Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I'm Quiet Because I'm Nervous.

There.  I said it.  I haven't been posting my normal blahblahblahblah not because I truly don't have the time, but because I'm just nervous.  And honestly, I'm to the point where I'm snapping at my husband any time he asks something like "Are you getting excited??".  Screw you, buddy.  No, I'm not excited.  Inside I'm freaking the hell out, going over everything that could possibly go wrong.  I'm analyzing and over-analyzing my training.  I'm scrutinizing every morsel of food that goes into this finely tuned body (go ahead and laugh, I just did) because if I eat a percentage too much fat and not enough protein and carbs my muscles might hate me and then I'm screwed.  I'm panicking over every twinge in my body because, you know, I'm probably dying of something that'll make me DNF.  And don't sneeze near me.  You're going to give me the damned plague and then I'll DNS and I'll be even more pissed.

Yeah.  And I have 2 more days to go.  I'll gladly accept that Drama Queen Award, thank you very much.

I felt great after my 10 miler on Sunday.  Monday I was feeling a little stiff/sore, so I took it easy and just got in my plank and did my beloved ITB Strengthening Workout from Strength Running.  My right hip seemed to be the worst of it, so I figured it couldn't hurt.  Yesterday (Tuesday), my right hip was feeling wonky.  No pain, just some weird twingy, tingly, bizarre sensation going on.  I had an easy 4 miler on the books and I was able to get out and get that done with no real issue.  I didn't have any pain while running at all.  In fact, if I had to describe anything at all "out of the ordinary" about my body on this run I'd tell you that my right ass cheek was kinda numb. I iced my hip/butt area, stretched and foam rolled like crazy and took some Naproxen before bed.  Because you know, this probably means I'm going to be bed ridden in no time in some extreme crisis.

Yesterday's Side Planks.  I was going for 1:31 (get it, 13.1?  haha I'm hilarious) on each side, but it's hard to stop the timer at a specific point).

My uber awesome Succotash Soup.  Seriously, this stuff is good.  And it's a bowl full of freakin' veggies so hooray!

Points (though Tuesday):
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies:  1 (thanks soup!)
Doing the WOW:  0
Doing 41 minutes of exercise:  4

Total points for today(Tuesday):  6
Total points for week 4 of the SBBC:  9.5
Total points for the SBBC:  184

Today I had a 30 minute tempo run on the books.  10 minutes easy, 10 minutes not so easy, and 10 minutes easy.  Simple. No biggie.  I was nervous because of this dang hip thing, but it turned out (again) to be no problem.  The only thing I can think of describing this "thing" I've got going on is that weird tingly, almost burning sensation that happens if you leave an ice pack on for a minute (or 5... ahem) too long.  It's not affecting how I run, I don't even really feel anything when I run, and there is no pain.  So, I don't know.... but I will say that this doesn't help my nerves one bit.  In fact, it makes it a lot worse.  If you think that researching things is bad (like on WebMD and whatnot) when you've just got a cold or something then you haven't researched running injuries.  Wow... dig a little into those and you'll come out certain - via running websites, medical/chiropractic websites, personal blogs, etc - that you should just lay in bed flat on your back for a year (at least!) and give up all hope of any movement other than shuffling through a grocery store for the rest of your life.  Heck, even then you could use one of those motorized carts to spare yourself any more trauma.

According to my various "symptoms", I have:
Piriformis Syndrome
Bursitis
Tendinitis
ITBS
Snapping Hip Syndrome
Sacral Stress Fracture
Pelvic Stress Fracture
Femoral Neck Stress Fracture
Sciatica
Hip Displasia
Hypochondria.  lol I just added that there to make myself laugh.

So, pretty much, I'm going to die.  <<insert huge eyeroll here>> 

Anyway, so that's why I've been so quiet lately.  Oh, today I also did a reverse plank.  I made it a short one though.  And for the record, no - my hip/butt didn't bother me doing this either.

I picked up my packet today for the race.  Scored some deals on sale stuff at the store too, so that was awesomesauce.  The weather is looking great for Saturday.  It'll hit around 50 degrees and be mostly sunny. The race is in the morning, though, so it will obviously be a little cooler than that.  I'm still planning on under dressing though, because I seem to do much better when I take that route.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg:  1
Doing the WOW:  0
Doing 32 minutes of exercise:  3

Total points for today:  5
Total points for week 4 of the SBBC:  14.5
Total points for the SBBC: 189

Only 2 miles tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday Points

I'm heading out for a while today but I wanted to post my points from yesterday.

A decent summary of my day.  Built puzzles with the kiddos, but managed to get in a pushup plank and do some ITB strengthening.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies:  1
Doing the WOW:  0
Doing 15 minutes of exercise:  1.5

Total points for today:  3.5
Total points for week 4 of the SBBC:  3.5
Total points for the SBBC:  178

Monday, March 25, 2013

Training Schedule Week of 3/25/2013-3/31/2013

This is it!

Monday:  I did my plank, and I'm going to do some stretching, maybe some yoga.
Tuesday:  4 miles EASY
Wednesday:  30 minute tempo run
Thursday:  2 miles EASY  <-- I haven't ran "only" 2 miles in a long time!
Friday:  REST
Saturday:  Just A Short Run Half Marathon.
Sunday:  REST and Cheer.  :)

That certainly came around fast.

After checking it out, I will NOT be doing the WOW this week.  I will NOT go over my mileage.  I will NOT push myself these next couple of days.

I WILL take it easy and "trust my training".  I WILL hydrate like a beast.  I WILL just have fun.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

SBBC Week 3 Wrapup!

Well it's been an interesting week.

Since I didn't get a chance to update on Saturday, here's a quickie update:

I did my whopping 3 mile pace run.  It went well.  There was a 50K going on at the same time and place I was running.  That was neat to see.  Those people have balls of steel.  Maybe one day I'll get there.

Anyway, I ran 3.07 miles in 26:35.  Average pace was 8:39.  Yeah, a little fast.  But hell, it was only 3 miles.

I also did the WOW on Saturday.  I'll honestly be sad to see this one go.  I liked it.  My little girl even joined in with me and she did great!  We also did a reverse plank.  She's so cute how she tries to do these!

I got in all my water, but I believe I failed on 7+ freggie servings.  I mean, I think I could say "well, I ate a lot of Italian food and there was tons of sauce, etc", but I don't want to be iffy about it.  I'll take the loss.  Honestly, we just had a busy day.  After my run and some errands, we got ready for Palm Sunday vigil Mass.  The kids were absolutely terrible during Mass and I was very tired and stressed afterwards, so we just ordered some Spaghetti Warehouse takeout.

Points (through Saturday):
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of freggies: 0
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 38 minutes of exercise: 3.5

Total points for today: 5.5
Total points for week 3 of the SBBC:  42.5
Total points for the SBBC:  162.5

Long run Sunday... I was up for 10 miles, which is a decrease from the past several weeks.  Taper time.  Since my race is this coming Saturday (March 30th), I didn't want to go too much over that even though I truly wanted to.

I felt great the whole first 3/4 of the run.  I had heaps of energy.  Even though the weather was crappy, I felt good.  I took my gel at the "scheduled" time even though I didn't feel like a bonk was anywhere near on the horizon.  Then, as usual, I looked down at my watch to see 7.57 miles when I started feeling a little tired (probably, now looking at my splits, because I ran this mile way too fast).  Instead of letting this beat me, I just cranked it up.  I'm tired of feeling like this at this point when I can't explain it.  Then like magic, I felt great again.  So weird.  Anyway, I felt so damn good approaching the end of this run that I decided to turn up the last mile to see what I could do.  I didn't go all out, mind you, but I did run harder than one should during a long run.  I felt good.  Afterward, my left leg felt a little tight, but nothing major.

