Running, working out and eating my way to my next marathon!!

Spinning and Running and Rolling

So, I was pretty pleased with my long run yesterday.  After Tuesday being a terrible day for me as far as soreness, grumpiness and being way overtired I needed a good day.  And after an awesome nights sleep I had one!!  The weather was perfect and I was out in shorts.

Then, today started out great.  I slept great, I felt great, and I woke up with lots of energy!  I headed into spin and had a great 45 min ride.  My second class in and I may just be hooked!!  After spin I went for a 3 mile run.  Considering I had spun this morning and long-run yesterday it went pretty well.  My pace was 10:09 min/mi.  Then, I came home and brought the dog for a 2.2 mile walk.  Oh, did I mention it was in the mid 60’s out and sunshiny and wonderful!!!!!!  Here is a lovely photo to show you that I was in fact in shorts in February:

Then, later, the boyfriend and I went out on a 3.2 mile walk.  Phew!  That’s alot of cardio and leg work for today!!

So, after spin class today I saw a sign up for a foam rolling demo.  I have really been wanting to try out the foam rolling and was super-psyched!!!  So, I signed up and went tonight.  OMG!!!!  I absolutely loved it.  I have got to invest in one of those foam rollers.  And I hear there is a super pretty green one at the Target!!  So, with my recent hip pain after long walks and my cramped up calf of the last 4 days that roll made me sooooo happy.  Don’t get me wrong, it hurt like hell at first, but after rolling for awhile I felt so much better.  I have been using “The Stick” that I stole from my boyfriend for the past few days and that has been helping too.  I am hoping if I keep up with all this stretching, sticking and rolling that I will start to feel better.

Tomorrows exciting agenda includes Pilates-Yoga fusion class, a 2 mile easy run, some dog-walking and some enjoying the almost 70 degree weather that is forcasted!!!

Woo-hoo!!!  I will leave you with this amazing sunrise I saw the other day:

Happy Thursday!!!

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Long Run a day late!

Well, I got that long run in today!  Yay, 10.26 miles in 2:01:03.  I even have the splits:

1.0 – warm up 15:07min/ml




5.0-14:40 (gu + stretch)min/ml


7.0-11:54min/ml (gu)





Negative split?  Why yes, I will take that negative split.  So, my phone was in use as my GPS and was dying around 9.6 miles and so I picked up the pace at the end in hopes it wouldn’t completely die.  The GPS died towards the end anyways but did manage to keep the time running.  Also, I WAS going to do my long run yesterday but a pesky cramp in my left calf prevented that.  It was a little better today but bothered me up until about mile 5.  After my midrun stretch it really eased up and didn’t bother me the rest of the way.  That may have something to do with the negative split.  🙂

Have a great day!!

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Holiday Monday!!

So, it’s Presidents’ day and it is rest day.  Well, as far as running goes anyhow!!  Here is my workout overview for the past few days:

Friday Feb 17 – 2.5 mi intervals + 30 min upper body + 3 mi dog walk

Sat. Feb 18 – 6 mi run + 3 mi dog walk

Sun Feb 19 – 2 mi easy run + 20 min upper body + 3 mi dog walk

Mon Feb 20 – Push-ups workout

I like that I’ve been getting in the dog walk every day since it’s nice to add a few miles onto my legs.  Well, I went onto Smart Coach on runners world and made up a training plan to head into my next half with.  I have heard plenty of terrible reviews on smart coach but I think it gives me a nice outline to work with.  Granted, I don’t agree with all of the paces it gives me and whatnot, I’ve made adjustments.  So, I printed out what Smart Coach gave me and then made adjustments to the plan so that it is more in tune with me :).  Mainly, I just wanted an actual training plan to follow instead of winging it.

A big milestone for me this week was getting over the 20 mile mark for weekly mileage.  That along with my 10 miler planned for Tuesday have me pretty psyched!!  I am almost 100% certain as to what my next half will be and I will post it once I sign up for it.

Well, I am off to get some errands done and probably head out on a nice dog walk.  Enjoy the day!!! 🙂

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Spinning Fun!

So, yesterday I tried out a 45 min spin class at the gym and loved it!  It was so much different than what I was used to.  I don’t spend much time on a bike but I keep throwing around the idea that I may want to do a triathalon one of these days so getting in some biking workouts sure can’t hurt.  I loved the low impact part of it as well.  I’m so used to the high impact of running that it was a strange feeling to be getting that cardio and leg workout without the  impact.  So, the spin class was definitely a win!

Then, immediately after spin was over I did the 5K loop run on the treadmill.  It went really well!  I was both warmed up and pumped up from the spin class and flew through my run.  Double win!!  I then did a .2 mile cool down and called it a day.  I am thinking that I could just do this workout plan every Thursday for awhile.  If I continue to do my long runs on Monday or Tuesday, then take Wednesday as my rest day, that Thursday would be a great way to jump back into it.

