Weekly Workout Recap 3/27-4/2

5 Apr

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I hope your week is going well!!!

Last weeks workouts were a whole lot of nothing since I had bronchitis for the first part of the week!

The end of the week definitely picked up a little bit because I went for a quick run just to see how my lungs felt (and luckily they felt great)!  I ended the week in Washington D.C. with my awesome running group, running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I felt great and we were given a gorgeous day to run. I am so thankful I was able to go and run with them despite being sick earlier in the week.  I also found out that Cherry Blossom was my 99th lifetime race! I can’t believe I’ll hit 100 here soon. 🙂

I’ll have a complete recap of the race up on my blog soon but for now here’s the summary of last week.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – Rest/Sick

Friday – 3 easy miles on the treadmill

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Cherry Blossom 10 miler!

Springfoot Half Marathon (Race Recap)

29 Mar

On February 19th I ran the Springfoot Half Marathon in El Paso, Texas.

Last year a good friend of mine, Pamela, moved back to her hometown of El Paso, Texas from Pennsylvania. The second she left I immediately started looking for plane tickets to visit her, see her hometown, and of course (because you know me) run a race!

With a quick google search we found the Springfoot races that are located right in El Paso, and I signed up for the Half Marathon. As it got closer Pam decided to sign up to do her first half marathon and we agreed to run together. Her husband decided to run the full marathon (his first!!) and a couple of their family members and friends also registered to run the half and full.

We easily picked up our packets at the El Paso Convention Center the day before the race. There was plenty of parking on the street nearby and in nearby parking garages.Springfoot Half Expo

The expo was on the smaller side but had anything you could need at the last minute.  I ended up getting K-Taped because I forgot to pack my K-Tape and realized it as we walked by the booth offering it! oops!  I got lucky. Do as I say.. not as I do. 😉

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The next morning, the race started at 7am. We woke up around 5/5:30 and ate before getting dropped off at the start line, at the El Paso Chihuahuas stadium.  The marathon runners had someone drop them off at their start line but I know there was also a shuttle bus option.

Pam told me that the weather in El Paso at this time of year is great because it’s warmer than the northeast but not hot yet. She was right. I wore capris, a short-sleeved shirt, and arm sleeves. I ended up pulling off the arm sleeves about half way through. Pam wore a short-sleeved shirt with a long-sleeved over it that she pulled off and tied around her waist.

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Since the start was at the stadium there were *real* bathrooms to use and plenty of room to hang out before the race started. The race also ends in the stadium – you run around the baseball diamond for the last .1 – so we used the bag check (knowing we’d be waiting for the marathon finishers once we were done) and it worked out perfectly.

The race started promptly at 7am. It was in the mid 40s which I think felt chilly for a lot of the locals, but for me it was pretty perfect. 🙂  No time goals for this race. My only goal was to get Pamela to that dang finish line of her first half marathon. I ran her pace, walked when she needed and tried to keep her spirits up. 🙂  I also may have used my phone and social media a LOT during this race… so tons of photos coming.

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Mile 1! CHECK!

The first 3.5 miles are through downtown and from there you head out on an out and back portion of the course.  Overall, the course is pretty flat with a few slight inclines.

The groups doing the water stops at this race were so awesome!  So much enthusiasm and awesome themes – Harry Potter, Star Wars, Cowboys are what I remember, but I’m positive there were more.

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Half way through the race you cross a bridge before making a little loop through a neighborhood and turning back.

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As we came out of the neighborhood and went slightly downhill around mile 7.5 I could not get over the scenery.

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Those mountains tho. And that sky.

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Also, shout out to this race for the free race photos! Gotta love it.

Pam did great, though towards mile 9 she was starting to feel the toughness of your first 13.1. That feeling where you’ve gone so far and you have so much more to go. I know that feeling well so I tried to keep her spirits up.

We each took a gu around here and that gave us both a little bit of a sugar rush that I think we both needed.

We also grabbed some beer around mile 10.

