Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Also, I've have been way on track with my eating. I've planned all my meals and prepared snacks and so far it's been great. In fact, since Sunday the scale is down 5.2 lbs! I won't officially record until Monday, since I know sometimes there is a big drop and then it settles back up. But I am very happy with things. So far there has not been that "dread" factor. I am sooooooo excited for the cruise, so I think that is really helping keep me motivated. Maybe I just need to go on a cruise once a year and then run a half marathon 6 months later, so I'm always working towards a big goal!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
One of the things I love about this program are the extra materials that came with it. Usually those "add-ons" are just junk, but not with this one. There is a guidebook that talks you through all the aspects of getting ready for, form and recording results. Last night, Taylor and I took pictures, measurements, weight, and the fit test. It is designed to do every 30 days so you can see the results. Then I went through the recipe book and planned out meals through next Monday ... I'm talking every meal. I am getting ready to go shopping in a bit. I think having it all laid out will leave less wiggle room. I'm glad I like most of the recipes because it made it very easy to plan and create a shopping list.
Anywho ... I am going to update some info here giving the details for this new rotation.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
You can get all the details of the program here: http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/chalean_extreme.do. I can't wait to try these out!!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
There is a nutrition plan that comes with it. I'd like to compare it to what we are doing and see if there is anything we can add to what we are currently doing.
They had a test group going on this program the past year (one of the girls that was part of it goes to a message board I frequent) and they got some amazing results. Here is a page with their pictures:
Now, they got to work out with Chalene in the studio and they followed a very regimented diet plan (they each had a nutritionist set up a plan for their body). So their results were extreme. But I think I can get the results I am looking for. (Feel good, have lot of energy, be able to walk all day during our shore excursions, etc.)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have been tracking my foods at fitday. I have to say I'm feeling pretty good about things. I am not depriving myself by any means, but eating the things that I know are good for me. So that is going well, but the exercise part is not. I have been experiencing a LOT of pain lately (car accident related) and wake up so sore in the morning. The last two days I have not worked out as I was too sore to start and don't want to injure myself. I am going to go for a walk tonight if I feel up to it. Could it be that I was dancing until 11:30 at the NKOTB concert Friday night? I've been so dependent on ibuprofen lately and I hate it. I know that losing more weight and improving my core strength will help if not stop it all together but I am debating going to the doctor to see if I can get on something in the meantime. I've heard there are some non narcotic drugs that can be used for people with severe joint pain that are meant to be used long term, as opposed to using something like ibuprofen every day.
It is so apparent to me how important this health thing is to me. Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated!
Monday, November 17, 2008
I went shopping today and got tons of fresh, healthy foods. The funny thing is I only went down like two aisles and the rest of the shopping was on the outskirts. Here's a few things I got that I am excited for:
- Mountain Dairy vanilla yogurt ... eat plain or stir in some Harmon's flax seed with blueberry granola (YUMMY!)
- Whole wheat pizza, the homemade kind ... It's so easy and yummy, why don't I always have the ingredients?!?
- Manicotti made with skim milk cheeses, almost as good as the full fat version
- Grilled turkey, provolone and avocado sandwiches (my all time fav)
- 100% applesauce w/ cinnamon.
- Grilled pork chops
- Lots of fresh fruits and veggies ... I took them all out of the bags and then into the drawer. Now I can actually see what I have!
- Tilapia ... I have a yummy (and easy) recipe for tin foil tilapia (tomatoes, lime, lemon, cilantro, dash of feta cheese)
- Sweet potatoes
- Lots of stir fry fixin's
Monday, November 10, 2008
Then, tonight ... we went to Jump On It in Lindon, which is a series of trampolines (10,000 sq. ft. according to their website). I have to tell you ... that was the funnest workout I have had in a LONG time! I've always had fun on a tramp, but this was amazing. If you haven't been before, you should totally go. They have a smaller area for the little ones, as well as a few of the inflatable slides and tramps. We did an hour and a half of jumping. I hope they build one up here, because if they do, I would totally get a pass and do my "workouts" there a few days a week!
10/6/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 129 miles
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This morning when the alarm went off, I thought, "Oh I'll just sleep in." But then I remembered again and said, "Nope I can sleep later." So, it might not sound like much, but for these last three months I have been letting myself be ruled by my procrastination and reasons and I'm feeling victorious today for coming out on top!
There was a discussion on a message board I visit on how to get used to exercising in the morning. There's a woman on there who shared how she has done it for the past 20 years ... consistently. She said she made the choice in 1987 to workout unless she was deathly ill and to schedule it into her week. She said she sets the alarm clock and does not allow for any of those thoughts to come. She does not use snooze on the alarm clock. She said that just one time you choose to sleep in or one time you hit the snooze, it makes it that much easier to do it the next time. I was so impressed by her determination and thought, I can totally do that.
So, today was a major battle for me in winning this war!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I've been pretty achy in my lower back where I broke my pelvic bone and they inserted a big screw. When the weather changes, it gets more achy. So I was glad we didn't go down to the track and that I could listen to my body. And I DID get in a good 30 minutes!
10/6/08 - 1.75 miles
Saucony shoes - 127 miles
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I scheduled my workouts into my google calendar. I've heard from a few different people that unless they schedule it in, they won't do it, so I'm trying it out. Not that I ever have any other plans at 6:30 in the morning besides sleep! ;)
I'm still thinking of my next goal, but I think time frame it will go to the end of the year. It will be a not just surviving the holidays but excelling through the holidays. In that past this three month period has not been kind to my figure. So, I determined to make this year different. I'm living into the future, not my past ... baby!
Monday, November 3, 2008
This morning I got up and went running with Robin. We did a total of 2.5 miles, run/walking. It has been a while since either of us have run so we wanted to ease into things. Overall it went really well. I feel good now (great actually) and am ready to work harder!