Today, the plan is to head over to the gym to get some upper body/core workout in and hopefully to get a run in a bit later today.  I want to hold off for when it gets to about 50 degrees out, as I can run in shorts then!! 🙂

Happy Friday!!

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Valentines and a long run!!

Hello!  Well, I am doing my valentines day and today updates!


2/14 – 8.01 mile run – 11:42 pace – 0.25 mile cool down

2/14 – 2.5 mile dog walk

2/15 – 1 hour gym workout – 10 min warmup – 40 min upper body/core – 10 min stretch

2/15 – 2.5 mile dog walk

So, basically the workouts have been going great!  I was thrilled to get in my long run on Tuesday and even threw in a nice super-pinktastic (technical term) outfit to support the holiday! 

In addition to an amazing pink outfit, I had a great package of sour patch kids to bring along as a snack during my run!!  This was courtesy of

and her valentines day swap!!  I received a wonderful package of delicious:

And lets just say that pretty much all of those packages have already been opened in the above photo!!  Sooo, these delicious goodies:

came along for the long run!!

Then, the boyfriend and I had a lovely valentines dinner at home and an all around enjoyable evening. Oh, and did I mention, I made delicious cupcakes.  I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with cupcakes!  So, that is about all for valentines day.

Today, my workout went really well, and I even managed to get signed up for a spin class tomorrow morning at the gym.  I have never been to a spin class but I am pretty excited about it.   And, to make it even better, my favorite class instructor is running it!  Yay!!  So, the plan is spin, then do the 5K workout on the treadmill after a little break in between.  Hopefully that will work out okay, I am a bit nervous that I may have to save my run for later in the day as I am pretty sure spin will be quite challenging.  Other than that I have been thinking I want to get back to the pushup challenge that I started but never finished.  It is supposed to work you up to 100 pushups.  That, and the 200 situp challenge.  Neither one takes very much time out of the day so I think I can manage to fit those back into my schedule.

Enjoy the day!!!

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Speed Intervals to save the day

So, I didn’t do ANY workouts this weekend.  I went for a long walk on Saturday and that was about it.  No long run that I had planned and no strength training.  Then, today, I felt crappy.  And I proceeded to pout and lay around until I finally decided that I absolutely had to get my butt to the gym and run.  Speed interverals.  Hello runners high!!  I read on another blog that sweating it out just works.  So, even though I didn’t get enough sleep and took crappy care of myself this weekend I went and did a 5k worth of speed intervals.  I did 8:20’s for the speedy parts and I felt challenged and good.  And, though I still feel crappy I am glad I went because at least for awhile I felt awesome.

I’ve noticed that I have been having trouble getting in my long runs on the weekends.  Or really any runs, it’s as if all my motivation goes right out the window.  So, to counter that I have decided to try to get my long runs in during the weekdays.  Tomorrow morning I will attempt the long run I have been putting off forever.  I keep psyching myself out about it and I have no idea why.  So, I am going to get everything ready tonight, eat a nice carbolicious healthy dinner and in the morning go for it.  I will of course be bundled up like crazy but I need to just do this!!!!  Wish me luck!!


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Hello, well, I …

Hello, well, I got in that 3 miles at the gym on Friday.  And then threw in a 3 mile walk that evening!  I am pretty happy with that.  I was considering my long run today but I chickened out at the thought of the frosty weather.  I did do the 3 mile walk though and it was super snowy when I did!  Of course none of it is sticking but it was blizzard conditions for the walk.  At the time I was kinda wishing that I had decided to do my run as it was pretty magical out there in the snowiness.  Oh well, I will get in that long run tomorrow! 

The new route that I found running from my house into the park I like to go run at is wayyyy hillier that what I typically run on and I think that is a really good thing.  I know it will help me build up those hill muscles and hopefully in no time I will be able to run all the way up the ridiculously long steep hill at the beginning of the final mile. 

I am going to relax and watch some tv.  I know, exciting Saturday night right???  What can I say, I am not the most exciting gal in the world!  😉

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

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Fun Friday!!

Hello!  Well, I took Wednesday as a rest day, and I was glad I did!  I ended up having quite the headache, both Tuesday night and Wednesday, so working out may have ended up being a pain!  Tuesday night after my run I went to the gym and had a pretty awesome workout.  Then on Thursday, feeling much better, I took the dog along for a 3 mile run and then went to the gym with the bf later on.  So, on the dog running experience; I am just not sure how I feel about it.  He has fun, but I find it a bit of an annoyance when he decides it’s pee time or time to sniff things and then I end up getting pulled when he sees something interesting or wants to pick up the pace.  He is pretty well behaved but I am definitely someone that enjoys running alone.  But, the days I run him, the bf has time to join me at the gym and I really like that.  So, I think I can deal with a couple days a week with the dog :).  Either that or we will just have to add in some extra walk time.

