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11 Jul

Hello my darlings! 

I have some really, really good news, but first let me know tell ya what’s been going on in my life for the past week or two. 

Sit back, get some iced tea, and enjoy.

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1) I stuck to my promise and I am obviously updating again! I’m trying to get back in this whole blogging routine, which is difficultI love it though. I have so many great ideas for you.

2) I ran 6 miles on Monday! Tuesday and Wednesday were disappointing because there was a typhoon and really terrible weather so I couldn’t leave my room. Thursday I did some circuit training that involved running outside in the heat. Okay. I know this sounds crazy, but I get crazy anxiety when I run outside in the heat. Does anyone else feel like that? I start feeling like I’m trapped by four walls and I  can’t get out. 

Which reminds me… STORY TIME! 

I actually passed out like a few weeks ago when running outside. It was around 8 AM in the morning here in Japan and it was already like 98% humidity. I’m running and I kept taking breaks because I was seeing stars (not like celebrities unfortunately) and my arms were tingling. Well, that’s when the panic struck. I already have a history of panic/anxiety attacks so I knew what was happening. That’s when I flipped out and just passed out in the grass. Luckily, someone was driving by and got me to the hospital. I wasn’t dehydrated or anything. I was just panicky. 

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes! Friday was more circuit training! 

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It involved running, mountain climbers, water jug carries, tire flips, push ups, lunges, and some core work. It was a killer 40 minute workout! It left my whole body sore today. Like my butt and thighs are jello. Can I just not move for the rest of my life?

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3) I ran another 6+ miles today! 

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I was sweating bullets at the end of it! By the way, who made the rule that you can’t read magazines while working out? That is actually, in fact, a stupid rule. First of all, I don’t even read half the pages unless the font is like gigantic. Secondly, I only look at the pictures because reading is for nerds. I don’t see the difference in watching trashy reality shows while working out versus reading Self magazine. 

3) I AM DOWN 14 LBS! I lost another 3 lbs this week and I’m so proud of myself. 

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In addition, someone left a comment about me not eating enough calories while trying to lose weight. I would like to mention, in my defense, I take three types of medication for anxiety and depression. They leave with no appetite on some days (it varies). It’s not like I’m purposely starving myself. I understand that will totally mess up my metabolism and actually not help in the long run. I just wanted to point that out. I mean, I’d rather have my anxiety under control than have a raging appetite. 

Regardless, I eat. I love food. I’ve been aiming for 300-500 less calories everyday. I’ve been tracking my calories as well to make sure I’m not going crazy under what I should be eating. 

I am craving fries like a mothertrucker.

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Well, now it’s Saturday for me. I have officially no plans and I normally don’t have plans for the weekend. I don’t have friends per say. I’ll probably go get some Subway and a Gatorade after I put some pants on. I mean…. I’m totally wearing pants right now. 

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I promise I have pants on. 

However, I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend. Any plans? Any long runs?

Love you all! I’m so glad to be back. 

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The Future Freaks Me Out

11 May

Hello!

I have twelve more days in Virginia then I am home in Portland for a while before I head to…

Okinawa, Japan!

No joke. I am going to Japan for, like, two years for my first tour of the Marine Corps.

I’m excited actually. Of course I have some remorse about leaving home and being so far away from home, but I think it will be a great experience.

I know I haven’t updated in a while so let me give a quick little recap of what’s been going on…

I have been reading a lot.


My mom sends me a book or a magazine practically every day.

Currently I am reading…

And…

This book is so amazing! Yeah, it’s a graphic, out-there book, but I cannot put it down. It’s really good.  Check it out.

March 30th – May 6th

I ran every day I believe except for Wednesday since that is our cleaning day and Ihave no liberty. I ran a total of 56.60 miles in that week.

This week, however, I did not run Tuesday due to some pain/tenderness in my lower back and left side of my ass. It hurts enough where I was limping so I just didn’t run. It still hurts, but not like it was in the beginning of the week. I ran nine miles yesterday and I just take a lot of pain killers just in case. I know, it’s wrong and I should just rest or do something else, but I don’t have a nice gym like I do at home. I don’t have an option of spin class or a lot of free weights. There’s only so much I can do.

Luckily, I’m home in twelve days! I feel so refreshed knowing I am going home.

