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Training for 10k - I did it!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

I ran the 10k on Saturday and survived! I hit my goal time almost exactly and felt great afterwards!! Now I'm going to continue the training schedule for the 10k (even though I'm done w/ it) so I can keep up my endurance through the summer. I have the 8K in November...so, other than a few 5K's here & there, tha's it! I'm sure I'll blog about my "intermediate" 10K training as well. :D

  


Fun Little Survey

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
** Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

2. How much water do you drink a day?
** Usually at least 8 cups...often more

3. What is your favorite workout?
** Running!! I love hitting the road with my music, fresh air, and the world around me. :)

4. What is your favorite fruit?
** Raspberries!

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
** oh man, that's tough...it's a toss up between artichokes, asparagus, and peas

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
** I don't know

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
** around 1400-1700

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
** pistachio nuts, string cheese, and clementines

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
** Usually it's an Amy's meal...unless it's a weekend, then we usually eat out

10. What is usually for dinner?
** Whatever I order when we go out...we eat out all the time (because I'm a lousy cook), but I've learned what to order at each place & being a vegetarian helps me make healthy choices (unless I crack & end up ordering nacho's or something LOL)

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
** Abs, but I really love strength training everything...sore muscles actually feel good. :)

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
** I guess I'd say arms...I just feel like it's wasting time to work small muscles, but if I combine it with lunges or something, I feel better about it. :)

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
** Yoga or Pilates...I just don't get enough out of it & can't relax when I'm at home with dogs & kids & distractions...so I never really get the full experience.

14. What is your favorite exercise?
** Running, swimming, and anything social (basketball, group classes, etc)

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
** sweets and salty....and mixing them is even better!! I love ice cream & cookies and chips, french fries and peanut butter...all in moderation of course. ;)


16. What is your go to workout song?
** Seek and Destroy by Metallica charges me every time! Any hard-hitting metal music really gets me pumped!

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
** yep, all natural prenatal vitamins (w/o gelatin or coating) every night (even though I'm done having kids...they're great supplements)

18. How often do you eat out?
** almost every meal

19. Do you eat fast food?
** occasionally

20. How do you stay motivated?
** I train for events, knowing there's an end goal keeps me going. I also look forward to my "me" time working out. With food, I think about how I'll feel after I'm done...that way I try not to stuff myself.

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
** Honestly, myself...but I have a co-worker who asks about my training a lot, and I stay motivated when I can put on my clothes & they're too big!

22. How much weight have you lost?
** Well, since I started training for the 10K, I've lost 12 lbs...but at my heaviest (pregnant), I was at 209...I'm now at a comfortable and healthy 143 (and I'm 5'8")

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
** I use my pre-pregnancy weight of 135 as a goal, but I was a little too thin at that weight, so a few pounds more is fine by me. :) Sparkpeople gave me 146 as a goal...that works too. Really, I'm more concerned with how my body looks and feels than what the scale says.

24. Do you have a gym membership?
** I used to, but I let it run out. I use the gym so much more in the winter months...so it's an odd place for me to decide if I need one. Once the house sells & we get settled, I might find a permanent "gym home" to join with the family so we can all go play. :)

25. How often do you work out?
** 4-6 times per week

26. How did you find Spark?
** My co-worker mentioned it, so I thought I'd check it out...I've been hooked since 2007! :)

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
** Not enough...it's one of my most unhealthy problems...I have insomnia & take forever to fall asleep & then I wake up a lot during the night. I rarely feel tired though, so I just go with it!

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
** I prefer right after work...it gives me time to blow off the steam from my day.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
** Yep, I use the weekends as cheat time, but I'm very careful about it...I stay within my calorie range, I just let myself eat one or two "bad" things each weekend.

30. Do you drink soda?
** I'm a diet soda addict...I know it's bad, but I figure if it's my worst addiction, I'm doing pretty well.

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
** I drink red wine every once in a while, but I'm pretty moderate about it (rarely more than 3 drinks a week)

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
** The accountability and information that is right at my fingertips

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
** I don't like my stretch marks. I had a tight, smooth tummy before kids & now I have a raisin belly...it's really bad & I'm self-conscious about it, but I wouldn't trade my kids for the world, so it's worth it! I like my overall shape. I'm lucky to carry most of my weight in my butt and boobs, so I'm an hourglass. I feel lucky for that!

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
** I have tried and tried to have a workout buddy, but they all seem to drop off & quit on me...so I fly solo most of the time.

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
** Not much actually. I mean, of course I look and feel better, but I found that if I make a big deal about it or over-analyze it, I get burned out. So, I just do my best, pick back up if I drop off, and enjoy every day of life that I get! :)

  


Training for 10K - 3 mile run

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I did my 3 mile training run last night & ran in record time. I ran a different route though and I have a feeling it was a little short. My blister came back during the run (boo), so I'll need to take it easy this week. I have another 4 mile run this week, so that's not too bad.

  


Training for 10K - 6 mile run!

Monday, March 15, 2010

So we did our first 6 mile run before the 10K on Saturday. I ran it all the way through & felt great! I'm totally ready for the race and keeping my indurance up through maintenance runs for the next two weeks!

After the race, I think I'm going to run the intermediate training schedule, even though I'm not officially training for a race, I need something to keep my motivation up to keep running. Maybe I'll sprinke a few 5K races in throughout the summer & then start training for either the 8K or half marathon in November...I haven't decided which race I want to do yet. :)

  
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SARADOLL81 4/16/2010 10:42PM

    Good luck with your 10K race - it sounds like you're right on track with your training! I am tentatively planning my first 10K this summer, so am looking to others for ideas and inspiration! Great work, keep it up! You will have a great sense of pride and accomplishment!

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FITCOLLEENB 3/15/2010 10:10AM

    emoticon soundslike you are right on track. I am training for my first1/2 marathon in May. I haventran the whole distance yet though. Good luck in your Event. It's easier to run outsidein the nicer weather. It will hit 70 today here. Have a great week!

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Training for 10K - 4 mile run

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I ran a 4 mile training run last night and it was AWESOME! First of all, I ran outside instead of on the treadmill. I'm soooo happy the days are getting longer and I can run outside. It's so much more enjoyable. Secondly, I ran it pretty fast and was just listening to my music and enjoying the "me" time. When I have a good run like that...I remember why I love running so much!

The bad news is that I got another blister. Grr, I need to go get some better socks & shoes I think. :( Tonight is 5.5 miles...wish me luck! :)

  


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