My First 10k Race

I thought the best way to train for the Princess Half Marathon would be to complete a 5k training program, a 10k training program, and finally move onto half marathon training. I’ve definitely been making steady progress and I’m part way through the 10k program before officially starting my half training at the end of the month. I thought trying my hand at running a 10k around this time would be a good way gauge my running. It may have been a little early since I was only about half way through the program on race day, but I gave it a shot anyway.IMG_1229

So a few months back my friends, Lori and Lisa, asked me if I’d be interested in running an Oktoberfest themed 10k close to home and it was the perfect chance for me to give this distance a whirl. It was local, it was German, and it was the desired distance: sold! I had run 6 miles in my training a few weeks ago so I wasn’t terribly worried about finishing, it was just a matter of how fast I would go. I didn’t go very fast, but I did finish! There were a lot of reasons for my slow race, and we’ll get to those; right now I just want to take a second to say I finished a 10k race. Yay!

And now onto the not so great parts of this story. Things were not ideal at all with this race, but I finished. What made this race so wonky? Let me list the ways: the start was a mess. They didn’t have enough bathroom facilities so the line was huge at start time. Since we waited, we missed the official start and Lori took off running across the field to get the to the start line. I sort of jogged behind her, but didn’t want to push too much too early. I pushed too much too soon anyway and I was screwed up for a the first mile and a half. I also didn’t have my apps ready to roll so I spent time trying to get myself set up and trying to keep a decent pace. It didn’t go well.

Eventually I settled into my usual pattern a little bit more, but lost steam much earlier than usual since I started out too hard and since conditions kind of sucked. What were this crappy conditions you ask? The event was advertised as the “flattest course around.” They lied. It was hilly. Really hilly. Even my friends who are more experienced runners than I am said it was rough. It was also hotter than I anticipated. It wasn’t so bad in the shade, but most of the course was in the sunshine. There was no real breeze to bring relief so it was just plain uncomfortable for most of the course. I promise I only have one more complaint. The course wasn’t close to traffic so I spent a lot of time looking over my shoulder for cars. Most of the time it was ok, but passing people was a real pain in the ass. Since I started late I wasn’t with a big pack so there wasn’t a lot of other people to share the road with, but every time I passed someone or they passed me I felt like we were taking our lives in our hands. Oy.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit some of my crappy performance was my own fault. I had only run once in about two weeks since I was working all the time pre-Nashville and then I was traveling. I was also exhausted from two weeks of crazy, travel, and class. I probably should have thought about these things more before I signed up for the race. These things were all my fault and I couldn’t blame it all on the race itself.

IMG_1231I can’t be all doom and gloom about my first 10k though so let’s talk about some positive things. Along the way there were kids standing in front of their houses cheering for the runners who were adorable. Let’s also not overlook the fact that I completed a 10k race and didn’t die! I never even really felt like I was going to die along the way since I decided part way through pushing too hard was not going to solve any of these adverse conditions. I ran and I finished when I lot of other people wouldn’t even try. That’s a victory right there. I can only get better from here and I will be ready for the Princess when February rolls around. I have plenty to be proud of after this race and a lot to look forward to in the future.

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Fitness Friday: Long Runs and Laziness

Here we are in the last full week of summer. I love summer, but goodness can I not wait for this humidity to be over! This weather certainly doesn’t make running easy so I can’t wait for the crisp cool air that October brings. I’ll be heading down the shore to enjoy the last official weekend of summer and I’m pretty excited to do one of my last runs at the shore for the season. I’ll be able to squeeze in at least one more in September, but its is crazy how quickly this season is winding down. I’ll have to find some fun places at home to run once the fall really sets in.

I was down the shore for the weekend so I did my Sunday long run along the promenade and was quite pleased with how it went. This week my training plan called for a 5.5ish mile run and I wasn’t feeling too intimidated since I has crossed the mental hurdle of doing five miles a few weeks back. I only walked when I was supposed to and didn’t take any extra walking segments. I was happy with my pace since it was way better than my 5 mile run a couple weeks ago and I feel like I’m improving every week. I figure I can only get better with all the months I’ll be putting in before my race and with every pound I lose.

