Wednesday, November 30, 2011

So long November

All they end of the year cliches are coming to mind. How many times have your heard.....I can't believe its the end of November, or is it really almost Christmas.  Or one of my favorites, the older I get the faster time flies by. I don't want to time to fly by. I want to savor each moment and remember how awesome 2011 was to me. As I plan for 2012 it is going to be tough to beat this year, but before I get into that lets take a look at November.

November Goals:
  • Complete the Seattle Amica Half Marathon   - DONE See Recap here
  • Spin Class 2x a week   -  I attended 12 classes in November
  • Lose a few more lbs...lets go for 8lbs. Aggressive I know, but it will help keep me on track  - This was an aggressive and I didn't reach this goal but I still lost.
The numbers:
  • Miles Ran – 69 miles
  • Miles Rode (Spin Class) –  190 miles
  • Pounds lost –  5lbs
December Goals:
  • Spin Class 2x a week
  • Lose a few more lbs...lets go for 6lbs. 
  • Start the push up challenge again, my goal is to do 50 push ups by the end of the month
  • Create a training plan for half #3
Do you make monthly short term goals? Do you have your long term goals planned out also?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The battle wounds

After work yesterday I headed to the chiropractor for a much needed adjustment. I am hoping that a few visits to the chiropractor will cure this hip pain. The problem is I need to go more then once a week and often getting there more then once a week is difficult. I am already formulating a plan to get me through December and start prepping my next training plan for half #3 in March.  Once I figure it out I will share it with you all.

Last night I took a look at the ugly side of my half on Sunday. I will spare you the photo's as it is rather gross. I mentioned it rained the entire time meaning my feet were soaking wet. I have  a total of 5 new blisters from the run to add to my 1.5 black toenails per I guess that would be 3 black toenails. It is strange that on both feet my second toe is completely black and my middle toes are half black.  Of all of the blisters only one is painful and will require some extra healing time, but it does push off my post run pedicure a few days as I am embarrassed by how they look.

What's up for me today? Honestly I am not sure yet, I am thinking I might hit the treadmill up for some easy walking and then do my arm routine and abs. My legs and hips while sore feel better when I get them moving and not sitting around all day.  I am just trying to avoid taking a month off like I did last time after my half. I need to keep moving to keep motivated.

How many days do you usually take to recovery from a half? Do you have a special routine you follow?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Seattle Half Marathon Recap

Last week I was worried about the weather being cold and raining. Then Friday and Saturday turned out a beautiful day, cold but sunny. The report had said both days were supposed to be cold and raining..........I hoped and dreamed that maybe Sunday would also be  nice.

When I woke up at 5:30AM I looked outside and there was no rain. Hip pain was at a 5 on a scale of 1-10. I debated on going and told myself to just get out there and do the best I can. I stopped at Starbucks for a coffee and snacked on a PB&J  as I drove into the city. My car said it was 51 degrees. I started wondering if I was over dressed. I decided to stick with  my original plan and if I got hot take off my jacket.

Just as the half marathoner's were lining up it started to rain.  By the end of mile 2, I was thankful I stuck to my original plan. The wind was pushing the rain sideways and having the extra protection helped.  One of my goals this race besides to get across the finish line in as little pain as possible was to not be lapped by any of the marathoners. We started 30 minutes before them, but were on the same course until about mile 4. Since I am not that fast of a person there is a chance this could happen. I am thankful that the only person who lapped me was one wheelchair participant. Of course he did pass me twice - clearly he was rocking it out.
I actually enjoyed the course, while it was hilly there was enough flat areas to help even it out. I didn't check my Garmin most of the race as I was just trying to get it completed. The first time I checked it - it said 2:33, I made a note that if I picked it up a little I could come in under 3 hours which was one of my first goals before I started getting hurt.  Through out the race my hip went from a pain level of 5 to about 10 at times. I had to actually keep my hand on my hip to keep it from popping out of place during many portions of this race.
Overall I finished in 2:57:30, which I am happy about it. Its a 7 minute PR on my last half, I will take that improvement.  Since it was raining the entire time I only have one photo to share.  I don't even have a photo of my entire outfit. At first the sparkle skirt got strange looks, but after a few miles the compliments started coming.  The spectators were great even in the pouring rain and the sparkly skirt helped get lots of encouragement from random strangers.

