't know.  I'm going to continue speed training and see what happens when I get closer. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Busy Mondays

Happy Monday!

You know, I've really dreaded Mondays but now I work on weekends and weekdays alike so it's all the same to me.  I just like starting fresh and having the whole week ahead of me. 

That being said, today was a busy day and I'm not a huge fan of busy days. 

I started off running stadiums with Rachel (my sister).  I texted her on the way to pick her up and said "so pretty outside.  It's 55 outside though so be prepared.  Hah, just to be clear I texted while stopped at a light.  No texting and driving ;).  I was wearing my nike drifit running capris and a sweatshirt but when I showed up at Rachel's apartment she came out in shorts and a t-shirt and then asked me why I didn't warn her about the overnight temperature drop.  It really was so pretty outside.  I'm probably crazy but I just love working out outside with the moon and stars out.  Gorgeous.

And want to hear something horrible?  Hah, I can't believe I'm about to admit this...
Sooo I naturally have pretty dry hair.  Before I was running almost everyday I would probably wash my hair about twice a week.  Maybe 3 times.  Now I'm washing my hair everyday and I know it's really not good for my hair but what can you do when you're sweating like crazy everyday?  Well anyways, today my head wasn't sweaty at all so I didn't wash my hair today.  And the most awful part... I'm hoping that this means I can cut down on washing my hair a lot.  Maybe back to 3 times?  I know, gross.  No one gets close enough to smell my head anyways.  I think? 

I got to play with my sister's puppy :) :) :)  (although this was taken on Saturday before that awful game...)

Please ignore my awkward smile and double chin.  I need to remember not to wear my retainer for pictures.  I just can't smile properly at all.

I spent the rest of the day working.

By working I mean:

Yes, I babysit
I am the most awesome babysitter in the entire world
And this is the sweetest little girl I know
Checkout Elmo, Cookie Monster and Bigbird stuffed in her pockets ;)

And also this:

Aren't they just the cutest?  Last week I promised I would bring a camera and take pictures of them because they're looking so good.  Well I forgot =/.  So I took pictures with my horrible camera phone.

Teaching three dance classes back to back and I am DONE. 

Now I'm home.  I've had dinner and now I'm debating an hour and a half of yoga or bed.  That first 45 minutes is horrible and mentally I just don't feel up to it.  My bed is calling to me... probably because I'm in it ;)

Do you dread Mondays?  Hope you rocked your workouts today! :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Making Strides

Ahhhh... I love all things fall.  I know I am not in the minority at all in saying this but I just thought I would let it be known that I am part of the fall craze.  I just love it!  Now let me clarify... there aren't exactly seasons in Florida.  But whatever it is we're getting right now: LOVE it! 

It was pretty rainy here the first couple days this week.  I skipped stadiums on Monday and Wednesday because of the rain.  Long story but it mostly comes down to the fact that my long run last Sunday messed up a good portion of my week.  Not that I didn't get anything accomplished this week because I did, but I didn't do what I planned to do. 

On Monday I was not fully recovered from my Sunday run and it was rainy and I didn't feel like dealing with slippery stadium steps so instead my sister suggested that we hit up the gym.  I don't have a gym membership but she works at the gym so I got in for free.  Now, there are several reasons that I don't have a gym membership.  Numero uno: $.  I just don't have that kind of money.  I've had free access to the gym at UF for more than 4 years now and have only used it a hand full of times.  I just can't see myself really using it that much and if I'm going to PAY for it and not use it... well that's a problem. 

Probably the main reason why I don't use the gym: I feel super awkward on gym machines.  I just can't figure them out and while I'm trying to figure them out I feel like everyone in the gym is watching me make a complete idiot out of myself.  I really just enjoy my home gym and running outside.  I just can't stand treadmills.  I know I keep going on all these tangents but that reminded me of something I read the other day.  I read that you should train for a marathon on a treadmill.  I can't even imagine running on a treadmill for more than 30 minutes.  Even 30 minutes is difficult.  They suggested popping in a movie and said that "the time would fly by"... don't know how I feel about that statement but I guess if it rained for like a straight week then I would be wishing I had a gym membership.

