Thursday, May 03, 2012
A lot has been going on in my household that the stress level is really getting to me. We are remodeling the basement and it is just a lot to deal with. I wasn't the happiest camper and I just retreated inside to deal with it. Now that the project is almost over I feel like I can finally open back up without just constantly bitching about the basement stuff (definitely first world problems).
Well, I finally got my but in gear and completed the 10K that finished on U.S. Cellular Field (it will always be COMISKEY PARK TO ME). The course was a little strange, but I finally got the running bug back. I have now signed up for 2 more races - The Fleet Feet 10 Miler and the Chicago Women's Half Marathon. This week I run over 25 miles and believe me I already feel it!
My friends Beth and Michelle have also turned into runners and we now try to run together every Saturday. It's a really nice motivator.
To end this short and positive blog post, here is a good quote:
"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
Friday, March 09, 2012
Well, I was doing really well this week.
I had one day I went over my calorie range but I was actually over my fitness minutes for the week so I had balance. My runs were going great and I was really into the CORE challenge and the Burpee challenge.
I woke up yesterday with a severe sore throat. I was thinking allergies so I went to work. It persisted all day, even through my workout. I got home last night, ate dinner and decided to go to bed early.
I woke up several times in the middle of the night - stuffy, hot, couldn't breathe through my nose. Yup - I'm sick. I am really mad because 2 weeks ago, I was laid low with the flu. I cannot even tell you last time I was sick - let along two times in 3 weeks. Now, I did visit with my nieces both times the previous Sunday, but I am not sure if that is where I got it from.
Am I over training? I don't think so. Is it the change in weather? maybe. All I know is I have 3 miles to do today and I am not sure if I will do it or not. We shall see how I feel and if this headache ever goes away.
Even if I don't work out, I still can stay within my ranges. When I'm sick I am usually not hungry so hopefully i will hit the minimum.
Stay healthy out there everyone!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Day 15 of quitting smoking. No one has died or been injured. Yet.
I have to say, my attitude has been really bad the last two weeks. Not for any specific reason, but just trying to fight my demons on the quitting smoking thing and its making me be bitter in other areas. Like exercise. Like eating right.
I think quitting smoking, starting a running schedule and eating right is a bit much all at the same time. It takes a lot of organization to maintain each one and I feel like I am juggling.
Brian, my husband, has been great about this. I think I have been asking a bit too much from myself. The quitting smoking is going very well - I have been in two situations (one with wine, one without) with friends and I didn't crack. I want my health more.
The running schedule - not going so well. I mentally cannot get myself to do 6 miles. You know what? I'm not going to push myself. I'm going to do what I can and just go to the gym. I skipped Saturday and Sunday workouts to avoid the long run. As long as I am doing something, I am doing good!
Eating: This weekend was bad. Well, I should say, Friday was bad. Our friend in New Orleans sent us a King Cake for Fat Tuesday. It was delightful. It was my dinner. Along with 4 glasses of wine. I redeemed myself Saturday, Sunday and today. I needed to not deny myself since I am denying myself smoking. I'm fine now.
So what is my plan for the week? Well, working out 6 or 7 days a week is not going too well. My body is protesting - literally. After Friday's 24 flights of stairs, my calves were sore. As in, hobbling sore. I will stick to the running plan, but I am cutting out a day. We shall see how this works out.
I did not meal plan or make lunches for this week, but I will be going to the places that have calories listed for lunch or bring left overs (chicken stir fry tomorrow - yum!).
Breathe in. Breathe out. Move forward.
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