Friday, January 30, 2015

I'm Gonna Pop Some Tags, Only Got Twenty Dollars In My Pocket

Because of Super Bowl Sunday I have to rearrange my regular grocery shopping schedule. It is my week to shop and cook meals (Hubs and I alternate weeks) so I have been a busy bee looking up recipes and finding nice healthy alternative options to thing. I will shop on Saturday instead of Sunday, fun!

On Sunday I will start my No Sugar Added February. Which means this weeks shopping will  be far different from our usual shops. Again, I cannot stress how great it is to have Hubs 100% on board. It would be difficult to go No Sugar Added with crappy food in the house.

Funny thing, for the most part, the Guys food is mostly No Sugar Added. They're healthier than we are and they aren't even trying.

My meals for the week as as follows:
Monday: Tuscan Bean Soup and Italian sausage
Tuesday: Cheese quesadillas on homemade whole wheat tortillas
Wednesday: Trader Joe's Salsa Verde chicken tacos on leftover whole wheat tortillas
Thursday: Cabbage roll casserole (basically cabbage rolls but instead of rolling the filling inside the cabbage you chop the cabbage up, mix it all up and put it in the slow cooker)
Friday: Cauliflower pizzas (Hubs has hockey Friday evenings so this will be just me. Wish me luck.)
Saturday: Turkey Chili
Sunday: Slow cooker pork roast with over fried potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Breakfast during the week will be hard boiled eggs and almond butter on whole grain bread (but not together because that would be weird). I usually have a second breakfast at work around 10:00AM of oatmeal. Gotta love quick oats with Stevia!

As for my lunches, I bought a bunch of pre-made frozen turkey burgers that I will have with my homemade veggie soup. I am making a big batch in the slow cooker on Sunday while we are at the Super Bowl party. I will separate it into individual containers when we get home.

And my snacks are a lot cheese, veggies, almonds, dried fruit, fresh fruit, etc.

All in all, I am well prepared and raring to go!

My long run this weekend is a six miler. I have a route all planned out to run during nap time on Saturday. The only problem with this, is I also have my monthly race on Sunday, a 5K. My long runs are run at a pretty easy pace so I don't think my legs will be shot for Sunday's run. At least, here's hoping.

Anything fun planned for the weekend? Anyone else racing?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clean Up Time, Clean Up Time, Everybody Helps at Clean Up Time

I slept through my alarm and missed my run this morning. Which means I haven't run all week. Way to rock my second week of half marathon training. Le sigh.

Instead of dwelling on the negative I am going to focus on some positive things. Here are a few NSV from this week:

*I had to wash a full load of workout clothes on Sunday. Not normally something I would think of as a victory, but the lovely Anna pointed out that if one has worked out enough to need to wash a full load of workout clothes it should be considered a NSV. Thanks, Anna!

*I wore a dress to work and wore it without Spanx. When I got the dress a few months ago I had to wear Spanx to look good in it. It's still a little tight across the chest, but goodness knows Spanx aren't going to help with that issue!

*Instead of sitting out and vegging after dinner last night, Hubs and I bundled the boys up, got them on their tricycles and the whole family went to the library. It's a little over a mile round trip. It was chilly out, but the Guys were bouncing off the walls so it was a much needed break from our house. Gotta love being active together!

*Speaking of that, Hubs is 100% on board with changing our diet around for February. It would be a challenge if he wasn't on board and I am super lucky I have that guy in my life.

How about you? Any NSVs this week? Go ahead and brag, you are awesome and deserve some recognition for your badassery!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sugar Pie, Honeybunch, You Know That I Love You

I started using MFP just after my sons were born. For some reason I just put a starting weight in and didn't actually weigh myself (no scale at home). Yep, I ESTIMATED my weight. Dumb. Because I had seriously UNDERESTIMATED my weight. Ugh.

The problem with this is I couldn't reset my weight, not that I knew how to at least, so here I was actually losing weight. But, since MFP thought my starting weight was about fifteen pounds lighter than it actually was, it wasn't registering my loss, not for ages.

I gave up on it. I was getting depressed about it. Screw you, MFP!

