Thursday, March 21, 2013


Ugh, even though I keep saying I'm recommitting to my health liifestyle choices I really just want to say ... F*** it.

I think I've been on this train for awhile. And what's really frustrating is I'm only 3 lbs less than I was this time last year. I suppose that's better than being 3 lbs over but still, a year's worth of work for what? Eating clean is so tough when there are so many bad choices all around. Exercise can be fun but it's also time consuming. Trying to work on my dissertation, keep up with knitting, getting in my sleep, working 8 hours a day, etc gets to be so much that I'm frustrated I can't do it all.

Maybe my trip here in a few weeks will make me feel better.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Going the distance

My first event for March Madness was the Runnin' of the Green in downtown Denver on Sunday March 10th. And guess what, it was a 7K (not my typical 5K) so I was going for distance (but not speed, so much). That Saturday we had a big snowstorm with blowing snow and very chilly temps. Lucky for me (and the other 4000+ runners) Colorado can get kind of crazy with the weather - dumping snow one day, sunny and warm the next. That's what we got. But when my sister and I got there we just weren't feeling it. We decided even though we had signed up for the 7K we would just do the 2 mile Leprechaun Leap. In my typical "fool myself" fashion I started out saying "I'm just going to do the 2 mile, I'm just going to do the 2 mile" but when the turn around came up I was feeling really good so I thought, what the heck, I'll do the full 7K (4.35 miles). And I did! I allowed myself to walk most of it (and not at my usual race/walk pace but just a brisk walk). I jogged a little bit.

It was great and I felt awesome. My time was slow (15:11 min mile pace) with an overall finish time of 1:06:01 but I was okay with that because you know what? I went the distance.

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Madness

I've decided to really amp up my work outs during the month of March and that includes adding more 5k events to the line up. Here's my plan:

1. Goal: to walk 15,000 steps each day
2. Complete three 5K events and one 7K event
     a. Running of the Green 2013 7K on Sunday, March 10th
     b. Lucky Laces 5K on Saturday, March 16th
     c. 2013 Spring Fever 5K, on Saturday March 23rd
     d. Hippity Hop Easter Trot 5K on Saturday March 30th
3. Spin class at 24 hour fitness on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (5:30am-6:30am)
4. Orange Theory Fitness on Monday nights and Thursday nights (and maybe throw in a few Sundays)

In addition to these workouts I'm going to walk for 30 minutes each day at work (and if the weather is bad I'll try to head to the mall on my lunch hour to get in 30 minutes)