Category Archives: Active August

Active August: 8/29 – 8/31

  • Monday, 8/29: 30 minute run/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Tuesday, 8/30: SELF Magazine toning circuits (Total: 20 min.)
  • Wednesday, 8/31: 45 minute run/walk (Total: 45 min.)
  • Week’s Total: 95 min.
  • Month’s Total: 888 min.
Yaaaaay I did it! 🙂 (I’ve never been more excited to see August be over…).
Notes on the week…
I almost didn’t get Tuesday’s workout in. I had to stay at school for open house and didn’t make it home until 9:00. I thought about getting up at 4:45, but realized that was ridiculous. So, instead, I did weights at 9:30pm…rather begrudgingly, I might add. I thought about skipping it, but knew I’d be so mad at myself if I made it all the way to August 30th and then skipped a day. So I powered through.
Today’s run was noooot good. It was so hot out. I ran with my coworker at Lake Arlington and I definitely had to cut the second running interval short. I was hot, I had a stitch in my side, and my legs were aching. I don’t really remember being short of breath, though, so that’s good. So there was a lot of walking involved, but that’s okay. On the bright side, I was keeping a faster pace during my running intervals today (which was probably part of the problem), so that gives me some hope. I’ll definitely be repeating this week’s workouts (or maybe just today) next week just to feel more comfortable.
I haven’t checked my measurements yet. I’m going to wait until Saturday to do that, since that’s my weigh in day anyway.
So, now, on to September…. I’ve given a lot of thought to whether or not I want to continue this challenge, and I really do (though “Sloth September,” and “Sedentary September” sounded mighty tempting). I’ll admit, though, that the everyday thing was a bit much, and really difficult some days. Sundays were especially hard because we go to church in the mornings, then have grocery shopping and errands, and I usually have school work. So, I’ve decided on…
In September, I’m giving myself a rest day. It’ll probably end up being Sunday most weeks, but if I have another night at work where I’m there until 9, I can always switch. It’s all about flexibility. I’m going to try to keep my average at 195 minutes/week, though, so I’ll up my daily activity a little bit. I’ll keep tracking my measurements. I really have noticed a change this month, even though I don’t know if/how much the numbers changed.

Active August: 8/22 – 8/28

  • Monday: 30 minute run/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Tuesday: 30 minute run/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Wednesday: SELF Magazine toning circuits (Total: 20 min.)
  • Thursday: 25 minute walk (Total: 25 min.)
  • Friday: 30 minute run/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Saturday: 30 minute run/walk (Total: 30 min… Unless you count the 3.5 hours I spent cleaning my house…)
  • Sunday: 30 minute walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Week’s Total: 195 min.
  • Month’s Total: 793 min.

Notes on the week…

I had to shift Wednesday’s run to Tuesday because Wednesday was supposed to be obscenely hot (97 degrees…gross). Luckily, the storms on Tuesday cleared out by the time I got home from work, and I went for a very comfortable run. There was a pretty significant jump between Tuesday’s work out (8 min. running/5 min. walking/8 min. running) and Friday’s (20 min. running, no walking), and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to do it. But, much to my surprise, I did it. Did a turtle pass me along the way? Probably. But hey, I did it. I tried to repeat that same run on Saturday, but didn’t end up doing it. I should have listened to my brain and dropped back a work out for Saturday to give myself a chance to rest. Buuut I didn’t. Oh well. Live and learn. This upcoming week is the last week where I have walking intervals in my runs. Eep. I’m anticipating repeating this week, and that’s okay. I don’t want to push myself too much. But if I’m comfortable with it, hey, good for me. 🙂

We are entering the last few days of August, and Active August will soon be coming to an end. I’ll do some reflecting on Thursday, but for now, I’ll just say that I’m glad I challenged myself this month. It’s been a good month.

In other news, I finally found a Greek yogurt that I like. I tried Chobani and haaaated it. I tried Fage and disliked it, though not to the extent that I disliked Chobani. But today, on a whim, I picked up Dannon’s Oikos. I tried it this afternoon and it was delicious. So, naturally I went back to the store and got more. 🙂 I probably like it so much because John Stamos appears in its ads…. Yummy (and I don’t just mean the yogurt…WINK)!

Active August: 8/15 – 8/21

  • Monday, 8/15: 30 minute jog/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Tuesday, 8/16: 15 minute OnDemand cardio kickboxing, 8 minute OnDemand abs workout (Total: 23 min.)
  • Wednesday, 8/17: 30 minute jog/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Thursday, 8/18: 30 minute walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Friday, 8/19: 30 minute jog/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Saturday, 8/20: SELF Magazine toning circuits (Total: 20 min.)
  • Sunday, 8/21: 25 minute walk + 10 minutes of playing on playground equipment (Total: 35 min.)

  • Week’s Total: 198 min.
  • Month’s Total: 598 min.

Notes on the week…

I started Week 4 of Couch to 5k on Monday. I was nervous because the walking intervals were half the time of the running intervals (as opposed to Week 3, where the running/walking intervals were the same), but the running went really well, and I finished the run pretty easily each day. I’m still running suuuuuuper slowly, but that’s okay because running slowly is better than not running at all. And my pace is improving with each run, so at least I’m progressing.

