The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 4

Happy Monday my friends!  How did everyone fare with the storm this weekend?  Thankfully, we didn’t get hit badly (which is very unusual) so I am really happy!  We probably got 6-8 inches, but for those of us in MA/New England, is really just a dusting. All the roads were plowed down to the pavement and it was a breeze getting into work this morning!

So, as most people were still waking up and/or getting ready to go to work, I was sitting down to type up this post and I couldn’t believe how quickly time was flying by–I just finished week 4 of my Rock CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 1/18-1/24

Monday: I hit the streets early and since it was a holiday for most people (not for me), and it was ridiculously quiet. I passed one runner at about mile 2 of my run, and that was it.  Usually I pass 15-20 runners, but I guess with the snow and the holiday, people were sleeping in.  It was actually a really peaceful run. It wasn’t as easy navigating the docks and planks as usual but it was dark and quiet and nice.

monday run in snow

Tuesday: My body was pretty sore in the morning but I pushed through and did my full body strength training circuit workout but didn’t do as many leg exercises as usual to give my lower half a little break. Once I got moving and warm, I felt good.  Afterwards I foam rolled. Nothing exciting about this workout.

Wednesday: Hills-total of 4 miles.  1 mile warm up at 8:57 pace, 2 miles of 1/4 mile hill repeats at 7% incline at a 6.0 pace, 1 mile cool down at a variable pace (8:30-8:57)

wed hill

Robyn had his quarterly work meeting so that means he doesn’t get home until late, so I got to take advantage of the one on one time with Ashton and we went out for dinner at his favorite place and of course, followed dinner with some ice cream. He has sitting on my lap and we were doing some drawing and then he asked to take a pic, but each time I snapped it, he would make a funny face–I just love this kid, he is so goofy and fun loving. We were laughing so hard in between takes and he kept saying, “I’ll be serious Mama, I will, I promise!”

wed night w ash

Thursday: Strength training again. I did a full body circuit including legs and felt pretty good, but I need to write down a more focused plan for my strength training days and may even pull out some strength videos and write down the moves.  I am feeling a bit stale in this area right now. Afterwards I did some much needed foam rolling.

thurs strength

Friday: I like Fridays because they are my easy day.  I had 2 miles on the schedule and a lot of foam rolling. I wore my Altras for the entire run and they felt pretty good!

fri run

Saturday: Ashton woke up uncharacteristically early (7:00 a.m.), which means I was up too.  He had a play date at 9 with is old daycare provider (she is amazing and we keep in close contact with her), so we played for a bit and then dropped him off of her house for a few hours so he could play with her family.  We went home and I decided to get in my long run in the morning instead of waiting until the afternoon. I much prefer to run in the morning vs. the afternoon, that’s for sure!  I put on the new episode of Arrow and got started.  I wore my Altras for the first 2.5 miles and then switched them out and felt pretty good.

sat 8 miler

This has been my longest run since running Boston in 2014 so I was unsure on how I would feel, but I felt really good, thankfully!

Sunday: My day of rest.  We got up, ate a lazy breakfast, played, went grocery shopping and I did laundry and packed as I will be gone most of the week for our annual Sales and Marketing conference. Since we didn’t get slammed with snow and it was fairly good temperature wise (30 degrees) we took Ashton outside for some sledding.

ashton sledding

And of course, some ninja training!

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, it was a good week of training with my longest “long” run in a very long time, a great weekend with my boys…and now I am off this week for a work training!

Have a great Monday–I hope to see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your weather this weekend? Get in any good runs?

 

My Year in Books and the 2016 Challenge

Happy Friday friends–are you all ready for the weekend??  I know I am!  It looks like the big Winter storm may not hit us as hard as they were initially anticipating, which I am VERY excited about!!  So, as I was reading last night before bed, I realized I never recapped the book challenge I did last year so, let’s talk about books today!