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I’ve never had beer during a race (I know, I know) because I was always concerned about how it would make me feel. It was so fun to do it this time around! but WOW, it hit us both a lot harder than we expected. haha.

The last mile weaves through downtown again and then you go into the Chihuahua’s Stadium and run around the baseball diamond before crossing the finish. When you enter the stadium it feels like there’s SO much longer to go because you have to run allllllll the way around, but I told Pam we couldn’t walk at this point – her family and friends were there and they had the runners on the big screen. So we ran and ran and ran. And finished.

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(I so wish they had gotten her in this photo too!)

We gave each other the sweatiest hug ever and it was just the most amazing feeling to help someone hit a goal like that! I was so happy to run the streets of El Paso with such a dear friend.

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After we finished we grabbed beers, water, and burritos (omgggg the best post-race food ever) before heading up into the stands to sit with Pam’s family as we waited for the marathoners to finish. Everyone did so awesome – including Pam’s husband on his first 26.2!  It was a really, really great day.

After the run we all grabbed a wonderful breakfast…and more beer. 🙂

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Weekly Workout Recap 3/13-3/26

27 Mar

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Happy Monday everyone!!! Hope all is well with you. I’m writing this recap from my couch, on a sick day due to a bronchitis infection. woo! par-tay. 😉

Last week I was down in Florida with the hubby for some relaxation. We had a great time early in the week and even had the opportunity to visit Everglades National Park! But the day after we were at the Everglades I started to feel cruddy, but thought it was allergies.  Unfortunately after flying on a plane on Saturday – which probably made it worse – I decided I needed to head to the walk-in clinic.  After checking in with the doctor yesterday and getting some meds I am feeling signficantly better, but still had to stay home today. I’m hoping I’ll finally be back to work tomorrow.  It’s been eight work days since I’ve been there, between vacation and sickness, so honestly I’m looking forward to some normalcy soon.

I had kept up with all of my squats and push-ups through vacation, but on Saturday I gave in and stopped doing them since I was having some respiratory/coughing issues.  I’ll pick it back up hopefully today or tomorrow and plan to complete the challenge, even if it takes me 32 or 33 days. 🙂

Anyhow, here’s how my last two weeks of workouts were.

Monday 3/13 – 3.25 miles in the AM, GRIT Strength (my fav!!!) + 30 min BodyFlow in the PM. 145 squats + 29 push-ups.

Tuesday – 8 miles on the treadmill in the AM, BodyPump in the PM. 155 squats + 31 push-ups.

This day was SNOWPOCALYPSE! Work (surprisingly) closed because we got pelted with a ton of snow. It was a perfectly timed snow day for us since we had more time to pack and get the house ready to head out of town! I also had an opportunity to get a long run in (though it had to be on the treadmill…)

Wednesday – 5 miles on the treadmill in the AM. 160 squats + 32 push-ups. We drove to the city we flew out from in the evening so no gym workouts that evening.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Visiting with my in-laws. I had planned these as some nice rest days, but still got in my squats and pushups: 170/34, 180/36, 185/37

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Sunday – 5 easy miles along the beach-side road. 190/38

Monday – 3 miles easy. 200/40…. 200 squats is a LOT guys. It takes a WHILE.

Tuesday – Rest day! 210/42.

Wednesday – 5ish miles. 220/44

Thursday – 10 miles!! 230/46. I always try to get a long run in when we are in Florida so I was glad I naturally woke up early enough to catch the sunrise and beat the heat!

We also went to the Everglades! I got a ton of steps in on Thursday haha.

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Friday – Rest day since I started feeling cruddy. Still got in my squats and push-ups though: 240/48

Saturday, Sunday – Rest days because I was sick. No squats or push-ups either.

Hoping to rest up and get back on track late this week and next week!!

Have a good week guys, hope you’re staying healthier than I am!

