Fitness Recap 11/18-11/24/17

running-family-isolated-vector-illustration-44748839Uh oh. I completely forgot to write my fitness recap this past week.  Having a few extra days off from work seems to have screwed up my internal clock.  But, alas, I am writing it now.  We’re just going to get right down with the nitty gritty.

 

Saturday: Treadmill workout

Sunday: 3.1 mile run outside with an average pace of 9:54/mile.  I was upset with this

number but I reminded myself that it was my first outdoor run in a seriously long time. I was running outside in preparation of the upcoming Turkey Trot and wanted to make sure I could consistently run the distance without stopping.

Monday: Unintentional rest day.  I just could not drag myself out of bed.

Tuesday: Treadmill run

Wednesday: Rest day

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Thursday: Turkey Trot 5k.  I ended up running an 8:00 first mile (which is too fast for me and nothing I can sustain at this point) and then 2- 9:00 miles.  The second and third mile were more consistent with where I feel I should be at this point in my running.  I’ve slacked a lot after having my second child that I really didn’t anticipate running anything more than a 9:45/mile average.  I was pleased with my first race.  Winter is hitting Ohio, so I’m not sure how many more of these I will do before my half in April.

Friday: Rest day

The week overall wasn’t horrible on the fitness side. I was still able to get 4 workouts  in before divulging in yummy carb loaded food.  However, the holiday hit and I still have pie in my fridge.   This coming week will be to get rid of the pie and workout 5 days.  I need to start adding weight training back into my routine.

Did you run a Turkey Trot?  Hopefully you remembered to take a picture, because I always forget.  Until next time, be confident, be fit, be you!

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Recap 11/11-11/17/17

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This past week had some success and some short comings with my goals.  I wanted to run/walk every day in order to assist my Quidditch team to the finish line and provide the winning pot of money to Back on My Feet.  I was also going to continue to write everything down and make sure I eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day. So, let’s start with the fitness portion.

  • Saturday: ran 5.1 miles
  • Sunday: walked 2 miles
  • Monday: ran 4.8 miles, walked 1.1 miles on lunchIMG_2976
  • Tuesday: ran 5.2 miles, walked 2.3 miles on lunch, walked another .5 mile when I got home after a long day at work.  This was the night my team crossed the finish line and everyone was pushing themselves to their limits
  • Wednesday: Rest day
  • Thursday: Rest day- wasn’t feeling the greatest
  • Friday: Walked 3.2 miles

Overall, I would say a successful week with workouts.  The longer distances were a nice steady pace on the treadmill and I was getting used to completing longer distances.  After doing it a few times this week, it convinced me that I was ready for a 5k race again where I would be challenged by others.

Now, the food portion of the week was the less than ideal part of the week.  I started the week writing down what I was eating, but I stopped/wasn’t dedicated to it by Monday.  Then there was the fruit and veggie challenge.  The first day I fell short so the next day I made sure to get at least one in by the end of the day.  After the weekend the goal was just to start the process of eating healthier.  I had three salads this past week.  That is a huge improvement.  I hadn’t consumed a salad in quite a while before this week.  So, I’m going to just set this week behind me and start fresh with fresh fruits and veggies this week.  It definitely has to do with the preparation.  I went to the grocery store Friday and stocked the house with fruits and veggies that could be easily packed.  Over the weekend I will prep the food and make some food for my work day lunches.  I plan on making overnight oats for breakfast and adding some fresh fruit.

Overall, I saw success in some areas and some areas that clearly need improvement.  I didn’t fail necessarily, I fell short a few times and that’s okay.  I have an area for growth and I plan on focusing on that this week.  I’m going to continue working out in the morning and I’ll be adding back in a few days of weights.  Finally, I will be running a turkey trot race in my area on Thanksgiving.  I’ll be dusting off the old running watch for the first time in almost two years.

What are your goals this week?  Is there a Turkey Trot in your area that you can participate in with family or friends?  What types of foods do you like to pack for lunch to ensure healthy eating throughout the day?

As always, be confident, be fit, be you!

5k Recap

The first 5k of the season is in the books.  This past Saturday, I participated in the Run to the Resurrection 5k held at a local church.  I’ve enjoyed this race over the last couple of years for a few reasons.  First, the entry fee is literally a few can goods or a small donation.  There are no frills or prizes to be won.  It is just a family event that gets the blood flowing before a fun holiday with lots of candy. Second, this race is designed for the season runner looking to PR or the beginner looking to finish.  Since the course is 3 laps around a friendly neighborhood, there is always someone to cheer you on at every corner.  Seriously, by lap 3 they may even know your name!

