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Feel like I’m starting over

I guess I am ‘coming clean’. Since the marathon I haven’t been working out, have been drinking too much again, and I’m gaining weight. I’m up about 10 pounds from my lowest last year. I’m definitely not proud of it, feeling a lot of regret, disappointment, and now it is as if I’m starting over, one more time. Just trying not to beat myself up too badly about it and move on.

What now? I’m going to start working out again. Since I have let my strength really go, I’ll be lifting weights 4 times a week, using Nia Shanks’ Muscle Sculpting program. It is 15 weeks so that will keep me busy for a while. I’m also going to get back to running, probably just a few miles most days and spin on the days I don’t.

I also want to get back to the Lean Habits, eating real food, 3-4 regular, balanced meals. Nothing complicated, just feeling hunger for a while before meals and eat just enough. I’ve been snacking a lot and it needs to stop.

And of course I need to cut out drinking for the most part. With the holidays coming I’m not going to abstain completely, but I want to save it for special occasions/weekends. Definitely not every day.

I hope to keep myself on track by posting here regularly with workouts and meals.

Not much else to say about it, like I said I just need to move on and get on with life. It’s all part of a learning process I suppose.

Marathon Training Week 9

This week has been rough. My long run on Saturday got cut short by 3 miles because my left side just felt really out of whack. By the end of the day I couldn’t put any pressure on my left leg because my knee hurt so bad. And the next day I put on a sleeve and went walking all around our local amusement park, Lagoon. Maybe the dumbest idea ever?! But actually today it feels a lot better. I plan on wearing that sleeve again today and possibly doing weights, but otherwise resting today. I was able to take the day off from work. I hope that tomorrow I’ll feel good again. Anyway, here’s my workouts this week:

Monday – Better Body by Minimalism Workout # 7, plus spinning for 30 minutes. I’m just getting used to the spin bike again, so I did gears 10-12 for about 20 minutes, and a 5 minute warm up and cool down. It was tough!

Tuesday – 4 miles on the treadmill. I wore my minimal trail shoes and it went well. I am still very slow on the treadmill. I used to be able to run faster, but anymore I can only do 5.5 mph. Oh well. 43 minutes/10:45 paceIn the evening I also did a ZGYM workout and some stretching.

Wednesday – 8.04 miles pace. This was outside. I was aiming for 9 miles originally but only ended up with 8. I was doing pretty well with the pacing for the first 5 miles, but then it got really hard. My usual aches (left knee, right ankle) were bugging me. I foam rolled after my run. 1:12:48, 9:03 pace. In the evening I did a youtube yoga video and a short core routine.

Thursday – BBBM workout # 8 and spinning again for 35 minutes. This time I added some hard intervals for 5 minutes at the end of my workout before a long cool down. In the evening I did a yoga routine for runners.

Friday – 4 miles on the treadmill. This was the day that my knee started to feel shitty again. I wore my minimal shoes again. On the plus side, I had tried taping my ankle and that seemed to help a lot! I didn’t feel any aching/pain from my ankle. I ordered a bunch more tape so that I can keep doing that. 44 minutes/10:54 pace. I did the Cannonball routine after my run, and in the evening I did another yoga routine that used a foam roller, so it was like a two-in-one workouts 😀

Saturday – 10 miles. I wore a knee support sleeve for this one, even though I haven’t been doing that. I thought it would help. I felt okay for the first 5-6 miles, but things started to unravel quickly. I was also wearing the Hoka shoes I bought, which I took back later in the day for store credit. I don’t think they were doing me any good. I was having a really hard time mentally on this run. I tried running without the sleeve, and even ended up taking off my damn shoes for a mile or so lol That was probably a really stupid idea, even though it actually felt okay at the time. I ended up walking home 3 miles, trying not to cry the whole way. I did an ice bath when I got home, but as I said I could barely walk by the end of the day. 1:35:21, 9:30 pace.

Sunday – Rest Day.

I’m having such a hard time now staying positive about the whole thing. I really want it to work out, but I just feel like my body is crapping out on me, once again! I did not envision my training going this way. I thought I would be strong and I would be able to kill it, but it is so not happening. I still plan on making the changes to my workouts, and today I’ll go pay for a membership at the rec center so I can get to at least one day of pool running, maybe two. Maybe it doesn’t make sense to do more of other stuff and less running, but I can’t see continuing to break my body down and I just know that eventually I’ll get injured for real, and not be able to run at all. What I really need to do is listen to my gut, even though I’m not an expert on running. And quit googling running and injury stuff! I need to stick with my decision and see how it pans out. I hope this week goes better!

Food Budget Weeks 3-7

I am so behind on this, so I’m not going to do itemized lists for weeks 3-7. We were out of town for one week, and we had a birthday party another week, and there was a week we ate out quite a bit. We ended up spending:

  • Week 3 – $0
  • Week 4 – $169.04
  • Week 5 – $0
  • Week 6 – $195.99
  • Week 7 – $475.82!

