My Gear


So I was thinking about my last race, and I realized that I have a lot of “gear” that I use to run. Running used to be so easy….you just got your shoes on and started running. I never ran with music or a watch. I….just…..ran. Now that I have gotten older…and more pansy-fied, obsessive responsible, I feel like I need a lot more in order to run. So I thought I would delve into the gear that currently are my must-haves.

Can you believe I run with ALL this crap!

Can you believe I run with ALL this crap!

  • Saucony Guide shoes– these are my go to long distance shoes. I recently started looking at my shoes, and I have about 4 pairs of various Saucony Guide shoes :)  I have a really hard time finding shoes. I used to under pronate (running on the outside edge or pinky toe side of my foot) when I ran and all my shoes would be worn out on the outer edge. Ever since I started running in the Sauconys, this has changed and my running pattern on my shoes once they are worn out are right down the middle. I also have much less shin and knee injuries since I started using the Sauconys. I most recently have started running in the Guide 7 shoes, and I love them!

 

  • Nike Zoom Structure 17 shoes– I recently bought these shoes and I love them. I use these primarily for my short runs. I find alternating between 2 different shoes at a time is beneficial. First of all, who wants to run in sweaty shoes from the day before?  Also, if you get caught in the rain on one run, no one wants to run in damp shoes the next day!  I find that my shoes seem to last longer when I am not running in them everyday. The shoe store guy told me that this is due to the shoes being able to rest in between runs and the soles spring back into shape if you let them rest for 24 hours after a run. He totally was probably blowing smoke up my you know what, but…maybe!?   So, I have always just bought shoes at the beginning and the end of the season, and then alternated the newer shoes every other day. For example, earlier this year, I was running in Saucony Guide 5 shoes for my short runs, and Saucony Guide 6 shoes for my long runs. My knees started hurting recently so I knew it was time to get new ones. So, of course I got the Saucony Guide 7 shoes ( am a creature of habit), but when I put the Nike Zooms on, they were heaven. They are still a shoe that provides stability, like my Sauconys, but they also feel very soft and provides cushion for my feet. I find that when I alternate between these two shoes, they are similar but provide a slightly different feel, and my feet feel better for it.

 

  • Flip belt– I LOVE my flip belt. I usually run on the road by my house or on the trail. So, I need to run with my phone for safety. I absolutely hate having a large fanny pack or belt that will bounce but I also need to store my keys, phone and occasionally my inhaler in it. That’s a lot of cargo :)  I honestly use this on every run.  It is a double layer belt that lays flat on my waist, and has little slits cut into one side so you can slip your stuff into it. If you are worried about losing small items, you can flip it so the slits are against your waist, so nothing falls out. Honestly, I don’t usually flip it and I have never had anything fall out of it.  I have this on every run, so I have 2. When they get sweaty I just pop it into the washer with my running close, air dry and it is ready the next day. So easy.
Oddly enough, Harley does NOT run with me!!

Oddly enough, Harley does NOT run with me!!

 

  • Sandisk MP3 player- I used to use my phone with Pandora app when I ran. It was a pain to deal with as I never had control over which songs would come up. It would never fail that when I needed an upbeat song (like when I was running up the biggest hill ever), I would get a super slow song on Pandora and would have to stop, fiddle with the music, and lose my mojo. So, I went looking for an MP3 player that was small, inexpensive, easy to use and stayed put on my belt. So, I was overjoyed when I came across the Sandisk MP3 player. I bought the 4 Gig player and had an old memory card to use with it. (Side note, check your old smart phone that you’re not using anymore, there was a memory card in my old one that I had forgotten about, so I didn’t have to buy one for my MP3 player!!). I clip this player right on my collar of my tank top so it is easy access. When I want to change a song, it’s just one push of a button that I can do without looking at it. The player holds a ton of information (all together there is 20 Gig of data). It only cost about 35 dollars, so if I get caught in the rain and it dies, it’s not the end of the world. Unlike my cell phone, which I can keep tucked into my flipbelt wrapped in a little plastic baggy. Also I recently got stuck in a downpour and I got soaked to the bone. It didn’t even phase my little Sandisk! Of course, use your favorite earphones with it.

