Monday, August 25, 2014
I haven't run with my group in over a year and a half because of an injury & then homeschooling my daughter last year. Well, today she started back to school! A new school since we moved... & it's her first year of high school! How did that happen?
I've been running well for about 6 weeks & building my weekly long runs. My last run was on Saturday and I did 7 miles! I was a little disappointed that I only averaged 13 mins/mile while I had averaged 12 mins/mile the previous week for a 6 mile run. However, each run is different! And, I'd taken my daughter to a concert the night before & was up until 2 am & only got 5 hours of sleep. So, I'll not worry about it!
Some good news: I'm now down 10 pounds from my recent high in December!!! WooHoo!!!
And, other good news: I re-joined the running group I was with a couple of years ago. I debated & debated about joining. First of all, they don't start until 8:30 & I could be done by then! And, it's HOT here in Texas so that really matters! Also, they are a pretty fast group (compared to me) & it bothers me & makes me feel slow. But, I like the safety aspect of running with a group. And, I like that they push me... though sometimes it might be too much. I have to watch myself!
I did 3 miles today (the choices were 2, 3 & 7). My average pace was 11:20, which is about what I've been doing on my short runs. But, at times we were running close to 10 min miles which is too fast for me. At about the 2 mile point, I walked & was on my own for the last mile.
But, I talked to an 'old' friend & she encouraged me to come back. She takes walk breaks, too, and runs a little slower. She was only doing 2 today & I didn't run with her.
Sorry I feel so scattered brained in this post! I'm excited about running. And, I'm excited my daughter's in school & I have a few hours to do the things I need to do... & want to do! But, first a lot of 'need to do' things. So, I'm off to shower & get things done!
Wishing you all a wonderful, healthy day!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
It has been a tough few months... as we moved for the first time in more than 17 years! I don't feel completely settled in & I have some work to do on the old house still, but we are moved. And, I've been running consistently now for a month. I miss my SP friends & the support & just sharing the good & the bad. So, I'm back! And, I'm training again... this time for a 10 mile race in October. It's my second time to run this race, & I want to PR!
It has been REALLY hot here! I did my long run today, 6 miles, & the heat index was in the mid-80's even at 7 am! But, I had a wonderful run. Last week I did a 5 miler & it was really tough & I had to walk a LOT. So, it was thrilling to have such a great run today.
I've been having a lot of great runs:
One of them was a modified 1/4 mile repeat. Instead, I was running for 3 minutes at a time, then walking for one. But, I was going for speed. I ended up averaging 11:15 minutes a mile which is a wonderful time for me! And, the last mile was under 11:00!
The other run was on a treadmill. It's the first time I've been to a gym in many months! I was doing 3 minute repeats on those, too, but each time I'd make the treadmill go faster. I did two of those at 11:06, then two at a click faster, & two faster, & the last two were at 10:32 which is really out of my comfort zone!
Another was trying to go for distance without walking. Over the past month, I've been working up my running time (since I usually do a run/walk). I started at only 2 minutes & kept adding a minute at a time until I got to 7 minutes. Also, I often run the entire last mile! Well, on one of my runs this week I ran for 2 miles without walking! Then I ran the 3rd mile, too!
Today's run I went with a 4:1 because it was SO HOT & because I didn't want to burn out like my last run. That run, I did terrific on the first two miles & then it all just fell apart. So, I knew I needed to take it easier. And, it worked!
My daughter starts school (high school!) in a week & I have two possibilities for running groups. I really have mixed feelings about those as I love being with a group to chat, for safety & it just makes the time go by faster. But, I love challenging myself & listening to my body. So, I might run with a group 2 of 3 days a week or something.
I look forward to catching up with all of my SP friends! I hope you are doing great this summer & are ready for a fantastic fall!
Friday, May 09, 2014
Busy day so I only got in a 15 minute workout this morning. But, I might be able to squeeze in something else later today. The workout I did today was one of my favorites... and it's a killer! It's Fitness Blender's "16 Minute Bicep & Tricep Super Set Workout - Resistance Band Exercises." Whew!!! (Remember, these are FREE online! And I love 'em!)
I hope everyone has a great Friday & wonderful weekend!
Day 75... WORKOUT COMPLETE!!
Thursday, May 08, 2014
I did an 'easy' workout today working my glutes and a little stretching. In 32 minutes, I only burned 125 calories.
But, yesterday's comments had me questioning what I've been doing. I know you are supposed to have 'easy' days and 'hard' days. But, I think that about 90% of my workouts are hard. I almost always push myself really hard. When I was running, I would run 3 days a week. But, during each run I was pushing myself pretty hard. So, maybe I need to learn how to do 'easy' workouts?
So, what's an 'easy' workout? What's an 'easy' run? If I can run at an 11:00 pace for 3 miles, is it running at a 12:00 pace? But then I'm worried that my body will get used to it.
If you have thoughts on what makes up an 'easy workout', I'd love to hear it! I think I need to find more balance.
Day 74... WORKOUT COMPLETE!!
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
I just finished my workout. I did 30 minutes of kettlebell & 20 minutes of HIIT with Fitness Blender & burned almost 400 calories.
I have been on this 'journey' almost 4 years. I have heard so many times that working out gives you more energy. But, so far, I find just the opposite! I'm worn out when I exercise! But, maybe 'they' mean overall? Yes, if I went on a vacation right now, I'd probably have more energy than 4 years ago. But, day to day? If I've worked out, then I'm tired!
Anyway, I'm happy to once again have finished my workout in the morning! Now, on to the rest of my day! Hope everyone has a happy, healthy day.
Day 73... WORKOUT COMPLETE!!
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