Thursday, October 28, 2010

236.19 Miles in 2010

The good news is that I'm farther behind on this blog than I am in exercising.  I'm starting to get my mojo back, I think.  Good thing!  Warrior Dash is 3 weeks from Saturday.

10/06/2010 - 2.71 miles Nike+ Graph
10/12/2010 - 2.37 miles Nike+ Graph
10/20/2010 - 3.01 miles Nike+ Graph
10/26/2010 - 3.00 miles Nike+ Graph c25k W5D1
10/28/2010 - 3.00 miles Nike+ Graph c25k W5D2

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

222.10 Miles in 2010

Playing catch up again...

09/04/2010 - 2.93 miles Nike+ Graph
09/08/2010 - 2.05 miles Nike+ Graph
09/17/2010 - 3.06 miles Nike+ Graph
09/22/2010 - 2.65 miles Nike+ Graph

I am not doing well without a plan/schedule. I am thinking I will pick back up the c25k plan at Week 5 to get my groove back.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

214.34 Miles in 2010

2.93 miles on Towne Lake Trail with Kellsey yesterday morning. Technically, it's a 5K loop, but since I've always measured with my Nike+ on here, I will keep with it. We did 5/1.5 run/walk intervals. Despite using my inhaler before the run, I was still wheezing. Darn. I'll blame it on being outside in Austin.

I will update with a Nike+ graph when I get home and synced.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

211.41 Miles in 2010

2.01 miles tonight on the treadmill. I forgot to do my inhaler until I was pretty much done with my warm-up, and it showed. Wheezing city! Must remember to give it some lead time to work.

Oh, and I rested yesterday. Needed it.

Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

209.4 Miles in 2010

Shorter runs on the home treadmill yesterday and today. I'd like to do two more short runs Wed and Thurs, rest Friday, then have my run with Kells on Saturday. Maybe shorter-but-more-frequent will work better for me? I don't know, but I just want to keep on running!

08/30/3010 - Nike+ Graph
08/31/2010 - Nike+ Graph

Saturday, August 28, 2010

204.51 Miles in 2010

2.95 miles at the Rec today. I did find my inhaler and use it this time, and it helped a LOT. I had a really crappy, emotionally-charged day, and I was really grateful to get that run.

Nike+ Graph

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

201.56 Miles in 2010

Busted 200, yea! It's hard for me not to also notice that I am about 35 miles behind pace, though.

Anyway, 2.29 miles outside on the trail today. We had a nice cool front blow through with some rain and sub-80 degree temperatures. It's heavenly outside. I'm still struggling with the wheezing. My legs want to do more while my aerobic system is gasping for air. Hopefully this will get better if I just keep pounding on it. Something is better than nothing.

I had hoped I'd be able to run Kellsey's 5k loop with her in a couple of weeks when I am in Austin, but there will likely be walking involved. Sorry, Kells. =( Stupid upper respiratory infection!

My new running skirt was awesome for the outside run! I had my Guardian Angel in one pocket and my ipod in the other with my earbuds snaked through the hole for that purpose. Awesome! This is also the first time since I've had my Road ID that I've "needed" it (i.e., not on a treadmill).

Nike+ Graph (Hey! Looks who's green on Nike+!)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

199.27 Miles in 2010

Three little ones to report tonight. I am wheezing like crazy and not hitting a flow at all. But I figure some is better than none, so shorties it is.

8/19/2010 - 1.35 miles Nike+ Graph
8/21/2010 - 1.92 miles Nike+ Graph
8/22/2010 - 1.51 miles Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

194.49 Miles in 2010

Yea, an update! I did 2.24 miles today at the Rec. I am getting over 2 weeks of sickness, ending with a sinus infection and probably strep throat. Both boys were sick, too.

It was harder to bounce back than I anticipated. It was all I could do to make it through a 10-minute run at 5.5. I walked the rest. Hopefully, the climb back up won't be as long or difficult as getting there the first time.

Also! I had received a coupon on a new running skirt, including free shipping and returns... risk free! I bought a Gym Girl Ultra and ran in it for the first time today. LOVE. The inseam is longer than my current skirts, and they didn't move an inch. There are also great pockets and a hole for my earphone cord for when I'm not on the treadmill.

Nike+ Graph

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

192.25 Miles in 2010

I'm a little behind on logging miles, so this is a catch-up post.

7/23/2010 - 2.17 miles Nike+ Graph
7/30/2010 - 3.66 miles Nike+ Graph <-- This one felt GREAT!
8/04/2010 - 2.64 miles Nike+ Graph

Ugh, I'm being so lazy. Must get back on track!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

183.78 Miles in 2010

2.28 miles today at the Rec... where the A/C was broken. I was dripping with sweat after the end of my 5-minute warm-up walk! I cut it short at 15 minutes of running at 5.3, then just walked to cool down until the 30-minute mark. The run felt great besides the sweat! Maybe I can get some more miles in tomorrow, since I don't think I will have too tired legs from this.

(Isn't it great that 15 minutes at 5.3 is a light day now?)