So, in the beginning of last year, I talked a bit about the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge and how a group of us were participating.  You all know how much I LOVE to read (and listen to audiobooks–you know, 3+ hour commute and all.) Well, I recently received my Goodread’s summary (where I track everything I read) of my year in books for 2015 and I ended up reading 116 books (I am a fast reader, and when I get into a book, I will literally devour it, sometimes in just one sitting/day.) I am seriously loving all the info-graphics companies sent out that synthesized our activities for the year.

year in books

While I didn’t hit every category in the 2015 challenge (which had 50 book categories,) there were many times that I read so far out of my normal comfort zone and I was really proud of myself.  These challenges are a fun incentive to diversify my reading and I was pleasantly surprised that I found some books I would never have normally picked up, that I ended up loving!  And…I read 116 books–given the year I had at work, I cannot believe it myself.

With that, I am going to do the 2016 challenge as well.

2016 reading challenge

This challenge feels a lot easier than the categories from 2015, so I may even be able to get them all done…either way, my goal is to read 100 books this year…we are now 3 weeks into the year and I have already finished 4 books (almost 5) so I am off to a good start!

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Question of the day

What is the last thing you have read?  Any recommendations?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 3

Happy Monday and Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  Who is working today? Who is home? I am working but not complaining, I’ve been getting a ton knocked off my to do list!!  So, I just finished week 3 of my Rock CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 1/11-1/17

Monday: It was  another really cold and windy Monday morning run.  I can deal with the cold relatively well (lots of warm clothing) but the wind cuts me to the bone and makes it really hard for me to breath. Am I alone on this??  Anyways, this run was a complete struggle from the get go.  I had to stop 5-6 times to stretch my calves because they were as hard as a rock and every step was a challenge, but I got it done.

mon am run

Tuesday: My body was pretty sore but I pushed through and did my full body strength training circuit workout but didn’t do as many leg exercises as usual to give my lower half a little break.  Afterwards I foam rolled. Nothing exciting about this workout.

Wednesday: Speedwork–4 total miles.  3 miles of 1/4 mile repeats at 7:30 pace and then a half mile warm up and cool down. I forgot how hard speed work is in the beginning. I know it will get easier over time as I get stronger, but man, I was sucking wind, which kind of boggles my mind since I have recently run my 5ks at a faster pace than 7:30 and it didn’t hurt that bad.

wed speedwork

Thursday: Strength training again. I did a full body circuit including legs and felt pretty good, but I need to write down a more focused plan for my strength training days and may even pull out some strength videos and write down the moves.  I am feeling a bit stale in this area right now. Afterwards I did some much needed foam rolling.

thurs workout

Friday: I was thankful to only have 2 easy miles on the books and it was the perfect opportunity to test out my new Altra shoes (more on that in a later post).  I ran in the Altras for the first mile and then switched them out for my Ghosts.  They didn’t feel crazy but my left calf was really tight, but honestly, I can’t tell if that is because of the shoe (which is common when transitioning to a zero drop) or just because my calves suck, so we will see.  Afterwards, I did some light yoga, stretching and some foam rolling.

altra first run

 

Saturday: On Saturday we woke up around 8:30, had some breakfast and were trying to decide what to do since it was POURING outside. Initially, we thought we would go to the local library that has an awesome play space in it, but Ashton asked that we head to the Ecotarium, so that is where we went.  He had a blast trying to direct the wind to make the pinwheels move…

eco 2

And then watch as electricity and magnets worked to move rings from one side to another…

eco 3

But what took the cake was meeting a Storm Trooper.  I will admit, I had no idea what a Storm Trooper was, but Ashton saw them down on the second floor and asked to go see them.  We headed down and of course, there were kids EVERYWHERE.  When it was his turn, he walked right up (a little cautiously,) said hi, told the Storm Trooper his name, grabbed his hand and smiled at him and then me.  This kid melts my heart.

