Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Managed a quick walk before the rain got here, it was touch and go there for a few minutes, thought it wasn't going to hold off but it did.
Since it was a rest day, I only needed a mile for my streak to count, I try to limit myself to 20 minutes so I won't overdo it.
I am going to be a bit of a downer for a minute...
I have been really struggling these past few days with depression, some of it is hormonal, mixed with in some homesickness. I just cannot seem to get into the holiday spirit. Saturday night on the way home, first night I have been out since after Thanksgiving, and the sight of all the Christmas lights caused a huge meltdown. Then Sunday morning, pictures were posted from a family Christmas party the night before. We haven't even put up a Christmas tree, we don't even own any Christmas decorations, and my BF isn't really much of a holiday person.
What is worse, I have been binging to the point where I am making myself sick. But it doesn't stop me from continuing to eat...then I feel even worse...other than my run or walk, I have no motivation to do anything else. I try. But I just can't focus on any one thing for very long. I want to do something, I need to do something, but nothing seems to make me feel better. The only thing that is keeping me going right now, is knowing that my daughter will be her in two weeks for a 10 day visit.
Well, that is enough negative overload for everyone...
I hope everyone has a wonderful week...
Monday, December 15, 2014
Not really sure what happened...
I had a 4 mile training run, my plan was just to run at an easy pace and walk when I needed to. I was hoping by keeping my pace easy I wouldn't need to walk. But nothing about my run was easy.
I am not sure if it was because I chose a very hilly route, the hills aren't big, there are just a lot of them, three in the first 3/4 mile. I don't usually like running this route for that reason, but again, I figured if I kept my pace easy...
I ran for just under 15 minutes before I stopped to walk, I tried a couple of different times to run, by a little over the two mile mark, I was toast. I just didn't have it in me, no matter how hard I tried, I was just exhausted.
I still got my 4 miles in, that is the important thing. I also kept the streak alive making it 15 days in my everyday in December challenge. Even passes the 60 mile mark for this month, I have a feeling I will hit 100 miles before the month is over.
One thing I have learned in all of this...there is no need to join an everyday challenge when I am already running 100+ miles a month, it's just overkill!!! I am going to try to stick it out as long as I can this month, but I'm not really sure if I will be able to. Not that I don't want to, but my body just isn't cooperating.
I played around a little bit with my scrapbooking...I am not getting pictures of my granddaughter fast enough.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Yeah, I needed to get caught up and figured I'd just throw two days into one blog.
Yesterday's run went great!!! I have to admit I was feeling a little nervous about it...it was my first 10 mile run in over a year and a half. I don't know why, I have done a couple of 9 mile runs in the last month and when you are already running 9, what's one more
The weather was gorgeous and the winds had died down a lot over night, which I was so thankful for. Last Saturday's run with the high winds was horrible and it always seemed to want to gust when I was trying to run uphill.
As always, I ran intervals. I decided on 5:1 run/walk. Like I said it went pretty well. I kept my pace easy, I wanted to make sure that I was going to make it back home. I even had enough energy left over to have my last mile be my fastest. I just wish the road around here had a lot less hills.
Even earned a few more quarters for Feeding America
Today I needed to get at least a mile in to continue my everyday challenge. I decided to keep it to 20 minutes and just to make sure, I wore jeans and uncomfortable shoes just to make sure I would go overboard.
I also haven't been feeling well today. I woke up this morning very stuffy and with sticky eyes, I just love having allergies. They have been taking the bean fields down beside my house. So when I headed out for a walk, I chose to walk in the opposite direction of the fields. Little good did it do me. On my way back home, the started taking the field down on the road I decided to walk. Within a minute, I swear I started coughing and I couldn't breath. It was miserable. And my eyes were watering so bad I looking like I bawling. I must of looked a mess because I had an elderly woman stop to ask me if I was alright. But it's done and I have taken an extra allergy pill so I can swallowing without my ears popping.
One more quarter for Feeding America
Still keeping my everyday in December streak alive, bringing my total miles for December 57.53...only 42.47 miles to go (they need to make a little emoticon of someone crawling across a finish line lol)
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
I tried to do this from my phone last night, but it was just a pain in the butt...I hate having fat fingers, auto correct and auto complete...
I waited until the afternoon to head out for my run, I figured if I was still going to have to fight the winds, I would wait until it was warmer.
