Attempted Runner.


It’s going well! 
09.09.16, 21:15
Filed under: Fitness, Nike Training Club, weight loss

I gave myself a month before I provided an update. I wanted to get into the swing of things with. I didn’t want to add a bunch of stuff right off the bat and get overwhelmed. I took it “easy.” 

For the first two weeks of my new-found goal in life, I focused on food. I joined weight watchers. I made better choices. I used a scale to weigh out portions. Once I handled food decently enough, I incorporated the gym. 

I tested it out with a four day pass. I then signed up, and basically, I have gone 5 days a week for the past month. Some times it was 6. I never went less than 5, except when… I was on fever/side effects for vaccines watch on Nuggs. I made a schedule so I wouldn’t go in and just half ass it. 

Monday – cardio. 

Tuesday – legs/lower body

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – arms/upper body. 

Friday – Nike Training Club for at least 45 minutes. 

Saturday – swimming and cheat day!!

Sunday – rest

My schedule seems to be working out well.

When I tie them together, the results, a little over a month later are pleasing. 

I’ve lost 10.8 pounds and 2inches everywhere except my thighs (0.5 down) and my arms (no change). 

One month down, a bunch to go. 



#Janathon 7: Just do it? No, Just did it.
01.07.14, 20:03
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I was so busy at work, completing task after task, that I thought it was Wednesday all day. That is how much I got done at work. I was all excited for Wednesday because my scheduled work out was the bosu ball. A workout that is fun but challenging all at the same time.

On my way home from work, it dawns on me that its only Tuesday which meant I had to do  the NTC Nike training app. I don’t like these workouts, as they are more the circuit HIIT type workouts…which include burpees. Whose with me? Anything with burpees, heck no! It’s hard.

But, I did it. During the second round of burpees, I did change it and do walk outs instead. My pushups turned into mush ups…and my planks turned to stanks. I just don’t have a whole lot of upper body strength, so not a lot of action gets done, even though I try. Thus, the who reason why, although I hate these types of workouts, I must do them.

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Just do it? I just did it.



Failure is always an option

A few weeks ago was when I gave up.
I tried excercising and I tried counting calories, but I just couldn’t get the scale to budge. I still had the dreaded ten pounds that wouldn’t go away. In the process of trying to loose it, I just got so frustraited (keep in mind this has been building for the last few months) that I gave up and took a break. It was then in my act of desperation that I was hit with a brilliant idea.
Well, let’s not call it brilliant just yet. I’ll need to see what the end results are before I can call it anything.
You know how they tell you that when you hit a plateau, to eat a little more than normal in order to throw your body off and it won’t know what to do? So, when you do start eating right again and whatever else, it helps you break through the plateau? Well, that never worked for me. I just continued to stay at the same place week after week after week.
Cue genius moment.

I was thinking, maybe I would throw my body so off kilter that it’ll have no choice but to move off the plateau.  So, for the last two weeks, I haven’t done anything. No running (except reading, dreaming or thinking about it). No yoga, even at times I felt I needed a nice stretch. No lifting weights or squats. I didn’t step on the scale, I didn’t log into myfitnesspal.com and I didn’t put one article of dry wicking clothing on. Part of my evil genius plan was to even make it a point to gain 5 pounds.
Crazy, right?
Or bloody brilliant.
The only way to loose something, is to gain something first. I had nachos every day for two weeks, I had cream cheese frosting on my pancakes, I ate and ate…I ate like a wretched champ.

Somewhere along the line, I forgot that I would have to stop at some point and get back on track. I failed at that. I failed at not meeting my original goal. However, I agree with the MythBusters; Failure is always an option.

If you fail, then you finally know when you can start over and try again. Henry said it best.

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Today marks the end of phase 1 in my expeirment. No more being the type that I tend to criticize in my head. You know, the ones who don’t even try. The ones that might complain about being overweight but never do anything about it. Well, according to the scale this morning, I’m back into the “overweight” category at 166.

But I’m going to do something about it.

I dusted off the cobwebs from my MyFitnessPal app, so I’ll be starting that first thing tomorrow. I also spent about 2 hours creating my training calendar for the next few months. The picture below takes me 13 weeks in, up to the first week in February, but overall I have things “loosely” scheduled into July…because there are a few Half’s that might start to look promising. I only say loosely, because I don’t want to jump the gun with my knee.