I gave myself the month of January to go without tracking. I haven't been going crazy with the eating, I have been aware of what I have been eating, but I haven't been tracking it. I also haven't weighed myself aside from one time, which was a mistake, so I will see how my month o' no tracking went on Saturday.

I am going to start tracking again next month so in honor of that I started a new MFP, TwinsMom411, if you want to find me on there.

Next month I am also going to attempt to go sugar free. I have wanted to try it for a while, my mom did it to help with her arthritis and noticed a significant difference. Obviously, this is going to make for some detailed grocery shopping but I have a super supportive husband who has already said this is an excellent idea and is willing to go along with it.

I'm not giving up carbs (please, I will make homemade biscuits if I have to, but mama's eating her carbs!). I'm not going Paleo (I don't dig on meat), or eating clean (I don't like the term because it implies other types of eating are dirty). I am eliminating added sugar. And believe me I have been doing my research and that shit is EVERYWHERE!

Of course, I am allowing myself a few exceptions. I have a fancy dinner dance for work on Valentine's Day, and while I would love to get the ingredient list on everything there, that's not going to happen. I won't eat the desserts, but the main courses I will need to eat to soak up the booze.  And I will allow myself some wine because Mama deserves a night out I am not a masochist!

And Super Bowl Sunday is, yep, February 1st. Again, I'm not going to go crazy, but I can't exactly ask everyone what they used in their recipes. I will bring some of my own healthy options from home. Homemade guacamole and veggies yum!

That is my plan. If you have any tips or links you want to share, feel free. Obviously, I am a newbie at this, so I will flounder for a bit. But, I have high hopes between the support from Hubs and my awesome Internet friends I will kick sugar's butt!

Monday, January 26, 2015

But Tell Me, Did the Wind Sweep You Off Your Feet?

I quoted a Train song because I started training for my half marathon. Get it? I am so very, very funny.

I was worried about running on Sunday because the weather channel was reporting an expected 1-3 inches of snow. Running in the snow is great and I will do it if I must, but long runs in the snow are tough. A wise woman (thanks Desiree!) suggested I switch my long run to Saturday instead of Sunday. It's funny, I was so caught up in worrying about running that I didn't even think of doing that.

And that's what I did.

Oh and FYI, we didn't get any snow on Sunday. But it was much colder than Saturday and windy so I am glad I ran on Saturday.

I ended up planning a route to my sister's house. I figured I would run there, babysit my adorable niece while sis and her husband ran some errands, then hitch a ride home with one of them.

The weather was great, in the low 30's. My route was pretty simple and not too icy for which I am thankful. I had to run in the street a couple of times because lazy people didn't shovel the snow off their sidewalks and it was compacted and turned into ice. But for the most part the sidewalks were clear.

My goal for my long run was the keep my pace in the high 13 minute mile range. Jeff Galloway has a complicated equation on how to figure out your long run pace. I guess it isn't that complicated but according to my very general calculations I should be running at about a 13:45 mile.
Look at mile three and four, only a two second difference!
My Nike+ app wasn't super accurate for the first mile, I was certainly not running that fast, but I haven't had a chance to upload my Garmin data. According to my Garmin all of my miles were between 13:30 and 13:59. A couple of times I had to reign it in because I was going too fast.

I felt great at the end of the run aside from a bit of a twinge in my left quad. I know it was caused by the slant to the sidewalk I was running on. I've never run this particular route and it was very slanted and I could feel my quad bugging me as I ran so I know that is it. I will avoid that stretch from now on.

After a toddler birthday party Sunday afternoon I went for a walk to the library. I took the super long way there and super long way back to try to get my steps in for the day. It worked but I am looking forward to cutting back once I finish getting my steps in everyday in January.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Next Sunday I run my February race which should be great. Gotta love earning extra calories before Snackapalooza (AKA Super Bowl Sunday).

Friday, January 23, 2015

At the End of the Day You're Another Day Older

I played pub trivia for the first time last night and man did we have a blast. I played with some theatre friends so our team name was Les Quizerables. We ended up coming in third place and won a 10.00 gift card to the bar where the trivia was held. We will definitely be going back.

We would have done much better, been in first, but we picked the wrong round to double our points. Ah well, you live and learn. Man, I love trivia.

Best part, I ordered boneless buffalo wings, six of them and only ate two. They weren't that good so I just didn't want to eat them.