But now back to my week.  I had worked chest/shoulders/triceps earlier in the day via P90X so I skipped all the upper body machines and did some killer leg exercises.  I usually think I have pretty strong legs.  I dance, I run and I do leg strengthening exercises on a regular basis.  Um... well I sucked at the leg machines.  My sister kept having to decrease the weights for me because I couldn't move the machines at all.  It was pretty embarrassing.  I'm going to go with "the machines work different muscles than all of the other things I'm doing".  Yeah, that's it.

On top of being awful at the gym, on Tuesday I was pretty sore.  I wanted to go on a longer run on Tuesday but with being sore and then running in the evening I ended up just keeping it to 3 miles. 

Wednesday I was still sore.  I don't even know what I was sore from at this point.  Still recovering from the Sunday run?  The gym?  My run on Tuesday?  Who knows but I was definitely still sore.  Stadiums didn't happen and instead I pretty much sat in bed all day.  Wednesday is my day off and this Wednesday I learned that I should not have days off.  I should have done all the chores that I have been slacking on because I'm never home (ie. changing sheets, cleaning my room, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, laundry, etc, etc) but instead I just sat in my bed playing on the computer.  I felt horrible by the end of the day and kicked it into gear some.

Thursday it was a little overcast but it was cool!  Oh my gosh, can I just say, I can do anything about 10x better when it is cool outside.  GORGEOUS!  I went for my 6ish mile run.  It drizzled on and off during most of the run and I kept worrying about my ipod and wishing that I had put it in a ziplock bag.  It never out and out rained though so my ipod was safe but now i know for future runs.

Friday I pulled myself out of bed bright and early and ran stadiums by myself.  I think this is pretty dangerous so I try to always have someone with me even though I really like to go by myself.  When I got there it was still dark out.  It was crisp and cool outside and beautiful.  The moon was out and the stars were pretty bright.  The stadium was deserted which was strange because the past few times I've been there various sports teams are usually there taking up half of the stadium.  It was nice to have the whole stadium to myself.  I ran with my headphones off so I could hear if anyone was approaching but also because it was so beautiful outside that I just wanted to be able to take it all in.

Saturday I ran and I ran and I ran.  Again, GORGEOUS weather.  I ended up running 13.1 and dubbed this run my mock marathon.  It went really well actually.  I still don't have my fuel belt and I didn't take any GU with me but I'm still rocking the runs.  This gives me a lot of hope, I feel like once I do go on a run with gatorade and water and GU I will absolutely KILL the runs.  I sure hope so. 

I was so excited to finish the 13.1 miles that I decided to compare my time with average half-marathon times for other females my age.  Well, lets just say that it was a little disheartening.  I guess I'm going to have to work on my time a little.  I'm kind of guessing on my time because I walked a warm up lap and then came in and changed and did a few other things while I had my watch running but I think I'm probably at about 2 hours and 15 minutes.  This is pretty average to below average.  It is just INSANE that people are running these things in less than 2 hours. 

A friend of mine is running the Disney marathon in January and has been trying to convince me to run it as well.  I feel like I am not prepared and do not have enough time to prepare but apparently I'm ahead of her training-wise.  She finally convinced me to take the plunge and I'll be signing up later today.  Part of me is really excited about this and the other part of me is extremely nervous.  As I continue training and am hopefully able to increase the distance of my long runs then I think I'll start to get less nervous.  It just seems impossible to me right now to be able to run twice as much as what I ran yesterday.  Ahh!  Crazy.  I know I can do it though. 

Is there anything that you have thought would be impossible and then you conquered it anyways?  Tell me about it!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beating the Weather

When I first started running earlier this summer there were several weeks where I missed my running day because it was raining.  Now, I know people run in the rain all the time.  I've done it once and decided it was not for me.  Thankfully I haven't had any trouble with the rain recently.  It's the end of the afternoon thunderstorm season in Florida and it's been kind of dry anyways which has been great for my running since I refuse to run in the rain.  I'm not saying I won't change my mind though because I might... I've found that as I run more and more I sort of get more hardened to the weather conditions and more determined to run and be awesome regardless of the weather. 

I woke up super early this morning to try to fit in a 10 mile run before church.  I had been up for about an hour when I heard rain :(. 

