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Wednesday October 24, 2012: Car troubles

Daily stuff:

I’m writing this post a 8.30 am at home while I should have been at work by now. When I left for work this morning and I took the first turn, I heard a loud noise and it sounded like something broke. My heartbeat was sky high because it scared the you know what out of me.
I immediately turned around home. The garage wasn’t open yet and I waited a while before I drove there very slowly. They looked what happened and a spring was broken at the front of my left tire. Fortunately they can fix it right away and my car will be ready at 11 am and I’ll go to work then. It’s going to cost me money but driving safely is more important.

Poor Bella has fleas. She has been scratching herself a lot the past couple of days and at the doggy day care yesterday they said that a lot of dogs had fleas at the moment. So I bought a flea comb after work and checked her and she had them too. I washed her after dinner and treated her with an anti flea medication, changed all her blankets for clean ones and hopefully this helps. For the next couple of weeks I will be vacuuming the house more often. It is weird though that she got them though because I give her anti flea medication every month.

Workouts:

Good old Shred on the menu for Tuesday morning, level 1. I love this workout, it’s hard but short.
Total time: 27 minutes.

I have so much trouble to get up and go out for a run on work days. It’s the dark that’s holding me back and so far I have been skipping the weekday runs. I just don’t seem to get over this, last year I didn’t have this much trouble to go out for early dark morning runs but this year I do. I’m glad I do 2 of the 3 runs on the weekend when it’s light but I have to get over this and start doing that weekday run too.

Sunday dinner

 

I had rolled chicken meat in the freezer for a while now and I baked that on Sunday. We ate it with a pepper sauce and baked potatoes. I also made roasted carrots with a little honey.

Monday dinner

Noodles with pak-choi cabbage and beef tenderloin.

 

TV shows I watched last week
True Blood, Parenthood, Rizzoli & Isles, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy.

Friday September 28, 2012: A lost week

Daily stuff:

The past week has been a weird one because we both got sick.

It started with me on Sunday night when I had symptoms of the flu. On Monday and Tuesday I had mostly stomach and back pain. I even went home early Monday and went to bed when I got home. Wednesday my stomach and back were better but I got a cold. By today I’m feeling much better. I’m taking it easy this weekend and hopefully will be fully recovered on Monday.

R. was feeling okay till Tuesday evening. He got it very cold and half an hour after he went to bed he had to throw up. He went out of bed that night for (I think) 6 times to throw up. And every time I woke up too and had a bad night because of that. In the morning he wasn’t feeling any better and for the first time in his life he had to call in sick at work. Yesterday he seemed to be a bit better but at night he was cold again. He went to bed very early. This morning he felt a little better but not his old self again.

I did my workouts the best I could. I had to cut some of them short and I was a bit slower than usual but I didn’t skip any. For the rest I didn’t do anything. When I got home from work, I made dinner, took Bella for a walk and lay down at the couch for the rest of the evening. I hardly watched TV nor did I read or do other things I like. That’s the reason I choose the title of this post: to me this is a lost week because I did nothing. But am sure next week will be better.

Knitting update:

Yes, that’s right: an update. I’m starting a new project: a sweater for Winter. I haven’t started it yet but will this weekend. I think it will knit fast because the needles are big and I have to use 3 colors of yarn at the same time.

You might wonder what happened to the other sweater I was knitting. Well, that isn’t finished yet but it’s a Spring sweater and I don’t like knitting Spring/Summer stuff in Winter. I will pick that one up by the end of Winter.

Workouts:

Tuesday morning I did a Turbofire workout. I didn’t completely do the Fire 30 workout because I still wasn’t recovered a 100%. I did finish with a 10 minute stretch.
Total time: 34 minutes.

I went for a run after a week and a half on Wednesday morning. I didn’t finish the complete run because the last 8 minutes of running were a struggle because of my cold. I just did the best I could and was glad afterwards that I went. Better do something than nothing.

Stats:
Run-walk ratio: 8-2-10-2-8-2 (26 minutes running, 6 minutes walking)
Weather:rain, windy,11C(51 degrees)
Distance: 4 K / 2.5 miles
Time: 00:29:40
Last song on Ipod before finish: Bob Seger – Still the same

Yesterday morning I did a Jillian workout: killer buns & thighs. A few hours after the workout I knew why it had this title: my buns and thighs were screaming. I thought I had pretty good shaped legs but apparently they can be shaped more. Good and fun workout.
Total time: 39 minutes.

