Rock N Sole 1/2 Marathon Recap & a PR

I hope everyone had a great week!  I decided to take a break from my busy life and sit down and write a race recap.  Last Saturday I ran my 6th {and best!}  half marathon.  A co-worker of mine and I have been “training” for the Rock n Sole Run in Milwaukee.  I use the term “training” loosely because I didn’t really stick to a plan this time around but I did make sure to get a few longer runs in there.  The longest run I did was 10 miles and that was the week before our race.  I didn’t have any real expectations for this race, given the winter we had.  My goal was just to go, have fun and do the best that I could.   RnS Half 2014This was my second year participating in the Rock n Sole Run.  Last year, I ran the quarter marathon.  The course was very different this time around, but it was a major improvement.  We started in the Third Ward, ran south toward Bay View, came up the Hoan Bridge from the south end, down Lincoln Memorial drive, up Lafayette hill, back around the Oak Leaf trail, back down the hill by UWM, south on Lincoln Memorial drive until the finish.  The course had a few serious hills but also had some nice declines where I was able to make up my time.  The Hoan bridge was by far the worst climb.  It was an uphill climb for about a mile, after we made it over the bridge, I turned to Jen and said the “worst part is over”.  She reminded me that we still had to run up Lafayette hill.  Although that one’s steep, it’s really short so in my mind I’d rather take the short and intense hill over the long uphill one.  I lost my running partner at the decline from the bridge.  I always use the momentum on hills to guide me down faster, whereas she keeps the same speed-something we already knew about our running styles going into this race.  We said from the beginning that we’d stay with each other as long as we can, but if one gets ahead, it’s not a big deal.  The course flattened out on Lincoln Memorial drive as we ran past the Calatrava and along the lake front.  Even after the run up the bridge, my legs felt really good.  I looked down at my watched and saw that I was averaging 9:18 min/mile.  Something that I’ve never done for a half marathon.  I thought about slowing down because I didn’t want to burn out but I was already 1/2 way through the race so I just kept with it.
RNS SplitsBefore I got to Lafayette hill, I started to slow my pace because I knew what was coming (the awesome advantage of being very familiar with the course!).  As I ran up it, I shortened my stride and took my time.  I felt my legs start to tighten up and my breathing became short.  I made it up that hill without having to stop and walk but at the top of it I told myself that I needed to slow down my pace and get my breathing under control otherwise I was in a for a tough finish. I slowed down for about a block or two, got my breathing under control and was back at it for about a 9:14 min mile.  As I was running on the Oak Leaf trail and I kept thinking about my running partner and how I wished we could’ve kept pace with each other.  Just as I was about to head downhill back toward Lincoln Memorial Drive, I felt a tap on my shoulder…it was Jen!  I was so thrilled that she caught up to me!  As we were making our way downhill I told her to just let the momentum carry you down…like running downhill when we were kids!  It worked and she was able to keep up with me for the rest of the race.  I looked down at my watch and knew that I was right on pace for earning a PR.  Shortly after mile 10 I spotted some port-o-johns.  I had been needing to use the restroom from about mile 4 and couldn’t hold out any longer.  I told Jen to just go ahead and that I would catch up to her.  I finally caught up to her when we had a 1/2 mile left to go.  I finished the race in 2:03:54, shaving about 7 minutes off my best time.
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              Time for a mani!

The race as a whole was very organized.  I ran with my own water belt, but there seemed to be enough aid stations, port-o-pottys and entertainment along the way.  The only thing I could recommend that they do differently is to have a cover over the gated bridges…I hate running over those!  Also, at the start of the race, I saw a girl fall into a construction hole…the cone wasn’t enough of a warning to keep her from taking a tumble.  Luckily, she was okay.  All in all, it was a great race and I’d be back for it again next year.  The course was beautiful and the weather was perfect…everything you need a great race!
And of course there was beer and live music at the finish line :-) WIN & WIN! Not a bad way to end week 1 of marathon training either.
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Weekend Happenings

Happy Tuesday!  I got an extended weekend this week…I’m home sick today :-/  Being sick on a nice, sunny day is the absolute worst.  But I’m taking advantage of having an empty, quiet house by relaxing and catching up on some reading.

This past Sunday, Madelyn and I met my sister and her friend at Colectivo for Maker Market.  We browsed some local vendors and I picked up some handmade soap from Cloud Nine Soap Co.

