Team Challenge Rummage Sale 6/5

Anne, Rochelle, Sarah, Tracey and I are having a HUGE rummage sale to benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America.

Items for sale include: photo printer, flat bed scanners, lexmark all-in-one printer, DVDs, VHS, Fine Jewelry, women’s clothing, Women’s shoes, Plant stand, 20″ TV, old film/slide projector, women’s winter coats, cookbooks, fishing poles, waffle maker, costume jewelry, women’s boots, children’s toys, children’s clothing, house/garden tools, xbox drum set + rock band + ac/dc track pack, fog machine, knickknack clock (decorative?), umbrella stand thingie, xbox battery charger with 2 batteries, wall art…

PLUS: We’ll have food and beverages for sale.

June 5, 8:30-5
2800 S Logan Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Click here for directions.

If you have any items you’d like to donate, please contact me using the contact form above and we’ll arrange getting the items from you.

New Gear: A Before and After

Based on the advice from a friend, I purchased the Nathan Quick Draw water bottle contraption this past week on Amazon. When it came I was instantly impressed. It comfortably fits in either hand and the pouch easily holds my inhaler, keys and money or an ID. When it’s full of water, the weight gets a little annoying, but I found you could easily rectify this problem by drinking some of your water.

I used it once and was quite pleased with my purchase.

Then, I biffed it. I biffed it hardcore. I was walking my friends’ dogs and I lost my footing on an uneven sidewalk. Incase you were wondering, this is what happens when you skid forward on a cement sidewalk while holding your Nathan Quick Draw:



I am actually quite impressed with how well the holder held up in the fall (and the bottle, just a few scratches). Unfortunately, when the pouch ripped open, my inhaler was damaged. It is still fully functional, the cover just won’t stay on. As for the quick draw, I think the damage is something I can easily sew back together.

I’m Amy and I’m a runner (Hi Amy)

Me: Hello everyone. My name is Amy and I’m a runner.

You: Hi Amy!

Me: It’s been 12 hours since my last run.

You: Wow. That’s awesome.

Me: I don’t know if I can resist the temptation to run anymore.

You: Don’t fight it. Celebrate it.

Me: You got it. Hey world, I’m a freaking runner! Did you hear that? AMY MARIE KANT IS A RUNNER.

You should know that I made it Dailymile official (see Facebook official). I am no longer a “Walker.” I’m a “Runner” and it’s not going back. Ever. Even if I do walk during my training, I know I’m a runner now. No one can take that away from me, unless they cut my legs off.

Weigh In Wednesday: Welcome Back

Well, weigh in Wednesday is back. I haven’t decided if it will be back every week, but I will definitely continue to weigh in at least once every four weeks, coinciding with my monthly measurements check.

I am happy to share that in the last 20 weeks, I have lost 13.4 lbs and 27 inches. That inches number continues to amaze me.

Four weeks from tonight, I have my next 5k. My goal is to run the entire 3.1 miles – no walking. I think I can do it, too.

Weight: 260.8 | Neck: 14 | Bust: 45 | Below Bust: 38.25 | R bicep: 14.75 | L bicep: 14.75 | Waist: 41.50 | Hips: 51.5 | R thigh: 27.75 | L thigh: 28| R calf: 18 | L calf: 18.25 | L knee: 16.75 | R knee: 16.75 | total -13.4 lbs | total -27 inches

First attempt at speed work

Following Coach Anne’s suggestion, I tried some speed work last night. I figured out how to do time intervals on my Garmin which was so helpful. All that shows up in the display is time left for that interval and which numbered interval you’re on. You don’t see pace or distance, so you’re more focused on running for that time than you are on constantly checking your pace (guilty!!!).

I decided I would do 10 reps of 3min run/1min walk. Considering that last week was the first time I’ve ever ran for 3 min straight, this was a little ambitious for me. I should have aimed for 7 or 8 reps, because by the time I got to that point, I was spent and a mile from home. This is obvious when you look at my interval splits:

0.22, 0.23, 0.23, 0.20, 0.22, 0.15, 0.19, 0.15, 0.16, 0.16

That’s the distance (miles) I did in each of the 3min intervals. I averaged .05 in the minute “rests” between each interval.

I am so proud of what I did tonight. I’ve never ran this much, period. I picked up my pace. Here’s my pace for those same interval splits:
13:25, 13:15, 13:04, 14:44, 13:34, 20:03, 16:09, 20:07, 18:46, 19:04

Do you SEEEEEE my pace for the first 5 intervals?! SQUEEEEE.

I can do this.

I should add that there were a couple of points during this workout where I thought I was going to puke. I ended up walking the last 3 intervals because I decided it wouldn’t be a good idea to push any further and risk doing something stupid.

Setting up intervals for speed work on Garmin 305 Forerunner

Hit the mode button.

Then, Training>Workouts>Interval

You can select to do your interval reps based on:
Distance, Distance Rest
Distance, Time Rest
Time, Time Rest
Time, Distance Rest

You can also include how many reps you want to do AND if you want to include a warmup/cooldown.

I set mine up for 3min then 1min rest for 10 reps with warmup/cooldown. Basically, when you have this set up and hit start to begin your workout, you’re in “warmup” mode until you hit the LAP button. Similarly, when you finish your last rep, you will go into “cooldown.”

Manic Monday: Training schedule for May 24-30, 2010

  • Monday: Stretch, Strengthen or Active Recovery – TBD. I have acupuncture at 6:30, which is such a welcome addition to my recovery day.
  • Tuesday: 3.5 mile walk – Do my favorite 5k route through Easttown/downtown MKE OR head to Bayview to walk my friends’ dogs.
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes crosstrain – Run to gym, weights for 25-30 minutes, then run home.
  • Thursday: 3.5 mile walk/run – Time goal: Sub-16 pace.
  • Friday: Rest day – aka YES!!! And, it’s Iron Cupcake day. Win-Win.
  • Saturday: 40 min crosstrain – Yoga, pilates, biking or weights (TBD).
  • Sunday: 8 miles fast walk – Team Challenge practice day. Hold me.

