12 July 2008

She did it again

I went out for 1 hour. Walked the first 30 minutes then did intervals on the return, run for 1 minute walk for 2. It was fabulous. I went a little further out today, in the same amount of time, and ran a little harder on the intervals. It felt great!! Yesterday I went 3.5 miles in 54 minutes. Today I went 3.6 miles in 53 minutes. Woo Hoo!!!

A couple of things I've learned/realized/decided/whatever:
- I've been running wrong lately. Just running for 1 minute I just run. But when I've been heading out for a run I've been holding myself back and therefore not running right. I realize this probably makes no sense, but it does to me. My stride has been screwy, that's the best way to put it.

-Tinman is out. I've contacted them and they may let me transfer registration to next year, but I'm not going to kill myself when I just don't feel up to it.

- So, marathon training begins. I am spending a couple of weeks building up my running and then it's right into the plan. I have 2 marathons 6 weeks apart, I better get ready. After that I can relax and maybe look for some Outer Banks rentals ;)

- Though running will be my main focus I will still be swimming and biking. I'll probably do the Na Wahine Sprint in September.

- I'm adding strength training back into the mix. Probably do them in the morning before swimming, we'll see.

- The quickest way to get me to want to run is to make me walk. Walking is boring!!!

Okay, now it's off to weigh-in. I had a pretty fantastic week, so we'll see if it's reflected on the scale.

11 July 2008

The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step

and I managed to finally make that step this morning. For the last few days the desire to get out there and run has been with me, but not actually great enough to make me do it :) Last night as I was dropping exhausted into bed I thought to myself that I don't like this feeling. This feeling of utter exhaustion and zero energy. Now I know that yesterday it was due to Wednesday night dinner, I was out waaaaaayyyyyy past my bedtime. But in the evenings I have no desire to do anything but lay on the couch and watch TV. Been there, done that and know where it leads. Not a path I want to go down again. So as I'm falling asleep last night I'm telling myself I will get up and run in the morning. Then this morning, about 10 minutes before the alarm went off, I woke up. I haven't done that in almost 2 weeks. So when the alarm did go off I immediately got up, no time for thinking!! I went about the normal morning routine, got the coffee made, got the birdies fed, got my running clothes on...... and headed out. I really wanted to run but I also knew I was going out for an hour. I figured trying to run an hour right off might not be the smartest thing ever, so I walked. Fast.... and I walked....fast..... and I walked..... and I got bored. At the half way point I was bored and starting to get tired so I decided to do intervals on the way back. I would run for 1 minute and walk for 2. I did that all the way home. I was out for 54 minutes and went 3.5 miles. I feel awesome! It's weird, even my skin was starting to feel different from not working out. Maybe workouts are a natural acne treatment, who knows?? Anyway, that is all.......

10 July 2008

Family and Fun

Well, it's been a busy couple of days. I'm trying to get back into action (not having too much luck) and life is keeping me hopping.

First, the new girl started at work. She is great and I think will work out just fine, but training someone really takes time. She's at the point where she can't really do anything on her own and so I have to stop what I'm doing and tell her and then go back to what I'm doing, very disruptive. But she's doing fantastic and that's the important part. This is the first real, solid action in our moving out of here. This kind of drives it home, we are leaving Hawaii.

Secondly, Hubby's family is in Hawaii!!! Without going into gory detail, there was a little apprehension on my part on seeing them. There was some minor bad blood a few years back and it was kind of never resolved. I was really afraid it would rear it's ugly head. But it didn't and it turned out to be so wonderful to see them. We had a great time. Getting older does have it's up side I guess. You realize grudges aren't worth it. So that was fun, we had a total blast and I wish we could have spent some more time with them. But, with moving back to the mainland we'll get to see them more.

I was really proud of myself at dinner last night. I had one drink, a mojito, one spring roll, one piece of sushi, and for dinner a half order of salmon. It was good and I was pleased with my choices. I figure the entire dinner was only 13 points. Sweet!! Turns out I didn't even need any Phentermine no prescription or anything. Cool!!!

Well, another morning without working out. I'm not even going to try starting until Saturday. Then we'll see what happens. I'm not going to push it but I'm definitely starting to feel ready again. Yay!!!

Well, I need to get ready for work. I have to be there before the new girl - bleeh!!!