My splits were all over the place, but whatever.  I was honestly running this more on how I felt than the numbers on my watch.
Mile 1 - 10:10
Mile 2 - 9:40
Mile 3 - 9:48
Mile 4 - 9:25  <-- oops, a little fast this early on.
Mile 5 - 9:27
Mile 6 - 9:32
Mile 7 - 9:14  <--ahem.
Mile 8 - 9:23
Mile 9 - 9:28
Mile 10 - 9:08

Overall I ran 10.06 miles in 1:35:52.  Average pace: 9:32.

This week I ran a total of 27.31 miles in 4:10:31.  Average pace 9:10.  Yes, a decrease from last week, but this was intended!

I drank a ton of water and I did get in all my freggies.  I ate more than 1 banana, red grapes, grapefruit, mashed potatoes, radishes, spring lettuces, peppers - green, yellow, orange, and red, grape tomatoes, and more in a huge salad.

I did not do the WOW.  I did a forearm plank pre-run, though!

That's me trying to stretch with Calloway.  To him me being on the floor means I must need snuggled!  He purrs SO loudly.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg:  1
Doing the WOW:  0
Doing 101 minutes of exercise:  10

Total points for today: 12
Total points for Week 3 of the SBBC:  54.5
Total points for the SBBC:  174.5

Did I mention that my half marathon is now LESS than a week away??

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fast Friday

This is truly only "fast" because I didn't do anything fantastic in the fitness category today.  I spent my day cleaning, running around shopping, picking up the kids, running errands, making checklists for the coming week (boy is there a lot going on), etc.

The only exercise I did today was my #plankaday.  I did side planks for a total of 2:34.  I held them approximately 1:15 per side.  I didn't even try for anything more, because I just wanted it done.  And do you know what?  Today I don't really care.  Usually I feel this "rest day guilt" like I should be exercising in some way, I should at least do some squats or I should do some pushups while waiting for the microwave to beep.  Well, there comes a point where I should just freaking rest like I'm supposed to.  So today, short planks and just general daily activity it was.  I feel good for it.  If you think I'm lazy, too bad.

I did (finally) find a gorgeous dress for Victoria to wear for Easter Mass.  She looks absolutely adorable in it.  She's very hard to shop for.  She just has an odd body shape that's hard to fit.  I do, too, but it's harder when its a little girl who reallyreallyreallyreally gets her mind set on one thing and then you have to calm her down and explain to her that's not going to happen.  Sigh.  The joys of motherhood.  :)

I also found a pair of awesome Nike running capris on sale.  XS!  And gray, not standard black!  They fit fabulously!  And they have a drawstring!  I feel like I've won the lottery!

Water: yep.
Freggies: oh yes.  As I've said before I tend to go heavy in this department on Fridays this time of year.  My day included strawberries, blackberries, baked potato, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, spring lettuce mix, cucumber, orange peppers, yellow peppers, red peppers, green peppers, radishes, plums, and I had a veggie patty that I'm not sure what it all contained, but it was veggielicious.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg:  1
Doing the WOW:  0
Doing 2 minutes of exercise:  0  <-- lol!

Total points for today:  2
Total points for week 3 of the SBBC:  37
Total points for the SBBC:  157

Thursday, March 21, 2013

There is no need for that much spray!

Haha.  The title of this post is a little inside joke with Nick.  Today at the gym he'd hit his breaking point with the new round of spray users at the gym and decided to post a note in one of the locker rooms.  That's all I'm really going to say about it.  ;-)

I actually had a great day of working out at the gym!  I got there at a decent time, got one of the "good" treadmills to do my short easy run on and then got my weights/strength work done and even stretched with little to no issue.  There were a couple of machine campers I had to wait for, but it wasn't long, so no big deal.  The only problem I really have right now is the fact that one of the newest gym members is a person that I used to work with.  We didn't really get along that well (she was BFFs with the person above us, so I pretty much got shit on constantly while she got to do whatever she wanted all the time - including tell me what to do - with little consequence).  I was so happy when I was able to leave that job for a better position with better pay elsewhere.  But to see her again, still with that snarky look toward me just pisses me off.  I know I shouldn't let it, but one of my many flaws in this life is that I can hold onto stuff forever.  It takes me a long time, if ever at all to let go of a grudge.  I pray every day for God to help me in this area.  I am not perfect.

Ok, I'm starting to get off topic again.

My run went really well.  It was just an easy 3 miles and change on the treadmill.  Nothing too much to say about it.  Hamster on a wheel.

Splits:
Mile 1 - 9:42
Mile 2 - 9:22
Mile 3 - 9:05

Overall: 3.22 miles in 30:24.  Average pace:  9:26.

My strength training was awesome.  As badly as I wanted to increase some weights, I reminded myself that I'm now in a taper of sorts, so it's probably not the best time to do that.  So, I stuck with exactly what I did the last time.  I ended the workout feeling great.  Worked over, but in the good way.

Shoulder Press - 3 sets of 12 @ 10 lbs
Abdominal Crunch - 3 sets of 20 @ 45 lbs
Back extension - 3 sets of 15 @ 65 lbs
Triceps Press - 3 sets of 15 @ 35 lbs
Pull down - 3 sets of 12 @ 30
Chest Press - 3 sets of 12 @ 25
Seated Row - 3 sets of 15 @ 25
Biceps curl - 3 sets of 12 @ 15

I also did the WOW again.  I really like this one.  It's probably my favorite so far.  Today's plank was a pushup plank that I held for 5:17.  My trick lately for my long planks is to pick a random song from my iTunes that is around 5 minutes long or longer and hold it for the duration of the song (if I can, of course).

Not a bad day of workouts!  I had one of my favorite snacks again today too - berries and Greek yogurt.  :)

Water: as always!  I'm working on cup # 10!
Freggies:  yes!  I made chili for dinner tonight, and as always, my chili is packed with veggies, so that helped.  I never really liked chili as a kid... my mom always made this stuff that was pretty much ground beef, taco seasoning or chili powder, and water.  This was poured over white rice in a bowl.  When I got older and started looking at chili recipes I was overcome with the options!  You can put carrots in chili?  Oh yes you can!  You can pretty much put anything you want in there... lol.  I've made many versions of chili since leaving home and all of them are veggie explosions.  Today's fruits and veggies included: Banana, grapefruit, tomatoes, red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, jalepeno peppers, corn, potatoes, and blackberries and strawberries.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies:  1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 78 minutes of exercise:  7.5

Total points for today:  10.5
Total points for week 3 of the SBBC:  35
Total points for the SBBC:  155

Tomorrow is my rest day!  Except for planking and maybe the WOW, of course. Tomorrow also starts Spring break for my little ones.  They only have half of a day of school, so tomorrow's schedule will become quite hectic for me.  Can't wait to celebrate Holy Week with my family!

Speaking of which, only *I* would be that crazy/ballsy/stupid to schedule a half marathon the day after Good Friday.  Oops!  Well, I'm sure God is on my side through all of this.  It was because of Him that I started running in the first place.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring? Where?

I've seen many an internet meme recently regarding the groundhog.  It's pretty safe to say that people think he's full of crap right now.  This morning marked the official Spring Equinox and I can tell you that here in Western PA it feels like December or January.  Probably worse, actually.  I vaguely remember running a "Frigid" race in January in capris and a t-shirt on a nice 60 degree day.  But whatever, we have no control over this, so our choices are to suck it up, complain about it, not really care, or some combination.  Happy first day of Spring!

Aside from the weather, my run today was fantastic!  I did a 10 minute warmup, 30 minutes speedy, then 10 minutes to cooldown.  At first, when dealing with the wicked wind and bitter cold the run felt drab, but once I warmed up I felt great.  I rocked those 30 minutes and even had trouble slowing myself down for those last 10.  I ran 5.89 miles in 50:05.  Average pace: 8:30.  Average pace for the 30 minutes in the middle: 7:57.   Like I said, this felt great.  Either the moon and stars are aligned in some special way, or hey, maybe training might actually work.  lol

I did not do the WOW today.  I didn't want to take the chance of throwing myself over the edge and being stupid.  That's ok with me.

