Thursday, February 21, 2008

Falling into a bad habit...

1.2 - 29:00

I've been falling into a bad habit. Having a hard time walking. Mainly due to the schedule I've been working (late again this week!), but hoping I can get back on it after my project goes out on Friday. I was doing well, but now am into a every other day habit. Hopefully next week will be better.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

1.0 - 24:45

Short and sweet, trying to get back in the groove. Even though I had the day off yesterday, I could NOT get motivated to walk - grrr!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

1.3 - 30:47

Thursday, February 14, 2008

1.0 - 16:15

Back at it this morning. Monday and Tuesday night I worked until 11PM and I have quickly realized that I can't work that late and then still get out of bed early to walk. Means it is going to be real hard to do when I'm in trial then, which is the start of the training calendar for the full marathon. Trial days start at 6AM and usually go to about1AM - not a lot of sleep going on! Hopefully won't have to work as crazy late the next couple of days so I can get back on schedule.

So even though I missed 2 days walking I am still on my time for walking this week, was supposed to walk 80 minutes, have walked 82 minutes. I'll take that!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Walk the Vote!

1.0 - 23:12

Missed walking entirely yesterday. Couldn't get up in the morning so I figured I'd just walk when I got home, but then ended up with a nasty project at work that kept me there until 10:45pm. No way I was walking that late, I'd never get to sleep! So back on plan this morning, had a good walk and planning on walking Friday morning to make up for it. Going to try to be better about getting up in the morning, it does make my whole day feel better.

Another crazy day planned - have to hit the voting booth on my way in, make sure I actually leave my desk today to get my allergy shot (forgot about it yesterday!) and then back on the crazy project. Probably another late night tonight.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Survivor Walk!

1.4 - 33:30

My favorite show is back on the air - Survivor!!! Made my walk just fly by. I'm loving the news Fans vs. Favorites. Gadgetboy saved the day because I had forgotten to set the Tivo for the new season - that was quickly fixed!!

It is also just getting so much easier to do my walks. My back isn't tightening up as much, I'm not as winded on the higher speeds, and I am just feeling so much better about everything. This is doing wonders not just for my physical being but also my mental being!

Saturday, February 9, 2008


1.3 - 30:30

Have a big day planned, painting our master path but wanted to get my walk in before we started that because I'm sure I'll way to tired after doing that to want to walk.

My morning walks all have about 5 minutes of real slow warm-up time at like 1.0 to 1.5mph. I do do a small warm-up before hitting the treadmill, some stretches, moving around (the America's Walking warm-up)

But I still feel that I need that slow walking to get me moving. I think at some point I'm going to need to just start counting that 5 minutes in my total because a) makes me look so slow! and b) having a hard time figuring out my pace. But that is later, right now I'm just glad to be moving everyday, glad to be improving everyday, glad to be getting healthier everyday!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Googley Goodness

That is the link to my Google calendar for the Weight Watchers 1/2 Marathon Training schedule - have fun! (This is the same one on the bottom of this page).

Little Inspiration

A little inspiration today via CNN

Quick Hitter

.6 - 16min

Almost stayed in bed this morning, and it is a scheduled day off, but I still wanted to get a little walking in. I have another week or two at a slow pace, to get "used to walking" and then I need to get moving faster. Right now I am just happy to be moving and motivating to walk, but soon I need to pick up the pace.

One thing I really like about the Weight Watchers 1/2 Marathon plan is that it gives both the mileage to be walked and the time it should be walked in. The America's Walking just gives the time to walk, although I'm sure somewhere on their site a pace was mentioned. But for me, having it all mapped out on a day-to-day schedule is what I need.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Updated Calendar

I just went thru Google Calendar and added all of the Weight Watchers 1/2 Marathon Walking Schedule to my calendar. The WW training schedule is in purple. I'll send some links to you directly so you can manage and track your walks if you wish, just leave me a message. I still need to add my walking the full marathon training in past February, and fix the discrepacies (the "m" on the WW one is for miles, on the full marathon in red it stands for minutes). Things like that will bug me.

Late Walk

1.3 - 30:30

Worked late and but still managed to get a walk in tonight. I need to figure out the best way to make the timing work out. I got home at 7:30pm, ate at 8:00pm, started my walk at 9:00pm. I'm not as productive in the morning, but I hate walking this late. I think it will be easier when I'm not working so late, and when it stay light out after work. Or if I get my butt outta bed!

I found a 48-week half-marathon schedule on the Weight Watchers website yesterday. It looks like a great plan if I decide to do the 1/2 marathon. Here is the link to it

I am going to add that walking schedule to my Google calendar as well.

Walking still was sore from the fall down the stairs, still feeling lots of aches and pains. Hopefully I'll walk thru that.


Just could not get out of bed this morning, no matter how hard I thought about it, thought about walking I just couldn't do it. Very annoyed with myself about it - grrr! And now it looks like i might be working late which is going to make walking at night even hadrer tonight. Looks like today might be my off day instead of my scheduled Friday - we'll see!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Added my Google calendar to the bottom of the page. The numbers in red are my expected/scheduled walk times, the numbers in green are my mileage and actual walk times. I have only put in my schedule for February so far but hopefully this weekend I'll update the rest of the year with my scheduled walks.

