Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm sooooooo over treadmills! I know they serve their purpose BUT sheesh I feel like I'm going nowhere very, very fast! (Literally!)
So, I successfully finished my first week of half marathon training last week entirely on treadmills. That's right, I did workouts on my home treadmill & the gym treadmill. I am pleased that I got them done & happy that I was able to check those workouts off my training schedule BUT that is where the satisfaction ended. You see, I cannot get over the hampster wheel feeling & I've tried EVERYTHING to keep myself distracted while completing these workouts! I've gotten so desperate now that I now blast the I-POD, watch TV AND sing at the top of my lungs to get me through these workouts! NOTE: I do forgo the singing part at the gym as not to encourage stares but the other day I was singing so loud in my basement that my DH came running down the stairs because he thought I was injured or something (LOL!). There is nothing interesting about a treadmill...Period! Not to make it all sound negative though because I will say that the home one is extremely convenient & an awesome thing to have especially when you are trying to squeeze in a good workout in a small time frame. I think I just may kind of frustrated with all of this treadmill work because it's all I've done for the last 3 weeks or so when typically I only do 1 or 2 days of it...
Soooooo, all of this has prompted me to explore something new. The entire reason that I've decided to do my training indoors on the treadmills is due to the snow & ice conditions still present in my local neighborhood. I don't want to fall & risk injury by running outside right now. The other reason was my ridiculous stance that I took after my Norfolk 10M race in which I proclaimed that since it was soooo bitterly cold I would NOT run outside until March. BUT, I'm thinking if I just explored a little bit more I may be able to locate a track that has been pretty well salted & cleared by now, I just have to look. AND, maybe the cold isn't so bad so perhaps I should just stop being a crybaby & suck it up (don't quote me on that part!). I'm doing this today because I refuse to suffer through 7 miles on the treadmill!!!
Anyhow, beyond that, week 1 of January goals I'm looking okay...
1. Did half marathon training...I think I beat that one to death!
2. Eating...did really well until Friday but we had a celebration that included dinner & karoake at work
3. Participation in challenges...still logging in my PP January Challenge
4. Swimming...yeah, still lazy there, only 1/2 hour last week but this week I did 50 minutes...woohoo
5. Redecoration project...bought new bed, bureau, comforter set for baby, painting this weekend
Well Happy Track Hunting to me!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
So, part of my half marathon program that I have started this week includes some speedwork...I'm new to this. Typically when I train for most races I just train for mileage at a reasonable pace. When I saw that this program included some different things I was pretty excited but now I think I may be a bit skeptical soooooo I'm hoping some of you runners out there can tell me if it's the real deal...
So, I was supposed to do 7 repeats of .25 miles at a very fast pace. I did this last night but instead I did .30 on my treadmill because I thought that this would be a piece of cake! It was tough to sprint so fast for each interval! Harder than I initially thought that's for sure! BUT you could rest in between which was oh so nice, which I did. That part was really nice. However, by the end of this training session, total miles only amounted to slightly over 2.5 miles which is really not much. So I put in another 6 or so minutes just to make it 2.9 miles but I really felt like that wasn't a real deal workout. I KNOW I did not burn as many calories as I typically do when I put in a lot of miles or go to the gym but as much as I felt like a big slacker, it was what the training called for & who am I to argue with the experts, right?
So, I guess my question is does speedwork work? I mean does it really result in increased race speeds? I know that I see a lot of people do it, most of the time on the track & these people definitely look like the opposite of slackers but I just want to make sure that I'm putting in 100% for each training run & if I feel like it's really not an exertion of that much energy, that many miles & doesn't burn as many calories it just makes me questions it's effectiveness...
Friday, January 01, 2010
I'm really excited about starting a new year & the prospect of sooooo many new adventures that await! As much as I was so OVER 2009, the year wasn't oh so bad...here are the Spark highlights...