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This is my first experience with handmade soap and I loved it.  It left my skin feeling super soft and clean.  Added bonus, the soap had a very mild, but pleasant smell to it.  I’m going to definitely check out more of their products next time I come across their stand at a market.

After the market, we headed to Home Depot to get some things for our yard.  I got some hanging flower baskets and hubs got grass seed and straw.  Hopefully, we seeded correctly and we will have grass by this summer!  Our yard has come a LONG way and I’m excited to see it when it’s all finished.  IMG_2624Although we spent a lot of time in the yard this weekend, we also found some time to play at the park!

parkThis little monkey LOVES the park!!  This was the first time that I’ve taken her by myself and I never realized how much she loves to climb!!  She’s pretty brave too :-) We played for awhile and she fell asleep in her stroller on the walk home.  She’s at such a fun age-this summer will be filled with lots of adventures :-)

I’m off to eat some breakfast, drink some juice and hopefully kick this cold!

I Think I Did it Again…

For someone who was planning on taking a break from training this summer, my race calendar is sure filling up:
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I have my sights set on a few half-marathons and like I said earlier in this post, I still want to focus on getting faster.  A few night ago hubs was watching Chicagoland and they were showing highlights and behind the scenes from 2013 Chicago Marathon.  I became really sad that I turned down the opportunity to run this year.  Since then, I’ve thought long and hard about my goals, what my life could like in the next year or two: this could be last year in a long time that I’ll even be able to run the marathon.  We’re not guaranteed another day, much less a year and who’s to say that I won’t be deployed next fall.  So, started looking into fundraising again for Salute, Inc.  I know that I can beat my time if I train a little smarter this time around.  I can sit here and think of a million reasons not to do it, but ultimately I’m sure I would regret it come race day.  I was talking about it with my boss a few days ago and he offered me this advice: “You know what to expect this time around and everything gets easier with more practice”.  So I came up with a training plan that I believe was attainable with my schedule and that would get me to the finish line, ran it by hubs and he said that if I want to do it, I have his support 100%.
I was still on the fence about it when I got to work today.  I was talking with a co-worker about signing up for distance races.  He was hesitating about signing up for his first half with no really great explanation not to.  Just a lot of excuses and I said to him, “Sometimes you just gotta do it without thinking, rip the bandaid off!” All the while my Team Salute application sat on my desk, filled out just waiting to get e-mailed.   What gave me the final push to “rip the bandaid off”?  This video.  It almost brought tears to my eyes.

There’s no other feeling like crossing the finish line after running 26.2 miles and enduring months of training.

My biggest hesitation about training for the marathon is the one thing I’m most proud of: My daughter.  I’m having a hard with “the mom guilt”.  Part of me feels like I should be spending every free moment I have with her since she’s growing up so quickly, but I also know that I need to make time for the things that I enjoyed prior to having her.  When I went back to work, my mom told me this: “It’s not the quantity of time you spend with her, but the quality of time that matters.”  I try to keep reminding myself of this when life outside of the home gets crazy busy.  With the way my training schedule is set up I have Sundays to give her and Larry my undivided attention.  No barre, no running.  Sundays will be designated family time this summer and I’m looking forward to it.

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Question of the day: Active Moms out there…how do you balance work, home and a training schedule?

Kinda like Christmas

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Ours was pretty jam packed over here: birthdays, baseball games and the discovery of a new to me running store…10 minutes from my house {DANGER!}

PROAfter work on Friday, I headed over to Performance Running Outfitters (PRO) to get fitted for running shoes.  Last time I got fitted for shoes was shortly after Madelyn was born.  I kept buying the same pair when the previous ones wore out.  This time, I wanted to talk to a professional because, since training for the marathon, my left calf and heel seem to get really tight after my runs.  The lady who helped me had me do a few exercises and then got me on the treadmill to video record my feet while I ran.  I have neutral pronation, my foot rolls in very slightly as it lands on the ground.  My running form has gotten tremendously better since the last time I got fitted for shoes so the shoes I was running in had much more stability than I actually need anymore.

After running in a few pair of shoes, I decided to go with the Saucony Guide 7…and a pair of Newtons.  I’ve been eyeing up Newton’s since my mom’s friend told me about how much she loved running in hers during the Get Lucky 1/2 Marathon.  I initially went to PRO with every intention on just getting the Newton’s, but because they’re more of a natural running shoe, there’s an adjustment period with them so I needed another shoe to rotate out.  Lucky for me PRO gives a 10% military discount and they also honor Newton’s 20% military discount.  After looking at their website a little bit more, I later found out that the woman who helped me, Jessica, was actually the owner of the store.  She was so nice and down to earth.  I’ll definitely be back for all of my running gear :-)

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Another awesome benefit of shopping at PRO?  For every $200 you spend, you get $25 back to use on your next purchase. I went back the next day and bought this $70 Brooks running jacket for $17.  It was marked down on clearance and I had my $25 to spend.  WIN!

