Day 1 of marathon training. Ran with ice packs on my back.
Day 1 of marathon training. Ran with ice packs on my back.
Thankfully this week I worked less hours than last week, which enabled me some time to enjoy the outdoors and get running.
Food: Eating wise, I had a very good week, with the exception of a small slice of graduation cake 🙂 My weaknesses are mainly carbs, (bagels, soft pretzels) so my Mom suggested that I slice bagels lengthwise, therefore cutting an entire bagel into four slices. Top it with almond butter and half a banana, low-cal cream cheese (Laughing Cow has a 45-calorie wedge cream cheese spread), etc. I find it keeps me full and doesn’t make me miss eating the whole bagel.
If you’re like me and like to hit snooze a few times before getting out of bed, making time to make a healthy breakfast can prove challenging. Take a small ramekin, spray it lightly with cooking spray and fill it halfway with egg beaters, egg whites, or even a whole egg! Add veggies (chopped peppers, onions, mushrooms) and microwave for 1.5 minutes on high. In the meantime, while that is cooking, place a multigrain English muffin in the toaster (I alternate between multigrain muffins and Ezekiel flax bread). In under 2 minutes you have a healthy breakfast sandwich on the go. Fast, easy and cheap and not like those unhealthy breakfast sandwiches you get at a drive-thru. Oh, and did I mention that the eggs cooked in the ramekin fits perfectly in an English muffin? 🙂
Training: This week is week 3 of training Janice to run her first 5K. She’s doing amazing!! She is now doing a run 2.5 minutes, walk 1 minute and is up to 2 miles. She’s also down almost 8 pounds since we started. We’re doing the Jeff Galloway program, which she downloaded into her iPhone and we train for 3 days per week. On her non-running days she plays basketball with my niece who is looking quite svelte herself since taking some tips from Janice and myself. Look for her guest post early next week here on the blog.
(I surprised her with a pair of running shoes. My niece captured the excitement.)
Running: In between work and other things, I managed to run twice this week: once indoors and once outdoors. I ran/walked 7 miles on Wednesday.
Fastest mile was 8:10, but it was also the first mile. Somebody please smack me for not running negative splits!! I get too excited and tire out in the beginning – not good.
I’ve been “trying” to do Turbo Fire but my lack of coordination makes things worse and I just sit back down. I love the energy I feel when I’m doing it but when she starts adding on moves and moving mega-fast, I lose it. I started Hip Hop Abs instead and I like it.
(Wearing my Sweat Pink Ambassador shoelaces while doing Hip Hop Abs.)
Shaun T is hilarious and makes the workout easy and fun. It’s actually not even my video, it’s my mother’s and she refuses to lend it to me, “Buy your own copy!” haha 🙂 At 60, my mom is fit and works out daily. I’m so proud of her.
Everything else: I colored my hair and it turned out too dark. I don’t completely hate it, but after my gorgeous hair color turned brassy, I had to fix it. It’s about two shades darker but hopefully it’ll lighten up or I’ll be back at the hair salon.
Getting my last run of the week today as my friend is coming to visit and stay with us for the weekend from NYC. Haven’t seen her in 3 years so I’m looking forward to this weekend.
Stay cool, my friends! Summer is officially here 🙂
Tonight, I walked 4.4 miles on the treadmill while watching the movie “Spirit of the Marathon”.
This documentary follows the lives of elite runners, Olympic runners, repeat marathoners as well as first-time marathoners as they run the Chicago Marathon.
It’s truly an inspiring documentary and I’m looking forward to watching the second film, out this week only, and it focuses on the Rome Marathon.
Much to my amazement, this morning I received an email from the founders, Jamie and Alyse, of Fit Approach that I have been chosen as a Sweat Pink™ Ambassador.
So, you may be wondering, “Who are the a Sweat Pink™ Ambassadors?”
According to their website, Sweat Pink Ambassadors are:
* Enthusiastic health nuts who love sweating and eating well, but can also appreciate the finer things in life (chocolate, cheese, wine…)
* Natural leaders. They motivate those around them to achieve their best, and set an example of healthy, positive living. They set up running clubs for their friends, and organize gym dates early in the morning or after work. They get their co-workers to try yoga, and to order fruit instead of donuts for meetings.