Nike+ Graph

Also, I got a sweet comment from Kellsey saying how hard it is to keep going on a treadmill, etc. Girl, I don't even want to stand outside, so I don't see how you're running 10k's in it. Thank Goodness there are different methods available to go with our different weaknesses!

Friday, July 16, 2010

181.50 Miles in 2010

Last night, I decided for a long walk vs. a short run on my treadmill. I wanted to watch Wednesday's SYTYCD, so I pretty much walked for the hour and 10 minutes it took me to watch it for 3.71 miles. My hips feel more worked out than they have in a long time, so I guess it's good to mix things up.

Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


3.43 miles at the Rec this afternoon. I had to push on this one, but I did! I ended up running at 5.3 for 25 minutes.

It's amazing how quickly I have fallen back on my mile-a-day pace. I was within 4 miles of reaching that pace at one time, and now I am over 16 miles off! Yikes. I need to get back to working out 3x per week.

Nike+ Graph

I have decided to participate in the Austin Warrior Dash in November, and I am pretty sure LauraC is going to fly in to join me! I also invited Katie, but I haven't heard back yet.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

174.36 Miles in 2010

3.18 miles at the Rec last night. Meh. I walked a lot.

I was so exhausted this week from our 4th of July party and all that entails that running was a pipe dream. I was getting exercise, though!

Nike+ Graph

Monday, June 28, 2010

171.18 Miles in 2010

3.46 miles at the Rec today. Grandma was here, so she watched the kiddos while I snuck out for an hour. It felt GREAT. Check out those sub-10 minute miles on the graph!

Nike+ Graph

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

167.72 Miles in 2010

3.13 miles on my treadmill tonight. I haven't run anywhere else since I've gotten it. Work has been busy, Bryan has been traveling, and I've been teaching VBS this week, so it's a good thing I have a flexible option! I have lost my personal motivation, so I'm glad to have the Challenge to at least get me moving. Hopefully, the funk will end soon.

Nike+ Graph

Saturday, June 19, 2010

164.59 Miles in 2010

2.41 miles on my treadmill today. Then I mowed. Holy moly, it was hot. And my legs are tirrrrred. Luckily, there is a margarita in my future.

Nike+ Graph

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

162.18 Miles in 2010

2.89 miles on my home treadmill today. I am just not feeling it this week. Plus, I think we need to calibrate the treadmill somehow. It's so much faster than the gym ones I have run on, and it's giving me more credit than Nike+ on distance. I'm staying with Nike+ as the source of record, but it's frustrating not to know what's right.

Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WW Update

I was thinking of discontinuing my WW Online membership, but I think I will keep it for a while longer. I'm not very committed to staying within my weekly points lately... vacation really got me off track! I feel like I've made some good trades at home, and I'm more aware of what I'm eating. I might actually do better with the accountability of meetings, but that's also not how I want to use my free time if I have it!

I'm down to 146.2, which means I've lost more than 10 lbs since I started. I was actually surprised I hadn't gained after the past three weeks of eating, so I'll take it! My Wii Fit seems to think my ideal BMI is 22.0, and I'll hit that at 140 lbs. We'll see when I get there. All I know is that I was in my bathing suit all day yesterday, and I was only self-conscious a few times. I'll take that, too.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

159.29 Miles in 2010

2.47 miles tonight on my new (to me) treadmill! I decided to go with the Horizon T81 I found on Craig's List rather than pay twice as much for a new one. That way, if I've made a bad decision and need to upgrade some day, I don't have too much in it. The guy that owns the second-hand place with the scratch and dent deals (new) said he'd call me if they get anything great.

It's a little bigger in our room than I expected it to be, but it will work. We just need to get used to it. There is one other way we can arrange things if we need to try something different. I have my old 19" tv in there with our old DirecTiVo (non-HD). I had no idea what would be on the TiVo, but there were a bunch of Mentalists, a show I haven't kept up with. I might see if I can get some TV on DVD to watch. Meanwhile, I'm also pricing out 32" flat screens. =)

Anyway, I wasn't really feeling the run tonight, but it was nice to have means for a good indoor walk!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

156.82 Miles in 2010

3.85 miles on the treadmill at the Rec this morning. Felt GREAT! I bumped up the speed to 5.4 for a while, so that's good progress. First two miles were under 10 minute pace. =)

Nike+ Graph

Monday, June 7, 2010

152.97 Miles in 2010

3.15 miles this morning with LauraC! I was visiting her in North Carolina, and it was all-sweaty-as-soon-as-you-step-outside HOT. Along with the hills, I ended up asking to walk most of it. Still fun, though! My ipod was dead, so here is Laura's

Nike+ Graph

Back on WW today after two [delicious] weeks off.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

149.82 Miles in 2010

3.87 miles on the treadmill at the rec tonight. It was a good test of Run vs. Wallow in Self Pity methods of getting out of a funk. Running was a good choice.

My cousin's daughter took a bunch of pictures at the pool at our reunion last weekend. I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Nike+ Graph

Saturday, May 29, 2010

145.95 Miles in 2010

2.4 mile jog/walk with Katie at Rough Creek Lodge! I started wheezing pretty badly, so we mostly walked this one. We also stopped completely a couple of times to chat with our cousins, aunt, and a friend we ran into along the way.

