Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Yesterday I was RAVENOUS. Not just a little bit, but a lot. And I ate a lot. I'm not sweating it too much - it was one day and I'm back on track today, but still. I definitely notice it, though... today I feel a little more poochy than I did yesterday.
I am subbing today, and then I'm headed to the gym for some upper body stuff. I want to give my strength training the same love as I'm giving my running. And my running is coming along really well. Yesterday I did 7 miles and it felt so good. I took along an orange Hammer Gel and had it about one hour in. It definitely did the trick. I made it to my mileage, no problem. I felt as if I could have kept going, but I am really making an effort to be smart about my training and not overdoing it. I don't have a Garmin (yet - when I hit 50 miles this month I'm treating myself), but my pace was pretty consistent. I use Map My Run, and it showed that my miles were all within about 20 seconds. Not too bad for going by feel alone!
- drink all my water
- keep my eating in check - I honestly think yesterday was my body not knowing what to do with itself because it just ran 7 miles. I think the plan for the next long run is to eat more food, sooner after I'm done. I didn't have very much after my run yesterday, and I think that had something to do with my eating spree.
- work hard at the gym! I don't like to waste my time when I'm there.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
There's a little bit of excitement around here! Someone is interested in renting out our house! On Wednesday night we had someone come look at it with the realtor. Yesterday they called with a couple questions, and the realtor told us that they'd be filing out an application! I am SOOOO excited. I wasn't sure how I was going to react - I was getting nervous about all kinds of stuff - could we afford to move? How was school going to work out? All kinds of stuff. But I felt nothing but excitement when I heard that someone was interested!
So now the waiting begins. I REALLY hope it all works out - the application comes back OK, they are decent people, all that.
Classes are going well. I have been running regularly down at my mom's house, and every day my eating seems to be improving. I've been taking food along with me so I don't have to go out to eat every meal, and it's working out!
My half marathon training is going really well, too! My longest run so far has been six miles, and it was a really good run. Everything felt good! While I know I have to work on my long run nutrition a little bit, I feel more confident every day that I am going to do great on my first half. Yay!
- lots and lots of water
- swim and upper body if I can get out of the snowy driveway, which i think will be fine later this afternoon
- schoolwork (lots of reading)
- try not to get myself too crazy about the potential renters
Thursday, February 07, 2013
I feel like a little kid - I'm waiting to hear if there is a snow day tomorrow! But I'm excited for it in a different way as an adult - it means I get to spend a long morning at the gym working out instead of going in to sub. Ha!
Today's eating was not all that great. I felt SOOOO hungry today. Perhaps I need to take another look at how many calories I'm eating a day. My brother and I went out for lunch - I had chicken and waffles (MMM) and chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. The cake was really good, the icing was only so-so.
I did manage to get in a 2.5 mile run and another 2.5 miles walking the dog this afternoon. I tried some new eating today - on the way down to my mom's house, I stopped for a bagel. It was over an hour until I was going to run, so I thought I'd be ok. Well, 2.5 miles in, I was *not* ok. It's funny how my stomach seems to be getting more sensitive the more I run... maybe it just likes its routine. But anyway, it was only supposed to be a 3 mile run, so I wasn't *too* bummed about having to cut it short.
I think I will treat myself to a hot bath tonight. I was out in the cold A LOT today, and I just have this chill I can't get rid of. Snow day waffle and a little Maury tomorrow...? I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Looks like I'll have to sleep with my pajamas inside out tonight.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I am having a skinny day today. The scale was kind to me (although, I have to admit, it wasn't really a surprise as I've been working out like crazy and doing really well with tracking my food), my outfit makes me look very small, and even my ankles look good. Ha!
I ran six miles yesterday. It was freezing outside, the clouds didn't open up AT ALL, but I felt great! I took it easy - I listened to my body, paid attention to my breathing, slowed down when I felt I was pushing too hard... yesterday's run really made me feel like I'm going to be able to run this half marathon in May!
Running in the cold sucks. But it's really making me look forward to spring. I think for the last few years I've just been taking spring running for granted. But not this year. I've stepped up my running, getting out there in all kinds of crazy weather, and so spring is going to be extra-glorious for me this year. I can't WAIT until the first day I can wear a running skirt, sleeveless top and my arm warmers!
- drink lots of water. This winter has been extra-hard on my skin, so I need to get some hydration back.
- cross train and strength train at the gym. I'm planning on some swimming and some whole-body circuit type stuff.
- read my school law assignment. I have SO MUCH reading to do this semester. I guess that's what happens as a full time graduate student. I do NOT want to fall behind. Luckily, I love to read non-fiction and research articles. Yes, I am an education nerd.
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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