Saturday, November 22, 2014

Not a Happy Post

 They say the first step in fixing a problem or addiction is to admit you have a problem. I have a relationship problem with food. I can justify any sweet treat in my life...other foods no problem I like fruits and veggies better than McDonalds and pizza any way and have for a couple of years now. The problem I deal with now is sugar. I use to say that it was fine I can eat cookies, pie, and cake every day because i was training for a half or a 15K or whatever. Now I am train for Ragnar starting on Monday and I really want to get faster and I truly believe that if I loose a few pounds and trim down a little bit it will help. I was running my best when I was 10lbs lighter I wasn't a speed demand by any means but I was running a 12:30-11:30 minute mile and now I am running a 14:00-13:00 minute mile.

I am not sure how to kick this sugar problem. I have tried to do 30 day detoxes of no sugar, the first week no meat, no dairy, no bread, strictly fruits, veggies, nuts, and anything that comes from the earth. Week 2 you could add back in meat. Week 3 add back in small amounts of dairy. Week 4 add back in bread if you want. All of the adding back in is optional, however processed sugar and sweets are always off limits. I tend to turn to sweets when things go bad, things go well, things are boring, and things are just normal. I eat them all the time.

I want to make my team proud of me and I want to be proud of me. I want to perform to the best of my ability and to know I have trained my best and my hardest and have given it everything I've got. I am working on a plan to make this better to make this happen, to make me the best me I can be. The best person, the best runner, the best friend, the best girlfriend I can be. When you feel good about yourself that confidence is felt by others.

75 Days till Ragnar!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Today I ate over half of a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Today I got turned down for a grant to fund a project I wanted so badly to work on, which led to the eating of the cake. Today I felt sorry for myself, which led to the eating of more cake. Today I ate nothing but cake yellow with dark chocolate frosting. Today I felt ashamed of eating that much cake in one day and for not following my plan for becoming a better runner. Today I thought about all the things I have declared to do in my fitness goals and have fallen through because I didn't put the effort forward.
But today I did something amazing. Today I joined a team to run the Ragnar Relay from Miami Beach to Key West Florida. Today I joined 11 of people who I owe my best to. Today I threw away the rest of the cake I had eaten so much of. Today I vowed to give up processed sugar till thanksgiving where I will have pie and then continue to not eat processed sugar. Today I became the 8th slot runner meaning I will run leg 8 which is 7.9 miles, then leg 20 which is 6.2 miles, then finish with leg 32 which is 1.8 miles for a total of 15.9 miles in 2 days sleeping in a van and having a great time and crossing the finish line as a team. Today I agreed to a training program that starts next week. Today I became awesome!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 1 & Week 2 Recap

Week 1 Monday: Yoga videos...I was trying supliment in any way I could being in a place where I had no access to a gym or a set of weights.

Week 1 Tuesday: 3 miles run broken down into Run mile 1, run walk 1/4 miles for mile 2, run 3/4 walk 1/4 for mile 3. It wasn't to bad but I ran at 12:00 and even in California it is hot.

Week 1 Wednesday: Cross train. I did a 30 min walk down the beach. It is so pretty there I got in as much beach time as I could during the last week.

Week 1 Thursday: 3 mile run broken down into Run 1.25 miles, 1/4 mile walk, 1/4 mile run, 1/4 mile walk, 1/2 mile run 1/2 mile walk. Again at 12:00 it was hot and the sun was intense the only saving grace was that there was a breeze.

Week 1 Friday: 30 mins of cross train...I spent 30 mins walking on the beach, it was my last chance to see the Pacific ocean so I took my cross training there.

Week 1 Saturday: Travel day! I flew back to St. Louis on this day so there was no working out involved.

Week 1 Sunday: 4 mile run...We did 4 miles but not in a run. The temperature was 105 degrees and 110% humidity...which meant we did a combination of times walks and run for the first 2 miles, and then walked the second 2 miles. I chose to get the distance in even if I couldn't run.  

Week 2 Monday: Stretch & Strengthen...Was replaced with lap swimming in the pool...when you have a pool I say use it. It's a great full body workout. 