Nike+ Graph

Friday, May 28, 2010

143.55 Miles in 2010

3.55 miles today on the treadmill. I was feeling GREAT until right at 2 miles running when I had a sharp pull on the outside back of my left knee. I immediately changed to walking, and it was gone by the time I stopped. Weird. I'm glad it was (apparently) nothing, but I'm sad I stopped running. I was going strong!

Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

140.20 Miles in 2010

2.71 miles today at the rec center. I just wasn't feeling it today, so I ran faster and cut it shorter.

Nike+ Graph


LauraC "interviewed" me for the 500 in 2010 blog today. Go on over and see it!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

137.49 Miles in 2010

3.26 miles this morning in my first 5k ever! Yeah, Nike+ gave me a little more credit than the race course. Who to believe? I'll put checking the calibration on my list of things to do.

Anyway, the race was fun. I got there about 45 minutes early and just wandered around. I made sure to use the porta potty per LauraC's advice. I lined up toward the back of the pack, but I ended up needing to pass a bunch of people to really hit my stride. The course was 2.5k out, then a turn-around. As soon as I turned around, I realized we would be into the wind (and it was windy!) all the way back. Yikes! There was also an uphill section right before the 3 mile marker. Double yikes! If I had not been in the race, I would have definitely allowed for some walking. You can see how crazy up-and-down my pace was on my Nike+ graph.

My boys were waiting for me near the end! I definitely looked forward to seeing them cheer me on!

My official time was 33'26". My goals had been no walking and under 35 minutes, but in reality, I'd hoped to be closer to 30 minutes than I was. I blame the wind. =)

Nike+ Graph

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

134.23 Miles in 2010

2.57 miles this morning around the neighborhood and a park loop. I wanted to take it a little easy today so I feel top notch on Saturday morning. I can only hope that the weather will be as nice as it was this morning!

Nike+ Graph

I picked up my race packet yesterday. There wasn't really any information about the race itself: just my number, timing thingy and stuff from the sponsors. They did give us a running shirt with the logo on it. LauraC recommended not wearing anything new at the race itself. I ran in it this morning, and she's right. I prefer my sleeveless shirts. Luckily, my other running skirt has a bit longer inseam, so no chub rub!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

131.66 Miles in 2010

2.96 miles today. I ran around our neighborhood and ended up on the trail behind the house for the last mile or so. It. Was. Hot. Also: chub rub was worse than it has ever been. I pick up my race packet from a running store on Tuesday, so I will be sure and pick up some Glide. If you have another preference, please let me know!

Saturday is race day!

Nike+ Graph

Friday, May 14, 2010

128.7 Miles in 2010

4.1 miles today on the treadmill. I ran 3 and walked 1. Felt ok.

I am getting pretty nervous for the 5K next weekend. Any tips on what to expect?

Nike+ Graph

Thursday, May 13, 2010

If I had a Treadmill...

... I would run tonight. (said at least 3x per week lately.)

Care to repeat your recommendations in the comments, since I lost that piece of paper? All I remember is a thumbs up on Horizon and that Laura's was a floor model + coupon deal from Dick's. I think I will pick a couple of options and it put it on the radar of my deal-finding BIL. He is a master Craig's List- and pawn shopper.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

124.6 Miles in 2010

Just 2.03 miles today. I decided to go check out the 5k route, which is a trail over by where Bryan works. The trail is paved and wide. Unfortunately, it was crazy-windy today, and there were also three men that were just ... loitering. They made me nervous. So I left.

Nike+ Graph

Friday, May 7, 2010

122.57 Miles in 2010

3.73 miles today for Week 9, Day 3. That's right: I've finished the c25k program. Yea! I ran at 5.1 today.

5K is in two weeks, so it's time to move it all outside. I'm hoping to get over to the race location at least once before the race to see what I'm up against. Exciting!

Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

118.84 Miles in 2010

Great treadmill run today for 3.66 miles. I think I ran 3 miles... it not, it was darn close. Yea! I ran at 5.0 today. Nike+ has miles 2 & 3 at 10'16" pace. I'm counting this as Week 9, Day 2. One more workout, and I've graduated from c25k!

Nike+ Graph

I'm not sure when I will get to run again. Bryan is leaving town tomorrow, and I have to work downtown W-F. Saturday is JTC's birthday party with all that implies.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

115.18 Miles in 2010

2.7 miles today back on the trail. It didn't feel right from the start, so I only ran one mile of it. My left hand swelled up painfully, and the only thing I can think of is that I was wearing a watch? I took it off immediately, and it's getting better. Guess I won't run with a watch anymore!

Also, the no-see-ums were CRAZY! I'm sure I inhaled several hundred. Yuk.

Edited to add: Nike+ Graph

Friday, April 30, 2010

Found my 5K

Perfect timing (5/22), and it's for the organization where we got Ace.

Run for Retrievers

Just need to make sure the timing works for Bryan! Yea!

