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.

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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?

 

Running While Living On The Face of the Sun


I know Washington DC is not the hottest place on earth.  I get that.  I mean it’s not like this…

This person is not moving because their body has melted to the surface.

Death Valley, CA (HuffingtonPost.com) – Hottest Place On Earth – has reached 134 Degrees F.

Gross.

But, I am not one to live or like living in hot temperatures.  My people are from Europe.  Not the bustling party towns of Greece or Italy, where there is sun, but the quieter rainy countries of Ireland, Scotland, and England (May be not quieter, but it’s hard to talk when you’re drinking Whiskey to keep warm).

So when I see this….

Hell.

Hell.

All I can think about it jumping into our commercial freezer in the basement and dying that way.  I’d rather die cold I’ve decided.  You kind of just shut down and fall asleep.  Where as with fire and heat, you are awake.  YOU ARE AWAKE.

So the first thing I thought was – I’ll just bring extra water and wear my thinnest running garb and a hat.  I’ll be fine for 5 miles.

Then Jason said no.

So then I was like “I’ll run on the treadmill” and Jason smiled.

For those that don’t have a protective partner, or the free use of treadmill… here are some running tips from MyFitnessPal.com.

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Guys, this is so easy.

Of course, I think lists are always lacking, so here are my additions:

  1. Make friends with kids.  Kids have moms.  Moms go grocery shopping.  Kids get a Popsicle from their moms.  Thus, you will get a Popsicle.
  2. Force someone who doesn’t run to go with you.  You will surely do better than them, which will make even a jog around the block seem like victory.
  3. Just Sleep Instead.  Sleep is crucial to running and recovery.  Take the day off for a nap.  You deserved it for that run you did in January when it was about 7 degrees outside.
  4. Run in Your Underwear.  Seriously, who cares what you look like.  You are running!
  5. Sing Journey The Entire Time.  Seriously.  It might work.
  6. Shave Your Head.  I mean, you are dedicated to this, right?  Summer is long, your hair shouldn’t be.
  7. Leave coolers with beer along your route.  Nothing too dark or heavy.  A nice wheat beer should do the trick.
  8. Curse.  Loudly, and frequently.  Unless you are around your children friends.
  9. Run through sprinkler systems in people’s yards.  I’m sure they won’t care.
  10. Stop running and take up swimming instead.  Who wants to run anyways.

National Running Day


First Off… I ran outside yesterday in the heat.  It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t amazing either.  After saying that I would run this morning, and then promptly sleeping through it, I decided today would be indoors.

I’m doing 2 miles at lunch and 2 miles after work.

It’s National Running Day and there are a lot of specials going on… If you live in a city that does the Rock N’ Roll Marathon/Half Marathon race go to their website – you can save a lot of money today to sign up for next year’s races.

I, of course, signed up.

It was good.  I had to stop a bunch to catch my breath, cool off, not get dizzy, drink water. I think I need to just start running with a gallon of water.  Even 3 miles in this heat makes me thirsty like a, well thirsty person.

I covered the 3.1 miles and then lazily walked (dragged) myself back to the house where I almost went into shock after getting inside to the air conditioning.  I promptly guzzled more water and let the dogs out.  I sat for a good bit just trying to cool down and then decided on a cold shower.

It was spectacular.

What was not spectacular was this:

I’m the big dummy who didn’t put sunscreen on.  LUCKILY I had Burt’s Beeswax After Sun treatment that I slathered on immediately following my shower, and it seems it healed up most of it pretty quickly.  I don’t really tan after a sunburn so much as the section of burnt skin just kind of becomes discolored. Kind of gross.

Anyways… Yesterday was my first day COMPLETELY 100% BACK ON PLAN.

I tracked everything and I mean everything.  I was down 2.4 pounds this morning from yesterday – which leads me to believe that I am retaining water like whoa.  But I also think it’s because crap food gets stuck in your system (if you catch my drift) and causes many things like weight gain, bloat, gas, indigestion, and annoyance.

It was liberating to run in a tank top.  I know that doesn’t seem like much to people, but it really is to me.  now once my legs don’t clap together when I’m running, I’ll be sure to add shorts to this equation.

