bookmark_border10K Training Tuesday – Week 1

I’ve¬†mentioned this before, but in case you missed it–I’m running my first 10K on March 26, the Crescent City Classic, and I’m a charity runner for Girls on the Run. I’m pretty excited about this, as it’s *the* race that it seems everyone who even thinks about running, runs (in New Orleans, at least).

I’ve looked at what seems like a hundred different training plans, and I’ve finally come up with something that’s sort of a hybrid of everything I read. I needed something that can be done in 10 weeks, that will challenge me (but not too much!), and includes run/walk intervals. I also wanted to include speed training once per week.

So here is what I came up with… on the “30 min walk” days, that can be any sort of cross-training and strength training. On the run days, the “1:1” is the run:walk interval, in minutes. As of right now, for speed training I plan to basically run faster than normal for 20 seconds, then walk for a minute or 2 and do it again. I’ll see how it goes and tweak it as needed. If any of you more experience runners have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them!

I’d like to share the ups and downs of my training with you, and hopefully having a dedicated day will keep me on track and accountable ūüôā

Oh! One more thing–as a charity runner, my initial goal was to raise $300. Well, I’ve already surpassed that, so since there are still 2 months til the race, I raised my goal to $500. Visit my¬†fundraising page¬†to donate if you so desire–Girls on the Run of New Orleans¬†receives 100% of the donations!

bookmark_borderWeigh In (1/16)

How the heck are we already halfway through January?!? Honestly, I’m perfectly happy to see January zoom right on by; it’s the anniversary of my mom’s death and the whole latter half the month just makes me a little wonky. January 20, 2008, was the last day I heard her voice, she died on January 31st, and we buried her February 4th. It gets a little easier to deal with each year that passes, but every day in the back of my mind, I can’t help but note what I remember from each day during that time period… “this was the last time I heard her voice,” “this is the day I couldn’t hold it together any more,” “this is the day I knew she wasn’t coming back…” I’m sure I’ll be writing more about her in the coming days.

I was up .2 at Saturday’s weigh in.¬†Can you even really call that a gain?¬†Basically, I maintained. I had two decent losses in a row, so I’m not surprised. I was prepared for more of a gain, so it’s good!

We had a good weekend–Saturday was warm, but the temperature dropped and was much cooler on Sunday. OH! I also¬†finally decided that will definitely be coaching¬†with Girls on the Run again for the spring season, and I’ll be sticking with the middle school program (Heart & Sole). I had coach training on Saturday, and I ended up volunteering to be a head coach! They have a community site (for girls whose schools don’t have GOTR, or are homeschooled) that meets on Thursday and Saturday and they still needed a head coach, so I’m doing it! The difference between the Head Coach and the Assistant Coaches is that the Head Coach is required to be at every practice, and has to do all the administrative stuff (making sure girls are registered, evaluations, calls with the head office, etc.). The Head Coach also leads the practices. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to it!

Last but not least, my weekly goals! I didn’t forget this time ūüôā

Reviewing¬†last week’s goals…

Reach my goal of 5000 steps every day. DONE

Be in bed by 10:30.¬† Yeah, this didn’t really happen. Does it count if I fell asleep on the couch?

Track, track, track!¬†DONE (ish…)

This weeks goals…
Reach my goal of 5000 steps every day.¬†If I manage to do this one, I’ll raise next week’s goal.

Be in bed by 10:30 4 days.¬†I put 4 days to reduce the expectation a bit; I should be able to do this, and it’s good for me.

Drink 64oz of water every day. My water intake has been terrible lately!

What goals are you working on this week?

bookmark_borderComing off the high

Remember when¬†I mentioned that I’ve been in a funk¬†lately?

I think I’ve pinpointed the cause… and it’s that¬†there is no cause.
Groundbreaking, eh?
I had a light bulb moment earlier today and it dawned on me that this “funk” is just a low point in the depressive cycle. It goes up and down, like a wave, but when you’ve been riding the high for a while, you can forget that eventually,¬†you’ll come down.
As someone who deals with depression, who’s been actively making changes and working to overcome such things, you’d think I would have figured it out sooner. Ah well.
I don’t take any medication, so it’s possible I feel these highs and lows more strongly than someone who does take medication…though really, I have no idea. I just know that I’m sick and tired of it, and now that I’ve recognized the source, I know I need to work harder than ever to dig out of this slump.
Instead of waiting to just magically come out of the slump, I have to take action and do it myself. Basically, it’s time to bring out the big guns!
I need to fake it til I make it, and I need to focus on the positive.
I also would like to take a moment to acknowledge that I realize my posts have been somewhat lacking lately. Hoping to improve that now that I’ve figured out the problem!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I hope to see you bright and chipper on Monday¬†(or as bright and chipper as one can be on a Monday…)!