ash at ecotarium

When we left, we stopped for a quick lunch and then got home and put Ashton down for a nap.  Once he was down, I got changed so I could get my long run in.  It was only 6 miles this week. I noticed as I was typing, I put only in front of 6 miles…why? I mean, 6 miles is a long distance, but for some reason, I think my mindset changes when I am training for a longer race and 6 just doesn’t feel as long as it should? Do you know what I mean? I don’t know…I’m rambling now. Anyways, I did 6 miles while watching a new to me show called The Affair on Showtime. I only watched the first episode and not sure I am sold on it yet, but I will watch one more to see if I get into it more. It did help the time go by fast though.

sat long run

Sunday: I love Sundays, they are not only rest days, but we do our usual morning grocery shopping, laundry, food prep, game playing, book reading and a lot of just great quality time together. Saturdays are usually busier, more hectic, so I really love the quiet of our Sunday’s as a family.

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, it was a good week of training and I can’t believe I just kicked off week 4 of this training cycle.  What is the saying, long days, short weeks? Anyways, have a great Monday–I’ll see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How is your Winter running going? What are your favorite shows right now?

#IRun4Lexie

Hey guys–happy Friday!  It’s a long weekend for most of you (not me) so I bet people are even more anxiously awaiting the end of the work day!  Today, I want to share with you something really special that I have been a part of recently.  So, back in April a few of my running friends were posting often about all the miles they were logging for their “buddies.”  Curious as to what this was about, I asked a few of them questions about this program and landed on the IR4 website.

i run 4

The basics: you sign up, they match you with a special needs child, or adult or even a sibling of a special needs person (you can pick which group you prefer).  Then, once you are matched, you run FOR that person, you dedicate your miles to them and post to them pics of you doing so through their Facebook page.  Don’t worry, if you don’t run, you can jog, workout, whatever.  The main point is that you are doing something that your buddy may or may not ever be able do.  You create this great relationship with your buddy and their family and it’s pretty freaking amazing.

So, I signed up and waited, and waited. Each week there was a wait list that was posted and I started in the thousands (yes plural), and each week I would download the wait list document and search for how much I moved up.

Well, on November 9th (almost 7 months after signing up) I received the email that I was finally matched!!!  I was SO excited!!  I have been matched to a young girl named Lexie who just melts my heart and I have seriously loved dedicating all my miles to her.  I talk with her and her Mom daily through the Facebook page and messenger and she is the reason I signed up for the two races I just ran at the end of the year.  She motivates me to get out there, even when I don’t want to!  I am forever grateful for this organization and love that #IRun4Lexie I can’t wait to dedicate all my 2016 miles to her!

I know a lot of you are runners, even if you aren’t a runner but like to work out…if you are looking for some extra motivation or heck, just want to do something nice for another human, sign up here!

Additionally, if you have a special needs child/adult that would love to have someone run for them, you can contact Tim Boyle, through the IR4 blog or the IR4 facebook page.

With that, I hope you have an awesome weekend–do something fun, get your sweat on and relax! I’ll see you next week!

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Question of the day

Anyone else here have a IR4 buddy? If not, are you interested in signing up?

2015 run stats and Run the Year 2016

Hi friends–happy Wednesday!  How’s the week going so far?  Did anyone else get snow last night?  Is Old Man Winter here to stay?  We shall see!

So today, I want to talk number.  I like numbers, metrics, stats.  They can help ground you in what is happening–and I use them almost daily at work to make important business decisions.  However, while numbers are important, they don’t always tell you the entire story.  For example, Daily Mile sends out this great end of year wrap up on your miles, number of runs, etc.. Do, here are my 2015 run stats:

2015 running summary

I like seeing the conciseness of this report, total miles, workouts, mileage by month, its simple and straight to the point, but what is this REALLY telling me other than numbers?  This didn’t show that I participated in two separate 8 and 12-week fitness challenges that focused on heavy strength training and little (non running) cardio that made me a lot stronger than I have been in years.  It also didn’t show that this is the first year since I started running in 2010, I didn’t end up in PT for injuries.  Is that because I was a lot stronger? Because I didn’t run as many miles? Some other reason? I don’t know, but again…numbers only tell part of the story. HOWEVER—they are a great start for bench marking.

