Monday, July 6, 2015

A double run day and #1Millionminutes

Happy Monday, I managed to pull of a pretty good double run today in preparation for Ragnar Northwest passage that is coming up soon! 

I got up and ran early in the cool 52 degree weather and it felt amazing! Run was done at 6:30.
 I went out again at 11:15 and ran again, thankfully it was still only 64 degrees and quite lovely out. Both runs felt so good!
 and I have to admit were way speedier than I intended or thought they would be. I have been meaning to get in more 2 a day runs, but mostly due to kids have settled for rowing so I was glad this worked out today.

 I am participating with Fit Approach with a fun, Mad-Lib style blog prompt to help them kick off #1MillionMinutes!

And just to make it extra fun, their awesome sponsor Puritan's Pride is offering a prize to everyone who participates!

That's right, you'll automatically get rewarded just for completing this mad lib.

Here is my mad lib

I’m so _ looking forward_____ [adj] to fuel my #1MillionMinutes goals with Puritan’s Pride! All summer I plan to ___run, hike, and HIIT___ [verb] my way to a healthier, fitter me, and I’ll need help staying hydrated and fueled during all my __awesome____[adj] adventures!

I will make sure I stay on track and will rely on __good food__ [noun] to keep me well fueled before, during and after workouts, and my __Cocogo___ [noun] to keep me hydrated!

I’m most excited to try _Kind Caramel Almond with Sea Salt bars______(product) and __Kind Dark Chocolate Almond Mocha Bars__ (product) from Puritan’s Pride because they look __yummy_______(adj).

One supplement I’ve never tried but am curious about is _melatonin_ [noun]. I think it might make me extra __energetic (after it helps me sleep)____[adj].

Bring it, #1MillionMinutes! I’m ready to go!

Ready to go? Just copy the mad lib and change my answers to yours and share, share, share!

HOW TO GET YOUR PRIZE: share your link on the #1MillionMinutes page so they can make sure and send you your prize! Make sure your address is updated, too, so they know where to send it!

and afterall that running I took my kids and two of their cousins on a picnic and a hike! Whew.

Now to get out of these sweaty clothes and take a shower!
Are you participating in Fit Approach's #1MillionMinutes? 
Do you try to do some double run days in prep for a relay? 

Fourth of July Weekend Recap

We did not have any plans for the 4th.  We toyed with going to a rodeo, but my hubs really wanted to work on the shop he is building and it was HOT so with things drying up, fire danger going up, we decided to stick around.

A cousin who lives in Wyoming drove up so we had an impromptu family picnic at my grandmas house.  We spend the afternoon out in the shade swinging and talking.
my daughter, niece, grandma and I

and my aunt, cousin, daughter and I..swing selfies!
 I did get up early on the fourth and get in a good 7 mile run. I rocked my InknBurn liberty shorts and my MT Love hat.
Saturday my car said 103 degrees when we left my grandma's house.  Yesterday the high was... wait for it
and it rained.  YAY!  Love rain, especially this time of year when things are really drying out!

I didn't run at all yesterday, which considering the awesome weather seems crazy!  I didn't sleep good and was thinking I would run in the afternoon after I helped my sister with the youth rodeo.  By the time I got home I needed a nap.  I slept for 2 hours and then decided cross training was what I needed.  I sat on the rowing machine and did a 5k in 19:39.  A personal best!  Then I got in 50 pushups while making dinner.

We also found Battle Bots on TV last night.  That was fun TV!  So much better than most of the crap that is on. 

PS my kids did get in on a little fireworks thanks to my brother.

How was your weekend! Laid back or action packed?  Mine was definitely laid back!

Friday, July 3, 2015

How to run early in the morning

First think I will admit here is that this is the only time of the year that I run early.  There are no street lights and I have no desire to encounter bears etc on a dark road, I also have to desire to twist my ankle on the gravel roads.  Therefore the only time of year I run really early is when it gets light out really early. 

I have to leave my house at 6:20 am at the latest to get to work on time so that means my run needs to be done by 5:40  so I can shower, eat breakfast and have a little time with the kids. I do love sunrise runs though.  I find something about running into the sunrise very energizing.

1. Make the decision.  Don't think along the terms of "I am going to try to run early tomorrow".  Nope.  Think along the lines of "I am running early tomorrow".  There is no question about it, the decision is made.  You don't have to lay in bed wondering if you should run because you are going to run.

2. Set out everything you are going to need the night before.  I find the longer it takes to get everything together the more likely I am to get distracted and either talk myself out of the run or not have enough time to run as far as I wanted to.

