The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 8

Hey friends–second week in a row where you are getting my first post on Tuesday–there is so much going on lately that I have to update you on, but that will have to wait until another post.  I have a busy day of meetings so let’s get right to it, shall we?  I just finished week 8 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, let’s see take a look in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/15-2/21

Monday: 4 miles and I felt really good and strong!

monday

Tuesday: Strength training–full body circuit and added push ups with my feet on the bench, hard but felt awesome!

tues strength

Wednesday: Hill work–4 miles of 1/4m hill repeats!

wed hill

Thursday: I was travelling for work and had an early flight to NYC, so take was a rest day, but I still got in a few miles of walking!

Friday: I did my long run on Friday because Saturday was Ashton’s birthday party and I knew it was going to be a busy day.  7 miles while watching Grey’s Anatomy and part of Scandal.

fri 7 miles

Saturday: We had Ashton’s 4th birthday party and it WAS A BLAST!  There were almost 30 people there and I don’t think any of us stopped smiling the whole time.  It was a ninja turtle theme as you can see and it couldn’t have gone any better!

ash party

Sunday: It’s normally my rest day but I did 3 miles of walking on the treadmill during Ash’s nap and then it was so warm out that we took a family hike of almost 2 miles.  It was so nice to spend some time outside in the fresh air exploring!

hike

So,  there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Sorry this was short and sweet but as you can se it was a pretty good week of training and in less than a month I will be in Detroit running this half marathon! EEK!

Have a great Tuesday!

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Question of the day

How is the weather in your area? Does it feel like Spring may be coming soon?

 

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 7

Hey friends–you may be confused as this is posting on Tuesday, but with the holiday yesterday, I just didn’t get around to typing up last week’s recap until this morning since I was having so much fun yesterday getting my oil changed, tires rotated and doing my taxes (heavy sarcasm!)  So–since I just finished week 7 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, let’s see how it went in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/8-2/14

Monday: It was a snow day for us, I was home with Ashton so I logged 4 miles during his nap!

mon

Tuesday: Strength–wasn’t feeling it when I got to the gym but pushed through and had a pretty good workout!

tues

Then, went to a 3 hour long meeting and one of my awesome work friends brought us all candy from her weekend trip to VT!  SCORE!

sugar

 

Wednesday: Speedwork–4 miles of 400m repeats! These are starting to feel a tiny bit easier.

wed speed work

In the evening, Robyn had a late night work staff meeting so I went out on a date with my favorite little man.  We had such a fun time!  He got a hair cut and then picked where we went out for dinner!  Score for all of us–he got ice cream, we got to spend time together and I didn’t have to cook!

wed date night

Thursday: Another strength training day, I didn’t snap a pic because I had an early morning meeting I was rushing to, but this pic was taken from my office right before I stepped into my meeting. I love the views from where we are on the Boston Harbor, even when its blistery cold out, its gorgeous!

thur office

Friday: Easy 2 miles and foam rolling

fri run

Saturday: I got up early to run my 10 miles before Ashton woke up because we had a busy day ahead of us. It was great because I killed two birds with one stone, got my run done and I was able to watch the new Grey’s Anatomy and then Scandal episodes and it was the perfect timing. I had about 2 mins left of Scandal when I hit 10 miles and then I cool downed and was done, all before 8 am!  I also wore my Altras for the entire run and I felt surprisingly good! I was a bit worried since I jumped from 4 miles right to 10 miles in the them but it worked out okay!

sat 10 miler

We ran a bunch of errands in prep for Ashton’s birthday party (eek!) next Saturday and then stopped by so Ash could meet his buddy Pete the Cat!

pete the cat

Sunday: Rest day!  Since it was Valentine’s Day we got up, lounged around for a bit, then went to our favorite bagel place for breakfast and drove into Boston for our annual V-day tradition of getting some yummy hot cocoa and treats at Burdick’s.  It was -13 when we arrived, so we were more than ready for something warm to drink!

burdicks

Robyn and I both got the single source Guatemalan dark chocolate hot cocoa. Robyn also got a slice of orange chocolate hazelnut cake, while Ashton got a regular dark chocolate hot cocoa and a chocolate macaroon.  It was delicious as usual and I love being able to share our holiday traditions with Ashton. After that, we came home, had lunch and Ashton went down for a nap. I was supposed to have a hair appointment but when I arrived, they were closed!!!  To say I was annoyed was a bit of an understatement. So I went home and we spent the rest of the day playing games and hanging out!

