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The Current Workout Situation

Happy Thursday Night! I’m pretty pumped that its almost the weekend….one work day to go.

Maybe you’ve noticed that one thing has been missing around here…..workout posts. Err…..or maybe any mention of workouts.

I feel like its time to confess. I haven’t completed a workout in weeks. Sadly, I can’t even remember the last time I worked out. That’s bad.

You know, I had these grand intentions of having a super active pregnancy. Running all the way up until delivery, walking everyday…never having any trouble getting in a sweat session. Then I was sick….with morning sickness. Every. Single. Day. It’s hard to find the energy to run when you have used up all your energy puking.

I did the best I could! I ran when I could. I even wrote this post for For Two Fitness with my Top Tips for Running During Pregnancy!  Please click over & read it! I’m really proud of it. They also have super cute workout clothes for expecting mamas.

By the time I felt better, good enough to run again, my body had already started to change to make room for the baby. My knees were hurting. It took me longer to catch my breath. Things jiggled…and it was painful!

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In October (at approximately 25 weeks), I completed the Home Sweet Home Virtual 5k held by my friend Sarah at Losing Weight & Having Fun. It was so hard! I thought I’d be able to do at least do walk/run intervals but I couldn’t. I had to walk. It was totally unexpected. It felt like I couldn’t breathe when I would run. Walking the 5k was fun, especially, since I convinced Blake to do it with me but I was still a little disappointed that running was so tough.

After that things went downhill….or rather just flat. Now that I think about it…that might have been my last workout. I’m a little bit shocked that its been so long! Just over two months. Yikes.

Deep down I know that its just an excuse. I could have, should have, really needed to push through it but I didn’t. But I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I mean, what good would that do anyway?

I am however, getting really anxious and excited to get back into the groove of things after the baby comes! I plan to bundle her up and go for walks as soon as I’m recovered. I know it will be tough to start from over from an endurance and fitness standpoint but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I don’t have a plan (yet). I’m just going to take it one day at time and see where things go.

I feel extremely confident about returning to my old running and workout habits post baby. It will be a whole new experience with having to balance motherhood with work and working out, but I can do it. I’m looking forward to do it!

 

 

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Family Time

Good day!

Mondays really give me headaches. I’ve been tracking my headaches and I get one almost every Monday! At least this weekend was quite enjoyable! We sure packed a lot into two days.

Saturday started with a super yummy breakfast for some pre-run fuel.

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Sadly, I ate it too close to run time, so I had a stomach ache for 5 whole miles! My run was just….meh. They were slow miles and I had heartburn plus the stomach ache, but it felt great when I was done!

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The view wasn’t too bad though! Plus I rocked this awesome new shirt.

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We planned to check out the farmer’s market which just opened for the season, but silly me thought it closed at 3 PM when it really closed at 1 PM…Whomp whomp.

We still had to do some grocery shopping though, so off to the store!

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It was actually kind of fun, because we had not been shopping in weeks! For meals this weeks I’m planning greek yogurt with fruit and granola or eggs for breakfast. Turkey sandwiches for lunch and salmon (bunless) burgers with veggies and a rice and quinoa medley. Nothing fancy, but everything healthy and delicious! I also found some fun, new stuff to try like this Justin’s Maple Almond Butter!

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So good with just a hint of sweetness from the maple. Perfect for an afternoon snack before my workout today.

We also scored these Honeycrisp Apple Shock Tops.

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I’m not sure if I’ve expressed my love for honeycrisps apples, but I love with with everyone once of my heart. The only apple that matters. We’ve been on the lookout for this beer for literally weeks, and it did not disappoint.

Saturday night we had dinner plans with our friends, and I totally enjoyed a prime rib dinner with salad, green beans, and a baked potato. We  also saw Star Trek, Into The Darkness in 3D and I really liked it. It’s the first movie that I actually thought was worth the extra price for 3D. Good food, good movie, good company…excellent night.

Sunday was spend snoozing late, and spending time with the family! We a little BBQ at my mom’s house and it was nice to see my family, especially this little beauty!