So what's up next for me, for now it is to figure out this hip issue. I suppose I need to visit a doctor and figure out what is going on. I am pretty sure grinding and clicking most of the 13.1 miles was not good for it. For now I see Spin Class in my future.

How was your long weekend? Now that Thanksgiving is over any races planned for December?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Expo and a Winner

Today we went to the Seattle Marathon Expo to pick up my bib and figure out the logistics.  While we walked around the expo one of the vendors was extra friendly and started walk along side of us and using one of those rollers on my shoulders......when the guy asked us how it felt my husband said awkward. It was pretty comical, but totally awkward.  Besides that we did a little shopping, I was able to pick up a new pair of the same Asic's I wear for $50 - love a good deal.

To select a winner for the PoweBar Gel's I asked my favorite 4 year old her favorite number. Without hesitation she said 19. I asked her to write it to make sure it was her favorite number. Here is the proof - talk about a random drawing.

The winner of the random PowerBar Gel and bars is Jen @ Running with the Girls!

Email me your information at runnermaybe @ by end of day Monday and I will get it shipped out. I already have it packaged up so I just need to put your address on it.  Thanks to all who entered and welcome to the new followers.

Friday, November 25, 2011

In Loving Memory

Yesterday, November 24th would have been my Dad and Step-Moms 28th wedding anniversary. Instead of celebrating a wonderful union this year on November 20th, I remembered Bonnie. This year marks 10 years since her passing. My Dad married Bonnie when I was 5 years old. She became a step mother to a 5 year old (me) and a 10 year, my brother. She already had a 15 year old daughter and an 18 year old son. I always think that she must of known there was something amazing in my Dad to start all over again with us so young.  She never treated us like step children and was also there to support us along our journey's.  

To this day I remember the phone call I received when I learned that my Dad and  Bonnie had been in a car accident. They had been hit head on by a drunk driver, I was terrified. My dad was taken to a local hospital and she was airlifted to Seattle for care. The drunk driver died that night.  I want to be happy about that, like justice was served - but he left behind a wife and two daughters.  There was nothing to be happy about.
Bonnie was the only runner I ever really knew growing up. I remember that she would get up before dawn most days and going running. She ran because she loved it. I am sure she also enjoyed "her" time out of the house and the peacefulness of the early morning.  When the accident happened she was in the process of training for her first marathon. She had just recovered from breaking her toe and had about a month left to complete her training before we all flew to Hawaii to watch her run.  She was never able to run, walk or talk again. She survived for a few years with constant medical care before passing in 2001.

My sister published this in the local paper this week and it reminds of what a wonderful person she was.  In Loving Memory Bonnie Kay  - Dec. 3, 1948-Nov. 20, 2001
Last night I wish I could have stayed in that dream just a little longer,
Maybe then without you here, it could carry me through, make me stronger;
They say that every once in awhile you have a brush with greatness;
I was lucky mine was not brief, until came that day of fatefulness,
Not having you around is the hardest part, nothing is ever the same.
The years have been long, they've worn me well, I'm not at the top of my game,
The holidays they come and go, each harder than they have ever been,
This is the time of year that haunts me the most, much to my chagrin,
What I miss the most is hearing your words of wisdom and encouragement,
"Never give up" is a favorite of mine, henceforth I will live by this sentiment.
Love you and think of you everyday, Barb 
My sister said it well, we had had a brush with greatness.  I am now thankful for the years I was able to spend with her, I learned more then I will ever realize.  I miss her more and still to this day I often wish she was here as I know she would know the answers to my many life questions.  Sunday when I run I will run for her as her run was cut short.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Looking back

July 30th, 2008

November 22nd, 2011
Yesterday I started thinking about how far I have come. I am 3lbs away from my next weight loss goal and 47lbs away from my ultimate goal of just possibly weighing less then my husband. However even with getting closer to these goals, I need to remember where I started.


I also wanted to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful comments in my post tomorrow. I am freaked out by the weather, this is only my second half, I have had injuries, but I will get across that finish line because it is something that the person in the first photo would have never done. 

