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Saturday, May 31, 2014

5k pre-race thoughts

I actually haven't thought much about the race this week besides grumbling about waking up so freakin early to get to it. I'm not a morning person. At all...

We'll need to leave our place around 6 am. I guess it could be worse but that's still far too early for my brain (and digestive system).

I've previewed the course on GoogleMaps and have read through all the instructions. The elevation changes won't be a problem with my recent hill running. There are three distances racing for this race: 5k, 10k, and a half marathon. The 10K goes first and the half leaves at the same time as 5k but they split the road for the two groups. I don't know how many people are expected but I did go through last year's results and only depressed myself to see how well I might do if I had my older speeds (28:40). I could have (theoretically) gotten 2nd place in the Athena division.

Which brings me to a side rant. Why is 150+ lbs considered "Athena"? I would be so skinny if I was 150 lbs... Easily a size 4 or 6 (my height helps...) I know pro runners are super tiny but these races are mostly ran by regular people. It ruffles my feathers the wrong way.

But I don't have the speeds of old so it's no use thinking that way. I'll aim to do solid 11:30 splits which puts me at 35:44. If I go faster than that I will bonk in the last mile. So the goal? Don't bonk.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Screw the plan, accomplish a milestone. Or all's well that ends well.

Writing this on Thursday but will post on Friday - to give you all (like the 3 or 4 of you) something to read before your weekend begins.

So when I last wrote an hour or two ago I was cranky. And while I'm still cranky, let's face it I'll be cranky for 3-5 days and abnormally hungry while we're at it, I feel a bit better about life in general.

After posting I put on my running clothes and got myself ready to hit the road. After an initial malfunction of the app on my phone I chose an interval segment that was run 5, walk 3, run 8, walk 3, run 5. After I left our complex (which is a 5 minute walk in itself) I decided that I would ditch my normal run route and do something different. It would mean more hills but I was in the mood for something different. This route is usually one I save for my long walks. It can either be about 4.5 miles or 6 miles depending on if I take an extra loop within one of the nearby subdivisions. It goes by a golf course and has lovely views and one killer hill along with several other smaller hills.

The first 5 min running segment was the worst. My legs felt like lead. But surprisingly once I hit the first of the hills I felt a bit better. I hit three more hills before the end of the 8 min segment and it was really at that point that I decided I would do the longer course knowing that I would hit the killer hill right after mile 3. The last 5 minute segment found me cruising down one side of the killer hill and into the golf course area. I decided to make it a 10 minute segment since that was a nice part to run along.

picture taken on a walk last week of the road by the golf course

After the 10 minute segment that particular workout was complete so I had to decide what I would do for the rest of the way back. After walking for about 5 minutes I picked a 3 part 5 minute run, 3 minute walk interval. I could judge, distance wise, that with those intervals I would be running on the killer hill.

Back in early April when I first started this "get back into running shape adventure" I entertained thoughts/goals of being able to run up this particular hill as part of a 10k run. So while I was only doing intervals it did excite my brain a bit to try running up this hill for the first time (I've ran down it on some of my previous runs but have always walked back up).

The hill covers a little over a quarter mile and can be split into two portions because there is a side street about 3/4 of the way up. The first 3/4 is not as steep as the last 1/4 but it's still a 8-9% incline and since it lasts longer it's much more painful than the last 1/4 of the hill.

So I started on my jog up the hill - I have no idea what my pace was because my GPS app had temporarily crapped out on me. I was slow though. It got really painful towards the end of that first portion and once I hit the side street I stopped for a walking break even though I technically still had one more minute left to run. The side street is just a cul-de-sac so I walked for 4 minutes down that street and back, and then started jogging again a little bit before I hit the second portion of the hill. I did better on the second portion as I remembered to engage my glutes and thighs a bit more and it's shorter so the pain ends before it gets too bad.

Because I felt good about jogging the hill and because it wore me out I decided not to do the 6 mile option and just cut it short at 4.5 miles. I finished the last 5 minutes of running within our complex which meant a couple more hills to climb but at that point they were nothing in comparison.