This past week we bought a meat CSA share from Christiansen Farms, it is 30 pounds of pork and beef for $195.70. It works out to be $6.52 per pound, including steaks and roasts, and we like the meat There is no way to do it to be under budget, so I’ll just start putting a total for the weeks and doing an average of what we are spending. Eventually it’ll even out!

What we bought this past week. It was a lot!


  • Asparagus $2.16
  • Avocados $4.99
  • Basil $1.50
  • Bell peppers $4.00
  • Broccoli $1.64
  • Carrots $2.06
  • Clementines $4.99
  • Cucumbers $1.38
  • Dill $1.50
  • Habaneros $1.82
  • Jalapeños $.16
  • Mini bell peppers $5.99
  • Mint $1.50
  • Potatoes $1.90
  • Mini romaine $3.29
  • Spring mix $3.99
  • Thyme $1.50


  • Heavy cream $1.59
  • Feta $5.75
  • 1/2 gallon milk $2.79
  • Parmesan $15.68
  • String cheese $8.99


  • Org. chicken breast $13.13
  • Chicken breakfast sausage $13.99
  • Bacon $12.99
  • Bratwurst from the meat farm $16.00
  • Eggs $4.49
  • Pepperoni $4.79


  • Coconut milk on sale at Costco, we bought 3 $23.97
  • Farro $4.95
  • Green juice $14.38
  • GF pasta $13.98
  • Pistachios $18.09
  • Popcorn $6.57 – we bought 3 bags
  • Raisins $.96
  • Tahini $6.99
  • Canned tomatoes $6.49
  • Applegate chicken nuggets, a big bag and box of gluten free $17.78
  • Frozen corn $1.45
  • Bread $4.49
  • Corn chips also on sale and 4 bags $11.97
  • Tortillas $3.49

Whew! We definitely stocked up this week. Things should be back to normal now. So far for the year we have spent $1126.59 and are averaging $160.94 per week. Over $35.94 weekly so far. Need to try and get that number down!


Venting about my knee

My knee has been acting up on the last couple of runs. I felt it on my 8 miler Sunday and then again yesterday. Its pissing me off!! So here’s whats randomly going through my mind:

  • I worked too hard last Thursday when I ‘raced’ 5 miles.
  • I’ve been running too much overall, even though my body felt really good up until now.
  • I will probably never be able to run a marathon 🙁
  • I have 4 races in the next 3 months that I’m signed up for, will I be able to do those?!
  • I can take some time off of running, but I don’t want to, and I don’t know how much time I’d need.
  • I really should get in to see a doctor.
  • I really should get a trainer so I can avoid injury, but have NO idea where to start looking. And is that a guarantee I won’t get injured? I don’t think so.
  • Maybe I should take low weeks every 4 weeks instead of 6.
  • I don’t even know if my knee is ‘hurt’. I feel it when I run, but it isn’t painful. I just always back off because I’m taking it as a warning sign that something isn’t right.
  • I really should get in to see a doctor.

Ugh. Well I guess from here I will take some time off from running and just do elliptical instead. I didn’t feel my knee until a few miles into my run though, so maybe low miles are okay? Maybe I’m just running too many days a week. This happened before when I was only running 4 days a week though.

It makes me so mad. I am doing SO good!! All I want to do is run and be healthy, and I’ll seriously be pissed if I can’t end up running the marathon this year. I think I will just give up for good if it comes to that.

Okay, vent over. I don’t feel any better though!!

Cold weather running gear

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I plan on sticking to my outdoor runs this winter up until we start to get red air days. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and this is a problem we have every year. When it gets too cold here in the valley, the emissions, pollution, aka particulate matter just get trapped by the warmer air above us. When that happens, we just have to wait it out, until it gets warmer or a storm comes through and pushes all of the junk in the air somewhere else. Sounds lovely right? We all hate it. Anyway, so far this year we haven’t had any red days, so I’m still out running. Even on Sunday when it was 10 degrees with a feels like 2.

I knew it was going to be damn cold, so I went to the running store to pick up some things to help me not freeze. I got an Icebreaker Apex Chute, and some nicer/warmer gloves (also Icebreaker brand) than I’ve been using. I tried on a balaclava but it just seemed like too much and I’m glad I didn’t get it. The neck warmer was plenty. I was able to pull it up over my ears and basically just leave my face uncovered. It helped a lot!

Here’s everything else I wore on Sunday.

These warm tights from Title Nine have been amazing. They are a bit long on me (but everything is) but they keep me pretty warm. I use them for anything under 30 degrees.

I have lots of layers to wear but mostly I just use a cold weather pullover like this with another tech top underneath. I wear a long sleeve for 20s, short sleeve for 30s.

Drymax Socks. I started wearing these after my feet got soaked from some slush and they are amazing. They feel thick and bulky, but I don’t worry about my feet getting wet or cold. These socks rock 😉

My Icebreaker beanie has also been a lifesaver. I don’t wear it unless it is colder than 30 and sometimes it even keeps me too warm! Another one I can’t live without is my Smartwool underwear. So far I’ve only been able to afford one pair, but they make all the difference and its money well spent.

So there you go. Some ideas of what to wear when it gets really freaking cold outside but you still want to run 😀