As the year draws to a close, I thought I would look back at my year in fitness. I logged a total of 1,454 miles in 2011. I ran 1,153 of those miles. The rest were spent on my bike. Since I started tracking my workouts in May 2010, I have logged 2,130 miles. 98% of which were just me and the road. Pounding it out.
Some of the miles were awful.
Some of the miles were painful.
Some of the miles were euphoric.
Some of the miles were cathartic.
All of the miles were worth it.
I was supposed to do a 6 mile tempo run today. However, I am on antibiotics for a UTI and really wasn’t feeling it. I did two loops around my neighborhood, just in case I needed a pitstop. My legs felt heavy and my breathing wasn’t as controlled as normal. I can’t believe I have a 10k in three days. I don’t think I’ll be getting a PR in this one…
4.07 miles in 43:06. Average pace 10:34.
I just went to the doctor, and was relieved when they didn’t weigh me.
Problem? Yes, I think so.
My husband hooked up my new Garmin 10 speed and cadence meter to my bike. I figured out how to pair it with my Forerunner watch and off I went. I stopped after 2 miles to get a drink of water, forgetting that my wireless ANT was still plugged into the computer. I got too close and it sent my data. So the first part of my ride was 2.01 miles in 8:01. Average speed 15.7.
I finished up with my longest ride to date.
25.10 in 1:32:02. Average speed 16.4.
I wish I could ride that fast outside. Baby steps.
Started out my workout with a quick 2 mile run around the block. I haven’t been feeling that great the past few days. I wonder if it has anything to do with all the crap I’ve eaten lately? ;)
I kept it close to home, just to be safe.
2.01 miles in 21:19. Average pace 10:36.
I just queued up another weeks worth of Pilates mat work. We are almost halfway through the series. There are 34 poses in total. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy creating and sharing these posts. I hope they inspire a few people to give Pilates a try.
“Took this love and I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down
Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
And can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Oh oh I don’t know, oh I don’t know
Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older I’m getting older too
Yes I’m getting older too, so
I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I, I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too oh yes”
Going through a tough time right now. This song stirs up a lot of emotions.
What do you do once you’ve climbed the mountain? Do you continue to evolve and change, or do you keep looking behind you?
I hit the pavement with the intention of running 6 miles today.
Just past 2 miles, I had an unexpected rendezvous with Mr. Smits.
In a field.
I hate that guy.
You can see our meeting spot, just past mile 2.
Needless to say, I cut the run short, and walked the last mile.
At least I’m getting more efficient. The first time we had a date, I had to wash my shoes when I got home.
I’ve tried to love pilates because so many say its good for u, but I just can’t seem to. Any tips for beginners?
Pilates can seem a little intimidating at first. There are a lot of positions to learn, with proper technique, in the proper order. It can also be quite painful in the beginning.
My suggestion would be to start with a shorter, less intense sequence to begin with. Once you become stronger and more comfortable with the moves you can add more into your routine.
The great thing about pilates is that it emphasizes quality over quantity. There are fewer reps, which makes the workout go faster. I would suggest maybe starting with just an abdominal series. Do these moves in the following order, with 3-5 reps to begin with.
1. The roll-up
2. Single leg stretch
3. Double leg stretch
4. Single straight leg stretch
5. Double leg stretch
Just remember, it’s easier to stay motivated if you’re doing exercises that you like. If you don’t get into Pilates, that’s ok. Find something that works for you! Good luck :)
My watch is the Garmin Forerunner 610. It is a GPS watch that records distance, time, pace, calories burned, and elevation. You can view all of your stats online after your run, complete with graphs and maps. I love it! I also have a footpod that pairs with the watch, so I can record distance and time while on the treadmill.
I got my watch at the Running Room, which I believe is only in Minnesota and Canada. You can get them at most speciality running stores and big sporting goods stores like R.E.I. You can also purchase it online at www.garmin.com