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{May 25, 2013}   05.27.2013 – RAD

Today I completed the Color Me Rad 5k in Tampa, Florida.  Not only does this mark my first 5k of the year; it also marks my first 5k of the summer.  With all these races coming up, it;s time to get serious about my commitment to fitness.  When I say commitment, I don’t mean shoving myself in the living room to do a workout DVD that I dread doing.  I mean committing to do something active every day…something that I love.

Starting next week I will be able to go to yoga at least three times a week.  I skipped last week due to a cookout with some friends, so I will be able to use my last two trips this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Then, I am paying for the 30-Day pass on Friday once I get paid.  I think that yoga will give me a new appreciation for my body due to the fact that I am more able than I seem.  I need to get back to running hills, but my therapy appointments have taken my inertia away once I’m done talking about everything I have dealt with in a week.  I need to push myself to run right after my appointment and meet up with them once they start, or just find someplace that will give me energy during the hour of waiting for running club to start.

I just want to get back to the way I was.  I know I write a post complaining about the person I used to be at least once a week these days and the only one to blame for that is myself, I just wish I could find the strength to look past the trials and just say “fuck it” and reach my goals.  Part of me doesn’t even want to do it anymore.  I keep wanting to fast forward to the part of my life where it all makes sense, but I’m starting to doubt if that part ever comes.

Later Days,

-Jenni.

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Sometimes I get bored and plan out my entire workout schedule through the end of the year… and that happened this morning. 

Due to wedding dates, I have had to give up on a few races and change around a few plans.  It actually has not been as mentally difficult as I expected it to be and I am mostly glad that I realized I needed to change dates before I had paid for the races.  I still have somthing to do every month, but it’s definitely a change from the original.  My new race list still includes the Watermelon Series over the summer and the Aching Quad for my birthday, but I have cut down the October race from the Living Dead Challenge to just the Frakenfooter half marathon on October 27.  November will be changes from the Lake to Lake 10k to a mud race.  I finally found one that is nearby and not a ridiculous amount of money (in my opinion, anyways).  For December I cut out the second half marathon and am just planning for the one in Orlando the first weekend of the month.  It’s a slightly easier schedule and it allows for a little more free time to play aournd with other workout plans.

I am still planning on adding some random gym time in the summer due to a free membership as a perk of being a School Board employee.  The only priority of this will be the Wednesday Nutrition and Fitness classes.  I do have plans to visit the gym, but this summer will be focused on improving my 5k time and working through a few DVD programs.  As previously mentioned, May is dedicated to 30 Day Shred.  So far, I am definitely feeling it, but actual results remain to be seen.  In June I am upping the stakes with two DVD programs: Six Week Six Pack and Ripped in 30.  I will be working on Level One of Six Week Six Pack for the enire month of June, then moving up to Level Two during July.  Once July hits, I will finish up Ripped in 30 and dedicate more time to my free gym pass and yoga.  August will consist of a lot of Bob Harper as I alternete his Pure Strength workout with his Kettlebell workout to add in some strength that does not involve the gym.  August will also mark the point at which I add in more yoga to my routine, adding Monday and Friday evenings to my yofa class load.  By October I will be in full running mode, planning for the half marathon at the end of the month.  At this point, I am going to evealuate my fitness level.  If I decide I am well enough, both physically and mentally, I am planning to attempt Insanity for the third time.  If I start at the end of October, I will be able to complete the entire program by December 31, 2013… which is a great way to start off the new year. 

As always, this is subject to change according to ability and functionality… but I am hoping this plan sticks. 

 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



I am trying so hard to be happy, you have to believe me.  I am trying to center myself and make choices that are going to make me smile, but it’s just so hard.  I do have the Taylor Swift album streaming, which is giving me some good feels, but not many.  Hopefully this afternoon will turn me in a more positive direction.

I am supposed to be volunteering at Fitniche this evening as we prepare for Mayfaire by the Lake on Saturday.  It’s an evening race, and I am looking forward to being someone cheering on all the finishers on Saturday night.  I am also looking forward to two yoga session this weekend…one on Wednesday night and then Karma Yoga on Sunday morning.  My regular Tuesday and Thursday runs are also going ot be making a comeback this week.  I also might add in 30-Day Shred in the afternoons, just to give me an extra little aerobic push.  I wish I had the gusto to wake up early and do it before work..but no.

