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Confession and time for Panic Mode....

Monday, November 05, 2012

So here it is. Confession time.

Several months ago I agreed to do the Beast of Burden Ultra 50 Miler. In January. Outside of Buffalo, NY. Because I'm crazy. Apparently slugging 50 miles through the frozen tundra of the most snow covered city in the coldest month was a good idea. After agreeing to do it, I spent a solid week putting together the most amazing training plan to take me there and let me do the Disney Goofy Challenge along the way.

One month ago, I got engaged. Vowed to reboot my fitness efforts and focus on getting fit, not just going the distance. I'm still a fat runner. Yes, there is such a thing. I'm all soft and doughy but I can still run half marathons at the drop of a hat. It is a diet issue, that is the truth. I can't get away from the sweets. I know so many people who deny themselves all their pleasure foods just to binge eat later. I try to practice moderation but when you are burning 1,000 calories a day, you figure *pshaw* I can eat what I want! I know it isn't healthy, and it is my biggest vice. I am going to work on that....I promise.

Well, since getting engaged we have been planning like crazy people. Most of next year will be divided between travelling on three huge trips (two cruises and Disney for the marathons) and buying and moving into a new house. With all of that going on most wedding planning needs to be done before the end of the year, sporadically next year, and then in the months before the wedding. The more we get done now, the more prepared we will be.

(Side Note: It broke my heart, but I ordered my wedding dress......in a size 14.... Where did the cute little size 8 figure he fell in love with go? He doesn't care and I know that wedding dresses run in crazy sizes, but seriously! I haven't been a 14 since high school. *sadeface* )

Anyway.....the real confession. I did Rock and Roll Savannah this past weekend and put up my worst time in several months. Want to know why? I haven't run in almost two weeks. I can blame it on my shin, my shoes, the weather, whatever. But the fact is, I've been working 14 hour days and those extra moments I set aside for running have turned into wedding planning.

The solution is my resolution.
My resolution to work my butt off for the next two months in preparation for the toughest race I have ever run. I will meet or come close to ALL my mileage goals and focus on strength training in my down time. I have 2.5 MONTHS to make this happen and I will NOT fail.

My new plan, wake up EVERYDAY at 6AM without fail. I can take naps after my runs on the weekends but sleeping in is no longer an option. I really don't need 10 hours a night (I generally go to bed at 10 and have been sleeping until 8). I actually function my best at 7 hours of sleep.

My strength training plan is as follows. I have noticed that even when my running is lacking, strength training lets me finish my races feeling strong, if not fast. I also was at my fittest when I was strength training and conditioning 3x - 4x a week. My conditioning calendar will be in combination with my running calendar.

Monday - LEGS
Tuesday - CORE/BACK (my back has gotten insanely week)
Wednesday - TOTAL BODY
Thursday - CORE/BACK
Friday - ARMS
Saturday/Sunday - Long Run Days - yoga/stretching afterwards.

I will make it through the Goofy Challenge in January and my first Ultra or I will fall apart trying!!! TIME TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!
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  • no profile photo CD5826541
    hang in there ! good to hear from you :)
    3151 days ago
    Salina! Ok, first of all, I was so glad to have found you again on sparkpeople. I'm back here working on my fitness with non-running for my wedding next September. I totally understand what you mean.

    I cant wait to hear about your ultra. Your twitter is a constant inspiration. It makes me want to get back in to running!
    3152 days ago
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    I believe that you will NOT fail!
    3152 days ago
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