I actually didn’t think my miles would be too high this year. First, I didn’t sign up to run a race until the end of September.  If I’m not signed up for a race, I’m not following a training plan, which means I am just going out for leisurely runs with not much focus.  There is nothing wrong with this, it actually was a nice change of pace for me for a while, especially when work was crazy. Just being able to go for a run, however short or long I wanted to, was great for my sanity.  However, for me, it doesn’t lend itself to racking up signficant milege.  Again, this was fine since I wasn’t training for anything and had no need to hit a certain weekly mileage.

I had also made a conscious decision to decrease the number of days I was running because my body just wasn’t handling the running stress well in 2014 (I have seriously terrible calves.) I also decided to spend more of 2015 focusing on building strength since I was no longer teaching my beloved Group Power classes.  I loved the two strength challenges I did, it pushed my limits in a different way than running does and I felt stronger and more confident.  That counts for something, right?  

So, I wasn’t at all surprised that my mileage wasn’t as high as in some other years.  However, I have some new goals for 2016….

My awesome fellow toddler Mama, reading, running, and all around awesome friend Christen asked if I would be interested in running the year with her (and a few other Moms.) Since I wanted a running goal (and some races) to log more miles this year, I said, sure, why not.  So we signed up for Run the Year 2016, came up with our team name 2016 Child Free Miles (#2016CFM) and are logging our miles.

My main goal with this challenge is to run 1,000 miles in 2016. As much as I’d love to run 2,016 miles on my own, my body just doesn’t allow that kind of mileage, so I think 1,000 is more doable–but who knows if this is feasible. It works out to about 3 miles a day, but I can’t run everyday, so we will see how this all plays out. I’m training for a half marathon in March so getting my mileage in now is pretty easy…I just follow the plan!  I am signed up for an 8-10 mile adventure race in August and I have my eyes on a few other races throughout the year.  If they fit into our family schedule, I would like to do them…but all of that is up in the air.

I think it’s good to have goals, but I am also not going to beat myself up about them.  I was TERRIBLE at balancing work, fitness and family last year (and that is a major focus of mine this year that comes ahead of anything else I am doing) so we will see how the pieces fall–wish me luck! 🙂

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Question of the day

Anyone else doing the Run the Year challenge? Other fitness goals? Life goals?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 2

Hey friends, how are you doing? How was your weekend?  It’s been so all over the place here in MA in terms of weather with unseasonably warm temps and then freezing temps. It’s giving me whiplash and I never know how to dress. I mean, yesterday it was 60 and raining–in January! I don’t remember a January this warm, well….ever.  Anyways,  I just finished week 2 of my Rock CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 1/4-1/10

Monday: It was really cold and windy out, so I bundled up well and hit the streets of Boston. It was still pitch black out when I started my run and when you run along the water, the wind kind of knocks the breath out of you, but it’s also kinda awesome to watch the city start to wake up. I got in 4 fairly comfortable miles.

mon week 2 training

Tuesday: I did a great strength training circuit workout followed by some much-needed foam rolling. I am really trying to get better at consistently doing this.

Wednesday: Holy hills. This was one of the toughest runs I’ve done in a VERY long time.  I did a 1/2 mile warm up, 2 miles at 7% incline of 1/4 mile repeats and then a 1/2 mile cool down.  Don’t let the picture fool you, this KICKED my butt, like seriously, I was sore about an hour after the run and I knew it was just what I needed. I need this hills, they will make me stronger.

wed hill run week 2

Thursday: My hamstrings were fried from the hill workout on Wednesday so I did an upper body lifting circuit and then I foam rolled.

