Archive | January, 2013
30 Jan


My running trail, a 5 mile out and back settled beneath I-285 and part of the Chatahoochee Nature Path. A beautiful piece of land hidden beneath the busy interstate. Passers-by are unaware of its existence as they get on with their errands on the road above. Thinking about how it’s hidden adds to the peacefulness and tranquility of this trail. What doesn’t add to it are the two massive hills included herein, but that’s besides the point. Just wanted to share!


Week 3: Training for my half marathon

28 Jan

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of saying “I can’t do that.” Why don’t you try saying, “I’m going to try to do that.” Because seriously, guys, I just hauled my big but on a 6 mile run yesterday. (F’YA!). Here’s what my last 2 weeks have looked like:

January 14-20th (I did NOT miss a workout!)

  • Monday: Bicep curs 40#x10; Tricep press 20#x10 each: Overhead Press 30#x10; Bent over row 40#x10; Upright row 40#x10
  • Tuesday/Thursday: core workout
  • Wednesday: Lunges x20 each; Squats 40# x20; SL Deadlift 20#x20 each;
  • Friday: 3 miles, 40 minutes, easy run.
  • Saturday: 5 mile trail run (everything about this sucked, including the two massive hills) It took me an hour.
  • Sunday:2 miles on Treadmill. I was supposed to be doing 3, but my hip was all kinds of sore from my run. Some hip rehab: glute medius strength plus ham, quad, ITB, piriformis stretch and myofascial release.

January 21st-27th

  • Monday: Bicep curs 40#x20; Tricep press 20#x20 each: Overhead Press 30#x20; Bent over row 40#x20; Upright row 40#x20
  • Tuesday/Thursday: core workout
  • Wednesday: Missed Leg workout
  • Friday/Saturday: Missed Runs*
  • Sunday: 6 mile distance run. Average pace was 13:54/mile. I walked some in the last 2 miles and stopped to stretch once because I felt my hip acting up.

*I plan to make up one run on Monday or Wednesday this week, depending on how my legs feel and how work goes that day. So it’ll only be one missed run.

The way I’m managing this half marathon idea is this: my goal is weight loss. The half marathon and weekly running is a tool I’m using to lose weight, so ultimately, it doesn’t matter how fast I go, as long as I finish the distance (Remember, it doesn’t matter if you walk or run a mile, you still burn the same amount of calories). When I feel like my legs aren’t moving at all and I’m feeling fatigued I stop and walk at a brisk pace for 2 minutes. When I go back to running I feel much better and I end up averaging a faster pace that way.

My CV system is holding up quite well to these longer runs. I’m not getting winded at all, my only barrier is that my legs get so fatigued and feel so weak I feel like I can’t pick them up and put that down again. Any runners have some insite? I’m keeping my LE lifting to a minimum, focusing on reps and proper form and not weight. I’m avoiding fatiguing them with strength training because they get plenty of that with the running.

Side note, I can’t believe I just ran 6 miles. Seriously. I always thought I couldn’t do it and as a result I never tried. I’ll never make that mistake again!


Week 1 Half Marathon Training: In Review

13 Jan
My two months of couch-potato days are over!

My two months of couch-potato days are over!

I’ve got things moving in the right direction this week, here’s the damage:

Monday Arms:

  • High Rows 8# x20
  • Bicep Curls 8# x20
  • Tricep Press 16# x20
  • Push Press 8# x20
  • Pushups x20

Tuesday/Thursday Core from

Wednesday: A missed leg workout

Friday: A missed run

Saturday: 1.83 miles. I stuck to the 3/2 Jog/Walk program of my half marathon training. It was hilly and it sucked.

Sunday: 3.66 miles in the park. My average time was 14:22 with my fastest mile being 13:27. I don’t mind the time, but it’s nice to track it. My legs and ankles hurt, I hate that I’m starting over, but it is better than when I started out initially.

Next week, same plan, just no missed workouts this time. I met a wonderful lady in the laundry room this weekend who would like to workout together.  I’m concerned about that prospect. I love inspiring others to get going, but I don’t want to be held back. I will stay optimistic about it though.

You can’t even imagine the delicious food that’s been prepared in this house today: Tamales, Pad Thai, Scrambled tofu, Sauteed Kale, Brussells Sprouts, Roasted Carrots, Jamaican Peas and Rice, two kinds of rice,  yellow lentil daal, Apple Pie Quinoa, Peach Pie Quinoa. All vegan and gluten free, we having a feast around the world this week. I can’t wait to get started!

I have a plan

8 Jan

Hello there.


I have missed you guys. My fault.

So I have a 12 week workout plan laid out. I used OneNote to chart it out, everyday of the week, aaaaand…it won’t import here. Aww, shucks. The highlights:

  • Monday/Wednesday Weight Lifting
  • Tuesday/Thursday Core
  • Friday-Sunday Running progression

The intention of the running program is to be able to walk/jog  a half marathon in April. I’m additionally motivated towards it because I just got an email regarding my 10 year class reunion in May (shiiiiii!).  It’s essential to look unbelievable! Here goes nothing:

2013 Fitness Goals:

  • 1/2 Marathon: April
  • Drop 50lbs
  • Be under 200 by May
  • Create an incentive program for reaching monthly goals (shopping trip, perhaps. I may create a wish list).
  • Vegan
  • No processed foods
  • Attempt to buy more locally (produced within 100 miles)

Where I’ve been and where I am now:

Measurements 7/7/2012 1/8/2013
Chest 41.5″ 40
Waist 37.25″ 35
Hip 50″ 48
Thigh 29″ 26
Calf 17″ 17
Arm 16″ 15.75
7/7/2012 1/8/2013
Weight 240 220


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Before (remember me?).

I'm not sure I see progress yet

I’m not sure I see progress yet