Food:

Monday

Simple recipe from one of my cook magazines: pork tenderloin and a salad with rocket salad, avocado, tomato, onion and feta cheese. Very light and tasteful.

Tuesday

Recipe from a cooking magazine: oven dish of ham, potatoes and leek with a topping of crème fraiche and cheese. It doesn’t look that good on my plate but it was tasty.

Wednesday July 25 – 2012, The Workout Edition

Countdown to half marathon: 88 days

Thursday

Jillian Michaels, Ripped in 30, level 2. Like the 30 day Shred this has 3 circuits of 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio and 1 minute abs. I like this concept because you can do anything for 3, 2 or 1 minute and you don’t give up that easily
Total time: 38 minutes.

Friday
Rest.

Saturday
Long run. This run went great, I felt good and I enjoyed the run. I took walk breaks after every 1.5 k (about 1 mile). The weather was perfect too. I also started using gels again, when I run more than 10K I’m using gels. I forgot how good they work after you took one, it kept the second part of my run as strong as the first part.

Stats:
Weather:dry, not much wind, 18C (64 degrees)
Distance: 11.2 K / 7 miles
Time: 01:20:40
Average time: 07:12 /km
Average speed: 8.33 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Michael Jackson – Another part of me.

Sunday

X-Trainfit Yoga. Great workout although my leg muscles felt very tight at first from all the running. I should do yoga more but I don’t like it that much to do it very often. Every now and then works better for me.
Total time: 42 minutes.

Monday
Recovery week. After every 3 weeks of training hard I have planned a recovery week: lower mileage, all easy runs and less DVD workouts. Today I did an easy run, without walk breaks this time.

Stats:
Weather:dry, not much wind, 15C (59 degrees)
Distance: 3.2 K / 2 miles
Time: 00:22:26
Average time: 07:01 /km
Average speed: 8.56 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Lady Gaga – Judas

Tuesday
Rest.

Wednesday
I had a short run planned but after working in the garden for 3 hours Tuesday night my lower back and upper legs were very sore when I got up this morning. Since it’s recovery week I don’t mind that much skipping this run.

Bella and Fran’s Summer challenge: walk at least 30 minutes every day

Days till the end of Summer: 66 days

Success: 5 days
Fail: 3 days

We had a great walk in the forest this week on Sunday of 1 hour and 27 minutes.

We missed Monday’s walk. Bella was with my Mom that day and R. picks her up after work. He was working late and therefore Bella was late too. We also missed yesterday and today’s walk because temperatures are around 32C / 89 degrees here since Monday. That’s too hot for dogs to walk long distances because their feet gets too hot and they can’t cool down. Since it will be this hot tomorrow and Friday I don’t think we will have long walks till Saturday.

Weekly review
Happy with my workouts but happy it’s recovery week too. I was looking forward to the “break”.

Wednesday April 25 – 2012, The workout edition

WARNING: LONG POST!

Thursday

The Firm Express Sculpt. Short weights workout that targeted a little bit of every bodypart.
Total time: 20 minutes.

Friday and Saturday

Rest.

Sunday

Sherpa Ladies Run, for a short recap see my post on Monday.

Garmin time: 00:33:32
Official time: 00:33:42
Place: 510 out of 715.

Photo’s still not online.

Stats:
Weather:dry but also rain, sunny, windy, 10C (50 degrees)
Distance: 5 K / 3.1 miles
Time: 00:33:32
Average time: 06:42 /km
Average speed: 8.9 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Bonnie Tyler – Holding out for a hero.

Monday

X-TrainFit Arms. Workout completely focussed on triceps, biceps and shoulders. Two sets of exercises. This is really a good program. I like the instructor and there are always 3 people doing various modifications of the exercise. I usually do the most difficult one but if it’s too hard, it’s nice that you can do a modification and still finish the exercise.
Total time: 48 minutes.

Tuesday

First tempo run of my new schedule. I’ll explain next week what a tempo run means for me. Today was the first day I could run outside the village and how I missed that. No traffic, just the early birds and other animals and ¾ of the run daylight. Enjoyed my run very much.

Stats:
Weather:dry, not much wind, 8C (46 degrees)
Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Time: 00:30:04
Average time: 06:50 /km
Average speed: 8.8 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Boys Town Gang – Can’t take my eyes of you.

