Monday, August 20, 2012

UGH - Monday again already???

So it was a good weekend - though too short as always. Saturday, I got out for an awesome interval run! It was nice to be running outdoors again!! That workout looked like this:

Warm Up - 5 min walk
Run for 20 minutes
Walk for 5 minutes
Run for 10 minutes
Walk for 5 minutes
Run for 5 minutes
Cool Down walk back to the house

Total Workout Time: 1 hour
Total Distance Ran: 3.83 miles

Today, I'm back at work. Nutrition is back on track after going a little wonky yesterday. I knocked out the Chest & Back Kettlebell workout today at lunch, but it didn't feel like much of a challenge, so I think I need to increase my weights with it. Tonight is Zumba, which should be super fun. Otherwise, just trying to relax and chill as much as possible - after school program starts in 2 weeks! EEP!

Miles Ran Towards A Better Me in 2012: 23.94 Miles
Total Amount of Joy I've Found From My Running Shoes: Priceless!!!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

YAY Friday!!

Okay - only have time for a quick update. Got the KT tape, put it on my Achilles & noticed a difference within an hour of putting it on - so I'm sold! Granted, its bright blue so I look like I'm walking around with Painter's tape attached to my foot - but as long as it works, I don't care.

Got in a kettlebell "arms" workout at lunch today and feel good! Its been a while since I've done that workout, so I'm happy I got it done today. Completed it with a 10lb kettlebell (that damn thing gets heavy by the end of it!) and now I'm ready for a nap! haha!

Only 1.5 hours until my weekend! I can't wait!! Totally antsy to get out today :-)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happy Thursday!!

Okie Dokie!! So I've been good this week! Got a workout in every day so far - so I'm happy about that! Yesterday, I had Zumba and today was a running day! Even though I was feeling super lazy, I still got my butt on the treadmill and feel great afterwards. My work is serving Fuddruckers as a site picnic today - so at least I've offset the yummy burger I'm about to chow down on! haha!

Eating has been good the past few days. Between cutting my sodium and being in the middle of TOM, I'm dropping water weight which makes me feel better. I'm thinking next week will be an official weigh in with measurements just to see where I'm at.

Not really much else to update. I'm reading my new Hunter book - which is amazing! It also means that my brain doesn't have much energy for blogging as I want to read ALL the time! haha!

Okay - here's my workout, so I can get back to my Nook & my Hunters

Warm Up - 7 min walk (I had some extra time today, so I spent extra time warming up to help my ankle out)
Run for 3 minutes at 5 MPH and 2 minutes at 5.5 MPH
Walk for 3 minutes at 3.5 MPH
Run for 3 minutes at 5 MPH and 2 minutes at 5.5 MPH
Walk for 3 minutes at 3.5 MPH
Run for 2.5 minutes at 5.0 MPH, 1.5 minutes at 5.5 and 60 seconds at 6.0
Cool Down walk for 5 minutes

Total Distance: 2.39 miles
Total Workout Time: 35 minutes

Ankle was still feeling a little wonky today. I'm gonna look into getting the KT athletic tape and see if that will help me out more than keeping it wrapped during workouts. I'll be sure to take pics once I get it successfully taped up

Okay - off to more meetings (busy work day for me) - then home to finish my Hunters! Hope you have a great day!

Miles Ran Towards A Better Me in 2012: 20.11 Miles
Total Amount of Joy I've Found From My Running Shoes: Priceless!!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back on track (again)

Hey peeps! How are you all? I'm doing well! After a crazy few weeks spent celebrating my birthday - with numerous dinners out and a surprise party my amazing hubby threw for me, food is finally back on track. This week is TOM, so I'm bloated & squishy anyways, so I'm going to take measurements & weight either the end of this week or Friday of next week, just to allow things to settle down and get myself a true starting point.

I'm cooking more at home again which has been really awesome. Tonight for dinner, I'm making a homemade veggie lasagna with zucchini & mushrooms (and only 300 cals a serving!!!) I'm gonna make 2 pans of it - one to serve for dinner tonight (we have friends coming over too) and the other I'll split up for lunches at work for the rest of the week! Planning ahead has its perks!

Anyways, this week also began my serious Hilly-Get-Your-Ass-Back-In-Shape plan. The Dirty Dash is less than a month away. Last month, I tweaked my ankle in Zumba & my Achilles tendon on my left ankle hasn't been the same since - thus it slowed down my training. Well this week, I started my no excuses plan. I'm ready to feel strong again, but I'm not going to push myself to cause further injury. I'm not going to use my ankle as an excuse not to go running anymore...however, I am using it as a *reason* to slow down and take things slowly. I can't afford to wreck my body, and I definitely don't want to either :-)

Yesterday, on my lunch break at work - a coworker & I rocked out the "Legs" workout with the kettlebells. It was SO hot in the gym, but it was definitely a nice workout (and I'm feeling some nice DOMS in my legs, glutes & shoulders today from it) After work, I had Zumba class, which was really nice as well. I had lots of built up energy and I definitely let it out in class.

Today was a running day. I tried to push the speeds in the 3rd interval - and was comfortably running at 6 MPH, but by the 4th interval my tummy was wonky (still have traces of a stomach bug from a few days ago) and my ankle wasn't feeling so hot, so I had to keep the last interval at 5 MPH. Either way, the workout was done and I'm happy about that! I'm thinking I need to start wrapping my ankle for running & Zumba classes, just for some added stability. There are a few tendons you really don't want to f*ck up, and at the top of the list is the Achilles tendon....if I don't take care of this now, my legs won't be the same if I hurt this more. So for now, easy fun runs and lots of kettlebells! Woot!

Warm Up
Run for 3 minutes at 5.0 MPH
Walk for 90 Seconds at 3.5 MPH
Run for 5 minutes at 5.0 MPH
Walk for 2.5 minutes at 3.5 MPH
Run for 3 minutes starting at 5.0 MPH and gradually getting to 6.0 MPH
Walk for 90 Seconds
Run for 5 minutes at 5.0 MPH
Cool Down

Total Distance Ran: 1.82 Miles
Total Workout Time: 24 minutes

All in all, things are going well. I need to slowly get everything back on track and things will be good. I'm still reading like crazy, which is helping me stay sane. I've been in a steampunk mood, so most of my books have been revolving around that - and I'm loving it! I just finished one about steampunk pirates on airships! How fun is that?!?!

As far as races go, I have the Dirty Dash coming up soon - which will be fun. With my ankle, I'll run what I can and walk what I can't run - either way, I'll finish and it will be super fun - I'm not running it for time, just the experience. I have a friend doing a 20K walk in October and I might do that with her. That will require less training than trying to do a running race and it would be nice to do that with her. The entry for it is $49 - which isn't too bad. I'll have to talk to the hubby and see if he wants to do the run.

Anyways, enough rambling for me! Hope you all have a great day!!

Miles Ran Towards A Better Me in 2012: 17.72 Miles
Total Amount of Joy I've Found From My Running Shoes: Priceless!!!!