Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Back in the Saddle

I have ended my running hiatus (seriously, it's been 3 weeks since the NYE Resolution Run). Getting out of my warm bed to go run in the cold is very difficult. Please note it was 22 freaking degrees outside this morning. And it was dark. I should be applauded.

While running this cold, cold morning, I noticed a few things:

  • Getting out the door at 6:45 to run is way too late. I need to get up and out earlier, thus I need to go to bed earlier.
  • I need some gloves cause pulling my hands inside the sleeves of my fleece is not sufficient.
  • I need actual running gear. My Brazilian suplex pants, while awesome, are a bit long, and the oversized tech shirt I got at the Turkey Trot last year aren't cutting it. Plus I only have one pair of running socks.

All in all, it was a nice little run to get back in the habit. I'm glad I kept up with Zumba and dance classes, though, so I didn't lose any fitness during my mini-break from running.

Route:--Elev. Avg:757 ft
Location:Dayton, OH, Elev. Gain:+0 ft
Time:07:12 AMDifficulty:2.4 / 5.0
Weather:Partly Cloudy
22 F temp; 94% humidity
22 F heat index; winds E 3 mph

Distance:2.65 miles
Speed:6.0 mph
Pace:10' 01 /mi

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Week 3 Update - 10 in 10

I'm watching the Golden Globes with my feet up because they ache from a 90 minute Zumbathon to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti this morning (it was wonderful - thanks to Studio Zumba!), 45 minutes of a capella hard shoe class for Irish dance (that's where the blisters came from!), and 45 minutes of the Zumba class I taught following my dance class.

My goals for the 10 in 10 challenge are:

Food Goals:
  • Cook more, eat out less - I have been noshing on a giant batch of veggie chili all week and had a yummy portabello mushroom cap with balsamic vinegar for dinner tonight.
  • Bring lunch to work every day - Mission accomplished
  • Only eat meat at one meal each day - Planning is a must in order to accomplish this, but I've stayed on track.
  • No more soda - I haven't even been craving it!
  • track food - I use a neat application for my iPod, "Tap & Track". Some days I'm better at this than others.

Fitness goals:
  • Train for a Half Marathon in May - I have yet to resume running, mostly because of the snow. I haven't been slacking on my exercise, though - I am active each day with dance class, Zumba, or lifting.
My goal for this week of 17 January 2010 is to resume running. I've got to make myself get up and out of bed so I can go before work because I have no time in the evenings.

I'd love to hear from other 10 in 10 participants - even if you're not blogging about it!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

10 in 10 Week 1 Recap

Here's what I've been doing to stay on track for the 10 in 10 challenge:
  • Made delicious Veggie Chili from Natalie's Killer Cuisine Blog with a couple modifications - I didn't have kidney beans so I used Great Northern and Black Beans and I used both cans in their entirety. It was so yummy!
  • I brought my lunch to work every day. If I didn't cook something, I had a couple of frozen lean cuisines for when I was in a pinch, which I was this week.
  • I have only had meat once a day (I think this has been a great success).
  • I've been using an app on my iPod to track my food. (This works well, but can be frustrating when I'm trying to enter food that is homemade and can't find the appropriate/corresponding food in the app. I am much more conscious of what I am eating and the portion size, though.)
  • I have successfully not had any soda since 1 January. I don't miss it, really. I drink coffee and/or tea and have been upping my water intake.
I've haven't been pre-training for the 1/2 marathon in May, but I haven't exactly been inactive either. I have exercised each day, even doing yoga dvds when the Zumba and weights classes I usually take on Thursday were canceled due to snow. I have made a 12 week schedule for actual training for the mini marathon, but I need to do pre-training runs twice a week. This means I can't be a baby and will have to run outside in the cold because I don't have a treadmill or a gym membership. I'm also trying to recruit fellow runners for the 1/2 marathon.

All of this has resulted in a 4 pound weight loss, bringing my total to 47 pounds lost in 2 years. Like the tortoise, I'm slowly but surely winning the race!

It takes 21 days to form a habit - I'm hoping this 10 in 10 challenge helps me to form healthy new lifestyle habits!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

NYE Resolution Run

Yay - finally got my sync issues worked out with the app I use to track runs on my blackberry. This was the NYE Resolution Run 5K I competed in on 12/31/09.

Route:--Elev. Avg:903 ft
Location:Alpha, OH, Elev. Gain:+3 ft
Time:08:29 PMDifficulty:2.2 / 5.0
34 F temp; 93% humidity
34 F heat index; winds W 9 mph

Distance:3.12 miles
Speed:6.4 mph
Pace:9' 25 /mi
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 44+0' 196.2-0.2+36 ft
29' 24-0' 016.4+0.0-10 ft
39' 07-0' 186.6+0.2-23 ft
end9' 26+0' 016.3-0.00 ft
Versus average of 9' 25 min/mile

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

10 in 10

In order to continue my transformation from unhealthy to a healthy lifestyle, I'm joining the 10 in 10 challenge put up by the Recipe Girl. It is about taking 10 weeks to become a healthier person. In my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I have participated in challenges at Studio Zumba. In fact, I just completed the Holiday Express challenge where I did three cardio classes and two strength classes a week for 8 weeks. The drawing for the grand prize (2 weeks of free classes) is Saturday - I hope I win!

For the 10 in 10 challenge, I made some goals about food and fitness. Most of them are about food, which is my downfall. I think I have the fitness portion covered - I am active every day, but I wanted to push myself so I added a big goal:

Food Goals:
Cook more, eat out less
Bring lunch to work every day
Only eat meat at one meal each day
No more soda
track food

Fitness goals:
Half Marathon by May

I will be posting about my progress here and on Twitter. You can follow me at ZumbaZ!