Moan-day

December 17, 2012

Let’s see…

The last time I posted was last Wednesday when I ran 45 minutes on the treadmill.

Thursday was Phase 1 Workout 2 of NROLFW. Not really much to report there.

Friday called for 30 minutes easy. I ran out side and knocked out 3.5 miles in about 35 minutes. I felt great and the pace I kept was super comfortable. I could’ve gone fast/further, but didn’t want to push myself too hard since it was the day before my long run.

Saturday called for an hour and a half run. I did about an hour and 15 minutes before I called it quits due to thirst. I need to figure out a way to get around this. Running with a water bottle in my hand is 100% out of the question. According to mapmyrun.com I did 7 miles on the nose.

It wasn’t my best run. My legs felt like dead weight. Most of my run was on Comm Ave, which is a hilly bitch, for lack of a better word. I’m all for training on hills, but good Lord it was awful.

I think I might start taking Friday’s off from running instead of doing the 30 minutes easy to help keep my legs fresh.

In other news, we put up our Christmas tree last Wednesday night! He’s crooked and short, but kind of adorable 🙂

Christmas_Tree

Today’s schedule calls for a 5 mile run. My friend also talked me into doing a yoga class tonight.

Gulp.

We all know how my last experience went, so we’ll see how this goes. It’s a slow flow class, so I’m thinking I won’t be quite so out of my league as I usually am.

One can hope, right?

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My Weird Pants Habit

December 12, 2012

What’s your weirdest habit?

Mine is every time I leave the gym locker room, I immediately look down to make sure I put on my pants.

No, I’m not kidding.

I have no idea where my fear of unknowingly walking around pants-less comes from, but I apparently have a deep-seated fear of it happening in the gym after a workout.

I’ve never forgotten to put them on. But still, every single time, without fail, I double-check to make sure I have them on.

So weird.

Anyway, here’s a little recap of my workouts since Friday (all done with pants on, thankyouverymuch.)

Monday, my plan called for 3 miles. I took it nice and easy and finished in about 28:30.

Tuesday was Phase 1, Workout 1 of NROLFW. I was really tired, so I did pretty much the bare of bones. (Normally I mix in a few quick bursts of cardio to keep my heart rate up, but there was none of that.)

Today, my plan called for 45 minutes of running. It averaged out to about 4.75 miles.

In all honesty, I could have gone faster, but I wanted to try to keep my pace to what it will most likely be when I run the half marathon. I threw in a couple intervals at a quicker pace, but generally kept it pretty steady.

This was first time in a long time that I didn’t have to switch to walking/sprint intervals to combat treadmill boredom. Maybe it was because I was distracted by the idiocy that is Kathie Lee and Hoda on the gym’s main television?

If that’s the case, I’ll take it. Nothing like a few bimbos drinking wine on TV to pass the time.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got going on over here. We cut down our tree over the weekend and are decorating it tonight, so I’ll be sure to post a picture of the lil fella  when it’s done. (Seriously, he’s a lil fella. It was kind of slim pickins’ at the Christmas tree farm. But he’s cute anyway.)

Happy Wednesday! Make sure to keep your pants on, y’all!

Friday Roundup

December 7, 2012

Post titles are so hard to think of. Does anyone else have that problem?

Anyway, I feel so much better today. Actually, I was feeling so much better yesterday that I made it to the gym for workout 2 of phase one of NROLFW.

Deadlifts and lunges and lat pulldowns — oh my!

It’s amazing how effective basic lifting exercises can be. It’s only been a week, but I already feel better than when I was just running and lifting half-assed.

Don’t get me wrong — getting to the gym on lifting days is still a struggle. But having a plan to follow really does make it easier. A plan means there is a set end to the workout. I like that.

When I’m just lifting all willy-nilly, I always feel like I could be doing more. A plan lets me know I’m doing what I need to do, and that when I’m done, well, I’m done.

