Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 9


Week 9/18

  • Monday: Rest Day
  • Tuesday: 4 Mile Run – 49’56” – 12’29” pace
  • Wednesday: Rest Day
  • Thursday: 4.20 Mile Run – 44’00” – 10’29” pace
  • Friday: 3.10 Mile Run – 35’34” – 11’28” pace
  • Saturday: 11.5 Miles – 2:27:43 – 12’51” pace
  • Sunday: Rest Day

Monday: I had orientation part 2 on Monday for the Student Teaching.  I was running around like crazy afterward trying to get all the chores done before having to go to therapy so I ended up not working out.  I had time at the end for a short workout, but decided against it.  I am trying to follow my training plan which states rest on Mondays.  Ugh.  Does anyone else feel like a fat cow on Rest Days?

Tuesday:  Woke up at 5:15 am got up and took care of the dogs and then set out for 4 miles.  I am not sure if my mind needs reconditioning or if the fact that I have gained so much weight is killing my pace.  I am going to go with both.  I am trying not to care about finish times and more about finish lines, but it’s so hard when I ran a half marathon at a 10’22” pace just last November.  Oh, how the mighty are falling.

Wednesday : I just didn’t care.

Thursday: I cared some, just not enough.

Friday: I tried to care?

Saturday: I had planned on 16 miles, and actually set out on the parkway, with all intentions of doing the whole damn thing.  Did it happen?  Nope.  I got to 7 miles and decided to turn around.  Then I got to 11.5 miles and called my husband to pick me up.

Guess what children?  I need to go farther than that for a marathon.  Let’s hope Week 10 is better.

Mileage: 22.80 Miles

WW Trick #7 – Simply Filling


 

** Disclaimer:  I’m not getting paid to endorse Weight Watchers™ or any of their products, which means I’m telling you my take from the process and products. Xoxoxoxoxox… )

When I started WW back in the day, it was Flex/Core.  Flex you counted points, Core you simply ate off a approved list of foods.  Both plans worked if you stuck to them, but with a lot of people sticking with a plan 100% is hard.  They also had weekly points, but not many, and for me personally if I ate any of those, I gained.

So now WW has Simply Filling – the continuation of Simple Start – it’s been around for a while, but I never fully tried it.  I would flirt with the idea but was like “I CAN’T HAVE (X FOOD)”.  It became mental torture.

So now I am more mature (or something) and am trying it again.  My weigh in day is tomorrow, but I decided to start a day early, and then continue with it over the next week and see where that brings me.  I lost 0.4 last week, but I feel like I will have gained this week.  Too much eating out, too much alcohol (not enough to get drunk, but you know), even though I exercised, you can’t out train a bad diet.

So that’s it.

Eating cleaner and with more variety.  I love salads and veggies and fruit anyways, so this will just be binge-fest on those things.  I’m good with that.

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Ugh… Morning.

I am thinking about this in the long term, but for now I think it will be a good reset to how I’ve been eating.  It doesn’t hurt that there are some of the really good WW products that are super duper yummy, on the approved list.

I think there will be a crap ton of smoothies and oatmeal in my future.

GIVEAWAY 

Answer the following questions and I will randomly draw someone on Friday – August 8 – for the winner of a new Weight Watchers Water Bottle (24 oz)

With a better straw than my ugly green one

With a better straw than my ugly green one

  • Have you ever tried Simply Filling / Simple Start?
  • What is your idea of clean eating?
  • What is your favorite fruit?

WW Trick #2 – Mental Talk Through and Physical Action


One of my biggest problems is night eating.  We are watching TV or doing something that is relaxing and all I want is popcorn, ice cream, candy, chips, etc.  Last night was no different.  This is how I now navigate it:

