Exciting News!!!

Exciting News!!!

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

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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:

  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. The holiday season (let’s face facts over eating and missing workouts is a common phenomenon during the holiday season)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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