In other news, we finally saw Argo last night. It was good! I knew the general gist of the movie going in, but my only comment (not really a complaint) was that everything happened a lot faster than I thought it was going too.

The theater we went to has a bar in the lobby, which is kind of amazing except for the fact that the beer I had means I had to get up to pee twice during the movie. I’m getting so old.

I’ve got a long run planned for today. Normally, I would do a short 30 minute run today and long run tomorrow, but we’ve got a busy weekend (hooray Christmas tree!) so I want to get my long run in today so I don’t have to worry about it.

Phew! Sorry for the long, picture-less post. I’ll get some photos up in my next post.

Happy Friday!

Migraine Wednesday

December 6, 2012

Short post today. I’m still dealing with the residual effects of a massive migraine I had last night, so my head is a little fuzzy. The worst part is over, but I still feel like I have a tight rubber band wrapped around my head. Does that happen to anyone else?

Migraines really do suck. What sucks even worse is I know what causes them, but there’s not a whole hell of a lot I can do (or am willing to do) to change that, so I just have to deal with them for the time being.

Sigh. Anyway.

I ran my 5 miles yesterday. They were fine. I only made it a mile and half before I switched to speed intervals to combat treadmill boredom, but I still finished them with about a 10 minute pace, so I was happy.

I’m gonna try workout two of phase one of NROLFW today, but I’m still not feeling 100% so I might skip it. Lifting heavy weights is quite possibly the worst thing I can do when I’m dealing with a migraine. So, I’ll keep you guys posted.

We’re making attempt #4 to see Argo tonight. Here’s hoping we make it — it’s not going to be in the theaters much longer. I have high hopes for tonight, though.

I’m working from home tomorrow, and then we’re getting our Christmas tree on Saturday. I’m excited to finally be in a place where one fits!

Wow — reading back through this post, I sound like I’m talking in a complete monotone voice. That’s about how I feel right about now. (Minus the errant exclamation point at the end of my Christmas tree sentence. Who wouldn’t be super excited for that?)

Anyway, happy Thursday! I’ll try to have a little more life in me the next post.

Meh.

NROLFW Take Two

December 5, 2012

So, you guys know how I hate lifting?

Oh, you do? How do you know? Do I complain about it a lot?

Anyway. I think I’ve finally come up with a plan that will work for me. And that plans lies in a little book call New Rules of Lifting for Women.

I bought this book at the beginning of the year and made it through the first two phases before I gave up.

However, that was when I was at a different  gym and working out after work. You know, when the gym is crowded with adolescent faux meat heads  that think they own the place.

I’m back at my old gym now, which is conveniently in the basement of my office building (which means I can work out at 10 or 10:30 in the morning, when the gym is dead.)

This is much more conducive to my preferable lifting environment. No sweaty faux meat heads. Just old, rickety retired folks who go to the gym more for the social aspect than any health benefits.

I feel like a bad ass amongst that crowd.

Anyway, I digress.

I’ve decided to start NROLFW again, from the beginning. It’s a back-to-basics approach that’s perfect for my current half marathon training plan.

I’ll still be lifting twice a week, but now I have a plan to follow. I did the first workout of phase one yesterday, and I was sweating my butt off.

Remember Shoddy Lifting Tuesday when I did 2 sets of 8 squats and thought I was going to become a double amputee because of it?

The plan yesterday called for 2 sets of 15 squats with the same weight…and I did it. Easily.

It’s amazing how following a plan can force you to push yourself. Weird how that works, right?

Anyway, I’ve got 5 miles on the docket today. I’ve got high hopes.

In other news, I made pulled pork in my crockpot for the first time last night. I had put the word out on Facebook asking for a good recipe. A lot of people responded that they use root beer and/or ginger ale, or beer. I’m dying to try the root beer route, but I didn’t feel like going to the store, so I just used what we had on hand.

Onion, garlic, Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ sauce and some stout from the boys’ home brewed stash. I also accidentally bought a center cut of pork instead of pork butt, so it was a little leaner than typical pulled pork.

