They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. With plenty of challenges to keep me on task, I’m moving forward, but not beating myself up when I don’t hit 100% and can’t check everything off my list. As part of my #13in2013 goal, I am hoping to get in a solid 20-25 miles each week. However, after last weekend’s Resolution Run, I had a couple of toe nails that felt a little funny. I’ll spare you the details
that involved fluids shooting everywhere; totally not exaggerating, but I lost my first pinky toe nail. It ended up requiring more of a trim than I would have liked, so it needed the extra day or so to dry out and kept me a few miles shy of hitting 20 for the week.
I did get to meet up with my Sole to Soul friends for a ridiculously cold morning run.
Even though I’ve been trying not to take on too many things, I couldn’t resist the Running Reboot Challenge hosted by the awesome girls from Fit Approach (Sweat Pink Sisters, booyah!!!) and Splits59. Who couldn’t use a running reboot at the start of the year, right? Over the course of the month, do something new at least once a week and Tweet or post a photo with the hashtag #runningreboot. So this week, I took my new Saucony’s out for their first long run, I ran with my Garmin for the first time, and it was my first run in really cold weather for this SoCal girl. There is a marked difference running in the cold, most noticeable were the very stiff legs. It was a slower pace than I would have liked, but there were some hills (yay!), we didn’t stop at all (yay!), and my lungs did not freak out on my (super yay!).
At the gym, I took my Polar with me for my workouts and it’s been good to note where my heart rate is on my runs and lifting. I still haven’t taken the time to go through what all the data means, but I have noticed that I can keep the same pace on the ‘mill and lower my heart rate, simply by being mindful of where I may be tensing up elsewhere. I said it to the hubs jokingly this week, I kinda really wouldn’t mind a six pack and some sweet shoulders by the time my birthday rolls around, so that means dropping body fat. I don’t want to lose weight, per se, but would love to gain muscle and drop fat. My Polar is helping me train smarter, not harder and get some greater fat burn going.
This week I will be cranking out some calories with week three of the 30 Day Ab Challenge, which, by the way, you can still register for!!!
I’ll also be adding this post run today:
Because a few more fat calories burned can only be good after this last night:
Our local burger joint has a few “exotics” on the menu, so I went with the elk burger. It’s actually a pretty lean meat, so no guilt there. I skipped the whole wheat bun (a good 240 calories on its own) but went with the pepperjack and the hubs shared his fries, so it could have been a better meal, but it definitely could have been worse
Other than that, I’m looking forward to the temps creeping back up to the 70+ SoCal norm because I am ready for my first #13in2013 race this weekend!
After last year’s tragic events
and no, that’s not an exaggeration; missing your first half marathon is fully tragic, I’m really looking forward to packing my Pixie Dust, meeting up with my Team Victorious girls, and having a great run. Honestly, I don’t have a goal time in the forefront of my mind – or even in the near forefront. With most of my running happening indoors and a LOT of races on the calendar this year, my only plan is to enjoy the experience. Disney races are a must for everyone at some point in their running career.
Have you Run Disney? What’s your favorite burger?