112.48 Miles in 2010

3.82 miles today for Week 9, Day 1. Week 9, y'all. Did you ever think I'd get here?

I ran for 30 minutes at 5.0. Looks like that got me around 2.7 miles, so I still need to work on my speed a bit to get to 3 miles.

Nike+ Graph

After c25k, it's going to about aiming for a 5K. I don't have one picked out, but I'm starting to look at the calendar. It's about to get dang hot around here, but I want to be confident that I can do the 3.1 miles outside successfully. I bet I could do it now as a push, but with a couple of more weeks of training, I think I can be there legitimately.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

108.66 Miles in 2010

Sorry for the self-pity in that last post, but your comments did help. I don't want to be the girl that cares about things like that, but I guess we all are a little, huh?

Anyway, I went out on the Shoreline Trail today for 3.77 miles. I only ran about 22 minutes, then just took a nice walk home.

Nike+ Graph


I had a bad week that culminated in two people over the past two days asking, "When are you due?" I still want to curl up and cry.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

104.89 Miles in 2010

I collected 3.55 miles yesterday by starting Week 8 of c25k (28 minutes of running). I was very much not in the mood to go, but it ended up being a really good run. I could definitely have kept going, but I will stick to the plan for a couple of more weeks! I ran at 4.9.

My internet provider had a huge outage yesterday, so Nike+ doesn't know about this run yet.

Edited to add: Nike+ Graph

Monday, April 19, 2010

148.4 Pounds

Goodbye 150 lbs! Hope to never see you again!

Good thing I'm losing weight... I can't stand thinking about what I'm eating so much. I think about food all. day. long.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

101.34 Miles in 2010

Over 100 miles! Woo hoo!

Tonight, I did the third day of Week 7 for 3.21 miles at 4.9. I plan to start Week 8 on Tuesday.

I was sad to miss out on the March for Babies (5 miles) Saturday morning, but AJC woke up with a fever. Boo! So tonight was an unplanned workout. As such, of course, it was raining and the Rec Center is closed on Sunday. So I did a free pass to the 24Hour Fitness. Pretty amazing to have all of those facilities... there weren't any sales people there tonight, but I may go try to strike a deal some time this week. The website said it was $45/month (too much), but a friend got a deal where she and her husband are only like $55/month together. It would be so nice to have the childcare option!

Nike+ Graph

Friday, April 16, 2010

Egg White Omlette

The other day, I decided to try the whole egg white omlette thing. I just added a little bit of cheese then covered it in salsa. It tasted ok, but it just wasn't enough.

Tonight, though. Holy cow this was good. And a total of 3.5 WW points. With the points I saved, I am going to go have a glass of wine!

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • mushrooms
  • spinach
  • asparagus roasted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • S&P
  • salsa
Eating right will definitely be easier if I can figure out the whole cooking thing. =)

98.13 Miles in 2010

3.11 miles on the treadmill today. I bumped it up to 3.9, and I think I'll do the same again next Tuesday.

I didn't make it to the Rec yesterday because the boys are home with me on Thursdays again. Bryan was gone from 7 a.m. until after 10 p.m., so there just wasn't an option to go. We went for a walk outside, but it wasn't really a workout. I'm going to miss my T/R/S schedule! Oh well - something will work out.

Tomorrow is the March for Babies. We'll be walking with a group, but I should be able to get in 5 miles for the challenge!

Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

95.02 Miles in 2010

3.11 miles today for Week 7, Day 1! Week 7 has me running for 25 minutes, and I did it at 3.8.

Nike+ Graph

Also, I am loving my new favorite gear: the running skirt. I found two at the Adidas outlet (one is actually a tennis skirt, but whatever), and they are just what I needed. Even if the bike shorts underneath ride up a little, the skirt keeps it from showing. Awesome.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

91.91 Miles in 2010

I'll have to do a true update when I have my ipod handy, but Kellsey, Andrea and I went to a park near Kellsey's house to run today. I only did about 1.6, but I ran more outside than before! I was wheezing some, so maybe it's an allergy issue that's making it more difficult. My poor Nike+ girl will just have to last a few more days before I can sync up!

Edited to add that it was 1.62 miles.

Nike+ Graph

Thursday, April 8, 2010

90.29 Miles in 2010

2.5 miles today on my mom's treadmill. I thought I was doing the Week 6, Day 3 workout, but I got it wrong. Instead of running for 25 minutes, I ran for 23. Oops! Oh well, it was still good progress!

I'm not sure of the speeds, as Mom's treadmill doesn't display them. It just has a dial to turn it up or down. Also, no Nike+ graph yet, as I don't keep iTunes on my work laptop. I'll sync at home by Tuesday - probably before then, though.

Edited to add: Nike+ Graph

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

87.79 Miles in 2010

Well, I got a bit derailed today. I am in College Station, and I had planned to use the hotel treadmill for my 25-minute run today. Alas, the treadmill was out of order.

I thought, "Fine. I'll try the elliptical." Dude, that's hard! I think I am not coordinated enough for the elliptical. 0.3 miles was enough for me.