I did a forearm plank today for 5:08.  Yes, my dear Calloway (the cat I mentioned previously) was laying right there, purring like crazy.  Just a side story - his name is Calloway because one of my all time favorite movies is the Blues Brothers.  I've probably seen it a million and three times.  Any time I'm channel surfing and it pops up I will stop to watch it in its entirety.  I just love it.  One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Cab Calloway sings "Minnie the Moocher".  So, why not name the cat after him?

Top left - hot coffee was definitely helpful after my cold run!  Top right - I took this screenshot right before I started running.  Do you see where it says "feels like 18"?  It certainly did.

Water:  check!
Fruits and Veggies:  yes!  We've been on a big strawberry kick around here lately.  Today Nick picked up some at Sam's on his way home and these things are HUGE and super sweet.  Yum.  Other than strawberries, I had banana, carrots, apples, grapes, grape tomatoes, baked potato, and brussels sprouts (simply steamed - nothing on them.  Yes, I like them just like this and shockingly my kids do too.  So, I'm not complaining there!).

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and vegetables:  1
Doing the WOW: 0
Doing 55 minutes of exercise:  5.5

Total points for today: 7.5
Total points for week 3 of the SBBC:  24.5
Total points for the SBBC:  144.5

I'm calling it a night.  Tomorrow I'm headed to the gym for a short run on the treadmill before my strength training.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On This Windy Tuesday...

I thought I was going to blow away there on several occasions today!  Wow!  Wind is just bad... but what's worse than wind alone is when the wind is blowing right at you, pushing you back, as you're trying to climb a hill.  And not even a HILL hill, but just a little piddly hill that's usually no biggie.  However, I will say that it kinda balances itself out when the wind is whipping hard at your back when you are on the way down.

So yes, I got my run in today.  Yes, it was ridiculously easy.  Yes, it was windy, which is always an extra challenge, but I made it through.  Not much to say about it, really.

Splits:
Mile 1 - 9:45
Mile 2 - 9:30
Mile 3 - 9:30
Mile 4 - 9:20
Mile 5 - 8:54  <-- wind at my back.... weeee!

Overall: 5.06 miles in 47:35.  Average pace: 9:24.

I also did the WOW again today - my abs are feelin it - and did my reverse plank.  My male cat (I have 2 females and 1 male.  Yes, they are all "fixed".) has decided recently that whenever I plank I am making him a special tent to lay under.  So, he lies there and I try to warn him that this isn't forever.  I tell him that I will be falling to the ground on top of him at any moment.  He usually doesn't listen.  Then he acts like he hates me for a while.  Silly furball.

WOW and plank times and a pic of my lunch.  Egg whites and swiss cheese, blueberries and blackberries, and Ezekiel Flax toast with raspberry preserves. 

If you haven't noticed yet, I love breakfast foods.  Seriously, I could eat breakfast food for every single meal of the day.  eggs, toast, pancakes, waffles (Belgian or regular), BACON, crepes, cereal, cream of wheat, grits, CoCo Wheats, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, smoothies, French toast, BACON... I love it all.  

Ok, let's get to the points wrapup for the day.

Water: never a problem here.  10 cups down today and still going.
Fruits and veggies:  I had to work at it today, but yes, I got it done!  Instead of eating Jello with the kids after swimming lessons, I had a plum.  Fine example of how this challenge can change a woman.  My second favorite "meal type" is dessert.  lol  Other than the plum, I had a banana, blueberries, blackberries, grape tomatoes, mandarins, broccoli, carrots, and edamame.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of freggies:  1
Doing the WOW:  1
Doing 61 minutes of exercise:  6

Total points for today:  9
Total points for week 3 of the SBBC: 17
Total points for the SBBC:  137

Oh, I just want to say that I am elated that Danni won Biggest Loser last night!!  She was my favorite the entire season (followed by Joe).  She looks amazing!

Speaking of Biggest Loser, I got Jillian's new book Slim for Life and am a good chunk through with it.  I'll let you know what I think when I'm done.  I loved her Master Your Metabolism (seriously.  It changed my life!) book and cookbook, so I knew I had to read this.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Did I Run Yesterday?

I don't feel like I ran yesterday.  I just gotta throw that out there because usually the day after my long run I'm a little sore in a spot or three or tired or something is just up that reminds me "hey, you put in a great effort yesterday!".  Today?  Nothing.  No sore spots.  I'm not tired at all.  My feet aren't exhausted, my legs aren't worn, my knees don't hurt and I feel.... normal.  This is really strange for me, so forgive me if I'm just really weirded out by it.  I was able to do almost 60 minutes of exercise today with no issues whatsoever.  I honestly feel like I could have ran and felt good about it if that happened to be on the schedule.  This is a good thing, right?

Speaking of the exercise I got in today, first of all, I did some side planks.  I know I've mentioned this 10 million times but these are really tough for me.  I did my best again today, ending up with right around 1:41 per side.

I did the new Workout Of the Week.  It's only 3 exercises (done 3 times through), and it's not too bad.  Lots of core work, which is just my favorite thing anyway.

This week I've moved to the Weight Lifting Plan for Runners Workout #2.  I really really liked this!  The toughest part was the reverse fly.  Oof!  I love the way I felt after this workout!

Workout timers.

Today I've also been keeping a closer eye on my eating since failing at getting my fruits and vegetables in yesterday.  Yes, I ate some leftover corned beef, but I had a more "fruitful" breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  If I can say one thing about this challenge, it is helping (forcing?) me to think through my snacks more.  I won't lie - I'm a snacker.  I have a wicked high metabolism (this, unlike popular opinions would have it, is not always a blessing) and truly need to snack throughout the day.  Pre-challenge, yeah, I'd have some fruit here and there, maybe some carrots and hummus in the afternoon, but more often than not you'd find my hands in the pretzels, or noshing on yogurt, nuts, Luna bars, crackers, cottage cheese, etc.  Not that any of those things are terrible, but I definitely wasn't always getting over 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day.  Now, in order to hit that mark I stop and think things like "hmm.. put back the pretzel bag and grab some strawberries" or "yeah, the cottage cheese sounds yummy, but why don't we have some celery with it".  I will say that tracking my foods again on MyFitnessPal has helped immensely.

Breakfast.  Chobani Vanilla, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries.  Started my day off great!

Water: just chugged the 8th cup, and I'm onto the 9th.  So, yes.
Fruits and veggies:  yes!  I made it!  I had several servings of berries, grape tomatoes, a heaping plate of cabbage, bananas, and a plum.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 53 minutes of exercise: 5

Total points for today: 8
Total points for week 3 of the SBBC: 8
Total points for the SBBC: 128

Back on the road tomorrow!

Training Schedule Week of 3/18/2013-3/24/2013

Week 12 of 13.  12 of 13.  I'm trying to process this.

Monday:  Strength and stretching.
Tuesday:  5 miles EASY
Wednesday:  50 minute tempo run <-- last "hard" run of my plan.
Thursday:  3 miles EASY plus strength
Friday:  REST
Saturday: 3 miles at pace  <-- taper starts here with 1 week to go before the race!
Sunday:  10 miles LONG RUN

I've completed my workouts for today, but I'll post them when I do my nightly points calculation.

This is also the start of week 3 of the Spring Bootie Buster Challenge.  Just fair warning, since I am tapering at the end of this week, my points will obviously go down.  I also will not be doing any "extras" just to work points in.  My priority is my race.  I'm supposed to be backing off and resting, and I'm going to stick with my plan.  My main focus will be on water and fruits and veggies.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

SBBC Week 2 Wrapup!

