Monday, May 21, 2012
Well I didn't start over my running training like I blogged before. That would have been a good thing. Instead, I've pretty much stopped running the past week and I only got in 2 runs the week before. I did press the little button to start over the training, but I've pretty much ignored the daily e-mails on what my "training" is for the day.
I was actually going to run on Mother's Day, but it rained all day. My family ended up coming to my house (we were planning to go to the lake), which meant a quick clean-up. My sister & niece had all the food, but the house was a mess! DH invited everyone over and then he went to work! He did manage to motivate the girls to clean the house before everyone came (about 8 extra people), so it ended up being a nice day.
Last Monday, my sister and I played DD#2's softball team in a Mother/Daughter game. I haven't played softball in almost 2 years (tendon injury and we didn't get a league together this year), but us "old folks" looked pretty good. We beat the 13/14 year olds soundly. I played 1st base and did a lot of stretching and a lot of batting/running. I was very sore for 2 days. My sister and I walked for 2 miles on Wednesday to stretch out the muscles (I don't think I could have run) and then I ran for about 2 miles on Thursday. It started storming, but I don't really think I could have run any more. I did get in a 11+ min. mile to prepare for my "Fun Run" on Saturday.
DD#2's softball team had a tournament game on Friday and if they had won, my Saturday morning would have been chaotic (3 things going on at once and DH had to work). They lost, so it made things easier. I volunteered to register at the 5K at my church and run the Fun Run. I wish I could have done the 5K because it was a pretty flat course and most of the times were pretty quick. I ran the Fun Run with DD#3 who wanted to walk while eating a snocone. I bribed her to throw out the snocone (by buying her another one after the race) so we started out kinda walking and then running. I did the mile in 11:22, so that was pretty good for me.
Yesterday DD#2 had Allstar practice @ 6:30 and I was going to run then. We had another big storm come in at 5:30 and it rained out practice. It stormed until 7:30, so that ended my run.
I have one more week of chaos. DD#2 won Saturday, so they play tonight (I thought for sure they would be done in 2!) and DD#1 has to work. Tomorrow is another potential game and if they win that, they'll play Wednesday. I honestly don't think this team can win anymore, but I was wrong on Saturday (we have very weak pitching and the coach is clueless - he almost blew the game on Saturday by 2 really dumb base running decisions - even one of the umpires commented on it).
The girls are out of school after this week and I'm on vacation next week! DD#1 has her Confirmation on Memorial Day and then we have some "staycation" plans next week. I'll be getting in plenty of exercise. DH played touch football with some "youngsters" from work on Sunday and he said he didn't do as well because he hasn't been running and our eating hasn't been the best.
So, although the summer is looking to be pretty busy with camps, work, basketball/softball "open gym/field days, etc., we're determined to get back on a schedule with our exercise and especially the eating! We actually made out a meal plan yesterday and DH is going to the grocery store this morning before he goes in to work.
So, I'll "bite the bullet" again on Wednesday when I weigh and I'll just have to reset my goals for June and the rest of the summer! I'm going to stop using the term "start over" since this is my lifestyle and a journey and if things don't go as planned, I'll just make a new plan and go from there!
Friday, May 11, 2012
My blog on Monday had me questioning whether to start over with my 5K "training". I signed up for an online intermediate training program back in March to improve my 5K time to under 36 min. I soon found out after a couple of weeks that I was not quite at "intermediate" level. After 3 weeks, it has you running for an hour and a lot of hard "tempo" runs. I do enjoy the different workouts, so I don't want to abandon the training entirely. I really would like to get past Week 3.
It's been almost 2 weeks since I actually ran and over 2 weeks since I've weighed myself. I won't go into all the reason/excuses, except to say May is simply chaotic! My husband has been working a lot of nights (again, not overnight, so we're thankful for that), but he's not home in the evenings, which leaves me to do all the running around. We end our school year in May, so everything is being crammed into 1 month!
