Monday, June 30, 2014

Marathon Training: Week 2 and Piyo

Week 2 of marathon training (17 to go!) and the heat is here. I had forgotten how tough hot, humid running was until Saturday. A lot of changes to my week thanks to work and rain (lots of it). My Piyo DVDs came Friday and even though I had planned to start next week I couldn’t wait. Started Shakeology for my afternoon snack Friday too. So how did it go…

Monday: 15 min elliptical warm up and Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack, strength and PT exercises
Tuesday: Morning 20 min yoga and Evening run 5 hilly miles and PT exercises
Wednesday: Strength, bike, PT exercises
Thursday: Run (cut short at 1 mile due to leg ache) Jillian Michaels instead, PT exercises
Friday: 6 mile run with intervals, Piyo Core, PT exercises
Saturday: 10 Mile trail race (cancelled due to flooding L ) so ran 10 with friends, strength and Piyo Fundamentals and PT exercises
Sunday: Piyo lower body before work and 10 mile bike after work (had to get the new biKe out), PT exercises

What's the plan for this week? More low run miles, focus on strength, core and flexibility. Even better a short work week!

Monday: Easy 3 mile run and Piyo core, strength with trainer
Tuesday: Piyo Upper body. Evening run 5 miles and PT exercises
Wednesday: Piyo, PT appointment for redoing my gait eval, let’s hope for improvement!
Thursday: Early work day. Piyo
Friday: Half Marathon! PT exercises
Saturday: Bike and Strength, Piyo
Sunday: Run, Piyo

I can't believe I am admitting this to so many people because I usually don't jump on every fad (okay never!) but so far 4 days into Shakeology and I have cut down my afternoon carb cravings and my stomach bloat is gone. After my bike yesterday I was struggling since it had been hours since lunch. A quick shake saved me!  Whereas before I would have grabbed every carb in site and basically ate 2 meals worth in 5 minutes. 

Who else is running a 4th of July race? Have a great week!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Starting over

Ready to keep it real and share many of my thoughts over the past year, so be warned...

Not sure if I can say I've been stupid or stubborn or probably a combination of the two over the past 2 years but I am now regretting this. Over this past winter I started to dread my runs and was feeling forced into it. Why do something you don't love? I was frustrated and let my healthy eating slide a bit, slept in a skipped workouts, was too tired after work to get out or would just do another easy workout. I backed away from pushing myself, I was tired of falling short. Somehow through this all I never did the one thing that would have benefited me and made the most sense until it was forced upon me. Why did I not listen a quit running when this started? Especially when I was losing sight of what I enjoyed. Why? Because I think I need to prove to myself that I am tough, I am strong, and I can do anything! 
My muddy run last week, so fun!

Last week I said enough! After being forced to take time off running and finally getting back slowly I figured out being smart and going against the easy part of just running through pain is being strong! But I feel like I am starting from square one! 

Over the past month I have learned a lot...
  • Running is tough, but so enjoyable! 
  • I love being outside, especially first thing early in the morning.
  • I need more variety in my workouts: right now it is a lot of easy cardio.
  • I loved CrossFit and think this did more for my strength than the past year with my trainer, variety works for me!
  • Stop neglecting sleep and rest days!
  • I can do this! But I need to take it slow, listen and be okay with stopping.
  • It is okay to push out of my comfort zone.
  • No more taking the easy way out!

Nothing more peaceful than an early morning run
This week is a new start for me. I am listening and learning as I go, changing how I run and starting new workouts plus focusing a lot more on nutrition (again!).

Monday, June 23, 2014

Marathon Training Week 1

Today marks the day I have been eyeing on my calendar for since my injury kept me out of running for many weeks. June 23rd the day I had as my goal to be back 100%, to be back to a strong runner, to feel great and to mentally know I could do it again. Well the day is here, marathon training is set to begin…18 weeks and counting. I was hoping my first attempt at a program similar to Hansen would bring me to my goal of 3:15. Well here we are and I am accepting that my body is not ready, not ready to run 6 days a week, not ready to do multiple days in a row, not ready to push every day without risking injury. While I am starting to feel good when I run, my miles are low and pace is easy.

