Successful 8

After Saturday’s not so great run, I wasn’t feeling too optimistic about today’s 8. Saturday’s spin class was a good way to exercise my legs without too much impact. I also managed 3 awesome miles yesterday (avg. pace 8:58!). Not too shabby.

The pain that I felt last week, a combination of Zumba and lifting, was not something I want to happen again, if I can help it. NROLFW is going back on the shelf until after the half marathon craziness is over. I think spending the winter improving my strength and running will a good way to spend the chilly months. Esp. up here in the tundra. Although a marathon doesn’t sound like such a horrible idea..

Back to the run! I had my alarm set for 6, didn’t run until 7. I didn’t want to start running while it was dark so I waited around. I actually stretched beforehand, so that made things easier. I ran a new route since it was raining and I wanted to be close to my apartment in case the skies opened up on me my phone. Also, not really sure if my Garmin should be getting wet…? I’m guessing a little rain is okay.

The 8 miles took me about 1:22, which was pretty slow for me but I took into account the rain and everything. Plus, it IS a long run and I should be staying in the 10:00/mile range anyway. My average pace was 10:15/mile so I was happy.

Good long run! I spent the rest of the day refueling. A bag of yogurt raisins may or may not have been demolished in Spanish class. I also had a couple of the delicious peanut butter chocolate pretzels. There was healthy stuff too! Some rice cakes + pb&j for lunch and a clif z bar, because I’m 5 years old.

I’m hanging out on campus right now because I’m going to go to the running club’s general meeting. I’m a little intimidated by the running club, but I figured I needed to suck it up and go to the first meeting because there probably is nothing to worry about.

On the agenda for tomorrow: 4 mile run (with a pup!) and possibly a yoga class. I have much less homework than I thought, although my thesis isn’t going to start writing itself…

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Too many brownies

Another crazy weekend!

Friday
I spent the majority of the day baking for my bake sale on Saturday. I took a break to go to class and go on a bike ride, but baked from 8-11 and 7-2am! Craziness. I was really worried I wouldn’t have enough but clearly overestimated the amount of people that would be interested in buying my baked goods. Hmph.

I had:
– Chocolate chip cookies
– Healthy zucchini muffins
– Pumpkin muffins
– tons of brownies
– Peanut butter cookies
– Peanut butter and chocolate pretzel sandwiches

Too many desserts? Just ask my roommates who were begging me to take the treats away… after I had brought way more than half over to a house full of boys.

After the bake sale I attempted a run. I’ve been having pain in my quads during the past week which was probably the result of a Zumba class I took plus lifting and not stretching as much as I should be… I managed 2 miles at a run/walk, which was unbearable partly due to the heat and humidity.

BBQ was on the agenda for Saturday night. I brought my own veggie burger and piled on avocado, tomato, and cheese. Delicious. Even a certain meat-lover was pretty jealous of my creation 😉

I tried to make it out, but was exhausted from staying up late and getting up early so I headed home around 10. Ha.

Sunday
I slept in until almost 10am! Unheard of. I even went to bed at 11:30.

We got some bagels in the morning at our favorite bagel shop. I sprung for the Long Trail since it was basically lunchtime. The Long Trail is a bagel with turkey, sundried tomato spread, garlic & herb cream cheese, lettuce, and tomato. The first few bites were good, but the sundried tomato spread was not my cup of tea. I’m sticking with my bagels & cream cheese from now on.

I had an appointment at 1pm, but the person I was meeting didn’t show so I spent the afternoon working on my survey for my thesis. I managed to finish it and we just have a couple of things to work out before it can be submitted for approval.

I attended my first spin class at UVM on Sunday night. It was pretty good, I was pleasantly surprised. I also enjoyed that the bikes had computers so you could see how many rpms, miles, and calories burned. I also sweat so much, it was pretty gross (and awesome). I also completed my second workout of NROLFW 1A.

Today was pretty lazy. Woke up super late (again!) and ate breakfast at home since I wanted to go to a fitness class at 12:15. They had spinning AND yoga 12:15-1 both with super awesome instructors so I couldn’t choose! For the sake of my quads, I chose yoga. I was glad but my balance was so off! I really need to order new contacts. My glasses kept falling off during class and it really put a damper on my zen 😉

The rest of the day I just chilled and did homework. I finally did a load of laundry tonight, so now I have nice smelling clothes 🙂

I also want to do a quick weekly wrap-up of my workouts. As I’m getting closer to the half marathon, I really want (need!) to be sticking with my workouts. So let’s see…

Sunday: Rest (day after triathlon)
Monday: 16 mile bike ride + Zumba
Tuesday: 6×400 at 5k pace (3 miles) + Workout 1 NROLFW Stage 1A
Wednesday: 10 mile run + short bike ride
Thursday: Kundalini Yoga (1 hour) + Workout 1 NROLFW 1B
Friday: 16 mile bike ride
Saturday: 2 mile run

Not bad, not great. I need to step up my mileage and get in quality runs, not junk runs like Saturday’s. I also cut my speed workout short. I was supposed to do an 8×400, but I did it after work and was starving while I was doing it.

