Decisions, Decisions

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 28, 2008


I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I am so mixed up on my days after being off work this past week.

I decided to run 6 miles late this morning, and I will admit, it wasnt pretty. I was up til 4:30am last night, so I was ‘running’ on about 5-6 hours sleep. I also got running pains in my stomach again! I only ate 1/3 of a Larabar before the run so I was a bit puzzled.

I guess I need to make it a point to let my food digest for a half hour before running! Does anyone else have this problem?

So miles 2-6 were a bit uncomfortable and I pushed through the cramps hoping they would pass. They didn’t! lol.

Despite the running cramps and wanting to stop, I managed to get in some great mileage.

Oh and PS- I am very very sore in the shoulders and back from playing 4 hours of Wii last night! haha…this is confirmation that it IS a good workout! :D

The run:

  • 0.10 mile walking warm up 4.0 mph, incline 4%
  • 6 mile interval run (first 2 miles at 7.0 mph, next 2 6.5 mph, 1 mile 6.0 mph, last mile 6.5 mph) incline 4%
  • Max Heart Rate: 174 bpm (89% of max)
  • Avg Heart rate:  161 bpm (83% of max)
  • Total duration: 59 mins 30 seconds
  • Feel the burn: 541 kcals

This run put my Christmas week mileage at 21 miles! Not bad for going away for the holidays to two different locations. :D It just goes to show you that a little planning goes a long way!

Last week I planned my workout goals for the week: [What I actually did is in bold]

Mon. Dec 22: Gym- running either on running track or treadmill (4-5 miles), stretching, 15 mins. Yoga/Pilates (in the evening from Youtube) [I ran just over 4 miles]
Tues. Dec. 23: Body Pump (weight) class with my sis, maybe light cardio before or after class [I did Body Pump Class + 1/4 mile walking]
Wed. Dec. 24: Gym- running (4 miles) [I ran 7 miles!]
Christmas Day: OFF or 30 mins. Pilates workout videos online [Off day!]
Boxing Day: Running- (4 miles) [I ran 3 miles due to time constraints]
Sat. Dec. 27: OFF or Running- speed work (3 miles) [1 mile run, wasn’t feeling it so I didn’t push myself]
Sun. Dec. 28: Running- long run- (6-7 miles) [I ran 6 miles]

Anticipated running mileage goal: 20 miles

Actual Mileage: 21 miles…..sweet! :D

So as you can see game plans work well, especially when on vacation. While I didn’t stick to it to a tee, it served as a great framework as to how to structure each day’s exercise.

Haven’t ever done a workout gameplan?? Try it out and see how you like it!

The one thing I have enjoyed with half marathon training is the training schedule and planning ahead. I never used to do this with workouts, but it can actually be really fun!


Oh She Glow’s Domestics:

  • My sister is gearing up for her first guest post on Jan 1st 2009! For those of you who missed it, Oh She Glows is introducing a very exciting and motivating feature to the blog in the new year. You will be following my sister, weekly, on her journey to lose the baby weight, get fit and healthy in the new year. I know many of you have these goals as well so I think it will be a really motivating story to follow! I have already read the draft of her first post and I can tell you it is going to be great.
  • I am having a much more difficult time deciding on a Charity (and how to do it) for my half-marathon in May. I am concerned that the marathon organization is taking an overhead from the charity orgs. on the website. I don’t like this. I want 100% of all the money donated to be going toward the charity!! If anyone knows of how I can organize an online charity website for my marathon I would greatly appreciate the help!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a new health bar review, my orthotics update, motivating quotes and much more! I may be taking tomorrow off work because I just found out that the day I had planned to take off in January is our rescheduled team day. So we shall see….! Hopefully I will have a nice day off and finally get caught up on unpacking and laundry! Our room looks like a bomb went off!

Thought provoking question of the day: What was your biggest mistake in 2008?

I heard this on the radio tonight and it was really interesting hearing everyone’s answers. I am going to think about this a bit more and get back to you.