This is the end of week 2 of the SBBC as well as the end of week 11/13 of my half marathon training!  Time sure flies, right?

I had a pretty hectic day yesterday so I did not get around to posting my workout or stats.  To sum it up:  I ran 5.07 miles in 44:21.  Average pace was 8:45.  This run went ok... definitely not as easy breezy as last week's Saturday 5 miler, but I got it done.  It didn't help matters that they were doing tree trimming at the park and had debris all over the road, so I felt at times like I was running like a football player running through tires just trying not to roll my ankle and fall on my face.  Not the best conditions for a pace run.  Disappointing, actually.  This was my last 5 mile pace run of my training plan.  I also did a forearm plank for 5:37.

The bottom pic was my pre run fuel: Old fashioned oats with unsweetened apple sauce, chia seeds, wheat germ, and cinnamon.

I did NOT do the WOW.  I did get in my water and fruits and vegetables.

Points (as of Saturday):
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies:  1
Doing the WOW: 0
Doing 50 minutes of exercise: 5

Total points for Saturday: 7
Total points for the week (through Saturday): 43.5
Total overall challenge points (through Saturday):  107

Now to today:

12 miles.  12 flipping miles.  I'm still in shock that I ran that far today.  Again, it wasn't all easy.  Thankfully, they had some of the bigger tree pieces picked up and there wasn't as much to dodge as yesterday.  During the first lake loop I felt great.  Mile 1 I was all by myself trudging along, focusing on the "slow and steady" mantra.  Somewhere around mile 2 I picked up a lady who cut across the road to run in front of me.  She seemed to be running at about my pace (or at least a pace that felt good to me at the time), so I stayed behind her and let her pace me... lol.  Every time I would start to creep up on her, I'd know I was pushing my pace a little hard, so I stayed back.  This was actually pretty helpful.  At around 4.5 miles she ran in another direction than I was heading, so I lost my pacer.  Now I was on my own again - lol.  I actually feel kinda bad... I probably should have just caught up and introduced myself since I think I was freaking her out by following her and then hanging back when I'd catch up, but I'm a really shy person, normally.  Oh well.  And now that I've typed that out, I feel extra bad about possibly making someone uncomfortable on their run due to my selfishness due to my awkward social skills...  Maybe she didn't really notice?  It was really crowded as usual at NP today - heck I had some guy following me my last few miles.  I need to stop thinking about this before I drive myself nuts.

Anyway, loop 2, as usual is a little tougher.  I took some Vanilla Orange Roctane (I've heard good things about Roctane) for the first time at mile 5.  The flavor, while didn't make me barf, wasn't my favorite.  If any woman out there has had the gestational diabetes test where they make you drink that syrupy orange "soda" and then sit on your ass for an hour before getting a blood draw you know what this stuff tastes like.  It tasted just like that.  I think I'll be trying another flavor.  This stuff had a better effect on me than the Clif shots, but I don't know that it had any better effect than a standard GU.  Shrug?  So, I felt pretty good at miles 5 and 6.  Then I hit my standard "blah, this run is getting hard and might suck" point from miles 7-8.  This always happens to me and I don't know why.  I just hit this very low point that lasts about 1.5-2.5 miles and then like magic I snap out of it.  It's really crazy.  Around 9-something miles I felt good again.  My family was at the 10 mile point and I waved to them and gave as best a smile as I could and headed out for my little out and back.  So far in my training plan, I've been shying away from taking a second gel during my run even though I've felt the last 2 weeks that I could probably benefit from it.  I made a promise to myself that I would take one at 10 miles to help push me through those final 2 miles (and hopefully in less than 2 weeks, through those final 3.1!).  I brought a Hammer Nutrition Apple Cinnamon.  My first thought?  OMG this tastes like pie!  PIE!!  Pie was the best thing that could have happened to me after 10 miles... lol.  Not only was it absolutely delicious (seriously, I would put this on ice cream.  I've only ever said that about Espresso Love in the past.  ha!), but it worked!  I felt an effect in a short amount of time and it felt good!  Those last miles felt fantastic.  I seriously was bummed when mile 12 ticked off because I felt like I could have ran another mile today.  But, I kept myself in check and turned off my watch at 12.13 - just so I can say that I have less than a mile to go.  I walked the last little bit back to the van  :)

I have that mile in me.  I know I do.  We'll see how well I do on the 30th.  After my 3 mile run on Thursday, I'm doing a mini-taper, so next Sunday's long run will only be 10 miles.  My work here is done.  I hope!

Splits:  (they weren't negative, but I'm at peace with it.  At least mile 12 was the fastest!)
Mile 1 - 10:20
Mile 2 - 9:43
Mile 3 - 9:37
Mile 4 - 9:48
Mile 5 - 9:30
Mile 6 - 9:43
Mile 7 - 9:25
Mile 8 - 9:33
Mile 9 - 9:25
Mile 10 - 9:28
Mile 11 - 9:37
Mile 12 - 9:23

Overall I ran 12.13 miles in 1:56:45.  Average pace 9:37.  Other than general tiredness, I'm feeling great!  The benefit of doing a long run on St. Patty's Day is there's lots of Guinness to recover with! ;-)
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

This week I ran 30.72 miles in 4:42:34.  Average pace: 9:12.  Moving right along!

I did NOT do the WOW again today.  I honestly forgot to even plank before my long run and afterward I certainly wasn't up for it.  I did do a short pushup plank, though, just so I don't lose my streak on #plankaday.
The top left pic is what I ate post run.  Egg white omelet with spicy salsa and a slice of Ezekiel Flax bread (first time I've had this kind.  Giant Eagle just got it in!  Woohoo!  It's great!) with light cream cheese.

Water:  Above and beyond, as is typical on long run days.
Fruits and veggies: I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I'm painfully honest.  No.  I didn't get them all in.  I think I'm at 5 servings?  I've just been all about the protein and carbs.  I had banana, berries, pineapple, cabbage and OJ.  Is salsa a veggie serving?  I guess it could be, but bottom line is I don't have 7+ today.  Oh well, it happens.  Especially on a holiday when I'm stuffing my face with corned beef, cabbage, soda bread (hey - that has raisins in it!  hehe) and beer.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water:  1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies: 0
Doing the WOW:  0
Doing 120 minutes of exercise: 12

Total points for today: 13
Total points for Week 2 of the SBBC: 56.5  <-- a dip from last week, but I missed most days of doing the WOW and missed a day of fruits and veg.  It's ok.  I'll survive.
Total points for the SBBC:  120

I haven't had a change to check out next week's WOW, but I'm hoping it's something less jumpy.  I'll post my training plan for next week tomorrow morning.  Until then - cheers!  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Feel Good Friday

I've had pretty relaxing day overall here.  I took it easy while still being able to get a lot done.  I love days like that!  I'm starting to get a little Spring fever/cleaning bug and I'm wanting to get some things around here organized, purged, and deep cleaned.  Today I tackled a little touch of my kitchen (really just standard upkeep in there), and then I did a deeper cleaning of my living room rug.  I don't know what exactly the kids spilled in there, but there were spots that just had a funk to me that I didn't realize were there until I was planking right on top of them.  Ha!  More benefits to the plank!  Anyway, after annoying the oldest cat with the god awful annoying sweeper,  I headed to my daughter's room.  I cleaned up her bathroom, and got rid of some old junk hanging around her room and closet.  Then I headed downstairs to my computer area I had a huge "pitch it" fest.  It's amazing how random paperwork and just general clutter can creep up on you.  I got rid of several bags of stuff today and I'm feeling quite accomplished.  I also gathered my groceries for my St. Patty's Day feast.  Every year I make the same thing - corned beef simmered in a concoction of Guinness and brown sugar, potatoes, fried cabbage, and Irish soda bread.  It makes my little Irish heart sing! :)  Speaking of the Guinness, that's the one thing I need to get out and pick up tomorrow.  Hopefully I won't have to go on a treasure hunt for it.

