Where Have I Been?!?
After the Halloween Hustle 10K on October 29th I kind of went missing. Well really I went missing from social media as I stopped posting my daily updates and if I was following my journey as an outsider I would have been wondering why I went M.I.A. after blowing my goal out of the water?!? The truth is I needed a break. Plus I needed time to figure out my next goal.
These past 3 weeks I have made some major changes to my fitness routine. Instead of focusing on running like I had been doing I joined a new gym and hired a personal trainer. I will be the first to admit that I despise weight training. Lifting weights is not my cup of tea nor my idea of a good time. However I have come to the understanding that weight training is a necessary evil in my life. A lesser known symptom of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is muscle weakness, so in effort to help myself live a long healthy life I have been incorporating more weight training. For the month of November and perhaps even December I will be putting more emphasis on weight training than running. This is really because after my training sessions I am extremely sore for days. I have been told that once my body gets use to these hard workouts I won’t be as sore however I think this is a lie my trainer is telling me so that I will keep coming back.
If you have been following along with my journey then you know that I had been doing the 21 Day Fix and Brazilian Butt Lift workouts from Beachbody since August so you are probably wondering why I have started working out with a personal trainer. While I enjoyed these workout programs I wanted to work with a professional to make sure that my technique was good. I blame my gymnastics background for my high regard for perfect technique. Even though the Beachbody programs were convenient as I was able to do them on my time without having to go to a gym there is something about having someone there to correct my form as I workout that has given me peace of mind. My whole mindset at the moment is to learn how to workout smarter so I won’t have to workout harder. Ideally I would like to weight train 2-3 times a week for just 30 minutes. Like I said before I despise weight training so the less I have to do the better for me.
My Big News
So what is my big news?!? I have officially registered for my first 15K!!! On February 4th, 2017 I will be running the Hot Chocolate 15K here in Dallas. I am both excited and terrified for this race. I am setting my time goal at 1 hour and 35 minutes which would have me averaging 10:22 min/mile. Even though I averaged 9:30 min/mile during my last 10K I am afraid that the following will effect my time:
- The cold weather (temperatures in Dallas range from 35 degrees to 60 degrees in the month of February) up to this point I have been running in 80+ degree weather
- The crowd (the past few races I have done have all been smaller races so I haven’t had any issues with the course being crowded however this will be the largest race I will have done)
- The holiday season (let’s face facts over eating and missing workouts is a common phenomenon during the holiday season)
If you are interested in registering for the Hot Chocolate Run you can check it out by clicking here. Also, if you do register let me know I would love to see others there even if you are just doing the 5K.
My Ever Changing Diet & Exercise Plan
Just like I did for my last 10K I will be changing up my training schedule. Below is my proposed training schedule for the next 2.5 months:
- Monday: 2-4 mile run + workout with personal trainer
- Tuesday: 3-5 mile run
- Wednesday: Workout with personal trainer
- Thursday: Rest Day
- Friday: 2-4 mile run + 30 min weight training
- Saturday: Long Run (6-10 miles)
- Sunday: Rest Day
As you can see I have added an additional run during the week. Also, I am shooting for doing 3 days of weight training. Finally, because my training is getting more intense I have 2 rest days during the week. I know that there are some out there who can workout hard 6 days a week but I am not 1 of those people.
In addition to my training schedule changing I am also changing up my diet. Per my trainer I was not eating enough for my training level. I am working on following the Macro Diet. My nutrition goals are to eat between 1600-1800 calories a day with those calories being 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fat.
An example of a days worth of meals is as follows:
- Meal #1: 4 egg white, 1 whole egg, 1/4 cup berries, and 1 serving cream of buckwheat
- Meal #2: 1 scoop protein powder, 8 oz almond milk, and 1 banana
- Meal #3: 4 oz ground turkey, 1 cup broccoli, and 4 oz yams
- Meal #4: 4 oz chicken, 1 cup rice, and 1 cup veggies
- Meal #5: 4 oz salmon, 4 spears of asparagus, and 1 large salad
I am 2 weeks into this new diet and I am still working on eating everything (it is a lot of food) but even though I haven’t been perfect at this new diet I can tell a difference in how I feel. I don’t know if it is because I have been better at avoiding gluten, corn, barley, chocolate, and dairy or if I am just getting more nutrients in but either way I have noticed a difference.