2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 2011 Wrap Up

Weight Watch: -4.6 pounds
Well, there's something at least.  I started tracking food again and really paying attention to what I'm eating.  I ended the month with weight loss instead of gain - that I am happy about.  I still have a lot of work to do in this area figuring out what calorie balance I need with the workouts, etc...but I feel like I'm back on the right track.

Mileage Watch:
Run/Walk: 135.15 miles
Bike: 61.10 miles
Elliptical: 1.0 miles
Total Miles: 197.25 miles

I have hit another milestone.  My highest mileage month ever.  I feel really good about my numbers here this month - there were some rough days, but I fought through them and put in the work.  Not much else I can say about this kind of mileage except "YEAH"! 

Goal Review
I completed one event in May -  a 5K.  It was not my best time, but it was still a great race.  So far, I have stuck to my one event per month goal and I don't plan on stopping now :)!

My run/walk miles  were 135.15 miles which means I killed the 80-100 run/walk miles per month goal!  This is so amazing to me since in May 2010 I only completed 37.34 run/walk miles.  I'd say I've come quite a long way so far this year and there's still more to come!
June 2011
June and it's already hot here in AZ.  I will be doing another 5K in a new location so that's exciting.  I don't have any other organized races for the month, but it will fit in to my one event a month goal :)!  Super hard to find events here in the summer months so I have to take what I can get.

I really want to keep my miles going this month and I hope to get some more outside run/walks in as I have been on the treadmill a lot.  In addition, I want to start working a bit more on speed again.  I feel like I have so much that I want to accomplish and it's difficult to get it all in, but I really want that 2:30 half marathon and I know I'll have to take an easy run and make it a run where I focus on some Fartlek's and other speed endeavors.

In terms of diet, I have some work to do here too.  At this point, I will continue tracking my food, watching what I eat and figuring out the best fueling for my workouts.  This has been a stumbling block this last year and a half and I'd like to end the downward spiral.

The summer is here and I still have so much work to do to get where I want to be!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Please take a moment today to remember those men and women that server our country.  Remember the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and free.

I just want to say thank you to all our armed forces past, present and future!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Weekly Review: May 23 - 29

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 80-100 miles run/walk per month
2. One day of Pilates per week
3. One day of Strength Training per week
4. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
5. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
REST
Notes: Still getting over the headache and work sort of got in the way of my workout.  Decided that taking a rest day was not going to be a bad thing right now.  

Tuesday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk - 5.53mi @ 15:00 per mi
Treadmill incline workout #16 - 1.98mi, 30mins, up to 10% incline
Notes: Good incline workout and walk tonight.  It did wear me out pretty effectively tonight though. 

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 5.03mi, .57mi warm up walk, 4mi @ 13:12 per mi, .46mi cool down walk
Notes: Started getting that lightheaded feeling again this afternoon.  Seems to go away while I am moving, but it completely wiped me out as soon as I stopped.  I got a good amount of miles in tonight, but I felt like I was going faster. 

Thursday
PM Workout: Bike - 14.10mi, 1hr 5mins, 13mph avg, resistance level 1
Notes: Got home and was going to take a rest day because I wasn't feeling good yesterday.  In addition, I spent the majority of the day moving office cubes around at work - which was actually a blessing because I feel much better while I'm moving.  Thankfully, the lightheaded feeling is pretty much gone tonight and even though I was going to take the night off, I still ended up getting a light pedal in.

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 4.14mi @ 15:00 per mi 
Notes: Got an okay walk in on the mill tonight.  My legs are a bit tired and sore from furniture moving at work the last couple of days, but I felt okay overall.

Saturday
AM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 11.23mi, .43mi warm up walk, 10mi @ 13:16 per mi, .79mi cool down walk
Notes: I did run/walk the entire 10mi today which felt pretty good.  I only needed water for fuel today.  The time was a bit slower than I was hoping for, but I felt good that I didn't have to do any extra walking.

Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk - 9.01mi, .36mi warm up walk, 8.09mi @ 13:54 per mi, .56mi cool down walk
Notes: Had set out to do a 17 miler today, but pretty much knew before I started that I was not going to happen.  I had hoped to at least get a half marathon in, but rather than burn myself out, I decided it was smarter to stop early and not risk being too tired or injuring myself.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -3.4 pounds

Run/Walk Miles: 36.92
Bike Miles: 14.1
Elliptical Miles: 0
TOTAL MILES: 51.02

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: 1 30 minute incline workout

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 129.31
Bike Miles: 61.10
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 190.41

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
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Another Bronze medal for me :)!  I actually feel pretty good about this week in terms of working out.  I spent a couple of days at work moving heavy furniture, breaking down and rebuilding cubes and putting desks together so that was all on top of the miles i put in.

I did have another odd lightheaded attack this week. It happens every once in a while and this time I actually got to sick to eat or drink because of it.  Thankfully it passed after a good night's sleep - I think my body was trying to telling to slow down a bit and I did.  I know the mileage doesn't seem like it, but I really did cut back on miles this week.

Diet has gone very well this week.  Not as many feeling starving or deprived moments this week.  Kept the calories a little higher this week and that seemed to help - though I'm not sure the scale will reflect that, but we'll see.

This has shaped up to be a pretty good month so far and there are still a couple of days left :)!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekly Review: May 16 - 22

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 80-100 miles run/walk per month
2. One day of Pilates per week
3. One day of Strength Training per week
4. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
5. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Bike - 12mi, 45mins, 15.9mph avg, resistance level 3
Notes: The legs were a bit tired today so I decided to get a nice pedal in instead.  

Tuesday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk - 4.00mi @ 15:00 per mi
Treadmill incline workout #14 - 1.74mi, 30mins, up to 9% incline
Notes: Good walk in despite the migraine and lack of sleep from a dog not feeling well all night.  Found food tough to maintain today, but I stuck to my plan. 

Wednesday
REST
Notes: Took a rest day.  Not feeling to well with the migraine and upset stomach it is causing. 

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 2mi @ 16:12 per mi
Treadmill incline workout #15 - 1.88mi, 30 mins, up to 8% incline
Notes: Still not feeling 100% - I think I'm just mentally and physically tired.  Managed to get my incline workout in and a couple of miles.  I may need to adjust my diet a bit more as that may be the cause of my tiredness right now.

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 6.09mi @ 15:00 per mi 
Notes: A bit less lightheaded today, migraine down to a dull roar.  Had a really good walk on the treadmill tonight.
 

Saturday
AM Workout:  Treadmill walk 4.63mi @ 15:00 per mi
Notes: Finally got some sleep and didn't get up early enough to get outside and get my long run in.  Still got a pretty good walk in on the treadmill so I can't complain too much.

Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk - 10.40mi, .36mi warm up walk, 9.07mi @ 14:04 per mi, .97mi cool down walk
Notes: Had set out to do a 12 miler today, but all of my energy was pretty much gone by the time I hit 5 miles so I cut it short.  Still got a decent amount of miles in though.  Not sure if it's the diet, stress, or the 20 miler last weekend that caused me to lose my energy so quickly.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -5.2 pounds

Run/Walk Miles: 29
Bike Miles: 12
Elliptical Miles: 0
TOTAL MILES: 41.00

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: 1 30 minute incline workout

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 92.39
Bike Miles: 47
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 139.39

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
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Exercise this week wasn't too bad.  I managed to get a good number of miles in despite the fact that I have had a migraine all week and very little sleep.  Still, I felt my workouts were quality and felt pretty good overall.

The diet showed an improvement on the scale this week - which was nice for a change.  I still struggle a bit with how much to compensate for exercise and I need to figure out what I am getting enough of and not enough of.  I felt a bit of an energy drain this week and it could be the migraine, the diet or just my body asking for a break.  I'll continue to monitor how I feel and adjust as needed.

We're almost to the end of another month - hard to believe.  I think I may have a pretty good month if I can stay on track this next week :)!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Readjusting to the Diet

I have to say that I'm having trouble readjusting my eating back to a more structured schedule and tracked calories.  I know that it's working and I know it's what I need to do - the scale proved that this week, but it isn't easy. 

I've been trying some new combinations of things for breakfast just to get out of a rut and I have to say, that's not working - I have to go back to my previous breakfasts because right now by early morning my stomach is growling.