Unfortunately it looks like the weather is going to be too crappy to go to the parade.  The kids are bummed, but I don't think mid-30s and a rain/snow mix is good weather for standing outside for 3+ hours (our parade is long!).

I also got to spend some quality time hanging out with my awesome little girl, Victoria.  She's becoming quite the expert in Plants vs. Zombies.  ;)

As far as workouts go, and really I think all the cleaning I did today should count (but I won't count it), I did the WOW and a reverse plank.

Workout times on the left.  One of my favorite mugs on the right.  Today's work was fueled by a lot of those...  On the bottom is a little project that Victoria has hanging up in her school.  So proud of her!

Water: Oh yes.  Today is one of those days where I'm so hydrated I've been in the bathroom more than I'd like to admit.
Fruits and veggies: As is typical during Lent, I tend to go above and beyond on this category on Fridays.  My lunch today was vegetable fajitas, for example.  I had way over 7 servings today from a combination of the following:  pineapple, mixed berries, plum, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, snap peas, baby carrots, avocado, and mixed salad greens.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 11 minutes of exercise: 1

Total points for today: 4
Total points for the week: 36.5
Total overall challenge points: 100

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Quickie Update

Just a quick short post tonight because, well, if I'm being totally honest, I'm not in the mood to blog.  lol

My run on the treadmill before my strength training went well.  Nothing remarkable of course, just a nice and easy 3.2 miles in 29:44.

I did my strength circuit and it took me 35 minutes and change.  I also did side planks today for around a minute and a half each.  I still suck at them, but I'm hoping that sooner or later I'll have a breakthrough just like I did with the forearm and other kinds.

I think I've finally fiddled around with the weights enough to find a point that feels good.
Shoulder Press - 3 sets of 12 @ 10 lbs
Triceps Press - 3 sets of 15 @ 35 lbs
Back Extension - 3 sets of 15 @ 65 lbs
Abdominal Crunch - 3 sets of 20 @ 45 lbs
Biceps Curl - 3 sets of 12 @ 15 lbs
Seated Row - 3 sets of 15 @ 25 lbs
Chest Press - 3 sets of 12 @ 25 lbs <-- this is a shock, but this is the one that will need the weight bumped up next... this was always my second weakest just behind the shoulder press... wth?
Pull down - 3 sets of 12 @ 30 lbs

I did NOT do the WOW again today.  While my knee felt good today, I still don't want to chance overdoing it.

Top two are self explanatory.  The bottom pic was my dinner this evening.  Organic chicken breast, baby carrots and onions, and sauteed garlic kale.  Yum!

Water:  Yes, as always.
Fruits and veg: Yep!  I had the last bowl of veggie chowder for lunch this afternoon, so that took care of a couple servings with all those leeks, potatoes and squash.  I also had bananas, blueberries, clementines, baby carrots, and kale.  I can't believe that up until the past year or so I never had kale.  I thought I didn't like it.  hahaha!  I love it.  You just have to cook it right, which *I* do.  ;-)

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg: 1
Doing the WOW: 0
Doing 67 minutes of exercise: 6.5

Total points for today: 8.5
Total points for the week: 31.5

Rest day tomorrow!  Wooooooooohoooooo!  ha!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Fear is the Worst Part

Honestly.  The fear of a run (or I guess anything else for that matter) is worse than the actual event.  I was terrified of my run today.  The sheer idea of 10 sets of 400s made me stomach knot up.  They're usually not fun, I usually feel like I'm gonna barf at least once during the process, and when I'm done I'm between elation and agony from the exhaustion and soreness.

But, I woke up this morning, groaned at the sight of freaking SNOW outside again and threw on my clothes so I'd be ready for my run after the kids were safely in school.

I started out with my easy warmup - about 3/4 of a mile - and felt pretty good.  There was some light snow on the ground, but nothing totally slippery.  Then the work started.  Really, I felt pretty good during the first 5 sets.  The second half wasn't so easy.  I had my typical "please stay down, half the bar I had for breakfast" moment somewhere between the 6th and 7th repeat.  When I got to the 8th, I dug deep into some reserve strength I had and told myself (yes, aloud.. haha) "look, there's only 2 more after this one.  You're done.  This is it.  Just a few more minutes and you can slog through a cooldown".  I made it through the last couple and said "thank you God" as I slowed way down and caught a deep breath.  I did it.  Phew.  Was it fabulous fun?  No.  But was it as bad as I lost sleep over thinking it was?  No.  Such is life...  Hey, at least I didn't see any plastic male genitalia today.

Overall I ran 5.24 miles in 44:04.  Average overall pace: 8:24.  I'll take that.

I did a pushup plank today for 5:11.

I did not do the WOW today.  Two reasons: 1) My finicky knee has been, well finicky since my run.  It's not bad, I'm sure foam rolling tonight and just doing a light easy 3 miles tomorrow will work it out, but I didn't want to do all that hopping.  2)  I really don't like the WOW due to all that hopping and after a hard run like today, I have to really like something (planking) to do anything more.  So, I'll suffer the point loss.  No big deal.

I did not take any pics today aside from my screenshot of my plank time, which you can find on Twitter.

So, here's my wrapup for the day and then I'm going to take my tired butt to bed.

Water: Yes.  I'm between 9-10 cups right now.
Fruits and veggies: Yes.  Especially since I ate leftover veggie chowder for dinner.  I also had banana, grapefruit, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, and baby carrots.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 0
Doing 50 minutes of exercise: 5

Total points for today: 7
Total points for this week: 24

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Shouldn't Have Complained About the GU packets!

I've had one heck of a day here!  Not all bad, mind you, just busy and eventful.  I won't bore you to tears with every detail, but I will share some highlights (well, I think they are highlights, you call them what you will).

I woke up this morning feeling tired.  My littlest one has been having problems sleeping and the middle one is sick, so between the two PLUS my overprotective cat thinking he needs to sleep on my face lately, I'm just not resting at night like I should.  But, I need to get these runs in, and let's not forget that I'm the loon who will run with a stomach virus, fever, etc, so very little stops me.

I put my chilly weather gear on because when I left the temp was 32.  Boo.  I miss Spring-like temps already.  Heading out, I figured this would be one slog of a run, and thank goodness it was only scheduled to be an easy day anyway.  Well, I ended up surprising myself in feeling great once I got going.  Sweet.

So, I'm zipping along, feeling fantastic, finally awake, loving the weekday NP crowd (so friendly and happy!).  I was around a quarter mile or so from my stopping point when just ahead of me I saw something strange.  My thoughts went from: "is that a?", "no", "omg those look like balls", to "omg those ARE balls" "wtf is a dildo doing in the middle of the path", "I should stop and take a pic" (I didn't), and "I don't know whether to be grossed out or amused or both".  Then I laughed my way the rest of the way back to the van.  People running the opposite direction looked at me funny as I am literally barely holding on to any proper form of running at all from laughing so hard but I hope they realized why when they came upon that.  When Nick saw me he asked what was up and when I told him he asked if I took a pic.  No!  Sick!

I guess I shouldn't have griped about the litter in the park the other day.  Who knows what I'm gonna see next!  Yikes!

Anyway, my run went great.

Splits:
Mile 1 - 9:46
Mile 2 - 9:24
Mile 3 - 9:20
Mile 4 - 9:20
Mile 5 - 9:15

Overall: 5.06 miles in 47:40.  Average pace: 9:25.

I did a forearm plank for 5:09 and I also did the WOW today, although I had to wait until later in the day.  Not really because I didn't have the time, I just didn't have the desire.  I don't think I like this WOW very much.  Oh well, 5 more days to go before a new one.

