Thursday, January 28, 2010

Training: Weeks 5 and 6

I was so discouraged knowing that recovery from surgery would keep me from training. I let it get to me. So I stopped. I need to be more diligent. I had surgery yesterday and don't get to do any running for two weeks. :( We are moving on March 1st, and I have looked up races in the Las Vegas area. I am excited because there are many races in the winter and spring! They do a marathon (and a half marathon) in December. I am looking forward to that! I still plan to do the Eugene Marathon half in May. I may end up walking some of it if I can't get up to the whole thing with the training setback. I think I would like to do at least one 5K a month after the half. I have a few friends who have really gotten into running. It is so wonderful to have friends to inspire me! I look forward to the end of these next 2 weeks so I can get back to running!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Training: Week 5, Day 1

In the middle of my 35 minute walk/run I got a call from my doctor. She had the results from my biopsy (the procedure last week that made me too weak to work out on Wednesday). I finished my workout and managed to run 14 of the 35 minutes, but not consecutively. Anyway, the doctor wants to do surgery next week on Wednesday, and from what she said, I probably won't be able to work out for 2 weeks after that. I am feeling like I will never be able to make my goal of running a half marathon. I have been really struggling so far with all the illnesses and pain as well as breastfeeding and taking care of a newborn. I am wondering if this was too much to take on so soon after having him.
Maybe I will be able to at least walk for those two weeks. I will find out more when I go in for my pre-op appointment on Wednesday. At least I can keep up my training until the surgery. And then I can pick up again when I recover. I can always run as much of the half marathon as I can and then walk the rest. And I can find other marathons to run later in the year, I suppose. Maybe I will catch back up to where I need to be after recovering. Ugh! This is not what I had planned!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Training: Week 4

This week's schedule called for a 30 minute walk/run.

Monday I ran for 6 1/2 minutes straight! I was hoping to work up to 10 minutes by the end of the week.
Wednesday I had a procedure and then didn't eat enough so I was too weak to work out. :( I am working on eating enough. It is hard when you are breastfeeding a 6 week old baby. I have to be sure to eat enough and not overdo it. Well, I will just stay more on top of things from here on out.
Thursday I got a call from a realtor and someone wanted to look at our house the next day. Sooo, that night- instead of working out- Jeff and I cleaned. And cleaned. And cleaned. (We got it all done at least.)

Saturday I told myself no excuses. I have plans for the night, so working out would have to be earlier in the day. Hmmm. Maybe I should do that every day. Then I don't have to worry about being weak at the end of a long day, or put it off to clean for a surprise walk through. Well, I did it. I got my run/walk in. And before 10 pm, no less! Its a miracle! I managed to run for 7 1/2 minutes straight this time. So hopefully I will be hitting 10 minutes this coming week.

By the way, this coming week I get to walk/run for 35 minutes! Yay me! I am not very good at this, but at least I am not quitting. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Training: Week 3

Monday we were still recovering from our long drive back from L.A. We arrived home at 4 am. So I didn't get my walk/run in that day. This week was a 25 minute walk/run.

Wednesday I struggled to get dressed in my workout clothes. Jeff practically had to drag me off the couch. But it got done. And it wasn't so bad.

Thursday I struggled again. What is it about working out that is so difficult? I was not enjoying it at all. Usually once I get going it isn't so bad.

Saturday Jeff didn't have to drag me off the couch! I walked for 3 minutes, ran 1 1/2, walked 3, ran 5, walked 3, ran 1 1/2, walked 3, ran 2 1/2 and walked for the final 2 1/2 minutes. Yeah, that is 25 minutes. I am proud of my 5 minute stretch. Much better than week 3 last year! Remember, I just had a baby 6 weeks ago and haven't run for 9 months. I feel like I am making real progress. Maybe by the end of next week I'll be able to run for 10 minutes?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Training: Week 2

Monday I was still suffering the after effects of the stomach flu. Weak and dehydrated, I rested.

Tuesday we spent a long day at Disneyland. I walked and walked and walked, and ran a little. That counts right?

Wednesday- the stomach flu returned. Why?!?!

Thursday was another long day at Disneyland. Walking, walking, walking and a bit of a run in there.

Saturday- last day of Disneyland and some California Adventure. What a terrible way to get in my exercise, NOT!

I know I didn't really get in my 20 minutes of walking/running, but I think I more than made up for that pushing a stroller with a baby and a 3 year old around the parks all day (like from 8 am to 9-10 pm). Right?

Training: Week 1 (the rest of it)

Wednesday was the day we left for our Christmas holiday in California. I planned to get up early and walk before we left. Having a newborn really makes it impossible to plan. I got so behind and was so exhausted. We left 4 1/2 hours late and my house wasn't clean. Needless to say, I didn't get my walk in.

Thursday we were in sunny Redondo Beach! I got my 20 minutes of walking that day!

In the middle of Friday night I got the stomach flu. It was awful. It ruined my Saturday walk. Never happened. Why does it seem that things happen and make it impossible for me to stick with the program? Come on! I just want to do this!