Anyway, to get myself "back on track", I weighed yesterday morning and was surprised to see that I actually lost 2 lbs. Granted 2 weeks ago I had recorded a gain, so now I'm not quite back to "square one". I have about 4.6 lbs. to loose instead of 6 to get back to my lowest WW weight (and 2.6 lbs. to get back to my WW goal). Still in the healthy range and still managed to loose .5 inches in my waist.
I know that trying to keep up with this training is the main reason I'm not gaining weight. Again, it's motivating me to get 5 days of 30+ mins. of exercise a week. So, I clicked the little button and started my training back over (it will "ask" you if you mean to start over!) Yesterday was a 30 min. run and after almost 2 weeks, it was hard. This week and next week I really want to work on having a fast mile because I'm running a "Fun Run" next Saturday at church with my Girl Scout troop and I want to be faster than the girls (and other parents)!
This weekend is jammed packed again. Tomorrow my company is hosting a client appreciation event. I have to be at the park @ 10:30 and stay until 2:30. I would have liked for the whole family to go and make a day of it (nice park with lots to do), but DH & DD#1 have to work. DD#1 got her first job at a local pizza place & she loves it! (she's 16, but she can't drive yet, so we have to get her there & pick her up). DD#2 has a softball game, so only DD#3 and a friend are coming. We'll have to leave right after the event so I can go to DD#2's game (a little late) and pick up DD#1 from work.
Sunday (Mother's Day), DH has to work, but he'll be able to help the girls make me breakfast (after sleeping in) and then DD#2 has All Star softball practice. My niece is having a cook-out at the lake, so we'll go to that after practice.
Happy Mother's Day to all!
Monday, May 07, 2012
If anyone reads my blogs, they're probably thinking "this chick is wishy washy" and "boy does she have the excuses", but I'm not sure where to go right now with my running. I blogged before about burn-out and how hard the runs have become. But I know the running has been instrumental in keeping the weight off. I'm also proud of how far I've come. 1 year ago I was about half way through with my C25K program and was probably maybe running for 10 mins. Now I can run for 40+ and 3+ miles. I'm not fast and it's not easy, but I'm doing it.
My quandary right now is it's been over a week since I've even run! Last week was a nightmare with kid's activities (I can't even remember what I did, but running wasn't one of it). I spent the weekend at Girl Scout camp with DD#3 and 9 other 11 year olds. I got plenty of exercise - canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, letterboxing (kind of like geo-catching) and a lot of walking. I really did plan to get a run in yesterday, but by the time we got home, emptied out the car and showered, I had to take DD#2 to softball All Star try-outs. I could have run, they were being held at my running park, but it was hot and I was tired! 2 nights of little to no sleep will do that to you.
Now I've had a week of no running and bad eating (won't even get into that!). This week won't be much better. I won't even list what I have going on, but I don't foresee getting a run in until Wednesday, which means I'm 2 weeks off of my "training schedule". This training schedule is a really good guide and it has kept me motivated to run and do cross-training. I also got some good advice before about taking a guilt free week off from running, just keep moving. I've also gotten advice about strength training (which I haven't done).
So, I ate my healthy breakfast this morning, packed my healthy lunch (just finished my carrots) - can't do anything about what I ate last week. And, I'm going to start my training over again - yes again! It just means restarting a date in the computer. I'm not really starting over, because this is a journey and a life style. If I need to try something different or tweak what I'm doing, that's o.k.
Monday, April 30, 2012
I finally got my 30 min. run in on Wednesday. I had a "tempo run" scheduled for Thursday, but when I got home from work, I just wasn't in to it. DD#2 was going to go with me, but she had Career Day and spent the whole day on her feet with Dad and her left foot was swollen. Unfortunately she has feet just like her Dad (flat, with no arches). She's the athletic one and suffers quite a bit from this. Anyway, since she wasn't going with me, I felt even less like going. At the last minute, I decided to ride my bike instead. I figured this was better than nothing! I haven't ridden my bike in a while, so I dusted it off, pumped up the tires and loaded it into DH work van. I really enjoyed that ride. I took my old 3 speed bike (although I think it's broken and I could only ride in 1 speed - good thing the trail was fairly flat) and rode 6 miles. I peddled the whole time (about 40 mins.), so I was getting a work-out!
