Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Oh the Thinks You Can Think If You're Willing to Try

This will be my last post of 2014. I've got a lot going on on New Year's Eve and doubt I'll have time to post so today will be the day.

I had two goals for 2014:

1. Walk/run 1000 miles.
2. Run a minimum of one race a month for the year.

I didn't make the 1000 mile mark, not by a long shot. I ran and walked a total of 676.04 miles this year. That doesn't include the 5K I am doing tomorrow, so let's just round up for posterity's sake and say I ran 680 miles this year. That is an average of 56 miles a month. In the grand scheme of things, it's not too shabby at all.

With tomorrow's 5K I will have run at least one race a month this year, sometimes two. Here are some pictures and bits and bobs about those races:

*In January of this year my fastest 5K pace was 39:13
It was cold that day. So cold.
*I came in Dead Ass Last for a race.
But really, who would mind a last place finish if they were running with those two cuties?
*I ran a bunch of races by myself.

*My current 5K PR is 36:04, which I got at a race in July.
*I ran two half marathons.
Gotta love layering up before the race!
*I ran two 10K's and PRed my 10K at one of the busiest races in my area, the Detroit Turkey Trot.
*I ran a whole bunch, sometimes when I didn't want to, sometimes when I was really in the mood. I ran! I ran through the snowiest winter in Michigan's history, I ran through rain, I ran through heat. Holy crap, I ran a lot.

And somehow through it all I managed to lose fifteen pounds. I know it's not a lot, but with the ups and downs and not actually trying to lose weight until at least halfway through the year, I am quite proud of those fifteen pounds!

And now for 2015...

Goals for 2015
1. Walk./run 1000 miles.
2. Lose at least fifteen pounds.
3. Walk 10,000 steps a day, everyday.
4. Run a race every month.
5. Run a half marathon outside the state of Michigan.
6. Run a 2:30 half marathon.

There you have it. Nothing too crazy. Now, what are your goals?

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 has been good to you and that 2015 will be even better!

Monday, December 29, 2014

I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I Know Where I've Been

And just like that Christmas is over.

What a mad dash of a week last week was. Thankfully I was off of work so I managed to do all the Christmas shopping I had failed to do during my show. Somehow Hubs and I managed to get the house cleaned and in order for our Christmas brunch. We fit fifteen people and change into our smallish house. Bellies were full, toddlers were given way too many presents, although if you ask them it was the perfect amount. All in all, it was an excellent holiday.
Check out those presents!

We spent Christmas Eve with Hubs' family and because I wanted to be able to enjoy delicious holiday food I went for a rainy run. Honestly, I was crabbing at Hubs because I was getting stressed out about hanging out with his family and he said, "Hey, you know what, why don't you take your angry mood for a run?" So I did.
It didn't start to really come down until the last mile.

Check out that second mile!

I got a Jawbone UP 24 for Christmas as well as wireless headphones. Gotta love a husband who supports my healthy habits. I had to try out the wireless headphones that day so after the boys were settled and in bed I went out for a Christmas night run.

Some people find solace in large groups of people. I am not one of those people. I recharge by being alone. And getting in three miles with nothing but me and my tunes and some sparkly Christmas lights was the perfect way for me to recover from the holiday festivities.

My wireless headphones are awesome. I can even receive calls on them which would be great if more people called me. But the sound is good. I can run with only one ear bud in without worrying about the unused ear bud getting tangled.

I was in the running zone this week.  I don't know if it was the new gear or what, but I ran a whole bunch this week. In fact, I ran four miles with every mile being below 12 min/mile which is FAST for me.
I haven't had splits like that in ages!
I feel like this is bragging, but you know what, screw it I am going to brag. I am down five pounds this month. I gained a bunch in November so I am only two pounds down comparatively, but I am DOWN!
Got the Jawbone Christmas day and have managed over 10,000 steps every single day since then. Woo hoo!
I didn't get up for a run this morning, the Guys had their two year well child visit. Both are in excellent health and growing like weeds. I used the Baby Center height predictor and holy crap, I may end up with two boys over six feet tall. Yeesh. So I will go for a run tonight. I'm taking tomorrow off even though it is my usual run day because I am running my last race of 2014 on New Year's Eve. After I finish that one I will have officially run at least one race every month this year. Look for a recap post on that jazz sometime this week.

2015 is fast approaching. I've got plans and I'm sure you do. I can't wait to read everyone's yearly recap and upcoming goal posts. We've got this!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

And All the Stockings are Hung By the Fireside Waiting for Santa to Arrive

Oh man, it has been a week. The show was fantastic, I had so much fun. Last week I was a stress ball but now that the show is over I can say it was all worth it.


Yesterday was the first day in a week that I logged over 10,000 steps. I took the Guys to the zoo and then played Laser Tag with some friends (I tried to name myself Robin Scherbatsky but the laser packs came pre-programmed). Between the two I ended up with 14,000 steps!

I am barely ready for Christmas but trying not to freak out over it. My game plan is running tomorrow and Christmas day so I can get a nice calorie burn in before two days full of yummy food.

I am off work all this week, what a lovely treat. So I will spend time with my Guys and Hubs.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Baby, All I Want For Christmas Is You

After spending hours and hours in Labor and Deliver (otherwise known as The Land Where Time Ceases to Exist) my little niece was finally born super early on Wednesday morning.

Thankfully I have a fantastic job that allowed me to call in, as it was after four in the morning by the time I got home from the hospital. I tried to sleep in as much as the Guys would let me but ended up waking up at 8:30AM.

Spent the day with the Guys, then back at the hospital hanging out with niece, then off to my first dress rehearsal.

You know, the mind is a crazy thing. I did alright through the rehearsal but flubbed some lines and felt like I really screwed up my song. We had a brief break for intermission and I headed back to the dressing rooms and proceeded to fight back tears with all my might.

You know when you are fighting tears so hard you make weird gasping noises when you breathe? That's what I was doing.

Exhaustion, intense emotions from the day before, stress all caught up to me and I valiantly tried to fight off a breakdown.

Luckily, the music director who is also my friend, noticed this and pulled me back from the ledge.

All in all it has been a crazy two days. I did not run on Tuesday. In fact my sister called me to me her water had broken and she had been in the hospital since 2:30AM just as my alarm for my workout was going off. I also missed out on two solid days of not getting my 10,000 steps, although I think I must've been really close if not over it on Wednesday but I couldn't have me cell phone on me while I was in costume.

 Tonight is our last dress rehearsal and then we open tomorrow night. The holidays will pass. Life will settle back down. And I will be ready to conquer it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa Baby, I Want a Yacht and Really That's Not a Lot

My sister, who was due on January 5th, is currently in the hospital because her water broke. Little Ziggy, as we have been calling the baby (they didn't find out the sex) decided to do the complete opposite of his/her parents and show up early.

She is in the early stages of labor yet so I am at work and will join her, her husband, and my mom at the hospital in a few hours. If you can, think happy delivery thoughts for her!

Monday, December 15, 2014

And When Those Blue Snowflakes Start Falling

I have a knot in my chest, a giant, stressed out about the holidays, stressed out about bills, stressed out about life in general kind of knot.

But, I am in no way interested in eating away my stressed feeling so that is a definite step in the right direction.

Five Positive Things I Did This Weekend
1. Ran four miles with some of my fastest splits in AGES!

2. Kept up with my 10,000 steps a day a goal. My sister graduated with her Masters on Friday so I left work early to go to the ceremony which meant no lunchtime walk. I ended up pacing around my house for an hour while I watched a Christmas movie just to get my steps in, but I did it. And yesterday between my run and my visit to the zoo with the boys this happened:

3. I avoided fast food all weekend even though I really wanted McDonald's. And I mean, REALLY. I drove by it twice with my running around, no wait, make that three times, and didn't stop.

4. We put up our Christmas tree and Christmas lights. Well, Hubs put up them up, but I was there to help. We lost all of our cheaper ornaments when our basement flooded this summer so we don't have any ornaments up and goodness knows I'm not putting up the nice ones when there are toddlers around. The tree only has lights but it is still up and the Guys love it!

5. Made food for my family for the week. It's Tech Week for my play which means I will be gone every evening this week. I made a big pot of chicken noodle soup and a casserole so Hubs and the Guys have yummy food to eat this week.

