About my run this morning? There is only one word to describe it: FAIL. I guess when you have a head-on collision with an elliptical machine on Monday…set a personal record for distance on Wednesday…you must fall flat on your face on Friday. lol
Everything about this morning was off. My child is out of school today, so I had to go earlier…which meant I couldn’t have my usual cup of coffee pre-run. My legs were already achey from my PR Wednesday. I was going to attempt a 5K this morning…as you see that did NOT happen! I even hesitate to log it as a run…it was more of a old person shuffle. lol
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
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…
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. 🙂
- 60 minutes (+150 pts)
- 10 minutes (+25 pts)
- intervals on wicked hills: the second set was backwards jogging
- 10 minutes (+30 pts)
- intervals on wicked hills
- 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.
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:
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!