Category Archives: Exercise
1/5/12 Today was 45 degrees outside! It must be the greenhouse effect :0P
So I took my sweet 3 yr old to preschool and my 1 yr old and I hit the track outside. She likes to sing. It was only 2 miles and thank goodness because I’m not sure if I could have sung Old McDonald any more times! And she always wants him to have a ‘doggie’ Poor farmer McDonald all dogs and no cows!
I feel like I’ve gotten better at the jogging stroller-I didn’t tip Andy out and she only said WHOA twice! I’m still trying to figure out whether or not I like to push with my left or my right hand. The other hand is free and I’m wondering what pushing it is doing to my form… I’m thinking that before too long I’ll probably have to go to the runners store and have them check my form out to see what damage pushing the stroller has done.
On a side note, there is a little hill on this path around the field and I like it because its like a dare every time I come to it.
Stretching tomorrow and then 5 miles on Saturday!
See ya later!
1/4/12 Workout: Today was sprints on the treadmill. Followed by Ab Ripper! I got my interval workout from FitSugar website. Its 5 mins on speed 5 and then going up and down from 5 to 7,8 and 9 every 2 minutes for the next 35 mins. I burn a lot of calories this way and have been excited that on my regular long runs my speed has increased.
The hubby was sick with the stomach flu through the night so I waited until the afternoon to do my workout to give him time to sleep-the treadmill is in our room. I hate waiting on a workout-I just feel like the day hasn’t begun until I get it done…
Tomorrow is suppose to be 45 degrees out. Warm enough to do an easy 2 miles outside, just in my Pearl Izumis not the vibrams-can’t stand when I can’t feel my feet! :0)
I have the single jogging stroller I use on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I drop my 3 yr old off at preschool and head to either the outside or indoor track at the local rec center. Not sure I could handle more than 3 miles on a double jogging stroller…
Tomorrow morning is my P90X rest day.
Off to bed!
So I started back up again. I am now officially back and training for my first marathon. I’m going to stick with blogging this time because I definitely want to document everything that I go through during this journey-and I mean EVERYTHING-so I’ll warn you before I get too graphical! :oP
You wouldn’t believe it but I am still running. Wow, with the training and a fun filled summer, I totally left everyone hanging. Well everyone that read this blog and doesn’t follow me on facebook or twitter. If you don’t-I suggest you click the fun little tabs at the top of the homepage cause thats where you’ll hear from me the most…
I did run the half marathon. We got on a bus super early in the morning, stood around fires for about an hour, made a quick stop at the porta potties and then took off running. Xiao literally took off. Long story short I finished in 2 hours and 5 mins. It was the most painful, heartbreaking (cause I didn’t make my 2 hour mark) longest time I’ve ever been sore experience. So you know what I did next? I signed up for a 10K just one month later.
I ran the July Freedom Festival 10K and had a lot more fun with that. Although my knee had been hurting still-but more of that on the next post. So then what did I do, I signed up for another half marathon. This one I’m taking it easy and enjoying the journey. Its a Halloween run, and I got my husband to agree to do it with me-we’ll be going as star trek characters.
And if that wasn’t enough, I already signed up for the full marathon in June of next year. You could say I’m addicted. I like running now. No, I probably won’t like doing another full marathon, and to be honest, I don’t actually like the racing part-yet… But I LOVE a challenge and I like the goal of a race. I would never get out and run just for running’s sake, but the thrill of a start, the research going into what nutrition is best and then the anticipation of my time all keep me going.
So there, you have it. I hate to run because I love it… And I actually invested in a good pair of shoes this time around.
When I first started, besides my shoes, I had no other gear to help me brave the cold weather-and thats because I didn’t WANT to brave the weather. So I ran and ran and ran indoors. I did my 3 miles, my 4 miles and even up to 8 miles on a Treadmill. Then I ran out of Biggest Looser episodes and was forced outside. That first run set me free and my LOVE for running began at that moment. Now, I can’t even stand to do 2 miles-today was very tough. (I still run indoors when the husband goes out cycling-it’s a give and take relationship we have)
Anyway, I actually did some research on how to run on the treadmill before starting to make sure I utilized what I had.
There are several pages worth of info if you google ‘training on a treadmill’ with lots of helpful support as well as plans to use the treadmill to your advantage. You can use them to work inclines and if your treadmill does it (mine doesn’t) you can use it to work declines as well.
Here is a fellow who has run a half, two full and an extreme trail ultramarathon-and all training was done on the treadmill.
So there you go-the hubby is off to work early, you cant leave the kids alone-for me, it wasn’t an excuse to reach my dream. I found a way through.
Here is a video I did at the very beginning about how to start with running. Most people think you just GO. And thats one of the first ways you can hurt yourself. I know I wouldn’t be able to have come this far without having a proper shoe fitting first.
Now there is a huge debate over supportive vs. ‘natural’ shoes and I do have an opinion, but thats for another post.
PS I actually learned how to pronounce the name of my shoe since recording the video-goes to show how VERY NOVICE I was and that if I can do it, you can too!
I’ve actually talked with several different people on different occasions this week about the issue of weight. Even on the Biggest Looser we see Dan had his goal weight written down on his arm-the weight he shoots for when he steps on the scale. I know that there are a lot of people right now using the term “beach body” or “bikini body” especially as Spring comes to a close and the summer season is around the corner.
I want to talk about two very different terms when it comes to weight. You have your ideal weight-the weight you always dreamed about and you have your maintainable weight. VERY different numbers.
I’m 5’5 and would LOVE to be 125 pounds and thats even middle ‘ideal’ weight according to some sites! But the reality is that I’m not going to strive for that weight. The reason, because I want to be HAPPY. Why wouldn’t I be happy if I was at my IDEAL weight. The reason is that its not something that I could maintain. I am working out 6 days a week and doing the best I can to watch my food intake and I at this very point in time with 2 kids and running 2 businesses-I’m not able to up my pace.
When setting your maintainable weight, you need to really ask yourself if once you reach it, can you maintain the same exercise and diet pace for the rest of your life?
I’m all for challenging yourself and pushing your limits but there is a difference between achievable, maintainable realistic goals and dream goals. I know, I know, this sounds completely different from what you hear-and let me tell you, DO NOT finish this and say, well Lorri says that I shouldn’t push harder or work harder. As in the words of Jon Bon Jovi:
Don’t get too comfortable with who you are at any given time – you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be.
BUT the last thing we want to do is set goals that right from the start will destroy us mind body and soul. Hence the reason I am running a half marathon-I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone, but NOT trying to be iron-woman or even a marathon right off the batt because I would set myself up for failure because I would have to pull from my time as mom or wife or business owner and then I wouldn’t be happy inside…