Friday: 2 easy miles followed by some light yoga and foam rolling.  My legs were still a little sore, but nothing like yesterday! I’m also getting super hooked on my new Watermelon Nuun. I got it on Thursday and have been drinking it non-stop!

fri run week 2

Saturday: I slept in until almost 9 am and it was GLORIOUS! I got 11 hours of sleep and I can’t tell you how well rested I felt!  We got up, ate a leisurely breakfast and then went to an indoor play place so Ashton could run around for a few hours. We stopped quickly for lunch and then during Ashton’s nap I belted out 7 miles on the treadmill to wrap up my running for the week. I needed something to watch while I was running since all my shows are still on their Winter hiatus, so I was looking through Hulu Plus and the show Couples Therapy on VH1, come up so I thought why not…holy smokes…I could barely make it through a full episode, what a train wreck!  Have you guys seen it? If not, don’t start, but if you have, I’d love to hear what you think!  After that I just listened to Pandora to finish the last few miles.

sat long run week 2

Sunday: Well, I woke up and didn’t win the Powerball drawing, so I decided it was going to be a day of rest–next time right?? 🙂  It poured all day and was super warm out, so it would have kind of been nice to run outside for a bit, but I know how important rest is.  So, we did our usual morning grocery shopping, I made some homemade tomato soup–YUM, I did some laundry, food prepped and got my hair cut.  I have a really big few weeks at work coming up, so I needed to get my life at home under control.

hair cut

And of course, we played a ton with Ashton!

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, it was a great week of training and I hope this week is just as good!  I hope you all have a great Monday–see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your weekend? Has it been unseasonably warm where you live?

 

Fixing Ashton’s foot

**Warning: this is a bit of a long post**

Back in late 2014, Robyn and I started to notice that Ashton’s right foot was turning in a bit, it was nothing drastic, but we noticed it from time to time while he was walking.  We talked to his pediatrician who took a look at it and said to keep an eye on it and if it continued, we would send him to a specialist. Flash forward to this summer and while on a hike, Ashton ran ahead of us and we both turned to each other after seeing a much more prominent turn of the foot. I told Robyn we needed to get it looked at now, I didn’t want to wait anymore and he agreed.

That was on a Saturday and on Monday morning I immediately called my amazing podiatrist and asked if he saw toddlers, thankfully he did. He was able to squeeze me in that week due to a cancellation and Robyn, Ashton and I showed up in his office to get to the bottom of this problem and fix his foot.  He asked us some questions and then put Ashton though a bunch of movement tests.  Thankfully, there was nothing SERIOUSLY wrong with him.  What he did have was a slight weakness on his right side, mainly in his hips, which he thought he could quickly address with a small tweak.  Of course, when he said that I was thinking the worst. Does he need surgery? What kind of tweak?  But it was something much simpler…we needed to get Ashton into minimalist, zero drop shoes.  What?? That’s it?

Dr. Feldman taught us that the worst thing we can do is put our kids in hard soled, heavily structured shoes (which is basically what we have been told to do for YEARS.)  He said this is counterproductive and that we want children barefoot as often as possible (which was great since we always have him barefoot at home), and when that is not possible, they should be in ultra-thin soled, zero drop shoes to allow proper alignment and the ability to actually feel the ground below them.  That was Ashton’s problem, it was his foot’s lack of sensory ability to feel the ground because his shoes were TOO supportive.  He said he sees countless people (children and adults) that have problems with their feet and knees because they have been in overly structured shoes their entire lives and their bodies try to adjust to the shoes, instead of moving naturally as we were designed to do.

He then used the example of how people always use watching young kids run barefoot as being the prime example of how we are supposed to move. Now if that is how we are SUPPOSED to move, then why do we put ourselves in shoes that do everything to stop us from moving this way? The way we were born to move?  We talked a bit about the minimalist movement in running (since he is a distance runner) and all the points he made, made perfect sense, but goes against everything we have been told over the course of the last few decades.  However, the tides are changing and there is so much more research and science behind this minimalist movement.

