Last week’s miles: 30.1 (includes 4 miles on the bike)
This week’s miles: 24
Weight: 131 BMI: 19.3
Fitbit steps: 1/11 – 1/17: 19, 436
Miles: My long run this week was a short(er) and eas(ier) 6 miles – my training plan has me backing off this week to gear up for next week’s long run of 10 miles (eek!). This weeks mileage is inflated because I moved my weekend runs up by a day – I completed Saturday’s run on Friday before school, and Sunday’s long run this morning. We’re going away for the week, and I’m not packing my running gear.
Diet: I’m still figuring out how to manage my run-ravenous appetite. I guess I did well this week since I lost 1/2 a pound, but it’s difficult for me to stick to my 3 meals a day without grazing (one of my keys to staying slim for the past 3 years). I am allowing myself some extra fuel before my run, but it’s very purposeful and deliberate – I’ll have a banana with some peanut butter, or a homemade protein ball. Beyond that, I’m trying to stick to normal diet and portions – but I’m hungry. A lot.
I’m using my Fitbit app to track my water intake. I drink a lot of coffee in the morning (usually several cups) so when I’m at work, it takes a concerted effort to catch up on my ounces (I’m so busy teaching and running around, I don’t have time to drink water. Or pee.) I’m drinking a minimum of 75oz a day.
I’m also working on only drinking alcohol one night a week – I’m not a heavy drinker by any means (usually 1-2 drinks when I do imbibe) but since marrying my husband, I’ve fallen into the habit of having a drink or two on the nights we don’t have kids (every other weekend and Tuesday nights).
General notes: I’m still figuring out how to balance the time required to complete my training plan, and my crazy busy life. It is hard running after work – teaching is exhausting, not to mention 3 kids who have soccer, swim team, dance, debate, choir, Girl Scouts, etc. It is hard running before work – I have to get up at 5am to fit in the run, shower, get ready, and get out the door by 7:10am to be at school for 7:45. To teach all day.
I haven’t missed a workout, but I’ve had to get creative with when I do them. Sometimes the long runs are Sundays, sometimes Saturdays (my plan calls for Sundays). I run every Tuesday, but the other run (scheduled for Thursday) might be Wednesday. Or Friday. Whenever I can fit it in.
I’m proud that I have faithfully completed every run dictated by my plan, but I wish I had more time. The planning involved in carving out 1.5-2 hours, 4x a week, to run is stressful. The scheduling is more stressful than the actual runs!