Didn’t Marine Corp Marathon just happen? How is it already December and time to start training again??
So, not sure if ya’ll read about my Orangetheory Fitness challenge or not, but if you haven’t, you should, there are BIG changes happening with my training…something I’ve never tried before. Not only am I throwing OTF in the mix, but I’m also using a running coach (I won a free 20 week training plan from my local running store).
I appreciate all of the supportive comments especially about my “before” photos. Thank you to Christine from I’d Rather be Sweating for pointing out that I should have my body fat measured as another way to gauge my progress, and she is absolutely right. Funny thing is, I have had my body fat checked now on a weekly basis for the last 6 weeks. I can’t believe I forgot to post it! So here are my updated metrics to include Body Fat!
So why have I been having my body fat % checked on a weekly basis you ask? I’ve been working with a nutritionist and health coach! He has a strong background in running and is a running coach so I thought we would work very well together, as he knows where I’m coming from. I started with him back about 3 weeks before MCM to make sure that I was fueling my body properly. I just wasn’t feeling super energized and was feeling pretty tired and was concerned that I wasn’t eating enough and fueling properly. The wonderful Zach at Max Muscle had been working with MRTT recently and had offered us a discount on their nutrition/meal plan counseling, so I decided to give it a shot. As part of the counseling, I meet with Zach on a weekly basis to “weigh in” and to tweak my meal plans as needed. At the beginning, I had set a performance goal that I would like to work towards and we are tweaking my plan based on that goal. My performance goal was to redistribute my body composition and gain more muscle mass with the ultimate goal of getting faster and eventually BQ (which is still a LONG way away). Diet has ALWAYS been my weakness as you all know about my affinity for sweets, so I knew I had to address it if I really wanted to achieve my goals. The tweaking of my meal plan has had some slow progress, due to starting right before MCM and crazy carbs and then followed up by 2 weeks of FULL recovery with no activity whatsoever….but now….IT’s ON.
So, this training cycle for Paris is an ENTIRE new ball game. Running coach, hard core cross training/strength training and a nutritionist. I’m hoping for BIG improvements. I’ve talked about my poor body image before but here is the bottom line. I am tired of not being able to button my clothes.
I’m tired of wearing yoga pants and leggings everywhere I go because it’s the only thing that fits. I’ve talked about this before…. I’m not looking to have washboard abs, or be a fitness competitor, I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I have a closet full of “REGULAR” clothes that I haven’t touched in a long time because they don’t fit. I want to feel like a human being that gets dressed for the day and it isn’t in my workout gear. It’s a hard cycle to break because workout gear is what I feel most comfortable in now, I feel confident and strong in them.
I feel like this new approach to my training is a great way to start.
I will be doing 3 runs per week plus Orangetheory Fitness classes twice per week. Throw in yoga, spin or barre here and there as well! Technically since I have a 20 week plan I should be starting up my runs this week, but there is a 4 week buffer built in. I may or may not stick with the buffer as I really want to focus on the strength before I go all in.
So I will break down my recaps into 3 sections: Strength training, Nutrition, Running
Monday–T25 & upper body weights
Tuesday–T25 Speed + tabata circuit
Thursday–T25 Rip’d + piyo upper body
Friday — Orangetheory Fitness (30 min treadmill intervals, 30 min strength intervals, to include a million different kinds of squats…well, maybe not a MILLION, but it sure felt that way). And you KNOW you worked hard when you can feel the heat radiating from your legs after the workout is over. Holy hell, my legs were complete jelly. I’m not sure I’ve EVER worked that hard on my legs before. But, I finally got into the orange zone for a good period of time!
Another thing of note, I’m learning that it is really hard for a long distance runner to get their heart rate in the Orange zone. Even when I’m sprinting on the treadmill I’m just teetering on the edge of green and orange. Running really conditions the heart and I’m having to work much harder to get there. On the treadmill I have to increase my incline to 10% or greater during intervals to even achieve orange status! And even when I’m doing strength circuits I have to work extremely hard to get there. They told me to take off the heart rate monitor so I wouldn’t be so concerned with the numbers, but that’s part of what I like about OTF, seeing the numbers to keep me accountable and to help me keep pushing when I may otherwise just quit. Seeing your calorie burn on the screen go up while you are working out makes you push harder, and I like that. Ahhh, the joys of being Type A.
Saturday–Forced rest…..I couldn’t even move after my OTF class on Friday. COULD.NOT.MOVE. Had to lower myself gingerly onto the toilet kind of pain! It hurts so good!
I stayed on track with my meal plan this week! The one thing I really like about Zach (my nutrition counselor) is that he is supportive. It’s ok to splurge every once in a while. Life is too short not to. I like to have a glass of wine sometimes after a hard day with the kids and I’m allowed to do that. I just have to exchange it for something else, so if that means taking away my starch with my dinner, then so be it! That has really helped that I can still have a few of my guilty pleasures without messing up the entire day.
Last week I was supposed to have 24% carbs, 38% protein and 38% fat, and I stayed right on target.
I went for my weigh in yesterday and went from 132 lbs to 129 lbs! I don’t EVER stand on the scale, but it’s part of the info he needs to measure my body fat info. I was not expecting my weight to go down, as a matter of fact I was expecting it to go up with all of the strength training that my body is NOT used to. So I was quite surprised.
Body fat: 19.2% down from 20.2%
I did lose some lean muscle mass which was surprising to me since I did so much strength training, so we added a protein shake at the end of the day to help rebuild muscle.
Zip, zero, zilch….unless you count the 3 miles or so with every OTF workout. I’ve got a nagging hip flexor issue that is now holding me back in this department. I swear, if it’s not one thing it’s another. Hopefully this new plan will send me on the way to being injury free….EVENTUALLY.
Well, there you have it. I’m ready to bring it on, both mentally AND physically. Orangetheory has really given me a new love for strength training that I was definitely missing. And for once I can say I’m actually EXCITED to start marathon training again. The trip to Paris MAY have a little to do with thatGetting ready to take on Paris! See how @suzy399 is changing it up! @OTFArlington #fitfluential #sweatpink Click To Tweet
On another note, I’m super excited to announce that starting on December 8th I will be hosting an AWESOME series of giveaways! Some of them may have been items I mentioned on the 5 Best gifts for runners! Here is a sneak preview! So mark those calendars and don’t forget to come back for these awesome giveaways!
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving and remember, everything in moderation!!
Have you ever changed up your training plan like I am about to?
Would you like to see your stats during a workout or would you care to not see them until after?
What is your favorite form of STRENGTH Training?