Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Still can't believe winter is just around the corner, shocking! It has been a long year of exercise, dieting, finding myself and working through many different issues. I feel as though this last month, I have found my mojo again and am working my life back into play. My husband and I are working out about four-five times a week with a 10 mile training program and enjoying every moment of it. (okay, so there were some complaints during the last long run on the last mile...)
Normally the first of the month would be measuring myself and inputting all the changes my body has gone through. Unfortunately, today I do not feel up to the measurements and feeling of neglect to my body for my mishaps. So, I have decided I will do it another day when I have more positive energy to do so. (Probably on the weekend after our long run I will have more motivation to see what my body is going...) I've learned through the last few months that if I'm not positive, I should weight myself or check my measurements, it's just a downward spiral.
We are currently on week two of our ten week training program to learn to endure and increase our 10 mile run. Each day we are following the program and trying to not let stress or other factors get in the way of our plan. We plan on running and have fun while doing so!
Yoga is starting to crept back into our lives. I'm not sure why we stopped practicing for a while, since we love it, but we are thankful it is back in our lives. We are doing yoga at least two times a week. I hope to start making this two turn into at least a three this month. Today I did a morning yoga that I loved and hope to continue it everyday when I have the extra time in the morning hours.
Lifting weights has not been a large part of our workouts this last month. We are rather lazy when it comes to going to our small gym. Rather, I hope to find a nice set of weights to put in our house so that we can use it more often. We love lifting weights so if we could do it at home, we would do it more diligently. This month I hope to find a set and start lifting more often.
Continue walking with the pooch a few times a week to the park for picnics. Good workout for all three of us. In addition, I hope that we will continue to walk with the Lord on our journal through life and keep focused.
Food is an important part of our daily life - Vegan life! We love eating vegan and have a hard time thinking back to our days without healthy foods. We are continuing to try out new recipes and I make at least a few new recipes of my own each week. We plan on staying vegan this month. In addition, I plan on continuing to eat around 1200-1300 calories a day. On long run days though, I plan on getting around 1600 calories to fuel my body. No matter what though, I hope to continue to listen to my body and eat when it says it needs fuel.
Emotional Eating is getting better for me and I hope to continue to work through my issues with it this month. I have been keeping the kitchen free from unhealthy snacks and can't even remember when I ate soy cream (alternative to ice cream). Yay!
Enjoy life! Eating healthy and exercising gives me more energy and I intend on continuing down the path of enjoying everything that comes my way.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday I woke up with a sinus infection once again. I'm allergic to nicotine smoke and we have new neighbors that are smokers. Basically this means I'm sick a lot more now that they moved in...*sigh* So, I took half a dosage of sinus medication (over the counter) and it totally knocked me out on Sunday. At least Sunday was our "rest" day setup in our training program. So, yesterday, Monday, I ended up waking up to a headache and stomach ache. Haha Can you tell I'm not a medication person? I was in a medication induced sleep most of the morning and part of the afternoon.
Nonetheless, I took a promise to follow along with the training program so I conned my husband into letting me go to the gym to follow along with the day's planned run. He wasn't so happy with me but he came along to make sure that nothing happened. I made it through the four miles but not at the expected 70% MHR. Since I was sick, I think my heart was working extra hard so I was cold sweating and really pushing my body. I was running around 12 min miles and sometimes 11:45 min miles. I guess I'll be happy with that since I was still sick.
It's always hard to be sick and stick to a plan. It's almost like you should double check to assure you can really do the hard workout with your illness. Thankfully I felt I could run as long as I had my husband next to me. He's a God sent blessing! Near the end, as I was finishing up my 4 miles, we got stuck in a video for Anthony Bourdain in Beirut. Hubster got stuck and wanted to stay just a little longer so I tried to do a little bike work. Unfortunately it was not as pleasant as I had hoped, we left earlier than he wanted to...
Now I'm feeling better and thankful that I kept the program, even though the end wasn't as fun.
