Friday, April 17, 2015

Three Things Friday (because I missed Thursday)

1. I was off work one of the days mentioned in the picture below.  Can you guess which one?  Hint it's not the one I would have picked!
Yep, I was off on the day that looked like this.
Only that picture makes the weather look nicer than it was.  It was windy and blowing snow and ice straight across.  I got dressed up and went out to run three times.  All three times I turned around and went back into the house.

I like to run in the snow, but it was freaking miserable out.  It's April.  I have survived the dark of winter.  I want to wear shorts and run in the sunshine.  So I spent an hour and a half on my elliptical since I don't have a treadmill and watched Outlander instead.

It felt so good to get home from work yesterday and go for a short run before the kids got home from school.  In shorts and a tank.

2. I found a fun yoga challenge on Instagram with @runnersloveyoga 
It actually started Wednesday so I played catch up yesterday.  Easy since I was only a day behind. This one is all about hip opening.
3. and finally...Happy Birthday to my Poppa!
Super blessed to have such a great Dad. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4 Food Things I Can't Do

1. Ground turkey or chicken... just has a big eww factor for me.  I like chicken and turkey fine, it is never a first choice at our house.  My husband has a thing against chicken and turkeys (he got attacked by a turkey when he was little, and they used to butcher their own chicken).  I see recipes posted all the time about healthier recipes with ground turkey. 
Enough said for me.. given the option it's ground beef here every time for burgers, meat balls, etc.

2. Zoodles.  Not in my spaghetti bowl please.  Sure it is a fun, different and interesting way to eat zucchini, but it is a poor replacement for spaghetti noodles.  I tried it once.  I was left feeling unfulfilled and like I had been cheated somehow.   If I am going to cheat on my spaghetti noodles, spaghetti squash is the only thing that sort of works.

3. Not to pick on zucchini here but, I saw someone post on Twitter about how great it was in smoothies.  We bantered back and forth, me saying ew and her saying "no really you don't even notice it in there".   I just can't.

I do like zucchini bread so maybe I could, but I am just not ready to go there.  I had a green smoothie once with cucumber in it and it tasted so strongly of cucumber.. in a was too weird for me.  I couldn't drink it all.  That's what I think of when I think of zucchini in a smoothie.

4. Food Babe.  Where to start with that one.  I think her heart is or at least was at some point in the right place with wanting people to eat healthy, but somewhere along the way she got a little crazy.  I hadn't even heard of her until about six months ago.

I got banned from her Facebook page for making a comment that didn't support her position on something.  It was not derogatory, I didn't use bad language.  I wish I would have taken a screen shot of the comment.  I had heard she banned people pretty liberally and they were not joking.

Anyone who disagrees with her is instantly a "paid shill for Monsanto" .  I want to know where my money is if that's the case. As far as I can tell all she wants to do is sell you her book or her eating plan.  Or you can buy something off her Amazon affliate links.   Her biggest detractors are science people. 

Her degree is in computer science and people follow her for her nutrition advice?  Really?!  I have been happy to see lately that the media is catching on to her quackery and this article published on Gawker by the Science Babe is one of my favorites Although if you Google Food Babe news right now there are a plethora of recent articles that come up.

What food things annoy you?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Week 3 of the Plan to run a faster half marathon

Another week down and another week closer to my next half marathon in May.  Here is how the week went.

Sunday plan said run 9 miles easy.

What I did  6.2 miles with 6 strides at the end.  (I had traded Sunday and Saturday's workouts due to Easter)

plan said  1 mile warmup, 800s x6 with 800 recovery and 1 mile cooldown

what I did  1.25 mile warmup (getting to a flat spot in the field)
800s x 6 all between 3:15 and 3:20
cooldown 1.55 miles.

These were tough, and it snowed on my the whole time, sometimes I had to break the ice clumps out of my eyelashes so I could see.

total of 8.8 miles

plan said run 12 miles

what I did ran 11 miles,  No excuses.  I just didn't want to run another mile.  I was tired, my legs had no zip, I choose I boring route of out and backs, blah blah blah.