10/6/08 - 2.5 miles
Saucony shoes - 125 miles (I keep forgetting to add mileage here, so I am estimating)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
So, I've been doing some thinking about why I have been so on and off about exercise lately. I think there is part of me that just KNEW that I wouldn't actually lose the full 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. How's that for setting yourself up for failure?!? But here's the thing, I may fail at losing 30, by only losing 15 ... but is losing 15 really a failure? Of course not. So, I'm going to leave my goals up and while I may not obtain 30 pounds lost in the next 18 days, I will triumph over the loss that I have seen.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I got up this morning and did 2 miles on the treadmill. I've been playing around with the incline, because I read an article about Fergie where she does 2.5 MPH on the treadmill at the highest incline and has killer legs. So it took me just over 40 minutes. I did intervals of the walk at high incline and then ended with a short run. It's amazing how much smoother it is doing the workout on the treadmill. I am so excited to be able to have it this winter!
Haven't been up to date on these numbers, so I'll try to guestimate:
10/6/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 112.25 miles
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I went to bed early last night so that I could get up and do an early morning workout. It was funny, as I set my alarm last night I had the thought, "I'll get up if I feel good in the morning." Well, I totally acknowledged that if I was thinking that I totally would not be getting up. So I sat there for a good ten minutes mulling it back and forth. Taylor asked me what I was thinking. I told him I was trying to decide if I would decide to get up in the morning. Then I busted out realizing how funny it was ... just do it! So I made the decision and feel great for it today! I did a 45 minute all body strength tape (MBS).
I weighed in this morning thinking I would be way up since it has been several weeks since I weighed in and I have not been strict to my goals. I was actually down, which was a pleasant surprise. This is what I can see from this latest hiatus. I feel so much better when I am working out. I am not talking about physically, though that part is of course there. I am talking about emotionally. I feel better about my body ... more confident and less derogatory. I've been stuck in this rut of feeling so "fat" when I was actually weighing a little less. So this is a huge plus to working out. I know you can feel fat at any size, so this is important to remember.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
and here are the specs:
Epic 425 MX
20 X 60 treadbelt
350 lb capacity
13 workout programs
I tried it out yesterday for the first time and while it took a little getting used to, overall it was great. I did not have any shin, joint or back soreness which was amazing! I did just over two mile. For the last ten minutes I walked at the 12% grade (heard that Fergie does this for amazing legs!). It felt great and I am excited to have this fun new toy!
I haven't updated my numbers, I've been out for a few weeks, so I'm going to have to figure out how I want to update it. Later! ;)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I think my eating could have something to do with how I was feeling. It's not that I have been eating horribly, but I think I haven't been eating enough the last few days. I will definitely need to evaluate that and keep things more balanced.
8/19/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 102.25 miles
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Taylor and the kids came down as well and brought their bike and scooter. We hung around a little when I was done as they are finishing putting in artificial turf. It was kind of interesting to watch. We saw a family from our ward and the head coach and his wife. Guess they have a scimage game on Saturday, so they've got to hurry up! Also, I saw another family in the ward on their back deck ... their house back ups to the track. (Hi Kandi!!!) It sure helped to get the run in to have all the pleasant distractions!
8/11/08 - 1.75 miles
Saucony shoes - 100.25 miles
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
8/11/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 98.5 miles
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So off I go. Thanks, Marlies, for keeping me accountable ... I almost put it off but I knew you would be here for me! ;)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I just got done doing a Cathe strength session. Tomorrow I am going up to Logan for the day, which means that I need to get up earlier so that I can get my workout in before I go up. There I said it, that means I am now accountable!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
This morning the scale was down again, though I won't officially weigh in until Monday. It's very cool to see since this goes beyond my lowest weight from last summer ... WaHOOO!!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
7/14/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 96.5 miles
My weight totally dropped this week. I am pass all the PMSing and my body is finally back to normal. It felt so nice to see such a generous number on the scale! I had to double check to make sure it was accurate! Last summer when I was working out, I hit this weight but never got past it, so once I start moving pass this, I will be going into uncharted territory! (Well, not really, it's just been a while!)
I made some yummy wheat pancakes this morning. I have tried a few of the mixes you can get at the store (with whole wheat) and they just don't compare. This recipe uses whole wheat and a blender (you don't have to drag out the wheat grinder!) It's a very thin consistency (think crepes) so it helps to cook on a lower heat than normal and make smaller pancakes.
Put 1 cup of milk in any Bosch blender (the recipe comes from a Bosch store, but I am sure any good blender could do the job). Add 3/4 cup whole wheat kernels. Blend for 4 minutes (I used setting "1" on the Bosch). While blending, assemble and add:
2 Tablespoons of honey or sugar (I use honey)
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 Tablespoons baking powder (Rumford is the best)
3/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon Real Salt (sea salt or you can just use plain old salt)
Blend a few seconds and pour on a lightly oiled, hot griddle for the lightest and most delicious melt-in-your-moutn pancakes ever!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
My weight it starting to come back down again. As I was thinking over what changes happened these last two weeks, one major factor is I got my period which I haven't had for at least 8 months. It was full blown and killer (I'm talking cramp city). This totally explains the weight gain and the horrible cravings. I really didn't make the correlation as I was going through the motions, but it makes sense now. I am feeling more like myself now, and it feels great!
7/9/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 94.5 miles
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
So, now I'm back, but how do I convince my body to cooperate? There's no part of me that wants to work out and every part of me that is craving sweets and not good for me foods. Hmm, how about today I will stick to my nutrition guidelines. And I'll pull out DDR and play with Aubrey for at least 20 minutes. Tomorrow I'll come back to see how it goes. Yeah, I can do that!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Exercise - I CHOSE to get up this morning and run. I set out to run 3 miles, but cut it to 1 1/2 when I started to feel my sore shin. I decided I didn't want to push it, but ease back in. I feel good now. It's funny how 1 1/2 is so short to me now, when it used to seem impossible!