So,  there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, another solid week of training and a great long run!!

Have a great Tuesday! I am travelling for work later this week, so it’s up in the air if I will be posting later this week…if not, have a great week!

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Question of the day

What is your next race?  What is your goal race in 2016?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 6

Hey friends–how are you all doing??  I am sitting at home working as we are in the middle of a snow storm and everything was cancelled today (except my work.)  So, Ashton is quietly playing at his imagination table right now with stickers while I take a quick break from work to type this post up.  I just finished week 6 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, so let’s see how it went in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/1-2/7

Monday: I logged 4 miles in my Altras.  It was almost 50 degrees out and I felt overdressed in capris and long sleeve half zip–what is going on with this weather? Isn’t this scene gorgeous??  There is no filter on this baby, just pure awesomeness!

monday am run

Tuesday: Tuesday is always my strength day so I did my usual full body circuit and was pleased I went up in weights for biceps and while it was very challenging, I did all three sets without failure. I definitely feel like I’m getting stronger.

tues weight training

Wednesday: I had a hill workout on the schedule.  I warmed up for a mile then did 2 miles of 1/4 mile hill repeats at a 7% incline and a 6.0 pace.  Then a mile cool down.  These hill workouts still kick my butt, but I keep telling myself they are speed work in disguise.  The first few hills always feel manageable and by the last few, I am toast and am watching the mileage closely so I can stop as soon as I’m able to.  I have been telling myself a lot when it hurts that I can do hard things and tell myself that over and over again.  I was so tired after the workout and had an early morning meeting that I failed to take a workout pic, but I did get a pic of my Starbucks run!

wed

My usual barista wasn’t there, so I was Sara with an “h” for the day!

Thursday: I was back at it with strength training.  I really love the full body lifting circuit I have been doing, but pretty soon I am going to need to switch it up since I am not struggling with it like I was in the beginning and have to keep increasing my weights. I know that is a good thing, but I also know I can find other moves that engage the same body parts in different ways, which will help me continue to gain strength.

thurs strength

Friday: I drove into the office early like usual and it took me my normal 1 hour and 15 mins.  I got my two “easy” miles in and foam rolled and was feeling really good.

fri run

I quickly showered and got ready for work and was in my office ready to get my workday started and when I looked out the window, there was a full-fledged blizzard going on outside.  By 8 am no one was in the office, so, I emailed my boss telling him I was going to head home and work from there, packed everything back up and drove back home, which took almost 3 hours!  How did it go from 50+ degrees on Monday to this on Friday morning?

fri snow

P.S. there was NO snow at all on the ground when I left in the morning. This was all in the matter of a few hours. I’m telling you, the weather here is NUTS!

Saturday: This was a step back week in my training plan, so I was happy that I only had to do 6 miles.  I didn’t have to get up early and was able to easily get this run in during Ashton’s nap. I watched Jane the Virgin again and the run flew by and I was feeling good.

sat 6 miler

Sunday: My day of rest.  We slept in, ate pancakes for breakfast, went to the grocery store, I read for a bit, we all napped, then woke up and played lots of board games and ate dinner while watching the Super Bowl.  It was a pretty awesome day all around.

Well, there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, another solid week of training!!

Have a great Monday and I will see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your week? What was the high/low?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 5

Hey friends–happy 1st day of February!  One month into the new year, it went by quick, am I right?  It doesn’t really feel like February with the temps in the 50’s today, but I will take it!  I just checked my mileage log and I logged 79 miles last month (which is a lot for me as of late!)  I am looking forward to seeing how this month shakes out as my training continues to increase!