I am going to try some speedwork this week, per Coach Anne’s suggestion. She thinks it will give my body the extra kick to start LOSING again:

  • How about six minutes brisk, one-minute normal pace, six minutes brisk, one-minute normal pace, six minutes brisk.
  • Hills are also an excellent way to start speedwork. Find a steep hill, work your way up, come back down and do it again six times. Gradually add extra reps until you can complete 10.
  • Try just a 25-minute run or walk with FAST bursts of speed. Look for the next light post or mailbox or city block and move as fast as you can to it. If you are wiped out when you get there you’re doing it right! Take a moment to recover and go all-out again!

If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Manic Monday: Training schedule for May 17-23, 2010

This marks the start of a new series of posts at Losing It. Every Monday, I will post my training schedule, along with my plan for how to fulfill the plan. I’m hoping you will help hold me accountable to my plan (by following my Dailymile training). I’m also hoping that putting my schedule out there will help me not wig out err modify my schedule.

So, here goes.

  • Monday: Stretch, Strengthen or Active Recovery – 100 crunches, 20 min of yoga and/or work with resistance bands at home. OFF – ILL
  • Tuesday: 3.5 mile walk – Do my favorite 5k route through Easttown/downtown MKE OR head to Bayview for a li’l jaunt near my acupuncturist’s office. I have an appointment at 6:15. Time goal: 45-50min (average 15-16min pace). Probably going with the Bayview Route. Running last week right before my appt was awesome. Made the relaxation so much more enjoyable. I do plan to allot more time for stretching though.
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes crosstrain – 6-7 mile bike ride. Time goal: 40 min.
  • Thursday: 2 mile walk/run – I will likely stay close to home for this, and hope to really push myself. Time goal: 33 min (average 14-16 min pace). Honestly, I’d like to see this 2-miler be sub 30 min.
  • Friday: Rest day – aka YES!!! I am working a little different shift on Friday, so I am going to try to get in either a short walk or some yoga before work. Then, it’s Bowlin’ for the Colon Friday night.
  • Saturday: 40 min crosstrain – BOOTCAMP WITH A PURPOSE – 30 min bootcamp led by fitness coach Jeremy Belter. Hope you can join me! Details here.
  • Sunday: 70 min fast walk – Team Challenge practice day. I have a feeling Coach Anne will change this to 6-8 miles fast walk, which will put me in the 1:40-2:30 range.

If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

UPDATE: I wrote this post last week and didn’t anticipate feeling under the weather today. So, I’m changing my plan a bit to accommodate. Changes are in red.

Exercise and Underwear: Decisions, Decisions

If you’re embarrassed by underwear talk, move on to the next blog. We’re talking about ladies underthingies and working out. Gentlemen, take a deep breath.

This is a question I’ve had for awhile, but I didn’t really know how to bring it up.

What is the best underwear to wear when working out?

The few times I’ve worn a pair of cotton underwear to work out, I’ve regretted it. So, I know that those are definitely out (I only have a few anyways, I prefer the good stuff). I’ve already moved beyond cotton socks and am slowly working on my non-cotton workout wardrobe.

But now, I’m at the underthings stage and am not sure where to start. Add my larger size to the mix and it gets complicated. Any larger ladies have this problem?

While some runners love to talk about their running clothes, they become a little more reserved when it comes to undergarments and — as a result — suffer in silence wearing uncomfortable underwear. The “synthetic material/no cotton” rule also applies to underwear. Make sure you wear tight-fitting, non-cotton underwear so any moisture is wicked away and you avoid chafing. Most uncomfortable underwear issues can be avoided by following that rule. Some running shorts do have “built-in” underwear. It is perfectly fine to wear just these shorts — you don’t have to wear another pair of underwear underneath them. Some runners, especially men, prefer to wear spandex under their shorts instead of underwear. Some female runners I know swear by running thongs and claim that they’re extremely comfortable. It’s really a matter of personal preference, so you just have to figure out what works for you. (SOURCE: About.com)

First of all, I don’t wear thongs. I don’t find them comfortable, and let’s be honest… when you get to a certain size thongs just aren’t practical. Why would I willingly let my booty hang out? This baby got back – junk in the trunk – and it just wouldn’t be right to have it go uncontained.

Perhaps I’ll change my mind once I’m at my goal weight, but in my experience over the past 4 months, I have found that the Body by Victoria Bare Ultimate high leg briefs are the most comfortable for working out. They help suck in the gut and keep everything where it’s supposed to be, without riding up my booty. The Body by Victoria seamless bikini briefs and Body by Victoria Hiphuggers aren’t bad either.

What hasn’t worked? My Body by Victoria boyshorts. They will NOT stay put when I’m walking, running or lifting weights. I’ve also had problems with the top bands rolling down.

I’ve looked into some of the “runners underwear” but I’m a little hesitant to spend $20+ on a single pair of underwear I might not like or that might not fit. I’m looking at the following options:

Do you have any suggestions? Feel free to post a comment below, or if you’d prefer to remain anonymous, send me a message using the contact form.

Ok, and because the picture of these has been cracking me up all afternoon, I just have to ask what is up with these? Are they the granny panty of workout gear? I mean, REALLY?

Oh, and don’t get me started on those shorts with the built-in underwear. I don’t get those at all.

Coming soon: Keeping the girls under control when running (aka, How do I keep my boobs from giving me whiplash?)