Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Week 6....

Weigh in today was extremely discouraging and I'm just gonna hope I have a poopy scale.
Maybe I just need to stop weighing in. How did I gain a pound?

So I googled it this morning and here's what I found.

Question: Why Am I Gaining Weight During Marathon Training?
I thought I would lose weight when training for a marathon, but I actually have gained weight! Why is that?

Answer: You're not alone. Some marathoners-in-training hope to lose weight during their training, but they're surprised when they actually gain a few pounds or hit a weight loss plateau. One explanation is that as you're training, you're building more muscle mass, which is denser than fat. So while that may translate to an overall weight gain, your body fat percentage has decreased and you're more toned than you were before.

and then it went on about long distance running which I obviously don't do... but ended with some good points

If you've been eating a nutritious diet and you still find that you're gaining weight, try not to focus too much on that number on the scale. It could be inaccurate since our weight does fluctuate depending on what time of the day or month we weigh ourselves. Pay attention to other measurements such how your clothes are fitting, how toned you feel, body fat percentage, or inches lost. And if you really want to lose weight, remember that healthy weight loss takes time. Even with all the running that you're doing, you should not aim to lose more than a pound a week. So, try to be patient.


Oh and I did attempt my 20minutes yesterday. I got to 16.45 :( But it's longer than I've done before. I speed walked the rest and I did get to 3 miles.
I'm going to start iron pills like I should have been all along. I googled that as well and my symptoms are that exactly of another person who was informed of their low iron too so hopefully it gets better and I can see my performance getting better.. not worse like it has been.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

End of week 5

So we are finishing off week 5 of my crazy marathon training.
I haven't been able to post for a few days because my computer went ka-put but my wonderful hubby resurrected it and we're back in business!!!

So Friday I did my last job (must remind you all.. I don't run! I jog.. very slowly). It was quite the down day I have to admit. I didn't want to go but I forced myself. Unfortunately I did have to slow down several times and swear many many times but I got my time in. I didn't jog the full 15minutes either time. I had some weird thing going on where different spots on my body started getting real tingly.. like a ton of different needles poking at me. I had to push through it because it'd be too easy to stop. But towards the end, my foot started falling asleep.

So Kristy said it could be my shoes..
and Jon googled it and said it's probably my iron..

Either way, mama didn't like it so much!

And I didn't like the dissapointment I felt in myself. I need to find something to help with the endurance to keep going. I lack the drive to push myself so anytime I start feeling winded or blah, it's so easy for me to just quit. Cuz you all know... I got a lot to be moving when I jog! So it's quite the task for sure! But if I don't succeed, I won't be just letting myself down. And thats the hardest thing for me...

So we will continue. Maybe now as hard as I would like but I'll listen to my body and do as much as I can.

On to week 6!!! And the ending to week 6 is going to be the best part.. we leave for Florida!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Week 5 Day 3

Not much to say about yesterday but..

I pulled it off.

Did my 15/5. And whats scarier than that?? Next week, it's 20!!!!

Every since I joined the Y, I've heard several people talk about staying away from gyms or health clubs because how intimidating they can be.

I felt that once too.. but had to get over it pretty quick...

Sure lots of little bitties go but they are going for the same reason us phatty patties are. To get into better shape! We don't know what that 100 lb girl with the $50/session personal trainer is dealing with as far as self image goes? Maybe she's worried that if she doesn't keep up with constant exercize, her cankles will come back..

Every woman everywhere has some selfimage issue that they would like to improve. Heck men do too!!!

What about that 200lb girl who so desperately wants to be able to jog 2miles straight without passing out?!?!? Why shouldn't she belong there any more than the 100 lb girl?

We all pay for the same thing. And we're all trying to accomplish the same goal. To be the best WE can be!

I think gyms can be encouraging. Makes me want to be in shape like that girl over there... or when I see someone heavier than I am, it really impresses me that she's there trying just like I am.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is WHO CARES?!?!!? If gyms intimidate you, stay home and eat your ice cream. We'll see who gets better results.

Mmmmmm ice cream.....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Week 5 Day 2

So for the first time in my training, I gave up. I don't know why but I just didn't have it in my today. And it was and is sooo frustrating!!!!!
I hardly ate anything today so I didn't have the fuel I needed I guess. And I didn't drink any of my sweet sweet necture (diet coke) and I'm pretty sure thats like gas to my engine. So maybe?!?!

But it's very discouraging.

Like 2 steps back or something.