Tonight I am hosting Game Night at my house. A small group of people will be over and we'll play board games and drink and snack and hang out. My favorite kind of night!

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If you are a runner or a walker, check out Katie at Runs For Cookies. She's hosting a virtual 5K on Sunday. No cost, just sign up for it, run it and she will randomly pick some people to win prizes. Can't beat that!

I will finish up my weekend with a birthday party for my friend's son and with a five mile long run (3.1 for the Virtual 5K), first long run of my training. I am excited about it in a very dorky way. Wish me luck!

Of course in checking the weather we are supposed to get snow on Sunday. And that's what winter training is all about.

Happy Friday! Anything fun planned for the weekend?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Slow Ride, Take It Easy

Maybe Thursday is going to be my new Sharing Articles That Have Changed My Life Day. Well, maybe not changed my life. But, at least made me ponder some things while I read them. And maybe not. But, for today it is!

If you are a runner, how often have you found yourself saying, "Oh I run, but I am really slow." Or, "I only ran X amount of miles." Or, "It was ONLY a 5K/10K/half"?

Read this article.

If You Run Slow, Who Cares

As a self proclaimed runner who is slower than a turtle running through molasses this article really hit home. Because I will ALWAYS be slower than someone. But, you know what? I will always be faster than 2007 Meg who was a brand new runner who had just quit smoking and couldn't run a block without stopping. And I'll always be faster than 2012 Meg who was having a hard time finding her identity after earning her shiny new Mom badge and was so exhausted anything more strenuous than climbing into bed defeated her.

And you know what? Who cares? Who cares that I'm not the fastest runner out there? Who cares if sometimes I am in the bottom ten percent of whatever race I have chosen to run. I ran it! I got out there and bundled up against cold and wind and ran! I did that this morning, got out of my nice warm bed and went for a run.

The leader of my Moms Run This Town chapter posted this article in our Facebook group and told us we are no longer allowed to call ourselves slow runners. If we are looking for running partners we can say, "I am planning at running at a such-and-such pace if anyone would like to run with me at that pace." The end.

I love that!

And because I am celebrating Meg today I am going to share a lovely NSV. I recently bought a bunch of stuff online from Old Navy because I had gift cards and they were having a giant clearance sale. I bought everything in XL and not XXL because I thought why the hell not?

And everything fits. In fact, somehow I ended up with an XXL top instead of an XL like I ordered and I put it on and it was BIG on me!

Yay for dropping an X!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Things'll Go Your Way If You Hold On For One More Day

I had every intention of running this morning. But when my alarm went off I just wanted more sleep. Please. More. Sleep.

So I slept. Sure, forty-five minutes doesn't seem like a lot, but it felt great and I feel good. And I am going to walk and work on my steps and maybe go for a run after the Guys go to bed. And if I don't, I am definitely going for a run tomorrow morning. I will run!

Training for my half marathon starts on Sunday. Woo hoo! Being the nerd that I am I just entered my training plan into my Google calendar so I can access it without having to look it up on the internet every time. This is the first time I am training for time instead of just training to finish. This means some speed work which should be interesting.

I will be cutting back on my walking as I increase my mileage. One of the things my plan stresses is to go easy on your legs on the off days. Which means no super long walks. I will probably stop aiming for 12K steps at the end of this month. It has been fun, don't get me wrong, but I think 10K is just fine. And the 12K steps means I am usually doing extra walking that I won't need to be doing on rest days. Know what I mean?

Anyone else have plans for a spring half marathon or big spring race?

My half marathon is the Martian Half Marathon on April 18, 2015. Look out, half,  here I come!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Careful the Things You Say, Children Will Listen

I saw Into The Woods last night with one of my friends. If you have not watched it and don't want to be spoiled then stop reading right now.

OK, I don't think I am even posting any spoilers, but just in case I figured I would give a warning.

I liked it. The movie was good. I didn't LOVE it. I certainly don't think Meryl Streep deserves an Oscar nomination for it. Honestly, I thought Emily Blunt was better than Meryl. Meryl spent her time onscreen over acting. I liked Emily's more subtle performance.

But my real beef was with Chris Pine. I love me some Chris Pine. That man is sexy. Don't believe me?
Now that is some Blue Steel
Oh man, I love that guy.

