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Brrr!

1 Feb

Hello, winter. snow

I took this from the relative warmth of my office. It’s freezing out there! It snowed a bunch overnight, and there is ice everywhere. Do. Not. Like. What is it with winter not showing up until well after Christmas? I want snow in December!

I had planned to try out a new treadmill workout this morning to share with you all, but I just didn’t feel like trudging to the gym in the dark in the snow. Sorry! I think I’ll try to get a quick run in before Crossfit tonight. Maybe not the best idea, but I’ve got to log those miles! Speaking of logging miles, I’m ready to unveil my fun new mileage counter graphic that I made:

600 miles in 2013 January

In order to complete 600 miles in 2013, I will need to run at least 50 miles each month. I run just a touch over in January. February is a short month, so I’m definitely going to need to get those miles in. My hope is that I’ll be logging more miles when the nice weather appears, slow down a bit in the dog days of summer, and then pick it back up again in Fall. Running outdoors in spring and fall is probably my favorite thing ever, so hopefully I can cover a few extra to carry me through the dreaded treadmill weather (like today!).

I realized that while I made some New Year’s resolutions early last month, I didn’t really cover monthly goals. That’s something I’d like to talk about today. I think making smaller, more attainable goals helps you achieve your long term goals. So let’s get to my February Goals, shall we?

Run 50 miles. Pretty predictable, huh?

Attend Crossfit 2x/week. My original NY resolution mentioned strength training 3x a week. Crossfit fits into the strength training genre, so this will work out nicely for me. I’ve definitely noticed some new muscle definition that I didn’t have before I did the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer, and I’m glad that my strength training is evolving. I’d like to keep that going.

Stick with counting Weight Watchers points for the full month of February. This is going fairly well. However, I have noticed that some of my regular eats haven’t been fitting into my alotted Weight Watchers points very well, so I’ve needed to find some substitutions. For example, the microwave english muffin came into play again this morning:

breakfast

…and that’s not to say that a regular english muffin wouldn’t fit into my daily points, but I didn’t have any, and this has less points than two slices of whole wheat bread, and more protein, so it’s a better fit for me right now. This one turned out better than my last one, and it’s so easy to make.

Complete 4 books this month. My goal is to read 50 books this year. Last month, I finished 6, so I guess my goal is to read over 50 books this year! Last year I was able to finish 36, and I read so many great books that I wanted to surpass that this year.

Do a little cleaning each day throughout the week. This one is huge. I’ve gotten into the habit of leaving housecleaning until the weekend. While that’s a good plan in theory, because I’m not at work, in practice it’s kind of a bummer that I have so much to do on the weekends. If I would just keep up with the small bits of cleaning, I could just focus on the big things, like cleaning the floors, scrubbing the bathroom and dusting on the weekends.

Write 5 blog posts a week. Preferably Monday – Friday. I’ve been pretty good about this so far, so I’m sure I can reach this goal.

…I think that’s enough to focus on for this short month!

Question of the day:
Do you set monthly goals for yourself? 

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On Rest and Recovery Before a Big Race

2 Nov

Happy Friday!

I’m so excited about this weekend. The weather is supposed to be nice, I have a girl’s night planned (Dance Central 3 on Kinect will be involved — YES!), and Zach and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary! Woo hoo!

I have been crazy tired this week, and feeling just a little under the weather. After not getting a good night’s rest on Tuesday night, I was completely wiped out on Wednesday night. I ended up in bed at 8:30 pm! I woke up at 2:30 in the morning (that’s what I get), read for a little bit, and surprisingly enough fell back asleep until 8:00 AM, making me late for work! I guess I needed it! Then again last night, I was in bed by 9:30 PM. I was up and ready to go to the gym this morning, though, so I think I got the rest I needed.

At the gym, I took the morning yoga class, followed by a shortened version of Clare’s Tabata Sprints workout.

I took my sprint speed up a bit this time, and boy was I feeling it. I was dripping with sweat!

On my way home, I sneakily took a photo for Grow Soul Beautiful‘s Yoga A Day challenge (a day late!):

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Boy, did yoga feel good this morning! I got really deep into some stretches that I felt like I needed, and when I hopped on the treadmill, I had zero sciatica pain! Woo hoo! I’m feeling really hopeful for a pain-free half marathon a week from Sunday (!!!).

This week has been good for workouts. I’ve done something every day. Since I slept in yesterday, and trick or treat was at 6:00 PM (don’t ask why my town doesn’t do trick or treat on Halloween, because I have no clue), I didn’t have much time to squeeze something in. I did 20 minutes of Pilates, though, and I’m feeling it in my core this morning! On the running front, I’ve done a lot of short distance speed work. I’m setting myself up for a low-to-no running week next week. I can’t promise I won’t go for a little jog if the weather is nice, but I’m planning to stick to lots of stretching and maybe a little pilates to rest/stretch up for the half marathon. I’m still a little nervous, but this morning, while I was sprinting on the treadmill, I realized that fitness-wise, I’m good. I know I can run 13 miles if I need to, and I will. I don’t know if I’ll do it in under 2 hours, but I know I have the capability to do so.

Because I know I have the fitness, and I know I have the capability, this week I’m going to focus on having the mental strength to run 13 miles. I’m also going to focus on getting enough rest, and fueling my body properly (I’ve been struggling with this lately). Wish me luck!

Question of the Day:
How do you prepare for a big race? 

October Goals

1 Oct

Last night, I was looking at a wedding dress site and I decided to measure myself in case I decide to order my dress online. I was disappointed to find out that since I last took my measurements, I’ve gained almost 2 inches around my waist, even though I weigh roughly the same. Not good. So, I’ve decided to be honest with myself:

  1. I have not be exercising like I used to (read: before vacation — what is it about vacation that throws me off!?). I’m taking way more rest days and when I do workout, I’m not committing as much time or energy as I’d like to it. Furthermore, I’m slacking on my half marathon training, which will only hurt me come November 11.
  2. I have not been eating as healthfully as I should. Extra snacks and large portion sizes have been creeping into my daily routine.
  3. I’m sore. My muscles are tight, and I’ve abandoned my stretching/yoga routine.

The only way to get back to where I want to be is to work harder, and that means making some goals for myself — and sticking to them! So, here we go: October Goals!

  1. Watch portion sizes. Measure my meals. Bring healthy snacks to work and avoid vending machine.
  2. Count calories? — I don’t really want to do this. I hate counting calories, but I guess it works. Does anyone have an alternative suggestion?
  3. Go back to one rest day/week, and make sure when I do exercise, I’m doing so for at least 45 minutes.
  4. Don’t skimp on half-marathon training. I’ve been shaving miles off here and there, and it’s not going to help me run 13.1 miles in a month.
  5. Weight training 3x a week, and yoga 3x a week.

How will I do this?

  1. Make a meal plan, and stick to it. Don’t buy high calorie/fat foods.
  2. Drink more water. 8 glasses a day will make me feel satisfied and less lethargic.
  3. Aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night. If that means skipping something ‘fun’ to go to bed early, so be it.
  4. Make it to the gym in the mornings at least three times a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, attend the weight training classes in the morning. This will help with the  3x a week weight training goal.
  5. Join Courtney’s (at SweetToothSweetLife) October yoga Challenge, to do yoga 3x a week. There is a new yoga class at my gym — try it!
  6. Make sure to get my miles in for half marathon training, even if  I have to run in the evenings after having been at the gym in the morning.
  7. Hit the weight room after one speed work (treadmill run) session each week, which in addition to the MW weights class will meet my strength goal.

Say it, Do it!

Question of the Day:
What are your goals for the month of October?