Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back on track (again)

Hey peeps! How are you all? I'm doing well! After a crazy few weeks spent celebrating my birthday - with numerous dinners out and a surprise party my amazing hubby threw for me, food is finally back on track. This week is TOM, so I'm bloated & squishy anyways, so I'm going to take measurements & weight either the end of this week or Friday of next week, just to allow things to settle down and get myself a true starting point.

I'm cooking more at home again which has been really awesome. Tonight for dinner, I'm making a homemade veggie lasagna with zucchini & mushrooms (and only 300 cals a serving!!!) I'm gonna make 2 pans of it - one to serve for dinner tonight (we have friends coming over too) and the other I'll split up for lunches at work for the rest of the week! Planning ahead has its perks!

Anyways, this week also began my serious Hilly-Get-Your-Ass-Back-In-Shape plan. The Dirty Dash is less than a month away. Last month, I tweaked my ankle in Zumba & my Achilles tendon on my left ankle hasn't been the same since - thus it slowed down my training. Well this week, I started my no excuses plan. I'm ready to feel strong again, but I'm not going to push myself to cause further injury. I'm not going to use my ankle as an excuse not to go running anymore...however, I am using it as a *reason* to slow down and take things slowly. I can't afford to wreck my body, and I definitely don't want to either :-)

Yesterday, on my lunch break at work - a coworker & I rocked out the "Legs" workout with the kettlebells. It was SO hot in the gym, but it was definitely a nice workout (and I'm feeling some nice DOMS in my legs, glutes & shoulders today from it) After work, I had Zumba class, which was really nice as well. I had lots of built up energy and I definitely let it out in class.

Today was a running day. I tried to push the speeds in the 3rd interval - and was comfortably running at 6 MPH, but by the 4th interval my tummy was wonky (still have traces of a stomach bug from a few days ago) and my ankle wasn't feeling so hot, so I had to keep the last interval at 5 MPH. Either way, the workout was done and I'm happy about that! I'm thinking I need to start wrapping my ankle for running & Zumba classes, just for some added stability. There are a few tendons you really don't want to f*ck up, and at the top of the list is the Achilles tendon....if I don't take care of this now, my legs won't be the same if I hurt this more. So for now, easy fun runs and lots of kettlebells! Woot!

Warm Up
Run for 3 minutes at 5.0 MPH
Walk for 90 Seconds at 3.5 MPH
Run for 5 minutes at 5.0 MPH
Walk for 2.5 minutes at 3.5 MPH
Run for 3 minutes starting at 5.0 MPH and gradually getting to 6.0 MPH
Walk for 90 Seconds
Run for 5 minutes at 5.0 MPH
Cool Down

Total Distance Ran: 1.82 Miles
Total Workout Time: 24 minutes

All in all, things are going well. I need to slowly get everything back on track and things will be good. I'm still reading like crazy, which is helping me stay sane. I've been in a steampunk mood, so most of my books have been revolving around that - and I'm loving it! I just finished one about steampunk pirates on airships! How fun is that?!?!

As far as races go, I have the Dirty Dash coming up soon - which will be fun. With my ankle, I'll run what I can and walk what I can't run - either way, I'll finish and it will be super fun - I'm not running it for time, just the experience. I have a friend doing a 20K walk in October and I might do that with her. That will require less training than trying to do a running race and it would be nice to do that with her. The entry for it is $49 - which isn't too bad. I'll have to talk to the hubby and see if he wants to do the run.

Anyways, enough rambling for me! Hope you all have a great day!!

Miles Ran Towards A Better Me in 2012: 17.72 Miles
Total Amount of Joy I've Found From My Running Shoes: Priceless!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Heyyyyyyy! Good to hear from ya! I can't quite figure out exactly what Whole30 is, except that it started as a Whole9, focusing on different areas of lifestyle. It's diet, exercise, sleep, stress... and five others that I can't remember.

    Yeah, it's a Paleo thing, but a lot of the ideas can go for someone who isn't Paleo, either. I've really settled into the diet, so my challenge is going to be eliminating preservatives and the occasional added sugar. I'll eat salsa that still has a touch of added sugar or my husband's all-natural ketchup that still has "dehydrated organic cane juice" in it or I'll forgive the jar of cage-free mayo that still uses canola oil and organic honey.

    All that stuff is no-go with the Whole30, and the reason it's called Whole30 is because if you mess up one day, you end up back at the beginning. That's gonna make it tough when I go out-of-town in two weeks, but at the same time, it's an audition again, and I want to be in as good of shape as possible!

    So yeah, the eliminating grains and whatnot wouldn't apply to someone who does a lot of vegetarian, but so much of it is good advice.

    Okay, now that I've said that, on to your blog! Good job listening to your body: I've found that if I make my long runs slower, I enjoy them more. Then I have the energy to make my sprints harder and don't feel burned out.

    Oh, and jealous on the kettlebells. Whenever someone says "Kettlebells" I light up like a kid in a candy store. Yes, please!