Sunday, April 22, 2012
The half is in 6 days. 6 days. I am freaking out. I'm going to run today, since I skipped my run on Friday and yesterday. Granted, I was only scheduled to run Friday, but I'm really mad at myself that I just skipped it! How do I expect myself to run a race on Saturday when I haven't run more than 7 miles in 2 weeks!? AAH! I'm trying a 6 miler today to see how fast I can go, and mostly to just see how I feel. If I feel good, maybe I can add 2 miles and try to whip the dog into shape...
Yesterday was gross. Seriously. I couldn't even track it. I had some muffins and a banana for breakfast, some bread and a sandwich for lunch, some cereal and more bread, I honestly don't remember the rest... I've decided I'm starting over. TODAY. I also made a vision board last night after wallowing (love that word!) in my self pity. So I found a bunch of inspiring little quote things on the internet, printed them off, and cut and glued like a mad woman while watching cheesy romantic flicks. Sigh. So here's the game plan.
*Limit my carbs. I don't need some form of intense carbs in each meal. I can eat just a salad and fruit for lunch, and not need cereal afterwards. Cereal eating will take place once a day at the most. That's it. I can choose my meal: breakfast or snack, but I'm thinking it might be better if I have it as breakfast. I just need thoughts on snacks. Ideas anyone???
*NO MORE SUGUR. Seriously. This time I will follow through. Maybe my status will have to be changed to if I ate sugar that day or not... maybe that will keep me going. Oh, and there will be no "dessert replacements" like other carbs. Just fruits and veggies.
*RUN! I love it and I know it, but these shinsplints have thrown me for a loop because I'm torn between running, and worrying I'm going to make them worse for the race.
*Some form of exercise EVERY DAY. No more slacker days.
*Do my little Pilates Abs 10 minute routine EVERY OTHER DAY. No exceptions. I'm going for a smaller tummy.
Alright, that's it for now. I'm off to run. Maybe I'm miraculously healed... :)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I will reroute. That's right. Friends, I have a new goal. Initially, it was to get a 6 pack, but then I decided it's probably not humanly possible on this chickie (I've been wanting to say that all week! :D) after 2 kids. So it has been altered. Not forgotten. Just altered.
You see, ever since I was little girl, I admired the ballerinas with their pretty tight buns (as in hair, but the rear end one is also accurate - although not as a child) and gracefulness and poise. Well, I'm going to be one. My daughters dance studio is putting on a number where the mommies get to dance with their little girls. That's right. On stage. So instead of reading or catching up on work or whatever else strikes me at the moment during her class, sitting outside the dance room, I will soon be joining when they do "ballet". Granted, the little girls aren't too serious about it, but that's why the moms come in. Great. Yeah. We are going to be ballerinas. And we even get a Greek Goddess-y dress to wear. And mine is pretty form fitting. You can even see my tummy. So the goal is: make the tummy look good and embrace my inner Greek Goddess. Yeah, we'll see how the goddess one goes over. This is the first time the studio is trying this, so I guess it's all up to me to see if they do it again :)... It's also the little one's first year of dance, so I don't want to scar her too much with my dancing or my not Greek Goddess-yness... :)
In other news, I'm really working on just taking everything day by day and doing the best I can eating wise a day. And what's weird is I'm staying in my calorie range without even obsessing about it! Granted, it is the higher end, but I think that's what I need to fuel, otherwise my running suffers. Sometimes you just gotta let go, and follow your body.
I also ran yesterday! And I have a plan to kick these shinsplints to the curb! I ran 5 miles yesterday. Not far for what I'm used to, but I was so afraid of injuring myself more and I was bored to death on the treadmill. So I'm going to run every other day, adding a mile each run. And I heard it helps to wrap your leg (the lower part at least) in plastic wrap. Weird, I know, but my runner friend said it makes it feel much better, and at this point, you could probably tell me saliva would help and I'd be drooling all over my leg. Not joking here.
I've also started meditating for about the past week before bed. It's only for 10 minutes or so, but I am finding it's helping me sleep! Honestly, I only started because I read something about how it helps your running in one way or another, but I do like it, although it's insanely hard! Being the random, crazy, high energy (normally, if I sleep :D) person I am, I have a really hard time just shutting up the good ol' noggin. But now it's kind of a habit, although last night I was kind of dreading it... Any thoughts on how to help that? I try to just focus on my breathing by repeating "inhale, exhale" to myself, but now that I've gotten more comfortable with it, I've found that my brain can jibber-jabber in the background at the same time. And then there's the times when I almost fall asleep, and my head starts to fall back slowly until it hits the "all the way back" point which is quite comical actually. Or, it will start to fall forward and hit my collarbone, when I jerk it back up. It kind of messes me up since I start laughing at myself... :) And that, can be quite a problem!
