Posts Tagged ‘spinning’

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!

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.

Month 2 of Insanity

April 18, 2010

Holy balls.  We did our first workout of Month 2.  Dear God.  Not only is it longer (60 min or so) but it’s harder.  I mean, I didn’t think there was really any way to make it harder, but it turns out that Shawn T managed to do just that. 

I taught Spin this morning.  We did a 60 minute interval ride, and it was tough.  Then I came home and did the Max Interval It Would Feel Better If You Just Died Workout.  So I’m BEAT.  Tomorrow I get to do it all again, except it will be a run, then Insanity.  Good times.  I’d be flabbergasted if I’m not sore in weird spots tomorrow. 

Oh, I lost a half pound this past Tuesday.  So yay!  I’m down a bit more already, so if I can stick it out thru the weekend, I should see a good loss on Tuesday this week.

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!

What the hell is Insanity?

April 7, 2010

So, I figured I’d give you guys a bit more info on the Insanity workouts, by Beachbody.  These are the same folks who do P90x, which you may have heard of.

First, they are awesome. 

Second, they are hard.

Third, here’s some details.  It’s circuit training, which means you go really hard for a fairly short time period, then a quick recovery.  While you are going really hard, you are doing both cardio and strenth stuff.  Lots of jumping (jump squats, ski jumps, frog jumps, globe jumps) plenty of pushups, some ab work, and some targeted upper body.  However, you do all of this using your own body weight, no weights.  Which believe me, is fucking hard. 

In the firs 30 days, most of the workouts are around 40 minutes long.  Next week is a recovery week, so we’ll do the recovery DVD every day.  I have no idea what that entails, but I suspect ol’ Shawn T’s idea of recovery and mine (laying on the couch with a cat, a book, and wine) are not the same.  We shall see.

For the second month, all the workouts are called Max Something Or Another.  Max Plyometrics, Max Cardio, Max Death Workout…  you get the drift.  And I believe these are a bit longer, like 50-60 min.  It will be interesting to see how different and how much harder these are. 

Oh, and thanks for the encouragement girls!  I am down a bit more this morning, but it’s not an official weigh in, so who knows what Tuesday will bring.  If I can stay on track on the weekend, I do well.  If I pretend that I have a raging metabolism and am one of those assholes who can eat pizza+ice cream+cheetos for every meal and not gain any weight, well, you can imagine how the weigh in goes.  😀  However, I will be having ice cream this weekend.  I’m taking my nieces out for a fun day of fabric shopping, and we will top the whole thing off with ice cream.  Woo! 

Oh, and for the second day in a row, I got my ass up to run before work.  All it takes is a barrage of texts from my imaginary friends.  Who knew?

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?

I’m slacking!

February 13, 2010

Not on the workouts or the eating right.  But on the blogging 😀 

So this has been a good couple weeks.  I am down about 6 lbs from my recent high, all due to counting points and logging them.  Amazing how that works, huh? 

This past weekend I had a 10 mile long run on my schedule.  However, Mother Nature, the bitch, didn’t want to cooperate.  It was cold and snowy.  Boo.  So I did that sucker on my treadmill.  Good times.  I used my Sony E-Reader, and read a book the entire time.  That made it go by pretty fast, all things considered.  I only had to take one potty break.  Not too shabby!

Then this week on Tuesday, I did a Body Pump class.  No, it is not a class on hibbity jibbity, you pervs.  It’s a weight lifting class.  Apparently it worked, because my thighs were sore, REALLY SORE, for two full days afterwards.  Going down stairs was no fun, and I felt like I was walking like a zombie everywhere I went! 

Thursday brought a run and a Spin class (woo!) and tonight I’ll hopefully run later.  I am going out to dinner with a couple friends, and they chose Carraba’s as our destination.  UGH.  First, I don’t really care for Italian Restaurants, because I feel like I’m really getting bent over on the food.  $15 for a plate with some noodles, sauce, and maybe some chicken?  Come on.  Plus, I never really like the food there.  But hey, at least they should have good wine.

So like a good little Weight Watcher, I went searching for nutritional info on Carraba’s.  They don’t have it on their site, so what I found may or may not be accurate, and isn’t exactly comforting.  It sounds like I should try to get them to bring me a dry salad (no cheese) and a piece of grilled chicken.  Fun.  Oh wait, no, not so much.  So it’s going to be expensive, not tasty, and probably blow my points for the day anyway.  Super. 

But, it should be good company, and don’t forget…  GOOD WINE.  Really, what more can I ask for? 

Oh yeah, good healthy food.  But whatevs.

7 days of tracking points (WW)

February 2, 2010

I’ve rejoined Weight Watchers, because really, it is the only way I’m ever successful.  Counting Points is basically glorified calorie counting, but for some reason I find it much easier to keep track of 25 points per day, than 1800 calories.  I’ve done the math on my WW daily points, weekly points, etc, and the calorie ranges end up the same.  So in theory, it shouldn’t matter which I do, right?  Points are easier for me to keep track of, and there is a kick ass iPhone app for it!  Woot. 

So after counting points for 7 days, and staying within my points, I am exactly the same weight as I was last Tuesday.  Which is only frustrating because every single day – EXCEPT TODAY- I have been down anywhere from 2-4 lbs.  Motherf*cker.  Right?  Argh.  Yesterday I had Pizza Hut with DH, which I had points for, but I suspect was packed full of sodium.  So we’ll see if tomorrow shows me down again.  It friggin’ better. 

I did my 9 mile long run on Saturday with my friend Leigh.  It was slow, but we did it all, outside.  I only had to make 2 bathroom stops.  I say “only” with a lot of sarcasm.  WTF?  If I run on my treadmill, I don’t usually have to stop.  But get me outside, away from a warm, dry, clean bathroom, and it’s like I’m Super Pooper.  I had planned for this, as this was nothing new to me, but it still blows (pardon my pun).  But the good thing is that my long run went well.  So yay!

Coach Becca gave me my schedule for this week.  And um, holy shit.  It has me running 31 miles, which is not going to happen.  I have 3 spin classes to teach this week, so I’ll be subbing at least one of my 5 runs for one of those, possibly 2.  I’ve emailed her to get her thoughts on what I should do for the week.  The spin classes are not optional, since I’m the BIC (bitch in charge).  I don’t mind doubling up on workouts if I can fit it in, but I can’t do a 7 mile run and a 60-90 Spin class on the same day.  I’m just not there right now. 

My long run this week is 10 miles. Since I’ve structured “my week” as Tues – Mon (two reasons:  I don’t work on Mondays, so it feels like a weekend to me, and I often teach spin classes on both Sat & Sun, so it gives me Mon to do my long run) I’ll be doing my 10 miler on Monday this time.  That means I’ll be by myself most likely.  UGH.  I’m such a social runner.  But when I do my long runs on Mondays, I don’t know anyone who can run with me. 

And yesterday, I completely forgot to run.  It’s like it never even crossed my mind, until about 8:30, and by then I was full from dinner, and not going to go run.  That doesn’t happen very often!