I cannot wait to tan again, see friends, see my old coworkers, and go to my gym. My doggies and kitties probably miss me so much, if they remember be. I have been gone since February.

It bothers me when I read on Facebook that my friends have to wake up at eight for classes. Boo hoo.

Here is my schedule:

0445 AM: Wake up to be outside by 5 AM
0530 AM: Do a lame, easy, boring workout
0620: Shower
0650: Head to chow
0745: Classes/cooking
1100: Lunch
1300: Classes/cooking
1500: Hopefully done with classes
1630: Liberty starts
1700: Run/work out for about two hours or less
1900: Order Chinese
2030: Liberty secured
2200: Bed, if I can fall asleep

I get close to seven hours of sleep if I am fortunate and can actually sleep. I have a difficult time falling asleep because I just ate and worked out. I’m so wound up that I can’t sleep.

My day is nonstop. I go nonstop. I have been getting out of class at three or later so I can take a nap, but it’s tough.

On top of that, I struggle with the gosh darn eating disorder. I’m hungry every hour and I just don’t want to eat. Then, I eat and I feel terrible. I hate myself for it.

But here is what I have been eating…


I’m hoping that when I get to Japan, things will get better and that I’ll have some more freedom. I don’t know what to expect.

The future freaks me out.

Well, enjoy your weekend. I’m heading to Busch Gardens tomorrow. Woo.

Funnel Cakes and Deep Fried Oreo’s

15 Apr

Hello!

I wish I could update daily, but it’s really difficult to fit in with four hours of liberty. During my time off after school, I work out, eat, call my mom, and get ready for the next day. I could easily update every day, but that would take away from my six hours of sleep.

My point is, I’m updating now so that is what truly matters, right? (:

My week went by fairly quick and it was actually a good week.

I finished up the baking section this week of my schooling. We baked chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls (so good), sweet potato pie, apple pie, cake, and much more sweets that would guarantee pack on a few pounds. All my products received an above average or an outstanding grade. With my written test, I got a 100%.

Now I’m onto more classes and Tuesday I cook again, but with larger quantities. I’m nervous because we have a small class, which means more work for us.

My week ended with a trip to Kings Dominion. It’s an amusement park in Virginia. I had a lot of fun! I went on every roller coaster about twice. Every roller coaster went upside down and after the second time through, my head was pounding. This didn’t help…

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Yeah, it’s a funnel cake. But come on! How often do I eat funnel cakes? Like everyday. I also tried a deep fried Oreo. Oh my gosh. It was delicious, but that’s like  a once and a life time treat. Never again. 

Besides eating funnel cakes and redneck food, I eat a lot of Chinese food. I order Chinese food like every night.

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I know. Who am I eating white rice?

I must say that I eat really well here. For breakfast, my meal usually consists of: melon, banana, an apple, some cottage cheese, and maybe raisins. 

For lunch I have a salad, lots of veggies, a pear, and cottage cheese.

Then for dinner it’s more of this:

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The thing with Chinese food is that it fills me up quickly to the point where I’m like, “Oh boy, I’m stuffed.” I feel like I eat so much, but when I look back at my day, I barely have enough calories for breakfast and lunch. I still beat myself up after every meal no matter what I eat. I feel guilty with everything I eat. I don’t even understand.

I bought a scale too. I keep weighing myself. So far, I lost a pound this week versus the two I lost week so it’s a total of three pounds. I want to go back to my ‘normal’ weight, whatever I think that may be. However, I know that I won’t be happy with it. I back in that cycle of wanting perfection, yet I can’t have it. I cannot achieve it because perfection obviously doesn’t exist. I work my ass off to be ‘perfect’. I get frustrated when I cannot run or when I run slowly or I’m hurting. All my emotions here in Virginia are at an amplified level. I feel like I do not have control of my life whatsoever. 

I feel selfish, not in control, hopeless, and arrogant.

I’ll talk more about this later when I have my thoughts gathered. All I can say is for the several bloggers who challenged themselves by not working out for a week or so, good for you! That’s an accomplishment for someone who loves to exercise. Sounds silly, but in all honesty, it’s an accomplimsent.