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I’m starting over, 1 mile at a time. It might take 13 weeks to reach the highest mileage of 6 miles, but again….sometimes you got to start from the begining to get to where you were. If it takes me 26 weeks for a half marathon, I’m ok with that too. I prefer to ease into things if I have too with my knee and not overdue it. I got tired of sidelining it for most of 2013. 

As I said, I was 166. That means I gained 6 pounds. I’m still ok with that…it was my idea, remember? I’ll loose the six and hopefully, the last ten to go with it. I lost more than that before (50lbs) so when you have a new starting goal to loose, 16 pounds doesn’t seem as traumatic. It’ll be easy, right?

Right?

Let’s just hope this expeirment has a good end result. It’s real science here at work, people. I got a hypotesis and its time to experiment….please just let me reach the right conclusion.



One too many squats and I’m more of a NOT-ary.

Week 2 of training shouldn’t be hard. It’s week two for goodness sake. Week 3 or 4 maybe, because you get into more runs and more muscles-are-starting-to-feel-all-the-cross-training. Week 3/4 all makes sense, but not week 2, I barley got started.

Week 2 was easy. Monday run 2 miles. Tuesday NTC. Wednesday rest. Thursday kettlebell, Friday yoga, Sat. 3 mile run and sun. Rest.

What really happened: Monday was a tough 2 miles. My stupid ITBS decided to shoot some pains into my knee somewhere towards the end. I did my 2 miles, but it sucked and made me get that, why am I even doing this – I’m not a runner attitude.
Tuesday, I forgot why, but I ended up not even doing my workout at all.
Wedneday, I decided I’d swap Tuesday and Wednesday. I did the NTC workout and why do squats have to be so…..I don’t know what word I am looking for is. They are bad, but good all that the dame time. After 30 mins. of a lot of leg work, I could barley walk without Jell-o legs. I was able to stand tall when trying on my wedding dress though.
Thursday – I didn’t do my workout because my boss had this crazy idea to have me be a notary, as well as my other 15 job titles. She said my training and exam were Friday (as in 9/27). However, she told me this on Tuesday (yes, just three days prior!!). I decided I had to study instead.
Friday – My hamstrings didn’t want to work because of all the lunges and squats from Wednesday. Why is it, two days later you always feel it more? Or is that just me? I walked around with the sore swagger.

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When I sat up or down, I made grunting noises. Oh it was fun. I also sat in this Notary class/exam from 730-530. I would like to say I did well, but I don’t think I did. I don’t care what people say, that shit is hard. It’s one thing to study and have a good instructor, it’s another to only have 3 days to study and have an instructor that was so wishy washy. Its a lot to learn and I was getting so confused. The instructor was like, “It’s a felony to do this…..no excuse me, I said that wrong…it’s a misdemeanor.” “A acknowledgment needs this….no excuse me, I said that wrong…a jurot needs this.” Rinse and repeat that for the entire class. Even the notaries who were there for recertification were answering questions wrong and looked just as confused as I was…and they’ve been doing it for 4+ years! By the time the test came around, I was answering like him….oh it’s A. Wait…no it’s C. Fuck! What did he say? I could only get 9 out of 30 wrong. I think I may have gotten 10-11 wrong. I was fine with it earlier today, but now I can’t sleep from it. I wouldn’t say it’s entirely my fault becaud the instructor couldn’t get his words right and I had such short notice so I couldn’t study as much as I’d like too, but “I’m smarter than that.” I should pass it the first time. Specially if my co worker passes and I don’t. That’ll be horrible because she’s not one of the fastest learners. Unless she knows how to play dumb really well in order to not have a lot of duties assigned to her. In my position at work, if I fail, it’ll suck even more. Not to brag, but my co-workers and boss have me on this pedestal, you’re-smart-you-know-everything-you-never-mess-up (hence my 15 job titles), and if I didn’t pass….then crap.
Anyway, I ended up doing a full hour of yoga to help loosen my hammies up and to detox from this notary nonsense.
Tomorrow (it’s really today, Saturday, as its 1am) is a 3 mile run. J and I plan to do the flat course. I hope it goes better than the rest of the week. I’m still deciding if I should take my scheduled rest day on Sunday or do something since I skipped Thursday. I did do an hour of yoga instead of the 30 minutes, but I don’t really consider yoga much of a workout. It’s tough but it’s too easy. It’s like squats.

The good news in all this, In my last post I mentioned I gained 4 lbs of wedding dress stress. I think after getting my dress on Wedneday, my stress deflated because I was 159.8 this morning.



