Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sinus Infection + PMS + Hurricane Irene =

2

So that cold I was rocking for over 2 weeks turned into a full blown sinus infection. I finally had to wave the white flag on Friday and go to the doctor's. A bottle of antibiotics and a box of Claritin D later and I'm on my way to getting better. I have had sinus infections before, but this one really wins the prize for most excruciating headache I've ever felt in my life. Today is the first day where I didn't feel like banging my head against a wall in an attempt to make it feel better. That's a good sign!

I tried to tackle Couch to 5K week 6 day 1 on Saturday. Yeah, during the beginning signs of Hurricane Irene. Good idea, right? Totally wrong. I fought my way through it and was out there for a good 40 minutes, but only about 15 of that was running. I haven't tried again since then and I probably won't get around to it until Thursday. Later that day since not only was I dealing with the infection but the major onset of PMS symptoms, the only cure I could think of involved lots of chocolate. A box of Betty Crocker GF Brownies, a pint of Almond Dream Chocolate Ice Cream, and some GF/DF Chocolate sauce and I was well on my way to feeling better. It was so delicious. I brought the rest of the brownies to a friend's house the next day where B and I hunkered down during the storm. Thankfully they didn't lose power!

I can't believe this upcoming weekend is Labor Day! I'm very excited because I'm off to a bachelorette party on Friday and then the wedding on Sunday. It's going to be great!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

WEEK 5 - DONE

I ran for 20 minutes straight tonight. It was supposed to be 2 miles, but when I mapped it out it was only 1.63. That's a 12.26 minute/mile pace. For the first long run, I'll take it. Next week the runs are back to intervals, but then weeks 7, 8 and 9 are all long runs. I still can't believe that I ran for 20 minutes without stopping. It was a little bit difficult, but really, it wasn't that bad. Completing this run really solidified for me that I'll be able to complete the 5K. The last three minutes were definitely a mental battle, my mind wanted to quit but my body was pretty much ok. Then my ipod saved me:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rocking it

Couch to 5K Week 5 Day 2

5 minute walking warmup
8 minute run
5 minute walk
8 minute run
5 minute walking cooldown

31 minutes - 2.19 miles

DONE. The second 8 minute interval was a little bit rough but I did not stop. I can't believe I'm running 8 minutes straight. Well I better believe it because tomorrow is my 20 minute straight run. I'M SCARED!!!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bring on the hoodies!

Last night I started week 5 of couch to 5K. The runs are starting to get more difficult now, although I found last night to be fairly easy. Here's how it went:

5 minute walking warm up
5 minute run
3 minute walk
5 minute run
3 minute walk
5 minute run
5:30 cool down

I didn't have any issues, no cramping, no stopping during the running. I felt great at the end. I can't believe that a month ago I was worried about running for 90 seconds straight and now I'm running 5 full minutes and barely checking my watch. The next run includes 8 minute intervals of running. I'm nervous but I know after coming this far that I'll be able to do it. The following run is a straight 20 minute run. That one I'm terrified of, but also excited? So strange to me to be excited about running.

Last night I didn't get outside until after 7pm and at that time it was still light out but by the time I finished the sun had set and the street lights were on. The days are getting shorter, cooler, and fall is on it's way. It is my favorite season and I can't wait for it. I love getting back into jeans and sweatshirts on cold nights. I love the holidays and the fall activities. I will also love not running in 90 degree days with 90% humidity! But for now I'm still enjoying what's left of summer. Tomorrow will probably be the last BBQ of the season since I have a wedding to go to on Labor Day weekend. Looking forward to spending time with some family that I haven't seen in a while. Maybe I'll take some pictures... I hate writing posts without photos but I have been slacking!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Four Week C25K Recap

Phew, I finished week four!! I can't believe it! I'm very excited about the progress I've made so far and although I'm actually kinda terrified of running the actual 5K in September, I'm really looking forward to it. Since I fell behind with my training schedule last week due to that nasty cold, I now have 5 weeks left until the 5K and 5 weeks left of training. Honestly, the 5K might be my last official training run. That would be interesting. I don't care how long it takes me to finish, I just want to complete it. And not be last. Here's hoping.

I've learned a lot over these past 4 weeks. The most important thing - I can do this. Each week I fear the bigger interval. Oh my god I have to run 3 minutes straight? I'll die! Wait, you want me to run for 5 whole minutes in a row?! IMPOSSIBLE! But I keep doing it. And I don't die. In fact it's quite the opposite. I feel amazing, stronger, bolder, healthier. My knees are not quite as bad as I thought they were. I've been complaining since I was 9 in youth soccer that I can't do anything athletic due to my terrible knees. Yeah they bug me a bit here and there but during runs, not at all. I've learned not to stare at my stopwatch waiting for the interval to be over. It goes by faster if you don't think about it. I've learned that I actually prefer running in overcast weather. No more excuses there. I've learned that nothing beats a good playlist. I would much rather run outside than on a treadmill. The treadmill makes me dizzy plus nothing beats the great outdoors. The fresh air, sun or rain, the views, there's really nothing like it.

