Walk, Run, Bike Thursday

June 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

It seemed strange to walk to school on a Thursday. Even Mack said, “Wait, we’re walking today?” But next Wednesday is the last day of school and there is no homework next week, so no homework packets to put together. I also finished up Math Superstars last week so I didn’t need to volunteer today. I was really glad that was the case so I could get in some exercise today, as tomorrow Mack’s class is having a picnic at the park all day and I’m helping out with that and won’t get to go to the gym.

When I got back home from walking to school I had half of my breakfast (you can see all my food from today and the calorie breakdown on my “I Eat” page, but it may be incomplete until late tonight of course). Then I went for a 3.5 mile run.


I hadn’t run in over a week, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. The stats are on my “Still Running” page. I thought I better get in at least one run before the “Spring into Summer” 5K that I am running with Kathy on Saturday. The boys are planning to do a 1 mile kid’s fun run at the event also!

When I got home from running I cooled off, hydrated and ate the 2nd half of my breakfast. I changed clothes (3rd outfit today so far), jumped on my bike, and headed to Publix.

Obligatory photo from the Coffee Pot Bayou bridge:


Really none of the things I got at Publix were essentials, but there were a couple of things we needed so I used it as an excuse for some functional exercise. I really just got a few things to tide us over until Chad does a bigger shopping trip on Saturday.


I like the idea of biking to the store just to pick up a couple of things much better than the idea of driving to the store for the same reason.

Here are the biking stats (Lap 1 is to the store and Lap 2 is on the way home):

garmin bike jun 2

I still think the estimated calories are too high, but it’s strange that my Garmin thought I burned almost 600 calories biking 6 miles yesterday, but only 437 biking 8 today.

garmin bike june 1


Once home I finally showered all the layers of sweat off and ate my huge salad for lunch. Then I ran by Target before picking up carpool. The school marquee in the car line:


Yes, it’s June in Florida. Blech.

This afternoon was homework, snacks, karate. I picked up a Tour de Pizza pizza for the boys. I resisted the pizza! I made an awesome healthy dinner for myself. It’s on my “I Eat” page, but look how pretty:


Now we’re watching the finale of The Biggest Loser on Tivo. Well, Cal is watching it even though he already found out who won because of the tabloids. Mack is working on “thank you” notes for his birthday presents and I am blogging. Also, I’m contemplating dessert.

I’m feeling good and back in control after just two days of logging my food. Guess I’ll keep it up for a while.

Total exercise for today:

Walking: 2.3 miles
Running: 3.5 miles
Biking: 8.3 miles

Tomorrow is 1st grade picnic day!

Walk, bike, pump, bike, run, walk. I’ve lost it.

May 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I think I’ve gone off the rails.

Last night I ate that awesome pizza.


Then I ate some barbecue potato chips that were left over from the Derby party. Like, A LOT of barbecue potato chips. Like most of a big bag of them.

Then I ate a Cadbury Crème Egg left over from Easter. Then a Jala pomegranate frozen yogurt bar, some peanuts, some dark chocolate covered cranberries. Things get kind of fuzzy after that. Other stuff may have been eaten. Ugh.

Needless to say I wasn’t feeling great this morning. If you’ve read my blog for very long you know that I do this every couple of weeks. Why? I don’t know. The floodgates just open.

But that’s not even the part of my behavior that I think is “off the rails”. That’s just me overeating (possibly you could call it bingeing).

The crazy part is my obsessive behavior towards exercise lately. It’s kind of nuts, right?

I just felt like I recognized my overboard, non-rational behavior today.


So I wasn’t feeling so hot in the digestion arena this morning. But, I was determined to soldier on and walk the kids to school. That was fine. No biggie. It’s a 2.3 mile walk at a casual pace (stopping often with Chewie).

As soon as I got home I made a somewhat modest breakfast (by my standards) of two slices of whole wheat toast with Justin’s Maple Almond butter, sliced banana and blueberries (man, those blubes were jumbo!).


