Hi Stranger.

imageYa, it’s been a LONG time since I posted.  I wish I could say I haven’t posted in so long because I’ve been so busy running marathons and performing perfect push ups.  But, then I’d just be lying, so I’ll be honest.  I’ve been LAZY.  See that image over there to the Right?  That’s the history of my cardio trainer app.  As you can see my last real workout was in late February.  The only physical activity I’ve done since then is that 15 minutes of front yard soccer I played with my family a couple of weeks ago.  Ya, it’s bad.

I’m not here to say I’m getting back on the wagon and to set a bunch of fitness goals for myself.  Because well, been there, done that, failed miserably.  lol  What I have decided is that I’d like to blog more often, but about more things.  I’m just going to write about what’s going on in life.  I’m not writing for readers, I’m just writing to record what’s going on.

So, what have we been up to?  The school year is wrapping up.  Just 7 more days for the kids.  That also means that all of Skylar’s activities are wrapping up too.  I love that she loves to be involved, but man, i’m ready for a BREAK from it all.  Monday she had a Brownie event at an EMT training center to get their first aid badge, Tuesday was her last soccer practice, (I guess I could count that as some physical activity as well, the last 20 or so minutes of practice was parents vs the kids), tomorrow is her last piano lesson. Friday she has a bowling outing with her brownie troop and Jake has a concert at school. Saturday is Skylar’s last soccer game.  Next week is a full week of school then that’s it!

To wrap things up, if you haven’t watched this one yet, you totally need to.  It will probably make you laugh out loud.  I could TOTALLY see Sam and I doing this.  HA!

Accountability Sucks

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My Cardiotrainer app is feeling lonely.

Ya, so Accountability sucks, but I guess it sort of works.

As you can see from my phone screen shot, I’ve logged NO exercise since Jan 21.  That’s like 3 weeks for those of you too lazy to count that up.   (No worries, I’m that lazy.)

I just haven’t been able to pull myself from this funk.  I’ve been super negative about running, and really pretty crappy about eating and exercise in general.  The last several runs I did were just frustrating, and I haven’t been getting that “I’m such a badass” feeling after my runs like I had been.   So, i just stopped.   And to be honest, I’m kind of okay with that.  I’m not okay with the fact that I’ve eaten like crap and not exercised for three weeks, but I’m kind of okay with not running for three weeks.  I mean, why continue to do something that I’m not enjoying, and honestly I just dread?  Life’s too short for that right?

Well, ya, it is.  BUT, and this is a big but. (I so want to make a joke about that, because inside I’m a 12-year-old boy, but I’ll spare you.) If you read my 14 by 40 post, Or the follow up post, you’ll recall that one of the items on my list was to complete the Run The Bluegrass 7 mile race.  Well, if I don’t run at all, I can’t do that race, and if I don’t do that race, I can’t mark it off my list.  So, this is where I say that the whole reason why I started this blog has come into play.  I wanted to write this stuff out here to be more accountable.  And ya, I’m not going to do awesome at this race, it’s less than 7 weeks away, and I’ve not trained for 3 weeks.  But, I want to finish it, and I want to feel good about myself for sticking with it.  Plus, how embarrassing when I do my next follow-up to my 14 by 40 if I have to admit that I dropped out of the race for no good reason other than, “I didn’t feel like it.”

So, here I am, making my declaration.   I WILL run, I WILL train for this race, and I WILL cross that finish line on March 30 and be proud of myself for it.

FUNK

UUUGGGHHHHH, I’m in such a funk lately.

It has been 2 full weeks since I have run.  It’s been 2 full weeks since I’ve done any exercise at all.  I don’t have any good excuse either.  I’ve just lost my groove.  I’ve been feeling really crappy about my progress.  I’m slow, I feel like I’m going to die EVERY time I run.  I can’t run more than just a few minutes before I have to take a walk break.  Everyone I know that started running AFTER I did has totally surpassed me and left me in the dust.