So I tackled the beast of the hill for the first time which was something I hoped to accomplish before leaving here. And overall it took me about 65 minutes total and burned 955 calories so I call it good even if I didn't stick to "the plan" for this week.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I got nothing...

So unmotivated this week. I got in the C2-10K run on Monday (three 15 min segments) and it was slower than my 10 minute segments but I completed it. Tuesday I did shorter intervals (four segments of 5 min runs) for 2 miles and a walk for 2 miles. Wednesday I went out to do the C2-10K again but got into an argument/discussion with my husband (who went along with me) and turned around and came home and ate chicken wings for lunch.

So today, I'm trying to convince myself to get back out there. It doesn't help that the scale has nudged up a pound and isn't changing at all this week (because chicken wings are surely helping that situation rectify itself). That demotivates me rather than pushes me...

It's all hormonal - I know this but knowing that doesn't help, I'm still feeling blah.

So instead of potentially not doing anything today I will not push myself to do the 15 minute segments which make my brain angry to think about. I will just go out and do shorter intervals again and know that there's always tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Weekly Results: 5/19-5/25

The rain worked out just right that I was still able to get a daily walk or run in. Except that Sunday I woke up and just didn't want to do anything. So 4 days of running and 2 days of walking for a total of 26.49 miles. I once again was good with cross training at the beginning of the week but then fizzled out so I only got 3 days in: 4865 calories burned.

No big issues here this week. A little increase in calories at the beginning of the week but still fine considering my net daily allowance. I'm really beginning to enjoy almond milk (unsweetened vanilla flavor) as part of my daily diet. I don't have any issues with milk but skim milk is not my favorite. Sunday was also an exception on my diet. We went to the store and I just wanted a regular (meaning old habits) dinner instead of what would be better for me. So there was rice and bread along with steak kabobs and Skinny Girl Margaritas. While the calories for that day were too high (since I didn't exercise) I know it didn't undo the whole week so it's fine.

Weight Loss:
1.8 pounds. Getting close to one of my intermediary goals - I really had hoped to be halfway  (35 lbs lost) to my goal weight by the time we moved. At my current pace I will hit that goal. However, we have some travel plans and with all the mess and stress of moving I know there is the potential of hitting a bump. We'll just have to see how the next month goes.

Next Week:
C2-10K runs on Monday and Wednesday. Shorter interval runs on Tuesday and Thursday. And walks on Friday and Saturday to save up my legs for the 5k race on Sunday. I'll try to do some more Nike App workouts - they're good for me to do but I just don't look forward to them.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Carlton Run

As I mentioned before I have now changed my C25K app for a C2-10K app and this week each run calls for 4 segments of 10 minute runs followed by 1 minute walks. I did the three days for this week on Monday, Wednesday, and today (Friday).

On Monday, I did well and finished each segment without too many issues and even jogged an extra five minutes at the end (where I had a downhill anyway). My mile splits were 13:16 (this included the 5 minute warm up walk), 12:17, 12:01, and 11:49. I was really happy with the negative splits since the second 2 segments included more rolling hills.

On Wednesday, however, things did not go as well. The main reason was the heat. Not that 65 is hot but it felt a lot warmer and the sun was beating down on me (seriously I'm going to die when we go back to TN). The first two segments were just like Monday but at the end of segment two I took a 2 minute walk instead of one minute which made segment three just a 9 minute run. And segment four was probably only a 6-7 minute run because I felt so awful.  My mile splits for this day were: 13:26, 12:03, 13:14, and 16:44.

So today, I wasn't looking forward to my run (jog, whatever). It is a lot cooler with overcast skies so that was a positive. I indulged on a bit more calories and carbs with my breakfast. But I still headed out with a grumpy outlook.

