Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Besides having limited time to train for Grandma's Marathon, I have gained approximately 10 pounds since the first week of February. Specifically, my weight has gone from 157.6 (February) to 165.6 (today).
I think gaining the weight and seeing my weight continuously creep up bothers me the most. Maybe mentally I wasn't as prepared as I thought to train. I say this because I used my training was my excuse to overeat.
So, I am setting my training aside and going to try to focus on losing these pounds. I want to be able to say with no but attached that I have lost 100#. I want to be under 160 again.
In fact, I started tracking yesterday. I was over 2500 calories when my range is 1300-1600. No wonder my weight is creeping up. I cannot eat more than I burn off! So, here I am, going back to the basics... tracking and strength training 3x a week. By the way, I ordered my lifting gloves today.
Overtime, I want to work on getting my Half Marathon time down to 2:30. Currently, I am around 3:00. So, I might be implementing some speedwork as I maintain my running base!
In summary, these are my April goals to work on getting back under 160.
-Maintain running base to be able to run long runs of 10 miles or more
-Track everything (Laura you have inspired me to do this again!)
-Strength train 3x a week
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
For the last few weeks, I have been pondering if I really want to run Grandma's Marathon. Every week I ask myself the same thing: "When am I going to run the long run?"
In fact, I have tried blogging about it. The response I get is that training has to take priority. I get what you are saying. Fitness has to take priority. But, so does the rest of my life. Like my college classes. Or the three jobs I have. Other priorities, like friends and family, I can rearrange. But, college classes and jobs has to take some precent over my running at times.
So, back to having time commitment issues. When am I going to do long runs? I work every Saturday from 1-7 pm. So, EVERY Saturday I stress about completing my runs. Is this really necessary? Shouldn't training be fun?
In fact, since I started training, I feel like there are all these rules I have to follow which has sucked the fun out of it. It's like every time I want to try something new, there is someone there saying, "You can't, you're training." Well, if that is the case, I don't want to train anymore. I want to have fun. I want to try new things, like rock climbing, like kettlebells, like cardio kickboxing.
Today when I talked to my parents and sisters about it, I cried. It's like I am giving up on me. Like they said, I am not quitting, I am delaying it. So true! Maybe this year is not the year. Yes, I wanted to run 26.2 miles the year I turned 26. Yes, I wanted to run before I graduated and moved away. But,
maybe it's not meant to be ran in 2012. Maybe God has another plan for me.
So, this is alot of food for thought. What have I decided? Absolutely nothing.
I do know these things.
I cannot defer Grandma's Marathon entry.
I cannot get my refunded for my registration.
I can volunteer at a water spot at the Grandma's Marathon (around mile 19).
I cannot downgrade my entry to a half marathon.
I could potentially get a half marathon entry from my running group that I coach for, if they have one left.
So, I think this is the plan as of tonight. Tomorrow it might change.
Continue to follow my training program. Talk to the interns about staying late. See if I get the Half Marathon entry. If I can, great! If I cannot, than I will continue to train trying to make the schedule work. If it doesn't, to not stress about a missed run. Closer to the race, make a final decision about running the full marathon. If I decide not to run the race, I hope to volunteer at water spot my college sponsors. I have never volunteered at a race and it might be an interesting experience.
So, folks, there you have... what is going on with me and Grandma's Marathon.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Today, I am feeling like hot stuff, hehe!
First, I lifted THREE times this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I haven't done that in a long time! So, I am going to say it myself. Way to go, Savannah!
The third time that I lifted this week was actually out of town. Currently, I am visiting my sisters and yesterday I was determined to do my lifting. After some juggling, I did it!
I told myself if I did it three times this week, I'd let myself purchase some pink lifting gloves. So, I am now on the prowl for some girly, fierce lifting gloves. Darn it, I earned them!
Secondly, I was nervous about doing my long runs out of town. My family has good intentions but sometimes my exercise gets squeezed out. Well, not this weekend!
I did a 2.4 mile walk with the my sister, her husband and two kids. I ran/walked it. Than, my sister and I biked while I ran. We did 4.31 miles. Than, I went by myself and completed 5.39 miles. For a grand total, over 12 miles. The goal was 10 miles.
Lastly, tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 26. Strangely enough, I am not really celebrating. In the past, my friends make plans with me and in the end disappoint me. So more and more, I am leaning away from it. This is the year where I am basically celebrating my health. Basically, on June 26th, I am running 26.2 miles for me!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Just a quick blog because I am trying to get to the gym before class to work out!
A few weeks ago, I mentioned having an article written about me. Here it is!
Have a great day!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Yesterday was a rough day. Many things are swirling in my pretty little head but one that maybe you guys could help me with is my marathon training.
Recently, I have been really worrying and stressing about it for many reasons.
The hugest for me is having enough TIME. The week before my half marathon my runs (and other workouts) got squeezed out of my life. I could do morning workouts but honestly, I have never been successful in those.
I am stressing about my long runs. Ironically, not about the distance. Okay, 20 miles is scary but 13 was too. I will cross that bridge when I get to it! But, I am worried about time. Time to do it! There are at LEAST three weekends that are packed full with obligations. Two in April and one in May.
And, it's not just those weekends. Most weekend I am stressing when to do my runs. Saturdays would be ideal to do my long runs so I have the day of rest before going back to classes on Monday. But, Saturdays are packed. I work every Saturday 1-7 pm. Basically, this means getting up and on the road at 7 am. I am NO morning runner!
I asked my boss to only schedule me two days a week and now I want to ask her to not schedule me on Saturdays. I could offer my hours to the interns who need hours. But, eventually, I might be hurting for the money. *sigh*
And, when I am not worried about that. I am worried about when to strength train. I trained with my personal trainer on Friday and a still sore today. It sure doesn't make me want to run!
Well, enough about my worries. Off to run/walk with XRSIZE18.
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