Monday, November 30, 2009

making up for lost time

Tonight I did 4 on the treadmill at the gym. Was not easy! Then I had sloppy joes, a bowl of fresh fruit and a beer for dinner. I know, right? I'm a little disgusted too.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


I did 3 tonight at the gym, which was really a victory in itself given the weekend's events. My last exercise was on Thanksgiving. I drove back late Friday, went to the game on Saturday, and then went golfing and watched the Cards game today. I generally put my social life ahead of exercise because social opportunities aren't as common as I'd like them to be, and I can exercise anytime right? BUT PEOPLE, the clock is ticking!!! The holiday is over, we must get it together. Jan 17 is in 7 weeks!!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Marianne is officially one of "those people" who exercises on Thanksgiving. Apparently she has something to prove. She did 3.5 miles and I (Sandy) did 2.5. Missy is still in a phase of outward rebellion, as she did not do anything but prepare a Thanksgiving feast.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I forgot about the turkey.

I forgot to get the turkey out to thaw. So it's in the microwave now and I will stick it in the brine, frozen, before I leave for work. I hope it will be ok.
I got the birthday caramels made last night for Lo and Pete. Also the kids and friends put the houses together. So yeah, I still haven't run since last Thursday. A whole week.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

gonna be a tough week

Ok ladies. I didn't go tonight. There's no way I can go tomorrow. We REALLY need to hold each other accountable for going on Thanksgiving and the Friday after ok?? Seriously. Because I don't think I'll go on Sat due to the game.

On a good note, I did get the 7-layer cookies made.

head is not in the game

I haven't run since Thursday. I skipped my long in the interests of giving the children a clean place to sleep. I ate fast food for dinner last night after class and I'm not going this morning because I have to do my lesson plans - they were due Sunday night. So in general I have lots of excuses but I just have to be honest - my training is just not at the top of my priority list right now. T-day is my favorite holiday of all time and I want to be ready! Fat and out of shape, but ready!

Monday, November 23, 2009


is what I did tonight. And I have to say my legs are really fatigued. I'm going to go tomorrow and then take Weds off, and then go Thurs morning before the feasting festivities begin.

Where are you guys?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

only a half marathon?

So today as I'm getting ready to go running, my kids are asking why I have to go and can't I just miss one day. I told them that I'm doing the half marathon and that I haven't run since Thursday and I need to be ready. To which J responded, "you're only doing the half?" Such high expectations I have created for these kids!

Anyhoodle, I did 6 miles tonight and I ran the whole way. The last mile was quite painful and I would have stopped probably except that I had already written this post in my head and was so happy to announce that I ran the whole way. I think I did about a 13 min pace. So, I'm not where I probably need to be at this point. I need to commit to increasing a mile per week on the longs, and really being disciplined about my weekday runs. Yuck.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


So I got a little full of myself and decided to do my lunch workout today at an 11 min pace, including the uphill. So I did the first mile and was beat, took a quick break, then did another half mile, slowed down, another break, after 2 I pretty much was beat and gave up on running so I only did 2.5!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Manic indeed.

I think maybe I'm having some mania. I went 3.4 this morning with nary a complaint. I'm getting a LOT of work done. I'm doing much better with my food, so far this week. Marianne, do you want me to call you tonight and refuse to get off the phone until you are in the car, on your way to the gym? ;)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Manic Monday

I have such a mental problem with missing Monday workouts. It just feels like I've already messed up for the week and its so easy to blow it for the rest of the week. But if I start out strong on Monday then I know I've got the week under control. Anyway, I went tonight but it was real hard to motivate myself to get out there after having missed yesterday. I did 3.5 on the street tonight, in the dark, and am hugely excited to report that I did a 10.8 min mile pace!! I really want to finish in 2.5 hours in January so I've been working on my pace.

Terrible, just terrible.

I am having a terrible week. That is all.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Three and a quarter this morning and it felt great!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


That's what I did today, on the road. I felt pretty fatigued after yesterday for some reason, but I went anyway. I focused on trying to lengthen my stride just a little, lift my knees just a little higher. I felt ok, ran the whole way, average pace. But tonight my legs really ache! So I think I might take tomorrow off to recover a little. I wonder if its the difference between running on the road and treadmill? But I did 5.5 two days in a row about a 6 weeks ago and I don't recall such fatigue. Oh well.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A little slice of hell . . .

