Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Accountability Tuesday: 9/2/14

Good morning! Welcome to the post-Labor Day accountability check-in!

I hope you had a great holiday and are ready to make it an awesome September. I'm a little sad that the summer is officially over but I'm looking forward to the fall for many reasons; cooler weather, pumpkin flavored everything, and lots of fun half marathons on our race calendar.

So, how did this week go? Well, better than last week. I was back to my regular routine and felt like I could better control my eating and the spaces around me. That is...until I went home for the weekend. We went to a winery, had two cookouts, and went out to eat multiple times. I tracked all but Labor Day- and I just grazed all day long (I entered 30 PPV for the day). I'm starting this week with -11 PPV. And I'm ok with that. It's been a slightly-off weekend but I am happy to be getting back on track this week.

Monday- Walked 2.27 miles
Tuesday- 45 minute run
Wednesday- Rest day
Thursday- 45 minute track workout
Friday- 10.42 mile run with Jen
Saturday- Walked Color Vibe 5k
Sunday- 4 mile run with Dad

Total: 27.08 miles

This week I did so much better with fueling for the long run. Since I was running 10 miles with Jen on Friday night after a full day of work, I knew I needed to eat well throughout the day. For lunch I went to Panera and got a Mediterranean Flatbread Sandwich and Chicken Noodle Soup. The sandwich is a little higher in PPV than I usually eat (11) but I knew it had a great mix of protein and carbohydrates that would keep me full without making me feel too stuffed. I also had a salad from Wendy's (Apple Pecan) about two hours before the run. The result? I only had a handful of sport beans 30 minutes before the run and didn't get hungry for the over two hours we were running. Success.

Apple Pecan Salad, obligatory vineyard shot, doughnuts involved in the "grazing" day, and Panera goodness.

156.2 as of 8/27/14 weigh-in.
-1 from last week.
-33.4 since January 2013.
-44.6 since heaviest: 202 in 2005.

Update on August goals:
As part of the instagram #TeamrunDisney August photo challenge, I set out some specific goals for the month.

PS- You can follow me on ig @sparklyrunner :-)

So... I met one of these goals. I actually ran 90 miles in the month of August. :-)

I lost 4.4 pounds and ran my Akron Marathon leg training run (3.9 miles) in 43:42. But September is a new month and I'm confident I can set and accomplish some new goals for fall... whenever I figure out what they are.

By the way, summer has historically been the worst season for me in terms of weight-loss. I have ALWAYS gained over the summer- featuring all my favorite foods and the mentality of being on "vacation," summer has always been a struggle for me. BUT, this year I actually lost 10.6 pounds from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Here's to hoping the fall season will be just as fruitful!

QOTD: What are you most looking forward to about the fall season?


  1. Hi...I love your blog. I found it, I think, through Matt and FB. Can you tell me what intervals you do? I did Disney last year and did fine, but I died by the end. I think consistent intervals may be the key for me (as opposed to running until I can't breath and then walking until I feel human again). I'd like January to go better. Thanks...and great blog!

    1. Hi Jamie! Welcome! So, I usually do 2:1 intervals but lately I've been playing with 1:45/1 and I'm liking it so far. I've also done 2:30/1 and 1:1 and have done just fine. Jeff Galloway has suggested intervals based on pace. You can find a chart here: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half-marathon-training/ Are you doing the WDW half again this year?

    2. I am doing it this year again...we've done race weekend the last few years and it's a blast. I'm going to try the longer rest periods you are working on...that 30 second break killed me! Thanks

    3. That's great! We'll have to say hello in WDW this January!

  2. Way to kick butt this summer with your weight loss! Summer is hard for everyone, I think...with all of the cookouts, sugary cocktails, and other summer eats/treats it's hard to stay on track. Though I find winter hard too, because it can be more difficult to get the workouts in (inside can be so boring, plus I lack some motivation when it's cold out and all I want to do is curl up on the couch ;) ). So basically what I'm saying is: all year round is hard haha.

    I love the fall – jeans and sweatshirt weather! I much prefer running in the cooler temps! Have a great week!

    1. Yes! Fall running is the absolute BEST! I am so looking forward to some of my fall races just to experience the beauty of cooler temps :-)