100 Mile Challenge, Accepted

One of my long-term fitness goals is to have a single month where I workout (run/walk/bike) 100 miles. This may be a small feat for some people I know who do that much in a week, but for me it’s a BFD.

Take a look at my previous 12 months of workouts on dailymile:

As you can see, I haven’t come close to 100 miles in the past year (the closest I have ever got was June of 2010, with 96 miles).

I know that if I got on my bike more I could probably hit the mileage, I just don’t bike as much as I did when I lived on the east side.

So this month, as I always do mid-month, I went to check my mileage. I saw 48, which is pretty good for me, based on the past 12 months.

I tweeted:

I figured it would be pretty difficult for me to accomplish 52 miles in 11 days. That’s like, 5 miles a day. And it’s like a billionty degrees out right now.

Then, I received the following from @tiffanyannweber:

See our following exchange:
Not one to turn down a challenge, I accepted Tiffany’s challenge to do 100 miles this month, not only to accomplish one of my personal goals, but to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Want to play along? Post a comment below and pledge to kick Crohn’s and Colitis in the ostomy bag. Pledge 1 penny, dime, quarter or dollar per mile – and you only have to fulfill your pledge if I break 100 miles this month.

Follow the journey at Dailymile!

C’mon, what are you waiting for?

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.

Fearless Amy and the fitness expo

On Saturday, I joined Anne Munkwitz and Rochelle Van Hart for the Salus Corporate Treadmill challenge, a challenge to run or walk around Wisconsin (held at the RACC Multisport Expo). I saw the tweets and Facebook posts about this challenge and was intrigued but also a bit scared. Anne and Rochelle signed up to run on a treadmill for 2 hours straight. No potty breaks, no stopping to catch your breath… running, on a treadmill, for two freaking hours. I asked Anne for a li’l more info Friday and decided, what the hell. I contacted the organizer and booked a spot next to the other FitMilwaukee gals.

I know what you’re thinking – surely Amy didn’t run on a treadmill for two hours!!!

And you’re right, I didn’t.

Run that is.

I think God made me without certain “fear” receptors in the brain. Sometimes, I just don’t think about things before I do them. I am a li’l fearless like that. I’ve done some stupid things in my life (no comments from the peanut gallery) and I’ve embarrassed myself more times than I’d care to admit. But that’s never stopped me from doing something stupid, or in this case, friggin’ awesome.

Looking back, I’m a little mortified at what I did on Saturday.

  1. I am fat.
  2. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo.
  3. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill.
  4. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours.
  5. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours, walking a total of 5.6 miles.

What was I thinking? Seriously, what WAS I THINKING? I was on a treadmill facing the expo (thank God they couldn’t see my fat butt) with people walking past me for two hours, seeing me, all 267 pounds of me, walking on a treadmill. Shiz. Two hours. TWO FREAKING HOURS. AT A FITNESS EXPO.

Like I said, I can be a bit fearless at times.

It happens.

(photo by Anne Munkwitz)

If you follow my workouts on DailyMile, you know that I haven’t walked more than 2 miles since I started this whole thing. The fact that I walked 5.6 miles without a lot of training (and at a very consistent pace of 3.0-3.5 mph) is a huge deal. This alone is evidence to me that I have changed. Sure, there were a few times I wanted to stop, but then I looked to my left and saw Anne and Rochelle running away and I knew I couldn’t stop. In fact, at one point, I even contemplated running for a bit. Yeah, you read that right – I wanted to run. What is wrong with me?

It all seems so surreal… I still can’t believe I did that just 2 days ago.

Thanks to Anne and Rochelle for pushing me and inspiring me to do this. I seriously couldn’t do it without you.

And here’s a li’l video Mike Collins took of us near the end of the two hours (don’t I look hawt?).

Weigh-In Wednesday (a day late) plus yummy food porn

It’s Weigh-In Wednesday, Thursday edition because I didn’t get a new battery for my scale until today… drumroll please…..

272.0…for a total of 2.2 lbs lost in one week.

HOLLER! That’s even WITH my not-so-good weekend.

So before I do a li’l celebration dance, I have a few more things to share.

First, I bought Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred DVD today at Target (bonus $2 off coupon = $8 investment, not too shabby). I did level 1 today. It’s about a 20 minute or so workout… and boy am I feeling it. But I know I done good… so I’m happy about that. Hopefully I won’t have to stay at the level 1 “easy” stage for long.

Second, I found an awesome app for my Droid that will help me keep track of weight loss, calories, etc… AND it has this cool barcode scanner feature… which will look up your food item in its database. I’ll have to do a video blog about it someday, but until then, check out Calorie Counter from Fatsecret.com.

Third, we have food porn.

I sauteed a chicken cutlet from Whole Foods in some Wildtree Grapeseed Oil and Garlic & Herb Blend… along with a shredded zucchini. Then I added some cherry tomatoes and some fresh mozzarella. ZOMG. Soooo good.