Things I’m loving XIV

I was up bright and early this morning (as usual) and got in an 8 mile run before I had to go for  my follow up with the podiatrist after my foot injury last month. Thankfully I don’t have to go back and see him and he is on board with my PT’s change of training plan, (I’ll go through more of that later next week)!

I am even more excited that it is Friday because tonight I am going to see Lady Antebellum (with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves) at the TD Garden in Boston tonight with my BFF!

 

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I’m a huge Lady A fan and saw them last summer in NH with a bunch of friends and they put on an incredible show, so I was SO excited to be able to see them again in Boston.  Clearly, this will hold the current #1 spot on my “Things I’m Loving” list this week, but here are some other things I’m loving!

 

bomshel

I’ve been listening to this cd via Spotify a few times a week for the past 3 or so months. I LOVE this cd and after a tough meeting or when I need a few minutes to decompress, I love to turn it on and just refocus.  While I like every single song on the cd, my current fav is “Thank You.”  If you are a country music lover, give them a try and let me know what you think!

jelly curls

When I run long in the mornings, that means I have less time to get ready before heading to work (ie-no blow drying my hair.) I have been using this product and it is absolutely amazing.  I squeeze a small amount and work it through my hair and scrunch it and it makes my hair nice and curly,  while also super  soft and crunch free and it holds the curl all day long, what more can you ask for?  I really don’t like gels that make you hair look wet, hard and crunchy.  I was a bit skeptical about it leaving my hair soft and crunch free,  but it totally does.

hand spa

I’ve never been a big fan of hand cream, I don’t like the feeling of much on my hands or feet (that includes socks.)  I really dislike that greasy feeling every other cream I have tried in the past.  However, I got this in my Birchbox and threw it in my work bag to leave in my office.  It’s been so bitterly cold lately that my hands have been really dry so I have been using this a lot in the past week and I’m surprised at how much I like it.  It leaves my hands smooth and moisturized without a greasy feeling and smells nice to boot!

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A friend of mine highly recommended that I watch Luther.  We like most of the same shows so I had a feeling I would like this one too.  I added it to my Netflix queue a few weeks ago and finally sat down to watch it a little while back and got hooked.   I have been watching it every opportunity I can, especially while running.  I absolutely fell in love with Idris Elba’s character Luther.  It’s a pretty dark psychological crime drama, but I just can’t stop watching it.  If these kinds of shows appeal to you, I highly recommend giving it a try.

Alright folks….have a wonderful week and do something this weekend that makes you happy!

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Question of the day

What is making you happy this week?

Light at the end of the tunnel

Last night I went to my evaluation with Mike Roberts at Central Mass PT.  I am no stranger to PT or this office, I credit them with successfully finishing my first marathon in 2010.  After my foot injury in December, my podiatrist asked me to go have a full evaluation with Mike.  Mike is an incredible wealth of knowledge and sought out throughout New England for his expertise.  I have worked with Mike before and I knew I was in the best possible hands.  It took me 6 weeks to get an opening with him and last night we spent over an hour going through my current Boston training plan and he took me through various moves with he and his assistant making detailed notes.

Basically, in summary all my running issues are because of the following:

1. My pelvis tilts backwards
2. I have a very tight right IT band
3. I don’t fire my glutes at all when I run
4. My right rib is higher than the left, causing my right lower ab to not turn on
5. Because of my right ankle surgery, I have no mobility in that ankle
6. Because of all of this, my IT band and calves take the entire impact of my running, putting me in the situation I am in now.
 

