Friday, September 2, 2011

Rise and shine

Move that body: 3.28-mile run (4:1 interval, with the BOB)

I might have been dabbling in outdoor runs lately but with a forecasted temperature of 95 and lots of sun, I knew that if I was going to run outside today that it was going to have to be in the morning. Period.

So last night, I began to prepare for an early morning run. A trial, if you will, for when I return to work next week. I told myself that I was going to run in the morning. I put my shoes by the door and laid my Garmin inside the right one. I put out my shorts and running tank by the bathroom. And I had a plan: up by 5-5:30, out the door no later than 5:45 and home by 6:30. If Miles woke up, Mark would still be home and there were, err, supplies in the fridge.

And then Miles decided to party from 4 to 5. While Mark was up with him, I was still up. Listening to lullaby renditions of Dolly Parton songs and grunts and squeals from the crib. A pre-6 a.m. run wasn’t going to happen.

But a morning run would.

I got up at 6:15 while Miles was still sleeping, pumped and gave him a bottle when he woke up at 7. I changed a diaper, found my selected running outfit in the laundry (thanks, Mark) and leashed up Denali. We were out the door by 7:30. Huzzah!

Even at 7:30 a.m., it was a hot one. Seventy-four degrees and very humid. We did a 5-minute walking warm-up and then began my 4:1 interval. It felt a lot harder today than it has - whether it was the humidity, the addition of the jogger or fatigue. It also didn’t help that my running intervals seemed to coincide with the hills along the golf course.

I didn’t give up, though. I just slowed down my pace (even more) and took convenient water breaks. For Denali, of course.

We finished up at 8:15 and I was out of the shower by 8:25. I have to be at work by 10, so if I forgo some personal styling, a 7:30 run will work for all parties involved.

My trial run, albeit not what I had planned, was a success!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday … nothing

Move that body: 3.85-mile walk/run

I took photos of all my eats yesterday. I even planned to share with you how I had a moment (or 10) of weakness and ate a mini Nutter Butter Blizzard last night. But, somehow, the day got away from me. I had important things to do after all … like exchange pacifiers at Target and go running with some of the loveliest gals on the planet.

No worries, though – food is being made in the Healthy Strides kitchen.

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Pork chops, oven fries, broccoli and a side of pure cuteness.

What are you making for dinner tonight?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Plan A

Move that body: 2.93 mile run (5:1 interval)

I have a plan.

A plan that should take me across the finish line at Fort-4-Fitness, and a plan that should take me across that finish line happy.

And it looks a little something like this:

Week 1

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Walk and weights Run 2-3 miles with 5:1 interval Walk and weights Rest Run 3-4 miles with 4:1 interval Walk and/or bike ride Long run of 4+ miles with 4:2 interval

Week 2

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Walk and weights Run 2-3 miles with 7:2 interval Walk and weights Rest Run 3-4 miles with 5:1 interval Walk and/or bike ride Long run of 4+ miles with 4:1.5 interval

Week 3

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Walk and weights Run 2-3 miles with 9:2 interval Walk and weights Rest Run 3-4 miles with 7:2 interval Walk and/or bike ride Long run of 4+ miles with 5:2 interval

Week 4

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Walk and weights Run 2-3 miles easy Walk and weights Run 2-3 miles with 5:2 interval Rest Race day Rest

I have to admit that this plan is completely arbitrary, with the exception of three runs a week and the goal distances. It is also subject to change. A lot.

And here’s why:

So far my mornings have been looking like this: feed Miles, pump, make breakfast, feed Miles, eat breakfast, soothe Miles and then, maybe, get out for a run or walk. This morning I managed to get out 9:15. Fine and good. Just one thing: I go back to work next week. Even with a late start time (10 a.m.), I’m not sure how I’ll get everything done before I go in if Miles is having a bad morning. Of course, I can run after he goes down but our bed times have been about 8:45-9.

I am committed to fitness and will do my best to fit things, so if I run both weekend days and once during the week or hit the treadmill at 10 p.m., it’s OK. And once Miles starts sleeping through the night, a 5:30 a.m. run might not be out of the question.

However, it’s a bit overwhelming to think of how I’m going to meet everyone’s needs – and my own. So you working moms out there: How do you get things done? Am I expecting too much out of myself while Miles is so young?