Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday - 2 hours of cycling. The first class was hills. The second was a little bit of everything. The heart rate monitor was interesting. My heart rate for the first class was a bit too high. I did manage to burn 847 calories! Sweet!

Sunday - 40 minute run - 4.0 miles and a swim of indeterminate lenght. It was at least 600 meters. I lost count of my laps and the juvenile deligents splashing around in the lane next to me were very annoying.

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Toy!

I finally bought a heart rate monitor! I've only been eyeing them for umm...two years. I went with the Polar RS300X with GPS. Athletic Annex had them for a killer price and I couldn't pass it up. Plus, I had a 15% off coupon! Since we were there I felt obligated to purchase a new pair of socks and a hamstring compression sleeve. I may have overdone it a bit yesterday on the treadmill. My left hammy has been a bit tender for about a month and I could really feel it this morning. As the day has progressed, things are feeling better. I'm going to cycling in the morning and swimming at some point. I'm excited about using the heart rate monitor on the bike.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Monday - Spinning - 60 minutes
Tuesday - 40 minute run - 4.2 miles
Wednesday - Nothing - I didn't even make it to the barn. :(
Thursday - 45 minute run - 5.0 miles

The plan is to spin for 60 minutes tomorrow morning and swim for 30-40 minutes. I have another dermatologists appointment in the morning so I can stay at the gym a little longer. I'm pretty sure I'll end up with another steroid shot. So far, I haven't put on any weight (THANK GOD!). My running is steadily improving. I'm starting to think I might actually be able to run a sub-2-hour half marathon this year! 9:00 minute miles are becoming my new "comfortable" pace on the treadmill and generally, I'm slower on the treadmill then outside.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Week Ending 1/23/2009

Monday - Spinning - 60 minutes
Tuesday - Run - 40 minutes (3.5 miles)
Wednesday - Off
Thursday - Run - 40 minutes (3.5 miles)/Core 60 minutes
Friday - Spinning - 60 minutes
Saturday - Nothing
Sunday - Run - 40 minutes (3.75 miles)

I lost 2 pounds this week making it a total of 6 since January 1st.

I missed a spinning workout scheduled for Saturday. The day got away from me as we laid more flooring. Only a small amount of wood left to install and then we have to do tile in the half-bath. I predict it will be March before the house is back together again!

My running is steadily improving. Two weeks until the Groundhog 7 miler. I think it's going to be a great race!

I saw the dermatologist on Friday about a worsening skin issue on the palms of my hands. I had a similar issue last summer on my fingers and wrists. Originally he diagnosed it as eczema. Now, however, he believes is psoriasis. He gave me a hefty shot of steroids on Friday and I'm on steroid pills for a week. The good news is the steroids are already working. The pain and itching is almost gone and my skin looks much better. The bad news is the steroids make me feel like total CRAP. :(

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Week Re-cap

Tuesday - Run: 30 minutes - 3.0 miles
Wednesday- Went to the barn to ride
Thursday - Run: 50 minutes - 5.2 miles
Friday - Nothing - unless you count running around work as exercise
Saturday - Spinning - 45 minutes - Hill climbs and sprints

Please note the LACK of swimming this week. Yeah, Tuesday's swim was ruined by water aerobics hogging the gym pool and teenagers hogging the middle school pool. To be is their pool, but it screwed my week up! I missed my Thursday swim because a late work meeting followed by a trip to the salon. Work has also been extra special this week (insert sarcasm here). I'll just leave it at that.

In other news - Our floor finally arrived! It's only 14 days late! It will actually work out okay. Jarrett has Monday off for MLK day and he can work on the floor for an extra day. We are totally renovating the office, including new furniture, new paint, new French doors, and of course, new flooring. The paint looks awesome. Since the office it our official "Purdue Memorabilia" room, I painted it a lovely shade of Purdue Gold. The house is going to look great when the floor is done. After that, we just have to remodel the master bath and kitchen. Kitchen is going to wait until at least late next year. The master bath is our spring project.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Morning (5:00 am)
Run: 25 minutes (2.25 miles)
Cycle: 45 minutes

Evening (5:45 pm)
Core/Strength: 1 hour

I was pretty much starving all day. I lost 2 pounds last week and I'm hoping for another 2 this week.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Weekend Review

45 minute cycling class

25 minute run (2.6 miles)
1200 meter swim

The swim was much improved over Friday. I just think I was tired.

The weekend was pretty uneventful. Cleaning, resting, cooking, dog bathing....I didn't get to see Frosty this weekend because it was to darn cold to be at the barn. Weather looks like it improves in the middle of next week so it looks like Wednesday I'll get to ride.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Le Sigh

Today was a challenge. Work sucked. I'm tired. It's cold.

2.25 mile run - 25 minutes
600 meter swim - very disappointed that I didn't finish the 1200 meter set I was suppose to do today

The highlight of the day was dinner. Jarrett went and got gyros and hummus. Yum!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's a winter "wonderland"

So it snowed today. I love snow...when I can ski or something fun like that. When I have to drive to work it's not so great.

Morning: 40 minutes of cycle - I got to the gym late because of the roads and hitting snooze. This morning thing is still a struggle.
Evening: 20 minute run - 1.75 miles
60 minute core/strength - I haven't been to Body Works in a LONG time. I am going to be sore in the morning!

Time for some tasty pita pizza dinner and then bed!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Huh? Sorry, I couldn't hear you.

Morning (5:30 am)
Run - 25 minutes - 2.5 miles
Core - 20 minutes

Evening (6:00 pm)
Swimming - 1000 meters

Work is driving me nuts. It sounds like a very loud jackhammer/washing machine is trying to breakdown my office wall. Highly unpleasant. My office mate and I can only really stand to be in there for like 15 minutes at a time before we want to scream. This racket is due to an end of year project gone very, very wrong. Unfortunately, I was part of the process to install the monster living next door (it's a direct steam injection hot water system for the plant). The heater is awesome. We now have an unlimited supply of wicked hot water. The problem is the system is cavitating for some unknown reason and causing this awful noise. The equipment manufacturer can't make it to the plant until next Monday. That means another 3 days of the most ungodly noise ever. We have to wear our office. I'm serious.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Training Has Started!

Saturday - Helped our friends Scott and Erica install insulation and a sub-floor in their basement. Lots of moving heavy stuff. Not technically a "workout" but I was sure tired after we were done!

Sunday - 60 minutes on the dreadmill and 20 minutes of core - 5.25 miles total

Monday - 45 minutes spinning and 20 minutes of core - Spin was focused on strength. We climbed for 90% of the class. I am transitioning to morning workouts to avoid the rush at the gym that is happening between 5-8 pm.

Tomorrow - Run and Swim

No weight gain over the holiday, but none lost either. Jarrett and I are both concentrating on our eating habits. So far, three solid days in a row of sticking to my nutrition plan. The goal is to drop at least 10 pounds with a strech goal of 20. Yeah, yeah...your not suppose to set "goal" weights. I'm staying away from the scale until Friday and hopefully I'll see some positive impact.

I'm welcoming my new year of HIM training with a coach! Check him out at My wonderful husband is working on creating his fantastic web page (still a WIP) in exchange for some much needed focused coaching for me. I feel more grounded already! Big thanks to David for all of the help and to Jarrett for all of his time!