My only issue post long run was my drive home the following day. I usually leave the shore house at about 6:30 am on Monday morning and drive straight to my office. The muscles in my legs were getting super tight during the 2.5 hour trek. I’m not sure how to avoid this other than taking frequent pit stops along the route to get up and stretch out. I wasn’t dying, but the trip was certainly uncomfortable. The other issue here was that getting up so early, the drive up, and then  a full day at work had just wiped me out and I didn’t workout on Monday night as planned. Monday is usually a gym day for me so I can lift weights. Instead, I went home and did my grocery shopping and was just knocked out on my couch before and early bedtime. I was still tired Tuesday and skipped that workout in favor of getting things done around my house and another early bedtime.

Luckily, I was feeling better by Wednesday and felt good for a session with my trainer. I felt good and strong while I worked out with him and not exhausted like I did the two previous days. I asked him about how I could arrange my workouts to better balance my running and weight lifting. I’m pretty well shot for the day after my long run and I like doing it on Sundays since that fits best into my schedule so it is often hard to get the motivation to get my butt to the gym on Monday. He suggested I do an upper body workout on Monday and a lower body Friday on my own and then we’ll just do our usual stuff on Wednesday. He gave me two lists (one upper and one lower) to try this week. It sounds like it should work out quite nicely; I’ll be sure to report back next week.

The rest of the week wasn’t too exciting. My usual walk with my friend Lori got rained out this week so that was kind of a bust. I did my short run last night on my own and felt pretty good despite the oppressive humidity. It blows my mind that my short runs are now the length of my long runs when I was first training for 5ks. I’ve come a long way, baby. It looks like I’m only going to do one short run this week since things got so weird earlier in the week. I may try to squeeze one in today, but I’ve got my doubts about how that will go. I will be going to the gym to do my first exclusively lower body workout before I head down the shore for the holiday weekend, though.

Speaking of the weekend, I hope everyone enjoys the day off! I especially want to give a shout out to all of my friends who are running in Disneyland this weekend. You guys are such an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to join your ranks in February! Kick half marathon and 10k butt!

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Weekly Weigh-In: A Bottle of Wine and a Loss

After my Weight Watchers meeting last week I hit the ground running and got lots of things done since it was the only weekend in August I spent at home. There was lots of grocery shopping, errands, cleaning, and food prep going on all afternoon. Saturday evening brought me to my friend friend Jill’s house to have dinner, catch up, and drink wine. Alcohol is the first thing I cut out when I’m living healthfully, but I will indulge on occasion. I intended to have one glass of wine, I had a bottle. Whoops. Luckily, it was early in my Weight Watchers week so I had plenty of time to make up for it. I was pretty strict the rest of the week and was sure to get in all my workouts.

One quick note about my meeting: I stayed since I was home and I like the meeting there. A woman was celebrating reaching her goal weight. Yay for her! It must be awesome to finally get there after all the hard work. Her goal made me feel better about how I have slowed down for the last year or so because it took her almost two years to lose 28 lbs. If she can stick with it through ups and downs then so can I. Sometimes you get a little inspiration when you’re not expecting it.

It was a typical week with lots to do. I worked out most days and tried to get my house together. There isn’t really much to report about my activities for the week other than my trip into the city which I’ve already discussed and my workouts which I also talked about last week. There was really just the usual juggle of my schedule and trying not to stress out about it too much. I’ve got a really busy few weeks coming up so I used this week to try to prep for those as much as I could. Balancing my workout schedule is becoming easier since I’ve made it more of a priority. All the other stuff will get done eventually, but running and lifting are taking precedent at the moment. Hopefully I can keep that up.

