Archive | February, 2012

A weekend full of sweat

27 Feb

Good Afternoon :)

I hope your weekend was fabulous!

Mine was pretty stinkin’ good. I have no complaints!

Friday I met a friend for dinner and drinks. My drink was super fruity and not too strong which was exactly what I was in the mood for.

Saturday I spent most of the day at a church retreat.churchretreatcenterpiece

I’m not a super religious person but I was glad that my mom convinced me to go. It was a great way to kind of “reset”. I came out of it feeling really really refreshed. So refreshed that I decided to bake… or rather no-bake.

nobakegranolaballs

I made No Bake Granola Balls. They are awesome. I found them thanks to Pinterest (what else is new…) The original recipe is here. I made a few slight modifications – I used a little less oats than the recipe calls for because I ran out, and I used ground flax seed instead of hemp seed. They came out DELICIOUS, healthy and they fill you up to0. They are perfect for a snack when you need a little something sweet. I will definitely be making these again… and again.

Sunday was the day of sweating lots of sweat! In the morning I went for a long run with my dad – 5 miles in a little over an hour. The run was awesome – it was one of those runs where you feel amazing, and I was on such an endorphin high when I got home. It was great. :) After some foam rolling, a shower and eating lunch, I headed out again for a Zumbathon! This is my second one and it was a blast! Though by the end my legs were definitely feeling the effects of my double work out day. When I got home I had plans to make some soup for dinner but instead the hubby and I decided to order a pizza. :) It was the perfect end to a really good day.

Here’s what my workouts this week look like:
Monday – Hot Power Yoga
Tuesday – Zumba
Wednesday – 4 mile easy run
Thursday – Rest
Friday – 4 mile tempo run
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 6 mile long run

I hope your week is off to a good start!

Friday randoms in list form

24 Feb

It’s Friday! SWEET!

I haven’t been around the past couple of days but there’s been a lot going on at work and at home. I was at an all day work retreat yesterday and by the time I got home my brain was fried. I had that I-just-took-the-SATs feeling.

Anyhow, here are a couple of highlights from the past few days in a nice organized list.

  • I finally got my first Shamrock Shake of the season. This is the only thing I ever get at MickeyDs and omg it is so worth eating whatever it is made of.  I drank the whole thing in probably less than 10 minutes. oops… but I’m not sorry. SO GOOD.
    shamrockshake(source)
  • Geisha has to wear an Elizabethan collar for 2 weeks. She’s been chewing on her paws and I took her to the vet on Wednesday. The vet took some fur samples to get analyzed but in the meantime she has to wear it so she wont chew or lick her paws. She looks so sad all the time, I really hate seeing her like that. I can’t wait until we can take it off of her. :(
  • Yesterday I got in a 3.5 mile run with 2 miles at a faster pace. It felt good. I bet I looked super awesome wearing black capris, my black running vest, a grey shirt underneath and my bright pink shoes. :) Maybe I at least looked fast?
  • At work today I’m getting a bunch of little, mundane, boring tasks done. You know how those add up so fast? After yesterdays work retreat, my brain still feels fried so I figured I would use today to take care of some things that have been hanging over my head for a while and get back to the real work on Monday after having the weekend to decompress.
  • Speaking of this weekend, it’s going to be busy but fun, so I’m looking forward to it. Tonight I’m meeting a friend for dinner, tomorrow I’m going to a church retreat for the morning, and Sunday I’m going to be getting my doubly sweat on with a 5 mile run with my dad in the morning and a Zumbathon later in the day. My legs will be pretty tired by the time Sunday is over I think.

You can only plan so much

22 Feb

Happy  hump day! It’s finally the middle of the week – finally. geesh. Monday and Tuesday were some long days!

Nothing too exciting is going on here so I’ll keep this short.