Wednesday

Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism. This is a cardio workout, it’s split up in 7 circuits of 6 minutes. I didn’t do them all, just 4 out of 7 and the warming-up and cooling down. This is not her best DVD but still okay enough to do it again.
Total time: 37 minutes.

Weekly review

What’s next?

After 2 DNF’s last year (due to the weather) and not starting at the half marathon I signed up in October, I had a kind of mental running breakdown as you know. It has taken me about 6 months to get my running mojo back and after last Sunday I am convinced it’s back.

It’s amazing how fast you can lose your running base if you don’t run enough and it took me a while before I could run 30 minutes straight again (most of that was mental) and last Sunday I ran the 5K without walking.

But most of my runs in the past months have been about the same distance over and over again and the risk of doing that, is that I get bored. And getting bored means skipping workouts in my case. I need a new goal and different kind of runs. Running without looking at the pace helped me a lot in getting my running base back and listen to my body. In that way it has been good I did it.

Till this morning it wasn’t the plan I was going to tell you but my blogger friend Shelley who ran a 5K without breaks in the same week as I did (which we didn’t know from each other), who ran a 5K without walking breaks last weekend too (again we didn’t know), came with an announcement in her post today with her plan which is exactly my plan (yes you’re right: we didn’t know it from each other).

I’m going to train for a half marathon again.

The original plan was to start training for it and mention it a week before it or something like that. R. thinks I shouldn’t do it and work on getting faster on 5K and 10K but running a half marathon is always in the back of my mind. I just want to finish at least one in my life. Right now, I’m injury free, I’m healthy and I did love the training part for the half marathon. But like Shelley, I’ll start with it and see how it goes.

I’ve chosen a very safe plan this time. It’s a 28 week plan but I start at week 4. The reason the program is so long is that you build up the long runs slowly and do most distances 2 or more times which is good for my confidence. I worked it all out considering my vacation in June, recovery weeks and a 10K I do want to do in September. The plan is to run the half in October. I have 6 months to get ready, that may seem long but I like it. I might do some local races during those 6 months but I decided about those a week before the event takes place.

The plan comes with paces you should use at the different kind of runs. I’m going to use the paces that go with a 31 minute time on a 5K. I have never run that time but the paces that go with that I have run a lot during training. The hardest part will be that I have to run slower on my longer runs than I do now. I’ve compared the paces of my program with the McMillan calculator and they correspond a lot.

Of course I’ll keep you posted how it goes in my workout edition posts.

And I’m closing this last post for my running fashionista’s: one of my running sets needed to be replaced and this is the new set I bought. A very light windjacket, a Capri and two sleeveless tops.

 


Wednesday April 4 – 2012, The workout edition

Thursday

I took a rest day on Wednesday where I had planned a run. I did the run on Thursday only shorter than originally planned. I had decided the night before that I would run 3.2K without walking breaks and I did. It went great. I didn’t watch my pace, I just ran. Great run.

Stats:
Weather:dry, hardly any wind, 7C (44 degrees)
Distance: 3.2 K / 2 miles
Time: 00:21:56
Average time: 06:51 /km
Average speed: 8.8 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Pink! – So what

Friday
Rest.

Saturday
Rest but I did work in the garden the entire morning.

Sunday
Rest.

Monday

Jillian Michaels Shred it with weights, level 1. This is actually a kettlebell workout but I don’t own a kettlebell and have no intention in buying one because this is the only DVD I own that uses a kettlebell. But it could be done with a hand weight too which I did (one of the girls behind Jillian showed the moves with a hand weight). Very fun workout and it gave me a good sweat. I could feel I worked my shoulders.
Total time: 28 minutes.

Tuesday

 

Woohoooooooo: 5 K without walk breaks. I actually had planned an interval of 23:1 for this run but after 23 minutes I said: one more song, after that one more song and so on until I finished this one without walking. One of my goals this year was to run 30 minutes without stopping and I finally did it. Feels good, feels like I’m finally getting back to my old running level.

Stats:
Weather:dry, not much wind, 5C (41 degrees)
Distance: 5 K / 3.1 miles
Time: 00:34:20
Average time: 06:52 /km
Average speed: 8.7 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Marc Almond – Something’s got a hold of my heart.

Wednesday
I put in a DVD of The Firm but after 5 minutes I realized I had done this one just 2 weeks ago. I bought this DVD with 2 workouts on it but it were just copied workouts from the Firm Express series that I also bought. I don’t like doing the same thing so soon after each other and stopped after 8 minutes. This workout doesn’t count and I’m going to sell the 2 DVD’s that have the same workouts as on the Firm Express. Bummer!