Workouts Completed:
Tuesday - 2 mile run, arms and abs
Wednesday - Spin Class

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What was I thinking

Who has two thumbs and thought it was a good idea to sign up for a race at the end of November, after Thanksgiving.  This girl! Of course I only have one thumb in this photo, that looks a bit - but that is what happens when you are taking a photo with your cell phone in an open area.  I like to keep my obsessive self photo taking to myself as much as possible.

I am seriously second guessing myself. I have a feeling it is going to be miserable. Let me list the reason why this is going to be potentially miserable:
  • The half marathon portion starts at 7:30AM, sunrise is schedule for 7:30AM that day
  • The weather report calls for 50% chance of rain....which means rain of some sort
  • The weather report also says high for the day of 43 degrees! That is the high, so you know at 7:30AM start its going to be low of 33!
  • One of my three injuries could force me to walk some or most of it
  • I still have no idea what to wear. I think I need to get full tights instead of capri's and compression socks
  • With the weather report, I don't think my family will be there to support me at the end, I don't want to have my 4 year old out in the cold and rain
Now I just need to prepare myself for the worst case scenario and if it is even 1% better then I thought it was going to be I will enjoy the race.

The question running through my mind now is do I need a poncho also? I remember in 2009 I did the St. Paddy's Day Dash and we looked like this:

Completely and utterly miserable. When we arrived at the race it was snowing and by the end of the race it was pouring down rain. We were soaking wet! I was never more thankful for the dry clothing I brought for after the race and this was only 4 miles. I might cry if it rains the entire 13.1.

What would you wear for a run in this type of weather? Tell me about the worst weather you had to run in?

Did you notice all the giveaways going around blogland - check out mine here: giveaway, I added 3 single serving packets of Justin Nut Butter that I found in my pantry. Also, take a look at my sidebar for a list of other giveaways out there.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Thankful Healthy Blogger 5K

imageAre you running on Thanksgiving? I am! A Journey To Thin is hosting her 2nd Annual The Thankful Healthy Blogger 5K.  Simple enough.

I have always wanted to do an organized 5K on Thanksgiving but it is one run that I don't want to do alone. Normally my husband has said no to them so I don't sign up. This year I think I would have been able to talk him into it but he is injured. Back in May when we ran our first Half he not only smoked it with an amazing time of 2:09 and this was with him running the first two miles with me at my slow pace. but he also injured his knee and finally last week he went to the Dr. and after an MRI was diagnosed with a torn Meniscus. Boo hoo, he has to make an appoint with an orthopedic surgeon to determine the next step for recovery as he wants to get back to running soon.

Wait, where was I? I tend to go off on tangents....oh yea a Thanksgiving 5K - if you want to join in the fun hop on over to A Journey To Thin and sign up for her Thanksgiving 5K. She has a great prize pack and who doesn't need to burn a few calories before you get your eat on! I happen to have my last run before my half schedule for that day - so I am covered.

Do you plan to join in the fun? Or do you have  a Turkey Trot planned already?

Don't forget to check out my giveaway -  Free stuff is always good!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Weekend Update

I am so bad at taking rest days and then I realize that I am exhausted. Thursday I had no energy so I skipped my workout. I figured I would just turn my 3 miles on Friday into 6. When I woke up Friday I was still wiped out. I was checking out my dailymile that day and realized it had been 9 days since I took a real rest day. I was supposed to take a rest day the Saturday before but I snuck in a Spin Class instead. If you asked me 4 years ago how many days I week I workout I would have said 3, and that would have been a lie. Now I find myself exhausted as I don't properly rest my body.  This is something that I am going to really focus on after the first of the year. I am 1 week out from my half, I have my next rest day planned and I am going to have to force myself to not go to they gym on Saturday the 26th, the day before my half.