Today’s Plan:

  • B: 2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, (1 slice of banana bread… whoops) Iced coffee with Milk
  • L: BIG SALAD with tons of veggies and chicken, FF dressing, Yogurt, apple, baby carrots, diet coke
  • D: ANOTHER BIG SALAD with grilled chicken, feta, and bacon
  • After Dinner Drinks with cohorts from my program at school

It’s gonna be a good day people

Props Where Props Are Due


I had another great day yesterday.  I tracked everything, I worked out a lot, and I went to bed without folding and getting a snack.  I need to up my water though, because that is still a hard task.  Which is odd.  I used to be able to guzzle down like 200 oz no problem.  Gotta get back in that habit.

The red circles are exercise

The red circles are exercise

That was yesterday’s read out from FitBit.  I love this little gadget.  I really do.  It makes me feel awesome to see the steps and the calories burned (that’s overall even while I’m sitting, so don’t get too excited) and how many miles I’ve traveled.  It will be awesome to see the read out after the marathon. :-)

Grades were finally posted to PatriotWeb for this semester, and while I knew I had received A’s in both classes, I wanted to be sure.

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And now I am.

Go Me.

Today’s Plan (Which is tracked already!)

  • B: 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, iced coffee w/ fat free half and half
  • S: Banana
  • L: Turkey Salami and Cheddar wrap, pop corners, apple, yogurt, snapple
  • S: water
  • D: Baked chicken and a baked potato cooked with EVOO
  • Activity: I’m supposed to run 3.1 miles.  I am going to attempt to make myself do this outside.  Please send me messages at like 3:30 pm EST and tell me to run outside.  (Twitter or Facebook will do)

I can’t believe a week from today I will be traveling to Italy with Jason.  It’s so weird, so surreal, and so abrupt.  We planned this and booked it like 6 weeks ago – and I ignorantly was like “I can totally lose 30 pounds by then” – HAH.  I’m aiming to look better by my birthday.

Last thought:

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Unless you have been living under a rock the past few days, you know who this gorgeous woman is.  Her name is Brooke and she has become famous overnight for standing up to Shape Magazine for their ill treatment of her story.  After losing 172 pounds, this woman should be celebrated, not told to cover up.

Read more about her at one of the many outlets that have picked up her story:

Goodbye April/May Goals


This month has not been kind.  I have made some pretty poor choices and they kicked me in the butt.  I am attempting to make May the exact opposite and work towards a better me.  I think that the trip to Italy in a few weeks will aide in this, or it will make it worse if I come back 20 pounds heavier (That’s not the goal).

I felt pretty good about myself this week so far (well Monday and Tuesday at least).  I did Yoga Inferno via Jillian Michaels on Monday and my abs are still screaming.  Well, my abs that are underneath my pooch and stomach flab, they are screaming.  The fat is just like “I look weird when you do planks”.

30 Days of Weight Loss Humor, Day 6 - "DEATH to CARBS!"

Yesterday I ran on the dreadmill and managed to eek out 3 miles.  I figured that after not running for a week I’d be fresh and good to go – hah.  That never happens.

I’m still bummed about the Nike Half Marathon.  Like really bummed.  If I think about it long enough I actually tear up a bit.  I hate that my stupidity made that happen.

But on to the good things this month:

  • I am blessed with a great group at school for our final project.  It has gone swimmingly.
  • The big milestone meeting at work went well – in my mind – and everyone seemed to exit the room at least with a hint that we are on the right track.  Plus my slides were almost perfect.  No complaints from management for the most part.
  • I hung out with a friend from work (Forcing friendship!) in order to break out of my constant shell of just watching Netflix (although, there is nothing wrong with that).
  • I ran a 10 miler on the 6th that although wasn’t my best time, was a great route and I had so much fun.
  • I’m finishing up 1 of 2 classes today for my masters – and my last in class session for this program.  It’s scary to think that I will have a higher education degree soon.  The idea of a PhD is getting closer and closer.
  • We found and decided on getting another dog who will be coming home this weekend!  I’ll post pictures!

I am attempting to focus on the positive, and while that will be an interesting change of pace… I think it’s doable.

