An Old Love, A New Challenge

December 13, 2009

End of the week…

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 3:27 am

School is out! Horray! That means no more excuses!

A short recap of the past few days:

Thursday-I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. I had the brilliant idea of slowing down the last mile and running with 5 lb weights in each hand. Dumb idea. It was painful…but I wasn’t sore on Friday.

Friday-I was lazy. I slept in and made up for all of the sleep I missed earlier in the week. I had full intentions of running after babysitting but curled up on the couch and watched a movie with my roommate instead.

Today: (Technically Saturday for me because I haven’t gone to sleep yet!) I drug myself to the gym late tonight and ran my 5 mile run. It was 79 degrees in the gym–soooo hot! I finished in 45:40. I’d like to get that down to about 43 min. I might be able to outside. After about 3 miles on the treadmill, my knees start to hate me. So, with about 8 weeks left of training–no more long runs on the treadmill. I’d like to keep my knees in good shape!

That is all for now! Happy Sunday!

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December 9, 2009

Success! :)

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 3:32 am

I said I was getting back into the swing of things…and I have done just that!

Yesterday, I woke up at 6 am and did JM Level 2.  It sucked.  I could tell that I hadn’t done it in a while.  It didn’t help that I played Wii for a while on Saturday night though!  I was still a little sore from that!  Anyway, I planned to cycle even though it was an off day but late night study/homework sessions nixed that plan.

Today, I woke up late, but managed to fit in a 2 mile run before class.  It went pretty well…but I do not like running when I’m rushed!  I feel the pressure of time and psych myself out!  Anyway, I came home pretty late tonight and decided I would fall asleep studying so I went down to the gym again.  I did 10 minutes on the bike and then 4 miles on the treadmill.  I did a random combination of running at 5.5 mph and walking at 3.8 mph.  When I walked, I put it on a 10% incline.  I finished in 54 minutes…I’ll do the math on DailyMile 🙂

I feel good now!  Unfortunately, its 2:30am and I should be going to sleep but I’m wide awake now!  I guess I can study a little more before bed!

On Thursday, finals will be over and I can work out a lot a lot a lot next week! 🙂 🙂

December 6, 2009

A Reassuring Post

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 2:26 pm

Two posts in one day!? I know, crazy.  However, I’ve been reading and found this post that reassured that all hope is not lost from this time off.  And…I’ve done the right thing. My sickness is all in my chest = take time off. I guess that is reassuring…or frustrating while I wait for this to move out of my chest.

Here is the post from Runner’s World: http://askcoachjenny.runnersworld.com/2009/12/should-i-run-when-im-sick.html

🙂

Hello December…Hello Sickness

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 1:00 pm

I should have known when I started this training that I would inevitably get sick at some point this winter. I spend at least 10 hours a week with children and the weather changes from 40 degrees to 80 degrees almost daily.  Nevertheless, I am still surprised and annoyed that I am sick.

So, if you are wondering where I have been…there you have it. It all began over Thanksgiving. I thought I was feeling better on Sunday when I got back to school and tried to run again and it was great. However, as the stress levels increased at school this past week and I had many sleep deprived nights, my immune system was knocked down yet again. I tried to run again yesterday, Saturday, and made it 2 miles and had to walk home because I couldn’t breathe.

I am trying to not lose all of the strength and endurance that I gained while still trying to get healthy again–tough balance!

Anyway, this is the beginning of week 8. Hard to believe.  I would like to say it is week 6 because I have lost a few weeks in there! I made a new calendar. I would share it, but I don’t know how. It also will potentially change because I am having my wisdom teeth removed later this month and I’ve allotted 3 days off for it–hoping it doesn’t take me longer than that to get back into running! I am about 10 weeks from the race–yikes! Time to get myself together. No more sickness! No more slacking!

Welcome to December…and Week 8! If you are reading this, hold me accountable. Make me feel terrible when I don’t post and don’t finish workouts and don’t eat properly! Happy running!

November 23, 2009

Week 6, Day 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 1:04 am

Yay for getting back into the swing of things…sort of!

I went to the gym tonight for some crosstraining.  I did 32 minutes on the bike and then I did 5 of the 6 exercises for wittling my middle!  I have determined that rolling with my hands on the ball is nearly impossible and so I skipped that one for fear of embarrassment!

I have once again, failed almost every rule.  I had french fries for lunch, I drank about 16 oz of water, I had a dinner party tonight where I drank soda and ate all kinds of food including sweets, and I stillll ate a brownie when I got home later tonight (after 9) that Coll made!  Ahhh. Holidays are not the time for my crazy rules!

