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Friday, July 19, 2013

The One Where Alex Sees No Results

As it has been for a while, work is hectic. I’m moving my lab equipment (which would be hectic in and of itself), my cubicle (which would be hectic in and of itself), managing a project with 2 interns and a full-time employee in 3 (very) different time zones, and somehow need to manage to get real work done.


That’s actually becoming “manageable chaos”, and I’ve been getting into the gym 2-3x a week for the last 3 weeks. It’s not the best, but considering that there was a holiday weekend, a couple birthday parties, and countless other things to do, I’m actually somewhat happy with my commitment.


What I’m not happy with is my results. At last check (admittedly almost a week ago), I had gained 1lb from my previous report (to 255.2), and still don’t feel comfortable in my clothes. Even with the fact that I haven’t been getting into the gym the 4-5x a week that I would ultimately like, I felt like I’d see some positive results by now, even if it was only a couple pounds.


At the end of the day, I’m happy that the upward trend of the weight that has been going on since early May is stopped, but I’m looking for that “over the hump” moment where I can say that I actually see results.


On a slightly more positive note, for the first time in years, I forced myself out of bed and to the gym before work! This is _crucial_ as law school creeps up on me. Once school starts, I’ll have a packed schedule from 8:30am to 10:00pm, with the only “break” being the 20-40 minute commute from work to school.


I’m also seriously considering and investigating the possibility of biking to work 3 days a week. I originally ruled this out, because I would have to ride the train from work to school, and the train costs $75 a month! (I would pay less in gas and maintenance fees for the car). However, my school has a deal with the train service for $5 annual pass! That’s right, for the cost of a coffee, I can ride the train to school and back for a year!


The only thing that is worrisome to me is that I previously gave up commuter biking, because I was uncomfortable with one of the intersections that I had to cross (had multiple close calls). However, there is some construction in the area that may give me an alternate route.





Thursday to Thursday weight change: N/A lbs.

Total weight change (from 253.8 lbs on June 13, 2013): N/A lbs.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The One About Week 2 Of Pre-Marathon Training


Well this week was a BUST! At least it’s only pre-marathon training but sheesh, I have no idea what happened and where my motivation went. I could use the fact that I was sore Wednesday and Thursday as an excuse or I could definitely use the fact that work is very much emotionally draining right now as an excuse but bottom line is the workouts just didn’t get done. I could cry over spilled milk but I mean come on, what’s the point? All I can do now is just move on and make this week better.

Here’s what this week wound up looking like:

Week 2 (July 8-14)
Sick day
Speed work + weights

Speed work 6x400 + 2 miles
3 miles easy




Elliptical 30 min
4 miles + weights




Off
Run 3.5 miles




Off
Racquetball + spin




Off
Too Hot to Handle 15K

9.4 miles @11:12 for a new PR!
23+ miles


14 running miles (17 total)

Tuesday was really my only good workout day this week and I did manage a pretty decent speed work session.


Wednesday I attempted the 3 miles I had scheduled but I was so very sore in my calves and shins. I really, really, really need to bust out the foam roller and give my legs some love and attention; I’ve just been too lazy to do so. However, that changes this week or else I’m fairly certain I’ll be very sorry. I did 30 minutes (2.5 miles) on the elliptical at a level 5 intensity.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday I was just so emotionally drained over work stuff and stress that my motivation was just really lacking. It’s not a good excuse I know, in fact it’s really not an excuse at all, I should have done something, anything but I just didn’t. So there’s that.

Sunday I had my first race in 3 months! I was actually quite nervous, especially given the lack of working out I had done this week but I really surprised myself and achieved my goal of a new PR by 4 minutes! This was a 2 and a half year old PR and I was really ready to see some improvement here. And did I mention it was raining? I will do a full recap of this race tomorrow.


So here’s to hoping this week will be a little bit better than the last one….

Week 3 (July 15-21)
Off/Rest
Speed work + weights
BodyPump + elliptical
5 miles + weights
Racquetball + weights
Mini Moo Cow Marathon + 5 miles
Walk/bike
17+ miles



Thank you to everyone who has already donated to my St. Jude fund; You have no idea how much I appreciate you!

Be sure and check out how you can help me help St. Jude here.

Miles I’ve run for people:
Tyly – 24.25/75
Nicole – 0/50

Steve – 0/50

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The One About Week 1 Of Pre-Marathon Training



So already I’m a day behind for recapping my weekly workouts but I was home with a minor little stomach bug yesterday and spent the day curled up on the couch with my doggies and watched movies all day. But that’s ok, I can still give my recap today!