So, last week I spent Monday-Thursday in a work summit which meant very early mornings and even later nights, so I am really happy that I managed to work out every morning like usual–it was a miracle really! HA!  I just finished week 5 of my Rock CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 1/25-1/31

Monday: I had 4 miles on the books, I only made it 2. It was a terrible run, I stopped and stretched but nothing helped loosen my calves. At 2 miles, I threw in the towel. There is no use hurting myself or beating myself up over it…some runs are good, some aren’t.  This clearly wasn’t a good one.

mon run

 

Tuesday: I did a full body strength training circuit and managed to lift between 5 and 10 lbs heavier than usual on certain body parts which made me really happy, I’m hoping that all the strength training I am incorporating not only makes me stronger and able to lift heavier, but makes me a stronger runner too!

tues strength

 

Wednesday: Speed work day-total of 5 miles.  I warmed up for 1/2 a mile, then did 7x400m at a 7:30 pace with 400m of slow running recovery in between each set and did a mile cool down.  During the recovery a few times I had to stop and quickly stretch out my calves, but overall I felt pretty good. It does surprise me though at how I used to be able to do repeats at this speed and it felt a heck of a lot easier than it does right now, but I’m getting there, baby steps right?

5 mile speed work wed

Thursday: After a really late night out at work that included too much dancing and a few drinks (which is very unusual for me) I was happy that I made it to the gym in the morning. I was exhausted but once I got going with my strength training circuit I felt a million times better. I did a full body circuit and then foam rolled my calves and IT bands.

thus strenth training

Friday:  I think the week of being away at a work summit took its toll on me because when I woke up in the morning, I felt like I was going to vomit I was so tired.  By the time I made it into work, I was still super tired, but not so sick so I did my “easy” 2 miles and foam rolled in prep for my long run on Saturday.  I did both miles in my Altras and felt pretty good!

friday run

Saturday: I had 10 miles on my training plan (my longest run since 2014.)  I was up at 5 am and needed to get my miles in before a super busy day with my boys, so I quickly got dressed and grabbed my water and Nuun and headed downstairs to get it done!  I had saved up a few episodes of  Jane the Virgin (don’t judge, I love that show) and watched the last 2 episodes so I was all caught up.  I ran the first 3 miles with my Altras and they felt great. I really wanted to keep going in them but played it smart and switched my shoes out to finish the last 7 miles.  I ate a piece of an orange around mile 5 and then at every mile took another slice or two throughout the rest of my run.  I really was unprepared with fuel for this run, but I actually felt fine with the Nuun and the orange, so I went with it.

All in all, I surprisingly felt great, maybe it was my body repaying me for my terrible run on Monday?? I was anticipating this to be much harder, but it looks like I just had a great running day!  I did the 10 miles at a 9:24 pace, which felt very comfortable for me and then did a short .3 mile walking cool down.

sat 10 miler

I finished up my run, had some breakfast, showered and did my hair before Ashton woke up, which was perfect timing!  We had a really busy day ahead of us with hair cuts, birthday parties, friends coming over the house, etc so I was really happy I got my run out of the way early so I didn’t have it hanging over my head all day.  Plus, this was a huge confidence booster for me as 10 miles just felt so long to me since it had been so long since I ran that long.  I have three 10 milers and one 12 miler on the books for this training cycle so I was happy this one went so well!

Sunday: A day of rest!!!  Robyn tweaked his back late Saturday night 🙁 so he was down for the count for the day, which meant Ashton and I went grocery shopping, cooked, cleaned and did laundry while he rested. It was actually a perfect day (minus Robyn’s back) and we all napped, played games and generally just relaxed, which was much needed!

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, it was a good week of training, I’m feelings stronger and hoping this week is just as good!

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

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Question of the day

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

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?

 

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?

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?

 

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.

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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?

Weekly Wrap Up

Hey friends, how are you doing? How was your week?  The weekend?  It was really busy here with lots of fun activities.  I really liked the Weekly Wrap up in pictures last week so we are going to do it again!  So let’s take a look at how the week unfolded!

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Monday: I did an upper body lifting circuit and then ended with some box jumps and step ups.  Then I proclaimed my new-found love of…..One Direction!  Eek! While listening to Pandora over the past few weeks, I kept “liking” their songs when they came on, so I decided to give them a try to I have to say, their stuff is catchy. I have been listening to them a lot in the office.