 

  • Amphipod runlite airstretch hydration belt– I only use this on my long run days of 6 miles or more. It has 4 water bottles on it that each hold 8 ounces. I usually run with 3 bottles, and only use the fourth if I am doing over 10 miles.  I find that even with all 4 bottles all filled with ice water, it never bounces or sloshes. The bottles clip in which can be sort of tricky at first since 2 bottles are behind your back, but you get the hang of it on the first run and it is smooth sailing after that. It also has a bonus pocket that I put my Gu, phone and tissues. Everything you need for a long run. :)

 

  • Amphipod handheld 12 ounce water bottle- I use this on most of my runs that last 3-4 miles. I don’t run where I can refill it, or else I would use this all time. This bottle is lightweight even when it is full, and it has a little strap that you put around your had so you don’t even have to hold onto it. Sarah M showed me this and I had to get me one!

 

  • Gu: chocolate or peanut butter- I use this when I am running for longer than an hour. I find that at about 55 minutes into running, I start feeling DRAINED! I just totally give up running :)  At first I wasn’t sure what was causing it. I would be really excited for a long run, and then about an hour later, I would just start thinking how I was too tired and could not go on. Someone told me about refueling and it has made such a big difference. I tried Gu shots first, and had raging GI distress, so that was out. These packets are great. They are single serving, so once I use them, I can throw away the package. They are small and fit into my hydration belt or even in my flip belt if needed. I can take them to my half marathons and they don’t take up any space. And they are easy on my sensitive tummy. I especially like the chocolate and peanut butter, but it comes in lots of flavors. Some flavors have caffeine in them, so I usually use the non-caffeinated one about 45 minutes into my run, and then a caffeinated once about 1 hour 30 minutes into my run. That sustains me until the end of the run. During my last half marathon which took me 3 hours!!!! I only had taken 2 packets and I totally should have had a third! Lesson learned. Take more than you need. Also, take with water!

 

  • Samsung Apps– RunKeeper, free HIIT timer- I used to use RunKeeper for my mileage tracker. Now I use my Garmin, but I still use it time to time if I don’t have my Garmin charged. Also, I use the HIIT timer (high intensity interval timer) three times a week, easy. It gives you the capability to put in a warmup, 2 intervals (rest and active period), how many intervals you want, and a cooldown….all for free. LOVE IT!

 

  • Garmin Forerunner 220 watch- I recently bought my Garmin this year about 1 month prior to my half marathon. What a difference it makes. This is not a must have by any means, and was totally a splurge buy. But, I can keep track of pace, mileage, distance, and total run time all on my wrist that I can glance at whenever I want. Be careful though, because it is addictive, I swear. You will become a slave to data!

 

So, that is pretty much it. These are my favorite running things that I use on a daily business. Is there anything that you feel you cannot run without?

 

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Happy Fourth of July!!


I was hoping to get this up yesterday, but it was not meant to be! I am having such a great Independence Day weekend, and as always, am giving thanks to all the men and women that are fighting so hard to make this country what it is.

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So, lets start by saying that I am loving a 3 day weekend! My last day of work was Thursday. Right after work we scheduled a house to look at to see if we wanted to buy. Yes…I know what you are thinking…we are STILL looking for a house. We have not seen anything we liked, so we are taking our time. So, we went to see 2 houses. One was a ranch that I did not like at all. The other one was a 2 story that was really nice but Nathan thought it was too big for us, and it had lots of rooms that we would not really use, so we passed. After that the weekend started off with a bang. (Sorry, I could not help it)

Friday we did lots of yard work. I had managed to run Thursday night so I was a little sore. I finally got my garden de-weeded, and my front flowerbed in order, so I could enjoy the weekend :) I got all my tomato plant stands up so I am just waiting until tomatoes are a-growin. Then, late last night we all sat by Sara and Scot M’s fire pit and watched the fireworks. We have a really awesome guy in our neighborhood who sets off lots of fireworks, so we can just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. It’s really nice!

