Running and Learning: Half Marathon Progress Update

At the end of August I did something crazy: I signed up for a half marathon. Why is this so crazy? Well, because it’s 13.1 miles. That’s a long way and I hate running. No, seriously, I hate it. Even more than five months into training later, I hate still it. I’m still only able to run a little over a mile before I need to walk for a minute.

image1 (1)This training has taught me a lot, though. I’ve learned more about myself and my physical capabilities than I ever before. I’ve learned time and time again that my body is strong. It’s stronger than I knew. My original goal was just to finish the half marathon. Now, I can maintain a pace and set a time goal. Continue reading “Running and Learning: Half Marathon Progress Update”

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake

Here at Anchor Drop, we think eating healthy is important, but being healthy in your beverages choices are important too! Every Thursday, we will be spotlighting some of our favorite beverage recipes and concoctions for you to try. This week out of the gate we have a simple, yet guilt free chocolate special…

I love this shake. So much so that I have it almost every morning for breakfast – I’ve yet to get sick of it. It is super easy and nutritious; it keeps me going until lunch!

Banana Chocolate Protein Shake

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6 Tips for Beginning Runners

I am not built to be a runner. I don’t have long legs and a great stride. I make running look hard. The truth is, it is hard. At least for me. I know a lot of people who it is not hard for. People who have been pounding the pavement for years like they were born to do it. I bet you know some of those people too. And I bet they intimidate you.

I used to be like that. I used to see people running as I drove past and thought, “I could never do that. I can’t run.” I was wrong though. I can run. I made a choice to try. I decided to put in the effort and work it took to become a runner. I still can’t run long distances, but I can walk/run/jog for a lot of miles.

One of the hardest things for me was getting started. It was deciding to go from a walk to a run. But thinking back over it, there are some tips I have for people who want to start running.

Tips for Beginning Runners

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Before you go:

Fun Gear. Fun and comfortable clothes you want to put on are key. Make yourself believe you are going to have fun. Or at least you are going to look good while you try. If you get the clothes on and lace up your shoes, you have won half battle. Now you are dressed and ready to look good!

Fun Music. Whether it is upbeat pop music, hip hop, rap, hard rock, country, classical, any kind of music that gets you going and makes you want to go, listen to it. There are many apps you can use, like Pandora or iTunes radio, or you can make your own fun playlist.

Stretch and Walk. Before you leave stretch! Look up stretches online if you need some suggestions. And do a warm up walk. Don’t just run, walk for a few minutes to get your body all warmed up and ready to move.

Pick a Program or Schedule. If you are looking for an easy starter program to help you get to running, try a Couch to 5k program. These type of programs will tell you when to walk and run to build up to doing a 5k (3.1 miles). Personally, I prefer programs that tell me just how many miles I should do to train for a race. For example I am now using a training schedule to get me prepped for a 10-mile race. It gives me three running days with the miles I should do and two cross training days each week. It’s a personal preference on what type of program you like. You can always experiment and see what you like.

Do Not Compare Yourself. One thing I did in the beginning was look at other runners and think “I can’t run as far or as fast as them, I must be doing something wrong.” But the truth is, my ability and fitness level is different than everyone else’s. You cannot compare yourself to anyone else. Just go out and do what you can do. And if that means you can only run two blocks and then have to walk, great. But keep going. In the beginning I could literally only run one block, then walk one block, and I would just rotate those. Now I can still only run about a mile, then have to walk for a little bit, and can run again. But I get my miles in. I do my training and I keep going.

Find a Partner. Like any exercise program, having a partner or someone to keep you accountable can be a benefit. If you need someone to say “Hey, get your butt up and do this!” then find someone to help you out and get your butt out the door.

If you want to be a runner you can do it. It is going to take commitment and effort, but if you want to do it, you will. And here’s a secret, those people you see running who look like they have been doing it forever, they are nice people. And they are encouraging. I have never met a runner that said, “you need to go faster” or, “you aren’t trying hard enough!” I have met so many who are encouraging and will motivate you to no end.

So give a try. Lace up your running shoes and get out there. What do you really have to lose?

5 Ways to STAY Committed to Your Fitness Goals

Raise your hand if you’ve said to yourself, “I’m going to exercise, eat better, lose weight and be healthy.” I would wager that the vast majority of you reading this right now would raise your hand.

“You have to be healthy, slim, beautiful, fast, swift, chiseled, ripped or toned to be beautiful and happy” is the uncontested message global (that’s right, not just American) media propagates to the world. “If you’re not just like this model, you have a lot of work to do.” Who’s been there? I have.

Marathons are all smiles when you're no longer running them.
Marathons are all smiles when you’re no longer running them.

I would bet even MORE money that those of you who initially raised your hand would also raise our hand if I asked, “Who among you has QUIT a fitness/health program?” It’s sad, but true. Statistics show that more than half the people who begin a fitness program will quit within the first three months. There are many reasons why they quit. They:

  • Don’t see results
  • Go too hard, too fast and burn out
  • Set unrealistic goals or expectations
  • Restrict too heavily and become ill
  • Aren’t interested in/excited by what they’re doing
  • Don’t celebrate small wins

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My 5 Running Rules for Half Marathon Training

I am a rules person. Rules make sense to me. I have a fond appreciation for order and organization. I think these reasons are why I enjoy math.

Math has a ton of rules and it has answers that are concrete. For me, it just makes things easier. When I started training for this half marathon, I decided to come up with some “rules” for myself – to make things easier.

Some may seem silly, but they motivate me and help keep me on target. I am two and a half months into training and so far, it seems that the rules are working!

So what are these rules? They are simple and short, but helpful. They are as follows:

My 5 Running Rules for Half Marathon Training

Running #selfie: let's do this!
Running #selfie: let’s do this!

