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Week Four Workouts

29 Jan

I decided that logging my workouts would be a good way of holding me accountable for ummm, well, for doing something. While I don’t have the patience or energy to log them everyday (though that’s not to say that I won’t talk about them throughout the week), I think a weekly post will suffice to track what I’ve done and the time I’ve committed to the cause. For the record, I think that’s what I’m going to start calling it: the cause. It sounds like a charity or something and, at this point, I think it kind of is. You know, giving back to the body that has given me so much. You know and all that yada yada yada.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

  • Jillian Michael’s Six-Week Six-Pack
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms

Monday, January 24, 2011

  • Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred, Level 2

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – REST

Thursday, January 27, 2011

  • 3-Mile Run
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms
  • 75 kettlebell squats, 15 lb. weight

Friday, January 28, 2011

  • 3-Mile Run

Saturday, January 29, 2011

  • 5-Mile Run
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms

Up next, REVIEWS for all these fabulous videos I keep talking about but not really saying much. Seriously, I’ve done many of these videos enough times that I could recite all the words (which is sad, you know, for a workout video). Nonetheless, I thought that it’d possible help some workout-video-shoppers out by giving a play-by-play of my thoughts and doing a little compare/contrast between them. Plus, it will make me feel infinitely cooler than posting the 5,348th review on Amazon for them that no one will ever see. This is cooler, right? Right.

What’d you do this week? Did you let the weather interfere with your workout plans (like I did)?

Psst – In case you were wondering, the “Week Four” in the title is referring to the fact it’s the fourth week of the year, you know, since I’m going to be awesome and do this every week (I swear I will, someone hold me accountable).

A Goal and a Dream

28 Jan

Someone I know recently said:

The difference between a goal and a dream is a plan.

And it hit me. That’s so true. A dream is just a dream until you make a plan for it. And, I think that fitness and nutrition goals fall hand-in-hand with this. Everyone should have a plan, especially if you have a long-term goal in mind. Whether your goal is to complete that marathon or to fit back into those skinny jeans (or, in my case, both), you are quite unlikely to get there unless you’ve figured out how you’re going to do it.

With that in mind, I began crafting my own plan. I reviewed the old training schedule that my LLS coach had given me. I searched online. Then, I stumbled upon who I had completely forgotten as the best plan maker of all time: Hal Higdon. I’ve used his plans in the past and always felt that they were both realistic and well thought out. Specifically, his novice half marathon plan is brilliant – 12 weeks long, add a mile or so to your long runs each week and gradually but slowly up your mid-week runs, balance with cardio and strength training. Perfection.

So, for now this is what I follow (if you can’t read it, go directly to Hal’s page to see it – in fact, you should go there regardless):

After the ODDysey Half Marathon in May, I intend to attempt to follow his Novice 2 Marathon plan to prep myself for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. My only complaint about that is that it doesn’t balance strength training and cross training as much as the half marathon plans do. Then again, I guess if you’re prepping to run 26.2 miles, you probably need to do a bit more running, eh?

So what about you, have you crafted a plan to meet your goals? Have you used Higdon’s plans before?

No Going Back Now

28 Jan

Do you see this?

This means that there is definitely no going back now. I’ll officially be running the ODDyssey Half Marathon on May 22 in Philadelphia. I’ve read some reviews and, though it sounds tough, I’m excited to try a half where I’ve given it the proper preparation and attention it deserves (unlike last time) to see how things pan out.

While I’ve never been one for worrying about times (for me, it’s all about just giving it all you’ve got), I feel good about PRing this one. Then again, seeing how I did last time that shouldn’t be too hard to do. It does feel a bit weird to me though. You know, signing up for something you are currently utterly unprepared for? And yet, it’s inspiring and motivating at the same time. There is no going back now.

What about you? Have you taken the leap just to inject some motivation into yourself?

Worth It

27 Jan

I make a concerted effort to be inspired by the world around me. When I am outside running, I think about all my senses. I take a deep breath of the outdoor air and think about the way it smells. I concentrate on how the air blowing across my face feels. I look around and try to actually watch the streets (and, I’ll confess, people) around me as I trot by. This opens a certain door of awareness that fuels my run, strengthens my inner-self. But every so often, you come across something in life when you weren’t even searching for inspiration that feels like it was made for you. Something about it has the voice that you were unable to speak, the words that you were unable to form.

Today, this was it for me (see below).

Print by the Etsy seller thespottedfox and sold here. Design by Sara Estes.

Text reads: I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

I feel like it sums up everything about fitness, nutrition, running. It’s not easy. It’s not easy for anyone; even someone who loves it all. But, that made me think that I believe that’s actually the whole point: to challenge yourself. That’s what makes it fun – because it isn’t easy. But is it worth it? Hell yes.

What has inspired you today?