I took Thursday off but since then I have completed the following workouts:
Friday - 6 miles, abs and arm weights
Saturday - 1 hour on the elliptical and the 1 hour Spin Class
Sunday - 10 miles 7 miles, I was freezing

The rest of my week looks like this:
Monday - Spin
Tuesday - 2 miles & Arm work
Wednesday - Spin
Thursday - 4 miles (Turkey Day) & Arm work
Friday -  Spin - Should I rest this day also? Rest, I will try my best
Saturday - Rest - I will rest!
Sunday - Seattle Half Marathon

That will be 8 days in a row before a rest day, I wish I could say I would skip Friday's Spin class - but I have a feeling I won't. While most people will be out Black Friday shopping I will be sweating my butt off. :)  Unless I find a super deal, then I will Black Friday shop early and then go to Spin.

Don't forget to check out my giveaway. Everyone likes free stuff right?  Do you Black Friday Shop? Do you forget to take rest days like me?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

PowerBar Gel and Bar Giveaway

Remember before Halloween how I won a door prize at RoadRunnerSports for $50 worth of PowerBar Products? If not - well I won a bunch of stuff. The only problem is I had just started low carbing it and while the Granola bars are awesome, they don't really fit in my eating plan, but are tempting me sitting in my pantry.  Also I won an entire box of Latte flavored Gels which I love, but I am getting a little sick of them. I won't buy more until they are all gone......soooooooo I thought it would be awesome to do a giveaway for some of them. Then one lucky reader gets some and I can go out and buy new stuff.
Here is what you get: 4 different types of PowerBar bars & 10+ Gels (Latte Flavored)

Multiple ways to enter:
  • Follow my blog and let me know
  • Spread the word on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or email, and let me know
  • Tell me your favorite Flavor of Gel or Gu
  • Tell me your favorite 'fuel' product
See its simple! Basically leave me a comment and I will draw a winner at random on Saturday the 26th.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I think I need

These socks!  You know the ones that say bacon on them...or even bookworm. I was looking at at the interwebs (ThinkGeek) last night after my 3 mile easy run and this was listed under gifts for him. Now my husband would never wear any of these, but I would. I could get them an put them in my own stocking right? Ohh they they also have ones that say Ninja....yup I need those.

Wednesday morning is the usual, up early and off to Spin class. It will feel good to get my legs moving as they really were heavy last night. As I sit here I know I need to get my bum up and get out of the house this morning.

So yesterday I started looking at duathlons.  I don't think I could do a Tri, as I am a very weak swimmer, but we have a local duathlons that I am actually considering.....put that low on the consideration radar as  I don't actually own a bike, but that is a small detail.

Have you ever done a bike, ride, bike scenario? How was it? Would you recommend it to others?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Eating for your Blood Type

I read an article the other day about eating for your blood type.  I found it very interesting and for me pretty right on.  I am blood type O- for me it says:
Type O-People with type O blood fare best on intense physical exercise and animal proteins and less well on dairy products and grains, says Dr. D'Adamo. The leading reason for weight gain among Type O's is the gluten found in wheat products and, to a lesser extent, lentils, corn, kidney beans, and cabbage, Dr. D'Adamo explains. Ideal exercises for Type O's include aerobics, martial arts, contact sports, and running.
I love that it says Contact Sports! I love kickboxing! I need to get back somehow.  One of my biggest issues with going low carbs is not eating bread with eggs, I love a piece of toast with my eggs.  This weekend I made my eggs in a boat, but instead of using bread I used Red Peppers. My husband said my culinary skills and creative had improved, so I fessed up that I actually saw it on Pinterst.  

Before and after the egg flip. I am not that good at flipping eggs! They still tasted great even if they looked like bad. Next time I think I will leave the red pepper rings on to cook a little more before adding the eggs! 

What does your blood type say about you? If you eat in the way they suggest for you do you see an improvement?

Monday, November 14, 2011

What, huh?

Monday morning and feeling back on track after the illnesses attacked my house. Thankfully I avoided getting sick while the kid and the hubs are fighting a nasty cold. Could it be that I am eating better and working out making my body healthier, whatever it is not having that nasty cold is  a win in my book. I headed to Spin this morning and took it easy - I wanted to give my muscles a little time to recover from yesterday's run but also get my workout in. Hip pain minimal, ankle pain none - I call that a win in my book.

I was looking through my current addition of Runner's World and something caught my eye. Not for being a must try product or an inspiration article, but for its shear ridiculousness.   The product advertised on there Holiday Gift Guide pages.......The SWIH, now I can't say that its a flop, but I am not sure that this would be approved by the late and great Billy Mays.