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On Saturday morning, I headed out the door to break in my new Saucony’s.  I did 6 miles, out and back and my legs felt great!  A little sore, but nothing like what I’ve been experiencing.

first6milesI had my route mapped out and kept an eye on my pace the whole time.  That was the first time I focused on my pace as opposed to the distance, and I think it worked out well for me :-)

After I was done running, I had a bunch of errands to get to(including heading back to the running store!) for someone’s birthday!! Larry turned 30 this weekend and we were having a little party at our house to celebrate him.  I purchased cupcakes from Miss Cupcake and a dozen vegan cupcakes from Classy Girl cupcakes.  I picked out the “manliest” cupcakes I could find: Beer Nuts, Stout, and Maple Bacon.  The vegan cupcakes were banana with chocolate-Madelyn LOVED them and all weekend I kept hearing a little voice saying, “cupcake, cupcake!”

cupcakesHubs knew about his party, so I surprised him with an awesome gift…Cubs VS Red Sox in BOSTON!!! We’ll be heading to Beantown at the end of June and I can’t wait!  We haven’t boarded a plane for a trip since our honeymoon three years ago.  He was really excited as well.

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After the party, we headed out to the bars for a little bit and then woke up in the morning to get to the Brewers/Cubs game.

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Note the water in Larry’s hand :-) We just can’t hang like we used to…nor do I want to :-)

It was a great weekend with awesome friends and family.  30 looks good on him if I must say so myself ;-)

I’m excited to break in my Newtons.  I think I’ll take those for a little spin on the treadmill tomorrow!

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear to go shopping for?  Nothing beats a good pair of shoes and a supportive sports bra!

Get Lucky Chicago Recap

I am happy to announce that I survived a 1/2 marathon with very minimal train (6 miles was my longest training run-on a treadmill) and while breaking the rule-”nothing new on race day” and I have very little soreness today.

My mom and I completed the Get Lucky Chicago 1/2 marathon yesterday.  It was my 5th one and her first.

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I was very nervous for this race for severals reasons:  the weather in the Midwest has been less than stellar for outside running, so most of my running was done on a treadmill.  I had only trained up to 6 miles when the normal amount is 10.  I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my mom since she did properly train.  Needless to say, I am grateful that muscle memory kicked in and I was able to complete the race with my mom.  Today we both said that we will do longer runs on the weekends so that we don’t lose any base training for upcoming races.

Weekend Details

We drove down to Chicago on Friday afternoon with two of my mom’s friends who were also doing the race with us.  We stayed at the Congress Hotel, which was Team Ortho’s host hotel.  It was an ideal location because packet pickup was right at the hotel and there was a shuttle for us on race day to take us to the starting line since it was about a 20 minute drive away.  After we picked up our packets, we walked down to Garmin to say hi to my friend Kristine and then it was off to Eataly for some carb loading.  I decided on pizza-it was pretty amazing.  After dinner, we ventured downstairs to check out the desserts.

eatalydessertsWe took a cab back to our hotel and spent the rest of the evening getting our gear ready to go and catching up on Runner’s World magazine.  I was in bed by 8:45 and it felt great :-)

Race Day

We walked to closest Starbucks and hopped on the shuttle at 7:30.  The race started in Jackson park, near the Museum of Science and Industry.  I was excited to run a new part of the lakefront path.  When we lived in Chicago, I usually ran more north of museum campus so it was nice to see the skyline coming from the south.

We got to the race pretty early, so hung out, stretched and beat the long port a potty lines :-)

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At 9 am we were on our way!  I told my mom from the beginning that I would be staying her pace the entire time.  We started off at comfortable pace.  I kept one ear bud out so that I could talk with my mom and communicate with other runners if I needed to.  It was a great idea since there was ice on the path and runners ahead of you would yell out “Ice” so that you were aware of what was ahead.  The path was also very narrow, so it was nice to be able to hear if other runners behind you were trying to pass.