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Week 2: Working on my Fitness

This past weekend was Labor Day.  I was able to work on Saturday and take a day trip Sunday to Indianapolis.  It was really a good mini-vacation.  Sunday morning, my bags were packed and then I met up with a good girl friend of mine.  We went on a walk.  Upon finishing our walk, she helped me finish a project of encouragement for a friend of mine.  She provided perspective and great company.   I must confess “Week 2” has been full of awesome discoveries!

Observations/discoveries of this week:
1. Earth Fare soups are excellent!  I tried the Chicken Chili and my girl friend bought the Kale soup.  The price was decent and I felt satisfied afterwards.

2. I branched out and tried a new smoothie.  Evolution Fresh Apple Berry is delicious.  I have seen this at the grocery stores.  It was a healthier snack than others I could have chosen.  Definitely recommend trying one.

3. I am starting to make smarter food choices.  This morning I was out getting some projects done before heading to work.  I knew I needed to eat breakfast, but simply had no time to make something.  Duncan Donuts was on my way to work so I stopped by and for $1.18 I bought a Egg White Flatbread.  It was a healthy option which gave my body necessary fuel.  I knew I would have crashed, if I didn’t fuel my body.

4.  I am working out with more intention.  It makes so much of a difference working out with specific goals in mind.  My mom and I both have been trying to get in the habit of eating better and working out.  While on Pinterest the other day, I was able to find a leg work out.  The first day upon completing this rigorous list, my legs were hurting!  This week I successfully completed the cycle once and I felt great!

5. I set and met my goals!  I set a goal to be able to run without stopping to a certain point on a usual route.  I have had trouble and have been making excuses for myself along the way and I finally said enough!  I finally did it!  I ran 0.7 miles and walked back.  I felt decent without over extending myself.

6.  I found water in a box!  Check this out:

http://www.boxedwaterisbetter.com
http://www.boxedwaterisbetter.com

On my way back home, I stopped and ate dinner with my cousins.  Both of them attend Ball State.  We decided to eat at their Atrium food court.  I found this little gem and thought it was worth a try.

All in all, I am satisfied with my progress.  I am finding a balance between strengthening my body, working on endurance and keeping my heart strong, and eating a more balanced diet.  I hope into this next week, I can maintain this steady momentum.

 

Week 2: height 4'8"; weight 102.5
Week 2: height 4’8″; weight 102.5

Reminders:
1. Don’t let your head get in the way of your goals.  Stop being a mental case and remember “YOU CAN DO IT!”

2. Working out, eating lunch and being in community with supportive friends helps tremendously in a persons over all health and well-being.

3. Chin up!  Don’t get discouraged if you have an off day.  Keep on pushing little engine!

Stay tuned….more discoveries to come I am sure…

Week 1: Fitness Challenge Progress

First and foremost, I found this article yesterday and I laughed so hard.  This is so me: http://nutrition.answers.com/diets/10-things-skinny-fat-people-do.  I used to be the girl in college that would go work out then beg my roommate to go to McDonald’s for dinner.  Healthy I know….those days are no more!

On Monday, four other stylists and myself went on a quick paced walk for an hour.  It was nice and made the walk more manageable with friends with whom to share.  I had to keep up.  Little legs go…GO!

On Wednesday, my mom and I did a leg work out.  I found a really all-inclusive one and completed the cycle once.  It is my goal by the end of this fitness challenge is to complete it two times.  And holy cannoli I am still sore!

Yesterday, I went on a run/walk.  I ran 3/4 to 1/2 way before my lungs just said ‘NO’.  I chose to quickly walk the rest of it.  I want to be able to get to the 1/2 way mark running the whole way in the next 2 weeks.  That is a new goal.

I am setting calorie goals as well as workout goals.  I am finding a rhythm of strengthening my core, arms, legs and stretching.  I am slowly adding in more cardio workouts.  Slowly but surely.

Some different things I have discovered this week:

1.  Recipe: Baked Zucchini Chips
Ingredients: 1 zucchini, olive oil (1 teaspoon), 1/4 cup parmesan cheese,  1/4 unseasoned plain bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

Prep: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.  Spray baking sheet lightly with a non-stick spray like Pam.  Slice up your zucchini very finely.  The thinner they are, the more chip like they will turn out.

Directions: Mix parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.  Sprinkle salt and pepper into the mix.  Stir the mix.  Take the olive oil and pour it on the sliced zucchini making sure they are all lightly covered.  Dip the slices of zucchini into your breaded mix covering both sides and lay them out on your baking pan.  Once all zucchini is covered and placed on pan, bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

My first batch!

2. Chick-fil-a Cobb Salad is delicious!  
This was a healthy alternative for lunch.  I used 1/3 the package of Avocado Lime Ranch salad dressing.  It was one of the most satisfying healthy lunches I have had in a very long time.   I found this out as I had forgotten my packed lunch at home.

3. Three bites of Talenti Gelato are so satisfying.
It is healthier than true ice cream and contains less fat.  I take three bites and I can walk away!  IT IS A MIRACLE!  Curb that sweet tooth in little to no calorie intake…brilliant.

This weeks progress (despite my undocumented ball park hot dog and beer dinner…because if it isn’t documented, it never happened right?):

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Height: 4’8″; Weight: 103.5lb (-.5)

OK, I documented it.  I was amazed that I went over by 244 calories! I have to be held accountable for an off day too.  Clearly, that can’t happen all the time, but a day here or there will be OK.

This next week, I want to strive to integrate more protein into my diet and eat healthier.  This is my goal.  Will it be accomplished….dun dun dun!  Stay tuned…

Have a great Labor Day weekend!!

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Come back soon!

 

– the Anchor Drop Team

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