Roswell and I recently spent the night in Baltimore to see my favorite band from high school, New Found Glory. Conveniently, NFG seems to play in Baltimore around my birthday so I talked Roswell into taking the day off and spending some time exploring a little bit of Baltimore. Continue reading
Hi friends! No weekly wrap this week because I was sick most of last week, so it wasn’t very exciting. I’ll recap last week and this current week (which isn’t going any better than last week so far) next week!
However, I wanted to pop in and say congratulations to the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run race ambassadors that were announced today!
I had an awesome time last year as an ambassador and I can’t wait to see this group rock their training and races!
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?
Oh man, I was not sure I would get to post today, friends! I recently made the decision to moved from wordpress.com over to a self hosted site, so this weekend I started the process. It might be a bit clunky around here while I learn the ropes (send me all of your tips!).
Last week was alright in terms of training. Since I don’t have anything big on the horizon, I’m just using a 10K – Level 2 training plan from Garmin to help build a foundation for Cherry Blossom training when it starts in the spring. I missed two runs just because my schedule was all over the place. But I’d like to renew my commitment to working out after work (or at lunch). I also need to take a look at the group fitness schedule to find my new class! I’ve been really enjoying BodyPump, but I also want to try new things, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!
Happy Monday, Friends! Congratulations to any runners who toed the starting line this weekend – but especially to those at the Marine Corps Marathon and my fellow 10Kers! Shout out to my husband for PRing his marathon and going sub 4:00!
After finishing the 10K, I tried to make it over to the marathon course to cheer on the runners, but I found myself crossing the wrong bridge and couldn’t make it there and to the finish line in time for Roswell to finish. So instead I stopped by Starbucks and grabbed a coffee (thanks to Holly and Tricia!) and headed to the finish line to spectate.
Oh man, if there’s one place my empath side comes out, it is the finish line of a marathon. I can’t even start to count the number of times my eyes teared up Sunday morning watching the runners fight for every step up that hill (because you know, it’s an uphill finish – *only Marines would have an uphill finish at a marathon*). But standing near the finish line, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Kathrine Switzer:
Have you spectated a marathon finish line?
This week flew by – I only managed two days of running due to a tweaked muscle in my back, but am feeling better already. I am looking forward to running the Marine Corps Marathon 10K this weekend – while Roswell is tackling the full marathon distance.
I am trying to find my motivation to lose weight. Well, I’m not sure it’s motivation I lack. I feel like a few years ago when I wanted to lose weight, I just had to watch what I was eating a bit more and work out a bit more. But now that I’m a bit older, it doesn’t come quite as easily. The past few weeks have been incredibly frustrating, because I feel like I have been working out an increased amount, but I’m not seeing any changes. There is definite truth in the idea that “abs are made in the kitchen” but I’m also sensitive to my struggles lately with B.E.D. which has been triggered by dieting and restricting my intake. I’m trying to make going to the gym in the evening a routine. My thought is simply to head to the gym or the track everyday after work (even rest days) just to get into the habit.
Just a few more days to apply to be a Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Social Media Race Ambassador! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
This week was great, up until the horrible humid weather this weekend! My new class for the week was a special outdoor boot camp at the rec center. I get anxious when it comes to these types of classes, because I don’t know anyone going and I worry that I’m not going to be able to keep up or the instructors will be typical college dudes that aren’t very nice. I am glad to say that I was anxious for no reason – the instructors were great, incredibly nice, supportive and motivating; and I was able to hold my own with the interval circuit. I’m excited to try BodyPump this week as my new class!
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Social Media Race Ambassador application is open! I had an amazing experience last year as an ambassador and I’m excited to join the Social Media team this year as their Instagram lead.
I am really loving the Garmin Connect training plan this time around. I’ve tried a few different training plans, but none of them seemed to mesh with what I thought I should be doing (another training plan, too many walk run intervals, too much running), so I found them hard to follow. However, this time around with the 10K training plan, I’ve found that it’s a really nice plan to follow and it’s giving me great balance between running intervals and easy slow runs. I missed one workout last week (60 minutes of cross training), but I managed 3 runs and 1 cross training day. This week, the training plan includes 4 runs (including a 5K race) and then I’m adding one day of cross training to try my new fitness class for the week.
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?
After another early night, we were up before the sun again and getting ready for the second part of our Double Dare challenge. While waiting for the 10K on Saturday, the temperature wasn’t too bad – in the 70s – which was a nice change from the temperature at home. The moment we stepped out of our hotel room Sunday morning, we could feel the difference. There was absolutely no breeze and it was several degrees warmer than the day before.
I didn’t necessarily pick the best outfit for running in sunny 90° weather, with my all black costume. With the Toy Story theme, I wanted to find a great character to represent on the course – and immediately fell in love with Wheezy!