The course was an out and back and I was little surprised to see the turn around point at around mile 5.  It wasn’t until about mile 7 that my mom wanted to stop and walk for about a minute.  It was then that I started to feel my quads cramp up.  We ran the rest of the course and maybe stopped for walking breaks about 3 more times.  Even though it can be difficult to run at someone else’s pace, I’m really glad that I stayed with my mom.  It was nice to be able to have someone to talk to and keep your mind distracted.  While I was motivating her, I really actually just trying to keep myself motivated.  The race was route was really well laid out, until the end.  There was one point where we ran past the finish line, saw mile marker 13 and still had to keep running.  I was not a fan and it totally messed me up mentally.  That last mile was a tough one.  My Garmin was right on track with the mile markers until about mile 10, then it became slightly off, but still close enough.  At the end of our race, my Garmin told me I ran 12.95 miles in 2:18 minutes.

I’m so proud of my mom and the timing we got for her first 1/2!  She’s addicted :-)  This was my first time running with compression socks from PRO Compression and my calves feel awesome today!  Normally, my calves are what bother me the most after a long run because I tend to run more on my toes.  I’m not sure if it was the compression socks or the fact that it was a nice and easy pace, but my legs feel great today and I will definitely be wearing these for all longer runs.

The Get Lucky Chicago 1/2 marathon was a great way to start off the 2014 racing season. My goal is keep logging longer runs on the weekend and to earn a new 1/2 marathon PR at my next run which is the Rock n Sole on June 14th!

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So it Begins

Happy Friday!!!!  I’ve got my bags packed and in just a few hours, I will be Chicago bound to run my first race of 2014 and my first one since the Chicago marathon.  The Get Lucky half will be my 5th half marathon!  It should be interesting, since training for this was pretty nonexistent and the running that I did do, was mostly all treadmill.  BUT I am happy to be doing what I love in my favorite city :-)

getluckychiThis race is particularly special because I will be running it with my mom and it is her first half marathon.  My mom is pretty amazing.  A few years ago, she got really sick.  Everything that could possible go wrong with a person, my mom had pretty much dealt with.  She was thought to have MS, Celiac disease-in which she got her gull bladder removed.  She is a nurse and it was a struggle for her to just make it through the day.  She lost hair, suffered anxiety, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, heart palpitations etc.  This went on for over a year.  She was a medical mystery and no doctor could find out what was wrong with her, until she found a naturopathic doctor that specialized in Lyme disease.  My mom had been tested previously for lyme, but her tests always came back negative.  Well her new doctor, ran a different kind of test and found that my mom was positive for chronic lyme disease.  For years, the lyme disease went undiagnosed.  After finding out what her illness actually was, she began her road to recovery.

It has been pretty awesome watching my mom get her health back and watching her become so active!  She bikes and runs…two things I NEVER saw her doing while growing up.  I’m so excited that I get to be there when she crosses the finish line and complete something I’m sure she never thought was possible.  I may not be ready for this race, but I know she is and her positive attitude about everything will keep me running to that finish line with her.

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Asian Chicken Salad

Happy Tuesday!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Ours was pretty busy over here, with drill and the last of our work holiday parties plus taking care of a sick kiddo.  Let’s just say, I’m looking forward to the weekend.

Last week, I was on a mission to use up some of the pantry items I’ve had on hand for awhile.  There were a lot of random meals being made and at one point, I said to hubs as we sat down to dinner, “I have no idea how this is going to taste, but all these things sounded like a really good idea.”  And it was.  I did, however, make one meal that I knew would be a for sure winner.

Every time we have a big family gathering, my grandma makes this Oriental Salad and it’s always a hit.  The salad is made with a pack of ramen noodles and you use the flavor packet as part of the dressing.  It’s amazing.  I would like to experiment with making the dressing completely from scratch one of these days just because I know how much sodium is in that little flavor packet.  If anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears!  To serve as a main meal, I cut up two chicken breasts into bite size pieces and sautéed them in sesame oil and black pepper.  The chicken definitely added some staying power to the salad.

IMG_2488Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bag angel fine cole slaw
  • 1 pack oriental flavored ramen noodle
  • 1/2 c diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 c honey roasted sesame sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c roasted almonds sliced

Dressing

  • 1 flavor pack that comes with noodles
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 c oil

In a large bowl, mix up all of the salad ingredients.  Crush the ramen noodles up for garnish if you want to.  It adds a nice crunch to the salad.  In a separate smaller bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and stir.  Mix well into the salad.  Add in the chicken.  There you have it!  A salad packed with flavor that has some staying power.  Win win!