Hopefully you accomplished something awesome this weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose

I know I seem to be talking about my new phone an awful lot lately, but I can't help it I am in L-O-V-E. I checked the weather just before I left the house for my run, and I mean that I was actually opening the front door and thought, I should check the weather.

Good thing I did.
Why yes, that is a Real Feel temperature of 12 degrees. Brrr. I grabbed an extra pair of pants and threw those on over my tights and off I went. For the most part I was comfortable. There were a couple of spots on my route where I was running into the wind and it got a bit chilly. I really need to invest in a good running jacket. Mine is from Target and it has served me well, but it is not exactly high quality.

Plus, I want a jacket with thumb holes! The bare spots on my wrist where my gloves didn't quite meet my sleeve got chilly so I was constantly pulling at my sleeves.

With the knowledge that today is the first of TWO holiday luncheons at my office I wanted to get a pretty good workout in. I thought three miles, then realized I had enough time so went for 3.5. Then I said, screw it, I can shower super fast and went for four.
My Garmin had me running at negative splits for the whole run, not sure what happened with that third mile here.
It was worth cutting my morning routine short to get that extra mile in. My husband would disagree. We have a routine where whomever gets up first makes the coffee then gets their to go cup all set. The remainder of the pot gets put in a thermos so the second waker upper (yep, I just said that, you're welcome, English Majors) doesn't have to drink cold or burnt coffee. This is normally a great plan unless someone is maybe rushing a bit and off her routine. I grabbed the cream out of the fridge and went to put it in my to go cup but my brain said, "no, put it in the thermos" so I listened to my brain and dumped cream in there. Oops. And my husband drinks his coffee black so I ended up leaving my to go cup, with the black coffee, in it for him when he woke up and putting the creamed coffee in a different to go cup.

Whew. Problem solved.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dashing Through the Rain on a One Horse Open Sleigh

Things that got me out of bed for my run (in no particular order):

-The lunch pizza party we are having at work. Running = pizza!
-The fact that even if I waited for my second alarm I was really only getting forty extra minutes of sleep, or just over three snoozes.
-It's not snowing yet.
-The rain was only a drizzle.
-Getting to play with my Nike + app.
- Getting in more than half my steps for the day before 7:00AM.

I couldn't find my head lamp this morning which kinda sucked. I am spoiled by being able to glance down at my wrist without hitting the button to light up the display on my Garmin. I am also spoiled by being able to run on streets that aren't as well lit. I had to adjust my route a lot because I wanted to stay where I could actually see the sidewalk. People who run on country roads or roads without street lights, I salute you. I somehow manage to trip in broad daylight so I have no idea how you run in the DARK dark.

Quick question for other users of Nike + for Samsung. How do I take a picture with the outline of a map and mileage displayed? I've seen those pop up (anytime I say pop up I automatically think of Paul Rudd's character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) ("Pop up. Too much. Pop up. Not enough.") on the occasional blog. I would love to take one, I like the idea of posting my route without actually showing off street names, etc.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Star of Wonder, Star of Night

I walked/ran 18.2 miles last week. I am really happy with this since it's the first week in a while where I consistently got up in the morning to go for my runs. I got up on Saturday even earlier than normal. We had family in town and were meeting for breakfast at 8:15AM. Usually the boys get up at that time so I had to plan my run accordingly.

I am also obsessed with really enjoying the step tracker on my phone. I can't wait for my Jawbone so I can track my steps without worrying about grabbing my phone. It's great but a lot of my dress clothes don't have pockets so I have to physically carry it with me while walking around work. I keep getting teased that it looks like I am waiting for an important phone call.

That's another goal I am adding to this month's goals, get in 10,000 steps a day.

 On days when I run I get in at least half of my steps just with my run so that's always nice. I can tell I didn't run OR walk on my lunch (which is what I did on Friday) on Sunday because I just barely hit my 10,000 steps. I was actually pacing in front of the t.v. for awhile just to get that last 1000 steps in.

Who knows if it actually makes a difference. It is nice to have the thought of my steps in my head while I at work. Reminds me to get up and go fill my water or just walk around the office for a minute.


And, I used Nike + for the first time on Saturday's run. It was pretty accurate, I also wore my Garmin, so I had that to compare it to. I am going to start the half marathon training in January. I put in the date of my upcoming half (looking at one in mid-April) and it gave me a training start date and told me to run at least five miles a week until then. Got it! I like the idea of keeping record of my best paces, and fastest miles and stuff. I don't often upload the data from my Garmin, we have an older laptop so it's a pain, so it's nice to see it right there on my phone screen.

I know it is super early in December but I am feeling really good about this month.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thumpety Thump Thump Thumpety Thump Thump Look at Frosty Go

These boots were made for walking. By these boots, I mean the boots I wore yesterday when I clocked in at over 13,000 steps.
Competitive Meg says, "I CAN DO MORE THAN THAT!"
Yes, I got a good chunk of those with my morning run, but I also walked on my lunch and did a little extra walking in my day to day stuff, like parking further away than normal, etc. I've never really tracked my steps before so this made me happy.

I just used the app on my phone. I am getting a Jawbone for Christmas-

Me: Hey honey, would it be OK if I asked for something specific for Christmas?
J: Sure. What do you want?
Me: A Jawbone.
J: OK. Can I ask for a Piranis (local hockey store) gift certificate?
Me: Sure!

Marriage is awesome!

-So I am getting a Jawbone which should be a lot more accurate. Until then I will assume that my steps are closeish! With all the walking around my house and such that I didn't record on my Garmin the app had me traveling .50 miles more than I ran so it's not totally off.

It's Friday! I have a weekend full of family and fun planned. First, we have relatives coming in from out of state, my brother and his family. It'll be wonderful to see them. And then on Sunday, it'll be a friend's daughter's 2nd birthday party. The boys and I will have fun playing with all her new toys.

At some point in there, on Sunday, between parties and rehearsals I plan on getting a run in. I have a feeling I will be getting up early to run, but since it will still be later than I normally get up I am OK with that. I want to try my Nike Plus app! And the weather is supposed to be great, in the high thirties which is my favorite kind of running weather. Cold enough that I don't overheat but warm enough that I don't have to worry about ice.

All in all hopefully it'll be an awesome weekend. What about you? Anything fun and awesome planned? Sleeping in counts as fun and awesome.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Voices Singin' Let's Be Jolly, Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly

There really is nothing like running past houses decorated with Christmas lights. It makes me happy that people leave them on all night so I can see them while I run.

Unfortunately, every time I was passing a cool house I was in the running part of my run/walk so I didn't get any pictures.

Three mile run this morning. I got up a little earlier, but puttered, which made me cut it close when leaving for work. It all worked out and I was just happy to get some mileage in. I added the Nike Plus app to my new phone so I can show off pictures of my impressive route and speed. Of course I forgot to add it until later on in the morning but it's there now.

Also, interesting enough, my phone has a Fitness app that was automatically loaded. I used my phone for Pandora, never turned on the app, but when I got home it had recorded my run. Interesting.

I will walk on my lunch, do my squats, and do my triceps dips. Ab work works best at home when I can lay on a mat and not hurt my butt bone.

I am especially snacky on days when I run in the morning but getting bored with my snacks. Any suggestions? For the record, I do not do protein things like shakes. Ugh, gag me now. I don't know how people do it, all I can taste is the powder. And before you ask me if I have tried this or that...yes, I have. And I can still taste the powder. It needs to be a somewhat portable desk friendly snack. Bring on the tips!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

My word, Lazy Meg is strong. The lazy force is strong in that one. My alarm went off at 5:45AM and I got up and shut it off and got back in bed. And then I spent fifteen minutes debating the merits of a run until finally I just got up and got ready.

Of course because of my laziness debating I had less time than usual so I only got a 2.35 mile run in. And as I type that I realize it's not ONLY, it's HELL YEAH I got a 2.35 mile run in when I could have been sleeping. That makes me feel better.

It was cold enough that I got to try out my new Brooks hat. It's a light blue one with a hole for my ponytail which I appreciate. Man did that ever keep my head warm. I highly recommend this. It's also super lightweight AND not too tight so bonus! It's this one.

