The goal today was to go to the gym after I get out of work.
It is 11PM, I have one hour of work left, and I’m still pretty amped for the gym.
I’m thinking a five mile run, depending on how my knee handles it.
If not, at least 60 minutes on the treadmill at varying speeds.
Representing Phi Mu at the Detroit Marathon tomorrow with my new sports band!
I went to the gym 4 times this week already. I’m at work now, and get out at 8AM. I’m going home to sleep and then am getting up to volunteer at the hospital from 1-3pm. Do I need to go run or should I take a rest day?
Please note, that on Saturday morning I am running a 5K in the town I live in, so I’ll definitely have 5 workouts this week if I don’t go tomorrow after volunteering.
Also, I’m thinking if it’s not too cold/windy I might skip the gym but still go for an outside run.
Today’s run/walk. I need a portable water bottle or something. Or to bring change with me if the McDonalds or BK will charge me for a water. Either way, this would have been faster/better with more hydration. Otherwise it was great! Tried out my new ASICS Gel Neo33 shoes that I got from amazon. No complaints on them so far.
I’m OK with the 13 minute pace, because I did walk quite a bit. I’m hoping to get back to a steady 12 minute pace by the marathon. If I do the marathon with this par I’ll complete it in 5.68 hours. That is 5:40:00, which is well under 6:30:00.
This is definitely making me feel better about the marathon in a month.
Alright friends, it has been two weeks since my doctor visit. Stairs seem to be OK, and only a little hint of tingling rarely.
I think I’m going to have some oatmeal, let it settle in my tummy for a bit, and then I’m going to head to the gym for a short run/jog/walk and see how it goes.
Wish me luck.
I have a 20%-off coupon for Mizuno merchandise at Hanson’s Running Store from the half-marathon I did in May. Looks like I’m going to try out some Mizuno shoes!
Basically the half-marathon was great. Here’s how it went:
- Miles 1-3: Oh no, this is taking forever, I’m only a couple miles in.
- Miles 4-6: Alright, not bad, I can do this. Feeling strong.
- Miles 6-7: HALF WAY! WOOO!! Oh, there’s a party?!? Free jell-o shots?!?! OK!
- Mile 8: THIS SUCKS SO BAD. AWFUL HILL IS AWFUL.
- Miles 9-10: Aww yeahhhh, this is awesome.
- Mile 11: MY STOMACH!! Please don’t get worse, please don’t get worse.
- Miles 12-13.1: Just. Keep. Running. Just Keep Running.
So basically the beginning started out kind of slow, but as soon as I got halfway I started realizing how amazing it was. And we really did get booze at the half-way party, lol. There were 10 water/drink/energy stations on the course and like 5 places with ice-cold wet towels. Two of the stations had GU packs. Strawberry banana was soooo good.
My tummy took a bad turn during almost all of mile 11, but got better at mile 12.
Afterwards I was super proud. I had hoped to make my goal of 2:30:00, but I ended up with 2:49:17. Not too far off. I’m proud of this, because the course was rough. Experienced half-marathoners had been commenting on how this course was the hardest they have ever run. Boy oh boy was this race fun, though. It was an amazing first half-marathon. I think I got spoiled a bit with the frequent water stops. I will plan on doing this half-marathon every year that I possibly can.
Also, the BF and I went to a Tiger’s game on Friday. It was gorgeous out!
Ran my first half-marathon today! In ~2:49:00. More details and pictures to come tomorrow!!
Half-Marathon in TWO DAYS!
I am freaking out. I am also really excited. I am also scared as to how my body is going to feel.
Clean eating is going relatively OK. It’s hard, but I don’t ever feel like I’m depriving myself, and the food I eat is tasty. I just have a limited selection of food that I like, which makes meal decisions difficult for me. I’m trying my best, though. Hoping that this will help push my weight in the right direction.
12 Days until the Half!
I’m so excited/nervous/anxious!
I didn’t run at ALL last week because my hip has been hurting me a lot after that 11-mile run. I stuck to weight training and the elliptical. My hip is mostly better now, though. I am repeating last week’s running schedule this week (I had a week lapse in my training plan anyway). I ran 3 miles yesterday and, yes, it was hard, but I could actually do it, and I did so in about 33 minutes.