This week is back to Jillian every day.  No excuses!

November 22, 2009

End of week 5…fail.

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 3:14 am

I have not blogged all week which is probably a good repreentation of how this week was for me!  All around failure.

I’ll try to recap as best as possible.  I didn’t do Jillian all week.  Mondy I tried to wittle my middle and I was not very good with my balance so I thought it was not working…but I was sore for 2 days afterward.  However, wittling stopped there.  I did an arm workout Monday too.

Tuesday, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill and it was a fairly good run because I was occupied with studying my notes at the same time.

From then on, everything went down hill.  It was midterm week and a big deadline week for a project in a class and I was determined not to suck at working out during all of it…but I did.  I went to bed with a splitting headache Tuesday night and didn’t feel well Wednesday morning.  I had a huge test on Thursday and Wednesday night was busy (not an excuse, I know) but I took the night off…assuming I would run Thursday and Friday.  With no sleep Wednesday night (Wll, 2 hrs of sleep) I was not feeling well Thursday and took the night off again.  Friday came along and I had meetings all day, fell asleep when I got home, and went out later.  Fail, Fail, Fail.

But, today…..I got my life back together!  …sort of.   I ran 6 miles.  I actually had to stop in the middle and walk for a few minutes because I pinched a nerve in my neck yesterday that was still bothering me today.  I didn’t drink water before I went to run and I ran the first mile or so super fast (7 min 54 seconds…I was booking it.)   Bad news all around…so I had to stop and walk.  When I started again, I paced myself and did well for the rest of the run.  I felt good when I finished and I’m excited to get back on track with training this week!  I really need to work on time management so I don’t neglect all these things when life gets stressful!

As for rules, I failed all week long.  I’m not even going to try to remember 5 days worth.  Sunday is a new week and a fresh start.  Time to get serious!  🙂

November 15, 2009

Last day of Week 4!

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 2:10 am

Today was basically 1 month into training.  I have to say I’m pretty satisfied with myself for only skipping one day and modifying training on 2 days.  Horray!

Today was  a super success.  I didn’t get up and run like I planned because I did an overnight babysitting job but I went to the gym tonight.  I ran 6 miles on the treadmill in 55 minutes and 56 seconds!  🙂  We then got super motivated and did an arm workout rotation!  When we got back we did Ab Ripper X.  I didn’t make it through every single one but I probably did about 300 reps total!  Theeennnn we decided to watch cardio kickbox so I could show Coll but decided to get up and do it…only we watched it on fast forward so we only did the moves for half the time that JM did them!  🙂  Basically, I won’t be able to walk tomorrow.

I iced my knee for about 15 minutes after I showered and it feels pretty good now.

As for rules today:

1.  No fast food–fail.  We had wings during the game and now my stomach is not happy with me!

2.  Limit sweets–Not awful.  I had a brownie after all our working out with my milk while we watched a movie–but it was after 9! 😦

3.  Fail.  See above.

4.  I didn’t eat in my bedroom.  Success!

5.  1 Diet soda/day — NO soda today! 🙂   I got new Crystal Light so I drank a lot of that!

6.  90 oz water/day –I didn’t measure it as well as I should have.  I know I had 2 of my bottles so I had at least 60 oz.  If you count all the Crystal Light I drank, I definitely had more than 90!  🙂

Tomorrow begins week 5!  I’m also officially less than 3 months away from race day!  Yay!

Goodnight!

November 13, 2009

TGIF!

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 5:45 pm

Fridays are lazy days for me now.  I don’t have classes and don’t have any meetings as of now which means I do absolutely nothing.  That is a problem because I should be getting ahead on work but my motivation is missing when I know I have 3 days to do everything!

It was a no run day today.  Originally I was going to do some cycling but others with better judgment than I told me to give my knee a rest so I can walk 3 years from now.  Boo!  Soooo I did Jillian Shape Up Front!  I had to take out some of the jumping because I don’t have the bench that they use, but the rest really really makes me work!  Afterward, I did Ab Ripper X.  Shewwwy!  That thing kills my abs.  It was good for me though!

I have done well on my rules today.  It is only 5 pm right now but I promised I’d blog today and I have to do an overnight babysitting job tonight so I probably won’t do it later so I’ll report on rules now and hope I do well the rest of the night.

I have already had about 100 oz of water today.  I’m working on the 4th bottle which is a lot of water! 🙂  Go me!  I had a brownie with lunch and ate my soup and brownie in my room…but I wanted to play bouncing balls in my room and it was easier to bring it in here than unplug everything in my computer and take it out to the living room!  I had a diet soda with lunch as well.  I don’t plan to eat anything else sweet and babysitting will probably keep me from eating after 9.  Horray!