On another front, I finished the Jillian Michaels 30 day workout plan and I really enjoyed it.  It was very challenging and I really felt the workouts.  So, I plan to continue doing some of those workouts, and possibly repeating the whole plan.  I may not follow the exact schedule though.  I definitely want to start focusing on putting in more running time so I don’t mind cutting back a little bit on the other workouts.

Today, I am working up the motivation to go to the gym and get a few more miles of run in.  It looks sunny out but it is cold right now, and I just don’t feel like freezing my butt off this morning, bundling up, or waiting until it warms up.  So, it will be some treadmill time.  I have been going back and forth trying to decide if I should do tempo, slow or what, but since I may do my long run tomorrow (it’s either tomorrow or Sunday) I think I will just stick with slow and save that extra energy for the long one.  I want to run faster and I know I can get there but I think it may be a good idea to really work on that mileage first.  Once I am back to the double digit long runs then I think speed will be my focus for awhile with only minimal mileage additions weekly.  We’ll see how it goes.

Anyhow, enjoy the day and enjoy the weekend!!!  I don’t have any exciting plans but I’m sure there will be some fun-time!!

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Happy Monday!

Well, I haven’t updated in a bit so here goes:

Feb. 2 – 4 mile run, 11min/mile pace

Feb 2 – Feb 5 : daily 3 mile walk

Feb 3 – Spent the day with the boyfriend at the national zoo, so walked all day and had a great time.

Feb 4 – 1 hour crosstraining

Feb 6 – 3 mile run, 12min/mile pace

1 hour strength train

So, that is the general workout/run and etc log for the past few days!  Today’s run was not stellar but I am thankful that I was able to do it!  I started my morning with an hour workout, I have been doing Jillian Michaels 30 day workout plan which involves cardio, weights and core strength building.  It is a great workout plan and I have really been enjoying it.  Then, I was ready to go for my run but my stomach had other plans for me…..I have a lot of tummy troubles so I had to rest for a good half hour and take some tummy medicine but I decided to suck it up and head out for my run regardless.  I took it really slow and kept that low mileage and was grateful to be able to get it done!  Even though I felt poorly my plan to make it easy worked out and I finished without keeling over 🙂  Happy face to that!!!

I have had a really great past week filled with plenty of quality time with the boyfriend, a trip to the National Zoo (that place is awesome) then going out to eat and have a few beers.  The Zoo was a lot of fun and we had no problem spending 4 hours looking at exhibits and animals!  There was A LOT to see and plenty left over for another trip.  I have been dying to go to the zoo so I was super excited about this day!!  Then, there was plenty of relaxing and just enjoying the weekend along with a lazy Sunday which included me sleeping until 11:30.  I guess I was super tired because I did not go to bed that late the night before.  Though the night before did include some fun board games.  Then, on Sunday the boyfriend and I brewed a new batch of beer and I made some awesome homemade pizza for dinner.

I’d say I have a lot to be thankful for and having such a wonderful past few days just reminds me of that even more!!  So, I think that is thankful Monday for me rather than the typical Thankful Thursday!!

Hope everyone enjoys their Monday!!!


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Happy February!!

I guess I will start with my workout updates:

Monday-Nothing, day off.

Tuesday-1 hour strength/cross training

6 mile run/10:48 pace

3 mile walk

So, Monday wasn’t great, I had big plans (okay mostly just to workout), and didn’t get much done except for some housework.  Honestly, I felt crappy, overtired and my quad and hip were still being obnoxious.

Then came Tuesday.  The 60 degree weather+me feeling better and well-rested=awesome workouts!!  My plan for Tuesday was to just go on a short and slow run to test out how my hip and quad were feeling, I was thinking about 3 miles would be good.  Then, around 9 while waiting for the temp to get up to 50 I decided I needed to do some strength training and did an hours worth!  It felt great!  Then, by 11 I was out the door in some beautiful weather for my run.  My quad still felt a little off but seemed to be working itself out as I ran.  Oh, and did I mention it was almost 60 degrees out at that point?!  On the last day of January!!!  Holy cow!

Me in shorts!!!

So, there is my sideways photo of me in shorts ready to go on my run!  In case you didn’t notice I am super-excited to be able to even consider going outside in shorts.  To continue, my original plan for a nice short slow run flew right out the window as I passed the turnaround point for 3 miles, then 4 miles, then 5 miles and finally I got to the end of the trail and decided it would be okay to turn around.  My speed was a little slow so at least I kept to that part of the plan and I really felt great afterword.  And, I even managed to do extra stretches.  I am very happy with my workout for yesterday and the long run that I didn’t end up getting in on the weekend I got in yesterday. (I was scheduled for a 6 mile on Sunday).

Later in the afternoon, after the boyfriend got out of work, we went on a nice 3 mile walk with the dog to finish out the day.  Between the nice weather and the great feeling from all of that exercise it was a wonderful day.  What a great way to end January!!!


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