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Blogroll Updated

I updated my blogroll today.  I’ve found some really great fitness blogs that I think you should check out.  I have to highlight one of them: DC Rainmaker.  His blog is incredible!  He’s set his sights on Kona and what he’s doing to achieve that is so inspiring.  Traveling for work?  No problem – just bring your bike, shoes and swim gear with you and get to it!  He even swam in Nairobi this week at one of the only pools he could find!  Plus, the pictures he takes and posts are awesome!  I want to start adding pictures to my training posts just so I can be like him (but with less expensive/nice camera equipment!).  Anyway, check out the new blogroll.

About Time

It’s about time I get back into it, don’t ya think?  Since the duathlon, I have not worked out once.  Shameful really.  And does it remind you at all about oh, say last October when I finished my big 10 mile race with Pam and Amanda and then basically took the whole winter off from exercising??  Well, it’s ringing some bells for me and scaring me.

I do have a bit of an excuse – strep throat last week took me down for a few days.  And then Kris was gone coaching this weekend so I had the kids by myself and Krystle’s bridal shower on Sunday so Saturday was spent parenting and preparing and Sunday was spent celebrating.  I have no excuse though for Monday or Tuesday of this week.  Sheer laziness I guess.

So, today’s the day.  I’m getting back on the bike (today after work) and I’m going to eat clean today.  My weight has crept up a bit (153.2 this morning) from a low of 151.6.  Not too much damage done but not really where I want to be either.  I saw those pictures of me from the back on Sunday and well, back rolls are not attractive.

What does eating clean meant to me?  Well, here’s my plan for today:

Breakfast: oatmeal and string cheese

Lunch: Smart Ones lasagna and watermelon

Snack: granola bar

Dinner: whatever Kris prepares – portion controlled of course

And that’s it – no eating after dinner.  This I have found to be key.  No night time snacking helps me tremendously when it comes to weight loss.  Oh, and of course there will be plenty of water throughout the day as well.

Now, about training.  I’ve made up a training plan for myself (similar to before) and will start that today.  I’ve already missed yesterday’s planned workout which I’ll try to make up on Friday.  It basically looks like this – Run Tues, Bike Wed, Run Thurs, Rest Fri, Brick Sat (bike/run), Bike Sun, rest Mon, repeat.  And I’ll be trying to get faster since I know I can do this now (run 3 miles, bike 12-14 miles).

So, there you have it.  Out in the open and written down and stuff.

Rough Week

Well, it’s kind of been a rough week for me.  After filing my race report, things went down hill.  I woke up Monday not feeling so great but went to work anyway.  And then I got worse.  Tuesday I stayed home and rested and still got worse (sore throat, full body aches, swollen lymph nodes, fever).  You know where this is going, right?  Yep.  Strep throat confirmed yesterday.  Finally got some good drugs.  Body aches and fever gone.  Sore throat not as bad today but still annoying.  Lymph nodes are still enormous (golf ball sized!) and sore.

All this means I haven’t worked out since the duathlon, of course.  I took a 4 hour nap yesterday instead!  I’m hoping by tomorrow I can get out for a run.  I have to keep training you know.  Kris and I are officially registered for the Du at the Dam.  (I did manage to do something between my naps!)  And my goal for that race is to personal best my duathlon time.  Maybe sub 10 min miles and over 15mph on the bike?  Based on my Oakdale results, that shouldn’t be too out of the question, right?  So, who’s joining us.  Come on!  The more, the merrier!

Training continues

I know, I know. It’s been over a week again. Not all is lost though. I had a bad week last week. I didn’t work out once. I was so tired each and every night last week even though I was going to bed early or on time. I just could not drag myself outside or to the trainer/elliptical. I kept my eating in check though so the scale is still my friend. And last night I got a great, sweaty 60 min spin on the bike trainer done.

For some reason I had so much energy last night. Maybe because I never sat down the whole night so I didn’t get into that relaxed and therefore sleepy mode. Anyway, the 60 minutes went really well. My legs felt fresh and strong and I was a dripping sweaty mess at the end of the hour. Success!

Tonight I’m heading out for a run when I get home from work. Duathlon training continues.

I was worried last week that I was starting my usual bad habits of slacking off on the training right before the event. I’m actively working to not do that this time. I will get my workouts in this week and a big one this weekend and more next week before the big race. I want to be proud of myself during this race and I want to make Kris proud of me too.

A coworker told me she ran a half marathon over the weekend and was commiserating with soreness and stuff. I have no reason to be like this, but I’m completely jealous of her. I want to run too! (And be as fast as she is.) I think after the duathlon I’m going to pick up the running a bit (longer runs, work on pace, etc.). I’ll still bike as my cross-training but I really want to focus on running. I identify myself as a runner.