Zumba last night was a lot of sweaty fun, as usual. Our instructor informed us that she’s actually teaching at a Zumbathon this weekend, on Sunday. After talking with a few people who are also interested, I think I’ve decided to go (two hours of Zumba for $5 – how could I not??) though this means both a 5 mile run and 2 hours of Zumba will be happening on Sunday. That should be interesting. Though at least my run will be first in the morning so I will be running on fresh legs, right? I hope I’m not completely crazy for doing this…

I’ve also had to adjust my workout schedule for the week based on a few other factors like taking Geisha to the vet (not for anything major), a meeting with our insurance company after work one day, etc.

I guess sometimes you can plan your workouts as much as you want but sometimes you have to adjust your schedule on a daily basis.

Monday – 3 miles
Tuesday – Zumba
Wednesday – Speedwork: 4 Mi, inc Warm; 2×1600 w/800 jogs; Cool
Thursday – Yoga?
Friday – rest
Saturday – rest
Sunday – 5 miles + Zumbathon

PS – I’m excited to take my bright pink shoes out for another spin this evening!

Bright Pink Shoes

21 Feb

It’s Tuesday. Doesn’t it feel like it should be Friday already? geesh.

Yesterday I had some blood taken at the doctor so I didn’t feel like pushing myself through an intense heated yoga session. So instead I went for a three mile run. The weather was awesome outside – not too hot and not too cold. And now that the sun is staying up longer and longer I was actually able to see the ground I was running on. :)

I also wore my new shoes! Check out how bright pink these are!

kinvarna2

kinvarna2They’re Saucony Kinvara 2s – I was previously running in the first version.

kinvarna2

They really stood out with my black tights, haha. As soon as I put them on I realized how worn down my old pair are. It was like walking on clouds.

During my run my legs didn’t feel nearly as brick-like and I had no shin pain. It was all in all a pretty good run. Much better than yesterdays.

Dinner was simple last night – smart dogs with some steamer veggies on the side.

I spent the evening watching Revenge on Hulu.(source)

Is anyone else addicted to this show? I just got into it so I’m literally on episode 3 but I can’t wait to catch up and watch it in “real time”.

My updated workout schedule for the week:

Monday – 3 miles
Tuesday – Zumba
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – Speedwork: 4 Mi, inc Warm; 2×1600 w/800 jogs; Cool
Friday – Yoga
Saturday – rest
Sunday – 5 miles

Monday Randoms

20 Feb

Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend was fabulous!

We spent our weekend getting a lot of stuff done… including our taxes…. super exciting, I know, but I’m glad to just have them done. When you total all of what we owe and are owed together we come out about $50 bucks richer, which I guess is good but isn’t very exciting. :)

During the last week you may (or may not) have noticed that I never mentioned running. Well, I’m going to give a generic excuse. Life got in the way. It just… did. and I know I’m being vague here but it just happened. So my first run in about a week and a half was yesterday.

4 miles done and done.

You know what sucked though? my legs felt heavy and my shins started aching within the first mile. So I trudged through the four miles and got them done. But I seriously have to figure out what is making my legs feel so heavy lately. I thought taking some time off would help but it didn’t. so now I’m suspecting its my shoes. They have about 350 miles on them which is usually around when I have to switch them out. Luckily I have a new bright pink pair waiting in my closet. Here’s to a better run next time!

In other news, I have now tried all of the new Chobani flavors, and I’ve got to admit I’m not really a fan of any of them.

chobani_applecinnamon

Apple Cinnamon

chobani_bloodorange

Blood Orange

chobani_passionfruit

Passion Fruit

I wanted to like them, I really did. But for some reason the apple cinnamon tasted weird to me when mixed with the flavor of greek yogurt, the blood orange seemed a little sweet and the passion fruit was too sweet for me (though I didn’t mind the seeds to be honest).

Oh well, you win some you lose some I guess.

I’ll probably be sticking with pineapple, mango, blueberry, strawberry and raspberry.

Here’s this weeks workout schedule:

Monday – Hot power yoga
Tuesday – Zumba
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – rest
Friday – Speedwork: 4 Mi, inc Warm; 2×1600 w/800 jogs; Cool
Saturday – rest
Sunday – 5 miles

Have a good Monday. and if you’re off for presidents day today I am super jealous!

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