So…my plan of attack moving forward:

1. Continue to do Trigger point exercises to work on IT band, hips, calves, shins, glutes and psoas
2. Do all the exercises he sent me home with last night that force me to engage my lower abs when I breathe instead of my chest (this is NOT easy for me)
3. A.R.T./Graston once a week for the next few weeks, along with them working on my hips, IT band, calves and psoas
4. A change in my Boston Marathon Running Plan

Did you see #4 above??  I almost fell off the table.  In addition to being a PT, Mike is also an endurance athlete himself.  He is a long-time competitive runner and triathlete; he is a 2-time All-American triathlete who has completed 3 Ironman and he is also a coach.  We talked a lot about my current running plan and he said emphatically that I was running “WAY TOO MUCH!”  That I only needed to be running 3 days a week and doing more cross training because my body (especially my IT band and calves) needed more recovery.  He promised I would still perform well and that he has coached hundreds of people successfully to Boston on a 3 day a week run plan.  I voiced my concern over this as I am not cleared to do speed work and he again put my mind at ease, giving me all the scientific reasons why I didn’t need to be logging 50 miles a week (and doing 3, 20 mile runs) to successfully run Boston.  He also was hard on me about slowing my pace way down on my long runs, which I already knew I had to do.

So, I emailed him my current Boston training plan this morning and he said he would tweak it and send it back to me, so I am waiting to see what he recommends for me to do.  I have my follow-up with the podiatrist tomorrow morning and I am looking forward to hearing his thoughts moving forward as well.

I have no doubt that I am in great, capable hands with these two in  my corner, I am just nervous about a change in plan for the SECOND time during this marathon, but I will put my faith in them, as they both has done this many times before.  I feel like there is some light at the end of the tunnel.  I know I have some issues (like my ankle) that cannot be repaired, but in fixing all the other imbalances I have, I should be able to be a more efficient runner with less issues in the future.  Wish me luck!

 

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Question of the day

Tell me something good about your week or a positive PT story!

Pay it Forward–a little game!

While reading through some of my favorite blogs yesterday, I came across a game via Kristy over at the Runaway Bridal Planner and Courtney at The TriGirl Chronicles.  After reading it, it put a huge smile on  my face and I decided it was such a great (and simple) idea and that I really wanted  to participate.  So, what is this great game you ask?

pay it forwardIt is a  Pay-it-forward initiative: The first 3 people who comment on my blog post today with the status “I’m IN” at the beginning of their post will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year – anything from a card, book, gift card, absolutely any surprise!  There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood strikes me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.  Isn’t that awesome?

These 3 people MUST make the same offer on their on blog status!

COPY THIS TEXT into one of your posts.  Let’s do more nice and loving things for each other in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and to show that we think of each other.  Here’s to a more enjoyable, more friendly and love-filled year!!!!!!!

***Additionally, if you are IN please leave me a link to your blog or email, so I can contact you to get your address, to surprise you sometime this year. Do NOT leave your address in the blog post!***

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Question of the day

Tell me how you have “paid it forward” in the past!

The Sun Wine Fest

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On Saturday we attended Mohegan Sun’s Sun WineFest.  We have been wanting to attend this event for the past few years, but it always sells out before Thanksgiving and we were always a little too late to purchase tickets, but not this year.  I put a reminder on my calendar in September and kept stalking their website, so when the tickets went on sale, we scooped up 2 tickets and asked our friends Jay and Michelle if they were interested in joining us since we always have such a great time with them and they were in.

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They picked us up around 11:30 a.m. and we jumped in the car and an hour later, we had arrived at Mohegan.  We got there about 30 minutes after the event started and it was already buzzing with energy.

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I will say upfront that the tickets for this event aren’t cheap. After the ticket cost and fee’s, it was just shy of $100 a person, but the proceeds benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp, a year round facility in Andover, CT for kids 6-16 and is a sanctuary for children all year-long regardless of economic, physical or developmental ability to come play, learn and grow without barriers.  This is a worthy cause, so it made paying a fairly high ticket price a little easier.

We bought tickets to what they call the “signature event,” which is the Grand Tasting.  However they have a ton of different events going on all weekend from special Bourbon tastings and culinary experiences like the Celebrity Chef Dine Around.  Our event featured over 1,000 brands of beers, wines, specialty spirits and gourmet food (some amazing cheese and chocolate were consumed.)