* Passionate. Whether they go gaga for green smoothies or tear up the floor every day at Zumba, there’s something about living well that really gets them going, and their enthusiasm is infectious.
*Curious. Always looking out for the latest fitness or foodie craze, eager to learn, connect, share, and discover.
I’m delighted and honored to have been chosen to become a part of this amazing group of leading, inspirational women who make a difference every day.
Two weeks ago, my sister Janice asked me to help train her for a 5K, specifically the Electric Run, which is taking place on Saturday, July 20th here in my city, Philadelphia.
Aside from playing softball in high school, my sister Janice has been a complete couch-a-holic, living quite the sedentary lifestyle. Using a modified Jeff Galloway 5K program, last week I began training her and her best friend Stephanie for the Electric Run. We started each day with a 3-minute slow-to-brisk walk followed by a 1 minute jog/1 minute walk for a total of 25 minutes. It’s a 2.5 mile loop, followed by a 1 mile walk to my house, the starting point.
A 5k run/walk that is as much show as it is run. Electric Run™ is a 5k run, a show, participation art, and celebration of life. Incredibly talented artists and lighting technicians with experience creating beautiful art and light at Coachella, Dreamworks Animations, Disney, and some of Vegas’ hottest shows have come together to create a world that will fill you with wonder.
Doesn’t this look fun?!? My sister and I are already planning our costumes 🙂
It’s Monday morning and my sister has lost a total of 5 lbs!!! I have never seen such glow in her eyes. Her motivation and determination amazes me. We have had thunderstorms here in PA these past few days, including today, so we will take our training indoors on the treadmill.
This month’s issue of Runner’s World Magazine has not only wonderful and helpful articles, but coverage on the tragic events that occurred this past April in Boston. It’s an absolute must-read! In it, there’s a 20-week marathon training program and it has a starting date for those planning to run the Philadelphia Marathon this November (that’s me, eek!!). Training date is July 1st!
I’m currently training for the Disneyland Half Marathon, which will take place in September. I really wish I’d signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare (a 10-K on Saturday, followed by a half marathon on Sunday for a total of 19.3 miles) but when I was registering, I was plagued by doubts in my mind of whether or not I could do it. I listened to my head instead of my heart and missed out on that wonderful opportunity to run the Dumbo on Saturday. Anyway, I’ve been feeling better since visiting the chiropractor and using that foam roller. Is foam rolling supposed to hurt this bad? I feel the pain in my bones when lying on it and rolling my IT Band.
This past weekend, my hospital switched over to a very unfriendly computer charting system that has every nurse stressed to the max. Everyone brought in munchkins, (there must’ve been at least 500 of them!) along with cake, sandwiches, chocolate, candy, etc. It was bad!! After coming home last night, I decided to run on the treadmill. I finished 4.3 miles on a comfortable pace. Started out at 12 mm, 11, and finished with a 10-minute mile pace. If only I did that at races! I tend to start out fast and feel tired half way.
Today, I’m going to do some Turbo Fire and rest since I’m working the rest of the week. Hope you have a wonderful week!!!
Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m scheduled to run the Disneyland Half in September and I’ve not begun training; I have been plagued with aches and pains, lack of motivation and a whole lot of self-doubt.
You see, I have a love/hate relationship with running, as I’m sure most of us are at some point in our lives. I love the way running makes me feel – watching my body evolve into something I didn’t know it could do, the endorphin-rush, inspiring others to get fit! At times, I struggle getting that first foot out of the door. I fill my head with excuses as to why I shouldn’t run today, why I should sit and catch up on TV shows or simply take a nap. Sometimes, it’s that darn Candy Crush Saga that keeps me from running. I’m done with that!
Surely dealing with this IT band issue has a lot to do with delaying the training for the half marathon. I’m afraid that I’m not fully ready to continue training and that it will just exacerbate the problem. I’ve been working with a chiropractor who believes I need to see a physiotherapist for my ITB issues and that I should cease running. I think I’m firing him 🙂
In favor of running, I have been practicing gentle yoga and sneaking in cross-training by gardening. Trust me, that gardening job is no easy task, my whole body is sore!
Question: So, how do you find motivation as a runner? Do you find it helps running with a group or hiring a running coach for accountability?