This year, a friend of mine asked me to participate with her.  Unfortunately, she came down with a cold and was unable to attend.  But, the race went on and so did I.  However, this race didn’t go as smoothly as I had planned.

The night before I set my alarm for 6am.  It takes a lot more work to get ready for races when you have to pack up a baby.  I went to bed by 10 (I know, I’m such a party animal), and wanted to make sure I got plenty of rest.  I hadn’t been able to run much during the week leading up to the race so I was a tad nervous.  Morning came and my hubby’s alarm went off at 4am.  He needed to be at work by 5.  Sadly, the dogs thought this was their normal wake up time, so I had to take them out at 4:30ish.  I finally got back to bed at 5am.  I was passed out when I heard the dogs starting to bark.  I immediately panicked and sure enough my ride (the trusted parents) were in my driveway.  I race (no pun intended) downstairs to let my mom in and then back up to rush to get ready.  Mom tended to Hailey and got her ready as I hurried gathering my stuff and anything needed for the diaper bag.  We make it in the car within 10 min. of them being in our driveway.

After apologizing a few times, we make it to the race and a good number of people were already there warming up.  I, of course, need to feed Hailey prior to the race starting.  A quick bit to eat and then I am able to bundle her into the stroller for our warm up.  We take a small jaunt around part of the neighborhood route with a fellow church runner.  It was a slow, but steady pace that allowed me to get used to pushing Hailey.

The race started promptly at 8:30am and I started towards the back because I was the only one with a stroller.  I was able to pass a few people within the first mile. I was at a slow and steady pace of 9:30/mile for the first mile and then 10:20/mile for the second.  Honestly, I was a little tired.  However, when we finished the second mile, my mom was waiting on the sideline.  Unfortunately, her back was hurting and she needed to bow out before injuring it further.  The race season is just beginning to have an injury already.  So, I stop Hailey with her and then take off for the last mile.  I manage to run the last mile at a 9:17/mi. pace and felt like I was picking up the pace as the mile went on.

As I completed my race, I look to find Hailey and my mom.  It is at this time that I am questioned as to why I had the front wheel locked.  I had no idea that the front wheel could lock into place.  I knew the back wheels were fine, but the front apparently can lock (which makes turning rather difficult).  So, all in all I set my alarm clock for the wrong day and I ran 2.5 miles (when you include the warm up) with the front wheel locked.  For those circumstances, I am completely ok with my pace.

Coming around mile 2 before leaving Hailey with Grandma.

Coming around mile 2 before leaving Hailey with Grandma.

I am trying to figure out which race I want to compete in next and if I will push Hailey or have her stay on the sidelines with her daddy.  However, I know that I will enjoy every minute of the race and be proud of my time.

Anyone else have a funny story about a race they participated in recently? Until next time, be confident! Be fit! Be you!

T25 derailment

Well, I took a break from the T25 program.  Not because I wasn’t enjoying myself and feeling like I was getting a good workout.  I took a break because I have been able  to get out and enjoy a nice jog a few times throughout the past two weeks.  Our crap-tastic Ohio weather has varied enough of the last two weeks that I can get outside at least three times throughout the week.

This has allowed me to get in some practice with the jogging stroller.  I’m pretty sure that my kid thinks I’m drunk while pushing her because I don’t seem capable of pushing it in a straight line.  However, I am working on turning the stroller just slightly instead of quick turns (no more hugging the inside corner on turns 😦  ). I also seem to be a bit slow because I’m not sure if there is a safe speed to go while using the stroller. I’m sure I’m just being overly cautious and I will get over that hump, but for now I’m quite the tortoise.

Over the last two weeks I have been able to increase my distance with each run.  I’m still slow, but I’m getting further each time.  I know that once I get enough distance my shorter runs will increase in speed as well.  I can push myself a little bit harder for a 5k once I can run 8 miles at slightly slower speeds.

Taking a look ahead for the week, the weather seems to be cooperating! We may even hit 70 degrees by the end of the week!  I am planning my running days on Monday, Tuesday (weather pending), Thursday and Friday (also weather pending).  I hate that I seem to be a fair weather runner these days, but I can not drag the little one out in the rain.  On the days that I can not get out and run, I WILL put the T25 program into the dvd player and get a good workout in regardless of my excuses.

Hope everyone gets the chance to get out and enjoy the weather, no matter what activity you or your family decide to partake in.  Always remember to stay confident, stay fit and to be you!  I’m cheering for you!!!

PS. Hailey is 8 months old today! In just a few months we can start using the bike trailer as well!!!!

