Monday, December 19, 2011

Let's catch up!

Well, the holiday season is now coming in full force.  I realized I haven't blogged for a few days.  On my last post, I even forgot to update my HBBC points.  I'm actually liking listing my training though.  It gives me a physical record of what I've done, since I'm not actually that good at journaling it in general.  I'm thinking I may keep it up even when the challenge is done.

Training has been down.  I think it's hurting me to not have a specific training plan.  I'm just trying to keep a base in all three sports (and sucking at keeping my biking up).  But, without a specific training plan, I've been a bit too relaxed in deciding what to do on a day to day basis.  My half iron plan doesn't actually start until March, but I'm going to start on a more concrete plan for a 10k (with planned swims and bikes as well) before then.

I've been liking the treadmill.  Saturday was a warm day, and yesterday there was fresh snow.  It was nice not have to decide how to deal with that.  (Fresh snow after a warm day can create the worst footing there is.) Plus, it was a busy day, and I didn't run until the evening.  Those circumstances are the type that make it easy to use excuses.

Instead, (with a gentle shove from the husband), I hopped on the treadmill and knocked off a few miles.  And miles they are.  Normally, I think in kilometers and log in kilometers.  I do convert to miles when I talk about distances in my blog, for my American readers.  The treadmill is not nearly as Canadian as I am.  It simply gives me speed and paces in miles.  Takes some getting used to.

In some ways, I find running on the treadmill more challenging.  I think part of that is just that I've had the speed a bit higher then I might normally run at.  I can't just slow down the way I might outside.  I won't do all my runs like that, but so far, my runs have been short enough that pushing the speed isn't an issue.

I'm trying to be a better blogger by taking more pictures, but it's been a challenge.  Recently, I broke my little camera, and I don't have a smartphone to take pictures with.  We have another camera, but it's too big to conveniently carry with me.  I'm planning to spend some time pretty-ing up my blog in the new year.

My husband's Christmas party was this Saturday.  It's one of the few times in the year when I dress up.  I had a bit of an out of body experience, which was kind of cool.  I was walking towards a full length mirror in the rest room and I saw my legs.  I know my calves are decent, but usually I'm kind of down on anything above my knees.  When I saw myself in the mirror, I had an instant "that can't me" type reaction.  My legs just looked too thin.  There was somebody taking pictures, so when I get it, I'll throw it up on the blog.

Hmm, this isn't the most focused of blog posts!  If you made it through, congrats!  Thanks for reading.  :)

Tuesday HBBC points: 4 (4 mile track run, garmin testing, woohoo!  Getting my 910 slowly.)
Wednesday HBBC points: 6 (50 minute swim, 1 mile treadmill run)
Thursday HBBC points: 3 (2 mile treadmill run, f/v)
Friday HBBC points: 5 (50 minute swim)
Last week total points: 28

Saturday HBBC points: 0
Sunday HBBC points: 4 (3.5 mile treadmill run, 10 minutes stretching)
Week to date: 4
Total: 126

*Fruit/veggie note: I haven't been as delinquent in my produce intake as it appears.  Since I wasn't keeping up my logging though, I only counted the f/v point on days where I specifically remember eating enough.


  1. I love having my own personal spinn bike. I know it keeps me on track when I can't get outside. It you don't have one, you should look into it!I always see gyms and news ads for used ones and I bought mine new for $400 with 4 videos

  2. Like you I am lost without a schedule! Someone tell me what to do! :)

    Can't wait to see a picture from the party! Those are great moments when you realize how far you have come.

  3. I would be exercising way less by now normally, having a Jan marathon has definitely keep my mileage and work outs up! Great job on your HBBC!

    I think the whole "out of body" thing is awesome! I'm sure you look terrific!

  4. Haha on the camera issue...I have a smartphone but no flash, and I can't find the stupid cord to my camera so it's basically a paperweight...and I'm trying to do a food post and those are plain wrong without pix...ugh!

  5. Nice to catch up. Looking forward to the picture.

  6. Can't wait to see the Christmas party pic and those legs! I bet you are barely recognizable from last year's Christmas party picture!