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Lisa December 28, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Just discovered your blog and LOVE IT!
I was playing catch up and have a couple of questions. Where do your parents live? I was admiring the gorgeous mountain pic and wondering it they were the Rockies. I am a fellow Cdn living in Vancouver:)
Also, how do you fit your workouts in in the morning before work? Do you often run on a treadmill at home?
Look forward to following your blog.


Jenny December 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm

You are so cute on the treadmill, haha I wish I could be that upbeat while running!

I’m all about workout game plans, it just helps me stay focused. Being the goal-oriented person that I am, having a plan is a must.

Biggest mistake in 2008? Ooo scandalous…hmm, definitely a thought-provoking one, but I honestly don’t view many things in life as mistakes. I see how everything has a purpose, whether or not I expected the outcome. But I guess underestimating myself in terms of how far I’ve been able to come in recovery was a big mistake. I know now that I can do more than I ever thought imaginable!


Erin December 28, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Biggest mistake? Letting myself believe a guy would change…. some just don’t


VeggieGirl December 28, 2008 at 9:39 pm

GREAT RUN!! Knew you’d make it through :-D

**Biggest mistake in ’08 = training too hard.


Priyanka December 28, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Great Run video! I guess the biggest mistake would be letting myself go and eat the unhealthy food when I was on a trip back home in India. Before that I was almost there, just about 7 pounds away from my goal weight. But I am surprised how the 1.5 years of hard work just swept away in 2 months. At this point I am 15 pounds away from goal weight.


Biz December 28, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Wow, great running stats – and during Christmas even!

Looking forward to your sisters guests posts!


Victoria December 28, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Great job with the workout plan. I love making schedules, for everything. I usually plan my workouts in Google calendar. Definitely helps keep me motivated.


Kelly Turner December 28, 2008 at 11:46 pm

wow- i really cant think of anything as my biggest mistake. I guess i dont really think of stuff that way- it either happens or it doesnt.

thats so funny you made a video of you running!

maybe just letting stuff get to me- I worry about things too much- i need to lighten up.

Kelly Turner


Just_Kelly December 28, 2008 at 11:49 pm

What was your biggest mistake in 2008?

Waiting till July to start on my journey to a healthier life!



Melissa December 28, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Love the video! Was that touch my body in the background?

I used to have no problem eating and running, but lately it kills me! So I try to workout before meals, although a 1/3 of a larabar problem wouldn’t bother me too much, I try to keep to things high carb, low fat before workouts because fat and protein takes a lot longer to digest than carbs which can be used for energy almost instantly.


HangryPants December 29, 2008 at 12:27 am

The only thing I can eat right before a run is 1/2 a zbar. Anything else sits in my belly and hurts the whole time!


ttfn300 December 29, 2008 at 9:53 am

i have a hard time with food, i cramp up really easily. so i leave a good 2hrs depending on what i eat… if i need something right before i’ll grab gummy bears or the like.

hmm, 2008, i didn’t respect myself for part of it, but i’m outta that funk i hope…


run4change December 29, 2008 at 10:03 am

Hello Mrs. Glow. I was ready your post today and I enjoyed it. It was fun. You asked if anybody else gets stomach pain or cramps when running to close after eating. Here is my experience. During an ultramarathon you have to eat. There is no way around it. If you don’t eat you can’t finish. This means you have to learn to run and eat at the same time. I don’t just mean eat one time, I ate every 15 minutes in my 50 miler. Anyway, if it is hot and I am going up hill, my heart rate is out of the aerobic zone. This means the blood is in my legs and not in my stomach, which in turn means I can’t digest. This is why people so oftern throw up or quit in an ultra.

Anyway, so if you eat right before you run. It is important to keep your HR in the aerobic zone so that your stomach has available blood to digest and move your food out. Otherwise, i eat 1-2 hours prior at the most.
Great job and keep up the excellent work and blog


zestycook December 29, 2008 at 10:21 am

Angela – Great run… cool video :) Biggest mistake in ’08 was not starting zesty sooner :)

Love your blog



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