Side note: I know it sounds crazy to wake up at 4:30AM to go on a 6:30AM run but I think it's important to have fuel in your body but I wanted to give the food a chance to digest a little so I wouldn't get cramps.  I know it's all sound reasoning but it just feels a little on the crazy side when I'm waking up at 4:30 :).  Anyways, I very dejectedly decided that I didn't want to do 10 miles in the rain and went back to sleep.  When I woke up 30 minutes later it had stopped raining but I had missed my window of opportunity to run.  Dumb rain fake out. 

At some point during my day I decided that I was going to get my 10 mile run done NO MATTER WHAT.  I decided I was going to set out as soon as I got home from church which is usually around 12:30 or 1.  Insane, I know.  When I decided to do this it was pretty cloudy and I thought maybe it would be overcast but that it wouldn't rain so it would be almost exactly like my morning runs.  Uhhh, WRONG. 

Before I left I was talking to my mom and sister about how I should hydrate during my run.  My hydration belt hasn't arrived yet but I knew that if it was super hot outside that I really ought to bring something with me to drink.  I just couldn't figure out how to carry it.  Then my sister offered to ride her bike behind me the whole way and carry water and Gatorade with her.  I'm not sure what she was thinking or what she got out of the whole thing.  I mean, she did ride 10 miles but she rode the bike at my pace which is pretty slow... but she did it. 

There is NO way I would have finished that run if she hadn't tagged along.  I definitely couldn't have done it without the water but even more than that I couldn't have done it without her support and encouragement.  I got to the first place that I could turn around and make my run a 6 mile instead of a 10 but she kept telling me "I know you can do it".

Of course I had just run this course last Saturday and ROCKED IT but wow, it is sooooo much harder in the heat and humidity.  Last weeks weather was gorgeous running weather.  I was probably insane for running in the weather today.  It was about 87 degrees and 60% humidity.

Well, I took way more breaks than I'd like to admit but most of them were to rehydrate so I guess it's okay ;).  Part of me felt like I was being a wimp but I really think that it was harder, not just mentally but physically.  I fought through it though.  It was tough but I did it.  I have a nice sunburn to show for it too :).  This is exactly how I felt during my run

I can't wait to see what water does for my morning runs.  I'm aiming for a long run on Thursday.  We shall see.


Best news...

I signed up for my first half marathon.  It's in 6 weeks which seems really far away to me.  I'm super pumped and I feel like at the rate I'm going that I'll be over prepared.  I don't see any harm in this at all.  Better than under prepared I think.  I'm considering signing up for a full marathon in February.  I feel SOOO far away from a marathon.  The 10th mile is really hard, my legs are just dying and my knee is starting to ache so I can't even imagine almost tripling that.  I think I'm going to wait and see what my next long run is with the water and see what I think at that point.  I'm not giving up, eventually I will run a marathon, I'm just not sure if it'll be in February.  I'll keep you posted though.

Hey, I know I have a few lurkers out there.  Please say hi!  I would LOVE to hear from you.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fitness Blues and The Blue Man Group

I'm so excited because my weeks are finally going to start getting back to normal which means... more time to fit in some amazing workouts.

I get so down when I can't finish what I planned at the beginning of the week to get accomplished.  I write down all my workouts at the start of the week and as I know happens with everyone: things come up.  A lot of days I manage to do most or all of what I planned to get done but some days I just don't at all.  When I wake up at 4:30 or 5 am everyday and I can't go on my run or go do stadiums in the morning but then I don't get home until 9:00 or later (last night it was 1 AM) then there is just no way I'm going to be able to do my run or stadiums for that day. 

The important thing is to not give up and continue forward.

This week I bought several new fitness gadgets/gear.  I bought a nice pair of gloves for lifting weights and for doing pull ups.  My hands have been developing these lovely calluses on them which are not exactly feminine.  Hah, I guess neither are weight lifting and pull ups but that's not the point ;).  I feel really hardcore when I wear them :).  They're pretty fun. 

I also bought some body glide.  I actually don't think I'm going to be using the body glide for awhile.  I haven't had any chaffing problems.  I've been wondering to myself why I haven't had any issues since I've been reading about other runners' problems.  I finally figured out that it's probably because I really have no chest to speak of whatsoever.  I think I'll probably need it some once I get over 13 miles so I thought it was a good investment. 

