Sunday, February 27, 2011

Week in Recap

This week was nuts with lots of fun stuff, as well as obligations/not-so-fun stuff. Here it is in review:

MONDAY- I spent Monday lounging around the apartment and finally found the energy to get my running gear on and head to the gym. I intended to do three miles, but I felt awesome, so I challenged myself to run more and wound up doing six. Also propelling me to run six miles were the two women on each side of me that were running longer distances. The competitiveness in me made me stay on the treadmill until they were almost finished. I know, I'm strange.

TUESDAY- Work, work, and more work. No exercise.

WEDNESDAY- Work and school. I had coffee with my friend Christina and she surprised me with an amazing gift. She gave me a banana saver! I'm sooo thrilled. It totally made my day :) I went out and bought a big bunch of bananas yesterday so I can use it this week. On Wednesday night I got to see Georgette! She came into town for a meeting on the Hill and she stayed with me and Ryan. We ate Thai food from Bangkok 54 and spent lots of time chatting. It was amazing to catch up with such a good friend!

THURSDAY- Work, work, and more work. No exercise.

FRIDAY- I had a super busy day at work. I also spent lots of time freaking out over the focus groups I intended to hold on Saturday. The focus groups are part of my culminating project for graduate school. I am testing communication material's that GW's Center for Alcohol and Drug Education created to encourage students to party more responsibly. To entice women in sororities to attend my focus groups, I offered them free food. As a result, Ryan and I spent a portion of our Friday evening in Costco picking up things that I thought college girls might like. We also watched Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. Terrible, terrible movie. What was even worse: It was 2 hours and 27 minutes long.

SATURDAY- I woke up at 6:15 and ran six miles on the treadmill. I didn't feel as strong as I did on Monday (probably owing to the fact that I didn't exercise all week), but I got through it in 50 minutes. After running, Ryan and I got ready for my focus groups (he was my note taker for the first session!). We picked up a few more snacks at Harris Teeter and headed over to GW. Of course, as we were pulling up I got an email from one of the girls cancelling. Wonderful. Two girls showed up for my first focus group and two showed up for my second. Not ideal, but I do think I got some good info. The bad news: I will probably need to conduct two more next weekend and will have to offer a bigger incentive for the girls to show up. Saturday night Ryan and I had dinn with Brenna and Jake. We went to Tandoori Night and it was deeelicious! I had some sort of cheese dish, samosas, naan. I also had some sort of margarita martini which was awesome. I stuck to two cocktails and called it a night.

SUNDAY- Ryan and I slept in this morning... until 9:45! That's late! After some coffee, apples and peanut butter, I set off on an "easy run" outside. Wow, my neighborhood is hilly! While my treadmill runs have been strong, this outside run was not. I worked super hard to get through a little over three miles. I clearly need to: 1) run outside more often, 2) do hills more often, 3) simply run more often. To be honest, I was getting a little cocky from my treadmill runs, but my run outside today definitely brought me back to earth. I have a lot of work to do before my 10-miler!

EXERCISE RECAP

Week: 2/21-2/27
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
Planned
3 miles
Cardio or weights
3 miles
Boot camp or cardio
Rest
Weights &  6 miles
Yoga or rest
Actual
6 miles treadmill
(50 min)
Nothing
Nothing
Nothing
Nothing
6 miles
treadmill
(50 min)
32 minutes run outside (~3.2 miles of Zumba)


NEXT WEEK



Week: 2/28
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
Planned
Rest
Run Outside 3-5 miles
Elliptical &
PowerFlex
Zumba
Rest
7 miles
Easy Run
Actual
We shall see..
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ten-Miler Training Schedule: Week Three Recap

Hello there!

Although the week started off slow in terms of exercise, on Wednesday I got my butt in gear and finished the week strong. I was really happy with both runs this week; I felt really strong and at the end of each one I was confident that I could go one two miles longer. Coming off of this week, I'm determined to get one or two more days of running in each week. I would like to be prepared as possible for the 10-mile race in April so that I can run the whole way (and maybe at a nine or sub-nine minute mile!)