He said at Ashton’s age,  we should have him in shoes that are soft to allow a natural foot function and that the soles should bend easily at the toe joints because this is where the foot is designed to bend to recreate the arch on take off.  They should have a zero drop which will enhance his lateral movement since the foot will not be up on a platform or have a slope from heel to forefoot, and that they should have a wide toe box so the toes can naturally spread.

Of course, after this information overload, I asked if he could recommend a shoe that had all of this.  His answer was Vivo Barefoot shoes.  He said this was all his young children wear and that was all I needed to hear.  I was sold and bought Ashton his first pair as soon as we got into the car post appointment and we had them in hand in less than a week!vivobarefootHe also wanted us to schedule a consult with a PT for Ashton to ensure there were no other imbalances in his body. The podiatrist works very closely with my amazing PT Mike and he was able to get him into see him a month later and we scheduled a follow-up appointment with Dr. Feldman in December.

Well, within a few days of Ashton wearing the shoes we saw a change.  By the time we went to see Mike to go through the PT evaluation, he couldn’t see any turn in on the right foot. He also put him through about 30 minutes work of drills to evaluate all his movement and he came out with perfect scores.

We had our follow-up appointment last week with Dr. Feldman and he said there is no turn it at all anymore and that the shoes were clearly working!  He fixed Ashton’s foot with the right pair of shoes–crazy right?  We talked a lot about his shoes since his feet are getting so big (he jumped 2 sizes in 6 weeks and then another size about a month later! Yeah, buying shoes for him has been awesome!) and the fact that I love the Vivos but they keep a very low stock of their little kids shoes and in between two pairs, we had to get him a pair of Nikes to hold him over because they were out of stock. He recommended Altras or something similar (as long as its zero drop).  Ashton should be able to size into the Altras soon if his current foot growth is any indication and we may give those a try next!

It’s incredible how drastically Ashton’s movement patterns changed once he was out of the Nikes and New Balances and into the zero drop shoes.  We have learned so much through this experience, most notably that proper shoes make all the difference and moving forward, Ashton will continue wear zero drop shoes…strong feet=happy feet!

Have a good day!

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Question of the day

Anyone else wear zero drop shoes? What shoes do you wear to run and for leisure? Did you know you shouldn’t put babies/kids (or anyone for that matter) in structured shoes?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 1

Hey friends, how are you doing? How was the weekend?  Today is my first day back to work in over 2 weeks and boy, it was hard to get up when the alarm went off this morning!  Not having to wake up to an alarm clock everyday was kinda amazing!  Anyways, like I said in my last post, I am bringing back the weekly wrap up posts since I am training for a half marathon now and I will have something more to talk about! I just finished week 1 of my Roch CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went up with the Weekly Wrap Up, shall we?

Week of 12/28-1/3

Monday: I kicked off day 1 of my half marathon training with 4 miles.  It felt great and I took it at a very comfortable pace.

monday day 1 training

Tuesday: I was supposed to lift but I was up at 3:30 am with a terrible migraine and felt all around like junk, so I took an unplanned rest day.  It’s funny, but just a few years ago, I would have pushed through and worked out anyways (hello, I ran 17 miles with the stomach flu–STUPID!) but I know now to be kind to my body, and that is what I did. I took an hour nap in the afternoon and was feeling a bit better by the evening.