- I exercised consistently the entire year!! Although I love to work out I've never been so good about keeping up with a routine & this year I actually did. Now it's like breathing, I know that I have to put in at least an hour workout 5 sometimes 6 times per week. It's amazing to me that this is now a lifestyle whereas in the past I've tried every fad workout under the sun - I'm talking Tae Bo, Boot Camp, Hip Hop or whatever famous celebrity was promoting a workout tape of the moment - & maybe stuck with the routine religiously (almost fanatically) for a good 3 months before resuming my couch potato lifestyle. This year I even started working out on the weekends & believe it or not, it's been fun! I feel stronger & in more shape than ever before! Oddly enough I haven't even gotten sick in 2009 which secretly I attribute to this exercise thing.
- I watched what I ate the entire year! Now let me explain because sometimes that meant that I watched the chocolate cake & chips go into my mouth (HAHA!)...what I mean is that 2009 is the first year that I was mindful of trying to have a healthy diet & worrying about my portions. Never in my life has this been a concern. A lot of that I credit Sparkpeople with because once you log in it's impossible to ignore your bad food choices. Especially when everyone here is talking about it whether it be good, bad or ugly. In the past I have had crap-o-la diet habits & this year, although I fell of the wagon quite a bit, I got right back on & put in a great deal of good days which I'm sooooo proud of. & this has really paid off! Up until the end of 2008 I needed to lose about 10lbs, I wasn't in the greatest shape after baby #2 & now I can go to the store, purchase a size 6 & not even worry about it.
- I fell in love with running races! I did my first 5K back in March of 2009, it was a thrilling experience & I have been addicted ever since! I've had my highs (hello Norfolk 10M Road Race & Artistry in Motion 10K!) & my lows (yeah, that's you Down & Dirty Duathlon & L'il Rhody Runaround...BOO!) but I wouldn't change a thing...it's been a fun ride! Can't wait to see what's in store in 2010 but I'm ready for whatever comes my way!
- I became a swimmer(?) or something like that! In any case, when I started 2009 I hated the water & now I drag my sorry behind every Monday (of all days huh?) to see Coach Andrew for swim lessons. This is something that I never thought I would do & I'm still sticking with it. I'm getting better(?) & closer to my tri goal!
- I became not just a typical runner BUT a physically fit runner! I finished C25K at the very end of 2008 & in 2009 I got to show my stuff. The program taught me the technique & now I have discovered my passion for it. I've run further than I ever thought I could & I'm amazed still that if you just put one foot in front of the other your body will do all the work. Had I known about this running thing & all it's benefits & rewards years ago OMG I would be an Olympian by now! - OK maybe I'm exaggerating a bit but I would have been really good! Now I feel like I've begun a running "career" & I can't wait to see how far I can go!
So, for 2010 here are my goals
- Run in a half marathon - planning to do the New Bedford one on 3/21
- Reach the holy grail - DO A TRI! Just a sprint one - so far I've picked out the Oh My Goddard one in June...I'm scared about this one but I need to find a really good training program to get me there. There are a lot of things that I don't know about tri's, equipment, something about "brick" training so I hear but that is why I have this wonderful Spark resource because you Sparkers are athletes!
- Keep on, keeping on with my races! When the weather gets a bit nicer at least 2 per month during the season. I may have to modify this a bit around tri-time but I had a good time last year doing races even just 5K's (I LOVE how I belittle 5K's like they're such a cake walk when I only ran my first one in 2009!). Contemplating even freezing my butt off & doing some races in February even though I said I wouldn't...
- Going to give it my all in the eating department, just like last year I am going to be mindful of my food choices & do my absolute best to make sure that I'm putting in my body good food on most days.
- Going to sculpt the guns! I need some upper body strength people, I have chicken arms seriously! From running they are really small now but I want arms that will give me an excuse to point just so that I can flex them! I will be incorporating dreaded weights into my routine at least 3x per week.