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Miss Lyllian Riley hanging out on Uncle Blake’s lap! She is now 9 days old with a seriously full head of hair. Here hair is the same color mine was when I was born: greyish, dirty blond!

After the BBQ we did a quick round of mini golf, and then Blake offered to tackle the spare room, which was packed full of junk and you have move stuff around just to move in there. It took a little while but now we have neatly organized junk! I also came across old jeans, of course, I had to try them on.

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Crazy! This was nice little reminder that I really have come so far from the beginning! This makes me appreciate my hard work and dedication. I’m not always perfect, I haven’t lost weight super fast, but I’ve worked hard and I’ve really changed. That’s what matters.

This was such a great weekend, I loved spending time with family!
And I’m pleased to say that I did not overeat and I did not gain weight over the weekend! Score.

The Amazing Race, That Almost Didn’t Happen

Last week, sort of unplanned I signed up for a 10k. I registered on the last day online registration was offered, and didn’t get a confirmation email or anything, the only thing I had to prove my registration was the charge on my bank account.

I waited until the last minute because I had to make sure I could get my schedule at work covered, and I still ended up working before the race. I planned on leaving work at 10:00 to get there and get my number by the start at 11:00, luckily, I double checked the start time online early Saturday morning to find the time had been changed to start at 10:00! Eeek!

I got that taken care of and then noticed that I was wearing the wrong shoes! I left the house wearing the new Reeboks, I just bought for cross training. My Asics were sitting on the floor by the couch. They are both black with white soles and pink laces plus I was getting ready at 6:00 in the morning. Luckily, Blake was able to bring me the right ones because he was coming to cheer my on!

Shew! All that aside, I made it to the start on time and ready to run! It was a beautiful day, clear sky, no cloud in sight, temperatures in the 60s.

The race started on time and we took off!

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I knew right away I started out too fast, but it felt good so I went with it. I was using the Nike+ app to give me my time, and pace at every half mile.

I felt pretty good through the whole race, I was a little thirsty. There was water at the halfway point, but it was like just one swallow, I should have grabbed two.

My knees and legs didn’t ache unlike my other long runs. Getting feedback from Nike+ really helped to push me! When I heard my time at 4 miles, I actually got goosebumps! Here are my splits.

Mile 1: 7:43
Mile 2: 16:15
Mile 3: 25:06 (UH, what?! 3 miles in 25 minutes!)
Mile 4: 33:46
Mile 5: 43:09
Mile 6: 52:23
Finish: 54:54   Average pace: 8:44

I obviously started out fast and started slowing down a little bit, but I’m not complaining. I still have a lot to learn about pacing and fueling, and all that jazz.

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I earned this highlighter shirt!

At the finish line Blake handed me a cup of ice water and I couldn’t not have been happier! True love to the rescue! He’s such a great support, he was also updating Facebook about my race. I’m one lucky girl!

Ok ready for the shocking news?!

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I place second in my age division! Uh! WHAT? I couldn’t believe it! I was totally shocked and excited. I never expected to win a prize. I was happy with just running such a quick run.

This just proves to me that I can do so much more! There is a ton of room for improvement and I am capable of anything.

And after that Blake and I went out for Mexican food! I didn’t want to blow my calories so I had a chicken enchilada light on the cheese with little bit of rice and beans, topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and guac! It was delish! Pretty good post run meal.

This race has definitely fueled my passion for running, but its also making me want to get in better shape overall. I’ve made up a little plan for my training that I will share soon.

Well, I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Today was my first day in my new position as an ad designer, I didn’t really do anything but I’m learning! 

The Amazing Race, That Almost Didn’t Happen

Last week, sort of unplanned I signed up for a 10k. I registered on the last day online registration was offered, and didn’t get a confirmation email or anything, the only thing I had to prove my registration was the charge on my bank account.

I waited until the last minute because I had to make sure I could get my schedule at work covered, and I still ended up working before the race. I planned on leaving work at 10:00 to get there and get my number by the start at 11:00, luckily, I double checked the start time online early Saturday morning to find the time had been changed to start at 10:00! Eeek!