Saucony shoes - 91 miles
Nutrition - Haven't eaten anything yet, so it's all good so far!
I've been feeling guilty because I haven't been exercising, and I haven't been sticking to my nutrition goals 100%. In reality, I've been moving more and eating less. Even when I've splurged, I've had portions, or part of a portion along with healthy, good for me food.
This weekend my cousin took the Landmark Forum and I got to go last night with her for the last 3 hours. One of the things we talked about the difference between deciding and choosing something. How when you decide BECAUSE of something, you're killing off the other choices. (De"cide", Pesti"cide", Geno"cide", spermi"cide" ... you get the idea.) So when I decide I need to exercise because I need to lose weight, then when I am not exercising it's the equivalent in my mind as gaining weight. Same thing with nutrition. So if I chose something today, it gives me the freedom to choose something different tomorrow without there being all that meaning attached. So today, I chose to go running for no "reason" except I chose to go running. I don't know if this is even making sense, but it's really a powerful feeling. It's almost like if it's OKAY to not exercise ... then maybe I won't resist it so. Hmmm ...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Nutrition - yes, but I didn't track it
Exercise - no
Nutrition - no
Exercise - no
Nutrition - so far!
Exercise - not yet
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Exercie - Yes
Okay, so my shin has been feeling better this past week, so I decided to go running with the girls this morning. It the first run for most of us since the half. We ran three miles (including a grueling hill) and while my lungs felt like exploding, I did it! We walked about .3 miles after the hill but other than that we ran the whole thing!
saucony shoes - 89.5 miles
Nutrition - Yes
Doing great! I got off track of entering my food over the weekend, but I did really well despite that. On Friday night I had dinner at my sister's house and the tortillas she had were made with white flour, but they were fresh ones, so I had it anyway. Saturday, Taylor and the kids got ice cream. I figured I would have some as well, but I actually didn't feel like it, so I passed it up! THAT is SOMEthing. I would never pass it up before! ;) I really don't feel limited and it is so nice to to crave sugar all of the time.
Overall I am so pleased with how things are going. It is so motivating to see the weight moving down. I can't wait to see what my body does when I combine the running with weight training this week.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Exercie - No
I could blame it on the sore shin, which is still sore. But really, I was going to get in a strength workout ... but just kept putting it off until there was no more time left.
Nutrition - Yes
I'm pretty happy with my eating ... it's motivating to be losing weight so fast. It really discourages the cravings to cheat. I didn't plan dinner very well and we didn't get to eat until after I helped Stacey unload the van. We didn't end up eating until after 9pm ... way too late! But I ate within my guidelines.
Exercie - Yes
I just got done doing PS Back, Biceps and Abs (PS BBA). It felt good to get in my workout for the day. I love doing strength training ... no dread factor there.
Nutrition - Yes
I had a yogurt this morning and realized that it has high fructose corn syrup. It was weird, because I noticed has it tasted sickeny sweet. It's funny because I have eaten this yogurt for years. Funny how a week and a half of no extra sugars and corn syrups changes the way things taste.
Exercie - Yes
I did PS SLA and was so much stronger doing it this week vs. last week. It's all leg work (lunges, squats, floorwork, etc.) and is pretty killer. I had to turn it off before getting to the ab work since I was running out of time (had to run Mom to the chiro) but I got in a great workout! I think I'll do my other upper body strength workout tomorrow and see how my shin feels for running on Friday.
Nutrition - Yes
Did well! I had some lobster bisque soup from Zupas and realized later that it probably had white flour in it (since it's cream based). Besides that I did really well. Made homemade pizza with a wheat crust and it was really good. I had major cravings last night ... not for unhealthy food necessarily, but just to eat. I knew I wasn't hungry, just up late (we were up until 12:30 watching a movie). I pushed through and didn't give in. Felt great to come out the winner!
Exercie - Yes
Just got done doing PS CST. Went very well ... this one is the shortest workout of the three and it just zoomed by!
Nutrition - Yes
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thanks for the congrats! First off ... you can TOTALLY do this. Two and half years ago I was in a pretty bad car accident where I was in the hospital for one month, in a wheel chair for 3 months and crutches another 2-3 after that. I broke my hip, pelvic bone (there is actually a large screw in there now), shoulder, ribs and had my spleen removed. For a time I never thought I would be able to sit up in bed unassisted much less walk much less RUN! At the time I started training for my marathon, I was at least 50 pounds over weight (75 over my pre-kids weight). I once ran an entire mile (in 5th grade) and never made THAT mistake again! After that in gym when we had to do it, I would walk half of it. So basically if anyone couldn't run ... I was really that person. I really thought that I would never ever be a runner. So if I can do it ... you can definitely do it!
Here's a copy/paste from a post I put up a while back on Yayas:
Basically as a group, we worked up to running a base 3 miles. Then we started a 7 week plan that is like this:I battled a shin injury and went out of town, so my training did not go as planned. I think it looked more like this:
Week 1 - 3.5, 3.5, 5
Week 2 - 4, 4, 8
Week 3 - 5, 5, 10
Week 4 - 6, 6, 12
Week 5 - 4, 4, 10
Week 6 -3, 3, 8
Week 7 - 4, 3, 2, rest two days then ... 13.1
My running partner and I have strayed a little bit based on what our bodies are up to. Some days I wish I had another month, but at the same time, I don't have any room for procrastination at this point. I know I'll be running this marathon in a little over a month, so I HAVE to get my runs in each day.
Oh, and as far as building up the base 3 miles. For me, I started at an indoor track. It was 10 laps = 1 mile. The first week I would run 5 laps (so .5 miles) and then alternate running walking as it felt good (good being a relative term!) Those first few days pretty much killed me. I really could not fathom running even a mile. Each week I added 2-3 laps on to that base and continued alternating walking and running. After about 3 weeks I was doing a total of 2.5-3 miles, just with lots of walking. Each week I got a little closer to running it all. I remember at first I just couldn't even breath, and now that isn't really a factor at all. It does take the first 1.5 -2 miles to find the right rhythm.
