Sunday, Fun Day, Run Day

Sunday- Fun day!

I was writing a post about my whole weekend, but then I bored myself. Instead I am only going to post my Sunday run J

On Sunday I ran 7 miles along the Burke Gilman Trail. It was a good run and I felt like I pushed myself.

I used two apps to track my run. I used MapMyRun and RunKeeper. Both are below. I used both because I am trying to decide which I like better/ feel is more accurate.

I started to Run Keeper first and it was the last one I turned off, so that may be the difference in times….

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MapMyRun results

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RunKeeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does anyone else have a preference between the two or another run tracker programs? Why?

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Thursday words of wisdom!- Drink Water

Drink Water!!!

There are a bunch of studies out there and every one of them give you a different amount that you should drink every day. Some of the more common ones I hear are: Drink half your weight in Oz in water a day, drink a gallon a day, drink 8 8oz glasses a day, etc.

What I say: Drink as much as you can!

I get asked on a semi regular basis “What’s your secret to lose weight”. There is no secret, it’s about a healthy diet and exercise. BUT, if I had to choose ONE thing that made the largest difference… its WATER!!!!

Often when you feel hungry it is actually that your body is thirsty and you are dehydrated.

My trainer once gave me an analogy, it’s an odd one but it has stuck with me! Think of your body as fishbowl. We are primarily water. And if you are not changing the water in your bowl it will get murky and polluted. Just as you should change the water in a fishbowl you need to change to water in your body. 

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½ marathon training

Ready, set, half marathon:

As I have mentioned a few times previously I am working towards a ½ Marathon in December. To be more specific I am running the Amica Seattle (1/2) marathon on December 1st of this year.

While that may seem like its forever and a day away, I know it will approach whether I prepare for it or not.

I have been working on a training schedule that I found; the schedule is pictured below. I am currently working on week five. I found this training schedule on About.com. I am modifying the schedule as I go to make it work into my life and available times.

Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

1

Rest

2 mi

Rest

2.5 mi

Rest

3 mi

20-30 min EZ run or cross-train

2

Rest

2 miles

Rest

3 mi

CT or Rest

4 mi

20-30 min EZ run or cross-train

3

Rest

2.5 mi

CT

3 mi

Rest

5 mi

20-30 min EZ run or cross-train

4

Rest

3 mi

CT

4 mi

Rest

6 mi

20-30 min EZ run or cross-train

5

Rest

3 mi

CT

3 mi

Rest

7 mi

30 min EZ run or cross-train

6

Rest

4 mi

CT

4 mi

Rest

8 mi

30 min EZ run or cross-train

7

Rest

4 mi

Rest

4 mi

CT

9 mi

30 min EZ run or cross-train

8

Rest

4 mi

CT

3 mi

Rest

10 mi

30 min EZ run or cross-train

9

Rest

5 mi

CT

4 mi

Rest

11 mi

Rest

10

30 min EZ run or cross-train

4 mi

Rest

3 mi

CT

12 mi

30 min EZ run or cross-train

11

Rest

CT

Rest

3 mi

CT

5 mi

30 min EZ run or cross-train

12

Rest

2 mi

20 minutes

Rest

20 minutes

Race Day!

Rest Day!

 

I say it’s modified because I am not following it strictly, more using it as a loose guide. For example, I was not able to do the 6 mile run this past Saturday, so instead I did it on Sunday. Then yesterday I did a ~2 ½ mile trail run as way of an easy run.

I like having a loose structure to follow to keep pushing my distances further. This coming weekend I will step it up to the 7 miles… The furthest I have run to date (ever in my life) is ~7 1/5 miles (running without stopping), so for me next week is where I start really getting into new territory for me.

If I strictly followed this training it would take me to the second week in October… still about 1 ½ months prior to my actual half marathon. I plan to stretch it out a bit with a few shorter runs so that I can really build up to the actual race.

Web sites I like to read:

http://beta.active.com/ – I signed up for active.com and I get emails periodically from them. I really enjoy their articles as they have articles aimed at every level of runner. They also send local events that are coming up in your area.

                Running specific articles: http://beta.active.com/running

http://www.fitsugar.com/– through pinterest I have found Fitsugar. I find that I like a lot of their recipes as well as workouts and articles.

                Running specific articles: http://www.fitsugar.com/Running

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com – I have also, through Pinterest, found quite a few good recipes, workout, and tips through fitness magazine. 

For grins and giggles- here are some pictures from the Electric Run 5K I did this past weekend… because what is a post without pictures??? 

