My stomach lining!!

August 30, 2008

(Get it? Anyone? Teen Girl Squad?)

Week in review:

Two trips to the gym. Both involved some amount of treadmill running (on an incline), strength training (abs, arms, and legs), and failed attempts at swimming. The first time was a result of the pool being closed, the second time was lack of lanes open (that’s my excuse at least…remind me to write an entry on that tomorrow). I also had a couple (really, really lame) early morning, pre-work runs. Nothing to write home about.

I just back from the gym (this would be this week’s trip #2) and boy do I feel good! I love that somewhat-sore-but-not-exactly-painful feeling from a good workout. I’m just disappointed I didn’t get a swim in. I haven’t been going to the gym much recently, I prefer running outside when I can, but since my husband had a work dinner and I had some time to kill before I had to pick up him,  the gym seemed like a great place to spend my time.I don’t know if it’s all the strength training equipment, the other peole there to compete with motivate me, or the workout ambiance, but I always get a great workout at the gym. 

Unfortunately, the last two morning runs were horrible. Running in the morning requires me to get up an hour earlier than normal. That part isn’t so bad. I (usually) don’t mind getting up early. I’m not exclusively an early bird or a night owl, but a weird hybrid of the two that allows me to adapt to whatever my environment requires. But I think a combination of the husband being more of a night owl and me not having a regular sleep/workout schedule makes it hard for me get up an go so early right now. I’ve been experimenting with different workout times (before/after dinner, before work, next week I’ll try during my lunch hour) to see what’s going to work. All of the options have their benefits but none of them sticks out as the best option. I’ll probably continue experimenting for the next week or so, but after that I need at least some semblance of a schedule.


Head for the Hills!

August 23, 2008

So my run last night got pushed off to a run this morning.

I started my day with1/3cup of oatmeal with a big scoop of peanut butter (probably about 3Tbs, I don’t measure) accompanied by a cup of coffee. Yummy! That adequately fueled my run, which turned into some spontaneous hill training. I had intended on taking the trail near my house for a few miles, but then I started thinking (which can never be good). Another of my favorite running routes is along a river. It has beautiful scenary, well marked half mile distances, a convenient location…but no hills. Great to run on, but doesn’t provide a lot of elevation change. While “training” with my friend for a half marathon we never ran, we did afew hill workouts. And they SUCKED. They were incredibly challenging, and left me sore. In other words, they were great for training. Unfortunately, the hills we started on were incredible steep and long, a little much for a hill beginner like me. I’ve like this new trail near my house, because it does have some change in elevation. When I got to the trail and ran up the first hill, I realized that my pace slowed down significantly. And that it just unacceptable.

So I went down the hill, and went up it again…well, more accurately I charged up it. I attacked it. And then I did it again. And again and again…again 9 times. It was a fairly short hill, and a did take jogging breaks after the 3rd and 6th time I charged the hill. Then I ran back home.

Run summary:

time: 33:55 (yes, with one second of my last run)

distance: again, unknown, but it did include 9 hills along with some flat, sustained running

average heartrate: 167

Arm workout: 2 x (12 push-ups, 15 arm raises with jelly jar, 3 x 10 arm lifts) + 11 arm lifts ( the extra 11 because I wanted125 arm repetitions :-P)

Now it is time for me to do a little post run fueling. I’m thinking tuna…


Getting a feel for things

August 22, 2008

All right, so here we have my first *real* post. I’m still figuring out how I want to organize things (do want to log all my meals? brief synopsis of workout plan at the beginning of the week? track calories?).

I’ll start off by reporting my run yesterday:

time: 33:56

distance: unknown because it was unmarked trail (somewhere between 3.0-3.5mi, I can run a pretty consistent 10 min. mile, though I had gotten down to about 9 minutes, but this was a pretty hilly run)

average heartrate: 171

I also did some ab work: 2 x ( 25 sit-ups, 20 side sit-ups, 10s side plank, 10 plank dips (per side), 15 leg lifts to work lower abs ). It felt good.

I ate a whole lot yesterday at a picnic, which I thought would affect my running negatively, but I had tons of energy on my run and didn’t feel sluggish at all! I attacked all the hills, and didn’t stop to walk at all. This makes me think when I run in the evenings I should beef up my lunch quite a bit and minimize dinner.

On tap for tonight: another run followed by some arm work. Enjoy your day!


Hello world!

August 16, 2008

So here we have it. The obligatory introductory post. This is where I bare my soul to the world, telling you who I am and why I’m here. I’ll try not to bore you.

Well, I’m mostly doing this for myself. I’m a 23 year old, recently married, software engineer. I enjoy running and nutrition so I read a lot of fitness and food blogs. I have a hard time seeing myself accurately (I never know if I’m eating too much or too little, training too hard or not enough), so I thought if I posted my food and training I’d be able to develop a more accurate self image.

Unlike a lot of other blogs, I’ve never been overweight and I don’t plan on having a career in nutrition. I’m not a personal trainer, chef, or model. I’ve never had an eating disorder (Though I have had some disordered eating, but I think most women have that in their past. It’s sort of a rite of passage.). I’m not vegetarian, pescatariation, or vegan. I’m not training for the Olympics, trying to lose weight, or looking to change careers. And I’ve never painted daises on a big red rubber ball (but that does sound like fun).

I’m just this girl who likes to program and wants to be healthy.

Post-wedding crash
Post-wedding crash