- Crunch time, at least 100 crunches per day. Even though I am most insecure about my stomach I ignore it quite a bit. When I go to the gym I put in ab work but during my normal run days I just skip it & really it's the area in which you typically see results the quickest but that would be if I were actually doing something huh?
- 2 hours of swimming per week...this was not my goal this was the Manager from Envious Swimming's recommendation last week when Andrew wasn't there & she matter of factly told me that swim lessons one time per week with Andrew weren't going to get me to the level I need to be to do a tri...so I'm facing the music & I'm going to do it...this will be the hardest challenge!
- I will participate in Spark challenges for at least 7 out of the 12 months this year! Challenges keep me motivated & actually force me out of slumps (i.e. November 2009) & secretly I'm a competitive person (shocking I know!) so it's good for me.
- Since my goals are so cumbersome I'm going to break them down each month & each month I will blog & plan my monthly goals. This worked really well for me in December & help me with my procrastinating tendencies because all of the physical goals that I've listed are fairly long term & I'll need to have mini-milestones along the way to achieve them.
Well I think that's about it...ah, the possibilities! Here's the the New Year!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I am pleased to report that the Christmas holiday for all it's running around, stress & shopping was a success! It is now confirmed that I have the MOST spoiled kids in the whole wide world & the gifts to prove it! Seriously, this year as much as I stressed before the holiday, which I always do - things went surprisingly well! Christmas Eve we had our annual get together at my Uncle's house. It is always a good time & one of the few times in which our family actually gets together for anything BUT be that as it may it can be stressful too...how should I put this delicately, I come from a very vocal family so it can be very catch/miss as to how the event pans out. This year, minimal drama...HOORAY! AND for Yankee Swap I actually got the #1 which meant that I went home with a gift that I actually wanted, this never happens to me! AND my husband got #17 which was the second highest number which meant another gift that I wanted...HOORAY! The gift though that no one seemed to want though was the Snugglie...go figure!
Christmas morning was lots of fun with the kids opening their gifts. My little one is actually at the age now where he can oooohh & ahhhh about his new presents...too cute! My oldest got everything under the son as according to his well-documented list for which he provided. I got a Pandora bracelet from DH which I wasn't even sure what that was as I'm not a jewelry kind of person but apparently it's a pretty swanky gift.
Christmas afternoon I held up my end of the bargain for my December goals & went to La Salette... ! Later on in the evening we did what I LOVE to do for Christmas which may seem a bit strange, we went out to eat to a Chinese restaurant, they are the only restaurants open you know & I'm a huge fan of going there for some odd reason...
As for the rest of the goals...
Watch a Christmas movie - wasn't a great one, I'm talking "Prancer Returns" but I did catch some of "A Christmas Story" & my personal fav "Elf"
EATING - Well...oh well is all I can say to this one, I started out the week strong even bragging about my brownie perservance & by Wednesday when I had to deal with a stressful work situation, it was time to bring on the cookies! I didn't overdo it too much but I didn't underdo it either. Christmas Eve brought some yummy things but not too much in the dessert department more like just ham & mashed potatoes which is okay. Christmas was a sodium filled day. The long weekend was a non-stop fast food adventure. EH, I'm getting full just thinking about this! BUT (Bring on the rationalization!) - I DID run all last week. That's right...even on Christmas Eve (PLUS I had to shop that day!) I put in an hour treadmill run, I took Christmas day off but that Saturday I went outside for a good 6 mile run...so all is not lost right?? This week I did a-okay all day yesterday but another situation arose today (blame transferring again!) & so I ate buffalo wings & french fries of all things! So with this being said for this goal I would give it 1/18 !
Moving forward though...I'm thoroughly excited about the New Year approaching! 2009 started out kind of rough but this year I can already tell it's going to be different! Reading everyone's blogs about their goals & their year in review has gotten me psyched too! I'm trying to come up ith some really good stuff to make sure that this new year will count!
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