But OMG you guys it came out sooooo good. So good. So so effing good. I heart pulled pork. I want to eat it for the rest of my life.

Ok that’d be a little excessive, but seriously you guys — so good.

I took a picture of it, but it kind of looked like something out of a Halloween horror movie. So, instead of a picture of disgusting-looking (but delicious) pulled pork, here’s a cute picture of me and my friend Bridge on the train coming back  from our girl’s trip to NYC this past weekend:

Cute picture for 12:30 at night!

I think it’s a pretty good picture, considering it was 12:30 at night and we had been awake for almost 20 hours. You could tell how delirious we were by our high-pitched manic giggling when an older man walked by who looked like the 65 year old version of Bridget’s boyfriend. Seriously, it wasn’t that funny. But it kind of was.

Anyway, happy Wednesday! 🙂

Today’s post will be short and sweet.

Just checking in to say, even though yesterday’s workout was shoddy, I’m sore today.

30 minutes of lifting and I’m sore.

Oh my, how I’ve fallen off the wagon.

I’m heading down to the gym in about 10 minutes for my planned 5 miler. Here’s hoping my legs hold up after my 2 sets of 8 squats yesterday.

Seriously?!?!

Stupid strength training.

PS- Is that really how you spell “shoddy”?

PPS- My dining table got delivered last night! Expect a picture of the glorious bastard tomorrow.

Shoddy Workout

November 27, 2012

I. Effing. Hate. Lifting.

Hate it. With a capital HATE.

My half marathon program means my current running days are Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays/Saturdays, meaning Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “strength training” days.

I did my 3 miles yesterday (more on that in a sec) and felt fine. Not as awesome as I did on Saturday, but as good as I could feel for a Monday.

But I knew today was going to be a struggle. Tuesday’s in general are hard for me because I have a standing 10am meeting with my managing editor, meaning my usual 10am workout doesn’t happen. And we all know how much I love keeping to a schedule, so normally, the gym doesn’t happen.

But, you guys, I need to get back on track, which means I’ll do best if I follow a program, and my program calls for lifting on Tuesdays.

Fine.

My meeting ran short today, so I was back at my desk around 10:30. This gave me only about 45 minutes total (that includes changing) to get my booty to the gym. I originally half-heartedly told myself that I’d go after work, but, yeah, no. There’s no way in hell that’s happening today.

So I pouted (legit pouted), put my away status up on my work IM, and made my way down to the gym.

It wasn’t pretty. At all.

My shoulder hurts. I haven’t lifted in a few weeks. And my lack of enthusiasm wasn’t helping me any.

But, I made the most of my 30 minutes I actually had on the gym floor and did a circuit. A really weak circuit, but a circuit.

Warm up/Stretching (I’m too lazy to list everything I did, but it included ankle/knee rolls, and some back and side lunges)

2 rounds of:

Barbell squats: 8 reps with 40 lb bar

Medicine ball slams: 15 reps with 12 lb ball

2 rounds of:

Overhead press: 8 reps with 15lbs DB

Push Ups

2 rounds of:

Stability ball sit ups: 15

Standing side crunches: 10 each side w/ 12 kg KB

Loads of stretching/foam rolling.

I felt awful, and even worse, I’m going to be sore tomorrow which means I’m not lifting enough which means I need to be doing a lot more of it.

Which means I’ll be grumpy Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Harumph.

Tomorrow, I run 5 miles.

I realized that my plan is a 16 week plan, but the half marathon we want to do is less than 16 weeks away, so I need to start a few weeks into my program. It’s not a huge deal– I’ve been running enough that I should be able to handle it.

Until then, I’m going to go dread Thursday.

Arg. Lifting. Seriously. I hate you.

Does anybody have any helpful advice to get over this horrible lifting slump I’m in? Short of hiring a personal trainer (which I can’t afford), I don’t see myself finding any sort of motivation to do it.  Help!