Monday, January 17, 2011
For the first time in my life, I got a Body Composition test done at a gym. I had a coupon for a free one from one of the races I ran last year and thought I should get a baseline of where I am at so I know what to focus on this year. I was expecting around 27 or 28% body fat but unfortunately it was 31.8% :( It was frustrating to hear. Even though I know I still need to lose some weight, I thought I was a little closer to a healthy body composition than I actually am.
I also found out that my metabolism is still on the slow side with my Basal Metabolic Rate at 1571. I went and did this with a friend who has good genes with low body fat. She doesn't exercise regularly, even close to how much I do although she does eat less than I do. Anyways to make matters worse she was saying how she needs to lose at least 10 more pounds because her body fat was at 21%! She is a great friend, but sometimes I wonder how tough she thinks I am because her complaints and comments frustrated me further. She tried to make up for it by assuring me that I look great, don't need to lose more, and have a volumptuous figure but it feel upon deaf ears today.
Anyways, I have to pick myself back up here and get move in the right direction! Off my pity horse on to improvement. As soon as I got home from the body comp test I did my strength training ~ Woohoo :) My focus this year will really be on trying to build more muscle, decrease my body fat, and increase my basal metabolic rate. I have cardio down pat, now I just need to focus on getting more muscle mass!
Thanks for the vent session!
Saturday, January 01, 2011
In the past year I have become a runner! Never in my life would I have thought that I would be able to run like I do today. In 2010 I ran a 5k in January, 4 mile in Febuary, half marathon in May, a 10K in September, and a 10K in October! My min/mile time has improved from a 12 min/mile to a 9 min/mile! I also met my goal of running 450 miles this year...my total was 454.8.
Today I ran the First Run 5K to mark my one year annivesary of running. My finish time last year was 31:30 and this year I improved it to 28:12!! WOW, I am proud of myself! I have only lost about 6 pounds this year, but have maintained my weight pretty well and made adjustments when I gained a few. But the amount of progress I have made in running has be phenomenal!
My focus for 2011 is to continue to progress with running, cross train with water aerobics, walking, biking, hiking, and yoga, and integrate strength training into my workout! Iwould also like to challenge myself by doing more hill training and interval training with my running workouts. My husband and I are planning a 3 week trip to Switzerland to hike across the Alps also, so I need to keep in awesome shape for that also.
My goals for 2011 are:
1. Run 550 miles by Dec 31, 2011
2. Race in the Truffle Shuffle, Butte to Butte, Eugene Women's Half, and the Monster Mash.
3. Maintain my weight and work on losing a few more pounds
4. Start and maintain a consistent strength training schedule
5. Stay positive
6. Watch out for emotion induced calorie consumption!!!
Woohoo for 2011!! It is going to be a great year with more accomplishments and healthy choices! Thanks to all my sparkbuddies who keep me going and cheer me on with my progress!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It has been a ROUGH last 4 weeks for me....and the past several months have been an adjustment trying to fit working out in with a full time work schedule. I have really gotten off track over the past 4 weeks however. I have been having a lot of family stress and work stress; as a result I have been eating worse, not exercising as much, sleeping too much, and have gained 5 lbs back :(
So enough of the pity party! Time to get back on track! I know that even though the increased stress will not be gone for quite some time yet, I will feel 100% better if I am running, eating well, burning 2500-3000 calories a week, staying within my calorie range, and not allowing myself to wallow in depression from being overwhelmed!
My re-commitment is to:
*Add the 5 lbs to my weight tracker for accountability
*Run 3 days a week, shooting for 15 miles a week
*Walk, hike, or do water aerobics 3 days a week
*Burn 2500-3000 calories a week
*Start weight training consistently again
*Stay within 1300-1650 calorie range
*Get 8-9 hours of sleep per night
*Limit alcohol to weekend nights only
*Track food EVERY day!
Thank you to all my spark friends who are congratulating me when I complete a run or get an award and sending nice comments my way! It makes me feel good and definitely more motivated to see that nice message in my email! I know I can do this! WOOHOO!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Well, I did it! I ran the Eugene Half- Marathon on Sunday, May 2nd. I finished in 2:08:38 by my watch subtracting my two bathroom breaks...and 2:16 by the official chip time. It was pretty insane! There was 8,000 runners which was pretty intimidating for me. But I stayed focused and just kept pushing forward.
My average mile time was 9:49 which was 19 seconds faster a mile than my 11 mile run. I do think I pushed myself a bit too hard as I have been kind of a mess since then! I have been too exhausted to even think about posting this blog until today. I did great until about mile 8, when I started to feel kind of nauseous and started struggling with keeping my pace even. I think that my body was not happy with me drinking water at every station. I am used to drinking water before my run, in the middle, and at the end. So I did not handle that very well.
My hips started hurting around mile 11 but I kept telling myself only two more to go!! My awesome cheer team, my husband, mom, and two friends were a great support! I saw them 4 times, at mile 3, 7, 9, and right before the finish line!! It was pretty awesome to run into Hayward Field, which is the famous track field here in Eugene. I am proud of myself for accomplishing this however I don't think I will do it again... I really enjoy running 3-6 miles but over that, I start to lose my passion and enjoyment for running. So from now on I'll stick to 5k's and 10k's to take care of the racing bug :)
Thanks for all the support from my Spark friends and the half-marathon team!! Now its time to get back to some weight loss!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
In my training for my half-marathon that is in 3 weeks, I made it to the 11 mile run today. After a miserable, painful, awful 9 mile run two weeks ago, I was not looking forward to it.
However I did awesome!! I ran at an average of 10:06 a mile which is 1:14 a mile better than my best long run time!!! More importantly, I felt great! I had minimal soreness in my hips, which usually bug me after about 6 miles. I had a bit of fatigue at about 55 minutes in, right before refuel (gel), but after that kept trucking and even had a bit of energy at the end to go a little faster the last 1/4 mile :)
I learned some important lessons today that I credit this huge increase in performance to:
1. No alcohol the night before or even a few days before a big run really helps
2. Fueling, refueling, and hydrating are just as important as training. I knew this but have struggled with the hydrating side and with figuring out when to refuel...
3. My heart rate monitor was holding me back! I was obsessed with staying in a certain 'target' range to make sure I had enough energy for the whole run. All the while, I could have been working harder because my body can handle it!! I MUST listen to my body. So I am forgoing the HRM for the half-marathon (which I was already considering due to concerns about the strap rubbing and chafing).
4. I am ready for this!! All my hard training is paying off and my body is working with me now that I am being nicer to it :)
I am still in awe, shock, and probably running off endorphins! I can't believe I ran that fast for so long! I am so proud of myself!!!
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