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You had to purchase tickets for more substantial food, which were samples of signature dishes from the region’s most highly rated restaurants.  Some of the food options were things like lobster rolls.  We didn’t buy food tickets because we decided to eat in one of the casino restaurants instead.  The wine tasting was on the first floor, where we spent the majority of our time.  The second floor was dedicated to beer, hard cider and malt drinks.  There was definitely a different atmosphere on the second floor, with it being  a bit louder and rowdier than the wine exhibit hall, but it was a lot of fun, even though I don’t ever drink beer.  Robyn and Jay especially liked the Guinness section.

One cool feature in the wine exhibit was the Culinary Main Stage where they had celebrity chef demonstrations from people like Todd English and the Food Network star Robert Irvine.  It was really cool to see them up there cooking up a storm and all the people oohing and ahhing.

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I lost count with how many wines we tasted, but I think hit almost every vendor.   I pretty much stuck to whites (Riesling in particular), as that is what I typically prefer to drink, however, I did taste a few Pinots that I really enjoyed.   They had a fun social media area where you could take pics and of course, my husband who doesn’t enjoy being in front of the camera had to act out.

crazy pic

I swear this pic was taken only about 30 minutes after we arrived!  He always has to make a weird face in pics, with the hopes that people will stop asking him to get in a photo!  Sorry babe, not going to happen 🙂

Overall, we all had a really great time.  We were able to get special bracelets that let us come and go throughout the day and that is exactly what we did.  We would cycle through the beer and wine halls and then head back out to the casino to watch our friends play some roulette (I don’t gamble because I have absolutely no idea how everything works, but it was fun to watch them), we grabbed some food and walked around.  The event was sold out this year as it has been in previous years, and while it was definitely crowded, I never felt like we couldn’t get where we wanted to go or that we had to wait long at any of the vendors.  We have been to other wine/beer festivals where it was way over packed and it left us feeling frustrated that we paid so much money to wait around 90% of the time.  That was not the case here and we all agreed that we would definitely come back to this event again in the future!

 

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Question of the day

What did you do this weekend that was fun?

Boston Marathon Training: Week 4 Update

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend.  It’s been bitterly cold here with the temps in the negative with the wind chill, which of course, made for a weekend of mostly indoor activities.  It’s Monday, so it’s time to recap my last week of training!  I cannot believe I have completed my first month…only 3 to go 🙂 This was a step back week, which I was very much in need of!  So, here is what last week looked like!

Week: 1/20 – 1/26

Monday: My standard Monday morning work treadmill run.  I got in 3.03 miles in 27 mins, increasing the speed towards the end. I surprisingly felt really good this entire run.

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After the run, I went into the group fitness room and followed my workout up with Blogilates ULTIMATE Hot Body Workout for Flat Abs, Slim Inner Thighs, Perky Butt & Toned Arms. This was a pretty decent video, I would do it again. I especially liked the tricep move at the very end.

Tuesday: I did 7 miles on the treadmill at work.  I felt okay, but my legs were a bit tired.  There was nothing that really stood out about this run, other than I am really enjoying the tv show Luther.  I watched it on Netflix while running and it made the run go by quickly.  In the evening after Ash went to bed I did one of my favorite ab videos,Blogilates Slim Waist Cocktail Dress Series.  It hurts so good, especially the last move that feels like it is NEVER going to end!

Wednesday: We got a pretty big snow storm last night, so I was stuck working from home today.  I should have done 3 miles, but I drive a teeny-tiny car (the hubs calls it a roller skate) so I wasn’t going to chance it on roads to get to the gym and because they didn’t plow in the morning, I decided it was safer to use today as a rest day and get my mileage in tomorrow.  When the roads are really bad, I get nervous running on the street because there are very few sidewalks where we live.  Cars + slippery roads=no running for me.  I did do Blogilates Victoria Secret Model Ab Workout in the evening just so I wasn’t a total sloth all day.