The end of my first 10 minute segment puts me around the 1.25 mile mark which is about a 25 foot drop on a hill that ends in a cul-de-sac and therefore I have to turn around and run right back UP that 25 foot incline. Since my 10 minutes were up just as I was descending the hill I thought I am going to keep running an extra minute and have my 1 minute walk as I go up the hill. It was a good choice. I still went the full 10 minutes for the next segment and I had gotten further distance wise than I did on Monday so I knew I was doing well. Segment three wasn't all that fun as I started mentally bargaining with myself on how I was going to use that extra minute of running that I gained. Would I give myself a 9 minute segment? I decided to still go the full 10 minutes on segment three and to save the extra minute for segment 4. But as I got to segment 4 and hit the last uphill WAY before the segment ended I kept going for the full 10 minutes (since I was going downhill it was way easier). I was able to negatively split again and the times were better than on Monday: 13:52, 11:53, 11:35, and 11:31.

So I felt a bit proud of myself.

Next week the plan calls for 3 segments of 15 minute runs with 1 minute walks. I probably will only do 2 days of it and wait on the 3rd day until after the 5k on the 1st. That way I can rest up my legs a bit on Thursday and Friday. I still don't know what to expect time wise for the 5k. Around 35-36 minutes is my prediction if all goes well. If it's faster than that I will be ecstatic but I don't think it will happen. And there's a good chance I will go over 36 minutes as well. So we'll just have to see.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cross Training Spotlight - Nike Training Club App

I'll try to be coherent as I type this but I am worn out. My arms are kind of shaking and my abs hate me.

I saw the Nike Training Club app (free) mentioned on some site a few days ago and so I downloaded it to my iPhone. Basically they have several individual workouts you can download or you can go with a 30 day program that focuses on a particular goal (such as losing weight or gaining muscle). The 30 day program I picked has two days of 30-45 minute exercise sets, two days of running, and one day of yoga. I'm focusing on those exercise sets to push me to do exercises I wouldn't voluntarily choose to do. Such as burpees.

It would be fair to say that there were several minutes that I hated in this set (planks, push-ups, leg lifts - all evil). So it must be worth while... The real challenge will be making myself do the next set.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Another favorite recipe - Biggest Loser Pancakes

I love me some pancakes. We make them every Sunday and I always want to order them if we go out to breakfast. I know recipes made from scratch taste better but I usually use Bisquick. I use the Heart Healthy version which is a lot better for you than original Bisquick - the original has transfat in it.

But even the Heart Healthy version still isn't really all that good for you so this was one of the first "healthy food" recipes I pinned from Pinterest. I've seen several different pins from various websites for this but Butter with a Side of Bread is where I saw it first.

pic taken from http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/2013/04/the-biggest-loser-pancakes.html

This only requires 5 ingredients: oatmeal, cottage cheese, egg whites, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar (or sugar substitute). I didn't worry about adding the optional chocolate chips.

I've made them twice and like them a lot. My children do not like them. They definitely have a different texture than my normal Bisquick pancakes but they're SO much better for you and have a ton of protein per serving.

Here is the nutritional breakdown with fat free cottage cheese and regular sugar:
Batch can make up to 12 pancakes so this is for 1 serving (out of 12)
  • Calories: 56
  • Fat: 0.7
  • Sat. Fat: 0.1
  • Cholesterol: 2
  • Sodium: 96
  • Carbs: 7.4
  • Fiber: 0.8
  • Sugar: 1.9
  • Protein: 5.2
I don't feel bad about eating 3-4 servings of these unlike my regular pancakes where I can only eat 2 and then have to go run them off.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekly Results: 5/12-5/18

The weather worked out so that I got some type of run or walk in for all seven days. 30.45 miles logged and 5630 calories burned. Completed week 8 of C25K (3 days), ran intervals on 3 days, and walked 1 day. Strength training for 4 days: 2 days of ultimate sculpt and 2 days of abs.

Did a bit of carb loading mid-week but stayed within calorie allowances. It was more real hunger than emotional eating so I'm ok with that. Did the chia seed thing but reduced intake since it was a gastric mistake to start off with such a sudden increase in fiber.

Weight Loss:
I'll keep last week as two pounds, which by the scale is what it was. This week I was down 2 lbs by midweek but it floated back up one lb by this morning's weigh in. Sooooooo close to getting into the 2-teens. That's still way above my old weight (lowest was 175) but considering where I started two months ago it excites me. I know that clothes size wise once I get down into the low 2-teens I'll be able to wear all of my size 14 clothes and some of my more generous 12's.

