Becoming a Gym Rat

I finally decided to join a gym. I am not sure how I will like it. When I work out, I am not there to impress anyone. I am a mess afterwards…red faced and dripping with sweat. I don’t like to wait to use equipment…I don’t think it’s impatience…well maybe it is. ūüėĀ I am there to workout and then get out. The ones who come with full make-up, have body parts hanging out, and don’t break a sweat have a different agenda…It will be interesting. I just wanted to have a bigger variety of equipment to use in my workout. I love swimming and wanted to add that to my workout so that was the biggest draw to my new gym. Plus I got a fantastic deal!! ūüĎćūüĎćūüĎć

The people watching is fantastic, though. Just today, I was watching a woman on the elliptical wearing a North Face down jacket. I’m not sure if she was wearing it to sweat more or if she was cold….either way, it’s just plain odd. ūüė≥ I do appreciate the individuals who are there to just be healthy. Not because they have to be a size 0 or view themselves as gods gift to the world (aka meathead); they are just trying to better themselves.

I am looking forward to what 2015 has to offer. I am going back to school for my second masters, I have a great job, great kids, supportive family and friends, a wonderful boyfriend, and I am recommitting myself to a healthier me. It’s good to be happy! Cheers~

Xo
So long!

Indianapolis Marathon….

Well, I really have mixed emotions today. Today is the Indianapolis Marathon. The marathon I should be running…instead I am at home. I am pissed that I wasn’t able to run it, but I know it was the smartest thing to do right now. I want to wish everyone who is running today the best of luck! My boyfriend is running in Indy¬†right now…I am so proud of him. I am in awe of his determination! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there with him but I am cheering him on from home. ¬†xo

I changed the title of my blog to Reaching My Goal…I know I have many races I want to enter in my future, but my ultimate goal is to be healthy! So that’s what I will focus on…

So for today…I will try to not beat myself up too much (notice I said too much). I have other goals I am chasing…SMART Goals.

Until Next Time…Good Luck Indy Marathon Racers!!! You Rock!

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.”
-Irish Proverb

Tabata…

Tabata seriously sounds like a yummy Greek dessert. Oh how I wish it was! It is the devil. Seriously! A Tabata drill¬†will literally kick your ass! When my trainer, Lou, first started to talk about it I was clueless! I just nodded as he was talking about his workout or a workout for his other clients. I was thinking…20 seconds on; 10 seconds rest…easy. So I said I wanted to try it. ¬†Holy sh*t I was wrong…dead wrong.

A little history on the devil training program…

Tabata training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.

Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes: one group trained at a moderate intensity level while the other group trained at a high intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes (with 10 seconds of rest in between each set).

The results; group one had increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). Group two showed much more increase in their aerobic system than group one, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

In conclusion, high intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.

So for 4 min, you are doing a balls out, intense, feel like puking workout. BUT….that’s just one round. You usually do a few more rounds focusing on other large muscle groups to complete your workout. For example, the first round I did Air Squats; 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest until I have completed 8 sets. Rest one min… The next round, I did push-ups (started off with standard push-ups but ended with the modified push-up…nothin’ wrong with that!). Again, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest until I have completed 8 sets. Rest one minute…Round 3 was¬†some kind of sit-ups following the same sequence. Rest one minute…Round 4 was Burpees (god damn I hate those), repeat until I have completed 8 sets….then I puke…I mean stretch. ¬†ūüėē

There ya go…I can honestly say, I am sore as hell today but in a good way. ¬†I will definitely add this to my cross-training schedule changing the exercises to vary it…although I may be cursing my trainer as I go ūüėČ

Have any of you tried a Tabata Drill? ¬†What exercises did you do for your routine? My trainer created a Tabata Boxing Drill.¬†I haven’t tried it yet! Kinda scared to…I have a feeling I won’t be able to use my arms the next day!!! ūüė≥

Until next time…so long!

Reward: Chinese Food and Wine…

Wow!!! Holy craptastic that long run was not fun today! Lack of sleep this week from being sick and having a very sick puppy didn’t help much…poor Ozzy…look at him…he looks as pathetic as he was acting.

Poor Oz....

Poor Oz….