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Honestly, these are fireworks from last year, but I was too tired to take more photos…you get the drift :)

 

I went out with Sara M this am for a long run of 4 miles. Waking up felt really early since I didn’t sleep well last night on account of the fireworks being set off at all hours of the night. Thanks neighbors….really. I like the firework show, but random loud fireworks just for the sound of it does not do it for me, let me tell you! So, this morning we got up early, went to the store for some groceries, and then Sara and I were off for a run. I like to run with Sara because she makes me go REALLY FAST! I ended up doing all 4 miles at about 10:45 to 11:15 per mile. Consistency is what I like! So, today, I am lounging on the deck, eating cherries and blueberries, and just enjoying the days off. I hope you all are having a wonderful day!

How do you spend your Independence day weekend?

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St. Patricks Festival 5K recap


I have to be honest about something.

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I really didn’t want to run this thing. I mean, I wanted to run it when I signed up for it. I was excited to do a race with Sara R. We hadn’t run together in about 5 years and it was going to be a fun race. An added bonus was that it motivated me to start running regularly again after my half marathon, since I had lost my running mojo afterward.

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So, I started really running routinely about a month ago. That was actually really great timing since I started a weight loss challenge around the same time. Don’t you LOVE IT when your worlds come together!  Anyway, I was focusing on just running 3 miles with emphasis on trying to get faster. I figured if I could get faster on a 5K, then when I started training again for the half marathon this fall, it would all translate.

 

Well, it all paid off, let me tell you!  This race was the St. Patricks Festival 5K in Ada, Michigan. The race raised money for St. Patrick’s school, a Catholic school in the area. It was scheduled for Friday at 7pm. So, I worked all day, and miraculously got out of work at 2:30. That NEVER happens!  So, I turned off my pager, and high tailed it out of there :) I was able to go home before the race and get all my running gear situated. I had not planned on taking my Garmin since it was going to be a fun race, so it was not charged. But, at the last minute I decided to take it anyway so I would have a watch to make sure I made it to the start line on time. I am a stickler for punctuality.

 

I ended up getting excited about this race again, about 3 days before we were scheduled to run it. I’m not sure why, but I was just really excited to see Sara R and run with her again. It’s been SO long!! Funny what kids and career will do to friendships :)

I wasn’t sure where the race actually started. Sara R was volunteering at packet pickup prior to the race (her children go to the school). I arrived at 6pm, about an hour early. I easily found a parking spot and picked up my packet. I milled around for a while. They had a live band there, so it was nice to just soak in the sun and listen to the music. Sara had invited another friend along for the race as well ( her name was Alyssa?), so we got acquainted and chatted for a while.

 

obligatory pre-race selfie

obligatory pre-race selfie

After a last minute port-a-potty visit (one can never have enough of those before a race) and obligatory selfie (don’t I look fabulous?), it was time for the race to start. As we thought we would be kinda slow, we picked a spot at the end of the runners but before the walkers to start.  They had a short prayer and we were off. It was a small race, only about 200 to 250 people had registered for it, which was nice that there were enough people to make you feel like you were racing but not enough to make it really congested at the start. We started running together at a pretty good pace, not too slow, not too fast. All three of us had our earphones in, so there wasn’t a lot of talking, but it was nice to run together. I ran about half a mile, intermittently commenting to Sara who I thought was a step behind me about the funny things I noticed during the race. Then, I happened to look beside me, and wouldn’t you know…I was talking to a complete stranger!!  Somewhere I had lost Sara in the crowd, and now I was the crazy girl who says stupid things to complete strangers. :)  GOTTA LOVE IT!

I looked back and couldn’t see Sara or Alyssa (I don’t wear my glasses when I run, so honestly they could have been 200 feet behind me and I wouldn’t have recognized them), so I decided to go for it and honestly race it. And that is what I did. The course was an out and back course on a small road next to the church. It has 2 slight hills in it, and then after about a mile we made a left turn and ran on a hard packed gravel road next to farm fields for 1 mile. It was nice to have the change in terrain. My knees have been hurting lately, so I welcomed a little dirt to run on. The scenery was great. I love running down dirt roads (I like to hear my footsteps in the gravel) and I absolutely LOVE to run through farm fields. They are so solitary and so pretty, especially when the sun is low and shines across the lush green.

