A Good Day

I finally feel like maybe I’m starting to get a bit of motivation back.  I have no idea why, but who cares, I’ll take it!

Friday was the last day of school for the kids around here.  And summer break definitely feels like it has started, even if mother nature hasn’t got the memo yet.  I really want to just do more with the kids this summer and I started that this weekend.

Today was a pretty day, overcast and a little cool, but not so much that we needed jackets.  Sky was outside playing with the neighbor girls when she came in and asked me if I would take them to the park.  I’m ashamed to say, that normally, I would just say no without even really thinking about it.  But, in an effort to “do more”, I thought about it for a moment, realized the weather was nice and I really didn’t have any plans and said yes

A walk to the park

The girls were SO excited.  Turns out hubby and my 15-year-old stepson were up for coming along also.  YAY!  I gave the girls the option of walking to the park or driving to the park.  If we drove we could bring their bikes along in the back of our van.  I don’t have a bike of my own and wasn’t feeling comfortable trying to keep up with 3 girls ages 5,7, and 9 on bikes riding to the park.  They chose to walk, and I was happy with that option.  I decided to turn on my CardioTrainer app on my phone so we could see how far our walk was.  The girls were great and only the youngest pulled the “are we there yet?” questioning a couple of times. lol  Turns out the park is almost exactly one mile from our house.  We definitely weren’t power walking.  We chit chatted, looked at broken bird’s eggs, pine cones, and leaves along the way.  It ended up taking us about 20 minutes to get there.  It wasn’t a hard-core workout, but it was a heck of a lot better than sitting on the couch.

In fact, I felt pretty good about getting up and being active, so much so that once I got home I got on my pinterest account and looked through the pins on my “Fitness” board and tried out two new workouts.  The first was an arm workout.  I really liked this workout.  It was challenging for me, but not so hard that I couldn’t keep correct form.  As I hopefully get stronger, I can easily increase my weights and still use this workout.

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The second one I tried was an ab workout.  Ya, this one wasn’t so great for me.  My core is WEAK.  I just flat-out could NOT do some of the moves *ahem side planks ahem*.  I just did what I could and called it a day.

Overall a good day.

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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!

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.

December Dozen Update Days 10-12

Just a quick update of how I’ve done this week. (Sorry, this post got way longer than I intended)

First I’ll let you know that I’ve changed my strength training plan from what I originally posted here.  A friend of mine that’s like transformed her body gave me some pointers. Basically rather than doing so many exercises multiple times a week, I’ll be doing super sets for different areas one time a week. Here’s my new plan.

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So  here’s what I’ve done the last few days.

Monday – day 10: Didn’t start off the week too well, I spent this entire day unshowered, in my jammies, lounging on the couch totally sick.  No exercise today, but I did okay with food and water.

Tuesday – day 11: Went to work today, and coughed ALL DAY LONG.  I felt generally pretty crappy still. Tuesdays are supposed to be a run day for me, but just trying to take a deep breath sent me into coughing fits, so no cardio today.  But even though I REALLY didn’t want to, I made myself do core exercises.  60 seconds of plank (I can’t hold 60 seconds yet, so I held as long as I could, rested a few seconds, then did another plank to get to 60 seconds) and 100 crunches.  I broke the crunches up into smaller sets with short rests in between and they were pretty pathetic, I kept coughing which makes any sort of ab work nearly impossible.  Overall, I’m just feeling pretty good that I did anything today.  I didn’t let the coughing and feeling like crud be used as excuse today.  Go me!
Wednesday – day 12: I got really crappy sleep last night due to a ridiculous amount of coughing. Unfortunately I kept hubby up too. Anyway I went to work with barely any voice. I creaked, crooked, sniffled, and coughed most the morning. I’m sure my coworkers were glad I was there. (sarcasm) By afternoon I had my voice mostly back, but was still coughing and a little wheezy (does that make anyone else think of The Jeffersons?) so no cardio again today.  My abs are slightly sore today, I think I didn’t work hard enough last night though, I feel like they should be a bit more sore. I’m chugging water right now so that I can get my 8 cups in for the day.  I keep forgetting to take my lunches into work, so I ate at the cafeteria at the hospital. wompwomp.  After spending time with my Skybaby (she talked my ear off for seriously an hour straight, then we worked on a few education software programs she uses, did her advent calendar, and read a chapter of Harry Potter – The Order of the Phoenix) and getting her tucked in to bed I once again forced myself to do some of my strength training.  Today was legs (see workout above).  I’ll be honest, I thought that looked pretty easy when I saw it on paper.  OMG, this chick is frickin weak! I actually did pretty well with the squats.  I watched a video on YouTube about how to get the correct form and that was helpful, in the past Squats have often hurt my knees, I wasn’t pushing my bootie back far enough was the problem.  The lunges were killer though, I know I wasn’t dipping down nearly as far as I should have been, but honestly, I just don’t think I’m strong enough to do it yet. I was afraid I wouldn’t make it back up!  I just did the best I could and tried to pay attention to my form.  By the end of the lateral squats (also called lateral lunges i think?) I was dying!

Tomorrow I have off from work.  I have every other Thursday off and I usually try to run on those days, if I have a miraculous recovery tonight I’ll run, but I’m thinking it will just be a walk.  Hopefully my legs are crazy sore, but they feel like jello right now, so I’m guessing they will be.  And I think I’ll shoot for the Push workout tomorrow night.

Hows your week going?

Let’s get this thing started!

A couple of days ago I posted my December Dozen challenge.   It’s basically my attempt at kicking my arse in gear and getting off this couch that i’ve been stuck to for the last couple of weeks.  Well, tomorrow is December 1.  So now it’s go time!

I’m really hoping that this little self-challenge is the kick i need to get going.  I did the Turkey Strut 5k on the 18th.  And have run only ONCE since then and it was pathetic.  I FORCED myself to get on the treadmill (i HATE the treadmill by the way) and told myself that i had to stay on that dreaded device for a minimum of 20 minutes.  My inner optimist was hoping that once I got to that point I’d be in the groove and ready to knock out at least 3 miles…  uh, no.  This girl had hit stop and was off that treadmill by 20:02!  I mean PATHETIC.  I think I did maybe 1.2 miles?  I basically ran for 2 minutes, then strolled.  I can cling to the fact that at least i got on the dang thing and lasted 20 minutes I guess right?

I was supposed to run on Thursday also, I had the day off work which is the BEST time for me to get a long run in.  No work, and no kid at home.  But, instead I slept in till 9 and just didn’t do it.

But I’m geared up to start on my strength training stuff tomorrow.  (I might tweak my plan a bit based on some tips and suggestions from my friend Leslie who’s worked her butt off in the last year or two and looks HAWT! I’ll post about it later once I’ve decided for sure what I’m going to do.) Speaking of strength training, Fergie’s abs in that video??? Insane!

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I’ve got a 7.5 mile run/walk planned for Sunday morning with a few ladies I know and a couple that I’ve never met.  We’re all pretty new runners and all of us are training for various half marathons in the spring. I already feel better just knowing that we’ve got a meeting place and time setup.  I rarely skip runs if I’m meeting people to run with.

So here’s to a new month and a fresh attitude. Wish me luck!