**Update - after my workout this morning I weighed again and I was down a full 3 lbs from last week. So at 219.2 I am down 25 lbs and into the 2-teens. Since this reflects some water loss I know it will float up again but I always claim my lowest weight. :)

Next Week:
I looked at the Zen Labs app for a C2-10K program and if I start off on week 9 (since I just completed week 8 with the 5k and the steps are exactly the same) I would go back to intervals but much longer. Such as week 9 day 1 is run 10 min, walk 1 min (repeat 4 times). I'm confident in my ability to do that at this point so I think I'll stick with that. At some point I want to change up my weekly schedule to fit in a long run and shorter tempo runs but for now the app thing is working for me so I'll stick with it. Same plans for cross/strength training. Will try to get in two reps of the ab workout - I despise ab workouts so this will be a test of my brain over body.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ohhhhhhh what a beautiful morning.... Nope, no it isn't.

So today we woke up and the rain was over, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and the bugs were buzzing around again. Perfect morning for a run.

Or so I thought.

I had a lovely breakfast of oatmeal pancakes (maybe I'll post the recipe in a later post) and got out there with every intention of finishing week 8 and running another full 3 miles. I started off with no issues. Got out of our complex and decided to run a different route, since it was such a nice day and all.

Got through the first mile which involved two large hills and thought, hmmm maybe taking a different route was not the best idea. Got to 1.5 miles and started up the next large hill and my legs effectively said, "screw you" and I had to slow down to a walk until I got to the top.

Perhaps running intervals for 6 miles on Friday had something to do with my leg revolt... Perhaps...

Made myself start jogging again and did, in fact, make it up another hill and passed the two mile mark. At this point I knew I would only finish the minimum of 3 miles and not go further which I normally do. To get back home I either had to choose a long, steady incline or a short, sharp incline. I decided to do the shorter one and walk the worst part of it. Right at the top the back of my left knee started to cramp up. I tried a quick stretch which made it feel worse but since I was on a downhill I started my jog again and it was okay. I made it the rest of the way to mile 3 without further problems but I was wiped out.

Circles are the walking portions
My splits were 11:45, 12:23, and 12:40. The last .4 mile of walking to get back to our house took over 8 minutes. The stairs to get upstairs to shower and change clothes was like Mt. Everest. The nap I took afterwards helped.

When I ran intervals on Friday I was loving life and running but today....

Friday, May 16, 2014

In which I swallow several bugs.

When we first moved to Connecticut it was August and lovely. Sometimes hot but hot here was much cooler than hot in Tennessee so we enjoyed long evenings on the back deck and pretty drives around the country side.

Our part of CT is really rural and it seems like hardly anyone lives here but there are plenty of houses tucked up in the trees. And occasionally a great red barn.
But then, after a gorgeous fall, winter came and it looked like this for several months.
It didn't thaw until March - when I started this journey and was able to walk along the roads again without snow boots. It stayed cold and spring took a really long time to arrive and for the trees to come back to life. In TN that starts in March but it didn't really start here until the last couple of weeks. Now it's consistently over 60 degrees and almost all of the trees have started growing their leaves again. Once again I'm in awe of the massive amount of greenery around us. We moved to middle Tennessee from Arizona so the greenery in TN compared to AZ was amazing but now when we go back to TN we joke that it's going to look almost barren.

Foggy spring run
Of course with all of this greenery comes allergies (which means mouth breathing while running). And lots of rain. And bugs (which along with the mouth breathing comes bug inhalation). Life can't be perfect after all.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cross Training Routine Spotlight - Abs

As mentioned in previous posts I need to up my ab work. Found this one today (via Pinterest of course).