What do you think? Do you see this product floating around bloggyland anytime soon. Have you see any other products advertised that just made you say What!!?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekend Round Up

My week did not start off well, but it ended with a bang. I knocked out 6 miles Thursday night followed by Spin Class Friday morning and then another 3 miles a little later in the morning which felt amazing. My legs feel so much better when they are warmed up.
Saturday I debated on whether or not I should go to Spin Class. In the end I decided to attend the 8:30 class instead of the normal 7:30 class because I like the instructor better.  When I got there the normal instructor wasn't there but we had a sub. I had never had a class by this sub before, but if you can imagine Shakira teaching the class, that is what it was like. She actually taught a really good class and would take a class from her again.

Sunday, oh Sunday I had 11 miles to run. The goal was to keep my pace under 13:54 per my plan and to keep it as pain free as possible, following a walk/run plan if my hip started acting up.  I woke up Sunday morning with my hip feeling sore. Instead of heading out right away I decided I should rest and stretch it first and get a few errands done around the house in case I didn't want to walk much afterwards. This also gave it a little time to warm up outside. I finally was able to go out for my around 2:30, I didn't really have a plan of where I was going, but more a rough idea. There were a few paths I wanted to try out and see where they went. At first I started run/walk ratio 10:1, but then I realized every time I started running again my hip hurt, so I just slowed my roll.....yes I could slow it down more and took it easy. When the self doubt started to creep in I would think of my form and count, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 - just focusing on taking great steps. I would forget about the doubt and then would be annoyed with myself for counting. 

It was still cold and windy so I was wearing my Nike Dri Fit coat, testing to see if it will work for my half in a couple of weeks and around mile 3 I took it off and cursed myself for wearing it, by mile 4 I had it back on as I was freezing. I think it will work perfect for my half, since it starts earlier then I was running today. As I ran through my town all the roads I wanted to try were shorter then I thought. I eventually started to head back home as it was getting dark. I knew I wasn't going to get my 11 miles in because I was wearing all black and wanted to be home before dark. Running as a Ninja isn't the best for night time running.  I ended today's run at 8.5 miles, which was perfect. I actually felt really good the whole time and know I could have done 11 if I had planned better.

What's up next for me:
Monday -  Spin Class
Tuesday - 3 Miles
Wednesday- Spin Class
Thursday - 6 Miles
Friday -  3 Miles
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 10 Miles

How was your weekend?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday fun

Thursday night. The workout. 6 mile. In the garage. Same thing. Different day.

I didn't wait to long to start as I knew it would take me over an hour to complete. I started shortly after 8PM and had a rough start between burping up the veggies I ate at dinner and having to stop at from being light headed at 2.5 miles it was a rough run. I stuck to a 5/1 run/walk ration the first 3 miles the run was at 12:30 pace and was a struggle to hold, the second 3 miles were at 12:00 pace and felt easy. I hate that it takes my body so long to warm up because as I struggle the self doubt kicks in and I start to question why I am running. something I need to improve on soon if I am going to make it through this half. As I was wiping this run off my white board I noticed I only have 9 more runs until my half. I don't feel ready at all.

Before I went down my daughter wanted to take a few photos. This is what happens when your 4 year old takes your photo. Instead of backing up she has me squat down.

Then she wants to get in on the action and she shows me her awesome tattoo and guns!

Then we hit a high level of cuteness that almost keeps me from working out and going to read her stories and snuggle in bed with her.

And lastly all the silliness comes out and we take about 100 photos with our tongues out and acting like a gorilla pounding our chest.  That is when I realized the cuteness above was just her distraction technique to keep me around a little longer.

This morning I decided to do a brick workout. Is that what the cool kids are calling it these days. Buuuttttttttt.........then my arm spasmed and hit the snooze button way to many times and I barley made it to Spin class.  So I didn't get my 3 mile easy run in before spin, no brick workout today. The Friday instructor "quote lady" didn't annoy me as much today. Maybe I was just to tired to listen or maybe it was the fact that she told us up front she stacked the class with hills at the request of someone. It was a tough ride but I really enjoyed it this morning.  When I got home this is what the sky looked like outside my house.  Not sure if my cell phone does it justice but it was stunning. Today will be a good day.