Of course, I didn’t take part of that challenge. My week looked like this:

Monday: Two miles on the treadmill + 7.56 miles outside @ 7:05 + weights + elliptical
Tuesday: 8:69 miles @ 7:16 pace + elliptical
Wednesday: Field Day
Thursday: 8.69 miles @ 7:12 pace + elliptical
Friday: 9 miles @ 7:03 pace  + elliptical
Saturday: 9.12 miles @ 6:55 pace  + elliptical
Sunday: 10.65 miles @ 7:08  + weights

Total mileage: 55.71

I wish I could have gotten a longer run, but this morning my legs felt dead. I ran last night at six/seven PM and ran this morning at eleven. I don’t think that was enough time for my legs to refresh themselves. This week will be better.

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I just keep telling myself to think positive and good things will happen.

What do you tell yourself to get through rough patches? 

“I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It’s almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.”
-Mary Decker Slaney

Fuel Me Up

11 Feb

Happy Saturday!

I started my day off with 15 minutes on the elliptical, an hour spin class, and a five-mile run. I felt fast so hopefully my pace was up there. It will be my last run until God knows when.

Well, I am riding 45 miles tomorrow.

I have never rode my bike that far. I think the furthest I have gone on bike is 30 something miles. I’m rather excited to ride 45 miles in the lovely city of Portland.

Being away from Portland for three months made me realize how much I love Portland. I seriously could live here my whole life I think. As long as I get to travel, I’ll be fine with living in Portland and the weirdo’s.

Enough of my love for Portland.

As I was saying, I am beyond pumped for tomorrow except I have no idea how to fuel myself before riding 45 miles. I know on bike rides you can eat more and not have to worry about stomach issues. Fueling for a bike ride is different from fueling for a long run.

If you guys have any suggestions on what to eat before a long bike ride, hit me up. I don’t think I’m going to have a bagel or anything to carby. Maybe just my usual breakfast of cereal, cottage cheese, and a banana? I’ll be bringing gels and fruit with me on my ride. Also, there will be plenty of rest stops with food from local food places so if I get hungry, I’ll be okay.

In all honesty, I hate fueling during a long run/bike ride. I never do it. Even during two-hour runs, I don’t eat or drink anything (unless it is water). I know that’s wrong and not healthy for training purposes, but I never get hungry on my runs. However, I do eat immediately after I work out.

I will start eating properly for training purposes when I finally settle down at wherever the military places me. When I arrive in Virginia, I plan on finding a marathon to train for. I know I am ready for marathons. Before, I was just physically ready for a marathon, but now I know I am mentally ready for a marathon. I am fully prepared and I want to start training for a race.

I also plan on stricter eating habits. I do eat sweets daily (at night), but I want to cut that out once I settle down. I want to go on the Paleo diet too. I ordered The Paleo Diet for Athletes, written by Dr. Loren Cordain and Joe Frie off of amazon.com. I won’t get it until I come back from MCT. I have been reading a lot on the paleo diet and I like a lot of the aspects of it. I read about it in Triathlete magazine. A lot of athletes follow it. As much as I would like to be vegan, I need dairy. Without dairy, my body suffers. It suffered enough while I was in boot camp because I wasn’t getting enough iron. I had a clump of hair fall out. Disgusting. Anyway, once I settle down wherever I am, I am going to start training hardcore and eating like a professional athlete. All and all, if I want to be one, I have to act like one.

What are you views on the Paleo Diet? If you didn’t know, the paleo diet is based on lean meats, seafood, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables, which can promote peak athletic performance. Obviously I would not be eating any meat. No meat for me.

I hope everything goes smoothly for me on the Worst Day of Year Ride. It will be my last day in Portland. I’ll get a post in tomorrow too before I take off. I think I may do a vlog because I got my laptop! It has a webcam and all that cool stuff all the cool kids have.

I leave you with my recent eats:


Eggplant, Indian rice, onion rings, asparagus, crab cake
Crab and shrimp

Have a wonderful weekend!

Let’s Talk About Shoes

4 Nov

Hey there!

What is it now? Like three days until I leave?

Man, I better my eyebrows waxed.

Forget my legs. It’s No Shave November, if you didn’t know that already.

I wish I wasn’t.

Anyway…

Thursday I made myself do a recovery run after my 12.55 miles on the trail at an 8:30 pace. Do you know how fast that is for a trail run? Some people can’t even do that pace on pavement.

So, Thursday I ran 8.36 miles on the treadmill at @ 7:30 pace or so. I would speed up every now and then when I felt good.

