Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shame, shame...

I realized after my last post that I repeated myself.  A. Lot.  I'm sorry for that friends.  You don't want to see the same stuff written about...multiple times in a row.  For shame!  I appreciate each and every one of you that stops by to read my blog and I certainly don't want people bored with my ramblings.  Sheesh!

Well, I finished week 13 today.  I had originally thought I was going to finish week 14 today.  Somehow I miscalculated when I put it on my calendar, but I'm up-to-date now.  This was my last week of having a 1 minute walking interval thrown in-between my running intervals.  I had a 30-1-30 today *30 running-1 walking-30 running.*  When week 14 starts on Saturday, I will be running a straight 60 minutes.  And, for whatever reason, this intimidates me.

I never thought I'd make it through 14 weeks of training, but, I'm doing it.  I'm not the fastest girl on the block, but from what I've read elsewhere, I'm not the slowest either.  I've been tossing around ideas on what I'll be doing next, but I think I'm going to keep running  three days a week and filling in with something else on the other two days. 

Yesterday I did the "Tone-Your-Lower-Half Workout" that I found in my all*you magazine.  I tried to find a link for it on their website, but have come up empty handed.  This incorporated walking, reverse lunges, push-ups, and toes-out squats.  I managed to do the lunges and the squats in my own driveway, but my push-ups were done on the brick wall of the fire station up the street *it's a good thing they're volunteer down there, otherwise, I would have felt silly.*  I still felt silly doing push-ups out where other people could see me.  I wasn't really fond of doing the other two moves in my driveway either, but, it is what it is.  My total time for this workout was 54 minutes.  I appreciate that they put three different workouts in there for the different body types.  I am pear shaped, but there is a workout for apple and hourglass shapes as well.

As for my running days, I'm not sure if I'll do two longer runs and a short run, or if I should do two shorter runs and a longer one.  Decisions, decisions.  What would you do?  And, if you continue to run outside in the winter, what are your 'must haves' for running?  My long sleeved jacket isn't going to cut it for temps below 20.  This morning, I wore one of my hubby's sweatshirts that he wears to go running in.  I couldn't find my ear warmer *like a headband*, so I had to wear a hat.  I thought I'd hate the hat, but it wasn't bad.  I'm also trying to figure out what I could put over my face *nose and mouth* that won't make me feel like I'm suffocating.  I tried a light-weight scarf that a friend gave to me *done loosely over nose/mouth and tucked into my ear warmer*, but even that seemed a bit much.  Mittens or gloves?  I wore gloves this morning and was okay until the end of my run when I thought my hands were going to be permanently numb *I ended up pulling my fingers into the 'palm' part of the glove to make a fist.*

Not such exciting stuff going, huh?  We're coming up on Thanksgiving again.  Are you ready?  Are you making a plan now or are you going to wing it?