Week: 2/14- 2/20
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
Planned
3 miles
Cardio or weights
3 miles
Boot camp or cardio
Rest
Weights &  5 miles
Yoga or rest
Actual
Nothing
Nothing
5 miles @ 45:00 and 
PowerFlex
Zumba
Walked 1.5 hours outside
5 miles @ 43:00

2 hours of Zumba (to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation)


A big congrats goes out to Amy who ran the GW Birthday Classic 10k yesterday! She had an awesome time, which is truly commendable considering we had some crazy wind here! She felt so good afterward, that she signed up for a half marathon! And, she may even be able to twist my arm to join her :) We'll have to see how the next few weeks of training go.

In other news, Ryan and I went out last night to Brasserie Beck, a Belgian restaurant in DC. We had a really nice time and the food was delicious. Ryan had filet and I had mussels and fries. The fries were seriously the best I've ever had. However, a few hours after dinner I was hugging the toilet bowl. I threw up about five times into the early morning. Thankfully I'm feeling much better today, but last night was not fun, or pretty. This has happened to me before after eating mussels and I hate to say it, but I think I'm probably allergic to them. No more mussels for this girl!

Today has been full of the typical weekend odds and ends like Costco, a short nap, exercise, etc. I think we'll get some grad school work done tonight and perhaps watch a movie. We both have tomorrow off from work and I don't have my 6-9pm class, so I'm hoping to get a run in and take PowerFlex -something I don't normally get to do on Mondays!

Enjoy your evenings!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday Night Exercise Extravaganza

If I told you what I binged on today, you wouldn't believe me. Let's just say it wasn't pretty.

Feeling guilty over the fact that I've had more cupcakes in the past four days than a person should be legally allowed to eat, and the fact that I haven't worked out since Saturday, I dragged my butt to the gym tonight for a serious workout.

I started by running on the treadmill. I was technically supposed to run four miles tonight, but I was feeling really good, so I ran five. Here's how I did it:

Mile 1- 6.5mph
Mile 2- 6.6 mph
Mile 3- 6.7 mph
Mile 4- 6.8 mph
Mile 5- 6.8-7.2 mph

Once I got off the treadmill, I debated about going to PowerFlex. Since I haven't lifted since Saturday, I thought it best to just take the class and not have to think about weights again until this weekend. I'm so glad I did. The class was taught by a teacher I've never had before and I really liked her. She was tough!

Instead of taking the bus home, I walked the 15 minutes from the gym to my apartment. Right now my legs are seriously shaking, but I feel great. I can't say my guilt over those cupcakes is completely gone, but tonight's workout definitely took the edge off of it!

Enjoy the rest of your nights!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Meet Gilligan!

Tonight I've found myself with something that I haven't had a lot of lately: free time! Ryan and I skipped the gym tonight in order to come home, eat dinner, do some homework and just relax.

With a little bit of free time on my hands, I'm able to do something I've been wanting to do for a while now- introduce you to Gilligan, the cutest cat in the world. Below are five little-known things about Gilly.

1. He loves to eat toilet paper. Gilligan loves to even knows how to unroll it so that he can pull off a few squares to munch on.

2. One of his favorite places to hide is the bathtub...even if we've just gotten out of the shower and it's all wet.


3. If he could have a profession, he would be a hair stylist. Like clockwork, every morning at 5:30 he jumps on my head and attempts to eat my hair. I've taken to wearing hooded sweatshirts to bed. He also prefers playing with my hair elastics and headbands to his cat toys.


4. His other favorite place to hide is the fridge. Any time I open the fridge and Gilly's around, he hops on in. This became a problem when Ryan and I accidently locked him in there for 45 minutes when we were moving apartments. We couldn't find him when we got home and only located him by his little meows coming from the kitchen. 

5. He's intrigued by gravity. Gilligan loves to knock things off of high surfaces and watch them fall. He has broken every water glass we own and we've come home to find dozens of broken beer bottles on the kitchen floor that we intended to recycle. We no longer use breakable glasses and Gilligan can't be unsupervised around full drinks. 


A few more things Gilly adores: Any type of bean, tuna, and playing in the bed when we're changing the sheets. He simply is the sweetest little guy and truly makes me happy every day!



Sunday, February 13, 2011

One Day Weekend

Good morning!

I'm up bright and early today because I have to attend the Association of Maternal & Child Health conference for work. While I think the conference will be interesting, it's hard only having a one day weekend! I had to fit everything I wanted to do this weekend in one day.