I posted the tricep dips challenge we're doing but here is the other one:
Day One went pretty well except doing sit ups makes my butt hurt. Who knew? I think it was because I was doing them in jeans. We'll see if they are any easier today. I did them on the puzzle pad we use for the boys in their corner of the living room. I can't imagine doing sit ups on the hardwood, ouch!

And I am also doing this challenge, which isn't really a challenge, more of a reminder. I printed out this picture and posted it on my fridge.
Like an Advent calendar except with fitness. For each day of intentional exercise I mark the day off on the tree.  Check out the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans for more info on it. I love a clever name so the O'Fitness Tree makes me happy.

So far December is going well. Sure, it's only December 2nd, but it feels like it's going well. I can do this!

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's the Hap Happiest Season of All

I am a super huge fan of Christmas carols and music so be prepared for Christmas themed titles all month long!

Wow, November is over already, huh? That flew by. I had a fantastic super long weekend with Hubs and the Guys. The problem with having a super awesome weekend if they eventually come to an end. I did not want to go to work this morning.

Thanksgiving was perfect. I started the morning out running the Detroit Turkey Trot which was a lot of fun. I ended up with a PR, finished in 1:16:07, four minutes faster than my 10K in October. I'm not going to do a race report on it, I did one last year, and it was pretty much the same. There are TONS of people at this race, supposedly it is the largest Thanksgiving day race in the country. Whew.
With my friend from Chicago
And then we hosted a very mellow Thanksgiving dinner at my house. I didn't go crazy on eating or anything. In fact, when all is said and done I did not lose any weight this month. I also didn't gain any so I will take it.

The rest of the long weekend was just hanging out with the Guys. Took them to the Science Center on Friday which was fun. Then Saturday I did a bit of shopping to support Small Business Saturday. I hit up a local running store and got a new winter running hat, a regular running hat, and some Body Glide. 

I was inspired by my awesome race on Thursday so I went for a run on Sunday. It felt good to get out and moving. Prior to my 10K I hadn't run in over two weeks. Part of it was from taking care of sick toddlers, then being sick myself, part of it was the sudden cold spell we were hit with for a week, and part of it was just plain laziness. I wore my new running hat, the regular one, not the winter one since it was so warm on Sunday. Man, I love that hat. Super lightweight!

And that was my weekend.

Now it's December.

We're doing another challenge over at our fabulous challenge group. We don't have a name yet. In fact, Anna suggested we come up with a group name that works all the time and then just name our monthly challenges which is genius!

This is what November looked like:
Not a bad month but not an awesome one either. I also had three more miles than this picture since I went for a run AFTER I took this.

Here were my Challenge Goals:

Get Your Gobbler in Gear November Challenge Goals
1. Get below 200 pounds.
2. Complete plank and push-up challenge.
3. No bakery treats until Thanksgiving (no pumpkin pie, donuts, cake, etc).

I did really well on number 2 and 3. I'm not a huge sweets person so it wasn't the hardest thing in the world. Man, that pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving was good. And last night I did my last set of push-ups and last planks. Whew.

This month's challenge is going to be tricep dips and an ab/squat challenge. Looking forward to some Buns of Steel!

Here are my December Challenge goals. We don't have a name yet so I'll just call it the December Challenge for now.

December Challenge Goals
1. Complete Tricep Dips and Ab/Squats exercise challenge.
2. Lose three pounds.
3. Lose inches off my waist.
4. Walk/run 75 miles.
5. Workout 1000 minutes.

Lofty goals, perhaps, but December is a tough month. I suffer from mild seasonal depression so I have a rougher time than usual this month. For some reason the end of the year is a trigger for me. Having plans to workout, to get moving, to not be stuck inside my head will make this month easier, I just know it.

I am actually going to measure myself this time and see if I lose any inches. I feel like I did lose some with the planks and push-ups but I have no idea, I didn't do a before and after picture.

At the start of the year I set a lofty goal to run 1000 miles this year. I won't make that goal, not unless I run A LOT this month and by a lot, I mean almost four hundred miles. HA! The funny thing is while I am slightly bummed that I didn't crush my goal I am also damn impressed that after 11 months I have made it to almost 700 miles! If I drove that far I would be over halfway to Disney World!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

And I Want to Thank You For Giving Me the Best Day of My Life

For the first time in nearly a week I woke up sore throat free. Thank goodness! It's cold outside and the wind is howling so you know I didn't go for a run. But, it was such a relief to wake up and not feel pain that I wanted to celebrate. Happy dance time!

Yesterday I did a 2:30 plank followed by a 1:00 plank to make it a total of 210 seconds of planking, per our workout calendar. I wish I could hold a plank for that long, but you know, just holding one for 2:30 seems pretty badass to me. Watch out, Jillian Michaels, my abs are coming for you!

I haven't weighed myself all month. It hasn't been on purpose, it's just I wasn't feeling well last week and didn't even think about it. And the week before something else came up, blah, blah blah. I don't plan on weighing myself until the end of the month. Hey, I've gone this long...

I really wish I had taken some before and after pics of my arms before these planks and push-ups. Funny thing about those, it's not my abs that hurt the most, although they are sore, it's my arms. Holding my body weight up on my arms for three minutes is tough work. I can definitely see some definition there that wasn't there before, although maybe it's just in my head.

And wouldn't this be a fun challenge next month? The same challenge website has a Little Black Dress challenge which sounds fun and tough. And might be a fun one for the holiday season. Goodness knows if I'm going out on New Year's Eve I'd like to rock a little black dress!
You know you want to rock your triceps, Tiina and Desiree!

Monday, November 24, 2014

I Want to Thank You For Your Generosity

Thanksgiving is in three days. Am I the only one mildly freaking out over this?

My family is recovering from a variety of flus, colds, and sinus infections. Funny thing, I got the flu shot but still got the flu, just a milder case. And that's normal. Stupid flu and stupid flu shot.

I haven't had the energy to do much more than lay around my house whimpering. HA! Like that's an option. I did the unthinkable and worked through my sick. The boys seem to be coming out of it with minor relapses mostly related to coughing.

Seriously this whole sick season can suck it. (Say that five times fast)

I did manage to get in a 1.65 mile walk with the dog yesterday. It's actually warm here, back to normal fall temps in the 40's and 50's so it was nice to get outside.


I haven't run in over two weeks. And I have a 10K race on Thanksgiving. I am planning on running tomorrow morning, just two or three miles to see how my legs feel.

I didn't even touch my mini-goals last week. The only thing I have stuck with are my planks and push-ups. Ever tried to plank while weakened by a virus? It's fun, let me tell you.

I've got one goal this week and that's to survive it. We're hosting Thanksgiving, it's my first time doing that, so I am nervous. I'm nervous about my boys with their runny noses and persistent coughs. I'm nervous about running on Thursday. I'm tired. Oh man, am I tired.

But, it's a short week at work. My grocery shopping for the big day is already done. My mom will be over all day, watching football, so I know I can handle things. Plus, she's making her sausage stuffing which is awesome!

I'm gonna be just fine. And if not, there's always wine.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Words.

One of my favorite websites in the world is Go Fug Yourself. It's the closest thing to celebrity gossip that I read. I love the voice of the two women who write for it, love the pictures, love the wit, and especially love drooling over and/or laughing at celebrity fashion. It's a guilty pleasure of mine.

When there is a particularly perplexing outfit one of the writers will use "words" as a placeholder when she is thinking about what to write. Because sometimes there are so many thoughts going through her head that she can't really put it into writing. Words. Words. Words.

That's how I feel right now.

I have a sick kiddo at home which is never fun. I feel a bit stressed out about the show I am rehearsing for. The holidays are rolling in. I am fighting being sick. I'm tired. I'm mad. I'm feeling whiney.

I just want to eat every comfort food ever made.

And I haven't been running because it is so damn cold out and my body is just not prepared for it. I trained all last winter and it was awesome, but I gradually got used to the cold. This stuff just came on suddenly, 50 degrees one day, -9 the next. Ugh. No.

Words.

Monday, November 17, 2014

She's Making a List and Checkin' It Twice

I didn't run at all last week. I don't regret it. OK, I do regret it but I am not going to beat myself up over it. I thought it was the time change but it turns out TOM also came for a visit which would explain why all of a sudden I was eating M&M's when I don't really like chocolate.

