Sunday, April 14, 2013
I did it! I ran my first half marathon! I say first here, because I am definitely running another one!
The raced started at 7am just over the bridge to the OBX. We started out pretty slow (10 minute miles). My friend and I needed to pee around mile 2 (yes, that early haha), so J kept running while we stopped at the porta potties. We stuck together for the next 7 miles. We talked to someone who had a Garmin around mile 7 and she said we were running 9 minute miles at that point. When running around the Wright Brothers Memorial, we camp up to the 9 mile marker and saw J ahead of us! We tried to catch up for about a mile, and my friend ran ahead to catch up with him. I tried to catch up, but they were going pretty fast.
I turned on my ipod before mile 10 and just kept going. Honestly, I was running pretty fast. Faster than I'd run on any longer training runs. I kept that pace for most of the last 4 miles until I reached the finish line. The last mile was on a trail through the woods. Sweet!! J and I did most of our training runs on trails through the woods (not a lot of safe places to run on roads around here). There were a lot of small hills in the woods and a lot of people started walking. I just kept going, knowing the finish line was close. The song Bodies by Smashing Pumpkins came on my ipod and I just sped up. I ran up a hill and came around the corner to see the finish line at the bottom of the hill. I ran full throttle to the finish line.
Chip time was 2:00:45! Yes, if I hadn't stopped and had to wait for someone else to get out of the porta potty, I would have made it under 2 hours. Definitely a goal for my next race.
I also tried to load a picture and it's too large, so once I figure out how to make it smaller, I'll post it on here.
Monday, April 01, 2013
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Follow half marathon training plan without missing a run
*Incorporate strength training at least 2x per week
*Eat mindfully. Taste each bite. Slow down. Realized when I'm full.
*Think before you eat.
*dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week (can split up if needed)
* MEAL PLANS!!
I'm still doing my 10 minutes daily exercise streak! For the past 2 weeks, I've been having trouble with getting out to run, and covering my mileage while running. I've missed a few runs and had a really bad run Wednesday and even worse run Saturday. I've been doing well incorporating strength training, although I haven't been in the gym much (doing more videos). I've also been doing some ab videos online and in the gym , so I think I've met my 45 minutes goal (or at least made a huge leap towards it!). Food-wise, I've been all over the place. I haven't been within my calorie range in about 2 weeks. Seriously, that long. I've also had quite a few days in the past 2 weeks where I haven't tracked. Of course, were are my worst days too! I have tracked pretty religiously for the past year, so not tracking is pretty bad for me.
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Download new music for ipod.
* Find new running routes, videos, workouts etc.
*Dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week
* 15 pushups per day (450 for the month).
* 15 squats per day (450 for the month).
*Dedicate time to eating each meal. Stop multitasking and just eat (no tv, work, computer etc).
*Track all food daily.
* MEAL PLANS!!
My plan for the month is to like exercising again! I do not want it to feel like a chore. I also want to put a larger emphasis on tasting my food, not just scarfing it down. I'd like to eat my lunch outside if it's nice or turn off my monitor at work and concentrate on the my meal. And plan my meals! I honestly eat much less when I plan my meals.
Friday, March 29, 2013
I really didn't over-do it with food, but man I drank a lot. There is literally a bar like every 5 feet in Charleston. We walked a lot (one day we walks probably 3 miles in rain boots). My feet weren't happy, but I'd rather walk in rain boots than have wet feet and wet jeans. I only got one run in while we were there, but better than zero. I almost got blown over a few times because I ran along the harbor (they had wind advisories on weather.com- gusting to 45mph!).
I had my interview yesterday for the new job mentioned in last week's blog. I have mixed feelings on how it went. On the positive side, it would entail maybe 5% of my time going towards aircraft noise and the rest doing things I like (sweet!). It sounded like I would have to take a pay cut, though, as they described me as "changing careers" and becoming "entry level." Of course that's speculation on my part. I should hear something back by Tuesday.
I went for the worst run ever on Wednesday. J and I set out to run the bike path at the park near our house, which is a 5.3 mile loop. I stopped around mile 3, tried to run a few times after that, but was just dying. I've run this loop many times before, so I'm not sure what the deal was. Lots of mental anguish and lots of cramping. I'm attributing it to improper fueling for the previous 4 days... (body does not run on alcohol...).
I think I need a major overhaul on my workout schedule. I need to branch out. I'm definitely in a rut. I'd really like to get back into HIIT, but every time I say that, nothing happens. I will be incorporating it into my plan after the 1/2 marathon (April 14th!). I don't want to mess anything up with that. I had a dream that I was running so slow that I got kicked off the course. We can probably interpret some Freudian reasoning for that dream, but I'm not going there.
Again, all over the place. No meal plans in sight. Ok, maybe a little dramatic. We did plan breakfast, lunch and snacks on the trip, so I did get some healthy food into me. Planning to plan something out for next week so I get some semblance of stability in my life. I definitely need to plan dinners for when J is working. I grazed ALL night last night! From the time I got home until I went to bed. I think I would be more satisfied with a meal.
Geez, that was really whiny. Sorry! I needed to get that out...
Let's end this on a positive note:
I have a job
I have been eating mostly health foods
I have been seeing/ talking to my friends more often
I'm seeing my family this weekend
I'm still within my "normal" weight fluctuation
Pandora radio is free :)
Today is FRIDAY!!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
First, the fun stuff: Charleston!
My BFF and I got the travel bug during winter (I'm sure a lot of people did!) and planned a trip to Charleston during her spring break (perk of being a teacher...). Charleston is known for two main things- food and history. I plan to partake in both. I am definitely worried about blurring the line between "indulging" and "over-indulging." We are bringing a lot of our own food with us to cut down on spending (both $$ and calories...).
Our hotel is smack dab in the middle of everything, so we will walk pretty much everywhere while we are there. I've also told her that I need to run on at least 2 mornings while we are there. I'm bringing my computer, so I can track food and also so I can do some workout videos.
Mind all over the place:
I've started the lovely process of looking for a new job. The best time to find a new job is while you have a new job, right? The prospect of having a new job is making me hate my current job even more. I have hopped onto the emotional roller coaster that is "omg this job sounds perfect for me," coupled with the disappointment of not hearing anything back. There is a company interested in me (interview next week), but the position involves 1/2 what I want to do (environmental) and 1/2 what I am currently doing (airfield noise). I'm trying to balance what I want right now versus what I want in 5 years. In 5 years, I don't think I will want to be in the new job either because of the airfield noise aspect. I don't want to be in this same boat in 5 years where I'm not satisfied.
edited: I should also add that the potential job is through the tunnel in VA Beach, so I would have to move or deal with a 1-2hour commute each way. (If you've ever drive to OBX, you know which traffic I'm talking about)
I'm also starting to not like running. It's getting to be more of a chore than a choice. I'm not sure if this stems from my having a training schedule or what. I like the long runs because I'm setting PRs every weekend, but I have to force myself to do the weekday training runs though. I'm usually thinking about trimming off some miles during my weekday runs because I'm just not into it (like yesterday). I also run in the same 4 places, so that may be part of the problem. There's not much I can do about that, though.
I've been doing more yoga lately hoping to wrangle my sleep schedule and combat the stress/anxiety of the job hunt. I really like yoga and I think it has made a big difference in my running too in terms of less soreness and better flexibility. Once I get my life to where I want it (does anyone actually achieve that?), I'd like to join a new gym that offers classes.
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