I went to the meeting at the shore Saturday morning, but didn’t stay since we had company. I lost 1.2 pounds this week! Since I almost always gain when I drink I was pretty pleased. Now I just have to keep the momentum going and continue to eat well. I’m getting plenty of exercise between my running and the program I have with my trainer, eating has really been the issue this summer. Summer is usually easier for me, but we’ve had a lot of company at the shore house and I’ve been traveling a lot so it’s been hard to be ready for the week. One thing I’m looking forward to about the fall is being home more, but that won’t really start until October. I’ll get there. It might take me a really long time, but I’ll get there.

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Fitness Friday: Training Check-In

My long run this week went pretty despite the bottle of wine I drank the night before it. Whoops. It was a little over three miles this week and it was my first long run in a while post illness. It definitely felt nice to get back to it even if I was pretty tired by the end. I was tired, but not dying so it was good enough all things considered. I also wound up going later in the day than usual and slept on a couch the night before so these all may have factored into my tiredness. My original plan was to stop on my way home from visiting a friend in the Hudson Valley for my run, but wound up going home first and running later. So there was no exotic location to report, just around the town where I live. Truthfully, it was actually kind of nice to run down the main road with all the big, old houses rather than going through while driving. I had a little more time to admire them as I trotted along.

My Tuesday short run got postponed due to scheduling and tightness in my legs. I should have taken the day off after my long run like I usually do, but it was the only day this week my friend Lori could go for our usual walk. So I agreed to meet her on Monday night the day after my long run. We didn’t go as far as we usually do, but we got a walk in and got to chit chat along the way. But by Tuesday I definitely needed a rest day. I’ve been having some tightness in my cavs and my foam roller is at the shore house. I’ve been trying to rest a little and stretch a lot to work it out.

I usually do short runs on Tuesday and Thursday, but I pushed them off this week. I got up early on Wednesday to do my run since the forecast was for hot temperatures and I had my trainer in the evening. I was also exhausted from my trip into the city the night before so I rolled back over and fell back to sleep when the alarm went off. I wanted to run between work and the training, but that didn’t happen either since it was hot again and I had work to do. So, finally, on Thursday after work I did a short run. It went pretty well aside from dealing with the humidity. Even though I should have had a day in between I did my second long run this morning so I’d be ready to roll on my long one for Sunday at the shore. Yesterday’s storms must have really cooled things off because it was lovely out this morning. I did a quick spin around the track by my house and was happy to get it done. I’m feeling ready to take on my long run on Sunday. 5.5ish miles with ocean breezes? Yes, please.

As for my resistance workouts, they’re going pretty well too. I meet with my trainer once a week and he gives me a list of things to do the other two days that I lift. I certainly haven’t been perfect, but I’ve mostly been consistently doing my assigned workouts as long as I’ve been healthy and home from my various travels. I’m pretty excited to share that I did real push-ups this week instead of girly ones! I guess this lifting stuff is paying off. He didn’t even ask me to do them, I just busted them out on my own and we were both shocked and really pleased. I definitely feel stronger all the time and now I just have to start eating properly more regularly to see the results on the scale.

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Seeking Joy Over Stress: Life Lessons from an Engagement Party

I love New York, but I don’t go as often as I should. I’m always traveling and crazy busy, and never want to deal with the trains and such. This is ridiculous and I know it, but it becomes easy to ignore the city when it’s in your back yard and you see the skyline every day. This week, however, I had a good excuse to head on in and I didn’t even wait for the weekend to roll around. You see my dearest friend, Felicia, got engaged this summer and a friend of their’s was throwing them an engagement party at his apartment.

First, a little background, Felicia is my best friend and has been since our sophomore year of college. We actually met on our very first night at Skidmore, but then didn’t hang out again until the end of the year when a mutual friend got us together. We’ve been quite the pair ever since. Sure there have been times when we wanted to kill one another, but that’s what happens when you’re super tight. Neither of us have sisters so I sort of count her as my would be sister. She and her fiance Matt got engaged a little over a month ago and I couldn’t be happier for them. I’m also thrilled and honored to have been asked to be a part of their wedding as a bridesmaid.

