Monday, February 06, 2012
I really had a great, relaxing weekend. So Monday was a rough one this morning, especially considering I forgot that I had set my alarm to an hour and a half later than my normal wake up time, and definitely overslept (not by an hour and a half, but by about a half hour - luckily I woke up on my own).
I am determined to make this a good week. Despite the cold weather, I got out there and did my 5 mile run outside yesterday! Felt awesome after I did it. Laurie is right - the hardest part is just getting all geared up. Once I got outside, I was ready to go! And despite how hard the hills were, I didnt want to give up. And I was so proud of myself afterwards! My calves / shins / ankles were a bit sore this morning, probably from running on the grass with snow - uneven surface - not used to that. J made boneless chicken wings and homemade sweet potato fries to eat during the super bowl last night and gave me a container to bring for lunch today. So I am starting out the week with home-cooked lunch! I have my gym bag packed and I am ready to go get in a cycle and swim after work. I need to force myself to get in the pool already! And I am planning to make a homecooked meal tonight! I will eat better this week. I will get my workouts in! I will get my studying in too!
I am feeling really positive right now. Hopefully work doesnt bring me down today!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Yep...thats right. I decided to brave the cold weather and run outside. I hit up mapmyrun.com to figure out a 5 mile route since I am still unfamiliar with all of the non-main roads around here. I found a decent out and back leaving from my house so I decided to gear up and get out there.
I out on my black compression pants with a pair of running shorts over them, a long sleeve nike running shirt, a long sleeve white road runner sports running shirt, and my black road runner sports running jacket, some pink nike ear warmers, my pink ipod, and my garmin. Put my cell phone and house key in my pocket, and off I went.
Starting temp: 25*
Ending temp: 30*
2 - 13:25
3 - 12:13
4 - 11:18
5 - 11:17
Total time: 59:57
Avg Pace: 11:57
The first mile was completely uphill...ugh. I hate hills, but you cant avoid them in Colorado, and they are helpful anyway so I guess I'll deal. The second mile I walked A LOT. All of the sidewalks were covered in snow so I was dodging cars trying to run in the street, or trying not to break my ankle running over the snow on the grass. Blech. By the time I hit 2.5 I settled in comfortably and ran almost the rest of the way. Overall, it was a good run. I am glad I finally got out there and did it. I braved the cold. I braved the hills. And I am ready to do it again next week.
Most importantly, I was geared up properly, so I wasn't even cold!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
About to head out to the gym but I thought I would check in real quick, at least for my own accountability's sake!
Had a pretty decent weekend. Thursday we had snow into Friday. We had a delayed reporting in to work on Friday, and then we got released around 1pm. The roads were absolutely horrible, and not good for my car. I love my car - it was my dream car, and a serious impulse buy, but I am seriously contemplating giving it up for something more snow practical. Unfortunately if I trade my car in, I will end up losing money on it because I am certain I will not even get back what I owe on it. Dodges dont hold their value very well, and considering I already got into an accident that resulted in having the bumper replaced, and I have since cracked the bumper again, it would be a miracle to break even on what I owe, but not get anything for a down payment. So I dont know what to do, but I am definitely concerned. I was TERRIFIED to drive on Friday, both ways!
I ended up cooking spaghetti for dinner and J and I had a nice night in after a pretty awful week. Yesterday I spent about 5-6 hours studying. My wrist / hand / arm is hurting from carpal tunnel. I had it really bad in law school from all of the typing (used laptops to take notes in class, and I would frequently type 10 pages of notes per class each day) but since I dont send all day typing anymore, it doesnt bother me....until now. Blech. Only one more month right... Went out for sushi last night and in the middle of dinner came down with a terrible migraine-like headache. I was happy to take my 800mg of motrin and go to sleep. Luckily I woke up with no headache today. That was bad.
Dakota and I chatted yesterday. I told her I want to run the Half Marathon in Prescott, AZ on Cinco de Mayo and she said she would go with me! She is even going to run the 10k! I am so excited! J's parents are from there, but he already made plans to do a Spartan race with his squadron that weekend so I was a bit bummed. But I am so excited Dakota wants to do this with me! Plus it will be great to have a girls weekend! Even though I have female coworkers that I like, we are not close and rarely spend time outside of work together, so a girls weekend on cinco de may will be fantastic!! It definitely made my day, even though it is literally billed as one of the toughest races because of the elevation changes, and because only the first and last 3.5 miles are on paved road - the rest is trails! Should be an exciting time!