Today was my only run all week…so I made it my long, holy crap, run. ¬†The whines all night translates to no sleep so I was slow moving today. (and no, not wines…although I wish! ¬†That will be tonight ūüôā ) ¬†I didn’t start my run until 12:45 PM. ¬†Why the hell do I do that to myself? ¬†I mean seriously, the middle of the afternoon? I was all ready to go…even happy to get out on the forest preserve path today!

Happy Before Run Photo...

Happy Before Run Photo…

Soon after my run started, I began seeing these messages written on the path. ¬†Some were sweet, some were motivating, and some were damn funny…like the one that said “stinky”…well hell, I guess they were spot on with that. ¬†Afterall, I was running in the middle of the afternoon for christ sakes! Stinky was an understatement! I took a couple of pics along the way…they were spaced out about every quarter mile or so around the entire path!

The first of many messages along the path!

The first of many messages along the path!

Why thank you...you too!

The last message of the day…Why thank you…you too!

 

Whoever did this…I thank you! ¬†You Rock! ¬†You made me laugh a couple of times as well as kept me going during my run! ¬†I was glad I did my run today because by tomorrow, it would have been washed away from the rain!

 

 

Like I said, the run was hard, but it’s done. ¬†I think a good reward will be Chinese food for dinner and wine…lots and lots of wine!

 

 

Until next time…so long!

The Path of Laughs…

It was a beautiful night last night. ¬†In the 60’s, the humidity finally dropped to 68% and there was a slight breeze. ¬†Perfect night for a run so I hit the bike path near my house. ¬†It was packed…which translates for me…excellent¬†people watching opportunities!!!!

I am a nickname person. ¬†I tend to give nicknames to people based on who they are/what they do/how they act, etc. ¬†In my neighborhood, I have Party Guy, Rug¬†Lady, and Mr. Know-It-All. ¬†All perfectly nice people, but I gave them¬†the nicknames when I first moved in the neighborhood. ¬†Party Guy is an easy one…he literally has parties 3-5¬†times a week during the warmer months (been to a few over the years too). ¬†I think Rug Lady has a touch of OCD. ¬† She is constantly shaking out her rugs on a daily basis. ¬†I mean seriously…how dirty can they be? ¬†Then we have Mr. Know-It-All. ¬†He isn’t one that feels the need to top you (you know the type). ¬†He is the keeper of all knowledge about everyone. ¬†He knows the comings and goings of the neighborhood! Want to know any gossip, contact Mr. Know-It-All.

So why am I explaining all of this? ¬†On my run last night, the path was packed and holy crap did I run into some interesting people! ¬†First there was Guy Smiley! ¬†He clearly was a runner. ¬†He was about 6′ 4″ and lean. ¬†He had his shirt off and was dripping sweat so it was obvious¬†he was on a long run. ¬†Why did I name him Guy Smiley? ¬†He had the biggest shit eatin’ grin on his face! ¬†Seriously…who is that happy running some serious miles? ¬†Then I came across the Normal Guy. ¬†We actually passed¬†each other two times on the path…coming and going. ¬†He was running with his dog and smiled and gave a little wave each time. ¬†Smelly Guy…I don’t think I need to explain this one…blech! Deodorant works wonders pal!

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The Barbie Jogger

 

Then there was Barbie Runner…you know exactly who I am talking about. ¬†The hair is perfect, the outfit is tight, not a drop of sweat of her…yet she was¬†pretending to be¬†a serious jogger. You are not¬†fooling anyone sweetheart!

 

Cute Couple was¬†out on the trail…wife was jogging while pushing¬†the jogging stroller and¬†hubby was riding his bike next to her giving¬†her encouragement and support. ¬†Good for both of the them! ¬†For her…training for something or just trying to get healthy and for him…being supportive! Rock on! ¬†Probably the funniest person of the night was this older man. ¬†You can tell he was from Europe by the way he was dressed. ¬†He was running in short shorts and this khaki¬†buttoned shirt. ¬†He gave a Joey Tribbiani, “How you doin’?” head nod both times I saw him. ¬†Cracked me up! ¬†The Stoner Couple came out of no where from the wooded area. ¬†I am surprised the girl could even walk. ¬†She was dazed and confused! ¬†Lol! ¬†The sweetest thing I saw was this old couple walking slowly hand in hand. ¬†I hope that is me one day with my baby! ‚̧

Overall, the run was great!  I laughed out loud numerous times, and I felt fantastic for the first time in a couple of weeks.  Made me realize this damn weather is a HUGE problem.  Damn humidity!

