1. Oh no it’s happening! You know that thing that happens when your training is cut back but your eating doesn’t? Yep the pounds are starting to creep on. Every day it seems my jeans are a little snugger, is that a word? This morning found me doing that little dance to get them on. The muffin top is not my friend. It won’t be long before I’m digging for bigger jeans in the bottom of the drawer. Something must be done and it must be done now. So first things first the decision on how to track what I’m eating. There are tons of different places to count calories. I’ve decided to use Calorie Count. They all work pretty much the same. One of the fun things about this site is that you can paste your recipes into it and it will figure the calorie count. It also grades different foods and lets you know what nutrients you are short on and what you are eating too much of. While I only pay limited attention to this it is kind of fun to see. So PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one that has this problem. Are you lucky enough to have your appetite adjust to your lack of exercise? How do you get back in the swing of watching what you eat and stopping yourself from the snacking that has become a part of your life?
2. This weekend is the Skirt Chaser 5k! I’m excited about this. It is going to be so great to see all of these women cross the finish line many of them for the first time. I can’t wait! It also sounds like the band that is playing after the race will be lots of fun. “That Eighties Band” I love me some 80’s music! So who’s going to be there? Anyone? I know that Beth from SUAR will be out there, several other people have said they might run also. By the way if you haven't seen Beth modeling some of the Skirt Sports clothes (go check out the Deal of the Day sales this week too!) make sure you see it! It’s going to be toasty out there Saturday as the temps are suppose to be in the 80’s and the race starts at 3 but that will make the beer taste just that much better right?
3. So let’s talk training plans... where does yours come from? Do you have a coach? Do you make up your own, or do you use one from some other source? This year I used a training plan from Beginner Triathlete for my 70.3 and for the ½ marathon I’m training for now (and in the past) I’m following a plan from the Smart Coach over at Runners World. Both of these have been pretty good I think. I really like the plans from Smart Coach. They incorporate your paces, include speed work and give you an estimated finish time for you race. So far they have been very close on all my races. If this one works as well I hope to get under 2:30 for my ½ marathon in November, which I understand is not all that fast but considering my first one was just barley under 3 hours it’s making progress and actually when I look at the pace it seems a little unreachable but I'm going to give it all I got.