Friday, March 8, 2013

Gettin' Healthy: End of Week 2.

We're closing in on the end of Week 2 for the Gettin' Healthy challenge. We have got some fierce competitors, to be sure! I made two stupid mistakes that have taken me out of first place (falling asleep before I meant to and not finishing my water for the day; accidentally snitching while I was making a cake for Sunday). BUT, this week, I have managed to stay on top of everything. Definitely the 5 servings of veggies/day is the hardest for me/takes the most planning, but Chad and I are in a rhythm with that. We each usually have one V8 per day and one huge salad, and then maybe some frozen veggies or something else veggie. It works pretty well.

On a personal note, I started my official training plan for the half-ironman. I am using this plan from Triathlon Plus, and so far it has pushed me hard (yikes, and it's only week 1) but also focused my workouts in a way I was really struggling to do on my own. I have been working out consistently (mostly) for 2 months now, but was burning out during my workouts once I hit 20 or 30 minutes. I felt like I had to FORCE myself to go any longer.

On Monday and Wednesday, I swam 1800 yards (just over 1.6 km) and it was great! I was not bored, and I was able to push myself to make it through the 200-yard front crawl intervals (previously, I would do 100 yards of front crawl and then switch to something else, exhausted). Running has gotten so much better, too--focusing on being at a certain intensity level and adding sprint intervals has made all the difference in terms of staying focused. So far, so good! Obviously, I am going to have to keep pushing myself even more if I'm gonna be ready for the race on June 1st!

A friend of mine, KT, blogs about her progress towards losing 100 pounds. I enjoy reading about her commitment to her goals, and she has a nice online community of people cheering her on. She is now hosting a virtual 5K on June 1st, which is really awesome because that just so happens to be the date of my Half Ironman! Whatever your fitness goal, you can participate--whether you are looking to get back in shape, or back into running, and would like to have some peer support, check out her challenge here! There will be weekly link-ups on Tuesdays for everyone to share progress.

Happy Friday!


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    1. Awww, thanks, Emma!! I think you're a stud, too! (you were referring to me, right?) ;)


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