Sunday, April 21, 2013

By Jove...

Good day to all my readers and followers out there.  I hope you are all doing well.  I'm doing really good.  Another week down, and I'm still going strong.  It was a pretty productive week, and I finally feel like I've hit my stride.  Literally!  I've finally found my running pace.

I've been paying a lot of attention over the past few weeks of how I've been feeling during my runs.  When I'm on the treadmill, the run is very short so I'm able to run short intervals at 5 mph and above (3-4 minute intervals).  I walk for 1-2 minutes.  I usually don't run for more than 55 minutes during the week.

My long runs are on the weekend.  When I attempt the same pace (5 mph), I have a much harder time going the distance, and I think it's because I'm running for distance and not minutes, so I fizzle out pretty quick.

This week, I tried something different. I took my run pace down to 4.7-4.8 mph and did a 3/2 interval (3 min run/2 min walk).  I was able to run on the treadmill rather easily, and today I did the same
thing during my 9 mile run outside...  AND I KILLED IT!

I paced myself well today, and I was able to last all 2 hours and 6 minutes at this pace and get nine miles in without much fuss.  I'm beyond tired right now, but I feel fantastic.  I feel a lot better about my plan to run the half marathon, which will be here in FOUR WEEKS.  I'm glad I have a plan in place because I was quite worried about it.  After I finished, I also felt like I could still keep going.  That's important since I'd have 4.1 more miles to go before I hit the finish line.

I only have one more long run before May 19th.  This coming weekend, I'm going for 10 miles.  10 miles!  I still can't believe I'm doing this shit.  One year ago, I was just starting to run.  I remember thinking I couldn't do it, but I did.  I must have started around 3.25 mph or something like that. Now, I'm walking faster than that speed.  It's unreal.  I have a hard time believing what I'm able to do sometimes... Especially since I deadlifted an all-time best of 225 pounds on Thursday.  That's more than I weigh.  I deadlifted myself!  That's crazy!

It's important that I keep on with these challenges.  It keeps my workouts varied so I rarely get bored, and my body doesn't get used to any one move.  Tomorrow, I'm taking a break from running and taking Kick 45.  I'll get some cardio in by jumping rope and rowing instead of using on the elliptical machine.  My box jumps are improving so I'll be attempting 5 risers instead of 4 in the near future.  I still have personal training twice a week, and I swear I've never done the same workout twice.  Sure, we see some of the same exercises (deadlifts, push presses, thrusters), but they are never paired the same.  I really love that.  My trainer... she's the best.  She knows me so well.

I guess I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today. I've been looking back at my weight loss photos and looking at some of my old pics on my Facebook page.  I know I've mentioned this before, and maybe it bears repeating.  It's hard looking at those pictures because I don't feel like that woman anymore.  I was in so much pain - both mentally and physically.  I was lonely.  I was tired. 

Such a big difference from even a year ago.  I'm so different on the outside, but I'm still the same girl I always was.  All I can say is... How You Like Me Now?  LOL!  I'm doing alright.