It was a really humid hot day, with temps in the mid 80′s. The course had quite a bit of shade for the 1st and last mile, but the second mile was grueling. To make matters worse, the sun was directly in front of us, so it shined directly in our eyes, making it very clear how hot we were :)  There was only 1 water stop and it was right in the middle at the 1.5 mile mark. I had brought my hand-held water bottle but decided to leave it in the car at the last minute, and that was a mistake. Note to self….next time, take a water bottle!

At the finish line, there were quite a few spectators and someone had a loudspeaker so they could call out your name and shout uplifting comments to you. That was fun. Then there were 3 ladies that were handing out ice cold water about 10 feet after the race finish. I think they were angles! ….Truly…Water has never tasted so good :)

After the race, there was live music. You could get drinks if you wanted to at the concession stand. There were prizes given out to the top 3 male and female finishers. I finished, and waited for Sara and and Alyssa to finish so I could cheer them on.  We sat on the grass, cooled down and stretched. It was nice to talk for a while. I never get to see Sara, so it nice to catch up. I didn’t stay for the festivities afterward since Nathan and I hadn’t eaten yet, and it was late. I ended up getting home at about 9pm, so I picked up Chinese food on the way home.

And finally, lets talk about race times!! I hadn’t anticipated racing this course, but over the last few weeks I have been trying to increase my speed in general. So, when my watch beeped to signal the first mile was done, I was stunned to discover that I had run my first mile in 10 minutes, 28 seconds. My goal was just to keep running at that pace. I tend to run the first mile fast, then peter out and have to walk at the end. My second mile was 10:48, and my third mile was 11:03.  I finishing time was 32:51!!  I was 4th in my age group.  That is a 5K PR my friends. So, apparently running with the neighbors (who are super fast)  has paid off.

I would totally run this race again. The atmosphere was fun and it was a really easy race to run on a Friday night, without taking up too much of my weekend. The only thing I would change is that I would definitely take my handheld water with me next time!

 

Sorry for the long post you guys. I wish I had taken pictures of the race, but my phone battery was low and I realized it just prior to the race, so I wasn’t able to snap any pictures! I am such a bad blogger :(

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Krupp Farms Strawberries


Strawberries are on RIGHT NOW!!

I get super excited for strawberries during the summer. I almost missed them this year because the winter was so long. It just doesn’t feel like it should be time for strawberries…but…I drove past Krupp Farms and the sign was out.  So, over vacation, of course I HAD to stop by.
I was really nervous that they would not be open because it pretty much downpoured every single night over our vacation, but I picked a bright and sunny morning to go down there and they were open.

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I ended up getting 30 pounds of strawberries. I know what you are thinking…what is a girl to do with that many strawberries?  To tell you the truth, I think I am obsessive compulsive when it comes to fruit :)  I started out thinking that I would get one flat (about 12-15 pounds if you pile it full). At $1.50 per pound, that is a bargain. But, as I was picking, I realized that the strawberries looked so big and juicy… and alluring apparently, because I went and got a second flat. My thought was that I would do a lot of strawberry jam and strawberry rhubarb jam this year, so I wanted to have some left over just for eating.

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Yeah, it only took me a little over an hour to pick 30 pounds of strawberries. I immediately know the error of my ways as it took me ALL DAY to wash and prepare them :)  Then came the problem of stowing them. My fridge and freezer was full of strawberries for the next couple of days. I spent all day one day jamming. Now I have about 3 batches of freezer jam just begging to be eaten. We used the last of the strawberries this morning on top of pancakes. Wonderful!

 

If you are in the area, stop by Krupp Farms to pick up some strawberries for yourself before they are all gone.  They are super helpful and will always tell you when they are planning u-pick times. If you don’t want to pick them yourself, they do have already picked strawberries available.

Address: 8025 Krupp Ave NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

phone number: (616)- 887-8271

 

Do you get a little OCD about fruit picking or is it just me?

 

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Time for new running shoes, woohoo!