I went all over town searching for a good hydration belt.  My uncle has run several marathons and always knows what he's talking about so when he told me to invest in one I immediately got on it.  He said that it really helps you to increase your mileage.  I'm so excited to run with my belt and can't wait until it gets here.  I'm hoping that it'll take care of the soreness I'm feeling in my legs the last several miles. 

I also bought a very gently used pair of asics on ebay.  Crossing my fingers that they fit well.  I know it's probably not the best idea to buy shoes on ebay but they're actually not for distance running so I feel like maybe it's not so important that they fit perfectly?  I'm planning to use them for walks and for running stadiums.  The shoes that I currently use for these activities have definitely seen better days so I feel like anything will be an improvement. 

So back to my failed workout attempts =/...
I've been missing my P90X workouts.  I think I'm behind 2 right now.  Well two hour ones.  I also have to do 2 Ab Ripper X.  Does anyone else "catch up" when they miss a workout?  IE:  Do multiple workouts in one day if you have the time?  I do.  I have no idea if this is unhealthy or not a good idea or what but it takes away my guilt.  They're starting to pile up though.  Sunday catch up day all day!  Hah. 

On top of that I missed stadiums on Monday and on Friday.  I can't even remember the reason why I missed Monday but on Friday I STRUGGLED to get myself out of bed and ready to run stadiums and then we got to the stadium and it was closed.  Ughhh such a bummer.  Well, actually, at the time I was relieved.  I was so not in the mood for stadiums.  Now I'm wishing that I had.   Why?  Well...

Saturday is my long run day.  It's pretty much the only day I can get a long run in.  It takes a good 2-2:30 hours including stretching before and after and bathing and icing and all that good stuff.  But... I was out til 1 AM last night and was NOT feeling it when my alarm went off at 4:45 this morning.  So I went back to bed and slept in til 10:30.  Wow I hate sleeping in.  Where is my day?  I think it was good though.  My body needed it. 

I've decided to take a huge risk and go before church tomorrow.  I'm working in the nursery tomorrow which means I have to be there earlier and I will be holding babies/potentially standing the whole 2-3 hours.  I will probably be regretting my run tomorrow.  But I don't even care, I'm doing it.  I'm aiming for 11 miles minimum.  It would be awesome if I was still going strong and could fit in more but probably time wise I would need to cut it off by that time. 

The reason I was out til 1 AM last night... actually would make it okay to have to wait a whole week to fit in a good long run.  I went to see The Blue Man group last night!  It was so incredible!  I don't even think I would have chosen to go of my own accord, I had no idea what to expect, but it was so legit and definitely worth it!  Tickets are usually around $70 but I got to go for $45.  Absolutely hands down one of the best experiences of my life.  I laughed for the majority of the show.  My favorite part (if you've been and know what I'm talking about) was the toilet paper insanity at the end.  CA-RA-ZYYYYY!  But so awesome!

Here's a clip of the toilet paper insanity

Not sure how to insert video.  I'll figure it out for future posts.

Kind of hard to see but this will give you an idea of what happened.  I love the boy "wait, there's more?!?" my thoughts exactly...

Anyways, I'm off to try to catch up on some of those P90X workouts before I go off to babysit for 8 straight hours.  Ughhh sometimes I hate my job.  I get no weekend.  Where's my day off?

Hope you all are having a great weekend :)

Please ignore my crazy hair.  My hair + humidity = crazy hair!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hodge podge

There are so many things I want to talk about that I don't even know what to name this post.  I'm going to save it for last ;)

I've been SO crazy busy the past few weeks.  I keep telling people that I'm taking some time off and relaxing and working a little.  The life of a recent college graduate with no plans =/...
That statement is not entirely true though.  I'm taking some time off from school, and while I have a little more flexible schedule it is definitely not relaxing and I am definitely working A LOT.  The past two weeks I have been helping out a friend of mine who fell and broke her right arm.  She has an 18 month old daughter and she has been unable to change diapers, lift the girl in and out of her high chair, or get her in and out of the car.  This last one is especially problematic since the only time this little girl naps is in the car.  I've been spending the majority of my day helping out and driving all over creation at naptime.  By the end of the day I have been so exhausted that I've been going to sleep at 9:30 and have had absolutely no desire to blog.  Another reason for my lack of enthusiasm is that I have been SUCKING at working out.  This week I've been stepping it up again and so I am much more excited to share what I've been up to.

