Monday, January 7, 2013

Weekend Running


Every now and then I like to just stay home in NJ and concentrate on myself all weekend.  No going out, no going to DE, no making plans.  Just me. Whatever I want to do.  This weekend was one of those weekends.

I really wanted to concentrate on getting to the gym and getting my motivation back.  Recently I have only been going to the gym 1-2 times a week and that is just not enough.  No way. This weekend I wanted to make sure I went both Saturday and Sunday.  I really needed to get that drive and obsessiveness back.  I was thinking of ways how to do that...and I found it!

The Couch to 5k (C25K) program has been right under my nose this entire journey. My friends have used it, it's all over IG and Twitter and almost everyone recommends it to me when I tell them I want to run.  I have always been so stubborn to try it.  Not sure why but sometimes I have the mentality that I want to do this on my own and that I don't need an app or a program to help.  That is just a dumb way to look at things.  What's wrong with getting a little help here and there?  So I decided to try out the app...and well....I LOVE IT!

Saturday morning I went to the gym and started with week 1 day 1 which is a 5 minute warm up walk then intervals of 60 second jogging and 90 second walking.  Then ends with a 5 minute cool down for a total of 30 minutes.  I have been running for a bit so this was pretty easy for me.  I was able to finish it and feel really good.  After I was done I stayed on the treadmill and did another 30 mins of walking with incline.

As you can see, it was a pretty good workout.  My heart rate was up pretty high the whole time and I was able to do 3.67 miles.  Not bad for walking half of it!  I felt amazing the rest of the day!

On Sunday I was motivated to get back to the gym and continue with the program. I am not sure why, but it seems easier to head to the gym when you have a goal in mind that you want to accomplish!  Sunday I started with week 1 day 2 which is the same thing.  5 minute warm up walk then intervals of 60 second jogging and 90 second walking with a 5 minute cool down at the end.  I was able to do this easily and wanted to keep running when I was done so I decided to keep going and do day 3 right after I finished day 2.  It is again the same thing.  I'm not going to lie, towards the end I had to really dig deep and push through.  I was getting kinda tired and my heart rate was in the 170s (yeah buddy!!).  I was able to push through and get it done!  I felt amazing and really accomplished to be able to finish!  I honestly needed my Britney Spears Stronger to help me get to the end.  I LOVE that song.  It just makes me take my workout to the next level!

Sunday's workout was a great sweat sesh!! Max heart rate of 178!!! And an average of 163! That is awesome.  I felt great the rest of the day.  Since I kicked ass at the gym this weekend, I knew I had to def stay on track with food too.  And I did!  Sunday night I decided to make one of my favorite meals.  SO GOOD!

  I took an avacado and added tomato, red onion, salt and pepper.  Then grilled up a piece of chicken and ate it together.  It's soooo good.  I even added a small piece of swiss cheese to some of the chicken   The cheese may have made it unclean but i'm not sure.  I had blackberries and kiwi for dessert. This is by far my fav meal that I make.  So easy and so good!!!

My plan for the week is to build off my weekend motivation and keep going!!!!!!  I love it.

4 comments:

  1. I am so weary about trying C25K...but I really want to! I see so many motivational posts about 5K's and marathons, and as someone who absolutely hated running when I was younger, I want to say that I conquered it, ya know?

    Also, that chicken/guacamole combo sounds amazing.

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    1. You should try C25K! You may like it! It makes it easier and plus you can keep doing a day or week over until you feel comfortable moving on. :) You can def conquer it!!!

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  2. O love that you are going for C25k- that's how I got into running and it was great! Keep at it, hun!

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