Friday was an off day and we had to get DD#1 & #2 ready for their "homeless experience" on Saturday. It's with the church youth group and they had to spend 24 hours in a cardboard box. They had to solicit donations before and during the event (parking lot of a grocery store). DH dropped them (and their huge box) off @ 6:30 a.m. We stopped by later that morning to drop off donations (they get points on how much donations they get and they get to eat based on that) and then DD#3 and I went back for Mass in the parking lot later that evening. The event was held later (usually in March) and it's usually very cold. It was very hot on Saturday, we almost broke a record (85+). Later Saturday afternoon, DD#3 and I took a walk with the dog (cross training day), but as usual, I ate badly on Saturday.
Sunday morning DH picked the girls up @ 7:00 a.m. and we made them a big breakfast (they had very little to eat). The ate, showered and went to bed! Then DH, DD#3 and I went to religious ed. We got home at 10:00 and DH went to work. I decided to run then because it was going to be another hot one. At 10:30, it was already 75+. The trail was already crowded and I saw a few people I knew. It was really another hard run for me. To make this long story short, I think I must be getting burned out on running! I'm barely making 3 miles and it seems like a struggle the whole time. I keep making excuses on why this is getting harder and I'm not improving, but I think part of it is I'm burned out! I really don't want to stop, because I've worked so hard. I want to finish this training, although I have over 4 weeks to go. Next week will start to be real hard and I'm not sure I can keep up. I'm not going to start over again, I'm just going to do the best I can.
I might have to incorporate something else in this summer, but not completely stop running. It was really hard last summer to keep it up with the heat. What do other people do when they feel "burned out"!?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I'm sure all parents can relate to this. Why do the school systems cram everything possible in at the end of the school year?! As soon as Spring Break is over, it's 2 months of chaos. First the CRCT's and it doesn't end until the last day of school - 5th grade trip, 8th grade trip, Field Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, 8th Grade Formal, Jr. Beta Induction - the list goes on! And this doesn't include any "extra curricular activity", school work, and trying to get them to study for all the finals. These people have kids too, don't they get it?
Anyway, I blogged before that DH and I try to "divide & conquer" and get to all the events, but we're going to have to call in for some reinforcements the next couple of weekends. To top it off, DH started a side job and will be working on his days off and some nights. I can't complain, because the money is good, but it does add to the stress. Not to mention making it harder to do my running training. I was supposed to do a 30 min. run on Monday, but DD#2 had a softball game and it was too late (and too cold!) after the game, plus I had to go to the grocery store. Yesterday was an "off" day, so I was going to do it right after work - wrong! I had to run by the craft store and pick up some stuff for the Girl Scout meeting (I forgot I had volunteered to do the SWAP and I didn't have anything for it!) and again, too late after the meeting. DH didn't get home from side job until 9:30 p.m.
I should be able to go tonight. DH will be home and the only thing we need to do is take DD#1 to fill out a job application (she got a lead on a job @ a pizza place) and get DD#3 ready for her 5th Grade trip tomorrow.
DH and I decided to not run in the 5K on Saturday. I really wanted to do this one because it goes through a local quarry, but it would be too much (we have to get DD#1 & #2 to a church thing by 7 a.m. and not sure if we could make it to the race), and not worth the stress of rushing. I think I have a 45 min. run scheduled that day, so I should be able to get it in later in the day. DD#1 & #2 will be at the church thing (a homeless experience) until Sunday morning, so that only leaves me with 1 kid most of Saturday!
I'm trying to not let my full plate get to me. I made the girls chicken nuggets last night. I know, not the most healthy, but it wasn't fast food and they had corn/peas and strawberries (instead of french fries!). I had a quick salad (and a couple of nuggets - the good Tyson ones!)
I watched the Biggest Loser last night and this season is "No Excuses", although these people seem to be full of them! But it is a good reminder that you can find time to exercise and eat right. So I'm trying to "stay the course"!
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