Archive | March 2013

5k Goal Run Time ACCOMPLISHED

This is how I felt today.

I woke up early and did an intense weight workout for an hour with everything shaking. I felt good and then the day proceeded as normal. However, around about 4 I just wanted to go outside and run. I was anxious to get home and finally arrived around 6:30. Normally this would mean it is pitch black and thus I am super tired.

However, thank you daylight savings! These amazing extra hours of sunshine in the evening are worth the dark mornings.

I bundled up thanks to the 20 degree temperature drop since yesterday and headed outside when I got home.

I passed my first marker point at about my typical time, and soon I was at the one mile point of my 5k at about 10:20, which is normal for my fast 2 mile speed. I decided I was just feeling good but surely my legs would begin to betray me soon. Then I hit my halfway point and knew when I had completed 2.35 miles in 24:20 that I could make my goal.

Confession: I never actually run a 5k, I always run my 3.35 mile route because….well I am weird and I like that turnaround point.

Knowing I only had a mile to go, I kept up the pace and soon I was at the last light waiting for it to turn green for the last 0.4 mile run home. And I decided to pour it on. I felt like this:

My goal time was a 10 minute mile pace coming to a time of 33:30, and as I got close to the finish I noticed I only had 40 seconds for my normal 1 minute end of the run and I let it go. It felt like flying. It was the most amazing feeling in the world finishing a run and feeling so accomplished.

Previously my fastest time was about 35:30. Since the last time I ran my normal 5k (because of the discouraging darkness), four important things have happened that I believe contributed to my new improved time.

1. I began doing intervals on the treadmill instead of trying to maintain my normal pace. One minute walk at 4.0, one minute run at 6.0, one minute run at 6.2, repeat as many times as I feel like.

2. I have been weight training three times a week doing compound exercises (which target more than one muscle group at a time)

3. Healthier eating habits. Such a huge difference in how I feel.

4. My attitude during my run. Instead of slowing down I decided this is going to hurt and you are going to feel sore, but think of how you will feel afterwards.

 

On a side note, I am watching one of my new favorite movies, Friends with Kids. And this line makes me melt…

You think that we don’t love each other? You know, I have loved this girl for nineteen years, Ben. That is fully half my life. I know everything there is to know about her. I know the mood she’s in when she wakes up in the morning – always happy, ready for the day. Can you imagine? I know that she is honest; she won’t even take the little shampoo bottles from the hotel room, or sneak into the movie theater for a double feature. She always buys a second ticket. Always. I know that we have the same values, we have the same taste, we have the same sense of humor. I know that we both think that organized religion is completely full of shit. I know that if she is ever paralyzed from the neck down, she would like me to unplug her – and I will. I know her position on just about everything, and I am on board. I am on board with everything about her, so you tell me, Ben. What better woman could I have picked to be the mother of my child?

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Cravings…For Literally Everything Under the Sun

I am the worst. I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to write another post, but I have been going non-stop. However, I have managed to maintain my workouts and I am trying to find the balance between getting in the cardio I need for triathlon training and weight training, which is so very very important.

Lately, I have been trying to eat healthier and include more veggies and protein in my diet. However, eating less sugar and processed foods has led me to some INTENSE cravings. It jumps from the inside of a cannoli with chocolate chips to a burger to fries to…hmm, well pretty much anything you can possibly imagine that really isn’t the greatest for you.  Some of the things that I have tried doing to curb these cravings are:

1. Keeping healthy yummy snacks around to munch on instead

2. Reminding myself that most of the time it’s just boredom

3. Eating consistently throughout the day. Last week I changed my eating habits to be smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day that are more likely to fill me up.

These cravings are the main struggle I have in my weight loss. I keep thinking about the food then I give in. If I have one little yummy treat and have access to more then I immediately give in. So normally when I do treat my self, I buy in quantities of one otherwise I will eat all of it. It’s embarrassing and a very large barrier for me to break through for my weight loss that I struggle with every day. I love food and I am not willing to give it up, but I am learning about portion control and healthier options and how to combine all of these things into a balanced diet that suits my needs.

I am also adding chia seeds to my diet. This morning I tried them in my almond milk protein shake. I added 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds and 1.5 tablespoons of PB2. Another yummy chia seeds recipe I tried was this yumminess:

1/4 c. rolled oats

1/4 c. plain greek yogurt

1/3 c. milk choice (I used almond milk…because I am obsessed)

1.5 teaspoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 banana

Refrigerate it overnight and eat in the morning cold. It was interesting, but I found it really yummy and really easy for me to take with me and eat, which is the most optimal for me.

chia oatmealIt does not look pretty, but it tastes delicious!

I will try not to ramble and go off onto tangents in my next post!

What do you do to curb your cravings?