Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Foot Repair

I have never been a runner despite the fact that a bunch of siblings run. I really only started running a few months ago by following the Self Magazine program to get me to run for 30 minutes straight (and Matt's urging that we run together). But now I am running three miles a clip and a long run on Sundays. However, my feet are now paying the price. Right now they are all bandaged up from blisters. Does this make me a real runner?

Sunday, December 24, 2006

No coach today

So my running coach (aka Matt) is away for the holidays and I am on my own today to tackle my sunday six mile run. I just don't feel like dealing with the layers so I head for the treadmill. Resolve to do one mile then streth then crank the rest out. I did it with the help of VH1's "I love the holidays" and my new favorite thing podcasts about triathlons. 63 minutes for a six mile run. I even added in some incline. Much better time than last week.

Listening to My Body

Weight training day and dawns on me that yesterday's swim has left my knee a little sore. Probably because my kick is so weak. This is a common problem for me and I decide that the quick three mile jog after weight training (what it says on my schedule) ius probably not the best idea. I am so good about sticking to every little thing on my schedule but today I just can't do it.

I finally got it!

Met with Boris for the second time for a swim lesson. These lessons are tough. But I finally got the arm motion. I know it will make my swimming so much more effective. We worked on the same thing last week but this week I finally got it. Just need to remember to try and lead with my elbow. Not sure if that's actually corrrect but it works for me to get my stroke right.

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Back on the spin bike. Sat in the spinning room at the gym, all by myself and did a solid 60 minutes. I probably could have pushed myself harder but it is so boring sitting in a dark room. Think I need to download some biking videos for the ipod.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sydney Helped Me

Back to the bike (it was Monday after all). So I kind of cheated and read a magazine for part of the time I was on the bike. But in my defense it was the Elle with my alter ego jennifer garner (aka Sydney Bristow) on the cover. She has always been my inspiration. And i did have the HRM set making me keep up to at least 70% of maximum capacity. I know it's so bad to read while I am on the bike but it's JGar people.

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Big Run

So Matt (aka running coach - he thinks two marathons makes him an expert) decides that today we are going to do a big run which works out well since my schedule calls for a 6 mile run today. He pulls up the Central Park 6 mile loop. Got to give it to Matt for dealing with me cause there were many times i whined during the run. He's a real sport. I think I will keep him around. We averaged an 11 minute mile which is huge for me. Afterwards we had a huge breakfast. I finally got my coffee (Matt motivates me by saying "coffee is for closers" - I swear it works). Then we took a huge nap while watching Duck Hunting on the Versus network. Yes, that is how we roll.

Week 1 - Day 6

Still sore from the mammoth swim session. Meet an hour early so I can make my nephew's birthday party. I told alex we had to do some stretching. Did a solid 40 minutes of weights. Cranked out three miles after on the treadmill. It wasn't so bad. The bbq at the end of the day was so worth it.

It finally dawned on me...

Friday evening I had my first swim lesson with Boris at Reebok. We did drills for over an hour. I thought my stroke was decent but I was so wrong. I have so much to retool and re-learn. It finally dawned on me just how much work I really have to do.

Friday, December 15, 2006


It's Friday and I am tired. Finally got in touch with the swim instructor and we are going to meet today to talk about coaching. I need help on my stroke big time. It's kind of sad. But at least I have graduated from the "slow" lane. Then again, my niece Grace does smoke me in the backstroke. She's super fast.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Back to Spin Class

I have not been to a spin class in so long. I had to hunt down my shoes the night before. arrived at class late and stumbled with all the knobs. I was all set with my new HR monitor and averaged about 140. Class is only 45 minutes (or 38 when you arrive late). i made myself stay after until I finished the entire 60 minutes. Ok, today I am a little sore. But it's Thursday...meaning I get the day off.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Week 1 - Day 2

I was dreading today's workout. Three miles and my usually weight training session with Alex. Jammed out two miles on the treadmill before. Met with Alex where I proceeded to tell him about my crap weekend. First the shopping disaster where my sister's dog went all cujo and then someone in my building conveniently lifting my gym bags from behind the front desk (but I did get them back a day later). So while I complain the time just flew by. Cranked one more mile out after in less than nine minutes. I know I was probably supposed to do three miles at once but oh well.

Monday, December 11, 2006

One workout down...

Only about two hundred more or so to go. But like Lance Armstrong says the race is won in December. 60 minutes bike at about 80% max heart rate. Feeling good...

Week 1 - Day 1

60 minutes of biking...more to come...