Sorry I got distracted.

I saw Into The Woods in the theatre last year, a semi-professional show. The guy playing the prince was charming (hahaha), intense, and sexy. I got why the Baker's Wife would hook up with him. For some reason, Chris Pine plays the prince a bit too far towards the stalkery line. I didn't think he was sexy. He kinda creeped me out. Not sure if that's what Disney is going for, but it didn't work for me.


And that is my review. You are welcome.

Today is a non-running day for me. Which means I will be doing a lot of laps through my office and taking the dog for a walk after the boys go to bed.
On my lunch I walk around the big empty hall on the other side of my building.
I usually watch and episode of Parks and Recreation on my phone while I do this. Not as cool as walking outside but it makes the time go by.

And for a nice non-scale victory:
That is my weekly update from my Jawbone. Seven days of hitting 12,000 steps!

Monday, January 19, 2015

I Don't Wanna Let You Go 'Til You See the Light/ Sno Glo 5K Recap

I ran my first race of the year on Saturday. One of my friends joined me which was great. Last year I ran the majority of my races, especially the 5K's by myself. My friend is faster than me so we didn't run together but it was nice having someone to hang with before and after the race.

Packet pick-up was a breeze. I picked up both of our packets because I got there early. Once D. got there we hung out in the hall waiting for the start. The race was supposed to start at 6PM and I believe it was close.

The temperatures were hovering in the mid-thirties for most of the race. Which, for a race in January, was AWESOME!

It was a small race, maybe just under 200 people. The race was advertised as a glow race so I assumed it would be more glowing than it actually was. Runners were given glow necklaces (as well as a t-shirt) with packet pick-up. Apparently, they had planned on more black light stations (pop up canopies with black lights under them) but the wind was on the strong side and it wasn't a safe idea.

What is it with me and running races in the wind?

For some reason I thought the race would be better lit and didn't bring a flashlight or anything. Part of the course was on a road so there were street lights. There was one part where it was pretty dark, and we were running towards a light so I was blinded by that. If I had my flashlight with me I would've felt better.

The best part is I somehow managed to beat my best time from three weeks ago and finished in 35:01. Holy crap! Where did that come from?

I really pushed myself on the race to the point where I felt pretty sick at the finish.
Nike + wasn't working right, couldn't get a good signal so the splits are a little off.
That did not stop me from stopping with my friend to get a picture of us under the lone black light tent.
My running jacket looked awesome in the black light!
There was pizza and a beverage after the race. I got a beer and only had a few sips off of it. I wasn't hungry so the pizza was out.

It was a fun race and I'm glad I tried something new.  It was the first race for the particular racing company and it definitely felt like it. I'm sure they will work out the kinks and their other races will  be awesome.
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I took Sunday off from running. Spent the day with my boys. My father-in-law had a hip replacement on Wednesday, he is doing spectacularly well. We took the Guys over to their house to hang out. I got Frozen from the library, never saw it and thought the boys would enjoy it. They were OK with it, it lost their attention then brought it back a few times. Honestly, I don't see what the fuss was all about. I love me some Disney movies, don't get me wrong, and this one was good but not amazing like some people were telling me. I did enjoy the pro-sister plot line, and loved how they made fun of the fact that someone would get engaged after only knowing someone for such a short period of time, but eh, I've seen better.

On non-running days I have to find different ways to get my 12K steps in. After we got home from the in laws' and got the boys to bed I took the dog for a walk. For some reason, it was super slick out so it was a shorter walk than either of us would've liked. I ended up finishing up my steps walking around the living room.

When I got up this morning to run I doubled checked the temp and it was 34 so I figured I would be fine for running. HA! The sidewalks were still pretty slick. I was up already and dressed so I just ran in the street but it wasn't a very productive run. I ended up getting 2.8 miles in, in just under forty minutes. Here's hoping the roads are better tomorrow.
Another case of not wanting to sit around and wait for Nike + to find a signal. My first mile was much slower than that!
Hope you had a fantastic weekend. Bring it on, Monday!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Baby Got Back

I am sharing this link to an article that I read yesterday that made me so sad.

Real Women Have Back Fat

Read this. Please read this.