I've been very careful and listened to my body because I do NOT want to injure myself. I bought good shoes from a running store (they watch you run and pick out shoes that work for you.) It was the first time in my life I bought shoes based on how they feel and not how they look! I still have a long way to go, but for those of you just started out or toying with the idea ... you can SO do this! I've been on this board since the beginning and I was always (still am!) in such awe of runners. I always secretly wanted to be able to do it. Never REALLY thought I could. Feels good to prove myself wrong!
We normally did the runs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday which allowed for 2 full rest days before a long run.
Week 1 - 3.5, 3.5, 5
Week 2 - 4, 4, 6
Week 3 - 4, 4 (had shin pain and couldn't do the long run)
Week 4 - 4 (was on vacation and did no running!)
Week 5 - 4.5, 4, 10
Week 6 - 3, 3.5 (had to stop due to severe shin pain and took 6 days off)
Week 7 - 4 , rest two days then ... 13.1
What I would do differently is definitely give more time for training which would allow to add up the miles a little slower. This would also allow for taking off time if there is fear of an injury. You can see that I did not have very many long runs, and I went up in mileage quickly there. I think that is what tweaked my shin. It was always the week after the biggest long runs that I had the most shin pain. My shin is now just starting to feel better. I went for my first run since the half (about 10 days) and only ran for 15 minutes and walked the rest because it's still not right. When I train for my next half, I will build up my long runs more slowly that even that original plan called for. Something like this:
Week 1 - 3, 3, 5
Week 2 - 3, 3.5, 6
Week 3 - 3.5, 4, 7
Week 4 - 4, 4.5, 8
Week 5 - 4.5, 5, 9
Week 6 - 5, 5.5, 10
Week 7 - 5.5, 6, 11
Week 8 - 6, 6, 12
Week 9 - 6, 6, 12
Week 10 - 5, 5, 10
Week 11 - 4, 4, 8
Week 12 - 4, 3, 2 (rest at least two full days), 13.1
General rule of thumb is have your weekday mileage add up to your long run mileage. Some people prefer to run 4-5 days a week. Three days a week worked well for us to have a full recovery day in between each run and two recovery days before a long run.
Once you start running 5 miles or more, you'll want to make sure you have water and some form of energy. I bought an amphipod from my running store which is basically a fanny pack that you can attached small water bottles to. Some people prefer to drive their route ahead of time and plant water bottles along the way. When I do a 5 mile run, about 45 minutes to 1 hour ahead of time I'll eat 1 piece of wheat toast w/ PB and half a banana. Find a good combo of carbs and protein that works for you, but do not eat a lot. You don't want to be nauseous because of all of the food in your stomach. Any longer than that I start using energy GUs or bloks (running stores have a huge variety of these gels, energy fruit snacks, jelly beans, etc. that are specially formulated with the proper amount of carbs and protein needed to keep you going strong.) You'll want to test them out and find what works for you, some of them are pretty gaggy. I was told to take one serving 15 minutes before the run and then take a serving every 45 minutes. They even have ones with caffeine in them which give an extra boost towards the really long runs.
If you run in the evening, allow at least 2 hours after a meal. I made the mistake of eating a stir fry meal 1 hour before a run, thinking that would be plenty of time ... oy I was so nauseous it was miserable.
So there's a whole lot of info ... I hope it helps! Oh, if you are working on building up your base mileage, try a rotation like Couch to 5K. You can check out my blog where I've journaled as I went along (it's a lot of reading though!): here I suggest keeping a blog or journal at Yayas so you can track you progression. It's very helpful.
Okay, enough from me. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Exercie - Yes
Cathe's Pure Strength Chest, Shoulders and Triceps (PS CST) plus 10 minute of Ab work
- Was not too hard ... have a better idea of which weights to start with next time
- I made it through every rep of the ab work which surprised me!
- Feeling nicely worked the day after
Stayed on track (even passed on the pancake breakfast at the church!) No real cravings. If anything, my calories were too low
Exercie - Yes
Running 15 minutes, walking 35 minutes
I set out to run for 45 minutes (which would be approx. 3 miles) but my right shin was pretty sore. I could tell I was limping as I ran to compensate and didn't want to aggravate it or get another injury. Walking felt good, so I cranked up the ipod and tried to keep a good pace going.
Nutrition - Yes
Went shopping today and bought most of my food from the produce section and frozen foods. Got some natural and/or organics of some of my favs (ranch, PB) which didn't have the corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. I did eat after 8pm, but I got back from my run/walk at 9pm and needed some more fuel so I had some PB on bread with a banana. I'll have to update that rule to be now late night snacking unless I am exercising late.
Exercie - Yes
PS Strong Legs and Abs (PS SLA)
This was 64 minutes that kicked my butt! I definitely have lots of room for improvement on this one. I had to be careful with my sore right shin, but beyond that it was just hard. I was feeling so low on energy even just doing the warm up. I was using relatively light weight
Nutrition - Yes
Had a couple of hurdles that I soared over. First was going out to dinner with one of the people I am coaching. I thought about what I wanted to get ahead of time, so I wouldn't be tempted to get something outside of my eating plan (I'm saving my free meal for Saturday with my sisters). We went to Hoppers and I totally passed on the fresh homemade bread (it looked so YUMMY but was white) and I got an Oriental Chicken Salad. It was very yummy. Then last night I had strong, STRONG cravings for anything and everything. It was weird, because I knew that I really wasn't hungry, I just wanted to eat. I was glad to go to sleep to get away from the cravings. Nights are always my weak point, but I prevailed!
Exercie - Rest Day
I think I'm going to change things a bit until my shin is completely healed (it's still bugging me). I am going to low impact aerobics on my running days. once it feels strong, then I will start running again. I've got my nephews now, so I'll do my workout this afternoon.