Friday, I did a track workout, which was awesome. 

I warmed up with some 800’s, drills, then did one mile in 6:02. So close to breaking that six-minute mile! Damn it.

After that, Amy and I went to this wood chip trail that is about the size of a track (but with some inclines) and I did four 400 meter repeats in 1:30-1:27. I’m not even done. After that, I did four hill repeats that lasted from 28 seconds to 26. I got faster each time I did them.

All and all, that was 4.76 miles worth of speed work @ 6.59 pace (including warm up and cool down).

Boo yeah. 


I did 3 miles by myself on the treadmill making it 7.76 miles for the day.

I probably got a total of 41.33 miles in for the week if I don’t plan on running tomorrow or Sunday. I don’t know. That’s pretty good though. Who knows how many miles a week I’ll be running at boot camp! Probably like a billion; at least I hope.

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I totally wanted to a do little post on running shoes. I like to think I’m an expert because I have so many and have gone through so many pairs in the past two years.

My current rotation of running shoes include:

 Adidas adiZero Tempo 4

I love these shoes. I know they don’t look like much, but simple is better.

I use to buy only Nike shoes based on the price (expensive = better I thought), color, appearance, and how new they were on the market. Turns out, you shouldn’t do that. Obviously.

I ruined my feet because I would buy shoes that weren’t based on the my feet specifically. I went to Portland Running Co. and the guy got my fit fitted to shoes that I liked and felt good on my feet.

I’m also not a fan of heavy running shoes. These Adidas shoes are 8.6 ounces and are considered performance stability. You don’t know even know they are on your feet after a long run.

They go for usually $99.

Adidas adiZero Mana 6

I bought these because I like to think I’m rich and can buy every shoe I like. They were only $68, but I put myself, like, three dollars in my bank account.

Mana 6 are considered a racing flat to a certain degree. They are 7.5 oz. I use them for my track workouts and not really during long runs. I did once and they killed my feet. I did again, and it was alright.

They are rather sweet shoes though. They’re cool looking if that’s your thing. On top of that, they are another stability shoe great for a daily trainer.

Newton “Distancia U=Distance U” 

Oh my gosh, these shoes are incredible! They may be $155, but they are so worth every penny.

These shoes are 7.2 ounces and wear like a glove.

According to Newton’s website, “The Distance U is engineered for the Natural Running gait with a level-to-the-ground profile and ourAction/Reaction Technology™. This lightweight, high mileage trainer is perfect for everyday training, or racing any distance, from a 5K to an ultramarathon. Universal posting will accommodate a neutral or pronating foot.”

I really only wore these twice, but I love them. They are not your average running shoe. They will take time to get use to if you don’t wear light weight or Vibrams already.

Fantastic shoes I have to say.

And they go with my outfit…

I actually just wanted to show off my new pants.

Finding a great pair of running shoes is difficult. I say once you find a pair you like, buy several. You need to rotate your shoes anyway.

Have a good Friday, everyone!

Running with the Stars

25 Oct

Hi ya’ll!

I have some exciting news. Yes, it has to with running. What else would it be about?

Last week I covered 49+ miles. Or maybe it was 47. All I know is that I am slowly coming out of my running rut. I almost did 50 miles in  week, dude. I’m happy even though some of the mileage was done on a treadmill. Good times, man.

I ran yesterday in my Newton’s (review coming up) and Tuesday I had a blast doing a track workout.

Guess who I ran with? I’ll give you a hint

I’m not done yet.

I’m not saying we were just on the same track, but we did a few laps together. I don’t know how it even happened, but the girl I was running with (Amy), started talking to Kara. It was strange, but so awesome. I felt so intimated and extremely slow while I did my workout and they went on to do their’s.

Ahhh. Anyway, my workout looked like this:

– Warm-up drills
– One 800 (2:30 pace or something like that)
– Seven 400’s (1:20 ish)
– Two 100’s
– Running barefoot in ice-cold grass

I’m actually sore from that. I’m not use to speed work. I did that workout with my pal Amy and some other women.

Afterwards, Amy pulled me aside and asked me if I was interested in triathlons. Of course I am. She told me there is no reason I couldn’t become pro or elite. She said, “I’m slower than you and I make money racing. You aren’t even in your prime years yet.”

Knock on wood. Seriously. I can’t even imagine or put it into words how much I want that. I want so badly.

