Thursday, February 20, 2014

Race Scheduling & TRXing

“If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. January is a month filled with the ghosts of failures past.  January is for dreamers.  February is for doers-a cold, dark month that makes you gaze seriously into the proverbial mirror and run from your reflection.” 
–The Newbie Chronicles, Runner’s World, February 2014 issue

I wish I hadn’t allowed myself to get frustrated over a little setback (the whole not-pooping incident) and that impacting my eating and I ended up bingeing.  I’m still having binges, but they’re slowly lessening.  It’s so frustrating to do so well for a month and then totally allow myself to flop and completely backtrack on my progress.  I can still fit in my clothes, it’s just a bit of a squeeze is all.  It’s not as completely uncomfortable as it was at the end of December and beginning of January, but it’s close.  I know I’m only like a pound or two away from that feeling again.

I need to recommit myself to the effort.  And I’ve sort of started.  I planned out my food for Tuesday, yesterday and today.  I pretty much at the same thing each day because it was just easier since I worked a double shift Tuesday and yesterday.  I ate fairly wholesome foods that were also whole foods for the most part.  Obviously, the yogurt, granola, bread items, sandwich fillers, and soup were processed, but they were the minority of what I ate…not the majority.  I’m toying with the idea of doing a pseudo-Paleo diet for a 30-day trial period to see if I like it.  I also want to do a week or two of vegan here and there.  I’ve said that before.  (and for anyone interested, the plan I mostly follow is the 15 day NON-guided plan on Reboot Your Life)

Anyway, back to the quote I started this post with.  I fully committed myself in January, but then I did what like 85% of America does at the beginning of February…I lost my steam and fell off the wagon and couldn’t get back on.  I got lost in my frustration.  If I can recommit myself, I’m like 95% sure I can and will succeed.  I’ve been getting in my 3 runs and 1 trainer workout per week.  But that’s just not enough.  I really need to make the effort once a week to get to the gym and do some stair climber and some more strength training.  I really need 2 strength training sessions a week and in order to do that, I NEED to get to the gym on my own once a week on top of my trainer workout.  I have the time to do it, I just need to do it.  I’m going to give it a go this week and do my best to get myself up and moving and to the gym Saturday morning.  I want to do 20 minutes on the stair climber followed by about 45 minutes of strength training.  That means I need to get out of bed NO LATER than 8am Saturday morning.  That way I can leave the house by 8:30-8:45, be at the gym around or shortly after 9 and then be on my way back home by about 10:15-10:30.  That’s plenty of time to get a really good workout in.  And I can pair it to my trainer workout.  If I do legs with him, I’ll do upper body on my own.  And vice versa.  For legs day on my own, I will most likely stick with the “Paige workout.”  For upper body, I’ll do a lot with the TRX straps, plus some dumbbell and cable machine exercises.  With both upper body and legs workouts, I’ll do abs as well.

Oh, so I realized the other morning that when I updated my race schedule that’s in the right margin of the blog that I completely forgot about the Thundercloud Turkey 5 miler that happens on Thanksgiving!  I had wanted to do it last year, but things conspired against me, not least of which was that I was completely untrained for it, but also that I didn’t have the registration fee in “free money” available.  So, I want to make sure I do that race this year.  Right now, I think I don’t have any races for May, July, and August.  But, I’ve mentioned before that there is a website that offers virtual races with custom bibs and medals once you send in your proof that you ran the distance (Jost Running).  I can use this website to plug in races in the months that I can’t find a suitable race to do…hopefully then ending the year with January being the only month I didn’t have a race scheduled.  Next year, I’d like to do the 3M half marathon (January) AND the Austin Half Marathon again.  Anyway, here’s the updated 2014 race schedule.
So, I absolutely HAVE to make sure I have the money to pay for my trip to Oregon in June.  Why?  I mean, aside from it’s been over 5 years since I’ve seen my family so the trip is long overdue.  Because, I just had my supervisor reschedule a training class that I was scheduled to take while I was planning to be out of state in June.  So, now I have to make sure the trip happens because how ridiculous would it be for me to not go on my trip after my supervisor rescheduled my training?

I think I've come up with the workout I want to do at the gym Saturday morning.  I'll start with 20 or so minutes of intervals on the stair climber.  Then I'll move to the TRX rack and do:
oblique abs with the TRX straps

suspended crunches with the TRX straps

this is the one I was called the "ab reach" last week
my trainer has me look up and pull the straps down in front of me though
bicep curl with the TRX straps

chest press (aka push up) with the TRX straps

deltoid Y's with the TRX straps

triceps extensions with the TRX straps
I'll do a circuit of 4 sets of 10 reps each.  That should get me a pretty good workout.

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