Hit the Road, Jack

April 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I don’t know if it’s my sudden early morning schedule or just the fatigue of hard work, but I just sat down on the couch to write this and felt the irresistible urge to nap.


I have too much to do, napping can wait until it’s bedtime.  Wait, what?  You know what I mean.

I realized re-reading last night’s post I didn’t really give a very good overview of the Boot Camp class.  It was basically circuit training, we did a ton of mountain climbers, lunges, these simulated “rowing” activities with a body bar (my first experience with a body bar), and a lot of running around the room, jumping, burpees and squats.

Ow.  I’m a very ow today as a result.  I will SO be going back for more though.  I am sore in places I would like to be sore, so I know I really worked out yesterday.  Plus, the set of ab work we did gave me some inspiration to get back to working my abs.  Remember, I was trying to challenge myself to get my abs all toned and awesome for our beach vacation.

Yeah, that’s not really happening.  I don’t know how I lost my focus, but it seems like finding 6 minutes 5 times a week to work those abbies is impossible.  Not okay!  I’ll be back at it now that I have some new moves to try. 🙂

I worked another early day today and was dragging through most of it.  When I was packing up breakfast last night, all I could think about was a Green Monster Smoothie.  I haven’t had one in a while (shock!).  Since getting up at 4 to be at work at 5 leaves little time for the effort of a Green Monster, I planned ahead.  I took the pitcher from the blender and measured out the protein powder, soymilk, spinach and pb.  This morning, I just tossed in the banana and hit “liquify”.  So good.  Just what I needed.

I also took a baggie of red grapes and a grapefruit to work (a whole one!) with a bowl and a paring knife to slice it up.  I felt a little odd bringing a knife to work, like I was sneaking something past people, but really, the same kind of cutlery is upstairs in the lunchroom kitchen, so I didn’t see the harm.  I just didn’t have the time to go and get it.

It was one juicy grapefruit.  Delicious.

I finally felt ready to go for my first post-half run today.  My legs were sore from Boot Camp, but I thought they could handle a couple of miles.  I set out to run an easy 5K, but didn’t take into account that the temp at noon today was about 84.  Yikes!  It was super humid (we’re supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow) and I felt like I was running through a sauna.  I didn’t make it the whole 5k…more like 4.85K, but my legs felt good and I think given wiser planning and a different time of day, I’d be up for more.  Hurray!

Lunch was a leftover Black Bean burger from last night with mustard and tomato slices.  I thought my presentation on my “square ware” looked a little Food Network, no?  Just trying to keep it spicy for you.

I just finished up mowing the grass…this is the second time this season I’ve done that, which makes exactly one more time than last season ;).  I’m not usually lawn manicurist in our house — Sam’s better at driving the riding mower (our yard is huge!).  The yard might have a few “mohawks” where I couldn’t get the blades all lined up right, but whatever.  It’s my creative expression — at least I did it! 🙂

A little post yard work snack:

A piece of all natural whole wheat toast with a tsp. of cream cheese, a dash of cinnamon and a squeeze of honey.  Heaven.

And the last of the pineapple.  I will miss you, my tropical friend.

I better go get started on my homework for class tomorrow and all the other stuff awaiting me around the casa.  I should have planned ahead and brought my books with me before sitting down.  Between my post-half marathon soreness, my ow factor from Boot Camp yesterday and my running today, sitting down isn’t so much a controlled motion today as a surrender to gravity.

5K “Official” Results!

February 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Whew!  What a race.  😉  The competition was stiff, but we managed to blow ’em out of the water.  Sorry, no pics, those race officials were awfully restrictive!

I’m proud to report that Sam finished first in his age group AND first overall, I placed first in my age group and SECOND overall.

*whispers* this is the part where you laugh because we were the only two runners in the….


It was pretty fun actually, we were just racing against ourselves.  Sam and I set our own personal goals, told one another and then proceeded to OBLIVERATE (yes, I know that’s spelled wrong) them.