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After work I picked Ashton up from daycare and he was complaining that his feet hurt him. We had been talking over the weekend about getting Ashton some new sneakers, so I took him to pick out a pair. We went to 3 different stores before he picked a pair he liked.  A cool looking pair of Spiderman New Balances.  He went up a whole shoe size–growth spurt??  He is modeling them for my mom you!

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He wouldn’t take the shoes off, so I brought the box up and paid for them and he walked out with his new shoes. He said no less than a dozen times how much he loved his new shoes #momforthewin

Since he was so patient in all the stores, we finished our mall trip with a ride to space in his favorite spaceship!

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Tuesday: In the morning I did a 4 mile run. I felt like I was running in quick sand, it wasn’t pretty but I got it done with an average pace of 8:45.  I was surprised my pace was in the 8’s since I felt like I struggled every single step of the way.  After my run, I was rushing around. It was a HUGE day at work, we had a FDA Advisory Committee meeting. I ran down and got a Starbucks and joined my colleagues in our auditorium for a full day of sitting and watching. We were all anxious, but it turned out fantastic!

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Wednesday: I had a heavy leg day in the gym.  I have been pushing my squat weight lately, I was in a comfort zone of doing the same thing every week but I warmed up with 100 lbs on the bar and it was, dare I say, comfortable!?! Next time I’m going to increase it a bit and see how it goes! I also noticed I was the most colorful person in the gym that day! I kind of loved it!

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Thursday:   I wanted to run outside but it was barely 50 degree and raining and I was being a baby, so I did 2 mile hill HIIT on the treadmill, 10% incline with a 9.0/4.0 speed, I wanted to die, the last few rounds felt like they weren’t going to end..but of course, they did.  Afterwards I did some glute work and called it a day.

I went to my beloved Starbucks in the afternoon and I was happy that I FINALLY remembered to bring my own cup!  I have a few of these at home for both hot and cold drinks but always forget to bring them to work. I love drinking out of my own cups–yeah, I’m a little weird, we have already established this! 🙂

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After work, it was gorgeous out so I took the monster to the park.  He was very daring and was playing with the bigger boys on the monkey bars. He was having a blast!

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When we got home, I had a package waiting for me…new Jamberry wraps!!  If you follow me on IG, you know I love my wraps!!  I already have way too many, but I couldn’t help myself, especially since Robyn just bought me a gift card for our anniversary!2015-05-14 17.55.44

Friday:  Friday was an insane day. I was off of work but I have a million things I had to do but I started the day by lifting upper body, back and glutes. I was spent after my workout but the day was just getting started. I won’t bore with you all the details, but after my running around, I picked Ash up from daycare and brought him to soccer.  Robyn met me there and I had to run to my evening plans…

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My sister-in-law was graduating with her Master’s Degree so I had her ceremony to attend, She also graduated at the top of her class, so I was SO SO proud of her.  Not only does she work full-time, but she is raising 3 teenage kids (and 2 VERY high maintenance dogs!)   I sat with my two nieces during the ceremony and despite it being ridiculously long, we made it through.  Afterwards we all went out for a very late dinner. I didn’t get home until after 10 p.m. and then went right to bed.

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Saturday: Saturday morning brought swim lessons for Ashton and an impromptu trip to an Asparagus Festival. I would by lying if I said I was initially excited to go to this since it wasn’t really super close to our house, but it ended up being pretty awesome. There were a ton of vendors with lots of food (with and without asparagus.) I had an asparagus pesto grilled cheese on sourdough bread that was INCREDIBLE!

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We got home kind of late so Ashton only had a short nap, so I didn’t really have time to run, so decided I would use Saturday as my rest day and run on Sunday instead.

Sunday: Ashton and I slept in until almost 9 am, it was GLORIOUS.  We must have been exhausted. I woke up feeling really refreshed.  Robyn made us pancakes for breakfast and we headed out to the Brimfield Fair.  If you haven’t heard of it before, it is the largest outdoor antique show in New England, with over 5000 dealers from all over the country.  These shows happen 3 times a year for a week each. Vendors set up in 21 fields each approximately 3 to 5 acres. It’s pretty awesome and has EVERYTHING you could possibly think of/want. I grew up going each year with my family so I loved being able to go with my boys.  However, I wish we would have went on Saturday when it was cloudy and cool. It was SUPER hot out (over 90 degrees) and the sun beating down on you for a few hours, no matter how much you hydrate is never fun.  We brought Ashton’s stroller with sun cover to protect him but it was a lot. We left earlier than we wanted to because of the weather and stopped in at a local shop for lunch.  The boys were really hungry and tired and were getting antsy waiting for our sandwiches.

