The Sweethearts 5K & More …

sweethearts5kIt was a long and crazy week for me, but it sure ended on a great note. Death is never an easy process to go through, especially when it is a person that you care for a lot. And, because of the family obligations and needs I didn’t run much at all this week. Though I was able to enjoy running a 5K with Elsha here in Bountiful.

IMG_1117The past couple of weeks I have been trying to get back into my groove and running. But, the importance of running is comes after, way after my obligations with God and family. So that’s where I’ve been the past couple of weeks. It’s been difficult, but I’ve tried to get my runs in where I can. But, being there for my family and especially my Grandma means much more to me than worrying about mileage. I can’t tell you how touched I was being able to be in the presence of my Grandma’s passing. It was one of those moments that is life defining.

IMG_1113But, running on Saturday with Elsha I felt my Grandma’s presence quite strong. My Grandma was always a fan of my running. She loved hearing about my runs and those that I ran with, especially since I started pushing Elsha, Reese and others. She thought it was the neatest thing that I would push people that couldn’t walk, let alone run. I know that if she was in the same physical situation as I was, she would do the same.

As long as I can remember she always told me how important it was to be there for other people and doing what you need to do to help them. Without turning this much into a memorial (I will do that later this week), the time spent running with Elsha on Saturday was a very special time for me. It brought back a lot of the lessons my Grandma taught me.

IMG_1119The time Elsha and I had was a lot of fun. We laughed, talked and felt like mini-celebrities when a few runners stopped us to say and even take a picture. I tried to enter both of us in the costume contest as the most famous couple, but apparently the judges didn’t know who we were? Their loss. LOL!

But, the run was a lot of fun and a great way to spend Valentines Day with someone I consider a VERY special friend. Heck, I showed that friendship in the form of cupcakes from Sweet Tooth Fairy so we’re practically BFFs. I told Elsha that I am reserving this race for us to run together again next year. And, next year we’ll take the “famous category” in a landslide.


NEW DIET & EXERCISE ROUTINE

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It’s kind of a difficult time to start a new diet and exercise regime, but at the same time it’s also the best time to begin. Why? Because, we can ALWAYS make an excuse to delay our new beginning. It might not be the most convenient week with my Grandma’s funeral, family socials, a road trip and then the beast that Las Vegas can be to travelers. I could easily justify starting next week after Vegas.

But, I don’t work that.

When I started my weight-loss journey I started on a Thursday. I didn’t wait for a Monday, a new month or new year. I did it on the day that I decided to change. I’ve tried to follow that same mentality since then. If I feel the need for change I do it now, I do not wait. You can apply this mentality to more things than just weight-loss or running, that that’s a post for another day and time.

This new regime is something I am doing with a few other friends. It’s kinda like a trial experiment to see how well it works. But, it’s hard to see how there wouldn’t progress if you followed. The diet follows the guidelines set out in the American Cancer Society diet as well as the American Diabetes Society and I think one more society? But, I can’t remember at the moment.

The basic idea is to focus on eating a well balanced and CLEAN diet. This really means cleaning out your diet of a lot of sodium and access sugar. Of course this means avoiding a lot of processed foods and focusing on eating whole foods like vegetables, fruits and grains that are in season.

In a way, it’s KINDA like a diet plan that follows the guidelines of the Word of Wisdom found in the Doctrine & Covenants 89. I will blog about the Word of Wisdom a bit later in the month, because I don’t believe it’s a guideline of health meant just for Mormons.

But, I am excited about this, because I am in desperate need of it. I’ve been struggling with maintaining my weight lately because of my testosterone levels. I have an appointment this week with the endocrinologist as well, so it’s perfect timing. But, I believe that focusing on the simplicity of this diet will help at least manage my weight until we can get my levels to where they need to be. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating it’s been dealing with this the past year. But, that really is another post for another day.

In addition to following the diet I am also booking all of that on MyFitnessPal and continuing to use my FitBit. I’ve got the tools and now I’ve just got to get to work, follow my workout plan and then also pray my doctors can help get my levels normalized as well. All of this will help me get where I need to be to run my sub-two half marathon this year.


HIP HOP ABS!

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As part of my new regime I decided to not focus on running as my sole form of cardio. I knew I’d burn out that way, plus I wanted to focus on something else that would support my running. Sooooo … last week I ended up buying the Hip Hop Abs videos. It sounds expensive, but I found the videos on the Beachbody website for only $19.99. I couldn’t say no.

There are four videos that come in a set and basically you do a video a day. Pretty each. I am not sure how often I am going to do the videos, but I am planning on doing them at least twice a week. What attracted me to these was the focus on the abs or core and it’s cardio. As a runner it’s important to focus and strengthen the core and I think these videos will help me do that. The stronger I make the core the better runner I’ll be.

Stay tune for more updates on the videos. I am sure you’ll get plenty of updates over on Facebook and the Instagram.


RUNNING PLANS THIS WEEK

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With everything going on this week with family I am making it a priority to get a run or two in before this weekend. Today I am planning on running a nice long run along Bountiful Blvd. I’d like to get about 8 miles in, but we’ll see, I might go longer. I just want to focus on a lone solo run. I haven’t done one in quite a while and I think it’d be good to do going into this week with the funeral and family coming in.

This weekend I am also sweeping the Dogtown Half Marathon with Jill down in southern Utah. That will be another long run, but a slower one since we’re sweeping the course. That is why we are also planning on running the Vegas Strip when we get down there later Saturday. We also talked about possibly doing a shorter run around Fremont St. as well? We’ll see about that one. But, running the Strip will be at least another 7 miles.

I am really looking forward to getting a lot of miles in this week. I need it and the past couple of weeks I haven’t gotten in a long mileage run that my body has been craving.


MY 2015 MILEAGE

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015

2015 Training Miles – 60.35 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 22.0 miles
2015 Race Miles – 22.45 miles
2015 Total Miles – 104.8 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 26.0 miles

MONDAY MOTIVATION

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