There's also something very cathartic about going out for a run. It's such a great way to clear your head after a long day. I still have a long way to go in my training but I'm loving it so far. I'll let you know if I still feel this way later on when it's Week 5, Day 3 and I have to do my first long run (20 minutes straight!). Yeah, I'm really scared of that one. But let's keep taking it one run at a time. Next up should be tomorrow night, Week 5, Day 1:

Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

It's kind of funny that I look at that and think, oh that's it? Easy!

Wish me luck!!




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The sugar saga continues...

sushi

My stomach is not happy with me these days and I'm trying to fix it. I admit that I haven't been super careful lately with my food choices. I've been letting myself slack off on checking to make absolutely sure that a food is gluten and dairy free. BAD, I know!! But most of all I've been eating way too much processed, sugary goodness. Badness. I have also been drinking too much wine...

I'm trying to take it back to the basics and let my poor belly rest. Today for lunch I went to Whole Foods and walked around for 20 minutes because I couldn't figure out what to eat. I settled on tuna/avocado sushi. I've had this sushi a hundred times before and I have checked the label each time to make sure it's still gluten free. Today I did the same thing and noticed that this sushi has added sugar! Well that's annoying. There is sugar in everything! Apparently it's in the rice, which makes sense because the rice does taste kinda sweet. Oh well, it was still a good, safe, easy lunch and I enjoyed it.

Tonight I'm getting back to my 5K training, last run of week 4. I can't believe I'm almost halfway there! I hope it goes better than the last run which was brutal. I am feeling much better now though. I'll have a recap tomorrow!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Rainy days and nasty colds always get me down.



Last week I had nasty sore throat at the beginning of the week. Thursday I started to feel better so I was pumped for my day at P-Town with the ladies on Friday. We went down there to see Marilyn Maye who is a phenomenal singer in her 80's!! She's a friend of my aunt's who was in town for a couple of weeks so we decided to take the day and go see her show. (Photo: Marilyn on the left, my aunt on the right, my sister hiding behind them) It was great, but the cold came rearing it's ugly head again and I spent most of the night sniffling and snorting and sneezing... gross. The drive home was two wonderful hours of nose blowing. Not long into the drive I realized that I'd left my bag of clothes and makeup in my aunt's hotel room! Bummer. I stayed at my mom's and waited for them to get back from the Cape with my stuff the next day.

Sunday I basically stayed in bed all day. Today I'm back at work, only because I couldn't stand another day of laying around doing nothing. I just got reprimanded by a co-worker for coming in and sharing the wealth. My other co-worker is sitting next to me with the same cold. I think I gave it to my Mom too, my brother, sister and brother-in-law have all had it too. I just hope B doesn't get it because he's traveling this week and that would be miserable for him. He tried to avoid me all weekend! I don't blame him. I did get to see him for a little while but I really do hope he didn't catch it.

Having said all that. I haven't run since last Thursday. That was the calm of the storm when my throat didn't hurt but the rest of the cold was just about to begin. That run was brutal, I barely finished it. Today I'm feeling better but it's pouring rain and I'm still not 100%. I think I'll take another night off and try to get back to it tomorrow. I hope this cold goes away soon!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wooooohooo I DID IT!!



Yesterday I started getting a sore throat and all I wanted to do was go home and eat ice cream to make it feel better. I had almost a full pint of coconut milk chocolate in B's freezer so I stopped by after work for a short visit and to take it home with me. By the time I got home it was 7 o'clock and it had been raining all day. I had not run since Saturday morning so I knew I really needed to get a run in but I really didn't want to. I sat and watched tv for a few minutes with my roommate but the itch to get my run in really started to creep up. Finally I decided to just get out there and do it. I was really nervous about this one, but felt ready to tackle it. I had a little pain my knees and calves still but I knew it would work itself out once I got warmed up. As you can see above, I had to write the intervals on my hand because I didn't think I'd remember them. Up until this point they had been easy to remember but there were too many of them this time. This worked out very well!

I set off for the 5 minute warmup walk, limping a little, but hoping for the best. By the time I was ready to for the first interval I was feeling better. I set off for the 3 minute run and I don't know how, but it was smooth sailing. I didn't even look at my watch and when I finally realized I really should check it, I looked at exactly the 3 minute mark. I felt awesome and was ready to tackle the 5 minute interval after the 90 second walk break. The 5 minute interval went great too! I was on cloud nine, smiling and rocking out to my ipod. Never in my life would I imagine I'd be enjoying a run like this! It was awesome. I finished the whole session without any issues, no cramps, my legs felt strong and I have no pain today. This program really works and I'm loving it!

