Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Did Insanity and went for my two mile run.
Insanity: I did fine except I am having to skip over anything involving putting weight on the elbow, like dips or push-ups. The tennis elbow has been A LOT better lately, but it's still weak and I don't want to risk making it worse again. Tough Mudder was probably not very good for it, but I survived. It will be nice to have it completely healed, whenever that may be.
Two mile run: Felt pretty good until about a quarter mile from home when I felt something wet drip out of my nose. Naturally, I assumed it was just snot (it was dark out) and kept going. I had to stop when I was almost home and cough up because it was making me sick. Then when I went into the house I could see that it was blood, yuck. Grrr. So I let it drain until it stopped, rubbed some ointment on it, and drank some hot tea with honey and lemon.
All in all, I ate well and did my strength training and cardio both (though Insanity is really both, but oh well).
Counting down to the last day of classes, the end of the semester, the 5k on Dec. 17, Christmas, and the trail run on Jan. 7!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Today marked my first day of Insanity (again). I'm so excited to stick with everything and finally start making time goals at races that I've had for such a long time!
I ate well (as far as I know. . .though I keep feeling like I didn't, but I tracked everything!).
I am getting ready to go for a nice 9:30 p.m. 3 mile run in the cold rain! There's just something exhilarating about running in non-ideal conditions! :)
I WILL DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Insanity pics will be coming soon, just need to get a friend to take them. It's a weird favor to ask, what can I say?
It's crunch time this semester--two more weeks, then finals. But, I'm gonna make it through.
'Bout damn time I start making goals!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
My new Insanity videos came, so now that Iím healed up from the Tough Mudder and back from traveling, Iím excited to restart the Insanity workout. I really enjoyed it before, and hopefully it will help.
I would like to share what BILL60 wrote on a recent blog of mine in regards to Tough Mudder: ďGreat humbling experience. It appears that you learned some great lessons. Apply them and become what you want to become. Good luck!!Ē
I love that! I love that what he said is so simple, but so right on!
I am so happy with how far I have come from last year. No, I havenít lost weight or reached a goal. But, I have shown endurance and determination.
This week, I am trying to look at Hal Higdonís running plan (which I found on google) and prepare for the 5k on Dec. 17.
Week 2 28-Nov 29-Nov 30-Nov 1-Dec 2-Dec 3-Dec 4
3 mile 10 X 200 800 pace rest or easy run 40 min rest 6 mile 85 min
Week 3 5-Dec 6-Dec 7-Dec 8-Dec 9-Dec 10-Dec 11-
3 mile 8 x 400 mile pace rest or easy run 35 min rest 6 mile 90 min
Week 4 12-Dec 13-Dec 14-Dec 15-Dec 16-Dec 17-De
2 miles 6 x 200 rest or easy run rest or easy run rest Race!
Then, Iíll do Insanity when Iím able to have the garage free or go up to the gym!
Like BILL60 said, I learned a lot from Tough Mudder. I can and will do this! Itís time to make a change and start getting faster and in shape!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I keep looking at is as something to get through, foodwise and everything else. I am not looking forward to it.
Let's just say who knows what drama my sister is gonna pull this year. I most certainly don't.
And I don't want to overeat, not 'cause it makes one gain weight, but because I don't LIKE to overeat. I'm past that, you know? . . .Plus, I don't feel like eating gross food I don't want to eat.
Wouldn't it be nice in life if you could do the things that y0u want to do?
Grr. Well, I just gotta weight for my laundry and then go. Might snuggle a few minutes with my dog--that'll make me feel better.
Monday, November 21, 2011
What a great experience! I am pretty bruised up!
I owe a big ďTHANK YOUĒ to all of my teammates today. They were all so wonderful, warm (and obviously I donít mean temperature wise!), and inspiring to be around. Regardless of what the future holds for us, I know we all share a special bond after this experience.
When you first sign up for a Tough Mudder, people respond by asking either if you are crazy or why you would do such a thing.
Without denying the craziness of myself and my fellow teammates, I would like to mention a few things I learned from the Tough Mudder.
1)Trustóyour teammates are holding your life in their hands (or your ankles and other bones)
2) Overcome fears-- Without the coaxing and encouraging of my teammates, I never would have made it through. I could have just stayed in the Chernobyl Jacuzzi!
3)Mind over matteróitís amazing what we are truly capable of accomplishing if we just give ourselves the chance! I did not realize that submersing myself in an ice bath would cause so much pain. I swam to the other side, and when I was on the ladder getting out, I could not breathe. I felt awful! But my teammates that had gone before me grabbed my hands and helped me out. They said, "Go dance and do some jumping jacks to get you warmed up!" And, once I did, I was fine.
I would also like to mention that I felt really bad throughout the experience. Yes, I enjoyed it, but I really wish I had been in better shape. My teammates are all in amazingly kick butt shape, and so I was the only one who wasn't in tip top shape. I know they are not mad at me for this, but I feel like i let them down quite a bit. I held them back. This was my first time doing something like this on a team, and I am so grateful that my teammates were so reassuring to me. But at the same time, they deserve better. So, here is my vow to myself: I will train, train, train. I will be in better shape physically. I will get my act together. I've been running seriously since April 2010. It's about time I start getting my time and weight loss goals.
My next race is a small one (less than 70 people) on Dec. 17. It's a 5k. I am looking forward to training really hard so that I may someday get my 5k time goal of under 30 minutes. Yes, I know that's slow. But, you gotta start somewhere. My fastest was at 34:52, I believe. My next race will then be a trail run on Jan 7. I am looking forward to not getting a DNF (last time I finished, but I finished 8 minutes too slow to get an actual finish!). Then I will plan on doing a 5k in March, where hopefully, if I work extremely hard, I can get under my 30 minutes!
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