Let me start by recapping some of last week:
It was my P90X recovery week which meant a lot of yoga, a lot of stretching, and some of my least favorite workouts... that stupid Kenpo crap.  Anyone else have any like/dislike for Kenpo?  I just feel super awkward.  I feel like I should be good at it cause I'm a dancer and I kick all the time... but I'm just NOT. 

I haven't been great at sticking it out, I've either just skipped that day entirely or switched it out for a different workout.  I read a message board and a lot of the commenters suggested sticking with it, saying that they didn't like it at first either but after several weeks it is now their favorite.  I'll have to give it another chance I guess.

Anyways, I really didn't do much of anything that week.  I just didn't have time.  I mean, I could have made time if I slept 4 hours a night but I decided it was better to get my rest.  I mean, a recovery week isn't going to be very restorative if you're not getting sleep. 

I did however go on an awesome run on Thursday night.  If you've read my blog at all you know I detest evening workouts.  Well, I planned it out so at least one of my main issues wouldn't be a problem.  One of my issues with evening workouts is that I'm usually hungry but if I eat anything then I'll feel sick once I start the workout.  I solved this problem by eating at around 4:30. 

I got home from work and hopped online to map out a route.  I found a 10 mile route and set out pretty quickly.  By about mile 2 I knew that this was going to be a rough run.  In the past my routes have been loops so that if I'm feeling not so hot I can just quit early.  I think this is the cowards way to run so I'm really working on cutting that out of my running. 

Firstly it was hot and humid.  I'm not sure other than that what was so different about this run but it was just HARD.  I struggled the whole way.  I kept telling myself "You are strong, you are strong, you are strong, you are strong". 

Another thing I hadn't planned on was the sun going down... oops!  A lot of the run was fine, it was on the sidewalk.  The last 3 miles or so winds through my neighborhood though and by the time I got in the neighborhood it was pitch black out.  I turned my headphones off and listened for cars and paid a lot of attention to lights coming up behind me.  Every time I heard a car coming I jumped up on the curb and ran through the grass... oh my gosh, HELL ON EARTH!  I do NOT like running through grass when I'm going on my 8th or so mile.  My legs were screaming at me every time I jumped up on the curb and every time I saw car lights approaching I was mentally cursing them :). 

I also got to experience BUGS!  Not so exciting.  I never have problems with bugs in the morning but they are out in droves in the evening.  They stuck to my face and I kept thinking I was going to swallow one by accident.  Thankfully that didn't happen.  So gross. 

Some of my route included loops and by the time I looped back to my house I decided 9 miles was fine with me and I just did not want to run the last mile.  My 9th mile was pretty killer.  My IT band was really starting to hurt and I was pushing it the last mile so I decided that 9 miles would make me happy, a lot happier than I'd be if I really injured myself by pushing past my limit.

Today I ran 10 miles!  I know that's only a mile more than my last long run but I just feel AWESOME about it.  It was just glorious out this morning.  Gorgeous weather.  Oh, and it was morning.  That just makes everything better in my opinion.  Also, my route was one big loop.  I just felt like I was running so far.  I just kept thinking to myself  "wow, I'm so far from home.  I ran all the way here.  I can't believe I ran all the way here and still feel so good".

Cardio-wise, I am awesome.  On my thursday evening run last week my heart rate was high-ish.  It was mid to upper 170s the whole time.  Today was like low 160s to mid 160s the whole time.  It shot up to 170 on a few of the hills but came back down quickly.  I feel like I could run forever cardio-wise.  But by the end of my runs my legs are just DYING.  I wonder if some kind of replenishing drink or food would be helpful?  If you have any tips please share!  I feel like my legs are pretty strong so I tend to think that it's not that they're not strong enough... but I'm obviously no expert. 

Anyways, I can't wait til my next big run next week!  I'm looking for a good half marathon to sign up for too.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Too Tired To Blog

Man oh man...

I am just exhausted.  This is what happens when you wake up at the crack of... dark (not even dawn) so that you can fit in some exercise before your insane day. 

