My scheduled half marathon is 2 weeks from last Saturday. I decided that might be a good reason to try to do some running. In truth, I actually had a much better running week over all last week. I ran 2 miles on Tuesday, 2 miles on Thursday and then my Saturday "long" run.
Saturday I had planned to do 8 miles. Normally on my "long" runs, I'll run 4 and walk 1. However, because I have not been running, I thought I would try to take it easy and do 3:2. Well, that worked for a little while. I ended up stopping at about 4.5 miles because of crippling side stitches, heavy legs, and thinking "OMG I can't even run for 60 seconds..".
I found this picture at Cely's blog, and I'm borrowing it because it describes exactly how I feel about running right now:
In all seriousness, I felt like I was pretty much out for the half on September 24 after my run Saturday. But, I'm going to keep going, and see how I feel next week. I may do the race with no set time goal, just to do it. I do love races.
On the other hand, I'm doing pretty well with my nutrition. I've been following a plan where I am eating 6 small meals a day. It's simple. It's easy. As long as I don't freak out and stress eat multiple Skinny Cow Ice Cream Bars... like I might have done on Saturday night when my kids were so needy I couldn't even watch Doctor Who....
Speaking of things that are working... I am enjoying the changes I'm seeing from lifting heavier. It's like there's always this inner struggle for me between cardio and resistance. Even though I *know* from first hand experience that more resistance leads to better results, the cardio bunny is just so afraid to *not* do cardio...
But, my cardio has been minimal the past few weeks, and I'm looking pretty good.
Which brings me to....
4. The Firm
Thursday night I was up for the first of *many* nights with a sick/grumpy baby, and I stumbled upon the latest Firm infomercial.
Now, The Firm is what got me into weight training, back in the mid 1990s. These ladies were hoisting around bigger weights than I'd seen women lifting: 15 pounds for lat rows, pushups on the TOES, and weighted squats and lunges... When all I had really seen was women "lifting" 5 pound neoprene dumbbells, this was some serious weight work. I still get challenged by those early Firms.
So, what is the new program?
I didn't see any weights mentioned. Maybe I was delirious from lack of sleep. But it seemed to me the new thing is a kind of "Interval training"- work hard, rest, repeat. I'm all for that... but what about resistance?
They're also promising results with 3 20-minute workouts a week. That's 60 minutes a week. While I always say *something* is better than *nothing*... I hate these kinds of promises. You will most likely see your results from nutrition, and that's important, but I think it's misleading to tell people "You will look like *this* and only have to workout 60 minutes a week!"
There were also some Beachbody slams in there:
"I tried that other program where the guy just stands there and yells at you. In these workouts, the girls are doing them with you."
I just felt really sad thinking of what has happened to The Firm. Who's going to convince the 25 year olds of this decade that lifting weights is feminine? I guess I'll have to do it :-)
In other news, both my kids had birthdays, and then they both got sick. I'm that crazy mother all doctors hate when it comes to my kids getting sick. I tend to over react. Luckily, everyone seems fine (except for the teething one year old... and the four year old being jealous of the attention the teething one year old is getting...)
My son seems to FINALLY be potty trained, and I honestly never thought it would happen. I'm aiming to do it in half the time with his sister (they say girls learn faster).
5. David Boreanaz.
That's really what it's all about anyway. Well, maybe not, but sometimes I just need to go to my Happy Place:
|"Sarah, you're such a good parent". (Source)|
|"You handle the stress of life so graciously, Sarah". (Source)|
|"Did I mention you're pretty AND smart?" (Source)|