Thoughts on Streaking – 43 days and counting.

I’ve been so tired.  The last several months, I’ve been working full time and going to school full time, and trying to find the time to train has been the absolute last thing I wanted to make myself do.  I mentioned in my last post that I’d been streaking for 2 weeks already.  Well, Sunday marked my 6 weeks I promised my friend and now I’ve decided to go through the end of the year and see what happens.

(Me on day 42)

With that, here are some of my thoughts:

  1. I am not in better physical shape than I was 6 weeks ago.
  2. My mind craves the run.
  3. Running when sick sucks, but it is just 12-14 minutes, so I can make it through.
  4. Talking friends into doing it with you is the best.
  5. Finding a dog friend to run with you is even better.
  6. I want to run more.
  7. I don’t want to force running more.
  8. I can listen to Miranda Lambert’s Vice on repeat.  3 repeats and I’m done with the run.
  9. The treadmill can okay for just a mile.
  10. I still like cushioned shoes.
  11. A shitty sports bra is still shitty for just a mile.
  12. Night running is fun.
  13. Morning Jenn still can’t be convinced to get out of bed most days.
  14. Running “just” a mile IS worth it.

Has anyone else been streaking?  Any benefits you’ve found that you’d like to add?

Hello. It’s me…

Hi friends!  I think it’s time for me to get back in the blogging wagon.  

What’s new? I decided about 6 weeks ago that running was stupid and I didn’t want to do it anymore.  I joined Planet Fitness and worked out a few times, but knew I had a race coming up that I had to do if I wanted the bling (King Crab Challenge).

I survived the race and a couple days later, one of my girlfriends challenged me to a streak.  She said, “Jenn, you are burnt out, but give it six weeks. Just a mile.” Two weeks later and I already see my mind shifting around running.  It’s just ten minutes (well, closer to 12). I use it as a quick stress break.  On my 10 hour days at work, I use it as my mid-day break and it’s great.  

Just 4 more weeks to go. 

I RAN!!

  
Look!  That’s sweat!  From a run!!

It’s been a month since I last ran.  I took my first conscious break since I started running in 2008.  I’m so glad I took the break.  I needed to want to run again.  As of 2 weeks in, I wanted to run again, but I had promised myself that I would take the entire month off just to give my body and mind the break that I believed I would need after running so much last fall.

And now I can say that I’m back!!  I look forward to many more runs.  🙂

Almost. There.

I can’t wait.  I can’t wait to run.  I can’t wait to have a pint of really good beer.  I can’t wait to not have to worry whether or not there is sugar in anything that I buy.

On Monday, I start running again.  This month off has been great.  I got what I wanted: I want to run again.  In the absence of running, I’ve been lifting a few times a week and made it to a few classes.  I’ve found that I do like StrongLifts.  I plan on keeping up with it for 2 more months and then from there finding some other lifting program to supplement my running.  I look forward to figuring out how it helps my running.

As for Whole30, I’m on day 25.  I feel great!  I’ve gotten into a routine.  I’ve made it through social situations without struggling terribly.  I did have a couple days where I felt super snacky, but I managed to eat compliant things.  We also experienced Snowzilla here in DC and I was able to plan around being home-bound with the guidelines set forth by Whole30.

At this point, I’m trying to decide what to do when I finish.  The first weekend we have the Super Bowl, so I’ll indulge a bit there.  But as awesome as I feel, how do I add in the things I’m missing without completely undoing both how I feel and any weight loss that I may have?  Any ideas?

Whole30, Day 10

I only have to do this 2 more times…

Today is day 10 of my second Whole30 and I’m FINALLY feeling pretty awesome.  This morning wasn’t nearly as bad to get out of bed.  The only thing keeping me there was my furnace of a boyfriend and warm covers, not exhaustion.  YAY!

The last 10 days haven’t been as awful as I was expecting.  I was on a major binge throughout December and following Across the Years, I ate all the things and made sure to drink as much as I could handle since I knew I was giving it up for the next 30 days.  Other bloggers and the Whole30 timeline talk about the hangover the first couple days.  I’m not sure if I have a high tolerance for pain, or their writing just describes really well, but the headache would go away after meals.  I think I’m more exhausted from the planning and carrying all my food back and forth to work each day.

Meal planning has by far been the biggest hassle.  I work in two locations and will stay with my boyfriend a couple nights a week, so I’ve been carrying a day or two’s worth of meals everywhere I go.  I try to keep things simple, but I do get tired of eating the same thing each day as well.  I know in the grand scheme of things it’ll be worth it, but I just like to complain.  Maybe silver lining is my arms are getting a good workout??

Here’s some of what I’ve been eating:

  • Breakfast:
    • Eggs and potatoes (both white and sweet)
  • Lunch and Dinner:
    • Chicken, roasted vegetables, with a jalapeno dip found on the Whole30 Recipes Instagram page
    • Ground beef made like taco meat
    • Salmon salad (w/ homemade mayo; I left my ingredients out overnight and made it using the stick blender.  Definitely easy!)
    • Spaghetti squash with a tomato sauce and ground turkey

I definitely need to work on my pre- and post-workout meals.  I haven’t been consistent with them.  That can be a goal for my next couple days.  🙂

Books, Pie, and Goals

Eventually I’ll get around to writing a fall catch-up post and Across The Years race report, but for now, I know I can get some goals set-up for the new year.

I have two major goals I want to accomplish that have nothing to do with running, but will definitely be a fun experience.

  1. Read 13 non-school related books.  Last year I made the goal to read 26 books and I didn’t do it.  I thought one every two weeks was manageable, but I fell off track in May.  13.  I can do 13. I also found this challenge on Facebook that can help me pick my books:  
  2. Bake one pie per month.  I love pie.  I want to make my pies perfect. By making a pie a month, I’ll be able to practice my pie crust and try different seasonal recipes.  Let me know if you want a piece.   

My running goals right now are zilch.  I really don’t want to run (so much for a running blog, eh?).  I think doing so many marathons this fall burnt me out and I need to figure out how to get some mojo back.  As such, my running goal for January is to not run at all.  Zip. Zilch. Nada. I’m hoping that by the end of the month, I’ll miss running and WANT to go out for a run.

That said, I am going to workout.  I started StrongLifts 5×5 today in an effort to get a more balanced body composition.  It is only five different exercises that is split into two workouts.  You lift 3 times a week.  What I like about it is the workout shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes.  I also plan on trying some different classes at the gym 2-3 times a week (hello Zumba and kickboxing!).

I’m also looking at my food this month.  A couple years ago, I tried the Whole30.  I explain it as a very strict Paleo plan (no grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol or added sugars).  When I did it before, it felt great.  I was eating lots of fruits and vegetables.  I had amazing energy.  I didn’t drink.  I lost weight.  Then it was over.  And I started back on some bad habits.

This time around, I hoping to keep some of the habits that the Whole30 taught me.  I like that it’s 3 meals a day, no snacking.  I like that it emphasizes whole foods and home cooking.  I’m looking forward to having a reason to say that I’m not drinking.  I also just need to stop eating all those treats that people bring into work.

So, those January goals:

  1. No running
  2. Work out 5 times a week: 3 StrongLift workouts, 2-3 classes or cardio.
  3. Whole30: No exceptions. (I know you’re wondering about that pie…I’m making one to give away :))

What about you?  2016 goals?  January goals?

Terrible Me

I am a terrible blogger!  Despite having a plan and being motivated, I lost it right away.  

Let’s see if we can do this again. 

Forgive me?  Here’s a picture of my cats as a consolation prize:  

 
Fall update and plan for the new year is forthcoming!