Nutrition - Yes
5/30/08 - 6/1/08
I went up to Logan for the weekend. I stuck to my nutritional goals, though there were some temptations. I did have about 5 bites of a yummy ice cream at the Mexican Restaurant on Saturday night. I had planned one cheat meal, and didn't actually want to cheat for the meal (weight loss was so motivating!) but allowed myself the ice cream.
Exercise (I will breakdown my exercise plans into shorter goals.) Here is my plan for the first month:
- 3 days a week - Cathe's Pure Strength (It has 3 workouts that alternate strength training on all of the major muscle groups. I can start out light and add weight as I improve)
- 3 days a week - run (I am probably going to run another 1/2 marathon in August, so I'll want to keep improving on my running)
- Cut out high frutcose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and white flower. Use white sugar sparingly.
- Keep track of food at fitday.com. Here's a link to my fitday account: click here
- Add more fresh (or frozen) fruits and veggies
- Measure portions
- Nothing after 8pm (unless I need fuel after a late run)
- No calorie restrictions for now. I think if I follow the above then I won't have a problem with calories. Also when running and strength training, there will be days that my body will crave more carbs and protein.
- 1 cheat meal each week
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This is the night before waiting for dinner. Triscia is in the very front. Middle row is Robin, Whitney (she let us stay at her house ... THANKS!), me and Sarah. Back row is Paige, Sherry and Emalia.
This is at about 4am as we are heading down to load the buses. From left to right it's Triscia, Sarah, Me, Paige and Robin.
You can kind of see us here. Robin and I coming out of the canyon. I'm in the hot pink shirt.
This is me crossing the finish line. If you zoom in you will see I look ready to die!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday was spent down at BYU for the last of the PTA convention. I snuck out early, since I still needed to pack. At 4pm me and 5 other girls from the neighborhood headed up to Ogden. Though we got stuck in some traffic, we had fun talking about everything under the sun (you get 6 girls together with no kids or husbands ... well you can imagine!) We stopped at Paige's sister's house in Layton which is where we were to spend the night. She has a gorgeous house. All six of us had our own beds (the kids camped out in the living room for us!) We then headed over to Ogden to pick up the race packets. There were a lot of people there and there was definitely an excitement in the air. We picked up our packets with our official racing bibs (my number was 4874) and then got our timing chips and t-shirts. We decided to eat dinner at the Union Station Grill which was right there, since we were starved. We took a picture of the group while we waited. We met Triscia's mom (she was getting ready to run her 31st marathon!) Dinner was so yummy, I will definitely have to go there again.
We decided to drive the course before we headed back. Don't know if it was a good idea or not. It seemed so long while we drove it! But I tried to stay positive and force any nerves out. By the time we were done it was about 9pm. The girls really wanted to go to Nielsen's Frozen Custard. I really wanted to go to bed (knowing we would be getting up at 3:30am) but we were having so much fun and I figured why not live it up?!? So we went and I shared some OH SO yummy ice cream with Triscia and Emmalia. We got into bed around 11pm. I had a room all to myself so I was able to fall asleep right away. Some of the others had trouble sleeping between creaking beds, snoring and nerves!
3:30 came awfully early. There was a certain amount of excitement in the air that made it possible to get out of bed. It did help that I had laid everything out the night before so I didn't have to really think yet. I loaded up on Ibuprofen and made my PB bagel. It was quite a feat to eat so early in the morning, but we needed the fuel. We loaded the bus around 4:20am. I looked around at all the people (there were tons of buses lined up). Everyone was chatting excitedly and I had this surreal moment. I didn't know people did this. I knew people ran races, but to get up at that hour and to be happy about it? Knowing what they were going to be doing to their bodies? To see the shear number of crazies (total there was 2000 running the marathon and 1500 running the half). Then I realized that I was one of those people. I was up at that hour ... I was going to run 13.1 miles! And I was excited!
The bus dropped us off at the starting point where there was a big line of port-a-potties, mini bon fires and load music (mind you it's not even 5am yet!) There were several houses around this area in the canyon ... I am sure they loved the wake up call! Now we got to wait until the official race start of 7am. Because the race comes out of the canyon, you can't just drive up to the start 20 minutes before it starts, the roads are shut down. So if you want to do it, you have to take the bus shuttle. So we camped out around one of the fire pits and took turns warming up next to it (there was too many people there for everyone to be right by the fire.) We joined up with another girl from our neighborhood and her sister along with Paige's sister and her two friends. Somehow that two hours went by fairly quickly. We went to the potty and stretched just in time to start lining up. The had signs of where to start based on your pace. The last sign was for a 10 minute pace. Robin and I run about a 15 minute pace so we just headed to the backish end of the herd.
We could hear the official start, but it was still a little while before we moved forward. This is what the timing chip is for. It goes around the ankle and times the exact time we cross the start and then various intervals throughout the race and times the finish exactly. We almost felt like crying as it started ... the good kind of cry! We started off slow and steady working to get into our pace. We passed the marker for mile 1 and were in shock. Surely we had only gone 1/4 mile. Going into the second mile was the only real incline of the course. We power walked it just as we planned since we didn't want to aggravate Robin's tendon injury. After that we started to get into a jogging groove. Miles 2 and 3 just blew us away at how quickly they came. I noticed that the muscles in my feet were tight and sore throughout the race. This is something I never noticed in training. I think it's from standing in the cold for two hours before the race. Robin and I had our opposite hi's and lo's which is so perfect for us. She pushes me when I can't go any further and I push her through her rough times.
