Monday, June 27, 2011

4 lbs, 2nd Summer Series Race and a Life Recap

Woa, I have been a bad blogger. Last week I was not feeling anything, hence the lack of posts. I'm hoping for a better week!

Monday was the 2nd Summer Series run over at Sunken Meadow, home of Cardiac Hill!My strategy is always to run for fun, not for time (1:03), the race is too crowded and bottle necks up in spots, but it's an awesome 10k course with hills, grass, roads and dust! LOVE IT! I felt strong, even on Cardiac Hill and basically just enjoyed the scenery. I didn't hang for the after party, which was ok since I saw a bunch of people before the race started.

So after battling with my weight these past few months, I made the decision to go back to my food plan...4lbs gone, I'm pretty sure I made the right decision (I will write a separate post on this later).

Overall life has been good, I'm just mellow. Still working through the feelings about the boy. Had a date, not my type, but still nice to get out there! Went to a bunch of parties, baby showers and comedy shows, ran a million miles for the week...not too shabby for a single gal :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

1st Summer Run Race

Monday was the first of the Summer Run Series, always a great time and something I missed not participating in last year. I wasn't expecting to PR, although I was about a minute off, but I had fun, saw some people I hadn't seen in a while and ran a solid 48:19, 9:39:48 pace. I was really happy with my effort, my pace was pretty steady except for mile 3 where I got tripped up at the water stop, other than that the race was perfect.

Tue was a spin day and yesterday was an off day, today I'm supposed to lift and try and fit in a yoga class, but I might run the 6 that's on tap for tomorrow. I have plans tonight and there is no yoga class, plus I'm feeling lazy, it's funny how a few slow days can make me feel like it's been forever since I had a solid workout - a definite change in attitude, I'd say!

I've been a little funky this week, which is OK, because I know it will pass, but it still sucks! Food has been so, so. After reviewing my log from last week it is painfully obvious that my body just can't handle carbs or sugar, even though I'm within my calorie range and working out a ton, I'm not losing. The plan is to eat whatever carb heavy stuff I have in the house (which is not much, and all pretty healthy) then go back to what I've been dreading - my FAA program. In order to be true to myself, I have to admit defeat, no matter how I slice it I just can't do sugar/flour/ I'm waiving the white flag and surrendering!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Welcome Summer!

90+ degrees? Why not! I love the summer, the heat, humidity, beach, pool, thunderstorms...the whole shabang. What I don't love is how I sometimes feel naus after a hot gross run. I'm hoping I figured out a solution, which is delicious chocolate milk, which worked for me after my 5 miler this morning. THANK GOD! I got out a little later than planned (6:15) and I was a little worried I would have a repeat of Monday night, which I didn't, I was just a rushing maniac when I got back to the house, but that's ok. Also, I was supposed to run 6, but because of the late start I could only fit in 5. My pace was still a bit slow, but it was hot and I know the speed will come if I keep up the work. Looking forward to tomorrow's strength day, I'm also hoping to make the 6:30 am yoga class that I love.

On a life note, feeling much better, keeping up with my writing and (uggh) praying for the boy and am really excited for the next phase of my life!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Holy Naus!

Went for my scheduled 5 miler and it was absolutely terrible! My whole body felt like lead, it was hot and I could barely do the workout which was to increase pace by 15 seconds per mile, my last mile being my fastest. I got my miles in, held a super slow 10:15 pace for the first 2 miles, then dropped down to 10:32 for the rest of the run....dissapointing? A little, but I was happy none the less that I got my full workout in.

The really shitty part was that I got so nauseous that I could barely function for the rest of the night. For close to 2 hours I was literally dying (ok, not literally, but you know what I mean). I drank water, showered, then BAM! it hit! This used to happen all the time the summer before last, I would literally end up in bed after a long run. I'm hoping this was just a fluke thing...

I ended up forcing down some food, then remembered that sugar usually helps. I had a left over PB Cookie Dough ice in the freezer, as soon as I ate that I felt MUCH better. Uggh! I think I'm going to have to pick up some chocolate milk to drink after a run, after reading a bunch of posts on the the Internets I'm pretty sure this will help.

After all that and a few episodes of the RHW of NJ I went to bed sad as could be about the boy. So what did I do? I took some advice and prayed that he meets someone who will be good to him. Believe me, I did not want to do it, but in order to let go I'm learning to do some of the things I def don't want to EVER do. And ya know what? I'm feeling pretty good today.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wait, What?

First off, I ran a lot last week. Super proud of the distance covered and my overall fitness gains. Not happy about my lack of willpower around all things bread. Ok, now that that is out of the way, I NEED to talk about this week's schedule. I'm a-little, oh, I don't know, overwhelmed maybe?

So I open my Schedule and had to take a deep breath. I'm not sure I have ever covered miles like this, like ever, and the funny part is this is just the beginning! Which leads to wonder how I ever managed to run all those half marathons with virtually no training aside from long runs. SMH.

This past Fri I ran 6 and 7.5 yesterday...on tap for this week:
Mon: 5
Tue: Cardio and weights plus track practice
Weds: Off, but I'm hoping for a yoga class
Thurs: 6
Fri: weights
Sat: 5
Sun: 8

Now that I'm looking at it, it's not really that bad. So what the hell was I so nervous about? Staying off bread is what's really going to be killer!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Do Your Friends Know?

I've read a bunch of posts about this topic lately, and although it's no secret I have a blog, I don't really talk about it a whole lot...which leads me to wonder, do your friends know?

Last night I had a group of friends over and my blog came up - one of my gals was making fun of it in a lighthearted way, but it got everyone's attention - which got me to thinking and talking about why I blog, and who I blog for. The main reason is for myself, I wanted to have a place to journal/bitch/remember/discuss what's happening in my running life, plus I had a friend who had a great blog about her boyfriends experience with leukemia and I thought, why not! I was just about to start training for a marathon that didn't happen and I figured a blog would keep me accountable (which for those of you who read know I have trouble sometimes with accountability).

My motives are still the same, but as I've gotten more into the blog world I realize that I really like writing (or whatever this is) and it's something I would like to expand upon. It's also a really good excuse for me to build my social media skills, which to be honest suck, and as a marketer by profession is something I really need to work on. I'm not saying this blog will be the next hot healthy living or running blog, but I would like to see it grow just a bit, and see where it takes me...