Ready to document the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.
When I said I wanted 2014 to be MY YEAR, I was serious. And since then, I've eaten a lot of cookies. (Dang Girl Scouts) And I've eaten a lot of ice cream (Dang Ben & Jerry's).
But, I've also been doing a lot of consistent movement.
So here I am to lay this all out for you.
I've been hesitant, because in the past when I've said I had a plan....I then have fallen off the wagon. So I spent the last month (since I've been home from Disney) being consistent to make sure I was committed.
Now, that's not to say I don't have work to do in areas. I do. Especially my eating! But I can only focus on so much at a time.
I've made it known that I want to do 14 races in 2014. I've gotten a few of them done. I have others I'm registered for. But it's not enough for me to just want to finish them. I want to TRAIN for them. I want to cross the finish line knowing I was consistent in my runs, and my cross training.
So I made a goal sheet. And I have it hanging in my kitchen. And each week, I'm prepared to report my progress. I think I'll make it my Monday posts. I'll call them Marathon Monday Training. I'll give you a full re-cap on the prior weeks training and food consumption. I'll be honest and real. I'll let you know what worked, and what didn't.
Why am I doing this?
Because I want a step by step documentation of my journey. Some weeks are going to be stinky. Others are going to rock. But the key is to keep plugging along, and that is what I'm committed to do. What races am I running? You can follow those HERE. (I've already got 3 completed.)
What schedule am I following? One from Jeff Galloway...
I love it because he has me running a full 26 miles just a few weeks before my actual marathon. That means that I was able to sign up for a marathon for a "training run." I couldn't decide between 3 marathons, all within a few weeks of each other. His training schedule allows me to complete 2 of them!
So quickly, I'm going to give you a re-cap of the last month. Normally, my Monday re-caps will be more detailed. But I didn't want to bore you with that many details all at once.
February 25th weight: 210.2 (it was ugly when I came home from Disney World. Very ugly!)
That first week after coming home, I began logging miles.
These images are from Dailymile.com. I am kind of anal and have a few places I'm tracking...for different reasons. I always wear my Garmin watch on my runs. I also track the course and pace on Nike+. I like to earn the badges on there and see my pace improve. But, I don't track my walks or my cross training on either of those. I wanted those 2 to be for running only training.
I use RunMeter to track my walks, and sometimes my runs if I'm needing a little extra boost. You see, RunMeter links to Twitter and Facebook and when a friend leaves a comment or a "like" for you, it reads it to you. It's fun...but I don't use it publicly all the time because I don't want to be THAT person.
DailyMile is a place I can sync all the miles I log in the same place. It allows me to run reports on just runs, or all activities. It gives me my mile totals (days, weeks, or months). It is also where I track the miles I'm putting on my new shoes.
So, long story is...you can find me logging in any of the above mentioned places. :)
Back to training...
Week 2, March 3 -- March 9th:
Week 3, March 10 -- March 16
Week 4, March 17 -- 23rd:
And that brings me to the current week.
The only training run I've missed was March 8th. I opted to spend the day at the running store, buying new shoes.
My weight, one month later is 205.1. Not as good as I'd like...but I can't complain because my eating has not been in check AT ALL.
So over the next month, that is my focus. To watch what I eat. Because I don't want to be doing all this moving for nothing! You can't out-exercise a bad diet...food is ALWAYS the way to lose weight. So more veggies, water, and lean protein. (And less eating out, cookies, and sweets!)
Check back on Monday for this last weeks detailed report on my Marathon Training...