Wednesday: I had to wake up a bit earlier than I wanted to so that I could squeeze in my run.  One the plan was a short warm up, 4×400 at a 7:30 pace with 45 seconds of rest in between each set  and a short cool down for a total of 3 miles.

wed speedwork

Then, I quickly showered and got dressed in workout clothes again because I was meeting my friend Michelle at her CrossFit box for their “Bring a Friend” workout.  I haven’t done CrossFit in a few years and man did it make me miss it.  We did a warm up of a bunch of exercises then were told we were doing a partner workout that started with 10 minutes of rowing, switching out partners every 500m, then we went to the next station that was 21 wall balls, 15 box jumps, 9 Burpees.  Each person had to complete the full set before the next person could go. It was as many rounds as possible (AMRAP.) I was the first to go, which kinda sucked because I had to do the whole thing through 3 times. Let me tell you, it doesn’t sound too bad, but I was DYING at the end (in the best way possible.)  When we were done, we did the cool down challenge (3 rounds of 10–75 lb weighted front hold barbell step ups.  Then Michelle wanted a sweaty team pic! 🙂

cross fit

I had such a great time and was so happy Michelle invited me to join her! I really love CrossFit, it just doesn’t work into my schedule right now. Someday when I have a job closer to home, I am definitely joining her box, CrossFit workouts are really my kind of workouts, I love the intensity and I felt like I was home when I walked in there.

After we said our goodbyes, I went home to clean up again and then I had an appointment for an hour sports massage.  This was pure bliss!  I haven’t had a massage in far too long and boy did I need it. My IT bands and calves were SO tight and my awesome masseuse kept asking if I was okay because I told her to go really hard, even through the sweating and tight fists I was making.  It wasn’t meant to be a relaxing massage, I needed her to work out the knots in my body and that is exactly what she did.  I have a feeling I am going to go for a few more appointments through his half marathon training cycle.

Thursday: It was supposed to be a lifting day, but I woke up again with a terrible headache (more on these headaches later) but I just didn’t have it in me to lift, so I did a Pure Barre video and some ab work. Something is better than nothing, right?

Friday: According to my plan, I had to do 2 easy miles, so once Ashton went down for his nap, I did 2(.2) very easy miles on the treadmill while watching Rosewood on Hulu and then did some light yoga.

fri run

Afterwards, I got on my foam roller for the first time in MONTHS. What is that saying again, hurt so good?  Um, that is debatable right now, but it’s what I need to do! I am just thankful my massage helped loosen me up a little otherwise there would have been many more tears (yes, there were some tears!)

Saturday: We woke up, took Ashton to soccer and then ran around until lunch time. Once Ashton went down for his nap, I had to get in my long run of 6 miles.  I jumped on the treadmill and banged out 6.3 miles while watching the last episode of this season’s Arrow on Hulu (anyone else watch it—OMG!) and then ran upstairs to shower quickly and blow dry my hair before it was time for him to get up.

sat long run

I really try to not spend any of the time I could be spending with Ashton running/training, so I try to maximize his naps as best I can.  When my long runs start getting longer, I won’t be able to do it all in an hour or so, and that means I will have to wake up early and get them done, so I am going to enjoy this while it lasts!

Sunday: A day of rest. We went grocery shopping, did laundry, cleaned the house, got our lunches prepped for the week, you know, fun, domestic stuff.

So, there you have it folks, the Weekly Wrap Up!  All in all, it was a decent week, both my strength training days were hijacked, but life happens, I am trying to just go with it and not be such a control freak (let’s see how it goes, no promises!)  I’m hoping you will see me much more regularly around here. Until then I hope you all have a great week ahead of you!

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Question of the day

How was your weekend? What are you training for? What are your 2016 fitness goals?

Happy New Year and my Rock CF Half Marathon Plan

Hey friends–HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  I cannot believe it is 2016–I swear last year FLEW by! I’m hoping 2016 doesn’t go by in the blink of an eye.  There are so many things I am looking forward to in 2016…some fun races, some fun travel plans, Ashton’s 4th birthday and I am sure there will be much, much more!

Since it’s the first day of 2016 and many of us, myself included, are kicking off the new year with fitness on our minds, I figured I would share with you my Rock CF Half Marathon Plan.