Although I have been working my way back into training and working out July really signified “training” for me. I mentioned that I won’t officially start my training for the Memphis marathon until August 5th but I am training for and hoping for a decent half marathon at the end of September so I needed to get my booty into gear. I also have that 15K this weekend….ugh, not sure what I was thinking there, other than I really had the racing itch and what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger…..

Anyways, week 1 of half marathon/pre-marathon training went really well:



Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
totals
Week 1 (July 1-7)
Run easy 4 miles + weights


4 miles @ 11:06 + biceps & triceps
Speed work



Off
BodyPump + elliptical



Speed work 5x400 + 2 miles & BP
4th of July




Run 3 miles




3 miles + boot camp workout
Off




Off
Run 7 miles easy



7 miles @ 11:14
18+
Miles



18.25 miles total


Monday I powered my way through some tough miles to get 4 miles at an 11:06 pace; still not the pace I would like to be seeing right now but I’m trying to be patient with myself and trust that I just need a little more time to get back into running shape. These miles hurt though but I am glad I was able to see a decent pace. I also did this workout for biceps and triceps.


Tuesday wound up being a crazy day – I had to work really late and didn’t get home until after 7. Then I had to take my dogs up to my mom’s and by the time I left there it was almost 9 pm and I was having some major allergy attack from I don’t know what, so I moved speed work to Wednesday and did away with the elliptical.

Wednesday I did speed work; I really love speed work and I’m excited to add that weekly into my running plan this year. Again, I am still not seeing the “speed” I would like but at least I have something to work towards. My splits were pretty even but my goal for July is to get those down to the 2:10 range for 400’s. I am using an app called Sport Me to get all my speed work from but in the future I will also probably use some of the other ones I have used in the past, but for now its 400M repeats.


Thursday was my second favorite holiday – July 4th!! We spent time in Austin with my sister and her husband and the rest of our family; we seriously had the most fun I think I have had in a long time! I will get all our pictures together and do a post on our long weekend.


On Friday my sister, her boyfriend, Alex and I headed to nearby Cedar Park to take advantage of the trails they have there. I needed an easy 3 miles but my sister’s boyfriend also thought we needed some cross-fit/boot camp type work as well.



 I think I pretty much nearly died that day but it was a great workout!! I honestly couldn’t tell you everything we did but it included lots of lunging, squatting, push-ups, burpees, bear crawling, sit-ups, leap-frogging and play time on the jungle gym equipment. I have no idea my pace for the run because I didn’t have my Garmin and we would stop every quarter of a mile to every half mile or so and do more crazy stuff. Once we got half way we used a soccer field for more work and the play-ground there as well. Then on the mile and a half back I did 10, 15sec sprints throughout the walk/run.



The highlight of my day though was running into Erin! I have followed Erin’s blog for a long time now and I have mentioned before just how much she inspires me and encourages me. We have never actually met in person but as Alex and I were making our way back on the trails after our butt-kicking I looked up and immediately recognized Erin speeding down the trails. She recognized me too and stopped to chat for a minute. Dang that girl is fit!!! It was so nice to finally meet her and it totally made my day. She ran off and I immediately kicked myself for not taking a picture with her. Thankfully she turned around on the trail and came back by and so I stopped her again and said we definitely needed a picture. Seriously, she amazes me and any time I have doubts or fears about what I am capable of I just go read about her weekly workouts or read her marathon stories and I’m immediately fired up. She probably thinks I’m crazy for being as excited as I was to meet her but next to meeting Kara Goucher out running the Austin trails I couldn’t think of any other runner I would have rather run into, seriously!

After our butt-kicking session we all headed out to play sand volleyball and spend some time in the pool, over all Friday was a very active day indeed.

Sunday I hit up the cardio cinema for my 7 miles; man I just love that thing. I got to watch practically a whole movie while doing my miles. I had some soreness in my right calf most of the run but about mile 5 I was able to step it up some and speed up just a bit. My stomach bothered me most of this run as well but I think that mainly had to do with all the junk I had eaten over the weekend. I had an overall pace of 11:14 which isn’t too shabby; that’s about 3 seconds below what I want my race pace to be for this coming Sunday so that’s good. Now if only I can run that 15K on a treadmill while watching a movie…..

