3.1 miles

Last July my parents fly me home for my birthday. They did it since I’d lost my job and was taking it kinda hard. Right before I got out there my sis-in-law called me and asked me to do the Milltown 5k. I said sure, but I would only walk since I hadn’t been running or training or working out at all. She said it would be fine.

Holy crap was it not.

I finished in 1 hour and 5 minutes. I was dead last by almost 30 minutes. It was embarrassing  They were packing up the line when I stumbled across it. I was red faced and exhausted. The 90 degree heat at 8 am didn’t help.

In December, I walked my second 5k. It was muggy and hot and I finished in just under an hour. I was quite proud of myself. I’d been working off an on with the sit to fit people but I was disappointed that I wasn’t running it. I was having lots of trouble breathing and it was great but awful.

Now, I’ve been working on a modified C25k program. I’d say technically I’m on week 4 but I switched to outdoor from a treadmill so I went back to week 2 so I didn’t push to hard. Basically, it’s 90 seconds of jog/run and 90 second of walk. with a 5 minute cool down/warmup. Over the weekend I got it in my head that I should do a whole 5k and see where I’m at. So I did it.

I finished at 54 minutes with 3.19 miles. It would have been faster but I had an 18 minute mile in the middle because of a phone call that I had to take. I also did most of the cycles, only skipping ones when I needed a longer recovery from a hill.

I feel really proud of myself about yesterday.



Sit to Fit

Tracey, my bff, talked me into joining a running program. It’s called Sit to Fit and basically it is like a couch to 5k program with a group, done by The Running Spot. It meets twice a week at 6:30 pm and then breaks into groups and goes out for a run. There a walking group, 2 run/walk groups and a running group. The run/walk is split again with 1:1 or 2:1 which is basically running v walking. So the 2:1 is 2 minutes running and 1 walking. At the end of it all we participate in a 5k. (The Jungle Bell 5k: http://www.racedmc.com/2012/Dec/08/flyer.pdf)

To be perfectly honest, I was confident but nervous. I haven’t really exercised since I went back to work, which was the end of August. Driving into downtown Cincy isn’t a killer but motivation is very hard to come by when I have to walk about a half a mile to the car, and then sit in traffic for an hour.

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Jingle Bell Run 5K for Arthritis  (Photo credit: mainerunningphotos)

Last night was the first night and I feel pretty good about it. I went with the 2:1’s because I didn’t want to walk and Tracey doesn’t do 1:1’s very easily. Plus I want to work up to full running. Not to mention its cold outside, I’m not in practice and I usually run on a treadmill. Thankfully I didn’t do horribly. I was able to do 2 sets of the full 2 minute run. Then I was able to do 3 sets where I got to 1:30. Which is better than expected, I’m looking to do more on Thursday. The other thing, I did a mile in my fastest time yet, so I think I was going faster than normal which wore me out a little faster.

So for Thursday, my goal is to take it a little slower and get at least 3 full sets. I’d like to make it a goal to increase my full set number by 1, I’m not sure if that’s realistic yet. I’ll find out on Thursday. If I can’t make it a full set, then I’d like to get through the whole workout without missing a running section, even if that means lots of 1:30 sets.

Weight wise I’m still struggling. I’m hovering around 215, and depending on the day it’s either 212 or 216. I’m not super concerned about it any more. Honestly, I’d love to be 105 and a size 0 and not have to pay extra for all my clothes but I don’t see that happening. So lately I’d been focused less on how much the scale says and working on just being more fit. We’ll see how long that lasts though, lol.

Go Cincinnati

Where did I leave off? Oh yes. Week one of 5k training down and I feel good.

This past weekend was the weekend of Go Cincinnati. For those that don’t know, a lot of people get together and go do projects all over the city for places that support the community. It was the brain child of a church in Mason called Crossroads. I’d like to stat right out that I’m not a member of their congregation, I’m not really a strong believe in organized religion. A friend invited me to the event and I’m glad she did. It was a lot of fun and hard work.

I was part of the group that was working in the Children’s Garden at Gorman Heritage Farm. We started just after 9am and went until just after noon. We cleaned out wood  chips so it could be replaced, we helped dig out a bed shaped flower box and move it, and then we spent some time with the animals of the farm. It was a really cool experience and we’ve decided to sign up to volunteer at the farm. I was sweeting my butt off but it was good work. I have a lot of picture on my twitter feed of the days events, and you can also check out all the projects on twitter with the hashtag #gocincy. Also here some news coverage!

We skipped the trainer because we were so wiped out. In fact the rest of the weekend was a bit of a wash as I was far too tired to do anything but my house hold chores and those didn’t get done since I was a horrible achy mess. We made up for it on Monday night though. Monday I usually have Belly Dancing, but it’s been tough to get too over the last few months with doctor’s appointments, stress, and it being on the other side of Cincy. I fell kind of ashamed saying that driving across little ol’ Cincinnati is a pain, since it’s such a small city. Seriously, I grew up in NJ next to New Brunswick. Cincy is like a slightly larger version but yeah… I’m getting soft!

So Instead of Belly Dancing we headed over to the Gym. I’m glad to report that I made it completely through my workout, all 30 minutes with giving up. Sure it was hard but it was good. I felt so great about it. Then we took a walk on the treadmill for about 30 or so minutes. I was so happy with myself. Going to the Gym with my friends really helps me push myself to try so much harder and stay longer.  I’m supposed to be starting week 2 with the couch to 5k program but I think I might spend another week at week one, but make myself walk faster and with an incline instead of going the minute on and minute off. I think I should hold off pushing myself until all the test results are back, or at least until I’ve seen the people at Good Samaritan.