Thursday: Today was my birthday so I took the evening off from teaching Group Power so I could spend the night with my boys.  I did my 3 mile run from yesterday in the morning at work, adding in a tiny bit of speed work to see how my foot felt.  All in all, I felt good.  I was hoping for a fun night at home, but both my boys were really sick which resulted in both of them being in bed, asleep by 8:00 p.m. and me running around trying to clean up. I felt bad because my husband was REALLY sick and all he kept saying was how sorry he was for ruining my day.  I really didn’t mind, now that we have our son, my birthday doesn’t mean much to me anymore, but I am glad my husband still wants to make me feel special.

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Friday: I did a progression run for 7 miles.  I started with a pace of 8:57 for 2.5 miles then I increases the speed every 1-2 miles.  Hit my groove at 0.5 miles, something that I don’t know has every happened to me.  It usually takes me 4-5 miles to hit that point in a run but I felt incredible this entire run.  I ended up averaging an 8:50 and I was REALLY happy with this!

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Saturday: This was the complete opposite kind of run than what I had on Friday.  It was by far one of the worst runs I have had in a long time.  I was so excited all week that I only had to run 10 miles on Saturday but every single step pretty much sucked.  I had to stop A LOT and stretch.  My legs were heavy, my calves and hamstrings were super tight.  I posted on Friday  a picture of a running saying I really loved and it was never more appropriate than today:

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Yesterday was clearly effortless and this run was impossible.  There was a one mile stretch of the run, from mile 5-6 that I felt pretty good but the rest of the run was junk.  I was happy that I was able to test out my new Garmin, which I did really like.  I do have to get used to the fact that it doesn’t tell me everything I want to know on one screen (time, distance, and pace) but all in all I do like it.  I am curious to see the battery life though, as it went down one bar in less than 90 minutes, so we will see.  This is how the run ended.

 

jan 25 run

I was really shocked at the overall pace, but like I said, I had to stop A LOT to stretch, so if I had kept my watch going while I stretched, the pace would clearly be very different.  I was SO glad when this run was over, especially since I was headed to a wine festival (more on that later this week,) so I was ready to put this run out of my head and have some fun with my husband and our friends.

Sunday: I took this as a rest day, knowing that week 5’s mileage would be increasing.  I spent a lot of time foam rolling and searching/downloading new audio books for my long runs!

Total mileage: Just over 30 miles!

Plan for Next Week

Monday: 4m

Tuesday: 8m

Wednesday: 4m

Thursday: Rest/Teach GP

Friday: 8m

Saturday: 16m

Sunday: Rest/Yoga

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Question of the day

Anyone else go running this weekend in negative temps?

Things I’m loving XIII

Happy Friday!   I hope you all had a great week.  My week has been really busy between work and two sick boys at home so I am REALLY looking forward to the week.  I had an amazing 7 mile run this morning where I hit my groove at the 1/2 mile mark, which NEVER happens, so I am still riding on my endorphin high so let’s get right into it…this week I am focusing on all the motivational sayings that have been getting me through this week.

3 months from now

During some difficult parts of my runs this week, I kept saying this to myself. I know the hard work I am putting in everyday is going to help me when I get to that start/finish line in April.  Sometimes it is really hard to see the end result when you are wrapped up in the day to day activities of life, but marathon training doesn’t occur overnight, its the accumulation of many weeks of training.

honesty
I was talking with a friend this week and she said she one of the things she cherishes about our relationship is that I am always straightforward and honest.  I have been told this many times throughout my life.  I would rather be known as someone who tells it like it is than someone who is fake and appeasing.  Don’t get me wrong, I will not be rude, I will find a nice way to say what I feel needs to be said.  I believe that if you truly care about others, you will be honest with them.  I expect the same from the company I keep as well.  If I do something that upsets you, please tell me.  If I am wearing an outfit that just doesn’t work, please tell me.  I have never once gotten angry with someone from telling me how they felt and I have much respect for those who can do so.