Well, tomorrow's Friday. I could have sworn it was Wednesday. It's actually the opposite of last week, since last week on Tuesday, I was so convinced it was Wednesday that I was actually planning the evening and thinking about watching The Middle! I guess everything in life really does balance out! :)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Well, although the title is not original (all copyrights of geniusness go to CINERICIA :D), I am back and alive and still running (well, not currently).
It was a crazy couple of weeks! Between work and kids and the usual day-to-day craziness, there just wasn't even a chance for sparking, except an occasional fitness minutes update and maybe a status update thrown in for good measure. But I know I need to get my butt back on because, let me tell you, I suffered without my good ol' spark friends, and the trackers! The scale has crept up a bit, and I'm feeling grosser and less fit, mainly because I am probably eating too much. But instead of focusing on the negatives, let's move to the fun stuff because not fun stuff is just not very... well, fun!
Oh! Wait! I lied. There is one last thing to check off the "must inform everyone about" list. I have shinsplints. And a nasty head cold (maybe sinus infection...). What a fun weekend. The shinsplints are totally my fault, mainly because I didn't listen to my body when it was telling me for the past couple of weeks that "hello! Your shins hurt when you run!". Instead, I ran 2 40+ mile weeks, and pounded down some intense hills during my race last weekend in an attempt to make up for the time I lost climbing the dang hill. Hopefully I'll learn my lesson... So for now I've taken Thursday, Friday, and today off, and plan to take tomorrow off to hopefully seal the deal that I'm healed and ready to kick my half marathons' butt in 2 weeks (exactly! How scary is that!?). Talk about timing. My first injury in about a year 2 weeks before my first major race. My body sure knows how to plan!
Speaking of the half, that time has set in when there's that mix of excitement/worry that churns in your stomach every time you think of "the big day". The time when you think "well, I trained well and can run fast in training, but oh no, what if something happens on race day or I get a really bad stomach cramp or... or... or...?!?". The time when you think oh goodness, I just took 4 complete days off from running! There goes all my speed I've managed to gain the past 2 months! What if, what if, what if!?! But I am still looking forward to it. Or maybe it's just the unlimited pancakes I will be indulging in after... Just kidding. For you curious beings out there, depending on how my last long run goes (and how my legs feel on race day), I've decided to set up a 3-level goal. One I'm pretty sure I can accomplish as long as I don't get lost, one I'm pretty sure I can do if it's a good day, and one that really might be a stretch that can only be accomplished if I'm feeling really good that day.
Level 3: Go under 1:50 (hours, minutes) which I'm absolutely sure I can do, considering I ran 13.5 miles in 1:44 the other week. This one is if I feel like crap that day.
Level 2: Go under 1:45, which I'm sure I can do for the same reason as level 3. This one is if I'm just feeling mediocre... not good, but not bad, or something not so pleasant happens during the race.
Level 1: Go under 1:40, which I'm pretty sure I can do if I'm feeling good.
Overall, I'm really excited. When I got back from my 13.5 mile run 2 Tuesdays ago, I declared that I was going to win the race - that's how good I felt. Now, I'm questioning if I can do it since that was way back on April 3rd, but hopefully some positive thinking will help (if I can manage to think positive...).
Anyway, I think this sick day was well deserved. I got a chance to catch up with everyone in a marathon sort of fashion (if only it could help my running endurance... :D) and this marathon post was also needed. Oh! That's what else I wanted to say! I'm one going sugar free. No exceptions. No "you can indulge twice a week" or anything. That just leads me to quitting... Based on past experience... which I have a lot of. Two, I'm thinking of ditching the idea of making April goals. Based on past experience, I normally give up on these as well. So I think I'm going to adapt the "damn it, just do the best you can today" approach. We'll see how it goes...
If you made it this far, congratulations. If you skipped to the end, don't worry. I'm not offended. It must be the snot in my head that is contributing to the overflow of thoughts. :)
Sunday, March 25, 2012
After 3 days of not running, I did it. I got back out there and knocked off about 13 miles. I honestly don't know what got into me. The task of running seemed to be more than I could handle. I got dressed, got the shoes on, and even went out the door. I ran for an average of 1 minute each time, and decided I couldn't do it. It was a mental thing, I know it. I really don't know why. The only thing I can think of is that it was a pretty rough week emotionally. The thought of doing my short 6 mile tempo run (which I normally look forward to) made me want to puke. Or curl up in a ball. Either or, you can decide. Maybe I was tired. Hm. Now looking back, I feel really bad about just not running for 4 days this week when my half marathon is in a month! Sigh. But I'm putting it behind me. Oh, and I overate. I had cereal and sugar.