Originally on neilarey.com
I did one set of this today and called it good. I think 3 sets would be something to work up to.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Amazeball recipe - zucchini crust pizza

I'm a Pinterest fan. Lately I've moved onto pinning loads of healthy living type stuff and I found this recipe the other day and added it to our meal plan this week:


Since we don't do gluten free in our house and I wanted to lower the fat a little I made some changes to the original recipe:
  • I used 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour instead of almond meal.
  • I used 1/4 cup of egg white instead of a whole egg
  • I used less parmesan - 2 tbsp.
  • I used less mozzarella: 1/2 cup for the crust and 1/4 on each pizza (I just used pre-shredded part skim mozzarella)
  • I used 1/2 cup of a premade pasta sauce instead of making my own (Francesco Rinaldi ToBeHealthy Tomato and Basil).
My zucchini was processed more than the pictures show on the original recipe. I just misread the instructions so I fine shredded AND processed it - but it was fine. We topped ours with the fresh basil and bell peppers. It was fantastic. I thought it might be gross, too mushy, too bleh... But I was really pleased with it. Should have taken a picture but it is now long gone in my tummy.

Here are the nutrition facts (makes two pizzas so these are the totals for one pizza - based on my measurements):
  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 14.4
  • Sat. Fat: 8
  • Cholesterol: 35
  • Sodium: 569
  • Carbs: 21.2
  • Fiber: 3
  • Sugar: 3
  • Protein: 22.1
So the fat is high because of the cheese, I think you could definitely lower the cheese in the crust but let's face it, the yumminess comes from the cheese. And carbs might be lower with something other than whole wheat flour (but that's what I had). The crust isn't steady enough to just eat it with your hands but it wasn't mushy at all. Mine took a bit longer to cook because I turned the oven down - the 450 was making it smoke a bit plus it's a warm day and we don't have a/c here.

I'll definitely make this again. So good!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekly Results: 5/5-5/11

Good week. 31.10 miles added to my mileage - I wasn't even trying to go over 30 but I was able to get out everyday, and every walk or C25K run was at least 4 miles. 5605 calories burned. Three days of cross training. With cross training I have been throwing in my 10 lb hand weights for as long as I can on arm exercises (excluding triceps where I still struggle with the 5 lb weight). I finished week 6 and did all of week 7 of C25K this week and for all three days of week 7 I went beyond the prescribed 25 minutes, on days 2 and 3 I made it to the full 3 miles before stopping to walk. On day 3 my paces (after the warm-up so no walking included) were Mile 1: 12:10, Mile 2: 12:05, and Mile 3: 11:26 for a total of 35:41. On 2 of my non-C25K days I still got in jogging intervals since I was helping my husband get going again on his C25K program (he was supposed to start with me but just now finished week 2).

Another good week. I did have a little extra on Saturday to celebrate Mother's Day but my total calories on that day were still under 1600 so it wasn't a big indulgence (the fat content did go up but I'm generally really low in fat so one day won't hurt in the long run). As I mentioned in a previous post I added in chia seeds to help with fiber content.

Weight Loss:
2-3 lbs. Two of those pounds came off in one day which was a pleasant surprise. The third pound I expect but it is currently being hidden by "increased fiber intake" bloating.

Next Week:
I don't see it being much different than this week. We've been getting a lot of rain and there's more rain predicted in next week's forecast but this past week the rain didn't impact my runs so I hope that will be the case this coming week. I'll finish week 8 of C25K even though I've technically graduated already. But something in me likes to see each day checked off on the app. I don't think I'll try running (with no walks) any further than 3 miles this week, it will be just getting more used to the 3 miles without being so beat at the end. The last mile is still mentally hard for me. Physically, I'm doing fine but I really have to push myself to keep going. It's getting warmer and I'm keeping hills in my runs and it all adds up to me feeling whiney around mile 2. :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Two months later...

I told you time would fly by. I thought the 11th was my monthly anniversary (of this newest attempt) but it turns out it's actually the 10th. But I cannot believe another month has rolled by since my "One month later" post back in April.

So now I'm up to almost 200 miles logged in (through walks and C25K jogs) and I've kept consistently active. I did increase my cross training though I would still like to add more - if I've had a good week I've usually done at least 3 days of cross training but I'd like to get that up to 5 to help build up more muscle. I can almost get through the whole lunges set and the triceps set on one of my DVD's. I've always had more difficulty with lunges as my calves cramp up while I'm doing them. I also still have a lot of ab work to do.