She insisted I didn’t have to make the trip in for a weeknight party, but who could I resist the chance to go in especially to celebrate the engagement of people I love? Plus that whole I’m a bridesmaid thing means I should show my face at these sorts of events, no? There are only three of us girls in the wedding party and one lives in San Francisco and one lives in Chicago. I’m the only one who could even think of being there and I didn’t even hesitate to say yes.

I spent far too much time debating whether I’d drive into the city or take the train. I’ve lived here all my life and I’m still not 100% on navigating the subway since when I usually take it I’m with someone who lives in the city and I just follow them. The location was too far uptown to just walk so if I decided mass transit was my best bet I was going to have to figure it out. Much to my surprise it wasn’t so bad to get directions online. I just followed them and got to host’s apartment without any problem at all. Maybe the subway isn’t so bad after all huh?

Once I got there I had a really lovely time. To begin, the apartment was in a pre-war Upper East Side building. This is pretty much right up my alley. The setting was lovely, but the company was even better. I hadn’t seen Felicia’s parents in ages so it was so nice to see them and catch up with them a bit. I’m sure there will be much more opportunity for that in the coming months. The bride was also insistent that her college BFF met all of the other people at the party, especially the girls who would probably be at other future events like showers and bachelorette weekends. I couldn’t say nicer things about people I met! They all went out of their way to include me since I didn’t know anyone except the couple and her parents and were just a fun group. Bring on the bacheloretting!

Anyway, I was so glad that I had the chance to attend such a love filled event. It is obvious that Felicia and Matt are ready for this next step and are very excited to start their lives together. I wish them nothing but love and happiness for the rest of their days. I’ve been to a lot of weddings over the last year or so and have two more (at least) on the agenda for next year. It has meant a lot of traveling and expense, but seeing people you love so happy is well worth it.

I’m finding it’s important to make time for these sorts of things and to stop and celebrate with your loved ones no matter what the occasion. These are the things that really matter; not the pile of work on my desk, the amount of dust accumulating on my shelves, or the other 50 things that stress me out. Even if it’s not something as big as an engagement party or a wedding, but just a chance to sit on the beach with your friends, those are the moments to savour. All the other crap will be waiting for me when I get back.

In my journey toward a healthier life, I’m constantly seeking the balance between my to do list and the things I actually want to do. I think my Tuesday night visit to the city made me realize maybe I don’t have to struggle with this quite as much. Put the stressful stuff to the side more often, and just enjoy the company of people I love even on a Tuesday night. Hopefully I can continue on this path of focusing on joy rather than stress!

Life is flying by and I don’t want to miss a moment of it. On that note, happy engagement to my dearest Felicia and Matt! I’m so looking forward to all of the celebrations to come over the next few months.

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Weekly Weigh-In: Not Enough Hours in the Day

So far this summer I’ve mostly continued my up and down pattern. I did pretty well in June, but July put me back in the lose two pounds, gain two pounds business. This week I set out to turn things back to positive in August. After finally feeling better after back to back illnesses I tried to really get back in the swing of things this week. I also vowed I was actually going to show up at a Weight Watchers meeting for the first time in over a month (it helped that it is the first time I’ve been home on a Saturday in a few weeks).  So how did it go? Let’s find out.

The weekend posed several challenges since my brother and his kids were visiting the shore house. There weren’t a lot of salads on the menu with a 7, 5, and 3 year old running around, but I did my best and even skipped some of their sweet treats. I also got my first post illness run done and was feeling pretty decently about it. How many calories can you burn making sand castles with kids? It was really nice to spend some time with the kids at the shore especially since I hadn’t seen them in a few months. They really need to chill out with that whole growing up thing. I’m pretty sure my nephew will be taller than me by the time he’s ready for kindergarten in a couple years. Lordy.