Best day in training: Rest day

As mentioned earlier, my training started on Monday. I did my two miles. Tuesday was my 30 minute cross training day. I did the 30 minutue fighter fit workout off the Nike Training Club (NTC) app. Now, I haven’t done a cross training type workout since my fake heart attack episode 1.5 months ago. Now, the workout itself wasn’t hard. I didn’t sweat as much as I had in the past. The giant 24″ swamp fan might have had a play in that. I didn’t feel that it was as strenuous. Could mean I’m getting stronger either though I haven’t done much or it means I didn’t push as hard. I don’t think that’s the case. I did the workout how I normally would, so I’m going with…I’m getting better, stronger, at it. I only swapped out two of the routines (lateral side hops and high knee jumps) because with my knees acting the way they do I wanted to eliminate the hard impacting moves. I replaced those two with knee raises and bicycles.
Earlier in the day my knees were hurting. By the end of work they were killing me and I wasn’t too keen on the idea of doing the workout. I ignored that feeing and did the workout anyway. In the beginning…. Continue reading



The day I became legit is also the day that training started.

   IMG_20130913_143442I really like that picture above. I found it off Pinterest from some girl named Laurie. Not sure if she made it or stole it from somewhere else. Now a days, who knows who the real owner of things are.

More exciting news:

I GOT A DOMAIN!!! I wasn’t going to purchase one until I had at least 100 blog followers because then I’d feel like I’m at least I’m interesting enough and then when your interesting it’s only fitting to be interesting with a .com name….but Brandi Reynolds said, “If you want it, just get it.” So, earlier today, that is exactly what I did.

Please, hold your applause. I’m still the same old person I was before, just with a .com name!  Check it out!

http://attemptedrunner.com

Ok, obviously if you’ve been to my blog before and just clicked the link above then its nothing exciting because it’s all stuff you’ve seen before. With that being said, today also was the first day in my training program!

Yesterday, I went to Sports Basement with a 10% off coupon. I only was going to purchase a less aggressive foam roller because the one I have now (that Trigger Point one) is too much on certain areas and makes me not want to do it at all. I know foam rollers are little pieces of death makers themselves and you’re suppose to have some kind of “OMG!” reactions, but I just couldn’t take it. Lets just say that I went in with a foam roller in mine and I walked out with a little more.

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Not only did I get the foam roller, but I also got the handheld water bottle holder by Nathan. J was saying that it was time for some new shoes as hers are about to be retired. While I was at Sports basement, I noticed that they had her New Balance 860V3 on sale for $80. I called her up and she said, buy them! Since I had my coupon she got her shoes for $78 after tax and overall I saved like $12. I contemplated on getting myself another pair of the 860v3s but I resisted. It was hard, but I did it.

I made a pit stop on the way home to Staples and got a monthly white board calendar so I can log my training. I spent about an hour laying out my training plan out on the board. I ended up using the Nike Training plans because I like them, but rather than just copying it down, day by day, I modify it a bit. I had to accommodate for race days. I also removed some of their NTC workout plans and added my own; Bosu Ball, elliptical, bicycle (if A ever gets it down from the hooks in the garage for me). That way, my training has more of a variety and will keep me away from the boredom rut.

Since I’m pretty much starting out from scratch again after my latest injury……

Side Note: I got X-rays done just to make sure I didn’t tear my meniscus and they came back ok. No sign of degenerative arthritis or something else. I forgot what my doc said. Bottom line, my knees are ok. He did refer me to a physical therapist though who said that it sounded like I had ITBS and/or patella-femoral syndrome. The PT did a phone consult first and sent me a pamphlet with stretches and strength exercises that she wants me to do for a few weeks. If my knee doesn’t get better or gets worse, then she’ll make an appointment and see me in person.

……I’ve decided that for the next 18 weeks, I’m going to break it up my training into three sections. The first 6 weeks I’ll be doing a 5k program. I figure I can go slow and not jump right into training too quickly. Hopefully by then, my knees won’t be weaklings anymore and I won’t need to see a PT. I can then step it up a notch. If all goes well, the second segment (week 7-12) I’ll do a 10k training program. If I continue to do ok and no problems arise, I’ll have the last 6 weeks (segment 3) to a Half Marathon training. If my knees are not up for the challenge, I’ll just continue the last segment with the cross training schedule the same, but keep the mileage around 10k’s, at the most.

Since my first training day (for the 5k) instructed me to do an easy 2 miles, that’s what I did. I also took this opportunity to test out my Nathan handheld.