Somewhere towards to end of the canyon, two marathon wheelchairs passed us. It was cool to see them. not too far behind were the first two male marathon runners. Each time they had a police escort asking us to move to the left of the lane to make room. So this is what we would would do as the came our way ... head to the left. Well, there was a group of three young guys that were probably about 7th overall, so doing pretty well. I told Robin they were coming so we moved to the left. At the same time, they moved to the left as well and ran into her. One of them shouted, "You suck ... keep your lines!" Well we felt horrible. We didn't mean to do that and were only doing what the previous police escorts had asked. Robin was about to cry. I told her that we had every right to be there and even though they had run more miles, we have been running just as long and are just as tired. So then a few minutes later another guy comes up and I was like, "Crap Robin, here's another one." We scrambled to get out of his way. Well, he was so nice and says, "Hey don't worry, it's your race too." We thanked him for being so nice and told him what those guys had said. He told us to ignore them. I told him that I hoped he beat them all! I am so glad that he came by at that point because it helped us shrug off those meanies!
We came out of the mouth of the canyon with about 5 miles to go. Taylor, Aubrey and Braden were there to cheer me on. I stopped for a second to pick up Braden and give them each hugs and kisses. It was SUCH a boost to see them. We then started to run a trail through a park. It was a pretty trail and there were people cheering us on more often since this area was more accessible. Another couple miles down the trail I saw Taylor and the kids. At this point I could only wave and blow kisses and I ran past. There was no stopping. I just felt the pull to get it done! With about two miles left to go, Robin said "Let's run it all, no walking!" I really wanted to, but my lungs were just burning. Normally the thought to run two miles is not daunting, but I just was dying. I pulled out my ipod and put on Josh Groban's "Don't give up" and took off. I got out of my head and just ran. As the song finished up I started feeling bad that I was not waiting for Robyn. I decided to take off the headphones and stay with her. She said I could keep them on, but I felt bad withdrawing from her when we were so close to the end. Every time I ran, my lings burned and it just killed me.
On the final one mile stretch, I couldn't do it anymore. I started walking while Robin kept her jog. I kept a fast walk so I never got too far behind her. I tried running a few times and it was just killing me. I decided to run the cattle run which is where all of the people were. I honestly don't know how I did it. It was like when you are learning to swim, and your mom keeps walking backwards. I felt like every step closer to the finish line that it moved two steps further. People shouted out encouragements like "You're almost there! You can do it!" I wanted to shout back but couldn't even do that. I didn't even have it in me to look for Taylor. It was all about one foot in front of the other. I just about burst with tears as I crossed the finish line. A paramedic came up to be and I told her I was fine, I was just going to cry. Someone handed me a water bottle and someone else put my medal over my head. Everybody was so nice and I was SO PROUD. I had DONE it! There was a misting station which I paused under for a minute. Then I remembered my ipod and didn't want to ruin it. The rest of our group was huddled together. I cried even more when I saw them. We took a group picture with our medals (can't wait to see how lovely we looked!)
I knew I needed to eat something, even though I wasn't hungry. They were giving out Jamba Juice (small ones) and wheat bread. So I grabbed them and started eating. The flavor of the smoothie was so good compared to the yucky GUs! I found Taylor and the kids and got down to stretch out. My body felt surprisingly good. Definite exhaustion and muscle fatigue, but my shins, joints and bones felt good. I was even able to make the walk to the car (very slowly!) I thought I would crash in the car on the way home, but I couldn't sleep. In fact I had a hard time resting even after getting home a showered. I would doze off and dream that I was still running. I didn't do much on Saturday besides stretching and kneaded the muscles. Yesterday we all went to church. We compared war stories and aches. Today I feel good, but am still sore. My right calf gets really tight, and it's hard especially on the stairs.
Robin signed up to do another half towards the end of August. I am thinking that I might do it as well. There is about as much time from now until then as there was from when I started from nothing. It might be neat to see the difference in what my body can do in these three months. I still have to look at the dates and see if it will work.
I will get some pictures up here sometime this week. I don't have access to them right now.
5/17/08 - 13.1 miles!!!
Saucony shoes - 83.35 miles
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Finally called Robin to come up with a plan Monday night. Tuesday was bad for both of us so we decided to go this morning. Unfortunately she slept in (yea I got to go back to bed!) so I went on my own tonight. I got in 4 miles (really don't want to do much more than that so close to the race, but I could have) and feel so much better now. Today was the first day that my shin didn't hurt immediately from the time I woke up. While running I noticed it, but it wasn't PAINful. The first two miles killed (don't they always?) but I started to get the groove back for the last two. It felt so good to be able to do it. I was really afraid that I wouldn't be able to do the race on Saturday ... and not by choice. I feel much more confident after today's run.
So today I went and got a new running outfit, cause a girl's gotta be cute, right? Got some more gels and energy chews. The next two days I will be gone all day for PTA convention ... Thursday night I have SELP and then Friday night we pick up the packets. What a full couple of days!!! (Oh and me and my sistas are having our first home show up in Logan on the 31st! ... lots to get ready for for that to happen!)
5/8/08 - 3.5 miles (Lone Peak track)
5/14/08 - 4 miles (Iron Mesa track - 2 miles w/ hill)
Saucony shoes - 70.25 miles
Monday, May 5, 2008
The start of the Ogden Marathon is just below the red Rock Outfitters Ranch which is located 8 miles east of Huntsville on Highway 39. The start elevation is 5400 feet. here, runners will enjoy music, warm fires and plenty of Porta Johns.
START TO MILE 8
Runners will quickly understand why the Ogden Marathon is coined "Utah's Spring Run-Off." Runners will enjoy the easy, gradual descent down Highway 39 following the South Fork of the Ogden River and passing numerous campgrounds. The course flattens out at about mile 6 and runners will pass the first marathon relay exchange at mile marker 7. At mile 8, the course turns north onto Highway 166.
MILE 8 TO MILE 13.1
The next 5.1 miles are relatively flat with several long stretches. Runners will begin running around the east and north side of Pineview Reservoir. Spectacular views of the late, Ogden valley, Snowbasin Ski Resort and numerous horse properties with old, rustic barns will be enjoyed along the way. The second relay station (for the start of the third leg) is at mile 13.1 and the start line for the half-marathon. This start line/relay exchange is at Eden Park and will feature much of the same vibe as the marathon start line with warming fires, music and partying. This is a popular spectator spot. be sure to check out the historic buildings including JM Wilbur & son General Blacksmithing on the left and the Eden general Store and historical church straight ahead on the right.
