Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Getting back into the groove

Where have I been? Skiing, hanging out with this bunch of cuties, celebrating birthdays, working, & occasionally running. Yesterday was my first solo trip to the mountain with the boys, & we all survived! Just one minor encounter with the ski patrol when Nick got lost. Let me tell you, skiing with two kiddos, & all of us being at different ski levels (& more importantly - speed!) is no small feat. And, one of those mini skiers can't read, so trail signs are of no use. Anyway, we had a great day at the mountain, & I felt like a super hero mom.

Ski season is winding down, & I have a bunch of races on the horizon, so time to get serious & get back into a regular running groove! I know what this means, & I've been putting it off. . .it means finally motivating myself to consistently run at 5:00 am. Oh boy, this should be interesting. I've been trying to do this for a year, but the time has come. With Michael's travel schedule, it's either 5:00 am or never on most days.

What I really need to do is fix my running location, because currently our treadmill is in the basement, facing a wall. If you enjoy feeling like you're in prison, this is definitely the place to be! I can run outside in the mornings as long as Michael isn't traveling (about half the time), but I need to make the treadmill running more enjoyable. We're thinking of hooking up a DVD player, or something. More on that.

I've also gained six pounds, & while I'd love to tell you that it's all muscle. . . I'm pretty sure it's not. I had to film a video for work, & seeing the footage was a cold, hard reality check. I've actually been getting quite a bit of exercise, so given that I'm still gaining weight - that should be a solid indicator of how much I'm eating. Gulp.

Recap from last week:
  • Monday - Rest day. Ran 11 miles on Saturday & skied all day on Sunday.
  • Tuesday - Ran 2 miles on the treadmill. All I had time for.
  • Wednesday- 45 minutes of cross training (elliptical) + weights
  • Thursday - Ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill. Because I was that lazy at 5:00 am.
  • Friday - Ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I know, I know, such improvement! :-)
  • Saturday - We were supposed to ski with a bunch of family for Sam's 7th birthday, but it was pouring buckets at the mountain. So, we went bowling & drank beer. And then followed that up with a movie + wine. Obviously, it was a stellar workout day.
  • Sunday - 60 minutes of cross training + weights. Could have run at the gym, didn't. Have a cold, feel like dog doo.
So, there you have it! I did three runs, for a grand total of 7.5 whopping miles. My goal for the week was 22. And, I did two cross training workouts. Holy smokes! I have a half marathon coming up in three weeks, so it's time to get really serious.

Here's my plan for this week:
  • Monday - The boys had the day off, so we went skiing. We skied 15 runs (that's a ton with kids!), so I got in quite a bit of exercise. 
  • Tuesday - 5 mile run at lunch + arms. Pilates tonight.
  • Wednesday - 4 mile run at 5:00 am.
  • Thursday - 60 minutes of cross training at lunch. Yoga in the evening.
  • Friday - At the beach! Taking a long weekend as the boys are on mid-winter break. I love running at the beach ! 6 mile run.
  • Saturday - Long run for my half in a few weeks. 12 miler.
  • Sunday - Rest day.
How do you get back into the groove with eating well and working out consistently? I'm going to lower my calorie goal on My Fitness Pal & get more serious with recording each food item. I've been lazy lately & just adding big bunches of calories at once (i.e. Lunch - 600 calories) & I'm clearly underestimating, according to the scale. :-)

Also, if you're on My Fitness Pal, & would like to connect, please let me know!


  1. I agree that it can be hard to break habits. You can do it, and you know you can, but it is amazing how easy it is to just do what you did yesterday.

    Rooting for you!

    Last March I used Weight Watchers online and that helped. I also signed up for races, bought a book with training schedules and wrote down what I was going to do each day (where/how/what time, etc.)on a white board hung in the kitchen. It was easier to stick to when I could see it.

    Rock on for taking the kids skiing!


    1. Love that idea! I print out my training plan & highlight each run as I finish it. I also track all of my runs in my calendar.

  2. Whenever I get out of my fitness routine I schedule workouts into my day so that I have the time set aside. I also force myself to eat loads of fruits and veggies in the morning to set the tone for the day.

    1. I think working out in the morning will really help. Like you said - it gets you in the right groove & sets the tone.