This is me before my run…clearly not a Barbie runner! ¬†LOL!

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Until next time…so long!

 

What the Hell?!?

Whose bright idea was this to train for a marathon during the summer? ¬†Apparently, I was just coming out of my winter thaw when I decided it would be easy to train for a marathon during the summer…after all, I’m a teacher, and I wouldn’t be working! ¬†Should be a breeze! Hello?!? Humidity!!! I am living in the wrong state to train in-maybe I can get a summer place in Colorado?!?! (a girl can dream!) ¬† Honestly, it doesn’t matter how cool it is outside as long as it’s humid out, I struggle to breathe. ¬†So waking up at the ass-crack of dawn won’t make a huge difference unless I want to avoid hot temps. Asthma + Humidity = a pissed off me! ¬†Many runs have been derailed because of the humidity…and nothing pisses me off more than a crappy run. ¬†So after another horrible run, I spoke with my trainer, Lou. ¬†He suggested I do the run/walk method for those humid days when I am struggling to breathe…What do you know, it worked!

So before my run, I was trying to figure out how I was going to do this. ¬†I know myself…if I try to look at the time on my phone while I am running, I would fall. There’s no way in hell I could¬†count as I run¬†because I would screw it up (plus I would be bored off my rocker). Then it hit me…I decided I would run while¬†listening to one or two songs then I would walk for a minute to two. ¬†I did this the entire run. ¬†Surprisingly, I still had a decent time, and I wasn’t gasping for air (win/win). ¬†So that is what I will do this summer…it isn’t ideal, but it beats not running at all.

I’m just wondering how others handle the heat and humidity while training in the summer?

Until next time…so long!

Di

My journey to my first marathon….

Long story short (if that is even possible)…In the last 3 years,¬†my life was flipped upside down! ¬†I went from a stay-at-home mom to a divorced mom who works full-time! Can you say STRESS? ¬†I loved yoga but it just wasn’t cutting it! ¬†With all my stress, and lets face it, I was a tad bit angry, I needed to do something else. ¬†I wasn’t finding zen…and I sure as hell wasn’t harnessing my chi just doing yoga. ¬†So I began running. ¬†I was never really a runner….always had a hard time breathing. ¬†I discovered the reason why…asthma! ¬†Who knew! ¬†Once I figured that out, running was a lot easier.

So I ran…and what do you know, I was finally sleeping. ¬†It’s amazing how much better you feel once you have slept! ¬†I know myself…even though it made me feel better, if I don’t have a goal, I tend to give up on things. ¬†So, I signed myself up for a 10k. I started to train for that in July. ¬†I have never run more than a 5k so I didn’t know if I could even do it. I have an amazing trainer!!!¬†Not only did he think I could run the 10k, he believed I could run a half! ¬†I am so grateful he believed in me especially since¬†I didn’t believe in myself! ¬†I trusted his judgement so I said yes. ¬†He created a schedule that was flexible to meet my needs. ¬†He’s awesome!

October 19, 2013: Indianapolis, Indiana. ¬†42¬ļ and raining! ¬†Are you freakin’ kidding me? ¬†We contemplated saying fuck it…but we both trained too hard to turn back now! ¬†A few miles into the race and my IT Band decided to introduce itself to me…holy crap that hurts! ¬†I kept going and finished the race. ¬†Crap ass time, but I finished! ¬†I hobbled back to the car, and I could barely walk for days afterwards…the pain was unbearable but I had a huge ass smile on my face. ¬†Why? ¬†I accomplished a huge and what I thought, an unattainable goal! ¬†I ran a half-marathon! ¬†Wow!

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Fast forward to today…

I think I may have lost my mind…I signed myself up for the Indianapolis Marathon. ¬†October 18th! ¬†Dear God, what the hell have I done? ¬†Lou, my personal trainer,¬†figured out my training schedule…added some strength training and cross-training…bam. ¬†A solid training schedule. ¬†Wish me luck…I may need it! ¬†ūüôā

My grandpa never liked saying goodbye. ¬†He felt that was too final…So he always said so long.

Until next time…so long!

Di

PS-My personal trainer,¬†Lou,¬†is a fantastic trainer/running coach! ¬†If it wasn’t for him, I would have never attempted a half, let alone finish one! ¬†He is also a boxing coach! ¬†How cool is that? ¬†His workouts are killer…seriously!