What's up next for me? I have a 3 mile easy run to get in today, I am thinking lunch time run. Saturday is a rest day or maybe I will sneak to spin class. Sunday is 11 miler, my last 11 miler sucked because of my hip I have been really working on stretching it so I hope Sunday's does much better.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Anyone big plans?  If you do one thing this weekend find a minute for yourself and remember what you are thankful for.

Life As I See It [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Triple T

Is it already time for the Thursday edition of my life. This week as been rough on me but I am taking as it comes.

1. The 2 Half's that I registered for in 2012 are the RnR Seattle and the Lake Sammamish Half.  I picked each race for different reasons. The Seattle RnR sounds like a blast, in the past I said I didn't want to do it for various reasons but I changed my mind. The Lake Sammamish Half was picked as its a flat course on a trail that I have trained on. In fact most of the course I have ran at on time or another. Plus its close to home, the start is about 2 miles from my house.

2. 26 days ago I started a low carb diet. I have been trying to keep it to myself for the most part because usually as soon as you bring it up you get all sorts of rude comments. In reality I am cutting/limiting refined sugars, breads, pasta and fruit. Which is the basis of so many diets out there, yet if you say you are eating low carbs you get weird looks.  I am eating veggies with every meal if I can, usually don't have any with breakfast unless I have time to make a breakfast scramble. I have switched to drinking Passion tea instead of non fat latte's. It can be a challenge as I am not a huge meat eater but I have learned to incorporate lean proteins into my diet at every meal. For the first few weeks I was counting calories along with carbs and I was easily staying within my calorie range.   I plan to stick to this way of eating until I hit my first major goal, then I will follow a plan to slowly add a more carbs back into my life, but for now I am taking it one day at a time.

3.  I have been slacking on my 30 days of thankfulness post - not because I am not thankful, but this week has been a struggle and some days it can be difficult to find the silver lining. Today I am thankful for the Sunshine! Fall in Washington can be rough and I am usually miserable with all of the rain and Seattle gray. But this week....this week has been my silver lining. This is the view from where I have the pleasure of working today.  You can't see it in the photo so well but I can see the Seattle skyline as well as the Olympic Mountains along the peninsula.

How is Thursday treating you? Are you getting ready for the weekend? Any big plans?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Baby steps

With the family not feeling so well it took everything in my power to hit the treadmill last night for an easy 3 miles. It was not easy 3 miles, it was tough and I had to work for it. I wanted to quit after each mile but I kept telling myself that it is only 3 miles just keep going. After the run I completed two circuits with arm weights with 25 jumping jacks in between all followed by a round of ab work. I started exhausted and I ended dead. I crawled upstairs and passed out in bed.

This morning my alarm went off and I wanted to toss it out the window. I could have just hit snooze, but I knew that I needed to go to Spin Class. I got dressed and grabbed my iPad and headed to class early. I wanted to get there at least 10 minutes early so that I could get some miles in before class started. I usually have to leave about 5 minutes early so I can get to work on time, so I figured the extra time would be great.  I was able to warm up my legs before class as well as handle a little email. I know my gym has WiFi but I really wanted to test if I would be able to stream a T.V show or something while on the bike, just looking for options for days when I can't make it to class.  I was going to test that but I forgot my headphones and the class actually started filling up early this morning. I guess everyone else wanted to get an early start on their day as well.

I am not sure if I mentioned it but I am officially registered for another Half in 2012. I have 2 of the 4 I want to run next year picked out, now to just figure out what the other 2 will be.  I kind of want to travel for a race, but I am not sure if I will make that work.

How is your 2012 planning going? Have you ever travelled for a race?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Is it Tuesday already

Monday was a wash for me. Usually Monday's are great, I get up early and head to Spin and just start off my week with in amazing first workout. This Monday was not like that at all. Instead I woke up dragging booty because I spent 6 hours sleeping in a twin bed with my daughter.  Rewind a bit, at around midnight Sunday night my daughter woke up coughing, not your normal cough, but the cough that sounds like she has been a smoker for 20 years. You know the barking seal cough. After getting her to calm down a bit I was able to get the coughing to stop and with the right cuddling technique get her back to sleep. Of course this meant that I would be sitting up most of the night. I woke up with my hip feeling terrible and my daughter feeling worse. No workout happened yesterday but I did visit my chiropractor for an adjustment  but today it is not feeling much better.