I got that taken care of and then noticed that I was wearing the wrong shoes! I left the house wearing the new Reeboks, I just bought for cross training. My Asics were sitting on the floor by the couch. They are both black with white soles and pink laces plus I was getting ready at 6:00 in the morning. Luckily, Blake was able to bring me the right ones because he was coming to cheer my on!

Shew! All that aside, I made it to the start on time and ready to run! It was a beautiful day, clear sky, no cloud in sight, temperatures in the 60s.

The race started on time and we took off!

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I knew right away I started out too fast, but it felt good so I went with it. I was using the Nike+ app to give me my time, and pace at every half mile.

I felt pretty good through the whole race, I was a little thirsty. There was water at the halfway point, but it was like just one swallow, I should have grabbed two.

My knees and legs didn’t ache unlike my other long runs. Getting feedback from Nike+ really helped to push me! When I heard my time at 4 miles, I actually got goosebumps! Here are my splits.

Mile 1: 7:43
Mile 2: 16:15
Mile 3: 25:06 (UH, what?! 3 miles in 25 minutes!)
Mile 4: 33:46
Mile 5: 43:09
Mile 6: 52:23
Finish: 54:54   Average pace: 8:44

I obviously started out fast and started slowing down a little bit, but I’m not complaining. I still have a lot to learn about pacing and fueling, and all that jazz.

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I earned this highlighter shirt!

At the finish line Blake handed me a cup of ice water and I couldn’t not have been happier! True love to the rescue! He’s such a great support, he was also updating Facebook about my race. I’m one lucky girl!

Ok ready for the shocking news?!

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I place second in my age division! Uh! WHAT? I couldn’t believe it! I was totally shocked and excited. I never expected to win a prize. I was happy with just running such a quick run.

This just proves to me that I can do so much more! There is a ton of room for improvement and I am capable of anything.

And after that Blake and I went out for Mexican food! I didn’t want to blow my calories so I had a chicken enchilada light on the cheese with little bit of rice and beans, topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and guac! It was delish! Pretty good post run meal.

This race has definitely fueled my passion for running, but its also making me want to get in better shape overall. I’ve made up a little plan for my training that I will share soon.

Well, I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Today was my first day in my new position as an ad designer, I didn’t really do anything but I’m learning! 

5 Miles Good, 6 Miles Painful

I’ve been pretty confused with my runs lately. The first long run of this year felt fantastic, but the rest have been sub par. I mean side aches, pain in both knees, the works. And it sucks. Especially, the last two weeks when I upped my mileage a little bit to six miles. Five miles fantastic, then run six miles I want to die!

I think I figured out why, though. The first week I had the day off, the rest of my long runs have been after I worked a full day! Duh, fresh legs will definitely feel better. Also I’m not so great at fueling after a day of work.  Shoot even when I’m running I’m pretty bad at figuring how to eat when I work so early in the mornings. I eat breakfast at 6:00 and then I’m hungry by 9:00!

The good news is while I was on my long run on Sunday, I found where I parked my jet!

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Its been missing for a while! I seriously love running by the airport, it feels like I could just reach out and touch a plane!

I also came across this cool memorial for Operation Sleigh Ride for the 87 airmen that died at Larson Air Force Base in 1952.

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I live on the base now, although its no longer an air force base but the airport is pretty active! And a little bit annoying when I’m trying to sleep.

After my run we went out for a very special dinner…stay tuned for details coming tomorrow!

Work It, Work It!

Welp, another week is in the books.

My workouts were pretty good. I had a few days of tough work outs, and more easy days than usually, but it worked out just fine! I’m still trying to balance my workouts and work schedule. I’d like to run three times a week, but my work schedule makes it a little tough. After daylight savings it will be a little easier because it won’t be dark when I get home.

Ideally, I think three days running, two days strength, and one day yoga or active rest day will be just about right.

My workouts for the week looked like this:

Monday: Yoga

  • Focus on the hips! This really helped to relieve some of that pain in my hip/butt.