I am heading back to Detroit in March to run my second Rock CF Half Marathon so I sat down last week and thought through what I wanted my training plan to be and this is loosely what I came up with. It allows me to run, strength train and get some yoga and stretching in, so it seemed realistic for me.  Any of my running coach friends, feel free to weigh in if something doesn’t look right!

Sara Rock CF half plan

Training started this week, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the next couple of weeks bring! I’ll also be bringing back the weekly workout recaps to keep me accountable!

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Question of the day

What did you do for New Years Eve?

What are you most looking forward to in 2016?

 

2015 Worcester Jingle 5k {Race Recap}

Hey friends…I’m back with my 3rd race recap of 2015!  It’s kind of funny to me that I didn’t race all year and then since September I have run 3 races!  I guess like everything, racing ebbs and flows for me.

Anyways, I was signed up to run the 2015 Worcester Jingle 5k road race last weekend with my friends Michele and Amy. We all ran the race last year and it happened to be my 5k PR race (22:17) so I kinda felt like I should run it again this year. I had picked up my race packet on Saturday morning after Ashton’s soccer practice so I was ready to go.

race number

I felt pretty terrible all day and ended up taking a nap (something I NEVER do) and later in the afternoon I had texted the girls that I had a migraine all day and was unsure about how I would be feeling the next morning for the race but I would let them know as soon as I woke up on Sunday.

Well, I woke up on Sunday with a low grade headache and when I went to check my phone, Amy wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t going to run, so I felt bad that Michele would have been all alone so I took some pain meds, ate some breakfast and sucked it up and went to the race.

I was glad to see that when I got to the race, Michele talked Jay into running with her (and their crazy dog Chloe) so she wouldn’t be alone running.

michele and jay

Aren’t they adorable all dressed up? Even though I don’t dress up for races (it’s just not my thing), I loved seeing everyone in their festive holiday outfits.  There were tons of Santa hats, Christmas pajamas, candy cane striped socks and tights. There was even someone who ran the entire race as a gingerbread man–that is some serious dedication!

We have been having unseasonably warm temps here in MA, like in the 50-60’s which is CRAZY for the end of December, but of course on the day of the race it was SO freaking cold (low 30’s and WINDY) I ended up wearing 3 layers, my hat and gloves and while I was a bit nervous I would be too hot once we got going (like my recent Turkey Trot), the wind was whipping around and kind of brutal, so I am happy to say that I was perfectly dressed–which rarely ever happens to me!

Michele and I took a quick picture and then I jumped into the corral with a few minutes to spare, turned on my Garmin and music and waited for the gun to go off.

michelle and i

I had absolutely no expectations for this race given how I had been feeling.  I was bummed because I would have loved to try and get close to my time from last year, but I knew that wasn’t in the cards for me that morning.  So, once I made it through the first mile of crowds, I settled into a comfortable pace and enjoyed my playlist.  I will say the course leaves a lot to be desired, it is really a terrible and un-scenic (did I just make that word up?) so I kind of just zoned out. I didn’t even look at my Garmin until I hit stop as I crossed the finish line.  I ended up coming in at 24:05 according to my watch and was just under the 5k distance, which means I ran the tangents well,which is something I have been really trying to do better at races.

me

The final race results came in and they had me at 24:03 (7:44 per mile) and 97th finisher out of 699 runners.

race results

Even though I didn’t PR, I’m still really glad that I got out there and ran and I am beyond happy with the time given how I had been feeling! I was totally not expecting to be anywhere near this time. I think there is something to be said about running by feel too, I always do way better when I run by feel vs. by constantly looking at my Garmin…anyone know why that is??? 

And finally..because I cannot take a good race pic for the life of me..here are some for some laughs!

Jingle 5k (2)

 

Jingle 5k (1)

HA! At least I can laugh at myself, right? 🙂 That’s it folks, my 2015 Worcester Jingle 5k race recap! Let’s see if I run more than 3 races in 2016!

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Question of the day

Who has raced recently? How did it go? Pointers on how to take a good race pic?