Gearing Up for a 5k

It’s that time again! Races have started and I haven’t made it to the starting line yet.  That is all going to change on April 4th!  I will be completing my first 5k of the season and my first time pushing Hailey in the stroller.  The past few years I have participated in the Run to Resurrection on the Saturday before Easter. This is a great race because you do three laps around a quiet neighborhood in North Canton.

Apparently I am really good at avoiding the camera.  After searching through the last 3 years, I did not find one picture of me. So, this one of my mom will have to do!

Apparently I am really good at avoiding the camera. After searching through the last 3 years, I did not find one picture of me. So, this one of my mom will have to do!

If you are looking to do a 5k for the first time, then look no further!!!! The fee is practically free!! Simply bring some canned goods or small donation for the food pantry and you are entered!  There are friendly and encouraging faces during the entire race to help you get through the 3 miles (and I’ll be there).

This year, not only will I be pushing little Hailey in the jogging stroller, but I will be jogging alongside a friend of mine to help her complete her first 5k!  I’m extremely excited for her to complete this goal and I am honored that she asked me to join her!

Just a few of the encouraging banners that are at every turn!

Just a few of the encouraging banners that are at every turn!

If you want to try a 5k and have lots of support, then I highly recommend clicking this link and registering today! Whether you walk, run, skip or crawl, you can get across this finish line!!!  I hope to see you there!!!

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Have you clicked the link yet??? What are you waiting for??? Here, I will provide the link again here!  If you don’t think you are ready for the walk/run, then please consider volunteering!  You can contact Greg via the link to register for the race.  Make this your new Easter tradition!

Positive Compliments

This should be a good thing, right?  Well, the person who is giving the compliment is being sincere and obviously feels it is important enough to mention it out loud.  However, the person receiving the compliment could probably take a few lessons.  I am definitely someone that needs to learn how to accept a compliment.

This past week I was walk/jogging with my mom and her friend.  The friend noticed that I had looked a bit thinner in the pesky hip region.  Upon her mentioning that I was “looking good,” all I could think about was what I had been eating recently and how few miles I had been logging.  I said the obligatory “thank you” but provided her with a list of excuses why I didn’t see what she was talking about.  I shared how I had been craving sugar and that I had only run 2 miles that week.  This poor friend got way more information than she cared to receive.

So, how can we look past what we see as flaws ourselves and accept the kind words of others?  Well, for one, it generally takes someone else more time to see your results than it takes yourself.  So, if someone is noticing a change for the better, than you need to take another look in the mirror.  Two, dump the scale.  If you are a slave to the number than you will never see the physical changes occurring over the process.  Finally, just say “THANK YOU” to the person that has paid you an amazing compliment. They have noticed what you are apparently blind to at the moment.

We can all reach our goals!  Stay postive!  Let me leave you with this amazingly uplifting story here!  I hope that gives you the motivation to do anything you want in life! I love seeing people out there doing what others thought they couldn’t do because of a physical disability.

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

I miss running!

I’m sure my 6th grade self is absolutely kicking herself in the butt for even saying that phrase.  I joined the track team thinking I would enjoy running.  I was slow, but could run longer distances than most.  I was therefore slated to run the 400 and 800 (which now seems like a sprint distance).  I could barely run those distances and I was usually one of the last people to cross the finish line.  My only motivation was my teammate who ran the same distance often times was behind me and would throw up before or just after crossing the finish line.  Honestly, that is extreme motivation to stay ahead of her.

I only competed with the track team for that one year and then decided that it was definitely not for me.  I was always considered slow, even with softball and basketball and I can say that I haven’t increased my speed that much over the years.  But, over time I have managed to increase my distance and I have become passionate about running.

Thus, I’m now completely bummed that I can barely get out to run even a short 800 meters. I miss putting on all my cold weather gear to hit the road or track. I miss Roy, the skunk at the park that one of the fellow 5am tracker goers named. I miss going in circles and starting to dread the same loop over and over just wondering how I can up the excitement.  I miss everything about the running season.

So, what is a girl to do in the meantime?  Well, I am continuing to workout with good ole Shaun T and the trainers at my gym.  I’m trying to stay positive that whenever there is a nice day, to jump on the running bandwagon and even do just 2 miles.  But, as soon as the weather is decent, I am pulling the jogging stroller out, bundling up my little one and hitting the track (avoid the road for obvious safety reasons).  I know that Spring is just around the corner, but I need it to be mid-April already.

Come on warmer weather!!!!! In the meantime, be confident! Be fit! Be you!

This guy is dedicated!

This guy is dedicated!