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Weekend Trials…

Happy Monday!! Ok, so I’m not really happy it’s Monday but fake it ’til ya feel it, right?!

I mentioned in a previous post that I was considering allowing myself to have 1 cheat day a month but I was concerned that by indulging the one day I’d be tempted to keep on indulging. Well, I was tempted to keep indulging but I was successful in resisting!

My Saturday started off pretty good with my morning run. I met up with my cousin, Kelly, and her husband, Mark. We were just going to do a 4 mile route that was marked out for us. There is a group that gets together and marks the trails with white spray paint so you know which way to go. Kelly and Mark hadn’t been running since November (their 1/2 marathon) so they were just going to run/walk the route. I, on the other hand, wanted to see if I could run the whole thing.  

I was feeling pretty strong. My breathing was doing pretty good (I think it’s getting better thanks to the Serrapeptase but it’s still early) and my legs were pumping! It was only about 60 degrees and windy so the temperature was perfect. After I hit the 2 mile mark, I expected to be tired and ready to walk since that seems to be wall. However, I just kept on trucking! I made what I thought was the last turn back to the park when things started looking a little odd. I was on a golf course. I looked back to see if I took a wrong turn but the trail only went one way. I passed a few people that gave me looks. After a while I decided I needed to get off the course fast, but all I could see were fences for what seemed like miles. Surely there was a road that would meet up, but nope…not that I saw. Then I saw the top of the country club and decided I’d hit the street from there and find my way back to the park. At this point I was 3.5 miles in to my run. I stopped running so I wouldn’t get yelled at and hoped I could just blend in and get out as quiet as a ninja.

Yeah…not happening. Apparently, there was some sort of shindig going on at the club house and there were 100’s of people there. These were people lving in the million dollar homes I’ve been running by. They didn’t take too kindly to me being on their course! The Golf Course Bouncer stopped me before I could get to the club house and told me running wasn’t allowed. I explained that I didn’t do it intentionally and that I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. He asked what street I was looking for and when I told him he pointed to the woods and said I could hit it through there.

Ummm…ok, so you want me to go fighting through all that bramble? I asked him politely how I was supposed ot get through that and he explained that there was a slight trail next to the house and the woods that I could take. He even escorted me to the opening to ensure I left. Needless to say I was highly embarrassed. At the same time, I was proud to have run 3.5 miles and could have kept going. Plus, some of the hills on the course were a lot of fun to run on!

I started walking next to the house and when I came around the front there was a mother with her two kids (about 5 and 7). No one else was outside….no…just the people whose house I’m sneaking through the yard! She jumped because I scared the tar out of her. I apologized as I kept walking. I found the street and the park. Come to find out, I missed the spray paint arrow telling me to turn again because it was on the opposite side of where most people run/walk and right at an intersection where you’re looking for cars…no wonder I missed it!

All in all, I added about a half mile to my run and I finished at the same time Kelly and Mark did. It was pretty funny after the fact. Mark thought it was especially funny because he’s the one that normally gets lost!

After all of that excitement I started my cheat/splurge day by going to Chick-fil-a and getting a spicy chicken sandwich with waffle fries….yummm. Afterward, I went to Office Max to find some things when I started feeling rather sour. I left the store and went to sit in my car for a bit. My heart was thumping and I felt rather weak and worn out. It wasn’t food poisoning but I have no doubt it was all of the carbs that I hadn’t had in almost two months. I fell asleep in my car for a bit and when I woke up I was feeling better even though I had a slight headache.

For dinner the hubbins and I went to an Italian restaurant where I had a spicy Penne dish and a Ceasar Salad. It was quite delicious! I only ate half of my meal because I just wasn’t that hungry. I also had a couple of glasses of white wine. That night we went to a friends house where I had some chips and dip and shot the breeze until after midnight. Now, I only had 3 glasses of wine the entire night.

That night I slept like crap and Sunday morning I swear I had a carb hangover. I just felt bleh all over and didn’t feel like doing much of anything. The bad thing was, when Mike and I went out to dinner Sunday night even though I had felt bad from all the junk the day before I still wanted to order a cheeseburger. Thankfully, I resisted and got back on my diet. Those processed carbs are evil!

Spring Has Sprung!

This weekend was absolutely beautiful! It was a little warm (got up in the high 80’s) but the skies were clear blue and the sun was full in all its glory.

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?

I started the weekend off with a run on Saturday morning. I love running the trails in The Woodlands. The scenery is always beautiful and well maintained. I ran in to my old Running Coach, Liz, before hand. It was great to see her again!

This was the first time I ran the whole thing. That was 3.3 miles non-stop! Previously, the furthest I ran was 2 miles. Of course, I did stop and walk when going over the crosswalks (2 of them) but it wasn’t very long. That put a positive start to the whole weekend. My race is coming up soon where my goal is run the whole thing. I was starting to doubt that I’d make it, but I think I may be in pretty good shape now!