Since I was sick yesterday I did miss my 3 miles that was scheduled, but I went ahead and moved that to Wednesday instead of spin, I’ve got lots of miles this week and a race but I’m really ready to get back into some higher mileage weeks!!!
Here’s what this week will look like:

Week 2 (July 8-14)
Sick day
Speed work + weights
3 miles easy
4 miles + weights
Run 3.5 miles
Racquetball + spin
Too Hot to Handle 15K
23+ miles





Have you stopped by my fundraising page yet?


A HUGE thank you to Tyly from One Mile At A Time Blog for her donation – I now owe her 75 miles!!!! (well make that 65…Friday and Sunday’s miles were for her!)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The One About How To Help Me Help St. Jude

 

Running is something that I take very seriously, sure it’s a hobby but if you have been following my blog for a while then you also know that running is something so much more personal to me than just a way to stay in shape. And if you are new around here then let me just say that running was/is my life-line. When I started running {almost} 3 years ago my life was in shambles and so I joined a running group simply for something to do (read that story here and here and here) but little did I know at that time that running would be my healing process. Running has given me so much in the way of self-confidence and self-love. Running has taught me that I am enough and that I can do great things. And most of all running had made me happy. Running has blessed my life in more ways than I could count and that only makes me want to share those blessing with others and that’s why I chose to run for St. Jude. I have been blessed with my health when others struggle with health issues that seem so unfair. There are diseases and cancers that are affecting children and their families every day. But thanks to places like St. Jude they are able to get care, treatment, love and support. Now I have a chance to help St. Jude and so do you!

I have a goal set of raising at least $500 to help St. Jude Children’s Research hospital. This is a commitment that I entered after prayerful consideration and I feel that this is an achievable and meaningful goal. I have also figured out that I will run approximately 500 miles during my training for this marathon; I think that $1 for every training mile is a great goal!


So here is where I need your help:
I would ask that you please take time to think and pray about what you can do for St. Jude. I have put together a list of things that St. Jude will use your money for so that you can see just how tangible your donations are. Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your donations could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagon: $70
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.

These are just a few things that your donation will help provide. I myself have donated $75 because I just love the idea of helping St. Jude patients celebrate special occasions!


Every penny of what you donate goes directly to St. Jude; none of it benefits me in any way at all. But here’s what I will do for you – for every dollar that you donate on my fundraising page I will run that amount of miles in your honor! So if you donate $10 – I will run 10 miles in honor of you! If you donate $50, that’s right, my next 50 miles will be in your honor! (I cannot guarantee that I will run your miles consecutively, it will depend upon what my training plan calls for that day but I promise that I will run a mile for every dollar you donate.) I will make it my point to document the miles that I run for you as a thank you and share those with you!


So please take a moment and visit my fundraising page and say a prayer for the children of St. Jude and consider making a donation. If you are unable to give at this time I completely understand, however I do ask that you take a moment to pray for my efforts and the work that is being done at St. Jude, prayers and support are just as welcome and appreciated.


Thank you in advance for your donations and support!

Monday, July 1, 2013

The One About My Fall Racing Schedule {2013}

I think fall racing is probably my favorite time of year to race! Every summer I get excited thinking about what races I have coming up in the fall and all the potential there is for new PR’s and new distances and new medals for my collection, it’s just all very exciting. This year I won’t have quite as many races as I did last year but I do have a few good ones coming up and I also haven’t completely finalized my schedule so there could be a few more that get added in there as well.

I am also really excited to start my “Weekly Workout” posts again on Mondays. I’m going to do it a little different this year and instead of posting my entire training plan at once I will post a monthly training plan at the beginning of each month and then continue with my weekly updates. It will be a little easier to follow on your part and a little easier for me to manipulate since sometimes things change from week to week. I do try to set my weekly long runs in stone as far out as I can so that I know they get done and I know I can plan around them and what to expect when. But during the week I’m not entirely sure what my weeks will look like come August so for now I will just start with July’s training plan and go from there. July is actually my “pre-marathon training” month and my get back into shape for my first fall half marathon. Marathon training will officially start August 5th!