  • Don’t have the stuff in the house.
    • This is a big one.  I don’t have chips, ice cream, etc. in my house because I know what will happen.  I will eat them, all, in one sitting.  It’s a lot easier to not have it in the house because you have to make the effort to go out and get something.  I know for me, that when it means getting up, putting on shoes (and let’s be honest, a bra) and driving somewhere, I can usually talk myself out of it.  Now, if Jason wants to go, that’s a different story.
  • Track it before you Snack it.
    • If I desperately want something I look it up in the tracker and decide if it’s worth the points.  Now if I have no daily points left over, I weigh that in as well.  I don’t like just using Weekly Points or Activity points on unplanned things because that is a slippery slope to go down.  So if I have the points and I really want it, I’ll get it.
  • Are you Thirsty?
    • A lot of the time I am just thirsty and not hungry.  It’s hard to tell this since I am constantly craving sweets, but alas, most of the time a big glass of water does the trick.  Also, take a bit of a walk.  I went for a walk during work yesterday and it completely fixed my craving.  I just wanted to get up from my desk, not eat a candy bar.
  • Find humor In All things
    Weight loss humor~
  • Exercise is Important
    • You need to move.  I don’t care what you do.  You could do Yoga on a treadmill while punch a bag (I don’t suggest this, but you get the point) as long as you are moving.  Yes you can lose weight by just changing your eating habits, but exercise is good not only for the body, but the soul.  Sweating is therapy.  Being sore is working through things.  The elation afterward is your reward.  Do I like exercising?  When I’m done, I do.  I like the idea of running, but when I am running I hate life.
  • ….but eating is importanter
    • Yes I know that is not a word.  You can’t out-train a bad diet.  You can’t eat crap and then workout and expect to lose weight.  AT BEST you will maintain (Hello, I’m this person over the last year).  You have to do things in moderation.  If you don’t follow Weight Watchers, use your own program.  BUT FOLLOW IT.  this doesn’t mean you can’t indulge.  You just can indulge 100% of the time.

These are some of my “breakthroughs” over the past week – something that has been building over the past years of trying to lose weight, only now, I’m actually listening.

WW Trick #1: Prepare, Prepare, Prepare


One thing I have noticed a lot with my issues in losing weight is that I fail to plan.  With this new go around, I have begun pre-planning my weeks, just to know what’s up.

Yesterday I had planned my lunch meticulously, and then was invited out by a friend at work.  It was too good to pass up, so I looked at the menu, picked the least bad for you thing (Salad w/ Chicken) and tracked every bit.  I had worked out that morning, so it wasn’t too bad of a meal.

Last night we went to Flight Night at BadWolf Brewing Company, and shared a flight.  I have about 2 beers total, so I tracked.  I dipped into my weeklies by 5 P+, but it was worth the indulgence.

This is how things have to be.  I have to weigh what is more important.

  • Having numerous beers and feeling like crap in the morning vs. having a small amount of beer and having a slight headache but not feeling weighed down
  • Having a large piece of cake and shaming myself later vs. having a tiny piece of cake and staying in control
  • Beating myself up vs. Forgiving myself

I know these seem like a no-brainer, but there are so many times where I have simply chosen the bad route because it was easier.  I was searching for comfort and found it in food.

I need to find comfort in other things, like myself.  I need to learn to process emotions and feelings without stuffing my face with food.  Mainly because it never helps.  It makes me feel worse.

This song was something that I listened to on repeat because it actually made me feel better.  It made is seem like I wasn’t alone in my self hatred.  The heavier girl in the video is how I saw myself.  I would hide food, take an ice cream carton and go into the bathroom to eat it.  Buy numerous baked good from bake sales, and just chow down.  I always felt full afterwards, but sick.

I remember being about 7 years old and going to the Sizzler with my family, which is essentially a huge buffet (well it is a huge buffet) with really good food.  I loaded up my plate 3 times, and then had ice cream.  I felt so sick, and so horrible.  I couldn’t sleep that night because of the pain.

Or having to shop in the adult section of Caldor because the cute clothes of the juniors didn’t fit.  Wearing my dads pants to school because they did fit, and saying they were ‘vintage’ made the bigger size ok.

Having a friend of mine in the 3rd grade tell me that her mother said I should lose some weight.

These are the moments that stick out in my childhood.

I didn’t have a lot of friends, and those I did have pretty much were friends out of obligation of their parents.  I was socially awkward but outgoing – which is a horrible combo.

I never felt in control.

Now, with planning my food, and planning my weeks out, I feel in control.  I feel in control of what goes into my body, and the exercise I do.  I feel in control of my choices.

