2014 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 275.19
(Run/Walked = 181.82, Biked = 89.60, Elliptical = 3.77)

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #7

Dopey Training Preview - Week #7
MIND CHECK
I'm really not sure what I'm thinking. Fear, pain, uncertainty I guess. It's shaping up to be a long shaky week right now. I just need to get myself back in working order physically this week.
BODY CHECK
I'm not sure what I want to do with myself this week. I want to be able to run my half marathon this coming Saturday and I am just undecided about what to do for training. I need to take it a bit easy, but not too easy. I think I'll give up on the hopes of doing two a day workouts this week. Just going to focus on the miles.
NUTRITION
I did really well during the first part of last week and I need to do that again this week. I need to fuel right for the run on Saturday and eating junk isn't going to cut it!
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Bike - 10 miles, no pace target
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 15 miles, no pace target
Wednesday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no pace target
Saturday
AM: Run for Ryan's House Half Marathon
Sunday
Rest

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #6

Dopey Training Review - Week #6
MIND CHECK
Wow, another week gone. It hasn't been the best of weeks. I didn't get any running in and I have a half marathon next week. In fact, I haven't run in over two weeks. Goodness, that's really not a good thing is it? Well, it will be interesting no matter what happens.
BODY CHECK
I was planning on running a long run this weekend. So, why didn't I you ask. On my way home from work on Friday I thought I'd get out and run that night, but then I thought no, I'll do it tomorrow instead. I really wanted to keep pulling the tile out of the workout room so I could get it painted. I got home, ate dinner and started pulling out tile. Now, if you've ever done this you know it's grueling work. It's hard on the arms and hands, back and legs as you are up and down from the floor, using so sort of tool to pry up the tile and that's enough, but I had to go and hurt myself. I started pulling the tile out on Thursday and I put a stack of removed broken tile right outside the door. I forgot I put it there and as I was carrying a bucket of tile out to the garbage and stubbed my foot on the broken tile. Didn't think a lot about it, other than it hurt very badly. Took the garbage out, came back and thought I'd better see if that's bleeding. Bleeding was an understatement - my pinky toe was gushing blood. Great and man did it hurt. Thought I might have to go in for stitches, but I wrapped it up in gauze and gave it time to stop bleeding. My pinky toe has this cut from the outside edge all the way around to the top and right along the base of my toe nail. Cut is a bit of an understatement I guess. It's deep, but at least the bleeding stopped. It kept me up all night, every time something would brush it, even through the wrappings, it was painful. I couldn't walk much Friday night or Saturday and I couldn't even put my foot in Crocs. It's better today, but shoes are still out. Hoping it will be better by Friday because I got a half marathon Saturday!
NUTRITION
I did pretty good until Saturday when I couldn't go out to get food so guess who had food delivered. Bad idea I know, but I really wasn't up to walking around a store. I'll jump back on track this next week and keep going. Really hate that I've gained weight this month.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile
PM: Advanced Body Slimming 20 Minute Pilates Workout
It was a nothing day again today. I am still fighting this migraine and just wasn't feeling great. I sound like such a whiner - I don't like that.
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 20 miles, no pace target
PM: Bike - 26.2miles, 15.5mph average, resistance level 3
So, I did my first marathon today - okay, so it was on a bike, but I figured I'd better start somewhere. I'm still not feeling 100%, but I feel good about my bike ride tonight. My legs are tired and that's good for a change.
Wednesday
AM: Tempo - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X Back & Biceps
PM: Bike - 10 miles, 17mph average, resistance level 4
Rough week. I really wasn't going to work out at all today, but at least I jumped on the bike and got a few miles in. By the way, reading a sad book that makes you cry while biking makes the workout a lot rougher :).
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
No workouts today...Unless you count starting to pull tile out of the workout room. Didn't get too far, but at least I got it started.
Friday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
Silly me. I was going to run tonight, but then I thought it would be better to pull tile out. My pinky toe wishes I would have run instead!
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 9 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Crud - no long run today. I can't even walk on my cut up pinky toe. Oh, this is not good for the half marathon in a week. Yikes! I did continue pulling out tile in the workout room.
Sunday
Rest
I now have a bruised right hand to go with my cut right pinky toe. It's tough work pulling tile out, but it is all gone from the workout room and I will be able to start painting this week. I'll get that darn treadmill setup yet :)!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week's plan!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Who Me Nervous?