MILE 13.1 TO MILE 17
Runners will head west again. Views of Wolf Mountain Ski Resort (formally Nordic Valley) can be seen on the right side of the mountain. At approximately mile 14, runners will encounter the only real hill on the course. Fortunately, it is only a half-mile long and is a gradual climb. Runners will be rewarded with full views of Pineview Reservoir at the top. The next several miles head south along the east side of the lake. Runners cross Pineview Dam at mile 17 and begin the biggest descent of the course.
MILE 17 TO MILE 22
The 6 miles from the dam of Pineview Reservoir to the mouth of Ogden Canyon account for almost 65% (approximately 617 feet) of the total elevation drop. This is definitely one of the runners' favorite legs of the race. Runners now will run along the roaring Ogden River in beautiful Ogden Canyon. Breathtaking views of pine-covered slopes changing into steep rock faces will be encountered along with quaint homes nestled along the river's edge. the third relay exchange point (for the start of the fourth leg) located at The Oaks restaurant will be passed at mile 18. The Oaks rest stop is always one of the runners' favorites with loud music, volunteers in costume and funny signs and banners. another point of interest this section is the Indian Trailhead located on the left at Coldwater Canyon (approximately mile 21). Leaving Ogden Canyon at mile 22, runners will pass the Ogden waterfall located on the right side of the Ogden River and the hot springs on the left side.
MILE 22 TO MILE 26.2 (THE FINISH LINE!!!)
At the mouth of Ogden canyon, runners will turn and enter onto the Ogden River Parkway which runners will follow for approximately 3 miles. The fourth and last relay exchange occurs here at mile 23.1 just before the Dinosaur Park. Along the parkway, runners may encounter walkers, bikers, fishermen or families enjoying the parks. Only one mile of the course is run in an urban setting on the final stretch from the parkway to the finish line at Grant Avenue and Historic 25th Street. Once on Grant avenue, the finish line will come into view.
Robin I got up early this morning to run 4 miles. I was exhausted! It's been a while since we got up so early. I struggled to have enough energy (note to self, must bring energy gels next time). Robin forgot to take her Alleve and was experiencing pain. We didn't want to push it too far, so we ended up doing 3 miles. She's really struggling with the injuries she had and now she's doubting her ability to run it. I hope that she can do it, but it certainly wouldn't be worth major injury.
5/5/2008 - 3 miles
I need to start keeping track of the mileage I am putting on my shoes.
Saucony shoes: 62.75 miles
I was having such a hard time before hand. Robin couldn't run, because her doctor told her she couldn't run until Monday. So, I could either go with her to the gym and get my 8-10 on the treadmill, or I could go on my own (the other runners were running at 6:30, but they run faster, so I'd basically be on my own.) I couldn't imagine doing either. Really I just didn't have confidence in myself being able to run that long. I was practically in tears beforehand and Taylor asked what he could do to help. I told him that there wasn't anything he could do ... I just had to go and do it.
I found a park that has a 1 mile loop and talked to Taylor and the kids about hanging out at the playground while I ran. They agreed. We packed a picnic for them and lot of water and energy gels for me. I loaded my ipod with upbeat music. I planned to do at least 8, but really wanted to do 10. The park was beautiful and the temp was perfect. I was strong the first two miles, however 1/3 of the mile look is a very steep and then very UPhill run. The up was killing me. So, I decided to finish the rest on the 2/3 mile loop which was slightly hilly, but pretty level. By mile 6 I was feeling strong and decided to go for 10. At mile 8.5 I was regretting the decision, but kept going. Aubrey ran a total of two of the miles with me (this is with NO training!) I ran out of music on the ipod, but started over again. My last lap was quite emotional. I blasted Josh Groban's "Don't give up!" and was tearful as I finished.
What I learned:
- I CAN and WILL finish the marathon (and it won't kill me!)
- I DO NOT like the peach banana gel shot ... GAG!
- The Orange vanilla gel shot was bearable as were the strawberry bloks
- Stretching is important, including upper body (I got really tight in my shoulders and back and had to walk while stretching it out several times)
- It's not the end of the world if I need to stop and walk.
5/2/2008 - 10 miles
Friday, May 2, 2008
I've kind of got some nerves going about Saturday. it felt good to be powerful on Wednesday, but I KNOW I can run 4 miles ... I've done it several times. I've never run 8-10 miles before. So I am working through this today so that I can be strong tomorrow. I think of Dory from Nemo, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming ..." maybe I just need to turn off my mind and just keep running! ;)
4/30/2008 - 4 miles
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
So, I ate a nice healthy dinner (home made stir fry with rice) and planned to eat exactly one hour before we would run. My long runs have been on Saturday mornings and I always had a piece of PB toast and 1/2 a banana 30 minutes before the run and had good results ... so I thought one hour ahead for dinner would be ample. Well, dinner must take longer to digest. I got about 2 1/2 miles into the run and started getting horrible waves of nausea. I had no choice but to stop and walk. Robin, was feeling pretty sore and had no problem stopping with me. I thought a short walk would help me, but it didn't get better, in fact it got worse. It wasn't the flu kind of nauseous ... but still no piece of cake. My friend Triscia, who got me into this, started the run with us. She told me that for her, she gives at least two hours before running to have a meal (unless it's small like the toast before a morning run). So, I will now take that under advisement and never make THAT mistake again!
I feel okay about it. I had pangs of disappointment, but ultimately, I know that I need to listen to my body, and it was beyond my control to run those eight miles. I know that if I had not been nauseous, I would have gotten the run in. And I know, I did the best that I could to prepare for the run ... sometimes we just have to learn lessons the hard way!
So, Robin and I are planning to do another 4 or 5 mile run on Wednesday and then go for 8-9 on Saturday.