For lunch (and for future snacking) I made the Chicken Chorizo Biscuits from Fit4HISGlory!  I knew I was going to love these, but wow.  They are fabulous!  My husband loves them too and they are full of good for you ingredients so you don't have to feel guilty eating them.  I made them pretty much as written (only used 1 T of pepper flakes, and I think next time I might even knock it down to 1/2 because they are really spicy!) and it was such a simple process.  I will be making these again.  Can't go wrong when one biscuit is less than 100 calories and has 8g of protein!  yum!

I also spent some time in the kitchen today making one of the last "winter" recipes for the season.  I made vegetable chowder (good way to pack in a few servings of veg in one bowl - hint hint!).  Leeks, potatoes, butternut squash, and pure deliciousness.  Serve it up with some good bread from Breadworks and I'm happy in veggieland.

I did a lot of other food prep for the week as well.  I pack lunches for my kids 3 out of the 5 days per week and I make sure they have fresh fruits and veggies.  Even if they don't eat everything I put in their bags I feel better for at least offering it to them instead of them picking out the garbage in the cafeteria.  It's astounding what they consider a "healthy" school lunch these days.  Not that today is much different from when I was a kid, but I want better for my kids, you know?  Just because it says "whole grain breading" doesn't mean that chicken nuggets are healthy.  And having "PB&J Uncrustables" as their second option isn't really amusing either.  I understand that the national school lunch program focuses on feeding hungry kids and I think that's fantastic.  I just wish there was a way to appropriately feed hungry kids, not just shovel the cheapest thing we can buy in bulk into their mouths.  And please, don't hear me sitting here saying I'm one of those perfect moms who feeds their kids a 100% organic diet and who would rather die than set foot in a fast food establishment.  Nope.  I couldn't afford 100% organic if I tried, but I buy what I can when I can.  As for the fast food?  I greatly limit it, but yes my kids have had meals that come with crappy toys.

Ok.  I just went on a huge rant I didn't intend to.  Sorry.  I'm touchy about some stuff, ok? lol

Back on track now.  I'm nervous about my run tomorrow.  It's my last day of speedwork intervals before the  race.  The 400s are always tough.  I just gotta get through them.

So, here's my SBBC wrapup for the day, starting with a pic:

Top:  1 - my wonderful leeks sauteed with olive oil and turkey bacon.  2 - Those awesome chorizo biscuits!! 
Middle:  1 - self explanatory
Bottom:  1 - my run map.  Typical 5.  2 - the finished product of my veggie chowder.  I know the pic makes it look almost like vomit and totally unappealing, but I promise you it is delicious and looks much better in person.

Water: Check.
Veggies and Fruit: Yep!  My chowder certainly helped with this.  Today I ate a banana, green grapes, grapefruit, grape tomatoes (I guess it was a grapey day?  lol), peppers, leeks, potatoes, and butternut squash (the last 3 were chowder ingredients.  I had a big bowl as well as many "tastes" along the way).

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 62 minutes of exercise: 6

Total points for today: 9
Total points for this week: 17

Monday, March 11, 2013

SBBC w2d1

I did get in the Weight Lifting Plan for Runners Workout #1 this evening after all.  I had a pretty hectic day and I usually don't like to exercise at night, but I really felt like doing it.  I had to do it in 2 parts instead of repeating the circuit back to back due to mommy duties, but that's ok.  :)


The first 2 workouts are self explanatory.  The last time is the Weight Lifting Plan #1.  The top foods are my sweet potato and spinach from dinner (I admittedly had a bbq ham sammich with this).  The bottom was my breakfast.

Water: done!
Fruits and vegetables: done!  Today I had at least 1 serving each of strawberries, blueberries, baby carrots, green grapes, sweet potato, spinach, and grape tomatoes.  I will not go into my huge love of spinach.  But I love it.  Throw a bag in a skillet with a little butter and fresh garlic and we're having a good time.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 52 minutes of exercise: 5

Total points for the day: 8
Total points for this week: 8

Oh, and as for the WOW... I don't know that I like it better than week 1.  It starts with 30 hop overs.  I'm just not a big fan of jumping, I don't know.  Except for jumping jacks.  I can crank out 100 of those no sweat.  I've got issues.  I do like the triceps dips, pushups and 1 leg get ups, though.  So, I'll suck it up.  It's only a week, right?  lol

Training Schedule Week of 3/11/2013-3/17/2013

Week 11/13 of my half marathon training.  Also, week 2 of the Spring Bootie Buster Challenge!

Monday: Stretch and strength day.  I did the new WOW and planked.  I might get in more later.  I'm feeling a little sore from yesterday, but it's not devastating or anything.  Maybe I'll just do some yoga?
Tuesday:  5 miles EASY
Wednesday: 10x400s with 200 recoveries.  W/U and C/D as usual.  This one I'm scared of.
Thursday:  3 miles EASY plus strength
Friday:  REST
Saturday:  5 miles at pace
Sunday:  12 miles LONG  <-- longest run before my half, next week I "taper" down to 10ish.

I'll also be trying to remember to get in the WOW every day as well as my standard planking.  My family is on me about St Patty's Day and the parade n'at (yes, I just went THERE), so my weekend might be a little crazy. I already told them that nothing, not even the hugest glass of Guinness in the world can keep me from my long run on Sunday.  And this is coming from an Irish chick.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

SBBC Week 1 Wrapup

Today is the end of week 1 of the SBBC and week 10/13 of my half marathon training plan!

I was scheduled for 11.5 miles this morning, but I had a personal goal of going to 11.6 because by doing that I would attain the goal of 30 miles per week.  :)

I started off the morning with my power breakfast of Coco Wheats, chia seeds (can you tell I put these things in something at least every day?  lol), wheat germ, and almond milk.  I also had a big cup of coffee.

The time change was throwing me off a bit this morning.  I couldn't tell if I was tired or not but I definitely just felt "off".

I did my side planks and the last day of WOW #1.  I haven't looked ahead to WOW #2 that I'll be starting tomorrow, but I'm secretly hoping there's no more jump squats.  I still have not grown to love them.

I set out for the park, excited to be running on a mostly sunny 60 degree day in March.  Shorts and a t-shirt it was!  I swear I just feel faster without a ton of gear on!

Anyway, my plan was to do what I've done before and take the first half or so slow and easy and then kick it up as I feel good enough to during the second half.  This always seems to work for me.  Today was no different.  When I can complete the first 5 mile loop with the feeling of "hell yeah I've got another in me!" I know I'm doing something right.

That being said, today was an "omg North Park sucks!" day.  I truly do have a love/hate relationship with it.  Being that the weather was warm and beautiful, there were easily a million times more people there than usual.  And the dogs... omg the dogs.  I usually like the occasional dog, but today it was constant dogs and people who didn't keep very good control of them, letting them have huge leads on their leashes, letting them crap wherever and then not cleaning it up, etc.  Blah.  I tried to not let it get to me too much and I just sucked it up and went about my way and tried to focus on my run and all the thoughts buzzing around my brain.

Oh, and another thing:  I think everyone (and I'm specifically talking about runners and/or cyclists or whoever else uses energy enhancing products while training) who litters in a park SUCKS.  I cannot tell you how many empty GU/Hammer/Clif packets and PowerBar wrappers etc were lying around.  Seriously??  You can carry the product around with you, but once you use it somehow you just can't do it anymore so it goes to the ground?  I know it is different and acceptable in a race situation with aid stations, but there are people to clean that up at that time.  On a normal day with nothing going on, you're just a litterbug if you do that.  I usually carry my gels/blocks in a pocket or my Amphipod pouch and then I'm done eating it the wrapper goes right back in there if I'm not near a trash receptacle.  Yeah, sometimes I get some sticky stuff on my shorts or in my pouch, but those are very washable.  Maybe it's just the former Scout in me coming through with the whole "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints" thing, but wow.  This just disheartens me.

