Monday, February 25, 2013

February 18-24

Today's weight: 178.0 pounds.

Monday: Off
Tuesday: Ran 5K in 31 minutes
Wednesday: Stair climb for 30 minutes
Thursday: Spin for 50 minutes, abs
Friday: Ran 2 miles, elliptical 3 miles
Saturday and Sunday: Off

I've been trying to vary my workouts more, now that I know I can run the distances I want to run. And, look! I finally did weight-training. A very little bit of it, but it's a start. I've had bad shin splints for the first time in about a year -- I'm not sure if it's because I'm running more, or faster, or just that my shoes are worn out.  I'm hoping mixing up my workouts will help. Otherwise, it's time to buy shoes. Again. Already.

Monday, February 18, 2013

February 11-17

Today's weight: 173.8.

Monday: Stair climbed for 30 minutes, walked for 1 mile
Tuesday: Ran 3.1 miles
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Off
Friday: Ran 3.1 miles
Saturday: Ran 4.5 miles
Sunday: Off

I like getting longer runs (if you count 4.5 miles as a "long" run) in on the weekends. I don't feel as rushed, and I have more time to recover. I want to run a 10K in April, and I'm on track so far. Also registering for a 5K in April. I'm hoping to beat my old time by a couple of minutes. I wanted to work out yesterday, but I was way too sore from Saturday's run. So, another week without five days of workouts, but the ones I got in were good. I practiced speed during the week, endurance during the weekend. I like this system so far.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The future

I've been thinking a lot about how I want to use this space. I intended it to be a space to log workouts, chew over ideas, write down things important to me at that moment -- basically, a space where I can think about what it means to be healthy and happy in every way.

I'm busier now, and I'm not sure I need a blog to do those things. Sure, it's nice to have a digital scrapbook. Yes, it's good to set down goals in writing. It's great to commend myself on the things I have achieved and to be reflective.

But I'm just not sure I need this space anymore. It's only ever been a journal for myself, but I don't know if I need that now. I may just use it as a notebook for writing down workouts, and nothing more. Or only post sporadically, instead of weekly.

I'll have to think about it. As a fan of things like lists and accountability, it's hard to walk away from this blog. But I also don't see the point of keeping something I no longer need or benefit from. I find it overwhelming, small as it is. Maybe part of it is how I have to continually admit that I eat terribly, or that I never cook. Maybe it's that constant confrontation of a failure. Or maybe it's just a thing that's over-complicating my life, when my free time is already almost non-existent. Who knows? I'll be thinking about it for a while, I'm sure.

January 28 - February10

Monday's weight: 175.0.

Workouts for January 28-February 3:
Monday: Ran 3.1 miles
Tuesday: Ran 3.5 miles
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Spin class for 1 hour (approx. 20 miles)
Friday through Sunday: Off

Workouts for February 4-10:
Monday: Ran 3.1 miles
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Ran 3.1 miles
Thursday: Ran 4 miles
Friday: Off
Saturday: Stair climb for 20 minutes, hills for 20 minutes
Sunday: Off

Let's just say it was really bad. Like, really, really bad.

I am on target for longer runs, and I'm getting much faster. When I first starting running, my average time was 12 minutes/mile. Way too slow for long runs! I've shaved off a good amount of time since then, and I'm happy to have made four miles without too much difficulty. So, that's one goal from the other week accomplished. Still haven't had a five-day workout week yet.

I'm not sure what I want out of this blog anymore, or how to deal with some ongoing issues related to my terribly unhealthy diet. I work out hard, when I do go to the gym, but my diet is just awful. I have some soul searching to do, I suppose.

  • Five days of workouts. 
  • Keep working on speed training. 
  • Eat, like, a vegetable. Or two. I ate some fruit and veggies today, so, it's a start.