Easy Day

Thank goodness for those easy days. πŸ™‚ I ran 2 miles today-was short on time because we were making posters after school for our dance party that we are having for K-6 tomorrow (the ones who make a 75 or higher average in all subjects for this 6 weeks).

Then had my traditional date with my best friend, her daughter, and my daughter at the MEXICAN restaurant. We look forward to this from Wednesday to Wednesday. πŸ™‚

I told myself that I was just going to run my 2 miles on the school track since I might have to cut it short to be at the rest. on time. BUT-after one lap I just HAD TO GET OFF THAT TRACK AND SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT! πŸ™‚ Anybody else know what I am talking about???

I was actually glad today was only a 2 mile run since my hip flexie thingies are S.O.R.E. from that long run on Monday and that booty kicking interval workout yesterday!!!

So out of this 10k(I’m getting closer to admitting it, Michael) training for this week I have done both of the 2 mile runs and 1 4.5 mile run. I have left-a 3.75 run and another 4.5 run. I’m thinking tomorrow will be my 3.75 run and Friday or Saturday will be my 4.5 run.

I’m excited to do the Jelly Bean Virtual Race sometime this week, too. You can read about it and sign up for it over here at Run With Jess.Β I ordered a shirt for this -can’t wait until it comes in. I’ve never run a virtual race and think it’s the neatest thing ever!!! πŸ™‚

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Started HIIT Today

I started my HIIT today-High Intensity Interval Training. I’m aiming to do this twice a week for 5 weeks to burn more calories/fat and “maybe” improve my running pace. IT KICKED MY BEHIND!!! πŸ™‚

I got the plan from a SELF magazine or you can go to this website: SELF

Today I was “supposed” to sprint 8 seconds/jog 12 seconds and keep this up for 15 minutes. 8 minutes later after LOTS of pauses and thinking I was going to DIE, I decided I would try it again tomorrow. IF I wake up tomorrow. Or Β IF I can move tomorrow. πŸ™‚

High intensity are not the two words that should be used to describe these kind of intervals. Here are some replacement choices:

1. Hell arrived

2. Help me

3. Just died

πŸ™‚

I did learn something valuable. Always run your distance run BEFORE you try the intervals. I’m glad I did this which helped me make it through 8 minutes instead of just 8 seconds. Surely the fat and pounds will just melt away if I can keep this up. πŸ™‚

After I finished killing myself running, I my daughter and I went to eat at Niffers on the Lake with my mom. We played bingo, too. I was only 4 spaces away from winning. πŸ™‚

I ate grilled chicken, a plain baked potato, and steamed carrots and broccoli. YUM-YUM!

Then I had this for a late night snack.

Β That new diet pepsi is S.W.E.E.T. πŸ™‚

I’m going to end this long post at almost 11 pm by saying-Goodnight! πŸ™‚

4.5 miles, Oh yeah!

Today I had my longest run ever-4.5 miles! Hooray! Now it was a S L O W pace, but who cares???? I think my time was around 55 or 56 minutes. But 4.5 miles! I am so psyched! πŸ™‚

I feel like I did good with my eating today, too.

Breakfast: Yogurt that had 12 grams of protein!/100 calorie chex mix snack

Lunch: Turkey sandwich with spinach leaves/Cup of grapes

Supper: Baked Lemon pepper chicken/Broccoli/Carrots/ 1/2 of baked potato (plain)

Drank 1 water and 2 diet green teas and 1 diet coke

How about that? πŸ™‚ I need to eat 1 more fruit to meet my goal of 2veggies and 2 fruits each day, but I am NOT hungry. So I’ll just not. πŸ™‚

By the way, did I mention that I ran 4.5 miles today??? πŸ™‚ I am really happy about this! My 10k training (remember-I’m just working on being able to run 6 miles-NOT run a 10k) this week is supposed to look like this:

3.75, 2, 4.5, 2, 4.5

And I have already knocked out one of the 4.5 days!!!!!!!! I thought about going further today, but I do NOT want an injury! So I’ll try to stick with the plan as much as I can.

Since I’m a pinterest fool here’s some motivation for everyone.

YEP

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Run.Eat.Smile.

I can officially say that I can run 4 miles without stopping. πŸ™‚ However, I have only done that once so far. I’m going to try running 4 miles about once or twice each week for awhile and run 3 miles the other times-then I’ll see if I can increase my mileage.

I now have other women that want to start running so I am training with them on the Couch25k AGAIN-it looks like this:

Run my 3 miles after school.

Run with the ladies for the training program.

Prop up on the couch when I get home.

πŸ™‚

This past Friday night I went with 3 of the girls to a 1 1/2 hour zumba fundraiser in Pelham, AL. We rocked the house!

I started the 6packMarch challenge on March 1st and have now kept with it for 12 days! Woohoo! Except today I was supposed to hold a plank for 60 seconds and COULDN’T! I’m going to try it again in a little bit!

I ran 3 miles today, walked a mile, did my ab workout, and started strength training for my arms and legs. Whew! I REALLY want to do strength training 2-3 times each week.

I ate too much this weekend so only lost 2 tenths of a pound since last Monday. Got to get better about the weekends! What hurt me was going out to eat on Friday night after Zumba and Saturday night for my best friend’s birthday. Plus this red velvet cake at my house (for my stepson’s birthday) is not helping matters any. GO AWAY BIG RED VELVET CAKE!!! πŸ™‚

I love to run. I love to eat. I love to smile. Not necessarily in that order. πŸ™‚ Running makes me smile. Eating makes me smile. Smiling makes me happy. Loving life right now!

Wanna run a 5k?

Have you set a goal to run a 5k this year? That’s exactly my 2012 New Year’s Resolution. And I know that it will not be an easy feat seeing as I have not run in over 15 years and have quite a few extra pounds on my short frame. πŸ™‚ Some people think I won’t be able to do because I’m 41, too out of shape, etc. Some people think I will do it because I’m determined and dedicated. (I do love those people) What do I think? I think I will do it. Here is why I THINK I CAN:

1. I have run in 2 5k races before (although they were YEARS ago)

2. I’m starting small, I mean like tiny, really it’s microscopic when you think about where I’m headed!

3. I’m focusing on my endurance, NOT my weight

4. I know how good it feels after running, and I WANT that feeling

5. It’s free-running doesn’t cost any money, and I don’t have to travel to do it-I just have to travel “while” doing it

6. I know how satisfied I will feel that I have set a goal and accomplished it

7. I’m already a member of the Nerdy Book Club, and I want to be a member of that I Am A Runner Club

8. I really want to prove to myself AND the ones who “don’t believe” that I CAN do it

9. I want that t-shirt-you know to wear around and have everybody ask me. “Where did you get that running t-shirt?” and I will answer, “Oh, I ran Β in a 5k.” πŸ™‚

 

So, if you’re hesitant about getting started OR just need some more information about the whole training for a 5k thing-pick one of the above listed items and GO FOR IT!!! YOU CAN DO IT AND SO CAN I!!! πŸ™‚

And if you need some more information, I’ve found some for you and me at this link:

http://www.active.com/running/5k.htm

JUST DO IT!

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