Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Still alive...

I still have this cold/virus thing. I'm getting better but I still have a cough going on. It's terrible. I went for a 1/2 mile walk the other day and coughed the whole time. I hope I am better soon. Maybe by this weekend.

I feel like such a slug!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Oh hooray, I'm WORSE.

Laying around, taking it easy and drinking lots of OJ yesterday did not help. I am worse. Going to the doctor this morning. I better get a chest xray.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Still sick.

I am getting sick of being sick! This cold or whatever I have is just no fun. The sore throat part is nearly gone, but now the coughing has set in. I keep thinking I don't feel that bad, until I try to move. I get winded and dizzy just walking up my stairs. I can't breathe very well.

No breathing means no working out. I know I am sick and all, but this not exercising is stressing me out. I keep thinking how it's less than 5 months until the tri and every day that I don't work out is setting me back.

If I'm not feeling better by tomorrow I swear I am going to the doctor.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

There is some good news, though.

I have not been on a scale yet, but my pants are getting looser. In fact when I was out running on Monday I thought my yoga pants were going to fall off me.

Yay, progress!


I did not work out at all yesterday due to being barely able to move from fever and body aches. Today I am feeling much better but I don't think I am up for my scheduled C25K run.

But it's sunny and gorgeous out. I went to the corner store at lunch to buy Day Quil and the sun felt sooo nice. I think I might go for a walk after work. I think the fresh air will do me more good than more time on my couch.

I hate being sick!

Monday, March 15, 2010


It's officially nice enough to run outdoors. Yay!

I forgot how much harder it is to run on pavement as opposed to a treadmill. Boo!

Today's C25K run was a killer. My legs feel like JELLY. But it's soooo nice to be running outdoors again. I'm going to be doing all my running outside until the tri. Which is exactly 5 months away. I'm trying not to freak out about that.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dancing is a workout!

Oh yes, dancing is a workout. Especially in heels.

I am more sore from going dancing last night than I have been from any workout I've done this year.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


OK yeah, that was a challenge. C25K week 4, day 1 looks like this:

5 min walk to warm up
jog 3 min
walk 90 sec
jog 5 min
walk 2.5 min
jog 3 min
walk 90 sec
jog 5 min

I sailed through that first dreaded 5 minute interval. In fact I increased my speed halfway through because I got this awesome adrenaline burst and I was feeling no pain. But that last 5 minut one did not go as well. Ugh... only ran half of it.

By the time I got off the treadmill I had a lovely big blister on my instep (might be time for new shoes) and I felt rather like I was going to keel over. I decided not to walk home from the gym tonight. Whimpy, whimpy.

C25K Update

I repeated week 3 because I didn't feel like I was doing very well. I'm going to try week 4, day 1 this afternoon. I'm kinda nervous. Those 5 minute intervals seem daunting. I just need to keep reminding myself this is not my first time around. I can do it.

I'm mad it's all rainy and cold today. I had been enjoying the walks home from the gym after working out. But I suppose rainy and cold is nicer than snow and ice.

It's Official!

I plunked down my $99 registration fee today.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

*eye roll*

I saw a TV commercial last night for some weight loss product. I don't remember which one. This woman was saying how when she was overweight she wasn't comfortable in her own skin. But then she lost 30 pounds and then she wasn't embarrassed to go to the beach anymore.

My first reaction was. What? Only 30 pounds? Damn, I wish I only had 30 pounds to lose. HAH!

I know it was just a TV commercial but how sad for someone to be so uncomfortable with their body. And come on, an extra 30 pounds is not even that much. I mean, yeah, I have days where I feel self conscious. I have days where I get really annoyed because I would LOVE to look like someone who works out a lot and I hate that I have to exercise like crazy AND practically starve myself to see that number on the scale go down at all.

But at the same time, I'm not afraid to be seen in a bathing suit.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Strategy Fail

I have the day off today for 'convention recovery'.

My plan this morning was to meet a friend downtown for coffee and then hit the gym afterwards for my next C25K run. But I slept really late and never ate breakfast, so by the time I got downtown I was ravenous. We ended up at Panera and I got soup in a bread bowl. I didn't finish the bread bowl, but I was still very full when I left. As I headed down the street to the gym I realized my error. It's kinda hard to run on a full stomach. Doh!

I was still feeling pretty tired anyways so I decided I would skip the running part, and just do something easy. I did 40 minutes on the ellipticals and then took the 18 bus home so I'd have a nice long cool-down walk from the bus stop. On my way home I realized how funny it was that I consider ellipticals an easy workout. There was a time when I thought those things were evil torture devices and could not last 10 minutes on one. But really it's such an easy workout, I could do it in my sleep. No impact. Nothing to trip over. (I am the worlds biggest klutz) Nothing to think about. Just get on the machine and go. Easy-peasy.

Mmm... and now I have the workout checked off my to-do list and I can spend the rest of my day relaxing.

Friday, March 5, 2010


I was thinking on the way home from the gym today. I wonder if I should be posting the workouts I do each day? That seems boring, to me. But I suppose I could do it. I mean, I already track it all in my day planner so I can look back and know what I've been doing. But do people really want to read all the stats and numbers?

For what it's worth, today I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the treadmill (C25K, week3 workout) then walked home. (about 1.2 miles or something)


It's 8am. My plan was to get up and get my ass to the gym and get my C25K run out of the way first thing, then come home and finish packing and getting ready for the convention. But already the slacker voice in my head is working at me. I went to go look for my running pants and thought to myself "but we're on vacaaaaaation, let's skip it".

It would be so easy to declare myself "on vacation" and not work out this weekend. Which I think is all the more reason I can't do it. I've been feeling very unmotivated lately and I think it would be too easy to slip back into full-time slacking. Just gotta push past this and hopefully get my momentum back soon.

So no little slacker voice. We don't get to skip the gym because we're on vacation. Shut up!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I just checked the hotel website and there IS a fitness center on premises. They have ellipticals, treadmills, cycles, and weights. So there's no excuse to miss any workouts this weekend. Must remember to bring my running shoes!

OMG what is that light in the sky?

It's been sunny and relatively warm the last few days. Yesterday, I rode the bus to the gym for my run and then walked home. Today is supposed to be a bike day but I would much rather be outside than in the gym on a stationary bike. (My real bike needs some work done.) I think I am going to go for a nice long walk today instead of hitting the gym. I've heard rumors that we're getting more snow before winter is officially over, so I think I will take advantage of this little 'heat wave' while I can. Plus it will be good to take in as much sun as I can before heading to Mars Con and being inside a hotel all weekend.

I am so looking forward to spring and the end of icy roads and sidewalks!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


It's been like pulling teeth getting to the gym this week.

And also these stoopid new shoes I bought gave me this NASTY blister. Running + blister= OWCH!!!