Cola was so embarrassed I quit the run early he wouldn't even look at the camera.  Okay he never likes to look at the camera.

plan said run 5 miles easy with hills

what I did
ran 6.2 miles with hill repeats and 6 strides at the end

Check out the sweet new InkNBurn shorts I bought this week.  They look like jean shorts but are not jean material.  Super comfy.
And the waistband folds down if you want to show off a different look

total miles
plan: 34
actual  32.2
(I was supposed to do a 9 mile run Sunday but did it on the day before instead.. so that didn't help my weekly total)

I also decided I have been feeling rather uninspired in the strength training department lately and logged onto Friday and did the latest workout. 

I loved it.  I forgot how much I love her workouts.  It also made me realize how long it has been since I had a butt kicking workout.  I did two more Saturday morning before my run.  The first one made me want to be sick for a little bit. 

There you have it, another week of the plan done with only slight deviation.  Next week.. I have 1200m intervals and I have to admit I am a little scared of them!  They seem so long compared to 800s which seem so long compared to 400s.  I only have to do four so I can tell a lot of mental pep talking will be going on.

What is your least favorite interval to run?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Yoga Collective Review and Giveaway

It's no secret I am a yoga fan.  I credit yoga with keeping my out on the road running.  I try to do yoga at least three times a week and I do it all at home so when I was asked if I wanted to try The Yoga Collective free for a year I was excited to try something new.

two of my favorite classes
The website it beautiful and easy to navigate.  Once I sign in, classes are sorted into categories like Heart Opening, Relax and Restore, Super Sweaty Flow, and Inversions to name a few.

Or I can search classes based on

  • Level
  • Duration
  • Teacher
  • Style
  • Focus
Online yoga classes are great for me to add variety to my practice and continue to challenge myself.  I find that it is easy to get in a rut and do the same two videos over and over.  This has really helped. 

You can check out their free online yoga and try it out for yourself.  

The people at the Yoga Collective are going to give two of you a free year also.  So if you do yoga at home, want to do yoga at home or whatever this is for you! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 2 of the plan to run a faster half marathon

First of all, hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  My kids had two egg hunts. One at home in the morning and one at my parent's house later in the day.  No easy hunt at the parent's this year, we hid them in the grass good and then each kid could only find a certain color.

no drama with this girl ever.
Running this week started great with a 5k PR and then I fell and hurt my knee so I took a couple days off, including my long run.  The rest of the week I felt  awesome.  I had that spring in my step I haven't felt in a long time.  I LOVE IT.

plan said 1 mile warmup, 6 miles tempo at 7:15 pace, 1 mile cooldown

what I did   1 mile warmup
                   3.1 mile race at 6:37 pace
                   2 mile cooldown total of 6.1 miles

I actually had planned to run more after the race, on the way back to my car at tempo pace, but lets face it, after running a 5k PR I was tired.  And a friend wanted to run back to the start to our cars with me and I didn't want to tell her I no.

  plan said 8 miles easy with 5-7 strides

what I did   8 miles easy with 6 strides for a total of  8.3 miles my knee felt so stiff after this run from having fallen hard on it the day before while playing kick the can with the family. OUCH. 

plan said run 11-12 miles easy

what I did  ... nothing...  okay I did my elliptical for an hour and a half, but I don't count it as running.  I had landed HARD on my left knee Sunday playing kick the can with the family and after my run Monday it was really stiff and sore.  It was feeling a bit better by Wednesday but still sore to run on.  The low impact of the elliptical didn't bother it, so I did that instead.

plan said  nothing

What I did  6.5 miles easy with 6 strides  Legs felt good and left knee felt better.  I was so glad I rested it Wednesday instead of running long.  Skipping one long run at this point will not hurt me.

