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…

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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).

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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 :)

 

Another Snow Day

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So it is very snowy in PA today and we are stuck inside!  Another snow day for teachers and kids and it doesn’t look good for tomorrow.  I started feeling kinda sick last Thursday and by Saturday I knew I had a cold.  I woke up Sunday and felt horrible!! I’m lucky we had off Monday for MLK and today with snow.  I’ve been taking it very easy with exercise and tonight was the first time I really did something.

This morning I tried to sleep in, but couldn’t.  I made some protein pancakes for breakfast and laid on the couch a lot!

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Around 4:00 I started feeling restless and needed to work out.  I was feeling better so I decided to try to run.  I am starting a half marathon training plan February 3, so I am trying to run shorter 2-3 mile runs more often until I start training.

I need to make sure I have BODYPUMP 88 down for this week because we launch on Saturday.  I have it pretty much down, but I wanted to watch the DVD again.  Our gym has gotten a little behind on launches, but I don’t mind.  I ran on the tracks I didn’t want to do and did tracks 3-chest, 5-triceps, 7-lunges and 8-shoulders.  I feel like I have to keep up with chest and tricep tracks or else I loose it and get really sore if I only teach one time a week.  I think the shoulders are crazy hard in this release!

I got 3 miles done on the treadmill over the course of watching and doing parts of the BP dvd.  I finished by doing the Tone It Up Love Your Abs video below two times.  I was tired!

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I’m not sure what I want to make for dinner yet because nothing has really sounded good to me since I’m sick.  I made an orange vanilla smoothie before I took a shower and it was great!  1 large orange, 1 scoop vanilla protein, vanilla almond milk and ice!

Early Christmas Present!!

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Hi everyone!! I had to take even more of a blogging break this past month, but I have been working out a lot! I got my BODYPUMP 88 kit in the mail this week and I have been loving the music!  You can find the tracklist here.  I taught twice this week and I couldn’t love it more.  I look forward to teaching pump at night so much.  It is such a stress reliever (which I really need lately!!!) and I just couldn’t be more obsessed right now!  My goal is to pick it up on CXWORX and do it 2x a week.  I really think I want to get certified to teach it in the spring, but I can’t imagine talking through it right now.  It is an intense 30 minute workout!

I have been doing workouts that make me happy and relieve my stress from work.  Running isn’t always that exercise.  I posted last month that I was going to run the Nittany Valley Half Marathon on December 8, but that just isn’t going to happen.   I missed a long run and couldn’t get myself to do all the mid-week runs I should do.  After crying over the thought of running 9 miles outside, Colby told me to just not do the race and to not worry about it.  That made me feel so much better because it was just one more thing to worry about.  I just can’t get myself to run on my own during the week.  I’m just too tired.  I have been enjoying meeting my buddy Amy at the park and running with her.  It just makes it so much easier and I love having someone to talk to when I run.  That is actually where I am about to go right now… we have 4 miles planned for today.  But first I have to show you my early Christmas present from Colby!!

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We picked it up at the bike shop last night!!!!

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Colby put my new bike on his trainer last night and I got on it.  I guess I won’t have anything to open Christmas morning, but I can ride my pretty new bike!  It is a Jamis Allegro Comp and it is a sort of hybrid bike.  It is more like a road bike, but with upright handlebars.  The tires are a little thicker then road ones and have a little tread so I can go on the rail trail.  I could always switch them out for road tires if I want to for a race. Isn’t she pretty???

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I hope old Purple isn’t too jealous!!

Running More Often

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After my hamstring drama, I was ready to kick it in with my running.  I ran 5 awesome miles last weekend and I think it was because of the perfect running weather!

I had gotten a little off-track from my mini training plan to prepare for next Saturday’s 5 miler.  This past week was tough.  I had so much to do at work and would get home late and exhausted.  I ended up taking Monday/Weds/Thurs off.  I was feeling really horrible about it, but I just needed it.  I decided to make up for it on Friday and Saturday.

Friday I ran 2 miles on the treadmill before teaching BODYPUMP.  I hadn’t been to the gym in awhile because of my hamstring injury, so I was dying to get back up on stage and teach!  The girl I taught with Friday asked me to come to her GRIT class at noon on Saturday.  I had no excuse not to go, so I decided to run before the class on Saturday.

 

Screen shot 2013-09-22 at 10.23.19 AMI didn’t have as much time as I wanted to run on Saturday before the class, so I fit in 2 miles at home.  I was SO happy with these two miles because the second was 20 seconds faster! Woo hoo!  Then I drove to the gym and got to GRIT…

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Hardest. Class. Ever. GRIT Strength is intense.  I can’t even imagine how tough the GRIT Cardio class must be, because I was out of breath the entire class and my heart rate was through the roof!  Burpees, push ups, jumps, etc. will do that to you!  It is only 30 minutes… because there is no way you could do that for an hour!!

Also, my friend Steph is getting certified to teach BODYATTACK this weekend and it is her Birthday today! So happy for her and I bet she is sore!