So, one of my co-workers thought it would be nice to remind me today that I have about 11 days until my next half marathon....Wasn't that thoughtful?

The nerves have kicked in. I've gained weight this month, I haven't run in a couple of weeks and my confidence is not where it should be. What was I thinking when I signed up for this race that is uphill for the first half of the race?

That being said, I'm also excited to try this distance somewhere other than Disney. I'm going to treat it as a training run and really just try to enjoy the experience. I'm pretty sure I can finish, not sure that I'll get a medal and doubt that I'll PR, but maybe I can just have fun. If I have fun it will be a success.

I did put in 26.2 miles on the bike this evening...Yep, my first full marathon...Many more to come (in other disciplines too) I hope :)!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #6

Dopey Training Preview - Week #6
MIND CHECK
I really need to get my stuff together or this upcoming half marathon is going to be a rough one. Who am I kidding, it's going to kick my butt and I'm looking forward to it!
BODY CHECK
Boy do I need to work on this. I haven't run in quite a while and I need to get on the road, the mill, whatever I can.
NUTRITION
Why do I know what I need to do here and I'm still not able to get myself to do it? That's what I'm going to be working on this week.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile
PM: Advanced Body Slimming 20 Minute Pilates Workout
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 20 miles, no pace target
Wednesday
AM: Tempo - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X Back & Biceps
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Friday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 9 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Sunday
Rest

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #5

Dopey Training Review - Week #5
MIND CHECK
Is it even fair to call this a training week? Nope. I really should just call it "self sabotage week" because that's what I've done all week long. Ridiculous crazy eating and no running. I am sure I've gained quite a bit of weight this week as all my clothes feel tight. To top it off I signed up for a half marathon in two weeks - what was I thinking. I really need to get back on track.

I'm taking a break from pulling up tile in the new workout room. I just couldn't leave it when I know I'll be removing at some point and I decided to do it before I put the paint on the walls and the machines in there. That's going to put me back a few days, but I'll be happier in the end. Unfortunately, the tile is not coming up cleanly (I put 1200 sq ft of tile in the house and I've removed about 800 sq ft so this is not something I haven't done before...). Guess I know what I'll be doing in the evenings this week :)!

Don't think I'm looking for pity - I totally take responsibility for the horrible way I've behaved this week. I am still trying to figure out why I do things like this. If I knew that I could prevent it from happening so often.
BODY CHECK
Monday threw me a migraine like I've never had before. One minute I was talking to a co-worker, I went to sit down and almost threw up and passed out from the pain in my head. I went home had dinner and went straight to bed. I've had a lot of migraines over the years, but never have I had one come on that fast or that strong. It has pretty much lasted all week on top of everything which hasn't helped my working out or my wanting to work out.

NUTRITION
Well, I suck. I've done nothing but make bad choices. I take total responsibility for my bad actions. I'm going to keep working on it though.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - 5 miles @ 14:48 per mile
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Migraine sidelined all hopes of working out today.
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 15 miles, no pace target
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
PM: Bike - 15 miles, 57 minutes, 15.7mph average, resistance level 3
Still not feeling great today, but I did at least manage to get a bike ride in. I think this is going to work well for tiring my legs out before a long run - man 10 miles is just a good workout, but 15 miles has my legs feeling a little like jelly :)!
Wednesday
AM: Tempo - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 4 miles @ 13:29 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Power Sculpting Buns & Thighs with Resistance Band
PM: Bike - 12 miles, 56 minutes, 15.6mph average, resistance level 3
Still fighting this migraine and just not feeling great, but I got in 12 miles on the bike so at least that was something.
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Core Synergistics
The only workout I got today was moving a 300 pound treadmill from my garage to my living room where it has to live unassembled until I get its new home all set up. Can't wait to try this thing out - it looks like it's going to be great!
Friday
AM: Walk - 3 miles no pace target
PM: P90X Legs & Back
Can you say lazy? Well, yes, that's me apparently. I didn't get out the door again tonight. It's just been one of those weeks and hopefully I can end it on a higher note than I've been having.
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 9 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Should have run today. So ridiculous that I didn't get out there, but by the time I was ready it was pouring down rain and a couple hours until I was headed to a play.
Sunday
Rest
Been working on the workout room today. I think it's the closest thing to a workout I've had since I dragged the treadmill in to the house. I had to empty the room of everything, patch holes in the walls and started pulling out the tile. I'm battered and bruised, but at least I did something today I guess!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for a glimpse of next week's plans!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It Has Arrived

