In October 2012, I quit smoking. I had smoked continuously for too many years, and finally decided enough was enough and I quit cold turkey. It's February 2014...and I am still 100% smoke free! That was the first step on my new healthier journey.
In January 2013, I decided I was not happy with my weight and the way I felt and looked. So I started working out regularly and counting calories, and am happy to say that a year later, I'm down 25 lbs! I did reach a 35 lb loss but have gained back 10 and I'm ok with that! This is a lifestyle change, not a diet, so I continue to work at it. I am not as strict with the calorie counting (and haven't been since August of last year) but I'm very aware of what I'm putting in my body and I aim to make healthier choices. I haven't had a soda since January of last year, and I mainly drink water all day. (I do allow myself 2 cups of coffee a day...because let's not get crazy here...).
In February 2013, I started running. This culminated in me running a Half Marathon last fall with my hubby! Recap found here. The training process kickstarted something in me, and now I proudly call myself a runner. I aim to run 3 times a week (and sometimes I don't get that much and sometimes I do a little more) with my weekend run being my "long run." I've run in other races and next week will be running as part of a relay team for the Myrtle Beach Marathon (my leg will be 6 miles!). I also have another half marathon scheduled in March (so excited about this!) and am planning another in the fall. Running has become a very large part of my life. It keeps me sane, keeps my stress levels low, and makes me feel great!
I was tracking my running on a tab at the top of my blog (labeled HMT) but have decided I'm going to actually write blog posts about it...considering how important a part of my life it has become. I will post my current training, where I'm at in mileage and how I'm feeling. But I'm keeping it to once a week...because at the heart, this blog is about my love of quilting. I may, on occasion, throw in a race recap...just to share how it all went.
So welcome to the first Wellness Wednesday! (after all that, let's get to the point!).
I'm training for my relay leg of 6 miles, while also trying to prep for the half in March (Newberry Half Marathon), so I've been consistently trying to increase my long runs. Sunday was a 10-miler...and while I finished it...my legs were not happy! I had a bad case of DOMS on Monday, but have been fairly decent the past two days (I blame this on not running the week before . I'm planning on getting out there today and maybe tomorrow, and then trying for a long run of 5-6 miles on Saturday. Then next week will be a bit of a "taper" so the legs are fresh for the race next Saturday! My plan for the week:
- Wednesday: 3-4 mile run
- Thursday: 2 miles OR 30-40 mins cross-training
- Friday: 30 mins cross-training and yoga for runners
- Saturday: 5-6 mile run
- Sunday: rest, yoga for runners (maybe)
- Monday: 3 miles
- Tuesday: cross-train