Half marathon season started off slowly but I think I am making strides with my goals. I am on week three of training. I may have resorted to the treadmill quite a bit but I have been able to get all my mileage in one way or another.
This past weekend called for snow and lots of it. I had an 8 miler but the flu bug hit the same time as the snow storm. I spent all weekend in bed, literally. I have never felt so lazy. However, I think it did both my mind and body good to rest because Monday night I slapped on my running shoes and hit the snowy roads of Shawnee to get in that 8 miles. I have never ran in the snow (weird, I know!) but I quickly found out only the streets were cleared and I had to resort to the roads but then rush hour hit and I was forced to drudge through the snowy sidewalks. I tried to pretend it was sand and I was finally on the beaches of Hawaii (15 days!) After that it wasn’t half bad. The trees were glittered with snow and it was almost like running in a Winter Wonderland snowglobe. It was both beautiful and a challenge. I dressed appropriately which definitely helped. I wore long smartwool socks with my Adidas shoes, long tights (socks went over bottom of tights), sports bra, two long warm shirts and a jacket. I then had a Buff cap with an infinity ear warmer. This probably looked ridiculous but I said “F” it as I was exiting my house into the tundra.
I also judged sunset wrong and by the end the temperature was dropping and doubled with the snow it was becoming a bit dangerous. I finished at 7.6 miles and picked up the pup to finish it out. When your speed decreases so does the temperature (or so it feels!!). I jumped into a hot shower and called it good. My speed was decreased due to the snow obstacles but it definitely worked some muscles I was not use to working.
With Hawaii in 15 days and I Bare shoot coming up I decided I need to get my booty on track. I can gain and lose weight pretty easily. With all the holiday treats I had packed on a lot of bloat. I was weighing 143 at the beginning of the month. I took some initial water weight off within a few days and then my goal was two pounds a week. I hit my 138 goal and now I am down to my second goal of 136. My next goal is for next week and that is 134. I think by Hawaii I want to sit around 132 which is pretty much my end all goal. I have seen my body at 128 in 2013 and I was a bit on the too skinny side for my body. Every body is so different. For me I have running goals to smash and being lighter and building these leggies is what it is all about. In the end weight really doesn’t matter. I just know what I feel good at when I run and I am almost to that weight.
Which brings me to a speed workout I have been playing around with. In past training I never did work or play with speed, I just ran. This time around I am going to try to be more disciplined. This 3 mile workout is tough but so rewarding when finished.
You can adjust this to your own speed levels. It is a calorie torcher no matter how you run it.
So how have I been shredding weight and smashing my workouts? It comes down to lots of variables.
- Limiting my alcohol (a small glass with dinner)
- .5-1 gallon of water a day
- Taking my Care/of vitamins which consist of: Probiotic Blend, B Complex, Digestive Enzymes, Veggie Omega, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, and Astaxanthin
- Drinking a spoonful of Amazing Greens every morning (I mix it in with water and take my vitamins with this.)
- Counting calories (I am eating around 2,000 calories a day. Reducing too many calories will not allow you to lose weight! I repeat, don’t restrict too many calories, especially if you are working out! I am eating by the 80/20 rule and making sure I fuel my body for my workouts.)
- Working out in the morning before I eat (fasted cardio)
What works for me may not work for you but it comes down to moving your body, eating healthy, and being happy.