I have been loving this summer weather. I was depressed as hell getting kind of down because I thought that the summer was almost over. I’m not sure what I as thinking, but Nathan pointed out that we are not actually into the summer months quite yet :)  I think that all this thinking about training plans for my October race was playing mind games on me.

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Anyways, I have been making an effort to run everyday during my vacation because I just LOVE early morning runs, and I rarely ever get to do them. I usually have something going on in the morning on the weekends, whether it is boot camp with the neighbors or grocery shopping at the crack of dawn (we try to get to the store and back by 8am on Saturdays). So, while on vacation, seize the day, is what I say.

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Since I was not really on a training plan last week :), I felt like I could stop and take lots of pictures of the beautiful surroundings without feeling guilty. I LOVE where I run. It is fantastic with lots of hills (I don’t like that quite as much) and lots of wildlife.

I also have been thinking about getting new running shoes. I currently have the Saucony Guide 6 running shows shown here. I have the purple ones. I love Saucony shoes. I always think that I should branch out and try different running shoes but I always end up coming home with the same shoes, just the newest model. (I had the Saucony Guide 4 before these).

I have problems with over-pronating and Achilles tendonitis, so I am pretty picky about my shoes. I have been having a problem with the Saucony Guide 6′s due to my right pinky toe and my right big toe rubbing against the sides of the shoe causing callouses. It doesn’t hurt, just looks like gremlin feet. I was pleased to hear that the newest Sauconys have a slightly broader toe box, so I am hoping this will solve all my problems. I will let you know how it goes. I was curious about how many miles I have put on these shoes, as it seems like I just bought running shoes. On further evaluation, I actually bought them in January right at the beginning of my half marathon training. These shoes have lasted me about 250 miles. I also wear these shoes for bootcamp and walks with Harley, which also puts unneeded stress on them.  My knees and shins are starting to ache after runs, even the easy ones. When that happens, I know new shoes are in my future! I think I will keep these and use them for walks and bootcamp, and dedicate my running shoes to just running.

Speaking of bootcamp, here is our bootcamp workout we did on Saturday morning. It was a great workout and was really good and working those running muscles!

(click on the picture to make it bigger so you can read it….I know…technology :)

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Do you have more than one pair of running shoes at a time?

How many miles do you usually get out of running shoes?

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Anybody Else Got the Itch for a New Racing Plan?


I don’t know what it is about this summer, but I have caught the running bug something fierce!

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Last winter, I started running just to stay fit. I had tried to run in the past but always got shin splints, so over the winter I got serious and saw a sports medicine doctor. He told me my error of my ways…I was running but not doing any other form of training. So, with adding cross training into my schedule along with weight training, my shin splints are good as gone.

So, I ran my first half marathon in April, and decided that I was done with training plans. I was tired of following someone else’s idea of what my runs should be. I wanted to rekindle the love of running just to run, not to beat some time or distance that was pre-determined for me. So, I took a week off running. Then another. Then I started running, but only 1-3 miles, never fast.

Look who I found on my long run this week.... we are kindred spirits, I tell ya

Look who I found on my long run this week…. we are kindred spirits, I tell ya

Then, over the last week, I got the running bug again. I have a dilemma though, because my 12 week training plan for my next half marathon doesn’t start until the first couple weeks of August. So, what is a girl to do?

I am running a 5K this Friday with a friend of mine, so that has kept me busy for the last couple of weeks. But, what next, you say?

Donkeys during a long run

Donkeys during a long run

I wanted to run the Traverse City Half Marathon in September, but that is the weekend of our anniversary, and Nathan didn’t want to hassle with spending the night in a hotel, running that race, then driving across the state to visit my mom (its her birthday that weekend too), all in the same weekend. The further I looked into it, I also noticed that I work the next 2 weekends after that race, and then my half marathon is 4 weeks after. I am not sure I can swing that and still give the Mackinac Island half marathon a fair shot.

Then, I decided that for the next 4 weeks, I am going to do a “get faster 5K in 4 weeks” plan which will help me re-establish my “base” of mileage, as well as get me a little faster before I focus on my distance running again.  That lasted all of 2 days and I got antsy.  I mean, speed work is all well and good, but I really want to do a DISTANCE PLAN!!