Couch to 5k: Week one Complete

The day after the trainer was rough. I was still really tired and few of my muscles were sore, but not sore enough. You know that feeling right? When you had a great work out and you know the next days is going to be trouble because you won’t be able to move without groaning? I didn’t have any of that, I woke up the next morning and totally felt like I could head over to the gym and do that whole workout again.

That gives made me feel slightly disappointed in myself, I felt like I hadn’t pushed my muscles hard enough. I also realized that my muscles are still kind of there, but maybe my stamina and breathing might not be. I felt disappointed at first, thinking that I’d let myself wuss out and give up before I could really push myself. Then I remembered that feeling on not being able to breathe and the light headedness and I knew that wasn’t me just giving up. It was a legitimate need to stop and take a breather. So, my conclusion is that I pushed myself and my endurance but not my muscles, and I’m actually okay with that.

Halfway through last week Dan and I decided to change-up the routine so that I have the car at lunch, which means I can hit up the gym during the day. I was able to get to the gym only once, for a multitude of excuses, most importantly a doctor’s appointment. I’d been dreading and looking forward to this for months and I was not going to miss it. I even left work a bit early to make sure we had plenty of time to get there.

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English: Jenny Craig, Inc. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was the appointment to see my General Practitioner and I had a list of questions I wanted to ask.  I explained my weight loss troubles, and while I don’t think he 100% believed me that I was doing everything right, he did agree that my weight was an issue. They took some blood, right there in the office, and I was given a referral to Good Samaritan Hospital Weight Loss Center. I made the appointment with them on the 29th early in the day and I’m kind of nervous about it.

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati)

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Samaritan is a good hospital and I’m glad that I’m finally going to someone “official”, not that Jenny Craigisn’t official but they are not medical staff. They don’t have doctorates and go to school to study nutrition or the problems involved with weight loss. They do surgery’s there but my insurance doesn’t cover it and I don’t think that’s right for me.  I have the ability to lose the weight without surgery and I should really exhaust all non-surgical options first.

I’m prepping for my meeting with the nutritionist by staying on my normal plan but I’m also being much more diligent about writing things down. I’ve slacked off a bit in the past two weeks when I was feeling like it didn’t matter, and I want to be able to print out the information from Body Media and say, “This is my intake and this is my deficit, and this is how I bust my ass. Why am I stuck at 220lbs?” I’m hoping that their solutions work or the solutions from my Gyno.

The great news about this week is I’ve completed week one of Run Your Butt Off‘s couch to 5k program. Next week I’ll be doing my normal 30 minute walk (maybe more) with 4 minutes walking and 1 minute of running. The running won’t be faster than the walking which sounds difficult. I’m excited to get back to running, walking is great but I love that feeling of that I get when I run.

Fridays and Trainers…

Hello Friday! I love Fridays.  Two days that I don’t have to go to the office. Two days that I get more activity and more face time with my friends. Fridays also mean that tomorrow is Gym day with Tracey! I love gym day. If I didn’t love playing video games and reading so much I might have been a gym rat… I’d also have to be less lazy. Heh.

This week while I was at work Tracey talked to the Gym people and met with the training staff; we decided it was affordable enough so we signed up. I meet with the trainer every week at 1:30 on Saturday. Dan will be joining us at the gym but not with the trainer. He plans on walking the treadmill for the hour or so we will be there. I got him to join me when I went on Sunday and he got a good 30 minutes of walking in. He agreed that joining me was a good idea and that his back felt good afterward. I’m super excited for the trainer but I know I’m going to be bemoaning that decision right after we start, ha.

The other thing I’m really excited about is a book my sis-in-law sent me. It’s called “Run Your Butt Off. It’s from the magazine Runner’s World and it’s basically a 5k program with more information and extra stuff. The extra stuff is that they took 16 people and had them do the program they want you to do and you get little tips and tricks that those people discovered, as well as advice, and other things. The book is about weight loss at its core but I found it a great reminder or things I’d forgotten about running. It really is for someone that hasn’t started running yet or just started. Not exactly for my level, but I’m not so far beyond is that I can’t make use of its tips and tools. I’m thinking of actually starting over and following the progress of the book, it’s a 12 week program and if I stuck with it I’m sure I’ll catch up fast enough.

As I said, it’s a couch to 5k program. They do the same things that everyone else says you should do. For example, they do the whole walk 3 minutes run/jog 1 minute and they step up every week until you are running a full 30 minutes. This is suggested by everyone so it’s nothing revolutionary but it is presented in a pretty cool way. The profiles and bits from the 16 test subjects are neat. I love the tidbits they provide. I don’t know what my current rotation is and I haven’t been tacking (which is probably the problem). So maybe starting over is a good idea, I’ll surely “catch up” quickly.

Another great thing about this about this book is that it’s not meant as a something to just read through and then remember or make notes and do later. The chapters are informative and interesting and are meant to be read as you go. Not as you run, obviously, but as you complete the steps. I’ve finished chapter one and have yet to move on too far, I did read a bit and the next chapter seems to be about moving up to the next level. Since I had not decided I didn’t move ahead. So far I’m enjoying the book, I’d recommend it, but only if that kind of thing motivates you.

PS, You’ll start seeing articles (like the ones below) on my posts. I’m adding them because they have more information about things or because they are blogs covering the same things. Surf on friends…