I’m not uber competitive when it comes to running, exercise, or my fitness in general.  (I do have a competitive streak in other aspects of my life though.)  So I’m never going to be upset that I don’t get a medal at a race.  I’m never going to be super fast, I’m never going to put enough time in to train for a full marathon.  But man, it’s just getting really tough to be SO much slower than everyone I know.  To struggle so much more than it seems anyone else is.  I WANT to be a runner, I WANT to enjoy it.  But, let’s be honest here, it sucks.  It sucks to be so slow that you can’t run with friends during a group run.  It sucks that I start breathing heavy and sweating just a few minutes into a VERY slow jog.  It SUCKS that I’ve been running for a year on and off and STILL can’t come close to finishing a 5k in under 40 minutes.

Right now, for me, running just sucks.  And I’m not sure how to turn it around.  (And so help me, if someone replies to this and tells me to “just go out there and do it”  I’m going to strangle them with my heart rate monitor.  Just kidding, but not really.)

Where can I find some of this???

Where can I find some of this???

I’ve got my 7 mile race in a little less than 2 months now.  The furthest I’ve schlepped my butt in the last several months is only 3 miles.  I’ve got freaking work to do.  Let’s hope I can find a way to motivate myself…

10 days.

It’s been 10 days since I posted to schleppin.  (okay, does that sentence totally make you start singing this song?)

Well, even though I’ve been slacking about updating here on the schlepp, I’ve actually been doing a decent job of not being a total slack with my running schedule.

What I’ve been up to the last 10 days.

Calf Cramps!! I cut it short because of them.

Calf Cramps!! I cut it short because of them.

This was an early morning run on the treadmill at the Y.  A fast one for me actually.

This was an early morning run on the treadmill at the Y. A fast one for me actually.

Met with a group of LexRunLadies and ran a new "trail" I ran the first mile without walking.  Big deal in my book.

Met with a group of LexRunLadies and ran a new “trail” I ran the first mile without walking. Big deal in my book.

OMG AWFUL run on the treadmill, calf cramps and wanted to stop a million times.  I'm proud of the fact that I just stuck with it.

OMG AWFUL run on the treadmill, calf cramps and wanted to stop a million times. I’m proud of the fact that I just stuck with it.

What I’ve learned:

1) There is no “good” time for me to run on workdays.  I am not a morning person so early mornings are just hard for me to get out of bed. But, I’m just tired by the time I get home from work and usually any after work runs just suck.  I need to just start being a grown-up, biting the bullet, and going to bed earlier the night before I need to run, because overall, I just do better when I run in the morning.

2) Anytime I can make a running date, I should.  I’m just much less likely to flake out if I’m meeting a group or person to go for a run, even if we wont’ actually be running at the same pace together, (because let’s face it, I have yet to meet anyone as slow as me.) just knowing someone is expecting me to show up before we start on our runs will get me there 95% of the time.

3) I SUCK at pushing myself.  I don’t like feeling on the edge.  I CAN run further and faster than I have been.  Not by a lot, but I could make small gains if I just learn to push myself harder.

What else I’ve been up to:

Saturday after my run I did some strength training.  Pushups, Triceps kick backs, chest flies, shoulder presses, and bench presses.  I did 3 sets of 12 reps of each.  I just did it at home with the dumbbells I have.  But i was sore for two days after, so that weight must have been enough.

last night I did a bit more strength training.  3, 30 second supermans as well as 3 sets of 12 Dumbbell rows and Bicep curls on each arm.  Again, just used 10 pound dumbbells.  I actually struggled to finish all the sets last night, but I’m not sore at all today.  boo!

Today I was supposed to meet a friend at the Y for a treadmill run and a little strength training before work.  Instead I did way too many reps from my bed to the bathroom in the early morning hours and the early part of the day today.  So I’ve not run yet.  I’m feeling quite a bit better now, but i dunno if I’m brave enough to try to run today or not.  If not I’ll have to fit it in either Friday morning before work or Saturday after a full day of meetings.   bleh!