4/28 - 4.5 miles (ran 2.5, walked 2) Porter Rockwell Trail
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I need to go to the grocery store and stock up on more fresh fruits and veggies. I also want to make some more bread. I hated feeling so bogged down by the junk in my system!
4/23/08 - 4 miles (neighborhood - hilly) Ran most of it except for the steepest hill
This is Clare's mother helping her get ready ...
The church was beautiful ...
Morgan and Clare Player ...
These pictures are from the farm that Clare grew up on, what fun pictures!
Clare's parents own a chocolate company called, "Milsean Chocolate." She made the scrumptious cake (yes, it tasted as good as it looks!)
I don't know why, but half of the pictures seem to be getting cut off. They show up fine in preview mode, but hmmm ... weird. You get the gist of it!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Foolproof Wheat Bread
I do the large batch in my Bosch machine and make about 5 loaves (not the six it says). I brush a little butter over the top of each loaf after I take them out of the pans. When the bread is lukewarm (not hot), I slice each loaf and put them in bags. Putting it in the bags slightly warm creates just a bit of condensation that keep the bread so soft (but not yucky soggy!) I freeze all but one loaf. It is definitely yummy, soft, scrumptious wheat bread!
It's amazing the battle that goes on in the mind. I can't imagine not doing this with a running partner. We talk through the walls. And the most amazing thing happened, as we were finishing the last lap, I thought we had one more to go. When Robin told me we were done, I was ecstatic! I could have cried, I was so happy!!! I can definitely see glimpses of being able to just run, without thinking about how far I'm going or when I am going to stop.
4/14/08 - 4 miles (track)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
4/12/08 - 6 miles (hilly trail)
Thursday, April 10, 2008
4/10/08 - 4 miles (track) walked .25 of it
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
4/9/08 - 2.5 miles (walked just over .25 of it)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
- I'm making wheat bread (from wheat that I grind) again ... and the kids actually like it!
- I cleaned out the unfinished bathroom downstairs (it had many boxes and MISC junk) and made it a cute space to keep the toys for the kids
- I'm exercising again (duh!)
- My sisters and I have started a business and have lots of creative energy going in that area (we have talked for YEARS about doing this!)
- We're having people over to the house. Okay not that we never had people over, but we are getting to know people in our new neighborhood ... stepping outside of our comfort zone which is being the first to approach, not waiting for the invitation.
Well, I actually have to run, but I did want to start to get some of these thoughts onto paper (blog?)
5/20/08 - 2 miles (ran it all) neighborhood (thought I was going to die going up the hills, but felt great the rest of the time)
5/24/08 - 2 miles (ran it all) Track (felt great!)
5/25/08 - 2.5 miles (ran it all) track (felt pretty good, but was tired)
5/27/08 - 2.5 miles (ran it all) track (felt great!)
4/1/08 - 3 miles (ran it all!) track (felt great, even like I could do more)
4/3/08 - 3.25 miles (ran it all and that .25 makes a difference!) track (felt good, but really tuckered out for the last 2-3 laps, started getting sore in pelvic bone and started running the opposite direction for those laps)
4/5/08 - 5.? miles (ran most, but had to walk some) neighborhood (I started out very slow and my legs felt like lead. It eased up as we went further. Was a big mental battle.)
My friend, Trisha, was telling me that there are certain foods that if she eats the night before a run, she really struggles the next day. So, I am going to keep track of any meals before the run now:
4/4/08 - Dinner - Penne noodles w/ alfredo sauce from Olive Garden, fresh fruit (pineapple, grapes, cantelope, honeydew), a few carrots. I may have had a muffin and some milk later on, can't quite remember!
4/5/08 - I piece of wheat bread w/ PB & cup of tropical fresh fruit smoothie/drink 40 minutes before run
Friday, March 7, 2008
- It was too hard once school started ... I was exhausted and not able to work out fully if I got up before Aubrey went to school, and if I waited until after I dropped her off Braden would be all over me wanting attention making it impossible to workout. I couldn't work out during nap time, because that is time that I needed to work (I work from home).
- I joined the PTA board, and that took up a lot of time (especially with the fundraiser)
- I joined the Sandy City Orchestra. Gotta practice!
- I started a new four month seminar. Call it self improvement, call it education for life. I was bettering myself so I could be a better Mom, wife and Carrie! ;)
- I wanted to go for runs in the evening with Aubrey, but there's never enough time to get everything done as it is and if she's not in bed at 8pm, she is a basket case in the morning trying to get ready for school. And THEN it got too cold.
- If I tried doing workout videos in the evening, then I would be all keyed up for bedtime. How can you be healthy without sleep?
- My sisters and I started a company. Gotta work on that with what little extra time I do have.
- Blah, blah blah blah blah!
I am actually on my third week now and going strong. Can you believe that we are getting up and going to the track and Dimple Dell at 5:45 am?!? Yup! And this week I went twice on my own, because the others were either sick or slept in. Here's what I've done so far
2/19/08 - 2.0 miles (ran .9, walked 1.1)
2/21/08 - 2.3 miles (ran 1.1, walked 1.3)
2/25/08 - 2.5 miles (ran 1.3, walked 1.2)
2/28/08 - 2.5 miles (ran 1.3, walked 1.2)
3/1/08 - 2.5 miles (ran 1.3, walked 1.2) *slept in by mistake, but went on my own anyway!
3/3/08 - 2.7 miles (ran 1.5, walked 1.2)
3/4/08 - 1.7 miles (ran 1, walked .7) *went on my own, but was pretty exhausted, so cut it short.
3/6/08 - 2.7 miles (ran 1.5, walked 1.2)
I'm working on getting my base mileage (running) up to 3 miles. Starting March 30th, we will start the official training plan which should help us get ready to run the full 13.1 miles. Two of our girls are injured and running in the pool. (They did too much, too fast), but hoping to be ready by then.