Posts Tagged ‘half marathon’

I found my running mojo.

July 21, 2010

It was right there the whole time.  Hiding in a pile of clean laundry, made up of mostly workout clothes.  Who knew?

So I picked it up, put it on (along with my workout clothes!) and picked a goal race for this fall.  I’m training again.  This time for a half marathon in Columbus, Ohio.  Eek!  I’ve been running more consistently now for a couple weeks, and I feel good.  A gal I work with moved in to my neighborhood, so we’ve been meeting each other to run a couple mornings before work (5:15 am, baby!  Best hours of the day, as my Grandad would say!).  That’s been nice, and kept me off my treadmill.  She hurt her knee this weekend, so this week I’m on my own.  I ran yesterday morning and plan to do it again tomorrow and Friday.  Then this weekend I”ll get in my long run (7 miles!) and another short run. 

Ideally.  😀 

My weight has kind of plateaued.  It’s not a mystery as to why.  I’ve not been logging my food, and I’ve been eating cookies like they are the last ones on earth.  So yeah.  I’ll be needing to change that.  Y’all may know about my tummy trials and tribulations, and I can tell you that the answer is not cookies.  I’m highly suspicious that the culprit is actually gluten, but I’m in denial about what that would mean.  So I’m not sure where I’m at on that.  I feel like a 3 year old, all “I don’t wanna!” when it comes to potentially cutting out the best food in the world.  Bread.  Which manifests itself into the best meals ever.  Sammiches.  Pizza.  Pasta.  FRICK.

Briefly last week, I attempted an elimination diet, where you basically eat nothing but chicken, turkey, lamb (who the hell eats lamb?), and potatoes.  And some fruit.  I lasted about 2 days.  I wore my cranky-pants the entire time.  In theory, the idea was that I’d do this for two weeks (HA!) and then start adding foods back in to see what it is that makes me feel like royal crapola all the time.  But apparently I was not motivated enough, because I did not stick with it.  The allure of a PB&J was too strong. 

So this week, I’ve bounced back down to my lowest weight in years, and I’m logging my points every day.  Yesterday that involved pizza and wine, but hey, that is what you get activity points and weekly points for!

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Holding Steady = WIN

May 25, 2010

In a race to get to the weight loss finish line, sometimes there are pit stops.  I equate this to running a half-marathon (or a full, but since I’ve never done one of those, I hate to equate to it!).  I rush off at the start, fueled by excitement, go out fast, and do really well for a while.  Then I have tummy troubles and have to make a pit stop (“Holy hell, where are the porta potties?” is a thought I often have during a race).  I make my pit stop, feel much better, and then go out again all gung-ho (Novia, notice how I didn’t say “gang-busters” here!).  Then, at some point, I start to slow down.  I start to wish it was just fucking finished already.  Miles 8-11 seem like they take forever, and like I’m making exactly ZERO progress.  Eventually, I do get to the finish line, often with some walking, and always with some internal swearing. 

That experience is much like the whole weight loss one.  When I started this process, now six or seven years ago (WHAT? How did this happen?), I was all gung-ho.  I lost 80 lbs.  In a little over a year.  GO ME.  Then I tapered off, held steady, fluctuated a bit, and made some pit stops (gained back about 10 lbs, staying steady with no loss).  Now, I’m in that mile 8-11 zone, where I feel like I’m not going anywhere, and not accomplishing anything, and like I’ll never in a million years get to the finish line, which is my goal weight of 160. 

However, if I step back, and look at this like I can look back on my half marathons, I will see that I am making progress.  Slow and steady wins the race finishes the race.  And really, finishing is the only goal.  It doesn’t matter how fast I get there, aside from my constant lack of patience with myself.  And much like running the half marathon, it doesn’t do me any good to berate myself along the way for the variety of errors I’ve made (going out too fast, not training hard enough, having ice cream, or enjoying several fruity drinks while on vacation).  So I’m not going to do it – not in the weight loss race, nor in my running races. 