So I jogged for like 3-4 minutes and had to just power walk the rest. I got about 1.3miles and decided that I'd be doing myself a favor by stopping and doing weights.
I just wish exersizing or at least enjoying it came easier for me. Why does loosing weight have to be so stinkin hard?!?!? Why do I have so little endurance?

Maybe it's time to change up my music or something.

Weigh in Tuesday

Only lost 1 lb this week. I need to do better.

Less than 2 weeks til we are sailing the seas and I had really wanted to loose another 5lb so......
My goal for today is to drink at least 124oz of water. Ugh! But I can do it. Then of course my training.

Wish me luck!!!! I will be peeing all day long!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Week 5 Day 1

Training for the week...
Oh for the LOVE!!!

15min jogging, 5 min walking.. lather, rince and repeat!!

I forgot to mention we got a Y membership cuz the gym in our apartment complex el-suckos!

So went to the Y, took a deep breath and hopped on the treadmill. I honestly didn't think I'd be able to pull this off today. 15minutes is a mile for me (okay like 14.20 but still) and I've only jogged a mile 2 times in my whole life. But because it's my training for the day, I made the attempt.

And my attempt turned into accomplishment!!! I did it! 15minutes jogging at 4.3, 5 minutes recovery at 3.8 and then repeated. My second round, I said I just need to make it 10minutes. If I can do that, I'll let myself slow down because I need to build up to this. But when I got to 10, I told myself 12minutes. So I finished listening to Phil Vassars "Bobby With An I" (funny song BTW) and by that time, I only had 2.5minutes left so I had to just finish. And the 5minute walk was on air I was so excited!!!

And to finish off my workout, I went and shook my groove thing at Zumba!!!

Probably wasn't the greatest thing though that dinner for me was at Menchies *a super super yummy frozen yogurt place*. Oh well... it was worth it!

My thighs are burning though....

And we begin...

I should have created this blog a month ago when I made the decision to go forth and start training for this marathon.
To back it up a little bit, my "friend" (because why would a real friend decide to torture me so???) Kristy sent me a text one day and said she had a challenge for me. (jk Kristy.. love you. For now) And for those that know me, I am not one to back down at a challenge. So she asked if I would be interested in training for a 1/2 marathon in Sept this yr. After thinking about it, I figured there were worse things I could say yes to. But also for those that know me know I am sure as hell not one to run unless I'm being chased or running to the fridge because I left my diet coke in there!!! Alas.... I said yes and even paid to do this darn thing!!!

And thus began my journey to learn how to get off my bootay and start running.
I say running but in reality, I don't think I will ever be a runner. I can jog. Thats a much less scary word to me I think.

I'm not a skinny person. I must be a sight to see when I'm shaking my groove thing on the treadmill. I have a lot to carry and so little drive so this whole process has been a rollercoaster.. my thoughts have progressed something like this-

no big deal.. whats 13.1miles anyways?
can I do this?
I can't feel my legs....
What the heck did I get myself into?
WHY ME?!?!
Kristy- CURSE YOU!!!!!!!

So 1st week..
week of April 19th- Fast walking pace (13-16min/mile) 3 days a week for 30min. CHECK

2nd week..
week of April 26th- Fast walking pace (13-16min/mile) 4days a week for 45min. CHECK

3rd week.. and so it begins
week of May 3rd- Jog for 5 min and then walk at face pace for 5min. Repeat 2X's. 3 times a week for 30min. CHECK
This one was a hard one. I remember thinking I will never make it jogging for 5 minutes!!! I've never been able to jog for longer than 2 minutes without wanting to fall down! But I set my pace at 4.2 and just went for it. And I did it... one time I even did this outside! Huge accomplishment!!!

4th week..
week of May 10th- job for 10min and then walk at fast pace for 5 min. Repeat once
The first time I attempted this, I pulled off the 10minutes and walked the 5 but when I tried to jog again, I made it about 7.5minutes. I was very dissapointed so I walked the 5minutes and then made it up by jogging the last 2.5min.
One of those daya, I didn't have time to do the full 30minutes so I pushed myself to jog a mile. The 2nd one in my whole life!!!!! That was huge!
My last day doing this training, I ended up jogging the first 8 minutes on a 4% incline without even realizing it. I thought I was going to die! After fixing the incline, the rest was a piece of cake. Well not literally a piece of cake but that sure sounds good right about now!!!

So this is where we are today. Week 5! I can't believe I finished a full 4 weeks of training going from maybe walking a mile in 18minutes to jogging one in less than 15!!! There's hope yet my friends!!!