Ok, enough ranting and back on topic:  the first loop of my run plus the beginning of the second went smooth as butter.  I took the last Clif chocolate gel I had (I don't think I'll be restocking them in my house because there's other things that just seem to work better after some trial and error) around mile 5.25.  I started to feel "meh" around mile 7.5 and by mile 8 I was looking at my watch every 30 seconds thinking "how much more do I have left??".  I wasn't hurting, but I was just feeling down.  Then I reminded myself that I only had a bit more than a 5K left and perked up a bit.  I remember looking at my watch at 9.67 miles and feeling a surge of energy that was quite welcome.  I ditched the thought of taking another gel at mile 10 because I was back to feeling great again.  I powered through that last mile and a half plus and ended feeling like I could have gone a bit more if I had to and wanted to.  I did my post run short walk and stretching and then came home to the second half of my stretching routine and my compression socks.

Splits:
Mile 1 - 10:16
Mile 2 - 9:48
Mile 3 - 9:52
Mile 4 - 9:44
Mile 5 - 9:40
Mile 6 - 9:45
Mile 7 - 9:21
Mile 8 - 9:27
Mile 9 - 9:25
Mile 10 - 9:24
Mile 11 - 9:24
Last .66 - 9:21

Overall I ran 11.66 miles in 1:52:21.  Average pace: 9:38.  A really good run, dogs, litterbugs, scatterbrain and all. :)

This week I ran a total of 30.04 miles.  My first 30 mile week ever!  This was my goal for the year, to get to this point, and I'm happy to get here in the beginning of March, no less!  I ran for 4:38:46 and my average pace was 9:17.  I feel great.

Run map, side planks, WOW, a small portion of the large amount of veggies I ate with dinner (lol) and a little indulgence (Skinny Caramel Macchiato)

Water: Check and double check.  I probably hit my water mark by late afternoon.  I always drink a TON on my long run days.
Fruits and veggies:  Check, although I can tell it's time to hit the grocery store tomorrow because I had to double up on some things to make my quota today.  I had blueberries, banana, broccoli, carrots, squash, cauliflower, clementines, green grapes, and tomatoes.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veg: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 121 minutes of exercise: 12

Total points for today: 15
Total points for Week 1 of the SBBC:  63.5

I had fun with the Spring Bootie Buster Challenge this week.  The WOW, while challenging even though it is short, ended up being either a great warmup pre-run or just a great "get out of bed and wakeup" exercise.  I honestly don't think I'll ever appreciate squat jumps like I should, but I just find them hard on the knees.  Maybe that's a sign that I need to strengthen them, I don't know.  I can't wait to see what week 2 has in store!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Fun in the Sun

This was a downright BEAUTIFUL day!  I woke up and the sun was shining and the sun was bright and the sky was blue all day.

I started my day off with one of my favorite breakfasts - old fashioned oats with PB2, chia seeds, and almond milk.  I topped that off with a cup of coffee while watching some morning TV with my little girl and then got my game face on (ha).

I did the WOW and I planked.  I did a pushup plank for 5:18.  Tomorrow will be those nagging side planks again.

I was so excited to get out and run today.  Not only was the sun shining, but it was warm (well, if you're a crazy like me and consider 42 "warm").  I decided that today would be the day I would break out the running skirt for the season.  I think a lot of people thought I was crazy out there because they were all in their tights and jackets and whatnot, but I felt just fine.

I felt amazing this entire run.  I wanted to keep around an 8:50-9:00 pace, but my legs just weren't having it once they'd warmed up.  I'd look at my watch and it would say 8:20 something.  I say in my head "no no no, 8:50" and slow it way down (or so I thought) and I'd look at my watch a short time later and I'd be speeding right along again.  I honestly wasn't feeling like I was working at all.  I felt fantastic, wasn't breathing heavily, and honestly ended the run feeling like a) I'd barely just run at all and b) I could have ran a heck of a lot longer at that rate.  I guess I should take that as a good thing, huh?  Afterwards, I did my typical stretching, but I have had no issues since this run.  Well, aside from running over my toe with a shopping cart, but we'll not talk about that.. lol

Splits:
Mile 1 - 8:54
Mile 2 - 8:41
Mile 3 - 8:40
Mile 4 - 8:44
Mile 5 - 8:35

Overall I ran 5.04 miles in 43:56.  Average pace: 8:42.  Love(d) it!

Just a little summary of my day.  Sunshine makes me happy.  The food is one of my favorite snacks.  Vanilla Greek yogurt with warmed up mixed berries.  So yummy it feels like dessert in the middle of the day!

Water:  Check!  Not usually a problem here.
Fruits and Veg: Check!  Today I've had romaine, avocado, tomatoes (lots), berries, plum, grapes, and clementines.  I'm thinking of munching on some carrots and hummus here too, so there's some more vitamin A!  :)

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of freggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 55 minutes of exercise: 5.5

Total points for today: 8.5
Total points for the week: 48.5

Tonight we set the clocks forward - Spring Ahead!  I hope this doesn't mess my long run tomorrow up too much.  I'm planning on going to bed early tonight (at least I'm going to try)!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Ah, Rest Day

Well, kinda.  I did do the WOW (since it's short) and planked (forearm) to keep up my streak.  Other than that I took it easy today.  Nick and I went to lunch and had some great fish tacos.  Yum.  I also went and stocked up on some more gels including my favorite so far (GU Espresso Love) and some that I just wanted to try after hearing good things.  I got some AccelGel and Hammer gel.  I honestly forget what flavors they are (I'm pretty sure chocolate was one and another was apple something?).  I figure it can't hurt to give new things a whirl.  Who knows, I might find something that blows my love of espresso love right out of the water.


Easy rest day.  :)

No food pics again today.  I'm sure you're crushed at missing out on more of my spectacular photography and super exciting food choices.

Water: Check.
Fruits and Veggies:  Check.  Today included clementines, mixed salad greens, red cabbage, cucumbers, roma tomatoes, avocado, peas, apple, baked potato, and grape tomatoes.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 11 minutes of exercise:  1

Total points for today: 4
Total so far for the week: 40

I'm really nervous about my runs this weekend.  I don't know why, but I am.  The weather is supposed to be great, so hopefully that will help to ease my jitters.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gym Day!

I can't believe I'm about to say this but, today was a great day at the gym!  The crowd wasn't out of control, I had a treadmill that totally worked, and I was able to get through my weights circuit plus stretch without too much trouble.  Someone was smiling down on me today!

My easy 3 was just that, easy peasy.  This was one of those runs that I had to keep reminding myself that even though I feel fanfreakingtastic, this is supposed to be light and easy and I don't have to gogogogo like my legs seem to want to.  I love these kinds of runs!

Splits:
Mile 1 - 9:51
Mile 2 - 9:01
Mile 3 - 9:04

Overall I ran 3.13 miles in 29:18.  Average pace: 9:21.

I did my usual weight circuit.  I increased the weight again on a couple of things that, like I mentioned the last time, I didn't feel like I was working enough on.  I'm still liking the 3 sets vs 2 thing, though.

Shoulder Press - 3 sets of 12 @ 10 lbs
Triceps Press - 3 sets of 15 @ 35 lbs
Back Extension - 3 sets of 15 @ 65 lbs
Abdominal Crunch - 3 sets of 20 @ 40 lbs (and this still feels light to me)
Biceps Curl - 3 sets of 12 @ 15 lbs
Seated Row - 3 sets of 15 @ 25 lbs
Chest Press - 3 sets of 12 @ 25 lbs
Pull down - 3 sets of 12 @ 30 lbs

I also did the WOW again.  I really think the WOW will just be daily thing for me.  It's so quick and easy and really gives me a boost.

I did my best ever reverse plank today!  4:06.7!  Yeah!


