Monday Off!

Hi! As you can tell, I fortunately have this lovely Monday off! So excited about that 🙂 I hope all of you have off too.

This weekend, I decided on Friday I would get up and make it to a Body Pump class at the gym! I’ve missed Body Pump so much, I don’t know why I haven’t thought to go on a Saturday before. The class was awesome, I got a great lift in (although since it had been so long since the the last one, my weights weren’t as heavy). I missed group fitness so much! I totally realized this..I have been on so many solo runs, and workouts- it’s really starting to get BORING.

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I woke up Sunday extremely sore, mostly from push-ups and bench pressing- not something I do often! Surprisingly enough even after the lunges and squats my legs weren’t hurting TOO badly. I did decided to take the day off Sunday, and am trying for my 6 mile long run today instead. The weather is about to get rediculously cold here this week (boo) so I may even have to suck it up and run on the treadmill this week. *sigh. Life is hard, I know.

Last week, my training didn’t go as planned, and I’m completely okay with it. It is what it is. Looking back, I totally think asking myself to run 4 times a week was a stretch. If I don’t get that 3rd shorter run in, I’ve decided its okay. I’ll be going totally off the feel of everything for the weeks. Sounds like a plan to me!

  • How was your weekend?

One of the best parts about my weekend???

Hockey’s back! And my Penguins are 2-0!

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NYC Half Training Recap: Week 2

FRIDAY! (And pay day for me- WAHOO!)

This past week, I think my training went well. My runs were solid and the pace felt fine. I felt a little sluggish on Tuesday, but my run with Riley was great and even a little faster. I was honestly sore the next morning.

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Yesterday I did a circuit workout with a 1.5 mile run. The run was much faster than I’m used to (speed work!?) because I ran with a few other people. I think that on Thursdays if this run & circuit happens instead of the miles I’ll be fine with it. The circuit was:

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This one was tough. I was sore from my run but got it done. I love circuit training, in a short amount of time I feel like I just spent hours working out!

I’m ready for some awesome weather for my 5 miler this weekend. Hopefully I’ll be running in shorts!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Turkey Day fun

Hello everyone! I am sorry for the absence (ha, if any of you have TRULY been missing me then good- missed you too 😉 ) but I was really, really enjoying my mini vacay and the time away from the computer and social media was a nice break. Very refreshing 🙂

I hope everyone had an amazing Turkey Day! I know I did, it was a good time with my family and I got to see Drew too which is aways a positive side of holidays with both of our jobs being at schools= nice breaks! (Fun fact: I even had yesterday off because in Pennsylvania, it was the first day of rifle season for hunting deer….haha yes. seriously.)

So anyways my Thanksgiving day started out with an extremely cold Turkey Trot 5k starting at my old elementary school! It was a brutal 27 degrees when we were headed there. My dad also went to the race with me.

Here we are racing 😉 (no sorry this was staged on my street- but still a fun picture!) Thanks mom!

The race was a good one and ended up being a really beautiful day out, you know, after you were numb, ha. The race unfortunately had a slight hiccup for me with another stupid side stitch at around the 2nd mile. UGH. one of those stabbed in the side gotta walk type of side stitch. Of course. I haven’t had a side stitch in all of my runs but of course it happens now. TYPICAL. Oh well. I still finished 26:51 so not too bad or far off my last. But soooo over the side stitches.

After this I was ready for turkey and lots of it! I helped my mom make a sweet potato casserole and and we had our pies ready for after!

I made the apple and mom made pumpkin! The apple turned out pretty well if I do say so myself 🙂 with ice cream of course!

Over the weekend I got to spend some quality time with Drew and took advantage of online shopping from the comfort of home. Perfect. No going out on Black Friday for this girl!

By Friday though, I was feeling some aches and pains in my knee and feet (as I so called “obnoxiously” pointed out to Drew…I mean I can’t help he’s an athletic trainer and is supposed to heal me, RIGHT!?) So I took the entire 2 days of no exercies besides walking around a little. It was the best decision I made for sure because yesterday I felt good and I had a nice run and tabata workout with squats, burpees, and sit ups and felt great! I’m definitely trying to take it easy right now and slowly build up my runs to get a nice base and lately I’ve been happy not going much over 3 miles, and doing some strength circuits in my basement.  I’m already starting to see improvement with my times in running so I’m pretty excited and trying to not overdo it! 🙂 woo!

  • How was your Thanksgiving Day?
  • Did you do Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping? I did and got some good deals admittedly for myself but some presents too 🙂

4 Diamonds 5k Recap

Hello everyone- hope you are awake on this Monday morning- who am I kidding- I’m still half asleep. This is a given. Why are mornings so hard???