I'm down 22.5 pounds now. So I didn't get another 12 lbs in one month (it was only 10.5) but seeing how I indulged more this month that's not surprising. I stalled out for about a week at around 20 lbs lost but that was also hormone related. Things seem to be going better now as I had a sudden 2 lb drop that shocked the heck out of me.

I registered for the half marathon in November and am also seriously considering the half in October but that one is much harder to get into (it sold out within a couple of hours last year). I'm feeling better about my running now that I've increased the amount of time I can run. I got to a full 5k distance yesterday (more about that in a later post). And while I'm still no where close to my times/pace from 2-3 years ago (which weren't all that impressive but still much faster) that doesn't worry me too much as I know I can get back to that.

Goals for the next month:
  • Get from a 5k distance to a 10k distance with my running.
  • Increase cross training to 5 days a week, especially ab work. While I'm losing weight and increasing endurance I still have a lot of body fat to work on.
  • Keep up the average loss of 2-3 lbs a week.
  • Diet wise: keep an eye on fiber intake, trying to get 35-40 grams a day while keeping my carb intake between 50-55% of my daily calories. I haven't had issues with fat and protein percentages so I'll just keep going with that.
  • To look as awesome as Lucy on the stationary bike.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ch, ch, ch, chia!

Over the past few days I've been looking at ways to increase my fiber intake. Of course I've heard of chia seeds (they show up pretty frequently on Pinterest healthy recipes) but I had never made the connection that they're the same thing that makes a chia pet.

Anyway, I happened upon a bottle of chia seeds at the store yesterday and decided to try them out. So far, so good. I like the crunchy texture and they don't have any kind of taste so they blend well with things. While I don't believe the weight loss claims that some sites state about including these seeds in your diet, I do think the high fiber content is a good thing. Here are the nutrition facts:

1 tbsp. of chia seeds (I plan to eat 2 tbsp. per day)
Calories: 60
Fat: 3
Carbs: 5
Fiber: 5
Protein: 3

However, it make take me a while to get over the paranoia that those things are sprouting in my intestine.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chugging along

Doing well exercise wise so far this week. Just got back from finishing day one of week 7 for C25K. This called for a 25 minute run but I went for 31 minutes to see how close to 3 miles I could get. And if I had stuck it out for two or three more minutes I would have made it. Counting my walks at the beginning (2 min) and end (3 min) it took 35:49 to get to 3 miles. My splits were 12:00, 11:38, and 12:07. So I'm getting there. Now it's just a matter of trying to mimic the race course as much as possible. Here is what I ran today:

Hello hills!
I wanted the end to be downhill but of course you have to come back uphill to get to where I live. Mile 4 was a really slow walk...

However, here is the race course:

Now keep in mind that my training route has more than a 150 feet elevation change for the big downhill in the middle where the race course maxes out at around 40 feet (in one climb) for that climb in the middle.

So I'll spend part of this afternoon mapping out courses around my neighborhood. You can't tell very well on the first elevation graph but from .5 mile to 1 mile is about a 30-40 feet long climb so it's closer to what I will be dealing with. I don't have to deal with that monster hill in the first graph but if I start from my house all other courses will give me another significant long climb from mile 2-3, which is what I'm trying to avoid at this point in my training but I guess it's better to train and get used to that so the 5k feels much easier.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mental failures

So now that the weather is warming up I have a few items that I run with. At times though it feels like a bit much.

One thing I've added on is bringing water with me. I bought a couple of products like 3 years ago when I was running more regularly but they've been tucked away in a storage closet for a while.

So this morning I searched through the house for my hand-held bottle carrier thing. I had the bottle with my kitchen stuff and I hoped the actual holder was with my other exercise stuff. I found my hydration belt - which holds 4, 6 oz bottles, but otherwise I only found some weird thing with loops on it that I just couldn't figure out what it did.

I looked at it a while. Picked it up, put the loops on my fingers, tried to figure out how it could hook onto something I was wearing. And really, really wondered where I even got this thing. Was it from some kind of race goody bag? What did it do?

After feeling like I was on an episode of "Ask this Old House" :
I finally got online and Googled Amphipod products:
And mystery solved.
Yeah, I'm pretty smart...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekly Results: 4/28-5/4

It's May, hooray!!