I'm a stress eater and this week has been stressful making it even harder.  One of my dogs wasn't feeling good Monday night and I ended up getting a migraine that I'm still fighting and work is bananas as always.  Regardless, I am still on track with my food and am doing my best to get some miles in as I can.

It has also occurred to me that my previous calorie intake may not be sufficient any more.  Since I am putting in more miles than I used to I think I need to be more flexible with the calories based on the day's activities.  That's a new twist for me to play with until I find the right combination of things to keep my energy level up, keep me full and not overdo it so I don't lose any weight.

What are your diet pitfalls?  How do you deal with them?  Do you adjust your calorie intake based on your daily activity? 

Leave me a comment and let me know how you maintain your diet, adjust to lose weight or deal with issues you have.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekly Review: May 9 - 15

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 80-100 miles run/walk per month
2. One day of Pilates per week
3. One day of Strength Training per week
4. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
5. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk - 5.05mi, .29mi warm up walk, 4mi @ 12:54 per mi, .76mi cool down walk
Notes: Got in a good run/walk tonight, felt good overall.  

Tuesday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk - 4.35mi @ 15:00 per mi
Treadmill incline workout #14 - 1.74mi, 30mins, up to 9% incline
Notes: Good workouts tonight.  Got in a nice walk and a great incline workout. 

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 4.64mi, .3mi warm up walk, 3.18mi @ 13:06 per mi, 1.15mi cool down walk
Notes: Feeling a bit tired today and it was tough to get any miles in.  Just sort of did what I felt instead of using true intervals. 

Thursday
PM Workout: Bike - 20mi, 1hr 26mins, 14mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes: Got a great workout in on the bike tonight, but man my rump was sore at the end of this.

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 4.38mi @ 15:00 per mi 
Notes: Got another good walk in tonight and am anticipating the long run/walk tomorrow.


Saturday
AM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 20.57mi, .26mi warm up walk, 20mi @ 14:08 per mi, .31mi cool down walk
Notes: Did 7mi run/walk, had a gel, walked 7mi, had another gel, then did whatever felt good the last 6mi.  While it wasn't easy, I was actually feeling pretty good at the end of it.  I am pretty happy with my time per mi.  I also tried Hammer Heed Mandarin Orange today instead of the Accelerade and I have to say that I really liked it - the flavor is more muted and it is not quite as chunky as the Accelerade and it didn't cause me any tummy troubles.

Sunday
PM Workout: Walk 1.93mi @ 17:25 per mi
Notes: Took the dogs out for a nice slow, short recovery walk today.  I am so amazed - I have virtually no pain from yesterday's 20 miler.  Sure I don't want to do another 20 miles today, but I'm quite happy that there are no specific trouble spots today!

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +1.6 pounds

Run/Walk Miles:42.66
Bike Miles: 20
Elliptical Miles: 0
TOTAL MILES: 62.66

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: 1 30 minute incline workout

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 63.39
Bike Miles: 35.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 98.39

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
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This week was pretty incredible in terms of training.  It's so affirming when you find that you can do what want to do.  While the week wasn't perfect as I didn't get Pilates or strength training in, I put in a lot of miles on my feet this week and since that's my main purpose this year I'm quite happy about the way the week went overall.

My 20 miles on Saturday was good.  I would have liked to get outside, but it was a little warm to be out there that long, so I hopped on the treadmill...I was able to use a combination of run/walk, walk and then whatever felt good and maintained a 14:08 per mile pace...Keep in mind that my full marathon pace was 15:21 per mile.  I'm happy that I'm making progress and really want to keep improving  my speed and endurance.

I am finally starting to wrap my head around my diet as well.  I started tracking my food again this week and hopefully I can stay on track.  I downloaded a new iPhone app - My Fitness Pal.  This app tracks food, exercise, etc..but the thing I like better then Lose It is that I can put my food in ahead of time instead of just for the previous or current days.  It's got a pretty good database as well and I haven't had to add any new food yet, which seems pretty good.  You also have the ability to use the application on the web as it remains synced there and on the iPhone.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weekly Review: May 2 - 8

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 80-100 miles run/walk per month
2. One day of Pilates per week
3. One day of Strength Training per week
4. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
5. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
REST
Notes: Decided to take a rest day today as my quads are a little sore.  

