Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Goals

Happy Fall! It's November! I always say I love the warm weather of summer and hate the cold, but I do love the fall colors and leaves changing. So beautiful!

Anyway, back to things. My healthy eating got away from me on my honeymoon (obviously!) and hasn't quite recovered. So I need to get that back on track. But running is going well.

I ran the hot chocolate 15k last Sunday (recap to come, hopefully), and even though I'm not as fast as I was when I ran this in 2010, so I wasn't planning on a PR, it's amazing to me how much just losing a bit of weight helps with running. I felt pretty good and actually ran the whole thing, not even a stop for water (someone handed me a bottle of water which I kept with me a until mile 6).

First, 9.3 miles is my longest distance since my last half in May. It's a good hike for me these days. So to be able to run it non stop is pretty amazing for me right now. I haven't done that in a long time. A LONG TIME! Like at least a couple years I would imagine. I did run 8 miles a month ago with only 1 stop in the middle, which was why (by mile 3), I thought maybe that could be my goal for the race. 

So I've lost between 35-40 lbs since the beginning of the year. And since then, my pace has improved and clearly so has my cardio endurance.  You know, I know this already. Since I lost weight in 2010. But you kind of forget. You don't think maybe that's why my knees are hurting more while running and my breathing is more labored. You kind of know, but don't realize what a difference it really does make.

Since losing weight isn't everything when it comes to improving your running... I have been thinking of things I want to get better at and decided to slow start that by making some November goals.


1. Incorporate strength training/core work. I'm combining this one right now since I'm doing neither right now. I don't want to say I want to do both and then do neither. So for the month of November, I want to incorporate 1 strength training workout or core workout per week. I know that's not a lot. But it's more than I'm doing now and I have to start somewhere. If I do more, bonus. Hopefully I can up this by December.  I'm also going to say that I will do this on Tues or Wednesday during the week. If I don't pick a day, before I know it, it's Friday and I'm just saying "I'll start next week."

Any advice on a good video or website that I can use that has a good routine?

2.  Stretch more. This could be general stretching, foam rolling, etc. or yoga. My hamstrings and calves are super tight as well as my IT band and hips. Basically everything. Foam roll. Stretch. It's needed!  I'm going to try to incorporate that right now on Monday. And I'm going to put a minimum time of 10 mins! None of this 3 mins foam roll and I'm done. lol.

3. Continue on my healthy eating plan. I still have 10-15 lbs that I want to lose but I know those last 10 lbs can be stubborn. Since I was eating crap for October, I think I can make my November weight loss goal of 5 lbs. Normally I wouldn't put a number on it but for this month (after my October), I think it's necessary. It's not a huge number but it's big enough to matter! I need to be working on it!

4. Drink my water. I'm typically good at getting 40-50 ounces of water in a day but have been slacking on that in October too. And I typically like that number to be closer to 80 ounces of water. So my November goal is to hit 60-80 ounces of water daily. I just realized I've only had about 14 ounces today so I better get moving!

I think these are very doable goals for November. I don't want to make too many or make them too hard because then they probably won't get done.

Hope you all have a great start to the month!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Three Things Thursday

1. Cubs! - I'm a life long south side Cubs fan! It's a struggle. Every. Single. Year. It's fun to see them doing well. It's not over yet... but on the same token... it's not over yet!! Go Cubs Go!!  I'm trying to not stress myself out and have a heart attack over here! Well, because I'm a Cubs fan. So I'm always thinking the bottom will fall out. But inside, I'm super excited and hoping they can do it this year!

2.  Working Out - I feel like I've gotten lazy with my workouts. I'm bare minimum running. I'm running enough to train for the Hot Chocolate 15k so I've gotten a few "long" runs in. But that's been a good majority of my working out. I need to get back to the spin classes. I also need to get myself together with some sort of strength/weights plan. THIS is a MUST! I'm super weak. I have no core strength. I have no arm strength. Granted some of my arm strength is due to my shoulder surgery but it's been almost a year since surgery so I can't use that as an excuse! It's ready to be worked out (slowly to start...).

3. Hawaii vs. Real Life - I went to Hawaii and it was AH-mazing! We had tons of fun on our honeymoon. I didn't want to sweat the small stuff and constantly had a huge smile on my face! But all good things must come to an end. So much sadness. We got back Monday afternoon but we both took Tuesday off of work. We got some sleep and did some grocery shopping/housework. But hormones and tiredness made me grumpy and emotional and lets say...the smiling from vacation also came to an end. So today is a tired day for me as I didn't sleep well last night (the time change is a struggle), and the aftermath of me being grumpy has got me down. But I plaster that smile on my face anyway because...nothing else to do. And I know the sadness/issues will be temporary. Always bumps in the road, right?  Not to get down in the dumps and really drag this post down! So sorry!

BUT... I will post some Hawaii pics/Ironman Spectating blog posts soon!  I promise!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Goals and Fun!

Happy October!! This year is flying by! It seems to go faster and faster every year!

The wedding and my busy work has thrown me off the blogging world lately but I promise to get back to it!

I do have a goal that I have very much looking forward to next year. That is if a happy (and wanted) curve ball doesn't get thrown my way before then.

I would LOVE to do a half ironman! I think I have ability in all 3 sports to be able to accomplish this goal! Now that my shoulder is fixed, I can build up the strength and won't have to worry about dislocating it anymore on the swim!

I love biking! Now, biking for 56 miles and then doing a half marathon right after would be a challenge but definitely doable. For the run, you just put one foot in front of the other and repeat.

Thinking of doing a half ironman makes me feel so excited! I never was an athlete. In fact, calling myself an athlete now still feels weird and made up. But doing marathons and ultras, distance biking and a century, a few smaller triathlons, I guess not everyone doing that.  So to think that I could possibly do a half ironman and finish! Amazing! And I know if I start it, I will finish.

So my next thing is to think about which half ironman to do. I would preferably like one later in the summer so I have more time to train (and bike outside). But I know I run the risk of it being incredibly warm (although in Chicago, you run that risk any time). So I will start considering my options and see which might be best, and which might be "newbie" friendly.

In other news, I'm going on my honeymoon very soon!!  Yippee! Where, you ask? Hawaii!!  I will definitely share more about this with you all soon. I'm just looking forward to fun in the sun!

In "technical difficulties" news: I'm lost my blog roll. Where are all of you at??  I haven't had much time to figure this out but how did it drop off my blog? Sigh... to be determined.