Looking Back: Last week, I worked out twice outdoors. One 8.5 mile run/walk and a 3.5 mile run for a combined 12 outdoor miles. Overall not bad, but running twice per week is not my plan, cannot be my plan if I my goal is to run a half- marathon in a few months and the NYC marathon in November. Of course, I can always blame the snow and icy conditions for not going out more frequent but I am running for my health, not trying to see which excuses will fly.
Also this week, I tried to keep my added-sugar down to a minimum. When I eat processed foods, I keep track of the sugar-per-serving number on the label – I am aiming to eat no more than 24 grams of sugar in each 24 hour cycle. Today, Sabbath, I had more sugar than usual but I think since it was Sabbath, that it’s not just a day of rest from work but also a day of rest from restrictions 🙂 My friend gave me a sugar bun and it was so good, a rare treat, because although I like sweet stuff, I don’t usually buy those large, decadent buns for myself. And on my way to Masterguide Investiture in Connecticut today, I devoured it while wearing a big smile on my face. But overall, I think I am getting a better handle on my cravings for candy and soda. This morning, in the meeting room, I reached in the snack jar and pulled out a candy cane before I reminded myself, “Oh, I don’t need that”, and put it back. The habit is hard to break, even when the craving isn’t as strong. Thank God for willpower!
Last week, I wasn’t methodical with my exercise/diet routine. Like I said, I tried to go running and I did some strength training and aerobics at home but I know I have to decide on a regimen and try to stick to it. I need to make plans for exercise and eating, not just reaction to situations.
Looking Forward: Unfortunately, a quick glance at the iPhone weather app informs me that the weather is not expected to be very warm next week. A low of 9 degrees (9!?!) is expected on Tuesday, with more snow on Thursday. So I have to expect another challenging week for running outdoors. I guess I have to play it by ear or by fear again.
I made a training plan on the Garmin site (I have a Nike Fitness watch but the Garmin plan seemed to work better with my schedule). Unfortunately, now that I am trying to sync the training plan into my Excel spreadsheet, it seems I’ve lost it. I can always go back to the one I uploaded from Runners World so no sweat with that. I am working toward a 16-week plan, which puts me at half-marathon readiness in the beginning of May. I have to find a race around that time and register for it to make this real. The NYRR Brooklyn Half is on May 17th but that’s a Saturday and I don’t race on Saturdays. So I will look around for something else.
Living Now: Only Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara can look forward and look back simultaneously. And I don’t want to live in the past or live in the future. I want to occupy this moment, and do everything I can today. Today, I am still battling a bit of the sniffles and I think some good physical rest will do me good. Must be rested in order to #RUNWRIGHT.
Learn from the past, maximize the opportunities today and get ready to do better and be better tomorrow. Live Wright, RUNWRIGHT