Friday, October 28, 2011

2 missed runs is killing me!

I had a crazy amount of work to do, plus this insane cough, so I didn't get up for my Tuesday run. Instead I was in the office by 7 am :(

Wednesday afternoon I left to fly to Canada and it was a whirlwind trip - I barely got to sleep Wednesday night and then I got home 3 hours later than expected Thursday night. It was SNOWING when we arrived and the drive home from the airport was scary. I literally walked in the house and into bed.

So needless to say I didn't get up this morning. Plus I am still coughing like crazy. Borderline thinking about going to the doctor.

I am all out of sorts. Eating was completely off while I was away. Barely got to drink any water. Meals weren't eaten or eaten at horrible times. And I came home to an empty fridge. So I need to find time to go out shopping before a SNOW STORM Saturday night. I haven't planned menus yet and I am so starving that I would be afraid of what I would buy if I were to go shopping with no planning!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I got up....

Despite another night on the couch because of my husband's cold, I got up and complete Week 7 of C25K.

I wanted to stay in bed (well the couch) because it was 38 degrees out and we haven't turned the heat on (I think the latest I've gone in this house). Then I tried to figure out if I wanted to go right away or eat and then go. Since I figure I will be eating before the race, since it is at 9 am, I might as well get used to it. I had a banana and 2 pancakes with PB. I left about an 1:15 later.

I used iMapMyRun this time instead of Runkeeper and it was much more accurate.

Week 7 is 25 minute runs, but they are supposed to be 2.5 miles - yeah, I can't do that in 25 minutes! I ran for 30 minutes and went 2.35 miles. Some of it was hard! Many times I wanted to give up!

At first I was going to walk to the whole rest of the route to make it 3.11 miles, but I did 2 sprints. When I stopped I had only gone 3.01 miles according to MapMyRun, but I wasn't going to keep going another .1 miles, especially since I was on an incline. I did the 3.01 miles in 39:33.

I need to change my course. I don't like that the first .25 miles or so is pretty heavy downhill. One it hurts! But mainly, it screws up my timing. I get a false sense of security. Also, the last .76 miles is on a faily busy road so I am on sidewalks (and not good sidewalks), I don't like so many people looking at me, and I don't like the fumes. So I am tempted to one, walk to the bottom of the hill and then start counting a route, and then also re-do the end of the route so I end where I began and it is all through the residential area. I know, I feel like I am cheating a little making my whole route on flat ground, but right now that is what I need in order to work towards running a whole 5K.

Today my husband drove me the route of the 5K I will be running. I am not exactly sure where the starting line is since it starts at a pretty large high school - I know it ends on the track, but hard to tell where it begins. It has a pretty steady uphill fairly near the beginning and then a very sharp downhill. The rest is kind of rolling - very gradual though.

Not sure what the week has in store for me. I am so nervous about my business trip to Toronto - I just want to get it over with. And I apologize for the TMI, but it will be the worst week of the month to travel. I had traveling during that time.

Eating - another crappy weekend. I have a lesser version of my husband's cold but enough so I feel lousy and just want to eat comfort food :(

Friday, October 21, 2011

I will not give up....

I can see why people give up on C25K after Week 6 (when the intervals stop). Honestly, I don't think I would feel like giving up if I had not signed up for a 5K or had not started running outside. I am pretty sure I could run a 5K on the treadmill in the next 5 weeks.

Today I ran outside and I felt like dieing! I had planned on going 2.25 miles, which I did do, in 30 minutes but....Runkeeper says it was only 2.08 miles (I do plan on going out and driving it again to verify!) though MapMyWalk agrees with me. And I didn't run the whole thing. The last part is an incline and I just couldn't bring myself to do the whole thing, so I walked 2 1-minute segments.

Not that I am making excuses, but, this is what was different:
-We had pizza last night and I didn't drink any water after dinner - I may have been terribly dehydrated
-For the first time in my training, I didn't run as soon as I woke up. I ate a little at 6:30 (a cheese cheese, some peaches, a spoonful of peanut butter) and ran after walking my daughter to the bus stop at 7:45
-My warm up walk was leisurely with her, then I stopped while we waited for the bus

So I am going to try to not have pizza the night before - not sure what I will do next Friday. I am traveling to Canada Wednesday into Thursday. So may run later on Friday depending on how tired I am. Or I could just run Saturday and Monday since I will be home on Halloween to see my daughter's parade.