All of this to say that I held steady over the last two weeks.  And instead of beating myself up for the things I didn’t do right (drinks, too many cookies, too little exercise) I’m just going to be proud of the fact that I stayed the same in spite of those things.  Especially the five days I spent in Mexico, eating whatever they had at the buffet (all-inclusive), eating french fries in the middle of the afternoon, and drinking more alcohol than I normally do in months.  Plus, before we left, there was a cookie-related incident at my house.  I made a shit-ton of cookies that were really fucking good, and ate a lot of them.  So yeah.  Holding stead = WIN this week.

Checking in… it’s been a while

May 3, 2010

I know, I know.

I went to Derby (KY) and lots of fun was had.  I ran half of a half.  😀  It was my longest run in months.  I had tummy troubles (shocker, I know) but once I got past them, I was in good shape.  I had an absolute blast with my imaginary friends.  We drank wine, had a fuckerware party, and did some running.  Life is good.

I’m frustrated with myself right now.  I’m eating like shit, and not exercising.  It’s a cycle that is hard to bust out of sometimes.  DH and I have slacked off on Insanity, but we have pledged to pick it back up tomorrow.  I think for now we are going to do the Month 1 workouts most of the time because 40 minutes of that shit is plenty.  Plus, we are both going to work on going harder during the intervals, and one of my goals is to do REAL pushups, not the girly ones.

This weekend was a wedding back home in Kansas, and I didn’t do great eating.  I had soft serve ice cream this morning for breakfast at Golden Corral, if that tells you anything.  We leave for Mexico in 2 weeks, and while I’m nowhere near my goal, I am down 12 lbs from the middle of January.  So that is good.  DH and I are going to work on eating cleaner and within points for the next two weeks, along with our workouts.  I’m also vowing to RUN 4 times this week.  4-5 miles each time.  I teach Spin twice this week as well.  Should be a good productive workout week.  It will feel good to get back in the swing of things.

I’ve started feeling an itch to “train” for something, but I suspect that is driven from my self-frustration right now.  I did some searching on fall races, and I will probably sign up for something at some point.  But for now, I am promising myself I will just be consistent.  I may do some 5K or 10Ks, just for fun, if my schedule allows for it.  There is actually a 9K race this weekend (Sunday) that I may do.  I need to decide, because it often fills up.

Goals this week:

  1. Run 4 times this week.  At least 18 miles.  Including MONDAY.
  2. 4 Insanity Workouts.
  3. 2 Spin classes (this is kind of a gimmee, I don’t have an option on these!)
  4. LOG my points every day.  Seriously.
  5. Blog several times.

A’ight.  That’s it.  For now.  I’m outie.

The results are in

April 13, 2010

I didn’t do the long run.  I just didn’t wanna.  Terrible, I’m sure.  However, I’ve had kind of an epiphany around running lately.  I’m done “training” for a while.  I want to run because I want to, not because I have to.  I’ve been feeling this way for a while, and now that I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m not running my half in two weeks, it’s kind of freeing.  I want to run because it’s fun, and for exercise.  Not so I can do a race. 

I know this won’t last indefinitely.  I’ll start to feel the pull of a race sooner or later, but for now, I just want to go back to running.  Just running.  I’d like to do some local races for fun, and to be part of the running community.  These will be 5K or 10K races.  Short, easy, no pressure.  Ideally, I’ll work on running faster during this time, but I’m really not going to worry about it.  I’ve been dreading the long runs for longer than I can remember.  And quite frankly, that isn’t how I want it to be.  So until that feeling goes away, I want to go out and run 3-5 miles several times a week, with a “long run” of up to 7 or 8 on the weekends.  And if I don’t feel like that long of a run, I’ll give myself permission to just do another 3-5 miler.  It’s not like I’m on the cusp of a BQ, or training for the Olympics, FFS.  I run because it feels good, it’s great for my mental health, and it makes me feel kind of awesome to say I’m a runner. 

So this is what I’m going to do.  For now.  Until I change my mind again.  Which could be in 4 days, or 4 months.  Or longer. 