Weeks SUN MON TUES WEDS THURS FRI SAT Total
1: JUNE 22-28 S/S 3 2 or XT 3 30 min XT REST 3 11
2: JUNE 29-JULY 5 S/S 3 2 or XT 3 30 min XT REST 4 12
3: July 6-12 S/S 3.5 3 or XT 3.5 40 min XT REST 5 15
4: July 13-19 S/S 3 3.5 or XT 4 40 min XT REST 5 15.5
5: july 20- 26 S/S 4 3 or XT 4 40 min XT REST 6 17
6: JULY 27-AUG 2 S/S 4 4 or XT 4 40 min XT REST 7 19
7: AUG 3-9 S/S 4 4.5 or XT 4 50 min XT REST 8 20.5
8: AUG 10-16 S/S 5 4 or XT 4 50 min XT REST 8 21
9: AUG 17-23 S/S 4.5 4 or XT 5 50 min XT REST 9 22.5
10: AUG 24-30 S/S 5 4 or XT 5 REST REST 10 24
11: AUG 31-SEPT 6 S/S 5.5 4 or XT 5 60 min XT REST 10 24.5
12: SEPT 7-13 S/S 5 4.5 or XT 4.5 60 min XT REST 11 25
13: SEPT 14-20 S/S 5 4.5 or XT 4.5 40 min XT REST 12 26
14: SEPT 21- 27 S/S 5 4.5 or XT 4.5 40 min XT REST 12 26
15: SEPT 28- OCT 4 S/S 5 4 or XT 4.5 60 min XT REST 10 23.5
16: OCT 5-11 S/S 5 4 or XT 4 60 min XT REST 8 21
17: OCT 12-18 S/S 4 3 or XT 3 30 min XT REST 6 16
18: OCT 19-25 S/S 4 3 or XT 2 2 mile walk optional REST RACE 11

So, I made my own plan :)  I combined all the good parts of the Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon (the cross training and strength/ stretch days), but added more weeks and a little bit higher mileage in the middle so I could really feel confident about the half marathon distance. The S/S means “stretch and strengthen”, XT means “cross train”.  (I actually combined the Hal Higdon plan with another random plan I found on the internet, but wouldn’t you know I cannot find the random plan, so I cannot give them credit!! I am such a bad blogger. If this looks familiar to you, email me and I will totally give you credit).

The good news is I start this week. The bad news…..I start this week :)  Be careful for what you wish for!

Tired but happy Harley after a walk/ run session

Tired but happy Harley after a walk/ run session

Do you have a love/ hate relationship with training plans?

What training plans have you used in the past, and what were your thoughts?

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Well, our vacation week is coming to a close, and I must say that I have had a LOT of fun this vacation. We usually do not plan anything when we take vacation, due to the fact that we LOVE stay-cations. I know. Weird right?!?  I find that my own bed, my own surroundings and the ability to just do what I want for a week is all the vacation I need.

 

I started the week on Sunday afternoon when I got out of work. Nathan told me to look at the forecast….bad move. It was rain the entire week. I was bummed. But, the weather gods prevailed and it was the perfect mix of sun and clouds throughout the week.

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I managed to get in runs everyday this week, which was glorious.

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We managed to get up to my Mom’s and Dave’s house up north to spend the day, and had lots of pizza, the best turkey club I have ever had, and wonderful Dairy Queen blizzards on the way home. I probably ate my entire calories for the week just that day. :)

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And, I even toyed with the idea of registering for another half marathon in September. I’m still contemplating.

Have a great week everyone.

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Vacation Week


I am so happy to be on vacation, I cannot tell you! I worked the weekend and although it actually was a great weekend to work (not too busy, not too slow), and I got out 1/2 an hour early on Sunday, emotionally I was finished. So, Monday I slept in a bit until about 7am and then went for a run while Nathan mowed the lawn. It was a great day, if not a little too warm and sunny for my taste.

