He was so cute! He kept grabbing a blanket and playing tug of war with himself.
I'm glad to see that there is so much interest in the 5K plan that I wrote! There are a ton of 5K plans around the internet for beginner runners, as well as experienced (fast) runners; but I realized there really aren't many that are geared toward experienced runners who are at the middle or back of the pack and want to improve their times. Just because some people may be slower doesn't mean they are inexperienced or aren't trying to improve their times!
So, that was my focus for the 5K plan I just wrote--experienced middle-of-the-pack runners who are looking to improve their finish times. I listed pace suggestions for sub-40, sub-35, sub-30, and sub-25... but the plan can be accommodated to other goals as well. You basically just need to figure out what pace you need to run to hit your goal (whatever it may be) and use that pace for the "key" workouts in the plan.
There are lots of pace calculators to help figure that out, including this one. Just enter your goal time and the distance (5K) and it will give you a goal pace.
Anyway, I created a page called Training Plans on my blog (which you can find in the tabs below my banner), and I posted the link to download the plan there. It's in PDF format for easy printing. I included instructions that (hopefully) explain it really well.
Even though it was a lot of work, I really enjoyed writing the plan, and I'd love to make some more. When I do, I will add them to that page. If you use the plans, please feel free to give me some feedback (good or bad) of what you thought. If there is a particular plan that you'd like to see, let me know, and I may write it in the future.
So... I decided to end the no-grocery-shopping challenge now instead of doing it through the end of June. It's only been a couple of weeks, but it's really messing with my intuitive eating habits. I was doing SO good with eating what I really wanted over the last 10 months, and that really helped me to stay binge-free.
Since I've been limiting myself by not buying groceries, I've really been struggling with overeating. I haven't actually binged, but I've come very close and I'm scared I'll ruin my binge-free streak soon. My weight has been in the low-130's all week, which isn't bad (still under my goal weight), but it's climbing and I really don't want it to continue going up!
I hate even writing about this, because I don't want to sound whiny, but there is no way around it--it's the truth. This time of year is SO hard for me as it is, and then when I add the no-grocery-shopping challenge to it, I think it's just too much for me. So, rather than continue to complain about it for the rest of the month, I'm choosing to end the challenge early.
I don't plan to go hog wild at the grocery store or anything, but there are some things I've been craving that I haven't eaten because of the challenge. I think what I'd like to do from now on is to shop several times a week, and only buy the things we'll be using within a couple of days. That way, I won't be buying more than we'll use, and I can continue to work on using up what we have in the pantry right now.
I'd like to try to get my weight back down to about 128 (I would love to see 125 again, but I won't push my luck, haha). At 128, I have a 5-pound cushion under my goal weight, so a splurge here and there doesn't cause any damage. Right now, I'm just a splurge away from being over my goal weight, and I really don't want that. I'm going to buy a few of my favorite foods tonight, and fit them into my meal plan for the week--hopefully that will help me to be satisfied with less food.
I did get kind of hooked on vegetable fried rice thanks to the challenge, though ;) I've been including more veggies each time, and it's SO good--I love sugar snap peas and mushrooms best, but I've included several other veggies, too. And I'm still addicted to avocado toast! It amazes me just how good two simple items are together (Ezekiel bread, toasted, with smashed avocado on top). I wish avocados didn't go bad so quickly, though--I just use half of one each time I make toast.
|This is my current favorite--topped with crushed red pepper!|