Thursday, October 28, 2010

Half Marathon Mom!

I made it across the finish line injury free! My time for the Women's Half Marathon on Sept 25 was 2:26:18!

I followed up on the race by getting runners knee at a 5k the next Saturday :( I have since run 2 miles total because each time I have run a mile my knee starts giving me trouble at the end of the mile. I am tired of not running though, and I'm going to pick up running with the Clarksville Running Club on Saturdays in November. We are moving in December so I will have to find out what my options are in Louisville! :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Training Injuries

Well I ran 4 miles and walked 2 on Saturday, so 6 in all, almost a 10k!

I would have never thought how easy it was a month ago. Of course I didn't expect to be icing my legs for two days either! When I entered my stats on I found out I had burned 1,000 calories by 8 am! THAT was a good feeling. :)

I got to run with my trainer and had the benefit of her Garmin Forerunner telling us our pace and distance. That thing was great!

My shins and ankles were sore Saturday, then yesterday my leg cramped like crazy. Everyone said I needed bananas. My friend Rocky came over and I dyed her hair (a fabulous job if I do say so...) then she took me out for a late night Banana Split at SONIC. It was so great to get out of the house of sleeping, sick guys to just enjoy some ice cream ;)

Now back on Mommy duty I am pondering whether to do my easy run today or tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Turn it UP!

I never wanted to be a runner.

I thought of myself as a walker and not just because Walker was my maiden name ;)

I enjoyed going on walks growing up, and I brushed off my husband's suggestion that I take up running.

Gaining 50 lbs and getting gestational diabetes while pregnant changed the topic of exercise from being one of whim to one of necessity. After having the baby I lost those 50 lbs by walk/running at an incline 2-3 days a week. I focused on training my Heart Rate to make my circulation more efficient, and the best way to lower my heart rate was by regular days of interval running.

Running still seemed a chore to me, and I avoided it with Group Fitness Classes at the YMCA. (I'm still working on losing 10 lbs and toning away the last of preggo tummy.)

Then I saw the promo for the Women's Half Marathon in Nashville, Sept 25 of this year. (I REALLY liked the t-shirt! ;)

My husband Richard encouraged me to look into it and went with me to find out about the group the YMCA was training for the race. As it turns out, the YMCA has a ministry called RESTORE which provides encouragement and accountability for regular exercise as well as Spiritual counseling. The YMCA is providing group training for the marathon as a fundraiser for this new ministry in Clarksville. I was excited about the opportunity to support such a great ministry, and that provided the challenge to push myself to a whole new level.

Check back to see how the training goes and follow my progress on  Daily Mile

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Freaky Friday

Friday started out happily - I made it to all my morning classes plus an extra tutorial session in male anatomy (could have been more awkward). I skipped my last class to go to the gym while my babysitter was still here. Made 2 miles in 30 minutes at an incline of 3.0%. Half a mile was running at over 5 mph and the rest was walking at a pace around 3.6. Burned 225 calories. Very productive seeing as my last trip to the gym was documented here on this blog. Next day I finally saw 152 on the scale! :) Yay!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Blues

Well, I guess it was more weekend blues. I haven't really worked out since my last blog until this morning. Result: Depressing Thoughts.

I'm very happy with myself and even with my looks after working out. Be it the endorphins or just knowing that I'm making progress keeps me from giving in to self-loathing thoughts.

This morning I made myself get back into it with a 10 min resistance workout using my custom video routine. I wasn't able to do as much because 5 days without exercise has left me relatively out of shape. If I can at all tonight I'm going to the gym to get 15-30 min of Cardio in and work back up to my 45 min stamina.

I did read my 3 chapters of the gospels this morning first thing: Matthew 27 & 28 and Mark chapter 1.

I have also started praying for my baby every day that he will receive and trust in Jesus.

YAY! I made it to the gym! Had to skip a class to do it, but I got 30 min on the treadmill. 2 miles, 200 calories. Incline 3-4% (300 vertical ft). I ran in 3 spurts. It felt so good! I MUST do a little cardio every day just for the endorphins.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sick Day Sweats

Well I made it to the gym thanks to my husband bringing some Aleve: Cold and Sinus home. I felt awful all day but an hour after taking Aleve I could breathe again. I hit the treadmill for 40 minutes, burned 200 calories and walked 2 miles. The calorie burn was so high because I kept the incline between 3-4.5% and walked at 3.7 mph for 10 min. I was very happy with that since I didn't work out on Monday. I'll do my resistance workout this morning and see if I get a chance to go to the gym for cardio. If I do make it to the treadmill I'll do some running today. That 40 min felt great yesterday, but I could have kept going. I'll need to run and push myself harder so I'm worn out in the same amount of time.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Great Breakthrough!

Today I got a lot of housecleaning done! I also cooked a Zucchini Casserole for a couple in our Sunday School class that just had a baby. ( I forgot to get a picture of it ;( It smelled yummy, so I'll have to make another so I can try it!)
This evening I didn't expect to get a chance to go to the gym so I decided to do extra resistance training while watching the Biggest Loser.

I used a 5 lb dumbbell in each hand and strapped on my 2.5 lb weights to my ankles for the leg lifts. I used a resistance band for the leg press. The bicep curls were the easiest so I did 2 sets of 20 interspersed throughout the rest of the arm routine. I did 10 lunges with weights on each leg.

Then my loving husband came home early and I had just enough time to get a workout at the gym before it closed at 8. Stats:

40 min
2.75 miles
336 calories

I did burst training to get this great turnout.
5 min warmup
6 min run at 5.6 mph
2 min cooldown
5 min run at 5.5 mph
5 min cooldown
4 min run at 5.4 mph
walked out the remainder
Even during the running my Heart Rate didn't get about 169 (upper limit for fat burning zone)! I have lowered my heart rate and endurance has improved literally by minutes. I have NEVER in my life trained myself to run even in 6 min spurts. I may just run a 5k after all and solidify my husbands admiration for all time! ;)