Just need to get 2 more runs in this week and I will have completed 4 weeks of my training plan with NO missed runs!

Resolution Run

I’m a couple of days late on this one.  C’est la vie!

I was registered to run a 5 mile “Resolution Run” with two friends on new year’s day.   I figured it would be a great way to start off the new year.

It sucked.   I really didn’t want to do it, but I couldn’t come up with a decent excuse, so I went.

My friends met at my place at 1 so we could hopefully get there by 1:30 for a group photo with the LexRunLadies.  We walked in right as they were gathering for the photo.  We ran over and joined them, the pic was taken, then I started feeling super nervous.   Like sick to my stomach nervous.

Of course by this time I needed to pee. So I waited in line for the women’s restroom.  Finally got out of there, got my Garmin ready to go, put my phone in my arm band, got my earbuds situated and waited a few more minutes to head out in the cold.

It was in the upper 30s, which I find to be a comfortable temperature for running.  However, it’s pretty cold for standing around waiting to start a race. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long at all.  I have to say, I’m amazed at the Uber Runners that start at the front of the pack.  Most of them were wearing shorts and a very lightweight shirt, brrrr!  I had cold weather Under Armor running tights on bottom and 3 layers on top.  (That proved to be at least one layer too much!).

The race was started, the Uber Runners ™ took off at the speed of light, and about 40 seconds later I crossed the start line.  It was pretty much a sucky experience from the first few steps.  Ever have one of those runs where you just feel HEAVY? Like leaden legs?  That’s pretty much how I felt the whole time.  Once again, I walked more than I ran during this race.

Things I learned from this race:

  • The base layer I wore SUCKS.  It kept creeping up my torso.  At first I tried to keep pulling it down, but it was a lost cause, by the first half mile my base layer shirt and the lighter weight shirt I had on over it were pretty much bunched up under my armpits.  So I had like a ring around my ribcage and was basically only wearing my jacket on my lower ribs and stomach. That’s how I ran for 4.5 miles.   SUPER comfy, trust me.
  • I should ALWAYS wear less than I think I need.  OMG, I got so freaking hot!  I was super thankful for a clothing toss box at the water station.  I ditched my ear warmer at the first chance (around 1.5 miles maybe?).  If I could have somehow removed that creeper of a base layer without flashing everyone I would have too.
  • Seeing a smiling familiar face cheering you on means a WHOLE lot when you’re struggling. (Thanks KATIE!!!)
  • A thumbs up, encouraging smile, or kind words from another runner that sees you are having a hard time goes a long way in boosting your spirits.
  • Nothing beats a good song popping up on your playlist when all you really want is to get to the freaking finish line already!

Funny and pathetic things that happened at this race:

  • The winner was SO fast (he finished in 24:xx) that I felt like I was barely started when he passed me heading the opposite way just a bit over a mile from the finish!  He also then passed me again later several times as he was cooling down, or just getting more miles, or wasting time or whatever it was he was doing while I trudged along trying to get to that elusive finish line.
  • The winners had already been awarded by the time I finished the race.  I’m used to finishing toward the back of the pack, but that was a first for me.

The most important bit I got from this race:

  • No matter how much I don’t want to run, or how horrible the race is, I’m always glad when it’s all said and done that I got out there and did it.

So what’s up for the rest of the week? I have 2 two mile runs on the schedule for the rest of the week.  I’ll be doing one of them tomorrow morning on the treadmill here at home and the other Saturday morning with a group.
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December Dozen Day 13 – AKA My Arms are Jello

Thursday, Dec 13

Day 13: Today was a scheduled day off work for me. (I LOVE these days!) It started bright and early with hubby and I working at our daughter’s school selling yo-yos of all things. Weird eh? They went along with this program they had on Tuesday. It was a bit crazy and a TON of kids bought yo-yos. school_assembly_with_yo-yo
I REALLY wanted to run today, I had a partner I could go with, the weather was PERFECT for running. (Sunny and 37deg) but I knew there was just no way this chest cold was going to allow it. And I’ll be honest, my hamstrings and butt are SORE from yesterday’s leg workout. So I’m not sure how a run would have gone even if I’d been able to.
Between grocery trips, dinner, reading with my daughter, taking care of some “cookie mom” duties with my daughter’s brownie troop, and just having some lazy time, I didn’t budget my time as well as I could have today. The walk I planned on taking today turned into a VERY short walk (less than a half mile! whoops!)I guess something is better than nothing though.