I am not sure if the armband is the best thing. While it is comfortable, I really can't easily read my iphone while I am running. I will have to play around with it.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Another Thursday.....

Another day at home yesterday and another day of not eating great, thanks to this amazing Apple Bread my husband and daughter made. Plus we are allowed to wear jeans for 2 weeks so I knew the scale wouldn't be correct anyways, so I didn't even try. I am kind of mad at myself for not getting on the scale at WW, but at least I went to the meeting (especially since i know I can't go next week).

Yesterday was W7D1 of C25K - 25 minute run. I ran 2 miles in 25:20. I had wanted to run 2.25 miles but I was so done with the treadmill so I didn't push myself like I should have. Tomorrow I am going to run outside after I drop my daughter off at the bus stop so I should be able to try to go 2.25 miles.  I need to up my distance, which for me means upping my time more than C25K.

Here is to another week.... :(

Oh yeah, just for accountability, the scale said 206.6 today :(

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Couldn't get my butt out of bed....

And I am feeling really bad about it and eager to get up tomorrow morning. My legs were quite sore on Monday so the thought of running 2-2.25 miles made me cringe. But I have to get up tomorrow morning no matter what!

I am a little nervous of dropping out of C25K now that the intervals are over. Before this, it had been so easy and I looked forward to it. The 25+ minutes of running is daunting. I do have to get it out of my mind that if I have to walk, it isn't the worst thing in the world. Or I can run slower. Though running slower outside is much easier.

Another day of eating well all day and then eating a ton when I get home. I have no issues after dinner, it is just the one hour from 5:30 - 6:30 where I overeat.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I made it outside!

I almost didn't. My husband got up with the kids and my bed was so nice and warm (I had left the window open last night and it was pleasantly cool in our room) - I could have laid there for hours since I didn't have anywhere to be until 11:15.  But I kept telling myself that I did have a place to be. And the earlier I got up and did it, the sooner it would be over.

I ran 2 miles in 25:30. I won't say it was easy by at means. The start is downhill and the end is uphill - the end was hard! I was so tempted to walk, but I loved looking at my iphone and seeing the pace at 13:00. It was easy to use landmarks to keep myself going.

I used Runkeeper for the first time and while it was great to have the voice prompts, it was a little wacky where it would tell me the stats every 30 seconds for a few minutes, then not for 5 minutes.

I have completed Week 6 of C25K. Week 7 is all 25 minute runs for 2.5 miles, Week 8 is 28 minutes for 2.75 miles and Week 9 is 3.0 miles for 30 minutes. Well I definitely can't keep up that pace, so I need to start going for distance instead of time now. Since I've only mapped out a 2.0, 2.5 and 3.2 mile course around my house, I am going to do 2.0 all this week. Then next week I will do 2.25 on the treadmill on Tuesday and 2.5 outside on Friday and Sunday. And then Week 9 I will do 2.75 miles on the treadmill on Tuesday and 3.0 on Friday and Sunday. I am going to do a Week 10 as well which will be 3.1 miles all 3 days. Then I need to figure out what to do the last 10 days before the race.

Eating has been crap! A lot of grazing yesterday. Ice cream after dinner - though I didn't eat the whole pint of Ben and Jerry's. I didn't even eat 1/2.

Off to a birthday party with my daughter this morning - pizza and cake will be served. Great..

Friday, October 14, 2011

Made myself get up this morning....

Again, another hard morning to get up. Raining and completely dark. Daylight savings ending can not come fast enough!

Today was W6D2 of C25K - 2 10-minute runs. It was hard to get started, but I made it through. I am so eager to get outside on Sunday - I know it is going to be hard. It will then give me an idea of how much more/extra training I have to do in the next 6 months.

I am nervous about not having a water bottle - I am so used to taking sips through out on the treadmill. But I don't want to bring water just for 30 minutes.

So when will I start doing more cardio? Honestly, I don't think I am going to before the race. I may try to walk on Saturdays, but the planned heavy cardio days for Wednesdays. I don't see it happening. Weights will happen after Thanksgiving as well. Right now I just want to concentrate on jogging for 30 minutes.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Didn't mean to not update for a week!