So I did 3.5 bike miles (1 challenge mile) instead.

I'm moving to my mom's in Austin tomorrow, and she has a treadmill. I'm planning for Thursday, so we'll see.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

86.49 Miles in 2010

3.01 Miles today for Week 6, Day 2. I was not feeling it, but I did it! 23-minute run coming up on Tuesday. I'll be at a hotel, so that will be different!

Nike+ Graph

Walked at 4.0; Ran at 4.9

Thursday, April 1, 2010

83.47 Miles in 2010

2.9 miles today for the Week 6, Day 1 workout. I am feeling pretty cruddy right now (I get sinus infection symptoms with PMS - ugh), and I had hoped that running would make me feel better. Proud, maybe, but definitely not better this time.

This did make me feel better, though. A challenge friend had this to say via e-mail:
I also wanted to let you know that your 20 minute run the other day really inspired me. It's impressive when [someone] runs a half marathon, but it's hard to translate that back to what I can do. You are at about the same level as I am, so your success really helped me realize that maybe I really can do it to. Thank you!

My exercise habits have never been considered encouraging before, so that is really, really cool. Thanks, friend!

Nike+ Graph

Walked at 4.0, ran at 4.9

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

80.57 Miles in 2010

2.67 miles today at the Rec. More importantly, I achieved one of my goals: I ran a mile. For the first time since Junior High Track. For real.

Not only did I run a mile, I ran for 20 minutes straight (about a mile and a half). I'm feeling pretty darn good about myself after that! It got difficult around 17 minutes, but I was so close that it was easy to keep pushing. I ran this one at 4.8. I'll improve speed as I go.

I feel great. Thank you, thank you, thank you 500 in 2010 friends for the challenge and the rest of you for the encouragement, too. Yea!

Nike+ Graph

(I do not understand how they do the pacing. How in the world would the first mile be a faster pace? Not important, just curious.)

Monday, March 29, 2010

151 Pounds

File this under "that can't be right," but I lost almost 5 lbs last week. I must have been really bloated or something last Monday when I weighed in at 156.

The scale at the gym is weighing me heavier, but the Wii Fit is the official scale of record so I'm sticking with it for now. I may have to re-think my position on a home scale, though, since it's such a production to boot the Fit just for a weigh in.

I unofficially started Weight Watchers Online last Wednesday. For the first week, I mainly just wanted to see where I was. What I found was that I can eliminate a lot of WW point by limiting to diet drinks (yuk) and unsweet tea (yum). Just the act of tracking everything that went in my mouth kept me from several grazing instances.

I'm hungry and grumpy, though, so something else needs to be adjusted.

(Didn't get to run today, as I had both boys all day. Planning to go in the a.m.)

Friday, March 26, 2010

77.89 Miles in 2010

2.51 miles today on the Week 5, Day 2 workout. Today was walk 5, run 8, walk 3, run 8, walk. I can run for 8 minutes! I can promise you I haven't done that in 20 years. Literally.

I'm not positive when I will do the 20 minute run (up next!), as I'll be going down to Austin for Aunt Ruby's funeral. TBD.

Nike+ Graph

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

75.38 Miles in 2010

Back to the first workout of Week 5 today, but I added an extra minute (6!) to the last interval because an awesome song was on. =) After the first interval, I bumped up to 4.0/4.9. It was a more natural pace for me. Total = 2.58 miles.

I don't know why I can do it inside and not out, but I'll take what I can get for now. I want to master this before I get frustrated by changing it up.

Nike+ Graph

Monday, March 22, 2010

72.80 Miles in 2010

Just mostly walked 2.03 miles out on the trail behind the house.

The Good:
  • I did something.
  • It's a gorgeous day.
  • So far, it seems like my new insole is helping. Then again, I just walked, so YMMV.
  • My mini-me isn't playing paddleball anymore.
The Bad:
  • Why do I suck outside? I can't even breathe! Seriously - why such a difference from inside aerobically?
  • The longest I ran was 2 minutes.
  • It was still pretty muddy from all of the melting snow from 24 hours ago (CRAZY!)
Nike+ Graph

Saturday, March 20, 2010


I am just ON HOLD! Not DERAILED!

I'm going to pick back up with the first workout of Week 5 just as soon as I can function as a normal human being again. Hopefully Monday; expecting Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

70.77 Miles in 2010

I did the first workout of Week 5 last night, which consists of three intervals of run 5 minutes/walk 3 minutes. The last run was a challenge, but no huge deal.

The bigger issue right now seems to be my right leg. I'm not loving how my right shoe fits or my form on that side is screwy or something. I've started getting a shin splint on that side and the inside of my right knee is getting more sore with each workout. I'm not sure how to address this - head to the running store for analysis???

Nike+ Graph

I did some of my walking at 4.0 and ran at 4.8.

Monday, March 15, 2010

C25K Week 5

I start Week 5 this week, and I am more than a little intimidated. This Saturday, I should be running 20 minutes straight. Yikes!