To put a nail in the coffin of a bad day I got an update from dailymile, they said I had a gnarly workout week last week.

How am I going to top that with such a bad start to my week.  First plan of action is lots of stretching for my hip and probably a few more visits to the chiropractor this week to help loosen it up. Next tonight I have 3 miles planned and I need to attack these and make the best of it. I am thinking an interval workout might be in store to get the most out of my workout. Lastly lots of snuggles and cuddles with my little one to make sure she has another good night sleep tonight so that I can get up and hit Spin Wednesday morning.

How do you overcome a bad start to a week?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Brrrrrrr its cold out there

This morning when I woke up I was happy for the extra little bit of sleep but was shocked when I stepped outside to go get breakfast, my car went as low as 28 degree's at 8AM.  I procrastinated away the morning, making breakfast and going grocery shopping, by 11:30 it had warmed up to 36 degree's. A person who was in love with running would have thought it was perfect. Sunny and cool  - me on the other hand found an excuse to hit the treadmill.  I went to the gym and then took my daughter swimming post run.

What's up for the rest of the week:
Monday - Spin
Tuesday - 3 miles
Wednesday - Spin
Thursday - 6 miles w/ 4 @ 12:22
Friday  - 3 miles
Saturday - Spin or Rest Day
Sunday - 11 Miles

On the injury front, my ankle is still sore at times, my hip is feeling good most of the time. I have been doing some hip stretches I found online every day so I hope those are helping out. 

Did you know that today was World Run Day?

Did you get your run on?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ooops I did it again

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The dreaded Thursday night run went well. I don't know why I hate running on this day but I do. I was doing my usual browsing on Pinterst when I found this beginner interval workout. Sure I could have made it up on my own, but I wrote it down and decided to do it three times.  I figured that it would give me plenty of time to complete the 4 miles my plan calls for with out getting just mindlessly running on the treadmill.
  • Round One - I followed the plan perfectly and after 20 minutes I ran 1.51 miles
  • Round Two - I bumped the 3-3.5 up to 4mph  and I completed 1.63 miles
  • Round Three - I just ran and completed my last mile in 13 minutes
Total distance 4.1 miles in 53 minutes over all it was a good run and I may try it again when I have just a plan easy run scheduled.

This morning I got up and went to Spin. I don't normally go to Spin class on Friday's but I was motivated this morning to go.  Of course I remembered once I was there why I don't like Friday morning. The instructor is the "quote lady".....I got my fill of motivational quotes pretty quick. We have a busy Saturday and I didn't know if I was going to be able to get to my class on Saturday so I figured I would double up today or maybe just run tomorrow. 

Tomorrow we are going to see Disney on Ice with my daughter and my Dad. A parenting first, I have never been to one of these kids shows and I can't wait to share the excitement with her. After that we have Parent's Night Out, nothing better then a date night with the husband. I still don't know what we are going to do but I am thinking a movie that is not rated G is in our future.  Any movie recommendations out there? Sunday I have 5 miles on the plan, I am thankful for a shorter long run day. The weather report says high of 44 and 30% chance of rain. Looks like a perfect day to head outside for a run.

Day 4 of Thankfulness - I am thankful for great buyers on Craigslist. The person who says they want it, show up and pay the price you asked instead of trying to negotiate at the last minute. Thank you awesome Craigslist buyer.

A new winner has been crowned - for the giveaway - KJ @ Team Orange  Email me at by within 48 hours to claim your prize.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Take a few minutes to read a new blog today and blog hop.