Yep, my new iFit Live module arrived yesterday and today my new treadmill showed up. It was in a freight truck alone - yes, a big semi-truck!

The driver was very nice and unloaded it straight in to the garage and he even took the pallet back with him. Why the garage? I was being nice to the driver and made it easy for him to unload.

So, now that the huge box is in the garage how am I going to get it in the house? Blood, sweat and bruises. I took the lid off the box and took all unattached parts out and put them in the house. That was the easy part. Next, I had to push, pull, drag, and curse the darn thing in to the house. It's too wide to fit through the doors so I had to tilt it on its side and hold it in the box while pushing it in the house.

It took me a while to get it in the house, but it's in the living room now just waiting for me to fix the workout room up so it has some place to live. That's part of the plans for this weekend. Don't know if I'll be able to get it all done, but I'm going to try.

Can't wait to hook this fabulous machine up and she how runs or better yet, how I run on it!

Last thing I need to get is an elliptical...The search continues there!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Under 2000

Hey, I'm under 2000 miles in my run to Walt Disney World Challenge! Quite a bit of running, walking and biking going on so far. Still searching for the right elliptical to help build those miles :)!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Added a Half Marathon

Just registered for the Run for Ryan's House Half Marathon on March 6, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona. That's just three weeks away. I'm a little nervous about this one as the first 6.5-7 miles is uphill - I'm not trained for hills. I'd love to PR, but I think I'm just going to take this one as it comes.

This will be my first half marathon outside of Disney. That's kind of exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. Maybe it will be more like a training run for me than anything else...I can hope right?
I was shooting for a half in April, but I wouldn't have been able to make it to packet pickup and it's several hours away from home. This race is only about an hour away from home and I hope that it may be a smaller race. They say that only the first 600 participants will get medals, but I have no idea how many people are registered or how many they are going to allow. It should be an adventure.
I signed up for the Athena group - even if I was at my goal weight I'd be in the Athena group for this race. It's for women over 140 pounds - that's the lowest I've seen yet.

Wish me luck - I think I'm going to need it :)!

Here's the elevation for the race.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Added Another Race-Thinking About a Half

I added another race to the roster for March. The 8K St. Patty's Day Race. This will be the second time I've done this one. I had my 8K PR there last year a week after running the Princess Half Marathon. It's a pretty flat course, but it'll be after a long run the day before so we'll see how it goes.

I've been playing with an idea of doing a half marathon in April, but I'm just not sure about the timing. It's a pretty flat course and I may walk it with my friend that I walked with today. We'll see though. It's also a week before another of my races.

I would love to find an early fall marathon to try, but right now they'd all require travel and that's just not in the budget right now. I'll keep checking though, maybe something will pop up that I'll be able to do. It might be good to test the distance before the Goofy. Of course, I may discover that I can't do it and that would crush me because I'm doing the Goofy even if I have to crawl the whole way :)!

