Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I've been so bad (and yet so good!)

Soo I'm behind in posting....but don't worry, the posts will be coming! However, I have been pretty good, and I made a major milestone today. It's the end of the month, and that means September's fitness challenge is over. DF forfeited the run (he has torn a ligament in his foot). I proceeded on the run anyways and guess what??

9:59

I ran a mile in less then 10 minutes (just barely :) )

Saturday, September 26, 2009

It's about time for a long run

Today I met up with HoustonFit for the first time in, oh, forever.

They were scheduled to run 10 miles, which I figured might be a little much for the first time back. However, the route conveniently ran right by my house, so If needed home was a short walk away. I met up with the slowest group of runners (14:45 min/mile goal time), which was actually really good because the full fall marathon group just doesn't HAVE a slow group. So I'm always the back of the pack, and usually by myself half way through the run.

I didn't do the 10 miles, obviously, but I did do 7. I did walk more towards the end, but mostly I kept up with the 5/1 or 11/1 strategy. It was a good run. It was hilly (T.C. Jester's green belt) so my butt was feeling it by the end because I always made a point to speed up over the hills.

Next week, HoustonFit is doing 12. It's interesting looking at the training schedule, because the Fall group is not training for just one marathon...it's New York, Chicago, San Antonio, Koala Half here in Houston, etc. So really there are several "peaks" in the training program. I dont think I'm going to do 12. I think I'm going to do this:

Oct 3 - 10 (HF does 12)
Oct 10 - 8
Oct 17 - 12 (HF does 6)
Oct 24 - 10 (HF does Koala Half)
Oct 31 - 9
Nov 7 - 6

It feels weird to think about tapering already. At least I have learned from this experience that a lot (A LOT) of training is mental. I may not be physically there, but if I keep it mental I can make it.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Very short gym trip

I certainly allow my mind to wander a lot when I run, but on this particular trip to the gym, my mind was wandering too much.I was so focused on a wedding related issue we've been having that I wasn't enjoying my run, so I kept it short and sweet.

5 minute walk T 3.5 mph

500 m run at 4.5
500 m run at 5
500 m walk at 3.5
500 m run at 5.5
500 m walk at 3.5

Then I did some small abs work: the plank and the superman.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Late night gym

DF and I headed out to the gym tonight, way later then normal (like 8:30). Instead of running we got on the stationary bikes, and I biked 5.91 miles in 30 minutes. I thought it was cool till I saw DF had done 13 or so.

Blah....

But over to the stretching area were I did 10 pendulums and then held the bridge for 60 seconds, all done 3 times. Pretty good. I like the bridge, it has a different kind of burn feel associated with it.

We've added a "negatives" category to our challenge. We're avoiding sweets! Today is day 5 of no sugar (other then in my hot tea, because I don't want to use imitation stuff that may or may not have harmful side effects).

I've also really been working hard on my fruit, veggies, and water intake. I've switched to fruit for breakfast and salads (albeit meaty salads) for lunch. As a result, I'm down 3 pounds this week! I know most of it is water weight, but its always nice to see the scale go down.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I'm back!

Yay, we made it to the gym tonight!

I was on the treadmill for 35 minutes:

5 minutes walking at 3.5 mph
7 minutes running at 5 mph
6 minutes walking at 3.5 mph
5 minutes running at 5 mph
5 minutes walking at 3.5 mph
4 minutes running at 5 mph
1 minutes running at 6 mph
4 minutes walking at 3.5 mph

Then I went over and did some core work. DF and I tossed a medicine ball around, swinging it from side to side to work our obliques. I did 10 situps, followed by a minute (damn!) of the bridge, repeated 3 times.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hola!

Just a quick post to say we're back from Costa Rica...

2 things:

1) I'm sick.... :( stuffy nose, sore throat, clogged sinuses. It's inevitable after flying.

2) and most importantly, BF is now...DF. I guess that would be blogger lingo for Dear Fiance. So excuse me while we celebrate...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

End to July/August Fitness Challenge

Sit ups in 1 minute
Amy 22 27 22.73%
BF 56 58 3.57%
Running one mile, in minutes
Amy 11.08 10.63 -4.06%
BF 7.7 6.3 -18.18%
Push ups in 1 minute
Amy 22 31 40.91%
BF 30 38 26.67%

Fruits: Amy - 2.06 BF - 2.00
Veggies: Amy - 1.72 BF - 1.31
Water: Amy - 52.72 BF - 50.49

As I said, BF won the weight challenge (not showing you the stats on that!). So I won the fruits, veggies, water, sit ups, and push ups. Woot!

It will be interesting to see how much better we do when we actually work hard (i.e. are injury free).

P.S. my toe was fine during the run (I had it bandaged, which was a bit annoying). However, I stubbed it while working outside tonight.

Race plans

Ok, so here's some updates:

San Antonio: Dropping back to do the half. That means I have NO marathons scheduled.

Hill Billie Relay: Canceled for 2009.

BF and I have gotten a membership at Crew Gym, so we're going tonight to finish our July/August fitness challenge. I won all three food challenges, and BF won the weight challenge (I didn't lose any) so I just have to win one exercise challenge to win, and I think it will be the mile run, assuming my toe holds up.