Thursday, April 28, 2011

changing it up

Running will always be my first love.

But I admit, Jillian Michaels is my second love.  When it comes to exercise of course.

I've been doing workout videos/DVD's since high school.  My mom had a Cindy Crawford workout on VHS that I did off and on in high school and even some in college.  Also in college, I did a lot of Billy Blanks Tae Bo workouts.  My mother-in-law passed some Beach Body Slim in Six videos to me, and until a few years ago--that's what I did when I needed a workout at home.

Shortly after Lily was born 2 years ago, I discovered The Shred and The Shredheads.  I think I did The Shred 28/30 days in one month.  It infuriated me that I didn't lose pounds (I was nursing a baby) but I did lose inches and had noticeable difference in my body.

I like Jillian Michaels workouts because they are fast paced enough to keep me focused, and challenging enough to make me really sweat and sore.  I've tried many DVD workouts and turned them off in 5 minutes because they are too slow and boring.

So recently, Jillian Michaels (who I think responded to a tweet of mine once) put out a new 30-day workout--Ripped in 30.  Shred was 3 levels--10 days at each level.  Ripped in 30 is 4 levels and you do each level for 6 days, 1 day of rest and onto the next level.

I've struggled a bit lately with motivation and consistency.  And with my eating.  The scale is showing it, a few pounds worth.  Nothing alarming, but not the direction in which I want to go.

I decided I needed to change things up a bit, work my body a bit differently and refresh my exercise soul.

Today was my 4th day in a row of doing the Ripped in 30, Level 1 workout.  A few times I've worked out with kids underfoot, I came home from lunch at work and squeezed a workout in after kid drop-off and before my day had to begin.

This truly is a challenge for me.  When I did Shred a few years ago, my kids slept in later and sounder.  I was able to workout before they woke up many mornings and even a little jumping didn't bother them.  Now, they wake earlier on a regular basis (school schedule) and Lily is a very light sleeper in the early morning hours.

I haven't experimented yet, but I'm fairly certain Lily would wake up and not go back to sleep if I was doing a DVD early.  Our home is small, and the living room is about 10 steps from Lily's room.  Which means figuring out how to fit it in another time in the day.  The kids are fairly good about tolerating a 30-min workout in the midst of life.  Lily insists on joining me in wearing an elastic headband and using a 3-lb weight.  It's adorable.

Since I regularly use the treadmill in the garage, I may try playing the DVD on the laptop and putting it on the washer.  I may only open the garage door halfway though.  It's one thing for people to drive by and see my running.  I don't think I need them watching me to squats, lunges and the running man.

I'm realistic.  There is never a dull moment in life and I may not succeed at 4 weeks of 6 workouts each.  But I'm going to try as hard as I can and make no excuses.  Yesterday, I had about 45 legitimate reasons a workout wasn't going to happen (failing to get up with my alarm isn't one of those legitimate excuses) but I still figured out how to squeeze it in.

It is possible.

And if I can come up with the money I think I'll register for an August Half Marathon.  I really want to break two hours.  I'm pretty sure if I'm a smarter runner, I can.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I am missing blogging here.

I am missing running.

I haven't run in over two weeks.

I did a exercise DVD yesterday though.

I was gone for 11 days.  I came home to a sick baby.  There isn't a lot of sleeping.  There isn't a lot of time.

I am having to be patient.  I can't believe I'm still sane.  I think the jetlag and exhaustion are helping with that.  Otherwise I'd be going crazy.

This weekend.  This weekend I will run.  I want to run.  I crave it.

I think I need a race as a goal.  I also need money to register for a race.  I wonder what I can sell.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A benchmark run

My "good" runs seem unpredictable.  There is no rhyme or reason to when or how they occur.

Today was what I call a benchmark run.

A run that is much better than expected, better than my current norm.

We had Gracie's 4th birthday party today.  It went great and was relatively easy; as far as birthday parties with 30+ people in attendance go.  Still, I was tired.

I'm really trying to get a longer run in on the weekends.  At least 4 miles, preferably 5+.  Gracie was occupied with her new toys, Miss Rose was playing with our neighbor in her room and Bean was puttering around.  Lily would much rather be with me, than have me leave her.  So I loaded the jogger and headed to the Lake.

They have been repaving a portion of the path and doing other work and so my normal route was just 4 miles.  But they finally are done and the full path is open.  Although the path does not go all the way around the lake, just part of it.  Silly Southern California and our manmade lakes.

I took off feeling great.  Pushing just one child in the double jogger is a breeze compared to two!  I kept slowing myself down a bit because I have a tendency to go out too fast.  At times I was running into the wind, at times it was pushing me along.  I was gliding along.

The few times I checked in on my Nike+, I was typically below a 10min pace overall.  Usually with the jogger I hover right around a 10 minute mile.  I started to fade a bit and struggle more the last 3/4 of a mile, but I kept really pushing myself and I sprinted the last few hundred feet.

Total stats:

5.67 miles in 54:36min = 9:38 pace

Lately, even on my good runs, I've been around 9:45.

To hit below that, while pushing a jogger, is definitely a benchmark.  Especially to maintain for that distance.

Checking the breakdown from Nike+, I did go out too fast (9:11).  I had a couple miles (3&4) which were right around a 9-minute pace.  I want to work on being a smarter runner.  I it can help me cut my pace more.  My birthday is in a few months, and while usually I use birthday money to refresh my wardrobe, I think I may go for the Garmin.  I have 2 long plane rides coming up and some books on running waiting for me to pick them up at the library before I leave.

This wasn't my fastest logged run ever, but it was my fastest with a jogger, and my fastest in quite a while.

There is a good chance it was primarily fueled by birthday cupcakes.  The taste-testing last night while making them, and then a few today.  I have a personal mission to make tasty cupcakes, but it also means I eat too many because they are so good!

Maybe I'll consider cake balls or frosting shots as fuel for long runs.  Yummmmm.

I like this running thing.  I think I'll stick with it.

Interesting random facts.  I've been using my Nike+ for a few years now.  I only use Nike+ when I'm running outside, so there are a lot of treadmill miles not accounted for in the stats.  But I have run with my Nike+ for 591 miles and 101 hours!  Pretty cool.