Tuesday, July 08, 2014
So I've been really good so far about getting my runs in, but it's been rough running the whole time allotted. It's not that I am too tired to keep going, I know I have the strength to get through it. But it is getting harder to ignore the pain in my right foot.
I started getting a blister a week or so ago, and when I went swimming this weekend it popped, and now it hurts to walk on. and worse to run on. I really don't know what to do for this. I wear a band-aid during the day, but that doesn't cut it on my runs.
On a related note, I know I need new shoes and will be able to go get some in the next week or so. I'm hoping that will help prevent more blisters from happening, but I'm not sure what to do with what have now.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
My goals for July are:
1. To work out for 40 minutes a day (1 rest day a week)
2. To drink 10 glasses of water every day
3. To three meals a day
4. To get 8 hours of sleep per day
5. To get the 1000 fitness minutes trophy again (Haven't gotten it since October)
6. To run 3x each week
In looking at my Spark Trophies, I noticed I haven't quite reached the 1000 fitness minutes/month trophy since October of last year (which was my greatest month, fitness and weight loss wise.)
I'd really like to push past this and get the 1500 minutes and 2000 minute trophies, but before I can do that I need to get 1000 minutes in a month again, so that is my main goal for July. It should be doable, and I'm very excited.
Also, I'm so ready for it to be Halloween.
Additionally, I ran today trying to follow the 5K your way training plan. Only managed about 20 minutes instead of 32. There were two things that I think caused this fail.
One: I misread the intervals, so instead of walking 1 minute and running 3, I was walking 1 and running 4.
Two: I know it's wrong, but I feel like because I am doing walking intervals, that's somehow 'cheating' and so during the running intervals I compensated by running harder. What I need to do next time is actually follow the directions for the right week, and also not push myself so hard.
Walking isn't cheating, it is kind of necessary right now if I want to be able to run more than 20 minutes at a time again. Hopefully at the end of the 5 weeks I'll have enough endurance to run 5Ks again, and after that if I want to go crazy with the speed I can, but now is NOT the time for that.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
So it's time to leave my job. I really gave it the best shot I could. I stayed for over two whole months, but at this point there is no question it is time to leave. The constant last minute schedule and location changes and the heavy lifting were what finally broke the camel's back, as they say, and I need to give notice.
I'm just not cut out for that kind of work, and I've lasted far longer than any of my friends or family expected. Additionally, there has been a lot of rough things going on back home, and I hate that I haven't been there with my family.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mainly, I just want to get to a healthy BMI. I've never been so close before, and while I am really happy at my current weight, I would like to finally get in the healthy range. I also want to get toned again. Back in November my legs looked and felt super strong, and since I haven't been running as long or as often, they have gotten less toned. I want to get that back.
I also want to get back into better running shape. The last few months I pretty much stopped because of weather, and focused on Zumba and such. When I stopped I was able to do 30-40 minutes nonstop, but now I can only last about 20 (though I have gotten quite a bit faster, and no longer spend my time counting down the minutes but actually ENJOY the running experience.) I want to get back to where I was endurance-wise, and hopefully run a 10K by October.
I also want to get better on Stella, my bike (don't ask. Seriously, don't. I've never been one to name things, not my laptops, not my car, but for some reason my bike has a name: Estelle, but she goes by Stella. I feel like I've gone insane.) I am finally starting to be able to do some hills, but I still feel like I'm walking more than I'm riding.
In summary, I want to hit that healthy range, and more importantly: be stronger and have more endurance.
Friday, May 30, 2014
So the Spring 5% challenge is finally coming to an end. I didn't meet my goal, but I got more than halfway there, and with all the wedding and job related stress I've been going through lately I can't complain about it. I'm actually really proud of myself for all that I accomplished, this challenge, especially with all the weather, slight disasters, and adjusting to a new job.
I do feel a bit like I need a break between the challenges, I was just a bit burnt out on this one and I need to take time for myself a bit. I really want the next one to be my best one, and I'll need the outlet as my wedding date gets closer. Thankfully I am starting to adjust to the job, so hopefully by the summer challenge I will be fully charged and ready to go!
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