Here’s what’s up for this week:

Sunday: 50 minute spin class and Workout 2 NROLFW Stage 1A (done!)
Monday: 45 minute power yoga (done!)
Tuesday: 3 mile run + Workout 2 NROLFW Stage 1B
Wednesday: 8 mile run
Thursday: 4 mile run + yoga
Friday: yoga
Saturday: 5 mile race!

Busy Bri

I’ve been SO busy lately. I am taking tonight to relax and get my life in order before the craziness of this week sets in.

Let’s look at my to do list:

-Bake lots of goodies for Sunday’s bake sale
-Gather items for TNT raffle
-Prepare for Wednesday’s participant session
-Work on survey for thesis
-Finishing training for a triathlon (?!)

All while babysitting all day. I’m actually done early on Wednesday so I plan to cram a final brick workout + lots of items on my to do list off then.

This past week was just as crazy! I ended up having Friday off which was amazing considering I had so much to do, I don’t know what I would have done if I had had to work!

I’m working on my Honors thesis and had my first 14 participants this weekend! Friday was spent putting together participant packets and getting everything ready for the weekend. Saturday I had participants at 11 and 1 and the same on Sunday. I have a lot more coming on Wednesday/this weekend so I’m hopeful for getting all the data I need!

My workouts last week were laughable – although after peeking at my training log, I got in 17 miles so it wasn’t awful.

Thursday night I did an 11.5 mile bike and 4 mile run. It felt so hard, but I got it done. Reward came in the form of Moe’s + ice cream. Yes. And answering the 200+ emails that came in over the week for my study.

Friday was a lame excuse for a swim in Lake Champlain. We probably did 400 meters. It was good because it was open water and I freaked out that I couldn’t touch, but it wasn’t a great workout. I had plans to wake up early for a run or something but didn’t get to sleep until after 3 for some reason so I slept in a bit.

Saturday I failed to wake up for yoga even though I desperately need it because I was up too late. I did go for an 8 mile run which salvaged my mileage for the week.

Sunday I made it out of bed and to the beach by 7 for a brick workout. I biked 15.8 miles and ran 3.1 on the triathlon course. It was awesome and I felt way slightly more confident about Saturday. I also swam 550ish meters in the afternoon! Sweet redemption.

And this morning I got up early for a run! 3.5 miles before 7:30 was pretty awesome except my legs felt so heavy from yesterday. I didn’t have to be at work until 9 and knew I would be exhausted after and skip it, so I got it over with. Then I got out at 3 today. Oh well. I had time to bring my bike down to get tuned up + lay in bed all afternoon – win?

I’m going to write down my plan for the rest of the week so I stick to it! I had plans to swim 2-3 times this week but my gym is closed for the week and the other gym I can go to closed the pool this week. I need some kind of back up plan…

Tuesday: Swim (?) and/or bike
Wednesday: 20 minute swim + 10 mile bike + 2 mile run
Thursday: 9 mile run
Friday: Swim (?) and/or yoga video
Saturday: Triathlon!!
Sunday: REST

Stuffed Shells & Goals for August

Whoa, today is the first day of August?!? Where has the summer gone? While I’m excited to start school (nerd alert), I love the summer. I have a newfound appreciation for the nice weather after such a long and cold winter. I’m not quite ready for snow but apple picking & foliage season will be nice!

Since today is the first day of a new month and the beginning of this little blog, I decided to do a post on my goals for August.

21 day yoga challenge

I’m ashamed to say it, but I rarely stretch after running. It’s so bad but honestly after a long run, I just want to shower and eat, then relax. I need to be stretching so incorporating yoga into my every day routine will be a welcomed change.

I won’t be able to attend a yoga class everyday so for the days I can’t go, I’ll do at least a 10-20 minute podcast/online video.

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Lift 2x per week
Strength training has improved my running and I’ve kinda let it fall to the wayside. I want to lift twice a week. It’s not difficult for me to get to BodyPump but it’s hard for me to motivate myself to lift on my own. I just feel like I’m not doing it right and that I’m wasting my time.