Monday was a rough day on wellness front. I wound up calling my doctor to get an antibiotic in hopes that would kick whatever was going on with my sinuses. I spent a good part of the morning feeling dizzy again and decided something needed to be done. The good news is that I think the little pink pills worked! I’m feeling much better than I have in weeks and seem to be getting back to my regular routine. I did skip Monday’s workout because I felt like crap, but I worked out every other day this week so I’m feeling ok about it.

I was also feeling kind of overwhelmed by my schedule early in the week too. I know I’m always going on about how busy I am, but usually I can deal with it. Every now and then I just get overwhelmed and freaked out about what’s on my agenda. It happened this week when I tried to make an appointment to get highlights and a hair cut in September on my only free Saturday for the entire month and my stylist didn’t have room for me. I’m going to have to split up my appointment to get everything done. This means leaving work early one day to get highlights and going back a few days later to get a hair cut. It is not normal to not be able to squeeze in a hair appointment. I’ve also been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that’s already on my calendar for next year. Two of my dear friends are getting married a month apart from each other and I’m a bridesmaid for one of them. There will be weddings, showers, bachelorettes, and dress fittings to attend which is great, but lordy is it going to be a balancing act. I’d like to make a formal request for no one else I care about to get hitched in May to June time frame next year, please? Pretty please?

I calmed down a bit and things improved as the week went on. I’ll figure out my schedule and balance it like always.  Getting a new toy always improves one’s mood no? That’s right, folks I convinced my dad/boss I needed a new lap top without the old one actually totally dying. My dad doesn’t really believe in preventative medicine, and he’s very much an if it ain’t broke don’t fix it kind of guy. He also doesn’t understand technology to save his life so this was a feat. Stupid Best Buy was out of the one I wanted when I went to buy it last week so they had to order it. They told me it would be sent to the store and I could pick it up when it arrived. However, when I got shipping notification it was being sent to my condo. That’s all well and good, but I’m rarely actually in my condo. Luckily I was able to take some work home (this rarely happens) and hang out and wait for the UPS man. My new computer is so shiny and purrrdy. It will give me some motivation on the blogging front. Oh yeah, it was also a short run day. I was definitely feeling better for this one.

The rest of the week was pretty much just focused on work and working out. I had another good session with my trainer. It is nice to really see progress being made there even if it doesn’t always show up on the scale. It also really helps that I genuinely enjoy his company even when he’s kicking my ass.  I also got in another short run and went for a good long walk with my friend Lori on Friday and grabbed some dinner with her. Walking is much more enjoyable when I have company. We usually wind up walking for about an hour and it always seems to zip right by while we chat.

Finally, Saturday was the moment of truth; I was finally getting back to my Weight Watchers meeting. I had been weighing myself at home and I knew I managed to take some of what I had gained over July with my lovely up and down pattern. When I got on the scale at the meeting, it said I was up .6 lbs from the last time I had officially weighed in. Not terrible for not having gone in over a month, but I’m not thrilled with my performance this summer. Summer is usually the easiest time of year for me, but we’ve had tons of company at the shore house this year, there have been a bunch of events scattered about, and it’s just been rough.

It is funny how sometimes life just works in you favor though, my first meeting back really resonated with me since it was all about how everyone is so busy and they have to make time for their health. At the beginning of the meeting the leader asked everyone who thought there aren’t enough hours in the day. Everyone stood. She then asked us to remain standing if we have trouble achieving a work/life balance. Most of us still stood. The third request was to remain standing if we put other people’s needs and schedules ahead of our own. Most of us still stood. I realized I’m not alone and it really made me feel better about my ridiculous schedule.

So this week I’m going to focus on my workouts (which have been going quite well lately) and not eating like an idiot. Eating properly has been where I’ve been struggling lately. I don’t eat terribly but I haven’t been doing as well as I should be. Time to get back on the ball. There will be lots of grocery shopping and planning over the weekend to get ready for what will be another busy week. Let’s see how much I can lose this week shall we?

