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Four weeks and counting.....

Saturday, October 03, 2009

On Sunday, October 4, it will be exactly four weeks until the NYC Marathon.

Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race.

This idea seems to be working. I have lost 1.2 pounds each week for the last two weeks. I am following my MIT schedule and getting in all my required training miles. I still seem to be slipping up at least one day a week but I am trying not to be too hard on myself. This has been the best that I have been doing in all areas (exercise, eating, sleeping, etc.) in a long time. Here is to hoping that my body continues to respond to the changes that I am trying to implement over the next several weeks.

Here we go again. This is my plan for the week of October 4-10:

Sunday 4: No Required Exercise: 2 miles walking. 2.25 miles walking the dogs.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 hours in bed. nap in afternoon.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1690
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Monday 5: Run (or cross train) 6 miles: YES + 2. weather was perfect and week might be hectic so thought I should get the extra miles in just in case.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 hours in bed. not restful. woke up several times in the night.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1700
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Tuesday 6: Run (or cross train) 5 miles: NO. run/walk 3.25 miles. had to work late. had MIT banquet to attend in evening. tried to run/walk before hand. legs very tired. realize it had been 11 days since I had taken a day off. may have to reconsider workout plan this week.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: NO. 615 in bed.
Eat between 1600-1900 calories: NO. estimate 3225. had MIT banquet. ate okay during dinner but we stayed long enough that I was hungry again afterwards and basically had a 4th meal.
No fast food: NO. ate 4th meal at McDonalds.
No soda pop: NO. one small cherry coke from McDonalds.

Wednesday 7: Run (or cross train) 8 miles: YES. all cross training to give my legs a break from pounding the pavement.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: NO. 645 in bed. did take one hour nap in afternoon
Eat between 1600-1900 calories: 1627
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Thursday 8: Run (or cross train) 5-6 miles: YES. rode equivalent to 5.67 miles.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 9 hours. very restful. felt great in the morning.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: NO. 2331. went out to dinner at LaChatalaine. Actually I was proud of myself. did not get dessert. did not drink pop although I did get a hot chocolate as I had just rode my bike for about 75 minutes in the cold rain. also got a child's portion of mac n' cheese.
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Friday 9: Run/walk 1-2 mile: NO. weather bad and didn't want to go all the way to the gym for 1-2 miles. can't do more with the long run tomorrow. thought it would be good to rest the legs. it has been 2 weeks since I have taken a day off from exercise.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: NO. 630 hours in bed.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: NO. not counting calories for the next couple days. very stressed with work and big run coming up. these blogs the last couple weeks have helped and I will get back on track Monday but I have decided I am taking the weekend off.
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: NO. one can of Coke.
Check and record weight: down 0.2 lbs. was okay with that considering when I did my calculations, I was planning on being up by almost a half a pound.

Saturday 10: Run 20 miles: YES. good run. last long run before the "big"day. I am now officially in taper mode.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 9 hours of sleep: 11 hours in bed. I was exhausted. got up at 5 am, ran 20 miles, went to tailgate, came home and tried to watch some football but about 930, could hardly keep my eyes open.
Try to stay under 3300 calories: decided not to track calories this weekend. see note from Friday. I know I ate ALOT of calories as I was starved after the run plus it was buckeye football tailgating today. that being said, I also burned almost 2200 calories because not only did I run 20 but I ended up walking almost 3 miles today as well.

Wish me luck. I will edit blog each day to try and keep myself accountable!
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  • RUNSHANBUN
    Molly! Good luck, I was really tickled to "officially" meet you this weekend. I know you can do this and stay on track...!
    3326 days ago
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