Yesterday, I got up to meet Amy for our first run together in 2011. I love running with Amy because we get to gossip, which makes the time and miles go by soooo much faster :) The run yesterday was tough, though. I haven't been running outside at all and Amy described it best when she said  " it's like a whole other animal." Starting out on the run, I was struggling; the cold made my lungs burn and I felt out of breath for about half of the miles we covered (we did four). Lessons learned: 1) I need to start running outside STAT, 2) I need to buy myself some cold weather running gear because even though spring is starting to peak through, morning runs are COLD!

Here is the summary of this week's workouts. Depending what time I get home from the conference tonight, I may fit a short run in. I'm realizing that I need to be running more than just twice a week!

Week: 2/7-2/13
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
Planned
3 miles
Cardio or weights
2 miles
Boot camp or cardio
Rest
Weights &  4 miles
Yoga or rest
Actual
Nothing
Weights
4 miles @ 35:00
Zumba
Rest
4 miles and weights
TBD


For those of you plan on having a lazy Sunday, enjoy!

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday Night Run and The Social Network

Last night I had a really good run. All day, I was antsy to get on the treadmill. It was one of those rare days where I actually felt like running! Here was how I ran my four miles:

Minute 0-5: 4.00
Minute 5-10: 6.5
Minute 10-15: 6.6
Minute 15-20: 6.7
Minute 20-25: 6.8
Minute 25-30: 6.9
Minute 30-35: 7.0
Minute 35-40: 7.1

Now, I have to give credit to the author of a blog called Carrots 'N' Cake for the inspiration to do my run this way). Yesterday, the author of the blog ran 8 miles on the treadmill and increased the speed every five minutes. Props to her for running so far on a treadmill! I would probably wan to die. I would definitely recommend you check out Carrots 'N' Cake- it's my new favorite blog and I find the posts inspirational for my own workouts (clearly).  Did I mention the author also has a pug?! 

After I got home last night, Ryan and I watched The Social Network. Both of us really liked it! I thought Jesse Eisenberg was amazing in the role of Mark Zuckerberg. Do you remember when you signed up for The Facebook? I remember where I was and who I was with! I was an early adapter, which is actually kind of surprising for me. 

Ryan and I headed to bed early last night because we were supposed to get up this morning to lift weights together. However, low and behold, when the alarm when off at 5:30, I did not get out of bed. Ryan did though! Now I might ordinarily feel guilty about this, but I don't because I have a hot date with Brenna tonight to do zumba! 

Enjoy your Thursdays! 

Monday, February 7, 2011

10-Miler Training: Week One Recap

Good morning! 
I am now in week two of my training for the GW Parkway Classic 10-Miler.
Here is a recap on how I did last week in terms of training.

Week: 1/31-2/6
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
Planned
3 miles
Cardio or weights
2 miles
Boot camp or cardio
Rest
Weights &  4 miles
Yoga or rest
Actual
Nothing
Weights
Hot yoga
2 miles @ 15:50
and weights
Rest
4 miles @ 32:00
and weights
Hot yoga


As you can see, I didn’t completely stick with the schedule. I got a lot of exercise in, but I did a bit less running than planned.
I've also realized that Monday’s are just a bit too crazy to run 3 miles in the morning. On Mondays, I have to be at work at 8am, I am in class from 6-9pm and I don’t get home until around 9:45pm. Thus, getting out of bed to run 3 miles at 5 something in the morning is asking a little much.  The fix: I’ve switched my rest day to Monday and will do my slow three milers on a different day.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Meet My Friend Nneka!

Please allow me to introduce you to my friend Nneka. Nneka is one of Ryan's closest friends from Princeton. The minute I met her almost three years ago, I immediately liked her. She is bubbly, smart, forthcoming and genuine; perfect attributes for a televsion personality don't you think? :)

Nneka is a reporter for a television station in Rhode Island. After I met her, I found out that my parents watch her every night on the news; what a small world! Now when Ryan and I visit my parents in RI, we often get to see Nneka. In fact, she joined us for Christmas Eve this year and we had a fabulous time.