I weigh in tomorrow morning.  My hubby lost another 3 lbs this week (I’m so proud of him!).  I don’t expect any results like that.  I’ve weighed in all week, and I’ve been consistently down a little bit from last Tuesday.  So we’ll see.  After a big week (for me) last week, I don’t expect another one like that.  It never works that way for me!  I did ask my DH to help me to be more accountable in logging my food.  I start out going gang-bangers each week (is that phrase right?  It seems weird when I write it out.) and by Friday and Saturday, I’m not being consistent with logging.  By Monday I’m like “Well, I weigh in tomorrow, so why bother today?”  Not helping!!  DH agreed to help me be accountable, if I promised not to get mad at him when he asks me “Did you log that peanut butter you are shoveling in your pie hole?”  😀  I pointed out that he could attempt to be tactful, but that isn’t really his MO…  so this could be interesting!  🙂

Oh, and for those of you waiting on bated breath to find out what the recovery week of the Insanity workouts are like…  well they are not too bad.  Nice and easy pace.  The workout is 40 min long, and has some of the same stuff (at a slower pace) as the first month, and some new stuff.  I’m kind of nervously looking forward to starting the second month.  Eek!

Ladies, place your bets

April 9, 2010

On how far I make it in my long run on Sunday.  I’m going to gallowalk it, and see if I can do 10 miles.  If I can do it and don’t want to cut my legs off afterwards, I’ll gallowalk the Derby race.  If not, then I’ll just spectate. 

I ran this morning.  Go me.  Tonight is Day 1 of the Recovery Week in Insanity.  I’ll let you know what Shawn T’s idea of Recovery looks like later. 

Last night was Spin class.  Surprisingly I had 5 people.  I was expecting ZERO since it was 70* and gorgeous outside.  We did an ass-kicking workout consisting of some long periods of climbing, with some high intensity flats.  It was GOOD.  I teach again tomorrow morning, and I can’t decide what to unleash on them.  But I know they will be sweaty mofos when they are done!

If I don’t get to the godforsaken grocery store tonight, we are going to be eating canned tomatoes and ramen noodles all weekend.  We are out of everything.  Bread.  Eggs.  String cheese.  Fruit.  Granola bars.  Chicken.  Seriously.  WTF?

I’m being harassed ;)

April 5, 2010

By one of my two followers.  😀  Miss Novia is keeping me honest with blogging! 

So I’ve been busy.  Lots of Shawn T Insanity workouts.  We did our fit test at the beginning of week three (last week) and we both CRUSHED out initial fit test results.  So, go us!  We were both relieved that the crazy ass jumping and flailing was actually making a difference. 

While I’ve been being Insane, I have not been running much.  After those workouts, my legs are too dead to run.  So this week, I’ve recruited some of my favorite imaginary friends to call and harass me at 0500 each morning.  I shall run then, and do my Insanity workouts after work.

DH has been logging his points faithfully, and that fucker is losing weight like crazy.  I have been logging my points half-assedly, and shockingly, not losing weight.  I am allegedly down 2 lbs right now, but my weigh in day isn’t until tomorrow, and the scale never really cooperates with me.  So who knows. 

I keep saying I’m going to do a long run.  But I haven’t.  So I’m not sure if I’ll end up running at Derby, or not.  If I run, it will be a gallowalking festival, with 5 min running, then 1 min walking.  So we shall see.  It could go right down to the wire that morning.

Today’s workout

March 31, 2010

It started with good intentions.  We were on our way home, planning to do the Insanity workouts.  We got home, and ended up doing a different sort of workout, if ya know what I mean.  😀  Oops! 

I’ve got to run.  Jeebus.  I have a half in about 4 weeks and I haven’t done a long run in a while.  Like weeks.  I may or may not end up racing.  I need to get out this weekend and try a long run, probably gallowalking.  I mean, surely I can tough it out, right?   Eek.  We’ll see.

So this past weekend I went home to KS for a couple days.  That did not go well, foodwise.  It was my birthday, and there was ice cream cake, my favorite dips with chips, fried chicken…  gah.  It was G.O.O.D.  But I held steady this week, and did not lose.  I was neglectful in logging all week.  So, today, the beginning of my week, I’m logging.  No matter what.  Even tho I had too much shit food today.  Log it, move on.  Tomorrow I will just NOT start the junk.  I do better if I don’t even get started. 

Tomorrow DH and I will do our Insanity workouts, and I’m going to get my ass up before work and run.  Someone ask me about it tomorrow.  Novia?  I’m talking to you, babe.

8 straight days of workouts, and COUNTING!

