Weekly recap 2-18-13 to 2-24-13

Got in a good week of cross training this week as I stepped back from running a little bit.  I decided I needed a little break after backing out of the Pilot Mountain Payback.  I may get back to running this week to see how I feel.

Starting Weight – 243.4
Monday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Tuesday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Wednesday – BodyFlow – 60 minutes & Spinning – 50 minutes
Thursday – REST
Friday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Saturday – Weightlifting – 45 minutes
Sunday – Yoga – 60 minutes
Total Mileage – 0
Ending Weight – 243.2 (0.2 pounds lost)

Well, a small loss, but not a gain… so I guess that’s good.  I seem to be stuck here at around 240.  Don’t know what I need to change up to get it moving again but I guess we’ll find out.

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Weekly Recap 2-11-13 to 2-17-13

I was supposed to have run my 5th half marathon this weekend, but as I battled my inner demons (literally) I came to the conclusion that running the race would have been a very bad idea.  I was very concerned over the course itself, 14.5 miles of mountain trails including several stream crossings which had only worsened by recent rain, I learned post race one of the water crossings had been knee deep.  I was concerned over the race day weather which had suddenly turned bitter cold, dropping into the 20s and starting the morning off with rain and snow.  I was concerned about my lingering knee injury and whether it had fully healed and whether I could even finish a race of this magnitude (in hindsight, no I would not have finished it, even if my knee felt fantastic).  All of this wrapped up in a package that included non-running stress and I was a ticking time bomb.  I finally exploded on Friday night as I grappled with myself and my indecision.  I made the hard decision to skip the race and stay home.  It was the right decision. 

Where I go from here, I don’t know.  Racing has to take a back seat as I try to work through some other things in my life right now.  Money is tight and race fees are getting higher.  As always the fist thing to get cut is the “expensive hobbies”.  Traveling, Civil War re-enacting, road races. The calender is blank, the dance card empty.  That’s not to say I won’t race in the next couple of months.  I have some promises to keep.  The FFF 5K hosted by the Landis family is coming up soon.  The Komen 5K in May I promised I’d run with Jen.  The St Leo’s 10K a friend from work wants me to do with her. The Tar Heel Ten-Miler to hang out with my sister and maybe run with her BF (for three steps before he leaves me in the dust).  These are possibilities, but nothing is set in stone.  No planning things out 8 months in advance, it will have to be a race by race, case by case judgement call. 

Starting weight – 240* 
Monday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Tuesday – Run – 3 miles
Wednesday – BodyFlow – 60 minutes, Spinning – 50 minutes
Thursday – Run – 3 miles
Friday – REST
Saturday – REST
Sunday – Yoga – 60 minutes
Total Mileage – 6 miles
Ending weight – 243.4 (3.4 pounds gain)

I’m not surprised to see a gain this week, some of it I’m sure if from switching back to the YMCA scale after weighing on the home scale last week.  Also, I ate pretty heavily Friday in anticipation of the race that didn’t happen and then went to town last night on some great food and drinks at the Twin City Track Club winter seminar. 

The next few weeks are going to be tough I’m sure as I struggle to find motivation with no races to train for and nothing on the horizon.  I think this week I won’t do any running, concentrate on cross training and making sure my knee is 100% healthy and then slowly get back into running and do some base building and find something I can hold on to for a while, 10-12 miles a week and just make sure I keep my running legs.

Weekly Recap 2-4-13 to 2-10-13

Well, this week got back to some semblance of normalcy.  I was even able to get in a decent long run today.  I managed 8.5 miles, which is by far my longest run since Disney.  I wasn’t turned away by pain or fatigue but rather a flooded greenway.  My goal had been 10.  I’d liked to have gotten more miles with my half coming up next weekend, but I’m not so worried now as I was and I think I can taper as normal rather than continue to try to push myself.  I’m still wary of my knee since I’m sure it could go out on me at anytime, but I’m cautiously optimistic.  This will be my last half marathon for a while, so if I can make it through this one I can calm down on the training for a while and maybe do a couple 5 and 10Ks and get back to running for fun.

Starting weight – 244.0
Monday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Tuesday – Run – 4 miles
Wednesday – Spinning – 50 minutes
Thursday – REST
Friday – Run – 3 miles
Saturday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Sunday – Run – 8.5 miles
Total Mileage – 15.5 miles
Ending weight – 240.0* (4 pounds lost)

*I weighed myself on my scale at home, rather than at the Y, switching scales can lead to some inconsistency and inaccuracy, but I’m not going to argue with it for now.  If I weigh at the Y next week I won’t be surprised to see if creep up to closer to 241 but it looked like it was dead on 240 so I’m going to go with it.