Sam’s time was 24:14 with a pace of 7:47/mile.  CRAZY!

My time was 28:49 with a pace of 9:17/mile.  MUCH better than my usual 10:10 pace, so I was pleased.

My splits looked like this:

Mile 1: 8:28

Mile 2: 9:23

Mile 3: 10:05

Mile 0.1: 8:30

Obviously, I was TOO excited and started out way faster than I meant to, but it was a good lesson on pulling back a little.  It also encouraged me to incorporate a little speed work into my training to improve my overall pace.  If I can run the half marathon at a good clip and have my last split be my usual 10:10 pace, I’ll be pretty happy.  We’ll see.  13.1 miles seems sooooooo long right now.

And now, a special introduction.  MEET THE MONSTERS:

There’s Ruby.

And Zora.

Ruby is actually older, though she is considerably smaller.  She’s about 5 years old, a Beagle/Yellow Lab mix and a perpetual puppy.  She’ll wiggle her tail end off trying to make friends with you and she thinks she’s in charge.  We got her more than 3 years ago after Sam proposed and I decided it was okay to bring another living creature into the equation ;).

Zora is a recent addition.  She’ll be 2 this summer and we adopted her last January (of 09).  She’s a Husky/Lab mix and a shy protector.  She’s very sensitive and reads peoples’ moods like you wouldn’t believe.  She’s also a fine running companion and is ready to go for a jog just about any time of day.

They’re both pound puppies — I have a soft spot for the mutts of the world and while they both came to us with emotional baggage (Ruby with a carry-on and Zora with a matching set of Louis Vuitton) with a little stability, regular feedings, toys and a lot of love, they’re turning into wonderful dogs.

But they’re still MONSTERS…mostly based on the mischief they create when we’re at work.  I’ll say they’re cute, but I’ll never say they’re perfect.

They’re ready to go for a walk whenever you are….lace up those sneaks!

See you tomorrow for a special month of March challenge!

Sunday Funday

February 28, 2010 at 9:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I dropped off the face yesterday and for good reason!  It turned into quite a busy Saturday.  After an almost 3 mile hike with the monsters, I decided to mix things up a little with my crosstraining.

I have a subscription to Self magazine and every month, they include cards you can rip out and use for weight training or circuit training.

I have ALWAYS ignored these cards — considering them nothing more than a nuisance like the bazillion little postcards that fall out of the magazine on the first read asking if you want a subscription for well below the newsstand price (where are all these newsstands??).  I tore the cards out this time around, grabbed my 8 lbs. weights and got to it.

This particular series had 8 moves with two parts each, so there was a 1A move and then a 1B move for after.

Most of the muscles worked were butt, thighs and abs, along with some arms.  It took me about 25 minutes to complete all the moves and all the reps recommended and I found it helpful that Self.com has videos you can watch if the written explanations are too tricky (“um, I put my arm where and then move it how???).

Overall, it was a good workout.  It changed up my routine, which I needed at this half way point of the half marathon training, and it taught me some new strength training moves.  I’ll be going back to all my old issues and tearing out those cards to have on hand too. 🙂

After all that, it was time.  Time to open the package from the Fitnessista.  You can read about why I’m getting this loot in this post here — the short of it is I won a giveaway and helped her name her new healthy eatery cafe.

(that’s a “ooh, neat” face, not a “what the hell is this?” face — hard to tell, I know ;))


It was a lot of fun digging through the box.  As soon as the macaroons came out, though, my photographer lost interest in the picture taking and started ripping into the package.

The result?  Well, as the Fitnessista says herself, foodgasms.

These things are AMAZING. When that online store is open, I hope she’s ready for the tidal wave of orders that are coming her way.  They were sweet without being overpowering, with a coconut-y taste and a nutty texture.  Incredible.  When they’re gone, I’ll be sad — which may be sooner rather than later!

