Monday, August 30, 2010

No, seriously this time.

Maybe 3rd time is a charm...I keep saying I'll be better about blogging, but since I just charged up my bodybugg and am in the process of writing out a week menu, I think this time it'll stick.

Big concerns on my right heel has started hurting quite a bit, very much like a heel stone.  I did just switch to new shoes, so hopefully that will remedy the situation.  I know I ran a couple miles too many in my last ones, probably causing the pain/bruising.

I'm looking for healthy dinner ideas....anyone?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday: Mid-distance Run or Sleep

Hope you went out for a run last night!

My beginning runners' group is growing with astonishing success.  Week two, up from 1 person to 4.  Everyone is a much better runner than they thought, and I find it so interesting that they all have told me "I'm afraid to run."  It's a concept that I'd forgotten many many miles ago.  That's not to downplay it at all, because I definitely had that fear.  I was afraid that I'd get too far out and my knees would hurt, that I'd be too tired to come back, etc. etc. etc.

Last night, we ran the small indoor track at the Y:

2:30 minutes jogging
30 second sprint
1 minute jogging
1 minute walking recovery

We did 5 sets of that (25 minutes), 5 minutes of squats, abs, core, then another 3 sets (15 minutes).  Pair that with about 10 minutes combined warm up and cool down.

Tonight, if you were me, you'd be getting into bed sometime around 8 to sleep for about 11 hours since you're afraid you're getting your boyfriend's cold.

But if you were me last week, you'd be headed out for an hour long serious run with your running partner.  So, if you're the me from last week, get to it, get out there and take a serious mid distance run.  If you're the me from this week...make pasta sauce and then pass out watching real housewives of dc.

Tomorrow morning, hit the gym for a spin class!

In other news--Hi Mom!  Don't worry, I'm not getting sick, I'm just stuffy.  Blame Chadd.  I'll call you when I get home!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday and Wednesday, Week 1

Tuesday's challenge!

I know, end of Tuesday, but if you could go back in time after reading this, today should look like this:

1 hour of group fitness
1 hour of yoga, stretching, or casual walking

Tomorrow, go for a walk/run for an hour tomorrow night!  Run with friends, this is a casual run kind of night!

Monday, August 2, 2010

More Exciting Things: A Month in the Life of Me

My Trainer Bob inspired me--he has a 4 week program (involving his videos) that you follow with his commentary.
If you give me 1 month, watch what you eat/drink (don't cheat) and do what I'm telling you to do here, I'll show you at least 5 pounds of weight loss.  Ready?  Sure you are.

- Run, jog, or walk for 1 hour.  This may also be elliptical, biking, or swimming.  If you are walking, keep the pace going.  Got some energy?  Give me 1 minute of jogging per 2, 3, 4, or 5 minutes of running.  Try to spike your cardio at LEAST 1 minute for every 10.  
- Stretch
- Drink 3 full bottles of water throughout the day
- Tell yourself one thing that you love about your body.  Mine?  I love my slight ab definition at the top of my abs.

Tomorrow is group fitness!

Wanted: Fail Proof Way to Get Up

You guys, I'm losing my mind.


I need to find a fail proof method to getting my butt out of bed in the morning.  Things I have tried?
- Setting an alarm in another room (get up, turn off, go back to bed)
- Setting several alarms (turn both off or hit snooze on both)
- Setting alarm an hour before I have to get up (snooze...snooze...snooze through time I meant to get up)
- Two alarm clocks of the feline variety with a non negotiable wake-up time of 5:30 (locked out of bedroom after feeding)
- Morning gym routine (mild success)
- Signs (epic fail, I can't read in the dark or without my glasses)

Chadd says that the real problem is that I KNOW that I can get ready in about 10 minutes.  And it's true. I don't like it, persay, but I don't need more than 10-15 minutes.  I would much rather have an hour to take my time, have breakfast, etc.

The other problem, too, is that I can't really spend a whole bunch of time in the room in the morning getting ready, since Chadd's still sleeping.  I would RATHER sleep, too.  I can't turn on the tv, or the radio, or music while I get ready...

The final problem is that I don't really have a time that I have to be at work.  8:30?  Sure.  8:45?  Okay.  A little after nine when the world goes insane at home?  Sure.  It's a double edged sword (one I'm glad to have, so don't see this as complaining) but it doesn't help when I'm like "augh, got four hours of sleep...must hit snooze."

I guess that last sentence betrays me.  I never get enough sleep.  A lot of it is that when I pick up Chadd, I'm forced into losing a couple hours of sleep.  Unfortunately, there isn't really a way around that one that doesn't break our budget or force me to quit teaching.

I'm making an effort to get up at least 30 minutes before I have to leave from here on out.  Which means I need to be up at 7:45 every day.  Shouldn't be that hard.

Any suggestions?