Three more miles today. I’m going to try to run outside after work.
Then it’s only 5 short months from the half until the full. Eek!!
Hello darlings! Here is a bit of any update from me!
I restarted my half-marathon training. See, I went on vacation for a week and a half and part of that was on a boat, so keeping to my running schedule was way too hard. I ran twice, which is better than not at all.
I started on Week 5 today. It’s good this way, because I haven’t actually signed up for a half-marathon yet. I did find one for June 2, which I’m probably going to do. It’s like 3 weeks after my training ends, but it’ll be a good supplement for my marathon training that I start at the end of May.
Today, I won a 1-year free membership to Planet Fitness in a Twitter contest.
How crazy!!! I love Twitter contests.
A couple of days ago, one of our goats had twins! Very exciting!
I’m starting a new diet/way of eating. I’ve been reading the Bob Harper updates with the “skinny rules” from his book. One of them is to not eat carbs after lunch. For some reason I originally read that as 5pm? Not sure how that happened, but I’m opting for no carbs after 5pm. Pretty much it’s the same concept, no carbs during dinner, but this gives me some freedom as I don’t generally eat meals at meal times.
I did gain a few pounds back from vacation. I weighed myself today, and now I’m going to try to hold off weighing myself until April. I’ll be doing all of my measurements on that day as well, to compare from January.
Lastly, I did a personal training session at PF the week that I left for vacation. I was the only one that showed up for it, so he planned out an entire strength circuit for me to do on my strength training days. I did it for the first time on Wednesday and my arms were sore until Sunday. It kicked my butt, but I’m really looking forward to it again on Wednesday.
That’s about it. Smile, stay strong, and believe in yourself!
I’m quite the busy girl these days!
Last weekend I went to my boyfriends and stayed from Friday-Wednesday. We went to the Red Wings game on Valentine’s Day and saw them make NHL history. (21 straight wins at home.) It was my first Red Wings game and it was a blast!
With all this stuff I’ve been doing, I keep forgetting to update about Half-Marathon training progress.
Week one was really good, I ended it with the 8K that I posted about. However, that night, I got a cold or something, and that put me out of commission until about Thursday of last week. I managed to do two of my runs last week, but I was not in the condition to run what I was supposed to run.
This week has been a big improvement. I have managed to run 3 miles without walking. I alter my pace a bit, but I don’t stop running. I’ve gotten my best pace so far, which was 10:45, I think. Today, I ran 5 miles with an 11:00 pace. Amazing!
Life is good right now. I’m really enjoying my running and I’m going on a cruise relatively soon.
I can’t believe how much better I am at running than when I started. It’s so wonderful to actually see progress!
I stopped off at the gym this morning on my way home from the boyfriend’s. I left when he left for work this morning (have been there since Friday). I decided that since my pace is consistently around 13:30 that I needed to stop challenging myself so much and pushing to run at 6+mph. I stayed with a pretty consistent 5mph and pushed it no higher than 5.5mph. In doing that, I was able to run for 2 miles straight without walking. I’m pretty sure this is my best run thus far. I could have run more, but I got a particularly awful side stitch at about 1.6 miles.
Overall, fantastic run, and only took me 23 minutes!
I’m assuming that this will be a bit of TMI for everyone, therefore nobody.
However, I went to the gym today, and I decided that I’ve been feeling better so I would go back to doing the treadmill for my cardio. However, after about 20 minutes, my chest just started burning! Like, REALLY burning. This happened last Monday when I went (which was the last time I used the treadmill before today) and I thought that it was just congestion in my lungs or something, so I cut it short.
Today, though, I realized that it wasn’t burning inside, it was burning… outside. I experienced nipple chafing. I’m going to try to prevent this next time by trying a different one of my sports bras and maybe applying a bit of Vaseline.
Really, though, OUCH. It just burns really bad.
Although, I’ve been googling it in attempts to find remedies/specific causes, and I swear, all of these sites saying I might be pregnant are freaking me out! It’s not uncommon for this problem to happen while running, though. I’m hoping it’s just from the running, because really, they only burn like that or hurt AT ALL when I’m partway through my run on the treadmill.
Guess I’ll find out for sure eventually, right? Haha.