Bundle of Nerves

So many things on my mind lately and it’s stressing me out.

I just joined the running club at school and there’s a regional cross country meet for all collegiate running clubs in the northeast. I miss running in meets so much and would be so upset with myself if I didn’t do it. The thing is, the other runners in the club are really fast and I don’t want to be the last one coming in on runs… which shouldn’t bother me at all. But it does. My goal is to at least go on Thursday for the early practice. If I completely suck, at least I know I tried!

I’m also nervous about the fact that I signed up for three half marathons.. in three months. I can treat one or two of them as training runs, but I would like to do really well in at least one.

I also take back what I said about not incorporating speed. Speedwork might just take over my life in the next few weeks. I’m going to take it easy to avoid injury, but it will be lifting that it’ll be on the back burner, at least until the end of October.

Among other things…

In other news, I went to kundalini yoga (again) by accident. I wanted a powerful/vinyasa-y class and ended up in kundalini again! I actually liked it, but it wasn’t what I was feeling for today. The gym keeps listing the yoga classes as “vinyasa flow” and the instructor keeps showing up doing kundalini. Not fun.

I’m going to avoid all forms of “vinyasa” and just go to a power yoga class.

I also spent some time in a high school today, was mistaken for a (high school) sophomore. At least I know I still got it 😉

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Weekly Wrapup

I haven’t been doing great with my workouts. I want to increase speed, distance, AND strength all at the same time and end up not doing most of it because I’m trying to do too much. We’ll see..

Sunday: Spin class + NROLFW 1A
Monday: Power yoga
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 8 mile run
Thursday: 3.36 mile walk/run
Friday: Rest/stretch
Saturday: 5 mile race! plus 12ish mile bike ride + yoga class

Distance: 19.36

Not bad. Here’s what’s up for this week:
Sunday: rest (unplanned, but needed)
Monday: 3.1 mile run
Tuesday: Zumba or yoga + lift
Wednesday: 12 mile run
Thursday: 3 mile run
Friday: 4-5 mile run + lift
Saturday: bike ride

I think I’m going to focus on just getting quality runs in before the half-marathon and not worry about speed. It’s too late in the game for that anyway and I have plenty of time to worry about that during the winter. The indoor track/treadmill will be my best friend. As for strength training, I don’t think it will hurt to focus on mostly upper body stuff until the half marathons are over. I don’t want to do too much lower body, because the soreness might prevent me from getting good runs in. We’ll see!

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!!