Monday, March 14, 2011
Step 1. This weekend? I ran 10.5 miles, and laid low the rest of the weekend. NO ST.
Step 2. How are your injuries, if you have any- are they healing? I have some sore muscles that need more stretching, and they have been getting it :o}
Step 3. Keep your eyes on the prize.
What's motivating you today? Feeling the sweat and power this morning at the gym.
This week? Meeting up with some FABULOUS Sparkfriends and enjoying their company. And the dress I'm wearing with the heeled boots.
This month? 1 month closer to summertime, which to me is going to = swimsuits, tanktops, shorts, skirts, and summer dresses. No sleeves, no pants, maximum skin exposure!!!
Step 4. Obstacles.
What's in your way? My head.
How do you get around it? Tuning it out with a good run.
Are you the biggest thing standing in your way? Yes. Yes, I am.
~!~ B2W Mission 8 - 3/14-3/17 ~!~
Pick one of the following that you have not dedicated a week to since starting the Balls @ the Wall Challenge:
Once you pick one, google/spark/bing a new workout for this section of your body and do it at least once between now and bedtime thursday night. Don't lose this workout, cause you will be asked to do it again on the upcoming weekend mission 9.
Pick your third favorite cardio exercise EVER and dedicate an hour to it this week. For example, if running is your all time favorite, and jump roping is your second all time favorite, but if you can't do either of those so you do jumping jacks... well then- you're going to be doing aLOT of jumping jacks.
** My third favorite cardio exercise ever is the elliptical machine. It used to be my favorite until running and spinning got in the way ;o} I will do an hour of elliptical tomorrow instead of running (which is perfect given the need to rest my hip flexor)
Renew Your Vows. Make a public statement addressing what you want, what you can do about it, and what ISN'T going to stop you. At least this week.
I want to look banging in a swimsuit this summer. I have spent the last TWO summers losing weight and toning up to accomplish this. I am ALMOST there! I am THISCLOSE, and I will not let myself stop me.
What can I do about it? I can:
have hottie Nick train me until I get where I want to be
get up every weekday morning at 5 a.m. and hit the gym a minimum of 1 hour
eat healthier more consistently
be proud of myself for my accomplishments and remind myself that I deserve to look how I feel.
drink water more
take the dog on more walks
do a plank a day, longer each time
do sit-ups with every opportunity and work on number
ditto with pushups!!!
work on less stress
What isn't going to stop me?
Fast food/junk food
Not getting up in the morning
Lack of confidence
Feelings of self-doubt/not deserving crap
Tell me what you did this last weekend if you have anything good to report.
I shoveled a lot of snow, I ran 10.5 miles, I ate great! I got a lot of sleep. I played a lot with my daughter.
As always, feel free to post pictures proving that you did what you said you did.
DONE, and in my previous blog about my run including my sweaty face ;o}
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Okay, I decided to modify the run to have the start point be my house. Not much to modify at all really, just had to run a couple of blocks out of my way.
The temp was really quite beautiful this morning when I left. It was 5 degrees, felt like 2 degrees, with minimal wind from the south, just a slight amount of snow falling. Beautiful!!!! I realized pretty much one block into the run, though, that not many people had ventured outside with their shovels or snowblowers yet (I always do mine right away for the mailman, so I did mine at 9 a.m. yesterday).
There was a lot of changing up of my running since each time I hit a drift, it was like high-kicking running, and sinking into the snow. Then, when there wasn't a drift, it was icy from the sleet that came down prior to the blizzard. Joys! I promised my husband I would come home without hurting myself, so that was a bit of added pressure ;o}
The worst, though, was next to the university park. A straight half mile of snow up past my knees. Ridiculous. And I couldn't run in the street there because that area is known for drivers not paying attention, and yes I have a fear of a hit and run ending my running forever.
When I hit 9 miles, I knew I was about a mile and a half from home, and I gauged how I was feeling. I knew I had to head home. The front of my right hip had been aching like a sore tooth since mile 7, my hamstrings were cramping up no matter how much I stretched them, and my left calf was crying. My feet? Well, can you say blisters? My shoes had been soaked from mile 2, and I had 2 pairs of socks on for the cold. Yeah, complain, complain, right?
I made the right choice. If I had pushed on, I would have had to call Corey and have him pick me up, no doubt about it!
Do I still think I can train for the marathon? Absolutely. That run today was tough, and for good reason. I will continue to try, and on April 28 I will make the choice to stay with the full or switch to the half. I am not giving up, just being realistic.
I plan on getting a personal trainer for the strength part of my workouts on Monday, a cutie with a kick-a$$ mentality named Nick. He has worked out with me before in a class, and I love his style. He's like a Bob and Jillian rolled into one. And he's cute. I need that ;o}
Here are my proof pictures for B2W:
Trying to capture my sweatiness:
Pictures from my Garmin. I love the fact that I burned 1300 calories, because I really needed to (BAD BAD BAD eating day on Friday).