I added the elliptical to my workout routine while I was rehabbing my knee, and the first couple of times I did it over a year ago I hated it (just like my first spinning experience), now I don’t seem to have much problem doing it. I even cranked up the resistance and the incline a little higher the last time.

Up next the Pilot Mountain Payback Heavy Half.  14.5 miles of trail running in the snow (based on the current weather report). Fun!

Healthy Living Survey

Amanda posted this survey over on Eat to Live, Live to Run and mentioned she hadn’t blogged in a while, which reminded me I hadn’t blogged in a while, so I read through her answers, liked the questions and decided to post my answers to it as well.

1. What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

An apple cinnamon Nutra-grain bar and a banana.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

I quit tracking it.. but I know I get my recommended 64 ounces and then some.  I keep a cup constantly full at my desk at work and I drink water at night (instead of soda).  I drink 3 caffeinated beverages a day.. Coffee in the morning and a 12 oz diet soda with lunch and dinner.. the rest of  the day I drink water.

3. What is your favorite current workout?

Running is obviously what I do the most of, but sometimes that still feels like “work”.  The workout I absolutely love, that kills me and destroys me and then I beg for more is the Les Miles RPM spinning class I take at my YMCA.  It shreds my quads (in a good way) and I love the music.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

My suggested daily intake from MyFitnessPal is 1620, but I do eat back most of my exercise calories, so I probably average 1800-2000 a day.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Well this is gonna depend one what someones definition of “healthy”, but I would say probably the thing I like to nosh on the most is dry roasted, sea salt seasoned almonds from Costco. (Very high in fat, but the good kind).   I also like several of the Kashi brand crackers including the farmhouse cheddar, whole grain and pita crisps.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Well, this is an easy one since I tend to eat the exact same thing every day.  A turkey and cheese sandwich, tortilla chips, an apple and a 100 calorie pack of cookies.

7. What’s your favorite body part to strength train? 

Um… I guess legs? I don’t do “strength training” in the traditional sense, other than some light weight lifting for my upper body, but I guess the cycling and elliptical counts as strength training (cross training).

8. What’s your least favorite body part to strength train?

Well… I can’t say “least favorite” but how about what needs the most work? That’s defiantly my “core”… as yoga reminds me every single time I practice.  Sooner or later I’m gonna have to start paying some attention to it.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? 

Chocolate….

10.  Do you take vitamins or supplements? 

Other than the occasional protein shake (which I suppose is a supplement), no.

11. How often do you eat out?

Once every couple of weeks.

12. Do you eat fast food?

Very very very very rarely… literally once in a blue moon.

13. Who is your biggest supporter? 

I can’t narrow it down to one, but the list includes Amanda (who started this crazy distance running thing), my parents, and my girlfriend Lisa.

14. Do you  have a gym membership? 

Yes, to the local YMCA.

15. How many hours of sleep to you get at night? 

Shoot for 8.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? 

I do occasionally have a day where I just blow it out, but it’s never planned like “every friday” or “every other saturday” or anything like that.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Yes, in moderation.  A couple beers or a few glasses of wine never hurt anyone.

18. Do you have a work out buddy?

Yes, I’m very thankful that I do, or I know I’d be hard pressed to keep going. Jennifer and Laura are crazy enough to run long distances with me, and Cathy helped me get over the awkwardness of being the only man in Yoga class, and also dragged me kicking and screaming into RPM class only to get me hooked on it.

19, What is the best thing that has happened in your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

Coming out of my shell and being a little bit more social, which helped me break out of the dark grips of depression and also led to me meeting my wonderful girlfriend.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did? 

Ran 4 miles earlier today and then sat down to a dinner of baked fish, corn and salad.

Ask any other questions in the comments!

  • About Me

    I am a recent graduate in Food Science (NC State, 2009) and I work for a major food manufacturing company. I love food, but I can no longer eat anything that crosses my path. About 24 months ago I begin a serious struggle to get my obesity under control and reduce my chances of developing Type II diabetes. Since September of '09 I have lost 50 pounds and I still have a long ways to go. I've started eating better and exercising more, including taking up running.