Friday, November 22, 2013

Fabulous Friday

Wednesday, hubby and I celebrated 9 years together. 9 YEARS he's been putting up with my insanity and insecurities. And for 9 YEARS he has been my biggest cheerleader, strongest support and hardest kick in rear (figuratively of course). I am so excited for the adventure that awaits us!

Please excuse the year old picture. Plus, he's normally more awake!
Then the next day, I had an awesome run! First one since September, so I think my little funk/slump may be coming to an end. And my body is recovered and ready to get back to it. Very proud of that run and I will probably be on the treadmill for now.

So, yeah. This is a pretty fabulous Friday that is shaping up to be a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

4 Months of Funk

The best way for me to get out of this little funk I've been in is to just give myself a nice big SHOVE!

At one point last week, a good friend of mine, who happens to be a Beachbody coach, mentioned he was doing another Biggest Loser style challenge group. If you remember, this was one of the challenges I participated in earlier this year. This time, wanted to run the group for 90 days beginning in the middle of November. And I thought, "What better way to stay motivated through the holidays. Why not?!" So, I signed up. Yes, I have let myself go during this little funk I've been in. And yes, I have set a very lofty weight loss goal. But ultimately, this is about setting good habits. And those habits need to be ones I can stick with in the long run!

Last year, when I attempted these challenges, I did a completely overhaul of my workout schedule and my diet. And while they were successful in helping me see the results, they did not become my lifestyle. I do love to strength train and lift those heavy weights, but spending an hour to an hour and a half every day just does not work well for me. And then there was the diet. I followed a diet written by a fitness model, and while I do admire her physique, I do live in the real world. I firmly believe in eating whole foods, but I also believe in moderation. So this time around, I am tracking macros - calories, fat, carbs and proteins. And I am attempting to restore my relationship with food. I have always been an emotional eater. Add to that how psychotic I got last time around about the food I was eating and yeah, I think you probably have an idea of where this might be going. So, this time around has a bit of a theme. And that is moderation!

I recently read somewhere that while some people believe it takes 21 days to create a habit, it may actually take 3 times as long. I've got 90 days plus the support of some incredible people.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Here I Go Again

Things have been very quiet here.  With the lack of running, I've honestly been a little bit of a fog and a funk that I cannot seem to shake.  Not that this blog was started with the hopes of being a running blog.  It just happened because it was something I was doing.  And aside from parenting, was the most exciting part of my day.

Things on the parenting front have been uberbusy.  Skadew started 1st grade, which is a bit more involved than kindergarten.  We finally have a set schedule for schooling, but I can't seem to get myself into a regular rhythm or schedule.  It's been a little tough going.  And hence, the blogging has started to suffer.  I think it's been more than a month since my last check-in.  And I had such brilliant things planned.  So, I guess there is no time like the present to get restarted...AGAIN!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hiccup

So, I kind of dropped off the face of the planet for a little while.  No sooner had I blogged about my return to the blogosphere, that I injured myself running.  And let me tell you, I was extremely pissed!  But more on that later.  The half is now almost one week away, but I've been spending my time on the elliptical and biking.

And I've rekindled my love affair with yoga.  Hubby got me Tara Stiles' This is Yoga DVD series for Christmas.  A few months ago, she released a monthly yoga practice that incorporates two yoga classes from the DVDs per day.  My goal for the month of September is to make it through month 1.  I wanted to start this week, but have caught the nasty cold Skadew brought in to the house.  That kind of put a damper on my practice.  So I've pushed it off until next week.  Quite a few of the classes have been done in the weeks since my injury.  I particularly enjoy the bedtime and morning routines that are done in bed.  I actually feel calmer and more centered.  Plus, when I start my day with some yoga, I tend to make healthier food choices during the day.  Anywho, I will update you all on that fascinating experience.

For now, I have been coping with the idea that my half next weekend may not happen, this would be race #3.  Or that I could start it and then have to take my first DNF.  Or I could run another 3 hour half marathon.  Or things could turn out better than I imagine and I will rock it!  Either way, my amazing physical therapist has already prepared me for the idea of pain and swelling.  And that's a scary thought.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Don't Worry

I've gone back and forth constantly about whether or not I want to continue with this blog.  I thought I had ultimately come to the decision to not keep writing here.  Then, hubby and I went running together on vacation, and got some pretty awesome pictures.  I wanted to be able to share them, so changed my mind.  I want to continue with this little venture, even in my inconsistent little way.  So for the time being, you all are stuck with me!  Ha!  Lucky you!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

One Top of Spaghetti: Pasta Run and Kids Noodle Run

One week ago, I ran 5K #3 and Skadew ran a kids' run.  The race was the Pasta Run and Kids Noodle Run.  I came across this race last year, but was unable to do it.  I typically do not enjoy racing in the warmer months, but figured with it being an evening run, the Pennsyltucky humidity and heat wouldn't be so bad.  Well, after I signed up, some people in my running group commented how it was over 100 last year.  I got a little worried.  Thankfully, it wasn't as hot!