I don't understand how you real bloggers do it.

How do you blog everyday AND make delicious healthy meals AND find time to work out.  I just don't get it.  You are my heroes.

This is probably going to my tune for the rest of this insane week of working ALL THE TIME. 

I'm ready for my break.  If I can just make it through this week then I'll be housesitting and then I'm going to be complaining about having nothing to do.  I hate house sitting.  It makes exercising so difficult.  I can't even explain why but I just struggle to stay up with all my exercise while I'm house sitting.  Oh well, I'll deal with that problem when I get there.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better than today.  Plyometrics is on the schedule for tomorrow.  I love Plyo but nottttt feeling it right now.

Hope you all have a wonderful night :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I'm Still Alive... I Promise

Hey everyone!

So I've been completely MIA lately.  I have good reasons, I promise.

The #1 reason is that my computer was infested with viruses and was completely unusable.  It was extremely difficult to fix but has finally been restored to it's former pre-virus self.  I ran virus scanners in safe mode for a few days but unfortunately when I went to start it again in normal mode it wouldn't load windows.  So then I had to back up all my files and do a system restore.  Unfortunately my disc seems to have disappeared so after trying multiple disks we were finally able to fix my computer.  Soooo glad to have it back.

#2 reason that I've been MIA is that I have had an INTENSE crazy week.  Busy busy busy.  I've been working all day every day and then going to activities in the evening.  I've been so busy that I haven't even had a chance to exercise much.  Don't even get me started on that one.  It's soo frustrating.  Thank God it's my P90X recovery week or I would really be upset.  I did get in a nice long 10 mile run on Thursday though.  It was the hardest run I've ever done in my entire life.  It was one of those runs where at mile 2 you're not feeling good at all and it's just not a good running day.  I kept going though.  It was awful but I'm glad I did it.  I just really know never to go for long runs in the evening.  Soo much hotter and muggier than in the morning, bugs flying in my face, then it got dark on my way home and every time a car came I jumped up on the sidewalk and ran in the grass.  My legs were dying every time I had to do that.

Anyways, all that to say that I have another crazy week coming up but hopefully now that my computer is back I will be able to stay caught up a little better.  Here's also hoping that I'll be able to stay caught up on all my exercise.  I just feel awful without having done much this past week.  Both guilty and HUGE.  People say I'm just being silly but for real, I've gained like 8 lbs this summer.  I'm sure some of it is muscle weight but definitely not all of it.  And I'm sorry, tight clothes just feel horrible no matter what you weigh. 

I should probably end on a lighter note but I'm just going to leave it at that :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Running is MY drug

I am just LOVING running.  I get this sense of accomplishment that I don't get when performing any other exercise.  I feel so strong. 

My sister is probably going to kill me but I am seriously wanting to drop a lot of the other things I'm doing (specifically running stadiums) so that I can really focus on improving running.  I am just itching to start training for a marathon but every time I look at a training schedule I end up deciding not to train because I would need to run several days in a row and since my current schedule is running every other day and stadiums on my off-running days I would end up running stadiums and running on certain days.  I think that's just way to much and would probably cause some injuries down the road. 

Last Thursday I decided to do the "dreaded Publix run" as I call it.  I've only run this route once before and it was awful.  My knee decided half way through the run that it didn't want to work anymore and I had an awful time getting home.  My brother used to run a lot and this was one of his routes.  I've finally worked up to it.  I always thought it was really far but now that I've been working on increasing my millage I've realized that it's really a fairly easy run.

I've been keeping my running fairly close to home.  I've justified this to myself thinking that I'll get out and start running and if I don't feel up to the run then I'll be close to home and can cut it short or if I'm feeling really good then I can just keep adding more 1.5 mile loops.  I've decided that this is a wimpy way to plan things and that I'm never going to improve if I'm always leaving myself an easy way out. 

My new plan is to just go out for long runs.  I'm going to decide on my millage before I go out and start running and once I'm out on the run I'll essentially have no choice but to do the whole run.  This may come back and bite me in the butt, however, I think it's really best for me at this point.  I'm really stronger than I know and I can do this.  I need to stop doubting my abilities and just get out there and do it.

