Monday, September 13, 2010
Another week down in our 10-mile run training program. We completed our 3rd week on Saturday with an intense 8-mile run. Thankfully it was a cooler day (thanks to the gorgeous Autumn weather we are having a little early this year), and we were on track once again. We decided that since it was our first time to run 8-miles in total, we would commemorate our adventure with going to a park to run our long run this week. Firstly though, we drove by the local CVS store to look for some energy bites but unfortunately they did not carry any. We did discover PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts. They were on sale (maybe because they were 'new') and we purchased a small bag for .66 USD. There is about 1.5 servings in each bag. Basically it is like a sugar spiked gummy that has a gel inside. We ate three each. It didn't give us energy right away but maybe it was slowly responsive for the energy in our 8-miler. Ran the entire time (no stop lights) and felt wonderful. It is amazing how far 8-miles really is when you are running instead of driving in a car. It gives us a new appreciation for the invention of the vehicle for longer travels!
This week we are uptaking our fourth week in the ten week program. This involves an easier week of the chart below. We hope to finally get back into lifting more weights while also sticking to our yoga/pilates workout on cross-training days. We are seeing some changes (yes, already!!!) with our legs - they are getting more defined and muscular. Very Happy about that!!!
Monday: 5 mi @ 70% MHR
Wednesday: 5 mi w/ 4 mi@ LT pace
Friday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 65% MHR
Total: 16 mi
In addition, I started to read "The Spark" and am loving most of it. There are parts where I feel that I have already gone past the knowledge of what it is trying to put across however it is entertaining. It is very motivational too! Right now, I highly suggest it for anyone trying to lose weight. If the book ends as well as it begins, I plan on purchasing it for a friend of mine too.
Here's to another week of exercise, health, and happiness to all!
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Welcome Back Everyone from the long weekend vacay! Here in Cleveland it was a rather nice weekend, slightly cold but nonetheless enjoyable. My Brother in law decided that he would come along with this roommate for the extended weekend. Thankfully they all decided to go to Cedar Point for a day in the sun (slash that), rain. I decided that it was in my best interests to stay home as I had a sinus infection and wasn't feeling the whole - man day out thing.
Instead, I decided to relax at home alone with our two furry babies. They were happy for the extra attention, at least there were no complaints. Mid-afternoon I decided that I was going to go ahead and head off to the gym. I'm not one of those people to run outdoors alone (at least in OH), so I chose the gym instead. Funnily enough, the gym was completely empty so I had free rights to everything in the gym. A athletes dream come true!!! I found the Travel Channel with closed captioning on and started with my warm-up routine of 10 minutes. Then I was off for over an hour and a half running. My goal was to run around 6 miles start to finish. Even though there were two other people that came and went (one being a child that changed the channel to Sponge Bob after I said he could), I was working hard at keeping focused. After six miles I decided that I was in a groove and I wanted to run another mile just for kicks. Loved the last mile, it wasn't as hard as I was first thinking it would be... I was running a slower pace than normal according to my training program so distance wasn't as much of an issue.
7 miles + a warm-up later, I decided that it was time to cool-down since my ankle was starting to feel a little tired. It was a great run and workout! Love it! Don't you just love days like that?
Then went home and started to make homemade spaghetti for all the guys coming back.
The next three days were incredibly busy with showing the guys around the city. Church, three homemade vegan meals a day, a hiking trip, and so on added to no running. We had planned on getting into our training program after the guys left on Monday, but, we were feeling under the weather. Actually, I took a fourth of a dosage of sinus medication and I slept for half a day. Then on Tuesday we were so busy trying to get our maintenance people to fix some repairs which took about three hours at night time. We can say that we have a new water heater but can't say that we did any exercise. booo....
So, after a few days off, I'm ready to jump back into the training program. I'm slightly disappointed in myself but I know it is something that had to happen. Even though I am trying to get healthier and lose weight, it does not mean that I'm going to drive myself crazy over some missed days. After all, I'm trying to form my life instead of just try to lose those extra pounds that just won't come off.
Tonight, 5 mile run in the 60 degree weather we are having... Looking forward to bringing out some fall exercise clothes! Yay! Wind breaker really needed on a day like today! Cheers to those that are getting back into the swing of things too.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Yesterday was a hectic day.... I guess we all have to have one of those here and there, right? Well, hopefully mine was just yesterday because this weeks training sessions were not the greatest.
Anyways, we had to wait for our maintenance department to come (they've skipped their last six appointments in four months, so we had to wait) before we could go do anything. We had intended on running to the gym to get in a workout before we had to go to two of the greatest places in the world - aka Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market. Unfortunately they took longer than expected (while only getting one of the four things done) and our time was wasted. Since we have guests coming this weekend, we had to make sure we purchased our groceries last night. So, grudgingly, we went and didn't get our cross-training done. We hope to switch our cross-training day to today and not think about yesterday. We do lots of yoga normally, so it shouldn't disrupt our rest day before our big run tomorrow. I hope.
Food was disrupted yesterday also which I'm not thrilled about since it was all my fault. Then this morning we decided to go to Krispy Kreme which we really have banned from our lives for the last few months. Normally when we go there I am able to manage to just get a coffee and be happy. This morning though, I fell into the sugar induced pull of Apple Harvest Donuts. Thankfully when I tasted them (yes, sadly, I ate two!), they were not as tasty as normal apple cider donuts. I did notice though that the specialty donuts are much smaller than the normal donuts. Actually, we were looking and the special harvest donuts were the same size as the mini's. haha Wonder if they have less calories? Guess I'll have to check that out since one donut is around 300 calories! Yikes! That's a lot, especially since I try to eat only around 1200 calories a day!
I hope to keep strong and not let these two wrongs let my entire plan go done.
Plus note: I believe I lost a pound! Yay!!!
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Last night we took off with our running shoes, running bottle, and our garmin watch for our preplanned 5 mile run. Little did I know, it was around 93-97 degrees with dry air... We chose a route that we have taken before however not in the late summer months. Usually the street is full of shade and perfect for a hot summer day of running. Unfortunately, we found out that in the late summer, the sun is right in a runners' face. Wow! It was so hot and steamy! Thankfully, we had put on our sunscreen (physical protection not chemical), otherwise we would be completely burnt.
I think with the combination of heat and feeling tired (lack of sleep the night beforehand) that we were not doing a good job. .5 miles as a warmup run. Then we went ahead and ran about three miles at LT pace (11 minutes per mile). We had to stop around three times to cool off a few seconds in the shade when we got some. Then we finally got to around 4 miles and we totally fell apart. I was feeling sick to my stomach, so bad that I could hardly move. We decided that since we had already done half a mile as a warm-up, we were going to walk the rest of the way home.
Whew! It was a really hard workout! It was one of the worst runs we have had to-date. I guess we have to have one of those... Afterward though, I really felt the pain in my stomach and knew I had pushed my body too much. Thankfully I had already made a lovely squash coconut soup and the BBQ tofu was easy to whip together. The hubby was so nice, he let me rest while he made the tofu. Such a sweetie!!
Drank some Ito-en Blueberry Green Tea (contains slightly amount of cane sugar) to revive my body and then rested the entire night. We just relaxed until bedtime. Happy ending to a hard, depressing workout.
Today, I am looking forward to once again doing some cross training. Yoga is a wonderful way to relax but workout the day after a terrible workout. Center the body and God will center the mind.
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