Run Jenni, Run











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.

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Two days into 30 Day Shred and my legs are feeling it, for sure.  I was impressed that I had the ability to run as much as I did last night.  The boyfriend is actually finding ways to encourage me without making me feel so bad about being slow as snails.  I finished a 5k course in around 40 minutes, which is widely attributed to the fact that I cannot run fast and I need to invest in new running shoes.  These are over a year old and definitely out of commission.

Tonight will consist of some simple soccer drills and a flow yoga class that I am more than looking forward to this week.  I didn’t make it to the class last week, so I’m definitely feeling a little less than zen.  Surprisingly, I have been in a better mood this week.  I’m sure that can be contributed to the exercise that I have shoved back into my daily routine, but it’s always nice to feel better about where my life is headed. 

My second test for teaching certification is this Friday, and I am anxious and excited.  I am trying to stay confident about doing well on the test, but I really haven’t study as much as I could have in the past couple of weeks.  Hopefully all will go well.  I have been getting a good amount of “hands-on” teaching experience, so hopefully that will be reflected in my test scores.

The rest of this week consists of a lot of 30 Day Shred and a lot of running (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).  Friday I might go for more walking than running, but it’s all in how I feel when the time comes. 

Later Days,

-Jenni.

 



{April 29, 2013}   04.29.2013 – Long-Term Goals

I took some time today to come up with a “wish list” of sorts for my fitness aspirations.  Many of these fitness goals are only held back by funding for the event, others are events that will require a higher endurance level than I currently hold, or an ability to swim that I do not currently maintain.

Fitness Goals to Achieve Before 30

1. Participate in Tough Mudder

2. Participate in the Spartan Race

3. Participate in the Horrible Hundred in Clermont

4. Complete the GoRuck Challenge

5. Complete a Half IronMan

6. Take Part in a Healthy Living Summit

7. Participate in the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in St. Pete AND in Las Vegas

8. Compete in a Multi-Run weekend

9. Participate in a 50k

10. Participate in a CrossFit workout

11. Learn how to swim (might need to do that BEFORE the IronMan)

12. Become a Yoga Instructor

13. Particpate in the US Running With the Bulls

 

While it’s a basic list, there are some pretty high asprations on this list for me.  I am in the process of completing at least two of these by the end of 2013.  I turn 30 in Spetember of 2019, so I’ve got time…but I’m sure it will go by faster than I think. 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



{April 18, 2013}   04.18.2013 – What to Do?

I am no good without a plan.  And while I have a tendency to over plan, I need something to look forward to each week.  I need something that I know is on my list of things to do that will make me desire to eat healthier.  Because I am faced with this dilemma, I am starting back at my running clubs.  Running was my first exercise live, and I need to reunite with it.

I hoped this day would come.  I fell out of love with running at the beginning of this year.  I was consumed with going to the gym every day and seeing the results that every other person sees.  But I was craving the wrong things and having a lot of disordered eating troubles, so I did not see the significant changes that I dreamed of.  And I remember my body feeling better when I was part of my weekly runs.  I can’t remember what the scales said, but I do remember feeling like my body was working with me rather than against me.

Of course, I could never cut out the gym completely.  I am looking forward to focus on simple strength training with a few compound moves two to three times a week.  I don’t want to overdo it to the point that I’m feeling lethargic on run days, which is what I think happened in the beginning of the year.

I am trying not to look too far into the future, but I am thinking of adding crossfit and yoga to the mix.  My main focus right now is to spend at least a few weeks, and possibly a month, getting used to a routine of just running and going to the gym.    I have a million ideas running through my head for all the different races I have planned (I’ve found a more economic cluster to keep me racing at least once a month until the end of October), but I need to work on the baby steps that will get me successfully to my goals.  I don’t wanna burn out like I did last time I was trying to train for a half-marathon.

My runs as of right now will include a 5k route on Tuesday evenings, a Hill workout on Thursday evenings, and a 3-mile run on Saturday mornings.  These are all with different groups throughout Lakeland, and I’m hoping the people will overlap.  I love my Thursday Hills group that I’ve been a part of for a couple of years, but the other two will be completely new to me.

More updates later.  Looking forward to my return to Hills tonight…even if I only get through one or two before I pass out.  I know the group will drag me back to the car and douse me with Gatorade.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



{April 9, 2013}   04.09.2013 – Pure Cardio

I am hungry…so I’m going to write a blog update to take my mind off the food I could be eating right now.  And I am being counterproductive by blogging about the food I could be eating.  I am apparently really bad at this… but, such is life.

In non-fitness news, I am up to Chapter Seven in my Professional Education Test Prep book.  That’s halfway!  I will probably be able to take the test the first week of May.  I am looking at May 3rd, but we will see how I am feeling near the end of the month.  I am not entirely sure how studying will work during the FCAT.  I know we cannot help the students, but I don’t know how much we are going to be required to be on our feet.  We shall see how this all plays out next week.  I have training for it this afternoon… so looking forward to that. 

