threshold

Wow, it’s been such an awesome NSNG and training week. I also paid off my car on Friday. If that doesn’t give me motivation to take on the year, I don’t know what will.

Recently, I have fallen in like love with The Angriest Trainer podcast. So much so I tweet Vinnie Tortorich and Anna Vocino on a regular basis. Vinnie preaches a no sugar, no grain (NSNG) lifestyle. I started living NSNG in the beginning in November of 2012, and after two weeks I was down 12 pounds! 12 whole pounds. Mind you, I wasn’t even working out, except for yoga (nap time) on Fridays. With the holidays lurking around the corner, I haven’t maintained the total 12 pounds down, but I am still under my initial weight, hoping to get down to my goal weight by Spring. Before you freak out!!! I do understand that true health is not reflected on a scale. But, for me and my training and competition goals this year, being down to my goal weight will enhance my performance and also lessen some joint issues I’ve had since blowing out my knee a few years back. I love how Vinnie says, “It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year’s; it’s what you eat between New Year’s and Christmas.” That definitely breathes a breath of fresh air my direction. Helping me to realize that we’re all perfectly unperfected with fears, insecurities, and personal battles to overcome. Whether it be physical or not, we’re in this together. My choices I make today determine my tomorrow. I’m gradually accepting the fact that most of my weight loss is going to depend on my food choices. (This is hard because big girl loves her cupcakes and Milk Duds.)

January ’13

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I started off this week extremely tired. I didn’t get in from Texas until early Monday morning. I managed to get some miles in on Monday, but Tuesday was a different story. I decided to take a rest day promising that I would finish out the week strong. My new training plan includes threshold running. Unsure of what that really meant, I found a few online sources, and decided to go with the one I could remember. Threshold running is timed running a little bit slower than a 10k pace. One source said the pace of your threshold run should be “comfortably hard.” If that makes any sense. I was actually not looking forward to this day in training: 1) I hate treadmills 2) I suck at pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

After warming up for 10 minutes, the first of my 4-minute threshold sets began. I bumped my treadmill up the 7 mph for 4 minutes. Between each set was a 90-second comfortable effort jog. I finished the first set and thought “that wasn’t too bad, only three sets to go.” I increased my speed a few notches for each set (do not know quite what my 10k pace is) ending my last set at a speed of 7.5 mph. The last part of this workout was a 10 minute cool down. I’m usually the person that gets to the cool down and I’m ready to ditch the scene. Cool down to me always meant, “I know you’re tired but you’re not finished yet, mwahahaha!” But, finally realizing it’s in the workout for a reason, I did my 10-minute cool down.

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early for my 8-mile run with the OKC Landrunners. I haven’t run with this group since early summer, and was excited to be meeting my friend, Andrew, out yesterday morning to run. One thing I sincerely cherish about OKC is the friendliest of the people you meet. You honestly never meet a stranger. We started our run at Nichols Hills Plaza and headed towards Lake Hefner. About 3-miles in, I found myself turning into the runner I was always despised/hated running with. I have NEVER been able to run and talk at the same time. I mean NEVER. I’m usually the runner that lets out a grunt in between my breaths and sometimes I don’t respond to the chatty runner in hopes they will just stop talking. Well, I don’t know what it was, maybe it was the excitement or chill in the air or maybe the stars aligned just right, but I was that runner. Thanks Andrew for bearing with me. Guys don’t seem to be as chatty. We treated ourselves to Starbucks and socializing after our run. Desmond Mason even made a guest appearance. Maybe, next time I’ll get a picture to include on MWA.

January 7- 1 mile run, 5 mile bike
January 8- Rest
January 9- 4 mile run
January 10- 4.85 mile run
January 11- 11.52 mile bike
January 12- 8 mile run
January 13- 4.52 mile run

Week 2 mileage total: 38.89 miles

Can’t wait to see what next week brings.

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