Monday, June 01, 2009
Just now I went back to one of the "Action Steps" for this diet stage I'm in. It was to reward myself for 12 weeks of hard work (it's been over 12 weeks now). I realized that I still haven't *really* rewarded myself for this. Sure, I bought some new clothes, but that was because I can't have my pants falling down at school. It's been more of necessity than a true reward. Yesterday during my 5K I decided what my reward was going to be. I spent most of my run yesterday singing silly songs from school to keep my feet moving. There is only so much "Down By the Bay" I can stand! Decided that my reward is going to be an mp3 player and some running headphones. I have been hearing so many people talk about how much it helps to have a distraction when they run, something to concentrate on instead of the actual running. I'm going to do some research, and i think next week when I get paid I'll go out and get an mp3 player. Wahoo!
Yesterday I went to brunch with my family. I don't think they really get that I *can* run! I told my brother that I am going to run a 4.5 mile trail run on Saturday, and the first thing he said was "can you run that far?" Not a congratulations or a good luck, just doubt. It's frustrating when my family doesn't think I am serious about running and my lifestyle change. I think it's because it is so different from their lifestyles. My family has never been active (on my mom's side, who i see more) or eaten really healthy. Going out to eat and eating quick convenience meals is the norm. But it's not that way for me anymore, and it seems like they are having a hard time accepting it. I just don't want to have the medical problems that side of the family has had as I grow older. Most of the problems could be gone if there was better diet and more movement.
So anyway, it's June, there are 8 more days of school, and I'm feeling good. I lost 2.4 pounds in May, so I now have to make my June goals. I think I'll post those later.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Yesterday morning I ran a 5K and last night I did a 2 mile walk in Philly for Crohn's research. This morning I woke up at 6:00 and decided to do another 5K near my mom's house. I knew it wasn't going to be for speed, but more for a workout. There were some positives to today:
- I was able to run the whole thing today. My legs were tired, but I did it! I was so psyched that I was physically able to run two 5Ks in two days. Tomorrow is definitely a rest day. I paid attention to my body yesterday and today, and when I woke up today, I felt really good. I knew I'd be able to do it.
- I passed some people again today. I didn't run fast today AT ALL, but I did run steady. My miles were all about the same (slow) time, but I didn't peter out at the end. I think my endurance is getting better. I had to sing some silly songs along the way to keep my feet going, and it worked. I think I'll treat myself to a very small iPod and new running headphones.
- I feel really good. I am happy I decided to run this morning. It was a great workout, and the trail was just beautiful. A little shady, through the woods, and just a little hilly.
Negative - there was no more bottled water when I finished. (I guess I need to start finishing faster!) How can a race run out of bottled water??? Luckily, I had some water in my car that was still cold. A little annoyed at that.
Today is brunch with my family and then back home. Tonight is a senior music awards banquet. Should be fun! Happy Sunday!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Well I had two goals for today.
1) to finish in a better time today than my last 5K
2) to not finish last (yeah, a superficial goal, but it kept me moving.)
I met both goals. Wahoo! My time today was 31:57 - beat my last time by 22 seconds. I think my interval training this week really helped. I was able to sprint towards the end. (And I actually passed 4 people today!)
The temperature was perfect, and the trail was really pretty. Generally flat, with only a few very short hills. I kept an eye on another runner to pace myself, ended up passing her at the turnaround, and picked another runner. I felt really good about it today. I paced myself better and I didn't feel like I was petering out at the end.
Tonight is walking in Philly, so I'm off to get ready for that. Happy Weekend!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Don't have too much to say tonight... went to the gym and did a great upper body workout and some core stuff, and did an easy run. Drank all my water today and then some. Scrambled egg whites with hot sauce and and an English muffin for breakfast. It was the perfect breakfast.
Tomorrow I'm going to do some swimming. The pool at my gym was closed for maintenance but now it's open. yay! I missed swimming, and my foot needs a break. The good news is that my foot is not getting worse; I am icing it and wrapping it like crazy. Feels much better.
Off to bed. I am sleepy and I have an early meeting tomorrow.
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