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 🙂
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Hagerstown Duathlon Recap

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday morning I woke up at the crack of dawn to drive an hour with my dad to Hagerstown, Maryland to compete in a duathlon. Way back in April I did the same duathlon and this happened to be the second of their series for the year..so it was the exact same course I did before.

My dad and I had waited to register for this race race the day of so we couldn’t kind of decide last minute if we wanted to bail or not. I won’t lie- it was FREEZING but the cold I can handle..there was no rain in the forecast so we decided to just do it. Waking up was tough because of course it was about 34 degrees out and the first frost was on the ground. A little early don’t you think October!!? I mean really now.

Anyways- by the time we got down there it was about 38 degrees, but one of those days you could tell would be freezing in the morning but would warm up later on. Deciding what to wear was difficult because I hate getting hot and not being able to peel layers off. I finally just decided to wear a long sleeved tech tee, underneath my bike jersey (no tri top today- too cold) and put a thermal bike jacket on over top. Bike shorts and my purple compression sleeves were also a go to. I honestly just prayed it would work and went with it…

Prior to the race I had coffee, 2 pieces of toast ,and a half hour before the start I had a peanut butter gu – my favorite of course!

I’m happy to say, I felt great before this race which was really exciting. My legs felt good even though I had run and done a lot of spin classes that week. I hoped I hadn’t overdone it, but my body seemed ready to go. I was just hoping to hold off any side stitch issues that have been bugging me lately.

I was at the start line when I realized I had let my watch at home. Crap. With all the layers I hadn’t even thought about putting that on. Now it’s no fancy watch but I like to just have the time running so I can see where I’m at. I figured oh well- seeing the clock at transition and on my bike computer was the best it was going to get.

The two mile run I was definitely very cautious because of the side stitches. Lo and behold I made it to mile one without a stitch…so I picked it up from there and finished the 2 miles. i had no idea what time i had finished in because the clock was running from a previous 5k that started before hand so I just grabbed my stuff put my shoes on and threw off my thermal jacket because I was very warmed up at this point.

I grabbed my bike and took off toward the bike exit. I clipped in with success (YES!) and took off. This course was a big 10 mile loop on the roads around the park. This course was slightly scary because the roads were not closed and at some points there were cars close to you. Thankfully MOST of the time there was a decent size shoulder on the roads but sometimes the shoulder turned into a turning lane (yikes). This course was slight rolling hills- nothing crazy but different than the last duathlon which was a straight flat out and back. I enjoy loops far better than the straight out and back. (It’s kind of discouraging when you see the super fast people already turning around passing you and you’re like ffff i have so much longer- but that’s just me haha)

The worst part about the bike ride was that you forget how it’s going to be so much colder on there..the crosswind was tough at some points on the road where it was open. I felt good on the bike though..my quads weren’t tiring and so I pushed it as much as I could. I try to do this just for the fact that I know my runs are my weakest part so it’s all out on the bike to make up for that time.

Finally I made it back into the park to dismount (success again- yes!) and I ran into the transition the best I could.

My body was completely numb from the torso done not even lying. Running in to change my shoes was probably hilarious if you were watching because I could barely feel my fingers to undo my shoes and get my running shoes back on. Unbuckling my helmet was not an easy task either.

Anyways, once that was done I took one last drink of gatorade and took off on the 5k course that started out like the 2 mile run. I loved this run because it wound through a littler trail between trees and wasn’t boring like the beach run.

However, not gonna lie- the first mile was terrible. My whole body was numb, my legs were tired and in the mode where they feel like they’re a thousand pounds. I finally loosened up after the first mile and when I hit the turn around point on this run I decided I felt good and felt like I could bring the pace up more to hopefully kick it in hard. The moment I was able to see the final turn and straightaway to the finish I kicked it in as much as I could.

When I saw the time coming across the line I was excited because I thought it had beat my previous time for this course! I was completely exhausted so I”m glad to know that I did the best I could that day. BOOM.

Final time: 1:24.01 Beating the previous time by 30 seconds!

Post race carb fest- (Already at the donut WHOOPS!)

Even better yet- checking the results I finished 2nd out of 6 in my age group! YES medal and podium time!! 🙂 ( I look like a GIANT!)

 

  • How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap

Helloooo! I hope you’re all well! I, as much as I love fall…when the season changes like this my sinuses and allergies go haywire. so that’s me now. I wouldn’t say “I’m sick” butttt I don’t feel great.

Anyways…as I said yesterday Drew and I got to spend some time together this weekend. YAY!

I wasn’t the only one excited Drew came to visit!

 

I caught this moment in the act. Izzy especially loves if you give her space to cuddle next to you!

Saturday we did a brick workout to help prepare us for the race on Saturday! We all have been crazy busy and training for all us hasn’t been top priority (with both our new jobs and routines) we decided to squeeze it all together 🙂

 

 

Obviously preparing and very serious. Also I look very tall. I am not.