"Real women have back fat. Real women also don't have an ounce of back fat. Real women, in fact, have all kinds of curves and wrinkles and pockets and lines. Every single body is different and has its own flaws and perfections, the result of a complex play of socioeconomic factors, heredity, health issues, lifestyle choices and a myriad of combinations of those factors. Women, just like men, come in every imaginable shape and size."-Stacie Huckeba

Please, women of this world, men of this world, PEOPLE, please, just stop hating on other people and ourselves for how we look. Stop with the negative thoughts. Please. Please. We can do this. We can lift each other up. We can love ourselves for the bright and beautiful butterflies we really are.

Stop hating on yourself. Stop. Right now. Just stop.

Tell me one good thing about you. Tell me an awesome thing you did today. Tell me why your body rocks.

I'll start. My boys weigh nearly thirty pounds each and I can lift them both at the same time and carry them around the house. And by lift them, I mean I bend down to pick them up, so that's practically a dead lift (yeah? I don't know weightlifting terms). I can carry sixty pounds of toddler without breaking a sweat. My body, the one that I hate so much more than I should, allows me to do that.

Eff off, society. I may not fit your standard of beauty, but damnit, I am still awesome!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again

I am on a monthly weigh-in schedule. I don't know about you but I become obsessed with the number on the scale. The best thing for me to do is NOT obsess over that number and focus on feeling healthy, eating well, and working on what works for me.

Of course I had a great run this morning, was feeling really good, so I hopped on the scale.

Cue sad trombone.

I lost zero pounds. Zero. Z-E-R-O! And it is halfway through the month so that blows.

But, I will not let that own me today. Not today. Not on Rex Manning Day.

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Hey remember how I said I had an awesome run this morning? Let's talk about that!

I popped out of bed right when my alarm went off. It is much easier to get up in the morning when one isn't sucked into a book doesn't stay up late the night before. I got dressed and was ready to head out the door when my wireless headphones wouldn't work.

I figured it out immediately. Hubs likes to use the headphones at work, so they were synced to his phone and wouldn't sync to mine. I went into the bedroom and fumbled around, trying not to wake him up, managed to turn off his Bluetooth, then headed back to the living room. Success!
Look at that, two degrees warmer than yesterday!
Unfortunately, because of this I was only able to get 2.65 miles in. I really, really, really wanted to go for three. But, like previous runs, I kept my pace slow for the out part to make sure I didn't bite it and end up on my ass or worse with a broken something.

I have a back up plan for that. Does anyone else think of these things as they run outside? I live in a small enough city where I think I could call 911 and get a fast enough response that I wouldn't freeze to death. This is one of the million reasons why I run with my phone.

My splits started out faster than yesterday. The downfall to the Nike + is it doesn't give you a split unless it is a mile. Is there something I can do to adjust that?

I start my half marathon training in a week. I was going to use Nike + but I just looked at the plan and while I do enjoy running in the morning, I would have to get up A LOT earlier than I normally do to get some of those miles in. No thank you. I will look at a Galloway plan and see what I can come up with.

Tomorrow is a rest day for me since I am running my 5K on Saturday. I have no time goal for this. I would like to be fast, but I haven't done the distances that I usually do. Plus, it will be dark out and it is always harder to run fast when it is dark. I am excited about the glow part of the race. It was recommended that we wear something that will light up under blacklights. Pretty sure my neon tops I wear to be seen in the dark will be awesome! So, goal for this one, have fun and finish strong!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You Could Turn and Stay But You Run Away From Me

I usually wear ballet flats at work. When it is this cold and there is snow on the ground I wear my snow boots to work then throw on my shoes for the day.

Of course, when one forgets her shoes... Well, I guess you just deal with it. I have an extra pair of shoes here, some ankle boots that are too small (at least too small when one is wearing athletic socks which are the ones I was wearing with my snow boots) and black. I am wearing a brown outfit. Meh.

I did start the morning off better than that. After an eight minute debate I somehow got out of bed and went for a run. Does anyone else fight the same internal battle when getting up to exercise? Or do you crazy people just jump out of bed raring to go? It would help if I had actually gone to bed when I got into bed last night and not read for an hour and a half.  I was just going to read a chapter or two but I got sucked into my book. It's called Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan. It's a young adult book, but it is clever and well written and I enjoy clever and well written.