not everyone will understand your journey

I have fielded a lot of questions lately from people about everything from my job, my parenting style, my training, you name it people ask about it.  I actually don’t mind at all.  Sometimes I think it helps think through and articulate how you feel about certain subjects when others ask questions.  It can show they are interested and care about what you do.   However, what I always remind myself of is that my journey is just that, mine.  Sometimes people aren’t going to understand “why would you choose to run a marathon,”  “why I don’t let my son watch tv”  or “why I commute 3+ hours a day when I can find a job closer to home,”  and all of this is totally okay.  I can provide solid reasons for all of these things, but that isn’t always enough for others to understand, but my job isn’t to convince them.  My job is to do the very best that I can do and live my life in a way that feels good to me!

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I believe that happiness is a choice.  Is my life perfect? Are there things I wouldn’t want to change?  Of course not, but seriously, who has a perfect life? NO ONE.  While my life is far from perfect, I am very happy with my life.  I am happy with the people I choose to surround myself with, my career, and all the things that matter to me.  I have big goals, goals for my career, my family, my fitness and while I am actively pursuing these goals, it’s important to live in the now and be happy and appreciative of all the great things I do have so that I can recognize and appreciate what comes along in the future.  I think there are so many people who are so busy focusing on the future that they forget to enjoy all the incredible things they have right in front of them at this very moment.

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If you have been running for any period of time, you know that there are days when every step is a challenge, it feels like you are running up Mt. Everest  and you wonder why you ever found this sport enjoyable…and then you have a run like I did this morning where I was reminded of how freaking awesome a run can be.   It’s not always going to be easy, but accepting and embracing these challenges and victories is the key to long term running happiness.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend…I will leave you with a print that hangs in my office and always makes me smile.

make today ridiculously amazing

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Question of the day

What sayings motivate/speak to you?

It’s my blog post…I’ll cry if I want to

Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone who got snowed in yesterday has dug themselves out.  I was stuck working from home because the roads were not safe to drive into the city, which meant I had to switch my training plan around and use yesterday as a “rest” day and do my 3 mile run this morning.  Not a huge deal, but I ‘m a planner.  I love having a plan to follow and that little deviation threw me off a little.  So, you can imagine how the next incident really turned my world upside down!  I need to start taking the advice from the picture below!

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So, I alluded in a recent post that I had to do my long run with RunKeeper last weekend.  Last Friday evening as I was laying all my clothes out for my long run on Saturday morning I was stopped in my tracks when I looked over at my Garmin charger and my Garmin was missing.  I had used my Garmin on my last long run and remember plugging it into the charger and wrapping the cord around the base to keep it from hitting the floor.  Of course, my immediate thought was that my son grabbed it off the charger so I yelled to my husband asking if he had seen it.  He hadn’t and then I started to panic and maybe started yelling frantically, which caused my husband to run upstairs and see what all the fuss was about.  I pointed to the charger with a look of a crazy woman (I’m imagining what I must have looked like to him.)

crazy womanOf course, my always calm, cool and collected husband told me to calm down and start looking for it.  I remember saying something dramatic, along the lines of “You have NO idea how important this is, this is MY **** GARMIN!  I literally cannot run outside without it!”  Looking back, I know I was being a tad ridiculous, but this watch has seen me through every outdoor run and race I have ever run.  My husband and I turned our house and my car upside down and came up empty handed.  I was feeling defeated.  I went downstairs and sulked on the couch while we watched a movie.  I contemplated running my 14 miles on the gym treadmill in the morning so I would know exactly how far and fast I was going but then I decided I really needed to get outside and would try the RunKeeper app on my phone. It wasn’t horrible, it worked well, talked to me through my JayBird Blue Buds and when I checked my route against Map My Run, it was accurate.  I guess I can’t *really* ask for more, but it just wasn’t the same as my trusty Garmin.