I'm still sore/tired from last Saturday's run, but I think I've just got an overall funk. There seems to be a super-mild flu going around at daycare, and I think I've got it. I refuse to get derailed, though!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

68.30 Miles in 2010

Week 4 down! I added 3 minutes of running at the end of the intervals, and my legs are tiiiiiiired.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

65.45 Miles in 2010

2.62 miles this morning for Week 4, Day 2. Running for 5 minutes is still hard - I catch myself checking the clock at 4 minutes. At least then there's only a minute left!

I acknowledge that running on the treadmill is much easier than running outside for me. I find it easier to focus, easier to balance, easier to hit a stride. Have I mentioned my balance issues before? I use my eyes to balance. If I close them or block them by taking a drink, etc., I'm all over the place. If I'm on the treadmill that doesn't directly face the TV, I can't look at it. I think this is one of the reasons I'm doing so much better inside than out: I can just point 'em forward and run!

Nike+ graph

(Since Tuesday's run was outside Nike+, my mini me was playing video games and paddleball for the first time - sad! At least I knew it wasn't because I had really missed a workout.)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

62.83 Miles in 2010

Argh. Forgot to plug my Nike+ sensor back into my ipod after syncing, and I didn't realize it until I was on the treadmill.

I bumped up to Week 4 today, and it was hard. But I DID IT. I gave myself an extra 30 seconds to walk before the last 5 minute run, but I think that's probably ok. =)

Still walking at 3.9 and running at 4.8.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

60.33 Miles in 2010

Went to the Rec this morning after delivering Charlie and Luke back to Katie. Glad I fit it in then, because I have been sidelined by a piercing headache since then. I did Week 3 intervals + 5 minutes running on the back end. Bumping up to Week 4 next time, though!

Nike+ Graph

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

57.75 Miles in 2010

Today I snuck to the Rec at lunchtime and did c25k Week 3 again. After running the intervals, I ran for 5 minutes straight! Go me! I felt much better today. I like the lunchtime window if I can pull it off.

Nike+ Graph

Walk @ 3.9
Run @ 4.8

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

55.13 Miles in 2010

Bryan made it home by 7:30-ish last night, so I was able to leave the house and go to the Rec. I bumped up to c25k Week 3 and did 2.57 miles. I didn't feel great - just meh. But I did it.

After the Week 3 intervals, I ran another 2.5 minutes, then walked for quite a while. What can I say? The Bachelor finale was on, and I got sucked in. I think the lady on the eliptical beside me was only there for the TV, because she was barely moving it. She was more just swinging her feet back and forth - LOL!

Nike+ Graph

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Here is my current "Workout" playlist. Not safe for kiddos!

I try to re-shuffle it every time I sync. This list is by artist:
  • Beastie Boys "Brass Monkey"
  • Beyonce "Single Ladies"
  • Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow"
  • Black Eyed Peas "Imma Be"
  • Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling"
  • Black Eyed Peas "Pump It"
  • Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man"
  • David Guetta (feat. Akon) "Sexy Bitch"
  • Estelle (feat. Kanye West) "American Boy"
  • Guns N' Roses "Welcome to the Jungle"
  • Jeremih "Birthday Sex"
  • Justin Timberlake "Sexy Back"
  • Ke$ha (feat. 3OH!3) "Blah Blah Blah"
  • Ke$ha "Tik Tok"
  • LMFAO "I'm in Miami Bitch"
  • Michael Franti, etc. "Say Hey (I Love You)
  • Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A."
  • Nelly & Christina Aguilera "Tilt Ya Head Back"
  • Timbaland (feat. Justin Timberlake) "Carry Out"
  • The Ting Tings "That's Not My Name"
Fun stuff!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

52.56 Miles in 2010

2.87 miles on the treadmill at the Rec this morning! I was the first one there, so I got my pick of machines today. I did c25k Week 2, then ran for 4 minutes (!), walked 2.5 minutes, ran 2.5 minutes, walked 5 minutes. I'll move up to Week 3 next time.

Nike+ Graph

Walked at 3.9
Ran at 4.8

It really takes me a while to feel good on the runs. The early ones are definitely the hardest.

Friday, February 26, 2010

View on the Treadmill

I've never really used a treadmill before. Here you can see (from left to right) my water, sweat towel provided by the rec, yellow sticky of the Week 2 intervals by time, ipod with Nike+ and my blackberry. I'm really liking the treadmill so far!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

49.69 Miles in 2010

I felt like a total rock star after working out today. First, I totally didn't have time to go, but I did it anyway. Second, I had a headache, but I did it anyway. Third, I didn't have to wait for a treadmill at all. Fourth, I did good, y'all.

I went ahead and jumped ahead to c25k Week 2 today since Week 1 seemed pretty easy on Tuesday. After finishing the intervals, I just ran to see how long I could (then pushed to the next round number 'cause that's how I'm wired), and I made it 4 minutes! I know that doesn't sound long, but I am super-proud of myself. =)

Nike+ link

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

47.22 Miles in 2010

I went to the Rec at lunch, and it was packed! It cleared out by around 12, so next time I'll go then. Since the treadmills were full, I started with 3.5 miles on the bike (= 1 challenge mile). Then I got on the treadmill and did Couch to 5K Week1 plus for 2.12 miles.