This week, my meals are well-planned out but my workouts are kind of all over the place, but I’m getting it done!  Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

Monday: PF Chang’s Asian Lettuce Wraps (thumbs up!) + Interval Barre & Running 3 miles

Tuesday: Runner’s World Meatloaf  (sooo good!) + foam rolling & stretching

Wednesday: leftovers + barre bee

Thursday: Jerk shrimp stir-fry + my Air Force PT Test!! (I’m anxious to see how all the push-ups in barre have helped me!)

Friday: Mexi night + Barre & running maybe?

I’ve been putting my Runner’s World cookbook to use!  I have yet to make a disappointing recipe from it and can’t wait to try out some of the desserts.  It was one of the most useful birthday presents that I received last year.

Question of the night:  What’s your favorite recipe book?  I could always add more to my collection!  My favorite would have to be a gift from my grandma.  One year for Christmas, she made up books for all of the women in my family of all of her best recipes.  It’s a cookbook I will keep forever!

Do One Thing a Day that Scares You

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And this morning, I did just that.  I tried out Crossfit for the first time.  It’s something that has peaked my interest for awhile but I never really had the balls to try it because it looks extremely intimidating.  That is, until a co-worker of mine (6 weeks postpartum), told me that she wanted to try it out.  The conversation went something like this:

Me: Hey I heard you want to try Crossfit.  I’ll try it with you when you come back to work!

K: Great! Let’s go next week!

Me: Uhhh…I was thinking more like next month.  It can be “my thing” for February.  And didn’t you just have a baby?

K: Gotta start somewhere!

And somewhere we did.  We went to a Crossfit gym 5 minutes from where we work that just opened up this past fall.  Verdict?  I’m still not sure how I feel about it.  It’s really hard to write a fair review based off of one single class, but I will share my experience with you as best as possible.

When we arrived at the gym, there was no place really to sign in, but a rack of clipboards and pens with waiver and liability paperwork that we had to fill out.  The coach was writing the workout on the wipe board when we walked in.  We introduced ourselves and told him it was our first time.  Luckily, there were only 3 other people in the morning class, who were all experienced “crossfitters”, so he spent a majority of his time with us.

The Warm Up
7 min AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible)
-10 dive bombs (reminded me a version of chatarunga in yoga)
-5 pull ups
-20 front rack lunges

The warm up consisted of the above exercises done within a 7 minute period.  He went through the exercises once and then set a timer up for everyone to see.  I was able to repeat the workout twice through.  We did pull-ups on the bar but with a band and I’m convinced that no matter how strong my upper body becomes, I will never be able to do a pull-up…It was the exercise I hated the most.

Weightlifting
Behind the Neck Jerk (5 sets of 3)

This was probably my least favorite part of the class, but also the most important because we worked on technique and skill.  The instructor spent a lot more time talking us through the movement instead of showing us.  Finally, my friend asked him if he could just show us.  His response was “it’s kind of hard to just show you.”  I get it.  There was a lot of movement with your hips that really could only be felt and not seen.  We did it with just the bar for awhile and then I added 20 lbs on.  It was challenging, but in a good way.  My arms, back and shoulders definitely got a workout.

WOD
Marguerita (timed)
50 sets of:
-Burpees
-pushups
-jumping jacks
-sit ups
-handstand (scooter walks)

My favorite part of class: super sweaty cardio!  The whole workout was done for time, so you had to work as hard and fast as you could.  This part of the class really challenged and pushed me to give it all that I had.  Especially with the class being so small, no one wants to come in last.  Each exercise was 50 reps.  The last exercise was physically the most challenging.  The instructor modified it for us twice.  I tried to do the intermediate exorcise, which were wall climbs, but I felt like my feet were going to topple over so I moved to the scooter walks.  In scooter walks you basically put your feet on a scooter (gym-class style!) and you use your hands to “walk” yourself across the gym floor.  We did that 5 times and, somehow, I ended up doing 6 times.  This was probably the hardest workout in WOD, and I wished I would’ve stuck it out with the wall-climbs.

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Pros:

  • Incorporates strength-training moves
  • Challenges you to work hard and push yourself for personal bests
  • Modifies exercises based on your fitness ability
  • Personal attention

Cons:

  • Would’ve liked more dynamic stretching/warmup
  • more focused on reps rather than proper form
  • no cool down or stretching included
  • first 1/2 hour was slower-paced and very instructional and not a lot of doing

Overall, I’d like to give Crossfit another shot.  I could see myself really loving certain workouts, especially when they incorporate running sprints, but I don’t see myself loving it enough to make it a routine thing.  I still like my barre classes because I leave there feeling like I’ve worked every single muscle group in my body.  Hubs and I have talked about trying out the Crossfit gym near our house since it’s the only Reebok certified Crossfit gym in WI AND they offer a free introductory class on Saturdays just for first-timers.