08 July 2008

It's getting better all the time.......

I think I had burned myself out. Other than tired, I have felt great. I have just wanted to feel great while in a prone position. I'm also thinking it might have been a little stress. There are some things going on that I'm letting get to me. Yesterday I worked on taking care of what I could and just letting the rest go. If I can't do anything about it why do I worry???

Last night when I came home I actually felt like running. I didn't because I got involved in other things but that was a huge improvement. I put my running shoes out in case I wanted to run this morning. When I woke up I thought about it but I just couldn't push myself out of bed. That's okay. Now that I'm thinking about it, action will soon follow. I'm sure in no time I'll be over this.

The real problem is that Tinman is in 11 days and I have absolutely no desire to do it. The thought of it just makes me want to crawl in bed and pull the covers over my head. I'm not sure what to do about this. I don't want to force myself - hello, more stress!! So at this point I've kind of mentally written it off. If, in the next few days, my feelings change, I'm pretty ready to do it. But I'm not going to force myself if I really don't want to do it. That's just stupid. Oh well, whatever happens will happen, I'm not going to stress over it.

I will have to start marathon training soon. I'm actually looking forward to just running. I've been slacking on my running and I'm looking forward to really putting a good effort into it. I need some new running shoes. Of course, I need a vacation too. Maybe I could find some Hilton Head rentals :)

Well, I should go get something done.

07 July 2008

Moving on....

So I'm still pretty tired but I'm moving on. I didn't workout this morning, but I probably will do some belly dancing tonight :) Or maybe some yoga. I did some belly dancing yesterday and I learned that my hips and low back are tight. To be good at belly dancing your hips have to be on ball bearings. Mine are on iron posts :) But it's fun and I'll do it again. Interesting, this morning I can feel it in my calves. I never would have thought of that but I guess all that raising up on the toes really works the calves. Cool.

Other than that I don't have much to say. I've got to get my butt to work, lots to do in a day. The new girl starts tomorrow and I'm very excited about that. It's one of the first steps in the leaving process.

I'm hoping I don't get completely exhausted today. I couldn't believe how tired I was yesterday and then last night I was wiped out by 8 pm. Hopefully today will be better. I wish you could get an energy upgrade like you get a memory upgrade for your computer. Of course, a memory upgrade for me wouldn't be so bad either ;)

06 July 2008

Something a little different

So I've totally lost all motivation. I have none. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. You get the idea. When I got up this morning I kind of half thought maybe I would just go for a walk. Just move. I know if I can start moving I can get my mojo back, it's the starting that's the hardest part. But my walk never materialized. I just couldn't do it.

I woke up just bone tired. After showering I was ready for a nap. This happens every once in a while and I find the best way to handle it is to just go with. I laid down on the couch. I dozed in and out for probably 3 hours. I would get up to get water and still feel exhausted. So I just went with it. It was Sunday, nothing was going on, I just was a lazy bum all morning. But, something good did come out of this. Since I was laying on the couch I was watching TV. I stumbled across a show on FitTV about a woman who wanted to lose weight and become a runner. I ended up watching it and it started the mind working. Sometimes hearing someone else's story can really inspire me. Also, FitTV has this commercial about exercise boredom. When I heard that a light bulb went on over my head. I do believe that is what's happening to me. I'm bored. I didn't see any commercials for equestrian clothing though. Wonder why??

So in looking through FitTV's schedule I notice they have some yoga programs and some belly dancing. I spent this afternoon doing belly dancing. Do you know how hard that is??? I've scheduled to record some yoga and some more belly dancing. I've pretty well given up watching TV since there's nothing on. So in the evening, after all the birdies are in bed and the dishes are done, I'm going to do some yoga or some belly dancing. That will be a good way to get some extra exercise in and it will be fun. I'm also going to add strength training back in to the mix. I'll still be running, biking, and swimming but I think this will add some variety and fun back into my workouts.

Also, today, in spite of my lethargy, I have eaten like I do during the week. On the weekends my eating goes to hell. I don't eat often enough, I don't always eat the right stuff, I don't drink enough water, etc. I thought this might be part of my problem so I've eaten well all day and I do feel better. Don't know if it's the good food or the lethargy passing - which it does.

Okay, that's it. All this typing makes me want to take a nap :)

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