Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I did something kind of scary/exciting today…. I signed up for my first half marathon! Whoa! Seattle Rock and Roll Half (June 23rd) here I come!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Snuck in another mile and a half today (run to the grocery store), just under 7 miles this weekend!

I’m trying to just increase my weekly mileage by one mile a week, with a long term goal of being able to casually run about 10 miles at a time (weekend run). My Dad (in his 50s) does this frequently, if he can I can too, right? :) I don’t want this to become something I have to do instead of something I love to do, but I would like to be able to do the distance with my Dad.

….Actually, I would also like to run a marathon just once to be able to say that I can!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Today I am totally humming the theme from Rocky, feeling awesome, and thankful for strong legs!!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

5 miles!

What a thanksgiving!  Maybe the best yet, yesterday the food was perfect, we had a blast in the kitchen together, and I just felt HAPPY, filled to the brim with gratitude for the four days off from work, time to sleep in, time to spend with David, time to relax.

This morning I was kind of falling back into my normal weekend patterns (cleaning, chores and a couple pilates videos), but the sun was shinning!  I told David I needed an hour and headed out the door - I can't tell you how happy I am with that decision!  I totally busted out five miles!  The weather was BEAUTIFUL, the first two miles tough, but the last three were amazing!  I think I could have gone further, but I got to the point were I was really thirsty and really needed to pee lol...
I am going to have to work on that when training for the 15k in May.  No more coffee before long runs and I told David I need a fuel belt for Christmas.  :)

Anyway!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Dinner was AMAZING! We made a bit of a fuss and had a great time in the kitchen together, truthfully I feel filled with happiness, and for that I am so thankful!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yes, I will keep going

This morning the scale said 205 and I wanted to cry. I put on my big girl panties, may have murmured a few choice words, ran my errands, got to work, was a busy bee, last trainer session, home, laundry, dinner, cleaning, time chatting with the boyfriend, and bed.

The whole day (and for weeks really) I have been feeling like this is my whole life and I really don’t like it. Work, workout, stress, fail. Lame. And I know that I am being unfair to myself, I have hung out with girlfriends, work is incredibly busy, I am handling things pretty well, but I feel like I am missing out on life, like time is moving so quickly and I am missing …. opportunities? I’m not sure exactly, but it is a horrible feeling. Tomorrow my goals are: Run 3 miles during lunch with music, take a pic to post here :) and Find a vanilla pear butter recipe and use up the pears in the fridge

Maybe tomorrow will be better :)

Friday, November 18, 2011


Quick mile after work before the nasty weather started! I was litteraly running out the door so I could get a quick run in! AWESOME day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Tomorrow trainer wants to see a print out of my calories intake… I haven’t been tracking (tired, busy, usual stuff), just entered in and realized I am not eating enough, today (even with my 1/2 gingerbread!) not even 1200 calories. No wonder I want to skip running and head to bed at 8pm. Drank all of my water today, tomorrow calories will be better (we are making pizza for dinner!) :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Love care packages!

Doesn't everyone?  :)
My Grandma sent apples, quince, pears and some jam.  I opened and promptly chopped up all of the apples and quince for jelly!  I am going to try this one more time, hopefully I don't mess it up!
Also, I started a tumblr account for my diet/work out tracking!  A couple days in and I am already addicted, I found so many inspiring running blogs to follow!  Here is the link:
In other news... I'm thinking about registering for the Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon in June!  David is not sold on this plan, and we'll see what is happening with the course (changing this year), but it is to benefit the American Cancer Society, and I think I can do it!  I will post for sure if I register!  :)

Good day!

Training session was fun today! It made me question the decision to take a break. I was also planning on quitting the gym at work, but am now wavering on that decision in light of expected snow this weekend. I need to keep up the running and it doesn’t seem like the weather is going to allow for much outdoor training for at least the next 2.5 months. Hmmmm….. so maybe will switch to running during my lunch hour, and heated yoga in the evenings. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

more training sessions?

I have three more sessions: Wednesday, Friday and next Monday, then comes the question of if I should buy more? I’m leaning toward no… but it has been so nice having my workout planned for me, just being able to show up and do! Questions and doubts haven’t been encouraged for the last three months.

I like that, I like the ease, I’ve grown to love squats and lunges, things I never would have done before training. The reason I’m not committed? I have only lost 5 pounds in three months. Now don’t get me wrong, my body fat percentage has gone down, I have lost a couple inches, but I feel like at 200 pounds I need to focus on losing weight, not a gaining muscle.

Lately I have been feeling like I buy into every new diet every doctor and trainer throws at me, and none of them really work! I think I just need to get back to calorie counting and eating everything. I am coming to the conclusion that my weight isn’t due to any kind of intolerance, I have allergies, but only to preservatives and things of that nature - no problems if I eat clean and limit my calories.

So here ‘s the plan:

Buy the New rules for lifting, I have seen this used on several running blogs, I think it is worth a shot to get that same preplanned workout feeling without the expense of a trainer.

I need to work on holding *myself* accountable for workouts and runs. When I don’t feel well or have low energy those are the first things that go and I regret that.

Same thing with yoga - I need to join a class, gym yoga kind of sucks, I need to commit to a real class, I love it and feel like it will really help my running.

