Day One! (again)

Only have 20 minutes to work out during your day? 

No problem! There are several core and strength workouts out there that don’t require equipment and can stream on your phone or tablet whenever you can squeeze it in.

Today I chose the Fitter App Feels good to get something in on this snowy day in between work calls.

Plus, now that I’ve changed up my eating successfully for the past 6 months, today is the first day of my consistent workout plan for the rest of 2021. Stay tuned! 

I’m Starting Back Tomorrow!

I’m starting a 5k walking program on Monday, so I scoped out places to do my long walks today… the track I wanted to use was locked and snowy šŸ‘€ so I’m glad I checked it out ahead of time. It was SO icy and slippery. šŸ¤¦šŸ¾

The blue on the map is when I walked the slowest (trying not to bust my butt lol) and the red is the fastest. 

So — Why am I just not doing a 5k running program when I probably am in good enough shape to? I am purposely going slow to give myself more time to do strength work before my joints take the pounding of running.

My plan:

  • 8-week 5k walking plan
  • 8-week 5k running plan
  • 8-week 10k running plan
  • 12-week half marathon running plan

Earlier today I also did squats, calf raises, biceps and push-ups.

What physical activity did YOU do this weekend?

Find your old race results on Athlinks yet?

Did you run a race a long time ago and can’t remember when it was, or what your time was? That was me! Thanks to Athlinks I was able to pull up races from 8 years ago!Ā (I was apparently way faster than I am now!).

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It also lets you create a Profile where other runners can follow you. If you want to follow me, click HERE.

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On the desktop version it shows your best time for each race and the date of that race:

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Two other cool features are the Search and Discover features. Discover allows you to look for races near you, andĀ Search allows you to look up any race or unclaimed result by name.

Wanna get started? Sign up and start claiming your running results! And don’t forget to follow me!

Running/Training Reboot & New Races

Between a cold, dreary winter and my work schedule, I definitely fell off with my training. I still ran the races I signed up for in January, March and April AND finished, but they were rough!

Then, my “good foot” started getting pains, and for a while my podiatrist and I suspected a stress fracture (MRI was negative, thankfully!). In retrospect, there’s a good chance that that happened because I ran/walked several half marathons and a Ragnar Relay back-to-back without proper training beforeĀ orĀ in between.

So, I needed a REBOOT!

Running

I’m running short distances once a week in May just to “warm” myself up for the REBOOT that starts in June. In June, I’m starting a 13-week half marathon training plan. Realistically, I can only squeeze two runs in each week, so that will have to do for now — especially since I need to use the third day for cross-training (trying to learn from where I went wrong in my last training program).training

Strength

In addition the new training plan, I am also adding Orange Theory Fitness sessions to the mix starting June 1st. In the meantime, I’ve been doing total body barbell workouts at home 1-2 times a week in May.

Diet/Weight Loss

I’ve also put on about 50-60 pounds since I broke my foot 4 years ago, and I’m sure that that’s also hindering my running progress. I read in a few places that a runner cuts 2 seconds off of their mile time for every pound lost. That means, in theory, if I dropped 40 pounds, I’d shave 17+ minutes off of my total half marathon time (not including any improvement in time from training).Ā So, I’m motivated to get this done.

LINK: Will I run faster if I lose weight?

Today makes day 10 of following a ketogenic dietĀ – low carbs, moderate protein, high (good) fat. It has been interesting cookingĀ  3 meals a day every day and experimenting with new recipes. I’ve been to the grocery store almost every other day to pick up new ingredients. But, I am trying to avoid eating out for the next 30 days while I’m homeĀ (I have some upcoming travel where that will be unavoidable).

Here are some of the low-carb meals I’ve prepared so far:

Races

Of course, what’s training without races?!

I canceled the races I had planned from mid-May until Labor Day so I can focus on training properly, getting stronger, getting lighter and coming back with a bang in September. I have to pay again, but the Popular Brooklyn Half will give me a guaranteed entry for next year. It was for the better.

I DID sign up for the Rock N Roll Half Marathons in both Virginia BeachĀ (9/2/2018) and Los Angeles (10/28/2018). Wanna join me? Use CodeĀ RNRBRP2018 to get $15 OFF!

Disclaimer: I received free entries to the Rock N Roll Virginia Beach and Rock N Roll Los Angeles races as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I am amped about both locations (each beautiful at that time of year), and I can’t wait to make some progress with the new training and weight loss. Wish me luck, and follow the journey!