Tuesday
REST
Notes: No excuse, I just flaked out today.  I've been a bit tired and just wasn't up to it. 

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 5mi, .35mi warm up walk, 3.11mi @ 12:48 per mi, 1.04mi @ 15:25 per mi, .51mi cool down walk 
Notes: Got some good miles in tonight. 

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill Incline Workout #13 - 1.98mi, 30 mins, up to 10% incline
Bike - 15mi, 1hr 2mins, 14.3mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes: Good workouts tonight!  Incline was tough, but it's supposed to be.
Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 5.15mi @ 15:00 per mi 
Notes: Got another good walk in tonight.


Saturday
REST
Notes: I did absolutely nothing today.  No excuses, just pure laziness.
Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill - 4.78mi walk @ 16:00 per mi
Notes: Not the way I wanted to end the week.  I just have nothing in me today.
Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +2.6 pounds

Run/Walk Miles:16.91
Bike Miles: 15
Elliptical Miles: 0
TOTAL MILES: 31.91

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: 1 30 minute incline workout

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 20.73
Bike Miles: 15.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 35.73

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
Ugh - not a stellar week for me.  I've been working a lot so when I finally have time to do what I want, I have no energy left to do it.  I know that's an excuse and I'm working on it!  Hopefully, next week will be a lot better.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

2011 Peace Officer's Memorial 5K - A.K.A. Dead Legs Run

Today marked my May race - the 2011 Peace Officer's Memorial 5K.  This race benefits the families of law enforcement officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Sadly, before the race we were informed that an office lost his life last night.  This is certainly a cause that I find easy to support as it's these folks that strive to keep us safe!

It was a beautiful day for a race.  The sun was shining, it was cool and breezy and it was a small crowd.  We all lined up at the start, had a moment of silence for the officers that were lost last year and then a quick course description.

At 7:30am we were off.  I decided that I'd be doing my 2 minute run, 1 minute walk intervals for this race - as long as I could manage.  We started out on the grass of the soccer field, but thankfully it was a shortened version of the grass run which thrilled me since I hate running on the grass.

Wow - my legs are really feeling dead this morning.  I am having some cramping - which is unusual for me, but I think it may be some dehydration.  Thankfully, the cramping eased up pretty quickly.

The intervals were tough to hang on to today.  Two minutes felt like two hours at times, but I just kept trudging along as best as I could.  As usual I was back in the pack pretty much from the start, but that's okay.  I learned  a long time ago to run a race for me and no one else.

One mile past and I was already starting to feel the pain and wanting to walk longer than the one minute intervals.  I gave in to these feelings a few times, but tried to keep the walking portions as fast as I could.  The next mile kept going with the same feelings and walking a few extra sections where I just couldn't get my legs to cooperate.

The last mile brought out a little bit of competitiveness in my.  Yeah, I can't help myself.  I was with three women for most of the race and we kept passing each other back and forth, but when it came to the last quarter mile or so I just had to push a little harder to stay ahead of them.  Not that it really mattered in the end, but I still felt good to push a bit more.

I suppose you wonder why I was feeling dehydrated and dead legged.  Well - it probably has a lot to do with the 19+ miles I put in yesterday.  I pushed a pretty hard half marathon yesterday and followed up later in the day with a good long walk.  Funny how I can do a 5K before a half marathon, but flip it and darn if it didn't kick my rump.

My Garmin time for the race was 40mins 13secs or 12:36 per mi.  Not as fast as I would have liked, but I'm still pleased considering I did this after a lot of miles yesterday!

April 2011 Wrap Up

Weight Watch: +1.6 pounds
I know that I continue to struggle here.  I have good days and bad days, but the bad days are outweighing the good days lately.  I know this is something that I need to work on.  I am struggling with portions more than anything - I just want to eat even when I don't need to.

Mileage Watch:
Run/Walk: 94.6 miles
Bike: 38.30 miles
Elliptical: 0.0 miles
Total Miles: 132.90 miles

Am I pleased with my numbers this month?  Yes and no.  Yes, because I did still fall in to the 80 -100 mile range.  No, because I didn't hit the 100 mile mark I wanted to hit.  With illness and travel this month it was rough for me to do what I wanted to do.  The good thing is - I don't think that my motivation was as challenged as I thought it would be.  I also know that I need to do better on things besides run/walk. 

