Category Archives: 5k

I ran a 5k…today!

I’m on a commercial break from watching The Biggest Loser…how cool is Rocco Dispirito? I loved watching the contestants cook healthier versions of fast food meals (pizza, burgers, burritos). And Rocco was right when he said, now that they know how to make the dishes the healthy way “there is no reason to eat that stuff ever again!” So true. No more crap!

Anyway, I headed over to the gym after work today but my partner never showed up. I hope she’s okay! But, I pressed on, because Lord knows I trained by myself last year and ran 4 races by myself last year. So I know I can do it. I’m the pusher, not the pushee, haha.

I walked for 4:30, when I reached 0.25 miles, then I ran an entire mile to 1.25, and then walked for 1 minute, which brought me to 1.30.I decided at that point that I wanted to do the entire 5k distance!

I started running again at 1.30 and ran another mile to 2.30. Then I walked for about a minute and a half, reaching 2.40. I knew to hit the 5K mark (3.1 miles), I was going to have to run for 1.10. I decided to use the Galloway method, like many bloggers do, and I ran for 4 minutes and walked for one, repeating that a couple of times. When I got to the last 0.10 of a mile, I decided to sprint at 6.0 mph (which is a sprint to me now, used to be my regular pace).

I reached 3.5 miles in 46:30. Since the first five minutes was warm-up, I subtracted 0.25 from the distance and those first 4:30. That means I ran 3.1 miles in 42 minutes or a 13:32/mile. I cooled down for the last few minutes, bringing my total time on the treadmill to 50:00.

I’m pretty proud of this, especially since its the first time in a long time that I have ran 3.1 miles. It’s a little slower than I would like, but it will be interesting to see how I run it on race day (4 days to go). I know I won’t beat last years time (30:40 or 9:53/mile!) but I will still feel a big accomplishment.

Today’s workout has given me hope that I can get back to where I was someday. In fact, there is another mini-marathon in Louisville in October. Hmm…

Good night all, back to TBL!

Lunch and run

I’m a blogging fool today! Haha, I love being this caught up though ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe I didn’t need a mid-morning snack at all, that bowl of cereal must’ve really been what my body wanted which is why I made it 4.5 hours before hunger called.

Lunch today was a Morningstar Farmsย Griller’s Original burger, which this was my second one but Iย hadn’t had a chance to review them, I don’t think. They are GREAT! They remind me a lot of the breakfast “sausage” patties in their texture and somewhat their taste. They really make me feel like I’m eating a burger and not a veggie patty, although I like those too. It’s just a nice change.

I hadย this one on whole wheat toast with some spinach, 2% cheddar cheese, and mustard. On the side was a pickle, some leftover Green Giant asian style veggies and an orange. A very colorful lunch ๐Ÿ™‚



This lunch lasted me for almost 4.5 hours until I broke into my yogurt stash (will show you tomorrow which one). It also powered me through a treadmill workout that I’m quite proud of. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a 5K coming up on Saturday morning that I do plan to run the entire 3.1 miles of. That’s my goal. Even if it’s a slow jog, let’s do it!

Here were today’s stats:

Time: 41 minutes (warmed up for 5, ran 30, cooled down for 6’ish)

Distance: 3 miles (ran from 0.25-2.68 or almost 2.5 miles without stopping!)

Calories: about 360 (realistically, more like 300)

It was tough at times, but once I got past the 1 mile mark, I knew I could keep going. I could’ve done the whole three today I think, but I ran out of time and wanted to adequately cool down. I have meetings set up with my running partner for the next three days and then Friday I’m either going to take off or cross-train. Yoga would be great too!

On tonight’s agenda:

  • Epidemiology class @ 4:30
  • Dinner (not exactly sure what yet but it will include some brown rice!)
  • Dishes (please let the hubby have emptied the dishwasher, please!)
  • Laundry (switch the loads around, plus put some away)
  • Yoga (20 minutes)
  • “24”

Not necessarily in that order, except for class & dinner, haha. Have any of you all ever taken an epidemiology class? It’s way more challenging than I thought and doesn’t really apply to what I’m most interested in but it is a requirement for a program I might follow so I’m pushing through ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you all survived Monday ok, see you tomorrow!

Crap Free Living starts today


I really debated over what to have for breakfast this morning, but the more I thought about it, the more I just wanted a simple bowl of cereal. Above is 1.5 cups of Honey Nut Cheerios with 1 tbsp flax sprinkled on top, plus 1 medium banana and 1 cup of skim milk. The husband isn’t using milk for cereal this week, so I was able to go down to skim from 1%, yay. It’s only a 20 calorie difference per cup but hey, every bit adds up. I had a cup of black coffee when I got to work. Its weird, but there was a time when this would’ve tasted bitter to me, in here in just the last couple of weeks, a cup of black coffee has become quite pleasing, even though I drank two sweetened beverages over the weekend.

Today is the first day I’m no longer officially under Crap Free Week rules. But I found through my experiment that this was not an unreasonable way of living. I wasn’t restricting anything good for me, only additives and chemicals that I can do without. I still enjoyed a cup (sometimes two) of caffeine but from black coffee and plain teas, no sugar or artificial sweeteners or creamers added (with the exception of my two weekend Starbucks runs-one was just with soymilk though). So from here on out, the rules pretty much stay the same, only we’re now into Crap Free Living.

