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I heart February

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I wrote in a previous diary that I felt as if *my* New Year was really at the end of January, since I started three grad classes and feel like I'm finally moving on with my life. I have so much momentum right now - I've been getting in TONS of fitness minutes, I've been ramping up the cardio, and my time at the gym has been awesome. My strength training workouts have been KILLER!

And (knock on wood) I have finally started to bust through my plateau. I had been sitting comfortably (*too* comfortably?) around 150-152 for many many months and I felt like my goal of getting into the 130's was totally out of reach. But the something happened. I can't exactly pinpoint when or what it was, but I got back into tracking my food consistently, I upped the cardio A LOT, I started going to the gym after school if I had to get in a workout... and it's been working! On my last weigh-in, I was 145.7. Holy moly. I am so thrilled.

And even though it's only five pounds, that five pounds has been so much more than a number. My size range has gone from a 6-8 to a 4-6 (hurrah!) and my running pace has improved. At the beginning of the month, I was running an average 11:15 pace (about) when doing my short runs. For the last week, my average time has been around 10:15-10:30 mpm. And this is for non-races! I am excited about the possibility of breaking a 30:00 5K this year.

Things to work on in February:
- resisting the call of take-out at my mom's house. When I'm there for class, I've been a little too quick to agree to order dinner. I want to nip this bad habit in the bud before it makes a home on my belly and thighs.
- Continue my awesome running schedule. I ended up with 47.95 miles run in January and would really really really love to get to a solid 50 in February. I'm starting out right - tomorrow I have a group run for half marathon training; we are going for 6. I'm looking forward to running in the snow!
- Have a more consistent weekly workout routine. I have been going from week to week, and it's been ok, but I think my muscles would thank me for some consistent work and rest.
- Reward myself with a new gadget! If I can hit 50 miles running this month, I'm going to buy a Garmin. I've made it this far without one, but as my training ramps up and as I really get back into running, I think it would be good for me to get one.

OK so that's about it. I hear that the groundhog didn't see his shadow, so early spring it is! Bring it on! I can't wait to log some miles on my running shoes!
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/5/2013 4:11PM

    It's amazing what a difference a few pounds makes when running - I can tell a difference even with 4-5 additional pounds, it's so much harder! I have no doubt you will be able to break your 30 minute 5k goal!

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EASTENDCLAM 2/3/2013 5:40AM

    Wow you're busy and still get in the minutes and miles. Great job and it's always good to see it pay off.

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CHSHULER89 2/2/2013 8:22PM

    Awesome! I was staying in the 150's, but finally broke into the 140's. Great job! The little things do add up! I hope one day to run, still dealing with shin splints. Love my spinning though. Keep up the momentum! :-)

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