Week 2 Tuesday: 3 mile run. I had a procedure the morning of this day which kept me from being able to run, however it didn't keep me out of the pool so I did lap swimming in place of running on this day.

Week 2 Wednesday: Cross...YOGA! I was at home this week and I have a yoga class that I really love to take so I used my cross training day as an hour and fifteen minute yoga class.

Week 2 Thursday: 3 mile run. Was a 1 mile run and a 1 mile walk with 1 mile missing. I got up at 8:00am to run and it was already 100 degrees outside. I decided after mile 2 it was not worth risking passing out to get the last mile in, so I hoped in the pool and swam a few laps.

Week 2 Friday: I took my rest day

Week 2 Saturday: Party Prep and 5K race day...No cross training

Week 2 Sunday: 4 mile run. Yesterday we ran the Trails for Tails 5K down on the Katy Trail to raise money for 5 acres animal shelter and to honor a friend who passed away earlier in the summer. So the Race and extra mile went like this...1 mile run, 2-3-4 miles 1/4 mile walk 1/4 mile run.

So after the 2 weeks I am getting more time under my belt and spending more time running than walking...that's the goal. The goal for this half marathon is to finish in under 3 hours and to decide if I like training for this distance.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 1 Day 1

All right so today started day 1 of half marathon training, though not a running day still an important day. So today was Stretch & Strengthen seeing as I am still in California and haven't set up a way to these non running workouts I chose to find a couple of good yoga videos. I am not a huge fan of yoga videos I would much rather be in a yoga studio with a teacher telling me what to do, demonstrating, and walking around giving me pointers on how to be better or if I am doing it wrong, but we work with what we've got.

The first video was a power yoga video about 11:00 of work and focused on balance and core strength which is something I need to work on.
Power Yoga Workout to stretch and strengthen-Fullbody workout-class fitsugar.

Vinyasa Flow Workout-Yoga Workout-class sugarfit

If you copy and past the links you can check out the work outs! I will most likely be doing these 2 videos for the next three weeks, maybe I'll add one more to make a half hour workout, but until I get settled in NYC and find a yoga studio I can afford once a week here we are.

Happy Monday everyone!!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Training Proogram Selected

As the title says I have selected a training program. I have decided to go with the Hal Higdon Novice 1 training program. I looked at a bunch of options and decided that this one fit into my everyday life and was the most flexible when it came to having to move runs around. Because I work freelance sometimes my long runs need to be on Fridays and sometimes they need to be on Saturdays and this program allows me to move long runs around between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday due to the fact that scheduled Friday is a rest day, Saturday is cross training, and Sunday is long run.

This week we are in right now my long run will be tomorrow Saturday and I am hoping to hit the 2 mile mark so that when I start in on the Higdon training I am right up to mileage. Next week my long run will be on Friday because on Saturday morning I will be driving to LosAngeles to see the Chinese Theater as well as the walk of Fame and then flying back to Missouri.

Ok so I have included the plan I will be following as well as the link to the Hal Higdon website because he has a bunch of training programs for all different distances. 
 Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welp here goes nothing

All right so this blog is back in action! This afternoon I did a crazy thing and set a goal for my end of year race. I may not meet all of my 14 in 14 races this year but I will run my first half marathon! That is right you heard me correctly I have officially registered for my first half! So what that means is that this blog has just become my outlet of all things good, bad, and other wise about training for this half.
About my new adventure... I will be running the NYCRUNS Running Festival of Lights on November 23 in Sore Road Park Pier in Brooklyn, NY.
Th rest of this post for the most part is going to be clips from the website about the race.
The route claims to be fairly flat the only downside I see to it is that it is a double loop which means you are looking at the same scenery for the whole time...something I usually try not to do so that I don't get bored with what's around me and start focusing on the fact that my left leg hurts or my right side aches a little or my left foot fell asleep a mile back...but I will start early incorporating this into the training plan. 
Alright well there you have it the details of my first half marathon. Training will start for real at the top of next week. This week I will find a training plan I like and I will try to increase my short run to 2miles. 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 4

Wekk 4 went great the weather was perfect and it just felt good. It left me feeling happy and confident that I could do this. I finished stations 6 and 7 of We Get LOST in Running during week 4. I am very close to finishing the We Get Lost in Running Series which means I am going to need some more virtual runs/races to enter. Virtual races for me are like setting goals. Though there is no one else there to run with me it is my way of setting a distance goal and a training period to meet said goal. i have also found that in my line of work doing big races in person is almost impossible because I very rarely know where I am going to be for an extended period of time.

