Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
A whole year of blogging has gone by. It all started when I decided to stop blogging about my running on the family site since that site was becoming more about "me" than the family. If you've never gone back that far you can read the inaugural post here.
February 2009 - max run was 6 miles
February 2010 - max run 13.1 miles
Pounds gained and lost: 4 lbs gained, 16 lbs lost
- Learning the joy of running rather than just sticking to the schedule.
- My first attempt at Speed Work
- My future career as an anti-motivational speaker
- Loving the new me
- Progress and Tommy
- Heloise's Opinion
- 10K Run
- More trampled vanity
- 1/2 Marathon
- Welcome to Boot Camp
- Inappropriate Uses of Children's Cartoons
- This is me now
- 5K Zoo Run Run (2010)
And here's some pics from this past year... Guess what you even get to see the awful 10K one that I didn't want to post before. Don't you feel lucky? Well do ya? Punk.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Monday 15: 30 min spin class
Tuesday 16: 35 minutes on the elliptical and a 2 mile run at 20:30
Wednesday 17: Triple Play (30 min Arms, 30 min B&G, 45 min yoga)
Thursday 18: 5 miles on treadmill, 60 minutes
Friday 19: 45 min yoga
Saturday 20: 5.75 mile long run (life happened and I didn't have enough time for a longer run. I thought I was at 6 miles but it turns out I was a bit under).
Sunday 21: Rest and play
Total Miles: 12.85
Pounds lost: 1 (well like 3 if you count the 2 I put on last week with my chocolate binge but there was also bloating issues too)
Monday - spin again (am trying to build up my biking muscles)
Tuesday - will be out of town but I might be able to squeeze a 3 mile easy run in
Wednesday - triple play or cardio + B&G + yoga
Thursday - 5 mile speedwork (booooo)
Friday - cardio & yoga
Saturday/Sunday - long run (8 miles) and rest (once again in the order of better weather)
Total Miles: 17
Friday, February 19, 2010
- 1/4 mile warm up walk (3.0 speed)
- 3/4 mile slow run (5.0 speed)
- 1-4.75 miles varying speeds (between 5.0 and 6.5 - almost gave up at 3.75 miles but gave myself a Jillian pep-talk)
- 1/4 mile cool down walk (3.0 speed)
Total time: 60 minutes, mileage a little over 5 miles.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I finally asked Jessica (the trainer for most of the classes I go to) to check my form while doing crunches to see how much farther I needed to "crunch" up. Remember this post from JUNE!? Procrastinate much? Turns out I am going high enough. Thank God. I didn't know how I'd ever get up higher. This doesn't mean that I now have stomach muscles of steel it just means that I won't beat myself up over the fact that the absolute bottom of my shoulder blades aren't coming off the floor. There's still plenty else to work on.
I don't feel as bad after yesterday's Triple Play as I did a couple of weeks ago when I did it. I think I over did it that first time - something hurt in my right bicep for days. But this time I feel a little soreness but not too sore.
This is the first day of sunshine and the temps are actually in the 50's. I started to sweat a little in my coat while walking across campus rather than curse the weather and its bitter cold temps. I hope to get a run outside after work but I still may be forced to treadmill it tonight - it all depends on when the hubby gets home and if there's still daylight out there. If I can't get outside today then I will ditch yoga tomorrow and run outside. This weekend the weather will turn bad once more and "as God as my witness I will run in the sunshine again!" (quoth she in Scarlett O'Hara style)
Or as an alternative to the original "Gone with the Wind" please enjoy these classics:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
So here's my crazy idea - God knows how it got into my head yesterday but the more I thought about it the greater the intrigue. I partially blame Biggest Loser.
So on Biggest Loser they aim for 2000 calorie burns. I'm guessing daily given the amount of time that they work out. And I thought, "hey I'm in relatively good shape, why don't I try that?" So I thought through what would be a good day-long workout and came up with the idea that Wednesday would be the best day.