Wow - I did it!

Wow! Wow! Wow! I did it, I signed up for the marathon. Well, actually I signed up for the 1/2 marathon. The WDW 1/2 marathon was at 65% full so I bit the bullet and signed up for it even though, as I mentioned, my goal is to walk the marathon. If I end up being not ready for the full next year, I want to still do the 1/2 and would hate to miss out! I hope I have until June or so to sign up for the full, by then I'll have a better idea where I'm at.

Good Fortune

2 Fortune Cookies from last night's dinner:

Set the right example, it will inspire others.

Success is a journey, not a destination.

And who knew a single fortune cookie was 2 points?!?!?!?! Yep, trying to count those WW points again - wish me luck!


1.1 - 25:00

Still sore this morning from my fall from grace yesterday, but hit the treadmill again. I think that by telling folks about the walk, keeping this journal, discussing it so much with S., K. and Gadgetboy has made me so accountable and that is whyI am getting up and walking. I do feel a lot better, have a lot much energy, so that is also why I am walking. But the being accountable is what is getting me out of bed in the morning.

Meet up with K. last night to talk about the marathon, walking schedules and hotel plans. We're hoping to get together once a month to do a long walk either along the C&O or Rock Creek Parkway. Turns out she is planning on just doing the 1/2 marathon, not the full. I am still planning on doing the full, but we'll see how it pans out, how the training goes. 26 miles of 16 minute miles sounds crazy!

Got a call from D. last night and she sounds like she is up for the trip as well. Think she is planning on running the 1/2 marathon and spending a week in Disney.

Gadgetboy and I are still trying to decide how long and which hotel we're going to stay at in Disney. He loves Disney and feels that the only way to do it is to do it full out. Since we'll be spending a week in Sedona two weeks before the marathon, I'm leaning towards a more budgeted trip, and doing the full on trip at some other point with just us, or with friends.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


.5 - 20:00

Why so slow you ask? I FELL DOWN THE STAIRS!!!! OUCH! I woke up, grabbed my work-out gear and started down the stairs so I wouldn't wake up Gadgetboy, took one step and down she goes! Boy do big girls pick up speed! We have a bunch of stuff at the bottom of the stairs, including some stained glass sheets, and I was really worried that I would slide into that. Luckily I stopped before hitting the bottom, but now my bottom is sore as can be!! Ouch! I can already feel a HUGE bruise starting. I almost didn't walk at all, but I figured I was up and should move a bit. I only walked at 1.5mph but at least I moved!

Monday, February 4, 2008

.5 - 10:00

Worked late, short and sweet. At least it is something!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

754 Miles

754 Miles from our house to Disney World.

I've been toying with the idea of seeing if I can walk that many miles before the Marathon in July. Walk the distance to the marathon basically. It works out to roughly 2.3 miles per day until the end of the year (I didn't count the 10 days in January 2009). That sounds doable to me since I'll definitely have days where I will be walking more than that, I just wonder how my early walking in February of just about a mile a day will effect that. Thinking about making a rough flexible goal and I'll work toward it but to not be disappointed in myself if I cannot do it.

So far from starting this on January 14 I have walked 9.0 miles. Not much compared to people in shape, but huge progress for me!

1.0 - 26.11

Again a morning I didn't want to get up and do this, but I did it! I have been watching NBC's The Biggest Loser as I have been walking on the treadmill. Talk about inspiration! I so love listening to Jillian and Bob talk, good inspiration. It is hard to quit wlking when you are watching a show like that. I have a friend doing Jillian's Weight Loss/Biggest Loser plan and she has been kicking butt on it. Says it is cheaper than Weight Watchers which I am still paying for. Yep, still paying for it and not going to meetings nor counting my points - throwing money in the trash. I need to make a big decision on that some time real soon. Been trying to eat better but it is hard when the house is filled with lots of temptations and junk food I love.

A constant struggle but I'm getting better at it everyday.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Great walk!

1.4 miles - 30:30

Last 5 minutes were a cooldown walk per Gadgetboy's suggestion. I need to look at it as just walking not affecting my pace time, because lord knows I'm nowhere near setting or walking for pace yet. I feel good about it, glad to do it in the middle of a Saturday, when I'd rather be doing a million other things. Working on making the walking a priority in my day to day life.

Friday, February 1, 2008

1.1 - 24.46

My starts are definitely better in the evenings, after I have been walking around all day, than in my morning walks when my mind and body are still half asleep. The first 2 minutes on the treadmill I'm only walking at 1MPH, even after a little stretching warmup. Think it is just because I am not awake yet. That is something I'll definitely need to work on, ya know since marathons don't start at 11am.

After doing 25 minutes this morning I am caught up on my walking for the week. The first set of walks I am scheduled to do from the PBS Walking for Health program only has days of 10 to 15 minutes, with the long days early on only being 25 minutes. It is small baby steps, but I am basically needing to get my muscles started working from scratch. They haven't been moving in any form of exercise in quite a while. So while it does seem that I can do a lot more right now, I'm not going to push it.

Walking for Health