Here's the link to my Nike+ graph. I don't know why it doesn't show the intervals more clearly. I was switching between 3.8 (walk) and 4.7 (run).

Edited to say I fixed it. Thanks, Laura!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

44.1 Miles in 2010

This morning, I went and joined the Rec Center in our town. Every time we check out a new service of the PARD, we are impressed, and today was no different. My fees for the year are $60, and if Bryan decides to join, it's only another $45. The downsides are that it is closed on Sunday and has no childcare. 24-Hour Fitness may get me, yet!

I had to wait for one of the three treadmills (cute old people walking!), so I did 2 miles (~.6 challenge miles) on the bike to warm up. Once my turn, I did the following:

Walk .25 miles
Nike+ Walk calibration for 0.5 miles
Nike+ Run calibration for 0.25 miles
3 intervals of:
Walk 0.25 miles
Run 0.25 miles
Walk 0.5 miles

For a total of 3 treadmill miles. Plus the .6 from the bike is 3.6 challenge miles.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Phone Photo Friday

How about a Phone Photo Friday over here?

My Nike+ secured in a baggie until I get my laces sleeve.

And again after two very muddy walks

Can I wash my running shoes without ruining them? Dry them?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

40.5 Miles in 2010

Ok, so I figured out what I was doing wrong on the trail the other day. There are "points of interest" along the trail clearly marked with "1" and "2." Only those aren't the mile markers. *sigh* So Nike+ is giving me extra credit today because I calibrated it wrong yesterday.

I actually walked 2.5 miles today. And boy, was it windy! And muddy!

I should get my Nike+ laces sock before Saturday (next planned workout day), so I'll just wait on the calibration until then.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

38 Miles in 2010

So I tried out my new Nike+ today. I tried to calibrate it by walking 1 mile on the trail that runs behind my house, but I don't think it worked right. According to the trail markers, I went 2 miles out, and 2 miles back (hence giving myself credit for 4 miles). According to Nike+, I did the 1-mile calibration, then another 2.01 miles. Oh, and I walked today.

I'm gonna have to find a treadmill.

I'm also going to have to work tonight, because I am spending too much time figuring out all the Nike+ stuff. I'm "lotsa98" as usual. Find me!

Edited to change to 2 miles of credit. See next post. Duh.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

36 Miles in 2010

My Valentine worked all day, so I was able to squeeze in my 3 miles tonight (miles 5, 1, and 2). I am getting bored with this video and am ready to re-tackle c25k! I'll save this video as my "didn't get it done during the day so have to do something at home at night" backup plan.

After much hemming and hawing, I did spend the rest of my birthday money on a Nike + this weekend. Dick's was out of them (!), so I had to go to the Apple store. I HATE going to the Apple store. Hope it's worth it! I need to get a laces sleeve since my shoes are Addidas. I also need to hook the desktop back up to the internet (took apart my office to paint a couple of weeks ago), since that is the computer that has itunes. Maybe by the time I get all of these things done it will be warm enough for this Texas girl to get outside and run? (34-ish this morning... brr!)

Oh, and my ankle stayed a little sore after last Wednesday, so the extra rest was good. I also wore shoes (my old Sauconys) for the workout. I think it's the side-to-side motion without shoes that's bothering me. The shoes are not good cross-trainers, but I think it was better than nothing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

33 Miles in 2010

3 Walk-at-Home miles (2, 3, and 4) tonight. My left ankle is a little unhappy with me, but nothing too bad. I followed up the miles with 30 crunches and 30 butt-lifts (yes, that's a technical term!).

Then I sat on said butt and watched some TV! Woot for not working tonight!

Monday, February 8, 2010

30 Miles in 2010

3 Walk-at-Home miles tonight (miles, 4, 5, and 1). I also weighed-in on the Wii Fit, and I was essentially the same as two weeks ago (155 lbs).

And this is why it can't be about the numbers for me. It has to be about how I feel. Part of how I feel is how I look, but I really feel like that will take care of itself if I just keep going on a healthier track.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

27 Miles in 2010

Let's just push that on down the page, shall we?

2 Walk-at-Home miles tonight (miles 2 & 3). My legs are tired. I can't decide if it's from doing 4 miles on Sunday or just PMS. =)

Overall, I'm feeling healthier already, and that is awesome.

Monday, February 1, 2010


So, this is not fun! At all!

I'm starting this year at roughly 155 lbs. By all measures I've seen, that's on the high end of normal for my height based on weight on BMI. I'm actually not in this whole "get in better shape" kick for the weight loss. If that happens... fabulous! But I really just need to be able to be in better shape and healthier. And I like my daily Dr. Pepper and weekly Taco Bueno.

I never want to be that girl that worries about little fluctuations in my weight. To that end, the only scale in our house is the Wii Fit. I had a friend recently freak out about 0.8 lbs of gain (!), and I honestly find that attitude kind of ugly. And if I know my husband at all, he would, too.