We did about 10 miles followed by a mile run. We threw some kettle bell squats and swings in there and called it a night. Hey- that’s obviously how we enjoy on Saturdays- we are so cool. 🙂 I felt good during the training…I was pushing it cause I was obviously behind and trying to catch Drew the entire time. (Kinda competitive, what can I say). I feel like my training throughout the summer will keep me in the race even if my recent training hasn’t been as serious. I definitely wasn’t on the bike as much last year and I held my own! I am just hoping to beat my time from last year.

 

Sunday I had field hockey all day so Drew came along to watch and support moi of course! Somehow on the way home we decided pizza was needed and found a place called Iggies in Baltimore for some great pizza. Very organic and natural- I’ll take it.

 

Their pizza names were ones we couldn’t really say but very different than the usual so it was pretty cool. We asked for pepperoni and the girl told us it wasn’t exactly pepperoni but better..she was right! No clue what it was called however…

 

So if you are ever in Baltimore- Iggies is a great place to go!

  • What did you do this weekend?

So…you want to ride a bike?

Helloooooo everyone! Wednesday woooo! Today I’m going to enlighten you.. get ready 🙂

For you today I have a semi-recycled post on tips for Starting to bike! I wrote this as a guest post for someone, but really wanted to share it with all of you too! As you know I am an avid biker and I wanted to share with you some tips and pointers for anyone thinking about getting into the sport. I’ve done 3 duathlons (run, bike, run) starting last fall and have been recently upping my bike mileage this summer. I have really fallen in love with the feeling on the bike. You can read more about my love for biking here. Without further ado- here are my tips on getting on the bike!

Tip 1: Get/Use a bike that fits you. A bike too big or too small is going to feel terrible! Getting one that fits is going to benefit you so much. There are many options: hybrid bikes, fitness bike, or a road bike. Go with what feels comfortable. A local bike shop should be able to assist you with what type of style biking you are looking to do. More recreational biking I would say go with a hybrid which is a normal style bike you typically see or fitness bikes which are similar to road bikes but have flat handlebars. They are also a good option if you want to be a bit speedier because they’re lighter than a hybrid. Road bikes are what you will see during road races and have the curving handlebars allowing you to use the “drops” to be more aerodynamic. Great for triathlons and duathlons because they are speedy! Craig’s List is also a great place to find a used bike that may be a great started bike for you. (You might want to take along someone who knows stuff about bikes..just so they can tell you if it’s worth it!)

My road bike

Tip 2: Safety First

Helmets are a MUST! Make sure you get one that’s up-to-date and that it fits properly. Gloves can also come in handy and you should also check out a light that may help to make you more visible on the road. I purchased a Nathan brand light that I’ve clipped to my seat pack, but can also work on the back of your shirt. $8 to keep me safe? Worth it!

Anything that makes your more visible will help to make you safer on the road. Also, look up your state laws on biking for reference. Technically bikes are required to follow the same traffic rules as a car so that means stopping at stop signs, red lights…etc. Don’t assume that cars see you, and be hyper-aware of your surroundings. Hand signals are also useful to communicate with cars. A RoadID is a great thing to have on you, or some other form of identification/emergency numbers and you might also want to carry your cellphone in a  plastic baggy in case of emergencies out on the road! (They HAPPEN. and usually at your furthest point out!) That also being said..flat tires happen. Local bike shops usually have clinics on bike maintenance or if you stop by most are very willing to help and show you.

Cute & Functional RoadID! (purple of course)

Tip 3: Look the part

Like I mentioned before, helmets are a must. Also, bike shorts, bike shorts, bike shorts. They are going to help your comfort level so much while getting used to your saddle. You may think you don’t need them, but trust me you don’t want to feel the soreness after a long ride the next day. Gloves can help reduce the pressure of your handlebars on your hands. Long rides tend to put pressure on your nerves and then you have numb hands..in turn making it hard to move or brake for that matter. Bike jerseys are a great option to wear while riding because they have pockets in the back to hold any nutrition you may want to bring, cell phone, or ID/Wallet. Look for great bike products at Nashbar.

Tip 4: Build your endurance

If you haven’t been biking in years…start out slow, you’ll remember how hard it is on your legs! Start out doing 20-30 minute rides 3-4 times a week. After this is comfortable for you start going out for longer periods of time. If you have a smart phone you can download apps like Map My Ride or Strava that can help you find bike routes around your home! These will also keep track of mileage and speed. It’s also great to look for groups through a local bike shop that may go out together a couple times a week.

Tip 5: Biking is a gateway sport

Buying a bike can lead you into so many different hobbies and races. Not to mention it’s a great way to get to work (if you can do it safely!). There are many charity/century ride events around the country that you can do with a group or even family. Not to mention all the road races and duathlons/triathlons you can find. If interested check out Tri Find. It’s such a fun time to participate in any of these races. I was blown away by the camaraderie after the events and it keeps me coming back to them!