You know, every time I have a little running rut, I always begin running again and fall in love with it in a completely new way. It’s incredible.

If only my pace would kick back up. It will. I always say that. It’s odd because I ran the same path Monday as I did last week, but at a 7:17 pace verses at 6:59. Maybe it’s because I ran ten miles the day before? I don’t know.

If loving running is a sin, send me to hell.

And for all of you who believe I am an ‘exercise addict‘, you may very well kiss my…

…except my ass didn’t make the picture. Oh well. You get my point.

In case you haven’t realized, my title is obviously a reference to Dancing with the Stars. I love that show and I really wish I could dance.

I took a dance class senior year and I loved it. My teacher was a real bitch witch who put me in the back because she hated me. No really. She despised me probably because I told her off and left too many times to pee.

Anyway.

Is anyone watching it? If you do not watch Dancing with the Stars, do it just for this man: Tristan MacManus.

He’s Nancy’s partner and I find his to be gorgeous. Nancy is my favorite by the way. Don’t hate her. 

Anyway, I hope all of you are doing well. Catch me up on your lives! 

You guys are great. Enjoy my honorable eats.

 I go through two tubs a week
Mushroom + onion sandwich

“Number one is to just gain a passion for running.  To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track.  And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.”
–Pat Tyson
 

No, Seriously

21 Oct

Who am I? Seriously.

I am not a lazy blogger. I think about blogging a lot, but unfortunately the majority of my day is spent at work behind a bakery case or an espresso machine.

It’s either I am making a 400 calorie drink for someone or burning 400 calories by running.

I’m still in my running rut, but I feel better about it. I no longer feel like dying during my runs, but I prefer the treadmill over the outdoors. Who am I?

I’m also listening to music while running outside. Again, who am I? Before this rut, I would have never put music on while running or even step on a treadmill.

I’m cray cray.

Due to my craziness, I’m going to cover this week’s workouts.

So, Monday…

I don’t even remember that day. I don’t know if I ran or what so let’s just skip that day. Oh wait, now I remember.

I did run. I ran 5.30 miles @ 7:07 pace.

I didn’t even look at my watch the whole time. Go me.

Tuesday: I rode my bike to the gym (7.21 miles) where I did a track workout with a girl at my gym who does Ironman’s and all that crazy stuff I want to do. Her fiance is sponsored by Newton (stay tuned for more Newton news).  I just want to be her.

Anyway, we did two laps as a warmup followed by a mile that was supposed to get faster as we went along. I think I did the mile in 6:03. Next, we did two 400’s, which I did in 1:30. The last thing we did was 6 x 200. All of this totaled out to 4.25 miles.

I can’t tell you the last time I did a track workout. It was awesome.

After that, I went on the elliptical for 11 minutes and lifted some weights before I rode my bike home (9.80 miles).

Wednesday: Another run! I thought I was going so slow, but it turns out I did 8.83 miles @ 6:49 pace. I’m a little shocked.

Thursday: I ran for an hour on the treadmill, probably covering 8 ish miles between 7:03 – 7:13 pace.

Who am I running on a treadmill?

So much butt sweat.

Friday: I rode my bike to the gym (7.23 miles), ran on the treadmill for an hour covering 8 ish miles, lifting for 15 minutes, and then riding my bike back home (9.77 miles).

I did lift some weights on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, but otherwise I was lacking in the weight lifting department. It’s like, yeah, I’m still in this running rut, but if I can handle running on a treadmill, why not do it? 

Running miles: 34+ miles 
Biking miles: 34.1 miles

I definitely want to bring up those running miles to like… 200 miles. Seriously.

In other news, I bought some bike shoes. 

I love it. I’m such a hardcore biker now. Man. Now I just need some stickers on my bike that say “Keep Portland Weird” or “Drink More Beer” and I will fit right in with the Portland crowd.

I got another pair of running shoes (more on that later).

I got acupuncture done again at this new place. My quad has been killing me so I’m hoping some needles will help. My mom came with. Awesome time.

Let’s see. I haven’t been up to much. I’m going to have a post tomorrow on Newton running shoes and a book review. 

Well, let’s wrap this up with honorable eats. Boooyeah.

   Candy cane mocha
 

“Even if you fall flat on your face at least you are moving forward”
–Sue Luke