Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Week 1

And the first official week of #CUCB2018 is complete! This week was a little weird – we spent Wednesday evening at urgent care due to some back pain Roswell was experiencing. Thankfully he’s on the mend. I’m still attempting to find a balance between my strength training and running, in addition to the nutrition plan from my trainer. I’d like to practice yoga at least once next week as well as add a recovery run after my long run.

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Weekly Wrap: October 30 – November 5

Last week was a bit all over the place. Roswell had the flu (or at least, what we think was the flu), so I spent a lot of time running around, picking up soup and other comfort items when someone is sick, as well as trying to still do my workouts and keep the house in one piece. I honestly don’t know how people with families do it!

Still I really only missed one planned workout and then swapped another one, so I’m not feeling horrible about my accomplishments last week. I thankfully am feeling alright (*knock on wood*) and Roswell is back at work today, so back to normal!

Has the flu reached you yet this season? What are your go to home remedies? 

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Weekly Wrap: September 11-24

Last week was a little rough for me, which is why you’re getting two weeks today! Following the Disneyland weekend, I started loosely following the Nike Run Club “Get More Fit” training plan but I really had a hard time getting motivated for my runs the last two weeks. The Nike Run Club has introduced a few different kinds of runs, like a benchmark run and a tempo run. However, after the Navy 5 Miler, I updated my training calendar to the last few weeks of the Garmin Connect 10K training plan. (Garmin Ambassador Linz at Sharp Endurance has a great post on how to Download Training Plans to your Garmin Connect Device)

Since I’m not in training for anything monumental (just the Marine Corps 10K in October), I was shifting into a more mindful eating mindset and I wanted to give 21 Day Fix (or something like that program) a try. I thought it would be good because my portions have gotten a bit out of wack. However, I believe that the program was too restrictive because it sent me into a tailspin of anxiety and depression. Since giving up the boxes and just trying to be mindful but not restrictive, my mood has improved immensely. Instead of focusing on food, I think I’m going to focus on making sure I’m getting enough active time and changing up what I’m doing so I’m not just running all of the time. I’ve made a goal to try a different class at the gym every week.

Are you training for a big fall race or just maintaining right now?

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 3


Training is going pretty steadily after week three. I’m happy with building my long run distance; however, I’d also like to slowly build up my weekly mileage as well. I would like to add an additional day of running in the week, but just a short distance. Time is definitely at a premium though, so I want to make sure I’m getting enough rest as well. I’m still working on foam rolling and stretching daily – sometimes my bed is just calling my name too loudly at night!
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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 13

I had a fairly alright week in training, even with starting my new job this past week! I wanted to make sure I got a run in on Monday since I slacked off last Sunday. The rest of the week was a little bit of a blur as I got used to my new commute and trying to figure out when the best time for working out would be for me now. I plan on throwing in a few morning runs in the coming week to see if those work better for me or if I should stick to after work runs. My PT did mention that she thought that I might be coming up on my last appointment with her. I do think that my injury has improved and I’m working on strengthening my hips and core, and now the rest of my lower body. She wanted me to go on one longer run before discharging me though, so on Sunday I went on a prescribed 5 mile run. I experienced some frustration with my FitBit and I’m now questioning it’s accuracy. Do you have a FitBit that you use specifically for running? Have you ever had any problems with the distance it tracks?  Continue reading

Dopey Challenge Training – Week 7

Errr. This week did not go as planned. I started to feel some hip pain early in the week and by Wednesday, I knew it was not good. I tried to run on Thursday and I made it about 5 steps before stopping. I have been resting and icing and stretching throughout the week. I’m hoping to ease back into running next week. Wish me luck!


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A Different Kind of 30 by 30 + A Life Update!

Happy Monday friends! It’s been a crazy time over in the 3 Black Cat Company world. I started a brand new job as academy director at TexARTS a few weeks and definitely hit the ground running with their annual showcase weekend and spring ballet. I’m excited to get the summer camp season started and see what our students produce! In addition, last week I had the chance to attend the 3rd Austin Blogger Mixer and the opening of the Austin Stitch Fix office. I am looking forward to sharing those soon! Continue reading