Changing It Up

Changing It Up

  
I had some reward points to spend on Amazon.  So, going for the boxing work out that will transform my life.  I’ve always wanted to do this but never had the eqpt.  So the bag and gloves are on their way.  

Boxing benefits both upper and lower body. Also improves hand eye coordination and lowers stress.  I need all of the above. 

Boxing is also a great way to break out of a fitness rut too.  I can’t wait. It’s ranked as one of the top exercises for burning fat/calories, building strength and muscle tone.  The warm up for boxing is 10 minutes of jumping rope.  That’s equal to 30 minutes of running.

I found this combination  for beginners from Jade Alexis…

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There’s also a number of apps and various workouts for boxing with heavy bag online.   

I’m in my corner, getting psyched and waiting for the bell.  

  
 Ding ding!

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Going for the Goal(ld)

This last year I’ve picked up some really bad habits.  Used food as an emotional crutch following my husbands 2 strokes and gave in to fatigue.  I have to do more than I have ever before to gain back my health.  Therefore, today begins my 1,200 calorie diet and exercise program that will take me a minimum of 5 months to lose the weight I’ve gained and the confidence I’ve lost in myself.  I’m going to do whatever it takes to climb back to the person that finished a marathon three years ago.

So my diet will be a simple 1200 calorie 6 meal a day plan that is low fat, low sugar and low salt.  The exercise starting out will be a brisk 2.5 mile walk 6 days a week coupled with a 30 minute kickboxing workout.

So here I go…

 

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Mile 26 of St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon

Off and Running!

Became reacquainted with my gym.  So glad to be working out again. Many of my LIFE Runner teammates continue running in the extreme cold of winter.  It hurts my sinuses and running indoors is not a favorite of mine, so I always end up taking those months off.  Even though I’m starting out indoors, I will be outside again very soon. The gym is 2 miles from my house so my plan is to run there and do my weight training then run home.

So I’m off and running!

To aid in my training, I’m cutting out my favorite vice – wine.  Tough, but I don’t think it is doing my blood sugar and hydration level, any favors.

(As I was looking through Google photos for reuse, came upon this jewel.  Go  tho the website noted as photo credit and see some other beauties. )

Powering up is always a good thing.  It helps me to focus and I also feel better too.

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There are some big races coming up too.  Click on the images below to get more info on them.

The LIFE Runners A-Cross America Relay – starts at the Brooklyn Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge on March 5 and finishes April 13 with both Arms of the Relay meeting in Sioux Falls, SD.  It comes through Central, MO April 1 – 4.  map Then there’s some 5K’s and maybe a half in May. Picture12 The biggest race for me is September 20 – The Air Force Marathon.  I can’t believe I’m signed up for the full, but I did.   So will begin official training for it in May but am starting out now to work towards the other races that are this spring.

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Below is one of my last training runs before my 2012 marathon.  I did one more a week later for 20 miles – 2 weeks before race.

What are your running plans this year?  How much training do you usually do for your races?

19 Mile Run 2012

19 Mile Run 2012

Powering Up with the Olympics

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What a great time though to power up.  The Olympics are a great motivator to dig in and get going again.

I am switching up my diet/exercise a bit this time around to be at my best – adding in some serious calisthenics, weight training and 45 minutes of running.  I’d like to lose about 20 pounds by May and get back into better shape.  I am using My Fitness Pal along with a beginners weight training program.  Once I get closer to May, will kick in gear with Hal Higdon’s marathon training.  Till then will just run for 45 minutes.

fit-keep-runningSomething that always holds me back, is my limited lung capacity.  I’m really going to work on that too.   Here’s how:

  1. Warm-up 5-10 minutes of easy running.
  2. Run hard for 30 seconds 5 times, each separated by 60 seconds of recovery.
  3. Then do three –  five minutes hard running intervals with five minutes  of easy running between each.

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From what I read, it  just takes a few weeks of this activity, performed twice a week.

There will be other races and such before September too.

So what is your game plan for 2014?  

The Blue Racer Mystery

I put my long run off till this morning since it was going to be cooler.  No treadmill time – that’s a good thing.  Headed out about 7 am and it was nice too.

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So it went like this…

Mile one through  4 were good…mile 5, 6 and 7, need some work.   Also, I forgot to take the “Power Pack” otherwise called Gu ( I loathe that name).  I could tell I needed it too.  Also, need more regular training runs through the week.  I’m down to the last 4 weeks of training so no fooling around now.

I saw my first Blue Racer snake the other day along the road as I was running (dead of course).  Then saw another one a few days later along the highway.  Weird.  Didn’t think they really were around Missouri.  Since then I get freaked out running by weedy areas.  Jim was teasing me about it and made it a point to read to me the description of the snake using the term “aggressive” several times.  Now I know as I run along the edge of the road, inevitably one will appear now and chase me at their rapid speed of 10 miles per hour which outpaces me by a lot.  Here’s what I found when I looked them up…”When annoyed by a person [I suppose a runner would annoy them] it becomes very aggressive  [okay Jim was right] and strikes out at its tormentor. And its bite can be rather painful [thanks for that note]. A threatened Blue Racer often will vibrate its tail rapidly [causing someone like myself to faint], making a buzzing sound that can be mistaken for a rattlesnake.

So this morning on mile three as I am now running into the sun and past a weedy area, the corner of my eye catches something long and narrow in the grass that is kind of blue-ish.  I jumped pretty high.   I looked back and it was a long cable.

That did it.  So with the lack of traffic, I began running out in the street away from the curb (facing the oncoming cars of course).  It’s funny how we can psych ourselves out like that.

Well, there were no Blue Racers along the way but maybe I would have run better had there been.

Warm Running

This morning, headed out the door at 8:30.  Ran 2 miles to the gym, did another 2 miles on a treadmill there (trying to cool down a bit).  Then finished last 2 going back home.  It was pretty warm on the way back home.  Last year I drank Coconut Water while running in the heat to help with hydration.  photo (1)We were having record heat wave/drought at the time.  This was last August in Overland Park at 8 in the morning.

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This is a picture of me  after one of those hot runs last year – red faced runner.

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This year the temps have been cooler and I’m training for a half  not a full marathon this time.

So this mornings heat kind of took me by surprise.  After I finished, I continued drinking water (with ice pack on my head) but also grabbed some salt and ate a peach too (while sweating profusely).

But now I needed to get ready for Mass.  What a mess.  The warm shower didn’t help nor the hot air coming out of the hair dryer.  My hair never dried due to constant perspiration.  Then powder makeup became a clay mask on my wet face.

Our drive to church was like being in a wind tunnel because I had to have the air on full blast (freezing Jim out).

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During the homily, our Pastor shared that the air conditioning wasn’t working on the other side of the Church.  So glad we didn’t sit over there.

It’s been 3 1/2 hours since I finished running and still warm.  Drinking plenty of fluids though so I will be fine.

Don’t let heat sneak up on you…it’s not nice.

Got My Run In…How ‘Bout You

The treadmill.  Repetitive running.  Not a fan.  When the temp is high and I didn’t run at dawn…It doesn’t matter.  Just part of the training. Went to Wilson’s (not to be confused with this Wilson).

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To beat off the doldrums, it’s a good time to work on thought discipline. Pushing out negative and focusing in on positive thoughts.  Also, a good time to pray too – which I do a lot.   That takes your mind off  of the time ticking away on the dashboard.  So I focused in on an object directly ahead and with good running posture, started off – mind and body in sync.

When I finished, I did my usual stretches and then did some leg extensions to strengthen my quads.  So on this Saturday night I got my run in and am glad I did.

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What’s your running plan?  What races are you training for?