I had to check the temperature before my run. I checked it last night and it was supposed to be cold so I set out two pairs of pants and one top to go with my jacket. At the last minute, before I headed out the door, I grabbed an extra top and I am glad I did. Doubled up on the socks, my usual hat and gloves and I was off.

I have a buff that I can pull over my chin and mouth but when I do that my glasses fog up and I can't see. So I had cold cheeks. It wasn't unbearably cold so I toughed it out.
My first mile was tentative at best. I didn't know how slick the road would be so I kept my pace slow enough that I didn't even run my usual 2:1 intervals. After the first mile (I just ran out and back) I realized the roads were a lot better than I thought so I kicked it up a notch.

My cheeks were a little numb by the time my run was over. If I plan on running at these temps for extended periods of time I'm going to need a balaclava or something I can wear that won't blind me. Seriously, the fogged glasses are no joke. And I am pretty much blind without my glasses or contacts so I have to stop to clear them off.

But enough of that.

All in all, I felt good about this run. Here's to getting up early!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

There Goes My Hero, He's Ordinary

Can I first say thank you so much for the positive words about my run yesterday? I don't often feel very bad ass, and didn't feel particularly bad ass after that run since it was so short, but man you all sure did boost me up. Thank you for that. You are all bad ass, too. And if channeling your Inner Meg (don't channel the one who wants to sit on the couch and eat chips) helps then go ahead and channel her. I guess she's tougher than I thought.

I just registered for my January race. My plan is to run different races than I did last year so instead of the Auto Show Shuffle on Saturday morning I am going to run a Glow run on Saturday evening. It should be fun, a nighttime run with black lights throughout the course. It's actually supposed to be in the high 30's on Saturday which is downright balmy!

I also have a planned race for February. Last year I got sick the night before this race and ended up with a big old DNS by my name which is no fun at all. This year, I am going to kick butt and take names. It helps that the race is on Super Bowl Sunday which means I will get a bit of an extra calorie burn in before all those game time treats.

Today was a rest day. Thank goodness, the Feels Like Temp on my ride into work was -1. Yikes. I know, it is winter in the Midwest, I should be used to this crap. I am not. Sorry. I will continue to whine about it.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Last night when I went to bed the local news was predicting 1-3 inches of snow. I only know this because I was watching the Golden Globes and the news came on right afterwards. Ok, I can handle 1-3 inches. I set my alarm for a little earlier than normal for my run and laid out my gear.

1-3 inches HA! Try 4-5 inches weather people!

I was already awake and it actually wasn't that cold out, 29 according to my weather app so I decided to run anyway.
I ran an out and back, so those are my tracks from the "out" part. And yeah, it was still snowing during my run.
You know what is fun? Running in the snow! Much like running in the sand it is a A LOT harder than a regular run. I ran 2.10 miles in thirty minutes, about two minutes per mile slower than my normal pace. But, I felt like I ran four miles at my fastest pace, at least my legs and lungs did. I'm just glad I got out there and ran.
Somehow this doesn't look as impressive as it actually was.
My key to snow running, and the best advice I can offer anyone, is two pairs of socks. I wear a wicking pair with a pair of hiking socks over that. At the end of this run, so after a half hour, when I took my shoes off, the hiking socks were damp but the other pair was fine. And my feet stayed warm the whole time.

And now I have started my week off with a short but successful run. Bring it on, week!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

He's a Cold-Hearted Snake, Girl Look Into His Eyes

My Jawbone Up is a bully.

The lovely Runs to Get Waisted warned me about this. She told me I would end up arguing with my Jawbone. And she was right! Our wonderful group, Lovely Ladies Losing It, has different monthly goals. This month we are all working on getting in 10,000 steps a day. What a great goal, right?

Not according to my Jawbone. Oh no, that sneaky you-know-what sees me make my 10K goal a few days in a row and starts pushing me. "10K steps, Meg? Why not try for 12K?" And because I have no self control when it comes to a challenge lack the ability to say no want to get healthy, I accept the challenges.

Which is why I was pacing throughout my house last night while watching episodes of Parks and Rec on my phone. Thank you, Netflix! Thank you, Leslie Knope! Thank you, J, for forgetting to close that door that I walked into. Wait, no, NO thank you for that one, J! Yep, that's what happens when I get sucked into Ben and Leslie's storyline.