6 out of 7 days. Actually had a real rest day of no exercise. Usually I make rest days just a shorter easy walk so at least I'm still burning some calories (I'm pretty sedentary otherwise). But that was my travel day (back from NYC) and it was raining and I was too lazy to do any videos or anything else productive. Mileage: 27.45, Calories Burned: 4586. Finished week 5 and completed two days of week 6 for C25K. I'm now officially done with intervals - let the real fun and cursing begin.

Not all that great. One day I didn't even track calories at all so you know that one had to be a bit ugly. It was higher calories overall for each day but below the net calorie allowance for most days (went over twice). I had serious munchies for 3-4 days so I know some of it was hormonal for this week. However, I wasn't too obsessed about diet this week. For several weeks I've kept between 1200-1500 calories per day and then was working out 500-900 calories burns on those days. So I was really going under my net calorie allowance. So one week to switch up my body's expectations felt fine. Next week should be more back to normal again.

Well, it could have been worse with less exercise and higher calories this week but I still managed to lose almost two pounds. So 8 weeks in and I'm now 20 lbs lighter than when I started. I have 7 weeks left on my original goal (of losing 20-30 lbs in 15 weeks) so the thought of exceeding 30 lbs in that time is exciting. Of course my long term goal is still another 50 lbs (from this point) so onwards and upwards downwards.

Next week (and beyond):
The C25K plan calls for a 22 min jog for w6-d3 (should complete on Monday) and two 25 min jogs for w7-d1/2. At some point in week 7 I'll try to keep jogging for longer to get closer to the whole 5k distance (distance being more important than time now). I'll have about 2 weeks between the end of the C25K plan and my 5k on June 1st. I'll spend those weeks just working on getting the distance I need in the times I'm aiming for.

I also need to up my cross training since I didn't do much of it this past week. Other than that everything else is pretty standard. After I finish week 8 of the C25K I might start looking at other training plans instead of the same app for the 10k. No matter which method I choose, June will be spent increasing my miles so I feel comfortable with a 10k. There's a half training group I can join in July. I didn't have a great experience with the last half group I joined (they all ran so much faster than me so I spent all of the time by myself) so I'm a bit leery but I will definitely need the encouragement/pressure of keeping to my plan once I'm in hot weather again. But I feel that I should be comfortable with a 10k distance before starting with any group (she types so casually even though she can't even run a full two miles yet...).

Friday, May 2, 2014

Who are we talking to today Sybil?

Yesterday was bad.

I don't know what it was. A mix of allergies, thyroid wackiness, bad food and drink recovery - and who knows what else. It was raining until after lunch. I spent the majority of the day in bed. I finally dragged myself out for a very slow and scowly walk. And I could have eaten all day. Thankfully I had very little snacky food in the house so my diet wasn't completely ruined but had I a bag of tortilla chips or frozen burritos I would have been all over that. My mood was sour enough to think, "this is it, this is where I fall off the wagon and gain 20 pounds back, and am lazy on the couch for the rest of my life."

Thankfully, this morning I woke up in a much better mood.

So I started week 6 of C25K - it was more difficult at the beginning than I thought it would be. After doing the 20 minutes straight I thought going in intervals again would be easier but instead I kept thinking, "Uh! Is this 5 (or 8) minutes over yet?!?" But as all things do, it eventually passed and I finished the segment.

And when I came home I registered for the half marathon in November.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Oh yeah, I did it...

So at first my one night get-away to NYC was cancelled and then it was rescheduled. So six hours of driving, 3 drinks, some yummy food, and one entire bag of popcorn later I'm back.

But before I left I got in week 5, day 3 of the C25k which was the 20 minute run. Once again it was cold outside (seriously, mother nature?) so I was eager to get going and warm again. The transition to southern weather is going to be difficult this summer... I had planned my route so that it wouldn't be too difficult (i.e. no big hills). And it was fine. I went slowly (about 12 m/m) and while I was happy for the 20 minutes to be over I wasn't dying at the end. So maybe I'll get through this program after all. :)

Now, it's on to fixing some of the damage of the last couple of days. But man they were good drinks.