Monday, November 18, 2013
... I ran 5 miles at the park yesterday. It's amazing how freeing and easy a nice 5 mile run can be, when its not part of a larger training program. I felt like I could do two more laps, but it was really, really nice knowing that I didn't need to.
For the first time ever in my adult life, I woke up in the middle of the night last night, and i could not fall back to sleep. I was up from some time before 2:30 (the first time I think I checked the time) until 5:00 am. I couldn't stop thinking about everything I have to do for work. ... and then the holidays... it's going to be a pretty long, solid stretch of pure stress, which might actually last until February.
so.... I have that to look forward to.
Ok, enough of this time wasting. Back to the grind.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
As of tonight, we are back to hard core logging - not just logging estimates of what we ate, but carefully planning a day in advance, and weighing everything down to the lettuce on our sandwiches. (Though, we might ditch this *one* tiny item, because, really, weighing your cucumbers is annoying enough).
I'm also seriously considering changing to the new tracking style that links your fitness/exercise tracking to nutrition tracking. Part of me thinks it would work better for me, and part of me is scared that I'll go over if I can't log my food the day before I eat it.
Still, it might be more motivation to exercise, and I really seem to need that right now.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I didn't get a big workout in today, but I did work out a little - so, I'm declaring a victory in weight training, and a draw for cardio today.
I did legs - leg press, calf raises, leg extension and leg curl, and I did some core - knee raises on the captain's chair and crunches on an exercise ball.
Like I said - no a lot, but considering that it's been almost a year since I last did legs, its an improvement.
I didn't really do cardio today, except that I walked on the treadmill for 10 minutes as sort of a warm up, and the I walked on it again for 5 minutes at the end to loosen up my muscles again.
Progress is progress.
I've had 2 good days of eating, so it'd be nice to keep the streak going. I have a challenge today & tomorrow since we're going to a basketball game tonight, and tomorrow I have a morning meeting with breakfast and free lunch in the cafeteria. The meeting begins early and I'm giving a presentation - and with my recent luck with traffic, I'll need to leave for work extra early - which means no morning work out tomorrow. :(
Still hoping I can hang on to this shred of motivation that I managed to find.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I ran my first NYC marathon on 3 November, and I'm already signed up for my 6th NJ marathon at the end of April. That leaves less than 4 weeks until I start my next 20 week marathon training program. My goal is to make the most of this time.
I have blown the dust off of the elliptical machine, and I've now used it 3 times. I've also done 2 days of weight training. It's a slow start, but at least it's a start. I've also recently remembered that treadmills are good for both running *and* walking, so I've done some short walks to warm up before resistance training.
I would like to incorporate some yoga into my schedule, but so far, I haven't been good about this. I find yoga so difficult - I think I might have a mental block against it - but when I'm done, it always feels like it was a really beneficial workout.
I'm also planning to continue a reduced running program. I ran the 5 mile loop around the park on Sunday, and I think that's the perfect distance for in-between training time. If I can do 1 to 3 runs per week, at distances of 3 to 5 miles, I think that will be fine if I continue cross training.
... and then be plenty of running once NJM training starts.
Why do I do this again? Oh, I really love the race - that's right. But, ooof! - the training.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Starting with the positive - I ran the NYC marathon last week, and it was a really great experience - much more fun than I imagined it would be. It was worth the 2 year wait. The crowd support was amazing.
My time was ok. I can't really complain about it, but I know if I had kept up with my training and proper eating, I could have been faster. I suppose the worst part of it is knowing that I didn't give my all to the preparation. It just feels like a lost opportunity.
In my last blog entry, I complain about my lack of blog entries. I identified what I needed to do to get back on track, and I did none of it. In fact, the only thing that I was getting right at the time of my last blog entry was my running - and then I let that fall off, so that I hit less than 75% of my scheduled training runs for NYC.
... I've set up some new goals, and started logging my food again. Right now, I'm just logging estimates (rather than weighing everything, down to the veggies). We'll see how that goes for a while. It certainly a step up from not logging at all.
I've also (finally) done a little strength training. It's a slow start, but I did chest, shoulders & tri's on Saturday, and I'd like to do back & bi's tonight. I've also added a little variety with the elliptical machine - hopefully, that will keep me motivated for the next 4 weeks until training for the NJ marathon begins.
Oh, one more thing - my weight. It's up. Boy, oh boy, is it up. Right now, I'm just struggling really hard to keep it below the 150 mark, but as of this morning, it had crept all the way up to 149.8 - which is really a glass of water away from the mark I just said I don't want to pass.
One day at a time.
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