Monthly Archives: March 2010

Wedding Shape Up Plan

I just made a wedding-shape up training plan in iCal. I’m going to do the P90X in the suggested order but I’m going to substitute running for the cardio DVDs. I’ve consulted a few people who have done that and they said it worked out well for them. I was going to start the DVDs today but it’s just easier for me to start on a Monday so that’s what I’ll do. I am going to put them into the DVD player to get a general feel for what they’ll be like this weekend. I plan to take before and after pictures. I am hesitant to post them because right now I’m not so comfortable with how I look in a bathing suit and don’t want the entire interwebs to see me! But if there is a big change, I most post pictures for comparison. We’ll see.

I just want to say that right now I’m okay with what I look like. If my measurements are the exact same come June 26th, that is okay with me. I will not be upset or mad at myself. I am at currently at a healthy weight. I could stand to lose 10 pounds, but my BMI is normal right now. I’m not concerned with the number on the scale so much as I would like to gain muscle tone, especially in my arms. I don’t have much upper body muscle at all. Part of that is just my body makeup. I have a hard time putting on muscle in general. My mother also has no upper body strength. But another part of me is that since certain moves are very hard for me *coughpushupscough* I just don’t do them. I know, I know.

So that’s the plan for the next three months. If anyone wants to see my actual workout schedule, I can email it to you, but I can’t imagine that it’d be interesting! I’m eager to see how it pans out. After the wedding, who knows? Maybe I’ll train for another distance race again. After the wedding seems so far away, but like my half-marathon last weekend, one day it’ll just be a memory too. Weird.

After work today, Jason and I went to the gym. He has been diligently following the Couch to 5K plan and is on week 5. I am very proud that he’s kept up with it and am excited to run a 5K with him at the end of next month. I did 4 x 400 at 6.7mph with 3.5 walks in between. My ipod was completely dead when I got on the treadmill which made for a boring half hour.

We had TJ’s pizza dough in the fridge that really needed to be used and went back and forth about whether we were too lazy to make homemade pizza. There was nothing else in the house that I really wanted, so I decided to suck it up and make the pizza. It was worth the extra effort.

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This pizza had tomato sauce, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese and spinach. Yum. I’m going to catch up on blogs and maybe watch a Netflix DVD. We have The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I heard it kinda sucks though.

Back to it

My post-race workout hiatus is over. I packed a bag to take to work in case I felt like working out at lunch and turns out that I did. I was kind of stressing out about wedding related stuff (nothing in particular, just getting a bit overwhelmed) and felt like a good sweat session might help. Indeed it did. I did a 25 minute Fit Sugar Elliptical Workout and then the following upper body moves:

• decline pushups (on my knees) – 3 sets of 12
• chest press – 25 lbs, 3 sets of 12
• shoulder press – 20 lbs, 3 sets of 10, 1 set of 8
• bent over rows – 10 lbs, 3 sets of 12, each side
• one arm tricep extension – 7.5 lbs, 2 sets of 10, each arm
• 21s, 20 lbs, 2 sets of 21

I have a feeling this is nothing compared to the P90X. It arrived today and I think I’ll start either Friday or Saturday. I’m still trying to figure out a schedule where I can incorporate running into the program. I’m not sure if I have to do the workouts every day to see results and also how strictly I have to follow the nutrition plan. I also don’t have a chin up bar. I can’t do a chin up anyway. I just hang there! Can anyone do one?

I set up a flickr account if anyone is interested. Actually, it’s really old, but I started putting some newer pictures on it recently. Click here if you want to see it.

Sorry, this is a boring post! I am not feeling very writerly tonight. Yes, I know writerly isn’t a word.

Now What?

I’m currently experiencing that post-race, now what let down. I spent the past three months training for this race and now it’s just a memory.

Of course, there are always more races. Three in the plans, in fact. Jason and I are going to run the Green…I forget what it’s called…Green Race or something. It’s a 5K on April 24th in Piedmont Park. Then there is the Skirt Chaser 5K in May and the Peachtree 10K in July. I’ve only signed up for the Peachtree out of the three but am pretty sure that I am going to do the other two.

I really do want to keep my running up. I’m giving myself a few days off though. My little toe is black and blue from the race. I think my shoes are pretty dead. Maybe I’ll buy new ones this weekend. Aside from running, I’ve decided to incorporate a new form of exercise into my life. Jason bought me the P90X for my birthday! (An early present – my birthday isn’t for another month.) It hasn’t arrived yet, but it’s a 90 day program and it’s 95 days until my wedding. Perfect! I think it’ll be a good shock to my system, especially since I tend to typically focus more on cardio. Anyone have any experience with the P90X? Jenn from Eating Bender has said good things about it on her blog. And there are a bunch of videos on Youtube that I’ve been watching that give it favorable reviews. I am a little bit concerned that doing these DVDs is going to interfere with my running. I always seem to lose my endurance after I do a big race and I would like for that not to happen this time. But maybe I should let running sit on the back burner for a little bit. I don’t know. I’ll figure it out.

You guys had some good suggestions for things that I can do to amp up my eating habits. Among them were:

1. Adding more greens.
2. Making sure my meals consist of a protein, a complex carb and one or two veggies.
3. Don’t stress too much about it!

I am trying to think more about balancing my nutrients when I plan my meals. Previously, I’d just made what sounded good, but I never really looked at the nutritional values aside from making sure the meal was relatively low in calories. I’m also trying to make sure I’m eating enough vegetables. I like vegetables but sometimes I find that I’ll go an entire day without eating any! I’m trying to incorporate them into every meal. I like to have an egg sandwich most days which I can just add some spinach too. I switched it up this morning and had a green smoothie, also with spinach.

