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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekly Results 2/22-2/28

Weekly Results: Feb. 22-28th

Friday, February 26, 2010

From the mouth of 4 year olds

How much money per year do we spend on self-help books, training plans, diets, and gym memberships to learn the same thing?

My four year old is now officially my coach (and not just because you don't see speed work listed anywhere in this list).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Best of "I Hate Gatorade" Year One

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.

The first year was more about proving that it wasn't impossible for me to run long distances. I learned a lot about running, exercise, & nutrition. I pushed myself more and continually had to remind myself that this is a life long process rather than something I can achieve quickly. This year it's about building a better body. To crosstrain more, eat better, stretch better, lose weight, build muscle, and get stronger. Now that I know I can go the distance it's about seeing what else I can do - to continue to break past those mental limitations that I have.

February 2009 - max run was 6 miles
February 2010 - max run 13.1 miles
Pounds gained and lost: 4 lbs gained, 16 lbs lost

So it's time to review the past 150+ posts to pick out some of my favorites. These are ones that make me smile or reflect.

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

Weekly Results 2/15-2/21

Results -
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

Dear God, I will be very very good if...

The weatherman is right about Saturday.
I've been very good about exercising this week and want to finish strong. Even if the weather turns bad I'll still workout on Saturday but geez it would be nice to run outside (as I already whined about yesterday). I didn't get my run outside yesterday because my children were also eager to play outside. It was (of course) more important to let them ride their bikes and scooters outside rather than getting a run.

But even though I really, and I mean REALLY, didn't want to - I got my 5 miles on the treadmill. Here's how it played out:
  • 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.

Today was yoga but I didn't do any cardio warm-up before. I couldn't make my legs run today. They were so heavy last night and that 5.0 miles took an unreal amount of effort and will power. So today I stuck with yoga for stretching. Mileage plans for this weekend are 8 miles with no particular speed in mind - just trying to keep running as long as I can.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Running: Scarlett O'Hara Style

First things first:
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.

More importantly:
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

Boom boom, ain't it great...

To be crazy...

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):
Crazy Wednesday
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

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez

Three days of heavy leg/cardio workouts are enough.

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

Weekly Results (if you can call it that)

Results Feb. 8th - 14th
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

Schedule 15-21
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

A couple that exercises together, "..." together....

Only real men can wear leg warmers and still look sexy. I don't know whether to be amused or scarred for life.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Riding on my BICYCLE

I used to love riding my bike. I would zoom on my 3-speed all around my neighborhood and imagine I was in a different world. And then my parents moved me to the desert. A place where your bike literally melted if you left it out in the sun (or became so hot that you would get 3rd degree burns by touching it).

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

Don't select the "Fat Burn" option on the bikes - just don't do it!

Cardio, cardio, and why the heck not - more cardio

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.

Part one:
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.

Part two:
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.

Part three:
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

Crime and Punishment

There was a little girl, who had a little curl
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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (American poet, 1807-1882)

Ugh what a weekend. My "results" post was written on Friday and set up to automatically post on Monday. I just had to fix my Sunday results to show that I did nothing. But what really happened this weekend was that I not only "fell off the wagon" I took a flying leap off the darn thing. Blame stress, blame PMS, blame me going a bit loco... Bad things happened (aka were eaten) and I felt like crap even as I thought I was making myself feel better.

I didn't do anything on Monday exercise wise. I ate almost a whole bag of chocolate but I didn't exercise. It was almost a mental sickness really - I didn't want the chocolate after the first couple of bites but I couldn't stop eating it (which is why I don't even buy the stuff anymore but this came in the mail as a treat for my kids - poor kids didn't see a bite).

Tuesday I continued on in my wicked ways but by that night I finally found myself changing into workout clothes and getting on the treadmill. 4.5 miles later I felt a little less disgusted with myself. Tonight I planned on atoning even more but I just got an email that my triple play has been cancelled for tonight which bums me out. I'll still go workout - it's my night away and I'm not giving that up. But instead it will be just a cardio workout, either the indoor track or elliptical or some other mix depending on crowds.

So this week I won't lose any weight and will most likely gain a couple pounds back but I have to accept the punishment for my crimes. Next month when PMS starts rolling towards me I think I'll just take some sleeping pills to knock me out for a few days - really it will benefit all that are involved (my husband would agree).

Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekly Results 2/1-2/7

Results -
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

Tempo/Speed/Whatever Run

I did get on the treadmill last night around 8 pm (while watching Grey's Anatomy) with the plans of doing a 5 mile tempo run. This was how it was supposed to go...
  1. 5 min walk at 3.0
  2. 10 min jog at 5.0 (1 mile)
  3. 30 min run at 6.5 (2-4 miles'ish)
  4. 10 min jog at 5.0
  5. 5 min walk at 3.0 (5 mile)
I got through steps 1 and 2 just fine but then something went wrong in my mind for step 3. I decided, "Hey! Let's run at 7.0 (8:34 mm) for a while! That's a great idea!" As you might imagine that "great idea" didn't last for long. I got through 1/2 a mile at that pace and then slowed down to 6.0 (10 mm) for another 1/4 mile, then down to 5.0 for a couple of minutes, and then wandered back and forth between those 3 speeds for a while. I finished at 43 minutes (included 8 minutes of walking total) and had done a little over 3.5 miles. It was enough for a cardio workout but I can't figure out what to actually call this strange run.

Loud trumpet blare - officially 15 lbs down as of this morning!! Might be ruined tonight since I'm escaping getting out of the house with the gal pals for drinks and fried appetizers. You still gotta live but what would Jillian say?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wait, what?

I wasn't able to get out of my office in time for the 4:15 arms class so instead I did some cardio before the B&G class. All the ellipticals were taken (4:30 is the prime workout time for college students apparently) so I went to the indoor track. I wasn't aiming for any specific time but just started my rounds. I hit a grove and was pleased to notice I did mile one in about 8:45. I slowed down after that but kept running. Well I guess I picked up the pace again because I got through 2 miles in a total time of 17:30. There is always a chance that I missed counting a lap (after so many circles -13 total for 2 miles- it's easy to miscount) but I'm pretty sure the time is accurate which makes that the fastest time I've ever done two consecutive miles. I stopped after 2 miles, plus 2 walking laps, so I could cool down before my class. I was pretty sweaty and out of breath.

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

Why my abs are my weakest muscles

Tonight I'll do "Arms" and "B&G" again but no yoga (scheduling conflict with the hubby). On Monday between the B&G class and yoga I had a discussion with a coworker why I thought my abs were my weakest muscles.

I give you evidence samples 1 & 2:

1st Pregnancy, September 2005 (9 lbs 6 0z)

2nd pregnancy, December 2007 (9 lbs 12 oz)

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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Jessica's Triple Play

I did three fitness classes yesterday - in a row. They all focused on different parts of the body and none were cardio based so really it isn't all that impressive but it was fun. All three were taught by the same trainer that taught the lunch time boot camp classes last semester (and the spin class that almost killed me). She's tough but delightful.

Arms (4:15-4:45): Done with hand held weights. I took a pair of 8 lb'ers since it had been a few weeks since my last arms class. There were some moves that I could have used a 10 lb set but my triceps were screaming with the 8's. Today my biceps and triceps are pretty sore so I think it was a smart move to stick with the 8's.

Butts & Guts (5:00-5:30): This class incorporates a lot of crunches, planks, and other Pilates moves. We did some squats too last night. I still have a problem getting all of my shoulder blades off the floor while doing crunches. My abs are probably my weakest set of muscles (thus the inclusion of Butts & Guts to this semester's workout schedule).

Yoga (5:45-6:30): This was like the ice cream treat at the end. I asked her to include loads of pigeon poses and she complied. I'll get those hip muscles stretched out yet! When she asked us to envision the color that represented our souls and let that color radiate around us I thought of this one:
I certainly hope that was what radiated around me because I was pretty sweaty at that point.

Then I drove home and stopped at Publix to pick up my new favorite salad mix: True Blue. It has some blue cheese in it but not so much that you ruin your diet. It also has a bit of dried fruits, pecans, and a vinaigrette dressing. I ate the whole darn bag I was so hungry (only 340 calories total). I also picked up some sushi because it just sounded so good.

Tonight I'll try to get a 2-3 mile easy run in on the treadmill. It just depends on how I feel by 8 pm tonight. At least I can watch Biggest Loser while I'm on it.