Life As I See It [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Triple T + 2

Time for Three   Five Things Thursday
  1. I won a a Team-Sparkle skirt from the Cupcake Classic hosted by Run with Jess.  It arrived in the mail on Tuesday night.  All I have to say is wow PINK!  I have wanted a Team-Sparkle skirts for a while and want to get one for my St. Pats Dash in March in green. I never would have thought of getting a pink skirt as it really isn't my go to color. But now that I have it, I might just figure out how to wear it for my half. Now to figure out what to wear with it.
  2. While I dislike the back to back workouts of working running Tuesday night and hitting Spin class Wednesday morning it feels great to get them done. I keep telling myself maybe I should just give up my morning Spin class on Wednesday, but it just feels good to get the workout done and relax on Wednesday evening. I wish I could get my bum out of bed for more morning runs so I had my evenings free. Maybe a new years resolution.  Oh well up next for me is and easy 4 mile run, I see a date with my treadmill in my future tonight.
  3. Registration has opened for the Lake Sammamish Half, I found out about this race last year when I was still pretty new to running. I told myself that I wanted to run it if I am still running in 2012.  I ran this trail pretty often, and it is close so that I can train on the actually course. I plan to register on  Monday  - but it is only $45 through the end of the year and then prices go up.
  4. Day 3 of Thankfulness - Today I am thankful my furnace. It has been getting cold in the morning and I am so thankful when it kicks in and warms up our house. A warm house makes it a little easier to get out of bed. :)
  5. Tuesday I took some clothing that is to big to me to  a local Plus Size consigment store. The have used and new clothing. They take your clothing and give you a store credit for 50% of what they plan to sell your items at. With my credit I got a new coat. I am still on the fence on whether or not its a keeper.  Here is a crappy photo from my phone, what do you think?

The winner of the $25 credit is Trinity at Running Mother. Email me at  by the end of day today otherwise I will selecting a new winner tomorrow. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Workout done

Keeping it short as I don't have much to say today.  Last night I completed my 4 miles on the treadmill with no pain in my hip. I decided to follow a 5/1 running/walking plan to make sure that my hip was getting plenty of rest. This morning I woke up and my hip was a little stiff, but I was able to stretch it out pretty well before heading to Spin. I noticed during Spin that my ankle was hurting....again! A total downer, but that just means I will keep my compression brace on all day in hopes the pain goes away. Thankfully the pain is only when I touch or stretch my ankle and not when I walk.

Day two of being thankful and this morning I was so incredible thankful that when I got home from Spin class my husband was already up and showered and starting to get our daughter up for the day. It is so helpful and makes my morning less stressful with the extra little help from him. I was able to shower and eat breakfast before I left for work because of it.

How is your Wednesday going?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October I will miss you, but not that much

Is it really November? This year is just flying by for me, I feel like it was just April not to long ago. Taking a look back at October I think I had an ok month, even if I had a week without Cardio to heal my ankle and now my hip flaring up.

October Goals
  • Keep up with all of my runs for half marathon training - Missed a couple due to resting, but I am still proud I accomplished both a 10 mile and 11 mile runs outside (ok the 11 was 2 mile run and 9 mile walk, but I did the distance)
  • Run a 10K   - Done ! I also met an awesome lady who lives in my town an runs at my pace.
  • Spin class 2x a week – minimum 8 classes - I made this but just barley, taking a week off of cardio made it difficult to get all 8 classes in.
  • Lose more than 3lbs, I am thinking 5 - Done, see actual number below.
The numbers:
  • Miles Ran – 64
  • Miles Rode (Spin Class) –  105
  • Pounds lost –  11
November Goals:
  •  Complete the Seattle Amica Half Marathon  - I will walk if I have to
  •  Spin Class 2x a week
  •  Lose a few more lbs...lets go for 8lbs. Aggressive I know, but it will help keep me on track.
I am already thinking about my Christmas list and wanted to ask those ladies out there who go to Spin class, do you have bike shoes or do you just wear tennis shoes?  I have been wearing a slim pair of sneakers. Ones I actually bought because they were cute and not to work out in. What do you wear to Spin in?
Since today is November first I am going to start 30 days of Gratitude - Do I am thankful for my health. I have mentioned issues from my past that may plague me from time to time, but overall I am healthy and active and it could have been a lot worse.  What are you grateful for?

Last but not least, the winner of the $25 credit is Trinity at Running Mother.  Email me at with in 48hours. Thanks to all who entered.