I knew I hadn't updated in a while, but didn't realize it had been a whole week!

Scale this morning is not good- 206.8. I had to work from home yesterday and by 9 am I knew I couldn't go to WW this morning because I was triple booked for work meetings during that time slot. So I ate a few too many Oreos, ate really salty food, didn't drink enough water and had seconds of spaghetti.

The meetings keep me on track. They really do. But if I can't make the meeting then I feel like I have no accountability and that's how I am 20+ up this year.

As for C25K, I am doing great. I did Week 6, Day 1 yesterday. I didn't get to do my 20 minute run on Sunday but I was home on Monday and did it then. It was hard, but felt so wonderful. I am running outside on Sunday - 25 minutes, though I am going to try to do distance instead of time. We'll see how it goes! Satuday I walked the 2 miles with my daughter to check it out. Also over the weekend I drove the 5K course. Only 6 weeks to go!

This past week have been very busy in terms of time away from the house, bad food choices. Here is to another week and hope this is a good one.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

Not much to report. Scale said 205.2 this morning. Dinner was a little salty last night and I didn't drink any water after the meal. But I own that number and hopefully the next week will be better.

We have a bag of apples on the porch - I am tempted to make apple sauce with them all so I don't make any more desserts!

Last night I mapped out a 2 mile, 2.5 mile, and 3 mile route from my house. If I walk out to the road from our townhouse then that is a good 5 minute warm up. I think I need to go drive the route for the Turkey Trot 5K. Mapping it shows quite a hill!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Nervous for longer runs...

I did force myself to get up and do W5D1 this morning, even though my bed was extremely comfy (I slept with the window open and it was comfortably cool this morning so the covers felt wonderful) and I didn't sleep well. But I did it. I didn't want to derail my progress for a few extra minutes in bed. Plus I am eager to just keep going. I am nervous and excited for Sunday to run 20 minutes. I am eager and nervous for Sunday October 16 when I run outside for the first time AND I run for 25 minutes.

I need to get my husband to cook for vegetables. He cooked a yummy pasta dish, but he only used one bunch of broccoli instead of the 2 in the fridge. I did have seconds though :( But I didn't eat the kids portions (I let my husband do that!).

I did also eat from the cafeteria unexpectedly yesterday. I wanted to show our new employee the ropes, so got a wrap and pasta salad and a 12 oz coke. But I brought my lunch like normal today.

Thursday night I am going to try to get back into the routine of going grocery shopping after dinner so I don't have to waste time on the weekend doing it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sleeping in....

W5D1 didn't happen this morning.
My darling 2 year old was in our bed at 2 am - an hour later I brought him back to his bed. Between that and the fact that my calves were aching last night, I decided to delay the run until Wednesday morning.

The scale continues to be gruesome, but I have made some better choices of late:

-Monday we went out to lunch with a new employee - I got water, not soda. I ordered coleslaw, not fries, with my sandwich.
-I brought the rest of my food for the day so I wouldn't be starving when we went out to lunch
-I resisted the ice cream and apple pie calling my name after dinner.

We did get to renew WW for the next session. I really hope I get a loss this session instead of a gain!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Keep on trucking....

After doing W4D3, I decided to just keep going for Week 5 instead of repeating Week 4. I did change things up a little yesterday. I did it on an incline of 1.5% (I am surprised the incline still worked on my treadmill since I have never used it!) and I did a couple of the runs at 4.6 and walked at 3.6 I am going to continue with those numbers this week instead of trying to go to fast.

I have a date with myself for running outside. Sunday October 16 - I should  be on W6D3, so I will give it a try and see what happens!

Eating was eh over the weekend. Sunday we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch and then had my parents over for dinner, which included Apple Pie. We brought home cheesecake and my husband made a very rude comments at 3:30 when I was eating my cheesecake (we had eaten at 11:30 so I was starving). Like him eating cheesecake at midnight would be any better. I was very annoyed with him - he thinks because he has lost weight (without trying), then he is healthy. But he isn't healthy. His cholesterol was slightly over 200. His glucose was slightly over 99. He has horrible family history. And he doesn't exercise. And he doesn't really care about being healthy. I may be struggling a lot, but I WANT to be healthy. Honestly, I think that is a lot more important!