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Weekly Report Week 3

Last week was the third week of my “pre-training” phase and my blog. I cut back the total mileage but lengthened each of my runs. I ended the week with 9.5 miles total. I found that my schedule of adding 10 minutes to my daily run was starting to be a little aggressive, so I’m cutting back the days and minutes of running.

My goal this week will be three days of running for a total of 6.5 miles. I will add walking, stationary bike, and strength training to this for extra calorie burn and to balance out the stress of the running on my body.

I’m down a pound from last report making me 156. I will need to watch my weekend restaurant meals and those tempting cocktails in order to get past this number. My goal is to be 154 by Saturday.

Tuesday’s run felt a little harder than Sunday’s even though it was same amount and speed. But I completed it exactly as planned. After I ran I worked on some lower body strengthening to make sure everything keeps working as long as I need it to work.

Wednesday is a rest day. I find that I need a rest day after three or four days of strenuous exercise in a row. Being over (let’s say) 30 makes it a little harder to recover.

Thursday will be another repeat of Tuesday’s run and so will Friday. I’m on target to hit around 12-13 miles for the week.

Progress!

Sunday’s run went very well. Exceeded all my expectations. I was nervous and almost postponed the run until Monday, but made myself go at the last minute. I reached my goal of running 30 minutes with a 5 minute walk break. I can’t say it was easy but it definitely was not as hard as I expected.

What it felt like was that some type of psychological limit was surpassed. I’ve struggled with running more than 1-2 minutes for months now and now that feels like it is in the past.

On the weight front, I’m putting it out there for accountability. Today I am 157. That’s 13 pounds off my highest weight from last year and 25+ pounds from where I want to be when I run my half-marathon in October–five months from today!

Another week complete

Yesterday was my third run for the week. I completed my 20 minutes of running even though I struggled all day with wanting to skip the gym completely. My legs were achy and I was tired, but I put on my running shoes and made myself go. When I got there I promised myself that if I just did my 20 minutes I would consider it a successful day and would take my rest day on Saturday. So I did it. After my warm-up I stretched and then did my 20 minutes of running plus a total of 15 minutes of walking.

Today (Saturday) is my rest day to get ready for increasing my run length and frequency next week. I will be doing four 30 minute runs next week which seems ambitious but I know I can do it and I know it’s all mental for me right now. It’s not too much for me physically but it certainly will be challenging.

As for my weight loss, this week was a disappointing loss of only .2 pounds. To put a more positive spin on it, I have lost weight consistently for 6 weeks–just not a lot of it. Restaurants, sodium, alcohol and sleep are my challenges and that’s what I’ll be focusing on this week.

Have a great week and I’ll report back after tomorrow’s run.

Since I haven’t been running much in the last two years, I need to work back into it slowly. This week I am doing three runs of 20 minutes each plus a little walking. Today is day three.

Next week will be four days of 30 minute runs. I am excited and scared at the same time. It is easy running–no hills or speed, but it’s more than I’ve done since 2007 so it will take a little while getting my body used to the pounding.

I’m looking forward to today’s run but at the same time I feel the little aches in my legs and hips and I want to go lie down. No matter. I will do it and enjoy a day off tomorrow in preparation for increasing to 30 minutes on Sunday.

Remembering Vermont 2004

Liz CBHM '04

Finishing my first half-marathon

I will use this image to remind myself that I can finish the half-marathon in October.  I’ve done it before!

It’s May now. Six months since I made plans to run a half-marathon in October 2010. It seemed very very far away at that point and now it feels like it’s just around the corner.

I now have five months to build up to a half-marathon. I’m now at the point where I can jog a few miles 3-4 times a week and I feel confident that I will be ready for serious mileage in a few months.

For now I will be working on acclimating my body to the pounding of the running I plan to be doing in the coming months. I still have weight to lose and I am monitoring my diet closely and going to the gym 5 times a week for cardio and strength training.

I’ll be updating this blog more often as the race gets closer.

Rock N’ Roll L.A. Here I come!