Engaged!!!

A lot has happened since the last time I posted.

1st-this happened!!!

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I got engaged to that very nice guy who was aforementioned in the last post.  He took me to the Turkey Point Lighthouse and asked me! I am overjoyed.

 

In other news, I have also fallen head over heels for body pump.  Like, can’t. get. enough.  I am trying to limit it to 2-3 times per week with running, obvi 😉

The only problem with this is that I need to be training for my half marathon on April 3rd. Why do I do this to myself?!! It seemed like such a good idea in December 😉 Now I just want to do want I want!!

A couple of my running buddies have assured me I will be fine, which I find amusing to say the least.  While I appreciate the vote of confidence, I did not have a fun last 5 miles at the Rehoboth half and it was FLAT!! I really had to push myself.

Caesar Rodney half is also super hilly from what I hear and I have not done any hill training.

My pesky knee issue has returned a little and in an effort to keep it at bay I have only run 3 days for the last 2 weeks.  I did body pump and spinning to get my 5 days in.

Let’s get back to some more good news though- I found out that we will be headed back to San Francisco for a conference on April 4th. I am so psyched to go to SF again.  I loved it!!!

We leave the day after the half marathon and already have some pretty exciting things planned including Alcatraz at night and a Giants/Dodgers game!

That is all in my little corner of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dating and Physical Fitness

I date a very nice guy who also happens to be incredibly physically fit!

Here he is 😉

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At the Chestertown 10 miler

He is a talented runner who not only runs fast, but far and often too. He is the type of guy who NEVER misses a workout!

Do I love and admire this about him?!! Absolutely.

Am I thrilled to have running and fitness in common with him? Of course, I mean there is SO much to talk about!

We can talk about all of our workout goals and he gives me great feedback.

However, as with most things, there is always a but isn’t there?

Most of the time I am up for my run but I also strength train on each of the days that I run. Herein lies my desire (especially lately) to just pack up and head home.

I won’t bore you with the probable cause of this new desire other than to say that a new piece of equipment has TAKEN OVER an entire room at the gym that I do my strength training in. Ugh!!

I love working out but I am the first to admit that I am guilty of letting certain things negatively affect my workout be it general moodiness, a bad day at work, lack of motivation, or a change in environment.

Cue the encouraging boyfriend who always responds to my desire to phone in a workout with, “just do a little bit and see how you feel.”  He is totally a glass half full type of guy which is awesome, but it can be challenging when I want to skip my workout.

 

In other news, I am still on the spinning/body pump kick.

Monday-6 miles

Tuesday-6.50 miles

Wednesday-Spin 45min followed by Body Pump

Thursday-6.25 miles

Friday-Rest

Sunday planning to take the HIIT class at the YMCA.

That will give me my 5 days/week and then I need to start incorporating some long runs in my life for my upcoming half in April.

Seemed like a good idea in December 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend

2 posts in one weekend! Who am I ?!!!

I have had a rather wonderful weekend.  As predicted I was able to clean at unscheduled intervals throughout the day which was amazing!  Most weekends I am trying to do a quick (but thorough) house cleaning before the busy weekend sets in. I cannot remember the last time I didn’t have at least one thing planned on a weekend in FOREVER!

So what else have I been up to?

I am currently reading two books. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (she also wrote, The Joy Luck Club, which I loved) and The Boys in the Boat.

I have also read blogs galore and I am pretty sure that all of this blog reading is the sole reason why I am dying to go to Whole Foods.  Like must go NOW!  I keep reading about their awesome hot bar and I want to try it so badly.   The closest one is 30 minutes away so it better be worth my while!

Yesterday, I almost convinced myself to go out an try and run in the snow!  The street I live on leads to a popular trail and I saw a guy running down street and was inspired……for all of 2 seconds.  Then I was all Yeah right that is not happening.

Shoveling.  Man, shoveling is hard work.  It gets your heart rate up so quickly; I felt like I was in a HIIT class.

All of the YMCAs in my area are closed so no gym for me today.

Last thing, I am thinking about signing up for a 25K trail race for next January.  It sounds like a lot of fun and a new way to challenge myself.  I have plenty of trails in my area so I would have no trouble preparing.  That is, of course, if I actually run outside once in a while rather than on the treadmill 🙂

The best part of this weekend is feeling like I have really reset for the coming week.

Hope you do too!

 

 

 

 

 

Blizzards and Body Pump

It’s been awhile since I have blogged, so I thought the blizzard of 2016 would be a great time to get back to this little blog of mine.

First and foremost, I am so looking forward to this weekend.  A weekend where I am forced to stay home is much needed and overdue .

Reading, catching up on the type of cleaning that I never seem to have the time to do (clorox cleanup to all my baseboards), organizing, and cooking are all on my agenda.