3. Set an alarm.  I am probably on oddball here but I rarely am still in bed after 4:30 am.  I still set my alarm just in case.

4. Leave yourself notes.  Sometimes I get a bit distracted by Facebook, or blogging, or just plain old web surfing and before I know it... bam no time to run, or yoga, or whatever.  If I put a sticky note on the computer it is a good reminder.

5. Get your gear on and go. Don't over think it, just go!
What is your favorite time of day to run?  In the hot summer months I love to get out just before sunrise, but most other times of the year mid morning is usually when I run.

When do you usually run?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sometimes you have to deviate!

All I knew when I left the house this morning as I set out on a run was that I was going to run 11 miles.  I didn't have a route planned, I didn't have a podcast picked out.  I made a split second decision to go left as I headed out.  I was a little bit dreading the long run.

I was vaguely thinking to do a quick short out and back, head back the other way and do another out and back, which would bring my miles to 9.5, and then I would repeat the first short out and back for a total of 11.  A pretty easy and fairly flat route, but also kinda boring.

As I got to the turnaround point of the first out and back I remembered I have been meaning to run more hills as part of Ragnar training so instead of turning around I headed down the hill.  I was planning to turn around after a mile and a quarter down the hill and run up it doing repeats.

I looked over and saw this.  See those trees down there. I wanted to run on the road that runs thru the wheat field there. I haven't for well over a month. 

So kept going down the hill.  It's a big ass hill.  It goes sharply down for just over three quarters of a mile, levels off a bit and then down some more.  From the top to the bottom is just over a mile and a half.

The sky was really hazy this morning and made for some beautiful photos. I really love where I live.
I did a couple things different today on my run
  • I tried Salted Caramel Gu for the first time today and it wasn't bad.  I still prefer Humagel.
  • I didn't listen to ANYTHING  no podcasts, no music.  Just me and my thoughts and the beauty around me. and the birds singing.
I think Cola was happy to get off the same roads and have some variety too.  The long climb back up the hill was tough and I did walk a couple times, but it was so worth it for these views.
The air could not have smelled any sweeter than the wheat fields.  Sometimes a person needs a deviation from the norm.  I have got so in the habit of just running the same routes since I am running so early while the kids are sleeping and before my husband leaves, I want to stay close to home.

I knew today he would be working around the house in the morning so I was able to run long and not worry about being back. 
just a little slice of heaven here on earth.

Once I got up the big ass hill I had about three and a half miles to go, after the hill I felt like I was flying along on the way flatter road.

Ahhh run done!

No regrets today! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

and that's almost a wrap on June!

June 30.  We are just getting into the ugly hot here in Montana.  By ugly hot I mean miserable and in the 90s.  July and August are generally just hot.  The first part of June was great, lots of perfect weather days and time spent outside.

I discovered I can still sorta do this
but, I don't think I will try it too often

My June went pretty good as far as running goes.  I didn't keep track of how many miles I ran, or what workouts I did.  I found after half marathon training it was nice to just relax and run what I wanted.  I did start adding in hill repeats towards the middle of the month in preparation for the Northwest Passage Ragnar in July.

Kohl's sent me a Fitbit a couple weeks ago and I haven't decided how I feel about wearing it... it basically told me what I already know.  I am very active.  I easily get my 10,000 steps a day.

It doesn't track runs super accurate unless I use the GPS on my phone option, which I don't feel inclined to as I prefer my Garmin. 

I have no desire to track my hydration, food eaten or sleep.  It seems like a lot of work.  I tried to do all three at first but quickly lost interest.  I already know I don't sleep good most of the time and I eat a lot. I could see using it if I wanted to lose weight, but nah!

I do like that the battery lasts all week before I need to recharge it although I am annoyed I apparently did not recharge it fully and it was dead Monday morning for my run.  This meant my run wasn't included on my step count so I didn't wear it all day, which throws off my count for the week.  Annoying.

For now I will keep wearing it, I do find the step count motivating, so really for me it is a fancy pedometer.

I ran one race in June, a 10k with a personal worst.  Guess my lack of structure on the running front did not pay off there.    I have one race coming up in July.. just the Ragnar! From here until school starts it seems like every weekend is booked.  As much fun as all that stuff is going to be I kind of like having free weekends too!

I am participating in Fit Approach's 1 Million Minutes and am currently sitting at 502 minutes!  Not to bad. Most of it of course is running. 