Dopey Training Preview - Week #5

Dopey Training Preview - Week #5
MIND CHECK
Really need to get my head back in the game. I've been letting work stress get me down and hold me down and that needs to stop now. I don't want Goofy to kill me - I want to give him a run for his money and I can't do it the way I'm going right now. I can do this!
BODY CHECK
Time to put my body to work. I need to get back to my strength training and core work - I've been very lazy about this and it's showing in my running. Speaking of running - I really need to quit putting off the running, not sure why I'm doing that.
NUTRITION
I'm at a loss here. I think I need to regroup and try to do something different in this area. Just going to keep trying until I find something that's going to work for me here. I know it will all fall in to place at some point.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - 5 miles @ 14:48 per mile
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 15 miles, no pace target
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Wednesday
AM: Tempo - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 4 miles @ 13:29 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Power Scultping Buns & Thighs with Resistance Band
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Core Synergistics
Friday
AM: Walk - 3 miles no pace target
PM: P90X Legs & Back
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 9 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Sunday
Rest

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Dopey Training Review - Week #4

Dopey Training Review - Week #4
MIND CHECK
This was not a good week for me. I just didn't have the ability to make myself workout the way I should have. I lost my willpower towards the end of the week in terms of my eating as well. I just blew it all the way around this week. I'll do my best to get back on track this next week and quit letting my stress get the best of me.
BODY CHECK
What can I say about this. I was up a couple of pounds on Monday - and I'm pretty sure I'll be up a couple more tomorrow. No excuses - I just haven't been doing a good job on the eating front. I feel okay in terms of fitness, but I need to get my running miles back up where they should be. I've been slacking on running because I'm tired of running the same routes. Thankfully the bike helped me get some miles in this week!
NUTRITION
Awful sums up this week pretty well. I'm just not doing good here. I get frustrated that what I'm eating isn't filling me up and that eating more home cooked meals aren't helping. I think I might go back to my old methods for a couple of weeks and see if it will help me jumpstart my weight loss a bit more.
WORKOUT PLAN
Red indicates actual workout. Blue contains comments for that day.
Monday
AM: Stationary Bike - 7 miles, no pace target
PM: P90X Chest & Back
PM: Bike - 10 miles, 15.6mph average
First time using the new bike. I was concerned because I haven't biked in quite a while and I wasn't sure how much I could do. I love my new bike! It's way more comfortable than the ones at the gym - my rear didn't get sore and I was able to adjust the seat to the perfect height and fore/aft position. I didn't get the bike to become a biker - it's to mix it up and gain some strength in the calves and other parts of my legs. This bike will do that for me. I'm not trying to be a biker, but at some point I will probably get an outdoor mountain bike so I can ride in the cool weather.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 minute circle workout
PM: Walk - 3.17 miles at 16:31 per mile
Took the dogs out for a nice leisurely stroll tonight - they were pully monsters tonight, but hey, bonus upper body workout right? I feel pretty good today. Hoping to get some two a day workouts in soon!
Wednesday
AM: Tempo - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X Plyometrics (maybe, depends how the leg is feeling)
PM: Bike - 10 miles at 16.4mph average
Still having trouble getting up in the mornings. I know it's just because of stress and I'm working on it. I'll get there. I was supposed to run today, but I felt like biking instead. So, that's what I did. I'm doing okay on food so far this week - hopefully I can keep that going.
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: Pilates advanced body slimming 20 minute workout
Well, what can I say? I didn't do anything today. I had to work late again tonight and by the time I got home I was ready for dinner and bed. Ugh.
Friday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
I headed in to work early today so no morning workout and while I planned on working out tonight it just didn't happen. I was looking at a new elliptical on line at Sports Authority and I wanted to head to the store to check it out. Good thing I did because I did not like the choppy stride at all - so glad I didn't just order this one. Got home late again and just blew off my work out - I know, lazy, lazy.
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 9 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Don't yell at me, I'm beating myself up enough. I did not make it out the door again today. Ridiculous because I was looking forward to this run, but I just couldn't get up and get going and before I knew it I was headed to the theater to see Mary Poppins. I need to quit putting these runs off and I know that.
Sunday
Lost Dutchman 8K Trail Run - I'll be doing this with friends so it will mostly be walking...Good way to end the week.
At least I made it out to the race today. It was a beautiful day. I didn't get a lot of running in on this one, but that's okay it was still some miles and it got me out of the house. Hoping next week is better!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the next Dopey Training Preview post and next week's review post!