I did the PUSH portion of my strength training routine I talked about yesterday. I have some tweaking to do to get the most out of the workout. Some changes I had to make are because I’m really weak. I had to modify the push ups. I knew I’d have to. I can MAYBE get two “real” push ups at a time, that’s it. I had read somewhere once about using your stairs as a way to work your way into push ups. Basically you stand firmly at the base of the steps, not on a stair but the floor beneath, then place your hands 4 or 5 steps up and do your push ups at that incline. Once you can do 12 solid push ups with good form, the next time you move down a step. You continue working your way down the steps until you are doing “real” push ups on the floor. I will be majorly proud of myself when I get to that point. But I’ve got a long way to go for sure!
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The next exercise was chair dips. Uh, Ya, apparently I’ve never tried these before. It’s HARD, again, I just wasn’t strong enough to push my full body weight up more than a few times. I replaced them with triceps kickbacks. The rest of the exercises went okay. I wish i had a bench and some heavier weights though. I had to use 10 pound weights for the chest press, which is really light.

I didn’t eat great today, but wasn’t horrible either. My water consumption sucked, I’m really so much better about drinking water when I’m at work. Need to work on that!

Unless I get on the treadmill in the late evening, I doubt i’ll get cardio in tomorrow. Friday’s are hard for me. But I have a 5 mile run/walk planned for first thing Saturday morning. I’ll plan on doing core tomorrow night and the Pull exercises on Saturday.

Week one of December Dozen

Week 1 of the December Dozen

Well, I’ve f’d this up royally.  How embarrassing.

I started off pretty strong, last Sunday morning was an early wake up to meet up with 3 other ladies for a 7.5 mile run.  As per usual and expected for me, I was the slowest and walked the most, but I’m okay with that.   The whole plan was just to get the mileage in, regardless of how long it took me.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the full 7.5 miles completed.  I did get in over 6.5  miles before my feet were KILLING me.  It felt like I was starting to get a few “hot spots” that would become blisters, but I’m not sure what the deal was.  I do have two very small blisters, that aren’t really painful.  But my feet just HURT, the lateral (outside) edge of both feet were very sore and tender for the next 2 days.  While I was still running/walking it felt like a blister, but there is no blister to be seen and it’s not a localized area, it’s a more general area that it just hurts.  I’m not sure what’s up with that. I’m okay with the miles I got in though.  I figure I did 1/2 of a half marathon, which is what I’m “training” for.  And I still have 4 months before the big event, so I think I’m doing okay.

I was S-L-O-W though.  My avg pace was a 16:12 min/mile.  I really need to stop walking for such long stretches at a time, and probably the thing that I feel like I most need to work on is walking quicker when I do walk, there were times today that all of a sudden I’d realize I was just strolling along.

As far as the rest of my December Dozen goals. I’m not excelling.  I’ve done pretty well with the whole water drinking thing.  At least the days I was at work, weekends are another story.  I’ve done zero, zilch, nada on the strength training and I haven’t run at all since my long run last Sunday. I also sucked with the fast food breakfasts.  (I finally got to the grocery store, so I have NO excuse for the lunches and breakfasts this week.)

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I can give a million excuses as to why I haven’t done well with this challenge.  But I’m going to be honest, I’ve just not been motivated to do it.  It’s been rainy, so I’ve used that as an excuse.  I’ve not been sleeping well, so I’ve used that as an excuse.  I needed to get groceries, so I’ve used that as an excuse.

I think my mantra for this coming week needs to be, No EXCUSES. Wish me luck.