My new baby!
I am kicking and screaming as I accept this but I need to look even further than October if I want my running to improve. So my plan? A lot of cross training, some running, strength, yoga and improving my nutrition even more. I just brought home my new bike last week and can’t wait to log some great miles! And I’m super excited that I ordered Piyo!

Monday: 15 min elliptical warm up and Jillian Michels 6 week 6 pack (Done!), strength the afternoon, PT exercises
Tuesday: Evening run 5 miles and PT exercises
Wednesday: Strength, bike, PT exercises
Thursday: Run, yoga, PT exercises
Friday: Spin, strength, PT exercises
Saturday: 10 Mile trail race (not sure if this is smart so I may skip for an easy 8-10 mile run), yoga and PT exercises
Sunday: Work L Yoga and hoping for bike after work, PT exercises

What’s on your schedule this week? Who else is training for a fall marathon?

Friday, June 6, 2014

5 Things For Friday- Summer Edition

I hate the term bucket list, but I guess you can say that's what this is. My bucket list for summer, my first summer working full time in years, heck I had the last two summers off completely, this will be a shock!

1. This summer we decided to skip the CSA and get back to gardening. My goal for the summer is to buy as little produce as possible from the store. I want to either grow my own or buy from local farms. With the community farmer's market and two near work I want to hit one weekly for what we need. My garden this year consists of: tomatoes, peppers (bell, cayenne, ghost, serrano, poblano), eggplant, zucchini, butternut squash, rhubarb, strawberries, beets, eddamame, cucumbers, sugar peas, basil and cilantro). Poor O was not happy when I told her it was not possible to grow bananas and avocados in Minnesota!

2. To tie into the first thing, O and I will go fruit and veggie picking. Last summer we got in strawberries and veggies late in the season but this year I hope to do more.

3. This summer I am going to swim in a lake! I mean really swim. It has been years since my one and only open water swim at a tri that went terribly wrong! This summer I am going to prove to myself that I can get over my hatred of lake swimming!

4. Take Cooper with us to eat out at a dog friendly restaurant. Many patios around here welcome dogs but I was always too afraid to bring Morgan the 80 lb guy who despite his gentle playful personality was very intimidating to others!

5. Find at least one new place to run. I love my usual routes but love exploring new areas and want to discover even more places.

Bonus: Bike to work!

What is on your list of must do for the summer?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Putting May in the past and looking to June!

I figured with a new month and lack of monthly check ins it might be time to look at my goals and see how things are going. I haven't really focused on it since running hasn't been great and now I just spent almost 6 weeks off


  • Not much running this month, but I have now been cleared to run!
  • Started CrossFit and I love it! Great challenge and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
  • My workouts are PT exercises, core strength, yoga, biking and Strength. What has happened to the runner?
  • I smartly backed out of a half marathon and am focusing on getting healthy


  • Work is kicking in full crazy mode!
  • May was Dance recital and Gymnastics show!
  • We have decided not to move so next up is massive remodeling!


  • O finished her old school after many issues we decided a change was needed.
  • Matt and I had two date nights!
  • We added Cooper to our family (okay this was April)
June Goals:

  • Continue with PT exercises and yoga daily
  • Ease back in to running
  • Start full force marathon training June 23rd
  • Longest trail race this month: 10 Mile on June 28th

  • Find the good work/life balance as things get even busier
  • Take 5 minutes for myself each day
  • Focus on healthy eating, no more boredom eating
  • Write Matt's fall marathon training plan and those for my two new clients

    • We have a fun trip planned to surprise O with in June
    • Start O's new school
    • Dinner planned with friends
    • Get out with the MRTT group at least twice

    How was May? What are your June goals?

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