Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hi!! I have a question for all of those "seasoned" runners out there. I'm starting to add more miles to my runs. I started at 1 mile last September and now I'm up to between 6 and 7 miles. I'm also in the process of training for a half marathon that takes place at the end of September. I have heard about things that keep your energy up and are easy to consume on a run: gels, chewables, and the like. I have NO idea where to start when looking for anything like this. What works? What doesn't? Are they even necessary? Any advice anyone has would be welcome. Thanks so much and SPARK ON!!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I've had a month of eating really poorly and not working out. It has made me feel really lethargic! I had a few medical issues to attend to, so I suppose it's not all my fault that I haven't worked out. But there is NO excuse for the fat and calories that I've been putting into my body! Seriously, I ate almost a whole Funfetti cake myself in just a few short days. (Why did I even make that thing anyway???) At any rate, I'm officially back in the game. I'm so excited to be running again! Even though my 5K time for Saturday is the slowest one I've ever logged, it felt so good just to be out there again. And I'm logging my food into SparkPeople again, watching my fat and calories. WOW, it just feels so good to be doing what I know my body wants me to do!! Lansing Half-Marathon in September, here I come!!! :o)
Friday, January 15, 2010
So it's been getting warmer in Michigan and the snow has been melting into slushy junk. I went out for a jog yesterday with the intention of doing 3.5 miles. After 2.5 miles of having to jog around the slush and water puddles, I stopped running. I just stopped. I've never done that before - stopped knowing I wasn't going to continue. I sometimes walk 30 seconds or so and then continue my jog. But after 2.5 miles, I was done. The remaining 1 mile to get back to my apartment was a brisk, heart-pumping walk, mind you, but I was still a little upset at myself for just stopping. I suppose the main reason I stopped, other than the slush was making my feet pretty soggy, was it was getting dark out. I never jog at night, and I didn't mean to last night, but it got dark sooner than I expected. I normally have really bad depth-perception for some reason, but at night it's even worse. As it was getting darker, my eyes were playing tricks on me and it felt like I was falling forward into the sidewalk. I knew I wasn't, but that's what it looked like and that's what it felt like. So, officially, I've had my first "bad" run since I started running in September. That's not bad. And I know how to prevent it again - don't jog late and don't jog in the slush. That's a pretty simple solution, I'd say. OK, thanks for reading and SPARK ON!! :o)
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I am looking for some advice on outdoor running. I live in Michigan where it's been around 25 degrees during the day with a little wind. I don't have a gym membership or a treadmill, so the only chance I get to run is outdoors. What do you all wear to keep yourselves warm when you are running outdoors in the cold? I can't really afford a huge investment, but I don't want to stop running just because it's so cold outside. I have a few 5Ks scheduled soon, a 10K in May, and I really want to do a half-marathon in September. I feel like I'm losing ground by skipping my runs because of the cold. Thanks so much for any advice you can offer! :o)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Hi, fellow Sparkers!! This is my first official blog. I've never typed one because, quite frankly, I'm not sure who would want to read it. But I wanted to put figurative pen to paper in thinking about what has happened since September, when I joined SparkPeople, and my goals for the next year.
I joined SparkPeople in September because I wanted to lose 40 pounds. I wanted to lose this weight for a variety of reasons, but there were two main things I was focused on. First, I had no spare money for cute clothes to start off the new school year (I'm a teacher), but I had a TON of clothes that were too small for me that were totally cute. I figured that if I lost some weight, I could just go shopping in my closet for free! The second reason that I wanted to lose the 40 pounds was related to my self-esteem. I never really felt good about my body, my looks, myself when I was bigger. I knew that there was a sexy, strong, confident woman in there somewhere, but she wasn't out there for the world to see.
As of right now, four months after I started my mission to gain new clothes and confidence, I am very proud to say that I have lost 30 pounds. I can now fit into ALL of my clothes that were too small for me, with one exception. (Really, I don't know if that blue satin top EVER fit me, but it's really cute!!) I am a runner now. Who knew that I would ever say those words? I've completed 2 5Ks, with my Personal Best being 33:40. Not a great time, but not too shabby for someone who couldn't run a half mile four months ago. I've inspired my mom to start running, too, and we've motivated each other to maintain healthy lifestyles. When I get dressed in the morning, I actually feel GOOD about myself. I feel that I'm presenting more of an accurate representation of myself than I have since high school!!
I think that 2010 will be a fabulous year - I turn 30 in August!! I have also set some goals for 2010 that I want to commit to here and now:
1. Get to my goal weight. I have 10 lbs to make it there, and when I do, I'll be seeing the 120's for the first time since high school!!
2. Continue my running. I have several more 5Ks scheduled in the near future. I have my first 10K scheduled in the beginning of May; it's the same event that my mom will run her first 5K in!! The half marathon that I'm looking forward to is at the end of September. I think it's only fitting that my first HM will come during my 1 year anniversary month with SparkPeople.
3. Continue tracking my calories, fat, and exercise minutes with SparkPeople. It'll be even more important to do this once I meet my goal weight and start focusing on maintaining my weight and training for my HM. I know myself and how lazy and comfortable I get once I start to like how I look again. That's how I put weight back on!!
4. In general, I want to start doing more fun things that are active with the people who I love -- taking walks outside, bike rides up to town, tag with my nephew, 5Ks with my mom, kayaking while I'm visiting my parents' place in Caseville, roller blading with my coworker and her husband, and the like. I love the idea of fitting exercise into my social calender and want to focus more on that.
I suppose that's it for me. Thank you for taking the time to read my first ever blog. I hope that 2010 is as good for you as I know it will be for me. SPARK ON!! :o)
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