Monday, March 23, 2015

Training Week 3

Another week, another epic fail. BWHAHAHAH! What can I say, some weeks just aren't your weeks. Last week I had the week-long stomach virus going around. I was better by Thursday, but I was freaking exhausted.

However, I was able to catch up on sleep and ta daaaaa, I think I'm finally used to the time change.

I gained sleep and I gained a pound. Boom. 167.

Today I'm back on track. I've got a fantastic salad ready for lunch. Tonight I'm making a smoky sweet potato hash. If it's good, I'll make a post about it.

I got my booty up this morning and completed Bob's "Beginner" workout. Oh Bob, you sly dog you.


This weekend I chopped off most of my hair. It felt very freeing and fantastic.


That girl, I love her more and more every day. She is fun, smart, beautiful and a handful.

How is your week going to shape up? What's your workout plan for the week?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hansons Marathon Method

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This book, wow, it's haunted my thoughts and given me a lot to think about. If you recall, I signed up for the Rock N' Roll NOLA for February 2016. I signed up for the full marathon with the half marathon being my "Plan B" and let's face it, it will most likely be my "Plan A."

So I've started researching. I've learned a TON and I'm so glad I've taken the time to research everything from weight to gels. 

Let's just get down to it. Hansons has you running six days a week and your highest long run will be ... 16 miles! What???? Yes. Apparently these guys are racing pros. They are part of the Hanson-Brooks Project. They have coached regular joes like us and elite athletes. 

Based on the writing alone, they know their stuff. The question is: do you want to follow the plan?

Pros:
16 miles as opposed to 20 or longer mile runs resulting in less possible injuries.
You get your legs trained for "cumulative fatigue" which means they can run and run and run and still stay strong.
There are "easy" runs and they insist on your long runs to be a slow, long run.
They recommend zero cross training because, after all, to be a good runner, you need to RUN your ass off.
You run, run, run and run more and feel quite prepared and superior on race day (based on reviews of the program I read).
Speed work - this is an area where I failed last time. The Galloway program had no speed work. 

Cons:
Most daily runs are about 6 to 10 miles which can be a drudge for the "plodders." I HATE that term.
For me, this would require a day or two of 4 a.m. running each week ... for 18 weeks.
All you do is running. I would probably throw in some yoga, but if you are one to like swimming, cycling, pilates ... forget it. NO TIME for that nonsense.
Perhaps you are someone who needs to mentally cross that 20-mile long run to keep sunshine in your heart and know, "hey, I can make it that far!" You probably don't get that same feeling with a 16-mile run.

The thing that I have to wonder is: can I handle 6 days of running a week? Do I really want to run that much? Do I need the 20-mile runs?

I've also researched Hal Higdon's plan. BTW, I can't stand his book. I absolutely can't stand it. I'm probably going to DNF that one. I may do a post on this at some point. 

I've read a lot of reviews on Hal's program. The 20-milers have resulted in quite a lot of people getting injured. I think that is one of my fears of the long run. 

The reviews also said Hal's programs get you to "just finish the race." I do want to finish, but I don't want to struggle and want to die after all those months of training. I'd like to have a respectable time as opposed to my half marathon from a couple of years ago.

As for the Hansons book itself: Outstanding. Easy to understand even with all the scientific terminology. They make excellent points as to why their program should be used.

The book also has excellent charts to help you run according to your pace. 

I've also been looking at the Hansons half-marathon plan. It's really not much "easier." It's still six days a week pounding the pavement.

I think my number one reason to pick this plan (if I were to pick it) would be I'd know mentally and physically I'd feel quite prepared for the race. Either race. I would know my running ability quite well by then and I'd feel prepared for whatever race day brings.

What programs have you used? Will you continue with it or are you looking for a new adventure?


Monday, March 16, 2015

Training Week 2

This past week SUCKED. I had zero workouts. My diet was awful. I can give you about five legitimate excuses, but they are excuses. The biggest of all is DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. I averaged between 4-5 hours of sleep each night. I can also add the cat getting up in the middle of the night, my daughter having a small sinus infection. Let's also add I had a stomach virus which I'm still trying to get over.

So basically it sucked. We are also in the midst of party planning AND putting final touches on declutter/cleanup to introduce our house to our realtor this weekend. 

Needless to say, I'm swamped. Kudos and cheers and I raise a glass of champagne to those who are parents who somehow juggle 30 things on one plate and do it well. Extra amounts of alcohol for those parents who WORKOUT during the stressful times. I am sure there is some magical element I'm missing to get this all done.

Here is how I'm feeling these days:

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This starts off a new week and I'm going to master it somehow. I'm a bit unsure of my workout schedule. I want to include some yoga and get some good eats. 

I will leave this tidbit: I'm 5'4" and weighed 166 this morning. Boom! Embarrassment galore, but I'll try to weigh-in once a week. 

How was your week last week with the dreaded time change? I have no clue why this year was the hardest of all my 42 years. I'm already looking forward to the fall change. :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Training Week 1

Who else is dying from the time change? Grrrrr. At least it's a sign Spring is on the way! Yay!