Here's what I could do (if I follow through on this wild line of thinking):
8:00-10:00 am: 10 mile run (12 mm)
10:00-11:30 am: Breakfast and Break
11:45-12:15 pm: Spin
12:30-1:00 pm: Boot camp (with permission - you have to pay extra for boot camp but I think she'd let me in once)
1:15-2:00 pm: Ultimate Sculpt
2:00-4:00 pm: Lunch and Break
4:15-4:45 pm: Arms
5:00-5:30 pm: Butts and Guts
5:45-6:30 pm: Yoga
Total hours of cardio: 3 hours
Total hours of strength/toning: 2.5 hours
Approximate calories burned: 2500 calories
If I do this it won't be until the weather warms up because I don't want to start my day frozen and bitter. St. Patrick's Day is the first Wednesday I thought of (given the right weather conditions). In April my work gets busier and I wouldn't be able to take a day off as easily. And the group classes will end in early May so March would be the best time.
Quite frankly it will be really hard to keep going after a 10 mile run but if it's not a challenge then it's not as interesting. And I do plan on eating myself silly that day to get enough energy to keep going.
Just a thought... (by the way it's not my only crazy thought - I'm just waiting to share others with you)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
To review... Saturday was the 6.5 mile run, Sunday the mini-brick, and Monday was a 1/2 hour of spin. Spin was not in my original plans for the day - was going to go to the Arms and B&G class to shake things up a little but the daycare has decided to close early because of concerns of ice on the road. So instead I left work early to pick the kiddos up and to have time to actually cook the steak dinner that was supposed to be our Valentine's dinner.
Spin was good but I was extremely thankful that it was just a 30 min class instead of the 45 min one. I also was sporting the classy look of rolled down knee highs under my shoes since I forgot socks. Nice!
Today is supposed to be a 2-3 mile easy run but 1) I'm hosting a Mardi Gras party so I can't do my treadmill run while watching Biggest Loser (actually have to check if that's on since the Olympics are on) and 2) my legs need a freakin' break!
I'm taking part of today off from work so I'm considering a swim at the rec center. It would let me use different muscles but still have cardio. If not I'll do some elliptical and weights.
**Edit - I ended up doing 35 minutes on the elliptical and a 2 mile run at 20:30.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Monday 8th - Nothing. Could not get out of my slump for spin or anything else.
Tuesday 9th - 4.5 miles on the treadmill
Wednesday 10th - Bike, Elliptical, 1 mile Run (details below)
Thursday 11th - Nothing
Friday 12th - V-day lunch with my hubby so no yoga
Saturday 13th - 6.5 mile run on Greenway (actually braved the cold since it was dry and not windy), didn't time it but it was somewhere around 1:10.
Sunday 14th - An intense 80's style workout, leg warmers included. Then 10 miles on the stationary bike, level 10 with hills = 31:43 (18.92 mph). Followed by 2 miles at 17:56 (8:58). And lots of stretching.
Total Mileage: 14 miles
Pretty much the same as last week's plan (not the actual results). I'll try to get to 16-17 miles this week as I build back my mileage at a reasonable pace.
Saturday's run was good but knocked me out afterwards. I kept running for the whole time. Not one walking break. I kept the pace steady and slowed down if I started to feel out of breath. I forgot a watch and my cell phone was dead so I'm estimating my time as somewhere around 1:10 based on the times I remember on my car clock when I started. It was cold but not too cold. Most of me warmed up after 1 mile - except for my rear. It felt frozen the whole time. I was very chilled when I got home though. Can't wait for higher temps again. Sunday's forecast is more snow. Hooray...
Sunday, February 14, 2010
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Friday, February 12, 2010
But recently I've been wanting to ride again. I would like to consider a mini-tri at some point in the near future but not being recently experienced on a real bike I first need to get used to riding again.
I need a shout out what kind of bike I should look to buy. Keep in mind that I haven't ridden a bike since I was 14'ish and I'm not looking to win any races - just not be laughed at by having a completely inappropriate bike. I "googled" what kind of bike should I get and liked the idea of a hybrid but once again I don't know if that would be a good choice. I want something that I can use on a regular basis and a race - I'm only buying one bike. According to the "sizing guide" on About.com I would need a frame of 17-19 inches. And preferably I would like to spend less than $300. Am I asking too much of a bike?
So those of you who are all knowing about bikey kind of things... What should I look at?
FYI: I found a local tri that looks just right for my 1st time:
McMinnville City Triathlon
COURSE DESCRIPTION: 200 Meter swim / 10.5 mi bike / 2 mi run
*And it's an outdoor pool swim!! No nasty lake water!
I scanned through the results from last year and they don't look too intimidating - I guess because this really is focused on newbies.