Tuesday: 5K Run

  • Speed work. I found this guide to speed work without a track. 1/2 mile fast with 1/4 mile recovery-repeat for 3 miles.
  • I was totally excited to get a 5K under 30 minutes because I wasn’t aiming for it!

Wednesday: Zumba

  • I sorta kinda invited myself to Zumba class with a new friend from work.
  • It was fun but I didn’t burn as many calories as I would have liked, I felt like I was trying hard but my heart rate wasn’t getting up there.

Thursday: Bob Harper’s Beginners Transformation DVD

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Bob Harper’s Total Body Transformation

  • Blake and I were planning to go for a run together, but it didn’t work out.
  • I realized too late that I probably shouldn’t kill my legs with jumping lunges since I was planning a long run the next day!

Sunday: Long Run 5.1 miles

  • Today’s run felt so great! And I didn’t feel like death afterwards.
  • I turned off the voice feed back and just ran by feel! IMG_3219

An excellent week of workouts, and looking forward to another!

 

Long Run

Today was the first long run of the season, Sundays will be long run days because I should have the day off most of the time. Although with my crazy schedule I have to be flexible so maybe they will happen on Saturdays or Mondays. But I’m planning them on Sundays.

My first race, Bloomsday (12K) in Spokane, Washington is quickly approaching on May 5th. Check out my schedule of races here.

I’m sorta of hoping to take 10 minutes off my time from last year. Maybe that’s a lofty goal, I mean, it is a full minute fast on each mile (approximately) than I ran last year. However, I’m going into it this year way more prepared. Last year, I registered for the race on whim only three weeks before the day of the race.

This year I’ve kept in shape all winter by using workout DVDs from people like Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, and Shaun T (Insanity). I’ve lost weight and built muscle. I am a way stronger runner than I was last year. I’m working on being a smarter runner like with breathing technique and such but I’m a far cry from really knowing what I’m doing. I will learn. I have really high hopes for this running season.

Today’s long run was really amazing and a bit brutal at the same time. The pain in my hip/side of my butt was still there when I woke up this morning but not too bad. I stretched and walked to warm up for a few blocks and didn’t think my hip would really be an issue. Before I started I decided to turn off the voice feedback for speed and time, and just focus on running a steady pace. I took a newish route, by adding in some back roads that I don’t usually run on. These took me into a more industrial area of my neighborhood but its pretty desolate, there are only a few businesses out there.

It was nice to not worry about dogs, other people, and cars!

This confused me though. Who dumps a box spring in the middle of nowhere?

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My route also took me through the Job Corps campus and near the Moses Lake International Airport, where I came across this sign.

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Since it didn’t say no runners, I figured it was safe to continue but I’ll probably have Homeland Security knocking on my door tomorrow morning.

I really felt great during this, my butt/hip region was sore but not too noticeable.

My goal was to do 4 miles but at the halfway point I felt so good I add a little extra section through the community college campus knowing that I was still almost 2 miles from home.

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This was right before I hit mile 4 and still smiling! And I must add, looking pretty cute in my new jacket and headband. That headband/warmer thingy really helped keep my ears warm because it was kind of windy. It also kept sweat off my face and the kept the sunglasses on my face!

I continued on and ended up running 4.55 miles and the walked home a few blocks to cool down. I felt pretty great up until the last .55 but I just kept telling my self that this was extra so I was able to push through the pain.

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I’m really happy with this map! I really like seeing steady green. At first, I felt worried about running without knowing how fast I was going. There were times when I felt like I was going so slow, and wanted to go faster but I had to remind myself steady pace work is important too. Clearly, I fell into a groove that worked for me and that makes me really excited.

Sadly, about an hour after my run I felt terrible. My butt/hip pain was unbearable, I couldn’t even stretch it without wanting to cry. This I was not expecting. I stretched as much as possible and eventually took some ibuprofen but it was still hours until the pain really subsided. Right now, I feel a million times better than I did around 3:00 this afternoon but I really felt miserable for a couple hours.

Tomorrow will probably be a rest day!

Now its time for dinner. Have a great night! See you tomorrow!