Thank you for following my journey <3.
I have a running buddy now.
3 Km, that is the goal.
So this weeks training did not go exactly as planned. After finding friends in my new town to run with (look at me reaching that goal I set last week in this post) on Sunday. I totally busted out the phone mid-run to capture a photo of my girls as we trucked along:
And having a great run. Monday came. And it was a total case of the Mondays. (Bonus points: Can you name that a movie reference?) So I was running, racing my husband actually, and stepped off a curb wrong and did this
Thankfully nothing is broken or fractured. Severe sprain and planter facetious requiring 5 days of rest in a soft cast. I was so bummed when the doc told me I had to be in a cast. He actually said “Geez, what is up with you athletes?! You play hard! You need to rest hard too.” Eeeeert. Hit the brakes. Wait. What? Dd he just call me an athlete? Awesome. I do not know if I have ever been. Allied an athlete as an adult. Actually, I know I haven’t. So I was feeling so awesome to be called an athlete that I was totally willing to submit to whatever the doc had to say. Haha! So I have been trying my best to rest.
Today we are headed to Arizona for a work trip for my hubby and since my BFF lives there the whole family is going with him. FYI the bestie is Acacia who you guys met yesterday in this profile post. She is a huge inspiration and encouragement in my life. Not only in the health and fitness realm (seriously, read her profile, she is an inspiration to single-moms, moms, and women everywhere) but an inspiration and encouragement to me in all aspects of life. She is that friend who, though we live 6 hrs apart, I can say “I need you here ASAP.” She will say, “Let me pack a bag. I will be there in 6 hours.” No questions asked. Like a sister. I think everyone needs a best friend like that. Life is so much better when you have someone you can count on to love you enough to put their life on hold to love you through those times when you cannot image how to move forward.
Happy Friday my loves! This was the first week of my 1/2 marathon training. I also moved this week, to a whole new city in a different county, over 1.5 hours away from my last house. So this is no across-town move, it was a major ordeal. This move has been crazy… but I have been keeping with my training! I have learned a few things this week:
1. I need to remember that I am not at the beach anymore! It is about 20 degrees cooler here on average then our last home. No more 65 degree mornings. 45 degrees is what I am running in and I need to dress accordingly.
1. I need to remember to turn Runkeeper off when I am finished. I am killing my Pace Average when I leave it on for 24 hours after a run. Ugh. I am not even logging those into Runkeeper because I feel like an idiot. But then I go and tell you guys about it… so I should have logged one so I would have at least had a photo for this post!
2. I cannot run with my German Shepherd, Kara. I love that dog, but man. She is afraid of every dog that barks. Every time she is running along side of me and another dog barks, she darts to the opposite side of me… and tangles the leash around my calves. I almost ate pavement HARD yesterday. Ugh, no thanks. I will let the hubby walk her, it seems safer for us all. Which is ironic because I was running with her for protection… but she is unsafe to run with. Bummer!
The map below shows exactly where she tried to take me down. As you can see from the map, I had a different path mapped for this run, but after the “mishap” – X marks the spot! – I decided to turn around and go home.
3. I need a running partner. I am enjoying the fitness aspect, but my most enjoyable runs, best paces, and longest runs happen with other people. So, on Sunday I will be running with a friend! Whoohoo! I will let you guys know how it goes!
How is your New Year training going?
Height: 5’8″ – 5’11”
Pounds Lost: 80-90
Pounds Gained: None
Work: Full Time Work at Office
The reason for this change was that I had to fit into the groomsmen suit that my brother required for his wedding. My now sister-in-law picked out off the rack from Macy’s. The problem with this is that it did not come in my size. So I gave myself 5 weeks (the wedding was in 6) to loose the 4 inches I needed off my gut in order to fit into the vest and pants. I figured worse case I would get the outfit tailored if I didn’t make my goal.
I totally made it!!!
Anyways, here’s how I did it…
Started out doing about 2-3 hours of cardio in the gym 5-6 days a week.
1 hour of recline bike (hills program on machine)
30 mins of treadmill at 3 MPHs
1 hour of elliptical (can’t remember what my pace was, but it was decent and steady)
This changed to me running 3-4 days a week at speeds around 8 min mile for distances of 6-12 miles once I hit about 220lbs.
My eating was simple… Tried to eat 1200-1600 calories a day. (I don’t recommend this, it’s hard and probably unsafe.) Now I don’t really pay attention to the amount of calories I eat. Instead I have learned portion control and WHAT I should be eating.
So, some starting stats. I was 247.5 on August 9, 2012. 1 year later I was 163.4.
Today I try to get out and run about 18-20 miles a week. Sometimes I hit my mark, sometimes I don’t, but I don’t sweat it either way.
Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and this is a lifestyle change not a diet.