October 24, 2011

Fire Up: Week Six

My positive picture for the week:

Justin and I joined a book club, and I read most of our first book this weekend, both on the couch and on the bus.

This is something I've missed from Chicago - with a bike commute, you can't just sit and take 20 minutes to yourself, not think about work or life's responsibilities, and get lost in a book.

What have you done to achieve your goals this week?

(1) Weighed in at 198 on Friday. Restricting my sodium as much as possible for a couple of days to try and purge the junk from my system. I made a little note for my fridge door to remind myself of just how hard I have to work in order to make this goal ... needless to say, it's helped a lot!

(3) My long run yesterday was 3 miles, which I did in 30:14 - not great for my sub-30 5k goal, but I'm not complaining. I biked waaay too much the day before on accident - I found a new trail and didn't realize how far I had gone until I got home. It was over 25 miles! So my legs were a little tired yesterday. I ran in the morning, then took the rest of the day off. My other runs for last week were all sub-10 minute miles, so I'm still feeling confident about this goal and my upcoming 5k race in Chicago. Less than two weeks to go!

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

I cried. It might sound odd, but it was really fantastic. A deep, full body sobbing. Just what I needed. I had been watching an episode of "Ruby" where she and some of her friends go on a six day retreat to learn about food addiction and work towards overcoming it, and so many things they talked about resonated very deeply with me. I realized (and admitted aloud to myself) some of the reasons for why I've been plateauing, and then I just cried and cried. Then I took a shower to cool myself off, and I felt so entirely clean - inside and out. It felt incredible.

Do you listen to music when you work out? What gets you fired up?

I almost always have my iPod on when I run - sometimes I run silent, but I think having my power songs helps me go faster sometimes! I like songs with strong drums and/or bass that I can sync up my heel strikes with. Making playlists for my long runs has been thrilling - it's just another thing about running that I've missed so much.

I also listen to music when I bike, but only one earphone and no more than 50% volume - need to be hyperaware of what is going on around me, even if I am on trails and not on surface streets.

What's your guilty pleasure music? How does it make you feel?

I don't know if I have any guilty pleasure music ... I listen to a lot of everything, no guilt attached. I love Belle and Sebastian, the Decemberists, and the Magnetic Fields. But I also really like R. Kelly and Glenn Miller and 90s country music and anything classical. Just depends on my mood, I guess!

If today were a song what song would it be?

The Cure, "Doing the Unstuck" - throughout all of this journey, that's been My Song.


Ann said...

Love this - so glad things are going well!!!! Have a great week!!!

financecupcake said...

The book club sounds great! I;d love to hear more about what you think about Justin.

Um, your pace on your three-mile run is AWESOME if you're trying to run a sub-30 5k. You should be running much slower in training than you plan to on race day, so you may be pleasantly surprised on race day if this pace feels easy to you. Last year I ran a 28-minute 5k while averaging an 11:30 pace on my training runs.

Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how much a good cry can help with life? I had an epic one this last Friday night and I feel so much more balanced now.

I love your little chart. Best of luck!

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

Good call on the fridge note! That'll definitely help you whenever you go to reach for a snack!

Congrats on your 5k time! You're going to rock the 5k in Chicago in 2 weeks, that's for sure! What did you do to get so fast? I'm trying to speed up my pace and would LOVE any suggestions! I dream of sub-10 minute miles! :)

Have a great day!

Christie Farrar said...

I had a few good cries this week too, except mine were all hormonal pregnancy cries... still felt great nonetheless!

Feel your emotions! that's what they are there for!

Katie Foster said...

Hahaha, you biked "waaaay too much on accident"--don't you love that?! I wish I would accidentally run too much. Instead, I accidentally eat too much ;)

marisol said...

Sounds like you had a good week. Crying is therapeutic at times.

Totally random but I like your handwriting. hahahah! I told ya it was random.

Karen said...

I hardly read books anymore since I spend so much time reading blogs!

Tim said...

Ah this reminds me to sort out my playlists. There is nothing more annoying when you're listening to music and you're in the zone when a rubbishy song comes on and you're forced to change tracks.