Goal Review
I completed one event in April - Pat's Run 4.2mi race.  I wasn't sure whether I would be able to run/walk or walk due to my friend having a back injury.  Since she wasn't able to even walk the course I was left to my own devices.  I decided to run/walk the course and was very pleased to end with a 12:50 per mi pace.  In no way my fastest time, but better than I expected considering I wasn't sure if I'd be walking or running.

My run/walk miles  were 94.60 which means I met the 80-100 run/walk miles per month goal too!  Very disappointed in myself that I didn't make it to 100 miles - it was so close, but I just didn't have the time to get in what I needed to.

On a super positive note - I managed to end the month with a half marathon on the treadmill.  I had to push myself.  I felt a need to see what I could do.  I am pleased to say that I was able to do it in 2hrs 47mins.  My half marathon PR is 2hrs 40mins - seven minutes off that time made me really proud yesterday.  The very first half marathon I ran I did in 2hrs 46mins - one minute over that time yesterday again made me very happy indeed.  I think if I keep working on this run/walk routine and putting in the miles I will at some point be able to hit the elusive 2hr 30min have that I have been gunning for since I started this journey.  I can't wait to do it!

May 2011
May sees me doing a 5K (okay, it's the first and I've already done it).  I don't have any other organized races for the month, but it will fit in to my one event a month goal :)!

I really want to keep my motivation going and my miles high.  Time to do some more back to back long runs.  Want to work on my diet more - not doing very well in this part of the journey right now.  I would also really like to go better on the cross training and other workout section.

April is over, the summer is coming and there's still plenty of work to be done!

Weekly Review: Apr 25 - May 1

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 80-100 miles run/walk per month
2. One day of Pilates per week
3. One day of Strength Training per week
4. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
5. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 2.59mi @ 15:00 per mi
Treadmill incline workout #12 - 30 minutes, up to 7% incline
Notes: I feel like I'm starting the week tired and that will make it tough to get the miles I want to get this week. 

Tuesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 5.5mi @ 15:00 per mi 
Notes: I am behind where I want to be in terms of miles - go figure.  I didn't get as many miles as I wanted, but still a good walk overall. 

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 2.68mi @ 14:17 per mi 
Notes: I am tired and grumpy today and it's making it tough to get anything done today. 

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk - 3.84mi, .28mi warm up walk, 3.19mi @ 12:37 per mi, .37mi cool down walk
Notes: Another tough day in terms of miles.  I am starting to realize I won't hit 100 miles this month, but I'll do what I can. 

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 3.92mi @ 16:31 per mi 
Notes: Feeling some pain in my legs tonight - sore knee and hip.  Really frustrated that I can't do what I want to do right now.


Saturday
AM Workout: Treadmill run/walk - 13.74mi, .35mi warm up walk, 13.06mi @ 12:50 per mi, .33mi cool down walk
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 5.78mi @ 15:00 per mi
Notes: I really pushed my half marathon today to see what I could do.  I am pretty darn happy with what I was able to do - 2hr 47mins.  That is only a minute off my second fastest half marathon time and 7 minutes off my fastest half marathon time.  I feel that I could push even more - at least I hope.  After that I did do another 5.78mi later in the evening - just a walk, but still felt pretty good after that. 

Sunday
AM Workout: Peace Officer's Memorial 5K - .4mi warm up walk, 3.19mi @ 12:36 per mi, .23mi cool down walk
Notes: Dang my legs are completely tired today.  It was a tough 5K with the dead legs that I had, but I still felt pretty good and it is always good to run on tired legs to keep them guessing what's going to happen next.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +1.6 pounds

Run/Walk Miles:43.85
Bike Miles: 0
Elliptical Miles: 0
TOTAL MILES: 43.85

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: 1 30 minute incline workout

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 3.82
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 3.82

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
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Oh yeah - I am back!  While I didn't make it to exactly where I wanted to be for the month of April - I am happy to say that I put in a lot of miles this week.  Not only did I put the miles in, but I also managed to run/walk a half marathon on the treadmill in a time I haven't managed for a couple of years now....which gives me hope that I will hit that 2hr 30min half marathon at some point!

I still have a lot of work to do, but I think that should always be the case!

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