My running has been going well but this weight loss mission of mine…..ummm not so much.

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This week also saw the return of two classes I haven’t done in FOREVER-spinning and bodypump!

The spinning class was only 45 minutes, so my friend and I decided to  follow it up with a body pump class.

I love body pump! I used light weights because I didn’t want to overdo it but even with light weights, my shoulders and triceps were burning!!!

The next day my legs didn’t feel sore so I thought my run would go okay.  Boy, was I wrong!  I was only able to run 3 miles and had to call it a day.  Those squats/lunges after spinning must have did me in.

This, naturally, but me in a not so great mood. It is so easy for me to get down on myself about working out.  I realize this does me absolutely no good but still cannot help it.  #positivity

I eventually shook it off and went out to a very nice dinner 🙂

 

 

 

Go Run and Play

Happy to report I am FINALLY back to exercising 5 days a week.  Spent one of the 5 days doing 30 minutes stairclimber, 100 squats and some weights.  Woke up the next day sore which tells me I need to incorporate this workout into my regular routine.

I had a day off from work yesterday so I spent the day cleaning and  organizing.

My job requires me to be on my feet for the majority of the day.   I am in no way complaining, in fact,  I love this aspect of my career.The reason I mention it, though, is that I was amazed at the difference in my run yesterday.

I ran 6.50 miles and it just felt easier.  I guess I don’t realize how much being on my feet all day tires me out.

In other news, I have really been enjoying my December.  A group of us went to see the Nutcracker at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and it did not disappoint!

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See?!! It was amazing!

My dad used to take us to a local production in Wilmington (Hotel DuPont) when my sister and I were little  girls and I just love it. So, we are making it a yearly tradition.

What else?

Well, I have discovered a love for theater.  Who knew? I went to see West Side Story and had no idea how much I would enjoy it.  I had an opportunity to see Wicked and declined and now I am kicking myself.   I am currently making a bucket list of plays I want to see.  Next up is Gypsy.

Got to celebrate my nephew’s 9th birthday with him at Friendly’s.  While I am not a fan of the food I do love the ice cream….and the company.

 

Last night was dinner with friends- great food and great conversation.  We laughed, got a little serious, and laughed some more.

Tonight I am going to see a band play with my cousins and sister. This is much overdue and should be fun and eventful.

See, told you December has been a good month!

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Plans

So what’s the plan?

My plan moving forward is to run the Caesar Rodney Half on April 3, 2016.

I also plan to run a 5K in Chesapeake City on New Years day.

I realized over the last few weeks that I enjoy doing slow, long runs.  I have really enjoyed just being able to zone out and run almost effortlessly.  I used to do them regularly and would like to keep on doing them.  This should help to get me in “half marathon shape.”

Although, I realize that in order to hit the paces I want in April, I am going to have to do some real work.  I will actually have to run at goal pace for at least 12 miles in training to hope to be successful on race day.

I plan to work on my pace while remaining  injury free. As injury prone as I am, this will be no easy feat so I must be smart about my training.

April should give me plenty of time to safely bump up mileage and pace.  I will stick to the 10% rule and work up from there.

I need to commit to outside running.  I am so, so bad about it but I know it will be a game changer.

Then in the spring/summer I want to focus on running 5Ks.  As I said in my random running facts, I want to break 22 minutes.  I am putting it out there to keep myself accountable- I want to do this in 2016!!

 

The Results Are in…..

It wasn’t pretty, but I ran the Rehoboth Beach half marathon today in 1:58:40.

Here are the positives-

  • I did not have a single issue with my knee!!
  • The course is beautiful and so runnable
  • My friend ran a PR and so did I!
  • Perfect amount of water stops

The negatives (and there are only a few)

  • The parking
  • They ran out of running bags and running swag-sorry but I really hate that especially since I paid $140 for the race.

I plan to eliminate both these issues next year by staying in a hotel close by (night before race packet pick-up) and signing up right when registration opens. It will be much cheaper.

My only physical complaint were my calves. The left calf was worse than the right but very tight around mile 10 and still are! Going to foam roll.

I ran the race in 1:58:40.  Was I happy with that time? Honestly, even though I am just coming off an injury, I was hoping to be in the 1:48 to 1:50 range.

Initially, I was disappointed. However, I am working on this thing called happiness.  I should really be thrilled with the fact that I ran injury free and an under 2 hour half marathon.  So, I am. Simple as that!

Below are my splits and they are pretty telling.

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As you can see, my pace was pretty good (for me) until mile 8 when the wheels fell off.   I signed up pretty late for this race and only had 3 weeks to complete long runs.  This data shows me that I can definitely improve. Look for an upcoming post where I talk about my upcoming plans to do just that.