challenge time!

The last few weeks I’ve been a sloth pretty much.  Zero exercise, poor food choices, and lots of soda.  Guess what that means?  I weigh WAY too much.  I know I need to get back on track, but I’ve had troubles with motivation.  Well, i ALWAYS have trouble with motivation, but it’s been especially bad.

If you read my last 14 by 40 update then you may have noticed that I have registered for a 5k in September.  Well, I didn’t just register for it, I’ve also annoyingly harassed fellow high school alumni to run or walk the race too.  The 5k is in my hometown and in the last year or so I’ve noticed that there are quite a few runners among my Facebook friends that are from my high school.  I thought it would be fun to get a big group of us to do the race together.  I’ve had lots of interested parties, not many have registered yet, but there is still plenty of time for that.   What I’m trying to get at, is now I have a goal race that I’d really like to be in better shape for.  Think high school reunion in running clothes.  Yikes!  I’m hoping that will be a motivator to get me eating better, and start tackling the couch to 5k program yet again.

Something else I’m taking part in to help me reach my goals is this awesome Super Summer Challenge that Cassie from back to her roots has created.  I think it’s a great match for me.  I’m not going to explain it in depth, because she already has on her blog, but it’s basically a way to work in all sorts of healthy choices into your summer.  Here’s why I like this challenge.

  1. It’s totally customizable.  Cassie has her tasks listed, but they are totally personal for her.  Her task list is a fantastic starting off point to create your own list.  I’ve deleted some of her tasks, added some of my own, and moved some things around to different point levels.
  2. The tasks aren’t just exercise and diet related.  There is a list for “body” points, but there is also a list for “mind” points as well.  I need that right now.  Yes, I definitely have work to do in the exercise and food realm, but I also have some work to do in the basic “taking-care-of-myself” category as well.
  3. It’s very flexible.  There isn’t a strict workout schedule or diet to follow.  I have a list of almost 100 tasks that I can choose to do whenever I want.  I think this may help me keep from getting that “well, I didn’t do my workout today, I’ve messed it up so f*&# it, I’m going to go eat an entire cheesecake now” attitude.
  4. Cassie made super cute printables.  I mean, who doesn’t love a cute graphic thermometer  to color in as you reach your goals???

The official challenge begins June 1st, so if you’re interested there’s still time to download her awesome printables and customize your own list.  You can even sign up for peer accountability on her blog.  Cool right?  If you decide to join in on the fun, let me know so we can check in with one another!

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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!

Bit by bit

I’m chugging along with my training.   This week again I have three 2 mile runs on the schedule.  My plan for the week was Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Tuesday morning came way too early and my snooze button was my friend.  So no early morning run that day.  Then I was going to go to run with The West Sixth Running Club.  I’ve never run with the group before, but it sounds super fun.  (Plus you get a free soft pretzel post run!)  But for several reasons, none of which are really that good, I didn’t go.

Wednesday morning I finally got my butt out of bed and on the treadmill.  Have I mentioned how much I really HATE the treadmill?  My daughter would totally be telling on me right now for using the word hate if she were reading this… Anyway, I grabbed my daughter’s preschool version of an mp3 player and listened to kidz bop while I got my sweat on.  It was pretty much torture.  I didn’t want to mess with headphones when I’m in the house, but my play list on my phone isn’t 7 year old friendly, and I knew my mini-me would be up eating breakfast and getting ready for school before I was finished on the treadmill.

I forgot to take my inhaler and I could tell.  I’ll try not to do that again, I actually had to take a quick break at one point to catch my breath.

I again tried to push myself to not walk too much and to up my pace a little.   I seriously was sweating BUCKETS.

The blurriest picture ever of a stationary object.

The blurriest picture ever of a stationary object.

I increased my speed slightly from my last 2 mile treadmill run, but I was hoping for more.  I really ran out of steam toward the end.

Today I’m off of work.  I let hubby sleep in and I got my daughter up, fed, ready for school, and on the bus by 7.  I was even all dressed to go for a run right away.  But, I didn’t, I wanted to wait for hubby to wake up to see if he wanted to go with me.  By the time he woke up I had been fulled absorbed into the time suck of my laptop/Facebook/pinterest/etc.  So I f’d that up.  It rained and it’s still wet out, not so wet that I COULDN’T run, but enough that it really makes me not want to.  I have promised myself that I WILL do two miles today before I go to bed.  It may be in the form of a walk with hubby while our kiddo is at piano lessons or it may be a dreadmill run, but I PROMISE I’ll do it!

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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