Archive | February, 2013

Day 56: The walking workout

28 Feb

Have you noticed it’s been a few days?! Yup, me too. After a minor skin surgery on Monday that required stitches, I was on strict doctor’s orders to cease ALL exercise for a about 3 days.  Don’t worry, it’s nothing serious, I’m fine!  When I asked the doctor when I could work out, she asked, “well, what do you do?”.  She started at me when I responded with, “Everything”. Since the stitches are on my back, I really can’t do any upper body stuff for a few weeks.  When a co-worker mentioned she was going for a walk at lunch, I jumped on board!  “Burger” and I had a nice long power walk around NU, a bit of Longwood, and the Fens. And yes, I literally worked up a sweat. So much so that I swung into Dunkin’s for an iced coffee on the way back to the office. Yes, and iced coffee.  If google maps is correct, we hauled a good 3.4 miles during our lunch break. Not too shabby…

Day 54-55: Just run. #weatherproof

24 Feb

Happy Monday! If you’re been following along the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the half-marathon I signed up for…the Hyannis half-marathon.  Needless to say I survived, and surprisingly achieved a more personal goal.  Before I get to that, I’m going to set the stage.  Leading up to this weekend, I was less than enthused about this race. Why? Mainly because I didn’t feel that I was well-prepared.  I hadn’t made running a priority due to school, work, traveling, and being sick.  I had anxiety over my lack of preparedness, so much so that I actually thought I wouldn’t finish.  Despite supportive words of encouragement, I had all sorts of negative thoughts that I couldn’t shake.  I knew my body could handle the race, but for some reason, I couldn’t get my mind there.

So, race weekend arrives and the weather is looking downright miserable. There was a sliver of me that hoped they’d cancel the race.  (Those negative thoughts are so annoying!)  Since my friend, “the man in tights”, was running the race as well, I was invited to stay with him  and his family at their Cape house the night before. As I made my way down on Saturday afternoon, I was still swirling with thoughts of anxiety over this race.  (I’m an over thinker, if you haven’t noticed.)  A great pasta and meatball dinner was prepared.  With a glass of wine and a lively dinner crowd, I started to lose the anxiety of the race and just embrace the fact that I’m going to do it.  My hearty dinner was followed by a monstrosity of a dessert – angel food cake, whipped creme and fruit.  Someone generously decorated my dessert….

day 55

There is a huge hunk of angel food cake underneath!

This was “doctored” up for me and I graciously accepted it after being told it will make me run faster! As if I need an excuse to wolf down something like this.

When I woke up on Sunday, I could hear the rain coming down and when I looked out the window my only thought was, “well, this ought to be a blast.”  We layered up and hit the race, in the cold and steady rain.  As I stood at the start line, I absorbed some of the race energy flying around me and started squashing all of the self-doubt I’d been having for weeks.  And then I ran. I just put one foot in front of the other. The first five miles were spent running with a friend and as we caught up with one another, I didn’t even realize how far we had gone. Score!  She took off, and after a quick sip of water, I ventured on – just me and the pavement.  I was in my head, but in a good way this time.  I felt good, I felt strong, and I did a mental 360.  I was totally in it and competing with myself.  I didn’t realize how MUCH I needed this race to set me straight. As I ran I started to feel my competitive confidence, and re-recognized my love for running. I was out there in the cold and rain and enjoying it. I was enjoying the fact that I was accomplishing something that I had little confidence in.  It was my competitive mindset that came into play and sometimes we just need a reminder that the road in front of us is never more than we can handle.  I needed this race for me, to prove to myself that I could do it.  I was physically strong enough to run it, and it was only my mind telling me otherwise.  Lesson: change your mindset, and you can do anything. Anything.