The wind really wasn't too bad though, I only had to deal with it for the first mile, and by mile two I was kind of missing it. While the temps were mild the sun was hot, and silly me forgot my water bottle on the counter. I tried to keep my pace slower during my 10 minute run intervals, which really wasn't a problem during my last mile when I was really started to feel dehydrated. My mouth was dry and I was starting to feel pretty tired. I had to take a couple of walk breaks during my last run interval, but despite that I still did really good with my run. It was my fastest avg pace for that route but for some reason it wasn't my fastest run, not sure how that works but I'm really not too worried about it. One thing I did learn about running later in the day, I don't like the extra traffic. Since there is no shoulder, I am was continually running along side the road on uneven ground, I can feel my foot slide in my shoe (I need a new pair of shoes) and I am afraid one of these times I am going to twist my ankle. Drivers around here for the most part are pretty good about moving over and sharing the road with me whenever possible, but with the increased traffic it is often harder for them to move into the other lane. I do appreciate their effort.
A little peak at my interval times (don't laugh, I know I run like a turtle in PB)
Avg Pace per Mile
The terrain wasn't too bad, I ran my "easy route" again, if there is such a thing around here
And a four more quarters for Feeding America
Still on my everyday streak for December, it going better than I thought. I have even managed to put a pretty good dent in my 100 mile challenge...46.07
Even got my quick core workout in, after 4 days, I am going to need to let my abs rest...I know it's working because it burns. And my sweet BF told me my belly is looking smaller, and he doesn't usually say stuff like that. So when he notices enough to say something
Today, I am off to tackle my 10 mile training run...I am taking extra steps to make sure that I am ready for this...I am hydrating a lot and I am making sure I have ate.
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, other than my run, it is my BF first day off since Thanksgiving which means we will be spending the day veggie out on the couch watching movies while he gets to be lazy.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Yesterday was my 8yr Sparkversary, I leave but always come back. I may not be eating well or tracking my food but the support keeps me motivated and moving forward. I love the SP community!!!
I am going to be honest, I should have wrote this last night. I actually logged on several times to write it. But I hate writing blogs, I am not a very good writer and don't have these witty anecdotes to share. I just thought keeping a blog of my training would help keep me more motivated.
Since yesterday was an off day on my training, I went for a short 2 mile walk. I had no time goal and I was just going to enjoy the sunny morning. It was chilly and a little windy. The first 5-10 minutes I was really regretting my decision no to wear gloves, my finger were feeling like little popsicles...
(this was taken when I got home, it had warmed up 3 degrees since I left the house)
With yesterday being my Sparkaversary I thought I would share how far I have come. Not since 2008 when I first joined but 2010 when I was really ready to change my life. I pulled up my old data off my Garmin, on December 13, 2010 I took a walk, 1.57 miles in 31:01 avg pace 19:43, this was my typical walking pace.
My 2.12 mile walk yesterday took me 31:58 with an avg pace 15:04, which is my typical walking pace. I have to be really force myself to slow down if I want to keep my pace slower than this.
I remember when I first decided to get healthy, I had all this fitness magazines and I was always trying all these walking plans that claim to walk off # pounds by ... I would get so mad because they all said walk at a brisk pace of 4mph, no matter how hard I tried a 15:00/mi was not going to happen. I remember on day after feeling defeated after yet another attempt to try a new walking plan that said walk at a brisk pace of 4mph, I shot off the nastiest email to Prevention magazine. It was then when I realized that these plans are not one size fits all, while I would follow the basic guidelines, I would have to make these plans work for my needs, I would have to make it my plan. So what I couldn't walk 4mph, but I did walk at a pace that did challenge me, not so fast that I couldn't maintain it, but challenging enough that I would have to force it. But I made it work. And the results followed. I still do this today with all my training plans, unless you pay to have them customized, they are all just cookie cutter plans.
Now back to my walk...
I chose my route with the one hill just before my turn around so I had a little bit of challenge. I have three routes for my two mile walks, the first one is fairly flat (if there is such a thing around here), the second one (which I did yesterday) only has one real hill which peaks around 8/10 mile and once I turn around I head back uphill) and my final route is pretty hilly.
You can see the change in my pace on the way home when its all downhill
And a couple more quarters for Feeding America
I also tried to get in a little more cardio, but I wasn't feeling it. I managed 15 minutes between a couple of YouTube Zumba videos, each just one song. I even tried a walking video, I wasn't feeling it.
I did get my core workout in. I have a little workout that I started a couple of days ago and while it is short, it had my core burning...Right now I am doing two rounds with no break between exercises and no break between rounds.
15 bicycle crunches
15 leg raises with reverse crunch
after I finish my rounds I do a 2 minute plank.
My goal by the end of December is to be doing 3 rounds of 20 reps for each exercise and a 3 minute plank.
I will be back today with info on how today's 4 mile run goes, I haven't decided how I am going to do it yet.
I hope everyone has a great day.
One last thing before I leave...hear is a little before and after pic, the before is from 2011 and the after was taken 2 months ago...
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