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Louisiana: Summer is here.

My biggest struggle lately has been the crazy heat coupled with craaaaaaaaaaaaazy high humidity.  The humidity is much more miserable than the heat.

My runs have increased to 5 miles! I’ve settled into an every-other-day routine, and I’m finding my rhythm. I love running!

This morning, the humidity was 92%! I had to be at work by noon, and my child is out of school for the summer, so I had no other choice but to run in the 92% hell.  The run was going okay considering when a bug flew in my eye at about the 3.5 mile mark! It burned so bad! I kept pace, and kept wiping. lol  Before that happened, a large dog began chasing me…fortunately, he backed off once I yelled at him (lucky, I know).  Then, once I finally got home I realized that the back of my shoe had rubbed a large hunk of flesh off of the back of my heel. lol  It was a ROUGH morning. Ya know what though? I’d do it all over again. Running is somehow magical….the worst things can happen to you, but you brush it off and prepare for the next run.

I have several races written down in my running log.  I’ve planned out my race schedule for the next six months.  I plan on wrapping up the year with a half marathon.

If you don’t run…start.  It is unimaginably addictive & fun.

P.S.-I’ve lost ~60lbs now.

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Updates…

I have been neglecting this blog lately…my apologies.  I just realized that I never gave a post-race update (from my first 5K)! Note: It was April 9th.

Geesh…where is my head!!

I was a bag of nerves on race day!  No one was able to come see me race, so I knew…no one…which made the nerves worse.  Oh, and the race was simply advertised as a 5K.  No where…NO WHERE did it say 5K TRAIL RACE! LOL  Yep, 3.1 miles of grueling up & down steep hills…mud, dirt, rocks…you name it…it was there!  So, I was completely exhausted halfway into it. So, I began to walk/run…my strategy at that point was simply survival! So, I walked uphill, and ran downhill.

That worked out okay, because I did not finish last (and that was my only goal for that race).  I did learn a few things though…Lesson 1-explore the area where the race is going to be held if you are unfamiliar with it.  Lesson 2-I must be in much better shape before my first INTENTIONAL trail race! lol

So, my first 5K was a trail run…unplanned…but i did it.

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I set a PR yesterday morning! I ran 5.56 miles! The time was horrible, but the distance was what mattered! Before yesterday, a 5K was my longest distance. I’m making progress!! 🙂

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On the weight loss front: I’ve now lost a total of 51lbs! 😀

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Thanks to a friend on Dailymile.com I found out about The Jelly Bean Virtual 5K going on this week! I found out just in time too! I just have to complete it & post my time before the 26th. Cool beans! LOL 😉  Now, to decide if I’m going to do this in the morning, or Saturday morning. Decisions…decisions…perhaps I’ll do it twice, and post my best time? LOL Nah, I wouldn’t do that…I dont even think I could run a 5K two days in a row! LOL

I’m on Dailymile.com now too! Check me out! Add me as a friend on there if you are on it.

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I plan on going on a long hike sometime this weekend. I had planned on going in the morning, but then came a torrential downpour, and now I’m thinking that those dirt trails are going to be mud pits…and uh…I dunno about that. Perhaps not tomorrow. lol

Although, last Saturday I hiked over five miles and thoroughly enjoyed myself!


Long overdue update

I have been quite busy with school, and training for my upcoming 5K.  My first 5K is this Saturday!! Today, I did 3.03 miles…only walked ~.35 miles of that. So, I am almost ready! I’m so excited! I never EVER thought I would love running like I do! This is such a huge change for me.

Besides running 3-4 days a week, I lift weights every Tuesday & Thursday.  I also supplement my running with some walking & some quality elliptical machine (cross training program) time.  I think I’m rounding it all out okay…

My weight loss has been slow but steady. I’m going to weigh again tomorrow morning to see where I’m at.

 

Back to my run this morning…I never expected that this morning would be a PR for me.  I had a very hard time waking up this morning…I slept very hard…so hard, I had bags underneath my eyes. lol  I stumbled around…got dressed…got my child off to school…drank a cup of coffee…then headed out to workout. It went so much better than I expected!  Perhaps I should sleep hard more often. lol

I’m still eating Paleo. Had an organic two egg, coconut milk omelet this morning once I got home.  I munched on a couple of banana chips during my run…just enough carbs to get me through.