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sometimes? When I really need motivation, and I need it to come from a vain/fantasty viewpoint? I imagine that I am Lieutenant Eve Dallas (if you are a JD Robb fan, you know of whom I speak).
There are a few people who think she would/should look something like this:
Yeah. Just felt like saying. Of course, on Wikipedia, her physical characteristics are noted to be 5'9" and 120 pounds with a waist of 26.2. Sure, sure.
I am drawn to her kick-butt personality :o} and how she can push through all forms of pain, whether it be emotional, physical, or mental. Yeah, she is fictional, but I like to think I have a bit of Eve in me. (this may sound nutty, but originally my daughter's middle name was to be Eve..unfortunately, her initials would then have been KEG...).
Anyone else have someone they fantastize or imagine, or whatever, being like? Am I alone on this one
Picture is taken from:
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I want everyone who reads this to pick out at least 5 words that fits you, that describes you, and realize how wonderful you are!
It is so easy,....so, so easy to think negatively about ourselves, feeling like a failure, that we are not "perfect." Who is perfect? Not me, not you, and even not those seemingly perfect women/men we see in advertisements, on TV, on the billboards.
I urge you to even pick out 10!! Because I know you can. You are amazing! :
Adorable Astute Charming
Acclaimed Bighearted Confident
Active Brave Courageous
Adventurous Bubbly Cute
Alive Calm Attractive
Amazing Blessed Bright
Artistic Classy Creative
Authentic Content Dazzling
Astounding Earnest Efficient
Beautiful Elegant Energetic
Brilliant Enthusiastic Exciting
Charitable Exultant Fit
Distinguished Funny Genius
Graceful Glowing Harmonious
Healthful Hearty Incredible
Exhilarating Genuine Honest
Independent Electrifying Exquisite
Free Generous Gorgeous
Grateful Happy Inspirational
Kind Optimistic Proud
Intuitive Jovial Loving
Productive Quiet Inventive
Intellectual Joyful Lovely
Motivating Positive Pretty
Relaxed Remarkable Revered
Spontaneous Successful Vibrant
Vivacious Welcoming Wonderous
Secure Robust Sparkling
Sincere Strong Upbeat
Victorious Wonderful Smart
Splendid Supporting Thankful
Tranquil Valued Vital
For me? I am vibrant, healthy, fit, happy, and blessed today. No negativity in my head today because I deserve happiness.
And so do you.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I ran for 6 miles today, and it was rough. My legs felt like lead and my head wasn't in it. I wanted to quit at 3 miles (rationalizing that tomorrow is a 3-mile day and I can just switch them around). I slowed to a walk while I thought about this. Then, after about 0.2 miles I bumped up to a run/jog again until I got to 4 miles. Then, I thought....ick, I am so done. But then....I don't know, I just started taking it a 2 minutes at a time, then 1 minute at a time. I can do it just one more minute. And it worked.
It is during a run like this that I become so ambivalent about my training and running a full. Like....am I physically ready? Will I ever be? Am I mentally going to be able to handle this? I have not even been running a full year yet!!! I ran for the very first time in the later part of May 2010!
And this run says that yes. Yes, I will be. I am not ready right now. That is what the training is for. But I will be ready. I will be able to push through any roadblocks and do what I am best at doing. Being a powerhouse. Or powerhorse. Whatever works. I am not a thoroughbred, I cannot run 8-minute miles. But I am the long distance runner. I can keep going. I will not stop until I cross that finish line, no matter the distance. I will not give up.
During mile 5, a great song pushed me, and that was Eminem's Lose Yourself. There was a line that said "Failure is not an option." That sounds drastic, but you know what? I will not fail, because I will be prepared. It is NOT an option.
On a related note, I am soo sooo hungry today. Thank heavens for healthy foods. For Lent, I am giving up eating out. That is needed right now. Eating out so much during a vacation and it is like an addiction. I want more. I want McDonald's, Subway, Mexican food, Chinese food, buffets, DQ, Jimmy John's, Five Guy's, all of them!!! Pizza, too.
But instead, I am having grapes, bananas, a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, carrots, and tonight I will be eating potatoes and onions with green peppers all cut up and baked with a little bit of olive oil and a ton of herbs and spices. YUMMMMMMMM. I would love to eat that with a big fat Ribeye, but I want to skip the meat today.
Well, that's my day today. ;o}
10-1/2 weeks to swimsuit season!!!! Well, at least for here. And also 10-1/2 weeks to marathon day. Yikes!!!!
P.S. I have to run 13 miles this Saturday. I'm scared. Excited. Nervous. Scared.
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