May Goals

  • Exercise in some way shape or form 5 days a week (Italy time will consist of walking everywhere… so that shouldn’t be hard.  Debating on buying a fitbit to measure all that)
  • Be more aware of what I am eating and make better choices (it’s hard to measure this, yes, but I think just staying within my points will be sufficient)
  • Lose Weight (Not a particular number, but I will weigh myself tomorrow, and will aim to be less than that come May 31)
  • Be more positive at work (Hah.  I think my coworkers will think I am on drugs, but oh well)
  • Run the Mother’s Day 4-Miler and may be not PR but do your best.

Defeating the Scale Tuesday – Week 7


  • Starting Weight: 190.8 pounds
  • Current Weight: 193.0
  • Week Difference: +1.6
  • Total Difference: +2.0
  • Emotion: Over it

I just, I can’t.  I can’t keep doing this.  I can’t keep letting myself down.  It has no explanation or excuse except I didn’t do it.  This isn’t because my body holds on to weight, or that I am bloated, or that it’s muscle over fat.

It’s that I just didn’t do it.

The scale number has come and gone, and I am just irking up closer to my weight when I started this whole thing 6 years ago.

I never really cared enough in high school to try and lose weight.  I figured that it wouldn’t happen because I wasn’t born that way, I wasn’t athletic, and well sitting in a parking lot eating taco bell and doing other destructive things to my body isn’t conducive to weight loss.

So what’s the plan?

I don’t have one.

The Before and After Weight loss Photos or Pictures by xyngitoff weight loss by vi vi90daychallengeI have no excuse.  “I can’t do it” is not true.  I can, and have before.  I am 20 pounds (TWENTY) pounds heavier than my lowest adult weight.  That was May 25, 2012.

I look back at that and think “GOD I WAS SO FAT”.

It’s depressing.

June 2012 – Not fat

I can’t fit into those pants now.  That shirt barely stays down because my stomach makes it roll up.

I would never wear something sleeveless now.

March 2012 – Not fat

April 2014 – May be not fat, but sure as heck not happy, not where I want to be

I think it’s a weird balance to strike.  I think that we will always seek improvement of ourselves, which is fine, but there needs to be a point of contentment or at least acceptance.

It’s no shocker that I am in therapy, and something she said last night was a real ‘A-ha’ moment, that I have to say people have told me before, but not as bluntly.

“You think you are the Queen of F***** Up.  Well I have news for you.  I’ve seen A LOT worse.  You aren’t even in the top 50%.  In comparison, you are not even bad.  You just think you are because you do nothing but compare yourself.  You compare yourself to the coworkers you have, the woman you see on the street, Kate Middleton, etc.  But what you don’t realize is NONE OF THEM are 100% happy.  If they say they are 100% happy with themselves and every aspect of their lives all the time, they are lying.  We all have insecurities, and we all have low points.  So yes, you might have more than some people, but you are still here.  You can change, but first you need to stop feeling so sorry for yourself and grow a pair.”

Harsh? May be.  What I needed?  I think so.

So on to another week.

 

 

Race Recap: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler


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Oh 4:30 am came quickly on Sunday.  We got up got ready and left for the Metro.  I don’t know what I did to deserve such an awesome man who will willingly wake up early for me so I can go run random distances.

We show up at the start area with a good amount of time so I head to the port-o potties and wait fro 20 minutes to use the most disgusting bathroom ever.  I’ve been in many a port-o potty before but this was horrid.

I walked over to my corral (green) and lined up inside.  Kissed Jason goodbye and then lost him in the crowd.  Once the race began I felt pretty good.  I ran through the first 5 miles with ease ( 15 st wrapping around the traffic circle at 23rd and crossing the memorial bridge.  We wrapped around the traffic circle at the memorial bride and headed down Rock Creek Parkway before turning around at F street and looping back down Ohio Drive before jumping back and then crossing Independence avenue.)

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I lost my speed and endurance at this point so I slowed and walked a lot.  We headed down East Basin Drive picking up Ohio Drive again to go allllll the way down through Haines Point (West Potomac Park) and then wrapping back around.  We hit of East Basin Drive again before running up Raoul Wallenberg road to the finish.

While the course wasn’t very hilly, because of my lack of outdoor runs it felt long.  I felt weak.  I know that before the Nike Women’s Half at the end of the month, I need to get my butt in gear.

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Great medal, nice course, kind of want to do it again next year.

