Sunday, May 1, 2016

That's the end of April

Time to wrap up another week! It wasn't my best week in running, but I think a week of easier was okay,

Sunday was cold and rainy.  I ended up taking a cross training day on the elliptical and doing some yoga,

Monday started out feeling a little rough but once my legs got warmed up it felt really good and I ran a pretty good negative split.

Tuesday the legs were just not feeling it so I kept it short and easy. More grey overcast skies.

Where is the sunshine?! Not around this week!

Our bottle baby Mack has progressed to being a bucket baby meaning he gets to slurp instead of suck.

Wednesday I came home from work and did 10 minutes on the rowing machine and a 15 minute HIIT workout. I had really wanted to run but the roads were so muddy and slippery.  Then I cooled off in the rain.
Rain sweet rain.

Thursday I did a 20 minute Beachbody workout in the morning that I liked, but now I can't remember which one it was. eh whatever

Friday... nothing. I had to work and then my daughter had a birthday party and grocery shopping blah blah blah.

Saturday.. branding day, I was planning to run after we were done, but I made the mistake of snuggling up on the couch with a kid to watch a few minutes of a movie and I was down for the count.

My lil cowboy and his cowgirl cousin were a great team holding down the calves while they got their vaccines and brands.  Teamwork!

and pictures from the yoga challenges I did this week. I ended April with 2 challenges, which is one more than I prefer. It's a lot for me to keep up with!

I am still deciding on a May challenge, I think I am going to pick one that challenges me a lot more... some of the poses look really hard but it's good to be challenged!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Three Things Thursday

1. I woke up yesterday morning to a snowy world.  It was only 3 inches or so but it oddly made me happy. It was a heavy wet April snow and I knew it would be gone soon anyway.  I live up at a higher elevation than where I work so it is fun to drive a snow covered car into town where there is no snow and everyone wondering where you came from.

It's also been very cloudy and rainy. It rather makes me happy. I know it turns the world green and makes the grass grow. It makes the hay grow that feeds our cows and makes the crops grow that feed us.

It doesn't always make running fun out here as it turns my dirt and gravel roads to a muddy sloshy slippery mess!

2. So when I got home from work a little early yesterday and saw how muddy the roads were I decided a cross training day was in order for sure!

I did 10 minutes of rowing and then a 15 minute HIIT workout.  To cool down I went and danced in the rain. It felt really good.

3. I signed up to try BeachBody on Demand for a month free. I have already decided to cancel when my month is up.  I have used it once in two weeks. The workouts I really wanted to try aren't available unless I want to pay more. I don't want to pay more, thank you very much.

The one workout I did was half dynamic cardio HIIT type workout and half power yoga. I really liked it and would love more like that, but there was only one. Well two, but the other was a beginner one and I don't want beginner.   My goal is to try at least a couple more before my free month is up, but I was having a hard time getting excited about any of them. I did finally explore the workouts enough that I think I found a bunch I want to try.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Core Water Review and Giveaway #BeTrueToYourCore

I was lucky enough to team up with FitApproach and Core Water for a review and giveaway.  I was sent a box of twelve 24 oz bottles of Core water.  

I am not going to preach to you how important water is because we all know that after all our bodies are about 75% water. 

Awesome things about Core Hydration
  • ultra purified to remove impurities and contaminants through revers osmosis
  • enhanced with mineral and electrolytes to help your body achieve the perfect pH balance 
  • bottle is 100% recyclable 
This might seem a little silly, but one of my favorite things about this bottle is the flip cap and little drinking spout.  

I find them easier to drink out of than regular bottles when I am running or working out. I always pick this kind of water bottle when given the choice.

Giveaway time! You can win in store coupons for Core hydration water of your own.   If you want some right away you can find CORE Organic at a store near you here, including 7-11

Monday, April 25, 2016

Another week is in the books

Sunday.  I was really only planning on running 5 miles, but it all felt so good, my legs, the weather, the sunshine that I added an extra 1.2.  I believe this was also a yoga session morning.

Monday. A HIIT workout in the morning before work.

Tuesday was grey, rainy and as it turned out perfect for a super hilly long run.

Some pictures from the Instagram yoga challenge I am participating in.  I was super excited about getting firefly (top left corner picture)

Wednesday was a work day and I did a 20 minute HIIT in the morning.