Weekly Workout Recap 3/6-3/12

15 Mar

 

Last week was a good solid week of workouts but it got really cold in the later half of the week. I am getting to the point where I am over it being cold and dark every time I run in the morning. (And daylight savings time just made it worst again, ick.)  But I am thankful to be able to run at all, so I try to keep that in perspective. I GET to CHOOSE to run. 🙂

I am also half way through my 30 days squat and push-up challenge! I can tell it is definitely building my confidence and strength with push-ups.. I’m able to do almost all of the push-ups in BodyPump on my toes now!

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Monday 3/6 – 5 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Cardio + 30 minutes BodyFlow in the PM. 85 squats + 17 push-ups.

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM. 90 squats + 18 push-ups.

Wednesday – 5 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Cardio + CXWORX in the PM. 100 squats + 20 push-ups.

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM. BodyAttack in the PM. 115 squats + 23 push-ups.

Friday – 5.6 miles in the PM. This was a COLD one. I ended up running to my parents house and back to do a quick errand.  125 squats + 25 push-ups.

Saturday – Rest Day. 135 squats + 27 push-ups.

Sunday – 6 miles + FIGHT class. 140 squats + 28 push-ups.  I decided to run to take my friends FIGHT class, and it was three miles each way. It was a nice way to break up the miles!

Total mileage: 20.6

Oh hi again…

13 Mar

Goooooooooood morning!

I hope you all are doing well, and if you’re on the east coast like me that you’re stocked up on bread, milk and eggs for all that french toast we need to make for this impending snow storm! 😉

I apologize that’s its been a while, but as I explained to my running group (who has found my blog and online persona, much to my dismay lol) February was full of some weird weeks because I got sick a few times and also traveled to visit a dear friend in Texas. But that’s no excuse, because this blog is all about keeping it real and balancing training and working out with real life. So, I’m back, and now that I’ve thought about it, I have a bit to say. So here’s a quick summary, and I’ll get some more posts up soon that will go into things in more detail.  I’ve also got a workout recap for last week coming up soon too. I get a lot of great feedback about those posts, so I’m glad they don’t bore you guys!

First Half Marathon of the Year! Springfoot Half Marathon in El Paso, Texas!

About a month ago I flew to El Paso, Texas to visit a friend of mine, and of course we planned my visit around a half marathon. I had the pleasure of helping her cross the finish line of her FIRST (and hopefully not last) half marathon, and loved running in El Paso!  The burritos they gave us at the finish line didn’t hurt either. 🙂 I’ll have a recap of that race up soon.

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That is the look you get when you see someone close to you experience their 13.1 finish. Pure elation. 🙂

March 30 Day Challenge

In March I decided to take on a new kind of challenge, and started a squat/push-up challenge. I am happy to say that yesterday I completed day 13, and I’m still managing to do all those push-ups on my toes! I really am trying to build strength in my shoulders and upper body this year, and am hoping this challenge will help me push my limits.

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I have been posting on my Instagram stories daily to keep some accountability so feel free to follow along there (and bug me if I don’t post).

Races! Races! Races!

My race schedule for 2017 is coming together and you can follow along over there in the side bar. —>  As always, if you see me at a race please come say hi! I’m introverted and maybe a little awkward sometimes but I love meeting people who find my blog helpful. Especially since we’re often able to bond over the crazy Pennsylvania winters. 🙂

Meeting fun people!

And speaking of meeting readers, I have to give a shout out to Steph who came up to say Hi when we were both at a local Cidery over the weekend! Best of luck to you in the Pittsburgh  Half Marathon Steph! (Oh, and I should have found out if you have social media accounts so totally let me know so I can follow you on anything you have!)Steph

Goals! Goals! Goals!

Since my races for the year are firming up I’ve also got a good handle on my 2017 goals and am ready to put them out there and share with you guys. Look for a post on that soon!

Hopefully that’s a good quick summary of what I’ve been up to for the last month or so.  As always, I’m pretty active on instagram so if you need any daily accountability/motivation/entertainment swing over there. In the mean time, I hope you stay warm and dry!