Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to Running, Back to Reality

The time has come!  I am venturing on a return to running journey.  My kids will be safely tucked away in school starting Thursday, August 4th, and I will have more time to train.  I'm going to weigh myself that morning, report that weight here on my blog, and get back on the running and weight loss train. I will log my weight loss, inches and miles here and hopefully you can watch as I transform back into the runner in me.  :)  Cannot weight wait.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

T-minus 2 weeks...

...Until I have time to run again.  I've been missing it so.  If only the weather would cool off by then.  :)  I can't believe the boys will be in school in 2 weeks.  We have been so busy lately, but have had a wonderful summer.  So much to be excited about coming up too, Flag Football season, Fall soccer season, College Football, school, new Sunday School classes, and for me time to run again! :)  And cooler temps!  Here's to the last 2 weeks of summer, and my body life getting back in some sort of order.  Cheers!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mississippi Coast Marathon (or half marathon!)

Yes, I'm considering a full marathon.  Maybe.  November 26.  We are at the in-laws this year for Thanksgiving down in Mobile, AL, so I was looking for a race that weekend.  I found one about an hour and 1/2 away the Saturday after Thanksgiving and two days after my 35th birthday!  Whoa!  35!  I guess maybe that would be a good way to celebrate, either my first marathon or a great 1/2 marathon.  The Mississippi Coast Marathon.  It's small, cheap and flat.  I'm excited about the opportunity.  It's a ways off, but I should have plenty of time to train this fall with both boys in school full time.  I do have other obligations Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, but still should have time to get training in and up my mileage considerably.

Now to find a good 1/2 marathon in late September, early October to test my fitness.  Hmmmm...

In other news, the Nike Training Club app is awesome and getting me toner and fitter and stronger.  I love it.  But, I am in serious endurance deprivation from a lack of long runs over the past few months, though think I can get it back pretty quick.   I need to get consistently back to 25 mpw.  I'm struggling now with 15-20.  Then I will try to up to 35 if I can hang.  Usually if I get past 28-30 I am constantly tired but maybe I just need a bit more consistency until my stamina can get built up.

I'm heading to Detroit Thursday for a friend's wedding!  Can't wait to see old friends and have a girls weekend.  Maybe I can sneak a run in....  we'll see.

On the consumption front, I have been CRAVING these:
I just want DP all the time.  I haven't been drinking soda for a while so this is just strange.  I give in to the urge every now and again, while hoping I kick this little habit very soon...

What are your fall race plans?  I am pumped!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Considering Fall...

A fall race.  Yes, that's good.  A fall race.  I need that.  I need motivation in July.  May and June left my running shoes empty for the most part.  I can't even detail my runs they are so few and far between.  Lots of travel, hospital with my dad (who is doing amazingly well and gaining strength each day - praise the Lord!), kids at home, heat, whine, whine, whine, etc.  Soooooo, can I turn this ship around?  Can I recover my lost fitness?  On a better, more on-key note, I have downloaded an app for my Ipad... NTC - Nike Training Center.  It's awesome and is a bunch of different workouts you can choose from (think stationary strength exercises) that take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour with a lot of different circuits.  I feel stronger.  This is huge for me because usually I just run and don't strength train.  Could I possibly combine the two for an even more fitter me???  I'm off for a run... will update more often this summer from here on out.

A family pic from the beach...