So, I ran the race. I sprinted through the finish, and I was more than shocked when I looked at the clock as I ran through. My only goal was to finish this thing, hopefully with a smile on my face.  I later found out that I set a PR!  No one was more shocked than me, especially since the last time I ran this I was training for Boston.  I felt good to finish, but felt awesome with a PR. My psyche is now back in order 🙂

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Sometimes my running looks like walking…

All in all, this was a great weekend. I wouldn’t change any of it, not even the weather. I needed that for the mental challenge.  I’m pretty sure that massive dessert contributed to a great race!  I won’t even tell you what I ate after the race….

Day 53: Want to burn 6,531 calories?

22 Feb

day 53

SPIN!   I can’t say this is a scientific study presenting these results as I can’t trace back the origin of the data. I did find it on Pinterest, so does that count for validity?!  After a day-long professional development workshop, I opted for a spin class – mostly because it’s making feel pretty centered mentally and allows me to push myself as much as I want. My legs are a bit sore from my workouts this week and I have that half marathon on Sunday, so I figured a spin class today would help losen the legs without the impact.  Done and done! And then I wolfed down a burrito in about 3 minutes.  Super classy.

 

Day 52: I don’t wanna work out…or do I?!

21 Feb

In one’s week time, I feel like I’ve gone to complete mush.  My body and mind are slow going when it comes to the whole “exercise and go to the gym” situation.  I’m easing back into the intensity and noticed I couldn’t push it as hard today. Lest, I tried.  Today I needed a workout that was quick moving and ever changing so I wouldn’t get bored.  I did the super sweaty tabata workout again, which is perfect for a day like this. Even though every single thing felt extremely hard, I just did the best I could.  Then, I made sure to stretch at the end. I may or may not have rested my eyes at this point. Stretching is my favorite.

Day 51: Oh, so I should run?

20 Feb

I have this half marathon this weekend, soooooooo, I thought I should try and do some running.  With being sick and constant weekend travels, my long runs have been pretty limited.   I jumped on the treadmill at lunch time and told myself I’d just run an hour.  Three steps into it I knew that wouldn’t happen. I tried everything…music, visualization, louder music, tv, even louder music.  I’m just not a fan of the treadmill and I couldn’t get my head into enjoying it. I tried. For three miles, I tried. And then I called it quits and stretched. I liked that part.  Sunday will be interesting….

Day 50: Spiñoritas!

19 Feb

For my first day back to exercise in about a week, I opted for a spin class. I was MORE than ready to get going. CJazz and I jumped on our bikes and pushed through that class like nobody’s business. At one point in between songs I swear I could hear the entire class huffing and puffing in exhaustion. You will most likely never see a photo from spin class, because, well, I’m just that gross and sweaty. And yesterday’s class was no different! I love spin for the intensity and also the ability to take it at your own pace. Add some great music and you have an awesome workout!

Happy spinning!

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Day 44-48: Down for….the bare miniumum

17 Feb

day 43

Pretty much!  This week, a virus found it’s way into my life, and did a good job at taking me down!  After a trip to the doctor to make sure it wasn’t anything really severe, I realized I just have to let this thing take it’s course.  Rest and alleve were on the menu for me this week. I could make it through the work day, but would immediately hit the couch after work to rest.  That made it hard to get my statistics project done, but somehow, I managed.  Being sick again is more than frustrating, but I used this opportunity to also think about some simple changes I need to make in my life. I’ve been sick a few times this year already, which is highly unlike me, and realized that I need to slow down a little.  I’ve been traveling on the weekends, training for a half marathon, working, and going to school….all probably making my immune system a little weaker than usual.   While I’m managing everything, I also put a lot of pressure on myself to get it all done, and get it all done at 100%.  I’m going to try and take the pressure off of myself and maybe lighten my load a bit so I can get the rest I need so I don’t get sick again!  Also, while this 365 challenge is a priority for me, I’m not going to put so much pressure on getting a workout in every day. I’m sure you’ve already noticed that I’ve missed days for being sick, traveling, etc.  And that’s real life.  So while I did minimul physical activity these past few days (walking, and an attempted run), it’s not a failure. It’s simply adjusting the sails in the winds of life….