Beautiful day for a run

Beautiful day for a run

I realized that I had only run about 3 times last week, so I decided to take a slow 4 mile run. I started running at about 9am (I just had to sit in my PJs and have some coffee on my first day off !!), and that ended up biting me in the fanny. By the time I finished, the sun was super bright and super hot and it was starting to get a little muggy. Guess I need to make a mental note to start early.

I chose to run the back roads around my house, which coincidentally is full of rolling hills. I LOVE to run on the dirt roads though, and it was just what I needed to have a mental break from life. I ended up walking about a mile and jogging slowly for the rest of the time. On my way, I found this little guy.

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He was not afraid of me one bit, and I even walked up to him just to make sure he was alive. I was afraid for him because he was in the middle of the road and I could just see a truck come barreling down the road and squashing him. I did everything besides actually touching him to get him out of the road, and after about 10 minutes, he just slowly hopped all the way across the road and into the ditch…Weird.

It has been too warm to take Harley for a walk lately so I am missing our little outings. He helps me in the garden though, which we both enjoy. It is supposed to rain all week (it rains every time we take a week of vacation) but we are hoping to get out there a little  on Thursday. We will see.

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It has been a glorious week. I hope you all have been having a great week as well. I am not sure why I was feeling in such high spirits unless it’s the fact that I have been increasing my running mileage again and the weather has been fantastic. I am sad to say that Week 1 of “Deer Run Gets Fit Fast” challenge has come and gone. I was the lowest weight loser of the week, so I better get my tush in gear, that is for sure.  (I lost only 0.4 lbs). Awful…Just awful!

I'm disappointed!!

I’m disappointed!!

A couple of weeks ago I realized that I have had either a migraine or a headache constantly for about 2 weeks. I also realized that this is about the time that I haven’t been running very much. My third realization was that I never had a headache the entire time I was running my training plan. So, I have been gradually upping my mileage again, and lo and behold, I don’t have a migraine today. Woohoo. Maybe I have broken the code for no headaches?!?  That would be fantastic.

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So, this week I have been running about 3 miles every other day. Just today I went out a did a slow 4 mile run which was amazing. I had lots of company today. The cows were out and were egging me on, I swear. I also saw horses and donkeys on my run but couldn’t justify stopping for photo-ops :)

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Hope you have a lovely week.

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Weight loss challenge week 1


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This week was the first week of project “Deer Run Gets Fit Fast”. Since I started my half marathon training plan in December, I have steadily been losing weight without trying very hard. Total I think I  lost about 15 pounds. It was a mixture of eating a little cleaner so I could run without having a sugar crash, as well as just the act of running more that caused that weight loss. Lately I have not been running nearly as much due to finishing the half marathon in late April. So, I was afraid that I was going to gain it all back in the “off” training months.  I have been happy to say that I have been able to continue to lose a little weight. I weighed in for my first week of our weight loss challenge, and I weighed 167.8 lbs. That means I had lost about 5 pounds since finishing the half marathon!  Woohoo!

 

So, my official weigh in is Thursdays. I don’t have a scale at home, so I am weighing myself at work on our office scale. I plan on increasing my activity little bit over the next month (I have a 5K that I am getting ready for at the end of the month), as well as getting back to my clean eating roots. Already, I have cleaned up my eating just knowing that I have to report my weight to the group :)  Ah, the power of peer pressure!!

 

To end the week with a bang, the girls and I got together for a 45 minute boot camp session yesterday morning. I was in charge of the workout so I picked core and legs to focus on. It was a doozy of a workout, and I am happy to report that I am SORE today! I barely could get out of bed this morning. That is a sign of a great workout.  In case you are wondering, here is the workout we did. Definitely do it if you want jelly legs tomorrow.

Found this on Pinterest and it is my motto for the summer!

Found this on Pinterest and it is my motto for the summer!

 

LEGS/ABS WORKOUT: 45 MINUTES

(2 minute intervals with 15 seconds rest between each set, do as many as you can of each activity in 2 minutes)

  • 5 minute warm up run
  • sumo squats with leg lifts
  • lunges
  • pushups
  • situps
  • plank

repeat x 3

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