After I got home from my long run and refueled I told Robyn I was buying myself a birthday gift this year.  He didn’t even have to ask what it was.  I went onto Amazon and ordered myself a new Garmin.  I went this time with a Black Garmin 10.  My last watch was a Black Garmin 110 which clearly I loved, but I have been hearing a lot of runners say how much they are loving the 10, and decided to give it a go.  What I liked most about this model was that it has personal records, so it will tell you when you run your fastest mile, 5k, 10k, half, etc or longest distance.  I also liked that it had a virtual pacer, something I am really interested in using since I have such a hard time keeping a consistent pace during my runs and it was a bit smaller than the 110. Lastly, it has an auto pause option so when I am stuck waiting at a stop light, it will automatically stop while I am not moving instead of me having to stop and restart it again.  Pretty sweet, huh?  We have Amazon Prime,  so I clicked “BUY” knowing it would arrive in time for my next long run.

Well, it was supposed to arrive on Tuesday, but we were in the midst of a snow storm so it was slightly delayed.  Even though I wasn’t planning on running outdoors until Saturday, I was still a little miffed.  However, my watch arrived yesterday while I was working from home.  I was so happy when the doorbell rang that I ran down from my office and threw open the door, surprising the mailman.  I just smiled and apologized but told him I have been patiently waiting for this to arrive.  He smiled a nervous, “Okay whatever you say lady” smile and was on his way.

I shut the door and ran upstairs immediately to open it up.  Here is my beautiful new watch.

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It’s current charging and I will be testing it out this Saturday on my 10 miler and will update you on what I think of it.  I have no doubt my old watch will magically reappear in the next few weeks, we will see.  Until then, I am going to enjoy my new watch.   Happy Birthday to me!

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Questions of the day

What is your MUST HAVE running accessory? Anyone else have the Garmin 10?

 

Surviving the treadmill…

My training plan said to do 7 miles, so that is exactly what I did this morning.   While I was running, I was thinking about a few of you who gave me high fives for doing so many miles on the treadmill.  A few years ago, I actually preferred the treadmill to running outside, unless I was running with friends.  However, this past summer when I decided to train for my first race sans running team, I forced myself to run outside alone and after a few months and a lot of self talk, I actually enjoyed it.  Now, I prefer to run outside, but I still don’t really mind the treadmill.  I think it’s great for speed work when you don’t have access to a track.  I think it serves it purpose for a lot of runners.

I work out super early in the morning (when most people are still sleeping) and it is still very dark outside at that time.  Since my company recently moved its headquarters, I don’t have the beautiful Charles River to run along anymore. There are always tons of runners out along the Charles in the wee hours of the morning, so I never felt unsafe.  Since our new location is still foreign to me,  I don’t feel safe running in the dark in an unknown area alone so early in the morning. Also, sometimes the Winter’s here in MA can be brutal and it’s just not safe to be out on the roads, so the treadmill is my only option to get my weekday mileage in.  You have to do what you have to do, right?

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So, I was thinking, what do I do to help me pass the time when I have a 7 mile (or more) run on the treadmill in front of me.  Here are some of my ways to keep from looking at the time every other minute:

  • Entertainment: This is one of the more obvious.  I have been watching a lot of Netflix lately and also listening to audiobooks which I am really loving, but you can watch a movie, your favorite tv show, listen to talk radio, your ipod, whatever you enjoy that entertains you!
  • Create a new playlist:  I recently updated my playlist and it’s like Christmas. Every time a new song comes on, I get really excited and it motivates me to work a little harder.
  • Have a plan: If you haven’t noticed yet, I am kind of a control freak and I always love to have a plan.  I am not someone who can “wing” a workout, so when I have a concrete plan, I don’t stop until I finish it.
  • Realize your goal: I’m going to assume everyone here has a goal, whether it’s a PR, finishing a new distance, weight loss, etc.  I often remind myself of what my current goal is while I am on the treadmill and remind myself that the only way I am going to get to that goal successfully is if I put in the work.
  • Play with the pace: It is very rare that I keep a run at a constant pace, playing around with the speed and incline keeps not only my body from getting bored, but my mind too since I have to be much more engaged in my run.  I love to mix it up with running workouts like this one, this one, and this one!
  • Be Grateful:  There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t remind myself to be grateful.  Grateful for my family, my health, my job, friends, etc.  I am so grateful that I am able to run every day.  I have a choice in this, and for that, I am grateful.