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Dizziness Doesn’t Allow for Running

Well, I was all excited that I had completed a five mile run last Sunday, but I haven’t run since. I planned to do a post all about my first significantly long run, but that never happened either. So since I’ll probably spend a good portion of time during this post whining, let’s also talk about something positive. I ran just over five miles and didn’t die, didn’t feel gross afterward, and probably could have done more. Not too bad huh? The only issue was that I got a headache about 3.5 miles in which I think was probably because I didn’t have any coffee before my run. Yup, I’m addicted to caffeine and I accept it. I’m trying to figure out a way to get some caffeine into my little body before long runs without drinking coffee. Any ideas?

Anyway, my headache slowed me down a bit for that last mile or so and I walked most of that distance rather than switching between running and walking like I usually do. Obviously this took my overall pace down a good bit, but I was still pretty happy with my performance for my first run over five miles. It definitely gave me a boost of confidence that I can tackle this 10k training as long as I stay healthy. I’m really excited to get back out there for another long run in the very near future. Hopping over a mental hurdle like five miles was a big moment for me and I was feeling pretty darn great after finishing even if I did walk a good bit of it. I can only improve from here so I’m really pleased with my first attempt.

That was all well and good until I got sick the next day. I had stayed at the shore to help take care of my mom who was also sick. I went to the beach and felt just fine, but when I stopped to pick something up at CVS on the way home all of a sudden I was seriously dizzy and my stomach was an unhappy camper. I headed home and was totally miserable out off the blue. I wound up in bed with crazy stomach pain for the night and a good part of the following day. On Wednesday I finally started to perk up a little bit. As you can imagine there wasn’t any running happening since I felt like crap.

I went home on Thursday since I was feeling better and it might be nice to actually make an appearance in my office at some point during the week. The trip up really tired me out so there was no way I was going to even go for a walk that night. Another night of sitting around. Grr. I only stayed home one night and then went back down the shore for the weekend. Luckily, I rode down with my dad so I didn’t have to drive and I was finally starting to feel like a human being. I at least got a bike ride in and a bit of swimming over the weekend before new symptoms cropped up.

Sunday morning I woke up with a wicked headache. I didn’t think much of it so I just took some Advil and hung out instead of going for my scheduled run. I swam a bit again, but that was the extent of my workout for the day. When I got back to the office on Monday I was really, really dizzy and the headache was back. I didn’t feel like I was going to pass out, I felt more like I had just gotten off a boat so I didn’t really think I needed medical attention. But then it didn’t go away and my headaches were getting worse. Awesome. On Tuesday I bit the bullet and made an appointment with my doctor’s office.

I hate going to the doctor. Like a lot. I’m a big chicken and I probably always will be. I had to go to a different doctor than my usual, but I was willing to take it since the room was moving like a cruise ship. I thought maybe I had an ear infection that was causing my dizziness, but she said my ears looked fine. Instead, she thinks I have such bad sinus pressure that it’s making me dizzy and giving me headaches. Oh, and I also had a bit of a fever. She told me to just take Sudafed to try to clear things out and if that didn’t work then she’d prescribe an antibiotic. Running while really dizzy didn’t sound like a good idea so there was another night of just sitting around. I get bored sitting around for an hour, never mind days so you can imagine how I’ve been feeling.

The Sudafed seems to be be working though! I definitely feel less dizzy and the headache is certainly less of an issue. I felt well enough to workout with my trainer on Wednesday and I survived. I think he took it a little easy on me since I’ve been sick, but I still made out ok. I’m not sure if I should have worked out, but goodness did I need it. It had been over a week since I did anything but an easy bike ride and a bit of swimming. I was going crazy without it. Apparently I’m addicted to caffeine AND exercise. There are worse things to which to be addicted.