Lost Dutchman 8K Trail Walk

Today was the day for the Lost Dutchman events. This includes and 2 mile fun run, 5K, 8K Trail, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. If you've ever thought about traveling to Arizona for a race I can recommend these events. It's held in Apache Junction - which really doesn't hold any appeal, but the scenery is lovely :). This year marked the ninth annual running of these events - as you can guess nine years has really worked the kinks out. Things are well organized and they finally went back to chip timing this year which was a big plus. They changed the Half and Full courses this year so there really aren't any hills and the Full is a Boston Qualifier for those of you fast enough!

I headed out to pick up my friend at 5:55am this morning and we were shortly on our way. It took about half an hour to head to the rodeo grounds and we parked. They have buses available to all runners to take you to the start line for all races except the Full (the Full starts in a different location) or you can walk over. We decided to walk as it's only about .75 miles and it's a good way to warm up and kill a little time.

As we waited to get started we chatted with a nice lady from Ohio who was running her first race - the 2 mile fun run while her husband was running the Full. She was nervous and hasn't run more than 1.5 miles, but I have no doubt she did just fine.

The National Anthem was sung and the Half marathoners were on their way. Time for us to line up and get ready to go. We were to start at 7:45am and let me tell you they start on time for these races - I love that!

My friend hasn't run in quite a while and when she was running it was hard for her as she can't get her breathing going right so I knew we'd be doing quite a bit of walking today.

There's the starting gun and we're off. We started off at a very slow jog which didn't last too long. This course is a trail run - which means lots of dirt, big rocks, sand and uneven paths. Now for me, this is not my favorite way to run. I'm always deathly afraid of hurting myself as I'm a bit of a klutz :).

It was a beautiful morning and beautiful weather for a walk in the desert. We did a few short jogs, but mostly kept it slow and steady. We were pretty far back in the pack this year, but it was good company and good fun.

Only the first 300 8K and 10K finishers get medals so we were out of luck this year, but that's okay. All Half and Full marathoners get medals though (in case you were wondering).

We finished in one hour and sixteen minutes which was faster than last year but still pretty darn slow.

After the race, all racers get free breakfast. There were Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, granola, oranges, apples, bananas and mini breakfast burritos. They also had Clif sports drinks and water available. We grabbed some grub and sat down to eat. It was just right.

Another uneventful walk back out to the car and we were on our way. It was another great event and one I'm pretty sure I'll do again next year.

Mary Poppins - On Stage

I went to see Mary Poppins the Broadway Across America Touring Company version yesterday. There were things I liked and things I disliked about this play.

Step In Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious were both outstanding numbers with great singing and dancing. Let me tell you our sign language ladies earned their pay with this play - can you imagine signing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious over and over again? Me either!


There were several new songs and numbers that I really didn't enjoy all that much. I didn't feel like they really added much to the story and they were just okay.

I loved the sets. I thought they were clever and fun to watch.

Overall, I did enjoy the show. I would recommend that Disney fans or Mary Poppins fans go to see it at least once. For me - once was enough though.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Treadmill On Order

Well, I did it. I have ordered myself a treadmill. Man, that is a sentence I never thought I'd type or say. Who am I anyway?

Here are some details:
-Proform Power 995
-Adjustable deck absorption
-Spacesaver design
-Built in fan
-3.5 CHP Motor (continuous duty)
-20x60 deck
-iFit Live Module - this allows workout downloads, Google Maps Course
creation & use, goal & activity tracking, WiFi connectivity (service
costs $9.95 per month)
-MP3 dock with built in speakers
-Lots of built in programs
-Workout Intensity Control
-0 - 12% incline (would have liked 15%, but who am I kidding, 12
should be fine)
-1-12 mph quick speed
-350 lb weight capacity
-Lifetime frame warranty, 25 yr motor warranty, 1 yr parts & labor
(comes standard)

I purchased a three year extended warranty to get the iFit Live module free. Warranty cost $160 - iFit Live module costs $399 on its own. Then I was able to upgrade to a five year warranty for an additional $30 and it includes coverage for all parts and labor for five years
(in home labor is part of this coverage).