I started week 5 today and will be starting it again on Wednesday. It didn't go well so I am going to try Week 5 Day 1 all over again. I had to walk the last running section because I was feeling over heated and like a hunk of metal instead of a person. But this will not get me down I am determined to finish Couch to 5k before I leave California for the summer!

Well time to shower and head to the beach! I hope everyone has a lovely Monday.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Only Time Will Tell

I have been away for a while I know the third year of graduate school was killer! But it is over and I can happily say that I now have 2 MFA degrees one in lighting design and one in scenic design! However I can also say that I am not the 9 mile runner I was before year three started, which is a little sad but sometimes you have to postpone one goal to reach another. Now that graduate school is over I am on to my next grand adventure and right now that means living in California.

Let me tell you if you have not ran in a long time California is the place to start over! The weather is always amazing you don't have to deal with those 100 degree days or the fact that it has rained 12 days in a row. I have been here since the middle of May and can tell you it has not rained one time since I have been here and that it has been 65-70 degree and sunny every day! (I am getting spoiled) I have decided to start over from my beginning which was the couch to 5k app back in 2011. I chose this path to start over because it worked so well for me the first time. Couch to 5k for me was an easy increase in time and distance that led me to being a 9 mile runner.

My goal for the summer is to finish the couch to 5k program as well as to get a  full running 5k back under my belt. Right now I just finished Week 3 Day 3 of an 8 week program so I am well on my way. My next goal following the running a full 5k is to get said 5k under 40:00 this is something I want to do more than I can explain.

I will say life is tough right now I live in a three hour time difference from all of my family and my other half which means talking to people is almost impossible on a regular basis. I also have found that the only time I really find me is when I am running all the rest the time I am worrying about how my relationships are holding up in this weird time warp I feel like I live in.

I don't think I will be an every day blogger again for a while but I will try and post at least once a week about my runs and the cool things I get to do in California!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Coming back

I have been gone for a long period of time from this whole writing thing. I have also been gone from the healthy eating and running thing...This month marks my 2 year anniversary of running!

Two years ago someone told me that I was getting fat and I needed to do something about it before they I did. I started running I found a home and friends in the running community. That person is now gone from life and I still am a runner. I run now because it helps to keep me sane and to help me feel better about myself. I have been out of running for a few months due to injury, ice, and thesis graduation, but all of those things will be done and over on Friday...MEANING I GET TO START RUNNING AGAIN ON SUNDAY!!!! Ok lets be real it will be Monday, i will take the weekend to sleep and catch up on the mountain of homework I am behind on...But still excitement is upon us!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 Goals

I have been putting off writing this post for the last 7 days...and here is why it is yet again another new year which means another set of new goals...and lets be honest most people don't stick to there New Years Resolution. But I shall write them any ways and ask that you guys help to keep me on track.

1) Run my first half marathon
2) Loose the extra weight...close to 20-25lbs.
3) Graduate with my MFA
4) Write more meaningful posts
5) Finish 14 in 2014
6) Learn more about plant based eating and what works for my body to feel/work it's best

As of today I weigh 161lbs and by this time next year I would like to weigh 135-140lbs. Also as of today I am on regular 2 mile runs and as you can see I would like to run a half this year...I need to find one that I like/will be around to do and register because then I will do the correct training to make this goal possible.
This year I finished 13 in 2013 and loved every second of it and this year I am registered for 14 in 2014...I will be doing mostly virtual races due to the fact I move around so much right now it is hard to know if I will be around the time of a race happening.

I hope every one had a lovely holiday season and hit the ground running!