Anyways, Thursday's "dreaded Publix run" was my longest run yet.  I ran 8 miles in 70 minutes.  I felt AWESOME!  It's so excited and I really feel like a real runner now.  I can't wait to see what this week will bring. 

I really wanted to continue my awesome running on the weekend but I had some issues that interfered.  On Sunday I had a dance performance.  I had a rehearsal on Thursday night and on Saturday.  On Thursday night I was feeling my run.  I felt great most of the day but by the evening I was feeling something.  I'm still not sure what it was but I got sick.  I felt achy all over and had the chills.  That rehearsal was AWFUL but when I got home I hopped right into bed and slept for about 8 hours.  In the morning I was feeling back to normal.  However, I didn't want to push it and push myself so hard that I performed poorly on Sunday.  So I took it easy and just ran 3 miles on Saturday evening.  That was really the perfect amount because I felt great on Sunday and performed really well. 

Mondays aren't usually the days that I run on but I'm craving a run.  It's WAY later then I usually run but it's looking kind of overcast and cool out so I may cave and go for a run. 

Hope everyone has a great day off today! 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Recaps

Is it awful that I have to have my planner next to me so that I can accurately recap?  Apparently all my days blend together. 

Tuesdays are often fairly complicated because I babysit during the day.  I often start around 10 AM but the time is variable.  I found out on Monday night that I'd be working at 8:15.  I was determined to still get my run in but I know me and I know that I can't run mid day (WAY too hot) and I can't run in the evening because... well, I'm lame. 

So I woke up at the crack of dark and ate my breakfast and then did some warm up exercises and stretching before heading out at 6:30 for a run.  Originally I settled on 6:30 because that was the time when it was semi light out.  Unfortunately we're losing daylight very quickly.  It's taking longer to get light in the morning and it's getting dark sooner in the evening.  I can't wait for some cooler weather but I'm going to miss the daylight :(. 

I ran 3.6 miles in about 30 minutes and then I walked a brisk 0.6 cool down lap.  I felt really good and was wanted to run MORE but time constraints made me stop.  I couldn't go to babysit all sweaty and stinky ;). 

Tuesday is Plyometrics day but I didn't have time to fit that in before I left for babysitting so when I got home at 2:30 I changed and popped in the Plyo disk.  I was planning to do about half of it.  I really didn't have much time as I had to leave at 4 to teach dance.  I got half way through and just decided to get it all out of the way.  To do this I had to skip washing my hair, gross I know.  I CRUSHED it.  I really love plyo.  It makes me feel good because Tony goes on and on about how challenging it is, and it is... but no where near the level he's talking about.

Wednesday is my day off and I literally have nothing to do except clean and exercise.  So I exercised away.  It's a good thing I enjoy exercise :). 

I started with stadiums.  Oh yeah... now it's all coming back to me.  I went with my sister this time because I felt so guilty about leaving her behind the previous time.  Half way to her house it started raining.  It wasn't anything intense, just drizzles but still, stadiums are scary when it's wet.  I don't know about you but I hate exercising outside in the rain.  You would think it might be enjoyable, keeps you cool and everything, but to me it is just not fun at all.  It's like you're pouring sweat or something.  Gross.  And it makes your clothes all wet and not fun to run in at all.  So I debated turning around but I decided to stick it out and see what would happen.  By the time I got to my sister's apartment the rain had basically stopped so we decided to go and run stadiums despite the rain.  Hah, when we got there the stadium steps weren't just slick... they were covered with puddles.  I can't believe we ran stadiums like that, but we did.  I didn't fall at all but I definitely had to slow down my pace some.  Rachel fell twice but thankfully she just kind of slipped on her butt and she was fine.  I missed both wipeouts, I would see her just after she had fallen and I just assumed she was sitting down taking a break.  I only found out later that she had fallen :). 

I came home and took a nap.  I haven't been getting quite enough sleep the past few days so the nap was glorious.  I woke up and did P90X shoulders and arms, ab ripper x and x stretch.  Mmm that stretch was gold.  Exactly what I needed.

Wednesday I make dinner for the fam.  I made a really good vegetable pie with a really deliciously healthy crust with flax seed and other yummy healthy stuff.  Unfortunately I was the only one who actually enjoyed this meal... which actually wasn't so unfortunate because I got to eat the majority of it.  YUMMMM!  Or maybe not so good?  Overeating isn't my fav ;).

