Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nyc running.

I got up early this am to run. The building Nana lives in has a nice little gym. It is on the top floor of a 36 floor building so the view was great. Tomorrow I may get brave and run outside. Maybe.

Now on our way to 30 rock for a NBC studio tour.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I did it!

I finished the race.
I learned A LOT doing it.

Lets see -

1- don't stay up until almost 1 to watch Maryland play basketball in the NCAA tournament, when you have to get up at 5:45 the next day for a race (besides Maryland will just break your heart in the next round anyway)
2- probably shouldn't eat a protein bar 30 mins before the race (eat right when you get up next time)
3- wear pants to the race (I was FREEZING and stayed cold until a least 1 mile into the race)
4- learn how to pace yourself. ( I ran the first mile and a half at 8:50 min miles. Anyone following my running should know that this is way too fast, I run 10 min miles.)

So I started way too fast and by mile 2 I had nothing left to give. Nothing. My legs were tight, I was exhausted. I  walked for 30 seconds ish, then ran another half mile or so, then walked another 30 seconds. Turned the corner and saw the finish line. I pushed hard to finish the race. I crossed the finish line at 31:15. Not bad. I was really upset with myself though. 3 miles should not have been that hard for me. I run 3 miles 2 times a week. I was so frustrated. I also felt bad because my friend ran it with me, and he stuck by me even though I was going slow and walking. He runs much faster than me, I kept telling him to go on, but he was nice and stuck with me.

We crossed the finish, I stretched out a little and then we went to get some breakfast. I came home and crashed for an hour before showering and going to my mom and mema's birthday party.

Racing was a good experience, I learned how annoying the start of a race is, not being able to move because everyone is packed around you. I also learned that jogging mom's are annoying with those strollers. (I promise not to be one of those that almost take you out, I will listen to the rules and start in the back :-D)

I am going to sign up for a couple more, and keep practicing. I am also going to invest in a watch for running so I can monitor my pace better. Oh and since the weather is getting nice, I am going to stop relying on the treadmill as much.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First 5K

I am on my way to the race.  I stayed up to watch Maryland in the ncaa tournament.  I got up at 5:45. Shew tired. Yes it is dark out. Hopefully I get some energy.

Will update later. Good luck jill (and I think meg too) on your 5k at home.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

wooo good run

Today was busy, I carried the twins around michaels (errand for me) Target, Kohls and Walmart looking for their birthday dresses and shoes. Mom forgot and took the stroller to work, so most of the time, one baby sat in the kart and I carried the other and pushed the kart with one hand. What a work out. Evelyn loved when I let her stand in the back while I looked through dresses for the right size. (I was always holding on to her - she was safe!)

Then we went grocery shopping, came home and had dinner. Dinner on grocery night is always a rotisserie chicken and stuffing. Then we watching Idol and Lost. Starting a run at 10:30pm is always hit or miss. Tonight i was a great big HIT.

I started at 9:50ish min miles for the first mile, and kept increasing until I was at 8:34. I finished my 2 miles in 19:04 and felt great. I stopped for 30 seconds because I was getting a cramp.

Did my week 2 push ups.

I have been thinking about summer, and how I will be at the pool a lot with the twins. I need to get into bathing suit shape.

Saturday is the 5k with Jay. He runs like 8:30 min miles so I won't be running with him, but My goal is sub 10 min miles. We shall see.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Well, Friday I was a loser pants, and I didn't do my workout, again. GRR. I am so tired on Fridays.

Saturday I had intentions to run, and then I went to a long lunch, then I had to go check on the sick Romley's. The twins and their mom were all up all night vomiting , and their dad was away on work travel. Poor mommy.

Then we had a party for our good friends to celebrate their engagement.

Excuses, Excuses I know.

Today I did Fridays sit ups, Saturdays push ups and then tonights sit ups. And I ran my 3 miles from yesterday. I didn't run any slower than 10 min mile pace, but I did run the last mile at about 8 min miles. I had a stop a couple times. But I only stopped for 30 seconds.

I am going to try harder next week. NO Slacking. I am running a 5K on Saturday. That guarantees I get my Saturday workout in.

Now if all these girl scout cookies would go away - why did I buy them anyway.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


whoa ohhhh amber is the color of your energy....

Random - sorry.

I ran 3 miles today. Averaged a 9:48 min mile, but I know my first mile was about 10:20, and I kept increasing.