I hear that in order to increase pace track workouts (800’s and such) are good. Any advice for that? I’m stalking some running blogs to see what they do. Let’s just say that it sounds like it sucks. (I hated 400’s and 800’s in high school track so why would I like them now, right?) I like just going out for a long run and going as fast and hard as I can for as long as I can. No real planning or training going on there. Maybe it’s time to change that if I really want to get faster and to sub 10 min miles?

One last thing. Last night I tried on and ordered size 8 jeans from a CAbi party (the LouLou jeans). Size 8. I fit into a size 8 jean. See those goals on the upper right there? I’m close to two of them. I’m currently 8 pounds above my goal weight and I’m starting to fit into size 8 clothing. I could not be happier about this. Go me.

Stress

If you’ve read my family blog today then you’ll know that I’m taking a pay cut for the next five or so months. That sucks but at least I still have a job. I admit that as soon as I walked out of that meeting I wanted junk food – chocolate or chips. I didn’t have any. Instead I ate my lunch that I brought from home and drank a big glass of water. I’m certainly going to indulge in a glass or two of wine tomorrow night though at my CAbi party! And maybe a brownie. OK, for sure a brownie.

I used Scarlett last night while ellipticalling. Sure enough the elliptical machine said my heart reate was nominally in the 100-109 bpm range while Scarlett said I was in the 150-159 range the whole time. The elliptical even said my heart rate went down to 89 and up to 117 while Scarlett said it went from 149 to 159. I will not trust the elliptical machine ever for heart rate. And that’s OK. I have Scarlett now!

Ugh

Ugh. I’m tired. (up late last night exercising – go me!) I’m bloated. (see enormous belly pooch) I’m irritable. (see annoyance at Kris last night over Annika’s summer activities) I’m craving chocolate and chips and all kinds of bad foods. (see Nutty Bar consumption yesterday! Damn freebies at work!) And yet the scale is holding steady and even dropped a tiny bit this morning. I’ll take that. Hopefully all these “symptoms” will resolve themselves early next week. I just wish they didn’t have to present themselves now. I have a CAbi party Friday night and I don’t want to be bloated then! Ish!

We got our Garmin 305 in the mail on Monday! I used it last night during my spinning work out. I actually had it on most of the night and would periodically check my heart rate. (total data junkie, I am) Then I used it during my workout to make sure my heart rate stayed up in the 150’s the whole time. Love it! I’ve never been able to get the heart rate monitor to work correctly for me on our elliptical machine. I can go like hell on the elliptical and it still displays my heart rate as 129 and never higher. I call bullshit on that. I’ll use the Garmin (I need a cute little name for it – we got a red one so maybe Scarlett?) again tonight during my elliptical work out. It’ll be fun to compare what the machine says my heart rate is and what Scarlett says it is. I can’t use the heart rate programs on the elliptical because of this so I have to stick with the manual, random, hill, etc profiles instead. Funny thing is Kris can use the heart rate monitor on there with no problems. He was always questioning how hard I was working that I couldn’t get my heart rate up on there (I’m guessing it has something to do with my having boobs or something so I couldn’t get a good reading with the chest strap?). Maybe now he’ll believe me! I also can’t wait to use Scarlett outside running or biking! I’m planning on outdoor exercises for Saturday if the weather clears up some. Snow on April 1st is one cruel joke Mother Nature. Not funny.

Crunch Time

It’s crunch time! If Kris’s snarky comment on Sunday did anything, it motivated me to get off my butt and get going on training! (Damn it there’s always a semblance of truth to his snarkiness.  I hate that!)  I have six and a half weeks until race day. It’s my goal to finish the race in two hours. Well, I’m not including transition times in that. It’s my goal to run the six miles in an hour and bike the 14 miles in an hour. I think those are realistic goals. It’s a stretch goal for me to complete the whole race including transition times in two hours. In order to do that I #1 – need to train! And #2 – need to get faster! I think I can do the bike part, I just need to bike for longer periods of time since my pace last Saturday was already in the 14mph range.

I need to work on the running though. Last summer I was not at a 10 minute mile pace. Anything above a 10 min mile pace is sssllllooooowww to me. Just a personal thing for me. I want to be faster than that. So, I need to get running and I need to work on running faster. Looking at the training schedule below you’ll see that I’m focusing on overall time (30 min run for example) just to get something on the calendar. However, within that work out I’ll be focusing on speed, doing some interval training, etc. It’s going to suck. SUCK! But if I want to get faster, I’m going to have to do it.

duathlontraining

Last night’s 30 min bike was successful – sweaty – sore legs and hips – heart rate up – all good!

