Tuesday, July 31, 2012
It was a rough week for me because I had just gotten back from vacation and like I mentioned in nearly EVERY entry last week, I was lacking running mojo. However, I got it together and managed to get my weekly mileage to where it should be despite the fact that I skipped my run on Thursday.
I was supposed to be between 25 and 29 miles last week, and as you can see, I got there. The long run was obviously the most important as far as hammering out mileage, and I did it in full, which was a really good thing.
The strength workouts are all from Tina's Best Body Bootcamp, and I definitely enjoyed them. I am mixing them up a little for this week because the lower body circuit really made me sore and running became even MORE difficult. So I made the decision to switch the days around. But regardless, they are AWESOME workouts, and I definitely will be enjoing continuing them over the next 7 weeks!
That's it on last week's workouts. Here's to hoping this week's are great as well!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Here is some of the photographic evidence of the havoc we created yesterday in Louisville.
Have you ever done a color run? They seem to be really gaining in popularity right now!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
So I feel that I this week has been a little challenging for me with running. I did it, for the most part, but I honestly very rarely felt like getting out there. On Thursday I skipped my run all together (and it was a long-ish one) and just did the elliptical instead. And as is typical, I felt super guilty about it. I was doing my boot camp workouts as well, which was good, and definitely affected my legs and their abilities to keep my running going.
But yesterday I had kind of a stressful & overwhelming day. So when I got home from work, I got my running gear on and headed out! I didn't worry about pace at all. I just ran. I rolled back into my house just as a big storm got in covering 3.61 miles at an average pace of 9:14.
Not only did my pace go pretty well for a "de-stress" run, but I kind of felt like my running mojo came back. I felt awesome. Relaxed. And felt like maybe I liked running.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Granted this is my family right now. Just the little troublesome grey thing. She is trouble. And the white one too, of course. He's a booger.
However, I am doing more and more thinking about other family... more family. Seriously. I am starting to think about J and I and our future. I have so many things in mind already. I am not certain J understands all of the things that it means to me. Meaning... redecorating a bedroom for the baby. Figuring out which bedroom will BE the nursery (and which one will be a bedroom then for the baby when there is a SECOND baby!) And choosing everything, etc. I am excited about all of the ideas. I am excited about my owl nursery (I want that so much!) And about what the future of my family looks like.
I am excited about all of those things but nervous about something else... something that some girls probably do worry about, something that I know some of my own friends think about and probably some folks who read this as well - my body. I tell myself that all that should matter is growing a healthy little person if I am so blessed to be able to HAVE a little person. And I know in my heart that is the truth. But I also know that I am not the only fit, healthy, but slightly deranged body image girl who feels this way.
Anyone out there have thoughts on coping and how to get to a good place with this dilemna?
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Karen and I have been talking DAILY trying to give each other encouragement (ok, she is giving ME encouragement because she seems to be completely motivated ALL THE TIME! - and yes, I am a little jealous how motivated she is) and I am grateful to have someone who is willing to listen to my whining. After I ran with her the first time and she dealt with my crap I was starting to feel excited about running again, seriously. I was actually kind of looking forward to training!
So I am hoping that sometime soon that desire and drive comes back to me! I am MORE than ready to get back to the enjoyment of running and get to some tough training, some hard runs, and making progress toward my goals for this fall.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tina was hosting another bootcamp, I decided to give it a go. So I completed the workouts for day three this morning. Typically I adjust the cardio a little since I am in marathon training, but I have been following the strength workouts, including the core work today, to a T! So far I am loving the workouts, especially the style of them.
On Monday I did some upper body strength training, Tuesday I did lower body, this morning I did core. It is different than my training when I was in competition mode, and also different than when I am training without some kind of plan, so I am looking forward to continuing it!
Make sure to watch her blog in the fall for a third session of Tina's Best Body Bootcamp!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I did a track workout yesterday morning. It wasn't the MOST difficult track workout I have ever done, but I definitely was pushing myself (especially after skipping last week's long run!). It went like this:
1.25 Mile warmup
400m repeats x6 @ 7:30/mile pace
recover in between for about 1:45
1.25 Mile cooldown.
I did 5 miles.
Here is a quick recap of my vacation running. No details into exactly what the workouts were, but distances and times:
Monday: 4.002 miles in 34:30
Tuesday: 5.590 miles in 50:00
Wednesday: 5.095 miles in 45:00
Thursday: 6.002 miles in 52:18
Total distance for the week: 20.689
Not bad for a vacation running. Every single one of those miles was run on the treadmill with the incline set at 1.0. After all of my writing about beach running, etc, J basically told me that he doesn't pay ransom for wives that get kidnapped in Mexico. And I guess, let's be honest, the beach in Mexico is not exactly the same as the beach in Hilton Head and stuff, so I respected his wishes and just ran at the resort gym.