I am looking forward to my first yoga class this weekend and not much else.  I have been super hectic the past couple of weekends and I think I need some time where I just have a day or two for myself without much travel.  I know throwing Insanity and gym trips in the mix won’t give me the 100% calm that most people hope for, but it is my kind of calm.  Insanity has actually be helping me to sleep better and crave better foods.  Even if I am tired when I start the workout, I finish feeling energized and ready for the next thing.  I wish that I had the desire and motivation to wake up and do it in the mornings, but I would be waking up way too early for my liking.  That might be something that I look into if I decide to do a second round during the summer. 

Speaking of summer, I honestly have no idea what I am going to do to take up the free time that I will be faced with.  I know that I have volunteering in mind, but that’s something I will probably only want to do three days a week.  I know I say that I am looking forward to doing nothing and still getting paid, but I also know that I am probably going to be bored within the first few weeks.  I guess that’s where swimming and other sports will come in.  I am hoping to move out on my own this summer, and the place that is on my apartment wish list has a volleyball court.  If that doesn’t work out, I will just be taking a lot of trips to the beach.  Nothing wrong with that!

That’s as much of an update as my brain can handle.  Insanity – Week One Update is coming on Thursday, so be looking for that.  Tomorrow might be nothing or it might be as random as today.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



I feel the need to push myself, so I am adding on to the Insanity workout.  Nothing too much, just a couple of gym trips and weekend yoga.  I have been toying with the idea of trying out Hot Yoga, and I think that trying it out during Insanity might be the right way to go.  I would love to add a workout that refreshes my muscles.  While I have heard mixed reviews on the topic, a lot of people say that hot yoga leaves you felling refreshed and ready to take on anything.  I will be starting those classes every other week, starting in May.  It will be primarily during my second month of Insanity, with the first trip falling in my recovery week.  Along with Hot Yoga, I will also be adding a basic yoga class on the alternating Sundays that I am not attending Hot Yoga on Saturday.  These visits all fall on recovery days, so I am not worried about being overworked.  As I believe I have previously mentioned, I am planning on continuing to go to the gym on Wednesdays, which is my actual rest day.  It will mostly be for biking, but I am throwing a few treadmill or elliptical workouts in to keep my legs moving.  I might go a few times during the weekend also, depending on how I am feeling with Insanity that week.  I mostly am just trying to get as much change in my body as I safely can in the next 60 days.  I am also very excited that my final day of Insanity falls on the last day of school.  It’s a pretty good way to wrap things up and be ready for summer. 

My goals for this week include continuing with Insanity and working towards a completely Vegetarian lifestyle.  As of today, I have finished my Healthy Choice meals.  I do have the turkey burgers, but those aren’t completely appetizing, so I don’t think I would have finished them even if I had stayed Omnivorous.  Much like my last round of vegetarianism, I will continue to include eggs in my diet and sparse amounts of dairy.  I am unsure as to whether or not I want to cut out fish entirely because I do enjoy sushi on special occasions.  Insanity will not be too difficult this week, no more than it was last week.  I will, however, be experiencing what it is like to do Insanity in someone else’s house as I am bringing it over to the boyfriend’s house tomorrow.  He will get to experience the Plyometric Cardio Circuit from Hell and I will get a higher ceiling to work with….everybody wins.

FCAT starts next week…pray for me.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



The official weigh-in result for this morning was 204 pounds, for a total of ten pounds lost this week.

Tot celebrate, I’m having watermelon for breakfast.  That’s not really a celebration, but it is soothing because my mouth is super dry from being out last night and partying like the true metalhead I am and forgetting to stay hydrated while doing so.  But it will work in my favor because if I learn how to growl, the boyfriend will learn Mumford and Sons.

The only major fail about dehydration is I crave all the bad things.  It also might be because I watched members of a band devour food at a rate that is normally unknown to man…that also might be a reason, yeah.  But I am craving some carby-doughy goodness.  Hopefully it will go away by lunch.  I could throw together another wrap, which might help my cause a bit.

Today will be an interesting adventure in finding when and where to workout.  Both of my parents are home, I have to go help my mother at work, and when I get home my aunt is supposed to come over.  Also, I hate working out in front of people.  But I’d rather workout in front of the boyfriend than family members…so it looks like I’ll be dragging the party to his house this afternoon.  Hopefully he will have had enough sleep… or he can just sleep while I workout.  Then no one will see me…MUHAHAHHA.

This update is getting weird.  I mostly just wanted to say I lost weight, I’m happy, and I plan to do more next week.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



So, the official weigh-in is tomorrow… but I have been weighing every morning and today I clocked in at 203.  Remember what I posted Monday? 214  But do not be deceived.  This is not 11 pounds of pure fat that I have rid from my body.  This is 11 pounds of crappy food.  I switched to an 85% vegetarian/clean diet and I banished all the sludge that had been chilling in my body for over two weeks.

Now that you’ve got that lovely image in your head…on with the Insanity update.

