Friday, February 15, 2013
Heppy belated Valentines day, everyone!
This year was the first year that I refused to think of February 14th as Singles Awareness day. I'll be honest, it took some effort to avoid the inheirent bitterness that comes with being single on the most popular day about romantic love in our country.
I took a different perspective yesterday. Yesterday was all about loving me. I wore my favorite shirt, put on some jewelery (which I rarely wear) and just took care of myself. I tried to remember to smile all day. I tried to think consciously about my own happiness. I started my day as my own valentine.
The work day was long, not gonna lie. Though, it was productive. It was good.
By 5:15 I had to leave and go to meet up with the runners. After 30 minutes to go less than six miles I finally got there. I wore pink. I wore a smile. I decided to challenge myself. There were two options for this 'romantic' valentines day run - 4 miles or 6. For a moment, a brief moment, I considered doing 4. After all, it was 3 mile Thursday, I should stick to my plan?
I have never, never been so glad not to stick to plan.
I knocked out the 6 miles with the help of a very patient Full-Marathon trainee in just over an hour. 1 hour 04 minutes. Seriously!
I'm so proud.
After that run when I sat in my car and looked at my watch and saw how far I'd gone, thought about how I felt, and realized that I'm SURE I could have kept going - let me tell you, Running became my valentine.
Running gives me the most amazing gifts, too! It makes me strong. It makes me confident. It introduces me to the most amazing people. Running inspires me. Running gives me more reasons to love myself than any other person could. Best Valentine ever.
Someday, when I'm a confident runner - when I'm sure I won't struggle to complete a distance, I'll be there, in the back, with people like me now. I'll be there hanging with them so they won't be alone - just like that trainee did with me last night.
I'm feeling inspired.
This morning the scale graced me with 185.7.
Today I've also been graced with sunshine.
Today is a good day.
I hope you all are having as beautiful day as I am.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Well, guys, last night's weigh-in was as crappy as I expected.
After one month away from the Club I've maintained. Yep. No loss. No gain. Just sat flat.
I'm going to take one second to complain. I don't understand how I can not lose any weight when I literally track everything that goes into my mouth 12 out of 14 days a week. I read labels. I consider what I have budgeted. I keep within my ranges. More than that, if the BodyMedia armband is to be believed I burn, on average, 2500 calories a day. Even if I eat 2000 calories a day that's STILL a deficit (and I'm not eating 2000)...
I did get a fantastic piece of thought last night.
I already know what I need to do in order to be successful.
In fact, I already have mealplans.
I think it also comes down to getting more -daily- activity minutes. Maybe 90 minutes in one day isn't enough to make up for fifteen on another? So, the plan is two-fold.
First, I'm going to look at my three most successful weeks during the first six months and I'm going to 1) make a shopping guide out of them and 2) see what my minutes were. I was doing less in terms of distance then; but, I was also doing more in terms of days. So, this will give me a target. It may turn out that I just have to do short runs every single day of the week with a long day on the weekends to keep my mileage up.
I'll let you guys know what my plans are :)
Alright, time to get some real work done.
Hope you guys have had a better month than I have!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile!
What more do you need. I mean, really?
Monday, February 11, 2013
Welcome to Monday.
A monday where I woke up an hour and a half before my alarm due to sinus pressure. That's right, I have a nasty headcold. It started yesterday with the nasty feeling that's in that weird spot between the back of my throat / under my nose. Now it's pretty much all through my sinuses. The thing that sucks is that when I get sinus pressure my teeth hurt. I don't know why, it's just the hand I've been dealt.
Yesterday, however, was the best run I've had to date. I skipped out on Saturday's group run because it was in the blackhole of my Pittsburgh knowlege (Oakland) and it was going to be freezing. With a forecast of 22 degrees for Saturday and 45+ on Sunday - well, my choice was an easy one. I had intended to do six miles, per my training plan and I guestimated my distance. When I finished I checked my Garmin and found that I'd really done 7.74 miles! The best part? I felt STRONG. I'm also not sore today. At 93 minutes that puts me on pace for about a 2:30 half-marathon pace. I'm stoked.
In terms of weight I've stalled out. I sit currently at 185 and I know what I'm doing wrong. Let's start with Chipotle. Then add in copious candy from the jar at work. Then don't track anything for three days. Yeah, I know. I don't eat badly ALL The time - but, when I do it I apparently do it really well. I will say it's kind of disheartening to think that 1800 calories and a run mileage around 20 in a week is enough to keep me sitting at 186-188.
For the first time I'm actually doubting that I have what it takes to get down to 160.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Well, I've survived the week thus far.
Monday I did nothing but walk.
Tuesday was 5 miles of hill repeats.
Yesterday was my Cross Training Class
Today is 3 mile Thursday.
My butt and hips feel soooo sore.
So, on Tuesday night's hill repeats we ran up and down the hill 5 times. I was slow and appreciative of the faster runners who tolerated my presence. I was in the back with the rest of the 11 - 13 minute pacers. We're on repeat number 4 and of the six of them I started with five of them gave up. Well, that just lit a fire under my ass and made me HAVE to do repeat number 5. I may be slow, but I'm no quitter! I was so inspired by the girl behind me. She was probably a 15 minute pacer and all of 5 foot nothing. She was a little heavy, but she NEVER quit. Really, she inspired me.
In other news now I sit at 187 - that's two pounds up from my low of 185. I don't care, I'm just going to keep on keeping on.
Alright, time to kick work's butt!
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