Cook two new recipes per week
Recipe #1 – check!
I cooked these today for my family and they loved them. I had to sub parmesan cheese for the nutritional yeast. I don’t think the Stop & Shop by my house carries it and I didn’t want to make the trip to Whole Foods, since I’m not even sure they have a bulk section. They were fine without it and I didn’t lose any flavor since I added the cheese.

I have some other recipes in mind for the rest of the week. There might even be more than two!

Read a book
I literally haven’t had time all summer to read, unless you count the Magic Tree House series I’m reading with the little boy I babysit. I work long hours and when I get home, I run or go to the gym, eat dinner, and crash in bed. I want to read one full book before the summer is over. I couldn’t wait for the school year to end to read something other than my biopsych textbook and I have yet to open one. Sad.

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Today was actually pretty boring. I got up around 5:20 for a 6am spin class. My gym offers classes really early and really late in the evening so I decided to just get up early and go.

After class I ran a mile on the treadmill at my house to test out my new running shoes. They felt good, but a little loose around the heel. I watched a tutorial on tying running shoes on runnersworld.com and fixed the problem!

I spent the rest of the day watching tv/movies and looking up recipes in some cookbooks. I ended up finding the stuffed shell recipe online and went to the store to pick up some ingredients.

I’m off to finish up this episode of Criminal Minds and then go to bed. I get to sleep in tomorrow since I’m running the Yankee Homecoming 10 mile race tomorrow night! Getting nervous!!

Weekenders

My family and I went up to North Conway for the weekend. I haven’t been up there since senior year of high school and my siblings haven’t been there since they were little. We used to go every year and spend the weekend going to Storyland and hanging out in North Conway. We were excited to go back!

My mom, brother, and I drove up on Friday because my sister had to work so she met us on Saturday. We stopped at the Cathedral Ledge viewpoint to see some amazing views of the White Mountains.

Unfortunately it was foggy so the views weren’t great, but it was still really cool to be up so high.

That night we ate at Horsefeathers, a restaurant in North Conway that my mom loves. After stuffing ourselves, we did a little shopping but it started to rain pretty hard so we went back to the condo.

On Saturday my mom, brother, and I all got up and went to the gym pretty early. I did 3 miles on the treadmill and then one outside because I was getting antsy. I tried to do some lifting, but couldn’t find the motivation.

We headed over to Attitash Mountain to spend the day there. It was fun to go back after so many years. When I was 10 or 11 my dad took us for the weekend to the same area and we did most of the same things. They have an alpine slide, which is basically like a giant slide that goes down the mountain, water slides, and something new this year which was a mountain coaster, like a roller coaster for the mountain. It was pretty cool.

The second night we decided to check out a new restaurant for dinner, the Moat Mountain Brewery. It was an experience, mostly due to the family with screeching children that instead of trying to calm them down, was egging them on. Not enjoyable but the food + beer made up for it! They had a selection of beers that they brew right there and I chose the “Violet B. Blueberry Beer.” It was a light beer, with the perfect amount of blueberry flavor.

For dinner I got the Spicy Black Bean Pizza. I was hesistant, I guess I expected it to be a regular pizza with black beans – which would have been disgusting – but it was like a black bean flatbread. So delicious!! So glad I still have two pieces…. yum.

The waiter was also kinda rude, but whatever. I’d go back again for the black bean pizza any day.

On Sunday my mom and I got up early to go for a walk on the Saco River Trail. It was really pretty with some surprising encounters.

Just a fake black bear in the middle of the woods... nbd.

My mom and I literally stood there for one full minute debating whether or not to walk past it. Of course it was fake, but that’s pretty mean!

Once we got over it and walked past it, we enjoyed some beautiful river views.

Eventually we turned around for fear of getting lost and went back and made pancakes. Funny story – on Saturday we tried to make pancakes but didn’t have any oil so we used peanut butter. It worked, but the pancakes were undercooked and burnt at the same time. Luckily we picked up some spray oil for Sunday’s pancakes.

After breakfast and packing up, we headed to Wildcat Mountain for some ziplining! I didn’t get any pictures because we couldn’t bring cameras on the zipline, but it was a half mile long and went up to 45mph! It was really cool.

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After lunch we headed to the outlets before going home. I needed a pair of running shoes badly and so we checked out a couple of places before going to the Nike outlet.

