On Pace

“The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.” – Steve Prefontaine

32 days til my 5K

While running 3 miles today I did 1 mile at a 9:49 min/mile pace – I was pretty darn pleased with myself.

I hope to run outside Friday and Sunday this week.

Skinny

One of my students just told me I looked “skinny.” I for SURE wouldn’t say I’m skinny, but nonetheless I am OFFICIALLY down 15 pounds and feel great.

I bought 2 different brands of jeans in a size smaller than I was currently wearing!

I also am picking up my work outs, mostly because they are coming easier. I can run 2.5 miles no problem, now I’m striving for 3.5-4 miles at a time.

I also went out to a track for the first time in god only knows how long and didn’t completely embarrass myself. I did a quarter mile in 2:15 mins which was exciting, when it came down to running a mile straight I ended up at a 10:43 mile which isn’t to shabby, although I really want to knock down to below a 10 minute mile.

Even when I was working with my trainer this week I couldn’t get over how much stronger I feel. I did some of the best planks I’ve done in a while and I even did extra time at wall sits. I only have a few more training sessions left and as much as they cost I really like my trainer and think I may continue sessions for through the summer which is traditionally when I “fall off the gym wagon.” I also think I am going to sign up for like a 10k or something in Aug/Sept to FORCE me to keep up my running through the summer – actually I just found a 10K in Atlanta on Labor Day that I plan to register for after my 5K.

This week I also played a little more basketball and did yoga. My new plan is to get to the gym 3 days a week and then do some outdoor stuff 1x a week either run on the track and/or play basketball. We shall see.

I’m only like 7 pounds away from a MAJOR goal and 5 pounds away from a 20 pound total loss. Life is good.

Pants on the Ground

Losing weight is exciting, but nearly losing your pants when running on the treadmill is not.

Even my jeans are getting big and I’m not a belt wearer, but I may have to be. It’s exciting to start to say goodbye to “fat pants” and hello to “less fat pants.”

I’m so positive I know.

I’m up like 1.5 pounds from last week…grr.

Whatever I did 4.7 miles yesterday which is a personal best and actual mile 3-4 was a 10 minute mile.

Today I’m hitting the track on campus on this BEA-utiful day and then shoot some hoops

Week 10

Sun Mar 7
Wake up: 10:45am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: 2 hours of Backetball – 500 shots
Food after 9pm: Yes
Sweets: Yes

Mon Mar 8
Wake up: 7am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: Yes
Ellipitcal:2.4mi 300 cal
Stairclimber: No
Other: Abs/Back/Trainer
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Tues Mar 9
Wake up: 10am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 1mi 164 cal
Stairclimber: NA
Other: Yoga
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Wed Mar 10
Wake up: 6:55am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Thurs Mar 11
Wake up: 7am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 2
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 3.75mi 372cal
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: Yes
Sweets: No

Fri Mar 12
Wake up: Didn’t go to sleep
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: No
Stairclimber: No
Other: No
Food after 9pm: Yes
Sweets: Yes

Sat Mar 13
Wake up: 7am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 4
Gym: No
Treadmill:NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: No
Sweets: Yes

THIS WEEK’S TOTALS – Week 10
Coffee: 8
Gym Days: 3 + Basketball
Miles: 7.15
Calories: 836

Droppage

As of last week I am down to XX8.4 which means I’m down another pound – putting my weight loss to 14.2 pounds and I have another “weigh in” this Thursday.

I’m 11 weeks in and as much as I’m glad I’m losing weight I wish I were past the 20 pound mark at this point. I just need to push harder.

Week 8

Sun Feb 21
Wake up: 11:30am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 3
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 3.1mi 533cal
Stairclimber: NA
Other: Abs
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Mon Feb 22
Wake up: 7am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: No
Other:
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Tues Feb 23
Wake up: 7:05
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 1.25mi 220cal
Stairclimber: NA
Other: Arms/Chest/Trainer
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Wed Feb 24
Wake up: 6:55am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 3
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Thurs Feb 25
Wake up: 7am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Elliptical: 2.7mi 355cal
Stairclimber: NA
Other: Abs/Back/Trainer
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Fri Feb 26
Wake up: 7:05am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 2
Gym: No
Treadmill: No
Stairclimber: No
Other: No
Food after 9pm: Yes
Sweets: No
*Alcohol

Sat Feb 27
Wake up: 5am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 4
Gym: No
Treadmill:NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: Yes
Sweets: Yes
*Alcohol

THIS WEEK’S TOTALS – Week 8
Coffee: 14
Gym Days: 3
Miles: 7.05
Calories: 1108

Week 9

Sun Feb 28
Wake up: 9:30am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 4
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Mon Mar 1
Wake up: 6:50am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: NA
Ellipitical: 2.33mi 342cal
Other: Legs
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Tues Mar 2
Wake up: 7:05
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: Yes
Ellipitical: 3mi 270 cal
Stairclimber: NA
Other: Arms/Chest/Trainer
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Wed Mar 3
Wake up: 7:30am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Thurs Mar 4
Wake up: 7:30am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: NO
Elliptical: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Fri Mar 5
Wake up: 5:40am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 4
Gym: No
Treadmill: No
Stairclimber: No
Other: No
Food after 9pm: No
Sweets: No

Sat Mar 6
Wake up: 11am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: No
Treadmill:NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: No
Sweets: Yes

THIS WEEK’S TOTALS – Week 9
Coffee: 9
Gym Days: 2
Miles: 5.33
Calories: 612

10 Minute Mile

Last night at the gym I didn’t have my ipod so as fate had it, a yoga class was starting up when I got there. I haven’t gotten to yoga as much as I’d like, in college I was a yoga fiend. I really had a good workout and concentrated a lot on balance and my ankles which has been sore lately (especially my right one).

After an hour of yoga I wasn’t quite ready to leave the gym. I hate going to the gym these days and not running. I knew it was getting late so I told myself I’m gonna run 1 mile as fast as I can. For a while my goal has been a ten minute mile and I am happy to report I ran the mile in 10:04 – I must confess I took a 30 second breather/water break 5 minutes into it, but still not too shabby. I also must confess that as soon as I was done with my mile I really thought I was going to puke. I had to briskly walk outside in the cold air and breathe for a moment.

Regardless, I am going to slowly try and incorporate running til I nearly puke for 1 mile into my running routine.

Also I’d like to note I’m down a few more lbs. The numbers I see on the scale are more and more positive reinforcement and I love it. I’m nearly down 15 pounds since the start of 2010, but it’s a sloooooow process. I’m dropping about 1-2 lbs a week, but rewarding regardless!

Sweets

So this year I have been trying to cut back on sugars overall and for Lent I have given up excess sweets. I really have to say I don’t miss them. I did have 3 “mess ups” but one of them was pre-planned. I did have wedding cake at a wedding I went to. Then I had a piece of cookie cake which I regret because it wasn’t that good and I had been so successful at saying no to cookie cake in the past. Then I had a half a cup slow churn ice cream – which I really don’t feel bad about, it’s half the sugar of regular ice cream and I only had a little and I REALLY wanted it.

It’s just so interesting reading the sugar content on things and thinking back to when I thought I was making good decisions when I was eating low fat stuff, but the real issue is sugar. Even post lent I am really going to limit my excess sugar intake, unless I REALLY want it, but it’s not as a hard to say “NO” to things as I thought.