My shower never felt so good this morning! lol


Progress

Today, I worked out twice! Yes, twice! My morning workout was with my training buddy, and we briskly walked some hilly trails at the local park. I jogged a couple of stretches, but the humidity this morning was just atrocious, and I couldn’t carry on with the jogging, because my breathing was so labored.

After studying a while at school, I decided to give it a go one more time at the indoor track on campus. Well, this was a huge difference! I can almost jog the entire track without stopping! I did some seriously long intervals where it was mostly jogging, and little recovery walks. I even threw in some hard sprints for good measure since I was feeling so good.

Progress is nice…


Registered!

I just signed up for my first race!!! A 5K, and it is in two weeks! I’m excited & nervous! Gotta pick up the workouts for reals!


Today’s Workout

I must say that today the weather was absolutely PERFECT for an outdoor workout! I really enjoyed myself today. 🙂  I did not used to be much of an outdoors person, but since I have started working out I am finding that I really love it outside!  It makes working out a lot more interesting than simply staring at gym walls…if you get bored easily working out, or have a hard time getting motivated…go outside! I have been working out in a large cemetery, it’s free, beautiful, quiet, and interesting.  There are lots of hills, and it stays nicely manicured.  I call it my playground now. 🙂

 

  • Jogging:
    • 60 minutes (+150 pts)
    • 10 minutes (+25 pts)
    • intervals on wicked hills: the second set was backwards jogging
  • Running:
    • 10 minutes (+30 pts)
    • intervals on wicked hills
  • Push-Up:
    • 25 (+12 pts)
    • Incline
  • Walking:
    • 25 minutes (+27 pts)
  • Plank:
    • 25 seconds (+8 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+5 pts)

I have found that when I have a light breakfast of raw walnuts (about a fourth to half a cup), I tend to have more energy than when I eat a few eggs prior to working out.  So, I had walnuts early this morning, and had my eggs when I got home for lunch.


Well…

I’m taking the day off from exercise, although I had planned on working out this morning.  My mom’s dog ended up staying over (dog sleepovers are strange I suppose), and I’m not used to having a dog in the bed.  Well, everytime she moved or squirmed throughout the night I woke up.  Needless to say, I did not get enough rest last night.  I’m not running on a full tank today.

So, I’m going to work out in the morning…that will give me four days this week, which is pretty good.  I will shoot for five days next week.

I have been getting some homework done, so it isn’t a wasted day.

I did make myself a delicious paleo friendly omelet this morning!

Ingredients:

  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 TBSP Thai Kitchen Coconut milk
  • 2 pieces of sundried tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • fresh salsa
  • coconut oil to cook in

Whip everything together in a bowl, except the fresh salsa. Fry in coconut oil. Place in bowl, and spoon salsa on top. Nom!

Oh! I almost forgot to mention a fitness milestone I hit yesterday! How could I have forgotten!?  During my workouts I have previously had to slow down periodically in order to keep my heart rate in check.  It would speed up to 180+ BPM very quickly!  Well, yesterday while on the elliptical machine (which has a HR monitor), I noticed that I was having a hard time keeping my HR in the weight loss category, and I had a difficult time even reaching the cardio zone!  I was elated! I am capable of becoming more cardiovascularly fit afterall! 🙂


Today’s Workout

Total Time: 1.5 hr (copied from Fitocracy account)

  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+9 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • Part of vertical lifts (not listed)
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+13 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+10 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • Part of vertical lifts (not listed)
  • Side Lateral Raise:
    • 15 lbs x 5 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 6 (+5 pts)
  • Front Dumbbell Raise:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
  • Leg Press:
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
  • Jogging:
    • 10 minutes (+25 pts)
    • indoor track
  • Walking:
    • 5 minutes (+5 pts)
    • part of intervals when jogging
  • Light Walking (secondary e.g. commute, on the job, etc):
    • 30 minutes (+6 pts)
    • all over campus, all day
  • Elliptical Trainer:
    • 26 minutes (+58 pts)
    • on cross-training mode
  • Body Weight Squat:
    • 10 (+6 pts)
    • Asimov style
  • Push-Up:
    • 3 (+5 pts)
    • Did last before stretching, so my upper body was worn out from the hour & half workout. Didn’t make it far…just three.

