Thursday, March 21, 2013

Three Things Thursday: Try me, maybe?

Taper. I'm terrible at it.

I'm nine days out from Run the Bluegrass and rather than scaling back my mileage, I keep thinking of ways to add more exercise to the week. Seriously, I was running on the treadmill this morning and I was all like, "I could get up at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow, run 3 or 4 miles and still have enough energy to try Piloxing before work."

The workout on the Train Like A Mother plan? Three miles OR cross-train. Womp, womp.

I think I might be feeling thrown off because I punked out on my Monday recovery run but I'm also realizing that my goal race isn't so far away. Six weeks separate me and the Wisconsin start line, and I want to get there knowing I put in the work, the miles and the heart.

But I also want to get to Lexington with healthy legs.

In order to do that, I do need to abide by the taper (sort of) but I can can make some plans and a few changes to build my game.

1. Work on my core. I'll do bicep curls and squats till the cows come home but ask me to do a plank and I get all whiny. I do get in some core work with BODYPUMP but it doesn't get the attention I think it deserves - especially since I know that a strong core could come in handy during Wisconsin. I would like to make more of an effort to strengthen my center in the next six weeks, so I opted to borrow Jillian Michaels' "Killer Abs" from the library. I am not making any promises that I'll do it as regularly as should but it's the thought that counts.

2. Cut out or limit sweeteners. I did so well with the Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Holiday Challenge between Thanksgiving and Christmas but once Santa came a ho-ho-hoing, the wheels fell off the bus. I've tried with varying success to rein in my sugar consumption but still feel frustrated with the crap calories I'm eating. Last night - after a day that included orange poppy seed loaf, Chips Ahoy thin crisps and a homemade chocolate chip cookie bar - I decided that I needed to stop letting cravings control me. I wrote three goals for today on a sheet of paper and the first was no sweeteners other than natural fruit. (The other two? Run 5 miles and eat 4-5 servings of vegetables.) I'm going to take this sugar attack day-by-day but I'm hoping to feel strong and lean by May 4.

3. Ummm, I totally had a third one when I decided to write this post. I swear I did. I wonder if it was eat more chia seeds? I just ate some lackluster oatmeal and actually missed those flavorless little things. I was going to go to the co-op to pick up some from the bulk bins but went to the library instead to grab "Killer Abs."


For fun: Miles began his singing career with "Wheels on the Bus" and has recently added "It's Raining, It's Pouring" to his set list. This kid cracks me up!


  1. When I first read the title I thought you were going to say you signed up for a tri :) That will get you some crosstraining!

    Chia - it's a weird little grain or whatever it is. I had it in my overnight oats this morning and even though it doesn't taste like anything, it reminds me of birdseed.

    1. I will do a tri some day but when I'm not sure. If I could find an end of summer one, I'd consider it! I love the gelatinous texture chia creates. I'm so weird.

  2. I'm so glad the end of the video was fussing because that's typical in our house and frankly, it's nice to know it is in others. :) That being said, his song is ADORABLE!

    1. Oh, we have plenty of fussing. It's usually at night or when I tell him that, no, he can't have ice cream for breakfast.

  3. I am so bad at the taper too!

    I am curious to hear what you think of Jillian's vid!

    P.S. Skip to chapter 9 for core work :)

  4. I hope to find you among the many at the Run the Bluegrass race, I will be there with my runner kids....