One of my current obsessions is Inknburn running clothes.... so hooked.  I love the bright colors and unique designs, not to mention they are comfy and flattering. I originally was just looking for a pair of shorts to match my Team Beef tank, and now I have a bunch of InknBurn and think it well worth the price.

See, super cute! 

What is one of your current obsessions? How was your June?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer running bites and weekend happenings

 The heat is here we have been in the high 90s so I have been really making sure to get out the door early, even then it feels warm and is in the 60s. UGH.  Summer is not my favorite.  I am not a water sports person, not a water person really at all so I would be fine if we skipped right to fall now. I really hate being hot, getting sunburned. two thumbs down. 
Saturday's Run
and Sunday's
 Out the door before 5 both mornings!   I count that as a win!

The weekend is going by crazy fast, Friday night my daughter had friends over for a camp out and Saturday we had about a 5 hour window and my son's friends were here for a camp out.  The old wall tent got a lot of use, but not a lot of sleeping in.
All the kids ended up camping out in the living room instead. The girl's scared each other telling scary stories and the boys wanted to come in and watch a movie.

Meet Foxy
The weekend wore her out.  She was a Father's Day present to my husband from the kids.  Barn cats have a considerably shorter life span than house cats, so we seem to go through them pretty fast between coyotes, fan belts, and who knows what else, they just disappear.

Full on haying season around here and everywhere I look there are swathers, balers, rakes etc running in the fields and bales as far as the eye can see.  It makes the air smell so sweet for my morning runs.

My flower gardens are full on blooming. I don't remember what these are, but so pretty!
Daisies finally blooming
and other flowers I have around the house.

Anyone else ready to skip right to fall?  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

1 Million Minutes (or will it blow that out of the water?) with Fit Approach

I signed up (for FREE!) to take part in the FitApproach 1MillionMinutes fitness challenge.  What in the heck is that?  Here is a quick run down from the Fit Approach websiteWho?

You! Your next door neighbor. Your long lost kindergarten friend. EVERYBODY!


Sign up and track your active minutes. Active minutes can include walking, running, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, dance, kickboxing, weight lifting and much, much more! If you are doing something active (like sweaty worthy), then log those minutes and share your progress towards helping the Sweat Pink community work towards one million minutes!


We want to inspire, ignite, and encourage everyone to move more.


The #1millionminutes with #sweatpink will begin on June 21, our 4th birthday (squeee!) and end two months later, August 21. Can we do it? Heck yeah, we can!


But of course! We’ll be revealing our awesome prizes very soon… ;)

The first contest they are running is to complete the Mad Lib below, so I'm doing that in this post! I'll be using my blog, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the 1MillionMinutes challenge to share my progress.  I am joining in a couple days late and that's okay.  You can still join too!

I am so excited to join #1MillionMinutes with #sweatpink! This summer my goal is to do _3000_ (number) minutes of running, hiking, HIIT, kettlebells and yoga (activity), while wearing my favorite _blue__ (color) _InknBurn shorts (noun).
I predict that we’ll _smash_ (Verb) the goal of #1MillionMinutes – we’ll actually hit _1,841,127_ (number) of minutes this summer! I predict that _running_ (activity) will be the top-logged movement.
I’ll get extra minutes in by  running_ (verb) to loops around the driveway to avoid the bears (place)!
My favorite way to get extra minutes in is by hiking (verb) with my munchkins! (person). My dog Cola_(person) is my BEST activity partner because he/she is so ready for adventure! (adjective). Our favorite way to relax post-workout is to drink ice water in the shade.
I tag  ,any other enthusiastic person  ( people) to help us reach #1MillionMInutes… or more!
Thanks to some great runs this week, so far I am up to 249 minutes for the challenge. 
How have I been racking up all these minutes?

plus a HIIT workout and a kettle bell workout. 
anymore questions?  Like...

What kinds of activities count?

Any kind of activities! Whatever your thing is: running, lifting weights, walking, water aerobics, zumba, late night dance parties, if you’re moving, it counts!

What if I forget to track my minutes one day?

That’s okay! Just add them in to today’s count, or you can always log multiple days at once.
Honor system. :)

How do I get win prizes?

Track your minutes, and share, share, share! Use the #1MillionMinutes and #sweatpink hashtags. We’ll also have special extra add-on bonus points hashtags on certain weeks (stay tuned for emails!).
Mostly, just share! Show us how you’re staying active this summer, and encourage your community to join you in racking up those minutes.

Sign up here and get active!