Monthly Archives: February 2014

the week

Here is last week’s report … if you ever have questions about my short hand descriptions for what I’ve done at the gym or anything just let me know!

This week was less intense than I’d like, but I also know some less intense weeks can be good :)

Monday
4.5 miles, 37:17 (8:17 pace)
BOSU squats, single leg toe touches, PT bands, push ups, planks, pikes, single leg deadlifts

Tuesday
legs are sore from yesterday!
30 min spin bike and 30 min incline treadmill walk, 20 push ups – and I was spent!

Wednesday
3 miles easy run – 25:57 (8:39 pace)

Thursday
apart from biking the 1.75 miles to my oldest’s school and back twice (7 miles total) pulling 70+ pounds in the trailer (we biked to school in the morning, she leaves her bike at school, and I bike back in the afternoon to ride home with her) and potty training my almost 3 year old boy – I had no official workout. BUT while 7 miles of biking is not much of anything, pulling my 2 younger in the trailer actually makes it half decent! And I had plenty of springs to the bathroom with my little guy!

Friday
plan A was to run, but the forecast was looking like a lot of early morning rain, so plan B was the gym.  I had all my stuff laid out for both.  Well, just before my alarm went off I was awoken by an incredible thunderstorm.  It was seriously intense. I didn’t even want to run to my car in the driveway, drive to the gym, and hurry inside.  And I knew my kids could wake up at any moment and I am much more of a morning person than my hubs so I didn’t really want to be gone with that intense of a storm going on … SOOOO I did pushups and a core workout at home.  Better than nothing!

Saturday
4.2 miles, 36:02 (8:35 pace)

Sunday
took care of my sick husband while doing everything possible to make sure the kids and I don’t get it!  

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no sugar update

I posted in early February about my plans to not eat sugar for the month of February.  After the 1st few days, overall it has been easy.  Valentines Day was tough because of the amount of candy my kids came home with, and last Sunday when friends came over for dinner and the wife brought an amazing looking sugar cookie topped with icing, apples and drizzled caramel … I almost caved!

I have caved 1 time – I got together with a new neighbor last Friday morning, and she had made a Paleo banana bread with chocolate chips for us to enjoy.  I didn’t want to be totally rude, so I had half a piece. It could have been worse though – because being Paleo there was no sugar in the bread – just the chocolate chips.  And it was good! I need to get the recipe to make in March! :)

I think my husband has been quite surprised by my self control (because let’s be honest – I’m not typically self controlled around opened junk food!).  Last week before he opened a 2 liter Coke he asked if it was ok or if it’d be too hard for me not to have any.  I told him it was FINE.  He gave me a look and opened the Coke.  The next morning I laughed so hard when I looked at the bottle …

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he used a big ole Sharpie to draw a line to mark how much Coke was gone – he says it was 100% to be funny – but I do think he was trying to help me be accountable and to see if I really am staying true.   As I said, he’s been surprised :)

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ahhhh

 

My kids were off from school yesterday so after an early morning run & core workout at the gym, and a leisurely morning at home complete with french toast, we headed to the beach!  Some times living in Florida is alright! :)  There truly is something therapeutic about sitting in the sand, watching and listening to the waves.  And the kids play so well together at the beach!  Love it.
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the week

I aim to run every other day.  Wednesday’s forecast was RAIN – I woke up around 2am & it was pouring, still pouring at 5am pouring, so I turned off my alarm.  I am still staying away from the treadmill so I can focus on a more natural foot strike as my foot/leg continue to get stronger.  A little rain is fun, but pouring and temps in the 40s is miserable!

Monday
3.5 miles, 30:14 (8:38 pace)
did both this and this core workout.

Tuesday
40 min spin bike

Wednesday
Pilates – she is working me harder each time – both as my foot gets stronger and as I get used to the reformer table. Love it!!

Thursday
3.25 miles, 27:54 (8:36 pace)

Friday
incline treadmill – 2.25 miles/41:14 min
push ups / core

Saturday
4.25 miles, 33:52 (7:58 pace )

Sunday
rest

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a low! – or a high!!

Today was my 1st run post injury where I averaged under 8 minute miles!!!  Small victories go a long way these days! :)  I ran 4.25 miles in 33:52 (7:58 pace ) – miles were 8:04/8:03/8:09/7:42 – whoowoo!

I do think part of it had to do with being awake for a bit before I ran.  It’s always hard for me to get going in the 5am hour of the morning when I’ve been awake for about 15 minutes before I head out the door!  I’d been awake on and off since about 5:45 and when my middle came in at 6:30 asking for help with something, I got up.  I helped her, got dressed to run, put away the clean dishes from last night, piddled around, and then headed out to run around 7am.

As I said – it’s the small victories – the little steps that make me feel even a tad bit closer to the runner that I know I can be.  I long to be back. To train. To run hard. To resume my secret life of hard core running in the dark!  It’s coming folks. I can feel it!

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morning at the gym

I was *NOT* feeling it this morning.  Actually, I wasn’t feeling it last night either.  I’m not alone in this right?! Some days I am so ready and motivated … other days it feels like such a chore.

I had wanted to put my younger 2 kids in the bike trailer and go for a ride – to enjoy being outside. Yet the forecast for today is RAIN.  So last night, I debated risk it and hope the forecast is wrong and we go for a bike ride OR suck it up and get up early to get myself to the gym.    

[side note – our gym has a hair salon in the same building and they share child care – GENIUS! – but you are allowed 2 hours max a day in child care and I am getting my hair cut today and I love the girl who cuts it but she is sloooow so I am using my child care time to get my hair cut today – so it was gym early today or no gym]

So last night, I reluctantly got my stuff together for an early morning gym.  

My early went off at 5am and I dragged myself out of bed.  Even with a BIG ole cuppa coffee, I was still dragging into the gym.  

My plan was to do 60 minutes on the spin bike.  Our gym only has 2 spin bikes in the cardio room.  1 I like. The other has a different seat and I feel like I am falling forward the whole time.  Well, the 1 I like happened to be broken.  So instead of 60 minutes of feeling I was falling off the seat, I opted for 40 minutes.

It took everything in me to stay on that dang bike for 40 minutes. Everything in me wanted to get off, and lay on the near by mat to “stretch.”  

Yet of course, now I am thankful I at least stuck it out for the 40 minutes.  

Question – how do you motivate yourself on one of these days when you’re just not feeling it?  

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the week

Here is last week’s recap …

Monday
4.2 miles, 35:40 (8:30 pace)

Tuesday
60 minute spin bike (kicked my tail!!!)
core work – push ups, Russian twists, planks, BOSU ball squats, single leg deadliest, pikes … I think that’s it :)

Wednesday
4 miles, 34:28 (8:37 pace) legs were sore from yesterday!
Pilates – y’all (yes I am Southern), I’ve hit the Pilates jackpot! – a mom of a girl in my middle’s preschool class is a certified Pilates instructor and used to own her own studio.  She sold it once she started having kids.  She’s been wanting to get back into instructing, but does not want to work and wants to give back – so on Wednesday she gives FREE private 30 minute workouts!!! – she has her stabilizer table in her playroom, so my youngest comes with me and plays while I get a great workout.  It is AMAZING.  I’m loving it!

Thursday
was going to do incline walk on the treadmill, but I felt a bit of twinge in my foot too close to the injury site, so I fought my [need] for cardio and got off the treadmill :(
did PT bands and this core workout

Friday
3.53 mile run, 30:07 (8:31 pace)

Saturday
rest!

Sunday
rest again – was going to run but I’ve been feeling a bit more weird soreness in my foot than I’d like, so opted for another day to rest it.

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