Also this morning I had iced coffee because I screwed up last night and hit “on” instead of “delay brew on” when I was prepping my coffee for this morning. I didn’t realize it was brewing until I smelled coffee, so I just had to let it keep going. I just put a few cubes of ice in it to cool it off and stuck it in the fridge overnight. I don’t really like iced coffee as much as hot coffee, but I still drank three cups of it this morning. Caffeine is caffeine. And it was Dunkin’ Donuts coffee which is too good and too expensive to have poured out.

I mostly ate my almond butter toast while I was getting ready to go to the gym, as I didn’t really have time to sit down and eat. I get home from walking the boys to school at about 8:30. Bodypump class starts at 9:30 and I wanted to ride my bike to the gym. So I’m eating bites of toast and taking swigs of iced coffee in between putting on gym/biking clothes and shoes (which are different from walking to school clothes and shoes), getting my water/towel/gym stuff together, getting my bike helmet/lock/bike stuff together, putting on sunscreen, etc.


I knew it takes me 16 minutes to bike to the gym, and I wanted to get there early enough to change into a dry shirt (not the tank top I was biking in) and use the restroom before class. I left my house at about 9:05 on the bike to go to the gym.



Perfect timing, awesome bike ride. Then Bodypump (third time doing the new release with the triple “power presses” in the back track…it’s getting easier).


Then biking back home. I didn’t wear my Garmin on my bike ride, since I have done this route with the bike already. I know it is right about 3 miles each way, so a total of 6 miles biking.



Here’s where the craziness sets in. Up until this point, it could have just been an active, sane morning. But now, I’m home but I really think I NEED to run. I don’t want to run. I’m well worked-out (but I wouldn’t say worn out) by the previous exercise I’ve done this morning. But I think that I SHOULD run because if I don’t run three times per week I will lose running fitness and will have to work harder to regain that fitness. I still don’t feel like a real runner. I feel like I am only sort of barely a runner and any slight grasp I even have on that title is tenuous at best. One misstep and I’ll never run again. (I know this is irrational thought.)

So, I changed into my third pair of tennis shoes for the morning (walking vs. biking/gym vs. running), got all my running gear on (sports belt, phone for music, earbuds,camera, running hat, sunglasses, hand-held water bottle, etc.) and took off. It was about 11:15 by this point. Hot. Very hot.

I ended up running three miles, but on a four mile route. Lots of walking breaks to drink water. Three miles of actual running with one mile of walking mixed in. The stats are on my “Still Running” page.

The logical side of my brain is telling me that if I am going to include biking into my routine that it is fine to cut back on something else, namely running. I definitely don’t want to cut back on Bodypump or Bodyflow. I love those the most.

And it’s so hot that running is difficult and I hate treadmills. Logically, biking can replace the running and the elliptical. So why don’t I just let it go? I’m scared to let anything go. I just keep adding things on, never eliminating anything.

I’m not very good at balance. It’s all or nothing, baby.

I was so drenched in sweat after the run it was ridiculous. Immediate shower then lunch.


Hugh Jass salad with lots of stuff in it and on it. I’m thinking of making Italian chicken sausage with swiss chard, onions, and beans tonight, served over whole wheat couscous. Just thinking about it. Right now the boys are home from school and are watching TV and it looks like we are going to have a laid-back afternoon. I was afraid somebody might suggest a bike ride to the park, and if it was suggested, I’d probably do it.


I’m sure there will be a family evening walk tonight (1.6 miles), and I’m sure I’ll go. If there is a walk happening, I’m going to be on it. I would feel like a total wuss and lazy if I didn’t go.

Totals for the day:

Walking: 5 miles (to school, during run, family evening)
Biking: 6 miles
Running: 3 miles
Weight training: 1 hour

That’s not too crazy, right? That’s a rhetorical question. More is more.