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Hard core running!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I truly feel like a real REAL runner today. According to intellicast, the temperature was 17F when I went for my run this morning. And you know what? I was hardly even cold! I was when I started, of course, but by the end I was perfectly toasty. All morning I was groaning about the run I had to do... it ended up being a fantastic 3.55 miles. I took a little drive so the second half would be downhill - I think this may end up being one of my new favorite running routes. There were three cars on my whole trip, two wiener dogs, and a border collie. The sun came out on my way back and I could even take my neck gaiter away from my face!

For 17 degrees I wore:
- UnderArmour compression tights (Cold Gear)
- fleece-lined running pants
- sleeveless top
- UnderArmour Cold Gear mock neck
- wind-proof jacket
- hat, mittens, neck gaiter

It was perfect! In fact, my hands got a little warm at the end, but it wasn't bad. I can't wait to bundle up and do it again.

- pack my school stuff for the next two days
- drink lots of water
- get some healthy snacks ready to take to my mom's house

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MUFFIY831 2/6/2013 8:53AM

    That's impressive. I give up on outdoor running in the winter and hit the dreadmill. Good for you for sticking with your plan - and gearing up accordingly.

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    Good for you - I hate running in cold weather...I can handle 30-degree temps with no wind, but much lower than that and, while I do it, I am miserable the whole time. Hates it.

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CFMOSS 2/4/2013 7:18AM

    Good run even if it sounds a bit nuts to me. Keep up the good journeying.

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    emoticon I actually like running in the colder weather better than hot! Glad you were able to get a run in. It was a little warmer here in Wisconsin for running but, the road I live on is still pretty icy, so I'm stuck to running on the treadmill.

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/3/2013 6:14PM

    That is fantastic! Cold should never be an excuse. (Well, I suppose we can make allowances for sub-zero temps, but otherwise...)

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    I am happy I have gear to run outside in the winter. I would have a lot more if I hadn't been pregnant. Next year I will be out there more.

I wonder if doing some jumping jacks to get your body warmed up before you start the run would help with the chillyness at the beginning.

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COOP9002 2/3/2013 3:06PM

    Way to go! I tend to wimp out these days and run inside when it gets that cold.

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/3/2013 1:51PM

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SUGARSMOM2 2/3/2013 12:39PM

  sounds like it was pleasant day for you . good job .

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    hooray!! this sounds like a great run! i'm so glad you are still running strong and doing so well! emoticon

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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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    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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Midweek check

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today's good stuff:
- had a great workout this morning. I did lots of cardio and about 30 minutes of strength training.
- drank lots of water
- ate really really healthy with my hubs
- got organized for school

I had two of three classes at school and so far I LOVE them. I had Theories of Learning, a grad-level ed. psych. class. The professor seems really great and I'm looking forward to the books and articles we have to read. My other class is a supervision class. I'm really excited because the articles we have to read are ones that I already have because I'm a member of a national curriculum organization. Yahoo! I am just thrilled that I am doing this. I can't WAIT until I can start looking at jobs in administration!

Tomorrow I am doing a morning swim and some upper body strength training, and I have 3-ish miles to run when I get to my mom's house. I am really taking advantage of my time as a student to get lots of fitness into my day. If I can concentrate on really dropping some inches while I have the time, then when I start looking for jobs and getting back to the "real world" I can focus on maintenance.

Time for some hot tea and packing my bag for tomorrow!

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CFMOSS 1/31/2013 6:50AM

    Good job - good plan. Have a great day.

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Getting into the groove

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

So this is slightly weird - I'm Sparking in the university library. Ha! Just printed out my syllabus for my class tonight, then off to get some coffee and head over to class. So far, so good.

Today I did three running miles in the morning and 2.7 walking miles with my mom's dog. It's going to be so good for me to be able to walk the dog when I'm at my mom's house. I'll be burning calories left and right! Today's eating wasn't so hot, but I'm chalking it up to getting used to my schedule. From this point on I'll be able to better gauge what kind of food I should be bringing and what my eating schedule is going to be like.

Today's good stuff:
- did a total of 5.7 miles walking/running
- hit my 10K steps and more on the pedometer. I have decided that if I can remember to wear my pedometer every time I come down to school and log all the steps, in a certain amount of time I will earn a FitBit. I don't know how long I'm going to be able to wait - maybe I'll do two or three weeks...?
- I bought a really cute dress and a pair of jeans in a size 4. Hurrah!!!!
- My outfit is cute.

Ok! Off to get some coffee!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 1/29/2013 5:45PM

  emoticon emoticon Your gonna rock a size 4!~

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The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly on My Plans

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mother Nature has put a kink in my plans for today. I was going to get in an early swim, but the timing of the sleet and freezing rain make it probably not the best idea. So, instead of getting myself bent out of shape, I looked at the pool schedule for school (yay! I am so excited to be on campus again!) and saw that they are open tonight from 9-10:30. Right after my class - perfect timing! So I think I'm going to be a late-night swimmer tonight and get in my mile after class.

After the initial feeling of disappointment passed, it was kind of neat to try to figure out where I could fit a swim into the day when my first plan didn't work out.

Yesterday was a pretty successful errand-running day. I found some great winter running stuff for 30% off - really nice running gloves, super-warm mittens, and a neck gaiter for $6! I was hesitant to spend the money (even with the 30% it was still a little pricey), but I reminded myself that I am going to be runner for life! and that these things would help me run in the cold for years to come. Didn't seem so expensive when I put it that way.

- lots of water
- keep my goals in check
- get in a swim!

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SAMI199 1/29/2013 5:25AM


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MCJULIEO 1/28/2013 5:29PM

    So jealous!

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CFMOSS 1/28/2013 8:30AM

    Just a yucky morning here in western PA. Have a great back to school as an adult day.

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JGRAY76 1/28/2013 6:17AM

    Good for you on fitting in that late night swim and congrats on the scoring warm running gear on sale.

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