weight lifting

Life is busy, training is good.

It’s been an insanely busy week! Wednesday we went to the Taste of Chicago to see AWOLNATION after work, Thursday I worked all evening, Friday I work a full day, then went to see Red Wanting Blue at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Yesterday, Saturday, I ran, then spent a good portion of my day driving my husband and his car around in an attempt to get a passing emissions test before his plates expire. (Not successful, btw). In the midst of this, I got my act together and did a lot of things really well, and a few things not so well. Let’s start with the good.

At the Taste!

At the Taste!

Wednesday morning, I got up early and went to the gym for a weight lifting session. I spent about 45 minutes there and felt like I got in a really good workout. The best part was being able to increase the weight on two of the leg machines I use. I can really see the progress of my weight lifting, just once a week, and I suddenly have defined muscle in my shoulders, legs, and my stomach is flat for the first time since I was 15! I should take some pics to share. If you’re trying to lose weight, you really need to be lifting weights. The times that I do are the times I see myself getting fit and toned.

Thursday, I was physically just tired. I decided to listen to my body and get more sleep and take it easy that morning. I skipped my 3 mile “hard” run. I felt a little bad about it, but I was really careful all week to stick to my meal plan all week (I even packed salads to bring to the concert!) so I knew that skipping one workout wasn’t going to mean gaining 2 lbs this week, nor would it throw off my marathon training completely. ┬áIt’s didn’t. What really could have thrown off my marathon training was what I did Friday, and what happened Saturday…

Friday, all day, I was craving my favorite candy, Jr. Mints. So I skipped my afternoon snack and had a box of them instead. Not great, but I didn’t give up my entire “diet” either. I had my normal dinner later that evening and a healthy breakfast the next morning. Back to Friday night. The short story is that I went to a concert, had 3 drinks (and the first one was very strong), didn’t get to bed until 2am.

Saturday, I woke up at 6 so I could run at 6:30. It was supposed to thunderstorm, but hadn’t started raining yet so my running group still met for our 10 mile run as planned. As soon as we started it began to rain. It got harder, then lighter, then harder, but never stopped. I ran 10 miles in the (sometimes pouring) rain, on 4 hours of sleep, hungover. It was miserable. At one point (mile 8) I could’ve walked faster than I was “running”. But I never did stop, my times were terrible, the rain messed up my phone (hence the two pictures below – did you know water can “press” buttons on your phone and stop your Run Keeper? Neither did I.), but I kept going. I’d read in Runner’s World magazine just Friday night that it’s good to train tired, hungry, in the rain, the heat, etc. because it forces your body to adapt to non-ideal conditions. I’m curious to see how my runs this week go now.

First half of my 10 miler

First half of my 10 miler

Second half of my 10 miler

Second half of my 10 miler

You can see how, although slow as molasses, I did alright the first 6 miles. I was at least consistent. Miles 7 and 8 were my worst. I think at mile 9 I saw lightening and got my pace back up out of fear fo my life. Technically, my only goals yesterday were to finish, and not get struck by lightening. Check, and check. I win!

Anyone else get a long run in this weekend? In the rain? (Are you sick of the rain as much as I am!?)

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Switching It Up (No, Not My Job)

It’s days like today that I wonder how I ever did it all when I worked full time. Holy cow things were busy! I had to bring my car in to get a nail taken out of one of my tires and a patch applied, I finished the laundry, cleaned the kitchen, took out all the trash in the house,got groceries, made a scrumptious dinner, and even worked for a couple hours. Whew!

The scrumptious dinner was a recipe I made up. Meatloaf marinara, herb roasted red potatoes, and green beans. All this for 434 calories! Yes!

Meatloaf marinara, herb roasted red potatoes, green beans.

Meatloaf marinara, herb roasted red potatoes, green beans.

This morning I had my typical cereal for breakfast and sandwich for lunch. For a snack, I had an Annie’s White Cheddar Single Serving Macaroni and Cheese cup. Even after all that, and subtracting 100 calories for overeating yesterday, I still had enough calories left over (with 4 to spare!) to eat the rest of my flurry from last night. I am full full right now. It’s so satisfying to lose weight at a slower pace. I’m eating more, working out regularly, and getting plenty of sleep. I highly recommend it!

This morning, I got in a good workout at the gym. All week I had been planning on going to the gym today because it was supposed to rain all day. The rain had passed by the time I made it out of the car shop and I could’ve ran outside, but I decided the gym would be a good break from my normal neighborhood run. After a 1/4 mile walking warm up, I ran 2 miles on the treadmill. 3/4 of a mile at 7 mph, then next 1/4 mile at 8 mph. And repeat. It was faster than I would have challenged myself to outside and it was really hard, but I’m glad I did it!

While I was at the gym, I wanted to do a few things that I couldn’t do at home. So after my run I spent 15 minutes on the stair machine. That’s about when I realized how out shape I had gotten in my month or so of slacking. I’ll get there! Next was weights, I did a few leg machines, really focusing on slow movements. A few minutes of abs and my workout was complete. All together, I burned 440 calories (net) in my hour at the gym today. I’m glad I moved my workout indoors today. It was a nice change in routine!

Anyone else move their workout indoors today? How’d it go?