I'll post later to update on my progress for today.

Hope everyone has a great day.  I'm planning to!  Here's what I'm looking forward to:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Catching Up

How are you all doing today? 

I've been MIA for the past several days.  It's hard to stay motivated to post when you're lacking on time/energy if no one is reading your blog.

I have a lot of catching up to do though since my last post

I've had a GREAT week so far.  Workout-wise and otherwise :).  I'm gonna do a quick little recap of each day.

I started off the day dark and early with stadiums.  I decided to try going by myself this time.  My original purpose for bringing someone with me was first of all to get me motivated to go and second because I think it's safer, especially if you're going in the morning when it's not likely that there will be many people around.  However, at this point I don't need the motivation and I've decided that there are enough people around for early morning stadiums to be fairly safe. 

What is frustrating about running stadiums in the morning is that the only place available to park is only available until 7:30 AM.  I leave my house at 6:10 to pick up my sister and we don't get to the stadium until 6:45.  This means that I only have about 35 minutes to workout (5 minute walk in, 5 minute walk to return to car) before I could potentially return to my car to find a ticket waiting for me. 

If I left my house at 6:10 but did NOT pick up my sister then I would arrive at the stadium at 6:30 and I would have about 50 minutes to workout.  Obviously this is a lot better than a 35 minute workout.

The extra time was great.  It sounds awful but now I wish I could just go by myself all the time.  My sister doesn't have any transportation so I'm the only way for her to get there.  I feel guilty when I go without her.  Especially when she leaves messages on my facebook page saying "You did stadiums without me? :( :( :("

I came home and got all my P90X workouts done - Chest and Back followed by Ab Ripper X.  I took some before pictures so I could see my P90X results at the end of the 90 days. 

By the end of the 90 days I'm hoping for several things: 

                 1) More defined abdominal area (6 pack please??)
             2) No love handles (mostly noticable from the back)
             3) Thinner upper thighs (inner thighs and saddle bag area)

I used to have all of these so I'm hoping I'll be able to get back to there

Monday evening one of my very best friends came into town on her way to visit her boyfriend further south.  Me and several other friends had dinner with her while she was in town.  We're cheap college students so we didn't go anywhere fancy, just Moes and Panera.  I got a bowl of the Vegetable soup without Pesto and also got a watermelon fruit cup (YUM!).  I also got an apple instead of the customary baguette (which I didn't end up eating).  I'm actually not a huge fan of the vegetable soup, I much prefer the black bean but they weren't offering any on Monday. 

I had a great time with my friends.  I've been lonely this summer.  The downside of having college friends... they all leave in the summer. 

At dinner two more friends stopped by.  They were drenched with sweat from a long run.  I started talking to them and found out that they're training for a marathon.  I was so impressed by this news.  It's one thing to read about all kinds of people training and running in marathons online but they sort of seem like these unreal people who don't REALLY exist.  Or if they do, they're super amazing and hardcore.  Now that I actually KNOW some people who are training for marathons it makes it seem much more doable.  I'm excited now to start training soon.

After dinner we stopped by starbucks next door.  Not much exciting there, I got a decaf americano.  I've recently switched from splenda to stevia in my coffee and I debated for atleast a minute what I should sweeten my americano with.  I considered sugar in the raw and honey but then I ended up going with splenda.  Too bad I didn't have any stevia packets with me. 

I was really impressed with Starbucks menu though.  They've really added a TON of healthy options.  A few things that looked really good to me were a plate with grapes and apples and cheese and then a plate with carrots, celery, grilled chicken and humus.  I wouldn't eat the chicken but everything else sounds delicious.  Next time I'm out and looking for something healthy to fill me up I'll have to make my way over to Starbucks.

So much for my short summaries :).  I'm getting sleepy so I'm just going to finish Monday's news and then I'm going to bed.

I stayed out fairly late at starbucks chatting with my friends.  It was really enjoyable but by the end of the evening I was ready to be in my bed.  Waking up at 4:45 for stadiums is not really ideal for staying out until 11:00 PM.  I think I ended up being in bed by 11:30 PM.  Up again Tuesday morning at 4:45 for my run.  More on that tomorrow :)