Preparing = being in control

 

Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 3


I will not be anywhere near these guys

 

Week 3/18:

  • Monday – Rest Day
  • Tuesday – 3.20 miles – 35’21” – 11’03” pace
  • Wednesday – 5.0 Miles – 53’39” – 10’44” pace
  • Thursday – 3.0 Miles – 33’18” – 11’06” pace
  • Friday – Rest Day
  • Saturday – 9.0 Miles – 1:44:47 – 11’39” pace
  • Sunday – Dog walk and rest

I actually followed the training plan to a T this week, even on the days I was supposed to run.  I didn’t modify the schedule at all and I call this a win.  Those 9 miles were hard, lots of walking, lots of stopping, lots of wondering why the hell I am doing this in the first place.

I’m eager to get my mileage up because I know that once I see this isn’t impossible, I’ll feel better about it.  This coming week, my mileage jumps a bit, which is totally fine.  I have to push myself at some point.

I was very surprised at myself on Saturday.  I got up at 5:45 and was out the door by 6:15.  6:15!  I hope that continues.  It will make this whole training thing easier.

Have a great Monday!

Tuesday Morning Run #RunHappy


I DID IT.  I got my butt out of bed at 5:20, fed the dogs, laced up my shoes and went out for 3-ish miles.

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Prepared.

I finally got to wear my reflective vest!  You know, because wearing one while running inside might make you feel cool, but not more visible than you already are.

I set out, at first nervous, then I felt good, then my legs sucked, then the heat was getting to me (It wasn’t actually hot, I just told myself it was) and then my evil thoughts crept in.  I need to learn to banish those.   I slowed quickly.  Most likely because I have been running, yet again, on the treadmill, and not breathing right, and being lazy, and tired.

BUT.

I found this…

Trash Treasure

Trash Treasure

It was SO cool.  I stopped to inspect (and of course take this picture) and then thought about what kind of crossfit workout that would be to carry this beast home while finishing my run.  Before I threw on my gloves, pounded my chest, and activated beast mode, I took a whiff of air through my nose.

Death.  It smelled like actual death.  It also, upon further and closer inspection, had a mysterious stain.  All of these reasons are most likely why it is on the curb for trash pick up.  But I wanted to make sure.

I resigned to only have a slightly parkour run, so I jumped on and off some curbs and hurdled some sprinklers to make myself feel better.

It was not the best run, it was def. not my fastest or most comfortable.  But, it was mine, and it was done prior to work and that, my friends, enemies, lovers, and family is all that matters.

The face of accomplishment

The face of accomplishment

Nothing spectacular planned for today, but work, and then a doctors appointment.  I plan on going home and sitting on my ass, because hey, I earned it this morning.  I just really hope in all my exhaustion that when I do get home I don’t immediately lace up and try to run again.

HAH.  Who am I kidding.  I’m not going to forget that this is done.  PLEASE.

#Runhappy

#Runhappy

My Workout Schedule Whilst Training for a Marathon


We are 128 days out, guys.  128.

My training officially starts on Monday, but I figured I would start getting in the groove now.

  • Sunday: Lifting
  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Run (normally, nothing special)
  • Wednesday: Run (about 2 miles more than Tuesday’s run and race pace… whatever that is)
  • Thursday Lifting
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Long Run

The lifting days will most likely be “The Firm” DVD series.  They have one called High Def Sculpt, which I love.  Actually, it’s the only DVD I’ve done, even though I have like 6 to choose from.

The running will be a mix of run/walk because I’m not kidding myself.

I am rarely prepared for races, or I am too prepared.  I either carry nothing with me – this is when water stations tend to not have water – or I carry everything with me, and then after 4 miles I’m like ‘GAH’.

Did I really think this get up was a good idea? Not pictured: Thermal shirt underneath blue shirt. It was like 40 degrees that day.

I am never mentally prepared for a race either.

what in God’s name have I done.

Don’t you like how I have a shuffle under my shirt, AND an armband for my phone.  That totally didn’t become annoying almost immediately.

I have this overwhelming fear of coming in dead last, but I never do – mostly because there are walkers – but I never do.

Annapolis Half Marathon

I do believe that running is mostly mental.  I am not saying if you are a positive person, you can simply go run a marathon, but it helps.  Mentally training yourself is just as important as physically training yourself.

I’ve added strength training because every time I talk to runners, they also strength train.

It can’t hurt, right?

  • What races are you doing this year?
  • What training plan do you use?
  • do you carry a lot of crap with you when you run?