 

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Question of the day

What do YOU do to beat the treadmill boredom?

Boston Marathon Training: Week 3 Update

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I bet some of you are even enjoying an extra long weekend with the holiday today, so if you are home and not working like me, enjoy your day!  So, it’s Monday which means its training recap day! Week 3 was definitely a wake up call for me. I felt the effects of the higher than usual mileage for me, but I was happy I was able to do the back to back runs on Friday and Saturday and they actually felt great.  Even though my last two runs felt great and I did 21 miles in less than 24 hours, I am looking forward to a slight step back week this week. Here is what Week 3 looked like for me.

Week: 1/13 – 1/19

Monday: My legs were still a bit fatigued from last week’s mileage, but overall my 3 miles on my work treadmill were uneventful.  I was really glad I only had a few miles on the plan though, especially since I was really hoping that my lunch time yoga class would leave me feeling much more excited for my 7 miles run slated for Tuesday.  In the evening I did the Blogilates Slim Waist Cocktail Dress video–it’s still not getting any easier.  The last move slays me…but I am finishing every set with no stopping, so that is progress!

Tuesday: I headed into work and did 7 miles on the treadmill.  My legs were tired but once I hit 5 miles, I got into a better groove and felt great the last 2 miles.

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In the evening I went to hit up my abs and noticed Cassey from Blogilates had uploaded a brand new video called the 5 minute ab express workout, so of course, I had to try it out! It was pretty good, I will definitely do it again!

Wednesday: I was really glad I only had 3 miles to do today.  I got it done but my legs felt pretty heavy. I know I have to get used to running higher mileage and running on back to back days, something I haven’t done in a while (not counting the streaking because it was only a mile.)  I am hoping a step back week next week will help.  I did the 5 minute ab express workout again because I was really tired and could only commit to 5 minutes of exercise when I got my little monster to bed.  

Thursday: Today was a running rest day, but I had to teach Group Power in the evening.  Usually I would still go to the gym on a “rest” day and ride the bike, do some yoga or whatever else, but I opted to take a true “rest” morning and just teach in the evening.  I am glad I did and felt refreshed when I got up on the stage to teach.  I am really trying to take it a bit easier on the weight factor when I teach, especially for the lower body tracks, but I always feel so good when I am in class and don’t want to tone it down.  I did go a slight bit lighter on the “more legs” track, anticipating my 7 miler on the books Friday morning.  When I got home and put Ashton to bed, I did a few of my own ab moves for about 5 mins since I already worked abs in my class and headed downstairs and read on my Nook and foam roll while Robyn played some xbox football game against my nephew and brother in law. I love listening to them play against each other online, I can hear them talking into Robyn’s headset ( a lot of smack talk) and it makes me smile.  Boys and their video games 🙂

Friday: I got my 7 miles in and while the first few miles were tough as my legs felt fatigued, I finally hit my groove around mile 4.5 and pushed through.  I really wish I was one of those people that only needed a mile or so to get into a groove, but 4-5 miles seems to be my sweet spot for warming up.  I am definitely feeling the effects of a newly calibrated treadmill and lack of speed work, but I’m getting it done and an average of a 9:10 pace is still good.

jan 17 run

I wanted to do some ab work, but with a belly full of pizza and a husband with a movie in hand calling from the couch, I decided to foam roll and watch a movie instead.