Tomorrow is a 6 mile run!  Yikes!!!

November 12, 2009

Thursday!

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 10:55 pm

I am way more behind than I normally am.  I was supposed to be getting better.

Let me back track.  Tuesday:  I was supposed to run 3 miles, do JM level 1, and do a leg workout.  I ran out of time and only ran 2 miles.  I did JM in the morning.  It has been raining all week so I had to do the 2 miles on the treadmill and it was a horrible run on my knee which was another reason I quit then.  Not my most prideful day…however, it got worse.

I woke up Wednesday with a migraine.  I ended up calling out of work and laying in bed til lunch time.  I felt better by the evening but decided to take the day off from working out so I didn’t bring it back.  I had way too much work to do to be in pain all day.

Today I had a much better day! 🙂  I was lazy and didn’t get up early and do my workouts, but I did them this afternoon.  I ran 4 miles outside and it was a great run.  I even caught up to some girls that were pretty far ahead of me on the same route! 🙂  I then came back and did JM level 2 with my roommate.  I had to do the modified version of the cardio so my knee didn’t hurt, but the rest was good!

As for rules today, I drank about 150 oz of water.  I had a piece of pizza for lunch which probably counts as fast food.  I had one diet soda with lunch.  I didn’t eat in my bedroom or after nine.  I had a brownie, but it was about 1 square inch.   🙂  I don’t think I did horribly with the rules for the day!

That is all for today!  I WILL write tomorrow!!!

November 10, 2009

Week 4!

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 12:56 am

I really need to be a better blogger.  I’ve added “BLOG” to my post it notes that already say “Go Run!” and “Rules!” hoping it will help me remember.  🙂

 

Anyway, yesterday was the start of week 4!  Crazy…I’ve been consistent with exercise for almost a month!  It was a cross training day so I decided to head to my favorite–the stadium! 🙂  Originally I was going to cycle to take it easy on my joints but I really miss doing stadiums (I know, weird) so I decided to go for it!  It was such a good workout.  I did 1/3 mile warm up and 1/3 mile cool down.  I went 2 times around doing the lower level which is 30 steps up…some cases 32 steps.  I wish I counted how many sets of those there are, but I want to say 6 or 7 on each side and about 5 in the endzones.  Then, I went all the way to the top (the numbers count to 90 but as you get up past 30, there is a number on every other step so ther are 150 steps! 🙂  I did that 4 times.  Horray!  I also did some tricep push up deal things that I used to try to do there and struggle to do 2 sets of 5.  This time I did 4 sets of 5 on one side and 2 sets of 10 on the other side of the stadium at the end of my workout!  I am getting stronger!  YAY!

I did ice my knees afterwards because they did not enjoy the abuse of running all those stairs.  The left one was the one that hurt, but I decided to play it safe with the right too.

As for today, it was a no run day.  I kinda actually wanted to do some sort of cardio, but followed the plan and did not.  I got up this morning at the lovely 6:15 am and did JM level 2!  That thing kiiiillllsss my arms.  I did the modified version of some of the cardio for less impact on my poor little knees and ankles.  I’m sure my neighbors downstairs appreciate that too.  Tonight, I went to the gym and did arms and abs.  I did my regular round of arms with 3 machines and push ups, 4 sets of 10.  No weight increases, still 70, 70, and 25.  However, I did 6 real push ups instead of 10 girl push ups!  Yessss!  I then did the bench press, tricep curl, chest fly moves (not correct names but kinda the motions I do on the bench) for 3 sets of 10.  I did 200 reps of abs and quit.  I ate a little late…and lots of junk (bad bad bad) at this stupid meeting I had so my stomach still kinda hurt from that.

 

Now comes the rules…which I’m not sure why I have them because I rarely follow them.  Ugh!

Today, I had fast food that was at that meeting tonight.  It was all junk. Ugh.  I had a bite size piece of cheesecake.  Double ugh.  I didn’t eat after 9pm.  I didn’t eat in my bedroom.  I had 2 diet sodas today.  And….I know I didn’t drink 90 oz of water today.  I probably had 30 oz this morning babysitting and forgot my water bottle when I went to class and had that meeting tonight so I probably have only had about 15 oz tonight.  45 total….not good.

 

I need way more motivation on the eating side of this.  I’m doing so well with the exercise but I fail miserably with the nutrition.  I would probably see results if I didn’t suck at that so much!

 

Ok…time to go do work…when I should be sleeping.  So much for healthy sleep habits!

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