My mileage was complete crap (I can always tell when I am having an off running week because I don't post as much on the blog) but I did manage to stick it out with the push-up and plank challenges. I have never made it this far with a challenge before so I am quite impressed with myself. And yesterday I did a flippin' TWO MINUTE PLANK! TWO WHOLE MINUTES! I wish I had thought to measure myself before these challenges but oh well. Maybe I can measure myself today and go from there.

I got my eating under control about halfway through the week. I went to a baby shower on Sunday and was quite impressed with myself. They had fresh green beans and I loaded up half my plate with those and used the other half for a touch of pasta and a chicken breast. I was all excited about the green beans only when I tasted them they were SALTY. Inedible, even. So bummed.

Here were last week's Mini-Goals:


Monday Mini Goals week of 11/10/14
1. Walk/run twenty-five miles. Nope. Got 12 miles of walking in.
2. Complete another full week of plank and push up challenge. Heck yeah! I am pumped about these!
3. Do ONE strength workout. Nope. I know I should count the planks and push-ups but I can also do better than this.

This week:

Monday Mini Goals week of 11/17/14
1. Walk/run twenty miles.
2. Complete yet another week of planks and push-ups.
3. No fast food.

Doable. Completely doable.

I had a moment, too, not a good one. We had family photos done back in the middle of October and finally got a sneak peak at them. Sadly, my first thought was just how fat I looked. I know I should focus on the boys and how wonderful they are and I really did after a moment of wallowing. It's so hard to be documented in the MIDDLE of a weight loss journey. I know I weigh less than I did at the start of the year. And I will weigh less next year. I just sometimes wish I was at the perfect weight RIGHT NOW.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Did I Ever Tell You You're My Hero?

I don't know if it's the time change, the weather change, the alignment of the planets or just plain old my own fault, but this week has been a beast. I haven't run since Saturday. Today is Thursday. That is not pretty.

I HAVE walked on my lunch. And I've been doing the plank and push-up challenge...

NSV interruption, I totally rocked a 90 second plank yesterday. NINETY SECONDS!

...but my running and my eating have been out of hand. Not insane, I'm not pounding Big Macs and potato chips. But, I've been snacking more. I had fast food once this week. I've been eating meals at weird times. Not so healthy snacks, etc. And yep, no runs.

But I have the best support system in the world with the Get Your Gobbler in Gear group (Formerly, Stay Away From Tricks and Treats) so I know I can get through this crap week and get back in gear. I can do it.

All is not lost. This is just a slight detour. I'll find my way back.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Let the Whole World Know that Today is a Day of Reckoning

Wow, I had a moment on Saturday morning where the idea of getting out of bed just really sucked. But, Saturday night Hubs and I planned on celebrating our anniversary and I knew I wanted to enjoy that meal without fretting about calories. Not that I planned on going overboard (I didn't) I just didn't want to stress about it.

I ran 5.25 miles at a faster pace than normal. Not my fastest by any means, but at a speedy pace. And I felt good. Well, I felt good right until my phone died on me so I was left without tunes.

I left for my run a little before 7:00AM. I'm still having a hard time adjusting to the fact that it's light out that early. I'm used to running in the dark. There was no one out. Not many cars, no other runs, nothing. I enjoyed the peacefulness of it all. And I was home in time to get the boys up and ready for the day. I love getting them up. They are always so darn happy to see me when I go in their room.

With that run, it put my weekly total past the 20 mile mark. Woot woot!
This leads me to a recap of my weekly challenges.


Monday Mini Goals week of 11/3/14 Recap
1. Walk/run twenty miles. Crushed it by 1.83 miles!
2. Complete one week of plank and push-up challenge. Who knew planks and push-ups could be so hard? Seriously, I was doing the sixty second plank last night and I could feel bile rising up in my throat. Ick.That being said, I made it through the first week. I had to do double push-ups one day because I missed them, but I have been sticking it out on this one.
3. Two strength workouts. I can do it. Ha. Dangit. I need to get back to my weights. I miss them and I miss feeling the difference with them. Ugh. I can do this.

So for this week I'm going to go with these goals:

Monday Mini Goals week of 11/10/14
1. Walk/run twenty-five miles.
2. Complete another full week of plank and push up challenge
3. Do ONE strength workout.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Push It Real Good

I've felt like I've had a relatively easy time kicking out the planks and push-ups for out monthly challenge. At least I felt that way until yesterday. Seriously, when did forty seconds turn into an hour?!?

Man I am glad today is a rest day!

And the push-ups have been pretty easy, too. Or so I thought. I have pretty good upper body strength, I have been rocking the weights for some time now. But, man when I woke up this morning my arms and upper back were sore. Yowza.
I managed to get in a run this morning. For some reason my shins were really sore which made it a tough run. I had to take a few more walk breaks than normal, but I made up for it with some sprints and ended up with 3.35 miles. I'll rest tomorrow and aim for a six miler on Saturday morning.

We just figured out yesterday that my sis isn't hosting Thanksgiving this year so I will be having my mom and two brothers over for a very mellow turkey day. We'll watch football, eat snacks, and have dinner. I am running a 10K Turkey Trot that morning so I will have earned me some stuffing! That will be my November race of the year. I did it last year, it was my first foray back into running and I felt good about it. I might post side by side comparisons from last year to this year, mostly for me, to see if I look any different. Here's hoping.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land, From California to the New York Island

Vote. Go vote. Did you vote yet? I'll wait right here while you head out to the polls? Because you should vote. I don't even care if you vote for someone I absolutely detest, just got and vote already.

Did you do it yet?

That's my public service announcement for the day.

I was running by the elementary school in my neighborhood this morning and saw people moving around the gym at 5:45AM. People were setting up the polling location because VOTING IS AWESOME!

I ran this morning. No walking on my lunch since I have to head out and get a humidifier. One of my Guys is all sorts of congested and the other one is working his way towards that. Poor Guys. At least they are in OK moods about it.

And I managed to avoid the leftover pumpkin shaped sugar cookies that are hanging around our house. If only Hubs would hurry up and eat them!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Baby, Baby My Tender Love Will Flow From the Bluest Sky to the Deepest Ocean

After a busy weekend of Halloween on Friday, family get together on Saturday, and my little sister's baby shower on Sunday I am whipped! Whipped, I tell you!

I need a nap.

Before I go curl up under my desk for a little snooze I am going to set my goals for the Get Your Gobbler in Gear challenge group. This is basically the same group of ladies from Stay Away From Tricks and Treats. YAY!
Get Your Gobbler in Gear November Challenge Goals
1. Get below 200 pounds.
2. Complete plank and push-up challenge.
3. No bakery treats until Thanksgiving (no pumpkin pie, donuts, cake, etc).

Doable goals, right? And if you want to join the group you can contact Desiree or Tiina.

Speaking of that, let's break it down to some mini goals. But first, last week's goals:

Monday Mini Goals week of 10/27/14
1. Win my DietBet. I did it! I'm trying to figure out a fun treat I can get myself with my winnings. Maybe check out Ebay for a Fitbit?
2. Walk/run at least 20 miles. So close, 15.6 miles. We had some rainy weather towards the end of the week so it was hard for me to get my walking in at work.
3. Do three STRENGTH WORKOUTS, DAMNIT MEG! Ha. Ha. Ha. Oh man, I don't know why I have such a hard time getting strength workouts in?I know what a difference they make. Focus, Meg, focus!


Monday Mini Goals week of 11/3/14
1. Walk/run twenty miles.
2. Complete one week of plank and push-up challenge.
3. Two strength workouts. I can do it.

Also, a little pat on my back. On Friday, with the bit of walking I did with the boys while I took them trick or treating I ended up with 90.52 miles for the month of October. I am super proud of this, my  highest mileage month this year! I am nowhere near my goal of 1000 miles this year and won't make it, but I am glad I had a kick-ass month.

OK, busy weekend is over. This week I've got some good runs planned, some dance classes to take, and some pie to avoid. Wish me luck!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Whatever Happened to My Transylvania Twist?

Here is a new rule:

Anytime you get less than six hours of sleep but still manage to get up for a run in the morning you automatically burn three times your normal calories. This happens because you have to work that much harder to just get out of bed.

