Friday, August 26, 2011

Monday... err... Tuesday Update

How is it almost September?!? Seriously?!

It's been a good week up here! I've done a few runs which were still not at the level I was at before camp, but I feel like I'm making progress. (I never did get my hour run in... it was more like a bad half hour run.) My quick run this morning was refreshing, as I got to go along the lake for part of my run.

Weight has fluctuated a bit, but I'm still about 15 pounds down from when I first started this. Now that I'm cooking for myself, I can control my food a little bit more. Unfortunately, I have a penchant for consuming cheese in large quantities. You win some, you lose some...

I also signed up for a locker and group classes at my university's gym. I have a friend who wants to do Zumba, so depending on how I feel about my teaching load and everything, I'll likely be doing that with her a few times a week.

Classes start soon! AGH!

What have you been getting done?


This weekend, I'm looking forward to some active activities. In addition to my "long run" (which will be less than an hour, I assume), I'll be riding my bike tonight and walking around an orchard to pick apples tomorrow morning.

Bring on the weekend!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Update

Hello everyone, it's Emily!

Sorry for the radio silence last week, but I was busy moving up to Wisconsin and arranging my new apartment! What's the best feature of my new room (well, for the purpose of this running blog, anyway)? A treadmill! While I'll continue running outside for now, this will mean that I can continue running even when it's snowing out (read: I'll have no excuse to stay in bed!). Granted, I could go to my university's gym, but with my class schedule this year, it's not as convenient to get to the gym and catch the right bus home.

I am back to cooking my own food. I had a lovely dinner with my roommate tonight. Oven roasted vegetables and some chicken. Nom nom nom! I'm looking forward to planning my healthy menu and seeing continued weight loss! Now I just have to purchase a scale so I can keep you all updated on how much weight I have lost!!

What have you been doing? Have you been Getting Stuff Done?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Elvis is ALIVE!!!!!!!!

Last night I ran (and by ran I mean ran and walked and ran again and the walked and then ran again and really walked most of it) the Chicago 'Elvis is Alive 5K' with my friend Erin (who is awesome).  Things that are awesome about this race:
  •  It allowed me to take half a day off work to hang out with Erin and the NOT feel guilty about our impressive calorie consumption due to running 5K.
  • It is a non-competitive race, so it's designed for fun and it is OK to walk. Thus, it brings out people of all ages. I was lapped by many old men and small children. I think I should be ashamed of that, but I'm taking it as a badge of honor. :-) (For the record, and to preserve her honor, Erin really runs and finished in very respectable time.)
  • People dress up like Elvis to run the race. (HILARIOUS!) Erin and I did not dress up, but were planning on sequinsing it up until we were DISMAYED to find out we know NO ONE who owns a Bedazzler. How do we not know anyone who owns a bedazzler???
  • At the end, they give you beer and frozen bananas dipped in chocolate. This is brilliant. I can't consume either of said items, but it's awesome in theory.
  • AND-- if you do things with Erin, she is your social media coordinator and tweets, facebooks and takes photos so you don't have to. It's GENIUS. :-)
 Pre-Race photo....I like how the sun makes it look like I'm some kind of superhero who can materialize/dematerialize.

 Fun with shadows. By the porta-pottys. OK, so maybe we could have chose a better location.

We hadn't stretched yet, but we made sure we were IDed and ready for the post-race beer.

Elvis Sighting!!!!!

Elvis Sighting!!!!!

Elvis Sighting!!!!!

Me, at the finish line, wondering why the hell I agreed to run a race.......

Finish line BEER!!! I smile because I'm done. Erin smiles because she knows she gets both beers.
I pout at you, beer to which I am allergic!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Boot camp: the aftermath

I. am. so. sore.

I have been going down the stairs in an incredibly odd manner. I walk like an injured duck. Just getting up from the couch makes me groan. It makes me feel like I'm 80 years old.

Oh, ye lunges and squats, I do not want to do any more of you tomorrow morning.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Update

Hey all, Emily here!

Ah, yes, another Monday... HOW do they keep creeping up on me? Next Monday, I'll be going back up to grad school, so thus starts the countdown, i.e. "PACK ALL OF YOUR POSSESSIONS!"

I've still been doing the boot camp and Zumba with my mom, but not a ton on the running front! At least I'm still moving!

Julie says: I'm doing a 5K Thursday, I'll get some pics and do a post afterwards... if I don't die.

What about you? Link up and let us know what you've been doing!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Boot camp!

My mom has been going to a fitness boot camp that she found through an online coupon company. While I am still at home before going back to grad school, I decided to join her since the instructors allowed us to pay for a half-month.

The class starts about 4 hours earlier than I've been getting up lately... Ouch. I guess it will get me back on track for getting up to get to classes on time!

The boot camp itself consists of 8 stations (they change each session) and you do one exercise at each station, run a lap, and move to the next station and do total of 3 rounds of the stations.

It. Is. Killing. Me.

I threw up in one session and after the other this week and ended up taking a nap both days after I got a shower. Man oh man.

My mom is looking more toned after 8 weeks, and I am hoping that this boot camp will get me jump-started on my exercise schedule again... if I'm not too sore to move. ;)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Update- Getting Stuff Done


There's not much to update since my "I'm baaaaaack!" post. I'm getting in the workout groove again and figuring out what to do in my remaining two weeks at home before going back up to grad school. So far, the plan includes a lot of sleep, visiting friends, and figuring out how to pack up everything that I brought home... Hmmmmm...


OK- I have some confessions to make. First - I hate running. Second - I'm trying really hard not to hate running. Third- I'm not running the Princess 1/2 marathon in February. Before you chastise me, let me explain. The idea of running 13.1 miles has always daunted me. I told Emily, at first, that I'd see how I did and if we could wrangle any advertisers/sponsors and take it from there. At first I thought I could pull 13.1 miles out of myself with sheer spite for those who told me I couldn't do it. Turns out, my spite isn't that mighty. Still, I wanted to keep going. But, now, things are getting complicated with work and schedules and taking some time off to travel to the race in February is looking less and less likely to happen. So I officially threw in my Princess towel. Emily is not so happy with me. :-(


Here is the rest of the story-- The daunting nature of trying to train for the race as taking away my desire to workout. Knowing I can go to they gym and not have to concentrate only on running is renewing my motivation to go to the gym. I didn't realize how much the pressure of trying to make myself a runner was effecting things until 1) I pulled out of the race and 2) I told myself it is OK to walk the 5K I'm doing next week with Erin. I've been dreading this 5K ever since the weather turned upwards of 90 degrees and telling myself I can walk is making me happier.

So, where is all this leading? It's leading to me, still trying to do some running, but also trying to find some workout balance. I have a friend who wants to do the Chicago 1/2 marathon next spring and I haven't totally written that off, but, let's be honest, I probably will. I still plan to do a few posts here on occasion, but mostly you will be hearing from Emily as she prepares for the race, because she is awesome.

What about you? How are all of you doing with your projects?