I did my push ups tonight too.  My max was 15 girly push ups.

Push ups are not fun. At all.

In other news: I signed up for a 5K next weekend. It was cheap, and last min. It benefits breast cancer, so I will run it, and then go celebrate my Mema and Mom's birthday. Sort of fitting that I run a breast cancer race on the day we celebrate my Mema's birthday.

Can I complain for a min: no? Oh, well, I am gonna anyway.

Back before I got sick and took 2 weeks off, I was running 4 miles a day, and while it sucked sometimes, it wasn't too bad. Now I feel like I can barely make it 3 miles.
I know that I am running faster now, and maybe if I ran slower then 3 miles would be cake. I don't know. I just know I want it to be easier.

Ok - I won't whine anymore. I will be happy that I can run 3, and hope that I will keep getting better.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


This is my 101 post on this blog. Guess that happens when you post almost everyday.

I ran an easy 2 miles today and just did my sit ups.

21,27,21,21 and max 57.

I feel the burn already. Hope I don't develope a cough - no making me laugh tomorrow!

Shower and bed for this girl.

Work and 3 miles tomorrow.

btw - how is it Thursday already?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wii Fit

Today I did almost an hour of wii fit exercises. The game created a workout for me, which was a combo of yoga, strength and cardio. I didn't realize I needed to put it in order, so I would do some yoga then run or hula hoop. I think next time ill do cardio, then strength and then chill out with yoga. Either way it was a decent workout. Next time I will go back to my old yoga routine, I feel like I worked harder and stretched more, and my focus this workout is supposed to be on yoga and stretching.

Tomorrow is a 2 mile run, I have to get it in fast after work because I have to go back and babysit tomorrow night.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Initial tests for the challenge

OK- so I can do a massive total of 1/2 real push ups. Woooo.

Thats ok, I didn't think I could do 1/2.

I did 8 girl push ups. So I will be starting week 1 column 2 for push ups.

I think I will do weeks 1-3 girl push ups, then try my hand at real push ups again and see where that puts me.

Sit ups were much better. I did 75, and I probably could have pushed more.

I am going to start week 3, column 3 for sit ups.

Ok - off to run 3 miles and then get ready for a date night with my love :-D <3

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

100 Push-ups

Are you nuts?!

Last night when doing my wii fit yoga and strength, one of the exercises was push ups. Matt made fun of me because I can't do a real push up. Ok, I can probably do 1, but I always do knee push ups.

So Aubrey texts me today and tells me to do the 100 push up challenge with her. Somehow in 6 weeks I will be able to do 100 push ups. um ok. Worth a try I guess. I am going to weave it into my training.

I am probably also going to do the 200 sit up challenge too.  Maybe after these I will add the 200 squats.

I will do the initial tests this week and then start the program next week. I hope I can do this. We shall see

Back at it

Last night I started my half Marathon training plan. I started a week early. I need to get back on track. Mondays will be yoga and stretching. I did an hour of strength and yoga on the wii fit. I was afraid to turn it on. It had been over a month since I last played. I was expecting it to yell at me. I did my body test and lost weight. Ha take that wii fit. I sucked at the balance tests so my wii fit age went up. Whatever I wasnt trying as hard as I should have.

I am sore today. Probably because the routine the wii made for me had me doing push ups and planks every 5 or so workouts. Oy. Ouch.

Tonight is a 2 mile run. Matt said he was going with me. Now i have heard this before then when I get home from work and go he is too tired, or just showered, or whatever. Well if he doesn't go I am posting his email on here and giving everyone to email him and call him a loserface.  Tough love :-D.

I really want to try p90x. But by the time i get home, run, and do p90x I wouldn't be starting dinner til later. Maybe this week I will get my act together and plan what dinner is so that I can prep before. I guess less time sitting on the couch watching tv at night wouldn't be horrible.

So the plan this week:

Monday: 30 + mins yoga or stretching

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: 2 miles on eliptical

Saturday: 3 miles

Sunday: 1.5 miles 6x400

Monday is offically the start of training. Which means no more lax in the rules. I've relaxed a little and would drink a little soda here and there. I was snacking after 9 A LOT. Still not a lot of alcohol, but this past weekend I had wine with dinner every night and I had a drink at the party, but I was so stressed about the surprise I needed it. Haha. Sleep will always be hard but as I start increasing the weekly miles it will be super important.

Here goes 27 weeks of training. Eeek