Saturday: I woke up early on Saturday morning to get my long run in.  As many of us runners were doing this Saturday, I ran my miles for Meg Cross Menzies, a running mama who was tragically killed last weekend while running.  I did 14 miles and thought a lot about her during this run.  Even though I didn’t personally know her, I felt for her husband, children, family and friends.  Having the running community come together to honor another runner like this is really incredible and I am so glad I could help honor her in this way.   I got out the door early and it was just under 30 degrees outside and the ground was covered in a dusting of snow, but it ended up being a beautiful run.  It snowed the entire run, huge snowflakes and it was really peaceful.   I used RunKeeper during my run instead of my trusty Garmin (more on that later this week) and I have to say, while I wasn’t thrilled to have to use a different technology, it worked really well.  In the evening, I wanted a quick ab workout so I did the Blogilates Work B*itch video challenge.

Sunday: Since I didn’t have a day of rest this week, I decided to take a full rest day and my body was happy for that.  I hung out with my boys, foam rolled a lot and mentally and physically prepared for the week ahead.

 

Total mileage: 34 miles!

Plan for Next Week

Monday: 3m

Tuesday: 7m

Wednesday: 3m

Thursday: Rest/Teach GP

Friday: 7m

Saturday: 10m

Sunday: Rest/yoga

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Question of the day

 Tell me how your training is going! 

Things I’m loving XII

GOOODD MORNING!!!  I don’t know about you, but I feel like this week FLEW by!  I just finished a great 7 mile run and I am ready to start my day!  I am so excited for this weekend, not that I have anything earth shattering planned, but tonight is pizza night in our household, so I intend on enjoying every last bite.  I have a nice long run outdoors planned for tomorrow morning followed by swim lessons with Ashton, and spending 48 hours with my boys is always a good time!

This week, here are the things I’m loving!

Girl Dancing on treadmill

This video is just too funny.  I am seriously in awe at the coordination needed to pull this off and at the 44 second mark, that move….I just about lost it…and the Barbie girl song is just the icing on the cake.  Who wouldn’t want to run next to this girl??

These post its

stay-at-home-post-its-7

This is a hysterical blog post from a stay at home dad to his wife.  Those with kids can totally relate to these and I have laughed each time I have re-read this post!  Go on over and check him out, he is REALLY funny!

 

 My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013

I like to keep things light and fun on the blog, but this is a must watch and put a lot of things in perspective for me.  Sam Berns was a high school student from Foxboro, MA (not too far from where I live) and was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2.  He passed away last Friday.  Sam did not let his disease define him, and encouraged others to live with a positive mentality.  He concluded his talk by saying  “All in all I don’t waste energy feeling bad for myself, I surround myself with people that I want to be with, and I keep moving forward.”  I think this is a great way to look at things and the I highly recommend watching this talk.

ENERGYbits

energy-bits

My full order of ENERGYbits came in on Wednesday and I was so excited.  I used them on my run this morning and felt on top of the world. I am so excited and what’s even better is that with 1,000 tabs in my arsenal, this bag will last me throughout my entire Boston Marathon training so I don’t need to worry about my fueling on those early morning runs (something I still sometimes struggle with!)

 

The Bachelor

the bachelor

After a long day that starts with a ridiculously early morning wake up call, commuting, running, working, and running after a toddler, I admit that when I hit the couch at night, I love indulging in ridiculous tv shows.  The Bachelor is one of these shows.  I know it’s totally absurd and not “real”, but I just get so sucked in.  I told myself I wasn’t going to watch it (I didn’t watch the last Bachelor season) but I really liked Juan Pablo from Desiree’s Bachelor season, and alas….you know where you can find me on Monday evenings!  I will state for the record though, that this is the only reality show I watch…that makes it slightly better, right?

 

Whatever you do this weekend, have FUN!!

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Question of the day

What are YOU loving? Any other Bachelor or Bachelor type show fans out there?