My awesome new tank.

plan said 5 miles easy with 4-5 strides at the end

What I did
9 miles easy with 6 strides at the end... this was really the workout for the NEXT day which is also Easter day, and I was worried I wouldn't have time to get the run done so I decided to trade them.  This also would put the easy 5 before a harder workout which since I ran Friday will also be 4 days in a row of running.
Plan called for 32-33 miles
I ran 29.9 miles, so not far off.  Overall I am just happy my knee feels better.  Yoga and strength training both got done at least three times last week.  I quit keeping track. 
and a return to Easter pics.  My mom's sister Tami brought out her great collection of hats and we had fun trying them on and posing for a picture.

The little girls loved it.

Lil Cowboy already had his hat and of course he brought his gun to Easter dinner.

More goofing around. This rock was a favorite place to play while I was growing up.  It was a house, a fort, a castle, a boat, whatever we needed it to be.  I love seeing my kids and their cousins use it for the same fun.

How was your week in running?

Friday, April 3, 2015

LOG OFF. SHUT DOWN. GO RUN Virtual 10k race

Gone for a Run is hosting a virtual 10k run that will be held April 24th-April 26th.
Included in the race packet is some fabulous swag!
  • Either a womens athletic tank or men's lifestyle tee
  • a fabulous finisher's medal
  • a real bib (you don't have to print your own)
  • a car magnet
Log Off Shut Down GO Run Virtual 10K - Gone For a Run Virtual Race

What you need to do:
  1. Check out this link
  2. Register by the 14th of April
  3. Run, walk or shuffle the 10k on April 24th, 25th, or 26th anywhere you want
  4. Optional: share your recap on Gone For A Run's Facebook page and be entered to win raffle prizes like medal hangers and beach throws.
 Disclosure: My compensation for this post is a free entry to the virtual run.  I am also a Gone For A Run ambassador. I was not compensated in any other way or required to give a positive post about it.

Do you ever have a hard time getting out and logging off?  I rarely do, but it is easier when the weather is nicer!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Then I somersaulted like a drunk chicken

Sunday after I got home from the Purple 5k and the kids got home from their grandmother's house we decided to play a nice family game of kick the can or in our case the bucket.   My husband even joined in on the fun.  After several rounds, Rance was "it" and I picked a hiding spot no one else had used yet.. probably because it was on the other side of the split rail fence that goes around the yard and therefore means wasting time getting through it to get to the can.

I went for it anyway. Rance had found both of the kids and was slowly looking for me and I was staring at his back waiting for him to get far enough away from the bucket for me to make a run for it.  Finally, I made a run for it, but as I crossed the fence he saw me and we started running for the bucket at the same time.

I could see it would be a close race and was sprinting with all I had, when suddenly I was no longer running I was getting instead getting closer acquainted with the lawn.   We still aren't real sure what happened.

One second I was sprinting and the next I wasn't.  I am thinking I hit a low spot on the lawn or something.  I hit hard with my lower left leg just below the knee and then flipped around and skidded on my left shoulder.

Amazingly I only had a few tiny scrapes and my husband after figuring out I was okay told me I somersaulted like a drunk chicken.  He was pretty amazed I wasn't hurting worse than I was as I went down hard!  Kid games are dangerous!

When I ran the next day my knee started to feel really stiff. Here I am pointing towards where I landed on my leg so hard.  I know.  You can't even see anything that looks wrong.
I might as well have said "look at my pretty capris"!

or how about these pretty black pregnant cows who are now in the nursery aka the calving pasture and are due any day now.
In other news... after having my iPhone 6 for 12 days the rear camera quit working.  Only the front or selfie camera works.  Not handy.  Of course by the time I had time to trouble shoot with Apple it was past the 14 days I could have just exchanged it straight across with the AT&T store I got it from so now I have to wait for Apple to mail me a new one, go get that hooked up with AT&T and send my old one back.

What a pain!  Everyone else I know with the iPhone 6 still loves it so I am optimistic the second one will be better.

Back to my knee... after it being stiff at work on Tuesday and today being long run day... I may skip my run today or cut it short depending on how my knee feels when I test it out.  I have a good 6 weeks still until my next half so I am not worried about skipping a long run, especially not when I am in half shape already anyway.

Have a great day!