I went out for some drinks with friends last night. Had one cider and it hit me hard. I didn't have dinner and I was slacking on my water so I'm sure that had something to do with it.

This morning I actually felt hungover and there was a time or two during my three mile run that I thought I would throw up. I did not. But, I felt like it. Stupid cider.

And hey, today is October 31st, which means I survived my Stay Away From Tricks and Treats Challenge. Let's take a quick peek back and see what my goals were:

1. No Halloween candy.
Nailed it! I made Hubs hide the boys candy from our zoo trick or treating to avoid temptation. Oh man, when I eat a Reese's pb cub when I get home it is going to be delicious!

2. Win my Diet Bet (Haven't joined yet but will by Friday)
Another nailed it! Weighed in this morning one pound less than I needed to be. Woo hoo! I still need Hubs to take a full body shot of me so I can submit it but I am super proud of this.

3. Strength training three days a week.
Cue sad trombone. I did alright with strength training and then stopped. Rehearsal has kinda screwed with my regular weight sessions so I will figure out a new schedule.

4. Start back with morning workouts
I would like to thank the amazing women in this Challenge group for the inspiration to do this. Seriously, one of them gets up before 5:00AM to run! If she can do that, then I can certainly get up at 5:45AM. I didn't realize how much I missed morning runs until I started doing them again. And I'm so glad it's back to being a part of my routine!

Happy Halloween! Enjoy your candy and your weekend and be safe!

Just remember:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It Was a One Eyed One Horned Flyin' Purple People Eater

I know I keep talking about the Stay Away From Tricks and Treats group I belong to, but I cannot stop. I can't help it. It's so wonderful to have a supportive and fun group of women who just get it, get the journey, get the cravings, get the "I just want to wear my pjs don't make me work out" feelings. I mean, come on, we text each other to make sure we are getting out of bed early enough to wokr how. How can you beat that? I love them all!

With all the different posts from the group keeping me very aware of my activity and my eating I realized something.

If it's not something I really, really want to eat then I'm not going to eat it.

Cue dramatic music!

Last week, my mother-in-law brought over an apple crumble for dessert. I had run five miles that day so I was feeling really good. For some reason, the dessert didn't really appeal to me. So I passed on it. She left some for Hubs and I to have later and even after I tasted a bit of it I realized I didn't want it. I was not going to eat that dessert. I wasn't going to eat it because it was there, I was simply not going to eat it. Hubs ended up eating it.

Now I have always known that I am more of a salty snacker than a sweet snacker so I tried something this week. The Guys got a couple of snack bags of Doritos at the trick or treat event we went to on Sunday. I avoided them for a while then looked at the calories on the bag and realized at 140 calories a bag, I could eat one of those as a snack and still be OK with my calorie goal. So I did. I had a bag yesterday with my breakfast (weird, I know but a turkey sandwich after a morning run always tastes so yummy to me) and I was fine. I didn't eat all three bags at once. I enjoyed the serving size, it was enough for me.

That's the thing, the big epiphany, the big idea. It's OK to eat something that is maybe not the best thing in the world for you. It's all about moderation. Want a piece of cheesecake? Eat a piece of cheesecake. But just eat ONE piece of cheesecake. Just eat ONE snack size bag of Doritos. People do that. Skinny people or just people who are not watching their weight or trying to lose weight, those people eat junk food. And they don't get fat. Sure there are factors like metabolism in effect here, but there are also factors where maybe those people aren't like me where they eat when they are bored or stressed. That's the kind of eating I need to watch.

Today I turned down a donut at work. Not because I am afraid eating it will send me down a slippery slope of eating everything in sight, but because I don't even really like donuts. If I am going to have something like that, I would much rather have a snack size bag of Doritos.

This is big for me. This is the kind of mental breakthrough I really need. Thanks ladies in Stay Away From Tricks and Treats. You really are the best. Looking forward to next month!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

He's Gone When I'm Awake But He Shows Up When I'm Asleep

I honestly cannot believe that I went ahead and set my alarm ten minutes earlier than my already early run time. I wanted to get in four miles this morning and figured that would give me enough time. It did, 4.05 miles woot woot.

Seriously, who is this weirdo that has taken over my body and decided to be all healthy and crap? I didn't stop for fast food last night, even though I was starving after rehearsal. I have avoided my sons' Halloween candy like the plague. I have been making healthy eating choices. And I got up WAY earlier than I had to to go for a run.

Have I been abducted by the healthy pod people?!?

I got to try out my new leggings today. I bought an XL and they fit, but they slid down a little bit as a ran. I wear my pants at my natural waist, so I wear them a bit higher than a lot of people. I usually have a problem with workout pants because I need them snug enough for my natural waist, but lose enough for my tummy. But, other than that, the pants were just fine.

While perusing my Facebook feed yesterday I saw an article a friend had posted. It was written by someone who hates Jeff Galloway. I won't link to the article because I don't want to give it any extra attention but I found it interesting.  I use the run/walk method in my training and my races (other than the 5K distance) and I love it. One of the author's complaints was that "Galloweenies" (gotta admit, I do love that nickname and will start using it) are unpredictable and stop and start randomly causing roadblocks and traffic jams.

 "The way I see it there are three options: Slam to a stop like the Galloway Jugheads; do your best to get around them (and I say "them" because they always come in twos and threes and tens); or do what I do. Go bowling. Galloway bowling. That's right, when a gaggle of Galloweenies decides to stop dead in their tracks right in front of you, hold your ground. Knock down as many as you can, but if you miss a few, pick up the spare at the next water stop."

Now, I personally always move to the side of the course before I slow to a walk and I also do a quick check behind me to make sure I am not stopping suddenly in front of anyone. I don't think a person doing run/walk intervals is any more disruptive than the person or people who decide to start walking because they are tired. All we are doing is DELAYING that tired feeling by walking BEFORE it hits us. Does that make me any less of a runner? I think my mileage would beg to differ.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I Told the Witch Doctor You Didn't Love Me True

When I thought about going back to bed this morning instead of running I realized a few things:

First, I had to get up early-ish anyway because I needed to shower.

Second, if I had to get up early-ish I wasn't really getting that much more sleep by going back to bed.

Third, a run would feel really, really good.

And then I went for a run.

It was warm out, still is, in the sixties so I wasn't able to wear the new leggings I bought yesterday. I was looking forward to trying them out. I haven't really bought new workout gear in awhile. I tend to wear the t-shirts I get from races and capris that are getting a bit rough around the edges.

Anyone use Fabletics? I thought about it, but I am super nervous about buying stuff online without trying it on first. Thoughts?

My plan for the week is to run everyday this week and use Sunday as a rest day. I need eight more miles this month to make this the highest mileage month I have had ALL YEAR. That's what belonging to a challenge group does for me. Pumps me up and motivates me like crazy pants!

Monday, October 27, 2014

If It's Something Weird and It Don't Look Good. Who You Gonna Call?

Sis' baby shower is mostly ready. We got lots of stuff at the store this weekend, rolled plastic silverware, ordered food. It'll be a fun time. I am ready for it.

And I managed to get up, on a Saturday morning no less, and go for a 5.25 mile run. It felt awesome, I felt awesome doing it, and I didn't wipe out. It's sad that I am ranking my runs based on my ability to stay upright. Most of my run was in the dark, it didn't start to lighten up until close to 8:00AM. How weird. I only felt creeped out running through one part of a neighborhood with these big bushes that were perfect hiding places for monsters wild beast murderers skunks.

I rode my bike up to the library on Sunday to print out our tickets to the zoo event we went to Sunday evening. The library is about a half mile away so it was just as easy to ride my bike as it would have been to drive. I thought about our fun healthy group when I rode up there thinking, you know not that long ago I probably would have driven just because I wasn't feeling the whole being healthy thing. My how the times have changed.

And then of course Sunday evening was spent chasing after toddlers at the trick or treating event at the zoo. It was crazy busy, I mean SUPER busy and the boys didn't care one lick about sitting in their stroller. I estimated I walked about a mile and a half just on the standard route. I probably walked an additional half mile chasing the toddlers who did not believe in following paths and instead wanted to run wherever they can. Whew. By the time we got home Hubs and I were exhausted. We ordered pizza, a treat that fit in my calories for the day, and I went to bed shortly after.