I went to the Town Market area and walked around for a bit more. The weather was too beautiful to go home and sit around. I visited Tiffany’s to dream!

It’s all so sparkly! Well, until you get it out of the store! Gotta love the lighting. Since I was feeling pretty good about having reached my 30 days sugar free and doing well on my gluten free diet, I bought myself a new watch as a reward.

Now, there is also an ulterior motive in that my CrossFit Coach is leaving me (moving to Austin) and I’ve decided to try and do my workouts on my own. Since it’s too much of a hassle to mess with my phone (except for tabata timers), I thought a big screen watch with a timer would work well. We’ll give it a shot anyway!

Later on, my hubster and I met at Buca di Bepo for dinner where I had their chopped salad. I gotta say…this is probably one of my favorite salads ever….ever.

mmm…doesn’t that make you drool?! I also had an Italian sausage to go with it. After the day was over I could tell I had way too much salt though. Hello puffy hands! Saturday was almost a perfect day!

Sunday consisted of going to Church, lunch, driving around looking at skid steers, and reading. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?

It’s Almost Race Day!

This afternoon I got to pick up my race packet for the 10 For Texas race this Saturday!

 

 

There was a really nice tech shirt (notice the stripes on the Armadillo?), a visor (for the first 2K) and a cool little bag. My bib number is lucky as well. How do I know that? Because the numbers add up to 7! You’re probably thinking “Huh? Has she lost her mind?”. I have this odd habit of adding up numbers until you have a single digit left. For example, 1+6+2+7 = 16 and 1+6 = 7. See?! Hahaha…ok, maybe I’m not completely there but I can’t be the only person who does this. I did a 2 mile run yesterday after work in 31:22. My speed was decent but not as fast as I’d like. However my feet started hurting toward the end. I was doing the Pose running method, so I don’t know if it was that or if it was the fact that I was running on a gravel trail when I normally run on road/sidewalks. In light of the foot pain, I decided to take today and tomorrow off from working out so I’m fresh come Saturday morning.

 

I also picked up some Sport Beans to help refuel during the workout. I’ve only used these once before for Angie’s Half Marathon, but I liked them better than the blocks I’ve tried. They were easier to get out of the package and not quite as sweet.

 

I’m getting excited!! And nervous… So, between 7:30-10:30 send me some positive vibes and cheer me on.

Strike a Pose

This Saturday, instead of going for our normal run Kelly, Clara, Mark and I went to a CrossFit Endurance Running Clinic to learn the Pose method.

We started at 9 AM and went to 2 PM. It was filled with a ton of drills and, of course, running! Before we started, we did some rolling with a lacrosse ball. Ooof…that was painful, but supposedly helps aid in recovery. We’ll see about that!

This is me rolling again after the clinic

They filmed us running 4 100 Meter sprints at the beginning and 2 100 Meter sprints at the end so we could watch our form and see if it improved or not. My hips were very sore after we were finished. I pretty much walked like an old woman the rest of the day! They are putting together an endurance team that will be going out doing 5K’s, 1/2 marathons, etc together and I was invited to join them if I wished. They made me fell very comfortable and at home, which was a relief since I’m not that good of a runner!

We did a team WOD at the end of the day (before our 2nd set of sprints) which was a 200 Meter Sprint Relay AMRAP for 12 minutes. Pretty sure our team was the slowest, but no one kept up with the legs they ran so everyone won a t-shirt! It is a rather bright yellow t-shirt…

I’m still heel striking, so I have to work on relaxing my foot when I run as opposed to flexing my foot. This should get rid of the shin splints I’ve been getting lately. On Sunday, I went and did a 5K using the 3/2 run/walk intervals and the Pose method. My pace on the 8.5 mile run the week before was slower than yesterday’s.

Last Week:

Sunday:

Now, I realize it’s not entirely far to compare an 8.5 mile run to a 3.2 mile run so let’s just look at the first three miles of each one.

Last week:

Sunday:

I am quite happy with the increased speed! A little over a minute faster on mile 1 and almost 2 minutes on mile 2. Outstanding!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my cadence on these runs to compare but hopefully the runs from here on out will show that. My goal is 94-95 steps per minute. I’m having some difficulties getting it down, but we were given 6 weeks worth of homework to do that is supposed to help in grain this running style and override the bad habits you’re built up. I’m hoping by the end of the 6 weeks it feels more natural and my speed would have increased more!

Yesterday I kept talking to myself “hips forward, lean, pull, pull, relax foot, lean, watch the hips, head up…” it got a little irritating after a while! The better I get at this though, the less I’ll have to remind myself of the correct form.