Skadew and I came decked out in our sparkles and ready to go!
Like mother, like daughter

The Noodle Run was underway first.  The kids ran one loop around City Island.  In total, I think it's about .5 to .75 of a mile.  Either way, Skadew did a fantastic job!  She was smiling the entire time.
Getting close to the end!

She was most excited about getting her first medal.  I see many more races in her future.
So proud of her first medal!

Not long after the kids had finished the 5K runners got lined up.  The route for the adults was one lap around the island, cross over the river, run along the river to a turn around and then finish at the island end of the bridge.

The race started and in true race fashion, I started out way too fast.  I glanced down at my watch at one point and there was a number with an 8:** in front of it.  Way too fast!  I tried to reign it in at that point because I knew I would fade trying to keep it up.  At about the second mile, my legs "started" to feel like dead weight.  They just didn't want to move anymore.  I phrase it like that because I'm not too sure if they really felt like that or if it was mostly mental.  I have big issues with the mental aspect of racing.  I know I'm capable of achieving certain things and then I can't get over myself enough to actually do it.

Mile 1:  9:02
Mile 2: 10:09
Mile 3: 10:14
Mile .1: 1:13

Headed toward the finish.  I look as though I'm out for a Sunday stroll.  Not finishing a race.  I swear I was really pushing at this point!

Was really hoping for a new 5K PR, but I will be honest.  Even though most of the running I had done was speed work type stuff, I wasn't consistent going in to this race.  I'm not entirely disappointed.  Well, not anymore, anyway.

Official Time 30:54 (Garmin time = 30:38.1)

The race was followed by a dinner.  Some people from my running group had mentioned this is one race they would pay to eat and watch.  And the food did not disappoint.  Pasta, soft pretzels, salad, hot dogs, cookies and some of the best ice cream!

You can tell how good the food was by how clean the plates are!

This is one race that will be done year after year!

Monday, June 3, 2013

New Day

Not sure if anyone else out there has managed to fail as epically as I have at keep New Year's Resolutions.  Looking back, I feel as though I may have been too ambitious and set a lot of goals.  Which was fine.  But, I honestly needed to be setting little goals for myself during the months that followed.  And, well, that hasn't really happened.  But it's a new day!  So with this being the start of June, I have decided to set some goals for this month.

1.  Read for 15 minutes a day.  I unfortunately, find myself wasting a lot of time of my downtime either watching pointless television shows or browsing Facebook, Pinterest, etc.  I know I'm not alone here.  And I don't have anything against social media or television.  It's just my list of books I want to read is getting longer and longer.  I feel as though I'm not even putting a dent in it.  I'm hoping by sticking to this, I can cross a few of those books off my list.

2.  Strength train at least 3 days a week.  In the past, I have been strength training about 5, sometimes 6, days a week in an effort to build some lean muscle.  Now that half marathon training will be starting, my goals have changed.  I just want to keep myself out of the PT office.  So, I am cutting back a bit with my main focus to be strengthening my legs and core.  I'm hoping this will help me stay healthy and keep my legs strong.

3.  Limit sweets and treats to 10% of daily calories.  I have lost base a bit with my clean eating habits.  My ultimate goal with this particular one is to find balance in my diet again.  I don't want to become someone who shuns all food that's not considered clean.  Life is short and I want to enjoy myself.  But, I have been binging and it's left me feeling lousy.  While I don't want to start counting calories again, I can keep myself under control knowing that I can have one reasonable portion of some sort of sweet or treat.  And I will keep cupcakes and frappucinos for after races.

4.  Start each day with quiet time.  I know the benefits of meditation.  And I have always wanted to start my own practice.  I figure now would probably be a great time for that.  I also have a study a friend had given me for Christmas.  If I don't make the time first thing in the morning, it never happens.

So this is what I'm shooting for this month.  I'll let y'all know how it goes.