I have really tackled my cravings for sweets and snacks, especially at night. I make sure that dinner is very satisfying by making what I’m really craving (and having lots of stuff available to chose from) and then a small snack of either fruit, cereal or a rice cake at night, keeping most late night snacks under or around 100 calories. I have been wanting for NOTHING, I truly mean that.

I got on the scale this morning and saw 151.5 lbs. Even though I was up 0.5 for the month of March, I technically lost 2.5 lbs just last week (on Monday 2/23, I was at 154). I’m not making weight loss a priority with my new Crap Free lifestyle, its about much more than that. But any added benefit would be greatly appreciated nonetheless ๐Ÿ˜‰

I cleaned out the pantry and fridge this weekend and threw together a bag of stuff to take to work because I can’t stand for anything to go to waste or in the garbage. I removed all the sugar free jello pudding and no sugar added rice pudding (which I didn’t care much for anyway) from the fridge, drink mixes (powdered, cider, hot cocoa), and a few other odds and ends from the pantry. I think I now officially have no more crap (that’s mine) in my house!

I think one thing I’m going to have some issues with is gum. I like chewing gum once or twice a day because it keeps my mouth from getting dry and gets rid of some powerful food tastes like onions and stuff. What should I do in place of this? Sugarless gum, like Extra, contains aspartame, so I don’t want to chew it anymore if I can help it. But I don’t want to pop sugar-laden higher-calorie gums or mints either. Hmm…I may just have to get back to brushing my teeth after meals and keep drinking lots of water I guess.

I’ve gotta get at least 20 minutes of yoga in today, which I think I’m going to do tonight between dinner and “24” or perhaps right before bed, as long as I choose a relaxing program and nothing vigorous that’s going to fire me up! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve got a 5k coming up on Saturday morning, so I’ve also got to practice running a few more times this week. But I’m really looking forward to it!

Today’s workout and de-“crap”ping my coupons

I met my partner for another amazing treadmill session at the gym today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Once again, I went over there expecting to only do 30 minutes or so and ended up at 65! The only thing holding me back was that I had to get back to work. Otherwise, I could’ve kept going. What an amazing feeling. I’m not so concerned about my upcoming races anymore, it’s going to be fun!

Today was very similar to yesterday, only we warmed up for 0.75 mile (instead of 1.o) and then I ran for 1.25 miles! Then we did pretty much an entire mile of incline challenge (1.0-15.0 and back down) and then I ran again for another 0.75 mile, bringing my running total of our workout to 2.0 miles. I’m so thrilled. I’m sure it won’t be long before I can do those 2 miles all at once without stopping.

Here are my stats (I think, I should really write this stuff down, haha):

Time: 65:00

Distance: 4.25 miles

Calories: 500’ish (according to the treadmill)

Remind me to put “Heart Rate Monitor” on my wishlist!

Friday nights in our household are almost always for grocery shopping (we’re so old). So usually throughout the day, I will pick through my coupons and make decisions (and a list) about what to buy that night. In the spirit of Crap Free Week and Crap Free Living, I have decided to have Crap Free Coupons! I weeded through them all and picked out ones that I knew were not Crap Free Living-friendly, but I won’t let them go to waste, I love sharing coupons with people who need them ๐Ÿ™‚

If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. And I’m less likely to buy something if I don’t have a coupon for it. So I figure, it’s a win-win situation. Save money and save crap from going into my body ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re having dinner with my parents tonight at Impellizerri’s Pizza, a local favorite. We just ate pizza last Friday (before CFW) plus I know they don’t have any whole wheat crust, so I think I’m going to opt for the grilled chicken salad — that actually sounds good, plus it has olives on it. I’m thinking either Italian or Balsamic on the side for dressing. Watching everyone else eat pizza or bread is going to be a challenge but I’m not worried because I feel good about how I’ve treated my body this week.

I haven’t checked the scale (and don’t plan on it until Monday) but the pants I’m wearing today are huge and it’s only been maybe 2 weeks since I’ve worn them last. Its to the point where I think I should get rid of them!

Have a good weekend everyone, be back soon…I have another 6 mile walk planned tomorrow with my family in the morning and then my first day of 31 Days of Yoga starts on Sunday!

Taking it easy

I decided to walk my 5K this morning and I tell you what, it was still challenging! I felt so good afterwards and yet not so exhausted that I feel like I can’t do anything else today ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know my exact time, but I know it was less than an hour.

For breakfast, I had a cup of Kashi cereal with 1 cup of skim milk and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries. I forgot to take a pic when I ate it, so I took one of the cereal box:

I also had a Morningstar ‘sausage’ patty and some green tea with a splash of soy milk:

After the race, I went with my mom to Barnes and Noble for some magazine reading, book browsing and good conversation. Of course, we enjoyed the cafe as well:

Pictured: Grande Mocha light Frappuccino and a small banana; I managed to turn down the krispy rice and marshmallow square today ๐Ÿ˜‰