WEEK 2: 10 Mile Training Program
Monday: 4 mi @ 70% MHR - done
Wednesday: 5 mi w/ 3 mi @ LT pace
Saturday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 60% MHR
Total: 15 mi
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Yay! Today is the seventh day of our training for a ten mile run program. If you are just catching up, we are following a wonderful program setup by a professional team of runners to build endurance and speed to get to ten miles. We want to successfully build our bodies up so that our total mile per minute is decreased (right now it's average is around 10:30 to 11). In addition, we plan on then taking up the challenge of doing a half-marathon. We aren't the type to just do things the casual way, we want to make sure that if we do a half-marathon, we are going to run the whole distance and at a good speed. Just the way we are engineered to think I guess... haha
So, yesterday we finally had the chance to sleep in a few extra hours. We normally get up very early for work so a few hours may seem like a lot but it really is until around 8am... We whipped up a healthy vegan breakfast and decided that we were going to get our workout down for the day early. We set our and ran .5 miles for a warm-up and then were off for another 6 miles of running. It was a cooler day, so we thought, until around half way when we found out it was getting a lot more warm than we had expected. Turns out it was around 86-90 degrees outside! Hot for people that are training with a hard run worth of 6 miles. We made it with smiles on our faces though.
The first two miles were the worst, getting into the groove of running but afterward it was smooth sailing. We only had some problems with blisters forming, seriously, I have the mother load taking over my little toe as we speak. Took a nice cool-down worth of 3 miles back to our house where we downed some drinks with lunch after some much needed showers.
We found that our muscles were more limber and it wasn't as hard to run the 6 miles as before when we were doing it. This time around we are going along with the training program and really taking advantage of the cross-training days. It is essential not to run everyday!!! Your muscles need to relax and really loosen up for the next run. We are finding this out with success!
That night we went to listen to the Canadian Brass in a concert venue under the stars with a lovely wine picnic basket. So lovely to get all the hard work done and then settle in to the stars and some lovely music.
Cheers to the rest of the weekend!
Friday, August 27, 2010
To Lighten things up this morning, here are a few jokes.
Joke: Why did the tofu cross the road?
Answer: To prove that he wasn't chicken.
Joke: What does a cow eat for breakfast?
Answer: Mooooozle, of course! (Muesli)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Today is day four of our newly added training program. We have really jumped into the training program with an open mind. We have decided that even if it kills us, we are going to do the training for the day. Okay, so maybe not as far as the death bed but we are trying to remind ourselves that we have to get over the first few weeks so that we will enjoy the training fully.
Last night we did 4 mi w/ 2 mi @ LT pace. We started out with a nice warm-up run of .5 miles. We were doing 11.10 min mile pace. It felt really good to go slower than normal and just really get into the swing of things. We haven't been training for a long time (or running longer distances, so I have to admit that we are a bit slower than normal). That's okay though because we are out there getting into running again after a short break.
We decided to go ahead and do the warm-up as stated above. Then, we went ahead and did the 2 miles @ 70% LT pace. Afterward, we went ahead and did our pre-decided "fartlek training" for 2 miles. It is basically speed/endurance training. We want to get back into our 9-10 minute miles for our long distance runs, so we are working extra hard at endurance also. It was really hard work!!! I couldn't believe that it was only around 80 degrees but we were sweating like crazy... We laughed though because our new suntan lotion (Alba Botanica) worked so well as a physical suntan lotion that sweat-beads were forming on our skin. It was gross but still funny to see...or maybe it was because we were fatigued and delirious- who knows... haha
We were thrilled when we got back to the house, boy were we tired! Thankfully the shower did the trick and then we rested the entire night. It was another great workout! No injuries (besides the normal beginners' side stitch when running) thus far. Crossing fingers!
Tonight is Cross-training! Yay! That means more Yoga Infusion and maybe some weight lifting if we can get down to the gym.
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