I do better when I am fit, so that is my mantra for this week.  I must remember that fitness equals happiness. 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



{April 25, 2013}   04.25.2013 – Getting Zen

I am having a love affair with yoga. 

I finally went to a Flow class yesterday evening, and I immediately fell in love with everything that is connected with Groundwork Yoga in Winter Haven.  The teacher was friendly, and fully supportive of me as I struggled through getting one or two poses perfect.  The other classmates were awesome.  It was a small class of five people, including the teacher.  Even with this small amount of people, we had someone at every level of study and flexibility.  The atmosphere of the room completely removes you from the hustle and noise going on right outside the door.  It is literally an hour and one-half of perfect zen.  It was just what I need after a week of FCAT and insomnia.  I plan to start out with just the Wednesday night Flow class, and then I will gradually add more classes until I am practicing yoga three or four times a week.  The teacher suggested that yoga would be the perfect “yin to my yang” when it came to adding it to a running routine, and I completely agree with that sentiment.  I am looking forward to exploring both areas of my life further as this year passes.

Yoga is really the only super entertaining thing happening this week.  I have started Tuesday evening runs in Lakeland, which are fun (and the boyfriend has started to join me).  I am still gaining my endurance with running.  I’ve lost most of it over the past month or so of not practicing.  As I work to get it back, I am listening to my body and not pushing myself too far too soon.  I have a lot of 5k races over the summer and the month following, and then I have a bout of half marathons from the end of October to the middle of December.  As of right now there are only three, but I might try to add another in November if it turns out I have the funds.  None of it is set in stone, but I would like to get comfortable with running thirteen miles before I looked into the big, bad marathon.

Look for an update at the latest on Sunday, but I am hoping to get one in before then.  I have a therapy consultation this afternoon, then Hills afterwards, Saturday morning Coffee Run, and  Karma Yoga on Sunday. 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



This weekend I was, in a word, unmotivated.  Along with my lack of motivation came a slightly sour attitude and the need for a lot of sleep.  After banking a decent nine hours (uninterrupted!) last night, I am feel much more motivated for the upcoming week.  I have three gym workouts already planned, and I have a modified Tuesday workout due to an Open House for Graduate School at Florida Southern College.  I’ve toyed with the thought of not going to the open house because I honestly do not know how I would afford school at this point, but I’m going to check it out anyways.  I’ll probably regret it later if I don’t. 

I’ve put together a new workout routine for the gym consisting of groups of four moves.  Each “quad” is to be repeated four times before moving on to the second.  Each workout has about six quad sets, and I will probably work up to eight by the end of the month.  It’s all a matter of finding new moves to throw into the mix.  The idea is to give a full body workout, which includes small bursts of cardio, for each day I am at the gym.  It is a lot more motivating than focusing on upper or lower body at the gym.  This is probably because I am so drawn to combo moves that use every part of the body.  Therefore, I am never getting just an upper or lower body workout with my routines.  This plan worked out last week, and I am hoping to keep it up through the end of the month (at the very least).  Tuesday I will be running the lake at least one time.  If I am still feeling energetic after the open house (I have no idea how long it will last), I might run the lake a second time before heading home.  Thursday’s hill workout should consist of an easy four hills. 

Starting today I have cut out fried foods from my diet, which should totally be fun.  I am noticing that my mood tends to change when I eat foods that are bad for me, so I am trying to slowly cut out all bad choices until I have a completely natural and healthy diet.  All the enriched flours and dough are going to be the hardest to cut out, so naturally I am saving that for last.  If I get through the month without fried food, I’ll find something else to cut out soon after the end of February. 

Also, I have finished Silver Linings Playbook.  As of right now, I do not have plans to see the movie any time soon (unless it ends up at the drive-in again).  There will be a review of just the book sometime later this week, most likely Wednesday since there won’t be much to write about my lake run (those are always pretty straightforward).  The book I am reading for February is Diary by Chuck Palahniuk.  He is one of my favorite authors, but I have started and stopped this book over five times.  It’s time to get it read and move on to something new.  There will be a few Palahniuk books on the revised reading list, I have a lot of his books and I have never made time to finish them.  Now is the time.