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There were SO many people there… it was hard to actually run, but still a good time.
that girl in the lower left hand corner of this picture does not look pleased…

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The wait at the starting line was almost an hour… people were finishing before we even got close to the front…

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Post run, we may be a bit sweaty.

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The post race party was pretty fun, danced a bit… but let me tell you, it did not smell like roses @.@

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sometimes you just gotta let the Jazz hands out

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I even got my boyfriend to do the run with me…

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Leah and I used to play rugby together in College. It was fun to see, run, and dance with her at the Electric run!

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Decked out in glow sticks.

The skinny on making fat choices- It’s not worth it!

This weekend I went out of town and met up with some really good old friends. I spent the weekend enjoying the sun, swimming, shooting, and eating all the sugar ever!

This past week I made “old Jenny” food choices this weekend. I ate like my inner fat kid was telling me to. —- Birthday cakes Oreos??? YEAH! That sounds like a great idea…. Thanks brain!

I overindulged in every aspect; I ate more than I needed, I ate nutritionally vacant foods, and drank Wine (yummmmmmy homemade wine)—– Great now I have that “red, red wine” song stuck in my head, well really just that portion of the song because I have no idea what the rest of the words are.

Ok, back on track; so, while I had a hoot and half hanging out with my old college buddies, I sure did feel the yuck from over indulging. You know what… It’s not worth it! My only saving grace from the weekend (workout wise) was that I did still do a 3.5 mile run on Saturday morning and swam laps in the pool…

So, on my way home on Sunday I decided that I really need to get back into hard core watching what I am eating and working out more consistently. I was letting myself have too many cheats and I could feel it affecting my body.

This week, I have done great! I have been keeping my daily caloric intake under 1,350. I have been making sure that those calories are comprised of a healthy mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

I have also been trying to get back into the groove of waking up in the morning to go to the gym— because there are just too many excuses to not do it in the afternoon.

I went for a run on Monday, nice long walk with a friend on Tuesday, woke up and went to personal training this morning, and am planning on waking up tomorrow morning as well, and then on Friday I am forcing my boyfriend to run a 5K with me.

I have been eating right and working out and I am feeling great!!! You body WANTS to make the smart choice, you just have to listen to it. 🙂

Below are pictures of my weekend:

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Fitness by Jenny

Yesterday I took a friend to the gym. She has slowly been getting back into fitness and has asked me several times to go to the gym with her. By the end of the workout I think she hated me a little….

Our workout:

  • 5 min warm-up on treadmill- walking pace (15 min/ mile)
  • 15-20 pushups, 15-20 squats, 15-20 lunges – repeated the set of three exercises three times
  • 10 pull ups (assisted with bar)- repeated four times
  • Step ups- 4 sets of 20.
  • I threw some box jumps in too, but my friend had to take a breather.
  • Dumbbell Incline bench press, Dumbbell flat bench press- switching between two, rebate both exercises three times.
  • Flutter kicks for 30 seconds strait into 5 leg lifts with split (legs up, down 6” from the ground, split them, bring them back together, then back up again).- repeated 4 times
  • 15-20 crunches- repeat 3 times.
  • 1 minute plank- repeat 2-3 times.
  • 5 Min slow cool down on treadmill.

At the end of the workout I’m not sure if my friend hated or loved me… but she sure was moving slower as she walked away from my car when I dropped her back at home. 🙂

Text today: “The pain is intense, but I feel good” 

Paintballing, climbing, and BBQs oh my!

What a weekend full getting outside and getting active! Then some serious eating too, but shhh… don’t tell. 🙂

So this weekend, I did my usual workouts including a few good runs (as I continue to work towards my half marathon in December). I also has the opportunity to explore new ways to stay active and fit.

On Saturday I went to the beach and played hours of volleyball. I can’t remember the last time I played; it might have been in high school gym. I really really enjoyed it. I was playing with a bunch of friends and it everyone had the right mix of relaxed competition. I am extraordinarily bad at Volleyball, but I make up for lack of skill with pure enthusiasm and over exaggerated dives into the sand.

I was at the beach from noon(ish) to 10:30 at night. I really enjoyed just being out in the sun and goofing around with friends, but holy moly was I tired when I got home!!! I tried to eat healthy-ish while at the beach. I brought apples, and quinoa salad to share. I did alright on food intake, but I did have a few more pieces of meat than I may have needed and I definitely did not NEED the two (cough…three) smores that I had at the end of the night.

On Sunday I went paintballing with a group of friends that I have met through my gym. I was not sure what to expect. I was worried about how much it would hurt and how competitive the other people would be. It ended up being a LOT of fun and quite a workout too. I was running from hidey spot to hidey spot, ducking, crawling around corners, popping up and around blocks to try to shoot the other team.