One of the salesmen helped us out with finding a good shoe for me and even gave us a 30% discount card! I had been fitted for shoes at my local running store, but left the coupon they gave me at my house in Boston and there’s no way I can run the 10 mile race tomorrow in my old Nikes, so I decided to save the coupons for other running gear or shoes in the spring. I was fitted for a neutral shoe, so I could pick pretty much anything that didn’t offer extra stability or arch support.

Of the two he strongly recommended, I chose the Livestrong LunarElite + 2 which were $100 originally, marked down to $80 because it was the outlet (but they’re also $80 on the Nike website..?) but with the 30% discount they came to $54. Major score! I also got a gym bag and this top that I have been wanting for so long, which is normally $25, was $20 at the outlet, and was even less because of the discount. Overall I spent $89, which included my mom’s water bottle. I had been prepared to spent $100+ on running shoes, so it worked out very well.

Getting sweet deals make me really happy.

Half-Marathon Training: Week 5, Triathlon Training: Week 4

Since I just started this blog, weeks 1-4 are missing. I’ll put them up somehow, once I figure out a way to…

This week went well. I got in my first brick and biked a lot, plus I did a decent amount of cross training. Unfortunately I had this week off from work, so not every week can look like this. I’m hoping that once school starts, I can pull off more weeks like this. It’s hard because I work from 7:30-5:30 most days and have a half an hour commute. I could also be getting up earlier, so we’ll see. I’m off this coming week so I’m going to try to get a lot in!!

Oh yeah, and I’m doing a triathlon on August 27th.

Running: 18.5 miles

Biking: 38.8 miles

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Sunday: Bike 4 miles

Monday: 9 mile bike ride + BodyPump

Tuesday: 9 mile run + Zumba

Wednesday: Rest/Travel

Thursday: Brick workout:  15.8 mile bike ride (1:15:40) + 2m run (17:49)

Friday: 10 mile bike (49:18) + 7×400 speed workout (31:30)

Saturday: 4m run (37:00)

Brick #1

Yesterday I drove back to Boston for a doctor’s appointment and I’ll be here for the next week and a half. My family going to NH for the weekend and my cousin’s grad party is next weekend, so it makes sense to hang around for a bit. Except that I JUST realized I left all my dark clothes (and yes it is all of my dark clothes since I rarely do laundry) in my apartment, which includes my two favorite pairs of running shorts. Ughhh.

In more exciting news, I got my first road bike last night!!! It’s a Univega Mixte 10-speed (as if that means anything to me). I found it on Craigslist and after pulling up + deeming the house not that creepy, we looked at the bike. I rode it around and made my lack of knowledge of how to ride a road bike very clear when the guy showed me how to switch gears, use the brakes, actually hold my hands on the handlebars, etc.

I decided to buy it because it really was in good condition and will serve its purpose, i.e. to get me through the biking part of the sprint triathlon. So I’m excited! I haven’t ridden it yet because I slept approximately 9 hours last night and have to wait around today for my windshield to be replaced. I’m itching to get outside and ride it. I might just go outside now… just to look at it.

On the agenda for today is a one hour bike + 1-2 mile run.. my first brick! I also need to swim at some point, since I declared yesterday a rest day. Food shopping also needs to happen at some point. Hopefully the windshield guys will come soon!

My Running Story

So, I decided to start a blog to help me keep track of my workouts and hold me accountable for training. I figured a little intro to my running background would be fitting for a first post.

I signed up for cross-country in fifth grade, because one of my best friends signed up and I didn’t really have anything better to do after school. I continuously finished last during our runs after school, but it didn’t bother me too much. I didn’t take it that seriously but I had a lot of fun doing it. I eventually got better and in seventh and eighth grade I started placing in races. Unfortunately, the high school I attended didn’t have a cross-country team, so I switched to lacrosse and stopped running.

Fast-forward to my sophomore year of college when I tried to start the “Couch-to-5k” running program. I thought that 1 minute of running and 2 minutes of walking was way too easy. Needless to say, I didn’t run my first 5k that year. I could barely finish a mile.

I started taking running more seriously when I got back from Spain in December 2010. I started reading healthy living + fitness blogs and figured if other people could do it, so could I. These other people were just like me, starting from scratch. I began to run a mile, then two and eventually working up to 5. The day I ran 5 miles was the day I felt like a runner.

In March, I ran my first 5k with my mom. I ran my second three weeks later. On Sunday I finished an 8 mile race, a personal distance record for me. On September 25th, 2011 I will run a half marathon. I honestly can’t believe how far I’ve come and I’m so happy to be running again.