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!

Last first day of school

Last first day of school (for now)! I was weirdly excited to go back to school this year, even though it’s my last year at UVM. I can’t believe it, it feels like we were just arriving as freshman. I am dreading the day I will be forced to leave. Why can’t college last forever?

Today was a really good day – awesome weather and really sunny! I woke up bright and early for a 10 mile run. It was dark at 5:30 so I puttered around until it got light enough to head out. I maintained a 10:15 pace, which was all right. My body is still beat up from zumba plus lifting last night, which was not the best idea. I sat in the library for about two hours this morning (I know, on the first day!) and when I stood up, my calves were screaming.

Anyway, I had class from 11:45-3:50 and a meeting, then came home and relaxed for a bit before heading out on a bike ride! We had plans to hit up Boloco for free burrito day, but the line was ridiculous! I got a falafel salad at Ali Baba’s instead and then we tried to get ice cream at a little shop, but their creemee machine was broken. The horror. We trekked it home and drove to Al’s to get our fix. I finally tried the maple flavor and it was sooo good.

Now I’m about to pass out from the early wake up call. I have plans to get up for yoga tomorrow morning so I’m heading to bed nice and early!
No class tomorrow either, I ended up dropping my Tuesday/Thursday class because I just have too much on my plate. Now I will have plenty of time during those two days to work on schoolwork and my thesis.

Fun fact:
One year ago TODAY I was sitting on a place heading to Barcelona. I can’t even believe it’s been a year. Time needs to sloooow down.

Try a Tri!

I’m a triathlete!

Yesterday I took part in the last of the triathlon series held by Race Vermont. It was a sprint distance – 500 yard swim, 15.8 mile bike, and 5k. I got everything ready Friday night and felt SO unprepared. Whenever I read tri recaps on blogs, they made it sound like they had so much stuff!

I woke up early on Saturday to eat and finish getting ready. We got to the beach around 7am to pick up my packet, since I couldn’t the day before, and set up my transition area. I got everything set up and walked around the beach a bit to ease my nerves.

The Race
We began with a pre-race meeting outlining the course and last-minute details. The men went out around 8:10 and the women went out three minutes later. The water was COLD. Not freezing, but I definitely wouldn’t have gone it had it been just a day at the beach.

The second I put my face in the water to start swimming, my throat closed up and I couldn’t blow water out my nose. I was so scared and contemplated for a split second turning around and giving up. I knew I’d be so upset with myself if I did that, so I sucked it up and tried to get through the swim. I did a mix of doggy paddling, butterfly, and back stroke just to finish. I definitely didn’t put in a ton of time in the pool, but I know how to swim. I should have done more open water swimming!

I also cut my foot on some barnacles and could feel it while swimming… not fun. I made it through and went through my first transition fairly quickly.

The bike was. awesome. I passed a few people, but mostly just tried to focus on going my pace and achieving the goals I had set for myself. It was a two loop course, which I’ve done 2 or 3 times now so I knew where the tough hills were and how to pace for them. I finished in 1:01, which was great!!

The run was good, but I was mostly ready to finish. The run was an out and back and I finished in around 29 minutes.

I’m excited to train this winter and improve my speed in all three areas before tackling another one!

My bike is back!

I’m currently watching When Harry Met Sally. What does that say about my day?

It actually wasn’t horrible. I’m just anxious for work to be over and school to start. I got out at 2, which was a nice surprise and went to pick up my bike from the shop. It didn’t cost me too much and I also picked up a pair of sweet bike shorts (20% off!!). I wasn’t actually planning to buy bike shorts for the tri but I got a really good price and I can wear them under pants in the winter! One of my goals for the winter off season from racing/training for races is to improve my fitness for triathlons.

After I picked up the bike, I took it out for a test run. Verdict? Muuuch better. I can actually PEDAL up a hill rather than almost roll back down it. It was something with a cable… somewhere… I don’t know anything about bikes so I trusted the bike tech.

Now I’m watching When Harry Met Sally and just finished some cookie dough ice cream. Yes.

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

Weekend!

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I was hoping to have a nice, relaxing weekend. This weekend was anything but relaxing, but a lot of fun!

Friday night I made cookies and was in bed by 10pm. Awesome.

Saturday I had to be at the triathlon by 6:30 so I got up at the crack of dawn. I was surprisingly not as tired as when I have to get up that early for work. I helped with parking and then headed over to the water station at the 5k turnaround point. It was a great morning, all of the athletes were so inspirational. I had doubts about doing it in two weeks but I’m feeling a bit more confident.

I had planned to do a brick workout but after my swim I got a phone call from a friend needing a ride, so I didn’t get to the bike ride until an hour later. I ended up doing 17 on the bike but no run since breakfast happened at 5:45am and it was getting close to 2:30.

I did some shopping after and got new goggles, lycra bathing cap, a stopwatch, and some sweet new sunglasses for $5. The less I spend on sunglasses the less it hurts when I break them two weeks later.