Today, now that I have gotten through my first day back to the office, as well as Leah's birthday party, I headed out for 4 miles. We had 4 miles at "maintenence pace" (9:28) on the schedule. I struggled to keep that pace and ended up doing my 4 miles in 9:17 avg. I am really going to have to work on relaxing and taking it easy on those maintenace pace days. Seriously. I need to let these legs get a break sometimes!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
So I usually bust out a workout DVD to break through this boredom that I suffer from and I have accumulated quite a few over the years.
1. Tae-Bo Bootcamp
2. 10 Minute Solution Pilates
3. 10 Minute Solutions Dance Off Fat Fast
Same idea as above, I do all 4 workouts. But I think this one is SUPER fun once you get the hang of the moves.
4. Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred
5. Turbo Fire
Beachbody Coach, but I truly do love these workouts and am super happy to have purchased them.
What are your workout DVD faves?
Friday, July 20, 2012
I have been journaling since I received a blank book as a birthday gift at the age of 8. It had a cat on the cover (not a cat person).
I remember writing about a crush that I had on a boy named Jeff. He was popular and I was a big nerd. :-) It doesn't bother me to say that now, as I am no longer 8 years old, and I am now definitely in a far better place than I was.
I was fairly consistent with my notebooks all the way through grade school. High school was when my life is unrecorded.
In college, my first college boyfriend Derek bought me a new one as a gift, and I have been EXTREMELY consistent since then. Sometimes in paper form, sometimes online. But everything since 2001 is recorded somewhere so I can look back and see where I fell apart.
I have been a food logger for a pretty long time, and being one with disordered eating, I shiver to look at food logs from the time between 2001-2005 and sporadically after that when I would drop 20 lbs without "thinking" about it (although if you go back and read passages from that time, it seems pretty clear). It is interesting to think about and look back on. I was kind of always writing about the same things for ALL of my adult life, but in the complete opposite way.
I was starving, dropping weight, and exercising to drop more weight. Now I am focused on getting FAST and STRONG and properly feeding myself to do that. It is tough and I am still struggling every single day to find that balance, but I am getting there, and I am proud of myself for how far I have come and how much I have done to be a different person.
Strange, I wear the same size now as I did at 105 lbs (very underweight and kind of gross looking on my 5'6", fairly athletic build). I weigh between 125 & 130 lbs now. I guess that is the kind of thing that you have to remember.
How have you changed in the years that you have been writing?
Have you ever battled with disordered eating or poor self-image like me?
Thursday, July 19, 2012
As adults, we are a little bit closer, but its kind of done a flip. Rachel now lives on a farm, grows her own vegetables, wears clothes from savers (a secondhand shop in Toledo) and is extremely careful with her money. I live in the burbs, in a big house with my brand new kitchen, work in a job in a growing company, wear the Gap almost exclusively (or Nike, Under Armour, and lulu!), and could stand to take a lesson in thriftiness from her.
But we're sisters.
I was looking through pictures from Rachel's wedding and was shocked to see how much alike we truly are! And yes, in the picture above I am wearing 4 inch heels, and I have 3 inches on her anyway (she's wearing flats) so I am bent down to be a little closer to her in height.
Look at these two pictures. Seriously. WTF? We're pretty much twins here! I mean, the expressions on our faces (except facing different directions), the positioning of our hands... I wish you could see my mom in Rachie's pic, but I bet its pretty similar! As soon as I came across this pic in Rachie's album, I saved it and started looking for this one of mine!
Seeing these pictures next to each other just cracked me up!
Being Rachel's Matron of Honor (eeep! Can't believe I was a "matron"!) was truly the biggest honor that I ever could have had. I did feel a smidge guilty giving my speech that she was not mine, but live and learn, right? I was so proud to stand up there with her and be able to speak on her behalf and let everyone know how much she and Chris meant to me, and how much I can tell they mean to each other.
So my sister and I truly have occasionally had bad times, far less now that we are adults than when we were kids (and especially teenagers!) but she truly is my very very best friend, and I am so lucky to have her. We don't talk as often as we should, and we definitely don't see each other enough, but we are clearly sisters. We have a bond like very few others (except sisters, obviously) do, and I am forever grateful to her for that.
Do you have a sister? Is she your very best friend in the world?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The plan that I had going into marathon training for Columbus was 1 tempo run, one day of speed work, 1 easy pace run, and 1 long run per week. Distances were completely undetermined for the runs during the week, and my long run was to be determined by whatever Buckeye had on the schedule, but probably modified when we got close to the end since most of those folks were training for Chicago versus Columbus, and Chicago is a few weeks earlier (maybe 3 weeks).