Speaking of my husband, right after he took these pictures for me, he said, "I love how you look." He's not perfect, but he got that one right!

Anyway, I have a thin frame. All of my fat (besides my face and upper arms) is in my belly and upper-upper thighs. I have very skinny legs, otherwise. So while 155 isn't "fat," I think it looks fat on me. It's all about distribution, right? And for historical perspective, I graduated high school at about 125 and got married at 135. I think 135-ish would be perfectly reasonable.

(I miss my nursing b00bs!) (And yes, that is a nursing bra, why do you ask?)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

25 Miles in 2010

Four (!) walk-at-home miles tonight. I copied London's method and put the DVD on our portable DVD player so I could watch something on the TiVo. I tried watching the series finale of Dollhouse, but I discovered that I couldn't concentrate on both. I watched a House repeat instead. Anyway, it passed the time better, and I stuck it out for the 4th mile.

I'm not planning to make a habit of leaving a workout until Sunday night, but I lost a lot of opportunities this week. I love that I was looking forward to finding an opportunity!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

21 Miles in 2010

I did 3 Walk-at-Home miles tonight. (Miles 1, 2, and 3) They are definitely getting easier!

I still do want to try the running outside thing. It just got cold again, so I'm going to wait until it's a bit more consistent. Bryan is going to outfit me with a GPS so I can map out some distances on the trail behind our house. There are mile markers, but our house is between 3/4 and Mile 1. So I just need to measure to a mile marker, then do some math!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ironman Watch with iControl

I bought myself a present. Woot featured the Timex Ironman iControl watches last week for $30, and I got this blue one. Pretty!

I have long since lost my old Ironman watch from high school/college, including my "The Band" from Kanakuk. Sad! So I snatched up this watch when I saw it - $30 was a good price point for me.

And guess what? It can remotely control your ipod.

When I was doing my c25k runs, I was holding my ipod. No need! Now I can just strap it somewhere and control things from this watch. I'm even thinking that I'll just use the interval timers to time the c25k walk/runs, and just listen to my own music.

18 Miles in 2010

3 Walk-at-Home miles over lunch today. I did miles 2, 3, and 5.

I am debating a weekly weigh-in and "before" picture. (yeesh). But how cool is it to see your own before and after... AFTER? Check out Maria - amazing!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

15 Miles in 2010

3 more walk-at-home miles tonight. I did miles 3, 4, and 5. My legs are feeling strong!

That means I met my goal of 9 miles last week (Monday - Sunday). I am on the verge of being able to do more. Maybe I will get to 500 miles this year after all?

I have also been taking a new generic multi-vitamin that seems to be working better for me than the women's versions I have been taking. Too much iron just makes me ill. Even though I always tend toward anemia. Go figure!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

12 miles in 2010

3 more Walk-at-Home miles during lunch today. I did miles 1, 4 and 5 - my first time to do mile 5. As it turns out, there is a cool down after all! I wondered about that. I wish they had made it separately available on the menu, but that's ok. I'll just try to end with mile 5 from now on.

My legs were tired after the last time, so I took two days off. That, and I had a headache last night. My goal seems to be solidifying into 9 miles/week. I can definitely be happy with that fitness level. I don't know how this is going to affect weight loss, but I'll jump off that bridge at another time. For now, it's good to be doing this!

Monday, January 18, 2010

9 Miles in 2010

3 Walk at Home miles tonight!

I was much more tired this time. It's nice how each mile is it's own little cycle of low, medium, and high intensity - you kind of get a break after each high bit!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

6 Miles in 2010

Three Walk-at-Home miles tonight!

And LauraC let me know that there are a few people signed up to do 350 miles in 2010, so I committed to that!

Friday, January 15, 2010

3 Miles in 2010

So I haven't decided if I am going to commit to 500 miles in 2010 - I may have to do the JV version. =) But I've decided to title the posts with my cumulative miles for the year so far.

London had mentioned that she was doing some walk-at-home videos, so I watched some snippets on YouTube and decided to pick one up. (On sale at Target for $10!) Dude - it's not just walking. It's like going to an aerobics class.

Anyway, I did 2 miles last night. I'll do 3 next time.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Catching Up

So mostly I've been sick or pigging out for the holidays since I last posted. After that last really inspiring post, I did get moving again... until I got sick. (Excuses, excuses!)

11/22/09 - c25k Week 1 run
11/26/09 - c25k Week 1 run
1/13/2010 - 2000 steps (~1 mile) Wii Fit free step (I still weighed about the same as last time.)

I need a plan. It needs to be flexible, but I need a starting point. For now, I'm just trying to get back into the "do SOMETHING" mindset.

Here are my options, as I currently see them:
  1. morning - relies on Bryan taking the boys to daycare so I can be working by 9 or so. Lately, I've been taking the boys a lot or going back to sleep to make it through the day. Or, you know, showering.
  2. lunch - I'm HUNGRY at lunch! This would take planning a mid-morning snack substantial enough to last through a workout. Then a lunch I could eat at my desk.
  3. night - needs to be after the boys are in bed and at home. Again with where do I fit in eating?