Monday, January 30, 2012

Marathon Monday - January Week 4

Weekly Stats


Total Distance (mi)


12.12
 

Total Calories


2223
 

Total Time


03:42
 

Workouts


5
 



I had a pretty decent week with my workouts.  I didn't hit my goal of 6 workouts because I had crazy sinus problems on Saturday, but I made up for it with a 7 mile jog/walk on Sunday.  That one hurt, but I'm making progress.  I remember when it used to hurt when I did a 5 mile jog.

Most important, I reached my goal of losing 2 pounds.  So I am back on track with losing 1 pound a week.

Goal for next week: 6 workouts, including lifting weights 3 times and running 3 times, track calories every day.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marathon Monday - January Week 3

Weekly Stats



Total Distance (mi)


8.59






Total Calories


557
 

Total Time


02:06
 

Workouts


4



A bit of an improvement over last week but still overall an embarrassing week for me.  I'll be honest, I have depression and I have been in a bit of a funk for a few days, for no real reason.  I know deep down that working out will make me feel better but I just can't get motivated to do it as much as I should.  I had a really bad start to my run on Wednesday.  Just a couple blocks from my home I got attacked by a leashed dog whose owner was on the phone and TOTES not paying any kind of attention.  When she finally noticed her dog all over me (AFTER the dog bit me, luckily I was wearing my thick jogging pants), she didn't quite seem to know how to control her dog.  I (ashamedly) cussed her out a bit and tried to continue but within half a mile I was almost hit by a SUV and tripped (but didn't completely fall) after a toddler ran out from behind me and suddenly stopped in front of me.  Sigh, I miss having access to a gym.  Anyway, what should have been a 5 mile run was cut short to 2, and I was a little put off with running until Sunday, when I ended up doing a 5 mile hike with some slight jogging.

I did really good with tracking my calories at the beginning of the week but stopped on Thursday, because I attended a wedding and knew I would just go way over anyway.  And as a result I was up a pound during my weekend weigh in.  Not proud, but having to own up to it on this blog helps motivate me to do better this week.

This week's goal: Workout 6 days, track calories all week, lose two pounds.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Marathon Monday - January Week 2

Week Stats



Total Distance (mi)


8.80

Total Calories


1244

Total Time


02:06

Workouts


3
(Via The Daily Mile)

All in all I didn't have a bad week, although I was super busy Wednesday - Friday and didn't get a chance to work out, so my goal of doing 5 workouts didn't happen.  Although, in addition to my stats above I walked over 10,000 steps on Saturday.

I did track my calories, but I went over for the week thanks to a couple huge unexpected dinners.  Hopefully this week will be better!

I maintained my weight compared to last week's weigh in - didn't lose but didn't gain.

Goal: Same as last week - track daily calories; workout 5 days.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Marathon Monday

Week Stats

Total Distance (mi)


2.43
 

Total Calories


241
 

Total Time


00:55
 

Workouts


3
(Via The Daily Mile)


I am not off to a great start, but at least I'm moving!  I didn't do a great job tracking my calories last week and it showed on the scale.  Plus I had a VERY busy weekend and didn't get a workout in either Saturday or Sunday (but I did walk around Disneyland for a while Sunday which has to count for something).

Goal for next week: Track calories daily (no excuses); work out five days.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Year, A New Training Plan

It is now a couple days into 2012 and it's time for me to get back on a healthy path.  Like most of us, I really took a junk food detour the last few weeks of 2011 (okay, the last 4-5 weeks), and there are still a ton of sweets in the house.  I need to really focus on moderation and making smarter choices.

Later.

Because today, I am sick.  Blerg.  Nothing worse than starting the new year with a cold.  The only thing that makes me feel better is that I got an hour long workout in yesterday (running and weights), so I think I can take a night off and spend a few hours on the couch with my Emergen-C and Toddler and Tiara reruns.

And then, when my cold goes away, I'm going to get back on the path.  I swear.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

An Introduction to Running

Note - this post contains Amazon Affiliate links.

When I first made the decision to run a half marathon, I was already a frequent walker and hiker.  I had some decent workout clothing and a pedometer.  But when I started running, I had to look into getting better shoes, better clothing, and a way to track my distance and speed.  The following items helped me get started, and I hope they can help you, too!

(None of these are paid endorsements.  These are simply products I have found work well for me.)



  • Next, I looked into trading in my trusty pedometer for an iPhone app with GPS capabilities.  I read a few reviews and decided on Runkeeper.  Runkeeper is a great free app that uses GPS to track your runs.  It gives you the distance, your current speed, and your average speed.  You can also set it to alert you when you've gone one mile, half a mile, a quarter of a mile, etc.  I also like that I can post my runs on Facebook and Twitter.  I'm sure there many things this app can do that I'm not even aware of.  I should note that I had trouble running this app when I used my iPhone 3G (it was slow, it would crash, etc), but now that I upgraded to the iPhone 4S a couple weeks ago, the app runs flawlessly for me. It's also available on for Android, Windows, and Nokia.  For a free app, I'm not sure it gets any better than Runkeeper.

  • Shoes.  I was having trouble with blisters with my walking shoes and my friend suggested I look into Brooks.  I got a pair similar to the ones below, and let me tell you, they are soooo comfy.  Like running on air.  I also got some Nike Dri-Fit socks which I really love.  They really absorb the sweat (gross) and my feet feel great after a run, or even just a walk.