And now for my Mini Goals!

Last week:
Monday Mini Goals week of 10/20/14
1. Walk/run at least 20 miles. Thanks to two five mile runs, one at the start of the week and one at the end, I ended up with a 24.2 mile week. Yay me!
2. Lose 1 pound. I am not weighing myself until the official weigh-in for the Stay Away From Tricks and Treats DietBet. That ends on Friday so I will post the official weight loss then.
3. Do two strength workouts. Oops. Not so much. I did a strength workout once last week. Dangit.

And now for this week:
Monday Mini Goals week of 10/27/14
1. Win my DietBet. I love that with the DietBet you are really only competing against yourself. I hope we all win. Go everyone!
2. Walk/run at least 20 miles. I am slightly worried about upping the mileage like this, last week I started the week with five miles under my belt, but I am a force to be reckoned with and I will get out there and kick some butt this week!
3. Do three STRENGTH WORKOUTS, DAMNIT MEG! Can you tell I am frustrated with myself on this one? Grrr.

How was your weekend? Any goals this week?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Be My Little Baby

This weekend I am doing final prep for my sister's baby shower which is next Sunday. Oh man, my baby sister is having a baby. Still stunned and awed by that.

And she is definitely having one and not two, believe me she had them check.

Her shower is next Sunday, just in time for me to enjoy some treats since the Stay Away From Tricks and Treats Challenge will have officially ended. Not that I am planning on eating an entire bag of mini Snickers bars. But I will have one or two. So yummy.

I have plans to get up early on Saturday and get a six mile run in. Getting up early on Saturday is still an hour later than I get up when I run during the week so I'm OK with that. Figure if I am moving by 6:30AM I will be able to get my six miles in and get home in time to make coffee before the Guys wake up. I let Hubs sleep in on Saturdays since he has hockey on Friday nights and is usually up later.

Speaking of six mile runs, this made me laugh because that's how I plan my runs:
This is why I always run out and back routes. Because no matter what, you HAVE to go back.Unless you call someone to come pick you up. Which I have pondered.

What are you all up to this weekend? Fun things? Boring things? Laying around in your pajamas things? Anyone racing?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For a Handsome Sturdy Husband Who Builds Handsome Sturdy Walls

My oldest brother got engaged on Sunday! Congrats to K. and A.! Looking forward to some family traveling for their wedding, that is for sure!

I am a working out fool. I seriously feel like having this group of women on Facebook helps keep me motivated more than I have been in a really, really long time. I ran three days this week, which is more consistent running than I have done in a long while. They are awesome and I am looking forward to the continued inspiration.

Went for a walk on my lunch yesterday:
Going for a walk on my lunch. Nothing looks quite as sexy as a long skirt and running shoes.
 And then went for a run this morning:
Taking a picture with a headlamp on can be tough!

I forget how much I love running the mornings until I start doing it again. I was going back through my blog and checking out some posts with my morning runs and man, I really do love it. At least I love it after maybe the first .75 miles.


In thinking ahead as I plan on training through the winter I am scoping out treadmills. I would love one in the basement so I can keep binging on Gilmore Girls running when it's crappy out. Just need to work on Hubs.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Woke Up Today to Everything Grey. And All That I Saw Kept Going On and On.

How is it that I can run three miles in the dark with nothing but a head lamp for light, OK nothing but a head lamp and street lights for light, and not trip but I run in broad daylight and wipe out?!?

My mom said she noticed she is always more careful when she is walking her dog in the dark so maybe subconsciously I just run a bit safer when it's dark out. I know I am definitely more aware of my surroundings.

Speaking of surroundings, here is a tip from a runner/walker to any drivers out there:

When approaching a red light or a stop sign STOP BEFORE THE SIGN AND BEFORE THE CROSSWALK AT THE RED LIGHT. Seriously, how many other runner/walkers have noticed that a lot of drivers are assholes? I get it, you need to get where you are going. But the stop sign is positioned where it is on purpose, as in you are supposed to stop BEFORE the sign. My favorite is when I am running and I stop and watch a car cruise through the stop sign and stop and look both ways and then they see me and do a bit of a double take and I'm all "yeah, that's right, asshole, you should have stopped ten feet back and LET ME CROSS IN FRONT OF YOU. Jackass".



Wow, I am apparently a lot more bitter about that than I thought!

I had a lovely three mile run this morning without tripping. Which makes it an awesome run in my books.

I didn't do anything yesterday, not one thing. For some reason I was super tired so I didn't walk on my lunch and even skipped my dance class. My eating wasn't bad. I binged, but not on food. Oh no, I binged on episodes of Gilmore Girls.

Sometimes you need a day to be a sloth.

Monday, October 20, 2014

When You're Sure You've Had Enough of This Life

You know how when you're running and you're really in the zone? The music is perfect, the sun is shining, it's towards the end of your run and you are feeling good? Have you ever been in that place?

I was there yesterday afternoon.

Seriously, look at this lovely bush:

So there I am, shun shining, birds chirping, cool enough weather that I am comfortable in a running jacket and capris. This is good!

And about two seconds after I got there I tripped on a bit of uneven sidewalk and bit it hard.

I mean, phone went flying, scraped knee, trying not to cry bit it.

It was made especially awesome by the fact that our local high school marching band was doing a fundraiser outside a local restaurant and two teenager marching band members were bent over double, laughing at me.

Assholes.

That was how my weekend ended.

I did manage to haul myself up, dust myself off, and continue on my run for another mile bringing that run to a grand total of five miles. I felt good, if a bit sore and embarrassed.

Between that run and my three mile trek around the zoo with the toddlers I'm starting the week with eight miles under my belt. Heck yeah!

Here were last week's Monday's Mini Goals
Monday Mini Goals week of 10/13/14
1. Walk/run at least 16 miles. I think 20 might be pushing it, but 15 isn't enough especially since I already have six miles under my belt and it's only Monday. I did it! 
16.57 mile yay!
2. Lose 1 pound.  I honestly forgot to weigh myself this morning. Case of the Mondays, I suppose.
3. Eat more protein. I definitely did this. I started eating Greek yogurt and low fat cottage cheese for my afternoon snack. Not at the same time, but alternating the two. And I've had lots of other yummy protein.

Not a bad week at all.

And here are this week's goals:

Monday Mini Goals week of 10/20/14
1. Walk/run at least 20 miles.
2. Lose 1 pound.
3. Do two strength workouts.

How was your weekend? Happy Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

I Wish I Was a Little Bit Taller

We have planned a weekend packed full of adventure for the entire family.

Tonight Hubs and I are going to a wedding. And I plan on enjoying my dinner and a couple of cocktails. I ran this morning (two miles squished in before Hubs left for an early start) and might dance a little bit so I am planning for this meal. Besides, I requested the salmon which is healthy!

Saturday we have family picture day. We didn't do any sort of family picture with the boys aside from newborn pics so I am looking forward to this.

I have issues with my current weight. Of course, I do, I wouldn't be trying to lose weight if I didn't. But, I am not going to dwell on my weight. This is what I weigh when my boys are this age. This is the body I currently have and it's the one that is going to be in the pictures with my toddlers. And that's OK. Because this is the current body that plays hide and go seek with those toddlers and chases after them with the popcorn popper and holds them both at the same time. And getting a picture or two with my current physique is fine by me.

No ones going to be paying attention me anyway, right? The two adorable twins in their matching hockey jerseys will steal the show.

After nap time we're going to go to a different city's public safety open house so the Guys can check out some more fire trucks. And then we have trunk or treat (trick or treating in a parking garage from trunk to trunk) (don't worry, the candy is going to my friend's daughter, we don't need it in our house) and THEN we have a Monster Mash dance to go to. Not sure how the boys will handle it, but they both like music so I think they will have fun.

And that's just Saturday. I think after all that Mama's gonna need twenty naps!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Run Fast For Your Mother, Run Fast For Your Father. Run For Your Children, For Your Sisters and Your Brothers

I am telling you, my Stay Away From Tricks and Treats October challenge group is just the BEST! I joined another challenge group and ended up leaving it simply because it didn't exactly mesh with what I am doing. But, this one, man are they ever supportive. I think we should just make a permanent group with all of us because it's so much fun!