I did not take any food pics today.  After this morning I was just so hairbrained and frazzled that I just couldn't remember to do it.  :(

Water: Cup #9 is sitting right here on my desk.  Hydration is my thing!
Fruits and Veggies: Although I am lacking in pics, I was able to get in my 7+ servings.  Included in my day were bananas, russet potato, asparagus, yams, grapefuit, grape tomatoes, and a plum.  I also snitched some of the littlest boy's apples and raisins, but not nearly enough to consider a serving, so I'm not counting it.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 76 minutes of exercise:  7.5

Total points for today: 10.5
Total so far for the week: 36


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I Want Spring. Now.

That darn groundhog...  What does he know?

So Pittsburgh Public schools through me for a loop by cancelling at the last minute today. Oh well, I kind of thought it might happen so I had already mentally prepared to have to do my run on the treadmill today.  No big deal, really.

I did 10 minutes easy, 25 minutes between 5-10K pace, and then 10 minutes easy again.  It went pretty well if you ignore the treadmill boredom.  I'm ok on the treadmill for about 3 miles and then I start clock watching, sighing, and trying to focus on anything but the timer.  Nothing ever really helps, so I just have to get through it.

Splits:
Mile 1 - 9:51
Mile 2 - 8:31
Mile 3 - 8:14
Mile 4 - 8:15
Mile 5 - 9:08

Overall I ran 5.12 miles in 45:16.  Average pace: 8:50.  Like I said, it went well.  Thankfully, the gym was dead, so I even had the space (gasp!) to do my little stretching routine when I was done.

I did the WOW again.  I'm starting to get used to the jumps.  I'll probably start to like them just as we switch to a different WOW that doesn't include them.  haha

My #plankaday today was a set of side planks, which are my very weakest plank.  That's ok.  Getting better all the time is what matters, right?  I held them for about 1:45 on each side.


Plank, WOW, and run.

Water: I've had 8 cups, but I'll have more (and my tea) before the night is over.
Fruits and Veggies: Got em'.  It was pretty easy today due to my having a huge salad again.  I seem to go through phases with salads.  Either I'm really into them and can eat them for 2 meals a day if I can or I'm sick of them (which is probably a sign I need to change my fixin's up).  I'm on a salad kick again, so hooray!  I had some romaine, grape tomatoes (lots of those.  I love them.  I can wash them up and eat them by the handful), olives, peppers, and just a tad of dressing.  I also had a banana, grapefruit, celery, celmentines, and cauliflower.

I warn you, it was another terrible (ok, forgetful is the right term) day for food pics, but here goes:

My midday grapefruit snack, part of my salad and cauliflower at dinner, and the remnants of the clementine I just devoured before starting to type this... lol

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 55 minutes of exercise: 5.5

Total for today: 8.5

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SBBC Day 2 and First Run of the Week

This morning was one of those awful deceiving days where you look outside and the sky is bright blue and the sun is shining brightly - then you step outside.  And it's miserably cold.  Before I left for my run, my weather app said that it was 20 degrees but "felt like" 11.  Nice.  If you're a polar bear.

But, I bundled up and headed out... it was "only" an easy 5 miler on the books today after all.  Thankfully my run did go incredibly easy.  Nothing much to report other than my weird foot pain thing happening again.

Splits:
Mile 1 - 9:33
Mile 2 - 9:44
Mile 3 - 9:41
Mile 4 - 9:19
Mile 5 - 9:01 <-- I swear it didn't feel this fast AT ALL.

Overall: 5.06 miles in 47:55.  Average pace: 9:27.

It's supposed to snow like crazy overnight (3-8 inches is the spread I've heard), so I don't know what will happen tomorrow.  I'm scheduled for a 45 minute tempo run.  Nick and I were thinking of trying another gym, so maybe we'll do that if the snow keeps me from running outside.  Just gotta roll with it!

I also did the WOW again!  I did it faster, not that I'm aiming to go fast or anything, but Kelly Clarkson's Stronger was playing and I was feeling springy.  lol  I still don't love squat jumps, but I'll keep it up.

My #plankaday today was a pushup plank for 5:08.4!  rawr!  Tomorrow is side plank day and I suck at those, but one day I'll be great at them too!


Little bit of workout proof.

Water:  On cup #9 again today.  Will have at least another plus a cup of tea before bed.
Fruits and Veggies:  Check.  Today I've had a salad with red and green baby romaine, a handful of iceberg thrown in too (it was leftover from another meal and about to go bad.  I rarely ever buy it.  Arugula is honestly my favorite salad green), and tomatoes, peppers, and olives.  I also put some leftover chicken in it.  Other freggies included a banana, plum, apple, potatoes, and baby carrots.  I had some tomato soup too, but I don't know how much of that honestly counts toward a serving.

I've been terrible about snapping food pics today, especially since I ate a lot of leftovers and they're not typically visually appealing (leftovers are big in this house, and usually make up my lunches), but here are a couple of things:


Top:  Part of my salad from lunch.
Bottom:  One of the best snacks ever.  Gala apple with 1T almond butter.

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz water: 1
Eating 7+ servings of fruits and veggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 60 minutes of exercise (run+stretch, WOW, planking): 6

Total for today: 9

Monday, March 4, 2013

SBBC Day 1

So here's my stats for the day:

Water?  Check.  I'm actually sitting here sipping on cup #9, and I always drink tea before bed as well, so I'm good on the fluids.

Freggies?  I did pretty well, I think!  I know I definitely hit the between 7-9 serving mark, but the actual number would depend on whether or not you're one that considers potatoes an actual veggie or not.  Other than some roasted potatoes with dinner, today I also had baby carrots, celery, a plum, blackberries, strawberries, grapefruit, and a salad made with red and green baby romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and yellow pepper.

Here's a pic of some of the foods I had today.  I warn you, my photography is not the best, but I enjoy it.

Top pic is part of my salad.  Middle row pic 1 is roasted potato wedges and baby carrots with chicken breast.  This was a crockpot meal with the above ingredients plus italian dressing, a little parmesan and italian seasonings.  Middle row pic 2 is something you'll see a lot from me - greek yogurt with berries.  Bottom row is obviously a grapefruit and then one of my favorite breakfasts - old fashioned oats with chia seeds, PB2, and almond milk.

Workouts:
I completed the posted Workout of the Week, which consisted of squat jumps, low jog to high knees, toy soldiers (laying down) and bridges.  I did the routine twice through.  In total it took me 6:06.  I liked this warmup and might just use it as a typical warmup.  I felt good when it was done, although, admittedly, squat jumps are some of my least favorite things.  I think it is because I don't really do them that often, so I've never really gotten used to them.  Maybe this challenge will change that?

I also did the Weight Lifting Plan for Runners Workout #1.  I really liked this!!  It was a very welcome change to my "normal" strength training routine.  I really felt it!  On the second time through, by the time I got to the lateral shoulder raises I was really working.  My shoulders have always been one of my weak points.  I used 5 lb dumbbells, which felt right.  I could maybe kick it up to my 8s on the biceps sets, but I didn't want to push it.

Biceps curl 2 sets of 10
Chest Press 2 sets of 10
Hammer curl 2 sets of 10
Chest fly 2 sets of 10
1:00 Pushup plank - I chose to do pushup because I had already done my forearm #plankaday
1:00 side plank on each side
:30 jump squats
Triceps dip 2 sets of 10
Front Shoulder Raises 2 sets of 10
Pullover 2 sets of 10
Lateral Shoulder Raise 2 sets of 10
Back Extension 2 sets of 10
:30 jump rope

Doing this routine twice through took me 40:32.  Nice little workout there!

I did a forearm plank for #plankaday and got a shiny new PR!  5:10.9!


My overall total is just under 52 minutes of working out today!

Points:
Drinking 64+ oz of water: 1
Eating my fruits and veggies: 1
Doing the WOW: 1
Doing 51 minutes of exercise (1 point per 10 mins): 5

Total points for today: 8

If this is incorrect, someone please let me know!