Jeanette invited me to join her and Pam for the Ground Pounders series this summer. I’ll have to look up the races and see if it will fit into my plans. Thanks for the invite Jeanette!

Called out

Amanda asked me Saturday night how I was doing since I hadn’t written here in a while.  I confessed.  I’ve completely sucked up my Lenten Pledge challenge.  Going straight to hell.  Damn it!  All is not lost though.  I’ve still managed to lose a pound or two.  My eating is still doing OK.  And I haven’t given up completely on exercise!  I biked for 5.2 miles (I g-map pedometer’d it Kris so I know it was at least 5 miles) on Saturday in roughly 22 minutes.  Roughly 14.2 miles per hour.  And that was with a couple stoplight/stopsign slowdowns/stops.  Not a great mph but whatever.  It was something.  I need to get outside running but it’s still too dark out in the mornings at 5am (have to leave the house at 6:20am to get to work).  It’s times like this I really wish we had a treadmill.  Later this year we’re probably going to join the YMCA.  They’re building a new one about 2 miles from our house.  So excited to be able to use a treadmill, go to a fitness class and drop the kids off in an on-site daycare.  There’s not very many of those types of gyms here in my town.

Anyway.  I have some more motivation to get cracking on this duathlon training.  First, the race is only 7 weeks away so I’d better get going!  Second, yesterday Kris was telling his friend Jon to sign up for the race.  His reasoning?  Well, you may not have a lot of time to train but even Kristina signed up.  (As in hey, if Kristina can do it then so can you with limited training!).  Yeah.  Thanks honey.  Just great for the ol’ self esteem.  Men.

Fit Chubby

Have you heard the term “Fat Skinny”? I read a blog named Fat Skinny on the Bodies in Motivation site.  I’d never heard the term before although I understand it’s not new.  I’m sure we all know Fat Skinny people – those people who are naturally thin but are woefully unfit. The blog I’m referring to is written by a woman who is not necessarily trying to lose weight but she is trying to improve her health. I applaud her for this.

I feel a sense of kinship with her too. Now, I’m technically overweight (just barely according to the BMI charts.) so I guess I’m not Fat Skinny. Maybe Fat Chubby? Fat Slightly Overweight? Whatever. I don’t have a ton of weight to lose. I need to lose about 12 pounds to make it to my published goal weight up there on the sidebar and only a couple pounds to get to the healthy and not overweight BMI range.

However, I feel completely out of shape. I want my belly and hip/thigh areas to be significantly more toned than they are. I want to be able to run around and play with my kids without getting winded so easily. I want to be able to run 5K’s with ease on a regular, on-going basis.  To me, that is being fit and I’m not there. It’s my goal to be Fit Skinny. Or at least Fit  Average. Or even Fit Slighly Chubby.  My main goal though was and is to be fit. And to be fit you have to exercise, right? To keep up with your fitness or it can all just disappear in the blink of an eye? Good thing I’m going strong on my Lenten pledge. I’m doing it and I’m hoping to make this a habit. For good.

I need to keep reminding myself of these goals too so I don’t get so hung up on the number on the scale. I have to remember that it’s ultimately about being fit and not about being skinny.

Admire

I hate and admire my husband all at the same time. For the last 2 ½ months I’ve been working hard to lose some weight. OK, I’ve been working kind of hard to lose some weight. And I’ve lost 4 ½ pounds. I’ve done a decent job. My husband however has in the last few weeks re-started an exercise routine by spinning (our road bikes on our bike trainer) almost daily. And he’s already lost 10 pounds. And he’s spinning up to 80 minutes at a time. And he’s looking amazing.

I hate him.

And I admire and love him.

I admire his dedication. He’s working out most weekdays while James naps. He’s set his sights on duathlons this year and he’s going for it. He’s determined. I love that about him. He did the same thing in 2004 when he trained and competed in a sprint triathlon. I was supposed to do that triathlon with him and then wound up pregnant with our daughter. He got in the best shape of his life while I ballooned up 46 pounds.

I also hate that I’m not the same way. We’re signed up for the same duathlon in May and yet last week he spun for an hour and 20 minutes while I did 25 minutes. Ugh. I still have time to get ready for the race but I’m not at the same level Kris is.

I also hate that he was able to drop weight like that so quickly. I know – men vs women, blah, blah. I can still hate it. So that’s one of the items I’m trying to focus on during this Lenten Pledge – get my exercise minutes up (way up) while keeping my nutrition in check and hopefully by Easter I’ll be down 10 pounds too.