Me in my first du! Can’t believe it’s almost been a year!

 

This all being said- get out there on those wheels!!!!

  • Did you learn anything new from this post about biking? Hope I could shed some light on the sport for you!
  • Would you ever do a duathlon/triathlon?
  • Bikers- any tips I missed??

My Favorite Go To Workout DVD’s!

I hope you all had a good weekend! If you haven’t gotten a chance, head over to Maren’s Morsels and read my guest post for her yesterday!

As I said yesterday, I pretty much worked all weekend at the golf course and at the gym…the joy of having two part time jobs! 😉 My workouts this weekend did include:

  • Friday: 10 mile bike ride and strength circuit from Tone It Up
  •  Saturday: 2.5 mile run before work and an evening bike ride with the Arms, and Abs circuit from my Beach Babe DVD last night.
  • Sunday: 14 mile fast paced bike ride and decided it would be “fun” to run a mile after to see how fast I could do it…9:09..my legs felt like jello!
My legs are still feeling it now!

Over the weekend I was thinking about how awesome workout DVD’s can be in order to get a good sweat in.  I thought it would be a good idea to talk about my favorite ones that I rotate through to get my daily sweat on! I know some people hate them or don’t’ stick with them, but I think fitness DVD’s are an EXCELLENT resource to use at home! They are so great when you’re short on time or for anyone to get their needed exercise for the day. Some people don’t like the gym…some people can’t afford the gym! I know his firsthand that gyms can be VERY expensive! I am lucky to work at a gym for a free membership, otherwise if I was paying on my own, (at this point in my life), I might have to nix the gym all together. However, I wouldn’t be THAT upset about this, except for missing Body Pump Class, because I know that I can get a great workout while staying around my house!

I really don’t live that close to the gym that I work at to want to drive into the gym on my days off (hello, gas prices!) from there, so popping in a DVD and getting my good old cardio outside is my perfect day. Here are my top ones that I enjoy regularly:

1. Beach Babe DVD by Tone It Up

This DVD Rocks! Seriously- There are 6 workouts and a stretch session. They’re all different so you can piece them together to do what kind of workout you want to for the day!

There is:

  • Surfer Girl Workout (about 20 minutes, some plyometric and strength moves)
  • HIIT the Beach (Hight Intensity Interval Traning, 20 mins- My favorite!)
  • Body Sculpt  (Strength Circuit- the longest workout around 40 minutes)
  • Bikini Abs
  • Summer Arms
  • Bikini Booty
  • Long & Lean Routine
I do the HIIT workout often when I’m not feeling up for a run or bike (or the weather stinks) and then usually add one of two the body part focused workouts, and then do the Long & Lean routine which is a short Yoga-ish way to stretch out

The downside is that this DVD cost me about $35 dollar with shipping, however, with the amount of workouts and what you get out of it- I believe it was worth it!

2. Jillian Michaels- 30 Day Shred

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This is one of the first DVD’s I really really liked using at home! It has 3 different level workouts and they are all created like circuits using Jillian’s 3-2-1 method: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of abs. These ones are fast paced which I love because it goes by so quick and I am really sweating by the end; and it’s only about 25 minutes! Plus it’s about $10 at Target! STEAL!

3. Jillian Michaels- Ripped in 30

This DVD is one I just bought this spring and also really enjoy because it has 4 different workouts! and this DVD was also only $10 at Target! That’s some excellent value right there! This DVD is also in the 3-2-1 method. Definitely a killer workout! She never uses the same thing twice in any of the circuits which keeps in interesting.

4. Jillian Michaels- Yoga Meltdown

I think you’re starting to see a pattern here, no? Yes,  I love Jillian’s workouts! They’re awesome and they’re always different- AND they’re cheap AND effective! I am not a “yogi” per say so I enjoy this because Jillian isn’t really either and so this tape is more of a power yoga kinda of tape, so their is still some strength moves, but with some stretching too! Also it’s 2 half hour level classes and this is about all the time I can handle of yoga in one day 🙂

Okay- so I hope from all these you realize that you can work out, at home, CHEAP! What do you need for any of these workouts?

  • Hand weights-3lb-5lb weights are fine for most cause they’re more high reps (especially Beach Babe- trust me), but sometimes I use 8’s and 10’s for more stable moves like dead lifts.
  • Yoga Mat – I find cheap ones at TJ Maxx and Marshalls
  • Room to move around!
So a couple DVD’s and few hand weights…maybe $30-40 dollars total depending on how many DVD’s- much cheaper than a gym membership! I hope this post today gave you a few ideas and maybe will motivate you to try something new. Remember:
Change is good for the body! You’re muscles like when you mix things up! 
So anways- do you like or hate Workout DVD’s? Have they helped you mix up your routine? Tell me about it! You know I love them!