I’m hoping to get back to running over the weekend. I probably should have gone this morning, but my headache was back. Come onnnn sinuses! I could go this evening before heading back to the shore (yes, again) but we’ll see how the day goes. My brother’s family is coming down this weekend so I’m unsure when I’ll get time to workout before Sunday, but hopefully that can happen too. If all else fails Sunday is long run day. Even if I just do a short one, I need to get back to moving. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get right back into the swing of things without having to restart too much. 1.5-2 weeks off isn’t ideal, but that’s life. Time to get over this illness and get on with the training!

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Fitness Friday: 10k Training Begins

This week started a new chapter in my journey toward the Princess Half Marathon. I started 10k training! If you’ve been following along on this crazy trip you may remember my plan was to do 5k training, followed by 10k training, and then really get moving with a half marathon training that should get me really on target to finish my race in February. So it feels pretty awesome to be moving on to the next step and accomplishing goals.

The Jeff Galloway plans have runners doing two short runs and then a long one each week. I haven’t done the long one yet (which is mysteriously 5 miles when next weeks in just over 3), but I’ve felt really great during the two short ones (just over 2 miles). I can’t believe what used to be a long run for me is now a short one. I may have pushed a little bit and did these two short runs on back to back days so that I could be in the right place to do the long run on Sunday, but I still felt strong. I think the awesomely cooler weather we’ve had here in NJ has really helped in that department too. I haven’t felt like I was going to die of heat exhaustion during any of these runs. That’s always a nice bonus.

I’ve also increased my walk/run ratio to a minute of running than a minute of walking. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I thought it was really good. Hopefully I’ll still be singing the same tune after my 5 mile jaunt this weekend. I figure I can definitely slow my pace down a bit to muscle through those 5 miles. I’m not expecting greatness, but I’m hoping I can at least keep up that 1 to 1 ratio during the entire outing. I won’t be too upset if there are a couple skipped running segments though either. This is going to be a biggie and I need to be realistic.

With my being off to an awesome start I already have a race in mind too! Some friends and I will probably do a local Oktoberfest themed race at the end of September! Clearly this is what this little half German needs to do. It might be a little short on my training calendar, but I think it should workout if I keep up with my runs. Plus I mean there’s bound be a lot of beer at the finish. God I miss, beer…

After a few weeks of being wishy washy on the running front between my schedule, the extreme heat, and not feeling challenged I feel like I’m back in the right place. Bring on the 10k! I’ll definitely be giving updates on my progress with this training program along the way so stay tuned!

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Weekly Weigh-In: A Successful First Week

The week started on a really high note when I went on a day trip with some of my friends. We went to Pennsylvania to check out New Hope (a very cute little town) and a nearby farm which grows lavender. Luckily, I have friends who like to plan these things and I just go along for the ride. I would have never have thought about going to a lavender farm, but it turned out to be a really lovely day. The weather was gorgeous so we wandered and enjoyed the sunshine, the scenery, and each other’s company. We may have also enjoyed the homemade ice cream from a little shop in downtown New Hope. We had such a good day!

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Sunday was spent preparing for the rest of the week. I ran errands and grocery shopped before coming home to cook and chop veggies for my meals throughout the week. In an effort to keep my goal of trying a new recipe each week I made a Chicken Enchiladas Skillet. I’ve tried a couple of other recipes from this site dedicated to Weight Watchers recipes and liked most of them. I’m sure I’ll be looking here again throughout the summer. This recipe didn’t disappoint. It was tasty and super easy to throw together. I also made sauteed onions and peppers to go along with this Mexican inspired delight. I had it for dinner several nights along and had a big salad most days for lunch. It seemed to workout just fine.

The rest of the week was the usual busy, but manageable pace. I was working early and late most days which is always a thrill, but never really felt too stressed out about it. I did some projects around the house, like a new frame arrangement above my couch and just tried to check things off my ever growing to-do list. I already wrote about my workout schedule in my Fitness Friday post so I won’t rehash that. I was really satisfied with the amount of time I put into the gym and running last week! I just have to remember working out and living healthily are my priorities and the rest of the stuff I have to do will have to fit around that.

