Sunday, July 24, 2011
Okay, lately, I have gone blog crazy. Posting, posting, posting. And, than there was a vlog.
But, I am pretty excited so I gotta tell you...
I ran 6.81 miles. For some, this might not be a big deal considering I ran 13.1 miles in the beginning of June. But, since that half marathon I haven't real felt like running. In fact, I haven't been running over 3 or 4 miles. This week, before today, my longest run was 4.35 miles.
Today, I decided to skip church, and sleep in. After I got up, I wasn't "feeling" like running but did it anyhow. As long as I started, I knew it was going to be a good run. I told myself it was okay to go slow. So, I did. I usually take walking breaks but I think I took like two which was abnormal. I usually take like one for every ten minutes but no today.
I planned on giving Gu another chance... to see if it truly works for me. I think I did. I noticed it took 15 minutes before it "kicks" in... just a small note to myself. So, even if I feel great, I need to take it at 45 minutes instead of over 60 minutes like I did today.
Anyhow, today's run just reaffirmed. I am ready. I am ready to train for the Whistlestop Half Marathon that happens in mid-October. After my half marathon in June, I discovered it was the training that was the hardest part... to keep the commitment. It probably helps to know that a few of my friends from college are running. Than, recently, I found Robert, ON2VICTORY, is running it! That did it! I just had to run it! So, in the next month, I hope to sign up and maybe even find some money to stay a hotel there. I wouldn't necessary have to but it would make life easier.
So, it's official. I am back in training!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Here is a fun video of my progress. I will probably do another, a better one, in the next few days.
It seems to be taking forever... I might not be sharing afterall!
Or better yet... just go to YouTube...
First time I posted a vlog and first time I posted on YouTube! WooHoo!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Today I went for a random run...
I think it went rather well consider it is 79` out and during the majority of the run I was looking for shade! I did 4.35 in a hour which considering the conditions, how much I walked, and strength trained my legs yesterday, I am okay with that. The pace ended up being a little under 14. Not terrible, but not great. But, again look at the conditions.
Towards the end of the run, I decided to try out this Gu stuff. I had chocolate. My professor had said the chocolate flavor tastes like chocolate frosting. Sign me up! I kept putting it off for trying the Gu because everyone are saying the texture was nasty. For me, it wasn't that bad. I should have done it earlier, not 5-10 minutes before the end of my run. Maybe next time!
Now, off to eat breakfast and get cracking on my homework!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today, I got to be the boss.
My boss is on vacation so I was scheduled to work from 7 am - 3 pm. I planned ahead and packed some work out clothes.
I cannot lie. I typically have fun at work but today was especially fun.
I interviewed the CEO for the local YMCA I currently work at for class. That was a rush. I learned that he wants to open another local full service YMCA in the next 5 years. We also talked about where I want to go in the future and I really sold myself. I explained among other things that I want to stay at the Y. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Than, as soon as I got done, I punched out, and jumped on the arc trainer for 45 minutes. I chit chatted with a member/friend who went wedding dress shopping recently. As I was on the arc trainer, I made a decision.
To try out a group exercise class called hard core.
I am not very good at doing things for the first time alone but I figured it should be good for strength training. I went. It was fun.
Wait, did I just say FUN?!
Yes, I did.
I felt totally comfortable. In the past, I haven't tried them at work because when I went to ones on campus, I felt I needed to be in sync with the instructor. I totally wasn't today but it wasn't a big deal because like five others were not either. Also, I felt like it was gonna be hard core, totally intense, but it wasn't bad at all!
Ironically, a member and co-worker kept seeing how I was doing. The member would see I would take a small break so he would too. It was like I was being a leader just because I worked at the Y and I was in the group exercise class. It was kinda fun. In addition to that, my co-worker was so excited to see me. That was fun too! The member and I made small chit chat afterwards and he even helped me put away my props.
At this rate, I might have to become a Y junkie! Now if I only didn't live 20 minutes away so it would be a bit more convenient when school is in session.
To answer my Sparkfriends, BAILEYS7OF9 & 1CRAZYDOG, question... the weather is alright. It poured here and now the humidity has been lifted! The lake effects probably helped a bit! It started raining during work. I was super concerned about my new mac laptop as it was sitting next to the open window in my room... and I couldn't do a single thing about it! It was perfectly okay... not even a drop. I felt so lucky!
Oh, my day wasn't that lucky. I checked my bank account and well, I am REALLY poor but really that is not a huge surprise so I am taking it in stride.
Time to go write up the interview summaries for class!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Have you ever thought you ate well or had a great work out or even had a great weekend... but than you track it than you feel like you fall short?
That is actually one of the reasons I have stopped tracking food. I tracked calories for two years, at least, before I gave it up. I know when I have a good eating day... and when I don't. There were days that I thought were "good" days but the tracker deemed it was a "bad" day because I went over maybe two hundred calories. I deserved better treatment than the daily inner beating.
It happened again today.
I went for a run. It was amazing. I was drenched in sweat. For me, it isn't a good workout until I am all sweaty. Today, I went running for 50 minutes. I dreaded tracking it. You know why? I knew the endorphin rush was going to go away when I found out that I ran a 15 minute mile pace. It really was a party killer. Well, because, in my head, it was like saying, I am not good enough.
For awhile, I didn't track my fitness. For this exact reason, I felt bad about myself when I should be exhilarated that I work out nearly everyday. And, when I don't work out, my day is not complete. But, tracking makes me feel like I fall short.
I think more and more my days on this site are coming to an end. I know SP is always here but it is a tool. I no longer use the trackers but rather stay in touch with a few people.
In other news, you may have noticed that I have made a few status about being all sweaty. Let me explain why I am celebrating this. For at least a month or so, I would work out and barely break a sweat. This is good and bad. It is good because it means I have gotten in really good shape and I gotta work harder to get to my target heart rate. It is bad because I wasn't reaching my target heart rate. Mine is around 140ish and I have been hitting around 110, maybe 120. Lately, I have found if I do the programs on the machines, I hit my target heart rate and have a nice, sweaty workout. In other words, I have broken through what I call my heart rate plateau!
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