Happy Wednesday


I started my new plan of exercise. I’m really enjoying getting back into my dvd exercising and I know I need to do those strengthening exercises. My other plan was to aim for better breathing while running by pushing myself aerobically.

When I was out Monday running (and gasping for air) I got to thinking and it was nagging me that this was not the way to do it. Well, the gasping part. That doesn’t seem right to me. I wish I could afford an expert right about now. I really am confused on how hard to push myself.

I ran a mile to warm up, then tried some hill sprinting. The hill was a ton of fun actually. I got to run faster than normal (wheee) and so fun to hit the top and get to stop! I walked back down the hill to catch my breath and repeated 4 more times. (This isn’t a very big hill, just big to me).

When I got home two things happened. My shin started hurting and I found an encouraging comment on one of my posts by Runningcurves (thank you). She mentioned I should check out Jeff Galloway’s books about his using a run/walk ratio to qualify for Boston. So, while icing my shin, I checked out Jeff’s website. I have to say he makes a good case for his method. He claims a high success rate, faster times, and less injury. He says you should never run so hard that you can’t complete a sentence without gasping for air between words. Hmm, just what I was thinking. He said to always walk before getting to that point. I didn’t get through all his information or order a book yet, I was mostly checking out the beginner stuff. But he says this method is good for experienced runners also.

Based on the time you get doing his run test, you follow his recommendation for intervals repeating run/walk through the entire distance set for the day. This is how I started doing my c25k and somewhere I decided I needed to progress faster to running. Which lead to running until I couldn’t and then walking, which is what he says not to do.

I’m going to take what feels like a step backward and try this method to see how it goes.

Monday was also the day I set to sign up for some 5k’s and zumba class. Abbi at Where the Wild Things Are suggested I try zumba for some good aerobic work (thank you). I was able to find a local class starting soon. Since my shin was hurting (a lot) I decided to wait a few days on the 5k’s. But I signed up for the zumba class anyways, because I knew if I didn’t right away, I would chicken out. I really can’t dance and I really have trouble following any kind of routine. But I need to get over myself and do some social exercising. I really believe in pushing out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it works out ok, sometimes not (and that’s ok) but you don’t know unless you try! So next Tuesday evening (once a week meeting) I will start doing some cha-cha-cha-ing or maybe la-la-la-ing, I don’t have a clue.

The shin is doing better. I rested yesterday, no exercise at all. Today I will try a little run/walk and see how that goes.

New workouts


I had a great Valentine’s weekend. But I ate out every night: Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I didn’t make the worst food choices, but it seemed more like I was in maintenance mode than weight loss mode. Oh well, I don’t regret my choices. I had a lot of fun and was happy to have a break from weight loss mode.

I decided to step up my workouts. Doing just the c25k has become a little stale for me and I feel as though I’m not working hard enough the way I toned down the plan. I initially decided I wouldn’t go beyond a mile until I could run the whole mile (plus walking warmup and cool down time). I’m almost at that point, but I’m stuck still having to walk 3-4 times for 15 seconds to catch my breath. Some days it feels like such a physical struggle to get through the whole mile, and other days, I’m pretty sure it’s a mental struggle. Some days when I’m feeling strong at the end of the mile, I continue running past the mile mark. I try not to fret so much about my slow progress and when I can I push myself harder. But I’m suspecting that I could/should work harder. I really think that once I can run the whole mile I will progress better, or at least I hope so. I have to remember that I’ve never been a runner, never been able to run and just six months ago, I struggled to walk a mile.

I’m going to try working out twice a day so I can add some variety to what I have been doing. Saturday my new Rockin’ Body DVD came in the mail. I reviewed all the routines on Sunday and I’m a little worried that most of the movement is sideways as is typical of dance movement. My left hip does not like sideways movement very much. I also dusted off some of my old workout DVDs and came up with a plan for this week. I’m still trying to find stairs near me to climb, but haven’t come up with any within 10 miles yet. Any I can think of are actually 15+ miles away. But I will keep thinking of where some might be. In the meantime, I think I will try using my basement stairs which is nowhere near as fun as outdoors.

Here’s what I plan to do:

c25k: long walk (45-60 min)
review new Rockin’ Body DVDs

c25k: strength – Biggest Loser Strength & Sculpt (35 min)
Rockin’ Body – Mark, Move & Groove (15 min)

c25k: run 1 mile
Rockin’ Body – Booty Time (30 min)

c25k: rest
Rockin’ Body – Mark, Move & Groove (15 min)
and stairs

c25k: run 1 mile
Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred (20 min)

c25k: strength – Jillian Michaels – No More Trouble Zones (50 min)
Rockin’ Body – Mark, Move & Groove (15 min)

c25k: run 1.1 mile
Rockin’ Body – Party Express (25 min)

Weighing In

saltIt’s the time of year I both love and dread. The dreading is because of not enough hours in the day and too much to do and all the yummy, not healthy food. There isn’t much time left for taking care of ourselves. This past week I’ve done pretty well though. I haven’t missed a workout in my c25k plan. I’m so committed to it that I put it ahead of some other important things. Priorities, priorities. I’ve also maintained my weight in the same one pound range, 169.5-170.5.

I stopped tracking the food I ate back on Friday because of crazy eating out. It’s just too much work sometimes trying to figure out the calorie count in some restaurant foods. Yesterday I declared it Cheat Day, but only if I entered all the food I ate in myfitnesspal as a way to get myself back to tracking. It was a good day of some of the comfort foods I’ve been missing like grilled cheese and eggnog and chocolate. And only 2000 calories 😉

Yesterday was strength day on my plan, so I did my Biggest Loser DVD. There’s four routines: 2 cardio and 1 strength and 1 bootcamp. But even the cardio routines involve a lot of strengthening activities, so it doesn’t really matter which I choose for strength day. Usually I only do one routine for about 35 minutes of exercise (with warm up and cool down). Yesterday, to help with my splurge day, I customized the workout and added two routines for a total of 60 minutes of exercise.