If you want to learn more about Nneka, check out her website below. She's beautiful (and talented) don't you think?!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Diet Edits

The last few days I have been pretty introspective about the way I drink (see my "Saturday Night" post), the way I exercise and the way I eat. I'm happy to say that although my schedule has been crazier than it ever has been, I've been able to fit in workouts that have been pretty satisfying; Tuesday night I lifted weights with Ryan, Wednesday night I practiced hot yoga with Amy and last night I ran a quick two miles on the treadmill (15:50) and did some more weights. Tonight I rested, as I'm gearing up for 4 miles on the treadmill tomorrow, followed by PowerFlex. Admittedly, I am not working out as hard as I was before my wedding, however, I'm okay with that. The point is, I'm still doing it almost daily and that's what matters to me right now.

While I feel like I have the drinking and exercise piece settled, I've been feeling restless regarding my diet. Since my wedding, I've let myself wander slowly, but surely back into the world of carbohydrates. Part of me really wants to allow this to happen and to let the daily indulgence of bread and grains become a norm. The other part of me is pushing back and saying no to these things and begging me to replace the english muffins with fruit, the buttered toast with plain yogurt, the pasta with veggies. I'm so confused about eating that I even ordered a vegetarian starter kit from PETA today. All I want is to get back to good with food, to feel positive about what I'm putting into my body, to get into a routine and to stop wondering if I'm doing the right thing for myself. 

With food and diet still on my mind, I curled up with a book I bought Ryan for his birthday called, "The New Evolution Diet." It was a book I knew would appeal to Ryan because it discussed intermittent fasting, but it also caught my attention. In a sentence, the book is about eating and exercising the way early humans did. What this boils down to is creating a diet that is based on vegetables, meats, seafood, fruits, nuts, good oils and spices. The author Arthur De Vany is admantantly against eating grain-based foods because he feels that our society overly depends on carbs and simple sugars for sustenance, which contribute to the current obesity crisis. After reading several chapters of the book, I felt as though the author was describing and defending the diet that I put myself on before my wedding, which I had always described to others as a modified South Beach. The book also made me feel both settled and invigorated. Settled because I feel sure I need to reinstate the way I was eating before the wedding and invigorated because I'm ready to feel the way I did several months ago when my diet consisted of mainly fruits, veggies, meats and low-fat dairy: lean and just simply healthy inside and out. (By the way, Dr. De Vany does not approve of eating dairy, but I simply don't think I could live without it).

So with that, I'm heading to revise my grocery list. I will be adding more fruits and veggies and striking out the bread that made its way to the very top of the list. After that, it's bedtime- lots to do this weekend.

Goodnight! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Fun Theory

Today in class, my professor showed us the following two videos on "The Fun Theory." Not only did the videos make me smile, but they generated a lot of good discussion as well. Check them out!



If we made things like exercise or eating veggies fun, would more people lift weights or eat brocolli? Is making things "fun" a long-term and viable solution to some of our most pressing health problems? What do you guys think?

 


Saturday Night...

Although it’s Wednesday, I still want to discuss Saturday night. I'm going to be honest and say this one was hard to write...
Ryan and I met up with some friends at Spider Kelly’s, a bar in Clarendon. We had a few drinks there and then took the party to Clarendon Ballroom next door. We had a blast at both places- we were surrounded by many of our favorite people in the world, laughed a lot and danced a ton. However, here’s where the not so fun part comes in. At some point later in the night, I hit a wall (figuratively). All of the cocktails caught up with me and I don’t really remember leaving the bar or getting home. The next morning I was hit by a huge hangover and I literally spent most of the day recovering in bed.
Not only did I feel physically terrible on Sunday, but I felt like crap mentally as well. I was truly scared by fact that I couldn’t remember part of Saturday night. Did I say something mean? Did I pick a fight? Did I do something embarrassing, like fall down or spill a drink? Did I get sick? All of these questions were running through my mind on Sunday and made me feel even sicker than I already did. Also on my mind was the fact that I knew I was having a good time until I stopped remembering. What a shame that I couldn’t remember parts of a great evening!  Because I’m married now and I don’t want to miss a moment with my husband, because I’m getting older and maturing,  and because I’m placing a bigger emphasis on my health and wellness, I absolutely, positively  never want to feel the way I felt on Sunday morning ever again.
What does all this mean? Well, first it means that I’m taking a break from drinking.  Regardless of Sunday night, I think this is a good idea since I’m beginning to train for the 10-miler.  It also means that I need to set limits when I drink alcohol in the future and these limits need to be set before I even take my first sip. Armed with a plan, I hope to avoid nights like I experienced last weekend. With that, here’s to a happy, healthy, and responsible 2011!