It's easy to get the steps in when I go for a run. On non-run days, or days where it is so cold out it's almost impossible to do an outdoor activity, it's tougher. I find myself taking the long way around when I drop off paperwork on someone's desk. I walk on my lunch. I walk in the bathroom. If I can get 10K steps in or close to it before I get home from work I am golden.

The good news is, I think about this while I am walking, what would I be doing instead of that? I would be sitting on the couch, possibly snacking. So I am thankful for you, Jawbone. You're a butthead. But I like you.

The bottom section shows that I've hit 10K steps every day since January 2nd!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

You're as Cold as Ice

The feels like temp this morning was -3. Yep. I convinced myself to get up and just go for a short run. First, I didn't want to be out in the cold THAT long. And second, I knew my commute would be a disaster so I didn't have a ton of time.

I got in 2.05 miles and felt pretty good.
Pretty good because although it was a slow go, at least I didn't slip and injure myself. Because not only was it -3, it was also snowing.

I actually don't mind running in the snow. It's brighter so I didn't even run with a flashlight this morning. And snow is better than ice. Plus, I am sure it burns more calories, much like running on sand does. At least in my mind it does.

I wore running tights under a pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt under my jacket. I was comfortable for the most part, but I think I need to invest in a running jacket with thumb holes. My gloves left tiny patches of my wrists exposed and I kept tugging on the sleeves of my jacket.

The best part about a morning run is by the time I was done I was already halfway through my 10,000 steps for the day. Take that, Jawbone!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Ain't No Mountain High Enough/ Fifth Third New Year's Eve Run 5K Recap

I picked the Fifth Third New Year's Eve run mostly because I was out of options. I also liked that it was in the afternoon so I didn't have to worry about it conflicting with my half day at work. Plus, it is always nice to not get up at the butt crack of dawn to run.

I picked up my two friends and we headed to Belle Isle, a state park in Detroit, for the race. Race day temps were 23 but, it was windy, my friends. Windy enough that the Detroit River was rocking ocean-like waves. And we had to run in that.
Please note, the feels like temp was THREE.
Packet pick-up and late registration (for one of my friends) was a breeze. We got there a little too early and had to hang out in my car waiting for the race. There was a Fun Run mile race for 12 and under that started at 3:30. And then us.
You kinda have to zoom but you can see the Detroit skyline through the starting arch
12 months of races!
The start was brutal. We ran straight into the wind. If you look at the map you can see, we ran into the wind, then turned and the wind was at our backs. It was strong enough that I felt like I was running downhill! I forgot my Garmin (nooooo!) so I was using the stopwatch on my phone to keep track of my 2:1 running intervals. According Nike+ my first mile was 12 and change, at least that's what I thought it was when I checked my phone. I figured a PR was out of the question so I focused on finishing hard and finishing happy.
By the time Mile 2 rolled around I could see the course was going to lead us back to running into the wind for the last mile. Oh crap. I tucked my head and ran. There were a couple of gusts so strong I couldn't catch my breath. I passed the Mile 3 sign and the course turned to the wind at our backs again so I just let the wind push me over the finish line. The clock at the finish line read 36:50. I met up with one friend and we waited for his wife to finish. I remembered to shut off my Nike+ app a little late so I didn't have an accurate time. After my friend's wife finished (this was her first 5K and it as a tough one so major points to her for finishing) we headed inside for some post-race refreshments.

While waiting in line for a beer I saw a posting of the finish times. We popped over there and...

I ran my first 5K of 2014, and actually my first one ever, in 39:13. My goal for that race was to finish under 45 minutes and I did that and was so darn proud. In July I ended up with my fastest time to date, 36:04. And now, almost 12 months later, in a race with ridiculous wind and cold...

...my finish time was 35:57!

I PRed! I PRed with crazy wind, with no Garmin, with temperatures in the single digits. Holy crap! What a wonderful way to end the New Year!

I would definitely do this race again. Aside from the cold, it was well run, had plenty of volunteers, very family friendly, and was a super flat course.

And now it is 2015. Here's to a year of fitness, of weight loss, and of fun!