Place Name Bib Age Div Place Gender Place 5 Mile Split 10k Split Clock Time Net Time Pace Hometown
14887 BETHANY BURROUGHS 17254 29 2256 8317 56:08 1:09:46 2:15:22 1:54:29 11:26.8 MANASSAS, VA

 

Learning From Mistakes


“Failure is not something that you are, it’s something that you do.”  - I can’t remember who wrote this and google isn’t helping.

What a concept.  What a truth.

I am not a failure for my mistakes.  I have failed in the past.  The point is, what I learned from it.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

I do this too.

So I fail at things and I am insane.

I can work with that.

Step 1 – What’s not Working?

I can’t have ice cream, chips, crackers, cookies, 100 calorie packs, etc in the house without overeating, and overeating hard.  Except every week at the grocery store, these items make it into my cart.  WHY?  because I am a glutton for punishment?  Because I don’t actually want to lose weight?  because I don’t have control?

That is all B.S.

I do have control.  I am a strong person who doesn’t need that cupcake, that milkshake, that frap from starbucks, the box of cereal, the 1/2 gallon of ice cream, or that 4th beer.

Okay sometimes I need the 4th beer.

I can’t keep eating the way I’ve been eating and expect things to change.

Step 2 – Removing the Problems

It’s easy to say “I won’t buy that stuff” but when I am at work with a cafe downstairs, a candy jar on my bosses desk, and people constantly bringing in delicious homemade items, it’s hard to stay accountable.

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So how do I do this?  Plan plan plan.  Bring snacks with me to work that are healthy – fruit, veggies, protein bars, chug water, lots of water.  STAY OUT OF THE WORK KITCHEN.  I don’t even put my lunch there, so why am I constantly venturing back there?  IN HOPE SOMEONE HAS DROPPED FOOD.

I’m like a dog really.

Step 3- You will slip up, so don’t beat yourself up

When I do slip up, which will happen, I can’t beat myself up about it, and I sure as heck can’t throw in the towel and say “I’ll start again tomorrow” I’m starting now.  Today I pack my breakfast, snacks, and lunch all up for me to bring to work.  I have confidently walked past the candy jar 3 times and not even looked at it (Okay I looked once).

I saw the scary number on the scale, and I thought that would shove me in the right direction, but instead I just got comfortable with it.  I got used to seeing the number on the scale and stopped letting it bother me.  Instead I would just blame myself and state that I am too weak to lose weight, and it will never happen.

That needs to stop.  Yes, it’s my fault, but those bad decisions don’t define me.  I need to grow up.

Step 4 – Stop Chasing My Tail

I just run.  All I do is run.  All I do is run and run and run.  At first I was like “BOOM LOSING WEIGHT!” then I was like “Man I am hungry ALL THE TIME.”  Then I was like “Oh I can eat whatever the heck I want because I ran X miles today!  BRING ON THE SHEET CAKE!”

Oh that doesn’t work, does it?

So I was running like a crazy person, eating like a crazy person, and then running more to burn off the food, which would then make me eat more.

Hello Plateau.

I pretty much went between the same 5 pounds for the past 6 months.  Well how am I going to fix this?  I’m running 3 races in the next 6 weeks, and running a bunch in the fall – INCLUDING A MARATHON.

easy peasy.  I’m adding in other workouts.  I’ve started my DVD collection again.  Dusted off some Bob Harper, some Jillian Michaels, some Firm DVDs, and I am getting to it.  I plan one rotating them so I don’t get bored or too used to one over the other.  I have the Biggest Loser Bootcamp which I talked about before (that kicked my butt).  I have the Firm Strength Training DVD (which always kicks my butt).  I also just got Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fast Fix – while I know it will not be a fast transition from flab to fab, I like the motivation it gives.

Step 5 – Rinse and Repeat

I will have good days, and bad days.  Heck, I might have GREAT days.  I might also have HORRIBLE days.  That is life.  So instead of dwelling on the horrible days, and the problems, I’ll hold on to the good days.  I’ll use those as motivation.  I’ll keep going with those.

 

Today:

B: 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, coffee, and a banana

S: Orange

L: Wrap with turkey, provolone, onion and grain mustard; yogurt; diced pears; carrots

S: Quest Nutrition Bar

D: Where ever I go it will be a salad with protein

Activity: 4 mile run & 20 push ups