5 minute warmup
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
2:30 walk
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
3 minute cool down

Total: 29:30
2.15 miles

Monday, August 8, 2011

5K Updates

I have completed the first three weeks of the Couch to 5K training program. I have 6 weeks left of training and the 5K is 7 weeks away. The runs so far have been challenging but not too bad. This week however, looks like it's going to be tough. I'm a little bit (a lot) nervous, but looking forward to seeing what I can do. My legs have held up pretty well up until the last two runs when I started to notice pain in my knees and calves. Not shin splints, just some joint pains and slight muscle tightness. I probably need a new pair of sneakers but that's not in the budget right now. I'm keeping an eye on it though. I need to stretch more, I know that. Here's my running schedule for week four, I'll complete this run 3 times this week:

5 minute brisk walking warmup
3 minute jog
90 second walk
5 minute jog
2:30 minute walk
3 minutes jog
90 second walk
5 minute run
(18.5 minutes total)
walking cooldown

I'm nervous about the 5 minute intervals. I struggled a little bit with the 3 minute intervals last week but that was due to cramps in my side from my food choices. I hope to do better this week and avoid the side stitches. I know that by the 25th I'll be able to finish 3.2 miles, I just have no idea how long it's going to take!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod

Growing up on the south shore of MA, I'm no stranger to the Cape. If you're not from Mass you may not realize that we don't call it Cape Cod up here, we call it "the Cape". That's it. If you say Cape Cod people just look at you funny or automatically assume you're a tourist. My blog title today is from an old Patty Page song that I used to LOVE when I was little, but my favorite version was by Bette Midler. I used to play it on my mom's record player over and over again. I know, I'm aging myself talking about record players...

Last week I spent eight glorious days down in Dennisport at a friend's Cape house. It was complete and utter relaxation mixed in with copious amounts of booze and food. On Saturday afternoon B and I packed up the car and set off down the highway expecting to hit major Cape traffic. Luckily it was smooth sailing all the way down. We stopped just before the bridge to do some food shopping. We were staying with 2 other couples so the plan was to stock up and eat at the house as much as possible to save money. Well over $200 later we rolled out of Stop & Shop with a full cart....



Next stop was the liquor store where I picked up some Redbridge and a bottle of Moscato, currently our favorite wine. Captains and Diet Coke and Twisted Teas for B. Sounds like a lot but hey, we like to party and what better time than vacation?? Plus of course we were going to share.

Our friends B and K had already arrived when we got there and R and L were not far behind. R and L brought their two dogs as well which was a lot of fun. Morgan is a big fan of fetch so B got right down to playing.



The week was filled with nights of this:



And this:



A little of this:


(not my cigarettes, I was the only non-smoker in the group!)

And the days were filled with fun activities. Monday my sister, brother-in-law, niece, brother, and brother's girlfriend all came down. B's sister, two of her friends and all their kids came down as well. We spent the whole day at the beach. It was awesome.

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Wednesday B's Dad, Step-Mom, and Step-Sister came down and all of us went kayaking together. Definitely a highlight of the trip. I absolutely love kayaking. We just forgot to check the tides and the ride back was against the outgoing tide. It was a struggle but we did it!

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Later that night we went out for dinner for L's 30th birthday! It was awesome. They didn't have a GF menu but I got steak and veggies. Delicious!

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Friday was overcast so we just kind of hung out and didn't do much. I took a drive to a GF sandwich shop called Idgy's that I had heard about and picked up some cookies. They were very good (vegan too!).



But all week all I talked about was going to Chatham Fish & Lobster Co. for gluten free fried seafood. Friday night we finally went. I've been waiting for this for a LONG time!! I ordered the Fisherman's platter saying that I'd "share" it with B. He has a few of the clams but I took down the rest. It was awesome.





After dinner it was time for mini golf, where I made a new friend



Saturday was spent cleaning the house, doing laundry and packing up to go home. I was smart and took Monday off so I had all day Sunday and Monday to rest and get ready to go back to work.

I have to send a shoutout to my friends because everyone was so good about making sure I had food to eat and drinks to drink. They kept my meats separate from the gluten filled marinades, cooked them on separate parts of the grill. Everyone was so great about it, I felt safe and healthy (aside from some mild hangovers) all week. We're already planning to go back next year. I can't wait!!

Back to reality

I'm back from the Cape! It was such a great RELAXING vacation. I have a full recap with pics coming soon.

My Couch to 5K training is coming along nicely. I actually ran two days during vaca but then slacked off the rest of the week. I finally got in the first run of week 3 last night. Unfortunately about 8 minutes in it started pouring. I finished strong though and actually found running in the rain pretty fun. I doubt I'd feel the same way in March though. I do love a good summer.

I'm thinking about re-joining the Y. It's much more expensive than my current gym, but they offer so much more. I really want to get back into swimming and also they offer free classes including yoga, pilates and zumba. I need to vary my workouts and my current gym offers NO classes plus it's just over-crowded and annoying.

This post is really boring, but I felt like writing something so here you go. A much better post about vacation is coming as soon as I get the photos uploaded!