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311. The Good, The Bad, and The Awesome

First order of business:  Go check out the Blogger Bake Sale Jessica at Healthy Dairyland is hosting to raise money for the Chrons and Colitis Foundation of America.  You can big on my delicious pretzel rolls and lots of other tasty treats.  The Bake Sale goes until 4pm CST.

Moving right along, on Wednesday I mentioned that I had some really terrible workouts last week.  I didn’t do a good job getting my strength training in, but even more upsetting is the terrible runs I had.

Tuesday I was supposed to run 4 miles, but I only managed to get through 2 before calling it quits because I felt absolutely awful.  I felt slow and sluggish and had some pain to the right of my left hip.  I wanted to keep going, but I had nothing in me.

Thursday I skipped my run all together because I was just feeling miserable.  I couldn’t even convince myself to go for a short run.

Sunday’s long run was a disaster.  I had 8 miles on the training plan, but I decided to run the 9.4 mile loop trail near the boy’s house.  I walked the first half mile to warm up, and by mile 4.5, I was so done.  I ended up calling the boy to pick me up after 5 miles.  I seriously underestimated the intensity of the sun, and the tail I was on is not particularly well shaded at all.  I already get really warm when I’m running, and I may or may not have been on the verge of overheating.  In retrospect, I’m glad I managed to get 5 miles in, but I felt really defeated at the time.

I actually felt like all three of those things were possible.

This week has been a total 360 so far.  I’ve had some of the more amazing runs in my life.  I’ve rocked my strength training.  I’ve felt strong and motivated.  Yesterday I ran, did core work, and did some yoga even though all I wanted to do when I got home from work was park it on the couch.  Tuesday morning, I ran the fastest 3.1 miles of my life!  I have no idea where the sudden speed is coming from, but I’m certainly not complaining about it!

Tuesday, I ran 3.1 miles averaging a 9:25 pace.  Yesterday I rant 2.5 at an average pace of 9:42.  Tuesday I was definitely pushing myself.  It hurt a little, but yesterday I didn’t even realize how fast I was actually moving.  It felt like a perfectly comfortable pace, and I easily could have maintained it for at least another mile.

I don’t really know what changed in the course of two days.  I’m sure it could be one of a million different factors, but either way I’ll take it!  I have a 5K on Saturday.  I was originally planning to take it easy, but given my recent burst of speediness, I’m wondering if maybe there’s a legit 5K PR on the horizon? 

Oh, and one more thing.  I got an email about the 2012 WI Marathon and Half Marathon.  Apparently this year’s cheese medal will double as a bottle opener.  I’m pretty sure the decision to run this race in 2012 has just been made.

298. Fit Friday What?

Remember when I used to do Fit Friday posts?  Oh yeah, me too!  I’ve been trying to put together a post for my run along the Hudson while I was on vacation, but I haven’t had time to sit down and sort through the pictures and decide which ones to use in my post.  I promise I will post that next week.

I’ll even pinky swear it.  (Now you know I’m serious.)

In the meantime, I do owe you all an update on my strength training challenge that ends, well, tomorrow, actually.  (I had to reference my original post for that bit of info which should give you an indication of how well this challenge is went.)

See up there where I said it went well?  Yeah, I was lying.

Actually, it started out really well, and I did a great job while I was on vacation.  I was actually 100% successful on vacation.  It’s when I got home that things fell apart which frankly just seems bass-ackwards to me.   

I’m definitely frustrated with myself here.  (In case all my snark didn’t give that away!)  I’m at a point where I actually feel totally clueless on how to get myself to stop blowing off my strength training.  Every time I find a method that I think is going to work, I do really well for a week or two then I quit all together.

They say the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Well, I guess I’m just a little bit insane because I’m trying this again in the month of September.  Same rules apply with one change: every Friday, I’m going to plan out the next week’s strength training.  I’m not just going to pick the days; I’m going to pick the routines too.  They can still be anything I want, but I must decide in advance.  If I do not post my routine, please get on me about it.

I’ve also better prepared myself to plan my workouts.  I went through my gigantic stack of Women’s Health Magazines (aka the magazine subscription that just won’t end!) and tore out all the workout routines.  I’ve also printed the guides from some of the SparkPeople workouts and copied the recipes from Smart Girls Do Dumbbells.  All of these things are going to be put into a binder (They’re currently in a neatly sorted pile.)  so Sgt. Pepper can’t snack on them.  I’ve also, also started an Evernote notebook devoted to collecting links for online videos and routines.

I’m going to establish a strength training routine if it kills me…and at this rate, it just might.

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