Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sometimes my runs are hard because of something is weighing on my mind. Today during my 2 mile run, I thought about a conversation I may have to initiate if things continue as they are. Let me explain.
Right now, I am training with a friend. During our first session, I made the comment about how I have swimmer's shoulders. Okay, maybe they aren't perfectly sculpted like a swimmer but I am very proud of them. Immediately, my 'friend' said you don't have swimmer shoulders. And, continued with, 'I would like your shoulders be like this.' This really hurt.
Yes, I want to improve my body but this does NOT give him permission to pick apart my body. Today is our second session. Honestly, I am not looking forward to it. If he starts to insult me, I may have to tell him that is not allowed. If he feels it is part of training, maybe I should find a new trainer (and friend).
Those were two of the hardest miles I have done. Hoping to leave that stress behind very soon!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
No matter what my calorie budget (range) is set at, I seem to have to overspend my amount. Like I HAVE to spend it. Apparently, the calories in my mind do not rollover to the next day.
Does anyone have this problem? Where they MUST spend ALL calories?
Sadly, it resembles my checking account. Maybe if I could get a handle on the calories, it could carry over to my checkbook!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Today I am proud.
I went to Muscle Pump, a group exercise class that intimidates me. Also, I hate doing something for the first time alone. But, today, I did!
For the class itself, I probably won't be back. There were a handful of exercises I couldn't do and it drives me nuts when the instructor doesn't give ways to modify. My core is rather weak and I simply cannot do side planks or anything really on the ball.
I wish I could find a group exercise strength training class that I LOVE. But, time after time, I feel disappointed in myself because I cannot do those exercises. I did love kettle bells - maybe I should look into those again.
I did hire a trainer at the Y. Before I could talk to my boss, who assigns the trainers, I was 'given' to my friend who I didn't really want to get trained by. Lately, it's ALL about me and he simply never asks about me. As a client, I don't want to deal with that. Putting personal feelings aside, he is a good trainer and I hope in the next 12 weeks, 1 session/week, that I can really get stronger. I think I am aiming for 2 strength training sessions.
The hopeful part of me wishes I could lose 2# a week and get into the 140s. But, the realistic part of me knows that's not possible. My motivation to do that is not there. As part of my marathon training and to get my eating back on track, I started to track my food again today. Blah.
One way or another I AM getting stronger!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
As some of you may know, I am one of the running coaches for a running program at the Y. The levels in the program include 5K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. After last Saturday, I started to get pressure to join them. Weighing the pros and cons, I decided to join them.
One reason I was hestiate to join the Saturday runs with the group was the full marathon program were at a higher running mileage level than I was ready for. I knew if I tried to them, I'd be asking for injury. Um, no, thanks!
I talked to the trainer that was in charge of them. Even through I struggle with sharing the leadership with the program with her, I do value her opinion as she has done many marathons. She mentioned I could train with the half marathon group and make up the difference within the same day on my own because it's total miles run.
For me, that was a win-win!
One of the reasons I was weighing if I wanted to join was I like my alone time to run. This way I can be part of the group but still have some time to de-stress from life.
With the training program set and planned, I signed up for Get Lucky Triple 7 (Half Marathon) on St. Patrick's Day. Good thing my outside top is teal (green). I, also, signed up for Eau Claire Half Marathon in May. I guess this means I am committed.
Putting the nerves aside, I am getting excited to train. Isn't that crazy? Excited to train!? I did two miles outside today and there were even snowy parts. It was 30s but definitely need to find a layer for my legs. I am wondering if I should try to stick my compression capris underneath.
Or walking, kayaking, zumba-ing... whatever you are enjoy!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It feels like it has been forever since I wrote a blog. I guess life got a little too crazy.
Yesterday I started classes again. This semester should be my last semester of full classes. During the summer, I am taking one more. Than, in the fall semester, I will be doing my internship. Than, off to the real world!
Besides classes starting, I registered and paid for two major events in my life (as some of you may know from my status).
On February 4th, I will be taking the ACE (American Council of Exercise) Personal Training certification exam. Wowster! That is intense and crazy! Hopefully this weekend I can play some catch up on getting prepared!
The other event is definitely monumental. On June 16th, I will be running in Grandma's Marathon as my first FULL marathon! Wowster! Initially, I thought maybe I was being stubborn and jumped the gun. But, I CAN and WILL do this! Besides, it is a local race for me so I will have MANY friends in the crowds and in the race with me!
In preparation for the full marathon, I am hoping to sign up for 3 half marathon or longer races.
- Get Lucky in Minneapolis on St. Patrick's Day (Half Marathon)
- Eau Claire Half Marathon in first part of May
- Stillwater Marathon which is a couple weeks before Grandma's
In addition to this, I have to get applying to the internships I want.. like now.
If this isn't all to deal with, the guy who I am house/dog sitting for comes back today. For me, that means doing laundry, packing and cleaning the house between classes before he gets back tonight!
So, that's my update for now.
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