Now that I’ve tried Crossfit, I can definitely see why there is such a big following.  It is the one workout that I’ve tried where you can actually track your progress in the studio and watch yourself get progressively better.  I do love a workout that pushes you to beat your own time :-)

Have you tried Crossfit?  Thoughts? Love it or hate?

Timing is Everything

Happy Sunday!  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  Ours has been pretty relaxing.  Madelyn and I bundled up and headed out to the gym yesterday for a 6 miler on the treadmill, while she ran around at the kids club.  I’m ready for winter to be OVER.  The only thing that got me through 6 miles on the treadmill was reading Runner’s World on the iPad.  Today, my mom came over and watched Madelyn for me while I tortured my thighs at Barre…in a good way of course ;-)

So yesterday, after my run I was pretty proud of myself for having another good long run on the treadmill.  I texted my sister if she wanted to come celebrate with me by drinking some wine and eating gourmet frozen pizza, compliments of Trader Giotto’s.  She happily accepted :-) I usually reserve my few glasses of wine for the weekends.  I’ve found that when I have even one glass during the week, when I have to wake up super early, I’m extremely tired in the morning and all day long.  Totally not worth it.  Last Thursday, a co-worker texted me and asked if I was drinking wine…I responded with “No but, should I be?”  Instead, I was drinking camomile tea while reading Runner’s World in bed.  Wild, I know.  29 going on 70 here folks!

While I was browsing Facebook the other day, I came across an article that really put a damper on my weekend wine consumption: alcohol slows down fat-burning and your metabolism!  I knew it wasn’t good to drink if you were trying to lose weight, but I figured it was just because of the sugar/empty calories.  I tried to go back and look for the article so I could link it, but I didn’t have any luck :-/ To sum it up, it basically said that the timing of your drinks after a workout really mattered, but if you wait too long and drink too close to bed time, it can disrupt your sleep.  So what’s a girl to do?  Luckily, I’ve been getting my weekend workouts done first thing in the morning so it’s not too much of an issue.  It also helps that after one glass of wine, I’m feeling pretty good :-)  I am also making more of an effort to switch over to water a few hours before bed.  I hate feeling tired on the weekends.

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So what’s on the workout schedule/menu this week?

Sunday: Barre Bee / Beef & Broccoli with brown rice (recipe up this week!)

Monday: Barre Bee + Run 3 mi / Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tuesday: A new to me workout…stay tuned!

Wednesday: Barre Bee + 4 mile run

Thursday: Run 3.5 miles + gym workout with my mom!

Friday: Interval Barre

I didn’t share too many meal ideas for this week, but I went to the store and bought a bunch of random things :-/ So much for meal prep this week.  I have a lot of stuff in my refrigerator and cupboards that I’ve been wanting to use up.  So, dinner’s kind of a toss up this week.  We’ll see what kind of creations I come up with :-)

I’m off to go finish watching the Grammys and later on, GIRLS!   Have a great night!

Meals & Workouts for the Week + a Cardio Playlist

Oh Monday…so nice to see you :-)  To say it’s been a long week and weekend would be an understatement.  A long week followed by a drill weekend is no bueno, but it did end on a high note:

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GIRLS is back on TV!  So excited and thrilled to see what’s in store for Season 3.

Last week’s workouts consisted mostly of low-mileage runs and barre classes.  I’m just getting over some kind of sickness and my lungs were just not feeling it.  I didn’t complete a run longer than 4 miles.

This week, I’m feeling better and am starting to train for a 1/2 marathon I have coming up in March.  I’m hoping to get outside today for a run since it’s so nice!  I can’t remember the last run I had outside.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

Monday: Strength train plus run 4 miles / Spaghetti with veggies & pasta sauce
Tuesday: Run 3 miles + Abs and lower body / Slow cooker Sweet potato Chili
Wednesday: Barre Bee / leftovers
Thursday: 3 mile run + abs /Meatloaf from Runner’s World Cookbook
Friday: stretching & foam rolling

One of the things that’s been getting me through runs on the treadmill are my playlists that I’ve made on Spotify.  Inspired by some of the music I heard at barre, I decided to make a DIVAS cardio playlist.  It’s pretty much awesome.