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Getting my run on.

Archives for August, 2010


Have I told you about my knee?  Of course I haven’t.  I hardly ever update this pitiful blog.  Well, Sunday night I did 65 minutes on the elliptical.  I’m sort of trying to get ready for this weekends duathlon you know.  Anyway, 65 minutes.  I was feeling pretty good about myself.  My legs were nice and tired but not shot.  I was a sweaty mess.  I had done something at least.  And then Monday morning my right knee started twinging.  You know, twinging.  That’s a word, right?  Anyway, it sort of maybe hurt a little?  Yesterday it was a bit worse and today it’s maybe slightly worse, veering into hurting territory rather than twingy.  It’s not my IT band on the outside of my knee.  It’s under my knee cap and kind of the whole front of my knee.  Have I iced?  Ibuprofen?  Elevated?  No, of course not.  That would make sense.  Instead I’ve not worked out.  I’m sure that will come in real handy on Sunday when I completely suck at the duathlon.  So, yeah.  I’m a little scared about what’s going on with my knee.

But really?  It’s nothing like the fear I have about this duathlon.  I should have signed up for the fun course.  I didn’t know there was a fun course when I signed up but if I had, I probably wouldn’t have signed up for it anyway.  Sigh.  I’m not ready.  Sure, I can ride my bike for over an hour – on the bike trainer.  On a road?  With hills?  Yeah, not so confident.  And sure, I can elliptical for 65 minutes.  But run on a road?  With hills?  Yeah, not so confident.  And doing a run (with will probably take me 40 pitiful minutes) and then biking (which will probably take me an hour and a half) and then running again (another pitiful 40 minutes) is so going to take everything out of me!  My back to work schedule dictates that I’ll be working out at 5am (unlikely!) or at 8:30 or 9pm at night.  Now that it’s dark out at 8:30pm I don’t really want to run outside and obviously it’s not really a great idea to bike on the road when it’s dark either.  Let’s just say the cars in this part of the cities are not too kind to cyclists.  It’s sad really.

Anyway, I’m scared.  My knee is bothering me and I’m going to suck on Sunday.  How’s that for a downer of a post!  Yikes.

Goals and Races

Thank you Michelle for that comment!  I like it when people tell me I look good! :)   Yes, 135 might seem like an aggressive goal.  However, I was at 147-148 most of last summer and wasn’t quite where I wanted to be.  Areas of my body still had a bit too much cushion, a bit flabby if you will.  I was happy with how I looked but I knew I could still do better.  If I had not ended up pregnant, I probably would have pushed to go lower then.  Now I’m starting over a bit, just a few pounds under where I started early last year.  I went looking for height/weight charts this morning to see if I was being too aggressive.  I found a couple that state that for a medium-framed woman who is 5 ft 6 in tall that she should weigh between 130-144 pounds (or 117 to 143 for small to medium framed women).  The 145 original goal is still outside those recommended limits!  And based on the bod pod measurements, my BMI would still be a bit high if I stayed there.  Based on measurements of my own body plus the recommended height/weight recommendations for my frame and height, I think 135 is a good goal to shoot for.  And of course I’ll be analyzing the whole way down (of course I will…I’m an engineer!) to see if maybe 140 would be better.  If I’m happy with my body, then I’ll stop and work on maintaining.  Now that I’m done having babies, it’s time to get my body in the best shape I can so I can live a long and healthy life with my husband and children.

Speaking of healthy lives, I received an e-mail from someone affiliated with the 13.1 Minneapolis race that’s coming up this weekend (the 22nd).  I had never heard of this race before!  I might have to look into it for next year!  I’m not ready for a half this year…I’m not even ready for the duathlon in 11 days!  But, if anyone else is interested, I might be able to get you a discount code for race registration.  Hurry up though!  Registration ends August 18th (tomorrow!)  Let me know right away!


Thursday night I did 30 minutes on the bike trainer.  Aren’t you proud?  I actually got off my butt that evening and got something done.

And tonight, after I’m done posting this I’m going to head back down to the basement for another 45 minutes (at least) of spinning and then at least 20 minutes on the elliptical.  Think of it as an indoor brick workout!