I was on the fence about whether or not to go down the shore this weekend, but when some friends decided to spend the 4th at the house at the last minute, my mom said “then you’d better go down and help me clean this weekend.” Since I was mulling going anyway, I didn’t have any problem packing my stuff up and heading to the shore. My only ugh thing about it was going to the Weight Watchers meeting down there. Luckily there was good news when I got to the meeting! I lost two pounds this week! All that working out and working hard to get back on the right track with my nutrition paid off! I really feel like I’m getting back to where I need to be. It certainly isn’t perfect, but my intensity about living a healthy life is back and that is the biggest boost I could get.

So I’m off to a good start after my first official week back on Weight Watchers. This coming week will face some challenges with 4th of July and friends coming to the shore house, but I’m pretty sure I can make it work. It may be one of those weeks where I’ll just be happy not to gain, but I can be satisfied with that. Sometimes you have to live a little. Stay tuned to see how I did with the holiday at the shore!

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Fitness Friday: Staying on Track

This week has been a good one on the fitness front! I worked out every day except for Sunday so not too shabby huh? I’m getting back into the running routine, even talking myself into getting my butt out of bed to run in the wee hours before work. With all these workouts to discuss let’s just do a quick overview:

Saturday – Run that turned into a walk. I set out to run, but my legs felt like lead so I wound up just walking. I’m not sure why this was happening, but at least I didn’t just throw in the towel and go home. I also did a fair amount of walking around when I went on a little day trip with some friends so that had to have added to the calorie burn this week.

Monday – I went to the gym after work and did 20 minutes on the elliptical (mostly because being on a cardio machine bores me even with a TV) then lifted weights for a while. I was quite pleased with this workout and felt like it was another step on the path back to my healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday – Tuesday I got up early and ran before I started work for the day. I probably should have gotten up earlier than I did, but I got it all done. It’s been really hot in humid here in New Jersey this week so I was really worried this was going to be a sticky mess even at 7 a.m. Luckily, it wasn’t nearly as miserable as I predicted! I got my run done and was ready to take on the day… after a shower.

Wednesday – Wednesday is trainer day so I met with mine after work. We did our usual hour pushing myself and chit chatted along the way. I’m pretty sure these sessions are half ass kicking and half therapy. We compare crazy lives and are able to make fun of ourselves for them and we get along just fine. Love that guy even though he kicks my butt on a weekly basis. He also keeps telling me I’m more athletic than I give myself credit, we’ll see if I start to believe him.

Thursday – It was another running morning and I managed to get myself out of bed a little earlier this time. It was a rough run between the humidity (way worse this day) and probably just being tired. There were definitely a few times I audibly swore when Jeff Galloway told me it was time to run, but I muscled through and got my run done. Hopefully my long run over the weekend will go smoother. Since it will be the water hopefully there were at least be a breeze. Please?

Friday – I’m heading down the shore tonight, but will stop at the gym on my way out. This will mean arriving at the house later than usual and driving later than usual after a long week, but this is what needs to be done. I’ll just have to do a short bit of cardio so hopefully I can get out of there in an hour or so and head down the highway.

Even when I was home and not working out this week I stayed off the couch got some stuff done around the house. I worked on a little project with hanging frames above my couch and did lots of cleaning and food prep. Even on the night I tried to take it easy and just hang out I found myself feeling bored and started poking around finding little things to do. Sitting around is not much of an option for me when I’m in the healthy frame of mind so it feels good to be getting back to that place. Hopefully it will keep up and I’ll become more and more active.

I weigh-in at a Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow so hopefully all this working out will pay off on the scale. I’m pretty sure I will like my results, but we’ll find out tomorrow for sure. I hope everyone has a great weekend full of fun ways to get yourself moving!

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