“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rainier Training

Quick Look Week of Feb 13-Feb 19:
# of Workouts: 7 
# of miles ran/hiked: 23
Weight: 188.2 (Down 0.4 lbs. from previous week)
Chest: 41.5" (No change)
Hips: 48"  (Down 1" from previous week)

Monday:Ran 4 miles, ST with Adam
Tuesday: PT, Ran 2 miles
Wednesday: Unintended rest day
Thursday: Ran 4 miles, PT
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Ran 9.5 miles, walked dog 1 mile
Sunday: 2.2 mile weighted walk, 16 lbs
This morning, I found myself disappointed after my check-in with the scale.  I feel like I've been at a bit of a plateau regardless of the actual numbers.  Several people have asked how far I've come, and it seems a good time to remind myself as well.

Avery was born on August 10th.  The first weight I wrote down after her birth was on September 6th.  That rather large weight was 220.8 lbs.  Today, I weigh 188.2 lbs.  That means that I have lost 32.6 lbs in 5.5 months.  
August 16th - the first week Avery was home
Although, I'm not where I'd hoped to be by this point, goals are sometimes meant to be adjusted, and the point is that I am making progress.  This weekend, I ran 9.5 miles COMFORTABLY.  I felt good after the run with only minor knee tenderness, despite my patellar tendinitis.  I still have time to work on the weight I can comfortably carry during a workout, and the weight I need to lose, before my climb in July.  My goal is to lose another 30 lbs before that climb, and to be able to carry 50 lbs comfortably.

Thus, I also need to start carrying more weight, and build up my endurance for carrying weight.  I took the dog on a walk yesterday wearing my fancy new weighted vest (and my mountain boots).
It has 40 removable weights in the vest, each weighing 1 lb, allowing me to adjust the weight of the vest from 1 lb to 40 lbs fairly easily.
Some of the 1 lb weights.
It is ideal for me to train with my actual pack, but for some things, the vest will be easier and still allow me to train carrying weight.

Besides - the vest looked slightly LESS odd than the pack for a walk around the neighborhood - in theory.  I still got many odd looks and my husband said I looked like I was heading out to war wearing a flak jacket.
But, I go to war with a smile damn it.
In other news from this weekend...
...Avery was baptized
...My Dad reached the summit of Orizaba in Mexico, a grueling 18,701 feet!  An accomplishment to be proud of!!!  Once I have pictures - I will share.

For your viewing enjoyment - this video is of Avery finding my fake fart noises almost as amusing as me wearing the weighted vest around the neighborhood.  (This is not the same one I posted on Facebook)

What's the funniest looking thing you've worn for training?

What activity/outfit has merited the oddest looks from your neighbors?


  1. Yay video! That vest scares me. Mostly because there's so many pieces. I would lose them all. And it's impossible for me to get odd looks from my neighbors. I live near a meth den.

  2. That *totally* looks like a flak jacket!! Wow, I'm so impressed. (I'm also laughing at Sarah saying she lives near a meth den, though really it's not very funny.)

    Your weight loss is *impressive.* Don't let the plateau take the wind out of your sails--you're doing great.

    1. LOL. I laughed at that too. She tells me that almost every day. :)

      Thank you!

  3. What a cute video! She is such a doll! I think your vest looks bulletproof! 32.6 lbs in 5.5 months? Really? That's freaking fantastic. I am proud of you! Don't let anything get you down - you can do it!! You are awesome and you are working really hard!

  4. Congrats-- you have made such great progress already, and you're obviously stronger and more fit as well, that's always an important marker too. :) Congrats to your dad, what an accomplishment!!

  5. are you BF??? b.c they say that you lose weight but I was the opposite, I held onto my weight until I stopped BF. then I only had about 10-15 lbs to lose by myself. Avery is so dang cute :) I miss that stage....that's why I love coming over here :)

    1. I didn't lose any weight at all until I quit BF. We had a lot of trouble with BF, and I am no longer doing so. I'm glad you get your baby fix here! :D

  6. You've made amazing progress! That vest you are wearing is CRAZY!

    Congratulations to your dad, that's spectacular! I can't wait to see photos.

  7. Congrats on what you've accomplished!! 32.6 pounds in less than 6 months? That's definitely something to be proud of! And, you're more toned and in better cardiovascular shape as well! I love the flak jacket! Just wait until you start wearing that AND the backpack - then you'll really be a sight! :) Now that I'm back, let's go hiking! (forgive me if I pass on the flak jacket, though!)

    1. HAHAHA! You get to take pictures of that one! I'm ready to go when you are! :)


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