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Well Saturday morning I ranu a 5k that was a part of my mom’s school that she teaches at fundraiser. It raised money for the 4 diamonds Foundation for pediatric cancer. My mom was participating with a group at her school called Sole Sisters (similiar to Girls on the Run), and my Dad and I were running in it.

Unfortunately no pictures were taken by myself.. oops. Completely forgot and was a bad blogger on that one, but it being a local race everyone there was someone I knew somehow and by the time you stopped and talked to everyone it was pretty much time to start the race. So anyways- the race was pretty much flat and fast, with no major inclines like my last 5k!

From the last 5k..before the incline of death.

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It was a quite a chilly start that morning, cloudy and around 40 degrees. I was in my cold weather tights, long sleeve shirt and Oiselle singlet of course. One thing I knew about this 5k was the fact that I definitely started my first mile way to fast for myself. I didn’t run with my phone or anything besides a watch and there weren’t any mile markers until you reached the 2nd mile, so I didn’t know where I was at anyways. between miles approx 1-2 we went up a slight incline, nothing major but I felt myself hit that wall where I said something like, “Oh, s***! That was way to fast.”whoops! I felt myself slow down and bit and catch my breath a little more and finally was able to shake it off and feel like I could move again. At mile 2 the volunteer was yelling out the time and I was at 17:07 which was a decent time and doing the math I could probably get a time I would be happy with. The run turned back at this point and I would finish where I started. Even better was the fact that the rest of the race was downhill! Me LIKE 😉

I felt good at this point and even caught a Sole Sisters participant with half and mile left and I told her we could run together and finish it out..that is until she left me in the dust! haha once she started cruising I told her to keep going. Speedy little gal she was!

My final time for this which is not official and I am not positive was 26:40 when I crossed the line. A whole minute faster than my last (although that was a tougher course)….but I’ll take it! 🙂 did i mention my dad ran a speedy 23:30!? that man is unbelievable… I did not get my running skills from him apparently haha. The 5k being what it was, a benefit for cancer- wasn’t as serious as most. There wasn’t even chip timing! It was a good old fashioned 5k, check this out!

This is the old fashioned “timing system” 🙂

All and all a great even and I’ll keep running and working on it. Btw wore the beloved Brooks for the first time in a race and LOVED them! My calves may be a bit sore from getting used to them and being flat but I really like how responsive they are. I definitely recommend them!

  • Do/have you start(ed) out too fast in races too?
  • How was your weekend?

Hurricane day!

Well everyone I hope you all had a good weekend. My weekend got extended a little bit and because of Hurrican Sandy I will be at home today and most likely tomorrow considering things are supposed to get worse tonight and into Tuesday. At one point a town 30 minutes from me was supposed to get a direct hit and was even a trending topic on Twitter. Twitter makes everything serious. YIKES!

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I’m at that little green dot…And that’s what we are dealing with this morning. The wind should be picking up by tonight…

So anyways, this weekend- I was supposed to run a 5k. It was nice because it was set up right in my town and easy to get to so I went and…..Cancelled. So great to get that notice before hand…but ohhhh well. I was excited to race so it was disappointing but what can you do? With all this I ended up losing motivation to run and decided to get on the trainer and watch Netflix instead- good choice I might say. (Side note: if you have Netflix start watching all the seasons of the TV show Rules of Engagement– it’s hilarious!)

Then I decided shopping was a good idea ..and then an even better idea was buying new shoes 🙂 PRETTY new shoes!

Brooks Pureflows! They had me at their color and then putting them on was even better. I feel like they are molded right to my foot! Can’t wait to take them for a spin. (OH, running guru, Alex– whatcha think!?) I definitely wish that the weather wouldn’t be so terrible because I would have loved to take them out for a nice run! (And no…not running in the rain… 🙂 )

Today is a much needed rest day– I spent 45 minutes on the indoor trainer Saturday and then an ab workout and played hockey for 3 hours Sunday (my team had NO subs either- ugh) and today my body hurts soooo very much. I may be popping in my Beach Babe DVD for the stretching session!

The rest of my hurricane day will be spent making pancakes…

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Literally the best I’ve ever made. Adapted from Hollie’s recipe… ( I only added a packet of stevia and some agave for my sweetner part). Oh and I added a bunch of cinnamon because I LOVE it. Cocoa would also be an awesome add-in.

 

Eating apple crisp…

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And preparing for possible power outage! Yikes- candles ready!

  • Are you affected by the hurricane today?
  • How was your weekend?