I completed Day Three, Cardio Power and Resistance, today.  As it was the first time I tried Insanity, I prefer this workout to the Plyo workout.  I really enjoy jumping side-to-side… and this workout has at least three moves that let me do that.  And I love that doing Insanity doesn’t make me feel like death after.  I actually want to go out and go for a walk or something.  I putting the walk off…but I really wanna do it.  Maybe even attempt longboarding.  I feel fearless, whatttt.  Feeling fearless now will later be me getting on and off the loagboard for several attempts and only going about twenty feet at a time…if that.  I also don’t find myself particularly starving after a hard workout.  However, I am wanting more carbs with my meals.  I am still staying under 50 a meal, but my snacks are always a little high on the carb scale…but that’s mostly because they are fruit.

Speaking of fruit… Watermelon is on sale at Publix this week and OMG I’m in love with it.  So juicy and amazing and beautiful and it is my new food lover.  I could probably eat an entire watermelon throughout the day and be okay with it.  My digestive system would probably hate me, but it’s a small price to pay for that naturally sweet goodness.

I was going to write more, but I got distracted by my Facebook.  I felt the need to clean it up a bit.

Full weigh-in update with next weeks goals tomorrow.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



I just got finished with my first Fit Test of the Insanity program.  No, really.  I’m still sweating and my heart rate hasn’t fully recovered.  I’m that fresh…without actually being fresh you should all be glad you are not in the vicinity of my Insanity Stank.

I am definitely not as good as I remember, but I’m not as bad as I thought I would be.  I thought I would barely make it through the warm-up before I turned the DVD off and never spoke of this silly adventure again.  But, alas, I have finished the fit test and I am ready to announce my results.

1. In Switch Kicks I obtained a score of 65…. not bad, but I should mention that I did not do jumps nearly as explosive as the two people in the video.

2. In Power Jacks I obtained a score of 21… these I did not modify.

3. In Power Knees I obtained a score of 50… these I also did not modify.

4. In Power Jumps I obtained a score of 20… I wasn’t able to get my legs to go up during the actual jump, so these were modified.

5. In Globe Jumps I obtained a score of 5… these I did not modify, but my lack of room did cause less explosive jumps.  I honestly feel I could have done better in a less confined space.

6. In Suicide Jumps I obtained a score of 9… these were the most modified.  I basically turned a burpee into a down&out that involved stepping back into plank.  I threw in a couple normal ones, but I need to alternate versions to keep my knees sane.

7. In Power Jacks I obtained a score of 8… I hate Power Jacks.  I always have, I always will.  My inability to do a push-up resulted in me only going halfway down for each push-up.

8. In Low Plank Obliques I obtained a score of 29… I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty sure I turned these into Mountain Climbers for wusses.

I am being overly critical of myself in these exercises because I do think this program will vastly improve my fitness level, and I would like to be able to document just how far I have come.  My journey may result in getting the same numbers but with proper form, and I think I would be okay with those results.  The fit test that comes after the third week usually does not yield improved results for me, but we shall see if I can be proved wrong.

Tomorrow starts the real work… and I will probably want to die afterwards.

This weekend starts the journey of fitting Insanity into a packed schedule… I believe it can a will be done.

Later Days,

-Jenni.

 



After an extended vacation from my daily trips, I hate the gym.  I hated it yesterday and I’m probably going to hate it today.  I also hate that I’m starving right now and I’m not supposed to eat for at least another hour.  Basically, I’m just in a hating mood today. 

But in a positive light… I am looking forward to this weekend.  Two out-of-town trips in which I will probably see two of my most favorite people.  That is something to look forward to.  Furthermore, even if I do hate the gym right now, I am looking forward to starting Insanity again.  I am also looking forward to things I am not at liberty to discuss on this blog… get your mind out of the gutter, people, it’s nothing like that.

I am hoping to add some yoga to my workout this afternoon depending on how I feel.  I know that I am going to have to find a way to keep stretched out once I add Insanity back into the mix.  I am hoping that I will do Insanity Thursday – Tuesday, then have a “rest” day on Wednesday.  During my rest day I am going to try to add in a bit of extra cardio in the form of biking at the gym.  I will also be taking advantage of the sauna at the gym whenever possible, which will probably be two to three times a week.  If money permits, I am also considering adding a hot yoga class (I’ve been talking about it for months, and I finally found one…so I just need to do it).  I think the hot yoga will definitely keep my muscles feeling fresh, and any extra yoga during the week will just reinforce that fact.  I am mostly adding the extra cardio at the gym to allow myself to feel like I am still getting my money’s worth while I am doing most of my working out at home. 

I might also consider setting extra goals within my Insanity regime and rewarding myself accordingly.  Like if I improve by so much on the fit Test every two weeks, I can treat myself to a groupon massage.  I have my little 190lb. spa day planned, but that will be at home.  I need something that involves professionals to look forward to as well.

This unorganized post was brought to you by extreme boredom and avoidance of grown-up tasks.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



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