It should ship in 7 - 10 days.

I am super excited. While I love running outside, this will give me more options & hills & courses. I've been a little bored with my routine running locations so I'm super excited to try the Google Maps courses. You can also hook up an iPhone or laptop & view the course in satellite, street or map view while you run - so cool!

I'm sure I rambled enough about this now, but if you have any specific questions let me know!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Schwinn 140 Upright, Elliptical and Treadmill

I bought a stationary bike today....I'm very excited! I bought a Schwinn 140 Upright. It has 16 levels of resistance, custom programs, 17 pre-programmed workouts and works for people up to 300 pounds. I got it all put together and did a quick .5 mile to see how it feels - like it better than the gym bike based on the quick try. Then a little later I set up my profile and did another .5 mile to see if I could figure out some of the programming - like all machines it will take a little bit to get used to which buttons to press to do what, but it's pretty easy so far.

Going to take this bike for a seven mile spin in the morning and see how it goes.

I've also decided which elliptical I'm going to get. It's a Proform with an automatic ramp that changes the stride length from 19 - 24 inches - I tried it at the store today and really liked it. It also has iFit card compatibility which could be kind of fun. I would have got it today, but it won't fit in the back of my Santa Fe so I'll have to rent or borrow a truck from someone to get it home. I'd have it delivered, but it would cost $99 to deliver it. Yikes!

I am still torn between a few different treadmills all around the $1000 range. I kind of want one that has iFit WiFi compatibility. This would be cool as you can use any existing Google Map routes and the module will get the course and automatically adjust the incline based on the course information. You can also create your own courses and upload them to the treadmill. Seriously, how cool would it be to run the Boston Marathon on your treadmill? I really like the idea. It's very difficult to find reliable reviews on treadmills though. I'll probably stew on this one for a little bit longer before I bite the bullet and purchase one.

One of the other things I did this weekend was buy frames for a bunch of unframed Disney prints I have. I finally framed my D23 print, a Magic Kingdom party print, the four parks prints, the 2008 Disneyland poster made out of participant photos (yep, I'm in it), a print from the Contemporary for the opening of Bay Lake Tower. Then I got frames for all of my half marathon medals/bibs/pins - just need to put these together now. All of these things are going to go in my workout room when I get everything ready to go - including a new ceiling fan :)!

Considering how great I've been this weekend I actually did get some things accomplished which feels pretty good!

Dopey Training Preview - Week #4

Dopey Training Preview - Week #4
MIND CHECK
Okay, ready to get back on track this week. I'm excited as I bought a new toy today. Yep, I got my stationary bike today. I bought a Schwinn 140 Upright. I got it all put together and tested it out with two half mile spins. I think this is going to be good for me.
BODY CHECK
Really need to keep track of my body this week. If the tiredness continues I'll probably have to have that checked out. I know most of it is stress here so I'll do my best to keep it in check. My right shin has been bugging me off and on. I'll definitely keep track of this and if it continues to bug more or bugs me more often I'll be going to get it checked by my ortho doc again.
NUTRITION
So, why does it seem harder for me to eat right when I cook my own food. I know it's just because I'm trying out new recipes and ideas so it's just learning. This week is all about continuing the cooking and trying not to snack constantly.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Stationary Bike - 7 miles, no pace target
PM: P90X Chest & Back
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 minute circle workout
Wednesday
AM: Tempo - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X Plyometrics (maybe, depends how the leg is feeling)
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: Pilates advanced body slimming 20 minute workout
Friday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 9 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Sunday
Lost Dutchman 8K Trail Run - I'll be doing this with friends so it will mostly be walking...Good way to end the week.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #3

