Sofa to Half Marathon in 65 Days Part 3

We can all find a million reasons why we can’t exercise.

The Oscars kept me up too late
I have bad knees
I am too busy
Can’t breathe
It’s too cold
I don’t have good shoes
I don’t have cute clothes

All you need is one good reason why you should.  
Here’s mine

This week’s training: (days 12 – 18)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 2 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 5 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

A peek ahead to next week: (days 19-25)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 3 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 7 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

From Couch to Marathon in 58 Days

Crazy?  Yes, a little.

Here’s the thing.  I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.  Running almost daily for 6 years, I haven’t run regularly since June.  I’ve tried to get back on course, but I have failed.  I need a BIG CRAZY goal. This is my last ditch effort to get it together.

October 19th is the Detroit Marathon and I am committing today to do it.

Mario Andretti

Day 4 Losing 6 Pounds in 2 Weeks

One of the best time savers I have found is cooking once to eat many times.  Sometimes this means
making a gigantic pot of spaghetti sauce and portioning it out in tupperware to stow away in the freezer for many pasta nights to come.  Sometimes this means making simple dishes that can be spruced up or combined to make new exciting future meals in a snap.

This week I made polenta and roasted asparagus as
side dishes and later combined them into an entree that I could brown bag to work.  What are your favorite leftover foods?

Printable Version

Ingredients

  • polenta – 1 box
  • 1/3 c. grated romano cheese
  • water – according to polenta directions
  • asparagus
  • compari tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • habanero powder (substitute cayenne pepper if you cannot find)
  • lemon wedge
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Instructions

  • heat oven to 400
  • trim and clean asparagus
  • put in a roasting dish, drizzle with olive oil, then salt and pepper to taste and squeeze the fresh lemon over it
  • roast for 20 minutes
  • While the asparagus is roasting, prepare the polenta according to the package (usually boil water, add polenta, remove from heat for 5 minutes)
  • stir in grated cheese and a dash of habanero powder
  • cut tomatoes into wedges
  • saute in olive oil just until warm (you can shortcut and just microwave for 30-60 seconds)
  • cut the asparagus into 1-2″ pieces.
  • dish out polenta into serving bowls, top with tomatoes and asparagus, and drizzle with olive oil. Top with fresh black pepper and serve

Sustenance – fuel

Breakfast -irish oatmeal with granola
Snack -6 dried apricots
Snack – Fage Greek yogurt
Lunch –Cheesy Polenta with Tomatoes and Roasted Asparagus
Snack – Green Apple
Snack – dried fruit              
Dinner -Garden Salad                 

Sweat – exercise

30 minutes treadmill

Sip – hydration

16 ounces water
16 ounces coffee (bad)

Slumber – sleep

8 hours, well rested

The Business of Running Marathons

I had a 19 mile training run yesterday which gave me a lot of time to think.  What I found was a great connection between activities that make me more successful at sports also make me better at work as well.

After every downhill will be an uphill.

Your current situation may seem  tough.  Even downright impossible.  You may feel like quitting altogether.  Hang in there.  Remember why you started in the first place.  Put your focus on your “why”.  What motivated you and excited you in the beginning?  This will keep you going when it gets tough and help you dig deeper to get through the rough spots.  It will get better or you may find that you don’t have a “why” and this is wrong for you altogether.  The uphill in that situation is that you will know it is time to move on to the next thing.

Keep your mouth shut. 

This is an easy one for running.  Flies taste yucky.  Sure, you want to shrug it off and claim it as a protein.  Not me.  I can’t get over their last stop was probably a nice hot pile of poop.  In business it’s not always easy to know when to keep your mouth shut.  For me, the chronic interrupter, it is near impossible.  What I have found is that most times it is much better to keep your mouth shut than it is to be right. (easier said than done)

Music makes it better

I love tunes to keep me motivated during a run. If you come across me on a trail it is guaranteed that I will be singing at the top of my lungs when one of my favorites comes on. I have also found that bringing the right playlist before a meeting and during breaks gets the team pumped up and engaged.  Dance tunes are a no-brainer.  Motown gets them dancing in their seats and classic rock gets them singing out loud.

Feed the bear

Nutrition is an important part of sports.  I find that if I eat junk I have a junky run and when I eat whole nutritious foods I run great.  I also know that if my sugar drops from not eating I am a bear to deal with. When you want your meetings to go smoothly you must fight off the bears.  Remember to feed your attendees.  If it is a long meeting have a small snack for later too.  You don’t want your audience distracted by the grumblies in their tummies.

Marathons, Drugs That Are Good For You

In January of 2008, when I decided out of the blue, that I wanted to run a marathon, My family didn’t know what to think.  I wasn’t even a runner.  I had just seen the movie The Bucket List and for some reason thought that this would be cool to add to my list.

I decided that I should run a half marathon first and then go full out.  I looked for a schedule online and found this great website marathon guide. Naive to the terminology I thought that a trail run just

meant that you were not running on the road.  Ha ha.  The joke was on me, but I completed the 13.1 miles of hills and rocks and tree stumps.  I only fell twice.  My friends and family at the finish line had weird looks on their face.  I’m still not sure if it was because they didn’t think that I would finish or because they didn’t expect me to come out all banged up and a little bloody.

Finishing gave me the confidence I needed to go for the full 26.2 miles.  I returned to the faithful web to find a training schedule and found Hal Higdon’s page.  It’s awesome.  My husband was a little curious and decided he would train with me “until the miles got really crazy”.  They don’t call it a “runner’s high” for no reason.  Not only do you feel great, you become addicted.  He couldn’t stop, even when the training miles “got really crazy”.  In October 2008 we both ran our first marathon.  We weren’t exactly couch to marathon, but we were pretty darn close.

Here’s how it goes.  You wait at the starting line feeling a little buzzed.  The gun goes off and you are on your euphoric trip.  Floating, not running, for miles and miles.  Then the buzz wears off and you crash.  Why am I doing this?  Why did I do this?  I am definitely never doing this again!  No more runners’ high for me. 

Then, in the distance, you see it.  The finish line.  Out of nowhere comes a burst of energy and again you are floating.  Only this time you are floating really fast towards the finish line.  The very second you cross it you think I can’t wait to do this again!  All of the misery of the crash is somehow erased from your brain (sort of like child birth).  And, that’s how you get hooked.  Marathons are as addicting as any drug, but only with positive side effects.

Here’s my Month 3 Training Schedule for a fall marathon.  You’ll see P90X blended in with my training this year.  I may get a little crazy and even through in a little Insanity on a few days.  Two more addictions.

 

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