March 19, 2010

Welp, we’re still going strong on our Insanity workouts.  Yesterday was a rest day, per the program, but I had to teach Spinning.  So, I did.  Yesterday was the eighth day in a row of working out!  And tonight I have a run and Insanity workout planned.  Tomorrow and Sunday are Spin + Insanity.  Etc, etc, etc.  As some of my friends would say:  RAWR! 

I had three women in Spin last night.  All of them are definitely more in the beginner realm, and it was a super fun class.  I got to encourage them to hang on for the last 30 seconds of a climb, and tell them how hard they worked.  I really enjoyed it.  I hope they did, too. 

Did I tell you guys that I didn’t end up going to Dallas for the RnR half marathon?  I watched plane ticket prices for WEEKS and they were hovering between $350-400 a person.  Since we needed 2 of them, there was no way in hell I was paying that.  So about a week out, I came to realize it wasn’t gonna happen.  So I committed to teach Spin both days that weekend.  Then, BAM, prices went down to $150 a person.  ::insertPISSEDOFFsmileyhere::  ARGH.  Oh well. 

I have another half marathon planned for April 24th in Louisville, KY.  It’s the Derby Half Marathon, and I cannot frickin’ wait.  Not for the run, but for the company!  I’m going to be hanging out with my imaginary running girlfriends!  I mean, they are real, but I call them my imaginary friends because I met them on a running message board, and had not met them until this past fall!  But they are THE BEST.  I’m going to attempt 9 miles on Monday, and then work up before the race.  It’s been probably 3 weeks since my last long run, so we’ll see how it goes.  In addition to the race, we are also having a Fuckerware party.  (In case you don’t know what that is, it’s like a tupperware party, but you buy big black dildos and the like)  GOOD TIMES. 

We’ve been having this outstanding spring weather here in Colorado.  I ran outside after work on Wednesday, and it was fabulous.  However, because Mother Nature is a mercurial bitch, it is now snowing and 26 degrees.  I kinda want to tell ol’ Ma Nature to go f*ck herself.   I’m ready for outside running, capris, skirts and sandals, and grilling. 

My message to Mother Nature:  Bring back Spring, you crazy ho.

Insanity!!

March 16, 2010

Not my life.  😀  My workouts!  In a couple ways.  So I haven’t been running a ton, but I’ve been Spinning a lot.  Subbing and teaching a lot of classes.  But the real Insanity are the workouts I somehow talked my DH into trying with me. 

The first day we took a Fit Test that consisted of kicking and jumping around like a jackass.  Well, sort of jumping.  I’m not a very good jumper.  You’d think a little fit test would be ok, and then the next day we’d be ready to jump in to our workout.  But, in reality, not so much.  Jeebus H. Christ, I was sore for two full days, and a bit sore for the third day.  Holy crap.  What a crazy ass workout.  It’s awesome. 

I do, however, need to run.  I haven’t run in a while.  GAH.  After the Insanity workout, my legs are too jelly-like to run!  But I have a half marathon in April, and I’m going to be in big trouble if I don’t get my ass in running gear. 

I’ve lost a few more pounds, so that is good.  🙂

Big workout weekend

February 22, 2010

I love these weekends.  They give me a great amount of confidence in my ability to go for a long time.  Yesterday I taught a 90 minute spin class, and then today I ran 4 miles before I taught a 60 min spin class.  Both days, long workouts.  And last weekend I ran 11 miles on the treadmill, which was over 2 hours long.

I’m starting to feel cautiously optimistic about my upcoming half marathon.  I know that long biking sessions are not the same as long running sessions, impact wise, but I feel good about my endurance.  This coming weekend, I have a 12 miler to do, and it would sure be nice if I could get outside for it.  We shall see.  Winter seems to have set in for good in Colorado, and I’m sick and frickin’ tired of it.  Give me some goddammed sunshine, before I get grouchy(er). 

Although, the upside of running on my treadmill is that I’ve been reading a lot.  My new E-reader is da bomb for running on the treadmill.  It made that 11 miler go pretty fast.  SCORE.

Eating wise, I have been ok.  Not great, but not bad.  I am down another pound or so, and that is good.  However, I have slacked off on the logging a bit, which is definitely why my losses slowed.  It’s like this magical coincidence, huh?