So now, without further ado here are the races I have coming up:

I have some mixed feelings about this race….this was a last minute decision last Friday and while I’m very excited to finally be running a race after 2 ½ months off I am also kind of nervous since I’m not in racing shape at the moment. The 15K is one of my favorite distances but I have only done 2 other 15K’s in the past. I would really like a PR and if I can do that then I would have achieved my goal of setting a PR in each racing distance this year. I know it’s doable BUT I also don’t want to overestimate how undertrained I am at the moment. These next 2 weeks will include lots of speed work and just working my way back into getting mileage on my legs and then we will see what happens. The only good thing is lately we seem to be having some very unusually cool weather (we set a record this morning for the lowest temp ever recorded on this day at 67 degrees!!!) so I’m really hoping that stays and plays into my favor.

This race is totally for fun and actually one that Alex and I get to run for free because I volunteered at another race. I am super excited for the crazy short distance of 2.62 miles and I think it’s hilarious! They also have a mini moo cow half of 1.31 miles. There will be lots of fun post-race activities as well and we are looking forward to just a fun racing morning. I will be adding mileage on that day but at least there’s a fun little race in there!

This half marathon starts right at our front door and I am so excited about that! Our apartment complex is right across the street from the Plano convention center where they have the Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival every year – this is a HUGE event in our area and I actually have never been but always wanted to go. This will actually probably be my only half marathon this fall so I really want to work hard to make it a good one. I am pretty familiar with a lot of the course because I run there now so I’m hoping that plans into my favor. Alex has also agreed to run this with me as well as Rachel and I think I’ve talked a friend from work into running this as her first half marathon as well. It should be a fun day. We will also get tickets to go to the balloon festival so I will finally get to go!

October 26th: Esprit De She Duathlon
I have already mentioned that I am ambassador for this race and will be doing my first Duathlon! I am very excited to try something new and add biking into the mix as well. I have already been researching and trying on bike shorts to find something that will work for both the bike and run portion of this race so hopefully I can update you on that soon, I’m also taking any suggestions you may have. You will also be seeing more weekend bike rides with my long runs during the month on September as well as I prepare for this.

November 10th: Forth Worth Marathon (20 miler)
This one is not official yet, but as soon as my spending money comes in this month this will be the first thing I sign up for! This marathon is unique because it offers a 20 mile distance to race and I really like that idea. This weekend is the perfect weekend for me to do a 20 miler for marathon training so why not just go ahead and get myself a medal for it? I also really love Ft. Worth and I think they put on some great races so I’m very excited about this one!

I cannot tell you just how incredibly excited I am for this race; I am so excited to be running for St. Jude and supporting such a great cause! Last year when I was running the Columbus Half and I got to see each mile dedicated to a child at the children’s hospital there I knew that I wanted to run a marathon in honor of a children’s hospital someday. My aunt and uncle have run this marathon before and had great things to say about it and when I saw that I could do it for charity I knew that was going to be my goal race this fall. I have committed to raising $500 for St. Jude by November 15th and I know that I will need your help! I plan to have a post set up tomorrow with links to my fundraising page and information on how you can help. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas will also be joining us on this trip and Mr. T is also running for charity as well, if you would like to help him out I can get you that information as well. I’m also excited to be going to Memphis because that means we will get to see Alex’s aunt, uncle and cousins while we are there so it makes for a great trip all around.

So that’s my line-up so far; there are a couple of races that may get added here and there as my training goes along but we shall see. I have only listed those that I am definitely doing right now.

And here is what July will probably look like as far as training is concerned but as always life happens and things change. I do always try to get my workouts in one way or another and sometimes I move days around to accommodate different scheduling issues but I am only human and sometimes workouts don’t happen.



Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
totals
Week 1 (July 1-7)
Run easy 4 miles + weights
Speed work
BodyPump + elliptical
4th of July
Run 3 miles
Off
Run 7 miles easy
18+
Miles


Week 2 (July 8-14)
Run easy 3 miles
Speed work + weights
Spin
4 miles + weights
Run 3.5 miles
Racquetball + spin
Too Hot to Handle 15K
23+ miles



Week 3 (July 15-21)
Elliptical + weights
Speed work + weights
BodyPump + elliptical
5 miles + weights
Racquetball + weights
Mini Moo Cow Marathon + 5 miles
Walk/bike
17+ miles


Week 4 (July 22-28)
Run 4.5 miles
Speed work + weights


BodyPump + elliptical
5 miles + weights
Off
Volunteer trail race



8 miles
21+ miles



Week 5 (July 29-Aug 4)
Run 5 miles
Speed work + weights
BodyPump + elliptical
5 miles + weights
Racquetball + weights
9 miles
Off
23+ miles