Friday, January 29, 2010

The Daily Mile and Week 7 Day 2

As you can probably tell from my blog, I am diggin' !!  I'm feeling like a real runner when I log in my miles and my running.  I'm hoping I can get my sissy to join as I'm feeling a little like a running reject with no friends on there! 
Well, today was an EXCELLENT running day.  I ran for 25 minutes straight!  A few lessons learned though..well, actually just one.  I am going to have to start running on an empty stomach.  These last two runs I thought I had given enough time from the last time I ate until I worked out....apparently not!  I'm worried I'll turn into a Biggest Loser constestant and puke all over the treadmill!  Yuck! 
Back to that excellent run though, I've realized that not every run will be as enjoyable and some will down right suck...but today was what it was all about.  I felt really good, like I could keep going.  I even kicked it up a notch and ran really hard the last minute. 
And on top off this excitement, I've lost a total of 8.9#'s since 12/20/09.  I had started the Couch to 5K earlier in December but really committed to running on 12/31/09.  I started out with Week 3 Day 2 on that day.
Tomorrow is going to be a weights day with some eliptical thrown in for fun.  I don't know if I'll do kettlebells or not...hhmmmm
Good night!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Early Week in Review with a little Pears and Oatmeal

Todays breakfast of the champions was delish I tell ya! I had completely forgotten the yumm-o factor of an oatmeal and pears combo! I used the recipe for whipped banana oatmeal from Kath Eats Real Food. To that I added I pear, 1 tbsp slivered almonds and a tablespoon of pumpkin butter from Trader Joe's. There's a party in my tummy!
To update my training, I'm on week 6 day 1 as of yesterday. Due to unforseen issues, I had to run back the drawing board and replan my week so that I will finish the C25K plan on 2/12/10. I shuffled some workouts around so that I ran yesterday, will run on Saturday and then next week will be run Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday and that will finish me up on week 7 on January 30th. So far so good. Last week was my first 20 minute straight run and I can proudly say that I finished it without stopping. That being said, boy did I sure want to stop! Running is such a mental sport. I am getting a little proud of myself, actually. In all of the times that I've attempted to start a running program, I've never made it this far. One time, last year, I got to the week 5 20 min run and then fizzled out after that. Durring this time around, it's taken me a bit longer than the proposed 9 weeks but that's okay because I'm going to finish strong on 2/12/10. When I reach that goal of finishing on that specific time, I am going to award myself with a garmin forerunner 305 gps with heartrate monitor! I sure do covet that piece of equipment so each run just brings me closer to that bad mamma-jamma. Other than that, legs feel great when I run. I've found the shoe of my dreams in my Brooks. I'm wondering if I should buy a second pair to alternate each week....hhhmmmm, I'll have to research that.
Well, now that my b'fast is slowly digesting, it's time for a little cross training. I'm thinking today will be The Firm Total Body Shaping hour of pure sweaty, tall box climbing fun!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Books, shoes and a smile

These are the books that are going to get me through the next 6 months....

My shoes....