I’ll be writing about my thoughts on the other products she sent my way as I work through them — basically everything (with the exception of the honey) is something I’ve never had before, so I’m really excited!

Last night was filled with fun, laughs and overall debauchery as we met up with some friends, had Mexican (yuuuuuuum) and staged our own beer tasting (danger!).

Off to prepare for the Not Unless I’m Being Chased 5k (I’m going to whoop the competition!) and then get started on my post for tomorrow about a challenge for the month of March.

Sometimes, you gotta take what life teaches, peaches!

I guess I overreacted

February 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Looks like the overnight snow wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted.  We’re supposed to get 1-2 inches on Friday, so we’ll see.  Then maybe we’re done?  Maybe?  Please?

The basketball game we went to last night was awesome!  It was neck and neck the whole game and our team won with a three pointer right before the buzzer.  Beautiful!  It was like watching a hokey sports movie — you just KNEW your team was going to pull it out and win the big game.

I enjoy watching sports, but I’m not hardcore.  Unfortunately, we live in a pretty small, rural community, so you’ve gotta select  your entertainment from the slim pickins.   While we were at the game, I noticed something and it just continued to roll around in my brain during this morning’s run….so here we go.  We’re OFF ROADING.

I think technology is great.  Fantastic in fact.  With the advent of technology, my husband and I can be in the same grocery store, lose track of each another and then spend 3 minutes on the phone trying to find one another — “no, I’m in the frozen foods aisle” and “well, I’m in the produce” and “no, the ORGANIC produce”…makes for interesting shopping.  How did people find each other before cell phones?  Oh, that’s right.  They spent 4 minutes simply walking around the store. 😉

I have to admit, what I’m about to say is a little hypocritical because I myself have an iPhone and I love it.  But last night, I looked around and realized how many other spectators were looking more to their smartphones or flip phones and less to the actual game.  Um, you paid to be here, right?  I don’t get it.  Do they think that the push updates on the game are going to reach their phone faster than the actual action down on the court in front of them?  I mean, really.

When you’re in a closed-off facility where this is going on right in front of you:

Someone is dressed up like this:

And the half time entertainment does this:

And you’re checking your FACEBOOK FEED?  I don’t get it.  I can almost guarantee whatever status update your former elementary school pal is making at that second is not nearly as awesome as what’s in front of your face!

Okay, I’m done now.

Back to training talk :).  I made it out for a scheduled 4 mile run today.  We’re in week 6 of 12 — crazy to think halfway through!  After running that 6 miles on Sunday, I absolutely feel like a half marathon is do-able.  When I started and I was having to stop and walk a lot and I was worried I would never be able to make it, a half marathon seemed about as obtainable as a delicious low-fat brownie.  Exxxxxactly.  No where to be found.

I’m still dealing with the sick — runny nose, cough, goopy throat, but I took a rest day yesterday and knew I needed to get out there and at least try to do something.  ANYTHING.  I ran the first two miles with an okay time, but running in super cold weather (I said it didn’t snow that bad, I never said it wasn’t cold still!) with a runny nose means frozen snot.  Yuck.  Very hard to breathe.  I powered out another mile after a little walking break and then called it a day.  Not what I wanted, but I need to recognize that another mile is something I could have handled under normal circumstances and I don’t want to push myself and get burned out.  It will be okay.  Besides, the “long run” for this weekend is just a 5K.  We’re supposed to be racing, but there isn’t one nearby, so I think Sam and I will be participating in the first ever “Not Unless I’m Being Chased” 5k.  Registration details to follow ;).

At least on my crummy run, I had some little cheerleaders rooting for me every time I passed by our house. 😉

That’s Zora on the left and Ruby (just barely tall enough to see out the living room picture window) on the right.

Don’t worry, you’ll get a formal introduction this weekend :).

Back to sipping tea and laying on the heating pad — I’m came home early from work sick.  I lost my voice and you can’t work in radio without a voice!

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