And on the running front - come up with a training plan and DO, no excuses!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Survived Mamagram day with an incredibly kind tech and no pigging out to swallow my fears - mani/pedi to relax, and home to an amazing sammy and mango. I have to say, I am surprised and proud that I avoided the junk today. Weight this morning was 202.5 - 1 pound down from last week. :)

It is hard to run with someone riding a bike! I found myself thinking about him instead of enjoying the morning and kind of losing myself in the run. Then stopped for water and didn’t have the energy to go again. Full of problems and excuses today, need to work on that.

How do you confront your mortality?

We will all die, that is not the question.  The questions lie in how you live your life, and how long you have to enjoy it once you figure it out. 
My Mom is a breast cancer survivor, 10 years cancer free.  Her life now, after, is so similar to her life before... still married to my dad, they still (or maybe even more) hold hands and love.  They have love, so deep.  And yes, they fuss, nag, hug, make tea for each other.
This morning David woke up to give me a kiss and some pretty important words before I left this morning.  There is a lot of power in 'I love you.'

Yesterday I signed up for a 15k

The furthest I have ever run? 4.38 miles. On Thursday. Friday I signed up for 9.3. Kind of crazy, but I know I can do this!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Not the run I was hoping for

Full of problems and excuses, but I got my goal miles in for the week, that makes my happy.  :)

Goals for week of 11/14:
Mamagram on Monday,  do not freak out.
Run 6 miles for the week
Look into taking a cooking class.
Hang out with girlfriends on Saturday
Start working on thanksgiving cards and a pic to go in them.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yes. I. Can.

I'm not a sports girl.  I'm an outdoors girl, former tomboy, love to walk, yoga, can easily handle hours at the gym.... but never have really been into sports.  Closest I've ever come would be watching crossfit or olympic lifting on tv, and the ironman races - am riveted by the extreme stuff, but that would never be me.  Really, I like looking like a girl.  :)
Today I ran 4 miles.  I took my time, went slow.  I did it, and it felt like conquering doubt, both mine and my partner's (he was not a fan of me running in the dark!), and that was just an amazing feeling. 
I am learning that the first mile and a half or so are hard for me, but after that?  I just don't want to stop!  Truthful, my legs felt GOOD,  if it hadn't been pitch black out I would have kept going, and too just feels amazing.
Tomorrow my goal is to sign up for a 15k.  9.3 miles and I am sure that I can do it in less than an hour and a half.  Maybe I will sign up for another 5k too, I can beat my last time!  :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Time to refocus!

Saturday I bruised my neck while doing squats and lunges with a loaded bar (resting behind my neck).  Not fun and I feel dumb for hurting myself - such a simple exercise that I do pretty frequently! 
Anyway, I have gotten my training sessions in, but little else while nursing an intense migraine.
So!  Tomorrow I am going to come home after work and go for a run - garmin pic to prove it, and hold myself to it!  :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Every November I kind of freak out a bit.... grouchy, bratty, I expect those close to me to just know what's up with me and not only deal, but be better, more social, more romantic, more supportive even while I have a bad attitude.  I by no means think this is a positive trait, I really don't think about my snarkiness until after - after the mammogram.  Ugh.  Wish I could skip the whole experience, or at least that it didn't freak me out so much, but no such luck. 
This year though.... I 'm trying to be more conscious, more thankful.  It is November.  :)
I can't say that I have been totally successful, but i'm trying to channel my worries into running - 2.5 miles yesterday, 1.5 today.

Goals for the week of 11/07:
Three trainer sessions
Run 5 miles broken up however
Clean eating all week
Be mindful of work and personal stress, work in more workouts if needed.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

5K recap and thoughts on winter running

I LOVED running the Run Scared 5K on Sunday! 
I had a little bowl of granola before we headed over to Seward Park where the race was being held, it seemed to take forever to get there and I was nervous!  David dropped me off, parked and made it back just in time to catch the start.  It was a cold morning and with the nerves I was shivering pretty hard, but in no time we were off!  I started with the 12 minute mile group and held my own pretty well, but had totally forgotten about the garmin.  :(  I kind of fumbled around with it while the first mile surprised me with two pretty steep hills.  Truthfully when everyone around me (and the girls I had decided to pace myself with) started walking I almost did it just out of habit!  I frequently take walking brakes of just a block when running outside, but my goal for this race was to RUN the whole thing.   I was just doing it for myself, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, and you know what?  I totally did!
I loved the costumes, cute dogs and snepits of conversations as I passed people (!!!) and beautiful scenery.  All of these delightful distractions allowed me to totally forget that I was working hard and running faster than I ever have - I sped up as I approached the finish line and my legs felt great!  I really felt like I could have gone another couple of miles, and now I want to! 
So here comes the debate, I don't know how to run in cold weather, and baby it's cold outside!  :)  do I stick to treadmill work (and intense sessions with my trainer) or try winter running?  I don't want to get sick, and I fell pretty badly (twice) during a run in August when I was trying to push myself.   Let me tell ya, road rash is NOT FUN!
....but I loved the race and being surrounded by runners!  I need some running buddies!  :)  What do you think?  Any winter running tips for this newbie?  :)

Race results!

Race tme: 34:41:7 with an Average Pace of 11:11
I was 40th in my age division out of 76!
I am so proud of these results and had such an AMAZING time, it truely was the best way to celebrate my birthday!