Dopey Training Review - Week #3
MIND CHECK
Boy did I fail this week - in all aspects. My head has not been in the game this week at all. I just haven't felt good about anything which has led me to make bad decision after bad decision.
BODY CHECK
Body has been a bit worn out and tired this week. This led to a lot of skipped workouts, but I'm confident that it will help me get back on track quickly and with more power than before.
NUTRITION
Well, I gained weight last week - 1.4 pounds to be exact. There are many reasons I suppose. Need to keep moving forward and continue experimenting until I find that magic combo. This week was not better in terms of my eating. I did a lot of stress eating and just all around feeling hungry eating this week. Pretty sure that's going to lead to a sizeable gain for the week, but I'll get past this and do better.
WORKOUT PLAN
Red text indicates actual workout. Blue text is my comments about the day.
Monday
AM: Elliptical - 4 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Power Sculpting with Resistance Band
PM: Walk 3.34 miles @ 15:44 per mile
I feel surprisingly good considering all the miles this weekend. Took the dogs for a walk tonight and cut it shorter than the 4 miles I planned, but it was the right time to stop tonight. I'm having a gym aversion which is why no elliptical today. I'll try to get back on track with two workouts a day tomorrow.
Tuesday
AM: Easy Run - warm up walk, 5 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Today turned in to a rest day. Why you ask? Because I am lazy. I could make excuses - I'm tired, my stomach isn't feeling good, I'm stressed....blah, blah, blah. What it boils down to is bad choices. I need to stop making bad choices and get my head in gear. I'm working on it. It's a slow process right now.
Wednesday
AM: Speed - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 1 mile @ 12:37 per mile, .5 mile recovery jog, 1 mile @ 12:37 per mile, .5 mile recovery jog, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Another rest day today. I've decided to do something even more challenging this weekend so I figured that today would be another good day to take off. That and I've just been so tired that I can hardly think straight. Still working on this whole workout/diet schedule. Definitely need to do some serious work in both areas!
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Legs & Back
Wow -am I a slacker! I didn't do a darn thing again today. It was 6pm and I was falling asleep on the couch. Apparently, I'm doing something wrong as I shouldn't be worn out after two days of rest. I am struggling, but I'll get there. I am still very determined and I'll figure out what's going to work for me and soon!
Friday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Bun & Thigh Sculpting
Today I skipped my workouts to go look for workout equipment. I'm slowly narrowing down the choices and I'm getting closer to the point where I can go buy something. Of course, that didn't do anything to help me get the miles in today.
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 8 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Seems I'm full of excuses this week, but I didn't feel good at all today. I woke up, had breakfast and promptly fell asleep on the couch. All day I felt as if I haven't slept in weeks. So another day goes by without me putting any miles in. I need to stop this.
Sunday
Rest
AM: Walk 5.27 miles at 16:04 per mile
Took the dogs out for a nice walk today. It rained last night so the dogs had fun tromping through every puddle they could find. It was a nice walk and at least I go a few miles in for the day :)!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of next week!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2010 Wine and Dine - Halloween 5K

Are you planning on running the 2010 Wine & Dine Half Marathon in October? If so, why not throw in a 5K warm up run the morning of the Half Marathon. The 2010 Mickey's Halloween Family Fun Run 5K registration is now open.

The event takes place at 7am on October 2, 2010 and is the only WDW 5K to run through the Castle at the Magic Kingdom.

Now - hold on to your hats for moment folks. The price for this event is $99...Why is a 5K so expensive you ask? Well, your registration includes admission to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party on Sunday, October 3, 2010. You'll also get a t-shirt, goody bag, personalized bib, trick or treat bag of refreshments and a finisher's medallion!

The course is supposed to feature characters dressed in their Halloween costumes as well.

It should be a special event and if you've ever thought about doing a 5K in WDW this may be the best one yet!

I'll be there - will you?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Club 8 - January Update

What can I say about this one? Well, I lost 4.2 pounds for January. I didn't start keeping track until the week after I got back from WDW so I'm relatively okay with this number. I have a feeling my weight will continue to fluctuate as my exercise and diet readjusts throughout this DOPEY year :)!

I'm not going to let the numbers get me down as long as I continue to feel strong and can measure my fitness improving. Of course I'd like to weigh less. I know it will help my running, but it can't be the only thing I think about this year.

Hope everyone else is meeting or exceeding their goals!

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