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Friday, November 06, 2009

It's been a little while, so I figured I'd check in and say "whazzup" or some such. Life is pretty chock full right now but most of it is stuff I love so I can't complain.

I am finishing up the 3rd week of the 30 Day Shred. Hooo boy. Jillian is indeed a crazy person. I have not been this sore in a while. I think it rivals, if not surpases, some of the days when I was late into half marathon training. Late into week 1, I could barely walk. But, I kept doing it. It got easier. I moved onto level 2, which for some reason didn't seem nearly as hard. I did that for a week. Then, I moved onto level 3. Owwww! Traveling pushups? Jumping squats and lunges? Pike crunches? Things I'm blocking out of my head and forgetting because they are too painful to remember right now? (hehe)

Actually, while I think I'm going to see both some visual and scale results this week, I'll be happy when I'm NOT doing this 5 times a week. It makes the rest of my workouts WAY hard. The strength increase in my legs has actually done wonders for my short distance running times though... so I will definitely incorporate shredding into my workout when I'm doing short distances. I don't think it's going to be terribly productive or helpful to do while I'm doing long distance training (at least close to the end). I think I'm going to use it as a short weights workout 1-3 times per week and see how that goes.

In just a few weeks I start half marathon training again for February. I'm going to try to do a little less in terms of mileage/cross training and see if it makes any difference. It will be a completely different animal running in the cold - I am so not a fan of winter but it might be ok. I need to get myself some cold weather gear as everything I currently have to run in cuts off at the knee or above. I am also considering only running 3 days per week. Right now, I have noticed my runs are SO MUCH BETTER with one day of rest in between - but I'm not sure if I need to slog through some of that pounding to be ready for the race. We shall see. I have a few weeks to decide.

I actually have made strides to get my calorie consumption back under control in the last few weeks. This week I started the week at 156.2 (which was the lowest in a while on a Monday) and I hit a new low (that I've seen in a while) of 152.8. This weekend I am going to really be good. No ridiculous days. I still owe myself one shred for the week, either tonight or tomorrow, and hoping we can do a bike ride Sunday.

I have a very modest goal. I want to be under 150 by NYE. The pie in the sky goal is to be COMFORTABLY under 150 (as in, high days weighing in at like 149 and low days in the mid 140's), but I'll take it even if I get on the scale any time before NYE and see 149.8. I am ready to wave goodbye finally to the 150s. It's been the greater part of a year. You've done me good, carrying me through 5 races and lots of adventures, and you haven't looked too bad on me, but I would like to finally shimmy my way through the 140s. :)

I'm also doing NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) and I am actually making some really good progress. I'm a little behind but I have a nice long session planned tomorrow to hopefully get caught up for the week and take Sunday off. I'm writing about characters very inspired from my past, so it's not too far of a stretch. :)

Happy weekend sparkers, talk to ya soon!
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    Jillian tends to sneak up on you-I felt the same way after the first work out "well pfft that wasn't anything," fast forward to next morning "hmm thats funny, I don't recall my legs screaming quite so loudly," haha

    Good luck on your NYE goal-I'm right there with you, we've got to start the new year off right!
    4082 days ago
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