I went out to dinner Saturday night. We went to The Single Pebble downtown and it was amazing. We got a few seafood dishes, a chicken and a beef dish. We also got their dumpling sampler which was delicious. They brought out the lo mein after we had stuffed ourselves completely so I’m not sure how that was but I’ll probably be eating it as leftovers later! We headed over to Das Bierhaus for a drink afterwards. I had never been there before and it reminded me of Disney World, haha. For outside seating they had picnic tables and the storefront just looked like a restaurant in Epcot or Magic Kingdom.

Sunday was long and busy too but lots of fun! We traveled down to Williamstown, MA to go to The Clark museum. It was a lot bigger than we’d anticipated. There were also a lot of people there. Along with the Pissarro exhibit which was their temporary exhibit, they had a lot of great art. They even had a Degas ballerina!

The drive down took about 3 hours and the drive home took 5.5. How does that happen?? We ended up on Route 7 West instead of Route 7 North. 7W goes through New York State but eventually meets up with 7N. After taking a ferry across Lake Champlain, which our directions failed to mention. So we got to see a lot of both highways and made it back by 8:30pm.

It was a fun trip though and nice to get out of Burlington for the day.

Today involves babysitting and a swim + 4.5 mile run that I did not do yesterday.

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True Life: My Computer is Dead

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It’s obvious technology plays a large role in the world today. For instance, the kids I babysit for play Monopoly and Life on their iPad rather than using the board games. It’s sad when I suggest playing chess and the iPad gets taken out before the chess board. Now, I’m not placing the blame on anyone in particular. That’s how life is today and how kids are brought up. This is a simpler and much more cost-effective way to provide entertainment for kids (I guess it could also be more environmentally friendly? Less paper/cardboard used for distribution? We’ll just ignore the fact that the factories producing Apple products are not harmful at all). One click and a new game is ready to play. Simple.

Technology plays such a large role in our everyday lives that we take it for granted.

I’ll get off my soap box now and admit that I’m at somewhat of a loss without my laptop. I had to bring it in today to get looked at and it will be away from me for 3-5 business days or until they figure out what’s wrong with it.

As I was starting to bake cookies earlier (can you say awesome Friday night? I think so). I went to grab my laptop to put on an episode of the Office to have on in the background. It just made me think of how engrained technology is in our lives and maybe sometimes we need to take a step back and realize that all these new types of technology are not necessary and can be definitely overused.

I write this from my iPhone which I used to play music from and look up the recipe for baking these cookies, so I’m not totally living in the stone age over here.

It’s Fridaaaaay

I’m pumped it’s Friday, but I have a pretty crazy weekend so finding time for some quality sleep/relaxation maaay not happen.

Right now I’m waiting to find out when I need to go to work so I’m just getting some random things done at my house until I find out. After work I’m hoping to get to the gym to swim. I actually got up early today to run 5 miles but my legs were like lead! I finished in over 50 minutes which was frustrating because I ran 8 miles faster than that on Wednesday. I just couldn’t seem to get into a groove.

Tomorrow I’m volunteering at the sprint triathlon in Burlington for the second time. This time I need to be there by 6:30 (ouch) and will stay through 11am. It’s really fun to volunteer at this type of thing and so inspiring. I’m hoping to complete my first tri on August 27th but I’m so nervous. I’m not 100% sure I’m going to go through with it. I have been training but work + half marathon training, which is obviously priority #1, has not left me with very much time. I know I can handle the bike and run, I’m just super concerned about the swim. We’ll see… Official brick #1 will take place after triathlon volunteering. 500m swim + 15.8 mile bike + 5k is on the books. Uhhh, yeah. Hopefully that happens and goes well.

Sunday my friends and I have plans to visit a Pisarro museum in Williamstown, MA. It’s about a 3-hour ride, but should be fun! I also need to squeeze in a little 6.5 mile run.

 

Happy Friday!

Crazy Busy

Long time, no blog.

Life has been busy. Where did I leave off?

The rest of my week at home was fairly busy with getting my car fixed and helping my mom out at the office. I managed to fit in some good workouts, nothing too exciting.

The weekend was spent getting ready for my cousin’s college graduation party. I made butterscotch marshmallow fudge for the occasion. I don’t have any pictures though, they went too fast! 😉 However, I WILL be making them again in the very near future. I actually made a batch of chocolate chip brownies from a box just in case, since I’d never made the fudge before and the brownies ended up hard as rocks while the fudge came out perfectly. Oh well.

On Sunday I packed up and drove back to VT. It was a long drive, mostly because I got stuck in traffic at the beginning but I got home at a decent hour. I went out to dinner Sunday night at a restaurant in Winooski called Our House. It was delicious (as always). I got the portabella mushroom burger (as always) and loved every bite.

Monday I started work again after a two week vacation. I love my job, but it’s hard getting back after a long vacation. Especially since I’ve been averaging 6-7 hours of sleep per night since Sunday night. I’m going to bed extra early tonight….

Today was a short day due to some car trouble (ahem, new alternator) so now I’m poor. Oh well. I had time to head downtown and hang some posters for my research study. I also hit up Borders to look around since everything is 20-50% off and picked up New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women. Despite the current state of my bank account, now seemed like the best time to purchase it. I really want to develop a solid weight lifting routine but feel like I always do the same exercises over and over. I’m hoping this will help!

I’m off to get my life together (aka clean my room and go to the gym before coming home to make dinner + sleep!)