Monday, June 13, 2011

I was Runnin'!

And runnin' I was!  Last night I went for a run and I'm proud to say that I ran for two miles straight!  This is a huge deal for me folks.  I am loving the Podrunner:Intervals program so much!  I never, EVER thought I would be able to run the way I used to, so I am definitely thrilled with that.  I did it in 25 minutes, with a 5 minute walking warm-up and cool-down on each side.  And the best part was that I was not really too winded.  So, I am making strides people!

As for my Weigh-In last week, I only lost 1 additional pound over a two-week period.  I have slowed WAY down in this department and I would really like to pick that part back up.  I have become a little relaxed on my eating habits and I really need to re-focus on this.  I have come way too far to quit at this point.  I really don't think that the healthy changes I have made are ever going to change, but it has become way too easy to slip in the no-no's every once in a while.  I think in my head that one little thing isn't going to hurt me, but I simply cannot live with that attitude.  That is what got me into trouble to begin with!

So, I continue on.  I plan to run again on Tuesday and Thursday.  I need to incorporate my Polar HRM back into my exercise routine, but I found that it is a little cumbersome to have the watch, the monitor strapped around my chest, and my iPhone in my armband all at once.  There are a billion programs out there for the iPhone to monitor heart rate and calories, but I just can't imagine how accurate they are if you aren't wearing the actual monitor around your chest. 

Do you use any smartphone apps for running or exercise, and if so, what do you like?

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Training Plan...or Not...

Hello everyone!  I have been so ridiculously busy over the past few weeks.  My work has definitely been busier and when I come home in the evening I find myself wanting to just go outside and play with the kiddo.  He absolutely loves being outside, so I try to take advantage whenever I can.  Couple that with him falling ill with strep throat, let's just say life has been hectic.

At any rate, my running plan continues on and I struggle everyday with fighting this good fight.  But alas, I still plan to conquer.  I have a great friend that provided me with a new term to use in place of what I like to call, "running."  It's called "joggling."  So for now, I will call myslef a Joggler.   A little mix of walking, skipping, hopping, and kind of picking my feet up off the ground in a faster-than-walking pace.  There it is: Joggling!

So on my continued path of becoming the greatest Joggler known to mankind, I continue to exercise at a minimum of three days a week.  I was thrown a little off track by my vacation a few weeks ago, so I am now on Week 6 Day 2 of the Podrunner:Intervals First Day to 5k Program.  And can I just say that I am loving it.  It totally consumes my mind so I really don't think about my breathing technique at all.  But obviously something is working because, well, I haven't passed out yet from not breathing.  But as with anything, I do have two issues.  One, I still don't really like water.  I am trying really hard to over-hydrate on the days I know I am going to joggle, but I know I'm still not getting enough water.  And two, I absolutely hate from the bottom of heart bumble bees.  With the extremely hot and humid weather, they are inevitable.  But, nonetheless, I hate them.  They cause me to completely freeze and panic.  They!  And they insist on following me down the bike path every time I run.  I am allergic to them, and am terrified I am going to get stung.  I mean, seriously, what are you supposed to do when they start bouncing off of your head and swarming around you, ready to attack?  Do you just keep running?  Will they eventually go away?  Ugh, if I could just figure that out, I really would be fine.  I know I need to ask for a prescription for an EpiPen, just in case, but you know how that goes.  I just haven't made the time to do it.

Anyway, I am still trying to find the perfect training plan for this Half Marathon that I am just crazy enough to participate in.  I blame my husband's cousin for that.  Thanks, Katy...

I have looked high and low for the right plan and I still haven't come up with the perfect plan for me.  I still don't know if I am woman enough to actually think that I'm going to run the whole thing.  AHHH, decisions, decisions!

As for a weigh-in update, I did have a successful WooHoo Weigh-In almost two weeks ago.  I have not quite hit that 20 pound milestone, but I'm confident it is going to happen this week.  It HAS to!  I totally have "pants on the ground syndrome", so something has to give here!  I need to go shopping!

Do any of you have the same fear of bees that I do?  Do any of you recommend a Half-Marathon training plan for a Joggler like myself?