Friday was my first day running in the afternoon (after work, around 4:30pm). It was UNPLEASANT. It was about 85 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. I never run with shorts on, because 1) They never have pockets–I need pockets for my key and my iPod, 2) They always ride up, 3) No one needs to see my thunder thighs, and 4) I don’t want to blind passing motorists with my legs that are the color of White Out. But, Friday afternoon, I put those shorts on, and boy am I glad I did. I was sweating buckets on my run. And despite telling myself I didn’t have to finish the last running interval because it was so hot, I did. And I was quite proud of myself. I was careful to listen to my body though, and knew that if I started to feel ill, to take it as a sign that I needed to stop and walk.

I had planned on running again Saturday, but it stormed right as I was about to head out. I waited for a while before finally deciding to just do some weights instead. Then, of course, after I finished my workout and showered/ate breakfast, it was a perfectly beautiful day.

Sunday, we spent the day with Paul’s family. I was trying to figure out when I’d get some activity in, but we ended up going for a walk around his grandparents’ neighborhood, and stopped at the neighborhood park and played on the playground equipment for a bit. Swinging on swings is not as fun when you have hips and the swings dig in….

Tomorrow, I start week 5 of C25k. I hope the weather is decent after work so I don’t melt again.

Active August: 8/8 – 8/14

  • Monday, 8/8: 30 minute jog/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Tuesday, 8/9: 30 minute walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Wednesday, 8/10: 30 minute jog/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Thursday, 8/11: SELF Magazine Toning Circuits (Total: 20 min.)
  • Friday, 8/12: 30 minute jog/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Saturday, 8/13: 30 minute jog/walk (Total: 30 min.)
  • Sunday, 8/14: 25 minute walk (Total: 25 min.)
  • Week’s Total: 195 min.
  • Month’s Total: 400 min.

Notes on the week….

Monday’s run was a disappointment. I switched from the WW 5k prep plan to the Couch to 5k plan (because I felt that the C25k plan would do a better job of preparing me). I jumped right in at week 3, figuring it was pretty close to where I was in the other plan. I had some trouble in the last running stretch, but maybe it was just due to the hills. I took a different route Monday, and I always seemed to be running uphill and walking downhill. Not fair, universe. Not fair and not cool.

Tuesday I took a walk through Lake Arlington Park, which is my happy place. Wish I lived closer…but it’s a 35-45 minute drive (but just down the road from work, so I foresee many post-work runs there this fall).

Wednesday’s run was the same schedule of running/walking as Monday’s but it was infinitely better. I took my normal route (the one with no hills…stinkin’ hills), plus it was only 61 degrees. I was actually cold for the first half of the run, wishing that I had put on long sleeves. The only downside to Wednesday was that my Nike+ crapped out on me so I couldn’t track the run. Grr. I really hope that it’s not dead….

I felt like being lazy on Thursday. I like that my lazy is now “20 minutes of weights,” vs. the old lazy which was “sit on my butt.”

Friday was a tad disappointing, given how great Wednesday’s run was. I had side-stitches (which I haven’t had in ages) and no endurance. I made it through the run just fine, but was definitely not feeling as great as Wednesday. I’m just going to chalk it up to whatever is going on with my respiratory system right now. Cold? Allergies? Who knows.

Sunday’s walk almost didn’t happen, if I’m being honest. The cold/allergies/awfulness that’s ruining the last bits of my summer has moved into my throat. That combined with a bit too much vino Saturday night (always fun times with the family…happy birthday, dad), an early morning, a 3-hour drive, and a late afternoon grocery trip, almost meant no walk. But the weather was SO perfect that we couldn’t stay home.

After two full weeks, I really am noticing some differences. My pants are pretty loose (well, these pants are always too big, but they’re biggER now), I lost 2 pounds at my weigh-in on Saturday morning, and running is becoming enjoyable again (though I think that’s due mostly to the gorgeous weather in the mornings). I’m really going to miss my morning runs when I have to start working again on Thursday. I already wake up at 5:15 for work…I’m not going to wake up at 4:30 just to run. Crazy. So, only two more morning runs before it’s all over. Let’s hope they’re good ones!

You’ve got to be kidding


Yesterday afternoon, I started to feel that familiar tickle in the back of my throat. The tickle that indicates a cold is trying to break through my body’s defenses…. “No,” I thought, “it’ll go away by tomorrow. I’ll just get a good night’s sleep….” Flash forward to this morning, when that feeling was still there. Grrrr.

Now, pre-Active August Carly would have taken that feeling as a sign that running was not in the stars for the day, and that I should spend the day alternating between laying in bed or lounging on the couch. But I made myself get up and run. And I’m glad I did. It was a great run (it was super cool this morning–I almost wished I had put on long sleeves), and while I still feel that cold coming on, I feel good that I powered through and got a workout in. Now I won’t feel as bad about hanging out on the couch for the rest of the day, consuming massive amounts of Cold-EEZE and tea. It’s bad enough that I was sick for the first week of my summer break, but do I really have to be sick for the last week, too?