I got up this morning to run. 75% of my inspiration for getting up came from my challenge group and 25% of it came from the simple fact that I went to bed early enough that my alarm going off wasn't the worst sound in the world. It wasn't the BEST sound, but it wasn't the worst. I should remember that when I feel the urge to read just one more chapter or play just one more game of solitaire.

I like three mile runs. I think running for at least three miles gives me a nice calorie burn and sets me in motion for a good day.

Today I ran FOUR miles.


Somehow I manged to get out the door faster than normal (see above, getting enough sleep) so I had an extra few minutes to add in some mileage. After that extra few minutes I realized I was super close to a four mile run. I did some mental calculations, cut some time off of my morning routine (who needs shaved legs when they're wearing pants?) and went for four miles.

I run an out and back route, but this time I crossed the street on my back part just to change things up. I will not be doing that again. Apparently, that side of the street has lots more building with alleys between them and alleys creep me the eff out. Nothing good happens in alleys. I watch super hero movies, I know these things.

When all was said and done I finished my run in just over fifty-two minutes.
Headlamp self portrait
Hopefully that run will help my day go in the right direction. Endorphins make people happy, right?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

And He Carries the Reminders of Every Glove That Laid Him Down

And then all of a sudden I came up with a plan and a goal.

I know I have mentioned before that I had a miserable first marathon experience. Miserable doesn't even begin to describe it. I hated it. I truly hated it.

For the longest time I told myself, never again. Never, ever, ever again. And then I started reading race recaps. And seeing Facebook posts. And a niggling thought appeared where I said, "Hmmm....maybe?"

So I am challenging myself. If I get to a certain weight by December 1st, which is the day registration opens for a VERY popular marathon that sells out in a few days, I will register for the full. I need to get to that weight and be in good condition for training (injury free). If I am at that point I will register and start training. I have a friend who has run this one before and I am going to see if he will run with me. Also, I need to talk to Hubs because marathon training is a commitment with a CAPITAL C. When I trained for my half I did most of my runs during the boys nap time but since I doubt I will be able to get in twenty mile training runs in two hours (ha. ha. ha.) I'll need to shift my schedule around.

And if things don't work out then my secondary goal is to travel out of state for a half marathon. I would love to travel somewhere where I could meet up with some fellow bloggers and maybe run with them. Do you have an easy and flat half marathon near you in the spring months? Maybe we could run it together!

Desiree posted this on our Facebook group and I had to share because this is EXACTLY what goes through my mind before most of my runs:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Money Talks But it Don't Sing and Dance and It Don't Walk

I did not mess around this weekend. Shoot, even my eating was 90% on par which is always an accomplishment when I am left to my own devices for meals. Hubs had hockey on Friday AND Sunday evening so that was two nights where I was left on my own to eat all of the things. I resisted. Check a mark in the plus column there.

As for activity, I actually set my alarm to get up Saturday morning to go for a run. Crazy, right? I usually let Hubs sleep in on Saturdays since he is drinking has hockey the night before. The guys usually wake up a bit before 8:00AM then chill out in their cribs chatting with each other for at least fifteen minutes which gives me time to get up and make coffee and start my day without two toddlers dangling from my limbs.

Although toddler dangling is quite the workout, let me tell you.

I wanted to get some kind of run in so I set my alarm for 7:30AM. This didn't really give me enough time to get a ton of mileage in but I did get 2.5 miles so not bad.
 And on my run I noticed there was frost on the ground. I sent some cool weather vibes to Desiree. I can send vibes like that now because I am feeling gracious. Talk to me when I'm running through snow and ice and I may not feel as kindly towards our Southern friends.
Sunday we took the Guys to the zoo. We met up with a friend who has a son who is a year older than the boys. It's so fun to watch them interact with other kids. They get on each other's nerves a lot so it's nice to see them peacefully playing with another kid.
I don't know if you can tell, but all three of them are holding hands.
When all was said and done after walking all through the zoo I walked a total of three miles. And Sunday was technically a rest day, so that was awesome.
Sure, it took me three hours to walk three miles.
I felt really good about this weekend. And I expected the scale to reflect as much. HA. HA. HA.

Joke's on me! TOM is rapidly approaching and I am sure that's what it is, but balls to that. Balls to gaining weight for what seems like no reason. I am up 1.6 pounds from last week and I just know I am never, ever, ever going to be below two hundred pounds. NEVER.

(She stomps her feet like Veruca Salt)

I want to wallow in that, but I will not. Because I am not going to let the number on the scale define me!

I got a nice run workout in this morning. If you're in the Stay Away From Tricks and Treats Facebook group you can skip this paragraph because I told this story on there. I woke up this morning when my workout alarm went off  (I have a workout alarm and then a work alarm) and headed out into the living room to get dressed for my run. I opened the front door to check the weather and saw the streets were wet. Boo rain! So I debated with myself. Run? Don't run? Run? Don't run? I finally just gave into the urge to run figuring I would just get wet, it wasn't really thundering or anything, plus it wasn't that cold out. As soon as I got outside I realized it wasn't even raining anymore. Man, I would have been pissed at myself for not running! I'm glad I did. I ran three miles which I think is an awesome way to start my week.

And since it's Monday it's time for...

MONDAY MINI GOALS!

Here are last week's goals:

Monday Mini Goals week of 10/6/14
1. Walk/run at least 20 miles. 21.9 miles heck yeah!
2. Lose 1 pound. Ugh. If only this was GAIN 1 pound I would have destroyed it.
3. Eat more protein. I didn't exactly crush this, but I did become more aware of my protein. I think I had two days where my protein hit over 100 grams. That's my goal so two out of seven isn't too shabby. This week I bought a couple of Greek yogurts and some lowfat cottage cheese I think those will both help me this week.

And here are this week's goals:

Monday Mini Goals week of 10/13/14
1. Walk/run at least 16 miles. I think 20 might be pushing it, but 15 isn't enough especially since I already have six miles under my belt and it's only Monday.

2. Lose 1 pound. 
3. Eat more protein.

Friday, October 10, 2014

I Think of All the Education That I Missed. But Then My Homework Was Never Quite Like This.

When I was in high school I had this teacher, Mrs. W., who used to walk around the school on her prep period. She would throw on athletic shoes and walk with another teacher. Any time I see a woman wearing athletic shoes with their work clothes it always makes me think of her.
So you can imagine that I think of her a lot when I go for my walks on lunch. I used to just wear my dress shoes when I would walk, but when I started increasing my mileage I knew that wasn't going to work. It made my feet hurt to walk that far in ballet flats. I leave a pair of my old running shoes at work and just use those and it has made a world of difference.
Yesterday I got in over two miles on my lunch and still had time to eat my soup and watch a tiny bit of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. My walk was lovely. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing so it was warm enough to walk comfortably but not too warm thanks to the brisk breeze.

Last night, Hubs and I went on a date. My sister watched the Guys and we went to Outback then to see Evil Dead: The Musical.

Dinner was just alright. I had a few nice moments. I really, really enjoy grilled shrimp but Outback doesn't offer grilled shrimp as an entree which I find just downright dumb. You can get fried shrimp, coconut shrimp as an appetizer, and friend shrimp and fish but no grilled shrimp. Hubs ended up getting a steak and shrimp combo and giving me his shrimp. I got a cup of potato soup and the pecan chopped salad. I had checked out the menu before we went so I had a general idea what the calories were. The salad was not that good, so I only ate maybe a third of it. The soup was also not that good so I only ate half of that. And that's a good thing for me. Normally, I would eat it just because it was there and because I was hungry. But when thinking about the food and the calories and what a waste it would be to use up good calories on a salad I didn't really like it was pretty easy for me to push it away and stop eating. Baby step in the right direction.

Our friend was in Evil Dead as Ash and he was fabulous! There is a splatter zone at the theatre that we were not prepared for (people were old clothes or ponchos) so we sat back a bit. The people in the splatter zone were sprayed with fake blood which was hilarious. It was a fun show and I'm glad we went, even though my alarm rang far too early this morning.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Ain't No Valley Low Enough

The thing with any type of journey, be it a weight loss one or just life in general, is there are highs AND lows. Ups AND downs. Sometimes the days are awesome and I am mentally high-fiving myself for all of my fantastic choices and being healthy. And sometimes I have a rough day where I want to mentally berate myself but stop because THIS IS LIFE. Sometimes it is awesome. Sometimes it sucks. Sometimes we get up super early and run four miles. Sometimes the only exercises we get in is walking up to the park with the toddlers.

