For my New Year’s resolution, I swore off sugar and was doing really good with it. I survived Valentine’s Day without going overboard. I even made some delicious brownies for St. Patrick’s Day without falling too badly off the wagon.
Then, Easter came and all the stores were stockpiled with scrumptious Easter candy like Peeps and chocolate covered Peeps and Robin Eggs and Cadbury eggs and not-so-great- generic store-brand jellybeans and oh-so-delicious Starbust jellybeans.
I’d like to say I ate all of the above in moderation, but I didn’t. In fact, I fell so hard off the no-sugar wagon that I got a headache from the volumes of sugar I ate. Man, I was jonesing BAD, like a crack addict.
I seriously had no idea that sugar and sweets could affect me like that. I was a mess. I had successfully eliminated sweets from my diet and in a matter of days, I couldn’t get enough of it. I would eat one Peep after another followed a fistful of jellybeans, followed by countless numbers of Cadbury’s mini-eggs. It was CRAZY how fast I was ingesting it all!
So, guess what I did with all that candy?
No, I didn’t throw it out. There are children starving in this country, for heaven’s sake! I hid it, so the temptation is no longer in my line of sight when I open the pantry. It’s a mind-over-matter thing for me, you see or don’t see. Whatever. The point is this works for me.
I’ve also been making Easter trail mix with pretzels and the leftover jelly beans for my kids’ lunches. Don’t judge. I know it’s not the healthiest lunchtime snack, but I’d like to believe their sharing it with their friends at school like good little sugar pushers.
But then guess what I did? I found Cadbury mini-eggs 50% off at Target the other day, so I simply had to buy two bags. Don’t you worry! I hid them in pantry, too. As long as the bag stays sealed, I’ll be all right. Truth be told, I think I’m going to bake some Candy Bar Shortbread Bars with the mini-milk chocolate candy coated eggs for a brunch I’m going to this Saturday. I pinkie-promise to only test them one.
The burpee challenge is going well. What I mean is it’s getting tougher but I can definitely feel myself getting stronger. At the end of the challenge, I’d like to perform another push-up exhaustion test, but with real push-ups not alternate push-ups to see how many real ones I can do. At this point, I can do 17 push-ups as part of a burpee, then I should be able to do at least than many or more.
And let’s not forget the running! Last Wednesday, I wanted to run 6 miles but my legs hurt so bad from Amy Dixon’s ass Kickin’ Strength work-out that I could only manage 5 miles.
Ave Pace 10:36
Max Pace 8:33
My legs were still sore on Friday when I tried to run 3 miles, but I ran with my stroller for what I like to call resistance training. Running with a stroller is like running up a hill…both ways.
3 .1 miles
Ave Pace 10:49
Max Pace 8:25
All that soreness and a stroller may have slowed me down a bit, but I made up the time on Sunday when I finally did run 6 miles. I inserted a lap at mile five just because I was curious if my time had improved from Wednesday.
Lap 1 – mile 5 – 50:05
Ave Pace 10:03
Max Pace 7:42
Today, I decided to do some speed work instead of subjecting myself to another Amy ass kicking and then I ran a couple of easy miles with my kids’ running club.
Ave Pace 9:47
Max Pace 5:53
Lap 1 – 0.25 miles – 1:49, Ave Pace 7:12
Lap 2 – 0.25 miles – 1:52, Ave Pace 7:30
Lap 3 – 0.25 miles – 1:47, Ave Pace 7:11
Lap 4 – 0.25 mile – 1:54, Ave Pace 7:37
Ave Pace 9:56
Max Pace 7:47
Speaking of speed work…Starting next week, Ricole Runs and I will be hosting a running linky party called Track Tuesday and we are so super stoked about it. Well, not about the sprints, but we’re definitely excited about what we believe to be the first speed work blog hop ever!
Every Tuesday, Ricole and I will perform some sprints and we’d like you to join our torturous Track Tuesday efforts. To join our Track Tuesday Team, do your speed work (at least 4 quarter mile sprints) on Tuesday or any day you that works best for you, blog about your times and remember to add our cool Track Tuesday button to your post. Then, link up your post at either Ricole Runs or Run DMT to share Track Tuesday Speed Work Sessions. To show support for our other virtual running partners on the Track Tuesday Team, be sure to visit the other blogs listed in the linky party. Give them a virtual high-five and leave some comment love too.
So, I hope to see you back here next Tuesday to join our new runner’s linky party, Track Tuesday!
*Proudly submitted to Stacy Uncorked, because when I blog about my training, it’s usually pretty random.*