So, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the last couple weeks I haven’t posted my weigh ins and that I did “unofficial weigh ins” by using my old scale that I just haven’t gotten around to getting rid of yet instead of my new, fancy, Wi-Fi, auto-updating my MyFitnessPal and FitBit accounts Aria scale. I touched briefly last week on my depression. For the last 5-6 weeks, I’ve been having issues with my eating disorder. My depression symptoms were overriding my medication’s ability to control them and when that happens, it sneaks up on me and next thing I know I’m already a week or two into regular binge eating before I realize what’s going on. Now, I know what you’re thinking, how could I not realize that I’ve been binge eating for a week or more on the regular? Bless you because you do not suffer from an eating disorder. I’m not saying that sarcastically at all, either. I mean it. You are blessed. I am cursed. But, I can also see it as a blessing. How, you might be saying? Because having an eating disorder, or any kind of disorder or disease really, is a daily reminder that life is not easy and that if anything is worth it then you have to WORK FOR IT. Nothing in this life is a given to you for nothing. Sure, it’s a gift when you reach goals and accomplish things, but those are gifts you give yourself through your hard work and dedication to your goals.
All that said, for better or for worse, I’m back on the Aria scale next week (hello New Year!). I will tell you that I gained way more weight than I was expecting to gain, thanks to being unable to control my urges to binge most days. You’d think it’d be easy to just say no to junk food, but unfortunately you’d be wrong. It’s so hard. But, I have to face the music and in today’s post we will see just what tune my scale is playing. Will it be the death march or something more positive? We shall see. But first, let’s check out this week in exercise.
• Saturday: another run with my awesome new friend and running buddy, Stacey! She had 6 miles on her schedule and I wanted to do a little more. My original plan was to get to the trail an hour early and run 4-5 miles before she got there. However, I had a migraine all day on Friday that no amount of pain meds could seem to get rid of, so I opted for an extra hour of sleep Saturday morning instead. So, what we did was the loop that is a little over 4 miles, plus about a half mile. Stacey turned around and went back to her car to change into dry clothes and then head to the restaurant while I finished up another 2.5 solo miles. While this worked great, I think I will hope for no all-day migraine the day before our runs together so I can arrive an hour early to get in the extra miles I need for my long run. These Saturday runs together are pretty much going to be a weekly thing except when one of us has to work or has other plans. I love this!
• Sunday: so…I had actually wanted to run a total of 12 miles and not 8 on Saturday but was not up to finishing up the mileage after I got home in my sweat-damp clothes, so I moved the 4 mile difference to this day and decided to make it a SPEED workout! Woot! My first officially planned speed workout (that wasn’t on a treadmill)! And instead of a tempo run, which is pretty much the only kind of speed work I have ever done, I wanted to do fartleks! Oh yea! Instead of doing fartleks, though, I perused the manual for my Garmin and figured out how to program interval alerts and did a 6 minute warm up and then alternated with 1 minute of near sprinting and 2 minutes of easy running, then a 5 minute cool down. I loved it. But, I will be honest, at 3.8 of the 4 miles, I was all "I’m ready to be done"...good thing I almost was!
• Monday: HILLS DAY!!! I love this workout! 5 miles of delicious hills! They burn so good! Ran this same route last week. This day was about 4-5 seconds slower per mile than last week, but I had just run a good, hard speed interval workout run the day before so I’ll take it!
• Tuesday & Wednesday: worked overtime on Monday and Tuesday nights, so no workouts on these days, just as much walking as I could do in order to hit my 10K step goal each day.
• Thursday: Since I worked a double this day on the overnight shift, I’ll be sleeping Christmas morning, so I had to get my Christmas run done on this day! It stupid warm down here in Texas right now, so I donned a green tank top, my INKnBURN red Christmas sport skirt, my brand new Hoka One One Speed Mafate green running shoes and a sparkly red Santa hat! I got loads of honks and people waving at me as I ran down the sidewalks. Also, the few people I came across walking and running were all happy to see me so festive. I ran a 12K run (7.5 miles). Why such an odd number, you’re asking? Well, I signed up for this virtual race called The 12Ks of Christmas (instead of the 12 days of Christmas, get it? haha). The idea behind it was to do 1K each day leading up to Christmas, but 1) there are some days I literally cannot run because I’ve worked a double shift and 2) that’s only like .6 mile and that would just be annoying…a total tease. So not doing that. I just decided to run the whole 12K at once. The run went great. I ran by feel and somewhat by heartrate the whole run. But I went faster than I meant to. I meant to keep it around 11:00 min/mi the whole run, but ended up around a 10:34 min/mi average pace.
• Friday: as mentioned, I worked overtime Thursday night, so sleep and hitting my 10K steps is all that happened on this day.
I’m a little annoyed I didn’t get to the gym AT ALL this week. I was hoping I’d get there on Sunday, post speed interval run, but I went to a Christmas party Saturday night and didn’t get home until after midnight and I drank a little, so I slept waaaaaay later than I wanted to and lost about 2 hours of my day as a result. So, there went the one opportunity I had to go to the gym this week. Wah wah. I HAVE to get to the gym once, preferably twice next week! As it stands right now, I have no overtime scheduled at all next week, so I’ll have the time. I just need to make it happen!
I would like to go over my “plan of attack” for how I want to do my workouts between now and the Austin Marathon on February 14th (V-Day!!! Hopefully it’s a day of victory for me!). I want to do 3 runs a week: a hill workout, a speed workout and a long, slow run (aka: LSD…that’s long slow distance, not drugs). I also want to make it to the gym twice a week for strength training. I will do both workouts as full body workouts. One will be all the machines and the other will be done in the personal training area (last time I did that one I was SORE for a week!). If I sign up for the once weekly membership at Orangetheory Fitness, then that will take the place of one of my gym strength training workouts, unless I have the time to still do both gym workouts AND the Orangetheory workout. But, I’m going to wait until I get my tax return before I decide on Orangetheory (right now, I'm leaning heavily toward not doing it for various reasons). Most of my tax return will be set aside for my April Oregon trip.