But, here's my thing on the cereal: so on Tuesday, I did my intervals on the treadmill just as I would do any week. I went at the same speed for the most part, the same incline, even same time of the day! But after repeat #5 my legs were cramping really bad! I couldn't figure it out! My legs have maybe once cramped up in the past 2 years. Then on Wednesday during my easy run, I was 26 minutes in, and I felt like I really was going to puke! Then that turned into really bad stomach cramps that were so bad I literally walked in the door and laid down on the sofa! So here's how this relates to cereal: the past couple of days, I was cereal free since Sunday. So I'm thinking, maybe it's because of a lack of carbs. When I think about it, I really don't get that many carbs. So maybe I'm going to limit my cereal to 3 or 4 times a week. We'll see how that goes...
Okay, now for my 2 new addictions. One is good. One is not to good, and I probably shouldn't have discovered it.
Let's get the bad one over with. So my dear husband went to the grocery store the other night. Of course, he brought back some treats that should not be in the house. Sigh. Gotta love him... :) Anyway, the other night, he brought back some chocolate coconut milk ice cream. Sigh. I haven't even thought of ice cream in weeks! Well, the kids pulled it out of the freezer, and I had a little spoon. Damn, it was good. With a little bit of Trader Joe's granola, I was in chocolate heaven. Bye bye successful Sugar Rationing. I guess there's always April...
Okay, now for the good addiction. I knew I needed to get out for a run, but the regular long run route was just too much for me to handle mentally. One of my favorite places to run (that I have been to) is along Mississippi River Blvd along the Mississippi River in St. Paul. The kids and the hubby needed to get outside, so I convinced them to come with, and holy cow, it was 2 hours of bliss! It was so awesome to be outside with everyone in the sunshine! The kids and hubby rode their bikes, and I ran. I even got in an almost 13 mile run! After, we headed to a cute little coffee shop in St. Paul and everyone got a special little drink (I had a smoothie... I think I deserved the extra calories). Then we headed for an all family shopping trip to Trader Joe's (I know, it doesn't sound very exciting, but that was the point. It was awesome to have so much fun together doing something I normally view as a chore. We laughed our heads off in the car, and goofed around in the store... shh, no that wasn't us... and were able to be active and have fun together! Especially since everyone was a bit skeptical about going in the first place! Ha!). Seriously, it was just a blast, even though it was cooler than yesterday.
I feel the need to include a "concluding/summarizing" sentence or two (if I were you, I'd bet on two...). So, overall, I had a crap week. Not only in terms of stress and what not, but fitness as well. But baby, I am coming back! This week, I am going to kick some serious butt! So look out, I'm coming back! This half marathon is not going to creep up on me, oh no!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Hehe, I am one happy fastinista (yes, and a Runner's World geek - for those of you who aren't totally up to date on every RW issue, there was an article in the August 2011 issue about cute running and workout clothes for women). I have 2 running skirts already (yes, I am that weird lady out there making loops around the neighborhood in a skirt... yes, I said a skirt. No, it was not a typo!), but they're plain. Gray and black. Boooring! So I've been eyeing a skirt from SkirtSports in a fun design for a while, but they're $65 each, and I'm sorry, but I just can't blow all that on myself for something I sweat in. But what pops into my inbox yesterday? March Madness! For skirts?! I went mad! :) I ended up deciding on the Gym Girl Ultra Skirt in Purple Haze Play Print (for you curious folk out there :D), and I think I just have to order the Tough Girl Top in Red Kiss Play Print. Seriously, when these things are on sale, they are ON SALE! 50% off! Yeah baby! Mommy's got some new cute clothes to rock!
In other running news, I did intervals on the treadmill today, and for some strange reason received a pair of really crampy legs from the running gods. Around repeat #5 they just totally tightened up... weird... I've never had it happen before where it got that bad... But just to show myself how much I am *not* a wimp, I not only did the number of repeats I was planning, I did one extra. Take that, legs that think I'm going to give up when the going gets tough!
I also have not eaten cereal for the past 3 days. I had the extreme urge to share this, considering every time I open the fridge and see my milk carton I think of it. And I find that I'm not actually craving it. Same with sugar. Although now I probably jinxed it... and it's only been since Sunday...
We're having African Stew for dinner tonight. I'm trying to make more of an effort to include more vegetarian meals each week without the kids noticing (whenever I mention that it is, I am for some reason responded to with a bunch of "eewws!".. not sure where that came from..). The trick will be to make sure that we're still getting enough protein, since that protein pea powder I bought a gallon of is just downright nasty. Maybe it's an acquired taste. Goodness, I hope so...
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