Tuesday, August 24, 2010
So we left off last Friday when I hoped to get in a run but the weather just didn't cooperate. I wanted to get in a long run Saturday so I decided it was OK.
Saturday Tara came around 6 a.m. and off we went. I almost can't believe I did 9 miles and it felt great! New shoes, haven't run in 2 days, haven't run hills in a week, but the extreme humidity and heat was gone hurray! The miles just seemed to fly by! I think I'm going to start enjoying running and chatting with friends now! :)
I had a few issues with this run but mostly successes. First of all, I had to readjust my shoes a few times. They were new so I had to break them in but mostly it was either they were too loose or too tight. Eventually I got it right and it went just fine. I am also running slowly still which is frustrating but I am hopeful still. There are days I feel like I am just not going to ever be a "real" runner but I won't give up.
So this report is from last Friday. I can happily report a 1 lb loss in the previous week leading up to the relay. :) Only one more pound to my next mini goal. It is going so slowly but at least it's going. I really had hoped to make it by Ragnar but it's OK.
I have 11 lb to go to make my SOWL goal by September 22. That's a month a way and I hate to say it but I don't think I can loose 11 lbs in a month. I am training for the half marathon now so I can't wait to see what kind of dent I can make in the next 11 lbs.
I will make the goal by the time of my half marathon but I'd really like to loose it faster. You never know, though, with all this running I just might get there. Follow my progress and see! It's getting exciting now, like when you can almost see the finish line, it's time to sprint to the finish. :)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday I did my strength conditioning workouts and did not run. The weather around here has not been cooperating nor has my time. Saturday was a planned birthday outing for a friend. I did not run that morning either, but just planned a day of fun. I was still limping around a bit on Saturday so I was glad I took the time off. Sunday was yet another day of no running. I did, however, get quite a bit of cleaning done over the weekend! This is something I haven't done in quite some time. I planned the family meals, finished my laundry, cleaned the bathroom, and shopped for groceries. Yay me!
Monday I finally got out there and ran. I did a flat 5 mile around both lakes. It was the first day I felt absolutely no pain or tightness in my leg until I started the run! My leg wasn't happy with me for a the first few yards but it warmed up. It was a hard, hot and humid run. The weather is just not cooperating for a comfortable run this past week. I was determined to just get back into the plan and go. I did it late evening and finished after dark. It was still hot and humid. I finished the run with my first real ice bath. I am not taking any chances!
More and more I'm finding myself rewarding my fitness, not my weight loss. I think this is working better for me. For example, I want to go out and have a drink with friends but I won't do it unless I accomplish the daily workout, usually a run and sometimes some strength conditioning, or yoga. After all it's the workouts that contribute to weight loss, right?
So what are my rewards? Short term rewards are that drink out with friends, a movie night, or a hot oil bath (not on long run days of course). Longer term are pedicure, manicure, or a new running outfit. As I get closer to my fitness goals there are rewards like new clothing (smaller sized of course!). I'm not sure what else I'd want. I do like the spa day idea. When I make my final weight goal maybe a mini spa vacation with friends. :)
Friday, August 13, 2010
What made you decide you wanted to run a long distance race?
Wow what a question. I do enjoy a challenge. I'd have to think back as to why I thought I could. It isn't the Ragnar Relay because I thought about running a half before I thought about the Ragnar Relay. I guess when the bug bit it took some time for me to catch the fever. I think the final answer is I know others who have done it and I decided I could do it too I just didn't know how to get there.
Well, it's time to report the weekly weight loss again. I really didn't expect much out of this week and I didn't get much but I'm pretty happy with 1/2 lb. With it being female hormonal imbalance week and the lack of running due to the crazy humidity a half a pound is good.
I'm only 2 lb from my next 5 lb mini goal which I'm excited about! My scale almost faked me out and said 164 but I knew it was a fluke and re-weighed at 166.
I guess this is a pretty boring post but tasks are calling me to tend to them. I can't wait to tell you what has been going on because there has been so much! Stay tuned. :)
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Saturday I had planned my 3X run but I just couldn't get motivated. With my leg being sore, and so many commitments I couldn't make the time. I did completely enjoy myself listening to my friends Gregg & Natt play the Midwest Music Fest at the Lyon Smith Art Gallery. Then I got to hang out afterward and enjoy my evening. I felt a bit guilty taking the day off but I was able to bump my training plans to Sunday. I really needed to rest my leg another day which turned out to be a really good idea!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I’ll start with my long term motivator. I have never had a poor family medical history that I knew of until my parents got older. We weren't necessarily a very fit family. We were a family of musicians. My father was an engineer and musician and my mother was a music major turned school teacher. Music and education was our focus, not fitness. I was the rebellious one that was more interested in boys and hanging with friends as a teen but mostly my family was about music and education.
My mom did enroll me and my brother in every sport but it never lasted for me. My brother stuck with it more than me. He was a basketball, cross country and track star in high school as well as valedictorian of his class. Today he is finishing is PhD in Music Performance and is a professional trumpet player. He is quite the over achiever. We played soccer and baseball; figure skated and did gymnastics. I was interested in fitness but I never pushed it very hard. I ran track and joined swim team in high school but only so far as for the exercise, not the competition. I was never over weight in high school but I always wished I was just 10-15 lb lighter.
Monday, August 2, 2010
If you were following the diary, I will not be updating my progress on that page any longer! Stay tuned for my Weekly Training Updates.
As a part of Distance Dreamers I'll be blogging about my progress along with other first time marathoners and half-marathoners listed here to mutually encourage each other on our journey. Follow me through the ups and downs of my training over the next 12 weeks as each day brings with it new lessons learned. This is why I blog, to learn, to be motivated and to encourage!