Today I am heading out to the gym to get in my long, slow 5 mile run, on the treadmill. I contemplated running outside - despite how cold it is, there is no wind right now. But I also want to try to get in a swim, so its just easy to go to the gym and get both accomplished. One day, I will have to overcome my fear of outdoor cold weather running. I dont think today will be the day though. Then I need to head to military clothing sales and pick up some cold weather gear. I've been putting this off for a while, but I have an outdoor training to go to on Tuesday and its going to be like 20 degrees, so I guess now is the time to procure the cold weather stuff. I am not happy about how expensive it will be, though. Going to try to cook some healthy meals for the week when I get done, before heading over to J's to watch the superbowl. I am not a football fan, so I will be bringing some study materials. Should be a good end to the weekend though.
I need to contact some local dog training people to find out about getting Buffy some training. She pretty much runs my house, and though she is adorable, she is not taking to house training at all. She KNOWS to go outside to potty - but she prefers not to. She also doesnt listen to me. When I tell her "no" or "stop" she just sits there and barks at me. She's like a teenager, talking back!
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Stomach is still hurting. It's snowing outside. Like a lot. But since a visiting 3-star general is speaking to us this afternoon, the base wont release us early. Lets hope I dont get into an accident when attempting to get out of here. Let's face it - my car isnt exactly made to drive in the snow. And I have to stop at the dry cleaner on the way home. Ick. Maybe I can convince J to pick up my uniform for me instead...hmm... not a bad thought.
I decided that I would faithfully track all of my food for the month of February. I do a half job of it - sometimes remembering during the week, rarely ever doing it in on the weekend. I just need to SEE what I am doing to myself. I joined SP originally for the tracking, now I come here for the socialization / support instead of the tools that drew me here originally. It's not enough to just write it down in my fitbook (which I am doing faithfully). I need to see what the actual damage is - I need to acknowledge where the calories / fat / sodium are coming from. I need to get back to eating healthy. This is the worst month for it because of the bar exam and my birthday, but I need to do this for myself. I cant keep watching the scale and my measurements go up and down because sometimes I remember to eat well and most of the time I dont. Blech.
I think workouts for this month will be easy to get in. Besides half marathon training, J and I are also participating in the lazyman triathlon, which started yesterday. While I was sick and not doing anything, he so nicely sent me his spreadsheet to let me know that he compelted 25% of the swim already. Blech. I did complete 8.9% of the biking this morning, so it's at least something. But I think that since we are both doing it, it will force me to stay on top of my workouts (minus evil stomach bug). If the snow doesnt completely ruin the weekend, and I am feeling better, we are going to possibly swim together on Saturday. I also have a 5 mile run to get in this weekend, and some more biking. My goal is to finish the lazyman before I have to head to Buffalo at the end of this month.
I printed out a pretty calendar that I made on Microsoft Publisher this afternoon. I am going to use it to keep track of the days that I eat well and the days I get in workouts. I plan to use stickers for each. And hopefully at the end of the month I will have a pretty calendar to post! And also some smaller numbers from the scale and my tape measure! Because, despite being sick yesterday, I logged all of my food and ewe. I know I eat a lot when I am sick, but theres a problem there looking at how bad the numbers were. And it's not even because I eat A LOT, it's because of WHAT I am eating. I know better. I need to find that girl who used to be strong enough to say no to bad foods!!
Thursday, February 02, 2012
There is an evil stomach bug going around lately. Everyone's been feeling kind of off lately, though no one has really gotten full out sick...until this week, that is. My boss came in on Monday and was very sick. But he stayed all day - and tried to avoid the rest of the people in the office as much as possible. He came in on Tuesday but left early. Tuesday I had planned to workout, but the gym on base was closed at our normal PT time for a promotion ceremony, which meant I would have to wait until after work was done and then go to my gym I pay for, which is fine. My gym bag was packed. Except that during the 1.5 hours I was waiting for work to end, I suddenly started feeling shaky, lightheaded, and overall not well. I got taco bell for dinner (because that made sense) and felt even worse, which I figured was from my not-so-great food option. I went to bed early, hoping I would feel better. Unfortunately, I woke up EVERY HOUR feeling as if I would vomit. :( Not good. I still just chalked it up to my food choice, even though this has never happened before. I just did not want to be sick for real. I attempted to drink orange juice around 2am and that made me feel even worse!! I still went to work anyway, but felt like everytime I stood up I would vomit. So I stayed long enough for my medal presentation, and then headed home. Stopped at the grocery store to pick up some soup and mac & cheese, and I got a bagel to eat hoping that might settle the nausea a bit. It actually did and I went to sleep for 3 hours. Woke up and had mac & cheese which made me feel worse, and I could not get back to sleep. Around 7pm I made some chicken flavored rice and that felt better. So by bedtime my nauseau had pretty much passed. I was able to sleep through the night and I am back at work today. My nauseau is gone, but I am still having stomach pains, headaches, and a little bit of fatigue. Blech... I did manage to ride the stationary bike this morning for 41 minutes and conquered 10 miles which is 8.9% of my ironman challenge. That certainly took a lot out of me though...
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