Sunday, June 21, 2009

I had a good week last week until Friday afternoon about 4:30 when a lady told me that we might not be able to use the material we delivered to the site not 8 hours earlier. I don't want to get into it because it's Sunday and it took me two whole days to accept that it's not personal, it's business. I admit, sometimes, I have a really hard time dealing with that but I finally found a way to, at least, get most of it out of my system.

Today, in efforts to follow my training guide, I did 3.2 miles. Ok, so it's about 2 miles short of the overall goal for the day but I can't forget that this is going to take some time --- as in, I can't expect a 5 mile day in the first week of training. I've never done that, not even back in high school sports, so I'm trying to hold the bar fairly low.

I did, however, pass a milestone today. One that I've never been able to do before.
I started out with a 5 min warm up, as usual, at 3.7 mph.
Then I jogged for 33 minutes at 4.2-4.3 mph
Walked at 3.5 for 4 minutes
Jogged again at 4.6 then up to 5 for 6-7 minutes
Cool down for about a minute or so at 2.9 mph
Total time was about 49 minutes.

Umm, 33 minute jog? Excuse me? I realize that time wise with regard to the overall distance isn't all that awesome but 33 minutes? I can't believe that I actually lasted that long. It'll be insane if I ever reach an hour without a break in between.

Today might be a good day. It just might.

Friday, June 19, 2009

UGH I've been through two days of training already and I'm feeling in it. Wednesday night was my 3 mile and last night was my 2 mile with strength training. Surprisingly enough, it was not hard to jump on the treadmill last night knowing that I'd run 3 miles the night before. The crappy part was holding my pace though. I ran out of gas way quicker than I expected. I guess I was mentally ready to go but my body didn't really want to move. I knew I should've had a wheaty samich for lunch instead of a big salad. I COULDN'T RESIST - small greek, feta and olives only, is my FAVORITE work lunch special.

I have a little dilemma when it comes to work lunches and calories. I need more good calories like hearty carbs, protein, and fiber but the only place to get that around here is Subway.....and even that's a little 'eh'. I would really LOVE it if I made lunches at home, with real deli delicious meat and cucumbers and tomatoes and mustard and soft, fluffy bread mmmmmmmmmmm ..... but then I feel like I'm trapped in this basement office for 9 long hours. At least if I get food from a place around here, I get to leave, even if it's for only 15 minutes.

I should find a bench and put it behind the sheet metal shop. You know what? I think I'm gonna do that. At least back there, I'll feel like I'm actually 'out to lunch'. Hmmm. Nice. Thanks blog. :-)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Well, it's been a month since I've last written. I guess I haven't been as vocal about the everyday diet because I was traveling back and forth between here and GR. And as we all know, traveling can be a BIG killer for a diet. I'm back now though, so I suppose I can talk about the results.

I'm proud to say that I've actually stayed pretty close to my target caloric intake. I'll admit, I had a few mishaps (totally on purpose) and blew it by having a few cocktails or 'lighter' beers a few nights out of the many that I was there but overall, I think I did terms of calories. At least, I haven't gained any weight back. :)

I did not, however, run a single minute in three weeks. That's not all that great considering how difficult it is to break back into the routine when you've been out for that long BUT I have to try. You see blog, I'm on a mission now. I'm going to run a half marathon with a friend of mine in October so I don't have the option to stop anymore. I do NOT think that it'll be easy and I'll probably end up walking for a mile or two but I'd like to go for it anyway. It's a chance to really put in the time for a big pay off; both in accomplishing a goal that I'd never thought I'd even attempt and maybe wear a two piece this summer which is something that I haven't been able to do since I was 14. I'm looking forward to reaalllllly getting into it. I hope it goes well! Ha!