**Also be sure to check back in on Sunday for my Valentine greeting to all of you. Though it might not be appropriate for all viewers (especially those that fear leg warmers)...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Was the theme of last night's workout. Now that I know what a "brick" is I thought it would be a fun thing to do. I've kind of done it before, and also this time - I just didn't know I was doing them thus the randomness of it all. This also wasn't technically a brick workout but it had some of its elements.
30 minutes on the stationary bike which I first put on "Fat Burn". This is where it will increase the level of the bike depending on your heart rate. It gave me a target heart rate of 125. I pshaw'd that and upped it to a target heart rate of 150. Well it got me back by putting me on a level so hard that I might as well have been trying bike straight up.
I hit the clear button and just put it on hills and increased my level when appropriate. I got through 7.25 miles in 27 minutes (16.11 mph). I didn't really think about achieving a certain distance so this definitely wasn't a full out effort for the whole time.
After I got off the bike and assured my pelvic region that daily bike rides were out of the question I then went to one of the CRAPPY ellipticals (the good ones were taken) and did another 30 minutes on that at various speeds.
It just didn't feel like it was enough so after getting some water I wandered over to the track and decided to do just one mile. Ended up being a 9 minute mile - not too shabby after the previous hour of cardio.
Sadly, not enough to reverse the damages of my earlier binges but at least it helped. Tonight I'll see about getting on the treadmill but I probably won't do a speed or tempo run since it will be my third day in a row of running - don't want to end up harming myself when it's more important to have cardio than speed.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Right in the middle of her forehead,
And when she was good, she was very, very good,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Monday 2/1: 30 min Arms class, 30 min B&G, 45 min yoga
Tuesday 2/2: 2.5 miles on treadmill, easy pace (12 mm)
Wednesday 2/3: 25 min on indoor track (see post below), 30 min B&G
Thursday 2/4: 3.5 miles on the treadmill, speed variations noted in post
Friday 2/5: 15 min elliptical, 45 min yoga, 10 min of walking fastly through the cold rain to get back and forth to the rec center
Saturday 2/6: Rest
Sunday 2/7: had good intentions but hubby's back went out so I couldn't leave the house.
Mileage: about 8
Schedule for 2/8-2/214 - Much like last week
Monday: I think I'll try to get to spin this week. I loved the triple play but husbands tend to get bitter when you leave them alone too much with the children (so do wives).
Tuesday: easy, at home treadmill, run. 2-3 miles
Wednesday: Aim for triple play or at least cardio, B&G, and yoga (this is my night away)
Thursday: treadmill tempo run (we'll see if I can stick to the plan this week)
Friday: Elliptical & yoga
Saturday: Rest (unless weather is good for long run compared to Sunday)
Sunday: Long run or gym workout once again.
This week starts the 10 week countdown to the 15k so I really do need to start getting my long runs in. It's been a few weeks since I've done anything longer than 4 or 5 miles. I also hope to have met my weight loss goals at the end of this 10 weeks - a possibility if I can keep a 1.5 lb loss per week. If it ends up taking longer than 10 weeks whatever, but 10 weeks is a nice goal to focus on because it doesn't last too long. Also in 10 weeks I turn 32 so there is an ulterior motive behind all of this... :)
Friday, February 5, 2010
- 5 min walk at 3.0
- 10 min jog at 5.0 (1 mile)
- 30 min run at 6.5 (2-4 miles'ish)
- 10 min jog at 5.0
- 5 min walk at 3.0 (5 mile)
Loud trumpet blare - officially 15 lbs down as of this morning!! Might be ruined tonight since I'm
Thursday, February 4, 2010
B&G focused more on the buttocks this time around (though there were still a lot of crunches) and my legs were cramping up but it was a good workout. My arms are still sore from Monday's arm class.
I'm not sure if I'll get any running in today - we'll see how I feel towards the treadmill tonight. But tomorrow will be elliptical and yoga as planned. Weekend weather will be wet so no long run this weekend but I'll get a gym workout instead. I'm ready for sunny/dry weather again.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Frankly I'm surprised I have any muscles left under there... I have almost zero lower ab muscles; I'm a little scared that they're stretched beyond recognition or repair.
Side note - congrats to me! I got my 2 mile easy run in last night on the treadmill while watching B.L.