Sunday, September 28, 2014

Running, School and Art

I found a new place to run this week and successfully went 2 nights after work! Monday I took my running clothes to work with me went straight to the park afterwards. If I come home first I am less likely to go run. It was a nice change of scenery too. I ended up running 2.32 miles. 

Tuesday I used the same tactics as Monday and enjoyed a nice run. I ran 3.19 miles. I ran around the loop 3 times instead of the 2 from Monday. I enjoyed the run and felt good afterwards which is what I need. I have a 10K race this coming Saturday so I've got to kick it into gear. 

There was no more running the rest of the week. Wednesday night was church night and Thursday I went with my Mom and MIL to Uptown Art and painted a beautiful picture. It was a lot of fun! I've always enjoyed painting and drawing and this was a great experience. I would highly recommend it if you've never been!

School started this past Thursday. This class is going to be A LOT of work. It's kind of scary. It's going to take up the majority of my free time and there's a lot of writing to turn in each week. It's been so long since I've been in school. I am looking forward to the journey, it's just a little stressful right now. 

So the plan for this week is to run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I have until October 1st to decide if I am going to run the half marathon on Oct. 25th or if I am going to defer it to next year. The race has a 3 1/2 hour time limit and I'm afraid I won't be able to finish in that amount of time so I'm not sure what to do. I'm going to see how my runs go Monday and Tuesday and then make the decision. I want to run it, but I don't want to get to the finish line and it's not there anymore.

Lots going on this week so I'm sure I'll have more to post about.

Monday, September 15, 2014


The first race of the Fall Runathon was on September 6th. It was a 5K race. The race was a little harder than anticipated. There was a 1/2 mile hill that you had to run up and that took a lot out of me. I finished in 39:02. It was about 1 minute faster than the 5K I ran in the spring. I was disappointed in my time though. I was hoping to finish in 37 minutes. There's always next time!

Now I am trying to decide what to do at this point in my journey. When I first started trying to lose weight I used the Sparkpeople app/website to assist me. It keeps track of calories/fat/carbs/protein. It worked as long as I tracked everything and stayed in my parameters. Weight Watchers works too if you follow the guidelines. I'm thinking about going back to Sparkpeople. It's frustrating paying for WW each month and not seeing any results. Granted it's completely my fault that I'm not seeing results, but I think it may be time to switch it up again. I had some success on my own so I know I can do it. This week I am going to track my food in both apps just to see how they compare. Here are today's totals.

I've really got to dig deep within myself and get this figured out. I don't want to continue on this streak of gaining weight. I want to reach a healthy weight. After I track this week I'll see how they compare and if there's not much difference I will probably just use Sparkpeople for a little while and see how it goes. I've got to get out of this slump and move on to better things!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Caution: Big Changes Ahead

Big things are in the works....

I am officially a new student at Indiana Wesleyan University. I've been thinking about going back for awhile, but it's so expensive. Recently my work announced an education reimbursement program so... I am going to go back to school. I can't believe I'm going to be a student again. All of the classes will be online which works well. I took most of the classes for my Associate's online and enjoyed doing it that way. It's going to be an adjustment having to study and write papers again. Prayers are appreciated!

Change #2:

I completed a 6 month Dietbet in August and lost 10% of my starting weight. When you win, the money goes on your account as a credit and you can use it for future games or have it added to your paypal account so I used part of the credit to join another 6 month game. I need a little extra motivation and it worked the last time so hopefully this will yield the same results. 

Exciting things are happening around here...

Monday, September 1, 2014

It's Been Awhile

I'm going to try to blog more in September. I haven't written much lately, but I hope to change that starting now. 

Back at the beginning of August we went on vacation to Florida. It was the first time either of us had been there and we had an amazing time. It was so relaxing and peaceful and we came home refreshed. 

Needless to say I didn't do any running on vacation... That means I got even further behind in my half marathon training. The past couple of weeks I've run a few times, but I'm still not running as much as I need to be.

One of the first times I ran it was super hot out. I actually woke up at 5:30 to run before work, but it was still dark out so I opted to run when I got home. It was a pretty hard run.

Saturday morning I headed out to run 3 miles. I have a 5K race this coming weekend so I needed to prove to myself I could run 3 miles. My legs felt so heavy the whole run, but I stuck it out and finished.

My time was actually really good. The first 5K I ran last year my goal was to finish under 40 minutes. I finished this run in 36:33.

The countdown clock is still ticking away to the half-marathon. Hopefully I'll be ready by then...