Halloweekend ’14 and Disney!

Halloweekend ’14 and Disney!


Our little baby was dressed up as “Tigger” for Halloween :)  She was pretty well behaved with the trick or treat-ers too!

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I’m loving my new Garmin 15.  Still getting used to the new look after my Garmin 405, but I like the smaller size of the watch.  It’s easy to use.


I said goodbye to my old 405 and mailed it back to Garmin for a $80 trade in value towards my new Forerunner 15.  Lots of good miles on that old watch!


More Bella :)


Broke my first tubes during a CXWORX class the other week.  I like to think that I’ve just gotten so strong the tubes couldn’t handle me anymore…


We are going to DISNEY next Saturday!!!!!!!!!  We are soooo excited!  Colby’s brother and a few other friends are going too.  The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is Saturday night – at 10PM!  We have been signed up to run this race for almost a year.  Disney races sell out fast!

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Colby and I ran it back in 2010, when it was the very first time they had this race.  It is a night race, so we will be finishing around midnight.  Colby agreed to run with me so we finish together.  The race starts at the ESPN Zone, goes to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and finishes in Epcot for a big after party.  Since it is during the food and wine festival, there are extra food stands in the World Showcase area.  I was nervous about running a full marathon a month before this race, but things have been going well.  In the past, I’ve blown up after a full marathon and took major breaks from running.  I think teaching Les Mills BODYPUMP and CXWORX classes during and after marathon training have really helped.  After the marathon, I took a month off running and then did a few 4 and 6 mile runs.  Today I ran 10 and felt great!

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I didn’t look at my watch much because it was so windy and cold!  I had to get the cold weather tights out for today!  I ran with Amy and we met a friend during mile 4, so we stopped and slowed down that mile.  I was thrilled to see my splits were pretty even, since I didn’t obsess over my Garmin.  Hopefully I can suck it up for a night half marathon next weekend!


Bella selfie.  Love her so much :)

Fueling My Workouts

photoMy workouts for this week.  I am currently on week 4 of my marathon training plan.  I’ve been keeping track of my workouts on my iPhone notes and giving myself :) faces when I complete the workout.  I was planning on running today (Thursday) but moved my last 3 miler to Saturday and long run to Sunday.  I’ve covered so many classes at the gym this week because other teachers are on vacation… and I’m feeling tired!

I taught BODYPUMP Sunday-Tuesday, a core class to the high school swim team Wednesday and pump again tonight.  I’m planning on just attending classes tomorrow morning (spin-RPM and BODYFLOW).  I’m a little worried about running 9 miles Sunday morning, but I’m going to try to go out super early!  The heat has been killing me and having the sun on my skin makes me feel even more tired.  I teach BODYPUMP at 12, so I’m hoping if I run at 6AM I will have some down time to eat and relax.  Speaking of food…

A participant of my BODYPUMP class asked me tonight about how I fuel up for my workouts.  She was curious how I eat and have enough energy to teach.  I told her, I never have a problem eating enough calories!! :)  With Colby training for his Ironman, he eats all day long.

Here are some things I’m using between meals or before/after workouts…

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A quick protein shake after BODYPUMP is always a good idea.  Since I try to avoid dairy, I use almond milk and vegan protein powder.  These are my favorites.  Vega is a pea/brown rice protein blend and Perfect Fit is brown rice protein.  Mix in a shaker and it is quick and easy.  It also helps my legs recover so much faster!


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This is my new favorite electrolyte drink.  I’ve given up on Gatorade since it is full of mystery ingredients and can mess with your stomach, especially in the heat.  NUUN is low calorie, a mild flavor and delicious.


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I’m not a huge coconut water fan, but LOVE the chocolate flavor!  I drank this when I was at CXWORX instructor training.  La Croix is just a great flavored sparkling water.  Grapefruit is my favorite flavor.


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I love these bars!  Both are made of good ingredients and taste so good.  I love keeping them in my gym bag if I need a snack or some protein after class.  The Luna protein bars come in a bunch of different flavors, but my favorites are chocolate peanut butter and lemon.


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I haven’t been using these yet in my early training, but I will be trying to eat a few while I run my 9 miles this weekend.  I had stomach issues in the past with shot bloks and GU’s on long runs, so I need to practice and drink lots of water!


CXWORX Initial Training

On June 7 and 8 I went to my initial CXWORX instructor training!! 8AM-6PM both days and I was tired!  My friend Steph was there too, so it was nice to drive to Baltimore with her.  We were being trained on CXWORX release #15, which is tough.  Below is the track list…

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We received our digital copy of the release two weeks before the training.  We were told to practice the entire release, but everyone was assigned two tracks to present for the weekend.  Steph and I lucked out because we were both assigned tracks 1 and 3.  1 is the “warm up” and 3 is the first standing strength track that uses the resistance band.  All of the music is great for this release and I think the oblique track is especially tough.  I’m so much better at all the tracks, since I’ve been practicing for weeks.