An update on races: I’m putting a lot of them on hold.  While I did say that was a “wish list”, I may not be getting enough funds to make my wishes come true.  Since I would rather do the long distance races, I am cutting a lot of the 5k races first, starting with the Light the Night 5k.  While I would love to do it, Valentine’s Day plans and overspending (as always) is cutting into my race funds.  Hopefully I can get it all straightened out soon and get some of these races on my calendar for real. 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



{February 1, 2013}   02.01.2013 – Already February?

My lunch is leaving a lot to be desired (sour choice of stir-fry veggies…never getting canned again).  I also am hating the fact that on Fridays my lunch is pretty much a second breakfast.  However, the fact that I am currently allowed to wear yoga pants on Friday makes everything better.  There are certain perks to teaching a fitness class at school.  Today was our nine weeks ceremony, so I’ve had a pretty slow morning.  I just have to make it through third block and I will be on to the easy part of the day. 

I am looking forward to an intense afternoon workout at the gym after a pretty basic workout in class this afternoon.  I have to keep myself entertained until Luke gets finished at work, which means I will be in for a pretty hefty workout today, seeing as he gets off at 730.  But after busting my butt I will get to enjoy an awesome dinner (Ruby Tuesdays…sooo looking forward to their salad bar) and a late night drive-in movie.  It’s all about finding ways to reward yourself. 

My current goals for February are as follows (and I will actually update on progress in March):

1. Don’t skip any long runs on the weekends.  While the distances may change from the original plan, I still want to keep distance running in my schedule, especially since I will have to get used to doing distance more often in the coming months.

2. Move to 12.5lb. weights on all free weight exercises.  I am just now getting used to using 10lb. weights, and I think with the amount that I am using them, I will be able to move up a size by the end of this month.

3. Hold each plank variation for 45-seconds.  I’m at about 30-seconds for nearly all variations that I have in my routine. 

4. Bank 90 miles (running and biking) for the month of February.  Totally possible, even if it seems crazy.

As a bonus goal, I would love to be able to say I ran my February 5k without any walking breaks.  I know it’s possible, I just have to assert myself.  My 5k for February in Light Up the Night in Winter Haven.  It’s only $25 to register, and it is up on Active.com. 

 An update on my book reviews – I may change the book for February to something already in my collection at home.  While staring at my bookcase the other day, I realized how many books I have that I have never even opened.  And a lot of them have movies.  I might read books and compare them to the movies.  Not only will it encourage my reading, it will give me a date night with Luke (like I need an excuse for that). 

After my weekend run I am going to write a review for the Dr. Scholl’s active gel insoles I just purchased.  I am hoping they give some support while I save up money for a new pair of shoes.  I will be testing them with all of my running activities, but I won’t know just how effective they are until the track workout next Tuesday.  That is where I experience the majority of my knee pain.



{November 17, 2012}   11.17.2012 – New Beginnings

Starting in December, I will enter a new chapter of my life.  I will be starting a Paraeducator position at Roosevelt Academy.  This school is an ESE-specific school for grades 6-12.  Obviously, I am really excited to get a “big girl” job, but I am also excited to get the majority of my evenings back!  I closed deli for the last night ever.  I will still be working part-time in the produce department, but super late nights are OVER!

I’m also really excited that tonight I get to try the Turkey and Cranberry sub from Publix… I will let you know how that goes.

But by obtaining my evenings, I will be able to work out in the evenings again. YAY!!  I will get to go to running club again, especially on Tuesday nights!  I get to do speed work again, lucky me.  I will also get some long runs in on the weekends.  Strength training will be done in the mornings, hopefully.  I have to get out of the house by 6:30AM during the week, so strength training would put me waking up at around 5:00AM or earlier…depending on what workout I want to do.

I’m hoping to get at least five miles in tomorrow, but I have done 7.5 in the last two days.  Five miles of hills on Friday at the lake, and 2.5 miles today on the outside trail.  Yayyy.  Hills are killer on my legs, and I am hoping to do some research and invest in some compression socks.  I’m training for a weekend of running in February, and I’m thinking compression socks might help me get through that safely and comfortably.

More about the race… I’m planning on doing the Beck Light Challenge in Tampa February 23 & 24.  This challenge includes a half marathon, a 15k, and a 5k race, all part of the Gasparilla race series.  I have run the 5k before, an I loved the race and the expo that went along with it.  It was my second official 5k, followed up by the Bolt Run, which I am hoping will still occur this year despite the current NHL Lockout.

More updates will occur as I am getting back on track.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



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