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We finally got our food and headed home.  Ash went down for a nap and I got in a run. Another run where I struggled with every stride. I felt pretty dehydrated and bad and ended up cutting my run short when Ashton started crying out for us 1/2 way during his nap which never happens.

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He was complaining his stomach hurt. After about 20 mins, he was lying back down and Robyn was rubbing his stomach and he puked all over the place 🙁  Thankfully, that seemed to help him. After a quick shower, some fluids and some cuddle time on the tv watching Frozen, he was good as new. We think it may have been the heat, but he rallied.  We went grocery shopping and then played outside until dinner time.

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We ate dinner on the deck and wrapped up the weekend by watching An Idiot Abroad.  Have you seen it? Thoughts?  Robyn and I only watched the first episode that took place in China, but we had a ridiculous amount of laughs. I didn’t realize this wasn’t a spoof kind of show, the main character is not acting at all, which kind of terrifies me.

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up ! I hope you all had a great weekend, and that have a great week ahead of you and I will see you on Wednesday!

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Question of the day

How was your week/weekend?

Weekly Wrap Up (in pictures)

Hey friends, how are you doing? How was the weekend?  I know I have been MIA lately, I really tried to get something posted last week but every night after I put Ashton to bed and got a bit more work done, I just didn’t have it in me and my days were filled with back to back meetings and there just wasn’t any time.  We all have those times though, right?  I hope I get a reprieve soon, we will see. 🙂  Since I didn’t get to check in with you last week…here’s a peek into how the week went with the Weekly Wrap Up but we are going to shake things up and do it in a picture version.

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Monday: I lifted upper body and then came home and played ball for an hour before dinner with this little ham!

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Tuesday: It was our 10 year anniversary…day started with a sweet treat waiting for me in my car!

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I didn’t eat it until later in the day  🙂  I got in a great 4 miler in the morning with my new favorite compression socks.

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And we celebrated our anniversary with a new game called Stone Age–it was fun–yeah, we are dorks…we own it!

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Wednesday: A day of heavy legs in the gym…followed by me realizing post shower that I packed two different shoes for the day (thankfully a co-worker had an extra pair I borrowed!!)IMG_4972And then Ashton was making funny faces in the back while blowing his fart machine (yes, this is a real thing, his aunt bought it for him–it’s disgusting and funny at the same time) #boymama

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After Ashton was in bed, I did some work and my nails!

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Thursday: Another great morning run along the Boston Harbor.

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Followed by a great mail delivery–my first pair of Skoras!

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Friday: I worked from home and did a heavy lifting day before having to pick Ashton up early from daycare.  Then we had soccer…

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Then we went out for pizza and then ice cream!

Saturday: Swim, an appointment with a financial planner and a run all before 2 p.m.

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The we played outside for the rest of the afternoon and rode the 4 wheeler!

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And Ashton continued his fresh camera face post bath while modeling my flip flops.
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Sunday: Mother’s Day started out with cuddling on the couch with my favorite little man!

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And of course, the tongue pic–he is so fresh!

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Robyn made us breakfast and we ate on the deck–it was gorgeous out and Ashton made me the sweetest gift.

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We hung out for a bit, Robyn brought me to Starbucks (this is HUGE, he loathes SB!) and then we went to Trader Joes.  Then after naptime, we went hiking.

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We had a blast, but it was pretty hot and we were all sweaty…but we went for ice cream and forgot how how we were.

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So, there you have it folks, the Weekly Wrap Up (in pictures)! I hope you all had a great weekend, celebrating the Moms in your life (or yourself!!) and that have a great week ahead of you and I will (hopefully) see you on Wednesday!

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Question of the day

How was your week/weekend? What did you do for Mother’s Day?