 


Latest workouts

I keep track of them on fitocracy.com (it gives you points -like a game-so, ignore that), so I’m going to copy/paste:

March 9, 2011

  • Plank:
    • 25 seconds (+3 pts)
    • 25 seconds (+3 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 10 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 10 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 12 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 11 seconds (+2 pts)
    • Surprisenly difficult exercise-first attempt at these
  • Push-Up:
    • 4 (+5 pts)
    • Hindu push-ups (which were extremely difficult-first time attempting)

March 8, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 8 minutes (+20 pts)
    • My calves are SO sore from my workout yesterday, and I didn’t eat anything before going this morning. So, my energy level was poo.
  • Walking:
    • 25 minutes (+27 pts)
    • Trying hard to get the soreness out!
  • Running:
    • 2 minutes (+6 pts)
    • Brief interval sprints up a steep grassy knoll. lol Nah, a steep hill. LOL I did 5.
  • Burpee:
    • 5 (+5 pts)
    • First attempt at these. I haven’t found my rhythm with them yet…they seem awkward right now.

March 7, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 35 minutes (+87 pts)
    • hills, pavement
  • Running:
    • 5 minutes (+15 pts)
    • sprinting up a steep hill x4

March 5, 2011

Jogging:

  • 35 minutes (+87 pts)
  • jogged paved roads in a hilly cemetery.

March 3, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 8 minutes (+20 pts)
    • intervals
  • Walking:
    • 15 minutes (+16 pts)
    • intervals & jogging
  • Rowing Machine:
    • 10 minutes (+20 pts)
  • Stationary Bike:
    • 20 minutes (+45 pts)
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+9 pts)
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+10 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+13 pts)
  • Barbell Deadlift:
    • 40 lbs x 6 (+14 pts)
    • 40 lbs x 6 (+14 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
  • Flat Bench Cable Flyes:
    • 35 lbs x 5 (+5 pts)
    • This was actually a fly machine (upright).
  • Running:
    • 5 minutes (+15 pts)
  • Dumbbell Shrug:
    • 35 lbs x 6 (+8 pts)
    • 35ea. dumbell. 70 total pounds. I did these last, and my traps and shoulders were too tired from everything else I did to do more than one set.

March 2, 2011

Walking:

  • 40 minutes (+44 pts)
  • trails

March 1, 2011

  • Walking:
    • 60 minutes (+66 pts)
    • outdoor trails
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+10 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+13 pts)
  • Cable Lying Triceps Extension:
    • 15 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • it was actually a machine
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+9 pts)

February 28, 2011

  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
  • Side Lateral Raise:
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
  • Smith Machine Incline Bench Press:
    • 75 lbs x 6 (+21 pts)
    • 80 lbs x 5 (+21 pts)
  • Leg Extensions:
    • 100 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 85 lbs x 5 (+9 pts)
    • 75 lbs x 3 (+8 pts)
  • Flat Bench Cable Flyes:
    • 35 lbs x 15 (+5 pts)
    • 35 lbs x 15 (+5 pts)
    • 45 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
  • Leg Press:
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
  • Barbell Shrug:
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 35lb dumbell each hand
  • Lat Pulldown:
    • 75 lbs x 8 (+14 pts)
    • 75 lbs x 8 (+14 pts)
    • 85 lbs x 6 (+15 pts)

February 27, 2011

  • Walking:
    • 60 minutes (+66 pts)
    • trails
  • Jogging:
    • 20 minutes (+50 pts)
    • brisk walk/jog intervals

 


A New Day!

I was severely addicted to carbs…when I saw the picture of myself at christmas (my mom took it, and then showed me immediately)…I gasped! It is so easy to detach yourself from the way you look day to day…but a picture DOES NOT LIE! lol  So, I knew I had to do something. I gathered myself over the next few days (there was a lot of me…so it took a while, lol)…then about Dec. 28 I changed my diet cold turkey!

Then, for the next two weeks I felt horrible! I felt like I had the flu, and I was in a very bad mood. Once that passed my energy spiked, and I began to feel better than ever! It has been uphill ever since.  I slowly added exercise into the mix, and have gradually increased it.  I now wake up looking forward to my workout that day, and when I take rest days I actually enjoy them, because I know that I have earned them!

My latest comparison picture:

two months

Oh, and I’m by no means slowing down either…this is only confirmation that I should keep pressing on, and get to my ideal weight!