Friday, August 10, 2012
After yesterday's blog posting, I have found a running store in Myrtle Beach, so I hope to go on Saturday. If not, next week, I am going. I'm ready to get back to running and feeling good. (Thanks for all the comments!)
Anyways, as I was heading to my Mom's house last night, I caught a glimpse of a billboard that had information about a 5K on it coming up in October. So, I asked my Mom about it, but she hadn't noticed the sign. Needless to say, I sort of got excited. Haha.
So, today I looked up races in where I live, and I found quite a few. I need some advice though. I found one called "Ray Tanner Home Run". It's a 5K Run/Walk that has ends on the Carolina baseball home plate. (If you don't know, I am a HUGE Carolina Gamecocks fan. I breathe Carolina football and baseball. Seriously, it's like my life. Haha.) So, this would be a dream come true. Problem? (Because there's always fine print...) It's October 13, 2012. Yep. This October. That's two months and two days away. So, I ask my fellow runners - is this worth it? Can I train safely in two months? I can walk and run if I want. (Registration is open until September 13th.)
I also found two others, but they are next March and April. I think I might only do one of these.
Anyways, what are your thoughts? Any advice (besides getting new shoes) for preparing for a race?
Thursday, August 09, 2012
For the past few weeks, I have been running (well, jogging, ha - I am slow.) off and on. Monday's run went great. I ran farther than I thought I could. I took breaks when I needed and then I kept going. Last night was different. While I continued to amaze myself at how far I could run (I think I ran more than I walked), my knees, shins, and ankles were in extreme pain. They ached so bad. To be honest, it ached more when I walked than when I ran (which is why I think I ran more, ha). I ended up cutting the session short to just a 5K. It was all I could handle.
Last night, I took a Tylenol, and I woke up feeling better. However, I was a little worried that it would happen again, so I didn't go on my morning walk today which I regret. I've been icing certain trouble areas as well as taking Tylenol today.
So, I ask my fellow runners - what else can I do to get past this? Tomorrow is my run day, and I really want to do it, but I am scared of the pain. Are there any stretches I can do? Also, I think I need new running shoes. How do I go about buying the right ones?
P.S. NSV last night - My boyfriend was eating chips and leftovers for a "late night snack", and I didn't give in! I drank my water, and I went to bed!
Thursday, August 02, 2012
So far, I have reached most of my weekday goals that I have set for August (I started on the 30th). I will continue to do my best!
So, I wanted to come to you all for a little advice. Next Sunday, I will be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. Pretty exciting! The only thing is, like vacation, I am freaking out a bit because I will be spending the night at her house the night before (bachelorette party), so I won't have access to healthier food options. I know that we were asked to bring a dish to the party as well as some money for pizza. I've been thinking about it for a few days now, and I think I am going to get some vegetable soup or something healthier before I go (I don't want to go hungry, too tempting). However, any tips on how to survive? Haha. I know there will be alcohol, so I think I will limit myself to a few drinks (and water, water, water!). Also, any suggestions on a healthier side I can take? What healthy finger food do you like?
My other concern is exercise although I think I have it figured out. I am going to do a morning walk that Saturday, and Sunday, I am dancing my butt off at the reception.
I know, I know. But Sam, you must have fun, don't worry! Haha. I know, but the thing is, I feel like this weight loss/getting healthier attempt is sticking, and I'm still early in the journey. I don't want to ruin what I have done. I'm afraid of relaxing too much to where I come home Sunday/Monday, and I slack off for a week. (Like after the vacation.) So, I am just looking for suggestions. I will be attending two other weddings in the near future, so the food tips are greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I've posted these on my main page as well, so if you've already seen them, sorry!
Yesterday, I came up with lots and lots of goals. Weekday, weekend, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and annually to be exact. I have them listed below:
August Weekday Goals:
1. Drink at least six cups of water.
2. Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep.
3. Meditate for ten minutes.
4. Exercise for at least ten minutes.
August Weekend Goals:
1. Drink at least four cups of water.
2. Get at least 8.5 hours of sleep.
3. Limit alcohol (1-2 glasses all weekend) - I don't drink very often, but when I do, sometimes it's a lot.
4. Be wary of the foods eaten; try to track.
5. Sundays = prep food for the week.
August Weekly Goals:
1. Aim for 5 days of working out.
2. Try at least one new recipe.
3. Lose a pound.
4. ST or circuit training at least 3x.
August (Monthly) Goals:
1. Lose at least three pounds (~159 pounds).
2. Workout at least 20x.
These will change month to month, of course. The weekends aren't super strict because they seriously are a problem for me. So, I am starting out small this morning. I'm hoping to tackle them.
Semi-Annual Goals (By February 2013):
1. Lose at least 15 pounds (~147 lbs).
2. Continue to workout and eat healthy.
Annual Goals (By August 2013):
1. Compete in a race even if it's just walking.
2. Lost at least 30 pounds (~132 lbs).
While in Alaska, my mind kept thinking about next August and what I wanted to accomplish, so that's why I have included the above two sets.
* 10 pounds lost (~160 pounds) - New iPhone case (I've already picked it out! )
* 15 pounds lost (~155 pounds) - New charm for my bracelet.
* 20 pounds lost (~150 pounds) - Massage.
* 30 pounds lost (~145 pounds) - Mani/Pedi.
* 35 pounds lost (~140 pounds) - Buy a bicycle (I want one SO BAD).
* 40 pounds lost (~135 pounds) - New tshirt or piece of jewelry.
* 45 pounds lost (~130 pounds) - Hiking trip!!!
These are subject to change. I'm not 100% sure that 130 pounds is where my body will be comfortable, so we'll see. I just want to be healthy and rid of this excess weight! I'm so ready for August!
Augusts SW: 162.2 lbs
Monday, July 30, 2012
I swear by blogging although I don't do it a lot. Every time that I post a new blog in regards to asking my Spark Friends for support, I always find a way to turn around my mood.
This morning, I confessed that I had not really been on track since I got back. Well, after I hit "post", I immediately turned it around. I grabbed a bottle of water, I ate a healthy lunch, and I have plans to do some fitness after work. I love the power of a blog. (Thanks to all my beautiful Spark Friends who commented as well!)
I've made daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and annually goals. I also made rewards for increments of five and ten pounds lost. I will post those either tomorrow or Wednesday as I would like to get a weigh in (a little nervous about this one), and it'll be the first of the month.
I'm feeling re-energized about my journey, and again, thanks to all my Spark Friends for your constant encouragement.
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