It was one of those days where you feel real lazy and tired and can't quite get off the couch. So I was a tad dubious starting off on my run at 3pm this afternoon. I couldn't tell if it was going to be one of those glorious days where I remember why I do this, or one of those hellish trips where I question why I do this. Let's just say it wasn't pretty. I started my 6 mile route and only went 5.5, probably only ran 3 of it. But hell, I went.

Musta been that left turn at Albuquerque.

I mapped out a 6-mile route, and then missed a turn and ended up doing 7. It went really well. I was able to run at least partial minutes, the whole way and speedwalk the rest. I did a 14:48 minute mile pace which isn't too shabby for going that far! So I am definitely on target with my training.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rockin it

I did 4 tonight on the treadmill at 11:45 min pace, and that's with the first two on an incline. I so rock.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

moving along

I did 2.3 Monday and Tuesday, and 3.6 today. The weather is so great! I missed my long over the weekend because I wimped out Saturday and Sunday I was sick in bed. So I don't know if I can do 7 like I planned, this weekend. I will just see how it goes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

3.5 tonite

Felt good, pretty good pace. I'm in the groove.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ok, Yo!

So last Thurs I did 2 after work, only ran one of it. Don't recall why it was that I had such a crappy time except that our bike rack didn't work on the car and I hadn't packed or done laundry so the trip seemed to be getting off to a bad start and I didn't get to the gym until 8 and I had to pick K up from dance and take J's friend home, etc etc.

Did the Triathlon on Sat and it was brutal. Turns out there are hills galore on Catalina Island. Who knew? I did the swim pretty well but the 10 mile bike was three laps up this giant hill, then the run had two giant hills that I couldn't even run up. I was spent but it was good and I'm glad I did it!! Had a bottle of wine to celebrate on Sat night, sang some karaoke and danced my ass off. But I digress.

Today I was back at it, did a good 3. Now I'll start focusing on getting my long runs in on the weekends. And back to the focus on eating well. I looked like such a chubster in the triathlon pics I was embarassed. Time to get serious. I'm getting my thyroid levels checked again tomorrow.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Good Week

Exercise-wise anyway. Got my three gyms in, although one was only a half hour an a half-hearted half hour at that since I had forgotten my ipod. Just did my 4.5 mile walk and it was good.

Food-wise, still not doing as well as I would like. I need to go get a fill for this band, I'm going to see about that next week to give myself a little extra help.

Where the hell is everyone?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Two In

I've gotten two of my gyms in this week, did them exactly as planned. Last night I really ruh-HEALLY did not want to go, but I went and did my hour. Which is good since my food was not great yesterday.

Hope everyone is doing well, I plan to get to the gym tonight again (for treadmill), take Saturday off and then do 4.5 on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day off

I did 2 miles yesterday and taking today off. I would like to do 3.5 tomorrow which means I'll have to get out there pretty early. I am starting to feel like I am actually training again, which makes me excited for the race. My master's program is killing me, so it's really helpful to be exercising and looking forward to something.

Monday, November 2, 2009


So I didn't do anything on Sat because, ya know, football game, mounds of candy and all. But on Sunday I ran a good 3, then rode 6.5, then swam 1/2 mile, almost the total triathlon I'm doing Sat. So feeling good about that. Then today I did a strong 3 at lunchtime. So having a good week so far! But am really eating like a hog. That time of month and all.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Long

I went just over 5 miles. About 2 miles of it was against a 10 mph headwind, which really made it difficult. I walked probably the last mile and a half and didn't feel a bit bad about it. Take that, stupid voices! Now I am going to eat, stretch, shower, and make chili and cornbread.
I read Marianne's comment to my last post and thought about it a lot while I ran. But I can't remember anyone saying anything about how I am eating. The only voices are mine. But berating myself for my diet is no different than what Patty and Mom do when they ask me, after traveling 13.1 miles on the power of nothing more than my own two feet, if I ran the whole way. It's the same exact thing. The message is that what I'm doing isn't good enough, when it is. I don't accept that message from them, so why on earth would I accept that message from myself? It is the same self-defeating thinking I have struggled with my whole life. So thanks Marianne, I needed that. Damn the voices to hell - I don't need them.

My turn for a bad week

Well, I didn't end up making it to the gym at all this week. I can blame the weather for part of it, and Chris traveling for part of it, but the fact remains that there were two nights that I could have gone and chose not to. And, I could have chosen to go yesterday and again chose not to, figuring that I had already blown the week so why bother now. Which is not a good or productive way to think.

BUT, I am going out here in a minute for my four mile training walk, I have it mapped out. So, all is well. And then I'll start over trying to get my three gyms in for the week next week.

Update: I went. And that extra half mile was a bitch....there is a big hill there.