So the first week of "official" marathon training (even though I had been roughly following this plan ever since the Pig) went something like this:
Tuesday: 6 mile tempo/progression run (included warm up and cooldown)
Wednesday: 5.5 miles 800 repeats
Thursday: 3.13 miles @ 9:45 pace (nice n easy)
Saturday: 9 miles @ 8:47 avg pace
Weekly total was 23.61 miles. Not bad for the first week of training, right?
Run. Run away. Go.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
1. RnR Las Vegas: The Strip at Night
2. Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon
A Half Marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday? Sign me up!
4. Big Sur Marathon
5. Detroit Free Press Marathon
6. A Half Ironman
So far, that is where I am. We'll see if things change, but for right now, that is an awesome starter list!
Monday, July 16, 2012
This year, I tried not to pack ANY (although you can't blame me if some magazines end up in my carry-on OR if a book at the airport on the way down called to me!) so I spent every bit of amazon book $$ that I had on stocking up the Kindle for this trip. My books this week are:
1. Eat and Run: My Unlikely Jury to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
2. The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by EL James
3. Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong
4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy is definitely what I am looking forward to most. Steph said to me, when I told her that I was going to read it on vacation "You're going to make a baby..." I told her it was not happening. I am being, and have been extra careful to not let that happen right now. Now, her on the other hand? Haha, it will be for her sooner than for me, I think.
I should be soaking up the sun, something like this by the time this entry posts.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
This year we do not have an official plan for workouts. I know I plan on working out, at least 4 times, I think. I plan on getting my runs in, and keeping up with marathon training. I might not get the long run in as scheduled, but I am hoping for a few 6 milers. I think that would be considered a success on vacation. But at the same time, how do you exercise when this is all around you?
On Beach Running:
Do you run on the beach? I have not previously, but I think I would like to. By that I mean, actually running IN THE SAND, not just on the near beach bike path.
When you run on the beach, do you go barefoot? do you go with your regular running shoes or maybe a lighter weight shoe? Seriously, I am looking for true advice here!
I will let you know when I get back from my trip how my workouts went and if I ran on the beach or not!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
It's July. I am training for a fall marathon, and so are TONS of other people. And in Ohio, it is freaking hot and humid. And if it is hot and humid in OHIO, it is really hot further south than here! So, sorry if you are dealing with even MORE hot temperatures than I am dealing with, but we still gotta get ready for the fall!
So there are a few things that I have done to enjoy my training (as much as it is possible) in this heat!
During training for my first marathon this past spring, J purchased me a fuel belt. He got me the four bottle one from the Road Runner Sports website, that looks like this one.
NUUN! Triberry is my favorite right now. :)
I use that belt for runs of greater than 10 miles. Normally for less than that, prior to summer, I didn't use a water bottle, but now with the heat, I have even been taking one with me in the morning. Yeah, it is just that hot right now. So if I am out for 3-5 miles (my most regularly run distance during the week) I take just a little handheld bottle:
Simple Hydration bottle! Now I cannot say enough good things about this waterbottle. First of all, its creator is from Cincinnati (and we're "Daily Mile" friends!) and I think that is super neat. Also, it is very easy to carry. I actually carried it on my second 20 miler during Pig training because it was a race like atmosphere. There were 7 water stops during this run, so I carried it, all 20 miles. And it worked out REALLY well. The shape of it makes it very easy to carry, even without a little holder! I can also stick it in my SPIbelt, and it will stay there fine as well.
Hopefully hydration things will go well for you while you are running in this heat!
Friday, July 13, 2012
J said he would be home around 7 so we could finish getting packed up for vacation. We are leaving around 4 pm today to drive up to Toledo as our flight is out of Detroit. The main packing was already done, but we had to finalize a few things, as well as add in our carryon packing. My carryon has my kindle, 2 regular books, my ipod, various cables for charging devices, camera, and 4 magazines. Yes, I will not need ALL of these things on the plane ride there, but we managed to pack 1 suitcase, so I am being a good girl and carrying all of that. J on the other hand put his books (other than 1!) in the suitcase taking up more room. Lame-tastic.
Anyway, I planned dinner around his 7 pm arrival time, and at 7:02 pm I was plating dinner. That makes it sound fancy, and it was not, but it was still delicious (and within my food allotment for the day!) At 7:10 he was not home so I text him saying "dinner is ready." Nothing. At 7:30 I text him again to say "where are you? i hope you are safe!" At 7:45 he called me and said he was leaving. *sigh* So dinner was reheated in the microwave (lamesauce) and not eaten until well after 8.
I made the decision to get my long run in this morning. 8 miles. Here's my splits:
I am out for a week ya'll but I have posts lined up for the entire time we are gone, and expect a FULL RECAP when I return.
See you on the other side of a Mexican vacation!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
6 oz plain chobani
1/2 cup cucumber
1 scoop whey (vanilla)
I think this could have used maybe a packet of stevia or something, the cucumber made the flavor a little bit strange.
I hope everyone is having a great one!