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running: the good, the bad, the pretty, & the ugly.

it’s officially my last week of training for the rock n’ roll half marathon. (Virginia beach, September 2nd) this has been both the longest and fastest 12 weeks of training for my 3rd half marathon. there have been ups and downs and i’ve had quite the love/hate relationship with running.
THE GOOD:

  • if you read this post i wrote in may, then you can see how running for me has been very beneficial to my mental health. i haven’t had a full blown anxiety attack since i’ve started running..and whenever i do feel anxious, i go for a run and instantly feel better.
  • the 12 week plan i’ve been following (haven’t tracked it in a while..I’VE BEEN BUSY.)…has really helped me get faster. increasing my mileage, incorporating hills & intervals has really made my average pace a lot quicker than what it used to be. i’ve had so many PRs lately!
  • i basically can eat a lot without worrying too much because i burn a ton of calories during my long runs. (this is both good…and bad.)
  • it gives me “me” time to really think about things.

THE BAD:

  • i couldn’t really do anything except run for my workouts. i still did kettlebells, but kept the weight low because i didn’t want to burn out. my coach constantly tells me “the only way to get better at running is to run.” this is bad for me because i LOVE weight training. sure, i like to run…but it doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as lifting heavy weights or being able to knock out pushups like its no big deal. this makes me feel more fit and i feel like i see more strength gains and muscle definition from lifting weights than from running miles on end.
  • time. so much time was devoted to running that it made me dread having to go for a run. my plan made me devote 4x a week to just running which seems okay except that the shortest run that week would be 7 miles. umm..7 miles of running on a day you work 9-10 hours does not seem too thrilling.
  • even though i felt like i could eat whatever since i was burning so many calories…i was also consuming too much. it’s summer time…it’s fun time. lots of alcohol and eating out. expecting to burn the same amount of calories i consumed didnt work because i gained 10 pounds. and not muscle.

THE PRETTY:

  • since i was running so much, i wore out my ugly shoes and had to buy new ones. well, thanks to my unnecessary need for arch support, i got to pick out these hot pink sauconys.
  • since i gained 10 pounds, at least half of it went to the right places. hello boobs & butt, i don’t think we’ve ever met before…

THE UGLY:

  • running a lot = sweating a lot (especially in Iowa heat) = zits on face = not so pretty
  • blisters, blisters, blisters…plus callouses.
  • PAIN. ugh, there were just some days where my feet felt bruised, my knees ached, my quads were on fire, and my head hurt so much from thinking about having to run again the next day.

in other words..these past 12 weeks have been great…and not so great.

what i learned from this tough training schedule? ….i don’t want to train for another half marathon. at least not anytime soon.
i miss lifting, bootcamp style workouts, & running when i WANT to run..not because i have to.
but i will say that this plan made me faster, made me mentally prepare for running long distances, and gave me a lot of “me” time.

after september 2nd…it’s back to power cleans, deadlifts, bench press, squats, and snatches for this girl. and my next goal will be a PULLUP.

i love you running, but 3-4 miles is enough. after that..you kinda suck.

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whole life challenge

It’s a little bit on the sad side that I only post about once a month. This needs to change! I miss blogging even if I don’t say very much and it is mostly focused around my meals & workouts. that is what this blog is centered around though. oh and other aspects of health like sleep. which i haven’t been getting a whole lot of and should probably change along with everything else.

this summer flew. i cannot believe august is ending next week. i did have a lot of fun though, i just wish i did more. (i say that every year…) it gets harder and harder when you have to work an actual job.
summer highlights:

  • lollapalooza
  • wisconsin dells/madison
  • both warrior dashes
  • random pool party/fireworks
  • ingrid michaelson
  • my birthday celebration(s)
  • chad’s birthday
  • many many nights at the brew

i don’t regret anything except the massive amounts of alcohol & shitty(not bad tasting, just crap) food that i ate.
the sugar & grease led me to gain 10 pounds…in 3 months! whoops.
time to lay the smack down….i just don’t feel right. now i really honestly don’t care (that much) about the way i look..but the way i feel is important. and the fact that half of my clothes don’t fit pisses me off a bit.

if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably notice how i start these “challenges” and then i just stop. i don’t tell you i quit, but i usually end up quitting not long after starting them.
well, surprise surprise, i’m doing another challenge. but this one is different from the rest.

  • it cost money. (usually when i pay for things, i follow through because i HATE wasting money on absolutely anything….yes i am a cheap ass.) i almost didn’t sign up for it because of the price..but i know it will help me.
  • a buttload of people are doing it across the world. most of them are all crossfit gym affiliated. i am doing it through Courtney who blogs at Petite Athleat. Since I am on her “team”, it will be easier to have people hold me accountable. I don’t want to let her or anyone else down.
  • i really need to put down the alcohol. lately my workouts have been crap, i haven’t been sleeping, and i just really need to stop drinking the extra calories.
  • it’s only 8 weeks. 56 days does seem like a lot, but it’s not like i’m going to have to stick to this forever.
  • i really want to see what i’m made of physically & mentally. i feel like i could make some serious strength gains if i really focused on it.
  • i can still have coffee & peanut butter. thank god.

so you’re probably wondering…what the heck is this challenge?

It’s called the Whole Life Challenge. you can read all the details on their website.

Basically it’s a game that you follow and get points for your daily nutrition and workouts. It’s to change the way you look at your life and how to build & maintain the healthy body and mind in every aspect.

For nutrition you cannot have the following things:
– grains & starches, corn & soy, sugar & sweeteners, dairy, alcohol, soda, juice, and artificial or processed foods.

It’s basically paleo when it comes to nutrition except they allow legumes.

I’m a bit nervous about cutting out my greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and items that have sweeteners.

I know I’ll be fine with the workouts because the minimum is 10 minutes daily. I think I can handle that. 🙂

The challenge starts September 15th and runs until November 10th.

I’ll be ready.

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