Weekly review
I didn’t run/workout that much last week but I’m perfectly okay with that. I obviously needed to take a step back and take the rest. My 5K without walking breaks is definitely my highlight this week.

 

 

Wednesday February 15 – 2012, The workout edition

Thursday
At the end of the week I like to do a short workout and Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred is perfect for that. Did level 1 again.
Total time: 27 minutes.


Friday + Saturday + Sunday
Rest.

Monday
I was still feeling down when I got up and didn’t want to do the long Turbofire workout I planned and did a short HITT session. I figured better doing that than do nothing at all.
Total time: 16 minutes.

Tuesday
Chalean Extreme Burn Intervals. Combination of weights with a lot of reps and cardio exercises. Have to admit I didn’t completely finish this workout, skipped 10 minutes.
Total time: 36 minutes.

Wednesday
I didn’t run this morning and I have no excuse why I didn’t!

Weekly review
As mentioned in my last post I didn’t work out last weekend. The weekend before that I didn’t work out either. I did learn something from this: as soon as I don’t exercise for more than 2 days my lower back pain is returning. As soon as I start exercising again it is gone. This means I need to exercise on a regular base because it benefits my posture.

Overall a so so week, it could have been better. But 3 workouts is always better than nothing. My intention is to do better next week.

Wednesday January 25 – 2012, The workout edition

Thursday
I knew I had a long day ahead of me with a long meeting and wanted a short workout to start my day fresh. I did another workout from The Firm Express, this one was pure cardio.
Total time: 21 minutes.

Friday
Rest.

Saturday
This was a tough one, lots of rain and a brutal wind that made it look like I was standing still sometimes and it slowed me down. Luckily it wasn’t cold. Not the fastest or best run ever but always look on the bright side: I did it.

Stats:
Weather:rain, strong wind, 10C (50 degrees)
Distance: 6.4 K / 4 miles
Time: 00:45:32
Average time: 7:07 /km
Average speed: 8.4 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Robbie Williams – Trippin’

Sunday
Rest.

Monday
First time for a Jillian workout of the DVD Killer Buns & Thighs (level 1). What I noticed is how much stronger my legs are than my upper body. Where at upper body exercises I often have to adapt the exercise, this workout I could do all the exercises because it was all focussed on the lower body.
Total time: 40 minutes.

Tuesday
An unexpected rest day. I got up in time and got dressed in my running clothes. I went outside and walked to my starting point. That’s when I started noticing the roads were icy. I walked a little further but I slipped away a few times. As I don’t run on icy roads because I’m too afraid to fall and get injured I turned around and headed home.

Wednesday
This run sucked big time, period!

Stats:
Weather:dry, not much wind, 2C (35 degrees)
Distance: 2.8 K / 1.7 miles
Time: 00:21:25
Average time: 7:39 /km
Average speed: 7.8 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Glee Cast – Total eclipse of the heart

Weekly review
I had such a bad run this morning and since I’m not happy with my runs the past couple of months, I seriously thought about quitting running. This run gave me such a bad mood for almost the entire day and quitting seemed the easy way out. It took 3 sweet guys at work, who all run, to convince me I shouldn’t give up.

I’m rocking my workouts this month so far, I hardly skip workouts and if I do it’s always a run because I dread most of the runs. I’m losing my joy in running. I had about 2 runs that went okay this month, most other runs sucked. I also noticed I’ve lost the base I build in the first half year of last year. I’m slower and I can’t run longer than 20 minutes without walking. What to do?

Give up running? This morning I said yes but at the end of this day: no way!

That leaves adjusting my plan. I’m going back to run-walk-run starting with a 5:1 ratio and build that up. I have to experiment if I can add a minute after every run or after 2 runs or more. I’m going to be flexible. My goal is to get back at running straight for 1 hour which I could last year and get faster. I don’t have to win a race, after all I’m 43, but right now I’m too slow. At the pace I’m running now I’m always going to be one of the last to finish. In Holland runners that run races are fast. It will be nice to finish somewhere in the middle.

But the most important thing I want to achieve is that I look forward to a run again instead of dreading it. For now I’m not giving up, I have to be able to rebuild my running base and have fun again.

Wish me luck, I will need it.