Tuesday, August 30, 2011

So Much to Say!

It's been awhile since I posted, so I'll just give you the breakdown...

  1.  I got fitted for orthotics.  I know how some folks feel about them, but right now, I'm in favor...I've been able to run pain-free and thusfar, they have been worth what I paid for them (insurance didn't cover).
  2.  I have been running consistently for the last 7 weeks!  Once my orthotics got fitted, my podiatrist had me start running every day, starting with .5mi/day, then moving up each week.  I started and stopped a couple times (most notably due to a vacation to Costa Rica that Christy and I took for our anniversary!), but once I got back from a work trip, I decided that I was going to be more consistent.

    I put in 4 weeks straight, getting up to about 12mi/wk.  Two weeks ago, I decided to start putting in more miles per run and less runs per week.  To that end, I ran up to 3mi/run last week and have tried to up a couple runs above 3mi.
  3. I have finally made my goal weight!  I officially made it last week, but this morning's weigh-in had me at 178.6, or 30.2lbs from my start almost 9 months ago!
In short...

One last thing...I started an account at DailyMile so that I could keep better track of mileage and routes.  I included a widget (I won't call it little!) on the main page navigation so you can see how I'm doing.  It's on a probationary period for now.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Forced Hiatus

I'm going to need to take a hiatus for the next week or so.  I've been having pains in my knees and my left leg is acting eerily like it did back when I had a stress fracture back in high school.  I'm really scared that it's happening again, and unfortunately, it's causing all of the feelings of helplessness and frustration to creep back in.

After a week, I think I'll go back to the gym to try to work on upper body and flexibility, but for now, the most cardio I will do is ride the bike.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Catching Up - Recent Workouts

Been a bit busy, but I managed to put in workouts on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and today (though today was only a run).  Saturday saw me do a 30min non-stop run outside for (what I think) is the first time in a couple years.  Pretty happy about that!

My Tuesday weigh-in saw me stay steady at 191.0lbs.  Considering the week Christy and I have had, I'll take it as a win.

Today, I dabbled in my first bit of speed work on the treadmill.  I did a 30min run with 2x1min walk breaks@3mph.  After 5min warm-up run@6mph, I alternated 1min@9mph with 1min@6mph for 5 repeats.  I then finished the remainder at 6mph.

Overall, I'm just happy with the feeling that if I want to run (and right now, I really do), I feel like I actually can!  That is what I've really wanted from this whole process.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today's Workout - 02/17/11

Today, I was determined to exercise the demons from Tuesday's workout (haha..."excercise"...nice).  As I laced up my shoes, I planned out a pretty decent resistance routine.  Could have used more upper body, but it wasn't bad:

Squat Jumps - 2x10
Step-Ups - 1x10, 1x5 (per leg) @15lbs
Plank Knee Raises - 1x10, 1x12
Walking Lunges - 2x@40lbs
Bench Press - 2x10@115lbs
Heel Press - 2x15@135lbs
Lat Pull-Down - 1x10@85lbs (forgot to do set #2)

Today's run went GREAT!  I did 30min of non-stop running, alternating a 1deg incline every 5min while keeping a constant 6mph speed.

I feel like I could punch a tiger--IN THE FACE.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Today's Weigh-in and Workout - 2/15/11

One step closer to getting under 190...I made 191.0 this morning.

For the workout, I tried to switch things up.  I was really just worn out, and things didn't go too well.

Bench Press - 1x15@95lbs, 1x10@95lbs
Step-Ups - 2x10@15lbs
Lunges - 2x10@40lbs
Leg Raises - 1x5, 1x10

Run was no more than 25min, with at least two walking periods.  I just didn't have it today.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Today's Workout - 2/12/11 (Take a Run Around the Block)

For today's workout, I ran around the neighborhood.

Planned workout length was 30min.  Weather was sunny and, even with wind, up to 40deg.  I probably over-dressed just a touch.  I wore my long-sleeve Dri-Fit shirt with a windbreaker over it.  A short-sleeved shirt would likely have been a better bet.

I was able to keep moving throughout the whole time, but I did walk several times, which was pretty frustrating.  My shoes felt good (still loving my GT-2160's!) and my form wasn't too bad.  I just couldn't breathe well, and I think I was just tired from staying up too late this week.  Need to work on that!

At last I got to go outside today, eh?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Yesterday's Workout - 2/10/11

Didn't do much yesterday...just did a 30min run.

Felt reasonably good during the run, but very worn out afterword.