I’ve updated my goals on the upper right of my site.  I’ve added a new one and changed a different one.  Can you pick out the differences?  First, next year Kris and I are going to do a sprint triathlon or two, maybe an olympic distance too.  Of course that mean we need to get a gym membership or something so we can actually do some swim workouts.  But those are just our warm ups.  Two summers from now we want to tackle a half ironman triathlon!  We don’t have a location picked out yet but it will also be the summer of our ten year wedding anniversary so maybe we’ll pick a destination triathlon and make an anniversary trip out of it.  Either way, that big goal is going to take some preparation!  Now, if I can only get myself to like biking!

The other goal I changed is my weight goal.  I got down to 147 pounds last summer.  My goal weight was 145 pounds.  Then I got pregnant and now I’m back up to the low 160′s again.  I’m working my way down and I know that I want to go lower than 145 pounds.  Between my bod pod measurements and how I felt and looked at 145 pounds I think 135 should really be my goal.  I don’t think that’s too unrealistic either.  In high school and early college I was between 120 and 125 pounds and in 2001 when I was at my previously lowest weight I was down around 140 pounds.  I felt pretty good at 140 pounds too!  So, 135 pounds is my new goal.

OK – off to change into workout gear and get to spinning!

Starting Over Again

I didn’t want to come back here until I’d done something.  Sure, Sunday I went for a short “run” but it was extremely hot out and about 1.85 miles into it I started feeling light headed and nauseous so I packed it in and went home for a total of two miles.  It was not my best effort.  But Tuesday night, after several days of bad eating (more on that) I kicked my butt (Kris kicked it too) into gear and went to the basement.  I got on the elliptical, streamed a British comedy (IT Crowd) on Netflix, set the timer for 40 minutes and started ellipting.  There were so many times when I gave myself permission to stop short but I didn’t.  I did the full 40 minutes.  Sure, my legs were tired but I wasn’t exhausted.  I did it.  I did something at least.  That duathlon is rapidly approaching and I am anything but prepared for it.

Now about the eating…I was doing so well!  And I still am during the day at work.  Of course that’s only because I bring all my food with me so I can’t screw it up too badly.  And I’ve done a respectable job at avoiding all the “free food” traps set out around the building.  But at night lately I haven’t done as well.  Some of it is emotional eating.  When I’m upset it’s easier to finish the kids’ uneaten dinners, snack on the now gone bag of chocolate chips, etc.  But I don’t need to sabotage myself.  I’m unhappy with my current weight and body shape.  Exercising and watching my nutrition are the only ways I’m going to be happy again with my weight and body shape.  Last summer Kris told me he liked my back.  It was starting to show some muscle.  I’ve lost that with the baby weight gain.  I want it back.  So, I’m starting over again.  Back to exercising regularly and back to watching my nutrition and holding my calories to under 2200.

And Go!

Saturday I went to a duathlon training session.  Amanda, Jeanette and Mark were also there.  I did not want to go.  I repeatedly told Kris I didn’t want to go.  I came up with alternative work out plans so he could go instead of me.  After my first full week back at work after maternity leave, I really didn’t want to leave my baby for that long.  I wanted instead to go for a run and bike on my own at home in the afternoon when Levi took his long nap.  Kris said no, you’re going.  He knows when to push me just that little bit that I need.  Well, sometimes he does.  Ha.

This time I needed it because if it was left up to me I would have bailed on it for sure.  It was good for me to go though.  It showed me that I have a ways to go to get ready for this race.  Saturday was the first time I had biked for that long (1 hour) and I made it 13.3 miles in that hour.  Combined with a 10 minute run before the bike and a 12 minute run after the bike and my legs were shot, absolutely done.  Seeing as how I’ll have to run about 30 minutes then 1.5 hours on the bike then another 30 minute run during the actual race?  Well, clearly I’m not ready.  Oh sure, I’ll finish.  But at this point I would be finishing with a nice slow walk…which I don’t want to do.  So, my plan that I laid out last week will have to be put into effect.  Tonight – strength training with 30 Day Shred or some basic push-ups, crunches, lunges and squats.  Tomorrow it’s a run or at least some time on the elliptical and Wednesday is some time on the bike trainer.  Hopefully Kris can push me to get these done too because I’m sure that by 9pm tonight when I finally get time to do my training I’ll be very tired and would rather just go to bed.  Such is the life of a working mom though, right?