Week 1 went OK. I worked out three days as to not overdo it.

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When I say I nearly died, I nearly died. OK, more like I nearly barfed. This one, wow, once I master this dvd, I'll feel pretty confident about running. The worst part (or best) were the squats with weights. I'm going to actually count how many there are because I'm thinking it's close to 100. Minutes ticked on by where I was just lifting weights and doing squats.

Thursday
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I used this one when I trained for my half-marathon. Oddly enough, it wasn't nearly as bad as Bob's dvd. It was difficult, but I realized during the workout I should have aimed higher with cross training during the half-marathon training.

Friday

Yoga! I did a bit over 30 minutes with Emily, who is a natural. I used two youtube videos from my friends at a yoga studio. They are the ones who head up the detox I've done off/on for the past year. This actually felt really good because I was tired and sore from the week of workouts and stress.

My food was way off. This is something I'm going to really focus on. You can't out train a bad diet!! You just can't. Believe me, I tried and it doesn't work.

This week I'm going to clean up the diet and aim for four to five days of workouts. 



Friday, March 6, 2015

Interesting articles about ... books

Here are some interesting links about books and publishing:

No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer - Shannon Hale, author of the incredibly popular Ever After series discusses a recent school visit. Many authors regularly give presentations to schools as a way to instill writing and creativity. But in this particular visit - no boys were allowed. This is insane. Writing is not about genders, it's about creativity. I better get off my soapbox now ...

Kate Evangelista's What I Learned About Failure details her honest thoughts about publishing. These same thoughts happen to go through most writers' heads (mine). The "what if's" are a big factor in writers giving up their dream OR giving up writing as a career. Kate states it's important to learn from failure and move on. Don't give up!

The World's Most Beautiful Libraries is, well, beautiful! I think I could just camp out for a week in these libraries. #nerdalert

Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent triology, got herself a two-book deal for NEW BOOKS! Harper Collins announces two-book deal with Veronica Roth PS: Insurgent, the movie is coming out this month! I hope Jessica is ready to go see it!

Have a fantastic weekend. It's girls' weekend at my house. I'm going to soak up an entire weekend of just me and my little lovebug.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

I'm back on Instagram & Book review: There Was A Little Girl by Brooke Shields

I've hopped back on Instagram. You can find me as wendysrunning. I'll post workouts, good eats and books I'm reading. This will help me hold myself accountable. Let's face it, I need all the accountability I can get!


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Brooke Shields is one of those celebrities you may have liked from your childhood. You've watched some of her movies, maybe you read her book about postpartum depression. I really enjoyed her show Suddenly Susan.

However, she's not your typical A-list celebrity. I'd say she's a good B- these days. I like her BECAUSE of that lower status. Back in the 80s she was a big deal. She was also popular in the 90s when she had her show and was married to Andre Agassi.

I've always read and heard about the problems she had with her mother. Both on and off the sets their relationship was volatile. While her mother never physically abused her, she gave Brooke an exceedingly amount of narcissistic emotional abuse.

From Goodreads:
"Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only eleven months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. And when Brooke’s own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri’s side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end."


Teri Terrific was a horrible mother. Her alcoholism affected everything. Teri lived her dreams through her daughter. Teri was criticized heavily for the roles she let Brooke portray. 

My beef isn't about those issues, but about her alcoholism and selfishness. Her refusal to admit she had a problem, going in and out of rehabs and never changing ... gah! Brooke is a better daughter than me because I would have gotten myself away from her permanently.

I think a lot of women can relate to this book. If you have a "difficult" mother, you'd get the gist of what Brooke was trying to explain. The thing about mothers is this: No matter what has happened in the past, they are still our mothers. There will always be a natural and loving bond. Brooke had that bond with her mother.

There are lots of celebrity juicy bits like who was her first "boyfriend," ahem; her marriage to Agassi and those fake hair pieces; the female leading lady who did not like Brooke; behind-the-scenes of Blue Lagoon.

I think this book would be a good read for anybody who likes the celebrity scene, for those who have difficult parental relationships and for those who want to know what it's like to be a child actress on a set. PS: No, she does not discuss her relationship with Michael Jackson. Boo!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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Ahhhh, another Stephen King book. Perhaps one year my goal will be to read all of his books. He is a true writer who can probably write even the most amazing obituaries.

This book took a while to get into. Overall I enjoyed it a lot. I read this hoping some of my questions about the characters from The Shining would be answered. Some of them were not answered so that was disappointing.

Then again, maybe my questions were not crucial enough to the Doctor Sleep plot. 

From Goodreads:
"Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals."

Poor Danny. He turned out exactly like I thought he would: emotionally deformed and an alcoholic.

Dan's past mistakes during his alcohol tirades play a major role throughout the book. Wanting to make up for his past sins, Dan must help the little girl who also has the shining.

What we find is Dan must overcome his mental obstacles and the ghosts from his past. Literally. Dan gives the little girl his all to save her from some weird, soul-eating cult.

I thought for a sequel this was pretty good. I'm not sure what others thought, particularly those who are die-hard King fans. But for a newbie such as myself, it was a good read.