AND THIS IS OK.

I may not have kicked the world's ass yesterday. Although I did manage to get in a strength workout and drink all of my water, which is better than nothing!

Today I am focusing on three things:
1. I will walk on my lunch and walk a lot. I feel like I can handle more than two miles today.
2. My mindless eating. I know I have mentioned this before, but I am a car snacker. This stems from quitting smoking many moons ago. When I quit smoking I started snacking in the car. This is not good for my health. I did bring an apple, so I will nibble on that on my commute home instead of any of number of unhealthy snacks.
3. Drinking my water.

I will conquer all of those things today. And I will get up tomorrow morning and conquer that day, too.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Friend the Witch Doctor He Taught Me What to Say

I had planned on a run this morning. But, after getting everything all set I realized I had an appointment for a flu shot immediately followed by a dental cleaning. Which meant I GOT TO SLEEP IN. So I slept in. And man, was it ever fabulous!

Maybe I'll go for a run tonight after the Guys are settled down in bed. I know I have my strength training on the schedule. I know this because I have yet to watch the latest episode of Sleepy Hollow which I watch while lifting weights.

I am vaccinated, my teeth are clean, and I have no cavities. I feel quite accomplished this morning. I think taking the time to make sure I stay healthy is just as important as a workout.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

'Cause I've Got Friends in Low Places

If you are not a part of the Stay Away From Tricks and Treats October Challenge group on Facebook then I suggest you join right away. You can email Desiree or Tiina through their blogs and ask to join. You guys, seriously, this group is AWESOME!

I know I have mentioned before that I've lost my urge to run in the mornings. It's funny because looking back, I ran A LOT in the mornings throughout most of the winter, which you would think would be harder than running in the summer and fall. There's just been something lately, mental or physical not really sure, that has prevented me from getting out of bed like I used to.

Last night I posted on the Facebook group that I planned on going for an early morning run. And when my alarm went off this morning I hopped right out of bed and went for a run. It helped knowing that I would be able to share this success with the women in the group and it also helped that if I didn't go for the run I would be sharing a failure with the women in the group. Not that anyone would've judged. I'm sure I would've gotten some virtual pats on the back and "better luck next time". But, I wanted to share my success, not a failure.
Sorry for the crap quality. This was taken in the dark (obviously) as I was walking for my cooldown.
It was a great run. Because I haven't run in the mornings in a while I had to adjust to running in the dark. I need to start wearing my head lamp again. And I know I have mentioned this before but I would feel a million times better if I was running with some pepper spray. Gotta get some ASAP.

Monday, October 6, 2014

My I Don't Have to Run Day/ Scrumpy Skedaddle Race Recap

I did the last race in my three part race series, The Thirsty Three, on Sunday. It started with a 5K in May, a half marathon in August, and finally a 10K yesterday. Whew!

Scrumpy Skedaddle Race Recap

Packet Pick-Up
The race was about an hour drive away from me so I knew I would need to get to the race location a little early. I was picking up packets for myself and two other people. They had an option to pick-up packets in two locations in the Metro Detroit area a few days prior to the race but neither worked out for me so early it was.

I got a little nervous when I got closer to the race location (it was an apple orchard so kinda in the middle of nowhere) and there was a back-up for parking. But, I made it to the packet pick-up with enough time to get the three packets and get back to my car to drop off our shirts.

The only downer with packet pick-up was they had the packets arranged by bib number. And the list with the bib numbers was a good fifty feet away from the pick-up line. I didn't have anything to write with and had left my phone in the car so I said the numbers over and over as I walked to the pick-up and thankfully I remembered them. Whew. But, I noticed a lot of people walk right up to the pick-up line then have to run back to the bib number list to get their bib number.

The Start
There were lots of port-a-johns at this race but unfortunately, they were somewhat hidden. I ended up standing in the potty line with my friends' bibs because they were dealing with a parking issue (van stuck in the mud fun times) and then got stuck in the OTHER port-a-john line which sucked. I went potty and then waited and waited. One of our friends had to run from the one line which still had people in it AFTER the start and to these other port-a-johns which weren't really well located. Thankfully we all managed to start, but at the very, very back of the pack.

The Race
Now, this is the same company that put on the half marathon from hell with hills, hills and more hills. I was afraid this would be a repeat of that and THANKFULLY it was not. The course was done mostly on trails and through the orchards so we had to watch our steps but I knew that coming into the race as it was noted on their website.

Because of our late start we started at the back of the pack behind the walkers. The 5K and the 10K started at the same time which means we were behind A LOT of walkers. The course was a bit narrow at this point so we had to do a lot of dodging and a lot of walking at points because of the bottle neck. Once the 5K split off at the 1.25 mile mark or there abouts the course opened up and we were fine. I think if we had started where we should have, around the 12 min/mile pace, we would have been better off, but such is life and potties.

Now my running partner, S., who has run all three of these races with me and then some, was in a bit of a rough spot during the run. On Saturday night instead of resting up and drinking lots of water she had stayed up late and had one or seven glasses of wine. She wasn't feeling the run AT ALL. We didn't start out fast, necessarily, but we didn't start out slow and that caught up with her by the third mile. We switched from a 2:1 run/walk ratio to a 1:1 and hoped for the best.

At this time, during one of our walk breaks and S.'s "dear god don't let me puke" breaks I saw Stephanie from That Loud Redhead. She was running on the back part of a loop we were about to head into so I yelled her name at the top of my lungs and started waving. She looked when she heard her name and then I could see it took a second before she yelled back, "MEG!" Blogger bonding moment! Alas, that was the only time I saw her but I'm sure she kicked butt at this run. I think she was running it with one of her sons.

The Finish
S. and I finally made it to the finish line! The good news is S. survived and did not throw up. The even better news is I PRed!
Now, there are some discrepancies between my finish time and my Garmin time (but of course I somehow managed to DELETE my Garmin information). According to my Garmin we finished in 1:15 and change, and according to the race time it was 1:20 and change. Either way, it was a PR for me by a full THREE MINUTES! Woo-hoo!

As soon as we crossed the line we were hustled down a corral and handed our medal and finisher glass. I am a terrible blogger and didn't take pictures of either. The lines to get cider and donuts were crazy so I opted to just drive home.

I felt great after the race. I really feel like I could've gone faster. I am not mad at S. by any means, she has reeled in her pace for me plenty of times. It was just nice finishing the race and knowing I can totally kick butt at it next time. I'm looking forward to the 10K in November. Might cut even more time off my PR!

I had qualified for a Thirsty Three medal hanger but didn't see any signs about where we picked them up, not at registration and not at the end so I assumed we were getting them mailed to us. Unfortunately, they DID have the medal hangers at the race we just missed them. S. did some emailing and ended up getting ours sent to us, thank goodness. We earned those bad boys!

Overall Grade: B+

I would absolutely do this race again. Even the travel time was worth it, although if there was a closer one I wouldn't hate it. Better signage for the port-a-johns would've been nice! Actually, better signage in general would've been nice. I think a lot of people were wandering aimlessly at the start and end of the race.

And now for my Monday Mini-Goals!

Here were last week's goals:

Monday Mini Goals week of 9/26/14
1. Walk/run at least 12 miles. Another big mileage week for me!16.4 miles, woo hoo!
2. Lift weights three times. I make my mini-goals on Monday so I could my week as Monday-Sunday. I lifted weights on Tuesday, Thursday and last night, Sunday. YAY!
3. Lose 1 pound. I lost 1.2 pounds this week. This girl is on fire!!!

And this weeks goals:

Monday Mini Goals week of 10/6/14
1. Walk/run at least 20 miles. I already have six in the bag from yesterday's run so I only have 14 miles left to go.
2. Lose 1 pound.
3. Eat more protein. I don't do protein powders or bars or shakes so if you're going to suggest I do that to get more protein I will stop you right there. The texture of protein powder, no matter what you mix it in, makes me gag, as does the smell. So this is a challenge for me, but I will do what I can!

Your goals?