IMAG1330I noticed that when I was doing some of the 5k’s, I thought it was a little overkill to be wearing my hydration belt and it also got annoying. I got the handheld so I can ditch the hydration belt and go light. This one has a 22 oz. water bottle and a water-resistant pouch for my phone and keys. I thought it would be too heavy and annoying once filled up and holding my phone but during my run today it was alright. At first it was a little weird, but towards the end I got use to it. I’m excited though….I have the iPod armband tan, the Garmin tan, the ankle sock tan, starting to get the shorts tan…I just can’t wait till I get the water bottle holder hand tan.

During my run, I did the first mile in a little less than 14 minutes. I got a little ache in my knee so I walked maybe 1/8th mile or less. Because my knee was hurting, I stopped for a second to get my knee brace on. I started the second mile with a walk to adjust to the knee brace (make sure it was on comfortably) and then I did a combo of walking and running. It wasn’t until the last 1/4 mile that my knee started to really hurt so I slowed down. I think I did that one in 16 minutes.

Like a good physical therapy patient, I did my PT stretches and foam rolled. Grabbed some lunch, got ready and went to Cheesecake Factory to pick up a cheesecake because it’s A’s 30th birthday. With him being 30 today, that just means that my birthday is coming up soon. I’m going to be 30. Maybe that’s why I’m signing up for more trail runs than I have in the past…its going to be the year of the Dirty 30!

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After A’s birthday dinner and when I was walking I got that sharp pain in my knee again. The one that makes me stop in my tracks. I’m like, “REALLY?….Asshole.”

Yes..I call my body parts that hurt, derogatory names. And yes…I’m ok with that.

I figured I would take an Epsom salt bath to help release whatever is holding my ITBS up. It seemed to help the last time and I heard it was good for releasing that kinda thing. I grabbed my salt and my Mr. Bubble and sweated away. I lasted a whole 30 minutes this time! I realized they should call it an Epsom SWEAT bath because that’s all you do. I think I wiped my head like 5 times and it wasn’t helping…Look at that sweat glisten!

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Everyone is all like, “We run SF!”

And I’m over here like, “Um…no WE don’t.”

There is no, I, in we.

I am not running SF.

My company (that I work for, not own….if I owned it , I’d be a bloody running millionaire) is big on the whole healthy lifestyle. They offer healh programs, health fairs and farmers markets, just to name a few. But..they also offer a chance for their employees (i.e. me) to win 1 of 35 spots into this year’s Nike Women’s Marathon (or half) in San Francsico.
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The logical part of me says, wait until next year when they offer the spots again and youre ready for it. Wait until next year, because you won’t just be returning from a 6 month long injury (I’ve been back 10 weeks!!). Wait until next year when you trained for it. Wait until next year when 6.5 miles doesn’t hurt. Wait until next year when youre not afraid of hills (ptsd, I’m working on it).

The runner in me says…

ENTER TO WIN!!! Run SF!!!!!

Alas, I need to be smart. I’ve had to do a lot of that these last few weeks. I mean, I do want to run the NWM and I know I can keep their pace requirement (I just won’t pee or tie my shoes a bunch). I know I can go 13.1 miles. I now know that I can do it. But I can’t, because I am smart and apart of me is still afraid. I want to sign up for another half but I’m not ready and I don’t want to get injured again. I rather take a year to train for a half than a month. I rather take it slow then go too fast and ruin everything. My long runs have been around 5-6.5 miles, exlcuding the one unplanned 8.66 miles at the lake.  During each of those long runs my hip/groin start to hurt at 6.5. Except last week, but I also think it’s because I walked a lot more than my usual lately. How would I be able to go another 6.6 miles with it hurting? During my long runs, I still get worried on the hills. Downhills are suppose to be the easiest, not the scariest. At the end of those 6-7 miles runs is when I get physically tired…..at mile 6-7 at the NWHM, is where the hills begin. 300 ft elevation change only to go up another 200 ft. It’s not until mile 10 when you come bcak down. I wouldnt be able to hold strong, not even if I trained for the next month. I would fall back and get picked up. I would DNF and in my noggin’ that’s worse than being last.  So, I shall wait for me to heal, to train (and stick with it) and to mentally conquer my demons. Until then, I’ll just sulk in my own self pity and wait for the email offering free registration for 2014 NWM. Only then, will I get to run SF and be apart of the “we” bunch.

Besides the entry to win the NWM slot closes on the 22nd.