Thursday presented itself with beautiful weather and I couldn't wait to get out and run. My legs however were so tired! All the ump lunges and the long run from earlier in the week wore them out I guess. It was still a good run and nice to be outside in the sunshine.

Saturday was grey and overcast in the morning but I got in a good run with some intervals

and then we helped our neighbors move their cows down the road to summer pasture. The kids had their saddlebags packed full of snacks

and it was a good thing since it took twice as long as it normally did to get the cows where they needed to go. They just didn't want to move! The weather was great for it and the rains that were supposed to show up late afternoon never did so that was lucky. It was have really made for a miserable ride.

Once we got them to pasture we have to let them "mother up" as in no cows or calves can leave the bunch unless it is a mom/baby pair. This makes sure that moms and babies know that each other both made it to the destination and tells us if any cows or calves got left behind.  Unhappy cows or calves will try to run back to where they last saw each other.

and more yoga challenge poses.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Running in the Rain

I don't have a tread mill so if the weather conditions outside are less than ideal my options are

  • elliptical (which is okay but I don't like to do it very often and does not make me as happy as running, I prefer to save it for desperate situations like blizzards, thirty below zero, or hot weather. or when I am dealing with an injury)
  • rowing machine (good cross training, but something I don't like to do more than 20 minutes or more than once a week)
  • Cross training like yoga, and strength workout which I do anyway and are no replacement for running
I generally only run 4 days a week. It fits my schedule best and for the most part keeps me injury free so when I have a day off and there is a prospect of not being able to run I am not a happy girl.

Yesterday was cool and rainy, but thankfully not windy, once I got out running I wondered what had been my hold up waiting for the rain to stop. When I started running it was a light mist and varied during my run from misting to light drizzle,  It was 48 degrees out and felt amazing. 

I love the rain. I am a pluviophile. Rain makes me happy. It makes the world smell good, it makes the flowers bloom and the grasses grow.  Of course being a farmer's daughter I know the value of rain however I don't always like to run in the rain if it is cold out, so I procrastinated most of the day about running. 

The desire to get in a long run finally won out and I overdressed of course because I hate being cold. It didn't take me long to shed my rain jacket and gloves and love the run.

It's one of my favorite times of year, the world is turning green again. It feels like the green lasts such a short time I feel like I have to soak it in. I am constantly telling my kids to enjoy the beauty and aren't we lucky to live here.

I kicked up this little group of calves and this babysitter mama cow on my run.

One happy dog and one happy me!
What is your favorite thing about running in the rain?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Last week in running.

I didn't really keep track of my workouts or yoga this week, but it was a good week, especially running wise!  

Monday I did an easy recovery run and my legs were feeling a bit heavy and tired from the 5k I ran the day before.

Tuesday was a rest day aka I had to work and so I didn't run, but I am pretty sure I did some sort of strength workout.

Wednesday I did a 9.15 mile long run with some speed intervals thrown in at the end and it felt really good.

Thursday and Friday were both no run days.

Saturday was one of the best run days in what feels like forever.  I had so much energy, my legs and breathing felt so good and I felt like I could run all day.

Sunday I was guessing I was going to have tired legs from the run the day before, but nope, my legs wanted to run all day again and they wanted to do it fast. I kept having to slow myself down and remind my legs this was supposed to be an easy run! I was only going to do 5, but ended up with 6.2.

Still doing a yoga challenge also
Those splits are just not going to happen, but planking, I got that!

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Three Things Thursday

1. Yesterday was perfect weather for running. I was so happy it was my day off from work. I got in a nice 9 miles with some intervals. I think my little dog was happy to be out running too.

2. A friend of mine was one of the photographers at the race I did last weekend and she sent me this pic.

 It's just a screen shot and there will be a better one coming, but the funny thing about this is that while I didn't see the photographer this was right when I was passing the girl next to me and she had ear buds and so she probably couldn't hear me coming, right as I was about to go by her she scooted over and nearly cut me off so I pushed into her a little, or we bumped or something and she lost her balance a bit. That is why her hand is like it is.  I beat her by the way. I think she ended up third. We both got beat by a 10 year old girl.

3. After my run yesterday I stopped by the barn to check on our bottle baby Sage with her new cow mom and Cola got ran off by the resident geese.
Not the best picture but you get the idea.

Happy Thursday!