Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ok, so I am really trying to keep my frustration at bay. I am trying to think positive and be grateful for the fact that I can run at all. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I am getting frustrated! I want to do more, I want to push harder, but I know the results of that recipe, disaster! I want to be able to run faster, 4.5 on the treadmill is not running for me! Or, at least, it didn't used to be. I really need to remember that I am running at my pace now, not where I used to be this time last year. However, I looked over the entire 8 week rookie runner training program for a 5K, and it seems too easy for me, especially if I want to run an entire 5K in 7 weeks(I am in week 2 of the program right now). So..... I checked out the running training program, and I have a plan. The running program gets me to more solid running, which is my ultimate goal, and I think I am ready for it soon. What I am thinking is this. Next week, I skip week 3 of the rookie running, and go on to week 4. After that, I move over to the running program and do that 5 weeks leading up to April 10-16 week. It gives me enough time to build up my endurance slowly and still get in some decent workouts that are completely running.
On another note, I was checking out my "dream" marathon coming up in October of this year. I had originally thought I would do it last year, but I changed my plans in an effort to reach my goal weight. Goal weight didn't happen, and I really really miss long distance running. So, I am looking for some opinions. Some of my spark friends have been following my recovery from pneumonia in the fall, and know that I have been slow in returning to health. My Mom feels that striving to complete a marathon this year after all of my health issues would be pushing too hard. I just want it so bad. Every time I watch The Biggest Loser when they run the marathon near the end of the season, I cry my heart out that I want to be doing that too! My running buddy has suggested that I train to run another half marathon and go from there. I was hoping for some thoughts on whether working towards a marathon in October of 2011 is dreaming too big, anybody?
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I finished up week 1 of my beginning runner training program, just last night. I really enjoyed it, and felt like doing more, but I didn't push myself. I am considering doing wk2 d 1 tonight on the treadmill, but I am doing day 2 with my running buddy tomorrow outside so I don't want to leave myself short on energy for that. I'll let ya know what I end up doing. Also, I lost .6 of a pound this week, and that makes me very happy since I didn't track at all over the weekend, and I was logging some 1700,and 1400 calorie afternoon snacks when I was tracking! I am working really hard to combat that afternoon habit, today I was able to get it in under 500 calories, yippee! Also, when I went to pick up the kids after school, I was early to get a parking spot, so I went for a 15 minute walk and burned 70 calories. BONUS! Now, I need to get the kids into the habit of walking to and from school again since I am getting my wake up time more reasonable. Definitely feeling much more optimistic too.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
So, I have finally come to terms with my running abilities being essentially gone, and that I have to start again. So, I joined the Virtual race team, the beginning runner training team. It is an 8 week program, I did Week 1 Day 1 today which was walk 4 minutes, jog 1 minute, repeat three more times. I warmed up for 5, cooled down for 5, and by accident did one extra 1 minute jog. It was HARD! I walked at 3.5, and ran at 4.0 on my treadmill. My hubby and I had to rearrange the whole living room to get it set up, but I am so glad we did, because I feel great for accomplishing it. I also joined the Quickfire team, and today's quickfire was jumping jacks, got those done with 5 sets of 20 throughout the day and also had a ton of fun doing some boxing with my Kinect and a friend while our kidlets played together. I am going to try to update daily with my progress on blogs. I know that I was totally inspired by the recovery of one of my Sparkfriends, LightningRunner, so if following my progress can encourage even one person, it will be worth blogging it. Paying it forward baby!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
So, I thought today would be a good day to talk about the snooze button on my alarm clock, it is my worst enemy, because I have let it become so! I am taking full responsibility for allowing myself to waste time in increments of 9 minutes. I have been winning my battle, until today. I have found a way to force myself out of bed with the first buzz. I put my cell phone on the counter, with it's alarm set on loud for the same time as my alarm clock in the bedroom. Knowing that leaving my cell phone alarm going will awake my two children prematurely, I fly out of bed after turning the alarm clock off. I rush out to the kitchen and catch the phone from continuing the most annoying option I could find, crickets! Then, to top that off, I have my watch on my computer desk, set for the same time. Usually that third alarm from my watch is enough to convince me to stay out of bed, I might as well, I am up and as far from my bed as possible now! However, last night before I went to bed, I forgot to put my phone on the counter, it was in my coat pocket muffled in the closet, and I pressed that snooze button from 7 am until 8 am....... Gotta put that phone on the counter!
Friday, February 04, 2011
My hubby gave me Dance Central for the Kinect as a Christmas gift, and I LOVE this game. It has a workout option that tracks your calories by using your actual weight in the calculation. I burned over 100 calories in 20 minutes while having a total blast! LOVE it!
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