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Before the training, I bought myself some Les Mills capris!  Bella likes them too :)  They are great and I am so excited to have my first piece of Les Mills clothing.  Now that they’ve paired with Reebok, I’m really happy about the new stuff coming out!

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The Golds gym we went to for training was so nice.  The room was big, had mirrors everywhere and the gym looked brand new.

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I got so excited when I saw this outside the classroom when I first got there Saturday morning!  My only regret that morning was realizing I was sore from practicing too much that week.  I wish I would have switched and not taught my BODYPUMP class Thursday night.  I also practiced CXWORX so much that week, that my back and shoulders were already sore Saturday morning.  After a few hours, I was even more sore and just sucked it up!

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Like other Les Mills trainings, lots of information taped to the mirrors.  I taught the warm up at the end of Saturday and track 3 two times on Sunday.  I loved our instructor Megs and learned so much!

Besides presenting our tracks and getting lots of great feedback, we had plenty of sit down sessions to learn more about the program, technique, coaching, etc. On Saturday we had a tough technique class and a fitness test to see our strengths and weaknesses.  This included upper and lower ab drills, holding a 3 and 1/2 minute back raise on our stomach, a 5 minute plank (my weakness.. I made it almost 4 minutes before dropping to my knees for a bit) and 1 and 1/2 minute side hover holds.  I think the hover was so tough that day because my shoulders were so sore.  I do think they’ve gotten a lot stronger in the past few weeks from practicing so much!

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Steph and I posing after Saturday in our matching capris!

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With our instructor, Megs.  She had so much awesome Les Mills gear and changed outfits a bunch of times.




Here is a picture of the whole group at the end of Sunday.  I was so exhausted physically and mentally.  My body ached and I felt overwhelmed since I just wanted to do my very best.  I enjoy this so much and I want to get the most out of these experiences!  Sunday included teaching our second track twice, more technique fixes and our hover challenge.  Another 5 minute hover, while I taught my assigned track to a partner.  I was huffing and puffing like crazy!!  I got my initial “pass” at the end of Sunday, which means I am able to now film myself teaching the entire release and send it to Les Mills for review and hopefully the final “pass” to teach!

I taught with another instructor today at my gym so I could practice.  I really want to tape soon, and it might take a few tries to get a good take.  I decided to invite some friends and instructors to my first filming next week, and hopefully it goes well!  I just couldn’t love Les Mills anymore (if you couldn’t tell!) and I have LOVED my initial instructor training weekends for both BODYPUMP and CXWORX.  I do feel like CXWORX has challenged me a little more physically!  It is intense and non-stop for 30 minutes.  I reeeeeallly want to take AIM 1 for BODYPUMP sometime next year! (Advanced Instructor Training)

Getting Ready For DC

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Things have been busy the past few weeks.  I’m so ready for summer and nice weather!  A few weeks ago, I was supposed to run 10 miles on the weekend to prepare for the Nike Women’s Half in DC – April 27.  It rained all weekend, so I ran after work on a Monday with Amy.  Looking back at the stats now, it doesn’t look that bad – but it was a bad run for me.  I had high hopes of really pushing my pace and I got so tired.  The wind didn’t help and it is tough doing a long run in the afternoon.  After that 10 miler, I was having a hard time feeling motivated for the race.  Since I PR-ed last year, I really want to again on the same course.

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I started feeling better the next week and had a few good short runs.  The one above made me really happy.  Negative splits after school and it was windy.

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This past weekend, I decided to change my training schedule.  I ran my 12 miler a week early, so I can back down this weekend with 8.  I want to go to the race with fresh legs and I’m going to have a hard time fitting in any long run this weekend with Easter.  I’m still teaching BODYPUMP over the next two weeks, so I need to take it easy.  My gym isn’t launching BODYPUMP 89 until May 28, but I have it memorized and ready to go.  I listened to the music two full times while I ran my 12 miler and did the choreography in my head.  That will make any long run go a little faster!  I really like 89 and the music has grown on me so much.

Besides all of that…


Baby Bella got her first hair cut!!  She did great job and weighed in at 4 lbs at the vet this past weekend.  She is almost 5 months old (20 weeks today).


She can finally jump up and down off the couch and chairs.  I about had a heart attack when I looked over and saw her laying on the top of the couch like a cat!! We are so scared of her falling/jumping off the sides or back of the couch so we always keep our eyes on her!!  You can see her playpen in the “piano” room.  She has taken over our house! :)

IMG_2588She LOVES the warmer weather and we spent so much time outside this past weekend.  It was 80 degrees on Sunday!  She loves laying in the grass with a good stick :)