Last night, Jason requested something Mexican so we had a Mexican Casserole:

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A pretty easy meal. I used Guiltless Gourmet Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. We both thought that it might taste better as nachos instead of having the chips crumbled on the top. It was on the dry side too. I’d add more salsa next time. I also sauteed some frozen mixed peppers in taco seasoning and hot sauce for a side. The peppers were sort of an afterthought when I realized that the tiny bit of salsa and corn in the casserole did not count one plus serving of vegetables. I have trouble with side dishes. I often eat one-dish meals and I would like to change that. Can anyone recommend easy vegetable side dishes?

After dinner, Jason and I watched the movie Up. Have you guys seen that? I loved it. I don’t laugh out loud at movies very often and I was laughing hysterically at the talking dogs. Mostly because we talk for Murphy all the time and he sounds like Dug in the movie. Even though it’s animated, it’s definitely worth a watch. And yes, I cried a little bit in the beginning.

Race Report

This morning I ran the ING Georgia Half Marathon which was my sixth half-marathon and my third year running the ING. Well, technically it was my fourth. The innaugural year, I ran the full marathon (which was completely awful, but that’s a different post. Actually, I’m sure I’ve written about it before.) Every year that I do this race, I forget how f’n hilly the course is. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Jason and I woke up around 5:30 this morning and I made myself two slices of whole wheat bread with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. We drove to the MARTA (subway) station and headed downtown for the race. We got there at about 6:45. I was in Corral L which was at the back. People were pretty much going into whatever corrals they wanted after the beginning ones, but I didn’t mind being in the back so I went to the correct corral.

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I wasn’t exactly sure when I crossed the start line. It was somewhere between 10-15 minutes after the official start. The first mile was spent weaving in and out of walkers. I was also trying to pace myself. I have a tendency to go out too fast and then I get tired, so I tried to keep my pace leisurely. There was a clock a the first mile mark which I don’t remember them having last year. Since I didn’t know when I started, I wasn’t sure how I was doing but from there on out, I could pretty much tell my pace. The first two miles were easy. It started to drizzle during mile 2 but fortunately, it stayed at a drizzle and didn’t rain any harder. From mile 3 to about 7.5 were a bunch of rolling hills. The worst being on North Avenue right after mile 7. After that, it was flat for the next two miles. I had some friends say that they were going to meet me right before mile 9 at the beginning of Piedmont Park but when I got there, they weren’t there. That was disappointing. Come to find out, they got there like 5 minutes after me.

Up until mile 9, I felt totally fine. I felt like it was easy. But for whatever reason, I started to lose steam at 9. After we ran through the park, it felt like we were going uphill for a while. I kept running but I felt like I was almost at a walking pace. Another friend was supposed to be at mile 10, but turns out she came out like 15 minutes later and I’d already run past. (I wasn’t sure when I was crossing the start and was a little off when I was telling my friends to meet me.) I’d really forgotten that mile 10 was hilly. The Mile 11 sign was a glimmer of hope that I only had two more miles. At about 11.5, the first full marathoner came by. That made me pick up the pace a little bit. The clock at Mile 12 was broken so I really wasn’t sure of my time, but fortunately, the last mile was flat, so I tried to keep my pace up. That mile seemed to go on forever, but eventually, I saw the finish line and ran through with a clock time of 2:32 or something.

Somehow, I found Jason very easily after I crossed the finish. I got my medal, a space blanket and various snacks and water.

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My goal for this race was to have a course PR. I knew that I wouldn’t have a PR because my half-marathon PR is on a flat course, but I thought a course PR was doable. And it was. My chip time was 2:22 something. I ran this race in 2008 at 2:28 and in 2009 at 2:32 (that one doesn’t count because I ran with a friend that had this stomach virus and had to walk some with her).

And then I spent the rest of the day eating and sleeping. Mostly eating!

Race Weekend

I get off work at four on Fridays and really wanted to take advantage of the 70 degree weather so Jason and I, with some friends, went to Fontaine’s to sit on the patio. We took advantage of their Happy Hour Appetizer specials. (Weird side note, it’s illegal to have Happy Hour Drink Specials in Atlanta.)

Jason had half price oysters.

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And I had half price peel and eat shrimp.

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And a few hours later, we split a grilled chicken sandwich with a side of tater tots. We were home early, around nine. I had to get up early to go to my photography class field trip at Oakland Cemetery. I was there from nine to about eleven. I took a ton of pictures but only came out with a handful that I liked. I guess I’m not just going to be an instant photographer! It takes a lot of practice. Anyway, here are a few of the better shots.

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It actually wasn’t creepy at all to be traipsing through a cemetery. It was pretty relaxing just walking around. After the field trip, I drove to the Georgia Dome to pick up my number for tomorrow’s race.

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I also snagged about 5 mini Larabars and bought myself a 13.1 Been There Ran That magnet and some Sport Beans before I went home.

Murph and I went for about an hour Ira walk. (An Ira walk is where I walk Murphy while I listen to the latest Podcast of This American Life.) It’s really, really nice out and hard to believe that tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be so crappy. According to the latest forecast, it’s not supposed to rain until 10, so I’ll be in the clear, I hope. (Sorry Pen and Lauren! Hopefully it’ll hold off until the evening for you guys!)

I’m already thinking of how I should carbo-load for dinner. It’s either going to be pasta or pizza. What do you think?

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