Monday, August 6, 2012

It's gone!

First, I just want to thank you all so much for the overwhelmingly kind comments on yesterday's post! I was really nervous to post it, but after reading the all the positive feedback, I am glad that I did.

When I woke up this morning, I was going to get ready to run on the treadmill when I noticed our internet was out. Which meant I couldn't watch a show on Netflix while on I was running (a MUST if I'm going to be running on the treadmill. Jerry said it was only 60 degrees outside, so I decided to run outside instead.

I got dressed and ready to head out, when I noticed that my Garmin was dead. I put it on the charger, and I was just going to charge it long enough to last through my run. While I waited, I decided to take my iPod with me (I usually run without it). That was dead, too, so I plugged it in to charge.

After about 15 minutes, I grabbed my Garmin and was about to head outside when Eli woke up and asked "Is it 'up time'?" Jerry had just gone to bed (he worked nights), so I didn't want to wake him up to take care of the kids. I decided that for some reason, God just didn't want me to run outside today, and I resorted to the treadmill.

Thankfully, by that time, the internet was back up, so I was able to watch an episode of The Biggest Loser while I ran. On the schedule was a 60 minute easy run, with 8 pick-ups (30 second sprints). So I set my Garmin for intervals--7 minutes easy, 30 seconds fast.
Running at 10.0 mph is scary-fast! It blows my mind that people run that speed for miles and miles. I really felt like I was going to fly off the back of the treadmill.
I felt really good after that run, and I needed that after Friday's disaster. I was feeling really down yesterday about cutting my run short on Friday.

To ensure that it won't happen again this week, I've come up with a plan: I'm going to run a 10K race AFTER I run 8 miles. There is a 10K race this Saturday, and it happens to be on my favorite running path--the same path I do my long runs. So I'm going to get there early, and run four miles out from the starting area, then turn around and run back (8 miles); then I will run the 10K race (not trying to go fast--just at my normal training pace). There is no way I will stop mid-race!

I'm definitely going to prepare better on Friday, also. I will eat really well, not have any alcohol, get plenty of sleep, etc. I was totally unprepared going into Friday's run, and I know that if I had been better prepared, I would have finished it.


So this happened today:
Remember when I hoarded all that peanut butter for the shortage? Well, we finished off the last jar of it today. We went through a LOT of peanut butter in the last 10 months.
This is probably about HALF of what I had stocked
So if you double all of what you see in the picture, that is what we ate (I say "we" meaning my family, but you know I just mean "me"). That's not even including the flavored peanut butters! I really should keep track of how many jars I go through in a year. Now that I think about, maybe I'm contributing to the peanut shortage...

I really should have titled my blog "Runs for Peanut Butter".


I've gotten a lot of questions lately about the Wii Active 30-Day Challenge that I'm doing. It's not part of the Wii Fit, and you don't need the Wii Fit to do it. It's a totally separate game. It's called EA Sports Active.
The Amazon price listed is $24.92, and that includes the accessories you need to play. You CAN use a balance board with it, but it isn't necessary. There is also an Active 2 game, but I don't have that one. I think I'm going to buy it when I'm done with this challenge.

Anyway, the 30-Day Challenge is just part of the game... you can do the challenge or just do the workouts whenever you feel like. I've had a goal to finish the challenge ever since I got the game, and I'm determined to finish it this time! I actually really like it--as much as I grumble about the lunges, and inline skating, and all that, I've noticed a difference for sure since I started using it a few weeks ago. The exercises aren't nearly as hard as they were on Day 1, so I must be getting better at it!

22 comments:

  1. thank u for the info Katie.
    hope some day I can run too

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  2. I love that you went through that much peanut butter. I had never heard of a peanut shortage. Is this still happening?? Because if it is, I'm headed to the bulk store tomorrow to buy the rest of their barrel of natural peanut butter.

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    1. This was 10 months ago, and it was because of all the rain we had last year. The prices of peanut butter has gone up quite a bit over the past year. I was worried that the shortage meant NO peanut butter, so I stocked up. But I think it's all fine now.

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  3. I was just telling my husband that since I started losing weight and eating better (about 16 months ago) that I know I eat way more nuts, cheese, and peanut butter. I used to never eat those things because I thought they were too fatty, but I almost never eat candy and junk now, so I guess it was a good switch!

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    1. It's kind of funny, I never used to go through much peanut butter when I was obese (I certainly ate my share of Reese's PB Cups, and chocolate-pb ice cream, but as far as the actual peanut butter in a jar, I didn't eat much of it). But since losing the weight, I just can't get enough!

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  4. I have the Active 2 and I LOVE IT!!! There's a heart rate monitor and also a leg sensor with it. I hate the leg strap on the regular Active.

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    1. Wow, that sounds awesome! It's decided, then. I'm getting it ;)

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  5. Dude. It is impressive how thoroughly you killed that jar of peanut butter. I feel personally challenged to be more diligent about my peanut butter finishing skills.

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    1. BAHAHA, Jerry was impressed while I was scraping it clean--I had *just* enough for a sandwich, so I was going to get all I could out of that jar!

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  6. Why couldn't you run outside without your Garmin? You can't run inside without television, and you can't run outside without an expensive GPS... Haha, running: back to the basics, right? You should get out there sometime without a watch, without a friend, and enjoy yourself without worrying about time or distance. It's nice to run for the joy of running every once in a while as opposed to hitting a mileage goal or obsessing over pace.

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    1. I think it's awesome that you enjoy running just for the sake of running--without Garmin, friend, TV, or distractions. But my favorite part of running is when it is over and I can look at my data! I'm a numbers geek, and uploading my data is like Christmas morning for me. If that makes me enjoy running, then I'm certainly going to keep doing it :) I don't "obsess over pace" (I rarely look at my Garmin while I'm running)--I just like to have the data so I can look at it later ;)

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    2. I totally love the data too. The little graph, makes me happy.

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  7. Well done on the run hun.
    Keep up the great work!
    xx

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  8. I'm curious where you got your current training schedule?

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    1. It's from a Women's Running magazine, designed to take up less time (by making the time all about quality, instead of quantity).

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  9. Question for your Q&A:
    What is your favorite kind/brand of peanut butter???
    I am surprised that you have natural and Jif there... I used to eat Jif, but now that I get natural (or make my own), I find that Jif is WAY too sweet, plus I don't want the added oil.
    Have you tried all the other kind of nut and seed butters? I LOVE sunflower seed butter, but I can't keep out of it, so I try to avoid it!!!!
    ~Laura

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  10. yummmm peanut butter! I also noticed you said it was 60! It is almost double that temp here, 110 yesterday...I want it to be 60 soooo badly!

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  11. I started reading your blog about a month ago and love it! I thought about what I would name my blog, and it would totally be Runs for Peanut Butter! I can easily eat a half a jar a day if I don't monitor my intake. It is ridiculous! My daughter now loves it as much as I do. I am sure we too are contributing to the shortage, if there is one.

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  12. I love the Smucker's natural PB & I go through about a jar per week :)

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  13. This made me LMAO! "Now that I think about, maybe I'm contributing to the peanut shortage..." Funny!

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  14. I had 17 jars at one point. Now I'm lucky to have one back up jar! We go through at least a jar a week. Charlie eats pb toast every morning before work.

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