On Monday I had another first, I went bouldering at Stone Garden in Bellevue. Talk about an arm workout, wowza did (do) my forearms hurt for all that gripping, holding and pulling myself up.  I enjoyed climbing more than I thought I would. It made me want to do it more often and take it out into the real world and climb mountains…. Maybe I need to slow down a little and finish learning the basics first…. 🙂

After climbing however, I totally went rouge and went to Korean BBQ… so tasty but so much meat… and so much more than I needed!!!!!

I don’t have any picture from Volleyball, paintball, or climbing because I was too busy having fun to take pictures, but I do have some fun pictures from the beach and one of the Korean BBQ. 🙂

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Back on the bandwagon!

I posted earlier this week about how I have gotten a bit off track with my eating healthy and exercising.

I have made a conscious effort over this past week to improve and get back into it. I want to share of my tricks that I use to keep myself on track.

1)      Track your food!- I have been doing this for almost a year now, but recently found myself not logging when I ate something bad and skipping days all together.

  1. Tracking your foods holds you accountable for what you are eating. You become much more aware when you are eating things you shouldn’t be.
  2. I find that tracking my foods also helps me pace myself throughout the day.
  3. I use MyFitnessPal on my I-Phone and I really like it because it not only counts my calories but also breaks it down into percent of fat/protein/ carbohydrates.

2)      Be honest with yourself- you have the time and the ability to get up and out of the house. Just because it don’t feel like it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

  1. I am busy and when I have a free moment all I want to do is sit down and relax, but I get myself up and do something. I always feel better after a run or a good workout, it just convincing myself of that when the couch feel so good.
  2. If you have kids, pack them in the stroller or take them with you on the walk.
  3. If you go to the store park far away and walk the extra couple steps to the door.
  4. If you cannot do a long run, then start with a slow walk and build up. Go to the gym, get a trainer or a friend to help you.

3)      Accountability– Find someone who will hold you accountable and support you.

  1. This is big one for me. I was meeting a friend several times a week at the gym in the morning, but schedules changed and she could meet me in the morning anymore, so I just stopped going…. I have created a new accountability partner in my coworkers; we are training for a half marathon together.
  2. Support- MY boyfriend is very supportive of my weight loss journey, but it is hard because he eats very poorly, so when I am around him, the bad food choice are more available to me. This is something I am still working on 🙂

4)      Weigh yourself- I know some people don’t agree with this, but I weigh myself every morning and it keeps me motivated!

  1. When the scale goes down- I feel accomplished and like what I am doing is working. I find it reassuring to watch my progress over time.
  2. When the scale goes up- I know I need to change things up. It motivates me to change up my food and exercise to keep progressing further. It also shows me how cheating on my eating directly effects my waistline. 🙂

 

 

Perks of losing weight?- 1) I feel better 2) I am more confident in myself 3) I have more energy

The biggest perk of losing weight???? 4) more clothing fits me and my mom keeps buying me clothing!!! 🙂 I am wearing a shirt my mom bought me today 🙂

Fell off the Bandwagon! Crawling back on…

So, I have been bad recently… well not BAD, just not as disciplined as I was being. I find that I have reached a weight that I am very comfortable with and have gotten a bit lax on my diet and my exercise.

I was going to the gym most days, and now I am only actually making it to the gym a few times a week. I have been stepping up my running a bit, but want to get back into the gym more and lift some weights.

My problem?… My trainer (Joe) quite the gym… I was doing Monday/ Wednesday morning trainings, then he switched to evening so my gym buddy and I would go Mon/ Thursday mornings and would train with Joe on Tuesday afternoons…

When my trainer quite I got moved to another trainer, that I like OK, but I had a better rapport with Joe. I am meeting with my new trainer (Jeasen) on Wednesday mornings. This trainer transition also caused my workout buddy (Sandy) to move her workout times to the 7am bootcamp…. Too late for me to make it to work on time. So, long story short I no longer have someone waiting on me in the mornings to force me to get my lazy butt out of bed.

I HAVE been trying to run more and two of my co-workers and I are working towards running a half marathon in December. This has been good for me and I am excited to do a half marathon; but I am also glad I have 4 ½ months still to work up to it. We are doing the Seattle half marathon.

http://www.seattlemarathon.org/

I spent the weekend up at my parent’s condo and took a day trip to Canada. I went on two beautiful runs along the shoreline and walked all over Vancouver. J But I also ate poutine!!! We went to Fritz European Fry House and it was SO good!!

http://www.fritzeuropeanfryhouse.com/

But enough about terrible food I ate this weekend. J

Picture from my run and Canada:

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